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    January 30, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- To date, the US Government urges large companies to prepare for Obamacare to be implemented in 2014. The said act, which is previously known as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aims to offer better healthcare plans to employees.

    Obamacare will affect hundreds of businesses and employees, as it imposes penalties to young workers who choose to have cheap health insurance rather than an expensive one. To adjust with the policies stipulated in the act, companies and employees will be given one year to prepare.

    One of the provisions entailed in the new law on healthcare commands open market creation for the healthcare industry. Healthcare insurance exchanges will permit uninsured employees to buy affordable healthcare plans. It is expected that there will be a stiff competition among healthcare insurance companies, so the consumers will emerge as winners.

    In due course, employees may also choose to provide subsidies for employees to look for coverage through the exchanges instead of providing plans sponsored by the company. As of now, it is still not clear as to how the newly enacted law will affect the insurance's cost once it is officially implemented next year. Some expect that the prices will rise as more ill individuals will enter the pool of health insurance. On the other hand, some expect that it will be more affordable as a higher number of healthy people will buy health insurance.

    There is also a possibility that the health benefits will be reduced, as Obamacare will make individuals pay more for their company-sponsored health insurance. To deal with this, individuals must have a spending account or health savings account that goes along with their health plans. This will permit them to pay for their medical expenses with pre-tax money, so they can save 20%-30% on a portion of their health expense.

    The implementation of Obamacare is fast approaching. This is the reason why the government currently urges companies and employees to prepare for this act before it is finally implemented. There are several ways on how to prepare for Obamacare. Individuals just have to know the step-by-step procedures for them to reap its benefits.

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    For more information about Obamacare and its provisions, send a message to harald.pfennig@gmail.com or call +49 163 4343695. Interested individuals can also visit Zenner Street 981379 Munich, Germany or visit http://www.credit-and-insurance.com/.


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    Coldwater Board of Public Utilities chooses MeterSense and CustomerConnect to streamline business processes and engage high-volume consumers in conservation

    Ottawa, ON (MMD Newswire) January 30, 2013 -- The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has chosen MeterSense and CustomerConnect, Harris Utilities' meter data management (MDM) solution and customer engagement solution (CES), to enhance its engineering, billing and service processes and encourage further consumers involvement in key conservation programs.

    MeterSense is an advanced MDM solution that transforms raw smart meter data into valuable business intelligence and enables utilities to improve business process and enhance customer service. CustomerConnect is a web-based data presentment tool that enables consumers to access and interpret their consumption patterns, which helps them to make smarter choices about resource use, reduce their bills and support utility conservation goals.

    MeterSense helps interpret a wide array of grid data

    Located in southern Michigan, Coldwater BPU delivers water and electric services across 12,500 meters to a population of approximately 10,200 residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers. The utility launched a pilot project to test advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in January 2012. The project's aim was twofold. First, to test the capacity of the AMI software to interpret data derived from the polyphase meters used by the utility for its large C&I accounts. Second, to entirely replace its enterprise residential meters with smart meters. Shortly into the project, Coldwater BPU officials judged they needed an MDM application to gather, store and analyze smart meter data derived from the residential AMI, and to extract usage and billing data from the utility's polyphase meters.

    Charles Bauschard, engineering manager with Coldwater BPU, said that once the utility realized an MDM was essential to the successful implementation of its smart metering solution, it temporarily suspended its AMI pilot project.

    "Once we understood that we required an MDM solution, we began to develop a list of functions we required from that application," he said. "On our large C&I accounts, for example, the process of reading meters, reporting billing determinants and inputting data into our customer information system is long and detailed. An MDM that can automate that process and ensure it's done accurately every time is extremely valuable to us."

    Coldwater BPU chose MeterSense in part because the solution's rules engine could be configured to manage the influx of data coming from the polyphase meters, and in part because of the solution's capacity to fully automate billing processes across all meters. The utility also saw value in MeterSense's potential to enhance its meter reading processes. Coldwater BPU currently reads most of its water and electric meters using automatic meter reading technology. It plans to use MeterSense to fully automate that function and free up field personnel to perform other, more complex tasks. The utility also expects to draw on MeterSense's native analytics functions to detect grid losses, manage service disconnects and augment its service team's capacity to respond to end users' billing questions.

    "Harris Utilities' track record of support was another key benefit for us," said Bauschard. "We're not a large utility, so it was important for us to work with a partner that offered hosted services and stood behind small customers such as ourselves."

    With MeterSense in place and expected to go live in the summer, Coldwater BPU expects to resume its AMI pilot project soon.

    CustomerConnect to help all end users manage consumption

    While Coldwater BPU is eager to realize operational benefits from MeterSense, it is also excited to introduce CustomerConnect to its end users. The utility hopes the solution will create a direct link for consumers between consumption and usage costs, and thereby empower users to change their energy and water usage habits. Specifically, the HomeConnect and BillConnect modules will enable Coldwater residents to access their smart meter data online at any time of the day via mobile or wired devices, and view and pay their bills online. The SiteConnect module will enable Coldwater BPU to offer rich analytic and reporting tools that enable its C&I end users to study consumption patterns and compare their usage to other performers on the grid.

    "We want to encourage all our customers to use CustomerConnect to see their interval data and make informed decisions about their energy and water usage," said Bauschard. "We will also use the application to educate more customers about our local and state-mandated conservation programs."

    MeterSense and CustomerConnect offer benefits to all types of consumers and all sizes of utilities

    Norm Daigle, executive vice-president of Harris Utilities SmartWorks--the innovation engine of Harris Utilities that created MeterSense and CustomerConnect--said this implementation demonstrates the usefulness of the two solutions for C&I consumers as well as regular residential accounts.

    "Utilities such as Coldwater BPU that manage large commercial and industrial accounts can benefit greatly from MeterSense and CustomerConnect," he said. "While MeterSense helps utilities service their large C&I accounts more efficiently than ever before, CustomerConnect--and in particular, its SiteConnect module--will help utilities encourage these end users to change their consumption patterns and save money."

    Regardless of utility size, commodity focus or organizational objectives, MeterSense and CustomerConnect offer the potential to realize significant business-process efficiencies and provide new tools to promote conservation.

    About Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

    The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities delivers water and electric services to nearly 10,200 residential, commercial and industrial consumers in southern Michigan. The utility currently provides electricity via more than 6,800 meters and delivers water and wastewater services across 5,000 more. Coldwater BPU has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

    For more information, please visit coldwater.org.

    About Harris Utilities SmartWorks

    SmartWorks is the innovation engine of Harris Utilities. Its portfolio includes two key solutions. The first is MeterSense, a scalable, configurable and powerful meter data management (MDM) solution that quickly manages and intelligently interprets growing volumes of critical smart meter data. The second, CustomerConnect, is a customer engagement solution that gives consumers direct, web-based access to account information and unprecedented insight into resource use, which helps utilities demonstrate the value of, and power behind, their smart infrastructure investments.

    For detailed product information, please visit metersense.com and custconnect.com.

    Contacts

    Harris Utilities

    Anna Jackson

    Vice-president, Marketing and Communications

    T: +1-613-226-5511, ext. 2085

    C: +1-613-986-9189

    ajackson@harrisutilities.com


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    January 30, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Dial An Exchange (DAE), the largest privately owned timeshare exchange company in the world, has experienced significant growth in Europe during 2012 with numbers up in key areas such as membership base and exchange transactions.

    DAE Europe saw membership growth of 21% for the year compared to 2011 levels, with a 10.1% growth rate in exchange transactions and 17.1% improvement in Bonus Week transactions - defined as late breaks available within six weeks of check-in without the need to use exchange credits.

    This strong growth has led to rapid expansion in the European operation, with new DAE service centres opening in 2012 in both Italy and Bulgaria, allowing many more timeshare and holiday property owners to benefit from DAE's philosophy of fantastic customer service coupled with low cost exchanges.

    "Our service centre based in Bulgaria will serve members across Eastern Europe, including Russia, Greece and Turkey, with the ability to service those customers in their native languages," said Oliver Green, Managing Director of DAE Europe. "With these new service centres, we will have the opportunity to reach out to new customers and it is anticipated that our membership growth will continue at pace."

    In 2012, DAE Europe entered into 23 new resort agreements, where resorts and resort groupings agree to promote DAE services to their owners. These resorts are located across Europe, from well-established resorts in the U.K., Italy and Spain through to point of sale agreements at resorts in various locations including the U.K. and Portugal.

    "DAE Europe believes in the right of the timeshare owner to transact with whichever exchange company best suits their requirements," added Green. "Because of this belief in consumer choice, we do not actively pursue a policy of exclusively affiliating specific resorts. That said, we do of course work with resorts to ensure that their owners can maximise the potential of their timeshare investment."

    DAE offers free membership for timeshare owners looking for a cost-effective way to exchange their product and explore the world of possible holiday options available through the DAE website. The company does not charge upfront membership fees, with payment required only after confirmation and processing of the request.

    For more information about how to book a fantastic holiday with DAE, please visit http://daelive.com

    About Dial An Exchange

    DAE has grown significantly since it first opened its doors in 1997. A strong focus on quality customer service has led to their continued growth as over 50% of their new memberships have been the result of personal referrals. Today, the company is approaching 450,000 members worldwide and is a truly viable option for all timeshare owners to exchange their weeks and points or credits products. DAE's robust set of membership benefits makes it easy for timeshare owners to truly enjoy their vacation ownership experience. Their simple, flexible and innovative direct to consumer approach has evolved into a range of business development and support tools for their business partners such as resorts, management companies and Home Owners Associations who are looking for a competitive edge to support their rapid growth.

    Membership benefits include a FREE membership option, Gold Advantage membership option, low exchange fees, a 3-year credit for every banked week, 24/7 live access to exchange weeks, personalized customer service, worldwide vacation availability, discounted rental weeks in prime locations and informative monthly e-Newsletters providing travel tips, destination ideas and money saving promotions and offers. At DAE, the timeshare owners' needs come first and foremost and quality of service is never compromised. For more information, please visit http://daelive.com.

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    Contact:

    Steve Luba

    PerspectivePR for Perspective Group

    Ph: 407-792-2343


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    Experienced industry executive expands leadership role to include Digital Gateway

    Fort Worth, TX (MMD Newswire) January 30, 2013 -- ECi Software Solutions (ECiSolutions.com), a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, today announced that Laryssa Alexander has been appointed President of its Office Equipment Division. Alexander is currently the President of OMD Corporation and La Crosse Management Systems, Inc. and now expands her responsibilities as she takes over as President of Digital Gateway, Inc., replacing Jim Phillips, who departed earlier this month. Alexander will be responsible for overseeing development of the division's software and services for the office equipment, point of sale, banking and related industries. ECi's office equipment division markets the e-automate™, OMD® and La Crosse™ software solutions to these industries through its various operating subsidiaries.

    "Laryssa is an industry veteran with a deep knowledge of the office equipment marketplace and the expertise to help enhance our products and services for our customers," said Trevor Gruenewald, Chief Operating Officer of ECi. "Our portfolio of industry-specific software and services combined with Laryssa's experience and expertise will help us in our goal to provide our office equipment dealers with the technology to keep them competitive and growing. We are really excited to have Laryssa assume leadership of the Office Equipment Division."

    "I am excited for the opportunity to leverage the resources, skills and vast experience our broader team brings to the division," said Alexander. "I will be focused on driving efficiencies in all aspects of our business while ensuring we provide growth opportunities for our customers in this rapidly changing industry."

    Alexander brings more than 16 years of experience in office equipment software and has an impressive background leveraging industry relationships to develop solutions for the equipment industry. Prior to ECi's acquisition of OMD Corporation, she held various leadership roles within OMD that provided her with valuable insight to the entire software process including sales, implementation, training and customer relations. She became President of OMD in January 2008 and assumed a similar role at La Crosse in November 2008.

    To learn more about ECi and their solutions for the equipment industry, please visit http://www.ecisolutions.com/industries/machines.htm

    About ECi

    The ECi Software Solutions family of companies provides business and e-commerce solutions, offering on-premise and cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECi's companies have served the manufacturing, office equipment, office supplies, contract office furniture, lumber and building materials, hardware and jan/san sectors. Privately held, ECi is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices and companies throughout the U.S., Australia, England and the Netherlands. For information, email info@ecisolutions.com, visit www.ECiSolutions.com, or call (800) 959-3367.

    About ECi's Office Equipment Division

    ECI's Office Equipment Division consists of Digital Gateway, Inc., OMD Corporation and La Crosse Management Systems, Inc. This group of companies is the leading provider of dealer management software solutions for the office equipment industry and leverage the strengths and talents of three elite companies to provide +1,700 dealers with unmatched technology to compete in today's marketplace.

    CONTACT: Traci Johnson, SVP Global Corporate Marketing

    800-959-3367 x23276

    tjohnson@ecisolutions.com


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    January 30, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Solar Systems USA, America's online solar store is now stocking a range of ReneSola's range of solar panels on their online solar store. Currently Solar Systems USA is stocking ReneSola's polycrystalline solar panels in 250, 255, 295, 300 and 305 watt specifications. The online store is also stocking ReneSola's Micro Replus® series of microinverters.

    As usual, Solar Systems USA is taking advantage of this direct manufacturer relationship to bring these ReneSola solar panels at very low prices. Depending on the quantity ordered, a customer can buy the solar panels at prices as low as 80 cents a watt.

    Nathan Thompson, Solar Systems USA's Chief Executive Officer, said: "in entering this partnership with ReneSola we have brought a level of choice to our customer that is unmatched in terms of variety and affordability. With a wholly vertically integrated production model, these solar panels have been manufactured to comply with the strictest photovoltaic standards."

    About ReneSola

    Founded in 2005, ReneSola (NYSE:SOL) is a leading global manufacturer of high-efficiency solar PV modules and wafers. Leveraging its proprietary technologies, economies of scale and technical expertise, ReneSola uses in-house virgin polysilicon and a vertically integrated business model to provide customers with high-quality, cost-competitive products. ReneSola solar modules have scored top PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC) ratings with high annual kilowatt-hour output, according to the California Energy Commission (CEC).

    ReneSola solar PV modules can be found in projects ranging in size from a few kilowatts to multi-megawatts in markets around the world, including the United States, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Spain, China and Australia. For more information, please visit http://www.renesola.com/.

    About Solar Systems USA

    Solar Systems USA .Net is America's Online Solar Store. Driven by a team of professional solar experts, no other online solar store has a better selection of well priced solar panels and custom designed solar energy systems. Solar Systems USA is currently offering free solar panel kit designs for solar energy systems of all sizes.

    The online solar store's diversity of products mean that irrespective of whether a customer is looking for a couple of solar panels, solar panels in pallet or container quantities, a string inverter, a charge controller or an axis ground mounted sun tracker with a battery back-up system; Solar Systems USA can provide all these and many more at wholesale prices or even lower. For more information visit www.solarsystemsusa.net


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    Conshohocken, PA - Lees Summit, MO (MMD Newswire) January 30, 2013 -- Satori Group, Inc. announces the opening of a new office in the metropolitan area of Kansas City, MO. This new office will improve client service, offer more opportunity for growth and allow Satori's Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions to reach a larger market.

    "We had been working towards a mid-west office opening since early last year. The new office provides us with more opportunity to work with our customers face to face. The geographical location in the Midwest continues to expand our presence nationally and promote the mission of our company as a service-first organization" said John Florio, President & Chief Operating Officer.

    The Midwest office is located in Lees Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas City and has been in operation since January 1st of this year. In addition to providing customer service to our already existing Midwest clients, we will have the opportunity to begin new partnerships with those we were unable to reach from the east coast and provide direct sales.

    For additional information contact Eric Ulkloss or visit www.satorigroupinc.com.

    About Satori Group, Inc

    Satori Group, Inc. is a provider of Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions. Powered by proCube, a high performance, in-memory Business Intelligence platform, proView, an intuitive reporting portal, and oneGlance, a data visualization platform, Satori's solutions scale to fit any budget and deploy on-premise or in the cloud. Solutions for budgeting & forecasting, reporting, and analytics allow your organization to work collaboratively in real time across the enterprise to gain actionable information that drives your business forward. With domain expertise and best practice experience across industries, Satori provides strategic planning, implementation, project management, and on-going support for your business.

    Contact:

    Eric Ulkloss, Marketing, Satori Group, Inc.

    marketing@satorigroupinc.com

    Phone: 610.862.6328


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    SemiLEDs Expands its UV LED Portfolio with New 0.06W UV LED Product Series for Consumer Applications

    SemiLEDs adds 0.06W UV LEDs product series to its UV LED product portfolio, available in 365-425nm, typical power 5-15mW at 20mA (power is dependent on wavelength).

    January 16, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- SemiLEDs (NASDAQ: LEDS), a global LED manufacturer, launches two new UV LEDs today. The new series of 3020 PLCC UV LEDs and 5mm through-hole lamp type UV LEDs incorporate SemiLEDs' unique and patented chip technology to offer higher performance and quality products to cost sensitive, retail applications.

    The 3020 product series will provide a solution to consumers who are looking for a LED replacement for commercial UV tubes. The 3020 product series features a smaller footprint, excellent thermal properties, and high output power densities in a well distributed light pattern, ideal for tube replacement applications.

    The 5mm through-hole lamp type UV LED is designed with a 20 - 30 degree beam angle for applications which require more directed and concentrated light in a smaller surface area, such as counterfeit detection and cosmetic retail markets.

    Both products are available for immediate sampling and volume production in wavelengths 365nm - 425nm with typical output power 5-15mW at 20mA (power is dependent on wavelength). For further information, please visit SemiLEDs' website (www.semileds.com) or contact sales@semileds.com.

    About SemiLEDs Corporation

    SemiLEDs develops and manufactures LED chips and LED components based on its patented and proprietary core technology, for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial and residential lighting, along with specialty industrial applications such as ultraviolet (UV) curing, medical/cosmetic, counterfeit detection, and horticulture. SemiLEDs sells blue, green and UV LED chips and components.

    Contact Information

    SemiLEDs Corporation

    Website: www.semileds.com

    Email: sales@semileds.com

    Phone: +1(208)389-7515 (USA)


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    North Little Rock Arkansas (MMD Newswire) January 16, 2013 -- Lisa Douglas, recognized as best attorney for the fourth consecutive year. In the 2012 NLR Times Poll published by Stephens media, Lisa Douglas has once again been recognized as best attorney.

    Stephens media develops its list of best of the best through a reader nomination and polling process of it's central Arkansas readers. The award was given by the Stephens Media Group, a newspaper serving the Central Arkansas community. The award was given for the year 2012 and is the 4th year in a row that Lisa Douglas has been given this award.

    Lisa has been licensed as a Registered Nurse for over two decades and brings this medical experience to her representation of plaintiffs who have been seriously injured as a result of others' carelessness or reckless actions. She focuses on auto accidents, product liability (defective products), defective hip replacements, medical malpractice, social security disability and nursing home abuse. Law Offices of Lisa Douglas has two locations to serve you: Heber Springs and North Little Rock.

    For anyone needing Lisa Dougla's services or for inquiries visit Law Offices of Lisa Douglas at 2300 Main North Little Rock, AR 72114 or http://www.lisagdouglas.com/contact.aspx or call (501)798-0004.


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    January 16, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Wireless customers in Florida donated more than 36,500 used wireless phones to the HopeLine® from Verizon program in 2012 that will help support domestic violence prevention, awareness and victim support efforts across the state in 2013.

    The phones were donated by consumers and businesses at sporting events, concerts, corporate phone drives, special events and HopeLine collection boxes inside all Verizon Wireless Communications stores. The phones are recycled and/or refurbished to generate funding and support for local domestic violence agencies.

    Past phone collections and other efforts helped Verizon donate more than $250,000 in 2012 to Florida organizations such as the Family Justice Center and The Spring in Tampa Bay, Hubbard House in Jacksonville, The Lodge and Safespace in Miami, Harbor House in Orlando, Salvation Army of Panama City, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) in Sarasota, Peaceful Paths in Gainesville and many others.

    "It's a simple gesture, but it really shows that our customers care when they contribute their old phones to HopeLine," said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "We appreciate the effort that helps us provide significant support to so many important domestic violence prevention organizations throughout the state."

    HopeLine collection boxes are available year-round at all Verizon Wireless stores. For more details on the program and store locations, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.


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    Prominent U.S. Apparel Retailers Embrace New Groundbreaking Didgebridge Technology & Analytics for In- Depth Understanding of Consumer Behavior Change and Increased Sales

    Indianapolis, IN (MMD Newswire) January 17, 2013 -- Didgebridge's innovative new interactive video ABM-ROI Metrix® platform allowing companies to measure actual, real-time response to marketing campaigns including email, print, social, banner, bill boards, etc. - has been put to use in a series of large email shopper loyalty programs by several prominent US apparel retailers. The Didgebridge technology measures actual progressive levels of consumer interest/engagement while providing instant performance and ROI scores through the use of interactive video in all elements.

    Select retailers are using Didgebridge software to deliver high-impact video campaigns featuring new seasonal apparel collections and special promotions to millions of shoppers via their loyalty marketing email data bases. Given consumers' response and level of interest-measured in real time by the Didgebridge platform- retailers now have the ability to craft offers by store and zip code and send specific follow up video messages to optimize program impact and sales results more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

    Didgebridge

    "We're thrilled a growing number of international retailers, brand marketers, media companies and advertising agencies are seeing the benefits of the new Didgebridge analytics software" commented Ryan Swadley, Didgebridge co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer. "Our technology provides solutions to improve the effectiveness of communications while assessing results according to strict behavioral and ROI performance measures" continued Swadley.

    "The days of static print ads being shot-gunned out to a mass audience are rapidly disappearing" claims former Leo Burnett Vice President and Founding Partner Hank Kogan "in favor of growing micro-targeting options supported by an array of demo, psycho, and geographic factors. Didgebridge leverages this trend by bringing interactive video to multiple consumer contact points including rapidly expanding digital video capable mobile devices which are fast becoming the media gateway to reaching new generations of consumers."

    "Interactive video messaging - laser targeted - measuring (in real-time) consumer engagement/interest is the primary objective of modern marketers. The Didgebridge analytics technology has been developed to deliver just that" adds John McNulty, former Gillette and Kodak senior executive & now CEO of Didgebridge.

    About Didgebridge:

    Didgebridge is an Indianapolis-based digital technology and analytics firm which specializes in ROI-measurable ad scoring and metrics for all forms of electronic and print communications programs. The firm's patent-pending ABM-ROI Metrix® system is being used by leading consumer brands and retailers to optimize their marketing budgets. More information about Didgebridge can be found at www.didgebridge.com.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    John McNulty

    jmcnulty@didgebridge.com

    847-323-0858

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    Santa Fe Springs, California (MMD Newswire) January 17, 2013 -- Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores has once again been ranked as the #1 selling RV dealer in California for 2012.

    According to California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association, (Granite Bay, CA) Mike Thompson RV Super Stores are again ranked the #1 motorhome, #1 towable, and #1 overall Dealer in California for 2012. CalRVDA is affiliated with the National RV Dealers Association and provides tracking data of all RV-motorized and RV-towable sales in the California market.

    Mark Rosenbaum, General Manager for Mike Thompson RV comments, "Finding out we are once again the customer choice of RV dealers in California is just is a huge accomplishment for the staff of Mike Thompson's RV. I often talk about the staff as family. We operate every single day with the same goal and that is to provide the best possible experience for our customers. We are a focused team from our detail department, sales staff, accounting office, management group, service department and trusted manufacturers. We work together to take care of our customers that have joined our family over the past forty years, and welcome new customers every day. Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores has created the best by offering something for everyone with our vast product selection from affordable travel trailers to the highest quality motorhomes including the number one selling coaches in the country. The manufacturers we sell are of the highest quality because the Mike Thompson's RV experience doesn't end when you drive off the lot, it's just beginning. Mike Thompson's RV has a solid history of taking care of its customers and supporting them not only during, but after the sale as well. A third party survey by Muse Surveys, (Riverside, CA) completed in December 2012, shows on average 95% of our customers would purchase from us again or recommend us to a friend. We fully understand that satisfied customers provide repeat business and that referrals make up the majority of our business. Happy customers are what keep us in the number one position of RV dealers in California. From all of the staff at Mike Thompson RV, we are so proud and honored to have once again reached this achievement and we're extremely excited to launch into 2013. Thank you."

    Mike Thompson RV offers a full range of RV's in every price point. From Tent Trailers to Diesel Pusher motor homes selling the top brands in the nation.

    Mike Thompson RV Superstores with fivesouthern California locations www.mikethompson.com

    Questions to be directed to Mellanie Ingle, The Mingle Agency, (714) 398-5049

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    January 18, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Merchants Leasing, a division of the Merchants Automotive Group, Inc. announces they have gone live with the LeaseWave technology platform from Odessa Technologies, Inc. Merchants, a top ten national fleet management company started in 1962, specializes in providing total fleet management solutions to businesses and government agencies. Merchants is a family owned business headquartered in Hooksett, NH with more than 275 employees.

    "Merchants distinguishes itself by providing customized services in an otherwise generic and very commoditized marketplace. The challenge was to leverage the power of technology to automate our highly customized services. Obviously this is not very easily done in any industry, let alone one as complex as ours. But through the implementation of LeaseWave, this is exactly the challenge that we have overcome. We are excited about the opportunity this holds for our future," says Glen Villano, Chief Executive Officer at Merchants Leasing.

    "LeaseWave is a fully browser-based system and the only leasing suite built entirely on Services Oriented Architecture, offering the best-in-class platform for automation and integration with third party tools," says Kevin Schroeder, Odessa Vice President of Automotive Leasing & Fleet Management. "LeaseWave is engineered specifically to be configurable and customizable to tailor-fit each client's business, not just at implementation, but on an ongoing basis as requirements change. This gives our customers unprecedented flexibility in rendering and managing their products and services."

    About Merchants Leasing

    Merchants Leasing provides customers nationwide a total fleet solution, which includes its unique approach to closed-end leasing in addition to traditional open-end options. Other comprehensive services include: insurance and maintenance programs, fuel cards to manage mileage and gasoline expenses, roadside assistance, accident and risk management, Telematics, local and nationwide delivery, and expert fleet management and administration. Merchants leases a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks and vans, law enforcement vehicles, handicap-equipped vehicles and more. Merchants Leasing is part of Hooksett based Merchants Automotive Group, Inc. and a Singer Family Company which includes Merchants Auto, Merchants Service and CARQUEST Parts. Learn more about Merchants Leasing and its services by visiting www.merchantsleasing.com.

    About Odessa Technologies, Inc.

    Odessa Technologies is a software company exclusively focused on the leasing industry. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and employs a staff of 300 people. Odessa is the developer of the LeaseWave suite of products, a fully integrated browser-based lease and loan management solution, providing an end-to-end origination and portfolio management system for equipment leasing and finance, vehicle leasing and fleet management companies. The LeaseWave suite is specifically engineered to be configurable to accommodate even the most complex business model, as evidenced by Odessa's diverse customer base. Learn more about Odessa Technologies, Inc. and its services by visiting www.OdessaTechnologies.com.

    Merchants Leasing Goes LeaseWave From Odessa Technologies


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    Encino, CA (MMD Newswire) January 22, 2013 -- Fun & Fuel Promotions, based in Encino, CA, just released their 2013 Fun & Fuel Incentive Voucher. The voucher is used by small business owners to reward their customers, employees, and vendors, says Bill Jacobs Sr., co-founder of Fun & Fuel Promotions. The 5 x 8 full-color voucher offers free gift cards and free gift certificates to the end user. According to Jacobs, the vouchers are most widely used by car dealerships, furniture stores, carpet cleaners, and major appliance outlets. Small Businesses use the Fun & Fuel voucher as a premium incentive for a customer to try their product or service.

    "The vouchers are for promotional use only and cannot be sold to the end user," added Jacobs, "They must be given away for free within a small business advertising promotion or lead generation campaign and the fact that the voucher cannot be sold gives us instant credibility and also lets the business owner know they are giving away a high-quality premium incentive voucher." Fun & Fuel Promotions was established in 2011 and is now in its third year with the Fun & Fuel voucher program. The three-year old company solicits Small business owners by direct mail to purchase the vouchers and give them away to promote their business. The mailing promotions are done twice a year to attract small businesses to use the vouchers. "The main reason most small businesses are forced to close their doors is because they don't have enough customers", proclaims Jacobs, "Our Fun & Fuel voucher helps them get more customers in the door which in turn helps them to make more sales which will hopefully lead them to being able to stay in business."

    About Fun & Fuel Promotions

    Fun & Fuel Promotions is a marketing company exclusively focused on helping small businesses attract more customers. The company is headquartered in Encino, California and has independent mailing partners who participate in their two mass mailing promotions each year.

    To learn more about how to use Fun & Fuel promotions in your business call 1-800-531-9404.

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    It is hard to match the skills of firefighter but can still you can put cap on rising flames once equipped with Wilson and Cousin Fire fighting equipments.

    January 23, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- It is true that none can match the skill of trained firefighters but still if provided with quality and well maintained firefighting equipments you can certainly minimize the loss. Find some of the best quality of Fire Protection and fighting equipments like hand held extinguisher and many more with Wilson & Cousins to keep your apartment and workplace safe from dangerous fire flames.

    It is often noticed that most of the fire equipments like Fire Sprinkler Valves, hydrant gate valves and others often gets rusted and outdated if unused for long. Thankfully you will not experience this while using fire fighting equipments of Wilson and Cousin. Made from brass and other quality metals, alloys and insulating materials they provide dependable and reliable services during the hours of crisis.

    Today WILSON & COUSINS are known for followings:

    • Manufacturer and supplier of quality Fire Protection and fighting equipments

    • Pioneer in bringing out innovative fire fighting equipments

    • Known for the delivery of "Quality" firefighting equipments in Canada

    • Use of quality materials in bringing out fire safety equipments

    • Exclusive Range of products includes, Fire Sprinkler Valves, Fire Hose Reels, Fire Hose Nozzles, Hydrant Gate Valves, Fire Adaptors, Fire Valves, NST Valves, Fire hose Racks, Fire Hose Valve and many more.

    You will be delighted to know that WILSON & COUSINS manufactured fire safety equipments and fire extinguisher installed in hospitals, government offices, educational institutions etc. Moreover fire fighting departments of Canada too employ the quality products including fire hose reel and Fire Nozzle, etc. for undertaking tough and risky operations. Listed and approved by Underwriters Laboratories, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, Factory Mutual Research, and Leading Engineers Worldwide its fire protection equipments like Fire Hose Nozzles and fire hose reel, etc. are truly world class in their nature.

    In nutshell fire fighting equipments brought out by WILSON & COUSINS offers maximum fire control which is instrumental in dousing high fire flames in time.

    The Company founded on August 2, 1881 by the partnership between Thomas Wilson and Edward Cousins, since its beginning has earmarked a new beginning in the field of fire safety equipments. With lots of honest efforts and dedication the company is steadfastly moving on the track of success. With supreme quality fire safety equipments and services it has established its name and fame in the market leaving the competitors far behind.

    Today WILSON & COUSIN proudly serves the purposes of residential and commercial complexes looking for quality fire protection equipment. These equipments are approved by leading laboratories and associations.

    Contact Us: For any further assistance or for general information, visit http://www.wilsonandcousins.com

    Besides, you can also visit the company at:

    WILSON & COUSINS, 4390 Paletta Court Unit M,

    Burlington, Ontario, L7L 5R2

    Phone: (905) 633-6729

    Fax: (905) 637-8655

    Else, give a call on Toll Free number 1-800-270-6792 OR drop an e-mail at info@wilsonandcousins.com or for sales assistance mail at sales@wilsonandcousins.com


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    San Francisco, CA (MMD Newswire) January 23, 2013 -- Today, millions of people use Google apps to manage their everyday business. From free email services like Gmail to cloud storage over Google Drive, Google apps seem to become a more important part of our lives every day.

    But many people haven't stopped to think what would happen if their Google apps data were to suddenly disappear. Google apps data could be wiped for many different reasons. The user could forget their password or accidentally delete an important file, for example. In other cases, malicious individuals wish to do harm upon a company or person.

    That's why Google backup services are becoming increasingly popular. And when it comes to Google apps backup services, two companies are leading the way. Those two companies are Backupify and Spanning, each of which aim to impress customers with affordable and reliable Google app backup services.

    Every day, thousands of people search for the difference between Backupify vs Spanning online. And major publications like BusinessInsider.com are starting to take note. In an article entitled, "How to Backup Your Computer", BusinessInsider.com chose Backupify. In other words, it looks like Backupify won at least one battle in the struggle between Backupify versus Spanning.

    A spokesperson for Backupify weighed in on BusinessInsider.com's decision and why Backupify is so important:

    "We were thrilled to be chosen by BusinessInsider.com as one of the world's safest and easiest ways to backup personal data. With more and more people depending on Google apps and services every day, businesses and consumers are starting to realize how important data backup can be."

    Backupify seeks to win over consumers with a number of useful tools, including dashboard notifications for easy centralized management as well as CloudSight Search, which allows domain administrators to instantly locate any item stored on any of the cloud storage servers.

    In the battle between Backupify vs Spanning, Backupify is also one of the few services that can back up some of the world's most popular websites and accounts. In addition to backing up Google Apps, Backupify will also backup Facebook, Twitter, Flickr accounts, and more. Since many businesses and consumers depend on social media every day, Backupify promises that backing up online accounts is an easy and effective way to.

    The Backupify spokesperson acknowledged that Google's services and apps are incredibly stable. Downtime is rare for the world's largest search engine, but that doesn't mean consumers should completely ignore the risks of leaving personal data online:

    "Google does a very good job of protecting its data and safeguarding its apps, but its security can be lax in some areas. It doesn't protect against accidental or malicious deletion, for example, which means businesses and consumers can place themselves at a substantial amount of risk."

    About Backupify: Backupify is a leading online backup solution for Google Apps like Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts. Backupify aims to make backing up any type of cloud storage information as easy as possible for consumers. For more information, please visit: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-backup-your-computer-2011-4?op=1

    Contact

    Joe Bragg

    joe@brandoutreach.com

    (415) 632 1664


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    Pacoima, California (MMD Newswire) January 23, 2013 -- Flamemaster Corporation (pink sheets "FAME.PK") announced today that it has struck a deal to supply High Performance Polysulfide Based Aerospace Sealants into the Indian Aerospace Market.

    Some of the products the Company will provide include its proprietary CS 3204R to QPL AMS 8802. A brushable polysulfide quick repair fuel resistant sealant used on aircraft to yield weather tightness and fuel resistant seal.. It is rapid curing.

    CS 3213 qualified to Mil-PRF 81733 containg Chromate, Synthetic Rubber Corrosion Inhibiting Sealant used in the sealing and coating of metal components on weapons and aircraft systems for protection against corrosion.

    CS 3204 qualified to AMS-S-8802 integral fuel tank sealant extrudable designed to withstand the attack of Sulfur compounds present in aviation fuels. Also used as pressurized cabin sealant and Fairing Compound.

    Shipments under this new agreement will commence in February 2013.

    Flamemaster is a Southern California based specialty chemical manufacturer of high performance sealants, adhesives and coatings servicing the Aerospace, Defense, Energy and Transportation industries.

    The release herein may contain or identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on a number of assumptions and estimates, which are inherently subject to uncertainty and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company and reflect future business decisions, which are subject to change.

    Contact: Joseph Mazin, President, CEO

    Telephone: (818) 890-1401

    Fax: (818) 890-6001

    Web Site: http://www.flamemaster.com

    E-mail: Releases@flamemaster.com


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    Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) kicks off 2013 activities with January 24 launch party at Vic's Boathouse in Salem, MA

    SALEM, MA (MMD Newswire) January 23, 2013 -- The Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) will officially kick off their 2013 calendar at a festive Launch Party Thursday, January 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Vic's Boathouse, 86 Wharf Street, Salem, MA.

    There is no cost to attend the event, according to YENS President Andrew Turner.

    Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) is an organization formed to promote entrepreneurship and support small and mid-sized businesses on the North Shore.

    YENS has been busy focusing on rebranding the organization, building an online community website, and will share news about the organization's status applying as a 501 c3 nonprofit. The event will include the update, networking, live music, refreshments, a silent auction, raffle prizes and much more. In addition, there will be a photo booth courtesy of 52 Photography Studio. There is no cost to attend but registration is recommended Please visit www.yenscommunity.org to register.

    About YENS

    Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore (YENS) was created with a mission to identify, educate, support and encourage young entrepreneurial women and men and, through the growth of their companies, to create jobs for others. An initial $10,000 grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation given to the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, by the foundation led to the establishment of YENS in 2012. Targeted to young business owners and entrepreneurs, YENS aims to provide resources by means of educating its members with seminars and a referral network to allow these business owners to reach out and connect with each other. YENS also host creative networking events for relationship building and workshops for business development in all areas. YENS has a dedicated Board of Directors committed to supporting and executing the organization's mission. For additional information, contact Renee Gannon at info@yenscommunity.org. YENS is in the process of upgrading its web page located at www.yenscommunity.org; more information about the organization can be found on its Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/youngentrepreneursofthenorthshore.

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


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    January 25, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Damon Rawls brings a seven step plan for aspiring entrepreneurs to make their dream of becoming successful businessman, real. Businessmen start from some place and that time is very crucial and decisive as it decides whether the business will rise or fall. The seven step plan helps the new entrepreneurs to gain enough skills required for running a growing and profitable business.

    The first step amongst these seven is to gather the information from the market and from other stake holders such as vendors and customers. A good research ensures that the business goes profitable while its operations. This makes the business give better output after getting functional for the full run. Business start up requires pre-planning and that can be done only after thorough research of the whole market. The biggest decision that an entrepreneur has to make is probably about the doing or not doing of a business at all. It is advised by Damon Rawls not to start a business that is not expected to end up in profit. Several entrepreneurs find themselves entangled when they are unable to easily close a business that gives them losses while operational. To avoid these circumstances, it is better not to make a bad decision in the first place.

    Choosing the best ownership type is the third step suggested by Damon Rawls in his book for successful entrepreneurship. The registration type selection is crucial for a business to end up in profit or loss. The book also tells the beginner entrepreneurs about how to purchase a business or a franchise of an already functional business and it also tells about which business to buy and which not to.

    Amongst the most important skills required to start business is to learn about how to book keep the records and how to handle the finances. If these functions are not performed well enough, then the business can end up in loss due to false statements. The book also tells about how to do E commerce for the businesses that have just started. In this second last step, the learner entrepreneurs are introduced to the knowledge of how the electronic commerce can positively affect them. Last but not the least comes marketing of the business that makes it all happen for the business. The book for learner entrepreneurs by Damon Rawls tells all about marketing the products and services on different platforms to attract more customers and increase the revenues.

    About Damon Rawls:

    Damon Rawls is the author of the book, 'From Want-to-preneur to Entrepreneur' that teaches about to be entrepreneurs seven steps for making their newly started business more profitable and lesser prone to losses. He is currently the president of Young Professionals of the Knoxville Area Urban League and also the owner of Jani-King franchise in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Damon Rawls

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    damonrawls@gmail.com

    http://wanttopreneurtoentrepeneur.com


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    DALLAS, TX (MMD Newswire) January 25, 2013 -- Dallas-based Strauss Marketing - Public Relations announced it has been named PR and marketing agency of record by The Saxton Group, one of the largest franchisees of McAlister's Deli's in the United States, following their recent acquisition of Bothwell Saxton. The Saxton Group was also the first franchise company to introduce the famous Pinkberry frozen yogurt brand outside of California and New York.

    As part of their marketing and communications campaign, SMPR will provide guidance for a variety of marketing initiatives on the local store level as well as communication strategy for the overall company. Central to its efforts, the firm will develop a comprehensive marketing strategy to implement at each store, specifically tailored to drive community involvement, sales, and overall brand awareness.

    In addition to local store marketing, SMPR will lead the communications in regards to The Saxton Group with the specific goal to spotlight the company and their leadership team. "Strauss Marketing has been essential in our marketing efforts for our McAlister's Deli and Pinkberry locations for 3 years now. We are fortunate to bring them in to help us with the communication of our recent acquisition, and now the marketing and communications for our additional 20 locations," explains Adam Saxton, Vice President of The Saxton Group.

    "We are honored to represent The Saxton Group and their franchises," says Jenifer Strauss, founder and president of Strauss Marketing - Public Relations. "The Saxton Group is a great employee owned company that strives to deliver quality food, service and philanthropy to the communities they are a part of. Our company is a perfect fit as we are deeply rooted in the local markets with media and community members, as well as our knowledge of events, trends and happenings in the market."

    About The Saxton Group

    A 100% Employee Owned Company, The Saxton Group has been part of the restaurant industry for over 30 years. The Saxton Group has a rich history of multi-unit and multi-brand development. Initially a small operation with a single restaurant, the group has evolved into industry veterans and leaders with locations operating in four states. A 2013 acquisition made The Saxton Group the largest McAlister's Deli franchisee in the country, owning and operating over 50 locations. As one of Restaurant Franchise Monitor's Top 100 Restaurant Franchisees, The Saxton Group is aggressively expanding McAlister's Deli and Pinkberry concepts. Through the years, The Saxton Group has maintained a family approach to business and takes pride in teaching every employee about the restaurant business from the ground up. The group is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.thesaxtongroup.com.

    About Strauss Marketing - Public Relations

    Strauss Marketing is a national public relations and marketing firm with a boutique philosophy. Founded in 2001 and based out of Dallas, TX, SMPR takes a unique and creative approach to marketing and communication strategy. Major practice areas include consumer marketing, media and community relations, event marketing and management, social media, and brand and product launch strategy development in the business, culinary, fashion, lifestyle, luxury, and non-profit industries. For more information, please visit www.straussmarketing-pr.com.

    Media Contact

    Nicki Patel

    nicki@strausspr.com

    214.352.6704


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    January 25, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- The challenges facing the future of Los Angeles are great - but so are the opportunities. In this debate all five candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles will face some of the top business leaders in Los Angeles, asking tough questions. For advance interviews with Gov Davis and others please contact us.

    WHAT: Mayor Debates on the Future of LA for Business and Civic Leaders, sponsored by LA5 The Rotary Club of Los Angeles, the leading business and civic organization in Los Angeles, serving LA for over 100 years.

    WHO: LA5 The Rotary Club of Los Angeles, the "LA5" All Five Mayoral Candidates, Former California Governor Gray Davis as Moderator along with Frank Mottek, "the voice of LA Business" from KNX News Radio

    ERIC GARCETTI

    City Councilman for the 13th District and former City Council President

    WENDY GREUEL

    City Controller and former City Councilwoman for the 2nd District

    KEVIN JAMES

    Talk radio host and attorney

    JAN PERRY

    City Councilwoman for the 9th District

    EMANUEL PLEITEZ

    Chief Strategy Officer at Spokeo and former Mayor Villaraigosa aide

    WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2013, 11 AM to 1 PM; Lunch is served at 11:30 AM; Debates start at approx. 12 Noon

    WHERE: JW Marriott at LA Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

    Valet parking, $16 at the hotel. Self parking available at LA Live or surface lots nearby.

    MORE INFO: Tickets are $50 per person and the public is invited to attend. Approx. 500-600 LA5 members and guests are expected. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.rotaryla5.org or call (213) 624-8601 x 103.


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