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Automated Marketing Services Support Businesses in Difficult Times

Atlanta – As more businesses across the country worry about maintaining customers and keeping the doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of digital marketing services and support can help companies reach more potential customers in  an effective manner. ThinkZILLA Consulting,  an innovative branding and digital transformation agency, is helping small to mid-size public and private businesses employ marketing automation, website updates and relevant marketing channels for digital transformation during challenging times.

Certified as a woman-owned small business (WOSB) by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and as a certified minority business enterprise through the National Minority Supplier Development Council, ThinkZILLA Consulting helps small businesses to Fortune 500 companies implement digital solutions to support business awareness and growth. From the technology to healthcare industries and from education to energy, ThinkZILLA simplifies the marketing process for businesses across industries, allowing them to focus on business management.

“To meet the needs of companies across the country, we have expanded our team so we can serve as your outsourced digital marketing and branding partner, helping with everything from expanded reach to crisis communications,” said Dr.Velma Trayham, CEO of ThinkZILLA. “We enjoy helping businesses reach their goals by becoming more visible online, crafting the perfect messaging and connecting with our network of more than a million media partners to share their mission and message.”

With innovative solutions to solidify strong customer perceptions, ThinkZILLA Consulting’s services include: cultural branding to prompt more customers to identify with company culture and message; digital marketing including email marketing, search engine marketing (SEO), social media outreach, videos and mobile applications; public relations to manage reputation and boost consumer confidence to enhance credibility; business partnerships to leverage strategic marketing and help companies achieve their objectives, among others.

Beyond efficiency and greater reach, the benefits of digital marketing include greater personalization, which significantly increases customer engagement, new leads and the ability to measure effectiveness of efforts. Social media is one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to reach more people across the globe, and 90 percent of consumers have communicated with a brand via social, according to a recent survey

With its growing team of experts across marketing platforms, ThinkZILLA is A Plus rated by the Better Business Bureau and recently partnered with Grady Health System as part of the prestigious George Mentor Protégé Association. The company is a member of the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Press Club as well as a premier Google partner.

“With a focus on value and solving complex problems, we are authentic and thoughtful when it comes to delivering solutions and helping our clients transform and innovate,” Trayham added. 

About ThinkZILLA Consulting Group 

ThinkZILLA specializes in multicultural branding, digital engagement, influencer marketing, experiential events and partnership creation. Making brands more relevant, ThinkZILLA builds meaningful connections between brands and consumers. For more information on ThinkZILLA or to schedule a consultation, please visit https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/ 

Posted in: Building & Construction,Education,Energy & Environment,Professional Services,Technology

Sudrania Fund Services Raises Strategic Additional Investment From Bodhi Tree Asset Management

Sudrania Fund Services Corp (“Sudrania”), the fund administration and technology company that is revolutionizing the buy side fund management with its Seamless suite of technology solutions today announced that it has completed another round of strategic seed investment by Bodhi Tree Asset Management (“Bodhi Tree”). This investment is a follow up from an initial investment made by Bodhi Tree in October 2018 and will help the company aggressively expand its sales and marketing efforts as well as broaden and accelerate professional services and product development. Shalin Madan, the CIO of Bodhi Tree will join Sudrania’s Advisory Board.

This financing builds on an exceptional year for Sudrania which saw a rapidly growing roster of clients, multi-fold growth of revenue, and market momentum in the competitive yet lucrative field of fund administration and fund technology. Sudrania currently has approximately 150 clients and a staff of 160 across its offices in Chicago, Boston, India, and Hong Kong.

Sudrania’s offering is well positioned with the rapidly changing demands of fund management industry that is looking to get away from time consuming and expensive manual processes or aged software solution that lack modern day computing power and flexibility.

“We believe that the mindset of the current generation of fund managers is very different. They are no longer looking for big bank administrators, they understand technology and the value it can bring to their business, and they are looking to keep their businesses cost-efficient”, said Nilesh Sudrania, Founder & CEO of Sudrania. “We believe the market will continue to shift towards more capable technology offered by fintech companies such as Sudrania, and establish a new high watermark of expectations that fund managers have from their fund administrators.”

Seamless platform consists of a portfolio of products geared towards investment managers in different verticals. At the heart of the platform is “Seamless Investment Backoffice” that provides the framework for other models of Seamless that include (Seamless CTA, Seamless Crypto, Seamless RIA, Seamless PREQ, Seamless NAV, Seamless Impact, and CommonSubDoc).

Key features and benefits of the Seamless platform include a daily processing of:

  • Full-scale generate ledger system
  • Complete taxlot portfolio accounting,
  • Wash sales and capital gains calculations,
  • Automated expense amortizations, waterfall calculations, fee calculations
  • Market data connectivity with third party sources,
  • Income allocation,
  • Fee calculations,
  • Performance reporting,
  • Investor reporting via a dedicated portal.
  • Complete cyber-security ensured, and certified with SOC1, SOC2, and SOC3 audits

 

“As an emerging fund manager who adopts the latest technologies, I immediately noticed that our industry’s back office solutions were far behind in the adoption of technology. A situation like the COVID-19 pandemic is an example of just how important it is for modern investment managers to have vendors that use automated technologies, can work flexibly, have a global workforce, and who can offer a much needed continuity of business as well as a much higher level of visibility into the portfolio and account value on a day to day basis to the fund managers as well as investors,” said Bodhi Tree CIO Shalin Madan. “As a fund manager, I know how important it is to have the account values for each investor at any time. I believe the monthly reporting cycle is antiquated and reflects a broken system, for which Sudrania has created a ground-breaking solution.”

About Sudrania

Sudrania Fund Services Corp is a Chicago, IL based fund administrator marrying the power of cloud computing with boutique service model scaled for volume. Sudrania’s Seamless platform is an integrated portfolio, fund, and investor accounting system with full scale general ledger system, capability to process millions of trades, and produce daily NAV for hedge funds, crypto funds, commodity pools, mortgage funds. This integrated software system is equally capable of supporting automation of capital calls/distribution and other complex calculations for private equity and real estate funds as well as SPVs. In its short history of three years, Seamless platform has been shortlisted among top fund accounting system many times by industry leading publications. For more information, visit https://www.sudrania.com.

About Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree Asset Management, LLC is a Fort Lauderdale, FL based investment management and family office advisory firm serving ultra-high net worth clients. Bodhi Tree offers a monthly subscription based quantitatively driven stock portfolio on the Interactive Brokers platform. Bodhi Tree also offers a cost-effective Back Office solution to family offices and alternative investment managers through its strategic partnership with Sudrania. For more information, visit http://www.btam.co.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Professional Services,Technology,U.S

Sonoma County Billboard Company Goes 100% Renewable, Veale Outdoor Advertising to Run on Sonoma Clean Power’s EverGreen Service

Veale Outdoor Advertising, a Sonoma County based company that specializes in outdoor advertisements, is making the transition to 100% renewable energy.

For many of the County’s residents, passing by the electronic billboard in Rohnert Park on Highway 101 is a regular, if not daily, occurrence. Now, the billboard, along with others owned by Veale Outdoor Advertising throughout the County, are powered by locally generated renewable energy from Sonoma Clean Power.

Veale Outdoor Advertising, like many businesses today, has been exploring ways to reduce its environmental impact. Upgrading to EverGreen, the 100% renewable option from Sonoma Clean Power, is one of the most significant steps the company has taken to date.

By choosing EverGreen, nearly all the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Veale Outdoor Advertising’s electricity use will be eliminated.

“After over 50 years of service and support from our community, we are honored to give back by lowering our carbon footprint by converting all of our outdoor billboards, both static and electronic, to EverGreen sustainable energy. We are so proud to be part of this new sustainable form of renewable energy,” said Tom Jackson, General Manager of Veale Outdoor Advertising.

EverGreen is the first service of its kind available to businesses in California. Sonoma Clean Power is the only energy provider in the State to offer an electricity option that is entirely renewable and local, that runs 24/7.

The majority of 100% renewable services are made from solar and still rely on natural gas or other non-renewables when solar energy is not being generated. EverGreen is different.

By utilizing local solar power from facilities in Willits, Cloverdale, and Petaluma when the sun is out, and geothermal power from The Geysers when the sun is down, homes and businesses who’ve chosen EverGreen never encourage the burning of fossil fuels.

For businesses interested in investing in renewable energy, EverGreen can also be a cheaper and easier alternative to installing a commercial solar system.

“We are very excited to have a local business like Veale Outdoor Advertising making a visible and meaningful commitment to 100% renewable energy in our community. Their efforts today are helping to lead us toward a healthier future for Sonoma and Mendocino counties,” said Erica Torgerson, Director of Customer Service at Sonoma Clean Power.

Businesses that are interested in upgrading to EverGreen can call Sonoma Clean Power at 1 (855) 202-2139 or visit cleanenergyfuture.club.

About Sonoma Clean Power


Sonoma Clean Power is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP’s services and programs are practical, affordable, and inclusive, empowering everyone to be part of the transition toward a clean energy future. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call
1 (855) 202-2139.

About Veale Outdoor Advertising


Veale Outdoor Advertising is a Sonoma County based company specializing in outdoor advertisements. The average individual spends up to 20 hours a week commuting and out of their home, and for 69% of these people, purchasing decisions are made outside of the home. Veale Outdoor Advertising capitalizes on this fact and offers advertisers the advantage of an advertising medium that cannot be ignored by turning a page, closing a pop-up, or changing a channel. With two state of the art digital billboards in Northern California and 18 static billboards, Veale Outdoor Advertising offers customers a way to reach up to seven million consumers each month.

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Posted in: Media & Communications,Professional Services,U.S,Website & Blog

Empowering University Offers Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Curriculum for Success

The number of women becoming entrepreneurs continues to rise.  According to a study commissioned by American Express in 2018, 40% of new entrepreneurs between 2017 and 2018 were women.  The study also found that while the total number of businesses has grown 114% over the past two decades, the number of women-owned businesses has grown 44%. 

“Women face unique challenges in the business world, whether they own their own business or work in the corporate world,” says globally recognized public speaker, award-winning entrepreneur and author Galit Ventura-Rozen.  “But learning how to skillfully navigate these challenges can lead to limitless possibilities of success.”  

Ventura-Rozen became an entrepreneur at the age of 21, stepping into the male-dominated world of corporate real estate.  During her over 25 years of experience, she has sold over $ 700 million in Las Vegas commercial property. At the age of 38, she went back to school to earn a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Throughout her career, she has received TMG Entertainment Silver State Award for Best of the Best Local Motivational Speaker/Coach, the National Association of Women Business Owners Woman of Distinction Award for Professional Services, been named one of Infinity Business Magazine’s Top 5 Female Professionals You Should Know About, and more.  Most recently she received the TMG Entertainment Silver State Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

Even though the presence of women-owned businesses has grown, and women-owned companies have been found to deliver more than twice as much per dollar invested, female founders only received 2% of venture capital dollars in 2017, the same year women made up 2/5 of all new entrepreneurs.  Professional women still face a significant wage gap, with the Census Bureau finding that women still make just 80% of what their male professional counterparts make. Entrepreneurship offers women paths to success that traditional corporate paths do not provide.

Based on her decades of success in the high caliber world of business while raising a family, and as a high performance business coach, Ventura-Rozen authored the book The Successful Woman’s Mindset and launched Empowering University to provide professionals and entrepreneurs the tools and training needed to reach new levels of personal and professional success.  Empowering University offers professional speakers, corporate training, and executive coaching in leadership, business, the successful mindset and more.

“You don’t have to own your own business to benefit from an entrepreneurial mindset,” says Ventura-Rozen. “Empowered leadership and an engaged and unified team are what pushes any business to the next level.  Armed with the right tools and mindset, the possibilities are limitless.”

To invite Galit Ventura-Rozen to speak for you, or for more information about how her company Empowering University can launch your business or career to new levels, visit www.galitventurarozen.com 

Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales,Media & Communications,Professional Services,Real Estate

Northern New England Taproom Tour, Hosted by ACCESS Manufacturing Systems, Showcasing State-of-the-art Markforged 3D Printing in Metals and Composites

ACCESS Manufacturing Systems is pleased to formally announce the Northern New England Taproom Tour, featuring Markforged 3D Printers at popular breweries located in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

The tour will take place in Portland, ME (March 9, 2020); Portsmouth, NH (March 10, 2020); Manchester, NH (March 11, 2020); and Burlington, VT (March 12, 2020). Demonstrations will allow attendees to experience the simplicity of the CAD to final 3D printed part process, while learning how parts can be printed in copper, stainless steel, tool steel, Inconel, titanium, onyx, fiberglass, carbon fiber, Kevlar and more. Complimentary beverages will be provided for attendees twenty-one years and older, as well as a chance to win a 0 gift card to each brewery event location.

The Northern New England Taproom Tour comes after the wildly successful Georgia Taproom Tour, which ACCESS hosted in September 2019. ACCESS experts drew considerable crowds in Georgia, intensifying the hype over groundbreaking advancements in additive manufacturing.

Interest has steadily grown among manufacturers throughout the Eastern United States, since ACCESS first announced the addition of Markforged 3D Printers to their product suite in June 2019.

“Industrial 3D printers are no longer a novelty item in a manufacturing facility. They have become a vital part, and compliment to, the machining operations on the plant floor,” said Joe Lagennusa, national sales manager at ACCESS Manufacturing Systems. “Our goal is to deliver the newest technology, such as copper 3D printing solutions or reinforced continuous Carbon Fiber. Quality and strength of end-use and prototype parts are important needs our customers have expressed. These solutions deliver that and more, so we’re excited to showcase the technology throughout Northern New England to share how local competitors are already leveraging additive manufacturing.”

Stanley Black & Decker replaced their current manufacturing work flow with the Markforged Metal X 3D Printer and now saves between 34% and 48% on manufacturing costs, while reducing part lead-time by 69%.

Saint-Gobain increased productivity and design freedom with the Markforged X7 Composite 3D Printer. “We were able to hit print and have four hundred parts come off our X7 printer ready for the factory line . . . We had a one-hundred percent return on investment within six months of purchasing the printer," said Emmanuel Simadiris, research engineer at Saint-Gobain.

Registration for The Northern New England Taproom Tour is now open. Register today for free to secure your seat (space is limited).

About ACCESS:


ACCESS Manufacturing Systems, Inc. is the largest CAMWorks® reseller in the world. For more than 30 years, ACCESS has delivered best-in-class manufacturing software and accessories, along with unsurpassed industry expertise, to thousands of companies across the nation. ACCESS also provides customers with alternative, cutting-edge and affordable, end-to-end 3D printing manufacturing solutions. Our extensive industry knowledge has allowed our customers to enhance their machining operations by reducing setup time, doubling machine capacity, and improving overall quality. To gain ACCESS to the most qualified team of CAM experts in the industry, please visit accessmfgsys.com, or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and YouTube.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Professional Services,Technology,U.S

Americana in Wonderland, Americana Manhasset's Spring 2020 Campaign

Photographed, produced and styled by Laspata DeCaro, Americana Manhasset's Spring 2020 campaign was shot at various locations in and around Los Angeles. Inspired by the whimsy and fantasy of "Alice In Wonderland," the setting is one of enchanted gardens and resplendent topiaries. Oversized mushrooms, blooming flowers and striking props appear in vivid, psychedelic colors alongside the season’s best looks. A quote from Dr. Seuss opens the campaign and sets the tone: “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

In conjunction with the still images, Americana Manhasset has debuted a short film also entitled “Americana in Wonderland” starring He Cong and Kit Butler. Produced using stop motion animation, the piece is a wildly fun and fantastical romp through Americana’s version of Wonderland, complete with a Cheshire cat and a magical tea party.

Americana’s Spring Book is direct-mailed to 100,000 targeted households. The images and video are being featured in various print and digital media, including The New York Times and nyt.com. They are also being shown prominently throughout the season on americanamanhasset.com and on Americana’s social media channels.

“'Alice in Wonderland' was our inspiration, but the overarching idea behind this campaign is that fashion is a flight of fancy, a means of expression that can transcend reality,” said Charles DeCaro. “The collections this season have a real sense of charm, with each designer approaching that idea differently, whether it be through the use of bright color or fun prints or unexpected details and shapes. As always, while we had a clear editorial voice and a strong vision for this campaign, the fashion and the designers’ messages remain the focus. We shoot an appropriate image for each brand, from Chanel, Gucci and Celine, to Rag & Bone, Theory and Zimmermann, with each photograph also working as part of the whole.”

Americana Manhasset is a premier collection of over 60 fine shops, including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bottega Veneta, Hirshleifers, Ralph Lauren, London Jewelers and more, all within a unique outdoor environment designed by renowned architect Peter Marino and landscape designer Oehme van Sweden. Americana Manhasset offers a complimentary Personal Shopping Service, a remarkable luxury fashion and gift resource. Located on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Americana Manhasset is 20 miles from Manhattan and 50 miles from the Hamptons.

For more information please visit americanamanhasset.com. Follow Americana Manhasset on Instagram and Twitter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and like our Facebook page!

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Professional Services,Shopping & Deal,World

ViVODOMi Specializes in Offering Exclusive and Luxurious Lifestyle, Simple to Complex Project Management Services

ViVODOMi, the premier lifestyle management, project management, and concierge services company, offers a completely unique and highly personalized experience to the cream of the cream (individuals, top business families, celebrities and high net worth individuals) in New York City. Their services also include taking care of the townhouses and Pied-à-Terre of such individuals and families.

“We truly recognize and understand the extraordinarily high standards of service that our customers expect and unfailingly deliver what we promise, each and every time,” says the spokesperson for ViVODOMi. “We stand apart because of our ability to deliver world-class experiences to our valued customers. Exceptional service is core to our business and we are constantly striving to make every experience a highly remarkable one for you.”

ViVODOMi has years of expertise in providing perfect solutions in the areas of home maintenance, renovation, and repairs. The company also specializes in problem management and is equipped to handle projects of all sizes and complexities for its clients in NY City.  They play the role of a personal life assistant to perfection. 

With their deep familiarity and knowledge of New York City, ViVODOMi helps clients utilise the city’s amazing and top rated services. They offer a variety of concierge services plans thoughtfully crafted to ensure that the clients enjoy best-in-class services. 

They also provide and manage housekeepers for tasks such as housekeeping and laundry, drivers, a dedicated personal concierge, are experienced in managing, estate relocation, and estate renovation projects. Unlike property managers or simple assistant, ViVODOMi acts as an extension of the customer’s team to manage their projects in NY more efficiently. In a nutshell, they solve the most complex problems that clients face on a day to day basis.

The staff they provide are completely trustworthy and the vendors they use are well-vetted and licensed, and have been associate with them for years. They are chosen after carrying out detailed and meticulous background checks. 

ViVODOMi easily adapts to the evolving needs of their customers and have proven expertise in delivering solutions that not only match but exceed their expectations on a consistent basis. 

At ViVODOMi, the customer is special and highly valued as they come from the top layer of society. They serve the unique needs of the city’s leading VIP guests, star athletes and celebrities, and top businessmen. The company takes great pride in its ability to offer the most comprehensive array of services available across the luxury sector.

Here’s what some of their customers have to say about their services:

ViVODOMi, what a fantastic concierge services firm! They are professional, resourceful, and keep my house running in perfect order. They are easy and fun to work with, and free up my time by shopping, running errands, arranging repairs, and doing other life tasks, all so I can spend my time on what’s truly important to me.  I’d be lost without them. - P.C. | Philanthropist & Busy Traveling Professional

The ViVODOMi team is attentive, professional, flexible, and easy to work with. They are quick to respond to requests, and there is no task they haven’t been able to complete. They know the right questions to ask and deliver top notch service. Although we’d like to keep them all to ourselves, I highly recommend ViVODOMi to anyone looking for concierge services. - L.H. | Daughter of Client

ViVODOMi is amazing – they are organized, thoughtful, proactive, and take great pride in helping their clients. I could not be more satisfied with their services. - L.T. | Entrepreneur & Investor

For more information, visit vivodomi.com

About ViVODOMi:

ViVODOMi was founded by Eli and Robert, two creative entrepreneurs committed to delivering excellence. Eli has been in the concierge services business since 2007 and leads the field team. Robert is an expert in construction management and property maintenance. He was a fashion designer before switching his focus to interior design in 2010. He oversees the operations teams. Together, they form the pillars of the company and have played a stellar role in its success. The ViVODOMi team personifies the concept of trust and reliability. 

Posted in: Home & Garden,Leisure Activities,Lifestyle,Living,Professional Services

Following Agreement to Assume Management of the BeyondTrust Auditor Suite, Cygna Labs Appoints Morgan Holm as Vice President of Products

Following the recent agreement to assume management of the BeyondTrust’s Auditor Suite, Cygna Labs continues to tap experts in the field, today announcing that Morgan Holm has joined its management team as vice president of products.

With more than 19 years’ experience in product management and a strong focus on security audit, systems management and identity for multi-cloud and hybrid environments, Holm will oversee Cygna Labs’ product teams. Prior to joining Cygna Labs, he achieved rapid growth at many organizations as a success-driven and customer-centric strategist. He brings significant experience in auditing and compliance solutions including work as a product manager at NetPro through the Quest acquisition, and again at the Blackbird Group, which was acquired by BeyondTrust.

He most recently served as VP of product management for 5nine Software, managing its hybrid cloud security and management solutions.

Morgan Holm, VP of products, Cygna Labs, said, “I am excited to join Cygna Labs and look forward to being a part of this dynamic, forward-thinking technology team. I believe that the experience I bring to the table will ensure a smooth transition not only for our internal teams, but also for our customers.”

Rainer Maurer, CEO, Cygna Labs, said, “Morgan’s audit and compliance background as a product manager at NetPro and Blackbird, combined with his hybrid and multi-cloud experience, will be a huge benefit to Cygna Labs, our customers and those BeyondTrust Auditor Suite clients making the transition to Cygna Labs.”

About Cygna Labs
Cygna Labs is a leading provider of compliance solutions that grant unparalleled visibility across Microsoft-hybrid IT infrastructures. Built from the ground up to protect data regardless of its location, Cygna Auditor delivers insight into user behavior, system configuration and data sensitivity. Organizations worldwide rely on Cygna Labs to detect and proactively mitigate data security threats, affordably pass compliance audits, with less effort, and increase the productivity of their IT departments. For more information, visit https://cygnalabs.com.

Posted in: Professional Services,Technology,U.S

DocASAP Expands Patient Engagement Capabilities to Promote and Personalize Prevention and Wellness

DocASAP, the most advanced patient access and engagement platform for health systems, health plans and physician groups, today announced new capabilities to its existing platform that encourage patients and health plan members to play a more active role in their health and streamline access to care. Powered by DocASAP’s patient outreach framework, healthcare organizations will save time and resources conducting outreach, deliver better health outcomes and reduce costs.

A recent healthcare consumer survey found that 53% of Americans had missed a healthcare provider or hospital appointment within the last year. With the rise in healthcare consumerism, patients expect a convenient, on-demand, end-to-end, seamless experience on their terms. When asked their preferred method for receiving an appointment reminder, 52% selected digital methods (i.e. email or text message) versus 33% who selected the traditional method (i.e. phone call). As for post-appointment communication preferences, 58% of Americans selected digital methods (i.e. email, text message, online portal or mobile app) versus 31% of Americans who selected the traditional method (i.e. phone call). As digital communications become the new norm for patient engagement, DocASAP has expanded its outreach capabilities to meet the needs of consumers and help healthcare organizations reach them at important points in their healthcare journey.

“At ColumbiaDoctors, we are known for delivering world-class specialty patient care,” said Roe Long, Chief Operating Officer of ColumbiaDoctors. “DocASAP’s patient engagement capabilities allow us to open doors to patients, giving them more control over their care, and allowing them to manage their appointments. Through DocASAP, we're able to ensure that our patients are able to find the right specialist for their needs.”

Key platform features include:

  • Actionable Outreach: healthcare systems and health plans can engage patients and health plan members through timely notifications that enable them to conveniently schedule an appointment. This outreach helps address missed milestones and support prevention and wellness initiatives based on patients’ individual care plans and communication preferences.
  • Instant Prescription Notifications: patients can now receive actionable, customized notifications regarding their prescriptions to ensure they never miss a pickup or refill.
  • Reschedule No-shows: patients can be alerted to reschedule an appointment they missed. This complements existing appointment reminders that enable patients to reschedule or cancel an appointment as well as access information they need to better prepare for their visit.
  • Private Labeled: healthcare organizations can implement their brand identity across the consumer’s digital experience.

 

“Health systems and health plans are increasingly looking for innovative ways to improve patient and member engagement and streamline access to care,” said Puneet Maheshwari, co-founder and CEO of DocASAP. “These new capabilities reflect our ongoing commitment to helping them achieve these strategic objectives, while reaffirming DocASAP’s position as the leading patient access and engagement platform in the market.”

These enhancements to DocASAP’s patient access and engagement platform complement its award-winning online scheduling solution, provider search and navigation, access center and point-of-care scheduling, care-driven reminders and provider data management solutions. Today, DocASAP’s patient access and engagement platform serves some of the largest health systems and health plans, thousands of providers and millions of patients nationwide.

For more information on DocASAP’s newest engagement capabilities, visit https://docasap.com/platform/care-driven-patient-engagement-and-reminders/

About DocASAP
DocASAP provides the leading patient access and engagement platform for health systems, health plans and physician groups. The platform addresses one of healthcare’s biggest challenges – access to care – by helping navigate patients and members to the right provider and care setting at the right time. Backed and promoted in the market by Aetna, Anthem and UnitedHealthcare, DocASAP builds unique payer-provider connections with an eye towards simplified access, increased care compliance and improved population risk management. DocASAP's provider search and navigation, online scheduling, access center and point-of-care scheduling, provider data management and care-driven reminders help optimize access throughout the healthcare journey to improve outcomes, reduce costs and create a better experience. For more information, visit http://docasap.com or follow on Twitter @DocASAP.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Professional Services

HM White Announces Expanded Service Offerings for Energy Audits

Detroit, Michigan — HM White, a leading supplier of advanced paint finishing systems and metal fabrication, factory HVAC systems and energy conservation solutions, today announced a formal series of Energy Sustainability Services. HM White’s Energy Audits leverage over a decade of experience gained from energy conservation projects at multiple industrial plants nationwide.

“Our energy savings engagements have helped major automotive OEMs achieve ambitious energy and carbon intensity reduction goals”, said Dan Volz, Energy Programs Manager at HM White. “Our successful projects include major upgrades to powerhouses, lighting upgrades to LED, and building renovations to conserve energy. It is now time to make our expertise available to a broader range of industries”.

The Level 1 Energy Profiling Survey consists of an initial review of the facility’s utility bills and a visual inspection of the building, energy systems, and modes of operation. HM White will provide an Energy Savings Roadmap that identifies low-cost savings opportunities, identifies capital projects that merit further consideration, and provides an initial estimate of potential cost savings. Based on HM White’s confidence in identifying major savings opportunities, this service is offered at no charge.

The Level 2 Precision Energy Investment gives substance to targeted items on the Level 1 Roadmap. Deliverables of this phase include a rigorous analytical evaluation to quantify project cost and savings projections, detailed design of engineered solutions, followed up by on-site implementation and project management.  The Precision Energy Investment phase brings energy savings from the realm of the theoretical into the physical reality of your plant’s operations.

Energy audits, project designs, implementation and project management will be conducted by HM White energy specialists with over 20 years of engineering and project management experience in construction and manufacturing. Our specialists have designed and implemented energy conservation projects, ventilation systems and pollution controls for automotive and other industrial manufacturers. They are backed by a team of dedicated project managers and a large pool of fabrication and installation resources. HM White has two modern fabrication facilities with over 50,000 square feet of space and state of the art design and fabrication equipment.

About HM White

Founded in 1936, HM White provides automotive and industrial manufacturers with advanced paint finishing systems and metal fabrication, HVAC / air pollution control and energy saving services and solutions.

In just the last 10 years alone, HM White has completed $ 24 million in energy conservation projects, resulting in customers receiving $ 13 million in energy savings the first 1 to 2 years, and $ 3.6 million in utility incentives.

To learn more about HM White Energy Solutions, visit www.hmwhite.com/energyaudit.  Email us at Energy@HMWhite.com or call 248-567-6819.

Posted in: Energy & Environment,Manufacturing & Industry,Professional Services,Services,Technology

Technicians Ring in the New Year with a New Job at MaintenX

The start of a new year comes with reflection, resolutions and thoughts of the future. For some, the new year also brings an opportunity to find new and fulfilling employment. Skilled technicians of all kinds will find dozens of available positions in roles from HVAC to plumbing and roofing at MaintenX International, a Tampa-based provider of superior facility maintenance.

“We strive to create a positive work environment for all our employees,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “With on-site training, stellar benefits, unique onsite perks and opportunities for advancement, MaintenX creates a superior team member experience.”

According to recruiters, January is one of the best times to job search. They see more job postings in January than at any other time of year. With increased options, job seekers have more factors to consider in their job-search journey, like benefits and work culture.

“I love being a part of Team MaintenX,” said MaryAnn Velez, who has been with MaintenX for more than 15 years. “MaintenX is a great company that has supported my goals and growth throughout the years. I feel lucky to work for a company that cares and alongside colleagues who are committed to providing the best service for our clients.”

MaintenX team members benefit from a strong, positive corporate culture as well as best-in-class benefits. In addition to health insurance, paid vacations and an immediately vested 401k with 5 percent match, MaintenX team members enjoy onsite perks including catered lunches, a full gym, and carwash days. MaintenX also believes in contributing to the community and in 2019 MaintenX team members set a record for volunteer hours served while building a Habitat for Humanity home in Pinellas County, Fla.

“One of the most valuable aspects of our relationship with Habitat, outside of providing a home to a deserving family, is the teamwork and camaraderie created by building these homes. That’s why, we are building another home this spring,” said Schaphorst.

To learn more about available positions or about the facility maintenance services MaintenX offers, visit http://www.maintenx.com.

ABOUT MAINTENX INTERNATIONAL:
MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For more than 40 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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Danielle Marquis Re-Elected to Serve Third Term on Board of Directors for Association of Energy Services Professionals

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) membership voted for AM Conservation Group’s Danielle Marquis to return as a board member for a third and final term in their recent election.

To date, Marquis has served two three-year terms on the AESP Board of Directors, where she has been appointed Vice Chair of Education each year since 2014.

During her tenure on the Board, Marquis has actively participated in the Membership and Personnel and committees, while leading the Education committee. Over the last six years, she has led the development of a mentoring program, while guiding strategy for the development of online education and certificate programs and helping to find and hire two CEOs. Marquis has also continued to serve as an active member of the Marketing Topic Committee, participated in Mid-Atlantic Chapter events, written Strategies articles, developed Brown Bag webinars and presented regularly at AESP conferences.

“I’m honored to have been re-elected to this prestigious board and appreciate the membership continuing to trust me to serve them,” said Marquis. “AESP has been critical to my career development and has introduced me to not just mentors and industry contacts, but friends. In my third and final term, I look forward to the opportunity to continue giving back to this amazing organization that has given me so much. AESP serves a unique role in building a vibrant community of energy services professionals, while providing education on what’s next in our industry. It has a bright future and I’m grateful for the opportunity to play a part in guiding that.”

As Vice President of Marketing Strategy for AM Conservation Group, Marquis leads the company’s marketing and creative teams and is a member of the executive team.

ABOUT ASSOCIATION OF ENERGY SERVICES PROFESSIONALS (AESP)

The Association of Energy Services Professionals provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Our members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms. Founded in 1989, AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources. AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. For more information: http://www.aesp.org

ABOUT AM CONSERVATION GROUP
Since 1989, AM Conservation Group has been the utility industry’s leading provider of energy and water saving products, kits and online stores. We manufacture and distribute nearly 400 energy efficiency and water conservation products, which are custom engineered for the unique needs of the industry and carry ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® certifications. AM Conservation Group’s product lines include the Niagara Conservation® and Simply Conserve™ product lines.

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FPC of Bellwood, GA, a Nationwide Executive Recruiting Firm, Opens its Doors

F-O-R-T-U-N-E Personnel Consultants (FPC) a nationwide network of 65 franchised executive recruitment offices, announced the opening of FPC Bellwood. Owned by Shelly Blackman, FPC Bellwood will specialize in Distribution, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Business Development Roles.

Shelly brings eight years of military service in the United States Marine Corps, followed by over 10 years of senior leadership experience from manufacturing and distribution roles. She started her Executive Recruiting career in 2017, and has been a top performer, earning Rookie of the Year and Platinum Elite honors. Shelly will be responsible for projects that include executive search, custom talent acquisition projects, talent pipeline assessment and management, hiring process evaluation, process mapping and succession planning.

Shelly has her Bachelors in Business Administration from American Military University, and her MBA from American InterContinental University. She also has her Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

On why she chose to continue her career in the FPC network Shelly says “My admiration for FPC’s company initiatives, training program, internal network, and values have empowered me to think like an owner, and then become one! I will continue to build a strong foundation that Jeff Herzog has already established Nationwide. I am excited to be a part of FPC’s growth and innovation. I will use my military structure, my Fortune 500 accountability, and my 3PL flexibility to build and maintain partnerships within every organization. At FPC Bellwood, we Place People First!”

“We are thrilled to have Shelly as a managing partner in the FPC family. She has been a strong advocate for the FPC brand, and our #1 interoffice Exchange partner. Her background along with a continued commitment to the FPC brand, extensive military network, engaging personality, passion, energy and personal drive will be an important asset to companies looking to add talent in the Distribution, Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations Leadership space. Companies will be able to leverage her extensive experience, contacts and knowledge. Her passion for process improvement, efficiency and speed to market will continue to be a perfect complement to the rest of our franchise system.” said Jeff Herzog, President of FFC, the franchisor of FPC.

Contact FPC Bellwood at 912-244-0812, via email at shelly@fpcbellwood.com, LinkedIn, or visit http://www.fpcbellwood.com.

About FPC
FPC is a leading national executive search firm comprised of more than 65 franchised offices. FPC offers job seekers access to its nationwide network of professional executive recruiters and job opportunities in many industries and disciplines as well as providing job search information and assistance. The company has been providing win-win recruiting solutions since 1959. Advocates for both clients and candidates, FPC recruiters are committed to bringing together the right individual with the right opportunity. For further information about FPC, call 800-886-7839 or visit us at http://www.fpcnational.com.

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A Different Kind of Bottom Line – Next Level Conscious Capitalism

51% of young adults rejected capitalism outright in a 2016 Harvard University survey, and only those aged 50+ showed majority support for capitalism. On closer inspection, it is how free markets are operated that respondents found objectionable. Capitalism is only as good as Capitalists are.

Next Level Performance, an award-winning, performance improvement company in New Brunswick, NJ, prioritizes a healthy bottom line, but defines it with the longer-term perspective required for a sustainable society.

“Our mission is to help people and organizations dig deeper, reach higher, and attain the next level,” says Dave Dittman, President of the 43-year-old company. “This transcends wages.”

“Our CARES core values of Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Ethical Behavior, and Service make us stewards of many communities, not just clients and employees, but also suppliers, investors and society.”

“We know we are fortunate, and we want to make sure that those facing challenges know that they have others upon whom they can count. Yes, we have an obligation to make a profit, but what we do with those profits is a measure of who we are as human beings.”

The company, which has been voted one of New Jersey’s Best Places to Work four of the last five years, encourages its teammates to participate in several outreach initiatives throughout the year. The company provides money, resources, and has even enabled time off toward community commitment activities. This enables support for smaller, regional organizations that may be closer to the constituents they serve, including non-profits that cannot necessarily afford major fundraising efforts and therefore can be overlooked by major donors.

“We contribute in ways that can have a real impact,” according to Dittman. “We spend time carefully evaluating the charities, the work they do, and the efficiency with which they work.”

This year, three needs categories drew the focus of Next Level charitability: children, food insecurity, and basic human needs.

Community Food Bank

“Women Fighting Hunger” funnels material aid to help keep New Jersey’s young women in school, as well as helping the food insecure in NJ.

For a child to go hungry can compromise their future. Last year was the third year for this event and we at Next Level Performance wanted to be a part of this important support system that truly benefits our state.

NXLP committed a donation of ,000 to Kids Café sponsorships for 2019, helping provide meals for 30 children participating in a Kids Café each afternoon during the school year. For some of these kids, this may be the one meal upon which they can depend, so Next Level Performance has committed yet again to sponsor a Kids Café for 2020.

HOPE Week and Holiday of HOPE

HOPE stands for Helping Others Persevere and Excel. The NY Yankees initiated HOPE Week 2011 and challenged other organizations to take up the cause. NXLP has embraced the effort, and each summer selects regional organizations to support with a week of service. This year’s activities included:

  • Sent teammates to Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) to decorate shadow boxes as part of physical and cognitive therapy. The items from the shadow boxes were then distributed to children for play and entertainment.
  • Sent a team to Children’s Specialized Hospital to host a breakfast for the parents and families of young patients.
  • Assembled Activity Kits to help keep the young patients of CSH entertained during their hospital stay.
  • Sent teams shopping for pajamas and books for the Pajama Program to help children in special situations have a good night’s sleep.
  • Brought in Next Level employees’ children to decorate and assemble over 150 Halloween Treat Bags for CASA of Middlesex County.
  • Coordinated and donated to a building-wide food drive for Elijah’s Promise.

Next Level Performance efforts continue into the holiday season, as gift-buying made holiday wishes come true for homeless and foster children through Homefront. Teammates alsocollected coats, hats, gloves and blankets to keep New Brunswick neighbors warm in partnership with Elijah’s Promise.

NXLP Teammate Donations

Our Teammate Donations provide 0 for each employee to donate to the 501(c)3 organization most meaningful to them.

In 2019, these donations have included:

 

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Monmouth County ASPCA
  • World Central Kitchen
  • Jersey Shore Rescue Mission
  • St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
  • The Seeing Eye
  • Ryan’s Quest
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
  • Save the Children
  • Charity: Water
  • WaterAid
  • Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Upper Bucks Alliance for Creative Expression

2019 Holiday Giving to Four Partners

Additionally, each year, the company selects a number of organizations for a donation of funds during the holiday season. 2019 recipients were:

Good Grief of New Jersey

Since 2004, Good Grief has worked to ensure that no child in New Jersey has to grieve alone. The organization provides unlimited and free support to children, teens, young adults and families after the death of a mother, father, sister or brother through peer support programs, education and advocacy, through locations in Morristown and Princeton.

Bridge of Books Foundation

Thousands of New Jersey children do not have adequate access to books in their homes, schools or communities. Next Level helped put books into the hands of the children who need them, this holiday season. NXLP is helping to give the gift of literacy by donating books and making a donation so new books can be purchased.

The Pride Center of New Jersey, Inc.

This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Center of New Jersey mission is to provide a safe and welcoming place for all in the LGBTQ+ community, especially youth, to come for support, education, health education, and social opportunities to help grow self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-esteem, in order to live healthier and happier lives with equality and social justice. Programs include youth and young adults, Health Education and free HIV testing.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

CASA of NJ empowers and supports a statewide network of local CASA programs covering all 21 NJ counties. CASA volunteers provide one-on-one advocacy to abused or neglected children placed in foster care and other out-of-home placements. These volunteers provide a voice for children in court, in school, and in the community. They work tirelessly to ensure children and youth have the services they need while in foster care and remain with each case until a permanent place to live is secured. That could include reunification with parents and caregivers, placement with relatives, or adoption. This past year, 2,186 volunteer advocates served 4,035 children, which represents about half of the children in need of such advocacy in NJ.

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” added Dave Dittman, President. “Next Level Performance excels at the principles that achieve real results for our colleagues, clients, and community. In this case, it is conscious capitalism that serves a higher purpose.”

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The Orange County Register Names Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & ACA Winner Of The Orange County Top Workplaces 2019 Award

Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Orange County Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”

Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC is the only Diamond Certified residential plumbing, heating & air conditioning contractor in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Built on the principles of providing honest and reliable service and good deeds for free, every member of the Service Champions team plays an integral part in delivering an HVAC and plumbing experience unlike any other contractor. Ample resources and regular training allows for each team member within any department to carry out his or her responsibilities to the highest capacity allowing for personal and company success. True to its name, Service Champions accommodates for its employees to get involved with local philanthropy work through annual holiday drives and operative partnerships with several non-profit organizations.

“It’s a great honor to have Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning selected as a Top Workplace. It has always been my belief that if we take care of our employees, they in turn will take care of our clients, and when this happens, the company will always be taken care of.” - Leland Smith, owner of Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning.

About Service Champions Plumbing Heating & AC
Service Champions is the only Diamond Certified Orange County plumbing, heating and air conditioning provider in Southern California. Its technicians have serviced thousands of homes across Southern California and holds to its promise of excellent customer service and expert technical care. As a leader in the home services industry, Service Champions technicians have set high standards for any competing contractor with extraordinary service that goes beyond plumbing heating and air conditioning for homes.

Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC
Contact Katey Becker
3150 E Birch St.
Brea, CA 92807
714-453-1219
https://servicechampions.com

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 58,000 organizations representing well over 20 million employees in the United States.

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Broker, Rick Tobin, named to Leadership Team of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the National Association of Divorce professionals

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 18, 2019

Premier Hotel Realty is proud to announce that broker Rick Tobin has been elected to the Leadership team of the Fort Lauderdale Lunch Chapter of The National Association of Divorce Professionals (www.theNADP.com).  NADP is a new and growing association of highly vetted professionals who serve clients going through all stages of divorce. The local chapter is composed of Family Law Attorneys, Financial Planners, Real Estate Agents, Immigration Attorneys, Counsellors and others who help people navigate the divorce process.  The NADP is committed to making a positive impact on the divorce process through strategic alliances, divorce-centered education and comprehensive professional development and selected Tobin to Chair the group’s social media.

Tobin’s role in the group as a Commercial Real Estate broker is to assist the other professionals and their clients when they need to divide real estate or sell their commercial property when they go through the divorce process.  Tobin will use his experience marketing commercial properties to help make the public aware of the group, help forge internal alliances and to promote the group through appropriate social media platforms.

Tobin says, “When I originally joined the group I was unaware of how many issues may be intertwined in the divorce process when a couple decides to split their marriage and their assets.  Through my participation in the group, I’ve learned how to help couples to better navigate the process and avoid many surprises including leaving money on the table.” 

To learn more about Rick Tobin, visit his NADP profile https://www.thenadp.com/members/?id=51941586 or the Premier Hotel Realty website at www.PremierHotelRealty.com

About Premier Hotel Realty: 

Premier Hotel Realty, led by Broker, Rick Tobin, is based in Pompano Beach, Florida and globally markets a wide variety of commercial properties.  Rick also serves as a director of the Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce and is on the Executive Board of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.  For more information contact Premier at info@PremierHotelRealty.com.

Contact:

Rick Tobin

954-543-5411 x2

Posted in: Business,Law & Legal,Lifestyle,Professional Services,Real Estate

London Calling: Eventerprise heads to the UK on latest investor roadshow

Switzerland, Zürich, December 10.2019

The next leg of Eventerprise’s fundraising journey sees Birgit Thümecke head to the UK to deepen ties with existing investors and industry partners as the platform looks to fuel its expansive growth marketing initiatives early in the new year. The latest roadshow on British soil, which sees the company’s CEO addressing a booming UK events market worth a staggering £42.3bn at most recent estimates, aims to provide insight on their ambitions for 2020 and will look to tap into positive industry sentiment in the wake of the most recent acquisition by B2B Media Group Tarsus of the UK-based exhibition and conference organiser Smarter Shows. The city of London proudly remains Europe’s tech capital, seeing more than twice as many companies successfully raise funds since 2015 compared with the other large hubs across the continent. The substantial investment has been in no small part thanks to the support of the U.S. investment community, with .4bn (£3.4bn) having crossed the Atlantic in 2019 to date, accounting for more than three-quarters of total investment according to research from Pitchbook and London & Partners.

With the recent announcement of completion of its due diligence with The Keiretsu Forum, Eventerprise is looking to complete a .1 million late-seed funding round with significant industry and investor validation in hand. Peter Henry, Managing Partner at Act 5 Ventures LLC, highlighted that “whereas typical early-stage tech startups have a great deal of risk inherent in their untested ability to deliver on the promise of their technology vision, this is not the case with Eventerprise. If anything, the technology, and its development are among the least risky aspects of the business at this point.” It has certainly been a busy back end of 2019 for Birgit and her executive team, with the Keiretsu Forum engagement having provided the opportunity to pitch at a series of events across the U.S. and also present the latest release of the platform’s EventerQuote/RFP solution to the RISE conference in Hong Kong.

Looking to meet Birgit between the 6th and 13th January 2020 in London to discuss all things events? Please email us at letsmeet@eventerprise.com to arrange a time and let's look to connect the world of events together.

The Eventerprise late-seed round is led by San Francisco based Act 5 Ventures and has already added Phillip R. Lynch, Vice President, Commercial Growth & Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific, to its list of seasoned angel investors. “My investment is predicated on good leadership, the right team, and its business model. The team is privileged to be led by an outstanding leader in Birgit Thümecke, who is well qualified to take Eventerprise forward.”

Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business, she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.

Instagram & Twitter: birgit_ceo

Linkedin: Birgit Thümecke

Source: Eventerprise AG (Switzerland)

Eventerprise AG

charlie@eventerprise.com

www.eventerprise.com

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Talking Success Skills With The Ultimate Girl Boss, and Woman in Tech, Birgit Thumecke

”In the technology space, you need to understand the dynamics of how the tech world works – at the minimum – from a conceptual point of view. Therefore I would advise women to study up on data science, coding, and artificial intelligence. Become a subject-matter expert. Read, read, read. Because what makes you good at your job are skills, hard skills.” Birgit Thumecke

Q: What are your current areas of focus?

As the CEO of a startup, I wear many hats and so do my colleagues. My main role is planning and steering the company, with limited resources, on a path toward profitability, financing, and/or an exit. I manage expenses and external financing, so we don’t run out of money. I allocate capital to the company’s priorities and direct its financial management, I focus on fundraising and investor relations. I oversee the business plan and financial model as I am responsible for efficient administration, particularly with regard to compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, and for ensuring that the decisions made by the board of directors are implemented.

We have just completed a rigorous Due Diligence with the Keiretsu Forum, a global investment consortium of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. It kept me fairly busy for the last 2-3 months. For more information please find our Due Diligence summary and further investor-related content at https://www.eventerprise.com/invest . We started with this right after two investor roadshows; the first one took us back to the US, particularly Chicago, Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, and San Francisco while the second took us to Hong Kong, where we exhibited at RISE, one of the largest and fastest-growing tech conferences on the planet.

Eventerprise is now raising a late-seed round of .1 million via convertible note with a 20% conversion discount and a M valuation cap. 5K has been raised in the first close, with 5K remaining, of which we plan to raise no less than 0k in this second close to fund the LA launch – our first US city.

In the growth phase that lays ahead I will be able to focus more on team building, talent sourcing, motivating, supporting, and growing our team as well as sales because at Eventerprise, we are all in sales!

Q: If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career what would it be?

Be bolder, be more daring & think bigger!

One of the most common regrets even successful people have is that they “didn’t think big enough.” Many of the things we want in our lives will come to us as long as we give ourselves permission to receive them. If we cannot envision it, it won’t ever happen or ever be ours. Whether you’re looking for a promotion, a new career opportunity, or a better life overall, it starts by thinking 10X bigger and raising your standards.

For example, billionaire and co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, came up with a great question you can ask yourself to do just this:

“What would you have to do if you want to achieve your 10-year goal in six months?”

This level of XXL-thinking forces you to break past your current limitations and fears and ultimately approach your career with confidence and ambition.

Q: How do you improve your financial knowledge?

I like numbers. I started my career as a subject matter expert in revenue accounts in the airline industry on the back of a diploma which I have received from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Airline Accounting & Finance.

Later in my career, I became a managing director of a company with 450 staff, and although I employed a financial manager, as managing director I naturally had to understand the finances. I’ve always dealt with the tasks and never shied away from taking up the challenges. Finance is not rocket science, it’s pretty straight forward. It is a rational discipline and, should you need to learn more, everything can be found on the internet.

Today, I am a crossover between CEO & CFO, I run the financial management at Eventerprise. I am constantly learning and that will probably continue. One can never know it all, and you have to stay open to learning new things. I am fortunate that I have a good network of advisors, on whom I can rely at any time, made up of investment bankers and accountants amongst others. The important thing is not to be too arrogant or too shy to ask. The formula I apply is simple:

Should I ask or should I be told? – A: ASK! Q: Do I look stupid if I ask? – A: Who cares?

We can all obtain knowledge and we should be proactive about it, as it will not be delivered to us on a silver platter. That is how I have improved my financial knowledge, by asking a lot of questions, reading up and simply doing it: cash flow analysis, accounting, financial modeling, use of funds projections, capital formation strategy, annual financial returns and so forth.

Q: What advice would you give to a woman considering technology as her career?

The truth is that women are still vastly underrepresented in the tech space. Those who are in tech must speak up. I would advise them to use their voices to bring more women in and use that same voice when it comes to creating more inclusive technological solutions. A lot of the technology is funded, designed and built by groups of predominantly male investors, designers and engineers. More women deserve the investment and support of their peers to develop inclusive solutions that have the potential to unlock entirely new markets and revenues.

Sometimes women are other women’s worst enemies. We do not do a fantastic job of creating jobs for other women. We need to elevate each other and rely more on mentoring and networking.

In the technology space, you need to understand the dynamics of how the tech world works – at the minimum – from a conceptual point of view. Therefore I would advise women to study up on data science, coding, and artificial intelligence. Become a subject-matter expert. Read, read, read. Because what makes you good at your job are skills, hard skills.

Q: What is a skill you think all women should learn and why?

Women are hesitant to talk up their accomplishments because they are often penalized when they do. And yet I advocate that women should learn how to better self-promote. Both women and men fear that people won’t like them if they are self-promoting, but women are more likely to let it stop them. So, while both genders worry about rejection, this fear inhibits women’s, but not men’s, abilities to promote themselves. It’s not that women are inherently lacking in the ability to self-promote, but it seems unnatural or unethical for them. That’s an unfortunate reality because self-promotion is essential to getting ahead. Men also may be perceived as overly boastful, but the bar is set much higher for them. Women, on the other hand, face a double bind. They’re punished for behaving in ways that might be perceived as immodest, and they’re punished professionally for behaving in ways that aren’t self-promoting. Regardless of the underlying reasons, whether it be misunderstood modesty or the risk of being perceived as pushy or bossy, I firmly believe women should promote themselves more strongly and way more often. However, each woman should do this in her own way and not simply copy of men. For anything to yield the desired outcome, it must be carried out authentically. You can’t expect anyone to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. That means that every woman has to determine her own stance, be more or less assertive etc. until it feels right for her.

Q: Tell us about your proudest achievement?

It’s personal. My mother was from South Africa and moved to Germany to marry my father and live there. This was not possible in South Africa because of Apartheid and the so-called “immorality act”, as my mother was a person of colour and my father was white. At that time, one wrote airmail letters on thin light blue paper that took forever and a day to reach its destination, let alone to receive a reply. Approximately every 3 months, my parents registered a long-distance call to South Africa with the local post office. Although the call never lasted for more than 5 minutes, the cost was horrendous. When my maternal grandmother was seriously ill, my mother flew home for the first time in almost 10 years. That was very expensive at that time and hardly anyone ever flew on vacation, not even short distance to Mallorca, so I was very aware of my mother’s constant yearning and homesickness. I was maybe 10 years old and helped my mother washing the dishes when I looked out of the kitchen window and saw an aeroplane flying high up in the sky. Then and there I promised my mother that as soon as I grew up, I would allow her to fly home regularly. I did not know how, but I was certain I would find a way.

At the beginning of my twenties, I started working for an airline and my dream came true. My mother flew regularly to South Africa several times a year.

This is most certainly one of my proudest achievements. It ties in with my answer to question no. 6 – who dares wins.

 Learn more at www.eventerprise.com/invest

 Eventerprise.com is a Swiss global tech startup on a mission to connect the world of events. We do this by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive and affordable across an underserved market. Eventerprise makes it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyone find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.

Instagram & Twitter: birgit_ceo

Linkedin: Birgit Thümecke

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Global Events Platform to address Mumbai Angel Network as part of global fundraising roadshow

The Indian events industry is an economic powerhouse. This week Birgit Thümecke, CEO and Co-founder, and Barry Blassoples, VP Growth of Eventerprise, will address the Mumbai investor network as part of Eventerprise’ global funding initiatives. 

Eventerprise is a tech company on a mission to connect the world of events by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive, and affordable across an underserved market.

Making it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyday people find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

Eventerprise recently announced the completion of due diligence with the Keiretsu Forum (USA), part of the world’s number one most active venture investor network. The three-month collaborative process, which saw substantial input from experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and legal experts, provides a platform to finalize Eventerprise’ .1 million late-seed funding raise coupled with significant industry and investor validation. With 5,000 already secured in the 1st close of the round, the report and additional financing of 5,000 will fuel the company’s growth marketing initiatives and launch in the greater Los Angeles region.

The move to address the Indian investor community is a logical one for the Swiss and US incorporated business, with an established strategic R&D partner in Vadodara, India,  Co-founder and events entrepreneur, Charlie Wright, is excited by the potential: “India being arguably one of the largest events markets in the world makes the local validation, investment and partnerships already secured tremendously significant for us. We are now very much looking forward to launching the platform here in due course.”

Dr. Rajen Kilachand, investor, businessman and prolific philanthropist adds: “I have known Charlie for a number of years and his friendship and absolute commitment to what he does, along with his integrity as a businessman are what have convinced me to get behind Eventerprise, and I’m delighted to be part of the early pioneers in this platform.”

The experience with Keiretsu has been invaluable and created a platform to present the next phase for Eventerprise at a series of global events. “Receiving the stamp of approval from such an internationally recognized due diligence process was a key objective for us,” echoed Birgit Thümecke, who acknowledges that the benefits go far beyond funding from the Keiretsu network. “Having the opportunity for some of the best in the business to take a deep dive into every corner of our business, and come up with such positive sentiment, truly reaffirms our belief that the Eventerprise platform is ready to serve the global events industry.”

Adam Smith, owner of the digital growth agency Sound Press, Cincinnati, USA, highlighted the following in the final report: “They have a plan in place to put the funding towards the right tasks for proving the business model and acquiring market share. The supporting documents are some of the best I’ve seen in regards to preparedness.” It was not only the firm’s marketing strategy that received ringing endorsements, its underlying technology gained high praise from veteran and San Francisco angel investor Peter Henry: “Whereas typical early-stage tech start-ups have a great deal of risk inherent in their untested ability to deliver on the promise of their technology vision, this is not the case with Eventerprise. If anything, the technology, and its development are among the least risky aspects of the business at this point, and it’s more about the marketing and execution of launching the offering in the right place and time”.

The management team, led by serial entrepreneurs and industry experts Birgit Thümecke, Götz Thümecke and Charlie Wright, clearly understand the potential of the event management software market, the size of which is expected to balloon to .4billion by 2024 according to latest research. Industry giant Cvent’s recent acquisition of the event technology provider DoubleDutch provides testament to the event industry’s continuing ability to develop and embrace innovative digital solutions. With two-sided platform models being already well established with consumers in India and the United States, Eventerprise covers a niche which has been long overlooked by the industry’s established technology powerhouses. Its unique focus on streamlining the interactions between event hosts and vendors of event products, services or venues allows the company to, in the words of CEO Birgit Thümecke, “level the playing field by bringing trust, order and simplicity to an underserved and fragmented industry.”

Eventerprise has recently extended its reach into the Asian market, with a Singaporean hub coming online in 2019. Investor sentiment in the region has followed suit, with its current round adding Phillip R. Lynch, Vice President, Commercial Growth & Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific, to its list of seasoned angel investors. “My investment is predicated on good leadership, the right team and its business model. The team is privileged to be led by an outstanding leader in Birgit Thümecke, who is well qualified to take Eventerprise forward.”

Funds secured from the current late-seed round, which is led by San Francisco based Act 5 Ventures, are earmarked for growth market activation activities across the greater Los Angeles region, as well as further investment in its R&D capabilities. With expansion milestones and revenue targets achieved the team will head toward Series A latest 9 months after launch full of optimism. The event industry has seen high profile exit transactions such as Eventbrite’s billion IPO in 2018, Eventerprise’s market-ready platform, detailed roll-out plan, and potential return over five years (based on comparable investments), offers a very compelling investment opportunity.

To learn more about the Eventerprise investment opportunity, please click here.

Learn more at www.eventerprise.com/invest

Eventerprise.com is a Swiss global tech startup on a mission to connect the world of events. We do this by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive and affordable across an underserved market. Eventerprise makes it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyone find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.

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Should diversity and inclusion be part of an investment strategy?

It’s a sign of our globalized times that rarely a day goes by without us being confronted by the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Global diversity campaigns like International Women's  Day is celebrated around the world, diversity management courses continue to proliferate, and high-profile companies like Google and Uber are churning out one diversity report after the other. Only the willfully blind would deny that diversity and inclusion have become integral to the current zeitgeist.

 

However, despite the obvious moral imperative, a prudent investor would be remiss not to ask how much of a company's self-promotional noise around diversity constitutes politically correct window dressing and how much is bona fide strategy that will drive successful outcomes for the company, its employees, and of course, its shareholders.

 

One should not be too quick to judge the cynical investor; widespread corporate commitment to diversity seems to be at odds with reality. In the case of black Fortune 500 CEOs, the numbers have actually regressed from seven in 2007 to only three in 2018. Pale male hegemony remains entrenched with white men occupying 66 percent of board seats. Unsurprisingly, only 20% of Fortune 500 companies are prepared to publish their full diversity makeup. Those who do, are mostly tech companies like Google and Facebook.

 

That said, large tech companies have their own diversity challenges. There’s Uber’s well-published toxic culture under co-founder, Travis Kalanick, which led to his resignation as CEO. The subsequent pressure on the company to transform has now reached the point where executive pay is being linked to diversity and inclusion goals. Google’s 2019 Diversity Report showed that the internet behemoth is not exactly blazing a transformation trail either, with female leadership representation dropping to 26%. Tellingly, Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, Danielle Brown, resigned shortly after the report was released.

 

Just to muddle the picture further, there are also converse trends like the surge in Indian CEOs taking up the reins at American tech companies. Sundar Pichai at Google, Satya Nadella at Microsoft, Nikesh Arora at Palo Alto Networks, and Shantanu Narayen at Adobe are some high-profile examples that come to mind. A few Indian swallows do not make a diverse summer though. Even with Pichai at the head of Google, the company still struggles with diversity issues. Which bring us back to the original question - does workplace diversity drive better results?

 

The first step to a definitive answer is to understand the difference between diversity and inclusion and how they interact with each other. Diversity can be seen as all the traits that distinguish us from each other, such as gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, age, and sexual orientation. Inclusion refers to how an organization can harness diversity to create a performance-oriented culture that is also conducive to personal success. Diversity is the raw material; inclusion is what you build with it.

 

As Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers and co-founder of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, mentioned in Fortune earlier this year,

 

". . . a focus on diversity numbers alone can create dangerous tunnel vision . . . business leaders should balance their approach by paying more attention to company culture . . . a workplace where each employee feels comfortable bringing their true selves to work is key to supporting them to stay, thrive, grow, and contribute within an organization."

 

That answers half of our investment question. Simply stuffing your organization with an exotic array of personalities is obviously not going to amount to much. You need to create a suitably inclusive environment that embraces all of your people’s differences and channel each person’s contribution towards common goals. But where’s the evidence that such an approach really improves the company bottom line and creates more value for investors?

The empirical case for workplace diversity and inclusion

The broader world provides some intuitive clues. Rock and roll, which dominated the airwaves for decades, evolved from diverse music styles like blues, jazz, folk, and country. The cosmopolitan melting pots of Singapore, London and San Francisco have all seen phenomenal economic growth over the past few decades. As an investor though, drawing parallels with company diversity would require more empirical evidence.

 

Thomson Reuters has made the job a bit easier with their Diversity & Inclusion Index, now in its fourth year. The index ranks publicly traded companies based on their ability to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their company strategy. It then tracks the financial returns of the top 100 companies. Over the past seven years the D&I index companies have consistently outperformed the total market.

 

Number one on the 2019 D&I index, Johnson & Johnson, is also number 37 on the Fortune 500 list with a market cap of 5B and the world’s largest biomedical company by revenue. Number two, Nestlé, is the world’s largest food and beverage company and number 76 on the Fortune 500 list with a market cap of 9B.

Source: Refinitiv

 

The Thomson Reuters index is not alone in its empirical analysis of the impact that sound diversity and inclusion strategy can have on a company’s performance. Many leading financial and advisory firms have produced research that also proves a strong correlation between D&I and bottom line .

 

  • Morgan Stanley research from 2016 showed that companies with more female employees outperformed those with less gender diversity by adding an extra 2% return on equity.

 

  • A 2018 study by AXA investment managers identified high diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage and indicator of future profitability.

 

  • In 2017, Boston Consulting Group compared perceptions of company leadership diversity at 1,700 companies in eight countries with the portion of total revenue derived from new products and services launched. Their conclusion was that companies with above-average management diversity earned on average 19% more revenue from innovation.

 

  • McKinsey’s 2018 report, Delivering through diversity, also confirms the connection between diversity and company performance. The report analyzed the profitability, long-term value creation, and diversity at various levels of over 1,000 companies in 12 countries. They found that the companies with the most gender diverse executive teams had 21% more chance of above-average profitability and were 27% more likely to create value over the long term than the companies with the lowest executive gender diversity.

 

Growth in diversity indexes and certifications like Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index and the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification are further signs of the increasing importance of accurately measuring the impact of diversity and inclusion strategies on company performance.

 Sources: Bloomberg | EDGE Strategy

 

Company executives used to be hesitant to ascribe too much influence to diversity and inclusion, but it seems the tide is turning. Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, went so far as to credit resilience and innovation borne of a diverse and inclusive culture for the airline's miraculous turnaround from a demoralizing AUD.8 billion loss in 2013 to a record profit of AUD0 million in 2017.

Why are diversity and inclusion such powerful drivers of company growth and profit?

The above-mentioned research, as well as feedback from companies like Unilever that have implemented detailed D&I strategies, has highlighted some specific reasons why more diverse and inclusive companies outperform their peers.

 

  • It promotes critical problem solving by fostering collaboration and removing biases.
  • It leads to better decision making and corporate governance.
  • It fast-tracks innovation by valuing different perspectives and new ideas.
  • It drives better employee engagement by being more welcoming and representative.
  • It gives access to a wider and deeper talent pool, which in turn can help build a distributed organization.
  • It makes companies more agile by forcing them to adapt quicker to changing circumstances.
  • It enhances brand and social reputation by reflecting the environment that the company operates in.

 

Implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy is not without its challenges though. A leadership team with multicultural experience, some international exposure, and sound relationship management skills implies a strong advantage. Leaders with well-developed emotional intelligence will also find it easier to relate to people on multiple levels and view issues from different angles.

 

International business services firm, Deloitte, defines inclusive leadership in terms of six Cs: cognizance, curiosity, courage, cultural intelligence, commitment, and collaboration.

Source: Deloitte

 

Organizationally it is crucial to hire right, promote from within, and have a clear succession plan. More importantly, companies need to clarify early on who is ultimately responsible for driving diversity and inclusion. The current trend at large organizations like Facebook and Google is that it should be the Chief Diversity Officer or Chief Transformation Officer. In my opinion, there is a strong case to be made that such an important pillar of company culture should remain under the remit of the CEO, especially at early-stage companies.

Source: Bloomberg

Can tech help drive diversity?

Boston Consulting Group found in their research that digital technology has a multiplier effect on the relationship between diversity and innovation. Simply put, companies that prioritize digital solutions and tools tend to reap bigger rewards.

 

In response, D&I technology has grown substantially as businesses started waking up to the value of a diverse and inclusive work environment and simultaneously experienced societal, regulatory, and shareholder pressure to get rid of workplace bias and discrimination. According to Mercer, the world’s largest HR consulting firm, there are currently more than 100 vendors of D&I technology which covers all aspects of the employee life cycle: talent acquisition, development, retention/engagement, and analytics.

 

Entrants to this new market include platforms like Handshake, a job portal for university students and graduates that makes it easier for employers to find candidates based on more granular diversity and inclusion metrics. Jopwell is another talent acquisition startup which matches companies with Black, Latinx, and Native American candidates.

The Verdict

There’s no denying the mounting evidence that diversity and inclusion is good for your investment dollar. Just make sure the company is doing it for the right reasons. Simply focusing on numbers, be it the bottom line or quotas, does not guarantee long-term results. Using diversity to foster continuous innovation and source the best possible talent does.

 

 

Birgit Thümecke is co-founder and CEO of Eventerprise.com, a global marketplace platform that connects event organizers with event professionals as well as vendors of event-related products, services, and venues. As a recipient of a Stevie Award for Women in Business she is committed to building a world-class distributed organization that serves all its stakeholders with growing value.

 

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Energy Marketing Conferences announced the winner of the “Leadership and Integrity Award at its 12th semi-annual conference.

Energy Marketing Conferences announced the winner of the “Leadership and Integrity Award". The nominees were retail energy companies who have exemplified fine leadership qualities, the highest level of ethics, and benefit their customers, community, environment as well as internal stakeholders.  The award was sponsored by Everlast Energy.

 

The 10 nominees for the award were: Abest Power and Gas, Agway Energy Services, Arcadia Power, CleanChoice Energy, LE Energy, Liberty Power, Mega Energy, RRH Energy, Tomorrow Energy, and Town Square Energy. 

 

The winner of the award was Tomorrow Energy as announced at the Energy Marketing Conference on September 12th 2019 at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City.   Sean Figaro, of Tomorrow Energy accepted the award.

 

Past winners of the award were: UGI Energy Services (2017), USG&E (2016), North American Power (2015), Chief Energy (2014), and IDT Energy (2013).

 

“All the nominees for the Leadership and Integrity Award were exemplary companies of leadership and integrity,” said Jack Doueck, Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Capital, LED Plus and of Energy Marketing Conferences, “All of these companies showed leadership in how they excelled in hands-on customer service. They were all patrons to their communities and companies we can all be proud of. Paul Keene, CEO of Tomorrow Energy rose above everyone else."

 

“Tomorrow Energy implemented an 18 month transition plan that has completely remade the business, including a move of the business to Houston, a hiring of a new team of industry veterans, and a significant shift in business strategy that resulted in a rebranding.   They built a new organization with a 100% focus on renewables.  They not only totally rebranded the products. They also transformed the company culture, values, and ethics,” said Larry Leikin, Co-Founder of EMC and CEO of TrustedTPV.

 

The Energy Marketing Conference is the largest gathering of retail energy professionals in North America.   

There were 50 exhibitors, 6 interactive panels, 8 executive workshops, more than 50 speakers, a networking breakfast, a luncheon and a vibrant networking reception with live music.  The keynote was Rich Blaser, CEO Infinite Energy and Citizens for Energy Choices.

 

 

The next Energy Marketing Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Houston Texas on March 3, 2020.  It will be another fantastic networking opportunity and will be filled with a packed agenda of learning.

REGISTER HERE

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Fine Art Shippers Offers Comprehensive Art Logistics Services in NYC

Finding a reliable art logistics company to transport your precious artworks in NYC is easier said than done. Among the abundance of offers, many companies fail to stand by their promises and render genuinely exceptional services. Fine Art Shippers, a fine art shipping company with decades of flawless reputation in the area, stands apart from the multitude of offers in the NYC art handling market due to professionalism and dedication of its team to the art of handling art. A father-and-son company founded in 1995, Fine Art Shippers has been at the forefront of the dynamic NYC art world for decades to date, always coming with impeccable services, affordable rates, and customization of services to each client’s individual needs.

Here you’ll find comprehensive service packages including artwork transportation to galleries and auctions, moving museum exhibitions, antique moving, and art installation at the owner’s residence or the location of its display. With representative offices scattered across the USA and globally, Fine Art Shippers comes with a variety of service options that any demanding art collector or art organization may have, meeting and exceeding the quality and timeliness expectations. Hundreds of art dealers, galleries, museums, and private collectors enjoy the convenience of the company’s affordable art shuttle services allowing their items to reach the destination swiftly and securely.

Besides the actual art logistics services, Fine Art Shippers has successfully expanded its scope of service coverage to include art consultation and storage. The seasoned experts with proven experience consult clients on all issues related to art appraisal, authentication, brokerage, and procurement. Additional consultation aspects include support for young and emerging artists in terms of exhibition set-up, advertising campaigns, and the provision of appropriate venues for the artistic events.

Whatever piece of art you need to be moved, it’s never an issue for Fine Art Shippers. Its experts are experienced in piano shipping, white glove moving, and installation of artworks of all sizes. Every employee has specialized training in the handling of antiques, guaranteeing that your artworks stay intact no matter their condition and age.

Fine Art Shippers has an impressive track record of fine art moving and installation services at all significant NYC art fairs, including Frieze New York, The Armory Show, Affordable Art Fair New York, and SCOPE New York, to name just a few. Its art movers and handlers are always up to date with the latest techniques of careful, safe art packing, moving, and installation. Now you can relax and rest assured that your valuable property is in reliable and capable hands instead of controlling every aspect of the transportation. By using the art pick-up and delivery service from Fine Art Shippers, you may have your new acquisition reach its new home in no time.

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How to gain experience and skills for a career in the digital economy

Meet Becky. She’s a smart young recruitment professional from a mid-sized town near Chicago in America’s Midwest. And she’s unemployed, despite an honours degree which saddled her with ,000 in student debt. Automation in the HR industry has made her junior position redundant.

If predictions are to be believed, this is a nightmare scenario that is poised to play off on a large scale across multiple industries and countries over the next few decades. Those with a fervent imagination can probably hear the voice-over in their heads, like something from a cheesy 1980s horror movie.

“First they came for the blue collar workers, and now they’re coming for those working in the professional service industries.”

Automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, gig economy, and robotics have all become dread words as the Fourth Industrial Revolution steams inexorably onward. But is it really all doom and gloom for young professionals looking to make their mark in the world?

At first glance, the predictions are not on the side of youth. The Brookings Institution calculated that 25% of American jobs are at high risk of automation, with the risk for those in the 16 – 24 age group the highest. Although areas like office administration (60%) and construction (50%) face some of the highest levels of automation, the seemingly unassailable legal profession is also not immune with a 38% risk.

Across the pond, in the UK, the future doesn’t augur well either, with 30% of jobs at risk of automation by the 2030s. Even the venerable accounting profession faces a 94% chance of extinction.

The flip side of the coin looks equally dire. 49% of global employers are struggling to fill vacancies due to massive skills shortages, according to a ManpowerGroup survey. And that is exactly where the opportunity lies for ambitious young professionals who want to grab the world by the scruff of the neck. Let’s dig in further to see what the Beckys of the world should do to set themselves up for success.

In a hurry to upskill and gain experience? Check out the exciting openings we have for ambitious young professionals

But first, some more bad news. An oft-quoted Oxford university study estimated that almost half of US jobs were at high risk of automation over the next ten to twenty years. And that study was based on advances in Machine Learning and Robotics back in 2013!

Fortunately, the same study also came up with the antidote – those human skills that are currently immune to robotic replication.

For the foreseeable future, artificial intelligence will struggle to compete with our creative intelligence and its ability to produce original ideas and creative solutions. Robots are also not able to mimic sophisticated human perceptions and insights related to other people. Which is probably a good thing; one Dr Phil is enough.

In the same vein, it’s difficult to picture software being able to negotiate a peace settlement or a major business merger. And of course, it’s called the art of persuasion for a reason. Definitely not a machine learning strength – yet.

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report came up with its own prediction for most valuable skills which they have been tracking since 2015:

It is worth noting that Complex Problem Solving remained in pole position, while Critical Thinking and Creativity have moved into the second and third spots respectively. Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Flexibility (your ability to switch between different mental tasks) both make a first time appearance.

At least half of the top skills are related to communication and collaboration, which should be seen as foundation skills that can be honed into top ten skills. But where or how do you get to do all that honing?

It’s a sad truth that many entry level roles are aimed that cost-effective execution of repetitive tasks. Exactly those tasks that will vanish within a few years from now. The old cliche of needing skills and experience has taken on a new meaning – you need ‘the right’ skills and experience.

So, the quandary for many young professionals is that they know they need skills and experience that universities and most entry-level jobs don’t offer. They often just don’t know where to go and get them. The good news is that forward-thinking startups like Eventerprise offer a powerful solution. It makes sense though; startups are generally already operating at the vanguard of commercial and societal change.

Many startups also offer something else, above skills and experience, and that’s purpose. Eventerprise, for example, is on a mission to make an extremely fragmented and under-served events industry more transparent and filled with value for all its participants. As the CEO of the company I like to believe that it played a role in the phenomenal growth of the young professionals who have taken their careers to the next level in our digital-first environment.

What does Eventerprise offer young professionals?

Collaborate within a strong culture that teaches work ethic as a way of living. When you believe in what you do and want to succeed, hard work becomes second nature.

Come to grips with the huge (global) growth potential of digital platforms and marketplaces.

Work closely with a leadership team that offers many years of experience and insights into a variety of business-related disciplines.

Learn faster, wider, and deeper than ever before on our agile development path.

Acquire the latest in-demand skills within a digital-first startup environment.

Interact with a diverse global team and gain life-changing multicultural and international exposure.

Celebrate female leadership, diversity, and inclusion.

Future-proof your career for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Discover opportunities to travel and explore the world on multiple levels

Work remotely or at our Cape Town, South Africa, operational hub.

There are of course a few expectations from our side

We expect that you take full ownership of everything that you do. That will require resilience and endurance, especially when things don’t go your way.

Sound work ethic is one of our core values. We hope you share that with us.

As the WEF mentioned, problem-solving skills are where it’s at. In a startup environment, your ability to come up with solutions to new challenges will be tested every day. Just like a startup needs to be agile in everything it does, so do you.

Sitting on the fence can be dangerous. That’s why forward motion is always powered by confident decision making. We support and guide, but we don’t hold hands. (Initiative is such a beautiful word.)

Opportunity knocks every day and around every corner. It just needs an attentive person to open the door. We’ve built an environment that’s conducive to out-of-the-box thinking. We trust you will seek out the fresh angles and openings.

Be bold and daring – within reason. We enjoy sparring with each other (it promotes creativity), but we always keep it respectful. Likewise, we move fast and break things to learn more, but we do so cognizant of all the relevant details.

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If you have read this far without breaking down in tears, well done. You may just be who we are looking for. One or two more carrots before we introduce you to some of our current career opportunities for young professionals.

We follow a performance-based remuneration model across the company. If you bring special skills to the party, we will definitely consider it in our offer. However, as a startup, our value proposition should be in what you can learn rather than a market-related salary. Longer-term, there is also potential to join our permanent core team, as well as acquiring equity through an employee stock ownership plan.

So without any further fanfare, here are some of those opportunities we’ve been going on about. Have a look and send through your application if you feel Eventerprise is the right fit for your career.

Junior Financial Operations Coordinator

Junior Freelance Graphic Designer

Junior Digital Marketer

Freelance UX Designer

Freelance UX Writer

Web Copywriter

Learn more about Eventerprise on our Careers Page.

 

Eventerprise.com is a Swiss global tech startup on a mission to connect the world of events. We do this by ensuring technology is accessible, inclusive and affordable across an underserved market. Eventerprise makes it easier to create memorable experiences by helping everyone find the best vendors, venues and event professionals, all on one platform.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please write or call:

Charlie Wright, Co-Founder Eventerprise

Email: charlie@eventerprise.com

Phone: +27 76 022 4476

www.eventerprise.com

https://www.eventerprise.com/page/press-room/

 

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Banksy Wall Removal Service from Fine Art Shippers

As a professional fine art moving company, Fine Art Shippers deals with many different kinds of art, from works on paper and oil paintings to metal sculptures and large art installations. Our company is also proficient in moving walls with graffiti and street art. In particular, we are pleased to offer a Banksy wall removal service in New York, London, Paris, and other our locations. Our team of professional art handlers has the experience, resources, and skills necessary to extract any mural from the wall and relocate it to any destination safely and securely. 

Banksy is a world-known British street artist whose identity is hidden in a shroud of mystery. His amazing murals, most of which address social, economic, and political issues relevant to today, appear on the buildings overnight, as if by magic wand. They cover the walls of Bristol, London, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and many other cities around the world. Banksy prefers to stay anonymous, which, however, does not prevent his works from being sold for millions of dollars. This elusive artist has literally changed the way people look at graffiti and murals, bringing street art to a whole new level. As a result, the lucky owners of buildings covered with Banksy art do their best to preserve his works, which often leads to certain difficulties. This is where Fine Art Shippers comes into play.

Banksy’s last visit to New York in 2018 was marked by a series of gorgeous murals that appeared in the unassuming Brooklyn neighborhood of Midwood. The larger one was almost immediately destroyed, but the smaller one created on the wall of the former Mobil gas station was successfully preserved thanks to the building’s owners and our expertise in moving large and heavy artworks. The mural depicting a seal balancing a ball on its nose is now kept in a secure, climate-controlled facility and can be viewed on-demand.

Moving a Banksy wall was one of the most challenging things Fine Art Shippers has ever done. The 10 x 10 feet mural was approximately five tons in weight, not to mention that we had to extract it from the building without ruining the wall and damaging the artwork itself. This job required a cohesive teamwork approach, with professional art handlers, engineers, builders, art restorers, and steel manufacturers involved. After developing a step-by-step plan of action, we supported the wall with metal bracing elements and a custom built wooden carcass and only then extracted it from the building using special tools and equipment. Everything was done professionally, with the utmost attention to detail, which allowed us to move the valuable Banksy mural to its current location in perfect condition.

At Fine Art Shippers, we are proud to offer our Banksy wall removal service in New York and other cities around the world. We have the capacity and knowledge to handle the most challenging and complicated moving task with efficiency and safety. Whatever mural or art installation you need to relocate, we will be happy to help!

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Running a distributed organization - 7 critical factors for remote work success

Call it what you want - distributed organization, remote work, outsourcing - these overlapping terms have been go-to buzzwords in business parlance for a while, almost as de rigueur as diversity and transparency. Globally, one in every three people are now working remotely to some extent. No wonder, when you consider the much-vaunted benefits of a distributed business model: lower overheads and wages, higher productivity, better quality of life, wider access to talent, and of course, the promotion of diversity and innovation.

 

That may seem great, but before we get too excited about lounging in our jammies while Dan from HR delivers his 11th presentation on company leave policy via Zoom, there are a few caveats.

 

The digital nature of platforms makes them ideally suited to a distributed business model. However, its successful implementation is not a one-size-fits-all affair. Some digital-first companies, like Buffer, Zapier, and Github, have built thriving fully-distributed businesses. WordPress is another good example of a decentralized community with shared goals. Conversely, online retail giant, Amazon, is spending billion on its controversial HQ2 office with space for 50,000 workers. The fact that your business is digital, doesn’t seem to dictate that your workforce should be too.

 

It’s not only digital startups that are buying into the promises of higher productivity and happier employees. Many traditional companies, especially in the professional services sector, are experimenting with decentralized models. Unfortunately, some of these companies are either woefully ill-equipped to run a distributed organization or are trying to sugarcoat labour arbitrage.

 

Originally arbitrage meant cross-border trade in goods - the buy low, sell high principle. This was followed by offshoring factory work to low-wage countries. Now, Globalization 4.0, driven by the proliferation of digital technologies, is introducing a new form of arbitrage in the services sector. As a result, professional workers in developed economies are increasingly being subjected to the vagaries of the gig economy, which has diluted many hard-won workers’ rights.

 

It is therefore important to distinguish between a true distributed organization, which binds together remote professionals, working towards common goals within a harmonious culture, and a simplistic outsourcing exercise with a one-dimensional (and sometimes exploitative) purpose. Hopefully, the Zeitgeist is changing. A quick Google Trends exercise shows that interest in outsourcing has waned dramatically over the past 15 years while remote work has risen in popularity.

How did we get here?

Large multinationals have actually been running distributed formats for ages. The Dutch and British East India Companies were early forerunners of these mega corporations with workers and offices spread across the globe. Ironically, the British East India company also helped to create the antithesis of distributed organizations, one of the first gargantuan centralised offices. It was an early forerunner of the labour concentration that was so characteristic of the First Industrial Revolution, due to the latter’s need for factory fodder.

 

Despite its ubiquity, office culture has only been around for about 300 years. For most of humankind’s existence work was conducted from home. This allowed families and communities to build strong bonds and support networks. The advent of centralised offices disrupted this natural state of affairs, as workers were generally reduced to units of production, with scant regard for their quality of life.

 

The internet and new methodologies like Agile and Lean have created an opportunity to break free from the constraints of the centralised office model. Ambitious young companies can now use a distributed model to compete with established players and disrupt entire markets. That is, if they are able to negotiate the following hurdles.

7 critical factors for remote work success

 

The rise of the distributed machines

Skynet is live. The proliferation of SaaS solutions for very aspect of running a business has been a game changer.Cloud software for CRM, project management, communication, and video conferencing has made collaboration between remote teams much easier, while AI and machine learning applications have removed the need for many entry level positions.

 

However, knowing which tools to use at each stage of your company’s evolution can be tricky. Many young startups have rued the day that they signed up for the full (and quite expensive) Salesforce package, belatedly discovering that they only required 10% of its functionality. Runway up in flames.

 

Leadership experience

Digital tools are great, but if you don’t have the right culture and organizational structure in place, they will not be wielded effectively. Startups that build a distributed model into their DNA from inception tend to be more effective at leveraging innovation, increasing productivity and raising employee satisfaction. Doing that is easier said than done though.

 

Your organization needs highly-focused leaders who can implement a clear structure and develop processes that nurture trust in common goals across multiple channels. That said, transparency is key to building trust. Leaders should communicate strategies, opportunities, and challenges in a clear and consistent fashion. Nothing kills trust like not knowing what is going on in the company that you are working for.

 

Get rid of hierarchies. The more layers you add to your distributed organization, the higher the likelihood of communication breakdown. That’s why a lean approach works so well with a remote team.

 

Communication skills have never been more important

The fact that you are using cutting-edge digital tools and working in real time with team members situated thousands of miles away, does not mean that proven business principles don’t still apply.

 

Omni-channel communication is not just for your clients. Your team should know when and how to use a specific communication channel. Make sure your onboarding process is up to scratch in this regard. Screencast videos are a great way to get this done.

 

Be clear and concise in all communication.  A lack of physical cues and different semantic interpretations can cause misunderstandings and frustrations that would not usually occur in an office. Follow up on all interactions to make sure everyone is on the same page.

 

Recruit the right people

Not everyone is cut out for remote work. Candidates may have the right qualifications and relevant work experience, but if they are not self-disciplined, self-motivated, and nimble around remote technologies you’re in for a challenge.

 

Recent studies have shown that many remote workers feel disengaged and isolated, which does not bode well for their commitment to the job at hand. This also ties back to communication and leadership - if you are not putting the right structures in places and coaching your people, you should not be surprised that they feel adrift and unvalued.

 

A good way to test a candidate’s suitability is to include a small remote project, based on their particular field of expertise, in the recruitment process. If you get the desired results within the stipulated time frame, you probably have a keeper. Just make sure the test project requires interaction with other members of your team.

 

The laws of the land and fair practice still apply

If you want your employees to buy into your company goals, you need to make sure that they feel valued as real partners. That means giving them the same rights as a traditional on-site worker. Trying to circumvent leave and other benefits to cut costs in the short term, means sacrificing loyalty and team stability in the long term.

 

This does not mean that you can’t negotiate a quid-pro-quo if you are a cash-strapped startup. As long as the terms are transparent. For example, if you can’t afford to pay market-related salaries, then offer delayed satisfaction in the form of share options. It’s a great way to create buy-in.

 

Choose the right mix

As a distributed organization, you need to know when to fill a position with a permanent employee and when to outsource  the job to an independent contractor. The rule of thumb is usually that if it’s not a core function, outsource it.

 

Except for outsourcing non-core functions, there are other permutations that can define your distributed organization. For example, do you employ team members on a contract or permanent basis? That will usually depend on the nature of the role and how financially secure your business is.

 

Sometimes a hybrid approach may be the most suitable, especially if there is a clear need and opportunity for stronger or more regular social cohesion. It can take the form of quarterly focus days or conferences. Another option is to use hot seating if your team lives in the same area. The rise of co-working spaces and platforms like WeWork have made this option much easier to implement.

 

Do it for the right reasons

Many companies abuse the distributed model purely to the advantage of their bottom line and shareholders. This means remote workers are often subjected to the insecurities of the gig economy.

 

A distributed approach suits a results-driven organization that does not need to nanny its people. It does not suit a bureaucratic culture that relies on dogmatic processes and multi-layered hierarchies.

 

If you don’t trust your people to work remotely, you probably don’t know how to recruit properly. A well-functioning distributed organization allows your employees to get on with what they do best, instead of chaining them to an outdated work environment.

 

 

As CEO of Eventerprise, I have led the creation of our global hub-and-spoke model since the company’s inception. Never a trivial task, the job was made easier by the fact that I had previous experience of running a globally dispersed subsidiary for a major international airline. I can therefore attest to the immense value that a well-run distributed business offers to all your organization’s stakeholders.

 

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Swim Week Calendar Announces New DIY Digital Products

After working in the fashion industry (and particularly the swimwear, intimates, shapewear, and athleisure industry) for over 20 years, we have been able to deconstruct the traditional PR / Marketing / Sales / Consulting package and develop a library of digital DIY products that offer practical information, tools, and templates that allow brands an affordable option to pick and choose the topics that are most relevant to help them grow their individual business.   Some of these include:


The Swimwear Buyers List:
 Available for purchase (0), Swim Week Calendar has created a fine-tuned curated and completely vetted list of swimwear retail buyers. The swimwear buyers list downloads as an excel sheet and include 350 verified contacts (name, title, email, address, and phone number).


The Independent Buyers List:
 Available for purchase (0), Swim Week Calendar has created a fine-tuned curated and completely vetted list of buyers from multi-line specialty boutiques from around the United States. The list contains 370 verified contacts (name, title, email, address, phone) priced in the moderate and better to high-end of the apparel and accessories market.


How to Pitch to Buyer e-book
 (): Featuring word-for-word script templates to get your brand into retail stores this book is a step-by-step guide on what you need to prepare and how to get those coveted meeting with the right retail buyers. This e-book included info on:  

  • How to know if the retailer is right for you;
  • What to say when you call;
  • What to say when you email / what NOT to say;
  • What to say when you are in the store;
  • What they are going to expect to see

And so much more - we have jam-packed so much fun and easy-to-read information in this book. 


How to Pitch to Editors
 e-book (): Swim Week Calendar has created this DIY guide which equips you will all the proper resources you need to understand and prepare before you start the pitching process as well as a template script and sample scripts to show you how to pitch editors. This e-book includes:

  • Media Lead Times
  • Magazine Themes
  • Editorial Calendars for a Variety of National Publications
  • Template Script
  • Sample Scripts
  • Invaluable Advice from over 20 years in the fashion industry


Wholesale Line Sheet Template (),
 One of our best sellers, this customizable, easy-to-use line sheet template will allow brand owners/designers to showcase their collection to retail buyers in an effective, and organized way. This acts as their catalog, allowing buyers to see important information such as pictures, pricing, color availabilities and more. A line sheet is a way buyers are able to place orders with your company.


MIAMI SWIM WEEK CONSULTATION:  
If you are confused about Miami Swim Week and the best way to showcase your brand Swim Week Calendar offers a 45 min phone consultation () that will give you expert guidance in choosing the right trade show for your brand, whether or not to do a runway show and which platform we recommend for your specific brand. We will consult on where to go, how to get sponsors, where to network, and answer any additional specific questions you might have. 


ONE-HOUR GENERAL PR/MARKETING CONSULTATION:
This one-hour consultation will provide insight into navigating the worlds of Public Relations, Branding, and Social Media during a phone/Skype/WhatsApp conversation with a fashion business-consulting expert with over 20 years of experience.  A one-hour consultation with a professional can shorten the learning curve of how to approach these specialized fields, saving you and your company time and money and will contribute to a potentially high achieving campaign.  If you have questions to go over, would like to bounce ideas off of a professional in the field, or need someone to turn to for a full campaign overhaul, book a one-hour session consultation.  If you think you'll need more time and assistance, we also offer customized packages that take you through the process from start to finish.  Contact us at info@swimweekcalendar.com with the subject line "Consultations" to discuss options.

Whether you are new to the industry and need help starting your business, have already launched and need help getting sales and customers, or have a list of specific questions and just want answers, we can work together to get your short or long term goals accomplished. 

Email us at info@swimweekcalendar.com; Follow us on Instagram @swimweekcalendar.com

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People Need People Becomes Higher Growth Search, a Staffing and HR Services Firm for the Cannabis Industry

Today People Need People becomes Higher Growth Search, a staffing and HR services firm for the cannabis industry.

For years, cannabis-based businesses comprised a small and unregulated industry, and there was therefore little need for attention to compliance and employment regulations. However, with the legalization of cannabis came both a flood of new talent into and an increased spotlight on the industry, and many cannabis businesses need outside guidance to keep up with these new demands.

People Need People was founded in 2017 in Oakland, CA by Stacy Bryant, an industry veteran who began her expansive career in the industry at the age of 16. People Need People was built as a boutique staffing company geared towards the cannabis industry, and it expanded across Northern California, maintaining relationships with some of today’s most well-known brands.

“I am excited to be joining Higher Growth Search at such a critical time for the cannabis industry,” remarked Bryant, managing director of Higher Growth Search. “Legalization has created new challenges for business owners, who now cannot rely solely on their expertise with cannabis, but must also quickly come to understand employment law and implement new policies to remain in compliance. It’s clear that not only does the cannabis industry ‘Need People,’ but it also needs to properly hire, manage, and retain them so that their businesses can grow.”

Higher Growth Search’s vision is to help legitimize the cannabis industry by giving businesses resources to manage and care for their employees, institute and maintain safe workplaces, and find and retain the right talent for each role and company.

“By staffing our company with not only experts from the cannabis space, but also from the staffing and human resources management side,” said CEO Joe Madigan, “we’ve positioned Higher Growth Search to become a strong business partner who understands both where cannabis companies are coming from and how to get them where they want to go.”

Drawing from experience in helping businesses of all sizes, from startups to large enterprises and across nearly every industry represented in California for the last 50 years, Higher Growth Search brings a wealth of knowledge and support to the cannabis industry. Higher Growth Search also has deep knowledge of the local job markets and a wide network of highly talented workers, along with experience staffing for the wine, beer and spirit fields and other highly regulated industries, making this new company a strong presence as it enters the cannabis industry. 
To learn more about Higher Growth Search, visit highergrowthsearch.com.

About Higher Growth Search 
With nearly fifty years’ experience in the staffing, HR, and payroll space, as well as years of working directly with cannabis-focused companies, Higher Growth Search is the foundation on which businesses in the cannabis industry grow. We relieve you of the burden of providing payroll administration, compliance, staffing, and human resources services and apply our deeply-rooted expertise with HR processes and management across industries to your business. Visit highergrowthsearch.com for more information.

Posted in: Education,Employment,Professional Services,U.S

Manhattan Mental Health Counseling Warns About The Proclivity of Driven Personalities Towards Depression

Manhattan Mental Health Counseling, a psychotherapy private practice in NYC that accepts insurance, has spoken out about the increased tendency of overtly driven, motivated individuals to suffer from illnesses such as depression.

According to Manhattan Mental Health Counseling founder Natalie Buchwald, men and women who are particularly ambitious, and hard-working tend to be more successful in their fields. However, that success comes at a cost. Often, their career-focused personality traits go hand-in-hand with a level of perfectionism that inevitably damages their well-being.

“Many professionals have the tendency to constantly seek a level of perfection that’s impossible for anyone to achieve,” explains Natalie. “This often leads them to be hypercritical of their accomplishments and ashamed that they are not doing better. The stress from this constant state of shame is inherently unsustainable. Eventually, they begin having trouble focusing on work,” she continues. “That creates more stress, which makes it harder to focus, which eventually leads to burnout, then depression. Because such professionals tend to be so productivity-focused, this depression hits them exceptionally hard - it’s frighteningly easy for them to spiral deeper and deeper into a depressive state.”

Natalie recommends that anyone who feels they’re under a great deal of pressure from their career seek counseling - and emphasizes that there is absolutely no shame in doing so.

“There is an unfounded and unjustified stigma surrounding therapy, and we all need to do our part to eliminate it,” Natalie continues. “The truth is that everyone can benefit from speaking to a counselor, whether they’re grappling with feelings of inadequacy or simply trying to make sense of a busy life. Therapy shouldn’t be a source of shame for anyone.”

Natalie maintains that she will continue to do her part to help by providing affordable psychotherapy. Manhattan Mental Health Counseling allows New Yorkers to work with a dedicated therapist and pay using their health insurance - a rarity in the field, and something she hopes to one day see more of.

Posted in: Business,Health & Medicine,Professional Services

ASEO Hosting Discusses The Impact Blockchain Could Have On Search Engine Optimization

ASEOHosting, a provider of SEO-friendly hosting, today examined the relationship between blockchain and SEO.

A distributed database that uses multiple systems to ensure security and data integrity, blockchain was originally created to serve as a public transaction ledger for bitcoin. The peer-to-peer was intended as a solution to the double-spending problem that could be implemented without requiring a central server. As cryptocurrency continues to grow in popularity, businesses have begun exploring other uses for blockchain beyond serving as a public ledger.

“At a glance, it may seem like blockchain has relatively little to do with search engine optimization,” explains Daniel Page, Director of Business Development at ASEOHosting. “However, looking closer at the technology and its potential uses reveals that it has the potential to fundamentally change digital marketing and advertising. Moreover, it stands to upset the very core that defines SEO.”

“It is no secret that digital advertising is in dire straits,” he continues. “Malicious and fraudulent advertising has reached epidemic proportions and the usage of ad-blockers is at an all-time high. Blockchain offers a direct solution to this issue and blockchain-based identification systems provide a level of unmatched transparency and trust.”

Many companies are already working to implement such systems, and not simply for advertising. Other areas of search engine marketing, such as product reviews, also stand to benefit. A company that validates all on-site advertisements, customer reviews, and product sales through blockchain is one that demonstrates care for its customers, says Daniel.

“Believe it or not, all the applications of blockchain within the advertising space are only the tip of the iceberg,” he continues. “Through the use of distributed ledgers, we could see better keyword research, a higher premium placed on verified people and data, and an even greater crackdown on black hat SEO tactics like paid link building.”

Beyond that, says Daniel Page, the larger impact of blockchain is as-yet uncertain. He does, however, estimate that the development of a blockchain-based search engine could completely change SEO as we know it. Such a search engine would, he said, serve results based on each person’s identity; information available to and provided by them alone.

“I doubt we will be seeing any significant market upsets from blockchain in the immediate future,” he says. “But it’s still something to pay attention to - because eventually, we will see a change.”

About ASEOHosting:

ASEOHosting is the leader in providing all types of SEO Hosting, including Shared SEO Hosting, Dedicated SEO Hosting, US Dedicated SEO Servers, and EU Dedicated SEO Servers, based in Orlando, FL, and Detroit, MI, owned and operated by Ahosting, Inc., supplying hosting services that are truly beyond imagination. Since 2002, ASEOHosting has established one of the web’s premier solutions for reseller web hosting, multiple IP hosting, dedicated servers, and VPS hosting. For more information, visit https://www.aseohosting.com.

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Staypineapple Says It's Okay to Leave Your Four-Legged Friend in Your Room

There’s no need to ruff it without your furry friend. At Staypineapple they love ALL dogs! And especially love it when you choose to Staypineapple with your favorite companion!

Staypineapple knows a trip is better when the whole family takes part in the fun. That’s why they’ve created a hotel stay that ensures your pup is as comfortable as possible. They also understand that even though you brought Fido along, you can’t take him everywhere. So they created special door hangers for just such an occasion. “Staypineapple is committed to the well-being of all animals. We prioritize making our hotels 100 percent dog-friendly," said Michelle Barnet, president, and CEO of Staypineapple.

Staypineapple wants you to know that it's okay to leave your fur baby in the room while you go exploring. Just use the appropriate door hanger on your way out. If you and Fido go exploring together please hang the “My Dog Is Out Exploring (please clean my room)” sign on the door. They’ll be right in to tidy up.

If you go exploring without your best friend please place the “My Owner Is Out Exploring (please go away)” sign on the door. This informs Housekeeping to not disturb Fido’s nap. Upon your return use the Everything Button to contact the Front Desk to arrange service during typical housekeeping hours.

While you are out exploring Fido can take advantage of the pup perks every Staypineapple dog guest receives 

  • Water bowl
  • Treats
  • Dog waste bag dispenser with bags
  • Dog Bed

And you can even save a few bones when you Staypineapple with Fido by booking the Pineapple Pup Package.

Along with being the most dog-friendly hotel on the block, Staypineapple also enjoys celebrating all things furry on social media. Their mascot Dash the Pineapple Pup, hosts an annual costume contest with the winner taking home a complimentary stay at any of their nationwide hotels.

About Staypineapple

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Staypineapple represents a brand of ten privately owned and managed hotels in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. Focused on thoughtful service and design with an uncanny knack for anticipating needs, the brand wholeheartedly embraces the pineapple, a symbol of hospitality and joy. 
For more information, visit http://www.staypineapple.com or call 866- 866-7977.

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The Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA) to Hold “Workplace of the Future: Driving Hyper Productivity” Panel Discussion in NYC for the Financial Industry

The Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA®), a not-for-profit organization that provides financial IT professionals a forum to learn from and connect with each other, will host a panel discussion on “Workplace of the Future: Driving Hyper Productivity” on February 20, 2019 in NYC. Panel Sponsors include: MediaPlatform, Slack, and Zoom Video Communications and Breakfast Sponsor: LoopUp. Johna Till Johnson, CEO & Founder, Nemertes Research will provide industry perspectives and moderate the discussion. For more information, please visit: https://www.wsta.org/events/event/workplace-of-the-future-driving-hyper-productivity/

“Both the nature of work, and the tools we’re using to do it, are changing dramatically,” says Johna Till Johnson, CEO of Nemertes Research and WSTA content committee chair. “Next-generation collaboration tools are removing the barrier of distance, and cloud-based collaboration is an if, not a when, for most financial services firms. But to leverage these tools effectively, enterprise technologists need to think strategically.”

Panel Discussion Overview 
Next-generation messaging. Videoconferencing. Application and information-sharing. Office spaces designed to be as smart and virtual as your increasingly millennial workforce. This panel session features industry experts focusing on the way we work today, and tomorrow.

We’ll cover emerging technologies in communications and collaboration. We’ll take a look at processes for supporting remote employees and smart buildings. And we’ll discuss the “softer” aspects as well: How financial firms can recruit, retain, and grow an increasingly virtual, multitalented workforce. How education and training need to evolve to help employees cope with increasing demands for technical expertise and business acumen.

You’ll walk away with actionable next steps for energizing and enabling your workforce of the future.

About the Wall Street Technology Association 
The WSTA facilitates educational and networking events where members meet and exchange ideas and best practices that assist them in effectively capitalizing on technology advances in areas such as Cybersecurity, Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Data Management, Cloud, Blockchain, Digital, Architecture, etc. and dealing with financial industry business challenges. Founded in 1967, the WSTA is a not-for-profit association with a long history of evolving to meet the needs of its members.

The WSTA hosts seminars, roundtables, panel discussions, and social events. These events offer many opportunities to stay on top of leading technologies, as well as network and share information with industry colleagues. The WSTA’s educational Digital News provides additional content and information about the WSTA and industry-related activities. The website is a dynamic resource for keeping on top of the latest information and offers access to additional resources including webinars, white papers, blogs, videos, and information about other industry events.

Nemertes Research is a global research-based advisory and consulting firm that analyzes the business value of emerging technologies. Since 2002, we have provided strategic recommendations based on data-driven operational and business metrics to help organizations deliver successful technology transformation to employees and customers. Simply put: Nemertes’ better data helps clients make better decisions. http://www.nemertes.com

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Quality over Quantity in Bali at the PADI IDC with Markus Gstrein at Joe's Gone Diving. What Makes Joe's Instructor Course Different

The past year was great success here in Bali for Joe's Gone Diving and their professional PADI diver training. During 2019 Markus certified 26 Instructors also 4 IDC staff Instructors and more then 25 Divemasters which earned him the famous sought after Platinum Course Director rating. Markus is training dive professionals since 2014. The goal for his 6th year is not to getting any bigger IDC's, but better Quality Instructor level courses. 

As the Open water diver course revision in 2013 changed the way we teach the world how to dive. We are in for even bigger changes in 2019. As PADI is revising the most sought after and most objective Instructor Development program in the diving world. As mentioned the Open water course was revised, with neutral buoyancy and self awareness in mind to create fully functional Open Water divers. For the new curriculum on the IDC it will go towards more practical workshops rather than lectures in the classroom. Markus started in 2018 to implement neutral buoyant skills for Divemaster and IDC training which turned out harder than expected, more than half of the candidates however succeeded. Which is of course not an excuse to give up, but to find different techniques to make it work, not only for some individuals. You can read more about teaching on your knees vs. neutral buoyant in this Blog. This was and will be the main goal for this year to stay the course and produce more competent Instructors. Which are able to teach divers the do's and dont's about buoyancy.

For that Markus created an interactive online learning platform which enables all of his student's at Joe's gone diving to get their theory out of the way if they start studying a couple of weeks prior to the IDC. On this PADI IDC learning platform you will find the key concepts about Physics, Physiology, Equipment, RDP, Skills and Environment. You can visualise your skills with our neutral buoyant demonstration videos from Joe's IDC Staff Instructors and Course Director. Further you can also test your knowledge with specific topic quizzes or with our simulated PADI Instructor Exam.

This online Classroom prepares Markus's candidates for the theoretical part in the best possible way. So he can focus even more on practical skills and teaching techniques in Water.

What is new in 2019 at Joe's Gone Diving?

Markus will add Adaptive teaching technique workshops, as more people with disabilities are getting certified, and it is a good to have a head start in holistic teaching and how to apply it. To go with the trend all of the instructor candidates will have a try out in Sidemount diving to understand the needs of double tank and technical divers. Also some insider tips on how Underwater Cameras work and what it does in the industry will be new in this years IDC curriculum.

The main strength of Markus is the can do attitude and he'll be around 24/7 during your IDC either in person or during night time on his phone. So yes you can call him in the middle of the night if you have any questions related to balloons or partial pressure. Also if you struggle with English, the Course Director handles German and Spanish. Joe's Staff Instructors can help in Indonesian and Dutch. Also after your IDC you can count on his support. Either with a learn to teach internship for the right candidate to gain more hands on experience. Or any teaching, equipment, employment or risk management question you might have. 

What is there to do next? Find more information at Joe's Homepage and book your Course for 2019! Joe's has scheduled 10 Courses throughout the year. Find the whole 2019 IDC Schedule here.

Ready to love your Job? Best to start into the new year with the PADI IDC in Bali at Joe's Gone Diving with PADI Course Director Markus Gstrein.

About Joe's Gone Diving
Joe's Gone Diving (http://www.joesgonediving.com) based in Sanur/Bali/Indonesia is one of the leading PADI 5 Star IDC centres on the Island. Our training focuses on professional diving education from Divemaster to Instructor level.

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ColdPoint Logistics Continues Aggressive Growth with Implementation of Cadre’s Cadence WMS and LogiView Inventory Visibility Solution

ColdPoint Logistics has implemented Cadre Technologies’ Cadence Warehouse Management System and LogiView Visibility to help manage the pace of its rapid ascent in temperature-controlled logistics services. The company has put together an innovative business model based on its proximity to the Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kansas. Its direct to rail facilities nearly eliminates truck traffic and reduces West Coast port congestion, providing significant cost savings for its customers.

Cadence and LogiView will help manage all phases of inventory movement in real-time to provide new levels of accuracy and efficiency. Cadence is a full-featured, flexible WMS that tracks inbound, outbound and stored inventory within the business while LogiView extends visibility to customers, shippers and other stakeholders in the supply chain as well as EDI connectivity.

“Cadence is providing new levels of collaboration and flexibility in our operations to meet our aggressive goals for growth,” explained Phil Ehret, IT Manager at ColdPoint. “The versatility and scalability of both Cadence and LogiView helps manage the fast pace set by our customer base.”

Cadre’s systems manage a wide range of operations for virtually every vertical product market including specific tracking and control of products in frozen and cold storage facilities. It manages varying requirements and individual operations for multiple clients in hundreds of 3rd party (3PLs) warehouses and product distribution companies.

“We are pleased to have ColdPoint join our growing list of innovative customers,” said Daryl Grove, Executive Vice President of Operations at Cadre. “Cadre is proud to contribute to the success of such a ground-breaking business.”

About ColdPoint Logistics 
ColdPoint Logistics is reinventing the global fresh food farm to fork movement. Led by international food manufacturing and supply chain industry experts, ColdPoint leverages decades of experience and its location in the heart of America’s breadbasket to deliver a simple yet innovative technology-driven solution for storing, shipping and transloading agricultural products. Located at LPKC, close to the source of food production, ColdPoint’s approach allows cargo owners and shippers to reduce the number of transloads required, which decreases trucking mileage and pollution, eliminates reliance on cold storage at port facilities and cuts domestic drayage. For more information, visit http://www.coldpointlogistics.com or call 913.229.3800. ColdPoint is an affiliate of NorthPoint Development, the master developer of Logistics Park Kansas City.

About Cadre Technologies 
Cadre Technologies is a leading innovator of software for fulfillment and logistics operations including warehouse management, transportation management and online collaboration. Products include Accuplus 3rd Party Logistics WMS; LogiView, SaaS based supply chain control tower; and Cadence Warehouse Management System. The company is based in Denver, Colorado with offices in Lenexa, Kansas and Baltimore, Maryland. Cadre is a FOG Software Group company, part of Constellation Software Inc. (TSX:CSU). For more information, visit http://www.cadretech.com

Posted in: Professional Services,Transportation & Logistics

QS Fencing Provides A-Z Service for Residential Fencing in Vancouver

As a Vancouver-based fencing company, the team at QS Fencing have specialized in residential fencing solutions since the company launched in 2010. To help homeowners who require fence installation for privacy and protection, QS Fences provides all-metal fencing and gates. For more, go to: http://www.qsfencing.ca/

Three of the most popular residential fencing services provided to homeowners are the repair and installation of metal pickets, privacy fences, and gates.

Picket fences function as a decorative or ornamental fence while providing a physical barrier around a property or garden. Commonly seen around the perimeter of a yard, the distinct style of a picket fence is well known to homeowners and easily adapted into metal for greater durability and style.

While privacy fences are more commonly associated with commercial rather than residential applications, options like the chain link fence, ornamental aluminum or steel fence panels are a viable option for homeowners concerned about safety and privacy. Products can be powder-coated in an unlimited selection of colors, and for commercial applications where security is paramount, options like barb and razor wire can be added.

Finally, as part of the services QS Fencing provides, gates (automatic or otherwise) can also be added to a fence. The team can work one on one with homeowners to help select and implement a solution that suits the property, architecture, and budget.

As a Vancouver fencing company, QS Fencing is fully licensed and insured. All workers are also WCB insured. With 15 years of experience in the industry, these professionals are committed to meeting any and all needs related to commercial and residential fencing. To learn more or request a free quote, call (604) 777-3057.

About QS Fencing
Established in 2010, QS Fencing is a family-owned business that aims to provide quality products and superior service. It is a Vancouver-based fencing company that is licensed and insured. All employees are WCB insured as well. QS Fencing serves the geographical areas of Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Richmond, Surrey, and Delta, BC. To learn more, visit http://www.qsfencing.ca or call (604) 777-3057.

Posted in: Home & Garden,Living,Professional Services

Virtual DBS Utilizing Data Driven Banner Advertising Services

Virtual DBS, the marketing agency that specializes in banner advertising services, is now utilizing their enhanced data to improve options for reaching a specialized audience. Businesses can now select audiences based on location down to the zip code, gender, income, personal interests, age, job title, marital status, shopping habits, credit rating, political affiliation and more. These display marketing services make it easy, and cost effective, to reach millions of consumers in a short period of time and ads can be displayed on websites and mobile apps. 

"We have access to hundreds of millions of addresses and consumer information. The key to successful digital marketing banner ads is that you have to display them at the right time, to the right audience with high-quality content. We can help design the content and make sure that the right audience is being introduced to the promotion as well as your brand. The ability to not only target an audience, but also the device and platform the content is viewed on is a serious advantage that business owners need to utilize. Imagine being able to send someone an ad on Facebook and then turn around and show them the same ad on one of their favorite apps. That's a great way to get people to recognize your brand and engage in your product." Virtual DBS Representative 

By combining the efforts of display marketing services with SEO, social media and other forms of advertising, businesses have multiple opportunities to reach their ideal audience while also improving the quality of tracking. When determining ROI, there are always several variables that need to be taken into account. Because tracking is complex and usually focuses on only impressions, traffic and so forth, the more banner advertising services and other options a business utilizes, the more detailed the tracking can be. 

"Let's say someone is running digital marketing banner ads along with Facebook and email. We can show them the tracking, how many opens, impressions, clicks and so forth. But what happens after that? Utilizing Google analytics and SEO services we are able to show that a certain amount of people called the business or asked for directions to the store via Google. That helps to get a better understanding of the ROI for marketing campaigns which is essential as you move forward.

If you have any questions, please visit: https://www.virtualdbs.com/ 

About Virtual DBS
Virtual DBS is based out of Rhode Island and was founded in 2010. The firm specializes in digital and database marketing services and utilizes years of experience to provide cost-effective options for their clients. If you are interested in receiving a free consultation, contact them today. 

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Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Professional Services

Award-Winning Software/App Closing Commander™ Now Compatible With All Major Email Providers

HarkinsHill, LLC., the developer behind the automated sales closing app/system, Closing Commander™, has expanded the app’s email compatibility to include Gsuite, Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and other major email providers. That’s good news for service business owners and their teams, who rely on, not just a new system’s effectiveness and time-saving abilities, but also its ability to seamlessly fit with their current business systems.

The app/system is designed to save service business owners and their teams time and effort by automatically sending follow-up emails to customers once an initial bid, quote, or estimate is provided. The app relies on tested timing and the marketing Rule of Seven to ensure effectiveness, although timing between emails and email body content can be customized to fit the company’s needs and brand. Some companies using the app have seen six-figure revenue increases within just a few short months.

Caleb Martinez, a contractor in the Chicago area describes his experience using the app/system, “Closing Commander has been an excellent tool for our company. It’s a big time-saver, and customers appreciate the communication. We are winning a lot of jobs after three or four emails have been sent, and the stats in the app definitely prove its value every month.”

Closing Commander won the “Best New Product Innovation Award” from The Pete Luter Foundation in 2018 and the “Top Four Innovation Showcase Award” at this year’s Service World Expo in Las Vegas. Business owners interested in learning more about the app, scheduling a demo, or signing up for a free trial are encouraged to visit closingcommander.com.

HarkinsHill,LLC is the parent company of Closing Commander and Spark Marketer, a Nashville-based digital marketing company that primarily serves blue collar businesses. While the Closing Commander app certainly has uses in other industries, the company’s passion and mission remains to strengthen blue collar businesses around the globe.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Professional Services,Services,Technology

Two Open House Dates for All My Children Lower East Side Location

All My Children Daycare and School welcomes families on Manhattan's Lower East Side to tour the facilities and meet the dedicated staff at their Lower East Side location. The center will be enrolling children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Two open houses are scheduled - Monday, December 17th 7-9PM and Sunday, January 6th 11AM-2PM. Location is: 112 Ridge Street, New York, NY 10002.

There will be open play and arts and crafts for the kids and parents can talk to the school's director and learn about the curriculum.

AMC is committed to preparing young children for school and life readiness. Their safe, nurturing, eco-friendly learning environment and ethical character define their dedication to instilling within each child the skills necessary to continuously develop their own knowledge and their desire to establish a better world. Using The Creative Curriculum, Common Core standards, and Music, Movement, Drama, and Nature programs, AMC forms the foundation of their learning-centered program.

Being environmentally sustainable is important to All My Children Daycare. From their furniture, toys and supplies, to the paint on their walls and their facility layout, to their Energy Star appliances, and most importantly, involving children in the process through eco-sensitive diapering, organic, locally sourced food, and daily gardening, they incorporate their responsibility to be citizens of this Earth into every aspect of their ideology.

The staff looks forward to meeting parents. 
http://allmychildrendaycare.com/

Posted in: Professional Services,Services

Reno Garage Door Company Celebrating 60 Years of Service and Growth

Kenneth Reyman and the team from Thompson Garage Doors in Reno Nevada is celebrating the companies 60 years of garage door service and growth in Northern Nevada and Northern California.

Thompson Garage Doors is the largest commercial and residential garage door specialist within 100 miles of Reno Nevada. Thompson Garage Doors has been serving residential and commercial garage door customers in Northern Nevada and Northern California since 1957.

“I love this team,” says Reyman. “They cover so much territory every day impeccably with same-day garage door delivery and installation and 24-hour emergency service.” Which is no small task since they cover Reno, Sparks, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Elko, Fernley, Fallon, Yerington, Topaz, Gardnerville, Minden, South Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Squaw Valley, Truckee, Quincy, Portola, Loyalton, Herlong, Susanville, and Alturas.

An online map is available at http://thompsongaragedoors.com/reno-garage-doors-experts-about/

“There is so much to smile about at Thompson Garage Doors,” Reyman continued. “In 2016 Thompson Garage Doors and Building Supplies was awarded Platinum Dealer status by Amarr Entermatic Garage Doors for our sales performance in 2016. The Platinum Award is Amarr’s top dealer honor, and Thompsons has won this award each year since it was created in 2013. Way to go team!”

Thompson Garage Doors truly is a Nevada success story and 60 years in business is worth celebrating.

For more information on how Thompson Garage Doors and Building Supply can service and install your residential and commercial garage doors call (775)356-6601 or visit http://thompsongaragedoors.com/

Posted in: Professional Services,Services

RemoteSalesReps.Com is simplifying the process for hiring QUALITY work-from-home sales reps

After many years of unbeaten services, Ben and Steven Cawiezell (twin brothers) are slightly shiffting their focus into creating even more jobs for the vastly growing remote sales industry. Remotesalesreps.com offers a platform for entrepreneurs, and business owners to recruit the best remote sales reps on the market. For sales reps, it’s an amazing platform to get hired and find the perfect sales environment to thrive in.    

Remotesalesreps.com has recruited thousands of work-from-home sales professionals crossing hundreds of industries and that list is growing daily.

There is a strong appeal for work-from-home job positions but few of them offer the earning potential that most sales opportunities present.

RemoteSalesReps.Com was originally launched in 2011 as HireACloser.Com which specialized in recruiting, training and managing remote high-ticket sales teams, mostly focusing in the coaching and software industries.

The driving factor behind the initial launch was that any talented sales rep with a phone and online access could easily earn 6 figures from the comfort of their own homes. Hire A Closer was a great success but was limited by the number of teams they could manage while trying to scale. This is when the Cawiezell Brothers decided to make the move to the recruitment model (Remote Sales Reps) allowing them to connect more amazing opportunities with top level talent.

“We are a global economy and with the overwhelming rise of virtual companies, there is no reason to limit your talent selection. We are trying to create organization in the chaotic remote sales job market.” Ben Cawiezell states during their upcoming launch.

Remote Sales Reps takes the heavy lifting off hiring for a sales position with so much appeal that job posts are often completely saturated by 1-CLICK applicants who do not qualify for the position on any level.

Remote Sales Reps is only interested in delivering long-term candidates for companies. On the same note, Remote Sales Reps is only accepting job opportunities that they believe their service could find quality candidates for, no affiliate offers and no opportunities that do not offer some kind of lead source.  

About Remote Sales Reps

Remote Sales Reps revolutionary platform helps business owners, recruiters and hiring managers  to reach the strongest remote sales representatives on the market. Remote Sales Reps mission is to connect top remote sales reps with stable job opportunities.

With over a decade of recruiting, training and managing remote teams all over the world, they have a strong understanding of what it takes to build an effective team. Remotesalesreps.com is working deligently to find the best talent for you from various sources as per your need.

Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales,Professional Services,Services,U.S

Powersolv, Inc. Successfully Meets All the Statutory Demands For its ISO 9001:2015 & 27001:2013 Certifications

Powersolv Inc., the premier Information Technology Services Company and a reputed name in providing technologysolutions to various clients at Federal, State, County level as well as to Quasi Federal, Not-for-profit, and Local Agencies, has announced that they have successfully completed their Surveillance Audit 2 for ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 27001:2013 certifications.

Surveillance Audit is an audit conducted within specific time frames on organizations that have been awarded ISO certificationsto ensure that they continue to maintain the standard and statutory requirements. The audit is conducted every year by an external auditor.

“We are happy to announce that we have successfully completedthe Surveillance Audit 2 for our ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 27001:2013 certifications,” says the President and CEO, Rahul Dhawan.“These audits are a part of the ongoing periodic review of the quality management system as well as information security management system of theorganization. These audits are conducted to highlight Powersolv’s ongoing and unwavering commitment to our clients at various levels to continually provide them with thebest-of-breed solutions and latest technologies”

The successful completion of the Surveillance Audit 2 has allowed Powersolvto proudly claim to bean ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013 certified company. It also reflects their high level of commitment to providing the best quality IT services and solutions to their clients. For certifications to be allocated and remain valid, organizations are required to demonstrate their adherence to the stringent quality and security measures, customer service processes, and statutory requirements.

About Powersolv, Inc.:

Established in 1995, Powersolv is a CMMI Level 3 and a Microsoft Gold Partner Certified Information Technology Services provider with its headquarters in the Washington DC Metro region. Powersolv specializes in offeringsoftware development and systems integration, and business process improvementservices to address the growing information technology demands in the public sector.They supply the best breed of technology services with a proven commitment toexcellence delivered with superior customer service.They areone of the leading players in Enterprise Technology, Business Process, Infrastructure,Management& Cloud Services. The company also offers a wide range of other key services underthe IT domain such as Database Management, Legacy Systems Migration, Technical Support, Staff Augmentation, Network Infrastructure, and Enterprises Mobile Solutions.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Professional Services,Services,Technology,U.S

Broadcom to Nominate Slate of 11 Independent, Highly Qualified Directors for Election at Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting

Broadcom intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proxy statement, accompanied by a BLUE proxy card, in connection with Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting. Qualcomm has announced that its 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on March 6, 2018.

On November 6, 2017, Broadcom proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for per share consideration of .00 in cash and stock, consisting of .00 in cash and .00 in Broadcom shares. Broadcom's offer represents a 28% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm's common stock on November 2, 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 33% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price. The Broadcom proposal stands whether Qualcomm's pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. ("NXP") is consummated on the currently disclosed terms of 0 per NXP share or is terminated.

Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, stated, "We have heard from many Qualcomm stockholders who have expressed their desire for Qualcomm to engage with us. We also continue to receive positive feedback from customers  and, having had initial meetings with certain relevant antitrust authorities, remain confident that any regulatory requirements necessary to complete a combination will be met in a timely manner. Although we are taking this step, it remains our strong preference to engage in a constructive dialogue with Qualcomm. We have repeatedly attempted to engage with Qualcomm, and despite stockholder and customer support for the transaction, Qualcomm has ignored those opportunities. The nominations give Qualcomm stockholders an opportunity to voice their disappointment with Qualcomm's directors and their refusal to engage in discussions with us. In light of the significant value our proposal provides for Qualcomm stockholders, we believe Qualcomm stockholders would be better served by new independent, highly qualified nominees who are committed to maximizing value and acting in the best interests of Qualcomm stockholders."

To ensure continuity, Broadcom would support a decision by the 11 new directors, upon their election, to increase the size of the Board and reappoint Mark D. McLaughlin, Anthony J. "Tony" Vinciquerra and Jeffrey W. Henderson as directors.

Broadcom's nominees for the Qualcomm Board are:

  • Samih Elhage, former President of the Mobile Networks Business Group of Nokia Corporation. Previously held the role of Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks, subsidiaries of Nokia. Also served on the Boards of Alcatel-Lucent Corporation, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, and Quickplay Media Inc.
  • Raul J. Fernandez, Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and former Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo, Inc. Also served as CEO of Dimension Data North America and as Chairman, CEO and President of Proxicom, Inc. Serves on the Boards of AtSite, Inc. and Perfect Sense, Inc., and previously served as a Director of Kate Spade & Company.
  • Michael S. Geltzeiler, consultant for Temasek Holdings. Previously served as Senior Vice President and CFO of ADT Corporation and before that, CFO and Group Executive Vice President at NYSE Euronext.
  • Stephen J. Girsky, Managing Partner of VectoIQ, an independent advisory firm. Previously served in a number of capacities at General Motors, including Vice Chairman. Serves on the Boards of United States Steel Corporation, Brookfield Business Partners, Drive.ai, and Valens Semiconductor Ltd. Previously served as a Director of GM following its emergence from bankruptcy and as Lead Independent Director of Dana Holdings Corp.
  • David G. Golden, Managing Partner at Revolution Ventures. Previously spent 18 years at J.P. Morgan, including five years as Vice Chairman and Director of technology, media and telecommunications investment banking. Serves on the Boards of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. and Blackbaud, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Everyday Health, Inc. and Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Veronica M. Hagen, retired President and CEO of Polymer Group, Inc. (later renamed AVINTIV Specialty Materials Inc). Also served as President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper and held multiple positions at Alcoa, including Vice President and Chief Customer Officer and business unit president of Alcoa Engineered Products. Serves on the Boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, the Southern Company, and American Water Works Company, Inc. Previously served as a Director of AVINTIV, Jacuzzi Brands, Inc., and Covanta.
  • Julie A. Hill, owner of The Hill Company. Serves on the Board of Anthem, Inc. and was a Director of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. prior to its merger with Anthem. Has been a trustee of the Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds since 2004 and previously served as a Director of Lend Lease, Ltd., Resources Connection, Inc., and Holcim US.
  • John H. Kispert, Managing Partner of Black Diamond Ventures. Previously served as President and CEO and a Director of Spansion, Inc. through its merger with Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Serves on the Boards of Gigamon Inc. and Barracuda Networks, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Cypress, TriNet Group, Inc., and Extreme Networks, Inc., where he was Chairman.
  • Gregorio Reyes, former Director and Chairman of the Boards of Dialog Semiconductor plc and LSI Corporation, and former Director of Seagate Technologies Public Limited Company. Previously was a co-founder and Chairman of Sunward Technologies Inc., Chairman and CEO of American Semiconductor Equipment Technologies, and President and CEO of National Micronetics. Held positions at National Semiconductor, Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Eaton.
  • Thomas S. Volpe, Managing Member of Volpe Investments LLC. Previously CEO of Dubai Group LLC, a diversified investment firm based in the United Arab Emirates, and before that, served as Chairman of Prudential Volpe Technology Group. Served on the Boards of Linear Technology Corporation and EFG-Hermes Holding Company.
  • Harry L. You, President, CFO and Director of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. Previously served as Executive Vice President in the Office of the Chairman of EMC Corporation. Served as CEO of BearingPoint Inc., Executive Vice President and CFO of Oracle Corporation and CFO of Accenture Ltd. Previously served as a Director of Korn/Ferry International.

Moelis & Company LLC, Citi, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as financial advisors to Broadcom. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Latham & Watkins LLP are acting as legal counsel.

More information regarding Broadcom's proposal for Qualcomm and nominees can be found by visiting www.AVGO-QCOM.com.

About Broadcom Limited

Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions. Broadcom Limited's extensive product portfolio serves four primary end markets: wired infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise storage and industrial & other. Applications for our products in these end markets include: data center networking, home connectivity, set-top box, broadband access, telecommunications equipment, smartphones and base stations, data center servers and storage, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and electronic displays.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning Broadcom and Qualcomm. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements that address Broadcom's expected future business and financial performance and statements about (i) the proposed transaction involving Broadcom and Qualcomm and the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, (ii) the expected benefits of other acquisitions, (iii) Broadcom's plans, objectives and intentions with respect to future operations and products, (iv) Broadcom's competitive position and opportunities, (v) the impact of acquisitions on the market for Broadcom's products, and (vi) other statements identified by words such as "will", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "should", "intend", "plan", "potential", "predict", "project", "aim", and similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs of the management of Broadcom, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, such management, current market trends and market conditions and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside Broadcom's and management's control, and which may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include: the ultimate outcome of any possible transaction between Broadcom and Qualcomm; uncertainties as to whether Qualcomm will cooperate with Broadcom regarding the proposed transaction; the effect of the announcement of the proposed transaction on the ability of Broadcom and Qualcomm to retain customers, to retain and hire key personnel and to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers or customers; the timing of the proposed transaction; the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and satisfy other closing conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction (including shareholder approvals); and other risks related to the completion of the proposed transaction and actions related thereto. Other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could materially affect future results include: any risks associated with loss of Broadcom's significant customers and fluctuations in the timing and volume of significant customer demand; Broadcom's dependence on contract manufacturers and outsourced supply chain; any acquisitions Broadcom may make, as well as delays, challenges and expenses associated with receiving governmental and regulatory approvals and satisfying other closing conditions, and with integrating acquired companies with Broadcom's existing businesses and Broadcom's ability to achieve the benefits, growth prospects and synergies expected from such acquisitions, including Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. and Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm; the ability of Broadcom to integrate Qualcomm's business and make changes to its business model, and to resolve legal proceedings, governmental investigations and customer disputes relating to Qualcomm's licensing practices; Broadcom's ability to accurately estimate customers' demand and adjust Broadcom's manufacturing and supply chain accordingly; Broadcom's significant indebtedness, including the substantial indebtedness Broadcom expects to incur in connection with Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm, and the need to generate sufficient cash flows to service and repay such debt; dependence on and risks associated with distributors of Broadcom's products; Broadcom's ability to improve its manufacturing efficiency and quality; increased dependence on a small number of markets; quarterly and annual fluctuations in operating results; cyclicality in the semiconductor industry or in Broadcom's target markets; global economic conditions and concerns; Broadcom's competitive performance and ability to continue achieving design wins with its customers, as well as the timing of those design wins; rates of growth in Broadcom's target markets; prolonged disruptions of Broadcom's or its contract manufacturers' manufacturing facilities or other significant operations; Broadcom's dependence on outsourced service providers for certain key business services and their ability to execute to its requirements; Broadcom's ability to maintain or improve gross margin; Broadcom's ability to maintain tax concessions in certain jurisdictions; Broadcom's ability to protect its intellectual property and the unpredictability of any associated litigation expenses; any expenses or reputational damage associated with resolving customer product and warranty and indemnification claims; Broadcom's ability to sell to new types of customers and to keep pace with technological advances; market acceptance of the end products into which Broadcom's products are designed; and other events and trends on a national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive and regulatory nature.

Broadcom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which you may obtain for free at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov, discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect Broadcom's business, results of operations and financial condition. Broadcom undertakes no intent or obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Additional Information

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities.  This communication relates to a proposal which Broadcom has made for an acquisition of Qualcomm and Broadcom's intention to solicit proxies for the election of Broadcom nominees to the Qualcomm Board and certain other proposals at Qualcomm's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.  In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, Broadcom (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed, Qualcomm) may file one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents with the SEC.  This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus or other document Broadcom and/or Qualcomm may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

Investors and security holders of Broadcom and Qualcomm are urged to read the proxy statement(s), registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus and/or other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety if and when they become available as they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.  Any definitive proxy statement(s) or prospectus(es) (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Broadcom and/or Qualcomm, as applicable.  Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Broadcom through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

This document shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Participants in Solicitation

Broadcom, certain of its subsidiaries, its directors and executive officers, other members of management and employees and the nominees described above may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction, including with respect to Qualcomm's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.  You can find information about Broadcom's executive officers and directors in Broadcom's definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on February 17, 2017.  Information about the Broadcom nominees will be included in the proxy statement Broadcom intends to file with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents filed with the SEC if and when they become available.  These documents (if and when available) may be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website http://www.sec.gov.

Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales,Media & Communications,Professional Services,Telecom

Deadline Alert: "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars" Nominations Are Due December 3

Launched in 2014, the international "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" recognizes 30 individuals annually who are 30 years of age or younger, who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration, and other outstanding attributes, and who have made contributions to their companies, associations and the industry at large. The "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" positions supply management and procurement as viable and exciting career choices for early career professionals.

What makes a rising star? One example is Amy Georgi, 30, Program Manager, Supply Chain Acquisition and Integrations with Fluke Electronics, a Danaher Company, York, Pennsylvania, recognized as the 2015 "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Megawatt Winner". She produced meaningful results by taking over a project where the sole source supplier lead time was 12-14 weeks. Within six months, she had compressed that time down to three–four weeks and reduced excess on-hand inventory by over  million. Ms. Georgi also actively gives back to the profession by passing her knowledge on to others – from hosting multiple kaizen (continuous improvement) events and creating followership among her peers and superiors, to mentoring girls between the ages of 12-18 years old, working with them on setting goals, building life skills, and the importance of fiscal self-reliance.

By celebrating emerging leaders like Amy Georgi, Thomas™ and (ISM®) hope to create even greater awareness and interest in supply management careers. "Supply management professionals have a direct impact on companies' financial performance, and our industry must continue attracting the 'best and brightest' to maximize our contribution. We encourage supply management professionals around the globe to submit a nomination and shine a light on a rising star," said Tom Derry, Chief Executive Officer of ISM®.

"Managing your supply-chain is managing your business today. We encourage all supply chain professionals to nominate someone within their own company ranks, as a 30 Under 30 Star for this unique industry honor," said Tony Uphoff, Thomas™ President & CEO. 

30 individuals will be selected for the 2017 class of "30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars". All stars will receive a one-year membership to ISM®, complimentary admittance to ISM2018 in Nashville, TN (valued at ,295), and a Thomas™ Team Training Package.

One individual will be designated as the Megawatt Winner and will also win an all-expense-paid trip (up to ,000) to ISM2018 for themselves and their nominator.

Individuals should nominate deserving young professionals at 30under30.thomasnet.com by Sunday, December 3, 2017at 11:59 p.m. EST. All nominees must be 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2017.

About Thomas™

Thomas™ provides actionable information, data, analysis and tools that align with and support today's industrial buying process. Its solutions include the Thomas Network at Thomasnet.com®, industry's largest and most active buyer/supplier network. Through Thomas Marketing, the company provides full-service industrial marketing programs, digital product data syndication solutions, and website development. Thomas Insights delivers original content to help marketers and supply chain professionals inform their decision-making, through leading titles including Inbound Logistics, Industrial Equipment News® (IEN®), Your Industrial Daily, and the Thomas Index.

About Institute for Supply Management®

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves supply management professionals in more than 100 countries. Its 50,000 members manage about  trillion in corporate supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute, ISM® drives value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM® leads the profession through the ISM® Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification and training programs, events, corporate services and the ISM Mastery Model®. For more information, please visit: www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org.

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NMI® at 57.4%; November Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE 
The 16 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in November — listed in order — are: Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Other Services; Public Administration; Information; Finance & Insurance; Construction; Management of Companies & Support Services; Accommodation & Food Services; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The only industry reporting contraction in November is Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting. 

WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …

  • "Domestic business is strong, with positive growth indicators for 2018 from both internal sources and client feedback." (Management of Companies & Support Services)
  • "Construction labor continues to be constrained in the West." (Construction)
  • "Steady; no material changes." (Finance & Insurance)
  • "We continue to struggle with understanding the [potential] changes to the Affordable Care Act, and are trying to be flexible in how we respond. Also, Hurricane Maria has affected some of our pharmaceutical supplies." (Health Care & Social Assistance)
  • "Mixed bag of goods for November 2017. Typical seasonal increases for specific braising cuts of beef as the holidays approach. Some volatility on produce items such as brussel sprouts. Expect cream to spike due to holiday season." (Accommodation & Food Services)
  • "Business seems to be leveling off. Attribute this to the holiday season that is approaching." (Professional, Scientific & Technical Services)
  • "Business is strong, but not as strong as Q3." (Retail Trade)
  • "Bookings would suggest a strong run to the end of the year." (Wholesale Trade)

 

ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING SURVEY RESULTS AT A GLANCE

COMPARISON OF ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING AND ISM® MANUFACTURING SURVEYS*

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Index

Non-Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Series 
Index

Nov

Series 
Index

Oct

Percent Point 
Change

Direction

Rate of 
Change

Trend**

(Months)

Series 
Index

Nov

Series 
Index

Oct

Percent Point 
Change

NMI®/PMI®

57.4

60.1

-2.7

Growing

Slower

95

58.2

58.7

-0.5

Business Activity/

Production

61.4

62.2

-0.8

Growing

Slower

100

63.9

61.0

+2.9

New Orders

58.7

62.8

-4.1

Growing

Slower

100

64.0

63.4

+0.6

Employment

55.3

57.5

-2.2

Growing

Slower

45

59.7

59.8

-0.1

Supplier Deliveries

54.0

58.0

-4.0

Slowing

Slower

23

56.5

61.4

-4.9

Inventories

54.5

52.5

+2.0

Growing

Faster

8

47.0

48.0

-1.0

Prices

60.7

62.7

-2.0

Increasing

Slower

6

65.5

68.5

-3.0

Backlog of Orders

51.5

53.5

-2.0

Growing

Slower

10

55.0

55.0

0.0

New Export Orders

57.0

60.0

-3.0

Growing

Slower

10

56.0

56.5

-0.5

Imports

52.5

52.0

+0.5

Growing

Faster

6

54.5

54.0

+0.5

Inventory Sentiment

56.0

61.0

-5.0

Too High

Slower

246

N/A

N/A

N/A

Customers' Inventories

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

45.5

43.5

+2.0

         

Overall Economy

Non-Manufacturing Sector

Growing

Growing

Slower

Slower

100

95

 

*Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for the Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment Indexes. Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries.

**Number of months moving in current direction.

COMMODITIES REPORTED UP/DOWN IN PRICE, AND IN SHORT SUPPLY

Commodities Up in Price 
Cheese (3); Copper Products (4); Corrugated Boxes (7); #1 Diesel Fuel (6); #2 Diesel Fuel (4); Fuel (5); Gasoline (4); Labor — Construction (9); Lumber Products (5); Natural Gas; Paper; Paper Products; Plastic Products; and Steel Products* (2).

Commodities Down in Price 
Bacon (3); Butter; Dairy Products (2); and Steel Products*.

Commodities in Short Supply 
Integrated Circuits; IV Solutions (4); Groundwood; Labor (4); Labor — Construction (20); and Labor —Temporary (3).

Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.

*Indicates both up and down in price.

NOVEMBER 2017 NON-MANUFACTURING INDEX SUMMARIES

NMI® 
In November, the NMI® registered 57.4 percent, 2.7 percentage points lower than the 60.1 percent registered in October, indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. A reading above 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector is generally contracting.

An NMI® above 48.9 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the November NMI® indicates growth for the 100th consecutive month in the overall economy, and indicates expansion in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. Nieves says, "The past relationship between the NMI®and the overall economy indicates that the NMI® for November (57.4 percent) corresponds to a 3.3 percent increase in real gross domestic product (GDP) on an annualized basis."

NMI® HISTORY

 

Month

NMI®

Month

NMI®

Nov 2017

57.4

May 2017

56.9

Oct 2017

60.1

Apr 2017

57.5

Sep 2017

59.8

Mar 2017

55.2

Aug 2017

55.3

Feb 2017

57.6

Jul 2017

53.9

Jan 2017

56.5

Jun 2017

57.4

Dec 2016

56.6

Average for 12 months – 57.0

High – 60.1

Low – 53.9

Business Activity 
ISM®'s Business Activity Index registered 61.4 percent in November, a decrease of 0.8 percentage point from the October reading of 62.2 percent. This represents growth in business activity for the 100th consecutive month. Fourteen industries reported increased business activity and two industries reported decreased activity for the month of November. Comments from respondents include: "More optimism in marketplace" and "Business has increased this past month in advance of the holiday season."

The 14 industries reporting growth of business activity in November — listed in order — are: Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Educational Services; Public Administration; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Accommodation & Food Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Other Services; Information; Construction; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The two industries reporting a decrease in business activity in November are: Management of Companies & Support Services; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting.

 

Business Activity

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

32

57

11

61.4

Oct 2017

34

53

13

62.2

Sep 2017

37

49

14

61.3

Aug 2017

32

52

16

57.5

New Orders 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing New Orders Index registered 58.7 percent, a decrease of 4.1 percentage points from the October reading of 62.8 percent. November represents growth in new orders for the 100th consecutive month, at a slower rate compared with October. Comments from respondents include: "People are trying to spend their budgets before our fiscal year-end in December" and "New business gained."

The 12 industries reporting growth of new orders in November — listed in order — are:  Transportation & Warehousing; Utilities; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Public Administration; Health Care & Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Information; Management of Companies & Support Services; and Other Services. The two industries reporting a decrease in business activity in November are: Mining; and Educational Services.

 

New Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

30

57

13

58.7

Oct 2017

35

52

13

62.8

Sep 2017

40

49

11

63.0

Aug 2017

29

55

16

57.1

Employment 
Employment activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 45th consecutive month. ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Employment Index registered 55.3 percent, which reflects a decrease of 2.2 percentage points when compared to the October reading of 57.5 percent. Eleven industries reported increased employment, and five industries reported decreased employment. Comments from respondents include: "We are adding staff to address rising volume and client service demands" and "Growth in business."

The 11 industries reporting an increase in employment in November — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Retail Trade; Educational Services; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; Public Administration; and Management of Companies & Support Services. The five industries reporting a reduction in employment in November are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Mining; Accommodation & Food Services; and Information.

 

Employment

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

23

61

16

55.3

Oct 2017

24

65

11

57.5

Sep 2017

22

66

12

56.8

Aug 2017

25

60

15

56.2

Supplier Deliveries 
Supplier deliveries were slower in November for the 23rd consecutive month. The index registered 54 percent, which is 4 percentage points lower than the 58 percent that was registered in October. A reading above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries, while a reading below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries. Comments from respondents include: "The vendors and their sources are getting bogged down with the higher volume of orders" and "Truck driver shortages and rail car shortages."

The 10 industries reporting slower deliveries in November — listed in order — are: Mining; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Information; Management of Companies & Support Services; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Wholesale Trade; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; Retail Trade; and Finance & Insurance. The only industry reporting faster deliveries in November is Public Administration. Seven industries reported no change in supplier deliveries in November compared to October.

 

Supplier Deliveries

%Slower

%Same

%Faster

Index

Nov 2017

11

86

3

54.0

Oct 2017

17

82

1

58.0

Sep 2017

19

78

3

58.0

Aug 2017

7

87

6

50.5

Inventories 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Inventories Index grew in November for the eighth consecutive month and registered 54.5 percent, 2 percentage points higher than the 52.5 percent that was reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 32 percent indicated they do not have inventories or do not measure them. Comments from respondents include: "Replenishing inventory used during [the] hurricane" and "Preparing for [the] holiday season."

The 11 industries reporting an increase in inventories in November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Wholesale Trade; Construction; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting decreases in inventories in November are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Other Services; and Finance & Insurance.

 

Inventories

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

26

57

17

54.5

Oct 2017

22

61

17

52.5

Sep 2017

24

55

21

51.5

Aug 2017

24

59

17

53.5

Prices 
Prices paid by non-manufacturing organizations for purchased materials and services increased in November for the sixth consecutive month. ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Prices Index registered 60.7 percent, 2 percentage points lower than the 62.7 percent reported in October. Twenty-one percent of respondents reported higher prices, 73 percent indicated no change in prices paid, and 6 percent of respondents reported lower prices.

The 15 non-manufacturing industries reporting an increase in prices paid during the month of November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Transportation & Warehousing; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; Construction; Retail Trade; Public Administration; Management of Companies & Support Services; Other Services; Finance & Insurance; Accommodation & Food Services; Information; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Health Care & Social Assistance. No industry reported a decrease in prices paid during the month of November.

 

Prices

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

21

73

6

60.7

Oct 2017

27

66

7

62.7

Sep 2017

31

65

4

66.3

Aug 2017

20

73

7

57.9

NOTE: Commodities reported as up in price and down in price are listed in the commodities section of this report.

Backlog of Orders 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Backlog of Orders Index indicates that order backlogs grew in November. The index registered 51.5 percent, which is 2 percentage points lower than the 53.5 percent reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 36 percent indicated they do not measure backlog of orders.

The seven industries reporting an increase in order backlogs in November — listed in order — are: Management of Companies & Support Services; Retail Trade; Finance & Insurance; Utilities; Public Administration; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade. The six industries reporting a decrease in order backlogs in November — listed in order — are: Mining; Information; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; and Transportation & Warehousing.

 

Backlog of Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

16

71

13

51.5

Oct 2017

18

71

11

53.5

Sep 2017

22

68

10

56.0

Aug 2017

20

67

13

53.5

New Export Orders 
Orders and requests for services and other non-manufacturing activities to be provided outside of the U.S. by domestically based personnel grew in November for the 10th consecutive month at a slower rate. The New Export Orders Index registered 57 percent, which is 3 percentage points lower than the 60 percent reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 63 percent indicated they either do not perform, or do not separately measure, orders for work outside of the U.S.

The eight industries reporting an increase in new export orders in November — listed in order — are: Utilities; Retail Trade; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Transportation & Warehousing; Other Services; Construction; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The only industry reporting a decrease in exports is Information. Seven industries reported no change in November compared to October.

 

New Export Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

20

74

6

57.0

Oct 2017

28

64

8

60.0

Sep 2017

18

76

6

56.0

Aug 2017

16

78

6

55.0

Imports 
Imports grew in November for the sixth consecutive month. This month's reading at 52.5 percent is the 0.5 percentage point higher than the 52 percent that was reported in October. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported that they do not use, or do not track the use of, imported materials.

The six industries reporting an increase in imports for the month of November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade. The only industry reporting a decrease in imports in the month of November is Accommodation & Food Services. Nine industries reported no change in November compared to October.

 

Imports

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

10

85

5

52.5

Oct 2017

13

78

9

52.0

Sep 2017

9

86

5

52.0

Aug 2017

11

79

10

50.5

Inventory Sentiment 
The ISM® Non-Manufacturing Inventory Sentiment Index in November registered 56 percent, which is 5 percentage points lower than the reading of 61 percent reported in October. This indicates that respondents believe their inventories are still too high at this time. In November, 22 percent of respondents said their inventories were too high, 10 percent of the respondents said their inventories were too low, and 68 percent said their inventories were about right.

The seven industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too high in November — listed in order — are:  Mining; Utilities; Retail Trade; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Information; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too low in November compared with October are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; and Transportation & Warehousing. Six industries reported no change in inventory sentiment in November compared to October.

 

Inventory Sentiment

%Too

High

%About 
Right

%Too

Low

Index

Nov 2017

22

68

10

56.0

Oct 2017

27

68

5

61.0

Sep 2017

24

69

7

58.5

Aug 2017

26

70

4

61.0

About This Report 
DO NOT CONFUSE THIS NATIONAL REPORT with the various regional purchasing reports released across the country. The national report's information reflects the entire U.S., while the regional reports contain primarily regional data from their local vicinities. Also, the information in the regional reports is not used in calculating the results of the national report. The information compiled in this report is for the month of November 2017.

The data presented herein is obtained from a survey of non-manufacturing supply executives based on information they have collected within their respective organizations. ISM® makes no representation, other than that stated within this release, regarding the individual company data collection procedures. The data should be compared to all other economic data sources when used in decision-making.

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The Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® is based on data compiled from purchasing and supply executives nationwide. Membership of the Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee is diversified by NAICS, based on each industry's contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). The Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee responses are divided into the following NAICS code categories: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Utilities; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; and Other Services (services such as Equipment & Machinery Repairing; Promoting or Administering Religious Activities; Grantmaking; Advocacy; and Providing Dry-Cleaning & Laundry Services, Personal Care Services, Death Care Services, Pet Care Services, Photofinishing Services, Temporary Parking Services, and Dating Services).

Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month compared to the previous month. For each of the indicators measured (Business Activity, New Orders, Backlog of Orders, New Export Orders, Inventory Change, Inventory Sentiment, Imports, Prices, Employment and Supplier Deliveries), this report shows the percentage reporting each response, and the diffusion index. Responses represent raw data and are never changed. Data is seasonally adjusted for Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment. All seasonal adjustment factors are subject annually to relatively minor changes when conditions warrant them. The remaining indexes have not indicated significant seasonality.

The NMI® (Non-Manufacturing Index) is a composite index based on the diffusion indexes for four of the indicators with equal weights: Business Activity (seasonally adjusted), New Orders (seasonally adjusted), Employment (seasonally adjusted) and Supplier Deliveries. Diffusion indexes have the properties of leading indicators and are convenient summary measures showing the prevailing direction of change and the scope of change. An index reading above 50 percent indicates that the non-manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally declining. Supplier Deliveries is an exception. A Supplier Deliveries Index above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries and below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries.

An NMI® above 48.9 percent, over a period of time, indicates that the overall economy, or gross domestic product (GDP), is generally expanding; below 48.9 percent, it is generally declining. The distance from 50 percent or 48.9 percent is indicative of the strength of the expansion or decline.

The Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® survey is sent out to Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee respondents the first part of each month. Respondents are asked to ONLY report on information for the current month. ISM® receives survey responses throughout most of any given month, with the majority of respondents generally waiting until late in the month to submit responses in order to give the most accurate picture of current business activity. ISM® then compiles the report for release on the third business day of the following month.

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