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Every year, Diptyque presents a special line of candles in celebration of the Holiday season. This year, a new chapter unfolds with a fantastical reinterpretation of the Diptyque aesthetic: The Festival of Lights! Holiday Mini Candles envelope you in the spirit of the season with earthy, spicy exceptional fragrance. Samples available. www.diptyqueparis.com

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katherineLAA Latin Fever Ball
Raises Over

The 25th Anniversary of Latin Fever Ball drew nearly 620 guests to an elegantly decorated Windsor Ballroom at the InterContinental Buckhead on Saturday, Oct. 5. Guests bid on more than 120 items during the silent auction. A live auction, the gala’s first ever, featured getaways to Costa Rica and Rosemary Beach, as well as an opportunity to help children served by the LAA’s removal defense program.The ball raised more than $380,000 in gross revenues – a record — for the LAA’s programs and services. That is about a 20 percent increase over 2012. UPS was the gala’s presenting sponsor. “The 25th Anniversary of Latin Fever Ball was a great success,” said LAA Executive Director Jeffrey Tapia. “This year we really helped guests understand how they support our work in the community. That was critical. We are very grateful to ball chairs Frank and Jan Ros and to the Latin Fever Guild for helping us raise more money than ever before.”.

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Viva CEO-Publisher, Katherine Phelps with Ball Chair Aida Flamm

Networking- your biggest mistakes

networkingNetworking is a skill that can help you develop and build long- lasting business and social relationships. As with most skills, networking can be done well – and it can be done poorly, perhaps to the detriment of your career.

Here are the 16 most common networking mistakes to avoid:

1. You Think You Don’t Know Anyone. You are connected to far more people than you realize.

Take 10 minutes and write a list of past and current work colleagues, industry contacts, friends, family and social acquaintances, and you will likely surprise yourself. Store these names in a file and add to it as you meet new people.

Once a month, go through your list and call at least one person and email three. The key is to stay in touch. Find out what’s new with them personally or professionally, react to news in your industry or set up a lunch. Put a note in your files to remind yourself what you talked about.

Now check out some social media sites, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, which are both powerful gateways to contacts and can further expand your network. If you have a blog or homepage, check out who’s been corresponding with you lately. Twitter can be another useful social networking vehicle. You must reach out to new people to build your network.

Continuously reach out to new people and you’ll see a mother lode of networking possibilities grow.

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