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Beach Lovers: a NYC Summer Love Story Fundraiser Goes Live

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Photographer Erica Reade announced today the kickoff of her fundraiser campaign "Beach Lover: a NYC Summer Love Story." The photographic series about love and intimacy will be turned into a book that will offer nostalgic and candid images of the love shared between couples at the beaches of New York City.

"I have spent years photographing beach-goers and the intimate gestures of couples; some tender, rubbing sunscreen on a partner's back; others lustful, a deep kiss in the water. Being on the beach emboldens couples to enjoy more affectionate freedom, their inhibitions less hidden than anywhere else I've observed in the city. I capture these tender moments that would otherwise be lost or overlooked," says the Brooklyn-based photographer.

New York is home to a one-of-a-kind beach culture that is diverse, time-limited, and low-profile. After six years of documenting this subject, Erica is ready to publish her first book and needs the community's support. The funds will help cover production costs and allow Beach Lovers to reach a broader audience.

About Erica Reade:

Erica is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer originally from Montreal. She is drawn to the ocean and is fascinated by the juxtaposition of beach culture and landscape in the midst of NYC's urban chaos. Her Beach Lovers series has been featured in numerous publications, including: C-41, Ain't Bad, Feature Shoot, Medium, Lomography, La Repubblica Italy, Women in Street, and Flavorwire.

The Beach Lovers photo 'The Couple Next Door' was a winning image in the 2020 Women Street Photographers' Exhibition and was exhibited in December 2020 Artspace PS 109.

The series has also been exhibited at Ground Floor Gallery and Picture Farm Gallery in Brooklyn, and Studio Galerie B & B in Paris, France. Beach Lover's prints are held in permanent collection and display at The Rockaway Hotel in Queens, NYC.

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Fundraiser hashtags: #beachloversnyc #anycsummerlovestory

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Approximately $100 Million Available for Wildlife Habitat Grants

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) last week issued its annual Call for Funding Request from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Approximately $100 million will be available for both metro and statewide grants to aid Minnesota habitat restoration, preservation and enhancement.

Requests are due to the LSOHC Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 4 p.m. The funds for approved programs signed into law during the 2022 legislative session will be available Thursday, July 1, 2022.

Since the Outdoor Heritage Fund's creation in 2008, $1.2 billion in on-the-ground habitat programs has been recommended and over 1 million acres of Minnesota forests, prairies and wetlands have been restored, protected and/or enhanced. The latest set of recommendations for $127.8 million is currently before the Minnesota legislature.

The process is competitive and open to all who wish to apply. "These grants are focused on restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat for fish, game and wildlife," said Mark Johnson, LSOHC Executive Director. "This beneficially impacts our natural resources of course, but it also enriches the lives of Minnesotans through a healthier, more accessible environment."

Proposal requirements and terms of funding are outlined in the Call for Funding Request. To view details or learn more, visit: For answers to specific questions, contact LSOHC Staff:

About Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council

The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council is composed of eight citizens and four legislators and makes annual recommendations to the legislature for use of the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Outdoor Heritage Fund is one of four funds established as a result of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment, passed by Minnesota voters in November of 2008. The amendment established a dedicated sales tax increase of three-eighths of 1%. One-third of the dollars raised are deposited in the Outdoor Heritage Fund and expenditures must be used to restore, protect and enhance Minnesota's wetlands, prairies, forests and habitat for fish, game and wildlife. Current LSOHC members are listed on the LSOHC website members page:

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South Bay Credit Union announces limited time offer on their HELOC (home equity line of credit) Loan Product

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- South Bay Credit Union - Member-owned not-for-profit financial cooperative, today announced the launch of a limited time offer on their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) program to homeowners in the South Bay Los Angeles Area.

Homeowners can borrow up to $500,000! (or 80% of appraised value, less 1st Trust Deed, owner-occupied). Borrow what you need when you need it, and as you repay your principle that money becomes available to borrow over and over again. The interest on a HELOC may even be tax deductible (check with your tax advisor for details).

"The goal with our HELOC program is to help our members access funds through equity available in their property," says David Ellings, CLO. "With mortgage rates steadily increasing, and it is becoming more difficult for homeowners to refinance due to outcomes from the Pandemic and other life circumstances, a HELOC could really help our members pay off high-rate interest credit cards or other loans, buy a car, take a well needed vacation, or just gain peace of mind with funds available for a rainy day."

This limited time offer is available from April 1 through July 31, 2021 and includes:
* NO interest for 6 months
* Low Rates
* One-time fee of $300
* NO annual maintenance fee
* 10-year interest-only payments (draw period)
* Terms up to 25 years

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About South Bay Credit Union:

Established in 1953, South Bay Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial cooperative proudly serving anyone who lives, regularly works, attends school or worships in the area known as South Bay in Los Angeles County, California. Their mission is to uplift communities by empowering their members to live better and do better. Members own the Credit Union, not shareholders. That means, all the profits that they bring in go right back out to their members in the form of dividends, rebates and lowered interest rates. And they do it with a warm smile and a happy heart.

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The Mortgage Collaborative’s Emerging Technology Fund Announces Investment in Maxwell

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation's largest independent cooperative network in the mortgage industry, announced today the first investment of its recently launched TMC Emerging Technology Fund LP ("TMC Fund"). The venture capital program is funded by a self-selected segment of TMC members to capture opportunities driven by the rapid pace of technological change in the mortgage sector.

The investment is a participation in Maxwell's Series B Preferred Share financing which was led by Fin Venture Capital and TTV Capital. TMC's Executive Chairman, Jim Park, remarked that TMC was fortunate to be invited into this over-subscribed round because of Maxwell's recognition of the potential strategic value TMC's Emerging Tech Fund could bring to Maxwell, in addition to its financial investment.

"More than the financial investment, we're looking forward to the strategic value the TMC Emerging Tech Fund's limited partners will add to Maxwell as the mortgage industry evolves," said John Paasonen, Co-founder and CEO of Maxwell. "Their investment has brought forward-looking mortgage companies around the table who will accelerate the impact our solutions will have in the market."

There are several TMC Lender Members that are finding new ways to participate in the 'Power of the Network' through TMC's Tech Fund, including Owen Lee, Co-owner of Success Mortgage Partners. "What I find so unique about being a limited partner in TMC's Emerging Tech Fund, is the opportunity to control my own investment dollars," said Lee. "Maybe more importantly, since the future-state of the mortgage industry will include more technology and not less, this role helps me stay educated and prepared as a business operator for what is coming next in our industry."

The Fund Manager of the TMC Fund, Sandy Selman from Asia West Inc., commented: "This transaction is a terrific foundational investment for the TMC Fund because of the demonstrated commercial success of Maxwell, the high caliber of their management team, and the quality and breadth of the syndicate. It puts us on the map and creates the strategic context for our deal pipeline well into 2021. We look forward to working with the Maxwell team to help them realize their commercial goals."

TMC's Emerging Technology Fund is actively looking at investment opportunities that will result in higher profitability and business process improvements for TMC members.

About The Mortgage Collaborative

Based in San Diego, Calif., The Mortgage Collaborative was founded in 2013 by four notable industry leaders and is the nations' largest independent mortgage cooperative network. TMC is singularly focused on creating an environment of collaboration and innovation for small to mid-size mortgage lenders throughout the country to reduce cost, increase profitability, and better serve the dynamic and changing consumer base in America. For more information, visit

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Private Equity Firm CEO Co-Hosted SXSW Wealth Diversity Panels, Announces Launch of Black Angel Investors Initiative

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- BWC Capital CEO and national chair of The Links Economic Empowerment Platform (LEEP) Bridget Chisholm was selected by Opportunity Hub (OHUB), the largest minority-owned multi-campus entrepreneurship center and tech hub in the U.S., to moderate and co-host two panels on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the highly anticipated SXSW annual conference. The event marked the launch of a game-changing partnership between The Links and OHUB designed to help black communities obtain wealth independence, and equitable representation. SXSW took place virtually March 16-20, 2021.

The Links, Incorporated, a volunteer service organization comprised of over 16,000 professional women of African descent, is dedicated to ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans. Chisholm, a member of The Links, Incorporated since 1999, brings over 35 years of experience in marketing and branding, ecosystem building, private equity investment, and economic development to the organization. Since 1998, she has created and launched three high-performing companies and facilitated over $1 billion in multi-layered specialty financing transactions and investments. Chisholm is known as an innovator who uses disruptive thinking to challenge systems, advance and build wealth in historically underserved sectors, including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), communities, people, and capital providers.

"It was exciting to have Bridget moderate one of our official SXSW sessions on the urgency of DEIS and co-host our Invest Black event with 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund portfolio companies," said Rodney Sampson, Chairman, OHUB and General Partner, 100 Black Angels and Allies Fund. "Her leadership in co-creating the game-changing investment and partnership between The Links, Incorporated, our venture fund, and ecosystem building platform, OHUB, demonstrates her experience and commitment to creating opportunity at the intersection of the culture and the ecosystem."

Joining hundreds of prominently featured speakers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers, including this year's keynotes Stacey Abrams, Willie Nelson, and Pete Buttigieg, Chisholm led a panel discussion entitled "The Urgency of DEIS in The Fourth Industrial Revolution."

To view the panel, go to

Also, Chisholm co-hosted an exclusive panel with Sampson and Kristie Goodman Davis entitled "Where the Money Reside: Investing Black." This session recognized the launch of the historical strategic partnership between The Links, Incorporated, the 100 Black Angels & Allies, and Opportunity HUB -

Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, National President of The Links Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated, defines the partnership, which Chisholm and the LEEP committee will lead, as a "strategic investment that will help increase the number of Black angel investors, limited partners, venture capitalists, and equity crowdfunding" opportunities. According to Leonard, the partnership's mission is to "diversify the ownership and capitalization tables of our nation's high growth Black-owned startups and venture funds while ensuring career pathways for those who are often overlooked."

This year's SXSW event included 230 sessions sourced by the SX community on topics ranging from racial injustice, poverty, nationalism, and the climate crisis amidst a global pandemic.

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Keith Eckhardt Takes Over Colorado Springs Edward Jones Branch Office

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Keith Eckhardt has been named to take over the local Edward Jones office located at 1763 South 8th Street, Ste 1, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the firm announced today. Eckhardt transferred to the Cheyenne Canyon community from an Edward Jones office in the Widefield community.

Eckhardt said he is enthusiastic about taking over the branch office. "I joined this firm because I was impressed with its commitment to individual investors," he said. "Now I'm looking forward to meeting with the individuals here to help them meet their financial goals." Eckhardt said he is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

Eckhardt has four years of experience in the financial services industry.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 19,000−plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.5 trillion in client assets under care.

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A GoFundMe Page Is Now Live to Help China Rescue Dogs with Transporting Rescue Dogs

VASS, N.C. -- China Rescue Dogs is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to rescuing and saving dogs from the slaughterhouses, meat trade, abuse and neglect in China, and finds them forever homes here in the United States.

China Rescue Dogs has two hundred forty (240) dogs that will be arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport from China over the next few months. These pups will then live the rest of their lives with their forever families, surrounded by love and affection. The first two groups of dogs are scheduled to arrive at JFK on March 18 and 20. 2021.

Once these rescue dogs arrive in the New York, they need to be transported to their forever homes across the country. Currently, China Rescue Dogs rents multiple cargo vans for this purpose. This is an enormous expense - since that money could go towards saving more dogs.

So, Sam Scaman, a small business owner and China Rescue Dogs volunteer, started a GoFundMe page to help the organization purchase a bus. According to Scaman, "Everyone in the organization is a volunteer. All the donated money goes to rescuing dogs. Crowd sourcing additional donations for a bus, only makes sense."

"Our mission is to save as many dogs as we can," said Jill Stewart, President and Founder of China Rescue Dogs. "The price of a reliable used bus is the equivalent to us saving 30 dogs. If people can help, we encourage them to go to the GoFundMe page."


The organization is interested in a used 2012 Ford F650 bus being sold by Midwest Transit Equipment in Kankakee, Illinois. It is a 41-passenger bus, but the seats would be removed to build custom shelving bins for the safe placement of the dogs in their crates.

China Recue Dogs is an organization founded by Jill Stewart, an ardent advocate of animal rights worldwide, and especially in China. Their global mission is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from China and provide them with loving forever homes in North America. There are over a dozen other U.S. dog rescue organizations that are working with China Rescue Dogs on these rescues.

"Funding is crucial," admits Stewart. "We never say no to any dog - mixed breeds, banned breeds, disabled dogs and seniors. We try to rescue them all. Unfortunately, we cannot do that without the public's continued support."

About China Rescue Dogs

China Rescue Dogs is a 501(c)(3) rescue with the purpose of rescuing and rehabilitating dogs from the meat trade, abuse and neglect in China and providing them with loving homes in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about their work, visit

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Caption: This beautiful dog will be the United States soon, where he can meet his forever family and live the rest of his life surrounded by love.

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Caption: This is the bus China Rescue Dogs is looking to purchase. 2012 FORD STARTRANS COMMERCIAL CUTAWAY DRW. Capacity is 41 Passengers DIESEL fueled with HYD Brakes and a CUMMINS Engine.

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Online Matchmaker Carly Spindel Is Seeking an Investment Of $650,000 For 10% of Flash Match NYC

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Carly Spindel, a second-generation matchmaker, and founder of Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking Inc., recently created the first of its kind: online dating + online matchmaking + one-on-one matchmaking = Flash Match NYC.

"Flash Match NYC is a do-it-yourself online matchmaking service where it's automated with suggested matches and Carly approves each match," says Janis Spindel. All members being matched with clients have gone through a double screening process that includes meeting Carly and Janis in person. Clients are assured the members are authentic.

"In the matchmaking and online dating industry, we have a competitive advantage, as 40 percent of my beta test clients renewed at least one time with the introductory offer of $1,000 for 3 personally vetted matches," said company CEO Carly Spindel.

As a true entrepreneur, in the words of the HBS Entrepreneur's Handbook, Carly built Flash Match NYC to "sweep away established technologies, products, and ways of doing things and replacing them with others that the market place as a whole sees representing greater value."

There are 3 plans for Flash Match NYC: $5,000 for 4 introductions, $10,000 for 10 introductions or $15,000 for 18 introductions. Carly Spindel is offering a Limited Time Valentine's Day Launch offer of $1,000 for 3 introductions. (See terms and conditions on website.)

Carly is the daughter of America's Top Matchmaker Janis Spindel and lived this business since she was 10 years old working side by side with her mother. Janis began her professional matchmaking career in 1993 and has over 4,012 marriages.

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Awair Announces Strategic Investment from Emerson, Addition of Dustin DeVan, Founder of BuildingConnected, as new Board Member

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Awair, the San Francisco-based startup that makes Indoor Air Quality monitoring and software solutions for home and commercial spaces, has received a major strategic investment from Emerson (NYSE: EMR). Emerson is a leader in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls industry, as well as the creator of the highly-rated smart thermostat, Emerson Sensi.

Awair has also added a key Advisor and Board Member: Dustin DeVan. Dustin founded BuildingConnected which raised $52.7M in venture capital from top tier VCs and was acquired for $275 Million by Autodesk in 2018.

When founded, BuildingConnected set out to create a network to connect every business and professional in commercial construction. Their user base has now reached over two million professionals doing over $40 Billion in construction procurement activities every month.

In combining his previous expertise with Awair, Dustin states, "Having worked in the built space environment for the last 15 years, I know that IoT helps improve the quality of our lives. With wildfires, global warming, and COVID-19, it's never been more important to monitor the air we breathe. I think Awair's platform is truly differentiated, allowing users to completely monitor their home, work, and life air quality through our network of devices."

Since its founding in 2013, Awair's mission has been to increase awareness about the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and empower people worldwide to understand and improve IAQ via commercial and residential solutions. The company provides cutting edge technology that is easy to use, as well as an intuitive software platform with actionable data. With its continued growth, Awair will enable even more users to mitigate their indoor air for health and safety, be it at home, school, the workplace, or any other indoor space.

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About Awair

Awair is a leader in the indoor air quality monitoring space and designs smart and intuitive monitoring solutions for homes, offices, retail spaces and beyond. Their mission is twofold: to draw attention to the health impacts of poor indoor air quality and to empower users with the insight and tools they need to take control of the air they breathe. Using the Awair smartphone app and the Awair Omni Dashboard, users can view air quality data in real-time, identify indoor pollution sources, troubleshoot different solutions and browse personalized tips to improve the health of their space.

In an effort to make managing indoor air quality even more effortless, Awair offers a variety of smart home integrations. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California and has a second office in Seoul, South Korea. To learn more about the impact of poor indoor air quality and browse Awair's solutions, visit

Follow on social at: Twitter: @getawair and Instagram: @getawair

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. Their Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Their Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit

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