Monthly Archives: April 2014

3D Printing and ViWiDA CFO Media Hype-Amazon shopping starts here!

Have you heard about this story of doing your Amazon shopping here?
Go ahead and do your 3D printing shopping first, and then come back; you won’t be disappointed. Trust me! Just make sure you are utilizing this Amazon link or scroll below and start shopping.. Go on!

You heard all the hype about the 3D printing by now, right? If not; ooh well my dear fellow citizen, you better get ready for this one!
If you heard about 3D printing, and you’re in markets, that is buying/selling stocks; you may want to consider investing, or looking into investing in companies such as
Proto Labs and the likes.. FineLine Prototyping, a 3D printing company based in Raleigh, has been acquired by publicly traded Proto Labs for $38 million.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/25/3810901/raleigh-3d-printing-company-fineline.html#storylink=cpy

That is today’s news. And BTW— please take note because….
I want you to be aware that I’m not a broker, nor do I trade stocks on Wall Streets; which means, I’m not an expert in advising you where to put your money in stocks. But, get this one….
FineLine had revenues of about $9.7 million last year.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/25/3810901/raleigh-3d-printing-company-fineline.html#storylink=cpy

And now they are $30million richer! Proto Labs bought them out, they paid a hefty chunk; didn’t they? The story is getting juicy right.? Yes, I thought so. You can read more of it at the end
Well… go ahead and shop, then come back…!

Listen… MALARKEY IS NOT @Viwidausa.org ..get it?!

When you come back from shopping, you’ll be able to hear and see me with your own eyes. Me shopping for 3D printings. Right here!
Yes, you’ll get to see yours truly shopping for all her needs right here, and will be encouraging you to do your entire Amazon shopping right here too; because, most of the proceeds goes to help ViWiDA, a non profit organization, which empowers Women and Youth.____by dsWalton

2 Full Days of World Class, Life-Changing Training-Advanced Life Skills Training for Teens and Parents

Give Youth the Gift and Opportunity to empower their life today. Donate! to Empower Women and Youth. Join the Empowerment Workshop to plug back into your Safe Space community. Scholarships are available for those who really want to join and are having financial challenges. It is the MTS desire to not turn any family away.Motivating the Teen Spirit was founded by Lisa Nichols who is a  renown transformational speaker.

LISA NICHOLS is CEO of Motivating the Masses, one of the top training and development companies in the world, a best-selling author of 6 books and one of the most sought-after transformational speakers whose global platform has reached and served millions.

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Advanced Life Skills Training for Teens and Parents

2 Full Days of World Class, Life-Changing Training

Hello Family and Friends,

We are two weeks away from our two day Teen and Parent Empowerment Workshop and we would love to see you there! And guess what? Lisa will be there with us in person for this May 17th-18th workshop!

Are you ready? Emotionally Ready? Want to have a successful 2014?


If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to plug back into your Safe Space community with Motivating the Teen Spirit, we are ready for you.

MTS will be hosting our second workshop for this year. We would love for you (or a teen that you  know) to join us for this life-changing event. There are seats available for you, and you can                     register here.

We do have scholarships available for those who really want to join us and are having financial challenges. It is our desire to not turn any family away.
We love serving you!

If you are not able to join us please share this with other family and friends so that they may        enjoy the experience by being a Second Chance Angel.

You can donate at www.motivatingtheteenspirit.com and click on the donate button!

Teen Empowerment

Motivating the Teen Spirit is designed for leadership teens, high performing teens, and teens  from “great” homes as well as all others. All teenagers deserve to have the right to learn what  their own emotional prosperity looks like. We commit to empower your teen to make smart         choices about alcohol, drugs, sex, family relationships and the pressures they face today.

Parent Empowerment

One of the goals of the program is to empower parents with the skills they need to communicate their need for support, release pressures of parenting, and make connections with other parents in their community.

  • Listening to what your child is not saying.
  • Hearing your child’s silent cry for help.
  • Learn new listening skills.
  • Limiting toxic behaviors that are transferred to children.
  • Learn how to create new beginnings.
  • Increase parenting skills through Self-Awareness.


Dates:
May 17th-18th, 2014
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 9am to 7:30pm
Graduation – Sunday 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location:
Marriot Courtyard Liberty Station
2592 Laning Rd
San Diego CA 92106

Map / Directions

Register Here Now: www.MotivatingTheTeenSpirit.com

For more information:
Contact Tia Ross
(760) 931-9400 x27

Investing in Marihuana Stocks, which is legal in many of the North American States

The market for legal marijuana is expected to top $10 billion by the end of this decade so if you looking to invest in the marijuana industry make sure to go further North across our borders, because in U.S.A Marijuana growers face a huge barrier due to the disparity of laws that govern their crop; Even though in the United States the marijuana industry is picking up steam.  At the moment, 21 states allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and in Colorado you can have it for recreational use. By 2016, more than 106 million Americans will reside in states where it’s legal for either medicinal or general use. ……

Colorado

Airports in Colorado are facing a perplexing challenge.

That is, how to stop passengers from boarding airplanes with marijuana in their possession.

It’s the offshoot of the state’s decision to legalize marijuana for recreational use, which went into effect on January 1, 2014.

Despite Colorado’s incredibly liberal stance on marijuana, federal aviation regulations still reign supreme. And it’s illegal to operate a civil aircraft with known marijuana on board.

Anyone pinched for flying with cannabis faces up to a $2,500 fine or jail time.

The state’s largest airport, Denver International, has a zero-tolerance pot policy.

Hence the challenge…

What’s a passenger with a stash in their pocket supposed to do?

Dumping the weed in a trash can is a really bad idea. Because that would simply encourage other stoners to dig through the garbage.

So the answer is “amnesty boxes.”

Such boxes are a last opportunity to ditch your weed before boarding.

For me, this storyline was a signal to address the viability of marijuana as an investment.

So I asked bestselling author, Karim Rahemtulla, to issue a full report.

As it turns out, although this niche market has profound barriers to entry, Karim found a direct route just north of the border.

~ Robert Williams, Founder, Wall Street Daily

Before founding Wall Street Daily in the teeth of the Financial Crisis, Robert Williams served as the lead financial analyst for a Forbes top-50 private corporation and an analyst for the endowment of a major academic institution.

The marijuana industry in the United States is picking up steam – with new laws allowing the use of pot for everything from medicine to recreation.

Wall Street has taken note, and marijuana stocks are popping up like buds in a well-run greenhouse.

But not all companies are going to succeed. And the volatility we’re seeing in the industry could be just the beginning.

Here’s why…

Marijuana’s Unstoppable Momentum

Currently, 21 states allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. By 2016, more than 106 million Americans will reside in states where it’s legal for either medicinal or general use.

The market for legal marijuana is expected to top $10 billion by the end of this decade. And states are enjoying a new windfall in tax revenue.

Colorado, for instance, could reap in excess of $100 million in taxes in the first full year of its legalization program.

So marijuana certainly isn’t going away anytime soon…

After all, cold, hard cash and politicians (who love to spend it) are a combination that has yet to be defeated in this – or any other – country.

But what does that mean for you, the investor? Well, there’s a huge opportunity… to lose money!

Look North to Avoid Pitfalls in the Industry

Marijuana growers face a huge barrier to success in the United States…

That is, the disparity of laws that govern their crop.
Laws can change from state to state – and even from county to county. There’s no federal law requiring states to offer equal guarantees to either user or seller.

In fact, the federal laws still consider pot to be an illegal substance.

So with the patchwork of laws throughout the country – along with the massive penalties that the Feds could impose if they maintain and enforce the current law on the books – investing in marijuana stocks could end up being a crapshoot.

Hence the volatility in the sector.

So how do you invest in the growing marijuana market while avoiding any potential pitfalls? Easy…

Invest in marijuana stocks in places where the laws are more transparent and uniform. And the best place to start is just north of the border.

The Canadian federal government and provincial governments are aligned in their laws across the country.

As a result, after years of begging for funds, companies in the sector are now turning investors away.

One such company is a pure-play on weed. It’s using Israeli technology to grow marijuana on a farm in British Columbia. And it sports the Royal Bank of Canada as its banker and Deloitte LLP as its auditor. The company is Tweed (TWD.V), the first marijuana company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s Venture Exchange.

Bottom line: If you’re looking to diversify your “agricultural and commodity” holdings, it might pay to look to our friends in Canada for a straightforward entry into the sector. Risking too much locally may cause your investment dollars to go up in smoke one day.

Free Housing Services Forum with Continental brunch in Phila!

Please don’t miss out on this free forum! You can learn a lot about new and innovative programs available in Philadelphia.                         In addition,  get a free continental brunch, which will be served and parking is also available.
When: Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1450 North 21 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Host: Robert Butcher – rbutcher@phfa.org

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2014 Philadelphia Housing Services Forum

Come enjoy this opportunity to learn about new and innovative programs available in Philadelphia and connect with other housing professionals.

Farm to Families Initiative – St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children and Community Based Organizations that address fresh food availability in Philadelphia.

Community Oral Health Initiative – St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children helps improve the oral health of children and families through education, early intervention and treatment.

DREAM Philadelphia – This new program to Philadelphia builds communities of families and college students that empower youth from affordable housing neighborhoods to recognize their options, make informed decisions, and achieve their dreams.

VillageDefense – Welcome to the future of neighborhood watch! Learn how the “Information Age” has changed the way crime can be reported in your neighborhood. Come see how instant communication and interconnectedness can make the streets safer.

Philadelphia Job Resources – A member of Congressman Chaka Fattah’s office will discuss numerous resources available to residents of the City of Philadelphia.

 

 

Is Obama’s Heavy Regulation Pace Crippling Black Business?

I am sure as a black President; Obama was expected to do so much for blacks, but we can understand his reaction from that expectation.        In my opinion, I think he did a pretty good job in distancing himself from doing anything evident for black people; fearing criticism, wild news from media, and tension that will arise not only from citizens, but his fellow politicians in Washington, DC.                                        Thus, it would come as no surprise if CEO s like Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) says “The small business goal by the federal government has not been met in any of the six years of the Obama administration. His heavy regulation pace is crippling us. His administration is not good for business and especially black business”.   What do you think?                                                      You can leave us your comments below after reading today’s article from Fortune Magazine with the CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Harry Alford.      http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/03/america-got-a-cold-and-black-businesses-got-pneumonia/

You can also check out these opportunities on Trade Missions with the NBCC taking advantage of the recent Free Trade Agreement to:-  Columbia May 18 to 22, 2014 and to Cuba November 2014. Join them, especially if you are a black business.  http://www.nationalbcc.org/

‘America got a cold and black businesses got pneumonia’

Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, talks about encouraging black-owned businesses — and why he thinks Paul Ryan is right about inner-city culture.

By Brandon Southward

FORTUNE — Harry Alford is a longtime champion of black-owned businesses owners. A veteran of corporations such as Procter & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Alford about two decades ago dedicated himself to expanding opportunities for black entrepreneurs. Like many advocates for small to medium-sized businesses, he offers a passionate argument against excessive government regulation — and an endorsement of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) recent remarks on inner cities and the culture and value of work.

Fortune: When did you launch the National Black Chamber of Commerce?

Alford: It was launched May 23, 1993. My wife and I launched it after a successful launching of a local black chamber in Indianapolis. It caught the attention of people from around the nation and it occurred to us that a national black chamber was needed.

 So, what is the state of African Americans in the business world?

There is a positive trend. Black business owners are the fastest-growing segment for business ownership. We grew at a rate of 60% from 2002-2007 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and there about 1.9 million businesses currently owned by African Americans in the U.S. That’s about 7.3% of all small businesses, which is small but progress is being made.

What would you say are the biggest impediments to African Americans becoming business owners?

You know it’s the normal stuff that holds back more people from becoming business owners like capital access, cronyism by existing businesses, and a lack of technical assistance. And this isn’t an impediment, but we also did get harder than most during the recession. America got a cold and black businesses got pneumonia.

Can more be done to inspire or encourage more African Americans to become business owners?

The need for job creation in African American communities. There is a calling for those who dare to take risks for the sake of future rewards. There has been outreach within their networks like their family, colleges, churches, associations, etc. You know if you look at engineering, IT, and construction management there is a great amount of young talented African American entrepreneurs.

What are some areas where you see bright spots?

Well, engineering, IT, construction management compose a great amount of talented entrepreneurs. The ingredients to new entrepreneurs are retiring professionals, college graduates and military officers are the key ingredients to new entrepreneurs. They have acquired unique skill sets and can apply that to starting a business.

So things are …

Well let me say this, black business demographics are not at parity with the mainstream. We do $136 billion in revenue, if we were at parity that would be $1.4 trillion in revenue. We employ 910,000 workers. If we were at parity that would be 7.1 million workers. Also, we have 1.9 million firms — at parity that would be 3.3 million firms. We still have a long ways to go.

I’d like to get your thoughts on President Obama and his policies towards business.

President Obama has a strong love for construction unions. Construction unions have a fierce hatred for small business, particularly black, Hispanic, and woman-owned firms. Consequently, black contractors are doing much less federal work than any other president since Eisenhower. SBA-backed loans to blacks have been cut by more than half. The small business goal by the federal government has not been met in any of the six years of the Obama administration. His heavy regulation pace is crippling us. His administration is not good for business and especially black business.

Recently Paul Ryan referred to the culture of the inner city and in particular men in the inner city not wanting to work or value hard work. I’d like to know your reaction to his comments? Do you agree?

Yes, I would agree. I see it in the South Side and West Side of Chicago; South Central L.A., all of Detroit, etc. It is one of the reasons my wife and I started the NBCC — to economically empower African American communities through entrepreneurship and self-help.

YALICHAT is on Again on Monday April 7th Don’t Miss It!

In the News,’ hot from press’ is YALIchat on tweeter April 7th in the morning hours for those in the U.S and 1300UTC. Don’t miss it!.. YALI is the President Obama’s Washington Fellowship; the new flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Beginning this year, the program will bring more than 500 young African leaders to the United States each year for training in public management and administration; business and entrepreneurship; and civic leadership. Training in each of these sectors will focus on the skills young African leaders need to run better ministries, start and grow businesses, and serve their communities.
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Dear dinnah walton,

Wow. The results of last week’s YALICHAT exceeded our wildest expectations. Over 8,000 people participated! We are thrilled to announce that we will host another online discussion about social entrepreneurship on Monday, April 7th 1300UTC. You can learn more about that here:

http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/YALN-twitter-chat.pdf

It’s become clear that this network of young African leaders has incredible potential. While the Washington Fellowship exchange program will welcome 500 young leaders this summer, there is no limit now to how much the network can grow and benefit each of you.

YALI is about more than the opportunity to study in the United States. The greatest resources available to you as a young leader in Africa are your peers – motivated men and women who share passion and an understanding of how to get things done. My favorite point of the #YALICHAT was seeing interactions between participants – questions were answered, encouragement given, and connections made.

As a YALN members from Zimbabwe put it:

“I have connected with members of YALN, sharing ideas on possible projects we can work on together and supporting their projects. We are networking with a number of YALN members to bring positive change by adopting projects and working on them together.”

So please join next Monday, April 7th at 1300UTC to talk about social entrepreneurship throughout Africa. And stay tuned for even more resources and opportunities coming your way. Until then, I encourage you to keep connecting and strengthen your network one relationship at a time.

Sincerely,

Macon Phillips
Coordinator, Bureau of International Information Programs
U.S. Department of State

Funding&Resources for Philadelphia Metro,PA- including Confidential help 4Veterans

ViWiDAUSA is keeping you inform with A one stop check for all resources and funding needs that might interest you or your business.    Join the 2014 Housing Services Conference June 18 thru 20, the brochure and registration are now available online – www.phfa.org/hsc . The easiest and quickest way to register is by going online to: https://www.regonline.com/2014-PHFA-HS.   The information shared here is obtain from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency(phfa) and is up to date.  

Confidential help for Veterans and their families is available from the Veterans Crisis Line. For more information call: 1-800-273-8255                                                                  The Coalition Against Hunger   website lists options to help Philadelphia families stretch their food budget and put nutritious food on the table.

Funding…

Opportunity Scholarship—Students who live within the attendance boundaries of a low-achieving school, as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, are eligible to receive a scholarship if their family meets the income guidelines. Students must apply through an approved Opportunity Scholarship Organization

Due July 14—Assets for Independence—Provides grants to nonprofits and government agencies that establish individual development accounts for low-income participants. Contact the AFI Resource Center, 1-866-778-6037.

Resources for Families…

JobGateway is a free site that adds new features every six weeks to provide job-seekers with the latest information including occupation specific mock interviews.

Junior League of Pittsburgh Inc. offers an annual scholarship of $1500 to female graduates of Allegheny County high schools commitment to promoting Voluntarism. For info click here

Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is a non-profit that helps junior and senior girls who would not be able to attend the prom. For more information visit: http://fairygodmothersinc.org

Get Connected! 2-1-1 is a free accessible 3 digit telephone number available to everyone, powered by the United Way. It provides easy access to customers needing help with housing, utilities, food, and more in southwestern PA. Contact: mailto:info@pa211sw.orgor dial 2-1-1.

http://www.educationplanner.org/is a one-stop career and college planning site. Helps identify skills, find careers, master standardized testing, choose a school and search for grants and scholarship.

Property Tax/Rent Re-bates are available for PA residents who meet the age/income guidelines. The deadline to apply is June 30 for taxes and rent paid in 2013. To apply visit the Dept. of Revenue’s website or call 1-888-222-9190

Information for Seniors….
Medicare Fraud
If a beneficiary feels they were a victim of fraud or abuse, below is contact info for help:
 CMS hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227)
 For MA or Part D: 1-877-7SafeRx (877-772-3379)
 Office of Inspector General: 1-800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477)
 Senior Medicare Patrol: 1-800-356-3606
Ursuline Senior Services / Cart To Heart Shopping Program / Homebound individuals (60+) who are unable to shop for them-selves are matched with a volunteer. In Allegheny Co. call: 412.224.4700