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The Washington Post Pulls a Darwin

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that traditional media struggles to find its place in the digital world. Electronic distribution gives people greater choice, and we consume from the publishers that give us the most value—however each one of us personally defines that value. Advertising revenues have followed eyeballs and, over time, newspapers have lost relevance. Now, The Washington Post has pulled a Darwin maneuver by launching a service called Trove.

While I applaud the move, I wonder if it’s going to net the results they seek. The Washington Post has teamed up with Facebook to aggregate and deliver personalized news based on a consumer’s likes and dislikes. That, in itself, makes me uncomfortable.

Can You Tell Your Story in 10 Tweets?

Can You Tell Your Story in 10 Tweets?

RFID Global Solutions can. They won $2,000 and a chance to snag the attention of local venture capitalists and angels using Twitter and a well-written micro story.

How did it call come about? The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship held a fast pitch called TweetDingman earlier this month. Participants told their stories in 10 tweets of 128 characters or less during a structured event co-sponsored with Driven Forward, Brazen Careerist, and Cooley, LLP.

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

You may have heard that tempers are flaring over the planned metro station at Dulles. According to news reports, the board at Dulles International Airport stands behind its decision to build an underground station because it would be more 1) convenient for travelers, and 2) attractive than an above ground station.

So, it behooves us to ask about the degree of perceived inconvenience. How would using an above ground metro station compare with:

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

We live in a fast-paced world and, at one time or another, we have all found ourselves face to face with a vending machine, looking for a snack or beverage. The problem, up until now, has been that vending machine food was always synonymous with junk food or unhealthy options. But a new company has set out to change the way people see vending machines, and the nutrition that they get from them.

“Maybe it wasn’t easy to find healthy, tasty food from vending machines before, but we have made it our mission to change that,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Now, people can get a nutritious snack or beverage, whether they are playing, working, or at school. We are on the move and hopefully coming to an area near you soon.”

Leesburg Economic Development Department Issues RFQ for Business Development Videos

Leesburg Economic Development Department Issues RFQ for Business Development Videos

From the Town of Leesburg – The Leesburg Economic Development Department has issued a Request for Quote (RFQ) for production of a suite of videos intended to showcase the Town’s unique assets and attractiveness as a business location.

“The proposed videos are part of our continuing efforts to tell the Leesburg story,” explained Marantha Edwards, the Town’s Economic Development Manager.  “Our vision is that the videos will feature Leesburg business leaders and community stakeholders giving their personal testimonials as to why Leesburg is a great place to grow a business.”

“In addition to highlighting some of Leesburg’s extraordinary existing businesses, the videos will emphasize those things that make Leesburg a very distinguishable, special place.  We want these videos to be vibrant and high-energy with the aim of attracting ‘like’ businesses,” she added.

Annual Arbor Day Celebration in Old Town Manassas Features George Carr Round

The 27th annual Arbor Day Celebration, presented by the City of Manassas Beautification Committee, will be held on Fri., Apr. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Old Courthouse lawn in Old Town Manassas, featuring guest speaker, George Carr Round, a Union Army Signal Corps veteran, played by Doug Nelson of Prince William County, Va.  Round was significant in creating the town of Manassas and organized the 1911 Peace Jubilee. Round will also be at the National Peace Jubilee event on Thurs., July 21 at the Old Courthouse lawn. The Arbor Day Celebration is sponsored by the City of Manassas Utilities Department and is FREE to the public. For more information, call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

Opening Doors for High School Girls

According to a report published by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the number of women holding computer-related jobs peaked at 36% in 1991. It’s been in decline ever since. Considering how technology-dependent our society has become, that spells bad news. It’s especially concerning for an area filled with companies that deliver cutting edge products and services to the Federal government.

So how, then, do we turn this trend around and encourage young women to go into technical fields? Enter the Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé program.

Girls in Technology helps high school girls develop skills needed to architect an academic and professional future in technology. It’s a volunteer organization that relies on the generosity of corporate sponsorships.