TAZZU – the old new kid in town

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I'm happy to announce today’s launch of TAZZU Business Networking Community.

TAZZU Business Networking Community

Today was indeed a big day, and yet very possibly only the beginning of better things to come.

TAZZU a pet project of JenTekk Web Solutions was originally founded back in 2006. In 2010 an unfortunate turn of events took TAZZU offline and left the Members looking for alternative ways to network.

Today, with many loyal Members waiting on the wings, the Community appears to be positioned to make a long awaited come back.

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Act III: Reviving TAZZU

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Many suns have risen and set since the inception of TAZZU back in 2006.

TAZZU Business Networking Community

ACT I: Humble Beginnings

Being a business owner myself I empathized with other entrepreneurs wishing to run a successful business, and trying to generate leads for employment opportunities.

In 2004 I discovered the power of networking.

Attending networking breakfasts, and engaging in online communities and participating in events opened up a new world of opportunity and resource. One where I could contribute to, and receive from other business owners.

It was this awakening in 2006 that led me to create the TAZZU Networking Forums. With the forum built, 21 invitations sent, and the support of 4 amazing moderators, a safe environment was created for the members to network, exchange ideas, and ultimately make connections that could grow their businesses. It wasn't long before we had a thriving & vibrant networking community!

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Gift from BC Library Association & Ministry of Education

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Look at what arrived in the mailbox today! A copy of the book "Express Yourself!" a compilation of the top 30 winning stories from last year's B.C. Kids Writing Contest.

Express Yourself! The BC Kids Wrting Contest

In short: last June JenTekk received an email from the Ministry of Education inquiring about creating a website for an online kids writing contest they were sponsoring. The contest was to be a part of a province-wide celebration: the BC Libraries 100th Anniversary!

I jumped at the opportunity. Having designed BC Library Association's Kids Summer Reading Club websites since 2006 – and enjoying it full tilt – I couldn't resist.

As a token of their appreciation, the Ministry of Education they sent me this copy of the commemorative book.

Thank you to BCLA, Ministry of Education and Province of BC for this delightful token of your appreciation, and for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful celebration.

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TAZZU and the winds of change

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Rastin of rmdStudio and I met yesterday in Kitsilano at Calhoun’s Bakery (below) where we first partnered in 2007 to officially incorporate TAZZU as TAZZU™ Networking Ltd.

This meeting today however was to mark the passing of time, and acknowledge the winds of change.

We did some reflecting and agreed that TAZZU had definitely been a blast!

Rastin and Jen at Calhoun's

Since that first meeting in ’07 TAZZU has had its share of successes - initially a vibrant growing community, networking meetings in Yaletown, Gastown and Richmond, a number of WordPress Camps, Joomla Camps, including organizing and hosting the very first Joomla Day in Canada: "JoomlaDay Vancouver 2008".

The TAZZU community grew from an initial small handful of local acquaintances in 2006 to a vibrant group with members hailing from around the globe.

Some say that all good things must come to an end. I'm not so sure this is true, but what I do know is that time keeps ticking, and along with the passing of time comes change.

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TAZZU WordPress Camp - rockin' the Hub

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This past Wednesday, myself, along with rmd Studio, PeerGlobe and TAZZU, and hosted Vancouver’s first WordPress Camp.

Thanks to Amanda Abrams for this great photo!

WordPress Camp Vancouver

We initially estimated around 35 to 40 people attending the event, located at the beautiful Network Hub. However, word got out, and a week before the event, RSVPs starting flooding in... yeah, I commenced to panic.

Phone calls were quickly made to locate a larger venue, but with such short notice none could be found, so we all just 'pressed' in.

The first to arrive got chairs, others took to the floor, and the rest stood. Okay, it's not ideal, but I tell you what, there sure was a sense of community within the room. We made the best of it.

I had the pleasure of greeting all the attendees, and must say they are an amazing bunch. I feel like I've just made a whole whack of new friends.

To summarize the event: the presenters were fabulous, making the most of their 20 minutes. As far as topics go, there was really something there for everyone. In addition, sponsors provided Timmy's coffee and donuts for all, and a free beer (thanks Automattic!) for those who made it out to the after-party held at the Flux Bistro.

So, from me personally,to all of you, thank you so much for making TAZZU's WordPress Camp a huge success!

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TAZZU WordPress Camp

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Tazzu WordPress Camp

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WordPress users: don't miss this event!
What: Tazzu WordPress Camp
When: Wed. April the 30th from 5:30 to 8:30pm
Where: The Network Hub - 422 Richards St. Vancouver BC

A bit about WordPress

WordPress is perhaps the most commonly used Blogging web application on the web. We blog to express ourselves, share our thoughts, or promote our businesses.

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