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For 200 years, boxing has been one of the world’s favorite sports attractions. Throughout the world, the sport brings great anticipation, excitement, and entertainment to its viewers. All of this is generated by a professional who knows what the people want to see, and who makes it his business to know the skill levels of the various fighters who, when they make their way into the ring, can draw the most attention and cause the crowds to gather and become the anxious viewers for the big fight night.
The promoter —an intelligent businessman or businesswoman who is an expert in generating interest in sporting events – does exactly that…pairs two fighters, schedules a match, and then puts the word out to create a buzz on social media, television, radio, etc. for the match to be watched by millions of people in many countries across the world.
For starters, once a fight is officially planned, the promoter must be confident and dedicated to his plan to make one night a night to remember. There are various ways of getting the word out, and they vary widely in method as well as in cost. For instance, many promoters use guerrilla marketing: flyers, flash mobs, internet, and street art. These methods are typically done at a relatively low cost. But other much more expensive methods include TV ads and billboard signs.
In the industry of boxing promotions, there’s only one man who stands above all the rest. His name is Don King. As one of the most notable promoters of all time, he coined the phrase “Only in America”, and has been successful in promoting fights for some of the most famous and successful fighters of all time, such as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Mike Tyson. Being a boxing promoter was only part of his act. Don King quickly became an American icon after his successful promotion of the Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman fight in 1974. Some say a promoter gets as much exposure as the professional boxers themselves. There are interviews, special guest appearances on talk shows, radio stations, and even celebrity parties. Don King had all of that and more. He would later star in movies during the Mike Tyson era. King starred or was reflected in movies like: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Rocky V, Devil’s Advocate, and The Great White Hype.
Promoters often advertise their brand as a result of their own individual personalities and functions they host, marketing the events under a consistent name. Not all promotions stop when fights are not in the making. Even during the “offseason” so to speak, promoters are still building their brand to a point where one tweet or poster can either establish charisma or ignite controversy throughout the world; either way, they’re still creating their brand. Promotion has been an underground industry, with companies operated by one or several well-connected charismatic individuals, often working part-time.
However, the growth of boxing promotions continues to build, most notably Golden Boy Promotions founded by East Los Angeles native, Oscar De La Hoya. He has signed numerous fighters under him. Two of his fighters recently contended for a championship belt under the Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II fight in September 2014.
At the end of the day, promoters need to hold a neutral position to ensure that the fight itself is advertised and promoted fairly for both parties although that can be difficult because one of the fighters could be signed to that promoter’s organization. Boxing promotion is important to the sport itself and is a big contributor to the success and popularity of the sport today.
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The news is all over the marijuana business, with headlines such as “Big Money Bets Weed Will Bring in the Green”. More people than ever are getting high and paying large amounts to do so – $29.7 million to be exact. With a loyal following of customers in states legally allowing the sale of retail marijuana as well as medical, jumping in to this rapidly expanding market is almost as easy as taking a hit.
However, as a prospective business, you should focus on four main questions about how you can start your company and weed out the competition.
As a grower, you will need high quality supplies such as grow lights and proper soil regulating instruments. This can get quite expensive for larger operations; however, you are also the first in line of marijuana sales. The hundreds of retail dispensaries have a growing demand for high quality weed, making cultivation of marijuana very profitable.
Retail stores are more publicly oriented and must be friendly and conveniently operated to draw in customers. Stores can sell both medical and retail products, but must have licenses for both. If you are looking for a way to help patients and provide a safe, regulated recreational substance to consumers, dispensaries are the way to go. Retail stores also require fewer personnel and have a more straightforward operation.
If neither of these options sound appealing, you can always create marijuana-related apps. There are hundreds of successful apps that rate strains, provide dispensary reviews, and tell you where the best prices for weed can be found.
For both growing and store operations, taxes can take a large chunk out of your time. Excise and sales taxes must be filed, as well as property and license fees to legally sell marijuana. These expenses can become very burdensome for new businesses, although the payoff is usually great. Check the state marijuana website for more information on specific taxes.
Due to the novelty of the marijuana business, marketing is key to bringing in customers. How will you set yourself apart from other dispensaries or growers? Developing a name brand and signature style could draw in more people, allowing you to sell more of your product.
Make sure you have a viable marketing plan to present when starting your business, as well as a target customer base for your advertising.
Currently, the only states that offer retail marijuana are Washington and Colorado. If you already live in one of these states, congratulations! If not, you should consider the medical marijuana industry, which has a wider range of states that have legalized medical use.
These two states also have fairly strict laws to regulate the sale of marijuana, so be sure to prepare your business for these rules.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, about 843,000 people immigrated to the US between July 2012 and July 2013. Although this number was just under 40,000 less than the previous year (which experts attribute to the state of America’s economy), this is still an immense number when one considers that it is only 157,000 away from 1 million. The current situation in Central America seems to put the statistics for this year on track to beat out last year’s number, with thousands of immigrants, mainly women and children, making the trek to the Texas border to seek asylum from the chaotic conditions of their own homelands. Officials at the border are doing their best to evaluate the situation of each immigrant and process them correctly and as speedily as they can. Among those working to expedite the process are immigration lawyers, laboring pro bono to aid in navigating the technicalities of U.S. immigration law and accelerate the appeal process for those who are truly in need of asylum. The conditions for the majority of these migrants is not the warmest setting, with those waiting for decisions on their cases having to bide their time in cells until a verdict has been reached, praying and hoping that it will be in their favor.
In addition to coming to assist the stream of migrants entering America for a chance at a safer and more prosperous life, immigration consultants are involved in helping the thousands of immigrants who are currently in America on various types of visas to achieve their dream of naturalization and citizenship. This can be a lengthy process, taking anywhere from 2 to 25 years to complete, according to the Washington Times. Immigration consultants can hasten the process for hopeful citizens-to-be by ensuring that they have included the correct documents and the forms are filled out in accordance with the instructions and that they are sent to the correct application center for processing. A simple sounding procedure is really far more complex because of the many different forms that may need to be filed, as well as the filing fees and dozens of corresponding documents that must be submitted along with the forms for them to have a chance of being approved. Here are some examples of forms that an applicant can expect to encounter on his or her journey towards a green card, and eventually, U.S. citizenship:
These are only a few of the dozens of forms that can be found on the USCIS website, and understanding which ones are the correct forms for one’s particular situation can easily make one ready to pull their hair out, much less if the applicant does not speak English fluently, or at all.
Immigration lawyers make their living by helping immigrants to locate and complete these forms, gather the necessary documents and submit them as speedily as possibly in order to give them the best chance of their application being approved and ushered through to the next phase of the legalization process. For the majority of these applicants, gaining legal status and the benefits that accompany it can be the difference between having their families suffer or blossom in their new environment. It can mean having your child be able to see a doctor and be covered by health care benefits for legal residents or obtaining healthy foods for a pregnant woman or a child less than 5 years old through the WIC program. Immigration lawyers can be part of making these humble and seemingly basic needs become a reality.
Though many people may survey the state of America’s economy and judge it to be not as stable as it once was, immigrants from other countries recognize that America is still in a better position that most other countries in the world. The current housing market may still be on the rebound and the dollar might be slightly behind the world’s top currencies, but the United States is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family that immigrants look to as a haven from persecution, economic hardship and dire living conditions. Immigration consultants are the people who are privileged to be a part of the ride from a newly immigrated individual or family to a proud citizen of these 50 states. Looking into the eyes of a person who has come to them in hopes that they will receive help in making the American dream a reality for themselves and their family and being able to guide them towards achieving that goal is a very worthwhile cause indeed.