• Adventure Travel

    Local Eco-Entrepreneurship – 3 Stories to Think On

    Tweet TED-Midwest brings this video by Majora Carter of NPR’s The Promised Land.org. These 3 stories are being told in local regions throughout the country and abroad. What intrigues me is the interconnectivity between ecology, economic development and urban renewal. The emphasis in our new economy based on entrepreneurship is changing the way that local communities deal with lifestyle, poverty, education and energy. It is no longer possible for developers who want to see their regions prosper to ignore the impact of innovative thinking in solving multiple problems besides the traditional business models. The issues discussed in this video are all topics at the forefront of economic development here in…

  • Adventure Travel,  Social Marketing

    QR Codes Seminar: Business Marketing Tool “Hiding in Plain Site” QR Codes

    [ November 18, 2010; 8:00 am to 10:30 am. 8:00 am to 10:30 am. ] November 18, 20108:00 amto10:30 am8:00 amto10:30 amTweet I recently joined Technogranny, Joanne Quinn Smith in Pittsburgh for our first joint seminar on QR codes. A packed room discovered just a few of the possibilities of these 2D codes. Here are 10 Quick Little Facts About QR Codes that can make your marketing efforts easier.

  • Adventure Travel

    Turning Stories into Business Growth

    Tweet Developing a small business in the United States, and in most cases, globally, frequently relies on the kindness of friends and family. We have all heard of the horror stories of trying to obtain capital from banks and venture capitalists. At last there may be a solution to help SMBs through modern funding techniques.

  • Adventure Travel,  Sustainable Travel

    Sustainable Travel – Keeping the Grass Greener

    Tweet Sustainability is critical when considering travel in a region like the Appalachian Highlands of West Virginia. This state relies equally on its tourism and energy industries. We will be leaving in just a couple of weeks for our final camping trip of the year. Camping in these mountains are a part of my life. I grew up in the foothills, not more than an hour away. This is a magical place with sweeping vistas, clear streams, abundant fishing and some of the most gorgeous trails you can imagine. It is important to me that this area is preserved. Looking from the air as we fly over, it is hard…

  • Adventure Travel,  Culinary Travel

    For Culinary Adventures, Cleveland Rocks

    Tweet Food and wine top every list for interesting things to do when coming to Cleveland. Just had time to read a recommended article from the Pittsburgh Gazette concerning the hot spots. A couple of years ago Bill and I were seated on a rooftop garden overlooking the downtown area with some of Cleveland’s finest chefs and urban sophisticates. Thats saying quite a bit when you think that we boast an Iron Chef, the founder of the regional culinary movement, and a nationally acclaimed culinary writer. We also seem to have our fair share of master chefs who have studied and worked around the world and returned to their roots…

  • Adventure Travel,  Urban Travel

    Surfin’ the Waves on Lake Erie? How Challenging Can It Be?

    Tweet Sitting at my desk thinking about what I would rather be doing than writing to you. I just saw my neighbor’s car pass by my window loaded on top with his windsurfing gear. The sky is a clear September blue with a few low cumulus clouds to the north, just over Lake Erie. The trees are gently moving right now but this is when the winds are getting better for windsurfing.

  • Adventure Travel,  Cultural Travel,  Festivals

    Camping in the Potomac Highlands-Oh the Sports!!

    [ October 1, 2010 to October 3, 2010. ] October 1, 2010toOctober 3, 2010Tweet Adventure is to a West Virginian what tofu is to a vegetarian. It’s a part of life in the mountains. Although I am native (since the late 18th century) I really only visit now. Putting together a camping trip for my family and friends meant that I needed to brush up on what is available in the Potomac Highlands outside of Elkins.