VirtualOffiCenters/OffiCenters Monthly Newsletter 
Featuring Opportunities for Creative Collaboration 

Notes From Lori
It's February and love is in the air! We have some awesome events and networking opportunities especially for you this month. We are kicking off with our favorite event of the year, WIN (Women in Networking) Wine and Chocolate event. We would love for you to invite any and all of the businesswomen you know to join us and bring plenty of business cards. January marked our first WordPress Training by Dave Meyer of BizzyWeb, with positive feedback from the attendees. If you want to learn about managing your own website you must join this monthly session, scheduled on the third Tuesday of every month. PowerLunch returned with a bang, thanks to Deirdre Van Nest! There is a link to her dynamic presentation below. Michael Thannert, Whizkids, leads the group this month, focusing on VOiP phones, smart phones and devices that will make your everyday business more efficient. Register now!

We love the expansion at France OffiCenter and as we speak, the first businesses are moving into the new space. Drop in to see the bigger & better CoWorking Space, as it should be completed by the February 10 for our CONNECT Networking. We will have an extra special "Mimosa Toast" to celebrate the completion of the new space. Next up, Minnetonka OffiCenter that is scheduled to open on March 28. We already LOVE the energy at our newest location and have some NEW amenities that will knock your socks off. Can I share that this has been the most exciting time in my business career and after 35 years, I still LOVE this business? It's mainly because of all of you and the community that surrounds us each day. And because I also love a theme month, I want to remind everyone how much I love the entire team at OC/VOC. They are the ones that sprinkle the magic pixie dust in the hallways each day so that each and every member can experience their own Work Awesome experience. See you in our new spaces soon!
Featured Stars
Innovator
Milestone
Kent Joyner  is the XpressDrafts Payment Solutions President and a great partner for your business.  MORE
Conrad Tanasychuk,
Attorney with Lemmon & Tanasychuk, has over 15 years of practical experience. 
Success
True Connection
Nancy Ritzman,  VP Client Services with Sourcemob, gets it done for her clients.  MORE
PEK Consulting at FOC and LTR Digital Group at OPOC partner on a project.  MORE
In the Spotlight
What MN City Tops Entrepreneur List? 

MINNETONKA! The soon to be home of the newest OC location near 62 and 494, is the best city in MN for starting a business, according to a recent article in the Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal.  Six MN small cities (pop. 50-100,000) are among the best in the U.S. for entrepreneurs, with Minnetonka ranking fifth best in the country!  Bloomington, home of OffiCenters at International Plaza, also made the list at number 20. Wow! Who knew? We did! Read the full article and see the entire list of cities HERE.
Missed PowerLunch?Watch it now!
PowerLunch is Back in 2016!

2016 PowerLunch kicked off with Deirdre Van Nest, Speaking and  Business Performance Coach of Accelerated Performance. Deirdre shared "How to Give a Crazy Good Money-Making Talk" that included key do's and don'ts to follow when preparing for your next speaking event. Like an upcoming PowerLunch? We are now scheduling 2016 and would love to hear from you! Send your topic & contact information to us at:  social@virtualofficenters.com
Verterra Energy is
Making Waves

Ted Christopher, full-time client at Union Plaza and CEO of Verterra Energy, has been working to develop a run-of-the-river turbine to generate electricity. Verterra Energy's innovation is a horizontal design that Christopher says mostly avoids an old problem for water power - debris clogging the moving parts. The company has patented the design, built a scale model using a 3-D printer and has tested it in waterways. Christopher's efforts were recently published in the Star Tribune. See the entire article HERE.
5 Ways to Ask Your Network for Help

Cathy Paper, President of 
RockPaperStar and client of VirtualOffiCenters, was recently featured in Upstart Business Journal for her article, "5 Ways to ask your network for help". Do you avoid asking your network because it feels too salesy? Or are you just not sure how to ask? Cathy shares 5 ways to reach out and ask for what you want HERE

February 2
Hey Amanda, Happy Birthday!

February 4 
Park CONNECTIONS, 9-10AM
Monthly Networking

Fall In LOVE With WIN, 5-7PM
Wine, Chocolate & Networking!


February 5
National Wear Red Day - Wear RED and be entered into a drawing!

February 7
Happy Birthday to Ashlie at Park! 

February 10 
Monthly Networking

February 14
Happy Valentine's Day

February 15
President's Day
No US Mail Service 

February 16
Learn WordPress! 11AM-12PM
Topic: SEO Basics 

February 25
PowerLunch, 12-1PM
Speaker: Michael Thannert
Topic: My Phone Can Do What?!

February 26
It's BlackJack Friday!

Every Wednesday, Every Location
CONNECT over Coffee & Donuts

OneCommunity

Ardes Medical & Manufacturing
Aspen Language
Capital Transportation Services 
Charles Good
Displaydata
Enterprise Knowledge Partners
Jan Reisch, LICSW
Janahan Rajaratnam
JMA, Inc.
Mark Francis
Maureen Bailey Consulting, Inc.
Mayday Company
Nolen Law Office 
Oaks Financial Services, LLC

26 years
Dr. Linda Solie
8 years
Jeff Stebbins, New Vision
7 years
Eric   Lucas, The Oxygen Plan
6 years
Teresa Thomas, Women In Networking
5 years
Kevin Dillon, Closys Corporation
Steffen   Thieringer, NMB Technologies Corporation
Jason   Bretz, Tarlton Corporation 
 
Thank You members for your support and friendship throughout the years! Happy Anniversary!  


Jeffery Giesener on your book 
Is Your Social Recruiting Toast Burning? released TODAY! Get your copy NOW
Danelle with Mad Studios on the birth of your baby boy Josiah! 

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