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  • July 10, 2019 10:49 AM | Che' Loessberg (Administrator)


    Here are some great events you won't want to miss.  

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title: Feedback is another F word          

    Event type: Leadership series

    Event date & time: July 18 11:30-1

    Link to registration: https://www.mntc.edu/classes/business-financial-services/featuredbusinessandfinance/growandgo

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    Event title: Jekyll and Hyde. What’s your leadership personality?

    Event type: Leadership Series

    Event date & time: August 15 11:30-1

    Link to registration: https://www.mntc.edu/classes/business-financial-services/featuredbusinessandfinance/growandgo

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    Host Organization: Oklahoma Venture Forum

    Location: The Garage & Lounge at 800 

    Event title:  Member Kick-off Event

    Event type:  Membership Mingle

    Event date & time:  August 21st, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

    Link to registration: Attend

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title:  Leading at the Speed of Trust

    Event type:  Lunch & Learn

    Event date & time:  22 Aug  = 1130A -130P

    Link to registration: https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/lunch-learn-franklin-coveys-leading-speed-trust

    OVF member discount code if available:

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    Host Organization: Oklahoma Venture Forum

    Event title: OVF Power Lunch "Early Development - Teen Founders"

    Event type:  Success Speaker & Pitch Presentation

    Event date & time:  September 11th, 11:30 am-1:00 pm

    Link to registration:  Attend

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title:  4 Essential Roles of Leadership

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  20 Sep = 830A -400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-leading-speed-trust-workshop

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    Host Organization: Oklahoma Venture Forum

    Event title: OVF After Hours at the BBB of Central Oklahoma

    Event type:  Networking, Speaker & Tour 

    Event date & time:  September 26th, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

    Link to registration:  Attend

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    Host Organization: Oklahoma Venture Forum

    Event title: OVF Power Lunch "The Exit Strategy"

    Event type:  Success Speaker & Pitch Presentation

    Event date & time:  October 9th, 11:30 am-1:00 pm

    Link to registration:  Attend

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title:  5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

    Event type:  Lunch & Learn

    Event date & time:  7 Nov  = 1130A -130P

    Link to registration: https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/lunch-learn-franklin-coveys-5-choices-extraordinary-productivity

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    Host Organization:   Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

    Event title:  Franklin Covey’s 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity: One Day Essentials

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  Friday November 15, 2019               830A – 400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-5-choices-extraordinary-productive-one-day-essentials

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    If you have questions about events?

    Please use the link included in each event. 

    Do you have questions about OVF membership?

    Please reach out to me, I am always happy to help.

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    If you would like to share events, classes or workshops with OVF members please click the Add Me button below and let us know you have something to share.  (Please do not share events, classes or workshops with us until you have received the response email with our preferred submission format)



  • June 21, 2019 1:12 PM | Che' Loessberg (Administrator)


    Incoming Board of Directors for 2019-2020 will extend from
    August 1
    st, 2019 to May 31st, 2020

    OKLAHOMA CITY (June 21, 2019) – Oklahoma Venture Forum announces incoming Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term. This term will extend from August 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.

    The Oklahoma Venture Forum is a non-profit organization formed in 1987 to encourage economic development in Oklahoma.  The organization provides opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, and others to exchange ideas and experiences to grow new and existing small businesses.

    The Board of Directors include business professionals from diverse fields in the Oklahoma community. These individuals are:

    • Ryan Butts, Chestnut Street Advisors
    • Ryan Cargill, i2E, Inc.
    • Steve Davis, Insperity
    • Henry Dumas, Moore Norman Technology Center
    • Cindy Friedemann, Metro Technology Centers
    • Maureen Hammond, Norman Economic Development Coalition
    • Jennifer Hankins, Tulsa Regional Chamber
    • Kitt Letcher, BBB Central OK
    • Andrew Pollock, OU Office of Technology Development
    • Michael Schade, Dunlap Codding, P. C.
    • Jim Stengle, OG&E
    • Tom Vaught, Victory Commercial Real Estate
    • Aaron Webster, Cameron Ventures
    • Daniel Will, OSU Research Foundation
    • Richard Wright, Hogan Taylor

    Monthly OVF meetings are a great way to meet and learn from each other all while fostering a better business future for Oklahoma. This is the best hour per month anyone can spend in pursuit of opportunity and connection with like-minded professionals,” explains Kyle Golding, Chairman of Oklahoma Venture Forum.

    The incoming 2019-2020 officers include:

    • James Denton, Arledge & Associates PC, OVF Treasurer
    • Gary Derrick, Derrick & Briggs LLP, OVF Secretary
    • Kyle Golding, The Golding Group, OVF Chairman
    • Brad Rickelman, Meridian Technology Center, OVF Immediate Past Chairman
    • Gary Rosenhamer, Insurica, OVF Past President
    • Danny Slusarchuk, Standards IT LLC, OVF Chairman Elect
    • Henry Duman, Moore Norman Technology, OVF Vice Chairman

    The monthly  OVF Power Lunch is a combination of peer-to-peer conversation, Pitch Presentations of viable business scenarios (not just potential) and Success Story presentations full of real-world specifics that inform and engage all attending” says Che’ Loessberg, Executive Director of Oklahoma Venture. “I am excited about the line-up of subjects this session, and we are getting ready to start in September.”

    Become a member with the Oklahoma Venture Forum at www.ovf.org/Join-OVF. Follow us on iTunes, Spreaker and YouTube for Podcast and videos. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for news and updates!


  • May 22, 2019 11:16 AM | Che' Loessberg (Administrator)

    Here are some great events you won't want to miss.  

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    Host Organization: The Mine OKC   TODAY!

    Event title: Final Presentations

    Event type: Presentations of 2 social entrepreneurship projects, reception to follow

    Event date & time: May 22, 2019, 5:30pm

    Link to registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mine-okc-final-presentations-tickets-60764867354

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title:  4 Essential Roles of Leadership

    Event type:  Lunch & Learn

    Event date & time:  6 June = 1130A -130P

    Link to registration: https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/lunch-learn-franklin-coveys-4-essentials-roles-leadership

    OVF member discount code if available:

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    Host Organization:   Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

    Event title:  Franklin Covey’s The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  Friday June 21, 2019                     830A – 400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-4-essential-roles-leadership-workshop

    OVF member discount code if available:  

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title:  Leading at the Speed of Trust

    Event type:  Lunch & Learn

    Event date & time:  22 Aug  = 1130A -130P

    Link to registration: https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/lunch-learn-franklin-coveys-leading-speed-trust

    OVF member discount code if available:

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title:  4 Essential Roles of Leadership

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  20 Sep = 830A -400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-leading-speed-trust-workshop

    OVF member discount code if available

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    Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology Center

    Event title:  5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

    Event type:  Lunch & Learn

    Event date & time:  7 Nov  = 1130A -130P

    Link to registration: https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/lunch-learn-franklin-coveys-5-choices-extraordinary-productivity

    OVF member discount code if available

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    Host Organization:   Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

    Event title:  Franklin Covey’s 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity: One Day Essentials

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  Friday November 15, 2019               830A – 400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-5-choices-extraordinary-productive-one-day-essentials

    OVF member discount code if available:  

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    If you have questions about events?

    Please use the link included in each event. 

    Do you have questions about OVF membership?

    Please reach out to me, I am always happy to help.

    Have an event, class, or workshop to Share?

    If you would like to share events, classes or workshops with OVF members please click the Add Me button below and let us know you have something to share.  (Please do not share events, classes or workshops with us until you have received the response email with our preferred submission format)

    ADD ME

  • April 25, 2019 3:17 PM | Che' Loessberg (Administrator)

    Host Organization:   Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

    Event title:  Franklin Covey’s 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  Tuesday April 30, 2019          830A – 400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/6-critical-practices-leading-team

    OVF member discount code if available:  

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    Host Organization: DD Audio

    Event title: DD Audio #SpeakerSeries Featuring Allison Candelaria, Owner of Soul Yoga

    Event type: Networking, presentation and Q/A about visionary business tactics and innovative approaches to starting or running a small business, personal brand or passion project.

    Event date & time: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 Time: 5:30pm - 6:00pm Networking Happy Hour & 6:00pm - 7:00pm Q/A with Allison Candelaria, Owner of Soul Yoga hosted by Kyle Golding, CEO of The Golding Group

    Link to registration: http://bit.ly/DDAudioSpeakerSeries3

    OVF member discount code if available: Free event 

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    Host organization:  Oklahoma Venture Forum

    Event title: Chairman's Award for Economic Impact presented by Insperity 

    Event type: Awards Luncheon, Keynote speaker Piyush Patel 

    Event date: Wednesday, May 8th, 11:00 a.m. at Oklahoma History Center

    Link to registration: www.ovf.org/Attend-OVF

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    Host organization: Startup Grind OKC

    Event title: Fireside chat with Robin Roberson (CEO & Co-Founder of WeGoLook)

    Event type: Informative chat, Q&A, networking, and food

    Event date: Tuesday, May 14th @ 6pm

    Link to registration: https://startupgrind.com/oklahoma-city/

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    Host Organization:   Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

    Event title:  Franklin Covey’s The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  Friday June 21, 2019                     830A – 400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-4-essential-roles-leadership-workshop

    OVF member discount code if available:  

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    Host Organization:   Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

    Event title:  Franklin Covey’s Leading at the Speed of Trust

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  Friday September 20, 2019                830A – 400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-leading-speed-trust-workshop

    OVF member discount code if available:  

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    Host Organization:   Moore Norman Technology Center (South Penn Campus)

    Event title:  Franklin Covey’s 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity: One Day Essentials

    Event type:  Workshop

    Event date & time:  Friday November 15, 2019               830A – 400P

    Link to registration:  https://enrollment.mntc.edu/short-term-classes/franklin-coveys-5-choices-extraordinary-productive-one-day-essentials

    OVF member discount code if available:  

    _____________________________________

    If you have questions about events?

    Please use the link included in each event. 

    Do you have questions about OVF membership?

    Please reach out to me, I am always happy to help.

    Have an event, class, or workshop to Share?

    If you would like to share events, classes or workshops with OVF members please click the Add Me button below and let us know you have something to share.  (Please do not share events, classes or workshops with us until you have received the response email with our preferred submission format)


     


  • April 24, 2019 3:39 PM | Che' Loessberg (Administrator)

    Better Business Bureau® of Central Oklahoma, was founded in 1930 and serves over 50 counties in Oklahoma. Through different programs and methods, your BBB serves as a resource for businesses large and small and has adopted a focus of helping businesses grow.  With more programs and resources launching each year now more than ever is the best time to explore accreditation. For more information, visit oklahomacity.bbb.org.



  • April 24, 2019 3:19 PM | Che' Loessberg (Administrator)


    Don't miss this interview with Piyush Patel. Piyush is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Chairman's Award for Economic Impact presented by Insperity, that will be held on May 8th at the Oklahoma History Center. Thank you Kyle Golding of The Golding Group.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkOG1hAJokkICTuJKfqEWcQ

    https://www.spreaker.com/user/ovfokc/ovf-podcast-ep15-piyush-patel

  • April 23, 2019 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    Chairman's Award for Economic Impact Title Sponsor

    Insperity, a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for more than 33 years, provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Insperity® Business Performance Advisors offer the most comprehensive suite of products and services available in the marketplace. Insperity delivers administrative relief, better benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity through its premier Workforce Optimization® solution. Additional company offerings include Traditional Payroll and Human Capital Management, Time and Attendance, Performance Management, Organizational Planning, Recruiting Services, Employment Screening, Expense Management, Retirement Services and Insurance Services. Insperity business performance solutions support more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees.  With 2018 revenues of $3.8 billion, Insperity operates in 73 offices throughout the United States.


  • April 23, 2019 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    “LEARN TO MAKE DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, AND THEN CREATE SOME NEW THINGS.”

    Here’s a line of advice from Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby: “Learn to make do with what you have,” says the leader who is receiving the honor on behalf of the Chickasaw Nation, “and then create some new things.” That wisdom is evidenced in the tribe’s government, management, and investments.

    “Chickasaw Nation Industries (CNI) is a federally chartered corporation owned by the Chickasaw Nation,” explains the Governor. “We had to acquire the support of our people to form the organization back in 1996. So we sent out around 15,000 ballots, and the charter was approved.”

    “We started out small. But we’ve grown and today we’re approaching around 40,000 registered voters. We have more than a dozen subsidiaries with over 2000 employees in 40 states.”

    Some of those employees reside in places like Marietta, a rural community in southern Oklahoma. In 2004, when the Chickasaw nation learned that the town’s local manufacturing facility was about to shut down, the tribe stepped in and acquired the business. “We took the leap,” recalls the Governor of the time when 50 employees almost lost their jobs. “We kept the business going and were actually able to expand it.”

    Today CNI operates Filtra-Systems out of the plant in Marietta. “One of the products, and it’s very exciting, is the Scout Mobile Water Filtration System,” says Governor Anoatubby. “It can recycle up to 10,000 barrels of produced water, which is water utilized in drilling and fracking operations. The water can then be reused instead of being sent to the disposal well.”

    Another subsidiary of CNI is Corvid Technologies. “The engineers at Corvid work with supercomputers. They do predictive modeling for different entities from NASCAR to the US government.”

    “For example, the computer programs developed at Corvid show what effect an IED has on a vehicle. This saves the government money because an actual vehicle doesn’t have to be used.”

    “This is not only a good business to be in; it’s also a growing business. We expect to add 350 employees in the years to come.”

    Long term investments that deliver positive economic impacts are clearly important to the Chickasaw Nation and its leader; after all, Governor Anoatubby has invested more than 30 years in tribal leadership. While making do in order to create new is one of his guiding principles, due diligence is another. “We probably invest in about 1% of the opportunities we evaluate,” he says. “We always ask if the business will support the economic goals of our Nation and improve the quality of life for our people.”

    There is one investment opportunity, though, to which the Governor and his tribe regularly say ‘yes.’ “We fund over 5000 scholarships today,” he says. “And now we are seeing young people coming back to work with us. They have all kinds of expertise, from business to finance to investments. So we’re very thankful for that.”

    Governor Anoatubby is also thankful for the Oklahoma Venture Forum. “Some of the work that’s been done by our people is being recognized. It’s very nice that the OVF would give our Nation this economic impact award.”


  • April 23, 2019 3:03 PM | Anonymous
    We are excited to announce that our Keynote speaker will be Piyush Patel, Speaker, Angel Investor and Best-Selling Author of Lead Your Tribe, Love Your Work. Mr. Patel has 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and is the former CEO of Digital-Tutors.
    Piyush Patel is on a roll. Five years ago he achieved a $45 million exit for Digital-Tutors, the company he launched with a $54 investment. Today he is a bestselling author of a book about building an exceptional workplace culture. He is also a speaker and angel investor. How did this entrepreneur achieve such success? His book, Lead Your Tribe, Love Your Work, outlines his process, but it really could be summed up in one phrase: Roll changing.
     
    “Big problems happen when you ignore little problems because they start to compound,” says Patel. “Changing the toilet paper roll is the smallest litmus test in an organization that shows how people treat each other.”

    “People ask me all the time: ‘Piyush, why do you obsess about that?’ And I say it’s because I see my core value broken. The core value of respect. In the boardroom and in the kitchen, everyone’s going to be respectful. But how do people act when nobody’s watching?”

    It was three years into the launch of Digital-Tutors before Patel and his wife Lisa realized the need to hammer out a list of core values for their business. (They titled those five values The Rules of Our Game.) But that might never have happened if the entrepreneur hadn’t encountered what he calls ‘the valley of death.’ “There are hundreds of those times,” he says. “It’s when you’re not growing, cash is tight, you struggle with culture and with customers.”

    “Then you figure it out and you grow and then you hit another valley of death again. Entrepreneurs need to realize it’s a process. The character of your people shows up in the valley of death because those parts are hard. This is where great businesses are built.”

    If it sounds like a roller coaster, then you get the idea.

    The values derived from that valley of death are on page seven of the book, but here is a takeaway from page eight: “Those five values,” says the author, “transformed my company from a place I hated to go into a place I loved to call home. They also turned Digital-Tutors into an online training powerhouse.”
    Another thing that kept Patel rolling in the right direction was to focus on a goal. “I call it the North Star,” he explains. “For Digital-Tutors, that meant becoming the ESPN of our industry, that is being the brand equity for people in the movie and video game industry.”

    “So when we hit those valleys of death, we asked ourselves, ‘Will this help us become the ESPN, or does this divert or cloud that process? That became one of our litmus tests.”

    The North Star answers the ‘what we do’ question, but what about the ‘why’ do we do it? It’s about role changing.

    “If your role is to make sure to take care of your core tribe, they will take care of your larger tribe every time,” he says. “We did what we did in order to improve the lives of our people and the people who use our products.”

    “The order here of our people over the people who buy our products is extremely important. We didn’t put our customers first.”

    Dial back to the first paragraph to see how that ‘why’ worked for this CEO. Then add in this fact: Digital-Tutors served big-name clients like LucasArts, Pixar, and Disney.

    While taking care of those customers, Piyush Patel kept taking care of his team. “At each of our monthly staff meetings, we went around the room and let each person tell about how another employee exemplified one of our five values. Each story was tied to a specific value, about a specific person, and related to a specific event.”

    “Our monthly meetings gave me the chance to check all the dials and gauges. Deeper than that, though, it gave us all a chance to affirm not only our values but our significance to each other.”

    “We do this all the time with our families. We tell them we love them even though they already know it. We need to do the same thing in a business setting.”
    “Think of it as an investment in the long-term health of your tribe.”


  • April 23, 2019 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    May 8th at the Oklahoma History Center is our Chairman’s Award for Economic Impact event, and I want to see you there. It is a great ending to our year of luncheons and events.
    We are very pleased to be able to present the Chairman’s award to the Chickasaw Nation and its Governor Bill Anoatubby. Most of us are very familiar with the various business operations owned by the Chickasaw Nation. I find it fascinating how the tribal leadership and business development team work towards meeting their mission to enhance the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people. They are not only interested in a good business they also need it to be sustainable and provide for the overall quality of life.
     
    Tribal leadership understands that gaming and casinos are a valuable contribution, but one which depends critically on a regulatory environment which could change at any time. Being able to develop long-term returns from the resources gained through this happy circumstance is a difficult mission. Observe how many of the oil-rich Gulf States still depend essentially on a natural resource – oil – for the vast preponderance of their wealth and influence.
    And in Oklahoma, we too are recipients of natural resources which allow the state to flourish. Oil, natural gas, agriculture, mining, all are extractive industries which have brought wealth to us since our state was founded.
     
    The question is: where do we go from here? The Venture Forum was created in response to the banking crisis, and the concomitant business crisis, of the 1980s. If we could develop more entrepreneurial businesses in our state, that could help us weather whatever occurs in our extractive economy.
     
    Now 3o years later, we still are dependent on oil and natural gas for the prosperity of our state. Because tax collections are higher this year, there will be more money for our legislature to budget, but if oil and gas prices decline, we go back down the same hill as before.
     
    In this, my ninth chairman’s report to you all, I am more convinced of the need and role for a Venture Forum to help grow our entrepreneurs and their business. And it is an ongoing process. That is why I am concerned by a small but noticeable dip in our luncheon and after hour’s event attendance. If we are to continue our mission, we need to develop the next generation of those interested in strengthening the entrepreneur ecosystem of Oklahoma.
     
    I look forward to seeing you – and a guest! – at an upcoming OVF event. Remember that if you have someone you feel should attend one of our events, and you cannot afford to bring them as a guest, tell me and I will make it happen.

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