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The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a non-profit that operates in Arizona, and its primary goal is to offer financial support to foundations that are focused on advocating for minority rights. The proprietors of the charity organization are Michael and Jim, who are veteran journalists.

They have been working together for decades and are co-owners of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, which are among the leading magazines in the state. The two journalist were illegally arrested in October 2007 by Joe Arpaio who was the Maricopa County sheriff, for writing an incriminating story about him.

The sheriff violated the Fifth Amendment rights of Jim and Michael, and they filed lawsuits against his department. The county government offered them $3.75 million to settle the case. The commitment of the two journalists to supporting the rights of immigrants motivated them to invest the money in founding the fund.

Lacey and Larkin’s organization has been a benefactor to several groups, and one of them is the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition.

The foundation was established by immigrant youths, and it is devoted to fighting for the rights of young people who would like to seek legal employment opportunities in the United States. It has been striving to end discrimination against Latin youths and to ensure that they have an equal opportunity as the natives of the country to accomplish their dreams.

The immigrant rights group has been fighting to end the 2006 law that targets immigrants. The legislation has forced undocumented immigrants to pay extremely highly tuition fees for them to enroll at any America learning institution.

This has made it hard for them to attend even community colleges. Immigrants are also not offered public scholarships even if they are based on merit. The discrimination motivated the Latin youths to start the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition to protect their rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Arizona division has also gained from the money that is offered by the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The ACLU of Arizona started its operations in 1959, and it strives to end unconstitutional laws that aim at oppressing immigrants. In 1960, the organization worked with legal experts to overturn a discriminatory law that aimed at illegalizing multi-cultural marriages.

It made important contributions towards the exoneration of Ernesto Miranda. Miranda’s case attracted national attention and led to the establishment of the silence warning that is currently given by the police. ACLU fought for the release of Lacey and Larkin when they were illegally detained by Joe Arpaio.

The ACLU of Arizona won a case that led to the abolition of the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation. The law had allowed local police and sheriff departments to act as immigration officers. The immigration rights organization has been on the frontline in protecting the freedom of speech of laborers.

It is also determined to end the executive order of the Arizona governor that bars immigrants from accessing driving licenses. ACLU is also striving to address pending deportation cases that face immigrants.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53
http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Clothing companies have been trying for years to try and make up ground on Amazon in the competitive fashion e-commerce market. The reason the gap is so large is because there are thousands fighting for the same apparel dollar, and Amazon is simply raking in 20 percent of the total sales in this industry. With that being said however, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics appears to be closing the gap year to year, and making a play for the spot that Amazon has comfortably enjoyed for years. In a little under three years, we see that Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has sold nearly $250 million in the same women’s clothing market Amazon is competing in.

 

Listening to Hudson talk about her athleisure brand, you might miss the secret to her success because it sounds so simple on the surface. She is not talking about high-quality or her celebrity status, Hudson is raving about how the reverse showrooming sales technique and her membership package works perfectly together. Take a look at the way customers are shopping at the Fabletics stores in the mall, they are not being pushed to buy anything from the sales associates. Shoppers are being encouraged to get their free membership, take the lifestyle quiz, and then try on everything they want inside the mall stores.

 

The competition is tough in this fashion e-commerce market, but it appears that Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is on to something that is working to drive those incredible sales numbers. When you are free to try anything on inside the stores at the mall, what is really happening is they are being instantly uploaded to your Fabletics online account. This means these women will eventually wind up hitting the Fabletics online store, and all those pieces they fell in love with at the store are waiting for them to buy in their online shopping cart already. The larger online inventory means these women can also fill up the cart with the latest releases in leggings and yoga pants too.

 

It is clear to see here that Kate Hudson‘s Fabletics is definitely marching to their own beat, and it is resonating with their customers in a positive way. Loyal customers are being rewarded with free shipping for online orders, huge discounts on the workout apparel, and help from a Fabletics shopping assistant. Amazon may have to take a closer look fast because that huge gap they enjoyed is being chewed up by Hudson’s Fabletics.

Being a young entrepreneur comes with many advantages: fresh perspective; new, bold and innovative ideas; and lots of energy combined with an unlimited willingness to succeed.

All of these characteristics are embodied by Sawyer Howitt, a late-teens and pre-college go-getter who already has an impressive work history and track record. He was recently made Project Manager with the Meriwether Group, a Portland-based business consulting firm that mentors business start-ups, helping them ramp up rapidly to achieve full-scale success.

A key element for business success is location. In America, not all cities are created equal in terms of business climate and readily available resources that make it easier for a self-starting entrepreneur to gain traction.

Sawyer Howitt has been doing his homework and has identified what he considers to be the Top Eight Cities where the environment is optimum. These locations provide business start-ups with the critical infrastructure elements needed for maximum business success.

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Howitt’s Top Eight are: San Francisco, California, Austin, Texas, Salt Lake City, Utah, Palo Alto, California, Denver, Colorado, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Santa Monica and Yorba Linda, California.

These locations bring together key elements, including strength of local economy, access to funding, average population age, availability of high-speed broadband and excellent potential for networking.

Sawyer Howitt from Portland believes there is no better time to launch a start-up than today. Securing a small business loan has gotten easier, and finding low cost office and other kinds of business space just keeps getting cheaper because of changes in the business real estate climate. Technology is also a big factor. Advances in Internet connectivity and better broadband continue to create new kinds of opportunities that simply didn’t exist just a year or two ago.

Increasingly, young entrepreneurs like Sawyer Howitt are not just finding new opportunities, but getting out there and creating it from the ground up.

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