This effort wants to connect you to likeminded people - online and offline - with no membership fees, no product pitches, and a fresh look at networking. We're here to help you find your support group: the people you want to brainstorm with, who you call when you need a push in the right direction, who will give you an honest opinion when you need it most. Florida Creatives Happy Hours are for professionals, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, consultants and everyone else too - no matter what your creative pursuit is. This website and our other online presences reinforce the connections you make at events, and help our members discover and publish what's new.
Our groups are all over the state: we have long-running meetups in Orlando and Brevard County, and satellite efforts in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lakeland, South Florida, Southwest Florida, Tallahassee, and the Tampa Area. If you are interested in seeing these networks grow, get on the discussion list and shout out to the other creatives in your area. We also have interest-based groups for specific industries, disciplines and free event, forum and wiki hosting for meetup groups.
The Wiki on the site is broken out into several areas to collect information - places to get wi-fi, great local resources, companies or artists in your area, and more. Anyone who registers can edit pages or add new ones. There are some pointers in the Help wiki. We are collecting awesome tutorials in the Guides wiki.
Florida Creatives Happy Hour returns! Video games! Craft beer! hanging out! Making new connections!
BART (Bar + Arcade + Art) is a fairly new venue with a good atmosphere off of Mills Ave - next to the Yum-Mi, near the Peacock Room. They do not serve food, but there are several food options near by. They have some free-to-play video games and a few that cost a quarter. They can make change for you, but make sure to bring a dollar or two just in case you want to play.
Orlando Fringe has been a stop on the Florida Creatives Happy Hour circuit since our first year. They create a great collaborative environment for art on the edge, particularly theatre, though there is some awesome visual art, poetry and music there as well. This year there will even be a Pecha Kucha Night as an official Fringe show!
Some of you may have noticed that we haven't had many Happy Hours this year... that's because I've been really busy putting together my first-ever Fringe show, The 39 Steps. The story of how I got to this point? Ask me at the beer tent.
Craig Ustler, MAI, CCIM is the Owner and President of Ustler Development, Inc., a real estate development company, and Vice President of Ustler Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage company. Ustler is President and a principal of Creative Village Orlando, LLC.
This month's Happy Hour is sponsored by the Metro Orlando EDC, held at the offices of Voxeo, a real success story from Orlando's Technology Scene. They're using the opportunity to raise awareness for their #WhyOrlando campagin - just one of the ways they are making Central Florida more attractive to businesses looking to locate here.
I'm calling this the VolTron Happy Hour.
This month the local technology groups are joining forces to throw a massive holiday happy hour at The Other Bar (on Wall Street between the Cantina and Wai Tiki). This is the normal date for Build Guild but several groups are also participating. Come and grow the Orlando scene!
Come and join some of the passionate creative minds of Orlando in one of the longest-running happy hour meetups in the state of Florida (almost 6 years!). Our goal is to provide a safe environment to share your schemes, unearth passions and meet mentors or co-founders. We always get a pretty diverse representation - lately we have graphic designeers, lawyers, illustrators, city planners, startup founders, tech folks and a plethora of others.
This is by far one of the best ways to "get involved" in the community. The people at our Happy Hours are plugged in to what is going on and who is doing it.
Make sure to check out FloridaCreatives.com for even more cool stuff going on around the state.