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Get ready for the last Mentor Zone program for 2017 on Oct 20 from 10am to 12pm! Free individualized mentoring work session for all businesses from Business Success Center. Meet in private with one of the 2-3 person Profit Mover™ business expert teams who are all business owners themselves. After your session, you may be invited back to work with the whole team and to be part of a new video program on business building. Please complete this before attending: http://bit.ly/Mentoringrequestquestionnaire by Oct. 10.

The Texas Teen Book Festival is almost here! TTBF, put on by BookPeople, will be Oct 6 and 7. The festival can't happen without your help, so sign up to volunteer now - they can't wait to see all the young author fans at St. Edward's University with authors including Marie Lu, Jason Reynolds, E. Lockhart, Lizzie Velasquez and more!

 

For the second year in a row IT Freedom has been named to the Inc. 5000 list! This list recognizes the fastest growing private companies in America. They moved up on the list this year to #4923, with 43% 3-year growth and 2016 revenue of 3.3 million! Great news for this awesome small business located in and focused on serving other Austin businesses. Congrats!

 

On Sept 24, the Clavier Werke School of Music will present a Classical Benefit Concert at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 1500 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. at 3pm. There will be performances by teachers and students. The concert is free and the Austin Disaster Relief Network will be onsite to take donations. 100% of the donations will go to the ADRN.

 

The Business Success Center presnets BOSS-Talks on Oct 3 at noon. This session focuses on Business Tools: Creating a Burn Out Plan for You & Your Stakeholders. Anyone can be burned out — owners, staff, vendors, even customers. If you have a plan, you can get through it faster and maybe even prevent it from recurring. Business owners and top managers who experience and deal with stress — their own and others - should attend. Especially useful for those who have millennials as staff, vendors or customers.

Join PeopleFund at the Sterling Event Center on Oct 19 from 6-9pm as they gamble for good at our annual East Night Celebration. You will have a wonderful time as they entertain you with poker, roulette, slots, drinks, food, fun, and prizes. Meet PeopleFund clients, partners, volunteers, and staff as you test your luck at our Casino event celebrating 23 years of serving Texas small businesses. Proceeds from East Night benefit our small business lending and education programs across Texas.

 

Link & Pin art space is excited to present the Grand Petite Show “big ideas, small art” on Oct 6-29, with an opening reception on Oct 6 from 6-8pm. This Creative Arts Society’s final juried exhibit of the year features small works in a big way. Link & Pin is happy to support their vision to be a vital presence in the community inspiring: Cultural enrichment, Community participation, and respect for diversity.

 

Waterloo Records always has interesting in-store performances to help you stay up with the latest local music. Coming up they will be hosting Alex Cameron on Sept 21 at 5pm, Walker Lukens on Sept 22 at 5pm, Balmorhea on Sept 24 at 5pm, Duncan Fellows on Sept 25 at 5pm. Refreshments provided by SHINER!

 

Hyde Park Bar and Grill is celebrating it's 35th birthday on Sept 25 from 6 to 10pm and they want to use the party to help fellow Texans! The event kicks off at 6pm but a portion of our sales during the entire day of our Birthday Party will go to the Salvation Army to help the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Legendary Texas Country artist Cory Morrow (and maybe few special guests!) will be in attendance and doing a short Facebook live promotion for "Rock The Red Kettle."

 

On Oct 26 at the ACC Eastview Campus on Webberville Road, ACC presents the Central Texas Business Partnership Coaching Series from 1-4pm. Come learn about the procurement cycle from central Texas agencies. This panel discussion will cover information on how these agencies do business and what to expect when submitting a proposal. The second part of this session YOU will be able to present your business to the representing buyers and procurement personnel.

 

SOS Alliance is excited to host another annual Barton Springs University. Barton Springs University 2017 will be a full day of outdoor learning and fun at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park on Sept 26 featuring lectures, panel discussions, presentations, and training by leading academics, professionals, and policy makers on central Texas water science, public policy, and cultural history. The event is designed for high school and college students and the general public.

 

Join Studio Mantra as they celebrate the fall equinox with a special Gong Concert led by Mantra's Janice Samuelson (Harimandir Kaur) and KC Taylor (Nav Jodha) on Sept 22 from 7-9pm! The Fall Equinox marks the arrival of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and it's a time of release, transformation and harvest. The sound of the gong enhances our own personal transformation as we shed old ways of thinking while opening our hearts & souls to new experiences!

 

Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar will be offering a special three course prix fixe menu all evening this Saturday for only $25 per person.  Don’t forget to check out the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Sept 23 presentation of "Virgo Veritas" the same evening – dinner and a show all in the LoBurn!  Check out the menu and make your reservations for dinner at Gusto.

 

To help our friends, neighbors and fellow Texans in need after Hurricane Harvey, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has been added to the RideAustin Round Up. This is a fund created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept contributions to support the specific relief needs of the Houston community. The RideAustin executive team will match ALL Round Ups through the end of September, for an additional Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund donation.

 

BookPeople is thrilled to be a part of the Texas Tribune Festival Sept 22 to 24! They have some great speakers lined up (many of whom are also authors) and BookPeople will be there selling books. The Texas Tribune Festival is an innovative and engaging three-day event for people who are passionate about the issues that affect all Texans. Take a look at the Festival lineup and register now to attend!

 

Virginia Rogers, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, will join the Business Success Center on Sept 25 at noon for a lively talk building a business. Virginia is behind Ginny's, Relax the Back, CMIC, Computer Mom's and more - she knows how to build a business. Now, with daughter Carrie, they have embarked on the journey together. What have they learned about a mother daughter business that can be helpful in your family business? RSVP now for this exciting and inspiring event and come find out!

 

Business Success Center's Mentor Zone Entrepreneurs Growth Program for Veterans provides free ownership development training plus an individualized mentoring work session. Join them Sept 29 from 8:30 to noon for networking, whiteboarding your business model, sales/marketing/ip seminar, and private meetings with the profit movers.

 

End of an Ear is excited to host Hans-Joachim Roedelius on Oct 31. Pioneer in in the field of electronic music, Hans-Joachim Roedelius is considered one of the founders of contemporary popular electronic music. Remarkably prolific, Roedelius has appeared on well over 100 releases between his own work and collaborations, most notably his work with Dieter Moebius as Cluster & Harmonia, the latter including Michael Rother of Neu!

 

It's not quite fall here in Texas but we are getting a hint of it every couple of days (in the early morning at least). It is definitely coming though and there's no time like the present to get your footware ready. InStep is excited to show off their new Fall Collection of Birkenstocks. Stop by the store (online or in person) to check them out!

 

BCL of Texas has launched our new Texas Small & Diverse Growth Fund to help level the funding playing field for growing minority-owned business. With loan amounts from $5,000 to $50,000 this fund was created specifically for Black, Latino, Asian-American, LGBT, and women entrepreneurs with one to two years in operation that are ready to expand their business. Contact Raquel Valdez at rvaldez@bcloftexas.org or 512-912-9844 for more information.

 

It's time for Austinites to vote for the best in arts, culture, restaurants, shops, and more. Round one of the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin poll is live now through Sept 18. We want to hear your voice! VOTE NOW at austinchronicle.com/bestof
 

 

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth and your need to give back to those in need? Through Sept 31, $1 of every Texas Two Step Tiny Pie from Tiny Pies goes to the Houston Food Bank.  It is the best of both worlds....something sweet for you and something sweet for our neighbors in Houston.

 

DogBoy's Dog Ranch is excited to announce brand new dog walking services! They've been hard at work planning this newest venture, so join as they walk you through the finer points and see which plan is best for your family. For now, dog walking services will be limited to Pflugerville clients only, mid-days Monday through Friday. Email DogGirl to get on a wait list for future zip codes!

 

Texas Book Festival and BookPeople are thrilled to announce the launch of Dan Rather's highly anticipated new book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, at the 2017 Texas Book Festival! Join BookPeople as Rather speaks about the book for the first time-days before the book's national release on Nov 4 at 12pm. Book tickets for priority seating and a signed book available now!

 

Ally Digital is hosting a Digital Workshop Meetup about building a successful online presence, and using digital marketing to promote and grow your business on Sept 14 at 10am at the Microsoft Store at 3309 Esperanza Crossing. The format is meant to encourage discussion and actionable ideas, strategies, and tactics. Bring your questions, come prepared to network, learn, bring a laptop, participate, and grow your business.

 

While they weren't thinking of Harvey when they said we were "Makin' Waves" with their membership drive, KOOP Radio knows our fellow Texans won't let Harvey get them down. Radio is uniquely able to inform and comfort- a necessity in difficult times. Many of their programs have dealt with the environmental issues and the political implications surrounding why natural disasters happen and how governmental agencies deal with them. When the weather gets bad, we check to make sure we have adequate water, a flashlight and a radio. Show them your support this fall!

Kerbey Lane Cafe, the iconic Austin eatery famous for its variety of pancakes and queso, is expanding to Mueller. The new restaurant will be located on the first floor of the Texas Mutual Insurance Company headquarters currently under construction along Aldrich Street between Philomena and Garcia streets. They anticipate a fall 2018 opening with approximately 230 seats, some of which will be outdoors. The Mueller location will be Kerbey Lane’s eighth restaurant in Metro Austin. Kerbey Lane will participate with other businesses opened or announced at the Aldrich Street Opening Celebration on Sept 14 from 7 to 10pm.

BCL of Texas knows that many minority businesses are often self funded, due to barriers in access to capital and they seek to help level the playing field with their Texas Small & Diverse Growth Fund. Are you: a minority business owner with 1 to 2 years in operation? Ready to scale up your business to become a true microenterprise?  Looking for more flexible underwriting and collateral requirements? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with their Entrepreneurship Specialists to complete your Financial Readiness Assessment and apply for a loan from $5,000 to $50,000 to help grow your business!

Hurricaine season is as good a time as any to make sure your trees are properly trimmed. Do it for the health of the tree and the saftey of your property. Call ABC Home and Commercial today and get a free mowing when you trim the trees. You can trust ABC's tree specialists - they are ISA certified arborists and Texas Oak Wilt certified arborists who will ensure the health of your trees for years to come.

Fall is the season for change and Studio Mantra's schedule changes are quite exciting! Starting Sept 5, they have added more classes - more Vinyasa Flow, more Yoga Align, More Barre, More Kundalini and some time changes! Every other Wednesday, join Katie McBrearty-Shields, from 4:30-5:45pm for a nourishing session of Community Acupuncture. Katie will assist you in finding a comfortable reclined position using our yoga mats and props for this time of self-care and relaxation. Studio Mantra is also offering a unique AFTER SCHOOL opportunity for your kids ages 5-8 on Thursdays. Sept 14 to Nov 16, from 3:30-4:30pm, Janice will lead the kids in an hour of yoga-inspired PLAY! They will sing, make music, and learn yoga poses that they can share with your family. Cost is $150 for 10 weeks.

Business Success Center Mentor Zone for Pre-Start & Pre-Revenue Businesses will provide a free individualized mentoring work session for pre-start and pre-revenue businesses on Sept 15 from 10am to noon at their headquarters at 7600 Burnet Rd. #130. You will meet in private with one of the Profit Mover™ expert teams - all business owners themselves. After your session, you may be invited back to work with the whole team and to be part of a new video program on business building. Please complete by Sept. 10 http://bit.ly/Mentoringrequestquestionnaire. RSVP here.

The Link & Pin Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring new works by Award Winning Vehicle Painter, Shan Fannin. An opening reception will be helf at their gallery space at 2235 East 6th St. #102 on Sept 8 from 5:30 to 8:00pm. The exhibition will run through Oct 1 and gallery hours are Friday-Sunday 11-4:00, or by appointment.  Fannin is an award winning vehicle painter known for her dynamic and colorful realist acrylic paintings. The Link & Pin Art Gallery have selected Shan’s work for a solo exhibition featuring her large scale cars, motorcycles, and airplanes from the late-1960’s and earlier. Her unique combination of vibrant color, and 90% realism/10% abstraction formula bring these vintage vehicles to life.

Coffee & Compliance with Chris is a discussion series with Chris Schlag, an attorney in Winstead’s Environmental and Public & Regulatory Law Practice Groups, providing practical tools and insight on environmental, health, and safety public policies, regulatory requirements, and enforcement trends. Each month we’ll discuss relevant regulatory matters to help you keep your workplace safe, healthy, and in compliance with the ever-changing regulatory landscape.This month's topic is "Is the EPA is Moving Forward with Implementation of New TSCA- Are you Prepared?" Join Winstead on Sept 13 from 8:00 - 9:30am in the Frost Bank Tower. Coffee & light pastries provided.

The SOS Alliance is excited to host a screening of the next in the Living Springs series on Sept 2 from 7:30 to 8:30pm at Barton Springs. Come on out to the debut of the latest piece in the series, "Wildlands" Saturday. This 22-minute documentary will showcase Austin's water quality protection lands that Austin voters purchased to protect the aquifer. Learn about the significance and importance of preserving our aquifer lands. Swim before or after. Environmental groups will be on hand before the screening to talk about how you can get involved in community efforts to support the Springs, creeks and aquifer.
 

Austin Community College and Texas Workforce Commission have teamed up to offer small business training solutions and the opportunity to receive grant funded, high quality training for their employees. The Skills for Small Business (SSB) program is a funding vehicle designed specifically to help small Texas businesses provide valuable training they might otherwise not be able to afford. ACC offers a diverse class schedule in many popular subject areas and our experienced team can deliver high quality training in a host of critical business disciplines. In addition, we will provide the support you need throughout the SSB application process including assisting you with finding the perfect classes for your employees. For more information please contact Stephen Marengo Jr, Small Business Development Consultant at Stephen.marengojr@austincc.edu or at 512-843-5890.

BCL stands in solidarity with our neighbors who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are ready to help, and to connect anyone effected to the resources needed, including the following disaster relief loans: SBA Disaster Loan for home damage, SBA Disaster Loan for business damage and lost income, SBA Disaster Loan online application. Their website includes information about legal help, unemployment insurance, filing an insurance claim, loan deferment options for BCL lending customers, and more.

Chez-Zee will be open all day on Labor Day    Sept 3. They will be serving brunch from 9am to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 10pm. They will also be having Happy Hour all day long to celebrate and they will also be offering $8 Burgers!! Rich De Marco will be on the Piano 10am-2pm. They're saving a chair for you!

 

Studio Mantra will hosting donation classes  from Aug 31 thru Sept 3 and accepting donations of cash, check and unused gift cards (e.g. Target, Walmart, etc) to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 100% of all donations will go directly to two organizations providing both immediate (boots on the ground) assistance and longer term rebuilding efforts, All Hands Volunteers and Habitat for Humanity.  Follow the link for the full weekend schedule.

 

Habitat Hunters is excited to welcome their newest agents, Ben Lee. You may know Ben as the owner of local Austin bakery, Polkadots. Ben's interest in real estate, which began many years ago.Ben really likes to look at different houses, commercial spaces, duplexes, condos and apartments, and at Habitat Hunters he gets to work with everything. He also likes the family-like atmosphere that a small firm provides where everything runs on common sense! Welcome aboard!

 

BookPeople does everything book related - they even host several book clubs. BookPeople book club meetings are free and open to the public. Each club is established, coordinated and moderated by a BookPeople bookseller. Did we mention that they all FREE and open to the public? There is something for everyone!

 

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