For Networking: Whatever Cricket Wants

Whatever Cricket Allen wants, Cricket is likely to get. The successful new-age beverage entrepreneur, who launched Bot Beverages, honchoes an Entrepreneur Show and Tell session on Wednesday, February 16th, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Whisk & Spoon Kitchen at Whole Foods. RSVP to Allen, who says it’s a “highly inspiring, comfortable & zero pressure environment to speak to and amongst our entrepreneurial peers!”

This is the second in the series, she says, and it’s “totally meant to be casual, comfortable, intimate and non-intimidating. There’s a big range of entrepreneurs, from small freelancers to people looking to sell their established companies or take on private equity capital. Everyone has the same thread in common — of struggles, successes, determination, doubt, blind faith.” What can you expect to get out of it? “Resources, new customers or just knowing your struggles are not unique.”

Get details by emailing cricket@yumeproducts.com. (Full disclosure: I have a special spot in my heart for the endeavors of this entrepreneur; she was in my daughter’s class at Princeton High. If I get there I’ll be late, coming from the Princeton chamber breakfast.)

Here are three more networking/skill building options:

The Mid-Day Toastmasters of Robbinsville has formed the Jobseekers Toastmasters Club for professionals looking to enhance their skills on the job hunt. It meets on first and third Mondays, with the next session on Monday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Robbinsville Library.

Anyone may attend a free Networking Breakfast , cosponsored by NJUnemployed, at the Princeton Public Library on Tuesday, February 22, at 8:30 a.m. Abby Kohut will present “Using Linked In to Connect and Create Career Opportunities.”

Princeton Chamber members may attend, free, a Wednesday, February 23 breakfast on the topic of transportation infrastrcture at the Nassau Inn. Among the speakers are Matthew Lawson of Mercer County Planning Division and John Subacus of Janssen Pharmaceutical. It is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and you must register by February 22. Lots of influential folks will be there. Those who belong to neither the Princeton nor Mercer chambers would pay $35.

And an opportunity: The central New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners is calling for woman-owned business start-ups to participate in its Supporting Emerging Entrepreneurs Development (S.E.E.D.) business plan competition. NAWBO will select three businesses to receive $15,000 worth of services to help their businesses grow. All entries must be received by Friday, February 25.

Where to pick up a cute Bot bottle for your kids? In the beginning Bot had a distribution challenge, but now it’s ubiquitous at spots like Wegman’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and, of course, right there at Whole Foods.

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