The Entrepreneur’s Life Style, the American Way

I was reading an interesting article today by someone I respect in the Internet marketing business and he was pointing out the does and don’ts of getting into this business. I’m afraid I disagree with him on one major point he said don’t get in with a small business attitude. Now my thought are that with economy as bad as it is there are a lot of people hurting right now and if they can make a few bucks on line to help supplement there income why not?

In bad times people need hope and if they can sit in front of there computer and possibly learn how to make a little money where is the problem. I’ve been in and out of business my self many times and I know what a couple of hundred dollars extra means. I’m not talking about being the next overnight whiz kid or guru but where is the harm. This is how a lot of small people started there entrepreneurial lives. Hey I’m not talking about being the next Donald Trump but maybe there is niche you can fill or some type of skill you have that you can sell on line.

Don’t rush out and buy a bunch of e-books that really don’t tell you anything and feed someone Else’s pocket book, look for something you might be able to sell. No matter how bad things get there always somebody looking for some thing, information, a product, help with there life.

There was a guy in Canada that new some thing about asphalting and built an Internet business around it. Maybe your like Joe the plumber you know something a lot of people don’t, are you are a book keeper that had a good job and is now laid off. Look to the positive . You might start a blog and be able to market your skills on the Internet. Maybe you retired, and there something you know that could help other people, train kids, train adults, you know there is a major shortage of air-condition and refrigeration techs, electricians and good plumbers skilled people are in a big shortage go to the government sight and see where the work is where there is a will there is a way. Your over 45 and you think that life has just given you a bad hand. Find a new niche for a new life.

Put your thinking cap on write some articles and submit them to the Internet offer your services as a consultant or teacher find a niche you can fill maybe just maybe there is someone out there that could use you. I’m not an expert but I know what skills I have and if you don’t put your self out there you won’t know. Life can play some strange tricks. Look for forums on something you know about you might be surprised If you get into this. I have a couple of sights I can send you for free information on the Internet. Things are looking up you found this article, what else can you find? If you don’t try you’ll never know.

Find a niche of your own start of a new life style that if you do it right it will be profitable and fun.

Fantasy Football Keeper Leagues

For many of us, the ability to run a professional football team is something that we can only dream about. Well, not anymore, thanks to fantasy football. Fantasy football allows this dream to become a virtual reality. Within the game, players can compose their own team of athletes in order to compete against both friends and strangers. This game is extremely popular and, thanks to its popularity, there are a wide variety of league types and durations associated with it, one example of this is seen within Keeper Leagues.

Keeper leagues are the complete opposite of one of the latest trends to emerge out of fantasy football; daily and weekly fantasy football leagues. However, these leagues have been around for a while and are not dwindling in popularity. This type of league represents an opportunity for participants to experience more manager and/or coach intensity. This provides a more enjoyable, as well as realistic, experience for the fact it emulates that of running an actual pro team, without having to come out of pocket to do it. These leagues operate seamlessly alongside of the short-term, one-week matchup style of fantasy football. It is nice to have a long-term vested interest in players as well as a disposable approach.

Keeper leagues are, in fact, extremely easy to define. By definition, they are any league where team owners will keep one player all the way up to their whole team of players for the next season and, possibly, beyond. A common attribute from many leagues is a contract length. This setting determines how many years a player can be owned by one team before having to be traded or released. The number of contract years and number of players are settings that are specific to Keeper leagues and will vary from league to league.

The Keeper league settings will tend to alter your drafting strategy. If you are able to keep a majority of players for 3 or more years, you may end up drafting rookies late in the draft that aren’t expected to contribute for a season or two but have a chance to be a real stud. It is common in the NFL for a team to draft an “heir apparent”. If you can afford to have a player occupy a bench spot for, potentially, an entire season or more, your risk could pay huge dividends for a low draft pick down the road, much like in real life.

Fantasy Football Keeper leagues are definitely worth a try, especially if you are already an experienced fantasy football participant. They are great for those who enjoy their season more when owning their favorite players, are looking for a bit more of a strategic challenge and prefer a way of getting more actively involved in the game. Plus, putting together a great team may allow you to establish a dynasty that rules your league for many seasons.

Memory Keepers: Lockets and Such

Ever since the technology has been around to create extremely delicate jewelry that can open and then latch itself closed, lockets were truly some of the most popular pendant necklaces as they allowed for bejeweled decoration and for a special and secret place to keep small painted portraits and later photographs or even a unique keepsake from a momentous occasion or person in your life that was or still is very close to your heart-making them the ideal piece of jewelry for an anniversary gift.

However, this really early beginning means that a huge variety of lockets exist right now based on both older designs or more modern ideas and styles. Any type of precious metal you want can be used to create the locket of your dreams because of this boom in design from white gold to silver back to yellow gold or even platinum.

The physical shape of the actual locket has started to become even more various since the inception of the locket though. While almost all early lockets were rather big and oval in shape due to the restrictions of jewelry making technologies, modern advancements have lead to different shapes and smaller sizes. Heart pendant lockets are some of the most popular as the purpose of these memory keeping necklaces is generally to keep the photo of a loved one close to your natural heart. Therefore, why not shape the container like a symbolic heart itself? Oval and circle shapes are still around though if you want to have an easier task of fitting in a picture.

To make your locket truly unique though, designers have decided to add an extra bit of beauty to the outside of the locket itself. Precious or semiprecious gemstones can sometimes be inlaid into the outer portion of the locket-whether a colorful diamond design of black diamonds or pink diamonds or even one created from simple cubic zirconium. Engraved or frosted designs are also very popular right now including abstract swirls or lovely floral designs to create a special flower necklace locket. Basically any design is good though as long as it serves its primal purpose of storing a picture or small keepsake.

Bee Positive – The Backyard Bee Keepers of Port Clinton, Ohio

When we think of bees, we generally think of flowers, honey, dandelions, clover and numerous other images which connect us to nature. Our connection to earth through bees is not only a comforting bond, but a necessary one; one that has seen threats in recent times from man as well as the unexplained. But in a corner of the world, at the shores of Lake Erie, a bee phenomenon has parts of the community breaking out in, well, hives.

We’ve all heard the buzz about Colony Collapse Disorder or (CCD), the phenomenon of worker bees abruptly disappearing from a hive leaving the honey and the immature bees to perish. Throughout the history of agriculture, hive reductions have occurred but have not been significant enough to name until 2006 when a drastic decrease gave rise to the new term. The agricultural significance of bees should not be underestimated. Bees are integral to the ecosystem in the way they interact and connect with the parts therein. Over one-third of our food supply relies on the pollination services of bees and is essential for the reproduction of the plants the bees service.

Imagine a world without blueberries, avocados, almonds, sunflowers, cranberries or, the summertime favorite, watermelon. Without the honey bee, many of our staple foods would be in jeopardy. Without the bee, we also would not have the direct byproduct: honey. Raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Our history, without the bee, would have a much different look. Civil War gunshot wounds were filled with honey as a way to heal and fight infection. In medieval times before the invention of gunpowder, bees were inserted into clay balls and used as projectiles during wartime.

In more recent times, the Cleveland Clinic has been reported as giving its post-op patients toast with honey, rather than jelly, as a post-operative recuperative agent. Hotels which have taken to growing their own herbs and flowers have added bee hives to their culinary repertoire for pastries, soups, salad dressings and more. The end byproduct of the honey bee, beeswax, has been used for candles for the Catholic Church for centuries. Being seen as a sacred product, beeswax was once a requirement for all candles used in the services. Ancient Egyptians used beeswax to make death masks, form statues of gods for the graves and to embalm their loved ones.

But one of the most recent steps in the protection of the honey bee came from a most logical but surprising place: the Haagen-Dazs Corporation. In 2008, the company gave The University of California at Davis, $100,000 to address the bee population decline and support research on sustainable pollination. More recently, Haagen-Dazs partnered again with UC Davis to raise awareness of the plight of the honey bee with its plans for Honey Bee Haven. This set of interconnected gardens, “Pollinator Patch”, “Nectar Nook” and “Honeycomb Hideout”, provides a year-round source of food for bees. Honey Bee Haven is located on a half-acre of the UC Davis campus at the Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road. Once again, imagine a world without ice cream, including Haagen-Dazs.

But corporations such as these are not the only entities involved in combating CCD. Backyard bee keepers are cropping up, or pollinating, across the country, accompanied by associations to assist the “new-bees” in their endeavors. These organizations act as a resource for amateur bee keepers stung with the desire to “bee” involved. They provide forums to share ideas and information to increase public awareness of the benefits of natural honey and hive products. The Galvin-Gillman family of Port Clinton, Ohio exemplifies the concept of the amateur bee keepers of America on the shores of Lake Erie. This family stumbled, or bumbled, onto the hobby-turned-business during the summer when a bee-saving opportunity landed their way.

As with many entrepreneurial first-time bee keepers, they’ve had their share of hits and misses in the hives, and grown accustomed to the “fly-bys” of the bees returning to the hive after a busy day of pollinating. The Galvin-Gillman’s have also geared up; it’s imperative to dress appropriately when dealing with hive occupants. For headgear, a hat with a wire veil to protect the head and neck is essential. Wearing light-colored overalls is recommended as dark clothes irritate the bees making them more likely to sting since they may look on the Galvin-Gillman’s as predators such as skunk or bear. Bees like to go for hands and feet so loose fitting gloves and sturdy boots are important. For extra protection, they tuck in their shirt cuffs and pant legs to prevent bees from entering.

They’ve also learned more than they ever thought about the bee civilization. There are three types of bees active in the hive: the queen of the hive is the center of the bee’s universe and acts as the mother of them all. Each hive has one queen with the sole job of laying eggs to ensure the population of the hive. Much like many American households, the hive requires a healthy, happy queen for continued existence.

In addition to the queen, there are worker bees and drones. The thousands of female worker bees which inhabit the hive have every responsibility except laying eggs and mating. Most species of worker bees lack the reproductive capability of the queen and instead deposit wax to build the comb, keep the hive clean and safe, feed the larva, drones and the queen, gather the necessary nutrients for the hive and keep the temperature uniform in the developing brood area. To cool the hive, they deposit water then fan it around with their wings and to heat the hive, they gather together to generate body heat.

The drones of the hive have limited functions, the main one being to mate with the queen. Drones have a different body style than worker bees, including larger eyes, bodies and stouter abdomens. Since the mating with the queen occurs in flight, the larger eyes are a benefit to the drones. Lesser benefits of being a drone are the fact that after copulation, the drone dies due to the necessary parts tearing from the body at intercourse and, in areas of severe weather, they are driven out of the hive in autumn. The other function of the drone is to assist the worker bee in the hive’s temperature control. Thus two very important functions for a bee whose life span is only 90 days.

The Galvin-Gillman’s were first introduced to bee keeping when a hive was discovered not far from them in the trunk of a felled tree. Transporting the hive was tricky, treacherous and unsuccessful but left them with the desire to continue learning the intricacies of the process. They started anew and have now grown to four successful hives with more planned for the upcoming summer season. It has also given them an appreciation for the parts and parcels of the bee keeping adventure. A big favorite of the family is bee pollen, described by Beth Gillman as “the complete food”. Bee pollen has an earthy, rich flavor and has been suggested to have “all the nutrients needed by the human body to sustain life”. Its benefits include a boost to the immune system, the ability to build allergen resistance, stress reduction and the increase of energy and endurance.

A sweet, chewy snack they enjoy is bee propolis, which is used like glue in hive production and has several suggested health benefits. It has been seen to have antibiotic and antiseptic properties and possible anti-viral and anti-inflammatory uses. Bee wary, however; people who react to bee stings may react to propolis in the same fashion.

Another benefit the Galvin-Gillman family has seen in bee keeping is the propagation of buying local. In her local broadcast on WPCR, All Around the Town, Chris Galvin has featured local products, businesses and people. From the coffee shop to the deli and everything in-between, Chris has featured many local businesses including Generous Gems, Beth’s web-based jewelry business featuring every type of jewelry imaginable. Children’s jewelry, bridal, licensed, religious and awareness jewelry such as pieces for breast and ovarian cancer and autism can be found at the click of a button.

Chris has also featured and, the sites for the family bee business. Even though the bees are ending their summer run and beginning the rebirth for a new season, the Galvin-Gillman family are not being idle. Brian Gillman is acting the worker bee himself, planning, plotting and prospecting new hives in time to be ready for the summer. Chris and Beth are working feverishly on product design and marketing. Though the Port Clinton honey was a new venture, the available honey they merchandised sold out in a week. So for the time being, they’ll work hard and drone on in behind-the-scenes fashion till summer starts and they all find themselves busy as busy bees.