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Students Need Your Help!
> Java John's Acoustic
Record Radio Show
New "Pantomime Studios" Opens
Settlement Reached with Yellow Pages
Orange Bee Money
Guarantees New Customers
Networking & Tuskegee Airmen
World Premiere of
Nicholas J.'s "The Marionette"
You Can Help Locate
a Missing Child
Florida Filmmaker Debuts at LA Film Festival
Kidz Unite for Kids
to host the
League Conference coming in '08
Urban League Annual Conference represents the largest gathering of African
American professionals in the nation. Conference attendees include a
wide-cross section of African American and others, and represent some of the
most dynamic and influential leaders in the corporate, foundation,
nonprofit, entertainment and political communities.
Movement members and other conference attendees meet to dialogue about the
most critical issues confronting the African-American and urban communities
and to strategize about empowering solutions.
The conference offers numerous opportunities for forging or augmenting
partnerships and marketing initiatives, as well as for networking and
recruiting qualified job applicants through the free, onsite Employment Zone
Dozens of the nation's most dynamic/Fortune 500 companies take advantage of
the opportunity to exhibit their products and services in the Exhibit Hall.
Orlando Urban League WEB SITE for more information on the conference as it
is organized and grows...
United First Financial™ Gives Us New
Way to Build Equity, Wealth & Pay Off Debt
…it is now smooth sailing for American homeowners with the new DEBT-FREE
Buying a home is the largest investment many Americans will ever make. Our
home is the foundation for our financial security. The true cost of a home,
however, has always been hidden. Many homeowners have never calculated what
the home really costs once finance and interest charges are factored in.
What if you purchased a home and secured a $200,000 mortgage on it? At 6
percent, that 30-year mortgage would add over $231,677 in interest to the
cost of your home, more than doubling its purchase price. At the same time,
because mortgage interest is effectively front-loaded, the equity in your
home builds very slowly the first few years.
Did you really mean to spend almost a half million dollars on a home that
is really worth half that?
Of course not, but few people have the resources to buy a home for cash and,
since we must have a home to live in, we are happy to finance a home and pay
what if we could pay less than HALF of the normal interest for that same
home? What if we could pay that home off in as little as 8 to 11 years,
build EQUITY faster, with no increase to our current monthly mortgage
payments, and no change to our standard of living?
United First Financial™s' unique product,
Money Merge Account™, helps homeowners do just that. Real
Estate and Mortgage professionals around the nation are embracing this
program because it truly helps their client … the American Homeowner.
After 2.5 million dollars in development costs, the founders of
United First Financial™ have released a software program that, combined with a home equity
line of credit, allows us to accomplish two things…Pay down our mortgage in
about one-third of the normal time, thus building EQUITY faster, AND, set up
a financial cushion, with instant access to our equity.
This program, called the
Money Merge Account™, was originally field-tested
with 400 American Homeowners. Their thoughts and experiences can be read on
the UFF site. When reading what the actual users of the program think about
UFF, the words “amazing,” “very impressed. “incredibly positive” and “the
real deal” just jump off the page. Part of the rapid growth of the company
has been through the recommendations of clients to their own friends and
Money Merge Account™ is a very attractive and practical alternative to
refinancing ones home.
It also allows young homeowners to upgrade their homes faster as their
family grows, and it requires very little change to their spending habits
and no change to their standard of living.
Money Merge Account™ come to be?
The history of the
Money Merge Account™ began nearly a decade ago, when Skyler Witman and John Washenko launched Accelerated Equity which, in three
years, became one of Utah’s fastest growing mortgage companies. But, in the
face of all of this growth, Skyler and John began to notice the overwhelming
mountain of debt their customers were accumulating. Many were refinancing
over and over again (at huge costs). They wanted to help relieve the onerous
burdens their customers were encountering.
In the summer of 2002, the partners discovered
a method used successfully in Australia and Europe to pay down mortgages in
record time. This method required no day-to-day financial impact, while
paying off debt and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest.
They saw that this method would have two impacts…it would help their clients
build equity faster, thus becoming more financially secure, and it would
still help them sell more mortgages, as their clients would be in a position
to upgrade their homes more quickly. They would be helping their clients
build a stronger financial future.
Further research motivated Skyler and John to
develop a top-notch IT division and contract with a mathematical engineer
from GE Aeronautics to begin creating the mathematical algorithms (math
engines) and system programming that would become the very heart of the
Money Merge Account™ software. This software took an already successful
equity-building program, and made it easier to use. By taking the guesswork
out of it for the homeowner, they increased the savings, too!
Millions of dollars were invested to develop the software, and results from
the 400 clients in the initial test program were staggering. They achieved
results even better than predicted!
Homeowners with a traditional 30-year mortgage were on track to become
mortgage-free in as little as 8 to 11 years, all while paying off other debt
in the process!
The reality was a rate of 20% better savings and payoff time (on average)
than was initially predicted.
With new partners, and a company name,
United First Financial™, these
mortgage veterans have now launched the
Money Merge Account™, and this
concept is exploding across the nation.
Building equity in a home is a combination of two factors -- paying down the
principal on the mortgage, and the rising property value. Building equity in
our home is our first step toward security and financial freedom. Equity
allows us to trade up into a larger home. Equity gives us leverage to use
with other investments. Equity, when used correctly, even gives us a
financial cushion in times of need.
But things have changed recently for American property owners. In the past
two years, with the costs of homes skyrocketing, Americans have looked for
alternative ways to finance their homes, and many have extended themselves
to the breaking point to pay for the roof over their head. ARMs (adjustable
rate mortgages), interest-only mortgages, and other types of home financing
have been used in order to get into a more costly home, with the assumption,
by the homeowners, that they will be able to refinance down the road and
that the home will continue to increase in value quickly.
So now, a combination of market and economic factors are placing many
homeowners in precarious positions. If we think of home ownership and
wealth/equity building like sailing ... for many of us the wind is no longer
at our back. The wind has died. We are dead in the water and we hope a storm
is not approaching.
What are the coming storms? Many ARMs are going to have interest rates
adjusted upward in the next couple of years, and experts predict a wave of
foreclosures as a result. Negative-Equity mortgages are a nightmare for
people whose homes are not appreciating in value.
Some experts predict one in four ARMs will go into foreclosure.
Even the average homeowner, with a 30-year mortgage, could find themselves
in a tight spot if they want to sell a couple of years down the road. With
RE prices staying flat, or even dropping in some areas, and with the small
amount of equity they have built in their home in the first year or two,
some homeowners may find themselves in a low- to negative-equity position
and find it difficult to sell their homes.
United First Financial™
Money Merge Account™ is a program that addresses all
of these situations in a very positive way. It can even be a financial
lifeboat in future times of need…whether a job loss, medical crisis, or just
As an alternative to refinancing, as well as a vehicle to ensure financial
cushion, the equity line allows the consumer to access funds up to their
equity line, anytime. This cushion provides the ability to put every spare
penny toward principal pay-down on the mortgage, and the UFF software keeps
us on track by showing us a daily target date for mortgage payoff.
Professionals are jumping on board with UFF to help their clients.
Mortgage Brokers, Real Estate Professionals, Financial Planners, and Bankers
are all embracing the Money Merge Account™ as a way to help their clients
while increasing their business. This just makes sense. For professionals in
the real estate and financial services industries, the program is a
value-added service that helps a realtor sell more houses as clients can
afford to upgrade more quickly, helps a banker or mortgage broker sell more
loans -- perhaps the equity line itself -- or again, more primary mortgages
as people upgrade homes sooner, and Financial Planners see it as a way to
get clients in a position where they are free to invest more money to ensure
The UFF software acts as a financial dashboard
-- prompting the homeowner when to move money from the open-ended equity
line into the closed-ended principal mortgage to achieve maximum savings.
Homeowners pay their income into the equity line, keeping the average daily
balance down and interest low on the open-ended line of credit, while having
the maximum impact on the interest saved on the primary mortgage. The UFF
software takes all of the homeowner’s debts and financial aspects in mind
and learns from previous history. It is a financial dashboard, steering
wheel, and GPS system all rolled into one dynamic workhorse system that
keeps homeowners on the right course toward financial freedom.
homeowners have had a mortgage with, for example, a 6 percent interest rate,
a savings account (their traditional cushion) at perhaps 3 percent, and a
checking account, with a few thousand dollars just sitting there doing
But, with the UFF–MMA program, the equity line is used like a checking
account. The equity line provides a financial cushion so the savings account
is unnecessary, and the money float starts working FOR the homeowner, not
against him or her.
At the end of the program, the mortgage balance, other debts, and the equity
line have a zero balance. The
Money Merge Account™ software charts the course
toward financial freedom -- and it is easy, smooth sailing for the American
|To learn more
about United First Financial™
and the Money Merge Account™…
Call: Sue Copening,
UFF Independent Agent #54004
Or call: 407-275-2956
|If you are a professional in the Real Estate, Mortgage or Financial industries and
would like to find out how you can add the MMA to your portfolio of
products and services , email...
Or call: 407-275-2956
:: Books for Kids
Hello Foundation for Second Chances, Inc. heads pilot program for
Foundation for Second Chances, Inc has been selected by First Book; an
international nonprofit that has distributed more than 46 million new books
to children from low-income families; to pilot a special holiday effort to
distribute new books to children in Los Angeles.
Through this special partnership, every $2.00 contributed between October 20
and November 20 will provide a brand new children's book to a child we
serve. 100% of funds collected will be used to provide books
specially selected by our staff to children in our program (samples from
various age categories are included below). Your gift to First Book is also
Please support this effort as we are trying to make sure that our
children/youth have books to read.
Please use the following link to
start making your contributions:
Melissa M. Wyatt, Founder/President
March '06: Read about
College Park artist
in Orlando Arts Magazine, March 2006 issue.
Those of you that attended our "Women's
Expo" about a year ago know that the beautiful art of the beautiful
Holly graced the cover of our Directory for that event.
You can pick up copies of Orlando Art's
magazine at Urban Think bookstore on Central , downtown and at bookstores
such as Borders in Winter Park Village. You can see Holly's art on her
web site at http://www.hollypicano.com
Need Your HELP!
Since 2003, S.T.A.R.S. Inc. (Supplies TO Assist ouR Students) has been
providing backpacks and school supplies to needy children in the Orange
County Public Schools. Our first year we provided 2,674 backpacks with
school supplies to only 6 Elementary Schools. Last year we did 8,433 which
included all grade levels in 32 schools. This coming school year we are
trying to do even better by providing 11,500 students with these supplies to
get them started.
Our only source of income is through donations by individuals, schools,
businesses and churches. With good shopping we have been able to buy enough
in bulk so that it costs us about $10 per child. This means we must raise
over $110,000 by the end of July. Maybe our expanded goal to 11,500 was too
big a jump but we were trying to take that "leap of faith" we hear so much
about. Right now we are NO WHERE near our goal. We need help from all who
are involved in the Connections Groups whether you are just an individual or
a business. Our organization is a 501(c)(3) IRS approved non-profit group so
any donations you make not only help those less fortunate than we, but also
provide you with a tax deduction.
So that you will know, not one penny received is used for salaries, or perks
of any kind. All staff are full volunteers who are dedicated to helping
those in need without any payment. Every child needs the right tools to
succeed, just like you do at work. For students it means a backpack and
supplies. We are the only organization I know of that gets these supplies to
the students BEFORE school starts so they can feel comfortable in their
classroom on the first day of school.
S.T.A.R.S. is endorsed by the Orange County Public Schools, Ministerial
Association, Chamber of Commerce and many other businesses, organizations,
churches and individuals who make our Back-To-School Drive such a huge
Won't you, or your business, please give generously to the children who need
us. Your organization does a lot of networking. Perhaps you might know of
others willing to get involved. These children are our future. Take part in
it. DONATE TODAY!!!
Our website will give you additional information.
Contact us at 407-292-3559 or through
our site: http://www.supportstars.com
ACOUSTIC RECORD Radio Show (9am-1pm
Connections Groups member "Java" John Goldacker is now On The Air,
Worldwide, with his own brand new radio program "THE ACOUSTIC RECORD" on the
Tropic Wave Radio Network.
The show is named after the weekly newsletter handed out at the music venue
John, with his wife Jennifer, owned and operated for four years, (KOOL BEANZ
Coffeehouse), and after itís closing a bi-weekly area music e-newsletter
that John has published to keep folks in touch with local live music.
The On-Line program kicked off Monday June 5th, 2006 at 9am (eastern time).
The Acoustic Record radio show features the finest music by Local, Regional,
and National Touring Artists, both on CD, and Live in the Studio. John will
also have call-in interviews with musicians, authors and other pop culture
figures. Some artists of note who've already expressed interest in appearing
on the show... LARRY BURNETTE (founding member of Firefall); Members of
TOTO; JOHN HALL (Orleans); KENNY EDWARDS (ex-Stone Pony with Linda Ronstadt);
JOHN McEUEN (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band); JOHN TOWNSEND (Sanford Townsend Band);
STORY MUSGRAVE (astronaut, poet); LORIN ROWAN (The Rowan Brothers); and
DAVID GANS (author, musician, and longtime host of the Grateful Dead Radio
As a warm-up to his own show, "Java John" guest hosted for Jackie McCoy &
Susan Ramon on their Tropic Wave show "What's Happening Brevard," that
week's guests included musician FREEBO (long time Bonnie Raitt partner)
fresh from his stint as a guest vocalist on the new Neil Young CD, PHILLIP
CHEIN who authored the recent book "Columbia - Final Mission," and Rev. SUE
BAILEY of The New Church. All are expected to join John on the Acoustic
The 4 hour show, based on the classic AOR (album oriented rock) format will
also feature New Music by some past heroes (that many folks think may have
faded into obscurity), artists like: Donovan, John Hall, Linda Ronstadt,
Arlo Guthrie, Crosby & Nash, Eric Burden, Todd Rundgren, and many others who
no longer get their new songs played on commercial radio, but have in fact
produced some of the finest works of their careers. You may also expect lots
of trivia, some giveaways, tour announcements, and gig listings.
THE ACOUSTIC RECORD
Monday - Friday 9am-1pm (EDT)
. . . PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
>>> A little more about John:
"Java" John Goldacker has been a Merritt Island, Florida resident for a
large part of the past thirty years. His loves are his family, art, and of
course music. John designs business & band logos & websites, festival
posters, and illustrated the recently published, award winning, children's
book based on a local landmark "RIVER DRAGON." He also has a collection of
over 100 portraits of Music Celebrities that he has gotten autographed by
each of the subjects, like... Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Steve Miller, Willie
Nelson, Heart, George Carlin, Pat Benatar, James Taylor, Crosby Stills &
Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Paul & Mary, and many others.
Contact Java John at: 1-888-762-8153 ext: 942
"Pantomime Studios" Opens
...increase the quality of your sales presentations
...Become a better public speaker
...Learn a new profession in the entertainment realm
Orlando based, "Pantomime Studios" welcomes everybody, from professional
actors to people who appreciate art. Pantomime is a complete art in itself,
and those who learn it, find that this artistic disipline also enhances
their work in all performance areas, such as the traditional theatre, dance,
film, stage performance, stand-up comedy, and television acting.
The art of pantomime will also benefit those
of you outside the entertainment world. It can help you be more
successful if you are involved in corporate events, sales presentations,
public speaking, as well as simply enhancing interaction in your daily
The great advantages of pantomime are the
abilities to attain total body control and muscle articulation.
Pantomime also helps you develop a captivating physical "presense" as well
as increasing your confidence when in the public eye.
Pantomime Studios is led by world class
talent, and headed by Nicholas J., former student, and protege, of pantomime
legend Marcel Marceau. Nicolas J. is also a producer and director for the 4
time award wining film: "The Marionette." Instructors also include
professional actress Hatuna Oliver, actress and show entertainment
You will fall in love with the art of
Pantomime, and when you do, if you are interested in making this part of a
whole new profession (and depending on your talent and dedication for this
art) you'll be given opportunities to perform in front of live audiences,
and to audition for World Gate Entertainment. Opportunities are unlimited!
Pantomime Studios offers a variety of classes to improve your acting skills
and stage presence. You will gain self-confidence, achieve total mental and
physical health, improve your body posture and overcome stage fright.
Turn Your Talent into a new Profession.... or just learn new skills and
techniques that you can use to be more successful in your current
Classes are flexible, depending upon your
goals and interest you can enroll in anything from a a 3 months to a 2 year
program of intensive workshops (1st class is FREE)
Classes are limited and require advance registration.
General Settlement with Yellow Pages, Inc. Leads to Consumer Warning
TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Charlie Crist today announced that
Florida and 26 other states have reached an agreement with a
California-based company resolving solicitation and billing complaints
against the company, and warned Floridians not to fall prey to the
practice. Yellow Pages, Inc., will pay $535,000 to affected consumers
and has agreed to modify its business practices. States will receive
an average of $19,800 of the reimbursement funds, while Florida’s
share is $25,000.
Crist’s office received 80 complaints from consumers or businesses who
were targeted by the company’s questionable solicitation practices,
which involved "refund checks" allegedly sent to solicit small
businesses across the country. When the businesses cashed what
appeared to be $3 or $4 checks, they were automatically enrolled in
the Yellow Pages, Inc., internet directory and were billed $177.
"An unsolicited check in the mail likely comes with long strings
attached," said Crist. "This settlement cuts those strings, puts an
end to anti-consumer business practices and gives unsatisfied
consumers their money back. Anyone receiving such a check should
think twice about cashing it, but at least be aware that it is
unlikely the recipient is receiving something for doing nothing."
As part of the settlement, Yellow Pages, Inc., will refund money to
consumers who have already filed a complaint or do so within 60 days
after the settlement filing date. Previous customers who were billed
but did not pay will have their account canceled. The company has also
agreed to end automatic renewals.
In addition to Florida, participating states include Alabama, Alaska,
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
A copy of Florida’s settlement with Yellow Pages is available at:
Get ongoing info from the Florida Attorney
General's office here:
>> How? ...Here is the
from founder... James E "Buddy" Hooper
"I am proud to say that I have spent all my adult life in business. And no
matter what type of business it was I found this simple and universal
concept to be true. In order for a business to grow and prosper it needs
more sales. Despite my sound marketing and advertising programs combined
with a stellar sales staff, I was constantly in search for ways to increase
my sales. Every night I went to sleep dreaming that a simple but magical
program would guarantee me more sales, but every morning I faced the same
reality, no such program existed. It seemed that no one could figure out a
way to guarantee business growth and increase sales.
This is a Revolutionary Approach That Will Guarantee Additional Sales
All of the traditional methods and ideas I reviewed had the same basic
concepts. In order to develop a way to guarantee sales, I realized that I
had to discard all the traditional ideas and develop one with a
revolutionary approach; one that was beyond the realm of ordinary business
One day I decided to do something about it and as a result, have spent years
creating and perfecting the program you are about to read about. This
program requires a willingness to open your mind to new ideas. Remember,
minds are like parachutes, they do not work unless they’re open. If accepted
in this program, we will absolutely guarantee you additional sales, and we
back up that guarantee with credit lines up to $10,000. There are no up
front fees, and you pay only 10% cash sales commission on the additional
sales we bring you, it’s that simple!
Isn't it true that... Traditional Advertising Cannot Compel Anyone To Buy
From A Particular Business?
While many advertising professionals have mastered the art of persuasion and
have successfully influenced our buying decisions, none have actually
compelled us to purchase a particular product or service, or buy from a
particular business. In my experience additional sales and business growth
are guaranteed when you can compel someone to purchase a particular product
or service, or buy from a particular business, and that is exactly what this
Did you know that... Years Ago There Was Such A Program?!
Has there ever been a program that could compel a person to purchase from a
particular business? Yes, years ago there was such a program; in fact you
are probably using it today without even knowing it.
How The Credit Card Worked When They Were Introduced
Years ago, when credit cards were first introduced, they offered exclusivity
to merchants within designated market areas which compelled cardholders to
deal only with these select merchants. While the popularity of credit cards
increased dramatically over the years, competing card issuers evolved and
exclusivity was no longer a factor. However, during the early years,
merchants profited handsomely from the newfound guaranteed sales and
willingly paid the card issuers a 10% cash sales commission.
ORANGE BEE Does What The Credit Card
Did When It Was Introduced, But Does It In A Different Way...
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& Tuskegee Airmen
...Networking leads member to sing for Tuskegee Airmen at national
Successful business people have long known
that "networking" works. Marketing studies have shown time, and time again,
that people don't make a buying decision based on price, they don't make it
based on features, customer service or any of the many other things you
might think. Most buying decisions are made based on a relationship with the
company or it's representative.
In many cases this is a prior relationship formed though a networking group,
such as the Connections Groups... Central Florida's largest, (over 12,500
members) and original independent business networking and social
Local Blues and Folk singer, Ruth King, discovered that networking also
works for non-traditional businesses like entertainment. A one hour
performance at a networking event for the Connections Groups yielded instant
"Right after my musical performance at The Connections Groups "EXPO EXPO"
event I was greeted by Aurora, an attendee, who works with HUD. She invited
me to be a part of a historic event at Jones High School, one of 6 HUD
events initiated by the Washington, DC HUD office to take place nationally.
I got the gig. The event was inspiring and well attended. I was able to
sing, there was a budget for me, and I sold CD's." said Ms King.
And... like often happens in "networking," one thing led to yet another.
"From the HUD event, I went on to sing for the Tuskegee Airmen memorial
service at the Orange County Convention Center during their annual
convention. In this performance there was also a budget for me."
But, besides two new clients, the networking benefits didn't stop there, nor
were they just benefits for Ms King.
"EXPO EXPO also reunited me with a friend of 10-plus years ˆ Singing/Vocal
coach Ginny Koff. Later I was able to refer two students to Ginny.
So, as the result of singing at EXPO EXPO 2005 I have made money, contacts
and been able to pass productive information to my friends and colleagues.
Top top it off... I sold CD's at the EXPO EXPO event as well. Can you beat
all this?!!" exclaimed Ruth.
Connections Groups founder, Sue Copening, had this to say.
"I'm not at all surprised at Ruth's results from participating in our "Expo
Expo" event. Networking works. Also, our organization is not just about
traditional businesses. We have been involved in the community at the
deepest levels as well. We've hosted numerous fundraisers for such charities
as "Toys for Tots," Cystic Fibrosis and Hear my Hands. Our members helped
organize events, and raised money for the Mary McLeod Bethune Bronze Statue
Project, spearheaded by local hotelier Harris Rosen. We were honored to have
former Tuskegee Airman, Judge Decatur, as our featured guest at the Bethune
Reception event we organized and hosted.
There is a common denominator in ALL business. People. It doesn't matter
whether you sell widgets, sing and dance, appraise real estate, trade on the
stock market or perform brain surgery, your customers and those you get
business from, are people.
"Let's face it... people do business with people they know first. They are
also more likely to do business with friends, and refer business to friends.
This is where being part of a networking group like ours really works. And
you don't just make business connections at business events. You make them
by being on charity committees, attending fundraisers, sporting events and
social functions. Where do you meet people that can be integral to your
success? Everywhere." say's Ms Copening. "That is why our group is a
business networking AND social organization."
Personal relationships are getting to be more and more important. In this
'information age' it's easy to pick up a phone book, or key a word into
Google and find numerous sources for a product or service and feel like you
are suffering from information overload. How do you know who is the best?
Who has a good reputation? Who you can TRUST?
"This is where our organization makes a critical difference in whether a
business is successful. A Real Estate agent who has built a 'circle of
influence' of hundreds of local people through networking is going to be on
the fast track. Their prior relationship with these people gives them an
edge. It's been proven time and time again that people do business with
people they already know... and trust. On the referral side, I get phone
calls and emails daily from members who want a referral to another member."
How much money changes hands through The Connections Groups?
"Who can tell?" says Ms Copening. "I could say it's millions... or billions.
But no one could ever accurately measure it. I do know of one instance where
it was millions of dollars... with one transaction. One of our members met a
financial planner at our event. Later that year he sold his business for
more than 3 million dollars and that financial planner invested the money
But the results of networking are often more subtle that that, and
therefore, difficult to quantify.
"It's really just a business version of "The Kevin Bacon" game. For
instance... I meet Bob at a networking event. Bob later invites me to a
party or a golf outing where I meet Sally... who refers me later to my
biggest client. This is why it takes a savvy person to really grasp the
benefits they get from networking. Some of the biggest benefits can be what
I call "2nd or 3rd Tier, such as referrals from referrals, and
'word-of-mouth'" states Ms Copening.
Local Handwriting Expert, Anne Bedinger, got on television because of an
event promotion and article about her business that appeared on The
Connections Groups web site.
"In less than two weeks on the web site I received numerous calls from new
clients. I was also called by a local reporter who was a Connections Groups
member and who saw my information on the web site. The result was that my
business was profiled on the evening news in front of millions of people!"
What makes the "Connections Groups" really unique?
"We do several things that other groups don't." say's founder Sue Copening...
"We've got a community and events page on our web site that is one of the
top 3 in Central Florida. The 3 areas we currently cover are Orlando, Tampa
Bay and Brevard. You can learn about hundreds of other events... not just
the one's we organize. We help other groups build their memberships also...
by promoting their meetings and events. We are sort of an "umbrella" for
networking and community groups.
We have two levels of membership... one that is completely free. At the free
level of membership you can have your event included on the web site at
absolutely no cost. There are also free posting boards and advertising areas
on the web site. Again.. these are part of the free level of membership.
We do an EVENTS newsletter by eMail that keeps you in touch with events...
again, not just our events.... but those of other associations, fundraisers,
etc. Again... part of the free, basic membership level.
We have a variety of Leads Groups and, unlike any other leads groups, you
aren't forced to pay a membership fee to attend. You can attend every group
for free the first time. After that, you have an option... you can pay a
membership fee for our "Circle of I" (just $120 for an entire year - the
lowest of any professional organization), or you can be a member at the free
level and simply pay a $5 event fee when you have time to attend a group.
This two- tiered system means it fits with your budget AND your schedule.
In our Leads Groups we don't limit by profession. Other groups only allow
one member per professional category. They promote this as if it's a benefit
to the member... but in reality it allows them to collect more membership
fees. We are the "no rules" groups.... we don't limited by profession and we
don't "kick you out" of your group if you don't attend a certain number of
meetings. Also, you aren't pressured into giving leads. Our groups are more
about developing your business and your business relationships. Because
people don't do business based on product or service... but because of
relationship... "restricting" a leads group to one per profession doesn't
guarantee more leads... but it does hurt the business person by not helping
them develop their sales and people skills so that they learn how to set
themselves apart and above their competition. We help our members be
successful in the 'real world.'
Weekly Business Coaching TeleConferences are a business development benefit
for our members in the "Circle of I" and accessible to our free members as
well. We are continually developing new programs and benefits." says
founder, Sue Copening.
The Connections Groups has recently just launched a innovative new "Member
Called the "Circle of I" and the "Get Connected" program, this matrix allows
members to promote their business in a way that costs them no money... and
guarantees they get new customers.
Sponsors offer "Sponsor Gifts" to members who join the "Circle of I."
Members joining the "Circle of I" choose the sponsor gift they want... from
a list of sponsors.
This means that the member using the gift is "pre-qualified" for the
Sponsor. Twice, actually.
First the member "opted" to become a "Circle of I" member. This means they
are not only, educated, middle to upper income business people, but they
also paid a membership fee to become more connected. Which means they are
more likely to be a business owner, or a more highly successful, and
connected, business person.
Second, the member had a choice of Sponsor Gifts. The Sponsor then knows
that, since their gift was chosen, the member is "pre-disposed" to their
product or service. If you sell advertising speciality products... someone
isn't going to choose your Gift if they don't have a need to advertise.
Currently it doesn't cost anything to become a "Get Connected" sponsor...
although there is an acceptance process. This program is a "no-brainer" for
anyone who cultivates repeat business.
Sponsorships are currently free, and Basic membership is always free, in the
"We like to give people the opportunity to "dip their toe in." says founder
Sue Copening, "There is a free level of membership, and lots of free
benefits, for those who are just starting out. Then, for those who are
looking for more... we have that too. Either way, you'll find something of
value here, and a participation level that works for you."
The Connections Groups currently has over 12.500 members in the Central
Florida area. New Leads Groups are in development and those interested in
starting their own group are invited to contact Sue Copening at
For more information... visit the Connections Groups web site at:
or call... 407-275-2956
Chapters in Tampa Bay, Orlando & Brevard
New chapters staring in Lake County, Volusia & Jacksonville.
Spanning all generations, cultures and
viewers of every description, “THE MARIONETTE” is a masterpiece of movement,
music and storytelling that takes audiences on a journey of self-discovery
The Marionette is understated elegance in storytelling the simple, clean
sets, crisp production values and multi-level messages, it will reach into
each viewer and let them reach that place inside where the child within
This production has all the elements of success, great storylines, great
talent, great directing and a superb message for people of all ages and
Just one of the many characters created by
"Nicholas J.," The Marionette's story has charmed children of all ages
across the world and, now, in it's film incarnation, will continue to do
so... reaching places that a live performance cannot.
Born in 1972 in Soviet Georgia, from an
early age, Nicolas knew that his calling was to be involved in the theater.
Young Nicolas demonstrated a passion for acting, dancing and stepping into
the spotlight whenever possible.
At just 16 years of age he walked away from his country and family to follow
his dream of studying with his hero, the world most famous mime, Marcel
With no money and only his talent to survive on he performed on the streets
to earn enough money for the audition and entrance exams. His dream came
true, after an audition in front of the greatest mime in the world, he was
not only accepted, but was given a 100% scholarship. He went on to become
known as the prized student of Marcel Marceau.
Nicolas then went on to complete his dream and entered into ESRA, the
largest private film school in France. Nicolas was one of the youngest
graduates at ESRA, but also at the top of his class.
After being noticed by a talent scout from Disney he was offered an
international contract and began to travel the world, creating new shows and
training new actors.
In 1998 he founded his own company, World Gate Entertainment , featuring his
acts including: The Amazing Statues, Drums of the Congo, Bubble Nicolas
and... "The Marionette."
And now, in 2005, the story of "The
Marionette" has finally been brought to film and Papillon Productions, of Hollywood, California, is presenting the
“World Premiere” in Lakeland. This location was chosen because of
the theaters size, seating nearly 1500 people each night, and its beauty
with overhanging balcony and large stage, which will bring an "old world"
charm to the premiere which will fit the uniqueness of this production.
Already "The Marionette" has garnered
acclaim from the film and entertainment community.
The Los Angeles Times has billed “The Marionette” as the greatest
children’s film in thirty-five years!!
You are invited to see this award winning show... it's a "one in a
life-time" chance... Nowhere in the world will anyone see the movie, AND
live stage performances by the stars, at one time. Papillon has entered “The
Marionette” at the New York Independent Film Festival and World Fest
Houston for worldwide distribution. With a little bit of luck, a
whole-lot-of –prayers and great talent, Marionette Pictures goal is
to produce a series of shows.
The evening will begin with greeting by “Scrumpy” and “Socket”, two
6 foot "animaltronic" crickets beginning 260 episodes on ABC TV the 1st of
October, 2005. Next will be a live performance by Nicholas J., Hatune
Oliver and Steven Rohmer, followed by the film “The Marionette.” Next
will be another live performance of "Bubble Nicholas" followed by
autographs and photos with the stars.
Papillon Productions and Omega
Film Distributors invite the audience to bring their own cameras
for photos although, due to copyright laws, no video recorders are permitted. No exceptions.
>>> Papillon Productions will distribute many gifts to the audience such
as T-shirts, original DVD with Dolby surround sound and Autographed
posters by the “Stars.” Bill Rodd, Director of “The Marionette” will
speak of Distribution and future acting opportunities with major
productions. Papillon Productions has five (5) films in development
pre-production and production at the current time. Actors with talent
are always needed.
Following each night’s performance 15 – 20 of the audience members
will be invited to a late night dinner in downtown Lakeland.
The Restaurant will hold a capacity of 200 therefore everyone is welcome
and this may be your opportunity to speak to someone regarding your
acting career or as a crew member, or to just meet the cast and crew
involved in this unique project.
Tickets to the World Premiere are available
now by calling Papillon
(863) 802-0910 in Lakeland or
(323) 363-1232 in Hollywood, California.
If the lines are busy, please leave a message.
All tickets are $15.00 general audience and $20.00 for reserved seating.
Tickets will be brought to Orlando twice weekly.
Tickets to the World Premiere are available now by calling Papillon
Productions at (863) 802-0910 in Lakeland or (323) 363-1232 in
Hollywood, California. If the lines are busy, please leave a message.
All tickets are $15.00 general audience and $20.00 for reserved seating.
Tickets will be brought to Orlando twice weekly.
Call Papillon Productions at (863) 802-0910 in Lakeland or (323)
363-1232 in Hollywood, California.
PRESS INQUIRIES: Nicolas J.
or (407) 772 2251
More info on:
Florida Filmaker Debuts at the
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
The World Premiere of the thirty minute moral
drama, "THE LEDGE" happens Sept 7th at the Arclight Cinemas
on Sunset Blvd, L.A. @ 10:15 pm at the
L.A. International Short Film Festival.
The movie was truly a joint effort between Director/Writer/ Producer Quinn
Duffy and Executive Producer/Writer/Director of Photography Tony
Produced economically on location (an
undisclosed rooftop in St. Petersburg) for five days between hurricanes last
year, the drama focuses on a yuppie throwing a rooftop party (Patrick
Jones from Orlando) and a distressed plumber (Director Quinn Duffy) intent
on ruining the festivities by jumping to his death.
Mr. Duffy and Mr. Sommo met in 2002 when Quinn played the lead in Mr.
Sommo's feature "Dropped Frames" which premiered at the 2003 Sarasota
Film Festival. (which they hope to return to in March 2006 to premiere "The
Ledge" in Florida) While the two filmmakers stay busy in
the Florida independent film circuit, they still maintain other occupations
as restaurant owner(Duffy) and airline pilot(Sommo).
More info: http://www.lashortsfest.com
Mr. Sommo's email:
You Can Help Locate
a Missing Child
"Eyes of America" is placing pictures of missing and abducted children on
trucks all over the country. Your gift of $25.00 will provide another pair
of "eyes", in the form of a poster on a truck, to help find these children.
You will receive a certificate of appreciation with the child's name on it.
Please visit www.eyesofamerica.org
While on the site download your FREE music video "Stay Safe." This will
help teach young children the tips on stranger danger. "Eye's of America", a
project of Child Watch of North America, relies solely on private donations
and sponsorships and receives no federal or state funding for its efforts.
Please help them help these children.
To donate, send checks to...
Eyes of America/Child Watch
6400 Times Square Ave,
Orlando, FL 32835
Kidz Unite for Kids
Orlando’s “Kidpower Kidz” musical group performs in first Radio Disney
interview to help children protect themselves
Orlando, FL. June 13, 2005:
Children learn best when they are having fun and Orlando’s Kidpower Kidz
is helping to do just that. The youthful musical group recently released
their first song, “Stay Safe”, giving children a list of pointers, through
musical lyrics, on how to avoid the danger of abduction. The group appeared
in a 30 minute interview on Radio Disney with DJ Jim and KidCaster Sam to
explain how they are an integral part of “Eye’s of America”, a project of
Child Watch of North America, an organization devoted to finding missing and
abducted children through awareness and education and Kid Power LLC.
Kidpower Kidz are sending safety messages, via
musical lyrics, to children everywhere to educate them on how to play it
safe and avoid being a victim of abduction. It is all about kids helping
kids. Don Wood, President of Child Watch of North America said, “Music is a
very powerful force in reaching young children and can be used positively or
negatively. We are all too familiar with some of the music today being
banned for obscenity and sending wrong messages to our youth. Kidpower Kidz
uses the power of music to send wholesome, meaningful messages to children
everywhere about safety and self-protection”.
Inspired by the National Amber Code Alert
Program, “Eyes of America”, is dedicated to reducing the number of child
abductions through meaningful and effective awareness campaigns, education
and innovative products for families and children A combined effort of Child
Watch of North America, KidPower LLC and the nation’s over-the-road truck
drivers “Eyes of America” is a commitment to find and help children in
distress. Soon, every major highway in America will have the “eyes” of truck
drivers assisting local police and organizations to find missing and
abducted children. Eyes of America is a program that will trigger a series
of events to get the trucks rolling for these children all over the world
each displaying a picture of a missing child.
Kidpower Kidz and Kidsational Records teen pop
sensation, TGK (www.TGKmusic.com) will
be the lead performers for Florida Missing Children’s Day on the steps of
the Capital in Tallahassee on September 12, 2005. The group will also be
featured in the Worlds Largest Truck Convoy Promotion in the fall.
Besides Radio Disney, the group was recently featured on KissFM Radio in
Nashville and seen locally on television via WESH-TV2(NBC), Central Florida
News Channel 13 and FOX 35.
For in-depth and sponsorship information on
“Eye’s of America”, please visit their website....
Child Watch of North America is a 501 C (3)