local synapse meeting on 4/7 (non-CLA)

Join us for the second Hub 007 with Synapse.  The non-profit partner for this event is Art180.

Local entrepreneur and Spider alum, Keith Reynolds, and his business partner, Steven Lowrie, founded an organization called Synapse.  Synapse is a membership organization that blends the best practices of business networking organizations and civic organizations (like Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.) in an effort to create a collection of community minded people and professionals who want to build relationships and find success through service to each other and their community.  Groups of Synapse members are called Hubs, and each Hub is built around a Hub Leader (a business owner or professional who has a desire to support the mission of a local nonprofit while building a team of trusted professional resources) and a Nonprofit Partner Executive Director or senior staff member, who wants to better connect with the business community, while helping to raise awareness and develop resources for their organization.  Most Hub meetings are held at their nonprofit partner’s office/headquarters, and 90 minute meetings are organized for each Synapse Hub on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  The Synapse concept creates an environment where business owners and sales professionals have regular opportunities to learn about the missions and meet the employees of many local nonprofit organizations while allowing them to also promote themselves, their businesses and their personal/professional interests, passions, skills and talents.  The meeting agenda is designed to provide each nonprofit partner time to share their mission, personal passion for the organization and upcoming events and/or needs.  After an additional few minutes of questions and answers, all participants in attendance have between 2.5 and 3 minutes to talk about themselves before using the final 15 to 20 minutes of each meeting to brainstorm openly, creating valuable connection opportunities.

Currently, Synapse has 25 Hubs that meet regularly around Richmond and 2 active Hubs in Charlottesville.  Membership is currently in excess of 230 and expected to exceed 250 by the end of February.

Hub 007 was always intended to be different from all other Hubs, and Synapse will be holding its 2nd Synapse Hub 007 meeting @ UR on Thursday, April 7 from 3-4:30p.m.  Keith Reynolds will be the Hub Leader, and Art180 will be the Nonprofit Partner.  Participants will include 8 to 10 Synapse member business owners who are, or will soon be, looking for interns or new employees, and 8 to 10 UR students who may be interested in entrepreneurship, civic engagement, volunteer opportunities or jobs/internships locally.

Space is limited, so please let me know ASAP if you are able to attend.  If you are interested in learning more about Synapse, you may contact Keith directly at keith@synapsehubs.com or visit www.synapsehubs.com and https://www.facebook.com/Synapsehubs/.  Keith will be happy to share the Synapse weekly Hub meeting schedule with you so that you may consider attending any of the Hubs around Richmond in the coming weeks.





Adrienne Piazza

Program Manager

Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

University of Richmond

Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 201

Phone: 804-484-1606

Fax: 804-484-1605

Email: apiazza@richmond.edu


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