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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

IndieCade Festival 2017 is accepting submissions for festival and showcases for East and Europe

 

IndieCade is a great platform for independent game makers from across the world that has a competition to showcase indie games and interactive media with innovative games unlike anything you might see anywhere else.

Who:               Independent Game Developers, Designers, and Artists

 

What:                         Games and Interactive creative. Finished games as well as work-                            in-progress projects can be entered.

 

When:             Regular Submissions are due by April 30, 2017

Late Submissions are due by June 15, 2017

 

Where:            www.IndieCade.com/Submissions

 

Details:           For complete details, submission criteria and how to submit your                              game, visit www.IndieCade.com/Submissions.

IndieCade recommends these multiplayer games from past festivals! Our CM *still* plays Ultimate Chicken Horse & Who Lurks 

ABOUT INDIECADE

Applauded as the “Sundance of the videogame industry,” IndieCade supports independent game development globally through a series of international events highlighting the rich, diverse, artistic and culturally significant contributions of indie game developers. IndieCade’s programs are designed to bring visibility to and facilitate the production of new works within the emerging independent game community. Annual events include IndieCade East, IndieCade Europe, IndieCade’s Showcase @ E3, and IndieCade Festival, the largest gathering of independent game creators in the nation.

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August 11th, 2016 by Cherry

Attend the 4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo with Cassie Betts, CEO of District 2 speaking about how she started her online fashion brand.

This event is a must attend for those interested in hearing from successful business owners on how they made their dreams a reality.

 

VSEDC  4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo Returns

We appreciate Vermont Slauson for Economic Development (VSEDC) for bringing us this unique opportunity. Our CEO Cassie Betts will be speaking on how to start your fashion brand online. This could be a golden opportunity for people looking into start own fashion brand. 

Event Highlights:

  • Partnerships with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Marco Antonio Regil, Television Host, LA Economic and Workforce Development Department, Fashion Business Institute, East West Bank, Premier Bank, Opportunity Fund, LA Food Council, Freshworks Program and both the American Mobile Retail Association (AMRA) and the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (socalmfva).
  • More exhibitors including Kareen Carts
  • And new this year workshops and seminars on Social Media for Your Business, Crowdfunding to Finance Your Business, Email Marketing, How to Start Your Business in a Day with the City of Los Angeles,  Taking Your Business Mobile and more…
  • New this year is a special spotlight on two Crowdfunding Hometown Hero Businesses.  Real talk from two entrepreneurs who did it successfully.

Let’s be part of this unique opportunity. For event details click HERE

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April 15th, 2016 by Cherry

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Content creators head to the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Fireside Chat and Cocktail reception to learn about monetizing comedy shorts for digital platforms from the creators and business side.

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Topic: Monetizing premium short form comedy content in the ever-expanding digital ecosystem 

Speakers

Kevin BigleyCo-Founder BigCob ProductionsSirens (USA Network), Now We’re Talking (Verizon Go90)

Kesila Childers, Vice President, Digital Media-Bunim/Murray Productions

Galen D’attilio, Business Development, Daily Motion USA 

Zoe Friedman, SVP Development, Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Bros.) 

Brittany Turner, VP of Digital Video, Adaptive Studios

 

 

Moderator

Amber J Lawson, Top 50 Women in Digital Producing philanthropist, super connector, content programing and development executive, board advisor committed to doing good at scale, Good Amplified. 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 4pm-7pm

Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Comedy Shorts will highlight short comedy, web series, TV episodic, Comedy Screenplays, and Dark Comedy shorts with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a Hollywood industry audience! The festival will take place at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, two days of screenings, filmmaker Q and A’s, panel, parties, and the awards party!

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May 23rd, 2014 by Cherry

The business of hot sauce is heating up with Tabasco working on a challenge to the world wide king the original Sriracha Sauce created in SoCal.  Sriracha hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods has about 60 million dollars in sales (estimated) and for that amount of money it’s no surprise that big food business is looking to usurp the king.  The first major player to put their on spin on the hot sauced loved by foodies is the original king of hot Tabasco.  They are currently working on perfecting their recipe to have it join them on the shelves at a store near you in 2015.  Rumor has it they are tinkering with the flavor to stay true to their own vingerary tang but that will harmonize with the Thailand inspired hot sauce style.  It should be difficult to get the recipe to fit with their taste guide but once completed it might spell serious issues for this upstart.  It’s difficult to compete with a company tha
t has the shelf space that Tabasco has not only in the US but worldwide.  Currently the Sriracha hot sauce unique taste has gotten them free advertising with Lay & Kettle (and others) potato chips, go to condiment for restaurants and in various cook book recipes.  Once Tabasco releases their sauce will people reach for a familiar brand or the originator?  

I think it’s a matter of taste and some people have never loved vinegar with their hot sauce and others do.  The distinct logo, color, bottle and cost will have me reaching for Sriracha.  What will you reach for in the Thai Hot Sauce Wars?

TABASCO Sriracha SauceTABASCO® Premium Sriracha Sauce is a masterful blend of spicy, sweet and savory flavors, that is authentic to South East Asian cuisine. It is the perfect addition to stir fry, noodles and soups, or to any recipe that calls for the delicious combination of sweet chili and garlic. Gluten, preservative, and fat free, TABASCO® Premium Sriracha Sauce is made of only the highest quality ingredients to create an authentic Thai chili sauce from the Brand who created pepper sauce in 1868. 15 oz. plastic bottle.

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March 18th, 2014 by Cherry

LL Blog Badge v2 ATTENDING (1)Are you interested in taking your blog to the next level?  If you’re in Los Angeles you should join me at the 4th Annual Lifestyle Blogger Conference taking place on March 27 – 29th.   This is an opportunity to learn how to make a living out of your passion for writing using your blog as a kickoff to a successful business.  It’s not just about being creative it’s about being a smart creative writer who has a plan that will generate money so that they are able to do what the love.  Rather it’s talking about the latest jewelry line, how to plan the perfect wedding, decorating made easy or (like me) trying to take my geekiness to the next level with my blog incorporating my diverse interests in fashion, shopping, bargains, dating, travel, natural hair and getting fit.  I’m like a lot of people .. a bit of a jigsaw puzzle that when you first open the box it’s a confusing mess but as you slowly piece it together you’ll see the design in all it’s beauty .. well in my case quirkiness!

I’m VERY blessed to have the opportunity to attend the conference courtesy of #LALLBLOG14 and Lizza Monet Morales aka xoxolizza @twitter & xoxolizza @Instagram sponsoring my attendance to help me figure out better way to connect the pieces of my blog.  I have the geek down and just need to get the contacts for the business to pop!  So check out the schedule for the event and then go to eventbrite to buy a ticket!  You don’t have to figure out the business of blogging alone!  Get great advice from the professionals!!!!

The Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference & Bloggers Junket (#LALLBLOG14) is a two-day, one-track conference focused on business development and growth for bloggers that are focused on “Going Big, or Going Home!”  

Conference Highlights Include:

  • Invitation to the Opening Night kick-off Reception
  • Three Keynotes
  • Two sponsored lunches
  • Snacks +  Drinks
  • Behind the scenes tour of the LA Mart
  • Blogger Junket (One-on-one blogger meetings with brand reps)
  • SWAG Bag (Valued at $100+)
  • Opportunity to win hourly prizes
  • Seven workshops/panels, including:

* Networking for Bloggers in the Social Media Age (Panel)
Expert speakers will provide you with key tools, tips, and must do’s to help you grow your blogging network and avoid burning your bridges
Speakers include:  @district2ptco  @cassiebetts  @moxxe  @michelleemails @lyssacurran 

* Legal 101 for Bloggers
Rosa Elena Sahugun, one of LA’s leading lawyers, will provide #lallblog14 attendees with do’s and don’t’s in contract law.
She will also discuss libel, slander and defamation and how to keep your blogging business on course.

* How to create a Digital Strategy to Promote and Grow your Blog/Online Business (Panel)
The Digital Strategy panel has the expertise of former FIDM instructor and international marketing professional John Urquiza.
Joining John Urquiza on the Digital Strategy panel will be @mayhemstudios @vickyayala

This #powerhouse panel will make you think outside of your blog and create a Digital Strategy that is well rounded. 

* Not Just a Blogger – Showcasing bloggers that have used their blog as a spring board to further grow their career (panel)
This panel of bloggers made a career outside of their blog, and will share tools and tips for other bloggers to follow in their footsteps.
@MarieDenee (The Curvy Fashionista)  @norah_s  and @marianthefoodie will teach attendees how to utilize their blog for career growth.

* Maximizing SEO for your Blog/Online Business (workshop)
Learn world-class SEO knowledge from recent keynote from Engage Mexico and founder of Target Latino, Claudia Havi Goffan.
Claudia has created a presentation with SEO strategies that are done by leading Fortune 500 brands that bloggers can use to grow their online presence. 

* Tax Do’s and Don’t for Bloggers (workshop)
The Tax For Bloggers workshop to help us all get our blogging business on course.
A leading Los Angeles “Enrolled Agent,” which is NOT the same as a regular tax pro, will help you navigate tax law to help you grow your business

* The Ethics of Blogging (panel)
This is our “signature panel.”
Panelists include @mamavation founder @bookieboo, journalist turned blogger@teresagarza, entertainment and lifestyle PR agency founder and radio personality @VesperPR, and Founder and executive director of @DIYgirls and MIT grad, @LuzRivas.

* and much, much, more!!

BUY TICKETS 

Fourth Annual Lifestyle Bloggers Conference - March 27-29....

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January 19th, 2014 by Cherry

I always believe tying your marketing into holidays and current events but somethings just don’t make any sense.  Using MLK Day for your advertising is pretty common but using the iconic speech ‘I have a Dream’ to sell bundled discount oil changes isn’t a logical step. I would instead have recommended using ‘We celebrate Martin Luther King and all he stood for on Monday, January 20, 2014.  We want to honor Martin Luther King with a special donation for every bundle purchased on MLK Day.  The car maintenance bundle is $29 for 3 Oil Changes and 2 Tire Rotations at select facilities.’  It would be a great way to generate goodwill and increase sales as opposed to their current email blast (see below) that co opts MLK for their business gain.

 

29 3 Oil Changes and 2 Tire Rotations

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December 19th, 2011 by Cherry

I got to go into the CoolHaus Store in Culver City and speak with the staff about working in the most WONDERFUL ice cream shop in the World!!!  Not shockingly it’s a great place to work, nice staff, great management and of course a super cute well designed little shop on the main strip of Culver City.  I am even more in love with CoolHaus after seeing the new product addition to the lineup.  I had a hot cocoa that was out of this world (salted caramel) that was so tasty on a chilly fall day that was handmade right in front of us and that from the first sip made my knees weak!  So check out the video and if your looking for a delicious treat to take to a holiday party, service with your Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or other celebration make your way to CoolHaus in Culver City, CA.  If you bring one of those great cakes you will be the most popular guest EVER!!!!

I personally adore Natasha and Freya for creating some of the most yummy flavor combinations of ice and cookies that one day (fingers crossed) when I get married I will be having a CoolHaus Ice Cream Wedding Cake!!!!  Hopefully they’ll be kind enough to create our own unique flavor for for a wedding or engagement party.  I just need to find a man and make him my (non-existent) husband!!!  tee hee

About CoolHaus

Natasha and Freya started baking cookies and making ice cream in Freya’s mom’s kitchen in the Fall of 2008. They named the flavor combinations after architects and architectural movements they were inspired by and started experimenting with recipes and testing them on friends. It seemed like a fun art project with “farchitecture” in mind ie food + architecture.

One day it occurred to Freya and Natasha that an ice cream truck would be a perfect way to disseminate their ice cream sandwiches (and architecture dialogue) around the city of LA. The truck would be a nod to the past tradition of the Good Humor man selling ice cream novelties around neighborhoods, but with a modern twist – not to mention the long-withstanding popularity of taco trucks around LA and the rapidly growing infatuation with “gourmet” food trucks. The timing seemed perfect, now all Freya and Natasha needed was a truck!

They found a postal truck on Craigslist and were able to afford it with money they had saved from their other jobs. They prepared the truck and their product for their launch at Coachella Valley Music Festival in April of 2009 where the product was very well received – and when they came back to LA, they had generated a strong buzz and following.

Today, they have a fleet of 4 trucks in LA, 2 trucks and 1 cart in NY, 2 trucks in Austin, 2 trucks in Miami, a newly launched storefront in Culver City, CA and even have their ice cream sandwiches at Southern California Whole Foods Markets. They hope to continue to expand to other cities nationally, and maybe even globally (doesn’t hurt to dream, right?)!

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October 21st, 2011 by Cherry

Did you see the article in the LA Times last week regarding that a couple of high end denim brands are jumping into the comfy sweatpant bandwagon?

I’m very curious about trying them on but doubt they will be making them in my size!  I think of them as being a good idea if made correctly.  I’ve seen the jean sweatpants sold online and at Walmart in person.  The quality isn’t up to my standards of jeans since I do love a good dark rinse, good quality cotton and nice finishes with a good fit on the touch!

I found a couple of them online for you to check out

I’m not a Avenue shopper since I don’t like the quality of their fabrics and the designs aren’t my style.

Pull-On Straight Leg Denim Jean I just saw them online and they aren’t my style but I’m sure their target audience liked them.  I prefer my jeans to be very fitted and have a bit of flair at the bottom.  I feel that’s very slimming since I have long legs and a full bootie (tee hee).

Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant has a good selection of Leggings and Jeggings.  I think that they have a good selection and I do like some of their denim products.  I remember when they had the 7 Line and I used to LIVE in those jeans.  I got compliments on them all the time and was very disappointed when they got rid of the line.

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