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Everything you Thought you knew about Small Business is Wrong! (Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part II)

The economic value of small business is shocking to most people…
Local retail returns 52% of revenue and local restaurants 79% to the local economy, while retail chains return only 14% and restaurant chains 30% (Civic Economics, 2012)… The University of California, Cornell University, and Clark University published that Wal-mart jobs replace 1.4 local retail jobs, and each new store takes away an average of $1.2 million of county-wide retail payroll (Neumark et al, 2008). Many studies show that chain stores cost taxpayers more than they produce in revenue… So instead of going out on Black Friday, and buying things that you probably don’t need, support your local economy. Continue reading Everything you Thought you knew about Small Business is Wrong! (Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part II)

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The Downs?… of Being a Disney Professional Intern

The only thing my suite-mates and I weren’t happy with is Vista Way apartments.We were actually supposed to live at Falcon Square, but we were put in a more expensive apartment in Vista. They were going to charge us more than we were originally told, but one of our interns complained and got it fixed. As hort interns, we worked reeeeeeally early compared to the … Continue reading The Downs?… of Being a Disney Professional Intern

What I learned with the Integrated Pest Management Program at Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Garden in Pittsburgh

Hello! This thank you letter is a little summary of what I learned working as the IPM intern (and coordinator for a couple of months) at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. I hope this gets you thinking about your own integrated pest management options. I cannot express enough, how grateful I am to the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for affording me the opportunity to work … Continue reading What I learned with the Integrated Pest Management Program at Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Garden in Pittsburgh

Vlog #4 Eating Cicadas

For those of you that don’t know, parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and of course West Virginia are experiencing an invasion of the most derp-y insects you’ve ever seen. They are called the 17 year cicadas, living most of their life cycle underground and emerging by the thousands as adults (every 17 years 0f course). The WVU arboretum held a Magicicada festival, where the community … Continue reading Vlog #4 Eating Cicadas

Spring Ephemerals Part II

On my birthday last Sunday, me and Alex visited the West Virginia University Core Arboretum and saw the most specimens I’ve ever seen!  The university acquired the property in 1948. The biology chairman convinced the president to set aside the property. Much of the land is old-growth forest on steep hillside.  This is a pretty, pawpaw Asimina triloba flower. I’ve never tasted the fruit, but … Continue reading Spring Ephemerals Part II