• This post is for all the gardeners out there! This time of year, we’re excited about combining our love of gardens with our love of prize giveaways. Whether you’re new to the gardening game or have years of experience in the backyard, this contest is for you.

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  • Summer has arrived! Keeping your kids occupied and off the couch can be a difficult task. Here are five lifesaving backyard activities that are easy and fun for everyone!

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  • In recent months, my wife and I have been on the hunt for a house. Fortunately the search is over, but in the course of looking for our dream home, we were treated to a few – shall we say – interesting approaches to decorating. These screaming, shrieking examples of what NOT to do,...

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Market Update – Weekly Outlook

Market Update – Weekly Outlook

This week’s economic calendar will be dominated by 3 big events: mid-term elections on Tuesday which are expect to result in numerous seats changing hands in both the Senate & House, the end of the 2-day FOMC meeting on Wednesday which may include an announcement for a 2nd round of quantitative easing, and the October employment report due out on Friday.

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Market Update – Treasuries Up After U.S. GDP Grows 2%

Market Update – Treasuries Up After U.S. GDP Grows 2%

Treasuries opened up this morning and then jumped up more following the morning’s GDP report. The report, which is one of the Fed’s preferred inflation measures, increased less than forecast and added speculation that they will be boosting purchases of long-term assets. Also, today’s October consumer confidence report from the University of Michigan is expected to rise.

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Bizdom U to Open in Downtown Cleveland

Bizdom U to Open in Downtown Cleveland

Entrepreneurial academy to launch brain-economy businesses in urban center Cleveland, Ohio – Oct. 28, 2010 – Bizdom U, a non-profit boot camp that trains entrepreneurs to launch and grow successful businesses, is coming to downtown Cleveland in 2011. The announcement was made by Dan Gilbert, Majority Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters, Operator of the Quicken Loans Arena (the “Q”) and Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., while in Cleveland to accept the Ruth Ratner Miller Award from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. The award is presented annually to an individual for career achievement in the advancement and enhancement of downtown Cleveland. Gilbert founded Bizdom U in Detroit in 2007 to help create a strong entrepreneurial core in his hometown. Now Gilbert wants to do the same in Cleveland. The first session will include up to 20 entrepreneurs and is planned to start in 2011. “Entrepreneurs are the key to invigorating a city because they are the engines that create jobs and significantly contribute to the prosperity of a city and region,” said Gilbert. “Our program searches out people with a burning passion to be entrepreneurs and helps them turn their business dreams into commercial realities in urban areas that need the investment.” The Bizdom U entrepreneurs undergo an initial four-to-six months of full-time, demanding training in the fundamentals essential for new business owners, such as marketing, sales and finance. During that period entrepreneurs begin developing plans for innovative and scalable businesses that must be located within…

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Quicken Loans and the Parade Company Team Up to Create ‘Where’s Clownie?’ Contest for the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Quicken Loans and the Parade Company Team Up to Create ‘Where’s Clownie?’ Contest for the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Facebook promotion to drive Metro-Detroiters to businesses along parade route to find Clownie Fatheads Detroit, Mich. – Oct. 26, 2010 - The Parade Company and Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, have partnered to create the first-ever “Where’s Clownie?” contest to promote the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. The promotion, which kicks off Sunday, October 24, will engage Metro Detroiters in a scavenger hunt leading them to some of downtown Detroit’s treasures along the parade route on Woodward Avenue to find hidden, large-scale Fatheads (life size wall graphics) of Clownie, the Parade Company’s mascot. Interested participants must become friends with “Where’s Clownie?” via the social networking site Facebook to become official contestants for the promotion. A total of 10 clues will be given out via Facebook, from October 24 through November 11, which will help identify the location of a Clownie Fathead at a business along the Parade route. Each Clownie Fathead will be visible from the outside of the building and will be numbered. Once contestants find a Clownie Fathead, they must take a picture of the numbered Clownie and upload it to their Facebook page. A contestant has to find and upload all 10 Clownie Fathead images, and tag them as “Where’s Clownie?” to be entered to win. All entries must be received by Sunday, November 14, 2010. Four winners will be randomly selected from qualifying contestants who submitted all 10 Clownie Fatheads. Winners will receive a Family Four-pack VIP Parade experience, including four premium grandstand…

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