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Editorial Director Participates In SBA’s Emerging Leaders Business Training Program

Editorial Director Participates In SBA’s Emerging Leaders Business Training Program

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Editorial Director Andrew Jason is participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders Initiative in Fargo. The seven-month federal training initiative provides small business owners the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend approximately 100 hours of specialized workshops, network with fellow leaders and take that next step in the growth process.

“I am so excited to be learning from some of the most knowledgeable business professionals I’ve met,” Jason said. “Not only am I excited to learn from the facilitator Karen Froelich, but I’m also thrilled to work with other business leaders like Ashley Morken of Unglued, Tom Enright of GoodBulb and many others. I can’t wait to take what I learn to help grow our company and create as much impact as possible.”

Upon graduation of the program, participants have a three-year growth action plan and a sturdy network of peers and industry experts. According to SBA’s website, its “outreach in these communities has resulted in entrepreneurial success that generates new jobs, attracts investment and provides a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas.”

For more information about Emerging Leaders Fargo, visit sba.gov/emergingleaders.

Business Life Hacks From The Spotlight Media Team

Business Life Hacks From The Spotlight Media Team

Feature photo from Pexels

We at Spotlight Media believe in efficiency and savings when it comes to the bottom line. We think we’ve found some great business life hacks that make our business (and life) run smoother and more cost-effectively.

Free Design | Canva.com

While we believe in beautiful designs, we know that making presentations look professional and attractive can be expensive. That’s where Canva comes in. This free website has dozens of drag-and-drop templated designs. You are only charged for any stock photos you use in your design.

Canva

Bonus TipIf you’re more tech-savvy with PhotoShop or InDesign, graphicriver.com has thousands of fonts, logos and designs to download for a minimal price. You can then open them in Photoshop in InDesign and tweak them to your heart’s content.

Organize Those Emails | Sortd.com

Our email inbox is one of the most stressful parts of our workday. It seems like it’s never empty, and the really important emails get buried in the stream of worthless emails. That’s where Sortd comes in. This plugin for Gmail lets you effortlessly drag your emails into an organized to-do list. You can then check off when that email is completely take care of.

sortd.com

Bonus Tip: Looking for another easy to use to-do list? Check out wunderlist.com. You can create a free personal account and it will hopefully organize your busy life.

Organize Your Projects | Basecamp.com

With a staff of more than 20 at Spotlight Media, it can be hard to keep everything organized and running smoothly. We use Basecamp to keep our editorial process going strong. Basecamp is broken into different projects. Under each project, you can upload files, track schedules on the calendar, record things in text documents and more. More than 100,000 companies have signed up for Basecamp so we’re obviously not the only ones who think it works.

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Bonus Tip: Slack.com is another very popular messaging app for teams that has more than three million daily active users.

Create A Free Survey | Typeform.com

Whether you’re sending out a mass survey to be filled out by thousands of people or you’re just surveying a few of your valued customers, typeform.com allows you make easy to use surveys. The free version is very robust and allows you to create multiple-choice, yes/no, long text and more types of questions. It will then organize it in an easy-to-analyze way.

Typeform

Plus, it all looks beautiful. (We also recommend playing their Form Invaders game, which is a spinoff of Space Invaders that anyone who has spent time in corporate America is sure to enjoy.)

Find Great Employees | GoFargoJobs.com

Alright, we might be a little biased toward this local Fargo jobs site from local digital marketing company Adshark Marketing because we partner with them, but we love that this is a job-search site built by Fargoans for Fargoans.

Go Fargo jobs

You can post a job opening on the website (and in the back of Fargo INC! and Fargo Monthly), and internship postings are free.

Organize Your Human Resources | BambooHR.com

With a growing business, it’s easy for the administrative side of things to get left behind.

bamboo

Bamboohr.com alleviates that problem by creating a centralized employee database for your company that will track things like PTO, length of employment, employee status and much more. It also allows you to make easy to use job openings for your website. Trust us. It’ll make life easier for you.

VIDEO: ‘Fargo Insider’s Guide’ To Be Mailed To Every F-M Household

VIDEO: ‘Fargo Insider’s Guide’ To Be Mailed To Every F-M Household

Spotlight Media is excited to announce that come January 2017 a special guide will be mailed, at no cost, to every household in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. The “Fargo Insider’s Guide” will be approximately 200 pages long and include content in arts and entertainment, business, fitness, real estate and more. Roughly 100,000 copies of the magazine will be printed, with approximately 93,000 copies being mailed around the FM area. A digital version of the guide will be available through Spotlight Media websites.

Watch the 30 second video below to learn more about the “Fargo Insider’s Guide” from Spotlight Media founder Mike Dragosavich and editorial director Andrew Jason.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE “FARGO INSIDER’S GUIDE” PROMOTIONAL PAGE!

Fargo Monthly Ties For Best Niche Regional Magazine

Fargo Monthly Ties For Best Niche Regional Magazine

Last week, Spotlight Media’s Publisher Mike Dragosavich, General Manager Brent Tehven and Editorial Director Andrew Jason traveled down to Austin, Texas to participate in the Niche Media Conference. This annual conference is for niche magazine publishers from across the country. The leadership team from Spotlight Media spent the week learning of ways to improve its publications and digital presence to offer a greater product for Fargo-Moorhead.

The 2016 Nichee Awards were held at the end of the conference. This annual award show represent the best in niche publications from across the country. Fargo Monthly was honored to tie with Omaha Magazine for Best Niche Regional Magazine. Fargo Monthly was recognized for its superb design, excellent photography and quality editorial content.

“We are honored to win this award as it shows that all of our hard work has paid off,” said Editorial Director Andrew Jason. “This award shows that Fargo-Moorhead is worthy of national quality material and we are excited to share this award with our great community.”

Fargo Monthly is one of Spotlight Media’s four monthly publications. You can read the newest issue by following the link here. 

The Shopping Issue On North Dakota Today

The Shopping Issue On North Dakota Today

This morning, Editorial Director Andrew Jason made his monthly visit to North Dakota Today to talk about the November issue of Fargo Monthly, the annual Shopping Issue. Jason explores twelve of the coolest items that it features throughout the magazine.

Everything from coasters to kids clothes to men’s leather jackets are shown. Jason also discusses the upcoming Business Magazine called Fargo INC!. Check out the videos below.

Andrew Jason To Present At FargoConnect

Andrew Jason To Present At FargoConnect

FargoConnect, one of Fargo’s premiere social media, digital media and print media conferences is happening tomorrow.  Spotlight Media’s Editorial Director, Andrew Jason is scheduled to speak at one of the breakout sessions to help college students be better prepared to go into a media career. Jason will be a part of a breakout session with Minnesota State University Professor Whitney Rae Nelson to talk about the importance of internships in college. The session is called “Preparing for Careers in Digital Marketing”.

Jason stated concerning his presentation, “I am honored to be part of Fargo Connect. What the team at Flint is doing with this event is very exciting. With renowned speakers, Fargo Connect is bringing a world class event to Fargo.”

Risk Takers Issue On North Dakota Today

Risk Takers Issue On North Dakota Today

This morning, Spotlight Media’s Editorial Director Andrew Jason made an appearance on North Dakota Today to talk about the August Issues of the magazine. Titled “Risk Takers” this special edition of Fargo Monthly centers mostly around the risk takers of the booming entrepreneurial scene in Fargo.

Jason describes the five business owners that take major risks in the area and gives a sneak peak at the amazing photography of them in the issue. The cover photo of August’s Fargo Monthly features the owners of the one of the newest additions to the downtown Fargo dining scene, Pounds.

Besides the cover story, North Dakota Today features Five Things To Eat And Drink In The Area and a special shoot with Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome. Be sure to watch the videos below to find out more about the photo shoots, and special behind the scenes info.