The Drinking Lunch is gearing up for March Madness! Stay tuned for updates about date, time and location!!
Why is JUNO the perfect mirror for you?
Depending on the time of day and where you’re headed, the JUNO Mirror has the exact light setting that best fits your makeup needs. Day and night light settings help you look flawless. (Juno)
Whether you’re a beauty blogger or just interested in putting your best face forward, the Juno and its various lighting options can help. With three different mirror settings, you can set the mirror to reflect either daylight, sunlight, or evening light conditions. And thanks to the companion smartphone app, users can even save their preferred setting so that it’s always on the right one. The app also uses your phone’s sensor to “detect the lighting in the surrounding environment outside of your home,” Juno’s website claims. That means the smart mirror can “auto-adjust itself to find the best light.” (Read more: Digital Trends)
Courtney Lane Maki, Founder of Glow Social Media Selected as
2017 ATHENA PowerLink Recipient
LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has announced that Courtney Lane Maki, founder and managing director of Glow Social Media, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious ATHENAPowerLink® (APL) award. As the APL recipient, Maki will be connected to a panel of expert mentors who will consult with her regarding business growth strategies over the next 12 months. Since 2006, APL has helped women business owners in Greater Lansing grow their sales, business and personal net income, the number of employees in the business, and enhance their leadership and management skills.
“I thought back to the women that have been chosen before me and how successful they have become,” said Maki. “I hope to continue the legacy they have established in the community.”
Glow Social Media offers small businesses access to digital content management that can compete with Fortune 500 companies. Maki works with clients to create a strategic social media plan that will help them gain brand awareness and generate traffic. Glow Social Media also focuses on promoting the clients brand mission and ensuring a consistent voice. The company uses what is known as content marketing to help clients showcase their expertise through blogging, videos and web sites. Visit Glow’s website to learn more about the latest services from Glow Social Media.
The advisory panel is a group of business professionals who volunteer their time to work one-on-one with the business owner for one year. This group of experts assists in the development and implementation of the entrepreneur’s business plan and strategic goals.
Established in 1999, ATHENAPowerLink is a national mentoring program that connects selected women business owners with a skilled advisory panel.
Past ATHENAPowerLink Recipients
Ok, so let’s get right to it: her name really is Taylor Taylor. The story goes like this, and makes perfect sense: Taylor’s mother, Kristen Taylor – the only official Michigan “Momager” certified by a government-issued “MOMAGER” license plate – found herself with child before marriage. Her plan all along had been to name her child “Taylor” to preserve the family name. So the double-name was supposed to be a very temporary situation. As it turned out, Kristen ended up not getting married. So there you go – Taylor Taylor. I like it. And Greater Lansing must be feeling the good vibe too, keeping her a steady #1 or #2 on the Reverbnation local pop charts. You can’t turn around without finding her performing somewhere in the Greater Lansing area. Whether Common Ground, where she filled the minor stage viewing area more than any other act, or Farmer’s Markets, pubs, libraries, planetariums, hotel lounges, restaurant openings, fundraisers, church festivals, music festivals, opening for visiting acts, or even on live Radio, as when she appeared on the Current State program on 90.5 WKAR on Friday, October 21st. She’s done the obligatory up-and-comer Nashville and L.A. thing too, but remains home-based, choosing to finish her education.
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Greater Lansing who hasn’t heard Taylor perform. Her cool jazzy pop guitar and vocal skills have grown with the constant performing, and her songwriting continues to mature as well, with a second EP release in January of this year (2016).
If you have met Taylor, you know she is quietly charming and poised beyond her years. It’s no wonder, then, that despite starting her career at an age when most young female performers take a shot at the glitzy, frenetic pop-idol track, singing other people’s music until they get famous, Taylor chose the long game – songwriting. But to be a songwriter, you can’t dabble, as she has heard from top people in the music industry. So, like every professional writer, she strives to write every single day.
So, what about Taylor’s music? Have a listen to the title track on her recent ‘Right Here’ EP, and you’ll hear some hopeful and clear-eyed poetry befitting a fine young artist sorting out life. Another song from that EP, Nice To Know You, is what I might go out on a limb and call the signature Taylor sound. Easy to listen to, jazzy but not goofy; easy to move to, to tap your foot to, and yet wouldn’t crowd out the party as background music. Catchy lyrics, just enough attitude, every word clearly spoken, musically and lyrically interesting, well-chosen fill-in instrumentation and harmonies; a solid production in anybody’s book. I consider both of these songs superior to her earlier promo Candy Store-also a solid production, but not nearly as interesting as the other two more mature and recent songs cited here. I’m loving the direction Taylor is taking her music. And I’m doubly-loving the fact that she’s all over the local music scene. Let’s see, where is she next? She was at Uncle Johns Cider Mill last Friday afternoon following the morning radio show mentioned above, and she’ll be performing at the CASA for Kids Fundraiser Luncheon next Saturday at the Crowne Plaza West. Go see her, in the off chance you haven’t already, so you’ll be able to say “I knew her when . . .”.
Time flies when you’re having
I can’t believe that this month marks a year of our little monthly networking event! The Drinking Lunch has grown in popularity over the past year and I am so excited for what the next 12 months have in store.
Here’s a little history:
The Drinking Lunch was created by 2nd Brain Collective, a thought-group made up of Ash Harris, Founder of AKEA Web Solutions, Courtney Lane Maki, Founder of Glow Social Media and Paul Schmidt, Founder of UnoDeuce Multimedia. It was created upon the following idea:
There was a time when it was expected that you’d have a few at your business lunch – and then it vanished. We’re PROUD to be bringing back the afternoon libation – without the judgment. RSVP for our 1 Year Anniversary Event!
The three of us are avid networkers in Greater Lansing and were longing to attend an event for entreprenuers and executives where the pressure was off, but not as casual as an evening happy hour, and the focus was on creating friendships that can lead to business opportunities. The time of the event is strategic, you have to be at a level in your career where mid-day networking is allowed. Finally, the name, it’s intended to be a nod to days gone by, but also it let’s people know to expect a more relaxed environment. Our regulars have dubbed it, TDL, so it will have a place on office calendars. But whatever you call it, prepare for a networking evnt like none other.
It’s a blast meeting the musicians around town. I try to make sure I see every new artist that comes on the scene. Then of course there are those who seem to work nearly every night, the beloved familiar faces. And then . . . there is “Lansing’s leading lady of music”, Jen Sygit. She turns up so many places, I considered seriously that she might have an identical twin. Read more
I am not a musician, let’s get that straight right up front. Sure, I can plunk out a few chords on the guitar. I write songs. 3 to be exact. So, yeah. I just love live music! I’ve lived in Williamston, Michigan with my wife and 3 children since 2002. I was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky, on the banks of the Ohio River. I headed up river to Louisville for college; and further up river to Cincinnati, Ohio for that first job. There I married the love of my life, the incomparable Terri Davis-Hayden, and started a family. After stints in Washington, D.C. and Long Island, New York, we landed in Michigan. And here we are. I often say, if I had been born in Michigan, I would probably have never left.
My career has not been in music per se, though I worked for one of the first companies in the ringtone business. No, I started in computer programming, and worked my way into apps long before apps were cool, then into advertising technology. But my wife has been a professional singer since before we were married, and our children are all pursuing art and music as a vocation in some way or another. So as the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. Now I’m immersed in the business and experience of music. In my blog and Facebook posts, I like to share my casual, upbeat experiences of the local scene. I also edit a calendar site, Lansing Local Live Music, designed for the average person who wants to hop in the car on any random night and quickly and reliably find some live music to groove to. Check it out, and if you see me out on the town, be sure and say hello.
Fall 2016 Production and Social Media Intern for 2nd Brain Collective Podcast
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Overview: Gain real-world event planning and management experience from the fastest growing networking event in Mid-Michigan. The Drinking Lunch is a monthly networking event for business owners and professionals looking for a fresh, low-pressure networking event in Lansing, Mi. Visit www.TheDrinkingLunch.com for more. Read more
I’d never played 4 on 4 sand volleyball in my life. Granted I’ve been playing volleyball for almost 20 years so I’m not completely out of my element. MiLife is a great way to meet people and play sports you love or have never played before, but I mainly participate because they take pictures each week. What can I say?