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WaterCooler Networking Event to Feature Conexión Américas

The next WaterCooler event is set for Monday, May 9, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Conexión Américas.  Co-hosted by Stephen Zralek of Bone McAllester Norton, Renata Soto of Conexión Américas and Wade Munday, WaterCooler is an open invitation, informal networking group for young entrepreneurs.

This month we're headed to Conexión Américas, where we'll hear from Renata Soto, its co-founder (and our great friend and co-founder of WaterCooler).  An example of social entrepreneurialism, Conexión has the mission of "promoting the social, economic and civic advancement of Latino families in Middle Tennessee."  Founded in 2002, it is the "go-to" Latino organization in Nashville, and seen as the authority on Latino issues by civic and business leaders in our community.  Our visit to Conexión Américas comes just after the recent census revealed that over 10% of Nashville's population is Hispanic, and that Nashville has the fastest-growing Latino population of any major city in the country.

We'll also hear from Karla Ruiz, a graduate of Conexión’s small business program, who recently launched her own catering company, and we'll get to taste some of her tapas inspired from her native Mexico.  Karla previously worked at Martha's at the Plantation and at Fido.  If you've been to the West Nashville Farmer's Market in recent weeks, Karla is the one with the long line of folks dying to taste her food.

Around 6:30, we'll head two blocks over to Tavern (on Broadway near 19th) for drinks and more time to catch up.

If you can make it, please let us know by sending an rsvp to Kristi no later than Friday, May 6.

WHO:   Renata Soto, executive director of Conexión Américas, & Karla Ruiz, graduate
WHEN:  Monday, May 9 from  5:30 to 6:30 PM
WHERE: Conexion Americas, 800 18th Ave. South

WaterCooler is an informal networking group for young entrepreneurs in their 20s, 30s and 40s that meets (almost) every month for drinks, networking and the chance to hear vibrant speakers on a variety of topics.  There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the speaker interests you or you want to meet some new people in Nashville.

WaterCooler began in September 2009 and has featured the following speakers/topics:

April 2011: Darek Bell & Andrew Webber (Corsair Distillery)
March 2011: Mark Rowan (Griffin Technology)
January 2011: Scott Witherow (Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co): Tour & Tasting
November 2010: Linus Hall (Yazoo Brewing Company): Tour & Tasting
October 2010: Christine Madella (WKRN): "Molding Your Image in a 24/7 World"
September 2010: Ed Nash (Oxford Fine Arts): "The Art of Buying Fine Art"
July 2010: Alan Young (Armor Concepts LLC): "Secrets of Starting a Successful Company"
June 2010: Laura Creekmore (Creekmore Consulting): "Using Social Media as a Young Entrepreneur"
April 2010: Networking for WaterCooler attendees
March 2010: Sid Chambless (Nashville Capital Network): "Investment Capital for Young Entrepreneurs"
February 2010: Bob Bernstein (Bongo Java)/Jose Gonzalez (Belmont): "Entrepreneurship with Heart"
January 2010: Freddie O'Connell (SearchViz): "Search Engine Optimization"
December 2009: Becca Stevens (Magdalene/Thistle Farms): "Walking in Gratitude"
November 2009: Chris Ferrell (SouthComm): "The Changing Delivery of Information"
October 2009: Clint Smith (Emma): "The Art of Everyday Innovation"
September 2009: Kimberly Pace (Owen School): "Personal Marketing"


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