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Marc Sparks with the Spark Tank Initiative

Posted by SS Admin on June 21, 2016 in Business, Business News, Spark Tank initiative |

Marc Sparks is a well-renowned businessman; philanthropist and venture capitalist. He lives in Dallas, Texas and operates multiple portfolio companies in the region. He is the head of Timber Greek Capital.

He has successfully operated a series of businesses where he is largely involved in the telecommunication industry apart from working with venture investing, real estate properties and in various business solutions.

He has a kind heart for mankind and holds many philanthropic efforts in Dallas and has built shelters and homes for the less fortunate. He finds it worth and rewarding by giving back to the community since he also belongs there. His strong beliefs and determination keep him going. Learn more about Marc Sparks: https://angel.co/marcsparks3 and http://whoismarcsparks.com/

He is currently putting his journals and kernels on a piece of paper in the form of a book. This is to prove that anyone is eligible to success and to inspire others not necessarily from his success story but from the barriers and obstacles to overcome in the long and involving journey. As the saying goes;” a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.”

His recent program and the newest endeavor is the Spark Tank initiative. This involves all the interested entrepreneurs where they are sending their applications to the panel, and they are considered according to the set rules and standards.

The Spark Tank initiative gives the new and upcoming entrepreneurs the chance to work with marketing experts and those who have been into the industry for quite some time.Sparks main goal with the initiative is to come with strategic and business development ideas that will help to increase their success rates.

As we all know that each business or company needs a startup capital, and this is where the majority will hit the idea but will not meet the required capital for setting up the business.

One of Marc Sparks business partner Lynne convinced him that this is where there are social service entrepreneurs who have “out-of-box” ideas and when funded can go far and create social success. This main idea with the initiative is to reap the social benefits significantly by funding grants and overseeing accountability.

Marc Sparks  USA president and CEO Michele Fabrizi supported the initiative saying that Pittsburgh has such a vibrant community and are willing to do all they can to raise the Spark Tank flag high.

When we have such people in the world we are today; we can improve the lives of many people and work towards the progress of the nation. Marc Sparks gives us a clear picture of giving back to the society. That conveys the very great message; give for you to receive.

Click the links below to read more:

https://disqus.com/by/marcsparks/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9661324.Marc_Sparks

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George Soros Highlights The Difficulties Faced By The U.S. And Europe In Assisting Ukraine

Posted by SS Admin on June 18, 2016 in Global Markets Crisis |

In order to help Ukraine, George Soros asserts that the allies of the country should combine sanctions against Russia. This way, no propaganda could prevail over the fact that President Putin’s policies are to blame for Russia’s political and economic problems. Soros argues that Russia has managed to gain temporary tactical merit over Ukraine because President Putin is determined to risk full-scale war and the use nuclear weapons. On the other hand, the allies of Ukraine are working on averting direct military clash with Russia. It is for this reason that Putin has managed to engage in hybrid war and peace according to his will.

In a large-scale war, Ukraine will not be able to prevail over Russia. This is because Russia has the ability to mobilize better armed forces. George Soros Ukraine believes that the U.S. and Europe have the power to outbid Russia financially. The inaction by the U.S. and Europe to provide Ukraine with financial assistance was hampered by the Greek crisis. The Greek crisis was caused by the euro crisis, thus the European Union could not follow the same route in assisting Ukraine. On the other hand, the Minsk agreement encouraged the European Union to keep Ukraine on a tight financial position.

Read more:
Ukraine Deserves Debt Relief

Sustaining Ukraine’s Breakthrough

Soros noted that the euro crisis resulted in acute shortage of funds for purposes of budgeting. The EU had a budget of € 145 billion, which was around 1% of member state’s GDP. In addition, Europe was not growing, thus its member states were clamoring to shrink their contributions to the budget of the EU. Soros contends that the European authorities mandated to resolve the Greek crisis mishandled the situation. These authorities started by providing Greece with emergency loans at punitive rates of interest. In addition, they imposed their own reform programs on Ukraine and engaged in micromanaging the country. They did not allow Greece to own or take control of the reforms. According to Soros, the biggest impediment has been treating Ukraine in a similar manner to how Greece was treated by the European authorities.

The government of Ukraine has been fighting for the structural reforms highlighted on the Brady Plan of 1989. These plans are fighting corruption, reviewing and reforming the judicial system, enhancing agricultural functions, cleaning the banking system, securing the country from Russian gas and incorporating the economy into the EU among many other plans. One impediment against the country getting debt relief has been Chapter 11. This chapter assumed that coercing a country under heavy debts to pay these debts in full would not be good for business. It goes on to assert that making debt relief easier is good for business.

The efforts made by Ukrainian academicians and policy makers to have a sovereign debt restructuring mechanism have failed to take off just like in the past. This situation is not good for a nation like Ukraine because the narrative that default meddles with a country’s reputation goes against the U.S. bankruptcy code. Soros argues that Ukraine should get debt relief in order to rebuild itself as the new Ukraine.

Learn more about George Soros:

http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

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Securus Technologies Tries to Push GTL to Restore Its Company’s Integrity

Posted by SS Admin on June 18, 2016 in Business News |

 

Global Tel Link is a telecommunications business that provides phone service to inmates within our prisons and corrections Centers. By providing lower rates for the inmates, it allows them to make contact with family, loved ones, and their lawyers more often. To the families that paid the monthly bill for this phone service a promise of receiving lower rates was a good thing.

In January of 1998, Securus Technologies Incorporated uncovered discrepancies in the bills of the inmates housed at the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Richard Smith, CEO of Securus contacted the Louisiana Public Service Commission, and informed them of what he uncovered concerning Global Tel Links billing and suggested they conduct an investigation.

The main concern of Securus Technologies was how these illegal techniques used by GTL would affect the integrity of all telecommunication businesses once the investigation confirmed Securus initial complaints. Securus Technologies is very proud of their business practices and care more for the satisfaction of their customers than the profits they make.

Securus Technologies strategy was to report Global Tel Links unauthorized business practices in multiple PR Newswire Press Releases within a six month period. GTL had managed to overcharge taxpayers of Louisiana by more than $1,000,000 with their unlawful charges. The goal of Securus Technologies was to push GTL into conducting business with a higher integrity.

Many years have passed, 18 to be exact, since the Louisiana PSC passed their order against GTL. Now it’s 2016 and they are still conducting business billing their customers with fraudulent charges. When you care very much about your customers and take the responsibilities of your business seriously, you are not going to let the deliberate unethical practices of another company in the same industry go without notice.

Visit BBB.org to learn more on Securus.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/securus-reviews-challenge-to-constitutionality-of-inter-partes-review-ipr-process-300264595.html

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George Soros Gives solutions to the Ukraine and Europe problems

Posted by SS Admin on June 8, 2016 in Business Advice |

George Soros Ukraine is a famous billionaire based in the United States of America. He is the founder of the Soros Foundation and an international charitable organization known as Open Society. He is very experienced in financial and political issues, and his opinion on such matters is highly respected. Recently, George Soros gave his opinion about the problems being experienced by Europe and Ukraine.

For some time now, there have been some structural defects in the euro, making the European authorities to become experts in handling difficult times. These authorities can now overcome each crisis that comes their way, and they have even given the practice a name, kicking the can down the road.

There is, however, a big problem for the authorities in Europe: they are now facing five crisis at the same time, and all of them need to be solved. Out of these crises, four are internal. Greece, the euro, migration, and the ongoing British referendum are the internal problems the European authorities are dealing with. The Russian aggression against Ukraine is also giving the countries sleepless nights. All the problems are reinforcing each other, making the public and also the authorities overwhelmed. Everyone is trying to find a solution for the problems.

Read more:
Ukraine Deserves Debt Relief

George Soros – Business Leader, Philanthropist

Solving the five crises at a go is impossible. According to George Soros, the European authorities should give preferential treatment to some of the issues. However, they should not neglect any of them. In the past, the billionaire has been urging the authorities to give Ukraine the priority. He also says that the internal problems being faced are dividing the European Union. On the other hand, the Russian aggression against Ukraine seems to be uniting the Union.

Ukraine has reformed over the years. The new country is more determined to become better than it was. Before, the country was proving tough to reform. This is because the economy was dominated by a political class and oligarchs that were only after their private gain. On the other hand, the new Ukraine is determined and inspired by the Maidan revolution that took place in 2014.

According to George Soros, if the Europe treats the new Ukraine like a second class Greece, it will be forcing it to become the old Ukraine. This is not what Europe needs at the moment. The New Ukraine is actually one of the valuable assets in Europe at the moment. The new country will help in resisting the Russian regression and even recapturing solidarity that existed in before in the Union. George Soros Ukraine has a foundation in Ukraine, and he has been involved in the country for some years. This is why he is in a good position to make this argument. Recently, the billionaire wrote a winning strategy for the country, and this was one of his points.

Soros also believes that the current sanctions against Russia are important but not good enough. The president of Russia has managed to develop some favorable interpretation from the situation, and this will help him maneuver through the sanctions.

Learn more about George Soros Ukraine:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/opinion/bernard-henri-levi-george-soros-save-the-new-ukraine.html?_r=0

http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp

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Every Dog Wants Something Different

Posted by SS Admin on June 7, 2016 in Love Your Dog |

 

I own six dogs. And six dogs eat a lot of dog food. To make it worse, all of my dogs seem to like different things, so if I bring home one 50 pound bag of dry food, that’s not going to work.

 

Over the last few years I’ve tried many brands of dog food for my mini dog zoo. Almost nothing seems to work across the board because no one brand has enough flavors and varieties. However, recently I’ve discovered Beneful by Purina. This dog food line offers a great range of wet and dry foods. They also have many meat flavors, including beef, chicken, turkey and salmon, and all of their foods are nutritionally balanced.

 

Even better, Beneful makes foods for small dogs and puppies, not just adult dogs. I currently have one puppy, a Labrador terrier mix, which needs to eat puppy food. All my other dogs are adults, but I do have two smaller breeds that don’t do so well on average dog foods that are generally designed for medium sized to large dogs.

 

The Beneful dog food that goes down best among my herd is the Originals line, because while none of them ever eat the same thing, three of my dogs like this line because it has different flavors. Fidget, my bulldog, eats the beef, Cora, my collie, eats the salmon, and Fred, my dalmatian, eats the chicken. Each of these dry foods is made with a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains to provide your dog with all the nutrients he needs.

 

My small dogs, my chihuahua, Sally, and my dachshund, Cricket, do well with the Chopped Blends line from Beneful.com. Again, they don’t both like the same flavors, but thankfully there are several options. Sally likes the beef with carrots, peas and barley a lot, while Cricket enjoys the turkey with sweet potatoes, brown rice and spinach.

 

And my lab terrier mix puppy, thankfully, loves the Healthy Puppy dry food, which is specifically designed to provide all the nutrients that growing puppies need for a healthy life.

 

I’m really glad Beneful by Purinastore provides so many different types of dog food for my finicky range of dogs.

Click http://wm6.walmart.com/purina-beneful.aspx to purchase Beneful.

 

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Boraie Development And The Provident Bank Foundation Sponsors Free Movies At The State Theatre In New Jersey

Posted by SS Admin on June 2, 2016 in Business Advice, Business News |

The Provident Bank Foundation and the Boraie Development have announced their sponsorship of the free summer movie series. The movies to be featured will be E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Despicable Me 2, Babe, Monsters University and Alladin.

These series shall be featured on July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9 and August 16 respectively. The tickets to these movie series shall be free. Each movie will start showing at 10.30 am and 7.00 pm. Read more: The Aspire: Luxury Apartments in New Brunswick, NJ

This opportunity will offer young people a chance to enjoy the movies with their families and friends. The movies will be shown at the State Theatre, which is a celebrated 1921 movie place.

Today, it is ranked among the preeminent venues for conducting live performances in New Jersey. The vice president of Boraie Development, Hiam Boraie, asserted that the company was proud to sponsor the series. He added that the young people would have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies at the historic venue.

The executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation, Jane Kurek, posited that they were happy to make young people enjoy the movies, free of charge, at the State Theatre. It is imperative to note that the Provident Bank Foundation sponsors a community access initiative of the State Theatre. Learn more about Boraie Development: http://www.boraie.com/company and http://www.apartmentguide.com/property-management/New-Jersey/New-Brunswick/Boraie-Development-LLC/100009317/

The vice president in charge of development and strategic partnerships at State Theatre, Anna Marie Gewirtz, asserted that the theatre was committed to providing the community with inexpensive family-friendly programming.

She hoped that with the help of the two sponsors, around 7,500 people would attend the free events. This information was originally reported on New Jersey Stage as highlighted in the following link http://www.newjerseystage.com/articles/getarticle.php?titlelink=state-theatre-announces-free-movies-throughout-summer-of-2016

About Boraie Development

Boraie Development Corporation offers different services, which are focused on all areas of urban model of real estate market.

These areas include management of property, development of real estate as well as engaging in aggressive sales and marketing services. Over the years, the company has managed to establish rapport with the strongest financial institutions, visionary architects and contractors.

This is because Boraie Development seeks to respect deadlines and facilitate timely completion of all the projects that are under its management. In order to engage in development of real estates, the company sources capital from large commercial banks besides using its own capital.

By virtue of being in the construction industry for 30 years, the company creates projects that satisfy the utility of the residents, financial partners and tenants. This information was originally reported on Boraie’s website as posited in the following link.

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Dick DeVos’ Love for Business

Posted by SS Admin on May 25, 2016 in Business News, Philanthropic Leaders |

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur and a businessman who grew up in and is currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a quaint town that has been fortunate enough to be a growing community thanks to the multi billion dollar business of the DeVos family. Dick DeVos is the proud son of Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway Corporation, a consumer goods distribution company that holds partnerships and contracts with 18 different countries. Mr. DeVos, as a result in his success has not only had a heavy hand in philanthropy, but also has had a heavy hand in politics. Mr. DeVos’ generous donation to the politicians of his choice often result in a high quality campaign that is a useful aid to their win.

Dick DeVos was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and even attended the Forest Hill public school system. Before even a formal education, Dick DeVos was involved in his father’s business. As a young boy, Dick DeVos has many fond memories of playing with his brother as well as his parents in the basement of his home which was the temporary residence of the company. Dick DeVos, over the last couple of decades has been able to watch his family’s company grow and expand on a international basis. Dick DeVos is proud to have been a part of this expansion.

In 1974, Dick DeVos entered the company and demonstrated his talent for leadership as well as his business talent. By 1986, Dick DeVos was promoted to be the Vice President of international sales. During this position, Dick DeVos spent six years of his career dedicated to raising the overall international sales. By the time Dick DeVos left his position as vice president, the overall international sales grew from 5 percent to over 50 percent. By the end of his term as vice president, his international sales exceeded the company’s domestic sales.

Dick DeVos is not only a successful businessman, but also a prominent philanthropist. In recent news, Dick DeVos has even chosen a new individual to head his Holland-based company. This individual is Phil Dolci is not only an expert in marketing, but is also an expert in reading others. Dick DeVos chose this man due to his dedication as well as his leadership technique. Dick DeVos has noticed that Phil Dolci is the problem solver within a company and solves and problem that needs fixing.

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Choosing A Reputation Management Service

Posted by SS Admin on May 24, 2016 in Online Marketing |

In today’s business, choosing a reputation management service is as important as choosing the right employee to keep your business up and going. Social media is just one service that can take your business to the top or plunge to the bottom. The review sites have become a way to find out about companies and their reputation. Building your reputation online can be tedious and with the internet that is constantly on the move, it only takes a few mistakes and you are out of control. Every company strives to keep their 5 star rating.

Getting and maintaining a great reputation is what it’s all about. Whether it’s a customer or someone looking for a job with your company, your online reputation does make a difference. You don’t want any questionable presence on the web. This is when an online reputation management company (ORM) will prevent or fix, and even stop public relation disasters. Your company is your personal brand that has to be protected.

The internet is the heart of learning about anyone and any type of business. As Patrick Ambron, the CEO of BrandYourself.com has stated. His reputation management service company knows that a positive influence can make a difference online. Services like these can place your company in a position to be successful and maintain that status. Understanding how a reputation management service can help your business is important.

A company like BetterReputation.org knows and believes an online presence is a valuable tool to help boost your company’s reputation. They know exactly how to make it happen for your business. They understand and want your company to look great online.

As a US-based company, BetterReputation.org can offer you employees that are highly trained and experienced in managing online reputations. They can give you an free estimate and show you how they can protect your online presence and maintain a positive influence. They work till the job is complete, with not extra charge, even if the job takes longer than the estimate stated. It’s their reputation on the line, to keep your trust and performance.

Read the full article here.

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Achievements Of ClassDojo Company In The Education Industry

Posted by SS Admin on May 17, 2016 in Apps |

ClassDojo is a startup company that works to improve the students-teacher relation in school. In Facebook, ClassDojo has more than 64,571 likes and a rating of 4.6 stars. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California. ClassDojo has committed and dedicated staff that works towards enhancing an enabling environment for learning.

 

In June 2011, Mr. Don and Chaudhary Sam came up with an idea of starting the company to ensure that the communication platform between the teachers and students get mainstreamed. Some investors such as GSV Capital, Catalyst Partners, and Felicis Ventures have already invested in the project for partnership deals. Recently, the company entered into a commercial agreement contract with Stanford University researchers to enhance growth in the education mindset.

 

ClassDojo, which is a communication platform that shares videos and pictures between teachers, students, and parents have been in use in most of the United States public and private schools for more than two years. Sir Chaudhary, who serves as the president of the company, depicted that the primary objective of the app is to support learning in the schools and determine the development of students at the school.

 

Before the application got developed, the company was specializing in offering digital curriculum studies and grade books. The ClassDojo came as a surprise to the founders of the enterprise. According to a liberation made by the firm, a significant number of schools in the United States and other countries have already registered with using the app. Most of the kindergarten teachers embraced the introduction of the app, where it is used at an approximated measure of 2 in 3 schools.

 

Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don have proved to be worth it in the contribution towards successful learning. In future, ClassDojo Company depicted that they would introduce premium features so that parents would use the app for home purposes. Sir Taneja implied that the app has created a real association between the parents, students, and teachers, and mostly have led to the generation of teamwork spirit among them.

 

The introduction of ClassDojo app has displayed the emphasis imposed by the educators and parents towards ensuring their kids succeed in their life. The success of the company has been due to the commitment and dedication showed by the ClassDojo staff. The company raising $21 million dollars remains the fact that the app will continue to ensure that teacher-parents meeting takes place at regular intervals.

 

Read more about ClassDojo:

https://www.classdojo.com/learnmore/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaeNSYJvrn0

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WEN Hair Converts Professional Hair Styles In Just 5 Days

Posted by SS Admin on May 13, 2016 in Hair Product Reviews |

WEN Hair is a full hair care cleansing conditioner that was designed by Chaz Dean to clean the scalp and hair deeply without needing to repeat the lather and rinse process. Despite the hair challenges someone may be going through, texture, volume, oiliness, or dry hair, WEN is a system for all hair. The WEN version being reviewed is Sephora‘s Fig and was reviewed by a writer over on Bustle magazine, which can be found here.
The writer in question is Emily McClure and she is a professional hair stylist who has who own problems with oily scalp and fine hair. She has been using styling products for a long time and uses a lot of product every day. The WEN Hair cleansing conditioner can be mixed and matched pretty well with most styling products. However, it could take a couple days or as long as a week for WEN to work into the products already being used in someones hair. WEN Hair by Chaz Dean (http://www.wen.com/chaz-dean.html) is one of the healthier products, so it can be disrupted by some chemicals, in terms of other styling products being used in the hair. In most cases, WEN work wonders no matter what someone uses to style their hair.

After using WEN Hair, Emily McClure realized her hair took very well to the product even though she didn’t use the recommended amount due to the fear of it weighing down her hair. She stated that it made her hair feel even thicker and noticeably reduced the numbers of hairs she was seeing fall in the shower. Considering all the volumizing product she treats her hair with, she was impressed and took a sigh of relief at how well the product worked. In just 5 days of using WEN, she already decided that she would continue to use it moving forward.

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