I can’t believe it.

24 10 2010

So my first full week of having a bank account and DBA was the week of Monday, Oct. 18. I had written it out in my feasibility plan with SCORE what I actually expect to make at first, what I’ll need to just get by without taking on a waitressing job, what I’d really like to be making to live comfortably and what I’d ultimately like to make to be able to invest money back in the company.

Now, I have to take into account my expenses, which are bigger, just starting up – I have member organizations I’d like to join, advertising and promotion, consultation fees, the website cost — and I can’t even begin to count my uninvoiced hours… But if you don’t count my expenses, I actually hit my three-month goal in the first week!!!

I want to send a BIG thank you out to my first six paying customers who made this possible:

Bev Saunders of BJSArtworks

Crystal Eggleston of Meadow Crafts

Rachael Rhianna

Kat Griffin

Matt Funiciello

Aaron David Ward

I can’t believe it – one week of having a bank account and I EXCEEDED MY SALES GOAL!!! HUGE thanks to my first six customers: Bev Saunders, Crystal Eggleston , Rachael Rhianna, Kat Griffin, Matt Funiciello and Aaron David Ward. You’re making a dream come true!





Up, up, up

22 10 2010

I feel like I ought to write this down for posterity, inspired in part by The Chronicle‘s 30th anniversary issue and in part by my high school classmate Melina Coogan’s articulate, honest and deeply insightful blog and website The Wilder Coast.

So I made the call to leave the Chronicle on Aug. 19. It was a hard decision to make. Earlier this year I was hired as part-time Community Coordinator of The Shirt Factory and that’s felt like a great fit. So I had that piece of the puzzle, but I had no other plan when I said I was leaving. I gave it my best swing and I learned a thing or two million and it was time to “let fly,” as Mark wrote in his announcement of my departure – to figure out where I was supposed to be.

I decided to start a business on Sept. 6. The name Advokate was born on Sept. 15. I started a small business class at SUNY Adirondack on Sept. 21. My last day at the Chronicle was October 8. I registered my DBA on Oct. 13 and opened a bank account on Oct. 14. And here I am, seven customers in and a good list of people who have said they’re interested. All right.

Because blog posts are more interesting with a picture in the middle of them, here’s a good one from a hike up Buck Mountain last Sunday. (Dude, hiking is hard!)

Anyhoo. Last week, my first week without a 9-to-5, was all business set-up (LOTS of set-up) and getting to my volunteer things and a little time with family. And yeah, I took half a day to sleep in and be lazy and unemployed. This week, between meeting with clients, Shirt Factory work, my class, actually doing work on the clock for Advokate, business set-up types of meetings with SCORE and the ARCC, working on things for the boards I’m on and staying up late finessing Advokate stuff or checking items off my to-do lists, I’ve really not had more than maybe a couple hours each day, if that, of down time.

For being so ridiculously busy, you’d think I’d be rolling in dough, but that’s yet to come.

I’ll post a picture of it when it happens.

That’s right, buddy: I said when.





Howie Hawkins candidate for NYS Governor coming to Glens Falls

18 10 2010

Advokate client Matt Funiciello is publicizing an event at Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe this Saturday. Read on…

Upstate Greens to Host Event for Green Party

Governor Candidate Howie Hawkins

October 15, 2010 – Local progressive and Green Party activist Matt Funicielloannounced today that Green Party candidate for New York State Governor, Howie Hawkins, will be the guest of honor at a “Meet and Greet” fundraiser to be held at 6:00 p.m., October 23, 2010, at Rock Hill Cafe in Glens Falls. The event is sponsored by the Upstate Greens, a group of enrolled Greens and citizen activists. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so advance tickets are suggested and will be available at Rock Hill beginning Tuesday morning (suggested donation $25).

 

This election cycle will include an all-inclusive debate at which Hawkins will face all six candidates in this Governor’s race. The debate will be held October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Hofstra University (Long Island) and is scheduled to air on select stations that same evening.

 

 

“Hawkins represents the best and brightest of the Green Party,” said Funiciello, a former member of the Green Party’s National Committee, “We’re extremely proud to have our candidate face the two millionaires, Cuomo and Paladino. But we’re also extremely pleased that all the candidates on the ballot have been invited and will attend. I think every New Yorker is sick and tired of corporate candidates who only represent the wealthy elite who pave their way into office. It’s long overdue that an actual worker like Howie, someone with a clear agenda and some very enlightened ideas on how to fix our economic and social woes, be allowed to share those views with the electorate.”

 

Howie Hawkins has been active in movements for peace, justice, the environment, and independent progressive politics since the late 1960s. A former Marine, he helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976. He was a co-founder of the Green Party in the United States in 1984 and currently serves on the Green National Committee.

 

 

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked as a carpenter in New England and helped start up a construction workers cooperative that specialized in solar and wind energy installations. Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to be Director of CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable. A member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in the national Teamster rank-and-file reform caucus, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Howie presently works unloading trucks and rail cars at UPS.

 

 

Howie’s articles on social theory, cooperative economics, and independent politics have appeared in many publications, including Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Peaceworks, Resist, Society and Nature, and Z Magazine . He is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2006).

 

Upstate Greens is a group of local Independents, along with members of the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, Democratic and Republican parties interested in fostering a local dialogue on today’s most important issues.

 

 

For more information, contact Matt Funiciello at mattfuniciello@earthlink.net

 

To contact the campaign directly, visit http://howiehawkins.com/2010

Matt

MEDIA RELEASE

Upstate Greens to Host Event for Green Party

Governor Candidate Howie Hawkins

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Matt Funiciello (518) 361-6278 or mattfuniciello@earthlink.net

October 15, 2010 – Local progressive and Green Party activist Matt Funiciello, announced today that Green Party candidate for New York State Governor, Howie Hawkins, will be the guest of honor at a “Meet and Greet” fundraiser to be held at 6:00 p.m., October 23, 2010, at Rock Hill Cafe in Glens Falls. The event is sponsored by the Upstate Greens, a group of enrolled Greens and citizen activists. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so advance tickets are suggested and will be available at Rock Hill beginning Tuesday morning (suggested donation $25).

This election cycle will include an all-inclusive debate at which Hawkins will face all six candidates in this Governor’s race. The debate will be held October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Hofstra University (Long Island) and is scheduled to air on select stations that same evening.

“Hawkins represents the best and brightest of the Green Party,” said Funiciello, a former member of the Green Party’s National Committee, “We’re extremely proud to have our candidate face the two millionaires, Cuomo and Paladino. But we’re also extremely pleased that all the candidates on the ballot have been invited and will attend. I think every New Yorker is sick and tired of corporate candidates who only represent the wealthy elite who pave their way into office. It’s long overdue that an actual worker like Howie, someone with a clear agenda and some very enlightened ideas on how to fix our economic and social woes, be allowed to share those views with the electorate.”

Howie Hawkins has been active in movements for peace, justice, the environment, and independent progressive politics since the late 1960s. A former Marine, he helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976. He was a co-founder of the Green Party in the United States in 1984 and currently serves on the Green National Committee.

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked as a carpenter in New England and helped start up a construction workers cooperative that specialized in solar and wind energy installations. Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to be Director of CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable. A member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in the national Teamster rank-and-file reform caucus, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Howie presently works unloading trucks and rail cars at UPS.

Howie’s articles on social theory, cooperative economics, and independent politics have appeared in many publications, including Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Peaceworks, Resist, Society and Nature, and Z Magazine . He is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2006).

Upstate Greens is a group of local Independents, along with members of the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, Democratic and Republican parties interested in fostering a local dialogue on today’s most important issues.

For more information, contact Matt Funiciello at (518) 361-6278 or  mattfuniciello@earthlink.net

To contact the campaign directly,

2010@howiehawkins.com or  http://howiehawkins.com/2010





Rachael Rhianna show tonight!

16 10 2010

Advokate client Rachael Rhianna has a show tonight! Read on…

Rachael Rhianna exhibits abstract watercolor paintings

GLENS FALLS – Artist Rachael Rhianna exhibits her watermedia artwork at the D.H.B. Thomas Gallery, located on the third floor of The Shirt Factory at the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls, New York.

The show opens with an artist’s reception on Saturday, October 16, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Info: 832-9171.

Rachael’s latest works incorporate gouache as well as watercolor in large-scale, abstract pieces. They begin as washes in bright colors which are then meticulously overlaid with black detail. Some results are reminiscent of paisley, wrought iron against a sunset, or with a tribal feel to them.

“They’re doodles,” says Rachael, who likes to call herself a Creativologist. “They’re really large doodles. I started with one painting I had started a wash on and then just ended up doodling over it. I use a really thin brush so these took me a really long time! I try to let my mind go blank as I do it and not to control it so much, so it’s kind of like a stream-of-consciousness… I try not to get in the way of the art making itself.”

Prints will be available for sale as well as the paintings themselves.

Rachael has previously shown her work at Ridge Street Coffee Co. in Glens Falls, where she resides, and aspires to exhibit in New York City.





Annie

16 10 2010

Recently the home office was terrorized by an evil force named Annie.

 





Hello world!

16 10 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, Advokate is up and running!

We’ve got a website (a more polished version in the works), a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a mailing list, a logo (see above) and now a blog. If you’re looking at all that in envy and wishing you had it too – hey, email us! This is what we do!

We’ve also got a menu of items and a draft of our contract (also with some polishing in the process), and are enrolled in a business class at SUNY Adirondack. We meet with SCORE next week for some small-biz help that will not only benefit Advokate itself, but Advokate’s clients! Keep an eye out for our very first ad in the Chronicle‘s Women in Business issue, coming out on Thursday, October 28.

There’s a little promotion going on right now: Post to recommend Advokate to your Facebook buddies and we’ll kick down a $5 coupon for services. Let us know about it as a comment here, or on our Facebook page so we can write you down for your moolah.

Keep checking back here – we’ll be posting about our clients, tips we find for small businesses and creative types, and what new and exciting things Advokate’s been getting itself into.

Have a great Saturday!