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Small Business Assistance for New England Seasonal Businesses Affected by the Recession and Bad Weather

Blue Sky Technology Partners (“Blue Sky”) announced today that it is initiating a special pilot program to help seasonal businesses hardest hit by the recession and bad weather in Eastern Massachusetts (including the Cape and Islands and the North Shore) as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast regions. Blue Sky will work very closely with companies participating in the program to help them recover as quickly as possible from the recession by significantly improving their online marketing, sales, and operations.

Small Business Assistance Program Announced by Blue Sky Technology Partners for New England Seasonal Businesses Affected by the Recession and Bad Weather

Ideal candidates for this program include service-oriented businesses that rely heavily on seasonal resort visitors for their livelihood. Businesses engaged in hospitality, restaurants, tourism, as well as real estate related service providers (e.g. landscape, exterior painting, contractors, etc) would generally be suitable for inclusion. The extensive wet weather of the 2009 summer season compounded the effects of the economic recession, resulting in extreme hardship for many of these businesses.

The program is designed to run for 90 days, initially – like a personalized Business Recovery Boot Camp, so as to provide the participants with a strong start to the Summer 2010 season. A stated goal of the program is to help participants double their income in 2010 (compared with 2009). In many cases, it is expected, that this may merely result in helping participants in the program recover, economically, to their pre-recession operating levels.

Key objectives of the program will include: Helping participants to increase their online marketing visibility, implementing lead capture technologies, utilizing online registration for services (to minimize losses due to inclement weather), and leveraging ecommerce-enabled continuity-based service plans to the extent practical. All of these tactics seek to minimize the fluctuations in revenue that typically result from discretionary vacation spending, particularly in the context of unpredictable weather patterns.

Participation in the initial pilot program will be limited to a small number of companies to ensure that sufficient personnel, resources, and services will be available to help turn around the companies who take advantage of the program.

About Blue Sky:
Blue Sky Technology Partners provides cost effective software services for small businesses and non-profit organizations.  Blue Sky’s “Software as a Service” (SaaS) business management solutions enable clients to improve efficiencies and accelerate growth by leveraging online marketing, customer relationship management, integrated operations, ecommerce, and business intelligence reporting.

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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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Free Marketing Program for Local Entrepreneurs and Small Business

Destination Graphix (www.destinationgraphix.com), the award-winning marketing communications firm, has launched a new marketing program to help local entrepreneurs and small business embrace marketing as an essential part of their business structure. The Morning Marketing Mix is an informative and interactive program allowing participants to gain a better understanding of how to market and communicate their brand more effectively by integrating the tools and strategies available both on- and off-line.

“The Morning Marketing Mix will equip you with insights and tips on how to combine traditional marketing with new technology and consumer-driven strategies,” said Gabrielle Melisende, Creative Marketing Director of Destination Graphix. “Marketing in the twenty-first century has surpassed the point of no return, forever changing and expanding how we market our business,” she continues. “Google is the King of search engines but shares its throne and title with content and consumer behavior. While traditional marketing is neither dead nor obsolete, a strong online presence and integrated brand marketing are the new standard for all businesses in virtually all industries. Now more than ever entrepreneurs and small business owners need to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to their marketing communications, or face extinction.”

As part of its own rebranding in 2009, the launch of this program marks the first milestone in Destination Graphix’ vision to establish a series of educational marketing programs to help strengthen small business and the local economy.

For more information, go to www.destinationgraphix.com. Questions can be directed to Gabrielle Melisende at (512) 260-7886 or email: info@destinationgraphix.com.

About Destination Graphix
Founded in 2002, Destination Graphix (www.destinationgraphix.com) is an award-winning full service marketing communications and design firm specializing in integrated brand marketing and advertising. Located in Leander, Texas, the firm works with businesses of all sizes in various industries, including non-profits, member organizations and government entities throughout Central Texas and nationally. Gabrielle Melisende is an award-wining publication designer and developer, internationally recognized marketing specialist, writer, editor and creative consultant. Eye On Leander,™ a small business publication promoting economic development in the City of Leander, and the 2007-2008 Leander Community Profile and Membership Directory are two multiple award-winning credits.

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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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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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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.

China Mart

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.

Displaysense

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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Seven Mountain Symphony Double CD Set To Be Released This Week By Wealthy Wares

A powerful new double CD titled Seven Mountain Symphony is being released this week by Wealthy Wares Inc., Georgetown, TX, according to Richard Darnell, President of Wealthy Wares, and Dr. Bruce Cook, co-executive producer and Managing Member, Kingdom Venture Capital LLC, Leander, TX. This is the second CD released by Wealthy Wares and follows its initial release in Sept. 2008 titled Wealth of the Kingdom. Featured on the Seven Mountain Symphony are audio tracks of 3 to 10 minutes in length f r o m 30 national Christian leaders in the marketplace and the nuclear church (including Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, Os Hillman, Dr. Lance Wallnau, Bob Fraser, Kent Humphreys, Tamara Lowe, Rich Marshall, Dennis Peacocke, Dr. Pat Francis, Michael Pink, Bill Thomas, Dr. Che Ahn, Robert Henderson, Rick Heeren, Cindy Bond, Matt Gillogly, David van Koevering, Dr. Berin Gilfillan, Dr. Alistair Petrie, Doug Spada, Johnny Enlow, Jill Mitchell O’Brien, Dan Stratton, Kenneth Phillips, James Nesbit, Karrie Montgomery, Morris Ruddick, Jim and Rene Ballew, and Dr. Bruce Cook) addressing the seven mountains of culture (Media, Arts & Entertainment, Religion, Family, Government, Business, Education) plus the mountain of the Lord (Isa. 2:2/Transformation).

In addition, Seven Mountain Symphony contains 2.5 hours of original background music composed and performed by eight anointed Christian musicians and/or worship leaders, including seven f r o m Austin (Alan Barley, Jayne Gaddy, Phillip Fajardo, Joel Vargas, Maricela Vidaurri, Laura Hansen, Richard Parke) and one f r o m Redding, CA (Karen Trader). This CD will retail for $25.00 plus shipping, postage and handling and was recorded, edited and mixed at PromiseLand Studios, Austin, TX, under the direction of Mike Hersh. Mastering was by Paul Harrison, Master of Media, Inc., Austin, TX. For phone orders you can call 512-284-0830 or order online at http://www.WealthyWares.com or via email at info@wealthywares.com. To listen to selected sample tracks (3 minutes each) f r o m the CD set, go to http://www.myspace.com/covenantsounds.

“Seven Mountain Symphony is a sound commissioned and inspired by Holy Spirit” said Darnell. “It is a symphonic ensemble of some of the leading voices of this generation — a sound the Lord has chosen to be released into the earth for this season to help effect transformation of culture as we know it and exalt the Mountain of the Lord (Isa. 2:2)”

“This historic CD set is more than a sound” added Darnell. “It is the voice of unity and harmony, a voice upon many waters, a voice of reformation. It is the voice of Jesus speaking through some of His chosen generals in this hour to release both revelation and impartation into the hearts and lives of those who will hear the sound of heaven contained within this symphonic ensemble”

Seven Mountain Symphony will also be available at the 2009 Kingdom Economic Yearly Summit (K.E.Y.S.) April 22-25 in Austin. “God is moving in a powerful way in the marketplace” said Cook, convener and host of K.E.Y.S. “What’s happening is basically a marketplace reformation, and the global economic turmoil and shaking of economic systems has helped create a ’perfect storm’ set of conditions for a global crisis of belief in the world’s financial systems and institutions, whereby business men and women in great numbers are turning to God, re-discovering prayer and Biblical principles, choosing faith over fear, and re-examining their assumptions and beliefs about finances, investing, debt, retirement and stewardship”

Patterned loosely after the World Economic Forum, but with a Christian focus and perspective, K.E.Y.S. will feature a number of internationally-known keynote speakers such as Dr. Lance Wallnau, Dr. Pat Francis, Dr. Richard Blackaby, Dr. Mark Chironna, Dr. Bill Hamon, Dr. Sharon Stone, Dr. Bruce Cook, Rick Joyner, David van Koevering, Dennis Peacock, Ken Beaudry, Morris Ruddick, Tamara Lowe, Gary Friesen, Lee Domingue, Mike Rovner, Dan Stratton, Arthur Burk, and others, and over 12 roundtable sessions dealing with business, finance, economics, ethics, sales and marketing, corporate strategy, philanthropy, wealth transfer, money management, and investing  f r o m a Christian perspective.

Venue for K.E.Y.S. will be PromiseLand Church; located near I-35 and Capital Plaza at 1504 E. 51st St. Schedule is 7:00 pm April 22nd and 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily April 23-25. Registration price is $395 per individual or $595 with spouse, associate or colleague. Student registration is $295 per person. Single day rate is $150 and webcast rate is $99. Registration fee includes meals on site. Group rates are also available, with a 10% discount offered to groups of 10 or more. For more information on K.E.Y.S., visit their web site at http://www.KingdomEconomicSummit.com.

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A new website was launched this week to help the Virtual Assistant and SME market realize the benefits of owning a bespoke website for minimal cost

wannabe-a-va.com offers free hand built websites and domain names with its hosting and marketing package. Di Chapman of Iceni-it has partnered with Caroline Wiberg of Alternative Office to provide this service.

Visitors can visit wannabe-a-va.com to receive the firm’s free information which features downloads of marketing books by such writers as Napoleon Hill. Full members have a library of downloads.

The website also describes the company’s full ‘Small Business’ package and introduces the firm’s partners who have collectively more than 16 years of experience providing help and support to Small Businesses especially people who want to become Virtual Assistants. Di Chapman has won awards for this work in the UK and for her continued Pro Bono work in the VA/SME sector.

For more information, go to www.wannabe-a-va.com. Questions can be directed to http://www.wannabehelpdesk.info/support/

About Iceni-it
Founded in 2000 by Di Chapman, Iceni-it helps those who want to become Virtual Assistants on a totally free basis. The Awards that Di Chapman received were not from within the VA industry but from the UK Business Community for her ongoing work in helping others start their own businesses at no cost to them. Di Chapman can be contacted at va@iceni-it.co.uk.

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FoundLocally.com – Canada’s Local Search

FoundLocally.com Media Inc. has recently added detailed local coverage for Toronto with 5 new sites for Toronto, North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, and the York Region. The 8-year-old company now has 31 sites across Canada from Victoria, BC to St John’s, Nfld which already attract 15 million visitors a year.

FoundLocally’s five separate sites provide community information based on the way people live, work, and play, without the traditional media focus on downtown business, sports, and arts. These complement sites launched over the past year for surrounding communities including Oshawa-Durham, Mississauga-Brampton, Oakville-Burlington, Hamilton, as well as Niagara Falls, Barrie-Muskoka and Kitchener-Waterloo.

NEW TORONTO SITES:

Toronto.FoundLocally.com
NorthYork.FoundLocally.com
Scarborough.FoundLocally.com
Etobicoke.FoundLocally.com
York.FoundLocally.com

CLOSE-BY COMMUNITIES:

Oshawa.FoundLocally.com
Mississauga.FoundLocally.com
Oakville.FoundLocally.com
Niagara.FoundLocally.com
Barrie.FoundLocally.com
Kitchener.FoundLocally.com

Each FoundLocally.com portal site provides comprehensive community information for locals and new residents, including travel, entertainment, shopping, neighborhoods, sports, education and government. There are typically about a thousand pages of information, pictures and maps, along with popular resources like weekly ski reports and one-click movie showtimes. FoundLocally has become excellent trip planning resource for business and leisure travelers.

Each FoundLocally.com site’s community directory allows visitors to search for businesses by name, category, or address. All businesses and community groups may add themselves to FoundLocally’s free community directory. Organizations adding and updating their listings to provide descriptions, contact details and web links. Especially welcome are small businesses, run from a home phone or cell phone and typically excluded from the phone company directory. Many FoundLocally listings are for businesses without a website, also ignored on global search engines. Once registered, businesses and organizations can freely post jobs, events, sales & coupons) and news. Toronto area businesses may add themselves at Toronto.FoundLocally.com by clicking on “Free Listings” to go to Toronto.FoundLocally.com/General/FreeListings.htm. FoundLocally earns its revenues from traditional web “banner advertising,” which supports the free community directory.

A new JUMP! Feature makes it easy for consumers to view matching information in adjoining communities. This works for editorial content, as well as for business searches.

ABOUT FOUNDLOCALLY.COM

FoundLocally.com is a Calgary-based company that creates community information portals, and provides web design and web marketing services. It also runs TransCanadaHighway.com (about travel along the world’s longest highway), and MovingInCanada.com (about relocations & real estate). The FoundLocally web sites are represented nationally by 24/7 Canada, the nation’s largest interactive ad agency. The company was recently (October, 2007) featured in an Alberta Venture magazine article “Battle of the Digital Directories”.

Communities now covered by FoundLocally.com include: Victoria, Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Okanagan-Shuswap, Banff & The Rockies, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Barrie-Muskoka, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Oakville-Burlington, Mississauga- Brampton, Etobicoke, North York, Toronto, Scarborough, York Region, Oshawa- Durham, Ottawa-Gatineau, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax, and St John’s.

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New research from Tesco Baby & Toddler Club reveals that entrepreneurial spirit is widespread with UK mums

More than 50 per cent of new mums are keen to set up their own business, according to new research from Tesco Baby & Toddler Club.

In fact, the survey of 2,000 mums* has revealed one in ten working mums are sick of David Brent bosses who overlooked them for promotion simply because they were a parent.

More than ten per cent of those questioned complained they’d been discriminated against at work by female colleagues (who were actually worse than men). And one in five mums had struggled with employers who demanded they work longer than their contracted hours.

The research carried out by Tesco Baby & Toddler Club to mark the launch of its new website suggests the current one million women-owned businesses in the UK** is set to increase – and six per cent of those questioned claim to already have enterprising ideas ranging from hand-painted cribs to pet hotels.

The research also revealed that 20 per cent wanted to be work at home mums because of the flexible hours. The mums were especially internet savvy, and with the end of the extended family and 24 hour access to websites, 40 per cent said they turn to the internet for help on baby/parenting matters. This compares with just 34 per cent talking to their doctor, 29 per cent turning to other parents and one in five seeking advice from their local health centre.

A spokesperson for Tesco Baby & Toddler Club said: “While we know from official figures that the percentage of working mums has increased over the last five years***, it seems we’re not so keen to work for someone else when it comes to the practicalities of winning the work/life balance.

“It’s in direct response to the demand for mums seeking parenting help and support online that Tesco have launched the baby club website offering advice from some of the country’s leading baby experts, plus the opportunity for mums to talk to other mums, including work-related experiences.

“We know from our own members that being able to talk to other mums in similar situations can give them the confidence to make changes that are right for them.” The survey also revealed that when it comes to role models, the top 10 working mums are:

1. Davina McCall 6. Tana Ramsey
2. Fern Britton 7. Melinda Messenger
3. Jordan 8. Dr. Tania Byron
4. JK Rowling 9. Victoria Beckham
5. Jools Oliver 10. Angelina Jolie

* Created by Tesco Baby & Toddler Club, Mums’ Choice is an independent panel of over 4,000 parents nationwide to harness their expertise and give other parents advice on products and emotional issues.
** Source: mumandworking.co.uk
*** Source: National Office of Statistics

Tesco Baby & Toddler Club is the longest running retailer Club for pregnant women and parents of children under the age of three. Over 350,000 members are proof of its popularity – and this number is increasing daily as more expectant mums and new parents join Baby & Toddler Club for expert advice on child health, baby recipes and baby tips in the website forum.

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PDQDeals.com compares with local search of products from local merchants for Quicker Delivery to end consumers

PDQDeals.com compares with local search of products from local merchants for “Quicker Delivery” to end consumers. From our website people can buy products based on the nearest merchants for quick and lowest shipping cost of products to be delivered.

We ask for the location of the buyer/consumer first from our website (namely from which state) “which is the WORLD’s FIRST comparison shopping site to do so”. Based on this we list the Merchants products that are located in that STATE “FIRST” and then showing the other STATE Merchants products. Consumers can make a decision to buy either from the nearest supplier at the lower shipping cost or otherwise.

Benefits / Features:-

1) Our lowest click through rate is $0.10 cents per click, whereas the nearest competition is $0.25 cents and goes up to $1.00 per click from our competitors.

2) Local Merchants products listed first in the searches.

3) Lowest shipping cost meaning – FedEx/UPS Ground Shipping rate.

4) Already there are 1.6 Million products in our site for comparing.

5) Merchants can view their “Click Through” by logging into our site with e-mail id.

6) Quick delivery starting with 1 to 2 days transit time for the consumers.

7) This offer is valid till March 31st 2007 only so please register and upload your datafeed into our Merchants section of our website www.pdqdeals.com. And click the “New Seller Click Here” button. Fill up the seller registration page and submit it. Then Login as the existing supplier with email id and password. Now Click “Product Data Upload” button and then use the bulk upload button to upload the data file. 36-48 Hours processing time.

As an introductory offer we give 500 clicks worth of $50 free for each Merchant joining our shopping comparison site – www.pdqdeals.com. So FREE SET-UP & FREE 500 CLICKS.

Please do visit the below link to sign up as Merchant.
http://www.pdqdeals.com/merchant/supplier_login.php

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Welcome to EPR Small Business News

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.

EPR Network has thousands of clients around the world including global 500 corporations like Hilton Hotels, Barclays Bank, AXA Insurance, Tesco UK, eBay/Skype, Emirates, just to name a few. The network’s PR web sites are currently reaching from 150,000 to sometimes 500,000 unique visitors per month while our viral reach could possibly go to as much as 1M people per month through our presence across various social media sites. EPR Network was established in 2004 and as of May 2008 it had more than 800,000 press releases (pages) published on its network.

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