The reward for information leading to the finding of missing Kentucky mother Savannah Spurlock has been raised to $15,000 as authorities try to find her.Spurlock’s family is offering the reward for “the first tip that leads directly to the safe return of Savannah Spurlock or recovery of Savannah Spurlock’s remains, or for the first tip that leads to the successful arrest and conviction of responsible person(s), whichever occurs first and at the discretion of the [family],” according to the “Missing Savannah” Facebook page.The information must be given to law enforcement to be eligible for the reward. Law enforcement personnel or other people involved in the search are not eligible.Spurlock, 22, a mother of four, was last seen on surveillance footage in the early hours of Jan. 4 after leaving the Other Bar in Lexington with three men. The focus of the family and friends has been on the rural home, since police said they know she was there.“Police can confirm she was at that house, but they can’t confirm that she left,” Spurlock’s aunt, Lisa Thoma, told Inside Edition. “That is like a dagger sticking in my brain; that seems like a big deal.”People with information were asked to submit tips through the link here or through the phone or email to the Richmond Police Department at 859-623-8911 or email@example.com. Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Savannah Spurlock in an undated image (L) and pictured by CCTV camera just before she went missing in Kentucky on Jan. 4, 2019. (Richmond Police) US News Police said that Spurlock was taken to a rural home, some 40 miles from the bar, by the men, who she did not know.The men were questioned but have not been charged with any wrongdoing.Spurlock’s mother, Ellen Spurlock, told Fox News that she spoke to her daughter on FaceTime on Jan. 4. A CCTV image shows Savannah Spurlock on the night of Jan. 4, 2019, accompanied by two men as she left a Kentucky bar before she went missing. A third man not pictured was also part of the group, police said. (Richmond Police Department)“There was a man driving the car. Savannah was in the passenger seat. There were at least two people in the back seat talking. … I heard one of them tell me to ‘chill,’” Ellen Spurlock said. “They were also hollering other things but I couldn’t make it out. I was just checking on my daughter.”She added, “I do not believe Savannah left this home on her own. She had no car, no money, no phone, and no coat. Where would she go? I don’t believe that for a second.”After the new reward was announced, Ellen said she hoped it would lead to a conclusion of the case.“I have to tell myself, prepare myself that Savannah is no longer with us. After five-and-a-half months it’s just not looking good. The way I look at is if she’s not with she is looking down on us in a better place…heaven,” Ellen Spurlock told LEX 18. Share this article Share Her best friend said recently that loved ones think that at least one person is holding back information.“Someone knows something,” Sabrina Speratos told Inside Edition. “We just want her home.”She recalled being alerted to her friend’s disappearance by Spurlock’s mother, who thought her daughter might be with Speratos.“I started calling around to everyone I knew, all of our acquaintances, I was freaked out,” Speratos said. “We took it serious … she’s such a considerate person, she had her mom’s vehicle and she knew [her mother] had responsibilities. We knew something wasn’t right.” LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Reward Raised to $15,000 for Missing Mother Savannah Spurlock By Zachary Stieber June 18, 2019 Updated: June 18, 2019 Show Discussion
The Canadian PressA Regina mother whose daughter went missing in 2007 is launching a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against the federal government and the RCMP, alleging a “negligent” and “lackadaisical” approach to investigating missing and murdered Indigenous women.Danita Faith has been missing for more than 10 years, and her mother Diane BigEagle is the caretaker of her two children.Saskatchewan lawyer Anthony Merchant filed the suit on BigEagle’s behalf today and is seeking $500 million in damages and $100 million in punitive damages.Court documents say BigEagle met with the RCMP more than 50 times about her daughter’s disappearance, and allege they did not pay attention nor take notes during the meetings.The suit alleges systemic negligence on the part of the RCMP in investigating cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.The lawsuit says family members have been forced to endure mental anguish because of the RCMP’s failure to properly investigate and prosecute the disappearances.
Facebook Beer, Wine, Equine Night at the Oregon High Desert Classics Twitter E-Headlines Pinterest on July 7, 2015 Share. (Photo courtesy of Oregon High Desert Classics)The 26th annual Oregon High Desert Classics is a premier equestrian competition held in Bend, Oregon each year to raise funds for youth through J Bar J Youth Services. Over two weeks beginning July 15, there are daily competitions and classes showcasing some of the best riders in the northwestern region. The horses are magnificent and the riders are highly skilled. But for one night, everyone relaxes and has a little fun at the Beer, Wine, Equine Night, Friday, July 24, 4-9pm.The event for the evening is called Ride, Drive, and Drink (only to be performed in the arena). Riders compete as a pair and demonstrate not only their riding skills, but also how quick they are on foot and in a wheelbarrow after a glass of local beer.This event combines all the things Central Oregonians love-beer, horses, and fun. Spectators are free, there is a $15 fee at the door for beer and wine tasting. Live music by Smallcano will follow the horse event. Event is open to all ages.Featured program for the evening is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, a program of J Bar J Youth Services. For more information, check out the Beer, Wine, Equine Night at the High Desert Classic on FB or contact Toni Ryan, J Bar J Youth Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.J Bar J Ranch, 62895 Hamby Road, BendWhere youth and families are restored to healthy relationships and a hopeful future By CBN Google+ Tumblr 0 LinkedIn Email
Central Oregon Association of Realtors Featured Bend City Council Debate Tumblr Twitter on September 29, 2016 Google+ LinkedIn Email Share. Facebook E-Headlines By CBN 0 Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR) will be hosting a free, public debate for Bend City Council candidates on October 3, 5:30-8:30pm. The event will take place at the COAR office and all candidates will have the opportunity to answer questions related to three primary topics: affordable housing, growth and infrastructure. In addition, time will be allotted for Q&A with attendees, as well as networking and “meet and greet” with candidates at the conclusion of the event.Specifically, 5:30-7:30pm will be designated for candidate debate (30 minutes per position), 7:30-8:30pm for Q&A, networking and “meet and greet.”The event is free but we’re requesting that attendees register so we can anticipate numbers for refreshments and ensure we have ample seating, etc. Attendees can register at debate.coar.com.Tyler NeeseGovernment Affairs DirectorCentral Oregon Association of REALTORS®2112 NE 4th StreetBend, OR 97701541-382-6027Fax: email@example.com Pinterest
Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Women Founders Launches By CBN Tumblr on June 19, 2018 Pinterest Applications now being accepted for the “BendX” four week/eight session program,created for women founders, by women foundersThe BendX Entrepreneurial Bootcamp is recruiting for the first cohort of up to 30 early-stage female company founders, and those who are seeking to launch their business. The deadline for applications is July 15, with classes beginning on September 11. Detailed information and the program application are available at www.bendx.co.Most entrepreneurs start with an idea or a problem they want to solve but often don’t know where to start, or what tools and knowledge are needed. The BendX Bootcamp covers the highlights of what an entrepreneur needs to be successful and provides opportunities for participants to connect with mentors, funding sources and fellow entrepreneurs.All sessions are taught by experts in their field, covering topics such as business formation, sales and marketing strategy, financial systems and models, pitching your business, the basics of intellectual property, hiring employees and more. The last course will feature a pitch competition for a first place, cash prize.The BendX Bootcamp arose from conversations with Bend Chamber staff and members, along with women business leaders from across Central Oregon. The program is helmed by two local entrepreneurs, Christine Callahan and Talena Barker.“The reality is that women don’t currently see themselves as well-represented as men when it comes to being a founder/CEO of a company,” said BendX co-founder, Talena Barker. “Women have less access to capital and less access to other resources to launch and grow their business. Providing a venue where we can focus on eliminating barriers and improving access for women is good for our whole community.”Statistics show that even though women-led companies are currently receiving less than 3% of venture capital funding, these companies are less likely to fail, use less capital to get to success and have 12% higher annual revenues. Investing in getting women-founded companies off the ground returns great dividends for the Central Oregon economy.The BendX Bootcamp is made possible by generous partners and sponsors, including the Bend Chamber of Commerce, EDCO, OSU Cascades, BendBroadband, FoundersPad, Buzztag, GB2 Agency, Price/Fronk, Huckabuy, and Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis. Share. LinkedIn 0 Twitter Google+ E-Headlines Facebook Email
Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 2/23/18. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 253SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin According to a recent SEC filing, InsightFinder, the predictive analytics platform that helps you gain meaningful data from software you are already using that was founded by Xiaohui Gu in 2015, has raised $2.075M in funding. The company had previously raised a $500K round in 2015. Tagged With: InsightFinder, Xiaohui Gu The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 2/23/18 by AlleyWatch InsightFinder $2.075M
The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 6/11/2019 by AlleyWatch Indeed Prime Join for free today! Getaway $22.5M – Series B Getaway, the travel platform that offers accomodations in cabins near major urban areas, has raised $22.5M in Series B funding from investors that include L Catterton and Starwood Capital Group. Founded by Jon Staff in 2015, Getaway has now raised a total of $40.1M in reported equity funding. The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 6/11/2019 featuring funding details for Fireblocks, Getaway, and much more. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 219SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Fireblocks $16M – Series A Tagged With: Eight Roads Ventures, Fireblocks, Getaway, Jon Staff, L Catterton, Michael Shaulov, Starwood Capital Group, Tenaya Capital Relieve the uncertainty and stress of not knowing how to go about an effective job search with Indeed Prime. Highlight your skills and experience with a 5-minute application to reach 1000s of companiesconnecting you directly to tech roles that fit your profile. Fireblocks, the blockchain security platform, has raised $16M in Series A funding from investors that include Eight Roads Ventures and Tenaya Capital. Fireblocks was founded by Michael Shaulov in 2018. We’ll have an in-depth interview with Michael publishing later today.
Clause $5.5M – Series A 219SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 6/28/2019 by AlleyWatch Smart contracting platform Clause has raised $5.5M in Series A funding from investors that include Galaxy Digital LP, Eos Venture Partners, and DocuSign. Founded by Dan Selman, Houman Shadab, Peter Hunn in 2015, Clause has now raised a total of $6.3M in reported equity funding. The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 6/28/2019 featuring funding details for Clause and much more. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Tagged With: Clause, Dan Selman, DocuSign, Eos Venture Partners, Galaxy Digital LP, Houman Shadab, Peter Hunn
Filed Under: Apps 5 Steps to Build a Brand Community Around Your AppAugust 10, 2017 by Marcus Tan 387SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin These days, it seems like every company out there is trying to build community around an app. It’s a more engaging way to win over your customers than by bombarding them with advertising, and it’s a creative—and yes, trendy—way to stand out in increasingly crowded marketplaces. And we’re not just talking about apps run by social media brands and buzzy startups: even big non-tech companies from Pop Secret to BMW are getting in on the trend.We’ve learned quite a few things from successfully building a community around our own app and studying the best practices of other brands. Here are the five most important things we learned: Find out your customer’s interests. Shared interests and similar values clearly bring people together—how else can you explain comic book conventions? A powerful bond is formed among people who just get each other’s interests, and these people are more likely to come together in a community.To market to customers who share your values, hobbies, interests, and obsession with dressing up like Spiderman, identify other existing channels they’re on and communicate the value proposition of bringing them over to your app. If they’re already on your app, there’s mobile analytics software available that will help you identify your users’ most common interests and find out what pathways they take through your app, along with other information that will help you understand their needs. From there, you can create in-app tools to facilitate their existing behaviors or gently nudge them into similar ones. Aim for in-person interactions. Research shows that people often reveal more personal information to online strangers than they do to people they meet in person. But the formation of long-term bonds still typically requires face-to-face interactions. It’s scientifically proven that when a friend is in trouble, you shouldn’t just text them about it: talking in person is a more effective way to give emotional support. To build a strong community, you need to have community members meet IRL.While app-to-coffee-shop interaction may seem tough to facilitate, it’s doesn’t actually require reinventing the wheel. Organizing meetups and other formal events for users is one way to get people in the same place (Meetup was designed precisely for this). If you’re stretched too thin to organize meetups yourself, consider appointing brand ambassadors—perhaps the early, passionate adopters of your app—to put events together for you. (Just make sure you reward them for their time, too.)You can also see if any of you are attending the same conferences as your users, and grab a coffee with them there. This is an approach that organization-building specialists genuinely recommend as a way to build relationships with your app users that stick. Allow the community to influence your company culture. Another advantage of meetups: employees can introduce themselves to enthusiastic users and find out more in-depth information about what exactly they’re doing with your app. Additionally, chatting with users helps employees get to know the general culture of their user base and see how they themselves fit into it, which makes it easier for them to serve the users well.Motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson’s marketing strategy is a great example of this. Recovering from near-bankruptcy in the 1980s, the company leadership decided to capitalize on the fact that their brand had given rise to a passionate Harley-riding biker community, unified by similar interests, lifestyle approaches, and, let’s be honest, leather jackets.To bring this community closer to their own company culture, Harley-Davidson staffed outreach events with their own permanent employees instead of hiring outside help. This meant that employees were rubbing elbows with loyal customers, which resulted in a deeper understanding of the brand on the employees’ side, as well as a community that felt seen and heard. Help community members help each other. Drinking cocktails together is one way to get community members to bond, but if you want to truly take your app’s community to the next level, have them help each other out. Research shows that gift-giving reinforces social bonds, just like meeting in person.So try organizing gift exchanges between members, or get everyone involved in a charity drive to help them feel a purposeful sense of working toward the same meaningful goal. Or, consider having the community nominate a charity that they feel best represents your brand.This type of bonding works even in the most unusual circumstances. For example, the online community Reddit is infamous for rude behavior and internet “trolls.” Yet when Reddit users were called upon to exchange secret Santa gifts with each other, they took it very seriously and actually put lots of time and effort into the gifts. Voilá: a more engaged (and better-behaved) online community.Of course, you shouldn’t just reinforce customers’ bonds among each other—you should be reinforcing your bonds with them, too. That means making sure your in-app customer service is stellar, so that you’re creating an atmosphere of authenticity and trust. That atmosphere will make users feel comfortable reaching out to each other, but also inviting friends and fellow community members to start using the app. Have fun. The best way to ensure users enjoy a community is to enjoy it yourself. The process of building a brand community should be fun and social—if you’re stressing over meeting X or Y business goals with it, you’re doing something wrong.Ask yourself the tough questions: would you actually use this app? If opening it up feels like a slog or a chore, take a step back. You want an app community that feels like a really great summer barbecue, not one that reminds you of that terrible statistics lecture you always skipped in college.Open up your app, chat with users a bit, and find what feels organically right. Then do more of itPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST
3 Marketing Techniques Every Startup Must MasterJune 13, 2018 by Roy Morejon 232SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Remember Pokémon GO? Of course you do because it was all you heard about for a few quick months in the summer of 2016. With millions of people downloading and playing the game, retailers and restaurants leaped at the opportunity to sponsor in-game experiences. Players flocked from location to location to virtually battle one another or to catch new Pokémon, and numerous companies were able to cash in on quick marketing wins.There’s a lesson here, though. It’s most likely been a while since Pokémon GO was part of a recent conversation. Chances are that businesses are also no longer investing a significant portion of their marketing budget into the app’s in-game advertising opportunities. Short-term wins absolutely exist, but instead of spending time and money searching for them, early-stage companies should formulate repeatable, scalable marketing techniques.In order to achieve this, you must know your customers. Start with what they want, and then dig deeper. Ask questions: Where do they hang out in person and online? What content do they consume? What pain points do they have that your product or solution aims to address?A long-term marketing foundation is built from this framework, and once you’ve secured a model that is fueled by a sustainable strategy, ROI-positive revenue will drive your business forward.The Fundamental Marketing ChecklistYour strategy requires optimal channels to engage your audience and messaging that garners constructive responses. When putting together a comprehensive plan, focus on mastering these three fundamentals:1. StorytellingHumans connect emotionally, and the best way to incite emotion is by telling a story. You can quote facts and figures until you’re blue in the face and still fail to receive the customer attention and response you need. Instead, tug at the heartstrings of your customers — 92 percent of customers prefer when brands take a storytelling marketing approach.When engaging customers, avoid the tendency to force a brand story. Customers want authenticity, and they can spot a fake, over-promotional narrative from a mile away. Let your brand’s personality shine while building on it organically. New companies are launching constantly, so your story is your chance to stand out from the masses. Establish a compelling narrative that connects with your customers’ wants, needs, and philosophies, and your brand won’t be easily forgotten.2. AnalyticsWith the amount of data available to businesses today, every decision should be powered by data and analytics. How do your customers find you? What do they do on your website or app? At what page do they leave your website, and after they leave, do they return?Figuring out how prospects consume your content, understanding whether or not they’re converting, and knowing where your sales funnel has the most room for improvement will influence insight-driven decisions. As a startup founder, I’ve witnessed how some of our best decisions have been and will continue to be powered by data. Instead of chasing the latest flash-in-the-pan trends, use the unique analytics you have to fuel your personal marketing strategy.3. Lead GenerationLead generation is the gravitational center of every digital marketing endeavor. Your business can’t grow without it. Content is the fuel that keeps the lead generation machine churning out valuable leads. In fact, content marketing has proven to be more effective than traditional marketing strategies for 93 percent of B2B companies. Marketers have noticed — more than 90 percent of B2B marketers are already utilizing content marketing to reach their audiences. Of those who aren’t, more than half are planning to start this year.Before constructing your lead generation strategy, you must get to know your audience members intimately. Figure out what websites they frequent and their favorite content mediums, and then create the type of helpful, engaging content that will quench their thirst. Next, direct them to landing pages that illustrate how your solutions can address their pain points. This personal curation will motivate them to take action.The temptation to chase a quick win or two to move the needle is strong, especially for early-stage ventures. Resist the allure of flighty trends, and focus your limited resources on developing a strategy that will sustain your business for the long haul. Trends will come and go, but when you understand your target audience and deliver a compelling story backed by data and effective messaging, you’ll reap the benefits long after the next Pokémon GO-like craze fades.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategic