Little White Fashion Truck Nominated for Award.
The Fashion Awards Maryland nominated the truck for Emerging Boutique.
The Little White Fashion Truck commonly seen around Severna Park is nominated for an award, but needs your help to seal the victory.
The Fashion Awards Maryland has nominated the Little White Fashion Truck (LWFT) as one of five finalists in the Emerging Boutique category. According to the truck’s Facebook page, the winner is determined by people’s choice and voting began Monday.
Area residents have become familiar with the truck, created by Severna Park native Shelley Sarmiento, as it is often spotted around town. The truck first emerged in Severna Park in July 2012.
Sarmiento would like to do more than just be nominated for the Emerging Boutique award. She wants to win but she needs some help. You can vote by logging onto the Fashion Awards MD website and casting your vote.
“LWFT is a huge success and has received both local and national recognition thanks to your kindness and support,” Sarmiento wrote on the truck’s Facebook page. “Winning this prestigious award would be one more super cool step toward sharing our LWFT Innovation and Truck Culture with so many others.”
Lord Heseltine agreed. “There is no army of people looking to increase their debt,” he stated, also asserting that this is reasonable in a time of low confidence.
In such a context, Heseltine argued, it becomes ever more important to effectively stimulate competitive spirit. He is confident that his plan to deliver regional business funding, won in competition between 39 local enterprise partnerships, is an effective way of doing this, if coupled with better capability in the nationwide network of the British Chambers of Commerce and sector trade bodies. The UK compares unfavourably with European peers when it comes to the clout and strategic alignment of these networks.
Heseltine’s plan for growth is driven by a belief that the UK must raise its average business performance. “It is easy to find examples of excellence in Britain,” he said. “But the global economy will judge us on our average.”
Negativity ill received
The positivity of Jim O’Neill and Lord Heseltine was well received by most delegates in stark contrast to the negative campaigning of shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. While delegates welcomed news that Sir John Armitt has been tasked with finding ways to reduce the impact of party political interests in long term policy making, most were doubtful that any real difference could be made to such an embedded aspect of British politics.
It was also observed that, while Mr Balls preached long termism and identified the need for an industrial strategy, he failed to acknowledge or respond to the strategy issued by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills last September. He also sidestepped a request from one delegate that Labour should adopt EEF’s industrial strategy, Route to Growth published in November.
Online Dating Site Serves Up a Daily Deal With Your Match.
On most online dating sites, there’s no incentive to connect with someone right away. Match.com profiles are just always there for you to peruse, so there’s no pressure to act now and meet your perfect match. Recent Harvard Business School grad Arum Kang wants to change that with her new startup Coffee Meets Bagel, which integrates the concept of time-sensitive matchmaking with daily deals incentives.
Coffee Meets Bagel works like this: users sign up using Facebook connect so that the site can privately match you with mutual friends. Every day at 12pm, the site sends you an email with a match chosen from your social graph, and you have 24 hours to decide whether to “like” or “pass” on the person.
If there’s a mutual like–meaning that both users liked each other’s profiles–you’re both sent a text message through a private line that allows you to talk to each other for up to seven days without exchanging contact information. Through that line, you can either plan a date or exchange numbers to plan one for the future.
Users who get a mutual like also receive an email in their inbox with a deal for a local business–something like a complimentary cheese plate or prosecco at a New York restaurant–to incentivize actually going on the date.
Ms. Kang told Betabeat that she arrived at this online dating model by looking at what customers wanted, and examining what other dating sites were lacking.
“Coffee Meets Bagel was really born while we were brainstorming about how do we actually make online dating compelling for people to really get excited about it, and not just something that people would choose to do as a last ditch effort,” she told Betabeat by phone. “After graduation it’s harder and harder to meet people, and a lot of people resort to online dating–but there’s still a stigma. We wanted to create a company and a brand that’s exciting and that people can look forward to interacting with.”