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.
Coworking Anywhere - while there are awesome coworking spaces in downtown Orlando, sometimes you want to do your coworking near public transit and awesome places to get coffee, eat, hang out, see some art, go shopping and just get outside to enjoy the spring time. Did you know that there is a global community of people dedicated to the values of Collaboration, Openness, Community, Accessibility, and Sustainability in their workplaces? It's called Coworking, and people seem to think it's swell.
If you have the freedom to choose where and how you work or want to support the needs of people who do, you may want to consider joining us in the park on March 17th.
Happy Hour is Back this Monday at Hawkers!
It's been a while since our last happy hour.
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.