2ND ANNUAL OPEN MIC NIGHT

Empowered Results: The Blog presents OPEN MIC NIGHT hosted by PR Diva Jewels at the ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday, May 27, 2017!

You’re invited to join us for an epic open night with special appearance by Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns with featured artists: Josh The Man, Prodical Son Rebirth and Hasaan & Red Words along with a host of other live performances by local talents from the Tri-County areas. Music mixes by DJ Anomaly.

You’re welcome to come and watch or get behind the Mic! To Join the lineup call/text PR Diva at (954) 709-4207. Spots available for spoken word, comedy, and music!

Doors Open @ 8pm for shopping with our preferred vendors. Come support these local small businesses even if you don’t want to come to the event!

To become a vendor email empoweredresults@gmail.com with subjectline as OMN 5.27.17 to receive the vendor form call/text your contact info to Heidi at (954) 399-2933.

Dress Code: Business Casual

Are You A Resident Of Broward County? Start A Successful Small Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own business but just did not feel confident enough to pursue your dream or think that you did not have enough knowledge to even start one. Well, this may just be what you need to take that first step.

Start-Up Now promotes entrepreneur skills and is presented by CareerSource Broward in partnership with the Innovation Hub @ Broward College using Federal funds under award ED16HDQ0200018 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

The application deadline for Start-Up Now cohort 2 is Friday, April 21, 2017. 

For more information

  • Visit START-UP NOW
  • Call  (954) 495 – 4346 ext 3
  • Email startupnow@careersourcebroward.com.

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Start-Up Now Flyer

 

 

Ultra and Uber: The Perfect Match!!!!

Going to Ultra this weekend?!?!! Then you may want to use Uber.  Ultra and Uber have teamed up to make it even easier for you to get to and from the event. As the exclusive ridesharing partner of Ultra, Uber has secured The Uber Ultra Lounge for drivers make pickups and dropoffs from the festival in a breeze.

It will be located at the Miami-Dade College campus ( on the corner of Biscayne Blvd. and NE 6th St. ), just a block north of Bayfront Park. As a rider, you  will be directed there to meet your driver at the Uber Ultra Lounge. At large festivals, connectivity can sometimes be an issue, but with this designated lounge, the drivers will have reliable wifi connection so that accepting rides can be a seamless experience. Remember you can use Uber to be a responsible Ultra patron by not drinking and driving after the event! Enjoy the festival!!!

Don’t have an Uber account yet?!!
Then sign up today and get  $15 off your first ride >>> SIGN UP HERE<<<
Or download the  app on your smart phone and use this PROMO CODE : rju98m6bue
All you need to do is just click on your preferred store below:

Create Your Own Library

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Photo Credits: Eugenio Mazzone

Do you have a Google Gmail account? Well, if  not,  here is a great reason to do so now! You can get access to great supply of good reads via  Google Books  . Google created this program with scanned books from over a dozen university libraries.

All you need to do is create an account or login in with your current account login info.  Then just search for your next book to read. Once click on the book, you will be brought to the area where you can save the book and begin your library selections for you and your loved ones. You may even find a few books that are no longer in publication.

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There are a  variety of books for the whole family. Some books are available for purchase through various online links like Google store, Amazon, etc…

Enjoy the reads!!!

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Pick the Size of your Book

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As soon as you get serious about self-publishing a book, you are confronted with the choice of what size your book ought to be.For instance, if you want to get a price on how much a book will cost

Source: Self-Publishing Basics: How to Pick the Size of your Book

A CALL FOR HELP!

12215695_1467121641.1397 Some of you may know Kathleen Ann Elizabeth Riley , better known as Mama Kat, whom lost her son…he was senselessly murdered in MD last year. She is living in a hotel right now and close to getting into a new residence. She is in desperate need of assistance because she only has 24 hours to move out of the hotel and get the rental on hold for her. She is only $500 short of her goal.   If you are local, please reach out to her via messaging on Facebook to save having to pay the fees for Go Fund Me. If you are out of her local are please use GO FUND ME to help her. The link is gofundme.com/29m96zw

A 13 Year Old’s Mission To Play It Forward

 

Justin Walters was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was very young.  Now, this wonderful 13 year old teen is on a mission.  On May 25th, he decided to start his  I LOVE SOMEONE WITH ASPERGERS  campaign. Per his family, “He is always trying to help someone and this is his way of giving back…He’s very out going and has a heart the size of Texas!”

Join Justin and support his cause TODAY!!! Visit https://www.gearbubble.com/justinwalters and purchase this wonderful mug! Please share this link with others and make this one of your Memorial Day Weekend things to do!!! Thanks for your support!

Additional Resourceful Links:

What is Asperger’s Syndrome

Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

More Information From WebMD

 

 

Come Join Us For Open Mic Night At Studio 5 Ten Saturday, May 14th: Doors Open At 8PM


ANNOUNCEMENT #3

TWO for $15 Tickets: FOR ONE DAY ONLY, we will be having this AWESOME special! So, instead of buying tickets at $10 per person, you can get 2 tickets for the price of $15. This ENDS TONIGHT Saturday April 23rd, 11:59PM !!!

Tickets are automatically entered into the event raffle. You must be present to receive the prize. Good luck!

For info go to http://www.eromn.eventbrite.com
To see all announcements visit our FB event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1697986487106483/?active_tab=posts

A Dedication to Frances T. Payne For A Life Dedicated To Helping Others

Not too many people know this, but, I lived in Women In Distress (WID) the first three months of my life as a Broward county resident… and it was literally one of the best times of my life. My story with WID began when I had no where to go after a promise shelter for my children and myself was denied at the last minute. So, with only the clothing on our backs and a few dollars, I drove to the nearest police station to park my car to sleep (I felt it would be the safest place in an unknown area). It was a few minutes later when an Officer tapped on the window and inquired about my status. I explained my situation and he escorted my kids and I into the police station.

While there, I spoke to another Officer who mentioned there was an organization that may be able to house us. A phone call was made and I spoke to Rachel. After a series of questions, I was given instructions with directions to what would be my home for three months.  Once I arrived, I was questioned more while my kids slept on a made up bed on the floor. I spoke with Rachel about many things while we awaited dawn to come. She was very encouraging and level set me as to what will be expected from me while residing at the facility. My family was very fortunate because there were no available rooms until a young lady and her kids would be discharged from the facility.

As morning arrived, we were escorted to our apartment which would be shared with another young lady and her two kids. My kids and I got settled down and began our first day living in a shelter. My kids were taken to the day care on the premises and would speak with the Counselor for the kids and I would be taken to meet with the other residents and participate in group sessions.Here I would bond with a few ladies and my kids with other children but most of all we bonded with each other even deeper.

Since there was not TV, we spent a lot of time together. I would read to them; we always played some type of game; they would tell me how their day went in school and the daycare. They truly loved their daycare moments at Jack & Jill. This is where I met Fran Payne. She was the Executive Director of the day care and a wonderful person. We spoke ever so often and whenever we did it was always inspiring! We shared the same believe…”children are our future” You could see her passion for the kids and WID. Fran passed away last year November at the age of 82 just a month after her husband Darwin for over 61 years passed away that same year. sfl-frances-payne-20151103

You can read more about Fran Payne HERE

Well, this past Friday, I had to take a day off to deal with some thing personal in the Fort Lauderdale area. Now-a-days, I rarely get to go back to the community where I began my new journey in life. So, I decided to pass by Jack & Jill to say “HI” and see what was new with the facility. After a brief intro of myself, I got meet some of the “newer” staff members and to my surprise, I found out Ms. Mary Carter was still working at the facility. She was my youngest son’s teacher when he attended back in 1994 and she remembered him too!

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I also, inquired about the activity in the playground with all the volunteers. Come to find out that they were assisting with the remodeling of the playground in honor of the beloved Fran Payne. The daycare was paying homage to her that afternoon. Permitted to go ‘snoop’ about, I got a moment to witness people doing what I love to do best…creating a difference in our communities…

With this said, I want to take this moment and “THANK” Jack & Jill for being there for my kids and making affordable daycare for me during my transition in my first year in Broward county. Also, for those volunteers who were out there  giving the playground a new look, “THANK YOU”!

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For those who are looking to donate your time, money, or non-perishable items Women In Distress or Jack & Jill, please click on the links below to find out more information.

WOMEN IN DISTRESS

JACK & JILL

 

 

 

 

 

State Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws

Currently, I am researching info for an upcoming project “Jobs4U” (more to come in a later post) and I came across this site regarding the various state minimum wage and overtime laws.  I found it interesting there wasn’t a minimum wage setup for some states.

For more information click on this link: State Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws  Click on any state or jurisdiction to find out about applicable minimum wage and overtime laws.

Other resourceful links:

600 Kogo News Radio Blog

United States Department of Labor

National Conference of State Legislatures

The Economic Policy Institute: Wage Calculator

The Economic Policy Institute: Minimum Wage Tracker

 

Florida Department of Children and Families Upcoming Homelessness Committee Conferences Calls

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Homelessness Affordable Housing Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations regarding affordable housing to end homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Dial Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

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Homelessness Veteran’s Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

VETERAN’S COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations to end veteran’s homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

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Homelessness Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2016

Event Type:
Date/Time:
Friday, April 22, 2016 – 14:00 to 16:00
Location:
4025 Esplanade Way, Room 320N
Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announces two public meetings to review the draft Annual Action Plan that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The first meeting is a public workgroup meeting on March 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The second meeting is a Public Hearing on the draft Annual Action Plan on April 22, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PURPOSE: To discuss the preparation of the Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 and to review the draft of the Action Plan once it is completed.

SUMMARY: The State of Florida is required to submit an Annual Action Plan to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to receive federal funding from that agency. The Plan must cover the grant programs funded by HUD. Grant programs included in the Plan are administered by four state agencies: the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Department of Economic Opportunity; the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) by the Department of Children and Families; the Home Investment Partnership (HOME) by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) by the Department of Health. The Plan must specify the manner in which the funds will be distributed to eligible applicants.

ACTION TO BE TAKEN: At the work group meeting to be held on March 23, 2016, staff from the CDBG, ESG, HOME and HOPWA programs will provide an overview of the programs and answer questions. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Another public meeting will be conducted on April 22, 2016, to review and accept comments on the draft Annual Action Plan. The draft of the Plan will also be posted on the Department’s website: http://www.floridajobs.org/Annual-Action-Plan. The 30-day comment period on the drafted plan will commence on March 23, 2016, and will conclude April 22, 2016.

A copy of the agenda(s) may be obtained at http://www.floridajobs.org/Annual-Action-Plan, in person, by email or by contacting: Florida Small Cities CDBG Program, Department of Economic Opportunity, Caldwell Building, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, Telephone: (850)717-8410, Email: ginger.waters@deo.myflorida.com, Email:george.hutton@deo.myflorida.com.

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Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Ginger Waters, at the Department of Economic Opportunity at (850)717-8410. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

Groups audience:

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Homelessness Continuum of Care Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

CONTINUUM OF CARE COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations from continuum of care lead agencies to end homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: , Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Dial Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

 

Groups audience:

Homelessness

The Sunny Side of Falling Rain – Gaithersburg Book Festival

Hello my wonderful Peeps! I was invited on Facebook to read and vote to support Emerald Norman’s story.  I genuinely felt touched by this story and could really relate to it since last year I had to put down one of my dogs due to a snake bite.

Please read and vote for her if you feel as connected to the story as I was reading it. She is one of the finalist for the Gaithersburg Book Festival* this year.

Source: The Sunny Side of Falling Rain – Gaithersburg Book Festival

*The GBF is one of the nation’s premier literary events. Join us for author events throughout the year and save the date for the 7th annual GBF on May 21, 2016!

Let’s Dance! | Stuart Sheldon

“So, what do you do,” an attractive woman asked me at a party in Colorado years ago.  “I’m a filmmaker,” I said, taking a swig of Fat Tire. I’d just produced a TV commercial, my first, for the magazine where I worked.  When she stepped away a few minutes later, a friend sitting nearby said, “So now you’re…

Source: Let’s Dance! | Stuart Sheldon