The Ati-thesis , Marxism

"By that definition, a state capitalist country is one where the government controls the economy and essentially acts like a single huge corporation, extracting the surplus value from the workforce in order to invest it in further production.[3] Friedrich Engels, in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, argues that state capitalism would be the final stage of capitalism consisting of ownership and management of large-scale production and communication by the bourgeois state.[4]"

Quoted from Wikepedia

Friday, March 29, 2013

Baldacci and Richard Florida- A Love Affair.

In the last post we met Lego-Man, the face and voice of redistribution economics  whose avatar appropriately portrays a mechanized man as opposed to a living organic being .

Lego-Man implied that I was too stupid to get in on the gravy train of government redistributed wealth.

In fact I have a long history of trying to work with government resources.

I first became involved in what our state government was doing at the beginning of the Baldacci administration. In my younger days I was not at all involved in politics, I hardly knew the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans and I had no idea what the left and the right were. And yet, even in my ignorance I leaned right.

 I initially took an open minded approach to Baldacci's "creative economy"  but interpreted through my own lens to mean creative thinking about the whole economy, I soon realized that Baldacci did not share my way of seeing. Baldacci was a disciple of Richard Florida whose writings emphasized attracting a "creative" (wealthier) class of people, While I imagined a foundational process involving taking an account of the existing economic landscape and building on that, Baldacci and his mentor Florida were aiming to fundamentally transform society using Richard Florida's template for creativity, which came complete with a points system for keeping score.

In those days my primary contact with government was through the Maine Arts Commission which published a juried "creative economy" list serve. At the time, It was a new phenomena  to be able to engage with the people of Maine through the cyber space. The jury proved to be intent on stopping all conversations which I found worthy to engage. The jury decided what would be published on the list serve. Every website published through the list serve displayed a credit to Richard Florida as their inspiration.

During this time I received an email from Wendy Rosen who is a nationally recognized mover and shaker in the private sector craft world. Wendy Rosen created and manages the Rosen Shows, the largest wholesale craft shows, and publishes several related magazines. Back then Rosen was writing to crafters in Maine to encourage us to write to Olympia Snowe in support of a bill that would prevent indelible labeling on foreign imports. Foreign made craft products produced in countries with lower cost labor were being imported into the United States with only paper labels identifying the countries of origin, which were then removed revealing more permanent American sounding names underneath. These products were flooding the Rosen Shows.

I submitted a post about this cause to the Creative Economy List Serve, run by the Maine Arts Commission's panel of jurors. It was sumarily rejected as inappropriate for the tax payer funded list serve. I then printed the flyer up and went to a local craft fair to distribute it. There it was being grabbed out of my hands before I could finish my words.

One crafter recommended that I write to Mrs Baldacci regarding the panels rejection of a post in support of the congressional bill. I did so and several months later, I received an apology from the panel. The explanation was they thought my post was "spam" apparently not cognizant enough to know that spam is sent to mass addresses. It was the most insulting apology that I could have imagined but typical of the way that our ceramic company and many others were being treated by the "jurors" of the taxpayer subsidized Maine Arts Commission. Like Baldacci and Florida, the Maine Arts Commission took an attitude that they exist to transform the Maine arts, not to work with existing participants. Perhaps, things would have been different if I had said that I was inspired to pass Wendy Rosen's request along by crediting Richard Florida as my inspiration. Not only did their actions show complete ignorance about who Wendy Rosen was but also about who Andersen Studio is- a Maine based company who has received distinctive recognition in our own field and in former days our product was used by the Governor of Maine as gifts- but that was the old economy, for which Richard Florida and his army of lemmings has little use.

in 2012, Governor Baldacci's Guru, Richard Florida published this article on the Urban- Rural Divide  citing "  A new Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report by my Martin Prosperity Institute colleague Kevin Stolarick, Fed economist Jaison Abel, and Todd Gabe of the University of Maine,

While I dislike exclusionary terms such as 'creative class",  some of the thinking of Richard Florida is sound in theory, while destructive in practice, especially when one is in the class that the socio-economic macro managers  who call themselves "the creative class" have decided to exclude  - as is the case with our ceramic art and design business as it interacted with the Maine's Art Commission, and the  Maine Crafts Association. At times I could hear the term "commercial" dripping out of the unspoken thought memes operative in the government art bureaucracy.  "commercial" being as derogatory a term as the exclusionary "creative class'  is superlative.

In Oxford Journals Richard Florida's "creative class : is defined like so:

Endogenous growth models, originating with Romer (1986, 1990) and Lucas (1988),posit that growth comes from knowledge that, because of its quasi-public nature, spills over into local economies as it is assimilated. For Florida (2002), knowledge and creativity are concentrated in the ‘creative class’, comprised of people in occupations that produce new knowledge and ideas and understand their use. For our purposes, Florida’s central insight is that this class is not fixed in place but geographically fluid, drawn to places that offer interesting lives as well as interesting work. New economic knowledge may thus diffuse out of the localities where it was generated, and localities can gain knowledge and creativity by attracting this class.

(Note that everything here is about the "new" part of the lingo consistent with a "trans-formative" ideology, with "creative class" signifying a self assumed elite overlord class that justifies its natural born right to macro manage the lives of ordinary and lesser men)

The idea has some truth to it, but when applied through "targeted sector" economics that Maine State Inc institutes, the range of what is included in " produce new knowledge and ideas and understand their use" is exceedingly narrow and uncreative in that it is based in the destruction of mass constituencies of existing culture as we saw expressed by Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, Steve Brooks, who would very much like to be the next CEO of Maine State Enterprises.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My Encounter With A Cartoon Character.

Yesterday I posted a promo for our Kickstatrter Project on a ceramic Facebook page called Clay Office.

The post was an outtake from my previous post on this blog where I quote from Steve Woods and then adapted the same quote to our project. I commented that, unlike solar panels, Andersen Studio has established that we are competitive in a market flooded with foreign imports made in countries with low labor costs, fewer environmental regulations and lower corporate taxes, adding the the United States now has the highest corporate taxes in the world.

John Martin responded. John Martin's Facebook Page displays an imaginary person.  There is no information about where he is located.  While he has some photos of ceramic work on his page, it never actually says that he is the maker of those works. The ceramic work images are not immediately apparent  and so I commented that he did not show any connection to ceramics on his facebook page. I challenged John Martin's  statement of denial that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, but not his claim that a corporations could pay as little as zero tax. I suggested that if a United States corporation is paying zero taxes it is due to a special interest arrangement and not general law. By general law, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world.

John Martin did not respond with protest to the claim that he had no connection to ceramics . Nor did John Martin provide verification of his denial that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. It is generally the case when someone is asked to verify something which they cannot verify, that they ignore the question, but why did John Martin also fail to respond to my comment that there is no connection to ceramics on his Facebook page. This should ordinarily provoke loud protest, unless that is all just for show because John Martin is not who he implies himself to be - or maybe that he is whom he implies himself to be- a cartoon character as depicted by his avatar.

I am familiar with a narrative that degrades KickStarter projects. I interpret this as a function of war between globalization and the micro economy. Maine State Inc's purported purpose is to macro manage the entire economy of Maine but its actions support only the "targeted sector" at the expense of all other sectors. The micro economy is all but dismissed by the master minds of Maine State Inc., except , of course when it comes to taxes. If one approaches the economy as a whole, necessarily needing all parts to be functioning, then one might embrace a new form of capitalization such as KickStarter, but instead there is a clear intent afoot to shame and degrade it .

As John Martin advanced the world view of the "Masters of the Universe" , he used  personal insults as his method:

John Martin Actually Mackenzie, the United states has some of the lowest corporate tax rates in the entire world. Some U.S. Corporate tax rates can be as low as 0%. Also, don't try to say that your business is competitive in a global market while at the same time using kickstarter to beg for money.

I pointed out to him that I had made no such claim- when I said that we are competitive in an American market (ceramics) flooded with foreign imports.

He insinuated that I was too stupid to get a grant or a tax break from the government:
John Martin Mackenzie, you should talk to a financial adviser. Your business is eligible for many Tax credits and deductions and maybe even a few business grants. Don't let your ignorance, anger and jealousy of companies that have lower tax rates than you prevent you from educating yourself about your own well deserved corporate tax deductions.

I said we are not "begging for money", we are offering rewards at a fair market price, which means that we are pursuing investment capital in such a way as to avoid going into debt, being that we have the resources and the know how to deliver on our end of the bargain - that's not in question.

And I explained to him that taking a government grant might benefit the receiver but it decreases the value of money held by every American citizen and that is not what we are about. Conversely, Kickstarter capitalization is sustainable economics.

Going into dept in this economy should be a last case scenario- not a first choice.

I left unsaid that I have  a history of relationships with the government sector which have led me to the conclusion that it is wasteful of my time to go there.

Mr Martin's  assumption is that I was jealous of the tax deductions being offered to the targeted sector- but my view is that the government should just get out of picking and choosing and costing the tax payer a pretty dime for all the extended bureaucracy needed to do so. The whole idea that the injustices can be made right by offering different sectors tax breaks is insanity. The way to make things fair is to abide by the general laws and the constitution of Maine. As the saying goes two wrongs do not make a right. I don't want a tax break. I want a fair playing field for all which would mean smaller government which will cost the taxpayer less- giving every one a tax break, by taking out the middle man- that middle man being Maine State Enterprises, who must be costing the taxpayer a goldmine or two.

One of the biggest tax breaks plans being offered by Maine State Inc to its targeted sector is in the Pine tree Zone legislation. The Pine Tree Zone Legislation was originally intended for low income high unemployment areas such as those 109 towns that Mr's Woods wants to nudge into relocating by taking way funding for roads and infrastructure. When the Pine tree Zone first came into being around 2004, there was protest against it because it was feared that it would be extended to the entire state, which was quietly done in 2010. All the more reason to not want tax breaks for other sectors of the economy. They eventually are prey to the greed of the preferred sectors. Mr Brooks wants to redistribute the taxpayer dollars slated for those insolvent towns to the urban cities. This is the way it goes.

UPDATE: As I was going to post the above, there was an update from John Martin- which simply accused me of being delusional- reinforcing my observation that Mr Martin is using insults as a methodology.

I in turn posted a link to this blog post. Mr Martin's responded refuting only one thing. Is image represents a legoman- not a cartoon character, to which I said the legoman speaks like a politician.

Then Will Sherry- an actual person who is really involved in ceramics posted the following:

Will Shirley new political-financial attitudes are required as we pass into a post-climate change mode. I did my part.

I couldn't have done it better. Will Sherry is one of a handful of contributors to Andersen Studio's r Kick Starter project.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Maine State Enterprises VS The Micro- Economy

I launched our kickstarter project in the midst of more disturbing news in Maine. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Steve Woods wants to relocate  the inhabitants of 109 towns that the have been insolvent for 10 years, citing that the affluent urban communities get 93 percent of the investment dollars in Maine and that "more than 100 Maine communities that cost hundreds of millions of dollars a year to sustain while making very little contribution to the wealth and capacity of our state.

Mr Brooks is the CEO of TideSmart Global- a company that benefited from the Obama Stimulus funds that financed TideSmarts campus. I haven't been able to find the amount in stimulus funds granted to TideSmart but I found the map of Maine on which gives a visual picture of which communities received stimulus dollars, clearly showing that the recipients are very highly concentrated in Southern Maine and in the locations were Mr Woods wants to relocate urban populations in what will likely become inner city ghettos- but that is not our Mr Woods problem. He is just a money man who wants to be the next CEO of Maine State Inc.

One can also see that there are large portions in Maine that received no stimulus money. The BDN article in which Mr Woods reveals his concept for macro managing the Maine economy -and by extension, just about everything else, discusses Milo Maine. A map of Maine, showing where Milo is located places it in -or in close proximity to -one of the empty areas on the map showing the locations  that received  tax payer dollars from the Obama stimulus. Mr Woods complains that the "communities" ( plural) cost "hundreds of millions of dollars :" a year to sustain, while making little contribution to the wealth of our state.

TideSmart's campus looks very costly. The taxpayer dollars spent there are not for roads and infrastructure but are a business investment that allegedly enables TideSmart  to contribute wealth and capacity to our state, although one would have to dig to find confirming information- and so we just take that on the word of Mr Brooks, Maine State Inc, and President Obama.

Mr Brooks said the following, regarding the money that he was able to procure to subsidize his business interests "

"For the TideSmart Global Business Garden to grow and prosper, we need the help and support of friends, family, business associates, community members, and local, county, state and national leaders."  He continued, "There has never been a better time to expand TideSmart Global's operations and the economic incentives offered through federal and state stimulus programs have enabled us to harness this opportunity."


And I say This:
"For the Great American Ceramic Designer Craftsmen Network Garden to grow and prosper, we need the help and support of friends, family, business associates, and community members,.There has never been a better time to expand Andersen Studio and Andersen Design, which can easily be located in low income rural communities and be a source of revitalization. In addition to providing jobs and teaching skills, A ceramic slip casting production accompanied by a retail gallery can be destination shopping which attracts other retailers.The help and support of KickStarter and our family of friends have the potential to enable us to harness this opportunity, without taking federal funny money or going into debt."

Mr Brooks is not as generous toward others as the taxpayers have been toward Mr Brooks. Perhaps he has good reasons for taking such a cold attitude toward those that did not receive the generous federal and state handouts that have been lavished on Mr Brooks. It may be that Mr Brooks just wants to relocate the inhabitants of 109 Maine municipality so that he can create more campuses of his own design to bring "global corporations" to Maine - why the entire state ought to be covered with them! Why settle for anything less!

With all due respect for your grandeur, Mr Brooks, I have no desire to live in the type of society that you want to create. a society that labors for large global companies and lives in communities designed from the top down by overlords. THAT is called a collectivist society- NOT the philosophy upon which the greatest country on earth was founded!

I was raised on Southport Island, Maine where I attended grade school with kids from the local year round community, many of whom have lived in the area for generations. Summer visitors flocked to my parents ceramic gallery, many of them from families that have vacationed in the area for generations. We moved to East Boothbay in 1958 where I have seen people come and go in the neighborhood. Many of the people who discover East Boothbay are amazed because it actually is a village- A real village! not a campus but a village and because the houses are all unique- no two alike. it is an organically grown community -increasingly becoming a  rarity. Such communities should be preserved-not destroyed. They are what makes Maine a unique place-distinct from the megalopolis.

I like living in my small town, away from urban life. I like that there are places to go that are still towns and villages grown organically, not designed from above by a master class who believes that they know the way that everyone should live  - because we do not all want to live the way that you, Mr Brooks, and your comrades want us to live. Small towns are like families- no two are alike.

I can't say I have the facts, and I don't believe any ordinary citizen does, but I'll wager that the biggest investments in Maine have to be the generated by the state government with its endless funds stashed in various economic development programs- funds derived primarily from taxpayers .Mr Woods company TideSmart was the recipient of some of that redistributed wealth from both the state and federal taxpayers. What ever happened to "spreading the wealth around " - and what about the mission of the Maine Development Foundation formed to macro manage the economy of the entire state- not just the urban centers ! If 109 towns  are insolvent, then isn't the Maine Development Foundation accountable? The socioeconomic community does not exist on global corporations alone.

There is one insolvent town that I would love to see deconstructed and that is the MRRA, which when I read the annual report in 2010 was being subsidized by the federal government to the tune of around about 85% of its revenue. But Mr Brooks is unlikely referring to Maine' State Inc's newest crown jewel, in fact he would probably like to see the populations of those 109 towns relocated so that the state can create more city states like the MRRA- as insolvent as they are without their life support systems of funny money from the federal government, which probably accounts for much of that 93% capitalization that the urban Maine cities receives. If not, then why is the Maine State taxpayer subsidizing a high growth investment company to the tune of 10%?(The Small Enterprise Growth Fund) - If the 93% of investment money includes a large proportion of private investment capital, then why does Maine have to bribe investors to the state through the Small Enterprise Growth Fund, which takes the tax payers money and keeps on "rolling it over" into the fund like a non-profit investment, while the private high growth investors are exactly as the name says they are?

I know that Maine State Inc is channeling tax payer dollars to the urban areas and that largely accounts for the "93% of investment dollars that goes to the urban cities. Not exactly fair and balanced. Is it?

When ever the state takes federal money, freely printed up at the federal reserve on request, it distributes it to its "targeted sector" which is heavily concentrated in the urban cities, and simultaneously it decreases the value of money earned by all the citizens of this country including those living in the 109 towns that the bubble head Mr Woods would like to relocate.The function of taking freshly printed federal money, which is one of the primary functions of Maine State Enterprises, is that the rich get richer as the poor get poorer. Its as simple as that!

After Note : This is a list from Stimulus Watch. This is what it says to introduce the list:

Projects in Maine

Below are the "shovel-ready" projects the mayors of this state submitted in the 2008 U.S. Conference of Mayors report.......
The total of cost of all the projects submitted by Maine is $219,461,480
View a specific city in Maine: LewistonPortland
This list is of projects ( roads and infrastructure) submitted- not projects approved. The only two cities on the list are Portland and Lewiston, - two of the cities that Mr Brooks suggests is where the inhabitants of the 109 rural communities should be relocated. Mr Brooks proposes to stop taxpayer funding of roads and infrastructure to those commutes and redirect the money to cities like Portland and Lewiston- just a little "nudge: to get the inhabitants to relocate!

Why are Portland and Lewiston the only two options in city search on this list? One would expect that all the mayors of all the cities would be aware of the same stimulus programs.

A list by city shows that Augusta received the most stimulus money- $586,327,420.49 out of a state total of $1,511,158,006 or about 39% of the total for the whole state.

Steve Woods says that Augusta should stop sending the 109 rural communities money for roads and infrastructure. Not too long ago, I came across plans from The Maine Develpment Foundation,  for renovating Augusta, the elite need a proper court , don't they? -  for entertaining the Bilderberg GroupNow Augusta has its own airport- . You can see why they need to de-fund rural communities. Once the power elite force the rural inhabitants to relocate to the inner cities, they can then build private jet ports in the deserted towns for themselves. to fly from the court in Augusta to their private country clubs.

Pause for Intermission:
Cool Cats in an Original Drawing on our sandwich tray by Brenda Andersen circa 1960's

As this news is breaking Lepage is proposing seizing the liquor industry from the private sector and designating that the profits be used for roads and bridges and other state expenses including paying the dept that Maine Care owes to the a manner all too similar to that of Fidel Castro.

i know this because during the course of a discussion on AS Maine Goes, I  looked up the legislation. The Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages should just have regulatory and licensing functions consistent with the general model of a Bureau. Around 1997-1999 the  Bureau was allotted a one million dollar budget to invest in the the wholesale liquor business. In 2003, the legislature decided that the state was not making a profit from the sale of liquor and decided to privatize the entire wholesale liquor business. Apparently they offered a private sector general contractor a 10 year lease that  is up this year .

In 2011 the Republican controlled legislature decided to hold a bidding contest  for the contract of which the minimum requirement includes a twenty million down payment - and there after ten payments to be made for the "contract value", which is left undefined.

To my understanding the "contract value" would be determined by the estimated profit value of the contract. One might consider that it could also mean the amount agreed to be paid in the bidding war but if that is the case, then why doesn't the statute say exactly that? Technically the interpretation of the law is in the word of the law, which can arguably be interpreted as decreeing that the state shall be paid the entire value of the contract and another designated profit on top of that.

Whether the wording of the contract is an  issue, the state is demanding a minimum down payment of twenty million dollars based on a contract value that the private contractor created after he bought the contract from the state which had not been able to make a profit in the wholesale liquor business. The down payment is twenty times the amount of the allocated budget in 2003, when the state was operating the liquor business under  standard business terms.

Perhaps Lepage knows that suddenly demanding a minimum payment of twenty million dollars for the contract is not an enticing deal to a general contractor. LD 239 repeals the privatization of the wholesale liquor industry with Lepage proposing to cut out the general contractor and have the state take over the general contractor's function- using the network of subcontractors that the general contractor put into place - so essentially after passing a statute to privatize the wholesale liquor industry -and after the private sector general contractor built a failing wholesale liquor business into a profitable one, the state is either attempting to charge the general contractor a huge fee for the "contract value" that the general contractor created- and demand a percentage of his profits on top of that- or they are just going to cut the general contractor out all together and literally seize control of a private sector industry, using resources that the private contractor developed.

This latest move by Lepage defines Lepage as a fiscally sane Marxist- one who understands that bills must be paid and budgets balanced- but a Marxist, none the less.

I hope that the people will protest loudly because that is what is needed to create the conditions for a new breed of politicians- a constitutionally conservative politician to emerge in the field of Maine politics.


China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

A Ceramic Enterprise Can Revitalize a Community VS Steve Woods "Relocating" Solution.

Globalization and The Maine Department of Economic And Community Development

How The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development encourages globalism through the Foreign Trade Zone and discourages Main Street and the micro economy through taxation without representation - literally stating that the retail sector is to be excluded from the benefits distributed, including capital and services, from this tax payer funded bureaucracy.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Building an online business without resources from Big Government Inc.

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It's Coming soon!  

This is the video, created by yours truely for Andersen Studio's upcoming KickStarter Fundraiser.

KickStarter is a private sector invention for raising capital for "creative" businesses be they non-profit or private sector.

A private sector business offers "rewards" in exchange for a contribution which is paid at the time of the project for which the delivery of the rewards is scheduled at a later date.

This is an ideal solution for an under-capitalized micro economy business such as andersen studio, which has a great product with established marketability but does not have the production and order fulfillment capability to meet the instant delivery expectations of eCommerce. 

We offset our delivery six months, although we expect to start delivering on a first come first serve basis as soon as the project closes. The six month delivery is to accommodate the unknown quantity of orders, which we hope will be enough to capitalize a production and order fulfillment facility adequate to serve our market potential. If we do not meet that goal ,we  can still deliver the rewards in our current facility- it just takes longer.

Two of the rewards are collectible ephemera- 

!. Our First KIckStarter Projecct Post Card- a $10.00 reward,

2. An original page from the first catalog that our parents Weston and Brenda Andersen created in the 1950's. 

The other 21 rewards are all products created through ceramic slip casting of our original designs,- designs which have retained their marketability since the 1950's. 

The final and most expensive reward is the primary subject of our KickStarter project- our first documented Limited Edition Sculpture- The Great White Heron- being offered at $1000.00 in a limited edition of 200. We retain the right to do future limited editions of the decorated Heron, which is not possible to achieve until we rework the mold, which is included in our KickStarter Fundraisnig goal of $5000.00. Learn more about Limited Editions on Andersen Studio KickStarter Diaries.

The fundraising goal represents the minimum amount of funds that a project has to raise in order to retain the funds raised. If a project does not meet the minimum goal all funds are returned. Once the minimum goal is reached all funds raised above that goal are retained.

Our Above and Beyond Goal is to raise enough capital to establish a new production space and customer service facility that is adequate to serve the marketing potential of our classic line of designs in the age of the internet. We have put a hold on actively pursuing  online marketing , while we shifted our goal to finding a way to fund a new production and order fulfillment facility. The expectation online is that one orders a product and it is immediately shipped. We cannot meet that expectation working in the limited space that our business currently occupies. 

Our online email list has continued to grow even though we have not been actively pursuing that growth until after we have established a larger production and order fulfillment facility- the "above and beyond" goal of our KickStarter capitalization project.

Kickstarted has its roots in the traditional means for capitalizing micro economy businesses  -  through family and friends. Andersen Studio has many such friends as we know from the many personal letters of appreciation that we have received over the years- but the challenge is to reach all of our friends and let them know about our project, which is why I started Andersen Studio KickStarter Diaries last summer. If you support our goal and our vision, please help to spread the word by sharing our KickStarter project.

To be alerted as soon as we launch our KickStarter project- sign up for our email list HERE


Andersen Studio can serve as a poster child for how to build a micro-economy online business without the help of Big Government Inc. Contrary to myth, one is not left without resources when one is excluded from the benefits targeted for special interests by government redistributive programs.

I would like to give credit to the Open Source and Private Sector resources that helped me to learn how to:

Design a website, 

Target our seo so that we are able to maintain a number one position on Google for "ceramic birds" and first page position for some of our other relevant search terms

Learn to make a video and add the sound track as you see above:

Special Thanks to the Open Source Community goes to : for their excellent tutorials on html. css, xml- and more. for its online web page designer ap and Gantry,  for their eCommerce templates

WAMPSERVER for its desktop server app.,,, for their invaluable music and sound resources

Flash Video Tools- which has an amazing Free utility for converting a video to FLV,

Creative Commons for their legal resources

Speical Thanks to Private Sector Community goes to:

Rocket Theme for its templates and tutorials offered at a reasonable subscription fee

Adobe for its great reasonably priced subscription to its creative suite

infusionSoft for its small business ecommerce app with many different resources that we have yet to learn. Since we started using InfusionSoft, we have seen a steady growth in our email mailing list. Some of the resources available on InfusionSoft, which we have not yet explored included apps for social networking sales representation.

And special thanks to numerous other online resources that enabled learning how to put all of this together.