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Hotel Contract Function Space


Function Space

10.1     Based on Group’s requirements, the Hotel has reserved function space as shown on the Schedule of Events attached as Exhibit B.  The function space will be complimentary.  Any changes to the room assignments as outlined in the Schedule of Events must be agreed to, in writing, by both the Group and the Hotel.  Any additional space added after the date of this Agreement will be offered on a complimentary basis. The number of people listed is for room capacity planning only and does not represent a guarantee of the amount of food and beverage that will be ordered.

10.2     The Hotel shall not reassign contracted space unless approved in writing by the Group.

10.3     No other party shall be allowed to use the Group’s defined foyer function space as set forth in Exhibit B during a Meeting function.

10.4     The Hotel will provide to Group a registration area directly outside of the main meeting room consisting of no less than (3) 6’ x 30” tables with (4) chairs beginning one day prior to the first Meeting Date for set-up until four hours after the Meeting concludes.  This registration area will not be shared with any other party for any period of time.  This area should not be broken down and reset at any time during the Meeting Dates.  This space should be able to accommodate power, telephone hook-up and internet access at published Hotel rates or lower negotiated rates.

10.5     There shall be no charge to the Group for the set-up of meeting rooms as directed by the Group.  The Hotel shall provide, at no charge, certain equipment standard for the types of meetings and events scheduled, including the following: standing lecterns, easels, registration tables and chairs, water and glasses, pads and pencils, bulletin or message boards, and the house sound system.

10.6     The Hotel shall not charge for storing the Group’s meeting materials and publications for up to five (5) business days prior to the first day of the Meeting and up to two (2) business days after the conclusion of the Meeting.  The Hotel’s staff shall assist in moving these materials to the registration area at no charge.

10.7     Vendors: Group reserves the right to utilize the vendor of its choice for services or rentals in the areas of (but not limited to) audio-visual, exhibit decorating, security, floral, transportation, tours, business center, computer rental, additional tables, additional chairs, pipe and drape, poster boards, etc., with no surcharge from Hotel or from its in-house supplier.

10.8     Audio-visual: Group reserves the right to bring their own audio-visual equipment with no surcharge from Hotel or from its in-house supplier.

Hotel Contract for Guest Room Accomodations


Guest Room Accommodations

1.1       This Agreement applies to the following block of rooms (the “Room Block”); however this does not constitute a guarantee or representation by the Group that all of the rooms held in the Room Block will be reserved or occupied by Meeting attendees in the pattern set below.  The Hotel shall, on a regular basis, advise the Group of the number of rooms reserved in the block and the number available.


Date

Day of Week
Month/Year
Day of Week
Month/Year
Day of Week
Month/Year
Day of Week
Month/Year
Day of Week
Month/Year
Day of Week
Month/Year

Single/Double
Occupancy


# of
Rooms

# of
Rooms

# of
Rooms

# of
Rooms

# of
Rooms

# of
Rooms

Club Upgrades


# of Upgrades

# of Upgrades

# of Upgrades

# of Upgrades

# of Upgrades

# of Upgrades

Total Room Nights:  XX

1.2       The Group may increase the Room Block by up to XX percent (XX %), on a space available basis, at the Group Rate as defined below.  Such increase shall be confirmed in writing and signed by the Hotel and Group.  In no case shall the Room Block be reduced except in writing signed by the Group and the Hotel.

1.3       All rooms used by persons attending or working at the meeting shall be counted in the Room Block on a cumulative basis.  These include, but are not limited to: all cancellations billed (“no shows”); all persons who, for whatever reason, do not receive the Group rate (e.g. late reservations, corporate rates, government rates, etc.); and all persons “walked.”

1.4       The Hotel agrees to contact the Group in writing to review the Room Block commitment on or before (the “Room Block Review”):
           
Day, Month, Year
30 days after (YEAR) conference*
Day, Month, Year      
30 days after (YEAR) conference
Day, Month, Year
30 days after (YEAR) conference

* If you are contracting for a conference that occurs annually and this Agreement is for four years out, you will want to review the room block after each year prior to the contract year.

Day, Month, Year
6 months prior to conference

           

1.5       Upon each Room Block Review, the Group has the right to increase or decrease the Room Block up to XX percent (XX %) as well as make corresponding changes to the Schedule of Events. Such changes to the Agreement shall be confirmed in writing and signed by the Hotel and the Group.

If you have exhibitors who plan on hosting events during your meeting, add:

Suite Approval: The hotel shall not assign or approve any suite request over the meeting dates without obtaining the prior written approval of Group. 

1.6       Baggage Storage: Baggage will be stored at no charge for early arrivals and late departures.


Career Goal Decisions


My professional philosophy
I like his example of the golden circle with what, how and why. WHAT: I want to be entrepreneur by my passion of cooking and want to share with the world to know about my restaurant, Super Café. HOW: we sell the products to serve the customers from my recipes. WHY: I want to be my own boss, hours how many I want to work, show my culinary art skills, and anything is possible.
My professional values
Communication, team work, work ethic, cultural awareness, trust, and decision-making.
My professional brand
Work hard, good work ethic, and awareness, skill, and knowledge of cultural.
Who will you become as a professional? What is your vision?
Entrepreneur, chef and owner of Super Café, my restaurant. My vision to accomplish the goals that I want to be success and proud of myself. The vision for my future restaurant to provide the homemade meals from real recipes that everyone wants to taste.
What are your 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 year goals?
In 1 year; I am going to complete my Master of Art degree in organizational leadership and seek a best job with my degree to meet the requirement or continuously working at my current position. In 2 years I want to receive a leader or manager position in any organization and gain my experiences in culinary art and leadership skill. I possibly own Super farmer market to increase the profits then I can run a café. So, I can use my farmer market to merge with my restaurant to make meals with fresh vegetables and fruits. In 5 years; I expect to run my restaurant, Super Café and continuously gain the skills in culinary art. I want to travel around the world and see more in food industry. In 7 years; I am sure that I want to run my restaurant, Surber Café and traveling, and continue my skills as chef.  In 10 years; I want to be an entrepreneur and author of my chef life and cook book.
On a scale of 1-5 (1 being lowest – 5 being highest), has this decision-making and career planning exercise on defining your professional identity been helpful to you? Why?
5 because I been working on the plan since I graduated to receive a degree in culinary art and during that year in school I choose to set my plan and goals. I decided to keep stick with the plan that I want to accomplish. I decided to continue with my culinary art skills to work at different places, and I love to learn new things which it motivates me. Financially is expensive so I consider to owning small business, farmer market to save for my restaurant plan. I am confident on my decision-making for my career planning.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Occupational Outlook Handbook





The occupational outlook handbook is a great resource. It can show me what careers are out there and what the outlook for them are. I think that it will be a great resource for me looking for a career after graduation. The BLS or the Bureau of Labor Statistics, arranges data about occupations into 25 noteworthy gatherings. Clients can check bunches that appear to be identified with their interests and discover arrangements of particular employments identified with the gathering with the end goal to examine alternatives. There are 25 word related groups in the OOH are design and building; expressions and structure; network and social administration; PC and data innovation; development and extraction; instruction, preparing and library; excitement and sports; cultivating, angling and ranger service; nourishment planning and serving; medicinal services; establishment, upkeep and fix; legitimate; life physical and sociology, administration; math; media and correspondence; military; office and managerial help; individual consideration and administration; creation; defensive administration; deals; and transportation and material moving. It encompasses highest paying occupations, most new jobs, and fastest growing occupations (Doyle, 2004). When you go the BLS website, they give advice to high schoolers, but it is applicable to adults as well. There is a lot to think about when choosing a career (Torpey, 2015). I can explore my interests and learn about myself. Say if I like a certain area, I need to ask myself why I like it. What do I like about it? Why do I like it? Questions like that. It is a valuable resource for me for the future. 
RESOURCES
Doyle, A. (2004, May 2). Check Out the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-the-occupational-outlook-handbook-2058465
Torpey, E. (2015, January 7). Career planning for high schoolers : Career Outlook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/career-planning-for-high-schoolers.htm

Friday, March 29, 2019

Small Business Development

In the process of recruiting at the diner I think the best option would be contacting the school career service center at a local university or college for assistance. The reason why I say that is the customer service would be great due to the relationship the staff has with their students and having a university with many different ethical backgrounds will definitely make it easier to choose the right candidate. There is no charge to the employer, which is another benefit. Why I say benefit is because both the student in search of employment and the recruiter win, so that’s a very big plus. Another reason for example is at the University of Miami is on a semester system, which allows three recruiting periods that are both five months long. So right there that tells me that the diner’s ad can possibly be posted up to almost a year. And last but not least the screening process. The school will give you two screening options, the first one will be Pre-screened/Closed, which the school staff pre-screens candidates and forwards the most eligible to the owner of the diner; From there the owner overlooks the resumes and makes the final choice of who the new kitchen manager will be. Versus the second pre-screening option, which is Open, meaning the eligible students will be able to sign up for a chance at an interview on a first-come, first-served basis. And the last is called Half Closed/ Half Open, and the purpose of this type of pre-screening is a hybrid of the first two options, this way allows you to go over the résumés of qualified candidates and select seven students whom you want to interview. And the open portion offers six interview slots for qualified candidates who sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. And best of all the University will arrange all the interview times.
When owning a very busy small business it is very important to benefit from everything that you do. With that being said this is why going with a school career service center would be very beneficial, at no cost, and you will find someone within the field that is ready to work.

References:

Welcome to the University of Miami School of Business. (n.d.). Retrieved May 01, 2016, from http://www.bus.miami.edu/recruiters/recruiter-services/on-campus-recruiting/index.html
Craigslist | about help job-how. (n.d.). Retrieved May 02, 2016, from https://www.craigslist.org/about/help/job-how

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Top Core Competencies of a tech company


The three top core competencies of my company includes research and development, finance, and marketing.  These three things were the things that helped the company the most.  Research and Development helped the company to use the technology that would lead to the production and selling of the products that was produced.  Finance helped the company due to the cash flow and not showing any negative cash flows and not having to use an emergency loan which is always a nice thing to have.  Marketing helped the company by making consumers aware of the product that was being produced.  The company was more successful with the low tech end.
In the summary, the competitive advantages that the company has include size, performance and finance.  The size of the product meets with the low tech customers more than the high tech customers, but the growth rate of the high tech was in the top half compared to the other companies.  The finance part is the company continues to make a profit and still hasn't had to use an emergency loan.  
The positioning strategy that the company should use is to continue to use the advantages and keep working striving to reach out to the high tech group.  If the company can get a great mix of customers then the company will be successful.  The other thing that the company needs to do is to work on the things that the company doesn't do really well.  The customer awareness and trying to have more of a positive cash flow.  The company needs to concentrate on getting their liabilities better since the company is last in this category.  The company needs to concentrate on fixing the negatives while maintaining the positives.
Prahalad and Hamel stated there are three tests that one should use to determine if something is a core competence:  Does the competence provide a potential access to a wide variety of markets; does the competence make a significant contribution to the perceived customer benefits of the end product; is the competence difficult for the competitors to imitate because it is a complex harmonization of individual technologies and productions skills  (Prahalad & Hamel, 1990)?  In the description from above the core competencies will benefit the company and will make the company continue to grow and be prosperous.  There is a lot of work that will be needed to make the company to rise above the competition, but that can be done.
Porter describes competitive advantage as the leverage that a business owner has over its competitors.  Porter also described three determinants in creating a competitive advantage.  These determinants are benefit, target market, and competition.   Porter asked the questions that goes with the determinants. 
What is the real benefit you product provides?  Who are the customers?  Have you identified the real competitors (Amadeo, 2018)? 
The company needs to answer these questions to see if the company will be successful in all of its ventures.  It also keeps a company relevant in dealing with competitors and customers.  When the company can get a true grasp on where it is heading and who the company will be concentrating on will be a plus.  This company has concentrated on the low tech customers and continues to work towards getting their technology upgraded.  This will allow the company work towards the high tech customers and competing with their competition.
The position of the company is that the company needs to be able to keep the positives and work on the negatives.  What that means even though the company has some competitive advantages, there is a need to extend those advantages while correcting the disadvantages that other companies have.  This will take time and money that will need to be invested into the company.  With the direction of the company staying positive and continuing to make money, the outlook is good and the company is headed in the right direction.
RESOURCES:
Amadeo, K. (2018, October 19). What is Competitve Advantage? Three Strategies That Work. Retrieved from The Balance: www.thebalance.com
Prahalad, C., & Hamel, G. (1990, May-June). Core Competence. Retrieved from Harvard Business Review: 
www.hbr.org

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Instructional Technology


What is Instructional Technology
There is a sharp contrast between the instructional technology and the traditional instructional education. Instructional technology is devoted to techniques or ways to make learning more efficient based on theory but theory in its broadest sense, not just scientific theory.
Theory consists of
       concepts
        constructs
        principles
        propositions that serve as the body of knowledge

Instructional Technology transfers learning theories. It is applying learning theories that promotes an exploratory learning process.
       Helping / interpreting
       Guiding
       Providing vision
       New avenues… to solve problems and make decisions
       Social- based exploration
Instructional Technology offers new possibilities. The purpose of instructional technology is to affect and effect learning.
The concept transfers traditional educational values: (OLD Values)
       Communication
       Reliability
       Replicability (a study should produce the same results if repeated exactly)
       Control
       The learner becomes the educator

According to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, “Instructional Technology” is the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning.

       Implements cognitive leaning practice
       Facilitates some advanced knowledge of understanding
       New avenues for understanding
       Encourages intellectual setting for social-based exploration
       Cognition: to know… to gain knowledge through perception
       Cognitive is to enable people to learn by using reasoning, intuition, & perception

There is a sharp contrast between the instructional technology and traditional educational technology. Instructional Technology transfers the traditional educational technology values of communication, reliability, replicability and control. Shift instills constructivist values of collaboration (students construct their own knowledge).
       Personal autonomy vs. learning theory
       ownership
       Generativity 
       user draws an independent ability to create, generate
       Reflectivity
       Active engagement
       Personal relevance
       Pluralism
       enriched when individual differences are respected and welcomed
       denotes a diversity of views and stands rather than a single approach or method)
This epistemological (segmented) method implements cognitive learning practices by facilitating some advanced knowledge of understanding (reasoning, intuition, perception).

So what is really going on?
       Integrated tools
       Inside and outside classroom
       Synchronized meeting and communication
       Conclusions through collaboration (Social Cognitism encouraged)
       Discussion boards
       Group projects
       Chat rooms
       Improve student understanding of materials
       Internal and external stimuli encourage social cognitive skills

The Theories of Learning
       Behavioral Method: repetition
       Teeth brushing in a young child, eventually there is enough repetition that the behavior moves to flossing.

       Context Development:
       Brings previous experience to advance skills
       Cognitive rehabilitation process develops
       Interpersonal and thinking skills improve to clearer understanding
       Constructivism: individual challenged by critical thinking
       Concrete experience while sharing learning with others
       Chat rooms
       Discussion Boards
       Group Projects

Understand>Remember>Apply>Analyze>Evaluate
Questions the seeds of learning
       Curiosity
       Embrace (trial and error / The Mess)
       Intense reflection (Practice / revision)
Driven to the result of ‘create’:
New resource tools force a collaborated learning and interest: The Creativity is done in the participation
       Blogs
       Pod casts
       Planning
       Recordings
       Design
Encourage exploring strategies
       Must remain active

Discussions create discovery
Videos:
       follow with challenging questions and answers
Discussions:
       Share
       Collaborate
       Compare
       Publish
Power Point
       New structure of delivery
       Deconstruct and reorganize (supports and summaries)
Answer the following:
Can they explain, justify, evaluate, compose opinion with reasoning and resources


Constructivism Theory Based Learning
       Grow your mind
       Become ambitious
       Follow your heart
       Change the world

What Does this All Mean?
       We are no longer the source of knowledge
       We are the filter
       We are the mentor

Resources
Please share any resources you might have for both an instructional focus and an industry focus. 
Instructional Focus
Industry Focus
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