Archive for ◊ September, 2013 ◊

• Friday, September 27th, 2013

It’s Wealth & Wellness Month!

Last year, we declared September Wealth & Wellness Month. Initially, it was a way we paid homage to the launch of our program, the Wealth & Wellness Summit, which we hosted for college students in the Greater Washington, DC area. Since these are tips any of us (in college or not) can use, we are declaring every September, moving forward, Wealth & Wellness Month.

As the month comes to a close, there is still time to do something – at least one thing – to strengthen your wealth (finances, debt, career planning) and your health (weight loss, emotional balance, and keeping physically active). We thought about updating the list of thirty things you can do in September, one tip for each day, but the compilation is one that is consistent and probably applies to all of us. So…if you missed the list last year, here it is again (add your own suggestions in the comment section below):

September is Wealth & Wellness Month

30 ways to improve your wealth and wellness

Initially, we declared September 2012 Wealth & Wellness month in honor of our upcoming summit for college students to help them develop positive strategies for creating optimal wealth (career planning, exploring entrepreneurship, and reducing debt) and health (stress reduction, positive emotional health, and healthy relationships); however, I’ve decided to issue a clarion call to adults and students, alike, to use September to actively reflect upon and take action to improve access to wealth and healthy living.

 

So, here’s a list of 30 things you can do each day during Wealth & Wellness month in September:

1. Swap out one sugary food for a healthy one during breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time

2. Make an appointment for a dental cleaning

3. Organize a girlfriends (or guys!) group walk, hike, yoga, or Dance Trance class

4. Pack a homemade picnic and invite your beloved to dine with you

5. Go stargazing with a friend or spouse

6. Update your resume and ask a mentor or friend to review it

7. Open a savings account

8. Make an appointment for a pedicure or manicure

9. Have your blood pressure checked

10. Join a support group if you have lost a loved one recently

11. Introduce your child to a new vegetable (roasted carrots and red bell pepper are healthy, sweet, and delicious)

12. Engage a mentor to help you build a business

13. Pay off a credit card (start with the one with the lowest balance)

14. Talk to your child, Godchild, or young family members about money

15. Donate gently worn professional attire to Dress for Success

16. Talk to an experienced, licensed financial planner about investing in stocks, Roth IRAs, or CDs

17. Draft a will or living will

18. Get a mammogram

19. Tell your loved ones you love them

20. Eat dinner with the family, at the table, and not in front of the television

21. Disengage social media for 1 day

22. Donate your time or money to a worthy cause

23. Make an appointment to have your hearing or vision tested

24. Spend quality time with your pet(s)

25. Do 1 good thing for 1 person today

26. Try a vegetarian meal

27. Put on sunscreen – use an appropriate SPF

28. Substitute your drink full of spirits with a non-alcoholic option

29. Take an elderly parent or neighbor to the doctor

30. Tell someone else about Wealth & Wellness month. Better yet, share this list with others.

How have you celebrated Wealth & Wellness month? Let us know if any of these suggestions worked for you or your family, by emailing us, or comment below.

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• Friday, September 06th, 2013

Meet DC’s newest entrepreneurs

Yesterday, some of Washington, DC’s newly minted entrepreneurs had the opportunity to showcase their products and services at the DC Department of Employment Services during the Enterprise DC business plan pitch. Graduates of this year’s Enterprise DC program promoted their business ideas to volunteer judges – an amalgam of the program’s sponsors, business mentors, and entrepreneurs – who gave them feedback on their pitches, asked about their marketing campaigns, and shared suggestions for sustaining their businesses in the District.

Enterprise DC grads pitch their businesses at DC Department of Employment Services

A program sponsored by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), DC Department of Employment Services, Mayor Vincent Gray’s One City, One Hire initiative, and Byte Back, participants are unemployed or under-employed District residents, age 22 through 54, who are interested in starting their own businesses. Since April, they have undergone rigorous training, attending classes that help them learn how to start and sustain their business, such as financial planning, business management, website design, the use of social media to promote their businesses, and graphic design. Each member of the 2013 program was paired with area entrepreneurs who provided feedback on the business plan, and gave insight on how to manage, strengthen, and grow their businesses.

Enterprise DC program participants

 

Participants who pitched their business ideas on Thursday included an event planner who has honed her skills organizing festivities for twenty years before deciding to start her business. Another Enterprise DC entrepreneur launched a company to encourage creativity in youth to stimulate their ability to perform better in school and in life, while supporting the green sustainability efforts many of the city’s business owners embrace. A designer of hand-crafted baby wear, including embroidered bibs, pitched her business and shared a story about how First Lady Michelle Obama sent a thank you letter for an item she especially designed for President Obama.

For more information about the Enterprise DC program, visit www.gwhcc.org or www.wacif.org.

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