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3D Printing Opens Doors for Inventors
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Attaining the money it takes to invest into ideas and launch them into the phases of prototypes and searching for investors is hard work, and not achieved by many. But 3D printing has helped change that reality for many inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs. Wes Kouba from Dallas, TX had his great idea four years ago after a record breaking, devastating tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, AL, leaving many trapped in storm shelters with three feet of debris on top of them. Wes wondered if there was a solution that allowed shelter and safety, without leaving people trapped underground.

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3D Printing is the Prize for Middle School Design Class Contest
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Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.

 A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class.  Read More »

A ‘Mentor Match’ Made in Heaven
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For 82-year-old small business owner Newt Malerman, finding his mentor was a serendipitous event. Over the course of his life, Newt had shifted career paths six or seven times without much hesitation. But when faced with a business venture that led him into unchartered waters, he began drowning in his own fear and self-doubt. A mentor came to his rescue and offered him a lifeline.

While Newt had a history of owning small businesses, most of them had been within his comfort zone. His first love was art. He attended art school and after graduation, followed a natural progression. Newt became an artist, an art teacher and eventually, transitioned to become president of a graphic arts/embroidery business. When the business transferred overseas and he lost his job, Newt returned to his first love, opening an art gallery with his wife and fellow artist. Read More »

Third Generation Business Built on Mentoring
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This year marks the second annual National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. The month was created to highlight the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it can have on youth. However, recent research has shown that mentorship can also play a role in the success of small business owners.

Starting a business can be challenging and oftentimes a new business owner may not know all the answers. For a small business owner, a close mentoring relationship provides the benefit of having a different experience or knowledge base to draw from. Mentors can help look at problems and situations from different perspectives and have expertise that can provide insight to people just starting out.

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New SBA Partnership Helps Veterans Access Small Business Opportunities
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As we spend today honoring our veterans, I would like to highlight an event hosted in my store in Arlington, Virginia. On November 5, the International Franchise Association (IFA) made a special announcement, sharing exciting progress with the Operation Enduring Opportunity program. In 2011, the IFA made the largest private sector veteran hiring commitment to date as part of the White House Joining Forces initiative, by pledging to hire and recruit 80,000 veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses through 2014. The organization was pleased to announce that with the support of organizations including The UPS Store, they have already surpassed that number and have hired 151,557 veterans, nearly doubling their initial goal!

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‘Customers haven’t changed over 50 years’
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Robert Vallely has focused on good service for five decade

How did I come to work at UPS?

There was an ad in the Sunday newspaper for delivering parcels in suburban areas. I applied at the Continental Hotel in Kansas City that Sunday afternoon.

I was given an aptitude test and told I would be contacted with the results. I didn’t have a phone … so I was notified by telegraph that I had passed the test.

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor Sandy…
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I have had the good fortune to work at UPS for more than 24 years and over the course of my career I’ve seen our company do some pretty amazing things. Most recently, in the aftermath of what has been called the storm of the century, UPSers throughout the northeast are working through some incredibly difficult challenges to serve their customers – in many cases, even when their customers haven’t yet reopened for business.

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Girls’ Night Out: Philadelphia
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This year, I am going to seven weddings. SEVEN. And that’s not even including my own. Because most of them are out of town, I am just never at home. Traveling is great, don’t get me wrong, but with so much to do (particularly with my own wedding planning), leaving town can be a little inconvenient.

Now that summer is approaching, I’m sure I’m not the only one with trips on the horizon. Summer vacations, Memorial Day and Labor Day getaways, Fourth of July trips – they are great, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a trip without worrying about what’s going on at home?

On May 18, UPS is proud to be a part of the Girls’ Lunch Out (GLO) party. It’s a networking event for women, and an opportunity to break from the blogging and connect with other busy women, moms and business owners who want to find the same solutions.   

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Oosthuizen wins the Malaysian Open
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Second at last week’s Masters Tournament. Third in Houston two weeks ago. But after two near misses and over 10,000 miles travelled, UPS Golf Ambassador Louis Oosthuizen clinched a victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open over the weekend.

The 29 year-old South African defied the psychological fatigue of just missing out on a Green Jacket at Augusta National last Sunday and the physical challenges of a 30-hour journey to Kuala Lumpur to win by three shots. Read More »

Relief for the tax procrastinator — Stress management, courtesy of The UPS Store
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If you’re like me, you’ve already filed your taxes—a month or two ago! I guess I like seeing that refund in my bank account, so I try to file as soon as possible. But there are many out there (you know who you are) who wait til the last minute to file their taxes, even if the IRS gives them an extra couple days to file. I guess the looming threat of late fees doesn’t scare them. Maybe they like the stress, who knows?

Fortunately, there’s relief for all you last-minute filers. Your neighborhood The UPS Store location offers copying, postal and shipping services to help you get your taxes to Uncle Sam on time. Many of The UPS Store locations actually stay open late on April 17 to accommodate the procastinators. And some even throw a Tax Break party to celebrate our right to pay taxes.

Most people who physically send their returns to the IRS use the mail, but did you know you can also SHIP your federal tax returns via UPS? What’s better than watching your tax forms make their way to the IRS? With UPS shipping, you get a tracking number so you can track your return all the way to Uncle Sam.

If you’re mailing, don’t forget they’ve got to be postmarked by April 17.

What are you planning to do with your tax return?