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The Next Poet Laureate Could Be You

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The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture seeks nominations for the position of Poet Laureate for the 2020-2022 term. 

The San Antonio Poet Laureate is an honorary position within the City of San Antonio. The primary role of the Poet Laureate is to promote literary arts and literacy within the community and create a greater appreciation of the poetic arts through the reading and writing of poetry. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. central time. Nomination form and information are available at www.sanantonio.gov/arts.  

The individual selected will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $3,500 per year. The Poet Laureate is expected to generate public interest in the literary arts and pursue the preservation of the art of poetry. The selected individual will participate and make appearances at least one public event annually, such as a poetry reading and/or theatrical performance.

The State of Texas has appointed Poet Laureates since 1932, with San Antonio becoming the first major city in Texas to appoint a Poet Laureate in 2012. Several cities throughout the United States, including San Francisco, Santa Fe and Denver, also have Poet Laureate programs.

“With cities across the country convening in San Antonio this week for the National League of Cities Conference, this is a perfect time to showcase how our city is a leader in arts and culture,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our Poet Laureate Program is one of many ways our city places significant importance and value on artistic expression in telling the story of our past, present and future.”  

The Department of Arts & Culture has supported innovative programs and public events in San Antonio in conjunction with the city’s Poet Laureate including festivals, workshops, readings and more. 

In 2018, Octavio Quintanilla was appointed San Antonio Poet Laureate. Since his appointment, Quintanilla hosted and participated in various poetry events – including dozens of poetry readings, keynote speeches, editorial boards and classrooms visits throughout the city. 

“It has been an honor to serve as the San Antonio Poet Laureate for 2018-2020,” said Quintanilla. “I have enjoyed working with the diverse poetry communities in city, visiting schools, volunteering in the community, and representing our San Antonio beyond its city limits as one that values poetry.”

More information about the City’s Poet Laureate program is available HERE.

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Online Tool Helps in Finding Grants and Tax Incentives

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Black-owned fintech and finance company Novae LLC announced the launch of a new online tool designed to help small businesses to find grants and tax incentives that can help them to grow exponentially.

Called Novae Grants, the new tool will allow users to search a database of thousands of financial assistance opportunities from both the government and the private sector. Tax credits that small businesses may qualify for will also be included in the database.

Novae founder Reco McCambry says that the grants his team is gathering for inclusion in the database range from $500 to $5 million in size, and are designed to help business owners serve their communities. The grants include town- and city-based grants to revitalize local businesses and create jobs, and federal and think tank grants to support renewable energy, tech, and innovation.

“The idea is to make it as easy as possible for small businesses to locate the support they need to grow,” McCambry says. “Whether you’re a mom and pop shop or a good-sized startup, you may be doing something that one of these agencies wants to promote for the sake of the public good.”

McCambry notes that most of the grants which have so far been located and placed in the Novae Grants database are intended for small businesses with 6-100 employees, though some are also intended for larger businesses and sole proprietor startups.

“We know that local businesses make us more secure,” McCambry told me in our interview, “and we know that innovation often comes from startups. There are a lot of organizations that recognize this and offer funding to support these missions. But not many people know how to find these grants, and many assume they won’t qualify because they aren’t in some specialized public service role. Our mission is to change that and bring this money into our communities.”

The Novae Grants search engine is now available at novaemoney.com. In addition to grants, Novae also helps companies build business credit, provides access to traditional business funding, and offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing for their high-ticket offerings.

Novae and CEO McCambry’s mission to increase access to financing for businesses and customers in underserved communities has helped the company and its CEO to earn numerous awards and distinctions in recent years. Novae has been included on the Inc 5000 list of the 5000 fastest-growing businesses in America for two years running, while McCambry was recently named Innovator of the Year at the annual Bank Customer Experience Summit and received an Outstanding Leadership Award at Money2.0 this Spring.

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Sail Away On A Quick Escape

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Calling all active and veteran military, first responders, law enforcement officers, and educators, you can sail away for free. As a way to celebrate the dedication of those serving their communities, “The Heroes Sail Free” complimentary offer from Margaritaville at Sea is inviting all of the mentioned on a much-deserved 3-day, 2-night cruise from the Port of Palm Beach to the Grand Bahama Island. Program details can be located on the cruise line website at www.margaritavilleatsea.com (under offers).

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Put Some Respect On It!

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Birds Up! The UTSA Roadrunners fairytale season continues! The Roadrunners remain undefeated, increased their record to 11-0, and clinched a spot in the Conference USA West Division Championship Game when they beat UAB this past Saturday with a tipped pass to tight end Oscar Cardenas with only seconds left in the game. The final score was 34-31. Quarterback Frank Harris had an outstanding performance, finishing the game with 323 passing yards and three touchdowns.

UTSA prepares for their season finale on the road this Saturday against The University of North Texas (UNT). On December 4, 2021 UTSA will host the winner of the Western Kentucky and Marshall game where they hope to bring home the team’s first ever Championship title. Go Roadrunners!

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