Business, Transportation

Two Years After Bloomberg Pushes for Better Black Car MPG Standards, the Official Mandate is Stalled but the Corporate Transportation Group is Moving Ahead with Hybrids

Author: Corporate Transportation Group, Ltd
Dateline: New York, New York Tue, 23 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y. -- New York City's transition to a fuel-efficient black car fleet has been delayed by the recession, but there is still strong demand by eco-conscious consumers for hybrids, and companies like the Corporate Transportation Group, Ltd (CTG) are expanding their hybrid fleets to meet that demand.”



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NEW YORK, N.Y. /Neotrope News Network/ -- New York City's transition to a fuel-efficient black car fleet has been delayed by the recession, but there is still strong demand by eco-conscious consumers for hybrids, and companies like the Corporate Transportation Group, Ltd (CTG) are expanding their hybrid fleets to meet that demand.

It was two years ago this week that Mayor Bloomberg announced his plans to mandate higher fuel efficiency for the city's black car fleet, requiring a minimum rating of 25 mpg for new cars in 2009 and 30 mpg in 2010. But neither of the mandated targets have taken effect yet, deferred again and again by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) due to the hardships the industry has faced.

The 2008 credit crunch hit the car service industry from both sides, reducing demand as the financial service industry down-sized while making it much more difficult to finance new vehicles. The TLC cited both factors when it decided to defer the new regulations, and it is hard to argue that the industry could afford to comply with the mandate. However, amid the bleak economic news, the market has continued to support hybrid cars with steady and growing demand.

"Our hybrid trips are up almost 50% over the past two years," said Eddie Slinin, President of the Corporate Transportation Group, Ltd, one of the largest car service companies in the city. "When we started our Hybrid Limo Express division in 2007, it was to serve a minority of our corporate clients who wanted greener travel options. But it was such a success that we quickly started expanding our hybrid fleet to accommodate demand from AllState, our division that deals with private clients. We now have one of the largest hybrid fleets in the city and we're adding to it constantly."

Fortunately for the Corporate Transportation Group, their early entry in to the market let them avoid the worst of the financing problems that are plaguing many companies as they try to enlarge their hybrid fleets.

Mr. Slinin said "We were an early mover into the hybrid market, and we bought hybrids while many companies were still buying standard town cars. That put our vehicles on the road before the credit crunch made it difficult to secure financing and forced many businesses to delay expansion plans. We have been able to add more vehicles at a reduced rate, but thanks to that early start we now have one of the largest hybrid fleets in the metropolitan area."

The continued strong demand for hybrids through the downturn is due to the growing number of people and companies who want a green transportation alternative. Hybrid Express's fleet includes Lexus RX400 Hybrid SUVs, Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs, and Toyota Camry Hybrids, all exceeding the 25 mpg fuel efficiency standard now scheduled to take affect in June 2010. With the average black car getting around 15 miles-per-gallon, a hybrid car uses less than half the fuel as a standard black car. Mr. Slinin explained that "Hybrid black cars are even more fuel efficient than their MPG ratings suggest because black cars spend so much time waiting for a client to arrive or to finish a meeting. They might end up idling for thirty minutes to an hour or more on a given job, and that adds up to a lot of wasted gas in a non-hybrid."

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is waiting until the economy has recovered to push forward with its fuel efficiency requirements, but environmentally conscious consumers can act now by choosing to use hybrids. As long as there are people who care about the impact of their travel choices, companies like CTG will be willing to invest in a hybrid fleet and serve their needs.

More Information:

CTG is a leading provider of ground transportation to Fortune 500 companies, handling half-a-million rides annually and serving 450 cities around the globe. Visit us online at www.corporate-trans.com or call 212-300-6958. CTG's Hybrid Limo Express division has an all hybrid fleet. Call 718-643-333 or visit us online at www.hybridlimo.net for more information about CTG's hybrid fleet.

AllState Car and Limousine Service, a division of CTG, focuses on providing affordable and reliable car service to private customers. AllState was rated the number one car service company by New York Magazine and the Robb Report. Call 212-333-3333 or visit AllState online at www.allstatelimo.com for more information.

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Business, Online Shopping Sites

E-Cigarette Maker Green Smoke Tells FDA to Back Off!

Author: Green Smoke
Dateline: Miami, Florida Mon, 22 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MIAMI, Fla. -- The controversy surrounding electronic cigarettes and the FDA continues. As reported by CNN, New York Times and USA Today, the FDA lost its first battle against e-cigarettes in a federal court and is appealing the ruling. However, e-cigarette maker Green Smoke welcomes the challenge as an opportunity for the industry to prove that the e-cigarette is a healthy alternative to traditional tobacco.”



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MIAMI, Fla. /Neotrope News Network/ -- The controversy surrounding electronic cigarettes and the FDA continues. As reported by CNN, New York Times and USA Today, the FDA lost its first battle against e-cigarettes in a federal court and is appealing the ruling. However, e-cigarette maker Green Smoke welcomes the challenge as an opportunity for the industry to prove that the e-cigarette is a healthy alternative to traditional tobacco.

Although Green Smoke and other e-cigarette makers have tested their products with independent laboratories, the FDA and anti-smoking groups have not accepted this evidence of the product's safety. Corporate interests may also be at play, as a higher demand for electronic cigarettes would affect profit gained by powerful tobacco companies and pharmaceutical makers of nicotine products. State governments would stand to lose tax revenue as well.

Green Smoke's electronic cigarette is meant to simulate and improve the smoking experience, without cancer-causing chemicals. It emits an odorless vapor of mostly steam, with ingredients like nicotine, water, propylene glycol (an additive used in cake mixes) and others. Without carcinogenics, it's a healthier alternative to regular tobacco. The nicotine is also available in different strengths.

Since introducing its patented two-piece electronic cigarette, the company has won a loyal base of "green smokers." Jake, a customer in Alabama said, "The idea sounded strange at first, but the benefits added up - save money, smoke almost anywhere and no ash or tar - I love it." That it's a clean cigarette with no ash, butts, odor or second-hand smoke has also won over smokers' families.

But the cost savings are the most talked-about benefit. Tired of paying $5 to $10 per pack, many customers have switched to electronic cigarettes for the dramatic savings gained over time.

About Green Smoke:

Based in Florida, Green Smoke was founded to provide an authentic smoking experience that is less harmful than traditional tobacco. The company offers electronic e-cigarettes, including its patented two-piece design, starter kits and accessories.

For more information, visit www.greensmoke.com .

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Business, Energy, Oil and Gas

Sharewell L.P. Continues to Successfully Deploy its Electro-Trac EM system in Unconventional Basins in the Continental United States

Author: Sharewell L.P.
Dateline: Houston, Texas Mon, 15 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “HOUSTON, Texas -- Sharewell L.P. announced that it continues to successfully deploy its Electro-Trac EM system in major producing unconventional basins. The Company's patented, proprietary EM-MWD system has now been successfully deployed in the Rocky Mountains, Barnett Shale, Fayetteville Shale, Haynesville Shale, and New Albany Shale. The Company's next challenge will be a test in the Eagleford Shale which should occur in the next two weeks.”



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HOUSTON, Texas /Neotrope News Network/ -- Sharewell L.P. announced that it continues to successfully deploy its Electro-Trac(TM) EM system in major producing unconventional basins. The Company's patented, proprietary EM-MWD system has now been successfully deployed in the Rocky Mountains, Barnett Shale, Fayetteville Shale, Haynesville Shale, and New Albany Shale. The Company's next challenge will be a test in the Eagleford Shale which should occur in the next two weeks.

Sharewell's patented EM system is capable of identifying, transmitting and decoding very weak signals. The technology successfully operates at greater depths than other EM systems and in formations not favorable to EM wave propagation. Sharewell believes these capabilities distinguish its EM technology from other EM systems currently in use.

Sharewell's EM technology saves the operator time and money by transmitting data faster than mud-pulse and by providing continuous transmission even while making connections. Unlike traditional mud pulse MWD transmission systems, EM technology does not rely on drilling fluids to transmit pressure pulses to the surface. Because EM systems have no moving parts or fluid restrictions, they are more reliable than conventional mud pulse tools.

Sharewell L.P. is a privately held service and technology company providing premium directional drilling products, services and technology to the oil and gas and pipeline and utility industries worldwide.

For more information on the Company or to learn more about the Company's EM technology please contact Mark West or Greg Turner at 713-983-9818. Website: www.sharewell.com .

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Advertising and Marketing, Business

EquinePro Newsletter: Innovative Marketing Technology Targets Equine Industry

Author: Donna Cheek
Dateline: Newport Beach, California Mon, 15 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Professional horse trainer and creator Donna Cheek, announced today the launching of EquinePro a marketing system designed specifically for the equine industry. The fully automated online newsletter service allows horse industry professionals to take advantage of the proven strategy of relationship and viral marketing with a 'hands off' approach.”



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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /Neotrope News Network/ -- Professional horse trainer and creator Donna Cheek, announced today the launching of EquinePro(TM) a marketing system designed specifically for the equine industry. The fully automated online newsletter service allows horse industry professionals to take advantage of the proven strategy of relationship and viral marketing with a "hands off" approach.

Ms. Cheek, an equine trainer with 39 years of experience in the horse business, developed EquinePro(TM) to provide an affordable and convenient way for trainers, barn owners and breeders to market their services to the public.

"The equine industry is commonly known to be very labor intensive, with no time to sit at a desk," Cheek explained. "We have no cutting edge options for marketing. I wanted to create something easy and effective that I would use for my own horse business. In this economic climate there is a critical need for all of us in the horse business to adopt some sort of marketing strategy."

EquinePro(TM) provides entertaining and educational content that is appropriate for all disciplines, then twice each month, distributes the newsletter on behalf of the equine professional to their clients and prospective clients. One of the many benefits of this newsletter is that it functions as an electronic business card, keeping products and services at the forefront of the minds of their targeted market. The newsletter will position an equine professional as the local expert while stimulating new referrals and business leads.

According to the American Horse Council, there are approximately 9.2 million horses in the U.S. used for racing, showing, breeding, recreation and sport.

Equine Trainers Newsletter is an online company with offices at 5000 Birch Street, West Tower, Suite 3000, Newport Beach, California 92660.

Visit: www.equinetrainersnewsletter.com .

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Business, Real Estate

Metro Brokers CEO Kevin Levent to speak to Georgia Association of Business Brokers

Author: Georgia Association of Business Brokers
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia ()

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ATLANTA, Ga. -- The president and CEO of Georgia's largest real estate company, Kevin Levent of Metro Brokers, will tell Georgia's business brokers how he decided to rebrand and join forces with two national brokerages in late 2009. Metro Brokers CEO Levent will speak to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers at their meeting Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the South Terraces Conference Center.”



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ATLANTA, Ga. /Neotrope News Network/ -- The president and CEO of Georgia's largest real estate company, Kevin Levent of Metro Brokers, will tell Georgia's business brokers how he decided to rebrand and join forces with two national brokerages in late 2009. Metro Brokers CEO Levent will speak to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers at their meeting Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the South Terraces Conference Center, 115 Perimeter Center Place, Atlanta, GA, 30346.

The meeting is open to the public at no charge; networking time begins at 9:45 a.m. with a complimentary light breakfast before the 10:30 a.m. meeting.

Levent made business headlines in December when he terminated the Metro Broker's lengthy relationship with GMAC Real Estate and signed a new long-term agreement with Coldwell Banker Commercial and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. The move added about 150 agents immediately, giving the firm more than 2,000 agents across 27 regional offices.

Levent said he and his staff worked "constantly for months on creating this opportunity to re-invent, re-establish, leverage our strengths and re-launch when others are attempting to rely foolishly on past success and outdated methods."

"We launched a new, faster, easier to use website that the agents love," said Levent. The move turned Metro Brokers into Atlanta's first dual-branded real estate broker. For residential real estate, Levent's company is now Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers. For commercial real estate, they're Coldwell Banker Commercial Metro Brokers.

The Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) is the state's only professional organization and multiple listing service dedicated to buying and selling businesses and franchises. An experienced GABB business broker can help a buyer find businesses for sale, negotiate a fair price and obtain financing. A broker can help an owner evaluate and price a business, market and advertise to prospective buyers, negotiate and close a deal. The GABB Web site (www.gabb.org) lists hundreds of businesses for sale throughout Georgia, as well as around the country.

About Kevin Levent:

Kevin Levent is the President and CEO of Metro Brokers, Inc., a recognized name and force in all facets of real estate brokerage in the greater Atlanta marketplace for over 30 years. Kevin joined the company 25 years ago as a sales associate and assumed his present role 14 years ago. Since that time the company has grown from 600 sales associates to over 2,000 working from 27 office locations throughout the region. Among several major benchmarks and achievements, Metro Brokers made national business headlines last year when Kevin terminated the company's long term relationship with GMAC Real Estate and signed a new long term agreement with Coldwell Banker Commercial and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

The company operates a unique business model based on dual branding with centralization of processes driven by technology and the belief that traditional real estate companies are the roadblocks to the future (and maybe present) success. The company wholly owns its other core businesses of mortgage, insurance, title, and pre-license school -- all embedded into the structure of the company.

Levent is considered a visionary by sales associates as well as many industry leaders, especially in the area of technology. He is also responsible for designing the most exciting new real estate offices in the South, featuring custom Italian light fixtures, modern art and furniture, loft style exposed rafters and ceiling conduits, elliptical coffee bars and private viewing rooms.

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Business, SaaS, CMS, and Web Software

USMotivation Announces VIVA Virtual Suite of Products

Author: USMotivation
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia Tue, 09 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ATLANTA, Ga. -- USMotivation announces VIVA as its latest and most exciting product designed to introduce new levels of innovation, expand reach and increase convenience for the way companies do business. VIVA, or Virtual Interactive Venue Assistant, creates virtual experiences and environments that can stand alone or complement any physical event.”



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ATLANTA, Ga. /Neotrope News Network/ -- USMotivation announces VIVA as its latest and most exciting product designed to introduce new levels of innovation, expand reach and increase convenience for the way companies do business. VIVA, or Virtual Interactive Venue Assistant, creates virtual experiences and environments that can stand alone or complement any physical event.

USMotivation is a full-service incentive management company in the business of motivating and inspiring people to do their best. VIVA is a great addition to USMotivation's existing capabilities which include incentive and award strategies, group incentive travel and meeting services, creative communications and business analytics. USMotivation understands that virtual technology is an integral element of today's businesses, and by integrating incentive and recognition techniques with virtual technology, companies will be able to expand their reach to audiences around the world.

"As part of our ongoing effort to provide our clients with the most innovative tools today, we have recognized the need to incorporate virtual technology into everyday business," said Michael Ruege, executive vice president of sales and marketing at USMotivation. "Virtual technology makes it easy to bring people together, share knowledge and achieve success, whether it's a meeting, tradeshow or training event. And, building a 365-day, global environment offers a long-lasting opportunity for networking, learning, continuous in-depth communication and convenience."

For nearly 50 years, USMotivation has helped companies improve the performance of their employees and resellers and develop successful loyalty programs for their customers. By adding VIVA to an already robust suite of products and services, USMotivation is providing leadership with cutting-edge solutions that exceed the needs of clients today, while transitioning them to the business of tomorrow.

In order to bring VIVA to the marketplace and ensure it is run on the most powerful virtual platform available, USMotivation chose to partner with Chicago-based virtual events company InXpo. "Partnering with InXpo is a clear advantage and differentiator for USMotivation," said Ruege.

"Our vision is to empower businesses with simple, easy and powerful virtual technology which makes their organizations more nimble and flexible, while creating virtual experiences that deliver real business results," stated Drew VanVooren, President and co-founder of InXpo. "By combining USMotivation's expertise in motivating and incenting audiences with the power of our virtual events platform, we are providing businesses the ability to connect, engage and educate with their audiences in both physical and virtual environments."

About USMotivation:

Established in 1962 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, USMotivation is a full-service incentive management company whose core business is designing and implementing strategic incentive solutions to meet the performance improvement needs of clients nationwide. USMotivation currently employs 110 full-time associates and develops fully customized programs to help businesses maximize performance and reach their potential. USMotivation is the most award-winning incentive company in the industry. USMotivation's clients include Fortune 50 to Fortune 1000, covering all industries from automotive to healthcare to telecommunications. Visit www.usmotivation.com for more information.

About InXpo, Inc.:

InXpo is the leading provider of privately branded virtual events and virtual business environments that connect, engage and educate audiences. InXpo's full suite of solutions includes Virtual Trade Shows, Virtual Career Fairs, and Virtual Corporate Events, as well as Audio and Video Webcasts. These virtual solutions dramatically reduce travel time and related costs, in addition to making the world a greener place to live. By using our privately branded virtual events, InXpo enables organizations to cost-effectively communicate with their worldwide communities for lead generation, peer-to-peer networking, training, internal and external communications, as well as generate new online revenue opportunities. InXpo has delivered more than 1,000 successful virtual events and experiences for global customers and publishers. The company is headquartered in Chicago. For more information, visit www.inxpo.com .

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Boating, Marine and Maritime, Business

LRM Industries Introduces EverDock – A Simple, Green Dock Building Solution

Author: LRM Industries International, Inc.
Dateline: Rockledge, Florida Tue, 09 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ROCKLEDGE, Fla. -- LRM Industries International, Inc. headquartered in Rockledge, Florida, announces the introduction of EverDock modular dock panels, the first product in family of innovative and environmentally friendly thermoplastic marine dock solutions. LRM will show EverDock panels for first time from February 11th through the 15th at The Miami International Boat Show 2010.”



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ROCKLEDGE, Fla. /Neotrope News Network/ -- LRM Industries International, Inc. headquartered in Rockledge, Florida, announces the introduction of EverDock™ modular dock panels, the first product in family of innovative and environmentally friendly thermoplastic marine dock solutions. LRM will show EverDock™ panels for first time from February 11th through the 15th at The Miami International Boat Show 2010.

The 2 ft. long by 4 ft. wide EverDock™ panels replace treated wood or synthetic lumber board decking used today with a tough, durable panel, which has integrated structural support. EverDock™ panels have a 5 in. deep rib structure underneath, eliminating the need for, and expense of, stringers commonly used by existing flat-panel decking products. Also, the panels can be easily removed for storage during winter months.

The installation of EverDock™ panels is fast and simple. The panels drop onto existing framing joists and are attached with lag screws -- that's it -- you now have a beautiful dock that will not rot, splinter or warp. No maintenance is required for breakthrough longevity and attractiveness.

The surface of an EverDock™ panel is grained and lightly ridged to provide anti-slip characteristics, and they are slotted to allow sunlight to pass through to the marine habitat below. This slotting and a slightly crowned surface keep an EverDock™ dock free of standing water.

Initially offered standard in beige and light gray, with minimum quantity orders EverDock™ panels may be custom-ordered in other pastel colors, which are easy on the bare feet in the hot sun. Accent your environment with an aqua, light green or white marine dock, which is uniform in color, attractive and the envy of the neighborhood!

Said Jim Callough, CEO of LRM Industries International, Inc., "Our EverDock family of products will leverage our unique, patented TPF ThermoPlastic Flowforming technology. No technology in the world can produce large, feature-rich products like TPF can. This is also a 'green building' product. At LRM we use no VOC emitting materials in the manufacture of our products and we are closed-loop in terms of recyclability ... we have no plastic waste and use consumer and industrial recycled content in our products."

At The Miami International Boat Show in booth #3009, LRM will exhibit the EverDock™ modular dock panel as the first product in the new family of marine dock solutions.

Company Information:

LRM Industries International, Inc. was established to commercialize TPF ThermoPlastic Flowforming™ technology, a radically different and award-winning process technology for producing large, feature-rich, long-fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite parts in one fully automated molding operation. With the TPF ThermoPlastic Flowforming™ and STF Sheetless ThermoForming™ technologies, LRM enables innovative applications and designs in the use of plastics and thermoplastic composites to produce very large unitary structures where, to-date, it has been viewed as cost prohibitive or lacking in strength and structural integrity.

For more information, visit www.lrmind.com .

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Business, VAR and IT Consulting

Sofon and Business & Decision Sign Partnership Agreement for North America

Author: Business and Decision, Inc.
Dateline: Phoenix, Arizona Fri, 05 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Sofon and Business & Decision today announce that they have signed a partnership for the marketing, sales and implementation of Sofon Guided Selling by Business & Decision in the North American market. Business & Decision, an international Consulting and Systems Integration company with over 2,700 employees worldwide, has added Sofon Guided Selling to its portfolio.”



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PHOENIX, Ariz. /Neotrope News Network/ -- Sofon and Business & Decision today announce that they have signed a partnership for the marketing, sales and implementation of Sofon Guided Selling by Business & Decision in the North American market. Business & Decision, an international Consulting and Systems Integration company with over 2,700 employees worldwide, has added Sofon Guided Selling to its portfolio.

Sofon Guided Selling is a standard software solution for accelerating, simplifying and improving the sales and quotation process. Business & Decision will market this solution with focus on the Infor and Microsoft Dynamics AX market.

Ian Thurbon, VP Sales Strategy & Marketing from Business & Decision comments: "Sofon Guided Selling offers significant value in addition to our current ERP and CRM portfolio, especially in the area of customer specific sales. Sofon has proven its value in the North American market and has many references in combination with existing Infor and Microsoft ERP implementations". As Sofon provides a complete and standard solution for sales calculation, pricing, configuration and quotation generation, Sofon completes the business process coverage for our customers from first contact until maintenance and service."

Otto van der Tang, Managing Director at Sofon comments: "Our partnership with Business & Decision will help us to strengthen our position in the North American market. Their network and expertise offers us a significant opportunity to expand our customer base in our largest geographical target market. We view the partnership with Business & Decision as an important proof point that our software meets a significant market need."

About Business & Decision:

Business & Decision is an international Consulting and Systems Integration (CSI) company. B&D is a leader in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Intelligence (BI) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and a major player in e-Business and Enterprise Information Management (EIM). Business & Decision contributes to the success of customer projects by driving maximum business performance. The company has a reputation for functional and technological expertise and has forged partnerships with all of the key technology vendors. Located in 19 countries, Business & Decision currently employs more than 2,700 people worldwide.

Additional information is available at www.businessdecision.us .

About Sofon:

Sofon supplies sales support software under the name Sofon Guided Selling. Using Sofon, quotations, contracts, orders and other sales documents can be generated quickly, simply and accurately. Sofon Guided Selling supports needs analysis, calculation, configuration, pricing, visualization and document generation in any language needed. This reduces sales costs, shortens sales cycles, increases scoring rates, simplifies sales processes and improves cooperation between clients, dealers, sales, engineering and production. Sofon can be seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics, Infor, SAP, Salesforce and other market leading ERP and CRM solutions. Sofon users are middle-sized to large internationally-oriented companies who supply client-specific products or services, such as Philips Healthcare, Ricoh, Elekta Oncology Systems, and Aebi Schmidt. Sofon is located in the USA, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and supports customers in over 50 countries.

Additional information is available at www.sofon.com .

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Business, Regional Events

Lion Technology Helps Environmental Health and Safety Professionals to Reduce Compliance Liability and Fines

Author: Lion Technology
Dateline: Los Angeles, California Wed, 03 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Annual training is mandatory for employees who generate, manage, or dispose of a RCRA hazardous waste. Training must be job-specific and cover waste management procedures such as waste classification, proper container and tank storage, manifesting, emergency response, and disposal. Failure to comply with the RCRA hazardous waste rules can result in penalties up to $37,500 per day/per violation. Effective training is the best line of defense to assure regulatory compliance.”



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LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Neotrope News Network/ -- Annual training is mandatory for employees who generate, manage, or dispose of a RCRA hazardous waste. Training must be job-specific and cover waste management procedures such as waste classification, proper container and tank storage, manifesting, emergency response, and disposal. Failure to comply with the RCRA hazardous waste rules can result in penalties up to $37,500 per day/per violation. Effective training is the best line of defense to assure regulatory compliance.

Lion Technology Director of Corporate Training, Scott Dunsmore, a national expert on hazardous waste management, stresses that proper hazardous waste handling, management, and disposal is essential, especially in light of recent superfund liability cases.

Dunsmore says, "It is imperative for industry to keep up-to-date with changing regulations and new waste management concepts. EH&S excellence can provide your company with a competitive advantage in today's business environment."

Lion Technology Inc., a nationally renowned regulatory compliance training firm, will present several two-day workshops on hazardous waste management in the region next month. Workshops will be held in Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; and Portland, OR.

Tuition is $795 per person, with group discounts available. Registration includes hands-on instruction, course reference materials, networking luncheon, certificate of achievement, and one year of follow-up support. Group discounts apply to three or more registrations. Sign-in is at 7:30 a.m., and training starts at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended. To register, call (888) 546-6511 or visit www.lion.com .

About Lion Technology:

Since 1977, more than 100,000 professionals have relied on Lion Technology to meet their regulatory compliance training needs. Lion offers comprehensive training and resources in the area of environmental, hazardous materials/dangerous goods transportation, and workplace health and safety compliance.

Training is offered through nationwide public workshops, live web seminars, online courses, and on-site programs. Regulatory support services and consulting are provided to assist industry comply with Federal and State laws and regulations.

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Business, Veterinary, Animals, Pets and Zoos

Citizen Canine Awarded Gold Level Certification by Pet Care Services Association

Author: Citizen Canine
Dateline: Oakland, California Tue, 02 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “OAKLAND, Calif. -- In today's flailing economy, if business owners wish to survive, they must find ways to set their services and products apart from the rest. That's just what Citizen Canine - an innovative dog daycare facility and hotel - has done. Citizen Canine has not only survived, it has thrived and continues to grow by improving its quality of care and services. In fact, this high-end dog hotel recently applied for and was awarded the highest level of dog care and customer service in the field.”



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OAKLAND, Calif. /Neotrope News Network/ -- In today's flailing economy, if business owners wish to survive, they must find ways to set their services and products apart from the rest. That's just what Citizen Canine - an innovative dog daycare facility and hotel - has done. Citizen Canine has not only survived, it has thrived and continues to grow by improving its quality of care and services. In fact, this high-end dog hotel recently applied for and was awarded the highest level of dog care and customer service in the field.

This coveted certification was provided to Citizen Canine by the Pet Care Services Association (PCSA, www.petcareservices.org), a non-profit trade association for approximately 3,000 pet care service businesses in the U.S. and around the world.

PCSA has two levels of accreditation - Level I (silver); and Level II (gold). Level II is for facilities that wish to distinguish their business by demonstrating additional services and/or a higher standard level.

The accreditation program contains more than 250 standards in 17 separate areas of pet care facility operations, management and customer service. The standards reflect the views of facility operators, veterinarians, pet owners and humane organizations representing the "state-of-the-art" in animal care and management. Re-certification is required every five years.

"Citizen Canine is very proud to note that receiving this accreditation required no changes in our day-to-day operations and dog care protocols," explains Dana Kleveland, general manager, Citizen Canine. "It's great to be nationally recognized for our efforts and to share this achievement with our clients and canine guests."

Citizen Canine does whatever it takes to make their guests happy. And, they do this not only because they are trained in animal care, but because they are dog owners too. Many staff members have even pursued formal education in dog training and behavior, and can help with training if needed.

"We pride ourselves on our ability to know each guest and to provide individualized care. We take extra time to help new guests settle in; prepare special meals; ensure plenty of exercise and attention; and do tuck-ins to make sure everyone is comfortable in their beds when it's lights out," explains Kleveland. "Citizen Canine treats each canine guest like a member of the family."

Special features offered at Citizen Canine include: high staff-to-dog ratios; play groups designed for size, age and temperament; spacious outdoor play yards with paw-friendly K9Grass; luxury private suites; and more.

About Citizen Canine:

Tina Merrill, a Stanford MBA graduate traveled often and found it challenging to locate a place that would meet all of her requirements. She searched high and low for a place that was focused on meeting the physical, psychological and social needs of her dogs through a positive reinforcement handling and training environment.

In October 2000, Merrill opened Citizen Canine to fulfill a much-needed niche in the Bay Area. Today, Citizen Canine is the only accredited facility in the Oakland area, and one of only five in the entire state of California.

For more information, visit: www.CitizenCanine.net .

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