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Gearing Up!
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Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation
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Our Meeting on Tuesday
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The Great News Just Keeps Coming!!!
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We Are Super Stoked!

Gearing Up!

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Since we began this endeavor in 2013 we have made progress in leaps and bounds.  Despite being a team of 2 on and off.  2014 was full of “leaps” for World Tree Circle.  We teamed up with Western Carolina University’s Business College.  We have been able to interact with up-and-coming individuals in their field, helping us to gain new perspectives.  We now have the foundation for the actual community site.  As well as having built a fast growing group of followers on 3 different social media sites – most, if not all, of which are not duplicated from those 3 communities!western carolina univ logo

So it is with great pleasure we can announce that in this new year, we will continue to make great advances.  We will be teaming with WCU again this semester and will be assigned two teams.  One for the fundraising (most likely IndieGoGo or Kickstarter) and the other to focus entirely on the development of the site where our last student team left off.  This is extremely exciting.  I for one have very high hopes for this semester’s students.  We learned a lot from our last joint effort and will be able to improve on much this semester.

Also, along with defining exactly how much money we need to build World Tree Circle and fund the run, we are working on getting the run mapped out and deciding on the schedule for stops to meet new people along the way.  Our tentative date to head out from Highlands, NC, is June 14th.  We will have to keep up a pretty vigorous pace, but the goal is to be back in Franklin, NC, on August 10, 2015.  That will give our kiddos some time to unwind and get ready for the upcoming school year to start.  Considering all the places they will see, the new people they will have met, and the amazing things those people will have shared – we will all need at least that much time to sort of assimilate all we have experienced.

communicating across culturesWe will be doing intensive research on functions and places steeped in the cultures we have picked for this trip.  We want to get the best examples we can find here in the States.  If you know of something, or someone, we should be sure not to miss, please let us know.  Send us a quick note or email at info@worldtreecircle.com.

Here’s to Great things in the New Year!

 

Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation

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What a day!  We were scheduled to be “on” at 10am this morning but due to a little snaffoo, our group presented at 10:30a instead.  We thought we had everything ready.  T-shirts for the team were done and bagged up ready to go.  We got to bed and were able to get a decent nights sleep, despite our excitement.  Even got out the door at a better than usual time.

Then we realized we left the shirts on the chair by the phone – back at the house.  We would have been doing okay, but there was a sweet English Staffordshire Terrier mama in the road on our way home that just wouldn’t get out of the road and stay there.  We couldn’t leave her there to get killed.  So, despite already running almost 10 minutes behind for a presentation that would last approximately 15 minutes, we tucked her into the car where she gratefully settled in and took her home to keep her safe until we could contact her owner with the number on her collar.

Dr. Yue Hillon was wonderful.  She let our group hold off and put another group up in our slot so that we wouldn’t miss our team present.  I’d like to say it went off without a hitch.  I’d be lying.  However, it was a very small hitch (not counting being 15 minutes late, of course).  Part of the powerpoint presentation didn’t load but Christian barely missed a bit with his speech and they all kept smiling and moving confidently forward.  It was great.

During the question portion there were great comments and shows of support and interest from the other business owners present.  It was exhilarating as well as enlightening.  we stayed after for a bit talking with the team about how we would implement many of their recommendations and received several offers for further help.  We will continue to work closely with Western Carolina University through their internship program as well as future ventures with the the Business College’s capstone projects whenever we can.  Dr. Hillon has been a tremendous help and would like to continue to do so going forward. So look to hear more of our great adventures with WCU, SBTDC, and Yue Hillon and Wendy Cagle in the future.

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Our Meeting on Tuesday

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JB Media Group, LLCOur recent meeting with Adrianne Gordon from JB Media Group, LLC and Wendy Cagle from WCU went really well.  Adrianne and Wendy gave us some very valuable advice and information that we will be acting upon over the next few weeks and months.

We’re really looking forward to meeting the 4 Western Carolina University seniors that we will be working with this fall.  We keep coming back to how important it is to have the website up in order to accomplish many of the other tasks that we have, so this mock-up the students will be building is really important.  Everyone who hears about WTC thinks that it is a great idea and can’t WCU College of Businesswait to sign up for their leaf.  Our hope is that these 4 students will feel that same way and want to stay involved with the project beyond the mock-up that they create.

 

We are going to start attending some Meet the Geeks in Asheville social events to get to know the industry better and meet some great minds.  We’ve also joined MeetUp.com to find groups that have similar great ideas or the expertise that World Tree would benefit from.meet the geeks

You can now find us on Google+, Twitter, Instagram (content there will grow as Clarke starts to document his training, and eventually the run itself), and LinkedIn.  After years of having nothing to do with computers, Clarke is going to immerse himself in social media!  If you have any great advice for him on how best to do that, please comment below or send us a message from our Contact Us page.

So, in short, we have come a long ways and yet have a good list of things to accomplish in the coming months.  We are really excited by all the great things happening for World Tree Circle.  We can hardly wait!

The Great News Just Keeps Coming!!!

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We met with Dr. Yue at Western Carolina University on July 10th.  It was an interview and Question and Answer session of sorts.  We discussed  what WTC has done so far, what our goals are and how we hope to have the students help with it.  It was very exciting and we are very hopeful that we will be picked as one of the businesses they work with.  She was careful to say IF we work together this Fall whenever we talked about the possibilities but also said that they’d probably assigned multiple groups from one class to work on sections of the project and then collaborate with one another for the whole.  VERY Exciting!

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We Are Super Stoked!

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I met with Wendy Cagle at Western Carolina University (WCU) on Monday, June 30th.  It went really well!  We talked about WTC and how we think our working with the college would benefit this project.  She brought up some really good points.  Security is definitely something that will be forefront in our potential users’ minds.  We need to make sure that we have a way to insure that their personal information is protected against hackers.  We will need to work on a risk assessment as part of our process.

She also told me about an amazing entrepreneur right here in Western North Carolina that we should connect with.  His name is Justin Belleme.  He was recently  honored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture Asheville as Entrepreneur of the Year.  Justin is a 28 year old Asheville native and owner of JB Media Group, LLC, a marketing agency.  He has helped several other small businesses with their kickstarter or other crowd-funding campaigns.  He assists with many aspects marketing a company.  He’ll be the luncheon keynote  speaker at an upcoming seminar that Small Business & Technology Department is holding at the Biltmore Park Campus on July 8th.  We hope very much to attend and meet him in person to discuss our project.

We also talked about the possibility of working with a team of seniors from WCU.  World Tree Circle would be their “capstone” project and we would work closely with the group while they research and develop a portfolio on how to get World Tree up and running.  We may not use everything they put together I’m sure there will be all sorts of great information to use.  It would be phenomenal to  see this become a reality and those students have the opportunity to say that they were a part of this amazing website that everyone is talking about and using.  With international students in the program we may even have an opportunity to create a small scale prototype that they could test run, sharing information, testing translation and making corrections.  It would be invaluable.

We are so stoked to put all of this to use and meet these new people we’ve learned about in the coming weeks.  Please keep the comments coming.  Bing is doing its best to translate them for us.  They aren’t perfect, but I’m going through them and trying to make sure they don’t all go to the spam folder.  Another reason we are excited about getting WTC up and running with the software that allows those who are bilingual to correct those little errors.

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