Friday, September 20, 2013

Get Your Code On! Introduction To Word Press via @ThirdEyeGrp Sept 21 #Detroit

Using WordPress for your site or blog, but need a better understanding of it? Take back the power of your company’s brand and learn how to manage your Word Press website and blog. Learn your way around the WordPress dashboard, and take a look at WordPress from a business standpoint to see what features you can use to inform, promote your business and encourage discussion amongst your target audience.  Leave with a basic understanding that will let you easily make changes, edits and additions to your website or blog.


Sheila Hawkins
Third Eye Group

Event Details

Entrepreneur Exchange Group & Third Eye Group Present:

“Get Your Code On!!” Workshop Series For Nontechnical Women Entrepreneurs
(Men always welcomed)
Introduction to Word Press
Take back the power of your Company’s brand and learn how to manage your Word Press website and blog.
  • Want to learn how to manage your website? Already have your own Word Press blog or website, but want to have more control over it?
  • Would you like to be able to make quick changes and updates to your website yourself instead of relying on a webmaster?
  • Learn how to use this platform for your site and leave this session with a basic understanding of Word Press and be able to make changes, edits and additions to your website or blog.

Facilitated By:
Girl Develop It – Detroit Chapter
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching women software development skills.

Get Your Code On! Join us
Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Brava Services 21739 Melrose Southfield, MI
Bring your laptop
Register today!
Advance registration $25 On site registration $30

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fwd: Celebrate six new Detroit books - Thursday, Sept. 26



Celebrate six brand-new Detroit books


10th Anniversary

Celebration of Books

to benefit Wayne State University Press


Thursday, September 26, 2013



Detroit Institute of Arts

Great Hall & Rivera Court

5200 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, Michigan

Tickets $50*| includes strolling dinner and cash bar

*50% tax deductible

available at


Wayne State University Press and the 2013 Host Committee cordially invite you to a Celebration of Books to highlight our new titles, over 100 other new and favorite books, and dozens of authors.  The event features a strolling dinner, cash bar, book sale, trivia game, door prizes, and a short program featuring Bradford Frost, author and creator of Reveal Your Detroit.  This new book documents a community photography project led by the Detroit Institute of Arts featuring thousands of images of the city from the perspectives of hundreds of Detroit residents.




2013 Featured Book:

Reveal Your Detroit by Bradford Frost

Through a unique partnership model with forty-five community organizations, the Detroit Institute of Arts' 2012 community photography project Reveal Your Detroit offered Detroit residents the chance to respond to the Museum's contemporary photography exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010. Using disposable cameras, each participant captured people, places, and things that make their lives in Detroit distinctive, inspired by the questions "what does your Detroit look like?" and "how do you want others to see it?". In the final display, over 2,300 images rotated across 60 digital photo frames, from a selection of over 10,000 submitted. For this volume, author Bradford Frost selected 192 images from the exhibit to showcase the perspectives of hundreds of residents and the places they presented, from the gritty to the sublime.


From Left to Right: Author Bradford Frost | Reveal Your Detroit book cover | James Feagin and one of the young men he coaches from Imagine Detroit Together with their cameras at the historic Packard plant along with a Reveal Your Detroit documentary film crew


Other featured books at the event will include:



Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention by John Gallagher

Free Press writer John Gallagher's new book, Revolution Detroit, looks at what's currently working in urban reinvention.  John's last book, Reimagining Detroit, was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010.


Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit by June Manning Thomas

Originally published in 1997, and given the Paul Davidoff Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 1999, this re-released book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Detroit's urban planning, as it looks at what went wrong after WWII, demonstrating how and why government programs were ineffective and even destructive to community needs.


The Colored Car by Jean Alicia Elster

In her follow-up to the award-winning Who's Jim Hines?, youth lit author Jean Alicia Elster follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit.


Old Slow Town: Detroit during the Civil War by Paul Taylor

Award-winning author Paul Taylor uses rarely seen military correspondence from the National Archives, soldier and civilian diaries and letters, period articles and editorials from Detroit's Civil War-era newspapers, and his fresh, judicious synthesis of secondary sources, resulting in a captivating depiction of Detroit's Civil War history.


Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II by Dr. Charles K. Hyde

Award-winning historian Charles K. Hyde details the transition of Detroit's automobile industry to a wartime production powerhouse and some of its notable achievements along the way.



More information at Tickets available at




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

.@Amazon: No Plans for a Free Smartphone via @mashables




On the eve of one the biggest smartphone rollouts of the year from Apple, attention turned to the possible launch of a new smartphone from another tech heavyweight: Amazon. In a report posted last Friday, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin cited a source that claimed Amazon was considering offering a smartphone to consumers for free.

However, in a rare break from the company's usual silence on such rumors, Amazon has stepped forward to deny the claims made in the original report. Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener told Mashable, "We have no plans to offer a phone this year."

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Press Release - SAFE Empowerment Weekend via @mskalyn

Motown Writers will be vending during the weekend and encourage you to stop by our table for more information and book reading supplies & resources.

Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) and Wayne County Community College District – Northwest Campus Presents SAFE's 2013 Empowerment Weekend

"Strengthening survivors of domestic violence, their families and our community"

DETROIT, MI – September 4, 2013  Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) is presenting its signature free community event "2013 Empowerment Weekend" October 11-12, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  SAFE is dedicated to the financial empowerment of victims of domestic violence by providing training, workshops and resources to equip program participants with the tools necessary to become self-sufficient.  Wayne County Community College District – Northwest Campus has partnered with SAFE to ensure that this weekend is a success.
SAFE's O.P.E.N. (Opportunity, Preparation, Entrepreneurship, Networking) for Business Conference is designed to support survivors of domestic violence in starting their own micro-enterprise. Key topics include starting, growing and sustaining a business along with supplementing current earnings to become self-sufficient and safety planning. This conference will be held October 11, 2013 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at a confidential location for 100 survivors of domestic violence.  To maintain participant confidentiality, location information for this event will only be given to registered attendees
SAFE's Health & Wealth Expo is one of the signature events of SAFE's Empowerment weekend and it will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Wayne County Community College Northwest District Campus at 8200 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan. SAFE's Health & Wealth Expo is a free event open to men and women.  Free workshops will highlight topics such as healthy living on a budget, stress reduction, job seeking tips, domestic violence awareness and personal finance.  Other highlights include a free lunch sponsored by Whole Foods Market Detroit for the first 1,000 attendees with beverages provided by Sam's Club's Southfield, Michigan Club, health screenings, community resources, interviewing and resume tips, free massages and sample packs from various sponsors.  Over 750 people attended the last Expo and over 1,200 community members are expected to attend this year.
SAFE is dedicated to the financial empowerment of victims of domestic violence by providing training, workshops and resources to equip program participants with the tools necessary to become self-sufficient while implementing strategies to keep survivors of domestic violence safe from further abuse.  Since its inception SAFE has assisted over 730 victims of domestic violence and this event will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness in the community regarding domestic violence while equipping community members with information and resources to help them to live healthier, safer lives.
"SAFE's Empowerment Weekend events have a proven record of helping members of our community connect with resources and information that they have utilized to help themselves and their families."  Kalyn Risker, Founder and Executive Director, Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE)
Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip survivors of domestic violence with the appropriate financial tools and resources needed to enable women to leave or recover from the economic portion of domestic violence.
For more information, contact SAFE's conference hotline at 888.225.0326 or visit for details about SAFE's Empowerment Weekend, registration, sponsorship and media opportunities.
# # #

Kalyn Risker
Executive Director
Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE)
269 Walker Street #721
Detroit, Michigan 48207
800-757-4919 ext.15

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ask the national media for advice Tuesday

Ever wish your sister worked for Oprah?

Imagine what an advantage that would be if you had something you wanted to promote to millions of people!

Maybe she’d put in a good word for you.

And she would certainly be able to give you all the ins and outs about what to do and NOT to do when approaching them so that you had the best possible chance of getting booked, right?

Well, when it comes to securing national media coverage that kind of insider-advice doesn’t have to be a fantasy.

In fact, you can have it all for FREE on Tuesday.

You’re invited to a free live webcast on Tuesday, September 10th with Steve Harrison and the media tasked with deciding what authors/experts to interview for such media outlets as The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Oprah, and CNBC as they show you how to create Your Ultimate Publicity Gameplan

Steve will be interviewing several of his media friends who know what it’s like to make decisions every day about which guests or experts to interview for their story or segment.

The question he’ll pose to all of them is a simple one: “If you had a brother or sister who wanted to get a lot of publicity and they asked you for your advice, what would you say?”

Steve knows from experience their answers will be enormously helpful to you. You’ll learn lots of little-known strategies and techniques that many professional PR people don’t even know. Here are just some of the insider-secrets you’ll discover:

Insider Secret #1: A writer for the New York Times and Inc. Magazine will reveal the key elements to telling your story in a way that makes editors and journalists say “Wow! I love it!”

Insider Secret #2: A producer from CNBC will tell you what you should do before you contact a national TV producer to increase your odds of getting booked on national TV.

Insider Secret #3: A former Oprah producer will share a simple strategy for using Youtube to get producers to book you – especially if you’ve never been on national TV before.

Insider Secret #4: How to get major national coverage even if you don’t have a book. I’ll give you the simple strategy I shared with a CEO of a very unglamorous business that landed him on the CBS Evening News. You can do it too.

Insider Secret #5: The very first thing you should say on the phone or in your email to a producer or editor to have them stop everything and say, “Tell me more.”

Insider Secret #6: How to create the Ultimate Publicity Gameplan for you and what you’re promoting. We’ll show you how to make the task of getting the word out about your book, product or service less overwhelming and doable.

Insider Secret #7: How to become a “go-to guest” that the media calls again and again.

Once registered, you'll receive all the details back within five minutes.

To you superstar success,
Pam Perry, Your PR Coach

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Jeff Bezos: It Will Take Years to Fix 'The Washington Post' via @mashables




In his first interview since announcing his plans to buy The Washington Post for $250 million, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos cautioned that he had no quick fixes — just a "point of view" that might help the newspaper evolve its business model.

Bezos, who gave the interview to The Post (who else?), is planning to meet with the paper's publisher, Katharine Weymouth, among other execs. In the interview, Bezos portrayed himself as sort of an advisor to the paper and will keep his "day job" at Amazon and stay rooted in Seattle.

Bezos continually downplayed his individual influence on the paper. "If we figure out a new golden era at The Post . . . that will be due to the ingenuity and inventiveness and experimentation of the team at The Post," he said. "I'll be there with advice from a distance. If we solve that problem, I won't deserve credit for it." Read more...

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Monday, September 2, 2013

JUST DO IT: GET THE BOOK OUT!! frm Author &Min. Mary Edwards Chicken Soup Submissions

A message from
Minister Mary D. Edwards of Leaves of Gold Consulting, LLC.

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Leaves of Gold Consulting, LLC


After several years of procrastination and putting my autobiography on the back burner, one day I heard the Spirit of the Lord say, "Mary, you have put that book on the back burner for so long that it isn't even on the stove anymore." God wasn't smiling when he said it. A godly fear came over me. Suddenly, the scripture came to my mind that says we should learn to number our days. (Psa. 90:12)

When my nerves calmed down and I finished shaking, I moved so fast that I got the 240 page book, Born Grown, done and off the press in three months. Does this sound like you? Some of you have been told over and over again that you need to write a book. So, what does hinder you? Someone is in desperate need of your victory testimony. So, again I ask, what does hinder you?

Listen, perhaps you don't feel ready to write a WHOLE book, well, write a SHORT story. Below is a list of topics for Chicken Soup for the Soul. They only require 300-1200 words. Deadlines are critical. So just do it now!
Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul and Get Paid.
Let me help you. (313) 744-MARY
(Please review and forward this info)
Home Sweet Home

Whether you rent your home or own your home, home is where your heart is. It is your safe place in the world. Your home can be a mansion, a cottage, an apartment, a condo or a mobile home... it doesn't matter. It is yours! It is where you live, where you cook and sit around the table with your family and friends, sharing a meal and your dreams. We are looking for stories about homes: getting your first home, returning to your childhood home, do it yourself repair disasters and successes, moving up or downsizing, moving day or any heartwarming or funny stories associated with home. This book will make the perfect housewarming gift. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is November 30, 2013.

My Guardian Angel

We are looking for stories from people who believe that they have encountered or been helped by angels. How did your angel manifest himself or herself? How did your angel help you or someone you know? Please do not send stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies where you say that your loved one is now an angel. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2013.

Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias

We are working with the Alzheimer's Association to make a very special collection of stories. Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia? Are you a patient? You are not alone! Please share your true personal stories about caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. If you are in early stages of the disease and would like to share your story, we feel that would be very helpful to other patients and their caregivers too. Use your personal experience as a caregiver, a loved one, or a patient to encourage and inspire others, and also pass on your best advice for patients and caregivers. Proceeds from this book will support the work of the Alzheimer's Association. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013.

My Guardian Angel

We are looking for stories from people who believe that they have encountered or been helped by angels. How did your angel manifest himself or herself? How did your angel help you or someone you know? Please do not send stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies where you say that your loved one is now an angel. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2013.

Overcoming Challenges

Life is filled with challenges. We have all gone through trying times and have had to overcome difficult situations. We would like to know what challenges you have faced in your life and what you did to overcome them. Are you recovering from health problems, financial difficulties or the loss of a loved one? What changes did you make to help you cope with these issues and turn negative into positive? Your stories will give our readers inspiration and insight into how others are coping and let them know that there is hope even in adversity. The deadline for story and poem submissions is October 31, 2013.

Reboot Your Life

Were you in a rut? Was your life boring and dull? Hopefully you did something positive about that. What kind of a major changes did you make that brought back your purpose, passion, and joy? Did you start a completely new career, have a travel adventure or find a new hobby? Was it a new love interest or an attitude adjustment that helped you reboot your life? We want to hear your stories. Stories can be serious or funny, but we definitely want them to inspire our readers to take a chance and give them the courage to reboot their own lives. The deadline for story and poem submissions is November 30, 2013.

Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries

With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country, chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBI is the signature wound of our returning soldiers. It is literally changing the rules for athletes from the NFL to the public schools. If you have sustained a TBI, if you are a family member dealing with the challenges of TBI, or if you are a health care professional inspired by TBI survivors, we want to hear your story. What do you know now that you wish you knew then? What helped you most in your recovery? What lesson did you learn from an amazing survivor of traumatic brain injury? The deadline for story and poem submission is November 30, 2013.

The Cat Did WHAT?

We love stories about our cats. They are part of our families or perhaps it might be better to say that they allow us to think of them as family! We include them in our celebrations and buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your cat feel special? What does your cat expect from you? How has having a cat changed your life? We know you'll have many great stories for us about how you cater to your cat and how your cat is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous... or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is January 5, 2014.

The Dog Did WHAT?

We love stories about our dogs and the amazing things they do. They are part of our families. We include them in our celebrations and even buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your dog feel special? What does your dog expect from you? How has your dog changed your life? We know you'll have many great stories for us about how you pamper your pooch and how your pooch is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous... or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is January 5, 2014.


The Bible says we should "provoke each other unto good works." Consider yourself provoked - in love. (Heb.10:29) Nothing to it but to do it! Contact me at (313) 744-6279 or (734) 961-8310. Your book will make a great Christmas gift. As the saying goes, "He who hesitates is lost." Don't be a loser. You are destined to win!
Now, pick up that phone and call me...before it's too late.


FAITH: Use it or Lose it!

Born Grown - An Autobiography

TRANSITION: From Widowhood... to Womanhood

Minister Mary D. Edwards is an author, book coach, editor, publisher and motivational speaker.  
She can be reached at Leaves of Gold Consulting, LLC. (313) 744-MARY  ~  and

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