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Kadoo | A Local Company Takes on the Big Boys in Cloud

Kadoo | A Local Company Takes on the Big Boys in Cloud

Exclusive interview with Kurt Baumann and Donna Hemmert, owners of Kadoo in Great Falls. To read the full article, visit Modern DC Business Magazine's website.

Your company’s name is Kadoo. How did you come up with it? Is there a meaning or a story behind it?

 We actually acquired Kadoo with its name in place. But, we really loved the name. And, apparently, it means “community” in Chinese, which we really like.

New Credit Rules One Year Later: What Effect has it had?

One year after new credit card regulations were enacted to stop some questionable billing practices and where are we? 

  • Over the limit penalty charges have been dramatically decreased. Previously, card holders could be hit with over the limit charges that effectively kept them over the limit. Now that has been curtailed enough where the monthly payment can be applied to the actual balance owed.


  • Before the new rules, card issuers would routinely approve transactions that would cause cardholders to exceed their limits resulting in the dreaded over the limit fees. Now customers cannot be penalized for going over their limits unless they say they want such transactions to go through.


PerPlexed with the World Of Blogging - Free Workshop Friday, March 4th @ 12:00 noon

  • Where: Connect113, 113 S Columbus St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Suite 100 (Below Red Barn Mercantile))
  • Date: March 4, 2011
  • Time: 12:00pm–1:30pm
  • Have you felt perplexed by starting a blog. To many it can be seen as a possible waste of valuable time. Trust me it is not!

    This energetic workshop conducted by DeeNice Rhodes, the Digital Dynamo, will help you clear up any apprehensions about the world of blogging and make positive steps toward using one of the most profound internet platforms today.

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New Healthy Eatery to Open in Clarendon

New Healthy Eatery to Open in Clarendon

South Block Blends will open its doors in Arlington this upcoming summer and offer customers a unique combination of grub: burritos and smoothies. Amir Mostafavi, the owner, said, “South Block Blends will offer “West Coast Style” fresh fruit smoothies.” What is “West Coast Style?” I am from San Diego, and I was even stumped. Mostafavi says, “This means natural ingredients and no sugar or sweeteners added!”

For the last 8 years, Mostafavi has had a store on the George Washington University Campus in Foggy Bottom.  “I love smoothies and I wanted to pair them with another food that people love, burritos! But, I wanted to give the burritos a healthy spin to complement my smoothies,” said Mostafavi. The burritos are kept healthy by using whole-wheat tortillas, brown rice and low-fat cheese.

Bridging the Generation Gap in Egypt and the American Workplace

The historical transfer of power in Egypt has seen the departure of an entrenched 82-year-old dictator and a movement toward a democratically elected government where young Egyptians will have a major voice in politics and policies of the future.  A major key to a successful transition that will allow Egypt to move forward as a stable, innovative nation lies in respect and understanding between generations.

The same is true with American businesses.

Innovation is the intersection of the past and present that leads to the future.  That’s why it is so important that business leaders publicly acknowledge the contribution of each generation, applaud the unique strengths brought to the table by workers of different ages, and encourage everyone to share their viewpoints as a way to make a strong team even stronger. 

With Some Businesses Down, Tackle Box in Georgetown Continues To Grow

With Some Businesses Down, Tackle Box in Georgetown Continues To Grow

While many financial analysts are saying that the economy is on the way up, residue of the recession is still reflected all over Washington…even in Georgetown. 

On the neighborhood’s posh M Street strip, sprinkled here and there between high-end boutiques and Zagat-rated restaurants, are the unfamiliar sights of boarded-up storefronts. 

The past few years have been an adjustment period for many Georgetown businesses, realizing that in hard times members of society often abandon what they want to give themselves the ability to afford what they need.  Some shops in the Georgetown community have fallen victim to this shift; others have managed to stay above water.  And then there’s Jonathan Umble and his fish shack Tackle Box---who are expanding.

Staying on Top: Allure Magazine's D.C. Spa Pick Kavenchy 1st Annual Runway Show

Staying on Top:  Allure Magazine's D.C. Spa Pick Kavenchy 1st Annual Runway Show

Allure magazine's top DC salon, Kavenchy, hosted it's first Annual Spring Look Runway Show Monday night.   Guests began arriving at 7PM for the invitation only event sponsored by Phytos and Dermalogica.   The theme for the show was spring and no detail was spared to transport guests from the outside cold into a spring garden.  The "red carpet" was thrown out and replaced instead with green plant wire meshing like the kind you would find at the garden store. The runway was lined with gerber daisies, some orchids and bamboo. The night consisted of two runway shows, one to showcase cut and color and the other featured styling.  Kavenchy tapped PEKvida a newly formed boutique public relations firm, founded by PR veterans Pergrin, Elly Sharriat and Khaleelah Po Rome to create his signature event.