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November is National Diabetes Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day (Orlando, Florida)  November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.  For those who have been diagnosed, diabetes impacts nearly every decision they make daily—from what they'll eat, wear, do and how they'll take care of themselves. Yet the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood.  The goal of National Diabetes Awareness Month is to demonstrate the everyday reality that so many are living with, to offer support to those who have been diagnosed and to the projected 1.5 million additional who will likely be diagnosed next year. World Diabetes Day takes place each year on November 14th which is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. In Orlando, the Bob Carr Theater will come alive on November 10th for the 18th annual Dancing for Diabetes - a showcase of hundreds of Central Florida dancers - taking stage - using their talents -  and through the art of dance raising funds to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes while inspiring those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives.   The event will be held on November 10th 7pm to 10pm at the Bob Carr Theater located at 401 West Livingston Street – Orlando, FL 32801. Tickets are available at:  https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2018/18th-annual-dancing-for-diabetes/ There are three primary types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational).  The Orlando nonprofit Dancing for Diabetes focuses on Type 1 (once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin). Statistics on Diabetes:   Read Full Report New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death Meet the Founder - Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 10 years old, Elizabeth Forrest was determined to not let diabetes negatively impact her life. She was inspired to create “Dancing for Diabetes” a central Florida 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to spread awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure, and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives. The organization is celebrating 18 years in 2018!
Credit: I4Ultimate.com According to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer during his recent State of the City address, I4 Ultimate is more than a signature project of the Florida Department of Transportation it will change the landscape of Central Florida.  Well underway, the 21-mile makeover — from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County — is transforming the region to better connect our communities, boost our economy and improve everyone’s quality of life. A History of I4 (Credit: I4Ultimate.com) - Interstate construction finished in 1965 and the interstate was dubbed “the Orlando Expressway.” I-4 in Central Florida began as an 8.2-mile project from Rio Grande Avenue, just west of the Orange Blossom Trail, to Lee Road. Already a vacation hot spot to more than 4.5 million visitors annually, the Sunshine State’s popularity began skyrocketing in the 1950s with the advent of air-conditioning and the burgeoning space industry in Cape Canaveral.  Stay current with all the latest transportation updates at I-4 Beyond the Ultimate.
With the Orange County Convention Center being the second largest in the United States and with Central Florida being a top international tourist destination, we think your company has made a great selection for host-city of your upcoming convention. Planning an event from another state can be challenging, here are some expert tips on how to make your VIP Event a huge success at your convention. "Orlando Convention go-ers typically have multiple invites for the same time slot, they usually end up going to the event that is either most convenient or most exciting. Your event needs to be compelling - own your message, rock your aesthetics and provide an event experience that - they can't get anywhere else." "If you are working with the Orange County Convention Center or one of Orlando's many A+ hotel and convention centers you will love the full service experience as they lead you through the event planning process including lodging, meetings and onsite events. But if you are also looking to create a "can't get anywhere else" event experience by getting your guests out of the ballroom and into one of Orlando's many world class non-hotel venues - save yourself a ton of time by calling a local event planner to help you navigate - there are so many options!" "Hire a professional Orlando area event planner who knows all the local event venues, has access to thousands of local and national entertainers and is expert at the WOW factor. Make sure your planner is door to door with your guests, they should organize transportation and be well staffed with energetic hostesses to lead your guests through a very VIP experience. Also try to find a planner that will also handle registration, guest communication and social engagement onsite - go for the full service option. Leave the planning to the planner so you can focus on your event and your guests."  "Before you book your offsite VIP event experience, be sure to take a look at the full convention schedule to see what other items are on the itinerary, that your event may be competing with - it's competitive for people's time so be sure to make your event unique or exciting." "Businesses will always want to save money on travel, one way they do this is by cutting a day off the beginning or end of a convention event (in terms of how many nights they will pay for their employees to attend the conference. This reduces the pool of "free time" in which you would have access to your target guest list. Talk to some complimentary product or service providers in your industry and consider partnering on an event - you can split the costs and create a bigger collective splash" 
Join us at The Abbey (100 South Eola) on Thursday, January 24th (6pm - 9pm) for an Empowering Night of Laughter - an "unprofessional" stand up comedy experience - empowering women from all walks of life by inviting them to take center stage, be fearless and get out of their comfort zones.   An Empowering Night of Laughter will be in three parts, each led by one of our three Empresses of Empowerment who will guide three of our nine Fearlessly Funny Women – and each partnered with one of our three Spotlight Sponsors and Charity Partner organizations.    Nine Fearlessly Funny Women - take center stage to perform a five-minute comedic routine which they have written themselves.  Do you want to be Fearlessly Funny? Three Empresses of Empowerment - these remarkable Central Florida women, who embody empowerment, will inspire us with their answer to the question:  "How has having a sense of humor helped you to succeed in life?”  Three Orlando Nonprofit Organizations - will host mission-engagement areas during the Empowerment mixer and show us how they are on the front lines empowering women in our community.  Spotlight Sponsors - let us shine a spotlight on what’s awesome about your brand or business.  We have made a unique space in our show for three local companies with a sense of humor.  Sponsorship Information. 
Credit: Brightline The Bightline High-Speed Rail will connect commuters and visitors between Miami and Orlando, at speeds up to 125 miles an hour. But when? The first segment of the high-speed inter-city railway line became operational in January 2018 connecting Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  For Orlando, looks like a few things are still being worked out before the 235 mile extension between Orlando and Miami will be active. With a reported cost over three billion dollars, the project is being implemented by All Aboard Florida (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries). Brightline passenger rail moves forward with Orlando expansion  All Aboard Florida plans to use Orlando International Airport's new Intermodal Terminal Facility as its Orlando train station Orlando Rising - Scott Powell Reports: Brightline gets state approval to sell construction bonds According to Railway Technology Brightline means big business for Florida, here are some of the key players in the move to connect Miami and Orlando: Siemens USA - trainsets Cummins - engines for the locomotives Rockwell Group. - interiors of the train  GE Transportation - signaling system Also excited to report that in a partnership between Brightline and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) will bring clean energy to Florida’s newest express intercity trains. " Not only is this train helping keep cars off the road, but we’re also powering your ride with two million gallons of EarthEra™ clean biodiesel, all to keep reducing emissions."
Four Steps to Build a Winning Public Relations Strategy for your Business  plus, questions to ask when Interviewing a Public Relations Strategist or Firm  By: Paula Wyatt – Anything is Posh Able Posh Able IMAGE Builders has been designing winning IMAGE building strategies for some of Central Florida's most exciting brands for over ten years. We know not every company is ready to make the investment in Public Relations, so we wanted to share some insider tips on how to build a winning PR Strategy for your business or nonprofit organization. We hope you enjoy the process as much as we do. 1 - Define An effective public relations strategy starts with analysis and understanding of all the factors that influence perception of your organization. Build a central document (call it your PR Strategy) that outlines your current communication strategy include a written explanation of all the ways in which you are touching your target audience. Things like: website, paid media, event marketing, social media, marketing materials. Next, gather your marketing team for a power-hour to explore each item in terms of how much time, money and talent will be required – weigh effectives for each.  2 - Design A solid Public Relations and Communications (earned media) strategy ensures you are reaching your target audience in relevant ways with crystal-clear messaging about your organization. Your earned media efforts should complement your paid media efforts and be in close alignment with your organization’s mission and values. Your PR Strategy is a living document, remove items that are no longer effective and add new items that support your branding and community engagement objectives. Calendarize your plan, add budget costs and (MOST IMPORTANTLY) assign someone to lead each new PR tactic. Sometimes this can be your marketing or social media person (if they have free time), but remember Public Relations is based on an entirely different set of rules.  3- Activate Now that you have built your PR Strategy, you have a detailed and calendarized outline of tactics that you will implement to achieve your objectives. You have taken into consideration timeline and budget and have engaged the correct team members to lead each effort. Now, you can get to work. Build your Digital Newsroom full of rich story lines and press releases showcasing your company's uniqueness.  Create a personalized "Influencer List" - comprised of key media, industry and community contacts.  Build Relationships with your media and influencers. Join their groups, engage with them on social media, meet them in person, support their charities. This part will take the most time, but without relationships you are at a huge disadvantage with local media.  4 – Consider Hiring a Professional There is no shortage of great Public Relations professionals in Central Florida. Here are some things to ask when interviewing a PR strategist: Do I have access to the most experienced team members or am I working through an account executive?  Do I have to sign an annual contract? And is it based on hours-spent or impact?  What is my total monthly fee? What other fees might I expect to see? (Try to get a flat or reduced rate for graphic design, these costs can really add up.)  How will I know the plan is working? What ROI mechanisms are in place to ensure I’m making the most of my investment?  What value-added things can I expect in terms of connectivity to local influencers and development of strategic partnerships?  Posh Able IMAGE Builders has been designing winning IMAGE building strategies for some of Central Florida's most exciting brands for over ten years. Let us elevate your community profile and help you grow your business with our PR Empowerment Package - a unique 120-day intensive Public Relations program designed specifically for your organization, tailored to help you achieve your distinct objectives. 
26.09.2018
Paula Wyatt
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For anyone who has ever been behind an open microphone, on a stage, all eyes on you - you know "that feeling".  I liken it to the feeling of being strapped in on a fast roller coaster, when it’s too late to back out. You think: I might die. I probably won’t. But I could throw up. I call it roller coaster scary and I love that feeling! If you have a bucket list, consider adding one of these exciting "out of your comfort zone" experiences.  Or if roller coaster scary isn’t your thing, take a seat in the audience, it's a blast to see creativity in process. Here are some great opportunities to hear and be heard in Orlando. Diverse Word is a night of the authentic spoken word poetry, comedy, singing, rap, and random surprises! Hosted by Shawn Welcome on the patio at Dandelion CommuniTEA (618 Thornton Ave. Orlando) every Tuesday night at 7:30 (10 years strong). At the last event I attended, Shawn said the most amazing thing, “…what if you woke up each day only with what you were grateful for the night before.”  Improvisational comedy/theatre is completely unscripted, spontaneously co-created by the actors on the stage. In Orlando you can take a class or see a show at SAK Comedy Lab. IMPROV classes are designed to get you out of your comfort zone and to connect you with interesting people in a fun and supportive environment. I have taken improv acting classes at SAK University for four years, it’s been transformative for my communication skills, confidence level and my overall attitude towards life. It’s taken me so far out of my comfort zone, I forget where I left it. It can be terrifying to step on stage and have no idea what will be coming out of your mouth. But the safety is that there are no wrong answers in IMPROV, you make it up as you go. And that it’s a team sport, just you and the other performers in a mind-mind of spontaneity. If you say it’s raining peanut butter, your co-creator won’t think twice they’ll just grab the jelly. How often in life do you walk into a room with absolute confidence that anything you say or do is accepted and supported? No worries if you’re not ready to get that real with it, you can check out a show at SAK Comedy Lab.  PechaKucha 20x20 began in 2003 in Tokyo and is now in over 1,000 cities, the art of concise presentation. It is an elegantly simple presentation format where the presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically as the speaker talks. Pecha Kucha nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas. We are lucky in the city beautiful to have a surplus of interesting people. Pecha Kucha Orlando hosts events at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  Nerd Nite is a national movement that invites you to be there and be square. Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking. Speakers present for 15 minutes each on a fascinating subject, often in an uncanny and unconventional way. Following each presentation is a brief Q&A. Nerd Nite Orlando recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary.  TedX Orlando - In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  Open Word at Austin Coffee (929 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park) on Wednesdays features open mic poetry and spoken word.  Orlando Story Club – builds community by sharing stories. Founded by filmmaker and storyteller Robin Cowie in 2014, monthly events offer opportunities to hear and to be heard in Orlando. For a more structured approach to public speaking check out Toastmasters International - Orlando. 
Orlando has been focused on expanding transit options across the region to ensure that Orlando is front and center when it comes to development and deployment of cutting-edge transit technology - according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer during his State of the City Address. It's especially exciting to follow the innovation-transportation news about automated vehicles and how they are impacting Central Florida. So, when are Automated Vehicles coming to Central Florida? Central Florida has been designated one of 10 proving ground pilot sites to encourage testing and information sharing around automated vehicle technologies. Efforts are  being led by The Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners. There are five designated levels of automation. A level two example is Tesla autopilot. Level 3 is expected to be reached by 2020 when all safety-critical functions are done by the vehicle, but the driver’s situational awareness is still required. Level 4 is high automation with no driver present then 2025 and beyond where no driver is needed, not even for extreme environments. Credit: FL/DOT SunTrax In 2016, state lawmakers passed a bill allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without the presence of a driver in the vehicle. To meet the need for testing in a controlled environment, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and its partners are creating a test facility. Located off I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, SunTrax is a large-scale, cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments.The first phase of SunTrax is expected to open in April of 2019, less than a year away.
At Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's 2018 State of the City Address and in celebration of his 60th birthday - he gave us "60 Reasons We Love Orlando." If you missed the excitement, you can check out his full speech here. You'll enjoy the special introduction by his son Trey Dyer.  There is so much going on in Orlando, here are a few of the stories that I'm following: $480M Packing District - The Dr. Phillips Charities' planned $480 million, 202-acre mixed-use district wants to repurpose 100-year-old buildings — historically used to pack citrus. The entire project, which will take roughly 20 years to complete, will include a tennis court center and a nature park with pedestrian and bike trails that will connect to Orlando's existing Urban Trail system. KPMG To Build State-Of-The-Art Learning, Development, And Innovation Facility In Lake Nona. The facility also will feature 800 guest rooms, fitness and outdoor recreational facilities, and multiple food and beverage venues – creating an energetic and exciting forum for learning and innovation within a larger community that focuses on inspiring human performance. Orlando, Florida officially named host city for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. Taking place from June 5 through June 10 in 2022, more than 4,000 athletes, 10,000 volunteers, 1,500 coaches, and 20,000 families and fans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will travel across the U.S. to unite and participate in one of the world’s most cherished sporting events – the Special Olympics USA Games. Brightline passenger rail moves forward with Orlando expansion - All Aboard Florida plans to use Orlando International Airport's new Intermodal Terminal Facility as its Orlando train station - offer a new Brightline connection to South Florida. The Downtown Arts District and CityArts Factory moves to the historic Rogers-Kiene Building. The building was donated by arts benefactor Ford Kiene earlier this year with the requirement that the Rogers Kiene Building be used for arts purposes for at least 20 years. Central Florida is Growing! Posh Able Events has events to support every stage of your Orlando area business - from ground breaking to 50th anniversary. We build events that build relationships. Whether it's a ribbon cutting or a sales and marketing event, we've got you covered. We offer professional full-service event planning, from concept to clean up. We do the work - you get the credit! Plus, with our event promotion package we can make a big splash about your event by: coordinating media engagement, developing strategic partnerships and securing influencers to attend.
18.09.2018
Paula Wyatt
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Join Orlando’s most creative fashion enthusiasts by participating in FusionFest – November 24th and 25th.   You are invited to showcase a traditional costume or culturally significant piece of clothing in our Heritage Runway Showcase and for a higher level of challenge, we welcome fashion designers to compete for the $1,000 first prize. Heritage Runway Showcase - Submit your entry of a traditional costume or culturally significant piece of clothing from your heritage. You may model the outfit yourself or provide another model along with hair and makeup.   Fusion Fashion Contest – Established and emerging designers submit entries of their original design to compete for the $1,000 first prize.  Designs will highlight or be inspired by elements from two or more (of the 10) designated FusionFest World Regions. The 10 different FusionFest World Regions are defined as: Africa, Arab-Israeli World, Asia–East, Northern Eurasia, Asia– South, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceana & Pacific Islands. Click here for all the details and to download a fashion participation kit.   Or feel free to reach out to Paula@fusionfeat.org to get the scoop.
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