Where in the world is former The Bachelor Blake Garvey?

Blake Garvey was The Bachelor in 2014With The Bachelor returning to screens tonight, this time with lovable rogue Matty Johnson as the protagonist, it gets fans wondering about the ones who have gone before.

There’s no missing season one’s Tim Robards and his fiance Anna Heinrich with their Insta-boasting.

Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski, who starred on season three, arguably the nation’s favourite The Bachelor pairing, are also engaged and due to welcome a baby girl in September.

There has been a question mark hanging over the relationship status of season four’s Richie Strahan and his chosen one, Alex Nation, for the last few months.

That leaves season two’s Blake Garvey, 34, forever known as the Bachelor who proposed on national television and then dumped his fiancee before the finale even had a chance to air.

After an emotional Sam Frost, 28, appeared on national televisionsaying she felt “confused” and “played” and like he had taken that special moment of being engaged away from her, Garvey was dubbed the “most hated man in Australia”.

But it didn’t stop his tell-all interview with Woman’s Day in which he declared his love for the second runner-up, Louise Pillidge.

The topless waiter-turned-strip club owner-turned-auctioneer-turned-reality TV star attempted a rebrand by appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, but found no joy and was the second star to be fired by Mark Bouris — preceded only by a Gabi Grecko — after a heated boardroom exchange with Richard Reid, who called him the “biggest pretender on Earth,” before describing him as “manipulative, cunning and passive aggressive” and suggesting he was only on the show to try and stay in the spotlight.

The final straw for the public seemed to come when he appeared, again, on a magazine cover alongside Pillidge to announce their split, alongside a solemn-looking photoshoot, wherein Garvey “fought back tears” to reveal that he did the dumping.

Feeling hard done by the public backlash and Ten allegedly trying to distance itself from him, he deleted his social media presence last year, in a bid to leave his The Bachelor title behind and live out his days in the Perth real estate industry.

Formerly of LJ Hooker North Beach, Perth, he set up Elite Auctions, which promise to bring “quality and flair” to every auction.

“He has put the message out there that he doesn’t want to be contacted,” a source close to him told Fairfax Media.

Amber Gelinas, 29, who one of the 25 women to compete for Garvey’s heart on season two, has not seen him since.

“Blake never really tickled my fancy to begin with so staying in touch post-production didn’t really seem necessary to me,” she said.

“Since his split with Louise he’s pretty much dropped off the map. Maybe the whole being, ‘Australia’s most hated man’ thing really got to him?”

Fairfax Media asked Blake Garvey for comment but he did not respond.

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Where are Apple products made?

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Where are Apple’s iPhone, iPads and Macs made? And why don’t they assemble their products in the US?

In early 2016, there was a lot of tech-press buzz around the then US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s eye-catching vow to force Apple to make its computers in the US. (In fairness it’s not just Republicans who go in for this kind of thing, even if other politicians might adopt a more diplomatic approach. Less than three years ago Apple was praised by Barack Obama for agreeing to start making more of its Macs domestically.)

Aside from raising questions regarding Mr Trump’s motives and credentials, this also made a lot of people curious about the actual location of Apple’s manufacturing and assembly plants. How much of an iPad, for example, is actually made in the United States? And how many of the components with in your average Apple devices are produced under the company’s own brand? Who really makes the iPhone? How is the iPhone made?

Those are just some of the questions we’ll be answering in this article, as we explore the supply chain for a Mac, iPhone or iPad and look at the various places each of these products is designed, built and assembled – and why. Hopefully you, and Donald Trump, will find the answers illuminating.

Updated 25 January: In November, Donald Trump spoke directly to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, to discuss bringing the manufacturing back to the USA. Trump is looking to provide ‘very large tax cuts for corporations’. As reported by our US colleagues at Macworld the Mac Pro is already assembled in the USA, but that is also the least-selling product that Apple make. We don’t see Apple moving all its manufacturing to the USA, but might have to move a part of it during Trump’s presidential reign.

Now, as Donald Trump becomes President of the United States, he has revealed that he expects Tim Cook to bring more manufacturing to the US, potentially even for the next iPhone. In an interview with Axios, Trump said that Tim Cook has his “eyes open” to making the iPhone in the US.

And it’s not just iPhones: Foxconn is reportedly considering setting up a flatscreen display factory in the US that would cost $7bn. If it goes ahead it could create 30,000 to 50,000 new jobs, though these are plans that have been on the table since 2014. Chairman Terry Gou has said that for the move to be viable Foxconn would need substantial government help in terms of access to cheap land and power.

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Where are Apple products made: Apple, Foxconn and the supply chain

Before diving into where the origins of individual parts within Apple products, we have to look at the overarching picture: Apple’s supply chain, which has come under some scrutiny recently from a report by Amnesty International and Afrewatch that outlines child labour fuelling the manufacturing process of smartphone batteries found in Apple’s products.

The biggest difference Apple has from other manufacturers is that it sources its materials and components from other manufacturers that operate throughout the globe. For example, its displays are mainly made in Japan by Japan Display and Sharp, and some are still made in South Korea by LG Display; whilst the Touch ID sensor found in its recent iPad and iPhone models are made in Taiwan by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) and Xintec. In fact, Apple’s list of suppliers stretches to more than 200 various suppliers located throughout the world.

This brings up a lot of interesting facts about Apple’s supply chain, where it has to manage a huge number of suppliers and funnel their work into a single device. This is what makes Apple a fascinating company to research and understand. In order for it to operate economically, it has to source parts from various different countries and continents, manufacture and assemble the parts in another, have warehouses located around the world to supply enough devices for the whole world and finally be able to distribute it to its customers at a reliable speed.

Whilst thinking about the complex supply chain, it’s interesting to work out why and how parts from around the world come together in perfect harmony to create one of the most iconic brands of our time.

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Where Is the Best State to Incorporate Your Business?

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However, as a general rule of thumb, if your corporation or LLC will have fewer than five shareholders or members (a condition which applies to the bulk of small businesses), it’s best to incorporate or form an LLC in the state where your business has a physical presence. This means the state where your business is physically located, where any property owned is located, where your employees reside and where the shareholders reside.

In other words, unless your business has a physical office in Delaware or Nevada, it’s much easier and less expensive in the long run to incorporate or form an LLC in your home state.

Here’s one example that highlights the situation. Suppose Susan owns a soap-making business in Maryland and is considering incorporating in Delaware. However, what Susan doesn’t realize is that Maryland has rather strong rules pertaining to bank accounts. As an “out of state” business, she would need to get permission in order to open a business bank account in Maryland (even though she lives right down the road from the bank). And opening a bank account in Delaware won’t be so easy, either, without any kind of physical address in the state.

That’s just one particular (albeit very common) logistical challenge. There are countless other potential hurdles, not to mention added fees.

For example, when a business incorporates “Out of State” (for instance, in Delaware), there may be additional filings and fees in both the state of incorporation as well as the state where the entrepreneur lives and runs the business. These can include:

For the state where a business incorporates:

  • Appointing a Registered Agent in that state
  • Paying filing fees in that state
  • Filing annual reports in that state

And then, for the state of residence (where the business is physically located):

  • Appointing a Registered Agent in this state
  • Paying filing fees in this state
  • Filing annual reports in this state
  • Qualifying as a Foreign Corporation in this state
  • Paying taxes in this state

I can’t overemphasize that last point, as it is a common misconception among many small business owners that I talk to. When you’re just starting out, the tax burden can seem overwhelming. It’s only natural to be concerned about your taxes, and certainly those tax laws in Nevada are incredibly appealing.

However, just because you incorporate your business in Nevada does not mean those are the only state tax laws that apply to your business. While Nevada may not charge state income taxes for your corporation, the state where your business is physically located will come after you for those taxes sooner or later. Adding insult to injury, your tax liability may actually increase because you’re viewed as a foreign entity operating in the state.

Pretty soon, any benefits from incorporating in Delaware or Nevada are diluted when you add in all the extra fees and paperwork of operating out of state. Don’t fall prey to the hype over these business-friendly states. The benefits are really limited to larger businesses (ones with more than five shareholders).

As a small business owner, you’re already contending with enough paperwork and fees as it is. Don’t add more to your workload by trying to operate out of state. In this case, the simplest route of incorporating in your home state turns out to be best.

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Where Small Businesses Turn for High Value Creative Work

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You have an upcoming event and are looking for a unique, eye-catching image. Perhaps you’d like to commission a retro poster?

Or how about hiring a celebrity impersonator voiceover of Donald Trump, for a parody video you hope will go viral?

Or even “coloring outside the lines” with a marketing message carved on a banana? Yes, you can actually hire someone to artistically carve a banana and create an image of it to use in your marketing.

You can get this and much more on Fiverr, the creative services marketplace.

These are just a few examples of the more than one million services or “Gigs” sold on the Fiverr marketplace each month. They’re the type of fresh idea that makes Fiverr a rich and deep resource for small businesses — and a great place to buy creative services.

Fiverr is the largest creative services marketplace in the world, according to Aimy Ngo, business development and market strategist at Fiverr. She recently sat down with me in an interview to explain what has made Fiverr such a thriving creative services marketplace.

Fiverr in One Word: Value

Aimy, who’s been with Fiverr for a little over one year, told me, “As a platform, Fiverr is about getting value.”

Entrepreneurs and small business people tend to make up the majority of buyers (and sellers) on Fiverr. Being able to purchase a service quickly and easily on Fiverr is valuable because it saves time. That’s time you can put toward growing your business.

What Can You Buy on Fiverr?

Well, as it turns out, you can buy almost any small business creative service you might need — and some you might never have thought of.

“We have over 150 categories,” said Aimy. “Really, the imagination is the limit.”

Fiverr digital marketing graphic designOf Fiverr’s million-plus monthly transactions, many of them fall into the Digital Marketing and Graphics & Design categories — two of the most popular categories. Creative design work, video and marketing-related services are in high demand on Fiverr according to Aimy.

When Fiverr was founded back in 2009, every service was $5, but since then the pricing has evolved. “Pricing today depends on the services provided,” said Aimy. Each Fiverr seller sets his or her own prices.

“You don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on Fiverr to get a quality creative service such as a logo or website design,” said Aimy, who herself is a Fiverr user. “And Fiverr stands behind the transaction to make sure a service is actually delivered.”

Why Use Fiverr – And What Makes it Unique

When I asked Aimy what makes Fiverr unique, she didn’t miss a beat. “It’s speedy transactions for quality services,” she said.

“Fiverr transformed services into an e-commerce model,” Aimy said.

Traditionally, hiring a freelancer or service provider involved a lengthy process. You’d have to wade through providers’ qualifications to find one that hopefully could deliver what you need. Getting a creative service done through traditional methods could be daunting.

What’s different about Fiverr is that the creative services are already packaged up for sale like a product, called a “Gig.”

That makes it easier and faster to get a service.

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Aimy Ngo, Fiverr business development and market strategist

When you find the service you need from a Fiverr seller you’re comfortable with, you simply hit the order button to buy it.

Of course, you’re not limited to Gigs listed for sale.

“If you don’t see exactly what you need, there are two things you can do as a buyer,” explained Aimy. “First, find sellers who offer services in the general category of what you need who have good feedback and portfolios, and message them about your specific need. Or you can post a request on Fiverr and sellers may make offers to deliver what you need.”

4 Solid Tips On How To Use Fiverr

According to Aimy, Fiverr can accelerate your business’s growth. She pointed to the example of Adam Harrington, who grew his business through getting cost-effective and speedy services on Fiverr.

Harrington created Tuggo, a water-weighted dog toy that has won several awards. When he started he had no budget for marketing, so he turned to Fiverr to help grow his business rapidly, without losing financial control over it. Today his company is successful enough to have a marketing budget, but he still uses Fiverr because of the great relationships he’s built with sellers and because he can get what he needs within 24 hours. He estimates he’s saved hundreds of thousands of dollars using Fiverr. Not only has Fiverr saved money, but it’s enabling him to expand into 3D printed products.

So, could your business leverage itself by using Fiverr?

Aimy offered these tips for small businesses looking to grow their businesses:

  1. Start with your digital assets – Fiverr, Aimy said, is a great place to get help with developing your website, your logo, your social media profile, content marketing graphics and more. Focus on creating a set of quality digital assets first because they are the building blocks for the rest of your marketing efforts.
  2. Save time by using the search filters – “It’s easy to narrow down your search on Fiverr. You can search, for example, for providers that can deliver a service within 24 hours, if you need something fast. Or you can search for providers that provide specific services or expertise.”
  3. Review the seller’s portfolio – Look for someone whose work matches your style, by viewing their portfolio. “Even new sellers will have a portfolio. One of the best experiences I ever had on Fiverr was with a first-time seller. He was creative and delivered marvelous work,” said Aimy.
  4. Try new things to add punch to your marketing – Be open to fresh ideas, advised Aimy. “The beauty of Fiverr is its ability to trigger creative marketing ideas you might never have thought of. Just come over to Fiverr and browse the site.”

Finally, Aimy offered one other tip for entrepreneurs and small business people in Chicago, San Francisco and New York City. “If you’re in one of those areas, apply for the Small Biz Digital Makeover. We’re excited about this program and the winners will get $3,000 worth of marketing services through the Fiverr marketplace.”

You can learn more about the makeover:

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