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11 Leading Philanthropies Supporting Young Men of Color

Annie E. Casey Foundation,

The Atlantic Philanthropies,

Bloomberg Philanthropies,

California Endowment,

Ford Foundation,

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,

Kapor Center for Social Impact,

Nathan Cummings Foundation,

Open Society Foundations,

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,

W.K. Kellogg Foundation


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September 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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10% Early Bird Discount for KC digiSTORY 2014 through Sept 3

10% early bird discount for registration fee through September 3rd.
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digiSTORY14 Conference: The Power of Digital Storytelling

October 22, 2014 Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri

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Never in history has the ability to communicate been so pervasive. Mobile devices, apps and internet connectivity can bring any person or idea to your fingertips with a simple click. Yet, sharing your ideas and messages through the vast profusion of these digital assets can be mind-boggling. Advertisers, social media strategists, publishers, journalists, businesses, non-profits and government agencies have all discovered that a good story can stir peoples’ emotions and compel them to action. Learn how to use today’s powerful digital media technology to get the right story to the right audience.
Hear innovators, strategists and trend spotters, including Bob Johansen, Paul Debevec, Brandon Oldenburg, Brian Storm and Jay Baer share their insights, secrets and stories about The Power of Digital Storytelling. Experience a full day of captivating speakers in Kansas City’s historic Union Station.

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Don’t Miss These Innovative DigiSTORY.tellers

8:45a Welcome by Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James
9:00a Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future
10:15a Paul Debevec, Chief Visual Officer, USC Institute for Creative Tech
11:30a Lunch – Moonbot & BBQ: Brandon Oldenburg, Moonbot Studios
12:30p Screening of Short Films/Vendor Booth Visits
1:00p Brian Storm, Executive Director, MediaStorm
2:00p Breakout Session 1
3:00p Breakout Session 2
4:00p Jay Baer, Social Media Guru, Convince & Convert
5:00p Networking Reception

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September 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

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C & J NikNaks – Custom Gift Baskets & More – Topeka


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Stop by C and J Niknaks for that special gift or Gift Card for a friend…

Many of her products can be purchased online (eBay)

*Remember to ‘Like’ her Facebook page to stay up on new items & sales…

929 S Kansas Ave (Downtown Topeka) 785-783-4640

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August 28, 2014 at 5:26 am

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Boots to Business: From Service to Startup


Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-sponsored, worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS. Boots to Business is offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU) and operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), in partnership with SBA resource partners. Boots to Business is a three-step training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. Boots to Business helps ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and small business resources in their local communities. After completing Boots to Business participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local small business resources, and launch their small business.


Active duty military members (and their partners/spouses) separating from service may elect to participate in the entrepreneurship training track of Boots to Business. This includes:

  • Transition GPS/The Entrepreneurship Track: All service members attending will gain exposure to entrepreneurship by viewing a 10-minute video.
  • Intensive 2-day/Intro to Entrepreneurship: During Transition GPS, if the service member elects to participate in a 2-day entrepreneurial class, taught by a SBA Representative/SBA Resource Partner at a local military installation. The class will educate participants on business fundamentals and guide them through an initial feasibility analysis of their business concept.
  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship Course: Upon completion of the Boots to Business optional “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” track, transitioning service members have the option to further study through an instructor-led 8-week online course offered by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University. Completion of the 8-week online course will require approximately 10 hours of study each week and walk participants through the fundamentals of developing a business plan.

After completing Boots to Business, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, and launch their enterprise.HOW TO PARTICIPATE

To participate in the Boots to Business entrepreneurship track, the transitioning service member (or spouse/partner) should contact their on base TAP coordinator or reach out to a SBA district office*. Once participants complete the ‘Intro to Entrepreneurship’ and the ‘2-Day Intensive Workshop’, the instructor will provide a login and password to gain to access to register for the Foundations of Entrepreneurship.

* Contact information for SBA’s district offices can be found at www.sba.gov under “Local Assistance.”


There are no registration fees or tuition for any portion of the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training track. All service members will receive textbooks and resources necessary to complete the program.


In August 2011, President Obama announced his comprehensive plan to address the issue of transitioning veterans finding meaningful employment opportunities in the civilian workforce. Specifically, the President directed the DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs to work closely with other Agencies, and with the President’s economic and domestic policy teams, in leading a task force that would develop a new training and service delivery model to help strengthen the transition of our Service Members from the military to civilian life. Shortly thereafter, Congress passed and the President signed the VOW Act to “Hire Heroes Act of 2011” Public Law 112-56, 201-265, 125 Stat. 715, which included steps to improve the existing TAP for Service Members. Among other things, the VOW Act made participation in several components of TAP mandatory for all Service Members (except in limited circumstances). The Boots to Business course is one of the three optional training tracks offered via TAP.

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August 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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Boots to Bootstrapping: New Entrepreneur & Veterans’ training, tips

Boots to Business

Operation Boots to Business

Do you know or are you a veteran currently transitioning out of  active military service or already out? Now there is a new FREE world-class entrepreneurship training option for veterans who have dreamed of owning their own business.

  1. Boots to Business: From Service to Startup- For currently Transitioning Service Members, offered partly at military bases worldwide and then online.
  2. Boots to Business: REBOOT- For all honorably discharged veterans and their spouses, offered at SBA resource partner locations nationwide and then online.

Boots to Business: From Service to Startup and Boots to Business: Reboot are similar U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-sponsored, worldwide program offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU) and operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), in partnership with SBA resource partners.

For veterans currently transitioning out of active duty, Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS.

Consisting of a three-phase training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership, “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” begins during the service member’s transition from the service (TAP or TAMP) and can continue if the service member decides to self-select into Phase II and III.

“Boots to Business: Reboot” only has Phases II and III.

  • PHASE I- Transition GPS Video “The Entrepreneurship Track”: A 12-minute video introducing military service members to business ownership as a “lifestyle” (only offered in TAP or TAMP for “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” participants)

The next two phases are for both “Service to Startup” and “Reboot”:

  • PHASE II- Intensive 2-day Class “Intro to Entrepreneurship”: 2-day, in-person class and “Introduction to Business Ownership” textbook.
    Click for the calendar of scheduled “From Service to Startup” events at U.S. military bases. Watch our BusinessUSA events calendar for any future Phase 2 Reboot classes.
  • Phase III: 8-week Online Course “Foundations of Entrepreneurship”: Boots to Business eight-week instructor-led online “mini-MBA” course that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan and tips and techniques for starting a business. Completion of PHASE II is required before registering for this course.

Learn more about both versions by clicking these links:

Watch the video below to learn about Boots to Business:

Small Business Management

  • Bootstrapping Tough Mudder Founders Show How to Build a Business the Hard Waygo.usa.gov/mCQk
  • Telework blues? Working from home can have its ups & downs. Try these tips.go.usa.gov/m4VA
  • Marketing Tip: Infographic shows 10 reasons to combine Social Media and SEO (Search Engine Optimization)  go.usa.gov/m4yF

Find New Customers and Markets

  • Find your best markets with this new report on US consumer spending by statego.usa.gov/mgXT
  • 6 Tips for Expanding Your Business Internationally go.usa.gov/NUAH

Finance and Taxes

  • Startup Funding 101 Infographic Explains Angel Investor Basics for Early Stage Small Businesses go.usa.gov/NQ85
  • 11 Things Startups Need to Know BEFORE Choosing an Angel Investor go.usa.gov/NaAY
  • To Get Funding, Help Me Help You- Advice from an Angel Investor to Startupsgo.usa.gov/Na79
  • Entrepreneurs: Read these tax and legal pros vs. cons of LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp structures before starting up your business or accepting institutional funding such as from Venture Capitalists go.usa.gov/EutG
  • Buying into a franchise of interest to you? Listen to Bob Melberth’s podcast with SCOREgo.usa.gov/NnwA

Government Contracting

  • The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban & rural areas compete in government contracting. Learn about certification at http://go.usa.gov/mym9
  • Own a small business? Here’s what you need to know about what “small” means for gov contracting http://go.usa.gov/mymA

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August 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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Let Us Empower Youth Achievers in the 21st Century

Everyday tons of computer equipment makes its way to landfills and many end up in the back of our closets or in the attic after being replaced with the newest purchase. Why not empower a young person that is motivated and taking the time to learn tech skills that can lead them towards a better and productive future?

If we are to address the lack of diversity in the tech industries, we first have to teach, instruct and empower our youth in the skills needed to enter a very competitive workforce. By donating your unused or un-wanted laptop to recognized and responsible charities like IBSA, YOU can play an active and supporting role in uplifting as many youth as there are laptops going unused. Contact us today to see how you can help us in our endeavors to empower youth throughout the 21st Century.


Laptops Donations Needed for Enterprising Youth

Streets University:

Streets University - Income Opportunity Program

Streets University is not affiliated with any accredited educational institution, governing body or government agency. Courses are not approved for any federal loans.

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August 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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Ferguson, MO: America’s Day of Reckoning

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August 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

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