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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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    January 8, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- New Phase Painting and Carpet Care recently announced that they would be donating 10% of their proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization to support their fight against breast cancer. Stan Henry, owner of New Phase Painting and Carpet Care feel that it is incredibly important to support this vital organization and are proud to donate a portion of their proceeds to such an important cause.

    The company is well known in Georgia for their quality service and dedication to the community and donating to the fight against breast cancer is par for the course for Henry and his family-run business. The company is expert at painting and carpet care but is perhaps best known for their quality carpet cleaning services. Since 1973 carpet cleaning in Fayetteville, Georgia has been synonymous with New Phase Painting and Carpet Care.

    New Phase uses traditional steam cleaning equipment and a truck-mounted fresh water tank, waste water tank and heater. What sets the company apart from other carpet cleaning companies is the level of detail that Henry and his team of professionals bring to each client. Each job includes evaluating the carpet to be cleaned and offering special treatment to hard to clean areas or places in the carpet that contain pet odors. Henry and his staff consider themselves the equivalent of carpet investigators and will go out of their way to find a stain, identify what it takes to get rid of it and they won't stop until the stain is gone. This level of detail and their quality of their carpet cleaning has even been recognized by local authorities who have certified New Phase as crime scene cleaners. With 40 years of experience and thousands of carpets cleaned, locals consider New Phase Painting and Carpet Care and carpet cleaning Fayetteville, GA as one and the same.

    Those interested in learning more about the carpet cleaning services offered by the company can visit NewPhasePaintingAndCarpetCare.com or contact Stan Henry at 678.688.8182.

    CONTACT:

    Stan Henry

    New Phase Painting and Carpet Care

    http://newphasepaintingandcarpetcare.com

    pressrelease@newphasepaintingandcarpetcare.com

    (678) 688-8182

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    Venice, CA (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- Venice and Camarillo, California based clean energy startup Nitro-Turbodyne, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with GSM Energy Solutions of Calgary, Alberta, Canada to distribute next generation power generators throughout Canada and the Bakken Oil Fields in the northern portions of the United States. Nitro-Turbodyne will supply an initial order to GSM of 150 units for remote instrumentation power generation, labeled the RIPGU. Leveraging new technology to produce power leveraging renewable Liquid Nitrogen (LN2), each unit provides maintenance-free electrical power for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry systems for natural gas and oil wells.

    "These units are a significant advance in remote power generation with extremely long reliability and zero carbon emissions," stated Miles Molstad, Director for Calgary-based GSM Energy Solutions, "These products provide significant cost savings and solve multiple issues for remote oil field power generation."

    The contract, valued at over $1m Canadian over 2 years, is the first Canadian contract received by Nitro-Turbodyne for its revolutionary turbine-powered electrical generator. The unit leverages patented Micro Flash-Expansion Turbine (MFET) technology to produce clean, renewable and maintenance-free power in any environment and any weather.

    "We successfully demonstrated the RIPGU to over 80 companies at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary this past June," stated Ed De Reyes, the Chief Technology Officer for Nitro-Turbodyne. "We are very pleased to be working with GSM to introduce our units to the Canadian oil industry. GSM Energy Solutions is the perfect partner to provide this technology throughout the region."

    De Reyes went on to explain that that gas and oil well operators were searching for alternatives to solar and wind power production - especially in harsh Arctic environments - where the extremes of weather prevent the widespread use of those technologies. Several well operators had turned to thermoelectric generators ("TEGs"); however because TEGs use combustible gas and open flames to produce electricity, they tended to be unreliable and dangerous should a gas well develop a leak.

    The RIPGU's are designed to solve several problems for oil well operators including reliability, costs and safety. With only 1 moving part the unit's are designed to run continuously for 20 years. Additionally, the units work without combustion providing safety for uses near oil production facilities. Since December, Nitro-Turbodyne has booked over $2 million in orders for the years 2013 and 2014.


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    LOS ANGELES, CALI. (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- In response to Newsweek magazines complete transition to an all-digital publication, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Los Angeles artists Ryan McIntosh and XVALA will continue the print and subscription of Newsweek for 2013.

    "Death of Print: The Last Print Edition", a bimonthly print of 'Newsweek covers' capturing time-stamped events throughout 2013, was conceived by the two artists upon announcement from Newsweek editor Tina Brown of their decision to discontinue print media for their internationally acclaimed publication that had been in print since 1933.

    "Newsweek removes themselves and their reported content from being 'written in stone'," said Cory Allen. "It's going forward in reverse. In the digital realm, Newsweek will have the luxury to manipulate their original content to better serve future ratings."

    AIS Editions, located in the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles and owned by McIntosh, will print and distribute a new issue of the 'Newsweek prints' on the 1st and 15th of every month. "Preservation of the printed medium for future generations is of vital importance," said McIntosh.

    The 18" x 24" prints are individually handmade with selected content based on newsworthy topics that the artists feel are significant to publish; maintaining the thematic presence that Newsweek has attained with their past issues. The artists have gone as far as employing several members of the paparazzi and selected hackers to help acquire exclusive images and information to remain competitive with TIME, Wired, People, and other major magazines.

    "People like information to be physical. They want to be smacked in the face by news," said XVALA. "I can't tell the difference between what's real or virtual. All news is just a picture you've never seen before."

    Currently, the prints can only be purchased online; however, Cory Allen is working with several vendors and distributors to have the prints made available in local stores across the United States, alongside their competitor's issues. "We are aiming to make these prints easily accessible before this summer and I feel we are making progress," said Cory Allen.

    The "Death of Print: The Last Print Edition" will be made available to the public at www.newsweekprints.com, where individuals may purchase individual issues or a full-year subscription.

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    Media Contact:

    Cory Allen

    info@cacanet.com

    323-393-3115

    "Death of Print: The Last Print Edition" by Ryan McIntosh and XVALA


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    LONDON (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- TCA Fund Management Group, the Investment Manager to the TCA Global Master Credit Fund, LP, announced some enhancements to management roles and additions to its senior level ranks today. The appointments are designed to strengthen the team and help in assuring the firm's long term succession and sustainability.

    Donna Silverman has added to her previous managing director role, the title of Portfolio Manager and will be a non-voting member of the Fund's board of directors, which has a majority of independent directors.

    Michael Vernon's increased areas of responsibility have elevated his title from Senior Analyst, to Director of credit and portfolio operations as he is charged with managing both the analyst team and coordinating all work with the Fund's service providers.

    TCA also announced the addition of Wayne Coy as Director of Global Originations to its management ranks. Wayne brings decades of banking and corporate finance experience to TCA and should enhance the firm's global deal footprint. Wayne's full biography can be obtained on TCA's website (www.tcaglobalfund.com).

    "We believe these changes help strengthen TCA's operations and management and also help pave the way for bettering the Investment Manager's depth, succession and sustainability" said Robert Press, CEO of TCA Fund Management Group. "Additionally, as TCA continues to try to maintain best practices in the areas of liquidity, governance, valuation, compliance and transparency, these management additions and responsibilities enhancements are all a part of a continuous improvement process" said Press.

    TCA Fund Management Group in its capacity as the Investment Manager for TCA Global Credit Master Fund. LP also acts as an advisor to many small companies from its offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. TCA's Fund is a short duration, absolute return fund specializing in senior secured lending to small, mainly listed companies in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia. The team has a level of domestic and cross-border expertise, long-standing experience in funding innovations, as is reflected in the number and types of transactions completed. This is a specialist business with an investment approach that fills an important finance gap in a finite number of leading markets. TCA Global Credit Master Fund provides a unique conduit for investors seeking uncorrelated returns in the small cap debt universe.

    For more information in the US:

    Write info@tcaglobalfund.com

    Visit www.tcaglobalfund.com

    Call 786-323-1650

    Fax 786-323-1651

    Address 1404 Rodman Street, Hollywood, FL 33020


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    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - announces the acquisition of A2L Technologies, Inc. (A2L), which as of December 31, 2012 began operating under the Apex name.

    An environmental consulting, engineering and remediation company specializing in real estate and financial institutions, A2L is a privately held firm headquartered in Tampa, FL. Apex is a portfolio company of Tailwind Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented middle market companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    "The merger will allow both entities to benefit," says Peter Young, Chairman of Apex. "A2L will expand our Firm's reach into the robust southern market, while Apex's growing breadth of resources will allow A2L to better service new and existing clients nationally."

    "Due to the commonality of our respective goals and cultures, it was quickly made apparent that a business relationship would be mutually beneficial," says Larry Schmaltz, Principal of A2L. "We are confident that this new bond will bring about great opportunities for both Apex and A2L."

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to maximize client's business opportunities, Apex continues to expand its service capabilities, geographic footprint, and client base through organic growth and acquisitions. Apex was recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine).

    For more information: www.apexcos.com, 301.417.0200.

    Apex Companies Expands with Acquisition of A2L Technologies, Inc

    About Apex Companies

    Founded in 1988, Apex Companies, LLC is a leading national water resources and environmental services consulting and engineering firm dedicated to providing private and public sector clients with full-service, single-source solutions for routine and complex projects. Clients rely on the Company to provide the technical expertise and solutions requisite in the industry, while differentiating itself with a quick response time, professional performance, high-quality results and cost efficiency. Apex employs more than 450 professionals, including geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, air quality experts, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists, safety specialists and field technicians, across a network of more than 35 offices throughout the United States.

    CONTACT:
    Kevin Satz
    301.417.0200
    ksatz@apexcos.com

    www.apexcos.com

    www.facebook.com/ApexCompaniesLLC

    www.twitter.com/apexcos

    About Tailwind Capital

    Tailwind Capital is a leading private equity firm investing in growth-oriented middle market companies in business and communications services and healthcare. Tailwind partners with management teams to build value through internal growth, acquisitions, and operational and strategic initiatives.

    For more information: www.tailwind.com.

    CONTACT:
    Melanie Harris
    212.271.3899
    mharris@tailwind.com
    
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    PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:  Eric Branstad
    Phone:  515.720.1433
    Email: Eric.Branstad@jp2sri.org

    New Stem Cell Biobank Partnership to Accelerate Drug Discovery

    Coralville, IA (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- Cellular Engineering Technologies Inc. (CET), a stem cell biotech company, and the non-profit John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI) announce a partnership to develop a private stem cell biobank. CET, a biomanufacturer of human stem cells, is collaborating with the JP2MRI to create over 5,000 patient and disease-specific stem cell lines and other human cell lines to advance drug discovery, offer personalized medicine, and biomanufacturing. These cell lines are derived from adult sources and do not include embryonic stem cells.

    A stem cell biobank will help overcome the greatest obstacle to offering personalized medicine and will accelerate the search for effective treatments. It will do so by enabling drug testing on patient specific stem cells, in contrast to the currently used models involving animal testing and clinical trials that are vastly more expensive and time consuming. The biobank stem cell lines will serve as models to better predict the outcome of drug therapy in patients and dramatically advance research to bring new treatments to market sooner and at less cost. The need to create a stem cell biobank of human somatic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, and other critical human cell lines is underscored by some sobering statistics. The annual rate of FDA-approved drugs has declined while the research and development cost has significantly increased. The cost of bringing a drug to market is currently more than one billion dollars and takes over ten years. A new heart drug has a 20 percent chance of succeeding in a clinical trial and a new cancer drug has only an 8 percent chance of succeeding.

    CET manufactures a variety of human somatic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, cancer cells, and specialized tissue culture media to grow and differentiate stem cells. CET has also introduced its contract manufacturing service to develop IPS cell lines for scientists. IPS cells are unique stem cells that are created by genetically reprogramming a patient's own cell into very primitive pluripotent stem cells that can differentiate into more than 200 specialized cells. Dr. Alan Moy, CEO and Co-Founder of CET said, "The collaboration with the JP2MRI will allow CET to provide scientists with the tools to accelerate drug discovery and advance personalized medicine."

    The CET and JP2MRI partnership will eliminate the barriers that typically impact government and academic biobanks because stem cell donations will come directly from patients recruited from private practice doctors and private hospitals. Jay Kamath, CEO of the JP2MRI, commented, "The Institute has launched its Give Cures program that has created a network of doctors in several private clinics and hospitals around the country to recruit patients to procure tissue to create the stem cell lines. The program is currently recruiting patients with genetic diseases, cancer, and disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease so that industry, government, and academia can be more productive in their drug discovery efforts."

    Doctors and patients are invited to visit the JP2MRI website (www.jp2mri.org) and sign-up on the Clinical Provider Registry or Patient Registry. Everyone is invited to share the Give Cures flyer (www.givecures.org) so more people will know how they can advance the adult stem cell research mission of JP2MRI.

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    About Cellular Engineering Technologies, Inc.

    CET is a stem cell biotech company co-founded by Dr. Alan Moy and whose mission is to fundamentally transform patient therapy by making drug discovery and the biomanufacturing process quicker, less expensive, more personalized, innovative, and regenerative through the use of human cells. CET's manufacturing facility is located in Coralville, IA.

    About the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.

    The John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI) is a non-profit research institute whose mission is to advance ethical medical research and education with human somatic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. The Institute's goal is to reduce the barriers of translating basic research into clinical research. This is accomplished by coordinating research activities between the Institute, academia, and industry to find treatment solutions for patients that could benefit from adult stem cell therapy. The Institute is located in Iowa City, IA.


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    January 9, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Our very own Miami based Chef Adrianne Calvo beat out some of the top chefs from around the country with her "Maximum Flavor" style of recipes, that only those of us who make the drive to her restaurant, are privileged to taste.

    The Master Holiday Chef Challenge is a national chef competition that features 14 of the best chefs from major cities across the U.S. including major metropolises like New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. The chefs competed against each other to create innovative meals by using varieties of Alouette Cheese, Chavrie Fresh Goat Cheese, and Ile de France Cheese. The chefs had the chance to win the ultimate title of Master Holiday Chef & a grand prize of $20,000- but they needed your vote to win. It was ChefAdrianne's signature style, spontaneous creativity, and unrestricted approach to food that set her apart from her competitors - Adrianne being the youngest of the 14 competitors and 1 of 2 females. "I am so happy to bring home the win. What an honor to even be put in this category with these incredible chefs," says Calvo. In addition to finding some delicious recipes to try, there were other random drawings for daily and weekly prizes including a grand prize trip to the winning chef's restaurant.

    Miami based Chef Adrianne Calvo wins national Master Holiday Chef Challenge

    This was one of Chef Adrianne's busiest holiday seasons ever because of her other charitable endeavors. On December 11th, she returned from her yearly effort to bring comfort and joy to all the families battling childhood Cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee via cooking a holiday feast, moreover, trying to win a $4,000 donation to one of her favorite charities The Hunger Project via Verizon's 4G4 Hunger campaign, where she was also chosen as one of four top culinary guru's in Miami.

    Restaurant: http://www.chefadriannes.com/?page_id=13

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chefadrianne

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ChefAdrianne

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    Miami, Florida (MMD Newswire) January 10, 2013 -- Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. today announced that Intradeco Apparel has been selected as the Dickies® licensee for men's lifestyle and casualwear tops, beginning January 1, 2013. Started in 1982, Miami, Florida-based Intradeco is a recognized leader in branded product design, knit textile production and apparel manufacturing.

    "Our goal with licensing endeavors is to establish categories that complement our core product and deliver what our consumers expect from the Dickies brand," states Michael Penn, head of licensing for Williamson-Dickie. "We're excited to have Intradeco as the newest member of our licensing portfolio and are eager for them to show the marketplace why they are a dominant resource."

    This reassignment of the Dickies license includes the movement of key design, merchandising, customer service and sales personnel from Dynasty Apparel to Intradeco Apparel, allowing uninterrupted service to major customers such as Walmart, Sears Holdings Corporation, AAFES and the rest of the customer base.

    "With 90 years of work wear heritage under our belt, it's important to align with strategically focused brands, vendors and suppliers to ensure our future success," said Matthew McCartin, head of marketing for Williamson-Dickie. "Intradeco is a renowned apparel company and we're thrilled to have them on board with the Dickies brand."

    Dynasty Apparel, which held the license for Dickies® men's tops since 2002, will assist in the transition of the business. They will continue to independently operate their licensed business which consists of brands such as Major League Baseball and entertainment brands.

    "Intradeco is very excited to be the new Dickies brand licensee for men's lifestyle and casualwear tops as well as the lifestyle and casual children's wear categories," says Terry Trofholz, executive vice president for Intradeco. "This is a perfect match of Intradeco's core competencies in design and supply chain management with one of the most recognized brands in apparel. What a great way to begin 2013!"

    Starting with Spring 2014 deliveries, Intradeco will become the Dickies lifestyle and casualwear licensee for infant/toddlers, 2T-20 boys and girls.

    About Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.

    Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. is the world's leading provider of authentic work apparel, specializing in innovative performance work wear since 1922. The company offers premium quality products at an unmatched value across a vast assortment of apparel, footwear, and licensed goods in more than 100 countries. Williamson-Dickie operates through wholly-owned affiliates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, Japan and the Middle East; exclusive licensees and distributors in Africa and the Asia Pacific region; and under the Dickies®, Workrite®, Kodiak® and Terra® brands. For more information, visit www.williamsondickie.com.

    About Intradeco Apparel

    Intradeco is a division of Milady Holding Corp., a vertical manufacturer of textiles and finished goods based in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Intradeco Apparel began in 1982 as a family run business in Miami, FL, overseeing textile and apparel trading operations. It is a major supplier of quality fashion basics and thermal underwear to major retailers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The company oversees production in Central America through its subsidiaries - Hilcasa, Intradesa, and Prone. The finished products are sent to and distributed from distribution centers in Miami and El Salvador. Other operations include a sales office in Bentonville, Arkansas; and design studios in New York City and Miami. For more information, visit www.intradecoapparel.com

    Misty Otto
    Dickies
    817-810-4461
    motto@dickies.com
    
    Jamie Dammrich
    Zeno Group
    312-396-9715
    jamie.dammrich@zenogroup.com
    
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    January 11, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- In March 2012, Industrial Adhesive Solutions (Indasol) of Warwickshire purchased Avanti Tapes Ltd of Wednesbury for an undisclosed sum. The newly formed company will as a result be one of the largest protection tape and industrial adhesive suppliers in the UK. The acquisition of Avanti Tapes allowed Indasol to both expand its current market share in existing sectors and to expand into previously unexplored sectors. The deal was described as a "tremendous opportunity" by the company director of Indasol Martin Sadler.

    Indasol has been in operation for over 25 years, providing businesses with a wide range of technical tapes and adhesives. Today they offer a vast range of single and double sided tapes as well as protective tapes and sign makers. The acquisition of Avanti Tapes will strength Indasol's market share in the manufacture of protective tapes as well as introducing new markets to the company. From its base in Wolston in Warwickshire Indasol offers businesses the benefit of its accumulated knowledge and experience on bonding and sealing free of charge. The company prides itself on providing an exceptional standard of customer service and an expanding range of products.

    Prior to its acquisition by Indasol earlier this year, Avanti Tapes had been producing an extensive range of protective tapes and films for a number of years. The company will continue to trade under its existing name although now part of the Indasol Group. The Avanti Tapes range has proved to be a worthwhile acquisition for Indasol, greatly expanding the company's interests in the protective tapes market. The company continues to be focused upon delivering high quality products to its clients while encompassing a broad range of applications. Avanti Tapes produce a range of tapes specific to the material which they are designed to protect.

    Industry insiders have expressed the promise in the Indasol acquisition of Avanti Tapes at a time when the number of mergers and acquisitions in the region are particularly low. As a result of the "significant increase in activity" currently being experienced by Indasol industry insiders have speculated that this may reflect confidence gradually beginning to return to domestic manufacturing. The move has certainly proven beneficial within this particular market sector with Indasol's position in the adhesives and tapes market being firmly secured.

    From this point the now larger Indasol Group looks set to move from strength to strength as it expands its range both within pre-existing markets and within the new markets inherited from Avanti Tapes. The new giant in the world of industrial adhesives can be sure to retain its competitive edge through this acquisition. Only time will tell whether this hopeful acquisition marks the beginning of a return of confidence to the UK manufacturing industry. If the signs are correct the result can only be a significant boost for the region as well as for the country's manufacturing industry as a whole. One thing for sure is that the new, enlarged Indasol Group is a force to be reckoned with.

    Contact

    Avanti Tapes Limited

    Office: 0121 556 9900

    Fax: 0121 556 9034

    Email: sales@protectiontapes.co.uk

    Website: www.protectiontapes.co.uk


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    January 11, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- MetaOption, LLC receives the prestigious 9001:2008 certification from International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

    MetaOption, LLC has been serving as a Software Application Design & Development company globally for almost a decade now. It was already having worlds' top most IT solution providers like Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Mac, Quark, etc. as its valued partners and now, the ISO 9001:2008 certification has certainly added one more feather in its hat of achievements.

    International Organization for Standardization or ISO provides this certificate only to those companies that persistently have its Quality Policy and Quality Goals and Objectives in place. Hence, this certification in itself endorses the unmatched class of service provided by MetaOption, LLC. ISO certification also results in increased involvement of top management with regards to the Quality Management System in the business. Thus, the current and potential clients could expect enhanced quality of service and product from MetaOption, LLC that already is a preferred name in the IT industry.

    About MetaOption, LLC

    MetaOption, LLC is a global Information Technology Company providing IT services to clients, worldwide. Its spectrum of services include software designing and development, mobile application development, IT staffing and consulting, Quality Assurance (QA) Consulting, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Web and web application development, Search Engine optimization, etc. MetaOption, LLC specializes in providing fully - scalable, custom tailored IT solution and support to its clients.

    Contact Information

    METAOPTION LLC

    Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150; Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150

    Website: www.metaoption.com

    Email: info@metaoption.com


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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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