Lean Coffee
By: Caitlin Pauline Bourn

The popularity of Lean Coffee is expanding across the U.S. and no; I am not talking about a new fat-free frappe or latte craze. Lean Coffee is a casual, yet organized meeting that gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the opportunity to come together and talk. These conversations are helpful because the topics are focused and intentional among attendees.

Lean Coffee meetings typically begin with each individual jotting down a topic they would like to discuss on a post-it-note. The topics can vary from anything Lean Coffee attendees want to discuss or follow a theme. The post-it-notes with the topics are then placed in the middle and each person decides on his/her favorite topic (and yes, each person must choose a topic other than their own). This method at the beginning of each Lean Coffee meeting creates structure and balance for an open discussion.

Lean Coffee meetings are gaining popularity around the world including cities such as Seattle, Toronto, Stockholm, San Francisco and New York City to name a few. Currently, Lean Coffee meetings take place monthly in Roanoke, Virginia.

The next Lean Coffee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th at 9 a.m. at the Roanoke Business Lounge. So, if you are an entrepreneur or small business looking to exchange ideas and build a strong community of like-minded individuals, don’t miss out on August 6th! Visit Roanoke Startup Meetup at Meetup.com today to learn more about upcoming meetings and events.

Lean Coffee at Froth in Roanoke on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.



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