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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Prince Georges County – Chefs And Restaurant Owners Please Help Residents Avoid GMO’s By Providing Farm To Table Food



Subject: Prince George’s County – Chefs And Restaurant Owners Please Help Residents Avoid GMO’s By Providing Farm To Table Food


C-Span Food, Pesticides, and Health

I watched the C-Span forum entitled “Food, Pesticides, and Health.” It was eye opening as the panelists discussed Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) and pesticides like RoundUp. They discussed GMO’s and pesticides and their connection to the health of adults and children.

Bill Maher Talks Monsanto, Genetically Modified Food (GMOs) - HD  

One of the panelists, Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America, said one restaurant in Dallas significantly increased its revenues by changing its menu from industrial farm supplied fruit, vegetables, and meat to “farm to table” dishes. I hope restaurants in Prince George’s County and especially those led by chefs like Donnell Long of Olde Towne Inn will recognize the healthy benefits of serving a “farm to table” menu. 





Farm-to-table movement growing

I have not seen the restaurant community in Prince George’s County discuss, advertise, and market the “farm to table” movement which leads me to believe they are not participating in it. This is surprising to me because the County has farms that raise crops and animals. Are supply chain relationships being developed between farms and restaurants in Prince George’s County? If so, are the farms:

-growing and selling organic fruit and vegetables
-raising antibiotic free, added hormones free, GMO feed and other drugs free animals

If not, why is there disconnect between Prince George’s County restaurants and local farmers? 



The Farm to Table Movement


Spring Lake Farm: Inspiring the Grass Fed Movement | food.curated. | Reserve Channel


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Prince Georges County – Steve Clarkson’s Quarterback Camp Is Leadership Training And Business Training For Life



Subject: Prince George’s County – Steve Clarkson’s Quarterback Camp Is Leadership Training And Business Training For Life

It has taken me a while to come to the understanding that sports prepares individuals for a successful life just as well as any other endeavor. I played sports as a child and still do. I just never took the organized sports route. I started to stereotype athletes as uneducated and lacking the ability to do anything other than run, jump, catch, etc. In the last five years or so, I have listened to sports talk radio and watched sports shows where the commentators discuss the struggles of being an athlete and the business of sports. My mindset has been transformed by sports networks recruiting retired athletes to be commentators and analysts. I now see these men and women have skill sets comparable to the best academic students and an entrepreneur’s business acumen. After all, they have to have to follow a game plan, sell themselves every day, practice, and execute. Athletes work to get results just like the best in any other field. The skills and competitive nature athletes learn during their career is portable and can make them a success in any endeavor they apply themselves and follow.


Link to Steve Clarkson DreamMaker on 60 Minutes: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/quarterback-guru-steve-clarkson-3




Quarterback Guru: Steve Clarkson


I learned about Steve Clarkson on 60 Minutes. He runs a camp for football quarterbacks in Los Angeles called Steve Clarkson DreamMaker. I think this is great information for athletes in Prince George’s County which is known as a training ground for great football players. Recruiting is high and national scouts make the rounds to the County’s football games to spot fresh talent. Since this opportunity is available to Prince George’s County student athletes, I want to disseminate information so they can learn from the best. I also want the parents of this County’s student athletes to have every advantage possible in producing a successful child, student, and citizen that ultimately forges a financially successful vocation. I think knowing about Steve Clarkson’s camp for football quarterbacks is a step in this direction.


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prince Georges County – Handup: Donate Directly To The Homeless Using Technology



Subject: Prince George’s County – Handup: Donate Directly To The Homeless Using Technology

Link to Website: https://handup.us/

Non-Profits that serve the homeless and at risk communities as well as helping the unemployed that lost their job during the 2007 recession can now be done using handup.com’s website platform. 




Handup CEO Rose Broome on Bloomberg West

Rose Broome says specifically that she runs a software company that builds apps. They are not non-profit. Her company created this software and it can be applied to solving a social problem. I am pointing this out to say Prince George’s County public and private leaders along with residents have to create more technology training opportunities that teach coding. The training should be geared to middle and high school students as well as the unemployed. It allows any individual that knows how to code to use the skills to solve social problems. Coders can be social entrepreneurs or for profit entrepreneurs. If the project is big enough, coders can also employ others to collaborate or handle “back office” work.



HandUp wants to solve homelessness and make money doing it

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Prince Georges County - Help That Can Grow Prince George’s County Entrepreneurs And Small Businesses



Subject: Prince George’s County - Help That Can Grow Prince George’s County Entrepreneurs And Small Businesses

Organization: MBA’s Across America

CEO: Casey Gerald







Bloomberg Interview: Casey Gerald


Class Day 2014: Casey Gerald

(3) Criteria:
The first is that they’re from a place with a story to tell; the story might be one of coming back from a tough time, like New Orleans or Detroit; it might be the story of a heartland hub like Omaha; or it’s the story of a rural community trying to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem like Wichita, Kansas.



Sarah Calhoun of Red Ants Pants Interviews Customer

The second is a business poised for growth. We work with entrepreneurs at the helm of startups and small businesses, everything from barber shops to technology companies to retail firms. We have to broaden the lens of entrepreneurship from just two guys in a garage coding to the broad swath of small business owners who create most of the jobs in America.

The third criterion is that the entrepreneur must be making a positive social impact in their community. We want to support entrepreneurs who believe that purpose matters just as much as profit, and so all of our entrepreneurs have intentionality about the impact they’re making, even if they’re not explicitly social entrepreneurs.

E-mail to Casey: Prince George’s County has been the step child to Washington DC, Montgomery County, and Howard County – Prince George’s County is diversified but the majority population is African American – Many of the County’s affluent are Federal and State Workers – The school system is harshly criticized – University of Maryland is the largest school in the state with a well known business and entrepreneurism school but there is a disconnect between the school, Prince George’s County, and how the school can employ their students to be engines of growth by using the County as a laboratory as all great schools do - Customer Service is a big challenge with the County’s small businesses and creates a negative impact on travel and tourism – Prince George’s County is a community that is trying to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem but all the air gets sucked out of the room by Washington DC, N. Virginia, Montgomery County, and Hartford County – I think residents are open to a more diversified county but just because we are a majority African American community doesn’t mean our entrepreneurial ecosystem and quality of life shouldn’t thrive – We don’t want the government to lead - We want to lead and have the government partner by creating the climate for growth via legislation – We want to attract entrepreneurs and doers who want to collaborate, lead, and partner – We have an incubator but I think it is having challenges transitioning to brick and mortar and keeping businesses in the County once they grow

Organization: Rise of the Rest

CEO: Steve Case





Title: Rise of The Rest - Steve Case



Title: Rise of the Rest Road Trip - Day 2 - Pittsburgh

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Prince Georges County – InterContinental Hotels Explains The Economic Impact Of Hotels On Communities



Subject: Prince George’s County – InterContinental Hotels Explains The Economic Impact Of Hotels On Communities

Prince George's County needs to get on board and focus on the travel and tourism sector because it leads to attracting tech, millenials, and improving the already high quality of life in the County.




IHG's Economic Impact

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