Wishing for Wheels: Local NAPA AutoCare Centers Join Forces

CulverBOISE, ID: In what ways could we come together and have a positive impact in our community? What could we accomplish together that we could not do alone? Those questions and others were discussed and answered at a recent meeting of the NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group. The coalition of nine auto services providers, including Garry’s Automotive, Christian Brothers, State Street Auto Repair, Dr. Floyd’s Garage, Maz-Tech Automotive, and Heritage Auto Repair, has participated in Wishing for Wheels projects in the past.

These projects look different each time, but have a common thread. “We combine our resources to reach beyond what any one of us could do alone, to help a person or group in need that could not afford the repairs required to stay on the road,” wrote Tony Zanders of Heritage Auto Repair in Meridian. Zanders was recently presented with such an opportunity. Travis Culver is a local media personality who worked for a time at 89.5FM KTSY. He was a worship pastor at a local church, and recently has been developing a cable TV program called Love Where You Live. His livelihood is directly connected to his skills as a communicator. In September, at 39 years old, he heard these words, “It doesn’t look good. It appears you have cancer.”

“As a young father and husband, Culver is now faced with the traumatic realization that the tumors found in his brain after multiple MRI’s will affect his career, his family and his very life. He has been diagnosed as Stage 4,” Zanders said.  “He has been subjected to extensive procedures, chemotherapy, and surgeries; as well as the resulting physical challenges each of those present. Last week Culver brought his truck over for service with these instructions: Let’s go ahead and fix all those things you mentioned a while ago.”

NAPA Right SizeCulver’s vehicle had multiple maintenance concerns and necessary repairs. “He wants to fix them all,” Zanders said. “Having a personal relationship with him, I asked him what his goal was for this repair.” Through tears, Culver said he just wants to take his family camping again, and not have to worry about his truck. The cost was more than $4000, and members from NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group donated all of the necessary work.

The community is also pitching in to help the Culver family:

How can you help? Donate today at the GofundMe page for Travis Culver at: https://www.gofundme.com/2s4mjpx8?ssid=805926671&pos=1. The Boise NAPA AutoCare Centers are a group of independent and family owned businesses. They co-op the cost to market together and bring you special offers available at their select autocare centers.  More information about NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group is available at http://napaautorepairboise.com/

Where to Buy Rock Salt Ice Melter

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Evhere you look, stores are out of rock salt ice melter. Fortunately, you can have some shipped through amazon.

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Support Nature Conservation Initiative from Virginia Treat of Treats Photography

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“I want to share with you all a little bit about this initiative that I am working on throughout the year,” writes Virginia Treat in an update on Facebook. “We are now in process of planning out Theme #5 for the Nature Conservation Initiative (ALMOST HALF WAY THERE!!), that will be happening at the end of this month.”

Virginia Treat with Treats Photography is working on a Nature Conservation initiative. She has put together a team and over the course of the next year is putting together a photo book. The book will contain photographs combining nature with high fashion. In addition, the book will contain an written piece related to each image, highlighting the park or facility the image was taking at or representing. The funds during this prepurchase opportunity will go towards various costs associated with making and publishing the book. Cost include materials for costuming, publishing costs, travel expenses to various locations in Idaho.  Anything above and beyond will be added to the proceed donations as stated below:

The book, once published, will be available for online purchase. The team is also working with various facilities to have the book available in visitors centers, local shops and more. 100% of the proceeds from sales of the books will be distributed to the various nature conservation facilities.

The team consists of Amanda Woods with Woods on Fire Innovative Beauty, handling all aspects of hair and make up; Holly Taylor and Unique Irish who are assisting with the costuming of the project; Danielle Solberg and Abby Dee, who are assisting with location, communication and other key items vital to the project. Additional members of the team include Tiffany Larocque, Samantha Chapman, Chante Thornton Hamann, Susan Moore, Michael Strickland, and Cheryl Whale Blauer.

Visit: http://youcaring.com/natureconservation to order.

Virginia’s update continues:

Models have been chosen, location is secured, and the costuming is in the works. Here are some of the prints from theme #4 that are available for purchase. visit :http://youcaring.com/natureconservation to order. I will soon be posting all the available prints as we move forward. There you can also pre-purchase other items. The main item that will be available is the book. The book will include some really amazing photographs that we put together as well as information on why, the relationship with art and nature, and the wonderful facilities and organizations that help make ‪#‎Idaho‬ great and maintain that beauty for us all to enjoy and thrive. 100% of proceeds from the sales will be donated to a variety these organizations.

 

#‎MakeADifference‬ ‪#‎Nature‬ ‪#‎Beauty‬

Find a clear path to significant improvement with Frank White

bannertwoFrank White International is focused on management consulting, management development, management training, sales development, sales training, business and executive coaching, business start-ups as well as business turnarounds. We have trained over 2000 business managers, executives, leaders and entrepreneurs and have trained over 10,000 sales people and sales managers.
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From his website: “We offer one on one coaching as well as group coaching to individuals, business owners, business/corporate executives, beginning and seasoned entrepreneurs. We have a developed sales training series of workshops as well as management development and team development programs. We are often called upon to develop custom sales training programs specific to our clients needs including specific product sales presentation development and training. We can facilitate weekly or monthly business leadership trainings or events.”

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Brett Labit of Local Impact Zone Endorses Frank White

“I have had the great pleasure and benefit of working with Frank on a continuing basis. Frank has brought tremendous value to our organization and continues to do so. He is an excellent strategic planner, organizer, leader, negotiator and mentor. Frank has great ability to look at a company from several angles and find a clear path to significant improvement. I am honored to work with him.”

 – Brett Labit, CEO Local Impact Zone

Frank is the founder of F.A. White & Associate and Frank White International, originally founded in 1985 in San Francisco, California. Frank became a Forum Master Trainer and Coach 1989. He was a Founding Member of Impact, International Association of Consultants, Trainers and Coaches and is a member of National Association of Accountants.

Frank successfully opened and assisted in the opening of over 400 businesses in 14 industries, throughout the United States and Asia. He has trained and coached over 2000 executives, managers, entrepreneurs as well as trained over 10,000 sales people, sales leaders, sales managers in a variety of industries.

As a nationally recognized and sought after Motivational Speaker and Trainer, Frank has a national reputation for business turn arounds as well new business start-ups. Frank’s programs include workshops, paid master mind groups, and seminars that include sales training, management development, leadership training, sales performance excellence, motivational management and leadership as well as customized workshops. He has had an extensive corporate career where he was key in the development of 5 regional and national retail chains, serving as President for 4 of the 5.

In his spare time he is involved in theater and various charities. Frank currently resides in Boise, Idaho.

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Troy McClain of AXS Delivers Keynote at Business Analysis and Project Management Association Conference in Winnipeg

For the 4th year in a row, Troy McClain of AXS  was invited to attend the prestigious Business Analysis and Project management association conference in Winnipeg.

“I am honored to be presenting my approach to business and project management” said McClain before his classic talk.”

He delivered a keynote address called EQ vs. IQ.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know people make decisions based on their emotions, the conference website reads. Just look at politics, religion and retail purchases across the world. Furthermore, we know marketing experts have learned the best way to motivate a person, group or company is through their emotions. Yet over the years, the basic belief and standard for defining and choosing a strong leader within a company has always been to measure ones IQ, which in fact, measures logical reasoning, word comprehension and math skills rather than their creative potential or ability to relate to a person, group or company team.

Troy McClain, season one Apprentice finalist, shared his story of how he developed a leadership role and successful business by focusing on EQ rather than IQ. This session took the audience on an eye opening journey of discovering yourself, how to manage your emotions, learn how others think, and how to process these emotions to work more efficiently with others in your organization. Mark Twain once said, “Common sense ain’t so common” This session aims to bring it back into the workforce.

The conference offers Focused Symposium Conference Tracks where attendees learn from the real-world experiences of industry experts and practitioners who will show you how to achieve outstanding business results, according its official website.

Troy McClain is the CEO of The McClain Companies, a full-service marketing, communications and business management firm focused on growing people and businesses to great heights.

As a seasoned entrepreneur with over 14 years experience in the financial industry, Troy has learned how to create budgets, manage costs and cost-effectively market and communicate products, services and causes. Using innovative techniques and strategies, he has been instrumental in providing successful growth concepts to companies and professionals working toward a higher level of achievement.

Today, Troy is an international speaker on a variety of topics, such as entrepreneurism, finance, advertising, marketing and communications, personal growth, and giving back to one’s community. He has been honored by numerous high-profile figures and organizations, such as Governor of Idaho C.L. “Butch” Otter, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Donald Trump, the Kellogg Innovation Network, and Special Olympics International.

Why do cities spend scarce resources lobbying the federal government?

Why do cities spend scarce resources lobbying the federal government?


The hierarchy of U.S. government provides various pathways for local representation. Nevertheless, cities regularly invest in paid representation. This presents a puzzle for American democracy. Why do cities lobby, and do they lobby strategically? We quantify for the first time the extent of this phenomenon and examine its determinants using new data on 498 cities across forty-five states from 1998 to 2008. We find that economic distress pushes cities to lobby, but does not impact expenditures. Cities in competitive congressional districts, and therefore crucial to national politics, spend more on lobbying.
The above abstract is from an article published in the March issue of the Political Research Quarterly by Jaclyn Kettler, Assistant Professor Department of Political Science at Boise State University.
In this paper, the researchers examine why cities spend scarce resources on hiring professional lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Although many cities spend a good deal of public money on lobbying, we know little about this behavior. Using a new dataset, they study the lobbying activities of 498 cities across 45 states from 1998-2008. Kettler and her co-author find that cities are more likely to lobby the federal government in times of economic distress. Additionally, cities spend more on lobbying when they are in a competitive congressional district, making them more relevant in national politics.

Americus Dotter Featured at Inspirational Women Authors, Coffees, Confections and Conversations

“Gather up your friends and plan to join us for a delightful time of fellowship, fun and encouragement!” reads the event page for Inspirational Women Authors, Coffees, Confections & soul_picConversations. “The afternoon gathering features a panel discussion with published women authors who have walked through some deep valleys, traversed the road less traveled, and discovered their inner strength along the way.”

The event takes place at Cloverdale Church of God, Boise, Idaho, Saturday, from 1 -3.

Americus Dotter is the pen name for an American author and advocate for women, best known for her autobiographical thriller, Soul Sale: A Rude Awakening.

Dotter was an ovum donor for many fertility clinics across the United States including Yale University, and helped many couples achieve their goal of creating a family. Stem cell research and the ethics surrounding it are one of her primary concerns. Her book, Soul Sale, is the raw story of spiritual warfare that she experienced in 2008 following the birth of her own child. It is an example of “quantum psychiatry,” a term that is gaining popularity and support in the psychiatric community. Quantum psychiatry is thought to be where spirituality and science meet to expose unproven realities. In a time where the transhuman agenda is beginning to appear in headlines, the ethics surrounding stem cell research must be discussed and unintended consequences of our knowledge should be examined. Amy Dotter successfully sheds light on these issues in a creative true story not like any ever heard before.[1]

She was interviewed for the documentary film Eggsploitation, discussing her story and the idea that “the fertility industry has a dirty little secret.” [2]

Americus Dotter invites the reader feel some of the pain of psychosis, in a tale weaved from her real life experiences. The book explores the issue from several perspectives. She offers stark implications for bioethics. Elements of fantasy and reality are weaved to give readers an inside look at one woman’s remarkable journey. And while the darkness is spelled out, the book also offers inspiration for women, in the end.[3]

Authors who will be participating are
JoEllen Claypool
Vera DeMay
Americus Dotter
Sheila Eismann
Jane Freund
Carol Green
Phyllis Vavold

A recent review of Soul Sale: A Rude Awakening, said:

I walked into a local bookstore to see an artist book signing. I love to read and thought I don’t do much for myself, I am going to buy this book. I didn’t ask what the book was about and I have never just walked up to an author and purchased a book. I was drawn to this woman it was as though I was following a beacon, like something told me I had to stop, I could not pass up this book or meeting.. I am personally dealing with much more than I can handle at the moment and this book and the authors experiences let me know I am not alone. No I didn’t have the same experiences and do not have the same exact mental issues. However, I have had or do have many of the same thoughts and feelings.
During my tour through the author’s experiences, thoughts, and feelings, I laughed, I cried, I related, and I was motivated to take my own life back to find happiness again.. When this book becomes a movie, if it isn’t to scarey,I would love to see it.

Come meet Americus and these other awe inspiring authors.