Day: September 12, 2017

Cowley College teaming up with chamber to provide Business Bootcamp

Cowley College is teaming with the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, RCB Bank and The Trust Company of Kansas to provide Business Bootcamp sessions to assist small business owners in the area. For Ark City chamber members, there is a one-time $30 fee per business to register, but after that fee is paid, sessions are only $10 per person. For non-chamber members, sessions are $50 per person. The first session, on customer service, was held Sept. 6 and the next session, Business Design on a Budget, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27. All sessions will be held in Room 105 of the college’s Webb-Brown Academic Center. During the customer service workshop, participants learned how to develop employees who can make customers happy without compromising business standards or policies. The workshop helped employees to learn how to succeed at being understanding, thoughtful, and interpersonal with customers and clients. Upcoming Business Bootcamp sessions The Sept. 27 session will help individuals to learn the basic principles of design and how to effectively use software to make flyers, business cards, ads, and other designs for their businesses. On Oct. 4, a business computer applications class will be offered. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the computer software their business already is using, including Microsoft products such as Access, Excel, Paint, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word. On Oct. 18, individuals...

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Lind shares his depression experience as part of Suicide Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a nationally recognized effort to bring awareness to suicide and depression. Arkansas City native Nate Lind recently spoke at Harvard University regarding suicide and the increase in suicide rates among men. “Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people (younger than) 44. Eighty percent of people that die by suicide are men, and it is on the rise,” he said. “Depression and feelings of isolation are some of the leading causes of suicide,” Lind added. He shared his own experiences with depression and suicidal ideation in his speech. False calm before the storm “Two years ago, my business (Legendary Man) was killing it,” Lind said. “I was doing $5 million a month in sales at a 15-percent profit margin, selling health and beauty products around the world. “It was exciting, it was addictive, I was obsessed with work. I considered it my primary purpose on Earth and my role to provide for my family.” But there was another facet to his success — he neglected to take care of himself, both physically and emotionally. “My two boys barely saw me and when they did, they were afraid of me,” Lind said. “And in my marriage, I was being passive-aggressive and ‘keeping score.’” Battling depression In 2015, a customs issue in Australia caused Legendary Man’s products to be withheld. This, in turn,...

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Shutterbug 2.0: A brief explanation of aperture, f-stops and depth of field

Once upon a time, I used to be a shutterbug. In fact, I actually went to school to study photography. I wanted to be the next Ansel Adams or the Nick Brandt of America. But like a lot of artistic people, “real life” — otherwise known as bills, jobs and the like — encroached on my time, and I allowed it to do so. Now, after more than half a decade away, I intend to return to my roots. However, I have found the adage “use it or lose it” is pretty apt. So, I thought that as I was re-teaching myself, I could help others who wish they knew more about controlling their DSLRs, as well. In my first three columns, I am going to discuss the three basic pillars of exposure — aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Aperture In the simplest terms, aperture is the size of the hole that light travels through before it hits the camera’s sensors or, if you’re old school, your camera’s film. It’s modeled off a human eye and acts a lot like the pupil, widening to allow more light and narrowing to cut down the amount of light being allowed in. Or, put another way, the bigger the hole is, the more light that is allowed in to burn the image. You can widen the aperture in low-light situations, allowing the maximum amount of light...

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