Does Your Brand Have Enough Sizzle?

Does Your Brand Have Enough Sizzle?

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Imagine you’ve recently moved to a new city, or maybe you’re on vacation in a state or even country you’ve never visited before. It’s a new area and you’re unfamiliar, perhaps even a little culturally shocked. You’ve just landed, and you hear that grumble in your stomach. You’re thinking it would be great to have a home-cooked meal, but you know that isn’t going to happen. So, what do you do? You look for something you can relate to, something you recognize. After carefully observing the area, something appears: it’s the familiar sign of one of your favorite restaurants. You know when you enter, you’ll be able to order something you’ve once enjoyed. This is called brand recognition and it’s done by design. Does your product or service have a…
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Quad City Symphony Orchestra Presents Postcards from Scandinavia

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 Scandinavia is a breathtaking region in northern Europe that includes Denmark, Norway, and Finland, among other countries. On December 2 and 3, Postcards from Scandinavia, the third entry in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) Masterworks concert series, will provide Quad-Cities area music lovers with a symphonic tour of that majestic realm. Masterworks III: Postcards from Scandinavia will be held 8 p.m., December 2, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., December 3, at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL. The program will feature three musical selections, beginning with Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Overture to Maskarade, the comedic national opera of Denmark. Next, the Piano Concerto of Norway’s Edvard Grieg will feature piano virtuoso Charlie Albright, who will astound you…
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Small Business Saturday Encourages You To Shop Locally

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Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants all over the Quad Cities region. Did you know that small businesses drive 60-80% of new job growth and employ half of all private sector employees? Studies have shown that 48 percent of purchases made at local independent businesses go right back into the community. When you shop small, your tax dollars stay locally, helping to grow our region. When shopping at small businesses in the region, show your support by using the hashtag #shopsmallqc
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Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Postcards from the Wild West This Weekend

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The Wild West only lasted three decades – from 1865 to 1895 – but those years will forever be remembered for their boundless energy and rollicking sense of adventure. That time period was known for cowboys, American Indians, gunslingers, pioneers, outlaws, and more. On November 4 and 5, you won’t need a time machine to celebrate that chapter of American history. Tickets are readily available to Postcards from the Wild West, the second concert in the 2017-2018 Masterworks series of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO). Masterworks II: Postcards from the Wild West will be held 8 p.m., November 4, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., November 5, at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL. The program, conducted by…
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Suicide Documentary To Re-Air Tonight On WQPT

Suicide Documentary To Re-Air Tonight On WQPT

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https://youtu.be/-WupsXh0oYA Tonight you can watch If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression & Suicide in its entirety on WQPT-Quad Cities PBS. Later this week join us for a prime time special on Local 4 News WHBF TV on Sept. 10th and the Quad Cities CW on the 11th. "The new prime time television special will be different from the orginal documentary," said Mike Mickle from Mickle Communications. "It will include a more recent story of one family's tragic loss. Plus, mental health specialists from Vera French Foundation will be standing by to take phone calls on both nights." Both specials will air at 9 p.m.
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QC Prime Time Special Explores Teen Depression and Suicide

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Suicide among young people is not easy to discuss, but it is still a topic that cannot be ignored. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 13 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The team at Mickle Communications believes we must come together as a community to battle this epidemic,” said Mike Mickle, President of Mickle Communications. “That’s why we created the prime-time special, If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression and Suicide.”   Mickle stated that the new prime-time special is substantially different from their 2016 documentary of the same name. “Much of the content will be new, including a recent story of one family’s tragic loss, as well as startling information on cyberbullying,” he said. “You will learn what…
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Riverfront Pops To Present Symphonic Tribute To The Beatles

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This year, the Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops will rock out with a symphonic tribute to The Beatles’ Greatest Hits. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) will be led by Guest Conductor Jeffrey Reed, Music Director of Orchestra Kentucky. Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 at LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA. Gates and handicapped parking open at 3 p.m. The Youth Symphony Orchestra Pre-Show begins at 6:30 p.m., with the The Beatles’ Greatest Hits concert at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20 each in advance, and children’s tickets are $5 each. Adult prices will increase $5 each after 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 and at the gate. During the first half of the Beatles tribute, Quad-Citians can celebrate the 50th Anniversary of…
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Working The Outdoors Into Your Day

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Lately, I’ve become aware of – and somewhat shocked by – how little time I spend outside. On an average day, my outdoor time consists of walking from my car to a building. It makes sense that between school, work, and home responsibilities, I rarely have time to take a walk, go to the park, or simply sit outside. But summer will pass quickly, and then, freezing temperatures and bone-chilling winds will force us all inside for months. To appreciate and enjoy the summer, here are a few things you can do to make sure you get outside, even when you’re busy. Work Outside This one seems simple but can be a hassle at times, particularly on windy days when papers could go flying. Still, if you can avoid the…
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QCSO Private Lesson Program Set to Expand

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During the formative years of all young musicians’ careers, it is vital for them to work with and learn from private lesson instructors. The rapport each will develop with an instructor will become one of the most important professional relationships of his or her life. That’s why a new QCSO program has been developed, in collaboration with Quad City schools, that provides opportunities for students to be instructed by the Symphony’s musicians. Through this program, the students will gain valuable instruction through bi-weekly lessons. The students taking part in this program are serious about developing careers in music. In fact, each one is self-funding half of the cost to receive this valuable program.   According to Marc Zyla, QCSO Director of Education and Community Engagement, the Private Lesson Program started…
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What Social Media Should Job Seekers Use?

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When it comes to searching for a job, there are many options. The vast expansion of the Internet has created many different websites that are used for job searching. monster.com, Indeed.com, and ZipRecruiter.com all give people the option to search for jobs in different departments or categories, while also being able to specify a geographic area. Social media has also become a way for people to search for jobs. Since the main premise of social media is for people to get connected, it has now become very easy for people to also connect with different groups and businesses. Twitter is one way for people to understand a business to which they’d like to apply. The possibility of coming in contact with someone about a specific job position through Twitter may…
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