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This year’s 2nd annual entrepreneur’s conference, ‘Bacon Donuts: Practical Planning for Brilliantly Risky Ideas” is dedicated to a subject that speaks to the hearts and minds of all successful entrepreneurs – thinking creatively and acting pragmatically.
On the panel 1: Money Morning is our CEO Kalika Yap with Sasha Strauss, Managing Director of Innovation Protocol and Marty Metro, Founder of UsedCardboardBoxes.com. Moderated by Jean C. del Rosario, VP/Sr. Portfolio Managment Office, Consumer and Business Lending, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Marty Metro, Jean C. del Rosario, Kalika Yap and Sasha Strauss
Right after the conference held the annual NAWBO-LA Awards Luncheon, celebrating it’s 27th year of giving tribute to top achievers among womenleaders who have established a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence and contributed significantly to Southern California.
This year’s conference and luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott at LA. Live last Friday, April 26, 2013.
CEO Kalika Yap with the Citrus girls
Pooneh Mohajer, COO and Co-Founder of Tokidoki
Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide
LL Cool J introducing his wife Simone for the Rising Star award
Congratulations to the 2013 honorees!
Leadership Award: Jessica Iclisoy, Founder & President, California Baby
Legacy Award: Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide
Trailblazer of the Year Award: Pooneh Mohajer, Co-Founder & COO, tokidoki
Rising Star of the Year Award: Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Owner, Simone I. Smith
Innovator of the Year Award: Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX
Hall of Fame Inductee: Jeri Harman, Founder & Partner, Avante Mezzanine Partners
Man of the Year Award: Noel Massie, UPS District President, UPS
ADL’s Deborah Awards are presented annually to outstanding women whose leadership in their professions and civic contributions exemplify the qualities and ideals of the Anti-Defamation League.
Other honorees at the dinner include academic and philanthropist Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian, President, Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation and Chair, Community Advisory Board, Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA; and business leader Anne Shen Smith, Chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Company.
Some things you will learn:
- Know where to go to find career opportunities in Drupal
- Determine what skills you need to develop to reach your goals
- Explain how a typical site is built in Drupal, and learn the page-model in Drupal
- Use Drupal specific terminology such as fields, views, node, block, page
- Understand how to build sites the “Drupal way”
This course is ideal for:
- Self-starters or career switchers who are curious and want to learn new skills that are in high demand
- Individuals exploring options for careers in web development: designers, programmers, server administrators, quality assurance, etc.
- People with some exposure to web development
- Knowledge of HTML and CSS is helpful, but not required
Ticket price: $75.00
*Breakfast (coffee & bagels) and lunch (assorted sandwiches) will be provided for all attendees.
Citrus Studios, Inc.
2500 Broadway Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community.
1) Source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs;
2) Energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief;
3) Conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank vision is that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.
Our CEO Kalika Yap will be speaking on this event!
As a Partner Organization for the first Money Morning, which occurred just prior to the 26th Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon in March, I wanted to reach out and invite you to participate once again as a Partner Organization for the second installment of this event. These new quarterly financial forums will explore money-related topics with a specific emphasis on financial strengths and acuity for small business growth. The next session, scheduled for October 15, 2012 will take place at
· One complimentary registration to the event
· A spot for your organizations information to be distributed at the event
Monday , October 15, 2012
8:30am – 11:00am
9400 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California, 90232
If you are interested in being a Partner Organization for this event, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent your personalized discount code.
It’s time to plan your 4th of July party!
Here are some ideas that you can use/do for the celebration.
- 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
- Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
- 3/4 cup seedless red raspberry jam
- 3 containers (12 oz each) Betty Crocker® whipped fluffy white frosting
- 1 teaspoon intense red paste food color
- 1/4 teaspoon royal blue paste food color
- Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors red, white and blue stars
- Coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place red, white or blue paper baking cup in each of 24 regular size muffin cups.
- Make cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil and egg whites. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons raspberry jam to each cup; cut through batter with toothpick for swirled effect. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely.
- Tint 1 container frosting with red food color; tint second container with blue food color. Leave third container white. Spoon each color of frosting into separate decorating bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe frosting as desired onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with stars and sparkling sugar.
Courtesy of www.bettycrocker.com
- 4 1/2 pounds fresh red currants, stemmed
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 6 3/4 teaspoons)
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
- 3 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh blueberries
- 2 ounces fresh currants, on the stem
- Make the currant gelatin: Put currants and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until currants are very soft, about 10 minutes.
- Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes. Add to currant mixture; stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath, gently pressing out liquid with a spoon; discard solids. Remove from water bath, and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons currant gelatin into each of twelve 8- to 10-ounce glasses; set remaining currant gelatin aside. Refrigerate glasses until gelatin is completely set, about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, make the panna cotta: Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
- Put milk, cream, and sugar into a medium saucepan; bring almost to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Add gelatin mixture, and stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath. Remove from water bath; let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set.
- Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons panna cotta over currant gelatin in each glass; set remaining panna cotta aside. Refrigerate glasses until panna cotta is set, about 1 hour. Repeat with another layer of currant gelatin and panna cotta. If either mixture becomes too firm, set over a pot of simmering water until softened.
- To serve, top each parfait with blueberries and currants, dividing evenly.
Courtesy of www.marthastewart.com
- Blue Gatorade
- Cranberry Juice
- Diet Lemon Lime Soda
- Fill clear glasses with ice cubes.
- Pour cranberry juice into cup, filling about 1/3 of the cup.
- Pour Gatorade next; be sure to pour VERY slowly and pour onto an ice cube so that the drinks don’t mix together.
- Fill the remainder of the cup with diet lemon lime soda, again being careful to pour slowly and onto an ice cube.
- Garnish with a fun straw and enjoy!
Courtesy of www.craftingmom.com
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1/3 cup blue passion fruit liqueur, such as Hpnotiq or Alize
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
- 2 tablespoons blue curacao liqueur
- 2 tablespoons white rum
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons white rum
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 cup coconut sorbet
- 1/4 cup rum
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Begin by making the blue layer: Put 1 1/2 cups of the ice cubes in the carafe of a blender. Add the passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, blue curacao, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of ice left, adding the remaining 1/2 cup of ice if needed. Transfer to a large measuring cup or small bowl and place in the freezer while you make the next layer.
- For the red layer: Rinse out the blender and then add the frozen strawberries, watermelon, lime juice, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of fruit. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes a time, until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water if the consistency is too thick. Transfer to another small bowl and place in the freezer while making the final layer.
- For the white layer: Rinse out the blender and add the coconut sorbet, rum and lime juice. Blend until smooth and thick. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes at a time, and continue to blend until thick and no bits of ice remain.
- Pour the red layer into the bottom of six 8-ounce glasses, about 1/3 cup each. Gently spoon 1/3 cup of the blue layer over the red layer so they stay separate. Finish by spooning 1/3 cup of the white layer over the second layer in each glass.
Courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com
- Double-sided tape
- 4 (5- by 6-inch) pieces each of red, white, and blue
- Cardboard (or any used box), cut into a 10-inch circle, plus more for a star
- Clear tape
- Tacky glue
- Aluminum foil
- To make a paper cone, place a strip of double-sided tape along the shorter edge of a piece of card stock. Roll the paper as shown, then press to adhere. Repeat with the remaining sheets of card stock.
- Place a strip of double-sided tape on the back of each cone. Lay the cones in alternating colors on the cardboard circle and press to adhere. Turn the wreath over and secure each cone to the back with a piece of clear tape.
- Apply glue to a scrap of cardboard, about 3-1/2 inches wide, cover it with aluminum foil, and smooth out any wrinkles. Cut the covered cardboard into a star shape. Apply glue to the back and press it onto the center of the wreath, then let it dry.
- To hang the wreath, make a loop from the string and tape it to the back of the cardboard.
Courtesy of www.familyfun.go.com
This project is easier than it looks. Just join two pieces of fabric side by side, and then pleat the bottom. When sewing, machine-stitch slowly, using a heavy needle, or hand-stitch.
Tools and Materials
- 18-inch-wide bunting, flagsexpress.com or apolloflags.com
- Rotary cutter or scissors
- Fusible webbing, 1/2-inch-by-20-yard, from createforless.com
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Disappearing-ink pen
- Strong double-sided tape (optional)
- 1/4-inch rectangular dowel (3 feet long)
- 1/2-inch round dowel (3 feet long)
- Eye hooks
Festive Window Swag How-To
1. Measure desired length for the flat part of the decoration. Add 30 1/2 inches for the pleated half-moon plus 1 1/2 inches for hanging. This is half the length of bunting required for the decoration.
2. Cut 2 identical pieces of bunting: Begin cutting after a star and end right before one, so you’ll have about 3 inches of blue on each end. Trim off hems for easier pleating.
3. Join the 2 pieces together side by side (make sure stars line up): Overlap by 1/2 inch, and adhere using fusible webbing; iron to fuse. If you prefer, stitch the 1/2-inch overlap together. The final width should be about 32 inches.
4. Mark fabric 30 1/2 inches from the bottom edge with disappearing-ink pen.
5. Pleat the half-moon: Starting at the bottom edge, make 1 1/2-inch accordion folds (A); iron after each fold. Continue up length of fabric, stopping at the mark you made. The raw edge of the fabric should point down.
6. Stitch along the center of the pleated rectangle to create a pivot point (B). Make one more fold, and crease with iron.
7. Attach rectangular dowel in the crease with fusible webbing; iron, fabric side up.
8. Sew channel at top of swag (for hanging): Fold fabric over 1 1/2 inches, and stitch 1 inch from top edge. Insert round dowel.
Courtesy of www.marthastewart.com
Courtesy of www.jennysteffens.blogspot.com
Match it with a simple table arrangement and you’re all set. Just don’t forget your fireworks!
Members of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) attended a luncheon yesterday at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Guest speaker Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt Groupe (or just Gilt), spoke to both organizations about how her, and her best friend Alexis Maybank, built their innovative company. Alexandra had many years of experience behind the scenes in the retail world. Wilson managed retail operations at BVLGARI, managed leather goods sales planning for Louis Vuitton and even dabbled in investment banking with Merrill Lynch early in her career. Years later, Alexandra and Alexis have changed the online shopping experience for many people.
Gilt Groupe is an online, invitation only, shopping site where members are able to shop top labels at a discounted price. However, Gilt did not grow over night, but has flourished into a wildly successful company. Most recently Alexandra and Alexis wrote a book (By Invitation Only) in which they discuss how they built this remarkably innovative website. These 10 tips provide great advice for small start-up entrepreneurs. Alexandra and Alexis went from packaging boxes themselves to having a warehouse equipped with robots to package. Needless to say they have learned a lot on the way, but hopefully this is just the beginning for Gilt Groupe!
- The most successful and innovative ideas come from what you want in your life—or in this case what you want to buy.
- Personalization– This is extremely important to Gilt. When each customer logs onto the website, the site is customized according to their previous purchases.
- Apps are VERY important:
i. Design for each device (iPhone, iPad, Droid, etc.)
ii. Optimize for weekends and downtime (When customers have more time to shop – Black Friday)
iii. Speed, stability, and scalability matter (Gilt uses lots of pictures which can slow down the site, the pictures also have to be tailored to the different devices)
- Managing social media closely shows customers that you value customer service: Gilt has 2 employees managing their social media at all times. This helps with Q & A from customers and also keeps the company connected to their market.
- Contests are a great way to draw in more consumers: Gilt uses “wow sales”. Some of these sales include auctioning a Volkswagen Jetta for $5,995, which sold in 0.25 seconds (the company’s fastest sale)… WOW!
- Requiring membership to the website allows high-end designers to feel secure that their brands are not being cheapened by online sales. The time limit of the auctions also provides comfort to many luxury labels.
- Know and like your investors. Also, understand that there is no immediate payback; growth takes time.
- Find a way to go to the customer, while at the same time giving them a reason to come to you— make your company convenient for customers.
- Adding content to your site allows customers to spend more time on the website, although it is not always needed. Gilt finally found a need for content when they created Gilt Taste. This provides customers with reviews of different food and wine, as well as recipes.
10. Gilt gives their customers something they can access anywhere, anytime, at a great price.
After Alexandra spoke EO and NAWBO members were able to buy copies of her book and have it signed. Thank you to both organizations for a fun and information-filled afternoon!
Request an invitation at: http://www.gilt.com
May this Easter fill your heart with unforgettable joy!
She hosted a wonderful, exclusive brunch for NAWBO Board and Executive level members at her gorgeous Estate in Holmby Hills.
She also previewed her Spring and Fall runway collections (including Herve Leger), gave a private, behind the scenes tour of her home (which featured a movie screening room, and one of those cool secret doors behind a bookcase).