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    LAGUNA BEACH, CA (MMD Newswire) January 11, 2013 -- Wells of Life announced today the donation from an ABC Studios executive.

    The funds received were donated on behalf of the following television shows:

    -Cougar Town

    -Criminal Minds

    -Family Tools

    -Kings of Van Nuys

    -Malibu Country

    "As momentum for Wells of Life continues to grow, we were excited to receive this unsolicited donation late last month from ABC Studios", said Nick Jordan, President of Wells of Life. "Our reach is expanding and includes individuals, families, schools and various corporations. A donation from the entertainment industry is a first and will hopefully mark the beginning of many to follow."

    About Wells of Life

    Wells of Life is a Laguna Beach, California based non profit organization. Wells of Life was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of providing East African communities with access to clean and safe drinking water. Wells of Life is committed to drilling wells and empowering East African communities with the gift of water. To learn more about Wells of Life and how to get involved,

    please visit http://www.wellsoflife.org.

    CONTACT:

    Nick Jordan, Wells of Life

    949-584-6166 (cell)

    jpg.inc@verizon.net

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    Sacramento, CA (MMD Newswire) January 11, 2013 -- The CBS Channel 47 Fresno area news story (January 9, 2013) claiming that, "Fresno police are busting pawn shops allegedly buying stolen gold. The Fresno Gold Stop was one of three pawn shops busted on Tuesday", was in error according to the records of the California Department of Justice. The Gold Stop is not a pawn shop but rather a secondhand dealer. In several instances, incorrect references were made by various news organizations that called the affected businesses pawn shops rather than secondhand dealers, according to the California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA).

    "These businesses were not licensed pawn shops," said CAPA President Elect Tony De Marco. Illegal gold buyers are typically unlicensed and do not follow the stringent state and local laws with respect to the reporting, holding, and capturing of customer information. Licensed pawn shops are financial institutions that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice and are held to rigid standards of practice under state "Business and Professions" and "Financial" codes. According to De Marco, "Licensed pawn shops report all transactions to local law enforcement, follow all holding requirements, and, as is required by law, capture detailed identification of each pledger." Pawn shops file this information with local law enforcement agencies on a daily basis.

    CAPA led the initiative to pass the recent "Statewide Digital Database" bill, AB 391 that was signed into law by the Gov. Jerry Brown. This bill, under the direction of the Department of Justice, will make it possible for law enforcement to quickly and decisively track tangible personal property transactions.

    As the association for California's pawn industry, CAPA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professional conduct to the public and cooperation with law enforcement at all levels. CAPA applauds Fresno Police Department for their vigilance in shutting down the illegal gold buying businesses in their jurisdiction.

    California Pawnbrokers Association

    For more information about CAPA, visit www.CaliforniaPawnbrokers.org.

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    California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA) is an association of pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers and is the only one of its kind in California. CAPA's members strive to maintain the highest level of ethical conduct by following established best practices and adhering to federal, state and local laws and regulations. Since its founding in 1956, we have served the interests of tens of thousands of responsible pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. The association serves its membership through legislative advocacy, professional education, industry programs and legal resources. Our members strive to be valued and respected by their communities by taking part in community outreach programs, as well as encouraging and fostering good relationships with law enforcement, state legislators, local government and community leaders. For more information please visit www.CaliforniaPawnbrokers.org.


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    WASHINGTON, DC (MMD Newswire) December 20, 2012 -- The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced today the expansion of its Board of Directors to include two nationally prominent professionals. The Brandeis Center, or LDB, was established last year to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on American college and university campuses. Rachel Lerman, a member of LDB's Legal Advisory Board, is an appellate litigation partner at Akin Gump in Los Angeles. Adam S. Feuerstein, a newcomer to LDB, is a tax specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, D.C., with substantial experience counseling nonprofit organizations.

    The expansion comes as the LDB ramps up its activities at the start of its second year of operations. Last week, the civil rights organization launched a nationwide initiative to educate lawyers on how to defend the civil rights of Jewish and Israeli American college and university students. Last month, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus was named to the Forward 50 in recognition of the Brandeis Center's efforts to combat discrimination against Jewish students. LDB's new Best Practices Guide to Combating Campus Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism provides university administrators with a blueprint for protecting Jewish students' rights consistent with the freedom of speech and academic freedom.

    Kenneth Marcus commented, "Adam and Rachel are outstanding lawyers, and they join us at a propitious time. We are making great progress, expanding rapidly and having a significant impact. Their skills and experience will provide us with enormous strength, especially in appellate litigation and nonprofit governance, as we ramp up our campaign against campus anti-Semitism."

    About Adam S. Feuerstein

    Adam S. Feuerstein is a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law. His practice encompasses a broad range of transactional and tax planning matters. He regularly advises taxable and tax-exempt clients on issues involving commercial transactions, including the tax aspects of forming strategic joint ventures, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations; structuring private equity, venture capital, real estate, and other investment funds; and effecting acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, and public offerings. Mr. Feuerstein regularly advises non-profit organizations regarding federal and state tax exemptions, the structure of their investments, campaign and lobbying activities and the application of the unrelated business income tax. He holds degrees from Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government, and Cornell University.

    About L. Rachel Lerman

    L. Rachel Lerman is a partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she focuses on appellate and trial strategy in complex civil and financial restructuring cases. She is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and all of the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. Before entering private practice, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Thomas G. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Ms. Lerman is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, sits on the executive board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and serves on the L.A. County Bar Association's Appellate Courts Committee. She teaches, lectures, and writes on different aspects of appellate practice. Ms. Lerman holds degrees from Yale College, Syracuse University, and the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

    About the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and Campus Anti-Semitism

    The Louis D. Brandeis Center, Inc., or LDB, is an independent, nonprofit organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center conducts research, education, and advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. It is not affiliated with the Massachusetts University, the Kentucky law school, or any of the other institutions which share the name and honor the memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court justice.

    For more information, write info@brandeiscenter.com, contact Kenneth L. Marcus (202) 756-1822, or find us at www.brandeiscenter.com


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    December 20, 2012 (MMD Newswire) -- Editor in Chief and CEO of African Leadership magazine, Dr. Ken Giami has been honoured with a Doctorate degree in Communication Arts (Honoris Causa) by the Commonwealth University and Abbey College - London Graduate School.

    The graduation ceremony which took place on 19 December 2012 in Dubai UAE also had the former Deputy Governor of Rivers State Nigeria and Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Frank Eke; His Lordship Bishop Dr. Niyi Ogunnaiki, and Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Babangida, Son of former Nigeria's Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB), also receiving honorary doctorate degrees

    Delivering his convocation address, the Deputy Chancellor of the University, Prof. Bruce Duncan, thanked the honorary degree recipients for their enormous contributions and outstanding leadership in their communities and urged them to continue modelling best practices as they champion positive change in society. Diploma, bachelors and masters degrees were also presented to students for successful completion of their academic course of study.

    Dr. Ken Giamiis adynamic and innovative Nigerian Role model, motivational speaker and author. His quest for good governance and responsive leadership for countries in sub Saharan Africa led him to establishthe Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), an NGO currently in special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economicand Social Council (UN ECOSOC). As publisher and Editor in Chief of the highly rated African Leadership magazine,a journalaimed at generating debates onissues related to promoting good governance and accountable leadership in Africa, he has continued to use media platforms to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and development in Africa. Dr. Giami is also an astute Businessman with interests in Real Estate, Investment promotion, Renewable Energy & Environmental Remediation, and Communications consultancy. He serves as Chairman of the Nigeria Indonesia Commercial Association. Dr. Ken Giami has a Bachelors degree in Government and Public Administration and is concluding a Masters degree atthe York St. John University in the UK.

    About African Leadership magazine

    The African Leadership magazine Group focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today. The magazine believes that for Africa to optimize her competitiveness, she must position itself strategically in the global community and market place. African Leadership magazine is therefore positioning itself as the vehicle of choice in the vanguard of showcasing the continent's continual growth in the political, economic and socio-cultural indices used as benchmarks of international development. The magazine seeks to herald the dawn of a new Africa as the continent of promise and global leadership, championed by people of integrity and resilience and passionately committed to the development of the next generation of African leaders.

    Contact: Kingsley Okeke

    Editor, African Leadership magaziue

    info@africanleadershipmagazine.com

    +234 703 682 7724

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    LAGUNA BEACH, CA (MMD Newswire) December 27, 2012 -- Wells of Life announced today the completion of three water wells funded by the donations of Salem Lutheran School from Orange, California, Gulf Coast Western from Dallas, Texas, the Wertz family of San Clemente, California, and the McCrink family of Rancho Santa Fe, California.

    The lives of approximately 2,000 villagers in over 200 Ugandan households have received the basic right to water. No longer do villagers have to trek for miles to obtain water for consumption and washing. No longer do they have to be susceptible to water borne disease. Their lives along with those of future generations have changed with the construction of a water well in their communities. The following are the wells that have been completed and their locations:

    Well # 1-Owerai Village in Kaberamaido, 59 households, 531 villagers

    Well # 2-Oyama Keolu Village in Kaberamaido, 90 households, 810 villagers

    Well #3-Apiri Village in Agwata, 76 households, 684 villagers

    "It truly takes a village to raise a well", said Nick Jordan, President of Wells of Life. "Contributions from families, schools and corporations make our work possible. This is a true reflection of how community can make anything possible."

    About Wells of Life

    Wells of Life is a Laguna Beach, California based non profit organization. Wells of Life was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of providing East African communities with access to clean and safe drinking water. Wells of Life is committed to drilling wells and empowering East African communities with the gift of water. To learn more about Wells of Life and how to get involved, please visit http://www.wellsoflife.org.

    CONTACT:

    Nick Jordan, Wells of Life

    949-584-6166 (cell)

    jpg.inc@verizon.net

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    Providence, RI (MMD Newswire) December 28, 2012 -- TribalVision was recognized this week by Providence Business News (PBN) as one of the largest marketing firms (based on head count) in Rhode Island. With sixteen employees and growing within its short two year history, TribalVision is quickly building a name for itself in the Providence and Southern New England marketplace. Founded in 2010 by Chris Ciunci to meet a growing need in the business community for an objective, strategic marketing partner, TribalVision has emerged as a viable alternative to the existing commission-based advertising agency model.

    As Ciunci states, "I am thrilled to know that what started as an idea to shake up the existing advertising model two short years ago has been validated by the numerous clients we are proud to work side by side with every day. Whether it's a well-known Rhode Island company with 1,000+ employees to a B2B jewelry manufacturer, to a weight loss company with ties to Harvard University, our interests-aligned fee-based model that emphasizes strategy before tactics has resonated and produced results across all industries."

    TribalVision continues to attract new clients from a range of industries from software development to retail to medical logistics. The company's success comes from a new approach to marketing that emphasizes the creation of an objective strategic plan followed by the implementation of specific, metrics-driven tactics with razor sharp attention to detail. This new approach, coupled with a head down work ethic and client centric mindset, has helped catapult TribalVision into the position Providence Business News has recognized it for today.

    As VP of Client Services Damien Cabral states, "Our job is to work as hard and as smart as we can to produce results for our clients. We are not the 'Big Idea' guys that most companies are expecting from a marketing firm. Rather, we are marketing strategists who are obsessed with helping companies go from Point A to Point B. If that involves great creative, then we will pull in that resource from our partner network. But oftentimes it involves so much more than good creative. It involves sound strategy that - while not sexy - is the key to increased profits and market share gains for our clients."

    With its client list extending North of the Rhode Island border, TribalVision recently expanded its footprint to Cambridge, Massachusetts to cater to its MA/NH client base as well as attract young talent out of Boston-based feeder schools such as Harvard and M.I.T.

    About TribalVision

    TribalVision is a marketing consulting firm whose mission is to help small to midsize businesses market smarter. As a marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the global business community. TribalVision's value-add includes strategy crafting, channel-mix optimization, tactics implementation, executive leadership services and brand building.

    To learn more, visit www.tribalvision.com, contact alatosek@tribalvision.com or call us at 401-272-1300


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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (MMD Newswire) December 31, 2012 -- Air Care announced that its board of directors has appointed Michael Munns as Executive Director of Marketing and Sales.

    "We are fortunate to have someone of Michael Munns' caliber and experience step up to lead Air Care," said Papaleo. "We are at a critical moment and we need proven leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Michael is a business visionary with a proven track record of execution. He is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Munns said, "I am honored and excited to lead Air Care. I believe Air Care matters - it matters to Las Vegas, Nevada, the country and the world."

    Air-Care

    3868 E. Post Road

    Las Vegas, Nevada 89120

    http://www.air-care.com


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    Avenues Launches Online Remittance Solution RemitGuru.com for Non Resident Indian's to transfer funds to India

    Mumbai, (MMD Newswire) January 1, 2013 -- Avenues, South Asia's biggest eCommerce service provider, has launched www.RemitGuru.com , a personalized online remittance service specially created to meet the unique needs of the Indian diaspora living overseas.

    India is the top remittance receiver in the world, with a robust US$ 70 billion in 2012 (as per a World Bank Report), a growth of 16% over last year, thereby topping the list of developing countries which have received a total of $406 billion in 2012. After India, China will stand second with $66 billion, followed by Mexico and the Philippines with $24 billion each.

    Online remittances, increasingly being preferred by Non-resident Indians, are growing at an incredible rate of approximately 20% CAGR.

    Speaking at the launch, Hershel Asmani, CEO of Avenues Payments India Pvt. Ltd., which has launched www.RemitGuru.com said ""www.RemitGuru aims to satisfy the needs of Indians abroad by providing a superior technology platform, user-friendly service coupled with the Best conversion rate guarantee, thereby redefining the way remittances that are being done till now"."

    Vishwas Patel, Chairman of Avenues Payments India Pvt. Ltd. also said that "" www.RemitGuru.com aims to give the NRI's an excellent platform to not just send money home from their local country bank accounts to their family in India in a secure, speedy manner but also pay for goods, recharge and travel related services offered by thousands of web merchants using Avenues's www.CCAvenue.com Payment gateway solution"."

    Amit Badiyani, Director Technology, Avenues Payments India Pvt. Ltd. also said that, ""www.RemitGuru.com has the best technology platform and is extremely scalable. All our customer data is extremely secure and our systems and processes are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards 2.0 from day one of its launch. We are now in the process on building mobile apps for the iOS, Android, Windows and the Black Berry platforms as the NRI audience are increasingly using their mobiles to send money to their loved ones in India"."

    Avenues Launches RemitGuru.com for Non Resident Indians to transfer money to India

    About www.RemitGuru.com

    www.RemitGuru.com understands that the ties that bind the NRI to his roots go deep and it truly appreciates the sentiment behind the act of remittance of money and gifts to the loved ones back home. www.Remitguru.com is a personalized online remittance service specially created to meet the unique needs of the Indian diaspora living overseas. www.RemitGuru.com redefines the way the Non Resident Indians stays connected with his family by introducing new ideas and methods into the money transfer process.

    For more info, please visit www.RemitGuru.com .

    About Avenues

    Avenues (www.Avenues.Info ) is South Asia's Biggest E-Commerce service provider which provides payment gateway services to thousands of web merchants across the world through its solution www.CCAvenue.com and other industry vertical specific solutions like www.ResAvenue.com (Hospitality) ; www.HotelsAvenue.com (Travel Agents) and www.EventAvenue.com (Event Management).

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    Visit us at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (Booth 21635 South Hall 1)

    January 1, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Smartphone users who love to listen to music on their phones, but find that the sound quality leaves something to be desired, now have an innovative and economical solution to their problem. Degauss Labs of Sweden, manufacturers of a range of headphones and smartphone earphones, has just introduced SPKRS: sharp-sounding, cool-looking ear buds that work with most popular smartphones - and won't break the bank.

    "With SPKRS, users can finally unlock their smartphone's full potential," says Nicolas Persson, Sales Manager at Degauss. "Our aim with SPKRS was to create ear buds with sound and performance quality second to none in this price range." SPKRS feature an improved acoustic design that makes music sound smoother. The new SPKRS driver units deliver a warm, detailed sound with a resonant and hard-kicking bass.

    And in keeping with the demands of today's young consumers who want their gadgets to look great as well as work like a champ, the SPKRS ear buds come in a wide variety of what Persson describes as "clean, cool" colors. Currently users can choose from a rainbow of hues: red, yellow, blue, pink, purple, gray, white or black.

    SPKRS ear buds  Degauss Labs New Earphones at CES

    The SPKRS ear buds boast plenty of attention to detail, including a coated aluminum casing. The housing is coated with a special matte technique that makes it as clean looking as the rest of the earphone - a quality rarely found on metal-housed earphones.

    The all-aluminum housing isn't just for looks; it absorbs vibrations and preserves the sound quality, Persson explains. "And it makes the SPKRS more durable," he adds.

    SPKRS earphones allow users to easily take control of their smartphone. A one-button remote with a microphone provides instant access to play or pause music, and to answer or end calls. Via Google Play and the App Store, users can download apps that adjust the button's functions according to their needs.

    SPKRS come with a Universal Plug (U-Plug) that allows them to work with most Apple iPhone, Android, and Nokia WP based devices. A flat cabled, non-twisting, strain-relief cord makes SPKRS as perfect for the gym as on the street. And in addition to durability, the SPKRS ear buds are built for comfort, to accommodate users who spend more time plugged-in than unplugged.

    "We made SPKRS to be the perfect introduction to the performance of Degauss Labs earphones," says Persson. "We're constantly working to improve our products, and we think that this desire for continual improvement is reflected in SPKRS."

    Early buzz from users is favorable, with many giving SPKRS high marks for both sound quality and design. "The bottom line," says Persson, "is that music just sounds better with SPKRS - and you could even say it looks better too. SPKRS give your smartphone more 'oomph,' more attitude." Or, to paraphrase a well loved hymn, "Amazing bass, how sweet the sound."

    ABOUT THE COMPANY:

    Founded in 2009, Degauss Laboratories is a family-owned company with home offices and design team in Stockholm, Sweden, and distributors - and customers - all over the globe. The company evolved from the idea of creating cleanly designed headphones for two-way communication devices. Over the years Degauss developed headphones to meet demands for clear sound and discreet, personal design. Today they have one of the most comprehensive earphone-for-smartphone product lines in the world, in addition to supplying headphones for every need.

    For more information visit http://www.degausslabs.com

    For information specifically about SPKRS, see http://www.degausslabs.com/spkrs

    For Online Webshop: http://www.degausslabs.com/shop

    Media Contact:
    Nicolas Persson, Sales Manager, Degauss Labs
    Telephone +46 (0) 8 615 04 00
    E-mail: info@degausslabs.com
    Postal address
    Box 7320
    103 90 Stockholm
    Sweden
    
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    January 3, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Intradeco Apparel has acquired certain assets of Knothe Apparel Group, a manufacturer of men's sleepwear.

    Terms of the deal, which closed on Friday, were not disclosed.

    Knothe, a family-run business based in New York, distributes its products under labels such as Izod, Chaps and State O Maine.

    Intradeco, a family-run business based in Miami that is focused on fashion basics and thermal underwear, said Knothe will operate as a separate division of Intradeco. The existing Knothe senior management and merchandising teams will continue running the businesses.

    Allan Ellinger, senior managing partner at MMG, which was financial adviser in the transaction, said, "This is a strategically strong merger for both companies. We were pleased to be able to bring these two industry leaders together in a deal that will strengthen the men's sleepwear business."

    Terry Trofholz, executive vice president of sales for Intradeco, said the "synergies between the businesses will bring real benefits to our valued customers."

    Ricky Bern, chief operating officer at Knothe, said his company will "be able to take advantage of Intradeco's vertical supply chain structure, world class operating systems and financial strength."

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    Bank contributes a total of $14,000 to playground renovation

    NEEDHAM, MA (MMD Newswire) January 3, 2013 -- Needham Bank, with branches throughout the greater Boston area is proud to announce its continued support of Needham's Newman Elementary School Playground with the donation of $7,000.

    The recent contribution is in addition to a sum of $7,000 made earlier in the year toward replacement of the former Newman Elementary School playground, which was found to be in non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This discovery, coupled with the general disrepair of the playground, led to the decision by school officials to demolish the former site and build a new playground.

    The new playground, now open, is fully integrated and adaptive to the needs of all children, including those with disabilities.

    Project fundraising was spearheaded by A Cause for Play, a group of parents and school faculty, including Mary Kelley, who lauded Needham Bank for "such generosity and responsiveness."

    "We can't say enough about Needham Bank and its generous support not only of our project, but of so many organizations throughout Needham and beyond," said Ms. Kelley. "We are all lucky to have such a kind, supportive and thoughtful organization in our communities."

    "It gives us enormous pleasure to support such a praiseworthy project," said Jack W. McGeorge, CEO of Needham Bank.

    About Needham Bank

    Since 1892 Needham Bank has served Boston and its neighboring communities as a leader in personal banking and real estate lending with an evolving range of innovative electronic banking and wealth management services. Needham Bank is known for its commitment to individualized service and a strong commitment to the communities it serves. For more information please visit NeedhamBank.com or call 1-781-444-2100. Needham Bank is a member of FDIC and SIF.


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    Bringing years of franchise experience to the SPARK event, Mr. Benson will offer direction on how business owners can employ franchising techniques to expand their brand.

    Ann Arbor, MI (MMD Newswire) January 3, 2013 -- With many years of successfully operating in the franchising space, Dayn Benson has agreed to offer his experience to business owners & budding entrepreneurs attending Ann Arbor SPARK's January 9th event. "I consider it an honor to be invited to join the upcoming SPARK panel, it's an opportunity to reach out to young and growing business and provide them with the benefit of my experiences," Dayn commented.

    Ann Arbor SPARK was established to provide a platform for area businesses (at various stages of growth) to gain the advantage of having professional mentorship and guidance from successful business leaders who have faced many of the challenges of up and comers. Business owners across the spectrum have been enlightened and encouraged by SPARK's events - gaining not only a wealth of knowledge, but also access and instruction to linking to capital for their business.

    Attendees for the January SPARK event will get insight into building their brand and diversifying their client base. Mr. Bensons specialty is expected to prove invaluable - as he will shed light on creating a successful process within a business operation & simply repeating that process over and over; creating a systematic road map to growth.

    About Dayn Benson:

    Dayn Benson brings 15 years of franchising experience onto the panel. He has helped to launch and grow over 200 small businesses through franchising. The single most important key to launching a new business is getting paying customers; and Dayn will relate his experiences on what works and what does not.

    About Ann Arbor SPARK:

    SPARK will advance the economy of the Ann Arbor Region by establishing the area desired place for business expansion and location.. by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations. http://www.annarborusa.org/


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    San Clemente, California (MMD Newswire) January 3, 2013 -- Since entering the US market in 2010 Filtrate has carved out a significant niche in the eyewear market.

    The original 'Injected' line, with which the company made their international reputation, was expanded in May 2012 with the introduction of the Classic range.

    The design of the classic range came from blending the classic sunglass styles of old with the new, on trend, styling of today.

    With the success of this line now well established, the beauty of the ever popular 'matte' look served as further inspiration for the design team to plan the development of a new breed of sunglass for 2013, and so the RAW collection was created.

    The Filtrates RAW sunglass line is hand made using the highest quality acetate frames and CR39 optical lenses. CEO and co-founder Wade Sutton says "We were after a unique look. Everyone is producing matte sunglasses in their ranges. The finish we were looking for was not just a simple matte coating; we adapted our manufacturing process to give this range an organic look and we couldn't be happier with the outcome".

    Filtrate is known for its premium product and accessible prices; they have produced one of the most exciting ranges for the eyewear market that will no doubt please many consumers.

    Filtrate are exhibiting their exciting new RAW range at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, California from 4th - 5th January in the company of Hollywood's Proper Barber's Shop with whom they are filming a documentary for national release.

    The new designs can also be viewed on the following week at the Orlando Expo Trader Show running from 10th - 12th January.

    The range will be available in store from Early February and is sure to sell out quickly.

    For all other information contact info@filtrateeyewear.com or www.filtrateeyewear.com


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    Adaptable, Secure Paperless Platform Meets the Needs of Broadly Dispersed, Technology-Savvy Membership Base

    Providence, RI (MMD Newswire) January 3, 2013 -- Andera, a financial software company that simplifies account opening and lending for banks and credit unions, announced that Boeing Helicopters Credit Union has upgraded to oFlows, the first totally paperless platform for online account opening.

    Founded in 1952 and located in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, Boeing Helicopters Credit Union serves more than 8,100 members throughout the United States and has approximately $125 million in assets. Following a change to its Articles of Incorporation that paved the way for further expansion, it recently began offering credit union products and services to the 1,800 employees of Harrah's Casino and Race Track in Philadelphia.

    "We chose Andera because of its adaptability and underlying authentication capabilities," said CEO Phil Travaglini, who also pointed out that mobile banking would be coming soon for members as well. "It is just what we were looking for so that we are able to provide online account openings. The capabilities of oFlows transform a website into a branch location," he added.

    Andera CEO Charlie Kroll remarked, "Consumers want to begin their banking and credit union relationships with the same ease and convenience that they experience when buying goods and services in stores and on line. Technology makes that possible. It bridges the gap between these consumers' expectations and financial institutions' ability to meet those expectations."

    "In moving to oFlows, Boeing Helicopters Credit Union is making it easy for members to conduct their banking business from wherever they happen to be and at any time of day or night."

    About Andera

    Andera pioneered online account opening in 2004 and now offers a multichannel platform to over 550 bank and credit union customers. Andera's oFlows platform radically simplifies account opening and lending in branches, online, out in the field, and over the phone. The oFlows platform is a four-time winner of the "Best in Show" award at Finovate.

    Recently cited as "One of the Top Ten Tech Companies to Watch" by American Banker, Andera is privately held, headquartered in Providence, and has offices in San Francisco and New York. For more information, visit www.andera.com or register for an upcoming webinar.

    Andera Contact

    Laurie McLachlan

    lmclachlan@andera.com

    (617) 921-2916

    Press Contact

    Tom Burke, Graber Associates

    tom@graberassociates.net

    (617) 326-7471


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    Maryland entrepreneurship and innovation overcome limitations of recession, reports find

    Baltimore, MD (MMD Newswire) January 4, 2013 -- The fourth edition of the Baltimore Business Review reports that despite the challenges of an economic recession, Maryland leads the nation in its transformation to an entrepreneurial and innovation-based economy. According to the regional journal, assets like state-sponsored financing initiatives, access to business incubators and federal institutions, and an ideal geographic location all contribute to making Maryland a top state for innovation and entrepreneurship.

    In addition to "Recession and its Effect on Maryland's Innovation and Entrepreneurship," the topics addressed in this issue include "A Brief Housing Update and a Historical Perspective of Housing Booms," "Trends in Student Loans," and "Banking Consolidation and Mobile Banking in Maryland," among others.

    The annual magazine provides business professionals, students and Maryland- based employers with insight that is specifically focused on Baltimore and the companies in Maryland.

    Published in partnership with the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Society Baltimore and Towson University's College of Business and Economics, the review will be released at the 2013 Investment Outlook Conference to be held Tuesday, Jan. 11 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore.

    The CFA Society Baltimore provides the financial community with information and knowledge, while advocating ethical conduct with regard to investments and financial management.

    Towson University is the only University System of Maryland institution with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB International, for its business administration and accounting programs. AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business administration and accounting, and the highest distinction a business school can receive.

    To receive a complimentary hardcopy of the Baltimore Business Review or to register for the 2013 Investment Outlook Conference, contact Holly Sackett at info@baltimorecfasociety.org. For press inquiries please contact Co-Editor Niall O'Malley atniall.omalley@bluepointim.us. View the 2013 edition online at www.baltimorebusinessreview.org

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (MMD Newswire) January 4, 2013 --

    About Air Care

    Air-Care was started in 1979 by Richard Papaleo. One of the premier and innovative thinkers in this industry, Mr. Papaleo revolutionized air duct cleaning by creating high quality air duct cleaning equipment which is portable, electric and powerful. Air Care's air duct cleaning equipment is designed to efficiently and effectively clean both residential and commercial air systems. Air Care's equipment is 100% American made, all manufacturing for Air Care is done in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of Air Care's core values is to support America's work force as well as the U.S. economy. Air Care offers affordable business opportunities to entrepreneurs' throughout America as well as internationally. Air Care has successfully helped thousands of people start new businesses and continues to support them through training. Air Care has been in business for 32 years and today is recognized throughout the industry as the international authority in air duct cleaning technology. The equipment Air Care manufactures for air duct cleaning is regarded as the highest quality, best equipment in the world.

    URL: http://www.air-care.com

    Air-Care

    3868 E. Post Road

    Las Vegas, Nevada 89120

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim Farrell, PR First, 781-681-6616, jfarrell@prfirst.com

    HIPAA, Data Security, Legal Document Management among topics

    Des Plaines Office Equipment introduces "Lunch and Learn" series at Elk Grove Village headquarters; January sessions open to area businesses

    ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL (MMD Newswire) January 7, 2013 -- Des Plaines Office Equipment (DPOE), www.dpoe.com, a leading Chicago-area provider of office equipment solutions including Managed Print Services and Managed Network Services (IT), today announced the launch of their new program, the Lunch and Learn Series, to be held at their Elk Grove Village headquarters beginning in January.

    The workshop series will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST at 1020 Bonaventure Drive, Elk Grove Village. The first workshop is "HIPAA Compliance," to be held Wednesday, January 16, which will review HIPAA laws and provide advice on how companies can remain compliant within their facility. Topics will include how to utilize secure office equipment and software. Attendees will learn the benefits of having a HIPAA certified staff member.

    The second workshop, Data Security, will take place Wednesday, January 23, and will cover File and Document Security within the organization. Topics covered will range from simple file management security at the PC desktop level to document security with an office copier/printer.

    The third workshop, which will be held Wednesday, January 30, will cover the topic of Legal Document Management. In particular, the workshop will look at how common documents are processed within the legal industry, and how to use software to store and retrieve files electronically. Attendees will also learn about simple electronic workflow procedures to streamline office paperwork.

    In addition to learning about these topics, business owners will have the opportunity to network with each other. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is advised. Interested parties can register by phone, 847-879-6400, email, events@dpoe.com, or online.

    About DPOE

    Des Plaines Office Equipment (DPOE, www.dpoe.com), is a leader in the field of print management, and document generation equipment and solutions, serving the greater Chicago area since 1955. Today, DPOE operates three locations: its headquarters in Elk Grove Village, and a location in Chicago (211 West Wacker Drive) and Rockford (Loves Park, IL). DPOE is a leading provider of Sharp office equipment, as well as Oki Data. Additionally, DPOE is an authorized dealer for HP, and InfoDynamics. DPOE provides products and services to a diverse client base that includes schools, hospitals, law offices, accounting firms, and financial institutions, among others. The firm is a consistent winner of Sharp Document's Hyakuman Kai award for sales excellence, and was named a 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Elite Dealer by the national journal The Week in Imaging. DPOE maintains corporate headquarters at 1020 Bonaventure Drive, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. The firm is active in a number of area civic organizations, including the Italian American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago and Des Plaines Chambers of Commerce, and the Greater O'Hare Business Association. For additional information, please call 847-879-6400 or visit www.dpoe.com. DPOE can also be found on Facebook.


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    January 7, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Spencer Institute for Life Coach Training brings online life coach training program for training wannabes. Trainees will be able to get home based training for life coach from Spencer Institute. Spencer Institute is a life coaching school that holds an online and home based training program for people who wish to learn from home. This program includes 100% online based training that comprises of videos and power point slides to brief the trainees. The lectures are accompanied by coaching material that comes for free. Digital manual and exam to get Spencer specified is also included in the training program.

    This life coaching course actually comprises of the knowledge and skills that are required to use the optimal human potentials to create stories of success. Life coaching comes under the meaning of learning the way to live a successful life and Spencer teaches that in a step by step way. At Spencer Institute for Life Coach Training, not only does a person learns for himself the methodologies for successful life but also becomes able to teach others.

    The online life coaching program from Spencer Institute provides the whole equipment necessary for learning all the basics and the tips for achieving success in life. Once a person gets life coach certification from Spencer Institute, they can set up a business from the comfort of their home. The benefits of this certification and the home based business include setting of working hours according to the will. There is no need to work on the time when one is due elsewhere. This can be called a great benefit of being self employed.

    Life coaching is a very good field to choose as it pays out handsomely as well. Once a person is certified from Spencer's Institute, he is able to charge up to $100 for one hour of online coaching to others. There are paid vacations of 4 to 16 weeks each year. At one end when there is a satisfaction of helping other out in their worries, on the other hand there is an additional learning by the coach as he helps others. Those who want to start a life coaching business can get certified from Spencer's Institute and then enjoy a reputation of a "healer" in the society. Furthermore, the rapid growth of clients and customers is a must when one performs the life coaching services well enough to impress others.

    Spencer Institute for Life Coach Training

    30245 Tomas

    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    92688

    cs@nestacertified.com

    949-589-9166

    http://spencerinstitute.com/life-strategies-coach-certification/


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    KAIROS AUTONOMI COMPLETES THE FIRST PHASE OF DELIVERIES FOR NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU MOVING GROUND TARGET CONTRACT

    Unmodified ranges equipped with necessary technologies to operate unmanned moving ground targets as part of training operations

    Salt Lake City, Utah (MMD Newswire) January 7, 2013 -- Kairos Autonomi, Inc., a world leader in robotic appliqué kits and developer of the Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit, has completed the 1st phase of its base year contract to deliver unmanned moving ground targets at National Guard Bureau training ranges across the United States.

    Working only two to three days at each range, the Kairos team modified the existing ranges and configured each of them for unmanned vehicle operation. Kairos personnel also installed radio infrastructure and ground control station hardware and software, and delivered an optionally unmanned moving ground target powered by the Pronto4.

    In addition to the hardware and software delivery and installation, Kairos personnel provided training to range personnel that will enable them to remotely operate the vehicles and maintain the radio and control station infrastructure for future missions. Kairos will complete phases two and three in the first half of 2013, and will continue releasing its Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kits to other ranges throughout the United States.

    "As we demonstrated at Airburst Range, give us a small budget and a few days, and we can provide any range with the ability to operate and maintain unmanned ground or surface targets," said Chandler Griffin, Director of Targets Programs at Kairos Autonomi. "Our effort with the National Guard Bureau shows our capability as a company to stand up existing ranges with solid infrastructure, robots and operational training in a short period of time."

    The Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit can be installed in about 4 hours by a trained team of two technicians. For each NGB range, the Pronto4 enables an unmanned vehicle to drive by remote control operation in conjunction with communications infrastructure. The Pronto4 can also be upgraded to provide GPS path following capability.

    The Pronto4 enables existing vehicles or surface vessels to be utilized as realistic, unmanned moving ground targets as part of training and test operations. Kairos supports a broad training range customer base and continues to develop cost-effective, high-quality hardware and software products for training range customers worldwide.

    About Kairos Autonomi

    Kairos Autonomi, Inc. (Kairos) is a world leader in delivering unmanned moving ground targets and service for training, test and evaluation operations. These moving targets and services facilitate dynamic, realistic training and test scenarios by providing optionally unmanned (a human can still drive the vehicle manually) vehicle capabilities to existing manned vehicles at a cost-effective price. The unmanned targets are powered by the Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit, an add-on vehicle autonomy system that provides unmanned capabilities to current manned vehicles, rendering them optionally unmanned. Pronto4-enabled unmanned vehicles are used at training ranges and test facilities across the United States, and deliver unparalleled dependability and functionality. For more information, please visit us at our website www.kairosautonomi.com or at YouTube.

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    January 8, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- April Deshaynior is a Hollywood and Florida based fashion designer and creative director behind the fashion brand Deshaynior. April decided to step down from her position with the company she co-founded and created in 2008 with her late father, Anthony Glover. After learning of her father's illness the designer took time off to care for her dieing father. Now after a year of being away from the company the designer has returned as CEO/head designer and creative director. Upon April's return the company is ready to launch it's new men's 2013 winter/fall line. The brand has won several local awards including emerging designer of the year awards 2010 and has been featured in magazines and newspapers.

    April deshaynior  April deshaynior returns as head designer and ceo of deshaynior design house

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