Sunday, August 10, 2014

Do You Dream of Owning Your Own Business?

The Operation First Step program is used in over 100 locations across the U.S. to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business, even when they have little or no business background.

Operation First Step can help you turn your dream into a reality.


DEVELOP A START-UP PLAN THAT WILL HELP YOU NOT ONLY START, BUT SUCCEED IN BUSINESS.


 THIS MULTI - WEEK WEEK COURSE WILL:

give you a specific road map for starting a business

expose you to subject matter experts such as accountants, lawyers, marketing experts & more

challenge you to define and be prepared for the best and worst

help position you to fund your business 

help you develop the network of resources and peers a business owner needs


ATTENDANCE AT A FREE ORIENTATION IS 

REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THESE CLASSES.


ORIENTATION DATES:

August 26th & September 9th

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


CLASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 20th

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

September 23, 30

October 7, 14, 21, 28


LOCATION

4747 TROOST AVENUE, ROOM 114, KANSAS CITY, MO 64110

This course is offered at a very subsidized rate of $75 to allow individuals who meet low-to-moderate income guidelines to participate in an in-depth training program. Similar programs range from $450 - $700. To determine if you meet these guidelines, contact Judy Bumpus at Judybumpus [@] att.net or call (816)-786-3959.

Judy Bumpus
Bloom Business Consulting
"Teaching you to grow your business and work skills"
816-786-3959
Judybumpus [@] att.net

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Storytelling for Nonprofits

How to present stories that attract donors, win support, and raise more money

Stories make a cause relatable, tangible, and touching. Moving stories tug at donors' heartstrings and motivate them to give. 


But crafting a compelling story isn't always easy, and not all stories are created equal. 

This free eBook will teach you how to:

  • Build the elements of a great story
  • Choose the best, most effective 
    stories to tell
  • Incorporate powerful visuals 
  • Use emotion and a sense of urgency to motivate audiences
  • Tell your story through different vehicles such as social media

Monday, August 4, 2014

Digital Storytelling: Tell Your Story - Market Your Business or Nonprofit - Reach New Customers & Donors


Small For-Profit Businesses:

Today small and medium-sized businesses have access to the same expertise, which means they can now compete on a level playing field like never before. Today, video is a must-have for small businesses concerned with 1st-page search ranking, conversion rates, and brand identification—essentially any company with an online presence with an intent to succeed.



Nonprofit Organizations:

A compelling story is the most powerful tool to engage the community and to advance your agency mission. A quality video produced for your nonprofit can capture your story and has the capacity to inspire, motivate, and evoke an emotional connection. A great video is an effective tool to connect with donors, supporters, volunteers and the community and when used effectively, it has a high return on investment for any nonprofit making a difference.


The Bottom Line:

You may think this sounds like a lot of trouble, but you do need video. Video engages your customer and sets you apart from those static ads you see on the Internet. It allows you to tell your customer what differentiates you from your competition and your videos can help you have a face they can recognize and come to trust. That's the kind of relationship you want with your customer.



Complete Package Includes:

·      Professional Production & Editing

·      Sharing on Our Social Media Networks

   (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+)

·      Social Media Network Icons w/links to

   Your Business Fanpage/YouTube Channel

·      One-Year Listing in US SmallBiz and

    KSSmallBiz Online Business Directory*

                                 

Captions Include:                         

·      Business/Nonprofit Name

·      Physical Address/Phone Numbers

·      Official Website & Email Address



Special Offer for Nonprofit Organizations!
  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Resources for Learning Code: A Guide from Around the Web

FYI

These are either short or full-length courses on the major aspects of computer science and technology posted on the web. While all are not free, many have starter courses that teach the basics and allow one to preview what the entire modules/courses deliver.

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
Maker Camp Course30 days of DIY and making! Maker Camp is a free virtual summer camp on Google+, open to all.(FREE)
Making Sense of Data Courseself-paced, online course is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualize, and manipulate data.(FREE) Data management; data science
"HTML Workshop" CourseThis "HTML Workshop: HTML Training for Beginners "course will teach you the tags used to build web pages using HTML 4.0. You will be able to build simple web pages after you finish this HTML training course". 17 lectures, 2+ hours, 11,400 students, 70 discussions. (FREE) HTML, web development
Learn to set up websites from Scratch CourseOver 24 lectures and 3.5 hours of content!
Learn about Webhosting and Domain name system
Learn about website setup
Learn all about WordPress Setup
Learn to set up emails, FTP accounts and make your website live. (FREE)
Cpanel, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), CSS, Joomla, Wordpress
Learn Javascript and Jquery from Scratch CourseOver 10 lectures and 2 hours of content!
Master JavaScript Syntax
Master the JQuery Library
Quickly build Web Projects using JS and Jquery (FREE)
Javascript, Jquery
Mastering HTML5 Programming - The Easier Way CourseOver 35 lectures and 7 hours of content!
By the end of the course you will be able to understand the core concepts of HTML5 and CCS3
You will be able to create HTML5 APP and Front end for your websites and web products
You will learn about interesting features like Drop and Drag , Multimedia, Web sockets and Web messaging (FREE)
HTML5, CCS3, app development
Coding for Entrepreneurs (Basic) CourseA Free Introduction to "Coding for Entrepreneurs | A Programming Class for the Non-Technical Founder" on Udemy. Over 27 lectures and 3.5 hours of content.(FREE) Python, Django, CSS, MySQL
Comprehensive JavaScript Programming CourseThis comprehensive JavaScript programming course will teach you how to develop JavaScript applications, specifically you will learn: functions, objects, strings, arrays, debugging, and much more. Over 27 lectures and 3 hours of content.(FREE) Javascript, Jquery, Angular, NodeyJS
Hour of Code CourseTaught by Khan Academy, The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.(FREE) Web development; JavaScript
Try Ruby Course; websiteThis website offers an interactive environment ready to go to start learning. No complicated manual and no setup required. Going through should take you about an hour. Try Ruby will walk you through the very basics of programming in Ruby and give you a sandbox to play around in.(FREE) Ruby language
Code School Course; websiteLearn all the major computer science language in four paths through 30 courses and 1,700 coding challenges. Many at no cost. $29/month. Javascript, Ruby, HTML/CSS, iOS
Skillcrush Course; websitesAn online learning community, where you will gain the digital skills every forward- thinking professional must know. FREE 10-day e-mail bootcamp. 3-month program for $399. Website development, design, app development
Rails for Zombies Course; websiteRails for Zombies is a free online course that provides you five labs, each with a short video followed by a series of exercises where you get to code Rails immediately in your browser. (FREE) Web application development
Flappy Bird Course; tutorialHosted by Hour of Code, writing your own custom version of the game Flappy Bird! (FREE) App development; video gaming
Intro to the Art of Computer Science #1 CourseK-8 level course with 15-25 hours of lesson plans and modules to teach computer science. Concepts include: computational thinking, algorithms, functions, conditionals, abstraction, relay programming, and more.(FREE) Programming, computational thinking


Popular Research

These are some of the most interesting guides, case studies, and working projects in the intersection of computer science, education, community development (especially for youth).

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
Case study on community information ResearchA reading on how communities have turned their data needs challenges into impactful projects. Compiled by the Knight Foundation.
Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby ResearchA fun, lively read about the peculiar aspects of Ruby. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails
Learning Rails: Live Edition ResearchUnlike most Rails books, Learning Rails is for web developers, and not for programmers. Rather than begin with the inner layers of a Rails web application -- the models and controllers -- this book approaches Rails development from the outer layer: the view side of an application. You'll start from the foundations of the Web you already know, and learn how to create something visible with Rails before reaching the more difficult database models and controller code. Each chapter includes exercises and review questions so you can test your understanding as you go. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails

Tutorials and Games

Here are some fun, accessible games to learn programming and computer languages.

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
Made with Code TutorialsInitiated by Google, this online project-based community aims to inspire girls to explore fun, beautiful ideas with code programming at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Features mentors and online community forum.
Lightbot TutorialsLearn core programming logic, starting from super-basic programming, for ages 4+, on iOS or Android (or Web browser) . Learn how to sequence commands, identify patterns, use procedures, and utilize loops! Targeted toward children ages 4 and up. (FREE) iOS, Android programming
MIT AppInventor TutorialsEntertaining, quick video tutorials walk you through building three simple apps for your Android phone or tablet. Designed for novices and experts alike, this hour of code will get you ready to start building your own apps before you know it. Imagine sharing your own app creations with your friends! These activities are suitable for individuals and for teachers leading classes. (FREE) Android programming
Scratch Website; tutorialsWith Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Project of MIT Media Lab. (FREE) Video gaming
Tynker TutorialsDesigned to motivate and inspire kids to bring their creative ideas to life.

Kids create their own games, animated stories, and projects, and publish their apps for the web.($50/course)

Video gaming

Workshops

Here are some of the best workshops for students, teachers, and educators to learn about coding around the country.

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
LEAD Computer Science Institute (LEAD-CSI) WorkshopThis program exposes middle and high school students from diverse communities to colleges and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Various in computer science
Google Science Fair  WorkshopThe Google Science Fair is a global competition open to 13-18 olds. Students submit a project online for a chance to win amazing prizes. Various
Google High School Symposium
WorkshopThis is a one day program designed to provide high-achieving high school seniors with valuable business skills before starting college. Technology business skills

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Current Job Opportunities - Topeka


 

CRISIS ATTENDANT CARE PROVIDERS WITH CMA CERTIFICATION - Individuals 21 years of age and older needed to work one on one with Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children ages 5 to 17 in crisis house & community. 2 FT positions with benefits available from 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm. 1 FT position is Sunday thru Thursday and 1 FT position is Tuesday thru Saturday. Applicants must have a high school diploma & a combination of 2 years of documented experience & post-secondary education in a human services-related field. Applicant must have CMA certification. CRP ACP's must successfully pass the KBI, SRS Central Abuse Registry and ADP background checks, motor vehicle screens & possess a valid Kansas driver's license. A good driving record, proof of insurance and reliable transportation is necessary to complete job duties. A TB test is required to be on file before assignment to CRP shifts. Submit cover letter & resume to: recruiter@fsgctopeka.com or fax to 785-232-0160 or apply on-line at www.fsgctopeka.com.

APPLY NOW!

CRISIS ATTENDANT CARE PROVIDER PT ON-CALL - Individuals 21 years of age and older needed to work one on one with Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children ages 5 to 17 in crisis house & community. Hourly Crisis ACP on-call positions are available Monday thru Friday. The shifts are 6:30am-2:30pm, 2:30pm-10:30pm and 10:30pm-6:30am These positions are hourly with no benefits. Applicant must have a high school diploma & a combination of 2 years of documented experience & post-secondary education in a human services-related field. CRP ACP's must successfully pass the KBI, SRS Central Abuse Registry and ADP background checks, motor vehicle screens, and possess a valid Kansas driver's license. A good driving record, proof of insurance and reliable transportation is necessary to complete job duties. A TB test is required to be on file before assignment to CRP shifts. Submit cover letter & resume to: recruiter@fsgctopeka.com or fax to 785-232-0160. You can also apply by clicking "Apply Now" below this position.

APPLY NOW!

ATTENDANT CARE PROVIDER - Caring people are needed to work one-on-one with children who have behavioral health barriers and are diagnosed with a severe emotional disorder. ACP's are responsible for assisting children in learning skills established by the treatment team. These skills are aimed at improving their behavioral health to help improve their functioning in all areas of life. Services are provided in a variety of settings including at school, in the home and out in the community. Positions are hourly up to 40 hours per week, flexible schedule, benefits do not apply, and hours are not guaranteed. Desired Skills *People who are able to build relationships and connect with children. *People who are willing to do fun interactive activities including things like playing board games, going fishing, and playing basketball to help children learn skills in a natural setting. *People who are reliable and can be counted on by the children. *People who are organized and able to manage difficult schedules and documentation. *People who are able to manage stressful situations and behaviors. *People who are able to think quickly on their feet. *People who are willing to transport children in their own vehicle within Shawnee County. Position Requirements *Individuals 18 years of age or older. *Two years post-secondary education in a social service related field. *Or Two years of documented experience with children. *Or a combination of education and experience that equals two years. *Valid Kansas driver's license, up to date car insurance, and a reliable vehicle. *Ability to pass a background and drug test. Submit resume to recruiter@fsgctopeka.com or fax to 785-232-0160. You can apply online here by clicking on "Apply Now" below this posting.

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Driver - Driver needed to transport emotionally disordered children ages 6 & under & children 7-18 yrs of age to & from psychosocial services. Hours are a split shift Monday through Friday 11:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00. Must be at least 21 years of age, need a valid Kansas Driver's license & good motor vehicle driving record & must pass all background checks. Driving agency vehicle/bus. Could have up to 12 children on bus at a time. Send letter of interest and resume to recruiter@fsgctopeka.com or fax to 785-232-0160 or apply on-line at www.fsgctopeka.com. Open until filled.

APPLY NOW!


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Monday, June 9, 2014

What's Happening in Crowdfunding


National Crowdfunding Services, LLC. June, 2014. Volume 3. Number 2.

National
CROWDFUNDING

CROWDFUNDING FOR minority and women businesses

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What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding works as follows: An entrepreneur with an idea for a company or product posts the details of the idea or product on a web site such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter. The posting includes information on the amount of money needed, benefits to those who contribute to the project and information on the developers. Crowdfunding can potentially level the playing field, opening new sources of business capital and revenue for women- and minority-owned firms.

For more, please see:
Crowdfunding This Week 

Also, please review the MinorityFinance.com Minority and Women Business Financing Guide. (Username and Password: meatball.)


THE WASHINGTON, DC CROWDFUNDING CHALLENGE

 
We are pleased to announce that National Crowdfunding Services, LLC will soon launch The Washington DC Crowdfunding Challenge.  We believe that, given the opportunity, our community will support DC Based small business owners. Please click on the picture or go to our "Indication of Potential Interest" page at  www.DChallenge.co to make a non binding indication of support. Our goal is to get indications from at least 2,000 potential supporters. You can list from $100 - $500.

Again, this is a non binding dollar amount that 
indicates what you MIGHT, at some future point, be willing to donate to crowdfunding campaigns sponsored by DC based small business owners. Please be on the lookout for more information about the Washington DC Crowdfunding Challenge.

Other Events and News

State Crowdfunding Exemptions
 
The picture at left shows states that have enacted equity crowdfunding (green), states that are in the process of enacting an exemption for equity crowdfunding (blue), and states that are considering enacting an exemption for equity crowdfunding (yellow).  The states in red have rejected equity crowdfunding. 
For more, see: http://crowdfundingnow.blogspot.com/2014/05/state-level-crowdfunding-exemptionsso.html

Real Estate Crowdfunding
 
The picture at left shows states where real estate crowdfunding transactions have occurred. We agree "crowdfunding" is one of the latest buzz words, but the fact that Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary recently added Crowdfunding speaks to the fact that crowdfunding is here to stay. While the full impact on the U.S. real estate market has yet to be determined, if the past year is any indication, real estate may be one of the biggest segments of the crowdfunding marketplace. For more, see: http://crowdfundingnow.blogspot.com/2014/05/real-estate-crowdfunding-by-state-so-far.html

LeVar Burton Shows Us How To Crowdfund

We note with interest the recent Kickstarter campaign by LeVar Burton for Reading Rainbow. According to one news report, "Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's program hosted by LeVar Burton that debuted in 1983 and went off the air in 2006,upset many with its departure. But Burton, who also executive produced the program, has managed to keep the project alive in some form or another in the time since. He launched the show as an app in 2012. And now his new venture is to take Reading Rainbow's large digital library of books and videos to classrooms nationwide for free. But to do so Burton needs capital. So the Star Trek actor turned to Kickstarter to raise money. He launched his campaign last Wednesday to raise $1 million to launch his PBS children's series online. Although Burton had allotted 35 days to raise the money, within 24 hours he had reached his goal." Bravo! Why was this campaign so successful? See: http://crowdfundingnow.blogspot.com/2014/06/levar-burton-shows-how-to-crowdfund.html
 
UPCOMING CROWDFUNDING SEMINARS
 

June 14, 2014. 4:30pm.Watha Daniel Library.

 

June 18, 2014. 12:30pm.Petworth Library.

 

June 27, 2014. 5:30pm.WeWork Wonder Bread.

 

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