Millennial Moves: Calvin Quallis On Building Men’s Grooming Brand, Scotch Porter

Scotch Porter is a New Jersey-based men’s grooming brand and part of the #beardgang culture. The company is the brainchild of millennial founder Calvin Quallis who took his idea from the barbershop to the shelves and online after noticing his clientele’s need for products that catered to their hair type.

Named after his favorite liquor (Scotch) and favorite jazz singer (Gregory Porter) Quallis created the brand with the everyday man in mind. What began as a targeted brand has expanded beyond products solely for the beard and face. Last fall, the company launched “Fresh Meat” masculine wipes and now the Mineral Enriched Body Collection comprised of a botanically-enriched body bar, exfoliating body scrub, body wash, and hydro-defense body lotion.

We interviewed Quallis and Aleesha Smalls-Worthington, Scotch Porter’s senior marketing manager, to discuss the business of grooming, building a brand, and tips every millennial needs for success.

Black Enterprise: You have created a grooming trifecta: face, hair, and body. What was the importance of positioning Scotch Porter as a one-stop-shop for men? 

Calvin Quallis: With Scotch Porter, I wanted to create a platform that catered to today’s busy man by offering a full selection of quality products conveniently at one destination. Also, we’re more than just a grooming brand, we’re selling more than what’s in a bottle or jar. We’re creating a lifestyle and providing our customers with something that they feel they can aspire to be.
How does your brand manage to stay on narrative in a culture of ever-changing trends?
Quallis: Our brand stays the course by focusing on delivering on the needs of our customers. By keeping a two-way dialogue at the forefront of our product development, we listen to what he wants and needs. Based on how those preferences align with SP’s mission, we release products and messaging that provides a solution. While a trend is key when it comes to certain products and services, our collections will continue to be rooted in pushing our customers to be great.
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Marketing and social media have been paramount for most brands on the market. How has this style of branding aided in reaching your target audience?
Smalls-Worthington: When it comes to marketing, our approach is multi-touch. It’s critical to meet “him”— where he consumes content—and deliver on his needs through product and information. No matter the medium, we focus on educating and entertaining men. Whether it’s talking about the benefits of using our products or highlighting interesting lifestyle hacks, our goal is for Scotch Porter to be a touch point in his life that makes him look, feel, and smell his best.
 
How has the barbershop; the church played a part in helping to build Scotch Porter?
Quallis: The barbershop is why Scotch Porter exists. Before the launch of Scotch Porter, I owned a barbershop called Center Stage Cuts. My mom also owned a barbershop/salon when I was a kid. Scotch Porter was born out of a barbershop that served predominately black and Hispanic men. Two months after opening the shop I noticed this recurring grooming issue that many of our customers had: very dry, damaged frizzy beards and hair. I put my problem solver hat on and from home, I researched natural products, ingredients and their effectiveness to treat my customer’s concerns. With feedback from our customers over the course of one-and-a-half years, I developed Scotch Porter’s first line of products with botanical infusions. 
 
What are 5 core values every entrepreneur should follow to build a business in a millennial society?
Quallis: [1] Every entrepreneur must be a great problem solver. It’s almost impossible to build a great business if you’re not a good problem solver. There are big and small problems that arise daily when building a business
[2] Being resilient is another one. There’s some days where you’ll feel completely defeated, tired, and at the point where you want to give up, but on the other side of all of those dark thoughts is success. When I feel overwhelmed or defeated, I always remind myself that the bigger the goal that I’m trying to accomplish, and the greater the impact I want to have, the more resistance and frustration I’m going to face, but I owe it to myself and my loved ones to keep going. You have to keep going.
[3] You have to be passionate about this thing that you’re building. You might have no idea how to monetize whatever this thing is that you love to do, but passion will drive you to figure it out. When you’re exhausted, broke, and utterly frustrated, passion will make you jump out of the bed and work late into the evening, because no dream can become a reality until it becomes an obsession.
[4] Figure out your true “Why.” There’s so many reasons to quit or not start a business. Business is risky and has so many unknowns. You could destroy your credibility. You could get punished by debt. You could even lose everything. However, your “why” is much more powerful than every reason to quit or not to start, and it’s what you need to go back to when you start feeling lost.
[5] Every entrepreneur must have a vision. Vision helps you with the process of planning, understanding the opportunity, and establishing goals for the business. It also permits you to see past where you are currently and ahead of your limited resources.
What is the future of men’s grooming?
Quallis: Men over the past 3 to 5 years have become much more interested in personal care and grooming. More men are now comfortably exploring products and services that were traditionally seen as more female-oriented. As we, and others in the industry, continue to educate men on the importance of grooming and how it can impact their appearance and how they feel about themselves, I think we’ll see a lot more new product offerings for men and growth in the men’s personal care space.

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Building Towers: discover the abstract work of artist Dave Towers at our gallery

As his work is hung as part of our Abstract showcase, one of artrepublic Brighton’s newest additions, Dave Towers, answers a few of our burning questions.

 Cosmic Blob by Dave Towers

 

artrepublic (AR): Abstraction, by definition is dealing with ideas rather than events. What kind of ideas do you find yourself dealing with in your work?
Dave Towers (DT): I’m trying to walk the line between something controlled and disciplined yet also organic and free form. The lines in the ‘Cosmic Blob’ work are unique in every painting but the intention is always to form a circle in the end.

AR: Abstraction is also a state of preoccupation. What preoccupies you?
DT: I’m preoccupied with trying to learn new techniques. My career as a graphic designer has informed my painting and vice versa. The crossover of techniques is what excites me.

AR: Talk us through your usual making process, and the materials you feel an affinity with…

DT: I’m concerned with the interaction of colour, and how overlaying colour alters texture and form. I use wide nib acrylic ink pens. Traditionally these have been used by ‘calligraffiti’  writers. The instinctive way to use these pens seems to be in a calligraphy style, the nature of the nib gives the the thick and thin form of a calligraphy line. I tried to use the pen in a simpler, purer way with a single thick line width. The texture of the ink and imperfections of the nib as it dries gives each painting its own unique feel.

AR: If you could collaborate on a project with anyone, who would it be?
DT: I’d have liked to have spent some time studying at the Bauhaus.

AR: Consider the Cubists as an early-20th century art collective, pushing each other’s work forward. Who’s in your art gang/ who is your sounding board?

DT: Instagram has been my inspiration and sounding board. It allows me to gauge reaction and also encourages me. Particularly when I began to make these paintings in my spare time around 6 years ago. People reacting to my work gave me the confidence to continue.

 

Find out more about the artists in our Abstract showcase – and their work – on our blog, by dropping into the artrepublic gallery or calling to speak to one of our personal Art Advisors on 01273 724829.

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Building Diversity and Inclusion in the Film Industry

Yvonne Huff Lee is the co-founder of the Lagralane Group, a film industry finance and development company. Beyond investing in socially impactful projects and curating talent for films, the Lagralane Group fights for diversity, inclusion, and visibility by supporting the efforts of filmmaker-focused programming such as Sundance Catalyst, the LA Film Festival, and the Chicago Media Project (CMP), an initiative to help first-time filmmakers receive the resources they need to bring their projects out of development and onto the big screen. Lagralane is also an avid supporter of Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Alliance, the nonprofit arm of her independent distribution company ARRAY.

When it comes to making diversity a priority, Lee believes, first, we must understand it. “Diversity is more than just skin deep,” said Lee. Diversity means gender, age, or sexual orientation (just to name a few)—and shouldn’t be approached like a checklist. We’re working to redefine what diversity means to the industry and how people approach the topic in their filmmaking. Through backing diverse projects and working with producing partners that value our mission, we are lucky to be able to bring a wide range of stories to life.”

In an interview, Lee outlined how Hollywood can turn theory into practice.

Describe the work you are most proud of.

I’m especially excited about our newest film, Lifeline, which is based on my husband’s life, and what it was like to be adopted as a child of color in the 1970s in the Midwest. The team is also proud to be a part of Netflix’s Academy Award-winning documentary Icarus. The documentary poses questions regarding right and wrong and how it takes serious guts to question authority and stand up to do the right thing.

We are also lucky to have worked with some amazing first-time feature filmmakers such as John Carroll Lynch on his directorial debut, Lucky which was the late Harry Dean Stanton’s last film. Lagralane produced the film and I had the honor of acting alongside Harry in the indie. This year, we’re working with Jordana Spiro on her directorial debut Night Comes On, which premiered at Sundance in January. Night Comes On will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films this year and we can’t wait for audiences to experience the story.

When it comes to diversity in Hollywood, what do you think most people get wrong?

The No. 1 thing projects get wrong about diversity is approaching it like a checklist. Think of diversity as a state of mind— filmmakers have to have it at the get-go in order to create a truly diverse environment. When Lagralane becomes involved in the projects, we not only look at the diversity of those on screen but also of the crew behind the camera as well. Filmmakers have to ask themselves why they are making the film and what they are trying to depict. How are they impacting the conversation by creating this art? It is paramount that diversity is included during the initial stages of filmmaking, not just as an afterthought to fill a quota.

What are some specific ways you make diversity a priority in the film development process?

One way to make diversity a priority in the film development process is to pick the right partner. The color behind the money matters, and we make sure that any potential investment partners are on board with our passion for diversity. It may take a little longer to assemble a diverse cast and crew, and your partner has to be in it for the long haul.

Another way to make diversity a priority is asking the right questions. As soon as we choose a project, we dive into who is involved. How many women do they plan on hiring? How many people of color are they hiring? Who has an experience that they can lend to this production that no one else has? Asking these questions at the beginning will help create a diverse environment and, therefore, a diverse film.

It’s also important to integrate the story of the film into your approach. Whatever the film’s subject, we make sure we make sure we are surrounded by advisers and crew members who can help us tell the story as truthfully as possible. Do you have a transgender character in the script? Include a transgender writer or adviser on set. If that community isn’t in your wheelhouse, you may have to start sooner and have more meetings in order to include them. Although it may take more time to compile your crew, the wait will be worth it because the story you tell will be as authentic and diverse as possible.

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Bobby Brown To Receive Atlanta Proclamation For Building Domestic Violence Shelter In Daughter’s Name

Bobby Brown will be honored by city officials in Atlanta, Georgia over his plans to build a domestic violence shelter in memory of his late daughter.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the singer’s only child with his late ex-wife Whitney Houston, died in July, 2015, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub at the Alpharetta, Georgia home she shared with her boyfriend, Nick Gordon.

Coroners ruled the 22-year-old died from a combination of drugs and drowning, but in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Gordon, Brown joined his daughter’s court-appointed estate executor in accusing him of physically abusing the aspiring actress prior to her death, and of giving her a “toxic cocktail” of substances, which made her lose consciousness as she bathed.

In 2016, he was found liable for Bobbi Kristina’s death in a civil suit, and was ordered to hand over $ 36 million in damages.

Last year, Bobby founded the Bobbi Kristina Brown Serenity House non-profit organization to offer help and support to domestic violence victims, and on Monday, he and his manager wife, Alicia Etheredge, will receive a proclamation from the City of South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards and other local officials saluting their plans to establish the charity’s first physical building for abuse victims in Atlanta, reports WENN.

“Our family lives with the pain everyday of losing my beautiful daughter, Bobbi Kristina, to domestic violence,” the New Edition vet shared in a statement released just before the third anniversary of her death. “She loved Atlanta and in her memory we are proud to announce the formation of the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House. Our initial goal is to help educate women and men of all ages, by creating a 24-hour crisis intervention line and emergency transitional shelter.”

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Elon Musk is building a ‘kid-size submarine’ to rescue Thai kids trapped in cave

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Elon Musk is coming to the rescue.

The tech leader, along with SpaceX and Boring Company engineers, have been working with cave experts in Thailand to rescue the boys’ soccer team of 12 that’s been stuck in a cave system since June 23.

On Saturday, Musk tweeted an updated rescue plan, which essentially involves constructing “a tiny, kid-size submarine” that he plans to fly to Thailand.

Musk began his Saturday updates by discussing an “escape pod design” and “an inflatable tube with airlocks.” But as the day progressed, he settled on the idea of a mini-submarine. Read more…

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Daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota office building, becomes Internet hero

A death-defying raccoon is finally safe after a 25-story climb up a UBS building in Minnesota that followed an earlier ascent up a neighboring structure.

The animal’s thrill-seeking adventure began on Monday when it was spotted scaling the side of a short, two-story office building by Minnesota…

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‘I Wake Up With More Purpose Now.’ Andre Agassi on Building a Life After Tennis

For Andre Agassi, playing tennis was just a warmup.

The former star, who played professionally for 20 years and spent 101 weeks as number one in the world, says his sporting accolades can’t compare with what he’s accomplished since. “At the time tennis felt really important,” he says. “But what you can do off the court is generational.”

Agassi began to envision a future after the roaring crowds and rush of competition mid-way through his tennis career when, at the age of 23, he launched the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.

That’s why the 48-year-old could be found on a recent June morning playing an exhibition game of mixed doubles under the Eiffel Tower—albeit against two children—at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament, which welcomed 40 players under the age of 13 from 20 countries around the world. Between points, Agassi and his wife, the German athlete Steffi Graf, shared a kiss. (Both Agassi and Graf are ambassadors for the Swiss watchmaker, Longines, which supports their respective foundations.)

“It is amazing to watch cultures breed the next generation of player that didn’t exist before and to watch them push each other to different levels,” he says. Watching Asia come into the equation, for instance, has made the game more exciting; at the tournament in Paris, there are players from Korea, Japan, India and China. But ultimately, he says, “tennis is about one on one. That applies across the globe.”

It was here at the French Open in 1999 that Agassi completed his collection of eight Grand Slam singles championships, the same year that Graf won her sixth and final singles title in Paris. Agassi and Graf were also the first tennis players in history to win career “Golden Slams”—winning all four of the sport’s majors and Olympic singles, something only Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have gone on to accomplish.

For Agassi, it was one of the most extraordinary comebacks in modern tennis: he had slipped from number 1 in the world in 1995 to a ranking of 141 two years later, only to rise back up to number 1 in 1999. To those who knew Agassi as a “punk” with a mullet and acid-washed jeans, his evolution was striking.

But the star who resented everything in the tennis world managed to find a new motivation to keep going—and a way to transition out of tennis. In 2001, he opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school for underprivileged children in his hometown, Las Vegas. Since then, he has partnered with an investment fund and financed the construction of more than 80 charter schools across the U.S.

“I knew at 18 years old that I can’t be inspired just for the sake of winning a tennis match,” he says. “Giving opportunity to children through education became my passion for staying on a court.”

Pierre Verdy—AFP/Getty ImagesU.S. tennis player Andre Agassi hits the ball in his match against Ecuadorian Andres Gomez during the Men’s French Open final on June 10, 1990 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

Changing Courts

In his acclaimed 2009 memoir, Open, Agassi confesses that after winning a slam, he knew something very few people did: “A win doesn’t feel as good as a loss feels bad.” That sentiment would no doubt resonate with some of the under-13 players, who have spent days training and competing against each other in Paris, to reach the finals—only to lose a match. Brushing away tears to smile for selfies, their disappointment is palpable.

“Growing up playing any sport with dreams of achieving, you need to keep it in context,” Agassi says. Seeing some of the children in Paris being so hard on themselves when they fail brings back memories of his own adolescence, out on the court with no one else to rely on. “To really achieve the highest level, you spend a third of your life not preparing for two-thirds of your life. You have to have a realistic understanding of what your expectations are, and then focus on getting better, not on winning or losing.”

Now that Agassi has left the court, he can channel his competitive nature into the foundation—where rewards are shared, and so are disappointments. But it wasn’t always easy, playing what he calls “the loneliest of sports.” In Open, the tennis star recounted his battle with depression, revealed how he used crystal meth and lied to the Association of Tennis Professionals tour after failing a drug test in 1997, and detailed his short-lived marriage to American actress Brooke Shields. Most striking of all, however, was Agassi’s intense hatred of the game he had mastered.

“I play tennis for a living even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion and always have,” he wrote. He describes in harrowing detail the prison created for him by the adults in his life, beginning with his father, who built a backyard court behind their house in the desert outskirts of Las Vegas. An Armenian Christian who grew up poor in Iran, Mike Agassi was a former boxer determined to raise a champion. Later, Andre attended a Florida tennis academy run by coach Nick Bollettieri, where “the constant pressure, the cutthroat competition, the total lack of adult supervision […] slowly turns us into animals.”

Speaking to TIME at the Georges V hotel in Paris, the ghosts of Agassi’s childhood come to life as he describes the experiences that sparked his journey into philanthropy. “As a child, I never had a choice,” he says. Though he loved learning, six hours a day of tennis made it almost inevitable that he would end up a great tennis player instead of a successful pupil.

“I’m an eighth-grade dropout,” Agassi says twice during our 30-minute conversation, acutely conscious of what he missed out on in life. And so his goal from very early on was “to use education as a vehicle to create choice for those kids that reminded me of myself.” During his career, Agassi earned $ 31 million in prize money; he has gone on to raise a further $ 185 million for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, hoping to tackle the “brokenness” of the U.S. education system. He reaches 65,000 lives on an annual basis, he says—but feels it’s far from enough.

His biggest frustration is that there’s no real advocate for children—no representative union for kids to air their concerns. “Everybody comes to the table with their agenda except what’s best for the child,” he says. “There’s a long waiting list of underserved kids that are just not getting the chance to fight for their futures.”

On a more personal level, thinking about what’s best for his own children—Graf and Agassi have a son, Jaden Gil, 16, and a daughter, Jaz Elle, 14—means constantly balancing a high standard of expectation with the love and acceptance of who they are. Both Graf and Agassi had domineering fathers and while their son has developed a passion for baseball, Agassi says it’s crucial his children know “they have a safe place to come to, that I’m going to nurture and guide them in their dreams and objectives.” At the same time, he says, if they want to succeed, they do need to be better than anybody else.

Agassi’s hatred of the game doesn’t burn so fiercely as it did when he wrote Open. In fact, he says today he loves the game for the platform it offered him. “My greatest connection on a tennis court was impacting people for a few hours—giving them a break from their lives, giving them an experience, hopefully a memory for a lifetime,” he says. Off the court, though, there’s the possibility of something much greater: creating change that will affect present and future generations of Americans. “There’s no comparison to me. I wake up with much more purpose today than I did when I played tennis.” It seems Agassi’s mastery of comebacks wasn’t just for the tennis world after all.

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4 Building Blocks for Developing Your Unique Value Proposition

Whether you’re trying to convince an interviewer to hire you or market your products or services, a compelling unique value proposition (UVP) can set you apart from the competition and seal the deal for a new opportunity. Here are four ways to create and communicate your value proposition.

1. Use Simple and Clear Language that Describes the Problem You Solve For a Specific Audience

Ask yourself: What is the problem that my audience is trying to solve? How do I help them solve that problem uniquely? For instance, let’s look at the UVP for Trello—a web-based project management application:

“Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.”

  • Problem or pain point: organize and prioritize.
  • How you solve the problem: Trello’s boards, list, and cards.

2. Know the Difference Between a Benefit and a Feature.

What’s the benefit to your audience? Features are facts about your product or service. A feature answers, “What does it do?” A benefit answers, “What’s in it for me? or “How will this improve my life?” for your audience. For example, let’s continue with the Trello example:

  • The benefit: Work more collaboratively and get more done.
  • The feature: Trello stays in sync across all of your devices.

3. Describe the Transformation People Can Expect From Working With You.

Consider how your solution will transform their lives. Use words that describe the internal and external transformation they will experience.

  • Internal change: Determine the emotional state (e.g., frustrated, fearful, stuck, overwhelmed, stress-free, etc.) of your audience. This helps you develop a connection with your audience and drives them to take action.
  • External change: Determine the tangible benefit (something that can be measured). For instance, lose weight, increase profits, reduce expenses, save time, convenience, etc.

For instance, let’s take a look at the unique value proposition for meal kit site, Plated.com.

“Deciding what to do for dinner shouldn’t be a struggle. Skip the “What’s for dinner?” debate so you can focus on everything else you have going on. In less than 5 minutes you can choose recipes, set your delivery day, and find out how delightfully simple meal planning with Plated can be.”

  • Internal change: “Deciding what to do for dinner shouldn’t be a struggle.”
  • External change: “In less than 5 minutes you can choose recipes, set your delivery day….”

4. Define The ‘Why’ Behind Your Business or Brand.

Purpose drives profit. Nowadays, a purpose-driven brand can influence buying decisions. Why do you do what you do? What’s the purpose of your business? What frustrates you about your industry and how are you working toward making a difference in the world? Answering these questions honestly and following the above steps will definitely help you up your value proposition.

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Kaiser Permanente Opens New State-of-the-Art Medical Office Building in Southwest Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente opened a new state-of-the-art medical office building today in Southwest Santa Rosa.

The three-story Kaiser Permanente Mercury Way Medical Office Building, located at 2240 Mercury Way, offers a wide range of primary care services, including adult family medicine, pediatric care and obstetrics-gynecology. The facility incorporates on-site pharmacy, lab and imaging services, as well as a Healthy Living education and resource center, and features dermatology, foot and ankle surgery, and physical therapy.

The Mercury Way medical offices are located across the street from a Kaiser Permanente Mental Health and Wellness facility that opened in July 2017. Both locations are conveniently located off of Highway 12 West.

“As the Santa Rosa area continues to recover from the devastating fires that swept the North Bay last year, Kaiser Permanente is proud to be part of that recovery, and is investing in the health of the community with this new medical office,” said Judy Coffey, RN, Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma senior vice president and area manager.

The 87,300-square foot facility is part of a new wave of Kaiser Permanente medical offices that use technology and space to enhance the care experience and to make getting medical care easier and more convenient. This facility is one of three new Kaiser Permanente medical office buildings opening in Northern California this spring.

The Mercury Way medical offices feature innovative design features, including large common areas, express check-in kiosks, and exam rooms where members can better interact with their caregivers. Some of the exam rooms have wide-screen video monitors, which allow direct telemedicine consultations with medical specialists in other locations.

“Our doctors, nurses and staff are committed to providing patient-focused care to all our members,” said Michael Shulman, MD, physician in chief, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center. “Leveraging our integrated approach and technology, we look forward to providing an exceptional care experience to our members at this new southwest Santa Rosa location.”

Providing ample space to meet the needs of Kaiser Permanente’s growing membership, the Mercury Way medical office building will house nearly 200 health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, technicians and administrative staff. eightThe facility has:

  • 60 doctors’ offices
  • 95 exam rooms
  • eight procedure rooms
  • On-site café with outdoor patio and wireless internet access
  • Charging stations for electric cars

As part of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the environment, the structure meets the highest standards of environmental and sustainable building, including anticipated LEED Gold certification, part of the U.S. Green Building Council new construction rating system. The solar panels covering the parking lot will provide 100 percent of the annual electrical power needed by the building. The “cool roof” reflects heat away from the building and saves energy, ultra-low flow fixtures reduce water use and landscape irrigation uses recycled water. High-tech windows designed to lower energy use automatically darken to prevent glare and become more transparent once the direct sun passes.

In addition to the new Mercury Way Medical Office Building and and the Mental Health and Wellness Center across the street, other nearby Kaiser Permanente facilities include medical offices in Santa Rosa on Old Redwood Highway, Rohnert Park on State Farm Drive and the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center on Bicentennial Way.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Millennial Moves: Woman Startup Founder Building Platform to Help Other Women Founders

Roshawnna Novellus founded EnrichHER to empower female founders with the capital needed to build their businesses. Her platform leverages crowdfunding to source funding opportunities for women-led businesses. In addition to the funding platform, Novellus hosts EnrichHER Spark events around the nation; gathering female founders and investors.

Black Enterprise contributor Brandon Andrews spoke with Novellus about EnrichHER and her plans to get more resources into the hands of female founders.

Brandon Andrews: Every entrepreneur has a point at which the problem they see motivates them to create a solution and build a business around it. What was that point for you?

Roshawnna Novellus: Numerous people asked me this question either through consultations or my speaking engagements. As such, I knew it was a huge problem. A few years ago, I decided to take on researching why women-led businesses receive less funding than male-led businesses.

VC firm First Round Capital found that teams in its portfolio with at least one woman outperform all-male teams by 63%. I set off to gain as much insight as possible by attending angel investing groups and business competitions. I noticed that 99% of the investment decision makers are older white males. In a time where it is known that investors will only consider founders that they know, like, and trust it was more evident than ever that one of the reasons that women are underfunded is that they rarely have a seat at the table. As a result, I took action and created programming that would connect entrepreneurs of color and women with investors who have an interest in investing in them.

Every time I can help a women-led business succeed, I believe that I’m fulfilling my purpose. I believe that providing capital for women-led businesses provides economic empowerment, inclusive economic growth, and overall gender equality. As the number of sustainable women-led businesses increases, society as a whole will benefit from inclusive job growth, as well as products and services that better reflect the input of women. Once women have a larger role in the economies of our communities, we will be able to build a society that is more reflective of our needs, desires, and aspirations

You want to bring more resources to female entrepreneurs. Why don’t resources—capital, connections, and information—get to female founders?

The biggest problem is access and inclusion. It’s one thing to let a woman into a room, but it’s another to give her a voice at the table. Many of the programs that exist are not set up a way that women deem accessible. Women typically have many commitments in their daily schedule. As such, we need more planning and flexibly to commit fully to resources that can help us grow. Also, often, women need to feel more prepared than our male counterparts. All of the women who are in my Halcyon Cohort are older than all of the men. One simple fact is that we don’t apply to opportunities until we feel like we’ve worked hard enough to deserve these opportunities. The bar women set for ourselves tends to be much higher than our male counterparts.

 Beyond the programs that EnrichHER provides female entrepreneurs, is a larger societal shift needed to ensure female founders have access to resources?

A platform like EnrichHER focusing on women-led businesses would mean many things including that women receive the same opportunities for funding as men. This issue is urgent because women deserve to grow their economic independence and power. Women can no longer wait for the existing set of politicians, tech companies, and development agencies to advocate on our behalf to make this change. Millions of women every day find it difficult to pursue their dreams because of limited access to capital. The time is now for EnrichHER to help those women.

 Access to capital is the  No. 1 need articulated by entrepreneurs. EnrichHER is addressing this for female entrepreneurs by building a debt crowdfunding platform. Why was it important for you to build a platform in this nascent space?

Most of the media hype focuses on venture investment. We know that less than 1% of all companies receive equity investment and less than 8% of that number is allocated toward women-led ventures. EnrichHER simply wants to focus on the 99% of women-led ventures who need financing. As such, we’ve decided to focus on a debt financing platform as studies have shown that debt financing is 75% of the financing market. Furthermore, the other significant women-concentrated platforms focus on equity or debt. As such, we believe we are delivering something that the market needs.

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EnrichHER CEO Dr. Roshawnna Novellus with attendees at the EnrichHER Spark Conference (enrichher.com)

Andrews: In 2017, Nielsen released a study entitled “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic.” The report lauds black women as entrepreneurs and trendsetters who control the majority of the over $ 1T in black buying power. Why is equity crowdfunding important for black women in particular?

Dr. Novellus: Studies have shown that 50% of all crowdfunding campaigns are women-led. As such, crowdfunding is the most efficient way for women to receive capital. We’re leveraging these statistics to help the highest number of women.

Although black women often don’t receive the credit, we are the international trendsetters across most industries. If black women show the world that we can break through the roadblocks set in place for our economic independence, we can show the world that we can create a society that is more reflective of our dreams, goals, and worldview. By doing this, we can capture more of the economic power that is often taken from us.

Andrews: How will the crowdfunding platform work, and what is the timeline for launch?

Dr. Novellus: The Funding platform allows women in the EnrichHER community to connect directly to investors who can help them grow. It will allow everyone to participate whether they have $ 100 or $ 100,000 to lend. We expect to launch the EnrichHER Funding Platform in April 2018. The platform will be open to unaccredited and accredited investors.

You were recently awarded the Halcyon Incubator Fellowship. The program is for social entrepreneurs. How are you integrating social good into your business?

Dr. Novellus: Non-financial success for us will ultimately be measured by the number of women who use EnrichHER as the inspiration to start and sustain their businesses. We have already achieved a measure of non-financial success in the form of positive comments and feedback from the entrepreneurs who have already become a part of the EnrichHER movement. In one instance, a woman founder stated that her participation in the first EnrichHER conference was the reason that she finally publicly announced her business and put it in a position to thrive. So many other women have personally thanked us for the valuable information shared at the EnrichHER conferences. The impact will continue to be measured by inspiration, feedback, and change in mindset.

How do you plan to grow your business in 2018?

Dr. Novellus: Our growth happens through partnerships. We’re looking for financial institutions, investment funds, entrepreneurship groups and other partners who share our vision. We believe that by working together, we can help women win nationwide.

 

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Mental Health Survivor and Entrepreneur on Building Her Business While Managing PTSD

The mental health stigma remains a cloud of shame with many fearing discrimination or alienation from family, friends, even society at large. Approximately 1 in 4 people suffer from some form of mental illness.

HLG Scans Founder Charmaine Gresham has dealt with depression pretty much all her life, beginning in her adolescent years. Gresham has faced some tremendous highs and very dark lows, but she prides herself on still standing and not being ashamed. She challenges the notion that you can’t be successful if you have a mental illness.

For Gresham, it’s about knowing trigger moments and how to efficiently work through them via professional counseling and meditation. Black Enterprise contributor Chanel Martin discusses with Gresham how she is able to build her business and take care of her family while managing her mental illness.

Chanel Martin: Tell us about your business. What is it? How did you get started?

Gresham: HLG Scans was started out of necessity. My newborn daughter was having sinusitis health problems, and I had to constantly take leave from my corporate job to take care of her. I finally decided I didn’t want to choose anymore and started the process of developing HLG Scans L.L.C. HLG Scans is a multi-dimensional electronic document management company. We have three subdivisions: federal contracting, online products and services, and small business services. HLG Scans is a certified Veteran Owned (VOSB) and Women-Owned (WOSB) Small Business.

We provide third-party vendor services to federal government agencies from administrative to minor construction outsourcing. Our online division provides interactive tools, training, and consultation to transform your traditional office into a digital workspace with the ability to work from anywhere. Our small business division, provide scan conversion and electronic document management services to help local business owners save money and increase office productivity. The workplace is an ever-changing entity. Technology is changing the way we do our business. Things that used to take weeks, now only take hours and minutes. Electronic document management is becoming a requirement and no longer a luxury.

As a mental health survivor, entrepreneurship can be very stressful. How do you manage your diagnoses while pursuing your entrepreneurial efforts?

Mental illness is something I’ve dealt with in one form or another for a majority of my life. Before I was clinically diagnosed with PTSD, I would continually have highs and sometimes feel so low that the only thing that got me to a place of recovery was prayer and determination to see another day. With mental illness, your trigger moments can feel like a deep dark hole you’re constantly trying to climb out. Normal habits, such as getting out of bed, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, can easily be put on the backburner because you’re too exhausted to get out of bed. I would have slept my life away I could. With PTSD you’re constantly struggling with past demons. It’s like playing a broken record in your head. Usually, with PTSD, you’re triggered by past and present moments of stress. You’re trying to win this battle in your head and everything you hold dear gets damaged in the crossfire. It can be utterly exhausting fighting with yourself.

Sometimes my moments of depression could end up lasting for a week, with me struggling to find a real reason to keep pushing. When you’re not adequately dealing with your mental health, nothing gets 100% from you, including family, friends, and your business. Sometimes I would go a week without being productive, things weren’t getting done, and it showed. I was trying to do everything myself, which made me stressful, which made me depressed. The goal for any business is consistency, and that’s something I could not give because I wasn’t dealing with my issues. Once I started treatment, delegated some responsibilities, and learned to take a break and breathe; things began to change for the better. Contracts began coming in, and real progress has been made across the board for my business. I want a happy and fulfilling life, and I deserve it. My main priority is maintaining a positive outlook for my family and me, which includes medication, regular counseling, exercise, and meditation.

What is a typical day in the life for you?

A typical day for me includes early morning meditation; getting my daughter ready for school, and meeting with my trainer for an exercise session. I then return home and start my workday which includes: virtual meetings with my team, responding to emails, reviewing my to-do list, developing new online products, social media interaction, live video trainings, and local networking meetings and events. I usually meet with my counselor twice a month to decompress. I always feel refreshed after our sessions.

What advice do you have for others who may feel that a mental health diagnosis would limit their ability to build a sustainable business?

First, you must openly acknowledge and accept your mental health diagnoses. It’s not a death sentence or something you should be ashamed of. I would suggest seeking physician care, professional counseling, regularly participating in activities that bring you peace and joy, and if you have a triggered moment, don’t beat yourself up. We’re all beautifully flawed human beings.

What motivates you to keep going?

I do believe there’s an anointed strength in me that keeps me going through all the trials and tribulations of juggling three hats (business owner, mother, and wife). I’ve had tremendous growth because through it all, I kept going. Unfortunately, sometimes I don’t take the time to pat myself on the back because I always see something that can be better. I’m slowly learning to stop and smell the roses; enjoy the moment of achievement and growth. I’m also learning that no matter how busy or driven I am, to always make time for me. Enjoy the different vices that help me relax and just be. Mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of, it’s a part of me, and I have to love all parts of me—no matter what.

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5 Tech Trends That Could Change the Home Building Market As We Know It

 

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As technology advances, almost every aspect of the building process adapts to incorporate newer and faster ways of getting jobs done. Because it’s important for every professional should keep up to date on the latest technology trends in the market, here are five of the top tech trends that could change the home building market as we know it.

3D-printing

3D printing

When the first 3D printer was invented in the 1980s, it was difficult to imagine that this particular machine would someday form a crucial part of the construction industry. Today, 3D printers are used for a wide variety of projects to replicate prducts with new materials. Architects and builders now regularly use computer programs to create scaled models of homes and small parts such as nuts and bolts.

The future of 3D printing is wide open. As the technology behind these computer-generated objects progresses, it will be possible to mass-produce 3D printed versions of furniture or larger building materials. It will even be possible to use 3D printing for different roof types and even entire homes. The pre-fab home market is still thriving, so incorporating 3D printing to save time and creatively use materials is the next logical step here.

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Drones

Once thought to be the domain of military intelligence and gadget lovers, drones are now a key part of the home building industry. From cross-site materials delivery to aerial imagery for site surveys and obscured areas, drones benefit construction projects in a variety of ways:

  • Streamlining building projects
  • Saving time and money
  • Keeping clients interested with cutting-edge technology

The future use of drones in the home building industry will most likely see links to robotics, communication, and more hands-free building practices. Keep your eyes to the skies (and the news headlines) for the latest developments, and consider using drones for your next building project if you want your business to stay ahead of the game.

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Virtual and augmented reality

Both augmented and virtual reality simulators have been around for several decades, but their popularity is still steadily growing as mobile phone and other connectivity technologies advance. Virtual reality (VR) allows users to create and view an imaginary world, while augmented reality (AR) takes existing spaces and fills them with things that could be—including furniture, landscaping, walls, and even entire homes. Currently, professionals across the home building market are using augmented reality simulators in order to visualize a building in its completed state without spending hundreds—or thousands—on prototypes and expensive models. During the building process, this tech is particularly relevant for:

  • Architects: using AR as a high-tech alternative to blueprints and scale models
  • Contractors and site managers: making decisions on placement of walls, fixtures, and fittings, and more
  • Interior designers: selecting furniture, color schemes, and decorative accessories for homes
  • Marketing teams: showing completed renderings of homes to clients during the sales process

Future uses for AR include the widespread use of virtual tours of homes and communities. This could further streamline both building and sales processes, as well as the development of AR products—including headsets that allow both professionals and consumers to see products as they are built and placed around the home. AR use could even include the possibility of designing homes with holograms (yes, like Tony Stark).

Robotics

The use of robots in industrial environments isn’t new. In fact, thousands of large industrial plants and production companies make use of automated assembly lines to mass-produce products on a daily basis. Robotic machinery is gradually being introduced into the home building market to help contractors and other industry professionals design, build, and install parts of homes. Someday this could even include building entire homes far quicker than is capable of human hands.

Because programmable bulldozers and other autonomous equipment can speed up building projects and cut down on labor costs, the next logical step here is linking robotics to some of the other tech processes mentioned in this article. Once tech-savvy contractors find a way to create machines that can visualize, transport, and create products on their own, the productivity and quality of building projects will skyrocket.  

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Apps and virtual programs

Ask any of your professional colleagues about their business technology use, and chances are that they use mobile apps and online programs to make their lives easier. Apps and Internet-based programs are invaluable these days for many reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Communication
  • Service and production speed
  • Billing and invoicing
  • Ordering materials

Generally speaking, if you name it, an app can make it happen—both efficiently and reliably.

As tech users become more confident with their online skills, increased efficacy and speed become top priorities. The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology allow users to link programs and products in order to streamline processes and keep things working as fast as possible. Homeowners have already embraced this idea with their houses full of smart gadgets and products, so it only seems fair that the home building market should adopt these practices as well. In the future, apps will control all sorts of contractor-friendly tech—including robotic machinery, drones, and every aspect of site maintenance—while more homes will be equipped with IoT-friendly devices in order to keep everyone connected in our increasingly tech-centered world.

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This Org Is Building Up Black Communities and Curbing Gentrification One Block At a Time

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Earlier this year, Jay-Z released 4:44, which was critically acclaimed as one of the most transparent and prolific studio albums that he ever recorded. In addition to spilling intimate details about his marriage to superstar Beyoncé, he rapped about entrepreneurship, the advantages of saving, and economic empowerment, especially for people of color.

 

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“F— livin’ Rich and Dyin’ Broke” – Jay-Z

 

In the track “The Story of OJ,” the retired street-hustler-turned-music-artist stresses the importance of ownership as a means to financial freedom. “Please don’t die over the neighborhood that your mama rentin.’ Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood, that’s how you rinse it,” he raps. That one powerful lyric advises hustlers not to risk their lives over property that is either owned by the government or other; rather, Jay tells them to use their earnings to make investments back into their communities. Not only does this build equity and wealth, but it can also be used as a tool to stop gentrification in urban areas from pushing minorities and working class folks out of prime real estate neighborhoods where they live. While real estate investment is an intimidating and risk concept for many, Lynn P. Smith is showing people how to put Jay’s invaluable advice into practice through her organization, Buy The Block.

 

 

Buy The Block

 

Buy The Block is a crowdfunding intermediary platform that connects real estate developers seeking to crowdfund any type of property. It is also one of the only black-owned platforms in the country that is dedicated to making investments in real estate as a group more accessible. With the focus on the black communities around the nation, Buy The Block is currently on track to raise millions of dollars in funding for development projects in communities of color. It projects that it will eventually change the face of crowdfunding real estate investing in America by taking on more significant projects and contracts. Another goal is to curb gentrification by empowering African Americans to purchase property and remain in their communities.

“Indeed, we have loads of challenges, but I am determined to educate our community and make this work… thanks to everyone out there that united as one to embrace and support this unique concept,” said Lynn, the founder and CEO, in a statement.

 

 

How It Works

 

A press release published on BlackNews.com further explains how the Buy The Block model works.

This enviable initiative offers every Black American an opportunity to invest as little as $ 100, and connect with other investors – with an added advantage of helping every member buy a piece of their first block. Having a growing database of BlockVestors and Block Developers, all it takes to be a member is by signing up on their website.

With the platform, acquiring property or block of choice in one’s local area is achievable. Getting the funds to make such a big difference can also be without hassles. All that is required of a member is to; find a property, make an offer, bring the property to Buy The Block, get the needed funding from other investors if they so desire, and then purchase the block.

The ability to share wealth depending on each person’s investment makes it a win-win situation for all block investors. Buy The Block can manage any project from concept to end, and they aim to develop a large number of construction projects, in areas such as; residential, manufacturing, retail, multi-family, medical, religious, and pre-engineered building construction.

With the focus on the Black communities in America, Buy The Block is on track to raise millions of dollars in funding for development projects in these communities. Having the capacity to take on more significant projects and contracts, they project that they will soon change the face of crowdfunding real estate investing in the country.

They intend to do this by committing their time to getting great projects and making it a win-win for all sponsored projects. Their mission as stated on their website is to “change investing from confusing and frustrating, to an accessible and enjoyable social experience.”

 

For more information, head to www.BuyTheBlock.com.

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‘I See You’: The Power and Beauty of Building Multiple Tribes of Professional Women

For many women, it is affirming to be among a tribe of women who don’t need an explanation of how one feels or what the day-to-day battlefield is like because they already know. As Black Enterprise‘s Caroline Clarke said as she emphasized the necessary visibility we must have for each other at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit this year, “I see you!”

Women that make the time to find their tribes of professional sisters have a competitive advantage and can also find spiritual restoration and mental rejuvenation.

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Why Connections Are So Important

 

The feeling of being among your tribe is not simply about gathering for birthdays and Sunday brunches with your lifelong friends. Connecting and convening with your tribe is not only important in your personal life, but also in your professional life. Having a group of women who have walked similar walks, dreamed similar dreams, and faced similar professional barriers is just as important as the weekend sister-friend gathering. I say it is a matter of professional survival.

This is the value of gathering with tribes of black women in your professional domains. Whether you are a corporate maven, a scientist, an artist, or a pilot, there is a tribe of professional black women that exists; that need you to sow into them, just as you need them to sow into you. You may be saying, “I don’t have time to find my tribe”—my answer to you is you don’t have the luxury of not making the time.

The women that make the time to find their tribe of professional sisters have a competitive advantage, but also a spiritual restoration and mental rejuvenation that are priceless and indescribable.

Women of Power

 

Earlier this year, nearly 1,000 black business women gathered in Arizona for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. The women in attendance run the world in their day-to-day lives, but in this special and sacred place, it wasn’t about the power that you have, but the way in which you use your power to lift your fellow sisters up and open their next door of opportunity. It wasn’t about the title that you have, but affirming your fellow sister that their existence matters separate from any title they will ever have. It wasn’t about speaking about your successes, but validating the successes of your sisters and creating a moment to honor the work it took to achieve it. It wasn’t about bringing your ego in the door; it was about releasing ego while building collective pride among fellow boss women.

Create A HASU Moment

 

You may be wondering what a “HASU moment” is. Corporate phenom Cynthia Marshall blessed us with this term during her talk. It simply means “Hook A Sister Up.”

As the then-chief diversity officer of AT&T, she charged us with making it our responsibility to create these HASU moments for our fellow sisters. If we don’t, then who will? It is among your professional tribe that advice isn’t just shared, but collective covenants are created.

So ask yourself the following questions:

Have I defined my tribe?

Where do they convene?

What can I do to facilitate the gathering?

Who is in my tribe?

How do I engage more fully in my tribe?

Here is a list of the type of professional tribes to build:

Intimate Tribe

 

These are the women who you can share your most personal vulnerabilities and insecurities with. This tribe doesn’t require you to ever mask any part of who you are. These women also know the intricacies of your life journey to date. They are able to have enough data points about your life to provide advice and counsel in a very nuanced and specific way. Membership in this type of tribe is tailored to high levels of trust, accessibility, and history.

Micro Tribe

 

These are the women that originate as professional relationships but serve as a link between your personal and professional worlds. They also all know each other. This is that group of women you see every year at conferences and grow closer with throughout the years. This is the group of women at your company that gather for lunch every month. Or perhaps the group of sorority sisters in your chapter that choose to hold each other accountable for their common vision board goals. This type of tribe has more frequent interactions and strategic accountability, but with a personal flair.

Macro Tribe

 

These are the women that are in common professional associations, frequent the same professional conferences, and are in common digital professional networks. These aren’t women in your daily interactions, but women that you have access to as a resource. These are women that you know support each other and are committed to each other’s success through consensus and common association. The beauty of this type of tribe is that it is a great pipeline for your intimate and micro tribe. Valuable and deep level relationships can emerge from this macro tribe if you invest in it and engage in a deliberate, frequent, and authentic manner. Remember, this isn’t about trying to “come up,” it is about aligning with women of similar experience, vision, and purpose.

Aspirational Tribe

 

These are the women that you may not be in the same network as but who still serve as a motivational force for you. It is that group of C-suite women that you don’t know, but model your career after. It is that group of local business owners that you don’t know personally, but you follow the success of their business. It is also that group of successful women that you respect from a far, but are too shy to make a cold introduction to. Today, I charge everyone to identify a group of women that you aspire to align with, and do something to further connect with these women.

 

 

 

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OYO Sports New York Rangers Zamboni Machine Building Blocks Set

OYO Sports New York Rangers Zamboni Machine Building Blocks Set


Let your favorite little hockey fan cheer on his New York Rangers with this Zamboni Machine building blocks set! You can educate a budding hockey fan on how the ice gets smooth as glass with this building blocks set that allows them to build their own New York Rangers Zamboni machine. This 73-piece set features pieces with New York Rangers logos and colors. Shop for your favorite NHL gear at Fanatics.com
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OYO Sports Winnipeg Jets Zamboni Machine Building Blocks Set

OYO Sports Winnipeg Jets Zamboni Machine Building Blocks Set


Let your favorite little hockey fan cheer on his Winnipeg Jets with this Zamboni Machine building blocks set! You can educate a budding hockey fan on how the ice gets smooth as glass with this building blocks set that allows them to build their own Winnipeg Jets Zamboni machine. This 73-piece set features pieces with Winnipeg Jets logos and colors. Shop for your favorite NHL gear at Fanatics.com
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K’NEX Pac-Man Spiral’s Pac World Maze Building Set

K’NEX Pac-Man Spiral’s Pac World Maze Building Set

K’NEX Pac-Man Spiral’s Pac World Maze Building Set:53 piecesRepositionable wall panelsSpiral comes with ghost blasterAlso includes 4 power pellets and evil minion Pac-Man figureFrom the the hit TV show on Disney XDCan be combined with the other separately sold K’NEX Pac-Man sets

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Creative Building Supply, Inc. Receive Tribute & Medicine Assistance by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Cross-Country Skiing – Building Skills for Fun and Fitness

Cross-Country Skiing – Building Skills for Fun and Fitness

From the first time you step into your bindings to mastering the stride, the glide, and the skate: Steve Hindman has you covered. As a certified instructor, he’s introduced hundreds of people to the sport; he also wrote the study guide for the Professional Ski Instructors of America certification exam. Here he shares the same techniques he teaches on the snow, whether you’re setting out for a city park, looking for family fun at a groomed ski area, or heading into the backcountry to set your own track. This comprehensive guide covers equipment and accessories, waxing for grip and glide, training and conditioning, snow camping, route finding, and avalanche awareness. It will take you from how to fall (and how to get up again), through the classic and skate skiing basics (including stance, poling principles, and downhill tactics), to effective racing technique. It also takes up more advanced variations of the sport-freeheel, telemark, and ski mountaineering.Technique demonstrated in step-by-step photosSpecial learning activities reinforce instructionSidebars for trouble-shooting common problems and matching technique to terrain and snow conditionsTips for engaging the familyAuthor: Steve Hindman240 pagesISBN #978-0-89886-862-3
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Built For Show: Four Body-changing Workouts For Building Muscle, Losing Fat, Andlooking Good Eno Ugh To Hook Up

Built For Show: Four Body-changing Workouts For Building Muscle, Losing Fat, Andlooking Good Eno Ugh To Hook Up


Every guy is looking for an edge, some way to get single women his age to notice him more than they do now. Unfortunately, most guys have absolutely no idea what kind of body automatically flips a girl''s attraction switch. Nate Green does. Built for Show is the first fitness book to address young men on the prowl. It’s not just written for them; it’s written by one of them. Green, who’s just twenty- three years old, is already a veteran fitness professional who’s been quoted in Men’s Health and Maximum Fitness magazines. Green offers four twelve- week workout programs, each with a seasonal theme. The fall and winter workouts add muscle size and strength that’ll show even under layers of clothing. The spring and summer workouts burn fat and chisel the showpiece muscles—creating a lean, cut, beach-ready physique. But Built for Show is more than just a workout book. It also provides: · Realistic nutrition advice to feed the muscles and starve the fat without breaking the bank or spending hours in the kitchen · Tips on dressing right, looking the part, improving your social status, and settling into your new lifestyle · Quick ways to assess posture, with useful exercises to fix flaws and improve self- presentation, no matter the situation. The detailed programs include over fifty exercises, illustrated with over one hundred original photos. Neither a weight-loss guide nor a body- building manual, Built for Show instead reveals to guys exactly what they need to build the body they – and women – want.Read Nate Green''s posts on the Penguin Blog.
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Built for Show: Four Body-Changing Workouts for Building Muscle, Losing Fat, Andlooking Good Enough to Hook Up

Built for Show: Four Body-Changing Workouts for Building Muscle, Losing Fat, Andlooking Good Enough to Hook Up


No-nonsense workouts to build a lean, strong, eye-catching physique.A Every guy is looking for an edge, some way to get single women his age to notice him more than they do now.A Unfortunately, most guys have absolutely no idea what kind of body automatically flips a girl’s attraction switch. Nate Green does. "Built for Show"A is the first fitness book to address young men on the prowl. Itas not just written for them; itas written by one of them. Green, whoas just twenty-three years old, is already a veteran fitness professional whoas been quoted inA "Menas Health"A andA "Maximum Fitness" magazines. Green offers four twelve-week workout programs, each with a seasonal theme. The fall and winter workouts add muscle size and strength thatall show even under layers of clothing. The spring and summer workouts burn fat and chisel the showpiece musclesacreating a lean, cut, beach-ready physique. ButA "Built for Show"A is more than just a workout book. It also provides: A- Realistic nutrition advice to feed the muscles and starve the fat without breaking the bank or spending hours in the kitchen A- Tips on dressing right, looking the part, improving your social status, and settling into your new lifestyle A- Quick ways to assess posture, with useful exercises to fix flaws and improve self-presentation, no matter the situation. The detailed programs include over fifty exercises, illustrated with over one hundred original photos. Neither a weight-loss guide nor a body-building manual, A "Built for Show"A instead reveals to guys exactly what they need to build the body they a and women a want.
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Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm

Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm


(Book). World-renowned author offers tips to run a successful drum circle. As the popularity for drum circles continues to grow, the need for facilitators increases as well. Written by the foremost authority in this field, Arthur Hull offers his insights, plans and practical strategies to become a facilitator – regardless of your musical background or expertise. This can be used by social workers, store owners, human resource managers, church leaders, camp leaders, nursing home activity coordinators – for anyone who wants to unify a group that will enjoy the benefits of participating in this simple activity. It’s about leadership and commnication. The book covers dozens of exercises, instrument suggestions, facilitator’s shorthand, interviews with successful facilitators, and even marketing tips on how to promote and expand your events. This is the complete rhythm event facilitation handbook from the expert.

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You Cant Lead With Your Feet On The Desk: Building Relationships, Breaking Down Barriers, And Delivering Profits

You Cant Lead With Your Feet On The Desk: Building Relationships, Breaking Down Barriers, And Delivering Profits


You can''t lead with your feet on the desk . . . or your brain on hold. Ed Fuller brings experience, intelligence, and heart to this inspiring guide to building relationships and the good things that follow when you do. The message is delivered in an engaging style that keeps you entertained and leaves you with lasting wisdom.—MICHAEL V. DRAKE, MD, Chancellor, University of California, IrvineThe world of tourism, hospitality, and hotels has become a very global, complex, and diverse industry. No one knows this better than Ed Fuller. In this thoughtfully written text, Ed is speaking to business students, managers, and executives of all industries through his rich experience in the global hotel industry. We have found many great examples within these pages of how we can conduct business better, and I would suggest that they are not only relevant in the United States but throughout the world.—ANDREW H. FEINSTEIN, James A. Collins Distinguished Chair and Dean, The Collins College of Hospitality Management, Cal Poly PomonaThe World Travel & Tourism Council services six continents. Ed''s book will empower you to apply many of the principles that we employ globally, whether it''s in Denver, Dubai, or Düsseldorf. These principles will give you a competitive edge in your markets immediately.—JEAN-CLAUDE BAUMGARTEN, President, World Travel & Tourism CouncilEd Fuller''s generous layers of personal experiences and his crisp narrative make his stern message easy to understand. Take my advice, read his book before you take another plane on a foreign business trip. It will change the way you behave.—GEOFFREY KENT, founder and Executive Chairman, Abercrombie & KentLet me tell you what Ed''s book isn''t: it''s not a primer on how to shake hands or fold your napkin in another country. It''s an incredibly rich insight into leadership through well-earned personal relationships and experiences that American business executives need to embrace to succeed in the global economy.—ROGER DOW, President and CEO, U.S. Travel AssociationEd''s book gives the student, manager, and executive practical experience in dealing with unique situations, new relationships, and creative problem-solving approaches that are broadly applicable in the business world, no matter where you live or whom you deal with. The insights will prove valuable to your personal growth.—ANDY POLICANO, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine
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Álvaro Siza: Museu Serralves Porto: Museum Building Guides

Álvaro Siza: Museu Serralves Porto: Museum Building Guides


Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza (born 1933) is one of the most influential architects of the past half-century. His most famous work is perhaps the Serralves Museum in his hometown of Porto, his second museum building, following the Galician Center for Contemporary Art, erected in 1997. Low built and horizontal in axis, its white stucco walls are perforated with occasional openings that yield unexpected views of a surrounding garden. As with most of Siza''s buildings, the furniture and fittings were also designed by the architect, including lighting fixtures, handrails, doorknobs and all signage. Building materials include hardwood floors and painted walls in gesso with marble skirting in the exhibition halls and marble floors in the foyers. This volume, published in Poligrafa''s innovative Museum Building series, reviews the Serralves Museum, a disarmingly intimate space in pronounced contradistinction to much recent museum architecture.
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Website Design and Development: 100 Questions to Ask Before Building a Website [With CDROM]

Website Design and Development: 100 Questions to Ask Before Building a Website [With CDROM]


The book is comprised of a series of questions about the reader’s website, with answers averaging 3-5 pages in length. The answers will be liberally illustrated and will contain short prescriptions at the end – action points – with comments about what it will take to do the job: need to hire? Could be learned easily, etc. Each question will also have a rating on a scale of 1 – 5 showing how important it is to the welfare of the site, allowing people to pick and choose where to spend their time and money. Questions will be divided into topic chapters (such as Domain Names, Content, Design, etc.), and they will be labeled and "indexed" according to several sub-checklists. For example, there will be a Search Engine Optimization list, so that a person could quickly find all questions in the book that related to SEO issues. One of the Appendixes at the back of the book will contain instructions for actions people will need to take in order to answer some of the questions – such as how to view source code in your browser (these actions would then be highlighted in the text so they would know to look in the appendix). Unique to the book, the author advises the reader how often a task needs to be repeated: daily, weekly, monthly, in order to maintain the site. The book will cover; Domain Names, hosting, Design & Layout, Construction, Content Quality, Content Management, User Experience, Marketing and Promotion (a unique, value-add to the book), Search Engine Visibility, Statistics and Security, Appendices: Basic Concepts and Tools for Understanding Your Site, Online Resources, and a Glossary. The instructional video will tackle, in a step-by-step fashion some of the more complex and visually oriented topics in the book.
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