Organize Your Team: Mobile Apps for Youth Sports Management

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Managing a youth sports team can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating and unnecessarily complicated. As coach of a church league high school basketball team, I learned both of these truths. There is no experience like coaching a team, but it can be a lot of work if you are not well prepared.

When I started coaching in 2005, mobile apps were not readily available or very popular. Thanks to advances in technology and hundreds of thousands of new apps coming out each year, there are now over 1,000,000 applications to help with almost anything; including coaching and managing a youth sports team. This article focuses on mobile applications that can assist with any coaching or team management issue or need.

Team Management

There are all encompassing team management applications that can help with player management, events, keeping track of opposing teams, game venues, and the costs of running the team. A mobile app that can assist with all of these aspects of team management is Arrange My Game.

Arrange My Game is a free mobile app that allows you to work out a game schedule with the players’ availability, manage social network pages, and store information on all of the players, venues, and contact information.

The app is free and available for the iPhone through iTunes, and for Android devices through theGoogle Play store.


My favorite free coaching application for in-game use is GameChanger, which allows for live scoring and statistics for coaches that don’t use a manual scoring book.

Another useful free mobile app for coaches is Coach’s Clipboard, which allows for coaches to diagram and layout plays and share them with players.


Although coaching a youth sports team can be done without mobile apps, these advances in technology can assist with keeping things organized and everyone on the same page, which can be an issue when dealing with teenagers and parents of children who are participating. Take pride in being a coach and have fun while making an impact on the children’s lives.


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Do You F*cking Love Art? Startup Company Does!

Interview with CEO Charles Banewitz


Many common practices, occupations, and artistic forms have changed in the past century. Many of these changes can be directly attributed to the creation and popularity of the Internet. The arts have been impacted significantly in several ways. Graphic design and web design are now recognized as art forms and their popularity rivals that of painting, drawing, and other forms of art due to the ability to conduct these types of arts through a computer, which was impossible just a few decades ago.

What has not changed is the love of art. There is a new generation of art lovers, and although they’re not as ‘traditional’ as past generations of art lovers, they are passionate.

I am a passionate art lover, but my tastes are much different than that of my parents or the rest of the baby boomer generation. As part of my work with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization I am privileged to help out with the National Conferences for Self Employment in the Arts (SEA). Year after year I witness the drastic changes in what young artists are interested in and what they are creating. This year there were several graphic designers who competed in the business plan competition, something you would not have seen even 5-10 years ago.

My favorite new art based startup is, which has already gained the attention of many young artists and art lovers through focusing on a specific type of canvas – metal. The company has a unique personality and is not afraid to shake things up a bit in the art world. The company’s motto is “We f*cking love art.”

I recently interviewed CEO Charles Banewitz, who is 30 years old and a co-founder of the company. We discussed how the company was started, his background in the arts, and what’s next for the startup.

General Business Information

Company Name:

Founders: Charles Banewitz, Jack Swigert, Eddie Rock

Date Founded: 1st May 2013

Funding to Date: Angel investment, amount not disclosed

General Business is a new art & design startup that allows artists, graphic designers and photographers to upload their artworks and offer them on thick metal plates called Displates.


Michael Luchies: How did you come up with the idea for and what went into launching the business?

Charles Banewitz: It was a marriage of ideas of the founders. Eddie has long since been an artist and an entrepreneur passionate about graphics, design, illustration and photography. He was the one who saw the potential in the metal plate as being the perfect canvas matching arts timeless form. He started his own manufacture and started offering graphics on metal plates, which received great reviews from his clients. Being the tech-heavy serial startup veteran that I am, I decided that it is a perfect idea to marry those two concepts and create a place which connects people who create art with those who would like to see it on this unique canvas. Jack is the connector, a true people’s person, he just knows a lot of people and how to approach them. I really couldn’t imagine a better matched team.

It took us 8 months to launch the business. We are following the lean startup methodology and wanted to present to public as soon as possible and then improve it based on our user feedback.

ML: The lean startup method has given a lot of startups a head start and a quick launch. What is your background in startups and in art?

CB: Our team has a very wide background of entrepreneurial ventures. Eddie owns a creative agency and a prints manufacture. Art runs in his blood as his family’s art roots run back to XIX century. Jack has his own restaurant. I have been involved in the startup scene for several years now. I oversee and personally code all of the websites I launch, front-end and back-end included. We each have a lot of business experience and two of us have a strong technology background and education. Art had a big impact on each of our lives. Eddie started pencil drawing when he was only several years old, Jack is probably the biggest fan of Salvadore Dali there is. I believe art is the most pure, simple and subtle way that gives meaning to our lives, of which I learned during the toughest moments of my life.

ML:’s motto is “We f*cking love Art. And we want that feeling to spread like wildfire.” How did you come up with your motto and how do you expect to help spread the love of art to others?

CB: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says art? Is it an old painting in a gallery? We think that ‘art’ lost its cool and we want to bring it back. The “We f*cking love Art” is intended to break the stereotype of boring and pompous old men discussing art over a cup of tea . That is also why we choose the metal plate. It’s fresh and modern. We didn’t want to do it on a canvas, because it reminds people of the old stereotypes. We also don’t want it to be sold on cups, t-shirts, or paper. It simply deserves more. We wanted it to be affordable, modern, great looking, and as easy to put on your wall as possible. So you just stick a magnet to your wall and put the Displate on it, it’s as simple as that, and takes 15 seconds. Making it as easy as possible to transfer great art to any surface is huge. If we can do that, and we believe we did, art will become more present and through that, the love for it will spread. But it’s not only about the art. Our surroundings are scientifically proven to have an enormous impact on our creativity, well-being and simply how we feel. We want to breathe life into those empty gray surroundings.

ML: Where does the strong and playful personality of the business come from?

CB: I remember watching Louis CK honoring George Carlin, two people who I personally value for their approach to life. The breaking point for Louis career was when he went on the stage and decided to drop all the unnecessary jargon and say “I can’t have sex with my wife, because we have a baby. And our baby is a f*cking asshole”. Peoples life’s need more color. We want the emotion, we want you to love us or hate us, but never be neutral.

ML: What reception have you received from graphic designers and artists?

CB: The reception was very positive though we are still aware that much more work needs to be done regarding our business model. Graphic designers, photographers and artists are our lifeblood and we want to live with them on great terms. We are receiving tons of feedback and are working each day to make it a better place for everyone.

ML: has received a lot of attention, what’s next?

CB: It has, but we now need to get the Displates in people’s hands. We really worked very hard to make every detail of product as great as possible and we are positive that people will love it.

We are just fresh after launch and we are unrolling new features as we speak. We intend to open the website to public on 1st of June because currently it is invitations only. From the start we wanted to be active online and offline that is why we are planning our first gallery show in Barcelona, Spain in June and a next one in Berlin. In the meantime we focus on current feedback and metric and introduce additional changes based on the feedback we receive.


It’s inspiring to see such a fresh approach to a classic passion for many and for a new generation to enjoy. I am attempting to come up with a few designs myself that are worthy of being placed on a Displate, but so far it looks like I need to stick to my writing and leave the artwork to those who are truly talented.

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ECommerce Ready; is Your Business Ready for the Internet?

According to eMarketer, eCommerce sales were over $1 trillion in 2012 for the first time in history. Sales grew over 21% this past year and are expected to grow another 18% in 2013. More businesses are selling their products and services online than ever before. Even with the rapid growth of internet businesses, is every business fit to sell online? And if so, when is the right time to transition from selling solely through traditional physical locations to taking a business online?

In 2001, I became very interested in the world of eCommerce. I took college courses specializing in eCommerce, started an online business, and joined DECA – a marketing based organization that has clubs and chapters in high schools along with regional, state-wide, and national competitions. My partner and I won the regional competition and placed in the state-wide competition for the state of Michigan. I later used what I learned from my experience in the industry to launch a successful sports memorabilia website.

The world of eCommerce has changed and grown a lot in the past decade. Technology has made it easier to start or expand a business using the internet, but that doesn’t guarantee success. In a short interview with eCommerce specialist and investor Luis Souto, I asked him how to know if a business is ready to go the eCommerce route and start selling on the internet. Souto has spent the last 10+ years as an entrepreneur and developer in the eCommerce field, and is currently operating Based on his recommendations, below are the three keys to knowing if your business is ready to expand to the internet.

How to know if your business is ready to expand to internet

– You Feel Ready

Sometimes a strong gut feeling is enough. If you feel ready to expand your business, then do it. Just make sure that you are preparing yourself to do so and this is not an impulse decision that you will quickly regret.

– Committed

Souto stated; “It is very important that the entrepreneur really wants to expand the business online, is willing to work hard, and is truly committed to the business.” Although there are experts who can help with online ventures, the owner of the business will still be responsible for maintaining and growing the business, and must stay committed and focused.

– Consult with an eCommerce Specialist/Consultant

Taking an already existing business online with no eCommerce experience can be a bad idea without the right help. Make sure to consult with professionals who have experience and have had success owning and operation an online business.


As a business owner, you have to know when it is time to take your business online. There is plenty of support, experts, and consultants to help you along the way, but only you can decide if you and your business is ready.




Going Above and Beyond; Staten Island Based Agency Making an Impact

Small business marketing has changed drastically over the past decade due to improvements in technology and changes in the way consumers digest marketing messages. Many small businesses are struggling to keep up with these changes while focusing on the core aspects of their everyday operations. Often, these businesses reach out to a specialized group or agency to assist them in their efforts to help grow their business without having to hire additional staff or mastering new techniques. Through this need in the marketplace, Beyond Limits Group, Inc. has created a name for itself while making an impact in the local business community.

Beyond Limits Group, Inc is an innovative digital marketing and advertising agency based out of Staten Island in New York City. The company, founded in May of 2012, is the first full service digital marketing and advertising agency in Staten Island. Their physical location is 1880 Hylan Blvd., New York, NY 10305, but their online home is moving to a new and better location.

Beyond Limits Group is launching a new website to better serve their growing base of small business clients. is the new online home of the agency and is scheduled to launch by April 12th.

In an effort to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses, the group is hosting an Online & Digital Marketing Event on October 2nd at The Hilton Garden on South Avenue in New York. The event focuses on how to grow your business through utilizing new marketing techniques and effectively using the latest trends of online and digital marketing. Speakers include representatives from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Constant Contact, BLG, and others. Other activities include a fundraiser to benefit a small business affected by Hurricane Sandy, giveaways, networking opportunities, dinner, and more. Limited tickets are available, RSVP through Eventbrite here.

Whether you are launching a new and exciting business, or looking to increase the reach of your current one, online marketing and advertising is vital to your businesses success. Beyond Limits Group has the staff and experience to assist your company with all of your marketing needs and can expand your client base and assist you in building and effectively communicating your brand.

Why ‘Sharing’ is Better Than ‘Selling’; Shift Your Pitch for the Better

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There are many reasons why most of us despise ‘sales’ and stay far away from an approaching salesman.  Our views of selling includes cold-calling, prospecting, trying to desperately close a sale with someone who really doesn’t want what your selling, and pressure.  Sales comes with a lot of pressure.  Meeting deadlines, pitching your business to new people, and making a living by relying on someone to want what you are selling to make a living, are just a few of the pressure filled and stressful characteristics of selling.

What if you never had to sell again?  No, you didn’t just win the lottery, you simply need to shift the way you think of sales and the way you approach potential customers.


Sharing is such a kind and pleasant word.  Who doesn’t want to share with others?  We have been taught from an early age that it is polite to share and that we should share as much and as…

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