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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Prince Georges County – Micro Brew, Wine, And Spirits Distribution; Entrepreneurs Please Step Forward



Subject: Prince George’s County – Micro Brew, Wine, And Spirits Distribution; Entrepreneurs Please Step Forward

Webinar with The New Empowerment Experiment (EE) lead Maggie Anderson: https://www.bigmarker.com/TheNewEE/Support--harlem-brewing-co-premiere-black-woman-owned-brewery

(Chat starts at 30 min: 30 sec)

Contact Harlem Brewing Company: 917-728-9293

Purchase Harlem Brewing Company Products in PA, SC, and LA, click here: http://www.harlembrewingcompany.com/purchase.html

Purchase Sugar Hill Golden Ale via the Internet: http://www.halftimebeverage.com/harlem-sugar-hill-golden-ale-12oz-2208.html

I was listening to the webinar above hosted by Maggie Anderson and featuring Celeste Beatty, owner of Harlem Brewing Company. As she spoke about her product and company history, she segued into the market penetration challenges of her micro-brewery. More specifically, she talked about the lack of distribution and lack of respect from local and regional distributors in different states. The “good ol’ boy” network has been a roadblock in getting her flagship beer, Sugar Hill Golden Ale, to the masses. 




Maggie Anderson’s Chat With Harlem Brewing Company’s Celeste Beatty:
(Chat starts at 30 min: 30 sec)

It is roadblocks that prompt Beatty to plant the seed of entrepreneurism in the mind of “20 and 30-something’s” and well connected acquaintances. There is opportunity and synergy in the micro brew, micro wine, and micro spirits markets and I think several Prince George’s County entrepreneurs are poised to advantage of it. The opportunity is in local, state, and regional distribution. It is important for people of color and under-represented populations to forge a path into distribution.




Celeste Beatty Interview

 The plight of the micro beverage market is similar to the plight of the music business. The goal is a fair and equal playing field. In the music business, technology and innovative minds creating multiple platforms of distribution took the power away from the hands of a few and opened it up to real competition in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.



Maggie Anderson – The Empowerment Experiment

Beatty is trying to motivate others to seize the opportunity and work with her to build a distribution chain. It is the same thing car companies in Detroit and major retailers like Wal-Mart have done. The goal is to use creativity, guerrilla marketing, and moxy to get around major distributors like “Anheuser-Busch” or “Miller-Coors”, and recently A-B InBev  that seek to lock out micro beverage companies like Harlem Brewing Company from getting market share. 

Having a micro distributor to manage a local geographic market would greatly improve Harlem Brewing Company’s chances of being sold in bars, restaurants, and beer outlets. It also minimizes the cost of getting the beer to the consumer and increases sales because the local distributor has all the legal paperwork to sell the beer at competitive prices.

Currently, the Head Brew Master at Harlem Brewing Company has to settle for minimal retail distribution in 3 out of 50 states. Direct Internet sales can be made via the website www.halftimebeverage.com to consumers in states that allow it. Ms. Beatty wants consumers to know they hold the power in their hands.

If local consumers request Harlem Brewing Company products such as Sugar Hill Golden Ale at their favorite local bar, restaurant, or retail spirits store, that establishment should contact Harlem Brewing Company to at least order a case to fulfill the request. She also wants African American consumers to know that local and national membership organizations like fraternities and sororities that hold meetings and conventions at hotels and other event spaces have the right to demand these beverages. Organization event planners can make mandatory requests to the Beverage Manager to ensure quality micro brew, micro wine, and micro spirits products such as Sugar Hill Golden Ale are ordered and available at the function. African American organizations spend too much money for these establishments not to fulfill a request like this.

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Prince Georges County – Bartenders And Mixologists From Prince George’s County Get On TV



Subject: Prince George’s County – Bartenders And Mixologists From Prince George’s County Get On TV

Are you a bartender at a Prince George’s County restaurant or bar who makes great drinks?

Are you a mixologist at a Prince George’s County restaurant or bar who creates interesting and great tasting drinks?

Are you an entertaining bartender or mixologist at a Prince George’s County restaurant or bar that is all about providing a great experience for the customer that will have them coming back?

If your answer to the previous 3 questions is yes, I think you should contact Fox5 DC to be on their 11 pm Friday feature “Cheers to the Weekend.” The goal of this feature is to highlight DMV bartenders and mixologists and their signature cocktails. 

I want to see Prince George’s County restaurants and bars get some of this love from Fox5 DC. While you’re at it, ask if Fox5 DC’s morning show “Good Day DC” needs bartenders, mixologists, or chefs for a segment on their show. This is great marketing and will attract new customers so use them!

DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG


Cheers to the Weekend: Derek Brown of the Columbia Room

Contact Fox5 DC
Fox5 DC Twitter: @fox5newsdc
Good Day DC Twitter Hash Tag: #GoodDayDC

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Prince Georges County – Register ASAP! - Help Fund Technology Workforce Development Training By Playing Golf



Subject: Prince George’s County – Register ASAP! - Help Fund Technology Workforce Development Training By Playing Golf

Register ASAP! - Event held Monday, September 8, 2014


Link to article about the “144 Jobs Golf Tournament Fundraiser”: http://www.dcmilitary.com/article/20140822/NEWS09/140829905/man-seeks-to-eradicate-joblessness

Ricardo Washington would like to invite all golf lovers in Prince George’s County and the surrounding areas to Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville, Md. on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:00 am for the “144 Jobs Golf Tournament Fundraiser. “ He wants golf lovers to come out to compete, network, meet and greet, and hire an asset for their company. The proceeds of the “144 Jobs Golf Tournament Fundraiser“ go towards The Institute for Workforce Development’s training program and helping 144 families to transition from public assistance to employment. The goals of the event are:

Goal 1: Raise funds for our Job Readiness, Information Technology, Microsoft Office training programs and our GED class
Goal 2: Help 144 families get off public assistance by getting them employed on the day of our tournament
Request: All golf participants bring at least (1) job contact (Feel free to bring more)

If you are a person that believes:
-Ordinary citizens have the power to solve local problems
-Silos within government agencies need to be broken down
-The public and private sectors need to work together and partner with citizens to solve local problems
You need to be at the “144 Jobs Golf Tournament Fundraiser!” 

I wrote this post because I have been trying to determine if Prince George’s County and its Workforce Development Program is driving residents to technology training. Are high school students, unemployed professionals who were victims of the 2007 recession, and minimum wage workers being shown the roadmap to higher paying jobs in technology? Are these residents qualified for FREE Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training in technology fields? Are they being briefed on how to obtain a security clearance and what will qualify or disqualify a person from obtaining a security clearance?

I keep reading about how many high skilled technology jobs are going unfilled. Does Prince George’s County have a step-by-step program to train its residents to meet these demands?  In light of all the federal and state agencies that need highly skilled technology workers in fields like cybersecurity, web development, and data analytics, there should be a coordinated effort to create a funnel for the public and private sector?  County leaders say the goal is to attract public and private businesses to Prince George’s County (Ex: FBI), halt the flow of residents leaving the County for work each day, and keep the tax dollars in Prince George’s County. I think training residents for high tech jobs would accomplish the goals County leaders seek to achieve.

In order for Prince George’s County to grow its tech sector, people like Ricardo Washington and The Institute for Workforce Development must be supported locally by residents. His program at Shepherds Cove Shelter provides entry level “Help Desk” and CompTIA A+ certification training to homeless women. A program like this is an on-ramp to the IT field. With a roadmap and additional training, many of these students can obtain the high paying jobs in other IT fields like cybersecurity, web development, and data analytics. This program is a win-win because it improves the quality of life for each individual that successfully completes the program and Prince George’s County’s tax base increases when the women find full time employment.  

Date of Event: Monday, September 8, 2014
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Enterprise Golf Course
Address: 2802 Enterprise Road
              
  Mitchellville, MD 20721
Phone: 301-249-2040
Event Organizer: Ricardo Washington
Organization: Institute for Workforce Development
Contact Number: (301) 336-3732
Address: 9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 301
                Largo, MD 20774

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Prince Georges County – Can Prince George’s County Heavyweights Come Together For Poker Night For Charity



Subject: Prince George’s County – Can Prince George’s County Heavyweights Come Together For Poker Night For Charity?


Bloomberg TV’s Trish Regan hosted a poker night which brought together hedge fund, mutual fund, bonds, and commodity managers all for charity in Atlantic City at the Borgata Hotel/Casino. While playing poker, they discussed business, the charity they played for, etc. I would like to see Prince George’s County bring its big wigs together for an event like this at Maryland LIVE or MGM National Harbor as part of its opening festivities in 2016.




Poker Night on Wall Street (10/23/2013)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Prince Georges County – Is The Stock Market Rigged?



Subject: Prince George’s County – Is The Stock Market Rigged?


60 Minutes Steve Kroft did a story on “high frequency traders.” The story shows how technology is used by high frequency traders to overcharge average investors and other more sophisticated traders. I wanted to highlight this story to inform residents of Prince George’s County that invest. 




Is The U.S. Stock Market Rigged?

Michael Lewis, an author that has written several books about Wall Street and the collapse of the market in 2007, got wind of this story after learning of Royal Bank of Canada trader, Brad Katsuyama. Katsuyama assembled a team of traders and networking experts to determine why only half of the orders placed were being filled at the initial order price. At the urging of large and established financial institutions, Katsuyama has started the Investors Exchange (IEX) which is a new stock exchange that prides itself on dissuading high frequency trading. In the 60 Minutes interview and Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys, the techniques IEX uses to combat high frequency trader’s physical connections to markets and use of algorithms is explained.




The Great HFT Debate With Michael Lewis On CNBC


High Frequency Trading Explained (HFT)

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