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Friday, February 29, 2008


It is a modest beginning, but, at last, you can go to PROM DRESS NETWORK., select your Prom Dress designer and call for a consultation. As a father of three daughters, I empathize with moms and daughters when it comes to finding the right Prom Dress.

As one designer pointed out a Prom Dress can (maybe) be found for a $100. A real bargain. However, by the time alterations are done the bargain has mutated into a $160 deal, or should I say, ordeal. Even then, what is the likelihood the buyer is satisfied with these important points: style, color, fit, fabric and price.

A Prom Dress Network allows moms and daughters the opportunity to consult with a local designer. Local in this sense is Round Rock / Austin area. The designer can take measurements as well as advise on fabric choices, which I understand some fabrics require a level of handling skill not anyone can perform. That is something you can clarify with a designer before you go and make a pricey fabric purchase.

Finally, this is an invitation to all skilled, designers interested in providing a valueable service for moms and daughters in their Prom Dress purchase. You do not pay any fees. The only money exchange is between designer and client.

Email me if you would like to be added to the Prom Dress Network at:


Select your designer from the list below.

Call for a consultation.

Check list for new designers, regularly.

We invite you to post a comment.

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Fransetta 512.966.6159 Georgetown, TX E

Alicia Plaza 626-720-3246 Los Angeles, CA E/S

Cynthia Branum 626-319-1739 Pasadena, CA

Designers: Interested in joining the Network?

Anyone, anywhere in the USA can join the PDN.

There are no fees to pay. Designers keep 100% of profits.

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Write: Call: 512 218-4627

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Students against sweatshops

Note: This is a comment I posted regarding UH student protest. Take action. Copy and paste the email and send it to Chancellor Khator.

I prefer to believe protesting university students have their hearts in the right place to break the cycle of sweatshop labor and university business practices. They are right in that no matter how far those sweatshops may be from Houston, America's universities and students can become unwitting participants in the cycle. I wish you well, but I believe your "phone bomb'" February 25 delivery will likely fall short. Students, after, "asking their administration" and "having exhausted every diplomatic and legislative avenue" now, you hand a script to students to "please tell Chancellor Khator" and "demand that UH listen to students". What the UH protests (and, organizations such as, United students Against Sweatshops) reveal is the resourcefulness and willingness of Nike and other business, whether for economic or humane interest, to change their practices is not shared by Chancellor Khator.
Unless my information is outdated I find it peculiar none of the many universities in Texas were represented in the student delegation which conducted its investigation of New Era Cap in Alabama last month. This is even more bizarre given that Texas is number one! It's number one among apparel states for the highest number of displaced apparel workers.
Here's my recommended course of action. The Chancellor insists on doing business with known sweatshops. Fine. Lets see UH Chancellor Khator demonstrate her support for the citizens of Houston. A local (at-home) Independent Enterprise Network membership with its wealth of Knowledge, Skills and Experience in apparel production is every bit as capable as an overseas (or domestic) sweatshop to produce every apparel item purchased by students and public in support of UH. IE-Network members can partner as easily with the UH campus store as any independent apparel retailer. These network members are the same parents who continue to struggle to put their children through elementary, high school and university since the outsourcing of apparel manufacturing more than 200 thousand jobs ago.
IE-Networks are not a government program or pittance for the poor. Nobody dictates to them whom they sell to or buy from nor for how much. They are independent. They are as capable of producing apparel for the campus store as neighborhood retailers as well as athletic uniforms for school districts.
This course of action is not about the University of Houston or its students. It's about the people of Houston who live there and support the Chancellor, students and the university. Now, it's the university's turn to support the people.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

VARs in these economic times

What to do to navigate successfully in this uncertain economy?

Americans and business are walking lightly and cautiously with every bit of news from Wall Street. Our respective course of action, or inaction, will be a matter of laying out a plan to follow or, in lieu of that, exercise every ounce of on-the-fly resourcefulness to get through it all if the economy goes into a serious recession. The situation for business is needing to do more with less.

Specifically, VARs (Value-Added Resellers) need to increase their sales revenue, but at the same time having to consider and quite likely laying off personnel to trim their expenses. What VARs need to do for their customers, namely, increase, or start offering, services that will show a quick return on investment is the same best advice for themselves.

How can VARs to that? They can do so by thinking outside the box: By delivering service through a network of independent contractor technologists (ICT); technicians and professionals. Yes, the lion’s share of the earnings goes to the ICT, but a growing network of ICTs enables the VAR to expand its client base.

I believe what holds true of the apparel industry is equally so in the technology sector. Namely, that there is a huge pool of people in technology with the KSE, that is, the Knowledge, Skills and Experience, to take on much of what most any VAR’s line of business, and, they can do so, not as employees on the payroll, but as independent contractors. More than few of them work day to day with the gnawing feeling it's a matter of time before their job is outsourced overseas.

Networks are to VARs what VARs are to vendors. They are partnerships effected to enhance or assure everyone’s respective survival to a day when they can thrive again in better times. For all the technical knowledge of computer networks and server networks the IT sector remains disconnected avatars in a virtual cyber universe, never connecting, or networking, in the actual universe for their own survival.
The purpose of a network is more than just to hang out with buddies. It is to make money, not alone as on a deserted island, but together with others. Are you ready to make real money regardless of the economy?