Wednesday, October 27, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Connects

And The Winner Is.....

Special thanks to all who voted for Ciara Calbert of Blog of Ciara Calbert for her entry in the NewU Entreprenurial Journalism Competition.  Here's an update from Ciara on her winning.  Congrats Ciara!

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My birthday was this past Thursday, October 21.  What a day!  I am honored to have had an opportunity to spend it with family and friends.  It all worked out because just the weekend before, my brother was in town and brought my nephew over.  That’s the weekend that we won the New U Challenge.  Isn’t that amazing? An early birthday present.

Well wishes, thoughts and prayers, good intentions, and the efforts of loved ones carried me into the celebration of my 28th year.   And, just so you know, I’m counting you all in that “loved ones” category.

We led the NABJ category with 37.9% percent of the votes, for a total of 879 votes.  Thank you for helping us accomplish this great feat!  As a result, we’ve won $5000 to put towards our business ideas. (To read more about the full list of winners, click here).

Now, we’re in the stage of the program where we are determining the best ways to invest this money into our businesses to help them grow.  I’m working with Abadeu Madyun of the creative agency, Studio 3WD, to develop our online presence.  I’m also planning to invest in some technological equipment and financial services.  This is another great learning experience as the owner of a startup.  I welcome your ideas and suggestions as we embark on this next stage of the journey.

Thanks for all of your support!

~Ciara

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