3 Health Risks You Might Be Welcoming If You Don’t Exercise

Written By Salina Jivani

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We hear it all the time—exercise! Live an active lifestyle! Thirty minutes a day will keep the fat at bay!

You know you should exercise. It’s just as common sense as knowing you should brush your teeth after every meal and shower every day. But the magic question is: are you doing it? Are you investing in your body just as seriously as you do in your career, your appearance or your home? If the answer is no, you’re probably causing a lot more harm than you realize.

Several studies and research show an inverse correlation exists between lack of exercise and your chances of having these three health risks—among others.

Heart disease

This one’s probably the most obvious of the three. But do you ever wonder how exercise affects heart disease?

Exercising improves your body’s blood circulation, also lowering the bad (or LDL) cholesterol levels, which can form fatty deposits in your arteries and clog them, and helping lower or regulate your blood pressure.

When you don’t exercise, the reverse happens. Fatty deposits quickly take residence in your arteries, your blood circulation is affected, meaning you have an increased chance of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks, and your heart, because of all these pressures and obstacles, has to work harder to do its job, putting it at heightened risk of disease or an attack.

Certain cancers

Exercise reduces the risk of cancers such as colon and breast, but people who lead sedentary lifestyles increase their chances of contracting such cancers. Certain studies have shown that adults who take exercise seriously and look to challenge their workout regimens by continuously increasing them in duration, intensity or frequency can lower risk of colon cancer by anywhere from 30 – 40%. With breast cancer, the risk decreases anywhere from 20 to 80%, and with endometrial and lung cancer, the risks decrease at a similar rate beginning at 20% and going upward to 40% for endometrial cancer.

Arthritis

Like many parts of the human body, joints are healthiest when they are put to work routinely—meaning when you exercise regularly. People who have made exercise a part of their daily routines are less likely to develop arthritis. And if you already have it, you may still have a shot of reversing some of its painful effects. An established exercise routine can help reduce joint aches and increase strength and flexibility while also helping fight fatigue.

Of course exercise benefits more than just your body. It helps you maintain a healthy frame of mind and fights depression. To add icing, regular exercise can help many of us maintain a fresher appearance, younger-looking skin and toned bodies well into the later part of our lives. All the more reason to spend those thirty minutes a day on your body; think of it as an investment you’ll never regret.

Resources:

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/physical-activity-fact-sheet

Recipe Corner: Stifado- A Greek Chicken Stew

Written by Iris Foss

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This esquisite Greek Chicken Stew is a popular dish for special guests and gatherings. Hearty and a zinch to prepare.

Ingredients:

1 family pk of chicken
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 pks of Sazon con achote
3/4 cups of stuffed olives
1/4 of a cilantro bunch chopped
1/2 of a garlic head crushed
3 corns on the cob cut in 1/4’s
1 cup of tomato sauce
1 tsp of Adobo
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1tsp of black pepper
1small onion chopped
1/2 of a green pepper chopped
4 lge sliced carrots
4 lge potatoes cut in 1/6’s
1 can of drained chickpeas
1tsp of Thyme
1/4 cup of cooking wine
1/4 cup of pancake mix or flour
5 Bay leaves

Preparation:

1 In a soup pot combine and mix well all ingredients except the tomato sauce and flour.

2 Cover and put in the refrigerator to marinate over night.

3 When ready to cook, just set on the stove on low for about 20 min.

4 Remove lid and slowly stir. Add 2 cups of water. Replace lid leaving bit of a vent. Turn up a bit to med- low and let it simmer for 20 more min.

5 Mix the tomato sauce with the flour until it creates a cream.

6 Add that cream to the stew. Uncover and reduce it back to low. Simmer for 10 more min.

7 Let stand for 10 min and serve with white rice.

5 Vitamins That Make You Radiantly Beautiful

Written by Salina Jivani

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Beauty is skin deep, but is that where it really starts—at the surface? We think not! Glowing skin, a thick, shiny mane and a blemish and wrinkle-free face take a lot more hard work than slathering on expensive moisturizers and shampoos. Beauty really starts from inside your body, which is why nutrition and nourishment play such a huge role in how amazing you look. And today, we’re here to spill the pills on what vitamins can help you radiate that inner glow, making you look your best and most beautiful—always.

Biotin

If you’re looking for a gorgeous head of hair, strong nails and beautiful skin, this is the ultimate all-in-one action-packed beauty vitamin. Personally I can attest that this biotin, which is popularly known as the hair, skin and nail vitamin, has helped my locks grow thick at an unbelievable rate when I was suffering through thinning due to severe stress. It also amazes me how sexy and strong my nails grow every time I start taking these pills. All around, an A++ for this one!

Vitamin E

Everyone dreams of looking eternally young. And if you had to pick a single vitamin to work that magic on your face, Vitamin E would be it. Known for its ability to fight bad radicals that can destroy skin and speed up the aging process, Vitamin E also is known to improves your skin’s elasticity and helps cell regeneration. Among its other widely known attributes are its ability to fight wrinkles, acnes and scars. Not only is it great for your skin and helping you achieve that youthful look, but it’s also great for your hair and nails. Triple whammy!

Vitamin C

This is another one of those critical elements you’d want to mix into your pot of magical skin potion to create that beautiful skin we all crave. Like vitamin E, this vitamin helps you maintain your skin’s elasticity, fight wrinkles and produce collagen, which is also a key player in creating strong, healthy hair.

Zinc

Remember the days of acne and flare ups? If only you’d known about good old zinc. Of course now that you’re older, you understand that acne and pimples are a result of oil and bacteria buildup under your skin. And that when that build up occurs, your skin’s natural reaction is to become irritated and flare up. Zinc is known to combat that inflammation process, preventing those nasty old red, angry mounds from popping up all over your pretty face.

B Complex

If you’re looking for a beauty-packed miracle pill, look no further. The B complex vitamin contains a good amount of the following B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, biotin, choline and inositol. These vitamins help you retain beauty by promoting moisture retention, preventing skin pigmentation, increasing hair strength, maintaining a healthy metabolism, and enabling the growth of healthy skin cells. Because B vitamins are water soluble, they will easily be flushed out of your system in the event you end up taking in more than your body needs.

Remember that natural sources, such as fruits and vegetables, are always the best for your body. Vitamins are meant to be a supplement to a healthy diet and nourishing your body properly will not only ensure you look your best outside, but will also promote your body’s longevity and health.

3 Free Platforms For People Who Love To Read Fiction

Written by Salina Jivani

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Ever wish you had a free virtual library right at your fingertips? After the birth of Kindle, this sounded like a dream to me. I’d often find myself lazing in bed on Saturday mornings, sighing wistfully in hope that someday I’d be able to skip the trek to the library and simply whip out my phone and find an arsenal of stories just beckoning to be read.

When Kindle first came out. I was enthralled at the prospect of having literally millions of books just clicks away from my eager eyes, ready to devour them all. But I knew I had to pay for those books and then what if I didn’t like them? So I gave up on the dream of reading for free.

But, hey, what can I say—dreams really do come true! With technology transcending new spaces and bringing everything one step closer and more conveniently to us, the fiction space, too, has benefitted from this evolution. Now writers can read millions of readers—for free. And if you’re an avid reader and want the convenience of reading directly from your tablet, PC or device, there are dozens of platforms out there that cater specifically to you. And the best part is—yes, you guessed it—you can read for free!

Wattpad

Wattpad was the first platforms of its kind I’d ever heard of. Because it’s been around for quite a bit now, the volume of stories in its virtual library has exploded. You can find lots of different kinds of fiction and particularly YA and science/fantasy-type stories. But that’s not to say those are the only kinds of stories this platform houses. On this platform, like the others we’ll discuss, you can choose to read either completed stories or stories in progress, which means you can read each chapter as it becomes available by the author. If you love reading, you’ll for sure find something to your liking on their virtual shelves, so give them a browse.

Fan Fiction

From a simple Google search, this one seems to be pretty popular, and that’s probably because it’s the oldest of the three fiction databases listed here. Fan Fiction opened its virtual doors in 1998 and has been up and running ever since with the number of stories housed at an astounding number of 8 million! If you want to start with a platform that’s got the most stories out there, this one is it. Plus, it’s the perfect platform for bilingual readers because it has stories published in over 30 different languages!

Radish

This is the baby of the three, but such a unique and fun platform! Radish has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since it opened its doors—and it’s not hard to figure out why. The neat thing about this fiction platform is its value for its writers, who can choose to list their stories for free, freemium or premium. The latter two options cost Radish coins to readers who want to keep up with the latest chapters of the story. But the success of this model so far is astounding! Radish writers are hand selected and can write by invite only based on their writing skills and aptitude. This coupled with the opportunity to receive pay for their writing means that Radish writers are inclined to churn out their best works, decreasing your chances of picking up a crappy piece of work. Also, for readers who want to earn coins without having to pay for them, Radish provides plenty of opportunities through Twitter and their website for you to claim free coins on a frequent basis, simply by correctly answering a few quiz questions about particular stories on their site.

Remember reading is great for you—better than spending all those hours glued to the TV like a zombie!—so be sure to get a good dose of daily reading into your schedule. And if you missed our earlier post on the benefits of reading, access it here!

3 Popular Places in Atlanta for Adult-Age Halloween Fun

Written by Salina Jivani

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I think one of the hardest things about growing up was not being able to dress up and go door to door for Halloween. In fact, October was the one time of year where I tried to ignore my sudden skyscraper height and did everything possible to prolong my trick or treating days just a little bit more, often concealing my maturing features behind scarfs and masks and even paper bags. Of course that only lasted so long after I realized that I was towering above the rest of the crowd of minions and there wasn’t anyone else out there my age anymore.

It was like playing at Chuck E Cheese with a bunch of kindergartners—and pretending to be one.

So finally I gave up and joined the rest of the people my age on the less exciting end of Halloween—answering the door and handing out fistfuls of candy to eager, cherubic little faces. And I lived vicariously through them until I had kids of my own.

But, for you adults who are like me and secretly yearn to relive your trick or treating days just one more time, I’ve got good news. There’s still some excitement waiting out there for you. In fact, Halloween can be just as much fun for us as it is for our tiny counterparts. So, in the spirit of Halloween and all things spooky, here’s a list of places to explore if you’re looking to freak yourself out…or simply indulge in some festivity and fun.

Netherland

A self-guided haunted experience designed specifically for adults, Netherworld is a haunted house perfect for those who enjoy the thrills and spooks of Halloween. Located conveniently off Dawson Boulevard, this warehouse-turned-haunted-house is home to realistic looking monsters and other bone-chilling replicas of all creatures gory and scary. Since its birth in 1999, Netherworld is now known as one of the best haunted houses in Georgia. The place is usually packed on its days of operation and most tickets are under $30. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_house_in_norcross_georgia_netherworld_haunted_house_tickets

Fright Fest at Six Flags

If you’ve outgrown the thrill of roller coasters, don’t worry. There’s still plenty more fun and excitement awaiting you at Six Flags of Georgia—especially during Halloween time. Fright Fest, the amusement park’s annual Halloween celebration, is popularly known for its jam packed nights of fright, with plenty of haunted houses, scarezones and creatures that prowl around the park giving even the bravest of souls a good chill.

If you’ve got little ones in tow, bring them on along in the earlier part of the day—Fright Fest has special shows and fun for all! The younger audience can enjoy the Bugs Bunny Boom Town show, along with Halloween-themed arts and crafts centers and other appropriately themed rides. Note that only children 12 and older are permitted to wear costumes to the park.

Also, this year patrons of the amusement park can look forward to an all new ride: the Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality Coaster. The coaster boasts gut-clenching twists and turns all while you help the city by donning special gear and destroying gargoyles who threaten to take over.

Adventure for all ages, Fright Fest is one of Georgia’s best one-size-fits-all Halloween hubs.

Little Five Points Parade and Festival

For people who love to mix Halloween spirit with a healthy dose of excitement, and partying, this is the spot for you. The Little Five Points Parade and Festival strikes the perfect balance between adulthood and childhood—allowing adults to enjoy the best of both worlds. Here you can dress up in full-fledged costume and enjoy the Halloween parade, performers, live bands, food, and drinks all in a fun and happening ambience. This parade and festival is definitely one of the cities most throbbing hot spots for Halloween-time fun.

Haven’t seen quite what you’re looking for? No worries! Here’s a list of the town’s best Halloween-based parties, events and local happenings this year: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ga–atlanta/halloween-party/

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And remember, if none of the above fit into your definition of some serious Halloween-time fun, it’s never taboo to host your very own bash. After all, any adult who is a child at heart will eat up any excuse to celebrate the Halloween spirit in full form—costume, candy and all!

VEU Spotlight: Author and Film Producer Sheena Herod

Interview by Abner Jackson III

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Sheena Herod, a Jill of many trades, reigns from the city of Memphis, TN. She is the author of two compelling novels and the creator of A thrilling theatrically released film. In a short time, she has had the privilege of working with entertainment leaders such as Tyler Perry (Media Mogul) and Grammy award winning artist, Neyo. With a determined heart and driven spirit, Sheena has launched the 501C3 non-profit organization; Broken Silence. Sheena Herod, an advocate for our youth, is embarking on a systematic journey to increase awareness about the devastating effects of child abuse and molestation.

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Tell readers about your Broken Silence Organization and how did you come up with idea to start it?

Broken Silence is a nonprofit organization that brings awareness to sexual child abuse. I started the organization after I filmed my first documentary called What We Hate to Remember. The filmed was based off the awareness that boys are victim as well as girls.

Tell us about two books you written and where they can purchase them at?

The two books I have written are both tied into my nonprofit. The first book was based off my documentary A Boys Silent Cry. It’s a story about a football player that’s getting ready to get married but hasn’t told his finance about his uncle moving in the house after his dad died and was sexual abusing him for years. He went through the changes having people he trusted misuse him, always being sexual abuse as a kid he has fought with his sexuality.

Good Touch Bad Touch is a parenting guide on how to protect your children from sexual abuse as well as educating the child and yourself on what is sexual abuse, who can be sexual abusers and the signs to look for if your child has been sexually abused. The self- help book will also include stories from survivors of sexual child abuse. Different articles of sexual abuse caught in the media of known celebrities and teachers that has been accused.

Do you plan on writing anymore books in the future?

I am merging the awareness of sexual abuse into my films. I am using my films to get the message out there more with my new documentary and a new film from my first book A Boys Silent Cry

Tell readers about your Tapoo Productions Company and are they currently working on any projects now?

Tapoo Productions is my film company. We produced several shows, documentaries, movies. I have a new movie releasing next year called The Killing Secret. It’s a great drama and suspense film. It will have you on the edge of your seats wondering what’s going to happen next. Also my new dance reality show called Tha Dance Basement with Actor/author /choreographer Darrin Henson. It’s like the real World mixed with so you think you can dance urban style.

If you weren’t  writing, or producing what would you be doing ?

If I wasn’t filming or writing I would be a fitness instructor or owning a gym. Fitness and health is very important me. I would also like to start a program to feed the homeless. I always wanted to do more to help people that are not as fortunately as the rest of us.

Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

Where I see myself in five years is making a huge impact in the community. I want to be a household name for producing some of the biggest movies in Hollywood. I see myself doing things bigger than just making films like; building homes for the homeless and film schools to teach young kids the fundamental of the film industry . Let them showcase their talents through acting and film.

How can readers keep in contact with you through social networks?
Facebook: Sheena Herod

www.facebook.com/tapooproductions

IG; @iamsheshe , @tapooproductions

 

International Motivational Speaker William Hollis joins VEU Magazine as Brand Ambassador

Message From VEU Magazine Editor-In Chief Adrena Martin-Tolbert

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International motivational speaker William Hollis has just been appointed as brand ambassador for VEU Magazine. William has traveled the country delivering motivation and telling his story of overcoming homelessness, drugs, broken family ties, and more. The 27 year old has a passion for inspiring not only the youth, but anyone around him that needs to be healed and inspired by his story.

I chose William to represent VEU Magazine, because I thoroughly believe that his vision and passion for motivating those around him is aligned with what we are all about as a company. VEU, which stands for Visionairies and Entrepreneurs United, was created as a  platform  for all of the entrepreneurs and visionaries in the world, and to bring more awareness to them. We also have a goal of providing awareness to various community, health, and positive issues that are not spotlighted on a regular basis.

We want to motivate and inspire our readers, and let them know that they are not alone in whatever struggles they may be going through. I am very pleased to bring William on board and happy to have him apart of the VEU Magazine team to help us fully execute our goals.
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William Hollis is an ex-professional football player turned motivational speaker from Pontiac Michigan. His mother was a heroic addict and his father was a gang member. In 2014 he cracked his vertebrae, and shortly after that, he ended up homeless with a newborn daughter. His life took a turn for the better, and at the end of 2015, he was getting featured in various newspapers, and was keynote speaker for several youth empowerment events.

Follow William on his social networks @iamwilliamhollis

Recipe Corner- “Moussaka”

Written by Iris Foss

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Moussaka is a traditional Greek dish. Every family surely has their own version. I prefer the healthy version.

INGREDIENTS:

Meat sauce

2 pounds ground lamb or beef
1 chopped onion
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup of cooking wine
2 Tbsp or more of lemon juice
Pinch of salt to taste

Bechamel sauce

1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks
3 cups shredded Mozzerella cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

The moussaka

3 large peeled and sliced eggplants
1/2 cup salt
2-3 pealed and sliced potatoes
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Olive oil

Prepare the meat sauce

1 Heat and brown the ground meat. Drain all the grease. Add the onions about halfway into the browning process. Sprinkle salt over the meat and onions.

2 Once the meat is browned and the onions have softened, add the garlic, black pepper, oregano and tomato paste. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.

3 Add the red wine and mix well. Bring the sauce to a simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat. Taste for salt and add more if needed. Add the lemon zest and the lemon juice. Mix well and taste. Set the sauce aside.

Prepare the potatoes and eggplants

4 Peel and slice the eggplant and the potatoes into 1/4 inch rounds.

5 Boil the potatoes in salted water for 5-8 minutes – you want them undercooked, but no longer crunchy. Drain and set aside.

6 To cook the eggplant, grill or fry the rounds using Olive oil. Transfer into paper towels and set aside.

Prepare the béchamel

7 Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until pale and smooth, 2 minutes. Still whisking constantly, add the milk and cook until thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Let the sauce cool for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and Mozzerella cheese. W8hisk into the bechamel sauce until smooth.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 3-quart baking dish or casserole dish.

To assemble: Put half the eggplant and potato slices in the dish and cover with half the meat sauce. Top the sauce with the remaining eggplant and potato slices, and then the remaining meat sauce. Pour the bechamel over the top of the meat sauce and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over the top, place the dish on a baking sheet, and bake until browned and bubbly, 45 to 50 minutes. Top with fresh parsley or cilantro, if desired. Let cool for at least 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

3 Smart Ways to Shine Above Your Colleagues

Written by Salina Jivani

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We all want to excel at work. After all, with hard work follow perks like pay increases, promotions and recognition. And who in their right mind would say no to any of that?

But let’s be realistic. We live in an extremely competitive environment where people are constantly trying to outdo one another to clamor to the top of the workplace ranks, striving to gain recognition and earn accolades. This isn’t to say that the fierce competition out there makes it impossible for you to be noticed as a respected and esteemed associate. In fact, if you follow three simple rules, you’re almost guaranteed to set yourself apart from the rest of your colleagues and catch the eye of your manager, or possibly other leaders within your company.

From my personal experiences, I can tell you that people who go the extra mile almost always garner the favor and attention of supervisors.

Jessica, a lady I worked with at the onset of my career, was the epitome of a go-getter and the shining star on our team. She’d jump into projects wholeheartedly and with complete commitment. I remember when I first joined the team, I’d always feel most comfortable going to her with questions about my own clients.  She’d patiently walk me through the resolution and even reach out directly to my clients (who everyone dreaded working with) right then and there with a solution—without me ever even asking. Amazing!

But being a Jessica is easy if you set your mind to it. In your own work, think about the daily tasks that are part of your job requirements, then think about how you can go beyond those baseline requirements and adopt a side project that can make life simpler or more streamlined for those around you. For example, you could do something as simple as compiling and distributing a code of commonly used keyboard shortcuts your entire team can benefit from. Or an Excel sheet embedded with formulas your coworkers often use but enter manually in a spreadsheet. Be sure to share these projects with your manager as you complete them and before you share with the team.

Tasks like this demonstrate your willingness to go beyond your job responsibilities while benefiting those around you—resulting in a win-win for everyone.

Associates who go above the norm often benefit from promotions and increased bonuses.

Do what no one else will

There’s always that one task that absolutely no one wants to take on. You know what I’m talking about. The moment your manager makes mention of it, everyone shrinks into their chairs, starts itching their noses or suddenly has a speck of dirt stuck in their eyes. Grab opportunities like this to stand apart from the masses. Be the person who takes on what no one else will. Not only will your superiors appreciate and respect your willingness, but you’ll also quickly become the favorite of coworkers, who will admire your courage.

Have an amazing attitude

Though this is the last item listed, it’s definitely one of the most important. Being motivated and delivering beyond expectations is great, but if you’re a brat to work with, it’s almost a guarantee that you won’t get very far.

We all know that sometimes it can be tough to maintain a great relationship with everyone at work—especially because these are the people you spend the majority of your day with and sooner or later you’re bound to discover each other’s shortcomings or have differences of opinion. But remember, while it’s okay to not always agree, it’s not okay to be disrespectful, loud, rude or obnoxious. Attitude is all about the way you carry yourself, handle conflict and navigate disputes. So when faced with a difficult situation, be sure to remain tactful yet diplomatic, firm but professional, and overall, a positive, fun, and reliable person, and you’ll easily be labeled as someone who’s a pleasure to work with.

Lastly, don’t sweat it. Remain motivated and your natural desire to excel will shine through in your interactions and in the quality of your work, paving the way for unbridled success.

Virtue Studio and Cafe Host 3Day Women’s Conference

GIVING GROWTH TO YOUR PURPOSE, BUSINNESS, AND COMMUNNITY!
Join the network where Creativity Has No Limits!

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Atlanta, GA: In order to help you start fall on a high note, Virtue Studio and Cafe announces its 1st annual Women’s in Business Conference. On September 30th – October 2nd join us as we shift from potential to purpose. During this 3 day conference guest will be exposed to workshops, network building sessions, and a panel discussion from successful women in a variety of industries.
Studies have shown that African American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. Our goal is to assist you in building the foundation for your endeavors. Some of the workshop and panel topics include:
· Social Entrepreneurism: How to establish a business with a social agenda
· Nurturing business relationships
· My Money, your Money: Maintaining proper business financials
· Enduring the struggle: Thee journey through entrepreneurship
We’re not just about business; we know how to play as well. There will be a networking mixer, games and give-a-ways featuring some amazing items and services from local business owners. Not only do we want to help you succeed, we want to help you build a network of women who will support you throughout your journey.
· Registration is limited to the first 100 ladies
· Early bird registration on sale now for $100/person
· Regular registration starting September 10th is $150/person
· Vendor and Sponsorship opportunities are available
Creative Synergy Inc., the parent company of Virtue Studio and Café is a full service visual communications company dedicated to producing a standard of excellence in the areas of: photography, multimedia production, graphic design, and custom branding and event execution. You can find us online at creativesynergyinc.com . For more information about registering for the conference please contact us at contact@creativesynergyinc.com