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The Brevard East Coast Creatives is a mashup of all sorts of creative, design, and code types of people whose business is working with businesses to help them communicate and brand themselves on the web or in print. We welcome liberal hippies and young conservatives alike. We welcome geeky code monkeys as well as artsy graphic designers. We welcome suit-and-tie marketing experts as well as hip trendy brand identity creators. We welcome firms, employees of companies, and freelancers alike. If you are community-minded and want to share ideas, experiences, meet the people working all around you in Brevard, then come hang out. No pressure. No forced presentations. No need to talk at all. Just listen. Or monopolize the conversation. We're small and really don't care either way. Get out of the house, the apartment, or the cubicle and come learn something new, share something crazy going on with a client, or meet someone who might be able to lend a helping hand (although probably not). Note to those invited to join: When you join, by clicking the "register" link on the upper right, you'll want to be sure to check the Brevard box in the Groups section of the registration signup. By default, everyone who joins Florida Creatives is a member of the overall state-wide group, but you have to manually select the individual sub-group(s) that you are interested in joining (such as our Brevard group here). All the subgroups of Florida Creative can be viewed here or by clicking on "Local Groups" at the top of the navigation menu on the left. Invite some others: If you are the manager or owner of a company, consider inviting all your coworkers or employees. They may want to meet others around town, too.

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Charlottesville, Virginia's version of Florida Creatives: Neon Guild

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I was sent a link to this article about a number of interesting things happening in Charlottesville, Virginia, including a meetup that, while it is 10 years older, should sound very familiar to anyone who has been to a Florida Creatives Happy Hour.
Neon Guild

Make up your mind: Inside Charlottesville's brainstorming revolution
by Brendan Fitzgerald, C-Ville.com

One of Charlottesville’s best examples is also one of its oldest. Jack Smith founded the Neon Guild in 1996 as an informal technology meet-up and a subcontracting pool for his interactive entertainment company, Arrow NewMedia. Formerly called PeopleSpace, Inc., Smith’s company develops online entertainment for a variety of clients—“from Playboy to ‘Sesame Street,’” he says.

The guild’s membership is similarly diverse. A January 4 meeting attracted roughly 40 regulars, along with six or seven newcomers. Those on-hand included UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospital employees, freelance software developers and graphic designers, and at least one plumber, who writes computer programs in his spare time.

Each meeting features a guest speaker, and offers two hours of highly engaging, highly informal shop talk over pizza and beer. However, attendance is voluntary. In fact, the bulk of the guild’s activities—technology troubleshooting, job inquiries and rumors—happen via a members-only mailing list. But while guild members don’t pay dues or fees, each must accomplish a simple mission to join the gang: Attend a single meeting and introduce yourself.

“We’ve been meeting all these years, and every single time new people come,” says Debra Weiss, founder of DRW Design and, for several years, the bubbly Guild Master. Without dues or fees, Weiss says, “people give what they give way more, because nothing is asked of them.”

With the Neon Guild, members have nothing to lose; consequently, they have everything to gain. The guild preceded Charlottesville’s dot-com boom, and membership continued to grow long after the bust—around the turn of the century, when companies like locally based “e-tailer” Value America filed for bankruptcy and laid off 200 people.

Much like the Charlottesville Trade School, the Neon Guild meets wherever space is consistently available. While the guild currently convenes at Inova Solutions on Avon Street, it has bounced from the Pink Warehouse on South Street to the King Building on Water, and between the homes and offices of its members.
In 2003, a bespectacled self-starter from Northern Virginia decided to move his entrepreneurial ambitions and growing family to Charlottesville. When Jeff Gunther arrived, he found groups like the Neon Guild, composed of members who developed interesting ideas whenever they could find the room to collaborate. He decided to give them a permanent space.

The next section of the article goes on to talk about Open Space, a coworking facility in the region.

Brevard meetups

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Should we continue having Brevard meetups? No one has been at the past 3ish, and for the prior 6ish, there's only been 3-4 people coming. Should we keep trying? Should we go to quarterly meetings instead of monthly? Would a different day or time [or activity or location] work better?

I can't do Thursday nights for the next four months, so if we decide to stay on the same schedule, someone else will need to plan them!

-Meredith

How to Fund a Motion Picture Production

Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA)

Location

Café Unique
607 Florida Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922
Jan 10 2011 6:30p - 8:00p

The Space Coast chapter of the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA) presents "How to Fund a Motion Picture Production" by Larry Haber Monday, January 10, 2011 at Café Unique located at: 607 Florida Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922. Haber's presentation includes information on how funding for films is structured and what things a filmmaker needs to do to ensure a successful fundraising program.

Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982, Haber practices law in the areas of entertainment, sports, business, real estate, corporate, finance, franchise, and intellectual property. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m. with a membership meeting starting at 7 PM followed by Larry's presentation. This program is free for members and first time attendees, all others are $10.00.

October Meetup in Brevard

Location

Seth & Harry's
1212 E Strawbridge Ave
Melbourne, FL 32901
Oct 28 2010 7:00p

Hey dudes and ladies! Let's try Seth & Harry's again this month -- we'll be there on Thursday, October 28th at 7pm, where Grill 192 used to be. See you there!

Sept Meetup in Brevard

Location

Seth & Harry's Bar & Grill
1212 E Strawbridge Ave
Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321)727-3369
Sep 23 2010 7:00p

Hey everybody! This month's meetup will be on Thursday, Sept 23rd at 7pm at Seth & Harry's Bar & Grill! Seth & Harry's is where Grill 192 used to be. Hope to see you there!

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SunShoppe
540 E. New Haven Ave. http://www.sunshoppecafe.com/
Melbourne, FL 32901
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