BABRT Finds New Home for Monthly Meetings

The Bay Area Business RoundTable (BABRT) recently announced a new location for its monthly meetings. The new meeting place is the Jack London Aquatic Center (JLAC) at 115 Embarcadero in Oakland. The JLAC is located on the Oakland Estuary, just seven tenths of a mile west of the old meeting location at the Homewood Suites, also on Embarcadero.

BABRT Finds New Home for Monthly Meetings

The BABRT will meet in the JLAC’s second floor conference area starting Thursday, May 27, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. This new location will accommodate up to 185 attendees, allowing more capacity for larger gatherings. The space also has smaller adjoining rooms for breakout sessions. “As we began to outgrow the Homewood Suites, it became increasingly difficult to fit all of our attendees in their conference facility, as our monthly meetings typically draw anywhere from 35 to 60 people. The new, larger space can adapt to a variety of floor plans, which allows us to easily increase attendance,” said Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Ashcraft.

“We are fortunate to have found such a nice space on the waterfront, with close proximity to the old meeting location. We really wanted to limit the impact that relocation could have on our attendees and speakers. I don’t think we could have found a better location for our format.” PG&E’s Public Affairs Manager, Tom Guarino was responsible for bridging the connection between the BABRT and the JLAC. As a resource for water sports, the JLAC’s mission is to inspire the diverse communities of Oakland  – especially youth – to experience the Oakland Estuary for purposes of recreation, education and competition. The BABRT looks forward to supporting the JLAC in these efforts.

About the BABRT
The BABRT is a 501(c)-(3) focused on building community and fostering positive change, along with economic growth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit our website at www.babrt.org.

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Volusia Manufacturers Association on Preparing Today’s Graduates for the Workforce

study conducted collaboratively by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21 st Century Skills, and HR Society for Human Resource Management has shown today’s high school and college graduates are ill-prepared for the 21 st Century Workforce. Industry and Educational Institutions must work together to better prepare our future workforce. The Volusia Manufacturers Association May’s General Meeting will present what the Volusia County Schools are doing to prepare their students for the workforce.

With the lack of jobs these days, it’s often wondered by the newly educated, job seeking graduate, what skills do I need to be successful in the workforce? In 2006, a study was conducted by a team from The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21 st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management to find out answers for this burning question. Knowing how employers view these new workforce entrants is an important first step in enabling both these new entrants and U.S. business to succeed on the global economic scene.

The four participating organizations jointly surveyed over 400 employers across the United States. These employers articulated the skill sets that new entrants—recently hired graduates from high school, two-year colleges or technical schools, and four-year colleges—need to succeed in the workplace. Among the most important skills cited by employers were:

• Professionalism/Work Ethic

• Oral and Written Communications

• Teamwork/Collaboration and

• Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

In fact, the findings indicate that applied skills were viewed as more important than basic knowledge and

skills, such as Reading Comprehension andMathematics . So, while the “three Rs” are still critical to any new workforce entrant’s ability to do the job, employers strongly emphasized that applied skills like T eamwork/Collaborationand Critical Thinking are “very important” to success at work as well. The results of the study showed that young people need a range of skills, both academic and applied, in order to be successful in the 21 st century U.S. workforce.

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TVE Magazine Is Having A Name Change Contest!

TVE Magazine has been threatened by Entrepreneur Media, Inc., owners of Entrepreneur.com with legal action unless we change our name.

TVE Magazine Is Having A Name Change Contest!

“…We hereby demand that you immediately cease and desist from any and all uses of the ENTREPRENEUR® mark or any similar mark in your online publication of “The Virtual Entrepreneur Magazine” and throughout the domain name www.tvemagazine.com. Moreover, we demand that you likewise immediately cease and desist from any and all uses of the ENTREPRENEUR® mark or any similar mark throughout your website and on advertisements, marketing, promotional, and/or sales materials of any sort…” (to see the full letter from the attorney go to http://www.tvemagazine.com/)

Therefore… we are having a ‘name change’ contest! The new name cannot contain the word Entrepreneur and we would like to retain the ‘TVE’ image. So – put on your thinking caps and help us use the initials ‘TVE’ for a new name. The winner will receive a 1/2 page ad (3.75”x5”) that will be published in the next 3 issues!

All entries for the name change contest must be received by May 31 and you must have a subscription to TVE Magazine to enter. We look forward to your creativity!

TVE Magazine is an ezine BY Virtual Professionals FOR Virtual Professionals. Subscriptions are free and article submissions are always welcome!

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Volusia Manufacturers Association Plant Tour Explores HealthCare Manufacturing in Daytona Beach

The Volusia Manufacturers Association is sponsoring an exclusive plant tour of Covidien’s Deltona Manufacturing Facility. Covidien, a publically traded company on the NYSE, is a global provider of life-saving healthcare and pharmaceutical products.

The Volusia Manufacturers Association(VMA) is sponsoring a private tour ofCovidien, one of the leading manufacturers of healthcare devices and supplies in the world. VMA manufacturing members will take a tour of Covidien’s State-of-the-art manufacturing facility on May 19, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Covidien is located at 2010 E. International Speedway Blvd. in Deland, FL.

Covidien is a leading manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents, and pharmaceuticals. Covidien employees 42,000 employees worldwide in more than 60 countries, with products sold in over 140 countries. Covidien’s market stretches across the medical device, pharmaceutical, and medical supplies industries, focusing product lines on endomechanical, soft tissue repair, energy, oximetry and monitoring airway and ventilation, vascular products, specialty pharmaceuticals and chemicals, active pharmaceutical ingredients, contrast and radiopharmaceuticals, nursing care, medical surgical, Sharp Safety and OEM products.

Covidien provides a dvanced surgical tools and supplies, sutures and wound care products, needles and syringes, contrast media for diagnostic imaging, respiratory care devices, and generic pharmaceuticals. Key Brands include Kendall, Autosuture, Valleylab, Mallinckrodt, Nellcor, and Puritan Bennett. Also, recognizable, successful products include Monoject Magellan™ Safety Needle, Valleylab™ RF Ablation System, Kangaroo ePump™ Enteral Feeding Pump, and Optivantage™ DH Dual Head Injector, to name a few.

“Covidien has been a leading healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturer in the Daytona Beach area for many years, under Tyco International. It’s an exciting time for Covidien, after separating from Tyco in 2007, focusing their operations on the manufacture of many innovative healthcare products and pharmaceuticals. Covidien’s commitment to research & development hopefully will bring new, vital, life-saving products for humankind, and as a side, additional expansion and growth for Volusia County,” said Jayne Fifer, President & CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association.”

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is the only manufacturing trade association established by manufacturers uniting Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers and Associates. The Volusia Manufacturers Association offers information, education, and networking opportunities for members, with over 60 programs annually. Each month, one manufacturing member hosts a plant tour for all members to attend to see daily operations and to gain understanding into their business operations.

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