Appreciation for Business Owners and Cultural Expression from Entrepreneurs in Atlanta – North Dekalb Mall
At Digitize us, we show appreciation for business owners and cultural expression from entrepreneurs in Atlanta. We examined three business owners who operate in the North Dekalb Mall located at 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, GA 30033. The interviewees are Ms. Mercy of the African Art and Design Gallery, Mr. James Horton, Curator of the Sights and Sounds Black Cultural Expo Museum, and the Corretta Scott King Award winning illustrator, Mr. Gregory Christie.
Mr. Gregory Christie (from New Jersey) discusses his artistic journey that led to his creation of the Kwanzaa Stamp for United States Postal Service. Many of his other accolades include; The Caldecott Honor- New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year for “Freedom in Congo Square”, The Coretta Scott King Award, NAACP Image Award for “Our Children Can Soar”, and the Horn Book Award by the Boston Globe. Mr. Christie provides affordable art classes to adults and children during normal mall hours.
Mr. James Horton is the curator and founder of the Sights and Sounds Cultural Expo Museum. The collection of historic artifacts includes a scope that covers the time periods of the early 1900’s to the present. The museum explores the African-American experience of the past while hosting monthly cultural events for the community. The museum is free of charge and is open during regular mall hours, 9am – 9 pm every day.
Ms. Mercy is from Ghana and currently serves as the owner operator of the African Art and Design Gallery in North Dekalb mall. She discussed the challenges of importing African prints from Ghana, the joy she receives from explaining the meanings of the artistic prints that she sells, as well as how she began the shop.
Our appreciation for business owners and cultural expression from entrepreneurs in Atlanta will continue next week with the documentation of the 50th commemoration of the Poor People’s Campaign in Selma.
WordPress is a content management system that attracts developers. This is because of WordPress’ open source software, options for theme customization, and an extensive library of themes and plugins. Plugins add the functionalities that allow site owners to create specific experiences for users. Plugins provide owners with options for everything from smooth point of sale processes to email marketing. This article provides 15 plugins for business owners who use WordPress and assumes that users implement a hosting account that provides caching options.
#1. WooCommerce Point of Sale: http://wcpos.com/
WooCommerce plugin offers both a free and paid (pro) version that costs $129.00 one time. Developers are able to create a user experience that includes a shopping cart, multiple store locations, and fast product search. Store owners have options for barcode scanning, customer management, and reports to name a few features. E-Commerce is streamlined with this plugin that offers options for additional fees, coupons, etc. This tool also allows business owners to use their websites as cashiers that update inventories.
#2. Yoast SEOYoast SEO is a comprehensive tool for search engine optimization that provides information for each post and page of a site. Users are provided tools for keyword analysis, phrasing, and frequency. The most useful tool is the sitemap that the plugin generates. Sitemaps make it easier for search engines to crawl a site. Submitting a sitemap in addition to a standard link allows search engines to index a site with detail. The Yoast SEO plugin provides insight on how pages and posts should also be described.
#3. Live Chat: https://www.livechatinc.com Starts at $16 monthly
The Live Chat plugin allows users to connect with customers with ease. This includes chat history and security options. This decreases the dependency of phone interactions to address customers’ needs and reinforces the use of emailed/digital communication.
#4. SUMO Reward Points – WooCommerce Reward System
This is a complete loyalty/reward system that integrates with WooCommerce plugins and themes. There are options for points, reviews, referrals, social promotion, and various subscription levels. Users can receive and redeem coupons as well.
Fraud is concern of many business owners for good reasons. Scam artists are becoming more sophisticated and calculated in their methods of identity theft and other illegal interactions. FraudLabs Pro for WooCommerce’s algorithms detect fraud patterns, credit cards, and geolocation patterns. This product is free for the first 500 transaction.
#6. Affiliates Pro by WooCommerce https://woocommerce.com/products/affiliates-pro/
Customers are more apt to refer other customers if business owners provide incentives for said referrals. The WooCommerce Affiliates Pro plugin is a system of affiliate rewards. The plugin has selections for coupons, subscriptions, and product rates.
#7. WooCommerce MailChimp: https://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce-mailchimp/
Mailchimp provides developers and marketers with tools for email marketing, list creation, forms, and more. WooCommerce Mailchimp plugin integrates the two technologies so that customers and subscribers are organized. Order creation, customer feedback, and customizable newsletters are also options for the plugin. It offers double opt-in support and custom translations.
#8. Smart Slider Pro: https://wordpress.org/plugins/smart-slider-3/
Smart Slider pro is a tool that makes responsive design simple and dynamic. Optimization is controllable through image compression options. Slide options vary from static to timed transitional. Designers have unlimited options for layered pages with elements including pictures, videos, text, and more.
#9. Divi Builder: https://www.elegantthemes.com/
Elegant Themes produces the Divi Theme which also comes with a Divi Builder Plugin. This plugin allows users to block elements and control visibility of elements on a page. Divi is a flexible product that allows designers to create any kind of website.
#10. Ninja Forms: https://ninjaforms.com/
Ninja Forms is the most mobile friendly and anti-spam solution for plugins. www.DigitizeUs.com uses the Ninja Forms plugin for an app that automatically updates with the website. On both platforms, the forms are easy to read. Best of all, the plugin provides options for receiving forms in emailed form or in the dashboard.
#11. WooCommerce BuddyPress Integration https://wordpress.org/plugins/wc4bp/
Buddy Press plugins allow developers to create social networking platforms on sites. Registered users are able to create profiles with pictures, scroll timelines, and join groups. WooCommerce integration with BuddyPress allows business owners to keep track ok customer interaction and transactions.
#12. vCita Scheduling and booking: https://www.vcita.com/wordpress-plugins
Business owners who provide courses or require appointments are able to create categories of appointment slots. Users are able to pay online for appointments and view calendars. There is a free version that keeps the vCita brand on the website. However, the paid versions remove all branding and gives more options for scheduling. Settings for receiving bookings can be adjusted in emailed and dashboard messages.
- The Events Calendar: The Events Calendar Short code PRO: https://theeventscalendar.com/
This plugin is a comprehensive solution for event management and calendar updates. Users are able to generate scripts that updates automatically when placed into various pages. In other words, site owners make updates on the calendar that automatically appear in other parts of the sites. Although the pro version has more features, there is a free version.
- Flip Book: flipbuilder.com
The Flip Book plugin allows users to create flip books from pdfs and jpegs. The more expensive option allows for url integration as well. Once created, a flip book can be emailed or installed on a WordPress site as a unique plugin. This form of visual communication is engaging and gives readers an interactive platform. Business owners are able to display information about their companies, products, testimonials, and more.
- Slider Revolution: https://codecanyon.net/item/slider-revolution-responsive-wordpress-plugin/2751380?utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=envato_blog&utm_content=blog
Although Smart Slider has excellent options for slider creation, Slider Revolution is the best solution for creating horizontal sliders. These sliders are easily linkable to products.
In conclusion, there are many plugins that add the desired functionalities for business owners. This is why WordPress is such a dynamic tool for any industry. Site owners have less to concern themselves with in terms of coding. Plugins are packaged codes of software that developers can install. WordPress’ open source platform gives a wide range of information including videos, articles, etc.
Entrepreneurial motivation requires more than ability to face adversity with a positive attitude. I’ve been on this journey with Digitize Us for only three years and it has proven to be a mixture of challenges, triumphs and disasters. However, the recurring theme of this journey is definitely the reinvention and design of creative ways to stay focused on the target. For a long time, I spent many days working without a clear goal. However, entrepreneurship is a different ball game. There is no success without a target.
Entrepreneurial Motivation – continued
It took a while, but I had to come to grips with the fact that I spent all of my collegiate experience at an amazing institution where I literally walked past schools of graphic design & journalism plus computer information sciences. Yes, I wanted to major in these, but a part of me was intimidated and pressed to leave school within four years. The workforce taught me that a focused target is and was more important than the paycheck. Although learning is still ongoing, technology is the most fulfilling career path that I have been on thus far.
Now that there is a more defined purpose to my career, I’m finding that the process of creating new ways to stay motivated is equally important as the financial gain. Sometimes, the act of creating motivation is the reward that lasts longer than a sermon, piece of advice, or lecture. The purpose of this image is to remind all entrepreneurs including myself that staying motivated is a choice. Drinking coffee to stay encouraged is not the answer, but the image makes fun of the struggle to keep your head in the game. This image was created to express how it feels to wear multiple hats. This is an alternative to complaining. Laughter is the best medicine.
6 motivational quotes
Motivational quotes often mean the difference between active perseverance and the abandonment of dreams. Everyone with a dream faces challenges. At times, the challenges seem insurmountable. However, a good quote about motivation from the right person can give that needed push. When people who experience success in their careers offer motivation to others, it holds significant weight. This infographic shows 6 motivational quotes from notable figures.
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- Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us. – Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill was an iconic singer and actress during the height of her career in the 90’s. This quote about gratitude is motivating, simple, and effective. Entrepreneurship makes it easy for a person to get caught up in targets, goals, and progress. Gratitude is the key to maintaining a positive perspective in the midst of the entrepreneur’s journey. An entrepreneur who is thankful for life understands that turmoil is temporary. Dedicated application of the gifts that are bestowed upon is the ultimate sign of gratitude.
- I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. – Barack Obama
Former President Barack Obama’s story is that of triumph against all odds. There is no doubting his capability to perform as the leader of the United States. However, considering this nation’s history of racial inequalities, many wondered if the masses would allow him to serve. Nonetheless, he demonstrated the audacity to grab the chance of a brighter future without considering the past as a hindrance.
- You get yourself up for it somehow, and your endurance and the crowd gets you up. – Janet Jackson.
Janet Jackson has all the experience in performing before large crowds. Surely, there were times of intimidation – even for Jackson. However, she confirms what so many entrepreneurs know. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Movie Pot Countdown Top 9 Fall Box Office Movies Flip Book
Marshall is a 2017 American true story that is written by Reginald Hudlin and composed by Michael and Jacob Koskoff. It stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, the principal African-American Supreme Court Justice, and focuses on one of the main instances of his profession. It additionally stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Darker, and James Cromwell.
The film debuted at Howard University on September 20, 2017 and is released in the United States as of October 13, 2017, by Open Road Films, getting positive audits from commentators.
Jumanji In a fresh Jumanji installment, four secondary school kids find an old computer game. They are drawn into the game’s wilderness setting, truly turning into the grown-up symbols they picked. What they find is that you don’t simply play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the dangerous amusement and come back to this present reality, they’ll need to go on the most unsafe adventure of their lives, find what Alan Parrish left 20 years prior, and change the way they consider themselves.
3. Thor: Ragnarok
Detained, the all-powerful Thor ends up in a deadly gladiatorial challenge against the Hulk, his former partner. Thor must battle for survival and race against time to keep the almighty Hela from wrecking his home and the Asgardian human progress.
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4 . Justice League (2017)
Energized by his reestablished confidence in humankind and propelled by Superman’s magnanimous demonstration, Bruce Wayne enrolls the assistance of his recently discovered partner, Diana Prince, to confront a significantly more prominent adversary.
Mudbound offers a view of American history whose scenes of a country class battle reverberate a long ways past their period setting.
6. Molly’s Game
MOLLY’S GAME is about the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most select high-stakes poker diversion for 10 years before being captured. She is arrested one night by 17 FBI specialists using programmed weapons. Her players includ Hollywood eminence, sports stars, business titans lastly, and unbeknownst to her, the Russian horde. Her exclusive partner is her criminal resistance attorney Charlie Jaffey, who discovered that there was significantly more to Molly than the sensationalist newspapers persuaded.
Last week, Digitize Us (Finlay Technologies LLC) got approved as an official Miami Dade County Public Schools vendor and provider of web, graphics, and app development services. The best part is knowing that our business can provide service to the entity that facilitated my education.
Miami Dade County Public Schools Vendor
15 years ago, I told the judges on the panel of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Silver Knight Award committee that I planned to dedicate my life to service to the arts. As a Miami Dade County Public Schools vendor there are already plans to go above and beyond for the district to adhere to this commitment. These plans will remain in house as experience proves that less talk and more execution is most effective.
We are currently working on a responsive website for a middle school. The focus of the project is to create a calendar in which administrators can update the events in one place that with will automatically show in other places of the site. One of the current challenges with the draft is to speed up the loading time of the site. Another challenge is ensuring that the site is ADA complient. This involves research and editing.
Also, the school benefits most from a site that has unique password perimeters set in place. Ideally, specific faculty and staff members can access certain aspects of the site with their username and passwords. For example, an activities director can log into the site with his or her password and access the calendar. This functionality involves the creation of a new site for each user.
The draft is currently being constructed with the use of the builder theme and a slider plugin. One of the perks of such a theme is the ability import and export files. The slider also offers this capability which saves both time and effort. The school can display its current site while construction is underway. Stay tuned.
Top 3 reasons to use flipbooks for your brand
A flip book is an awesome way to digitally display information to users, customers, or any person in a targeted audience. Here are 3 reasons why your brand’s next e-book should be in the form of a flipbook.
#1. Flip books engage users because it is an interactive platform that requires active participation from the reader. Instead of the typical scrolling users must turn pages which are coordinated to sound and special graphics.
#2. A well designed flip book will help you stand out among the rest as this platform is a unique solution for presenting information.
#3. Flip books are compatible with jpg, pdf, and png extensions allowing for a wide range of information to be stored and displayed. This provides extensive flexibility and creativity for e-book projects.
Click the top corners or side arrows to turn pages Double click to zoom in.