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Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Businesses

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:03pm

The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are excited to announce the next set of Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar dates. The webinars will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include small business tax credits, marketplace updates, shared responsibility, cost containment and tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law. A question and answer period will follow. The webinars will be held from 2pm to 3pm on the following dates: August 22, September 5, September 12, September 19, and September 26. Click on a date to complete registration for that session.

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Ann Arbor businesses validate parking tickets

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 3:34pm

If you're searching for businesses in Ann Arbor that will validate your parking ticket, search no more. The [|Downtown Development Authority]
recently put this list on their website. Look in the parking info below the map.

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Karl Pohrt, Owner of Shaman Drum Bookshop

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:23pm


Old News has digitized Ann Arbor News articles on [|Karl Pohrt] ([|obituary]), owner of [|Shaman Drum Bookshop].

He is remembered warmly as a community leader who took an active role in organizations such as [|Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority], [|State Street Area Association], [|American Booksellers Association], and the [|Great Lakes Booksellers Association]. He was also a founding member of the [|Ann Arbor Book Festival].

Read Dave Askins' [|tribute] to Karl Pohrt in [|The Ann Arbor Chronicle].

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AADL Talks to Rhonda Gilpin

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:23pm


One of Ann Arbor’s Heritage Businesses, [|The Caravan Shop] has been an anchor in the historic [|Nickels Arcade] for over 80 years. Opened in 1927 by [|Frank] and [|Jean Karpp], it is known for its eclectic merchandize with an international flavor.

Recently, its current owner [|Rhonda Gilpin] talked with us about the history of the shop, how she came to own it and her goal of keeping it a family business. She talked about the pleasures and challenges of doing business in a college town. Rhonda is also the owner of [|Arcadian Antiques and Collectibles] located in the Nickels Arcade. She credits the "Think Local" initiative and the nice mix of new businesses for the improved retail climate in Ann Arbor.

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Ice Cream Bike: A Sneak Peek at Go! Ice Cream

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 9:20am


Monday May 20, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Coming this summer, [|Go! Ice Cream] will start a new mobile business biking adventure in and around Ypsilanti!

Learn a bit about proprietor, [|Rob Hess], and his adventurous variety of local, hand-made, exotic and unusual ice creams. Learn how to make your own fruit popsicles. You could start your own all-natural popsicle stand and become a frozen dessert mogul too!

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AADL Talks to Cynthia Shevel

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 2:15pm


In this episode AADL talks to Cynthia Shevel, owner of [|Middle Earth Gift Shop] on South University. [|Middle Earth] came on the scene in 1967 as the first “head shop” in Ann Arbor. The store began as a one-room, 2nd-floor walk-up on Liberty Street. The motto of Middle Earth is “harming only the humorless.” Long-time TreeTowners will remember the great [|ads] Middle Earth ran in [|The Sun], our contribution to the underground newspaper movement. We talked to Cynthia about the move to South U and the changes over time to the merchandise, the customers and the crew at Middle Earth.

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AADL Talks to Joe O’Neal

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 2:04pm


AADL sat down with Joe O'Neal, president of O'Neal Construction who, along with Bill Martin, established the [|Argus Museum]. Joe related how the purchase of the Argus buildings from the University of Michigan in the early 1980s led to the acquisition of cameras, photographic equipment, memorabilia and [|company publications] of the [|Argus Camera Company]. Many of the ideas and leads for the museum collection came from the pages of the [|Argus Eyes].

Joe's many stories include names familiar to Argus employees and collectors including [|Milt Campbell, Art Dersham], Don Wallis, Sammy Ross and Tony Vicaro.

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Argus Camera - The Story Behind the Stories

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:32am


Old News has obtained two promotional videos produced by Argus Camera around 1945 and 1953. [|Argus Eyes For Victory] recounts the "miracle of production" that earned Argus several E Awards for excellence in design and manufacture of [|World War II-related materiel] from the U.S. War Department. The video captures the post-war economic optimism while paying tribute to the soldiers, inventors and labor that became known as the Greatest Generation.

In [|Fine Cameras and How They Are Made], the Argus C-Four takes center stage. The narrator intones, "It takes three things to make a fine camera . . ." and with that the film launches into a highly technical and detailed description of every step in the camera-manufacturing process at Argus Cameras of Ann Arbor. Scenes of the scientists and craftsmen creating the Argus C-Four are interwoven with scenes of customers using the camera to take family photos and outdoor shots. Visit AADL's [|Argus Camera online exhibit] and take a walk over to the [|Argus Museum] for even more Argus history.

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Hot New Book Tells How to Get Ahead by Giving

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:19am


A friend who saw [a:Adam Grant|Adam Grant] speak recently in [|Ann Arbor] highly recommends his book, [t:Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.] If you missed Grant's visit here, you can read the [t:New York Times magazine|New York Times magazine] article about him or visit the book's [|website]. This graduate of the [|University of Michigan] apparently believes that the way we relate to other people has a lot to do with the success we achieve. From a book description in the AADL catalog: "Using his own cutting-edge research as a professor at Wharton Business School, Adam Grant shows how helping others can lead to greater personal success. He demonstrates how smart givers avoid becoming doormats, and why this kind of success has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities."

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TinkerHub Webcast - Backyard Brains

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 12:36pm


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TinkerHub Webcast: Backyard Brains
TinkerHub is a webcast collaboration between Ann Arbor District Library and All Hands Active, Ann Arbor’s Makerspace. Recorded in Downtown Ann Arbor, TinkerHub webcasts connect learning, technology, and the Ann Arbor community.

In this episode of TinkerHub, Josh and Terence talk to Tim Marzullo about his company [|Backyard Brains]. Co-founded here in Ann Arbor, Backyard Brains helps make tangible how electricity helps control the body, all using inventions that can then be carried around in their pockets! Tune in as Josh watches the messages that he sends to make his muscles twitch.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Library resources mentioned:

  • [b: 1140858|Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants] by Peter D'Amato
  • [b: 1350090|Makers] by Cory Doctorow
  • [b:1411046|Rapture of the Nerds] by Cory Doctorow
  • [b: 1412462|The Boy Mechanic] by the editors of Popular Mechanics

Past AADL-All Hands Active Events

  • [|3d Printing]
  • [|Introduction to Game Programming]
  • [|Seeing Electricity]
  • [|Maker Music]
  • [|Line-Following Robots]