Small is GREAT XIV: The Unintentional Salaryman

Feb. 7, 2019 18:00 - 20:00


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From humble beginnings as a TEFL instructor with lacklustre management in Germany, to a fledgling business owner in Japan during the financial crisis of 2008, Richard Straughan has weathered many storms.

After growing his Tokyo-based SME by building a solid and reliable customer base, the firm was snapped up in 2018 by a large Japanese corporation with global brand recognition. The firm had spotted the value in entering the high end corporate training market, and wanted an experienced professional at the helm. Since last year, Richard has been enjoying a comfortable desk in a large office in Ginza with less pressure to put food on the table each month - though his new salaried situation comes with certain caveats.

So how does an entrepreneur get onto the radar of a house-hold name in the English language learning sector? How do you begin to negotiate selling your baby? What keeps you motivated to succeed through business cycles and transitions? And at the end of the day, has the against-the-tide journey from entrepreneur to full-time employee all been worth it?

Join us on the evening of February 7, for the latest in our Small is GREAT series of events, led by Richard Straughan, Corporate Business Development Manager at Rosetta Stone Learning Center.

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About Small is GREAT events 

Launched in 2011, BCCJ Small is GREAT (SiG) events are aimed at creating an open platform for SMEs and entrepreneurs to build networks and leverage success stories in the Japan market.


  • Finger food and drinks included in ticket price.
  • Members who have paid the annual membership fee can use their free seat coupons to attend this event.
  • Paid reservation by February, 1800 after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged.
  • Bookings on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Prior reservation is essential. We cannot accept cash at the door.

Due to office security restrictions, reception will start at 1745 and attendees arriving after 1815 cannot be admitted.





セキュリティの都合上 当日の受付はビル1階入口にて17時45分から18時15分までとさせていただきます。それ以降に到着されてもご入場できません。


Venue Information

BCCJ Office
Ark Hills Front Tower RoP
2-23-1 Akasaka Minato-ku

Due to office security restrictions, reception will start at 1745 and attendees arriving after 1815 can not be admitted.
セキュリティの都合上 当日の受付はビル1階入口にて17時45分から18時15分までとさせていただきます。それ以降に到着されてもご入場できません。

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Payment Options:

  • Paypal
  • Bank transfer

Member Cost: ¥3,000

Non-Members Cost: ¥7,000