BLAINESWORLD #1073 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Eric Weinberger:  BTW, great Passover joke in Blainesworld!



(4) Which Milk Is Most Nutritious: Soy, Cashew, Almond or Coconut?

(5) Richard Shulman:  Loved the jokes about the Jewish knight and the hellish pianist! Also, I just heard about the Self-Help Credit Union….  Good to be reminded!

(6) Deborah Belcher: OMG, the Passover/Queen joke!!!! LOVE. IT. (The chocolate rabbis aren’t bad either!)

Wow – I had 105 recently deleted pics. Thanks for that. (There’s an additional step in iOS 10…easy to find…)

(7) Susan Harper:  Do you have 1 minute a day for the next 22 days to help ACT score $100,000 for our capital campaign to build and education complex?  That is only 22 minutes total or less – check it out – it is so easy!

ACT is a contestant in the “A Community Thrives” grant project sponsored by the USA TODAY NETWORK​.​

It is one of the many ways in which ACT is working toward reaching our funding goal so we can renovate the storage building we own and make it into an Education Complex!  This grant would go a long way toward achieving that dream and

​ here’s how it works:
The project with the most votes ​moves forward to a panel of judges.
You can vote daily between now and May 12th.  YOU can help make this happen!  Invite all your friends… how much fun is this???​

To vote – please click on or copy & paste this link:

It includes a short video ​featuring two of our students explaining this project.​

It’s easy and you can vote once a day every day until May 12th!

Please share this link with your friends & family and ask them to vote too!  ACT has been around for 71 years and it would be wonderful to be around for 71+ more!
(8) Remembering the World’s Oldest Person, in the Objects She Left Behind
(9) Diet soca can increase risk of dementia and stroke

Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jerry Crouch:

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(2) Julia Holladay: Montford Park Players Company (Family) Photo Shoot
Saturday, May 6 at 3 PM

Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
90 Gay St, Asheville, North Carolina

In honor of our beloved matriarch, Hazel Robinson, a Montford Park Players company photo will be done the day of Hazel’s memorial service. The service will take place at 2:00pm at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, The photo will be taken immediately after. The goal is to assemble as many people as possible who have worked with MPP since its inception for the family photo to top all family photos. Please, spread the word, especially to folks who may be from the early years since I might not know them.

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(3) Walela Dobroski:

March 10, 2017


“Show Me the Money Conference” talks funding this Summer

Asheville, North Carolina

On May 11th & 12th, the inaugural “Show Me the Money Conference + Funding Expo” will be held in Downtown Asheville, bringing “all things funding” to Western North Carolina. The two-day event will provide attendees with access to the most innovative tools, training, and connections needed to successfully secure funding for their businesses or non-profits.

The Conference, Funding Expo, and Networking Reception will take place on May 11th at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel. Then on May 12th there will be optional intensive workshops offered at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies for those looking to aggressively seek funding platforms.

At the May 11th Conference, there will be two nationally renowned keynotes, 35+ expert trainers, and 15 breakout sessions led by industry experts from across the Southeast.  The breakout sessions are organized around the following five tracks;

  • Track A: Start-Up Businesses
  • Track B: Business Expansions
  • Track C: Investor Ready
  • Track D: Non-Profit Organizations
  • Track E: Cluster Focus
    • Catalyzing the Life Science Innovation Sector
    • Financing Agribusiness and the Local Food System
    • Funding Tech Ecosystems and Community Infrastructure

Event planners anticipate over 50 organizations to participate in the May 11th Funding Expo, consisting mainly of; federal granting agencies, regional foundations, commercial loan providers, crowdfunding experts, Angel Fund Networks, business counselors, Small Business Centers, University departments, industry-specific experts, grant writers, attorneys, accounting firms, and government contractors.

On May 12th, the optional intensive workshops will present attendees with the opportunity to get hands-on support to the processes taken to successfully apply for funding in WNC. Held at the Lenoir-Rhyne University classrooms in the Asheville Chamber of Commerce building, the following four workshops will be offered;

  • Track A: “Start-Up Funding Application Workshop,” taught by Russ Seagle, Executive Director of Sequoyah Fund
  • Track B: “Expansion Funding Application Workshop,” taught by Tonya Snider and Tommy Dennison, Business Development Officers at the Carolina Small Business Development Fund
  • Track C: “Pitch Prep Workshop,” taught by Stephen Poland, Lead Trainer of ScaleUp WNC, Director of the Embedded Entrepreneur Program, and Owner of 1×1 Media
  • Track D: “Competitive Grant Writing Workshop,” taught by Mark Goldstein, President and CEO of Communication Mark

Tickets are on sale now online, with Early Bird Rates available until April 5th. Full agenda, sponsors, and speakers are listed on the main event website at

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For additional information, contact:

Emily Breedlove, Small Town Ventures




Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Lisa Zaglin:

For tickets, please click:


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