Sunday, December 29, 2019

Agenda for Tuesday, 31 Dec 2019, and Final Notes on Networking Options

Please note:  Despite the holiday period, we will still meet this week - Tuesday, 31 DEC 2019.

1. AGENDA FOR TUESDAY, 31 DECEMBER 2019:

0700-0800:  Introductions. Assistance, and Open Forum Discussion.

During introductions, tell us a bit about yourself and any networking needs. We can help with referrals, advice, job search assistance, and other networking.  We also welcome topics of general interest for discussion.  


2. SPEAKER SCHEDULE:

No further BizNet meetings are scheduled after this week (31 Dec). 

3.  YOUR OPTIONS FOR CONTINUED NETWORKING AFTER OUR FINAL MEETING THIS WEEK: 

Unfortunately, our search of the past 2+ months has not succeeded in finding a new facilitator to take over that role.  That means this week's meeting (Tuesday, 31 Dec) will be our final one after more than 23 years of uninterrupted weekly meetings since the group's founding in 1996.  This weekly blog post/email will also discontinue. 

In the future, if someone steps forward to revive or reboot the group in some form, with or without facilitated in-person meetings, I assume they will strive to get the word out via last known rosters and/or via your local AOG, Society, alumni organization, etc.  

Meantime, here are some options for service academy grads in the Denver area who'd like to continue networking with each other:


  • Ad-Hoc Meetings:  While our scheduled meetings will discontinue after this week, the Embassy Suites remains an option for individual meet-ups of your choosing.  You're certainly free to make that happen and use the Embassy Suites (7525 East Hampden) as a meeting place if desired. Our informal, no-cost, verbal arrangement with the hotel has been to use any available seating/tables in their public area (the large atrium), which you could still do if desired.  Of course, any non-overnight guests who want to use their buffet for breakfast/coffee/etc. must pay first at the front desk. 
  • BizNet in Colorado Springs:  The BizNet group in Colorado Springs remains alive and well.  Their weekly meetings are each Tuesday at 0700, with the same approach and casual format as we've had in the Denver BizNet group -- in fact the Springs group was a direct spin-off from our Denver group beginning in 2008.  They meet at Jason's Deli, 7455 North Academy Boulevard.  Their primary communication vehicle is a LinkedIn group called Service Academy Biznet Pikes Peak Region.  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2848826/

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Happy New Year!  Wishing everyone all the best in 2020.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)
PanicciaJoe@gmail.com


Service Academy BizNet of Denver will have its final meeting on Tuesday, 31 Dec 2019, at 0700, in the Embassy Suites hotel at 7525 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80231.  From I-25, exit at Hampden, then proceed east for 1 mile, where the hotel will be on your left.  Parking at the hotel is free. Look for us at the conference table just outside the 14'ers Room, which is to your left as you enter the hotel's central atrium.  RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). There are no dues or fees.  Our schedule, roster, and other information are posted at www.academybiznet.org.  

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Note we will still meet during the holiday period -- Dec 24 and 31.

1. AGENDA FOR TUESDAY, 24 DECEMBER 2019:

0700-0800:  Introductions. Assistance, and Open Forum Discussion.

During introductions, tell us a bit about yourself and any networking needs. We can help with referrals, advice, job search assistance, and other networking.  We also welcome topics of general interest for discussion.  


2. SPEAKER SCHEDULE:

24 December:  Open Forum Networking.  Yes, still meeting during the holiday period.

31 December:  Open Forum Networking.  Possibly the final Denver BizNet meeting after 23+ years -- see below.  

3.  SEEKING A NEW BIZNET FACILITATOR:

We're still looking for a new facilitator for the Denver BizNet group as I've decided to move on from that role effective at the end of this year.  If you're interested in picking up this role, please let me know, at PanicciaJoe@gmail.com.

Please consider taking up the torch to keep this valuable forum going -- it has met weekly, without interruption, for more than 23 years (since 1996).

This is an opportunity for someone to reboot the group in some form after the end of this year. You could continue it as a weekly in-person forum, or change to a different meeting frequency, or revert to a virtual-only approach via the LinkedIn group. Many possibilities, and an opportunity for someone to continue our simple mission of grads helping grads.

Beginning in January, if a new facilitator has not been identified, the facilitation (including this weekly blog post/email, facilitation of the weekly Tuesday meeting, responses/coordination of requests for assistance, etc.) will discontinue, although members could certainly choose to keep meeting on your own at the Embassy Suites on Tuesday mornings if you wish.  You could also consider attending the BizNet group in Colorado Springs, which meets on the same day of week and time (Tuesdays, 0700-0800) as we've been meeting here in Denver.  They meet at Jason's Deli on North Academy Blvd in Colorado Springs.     

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Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)
PanicciaJoe@gmail.com


Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Embassy Suites hotel at 7525 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80231.  From I-25, exit at Hampden, then proceed east for 1 mile, where the hotel will be on your left.  Parking at the hotel is free. Look for us at the conference table just outside the 14'ers Room, which is to your left as you enter the hotel's central atrium.  RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). There are no dues or fees.  Our schedule, roster, and other information are posted at www.academybiznet.org.  Sign up (free) by following the instructions on the home page, to receive communications via our blog and email.