I just received word an interview I did for Scott Fussell of Command Your Business is live and ready to go. Check it out by going to Command Your Business.
I am very happy to announce that I won a scholarship to Facebook’s Vets In Tech Hackathon to be held at their headquarters in a few weeks. Thank you to theInstitute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and VWISE for this opportunity. The event will give me the opportunity to pitch, once again, but this time it will be the app that will be pitched. If my project is chosen, a team will be formed to create the app or at least a prototype. I am very excited and humbled at this opportunity and look forward to your feedback. Would you use an app to find the nearest pocket park and get some information about it?
Second, I put up my first Etsy.com store with notecards with images of some of the parks in my book. They have a watercolor filter on them and look really beautiful. I am selling them on a trial basis to see how they do, but I would appreciate it if you took a look and sent your friends. Just click on the images below.
Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this venture. I hope to make you proud!
Help me New York!
In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, during the month of July 2014 I will be running a ‘thing.’ It’s not a contest and you don’t win anything except some traffic and a thank you from the bottom of my heart, so I’m calling it a ‘thing.’ It will still be fun. Here’s what you need to do:
Take a picture of yourself holding my book in one of the NYC pocket parks mentioned in my book, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC – in paperback or on your Kindle – and send it to me at rosie@PocketParksNYC.com. Remember to give your permission for me to post it on my site and tell me which park it is, then tweet about it using either @pocketparksnyc or #pocketparksnyc as well as #JulyOutIsIn. (You need to tweet both hashtags. Posting it on Facebook if you don’t tweet is fine, too.) Send me a copy of the tweet at rosie@PocketParksNYC.com and I will post your photo on my website and link back to your website, Facebook page or Twitter, so let me know which one you want. It’s a great way for you to get traffic/likes/whatever and for me to spread the word about the greatest book ever written about pocket parks in New York City!
1. Take a photo holding my book in a pocket park found in my book, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC
2. Tweet about it and include either @pocketparksnyc or #pocketparksnyc AND #JulyOutIsIn
3. Give me your permission to use your image
4. Tell me where to link back - Twitter, Facebook or your url
That’s it! We link to each other, people hear about my book and everybody’s happy.
Happy National Parks and Recreation Month!
Are you ready for the spring? Please join me on Tuesday, 2/25 from 6-7pm at Cafe Atlantique for an hour of signing books and talking about pocket parks and get ready for springtime in NYC! I'll be there to sell, sign and talk about this project that is near and dear to my heart just like the city that inspired it.
Cafe Atlantique is located at 33 River Street, Milford, CT. It has the best coffee ('sorry, Dunkin), excellent food and various events such as wine tastings and musical guests. My friend, Zack, introduced me to it a few years ago and it's been my favorite place to take my friends or meet clients. Join me on Tuesday evening and see for yourself. While you're there, consider supporting an author by purchasing your own signed copy of BEST Pocket Parks of NYC.
UPDATE: Just a note to let everyone know we came in second again. The winning team had a system of computers continually voting for them, so I feel comfortable that my integrity has been maintained. On to other things!
POCKET PARKS PUBLISHING is once again in the running for a peaChic grant, but I need to be the top vote-getter to do it. Last time we came in a close second to The Tapestry Network, but there is a whole new group of businesses competing for votes, so I have to start all over again.
Can you help?
Vote for POCKET PARKS PUBLISHING daily at https://www.peachic.com/vote-here/ through December 6th at 8am Eastern. The business with the most votes wins the winter peaChic grant (and I really want to win this time!). Thanks!
If you have been wondering where my posts have been lately, I have been very busy finishing the first guide to New York City and preparing for a competition. The guide is almost ready for the printer and I won Second Place in the competition! I am a 2013 graduate of the EBV-F (Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veteran’s Families), a program for military family members that helps them learn how to start and run a business and then stays with them by providing continued support as they move forward. My 90 second elevator pitch was well-received, further validating my work on this project. I will include the pitch on my ‘The Project’ page for those of you who are interested in more information.
This is from our monthly newsletter. Feel free to reach out and congratulate them yourself!
Congrats to the winners of our 2nd EBV National Business Plan and Pitch Competition held during EBV National in Dallas, thanks to the generosity of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Disabled Veterans of America, EBV Foundation and EBV Consortium. Participants in the competition presented their plans and were eligible for a combined $75,000 in prize money. A record 50 plans were submitted and narrowed to 10 semifinalists.
Business plan competition winners are:
· 1st Prize - Docere eLearning Solution, Sandra Gonzales
· 2nd Prize- Couper Ellis, Zona Schroeter
· 3rd Prize - Expanded Inventory Solution, Bobbi Collins
· Best Social Ventures - A.I.C Publications, Makin Hamzah; and Hixson
Holding LLC, Cory Hixson
· Venture Impacting Veterans - OnCommand K9 Training, Ben Simmons
40 grads participated in the 90-second venture pitch competition. Winners are:
· 1st prize - HubYub, Blake Hogan
· 2nd prize - Pocket Parks Publishing, Rosemary O'Brien
· 3rd prize - My Hero Classifieds, Brandon Bunch
· Tie for 4th prize - MyActiveChild.com LLC, Charlotte Moore and Trabus
Technologies, Art Salindong
Please visit the EBV website if you are a veteran, veteran's family member or would like to contribute to the EBV or EBV-F programs.
Everyone in the greater New York area be on the look out for this sweet little boy Avante Oquendo. He walked out of his school in Queens on October 4th and has not been seen since. He is 13 years old, he is Autistic. He is NON-verbal he cannot speak, however he is very intelligent and is familiar with the subway system. If you see anyone resembling Avante please call 201-921-7977 and contact his brother @kingdetrick ASAP! @kingdetrick is gathering search parties, and hiring a private investigator to help trace Avante’s steps. Any help is much appreciated. Email Avante’s brother for updates and info on Avonte. firstname.lastname@example.org and Visit gofundme.com/4o939c to help fund transportation costs for volunteers and P.I.
NOTE FROM ROSEMARY: I cannot imagine the horror his parents are going through right now. Please keep your eyes open for this boy and report it immediately if you see him.
PLEASE REPOST AND BLAST THIS ANYWHERE YOU CAN.
I realize this isn't about pocket parks, but sometimes events eclipse personal projects. Please pass this on.
Every child is different as is every soul that was lost that day. If Girl and Boy Scouts, schools or even individual families send some snowflakes to stick on walls, hang on windows or otherwise decorate the temporary school housing the students, it will let them know we are thinking of them and supporting them in their grief. I will make paper snowflakes and some Gallery Glass clings for the windows. Won't you participate? Info below. Thank you for helping spread the word.
FROM CT PTSA:
Connecticut PTSA is deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck our Newtown community. We have met with the PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary to offer our assistance at this very difficult time. They have asked us to spearhead the following efforts on their behalf:
Snowflakes for Sandy Hook
Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.