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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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BABRT Presents Spotlight Award to Omar Benjamin, Port of Oakland Executive Director

On Thursday March 25th, the Bay Area Business RoundTable (BABRT) will present a Spotlight Award to Omar Benjamin, Port of Oakland Executive Director. The award will be presented during the BABRT’s monthly meeting held at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Oakland. Responsible for the administration and operations of the Port organization, Benjamin has shown exemplary leadership and commitment to the economic health and vitality of Bay Area businesses and communities.

As the Port continues to be the economic engine of Oakland, the BABRT recognizes several key achievements that are exemplary during the economic downturn, including:

· Oakland International Airport was rated No. 1 for on-time performance among U.S. airports during 2009.

· In May 2010 Southwest Airlines will begin offering 114 daily departures out of Oakland Airport, including restoration of non-stop service to Nashville, Tennessee and increased frequency of flights to the cities of Albuquerque, Denver and Seattle-Tacoma.

· Port of Oakland was one of six major US West Coast ports to collaborate at the World Shipping Summit held last November in Qingdao, China. The collaboration showcased the benefits of the US West Coast as the premier region for trans-Pacific trade.

· Port of Oakland has expanded capacity and improved transportation services to accommodate more cargo containers, increasing business by 10% from container shipping company APL Ltd., a subsidiary of NOL Group.

The BABRT meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. and speakers will include Dr. Diana Wu, Dean U.C. of Berkeley Extension and Joe Haraburda, President of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

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New Survey Shows Conditions Improving Slightly for Small Business, But Hiring Still Lags

his month’s Small Business Sentiment Survey (SBSS), conducted by Angrisani Turnarounds, LLC, with data provided by Toluna, Inc., demonstrated a small—but fragile—improvement in small business owners’ attitude toward the economy.

New Survey Shows Conditions Improving Slightly for Small Business, But Hiring Still Lags

Fifty-nine percent of small business owners surveyed said they had no plans to open their wallets anytime soon for capital expenditures, while last month 62.7 percent said they were holding off on capital purchases. Additionally, 70 percent of those surveyed said they were not planning to hire full-time employees in the foreseeable future, as compared to 80.1 percent last month. Despite slight improvement over last month, the survey’s newest figures still compare poorly with the baseline from the October 2009 survey, when 52 percent of SBSS respondents said they were disinclined to hire new full-time employees.

Has the deficit replaced health care as the new threat to Small Business?

According to Al Angrisani, founder and CEO of Angrisani Turnarounds and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Reagan, one new issue could be adding to the risk aversion business owners have expressed in recent SBSS surveys. A full 72 percent of small business owners surveyed said they were very concerned or extremely concerned about the massive federal budget deficit—which is forecasted to be $1.6 trillion for the current year, and had reached $430.69 billion through January—and the high taxes certain to follow in its wake.

“Small business owners are starting to look down the road at the huge deficit and heavy tax load sure to land on their shoulders,” he says. “So, while business owners have begun to feel slightly more positive about the economy and their businesses, deficit and new tax worries may be making them reluctant to hire full-time employees.”

Angrisani goes on to say that the deficit and accompanying taxes seem to have bumped health care reform from the top of the list of concerns for Small Business. “When we asked business owners to choose the biggest threat to their business, the highest percentage—23.5 percent—chose rising taxes, edging out health insurance costs by two percent. It’s clear this is becoming the big issue of the day.”

About the Small Business Sentiment Survey
Angrisani Turnarounds, LLC, commissioned Toluna, Inc., to conduct an online survey of small business owners. The survey, which used a representative sample of 200 owners of businesses with less than 100 employees from various industries and regions, was designed to assess the mood of small business owners. It also asked them to rate those issues presenting the greatest risk to their businesses and their general feeling about the health of their businesses.

About Angrisani Turnarounds
Building on his decades of experience in the turnaround industry, Al Angrisani has established Angrisani Turnarounds, LLC, as a vehicle for helping troubled companies overcome the challenges that have weighed them down and diminished shareholder value.

With the proven Angrisani Hierarchy of Value Creation Model (AHVCM) at its heart, the company’s mission is to work closely with Boards of Directors to transform troubled and under-performing companies (TUCs) into high-performing, innovative businesses that create new wealth for shareholders.

Please contact al@alangrisani.com for more information.

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Business Link London Aim To Get Women LinkedIn

Business Link in London has launched a women’s networking group on the global business networking site LinkedIn. This is in response to their survey of the London businesswomen who attended the “We Mean Business” conferences, where it was discovered that women wanted a place to network online.

The LinkedIn group is called “London Women Mean Business” and all that you require to join the group is a LinkedIn profile, which is both free and simple to create. This networking element is adding a new dimension to Women’s Business Centre, which was created by Business Link to give London women a business resource that catered specifically to their unique needs.

The group has members from all sectors of the London business community ranging from women running catering companies to photographers and fashion designers.

Each week Business Link London will be posting news items and discussion points and inviting group members to promote their own businesses. Once you have joined LinkedIn you can network with other LinkedIn members and post your own items to the group.

Join Business Links’ LinkedIn group by visiting: LinkedIn group – London Women Mean Business.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas for Small Business

The run up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year with tens of thousands of seasonal jobs created to cope with the Christmas rush. This doesn’t just impact retailers, as many small businesses are also affected. The rush to meet increase in customer demands doesn’t always mean recruiting new staff.

Entrepreneurs may feel pressured to go beyond their financial means and recruit to keep up with the demands of the festive season. Business Link in London urges small businesses to call our helpline or visit our website for advice on seasonal recruitment and avoid unnecessary costs.

London’s small business owners should also undertake a thorough Business Link in London health check to assess their business and be ready to make the most of the upturn in the market place in the New Year.

Whilst the impact of the recession is felt by the majority of London’s entrepreneurs, they remain resilient and optimistic about their future business growth. 63% are planning to grow and levels of optimism remain high at 75%, according to our latest Business Confidence Index, which measures business sentiment of over 3,300 London’s small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Benjamin Smart, Regional Manager at Business Link in London said;

“It’s the season to be cheery. Small businesses need to keep up their optimism by ensuring they have the right number of people with the right skills to service their customers through Christmas and beyond. My advice is to call us before hiring new staff and get a health check as one of your New Year resolutions.”

A business health check can easily assess ways in which businesses can live within their means and still thrive. More than 9,000 SMEs in London have already benefited from this since its launch over a year ago.

The service allows smaller companies with fewer staff and limited resources to access financial support and expert advice to help steer them through tough economic times and busy working periods.

Karen Hanton, of restaurant booking website toptable.com, added;

“The scale of the Christmas rush can be a real shock to businesses. Business Link in London is a great resource when you need access to quick authoritative information and business support

Top tips for small businesses to remain unaffected by the Christmas rush include:

CHRISTMAS SEASON TIPS
Tip 1
• Recruit temporary workers through an agency

Tip 2
• Engaging employees on fixed-term contracts

Tip 3
• Recruiting family and friends to help out on weekends and during school and college breaks

Tip 4
• Extending the hours of part-time workers, who may be able to ease the pressure at particularly busy times (and who may want extra money)

Tip 5
• Outsourcing some business activity

Small Business owners can contact Business Link in London for health check advice, including ways to handle the busy festive period at:

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/london/staffingoptions
http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/london/seasonalbusiness

Business Link in London is a free and impartial business advisory service providing support to small businesses in London through its Business Advisers, workshops and seminars. It also maintains a round the clock, 24-hour telephone and online advice service.

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Business Interruption Insurance Protects Against Lost Profits

The business industry these days is in need of some help. Businesses left and right are being forced into bankruptcy, regardless of whether they’re neighborhood staples or new up-and-comers. On top of having to worry about keeping their profits in the green, business owners also have to adequately protect their establishments against catastrophic disasters such as fires, tornados, floods, etc. A recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com reveals the importance of business owners purchasing a quality business interruption insurance policy.

The article, titled Business Interruption Insurance: When Disaster Strikes, emphasizes that a quality business interruption insurance policy can help prevent a business from stopping or slowing down production should a catastrophe strike. Most standard policies include compensation for profits the company would have earned had the property not been affected by a catastrophe. For example, if a business’s building burns down to the ground and the business is forced to relocate, all of the profits it loses are covered.

Any expenses the company pays for are also covered in a standard policy, particularly electricity and heat, which may occur even if a business’s operations are put on a temporary hiatus. There are some disclaimers, however, to a business interruption insurance policy.

“Keep in mind that a business interruption insurance policy is not your standard policy,” the article describes. “It is not sold by itself, but instead is most commonly added onto a property insurance policy or included in a separate package. More often than not, it takes longer to renovate a building than initially anticipated.”

So how affordable is quality coverage? The price of a business interruption insurance policy depends on a variety of factors, including the location of the establishment, premise of the business and how easily it adapts to operating at a temporary location. Business owners looking to obtain a business interruption insurance policy for their business should contact a business insurance agent today.

Go to InsuranceAgents.com for more information and to receive insurance quotes from up to five local agents.

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Chem-Dry Quality Care’s Investment – Promotes Healthier Indoor Air Quality And Helps To Provide Some Relief For Allergy Sufferers

With an estimated one in three people in Britain suffering from allergies at some point in their lives and a recent House of Lords report stating that 1 in 5 school children suffer from asthma, indoor air quality is very much a hot topic. It is also estimated that 80% of allergy problems are often caused by the airborne dust mite and they can double their numbers in ten hours. One ideal breeding ground for the dust mite is household carpets and furnishings. However, Trefeglwys based Chem-Dry Quality Care have recently invested in the revolutionary CTS 450 Truckmount cleaning system, which will help in the constant battle to eliminate dust mites, which is good news for allergy sufferers.

Chem-Dry Quality Care’s Investment

This revolutionary cleaning technology, is a fully self contained system which contains a power unit and pre-heated solution hoses which are fed into the home or business to undertake the cleaning operation.

Chem-Dry’s patented hot carbonating cleaning solution is cleverly warmed from the heat generated by the power unit.

The Carpet & Rug Institute based in the US, who are responsible for undertaking programs to test the effectiveness of carpet cleaning products and represents the carpet & rug industry, recently awarded the CTS 450 Truckmount a gold level ‘Seal of Approval’, the highest accolade for certified deep cleaning systems.

Chris Jones, Proprietor of Chem-Dry Quality Care, comments “If any member of your family is an allergy sufferer, you will understand just how important it is to maintain a good standard of indoor air quality and undertake regular cleaning to control allergies such as dust mites. As a local Chem-Dry commercial carpet cleaner operator I believe it is one of our responsibilities to improve indoor quality in our customer’s homes, neutralise the household dust mite and contribute towards providing a better standard of living for allergy sufferers. I believe truckmount cleaning technology will have a significant impact for our business, our customers and anyone who suffers from an allergy”.

The CTS 450 Truckmount cleaning system is at least five times more powerful than conventional cleaning devices and provides numerous health and safety benefits such as reduced hazards with less manual handling and fatigue placed on technicians as they no longer have to manoeuvre equipment from floor to floor and through customer’s homes to get professional carpet cleaning services.

Chris continues “This is a significant investment for the business and our local domestic & commercial customer base with benefit from improved efficiency savings, reduced downtime by enabling 2 rooms to be cleaned simultaneously and providing superior drying times.

As a local service provider to the North Powys and South Gwynedd communities, I believe it will secure our position in the domestic & commercial market for years to come and we look forward to many more years of raising the standards in our industry”.

Chem-Dry Quality Care became part of the Chem-Dry national network in 2008 and is an independently owned family based business operated by Chris & Vicky Jones. The domestic and commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning business is managed daily by Chris and has evolved through the provision of exceptional service to both their domestic and commercial customers from various parts of North Powys & South Gwynedd.

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29th Annual Manufacturing Awards Banquet Honoring Florida’s Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers

Volusia Manufacturers Association is hosting the 2009 Annual Manufacturers Award Ceremony on October 22 to Award Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers for Excellence in Manufacturing. Associate Member Awards will be presented to Non-Manufacturing Members who made large contributions to the VMA and Manufacturing.

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is hosting its Annual Awards Banquet this month. Each year the Volusia Manufacturers Association honors the best of the best of its Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturer and Associate Members. This year the event will be held on October 22, 2009, f r o m 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at the Sun s e t Harbor Yacht Club in Daytona Beach, Florida. Music will be performed by A Family Affair.

Awards are presented each year for its Manufacturing Member that best represents Manufacturer of the Year. This year the Lou Fifer “Manufacturer of the Year” Award will be presented to AO Precision Manufacturing, LLC. AO Precision Manufacturing of Daytona Beach, FL, has been manufacturing products supporting M-16/ commercial and government firearms and kit programs, and various defense support parts related to firearms business. Its 42,000 square-foot facility is fully equipped and is capable of designing and constructing all varieties of special tooling, fixturing, and gauges needed for all degrees of complex products.

Awards are presented to the manufacturing members that have the “Best Practices” exemplifying exceptional practices in a particular business area and may involve any aspect of a manufacturer’s business endeavor. This year for the first time there will be two awards, two new categories, for this Best Practices award. Hudson Technologies is the winner of the Best Practices for Going Green, completing a two-year, $ 2 million conversion of its 115,000 square-foot facility promoting an environmentally-sound, aqueous cleaning system. They converted to greener lubricants as part of its new cleaning operation. Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of the VMA said, “Hudson Technologies worked hard to eliminate trichloroethylene which is an ozone depleting solvent, making strides to make their work environment safe for their employees, to make the community cleaner, and overall to make a better impact for our world.”

Second Award for “Best Practices” goes to Hudson Technologies for its Wellness Program. Hudson Technologies offers over 15,000 engineered medical, aerospace/aviation, and industrial/commercial products and employees 200 people. Hudson Technologies identified the need and benefits for wellness for its employees and worked hard to implement incentives to promote wellness. Hudson Technologies was committed to implementation and reviews their policy for effectiveness of process measures and outcome measures. VMA recognizes Hudson Technologies as “Best Practices” for ensuring that they not only make great product, but that they keep their employees healthy, too.

VMA recognizes f r o m its manufacturing members that company with the most expertise in the international market in its “Exporter of the Year” Award. For the second year, the Manufacturer Exporter of the Year Winner is Germfree Laboratories, Inc. of Ormond Beach, Florida. Germfree Laboratories specializes in the production of all-stainless steel unidirectional laminar flow equipment for hospital, pharmacy, and oncology use, manufacturing a full line of compliant barrier isolators, as well as horizontal and vertical laminar airflow hoods and chemo hoods for over 45 years. Germfree’s equipment has been purchased by more than 5000 institutions and companies in the US and 60 other countries worldwide, with some of their equipment even taking a trip into space. Germfree Laboratories’ stainless steel biological safety cabinets are located in more hospital pharmacies, home healthcare agencies, educational institutions, and oncology offices than those of any other hood manufacturer.

VMA’s “Lois Fifer Friend of Industry Award” is awarded to a non-manufacturing member who demonstrates high levels of excellence towards support of the VMA and the manufacturing industry in the Volusia and Flagler Counties. This year’s recipient of the Lois Fifer Friend of the Industry Award is Leslie Castillo-Solis of Kelly Services in Daytona Beach, Florida. Kelly Services, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Troy, Michigan, offering staffing solutions that include temporary staffing services, staff leasing, outsourcing, vendor on-site, and full-time placement. Ms. Castillo-Solis has been an active member of VMA since joining, participating in Committees and serving on the VMA Board, chairing the Sales and Marketing Committee f r o m 2007-2008. “Her passionate commitment to the VMA over the years has made a significant impact, and she truly deserves this award,” says Fifer.

Lastly, the “Manny” Award recognizes exceptional individuals for life-long achievements in manufacturing in Volusia and Flagler Counties. These individuals are entered into the VMA Hall of Fame. This year’s winner of the “Manny” Award is Joseph N. Scott of Florida Power and Light. Mr. Scott is the founder of the Volusia Manufacturers Association and had the original idea that there needed to be a singular voice for manufacturers in Volusia County back in 1980. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with nearly 11,000 employees. Mr. Scott currently heads one of the Northeast Florida FPL’s Retiree Chapters. For the VMA, Mr. Scott was one of the first Charter Directors who started the VMA, and in 1980 he served as the First Acting Chair. These Charter Directors put together the policies that are still active in the VMA today. The VMA was built to serve and promote the needs and aspirations of the manufacturing community, and it is only appropriate that Mr. Joe Scott receives the 2009 “Manny Award” for his extraordinary achievements in manufacturing in Volusia and Flagler counties.

The Volusia Manufacturers Association congratulates each and every winner of this year’s Manufacturing Awards and appreciates their commitment to the VMA and dedication to excellence in manufacturing. The Volusia Manufacturers Association also recognizes the 2009 Awards Banquet Sponsors as Magga Products, Volusia County Economic Development Department, Bank of America, Florida Health Care Plans, FloMet LLC, Florida MEP, University of Central Florida, The Center for Business Excellence, and Staed Hotels.

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Finding The Inner Entrepreneur In All Of Us

There have been more than 7.4 million more people unemployed since the economic recession began in December of 2007. Although the declines are beginning to moderate, there are still job losses reported in major industries (U.S. Bureau of Labor). As the leaves change colors and summer breezes turn cool, this is the season for personal change. Despite the highs and lows of the economic currents, now is the time to consider starting a business.

Go outside the comfort zone and “Discover the Inner Entrepreneur™” in You. We all have a passion, so turn that passion into a business in which you control – not someone else.

Jewish Families Services(JFS), S.U.C.C.E.S.S Program and Like Minded Moms(LMM), (a networking organization to help moms promote their businesses) are teaming up with Barb Girson, owner/founder MySalesTactics™ to bring to the community a guide to help them be self sufficient and build confidence–

With the support of these two organizations and the guidance of Barb Girson, participants can only succeed:

1) Jewish Family Services, a nationally accredited mental health, workforce, and social service agency that has been helping individuals and families, in both the Jewish and general community, face life’s challenges for nearly 100 years (2008).

2) Like Minded Moms, a networking group that strives to help their members grow their business beyond beliefs.

This innovative program, “Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur™”(DYIE), is an opportunity for interested entrepreneurs to attend, explore & determine if being an empowered, enterprising entrepreneur is for them! Barb has been a successful multi-million dollar business entrepreneur for 12 years and has a decade of senior management corporate experience. This program grew from Girson’s personal experience.

When Barb Girson was downsized one year ago from her last corporate position, she participated in the SUCCESS PROGRAM, which helps downsized workers find gainful employment. This JFS program offered tremendous support during her transition, and the current economic environment caused her to get creative. “I decided to take charge of my career and document my steps to teach others. No longer will my fate be determined by a board room decision,” says Girson. She decided she would take charge of her career and document her steps to teach others. No longer will her fate be determined by a board room decision. She developed a training program to help empower others to start their own business. To staff her firm, she is turning to other downsized workers to fill sales and marketing roles.

Teaming up with organizations such as, Like Minded Moms, and the Jewish Family Services has been one way to extend her reach and quickly establish her business. To show her appreciation, Barb contributes 10% of the course proceeds to Jewish Family Services.

My Sales Tactics, a professional skill development, training and consulting firm is offering a 4 week program, Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur™, that will help people explore various options available to start a business, evaluate what skills they have that might be marketable, determine how they should set up their office, and identify what resources they will need. At the end, they will be able to make an informed choice and have in hand an outline of what they need to do next, if in fact being an entrepreneur is for them!

New business ventures by entrepreneurs are expected to stimulate the economy. . According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (“GEM”) international research consortium the first global study of high expectation entrepreneurship has found that just 9.8 percent of the world’s entrepreneurs expect to create almost 75 percent of the jobs generated by new business ventures. To learn more or register visit www.MySalesTactics.com/entrepreneur.

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Kids Salon Franchise Offers Great Back-To-School Hair Cuts And Hair Dos

Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S., is pleased to assist families through one of the most important events of the new school year — picture day. By offering a professional, cost friendly haircut at Snip-its, provides a great, stress-free haircut for kids while assuring that parents are blamed for having to retake photos on “make up” picture day.

“Now that school is back in session, picture day is an important event for a child,” said Christine Mudd, director franchise development, Snip-its. “Because they serve as cherished keepsake, you want your favorite little guy or girl looking the best for school pictures. Unfortunately, every year, without fail, we see the same scenario: parents with the best intentions cutting their kids’ hair at home the day before school pictures! This year, why not trust the professionals at Snip-its to cut your child’s hair right the first time?”

While some salon prices might make parents reach for scissors or trimmers, Snip-its is dedicated to giving children a great haircut while providing value to parents. With a Snip-its haircut, mom and dad can feel confident that their children will look and feel their best so they can focus on making friends, learning and growing as a person instead of worrying about a botched haircut? In addition to piece-of-mind, Snip-it’s offers a friendly and comfortable environment utilizing games, animated videos and prizes.

Specially trained, in house Snip-its Party Directors can set up little girls’ parties, celebrating everything from birthdays to Bat Mitzvahs and Girl Scout/Brownie Troop meetings. Snip-its supplies all the essentials for a great party such as cake, juice and party favors that include take home make up and glitter, and even a special surprise for the birthday girl. To learn more about Snip-its parties, including special theme parties, visit http://www.snipits.com/parties/index.cfm.

About Snip-Its
The Snip-its Corporation, based in Natick, Massachusetts is designed to untangle the hair care challenges of children and their parents. It provides the best customer service and a guaranteed great time for both kids and parents. The salon franchise has served more than one million children annually in 65 locations. In 2007, Snip-its was named the 30th fastest growing franchise in the U.S. by Franchise Times Magazine. For more information or children’s franchise opportunities, visit www.snipits.com or call 877-SNIP-ITS.

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VMAONLINE.com – One-Of-Kind Online Community For Florida’s Volusia And Flagler County Manufacturers

Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA) proudly offers more online features to its Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers members with the launch of its newly modernized website, Vmaonline.com. Vmaonline.com was modified to meet the ever-changing needs of Florida Manufacturers in Volusia and Flagler Counties. Volusia Manufacturers Association’s new website allows Manufacturing and Associate members to learn about and register online for new upcoming events such as General Membership Meetings, Human Resources, Materials, or Manufacturing Excellence Division Meetings, or Plant Tours.

Manufacturing Members may utilize online tools such as Employment Exchange to post job openings or résumés; search Directory and Buyers Guide for Member contact information; access online Technical White Papers for reference and more. The new video section allows online viewing of Monthly Plant Tours if members were not able to attend. Members can use customized tools designed specifically for Central Florida Manufacturers such as Quick Take Surveys, where members share expertise on various manufacturing or human resource topics, or participate in the Web-based Wage and Benefit Survey to compare their benefits with other local companies.

Volusia Manufacturers Association is committed to helping Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers stay current in Florida Employment Law, Local and Florida State Government Policies, Education, and Florida Economic Development with specific links to access these areas of information.

“Volusia Manufacturers Association is the perfect solution for Volusia and Flagler County Manufacturers looking to network and grow their business. Our new website allows members to quickly promote local skills and capabilities online, allowing them to connect and then outsource to local companies that have a need,” says Jayne Fifer, President/CEO of Volusia Manufacturers Association. “We are excited to upgrade the website to be more interactive for members, giving Members the opportunity to work together outside of VMA- sponsored meetings.”

About Volusia Manufacturers Association:
The Volusia Manufacturers Association was founded in 1980 in Ormond Beach, Florida by manufacturers for manufacturers. Volusia Manufacturers Association provides information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed. VMA are made up of companies that range in size from one employee to over 500. If you are interested in joining the Volusia Manufacturers Association, please visit http://www.vmaonline.com.

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Expert Edition Book On Amazon Kindle Helps Entrepreneurs Raise Capital For Their Start Ups

The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early Stage Companies”, Expert Edition, by Timothy Daniel Hogan was just published on AMAZON KINDLE by Commonwealth Capital Advisors.

Mr. Hogan has over 24 years experience in the Investment Banking and Securities Industry, held Six (6) NASD securities licenses and registrations primarily of “Principal” status. Mr. Hogan is a former Director of Compliance and Senior Trading Principal for North American Financial Group, Inc. a SEC Registered Investment Bank and Securities Broker. Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee for North American Capital Advisors, Inc. a SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm.

Mr. Hogan supervised the management of eight internal departments in relation to Federal and State(s) securities laws, as well as, overall firm productivity, operational systems design and technological implementation. Mr. Hogan has been a Founding Principal of seven entrepreneurial endeavors, including an eighteen-hole championship golf course and real estate development, a software development firm, other Internet related businesses, as well as, an investment banking company. He has held board and executive committee seats on various firms. His securities industry training started in 1984 with a few large securities brokerage and investment banking firms, such as, Merrill Lynch, E. F. Hutton and Shearson Lehman Brothers, now known as, Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney. Mr. Hogan holds a double major (Marketing & Finance) Bachelors of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

If you are determined to raise capital for your start-up or early stage company, this resource was made for you, and will open your eyes to the process that will get your company funded. It is the only resource available online that shows Entrepreneurs the whole process so they can successfully get the capital they need without wasting time or money where others fail. Get right to the source, and turn your dream into reality.

About Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC (CCA)
Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA) is comprised of former Wall Street Investment Bankers, Securities Attorneys and CPAs who invented Financial Architect®, a patent pending system designed to substantially reduce the cost (in time and money) of raising capital, through selling securities. The firm has provided conventional investment advisory services to public and private business since it was established in 1998.

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KRON-TV 4 To Feature Kids Haircut Salon On Monthly Segment

Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S., announced today that KRON-TV 4, San Francisco’s NBC affiliate, will broadcast monthly “Best of The Bay” segments focusing on Snip-its’ Palo Alto, Calif. location. These broadcasts will reach over two million potential Northern California customers in eleven surrounding counties.

Kids Haircut Salon

“The Bay Area and its surrounding communities is one of the most culturally rich and diverse areas in the country,” said Christine Mudd, director of franchise development, Snip-its. “We have gotten a great response from the area, with the opening of our Palo Alto store. We are thrilled to be featured on “Best of The Bay” segments focusing on our new location, which will help us reach prospective franchisees and customers alike.”

The monthly television segments are set to focus on Snip-its as both a thriving recession-proof business in the local economy as well as a needed service. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the Bay Area, and in most major cities, the number of infants, toddlers and young children is growing faster than the overall population.

In addition to the Bay Area TV segments, Snip-its has received notable mentions in the media. Recent company profiles have been featured in publications such as Enterprise Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Go Magazine and the Patriot Ledger, to name a few. The Financial Times has called Snip-it’s a “Sharp idea for a start-up” and The Franchise Times named Snip-its one of the “Fast 55” successful franchise business models in America.

Snip-its, a growing kids franchise was founded in 1995 by California native, Joanna Meiseles, the daughter of Hollywood producer, Robert Blumofe credited with the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours and is the granddaughter of famed comedian Jack Benny. After a heartbreaking visit to an ‘adult’ salon with her then young son, the first-time entrepreneur established the entertainment-styled salon with the goal to make children’s hair care a positive fun-filled adventure for families. Snip-It’s utilizes such kid friendly elements as animated videos, salon-tailored educational video games, end of haircut prizes and even their own branded line of animated Snip-It’s characters to make give children, as well as their thankful parents, a no stress, quality haircut.

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Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Of Executives, Professionals And Entrepreneurs Recognizes Paul Francis Robertson, As An Online Entrepreneur And A Small Business Owner

The 2008-2009 Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs recognizes Paul Francis Robertson, as an online entrepreneur and a small business owner, including Robertsons Photography Service.

Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Of Executives, Professionals And Entrepreneurs Recognizes Paul Francis Robertson, As An Online Entrepreneur And A Small Business Owner

Paul Francis Robertson was born in Galveston, TX, on August 23, 1953. He received a four year Moody Foundation Scholarship, while preparing for college at Texas City High School, from September 1967 – May 1971, in his hometown of Texas City, TX. He entered his freshman year of college at the University of Houston, Main Campus. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Technology, while attending the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Southern University, in Houston, TX, from September 1972 – May 1975.

Paul Francis Robertson graduated with high honors, magna cum laude, on May 17, 1975. He is a life time member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He studied in the College of Education at Texas Southern University (Teacher Certification Program), from the Fall 1997 to the Spring 1999 also.

Paul Francis Robertson continued to pursue his dreams as a computing professional from January 1974 to May 1997, in the Information Technology Industry. He became a full-time classroom teacher from August 1997 to May 2005, in the Education Industry. This was another dream that became reality. He has become an online entrepreneur and a small business owner from June 2005 to the present day, in the Business Services Industry. Paul Francis Robertson can be reached at (409) 939-7831, his business telephone.

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China Mart, Los Angeles County, And Guangzhou China CCPIT To Present To Local Guangzhou Manufactures The Advantages Of Investing In The U.S. And Los Angeles County

China Mart(tm) Los Angeles (www.ChinaMartUSA.com) and Los Angeles County’s Investment Delegation join forces with Guangzhou China Council for Promotion of International Trade better known as CCPIT (http://english.ccpit.org) to present at CCPIT’s GuangZhou’s Headquarter to local Guangzhou manufactures / SMEs (Small to Medium Size Enterprises) the advantages of investing in the U.S. and Los Angeles County.

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China MartTM Los Angeles (CMLA) founded by Mr. Stephen Perl, CEO is a unique International Business platform in the U.S. dedicated to supporting Chinese manufactures (SMEs) investment and entry in to the U.S. Market. CMLA is located in high exposure area at the Los Angeles International Airport (close to all major Ports and Las Vegas Shows) and provides its own professional team to setup, provide marketing support, and financing for successful growth of its Chinese manufactures in the U.S. Financing is provided by CMLA’s Partner, 1st PMF Bancorp (www.PMFbancorp.com) that specializes in financing international trade and companies in the U.S. and China. 1st PMF Bancorp has had branches in China since 2003 and just opened its Shanghai branch. Mr. Stephen Perl states that “China MartTM Los Angeles is a good chance for Chinese SME’s to grow safely and quickly in the U.S. without spending years trying to setup and understand the U.S. business and marketing channels. It is a Win-Win because it removes the middleman/broker for the Chinese manufacture (SME) to sell directly and brings investment and jobs to the U.S. through creation of the Chinese manufactures’ North American Operations center.” Mr. Perl also states that “Traditionally, Los Angeles County, being the largest and most diverse local economy in the U.S., has been a very fertile business environment along with its many Asian and cultural benefits for living and quality of life as LA County is host to the largest Chinese population in the U.S.”

Los Angeles County is the most industrialized area in the U.S has a GDP equivalent to the 15th largest country in the world. The LAEDC is Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors organization to implement LA County’s economic development program through land development, project financing and marketing activities. During its history, the LAEDC has evolved from being a facilitator of the County’s industrial bond development program to being Southern California’s premier business leadership organization. The mission of the LAEDC is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs for the regions of LA County.

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To Help Businesses, Displaysense Has Launched A New Campaign, Sourced New Products And Developed A New Customer Retention Guide

With consumer confidence slowly recovering, Displaysense feels companies must start to target their existing customer audience in an effort to prevent them from defecting to rival brands.

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Displaysense, a shop fittings and display cabinet supplier in Hertfordshire, has been busy trying to source new and professional display products that will help retailers create a unique in-store presence to not only encourage new customers, but also entice back existing customers.

With the new products in place, Displaysense has created a campaign titled “Driving Business Forward” and kick-started it with a useful top ten list of customer retention tactics. Displaysense plans to send out the guide with customer orders. Existing customers will also be directed to the website via e-mail to download the guide. Businesses will be encouraged to promote the guide on their website for every manager, store owner and company employee to see.

It is hoped that the mix of product range and customer retention knowledge at Displaysense will aid online and offline retailers alike and boost the economy on its road to recovery.

Steve Whittle, spokesperson for Displaysense, commented: “Customer retention management is very important for any size business, especially during testing times like these. We have seen a rise in the number of enquiries surrounding tools for obtaining customer feedback and attracting customer attention, such as our ballot box range and business card holders.”

After discussing the success of their product range, Steve highlighted the importance of their new customer retention guide, stating: “In an industry such as ours, we fully understand the importance of encouraging customers to return to us and with our mix of products and online retention guide. We hope that other businesses will put extra emphasis on their own strategies.”

Not only is the company highlighting the importance of good customer retention strategies with their guide, but they have also recently sent out an e-mail to their existing customers which gave business generating ideas if they used the company’s suggestion boxes and other related products for acquisition and retention purposes.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of more than 5,000 displays for retail, exhibitions, office and home. The range is now hugely diverse including literature displays, display cabinets, mannequins, office displays, exhibition stands, catering supplies and even items for the home.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities and even home consumers.

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A Third of Workers would use Redundancy to Start a Business

Britain could be about to see a boom in new business start-ups as redundancy rates grow, according to uSwitchforBusiness.com, the dedicated SME comparison and switching service. New research shows that almost a third (31%) of workers would start their own business if made redundant in the near future. But this number could grow even higher, as over three quarters of people (77%) like the idea of using redundancy as an opportunity to start-up on their own.

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The research shows that most people would use redundancy to change their life. Apart from going into business, two in ten (21%) would change or train for a new career, while one in ten (10%) would relocate abroad. Less than a quarter (24%) would try to keep the status quo by looking for like-for-like employment.

However, of all the options open to those facing redundancy, setting up a business is the most popular. And for many it would mean realising a lifelong ambition. Only one in ten people (13%) have never harboured entrepreneurial dreams. Two thirds of Brits (61%) have dreamt of running their own business, but have never acted upon it. Most gave up on the idea because they couldn’t afford to give up their regular salary (40%). Only a quarter (25%) were not confident that they could make it work[4].

The main attraction for would-be business owners is the idea of doing something they love and earning money from it – this appeals to almost half (46%) of people, while almost a quarter (21%) like the idea of the challenge. An independent-minded one in ten (13%) would relish the freedom of not having to answer to a boss.

Over a quarter (26%) would base their business on a hobby or activity that they really enjoy, such as gardening, decorating or designing, while 28% would be prepared to try something completely different to exploit a gap or opportunity in the market. 22% would simply take their current job, but do it for themselves rather than for an employer.

Enterprising Brits also appear to be ready to put their money where their mouth is – 67% would be prepared to invest part or all of their redundancy into a new business, with two in ten (20%) prepared to invest it all. And getting a redundancy payout could be the launch pad many budding entrepreneurs need – 14% of those who have dreamt of starting a business were prevented from going ahead because of lack of finance.

But while there is an air of optimism about redundancy and what it could lead to, people are still realistic about what it takes to run a business. They are fully aware of the potential downside, with 38% most concerned about lack of security in the current economic environment and 30% turned-off by the prospect of the red tape, regulation and bureaucracy. Only a third (36%) think they could do a better job of running a company than their boss.

Jake Ridge, small business expert at uSwitchforBusiness.com, says: “Being made redundant can act as a catalyst, pushing people to make life changes they may have previously only dreamed about, whether starting a new business or a new life abroad. In these instances it can have a positive impact on people’s lives, lifting barriers that have prevented them from fulfilling long-held dreams.

“61% of us have dreamt of starting a business but haven’t done so, mainly because of the fear of giving up a regular salary and because of lack of finance. As well as impetus, redundancy can provide the cash needed to finance a start-up and 67% of people would be prepared to invest some or all of this into their dream business.

“With this level of commitment, it is vital that people go into business with their eyes wide open. Getting the right advice and support is key, which is why we are offering a dedicated SME service. This provides free information and advice as well as practical tools to keep running costs low. Getting the right help upfront could make the difference between flourishing or failing – it could help keep many more dream businesses on track.”

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Nuviderm Does It Work…?

Nuviderm works and it works so well that it was just recognized for the second consecutive year as one of the best in the field of tattoo removal by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). The USLBA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their business category. These are companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nuviderm.com is an easy to use in home tattoo removal product that offers an effective, affordable alternative to laser tattoo removal. During the current recession it has proved to be a highly satisfactory substitute for people who would otherwise have relied on the more expensive Laser method for tattoo removal. At a time when many people are losing their job it is important to make a good first impression when interviewing for that new position. Nuviderm is proud to be able to offer an inexpensive tattoo removal technique for job hunters on a tight budget.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The USLBA Awards Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)
U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: AftaTat Net

Nuviderm is an easy to use home tattoo removal product that offers an effective and affordable substitute to laser tattoo removal. Twice recognized as one of the best companies in its field, Nuviderm continues to provide unsurpassed customer satisfaction.

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The Quickest Way To Start a Successful Secretarial Services Business

With the current economy, more and more people are looking for ways to add a second stream of income to their regular job or replace their job entirely.

Many people who have typing skills want to make money with at home typing and data entry work. But many are looking in the wrong places and they often fall for online typing and data entry programs. These types of programs will only pay them a commission when they sell someone else’s product as an affiliate. Don’t fall for promises of easy money. You’ll be disappointed.

One of the few ways to get legitimate typing work from home is to run a secretarial service business.

Are you wondering how to get started and how to get clients? A new guide will show you how.

Guide creator Leva Duell has been there: “I know exactly how you feel because I have been there. Fourteen years ago I bought a used computer with my credit card. Then, I had to figure out a way to pay off my credit card fast. So, I decided to provide secretarial and typing services from home. I learned as I earned and made many mistakes. This guide is the result of my experiences. I want to make it easy for you to start earning extra money quickly and bypass the mistakes I made.”

The guide covers things like:

– A step-by-step start-up checklist that will tell you exactly what steps to take and in what sequence.
– How to get clients, who your most profitable clients are and how to market to them effectively.
– Prewritten letters and postcards to promote your secretarial services.
– How to charge for your services. Get this right and you’ll be profitable. Get this wrong and you may find yourself without any clients.
– And much more…

Starting a successful secretarial services business does not have to be complex or expensive if you have a plan of action and follow it. And that is what this guide provides, from start to finish. By using this guide you can cut down the time it takes to get up and running and getting your first clients.

For more information go to http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/.

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Eco-Friendly Printing – The Answer To Reducing Our Carbon Footprint On This Planet

Have you noticed how much printing there is all around you? Everything is printed, from the letters on the keyboard of your computer, the news papers and magazines that you read on a daily basis, business cards, flyers, brochures, money and checks, your clothing and its tags, posters and advertisements on the street a all the way to that lovely pattern on your kitchen floor. The list is endless! Eco-Friendly printing can make all of those products greener.

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Eco-Friendly printing is achieved by using Green Certified substrates (such as paper and other materials) which either comes from tree farms (trees grown for the sole purpose of producing paper) or has a high content of recycled material. In addition, one of the most important components is soy based inks, which are 100% organic. With our modern technology, soy based inks can achieve the same color intensity, durability and brightness than conventional VOC releasing (volatile organic compound) inks which are solvent or oil based. Or even worse, Chinese printing, their inks have a high content of lead. Many U.S. magazine companies are now printing in China to save money, there is nothing wrong with saving a few bucks, right? Well, the problem is that we are killing the planet by using conventional printing and also our selves. Think about it, when you hold a magazine in your hands and you flip through it, how many times do you take your index finger to your mouth to get some moisture, so that the pages stick better and you can keep flipping through the magazine? Every time you do so, you are eating lead! On top of that, the printing industry employs more people in the U.S. than the car manufacturing industry, and now it is being outsourced to China.

While it is more expensive for printing companies to produce Eco-Fiendly products, the benefits of doing so are significant, and ultimately responsibility is not just good for our planet, but good for us as well. Today in the U.S., there are a few companies out there that will absorb this overhead cost and print “Green” at no extra cost to the consumer. A great example of such a company is Best Press, based out of La Jolla, CA., http://www.BestPressOnline.us. Best Press, not only does it create American jobs, but it gives businesses, corporations and consumers the option to print Green at no extra cost. Their pricing is extremely reasonable, and in most cases below industry average. So if you are in need of some business cards, flyers or any other printing for your self or your business or corporation, look no further than an environmentally conscious company, your children will be glad you did so!

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