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Connecticut set to Win Big at the Best Businesses Awards

The BBA, or the Best Businesses Awards, is an event that takes place once a year in America. It is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses to stack themselves up against their opposition and show themselves to the world. Some of the world’s best businesses today were built on the backs of winning these awards. The BBA For those who don’t know about the Best Businesses Awards, let us break it down for you. There are six different categories, each with its own award up for grabs. Hospitality covers restaurants, bars, and catering. Industrial focuses on companies that mass-produce technology, equipment or provide specialized construction. Construction, of course, focuses on the businesses that build our cities and maintain our infrastructure. Retail covers any business that sells directly to the general public. Financial focuses on banks, lending agencies, wealth management firms, and other areas. And last you have the Charity award, which is given to non-profits that have made a significant impact. Each state runs its own state-wide nomination competition where the public can vote for which business they want to be put into each category. Every state must decide on one business for each category to face up in the nation-wide segment of the award. To make it to this stage is a great honor in and of itself. Speculation Every year, bookies and journalists speculate about which state is going to claim the most awards. There is no rule saying one state cant claim more than one award. And it is possible for one state to win all six awards, but very unlikely. This doesn’t stop people from making their own speculation brackets or placing bets. It becomes a great matter of pride for the residents of any given state. The outcome of the awards is determined by an independent panel of judges who tour around the nation meeting all these businesses. There is a panel for each category made up of experts in that field. The speculation this year though is rather surprising. For the first time, a lot of bookies have Connecticut as the favorite to win in three different categories. Hospitality, construction, and Industrial. Why Connecticut This is the first time in the state’s history that it is speculated to win this many awards in one go. While the state has a few awards to its name, it has never earned more than one award at any one time. But recent years have seen Connecticut prosper and grow. With its business landscape improving ten-fold. One of the businesses that has been nominated is a Waterfords roofers near me that I have made use of in the past. Recently they have over-hauled their business and it has had a positive effect. Their customer satisfaction ratings have gone up to nearly 90% and they are even considering expanding to a new location. The restaurant that has been nominated has also seen similar improvements being made and has won a few local food awards along with being featured on a few cooking shows. The engagement from the community has been staggering, with more people flocking to try the restaurant now that it has been nominated. It is no surprise that Connecticut is being speculated to clean house at the BBA’s. The entire state has seemingly been swept up in a wave of local communities supporting their local businesses. And the knock-on effect is the businesses have been booming. Competition But we need to remember this is all speculation at the end of the day. No one can know for certain which state is going to win which awards. And there are certain states that always seem to do well, no matter what. States like Washington or New York always seem to nab at least one award. For obvious reasons. And another sleeper hit is the state of Iowa. Known for not doing so well in the BBA’s, this year the Iowa nominations are extremely tough and ready to stand up with the best of them. It really is anyone’s game this year. So stay tuned to this site and we will give you updates on the BBA’s as they come in.  …

ESPN teams get set for Pan Am Games sports spectacular

  Even the most dedicated sports fans do not get to see all their favorite sporting events in person. Fortunately, ESPN is planning live coverage from the 2015 Pan American Games that is so comprehensive fans will experience the events as if they were right there. To cover all bases, ESPN production teams have constructed a series of broadcast studios in a landmark Toronto skyscraper on the shores of Lake Ontario. Today the team is completing the finishing touches for tonight’s special broadcast of the 2015 Pan American Games opening ceremonies.   These broadcast studios have Toronto written all over them. They feature exceptional views of Toronto and Lake Ontario and incorporate the skylines in sets designed for the Pan Am Games broadcasts. Featuring an appealing location is a popular choice for ESPN creative teams, which sometimes opt for the alternate approach of featuring the images of a particular sporting event or the national icons of the country where the event is taking place. Distinctive design is important, because the same sets are used for on-site production around the world. So the set design and impressive views from the set are essential for the quality that viewers have come to expect.   Sponsors are part of the team. The “5 Hour Energy” brand is sponsoring the main talk show set overlooking Lake Ontario. Direct TV is featured on the outdoor terrace stage set. Lightweight props with segment specific logos and designs can be installed in just seconds to customize each broadcast to optimize the visibility of the team players that help make top quality programming possible.   The multiple sets and mobile broadcast stations at individual sports events will generate content for many different audiences and in several different languages. ESPN, ESPN Deportes and their premium channels will broadcast live coverage and sports expert interviews. ESPN Brasil and ESPN Argentina will customize additional programming for audiences in these countries.   A key factor in making special broadcasts from this kind of major international sports event work is very familiar to almost everyone who works in corporate America. Meetings. Frequent meetings with the Toronto 2015 team, the producers of the opening and closing ceremonies, sports agents who schedule appearances by busy athletes and veteran commentators and internal planning meetings are all part of a long day’s work. And these days are really long – from early morning in Brazil two hours ahead of Toronto to evening in California three hours behind Toronto.   This large investment in onsite production will cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars more than simply editing video feeds from the sporting events in a U.S. television studio. The high investment strategy is matched to a distinctive and difficult programming strategy. That is to focus on live broadcasts, complemented by very recent coverage of headline sports news. It is always complicated. ESPN International Senior Producer Maria Soares describes today’s live television routine as a combination of preparation and spontaneity.   This substantial investment of money and talent in programming from the Pan American Games is already earing a valuable dividend. ESPN has exclusive rights for Olympics coverage in Latin America, a role played by NBC and NBC Sports within the U.S. The Pan Am Games’ similarities with the Olympics as a multi-sport event make it a good opportunity to prepare for 2016 Olympics coverage. Maria Soares explained that the broadcast production team and on-camera talent working at the Pan Am Games in Toronto this year have already been recruited to work together on coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and an exciting lineup of special broadcasts on the Road to Rio.…