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nglccNY Biz of the Month: 360

This May, nglccNY is proud to spotlight 360 MAGAZINE as their second nglccNY Biz of the Month! They spoke with Vaughn Lowery (he/him/his) about 360 MAGAZINE’S services and what makes his business unique. Read their Q&A with Lowery below:

What is your business?

360 MAGAZINE is an award-winning international publishing popular culture and design. We showcase state-of-the-art brands, entities and trends to creators of global tastes within their respective communities. Our founding members possess more than 30 years of collective experience both as notable talent and uber-professionals in the fields of art, music, fashion, auto, travel, spirits and entertainment. We are not just journalists, but represent an advocacy and social change movement.

What is unique about your business?

In 2009, we came up with an organization that embraced POC, women and the LGBTQIA+ community. Our mission was to extend the microphone to their once unheard-of voices. To date, the platform has continued to grow and feed neglected communities through mainstream media.

How has being a Certified LGBTBE® impacted your business? Why did you join nglccNY?

We particularly turned to nglccNY for its historical connections and maternalistic approach to boutique brands with similar perspectives. We are extremely fortunate, as are the possibilities that flow from that.

What is your favorite part about the nglccNY community?

The most intriguing component of the chapter is fellowship, consistently engaging with individuals and entities who celebrate their uniqueness as we do.

What does it mean to you to be an LGBTQ+ entrepreneur?

Being an LGBTQ+ enterpriser has enabled us to thrive and prosper in these dark times. We have expanded our volumes to include politics and tech; launched our NFT Animal Series on OpenSea; introduced 360 MAG Podcast on Apple and Spotify and published the first installment of our Move Like Water × Be Fluid series – a youthful self-help book, marketing manifest with heart wrenching testimonials. Indeed, with our certification announcement, I have become a more confident leader in a ketsado, pushing for limitless inclusion.

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Employee and employer strife HR guide via 360 MAGAZINE

How to Deal with Difficult Employers: A Guide

When you enter the workforce, the odds are that you will often come across people whom you don’t get along with. Sometimes, they will annoy you. Other times, you won’t agree with their opinions. And sometimes, you simply won’t like them.

This is a part of life. However, it does get a lot harder when you don’t get along with a difficult employer. If this is something you’re struggling with, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn about four ways that you can deal with a difficult employer.

Take legal action

Sometimes, an employer may go too far. Instead of simply being difficult to get along with, they may do things that are illegal, such as harassing you or discriminating against you.

Employers cannot discriminate based on race, so if this is something that your employer is doing, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Taking legal action can be intimidating, but it’s often the only way of ensuring that your employer stops their harmful behavior. 

If you do decide to take legal action, you should consider getting a lawyer to help you.

Communicate

You’ve probably heard time and time again how important communication in the workplace is. While you may be sick of hearing it, it is true.

If you have an issue with your employer, you should consider communicating this issue to them. Of course, the way you do this is very important since you won’t want them to feel attacked. It may be the case that your employer isn’t even aware of what they are doing. 

You may feel like you have no idea where to start, so following these tips for workplace communication may help you.

Consider finding another job

If you simply don’t get along with your employer, you could always consider getting another job. This doesn’t have to be as drastic as it sounds – you can always ask to stay with the company, but just work in another division or on another team.

Or, if you wanted to, you could try to find another job entirely. It may seem extreme to quit your job just because you have a difficult employer, but if it’s affecting you a lot, it may be worth it. Of course, this is a serious decision, so you should think it through. If you need some tips for an effective job search, click here.

Try to ignore it

Finally, you could always just accept that you have a difficult employer, and do your best to not let it affect you too much by simply doing your best to ignore it. 

After all, you should only have to deal with them at work, so if you can find a way to cope with them for a few hours each day, it shouldn’t have a big impact on you. This is only true if you separate your work life from your personal life, however. It’s important to keep your personal life out of the office and vice versa if you want to live a balanced life.

Influencer article via 360 MAGAZINE

Influencers Who Brunch Campaign Released

Brunch just became more fun with the release of chef Serge Krikorian’s latest campaign touted Influencers Who Brunch.  The host of Cooking with the Kriks and co-owner of Vibrant Occasions Catering is celebrating the first anniversary of the Youtube cooking show on April 19, 2022. Viewers of the show learn to cook popular recipes from around the world with exciting guests on each episode who are entrepreneurs, influencers and interesting people in Krikorian’s orbit.

The Influencers Who Brunch campaign was designed to showcase a taste of what viewers can expect on season two with more international dishes and special sauces.  Krikorian invited four of the show’s favorite local influencers who had been previous or upcoming guests on Cooking with the Kriks. Lifestyle blogger, Mary Kate Whitmire of Chic Little Honey, fashion influencers, Sarah Jo Reynolds and Alisha Curtis, as well as beauty influencer, Karen Alejandre of Kay P Beauty XO attended the brunch at a chic AirBnb called The Modern Rock in the SOMA district of Little Rock, Arkansas.  

Featured in the brunch campaign are tasty options such as panzanella salad, loaded hummus, crudite dippers, labneh and avocado toast with whiskey-cured salmon to name a few. Chef Serge Krikorian is planning to offer more obscure recipes in season two with the commitment to making them easy enough for anyone to cook.

“We plan to switch up the format slightly for season two of Cooking with the Kriks. In season one, we asked our guests what they would like to cook and that became the featured dish of the episode. This season, I am committed to showcasing some of my favorite international recipes, which are not as mainstream as season one’s dishes. I’ll be choosing each episode’s featured recipe,” says chef Serge Krikorian.

Hometown nano-influencers and micro-influencers have played a key role in Krikorian’s catering company’s marketing efforts over the past year. For the most part, his team already knew several of the influencers from multiple previous catering gigs, but it has been effective working with them in this new way. 

Krikorian’s team invited their colleague, Althea Wiles with Rose of Sharon Floral Design Studio, to the brunch where she gifted custom pieces of her living floral jewelry to each influencer. Wiles provided florals for the dining areas as well. Other creative team members involved were Sydney Rasch of Art/Photography by Sydney Rasch, Brian Weaver of KB Studios and Meredith Corning with Meredith Events.

The campaign is available to inspire people to gather, create memories and hopefully be inspired to try some of Krikorian’s recipes available on Cooking with the Kriks. It will serve as a visual for his new baby, Our Mobile Kitchen, which is a pristine fully-transportable kitchen that can be taken on location to large events or private homes for dinner parties. Our Mobile Kitchen offers a solution for those locations without a kitchen to cook in or simply for anyone hosting an event or party that wants to keep their space clean.  The mobile kitchen allows chef Serge Krikorian and his team to cook foods that must be cooked on location just prior to serving due to health and safety regulations like seafood and steaks.

Mixed media art by Vaughn Lowery in 360 MAGAZINE

Three Things You Should Know Before Starting an Art Career

A career in something you’re passionate about means every day at work can feel like an opportunity for self-satisfaction and personal growth. If you love being creative and artistic, then you may have considered a career in art before today and asked whether it was an opportunity for someone like you. The good news for would-be professional artists, is there are a multiple of fantastic ways to monetize your skills today. 

Everything from hand-drawn designs on Etsy to print-on-demand selling and custom art websites give you an opportunity to sell to people all over the world. You can even get hired by professional companies as an in-house artist for their branding and marketing campaigns. However, there are some important things to know before you jump in.

A Degree Does Help

While experience can go a long way in the art world, along with a strong portfolio, a degree can help you to unlock opportunities that other artists simply can’t access. With a degree, you can prove yourself to potential companies who might be willing to hire an up-and-coming artist to join their team. A degree also helps you to attract potential clients as a freelancer or business owner. Getting a degree might seem like a complex task, but with access to various forms of funding like Earnest student loans, you can find the cash you need and start your degree in no time. There’s even the option to learn online for some people.

Greatness Takes Time

The road to success for a lot of professionals can be very long, but for an artist, it often feels particularly complex. It takes a lifetime to build your craft, and there’s likely to be a lot of tears and headaches along the way. People can be cruel and unconstructive in the art world, and you’ll need to make sure you can achieve a positive mindset and that you are patient enough to move past it. If you really want to succeed in this complex space, you’ll need to focus on consistently working on your craft, looking for new opportunities, and building your network, so you can get your work in front of as many people as possible. 

Running Your Own Business Could Be Your Best Bet

Finally, while there are traditional hiring opportunities out there for artists, most find they get better opportunities in the freelance route. Today, countless platforms exist for different kinds of artists to offer their services with everything from custom portraits, to animation and logos. Running your own business could be the best way to make sure you’re constantly earning a source of income from different clients. However, there are pros and cons of being a small business owner, so this also means you’ll need to tackle the challenges that come with it, from learning how to market yourself, to making sure you keep an accurate inventory at all times. Becoming a professional artist won’t always be an easy road, but it could be worth it if it means you get to start a career in something you truly care about.

*Featured art by Vaughn Lowery

How to Recover Data from the Hard Drive of a Dead Laptop

Data recovery is the process of salvaging personal files from a damaged, failing or inaccessible computer hard drive. It’s important to remember that not all data can be recovered—data recovery software cannot bring back information once it has been lost forever. However, suppose you have recently backed up your data and do not need these files immediately for fear they may become corrupted again in the future (i.e., family photos on an external hard drive). In that case, recovering them might still be worthwhile.

If your laptop hard drive fails, you don’t have to worry. There are many ways that data can be recovered from a dead laptop’s hard drive depending on the cause of the failure or how long ago it was damaged. You need to take precautions before trying any recovery methods to avoid damaging your PC further and make matters worse by overwriting valuable data with new files. Most of the information will still be intact if you’re lucky, but if too much time has passed past, there is less likelihood of finding anything at all.

What should you do if your laptop crashes?

If your laptop crashes, you should immediately shut it down and unplug it from the outlet. If possible, you should also remove the battery before doing so, as the laptop may try to turn itself back on by accident.

You may have a few options for recovering data from a crashed computer, but they all involve using specialized software and hardware unavailable to the average user. If your data cannot be recovered with these methods, you will need to contact an external hard drive recovery service or ask a friend or family member to recover your files to retrieve them.

One of the most important things you can do is try and save any data on your external hard drive before unplugging it. This will ensure that you have a copy of your data if it is necessary to replace the hard drive.

Can data be recovered from the dead laptop?

In the case of a sudden failure, a good way to recover the data is to connect the hard drive to another computer and try and use the Recovery software that came with it. This software can be found on your old laptop’s operating system CD. If this doesn’t work, you can try using a different software compatible with your computer hardware but make sure you have an adequate backup plan first.

If you have backed-up all of your data, there are two other options:

The data recovery service process is not as difficult as it sounds, but it can be very time-consuming. The first step is to remove the hard drive from the laptop and place it in a safe place. Once this is done, you will need to connect the hard drive to your PC through an external USB interface or even a card reader. If you are using a card reader, make sure that the card reader is compatible with your computer’s operating system and format the card before you begin.

Next, you will need to download data recovery software that can help recover your lost data from the hard drive. There are many different software brands on the market, so be sure to read reviews before selecting one.

What you should know about recovering data from the hard drive of a dead laptop

You might think that all is lost when your laptop dies. But there are many simple steps you can take to recover all the data from the hard drive of a dead laptop.

First, you’ll want to find out if your data is retrievable. There are a few things more difficult than restoring data from a crashed computer if it’s not. You can do this by using software designed for this purpose or using an external hard drive with the same operating system as your dead laptop.

Next, you’ll need to copy any data you want to save onto an external device like an external hard drive. It doesn’t matter whether it’s music files, photos, or documents; anything saved on your old laptop will be transferred over.

Finally, you’ll erase everything else on your old computer and erase the data on its hard drive. This will make it easier for someone else to get new information onto their machine because they’ll have less work to do when they get their hands on the device.

Rainbow Washing + Slacktivism During Pride Month for use by 360 Magazine

NGLCC TAPS POP CULTURE PUBLICATION

‘The NGLCC has long been a global network for the LGBT business community, creating opportunities for hard-to-hear voices. While 360 MAGAZINE, an award-winning international publication, has created a refuge for youth stories and under-represented artists to celebrate their uniqueness while promoting their efforts. It was therefore inevitable that the two entities would join forces to foster a just ecosystem.‘ – Vaughn Lowery – a newly inducted nglccNY member as well as 360’s President and founder.

360 received their accreditation from the NGLCC on February 3, hereby declaring 360 as an NGLCC accredited business and an official LGBT business, guaranteeing diversity and inclusion within the organization. This commission affirms the continued commitment of the magazine to serve the LGBT community through all efforts.

A certified LGBT business organization, in accordance with NGLCC directives, is any company that meets the preceding criteria:

• Business is at least 51% owned, operated, managed and controlled by a LGBT person or persons who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents 

• Work independently from any non-LGBT business corporation

• Headquarters based in the US and are a legal entity in the US

The NGLCC operates as a key advocate for the LGBT community in all business endeavors. The organization aims to grow available opportunities for LGBT persons in corporate settings and conditions. Co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell began NGLCC in 2002 after they failed to see equal opportunities for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, etc. They both observed that although the members of this community contribute a massive $1.7 trillion to the economy through being business owners, employers and taxpayers, these contributions had been historically overlooked. 

Co-founder and President Justin Nelson stated, “Back in 2002 we realized that too few government leaders and corporate executives had considered the economic equality of LGBT people or the impact economics could have on the future of the equality movement. So with a few forward-thinking corporate partners and a small network of LGBT business owners willing to tell their story, NGLCC was born.

Co-founder and CEO Chance Mitchell, too, sounds in on the beginnings of the organization, stating, “Word began to spread about NGLCC very quickly, thanks to outlets like the Washington Blade and Out magazine recognizing the previously underreported strength and promise of the LGBT business community. That proved what we, and our NGLCC corporate partners, always believed: economic and social visibility go hand-in-hand as we march toward equality and opportunity for all.

Both Nelson and Mitchell saw that LGBT people were an integral piece of American business, and they built NGLCC to strengthen the community to its fullest potential. 

NGLCC works to grow their list of Certified LGBTBE businesses to develop more employment possibilities for all LGBT people. Apart of their mission involves partnership with other companies that support the strengthening of the LGBT business community.  Some of their top founding corporate partners include Wells Fargo, American Airlines, Travelport and Intel.

NGLCC certificate via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 MAGAZINE
NGLCC certification letter via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 MAGAZINE
NGLCC Certification

STEVE AOKI × THEOS

STEVE AOKI Joins Forces with THEOS To Create New TV Show THE GATHERING Celebrating the World’s Greatest Festivals

Steve Aoki uncovers the most significant cultural celebrations in THE GATHERING. The project is a personal journey which takes Aoki from offstage and into the crowd in a way we’ve never seen before.

Executive Producer David Lingwood brings us to significant cultural festivals worldwide through the eyes of one of today’s most renowned global DJs.

A man of the people, Steve Aoki, tends to meet the locals and discovers their stories whenever he travels around the globe. It’s a desire he has to dive deeper into the social fabric of our times. This passion for telling personal stories was most famously captured when he interviewed cab drivers of Middle Eastern descent right after 9/11. With THE GATHERING, travel further to find engaging interactions and encounters with communities and why they come together to celebrate the human condition the way they do. Through Aoki’s unique storytelling, watch as he goes to England for “The Appleby Horsefair” to learn about England’s deep gypsy roots. Or “The Boryeong Mud Festival” in Korea to learn about another side of their culture. Steve fearlessly shares his contagious passion for culture and adventure and carries you to places and events that you’ve never heard of. A master at his craft, his goal is to find commonality through expression and community while highlighting music, authentic food, culture, people, and travel. Viewers will see some genuinely surprising answers. 

DAVE LINGWOOD

David has 10+ years of experience producing award-winning television for numerous networks, including MTV, FOX, Freeform, and HGTV, to name a few. With an instinctual knack for sniffing out contemporary talent and formats, he has an unparalleled eye for recognizing trending IP. As one of the co-founders of THEOS, David has developed and sold dozens of pilots and series to networks and platforms throughout his career. In addition to producing, David shares duality as talent too, which began as one of the millennial-defining MTV series The Buried Life stars. He also wrote New York Times #1 bestseller “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die.”

David Lingwood inside 360 magazine (photo provided by workhouse pr).

THEOS is a new media entertainment company of curious storytellers. We focus on creating the most innovative and stylized media for all new domestic and global platforms. Our mission is to create demographic-specific content targeting Gen-Z and Millennials. Our goal is simple: create content that destroys molds. To learn more, visit www.theos.co

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BOMBAY SAPPHIRE HOLIDAY DISPLAYS LIGHT UP NYC

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE hosted its inaugural holiday window display to honor and rejuvenate imagination and creativity in New York City. The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE holiday windows gain inspiration from the traditional 5th Avenue holiday window displays while serving a greater purpose. The intention of the displays is to revive the creativity that has been deprived of downtown Manhattan since the beginning of the pandemic.

The storefront series was held in SoHo through December 19, in partnership with artist Shavanté Royster, fashion designer Romeo Hunte and NYC dancer Nicole von Arx.

Shavanté Royster

The Brooklyn-based Shavanté Royster is a graphic designer and illustrator, working in the creative industry since 2009. Growing up in a military family, often having to travel during her life motivated Shavanté’s innovation. Through her art, Shavanté often takes inspiration from travel, expressing this through shapes and rich colors. Shavanté’s work is comprised of digital illustration, painting and mixed media.

Romeo Hunte

Romeo Hunte New York is a lifestyle apparel brand designed in NYC for consumers who appreciate sophisticated details. The edgy aesthetic that the collection radiates mixes both feminine and masculine characteristics. Romeo Hunte pieces blend lavish outerwear with contemporary apparel. The Romeo Hunte woman and man can be described as a “dynamic duo” that appreciates the arts and pop culture with a modern flare.

Nicole von Arx

Nicole von Arx (NVA) studied Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop in Geneva, Switzerland at Dance Area, shortly after traveling to New York in 2008 to attend school at the Alvin Ailey School, graduating in 2011. Currently based among NYC and Geneva, NVA is a dancer and choreographer in both dance scenes. NVA has collaborated with the most notable choreographers in New York as a creator, dancer and teacher. Continuing her career, NVA has also worked independently as a choreographer with musicians, film directors and photographers.

The visionaries that were created through the course of the display aimed to fill the empty storefronts with avant-garde ‘windows of art.’ The pandemic has transformed the lives of creatives, small businesses and retail in New York and all over the world. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE worked to ensure that the artistic society would be celebrated and uplifted this holiday season with their holiday displays.

Each window highlighted a winter dreamscape created by artist Shavanté Royster. Both Shavanté and Romeo Hunte’s creative point-of-views joined forces to emulate the holiday magic of 5th avenue. Live models were seen wearing Romeo’s winter apparel upon Shavanté’s backdrops, with performances by NYC dancers.

Romeo’s devoted window showcased people draped in his designs that were created personally for the display. Romeo set the scene of a holiday celebration before a show over cocktails. The garments were designed with inspiration from Shavanté, with the backdrop and fashion coinciding throughout the display.

Romeo spoke on the experience of designing for the holiday displays, stating, “It’s been a joy to work on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’s Holiday Storefront Series which pays homage to exciting young creative talents everywhere and the tenacity of New York City coming back after the pandemic. It was refreshing to collaborate with artist Shavanté Royster and the dancers as mixed media has always been an important part of my work, so it was cool to build and see the narrative of the holiday windows come to life with them through different facets, such as the dancers wearing some of my designs. I hope everyone can leave the windows feeling a burst of creativity and inspiration for the holidays, and hope for the year ahead!”

Twelve Tips for Creating an Effective Onboarding Process at Your Startup

To run a successful start-up you need the right employees for your team. Once you find talent, you can start the onboarding process. This is an important step that helps workers adjust to your company. Here are twelve tips for an effective process. 

1. Start Early On

There are things you can do before the onboarding process even starts. Create an agenda for the workers first week, so everyone is on the same page. Also, talk to the other co-workers about the new hire’s responsibilities. 

In addition, get the new employees’ workspace set up. Fill their desk with office supplies and key documents, like the employee handbook. Place a gift at their desk, such as a mug with the company’s logo, to show how much you value them. 

Make sure you prepare the worker as well. Send them essential company information and their first-day agenda. Have it include the dress code and any company rules. Also, provide them a copy of their first week’s schedule, so they can plan ahead. Note where they should park and who they should speak to when they first arrive. Giving them this information will help put their mind at ease.  

2.  Allow Employees to Get Acclimated 

During the first week of orientation, give workers time to adjust to the company. Instead of having them jump into projects immediately, give them a tour of the office. It’s important they’re familiar with the work processes as well. Be sure to cover how to use company software, any website passwords, and the communication protocols. 

Plus, go over company culture and decision-making processes. Once new employees understand everyday operations, they will work more productively. 

Onboarding is also the perfect chance for staff members to build relationships. Introduce the new hire to multiple team members. Have the whole team go out for lunch to help welcome the new worker. Having strong co-worker relationships can improve team morale.

Also, schedule a meeting between the employee and the direct supervisor. It gives both of them a chance to get to know each other. Within the meeting discuss the worker’s goals and preferred management style. 

3. Be Open to Feedback

Receiving feedback from your employees can help you gain a new perspective. Remember they are looking at the company with a fresh set of eyes. Plus, it can help address any concerns before they turn into long-term issues. Be sure to encourage feedback from day one, so they feel more comfortable speaking with you in the future. 

Make sure you show genuine interest in their suggestions. To help move the conversation forward, ask questions. In addition, pay attention to non-verbal cues, such as limited eye contact. When addressing employees’ negative feelings don’t get defensive. Use surveys, interviews, or a question box to get feedback. 

4. Have Employees Job-Shadow

Job shadowing current staff allows the new hire to learn new skills. They also can see exactly how projects are completed and what mistakes to avoid. In addition, it gives them a chance to build relationships with other co-workers. They can even shadow someone with a different role to see how all the positions work together. 

5. Put a Plan in Place

Having a standard structure for onboarding is critical. After your very first onboarding process, write down everything you did. Make sure to note what worked well and what didn’t. Update the document after each time. Having this internal document allows for a smoother transition with less stress. Store the information in a safe place, such as the office filing cabinet.

6. Have Realistic Expectations 

When you hire new staff, you want to see immediate results. However, it’s also important you remain patient and give them time to adjust. Rushing through the training process can have long-term consequences. For example, the staff member may not feel comfortable in their new role. Take the time to properly train your staff and allow them to ask questions. 

7. Keep Up With Communication

During the first few months, regularly follow up with new staff members. Take time to see how they’re adjusting and address any of their concerns. You can send them a checklist to ensure they are completing all their necessary tasks. Another idea is forwarding them a quiz on the company’s policies and procedures. Keep in mind face-to-face communication is the most effective, whenever possible. 

8. Be Available 

Be available to answer any questions your employees may have. Set aside a small portion of your day for answering staff inquiries. If a coworker needs a larger chunk of time, have them schedule a meeting and place it on the calendar. To ensure proper communication, let staff members know the best way to reach you. Are you more responsive to emails or texts? 

9. Pair the New Hire With a Current Employee

When you pair a new hire with a current employee, they feel less isolated. They now have someone they can talk to and learn from. Plus, their partner can introduce them to other staff members. Having a support system increases office morale and promotes productivity. In addition, it gives workers an extra resource to help clarify project guidelines. Then you have more free time to focus on other management responsibilities. 

10. Go Over the Benefits and Policies 

When explaining the companies’ benefits, go over them in detail. Discuss what they are and how staff members can use them. For example, how much paid vacation time do they get off? When employees understand all their benefits they are more satisfied in their job. Have workers read the staff handbook as well. If they have any questions ensure they know who to contact. This helps prevent any future miscommunication.  

11. Emphasize Your Company’s Culture

Make sure the new staff member is familiar with more than just their role. You want them to have a strong understanding of your business’s vision and values. Give them background on your company’s history and your plans for the future. If you have a mission statement, share that as well. Then ask employees how they feel they can contribute to these values. The more connected new hires are to the company the more loyal they will be. 

12. Give Your Staff S.M.A.R.T Goals

These are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. When making them specific, consider who is involved and what resources are needed. Determine a deadline for completion as well. Setting goals for your new hires encourages them to take on more responsibilities. It can even motivate them to work harder and be more productive. 

How to Have a Successful Onboarding Process

The onboarding process is one of the most important steps for new team members. It gives them a chance to get settled into their role. There are many steps you can take to make the process smoother, such as open communication. Review these steps before onboarding your next employee. 

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Lemonade Day – National Entrepreneurs’ Day

The Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneurship Program is offering leaders, small business owners and teen entrepreneurs as resources for both the media and influencers regarding the topic of entrepreneurship and entrepreneur education. Lemonade Day has provided educational support to many other youthful, productive entrepreneurs and wishes to continue to spread entrepreneurial education through the country.

Lemonade day is a non-profit organization that aims to inform the youth about valuable business, financial and also character-building life skills that they describe as the “key ingredients of entrepreneurship.” Playing such a vital part in the educational and workforce ecosystem, the non-profit is in 84 licensed markets in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and six U.S. military bases. For more information, visit lemonadeday.org.

The following spokespersons are available for interviews and questions regarding National Entrepreneurs’ Day.

Nicole Cassier-Mason, Lemonade Day National CEO. She is based in Houston, TX.

Joe Daly, Lemonade Day National Board Chairman and Senior Partner at Gallup. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Brianna Garcia, 2021 National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year: Brianna, 9, of Harbor City, California, is the founder of Bri’s Frozen Lemonade and made a significant profit in her first year participating in Lemonade Day. She donated 80% of her profits to the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. Brianna plans on participating in the 2022 Lemonade Day and is excited to sell more flavors and variety of her product.

Erika and Diego Garcia, parents of Brianna

Heidi Butzine, President/CEO of Lomita Chamber of Commerce: Heidi brought Lemonade Day to Lomita and was a key player in its success. She helped more than 100 kids set up 37 stands in the small, diverse business community with a population of under 25,000.

Mark Waronek, Mayor of Lomita, California: Mark supported Heidi and the Chamber of Commerce in all things throughout the inaugural year of Lemonade Day Lomita. He personally visited close to 20 lemonade stands. He, his wife, and city council members collectively visited every lemonade stand in Lomita.

Mikaila Ulmer, Me and the Bees Founder: At only 4 years old, Mikaila launched her first lemonade business in Austin, TX. From that early experience she started Me and the Bees Lemonade which is now commercially available throughout the United States in thousands of stores. Her product is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, World Market, H-E-B stores across Texas and Kroger stores in Houston. Learn more at, https://www.meandthebees.com.

Rohit and Sidharth Srinivasan, Trashbots Co-Founders: The two brothers participated in Lemonade Day at the age of 8 and 7 which is how they caught the “entrepreneurial bug” and learned the skills needed to build their own company before even graduating high school in Austin, TX. They were featured speakers at the executive briefing “Business Startup Challenges and Youth Entrepreneurship Opportunities” that was co-hosted by Gallup and Lemonade Day at Gallup World Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2018. Learn more at, https://www.trashbots.co/about.

Katie Vonder Haar and Hailey Hertzman, Ooh La Lemon Founders: Starting when they were only 11 years old, Katie and Hailey from Louisville, Kentucky turned their successful lemonade stand into a multifaceted company marketed towards tween girls. They won the 2017 National Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year. The girls have spoken at national conferences and recently started the “Send a Smile” gifts and COVID care packages to help brighten up the day. Learn more at, https://oohlalemon.com.