Hub Weekly Roll-up: 100% Naturally Sweetened

My childhood friend’s wedding in Tahoe last weekend reminded me of the most important things in life: friends, family, and really, really good food.  In that sense, we’ve started the week off right here at the Hub with gourmet waffles this morning and a half-priced lunch at Gather Restaurant downstairs.  For those of you who couldn’t make it for the waffles, we’re going to try to do it again next month.  I highly recommend you drop by.  I mean, we had chocolate chips, bananas,  blueberries, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and vanilla syrup for goodness sake.  Need I really say more?

Speaking of sweetening the deal, here are some other reasons to drop by: free accounting consultations with the  friendly Rick Stone on Friday, an Inspired Strategy session with Pat Sullivan on Thursday, and an event on how Web 2.0 is changing the music industry to follow that evening.  And even though it’s not at the Hub, I suggest you check out the Life Investment event we’re putting on with SoCap at The Box in San Francisco on Wednesday.  It promises to be a heated evening.

I once read a letter a woman wrote to the world on her deathbed, and in it she said her only regret was not eating more ice cream and cookies.  I’m sure if you had asked her she would have included chocolate chip waffles too.  Please don’t make the same mistake.

Upcoming Events**

The Short List:
Sexy Salad, March 3
Life Investment Event at The Box, March 3
Inspired Strategy with Pat Sullivan, March 4

Evolution of the Music Business in Web 2.0, March 4
Accounting Office Hours with Rick Stone, March 5
Berkeley’s New Weekly Sustainable Market Wants You! with Isaac Cronin, March 8
Sexy Salad, March 10
Environmental Solutions Working Group first meeting, March 10

Presidio and Beyond, March 11

This week:

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, March 3, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and invited guests only)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday to relax, eat, chat, and get to know your fellow Hub members.  Bring an ingredient and learn how tasty collaboration can be.  Need ideas?  How about spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, almonds, apples, or your favorite salad dressing.  Bring bread or spread or pasta or potato salad.  Bring something you cooked and prepped or bought at the market on the way to work.  Most importantly, bring yourself!  Your mission: to prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  And best of all, no need to RSVP!

Life Investment Event at The Box

Wednesday, March 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm, The Box, San Francisco

(Open to the public)  Would you sell yourself to change the world?  As social entrepreneurs scavenge for resources and scrape and fight to maintain ownership and mission of their organizations, a new age is dawning in social capital.  The Thrust Fund is aimed at faith in “The People” rather than “The Idea.”  Offering 3-6% of their total life earnings, these Social Entrepreneurs are seeking $300-$600k investments to jump-start their careers and maintain the mission and vision of what they hope to accomplish.  Provocative and controversial, this idea has captured the attention of the social capital markets community.

Join the Social Capital Markets and Hub Bay Area communities for an innovative evening of crowd-sourced debate that tackles the fundamental challenges of the modern social entrepreneur. The debate will be followed by time to enjoy the cash bar and mingle with fellow Bay Area social entrepreneurs. Hear plans for SOCAP10 and opening of Hub SoMa. You don’t want to miss this!  RSVP here.

Inspired Strategy:  How to Turn a Vision into Practical Plan with Pat Sullivan

Thursday, March 4, 12pm-1:30pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and their invited guests only)  Using the standard bankable business plan model as a template, discover how to accomplish every practical task effectively with integrity, purpose and joy. See how to bring more creativity and caring into everything you do from organization and operations to handling finances. Extensive resource list and other handouts.

Facilitator:  Pat McHenry Sullivan, owner of Visionary Resources, occasional teacher of business planning for the Small Business Administration, prolific author about meaningful and ethical work, and co-founder of the Spirit and Work Resource Center.  RSVP to meredith.walters@the-hub.net.

Evolution of the Music Business in Web 2.0

Thursday, March 4, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Hub Berkeley
(Open to the public)  This conference will introduce underserved participants with new online technologies, sometimes referred to as social media, and its impact on the music business. Through influential keynote speakers and practical hands-on demos, participants will examine the current state of the music industry and understand the relationship of technology, music, self-promotion and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Speakers include Alan Khalfin
 (MixMatchMusic.com), Anthony “Sly”  Ramirez (
TheSlyShow.com), Arielle Patrice Scott (
GenJuice.com), Daniel “Danny Dee” Aguayo
 (Digipendent.com), Ethan Diamond
 (Bandcamp.com), Ray Luv
 (PTBTV Records), Stephen Hogan (
Pandora Internet Radio), and Shaun Tai
 (Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center).  Please visit www.odalc.org and the blog, www.inspireoakland.com.  RSVP here.

Accounting Office Hours with Rick Stone

Friday, March 5, 1pm-5pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) These free, half-hour consultations, offer coaching for any professional or personal issue you would like to bring to the session in the areas of accounting and finance:

Possible topics include:

  • Developing financial plans
  • Budgets and forecasts
  • Cash flow statements
  • Financial reporting – internal and external
  • Annual returns for non-profits
  • Internal control procedures
  • Fundamental accounting issues
  • Advantages and disadvantages of being not-for-profit

Rick is a CPA (inactive status) with a Masters degree in business, and years of experience in public accounting (audit), accounting for profit and not-for-profit organizations, financial planning and analysis, and internal auditing.  He has worked with organizations such as the Exploratorium, Wells Fargo and Bay View Capital Corporation.  He is currently working as an accounting and finance consultant with local non-profits.  He has extensive experience using Excel for modeling and forecasts and is available for consulting services to Hub members at a reduced rate.

RSVP for a slot to meredith.walters@the-hub.net.

Next Week:

Berkeley’s New Weekly Sustainable Market Wants You! with Isaac Cronin

Monday, March 8, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public) The  goal of a new, weekly Berkeley sustainable market (to be located at 7th and Parker beginning at the end of April) is to encourage and support entrepreneurs whose products will enhance our lives and to provide a weekly forum for the already vibrant community effort to create sustainable alternatives.

The market is the first in the United States that will offer the consumer a systematic presentation of the range of green products available today from food to cleaning products to alternative energy systems and transportation to water saving tools, personal care products, building materials, etc.  This is a chance to ask co-founder Isaac Cronin more about the market and how to become a vendor.  Find out more and RSVP by writing Isaac at isaac@icpr.biz.   

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, March 10, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and invited guests only)  See description above.

Environmental Solutions Working Group First Meeting

Wednesday, March 10, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Hubble Meeting Room

(First meeting open to the public) The Environmental Working Group is a monthly gathering of Hub Members and their peers engaged in advocacy of environmental issues.  This is the newest of three working groups at The Hub (International Development and Food Justice are the other two).  This group will explore the application of policy and business solutions to address these challenges.  The group will have the opportunity to engage projects of the Earth Island Institute, a 25 year old incubator of grassroots conservation, preservation,and restoration projects.  Join us in creating a group that creates tangible solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental needs.  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Presidio and Beyond

Thursday, March 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  Come celebrate, network and hear from sustainable start-ups with the Presidio Community and Beyond at The Hub Berkeley.

6:30 – 6:45 Networking
6:45 – 7:00 Opening remarks & introductions7 – 8 :00 10-minute presentations by each startup followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.  Presenters include Sandra Kwak of PowerZoa, Amanda West of Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food, and Naveen Sikka of TerViva BioEnergy.
8 – 8:30 Networking Continued

For more information or to RSVP, click here.

**Events in red are Hub-produced events.  Events in black or gray are member-produced.

Hub News

New Addition to the Hub Team

Hub Bay Area has recently added a new face to our hardworking team: Tim Nichols, host extraordinaire, is working hard to get things up and running at Hub SoMa.  A St. Louis native, he comes to us by way of Hub Kings Cross in London, where he worked for the last 9 months.  Tim has a history in restaurant management, sustainability studies, and managing a local currency project in London.  He will be our head host at Hub SoMa.  Feel free to send him a welcome message at tim.nichols@the-hub.net.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Don Coughlin, UCLA Medical Center
Kirstin Miller, EcoCity Builders
Maura Fallon-McKnight
Naveen Sikka, TerViva BioEnergy

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