Friday, October 16, 2009

Imago Summer & M3 Meetup Success

Imago Associates ( is weathering the financial downturn by doing what we've always done: providing high quality, used furniture to the commercial marketplace and managing successful liquidations of companies who are adding. moving or changing in some way. We've recently worked on projects with Women's Funding Network, Signal Demand, Rodan & Fields, One California Bank, Solairus and Mamasource. Quite a diverse group! We've also done some LEED consulting for commercial property managers. As always most of our business comes to us through our wonderful referral base. Thanks to you all.

A secret to our continued success is the relationship with the wonderful women of Count Me In For Women's Economic Independence. Back in July I was asked by them to spear-head a "meetup" group in San Francisco for entrepreneurial women. If you're not familiar with the "Meetup" concept check it out at Simply put it's a website designed to use the power of the internet to bring people with shared interests together face-to-face.

We held our first meeting of the San Francisco/Bay Area M3 Race Group at the fabulous office of Eat My Words, Founder Alexandra Watkins ( and it consisted of members of One California Bank speaking about their wonderful mission to provide business banking to the underserved in California which includes---we KNEW THIS---entrepreneurial women. Great meeting. Great group.

Our next you know what IT IS :)... was again held in the workplace of one of our esteemed members---and Assistant Meetup Organizer---Molly Fuller, Founder and President of Hands On Gourmet ( We met in her amazing kitchen and heard lawyer, Angela de la Housaye, De La Housaye & Associates and Jeff Brown, CPA of Jeff Brown, P.C. speak about the various business structures (LLP, S Corp, etc) and their legal and tax implications. Fascinating! Wendy Smith of Smith-Watkins ( said about the meetup:

"The speakers ... were informative, enthusiastic and helpful. They clearly love their jobs, and we appreciated their willingness to share crucial knowledge with us. The setting was terrific, as was the food, and the women are great. This is a very encouraging environment for a woman business owner.

How cool is that?

Our next meetup is scheduled for October 26th in the headquarters of Nadine Johnson's Sous Kitchen ( San Carlos) Our speaker will be Susan Knapp of A Perfect Pear ( who will share with us her experience participating in ABC's Shark Tank where she received a 250K investment in her business. Susan's tasty products have been seen on the Home Shopping Network and are available in fine food retailers throughout the U.S. Local girl makes! Congrats to Susan. What a story she has to tell about the ups and downs of running and financing a successful food products business.

I cannot say how proud I am to have the opportunity to get to know all these fabulous women. Not a day goes by that one of them does not inspire me in some way through their attitudes and actions and sheer force of feminine WILL. I'm also very excited to say that as of today, our meetup, the San Francisco/Bay Area M3 Group ( is the largest group of it's kind in the United States! Founded on July 17, 2009 we are 107 members strong and growing quite literally every day. Consider joining us!

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