Just so everyone involved knows, SUN has had the rules posted all along and they are here: http://www.startupnation.com/southwest_giveaway/official_rul es_independence0607.htm
TJ - According to the rules, the SUN will take the poll into consideration, but they have the final say. Really the poll doesn`t mean much. It`s nice that it gets new people to the site - "newbies" or not. That is the whole point of the promotion... that and giving a nice pick-me-up to a burnt-out entrepreneur, which I think is very kind of SUN and Southwest Airlines. Let`s not turn such a nice gesture into something that creates bad feelings.
I hope you`ll stay in, and wish you luck. Your cause is an admirable one.
You are just to cool! I have been sooo busy that I just logged on and voted for "Who deserves the Vacation" Everything comes at the right timing. I truely believe that. We wouldn`t be going to California this year if I didn`t win the Southwest Airline Tickets from SUN. I am truly blessed. The finalists seem all like very passionate entrepenuers and all have wonderful reasons to win.
Maybe there should be a single mom forum? Connecting other single mom business owners with eachother? Just a thought. We are always looking for support.
Thanks again for my opportunity.
I unfortunately have been pretty busy and so I haven`t been able to chime in on this since I first got nominated. It is interesting to see where this has gone. Although I can see TJ`s point...I hardly think that this whole contest is worth all the fuss. It is a vacation...simple as that...and although I truly believe we could all USE one...I don`t think it is worth fighting/arguing over. A good old fashion contest...whether popularity based or not...is meant for fun...the vacation is merely a way to get participants in on the fun and have something to be reaching for.
No offense TJ...I do truly see your point...I am new and therefore don`t have a ton of people here on the forums that would know me...and my friends and family are far and few between...so in a popularity contest I would lose horribly...but I am having fun...and I got to hear other people`s stories (which makes me feel so not alone in my struggles to stay afloat)...and we are all involved...which is what a community of like minded people are meant to do...get involved with each other.
I wish everyone the best in this...and I hope that whoever gets it really enjoys it...and takes some pictures to post up here so we can all enjoy a little bit of a vacation through them. Maybe it is time to lighten up a bit though. This is suppose to be honest fun...good times...and maybe a little down time for one of us!
Best of luck to all!!! (Hey Chris (cuz you are rockin in the poll)...don`t forget the pictures when you get back...I can`t live vicariously through words...I am all about the pictures! HAHAHA!!! )
Hi Leah - I totally agree. I honestly didn`t think I was "popular" though and I don`t understand the fuss. Since when is it so horrible to be involved on SUN? I have some experience in being a start up and I`m also an inventor with patents, so I have things to share (meaning help people if requested) - and lots of questions. TJs comments were hurtful because he implied that I was ahead due to my popularity and not because of my entry. It completely dismissed the fact that I might be a person deserving of a vacation. A few bad things have happened since I posted my entry, and I was feeling overwhelmed and down. Finding out that I was a finalist really lifted my spirits - only to be accused.
Anyway, thanks for the nice post. I`m not counting my chickens. I think you are just as deserving, as I know how hard it is to raise a child with special needs. We are now questioning my 14-month old`s abilities. He`s currently being evaluated by the same agency that evaluated my older son. My older son is now thought to have permanent disabilities. We had his IEP meeting last week.