Saturday, April 8, 2017

Safe Haven seeks Guns-N-Hoses sponsors

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and there will be a lot of fly balls and fun July 11 when Safe Haven holds its seventh annual Guns-N-Hoses charity softball game at the newly renovated historic Calfee Park.

Ellen Mitchell, executive director of Safe Haven Child Visitation Centers of the New River Valley, is seeking sponsors for the event, which is Safe Haven’s only fundraiser of the year. The game is a major funding source for the nonprofit, all-volunteer agency.

Safe Haven provides traumatized and often abused and neglected children with a safe place to visit with estranged parents during court ordered supervised child visitation centers Seattle, without the parents having contact with one another. This alleviates stress and trauma for the child.

The organization is strictly dependent upon donations and grants to operate.

The past six Guns-N-Hoses games “have given the community an opportunity to enjoy an evening of wholesome family fun while supporting a much-needed service to our community,” Mitchell said.

Since the game is Safe Haven’s only fundraiser, she noted sponsorship are important to ensure the agency can continue to provide the same level of service it has in the past. To become a sponsor or obtain additional information, contact Mitchell at 540-808-0096 or

Agencies competing in this year’s softball game will be Pulaski and Dublin police departments, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, REMSI (Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc.) and members of all seven county fire departments. WDBJ7 in Roanoke, which partners with Safe Haven to offer the annual event, also will have news and weather personalities on hand to play and greet the crowd.

Door prizes donated by area businesses will be given away during the game, and concessions will be available through new Calfee Park owner, Shelor Motor Mile.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Short Essay: How to Start a Small Business

Becoming an entrepreneur is a worthwhile endeavor. The desire to start your own small business is both admirable and terrifying simultaneously. If you don’t know what you are getting yourself into, you could be looking at a lot of disappointment in the future. However, if you are willing to take the risks and steps necessary to learn how to start a small business, there is the potential for great personal satisfaction.

Before you choose to go on this journey you should ensure that your business idea is solid. You cannot start a small business based on what you see everyone else doing. When the market is flooded with people selling baseball caps, opening up another hat shop is not a good idea. Planning a small business takes both knowledge and common sense. You will need to research how viable your idea will be in the marketplace.

Adam Khafif offers some phenomenal advice. He says, “Whatever you choose to pursue, make sure your customers and supporters feel valued at the end of the exchange.” Your business has to add value to the community if you want it to be successful. And, if you are truly serious about this endeavor, you will need to follow these 20 steps to starting a successful small business.

We are not trying to make the list a simple procedure because running your own business is anything but easy. However, we do want you to go at this endeavor as well informed and prepared as possible. Do not skip any of the steps we have laid out for you here:
  • Understand the market. The truth is, the “next big thing” is probably not what you are going to create. Instead, understand the type of job you want to do and then research the market to see if your career desire can fill a need in your area. Don’t try to chase money. Instead, choose to sell the things you love.
  • Write a business plan. These can be elaborate or simple. Just be certain that you answer some invaluable questions when you create the plan. The questions include:
  • What’s your vision?
  • What’s your mission?
  • What are your objectives?
  • What strategies will you employ to reach them?
  • What’s the action plan?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ignoring Graphic Design Could be Detrimental to Your Business

Unless you’re a professional graphic designer in addition to having your own business, you are strongly advised to find and hire a graphic designer for your business’ web page. The millennial generation reached preadolescence at a time when the Internet was beginning to be used for college classes, games, and businesses. This was the beginning of Internet literacy as a necessity for those living in developed societies. Today, having a web page is commonplace. But having a page alone is not what will help your business grow to any extent. You must find a way to make your page stand out, and stick in consumers’ minds.

Why Ignoring Website Graphic Design Is Bad for Business

Your website is one giant advertisement for your business. Poor site design does not represent your brand well. This leads to lower customer traffic; and, in turn, less business. A mediocre site design will likely require regular revamping every few years. The time and cost of regular redesigning is not worth having a great design in the first place. Plus, it gives the public the impression that your business cannot afford a professional designer. An unfortunate image such as this is difficult to remove. Paying for quality design proves its usefulness many times over. One dynamite professional design will last far longer, and keeping it the same builds familiarity with your brand for your customers.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

3 Must Have Items to Get Funding for a Small Business

Funding a small business is usually the one area most new business owners struggle with. It can be difficult to find investors or secure loans when a business has not even opened its doors. It’s the classic catch-22, though, most lenders or investors want to see the business is successful before giving money but you need the money in order to start your business. Fortunately, you can prove your business is a worthy investment just by having these three things in order.

  1. Business Plan

To begin with, before you ever try to seek funding, you need to have a solid business plan. Your business plan is basically an outline of every detail about your business. It should explain what your business is and what it does. It should outline the financial plan for the first few years of the business. In addition, it should give details about the people running the business, the structure of the business, and its location. The plan should have explanations of the different business aspects, including marketing and human resources.

Anyone reading your plan should have a complete picture of what your business is. The plan should address any possible questions that could come up. They should be left with no questions about anything. You don’t need an MVU Online degree to figure out how to write a plan, but you might benefit from a course in business.

Safe Haven seeks Guns-N-Hoses sponsors

They say time flies when you’re having fun , and there will be a lot of fly balls and fun July 11 when Safe Haven holds its seven...