Help to Put Computers in Classrooms with NERDiTNOW

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NERDiTNOW and the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

 

 

Hello and Happy Good Friday my friends.  I am asking that you take a few minutes to help put more computers in classrooms by voting for NERDiTNOW in the 2018 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Owner, Markevis Gideon has not only worked tirelessly in building and growing his small business, but he is also consistently giving back to communities, not only here in Delaware but also with H.O.P.E. Missions in Ghana.

 

 

Contest Submission

Elevator Pitch

We purchase, repair and resell computers/phones/tablets with the use of the MOTHERBOARD which is an ambulance converted into a mobile office

Tell us about your business. What inspired you to get into it, what you sell/service you offer, what makes your business stand out and how it impacts you, your community or the environment.

Understanding the need for both individuals and small businesses to have their very own NERD i.T Guy, this business was created to do just that. At age twelve I was given my first computer, which sparked initial interest in the i.T field. Starting in a 2-bedroom apartment to a storefront with two branded vehicles (including the “Motherboard”), we have been able to excel in the market by being a honest company, that help save time, money and ultimately NERD all of your technical needs NOW!

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

Here at NERDiT NOW, we are small but mighty! All grant money awarded will only propel us forward. And you can see how below: Increase our Assets $15,000 Purchase and design a second mobile truck to expand services to residential and corporate clients in Philadelphia. Technicians and staff $10,000 We will onboard 2 new techs to staff our new location & second truck. Increase Brand Awareness With the help of FEDEX print services we will revamp our marketing material & create new signage.

 

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Thank you for supporting fellow NERD & Friend – Have an awesome weekend!

Social Media Marketing for Business Presentation for NAWBODE

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Can you believe that it’s March already?  Time sure flies when you are having fun or if you have a million things on your plate and that seems to be the case for me lately.  Trust and believe, I am not complaining as it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time and am accepting of the blessings. 

Requests for Social Media Marketing for Business speaking engagements have really been increasing, as a matter of fact, this month alone I am scheduled for four – two are on the same day!

 

Anywho, last month, I spoke at the 3rd Monday Networking Event for NAWBODE at the Brandywine Executive Center in Wilmington.  I was invited by Dinette Rivera and it was an honor and pleasure to accept. 

 

If you don’t know about NAWBO, here’s an excerpt from their website.

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and with chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource for propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Respected with elected officials in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country, recognized in the media as a thought leader on women’s business issues, and joined with corporate partners and other non-profit organizations who share our mission and expand our influence, NAWBO is the country’s premier women’s business organization. 

NAWBO’s many milestones and awards over the decades exemplify the rich history of success the organization and its thousands of members have enjoyed.

 

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Social Media is ever changing oftentimes literally overnight and many business owners get confused as to what to do next.  As the owner of ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management, and Consulting, it is imperative that not only do I stay on top of it, but that I am able to teach and train others to do the same.

 

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The evening kicked off with networking, wine, and appetizers and I had an opportunity to meet a few NAWBO members as well as members-to-be including Adrienne owner of Expecting MiraclesDelaware’s First Elective Imaging Center. 

If you can’t tell by the picture, we had met before but hadn’t seen each other since a New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Networking event last summer.

 

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The presentation went off without a hitch…well perhaps a little glitch with the LCD projector, but thanks to Hudson, the only male attendee and our host at The Brandywine Executive Center it was quickly resolved – check out the video below to hear the beginning of the Social Media Marketing for Business presentation.

 

 

Oh and speaking of images, I contracted the services of Willy Vargas, owner of Willy Vargas Photography and he captured these amazing photos.

 

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During my allotted time, which I almost exceeded…hey, if you know me, then you know I love to talk, I covered the social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and how each can be used to engage with their target market audience. 

 

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The presentation was well received and I even learned something new from a few attendees which is why no one should ever label themselves a “Social Media Expert”.

 

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I want to once again thank Dinette and Chantal for inviting me and look forward to presenting again at other NAWBODE events in the future, and if you are a woman business owner who wishes to join this great organization, click this link for membership information. 

 

Also, if you are a member of a group or organization that is looking for a presenter of Social Media or Blogging, please head over to my website for more information or send an email to info@ablakeenterprises.com 

 

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Don’t forget to listen in every Sunday at 6 PM for my Podcast,

Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger.

 

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Healthy Eating and Exercise For Our Kids

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African-American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of our children are overweight or obese.
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If we don’t solve this problem, one-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
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I was so proud of then First Lady Michelle Obama when she worked hard withPresident Obama in the implementation of the”Let’s Move” program which included healthy eating as well.  She too understood the importance of keeping our kids healthy if we wanted them to grow into healthy adults.
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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our kids is very vital and it takes only a few changes to make it happen. So check out my Podcast interview which was on and popping with guest Queon Jackson, owner of Summer J Pops, “Delaware’s Coolest Desserts!”
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Ready to Retire – Drive to Delaware

Ready to Retire?  Drive to Delaware

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In 1976, my uncle Ernest packed us into his yellow Volkswagen and moved us from New Rochelle, NY, home of the Dick Van Dyke Show, to Dover, Delaware where he was stationed at the Air Force Base.

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I was only 14 years old and thought my grandmother was out of her mind allowing this to happen…not only did I have another year of Junior high school but who would want to move to DelaWHERE?  There were more Amish horse and buggies on the road then there were cars, they actually had hitching posts in the ACME parking lot.

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There wasn’t anything for teenagers to do, nothing exciting, except for the Roller Rink on Route 13, the Bowling Alley in Rodney Square and the Blue Hen Mall whose anchor store at the time was JCPenney.

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Fast forward 41 years and guess what?  Delaware was recently named as one of the best states in which to retire, it was listed as number nine out of ten, check out the article below from Philly Voice.

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Thinking about your future?  Consider staying in Pennsylvania to retire.

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Wallethub, a personal finance website, published its “2017 Best & Worst States to Retire” list earlier this week and the Keystone State earned a pretty coveted spot.

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The website used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and more to gather the findings. They based the rankings on three main factors including affordability, health care and quality of life.

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Each of the three categories considered factors like cost of in-home services, poverty level, access to public transportation and life expectancy.

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Out of 51 states – including the District of Columbia – Pennsylvania scored the No. 11 spot, one below Wisconsin and one above Montana.

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Delaware was found at the No. 9 spot in the overall list while New Jersey ranked at the far bottom of the list at No. 46.

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The Keystone State also ranked the No. 4 spot under the quality of life category, No. 20 for affordability and No. 32 for health care.

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View the top 10 list below or check out WalletHub’s complete findings here.

1. Florida

2. Wyoming

3. South Dakota

4. Iowa

5. Colorado

6. Idaho

7. South Carolina

8. Nevada

9. Delaware

10. Wisconsin

 

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As you know hubby retired a few years ago, and I am anxiously looking forward to that day as well, and guess what…that’s right…we will downsize the McMansion in Middletown and stay right here in Delaware – remember we had looked at a few 55+ communities, however, we may move a little closer to Rehoboth Beach.

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Let’s Chat: which one of these states would you like to retire to?
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