✳ Watch It Bluhm
Are you a social innovator? If you lead a social venture with a proven sustainable model and you've demonstrated measurable impact, apply for the 2012 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship. You may be one of three dynamic entrepreneurs selected from around the world and flown to Chicago Ideas Week (Oct 8-14), an annual celebration of ideas, innovation and community. You'll receive $10,000 in financial support and join a group of likeminded innovators for a week of one-of-a-kind experiences. The deadline is May 21, so apply pronto.
✳ Balance It
Inc. Magazine's Meg Hirshberg is looking to feature you. She writes a column for Inc. called "Balancing Acts" that explores the intersection between family and business. Ever been in a situation where your spouse or other family members were troubled that you hadn't "made it" yet? What did you say to explain why your business reality does not match expectations? If you're an entrepreneur's spouse, ever been troubled that the business benchmarks set by your mate haven't been met? If any of this describes you, contact Meg and tell her all about it. If you wind up being quoted in the column, you'll be able to review and approve your quotes (and you can remain anonymous, too.)
✳ Lend A Hand
Want to change a woman's life with one loan? Now you can, for free. Kiva.org has partnered with Dermalogica to help women achieve financial independence through entrepreneurship. Become a new lender and make a $25 loan to a woman in need, free of charge to you. These organizations know that women are powerful change agents if given the right resources. Supplies of free trials are limited; find your entrepreneur right here.
✳ Get Fit
Having trouble stepping away from the computer? Dustin Maher wants to help you. America's Trainer to Moms, Dustin has helped more than 5,000 moms from around the world get fit faster and he wants to help you do the same. If you're in Madison, WI, get in on the live action here. But he's also got a 2-DVD set and a book, Fit Moms For Life: How To Have Endless Energy To Outplay Your Kids, designed for anyone anywhere of any ability who needs to move more. Enter coupon code foundingmoms at checkout here to get free shipping on these goodies.
✳ Stay In Flux
Are you blinded by your computer screen's light at night? During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun. It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. You can use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you can just use it just because it makes your computer look better. It's free--get it here.
✳ Predict The Future
Need to stay in-the-know? Head to trendwatching.com, a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to know anything about trends, and particularly for your business. The site is curated by an independent and opinionated trend firm that scans the globe for the most promising consumer trends, insights and related hands-on business ideas. They rely on a network of hundreds of spotters in more than 120 countries worldwide. Check out their latest briefing here and be the first to know (unless I click through first.)
✳ Check It
HP ePrint lets you print from your phone to a number of nearby locations for instant pick-up. Sign up and sync your email, a webpage, a photo or whatever you need printed to the app. It scans your location and you can quickly find nearby network printers and send documents to be printed at Fedex, The UPS Store, hotels, cafes or other shops near you.
Gojee curates the best recipes just for you. Take a few seconds to type in dislikes or allergies and the ingredients that you have on hand. Get served with recipes pulled from top food bloggers across the web. And enjoy the lush photos on this gorgeous site.
Moveboxer helps you quickly find a reputable mover and instantly get a quote for your move. Once you find a mover, you can connect to Lockboxer, where you can sell, donate, and make an inventory of your things for the move. It's free to use and Yelp ratings are combined with price estimates so that you can make an informed decision about the right mover for you.
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