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January 29, 2015

Final Two Days For Lelavision In Fremont

Kirby Lindsay

experimetal3_smlDue to a region-wide pre-emption of regular programming on Sunday, only two days remain to see Lelavision, and the all-new ‘ExperiMetal’ show, at West of LeninTickets remain available for the last performances on Friday, January 30th at 8p and on Saturday, January 31st, at 3p & 8p.

Lelavision mettles with mental and physical phenomenon as they perform theatrical experiments in sound and movement, with metal and other materials.  This show explores hitherto unexplored territories of physical theater with metallic bones, boingy loops, giant wheels, stretchy bands and long strings.  This performance challenges every preconceived notion you’ve never known you held on music, movement and machines, as Lelavision turns WoL into a laboratory for innovation and educated guesses on causality.

“Physical theater at its best…” – Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

Due to the size and scope of the instruments – created by Lelavision co-founder Ela Lamblin – and the original choreography – created by co-founder Leah Mann – seats for ‘ExperiMetal’ are limited.  Tickets cost $20 for general or $15 for students & seniors, in advance, through Brown Paper Tickets, or take your chances at the door, for $25/$18.

Do not miss this incredible meld of art, music and movement!

 

January 28, 2015

Celebrate the Seattle Seahawks Second Super Bowl At The Center of the Universe!!

Kirby Lindsay

Nectar2015_SuperbowlThis Sunday, February 1st, at 3:30p, the Seattle Seahawks face down the New England Patriots in the 49th Super Bowl – the second in a row for our incredible, unstoppable team and its enthusiastic 12th Man supporters!

Fremont is the place for celebrating, and the Super Bowl is no exception!  Watch the game as you like it, by choosing one of the many offerings available at the diverse locations around the Center of the Universe.

Check out these options:

  • Nectar Lounge – Fremont’s premier indoor/outdoor venue for local and national music has Seahawks fever!  The Super Bowl viewing party has no cover, with three HD TVs and a 12ft projector screen.  The Nectar Kitchen will be in full swing, and drink specials include $5 pints, $6 Bloody Mary bar, & $6 Touchdowns.  To reserve a table, contact booking@nectarlounge.com
  • The Ballroom – The delicious brunch starts at Noon, so get there early for something to eat before the game – or pick up Ballroom’s incredible pizza while watching the Super Bowl on 12-television screens.  Drink specials include $3 Coors Light, $6 Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s, and $5 12th Man Vodka specials.
  • Red Star Taco Bar – This is the best for those looking to eat and watch, without having to run to the kitchen!  Enjoy $2 buffalo chicken tacos and $2 breakfast tacos, and drink specials including $12 buckets of 6 Coronas and $5 Slushie Margaritas.  Red Star will have two TVs and a projector screen showing the game, so you won’t miss a minute of the action!
Enjoy the Super Bowl, and Tango, in Barrel Thief elegance this Sunday, Feb 1st.  Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan '15

Enjoy the Super Bowl, and Tango, in Barrel Thief elegance this Sunday, Feb 1st. Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan ’15

  • The Barrel Thief – Expect this to be loud and proud, with a projection screen at full volume!  The mixologists at Barrel Thief have the Skittles Cocktail (yes, made with the green chewy candies,) and The Inflater for those needing to taunt the Patriots.  They’ll also be handing out temporary tattoos and a prize to the table that demonstrates the most team spirit!  Chef Hattie has whipped up an impressive line-up of game-day food specials including Loaded Nachos, Creamy Spinach & Garlic Dip, and Poppin’ Peppers.  Arrive early to get a seat, or reserve a booth (going fast!) at GotYerWhiskey@bthief.com

This Sunday, February 1st, watch the triumph of the Seattle Seahawks in your style – and as you celebrate that night, consider attending the bi-monthly Tango Social Dance at The Barrel Thief from 8p – 11p!  What a way to celebrate Seahawk Fever in Fremont-style!

 

HomeStreet Bank Celebrates Seahawks & Super Blue Friday

Kirby Lindsay

800pxHomeStreetJan15__0003SuperBowlPartyOne of the official sponsors of the Seattle Seahawks, HomeStreet Bank is hosting a special Super Bowl Friday Party at the Fremont Branch on January 30th at Noon!

Enjoy football party snacks at our community bank, and enter to win a branch drawing of a Seahawks Piggy Bank.  Also, enter to win a HomeStreet Bank sweepstakes for an autographed Brandon Mebane jersey.

Neighbors are invited to come show Blue Spirit in Fremont this Friday, at HomeStreet – then walk a block to the photo opp at Evanston Plaza with Google at 2p!

 

Show The Google-Universe Fremont’s True Blue Spirit!!

Kirby Lindsay

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January 27, 2015

A Guide To Commercial Bank Loans With HomeStreet & Fremont Chamber

Kirby Lindsay
At the Barrel Thief, HomeStreet Bank's Debbie Webber talks loans with members of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.  Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan '15

At the Barrel Thief, HomeStreet Bank’s Debbie Webber talks loans with members of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan ’15

Last week the Fremont Chamber of Commerce hosted a presentation on commercial loans for businesses, given by Debbie Webber, VP Commercial Relationship Manager for HomeStreet Bank, and Teresa Murphy AVP of Commercial Relationship Manager, also with HomeStreet.  At The Barrel Thief, Webber and Murphy talked about what it takes to build a financially healthy business, and getting a loan to help to grow it.

At HomeStreet, they will sit down and educate business owners (and prospective entrepreneurs) about what it takes to get a loan, and build their business.  As Webber repeatedly remarked, it is her job to see that she loans money to businesses – and that they will be able to pay back the loan.  “You’re here to run your business,” Webber said, “We’re here to support that.”

Teresa Murphy, a Commercial Lending Relationship Manager with HomeStreet Bank, can talk with business owners about how to grow.  Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan '15

Teresa Murphy, a Commercial Lending Relationship Manager with HomeStreet Bank, can talk with business owners about how to grow. Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan ’15

In order to get a loan, a business owner needs:

  • industry knowledge, including identifying the particular niche their business fills, awareness of other businesses in the same industry, information on products and/or services they sell, and who clients/customers are.  HomeStreet, according to Murphy, can loan to all kinds of industries.  “We can be very flexible,” she said.
  • financial acumen, with projections, an understanding of the cash flow, a clear idea of how much will be needed and where the money will go.  Not knowing how much of a loan a business needs is a red flag that the owner isn’t ready to discuss a loan seriously.
  • a comprehensive business plan (not long, maybe one or two pages) that serves as a roadmap to where the business can go, and has been written or revised within the last year

In addition to this, business owners can expect to give personal guarantees and to demonstrate (especially if they need money for a start-up) experience in the industry they want to enter.  Murphy and Webber won’t tell business owners how to run their business but they do want to know that they are loaning to someone who can articulate a knowledge of their industry.  Also, applicants do not have to bank with HomeStreet, but they should expect to be asked!

Before and after the discussion of banking, at the January FCC meeting, there was time to meet and network - and enjoy the delicious eats provided by The Barrel Thief!  Photo by Adrian Laney

Before and after the discussion of banking, at the January FCC meeting, there was time to meet and network – and enjoy the delicious eats provided by The Barrel Thief! Photo by Adrian Laney

Finally, Webber and Murphy were asked when they won’t loan money – and the indicators they’ve seen that a business might be better off to close (or scale down) rather than taking a loan and sinking deeper into debt.  Webber noted these signs of danger ahead:

  1. a business behind on paying taxes
  2. an owner that isn’t getting paid
  3. an owner/manager that must work 80 hours a week, and yet they still don’t see progress on #1/#2
  4. a business that wants a loan to cover going out of business expenses

It may not be the end of the business dream, however, because you can change and shift focus.  Webber and Murphy encouraged all business owners to come in and talk.  They can also want to hear from business owners that encountered problems in their business in the past, and survived, because this shows their ability to change their focus.

“We are not just about loans,” Murphy said, “it is about helping.”  It can be as simple as a 20-minute conversation to figure out how they can help.  As Webber observed, “if you get the wrong type of loan,” one that balloons at the wrong time, or needs constant repayment, “it can get your business into a mess.”

Webber recommended business owners also consult the SCORE website, which has easy to fill out balance sheet worksheets, along with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) websites.  If you want to talk with HomeStreet about a business loan, contact Debbie Webber at 206/442-5370 or Teresa Murphy at 206/753-2111.

 

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