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Coworking Happy Hour Meetup – Thursday, May 15th – 4:30PM-6PM

Come join us for an open forum to talk about your business, what you do, what kinds of projects you like, or focus on, what types of clients you are looking for, or have, what your goals are, what you hope to gain from being a Connect Ventura Member.

The goal is to get everyone to meet and learn about each others businesses, what we can do to help each other, discover current coworking opportunities and identify what you want out of Connect Ventura.

Hope to see you there!

Harvest – How to Spend Less Time on Admin

Like most creative professionals, tracking time, writing estimates, sending out invoices and following up with slow paying clients is not my favorite part of running my own business. Since I have started using Harvest, I’ve cut my admin time to a fraction of what it once was.


In this meetup I will give you a step-by-step overview of how I use Harvest and Evernote to automate a big part of my admin so I can spend more time on billible hours.

Come join us on March 25th, 5:30-7PM!

Every attendee will receive a free 30 day trial plus 50% off first paying month! Courtesy of Harvest!

Speaker: Kelly Gray is an award winning graphic designer who has owned his own business since 2001. He specializes in branding, web design, print design, photography and printing. He has been working full time in the industry for over 15 years. Before starting his own business he worked at Davies in Santa Barbara and Weiser Litho in Westlake Village, CA.


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Friday Feb 7th 5:00 pm

(member only event)

Meet other Connect Ventura Members, chat and share nibbles and drinks.  Then, at 6pm you can walk around and tour the open studios and gallery for First Fridays at the WAV.

One of the many perks of being an awesome member at Connect Ventura.


Ventura County iOS and Android Programming Community

Unity: Cross-Platform Game Development

Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:00 PM


Host Levi Dahlstrom

At this new Meetup, Levi Dahlstrom will discuss Unity. Unity is a cross-platform 2D/3D game development engine/IDE. It can also be used for other types of apps, but is primarily used for games. It’s available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Xbox, PS3 and others.

Unity is a Windows/Mac software package, so you can use both platforms to develop.

Levi will spend about 30 minutes discussing Unity and what he can do, then open it up for Q&A/discussion, then have a few minutes after to discuss future Meetups/projects.



Monthly WordPress Meeting

Wednesday Feb 5th 6:30pm



6:30-7:00 Pizza and chit chat

7:00-7:40 – Kimberly Fox – Customizing WordPress

“It’s great when you get the perfect theme for your website, but what if you need to do some tweeking? I’ll cover adding additional widgets, adding a new page template, and adding new menu areas. Basic knowledge of coding is helpful, but all coding will be provided as copy and paste”.

7:40-7:50 – Break

(If you need to sneak in or out this is the time to do it)

7:50-9:00 – Konstantin Obenland What’s new in 3.8 & things we’re working on for 3.9

Kimberly Fox

Has been working in website design and development for over 10 years.

Konstantin Obenland

Code Wrangler at Automattic (the company behind and core contributor to WordPress, Former Theme Wrangler who worked on the 2012, and 2013 themes.


Connect Ventura Reboot (Official Opening)

Monday 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.




Monday June 3rd 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Yup, a free day of coworking. Bring yourself and enjoy the collaborative energy of coworking. Have a cup of coffee or two…or three on us.

Don’t forget to help us get the word out by following us on Facebook

Help us share this event by Tweeting it too!

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Past Events

Meet & Geek

Thursday June 27th 5:30-7:30

google_glass_next_wide-e40daf1be811bf34700fd0379b2c64e4f0bb11ea-s6-c30Explore cutting edge technology in Augmented Reality and Near Field Communications in potential application.  We will be using Google Goggles as an example of what is around the corner for Google Glass *(unless someone cool can show up with a pair to share).  We also will apply NFC’s to see how they can be used to enhance our everyday experiences.



Wed June 26th 5-7pm

IMG_20120520_140428Fabrication and creativity meetup here at Connect Ventura’s makerspace.  Makers, hackers, techies, inventors come together to create innovations and share ideas.  We have tons of items to create with and tools to share.  More details to come soon.

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Happy Hour

(Members only Event)

Tuesday June 25th 4:30-5:30pm

Come meet other members of Connect Ventura and celebrate all the diversity in the building.

Young Entrepreneurs

Sustainable Business Practices

Thursday June 13th 7-9pm


Starting a business is the most challenging and rewarding thing you can do with your career, but energy, finances, resources and training are essential to keep the momentum.  Learn how to be realistic about what it will take to start a business and keep the sustainability.


Ventura PHP Meetup

Wed June 12th 7-9pm


Lightning Talks.  Konstantin Obenland – Action/Filter system in WordPress and Glenn Bennet – Bootstrap



Ladies Who Launch Lunch

How to use Linkedin

Tues June 11th 11:30-1:00pm


This workshop is for people who already have a Linkedin profile, but need to learn how to leverage it to increase opportunities.  In this class you will learn what you need on your profile, how to connect with others, how to approach others on Linkedin, Linkedin etiquette and how to increase your career opportunities.


Monday June 3rd 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Yup, a free day of coworking. Bring yourself and enjoy the collaborative energy of coworking. Have a cup of coffee or two…or three on us.

Don’t forget to help us get the word out by following us on Facebook

Help us share this event by Tweeting it too!

RSVP and find out about all our upcoming events on

Meet & Geek:  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

May 23rd 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Unmanned Aerial VehiclesBill Buratto, CEO and President of Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) will give us an overview on the history, bring us up to speed with the current technology and describe how Ventura County is leading the way by applying to be one of six first test sites to explore this technology.

An UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.  There are a wide variety of drone shapes, sizes, configurations, and characteristics. UAVs currently are most know for military purposes, however commercial applications are being explored for this technology that’s we come in.

“It is somewhat unclear what the site’s economic impact will be because the commercialization of drones is an industry that technically doesn’t exist yet.”–Bill Buratto

In South Africa UAVs are used to stop Rhino poachers, in Japan to view damage of nuclear power plant after the 2011 tsunami and in Belgium to record biodiversity of species in the Flemish Terrain.

How can you see the technology applied to help business, individuals, nature and our community?  Let’s explore ideas.

Meet & Geek is aimed to attract entrepreneurs, inventors, tech leaders and free creative thinkers to be on the cutting edge of the economy in Ventura County and create creative practical feedback and ideas for solving problems.  Other topics will include things like 3D printing, Google Glass, Virtual Reality.

Thursday, May 23rd

5:30-6:00 networking

6:00-6:40 presentation

6:40-7:00 Q&A Discussion

7:00-7:30 mingle

Bills-Picture-smallBill Buratto joined VCEDA as President/CEO in November of 2001. In addition to his work with VCEDA, he is also a private consultant to nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, board development and fundraising.  Bill has more than 32 years of experience in nonprofit management. He has held executive positions in healthcare, higher education and social services. As VCEDA President/CEO, he is a member of the Business and Technology Partnership at California State University Channel Island and the Ventura County Civic Alliance. Additionally, Bill sits on the board of directors of the United Way of Ventura County.  He currently serves as executive director of TRIAD, a VCEDA initiative to strengthen the economic viability of Naval Base Ventura County. This public, private, military partnership works in the areas of workforce development, technology innovations and homeland security/disaster preparedness.  Bill is currently Chair of the Green Coast Alliance (GCA). The GCA is a new nonprofit organization composed of business, education and nonprofit leaders that focuses on the emerging green economy including renewable energy and other technologies that promote sustainability as well as public engagement in the process of “going green.”

No More Nylons

May 22nd 6:00-8:00 p.m.

2659_147215265252_6564863_nHave you been meaning to update your professional look? Tired of your picture that doesn’t even look like you? You’re in luck. We’ll have a pro-photographer and a makeup artist there to help you look your best! Reserve your spot for a new professional headshot now.

The Social is FREE,  no RSVP necessary. Just show up if it works for you. You’re welcome to bring girl friends. And remember your business cards. It’s that simple. *** This woman’s social will be held at the innovative and collaborative Connect Ventura, a Coworking Space in historic Ventura.

No More Nylons  sponsors the Women’s Business Socials to promote vibrant, worthwhile conversations between women in business.

The Socials create a free, professional network, to bring the AMAZING women together to talk, connect and promote the work they love doing. That’s what No More Nylons is all about. Doing the work you love… and being who you are. If you’re new to town or even visiting, this is a great way to soak up the local flavor and get to know the women that make this town purr…

You’re invited to meet up with Women who run companies big and small or just have a creative entrepreneurial spirit to do what they love in the world. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a little support? This gathering brings together an amazing resource of women. Women have joined us from as far as Corona, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Carpinteria, and Los Angeles. (One month had a woman from Colorado and Vancouver, Canada!) Local residency is not a requirement for attending, it’s just one of the perks of living here. If you’re visiting or nearby, you’re invited!

No RSVP, no fees, nothing. Just show up! Life’s complicated enough. This doesn’t have to be.

No PETS. Even the small cute ones. Please leave them at home. We’re in restaurants and places that have health code requirements. So don’t take it personally.

Questions? There’s a whole page of Frequently Asked Questions, that came directly from people like you. I’ve heard that it all sounds too good to be true. But to me it just makes sense. My intention is to create a fantastic gathering of amazing women, and just let us socialize and connect the way we naturally do. That’s all. No weird presentations or elevator pitches. Just women coming together to know one another… You’re welcome to contact me,Jodi if you have any other questions…

JodiWomackOrganized & whatnot by: Jodi Womack, founder of No More Nylons because “We’re smarter together…”

More goodies: “Like” the FaceBook page: Women’s Business Social and promote your own products, services and events to this amazing community of 5300+ women as of January 2013. And a Twitter account: @NoMoreNylons

Over 130 women attended the June 2011 Social at the Watermark in Ventura. Most months have about 30-50 attendees. No kidding, we mean business…  Share the love. Bring a friend, your business cards & brochures or just bring yourself, and relax… You’re in good company.


Monthly Connect Ventura Social: The Compass Personality Test

Thursday May 16th 6:00-8:00 p.m.

UnknownJoin the interactive personality test to learn a little more about how you interact with the world around you and how to better communicate with others.  Learn more about your unique strengths and how to build the perfect balanced team by identifying the most dominant traits.

Are you a North, South, East or West?

You’ll find out at this months Monthly Connect Ventura Social.

6pm: Meet and greet

6:30pm: (IMPORTANT) facilitated networking activity

7 pm: Compass Personality Test Activity

8pm: Informal break and continued networking

9pm: lights out, doors close, go home for the night!

Bike HUB

Every Saturday in May 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Ventura Bike HUB is a do-it-yourself community bicycle shop, open Every Saturday, from 11:00am to 3:00pm!
$7 per hr – plus parts
This is a real community shop!  Skilled mechanics will show you how to work on your own bike. We have all the fancy professional tools, and we can show you just how to use them. At the HUB you’ll meet both men and women mechanics, so no one needs to feel shy coming to the shop!  Both Spanish and English speakers welcome. No mechanic too young or too old.

Ladies who Launch Lunch:  What is the Cloud?

Tuesday May 14th 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Ladies, forget everything your Mother taught you, Get your head IN the clouds!

imagesChances are, you are already using cloud computing in one form or another in your daily routine.  Learn how this emerging technology can be used to your advantage and also how to keep your information secure and private.  In this brief lecture you will learn how the cloud works, which options are currently available and how to use them on your mobile, laptop, tablet or desktop.

The instructor, Damon Hoxworth, Principal of Solution Arts has been servicing the needs of Entrepreneurs, Web and Knowledge workers of the New Economy for the last six years.  He focuses on personal designed solutions in technical and creative services in emerging technologies.  Damon also helps in workflow audit so that your execution can be brilliant.


Young Professionals

Thursday May 9th 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Q&A with Emily Barany, a Young Successful Consultant
May 9th 7:00-9:00 p.m.
At our next Young Professionals Meetup we have scored to have as a guest Emily Barany, a Ventura local successful consultant who is navigating the business world. Emily share her personal journey into entrepreneurism.

We will have a casual Q&A to learn more about her personal journey into entrepreneurism.
Have ever wanted to ask a young entrepreneur…
What inspired you to go rogue?
What are your tips on successful business practices (and pitfalls to avoid)?
How did you overcome the you’re too young preconception (or have you)?
Any advice on pricing your worth and bidding on contracts?
How do you balance work and life when there is so much to be done?

This is a one of a kind opportunity for dialog with like minded professionals. We have a unique opportunity to help share our best practices tips.

Emily Barany is a Business Consultant specializing in Project Management and Business Development. She helps business owners do more of what makes them the most money. When not glued to her computer screen, Emily spends time cooking elaborate meals & baking delectable sweet treats. She and husband George love to go hiking with their puppy Scooter, and frequently go fishing along the California Coast and Channel Islands.

7:00-7:30 mingle
7:30-7:45 introductions
8:00-8:45 Q&A with Emily Barany & discussion about making the leap to independence
8:45-9:00 more mingle

This group is for Young Entrepreneurs to learn something new and network with other brave souls taking the leap into consulting and starting a business.


Green Drinks

Wednesday May 8th 5:30-7:30 p.m




Monday May 6th 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Yup, a free day of coworking. Bring yourself and enjoy the collaborative energy of coworking. Have a cup of coffee or two…or three on us.

Don’t forget to help us get the word out by following us on Facebook

Help us share this event by Tweeting it too!

RSVP and find out about all our upcoming events on

WordPress Meetup Group: WordPress Hosting Strategies

Wed May 1st 6:30-9:30 p.m.

RSVP on Meetup to Attend

Learn the various hosting options available to host your WordPress site. WordPress sites have more hosting options than you might think. There are solutions if you get 1,000 visits per month or 1,000 visits per second.

We will cover:

Shared Hosting (better than you might think)

VPS (Virtual Private Server)

Dedicated Hosting

WordPress Managed Hosting Services


6:30 – 7:00 Pizza and chit chat (Thanks to Roy Hildestad for being the pizza & drinks sponsor)

7:00 – 7:40 Glenn Bennett presenting on WordPress Hosting Strategies

7:40 – ??? Questions & Continued Conversation


Monthly Connect Ventura Open House

Thurday April 18th 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. AMC Photography   It’s time for our monthly Connect Ventura open house.  Come meet the awesome collaborative coworkers evolving at Connect Ventura and see how the space is evolving rapidly into a true coworking space. Special Feature this month: Get a professional headshot at the event from AMC Photography for only $40 (a steal of a deal) and start looking ohhhh-so-good online. If you sign up for Connect Ventura Membership you get a free headshot at the meetup.  Please RSVP online or to

April Fools Free Coworking (no joke)

Monday April 1st is free coworking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s a FREE day of coworking at Connect Ventura. Spaces are limited, so reserve yours now by going to our meetup site

April Fools Coworking

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TEDsters Jason and Jodi Womack talk about attending TEDActive and South by Southwest

RSVP NOW To kick off March we ask you to join fellow TED enthusiasts Jodi and Jason Womack as they talk about what it was like attending 5 days of the TED Active Conference and the South by Southwest conference. They are excited to talk about what it’s like to be at TED and SXSW and to share some of what’s going on out THERE with the community members HERE in Ventura. Bring your curiosity, your engagement and your IDEA to share with the group. Time and Format: 6pm: Meet and greet 6:30pm: (IMPORTANT) facilitated networking activity 7pm: 20-minute presentation 7:20-8pm: Sharing your ideas (facilitated activity) 8pm: Informal break and continued networking 9pm: lights out, doors close, go home for the night! You do not want to miss this opportunity to meet the dynamic duo – Jodi and Jason are two rock-star, down to earth local entrepreneurs. Jason Womack Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA, provides practical methods to maximize tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. He has worked with leaders and executives for over 16 years in the business and education sectors. His focus is on creating ideas that matter and implementing solutions that are valuable to organizations and the individuals in those organizations. He is the CEO and Founder of The Jason Womack Company, and an advisor to leaders worldwide and author dedicated to helping individual contributors, entrepreneurs and executives work effectively and efficiently so they have the time, energy and focus to achieve more in work and in life. YBJGB 3D bigAuthor of Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, Jason shows that working longer hours doesn’t make up for a flawed approach to productivity and performance. Entrepreneurs need to clarify their habits, build mindset-based strategies, and be proactive. Womack’s signature workplace performance techniques offer specific strategies to consistently and incrementally improve performance. Podcasts: There are 4 pillars of productivity. How you think influences productivity. Listen How to “think better” and get more done. Easier & faster than ever before Listen90th podcast (4-7 minutes), perfect for your drive home! Listen on iTunes JodiWomack Jodi Womack loves bringing large groups of women together. Women who mean business! Jodi created No More Nylons to help business owners figure out all the “do-it-yourself” tools available to promote their own businesses. Her natural leadership is evident in the way she pulled her own community together during the economic slide of 2009. Watching talented entrepreneurs struggle to stay afloat, Jodi invited women business owners to join together once a month to combine resources, share ideas and become empowered to stimulate their own economy. The result has been tremendous; jobs have been created, services exchanged and hope renewed. 180961_10150410137695253_2946388_n Jodi created No More Nylons, the company that hosts these Women’s Business Socials to bring women in business together to have vibrant and meaningful connections in person and online. She also co-founded The Womack Company, an international workplace performance training firm with her husband, Jason in 2007. Her firsthand experience in business management, marketing, and customer service shines through their training and coaching firm. Jodi delivers innovative ideas with integrity and an authentic desire to see everyone succeed. Jodi turns “best possible scenarios” into everyday success. 2659_147215265252_6564863_n

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