HRAC Newsletter  -July 21, 2014 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 8/9/14  Social Seconds -Laser Tag -4:00 pm @ Laser Quest in Virginia Beach
  • 9/13/14  General Body Meeting -10:00 am @ CNU
  • 9/13/14  Social Seconds -Back to School Brunch (following the meeting) @ Schooners
  • 9/27/14  Adopt-a-Spot -9:00 am @ 41st St. Norfolk

Quote of the Week

"The greatest glory in living lies not in ever falling, but in rising every time you fall."
-Nelson Mandela

Employment Opportunities

Digital Media Manager
Portsmouth, VA
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Jr Financial Analyst
Booz Allen Hamilton
Norfolk, VA
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Program Specialist
Dept of Veteran Affairs
Hampton, VA 
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Purchasing Agent
City of Norfolk
Norfolk, VA
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Staff Accountant I
Casey Auto Group
Newport News, VA
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Good Reads

Think Like a Freak
By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

How Not to Give Up
By R.L. Adams



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Karaoke Kicks Off the Weekend

On Friday, July 11, a number of HRAC brothers and potential new members from the Iota Pi chapter met at the Greene Turtle for dinner, drinks, and karaoke.

The evening began at 8:00 pm with food, beverages, and great conversation.  At 9:30, DJ Chris Hansin started the karaoke music and, while reluctant at first, many brothers eased into the spotlight  to belt some tunes for the group.  This was the alumni chapter's first karaoke event and was very successful.


September is the Next General Body Meeting

Did you miss our spring general body meeting in May?  Be sure to mark your calendar for our next meeting which is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 am.  The meeting will take place at Christopher Newport University  The building and room number will be provided closer to the date of the meeting.  Alumni brothers and current CNU Iota Pi members are invited to join us for brunch at Schooners after the meeting.

Remember that all active members must attend two meetings per year in order to maintain their status.  Come stay up to date with the HRAC happenings and join us for brunch afterwards!

Upcoming August Social Seconds Event

Need to let off some steam? Take a mid-day break and join us for laser tag during our August social seconds event at Laser Quest in Virginia Beach.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 9.  We will meet at the facility at 4:00 pm where we will be placed into groups and briefed on the process.  Get ready for some fast paced, adrenaline pumping fun.  What other opportunity will you have to shoot at your brothers?!

Please be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend so we know to wait for you.  Games are $9.

(Don't have Facebook to RSVP?  Email brother Kim Green.)


Feed the Hungry and Help Local Schools

Just a reminder that the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter of AKPsi has teamed up with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to help feed the hungry.  The organization will hold a food drive at every upcoming meeting or event  and ask that you bring canned goods or non-perishable items when you attend.

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia has provided a list of items to consider providing.  Remember that people in our community need help year round.  Please give what you can for those in need.  Click here to see the list of requested items for the drive.

We are also collecting Campbell's labels and Box Tops for Education. 
These effortless collections will be donated to select schools on both the Peninsula and Southside.

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5 Reasons Now is the Best Time to Become an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is in the air. 54% of Millennials either want to start a business or have already started one according to a 2011 Kauffman Foundation Survey. In addition, 21% of freelancers are still enrolled in university. The barriers that discouraged previous generations' entrepreneurial aspirations have all but crumbled for today’s entrepreneur. The only viable excuse for not starting a business today is simply that you do not desire to do so.

1) Start-up Costs Are Zero.
For a business to appear legitimate in the ancient days of the 1990s, a business needed a physical location (storefront or office), a copier, fax machine, expensive phone system, a neon “open" sign and a receptionist.Today all that is needed is a website, blog, or Facebook page ($0) and a device that is connected to the Internet ($0 since you’re probably reading this from said device). No more need to max out credit cards, dance for venture capitalist or move back in with your parents to fund your idea.

2) Technology Enables Hyper-connectivity.
Mobile technology, cloud computing, blanketed city WiFi and LTE 4G cars enable today’s entrepreneur to work, collaborate, and market from home, the local coffee shop, the beach, or on a road trip. Millions of small businesses are run 100% virtually from a laptop, tablet, or business apps. In fact, j2 Global found that 36% of Millennial entrepreneurs use more than 5 mobile apps to run their businesses.

3) Endless Available Resources & Tools.
Anyone who can leverage today’s hyper-connectivity is at no loss for learning anything. “I don’t know how to build a website or use social media or start a podcast or advertise through Facebook” are now extinct excuses. Tony Robbins says it beautifully, “The defining factor is not resources, it's resourcefulness.” That has never been more true than today. You can use free services like Google, YouTube, podcasts, Udemy, or Coursera to quickly gain the knowledge and skills needed to launch your business. Then find the free (or close to free) web services to manage and grow you business (ex: email, task/project management, virtual assistants, online collaboration and sharing, etc.) It's simply a matter of resourcefulness.

4) Free Global Marketing.
After you launch your business in a coffee shop in an afternoon for $0, you can begin to market your product or service to the world…for free. Social media is a global gateway to connect with potential customers. It takes the right posture and a consistent investment of time. Another free global marketing strategy is content marketing. Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage a target audience. Content marketing could be constantly blogging around a specific topic or writing for other publications/blogs or posting your content via relevant social networks. 

5) Innovative Problem Solvers Are Invaluable.
Where would any of us be without people who discover new solutions that serve a need in the marketplace? Still bewildered by fire and sleeping outside, I'm sure. Innovative problem solvers are truly invaluable to our economy and the well-being of humanity. Mega change is on it's way and we need forwarding thinking entrepreneurs to help chart the right course.
By no means is entrepreneurship easy. It’s a journey that will always require extreme amounts of discipline, focus, resilience, and passion. But the path to entrepreneurship has never been more inviting and accessible. Venture on.

Question: What’s holding you back from launching your business?

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