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11 Jul

One month ago, I put on my big girl pants, packed up, and moved to Concord, North Carolina where I know absolutely no one. Granted, this will [hopefully] all be worth it, because I am gaining valuable working experience and getting a real taste of the working world. But, (there’s always a but) I have never been on my iPhone so much in my entire life. Why? Communication.

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According to the Fast Company article by Raeann Fera, Skype Bridges the Gap Between the Virtual and the Real With “Stay Together” Campaign, the campaign was launched by Periera &O’Dell in conjunction with Skype to tell the stories of three (3) divided families. Over 300 videos have been submitted to demonstrate how each person uses Skype to connect with others. The campaign just launched last week and is set to end on July 22nd.

Sounds familiar, right? What makes this campaign different is that working with photographer, John Clang, Periera & O’Dell has created three real- size family portraits by using a Skype projection. Others have submitted their videos for the contest this way too! The Skype screen projected on the wall creates a ‘real-life’ look and feel. It makes all the difference, Skyping in not only real-time, but also real-size. How cool.

On July 22nd, the winner of the contest will be presented with a $10,000 voucher from United Airlines to visit his or her loved ones. That is truly bringing Skype to life.

Firearms Financials

24 Feb

Blogging for Finance? Why not! My finance professor, Dr. Reilly White (aka Dr. Cleveland) was curious about my blogging for IMC assignments. Thus, here goes my first finance blog post! (drum roll please!)

An example of a high-capacity magazine.photo credit: mr.smashy via photopin cc

An example of a high-capacity magazine.
photo credit: mr.smashy via photopin cc

According to Jennifer Oldham’s article Colorado After Aurora Shows Hurdles to Gunbuyer Checks on Bloomberg, Colorado’s biggest manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines, Magpul Industries Corp, is in the hot seat. It is under the microscope because it makes of the same product that was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the Aurora movie theatre shooting, and the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. High capacity magazines, or clips, increase firepower and are what causes shooters to pause to reload.

Proposed legislation from Democratic lawmakers is aiming to ban high-capacity mags in the state of Colorado. In response to the Colorado ban, Texas and South Carolina are inviting Magpul to relocate their business to more Republican states.

What does this mean from a financial perspective?

Currently, the gun business has provided more than 4,700 jobs to Colorado. The move to gun friendly states will not only cause a huge job migration, but Colorado will suffer an economic impact of $590.7 million. The job market would affect both manufacturing (employed 133,400 in December) and retail trade (employing 244,500 at the same time). According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in 2012 the firearms industry contributed $43 million dollars to state tax revenue.

“While the firearms industry’s contribution to the state’s $264 billion private-sector gross domestic product is small, it has a multiplier effect of two — meaning it creates a job somewhere else for each person it employs — that helped prop up Colorado’s struggling manufacturing sector.” –Gary Horvath, a Broomfield-based economist.

Despite the resolution in the coming years, this issue will remain constant conflict. Anti-gun legislation, a hot topic in Washington, has severe economic consequences for states. Along with a huge shift in revenues and employment, moving industries such as Magpul will also further the divide between states and legislators.

Source: Colorado After Aurora Shows Hurdles to Gunbuyer Checks

about ashley

11 Feb

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Hey Y’all! I’m Ashley, a junior at Elon University studying Marketing, with a concentration in Sales, and a Spanish minor. I’m a Southern belle and NASCAR enthusiast searching for a job where I can combine my drive and creativity with my passion for racing.

IMC is going to have my brain running wild with new ideas for the auto-racing industry. This class is so applicable and will supplement my NASCAR spark.

My interests? Making you laugh. I am a firm believer that the most happiness in life comes from a good sense of humor. I run like crazy because “exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” –Elle Woods.  & My little brother is why I wake up everyday and be the best Ashley I can be; he is my motivation.

Ladies and Gentleman, start your engines.