Monthly Archives: April 2012

Big Idea Competition Down to 12 Quarterfinalists

Knoxville, Tennessee (PRWEB) April 27, 2012

After sifting through dozens of applications, the Knoxville Chamber, The Development Corporation of Knox County, and Tech 20/20 are proud to present this years quarterfinalists in the Whats the Big Idea!? Business Plan Competition. The competition is sponsored by Rodefer Moss and Company.

All of the applications were very impressive and were excited to move forward with these twelve quarterfinalists, Todd Napier, executive vice president of The Development Corporation said. Nurturing start-ups and small businesses is a big part of what we do and were proud to have Rodefer Moss, the Knoxville Chamber, and Tech 20/20 helping inspire entrepreneurs.

The 12 quarterfinalists are:

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USTDA Trade Mission and Business Briefing to Highlight Opportunities for U.S. Companies in Kenyas Airport Section

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) April 25, 2012

Linking senior Kenyan airport officials with U.S. companies is the goal of a business briefing that will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Fort Worth Downtown, in Fort Worth Texas. This business briefing is part of a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) sponsored trade mission to the United States that aims to introduce senior officials from the Kenya Airports Authority to U.S. airport operations and modernization technologies, equipment, and best practices. The business briefing agenda includes presentations by the delegates on project opportunities; and one-on-one meetings with the delegates.

The trade visit and Business Briefing will highlight opportunities for U.S. firms to support several airport modernization projects planned by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). The KAA plans a series of modernization and expansion efforts at airports across Kenya. These include a $ 100M upgrade of the existing terminals at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and a planned new terminal build at JKIA, with an estimated project size of approximately $ 500M.

Interested companies may register to attend at:

What: Business Briefing for the Kenya Airports Modernization Reverse Trade Mission

Who: The Kenya Airports Authority.

When: May 15, 2012 | 9:00 am 4:30 pm | Registration and continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Fort Worth Downtown

1111 W. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX, 76102

U.S. companies and organizations interested in attending the Business Briefing should email Mr. Ian Christensen, at ichristensen(at)futron(dot)com. For more information on the Business Briefing or reverse trade mission, or visit the USTDA website,

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Luxor Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas – On

Luxor Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas - On

A gigantic replica of the Great Sphinx stands in front of the 30-story dark pyramid of the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, inviting guests into the Egyptian-themed resort, complete with swaying palms, statues of Ramses and a mock obelisk. Accessible by the Vegas monorail, the Luxor is at the south end of The Strip near the Las Vegas Convention Center. With its flashing beam of light on the apex and a towering atrium inside, the pyramid is a favorite among vacationing families, though the vast casino, nightly entertainment and gourmet dining guarantee adults a quintessential Las Vegas vacation. Dramatically lit statues, towering pillars and polished wood furniture adorn the marble lobby. Pyramid guest accommodations are accessed by inclinators (elevators that ascend on an angle because of the building’s shape) and have slanted picture windows that look out onto The Strip. The hotels Egyptian theme is subtler in the guest rooms, which are decorated with comfortable, contemporary furnishings, though scattered touches such as hieroglyphic artwork or black lacquer inlay evoke the exotic vibe. Rooms and Las Vegas suites range from about 400 square feet to over 1000 square feet, the most luxurious of which offers marble soaking tubs, separate sitting areas and wet bars. Las Vegas specialty restaurants like Fusia Luxor, offering Asian cuisine, and T & T, which serves Mexican food, are popular among families. Guests with a discerning palate enjoy award-winning Chef KC Fazel’s
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#ARSHRM12 Conference: @Schwerdtfeger says Social Media Marketing is (Usually) a Waste of Time

Springdale, Arkansas (PRWEB) April 25, 2012

Author and keynote speaker, Patrick Schwerdtfeger, will present his highly acclaimed Social Media Victories program for the Arkansas Society of Human Resources Management (ARSHRM) Conference in Springdale, Arkansas, on Thursday, April 26, 2012. His 75-minute session will begin at 10:45 AM and will repeat at 2:15 PM.

The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center located at 1500 South 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762. Registration opens at 6:30 AM and a continental breakfast will be served at 8:15 in the hotel atrium. Patrick Schwerdtfegers prepared comments are expected to last for 60 minutes, allowing for a 15-minute Q&A session at the end. He will also have copies of his award-winning book available for sale.

The vast majority of professionals who are using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are just wasting time, explains Schwerdtfeger. Were going to look at the case studies that have actually produced results, and then distill those stories into simple strategies businesses can use immediately to build awareness and drive revenue.

Human resource professionals who are interested in the event can learn more at the website.

About Social Media Victories

Most people using social media platforms are just wasting time. Social Media Victories is a powerful keynote program by Patrick Schwerdtfeger that reviews 21 success stories where businesses leveraged these platforms and achieved real results. Platforms covered include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Social Media Victories distills these 21 case histories into a winning formula that virtually any business can use to revolutionize their marketing and dominate their industry. While most social media presentations fail to inspire action, attendees of Social Media Victories are consistently dazzles by the simplicity and practicality of Patricks message.

About Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Patrick Schwerdtfeger (@schwerdtfeger on Twitter) is a keynote speaker who has headlined events for Bloomberg TV, Bank of America, Comcast Cable, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), Time Warner Cable and United Healthcare among others, as well as dozens of conferences and conventions around the world. His programs focus on business trends, small business marketing and the social media revolution.

Patrick is the author of Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) as well as Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed (2009) and Make Yourself Useful: Marketing in the 21st Century (2008). He has been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN Money, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, MONEY Magazine and Forbes, among others.

Patrick is available for television appearances and media interviews. He can be contacted through his website:

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Elms College Student David Peters Receives Fulbright Award

Chicopee, MA (PRWEB) April 23, 2012

Elms College senior David Peters has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Taiwan in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Peters is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. He is the first Elms student to apply for and receive the grant.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

David proved his ability to thrive abroad during a year-long independent study in China, said Elms College Director of English Learning Language and International Programs Joyce Hampton. He truly is an example to his peers and the greater community that while Elms College may be a small institution, our students have global opportunities.

Peters will graduate in May with a bachelors degree in education. He began teaching the Great Highland Bagpipe to others at the age of 14. During his undergraduate studies at Elms, he has gained experience through tutoring at the Homework House in Holyoke, Ma., and as an assistant confirmation teacher at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chicopee, Ma.

Fulbright students are expected to perform a project in conjunction with their teaching responsibilities. Peters plans to create a writing group for his students in Taiwan, a fiction- and poetry-based program that will target areas in the English development of the students through use of story and emotional expression. He and his students will explore areas of language outside of academic use and conversational dialogue. They will write stories and poems in English to share with each other.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education .

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, at 202-632-3241 or fulbright(at)state(dot)gov.

Elms College is a co-educational, Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled, and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.

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English for Hotel and Tourism: “Checking into a hotel” by LinguaTV

For more information please visit ´ About “English for Hotel and Tourism”: LinguaTV offers an award winning Online-Video-Training which is designed for English learners and speakers at a intermediate level, who are employed in, or planning to work in the field of tourism. The basis of the course is a series of professionally produced videos which cover a range of professions in the hotel and restaurant industries. The focus of the videos, which were produced in cooperation with the hospitality association and a notable 5-star hotel chain, is on how employees in these fields communicate and deal with customers in a variety of typical work-related situations. More video tutorials at About the episode “Checking In” Storyline Tom Sanders has arrived at the Transnational hotel. After a long flight from San Francisco, he is happy to have arrived, but due to a problem with the booking system there is no double room available for him. Where will Tom go? You will find more fascinating episodes at What you will learn: • checking in a guest • politely expressing confusion • apologizing for booking errors • compensating the guest • explaining hotel services and amenities • initiating small talk • giving directions For more information please visit learn English, language course, Sprachkurs, Englisch lernen.
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