Spring into Action: Leading Your Business with Creativity

first_imgThe Women Business Owners Network (WBON) will hold its 2nd annual spring conference for women business owners on April 30, 2003 at the Best Western Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. The theme is, “Spring into Action: Leading Your Business with Creativity.”The conference will begin with on Friday at 11:00 am and run until 5:30 p.m. Registration fees are $39 for members, $54 for non-members, and $139 for new members (includes 1 year of dues).The conference will feature a business expo for members and sponsors. The sponsors include: Key Bank, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Woman, Vermont Times, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, Athena’s Day Spa, & Kinkos.According to Meredith Martin Davis, Executive Director of WBON, “The fall conference allows women business owners to learn from other successful business women though the stories of the keynote speakers, through networking with each other, and through interactive sessions that allow attendees to reflect on creativity in their own lives and businesses and discuss decisions that will impact their future.”The keynote speakers are: Linda Kelliher, of Kelliher Samets Volk Communications, Judi Danforth, co-founder of Danforth Pewter, and Lyn Severance, illustrator and graphic artist best known for her work with Ben & Jerry’s.Linda Kelliher is the founder of Kelliher Samets Volk, the vibrant Vermont brand relationship firm. Linda is a painter, a creative director, and a wise and wonderful entrepreneur. Firmly rooted in reality, Linda draws on her experience as a mother and a business leader to deliver a healthy dose of common sense and inspiration. Linda is the CEO of SheClicks.com, a web site devoted to helping savvy, busy women make the most of the Internet. Linda is also involved in keeping the conversation aloft with the benefits of the creative class to Vermont.Judi Danforth and her husband Fred founded Danforth Pewterers and began designing their holloware line in Woodstock, Vermont in 1975, reviving a family tradition of pewtersmithing started by Fred’s great great great great great grandfather between 1755 and 1782. They moved to Lincoln, Vermont in 1978 and for ten years developed their pewter line in their mountain workshop. In 1988 the company moved to its current workshop in Middlebury, Vermont, where Fred now designs and creates the holloware line while Judi focuses her energy on designs for the cast line. The Danforth name enjoys a unique recognition among both antique and contemporary pewter collectors.Lyn Severance grew up in Burlington and Colchester and is a native Vermonter. After Burlington High School, Lyn went to Parsons School of Design in New York City and focused her studies in graphic design and illustration. Immediately following Parsons, Lyn returned to Burlington to work as a designer. Her clients included start-up businesses (like Ben & Jerry’s) and non-profit organizations (like the Vermont Symphony Orchestra). After ten years Lyn took her first full-time job as Creative Director at Ben & Jerry’s where she oversaw all the graphics and visual look of the ice cream business. In 1997, Lyn left Ben & Jerry’s to pursue other projects. Recent projects have included identity and packaging work for Gateway computers, Fat Cat Inc., VerMints, Parmalat, and others; and designing and illustrating three childrens books Cow, Ice Cream, and Pig.The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is an association serving Vermont and New Hampshire that provides the opportunity for women in business to share experiences and learn from one another. Since 1984, the organization has been offering a forum for members to exchange information and resources in an atmosphere of candor, humor and mutual respect.The Women Business Owners Network is over 140 women strong. There are monthly chapter meetings in Brattleboro, Montpelier, Rutland and Burlington, and Hanover, NH, as well as conferences and social events throughout the year.For more information on the fall conference go to www.wbon.org(link is external) or call 802-363-WBON.last_img read more


first_imgA hanging basket using foliage colourSecrets to success….Hanging BasketsWith Horticulturist Gareth AustinGareth AustinA hanging basket full of colour, in the peak of summer sunshine is a joy to behold.Whether its a set of them either side of the front door, one on the side of the shed or the front of a B&B smothered in them in Westport. Hanging baskets are real eye catchers, but it doesn’t happen overnight!The creation of and maintenance of a great hanging basket takes a bucket load of effort and the majority of it in lifting watering cans!Here’s a few of my tips on creating amazing hanging baskets Step 1Size. Yes it matters. The bigger a basket you put up the less you have to water it, due to the larger volume of compost it holds. This compost works like a sponge, absorbing water and nutrients for the plants to utilise later. Smaller baskets need watering more often and in turn waste more fertiliser as a lot of goodness leaches out the bottom of the basket when you’re doing all this extra watering….try to use at least a 16” basket.Step 2Compost Selection. A vital step in the process. The hanging basket is a completely fixed space for plant roots to grow into, so it’s important the root zone area is filled with the best of compost you can source. A high quality John-Inness enriched multi-purpose compost is ideal for this. Old compost from last year should never be reused in baskets, throw this out onto the flower beds in the garden or add it to the compost heap.Some hanging baskets are ……..unusual!Step 3Fertiliser.When your planting always mix in some controlled release fertiliser into the potting mix. This is wonderful stuff, its wee balls you mix through the compost and over a period of 6 months it slowly releases complex nutrients to the plants as they need them. Then you can ‘boost’ the basket if you need to, say after a batch of wet weather, with a wee dose of tomato food (or better still make up some Comfry feed and use this – we’ll chat more about this next week). Many hanging baskets don’t flower as much, and produce too much foliage due to over feeding….so the controlled release fertiliser is highly recommendedStep 4Watering. Hanging baskets need watering. But yeah, with a bigger basket you’ll water them less, but they’ll still need watering…even when its raining! The lip around house roofs sometimes mean that little rain actually lands in the basket, also the wind is a constant drying effect. Always water in the morning, as early as you can, but certainly before it starts to get warm. Watering in warm weather wastes your time, as a third of the water can simply evaporate. Water baskets every morning, and try to avoid getting the plants unnecessarily wet. We drink next to nothing through our skin, neither do plants, so water soil not leaves! Watering can be reduced by mixing in some water storing granules through the potting mix. Wet foliage and wet flowers spread pests and diseases. Step 5Deadheading. Short lived annuals are designed to reproduce seeds as quickly as possible, and when they’ve done this they die off. So by removing old flowers you not only keep the baskets looking great, but you encourage the plants to produce more flowers for a much longer period. Dead heading should be carried out at least weekly.Step 6Plant Choice. Planting all the same type of flower in a basket is like putting all your eggs in one basket. Its its good its good, but if the weather doesn’t favour that plant then the whole basket looks inferior Commonly the case with basket planted full of just trailing petunias. Instead choose a range of plants, with contrasting flower sizes and foliage colours. Add in some silver Nepeta, some golden Helichrysum, some small flowered Bacopa to go with your large flowering Surfinia. Or….why not try an edible hanging basket??Step 7Pests & Diseases. If you provide the plants with the correct amount of fertiliser, good compost and water them correctly you should not suffer from any particular pests or diseases. However we can also build in a wee bit of insurance into the basket with a few clever plants, try to include some Marigolds or Nasturtium into the baskets, these are great at attracting beneficial predators to the baskets (wee insects such as Hoverfly produce wee baby bugs which eat wee greenflys and the likes). Regular deadheading is a great way of keeping the baskets clean and mould free, watering in the morning reduces mould problems. But if you do get a dose of greenfly in the basket mix up some soapy water and give it a wee spray over the baskets. But prevention is better than a cure!Next Week….Home made hotions and potions…Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with Donegal ETB. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGarethGARDENING WITH GARETH – HANGING AROUND DOESN’T MAKE YOU A BASKET CASE! was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors 115, Celtics 111: Potential Finals preview lives up to hype

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *BOSTON  — The Warriors usually save their most compelling basketball for June. With the Warriors facing a team they might meet in about four months, however, they offered an entertaining trailer.The Warriors recorded a 115-111 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday, cementing the team’s 10th …last_img read more

Soul Searching Royalty Free Music for Fall Videos

first_imgGive Your Fall Color Videos a Soul-Searching Sound.Image via Shutterstock.Get folk-inspired royalty free music for your upcoming fall season videos.Cover image via Shutterstock.More than any other season, fall is an ideal time to capture striking footage. Leaves are rapidly changing color, causing whole forests to look incredibly dramatic. Of course, Halloween is also on the horizon to add a touch of paranormal into the mix.With such iconic imagery around, fall is gold for any videographer or cinematographer who wants to express transition, change, or reflection. At PremiumBeat, we know all about the power of music to improve footage. Take a look at this stunning video by Julian Tryba for example. Featuring drone shots of New England forests, the clip uses the PremiumBeat track “Uncharted” by Evocatif to great effect. The track’s warm synth textures highlight the dramatic red leaves perfectly.To help you out, we’ve created a playlist of royalty free tracks for this spectacular time of year. Featuring a mix of woodsy, folk-inspired songs as well as a few atmospheric cues too, this playlist is tailor-made for improving fall season videos.Image via Shutterstock.Or if you’re looking for a more traditional horror sound for Halloween projects, check out our horror music showcase too!last_img read more

Muslims celebrate Eid-e-Milad as restrictions eased in most parts of Jammu

first_imgMuslim devotees thronged mosques to celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi with religious fervour as authorities on Sunday eased out restrictions in most parts of Jammu region but did not allow any major procession due to prohibitory orders, officials said.Also Read Birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad celebrated  Barring border district of Poonch and some sensitive pockets, the people were allowed free movement with police and paramilitary personnel removing the blockades and barbed wire from the roads early this morning, they said.Curfew-like restrictions were witnessed in most parts after the authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday midnight as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order ahead of Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.With the day passing off peacefully, the curbs on the movement of the people was lifted late Saturday, the officials said.They said the prohibitory orders which ban assembly of four or more persons are also likely to be withdrawn from the entire Jammu region after fresh review of the security situation by senior officers later in the day.The officials said strict restrictions, however, remained in force in Poonch district for the second day on Sunday with heavy deployment of police and paramilitary personnel.The roads in some sensitive pockets in Jammu, Kishtwar and Ramban districts were also blocked by security forces, they said.A huge Millad procession was allowed in Rajouri district town but no other major religious processions, including ‘nagar kirtan’ by Sikhs, were permitted by the authorities anywhere else, the officials said.However, Muslim and Sikh devotees were allowed to assemble at their places of worship, the officials said, adding that devotees took out minor processions in their localities but were not allowed to move on the main roads.“We are peace loving citizens and have sought permission from the administration for Millad procession from Lakhdata Bazar to Gujjar Nagar in Jammu. When senior police officers informed us that prohibitory orders are in force and no procession will be allowed, we decided against taking out a procession,” Masjid committee chairman Lakhdata Bazar Mushtaq Ahmad Mir told PTI.The policemen boarding vehicles fitted with public address system were heard making announcements before dawn on Saturday informing people about the imposition of the prohibitory orders and closure of all educational institutions.The policemen also asked the people to stay indoors, keep their shops shut and help the law enforcing agencies to maintain peace.last_img read more