Art Internships And Their Power To Enhance Your Surroundings

The mile high city has everything from competitive sports; great food, attractions, and skiing that make it a desirable place to live. When visiting though, many people comment on the extensive amount of public artwork the city showcases across the metropolitan area. Starting at the Denver International Airport, the “Blue Mustang” depicts Denver’s western heritage as it towers 32 feet tall, and is also a sample of what else the city displays. Not to mention Denver’s famous Santa Fe art district that features First Friday Art Walks each month. Whether you are here to stay or visiting for a few days it will be hard to miss the impressive public artwork installations and festivals this city has to offer.

The downtown area of Denver displays some incredible pieces of artwork that will catch anyone’s eye. One that stands tall next to the Denver Performing Arts Center is the “Dancers” statue by, Jonathon Brodsky. This pieces depicting two dancing outside of the DAC Theater is whimsical and displays much talent and simplicity as the large white sculpture looms over Speer Blvd. Standing next to the statue may reminds one of the snow-covered mountaintops or how the beauty of Colorado is simple yet massive. As one continues into the downtown area the Denver Art Museum designed by, Daniel Libeskind, its truly must see landmark in the city. The large and industrially modern building houses world-class artwork, hands on art, and even some classes. This is a great place for an art internship if one has the desire to display their creativity to the public. The building exhibits a unique design with a kaleidoscopic exterior of over a million reflective glass tiles that glimmer in the Denver’s fantastic sunlight. The buildings innovation is artistic and could be a show for itself, without having to enter the museum; this is one place that can’t be missed.

The Denver Convention Center also showcases a particularly recognizable art piece called, “I can see what you mean” by, Lawrence Argent, which is a giant blue bear peeking into the tall windowed wall. This piece is fun, innovative, and captures the wildlife appeal that Colorado has to offer. Along with talented public artwork, Denver has a few incredible art districts. More popular is that on Santa Fe. There are over one hundred galleries showcasing fourteen different art types from mixed media to fashion. On the first Friday of each month, “First Friday Art Walk” takes place showcasing current and new artist. This is an event where the art comes to life and interacts with viewers through street art, face painting, and much more. It’s an event you won’t want to end. All of the artists work hard to showcase their work and gain the proper recognition. Several art internships have used this space to highlight their best works and expose the great talent Denver has to offer.… Read More

Keys To Selecting Your Network Marketing Business

Selecting a network marketing company to begin your home based business can be a daunting task for someone unfamiliar with the industry. While few options offer the advantages that a network marketing business does when it comes to cost to get started, low overhead and potential for economic rewards, finding the right opportunity is key to success. Many network marketers find they have had to join a number of companies before finding the right one. There are some keys to look for to help you find the right business quickly, if you know what they are.

Company Leadership:

Sound company leadership, like any business, should be a key item examined when selecting an opportunity to get involved with. Longevity of the company is something that is a must. Who wants to put the effort into creating a large team of distributors and customers, only to have the company go out of business, taking your paycheck with it? Leadership with proven experience and a long history of success in the network marketing industry is something that should be examined prior to signing up with any business opportunity. There is nothing more important than the management of the company when it comes to selecting an opportunity that is right for you. The potential for large income payouts is what draws people, rightly so, to network marketing, but you want that to be longterm income, not something that you enjoy today and it’s gone tomorrow. Management sets the tone for the company and will be responsible for the future growth of it and your business, as they bring on new products, open international markets, and determine the course that will be navigated in the future.

Compensation Plan:

There are a number of compensation plans that populate the network marketing industry, and there isn’t sufficient space here to discuss them all. But, there are some key things that should be examined when you are considering joining a company.

Does the compensation plan offer those new to the business an opportunity to make money quickly? There is no better feeling than getting that first check when you start your business, and the faster that happens, the more excited the person is to work their business, and more importantly remain with the business. The one big knock against the network marketing industry is the number of people who start a business, but quickly fall away. Ensuring that new distributors make money quickly is a must.

Does the compensation plan encourage teamwork for the long term? Many plans are set up to financially encourage distributors to work with people in their business when they first join, but then, as the business grows and those people end up in a portion that is so large that the distributor above no longer has an incentive to work with them. Look for a pay plan that rewards you for working with you entire team, longterm, regardless of how large your business grows. Of course, you are also interested … Read More

Introduction to Derivatives

Humans have always been inventive through their sojourn in this world, and have come up with innumerable inventions that have made their lives comfortable. Sometimes though, they have done themselves, and their world, a lot of harm, with their inventions.

While many of the human inventions have fulfilled a genuine need, some inventions have served only their contrived needs, and yet others have catered to the baser instincts of man, primarily, greed.

Into which of these above categories does the financial instrument called “derivatives” fit in? Does it serve a genuine need or a contrived one, or only serves to pander to man’s greed? In the light of the present Banking crisis, said to be triggered by the housing mortgage crisis, it would appear that derivatives fall in the last category.

What is a Derivative? A derivative is a kind of financial instrument that does not have a value of its own, but derives it from an underlying base. This base may be an asset, or an index, or even a phenomenon. In a way,a derivative resembles a parasite that feeds off its host.

Derivatives do not have an independent existence of their own. They exist as offshoots of either assets like stocks, commodities, residential mortgages, etc. or indices relating to the stock market, consumer prices, exchange rates, etc., or even phenomena like the weather conditions. They derive their values from assets as described above.

Purpose and Scope: There are several purposes for which derivatives are put to use. Sometimes they are used to cover the risks associated with genuine business transactions, and sometimes for plain profit making. Sometimes it is dictated by necessity, sometimes by inclination. Some of the major purposes of using derivatives are:

Risk Management: The major purpose of having derivatives is to manage or counter risks faced in the business environment, especially that which cannot be dealt with conventionally. It is also called Hedging. Hedging occurs when the risk of the underlying asset is transferred through the medium of the derivative from one person to another. A forward contract in a foreign exchange transaction like export and import is an example of hedging.

Suppose an exporter of wheat based in Chicago exports a consignment of wheat to the United Kingdom, and expects the rate of the British Pound to decline against the U.S. Dollar, he may book a forward contract and sell his pounds at current rates against future delivery of wheat to the U.K.

Speculation: Another purpose for which derivatives are used may be to book extra profits, or profits out of the ordinary, by taking advantage of the favorable movement of the value of the underlying asset. Here the purpose of using derivatives is not hedging, or countering risk, but to scoop up additional profits. This activity is called speculation.

Arbitrage: Yet another purpose of derivatives is called as arbitrage, that is taking advantage of a lower current market value vis a vis, the future value of an asset. Whereas the use … Read More

How Credit Cards Can Spell Trouble

If you think you are a person with low money management skills, then it is in your best interest not to apply for a credit card. Such a card is a great financial tool, however it has to be used responsibly so that you do not end up having to pay more than you can afford when your bill is issued. When you pay with plastic money you do not have the feeling that you are spending any cash and this is one of the reasons why people that have a credit account usually spend more than the people that pay in cash.

This rule applies mostly in the case of small purchases. However you should keep in mind that all those little things that you pay for with your card can add up. Another thing that you should pay attention to is your credit limit, as this is one of the main factors that lead to debt. Some creditors allow you to exceed your credit limit because it benefits them, as they gain a lot more when you will have to pay higher fees for the sum that you exceeded.

Whenever you are opening a credit card account you nearly always have the option of choosing the due day. Do not leave this due time day to be chosen by your creditor since he is not aware of all your expenses and the day that best suits you to pay your bills. Therefore think of the day when you are able to pay your credit card bill and, most importantly, try to make your payments before that date. Usually every day that you are late with paying your credit card bill means additional fees and that can be hard to pay if you have some financial difficulties.

Lastly, if you are unable to pay your credit card bill at the end of the month contact your creditor immediately and try to find a solution with him. Most creditors will not take any legal action against you unless you exceed a period of three months. Do not ignore his e-mails or calls but rather pay him a visit, because your financial situation will only get worse since you need to pay high fees for every day that you are late.

If you think that you cannot respect these simple rules, then the credit card is not the best tool for you.… Read More

Women in Business – Recession Busters

Financial crisis – you hear the term all the time.  You own a TV, radio, computer, newspaper or magazine subscription? Then you have heard the forecasts.  But even in the midst of a “financial crisis” we are seeing select companies not just weathering this storm, but thriving within it.  If history has taught us anything it is that the economy moves in cycles.  The crisis of today can be the boom of tomorrow.

What is different about this financial crisis?  Now, more than in any other point in history, we have the benefit of a fresh outlook.  There are more women in positions of true power than ever before.  There is no doubt that some key women will emerge from this economic downtrend as financial heroes.

Here are three woman who are breaking all barriers by not just leading their companies, but by leading them through these tough times:

1. Indra Nooyi – Pepsico: Chairperson and CEO

Like many business sectors in this day and age, the soft drink industry was facing a steep downturn.  North American beverage sales in general were falling relatively rapidly.  Nooyi reacted quickly to reports of falling revenue.  She bolstered Pepsi’s international presence to offset the North American slowdown.  In fact, now 26% of Pepsi’s revenues are collected internationally.  Also, noticing the upward trends in consumer demand, she prompted Pepsi to start supporting it’s more healthier brands (like orange juice with omega-3 fatty acids).

The Result:  In a tough market with a current downtrend, Nooyi was able to keep Pepsi stocks flat versus one year ago.

2. Irene Rosenfeld – Kraft Foods: Chairperson and CEO

“The Big Cheese of All Turn Arounds” was Rosenfeld’s goal when she first took over the helm at Kraft Foods.  When she took over stock had been losing steam.  The food giant needed a fresh approach.  She was responsible for an upheaval that saw her plunge more money into brand building.  She then gave power back to local managers (especially in third world countries).  She also made sure Kraft began launching more quick microwaveable meals immediately.

The Result:  Last year Kraft stock stayed relatively flat in a downtrending marketplace.  It also replaced AIG on the Dow.  Multi-billionaire Warren Buffet also saw promise in Rosenfeld, upping his stake to a full 9%.

3. Andrea Jung – Avon Products: Chairperson and CEO

Similar to Rosenfeld, Jung was given the task for an “extreme company make over”.  Also similar to Jung she was not afraid to step right in and take control.  Not one to walk lightly, she quickly trimmed management, invested $100 million in research AND tripled their ad spending. In her off time, Jung is also the only female member (as of 2008) on Apple’s board.

The Result:  Avon doubled it’s Chinese reps to 700 000, and in 2008 the stock was actually up 15%.  Their second-quarter performance of that year was the best since the turnaround began.

These three women have looked disaster in the face and decided … Read More

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