Business, Home and Garden, HVAC Heating and Cooling

Is This an April Fool’s Joke – Or Not? Only Doctor Flue of Tecumseh, Michigan Knows!

Author: Doctor Flue, Inc.
Dateline: Tecumseh, Michigan (TECUMSEH, Mich.)  | Thu, 31 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Through the years, April 1st has been a day of good humor, fun antics, and other practical jokes on friends, family members, and co-workers, says Dr. Flue. Businesses and media have played the game also, sometimes resulting in lasting memories of fun and silliness that are recalled months and years later.”



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Through the years, April 1st has been a day of good humor, fun antics, and other practical jokes on friends, family members, and co-workers, says Dr. Flue. Businesses and media have played the game also, sometimes resulting in lasting memories of fun and silliness that are recalled months and years later.

Consider the Left Handed Whoppers. In 1998, Burger King ran an ad in USA Today, saying that people could get a Whopper for left-handed people whose condiments were designed to drip out of the right side. Not only did customers order the new burgers, but some specifically requested the "old" right-handed burger (Source: Wikipedia).

For a family-owned, family-operated business, April Fool's Day could prove quite interesting. New business ideas and announcements that originate on April Fool's Day tend to stick in someone's mind for quite some time. However, the highlight of April 1st, 2011, will be the special announcement of "Doc," also known as Kevon H. Binder, owner of Doctor Flue, Inc., located in Tecumseh, Michigan.

"Doc" of Doctor Flue is known throughout the community for his uniqueness. He started the chimney-sweeping business 25 years ago, wearing the sweep's traditional top hat and long tails, with red-rimmed glasses, a stethoscope, and driving a 1953 Dodge Panel Truck. His business has grown over the years, to 28 counties in three states, in both services offered and his family team of experts ready to serve their customers.

Doctor Flue strives to find a unique way of connecting with their customers in order to serve them better. "We are a family owned, family operated and a family focused service company that is dedicated to helping you and your family ensure the safety of your home," explains "Doc."

Over the past year, "Doc" has involved his customers in bettering the business. An on-line survey of satisfaction was implemented on his website, www.drflue.com and clients could log in to offer their comments about the services provided. They also logged in ticket numbers they received when the Doctor Flue team visited their home to take care of chimney and fireplace service.

Snowstorms and cold temperatures are typical of Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio winters. But a massive ice storm over President's Day put a damper on things across the community as people worked to clean up property damage from the ice and fallen tree limbs. The Doctor Flue team assisted their customers in ensuring their chimney and brickwork was safe, repaired, and stable, and he helped them process their insurance claims.

Now, "Doc" is going to fit a bit of sunny Aruba into the wintry weather mix. "Doc" has promised one week of warm, tropical weather to a pair of his lucky customers, as a result of the survey and ticket registration collected on his website. One lucky ticket will send two people for a week's stay at Playa Linda Beach Resort in Aruba, complete with airfare and local transportation.

"Doc" picked April 1st to present two lucky winners their Aruba sweepstakes. He may even dress in his lucky, traditional chimney sweep attire for the event! Who will receive the April Fool's Day winning presentation? Only Doctor Flue knows! Stay tuned.

For more information, visit http://www.drflue.com/ .

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Business, Energy, Oil and Gas

Midwest Wind Energy Suspends Development Activity in Wisconsin

Author: Midwest Wind Energy, LLC
Dateline: Chicago, Illinois (CHICAGO, Ill.)  | Wed, 30 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “In view of continued regulatory uncertainty in the State of Wisconsin a leading wind farm developer has announced that it has suspended development activity until a more predicable climate can be restored. Chicago-based Midwest Wind Energy, LLC has been developing utility scale wind farms in Wisconsin since 2003 and has two of its developed projects operating.”



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In view of continued regulatory uncertainty in the State of Wisconsin a leading wind farm developer has announced that it has suspended development activity until a more predicable climate can be restored. Chicago-based Midwest Wind Energy, LLC (MWE) has been developing utility scale wind farms in Wisconsin since 2003 and has two of its developed projects operating; one a 54-megawatt project in Dodge County and the other a 67-megawatt project in Fond du Lac County. MWE is also developing a 98-megawatt project in Calumet County and another project which had not yet been announced publicly.

According to MWE President, Stefan Noe, it no longer makes sense to invest significant development capital in a state that appears to be closed to the wind energy business. "Most states are clearly open for renewable energy development and the economic development dollars and jobs that come with it. So long as there are states rolling out the welcome mat it doesn't make sense to devote significant dollars to a state that is creating unreasonable roadblocks for wind development."

Noe cites the recent suspension of PSC 128 by the Wisconsin Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules as the most convincing evidence that Wisconsin is not interested in working with the highly lucrative wind energy industry. PSC 128 was the culmination of almost 2 years of work by the Wind Siting Committee and resulted in some of the most restrictive and detailed wind siting rules in the country. Although restrictive, these rules created a workable compromise between the wind industry and a range of stakeholders.

"Our four projects alone represent more than $600 million of capital investment in Wisconsin and more than 400 construction jobs and 40 permanent high-tech jobs. The industry as a whole has the potential to be a multi-billion dollar industry for the state. These projects also generate millions in local landowner payments and local government revenues, cash flow that is sorely needed in Wisconsin's rural communities." Noe said.

Midwest Wind Energy, LLC is a leading developer of utility-scale wind farms in the Midwest and Great Plains with seven projects totaling 649 megawatts currently in operation. MWE has an additional 5000 megawatts of projects in its development pipeline.

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Business, Government

MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Will Highlight New Businesses in Missouri

Author: Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship
Dateline: Marshall, Missouri (MARSHALL, Mo.)

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced today that the 2011 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition, an event that will highlight new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process, will accept preliminary submissions until April 29, 2011.”



A R T I C L E:

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced today that the 2011 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition, an event that will highlight new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process, will accept preliminary submissions until April 29, 2011. Preliminary submissions are made online at http://made2011.istart.org .

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to put their business ideas up against others throughout the state and grow their ventures. The competition is designed to support Missouri communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state's economic future.

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas, and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. Those who advance to the intermediate level will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists at level three will present their finished business plans, products, and services in one last round at the Missouri State Fair on August 18, 2011 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Cash grants will be awarded as startup/operating capital to winners of the final round during the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors, and all information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential business owner or current business owner in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation, and people considering going into business for the first time are welcomed. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete. Electronic submissions for the preliminary level are due by 5:00 p.m. April 29, 2011. Judging of the first round will occur the first week of May and participants will be notified of the results by May 13, 2011.

For more information go online to http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE or contact
Cheryl Zimny
Community Development Manager
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
1415 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Phone: 660-886-7476; Fax: 660-886-5868
zimnyc@mvcaa.net .

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a project facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Real Estate

11 Georgia Business Brokers Named to Million Dollar Club with $40 Million Sold

Author: Georgia Association of Business Brokers
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia (ATLANTA, Ga.)  | Tue, 29 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “In a difficult year for business transactions, 13 members of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) helped enough business owners buy and sell $40 million worth of businesses to earn membership to the organization's prestigious Million Dollar Club for 2010.”



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In a difficult year for business transactions, 13 members of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) helped enough business owners buy and sell $40 million worth of businesses to earn membership to the organization's prestigious Million Dollar Club for 2010.

Each year the GABB, the state's only professional association dedicated to buying and selling businesses, recognizes the state's top-selling business brokers. To earn this distinction, each GABB member produced business sales of a million dollars or more. This year's list includes 11 professional business brokers whose hard work resulted in almost $40 million worth of transactions. The awards were announced at the GABB's meeting March 29.

"Our work has an impact on owners, employees, and suppliers and therefore, a direct and significant impact on Georgia's economy relating to small- to medium-sized businesses," said GABB Board member Matt Slappey, chair of the Million Dollar Club committee and top-selling broker in 2009.

GABB's Top Producer for 2010 was Jeff Merry, owner and founder of the BUSINESS HOUSE, Inc., of Gainesville. Merry was GABB's top producer in five previous years and has been a part of the Million Dollar Club since its inception in 1999.

A close second was David Chambless, president of Abraxas Business Services, Inc., which focuses on businesses with revenues between $5- and $30-million in the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, technology, and services industries. Chambless is a Lifetime Member of GABB's Multi-Million Dollar Club.

Other top five producers are Mike Kelly of Mike Kelly Realty and Development in Blairsville, Ga., Matt Slappey, owner of the Decatur branch of Murphy Business and Financial Corporation, and Steven Josovitz, vice president of The Shumacher Group.

Pat Harkins, CEO of Anchor Business Advisors, Inc., was named a member of the GABB Multi-Million Dollar Club. GABB President Eric Gagnon, founder of We Sell Restaurants, Inc., was named a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Club.

Rounding out the GABB Million Dollar Club members are Charles Jay, founder of Jay and Associates, and three brokers with Preferred Business Brokers, Inc., J. Snypp, Jay Mitchell and firm founder Matt Wochele, who each had a million dollars or more in sales in 2010.

Jeffery E. Merry, a past president of the GABB, was the GABB top producer in 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2002, and has been a part of the Million Dollar Club since its inception in 1999. Mr. Merry, owner and founder of the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc., of Gainesville, has six professional analysts in the Southeast and two in house marketing mangers. His firm has been doing business in the area for almost 20 years. They specialize in serving the manufacturing, distribution, and veterinary industry. As a Business Intermediary, Mr. Merry has been involved in more than 200 mergers and acquisitions that have ranged in acquisition price from $100,000 to more than $10 million. Mr. Merry holds a Bachelors Degree from Mercer University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate from Atlanta Law School. Mr. Merry, a resident of Dahlonega, is a licensed real estate agent in several states, a Senior Business Analyst, and a member of the Exit Planning Institute.

C. David Chambless, vice president of GABB, is the president of Abraxas Business Services, Inc., which focuses on businesses with revenues between $5- and $30-million in the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, technology, and services industries. An inactive CPA, Mr. Chambless has served in sales, marketing, and executive roles in technology firms; as CFO for public and private companies; and as a management consultant. He has served or is serving in various roles in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), including as a member of its board of directors, chair of its Leadership Council, chair of TAG-Finance, and chair of TAG-FinTech. He also serves on the boards of the Grant Park Conservancy and the Southeast Atlanta Business Association. Mr. Chambless is actively involved in All Saints' Episcopal Church. Other community investments include service on the boards of The Samaritan House of Atlanta and the Resource Opportunity Center of Atlanta, and on the Advisory Council of 24/7 Gateway, a homeless-services center sponsored by United Way of Atlanta. Mr. Chambless has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. Mr. Chambless and his family live in historic Grant Park.

Mike Kelly, GRI, founder and owner of Mike Kelly Realty and Development in Blairsville, Ga., which specializes in the brokerage of commercial and industrial real estate and businesses in northeast Georgia and western North Carolina. Mr. Kelly has a strong background in the commercial and industrial field, working in valuation consultation for 20 years with the world's largest appraisal company in the world, American Appraisal Associates. Mr. Kelly operated several startup companies in Florida and after achieving significant growth in a decade, sold the companies at the peak of the market. Mr. Kelly was born and raised in Freeport, New York, and graduated from St Peter's College in New Jersey with a bachelor's degree in economics. Mike and his wife Ruth have four married daughters and eleven grandchildren. Kelly is in-coming president of the Union County Rotary Club, a member of St. Francis of Assisi's Finance Council and an active member of the Blairsville-Union Chamber of Commerce.

Matt Slappey, a native of Decatur/DeKalb County, is the owner of the Decatur branch of Murphy Business and Financial Corporation. Mr. Slappey was the top broker in Murphy Business & Financial Corporation of Georgia in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Matt has ranked in the top 10% of the GABB each year of his membership. He has helped clients acquire or sell businesses ranging from $150,000 to almost $20 million. Mr. Slappey draws from his experiences in previous business transactions, his Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Broker Association (IBBA), degrees in Accounting, Economics and Business and 12 years of experience in management for a Fortune 100 healthcare company. A veteran, Mr. Slappey was a pilot and military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

Steven Josovitz is vice president of The Shumacher Group, having joined the firm in 1992. As an Associate Real Estate Broker, he heads up the company's restaurant business brokerage division in addition to providing commercial retail and restaurant real estate site selection, sales and lease negotiation expertise. A former restaurant owner and trained professional chef, Steven has an extensive background in restaurant and hotel management. He also offers consulting, appraisal services and has been retained by law firms for his expert opinion to help settle disputes. Mr. Josovitz, a resident of Norcross, earned a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Florida International University in 1981. Mr. Josovitz is a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and the Retail Brokers Network. Steven's goals and thoughts for 2011 are the same as every year "Making sure all parties -- buyers, sellers and landlords -- walk away from the closing table happy. Maintaining integrity and honesty along with professionalism and expertise is a must. The needs of your clients must always come first before your commission."

C. Patrick Harkins, CEO of Anchor Business Advisors, Inc., is a past GABB president and has had substantial experience as a consultant and auditor with a large national CPA firm. After five years of progressive experience, he became a vice president & CFO with a manufacturing client and directed a leveraged buyout of the shareholder group. After successfully implementing the strategic plan and stabilizing cash flow, Mr. Harkins was elevated to the board of directors and given additional operating responsibilities. A national search firm recruited him to assume the role of senior vice president & CFO of a large electronics and software company, where he directed the firm's merger activity and helped consolidate several previous acquisitions. With more than 25 years experience in the merger and acquisition field, he started Anchor Business Advisors in 1997 to help business owners sell their business and extract the greatest value while doing this process confidentially. Mr. Harkins was graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and earned an MBA in Finance "With Distinction" from DePaul University. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Georgia's Graduate School of Business in buying and selling a business. He is a member of the American Institute of CPA's, the IBBA and M&A Source.

Charles Jay, a former GABB president, is the founder of Jay and Associates of Macon. Mr. Jay was one of the first five individuals in Georgia to be awarded the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation by the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), and has become a lifetime CBI. He is a fellow of the IBBA. Mr. Jay's firm works closely with select clients in investments, commercial real estate, insurance, income producing properties, partnerships, syndicates, providing venture capital, and business acquisitions throughout the State of Georgia. In 1998 Jay & Associates received the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Mr. Jay's background includes approximately 20 years of dedicated service as the President of a financial institution. As a community leader he has also served as president, chairman, or a member of the board of directors for more than 35 different business, civic, and religious organizations throughout Middle Georgia and the State.

J. Snypp III, a former GABB Board member, lives in Dunwoody, grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in marketing. Mr. Snypp spent more than two decades in the office furniture business before becoming a Business Broker and has been with Preferred Business Brokers, Inc. for 5 years. He has found success selling businesses in a variety of industries most recently selling multiple day care centers. Mr. Snipp is married and has two sons ages 8 and 13. Therefore, when he is not selling businesses he is usually coaching a football or baseball team, camping, canoeing, water skiing, scuba diving, or involved in some other family activity.

Matt Wochele founded Preferred Business Brokers, Inc. in 1996 after a 17-year career as an investment banker. During this time he also was a partner in five Atlanta restaurants. He has enjoyed success as a business broker, making the Million Dollar Club several times and being inducted as a life member in 2006. He has also enjoyed success as a business owner guiding other agents in their careers. After working in the public investment arena as a vice president of investment sales, Mr. Wochele felt that his skills and experience would serve the private business owner very well. Preferred has successfully represented many business owners and sold hundreds of businesses over the past 15 years. Mr. Wochele resides in Sandy Springs with his wife Kathy, a professional artist, and their five daughters.

Jay Mitchell of Preferred Business Brokers is a former commodities broker, where he learned how to build lasting relationships with clients. He credits Mr. Wochele with "taking me under his wing and teaching me invaluable lessons on being a professional in the business world." He has a degree in business administration from Georgia State University. Born in New Orleans, Mr. Mitchell grew up in New York City where he lived until 1996, when he moved to Georgia. Mr. Mitchell lives in Alpharetta.

Eric Gagnon, current GABB president, became a Business Broker in 2001 after a successful career in the financial services industry for Bank of America, Bank of New York and KPMG. He founded We Sell Restaurants in the Atlanta marketplace, headquartered at 101 Centennial Olympic Park Drive SW and serving most of the southeastern United States. Mr. Gagnon has served multiple years as an executive board member and officer for the GABB, and is also a multi-year recipient of the GABB Million Dollar Club recognition. Mr. Gagnon is a graduate of Francis Marion University and the University of Montreal. A frequent speaker and writer about the restaurant brokerage industry, he is co-author of the recently released book on restaurant brokerage, "Appetite for Acquisition" (ISBN: 978-1617398148). Mr. Gagnon has been designated a Business Industry Expert by Business Brokerage Press and is a member of the International Business Brokers Association. He is a member of the Business Brokers of Florida (BBF), and is the preferred broker for Georgia Restaurant Consulting Group. Eric is a licensed Broker in both Georgia and Florida.

More information about GABB can be found online at: http://www.gabb.org .

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Business, Home and Garden

Natural Stone Floor Maintenance Pro Standards Now Available to Dallas Consumers

Author: Interior Maintenance Specialists, Inc.
Dateline: Dallas, Texas (DALLAS, Texas)  | Tue, 29 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “'Natural stone is a permanent floor intended to last as long as the facility stands,' says Jason Johonnesson, the director of Interior Maintenance Specialists. Natural stone floors are very popular and add a particular look to homes, buildings and/or businesses they are installed in.”



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"Natural stone is a permanent floor intended to last as long as the facility stands," says Jason Johonnesson, the director of IMS (Interior Maintenance Specialists, Inc.), on their main website which details their proven skills and cutting edge natural stone maintenance technology. Natural stone floors are very popular and add a particular look to homes, buildings and/or businesses they are installed in.

"IMS is now proud to offer their state of the art pro standards to all of their Dallas consumers. We want to take our wealth of knowledge and experience and not only offer it to big business, but to everybody who has a beautiful natural stone floor," stated Johonnesson.

The company can fully restore natural stone floors, countertops and other surfaces where marble, granite or concrete can exist, back to original or near-original status. Many companies that provide natural stone restoration will typically use different chemicals, which can take away the color and clarity of the stone.

IMS utilizes diamond grit polish or diamond abrasives (which are used at the factory where your new floor was made in the first place). Diamond abrasives will remove the scratches and marks from the floor, bringing it back to its natural factory finish, while restoring the color and clarity of the floor. More information: http://www.imsdfw.com/stone/ .

These types of floors can be quite costly to install, especially with larger floors, so it only makes sense to hire the experts to restore it.

IMS will typically recommend investing in a good matting system for a floor that will collect the majority of the dirt particulates and oils tracked in from the outside. IMS also recommends property owners clean the exterior of their home or building regularly, to prevent most of the dirt and oil from getting inside in the first place.

Adds, Johonnesson: "But it often happens that stone surfaces need to be restored and when they do, you can't go wrong by contacting our professionals at IMS. The fact that the company's advanced technology is now available to homeowners is good news indeed."

For more information call 1-877-277-2783, or visit www.imsdfw.com .

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Business, Home and Garden

City of Los Angeles Approves Guardian Pool Fence Systems

Author: Guardian Pool Fence Systems, Inc.
Dateline: Van Nuys, California (VAN NUYS, Calif.)  | Fri, 25 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Steve Sadinsky, President and CEO of Guardian Pool Fence Systems, Inc., is proud to announce that their 5 foot tall polyester mesh pool fence has been approved by the City of Los Angeles to meet the building code. This is the first time that the city has given their approval for such a fence.”



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Steve Sadinsky, President and CEO of Guardian Pool Fence Systems, Inc., is proud to announce that their 5 foot tall polyester mesh pool fence has been approved by the City of Los Angeles to meet the building code. This is the first time that the city has given their approval for such a fence.

They are the only pool fencing company that has put their product through the testing procedures needed in order to become certified. Meeting these requirements is not easily done. "The City of Los Angeles Mechanical Building Code is one of the toughest building codes in the world," said Sadinsky. "Getting our pool fence approved is a major achievement."

Guardian Pool Fence Systems invented and manufactures the only removable, climb-resistant gate in the world. Their pool fence structure requirements includes locking sleeves and a self-closing gate These fence systems are designed to protect small children from getting into the pool area.

About Guardian Pool Fence Systems:

Founded in 1995, Guardian Pool Fence Systems manufactures over eighty models of fencing. They also produce their patented self closing gate that is designed to be climb resistant. To date, they have sold over fifty thousand pool gates and pool fence systems. Guardian and its trained pool fencing dealers have installed tens of thousands of pool fence installations worldwide.

For more information, online visit: http://www.guardianpoolfence.com .

Guardian Pool Fence Systems, Inc., 14715 Aetna St., Van Nuys, CA 91411; Tel: (800) 366-SAFE (7233).

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Awards and Honors, Business

Presidential Who’s Who Recognizes Member Achievement in Nutriceutical Industry

Author: Presidential Who's Who
Dateline: New York, New York (NEW YORK, N.Y.)  | Fri, 25 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Presidential Who's Who announced this week that one of its members, Barbara Barton, executive and nutritional coach for Isagenix®, is working to help others reach their ultimate potential and achieve their goals.”



A R T I C L E:

Presidential Who's Who announced this week that one of its members, Barbara Barton, executive and nutritional coach for Isagenix®, is working to help others reach their ultimate potential and achieve their goals.

"Isagenix is the world leader in cleansing, replenishing and anti-aging," explains Barton. "The company continues to work diligently to further advance the product's ability to reverse the aging process and to dramatically increase health and longevity."

Currently, Isagenix® has annual earnings of more than one billion dollars in sales. In 2008, Barton became its 24th millionaire.

"This is a great accomplishment," says MarkAnthony McGuiness, CEO of Presidential Who's Who, "and we did not want this milestone to go unnoticed. She is a great asset to our organization."

About Barbara Barton:

Barton attributes her success to a positive inner attitude, persistence and hard work. Prior to becoming an independent Isagenix® Associate, she was a former Mrs. Utah and recipient of the Businesswoman of the Year Award. She also participated in the Ms. Senior America pageant in 2008.

She has worked in numerous positions that have served as the platform for her current success including serving as vice president for the Women's Utah State Wool Growers and being vice president of the Sanpete political party. She was also the spokesperson for and served on the Board of Directors for the motivational company, Champions for Life.

As an Isagenix® Independent Associate, Barton works diligently to demonstrate that people can become younger looking. She also teaches people about the importance of rejuvenation, detox, nutriceuticals and more.

For more information, visit: www.ez2lose.isagenix.com or check out Barton's blog at: www.weightlossandwellnessblog.com .

About Presidential Who's Who:

The Presidential Who's Who organization is a leader in the recognition of excellence in business and professional arenas. Each year, it reviews thousands of profiles and presents the cream of the crop in its annual directory, "Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers." It has exceptionally high standards when it comes to performance and leadership and members enjoy exclusive networking opportunities.

For more information, visit: http://www.presidentialwhoswho.org/ .

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Business, Women's Interests

Pathbuilders ‘Women of Influence’ Panelists Discuss Opportunities, Challenges for Women in Leading Organizations

Author: Pathbuilders, Inc.
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia (ATLANTA, Ga.)  | Thu, 24 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “With more than 100 women in attendance, Pathbuilders presented a program entitled 'Women of Influence - Navigating Organizations with Few Female Leaders.' The sold-out event was held on Friday, March 11 and featured lively and thought-provoking conversation among panelists, along with energetic audience Q&A.”



A R T I C L E:

With more than 100 women in attendance, Pathbuilders® presented a program entitled "Women of Influence - Navigating Organizations with Few Female Leaders." The sold-out event was held on Friday, March 11 and featured lively and thought-provoking conversation among panelists, along with energetic audience Q&A.

Panelists included Major General Maria Britt, Commanding General of the Georgia Army National Guard; Kris Wooten, SVP, Finance at CNN Worldwide; and Sharon James Jordan, SVP, Operations & Systems at Chartis Aerospace Insurance Services, Inc. The conversation was moderated by Laura Lee Gentry, Vice President, Talent, Strategy & Implementation, CSM Bakery Supplies North America.

Gentry asked panelists to comment on topics ranging from professional development to work-life integration to career planning.

"One of the most impactful learning experiences of my career was participating in an individualized leadership development program," said Wooten. "The opportunity to have access to a network of my peers opened the door for me to shared resources, effective feedback, and new learnings."

Panelists discussed the opportunities and challenges facing women in male-dominated organizations, as well as the role mentoring plays in moving women forward to reach senior-level leadership.

"It is important to seek female and male mentors from across functional areas and various levels," said Jordan. "I have benefited tremendously from these experiences, and I now passionately work to pay it forward as a mentor to others."

The Continua® program, which sponsored the event, is designed for women who have graduated from one of Pathbuilders' external mentoring programs. Through Continua, graduates benefit from exposure to leading-edge business practices and speakers, access to a diverse network of business professionals and the opportunity to share experiences with peers.

About Pathbuilders Inc.:

Pathbuilders partners with Fortune-ranked organizations to develop high-performing individuals through mentoring, executive development programs and consulting. Through highly-customized talent management offerings, Pathbuilders accelerates the career growth of individuals and directly contributes to bottom line success of client organizations. Pathbuilders was founded in 1995 with a unique focus on developing the potential of high-performing women and creating gender-diverse organizations. Today, Pathbuilders leverages the corporate experience of its leadership team to develop impactful developmental experiences for high-potential men and women in forward thinking organizations. Pathbuilders has worked with more than 3,000 professionals from more than 300 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, college and universities, and government agencies.

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Business, Employment, HR and Outsourcing, Government

Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County Supports Employers with Human Resources Hotline

Author: Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County
Dateline: San Bernardino, California (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.)  | Thu, 24 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, through a partnership with the California Employers Association, has helped more than 100 businesses with no cost human resources consulting.”



A R T I C L E:

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, through a partnership with the California Employers Association, has helped more than 100 businesses with no cost human resources consulting. Horizon Hobby, Inc. is a medium sized company located in Ontario, Calif. with their corporate headquarters in Illinois.

Their California operations opened in 1986 with some minor difficulties as they struggled to understand the stringent labor laws of the state.

"We try to provide our managers with updated information so that we are always in compliance," said Eduardo Cruz, Human Resources Manager at Horizon Hobby. "We want to make sure that all of our employees are classified correctly and that we follow the letter of the law."

Cruz learned about the California Employers Association HR Hotline funded with Workforce Investment Act dollars by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. The labor law expertise and collateral materials he needed were just a phone call away.

"I immediately took full advantage of this valuable resource and learned about California compliance, wage and hour issues," Cruz said.

The HR Hotline also helped Horizon Hobby save money by directing Cruz to a training session that would qualify him to lead mandatory employee workshops focused upon workplace harassment. Cruz now rests easy knowing that Horizon Hobby is in full compliance with California labor laws, which not only benefit the business but also their valued employees.

"This is one of the many services that our County provides to small business that are not large enough to hire their own in-house human resources person, and need assistance to remain compliant with our state's labor laws," said Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor.

"By supporting our employers, we help them succeed in California and grow their business which leads to greater hiring throughout our region," said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board and Director of the Workforce Development Department of San Bernardino County.

The Business Resource Unit of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board also administers the small business workshop program which has provided approximately 1,500 companies with no-cost professionals in sales and marketing, cost-cutting, process efficiency and finance to help them strengthen their operations. Through its partnership with the California Employers Association, they have hosted 25 labor law workshops attended by approximately 500 companies.

For more information, employers and job seekers can inquire through the County of San Bernardino's Employment Resource Centers at (800) 451-JOBS or via www.csb-win.org .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County's workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing resources which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino's Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County's Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life, and the BRCs support and provide services to the county's businesses including employee recruitment.

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Banking and Finance, Business

MCT Trading Adds Industry Veteran Rhonda Beck as Regional Sales Director

Author: MCT Trading, Inc.
Dateline: San Diego, California (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)  | Wed, 23 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MCT Trading, Inc., a recognized leader in hedging and risk management, has announced that Rhonda Beck has joined the firm as regional sales director for its Charlotte, North Carolina office, and will lead the company's expansion in the Southeast Unites States.”



A R T I C L E:

MCT Trading, Inc., a recognized leader in hedging and risk management, has announced that Rhonda Beck has joined the firm as regional sales director for its Charlotte, North Carolina office, and will lead the company's expansion in the Southeast Unites States.

Ms. Beck holds the coveted Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) distinction and brings more than 20 years industry experience to MCT. She has a history of forging key relationships with lenders and a long-standing track record of growing revenues.

"Rhonda adds considerable experience and value to MCT, and will help us satisfy an increasing demand for HALO, our proprietary hedging and loan sales optimization program," said Curtis Richins, president of MCT. "Her informed and consultative approach to clients creates a bond of trust and, ultimately, leads to stellar results. We are lucky to have her on board and excited about the deep industry knowledge she brings to the table."

Most recently, Ms. Beck was the vice president of mortgage warehousing at Southwest Securities, FSB, where she built a territory from the ground up, significantly increasing volume and net income month-over-month. Ms. Beck has also held a number of different VP-level positions at IndyMac Bank. Prior to that, she spent 10 years with CitiMortgage's correspondent division.

About Mortgage Capital Trading:

MCT Trading is a risk management and advisory services company providing independent analysis, training, hedging strategy and loan sale execution support to clients engaged in the secondary mortgage market. Founded in San Diego, California in May 2001, the company has expanded to include field sales and support offices in Philadelphia, Dallas, Charlotte and San Francisco. MCT is recognized as a leading provider of mortgage pipeline hedging service and currently supports more than 60 clients on the HALO (Hedging And Loan sales Optimization) Program. For more information, please visit www.mct-trading.com or call (619) 543-5111.

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