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2017 Children’s Business Fair Celebrates Entrepreneurship

October 7, 2017,  Raleigh North Carolina.  Event Photography.

The Raleigh Children’s Business Fair was a big success and for the second year in a row AIP was on hand to document this event.

About the event, from the Carolina Journal:  

“The fair, sponsored by the John William Pope Foundation, is part of a national franchise led by the Acton Academy and The Acton School of Business. It’s the second held in Raleigh. Last year, more than 60 kids set up shop in the The Commons at Raleigh’s North Hills Mall, the site of this year’s event.

Young entrepreneurs between 6 and 14 came from Charlotte, Wilmington, and everywhere in between. Sixty-eight participants opened 45 businesses, with products from jewelry, to art, to pumpkin-flavored dog biscuits.

Other exhibitors proudly displayed crocheted scarves, paper airplanes, books, and dog toys. The children’s efforts in production and marketing impressed the Pope Foundation’s Blake Brewer, who organized the event.  Read More Here. 

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Participants include students from traditional public schools, public charter schools, and homeschools.

In addition to allowing children to show off ideas and sell goods to customers, the fair hosts a competition — divided into two age categories — in which judges award prizesfor best business potential, best customer service, and best business idea. Winners get $50.

Chick-Fil-A partners with the Pope Foundation, offering a special grand prize for entrepreneurs who win the “shopper’s choice” award.

“The purpose of the fair is to instill in these kids entrepreneurship and the idea of free markets and free enterprise. We want to make sure they value that in their lives — and into the next generation,” Brewer said.

The Pope Foundation is looking for a grantee for the Raleigh fair next year, Brewer said. One other Acton fair is held in the greater Triangle area, but Raleigh’s fair offers a great chance for kids to stretch their business skills.

For many child entrepreneurs, business is more than just about making money.

A few dog biscuit purveyors donate proceeds to animal rescues. A young artist puts a large portion of her profits toward scholarships for Liberian orphans.

“I’m just totally beaming. They’re amazing,” said Kari Breed, the kids’ mother, and a co-founder of Oak City Academy.

The Breed children hatched the idea for Grow Green Essentials after losing a young classmate to cancer. The experience was a difficult one, said Leala. That’s why the business is about “healthy products for healthy kids.”

They donate 10 percent of their proceeds to their school, Oak City Academy. The money goes toward scholarships for low-income students.

“Our product is very important, because regular hand soaps have cancer in them,” Titus said. “therefore, personally, I want something that doesn’t [cause] cancer.”

Event Photography by Evan Greene

Greensboro Dance Day

The Fifth Annual Greensboro Dance Day was held on Saturday,  August 5, 2017, at the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club.  Several hundred attended the event held in the Royce and Jane Reynold’s Salvation Army Corps Worship Center and Boys and Girls Club on Freeman Mill Road, Greensboro. The crowd consisted of children, business and community leaders, Greensboro Police Department law enforcement officers and families.

This year’s theme was Unity in Community Through Dance. According to organizer Carolyn Woodruff, “What better way to show unity, trust, connectivity, friendship, and awareness than through dance?” Woodruff Family Law has been the driving force behind the Greensboro Dance Dance since 2013. Other sponsors include ValuePointe.biz, and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro.

This year’s Greensboro Dance Day was used as a time of national healing to honor and remember global tragedies and unite the community through dance. Woodruff Family Law Group, ValuePointe.biz, and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro know the needs of our community.

“Dance is the universal language of the world,” says Carolyn Woodruff, Woodruff Family Law Group president.” Dance is a way of expression, an identity. Our country has been through so much hurt, anger, and sadness. We need time to heal. Dance Day offers that opportunity”

Dance Day Battles Featured

This year’s event featured eight award-winning dancers with The Underground Dance League performing dance battles with the children and members of Fred Astaire Greensboro.

“Keep in mind a dance battle is not about fighting, but is about love; we hug each other at the end of a ‘battle’,” says Tyler McNeil, who is a founding member of The Underground Dance League.  “It’s not about the movement; it’s about what the move meant.”

The finale, which included Greensboro Police and the Boys and Girls Club dancers, was to Juju On That Beat! by Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall.

Although relatively new to this area, dance battles have a long history. They began decades ago to provide a healthy alternative to gang fighting. In 1969, Afrika Bambaataa organized New York’s ghetto youth into a breakdance crew called the Zulu Kings. When a rival street gang challenged the Zulu Kings, Bambaataa suggested that the two groups fight with steps rather than weapons.

Sure enough, the rival gang was as ready to square off with dance steps as they were with violent weapons. Bambaataa’s followers grew into the Zulu Nation with 5000 members. The kids from Zulu Nation would rather dance than fight. After that, breakdancing became an integral part of hip-hop.

The group reaches over 60 active participants. Woodruff Family Law Group, ValuePointe.biz, and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro join forces to cover all costs of Dance Day rehearsals, including professional dance instruction, healthy lifestyle suggestions, and healthy snacks after each rehearsal.

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MedAssist Executive Luncheon

Attorney General Josh Stein – Keynote Speaker for NC MedAssist Executive Luncheon

NC MedAssist’s Executive Luncheon, sponsored by UNC REX Healthcare, Duke Raleigh Hospital and WakeMed, was held on Thursday, May 25 at 11:30 am at Raleigh Marriott City Center. The free luncheon is open to anyone with the desire to promote a healthier North Carolina and learn how the uninsured play a huge role in current and future outcomes. More than 500 community and corporate leaders were in attendance. 

Attorney General Josh Stein was the luncheon’s keynote speaker.  The Attorney General discussed North Carolina’s current healthcare landscape and the importance of access to important health resources like prescription medication. 

“I am honored to speak at the NC MedAssist Executive Luncheon in Raleigh,” said Stein. “The health of our North Carolina community is extremely important.  By partnering with organizations like NC MedAssist, we are filling the gap for those who don’t have access to prescription medications and other health care resources.”

NC MedAssist is a charitable pharmacy that is currently serving patients in all 100 North Carolina counties through its Free Pharmacy Program.  Patients enroll in the program through partner enrollment sites throughout the state or through self-referral.  In the last fiscal year, MedAssist served 14,230 patients and dispensed 125,702 90-day prescriptions. 

“We believe that no one should choose between putting food on their table or filling their doctor prescribed medications,” stated NC MedAssist Executive Director Lori Giang.  “Together with UNC REX Healthcare, Duke Raleigh Hospital, WakeMed, our luncheon sponsors, and our many supporters, we are educating executives and community members on empowering our vulnerable neighbors on how to take care of their health.  It is the entire community’s responsibility and we are so pleased to see so many of our local companies expanding their support.”

Funds raised at the luncheon will go towards the purchase of generic prescription medications and other programming costs.  For every dollar donated, NC MedAssist will be able to dispense $15 in prescription medications back to the North Carolina community.  To donate to NC MedAssist or for more information on the 2017 NC MedAssist Executive Luncheon visit www.medassist.org.

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Archie Manning addresses 111th GMA Annual DInner

Archie Manning, GMA, Bourbon Street Bash

“We have been very blessed,” Archie Manning said many times, as he answered questions at the 111th Annual GMA Dinner.  More than 775 people enjoyed the Bourbon Street Bash themed dinner at the Koury Convention Center.  Manning was the featured speaker and encouraged the group of business leaders to set goals, respect others, and work hard.

Aesthetic Images Photography was on hand to document the event.

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Archie Manning is a former College All America (Ole Miss), NFL All Pro Quarterback (New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings), successful businessman, author, and father of Peyton and Eli Manning (NFL quarterback greats).  Learn More Here.

During the Dinner on February 23, Manning told stories of his days as a player, of his family, and the lessons of the game of football.  He gave inspiration for future success, no matter what what one does.  He stressed hard work and sense of humor.

The Manning family has enjoyed a life of success and love based on faith, family and football. Archie and Olivia Manning raised their sons with the philosophy that “it’s the right thing to do, so do the right thing.” The result, which Archie and Peyton capture so clearly, is a tribute to the values Americans hold in high regard: work hard, stand up for what you believe in, treat each person with respect and be grateful for what you have and for what you have achieved.

The Guilford Merchants Association is a business membership organization focused on supporting member companies with educational programming, lead generation activities, marketing opportunities, and overall enrichment while serving as a catalyst for community growth and prosperity.

GMA is comprised of approximately 1000 members throughout the Triad.  Although the name suggests that most members are in the retail business, we are actually comprised of 74% Business to Business/Consumer Services, with the remaining 26% including Restaurants/Hospitality, Retail, Non-Profits, and Universities/Colleges/Government.

 

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