Young Entrepreneurs Should Say ‘YES’ to This Opportunity

Apex entrepreneur Heather O’Sullivan Canney will host the first annual Young Entrepreneurs Success Seminar Sept. 25-27 at the Caribe Royale Resort and Conference Center in Orlando, Fla. The purpose of the YES! Seminar is to inspire, empower and educate young entrepreneurs age 9 and up—as well as their parents—to embrace their natural creativity, identify and leverage their resources, and grow their business ventures.

“Most importantly, this event will connect young entrepreneurs and their parents with other like-minded people,” O’Sullivan Canney says. “These connections will continue to grow within the community that will be created.”
Speakers at the event include Bob Burg, best-selling author of “The Go-Giver” and “Endless Referrals”; artist Laura Kelly; teen entrepreneurs, and other experts who will provide information about publishing, art licensing, business systems, marketing, social media and more.

Breakout sessions and workshops will include activities designed to inspire creativity and innovation, and teach team building skills, marketing techniques, public speaking, networking and more. There will also be panel discussions and the opportunity for attendees to talk to speakers and experts one-on-one.

You can read the full press release about this here.

Obama TV: ABC Deals Deathly Blow to Journalism

ABC’s hour-long Obama special tonight deals a deathly blow to American journalism. On its face, the network’s decision to dedicate an hour of prime time viewing to “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” reeks of bias. Then, add in the fact that ABC said no to airing GOP ads during the Obama special and the issue goes way beyond plain old media bias.

This journalism grad is very sad.

For months now, I’ve watched NBC, ABC, CBS and cable news networks coddle the president, with only Fox News appearing to show objectivity. It was refreshing yesterday to see Fox News’ Major Garrett ask President Obama “What took you so long?” to show concern over the Iranian elections. The Pew Research Center’s study showing Fox offered the most balanced coverage of the 2008 presidential election offers further confirmation that the network is at least trying to remain objective.

But I digress… or do I? Is Fox News the ONLY network left that ascribes to the journalistic code of ethics?

This isn’t about politics. It’s about the corrosion of American journalism.

Perhaps the new media’s most important contribution to our world today is the access it provides anyone with an Internet connection to different viewpoints via blogs and forum discussions, as well as the ability to link directly to news sources we trust, instead of relying on primetime nightly news reports for the facts. Makes you wonder, is new media replacing traditional media? Tonight’s Obama special may serve as the turning point. Time—and ratings—will tell.

Apex, N.C. Welcomes Family-Friendly Peak City Film Festival in November

Two Apex men plan to bring a new kind of film festival to the quaint town of Apex, N.C. this November. Bob Crowley, producer of the event and senior vice president of Convey Ink, is working with John M. Demers, executive producer, to bring family-friendly mobile, short films or new-media targeting general audiences of all ages to Apex as part of the Peak City Film Festival. Rather than target edgy, controversial productions that appeal to a more specific audience, producers are looking for—and expect—general-audience entries from independent producers worldwide.

“We decided on this unique approach to provide something we felt was missing from cinema,” Demers said. “We want to showcase those films providing entertainment, ideas and information suitable for family audiences.”

Crowley says this doesn’t mean all of the films will be “kiddy films.”

“We often miss the point of the so-called Motion Picture Association of America ‘G’ rating, assuming it means a children’s show,” he said. “Many extremely entertaining stories can be told for the enjoyment of everyone.”

Producers will send out their call for entries worldwide during the first week of July, with review and judging periods taking place in Apex this fall, and the juried productions announced at a press conference also to be held in Apex this fall.

Glitz and glamour arrive in town Friday, Nov. 20 when Apex goes Hollywood to host a gala awards reception with red carpets, sweeping searchlights, limousines, and paparazzi. Producers say national and local celebrities have already expressed an interest in attending.

The winning and top-rated productions will be screened for the public all day Saturday, Nov. 21 and the afternoon of Sunday Nov. 22 at two venues in historic downtown Apex. A variety of music and art events are planned in Apex Nov. 21-22 as well.

Supporting events will take place in Apex throughout the summer, including a logo design contest, award design contest, and maybe even a mascot selection contest. Contact Crowley for additional details at

David Letterman is the Big Loser Over Palin Comment

I don’t often blog about politics, but as a mom, I’d like to weigh in on David Letterman’s recent “joke” about Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter. It was, quite simply, offensive, disprespectful and hypocritical. Furthermore, his apology to Gov. Palin’s daughter and her family was long overdue. As if Bristol Palin didn’t already have enough to worry about, Letterman’s vulgar comments were just not necessary and reveal a very ugly side of pop culture. It’s clear to me that Letterman only apologized after receiving pressure from his fans and CBS, so I have a hard time believing he was being sincere. I hope comedians like Letterman (and others) will start viewing the children of politicians as off-limits when it comes to such snide humor.

In my view, Letterman is the big loser here. His ratings will likely go down and CBS will continue to lose ground against the other networks. The moral of this story: what goes around comes around.