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The WorkShop – Sacramento Grand Opening Celebration!

Co-working, Community Service, Event Recap, Front Street Animal Shelter, KAI Partners, KAIP Academy, Sacramento, Small Business, The WorkShop, Workforce Development

Photo Credit: Stephen Alfano and Carmen Marsh

KAI Partners recently celebrated the grand opening of The WorkShop – Sacramento! The grand opening event provided the opportunity to show off The WorkShop’s beautiful 9,000 square feet of office, desk, and conference room space, as well as network with friends, colleagues, and community partners.

The highlight of the evening included puppies from Front Street Animal Shelter. Each adorable, adoptable puppy was named after a country music star. We were thrilled to partner with Front Street to raffle off five free adoptions to folks attending the Grand Opening. That’s five animals that will get new loving homes and for that we are very grateful.

The bourbon tasting with Rick Mindermann from Corti Brothers was also a highlight of the night—and provided a true learning opportunity for folks to gain history and knowledge about this American spirit.

Thank you to all who came out to attend our Grand Opening celebration and thank you to the East Sacramento/McKinley Park neighborhood for giving us such a warm welcome.

Interested in seeing The WorkShop? We’d love the opportunity to show you around. Please email workshop@kaipartners.com or call 916-465-8065 to set up a tour or to get more information about our services.

Here’s a little more information about The WorkShop – Sacramento:

  • As a co-working space, The WorkShop provides customized, competitively priced workspaces, including dedicated office and desk space.
  • As a business support provider, The WorkShop provides a la carte services such as reception, IT, and mailing services, as well as access to meeting rooms.
  • As a business incubator, The WorkShop combines our amenities with business development services and access to expert advisors.
  • As the home of our workforce development arm, the KAIP Academy, The WorkShop offers training and certification in today’s most in-demand skills and disciplines.

First Responder CrossFit Charity Event 2017 Recap

Community Service, Event Recap, First Responder Support Network, Sacramento

Photo Credit: CrossFit Centurion

The second annual Fight 4 Life fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit organization First Responder Support Network (FRSN) took place this past Saturday at CrossFit Centurion. Last year’s event raised a little over $19,000 and we were thrilled to see that this year’s event raised a record $22,582!

FRSN mission is to, “Provide first responders and their families the tools to reduce personal and family stress and to encourage appropriate career decisions and reduce the effects of traumatic incident stress on an individual’s life. The key components of FRSN are the 6-day residential treatment for first responders, also known as the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR), and the 6-day program for significant others & spouses (SOS).”

Last year’s funds helped FRSN fix up their Napa location and open a much-needed new location in Arizona—we are excited to see how this year’s funds will be utilized!

Both athletes and non-athletes alike turned out for the event, which featured the famed Fight Gone Bad workout, as well as max bench press and max pull-up competitions. Kids were included in the fun with their own burpee competition.

It was a warm day—100+ degrees outside—but that didn’t deter attendees from showing up and enjoying the DJ, game truck, free beer, food, silent auction, raffle, and more. Local K9 units, ambulance services, other first responders dropped by to lend their support, as well.

According to CrossFit Centurion, “All proceeds from donors, sales, auctions, and raffles go back to the First Responder Support Network to provide PTSD treatment and counseling for fire fighters, law enforcement, corrections, medics, dispatchers, and their families! We could not have done this without the support of our athletes, our sponsors, and those who believe in our cause!”

KAI Partners President David Kendall says, “We were thrilled to sponsor an event benefiting such a great cause. It’s so important to make sure our first responders and their families are provided the tools and resources they need to thrive.”

Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, supported, and volunteered at this year’s Fight 4 Life fundraiser!

Other event sponsors included: Goyette and Associates, Inc. (Paul Goyette and Charles Caraway), Joey Hand Racing, Van Vleck Ranch, Tommy Lane Painting and Construction, Russ Bair Construction, Folsom AVS, Newman Construction, California Sleep Solutions, Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

You’re Invited: First Responder CrossFit Charity Event

Community Service, First Responder Support Network, Sacramento

KAI Partners, Inc. is excited to once again sponsor the Fight 4 Life CrossFit charity event on June 24, 2017 at 10am at CrossFit Centurion. Last year’s event raised nearly $20,000 for the nonprofit organization First Responder Support Network (FRSN) and we look forward to breaking that record this year!

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised go directly to FRSN. In their words,

“Our goal is to provide first responders and their families the tools to reduce personal and family stress and to encourage appropriate career decisions and reduce the effects of traumatic incident stress on an individual’s life. The key components of FRSN are the 6-day residential treatment for first responders, also known as the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR), and the 6-day program for significant others & spouses (SOS).”

Last year’s funds helped FRSN fix up their Napa location and open a much-needed new location in Arizona!

Want to get involved on behalf of the first responder in your life?

Click here to register as an athlete or to donate.

Not a CrossFitter? Not a problem! A video game truck, bounce house, silent auction, raffle, and more will be available for those who don’t want to participate in the WOD.

Want to learn more? We’ve got all the resources you need!

We look forward to working out with you on June 24th as we honor and raise money for our first responders!

Civic & Gov Tech Showcase Event Recap

Civic & Gov Tech Showcase, Community Service, Conferences, Data Management, Event Recap, General Life/Work, Government, Information Technology, Managing/Leadership, Project Management, Sacramento, Small Business, Technology

Photo Credit: Innovate Your State

By Guest Blogger Tony Oliver, Penny Wise Consulting Group

One of KAI Partners’ own partners, Tony Oliver of Penny Wise Consulting Group, recently attended the second annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase in Sacramento. According to event sponsors Innovate Your State and the City of Sacramento Mayor’s Office for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, “The Civic & Gov Tech Showcase is an opportunity to connect civic minded entrepreneurs, government leaders and potential investors to showcase innovation and encourage collaboration and support of new technologies to improve government.” We asked Tony to share with us his thoughts on the event, so take it away, Tony!

It was an interesting event, with the first 30 minutes focusing on discussing the benefits of Sacramento for companies either looking to move from the Bay Area or seeking to open local offices.

After a 30-minute break, there were two hours of quick 8-minute presentations by startups with a focus on government or civic issues. The main thread weaving them together: These are the types of projects that once upon a time, the bigger tech outfits would (or would not) address, often only if million-dollar contracts were present. Now, however, these smaller outfits are offering the counties and cities an opportunity to fix big problems with their nimbler, web-enabled software.

A few of these startups caught my eye, including:

  • A.R.G.O Labs: More diverse than the others, its focus is on leveraging civic data science tools to deliver public services more efficiently
  • Caravan Studios: More of a container to solve problems; their presentation actually had a case: disseminating information to disadvantaged students from the nation’s 100k public schools on where to find free activities and meals during the summer
  • CityGrows: Streamlines and provides a transparent view of how permits, processes, etc. are offered by the cities
  • Civic CrowdAnalytics: Crunches civic data with Natural Language Processing, i.e., sentiment analysis
  • MeWe: Inspection software used to carve a big dent in the backlog of public sector inspections
  • Organizer: A volunteer-focused startup
  • Pinpoint Predictive: More of people analytics, similar to Civic Crow Analytics above
  • ShiftSpark: Citizen lobbying
  • SpeakEasy Political: Templates and assistance on direct marketing campaigns for issues
  • Support Pay: Combination of communication platform and payment and verification system for child support expenses and collaboration
  • Voter: Tinder-like, used to connect with like-minded voters

It sounds like this year’s Civic & Gov Tech Showcase featured some great startups that can help positively influence our government and political processes! KAI Partners thanks Tony for his thoughts on this event and will be looking at these companies—and others making their way to the Sacramento area—in the future.

About the Author: Tony Oliver is a project manager by trade, a marketing guru by profession, and a lifelong learner from birth. His best trait is an inquisitive mind, which drives his desire to understand not just the “what” but also the “how” and more importantly, the “why” and “why not?” Tony is experienced in supply, pricing, demand, and consumption analysis and holds an MBA in marketing from a top 20 school (UNC Chapel Hill) and an undergraduate English Literature degree from Georgetown University. With 15+ years of experience with Intel and Cisco, Tony is fully bilingual (English, Spanish) with a working knowledge of French, as well as a seasoned public speaker and instructor of Project Management and Presentation Skills courses.

Community Service Profile: First Responder Support Network

Community Service, First Responder Support Network, Sacramento

Photo Credit: Brad Alexander

By Sarah Walsh

At the start of summer, KAI Partners, Inc. had the opportunity to team up with the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) for the first annual Fight 4 Life event at CrossFit Centurion in Rancho Cordova, California.

FRSN is a California-based non-profit 501.c.3 organization whose mission is to provide educational treatment programs to promote recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by First Responders and their families. FRSN’s mission is primarily accomplished through the West Coast Posttrauma Retreat (WCPR) and the Significant Others and Spouse (SOS) programs, both of which are 6-day residential treatment programs.

We caught up with FRSN Board of Directions President and Volunteer Lead Clinician Stephanie Cress to share what FRSN is all about.

It was in 1999 that the first iteration of FRSN came be, as a group of clinicians, chaplains, and first responder peers got together to address the need for a west coast-based program to help law enforcement officers suffering from posttraumatic stress.

This group developed the West Coast Posttrauma Retreat (WCPR). The first “retreat” was held in 2001. According to Ms. Cress, after the first retreat, “It became apparent that the significant others and spouses of the treated first responders had also been significantly affected by the experiences of their significant others and spouses.” Seeking to fill this need, Significant Others and Spouses (SOS) was created.

Soon after, the organization changed its name to encompass both WCPR and SOS. The umbrella non-profit organization is now what we know today as the First Responder Support Network. Along with Fire, Police, and Sheriff clients, other FRSN clients include EMS paramedics, Emergency Room and Flight Registered Nurses, and the California Department of Corrections.

While based in Northern California, FRSN treats first responders and significant others and spouses from around the country. Law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and paramedics from Canada, Puerto Rico, and England have also attended WCPR.

Approximately 70% of funds raised return directly to FRSN to help them achieve their core work. The nearly $19,000 raised at the Fight 4 Life event will help those first responders who need financial assistance to attend WRCR. And, as Ms. Cress says, “There is a saying that ‘an Army marches on its stomach’ and this is true of WRCR.” As a result, the donations from Fight 4 Life will also help the group continue their much-needed kitchen improvements, as well as address other capital expenses.

KAI Partners, Inc. is proud to partner with an organization that helps first responders—the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety—as well as their families, who also bear a huge burden. Special thanks to our fellow Fight 4 Life event sponsors, including: Paul Goyette & Associates, Primal Quest Expedition, Public Safety Survivor Benefits, Joey Hand Racing Team, PB Electric, Inc., Tommy Lane Painting & Construction, Van Vleck Ranch, Qalo, Fit Aid, Progenex, Xendurance, Gatorz, BlenderBottle, Project X, Max Nutrition Citrus Heights, Total Nutrition (Sacramento), The Vitamin Shoppe (Folsom), Living OneLove, Trader Joe’s (Fair Oaks), Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA), California Academy of Baseball, Greg Padilla Bail Bonds, Felipe’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Stealth Gear USA, Hair by Amber Phillips, Michael Torres Photography, Massage by Michelle Galuszka, Barbara Gardner, Home Depot (Folsom), Sports Authority (Folsom; now Dick’s Sporting Goods), Folsom City Ink, The Moose Lodge of Rancho Cordova, Tammy Baarts, The Bowman Family, Franklin Templeton, Caitlin Snow, Shawna Biava, and iFit Golf. More photos of the event can be found here.

If you’d like to get involved with the First Responder Support Network, or if you know someone who could benefit from one of their programs, visit www.frsn.org.

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