We can either be passive consumers of ideas or we can actively use what we learn, to build a better future. We can use information in order to achieve our best results ever or become an eternal gatherer of insights and guidance, which we never use.
We live in an age where there has never been greater access to business development information-in books, free workshops, school and the drop of your finger to the keyboard with the fast pace of the internet. Much of this is written by accomplished, respected experts – People we know we can trust. It’s there right now, just waiting to be read and acted on.
I often wonder how many struggling small business owners would be millionaires today, if they decided to act on some of the great information they gathered; rather than simply gathering more and more ideas that they never put into action.
Free Online Tax Filing: The Beehive
If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you can file both state and federal
returns FOR FREE*
! * Free for everyone who earned less than $57,000 per year The DC EITC Campaign and its two primary partners, CAAB
and Community Tax Aid
, are working with One Economy, the Walmart Foundation, the United Way of the National Capital Area and The Real Economic Impact Tour to offer this FREE online service through The Beehive
, a program created by DC-area nonprofit One Economy to be “the place to go for information and resources around the things that matter in our lives: money, health, jobs, school and family.”
Learn How to File Your Taxes on Your Own!
Trained IRS-Certified Volunteers will help you learn to file your taxes on your own with MyFreeTaxes at sites throughout the DC area. Check out the schedule below to see when we will be in your neighborhood. Special Session
: Deaf taxpayers who need assistance filing can get help from ASL-speaking volunteers: Tuesday, March 1st, 3:30 - 7:30 pm
MLK Library Adaptive Services, 902 G St. NW, Room 215 Mobile Tax Van Schedule
The Mobile Tax Van will provide individuals and families with access to computers and online tax preparation platforms. It will be equipped with laptops, tables and chairs, and will travel to sites around the Washington Metropolitan Area. Individuals can visit any of the sites listed below, but must have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of less than $57,000 per year to participate. Date and Time Location
Friday, February 25 10:00 am – 3:00pm
Boat People SOS
6066 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
Saturday, February 26 10:00 am – 1:30pm
2509 Good Hope Rd., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Wednesday, March 2 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2509 Good Hope Rd., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Thursday, March 3
11:00 – 3:00 pm
2509 Good Hope Rd., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Friday, March 4 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2509 Good Hope Rd., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Saturday, March 5 10:30 am – 2:30pm
Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club
4103 Benning Rd., NE Washington, DC 20019
Capitol Area Assets Builders (CAAB)
offers its Money Management 101
workshop series on a regular basis. This 5-part series will cover the basics of money management, including setting financial goals and tracking expenses, budgeting and saving, credit and compound interest, and credit reports.
The next MM 101 series will be held:Mondays from February 28th to March 28th (5 weeks)6:30-8:30pmor Saturdays from February 26th to March 26th (5 weeks)10am-12pmAll classes will be held at Martin Luther King Library (901 G. Street NW, Rm. A-5)Register: call: 202-419-1443 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Learn how to create & manage a workable budget
- Learn how to curb your spending habits
- Learn way to improve your credit score
- Learn how to get a 3:1 match on your savings for a home, education, job, small business
Full Figured Fashion Week™ is looking for freelance (new faces) and agency runway models for shows & events during the month of June 2011. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 4, 2011. What are We Looking For?
How Do You Apply? (All Models)
- Minimum height- 5'7" without heels (if you are a plus petite model, you are encouraged to submit but your weight MUST be proportionate to your height. First consideration will be given to models who are at least 5'7")
- Dress sizes between - 14-22
- Runway experience is mandatory.
- Able to attend at least one fitting in New York City (fittings will be scheduled approximately 2 weeks before the show)
- If you live outside of the state of New York, you must submit a video clip of your runway ability to us via YouTube.com. See video submission instructions below.
Out of State Models (Please Read Carefully)
- Models must submit 2-3 photos MAXIMUM (One photo MUST be a head shot and the other a FULL body shot)
- Photos must be no larger than 5 megabytes.
- Please make sure your photographs are CLEAR, IN FOCUS, PROPERLY ROTATED and your face is free of accessories/obstructions (i.e. sunglasses, body paint etc) in your photos.
- Submitted photographs must be NO OLDER than ONE year old.
- Please make sure that YOU are the ONLY person in the photographs you submit.
- Self Portraits & Photographs taken from camera phones are not acceptable
- We will only notify those with whom there is an interest
1. Mandatory Video Submission - In an attempt to further reduce cost, models who reside out of the state of New York are required to submit a video clip of your runway ability when you submit your application below. So, that means you must submit your two photos (see above), a video and your application to be considered.
2. You should upload your video clip to www.YouTube.com and send us the URL to the YouTube.com page in the space provided on the application below. If you indicate that you live out of the state of New York but do not send us a link attached to your application, your submission will be voided upon receipt. Tips for Submitting Your Video:
- Please keep your video short and to the point (no longer than 3-5 minutes in length).
- Please make sure that you are THE ONLY person in the video you submit.
- Please check the lighting on your camera and make sure that your video is well lit.
- Please make sure that your cameraperson pans up & down and captures your entire body in the frame as you are walking.
- Please make sure that your video captures you walking both towards and away from the camera
3. Transportation and lodging - While we want to give everyone an opportunity to participate and will consider models who live outside of the city of New York, if you are selected, transportation to the audition and the show will not be reimbursed.
We understand that transportation to New York City can be costly and strongly urge you to consider this before making the commitment to participate in this event. Note to ALL Models:
Deadline for Model Submissions: Friday, March 4, 2011
- There will be a closed casting (date TBA). Only those models with which there is an interest will be notified of the date and location of the casting.
- There will also be a 3-hour runway intensive rehearsal prior to the show to tighten up your runway walk; attendance at this rehearsal is MANDATORY for participation in the show.
- Please DO NOT send general information questions to this box, they will be automatically deleted.
- Please read the site, instructions and/or FAQs carefully before you submit.
MC Common will lead a talk with entrepreneur Tai Beauchamp at the Cramton Auditorium as part of his Black History Month speaking tour.
Type: Speaker/Lecture/Reading Price:
Free tickets are sold out
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Paid LGBT Internships for Post-Graduates
The R. Scott Hitt Foundation is offering funding for qualified candidates with
the vision to be future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) movement. Applicants do not need to identify as LGBT in order to apply.
The pro-LGBT sponsoring organization that you choose to apply with will receive funding to compensate your internship position while you strengthen your resume and gain valuable skills towards becoming a leader of the future.
The DC Center welcomes inquiries from qualified, highly-motivated students with LGBT organizing experience who are interested in applying for this internship and working at the DC Center.
THE SCOTT HITT INTERNSHIP IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 13, 2011
Applicants must be post-graduate students with strong academic records. Internships last 7-9 months, 40 hour week. The maximum grant for an internship is $20,000.
Applicants must partner with an established 501(c)3 nonprofit with a commitment to the advancement of LGBT equality. Applicant contacts host organization which they want to work with and co-develops a successful curriculum encompassing these key elements: communications, fundraising, board development and grassroots policy
R. Scott Hitt was the former Chair of President Clinton's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council and the founder of numerous activist and community organizations. He was a passionate advocate for civil rights and equality in all communities. The R. Scott Hitt Foundation accepts between two and four applicants into this program per year.
DC's Own Entertainment Group & The Downtown Players
*Winner, Best One-Act Drama at the 2010 DC Black Theatre Festival for The Airport Piece*Watch video clips on their Facebook site!
Seeking actors of color for upcoming full-length play entitled, DCPS, an original production written & directed by Rahima Rice-Marsh. Prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue or poem. Bring headshot and resume.
Saturday, March 12th & Sunday, March 13th, 2:30-5:30pm
(BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
DC Arts Center (DCAC)
2438 18th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Red Line Metro: Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan
It's lunchtime at District High. Every clique has their place in the cafeteria.
Athletes. Cheerleaders. Nerds. Fashionistas. Gays. Outcasts. Teachers.
Ms. Crenshaw loves teaching.
The Gym Teacher loves Ms. Crenshaw’s attention.
Ohaji loves the old Kiya.
Monique loves the real Kiya.
Kiya loves her goals & ambitions.
Rebecca loves film, her laptop and Starbuck’s.
Stefan loves gossip and fashion.
Eva loves being with Monty.
Monty loves who he is becoming.
What they have in common is their connection to D.C., and the belief that love, friendship, passion and the truth are what matter most when life throws them an inevitable curveball.
Ms. Crenshaw-Female, early 30s, Humanities Teacher, sophisticated look
The Gym Teacher-Female, early 30s, Cheerleading Coach, overly confident
Ohaji-Male, 17, High School Senior, class clown type
Kiya-Female, 16, High School Junior, Head Cheerleader, hood trendy
Rebecca-Female, 16, High School Junior, artsy nerd
Stefan-Male, 18, High School Senior, fashionable and flamboyant
Eva-Female, 16, High School Junior, Head Cheerleader, proper and snooty
Montgomery-Male, 18, High School Senior, Football star and overachiever
Paul-Male, 18, High School Senior, pretty boy with an attitude
ALL SPEAKING ROLES PAID
Also seeking background ensemble. Crew positions are also available: Lighting & Sound Tech, Assistant Stage Manager, (2) Stage Hands
Rehearsal: April 7th-May 11th
Performances: May 12th-14th, 7:30pm & May 14th, 3pm
For audition appointment send email to: email@example.com
For more info about our company visit our website: www.dcsownentertainmentgroup.com
Jim said: Yesterday, someone asked me what was the most common mistake I saw small business owners making.
I was able to answer immediately, as I see examples of this literally every working day of my life!
The single biggest mistake I see people make, is that they believe they can carry on, with the same mindset, taking the same kind of actions and avoiding the same core disciplines, and that things will “just get better” somehow.
I concur. Spice it up a bit, always look for ways to appeal to your market; if that takes research, so be it. I read all the time, find innovative ways to bring new information to your door front. I must find ways to sell myself and if that's not prostitution I don't know what is. Nah, just playing but yes tough skin and a good sales is something you also need in making a business work. Ultimately quality should push them over the edge but you must reel them in.
Some of the most savvy small business owners today, use content marketing
to educate their prospective clients and engage them. For example, they write regular, valuable blog posts, which offer useful information that will be of direct interest to their ideal profile of client. This information is then search engine optimized and shared across social networks, by people who find it useful. The people who find it useful are, of course, those ideal prospects it was written for. Then, when these people need someone with your expertise or products, you become massively more likely to get their inquiry and business, than some guy they find in a directory.
It works beautifully.
So, today’s informed small business owners are transitioning; from pestering the people
on the lists they bought, to attracting inquiries by regularly showcasing their expertise.
When handled correctly, this can be an amazingly powerful form of marketing. It’s also a fraction of the cost of advertising and mailings etc, and the results can be amazing.
If you want to join the new school of small business marketing, it requires some new skills and a mindset change. The mindset change is easy enough. It’s the shift from pushing sales messages to sharing ideas or education. It’s about remembering that whilst people LOVE to buy things, they HATE to be sold to.