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 Vehicle sticker fee could help Park Ridge community groups

Published 2010-11-30 18:52:00 - Stickers

Park Ridge wants to offer its residents a novel option for funding community arts groups whose municipal support fell victim to austere fiscal times.
The city is proposing some sort of recognition for those willing to chip in a little extra when buying a vehicle sticker.
What form that recognition might take remains to be seen.
City Manager James Hock had suggested offering a voluntary $10 donation option on the city’s vehicle sticker renewal forms. Those who wish to contribute to cultural arts groups would pay $55 instead of the regular $45, and get a special sticker.
Last week, though, Hock said that idea was deemed too expensive, since vehicle stickers cost $1 apiece, and suggested a separate sticker be sent to donors. Aldermen debated the merits of that versus a “premium” vehicle sticker (not unlike the state’s myriad special license plates). Aldermen also discussed how to introduce the program, and how any funds raised would be distributed.
The elected officials are scheduled to revisit the idea at the committee’s Dec. 13 meeting.
After arguing through most of 2010 whether the city should contribute $190,080 to 13 community groups, aldermen in September sustained 10 of Mayor David Schmidt’s vetoes, restoring funding to three human services agencies — the Park Ridge Center of Concern, Meals on Wheels, and the Maine Center for Mental Health.
Arts groups whose funds were vetoed include the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra ($13,200), Park Ridge Fine Arts Society ($13,200), Brickton Art Center ($11,000), Park Ridge Historical Society ($8,800), Cultural Arts Council ($4,840) and the Kalo Foundation ($4,400).
“For many of them, the money from the city was the largest, or one of the larger sources of support,” said Perry Fisher, president of the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council, which enthusiastically supports the sticker plan. “All of them needed the money for general operating purposes. We’ve lost a half a year of money that would have been supporting the groups.”
Fisher said the council and its constituent groups are hopeful that the sticker program could replace a significant chunk of what’s been lost.
“We’re hopeful 6,300 stickers will be bought, but it’s a tough call in these times,” he added.
Key words: Hologram Sticker, Puffy Sticker, Glitter Sticker
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 Discover issues mobile device stickers

Published 2010-11-30 0:37:00 - Stickers

Swiping your plastic is becoming a thing of the past.
Riverwoods-based credit card company Discover said it began issuing Discover Zip contactless credit cards and stickers .
The way it works, consumers touch a payment device, which is in the form of either a plastic card or a sticker that can be applied to a mobile phone or any personal item, to a Zip-enabled contactless reader to make a payment. Currently, more than 100,000 U.S. locations, including restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores, offer contactless readers that accept Zip transactions at cash registers.
A Discover spokeswoman declined to share numbers on how many consumers are getting the cards and stickers, but said the company is sending them to anyone it considers “mobile engaged.”
That might include anyone who has viewed a Discover email from their mobile device, logged into m.discover.com, or logged into any Discover Mobile applications, she said. It also includes those who requested a Discover 2Go key chain card a while back.
Additional plastics and stickers will be issued to more cardmembers beginning in January 2011,
Also, anyone with a Discover cash rewards card, including Discover More, Open Road and Motiva, can call 1-800-DISCOVER to request a Zip card and sticker, she said.
Key words: Paper Sticker, Hologram Sticker, Puffy Sticker, Glitter Sticker
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 Make Your Own Wedding Invitations - It's Really Quite Easy

Published 2010-11-28 18:18:00 - Stationery Set

For many years now it has been customary for couples to have their wedding invitations professionally printed simply because they don't possess the necessary knowledge and skills to produce them themselves. However, the arrival of the computer in virtually every home today means that you can now make your own wedding invitations without too much trouble at all. You really need only two things - a set of wedding invitation stationery and a guide to the wording that you should use on your invitations.
There is a huge range of wedding stationery available today for you to choose from, either at your local stationery shop or online and you are no longer limited to the traditional colors of white or cream. Wedding stationery today comes in all shapes, sizes and colors and allows you to produce just about any look imaginable to impress your guests.
Along with your stationery set you will also often get a guidebook or leaflet that will take you step-by-step through the process of producing and sending out your invitations and will even give you ideas for items to include with your invitations such as maps and directions and accommodation cards. You will often find that you will also be provided with a guide to wording your invitations and with samples of correctly worded invitations.
If your wedding stationery doesn't include sufficient information then a quick search on any of the major search engines will soon provide just what you are looking for.
When it comes to printing your invitations out you will find that it is a simple matter to design the layout of your invitation cards in your favorite word processor and some programs will even come with suitable templates. The wording itself can be crafted in just about any style you choose from the hundreds of fonts that are also available as standard with most word processing programs today and you can easily imitate both the traditional style of card engraving as well as using handwriting and calligraphy fonts to add the personal details to each invitation.
With some basic wedding stationery and a home computer you can easily make your own wedding invitations, including response cards, maps, directions and accommodation cards and save yourself a small fortune.
Key words: Kids Stationery, Children's Stationery,Kids Cards, Stationery Set
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  Stationery for the Forgetful Gentleman

Published 2010-11-25 0:56:00 - Stationery Set

Editor's Note: This story is part ofBloomberg Businessweek's occasional series on the world of startups. The series focuses on MBAs and undergraduate business students who developed their ideas or launched their businesses while still in school, and the many ways their schools helped them get their new ventures off the ground. For a look at some business students trying to build their own businesses, check out our slide show.
At the beginning of each semester at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business (Darden Full-Time MBA Profile) professor Saras Sarasvathy tells her Starting New Ventures class the same thing: "The next seven weeks will be the first seven weeks of your life as an entrepreneur," she says. "It doesn't matter if that is the only seven weeks, but get started on something doable and worth doing." When Sarasvathy gave the familiar lecture in the spring of 2009, Brett Nicol and Nathan Tan were listening.
At the time, the two were in the midst of on-campus job interviews. After each interview it was common courtesy to send the interviewer a note thanking him or her for the interview opportunity. As they met with more and more potential employers, the list of required thank-you notes grew. "My first thought was 'Mom would be so disappointed in me,' " Nicol says of having a stack of half-written notes on his desk at home. "My second thought was 'There must be a better way.' "
Using Sarasvathy's "seven weeks" lecture as a pep talk, Nicol and Tan started developing an idea for a high-end line of stationery tailor-made for men. They designed a set of cards, found a local printer, and ordered the first round of 50 sets. To ensure the stationery would be masculine enough, they drove to every cigar store in Charlottesville, Washington, and Baltimore, and bought the stores' leftover wooden cigar boxes to use as holders. They called their venture Forgetful Gentleman.

JUST START SELLING

According to Sarasvathy, whose research of expert entrepreneurs inspired her hands-on teaching style, the best way to start a business is to just start selling. So Nicol and Tan set up a table in the main hallway at Darden and sold to classmates and faculty. Later they sold the sets at the Charlottesville Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
Sarasvathy was an early supporter of Forgetful Gentleman. "I truly loved the idea because it was so doable," she says. "I knew from the first moment they walked in with the product that it would work."
In spring 2009, the two applied to the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership/Batten Institute at Darden and by that summer they were part of the 10-week incubator program. The incubator provided office space and equipment, and that summer Forgetful Gentleman officially formed as an LLC.
Darden also provides companies in the incubator with grants to help start the business. Nicol and Tan received a $1,700-per-month stipend for three months and an $8,100 expense budget. With that funding, the company was able to expand nationally, and in November 2009 the e-commerce store officially launched.

QUALITY SUPPLIERS

The biggest challenge, according to the co-founders, has been finding quality suppliers that meet their expectations for the product. A Forgetful Gentleman stationery set—ranging in price from $35 to $75—includes 12 letterpress-printed cards made out of 100 percent cotton paper, 12 envelopes on paper from the same 15th century Italian paper mill used by Napoleon and Picasso, and four pre-stamped envelopes, all encased in a heat-branded hardwood box with a velvet interior that is modeled after authentic cigar boxes.
Additionally, each set comes with access to an online personal reminder system with customizable text-message and e-mail reminders, and a copy of A Forgetful Gentleman's Guide to Articulate Writing. The book uses a fill-in-the-blank format to make writing notes as easy as possible.
Neiman Marcus began carrying the line in May and the set was selected as a "Top Gift for Him" for the 2010 holiday season. The Forgetful Gentleman stationery is sold in 62 stores, both department stores and specialty boutiques, across 22 states.
In 2010, the first full year of operation, Forgetful Gentleman—still a two-man operation—expects to earn $100,000 in revenue. Nicol and Tan are planning to expand the brand to include men's clothing, accessories, video tutorials, a gift-giving service, and an e-magazine. They have also started writing a book. Needless to say, they have great expectations for the company. Says Tan: "We envision Forgetful Gentleman eventually providing a product, service, or educational tool to help bridge the gap between good intentions and action in any area of a man's life."
Key words: Kids Stationery, Children's Stationery, Stationery Set
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 Addicks snap up Seip

Published 2010-11-22 18:05:00 - Cards

Charlton Athletic have signed versatile defender Marcel Seip on loan until January from League One rivals Plymouth Argyle.
Addicks boss Phil Parkinson has brought in Seip ahead of Thursday's loan deadline after losing Christian Dailly to a four-match suspension.
Seip has made 11 appearances for Plymouth this term and had loan spells at Blackpool andSheffield United last season.
He will go straight into Charlton's squad for Tuesday's game against Bristol Rovers and Parkinson was happy to secure the 28-year-old's services.

Important

"With Christian suspended and the loan window closing on Thursday, it was important we moved quickly to bring Marcel in," Parkinson told the club's official website.
"He's a defender who can play right-back and centre-back, and we just felt we needed another player like him in the squad.
"He wants to get some games here, and we look forward to working with him. He goes straight into the squad for the Bristol Rovers game."
Dailly starts his four-match ban on Tuesday after Charlton opted not to appeal the red card he was shown in Saturday's game against Yeovil Town.
Key words: Kids Stationery, Kids Cards
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  Stationery for the Forgetful Gentleman

Published 2010-11-21 17:53:00 - Stationery Set

At the beginning of each semester at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business (Darden Full-Time MBA Profile) professor Saras Sarasvathy tells her Starting New Ventures class the same thing: "The next seven weeks will be the first seven weeks of your life as an entrepreneur," she says. "It doesn't matter if that is the only seven weeks, but get started on something doable and worth doing." When Sarasvathy gave the familiar lecture in the spring of 2009, Brett Nicol and Nathan Tan were listening.
At the time, the two were in the midst of on-campus job interviews. After each interview it was common courtesy to send the interviewer a note thanking him or her for the interview opportunity. As they met with more and more potential employers, the list of required thank-you notes grew. "My first thought was 'Mom would be so disappointed in me,' " Nicol says of having a stack of half-written notes on his desk at home. "My second thought was 'There must be a better way.' "
Using Sarasvathy's "seven weeks" lecture as a pep talk, Nicol and Tan started developing an idea for a high-end line of stationery  tailor-made for men. They designed a set of cards, found a local printer, and ordered the first round of 50 sets. To ensure the stationery would be masculine enough, they drove to every cigar store in Charlottesville, Washington, and Baltimore, and bought the stores' leftover wooden cigar boxes to use as holders. They called their venture Forgetful Gentleman.
According to Sarasvathy, whose research of expert entrepreneurs inspired her hands-on teaching style, the best way to start a business is to just start selling. So Nicol and Tan set up a table in the main hallway at Darden and sold to classmates and faculty. Later they sold the sets at the Charlottesville Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
Sarasvathy was an early supporter of Forgetful Gentleman. "I truly loved the idea because it was so doable," she says. "I knew from the first moment they walked in with the product that it would work."
In spring 2009, the two applied to the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership/Batten Institute at Darden and by that summer they were part of the 10-week incubator program. The incubator provided office space and equipment, and that summer Forgetful Gentleman officially formed as an LLC.
Darden also provides companies in the incubator with grants to help start the business. Nicol and Tan received a $1,700-per-month stipend for three months and an $8,100 expense budget. With that funding, the company was able to expand nationally, and in November 2009 the e-commerce store officially launched.

The biggest challenge, according to the co-founders, has been finding quality suppliers that meet their expectations for the product. A Forgetful Gentleman stationery set—ranging in price from $35 to $75—includes 12 letterpress-printed cards made out of 100 percent cotton paper, 12 envelopes on paper from the same 15th century Italian paper mill used by Napoleon and Picasso, and four pre-stamped envelopes, all encased in a heat-branded hardwood box with a velvet interior that is modeled after authentic cigar boxes.

Additionally, each set comes with access to an online personal reminder system with customizable text-message and e-mail reminders, and a copy of A Forgetful Gentleman's Guide to Articulate Writing. The book uses a fill-in-the-blank format to make writing notes as easy as possible.
Neiman Marcus began carrying the line in May and the set was selected as a "Top Gift for Him" for the 2010 holiday season. The Forgetful Gentleman stationery is sold in 62 stores, both department stores and specialty boutiques, across 22 states.
In 2010, the first full year of operation, Forgetful Gentleman—still a two-man operation—expects to earn $100,000 in revenue. Nicol and Tan are planning to expand the brand to include men's clothing, accessories, video tutorials, a gift-giving service, and an e-magazine. They have also started writing a book. Needless to say, they have great expectations for the company. Says Tan: "We envision Forgetful Gentleman eventually providing a product, service, or educational tool to help bridge the gap between good intentions and action in any area of a man's life.
Key words: Kids Stationery, Children's Stationery,Kids Cards,Stationery Set
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 Keep a Notebook

Published 2010-11-16 1:13:00 - Notebooks

Everyone who has one can tell you what a great invention the notebook is. Even people who have laptops and PDAs may still like to have a  notebook. Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan, Leonardo da Vinci and many other important people kept one. And so can you!
1.Decide on the purpose for your notebook.
 2.Choose a notebook that is right for you. There are a wide variety of notebooks available, so take the time to look for a good one and don't be afraid to spend a little extra money. After all, your greatest work may be produced in this book!
 3.Give your notebook a specific purpose. Some people don't write any thoughts or family information in it, just things from their job or meetings they have attended. Others use their notebooks as a catch-all for the many ideas popping through their heads
 4.Write in it. Find your own style to make the most of your notebook. Use it the way that works best for you.
 5.Organize your notes, at least a little bit.
 6.Write well enough that you can read your notes, unless you're keeping the notebook for official purposes; in that case, write well enough that others can read your notes.
 7.Write often.

Key words: Children's Stationery
 Spiral Notebook, Hardbound Notebook, Lenticular Notebook,

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 Recession officially over, use of food stamps stays at record high

Published 2010-11-14 18:06:00 - Cards

 

Cashier Liliana Romero accepts a SNAP card from a customer at Tesoro Supermarket in Framingham, Mass. These food stamp debit cards are used by 41.8 million people each month, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Before the recession, Mary Ellen Hayden was living an active New York City life. She worked days at a corporate job, nights as a professional singer, taught as a substitute on occasion – and all as she was finishing her certification in secondary English education.

Then the recession hit and Ms. Hayden found herself out of a job and living on a shoestring budget in the most expensive city in the US.

"Things were drying up left and right," says Hayden, who had completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at private universities in the Northeast.

When a friend told her she could qualify for food stamps, she hesitated, but not for long.

"I was surprised it existed for me," says Hayden, who moved recently to more-affordable Rochester, N.Y. "And embarrassed because I'd never done it before. You think, 'Oh my gosh, I hope no one sees me.' It's a humbling experience for someone who's never been on it before."

The recession introduced millions of Americans to food stamps – many of them, like Hayden, for the first time. Now, more than a year after the recession is officially said to have ended, more Americans than ever are on food stamps, and the trend is higher still.

The obvious question is, why?

According to Dawn Secor, a food stamp specialist with the Nutrition Consortium, an antihunger nonprofit in Albany, N.Y., it was a combination of increased need and easier access.

mero accepts a SNAP card from a customer at Tesoro Supermarket in Framingham, Mass. These food stamp debit cards are used by 41.8 million people each month, according to the Department of Agriculture.

 

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 The lights are coming on

Published 2010-11-11 1:47:00 - Notebooks

Remember that girl you always wanted to date in eighth grade? You wrote her name in your  Spiral Notebook and stared at her at the CYO mixer.

You went to two different high schools and, later, your colleges weren't close. A few decades and a few unfulfilled relationships later, you both meet in a dark airport bar. Over cocktails, you confess your teenage crush and discover the unrequited love was mutual. After more cocktails you're finishing each other's sentences and giggling like children.

The next morning the dingy hotel drapes can't hide the stark realization that you've made a terrible mistake. She looks a little frumpier in the morning light as she fumbles for her cigarettes and control top panty hose.

As you look in the mirror, you try to hold in that gut so you at least appear to have fewer miles on your odometer than you actually do.

Such has been the relationship between Randy Moss and Brett Favre. Accidental tourists on a Viking ship in the twilight of their careers. Each player thought the other could carry him a few more yards to another touchdown, another playoff, another Sunday. But, alas, a Viking ship needs everyone rowing in the same direction to win ball games.

Randy Moss will find a home this week. A handful of teams are poised for a playoff run and a veteran receiver who can draw two defenders might seem like just the thing they need.

But for Randy to find a home this year, it will require a team with a shot at the post-season, a quarterback who can get him the ball, and most importantly, a strong coach who motivate the aging star.

Unfortunately for him, the CYO dance is ending and the lights are coming on.

Key words:  Kids Stationery,Spiral Notebook

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 Zoe Kravitz Alexander Wang Amber Spiral Notebook Envelope Clutch

Published 2010-11-10 17:38:00 - Notebooks

Zoe Kravitz finished off her look with a school girl inspired Alexander Wang Amber Spiral Notebook clutch. The perfect accessory to round out her look. The rock star daughter is making a name for herself outside of being the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and with style like this it's easy to see why!

We've spotted other celebrities with a similar look, including Olivia Palermo, AnnaLynne McCord, and Cheryl Burke. Check out all 78 pictures in the Envelope Clutch Lookbook. 

The actress will appear in the new campaign ads for designer Alexander Wang for his T  collection and will star alongside male model Max Motta.

Key words:  Kids Stationery,Spiral Notebook

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