Thursday, March 11, 2010

Institute for Entrepreneurship - Upcoming Events

These Are Free Seminars - Offer By Central Piedmont Community College at the Institute for Entrepreneurship

Networking a Tool for Success SBX 7888-502
Networking is more than just a social hobby. It's all about who you know and how you utilize those relationships. Effective networking is a skill that is developed by practice and can be a very rewarding tool for your business. Free
Date: Wednesday, April 7 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.



Easy Steps to Creating a Marketing Plan SBX 7817-501
What's the best way to reach your customers? How do you know? Marketing can make or break a business which is why a marketing plan is considered one of the most important parts of your business strategy. Learn what should be included in a marketing plan and why, and where to get the information. Discover easy steps for putting together a plan that's right for your business. Date: Monday, April 12 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Greening Your Business SBX 7849-501
Stimulate your green thinking and become part of the latest "environmentally responsible" business trends. Find out what it means to go green and see what advantages there are by making your business more sustainable. Learn what you can do in the way you purchase, provide your service, produce your product, or even plan your business if you're in the start-up phase. This informative seminar will show you how to make small changes today that will have a big impact tomorrow.
Date: Monday, April 19 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Doing Business with the City of Charlotte SBX 7828-502
From buying office supplies to contracting for cleaning services, the City of Charlotte uses all types of small businesses. A city representative will describe vendor programs and its purchasing process models: Request for Quote (RFQ), Invitation to Bid (ITB) and Request for Proposal (RFP). Find out what you need to know to locate contract opportunities.
Date: Wednesday, April 21 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm Location: Matthews Library


Taxes and Record Keeping SBX 7822-501
The day-to-day tasks of running a small business can easily crowd out time for "keeping the books." Learn about your tax responsibilities, record keeping and filing requirements and ease the time you spend filing tax reports.
Date: Monday, April 26 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm Location: University Library

To register for seminars please call 704-330-4223

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

THE ETP DIFFERENCE

Empowering Today's Professionals


The ETP Network has five (5) specific objectives (goals) that make up each member’s Career Management Plan:

Find a job that you look forward to going to on Monday morning
Develop a career backup plan for Goal #1 (JOB)
Develop a trusted network of 200+ individuals
Generate multiple sources of income (not in conflict with primary)
Be a networking leader

Rod Colon’s 7-Step Job Search Methodology Program
The 7-Step Job Search Methodology

THE ETP NETWORK CORE VALUES

The ETP Network has a special concern for the advancement of professionals worldwide and is committed to delivering its core values of INTEGRITY, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and COMPASSION to its members.

Today the ETP Network consists of 13 million LinkedIn professionals and 1000s of members. We are developing teams globally to assist members with their networking and career management programs.


For More Information about the Charlotte Network Group - Contact Amanda Sherman at 704-502-0312 or email wedsaturbest@yahoo.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

FREE SEMINAR -From Corporate World to Entrepreneur:

HOW TO MAKE THE TRANSITION :

From your corporate desk have you ever daydreamed of running your own business? This seminar outlines the path from corporate America to entrepreneurship. What is it really like to run a business? How do I decide the best business for me? How much money is it going to take? Where do I find the financing I need? How much money can I potentially make? These questions and more will be answered in the seminar.

Register Now by Calling 704-330-4223

Visit us at cce/cpcc.edu/e-institute
Class : SBX 7892-502
When: Wednesday, March 10
Cost: FREE

Time: 10:00—12:00 pm
Location: Institute for Entrepreneurship

Monday, March 8, 2010

COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURS HOSTS ANOTHER B.Y.O.B

(Bring Your Own Business) or learn about businesses in your community. Free Food Event!

DATE: Tuesday, March 16, 2000
TIME: 6:30 - 9:00 P.M. COST: FREE
PLACE: McCrorey YMCA 3801 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

Come with an open mind. Be a part of a vital networking opportunity to meet and greet local entrepreneurs offering their services, strategies and money making opportunities while encouraging you too to be successful during this time of economic recovery.

Keep in Mind.... "Necessity is still the mother of invention!"

"Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs"

What Keith Ferrazzi did for networking with "Never Eat Alone", Rod Colon blows the lid off the job search roller coaster ride with never before revealed secrets contained in "Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs" It's the smart professionals' career management survival guide . Rod Colon states "This isn’t just another book about networking.




This book is about a bold new approach to finding jobs, clients, and business opportunities — as well as performing complete career makeovers. . . . Many people are in pain. Their financial situations are dire. They have lost their jobs, their life savings and in many cases, their self-respect while chasing around to look for a new position."



Since 2004 Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) Network has helped hundreds of people successfully land jobs and business opportunities. .


Looking for an opporunity to purchase this book: Contact: Amanda Sherman 704-502-0312 or email: wedsturbest@yahoo.com

Friday, February 26, 2010

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, Its Time For Prom & Graduation Ideas

The other day I met up with my cousin and it is hard to believe that it is time for Prom and Graduation. I couldn't believe that her oldest daughter is ready to graduate from high school. Now the family is getting together to have her party but before that we have to work on the Prom. So are you ready to help your senior get ready for the prom or the graduation (here are some ideas and gift ideas)...

Prom theme ideas - Choose from our popular prom d├ęcor in several of the best prom themes including Hollywood, Casino, and Paris. Creative decor will make your event spectacular and create memories for years to come.


Prom decor and favors - Find prom backgrounds, gossamer, photo backdrops, banners, and a selection of the best supplies and products you need to make your prom more elegant and stylish.


Crowns and tiaras - If you are looking for king crowns, or stylish but affordable tiaras, you will appreciate the large selection of royalty items and prom tiaras at Prom Wishes. Find the special one to highlight your style and receive royal treatment.

Prom themes and supply - From Mardi Gras prom backdrops to flutes and themed booklets, you'll find more supplies for your prom night right here than in the other free prom catalogs. Prom Wishes has printed booklets, tickets, invitations and favors of all kinds. They even have large prom backgrounds for more enticing photos. Build on your chosen prom themes and ideas with matching decor and supplies.

Top 10 Prom Themes

Below is a list of the top 10 prom themes we have seen done, or know that work for high school dances. Basically any theme can be made a top 10 as long as it is well thought out and planned in advance.

1.) Tomorrow Never Dies Prom Theme (James Bond)
2.) Hollywood Prom Theme
3.) Masquerade Prom Theme
4.) Irish Prom Themes
5.) Water Prom Themes
6.) Arabian Nights Theme for Proms
7.) Egyptian Prom Theme
8.) Black Tie Prom Theme
9.) Carnival Prom Theme
10.) Paris Prom Theme

High School Prom Colors

There are many colors for you to choose from. You can either have them slightly offset, match your school colors, or have them be completely different. I recommend having your high school prom colors match the theme.

This will give you dance more balance and keep things consistent with what students will be expecting. A couple of events based just on colors:

All White Party Prom Theme
Black and White Ball Prom Theme

How to Choose a Prom Theme

Which one should you go with? Do you need more help with how to choose a prom theme? Well, it is important that you avoid doing the same prom theme two years in a row.

Also you should check with local high schools to make sure that you do not accidentally duplicate their ideas (this might create bitter feelings). Make sure you prom theme is achievable with the banquet facility you have chosen, and that resources for decorating can be found easily. Also order a variety of prom catalogs to give you an idea of what you have to work with.

Lastly hyping your high school prom is extremely important (this will help improve ticket sales). Make sure to play the song, and remind students of the theme with any school announcements/pep-rallies. Working with you budget is important for planning a high school prom dance, but you also have to give the students what they want.

What is that.... a great send off for the seniors and something that makes your freshmen and sophomores anticipation next years’ prom!

"Next Graduation Party Themes"
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

High School Graduation Party Themes

It seems like just yesterday you were holding your newborn in your arms and couldn't imagine what the future held for them. Now they are all grown up and graduating from high school. Here comes the trouble of celebrating their graduation by throwing them a great party. You first need to decide what kind of party you are going to have. Is it going to be small or is it going to be a large open house. You also need to consider what type of food and entertainment you want (if any). Here are some ideas for themes for graduation parties to get you on way your to planning your child's entrance into adulthood.

Sports
If your child was big into sports, throw them a sports-themed party. You can display pictures on them playing sports, the awards and trophies they have won and any articles that have been written about them. Buy some poster board and make a presentation of everything sports. For this type of party, you would need a big backyard or to have it at the park where there is plenty of room. Have areas with different sports going on. You can have a volleyball net, basketball hoop and soccer goals. The guest can have fun playing during the party. Party stores have tons of different decorations that have sports on them, and you can mix them with graduation party decorations. Have the cake have a sports theme with a bunch of balls or a picture of your child from their sports team.

College School Spirit.
If your child is a fanatic about the college they will be attending in the fall, make the school the theme of the party. Decorate the area in the colors of the college. Have your child wear an outfit in the school's logo. Hang up decorations that have to do with the college. You can find different school's accessories on their online bookstores. You can have the cake be in the school's colors with the mascot on it. Make a poster with fun facts about the school. You can definitely get creative with this theme.


Have this party be all about the graduate's life. You can make poster boards and scrapbooks with pictures of your child from when they were born up until their graduation pictures. Have a quiz to see who knows the graduate the best. Ask questions like who is their favorite musician, what is their favorite television show and so on. The person that gets the most correct wins a prize. Make all of your child's favorite foods to eat. Just make the party completely on the interest and life of your child.

Beach Party
If your child loves the beach or is going away to college somewhere near the beach, throw a beach party. If you do not live near a beach, this can easily be done in your backyard or at the local park. Get a couple of kiddie pools (or better yet if you already have a pool) and fill them with water. Have beach balls, squirt guns and water balloons for the guests to play with. You can also have your food served in buckets like the one that you make sand castles out of and use shovels as the spoons for the food. Spread out beach towels on the yard and beach chairs for people to relax on. Think of anything beach themed and get creative.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

4 Ways to Get the Groom Interested in Wedding Planning

On wedding days, brides get all the attention while grooms get patted on the back and told how lucky they are to have found the bride. However, weddings belong just as much to the groom as they do the bride. After all, it’s about starting a life together. When your man doesn’t is afraid to participate in the feminine side of wedding planning, here are some tips to get your groom involved.

One cake. Two cake. Red cake. Groom cake! Give your honey a fun task by having him pick out his own cake. It’s a second cake designed specially by the groom that showcases what he loves most. Maybe he loves to play poker-design a poker card table cake. Don’t let the cake sit in the corner all by its lonesome. Place the cake along side the other cake. It could be as elaborate as the wedding cake or simpler. Maybe even be a special design or a favorite moment of his. He might love movies, so design a cake themed around his favorite genre. Or if he loves baseball, then make the cake in the shape of a baseball with his favorite team logo on it. Grooms cakes are a growing trend that brings color and fun to your wedding in addition to giving the groom something that’s his (Besides the bride!)

Taking his love of sports farther, your color scheme could reflect that of his favorite team. For example, if he is a New Orleans Saints fan, then you could have him wear a white shirt with a gold and black tie or your bridesmaids wear gold with a black sash. The groomsmen could wear ties that match the sash on the girls. Sport team colors are classic colors, some you may have already thought about doing. By incorporating them into your wedding, you make your honey feel as if he’s a part of all the action.

Another way to make your man feel more comfortable surrounded by all things girly is to take away one of the things that makes it seem extra girly: shoes! Ask him if he would prefer to wear a dress sneaker or even Converses. Depending on his individual style, he might even come up with a good idea that surprises you!

Another great, easy way for him to be involved is helping with wedding party favors. He could be in charge of putting them together and picking them out. It’s another opportunity for his personality to be present at the party. Encourage him to brainstorm unique wedding party favor ideas he thinks guests will enjoy. Then he can go out and assemble to favors and give them his special touch.

Another way to support his involvement is for him to plan the honeymoon. Give him a list of where you want to vacation and have him pick and plan the whole process. It gives him the opportunity to let his romantic imagination stretch to new lengths. If he is not the “romantic” type, then his adventurous side shines and your honeymoon becomes more exotic.

However you decide to, just get your man more involved. You both enter into a partnership on your wedding day and you wouldn’t want the partnership starting off leaning towards one pair. Let his personality shine through and compromise on things. He might surprise you.

Aaron Hu has authored on an extensive range of topics related to the wedding industry. If you are looking for unique wedding favors, E-WeddingFavors.com has the biggest selection available. You will also find Wedding Shower Favors and much more, all at very affordable prices.

Article submitted by Aaron Hu

What to Expect on Your Travel to Greece

Travel to Greece offers an experience that every traveler will love. Greece and the Greek Islands are ranked as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and are located in Southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. With over 4,000 years of history to explore, the birthplace of comedy, drama, philosophy and the Olympics ensures that those who travel to Greece can view ancient art, ruins, monuments to the Greek gods and more of the countries long and varied history. Travel to Greece also offers a chance to relax on its beautiful and extensive beaches, try local cuisine and soothe away stress in Greek spas and resorts.

Greek cuisine is an experience no traveler should miss! The hearty Mediterranean cuisine shares many characteristics with Italy and the Middle East. Greek cuisine makes use of olive oil, olives, poultry, fish, cheese, bread, lamb, eggplants and pork. A wide variety of herbs such as basil, mint, garlic and oregano are also used. Deserts that every traveler will enjoy when they travel to Greece are the Baklava pastry filled with nuts and syrup and the yogurts made with honey. Greek coffee is served hot, sweet and strong and is a popular drink; however, Greek wine is the most popular drink in the country. When traveling to Greece tourist can try many wines grown in local vineyards.

Travel to Greece is at its height of popularity during the summer months of July and August. Greece has a mild Mediterranean climate and tourist visiting any time of the year will find the weather is mostly pleasant. This mild climate has also had an affect on its people, making Greek citizens more relaxed and laid back. Unlike some other countries where tourists often frequent the people of Greece are friendly and accommodating.

When planning your visit you might want to travel to Greece during the winter-season from October to March. The weather is milder with some cold days and rain occurring but the weather mainly remains mild enough for swimming and visiting the beaches. The winter also means that travelers will get a more authentic look at Greece as many of the crowds are gone and prices on airfare decrease.

The capital and largest city, Athens is also the most visited destination when traveling to Greece. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens offers an intriguing mix of the modern and ancient to explore. View buildings and temples from the classic age of Greece such as the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora and the Panathianiko Stadium home to the first modern Olympic Games as well as neoclassical buildings in the city.

The nightlife in Greece is something no traveler should miss. Some restaurants are open late and festivals and shows can extend into the night, but one of the best ways to enjoy Greek music and culture is by dancing the night away in the local clubs. Athens boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe and the nightlife at most coastal towns is extremely popular with tourist.

Traveling to Greece is becoming increasingly popular among those about to take the next step in their lives. Newlyweds find that Greece offers a charming romantic atmosphere perfect for honeymooning or having their wedding. Wedding packages are offered in every prize range imaginable. The most popular honeymoon destination is the Greek island Santorini. Couples can travel to Greece and exchange vows on a volcano with the beautiful Mediterranean Sea in the background.

There is much more to experience when traveling to Greece. Budget friendly trips are available for those looking to save a few bucks. One day cruises of some areas and tours can be purchased for a more intimate look at the cities and islands of Greece. Adventure travel is also popular with tourist offering you the chance to go diving, sailing, parachuting and more. Once you travel to Greece, the charm of the people and beautiful settings may make it hard for you to say goodbye to this ancient land.

What to Expect on Your Travel to Greece

Travel to Greece offers an experience that every traveler will love. Greece and the Greek Islands are ranked as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and are located in Southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. With over 4,000 years of history to explore, the birthplace of comedy, drama, philosophy and the Olympics ensures that those who travel to Greece can view ancient art, ruins, monuments to the Greek gods and more of the countries long and varied history. Travel to Greece also offers a chance to relax on its beautiful and extensive beaches, try local cuisine and soothe away stress in Greek spas and resorts.

Greek cuisine is an experience no traveler should miss! The hearty Mediterranean cuisine shares many characteristics with Italy and the Middle East. Greek cuisine makes use of olive oil, olives, poultry, fish, cheese, bread, lamb, eggplants and pork. A wide variety of herbs such as basil, mint, garlic and oregano are also used. Deserts that every traveler will enjoy when they travel to Greece are the Baklava pastry filled with nuts and syrup and the yogurts made with honey. Greek coffee is served hot, sweet and strong and is a popular drink; however, Greek wine is the most popular drink in the country. When traveling to Greece tourist can try many wines grown in local vineyards.

Travel to Greece is at its height of popularity during the summer months of July and August. Greece has a mild Mediterranean climate and tourist visiting any time of the year will find the weather is mostly pleasant. This mild climate has also had an affect on its people, making Greek citizens more relaxed and laid back. Unlike some other countries where tourists often frequent the people of Greece are friendly and accommodating.

When planning your visit you might want to travel to Greece during the winter-season from October to March. The weather is milder with some cold days and rain occurring but the weather mainly remains mild enough for swimming and visiting the beaches. The winter also means that travelers will get a more authentic look at Greece as many of the crowds are gone and prices on airfare decrease.

The capital and largest city, Athens is also the most visited destination when traveling to Greece. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens offers an intriguing mix of the modern and ancient to explore. View buildings and temples from the classic age of Greece such as the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora and the Panathianiko Stadium home to the first modern Olympic Games as well as neoclassical buildings in the city.

The nightlife in Greece is something no traveler should miss. Some restaurants are open late and festivals and shows can extend into the night, but one of the best ways to enjoy Greek music and culture is by dancing the night away in the local clubs. Athens boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe and the nightlife at most coastal towns is extremely popular with tourist.

Traveling to Greece is becoming increasingly popular among those about to take the next step in their lives. Newlyweds find that Greece offers a charming romantic atmosphere perfect for honeymooning or having their wedding. Wedding packages are offered in every prize range imaginable. The most popular honeymoon destination is the Greek island Santorini. Couples can travel to Greece and exchange vows on a volcano with the beautiful Mediterranean Sea in the background.

There is much more to experience when traveling to Greece. Budget friendly trips are available for those looking to save a few bucks. One day cruises of some areas and tours can be purchased for a more intimate look at the cities and islands of Greece. Adventure travel is also popular with tourist offering you the chance to go diving, sailing, parachuting and more. Once you travel to Greece, the charm of the people and beautiful settings may make it hard for you to say goodbye to this ancient land.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Groundhog's Day

Good Morning,

First I like to start out by saying its raining in the Good Ole Charlotte area. I guess the ground hog didn't want to get wet to day.

Let me start by saying "Act Like A Lady Fashion Show went on as planned on January 30th, 2010. I want to thank all the guest that came out in spite of the terrible weather. "The Show Must Go On" phrase made the Owner and Co-Owner very proud. The Act Like A Lady Models were awesome.... much success to you all.




Please join us at for the Women of Metamorphosis @ Pura Vida Worldly Art
Plaza Midwood , 1521 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 704-335-8587: Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.

February's theme is Fit Finances. We jumpstarted 2010 by getting our bodies & minds in shape w/ the Fit Mind/Fit Body Challenge in January and now it's time to shift our focus to getting our finances in shape! If you haven't checked your FICO score for 2010, it's time to get it together.

Our Guest Speaker is Adrianna Vaughns she will be speaking on our finances and for our up and coming business owners she will give those tips we have been waiting for:



AtUrBest Special Events will to announce that we have two lucky couples for this years weddings on our calendar. We would like to thank both of our couples and look forward to watching you down the aisle.

Our first couple Lawanna Davis and Jacques McMillan will be married on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Details to follow. Congrats goes out to the happy couple
















Our second couple Latoshia Colbert and Stanley Abrahams will be married on Saturday, September 18, 2010. Details to follow. Congrats goes out to our happy couple
















We would like to invite all vendors who are interested in participated in the upcoming bridal show April 3, 2010:

VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL PHYLLIS: OFFICE 914-380-6969
OR CELLULAR 646-201-6597 OR VISIT WWW.HARLEMWEDDINGSONLINE.COM
NEW ROCHELLE, HARLEM WEDDINGS,BRIDAL SHOW, APRIL 3, 2010,1:00—5:00 PM


Bridal Show Features, Live Performance, Bridal Fashion Show, Make-up Workshops
Las Vegas Destination Lounge, Bridal & Spa Lounge, Wedding Cake Tasting, Raffles, Giveaways and much more. . .

Location:
The Bethesda Ball Room; (C.M. Long Family Center), 71 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801, Admission is FREE to Brides & Guest FREE Gift Bags, Gift bags while supp lies last. Content of gift bags varies. Includes Free subscription to Brides Magazine.
Produced by: Nicky Mayers -Your Wedding Affair, Sponsored by: Brides Magazine, Dessy Group, Wedalert,iPower Global Solutions, This is a non-alcoholic venue.


Get ready for our upcoming " Mother Daughter Tea" Saturday, April 24, 2010 between 1:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. More Details to follow: