Social media ads and sponsored content are great for marketing your products. However, it doesn’t always work. And as an entrepreneur, you’re probably wondering if there are other strategies to help you promote your brand and ultimately, sell more products.

The answer is cross-promotion.

Cross-promotion is basically “co-marketing,” and it means teaming up with another business to craft a promotion that benefits you both. By utilizing another medium or channel, you can promote your products and services to new markets. The beauty of cross-promotion is that it’s not only powerful, but it’s also an inexpensive way to generate more sales.

Here are some ways you can cross promote your brand:

Collaborate with non-competing brand

Start by finding a business who is not a direct competitor of yours but sells a product that complements your product. By tapping into their established community, you get more qualified leads. And you can do the same for them. Some ideal prospects would be other local businesses or social media influencers.

Collaborate with influencers

While we’re on the topic of influencers, cross-promoting to each other’s audiences could prove to be mutually beneficial. If you’re a local business, look for an influencer who has the attention of your local community.

The influencer could mention your business in a Tweet, a Facebook or Instagram post, or on their blog. Remember that depending on the influencer’s following and reach, you may have to shell out. There’s more than one way to compensate an influencer but think along the lines of cash, exclusive access to your events, product gifting, or promotion of their platform by your brand.

Co-promote on social media

Together, you can co-promote your brands on social media. If you both have an established social media presence, you have the opportunity to win more followers thanks to the increased visibility that cross-promotion will bring.

It can be as simple as crafting messages that relate to each other’s audiences through a shout out that will get each other’s followers to pay attention to both your brands.

Co-produce a newsletter

The trick is to find a way to tie your brands together that seems natural. Some brands organically mesh while you may need to get creative if your two companies wouldn’t otherwise be seen together in a typical setting.

By cross-promoting each other’s products or services through newsletter campaigns, you both benefit from the other’s email list.

Cross-promote through content marketing

If content marketing isn’t a part of your digital marketing strategy, it should be. Consumers consume cast amounts of content each day, looking for the solutions to their questions. When you produce content that is compelling and relevant regularly, you’re getting placing yourself as a leader in your industry.

Cross-promote using your content by adding links in your content that will lead them to websites that you may want to link back to you. Don’t forget to email them to let the content manager you’ve linked to their site. You never know, but they may return the favor.

Do you already have prospects for your co-promotion strategy? Good luck!

On this episode of SOB (Style of Business), Keetria interviews Charlynda Scales, the CEO of Mutt’s Sauce. Charlynda is an Air Force veteran who took her grandfather’s sauce recipe and turned it into a business.

Style of Business
-Podcast Show Notes-

Episode 27

Summary:

On this episode of SOB (Style of Business), Keetria interviews Charlynda Scales, the CEO of Mutt’s Sauce. Charlynda is an Air Force veteran who took her grandfather’s sauce recipe and turned it into a business. Mutt’s Sauce was created because Charlynda’s grandfather strongly disliked condiments and wanted to create a sauce that could go on anything. Charlynda talks about becoming an unlikely entrepreneur, how she manages her time, what motivates her, and what she’s learned as a business owner. She also gives advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Show Notes:

  • Host Keetra introduces Charlynda Scales, CEO of Mutt’s Sauce and former airforce veteran.
  • Charlynda gives a brief introduction of herself.
  • Background of Mutt’s Sauce:
    • Charlynda grew up in the country with her extended family.
    • Her grandfather came up with a recipe for a sauce because he hated condiments.
    • He wanted to make one sauce for everything and came up with Mutt’s Sauce through trial and error.
    • Final recipe was created in 1956, stayed with the family for years.
    • Charlynda’s grandfather left the Mutt’s Sauce recipe to her.
    • Charlynda turned the recipe into a business.
  • The Mutt’s Sauce business began as a gift to family and friends and grew.
  • It took four months to turn the Mutt’s Sauce recipe into a business.
  • Used org for mentorship as she was a budding startup.
    • org builds you a checklist to get to a final product.
  • Created the product while she was active duty in the military.
  • What makes Mutt’s Sauce stand out?
    • “Tasting is believing.”
    • It has a flavor that’s unlike anything anyone’s ever tried.
    • It’s sweet and tangy with a little bit of heat.
    • Not like anything on the market in terms of flavor and consistency.
    • It’s not like mumbo sauce because everyone has a different version of mumbo sauce.
  • The number one question people ask about Mutt’s Sauce is if they can drink it.
    • Someone created a cocktail called The Bloody Mutt.
  • Types of market research for brand positioning and making sure that the products stand out.
    • The BBQ sauce market is flooded, Mutt’s Sauce is a specialty sauce.
    • Lab testing has to be done before you can get into stores.
      • Worked with university labs to test pH and shelf life of the sauce.
      • Safety and preservatives need to be tested.
    • You have to apply to stores to get your product on the shelves.
  • The launch process.
    • She joined the local chamber of commerce.
    • The chamber of commerce helped her to a launch event.
    • First production was by an Amish family in Wellston, Ohio.
      • 700 bottles were hand poured.
    • Great turnout to the launch event, all 700 bottles were sold.
    • Launch event members connected her to local stores to get Mutt’s Sauce on the shelf.
      • Her first client was a hotel, some farmer’s markets, and some local vendors.
    • What time management looks like.
      • Learned about time management in the military.
      • You need to be efficient and choose your top priorities and be realistic about what can be done.
      • Get your top two critical things done each day.
    • Helpful books on business management and entrepreneurship.
      • The Power of Broke by Daymond John.
        • Charlynda is a VIP ambassador for Daymond John’s new book Rise and Grind coming out next January.
        • Talks about his journey with FUBU.
        • Hear about testimonials from people with humble beginnings.
      • Charlynda’s interests when she was younger-
        • Charlynda wanted to be a doctor, has an interest in anatomy and the human body.
        • Never aspired to own a company but likes to work with people.
        • Naturally inquisitive about how people operate and wants to know what motivates them.
        • Majored in business and got an MBA.
      • What she enjoys most about her entrepreneur journey.
        • The people she’s met and the friends she’s made have made the journey worth it.
      • What are the challenges of entrepreneurship?
        • Not having a partner to help.
        • Entrepreneurship can be lonely and networking can help.
        • Trying to explain to people who aren’t entrepreneurs why you’ve chosen to run a business and make sacrifices.
      • Understanding that the business is bigger than her is what keeps her going each day.
      • She considers herself a servant leader of the people who have made Mutt’s Sauce a part of their lifestyle.
      • The best life advice she’s ever gotten is to believe in something bigger than herself and stay humble.
      • Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: If you’re thinking about doing something, there’s a reason why they’re having that thought and it’s tied to a purpose.
        • Just have faith, do it and realize it’s not as scary as you thought.
      • All social handles are @muttssauce

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Entrepreneurship is to embrace the unknown.”
  • “Opportunities stop when humility is gone.”
  • “Even when you hit it big, you operate like you did when you were broke.”

Resources Mentioned

Mutt’s Sauce – Charlynda’s product website

Charlyndajean.com – Charlynda’s personal website

Score.org – Mentorship site

The Power of Broke – Book by entrepreneur Daymond John

Rise and Grind – Book by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner

FUBU – Daymond John’s clothing company

5 Top Fitness Trainers to Follow on Instagram

by Keetria on November 7, 2017

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What’s the best thing about following fitness trainers and your “body goals” inspiration on Instagram?

Scrolling through your feed and pausing to watch a video or appreciate a post gives you instant fitspiration. You think to yourself, “If they can do it, I can do it.” And before you know it, you’re off your couch where you’ve spent too much time going through your social media feeds and off to the gym or rolling out your yoga mat.

Here are the top 5 fitness trainers on Instagram that you should definitely be following if you need motivation to get back on track:

  • Jennifer Nash Forrester | @jenniferforrester

Jennifer is not only an Instagram star but also an entrepreneur. And on top of that, she’s a new mom. In fact, she took all her Instagram followers on her pregnancy journey, proving that pregnant moms can still be active. Now her feed is also filled with her gorgeous son who often joins her on workouts! Be inspired by Jennifer’s quick workout videos and motivational quotes.

  • Amber Karnes | @bodypositiveyoga_

Amber Karnes teaches us all about self-acceptance and making body peace through body positive yoga. We love her for spreading fat positivity and proving that yoga is accessible to us all. Her Instagram feed is filled with yoga poses, and she often features the beautiful women who embody the #bodypositiveyoga campaign.

  • Tanya Popett | @tanyapoppett

Tanya Popett has a killer body that she achieved despite a business lifestyle. She gives nutrition advice and workout ideas. All the images on her Instagram feed are beautiful shots, making her not only #fitnessgoals but her Instagram account is #feedgoals too!

  • Christmas Abbott | @christmasabbott

Christmas Abbott offers inspiration daily. She’s doing it all – a motivational speaker, transformational guru, branding advisor, and professional athlete. As an online fitness coach and the creator of Badass Body Diet, expect her feed to be filled with fitness and lifestyle goals.

  • Estelle Archer | @estellearcher

Estelle Archer has been an inspiration to her followers for how she gained control of her health and well-being by battling her depression. Her focus has been to help people do the right thing. We’ve watched her go from a size 18 to a size 6 and so motivated not only by her body transformation but how she also transformed her entire outlook on life.

Who’s your favorite fitness instructor on Instagram? Are you looking for exercise tips or meal ideas? Or are you most inspired by body transformations? Tell us about it!

Did you know that having a sense of purpose for your life will make you live longer? In fact, it’s even been proven to reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Those who develop a strong sense of purpose usually do so by discovering their passions. Following your passion doesn’t necessarily mean finding the right occupation; it means finding what you love and what you live for.

But how do you discover what your passion and purpose in life is? With so much noise going on out there and in your head, maybe you just need to quiet your mind and soul so that they can tell you what it is.

What you need is to observe your thoughts as they drift through your mind. And the only way to do that is through meditation.

Meditation allows you to refocus your awareness and let go of random thoughts. As your experiences play out in your head, recognize how they make you feel. Meditation has the power to unlock even our deepest memories, things you may have thought were left behind in your childhood. You’ll be surprised by how glimpses of the past can have a profound effect on you today and in this moment.

You can remember the warmth on your face on a sunny day or your laugh as you played with the family dog. Sometimes our purpose in life comes from the recollection of simpler days when we remember the things that made us happiest.

Ask yourself when the last time you laughed uncontrollably was, had a grin on your face you couldn’t wipe off, or had butterflies in your stomach.

Was it the times that you’ve helped others? Or maybe it was when you baked your first pie. Perhaps the last time you felt true happiness was when you traveled alone.

Reflective and mindful meditation allows us to gain a deeper insight or wisdom to a question we bring to mind. Sit comfortably and take slow and increasingly deeper breaths until you are relaxed and calm. Ask yourself the question.

“What is my purpose?”

Insights will surface in your mind. They could be memories, random thoughts, or even dreams you’ve once had. Watch them like a movie. Observe them without judgment while you continue to focus on your question.

The answer won’t always come to you right away. But overtime, you will be able to focus on what the insights are telling you. And soon, you’ll come to recognize exactly what your body, mind, and soul have been trying to communicate to you.

Remember that you have your own path and your own pace when it comes to tapping into your consciousness. Only you can make the mind-body connection.


Style of Business

-Podcast Show Notes-

 

Episode 26

Summary:

In this episode, Keetria interviews Felicia Fort of One Step Closer Foundation, a Washington DC-based organization that provides Math tutors, funding for high school students and promotes STEM careers. Learn about Felicia’s passion for teaching Math to everyone—from little kids to 70 year olds. She delves into the importance of mentorship for one’s success and explains the value of the three-way triangle of parents, students, and mentors. Tune-in to learn more about this entrepreneur and some tricks and tricks to run a one-person business.

Show Notes:

  • Felicia is the founder of One Step Closer Foundation
    • Provides trained Math tutors, funded high school students and promotes STEM careers
    • Quotes Rita Pierson who said, “Every child deserves a CHAMPION”
  • The origins of One Step Closer
    • This five-year-old foundation started with the intention of helping individuals hone their Math skills
    • Created a 501© non-profit
    • Offers different programs such as the College Care Program, Summer Externship Program, Ford Scholarship Program and college tours
    • Aims to bring people “one step closer” to their goal of mastering Math
    • Works with everyone—from little kids to 70 year olds!
    • Tailors Math activities to suit an individual’s interest
  • Felicia shares details about her book, The Mentor Model, where she intertwines the business model
  • How she got into mentorship
    • Volunteered with mentoring organizations while in college
    • Was not keen on being a teacher
    • Joined a mentoring organization while in DC
    • Found the three-way triangle between a student, mentor and parents as being really beneficial
  • You can find a mentor through a formal or informal arrangement
    • In a formal setting, a mentor is first vetted through the organization
    • Important for a mentor to be available and knowledgeable
    • Started when she was in her Master’s program
    • Important to monetize time as a one-person show
  • Enjoys the uncertain nature of entrepreneurship
  • Does not give up on a problem and keeps on trying to solve it; this serves as an inspiration to her students
  • Recommended Business Book: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers and Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
  • Social media has helped in connecting with students and generate referral requests
  • RECOMMENDS getting a mentor; advisable to connect with someone outside of your biological family
  • There are 24 hours in a day; do not let these hours go by without doing something that you put your whole HEART into
  • Firmly BELIEVING in your product will attract people
  • Mentorship is free whereas you need to pay for a coach
  • You can be successful as an entrepreneur even if you do not have a team backing you
  • Felicia has a mentor-mentee brunch coming up on Saturday, December 2
  • Connect with Felicia on Instagram, Twitter or through her website
  • Connect with Keetria through her website or Twitter

3 Key Points:

  1. Get a mentor who is knowledgeable, available and outside of your biological family.
  2. There are 24 hours in a day; do not let these hours go by without doing something that you put your HEART into.
  3. Firmly BELIEVING in your product will attract people

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If you don’t believe that social media has the power to influence shopping decisions, it may surprise you to learn that consumers who involve social media in their shopping process are four times more likely to spend more on purchases. And according to Sprout Social, a whopping 74% of shoppers make buying decisions based on social media.

Sure, social media started out as a platform for people to share their thoughts and photos with their network of friends and family. However, it’s evolved to become so much more than that. We’ve listed 5 ways that social media influences consumer spending habits and you may be surprised to admit that some of these are true for you:

  • Product reviews by friends and family

Consumers are 80% more likely to purchase an item based on a friend’s suggestion. Word-of-mouth marketing is that powerful.

Have you ever posted something you bought or saw a Facebook post by your friend raving about a product? One of your followers may have seen your post and clicked the tag that leads them to the store you bought it from. And admit it, your curiosity peaked over your friend’s new purchase.

 

  • Social media ads

Marketers are able to place themselves right in front of the consumers they know will be most interested in their products with targeted ads. And as a person scrolls their feeds, ads that appeal to them appear either within the feed or on the side. Either way, it’s enough to call their attention and click through to ultimately make a purchase.

 

  • Reviews from Influencers

We love seeing what our favorite social media celebrities are wearing, eating, and hanging out. And while we recognize that their posts are probably sponsored, that certainly doesn’t stop consumers from buying the same brand of lip gloss or buy designer desserts that they too can post on social media.

 

  • Seeing what’s popular or trending first

Facebook and Instagram’s algorithm have changed over the years. You’ve probably noticed how posts you’re more likely to engage with appear first in your news feed. And beyond that, so do posts that have received the most engagement; these “trending” posts could be the latest line of makeup or newest gadget. Whether it is a product, service, or a social media celebrity posing in the lobby of a 5-star hotel, it gets consumers thinking. And maybe they’ll end up buying a tube of lipstick or book a night in a luxury suite for the weekend.

 

  • A business’s social media presence

Some businesses know how to command social media to their favor. They post content that people love to consume and share. They have strong feeds that attract more engagement. They know how to play to the fantasies of their target market. They have a way of strategically placing their product in the hands of influencers and celebrities who also have strong followings on social media.

Whether we care to admit it, social media has an impact on our purchasing decisions. While we may not buy anything on the spot, the visuals and reviews certainly leave an impression that we may act on eventually.

Top 4 Motivating Fitness Apps for Runners

by Keetria on October 16, 2017


Are you running to lose weight? Running to get outside of your own head? Do you run because it’s your favorite form of cardio? Or do you just love being outdoors and running is your escape?

Whatever your reasons and motivations, we’ve put together 4 great fitness apps created especially for runners. We’ve got apps that will help you find new routes, track your progress, and even one for beginners who are now retired couch potatoes.

      1. Nike + Run Club and Nike+ Training Club

Nike+ Run Club is an innovative running partner. Besides its features like indoor or outdoor tracking and distance coverage, it has a coaching program based on your goals.

Apart from tracking your progress, it has a shoe tracker so you can tag the shoes you used for each workout. You’ll know how much mileage your shoes can take before you wear them out!

Download the Nike+ Training Club app and get more than 100 workouts that come with instructional audio and video clips.

      1. Fitbit

Even if you do not have the actual wearable tracker, you can download the Fitbit app and turn on MobileTrack. This feature lets you count all the steps that you have made, the distance you have covered as well as calories burned.

And the New Adventures feature is just one more thing to really get you motivated. It uses my steps progress to show you how far you could have traveled on famous trails, giving you an idea on how you would fair running along iconic landmarks!

      1. C25K

This is a great app for beginners.

And speaking of couch potatoes, the C25K app used to be called just that – Couch Potato. The name was fitting because it was designed for people who don’t run. Alternating between running and walking, the app will help you build strength. Through its 8-week plan which calls for 30-minute workouts per week, you’ll be a runner before you know it. The goal is to take you from your couch to finishing 5k. C25K = Couch to 5k. Get it?

      1. MapMyRun

Like Fitbit and Nike+Run app, MapMyRun also has track features like speed and distance. Best of all, this app is not exclusive to runners; you can use MapMyRun to search for biking paths or even places to walk your dog.

What we love about this app is that it has a unique feature called “Find a route” where the app suggests a new running course for you based on your location. A change of scenery is always inspiring.

All these apps are available on Android and IOS. With so many competing brands making health and fitness fun and interactive through technology, it’s intriguing to find out what they’ll come up with next.

Are you a runner who has a favorite running app? We’d love to hear about it.

Check out the latest episode of the SOB Podcast! I had a great chat with Rob Aurelius who launched his career in the entertainment/sports industry by taking a chance on himself and stepping into opportunity.

Style of Business

-Podcast Show Notes-

Episode 25

Summary:

In this episode, Keetria interviews Rob Aurelius of A&R Collective group, a New York based organization providing promotional services. Starting in 2013, this organization co-founded by Rob has managed to add the iconic WWE to its client roster. Learn how Rob managed to leverage Twitter to effectively network with WWE wrestlers like Prince Nana and The Brooklyn Brawler. Rob also shares the impressive initiatives made by the WWE community in the fields of pediatric and breast cancer. Tune-in to learn more about this passionate and socially responsible entrepreneur whose militant FOCUS helps him to provide his clients the BEST service possible.

Show Notes:

  •     Rob is the co-founder of A&R Collective Group

          o      Started in 2013, they provide varied services such as entertainment, marketing, consulting, advertising, promotions, event planning, event management and social media management

          o      Caters to the music industry and competes with the likes of Sony and Viacom; being a boutique firm, they have the ability to connect with their clients

  •     Rob shares how they got involved with WWE

          o      While helping out a friend with her social media campaign, Rob got acquainted with former wrestler, Gene Snisky who introduced him to many other former wrestlers

          o      Got in touch with Prince Nana of Ring of Honor fame via Twitter; Prince Nana agreed to help out Rob if Rob helped him to get verified on Twitter

          o      Networked with former WWE wrestlers who are now associated with NBC, the local wrestling outfit

          o      Not happy with WWE managing their careers, a lot of wrestlers were looking for an outside backstage agent

          o      Got in touch with Steve Lombardi aka “The Brooklyn Brawler” via Twitter; Steve introduced him to many WWE wrestlers who needed help with promotion

  •     Admires that fact that WWE community leverages the power of its brand to address social issues

          o      Organizes school visits and even conducts free shows for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

          o      Connor’s Cure, a WWE community initiative focuses on pediatric cancer

          o      Susan G. Komen is another prominent program that works for the eradication of breast cancer; having lost a close friend to breast cancer, Rob is really passionate about this cause

  •     Rob shares how he got HOOKED onto kickboxing

          o      Growing up, Rob idolized Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali; he admired Ali for raising his voice against racism

          o      Encouraged by Steve Lombardi to work on his fitness, Rob took on kickboxing; keeping his 2017 New Year’s resolution, Steve joined iLoveKickboxing

          o      It is NEVER too late to take up something new!

  •     What FUELS Rob to keep on working

          o      Being a third-generation immigrant, Rob realized the value of hard work; feels blessed to be born in America, the land of opportunities

          o      A spiritual person, Rob believes that his giving personality is ideally suited for his kind of business where he can genuinely help out people

          o      Wants to be a source of INSPIRATION for the youth

          o      Loves working for WWE since it has given him visibility and a chance to build a SOLID reputation

  •     Not a big fan of Apps, Rob uses tools like Buffer to schedule his Tweets; being a small outfit with just 3 people, Rob uses such tools to downsize his work
  •     Rob shares his experience with various social mediums

          o      Has a strong presence on Twitter with 190K followers; uses it to get feedback and voice his opinion

          o      A big proponent of using Twitter Ads

          o      Is active on Facebook and Instagram as well; uses Facebook for networking and posts pictures of beautiful Brooklyn on Instagram

  •     Rob wants to ensure that his parents have a stress-free and comfortable life in their later years

          o      Rob’s mother had a difficult time raising four children; his father is still working and refuses to retire at 67!

          o      Hopes that his parents get their benefits and can retire with the right insurance plan

  •     If you are passionate about something and want to bring it to life, go out there and make sure you do it!
  •     WCW or WWE?

          o      WWE bought WCW years ago; years ago WWE and WCW had an epic battle going on

          o      Back in the day, icons like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Ric Flair joined WCW

          o      Always loyal to WWE, Rob respect Vince McMahon, the owner of WWE

          o      WWE has evolved from a wrestling organization to a global promotions company

3 Key Points:

  1.       Use the POWER of social media to network with prospects and attain greater visibility.
  2.       Aim to genuinely HELP your clients and the greater community at large by concentrating not just on the work, but also on social initiatives.

3.       PASSION will help you find your internal voice—this voice will push you to go out there and just do it!

5 Movies That Inspire the Entrepreneurial Hustle

by Keetria on October 10, 2017

Running your own business is extremely challenging. To be a successful entrepreneur, you need much more than the love of selling. You need to be passionate about your business, stand by your products or services, and stay motivated.

We’ve listed the top 5 movies that will inspire you as you make it through your entrepreneurial path. We hope these movies will motivate you to persevere, ignore the naysayers, and get you in the right mindset for business success.

  1. The Pursuit of Happyness

“You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”

Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, this movie is filled with heartbreaking scenes, and it doesn’t seem like things will ever go right for the main character. Will Smith plays Gardner who has to support himself and his son during an unpaid internship.

With barely any money, they end up sleeping in shelters and at one point, on the floor of a subway station bathroom. We don’t want to spoil things for you by giving away the ending but the takeaway is never to give up, and that passion and sacrifice is essential to success.

 

  1. Forrest Gump

“I just felt like runnin’.”

While many would think that Forrest Gump’s phenomenal business success was purely accidental, it’s really his good-natured spirit behind it all.

People will tell you how cutthroat the world of business is. While that’s true, there are people who succeed by doing what they feel is right, giving credit where credit is due, and that your most brilliant ideas can come to you when you least expect it. This movie epitomizes how good things happen to good people.

 

  1. Jerry MaGuire

“Help me help you.”

Yes, Jerry MaGuire is a romantic movie, for the most part. I think the beautiful lesson that this movie teaches any entrepreneur is that you define what success means to you. Success doesn’t mean having the high-profile clients, multi-million deals, or the biggest billboards. Stick to your values, have a vision for yourself, and don’t lose them in the hustle.

 

  1. Steve Jobs

“The musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.”

It’s important for every entrepreneur to see the reality of failure in business. This movie shows its viewers just that by being both an inspirational yet cautionary tale for entrepreneurs as Steve Jobs struggles to keep Apple a leader in the tech industry.

 

  1. The Social Network

“If you were the inventors of Facebook. you would’ve invented Facebook”

Let’s excuse the fact that The Social Network was an overdramatized version of how Mark Zuckerberg went from a Harvard student to launching the biggest social network in the world. Watching this movie will give budding entrepreneurs a look at what it takes to get a startup rolling and how personal relationships can often get in the way.

Are you an entrepreneur? Is there a line from a movie that’s been particularly inspiring for you? Is there a movie that made you want to go into business for yourself? Tell us about it.

5 Upcoming Art Festivals this Fall 2017

by Keetria on October 3, 2017

Visual arts, music, literature, crafts, tattoos, photography, and performances. The list of what goes on in art festivals is endless and don’t we just love it all?

Whether you’re looking for crafters like you or want to listen to book readings or see art in action, we’ve listed 5 upcoming art festivals that you may fancy. Pick one that interests you or make it a plan to check them all out!

  1. Art for Art’s Sake 2017

When: Oct. 7, 2017

Where: New Orleans, LA at the New Orleans Art District on 798 South Liberty Street

Don’t miss Art for Art’s’ Sake 2017, the annual street party that attracts tens of thousands every year. There’s something for everybody! At New Orleans’ Warehouse Arts District, you’ll find galleries showcasing work ranging from classic to contemporary across all medias. Magazine Street is lined with art galleries, antique shops, and jewelry stores. And the Contemporary Arts Center offers new exhibits and musical performances.

 

  1. 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival 2017

When: Oct. 13-29, 2017

Where: Greensboro, NC at multiple locations

It would be amazing if you could be there for all 17 days of this art festival as more than 70 artists spanning various art forms will throw together over a hundred events showcasing their creativity and craft. There will be live music concerts, craft beer, dance and theatre performances, body painting, visual arts and loads more!

 

  1. Hyde Park Village Art Fair 2017

When: Oct. 14-15, 2017

Where: Tampa, FL at the Hyde Park Village at 1602 W Snow Ave

Held in the upscale Hyde Park neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, the Hyde Park Village Art Fair is a celebration of art and the finer things in life. This two-day event will feature over 150 artists and crafters who will showcase their unique works. We’re talking about jewelry, life-sized sculptures and one-of-a-kind decorative pieces which include paintings and other crafts.

 

  1. ARToberFEST 2017

When: Oct. 21-22, 2017

Where: Galveston, TX at Downtown Galveston on Post Office St & 22nd St

ARToberFEST is an annual fine art festival in Historic Downtown Galveston where local and regional artists working across a variety of media are featured. Come on down and purchase an original piece from one of these artists for your collection. This outdoor art party features live music. And because it takes place right on Post Office St, you’ll be surrounded by restaurants and cafes.

 

  1. Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival 2017

When: Oct. 27-29, 2017

Where: Nashville, TN at Hotel Preston on 733 Briley Pkwy

Don’t want to miss one of Nashville’s more unique events and the largest festival of its kind in the South. The finest tattoo artists from across the country are attracted to this festival each year. But wait, you don’t need to be inked to appreciate the artistry behind tattoos.

This is also the best place to be right before Halloween as the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival delights in the scary and relishes in all things twisted. You’ll see horror film stars and esteemed tattoo artists as they gather for 3 days of horror film screenings, tattoo competitions, and costume contests.

Art is such a broad term. What’s your favorite art and which of these upcoming art festivals will you likely be at?