Presenting the BRIDGE Networking MODEL: Detroit Startup Week

This will be my second time presenting at Detroit Startup Week! If you’ve never attended DSW, this is the year to start. There is something for everyone – tech companies, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits all join together for a really powerful experience and it’s all FREE! I will presenting my newly launched BRIDGE Networking MODEL workshop.

Tuesday June 18th 3-4pm
Happy Hour Immediately Following
2nd Floor of the Madison Building
1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
#DETSW2019

Register on Eventbrite, then create your schedule on Sched. Be sure to do both steps!
*STEP 1) *Sign-up on Eventbrite
*STEP 2) *Sign-up on Sched and build your schedule

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Bring your business cards and take a guided lesson on networking. This Ted-X style Interactive Workshop will be led by professional “Connector”, Bridget Espinosa from Puente Cultural Integration.
Effective networking skills is a requirement in this age of digital social interactions. Learn from a from an expert on how to bring value to every networking event. Go beyond the business card exchange and the LinkedIn contacts to truly create a powerful in-person network. This will be a literal hands-on interactive workshop where we will take you step-by-step on how to strengthen your elevator pitch, increase your value, and up your networking game. Grow your network while you learn using the PCI BRIDGE Model for Networking.

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Apply the BRIDGE Networking MODEL to help you remember that networking is not just about collecting business cards and perfecting your elevator pitch.

Come join me this coming Tuesday for a free Networking workshop – Happy Hour immediately following.
Please share widely – this is open to the public, but registration is recommended because of limited capacity. We all know someone who could use a master’s class in how to network!
Using my years of being a professional “Connector”, I have created an interactive Networking MODEL to help you to remember the most effective tips to successful networking – whether you are looking to boost sales, connect to resources, or find a job opportunity.
In addition, there are free workshops, networking events, and opportunities all week long during #DetroitStartUpWeek.
Register using the following links:
Register on Eventbrite, then create your schedule on Sched. Be sure to do both steps!
*STEP 1) *Sign-up on the Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-startup-week-2019-detsw2019-tickets-61543257540?aff=eac2
*STEP 2) *Sign-up on Sched and build your schedule
https://techstarsstartupweekdetroit2019.sched.com

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Where is everybody?

I was recently interviewed about how deportations are directly affecting small businesses in Southwest Detroit by Hub Detroit, a publication dedication to telling stories about the neighborhoods. As a consultant working with a number of nonprofit organizations in Southwest Detroit, I spend most of my days working directly with small business owners, helping them to access resources and to solve problems.

Over the last year, one of the greatest challenges for Southwest Detroit businesses is their shrinking client base due to immigration threats. People are in disaster preparation mode, staying out of public spaces and saving money in case of an emergency. The somber change in the vibe of the neighborhood was palpable right after the election, it has now evolved into a state of resignation as people attempt to continue living their lives. Stories of raids, detentions, and the hardship that children and spouses are suffering when the bread winner is deported have shifted from shocking to normalized.

November 2017 Issue of The Hub Detroit

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HUB Detroit, November 22, 2017 misunderstood the name of my business in our phone interview. (Puente de) Conexion is the name of our nonprofit organization, the name of my company is Puente Cultural Integration.

La Posada Mexican Restaurant & Market
Both the image of the Southwest mural and the image above are from Posada Mexican Restaurant and Market, one of my absolute favorite hole-in-the-wall authentic Mexican restaurants in the world. (This is a common scene in SW, owner, Juan Romo (right) sitting with me discussing business with the owner of DMex Printing, Cesar Escobedo. (My favorite butcher, Salvador Enriquez from Carnicería Guadalajara is seen in background.)

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For some feel good stories about how amazing Southwest Detroit is and to find a directory of all the businesses in both Mexicantown and the West Vernor – Springwells Business Improvement District, see the November 18, 2017 edition of The Hub Detroit.