Summer Entrepreneurial Experiences

During July 2012...

Week 7

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 4:10 pm

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Finishing touches :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:27 pm

This week I finished added in the images to the old leaves. Then I was given the task of moving all the image citations for each leaf into a new Credit tab so they did not clutter the content section. To do this I had to add in coding to make the new tab and then I copied and pasted all the citations into the new tab. To make sure it was clear which citations went with which picture all images were duplicated under the new tab as well. The Author and Revised sections were also moved into the new Credit tab before all of the image credits. An example of what content was put under a Credits tab is listed below:

Author: Mike Farabee, Sabrina Setaro

Image Credits:

Image: unkown; Public Domain;Original image – high resolution

Image created by Tiffany Blackburn; Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)

Original artwork within image comes from the following authors and sources:

Tracey Saxby, Integration and Application Network, University of
Maryland Center for Environmental Science (;
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Cardinalis cardinalis

Ajaja ajaja

Centrocercus sp.
Dendrobates pumilio
Gorgonian sea fan
Cicindela dorsalis media

Orcinus orca
Helix aspersa

Paramecium aurelia

Joanna Woerner, Integration and Application Network, University of
Maryland Center for Environmental Science (;
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Dendroica cerulea

Polygonum cespitosum

Jane Hawkey, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland
Center for Environmental Science (; The
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Coccyzus americanus

Jane Thomas, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland
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Anas platyrhynchos
Limulus polyphemus

Kim Kraeer, Luck Van Essen-Fishman, Integration and Application Network,
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
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attribution, except redistribution or sales.
Buteo lineatus Natator

Eumeces fasciatus

Dieter Tracey, Integration and Application Network, University of
Maryland Center for Environmental Science (;
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Epinephelus tukula Macropus

Sara Klips, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland
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Lumbricus sp.

As you can see there are a lot of citations for the pyramid image (which i mentioned in an earlier post). This list is actually what lead Sabrina and Dr. Johnson to brainstorm other ways of citing images rather than just including them in the text. The task of moving over all citations was tedious but I’m sure the students will appreciate the less cluttered content sections.

Making all the Credits tabs took a lot of time but I completed it before the week was over. I then found and added images to three new leaves. However, these leaves, while important to complete soon, are notamongthe most important things to finish before the end of the summer. Thus, after I completed these leaves I was switched over to working on content related problems. Within each leaf there were supposed to be links to reference sources and internal links to other similar leaves. However, the vast majority of these links had not been added. In the text you would see a [1] where a link to reference 1 was supposed to be but the link would not work. In order to link to reference 1 I had to copy the URL for reference one and insert it before the 1 so that the link looked like [www…|1] in the editing view. Once the link was inserted and saved in normal mode the link still looked like [1] but when u clicked on the 1 it took you to the proper website. This process was similar for adding internal links I just had to take the leaf that was to be linked and format it like this, ((A000…|Leaf: …?)) where the A number was filled in and the name of the leaf was inserted after the colon.

In addition to fixing links I also made sure spacing for the leaf was uniform and that all references and learning goals were presented in the same form. The references were all listed with a *1., *2., etc. before the reference information and the learning goals were all listed with * * at the beginning of each goal.

I am not quite finished with fixing the links and spacing in all the leaves but finishing should not take long. I also need to write up an explanation of the format and process with which each task was completed this summer and embed a few more images that Morgan is working on into the BioBook website. However, there really is not too much work left to complete and I am officially done with my time doing research at Wake this summer. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to work on such a fulfilling project and I look forward to continuing my work this coming school year. I hope everyone else has a good rest of their summer,


Week 8: Hope & Support-Seeking Behaviors

Friday, July 27, 2012 4:03 pm

“I know I can’t possibly be alone in saying I want to see Alexander County thrive again and not be the empty shell I see around me every day.”

This comment was from a rural resident in Alexander County in a recent Letter to the Editor in the Taylorsville Times. In his editorial, there is a certain sense of desperation in his tone, realizing the decline around him. However, he wants to see something change in a positive way-to return to the ‘good days’ of the past. Returning to the past is not the answer, but citizens do have hope for a better future. It’s from comments like these that I’m interested in researching rural entrepreneurship, to awaken and invigorate rural communities.

Switching gears and back to the research:

Where do rural entrepreneurs go to get support and advice for business issues? A typical response, and also my first assumption, is that entrepreneurs may visit resources that include the local community college, chamber of commerce, or economic development board. Yet, from my research, this does not seem to be the case. Information is sought from lawyers, accountants, website designers, and other people they know within the community-all of which are not institutionally based.

These institutionally based resources are designed to be sources of entrepreneurial engagement within the community. Yet, rural entrepreneurs are not engaging these resources in an informational sense. Access to information is not the primary reason that an entrepreneur reaches out to these organizations, it is in hopes of gaining access to monetary resources to enable them to gain access to the field they are working in. Yet, entrepreneurs do not leave accomplishing their goals, because these organizations have limited monetary resources. Traditional business incubating organizations are not necessarily on the front line of providing entrepreneurial information.

This trend is peculiar, but it is insightful in solution-based outcomes of this research. Perhaps this indicates that rural, entrepreneurial resources should engage entrepreneurs in a way that breaks down the institutionalized identity. Forums that are facilitated by rural entrepreneurial institutions that include entrepreneurs with their preferred resources (lawyers, accountants, etc.) could serve as a launching spot for collaboration and growth.



Week 9: Rap Genius / Stereo IQ

Friday, July 27, 2012 3:28 pm

I remember the first week of this internship like it was yesterday – it’s hard to believe that it’s over now. In hindsight my favorite aspect of the internship experience was getting to work with three different brands at vastly different stages of the business cycle. Rap Genius was already established and had a following, Stereo IQ was relatively new and beginning to really take off, and I’ve seen Country Brain start from scratch. This stipend opportunity helped me travel to the Rap Genius headquarters in California, a trip that has easily been the highlight of my summer. Before this internship, I was putting heavy thought into the idea of a career in the music industry, but I was by no means sure of that. This experience has certainly helped shape those views, as I took away a lot of inspiration and am currently looking to pursue to career out in the greater LA area next year.

Although the summer internship is over, I believe many of the lessons learned will help me as I continue my involvement as a Rap Genius editor. Especially since the later half of the internship was focused on Stereo IQ and Country Brain, it’ll be nice returning to the genre that I consider “home”. I’m also really looking forward to my new position as PR & Social Media Strategist for Country Brain. Though unpaid, this position will give me an opportunity to shine and prove my value within the company while also building a social media portfolio for jobs next year. It’ll give me the chance to take the skills I’ve learned this summer and apply them throughout the school year.

It has been a wonderful journey throughout this internship and I’m grateful to have worked within a field I’m passionate about.



Back to the Themes and Inventory! (June 28 – July 14)

Thursday, July 26, 2012 9:38 pm

It has been a long time since my last post and the reason is because a lot of what I have been up to has been working on projects that I have already mentioned. The biggest one is the museum research. I have been working on compiling notes on contemporary art museums around the country and the globe. I am getting close to the end of my list of museums and will soon be creating documents with suggestions for the different departments at UMOCA based on the information I have gathered from my research. I will describe this project more in my next post at the end of this week, because I will hopefully have finished that project and have more to explain.

In this post I would like to reflect on one of the three themes I described in my first post that have been floating through my mind throughout the internship. The first theme is a reflection on my future and how a museum job relates to my long-term desire to work in the art business world. Here I have been focusing on learning how a museum is run and what the different departments and people do to make it run smoothly. Other activities this summer have contributed to this thought process including finishing the book 7 Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton and a meeting with a gallery owner in Montana that represents my father. Another theme that does not directly apply to the work I am doing here is a more academic concept that has developed in my art historical studies at Wake. It refers to how the public experiences art and has been informed through my experience as a receptionist for UMOCA and through discussions I have had with museum attendees, other Wake student bloggers, and other employees at UMOCA. I will discuss this theme with my next post. The final theme references the entrepreneurial work I am doing at the museum and will be described in this post as a discussion of the inventory project that I participated in two weeks ago.

As I move into my junior year in college, the thought that is always on my mind and influenced by every daily interaction is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I am majoring in art history, but every day I see myself move towards a future that includes some aspect of the business world. I like some of the work I am doing, but what excites me the most is when I have the opportunity to affect the financial success of the organization as a whole. With a non-profit like UMOCA this opportunity is less black and white, but still exists with projects like researching other museums and demographic surveys. The organization is so small that every department has only one full time employee and I have been able to talk to most of them about what they do and why they like it. The job that seems most like what I want to do is the Communication Director. She is in charge of marketing, PR, social media, etc. and to me she has the biggest impact on how the museum does success-wise. I also got to meet and converse with a group of students from the University of Utah who are working on a PR campaign and they liked some of my ideas and told me about their studies. I met with the Head Curator, Aaron Moulton, a man who (like our Director, Adam Price) is way over qualified for the size of our museum and could be working in much bigger markets. After talking with Aaron I was very impressed by his modesty. When I asked him if he considered himself an artist, he said absolutely not and that for curators, “the art is to disappear.” He said he chose Utah, because he saw the opportunity to build a culture of contemporary art here and he has begun to do just that. I walked away from our meeting with more respect for the job of curator, but also with the knowledge that this was not the work for me. I don’t want to disappear and I am not modest enough to create a beautiful and functional group exhibition and not have anyone know my name. I will talk more about my discussion with Aaron in my next post as it pertains more to the second theme.

All summer I have been slowly reading Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton where she outlines the different areas that people can work in the art world. It is fascinating to see how the different jobs are so different and require unique skills. I was able to easily cross off the list “artist” and collector as I lack the skills and financial assets to jump into careers in either. That left art critic, curator, auctioneer, and dealer. After my discussion with Aaron I learned I do not have the modesty for a curator. Last week I went to Montana for a couple days and got to meet and “shadow” a very successful gallery owner in Bozeman. I was impressed with the way he ran his business and the confident heir he carried with him in every interaction he encountered in our brief hour-long “meeting” where I was acknowledged for only the last twenty minutes. He told me that he runs a business and is a salesman but could sell anything he wanted to, he just picked art. He says he refuses to hire art history majors, because they tend to be obsessed with talking about the pieces and fail to actually sell art. As pretentious as he was, I admired and respected him for his dedication to his job and his confidence that has allowed him to take the number one grossing gallery award from his mentor next door.While I cannot make a definitive claim for what I would like to do with my life, this summer has so far provided many opportunities to learn more about myself and the potential careers.

The entrepreneurial work I did this “post-week” was with the art shop. I took inventory of the works we have on display and got to see what we have and what sells. We have a small craft-type art gallery in the front space and everybody that walks through the museum steps into it. The inventory was interesting, because it gave me a sense of what running an art shop is like and what type of things sell. Nothing over $100 had sold in the lost year, indicating that people rarely go to a museum with a big wallet. Later this summer I will join my supervisor at the craft fair to help her look for potential artists to sell.

Sorry for the lengthened time between posts as I forgot to publish this one last week. My next one will be very soon!Thanks for reading, Brooks




Week 6 – Phone Interviews Winding Down

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 8:01 pm

The past two weeks I have been on the phone constantly talking to approximately 100 people on why they are a good candidate for go-live support at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. To reiterate, Wake Forest Baptist is implementing a new software system called EPIC. EPIC will be a system wide software system that will help Wake Forest Baptist keep patitent records, send them, and perform many other necessary tasks. The go-live teams, roam around the hospital and essentially help any members of the staff who need help.

The phone interviews were conducted by myself and three other indivudals for two weeks. This required us to make around ten phone calls a day. The phone calls were relatively scirpted with a certain number of questions we were supposed to ask. I have no clue how many times I asked someone what their strengths and weaknesses were, and why they were interested in this position. It was a great learning tool to know how to conduct myself during a phone interview as I handled it from the other side.

With these candidates moving to the next step for a face to face interview at Wake Forest Baptist, I look forward to meeting them and see the face behind their voice and story. It certainly will be interesting to see who passes the interview and gets the job, stay tuned.

rewind… more details about the institute

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:56 pm

Hello friends!

I think it only fair to rewind the clock a bit and share a little bit more about my experience at NSCC’s Summer Institute. It was truly a very rewarding experience, despite the stress of event planning and troubleshooting. My fellow interns and I arrived early on the first day to set up the registration table. We had quite a few goodies to distribute to all the participants: New York Magazine (with Emma Stone blowing a gum bubble), the infamous binders that we slaved over, miscellaneous handouts that didn’t make it into the binder, nametag, NSCC pen, schedule for the Institute, and a copy of our monthly newsletter. Our directors had warned us that educators tend to arrive early and eager, but no warning could have prepared us for what happened. We were to arrive at 7:30, the other directors at 8, and the SI participants at 8:30. Thinking we had plenty of time, we were taking our time getting everything alphabetized and organized…. but at exactly 7:43am, a bubbly gaggle of teachers from Colorado arrived at our table, not phased in the least that they were 47 minutes early. We were like deer in headlights. None of the directors were there yet for backup! Having to think on our feet, we jumped into gear, put our smiley faces on, and directed them to the breakfast table telling them that we’d find them at 8:30 for registration. I was very proud of us, our ability to stay calm in that little moment of crisis, and our professionalism and people skills when dealing with the participants. Although manning the registration table may sound like a meaningless task, it actually was quite important! In a way it set the tone for the entire institute because we were the first people they came into contact with. I feel as though this experience allowed some of my true strengths to shine. Although I have (I hope!) completed my tasks quickly and efficiently this summer, my strengths do not shine behind a computer but rather working with people. Another revelation I’ve had this summer: in order to feel fulfilled at work, I need to be interacting with people. Every day. That’s what I am good at and that’s what I enjoy. I think part of my frustration this summer has been too much independent quiet work in my cubicle, when what I really need is collaboration and brainstorming. I’m grateful that this summer gave me the opportunity to discover my strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully I’ll be better able to decide what type of work environment is right for me after spending time at NSCC this summer.

During the Institute, we were occasionally able to attend the workshops and learn a little bit about what the latest trends are in education reform and school climate improvement. My favorite workshop that I attended was a “strand meeting” of about 20 educators who were interested in learning how school climate improvement initiatives can benefit students with learning disabilities. This teachers, coaches, principals and psychologists care so deeply about the wellbeing of their students and I was really moved. They went around the room before the workshop started and introduced themselves and told a little bit about why they chose this particular strand meeting to attend. I got choked up during many of the introductions because you can tell that these people literally dedicate their entire lives to their students, and are willing to do anything to help them learn and succeed. The passion and the vocation that those educators had was remarkable. The workshop was very informative, talking about how school climate benefits vulnerable students the most because healthy school climate allows all students to feel connected to one another. I enjoyed hearing the practical implementation strategies of school climate reform as well, because so much of what we discuss daily at NSCC is intangible or theoretical.

Being surrounded by so many passionate and interesting people who are interested in EXACTLY what I am interested in made the experience of the Summer Institute so valuable to me. Despite the craziness of the first day, I am grateful for the chance to attend such a prestigious conference and participate in the workshops. All in all, it was a great experience.

catch ya later.


Week 6- Site Visits!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:24 am

Last week was full of site visits and meetings between art organizations and congregations. We visited five churches that I had never been to before. The first church we visited also attended the AiSP training session, so we were familiar with the congregation. The church had been experimenting with the rental process by allowing a folk artist to use their sanctuary for concerts. The secretary we talked to expressed her frustration with the lack of structure the artist had. Although she was open to his artwork and the new faces he was bringing into the church, they were in need of a more formal agreement that could be referred to. We also learned how they were interested in leasing to a more established artist in order to generate revenue for the congregation. It was interesting to hear the church’s perspective of itself as a business and how it needed to not only attract money but also congregants. Many of their existing congregants are older and travel in to the city from the suburbs. The secretary said that it has been a real struggle for them to find a way to appeal to the people who live in the surrounding area and the younger population.

Another interesting visit was to a Methodist church in the Kensington area of the city. Currently, the congregation consists of only about 20 members. From looking at the outside, you would find this hard to believe. The church spans more than half a block in length and width, and has a relatively large lawn around its perimeter. The pastor explained to us how when she joined the congregation many years ago, she was not only the first female pastor but also the first African-American pastor at the church. This took time for many of the congregants to adjust to and understand (although some did not and left). The pastor expressed her hopes and positive outlook on the future of the congregation in attracting more members and teaching the congregation how to be welcoming to all. She was interested in providing space for an artist so that they could educate the community and connect with the children of the congregation. Because of the vast amount of unused space in the church, I am sure that it will find an artist soon.

Of all the congregations I visited, I found the Broad Street Ministry Church to have the most beautiful sanctuary. Its stained glass is very unique and the congregants made paper cranes that are hung throughout the top of the sanctuary. Below is a picture.

I enjoyed listening to many of the pastors tell their stories and how they want to see their congregations move forward. I am excited to visit more this week and next. Currently we are looking for spaces for an African drum ensemble for rehearsal space and a large community-like space for artists to work. Both of these need to happen by the end of August so I know I will be searching for more congregations to visit.



Week 7: The end is near

Monday, July 23, 2012 8:52 pm

Time always gone by fairly quick when you were occupied by many things in your life. This was the week before our last week of work. One of the interns Megan left us early to go to Europe before her Fall semester. This week was actually fairly easy going, not much to do to be honest. The only big thing we had to get ready for was a press conference. Gil, one of our directors in charge of our Multi-Tenants Retails division is giving a brief market reporting of some sort to a local news paper. I did not want to be seemed that I was slacking, so Ivolunteeredto do many random things for the office. Our President Ari was generous enough to buy everyone the new wooden desks out of his pocket. But someone had to put them together and they were some hard solid wooden parts to lift. This was a representation of our collaborative culture in the company. When people were complaining about the way the office was furnished, Ari did not say a word and told Yassi, our production manager to order whatever she seems to be appropriate. Titles meant very little in our company and people were very receptive to each others opinions/complaints. The desk thing was just one of the many examples that I had picked up from people’s actual practices with their values. I was happy that the culture of this office had been consistent with what they told me on the first day. I was a bitter sweet feeling that I was about to finish my internship with all these great people.



Bright and Shiny

Monday, July 23, 2012 8:38 pm

Things have been busy here at bright and shiny music. Due to the small size of the company (only 3 other people out here in California) my responsibilities have proven to be numerous as well as diverse. This internship has been quite an awesome introduction to the music industry for me, as I have had the benefit of seeing various aspects of the industry at a very hands-on level. This entails a fair share of typical “intern” assignments, such as refilling the refrigerator when it runs out of water bottles and handing out promotional flyers downtown. In addition though, I have gotten a glimpse of the “pretty” side of the music industry. Last weekend, for example, Connor brought me along with him to Los Angeles where I went with him to talk to the managers of the venue at which Bright and Shiny would like to hold an event at the end of the summer. So far this has been our team’s biggest project. The tentative date for the event is at the end of August, probably either the Saturday 18th or Saturday the 25th. Going with Connor to talk to the people at the venue was really interesting and informative. I mostly sat quietly and listened for fear of asking a dumb question. I was able to see how the entire process unfolds though. As they talked about how to contact the artists themselves, how to negotiate prices for the venue as well as the artist, and the many aspects of promotion I felt for a second like I was on the show Entourage. Obviously on a much smaller scale, but still, it was cool. I’ll keep you posted.

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