Saturday, November 29, 2014 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.
How You Can Participate
• Find participating small businesses in your area
For small business owners
• Read the transcript of our Holiday Marketing Tips & Ideas web chat to learn how to maximize your holiday profit and increase sales volume
• Get advice on how to prepare for the holiday season on the Small Business Matters blog:
• 6 Ways to Maximize Your Return on Sponsoring or Hosting Holiday Events
• 7 Holiday Marketing Tips on a Limited Budget
• 5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season
• Start Now to Plan Your Holiday Retail Marketing Campaign
• How to Market Your Business with an Event
• 33 Creative Ideas for Small Business Holiday Marketing
• 6 Good Reasons to Start your Holiday Marketing Plan Now
Marilyn H. West will sponsor the Continental Societies Book Scholarship Award for the first four years. Marilyn is the Chair/CEO of M. H. West & Co., Inc., which is a Virginia-based consulting firm that specializes in management, planning and education services. Through a talented team of professionals, WEST has developed solutions that help clients build and maintain a qualified and satisfied workforce, strengthen internal and external customer relationships, align the organizational structure with the strategic plan, reduce costs, assure the delivery of quality products and services, meet financial and other performance goals, keep pace with the factors that impact their market share and monitor outcomes from resources expended. A broad cross-section of industries, governments, non-profit organizations and trade associations have engaged WEST.
Applications for the book award are processed with the Continental Societies scholarship program.
This year, National Adoption Month focuses on “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections.” The theme pays tribute to the unique bond between siblings—it is the longest lasting relationship most people have, longer than the parent-child or spousal relationship. Over the last two decades, research has demonstrated the critical nature of sibling bonds and their importance for children’s development and emotional well-being. In fact, some research suggests that children and youth in foster care experience better outcomes when placed with their siblings.
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 requires States to make reasonable efforts to place siblings in the same foster care, kinship guardianship, or adoptive placement and to provide for frequent visits or other ongoing interaction between siblings not placed together. Some States have enacted statutes that protect sibling relationships in foster care, and a few have established laws to protect sibling relationships after adoption. Still, many States struggle to recruit and support families that are able to parent sibling groups, and many children and youth adopted from foster care every year are separated from their siblings.
There are almost 19 million veterans in America today, but with over 1,100 war veterans dying each day, there is an urgent need to collect their personal accounts of their war time experiences while they are still among us. There are valuable lessons to be learned and these should be collected by the nation’s library, The Library of Congress. You can help create this historical record by contributing a story or interviewing someone yourself. Capture the oral history of a veteran in your family or community.
The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project has provided this tipsheet on how to capture veterans’ oral histories on video and audiotape and submitting them to the Project.
The goal of the Veterans History Project is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Please go here to learn how you can participate.
A very large crowd filled the tent across the street from the Leigh Street Armory for the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia despite the rainy weather. Dignitaries who spoke at the event included: Stacy Burrs, CEO of the Black History Museum; Penny McPherson, Chair of the Groundbreaking Ceremony; Marilyn West, Chair of the Black History Museum Board of Directors; Levar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth; Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, United States Congressman; Dwight Jones, Mayor of Richmond; Jennifer Hunter, Senior VP Government Affairs for Altria; Iris Holliday, Director of Corporate Philanthropy for Dominion and Monroe Harris, Jr., Chair of the Capital Campaign.
Many of the speakers remarked upon the necessity of the Black History Museum and the important role it would play not only in Richmond but across the country as well. It was also noted what an appropriate home the Leigh Street Armory is for the Black History Museum. The building has a long, proud history which will only be enhanced by its new role as a cultural center.
While the weather outside was on the gloomy side, the mood inside the tent was decidedly upbeat with many people staying long after the ceremony had ended to discuss the bright future of the Black History Museum.
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M. H. West & Co., Inc. is a small business that is 100% woman–owned and 100% minority–owned. M. H. West & Co., Inc. is a member of numerous trade & professional associations.