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Teaching Kids to Code with Scratch- Free Training

If you’ve ever wanted to get involved with The Div, now’s your chance! Join us on Saturday, April 16th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM for a free Scratch training led by experienced educator, Dr. Wesley Fryer. We’ll be walking through an overview of the Scratch program and how it helps kids learn to code, as well as providing the activities and tools to facilitate a Scratch Camp.

What is Scratch?


Scratch is a visual programming language developed at MIT that allows kids to develop a range of problem solving that will help them when they move on to real-world programming. Despite its simple interface, it allows users to create complex animations and games, and learn many fundamental coding concepts.

Why are we doing this?

The Div relies on community support to advance our mission to bring computer science learning opportunities to kids in Oklahoma. We are looking for teachers, parents and capable practitioners who work in the tech industry to help us lead kids camps.

This workshop is a great opportunity to get involved with The Div, or just learn a little more about using Scratch on your own, in the classroom or with your children at home. If you have questions about registration or about The Div, contact

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Class: Real World IT Security for Small Businesses

Join IT professional, Chris Dodds, June 27th at noon for a discussion on security concepts and best practices for small businesses. The class will cover how some of the most common attacks work, who’s attacking, and how to protect yourself and your business – all in plain English.

Attendees can expect to learn how to:

* Be safer online & when using mobile devices.
* Make your business less attractive to hackers.
* Build a business culture that enhances security.
* Identify when you’ve been hacked.
* React when your business has been hacked.

Chris Dodds, CISSP, MCITP:SA is the owner and principal advisor of Focusfire IT Strategy & Consulting ( He has over a decade of experience in information technology with a specific focus on security and virtualization. He has worked in industries including IT client services, manufacturing, business process consulting, and mining with companies ranging in size from small business to Fortune 500. You can find out more about Chris at

Creating Your Why Statement: LifeDev

Cory Miller, from iThemes one of The Div’s founding companies has started a LIfeDev project. Thursday, April 19th from noon-1:00 p.m. he will be at The Div

This is from Cory’s Making Waves Campaign website:

As part of LifeDev, April’s theme will be “Defining and Achieving Success.”

One of the first learning events we have scheduled is “Determining Your WHY Statement” taught by veteran business leader and coach Michael Smith of on Thursday, April 19 from Noon-1 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Michael will talk about creating WHY statements — kind of a short, memorable personal mission statement for yourself or your organization. It’s an 8-word statement with a Verb, Target and Outcome.

My personal statement for iThemes is: Lead our tribes to go far together.

I’m really excited about this class I personally have benefited from his training and expertise as we retain his services for iThemes ongoing leadership development. Michael knows his stuff and this particular subject has helped me hone in what I do for our organization.

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Headway Live Bootcamp

UPDATE: After hearing from some of their customers, Headway has decided to postpone their bootcamp. We will let you know when it has been rescheduled.


Headway Themes is proud to present our first Live Training Event in Oklahoma City on April 20th & April 21st, 2012. This action-packed, in-person training will cover the hottest topics with Headway Themes. Not only will you get training by the creators of Headway Themes, but you’ll also be ready to step out on your own and rock out your next site!

You have purchased Headway, but you aren’t sure where to get started. You are considering purchasing Headway and want to know more. With what you learn at this in-person training, you’ll be able to hit the ground running for your next website or client websites. You’ll be setting yourself apart from the average Headway user, once you’ve taken this course.

Build Your Confidence: One of the biggest distractions with new software is the learning curve associated with it. Throughout both days, you’ll be able to learn with peers to give you the confidence of coming away from the training being able to build websites with Headway Themes.

For a detailed agenda and to register go here.

Here is the blogpost the guys at Headway wrote.

Class: The Entrepreneurial Side of Innovation April 14th

Entrepreneurial Innovation™ is a unique education series designed to equip entrepreneurs, innovators, and everyone with an innovative idea with the knowledge and resources to successfully bring it to fruition, from idea generation to making money, and evertyhing in between.

Attendees will learn key strategies including how to:

  • Transform your hobbies and Ideas into income generating engines.
  • Write your own Patents versus paying your attorney.
  • Bullet-proof your endeavor with Entity Structuring secrets.
  • Raise Capital without giving up equity or control.
  • Launch your ideas for free using Leveraging Strategies.
  • Turn life’s expenses into business Tax Deductions.
  • Maximize profit by creating your contract Deal Structure terms.

Jay Martin, CP, LP, FAAOP is a career inventor and entrepreneur. He has launched numerous businesses based on his inventions, including helping create the nation’s largest prosthetics research and development company. He now mentors and equips other innovators and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition, and shares the secrets to his own successes at

Expanded bio at:


Div Jr. Scratch 2012 Application

Please fill out this application as a parent or a student wanting to participate in Scratch Camp STEM Education September 15th for children entering 3rd - 8th grades and an adult. Camp is Saturday only 9am-3pm
    If you need a laptop provided to you please check "No"
    Terms and conditions
  • Price: $30.00 Quantity:
    Payment is not required at this time, but there is a registration fee for Div Jr. All fees are tax deductible. The Div, INC is a 501c3 non-profit. There are scholarships available by emailing

Class: Understanding Your Brand June 6th at Noon

Join us June 6th at noon, for a class by Sarah Mason Sears: Understanding Your Brand.

Sarah will discuss the following points:

      -Defining an Identity
           Brand identity and its significance and value to your business.
      -Building Consistency in Your Brand
           Why consistency is important and how to set up standards to maintain an effective brand.
      -Maintaining and Strengthening Your Brand Over Time
           How to consistently fine-tune your brand as it ages to build strength and equity.


Sarah Mason Sears, Principal S Design Inc. and AIGA Fellow Sarah Sears established S Design Inc. in March of 1994. Her ability to articulate her clients’ objectives and create tailor-made graphic design and branding strategies lead S Design to become one of Oklahoma’s foremost graphic design firms. Word spread, and S Design’s client base quickly grew to include prominent small businesses, health care organizations, oil and gas companies, law firms, State departments and community events. S Design has been honored with many awards and published internationally.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Illustration from the University 
 of Kansas. Since then she has served as an integral member of the design and business community, and in 2009 she was awarded an AIGA Fellow. Sarah has been an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian University. She has juried student competitions and served on advisory boards for local AIGA groups, Oklahoma Christian University, Francis Tuttle and Metro Tech.

In 1996, Sarah founded the Oklahoma chapter of AIGA. She served as president from 1996-1999 and as a board member and advisor for more than a decade. In 2004, Sarah was chosen for the Journal Record’s “Achievers under 40” and for “Forty under 40” in OKCBusiness. Sarah has also been honored as a three-time finalist for the Journal Record Woman of the Year and 2006 marked her induction into the Circle of Excellence.

Sarah is an Advisory Board Member for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, a board member of the Casady Alumni Association, a member of Rotary Club 29, a member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s Class XXV, and serves on the Alumni Board for Leadership Oklahoma City and the marketing committee for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.

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New Event: A Social About Social March 6, 7p.m.

A two hour fun and frolicking forum on blogging & social networking. From getting started in the blogsophere, to building awareness, to tying it all together with social media in a fun & interactive way. Tips, tricks and practical know how, all socially presented! Free to attend.
Malena Lott, buzz books,
Terrell Sanders,
Yenni Vance, Remington Park,

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Social Media Trends for 2012, Feb. 22nd

This class is for Smirk New Media clients and invited guests: Looking at the top social media trends for 2012.

Everything you wanted to know about the big social media trends for 2012, including what the heck businesses should do about Pinterest. Cost is $20 for non-Smirk New Media clients, which includes lunch

Smirk New Media CEO and Chief Strategist Mike Koehler has been leading businesses to social media success since launching his firm in 2010. He was previously the multimedia editor at, the state’s largest website and new media director at STF PR, the state’s largest PR firm.


Class: Business Models for Beginners Feb 4th

Howard Haines will be leading “Business Models for Beginners” February 4th at 1 p.m.

The sole purpose of the start-up phase of a business is to figure out the right business model before growing into a full-time business. This class is an introduction of what business models are, the key components, and how to create the right one.

This class is intend for both potential entrepreneurs that just have an idea, as well as, for those who have already started a business and are looking for a systematic way to build their business. You’ll leave with a road map of how to move forward.

Howard has seen a variety of business models and industries (from raw materials and manufacturing to banking, retail and technology) having worked in both large companies, including Amazon and American Express, as well as in several smaller start-up companies including his own. He also has worked with Aster Capital, a corporate venture capital firm that specializes in clean technologies, been part of developing the peer-based accelerator, The Foundry, at the University of Utah and also worked with i2E’s Venture Advisory Services Team here in Oklahoma. Howard is currently completing a PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Oklahoma and is dedicated to helping develop entrepreneurs while building the start-up scene.



Class: Photoshop for Web Designers Making a Banner Feb. 2nd

Photoshop for Web Designers: Making a Banner is designed to follow our “How to Build aWebsite” class, although it you don’t have to attend both. In the first you will learn how to develop your site and in this one you will learn a simple way to personalize your site, or those sites you are selling to clients.

Lead by Michelle Moore, she is going to use adobe photoshop to explore ways you can make a web banner that will be uniquely yours – come and get inspired!

You will learn how to use typography along with masking, blending modes, filters and textures to make an arresting banner for your web site. Bring jpgs you want to experiment with, but we will also learn how to make something out of nothing – photoshop is fun!

Michelle Moore teaches the full time program in graphic communications at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. She also likes to teach short term classes in apple and adobe software, though she has even taught Microsoft Office. She loves teaching, software, and design – She wants to make sure everyone comes away from this class with both inspiration and enlightenment – she is always amazed at the talent students display once they’re given the tools to make it happen!