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#Blogalicious9 Keynote Speaker Announcement :: Myleik Teele

We’re so excited to announce that Myleik Teele is coming to Miami!!

 

She’s inviting you inside her world to talk business, personal branding, and women’s empowerment! This self-made businesswoman and #MyTaughtYou podcast creator (can you say 2 million downloads in 2016??) will be in the house for a keynote spotlight Q&A at Blogalicious 2017. Tweek Myleik Teele at @Myleik and let her know that we can’t wait to see to her!

 

About Myleik:

An astute businesswoman who unapologetically pursues excellence in all she does, Myleik Teele is the
founder and Chief Experience Officer of curlBOX, the first monthly subscription service for naturally curly
hair. Through her notable career as a public relations executive, Myleik’s ability to instinctively identify
and market popular trends to the masses, garnered her opportunities to work with brands such as Calvin
Klein Cosmetics, The Grammy Awards, Nike, and a stellar roster of clients across the entertainment, tech,
and beauty industries.
Since the launch of curlBOX in 2011, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Target, Walmart, and
SheaMoisture is a short list of brands that have trusted Myleik’s vision of making the lives of black women
easier by providing them with the high-quality selection of products they deserve.
A teacher at heart, her wildly popular, #MyTaughtYou podcast has become her global classroom where
women from all walks of life tune in for guidance and a healthy dose of motivation to live life on their own
terms. In 2016, #MyTaughtYou saw over 2 million downloads and the listenership continues to grow.
Based in Atlanta, GA, Myleik Teele is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.
She regularly gives inspiring talks around the country centered around business, personal branding, and
women’s empowerment. When she’s not working on building her empire, you can find her exploring the
world through travel, hidden behind the pages of a good book, or nurturing her future sommelier
ambitions.

 

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The #Blogalicious9 Agenda is LIVE!!

That’s right, it’s finally here! Thanks for all of your patience as we played our monster game of Tetris; making sure all the moving pieces fit ‘just so’ into our agenda puzzle. And we’re excited to finally release it to you.

A few key items to note:

  1. Our Agenda this year begins on Thursday, October 5th and ends on Sunday, October 8th. We’re taking it back to the early years of Blogalicious where we spent 3.5 days together! Adding back in a half day allows us to accept more of your fabulous speaker pitches, offer up more fun sponsor activations AND build in the downtime that you want.
  2. The General Conference starts on Thursday afternoon. Starting at 3:30pm on Thursday, October 5th, the General Conference will kickoff with a series of Masterclasses. These sessions ARE included in your Influencer Registration and are NOT a part of the VIP Day program. Note: Registration for the General Conference and Early Bird Sessions opens up at 1pm on Thursday.

Rest assured we will be giving you a TON more details about the agenda over the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure that you are connected via our newsletter, Social Suite on Facebook, and of course across social media @beblogalicious.

MOST IMPORTANTLY…

Buy Your Ticket!!!!!

 

 

View the Blogalicious Weekend 2017 schedule & directory.

Blogalicious is Proud to Present the Perfect Pitch V Event sponsored by Wells Fargo #Blogalicious9

 

Calling all Small Business owners: Blogalicious is back with the fifth edition of The Perfect Pitch contest, providing the small business owners with an opportunity to pitch their business ideas in the big leagues!! Not only is the $5,000 cash prize at the end of the rainbow a major incentive,but you’ll also be able to craft a pitch, business plan summary and case study. Feedback from the accomplished judges’ panel is icing on the cake. Think about the information and advice that you’ll be able to take back and use to better your brand.

Ok! Ok! I’m sold! What do I need to know?

We’re glad you asked :-) Here goes!

The Perfect Pitch V
Small Business Pitch Event

Saturday, October 7th @ 10am

Pitch your business to our expert panel of judges for a chance to win $5,000

Contest Eligibility: No more than five years in business. View Official Contest Rules Here.

Submission Criteria:

  1. One-minute video introduction (published to You Tube)
  2. Business plan overview (PDF)
  3. Case study of a successful project (PDF)
  4. Headshot and bio to be provided with the submission (Hi-Res)

Submissions will be accepted via email to: info@beblogalicious.com and your contest entry should contain a link to the video on YouTube, a business plan, a case study,  and your bio and headshot. Please ensure consistency in naming across all files: business name_first and last name. (ex: Blogalicious_Stacey Ferguson)

Submission Due Date: Friday, August 25th @ 11:59PM

Scoring:
Submissions will be judged by our expert panelists/judges based on the following:

 20% Originality of Business Concept

o  Demonstrate that you have a unique and innovative business concept that differentiates you from other businesses

 60% Business Pitch

o  Clear articulation of your business plan and model

o  Clear explanation of financials

o  Concise explanation on why your business should be selected

 20% Package Quality

o  Submission is visually appealing and creative

o  Demonstrates professionalism

Scoring Guidelines:
Submissions will be rated in each category on a five point scale.

Finalist Selection:
Three finalists will be selected based on highest cumulative scores as determined by the scoring process. Blogalicious will notify both the finalists, and those not selected, via email on Monday, September 25th.

Click here for official contest rules

Ready? Set? Gooooo!

Opportunity: Become a Social Media Ambassador for Blogalicious Weekend

 

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Blogalicious is seeking dynamic individuals for this year’s Social Media Ambassador team. Influencers, bloggers, and content creators of all backgrounds are welcome to apply for this position as long as they are qualified, passionate about social media, and ready to work with our brand.

As a Social Media Ambassador, you will help us promote the conference and sponsors authentically to your audience and ours through engaging content and social media. In exchange for your diligence, you’ll receive one free ticket to Blogalicious Weekend during Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Miami, Florida. (If you’ve already purchased a ticket and are chosen for this opportunity, you will be fully reimbursed.)

Here’s what you need to know:

 

Age Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

Requirements & Eligibility:

  • Must be able to perform the duties of the job. This is not an on-the-job training experience, so please do not apply if you’re not knowledgeable or skilled in how social media works.
  • Must have an engaged following on social media. While your audience doesn’t have to be large, it must be one that is influenced by you.
  • Willing to attend an orientation that may be held virtually one week before the conference and/or in person on Thursday, October 5 at the hotel.
  • Available to work every day during conference weekend, October 5-8 for a minimum of 10 hours.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with ease such as live tweeting, regular postings, mandatory blog posts, attending mandatory scheduled conference workshops, etc.
  • A love for beasting online!

Responsibilities & Perks:

As a conference Social Media Ambassador, you’re representing the Blogalicious brand.

We ask that you please conduct yourselves with integrity and professionalism. It’s also a requirement that you have fun, be flexible and ask questions whenever necessary!

Ambassadors will receive one complimentary ticket to Blogalicious Weekend, which includes admission to official conference social events, workshops, keynotes, breakout sessions, meals, and awesome swag.

Travel & Time:

Ambassadors must work a minimum of 15 hours during conference weekend. (5 hrs daily) You will receive a conference schedule beforehand detailing sessions that will need social coverage and interaction. We will do our best to place you in sessions that will satisfy both your needs and the needs of the Conference. While in attendance, we ask that you follow the guidelines that will be emailed to you in advance as it pertains to social sharing, proper hashtags, sponsor content, and more.

A meeting, virtually or by phone, will be held with the ambassadors and Coordinator a week before the Conference to discuss details. Please plan to arrive by Thursday morning, October 5, 2017, to go over any last-minute changes in the schedule or questions as needs may advance.

Please note: Ambassadors will not receive travel or hotel assistance or reimbursement to or from the Conference site.

Performance & Termination:

Our Ambassadors must be productive, cooperative, and perform their assigned tasks before, during and after the Conference. Blogalicious accepts the service of ambassadors with the understanding that enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitudes are expected for a well-managed and successful volunteer experience.

In cases of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, Blogalicious reserves the right to make determinations regarding the suitability of ambassadors to continue in service.

Ambassador positions are limited. Please apply by August 4, 2017. We’ll send notifications by August 18, 2017. Meet us in Miami, morning time on October 5, 2017. Contact ariel@beblogalicious.com for questions.

 

Apply to become a #Blogalicious9 Social Media Ambassador! 

#TribeUp! Blogalicious Weekend 2017 Call for Speakers is Now Open!

Application deadline: 8PM EST, June 2, 2017

Our 2017 Conference Theme is…

#TribeUp

Everywhere we turn, we’re seeing the spirit of Tribes make its presence known. Whether in the form of an Instagram pod or a Facebook community; a podcast audience or a Slack group, the desire to form a circle of like-minded individuals with a common goal and respected leadership is everywhere. And here’s the secret that us influencers have known all along: the level of engagement within a well-led tribe is through the roof. This is exciting, not only for content creators, but for media and marketers, too.

As so keenly put by Seth Godin almost a decade ago:

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”
(Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us)

We want to take that notion one step further and highlight your ‘how.’ What are some of the smartest, most fun, and most powerful ways you’ve gone about building your tribe?
For our 9th annual Blogalicious Weekend, we’re celebrating the importance of tribes — the trusted communities that each of you has built and are so expertly leading. In doing so, we’re paying homage to our tribe of multicultural, social media enthusiasts who continually build and foster platforms; destinations, resources, collaborations and connections that bring to light movements, information, life-hacks and social issues to the world around them. From where we stand, “Tribe” is not just another “it” word, but a way of life and sense of kinship that elevates everyone and everything around us. With an inspired tribe, the ability to make change and leave a legacy is beyond limits

It’s time to #TribeUp!

 

Interested in speaking? Great! Here’s what you need to know about the call for speakers:

Click Here to fill out the application.
Please read the instructions carefully!

Event date is October 5-8th, 2017. When applying, please be available to speak that weekend.

We read/view every single submission. You will receive an email notice notifying that your application has been received.

Application deadline is Friday, June 2nd! We’re on a very tight deadline so for this reason, absolutely NO exceptions.

Decision day is Sunday, June 25, 2017. You will receive an email notification from Blogalicious letting you know if your submission has been accepted or declined with next steps. Please do not email Blogalicious before that date.

Your submission should be focused on serving the needs of the attendees with our theme in mind. Clearly state on what significant offering and takeaways you will be providing our community.

This year we are curating a more streamlined event program. We’re looking for intermediate to advanced level facilitators to guide our community.  Our agenda this year includes masterclasses, siestas and tribe gatherings. With that said, as much as we would love to, we cannot accept every single submission.

Selected Speakers will receive complimentary Influencers registration for Blogalicious Weekend. You will be responsible for covering your own lodging and transportation.

Be yourself! Show your personality! #TribeUP!

 

9 Reasons You Want to Join the Blogalicious #SocialSquad

The “Social Squad” is our term of endearment for our conference volunteer team. They deliver the utmost in attendee experience and are the definition of service! From the things you do see, like their smiling faces at Registration, to the things you don’t see, like them getting down and dirty unloading pallets of boxes and stuffing the hundreds of swag bags, their hard work and dedication contributes to the Blogalicious Weekend experience in countless ways…

Why would you want to join the social squad? 

1. You’re in THE official Blogalicious Club! #SquadGoals
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It is THE squad to be in! This group of ladies (and gents) have the most fun behind the scenes and form a bond that extends beyond the conference.

2. (Purple) Flower Power

photo credit: @sweetculinaryco

photo credit: @sweetculinaryco

Every member rocks a purple flower with pride. When you see the flower, you can rest assured that this person is ready to help and to provide service with a smile.

3. Complimentary Registration to Blogalicious Weekend

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In exchange for complimentary registration, volunteers work 12 hours over the course of the conference to help us pull off an successful event. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to play and attend the workshops you desire.

4. Extra Swag!

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Every year, we have extra swag. Sometimes folks don’t claim their bag or sponsors send us more than we need. On the last day of the conference, we give everything away. Squad members usually get to pick first!

5. Jana, the BEST Squad Leader

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Picture is blurry because it’s hard to catch Jana in action!

Jana, the Social Squad Coordinator, is THE. ABSOLUTE.BEST. If you don’t know, now you know. She runs a tight ship but she is the sweetest and protective of her troop. Squad members always make sure to remind Jana to eat at some point during the conference. She doesn’t always listen ;) Tweet her to say hi.

6. Grow Your Network / Make New Friends

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The bond that forms within this group is tight. Everyone keeps in touch after the conference and engages via their very own private Facebook group.

7. Give Back and Save

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When planning to attend any conference out of town, costs add up quickly! By volunteering their time, Social Squad members can offset that by donating their time. Win-win!

8. The Behind-the-Scenes Blogalicious Experience

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Squad members are required to show up at least one day before the event to help us prepare. This affords our volunteers a chance to see #TeamBlogalicious in action and observe the machine that is Blogalicious Weekend.

9. Get to Know Brands and Speakers On a Personal Level

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Social Squad member with Byron Lars/Kia.

Volunteers work closely with sponsors and speakers assisting them with whatever they need to ensure they have a positive experience. This means developing a personal relationship with key players that you can add to your Rolodex (do they still make those?). You get our point!

Want to join the #SocialSquad? There’s still time to apply. Application deadline is 4/3. If you have any questions, tweet us at @Beblogalicious!

Call for Volunteers! Applications Now Being Accepted for Blogalicious Weekend Social Squad
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Volunteering provides an opportunity for anyone, from the novice blogger to the social media enthusiast, to help #Blogalicious9 run smoothly both for presenters and participants — and to be an active Conference participant with a complimentary Conference Registration (Note: if you are selected to join the Social Squad and you have already purchased a conference ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Each year a robust network of social media influencers and enthusiasts from all over the world gather to collaborate, connect and uplift one another, and this impressive gathering couldn’t happen without the help of an amazing group of volunteers.

The 2017 Conference will be held from Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, 2017.  The policies below outline guidelines and procedures that will allow the Blogalicious Weekend 2017 volunteer experience to be beneficial to both Blogalicious and its volunteers:

Recruitment & Eligibility

Volunteers for Blogalicious Weekend 2017 are selected based on:

·       Ability to perform the volunteer position (experience, knowledge, skills);

·       Ability to work a minimum of 12 hours over the course of the Conference;

·       Ability to volunteer for entirety of the 4-day Conference unless an emergency occurs;

·       Ability and willingness to attend mandatory orientation;

·       Ability to handle multiple tasks with a positive attitude; and

·       A heartfelt desire to serve

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Benefits

Volunteers, lovingly referred to as our “Social Squad,” are considered representatives of Blogalicious for the entirety of the Conference, and are therefore asked to present themselves accordingly.

In exchange for their service, volunteers will receive a complimentary conference registration.  This ticket includes: Admission to all official conference social events workshops, keynote sessions, meals and swag bag.

Time Commitment

During the Blogalicious Weekend, all volunteers are required to work 4-hour shifts daily or a minimum of 12 hours.  Every attempt will be made to place volunteers in positions that meet both their needs (free time to attend sessions of interests and enjoy the Conference) and the needs of the Conference.

Volunteers should plan their travel to arrive by Wednesday morning, October 4, 2017 to participate in swag bag stuffing and to attend the mandatory on-site Social Squad Orientation. {Note: Volunteers will not receive travel assistance or travel reimbursement to or from the Conference site.}

Age Requirement

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Performance Concerns & Dismissal

All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of productivity, cooperation, and attendance.  Blogalicious accepts the service of volunteers with the understanding that enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitudes are expected for a well-managed and successful volunteer experience.

In cases of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, Blogalicious reserves the right to make determinations regarding the suitability of volunteers to continue in service.

Timeline

April 3: Application Deadline
April 28: Applicants are Notified
October 4: Social Squad Orientation

(Volunteer positions are limited.)

Apply here to be a member of the #Blogalicious9 Social Squad!

 

Questions? Please email Jana Pauldin, Social Squad Coordinator: jana (at) beblogalicious.com

What You Need to Know About Attending, Speaking, Sleeping, Nursing, and Volunteering at Blogalicious 2017!

 

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If we had a dollar for every time an excited member of our community inquires about submitting to speak or volunteer during Blogalicious Weekend, we’d be writing this post from a beach in Bora Bora! Thank you, thank you for your emails, messages, texts and DMs! Your interest and enthusiasm is not taken for granted because our conference doesn’t happen without your talents, energy and gifts. Here are some details that will hopefully allow us to allow you to allow all of us to be great:

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Blogalicious Weekend Tickets:

General Admission Influencer Passes, General Admission Industry Passes and VIP Experience passes are available for purchase. Early Bird ticket sales ended February 2nd, but our regular ticket prices are still great! What is the difference between the ticket types? We’re glad you asked!

Influencer Pass:
This ticket type is for Bloggers, Social Media Influencers and Entrepreneurs and includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

Industry Pass:
This ticket type is for PR agency executives, brand representatives and professionals on the corporate side of the social media industry.  The Industry Pass includes includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

VIP Experience Pass:
This ticket type is for anyone who wants to participate in advanced-level trainings and take advantage of VIP perks. The VIP Experience Pass includes a full day of trainings (VIP Mastermind Day) and a private cocktail reception on October 5th. In addition, this ticket type includes all of the benefits of the Influencer/Industry Pass. For an idea of what VIP Mastermind Day looked like in past years, check out the Thursday agendas for 2016 and 2015.

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re adding some super-fly perks for those who are VIP Experience ticket-holders. We’re still dreaming up fun and valuable surprises to stay tuned for those details. For this reason, we’ve upgraded the name of the ticket from VIP Mastermind Day to VIP Experience – why contain the awesome to just one day?

But I already Bought My Early Bird/Influencer/Industry Pass! I want to enjoy the VIP Experience!
No worries. If you have already purchased your ticket and want to become a VIP, simply select the VIP Experience Upgrade option to add on – you’re all set!!

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Speaking Opportunities:

We love sourcing our speakers from the community – we truly do. Here’s the cool thing: over the last 8 years, the landscape of the blogging, business and social media space has evolved in an amazing way. This means that your expectations and needs have grown drastically. We love this. It means that we have to carefully curate who our conference presenters will be. Each year, the bar is raised! Also, if you’ve attended a Blogalicious Weekend, then you know our agenda is jam-packed. We’ve got to balance the sessions with the sponsor events and activities and also allow you precious time for networking and connecting with your Blogalicious family. That means we have a limited number of session slots (like 12 max!) available.

If you are a knowledgeable and charismatic professional speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator, subject matter expert WITH speaking experience, then we want you to submit, submit, submit.

Our Call for Speakers will open on May 1st and it will close on May 22nd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Volunteer Opportunities:

The Blogalicious Social Squad is EVERYTHING! Seriously, our volunteer team is amazing and makes the engine run like well-oiled machine on-site. If you have a serving heart, are willing to work, play well with others and want to be a part of a special sisterhood, then the Social Squad is for you. It’s important to note that our volunteers have to dedicate a minimum number of hours to working during the conference, and will need to roll with the punches, be flexible and rise to the occasion! That said, the Social Squad members have a BLAST and get to experience the conference sessions and events too. Sound interesting to you? Great!

Our Call for Social Squad applications will open on March 1st and will close on April 3rd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Other Items to Note:

Hotel Rooms.  Our discounted Blogalicious 2017 Room Block at the Hilton Miami Downtown is open and rooms are available for $199. Our room block closes on September 12th. Please don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your room! Click here to reserve.

Policy re. Children.  Only nursing infants are allowed in the conference space at Blogalicious Weekend in order to provide the best possible experience for our attendees. [Neither Team Blogalicious nor the Social Squad are responsible for tending to your child.]

Ticket Refund Policy. Your ticket purchase is non-refundable but you may transfer your registration to another participant by contacting the organizer NO LATER THAN September 3rd, 2017. The exception to this is if you have purchased a ticket and then are chosen to be a speaker or a volunteer, then Blogalicious will refund your purchase.

 

Ok! That’s it for now. Hopefully this post answers a few FAQs. Look for Blogalicious Weekend updates to ramp up in the Spring!!

xo,
Team Blogalicious

 

Blogalicious 2017 Badge Bling Is Here!

Hey now!! Are you dreaming of warm, sunny days and the crashing surf like we are? Since October can’t get here soon enough, we’re doing our best to daydream and these site badges for Blogalicious Miami are helping to do the trick for now! For starters, they’re nice and blue like that Florida ocean, and – if you put your face real close to your laptop monitor – you’ll even feel the sun rays beaming on your face [see what we did there? ;)]

Once you’ve registered and booked your room, make sure to make your friends jealous by letting them know that you’re Blogalicious by displaying a badge on your site, on your Instagram feed, heck, make it your new profile pic!

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B9 Badge there FINAL

 

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B9 Badge speaking FINAL

 

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The Official #Blogalicious8 Tees Are Here!

We’ve partnered with Tees in the Trap for the third year in a row to bring you the official #Blogalicious8 tees:

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No IOU’s.
No layaway.
No payment plan.
What is a bitcoin? Nah!
No gift cards.
Exposure doesn’t pay my bills.
Show me the money!

In other words…Checks or it didn’t happen!

 


 

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Don’t worry about what I’m doing. Don’t ask about my next move. #StealthMode until I launch. Don’t believe me? Just watch.

 

The shirts are available in black OR grey and limited quantities. Once they are gone, they are GONE! Click here to order your official #Blogalicious8 tee. 

If you are attending Blogalicious Conference in Atlanta November 3-5, you may opt to pick up your shirt on-site. Select “Ship Everywhere Else” option and we’ll have your shirt ready at the bStore.

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