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  1. Flapjack Fundraiser 11u Lynnhaven Wahoos

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    Good morning ya’ll! Have an opportunity to get some breakfast and help out the Lynnhaven Wahoos 2018 achieve their dream of getting to Cooperstown, NY in the summer of 2018.

    The 11u team will be on hand to serve you breakfast.

    Purchase tickets here:

    https://j.mp/LWahoosOct23Fundraiser

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    Virginia Beach is a breakfast town, why not help out a great organization while enjoying some coffee, pancakes and sausage!

    Please share and hope to see you on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) Also if you cannot attend you can always make a small donation to the cause!!!!

    Go Wahoos!!!!!

  2. #FORRENT 389 River Forest Rd Virginia Beach VA 23454 3 beds 3 baths 1,795 sqft

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    Secluded gorgeous flowing floor plan with water view from most rooms. A must see! Located in a quiet peaceful setting off Great Neck Road. Private back unit with views of Lynnhaven River. Balcony over looking trees and marsh. Bright, airy, open & spacious! Community Pool & Gazebo. Top floor Condo. Oversized Master Bedroom Loft w/ Jacuzzi Tub and two walk-in closets. Newer kitchen with newer appliances, vaulted ceilings, balcony off great room, high end laminate flooring, loaded with upgrades. Great schools too- Kings Grant, Great neck Middle and Cox HS!
    Christie Fleck Privette
    757-350-9571
    Includes Water, Sewer & Trash, Assigned Park Spot, & Community Pool.  Rent is $1,950.00 Per Month
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    FACTS

    • Available now
    • Lease: One Year
    • Deposit & fees: 1950
    • Pets: Cats, large dogs, small dogs
    • Laundry: In Unit
    • Parking: Off street
    • Condo
    • Cooling: Central, Other
    • Heating: Forced air

    FEATURES

    • Cable Ready
    • Ceiling Fan
    • Double Pane/Storm Windows
    • Fireplace
    • Flooring: Hardwood, Tile
    • Jetted Tub
    • Patio
    • Pool
    • Storage
    • Transportation
    • Vaulted Ceiling
    • Waterfront

    ADDITIONAL FEATURES

    • Guest parking
    • Jacuzzi / Whirlpool
    • Living room

    APPLIANCES INCLUDED

    • Dishwasher
    • Garbage disposal
    • Microwave
    • Range / Oven
    • Refrigerator
    • Washer

    ROOM TYPES

    • Dining room
    • Family room
    • Master bath
    • Pantry
    • Walk-in closet

    OTHER

    • Built in 1990
    • Floor size: 1,795 sqft
  3. Become A Lynnhaven Wahoos 2018 Sponsor Today

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    My son plays for a great traveling baseball league called the Lynnhaven Wahoos. Currently he is on the 10u Team. This team will stick together through the summer of 2018 at which point they will travel to Cooperstown to complete in a 125 team tournament over a week’s time. In the meantime they are raising money for this trip, but also to play in tournaments, pay for umpires, updating equipment and uniforms, and overall monies it takes to run the non-profit.

    Here are the different levels of sponsorship that are available to companies and or families. Yes if a family would like their name for a sponsor we can accommodate that as well. Your logo will appear on the newly renovated Lynnhaven Wahoos 2018  site. Additionally depending on the sponsorship levels your logo will be traveling with the team #IRL (In Real Life) and Digital as well!!

     

    Click the image and you will be brought to a contact form to notify us you would like to Sponsor!

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    Now look at these kids, isn’t this a group of kids you can get behind with your sponsorship!

    HOW TO SPONSOR

    Levels of Sponsorship for 10U Lynnhaven Wahoos

    Your Logo will be present on the site above. It will also by hyperlinked to your site of choice.

     

    PLATINUM- $1000 AND UP

    Company or Family Name prominently displayed at ALL games on the Team Banner as a Major Corporate or Family Platinum Sponsor. Name will be placed on the Team’s website with links and contact information to the sponsor’s website.  Sponsor’s name/business logo placed on team warm up shirts. You will also receive a team photo plaque to display at your place of business, and a team jersey.

     

    GOLD- $750-$999

    Company or Family Name prominently displayed at ALL games on the Team Banner as a GOLD Sponsor. Name will be placed on the Team’s website with links and contact information to the sponsor’s website.  Sponsor’s name/business logo placed on team warm up shirts. You will also receive a team photo plaque to display at your place of business.

     

    SILVER $500-$749

    Company or Family Name prominently displayed at ALL games on the Team Banner as a SILVER Sponsor. Name will be placed on the Team’s website with links and contact information to the sponsor’s website.  You will also receive a team photo plaque.

     

    BRONZE $250-$499

    Company or Family Name prominently displayed at ALL games on the Team Banner as a BRONZE Sponsor. Name will be placed on the Team’s website with links and contact information to the sponsor’s website.  You will also receive a team photo.

     

    SPONSOR $150-249

    Company or family name displayed on website, team photo

     

    PATRON UP TO $149

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    BAT BAG SPONSOR $750

    This is a single once a year sponsorship. Your company’s logo will appear on our website with links to your business, and your business name or logo will appear on each player’s equipment bag.

     

  4. Norfolk-Virginia Beer Trail #nfkvbbeertrail

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    After a wonderfully crafted post by AltDaily.com, that you can find here (psst click the image)

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    AltDaily: Norfolk-Virginia Beach Beer Loop

     

    I decided to to put together the actual map tracing this beer trail through Norfolk-Virginia Beach (in case you didn’t know where we are) and up through the Peninsula. Yes we have several local names for our cluster of 7 cities. So if you are vacationing here this summer this map will help you travel through our great cities and sample some the best craft beers in the United States (yes that is an extremely biased statement, I know). The map places the breweries in the exact order they show up in the above article.

    Also we have a great event coming up here in Norfolk-Virginia Beach called “Drink the District.” Click on the image below to get tickets:

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    Eventbrite: Drink the District

     

     

     

    Also keep in mind we are an Uber and Lyft community. Please click on the below images to download these great apps for attending this events and leaving the driving to your personalized Designated Driver!

     

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  5. Free Office 365 software available for all VBCPS students

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    With the direction the new CEO Satya Nadella at Microsoft is taking the company, this is a very good program that the Virginia Beach Public Schools have shared with the Parent and Students of their schools.

    This will help many kids feel comfortable within the information age. Afterall, they are going to need it to succeed!

    VBCPS - Ahead of the Curve

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeff Barba
    Date: 09/11/14 Phone: 757.263.1017
    News Release No. 010 Fax: 757.263.1010
    Email: jeff.barba@vbschools.com
    Free software available for all VBCPS students

    More than 68,000 students will have free software thanks to a new program from Microsoft, the software development corporation. Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is taking advantage of this initiative, which will provide every student in the school division access to the Office 365 suite at no charge.

    This means students now have free access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and can upload those programs to up to five devices, including computers as well as iPads and tablets.

    The Office 365 subscription lasts for as long as the child is a student in VBCPS, and participants will receive automatic software updates to keep the programs running at peak efficiency.

    In addition, Microsoft Office for mobile devices is available for iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. It consists of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These apps can be downloaded for free from their respective app stores. Once they are installed users will be prompted to login with the student network account to verify the child as a VBCPS student.

    For information and complete instructions on how to download Office 365, visit vbschools.com.

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    Department of Media and Communications, vbcpsweb@vbschools.com

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  6. New Dog Park at Bayville Farms Park Now Open

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    Thanks for your feedback last year on the design of a dog park at Bayville Farms Park (located at 4132 First Court Road). With your input, the park was designed to accommodate seperate areas for both large and small dogs. We are happy to report that construction of the new dog park has been completed and it is now open to the public.

    In order to use any city dog park, owners must pay an annual on-site registration fee of $15 for one dog and a $10 fee for each additional dog. Owners must also provide proof of license and documented expiration date of dog’s rabies vaccination upon registration. Please visit the park office located by the tennis courts to register for the Bayville Farms dog park.

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  7. 2011 The Year of 52 Phone Calls #yearof52calls

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    One of my 2011 goals was to find a new way to deepen online relationships.  Since some of the people I wanted to chat with are not within the cities I lived in, in 2011 I had to overcome location. So I wanted to try a different channel, what I came up with was “The Year of 52 calls”. The premise was to call a different person every week throughout the year. Sounds easy right? Well after making it through the whole year I partially succeed at my goal!

    I partially succeeded in number, but I fully succeeded in making some awesome connections even better! I think for 2012 I am going to continue on this path, but with major refinements. Below are the results of the fun I had and people I called.

     

    Week 1:

    Called Robyn Flach 1/7/2011: we talked family, business happenings, social media in the social context.  Scheduled a lunch appointment.

    Robyn Flach

     

    Called Sarah Kay Hoffman 1/7/2011: left Sarah and voicemail, she left me a tweet about not using the phone well.

     

    Week 2:

    Called Nicole Nicolay 1/12/2011: left a voicemail about what I was doing with the year of 52 calls.  Gave her my phone number and told her if she wanted to call that would be totally cool, but know running a business and being a mom life is busy!

    Called Alissa Ausan 1/12/2011: left a voicemail

    Voicemails for 52 Calls

    Week 3:

    Called Shelly Kramer 1/18/2011: Talked with Shelley about the business for 2011. Found out a little more about company. She helps companies with strategic planning and content management. Talked about Yammer and streamlining communication.  What I do for Target, what I have planned for 2011.

    Week 4:

    Called Leigh Caraccioli 1/27/2011:Had a wonderful conversation with Leigh about all things going on with her business, the family, and her book she is writing. I did not know about the book, so this was an awesome surprise. I also learned that her husband works for a company based out of Minneapolis and we started talking about her and her family coming up here to hang out. Leigh and I have known each other online for 2 years and this was the first time she and I talked on the phone.  This phone call is why I am doing this activity!

    Leigh Caraccioli

    Week 5:

    Called Katie Felten 2/04/2011: This was the first time we had ever spoken via the phone. Katie and I had a wonderful conversation about finding what the next steps of career are, exchanging social media stories, and told her about my tracking airport check-ins to find and connect with people.

    Katie Felten

     

    Katie Felten

     

    Week 6:

    Called Kris Colvin 02/17/2011:  Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring….so wanted to talk with Kristi too!

    LeeAnn Youngquist and Kristi Colvin

    Called LeeAnn Youngquist 02/17/2011: Let a message for following up a previous lunch that was cancelled.  Really looking forward to catching back up with LeeAnn!

     

    Called Ria Sharon 02/18/2011: So I used skype for the first time for the year of 52 calls!  Ria and I have known each other online for roughly two years.  We had a wonderful conversation about business, how to succeed and creating new business models instead of fixing the ones we have currently.  Ok now my head hurts!

    Ria Sharon

     

    Week 7:

    Called KT Wall 3/09/2011: Great conversation about life in Atlanta. Working for the Ad Agency in Atlanta and many of her friends getting married this summer!

    KT Wall

     

    Week 8:

    Called Angel Oakley 3/11/2011: Since Angel and I were both attending #ungeeked in May I wanted to get to know her before going to the conference. We have a great conversation about Chicago and owning her own business.

    Angel Oakley

     

    Week 9:

    Called Me Amy Roark 3/20/2011: This is was a reverse rule for the year of 52 calls, but hey I am making the rules! Amy and I got to know each other and discussed some strategies about marketing, cultivation, and formal ask for money for a whole new community of givers.  This conversation brought to light an uptapped market in Minneapolis!

    Amy Roark

     

    Week 10:

    Called Sima Dahl 5/19/2011: After meeting Sima at #ungeeked in Chicago, I had to talk more to this very powerful, energetic, get stuff done woman!  We had a wonderful conversation about personal brand (and my take about some of it being bullshit, she agreed partially), speaking, and running her own business.

    Sima Dahl

     

    Week 11:

    Called Erika Napoletano 6/06/2011: I finally got up the nerve to call Erika! This was a long process for me gaining the courage to talk with her live.  I am so glad I did! We talked about live in CO, writing 2 books (that are completely unrelated to each other), and just getting to know each other stuff.

    Erika Napoletano

     

    Week 12:

    Called Peggy Fitzpatrick 6/29/2011: Peggy and I met and hit it off big time at #ungeeked! During all of the transition stuff to Virginia I wanted to chat with her about some east coast stuff. Plus I wanted to catch up on all the happenings since the conference!

    Peggy Fitzpatrick

     

    Peggy Fitzpatrick

     

     Week 13:

    Scott Wild Called Me 9/16/2011: So this was a turn of events, Scott called me after a question I made on twitter. We had a great conversation about relocation and catching up after doing a podcast with him and folks from TodayMade.com

    Scott Wild

     

    Week 14:

    Called Liza Sperling  10/07/2011: Liza and I met while I was out in San Francisco back in May 2011 for the SMOC Conference. I wanted to chat up to see how Liza was doing and hear about the Valley happenings.  We talked strategy, job seeking, and tech stuff!

    Liza Sperling

     

    Week 15:

    Called Jen Howver on 10/13/2011: Jen and I actually went to High School together and she reached out to me via twitter about a year ago to reconnect. We also had a chance to reconnect IRL at #ungeeked in Chicago. We caught up about all the moving I had done, ungeeked related news, and general family things.

    Jen Howver

     

    Week 16:

    Called Cassandra Girard on 10/17/2011: Cassandra and I met through Tara Hunt when Buyopshere.com launched about a year ago. We have still connected through the year while the evolution and revolution of their business model on the web. Cassandra and I chatted about release of version one of buyosphere community. Very excited I have had the opportunity to participate and add some value to their evolution!

    Cassandra Girad

    Week 17:

    Called Brianna Foulds 10/26/2011: Brianna and I have known each other across the social web for the last couple of years. I reached out as part of this Year of 52 Calls starting back in May of 2011. Because Brianna lives in LA and I at the time lived in Minneapolis made lining up the day to chat difficult.  We plugged thru it though throwing messages back and forth until we finally connect.  We had a wonderful conversation about relocation, reestablishing networks, and just plain getting to know each other! It was finally great to see hard work pay off!

    Brianna Foulds

     

    Week 18:

    Called Kasey Skala 12/29/2011: Kasey and I met in Minneapolis a few years back. I had planned on making him a part of the #Yearof52Calls and finally made this happen. It just so happens Kasey and I  are now in the same business model of working for a corporation that sells and operates franchises.  I needed to get some advice, insight, and knowledge dropped on me about this business.  So Kasey and chatted about processes, people, and especially technology.  We will be doing this again!

    Kasey Skala

     

    Missy Berggren called 12/29/2011: A reverse #yearof52calls Missy Berggren called me after I posted a funny comment on one of her facebook posts.  She got a kick out the topic that a feller would touch with a 10 foot pool! We had a chance to catch up and touchbase since I had moved from Minneapolis in July.  See how the connected world leads to more connections through different channels!

    Missy Berggren

     

    Experiences:

    • Seems awkward at the beginning when I say who I am and they pause.  Typically I ask do you know who I am or no?  Keith Privette from Twitter, usually blings the light bulb.
    • The conversations do not seem to flow as easy as they do online.  Adding voice and natural conversation ques seem a little awkward on the phone. 3. Conversations enhance the on and offline relationship.
    • Making the time to make the phone calls. If you don’t setup the schedule and figure out who you are going to call….you don’t do it! Next time around I am setting up a 6month schedule.  Then 3 months in setting up the next 6 months!
    • Keep track of new people you establish a rapport with! These are great candidates to connect with early to strength the connection!

     

  8. Whoa what a 2011

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    So I have never done a wrap up of a year post before, but I thought back on 2011 and actually wanted to write it down! So here goes, this is what happened to me in 2011 and hoping 2012 is just as exciting…it may be hard to top!

     

    1. I worked at 3 different companies and worked for 4 different companies. Ok let me explain:

    Started the year at Target Corp, then went back into consulting for Analysts International working on contact at Best Buy, then went to work for Liberty Tax Services in November. See 3 companies worked at and worked for 4.  All very exciting and challenging project work in a short amount of time!

     

    2. I moved from Minnesota to Virginia!

    After 16 years of living in Minnesota the Privette family decided to pick up our roots and head south!  My wife Tara got a huge career opportunity, so we decided as a family to take off on this adventure.  This has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have made in a long time!  Upon moving here within a month the Great Dismal Swap started on fire and burned for 3 months, an earthquake happened while I was having lunch with Joe Ruiz in Richmond, VA and finally we got to experience our first hurricane called Irene.  I hope Virginians did not attribute this to the Privette family arriving to Virginia! Luckily it has been quite quiet since August.

          

    Joey Me Jace 1st Picture in VA July 2011

     

    First Day of School VA

     

    Hurricane Irene

     

    Norfolk Tides Game

     

    Norfolk Tides Game

     

    3. Got an opportunity to publicly speak at  2 venues!

    I have always wanted to publicly speak and I finally got my opportunity to do so at 2 venues this year.  The first one was at #Ungeeked Chicago.  I had been following this venue since the beginning and wanted to get on the docket at one close to Minnesota.  That turned out to be in Chicago (sort of a homecoming for me, which added to the excitement of going) and decided to submit a topic and by golly I got selected.  At first this was supposed to be a mini-session, but when another speaker bowed out at the last minute, I was given an opportunity to speak in a larger session! This was such an awesome experience. I was able to bring in a different perspective about how a business analyst or a good technology project manager offers the marketing, HR, marketing, and social technology organizations a resource they might not have considered in the past,  to successfully implement and manage their technology landscape.

    The second venue was at the Social Media Optimization Conference in San Fransico, CA.  I was asked by Todd Tweedy (which I got to meet in 2011 and hang out with at this conference!) to be on a panel discussing Advanced Social Media Advertising Techniques.  This was a blast because I got to bring the perspective of the social consumer based on the techniques implemented. It offered up a ying and yang to the discussion!

    @PegFitzpatrick & I at #UnGeeked Chicago

     

    Amanda Hite @sexythinker #UnGeeked Chicago

     

    SMOC 2011 San Francisco, CA

     

    SMOC 2011 San Francisco, CA

    4. The people I had an opportunity to meet #IRL (in real life)

    Probably the most exciting part of 2011 was the people I finally had an opportunity to meet this year! Here is the list of folks I got to meet and have some great conversations with.  Thank you for making time to meet!!!!

    Olivier Blandchard   Peggy Fitzpatrick    Sam Fiorella    Sean McGinnis   Cd Vann   Amanda Hite Liza Sperling  Katie Felten   Zack Miller   Joey Hill   Jan Ferguson   Jason Falls   Amber Naslund Troy Janisch   Dave Murr  Lauren Breuning  Shanna Gratton  Jeff Willinger   Ray Wang   Dawn Miller   Joe Sorge   Joe Ruiz   Brandie McCallum   Cam Gross   Robert Stephens   Corie Rose   Jay Senn   Jenny Renynolds   Nina James   Joshua Garity   Kristin Elizabeth Smith   Rohit Bhargava   Tim Moerke   John Blaska   Todd Tweedy   Digital Rebecca  Andrew Hodel   Jim Keenan   

    ps: If I missed you on this list please drop me a comment & I will update. I can update it’s my blog after-all!

    5. Participated in my 1st startup weekend here in VA!

    One the first people I met when moving to Virginia Beach, VA was Zack Miller of We Are Titans.  While chatting over coffee he mentioned he was bringing the first ever StartUp weekend to Norfolk.  I had always wanted to participate in an event like this, so I signed up. Little did I know I was going to be working on a project team vying for a potential to receive $20,000 startup money to make the app become a reality!  Our team did not win, but the experience was an overwhelming success in my book.  So much so, I have volunteered to help plan, organize and make the next one even bigger!

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    6. For the past year got the opportunity to help out the Buyosphere.com team

    Back in January 2011 Tara Hunt of Buyosphere asked if anyone in the community wanted to help out and dedicate some time to testing, using, and providing feedback to the beta version of Buyosphere.com (back then it was Shwowp.com). I jumped at the opportunity to be on the ground floor of what I think has huge potential in the buying experience space and #VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) space.  Over the past year I have used the product, tested releases and provided feedback this past year.  It has been a wonderful experience to truly help some really fantastic entreprenuers in the technology space.  Thank Tara Hunt, Jerome Paradis, and Cassandra Girard for the opportunity to get to know you and help out!

    Buyosphere.com

     

    7. Got an acknowledge in a Book…uh me? Really?

    Yes really! I had no idea my good friend Olivier Blanchard gave me an acknowledgement in his book until I got the book.  Someone sorta tipped me off before my copy arrived (you know who you are…), so I was on the lookout. To be acknowledged by someone I respect and consider a virtual mentor was pretty darn cool in my book.  I opened it up and started reading and sure enough! If you would like more information on this book, just click the image. I HIGHLY recommend this book any person or company heading into, already in, or wanting to evolve their social business.

    Social Media ROI by Olivier Blanchard Acknowledgement

     

    So here is to hoping 2012 is as fun filled, adventurous and exciting!  I set the bar pretty high for myself in 2011, which I don’t mind trying to climb over in 2012! I wish everyone the best of luck in 2012. Have an idea pursue it, have a bucket list cross some stuff off, want to try something different try it, lose weight, quit smoking, meet new folks, start a hobby, etc, etc etc…the only person stopping you is YOU. Found this out first hand in 2011!

  9. The First Social Salsa: How relationships make dreams come true

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    Todd's Salsa

     

    The other day I received an email from [ilink url=”http://twitter.com/audiencemachine”]Todd Tweedy[/ilink] of [ilink url=”http://www.audiencemachine.com”]Audience Machine[/ilink] that really warmed my heart (no I was not eating his salsa at the time, more on that further on). Finally a story about how you leverage personal relationships and the social interwebs to make an idea come to life.

    Todd has been experimenting with perfecting his salsa reciepes and felt he was onto something that people would love to eat.  He brought some to a local [ilink url=”http://www.freshtart.net/”]Minnesota food blogger[/ilink] [ilink url=”https://twitter.com/freshtartsteph”]Stephanie Mayer[/ilink] and she convinced him to go for it.  So Todd did and leveraged every relationship on and offline to get his dream off the ground.  I will let the email speak for itself about how [ilink url=”http://www.wedge.coop/”]Todd got his dream on his first shelf at the Wedge Co-Op in Minneapolis[/ilink]

    You can check out all the latest developments of this story at [ilink url=”https://www.facebook.com/toddssalsa”]Todd’s Salsa over on Facebook[/ilink], because I have a feeling it will be a long one. And speaking of Facebook he was just at their headquarters with his Salsa!

    Happy Thursday!  

    I hope you’re doing well.  I have some news to share…  I’m a Salsa Maker!

    I started making three types of fresh refrigerated salsa that are available exclusively at The Wedge Co-op – www.wedge.coop – in Minneapolis, MN.

    My salsa line is called Todd’s Salsa.  I use nine types of chiles to make a Fresh Roasted Tomatillo Salsa using two 40 pound cases of fresh tomatillos to make 1 case of my roasted tomatillo salsa, a classic red salsa with Roma tomatoes from a dedicated field that just grows premium Romas, and a Hot Roast Chile Salsa that is about 80% chiles.

    Facebook will be my site’s my presence online => http://www.facebook.com/toddssalsa  I hope you’ll give my page some LIKE love and post a message on my wall.

    What makes my salsas The First Social Salsa.  The President Obama hasn’t tried them — yet!!  Besty – little help here!  But, I was on AIM with Len Bilello from USAToday talking about salsa of all things.   And, I shared the story of how I almost missed my launch because my printer came back with a print date that was two-weeks too late while I was playing golf on a Thursday afternoon!  So what did I do?

    I posted on Facebook that I needed help on Friday morning and by early afternoon thanks to Tracy Naghshineh I was introduced to Fern Peterson with Imagine Print Solutions http://www.imagineps.com – who rescued me!  My print job of 18,000 labels was delivered Tuesday thanks to Facebook.

    How did I learn about UPC codes?  Social media of course!  Keith Privette introduced me to Paula Giovannetti the UPC code goddess at Best Buy. Paula saved me from making a huge mistake.

    Cathy Paper of Rock Paper Star http://www.rockpaperstar.com/ turn social media networking via an event she was hosting into an opportunity for me to meet foodies like Donn Kelly who provided great tips and insights.

    Joe Paulini introduced me to Robert Farr a fellow salsa maker.

    My insurance agent Mark Phillips at Dolliff Insurance http://www.dolliff.com made so many introductions.

    I don’t know where to start but Stephanie Meyer – MN Food Blogger – http://www.facebook.com/groups/minnesotafoodbloggers/ was the catalyst.  Her reviews inspired me to go for it.  Check out this Fish Taco recipe – http://www.freshtart.net/Screw–Snow-Fish-Tacos-15173087

    Hat tip to Andrea Vollmer of Feed the Dog http://www.feedthedogcreative.com/ for an amazing label design!

    My salsa company was launched on Facebook!

    Best,

    Todd
    P.S.  No I’m not quitting my day job!
    Todd Tweedy
    Managing Director
    Audience Machine Inc.
    http://www.audiencemachineSo if you have an idea, dream, passion leverage the relationships you have built! You never know where it will lead and who they can potentially introduce you too.  This is a great example how to effectively use on and offline relationships to get ideas from your head out into the wild!  You to can make things happen too. I know I will! Will you?
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