Web Design: 5 Creative Highlights from the Week

1. We can’t decide if “Stanky Bean” or “Burble Simp” is funnier.

Ars Technica reports on this AI that invented some new paint colors, with hilarious results. See them all and read about the project here.

2. RIP gumpdrop faces

3. We want to work here.

Designboom reports on this otherwordly office space for DMM in Tokyo, complete with interactive virtual art and more. See more photos here.

4 . Trendolizer, the TweetDeck for Fake News

Having trouble identifying fake news? Well, there may be an app for that. Read about it at Poynter.

5. EyeChart City Posters

Inkwell Studios created this series of regional “eye charts” inspired by the classic Snellen eye chart, but featuring local icons instead of letters. A simple execution, but a great concept. Check ’em out: www.eyechartcity.com

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Do You Know How to Promote Your Small Business, Effectively and Cleverly, for FREE ?

Reaching and retaining customers has often caused headaches for small business owners. It’s true that hiring an online marketing company can sometimes exceed the limits of your promotional budget. Fortunately, there are several marketing practices that you can leverage at low to no cost. This article is designed to serve as a lifeboat for entrepreneurs like you.

Promotion requires ongoing efforts. There is no end to the cycle of attracting and retaining customers, especially for local businesses with a limited customer base. Plus, to achieve better profit margins, most either strive to increase sales or decrease costs. How about doing both? Grab your pen and take notes on tips to boost your market presence at low to no cost.

To connect with stakeholders…

1. Research your target customers carefully

2. Try to see things from your customers’ point of view

3. Actively engage pre-existing clients through PR, social media and email

4. Attend meetings and events of professional groups like your Chamber of Commerce or MeetUp groups

5. Offer a free, no obligation consultation

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Proweb365: Why Custom Website Design Is a Wise Business Investment?

Have you ever tailored your own suit to save a quick buck? No? That’s because you would be crazy to stitch up an article of clothing worth hundreds of dollars. Furthermore, not using a tailor at all would be just as irresponsible of a decision; that department store jacket with too-long arms and a saggy back will never look as sharp as one that is custom-fit. Just as that suit is how you present yourself in meetings with possible investors; your website is how you present your company and brand to the public. Designing a website without any experience or using a cookie-cutter template will never suffice for representing your business on the internet.

Professionals lay the foundation for your home, represent your business in legal matters, repair your car, and provide childcare for your family. Perhaps you have the ability to do these services for yourself, but you are simply too busy. Or maybe you lack the necessary skills, and you hire professionals to compensate for that. Either way, you rely on professional services to provide skills and expertise in the matters most important to you. Web design is no different from these services because only the professionals can provide the quality service necessary to properly brand your website.

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Hodges controls Minneapolis mayor’s race; Andrew informally concedes

Defying predictions of a tight Minneapolis mayoral race, Council Member Betsy Hodges posted a lead so commanding on Tuesday night that her closest opponent, Mark Andrew, informally conceded less than two hours after polls closed.

Hodges won more than 36 percent of first-choice votes in the race, which used ranked-choice voting. That was more than 11 points ahead of Andrew, a former Hennepin County commissioner who had been among the leading contenders in the 35-candidate field.

Final results won’t be known until Wednesday, when second-and third-choice votes are tabulated. Andrew has said he won’t formally concede until then. But, he acknowledged, Hodges’ lead appeared hard to overcome. “She’s going to be an excellent mayor, and I look forward to working with her as the years go by,” he said at an election party at the Graves 601 Hotel.

Meanwhile, at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant, Hodges took the stage to tell 150 supporters crowded around her, “Here’s to today! And I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.”

Stepping off the stage, Hodges hugged and high-fived supporters, dancing as her husband and parents joined the celebration.

But, still cautious, Hodges warned the crowd, “We aren’t there yet.”

Tuesday’s results are a blow to the DFL establishment and municipal employee unions, which overwhelmingly supported Andrew’s campaign. Andrew and an affiliated group backed by unions far outspent Hodges, flooding homes with direct mail and running ads on cable TV. Hodges sent few mailers and never went on the air, but she worked at building a strong field operation.

Hodges had painted the race as a choice between the politics of the past, when Andrew served in public office, and a continuation of the policies of outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak, with whom she worked closely on the council.

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/230760571.html


Minn. House DFL wants more spending for jobs

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota House Democrats pushed ahead Monday on a big spending increase for state programs aimed at creating new jobs.

The centerpiece of the House’s jobs, commerce and housing finance bill is a more than 50-percent boost in spending in the next two years for the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The bill’s author, St. Paul Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney, said it’s a deliberate effort to foster employment growth by spending more on job training, grants and loans to small businesses, scholarships and apprenticeships, and other economic development programs.

“For the last 10 years, the Legislature has been cutting economic development,” Mahoney said.

House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, added that the bill includes “all the tools we can get to Minnesota on a better economic footing.”

The House bill calls for $140 million to fund the employment and economic development office for 2014-15, which is $5 million more than Gov. Mark Dayton requested for the agency. In 2012-13, the agency’s state funding was about $83 million. The House bill also would hike spending on affordable housing programs by about $22 million.

Some House Republicans supported the jobs and economic budget when it passed through committee, not a surprise given that it includes multiple small spending hikes on local economic development and job training initiatives. Still, Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski said the overall bill amounts to government “picking winners and losers” from the ranks of the state’s businesses.

“The bill takes money from hard-working Minnesotans, brings it into government and redistributes it,” said Drazkowski, of Mazeppa.

Among the bill’s elements meant to promote job creation include:

_ A $20 million fund to give financial incentives to out-of-state businesses thinking of locating in Minnesota and in-state companies that want to expand within the state.

_ A separate, $18.5 million state fund to give state grants to businesses if they commit to hiring additional employees and making large investments in capital. The grants aren’t paid until those employment and investment goals are met.

_ A $1.5 million funding boost for the Minnesota Trade Office, which has a mission of helping the state’s businesses tap into overseas markets. The money is meant to help the office open three additional overseas locations on top of an existing office in China.

_ Small funding boosts to several competitive grant programs for nonprofits that offer workforce training, and money for state colleges, employers and the Department of Education to collaborate on local education and training programs.

_ A $450 million reduction in taxes that employers pay into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

The bill also includes a provision that extends state unemployment insurance benefits for up to three years for workers who are locked out by management in contract disputes, a pertinent discussion after recent high-profile lockouts at American Crystal Sugar and both Twin Cities professional orchestras. House members approved amendments to exempt locked-out professional athletes and people who earn more than $150,000 a year from being eligible for those benefits.

Source: startribune.com

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Minneapolis News: Georgia file connects Twin Cities charter school, fraud scheme

When the news broke last summer that charter school entrepreneur Eric Mahmoud had entered a guilty plea to a mortgage fraud charge in Georgia, Mahmoud had a ready comeback for the Minneapolis school district, under whose authorization he was opening another charter school.

“I assure you that this was a personal, residential matter in Georgia and had nothing to do with Seed Daycare, Harvest Prep or any other educational institution,” Mahmoud told Sara Paul, the district’s liaison with charter schools, in an Aug. 16 e-mail.

In that case, Mahmoud has some explaining to do.

According to an investigative file compiled by Georgia authorities, there are at least two connections involving the school with the deal.

First, one participant in the real estate deal that led to the charges against Mahmoud told Gwinnett County police investigators that he met twice with Mahmoud in his office, weeks before the fraudulent deal was to close. The purpose was for the purported buyer to supply financial data for the deal. When that buyer noticed that the loan information on a completed application was misleading, the man told investigators, Mahmoud and his associate assured him that the deal was legal.

The second school connection is even more explicit.  Days before the planned closing, a letter was sent on Seed Academy and Harvest Preparatory School  letterhead. The letter presents a demand for payment of $350,000 to Mahmoud from the planned real estate closing.  The letter over the signature of Aretta-Rie Johnson said that she had been retained by Mahmoud to make the payment demand.

Johnson said that she has no specific recollection of the letter but that she worked for Mahmoud’s school during that school year on contract. “When you’re an administrative person, you just do what people tell you to do,” she said. She has also served on Mahmoud’s Seed, which provides services for the schools.

Mahmoud said he would not comment on the evidence. There is no evidence that his schools stood to profit from the attempted deal.

The Minnesota Department of Education said through chief of staff Charlene Briner:: “It appears the state cannot prohibit a public school from hiring an individual with a criminal background, nor can the state be considered responsible for criminal activity that may take place in a school, particularly when that criminal conduct is not related to educational matters. “

“That said, the use of school letterhead and the fact that a school employee was involved with, or asked to facilitate a transaction appears to warrant further review.  MDE is assessing the need, if any, for additional action based upon this information.”

Source: startribune.com

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Minneapolis Quick News: Twin Cities could see 10 inches of fresh snow by morning

The one-two winter punch that socked the Twin Cities could leave up to 10 inches of snow before moving on Tuesday, but impending spring may soften the blow.

Aided by advance salting and relatively mild temperatures, road crews aimed to keep up with the snowfall by working through the night and into daylight.

“With warmer temperatures and the sun out longer during the day, this should be one of the easier events,” said Todd Howard, assistant Dakota County engineer.

Nonetheless, messy road conditions prompted some school closings and late starts in outstate areas and likely will turn metro commutes into a slog.

Minneapolis street maintenance supervisor Mike Kennedy wasn’t about to say whether the city would call a snow parking emergency. March, with its warming temperatures, can make that a difficult call.

“We’ll just watch the snow and see what happens,” he said Monday.

Daily high temperatures are expected to climb from around freezing Tuesday to near 40 over the weekend, but nighttime lows will fall into the low teens Tuesday and Wednesday and remain below freezing through the weekend.

A pair of low-pressure centers brought the overnight snow. But instead of working like the fast-moving Alberta Clipper storms of recent weeks, the lows were bogged down, with one slowing the other down “like an anchor,” said National Weather Service Twin Cities meteorologist Tony Zaleski.

Snowfall amounts across most of Minnesota on Monday were relatively modest, with 5 inches at St. James being the tops. The official Twin Cities total was 1.4 inches. Monday evening the weather service was still predicting a two-day total of 7 to 10 inches for the metro area and 8 to 12 inches for much of southeastern Minnesota. Late Monday, the National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning from northwestern Minnesota all the way southeast to Ohio.

Tuesday’s expected snowfall should push the Twin Cities’ seasonal snowfall above normal. Precipitation since Jan. 1 is 22 percent above normal, Zaleski noted.

“I don’t think anybody was thinking we were going to be above normal as recently as two to three weeks ago,” he said.

Moisture in the snow, and even the snow expected Tuesday, wasn’t enough to boost the long-term outlooks for flooding along the state’s rivers, said Jim Kaiser, Weather Service meteorologist in Grand Forks.

At the same time, soil temperatures below freezing may prevent much of the moisture in the snow from melting into the soils below. In much of Minnesota, particularly the southwest and northwest, a fall and early-winter drought left those soils at near historic dry levels, according to state climatologist Greg Spoden.

Across southern Minnesota, early-winter rains froze into an impermeable cap over dry soils beneath, which will most likely lock out any snowmelt.

The net result is that drought relief from the snow is unlikely in the dry regions.

Spodin said that even flooding won’t alleviate a drought.

Delta Air Lines said Monday it was waiving fees for one-time changes in travel plans for passengers using the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and others in the Upper Midwest on Monday and Tuesday. The other airports include Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot,Williston, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Sioux Falls.

Source: startribune.com – Daily Quick Blog

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Minnesotans continue to pursue gun permits in record numbers

(startribune.com) – Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole has drawn a line in the sand over President Obama’s package of gun-control measures to be unveiled Wednesday: If the rules don’t pass Cole’s constitutional muster, he won’t comply.

In a politically charged pre-emptive strike against a set of legislative initiatives and executive orders that have already unleashed heated debate, Cole asserted Tuesday in a letter to his constituents that current state gun laws are sufficient while respecting the right to bear arms “which … I believe is fundamental to our individual freedom.”

Neither the federal government, nor any federal official, can dictate mandates to state and local governments that violate the U.S. Constitution, he wrote, concluding: “I would view any such mandate, regulation or administrative rule as illegal and refuse to carry it out.”

Elsewhere in the state, Minnesotans continue to pursue gun permits in record numbers as possible new regulations loom.

Conceal-and-carry applications in Hennepin County during the first two weeks of the year have more than doubled from a year ago, the Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday. Anoka County on Monday had its third record day for applicants within the past month. And the Stearns County sheriff says his office is processing more gun applications than ever.

“The stacks [of applications] needing my signature has doubled,” said Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner. Asked whether the number of applications have broken county records, Sanner replied, “Probably every day.”

Gun permit applications surged nationwide immediately following last month’s Connecticut school massacre that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults. Explanations for what has triggered the latest surge in applications range from anticipating new federal restrictions to the need to renew permits about to expire.

In Ramsey County, the demand for permit-to-carry applications has more than doubled so far this year compared with a year ago. Ramsey County had 144 permit-to-carry applications from Jan. 1 through Tuesday, up from 69 in the first two weeks of 2012. In 2011, over the same period, there were 41 applicants.

The increase in Hennepin County is even more dramatic. On Monday, there were 67 conceal-and-carry applications — well above the county’s daily average of 20 to 30. From Jan. 1 to Monday, Hennepin County had 307 permit applications — far more than twice the 136 over the same two-week period of a year ago.

Legal battle looms

Cole’s letter could presage a legal battle, said Joe Olson, a law professor at Hamline University School of Law and an authority on gun rights issues. Under a 1997 U.S. Supreme Court ruling stemming from the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, local sheriffs are not required to act as agents on behalf of the federal government, he said.

Cole, Olson said, “is completely free to say he won’t do that.” If he refuses to comply with a regulation, an ensuing lawsuit would determine whether he was in the right.

But at least one gun-control advocate was angered by Cole’s threat.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Joan Peterson, whose sister was murdered and who is now a spokeswoman for the advocacy group Protect Minnesota: Working to End Gun Violence.

“After the Sandy Hook shootings, everything changed in this country. If we cannot come up with reasonable measures to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and AR-15s out of classrooms, then who are we as a country?”


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If you are going to launch the website of your business and done with register domain name, web design, add the content, and set live, internet marketing strategies will be the next step for you to get profit from your website.

Internet marketing or the promotion of products and services online has become immensely popular simply because it comes with a lot of advantages. The internet is the only way you can reach millions of possible clients across the globe within a few minutes. This is because the World Wide Web is not only national but worldwide unlike other advertising tools like television, radio, billboards, and newspapers which will only reach a small number of potential customers. However, we still see some weak points by using internet marketing. Below are some of the disadvantages that come with using the internet as a marketing tool:

• Security – the fact that the internet is global and cheap attracts a lot of abusers and hackers. Most companies have at one time or another reported having some of their private files and ideas stolen. Some hackers and scammers spend a lot of time looking for opportunities to access the websites of reputable companies, this is not only dangerous for the company but for the customers as well. It is the company’s responsibility to provide its website’s visitors with maximum security as this will go a long way in assuring them of the safety of their personal information whenever they are transacting business or simply communicating. Other potential clients will prove to be pure jokers after the company has spent a lot of time and funds following them up. It is therefore very difficult to differentiate between a joker and a person who is really interested in your services and products through the internet.

• While marketing over the internet might be cheap, the cost of maintaining a marketing website that is effectual can be very high. This is because for your website to be effectual, it has to attract and meet the needs of a wide range of worldwide potential clients and their different cultures. To achieve this, one needs the services of expensive specialists to come up with such a website and to maintain it well with regular updates. For internet marketing to be highly effective, the marketing website of a company must be able to pull in a good number of visitors.

All in all, for any reason, internet marketing still be a perfect tool of promoting the prospects of your business (specially small business) in the short as well as the long term and getting it from a professional further enhances the chances of making it big and quick. Contact  Minneapolis SEO Company today. For web design costs, please call 612.590.8080

How to Get Help for Web Design Process

Some people may not realize how important a website is for their business. Nowadays, a website has become an essential part of any business operation. In a world where people spend most of time on internet and more trade was done online or electronically, websites have become quite an important online sale tool for making a sale to the general public. Building up a website is not as difficult as before. There are many web authoring tools that make the creation easier. Therefore, I would like to share with you some suggestions on where you can find the help that you need.

Firstly, you may think of your friends who are running nice websites. Actually, you can probably think of someone who has already built their own website. Look at their website, and see what parts about it appeals to you and how the content can be displayed. Perhaps you prefer the way that they designed the navigation or how they had laid out the page. You may get some features on the website that you would like to try on yours. So, talk to your friend and get some tips or experience about what you concern…..

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