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Loving Our Fathers ...
Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there! We appreciate everything you've taught us and everything you do. Kick up your heels today and just relax. You deserve it ...
Here's a little history on the day:
The first observance of this special day took place in Fairmont, West Virginia in 1908, on July 5.
Father's Day was organized by a Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of 210 fathers who had been lost in a mining disaster several months earlier in West Virginia. Ms. Clayton actually chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her own father, who had recently passed away. Unfortunately, Ms. Clayton's Father's Day was overshadowed by other events in Fairmont; West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again.
Instead, full credit for Father's Day eventually went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who independently invented her own celebration of Father's Day two years later. Ms. Clayton's celebration was forgotten -- until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon's proclamation of Father's Day, and worked to recover its true legacy. Fairmont is now officially the "Home of the First Father's Day Service."Remember, fathers, relax today ... you deserve it and so much more!
A world without fathers would be minus pulpwood trucks covered in red clay dirt from the back roads of Alabama. It would be void of that big leather chair with Westerns humming on the TV every Sunday afternoon. There would be no memories of hunting and fishing deep in the woods of The Black Settlement; no visits on tall shoulders to pick Aunt May's strawberries; or torn green Army jackets with hidden trinkets buried deep inside.
A world without fathers would be no stories of how to get a bully off to himself and beat the crap out of him when he least expected it; it would mean no trips to get ice cream with hair uncombed while mama was still asleep; it would mean no memories of Wild Waters, Busch Gardens, and the big green and blue waterfall behind the old vet's house.
Remembering ... my father, my stepfather. Loving both of you, always.
Happy Father's Day!
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Link to All Previous Newsletter Issues: As always, don't forget to peruse previous issues of the foreclosure cleanup industry newsletter (especially if you're a new newsletter subscriber) at http://www.aweber.com/archive/fcbizowners for tons of solid advice and guidance to grow your business in 2011.
Failed Banks Listed by Month
Visit this link to see which banks closed in which month. (Remember, the acquiring institutions of failed banks can be fertile ground for foreclosure cleanup businesses.)
Tip: To locate your County Clerk's Office, GOOGLE phrases like "Your County Name" and County Clerk; or "Your City Name" and "County Clerk".
Search for Business "Licenses and Permits" Regulations by State: Every business needs one or more federal, state or local licenses or permits to operate. Licenses can range from a basic operating license to very specific permits. Regulations vary by industry, state and locality, so it's very important to understand the licensing rules where your business is located. Not complying with licensing and permitting regulations can lead to expensive fines and put your business at serious risk. (Source: SBA.gov.) http://www.sba.gov/content/search-business-licenses-and-permits
Help Devising a Zip Code List: In your effort to come up with a list of zip codes in which your company does business (or in which your company can do business), use the United States Post Office's Zip Code Finder. You can find a ZIP Code by entering an address, and you can also search for a partial address, such as "Green Street, Los Angeles, CA." Find it at this link: http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp.
D-U-N-S Number Tip: Don't "pay" for a D-U-N-S Number! Some companies charge $149 and up when they box it with other services. Getting your number is free, free, free if you are signing up as a vendor on government contract registration websites.
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