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BlackDoor Ventures, Inc., specializes in high-quality writing, editing and communication services, including public/media/community relations, Web content, newsletters, reports, articles and special events. Smooth conveyors of the word — written and spoken — we have more than 25 years of experience and a client list that includes businesses, groups and individuals. And with the news, information and commentary found here, we help progressive-minded folks get more out of themselves — and more out of life!


photo of author vanessa w. snyderPresident Vanessa Williams Snyder is a seasoned educator in the District of Columbia public school system and previously was a longtime editor and writer with Gannett News Service.

A native Washingtonian, she is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with Educational Specialist and Master’s degrees from Walden University and a Bachelor’s degree (Journalism) from the University of Maryland. Among her many education honors is a Golden Apple Award for “Teacher of Distinction.” Vanessa has written freelance articles for several magazines — including Gospel Today, Excellence and Emerge — and also writes Sunday School curriculum for youth. Her first novel, “The Second First Lady,” was released in 2010.

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General Manager Deron Snyder is an award-winning seasoned communicator with extensive experience as a columnist, editorial writer and reporter. Currently a staff columnist for The Washington Times, he also serves as the Senior Communications Specialist for one of Maryland’s largest not-for-profit faith-based organizations, First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

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Vanessa and Deron are the co-authors of “50 Ways to Put Christ in Your Marriage: And Live Happily Every Day,” in addition to 50 Ways to Put Christ Back in Christmas: And Keep the Spirit Alive All Year.”

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