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July 7, 2010

Winwiner Wednesday: Vermont Fresh Network

Vermont Fresh Network is a nonprofit on a mission to connect Vermont farmers directly with chefs and restaurants. The idea: A strong farm economy creates local jobs, provides nutritious food and preserves the close-knit communities of our state.The Vermont Fresh Network helps Vermont farms and restaurants team up to provide the freshest local food at restaurants. Annual Forum: Talking, thinking, tasting, learning, and tasting again. This event celebrates food and its impact on our economy and Read more […]

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June 29, 2010

Me and the Boys

. So in celebration of summer (and deference to a reconstituted UI and major feature push from the programmers) I am changing my work week to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Which means that the boys and I are out and about on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I made one of the top five parenting errors last Thursday…I overdelivered. The boys had 90% of my attention. I didn’t check email. Tweet. Post. Or even watch Wimbledon. We picked strawberries, went to the lake, went to a playground, explored a stream, Read more […]

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June 28, 2010

iPhone down the toilet

Oh iPhone. How I take you for granted. After my iPhone took a swim on Saturday my husband (an electrical engineer at this tiny little company) took it away, plunged it into a bag of organic brown rice and put the bag in our mechanical room which safely and efficiently measures in at about 250 degrees. Since the 3G ipad came into my life I have been pretty down on the phone. Its apps are not as slick. Screen real estate woefully inadequate. Sure it can make call, take pictures, give me directions Read more […]

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June 25, 2010

Weekly Recap: 6/25

Spent most of this week playing. Returned from a  great vacation. Spent two full days with my boys which included weed flower bouquets, walking along hidden river, and donning bathing suits and rainboots to splash in mud puddles. (Awww) I also got together with Lara Dickson from Deep Dish Creative, and Mike Hayes from Magic Hat to plan Burlington Social Media day. That was sort of work-play. Speaking of work play, clear your calendar for Wednesday June 30th if you are anywhere near Burlington, Read more […]

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June 15, 2010

When you are just you.

After years of subtle judgment over my husband’s daily comic subscription I have recently joined in. I guess it was google reader that wore me down. Clicking to subscribe became part of my work life. I love reading about email marketing, online auctions, donation solicitations and other 501c3 nitty gritty stuff for hours a day, yet sometimes I just need another perspective. Preferably one that doesn’t include images of fish drowning in oil. So I signed on to laugh at my email once a day with Gaping Read more […]

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June 10, 2010

Hairdos and Humor as a connector

So I couldn’t not share this. It is a hard and lonely road that leads in and out of startupville. I regularly reach out to other companies that are related to what winwinapps does. Mostly these companies are only tangentially related, but yesterday I exchanged a few emails with one of the founders of Crowdrise. I know Ed Norton is the face of the company, but clearly he is not the one writing the code. Although I have some gripes about pricing, one part of Crowdrise that I celebrate (and its core Read more […]

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June 9, 2010

winwinner Wednesday: Bluebird Tavern

That’s Nate and Aaron up there, and their incredible food. Although you can’t see Sue or Laura or the rest of the crew’s smiling faces, their mark is everywhere. From butcher boards, to great pours, to reclaiming reclaimed bars to keep things ultra local, Bluebird Tavern is my favorite place to eat, drink, and visit with friends. Their incredible dedication to turning out food that is art is matched by their desire to make their community better. Bluebird hosts Community Night Wednesdays where Read more […]

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June 7, 2010

Event End Game: 3 tips to wrap up your wrap up.

Ahhhhh. Its over. Celebrate, Rest… Not in the real world. 1. Have a reconciliation meeting before the event. Know who will be doing the reconciliation, collect all expense receipts and enter into database, and have a plan for when and how you will be counting all that cash you rake in. 2.Have those sponsor and key volunteer thank you notes prewritten. Leave room for final details, but they can be addressed, clustered with thank you gifts and waiting in cue. Consider giving your board gifts Read more […]

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June 3, 2010

Corporate Sponsorship a win-win.

Corporate sponsorship… Not even an image for this one, I have to keep it super dry and business-like. I don’t think that event organizers take this seriously enough. Remember: your event should be paid for before a single ticket is sold.  Use your fixed expenses to determine your minimum sponsorship goal. If the goal seems daunting either slash your expenses or take a cold, hard look at your event. Friendraisers are great, but not if they cost tons of staff time, and you don’t have clear goals Read more […]

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June 1, 2010

Lessons from the line

Event organizers dread them…but why not take advantage of your captive audience. Look over there at The Clothes Exchange. Last year we had 400 shoppers, this year we almost doubled that. What does it mean? A bit of panic for sure, last minute streamlining the check in process (save those marketing questions for check out or your follow up survey) but it also provides an incredible opportunity to establish our brand, educate our shoppers, and raise extra money. Getting in the Door Set the Read more […]

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