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Urban Ashes – Reclaiming Wood & Lives

8bsR5DxnPatriot-Made Audio’s current podcast feature (one of  two) is about Urban Ashes, which is an Ann Arbor, Michigan company who takes diseased or damaged wood from from urban area trees andReclaimFrame2 mills to make beautiful hand-made goods including ready-made photo frames, custom frame moldings, home goods, custom-made furniture, and custom-designed products.
As you’ll learn from our two podcasts in this series about Paul Hickman (click here), the President and founder of Urban Ashes, the company is proud to recycle lives as well.

Urban Ashes is built upon the belief that too many of our natural resources and human lives are wasted.  Their commitment to reclaiming these lost resources and lives enables us to create a collection of hand-made goods that tell a uniquely human story to pass down generations.

Reclaiming Natural Resources

Since 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer beetle has destroyed between 50 and 100 million Ash trees in at least 15 states and two Canadian provinces.  The blight threatens to destroy most of the approximate seven billion Ash trees growing throughout North America.  While the Ash tree is the impetus behind the Urban Ashes name, their frames are not limited to Ash wood alone.  Urban Ashes uses a wide variety of domestic urban wood species that are often discarded as waste wood.

And, such waste wood is all to often left for public works departments to simply dump and or burn the lumber. Most lumber mills won’t work with wood from trees from your backyard, or that have been cut down from the “county strip” in front of a suburban home. That’s because the wood grows at odd angles and twists and turns. It’s not so easy to work with. But, Urban Ashes does work with that wood.

HOW URBAN ASHES BEGAN

In 2008, Furniture Designer Paul M. Hickman set out to design a product that would increase the utilization of urban salvaged wood. 2detoitdenailedbldgsHickman says that de-nailed wood from blighted and abandoned homes in Detroit is also reclaimed and reused.  To support their efforts and to find a store location that sells reclaimed wood from Urban Ashes click here.

Reclaiming Human Lives

Urban Ashes draws their employee base from Michigan’s transitional or disabled workforce. Hickman says that they employ former prisoners who are returning to society after spending years “on the shelf,” or locked up. While they’re at Urban Ashes they learn a lot about what it takes to re-enter society including; getting to the job, maintaining a job; getting the skill sets they need to do a job and rebuilding credit and other forms of a reputation.  Now it is also producing home goods and furnishings for businesses, such as tabletops made from reclaimed wood for restaurants.

Urban Ashes Latest News

Urban Ashes has hired five people over the last year to keep up with its production, including four ex-felons. It is also looking to hire two people to add to its staff of seven employees.  They are all striving to keep product in the company’s  225 retail locations across North America. The 6-year-old business consolidated its operations into one building adjacent to the home of Leon Speakers on Ann Arbor’s south side. It now has 3,000 square feet of work space and a symbiotic relationship with Leon Speakers to help it grow its business.  “Now it’s all in-house (manufacturing) and in one location,” says Paul Hickman, founder of Urban Ashes.

Part II – Your Summer Stories

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Here’s our latest Patriot-Made Audiocast. It’s part two of our appeal for your best summer memories! Take a listen to two of the stories from our friends, one from a relatively new American and one from a Maryland native. Have a favorite beach memory, or a bar-b-que that beats all bar-b-que? We want to hear them. It’s easy to share.  We’re interested in hearing the stories you’re passing down to your kids and friends.

Record short versions of your best summer memories on your cell phone or tablet, and then text your recording to 202-594-6138, we may just create a podcast using your story.  And we’ll share it with our Patriot-Made and Made in the USA listeners! You may also email stories to us at patmadeaudio@gmail.com

Personalize Kids Summer Reading

I See me BooksWe came across a great American made company we want to tell you about which was started by a husband and wife team. Rita Rich interviews, the CEO of the I See Me! children’s book company, which provides very colorful, high quality, and personalized children’s books.

In our humble opinion, these books would make for great children’s summer reading, for home schooled children and they would also be wonderful for helping toddlers prepare for starting school in the fall.

There are some virtual books that you can turn the pages to see the book real-time, and we personally love the ABC’s book for Benjamin because when you get to letter B, we read that he can become a broadcaster. Now that is something near and dear to our hearts, here at Patriot Made Audio.

Take a listen our latest podcast story here about how this couple’s American made company was born, when they opened for business in May of 2000.

For anyone interested in obtaining their very own personalized I See Me book for their kids, grandchildren or school class they are found online. And, for a limited time, anyone ordering a book between now and June 1st will receive a 15% discount if you use the coupon code “getcaught” at checkout, during the Get Caught Reading Month (May)!

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Allan, who is a graphic designer, and his wife, Maia Haag, author and CEO of I See Me! Inc. developed the first book “My Very Own Name” as a team. Their goal was to produce an educational book that would teach young children how to recognize letters and spell their names.  After Maia developed the concept and wrote the book, they brainstormed together to develop the characters in the book. Allan found and hired the illustrator, and designed the book, while Maia wrote the business plan.

They are pleased to say their books have become popular among celebrities including Courteney Cox, Brooke Shields and Jessica Alba.  And, their mission is to increase self-esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal of the books is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills.

Below is the newest book released They have a swashbuckling new adventure on the high seas for  little buccaneers! Announcing the launch of our My Pirate Adventure personalized book. Customized with your child’s name, photo, custom dedication and more! Developed by acclaimed publisher Chronicle Books for ISeeMe.com. See it here (http://www.iseeme.com/my-pirate-adventure-personalized-book.html)

We hope you have a great summer reading!

I See Me is also located on a variety of social platforms at:

Remembering the Women Who Died Making it America

We are Remembering the Women, Girls and Men Who Died Helping to Make America, as a result of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York City (<click on that Manhattan link to an interactive map to see their names and where they lived) on March 25, 1911.

Lest we forget, it was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men. The 104th anniversary of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire, marks more than a century of worker safety reforms.

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These resources provide detailed information on the events of March 25, 1911, working conditions at the beginning of the 20th century, and the impacts of the tragedy on workplace safety and health:

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health booklet “Don’t Mourn – Organize” (See page 7: Dr. David Michaels “We must. We will.”)

“Triangle Fire” Documentary from American Experience on PBS.

The Kheel Center at Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations – This site houses an extensive archive of information on the fire. Primary documents include newspaper accounts, interviews with survivors, and a partial transcript of the trial of the factory’s owners.

American Society of Safety Engineers – ASSE, America’s oldest professional safety organization, was founded six months after the Triangle fire. Its “Century of Safety” site provides information on the fire and the events leading to the establishment of the society.

Triangle Fire Open Archive at the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. An online collection of documents, photographs, and artworks submitted by the public that serves as “a living repository for stories, images and objects about the Triangle fire’s history, context, and impact on labor, immigrant, and women’s rights and everyday life today.”

#LLAP Leonard Nimoy

Patriot-Made Audiocast producer and narrator Rita Rich’s thoughts after hearing that actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away today (Friday, February 27, 2015), at 83.  All of us at Patriot-Made Audio and Rita Rich say that we’ll miss hearing his voice-over work in animated shows and films, like the Simpsons. Rich says she will always remember him and his role from Mission in Possible as well.  Please listen here to this tribute to Nimoy.  . Even the White House paused and made mention of Leonard Nimoy’s passing via Twitter.

Leonard was born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to Fort Ord, California, Fort Benning, Georgia, and spent much of his time at Ft. McPherson in Georgia. Leonard was discharged in 1955 as a technician 3rd grade, which was equivalent to the WWII-era rank of staff sergeant (E-5).   During his Army career, Leonard worked with the Army’s Special Services branch, where he wrote, narrated and emceed shows. He also played a soldier in a film produced by the U.S. Navy on Combat Psychiatry during the Korean War. You can watch that video here: http://youtu.be/OPF-Tx1QmVY  

We honor his service to our country and to the millions of viewers and fans who watched this actor evolve into a character who won a permanent place in pop culture for his portrayal of Mr. Spock in “Star Trek”.

The baby boomer generation came of age under Spock’s tutelage as the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer on the Starship Enterprise who revered reason and eschewed emotion during a time when society was filled with great social emotion.

It’s even more difficult to consider any other star who was so closely and affectionately identified with a single role on TV across America.  Although the original “Star Trek” that was created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966 lasted only three seasons, it has never really left the TV screen or our homes. His role lives on and on in reruns, remakes, movie adaptations, comedy skits, Halloween costumes, conventions, memorabilia, fan fiction and parodies on YouTube.

We all loved Spock and have fond memories. We would love to hear about your best memories of Leonard Nimoy, in celebration of his long career and long life.

“Live long and prosper,” and “Don’t grieve … for I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”

We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and countless fans who will miss him.

~ Rita Rich, Debra Grobman and Alice M. Fisher of Patriot-Made Audio

More Than A Living Wage

walmartThe elephant in the room in recent national news is about how people can no longer live on the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 an hour. Some have even gone so far as asking people to take the challenge to livetheWage. The push to increase the national minimum wage has steadily intensified in the past year–as the minimum wage has remained unchanged since 2009, and the wage for tipped workers has remained at $2.13 an hour since 1991.  Someone who works full time on the minimum wage earns only $290 a week — after housing costs and taxes, that breaks down to just about $77 a week to spend on food and transportation.  We’ve seen advocates and protests calling for better living wages in the news.  And, as a result, some incremental changes are unfolding.

For example, CNN Money reports that Walmart will be giving it’s lowest-paid workers a $1.75 an hour pay raise, beginning in April. And, there are other large retail companies like TJMaxx who will increase pay.  And, a week after Walmart said it would bump its roughly 500,000 lowest-paid employees up to $9 per hour wage, other retail chains announced a similar plan to hike wages. Be sure to check out the list of 10 big corporations who are paying more than minimum wage.

logoWe want our Patriot-Made Audio listeners to know there are small companies out there who are doing more and one of those stories comes out of Seattle, Washington.  Listen here to Jeff Guite (pronounced Getty), who is the CEO of American Preparedness.com.  Patriot-Made Audio talked with Guite about how much he pays his hourly workers, his views about our country and its responsibility in taking care of its most vulnerable citizens, when it comes to preparing for natural and man-made disasters.  Guite explains that he pays his employees $16.50 an hour. Guite  is a disabled American Veteran who employs other veterans to assemble emergency preparedness kits. He further explains to Rita Rich of Patriot-Made Audio how he’s just a  Minnesota farm “boy” trying to make a difference in veterans lives by providing a livable wage. Guite who is almost 70 years old by the way, and is still working hard to make a difference.  His emergency kits range from fanny-paks, to backpacks, and even large shipping containers filled with the best emergency supplies that you can get, most pf which are sourced in the United States.

Since 1981 his company has been recognized for raising awareness, creating jobs, and donating thousands of emergency kits to those most in need, as well as helping individuals, communities, schools and organizations be better prepared for emergencies.

American Preparedness is committed to serving and educating citizens on emergency and disaster preparedness.   Jeff Guite’s business is a service-disabled, veteran owned business and a leading manufacturer and distributor of emergency preparedness kits (Emergency kits are on Amazon.com as well) for government, military, businesses, disaster relief organizations, and individuals and families.

To contact American Preparedness call 888-431-4511 (TOLL FREE) or send American Preparedness an email at: info@AmericanPreparedness.com.

American Preparedness
17800 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Suite D
Seattle, Washington 98148-1745

Written By: Alice M. Fisher

 

Why We’re Increasing Our Michigan Stories

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Well, we did it. With the help of an attorney named Steve Rich, my business partner Debra Grobman, and my trusted business associate, advisor and content writer, Alice Fisher, the producers of Patriot-Made Audiocast formed a company. We’ve registered in Ann Arbor, Michigan because that state is like a business incubator for the rest of the country. It’s largest city is slowly climbing out of bankruptcy and reinventing what it’s economy will look like and how many different types of economies it will have to support its population.

You see, contrary to popular belief, not all Americans up and leave and abandon their homes and communities just because they cannot make money there. A great many stay. They make tough economic choices. Some cannot afford to leave. Some are emotionally attached to neighborhoods that they were born into, or where they’ve inherited homes, and at one point, even livelihoods and jobs.  (You might have heard of sons following dads onto the auto-assembly lines.) They truly tough it out as roads and bridges crumble beneath their feet, and street lights are turned off by the city, the copper wiring stripped to be sold for scrap by their government in order to help get the city out of bankruptcy. They live within sight of mighty highrise buildings that are carcasses of the glorious days of decades-past. These are buildings stripped bare on the inside by desperate people looking for money at the recycling centers and scrap yards of our country.

Some stay because there was such promise and hope. I went to college in Buffalo, New York State’s second largest city. I was fortunate to be on that city’s west side, home of Victorian mansions, beautiful parks and parkways, and homes that showed the promise of what was the modern 20th Century industrial age-the age before the jet plane.  Families were large, so homes were large. You can see these homes still, some better preserved than others. Some subdivided into apartments and commercial use, like sub shops, beauty shops and drug stores.  These homes haunt me as I imagine the families who lived there, and what their daily lives could have been like.

Buffalo went through a hard time. But, it had a consistent public transit system. The transit system rarely, if ever, stopped functioning. So, those without cars could get around the city and find their way to the suburbs.  There were, and still are, patrons of the arts and culture, and other establishments that stayed with the city even when manufacturers and industry shuttered factories and left town.

Detroit suffered from a mass exodus, as city services ceased to operate and neighborhoods were unlivable. Property was abandoned because it couldn’t be given away.   Now, some folks I have talked to are afraid  foreign interests are buying land that used to be neighborhoods and communities, for, well, dirt cheap.  Meantime the social climate is getting stronger in some of the hardiest areas of the city. But, those who still live in the oldest neighborhoods (the ones that remind me of Buffalo at the turn of the 20th Century) are still there. There’s no money for their municipal government to re-invest in these areas, so people are finding ways to do it themselves.  So, that’s why Flatlands Avenue Productions set up a LLC in Michigan.  We are passionate about shedding light on stories of the phoenix rising out of the ashes.  We want to share their stories, and are committed to helping others who are knee-deep in the hard work, sweat, anxiety and nervous moments when decisions are made, money is spent, and money is given away to get the job done. Along the way we’re meeting a lot of great people. They might have that mid-west humility-attitude going on because after you attend the school of hard knocks, it’s not that hard to be humble. But, they are great. They have the spirit of cooperation and devotion to their community that my partners and colleagues find so invigorating.

Rita Rich

Detroit Graffiti + Social Enterprise = Chic Jewelery

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PICT: COURTESY OF REBEL NELL

Many thanks to Romy Gingras, of Gingras Global for permission to use excerpts of her interview for our latest Patriot-Made podcast story. This American made story is about Rebel Nell and with just few words you get that this is a story about : Chic Jewelry! But, there is quiet a unique  back story about Rebel Nell’s roots and how they got started. Listen to our podcast story here.  It also seems Rebel Nell is gaining the attention of Martha Stewart and even Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan who visited the Rebel Nell shop, just yesterday! 

 In revitalizing the city of Detroit, Amy Peterson, co-founder of Rebel Nell, has a dual mission: To help rebuild the city by using graffiti that has fallen off  decaying buildings, to make jewelry and to get women out of shelters. Rebel Nell employs, educates and empowers under-served women from shelters in Detroit to assist them in transitioning to an independent life.   Rebel Nell’s goal is to help women move from a life of dependence to one of self-reliance, overcoming barriers to employment through the fruits of their own labor.  Working directly with local homeless shelters, Rebel Nell identifies women who are ready to make to transition to a new phase in their lives.

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Rebel Nell’s product line starts by re-purposing graffiti, an abundant local resource in the Motor City.  They collect the graffiti after it has already fallen off of walls.

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After some hard work and TLC, the women of Rebel Nell turn the scraps of graffiti into a unique piece of wearable art.

The studio in Detroit is located in the Grand River Creative Corridor, in a creative work space called the 4731 Building. This was an abandoned part of Detroit that has come under the care of local artists to become a breeding ground for creativity.

How Rebel Nell Got Started: 

Amy Peterson, is an attorney, and nearly two years ago she was living next to a homeless shelter. She  had conversations with the women while walking her dog. During these conversations, Peterson learned that many of these women ended up in shelters through situations out of their control.  She realized that these women needed a transitional opportunity.

Thereafter, Peterson brought on board a fashion manager Diana Russell and in December 2013, Rebel Nell — named after Eleanor Roosevelt’s nickname Little Nell — hired three women, one of which was living in a shelter while the other two were in transitional homes.   Peterson and Russell plan to add two more women from shelters to the team. The two co-founders continue working their regular full-time jobs and don’t pay themselves a salary at Rebel Nell, so that their employees can make a living wage.

The primary goal at Rebel Nell is to restore the confidence in the women we hire.  In addition to on the job training, we provide financial management, life wellness and business education to help them successfully transition to an independent life.

For more information, please visit Rebel Nell at:

Detroit’s Transit Needs Crowd Sourcing

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In just under 24 hours, we’ve witnessed a paradigm shift.  It’s the undeniable ability of the American people (and businesses) to pull together and make a huge difference, for the good of another.  And, all the world is paying attention.

“We must pay attention”, says Rita Rich in a first ever social commentary podcast story from Patriot-Made Audiocast, and it’s producers from Flatlands Avenue Productions. We express why we are passionate in telling the stories about Detroit and the rest of Michigan, listen to the full commentary here

One man’s walking represents the struggles of many in Detroit. But, the life of James Robertson, a 56-year-old man from Detroit who walks 21 miles to and from work each day, will be changed forever!  Evan Leedy, a student at Detroit’s Wayne State University, set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to buy Robertson a car.  It began with a simple goal of $5,000 and surpassed everyone’s expectations, exceeding $200,000 from thousands of people after Robertson’s story was picked up by media outlets around the world.

Bill Laitner’s story of Robertson’s daily trek from Detroit to suburban Rochester Hills captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of many readers, who donated more than $250,000 to a crowd-funding campaign to help him.

Is there more good we can do collectively? We could all follow Robertson’s work ethic and these words “I do it with no excuses,” Robertson told CBS News. “If you want something, you’ve gotta go out and get it … You better go ahead and do it because your girlfriend don’t want to hear it, your coworkers don’t want to hear it and you got to get up and do it again the next day.”

Valentine’s & Chocolates – Midwest Made

American Made South Bend Chocolates for Valentines Day

South Bend Chocolate Company (SBCC) is American Made! Patriot Made Audio interviews SBCC’s CEO Mark Tarner about their gourmet chocolates, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Take a listen to our latest podcast interview by clicking here.

What a great way to celebrate a tradition like Valentine’s Day with an American Made gift for loved ones. More information can be found at sbchocolates.com, with a complete assortment of gourmet chocolates, which can be ordered online  featuring Valentine’s Day right on their homepage.

President Mark Tarner is proud of his company’s website, which caters to both a wholesale and retail customer, including the buyer’s at posh Saks Fifth Avenue Department stores.  Know that every bite of a chocolate, popcorn, or cookie treat, includes natural ingredients grown in Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio or Michigan.

In 1991, Mark founded the South Bend Chocolate Company (SBCC) and operated it as a second business. The company got its start making chocolates under a license from the University of Notre Dame. Its first three products were the Domer, Rockne and Nuts for ND.

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Imagine a Chocolate Covered Earth

Then, in August 1994, the SBCC incorporated with Mr. and Mrs. Tarner as majority shareholders. They now produce over 500 items and are the fastest growing chocolate company in the nation, with thirteen company-owned stores in northern Indiana and four franchised locations throughout Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The factory is located at 3300 W. Sample Street in South Bend and occupies 60,000 square feet.

We Are Now on iTunes

Patriot-Made Audio PodcastThis is just a brief announcement to all of our wonderful Patriot Made followers, subscribers and friends everywhere. We are proud to announce that our Podcasts are now listed on iTunes for you to listen to from your Applie Iphone, Ipod or Ipads or Itunes from your desktop.  Here is the iTunes direct link pointing to our podcast about American Made products and services sourced in America.

We appreciate all our followers and friends and look forward to bringing you more great American Made stories in 2015! We simply love the American entrepreneurial spirit of survival, hard work and endurance to make a difference in peoples lives. Give us a call or you can even text us if you have or know of a great story to help market American businesses at (301) 404-9609 / (323) 939-08254. Emails can be sent to ritafrich (AT) gmail (DOT) com  &  dgcreative (AT) mindspring (DOT) com

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A Chat with Labor411’s Cherri Senders & Chris Garlock of DCLabor.org

Cherri SendersThis is the 3rd in a series of reports and today we are featuring Labor411.0rg’s Cherri Sendersand and Chris Garlock of DCLabor.org. The two organization leaders talked with Patriot-Made Audiocast’s Rita Rich about the social and economic impacts of spending just 10% of your holiday budget on Made in USA.    

In addition, Chris points out the value of union workers discovering places that are operated by other union members. Please also checkout our friends at Labor411’s director for our nation’s capital and the Washington DC Executive Board.

Patriot-Made Audiocast continues to encourage listeners and fans to spend $114 in 2014 because seasonal spending creates hundreds of thousands of jobs here in America. Check out our interview and listen in on the conversation!

Labor411 Helps Santa Deliver U.S. Made Gifts & Jobs!

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In our recent news release, Patriot-Made Encourages Shoppers to Spend $114 in 2014 on US MADE Gifts, during the holiday season. Did you know that spending just a few dollars on Made In America products can create hundreds of thousands of jobs?  Patriot-Made Audiocast talks with the publisher of Labor411.org, Cherri Senders. 

Labor411 provides directories and shopping lists of Union Made goods that make it easy to buy Made in USA. Need holiday shopping ideas? One of the toughest hurdles for most people is finding stores that sell US Made products.  The link below provides a list of 24 stores to help make your American buying experience easier. Labor411’s lists topical product categories with everything from clothing to jewelry to furniture and automotive products. Visit their product directory here and help support the creation of American jobs. And, there are even more featured products here.  

Join both Patriot-Made and Labor411’s campaigns to spend more on Made in America this month!

Easy to Spend $114 During 2014 Holidays with Lodge Cookware

 Slideshow_SoupFind out why a gift from the longest running iron forge company is a great investment for the gourmet chef in your life, and makes a great American Made holiday gift.

Patriot-Made Audio talks with Lodge Cookware’s director of PR and advertising Mark Kelly (listen to our latest Audio Interview)

Whether you enjoy cooking in a well-appointed kitchen, or cooking with open coals and an open fire, Lodge has got the perfect pan, pot or Dutch Oven.  This is an American company that’s exploded in popularity along with the explosion of gourmet chef, top chef, nasty chef tv shows.  The original is the best.  Review their cookware gift guide here.

Lodge recently Tweeted () that a dark chocolate-pecan skillet bread pudding would make a dreamy Christmas breakfast! Read more>

Patriot-Made Audio encourages holiday shoppers to spend $114.00 in 2014, on U.S. made products, to help create 200,000 jobs. Debra Grobman, co-founder of Patriot-Made Audio says, “If each person spends just $114.00 on U.S. made products and gifts, it could potentially create 200,000 jobs.  Gobman continues, “If the total amount of sales for the holiday season is spent only on U.S. made products which totals  more than $465 billion in sales, the National Retail Federation estimates. If that money was spent entirely on US made  products it would create 4.6 million jobs.

Rita Rich, an award winning story teller and co-founder of Patriot-Made Audio says, “It is our hope that we all can make a difference, by starting a new holiday tradition to support U.S. based jobs, grow middle America and our U.S. Economy.”

“Celebrity Name Game” Inventor Laura Robinson

Laura-Robinson-headshotWe thought we’d share a cross-over post from our sister site CanadianMade Audio.  We hope you enjoy Laura Robinson’s chat with us via our latest  audio interview.  She is both American and Canadian with dual  citizenship (as well as her American born husband).

Laura launched a new game, called ‘Identity Crisis: The Funniest Game About Famous Names’, in 2008.  She recently sold the 1-hour prime-time television game show based on her game “Identity Crises” to a major U.S. television network.  “The game show is based on the board game Identity Crisis, where Celebrities are teamed with contestants.

Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, commented, “Celebrity Name Game’ is a hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show. It combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. We’ve had incredible success bringing world-class comedians to the world’s most successful game shows with talents such as Drew Carey, Steve Harvey and Wayne Brady. We are delighted to add the ultra-talented and witty Craig Ferguson to our family as he drives the competition and brings nonstop laughter to viewers at home…”

As further noted by Hollywood Reporter Article,  “Celebrity Name Game” was developed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Productions along with showrunner Scott St. John, Laura Robinson and Richard Gerrits. Robinson and Gerrits, who will serve as producers on the series, run North 44 Productions. Executive producers are St. John, Thom Beers, Jennifer Mullin, Cox and Arquette…”

In 2009, Laura was a guest author for the bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, all about the transformational power of gratitude, and co-created an inspiring family board game of the same name. She was featured in the book Women Invent, and has been a keynote speaker at numerous events.

In 2008,  She invented of the popular parlor game Balderdash.  By the way, that single board game ‘Balderdash’ has sold more than twenty-five million copies, worldwide.

Laura also consults and advises inventors on the trademark/copyright process and on creating cohesive brand strategies.

Laura Robinson is a Canadian actress, inventor, producer and mother of two. She has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actress with many roles in film and television, both in Los Angeles and Toronto. She was a regular on the long-running CBS show Night Heat (1985), played the title character in Lifetime Television’s original detective drama Veronica Clare (1991), and guest-starred on many hit shows like Frasier (1993) and Cheers (1982). She has appeared as a guest on Entertainment Tonight Canada (2005), The Gill Deacon Show (2006) and “Rogers Ottawa Daytime”, on CBC TV.

You can follow Ms. Robinson via Twitter @balderdashgirl