Creating Meaning and Money on Main Street: A Reverse Panel Discussion with Local Business Leaders

  • Wednesday, January 05, 2011
  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Bay Cafe & Restaurant 1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Wed, January 5th, 2011 (06:00-09:30)

Bay Cafe & Restaurant
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

January 5th, Society Event--Register here.

Creating Meaning and Money on Main Street: A Reverse Panel Discussion with Local Business Leaders

Main Street America is in crisis. Economic woes are creating concern in the minds of most consumers, which ripple through into reduced sales for most retail establishments. Small privately owned stores, many of whom are experiencing increased overhead in many dimensions are particularly hurt by new forms of competition.

We all know what it's like to see our favorite local bookstore, or hardware store, or nursery, crumple under the pressures of a globalized marketplace. In Silicon Valley we place a high value on staying ahead of the curve. We embrace new technologies and competition. But is there a way to hold on to the local shops that make our towns what they are?

Even in the age where anything we could possibly want can be purchased at the click of a button, it still seems that there is incredible value in being able to dig your hands into the dirt when you're buying plants for your garden, or paging through piles of books at your local bookstore.

In response to these economic pressures, Silicon Valley Innovation Institute and Hometown Peninsula (the local area’s independent business alliance) are joining forces in collaboratively discussing tough issues and working toward practical solutions for this complex economic and social dilemma we all face. Clark Kepler, Gary Entwistle, Kathleen Daly, Steve Rasmussen, and Steven Eichler - five local business leaders will share information about their legacy businesses, and as members of the Hometown Peninsula Alliance, how they are collaborating to embrace innovations. Then, the panel will be reversed to engage our audience as a group of innovators who have insightful ideas about keeping vibrant businesses healthy. The discussion will be focused to address local business owners’ questions and to brainstorm solutions. In addition, a limited supply of free phone based credit card readers, that plug into an iPhone or Android, will be available for members and first to pre-register. This new technology makes payment transactions more immediate and transparent to your business.

Join us January 5th for an interactive discussion that will give us the opportunity to help innovate on behalf of our community.

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Note: Please pre-register here for this event, so that we can order the correct number of dinners. Thank you!


6:00 – Doors open for registration and networking.

6:45 – Community dinner.

7:15 –SVII Business

7:30 - Panel Discussion

9:30 - Closing

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