Event Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
When the Heart Dreams is for those of us who love to read romance novels and an opportunity for authors to meet and build relationships with new readers in a relaxed casual setting. This will be a fun-filled event covering all romance genres, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal and Suspense. Mix with some of your favorite and soon to be favorite authors. Enjoy reader games and prizes, chats with the authors, readings, a luncheon, a book signing and a closing night themed party.
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|Published Monday, August 18, 2014 7:32 am|
by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA
WASHINGTON – From the rubble of the Great Recession, women business owners are emerging victorious with record growth and economic impact. Even so, many women entrepreneurs still face barriers to success.by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA
Today, 30 percent of all American businesses have a woman at the helm. African-American women in particular are a driving force, establishing their enterprises at six times the national average, according to a 2013 American Express OPEN report.
Between 1997 and 2013, African American women-owned businesses grew by 258 percent and made $226.8 billion in revenue. They employ 1.4 million people, which is more than the combined population of Atlanta, St. Louis and Miami.
|Expert Tips for stress-free party planning|
|Stick to budget, plan smart and have fun, for goodness sake|
|Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:05 am|
by Karen Lawrence
It’s that time of year again when we all seek to have a Holly Jolly Christmas, but planning a holiday dinner or soiree to celebrate with friends and family can be a lot of work. Here are some tips that will help keep you from stressing out as you plan your holiday gathering.
Plan like the pros.
First, determine how much you want to spend to host your party, and set a budget. This will give you a guideline and keep you from overspending. It will also help keep you organized.
Theme your party
A themed party generates ideas for your décor, food, beverage and entertainment. Try to think of something different that your guests will enjoy. Engage all five senses. Create a holiday atmosphere with color, lighting and music. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your décor until you find what works.
Winning team connected using convention
CHARLOTTE – The Democratic National Convention Committee and the Committee for Charlotte in 2012 today named the team of EventSphere, Akintayo Management Group and It’s My Affair to serve as the housing services vendor for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
“This team, along with the resources of the Charlotte hotel community, provides us with the experience and local connections to ensure that convention attendees receive a superior housing experience in Charlotte,” said DNCC Chief Executive Officer Steve Kerrigan. “With the local resources and valuable relationships of It’s My Affair and the institutional knowledge and expertise that EventSphere and Akintayo Management Group bring from the 2008 Democratic National Convention, this team will be able to effectively manage the thousands of hotel rooms that will be needed for the convention.”
Over the last few months of networking and sharing what I do with others, I have run into some pretty negative feedback about “event planners” and find myself having to apologize for someone else’s lack of experience and share what a “professional planner” really does to help their clients. Right now, our market is saturated with “event planners” mostly people who have planned a nice birthday party or wedding and then start a business the following week. That’s great if you really have a passion for planning and get the proper training to be of value to your corporate client.
Let me share with you a few pointers about why I think a professional planner is worth the money and not because I am one.
Let’s say you want to hold a customer appreciation event but you want it to be more than just a party. Your company’s reputation is on the line. You have to make a decision whether to leave this important function to a professional or to unskilled hands? In this case, a planner can be a valuable asset.