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$25,000 prize for startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest: Synergy Tech Startup Contest announces an event for innovative companies

Seattle, Washington, 2017-Feb-12 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ — Synergy Tech Startup Contest for Startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest has been initiated and applications are open from February 9th. Finals will be held live from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM on April 5, 2017, in SURF Incubator, 999 Third Ave Suite 700, Seattle. The contest is designed to offer a unique Synergy experience: the winner will receive $25,000 in software development services to take their project to the next level. Additional prizes will also be offered by legal and technology sponsors in support of emerging companies. The application form, details about the judges, the agenda, and other information can be found here: http://synergycontest.com/.

The event has been created for tech startups by tech specialists. This is our way of supporting and rewarding groundbreaking technical startup businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest, as well as promoting the benefits of global collaboration and the remote team model.

The entry requirements: the applicant must be a startup from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest with an innovative tech product. The applicant should have a viable business plan that can be accelerated through access to high quality development resources. The applicant must have a mature marketing strategy and have raised initial funding. The applications must be submitted by March 9, 2017 here: http://synergycontest.com/application-form/

“We’re experienced in global collaboration and would like to share all its benefits with emerging businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest,” says Jeff Bianco, president and founder of Dev-Pro.net, co-founder and judge of the Synergy Tech Startup Contest. “We’re inviting applicants to join in, and plan to select six high-potential startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest to compete for the grand prize, which is $25,000 in software development services. We’re committed to supporting the winner in developing their startup with the help of a team of professionals who offer exactly the right set of technical skills to boost their project.”

Our Synergy formula is simple: pitch in front of influential judges and a live audience, become number one, and take your startup to the next level. All finalists will receive valuable feedback from expert judges, one or more additional exclusive prizes provided by partners, and the opportunity to cooperate with one of the contest partners. All eligible applicants from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest will increase the visibility of their products or services by presenting their work on the contest website.

About The Synergy Tech Startup Contest:
The Synergy Tech Startup Contest is a startup pitch competition held in six US cities, where innovative companies with revolutionary solutions have a chance to win valuable prizes and accelerate their product development.

About Dev-Pro.net:
Dev-Pro.net was founded by successful entrepreneur, Jeff Bianco, in September 2011. The long history, vast experience, and in-depth understanding of the technology domain are the foundation of our company’s success in servicing technology companies and digital agencies.

Contact-Details:

Ievgeniia Prytula
Email: info@synergycontest.com
Phone: 1-310-362-0206

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NEW COMPANY GLOBALITY WILL FACILITATE AMERICAN BUSINESS GROWTH BY HELPING BUSINESSES TO REACH LARGER MARKETS

Menlo Park, California, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ — Joel Hyatt’s latest start-up Globality is looking to change the way that businesses in the United States reach larger markets. The Markle Foundation, a founding shareholder, is pleased to be part of this monumental idea and they congratulated Globality via a press release on the successful launch of the company.

Markle CEO and President, Zoe Baird, said that, “Platforms like Globality have the power to drive change to expand economic opportunity for more American small and medium-sized businesses. Globality has the potential to have real impact on the global marketplace.”

The Markle Foundation is a 501 tax-exempt charitable organization that focuses on the improvement in the areas of technology, health care, and national security. The company is currently engaged in a nationwide initiative aimed at driving innovations that create opportunities for employment. The concept behind Globality was actually inspired by Markle and their mission.

The collectively authored book by Markle’s Rework America group, “America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age” that was released in the Spring of 2015, discusses Markle’s Rework America initiative. Rework America is a collective of 50 national leaders with the goal of utilizing transformative solutions and scalable opportunities in order to help create opportunities for people by revitalizing the once thought lost American dream.

In America’s Moment the authors speak of a strategy to bring international buyers and new markets to the fingerprints of Americans in business through their computers or tablets. Globality took this idea and built an entire business model that created a technological platform to enable small American businesses to compete on a global stage by connecting them with large corporations.

Globality, based in Menlo Park, is a groundbreaking company that has created a business-to-business marketplace that connects smaller businesses with some of the largest corporations in the world. With the powerful combination of inventive artificial intelligence and the best industry minds, Globality will change the face of the global economy. Joel Hyatt co-founded the company with Lior Delgo and along with a board of the best minds in their industries and the backing of high-powered angel investors; Globality is set on restoring the American Dream.

Contact-Details: Bethany Mullinix
media@globality.com

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Playbook Advisory Announces Opening of Chicago Office

Chicago, IL, March 29, 2016 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Playbook Corporate Advisory, Inc. (www.playbookadvisory.com), a business brokerage company, announced today the official opening of its Chicago office inside the Bradley Business Center located on the North Side of the City.

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Playbook Advisory offers buyers and sellers of privately held businesses a full-service menu of services including listing, sales & marketing assistance, negotiation and closing. Each engagement is led by a team of experts who are able to advise and execute at each level of the transaction. The company focuses on profitable companies with annual revenues between $500,000 to $20,000,000.

Interested business owners or future entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact the company at 312-525-9622 or email President@Playbookadvisory.com for more information or for a free in office consultation (http://www.playbookadvisory.com/contact-us.html).

About Playbook Advisory
Playbook was founded by an experienced business broker veteran who had a desire to offer business owners the very best level of service and execution when the owner was ready to sell their business. With a lower fee structure Playbook offers clients a better value proposition compared to the other larger business broker companies.

About Bradley Business Center
The Bradley Business Center is located at 2500 W. Bradley Place, Chicago, IL. 60618. The building offers a full range of tenant amenities, for more information go to https://bradleybusinesscenter.com/.

Contact-Details: Playbook Corporate Advisory, Inc., 2500 W. Bradley Pl., Suite 200, Chicago, IL. 60618, 312-525-9622, president@playbookadvisory.com, www.playbookadvisory.com

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Dietary Supplement Firm Kaeng Raeng Inc Sues Former Contract Manufacturer For Alleged Idea Theft And Unfair Business Practices

Kaeng Raeng Inc., which develops and sells dietary supplements, filed suit against the firm that manufactured its private-label products for allegedly stealing its confidential and proprietary information to create and distribute a competing product that’s “substantially similar.”

The suit accuses San Jose-based contract manufacturer Multivitamin Direct, Inc. and its employees — President Paul Huang, Vice President/Business Development Viola Lee and Vice President/Product Development Alisia Cheuk — of breaches of contract, confidentiality and loyalty, intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, fraud and deceit, and unfair competition.

The suit also says defendants actively misled Kaeng Raeng about their relationship with the brand Raw Green Organics, which allegedly was created by Multivitamin Direct to sell competing products based on Kaeng Raeng’s confidential and proprietary information.

“There’s a presumed level of trust between brands and contract manufacturers,” said Kaeng Raeng’s Founder, President and CEO Lindsay Reinsmith. “Without this trust, conflicts of interest arise and business relationships are undermined.”

The suit, filed late Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, seeks “disgorgement of all revenues, earnings, profits, compensation and benefits” received by Multivitamin Direct, Huang, Lee and Cheuk because of their “wrongful business practices.”

It also asks the court to grant an injunction against Multivitamin Direct, Huang, Lee and Cheuk, prohibiting them from disclosing and using Kaeng Raeng’s confidential information, saying that otherwise Kaeng Raeng “will suffer further immediate and irreparable injury, loss and damage.”

The suit says Multivitamin Direct was established in 1987 and is a leading USDA-certified organic contract manufacturer in Northern California. Kaeng Raeng was founded by Reinsmith in 2009 as a small business in Palo Alto. Later that year, Multivitamin Direct signed a non-disclosure agreement and was engaged to produce Kaeng Raeng’s private-label dietary supplements.

In May 2011, the suit says, Kaeng Raeng shared details with Multivitamin Direct, Huang and Lee about a new greens-based detox cleanse product, and Huang and Lee shared the information with Cheuk. Details included ingredients, formulas, packaging, branding, marketing, advertising, pricing, sales, distribution, retailers, customers, vendors, product suppliers and industry trends.

Soon thereafter, the suit says, Multivitamin Direct’s production of Kaeng Raeng’s products “started to run consistently behind schedule” and Kaeng Raeng “became strained financially” waiting for inventory. Its final delivery, scheduled for September 2012, wasn’t delivered until February 2013, it says.

The suit says Raw Green Organics began gearing up to offer a “substantially similar” product in June 2011 — only one month after Kaeng Raeng revealed details of its new detox cleanse to Multivitamin Direct, adding that Raw Green Organics also adopted similar packaging, advertising, marketing and other matters.

When Reinsmith asked the defendants about the Raw Green Organics, they repeatedly told her it was simply a “client” they were “helping get started” and that none of Kaeng Raeng’s confidential information had been disclosed, the suit says.

At the same time, it says, Multivitamin Direct told Kaeng Raeng to find another manufacturer, forcing Kaeng Raeng to incur “lengthy and costly search efforts” and resulting “in the unnecessary disposal of valuable raw materials.”

Not until March 2014, did Kaeng Raeng discover evidence that Raw Green Organics is owned by Multivitamin Direct and managed by Huang, Lee and Cheuk, the suit says.

About Kaeng Raeng
Kaeng Raeng Inc, based in Sunnyvale, CA, develops and sells natural dietary supplements. Kaeng Raeng was founded in July 2009 by President and CEO Lindsay Reinsmith and still is a privately-owned, small corporation.

Contact Details: Roger Gillott
Gillott Communications
323-497-7868
roger@gillottcommunications.com

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New Book on Amazon Kindle Helps Artists Build a Sustainable Business Around Their Art

The Productive Artist today announced the official launch of founder Rebecca Ahn’s new book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan, as a new and complementary offering to her arts business consulting services. Now available on the Amazon Kindle store (http://www.amazon.com/Productive-Artists-Business-Plan-ebook/dp/B00F2AK2VK), the book has already begun receiving rave reviews from the wide network of “The Productive Artist” readers and fans.

Wu-lee says “The Productive Artist’s business plan provides insightful, but more importantly practical advice for getting off your butt and getting move in the direction of the business and creative endeavors you’d secretly rather be working toward than your day job.”

MFrenchie attests to the book’s “Tangible, real-world strategies for organizing the creative spirit into action. A “getting things done” how to for artists. Easily digestible, compelling and an enjoyable read.”

And bookfan calls the book “a no-nonsense, step-by-step action plan for anyone who wants to make a living as a creative artist.” He adds that “This is the book I wish I had when I was starting out. Stop being a struggling artist. Become a professional artist. Start with this book.”

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Location Analysis – The Missing Perspective That Helps Businesses Make a Difference

Topo.ly is an online mapping tool that promotes location analysis. The team behind Topo.ly firmly believs that understanding location data will help companies drive the proliferation of the values that can be extracted from it. As users create a map, they not only see a bunch of markers all plotted together by sets, Topo.ly’s enhanced mapping capabilities maximize the use of mapping technology allow them to view a different kind of data visualization that initially helps them identify connections, patterns and stories that can make up their decisions for better business management.

Topo.ly’s features for location mapping are easy to use. In fact, says Fred Kunze, head of the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education, “This is just great! I am presenting a session to a group of new Geography teachers, and I’m sure they will be able to use Topo.ly to get kids more involved in map making. It works as advertised, is fast and easy to operate!”

Online Location Mapping Features

Topo.ly is in the unique position to help companies from different fields use location analysis as an integral step to establish effective business marketing. Below are some of the most useful features of the online mapping website:

Create a map

Topo.ly’s easy mapping tool allows the users to create a map in less than 3 minutes. It uses simple copy-and-paste method to reduce the time spent on map building and devote more time in location analysis. This feature has been one of the reasons why more and more companies rely to Topo.ly as their online mapping tool.

Add multiple locations data sets

The integration of different data sets on a map allows the users to clearly identify sets of patterns and connections integral to decision-making. When users view the connections between data sets, they are able to conceptualize practical and more-targeted marketing strategies to win customers and promote their business.

Heatmap

Companies will find more meaning with location analysis when they heatmap using Topo.ly’s easy heatmapping features. The online mapping tool is packed with territories to use so that Plus users can take full advantage of creating heatmaps by boundaries based on their address locations data. As easy as creating a map, heatmapping takes only minutes using Topo.ly.

The integration of location analysis into business decisions for marketing and management will increase the potentials of understanding their market and be more focused on what’s necessary. Using Topo.ly’s online mapping features allow companies to experience life-long success.

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Financial Architect® “The Fastest Way to Legally Raise Capital – Guaranteed!”

It has just been reported in “The Private Capital Access PCA Index Q2, 2013 report in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., measures the demand for capital and financing activity for privately-held businesses. Privately held businesses continue to find it difficult to raise new financing in the current business environment, according to 59 percent of small business owners who responded in the second quarter survey results. Only 33 percent of those who applied for business loans from a bank were successful. The research also shows that many small business owners are tapping into their personal assets to fill financing gaps with 41% of business owners saying they transferred personal assets to their business over the last three months.

There is a better way: As former Wall Street financiers turned entrepreneurs, the principals at Commonwealth Capital Advisors know what you’re going through or about to go through. They have felt the pain of attempting to capitalize start-up and early stage companies. They know how to succeed, but more importantly, they know about failure and how to avoid it.

To find out how by reading the Abridged Edition of the E-book their CEO wrote entitled: “The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early Stage Companies.”

VISIT: http://www.commonwealthcapital.com/main/21.php?username=4750

If you are serious about raising capital for your start-up or early stage company, this resource was made for you. “The Secrets of Wall Street…” will open your eyes to the truth on how the world of capital works. It’s designed to enable any Entrepreneur to make a qualified decision on how to go about effectively raising capital.

The unsolicited testimonials continue to stream into their website.

It’s their “pay it forward” gift to you to help you to turn your dream into reality.

Charles David Dreher
Executive Vice-President

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New Book Guides Entrepreneurs Through the Basics of Doing Business in China

 Prizgar Gonzales’s book,The Beginner’s Guide To Doing Business In China –

The eBook and paperback version is available on www.amazon.com. You can read Chapter One free on www.doingbusinesswithchina.biz.

Factual and informative, the book takes the reader through the basics of doing business in China. This book is a treasure-trove of excellent and priceless information for starting your own brand.

Having shrewdly positioned itself as the world’s factory, China offers the best opportunity for anyone in the U.S.A. to start a business.

For instance, if you have a sketch of a shoe design for women, or any other product, getting your brand manufactured in the U.S.A. is close to impossible. With China there are no such barriers and stop signs. A variety of countless factories abound.

The Chinese celebrate entrepreneurs by making it easy to get started. Their formula for facilitating small businesses is the minimum order quantity, or MOQ.

The minimum order quantity offered by China’s factories is the best opportunity for American entrepreneurs to get into the free enterprise game. Anyone with a passion for a product has two opportune options: initiate their own brand or get started buying wholesale.

Even if you have or don’t have a product, a passion, or a dream, China is the place to be. China’s economic banquet is so lavish, so layered; you too can fill your plate with countless products that cost pennies.

If you are yearning for the freedom of being your own boss, dancing to your individual rhythm, China could be your perfect partner.

The business highway in China is user friendly and The Beginner’s Guide To Doing Business In China will show you how to get in the right lane. Choose a product – create your own brand. Buy wholesale – sell to the world.

The book offers a step-by-step tour of the Canton Trade Fair, the Mother of all Trade Fairs, navigating the reader to find, under one roof, the core players for doing business with China.

Within the pages of The Beginner’s Guide To Doing Business In China you will find a tried and true approach to get on board as a participant on China’s economic juggernaut.

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New Book Examines the Future Of Israel’s Hi-Tech Economy

“What’s Next for the Start-Up Nation”, written by senior consultant Uri Goldberg, questions sustainability of Israeli technology sector

A new book is taking a cold, hard look at Israel’s future as a high tech powerhouse. “What’s Next for the Startup Nation?” (ISBN 1477241205) examines the future of the industry which paved the way for the country’s phenomenal economic growth. Israel became a center for groundbreaking technological innovation thanks to entrepreneurship, coupled with forward thinking government policies and unique historical circumstance. Up until recently, the country had the highest venture capital cash flow per capita in the world.

Now, global and domestic challenges are threatening to wipe out Israel’s achievements. Faced with a rapidly changing financial world as well as ongoing adversity, old policies are unlikely to remain effective. “What’s Next for the Start-Up Nation?” offers a clear and engrossing blueprint for fostering a strong environment of innovation while sustaining a vibrant economy and is now available on Amazon.com.

Uri Goldberg is a management expert, specializing in serving governments and corporations on strategy, innovations and economic development issues. Mr. Goldberg worked with McKinsey& Co. where he directed key consulting projects for Fortune 500 companies as well as governments in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He also served as Foreign Policy Aid to Israeli President Shimon Peres in his former capacity as Vice Prime Minister. He currently resides in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

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Letter From Santa Claus Super Affiliate Program

It all started after a really bad experience we had when we ordered a letter from Santa Claus for our 7 year old son Chase. We call it the Santa letter that ruined Christmas. Our son’s Santa Letter arrived and it had Chase’s name and address on it, however when he opened the letter, it had the name and address of another little boy.

To make matters worse it was simply a cookie cutter letter from Santa Claus, nothing like they advertised and nothing like we were expecting. It was very unprofessional and just looked horrible. Chase was visibly upset.

So, a couple weeks before Christmas Carey and I decided to create our version of a true to life, magical Personalized letter from Santa Claus. As we started working on it something magical seemed to happen. Right before our eyes our Santa Letter started to take on a life of its own. By the time we had finished it wound up being more of a package…a “Package from Santa.”

We sent one out to Chase but we also sent one out to the little boy that may have gotten ours in the mix up. It included a personalized letter from Santa Claus – Saint Nick himself – as well as several other fun Christmas items, all with a North Pole return address (we really had to fool Chase this time).

10 days before Christmas we got a Fed Ex letter from the parent (a kindergarten teacher) describing her son’s excitement. She thanked us repeatedly and to our surprise – in the letter were the names and addresses of 4 other children AND… a check for $100.00!

After a phone call to the parents, they had 12 more parents who wanted our letters from Santa package. They faxed us their names and addresses that night and offered to send us a check. This was the start of Packagefromsanta.com. By Christmas we had delivered 48 Santa Claus Letters. From there things just snowballed.

Our successful launch of packagefromsanta.com was all about delivering value to the children and parents as well as delivering value that would have nothing to do with cost.

The cookie cutter letter Chase had originally received proved many companies were simply looking at costs verses creating value.

In 2007, we delivered not only a large volume of letters from Santa Claus, but our Package from Santa expanded with our Custom Letter from Rudolph, our Personalized Custom Nice List Certificate and a Glossy 8 X 10 autographed photo of Santa Claus himself… and much more.

Packagefromsanta.com has become a strong brand, founded on and by, creating true value verses perceived value. We continue to innovate and look for insights, to be proactive, to focus on a few Big Ideas and to stay positively connected with what meets parent’s expectations.

View our Super Affiliate program here. Personalized Santa letters allows anybody, anywhere, to make above average commission checks just by spreading the word about PackageFromSanta.com. With true residual income potential, many websites and businesses will earn upwards of 25% from each sale they generate through PackageFromSanta.com.

The fact that PackageFromSanta.com is constantly adding top quality, custom items to their product line, ensures affiliates can earn commission checks for many, many years to come.

The PackageFromSanta.com Super Affiliate Program is a remarkable program, a win-win situation. It allows average everyday people to benefit from our branded growth, while passing on the magic of Santa Claus to thousands of children.

Quality is economy, and too many companies are looking for cost savings instead of trying to create value for strong branding. In the real world, the only way for Brands to survive is by delivering value. Our Super Affiliate Program delivers that and more.

It’s all about satisfied customers, like Rhiana McCarty, (a PackageFromSanta.com customer) from Herriman, Utah, who emphatically boasts:

“My daughter was so excited to see the great big red shiny package from Santa. She opened it and was amazed at how much he knew in his letter about her. She bragged about it for weeks about how she was on the Nice List and how she had a certificate to prove it. Her favorite was the letter from Rudolph and his funny signature (his foot print). We had a great experience and will order for years to come and for my grandchildren too!”

It’s all about trust, starting with the Search Engines and our strong web presence, quality is economy and we have achieved our branding on consumer trust. Enjoy the benefits of our Super Affiliate Program at the same level these children enjoy the magical moments of a quality letter from Santa Claus.

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Half Day Workshop Focused On Teaching Entrepreneurs How To Save Thousands By Outsourcing In Their Businesses

The Save Time and Money! Outsource Your Business workshop is being offered in Pikesville, Maryland, September 6, 2008 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The cost is $69 and special “bring a friend” discount pass is available by calling 1-866-226-2607.

Mia Redrick uses her experience with these outsourcing methods as a self-published author of Time for mom-Me:5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care (available on Amazon and in Barnes and Nobles stores across the country) as well as the author of over 14 books, several web communities including www.findingdefinitions.com. Mia’s book, “Time for mom-Me:5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care” is the foundation for Save Time and Money! Outsource Your Business, and details Mia’s expertise as a masterful outsourcer.

The session is focused on what outsourcing is for the independent business owner. Mia will provide a short workshop and then explain how every business owner can benefit from outsourcing. Large corporations have benefited from outsourcing in their businesses for years. Most small business owners don’t know how to use the same strategies to save them $1000 on administrative cost by learning this powerful technique. The session will provide participants with resources that they can implement right away in their businesses to save time and money. Sharing this process is important because most small businesses never take flight because of the cost of doing business.

Each part of the workshop will provide tools that will allow participants to know what resources are available and how to access them as a small and independent business owner. Outsourcing Your Business saves Time and Money! That is what this workshop is all about.

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EPR Small Business News is a new blog, part of EPR Network, that is going to be focused on and will be covering the small business and stories from press releases published on EPR Network.

EPR Network (EPR stands for express press release) is one of the nation’s largest press release distribution networks on Web. The EPR’s nationwide network includes 12 State based PR sites, one major PR forum and a number of industry specific PR blogs and what started as a hobby on Internet years ago turned out to be a rapidly growing business today. EPR Network is also known as one of the most trusted (human optimized, published, edited and monitored, spam/scam/low quality PR content free) PR sites on the web with more than 10,000 company and individual press releases distributed per month. EPR Network is putting your press releases on top of all major search engines’ results and is reaching thousands of individuals, companies, PR specialists, media professionals, bloggers and journalists every day.

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