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Dining Around Town.
It's that time of year again! Through October 4, 2020, you can dine around town at any of the 71 restaurants participating in Magical Dining Month. That is about two a day if you want to try every three-course menu on the list (did someone say "challenge accepted?"). What is MDM, you say? Now in its 15th year, this annual ($35) prix-fixe dinner menu program allows patrons to get a taste of what restaurants have to offer at a special price. This year, some restaurants will be offering carry-out as well as first-come, first-serve outdoor dining. Plus, through Visit Orlando, $1 from each meal supports Feed the Need Florida, which works to provide deserving families with healthy food during the COVID crisis.

In the Hood.
If heading down I-4 doesn't sound appetizing, several of the dining establishments on the list are located right here in Downtown Orlando. Artisan's Table is offering dine-in, take-out and delivery along with their Basque cheesecake. You can get your steak frites served at your table or to-go at Dovecote.  The vegan paella at Delaney's Tavern can be made to enjoy there or at your own home. And voted Orlando's Best Hotel Restaurant by Orlando Magazine, The Boheme is featuring escargots de Bourgogne and Nutella lava cake.

Is it stretchy pants season already?

Blezoo's New Experience-in-a-Box.
You could say life has changed, drastically, for most of us. The social connection is a change at the top of the list (hello, Zoom life). Looking to bring some of the human connection back, Blezoocreated a new concept to enhance the way we interact in the COVID era. Experience-in-a-Box is a fully customizable specialty package filled with promotional items that fit your specific needs. Welcoming someone aboard from a distance, getting a group excited about an upcoming virtual event, and thanking a donor or promoting your business to a potential client are just a few ways Blezoo's new promotional tool can be used. They even created an animated video for those of us who are better with visuals.

Did someone say custom PPE?


I hope you enjoyed my specially curated GBA Playlist last week. Here are my newest reads, pods, and tunes for your enjoyment this week.

Hidden Brain
You 2.0: WOOP, WOOP!
"American culture is all about positive affirmations. Dream big! Shoot for the stars! But do positive fantasies actually help us achieve our goals? This week, as part of our You 2.0 summer series, we revisit a conversation with researcher Gabriele Oettingen about how we can make our goals more attainable."

How I Built This with Guy Raz
How I Built Resilience: Brian Chesky of Airbnb
"In the early stages of the lockdown, Airbnb was in a freefall: it lost 80 percent of its business and laid off a quarter of its staff. But CEO Brian Chesky tells Guy that as people start to travel again—in cars, and closer to home—the company is beginning to recover. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating turbulent times."

Business Insider
3 tips for overcoming self-doubt at work, from a director of leadership at the Kellogg School

Knowledge @ Wharton
Leading Diversity: Why Listening and Learning Come Before Strategy

McKinsey and Company
Women in healthcare: Moving from the front lines to the top rung 

You Got Me – The Roots
Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
Say You Love Me – Jessie Ware
Please Don't Make Me Cry – Lianne La Havas
Sweeter (feat. Terrace Martin) – Leon Bridges, Terrace Martin
Life Round Here – James Blake
Chamakay – Blood Orange
The Warning – Kindness (featuring Robyn)
Cranes in the Sky – Solange
(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano – Sampha

Forbes, Says What?
Check out what Suneera Madhani, CEO & Founder of fattmerchant, has to say in the "10 Common Startup Tips You Shouldn't Follow, According To Entrepreneurs," as featured in Forbes.

Tune In.
Kimley-Horn's Perspectives podcast just released Episode 4: Resiliency in Pavement Management. Join Tim Miller, P.E., and Benjamin Schmidt, Ph.D. as they discuss ways to help public agencies manage pavement programs, industry trends related to COVID-19, and the importance of being proactive.

Camping World Bid.
Bid package 02 pre-bid meeting for Camping World Stadium improvements is coming up on September 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM. During this virtual meeting information will be shared regarding the project scope, design, schedule, how to prequalify to bid on the project, and more. Contact Barton Malow for more details and to RSVP.

And the SPORTY Goes to...
After a six-year hiatus, the Greater Orlando Sports Commission has announced the return of the SPORTYS. The 2020 SPORTYS: Greater Orlando’s Night of Champions will air commercial-free on WKMG-TV News 6 on Saturday, August 29 at 7:00 PM EST. The SPORTYS will focus on honoring sports business professionals whose contributions and impact are vital in making Greater Orlando one of the country’s premier sports destinations.

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