Posted by Caitlin Clark | May 16th, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Wednesday evening, guests and honorees gathered in the Dallas City Performance Hall as Preservation Dallas recognized some outstanding developments of Dallas’ historic buildings and places and honored those who have contributed to our city’s history. In a city with 20 historic districts, 16 conservation districts, 123 individual landmarks, and 3 nationally significant landmarks, it was an exciting night for those involved.
Mayor Mike Rawlings kicked off the evening by proclaiming the month of May as National Preservation Month in Dallas.
Posted by You+Dallas | April 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 am
This is a well done parody of the Downton Abbey Series featuring Max Anderson as Lord Grantham and Catherine Rose and Jennifer Karol as his daughters. Mayor Mike Rawlings played the role of valet, and John Eagle as the butler. Most importantly, the DMA’s 101-year-old patron Margaret McDermott played Dame Maggie Smith’s role. We are happy the Mayor will keep his day job. Elaine Agather ably stood in for Laura Linney, showing that banking skills are indeed transferable to other endeavors. We at YouPlus Media tip our hats to the cast and production crew. Bravo!
Posted by You+Dallas | February 27th, 2013 at 7:25 am
Posted by You+Dallas | November 27th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
We were sent a letter from Hobby Lobby that is reprinted in its entirety below. The company’s CEO is asking to be exempt from the law due to conflicts between the law and the owner’s religious beliefs. We wonder if any person or corporation should generally be exempted from a law of any sorts.
This article lists a large number of organizations that have been exempted from this healthcare law. Why are these organizations exempted from the law? What guidelines are there that would allow one organization, city, or state for that matter to opt out of the healthcare bill? Perhaps this website will help clarify the issues.
“A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.
But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.
So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.
My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.”
Posted by You+Dallas | November 27th, 2012 at 12:54 pm
In an address to the Greater Baltimore Technology Council in 2006, author, entrepreneur, and marketing expert Seth Godin summed up the importance of marketing with a very simple phrase: “Ideas that spread, win.” Godin cites how one of the greatest inventions of all time, sliced bread, wouldn’t be anywhere without marketing.
Posted by You+Dallas | November 26th, 2012 at 12:51 pm
What is your elevator pitch? What do you need to do to start more conversations and build more relationships? Kathy McAfee shares specific ideas to help you craft and polish a 10-second and a 30-second version of your networking introduction.