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Sandra Dyche Kim Explains US Port Redevelopment Efforts

In Business on December 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

Sandra Dyche KimSandra Dyche Kim works closely with the EB-5 program, which helps immigrants gain visas by allowing them to invest in U.S. industry. With such a close relationship to the influx of immigrants, Sandra Dyche Kim has followed the recent redevelopments to American ports, noting the impact they will have on the American economy. Sandra Dyche Kim spoke to Presentation Solutions about these port redevelopments and how they’ll influence the movement of freight into the United States.

Presentation Solutions: Could you explain what a port is and how it impacts the economy?

Sandra Dyche Kim: In America, ports facilitate the transport of goods in and out of the United States. There are currently 360 commercial ports in this country.

Presentation Solutions: Why are some ports in need of redevelopment?

Sandra Dyche Kim: Over time, some of these ports have become incredibly outdated and therefore unable to handle the workload presented to them on a daily basis. Many of the larger carriers are now choosing to work with the same few ports, leaving other ports abandoned. These ports are redeveloping in the hopes of competing with these more successful ports.

Presentation Solutions: What types of changes are they making as part of this redevelopment?

Sandra Dyche Kim: It varies from port to port, but many are taking in-depth looks at their dock structures and berths, as well as making improvements to the points where they connect to other transportation mechanisms, such as trains and interstates.

Presentation Solutions: How will these redevelopments be funded?

Sandra Dyche Kim: Many of these ports rely on government funding, but there can be issues with this type of financing.

Presentation Solutions: Such as?

Sandra Dyche Kim: Shipping companies might end up taking on the risk of these investments, and if that happens, they might end up overinvesting in ports for their use. In the end, the brunt of the cost may end up going to the public.

Presentation Solutions: What is the alternative?

Sandra Dyche Kim: Many of these redevelopment efforts may end up being funded by project-based financing, with the cost going to private companies rather than the government.

Prior to her work with CapSpan, Sandra Dyche Kim was owner and chair of Hasca of America, which dealt in ceramics, as well as high-tech abrasives. She’s also worked in banking and finance, giving her a well-rounded view of the investment process.

Lindsay Rosenwald on Abiraterone and the Acquisition of Cougar Biotechnology

In Business, General, Technology on September 26, 2013 at 6:34 am

Lindsay RosenwaldLindsay Rosenwald is a medical doctor and finance expert who specializes in investing in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical research. Lindsay Rosenwald founded Cougar Biotechnology to continue research and development on abiraterone acetate, a drug that combats hormone-resistant prostate cancer. Johnson & Johnson acquired the company in 2009.

Drug development

Development on abiraterone acetate first began in the 1990s, recalls Lindsay Rosenwald. The drug was reviewed by a number of medical investment firms who declined participation. Lab results eventually ended up on the desk of Lindsay Rosenwald, and Cougar Biotechnology then purchased production rights for approximately $500,000.

According to Lindsay Rosenwald, abiraterone acetate enjoyed unparalleled success in its first clinical trials in 2004. The drug proved to induce a decline in prostate-specific antigen levels in patients who had received chemotherapy but were refractory to it. Dr. Lindsay Rosenwald further explains that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug after an extremely successful phase 3 clinical study. During the study, the results in the control group were so profound that the trial was halted and placebo participants were given the drug, reports Lindsay Rosenwald.

Abiraterone is an androgen biosynthesis inhibitor (ABI) that directly affects the androgen biosynthesis pathway by inhibiting CYP17 (17α-hydroxylase/C17, 20-lyase). Consequently, androgen biosynthesis is inhibited at 3 sources of testosterone production: the testes, adrenal glands, and prostate tumor tissue. Androgen biosynthesis inhibition results in decreased levels of serum testosterone and other androgens. Androgen-deprivation therapies—such as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs or orchiectomy—decrease androgen production in the testes, but do not affect androgen production by the adrenal glands or in the tumor.

As Lindsay Rosenwald reports, abiraterone was approved under the brand name Zytiga and released in April 2011. Zytiga’s approval came after clinical studies of nearly 1,200 late-stage prostate cancer patients showed the overall survival rate was significantly extended after taking the drug, says Dr. Lindsay Rosenwald.

Company acquisition

Lindsay Rosenwald reports that in July 2009, Johnson & Johnson completed its acquisition of Cougar Biotechnology. The acquisition took place after Johnson & Johnson purchased approximately 20,150,000 shares of Cougar Biotechnology stock through a short-form merger.

Johnson & Johnson spent approximately $1 billion to procure Cougar Biotechnology. At the time, Lindsay Rosenwald reports that Cougar Biotechnology was in the process of conducting Phase III clinical trials for abiraterone acetate.

Today, Cougar Biotechnology operates as a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and works alongside Ortho Biotech Oncology Research & Development. Lindsay Rosenwald reports that Ortho Biotech is also a Johnson & Johnson company and operates under the umbrella of Centocor Research & Development.

The future of abiraterone

Dr. Lindsay Rosenwald reports that abiraterone acetate may also be indicated to treat advanced breast cancer. Studies performed at the University of London’s Institute of Cancer Research have shown promising results. According to the Institute of Cancer Research website, abiraterone acetate may be most useful for women with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, says Dr. Lindsay Rosenwald.

Lindsay Rosenwald reports that Zytiga is slated to become a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical in the coming years and is proud to have been a pioneer of its success. Thousands of lives have been prolonged thanks to the drug, and Lindsay Rosenwald believes that many more will be prolonged or saved in the future.

Cougar Biotechnology was founded to focus on finding medical assets with considerable intrinsic value, says Lindsay Rosenwald. The company achieved its goal by offering a notable new alternative in advanced oncological medication.

Rehak Creative Services Sees Value in Visual Storytelling

In Business on September 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Rehak Creative ServicesSince 1994, Rehak Creative Services has developed effective and engaging marketing communications for local and international clients. Rehak Creative Services focusing on identifying an advertising strategy that will increase clients’ awareness and sales. In this interview, Rehak Creative Services founder Bob Rehak describes how the development of advertising and marketing materials requires keen insight into the consumer’s perspective.

Q: What’s the primary goal of an advertisement?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: Basically, advertisements—or any form of communication, for that matter—need to grab people’s attention. That’s job #1.

Q: How do advertising agencies make this happen?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: Visuals provide the stopping power that will attract and engage the audience.

Q: What obstacles prevent clients from reaching their audience?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: In this era of data overload, there is often a huge disconnect between information and meaning.

Q: Can you elaborate?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: Consumers often take in a wealth of content on a daily basis, but there’s precious little context.

Q: Who is responsible for reestablishing this connection?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: The ability to bond with the audience requires sensitive, innovative work by a whole group of writers, editors, illustrators, designers and photographers.

Q: How has Rehak Creative Services in particular solved the problem?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: The experienced team members of Rehak Creative Services have explored what it truly means to convey information with creativity and clarity.

Q: How has the advertising industry changed in recent years?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: In this time-pressured world, people further appreciate those who communicate quickly and succinctly.

Q: How can creative people accomplish this task?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: Creative people need to say something worthwhile to hold the reader’s attention in order to read the copy.

Q: Will lengthy content help their cause?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: Sometimes, especially if people are in the final stages of making a purchase decision. But in many cases, especially early in the purchase decision making cycle, using fewer words is actually a better strategy.

Q: Without words, what can creative people do to draw attention to advertising?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: Visual elements provide the initial stopping power.

Q: Can you give us an example from the Rehak Creative Services portfolio?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: One of the most downloaded samples on our website is a brochure we did for the American Leadership Forum/Children’s Defense Fund Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline project.

Q: How does photography create stopping power?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: Good photography can have an ironic, empathetic quality to it.  In this case, we used a baby in a crib reaching for a pair of handcuffs that were dangling overhead like a toy.

Q: In the grand scheme of themes, what are advertising experts trying to accomplish?

Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services: In this case, we were trying to draw attention to community groups that had innovative strategies for helping to break at-risk children out of the Cradle-to-Prison pipeline. Our goal was to help generate support for their efforts.

Rehak Creative Services is a Houston-based advertising agency with a roster of international clients including Halliburton, TransCanada, and ChevronPhillips. Under the guidance of renowned creative director Bob Rehak, Rehak Creative Services has won more than 100 industry awards. For more information on Rehak Creative Services and their advertising campaigns, visit rehak.com.

All State Van Lines Relocation Hires Only Quality Employees

In Business on September 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

All-State-Van-Lines-Relocation-Employees1All State Van Lines Relocation is a moving brokerage firm based in Margate, Fla., that coordinates residential and corporate moves and relocations nationwide. In the following interview with Presentation Solutions, All State Van Lines Relocation describes its hiring philosophy.

Presentation Solutions: A service company like All State Van Lines Relocation is so much more than its president or CEO, isn’t it?

All State Van Lines Relocation: Absolutely. Our employees are the ones meeting and serving customers. That’s why we take so much care in hiring.

Presentation Solutions: Tell us more about that.

All State Van Lines Relocation: Hiring the right person isn’t easy. We can train, but we have to find people who have certain natural talents and characteristics first.

Presentation Solutions: What would those be?

All State Van Lines Relocation: First, we’re looking for people who are honest. After an initial interview, we do an extensive background check, since All State Van Lines Relocation employees work directly with the public.

Presentation Solutions: What else do you look for?

All State Van Lines Relocation: We look for good previous employment references and evidence dependability. Someone who will not just show up for work but will actually do the job of serving customers. All State Van Lines Relocation is a service company.

Presentation Solutions: Is there a certain personality type you look for?

All State Van Lines Relocation: Everyone is different, but basically we want positive people who are focused on finding solutions, not complaining about setbacks or challenges. All State Van Lines Relocation is a “get the job done right” kind of company.

Presentation Solutions: I would think handling people’s personal items would require special care, right?

All State Van Lines Relocation: Yes, so we focus on training in a big way. All State Van Lines Relocation employees undergo training that molds them into expert packers and movers. It’s a science of sorts.

Presentation Solutions: What do you mean?

All State Van Lines Relocation: There’s a right and a wrong way to pack furniture and belongings. All State Van Lines Relocation has more than 20 years’ experience in getting it right, and we train our employees accordingly, using top materials and highest industry standard practices.

Presentation Solutions: Your employees probably have to make a lot of minute-by-minute decisions when moving an array of items.

All State Van Lines Relocation: Yes, and that’s where the character issue comes in. We look for people with good judgment and a desire to please customers. That’s why we also depend a lot on referrals from within our All State Van Lines Relocation staff.

Presentation Solutions: You mean hiring friends of your current employees?

All State Van Lines Relocation: The experts do say that’s a good place to start. People who know what the job requires are often good at figuring out folks they know who might be a good fit. But they still have to go through background checks.

Presentation Solutions: And networking sites?

All State Van Lines Relocation: Yes, they can be good for upper-level staff. But sites like LinkedIn are really just sophisticated referral sites—people who know people and can vouch for them.

Presentation Solutions: Why is this so important?

All State Van Lines Relocation: It’s a lot tougher on everyone to terminate someone who’s not working out than to make a good hire at the start.

Dollar Loan Center CEO Chuck Brennan on Appearing in National Security Magazine

In Business, Finance on August 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Charles-C-Brennan-Professional-VerticalCEO Chuck Brennan founded Dollar Loan Center in 1998 as a provider of short-term loans. Dollar Loan Center is a division of DLC Empire.  Chuck Brennan and Dollar Loan Center recently earned recognition from Currents magazine, one of the chief security magazines in the world. Chuck Brennan, who currently lives in Las Vegas, NV., speaks about his company’s emphasis on safety and security.

Presentation Solutions: How important is this honor?

Chuck Brennan: Very important. Safety and security are two major concerns with any business—and especially for Dollar Loan Center and the retail lending industry in general.

Presentation Solutions: How many Dollar Loan Center locations are there in the U.S.?

Chuck Brennan: There are now Dollar Loan Center locations in four states.

Presentation Solutions: Where are those?

Chuck Brennan: Stores can be found in Nevada, California, Utah and South Dakota.

Presentation Solutions: What region sees the most business?

Chuck Brennan: The Las Vegas, NV stores have seen the highest volume of traffic.

Presentation Solutions: The safety precautions at Dollar Loan Center must give customers peace of mind.

Chuck Brennan: As the principal provider of short-term credit in both South Dakota and Las Vegas, NV., it is crucial for Dollar Loan Center to operate under an established set of standards.

Presentation Solutions: What went into making Dollar Loan Center a secure place of business?

Chuck Brennan: Store monitoring is a key component to safety measures. This level of security is rare in the retail lending industry.

Presentation Solutions: How are store operations monitored?

Chuck Brennan: The surveillance center was created to monitor each of the Dollar Loan Center locations from a centralized unit so that the security team could view every inch of every office.  We monitor over 1,500 security cameras, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Presentation Solutions: What’s another prominent feature of these security measures?

Chuck Brennan: Each branch is equipped with cash recyclers that count, sort and validate all customer deposits within a safe machine. This machine is only accessible by members of the Dollar Loan Center security team.

Presentation Solutions: What happens if a cash recycler is stolen?

Chuck Brennan: These cash recyclers contain security cameras, tracking systems and alarms. It is virtually impossible for a thief to get away with the crime.

Presentation Solutions: Has this security effort prevented theft?

Chuck Brennan: By using state-of-the-art technology, Dollar Loan Center has virtually prevented theft in all of its locations.

Presentation Solutions: As they say, safety first.

Chuck Brennan: Our greatest objective is to keep both customers and employees out of harm’s way. Thankfully, Dollar Loan Center has proven successful in this challenging endeavor.

Presentation Solutions: Thanks for being with us today, Chuck.

Chuck Brennan: Thank you!

Aldo Disorbo Explains Benefits of Moving Brokerage

In Business, General on August 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

Aldo-Disorbo-Call-Center-Presentation-SolutionsLike finding the perfect house, Aldo Disorbo says using a moving broker can make moving an easier, cheaper, and more pleasurable experience.

Q: What is a moving broker?

Aldo Disorbo: A moving broker is someone that acts as an intermediary between the customer and a pool of service providers.

Q: What are the benefits to using an agency such as this?

Aldo Disorbo: For my customers at Nationwide Relocation Services, we find that we can save them up to 70 percent off of their moves.

Q: And how is that?

Aldo Disorbo: Every day, hundreds of trucks are performing moves all throughout the Continental U.S. It’s very common, these trucks will continue to their next destination empty. Our affiliates will notify us of the location of their unfilled trucks so we can connect them to nearby customers in need. Thanks to this streamlined process, we will be able to offer incredible discounts.

Q: So Nationwide Relocation Services is not an actual moving company?

Aldo Disorbo: No, we are not a moving company and we will not transport an individual shipper’s household goods, but we will coordinate and arrange for the transportation of their household goods by an FMCSA authorized motor carrier.

Q: But aren’t all moving companies the same?

Aldo Disorbo: Not at all. Many moving companies only offer local moves. Others focus on long-distance or international moves. Some companies don’t have the capability to transfer large items such as pianos or vehicles.

Q: So you have a way to input the customers’ requirements to match them to providers in their area?

Aldo Disorbo: Absolutely. And again, at a highly competitive price.

Q: It seems like there are a lot of moving brokers nowadays.

Aldo Disorbo: Yes, but it wasn’t always so. In fact, Nationwide Relocation Services was one of the first. The system that we have in place has served as a model for many other companies over the years.

Q: What happens when a customer is not happy with the quality of service?

Aldo Disorbo: We hold all of our contractors highly accountable for everything they do. It doesn’t happen often, but when we do have an issue we take every step to rectify it immediately.

Q: How do you determine who the best moving services are?

Aldo Disorbo: We actually have an internal rating system. The system flags customer service agents as to who the best available is. This makes it much easier to provide quality providers to our customers.

Q: So Nationwide Relocation Services really does all the legwork?

Aldo Disorbo: Yes. We have a remarkably efficient system in place. We have helped thousands of individuals find the right relocation service provider.

Q: With the accessibility of information online, are moving brokers becoming obsolete?

Aldo Disorbo: Just the opposite is true. The Internet can be a wonderful portal of information but that information can also be tainted. It can be very difficult to filter through search results. It is also very time-consuming to compare pricing, service options, and availability.

Q: What is the future of the moving brokerage business?

Aldo Disorbo: I believe that this is an industry that is here to stay. Using a moving broker affords the customer the opportunity to rely on someone else’s expertise in the area so that they can focus on what’s important to them — whether it be getting to a new home or relocating entire office.

Q: How do you think moving brokerage firms can be better in the future?

Aldo Disorbo: I firmly believe that it all comes down to the customer, although sadly, many businesses don’t see it that way. It is our customers that drive us and having fulfilled customers inspires us to continue to pave a path of success for Nationwide Relocation Services and other companies like it.

Q: Do you rely on customer feedback?

Aldo Disorbo: Yes, we do. Each company that we utilize is rated by the most reliable experts – the customer.

Q: What exactly do you grade them on?

Aldo Disorbo: Customer service, efficiency, courtesy, and professionalism. Low marks in any of these categories can trigger an investigation by our quality control.

Q: It sounds like Nationwide Relocation Services keeps a close eye on their service providers.

Aldo Disorbo: Our reputation depends on our customers’ happiness. We cannot and will not allow that to be tainted by poor service.

Q: Well, we appreciate you being with us today we look forward to talking to you again in the future.

Aldo Disorbo: Thank you very much for having me.

Aldo Disorbo is the founder of Nationwide Relocation Services. The company utilizes his 30+ years of experience in the industry to recognize quality service providers and to match these companies with clients across the United States. Nationwide Relocation Services can help with long-distance moves.

Entrepreneur Sandra Dyche Explains the Genesis of the New York City Regional Center

In Business on August 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

Sandra-Dyche%3DNY-Center-Regional-CenterAs a co-founder of the New York City Regional Center (NYCRC), Sandra Dyche led the charge in developing the organization’s core values. Sandra Dyche also headed the movement to seek federal approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Presentation Solutions: What is the NYCRC?

Sandra Dyche: The NYCRC is the first EB-5 Regional Center, and it funds a variety of economic development projects in New York City. Each NYCRC project is located within one of the four major boroughs of New York City (Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx). The NYCRC offers loans to larger real estate projects.

Presentation Solutions: Where is the NYCRC located?

Sandra Dyche: The central office is based in Manhattan, with an additional office in Shanghai.

Presentation Solutions: What is a regional center?

Sandra Dyche: Regional centers are units with U.S. federal government approval that are designed for foreign investors. Regional centers may incorporate either a major city or a region of a state. Right now, there are more than 240 regional centers across the country.

Presentation Solutions: Who supervises the NYCRC?

Sandra Dyche: All activities related to the NYCRC are supervised by USCIS, a division of Homeland Security. In 2008, the NYCRC earned full approval from USCIS and continues to receive government approvals for its investor petitions.

Presentation Solutions: How does a regional center help the economy?

Sandra Dyche: The principals of the NYCRC have extensive knowledge of industries such as urban planning, government, law and real estate. This expertise leads to secure foreign investments, resulting local job creation and tax revenue.

Presentation Solutions: What countries have participated in the NYCRC?

Sandra Dyche: Germany, Italy, China, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Russia, Taiwan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Venezuela and Japan have all had individuals participate in NYCRC projects.

Presentation Solutions: What kinds of projects have been completed through the NYCRC?

Sandra Dyche: Completed projects have included infrastructure, hotels, restaurants, retail stores, civic and office buildings, sports and entertainment buildings, light industrial and warehouse facilities, medical facilities, and mixed-use facilities, both commercial and residential.

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon on the Definition of Kosher

In Business on August 5, 2013 at 3:27 am

Rabbi-Binyomin-Lisbon-Kosher-Food5According to Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon of KSA Kosher, several misconceptions exist about the term “kosher.” Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon explains that kosher most often describes food permitted for consumption by people who observe Jewish dietary law.

Q: Why are certain food products considered non-kosher?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Foods may be rendered non-kosher for a variety of reasons, including the species of animal and improper slaughtering or processing procedures.

Q: What else?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: The mixing of meat and dairy ingredients is forbidden. Plus, the usage of ingredients drawn from non-kosher sources is not allowed under Kashrus law.

Q: Define Kashrus.

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Kashrus, the term used to explain the concept of dietary laws, relates to the kinds of food permissible for preparation and consumption.

Q: What animals are considered kosher?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Cattle or bovine are deemed kosher because they have cloven hooves and chew cud. If an animal does not possess both of these distinctions, it is strictly forbidden.

Q: What other characteristics should kosher consumers examine?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: The animal being slaughtered must have no flaw or disease. Further, the origin of the animal is a major concern to kosher production.

Q: What are some examples of kosher animals?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Examples of kosher animals are sheep, goats, lambs, cows, bulls, springbok and veal.

Q: What about the animal’s milk?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: The milk from non-kosher animals is strictly prohibited.

Q: Are there any other restrictions?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Dairy products may not contain any non-kosher additives, and they may not include meat derivatives or products.

Q: What’s an example of these products?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Many kinds of cheese have been manufactured using rennet. Therefore, they would need kosher certification.

Q: Can kosher consumers ever trust preprocessed foods?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Only the kosher certification symbol verifies a product’s viability. Many preprocessed foods contain small portions of milk products. One example of a popular milk product is whey.

Q: Have these been deemed non-kosher?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: According to food regulations, such small additives in these products do not have to be labeled on packaging. Nonetheless, these products would still be rendered dairy.

Q: How are kosher animals slaughtered?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: To be eaten by the kosher consumer, a species must be slaughtered in a ritual known as “Schochet.”

Q: What does Schochet mean?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Jewish law prohibits causing any pain to animals during the slaughter, so death must occur almost instantaneously for the animal to be deemed kosher. The Schochet is the rabbi performing the ritual.

Q: How is the animal prepared for cooking after the slaughter?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: After the animal is slaughtered, the kosher supervisor treats the carcass by removing certain forbidden veins and fats.

Q: How are the animals cleaned?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: All blood from the animal should be drained or cooked out of meat before the consumer eats it.

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon is the chief administrator of KSA Kosher, the largest kosher certification agency in the Western United States.

Haunted House: A Real Phenomenon Says Wesley Upchurch

In Business on May 25, 2013 at 12:32 am
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Wesley Upchurch

Residual energy, ghost, spirits, specters, poltergeist – Wesley Upchurch says hauntings are as varied as the people who report them. Here, paranormal phenomenon enthusiast Wesley Upchurch remarks on a few of the nation’s most compelling cases of ghostly activity.

The Myrtles Plantation

According to Wesley Upchurch, St. Francisville, Louisiana is home to one of America’s most haunted houses. Built in 1796, the Myrtles Plantation is thought to be inhabited by the ghost of a young slave girl who was hung on the grounds. Chloe, reports Wesley Upchurch, can still be seen wandering the courtyards searching for the children she accidentally poisoned. According to Wesley Upchurch, Chloe was a mistress of the home’s master. Fearing that as her beauty faded so did her worth as a domestic slave, Wesley Upchurch notes that Chloe poisoned a birthday cake, resulting in the death of the owners’ only two children. Her intent was to cause stomach ache and nurse the family back to health thereby cementing her position as an irreplaceable asset to the family.

Wesley Upchurch notes that many visitors to the plantation have seen a shy African-American woman aimlessly strolling the property. Overnight guest report covers being pulled off and hearing the echoing laughter of children gone for nearly two centuries. According to Wesley Upchurch, the mirror in the main foyer is still marred by the handprints of two little girls.

The Winchester Mystery House

Sarah Winchester, reveals Wesley Upchurch, was an eccentric woman with boatloads of cash. Coupled by the unbearable loss of her husband and only child in the late 1800s, Ms. Winchester (who married into the Winchester gun fortune) did the only thing that made any sense to her: she built a house. According to Wesley Upchurch, the Winchester House is no ordinary house, however. This sprawling mansion is complete with doors to nowhere, the unusual Switchback Staircase, and the maze of passageways that only Sarah herself could navigate without a map.

Wesley Upchurch notes that the home was built after a medium told Sarah Winchester that the never ending construction of a shrine to Winchester gun victims was the only thing that would appease the ghost of the dead and damned. And, Wesley Upchurch notes that poor Sarah took those words to her grave by investing every penny she had up until her death on its resurrection.

Savannah, Georgia

No notation of America’s most haunted locations would be complete without least mention of the Hostess City of South. Wesley Upchurch says that Savannah, with its beautifully manicured public parks and historic cemeteries, is regarded as a haven for “haints”.  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a movie based on a book about voodoo and murder, was filmed throughout the city and founded in part on supernatural stories emanating from the city’s history. Buildings such as the historic Whitaker-Huntington Inn and the Marshall House are favorite attractions for those seeking more than Southern hospitality.

Wesley Upchurch isn’t a typical businessman. He has dedicated his entire life to helping others have fun. As the founder of some of Columbia, Missouri’s most famous family-friendly attractions, Wesley Upchurch knows a thing or two about how to have a good time. He is a thrill-seeker at heart who genuinely believes that life isn’t worth living if you can’t keep having fun when it’s over.

Senior Entrepreneurship Numbers Continue to Increase

In Business, Finance on May 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

As economic advisers continue to forecast an uncertain future, more seniors are considering entrepreneurship as an opportunity to pursue their passions while taking financial matters into their own hands.

Although entrepreneurship has consistently proven to be a daunting task for professionals both young and old, the benefits of staying with a large company are now fewer and farther between. The potential decrease in Social Security benefits causes deep insecurity with many seniors. Other factors such as dwindling 401(k) accounts, unfair labor practices and job layoffs also account for this anxiety. The personal freedoms associated with entrepreneurship seem attractive. However, senior entrepreneurs who seek to own a business must fully examine their situations before making a big leap.

Entrepreneurship is not quite as simple as just selling a product or service to the public. Responsibilities such as leasing a building, presiding over human resource duties, and preparing payroll are all part of entrepreneurship. Overall, an entrepreneur must meet a need in the community by using a set of resources and talents that no one else offers.

The best strategy for senior entrepreneurs is to start the process gradually. Although no two entrepreneurs are alike, a measured approach ensures that the odds of success are much greater.

Seeking guidance from fellow entrepreneurs and other business professionals will instill a sense of confidence. Potential business builders should identify individuals in their chosen field who have already experienced success and then interview them to glean useful tips and techniques. Family members and friends might provide a wealth of love and support, but only a business colleague with ample experience has the additional knowledge necessary to inspire confident decisions. This trusted collaborator might not always be available for face-to-face meetings, however. Job Shadow, a popular entrepreneurial website, provides a forum where individuals can conduct interviews with industry professionals. Even when beginning a solo venture, the entrepreneur doesn’t have to go it alone.

Motivation and energy are crucial tools in this time-consuming pursuit. However, selecting the proper field is also important to prepare for the journey. Entrepreneurial groups like the Small Business Development Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives, as well as other nonprofit groups, give easy access to business consultants and educational courses with little or no fees. Individuals can peruse the Internet for online tools and white papers that possess financial and technological information relevant to their particular field.