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Partnership Facilitation

Emerging Market Growth Initiatives

Research

Chatman Lewis Flaggs Group

Oak Brook, Illinois

Washington, DC

(630) 613-7210

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Partnership Facilitation

Emerging Market Growth Initiatives

Research

Chatman Lewis Flaggs Group

Oak Brook, Illinois

Washington, DC

(630) 613-7210

Follow Us On
infoclc
at INFOCLC

PODCAST click here

Chat with Youth

http://www.spreaker.com/episode/9189596

Best,
Bridgette

The Electoral College…Its not just about the Popular Vote

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If you are interested in knowing what a caucus is…read the article on this blog “What the heck is a Caucus…?” and read the information on the link here:

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html

While a Presidential Candidate may win the popular (majority of people) vote, He/She MUST have a certain number of delegate votes from the participating states and some districts in the union (most recently, DC The District of Columbia-albeit is not a state, has 3 delegate votes that must be counted). As such, if a candidate falls short of securing the desired number of delegates~ He/She will not win the election.

This is very important to understand. It is likened to the lesson learned when Al Gore ran against George W. Bush some years ago. Gore secured the popular vote but failed to secure the majority votes in the electoral college. He lost the election, yet the majority of people in the country voted for him.

Many were horrified and disappointed, yet they failed to understand the election process.

#BeaWIP
Well Informed Person

All the best,

Bridgette

The Profound Beauty of Life

HALLELUJAH

You and I, an album culled from Jeff Buckley's first demos for Columbia Records, will be released in March.

You and I, an album culled from Jeff Buckley’s first demos for Columbia Records, will be released in March.

There is something deeply inspirational about this song performed by Jeff Buckley.
“There was a time you let me know…and every breath we drew was Hallelujah…”

To a better humanity…No more broken Hallelujahs,

All my best,
Bridgette

Overwhelmed?

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The wisdom and lesson of being overwhelmed and overcoming Negativity.

Today I have to take a break from my usual 12-14 hour routines. I feel exhausted. Hopeful, yet exhausted and I am a little off put by this feeling. While I would like to work hard today, I am finding it difficult to do so and quite frankly, I do not want to rest. Thus, I am conflicted. Ever feel that way?

This is what I have decided:

1. Work from home
2. Take rest at my leisure
3. Pray
4. Eat well
5. Start my workout in the evening
6. Finish second round edits on a manuscript at my leisure
7. Listen up on some strategy lessons from last week while relaxing on my chaise with a cup of hot tea
8. Organize my week and my weekend on my paper calendar
9. Do away with all electronic gadgetry for today- my phone being the worst culprit
10. Enjoy the fact that I am alive and living in the moment
11. Take another rest at my leisure

I full well realize, tomorrow will be another day. If I am blessed enough to see it, I will embrace it and live the day’s entirety to the fullest. There is something profound about the mind and how positive thinking gives off energy (which I am beginning to feel just now). Although I have some limitations today, I will not be defeated in negative thoughts. I live to love and I love to live. Thus, I smile in knowing this too shall pass.

All my best,
Bridgette

Passion

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Passion is that unique thing that makes us tingle inside and out. It drives us. It gets us out of the bed in the morning. It makes us smile.

Find it!!!!

When you do , hold on to it.

All my best,
Bridgette

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All it takes is innovation and…

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According to the Small Business Administration…

Did you know?

What is small businesses’ share of net new jobs?
Small firms accounted for 64 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and 2011 (or 11.8 million of the 18.5 million net new jobs). Since the latest recession, from mid-2009 to 2011, small firms, led by the larger ones in the cat¬egory (20-499 employees), accounted for 67 percent of the net new jobs.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, BED. For the latest employment statistics, see Advo¬cacy’s quarterly reports, www.sba.gov/advo¬cacy/10871.

How can small businesses’ share of net new jobs be larger than their share of employment, yet their share of employment remains steady?
As firms grow, they change employment size classes. So as small firms grow, their growth counts toward small firm job gains; but if they pass the 500-em¬ployee mark, their employment is classi¬fied as large firm employment.

Do the unemployed become self-employed?
When finding work is difficult, start¬ing a business can be just as difficult if not more so. But in March 2011, a significant number of the self-employed, 5.5 percent or about 900,000, had been unemployed in the previous year. This figure was up from March 2006 and March 2001, when it was 3.6 and 3.1 percent, respectively.

Which businesses create more jobs—startups or existing businesses?
In the last two decades about 60 percent of the private sector’s net new jobs have been created by existing establishments and about 40 percent from the churn of startups minus closures. While firm births account for many new jobs, job losses from firm closures are equally important in accounting for net effects to employment levels.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, BED.

Keep innovating and going strong!

JOB CREATION is the solution to economic growth.

All the best,
Bridgette- MBA

What the heck is a Caucus?!

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Let’s talk…what the heck is a caucus and why does it matter?
Feb 2, 2016

A Caucus is a meeting of a group of supporters of a specific political party gathered to select leadership e.g. Presidential Nominees. The rules per some state caucuses may vary as it relates to allocating delegates. The delegates then go on to divisional caucuses and or national conventions representing their respective state and party.
Caucuses are important for some specific states that rely solely on the caucus in determining who their nominee will be. Thus, it becomes a litmus test of sorts for the rest of the country in determining who and which candidates may move forward in securing the nomination of said political party. Caucuses are unique in that they allow participants to openly show support for candidates, unlike primaries. Typically, caucus members are registered voters, and they are limited to the caucus of the party with which they are affiliated.

The states of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Wyoming and Iowa rely solely on the caucus, according to the Federal Election Commission. Other territories such as American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands use the caucus also.
The state of Iowa caucused recently and chose its candidates for the Presidential Nomination. What was telling- Monies raised per each candidate wasn’t necessarily reason for the vote (e.g. getting the message out) per the caucus members- if one looks at the entire schematic. However, it just so happened that the democratic winner did have the most funds raised- the #2 democratic candidate raised 46% of the of top grossing (funds) candidate. The republican candidate ranked #3 in terms of the amount of funds in his war chest which was 55% of the top ranking (funds) candidate. What was interesting, the #2 republican candidate (via the republican party) lost by single digit percentages and possessed 12% of the highest ranking funded candidate (in terms of funds raised-war chest).

Another interesting dynamic is: The top funded candidate is a well known and established politician who has held high ranking job titles throughout the federal government as well as having been a former First Lady. She has struggled to make her message clear in Radio, TV and Cable Ads and have that message connect to her likeability. Her saving grace has been a well oiled “feet on the ground” campaign where in person “get out in front of the people and sell your message” activity has reigned. Thus, to my point money doesn’t necessarily buy an election anymore, but it helps a whole lot!

I guess we can BE GRATEFUL that the candidates individual/independent messages of their constituent bases are being delivered and heard above the Super Pac’s same ole song of Quid Pro Quo.
My wish- if I were granted one…
Is to have the candidates say, “Hey Bridgette, why don’t you and your firm take the over 3/4 of a billion dollars raised in funds (742m) and reallocate to Creating JOBS and Services in underserved communities and grow the local economies” “We’d love to really grow the economies and GDP.” “We’d love to derail crime.” Right?!

Anyway,
Looks like the people of Iowa have spoken.

All my best,
Bridgette- MBA

Surprising Discovery

Surprising Discovery?!

Globalization? Much to my surprise; it has been recently brought to my attention there are naysayers to the fact of Globalization and its reality. Could it be, the people who disincline to Globalization also disincline to Climate Change and Global Warming or are they confusing the terms?

I digress.

GLOBALIZATION simply put is: The interconnectivity of the world markets as it relates to economic, financial, trade, and communications integration.

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What is there not to believe?

Our clothing is made elsewhere, usually across the pond (so to speak).
Widgets that go into our most treasured technology is made everywhere and assembled everywhere then sold everywhere throughout the GLOBE.
Your hairbrush or toothbrush is probably made in another country.

Or How About;

We borrow money and stash money all over the GLOBE- including our Governments.
We participate in Global Athletic Competitions (The OLYMPICS) and Capitalize on anything that is globally advertised not to exclude trading companies, banks, apparel, food and beverage etc. Then we create accounts engaging and participating in a particular trade and arrange export and import of said product, good or service (TRADING Commerce)- Usually through ‘The Internet of Things’ which is Global.

Again~ what is there NOT to BELIEVE?

The greater issue is: People who are naysayers to the FACT that Globalization exists, generally are averse to CHANGE and that is sad because CHANGE is INEVITABLE. How we respond to Change is the issue that becomes paramount.

When Naysayers get stuck in their resistance to change, Governments can literally stagnate. If you ask any Economist~ they will tell you, no good usually comes of stagnation. Stagnation is a major sticking point.

Suggestion: Be objective and consume as much information as you can (from various sources). Information consumption is one of the best tools to building a well thought out intelligent community at large. No matter if it is a Local Village, Federal or State Government, Neighborhood, Business or Individual. Please be intent on becoming or remaining a Well Informed Person (WIP). Do it for the Greater good. Globalization is for real and the impact of Globalization is profound. We are all connected.
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All the best,
Bridgette

Manufacturing

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Manufacturing is not what it used to be.

New and Progressive Manufacturing plants are Tech Savvy, Bold, Innovative, Creative and Mega Job Creators!

The New Manufacturing business models respect diverse talent and are constantly seeking workers with great skill set and work ethic.

Manufacturing is one Industry Segment that is growing and has room to grow our economies GDP substantially.

HAPPY MANUFACTURERS Month!

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Service and Relationship

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Being of Service is one of the greatest gifts given and received. Being of service is relationship driven.

Typically, when we think of service and relationship to one another we forget one of the root words ~ ‘relation’ or the latin root version = relationem. Thus, in relation to or relative to humanity ~ We ‘Rise Up’ to a greater Humanity when we are united in service to one another. We are made better when we serve one another and we connect gaps for those who could not see or do not have access to the basic needs in this world.

Albeit, I ache and tire like the rest of us and I get discouraged (at times) like the most of us. But I have decided to ‘Rise Up’ and try again and again….and again and again to resolve and reconciliation.

What I know is:

We have each other in the here and now. Thus, in spite of our differences we should reach out and …Reconcile to a greater resolve.

‘Rise Up’ ~ Andra Day
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I hope you enjoy this new artist from Spokane WA who had the clear insight to perform the bold lyrics in a wonderful melody.

All my best,

Bridgette