National Self-Employed Day on May 4 honors the dedicated individuals that bravely venture out to create their own business to support themselves, their families, and their community.
Self-employed business owners are amongst the hardest working individuals you’ll ever meet. They continuously strive to meet their goals to be successful. The self-employed business owner never quits and faces every obstacles they encounter head on. In fact, there is very little that can stop a self-employed business owner from succeeding.
What Does Self-Employed Mean?
Being self-employed means a person does not work for a specific employer or business. Instead, they work for themselves and earn their income by doing business directly. Even though self-employment provides more job flexibility and freedom, it also requires a lot of commitment and dedication. A self-employed person must devote valuable time and energy to earn their wages and pay their bills.
Controlling Your Destiny
As a self-employed individual, you are in complete control of your destiny. Your passion to move forward and become an independent employee enables you to take your dream as far as you want. You have creative control over your ideas and how you want to implement them. In fact, you choose your own work environment, which includes whether or not you want or need employees to help you on your journey.
Establishing self-employment allows you to grow your knowledge and fine-tune your skill set. Your learning curve never ends because being self-employed gives enough variety in your daily routine to allow constant growth. In fact, self-employment helps you build and create your own network of clients.
Network building when you are self-employed is an important piece of your success. By increasing your network, you learn more about business than your realize from your peers. In addition, you learn from their successes and failures, which help you make better decisions for yourself in the long run. A good, strong network brings a group of like-minded people together, yourself included, that encourage, help, and assist each other as your businesses grow.
Learn about how to become self-employed.
Take a class about owning a business.
Support the local self-employed business owners in your community.
Take a self-employed friend or family member out to dinner to celebrate their accomplishments.
Offer to speak at a start-up networking gathering to share your experience with others who are looking to start a new business to become self-employed.
Lend a helping hand to a self-employed friend or family member by offering to file paperwork, answer phones, or look up contact information for potential clients.
Treat yourself to a little self-care time if you are a self-employed individual.
Share your love and support for the self-employed person in you life using #NationalSelfEmployedDay on social media.
THE VOICE OF THE SELF-EMPLOYED
In 2022, National Day Calendar formed a partnership with Jeffrey Shaw, the founder of The Self-Employed Business Institute. The collaboration created National Self-Employed Day to be celebrated each year on May 4.
Jeffrey Shaw is the founder of the Voices of the Self-Employed advocacy group and The Self-Employed Business Institute. He is also the creator of The Self-Employed Summit. He is a well-known leader and advocate for self-employed business owners. As a speaker and small business coach, Jeffrey helps self-employed and small business owners gain control of their business in what seems like otherwise uncontrollable circumstances. Drawing on his experience as a renowned portrait photographer, Jeffrey shows business owners how to see business through a different lens. He shares strategies to compose the often-chaotic pieces of life and business into sustainable success.
In addition, Jeffrey is also a sought-after keynote speaker whose TEDxLincolnSquare talk is featured on TED.com. He has a passion for bringing his message to audiences through live and virtual presentations.
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Each year on January 8 we celebrate National Career Coach Day and recognize the important work of career coaches across the United States.
Today, we bring awareness to the impact career coaches have on their clients’ career paths and future potential. Not only are career coaches helping shape the future of the workplace, they are also helping people find fulfilling careers they deserve. On National Career Coach Day, we bring comradery to the profession, give coaches a day to come together, and create a space to celebrate all of the accomplishments made during the process.
What is a career coach? Career coaches are expert professionals who are up-to-date on current employment and hiring practices. These individuals wear specialized hats in helping people plan careers, create dynamic resumes, teach interview and wage negotiation skills, and guide you through the process of landing an amazing career. Most importantly, a career coach will work hard to help you accomplish your career goals.
Why would I need a career coach? People choose to work with a career coach for a variety of reasons. Your current job situation may not bring you enjoyment or you might feel you are on the wrong career path. A career coach will help you understand your potential by learning about your past experiences and guide you towards a happier life.
Choosing a Career Coach
Decide what type of career coach you want to hire. Like any profession, some career coaches specialize in specific areas. Make sure your decision is the best fit for you.
Narrow down the services you will need before hiring a career coach. This avoids paying for unnecessary services.
Interview career coaches to determine if they are a good fit for you. Personality plays an important roll when working together. Choose someone that you “click” with and will provide you the best value.
Check references your career coach provides. Verify training, certification, and clients.
Benefits of a Career Coach
Career coaches are in high demand in today’s business world. In fact, the career coaching profession is growing at rapid rate and is quickly reaching a $20 million dollar industry. Previously thought of as a service available for the wealthy, career coaching is now affordable to everyone.
The career coach industry has expanded into the business sector, too. Companies are employing career coaches full time for a variety of services, such as:
Reviewing applications for specific job skills for potential employees.
Preparing correspondence and inquiries for employers.
Working with current employees to increase productivity.
Improving and updating personal goals company-wide.
Encouraging and inspiring employees to keep moral high.
SUPPORT CAREER COACHES
Host a career coach summit.
Provide free resources or tools to perspective clients.
Make referrals to a career coach who has helped you.
Become a career coach.
Send a thank you card to your career coach thanking them for helping you find your dream job.
Support your career coach by sharing their services with friends and family.
Recognize and share your experiences with a career coach and use #NationalCareerCoachDay on social media.
Career Benders and National Day Calendar are excited to announce the newly established National Career Coach Day. Beginning in 2023, this new National Day will be celebrated on January 8, and each year after. Join us as we recognize the important work career coaches provide to people across the country.
Founder of Career Benders, Angie M. Callen, is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 2008, after working over six years as an engineer, she set out to pursue a career move into a more creative, communicative environment. After an unexpected career change journey, which included more than four years as a nonprofit executive, Angie set out to create a business of her own.
Angie has always been told she had a gift for seeing others’ strengths, and after making career choices that led to professional gratitude and fulfillment, she set out on a mission to do the same for others. She also has a gift for helping people leverage their strengths to build confidence, overcome career trauma, achieve a level-up, and navigate the chaotic world of job searching. Through her work at Career Benders, Angie is helping people find new careers, improve management skills, move into leadership, and even start businesses.
Achieving your dreams and creating a career path that supports your personal and professional goals is possible. The sky is the limit, and we’re #inspiringconfidentprofessionals one client at a time.
On November 10 we celebrate National Civic Pride Day and inspire everyone to promote the dynamic communities they live in.
Civic pride belongs to the people who are at the heart of the city they live in. It brings communities together and encourages everyone to feel a sense of pride by creating and maintaining a healthy city or town. Today, we want to inspire everyone to get involved in their community and show support by improving the place you live and work.
Why is civic pride important? The importance of civic pride means every community member feels a sense of pride for where they live. The people who live in a community are the same people who help their hometowns become better places to live. Businesses, schools, public service agencies, and community members all contribute to the efforts of making their community thrive. These contribution efforts are called civic pride.
How can I support civic pride? Supporting civic pride is easy to do. In fact, most people participate in civic pride and don’t realize it. Participating in civic pride is essential for any community member. It builds trust between members in the community and in office, keeps dialog open about key issues, and creates better relationships between all residents. Civic pride:
Enables citizens to influence local laws and policies that effect their community.
Helps promote and learn local values of businesses and residents.
Supports economic growth.
Encourages people who are overlooked or underheard to become a part of solutions and ideas.
Engagement or participating in civic pride is when any member or groups of members engage in public concerns, issues, or activities. When community members work together to protect the public interests and improve the standard of living within their community, the values of civic pride are taking place. Addressing and promoting concerns and ideas increases the quality of life for every member of a community.
Support for civic pride is needed in every city and town to encourage fair democracy. The importance of having representation for all demographic backgrounds is essential. Oftentimes, minority groups feel underrepresented in communities because many are unaware of the benefits of civil engagement. Good civic engagement encourages everyone in their community to become a part of civic pride. It also means providing opportunities in neighborhoods to engage in civic pride.
Symbolism of Civic Pride
Many towns and cities across the world have their own symbol of civic pride. Normally, the symbolism is in the form of a landmark, such as a statue, monument or special marker. In fact, you can find most of these items in the middle of the town, such as a center or town square.
The United States has amazing places to visit and explore. You can find the real meaning behind civic pride when you realize how communities work together to provide visitors an unforgettable experience.
Extraordinary Civic Pride Destinations
Griffith Observatory – California
Cliff Palace – Colorado
Amana Colonies – Iowa
Cabildo – Louisiana
Faneuil Hall- Massachusetts
September 11 Memorial and Museum – New York
Chaco Culture National Historical Park – New Mexico
Fort Union Trading Post – North Dakota
Fort Sumter – South Carolina
The Alamo – Texas
United States Capital – Washington, DC
PARTICIPATE IN CIVIC PRIDE
Volunteer for an organization in your community.
Attend fundraisers that raise money for community projects.
Start a community garden to encourage community engagement.
Participate in regular clean-up weeks to keep your city looking nice.
Work with the local tourist agency to encourage visitors to your city.
Provide information about ways to get involved in organizations.
Share your story and photos of civic pride engagement and post on social media using #NationalCivicPrideDay
FOUNDER OF NATIONAL CIVIC PRIDE DAY
Explore Houma and National Day Calendar announce the newly founded National Civic Pride Day to be celebrated each year on November 10. The idea to create the day started with Explore Houma’s efforts to revitalize their downtown. They promote a strong belief for residents to have pride in their hometown and encourage everyone to participate and value to their city.
A Look Back
Civic pride has been around for a very long time. In fact, people around the world have always participated in ways to make their communities better. For Americans, the war of 1812 played a pivotal roll in how our country would unite as one and step away from the identification of single states or territories.
During the war of 1812, people were identifying with the colony they lived in. For example, people from Maryland were Marylanders, while people from Virginia were Virginians. Whether you were fighting for the British or fighting for the Americans, the split between people who all lived in the United States began thinking about one group of people as Americans. In addition, the creation of the American flag during this time also became a prominent symbol uniting all people in the nation.
On October 1 we celebrate National Green City Day to highlight the progress and innovations cities are making to become more sustainable.
There are so many exciting innovations that cities across the country are implementing to become eco-friendly. This National Day gives everyone the chance to highlight milestones addressing the issue of climate change. The day also encourages people to share various eco-friendly ideas and solutions to meet the need of sustainable urban planning.
What is a green city? Also known as a sustainable city, a green city is a city that is addressing social, environmental, and economic impacts through building eco-friendly alternatives by removing harmful chemicals and waste from communities. While ways to help the planet is essential to sustainability, reducing costs and creating a vibrant culture for citizens are equally important. Through planned infrastructure, green cities can leave behind a net zero footprint for a more sustainable world and create vibrant, healthier spaces for everyone.
Why are green cities important? According to a recent UN report, around 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050, highlighting the need for sustainable urban planning and public services. Green cities:
Ensure rich biodiversity.
Increase housing density and improve public health.
Encourage the development of sustainable local businesses.
Becoming A Green City
Cities across the world are implementing changes to become more eco-friendly for future generations. As population increases, so does the emission of pollution. By supporting efforts and everyone doing their part, cities are learning to live more sustainably and preserve their natural resources. The future is urban and sustainability is the way forward.
Urban Green Spaces
Maintaining parks, wetlands, open green spaces, hiking trails, community, and rooftop gardens are all ways to bring nature into the city. Fortunately, cities have dedicated green spaces that bridge the gap between urban and natural environments. Urban green spaces can boost mental/physical health while reducing the effects of heat, pollution, and traffic noise. These spaces also support greater urban biodiversity by providing safe refuge and food for local wildlife.
Improving transportation options in a city promotes green city living. Cities can repair or create new bike paths to encourage biking to destinations rather than driving. Public transportation companies can support green living by investing in clean technology for trains and buses. In addition, public transportation can reevaluate their routes to meet the needs of pollution laws and still serve commuters effectively.
Increasing use of solar panels to produce energy will reduce the number of emissions from fossil fuels. They can also help alleviate the damage of smog, acid rain, and contaminated water sources. In addition, renewable energy projects increase city resilience by reducing dependence on the grid in times of natural disasters. In fact, many cities are offering bulk purchasing options, lowering the cost for everyone involved.
For a city to be successful at becoming a green city, urban dwellers must participate in the process and rethink buying habits. Several cities have already banned the use of plastic straws, plastic bags, and plastic foam products (Styrofoam). You can help by reducing your household plastic consumption and reusing as much as possible. When recycling, remember to place your items in the appropriate bins. The most successful green cities have reliable drop-off locations that are not only convenient, but easy to access. Green cities have location drop offs for:
Bike to work to save money, time, and the environment.
Green your rooftop or balcony by adding plants.
Create outdoor spaces to promote physical activity.
Shop at a farmers’ market or start a community garden in your neighborhood.
Support preservation of natural habitats and landscapes.
Make a plan to go plastic-free.
Carpool to reduce vehicle emissions.
Enjoy an outdoor picnic and collect natural items that can be used for a fun art project.
Organize your own event at a local park and celebrate all the ways your city is going green.
Recycle and reuse.
Volunteer to clean up your local park or waterways
In 2022, Mio Reggio LLC founder Monica Tierney and National Day Calendar collaborated to create National Green City Day. The day promotes the progress cities are making to become more sustainable and eco-friendly.
Mio Reggio LLC is a company that provides educational materials and blocks for children ages 3 and up. Their mission is to connect children to sustainability and creativity through open-ended play. Mio Reggio products support sensory development, spatial awareness, and a connection to nature.
According to Mio Reggio LLC, children today rarely explore outdoors and are missing out on an appreciation for nature. Children who spend time outside develop better:
Creative ideas and critical thinking
Mio Reggio believes in children’s role as global citizens and their ability to give shape to the green city movement. We are all citizens of a city.
The city, which is both theirs and ours, is a place always in the process of becoming. We should not resist the new, attempting to preserve a world that we know is destined to disappear….what we can do, and in a certain way, must do, together with the children, is to give shape to this evolution. ~Carla Rinaldi
September 1 we celebrate National Hotel Employee Day and honor nearly 2 million employees who work in the industry.
Across the United States, hotel employees play a key role in some of Americans’ most important life events. Whether they’re helping facilitate family reunions, preparing for wedding receptions, or assisting guests with vacation activities, hotel employees are the backbone of any hotel stay. In addition, they keep guests safe, give back to their communities and are critical to making our nation’s nearly $2 trillion travel and tourism industry run smoothly.
The hotel industry is a vibrant, innovative, and dynamic business. The success of each hotel depends upon the hardworking employees who staff the property on a daily basis. Each employee, including those who work behind the scenes, plays an important role in everyday operations.
Hotel Employee Facts
There are nearly 2 million hotel employees in America.
The hotel industry offers employees more than 200 different career paths.
More than 50% of hotel general managers got their start in an entry level position.
On average, entry level hotel workers receive a raise within 9-12 months of being hired.
About 80% of entry level hotel workers are eligible for a promotion in less than one year of being hired.
What makes a hotel property successful? A successful hotel depends on the day-to-day activity of each employee. Providing guests the best experience possible requires a partnership among every section, department, and employee in the hotel. In fact, hotel employees typically work in one or more of nine major areas:
Lobby and guest services
Food and beverage
Recreation and events
Engineering and maintenance
Sales and marketing
There are many different types of hotels and a variety of factors to consider before booking a stay, including location, amenities as well as reviews and recommendations. Technology has transformed the way guests book their hotel rooms. Today, hotel bookings make up 15 percent of all U.S. ecommerce, with some 500 online bookings happening every minute. Here are some consumer tips when booking hotels online:
Look before you book. Take time to verify the hotel’s booking site by checking the URL address. It’s important to know you are giving your personal information to the right hotel. Although the hotel name may be part of the URL, double check the website address to ensure it’s not a third-party vendor using a hotel’s identity without permission.
Take advantage of loyalty programs. Sign up for loyalty programs at your favorite hotels. Loyalty programs are free and offer a host of benefits. Remember to always book directly with the hotel to ensure you’re getting your points.
Ask the right questions. Before providing your credit card information, check the following:
What is the cancellation/trip change policy?
Is it a secure payment site? The URL should have a small lock and start with https://, and not http://.
Is the site, in any way, affiliated with the hotel?
Book directly with the hotel or a trusted travel agent. This helps ensure you get what you want and need from your reservation and provides the better value.
SHOW EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION
Thank a hotel employee in person
Leave a good review about your hotel stay online
Create a bucket list of must-stay hotels and visit those places
Tag and post #HotelEmployeeDay when you share photos of your hotel stay on social media
ABOUT NATIONAL HOTEL EMPLOYEE DAY
In 2022, The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and National Day Calendar decided to celebrate National Hotel Employee Day each year on September 1. The day is meant to thank hotel employees for their hard work and dedication and recognize the integral role they play in our nation’s travel, tourism, and hotel industries.
For more than 100 years, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been the representative and advocate for the U.S. lodging industry and its employees. AHLA is the only national association representing all segments of the hotel industry, including major chains, independent hotels, management companies, REITs, bed and breakfasts, industry partners and more. In addition to representing most U.S. hotel properties, AHLA represents the millions of employees who make them run, including:
Team members who work in both front and back of the house roles
On September 3 National Cinema Day celebrates movie lovers across the country and encourages them to return to the theatre and enjoy a movie on the big screen.
We all have memories of going to the movie theater. The excitement we felt waiting in anticipation for our favorite movie star to appear on the screen was exciting. No movie was complete without a box of fresh buttered popcorn and our favorite drink in hand. If we were lucky, we were able to get some candy, too. On National Cinema Day, everyone is encouraged to go to a movie and relive that special feeling of seeing your favorite movie star on the big screen.
Behind the Scenes
Movies have been around since the late 1800s. Louis Le Prince receives credit for coming up with the idea of moving images on a screen. His Praxinoscope invention was a single-lens camera that had the ability to take 12 frames per second. Le Prince was in the process of patenting his invention when he was killed by an unknown person. Even though he met his demise, Le Prince was the inspiration for an industry that awes us just as much as the original movies did.
Who invented motion pictures? Thomas Edison receives the credit for inventing the first device to show a motion picture. In fact, Edison would be the first to commercially sell his kinetoscope invention even though he was skeptical about his idea. Interestingly, the device would be used in public kinetoscope parlors for public view. By 1915, small theaters were set up in storefronts to view a motion picture known as nickelodeons.
5 Early Motion Pictures
1891 – Dickson Greeting
1893 – Blacksmith Scene
1895 – The Execution of Mary Stuart
1896 – Le Manoir du diable (The House of the Devil)
1902 – A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Motion pictures have come a long way since the beginning. As technology has improved, so has the production of what we view on the screen. During the early years of movie production, the audience was awed by the ability to view moving people on the screen. Movies were in black and white and had no sound. Most of the time, live music was playing within a theater as the film moved on the screen. Today, movie goers expect to see amazing graphics, realistic stunts, and hear astounding music scores.
National Smarties Day on October 2 celebrates the sweet legacy of an iconic candy and the smarty pants people who never stop learning.
Smarties have been around since 1949. That’s over 70 years of celebrating this sweet candy wafer roll. In honor of National Smarties Day, we invite everyone to take a walk down memory lane and enjoy this nostalgic candy. If you’ve never tried Smarties, this is your chance to become a new member of the smarty pants club.
What are Smarties? Smarties are rolls of a small pastel colored candy tablets that are sweet and a little bit sour. Unlike most candy, Smarties have only 6 ingredients, too. There are six different flavors in a Smarties package. Flavors are randomly mixed together for each individual Smarties roll.
Smarties Original Flavor Lineup
White = Orange cream
Yellow = Pineapple
Pink = Cherry
Green = Strawberry
Purple = Grape
Orange = Orange
A Smart Choice
When it comes to candy, Smarties are considered a smart choice. For starters, Smarties are free from the nine major food allergies: milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and sesame.
If you are at a loss for classic gluten‑free candy, Smarties products are your delicious solution. The sweet treat is also gluten-free. Interestingly, the ingredients found in Smarties candy contains no animal products, making them a tasty and cruelty-free choice for anyone looking for delicious vegan candy. Did we mention they are only 25 calories in each roll of Smarties?
SMARTIE PANTS CELEBRATIONS
There are an endless number of ways to celebrate today. If your candy cravings are keeping you from thinking straight, here’s a list of ideas to get you started:
Incorporate some Smarties in your favorite sweet treat. Use as a topping on ice cream, jello, or cake. You can even bake them in cookies, brownies or mix into homemade jam!
Create a DIY “Smartie Pants” Halloween costume.
Craft a thank you note for teachers and tape a Smarties roll to it.
Use Smarties as a teaching tool to learn to count, identify colors, match items, and build shapes to help with motor skills.
Make up your best Smarties pun or go with the classic, “Thanks for making me a Smartie!”
Eat a roll of Smarties, of course. Or maybe two.
Pick up some Smarties Mega Lollies for a friend.
Tag and post your Smarties celebration using #NationalSmartiesDay.
In 2022, National Day Calendar welcomed the Smarties Candy Company to our list of Founders. Beginning October 2 and every year after, we will be celebrating National Smarties Day in sweet style. The October 2 date also pays a beautiful tribute to the birthday of company Founder and Smarties creator Edward Dee, who was born on this day.
Edward Dee (1924-2019) came to the U.S. from England with his family in 1949. As a third-generation candy maker, Dee arrived with a candy idea that would build his legacy. Beginning in a factory in Bloomfield, N.J., Dee began Ce De Candy Inc. in a rental property with two machines–a wrapping machine and a candy pellet-making machine. Dee would move his company to Elizabeth, N.J. in 1959 and finally to Union, N.J. in 1967, where the business remains today.
In 2011, the company decided to change their name from Ce De Candy Inc. to Smarties Candy Company. The Dee family has always been sole owners of the company, keeping their family tradition alive. In the 1970s, Dee’s sons Jonathan and Michael joined the business. The company is now led by the founder’s granddaughters, Co-Presidents Sarah Dee, Jessica Dee Sawyer and Liz Dee, making it a woman run company for the first time in its history.
There have been many updates over the years including improving manufacturing facilities, adding solar power to their NJ candy factory which offsets half of their energy usage, and releasing new candy products including Mega Smarties – the largest Smarties roll available!
A Sweet Future
Education was an important aspect in Dee’s life long before he would immigrate to the U.S. He was a Cambridge University graduate and he knew the value of education. Because of this, he decided to name his candy Smarties as a way to encourage others to never stop learning. In 2013 the company began the “Smarties Think” initiative to continue his vision. Since then, Smarties has given more than $250,000 to classrooms in need.
The early days of Edward Dee going door-to-door to make candy sales clearly paid off. Today, the Smarties brand continues to be a leader in the candy industry producing billions of Smarties rolls per year. With factories in New Jersey and Ontario, the Dee family continues the tradition of providing an iconic candy for smarty pants people everywhere.
September 22 focuses on raising awareness and sharing education about all 50 states and their capitals on National States and Capitals Day.
As children, we learn about the 50 states and their capitals in the U.S. But as we get older, we tend to forget those important cities and their role in crafting policy and influencing the economy. And, while everybody knows their own state capital, many do not even remember the capital of the state next door. Today, let’s take the time to remind ourselves how important every state and capital is to our nation.
Learning about States and Capitals
Remember those paper maps we were given to learn about states and capitals? Our worksheet had blank states with star indicating where the capital was supposed to be. The agony of naming each state and capital was definitely stressful! We spent time memorizing names, where the state was and naming each capital. Not to mention spelling everything correctly. Some of us were lucky to have a teacher that would play a game to help us remember.
Typically, we learn about states and capitals between the grades 3-6, starting with the state we live in. From there, we learn our country has 50 states and 50 capitals within each state. All 50 capitals have a unique history, which means there are 50 reasons why a specific city or town was chosen to be a state capital. In addition, we eventually learn how governments operate and the vital roll each state plays in our national government.
Are state capitals found in the largest cities of each states? No. The first state capitals were built according the where the majority of the population lived in a state, or near a main access hub. For example, North Dakota is home of National Day Calendar. Our state capital is Bismarck, but was once the capital of the Dakota Territory. The Northern Pacific Railroad was built to transfer goods from eastern U.S. to the west, making Bismarck the prime location for state government. Bismarck became the official state capital only after the territory was split into 2 states–North and South Dakota.
The letter Q is the only letter NOT found in any of the state names
Sweet Home, Alabama is a real place.
It’s illegal to bury people in San Francisco, California.
New Jersey has a volcano.
South Carolina has a place called Monkey Island, that has over 4,000 rhesus monkeys.
The state bird for Wisconsin is a plastic flamingo.
There are more chickens in Delaware than there are people.
The Empire State Building in New York has it’s own zip code.
State Capitals in Small Cities
Juneau, Alaska, population est. 32,300.
Dover, Delaware, population est. 39,400.
Frankfort, Kentucky, population est. 28,600.
Augusta, Maine, population est. 18,900.
Annapolis, Maryland, population est. 40,800.
Jefferson City, Missouri, population est. 43,230.
Helena, Montana, population est. 32,100.
Concord, New Hampshire, population est. 4,000.
Pierre, South Dakota, population est. 14,100.
Montpelier, Vermont, population est. 8,100.
LEARN YOUR STATES AND CAPITALS
Divide learning about states into regions to learn each region before moving on to the next.
Check out a book from the library each week on a specific state to learn facts. Return the book and pick another state until all states have been covered.
Learn fun facts about states. What famous people are from there? What kind of tourist attractions might be fun to visit?
Fix a puzzle with all 50 states and capitals.
Draw a map of the United States with the states and fill in the capitals, too.
Tag your videos learning states and capitals on social media #NationalStatesandCapitalsDay.
BEHIND NATIONAL STATES AND CAPITALS DAY
Dick & Jane Educational Snacks receives credit for the idea to celebrate National States and Capitals Day on September 22. Not only does it raise awareness about the importance of knowing all 50 states and capitals, it reminds people to have fun while learning.
Owners Dick & Jane (yes, those are their real names), have a passion for education. With a mission to bring a fun way for kids to enjoy learning, they set out to help kids enjoy learning through creating a business of healthy snacks that also serve as learning tools. Primarily geared for students K-8, their snacks can be used as a teaching tool to learn about:
NATIONAL COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP WEEK | SECOND Full Week in September
The second full week in September celebrates National Compassionate Leadership Week to create a more compassionate world.
Our lives are unpredictable because of constant disruption in our daily routines. As we shuffle our family life with our professional life, we often feel overwhelmed and uncertain. As adults, we look towards other adults as a source of inspiration and reassurance. Oftentimes, we turn to our colleagues for leadership and guidance. Management and other organization leaders everywhere are more than just employers, they are becoming a source of compassion for their employees.
Leading with Compassion
Companies today are faced with the decision to become more active in employee lives. In fact, employees, consumers, and stakeholders are demanding that companies take care of their people, their communities, and the world around them, too. Old expectations of working for the bottom line no longer exists as a company goal. In fact, successful companies today work towards a double bottom line, a balance between strengthening the business and the employees that work there.
Company culture today consists of a new kind of employee. Studies show that people entering into the workforce are too young, too diverse, too disengaged, too tired of not being heard and respected. Companies that include compassion in their leadership achieve success quickly because performance is always at a peak.
Can you deliver a strong, successful business using compassion? Absolutely. The most successful companies can be compassionate and deliver strong results in business, education, politics and in our communities. Companies that produce compassionate leaders provide unspoken benefits of increased leadership and productivity, not to mention an increase in morale in the work place.
How can companies show compassion for their employees? There are many things a company can do for their employees to show more compassion. Opening communication is a perfect way to learn about company values, expectations, and goals. Most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to give and receive praise and acknowledgement. Forming important bonds within a company helps leaders identify whether an employee is having problems outside of work. In return, knowing those problems is an opportunity to show compassion and offer extra support.
The TramutoPorter Foundation
For over 20 years, the TramutoPorter Foundation has been a leader in expanding compassionate leadership in the workplace. Their mission to create a more compassionate world has allowed them to form partnerships to help solve challenges in business, education, politics, and within families.
The TramutoPorter Foundation has been working on behalf of several compassionate causes. They have implemented a scholarship fund to support students who have lived through and risen above adversity. The foundation formed a partnership with the RFK Human Rights Organization to create a program to promote workplace dignity. In addition, they have been working together to gather life-saving supplies for refugees feeling Ukraine. The foundation also announced a new partnership with Boston University that includes an endowment for scholarships in its school of public health. The endowment will support more compassionate approaches to solving global health challenges. Most importantly, it will create programming that will deliver a compassionate leadership curriculum to be delivered digitally.
JOIN THE COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP MOVEMENT
Offer and attend training to encourage compassionate leadership skills.
Check in with employees often and take time to listen to them.
Schedule workshops for employees through human resources.
Attend the Compassionate Leadership Conference in 2023 during Compassionate Leadership Week.
Nominate a leader who has demonstrated by example empathy in action for the Compassionate Leadership Award to be awarded each year during the Compassionate Leadership Week.
Donato Tramuto and National Day Calendar created National Compassionate Leadership Week to be celebrated the second full week of September each year.
The TramutoPorter Foundation was created in 2001 by Donato Tramuto and his longtime partner and Co-Founder Jeffrey Porter, after Donato lost two close friends and their son on 9/11 after visiting him in Maine. Donato was planning to join his friends on that day and a last-minute dental emergency prevented him from joining his friends and decided to return to Los Angeles the night before. Sadly, Donato’s friends perished in the plane that hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center that day.
Donato was devastated by the tragic event and the loss of his friends. Instead of letting grief and anger consume him, he decided to create the foundation in their memory. Today, the memory of his friends and those who lost their lives that tragic day lives in Donato’s heart. He continues to dedicate his life to spreading compassion and understanding in the world to help solve problems, particularly in areas of health, education, and human rights.
Tramuto and Porter continue to spread its message of compassion through Compassionate Leadership Week. This week celebrates compassionate leaders by bringing attention to the proven benefits of compassionate leadership. It shows through their own example and many other leaders, that it’s possible to be compassionate while delivering strong results whether it be in business, education, politics or in our own families and communities.
In 2021, the TramutoPorter Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary by pledging to expand its compassionate work envisioning compassion movement. In April 2022, the foundation launched a new book, authored by Tramuto, called The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results. The book and Tramuto were featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Investors Business Daily, Katie Couric Media and many other media outlets.
Founder & Chairman, Health eVillages
Founder & Chairman, TramutoPorter Foundation
Author & Healthcare Activist
Donato J. Tramuto, is the former CEO of Tivity Health® , Inc., (Nasdaq: TVTY), and is widely recognized for his commitment to social change and transformational leadership in healthcare innovation. The New York Times deemed him “a global health activist.” Tramuto is also the founder and chair of The Tramuto Foundation, which advances rights to education and healthcare access for young people. In addition, the foundation combats human right violations. He launched the foundation in memory his two friends and their 3 year old son who lost their lives on 9/11 when United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Tramuto was scheduled to be on that flight. However, and due to a toothache, he never boarded the plane.
Since the launch of the foundation, over 100 young adults have received a TramutoPorter Foundation Scholarship. All scholarships awarded help young adults pursue their dream of a college education. With the financial support from other organizations, the TramutoPorter Foundation delivers on their promise to make the world a more compassionate place. Tramuto is a sitting member of the board for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization and their Leadership Council Chairman. In fact, his commitment has led to funding a three-year, $1 million grant addressing workplace bullying in the U.S. and Europe. Amazingly, this leading national initiative also addresses workplace dignity and inclusion.
A Compassionate Leadership Task Force, launched in September 2021 will initiate a pilot with a number of Boston colleges and universities to address the significant epidemic around loneliness and social isolation among our young and older adults. The task force will implement existing interventions by integrating them into community-centered organizations, like faith-based organizations. In addition, they will assist colleges and universities to address the compassionate leadership umbrella and how intergenerational connections can reduce the loss sense of relevancy among young and older adults.
Tramuto is a successful published author. His works include:
Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business
The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results
Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope (2014)
RFK Embracing His Legacy Awards (2016)
PharmaVoice RedJacet Recipient Award
Tramuto is also a passionate champion of cutting-edge approaches to healthcare access, drug safety, and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH), defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Under his tenure as CEO of Tivity Health and following his execution of a successful turnaround, he transformed the business business model to center around partnering progressively, profitably and collaboratively with consumers, payers, healthcare practitioners and employers in cutting-edge approaches to SDOH conditions including nutrition, fitness and social connection, that improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs.
Before joining Tivity Health, Tramuto’s record of bringing together social commitment with healthcare innovation included his founding of Physicians Interactive Holdings (Aptus Health sold to WebMD in 2019). As a global provider of insight-driven digital engagement solutions for healthcare professionals and consumers. Reflecting a conviction that universal healthcare is a basic human right for all people, he launched Health eVillages in 2011, a non-profit organization providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology in the most challenging clinical environments and working to broaden healthcare access.
Brown University Healthcare Leadership Board
Advisory Board of Boston University School of Public Health
Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Europe
Gryphon Investment Executive Advisory Board
Executive in Residence at Promerica Health, Concierge Health, Sharecare, Gento Health, and Skyscape
Honorary Scholar in Residence at St. Joseph’s College, Maine
Honorary Doctorate: University of Massachusetts at Lowell
On August 3, we raise awareness around the benefits of salon hair gloss services on National Hair Gloss Day.
The root of beautiful, healthy hair lies with hair professionals. These trained professional stylists know what’s best for your mane and keep you looking fabulous. Whether your maintenance schedule is low key, or you go for the color, cut and style, we rely on hair professionals to bring out our personality in their craft. Perfect for refreshing color and enhancing your hair’s natural shine, a hair gloss leaves you with healthier looking and feeling hair.
What is hair gloss? Hair gloss is like lip gloss, meaning it adds a special coating that makes hair shine. In technical terms, hair gloss is a treatment that seals the cuticle of the hair to enhance hair tone. When hair gloss is applied, the cuticle become smooth showing radiant hair tone and sheen. In addition, hair professionals love to get to know their customers. This is how the stylist forms a relationship to provide better hair care and color. In fact, it is a great opportunity to create a bond between professional and customer resulting in a life-long friendship.
If you are looking to try a new shade or change your hair color for the first time, a hair gloss application is for you. Also known as demi-permanent hair color, hair gloss is a gentler form of color that fades gradually over time, meaning you won’t get harsh root regrowth. With results that can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks, a hair gloss service is the perfect way to try that new shade while achieving shiny, healthy-looking hair.
Benefits of Hair Gloss
Hair damage is the best reason to get a hair gloss treatment. Hair damage is caused by a variety of reasons, such as:
Styling with heat tools
Hair professionals often explain to customers why their hair is damaged. Listening to your hair professional about care for your hair not only helps you take better care of your hair, but it also helps during visits to the salon.
While stylists typically use glosses as a way to tone, color-correct, refresh, and add shine to hair, there are countless reasons to get a Gloss Service. Hair glosses are one of the most versatile professional hair treatments available. It provides beautiful and personalized end results. Plus with the right gloss, you will have health benefits for your strands.
Color without commitment
Refreshes hair color between appointments.
Color correct brassy hair.
You get glass hair results.
Gives your hair a pick-me-up.
Hair color is subtle, not drastic.
What Kind of Gloss Should I Get? And Where? With so many colors and looks to choose from, a professional stylist will be able to customize a color that is perfect for you. Because glosses are a form of demi-permanent hair color, they allow for color without the commitment. Demi-permanent hair color or a Hair Gloss Service is offered in salons. Some professional brands offer services and products without ammonia, which is considered best for optimal hair health, as well as when a client might be sensitive to smell.
YOUR TIME TO SHINE
Research the latest hair color trends and get inspired to transform your hair.
Book a gloss appointment before your next big event.
Get a Clear Gloss when your hair is feeling dull and uninspired.
Research where your nearest salon is!.
Book a gloss appointment, such as a Shades EQ Gloss Service.
Share your before and after photos of your hair gloss treatment on social media.
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Redken and National Day Calendar teamed up in 2022 to create National Hair Gloss Day to be celebrated each year on August 3.
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All Redken products are made with the highest quality ingredients. In addition, they are tested by salon professionals to ensure maximum efficacy, for every hair type and texture and every hair need. Based in New York City, Redken supports the expertise of salon professionals with principle-based education, cutting edge technologies rooted in protein-science, and a portfolio of products. As the number one provider in demi-permanent hair color on the market, including Shades EQ, Redken offers maximum versatility and flexibility for clients of all hair types and hair textures.
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