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Flagler Spirits Owner Jimmy Day makes corn-whisky kamikazes for Business Assistance Center Area Manager Joe Roy, Granny Nannies Owner Joel Fallon and writer David Royall. COURTESY PHOTO
Palm Coast Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 10 years ago

Startups gather for drinks, dealings

by: Mike Cavaliere Multimedia Director

Palm Coast Entrepreneur Night held its second meeting Oct. 25, at the Humidor.

The second Palm Coast Entrepreneur Night, organized by management at Office Divvy, was held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Humidor in the European Village.

“In my business at Office Divvy, we are in the middle of entrepreneurs, business owners and startups (every day). So it was really an idea that came from talking to those folks,” said Ky Ekinci, co-founder of the company, which serves as a co-location space for small businesses.

He calls the events more “intimate” than similar meetings found around Flagler County.

“They’re open,” he says, “for all profiles across all industries.” Even college students are welcome to shop business ideas, get advice or find possible partners.

“It’s not a networking event — that’s how it’s different,” he added. “It’s truly a social event that is oriented toward entrepreneurs and folks who run in entrepreneur circles … a different kind of purpose, different kind of crowd.”

The first Entrepreneur Night was held Sept. 27, at the Humidor, and was attended by 51 local investors, attorneys and business owners, including Flagler Spirits founder Jimmy Day, who made cocktails for guests, and Business Assistance Center Area Manager Joe Roy, who plugged his facility’s free services.

Guests had a few drinks, Ekinci said, smoked a cigar, bonded. Future events will feature a microphone at the door, where participants will be given one minute for introductions.

“Palm Coast has an overall entrepreneurial spirit,” he said. “But (it) also (has) a lot of seclusion, or different pockets of groups through associations, memberships … We wanted to have a place where entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, folks who work with entrepreneurs and potential investors can come, too, without membership fees or exclusivity worries.”

Palm Coast Entrepreneur Nights will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month. For more, call 1-888-533-4889.

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