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Spanx Creator Sara Blakely Turns $5,000 Into A Billion

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Source: Forbes

Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, failed the LSAT’s, and then she took $5,000 in savings and turned it into a billion dollar company. A great and inspiring story to watch.

Food Expo Trade Mission to Hong Kong

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Two days ago, I attended a Trade Connect Export Workshop in San Gabriel.

Trade Connect (video) is an introductory workshop on the basics involved in exporting, including costs, risks and steps. In cooperation with other agencies and professionals, a summary of help and services available is presented, including:

– basics of the commercial transaction
– finding overseas markets
– trade financing
– documentation
– logistics

In addition to the provision of expert services, practical techniques of risk mitigation are presented at the workshop. This program connects businesses with the essential resources provided by the following governmental entities:

U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Export Import Bank
U.S. Small Business Administration (Export Assistance Center)
U.S. Southern California Regional District Export Council

California International Trade Development Centers (California Community Colleges)

Port of Los Angeles (including overseas offices)
Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA)
Minority Business Opportunity Center (MBOC)

Trade Connect supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative at the local and regional level for small- to medium-size enterprises in the Greater Los Angeles region.

I met with some great people from the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Commercial Service Los Angeles, CITD, SBA, Los Angeles World Airports, MIQ Logistics, Travelers and more.

There is a great Business Opportunity for Californian’s manufacturers of food and beverage products.

It’s the Food Expo Trade Mission to Hong Kong.

This Food Expo is attended by thousands of exhibitors from 22 countries in 2010. Attendance included 12,000 buyers from 60 countries. In excess of 370,000 members of the public visited. This creates an ideal opportunity for introducing both buyers and the public to California food and beverage products and services.


HKTDC Food Expo 2010

If you are interested in attending or know someone & company in the field, please email us here We will connect you with one of the persons in charge of the program.

“Invest Like a Champion Today”

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns or has a stake in over 70 businesses such as Coca Cola, IBM, and American Express. But this is no ordinary billionaire. He’s giving 99 percent of his wealth to charity and he thinks rich people should pay higher taxes. Read full script here

Black History Month

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Did you know that African-Americans count for nearly 42 million in the U.S., 13.6 percent of the total population?

By 2050, this proportion is estimated to reach 15 percent.  Although New York had the largest number of blacks of any state, Mississippi had the largest share of this group in its total population — 38 percent.  Black Americans are the largest minority group in 23 states.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The tradition of Black History Month goes back to the beginning of the 20th Century. NAACP leader and legendary historian and educator Carter G. Woodson originally founded “Negro History Week” in 1926, at a time when most history books simply omitted any African-American history and the central role African-Americans played in the birth of America as we know it. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of two men who fought for freedom of American slaves: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

In 1976, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month. Since then, Black History Month has offered an opportunity to study, reflect on, and redefine our ongoing legacy in American history.

Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Sources: NAACP and History

Origin of Black History Month

Freedom Riders

Watch Freedom Riders on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Roads to Memphis

Watch Roads to Memphis on PBS. See more from American Experience.

The New Negro / 1957 MLK Interview

Watch The New Negro / 1957 MLK Interview on PBS. See more from The Open Mind.

Dreams of Obama

Watch Dreams of Obama on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

More resources:

– Black History Month Facts here

– The Black Population in the USA here

– African American History Month here

– Watch more PBS program here

– Celebrating Black History Month in Los Angeles here

Anthony Bourdain – The Layover – Los Angeles

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Get suggestions on where to eat, stay and have fun in LA.


Inspirational Michael Jordan to the Max 2000

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Source: woxelOr

Michael Jordan to the Max is an American documentary released in IMAX in 2000. The film is about the life and career of basketball player Michael Jordan, focusing mainly on him during the 1998 NBA Playoffs. It is narrated by Laurence Fishburne.
The film includes appearances by numerous celebrities and professional athletes including Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Costas, Bill Murray, Ken Griffey, Jr., Steve Kerr, Spike Lee, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ahmad Rashad, and Pat Riley.

A Great Motivation from the Basketball Great Air Jordan! A Must Watch!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Man of Peace In a Time of War

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

A rare and candid TV interview with Martin Luther King, Jr. – unseen in 40 years – is the centerpiece of this timely tribute, featuring exclusive interviews with such notables as Jesse Jackson and Colin Powell that provide fresh insight into the life and personality of the late civil rights leader.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Achievements

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. More here


Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Daniel Pink on “the surprising science of motivation,” a TED talk that is one of many resources Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher and author, uses in this post.

Today, in lieu of a lesson plan, The Learning Network, New York Times – Education, has invited Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher and author, to write a guest post that brings together a number of recent Times and Learning Network pieces about motivation — and shows practical ways teachers can use them to help students learn to exert self-control, gain self-confidence and motivate themselves to learn and achieve. Read full post here

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

Monday, December 26th, 2011

All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.  Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.

If you’re interested in learning something new, this article written by Marc and Angel at Hack Life is for you.  Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources that Marc and Angel at Hack Life have bookmarked online over the past few years.

Here are some excerpts:

Science and Health
Business and Money
History and World Culture
Computer Science and Engineering
English and Communications
Foreign and Sign Languages
Multiple Subjects and Miscellaneous
Free Books and Reading Recommendations
Educational Mainstream Broadcast Media
Online Archives
Directories of Open Education

Read complete post at Marc and Angel at Hack Life