Tag - Western Carolina University

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Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite
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Ready to Unveil the Foundation!
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Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation
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Oh the Anticipation!
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Our Meeting on Tuesday

Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite

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Thanks to one of our WCU students in the campaign team we were given a table at this year’s International Festival at Western Carolina University to promote both the Website and the Go Fund Me Campaign for the upcoming Run/Bike Promotional Tour.  They hold this event every year and there is a table for different countries represented by the international students in attendance at WCU.  They have food, drinks, art, traditional dress, and crafts available for Festival goers to look at, and quite often, buy.  There are also vendors with local and international cuisine as well as some craft booths.

It was an beautiful sunny day with lots of people, good music from all over the world (including a live bagpipe performance), and tasty treats.  We put together a brief video to give you a glimpse of the day.  Check it out…

 

Ready to Unveil the Foundation!

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We’re finally ready to show you what we have to so far.  Christian, Pat, Vin and Nadja worked hard over the last semester on how best to create this site for us all through surveys, focus groups, and lots of research.  Below is a screenshot of the foundation for the site that Christian and Pat turned over to us on Thursday.  There is still lots of work to do but now it is ready for all of you creative and giving Open Source designers to jump in and play!  It is being created on GitHub so you can look it up and see what we have so far.  We would love to see all your suggestions and comments and will be keeping an eye out for your Pull Requests.

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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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Oh the Anticipation!

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It feels like Christmas Eve a bit tonight at the World Tree Circle Headquarters.  Tomorrow is the day that the Western Carolina University Business College students will present all their hard work to the businesses that they have been teamed up with over the last semester.  We have been working pretty closely with our team, meeting once a week whenever possible.  We got lots of great ideas and the the bones of what will become World    Tree    Circle.  True, it will be the bare bones.  These students had a short amount of time to work on what will be a very dynamic site.  But it is real now.  Not just a concept in our heads, or even a mock-up on paper. Tomorrow our students will present that in front of other businesses and their fellow graduates.  How exciting is that?  The closest I can come to describing it is that feeling we had as kids in the wee hours before Christmas when we could finally get out of bed and run to the tree.  Anyone else know that feeling?  Do you have a holiday or occasion that elicits a similar feeling?  We’d love to hear about it!

We’d like to give a huge thank you to Patrick Ballance, Christian Crawford, Nadja Heller, and Vin Pratt  for all the support, ideas, and help you have given us.  It was a true pleasure.

We’ll be sure to share all the new stuff we get in the presentation tomorrow as soon as we can.

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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!

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