Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: The Week to Just Do It

Several months ago I thought, “I should really buy some new socks.”  Somehow I never managed to get around to it, and within the last few weeks I’ve suddenly developed holes in about half my sock-pile.  It’s a good analogy for countless other things that I have every intention of doing, and yet never find the time for.

Two weeks ago I sent out a letter announcing our Admiration Campaign with an email template you could pass on to the folks you admire telling them why you think they’re so great.  I’m guessing that many of you thought it might be a good thing to do but haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I say this not to make you feel bad–I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have yet to officially admire even one person–but to let you know that it’s not too late.  You can find the email template here.  Just be sure to copy our host account (berkeley.hosts@the-hub.net) and attach the free day pass when you send it.

We have some other upcoming opportunities to make good on your intentions this week at Hub Berkeley.  Been meaning to buy more produce directly from farmers but can’t quite make it to the Farmer’s Market or commit to a CSA?  Come pick up a box of local, organic produce from County Line Farms on Tuesday from 4-6pm (email clharvest@gmail.com to reserve a box).

Been meaning to mediate more?  We’ve got a Hub Lab for you on Friday at noon.  Think you should promote your project more through low-cost channels?  Come hear Priss Benbow give tips on guerrilla PR for start ups. Been meaning to find out how the recently passed health care reform will affect your business?  Reserve a session with Dawnn Hills to find out.

I once got a fortune cookie that said: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  I don’t believe in hell, but I do agree that while intentions are powerful, actions are what really change the world.

Upcoming Events*

*Hub produced events in Red; Member produced events in Gray.

The Hub Berkeley Short List
County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 17
Small Business – Health-care Reform Education with Dawnn Hills, August 18
Sexy Salad, August 18
(Hub Lab) Guerilla PR for Start-ups , August 19
(Hub Lab) Mindfulness, Movement & Meditation, August 20
Meredith’s Farewell Party, August 20
County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 24
Sexy Salad, August 25
(Hub Lab) Tax Time Ease: Financial Organization for Self-Employment and Small Business, August 26
Triple Pundit Social Media Office Hours, August 26
Innovations in Social Justice: New Actions, New Hope, August 26
Wine Down, August 27

This Week

County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!

Tuesday, August 17, 4pm-6pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Order your box by email at clharvest@gmail.com or just come on in to Hub Berkeley to pick up a beautiful box of fresh veggies. Bring $25 cash to the Hub between 4pm – 6pm, meet the folks from County Line Harvest who grow your food and bring home a box of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Yummy!

Small Business – Health-care Reform Education with Dawnn Hills

Wednesday, August 18, 9:15-11;15am, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Do you have questions about the new Health Care Reform process?  Are you wondering how this will affect you and your Small Business?  Would you like to be prepared for the changes that are occurring on September 23, 2010?  If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, Dawnn Hills of Mcfadden and Associates would be happy to be of service.  She is offering free 30 minute consultation meetings to fellow Hubbers.  As an Employee Business Specialist, she services Individuals and Small Businesses from 2-50 employees with regards to their insurance needs. No business is too small: to qualify you need 2 employees (owner and addition person).  To register, click here.

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, August 18, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday to relax, eat, chat, and get to know other amazing Hub members–entrepreneurs, freelancers, academics, funders, leaders, movers and shakers working for good.   We’re now inviting potential members to join us for some salad and check out what the Hub community is all about.

Participation is easy: just show up, 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!

(Hub Lab) Guerrilla PR for Start Ups

Thursday, August 19, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only) A practical guide for start-up companies on how to use PR to generate credible “buzz” in the short-term, while building a solid brand for the long-term.    An overview of PR activities for start-ups, identifying the most important tasks and those which can be done in-house.  Handouts to include: PR checklist, press release template, and list of newsworthy ideas.

About Priss Benbow: Ms. Benbow increases companies’ visibility and credibility by securing news coverage for CEOs in the U.S.  Her clients have had articles published in Business Week, Forbes, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, Reuters, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.  She worked previously in The White House press office, and also as a consultant at Bain and Company.

To register, click here.

(Hub Lab) Mindfulness, Movement & Meditation

Friday, August 20, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only) Tired? Stressed? Looking for a way to feel greater calm and focus?

Please join Augusta Hopkins for an hour that will move you in the right direction.  You will spend time exploring mindfulness through the senses.

About Augusta: Augusta has been studying movement, mindfulness & meditation in different forms since 1977.  Her first experience was through modern dance when she was 5-years-old.  Her formal meditation practice began with a 10-day silent retreat in Thailand at Wat Suan Mok in the Spring of 2006. Inspired she spent a week living with Zen Nuns in Vietnam and then participated in a 21-day retreat in Plum Village with Thich Nhat Hanh.  Since this intense immersive introduction to the Buddhist practice of meditation four years ago, she has continued to build on her experience, diving ever deeper. She has attended dozens of three, five, and ten day retreats and is a member of multiple local sanghas, including Urban Dharma in San Francisco and New Generation Sangha in Berkeley.

Wine Down

Friday, August 13, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Wine down is back!  Come work out of the Hub on Fridays then join us for an informal social hour (or however much you can spare) to decompress after a productive week, chat with other members, and transition to the weekend.  We’ll provide a bottle of wine, but feel free to bring more if you’re so moved.

Meredith’s Farewell Party

Friday, August 20, 6:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  Click here for more information.

Next Week:

County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!

Tuesday, August 24, 4pm-6pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Order your box by email at clharvest@gmail.com or just come on in to Hub Berkeley to pick up a beautiful box of fresh veggies. Bring $25 cash to the Hub between 4pm – 6pm, meet the folks from County Line Harvest who grow your food and bring home a box of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Yummy!

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, August 25, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

(Hub Lab) Tax Time Ease: Financial Organization for Self-Employment and Small Business

Thursday, August 19, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Are you a self-employed person or small business owner who dreads tax time? This class will teach you how to choose the simplest system for organizing your finances and meeting your tax and management needs.  What records do you need to keep?  Do you need Quickbooks?  Is the business use of your home tax deductible?  What about the vehicle you use for business – is it better to lease?  What about equipment?  What are your business assets?  What if you work sometimes as a contractor and others as an employee?  You’ll take away tools and knowledge that will help you to get organized now!

About Rebecca Bailin: Rebecca A. Bailin is a tax professional.  She is an MBA, MA and Enrolled Agent (EA – a designation allowing her to represent taxpayers before the IRS.)  She has served clients as a Socially Responsible investment advisor and prides herself on cutting through the hype and mystery of personal finance.  She is also an entrepreneur and ran her own small business (a consulting practice) for over 15 years.

Triple Pundit Social Media Office Hours

Thursday, August 26, 3pm-6pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  Curious about how to leverage blogging and social media to further your business? Hub partner Triple Pundit   is pleased to announce that they will be be hosting exclusive office hours for Hub members the last Thursday of every month from 3-6 in Berkeley. Triple Pundit is one of the leading blogs about sustainable business with thousands of visitors every day. Come visit with Managing Editor Jen Boynton and tell her about your company, find out how you can submit a guest post to 3p, or just ask that burning question about twitter or Google Buzz. For more information or to RSVP, email jen@triplepundit.com.

Innovations in Social Justice: New Actions, New Hope

Thursday, August 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) This forum will highlight the cutting edge social justice work of several leaders and organizations active in the Bay Area and beyond. The evening will combine a series of short, inspiring talks about new approaches and new actions in the local movement for social justice, time for Q&A, and time to connect with others working for social justice locally. Panelists include Arnoldo Garcia of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Baybe Champ the Scraper Bike King, and Aimee Allison of the KPFA Morning Show.  Attendees will be invited to share thoughts on ways to create forums for continued collaboration within the local social justice community.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Wine Down

Friday, August 27, 4pm-6pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 16

[Hub SoMa] County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies for only $25!, August 16
[HubSoMa] The Go Game, August 16
[Hub SoMa] Hub Fast Pitch, August 17
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad, August 18

[Hub SoMa] Zindagi Grapes of Life Mixer and Organic Wine Tasting, August 19
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, August 20
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 23

[Hub SoMa] County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 23
[HubSoMa] Blitz Bazaar Hub vs. Net Impact Competition Closing Party, August 23
[Hub SoMa] BootCamp training, August 24
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad Wednesday @ Hub SoMa!, August 25
[HubSoMa] Hiring Made Simple: What You Need to Know from HR, Legal & Payroll Experts, August 25
[HubSoMa] Presidio and Beyond, August 26
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, August 27

For details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Kimberley Schroder
David Phillips, NaturalPath Media
Gargee Ghosh
Thom Harrison, AlterECo, Inc
Bo McFarland, Xenogene
George Velarde, Sustainable Industries
Lila LaHood, SF Public Press
Claudia Delman, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Member News and Events

Hub Madrid Member Looking for Support for Film Project

The Cosmonaut is the first feature-film project of Riot Cinema Collective, a young Spanish film production company based in Madrid and focused in innovation and, quoting themselves, “to take cinema to all possible fields.”  The Cosmonaut will be a pioneering film for Spanish cinema, since it bases its business model in the notions of connectivity, interactivity of contents and community popularized by Web 2.0.  Anybody can financially back the project from 2 euros and become a producer of the film; with higher quantities, you can get merchandising, and, from 1000 euros, you can even become a true investor and get a percentage of the film’s profits. Companies, individuals, brands- everyone is invited to be a part of The Cosmonaut. Even more, the movie, once finished, will be released simultaneously in every distribution window, including on the Internet (for free), and licensed with Creative Commons licenses, so any user can distribute, lend or even modify it the way he pleases. Along with the film a series of contents for different formats will be developed, including a mysterious ARG (Alternate Reality Game), that will enrichen the story and will introduce the viewers in a twisted and absorbing plot. In conclusion, The Cosmonaut presents a profile never seen before in Spanish cinema: innovative, modern, and bold.

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