I would love to invite you to come and join us again at this upcoming Free Lunch Friday in Orange County. Chris Lema was our speaker last month and his talk was excellent (video below).
I'm honored to be the leader in the Orange County chapter for Free Lunch Friday, and I would really love it if you came out to check out what we're all about. Free Lunch Friday is a non-profit organization and we are building a community to bring startups and entrepreneurs together for a free lunch & beer. Yes, really. The goal is to connect them to one another and to foster the relationships that make everyone successful. Our website says it best:
You've heard the old saying, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Well, we are busting that myth wide open.
FLF (Free Lunch Friday) believes to feed our global economy we need to start by feeding our startups and entrepreneurs. And to do that we are launching FLF locations around the world where startups and entrepreneurs will gather on the last Friday of every month for real human interaction and community. At these locations you can connect with startups, entrepreneurs, mentors, experts, partners, and investors all while enjoying some free, beer, and great community.
I attended the first ever FLF in Santa Monica in January of this year and soon after, my friend Emily (@emilyquestions) asked me if I would lead Orange County. And so I jumped in and along with Patt Ryan from ROC, became the leader for the new location. I never imagined what I had signed up for. The journey so far has been amazing, rewarding and extremely educational. Each time I start the event, with microphone in hand and my co-leader next to me I'm usually nervous as hell. Palms are sweaty, voice cracks, but I get it done.
The format of the event is simple. Register, check in, get connected and grab some food and drinks. Hang out for a bit, then our keynote speaker shares insights, stories or advice on start-ups, entrepreneurship business ownership and other related topics. Talks are about 20 minutes and we have just the keynote speaker. After this is over then the rest of the time is networking.
Chris Lema presenting on High Performers.
The location for Free Lunch Friday in Orange County is unique. It is not a single city but it represents all the smaller cities that are teeming with new ideas and startups and entrepreneurs. And it's not just small businesses that reside in Orange County. Some of the world's largest companies and enterprises have offices or headquarters in Orange County. Entrepreneurship is in our DNA.
Each Free Lunch Friday location follows the same format so that no matter where you are in the world, you can find community, connections and content in a familiar environment. We have a few cities deployed in the United States already but we're aiming for many more and going global as well. But we can't do it without you. Please come, bring your co-founder, your investor, your developer, your team. Come tell us what you're doing and how you're doing. Meet new people. COLLABORATE.
May's speaker will be Robert Cardoza Ph.D., he is one of my mentors and good friend and he will be speaking about the financial aspects of starting a business and growing it into profitability. Robert has been a financial planner and advisor for over 30 years and he is extremely well qualified to help all of us entrepreneurs get our finances in order so that we can succeed. Robert was the host of Robert Cardoza Live, a primetime radio show in the Inland Empire until he switched gears and now hosts his own national television show On The Street. You don't want to miss his talk!
So come join me for lunch and beer. Save the date and RSVP, the event is May 31st. We have limited spots available and unfortunately we have to limit attendance to about 100 people. Please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to make sure you have a seat available. To RSVP visit http://www.thefreelunchfriday.com/flf-orange-county/