Merit NEXT

Merit NEXT
Event on 2014-08-31 15:00:00
Merit Next – A 12 Month Accelerator Program taking you to Liverpool, London, New York and Washington D.C
Want to be one of the 120 talented people from across the world selected for the fully sponsored yearlong leadership program? Merit Next has been designed to reward people who are passionate about making a positive impact on the world through providing a unique program that takes you to 4 cities and provides 11 months of online mentoring and global collaboration.

In July 2014, the Merit Next Fellows will convene in London & Liverpool for two weeks of inspiration, aspiration assessment, and team building. For the next 11 months, the fellows will engage in online training and education, and one-on-one mentoring designed to support personal and professional life plans. Through this, you will build the capacity to run global projects while building a global network of trusted advisors. In June 2015, the group will reconvene in the New York & Washington to present their final reports to a panel of entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists. You will accelerate your public speaking, project management and team leadership capacities whilst also collaborating on a Global Challenge that will work to tackle real world problems.

Our application process is NOT based on your educational background or your financial circumstances. We reward people based on their merit!
1. Register online and create a profile at
2. Connect with people in our community of over 60,000 people from around the world
3. Take part in our challenges to earn over 10,000 merit credits
4. Be a role model to people from our community across the world

Do you have what it takes? Find out more at

at World Merit HQ

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Duo Consulting Spotlights Social Websites at Legal Marketing Conference

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) April 08, 2013

Duo Consulting will showcase the benefits of social websites to law firms at the annual Legal Marketing Association Conference, April 8 10. Building on its strength developing Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs), Duos Law Firm Internet Marketing strategist Sonny Cohen will emphasize the importance of the social web specifically with law firm alumni websites and law firm intranets.

Social websites are platforms that promote engagement and collaboration. According to Cohen, It used to be that a static website was one whose content couldnt be easily managed. Today a static website is one with which the site visitor cant be actively engaged. Site visitors expect to be able to like, share, and contribute original content including comments, photos, or articles on a site in a natural and intuitive way.

Duo recognizes the opportunities that exist for law firms to embrace social websites. The entire premise of these alumni sites is for firm lawyers to create and sustain relationships with their colleagues when they choose to go in-house or to firms with complementary services. Additionally socially enabled firm intranets enhance collaboration and facilitate identifying internal legal resources and matter experience as well as discovering business connections and networks.

Duo Consulting will be featuring Enterprise Social Networks and Alumni Websites at its exhibit at the Legal Marketing Association. Cohen will be onsite and scheduling individual consultations.

About the Legal Marketing Association

The Legal Marketing Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs and maintaining the professional standards of the men and women involved in marketing within the legal profession. Their Annual Conference is the preeminent event for legal marketing, client relationship management and business development.

About Duo Consulting

Duo Consulting is dedicated to changing the way organizations market and communicate online. The agency designs and develops digital marketing and enterprise social platforms using the Drupal open-source CMS. They believe in outstanding user experiences, content marketing and responsive design. Their web solutions attract and engage, encourage collaboration, and improve the way organizational knowledge is managed and acquired.

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How A Comedian Tricks Small-Business Owners Into Outrageous Marketing

How A Comedian Tricks Small-Business Owners Into Outrageous Marketing
Now, I'm using my knowledge to help struggling small-business owners make it in this competitive world." We broke down one segment from last week's Season 2 finale to show just how far Fielder's comedic business and marketing strategies can go in the …
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Small business owners share experiences of pursuing dreams
Chiappelli's experience might not be widely known, but the issues and challenges she faces are likely felt nationwide by tens of millions of other small business owners. Defined as an independent business with fewer than 500 employees, small businesses …
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Fresno small-business owners join lobby against gas tax
Business owners lobby for a delay in implementing a new California gas tax that is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but could hit consumers with increases of up to 50 cents per gallon.
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Cable Television Moves Over for Streaming TV

Westfield, NJ (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

BOC Partners, Inc., introduces new technology that allows clients to utilize the agencies unique version of online pre-roll known as Streaming Television, bringing video and audio to a normally static genre. BOCs Streaming Television provides clients with both video and audio and static display ads coupled with retargeting to enhance and optimize the user experience by ensuring that your brand is always visible. Furthermore, combining Streaming Television display with digital display ads in their Real Time Bidding platform gives the advertiser the best features of each of these two desirable marketing solutions in one place.

As opposed to what most individuals know about retargeting, this solution provides clients the option to selectively choose, or all out dominate advertising positions on a webpage that a prospect is browsing after being retargeted. More specifically, the choosing is done through a Real Time Bidding process that allows clients to allocate a specific monetary amount towards winning a specific prospects ad placement positions for video and banner ads. If the Real Time Bid for your video ad is not won due to fact that the price exceeded you max bid, or no inventory was available, the program will ensure that a static ad will be placed on the page as a default; always guaranteeing online visibility for your business. Furthermore, your business may outbid competitors on all available advertising positions, and as a result, those positions will be filled with both Streaming Television and static display ads: your ads would in effect, control the page.

BOC Partners, Inc. is the advertising agency that clients turn to when they want, sophisticated campaign design, superior results, and a consultative partner to help them with their advertising needs. Let us help you.

At BOC Partners Inc., we are ready, willing, and able to be your online provider for all of your digital media needs.

Please contact BOC Partners with any digital media inquiries that you may have.

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- BEF10 – Ethical Issues in New Media Marketing Panel

– BEF10 – Ethical Issues in New Media Marketing Panel

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Sherman Residential Migration to Rainmaker LRO

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

The Rainmaker Group, the leading provider of revenue management and profit optimization solutions to the multifamily housing and gaming/hospitality industries, announces the successful migration of Sherman Residential to the Rainmaker LRO revenue management platform from another system. The implementation of LRO emphasizes the third-generation, family-owned companys commitment to transitioning to user-friendly, advanced-analytics software solutions across its portfolio of 16 Sunbelt communities.

Since 1922, our philosophy has always been the same at Sherman: take care of our properties and take care of our residents, says Mark Gluskin, chief financial officer for Sherman Residential. To that end, we are consistently evaluating our technology investments, and when we compared revenue management products, LRO was easier to use, delivered better reporting, and provided great customer service and support.

Prior to LRO, Sherman Residential utilized the pricing component included in the firms property management software, or priced units manually based on weekly comp reports. The successful transition to Rainmaker LRO across the Sherman portfolio was swift and seamless. In addition to optimizing pricing, LRO also provides Sherman leasing associates with more flexible lease terms and has resulted in significant revenue increases.

Sherman Residential is a great example of the success regional and even smaller, national apartment owners can achieve compared to their competitors by utilizing optimized pricing with Rainmaker LRO, says Andrew Rains, president of Rainmaker LRO. Their seamless transition from one revenue management system to LRO likewise shows the ease at which companies can upgrade to pricing systems with superior results, analytics, and business intelligence.

According to Gluskin, even the current hot rental market cant hide the success that LRO is delivering to Sherman Residentials bottom line. In particular, LRO is pushing great results on year-over-year revenue increases, with a slight decrease in occupancy providing additional pricing power to lift rents.

Its been a great market, and you can always look at gross rent growth in a good market and feel successful, but clearly its the rate that is making the difference in growing both our rents and revenue, Gluskin says. Weve seen tremendous strides there, it has clearly been an improvement and is evidence that the platform is working for us.

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NHORASCC & Workshops & Networking Expos

NHORASCC & Workshops & Networking Expos
Event on 2014-04-22 18:00:00

Event Details:   Rev 04/11/14, 2:15pm

NHORA SCC and cordially invite you…
Bay Area After Hours Networking & Workshops: Business & Tech…

Our events are unique! Experience the difference!
Network with Decision-Makers, Executives, Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Leaders, Professionals

After Hours Networking / Expos:

Workshops: Learn from experts (authors and PhDs) and network with your peers

Mixer Video and Photo Albums
Success Stories / Testimonials 

RSVP Today!

Tue  04/22  Discover Listening Styles for Success: Are You A Good Listener?

Thu 04/24  After Hours Networking / Expo: Business, Sports & Tech
                   Sports House Indoor Sports and Café, Redwood City

Wed 04/30  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Tue  05/06  The Leapfrog Method: Transform Your Life with Ease and Grace

Mon 05/12  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Thu 05/15  After Hours Networking / Expo: Business, Commerce & Tech
                   Comerica Bank, Downtown San Jose

Tue  05/20  Fearless Public Speaking: Secrets of World's Best Keynotes

Wed 05/28  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Tue  06/03  Strategic Funding for Startups and Rapid-Growth Businesses

Mon 06/09  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Thu 06/19  After Hours Networking / Expo: Summer Poolside Business & Tech
                   Silicon Valley Athletic Club, Downtown San Jose

Tue  06/24  Real Secrets of Millionaires: How to Earn, Invest, and Keep More of YOUR Money

Wed 06/25  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Tue  07/01  Naturopathic Cures for Sleep, Stress, Fertility and Vitality Issues

Mon 07/07  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Thu 07/17  After Hours Networking / Expo: Airplanes, Business & Tech
                   Oakland Aviation Museum

Tue  07/22  Strategies to Maximize Your Retirement Income

Wed 07/30  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Tue  08/05  Internet Marketing Basics for Business Owners

Mon 08/11  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Thu 08/21  After Hours Networking / Expo: Business & Tech
                   The GlassHouse

Tue  08/26  ‘Dirty Dozen’ Estate Planning Mistakes: and how to avoid them

Wed 08/27  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Tue  09/09  Full Life Balance Wellness & Productivity: How to Live Better Every Day!

Mon 09/15  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Wed 09/17  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Thu 09/25  After Hours Networking / Expo: Business, Architecture & Tech
                   US Bank Historic Main Branch, Downtown San Francisco

Tue  09/30  Creating Your Personal Board of Directors: Advance Your Career
                   w/Mentors, Sponsors & Trusted Advisors

Tue  10/07  Advanced Sales and Marketing Techniques

Wed 10/15  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Mon 10/20  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Thu 10/23  After Hours Networking / Expo: Business & Tech, Location TBA

Tue  10/28  Incorporating Etiquette and Civility to Enhance Your Business Relationships

Tue  11/04  Power of Fractals in Everyday Life

Mon 11/10  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Wed 11/12  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Thu 11/20  After Hours Networking / Expo: Business & Tech, Location TBA

Tue  11/25  Workshop TBA

Tue  12/02  Workshop TBA

Wed 12/03  Power Networking Lunch: 4-Course Mediterranean Cuisine

Mon 12/08  Advanced Networking: Effective Business & Personal Skills to Meet Anyone

Thu 12/11  After Hours Networking / Expo: Business & Tech, Location TBA

Tue  12/16  Workshop TBA

Bay Area Business / Technology After Hours Networking / Expos
Experience a very unique, upscale, professional, approachable, friendly, and fun ambiance
5-Star Hospitality, exhibitors, appetizers, live music, entertainment, and win prizes too!
Typical Exhibitor: B2B, -M Sales, 10+ yrs in business
Avg Attendance: Mixers 250, Expos 400  no membership
30+% Newcomers, always!  no cliques & standing alone is not allowed

Sponsorship, Exhibitor, Online Advertising Opportunities

Earn 20% for business referrals! (sponsorships, exhibitors, advertising)

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Connect • The Best Business is Personal Business…
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• Build Marketshare           • Leverage Your Business
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Generate More Leads
• Calendar, Business Directory, B2B Service Providers, Professional Profiles, Virtual Store
• Online Platform for Organizations and Associations
• Organic Top Search Engine Ranking – Google ‘business mixer’ was named Bay Area's Best Business Connector at the 11/11/11 US Small Business Conference & Expo.

Pay It Forward – Invite Others – Be The Connector
A Simple and Powerful Paradigm: Your clients are your best ambassadors. Our mixer is YOUR mixer.
  Strangers will believe and trust your clients and friends before they believe you (human nature)
Power of Third Party Referrals: Meet more people effectively and successfully than you can by yourself –
  Create your Power Team, introduce your clients to their NEXT clients, and promote each others' businesses!
It is in your best interests to invite others to attend YOUR everyCircle mixer, that we are organizing for YOU!
   Please send an email and give your business top billing:   Your Name & cordially invite you…
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Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur Chris Brogan to Present Keynote at Pubcon Las Vegas

Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Pubcon, the search marketing event of the year, is happy to announce that bestselling author and noted entrepreneur Chris Brogan, chief executive of Owner Media Group, will present a major keynote address during Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 and our 15th anniversary week at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the entertainment capital of the world.

Brogan is the worlds leading authority on owning the game you most want to win and a New York Times bestselling author of eight books including his newest, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators, which hell also be signing during Pubcon Las Vegas 2014.

Combining a mix of professional leadership development and business strategy, Brogan notes that he works with professionals like you to own your choices, own your life, and own your future. Other books by Brogan include Just Start Here, Superheroes in the Basement, Its Not About the Tights: An Owners Manual on Bravery, The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?, Google+ for Business: How Googles Social Network Changes Everything, and Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online.

Were happy to present Chris Brogan one of the worlds most successful social media and technology entrepreneurs who has nearly 300,000 Twitter followers as a keynote speaker during our big October Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 conference, said Pubcon founder and chief executive Brett Tabke.

Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 attendees are in for an enjoyable and cutting-edge treat as Chris takes part in one of our best weeks ever of search and social media marketing, also featuring keynotes by noted serial entrepreneur Ted Murphy, founder, chief executive and chairman at IZEA, New York Times bestselling digital marketing author Jay Baer, Microsofts Duane Forrester, and Jason Calacanis, chief executive and founder of and longtime angel investor, Tabke added.

Brogan, who has spoken for and consulted with major brands including Google, Disney, Coke, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Scotts, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, among others, has appeared on the Dr. Phil show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for Success magazine, and has also presented to a Princess.

Tony Robbins has had Brogan on his Internet Money Masters series, and Forbes listed him as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014, also listing his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs.

Having Brogan present a major social media keynote address at Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 will be a fantastic opportunity for attendees of the worlds top optimization and new media conference to learn from one of technologys leading entrepreneurs and personalities. Brogan will share some of his highly-successful approaches to social media with Pubcon conference-goers in a keynote entitled The Owners Path: How to align your tools, your time, and your efforts to improve reach, gain influence, and own the game you most want to win, which is certain to benefit all those lucky enough to attend it.

With Brogans keynote address Pubcon rounds out a record five major keynotes, along with a blockbuster lineup of more than 130 great sessions featuring over 180 top industry speakers in nine full daily session tracks that will make Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 named a Forbes must-attend and an Inc. top event for growing your business one of the most robust new media and search marketing events ever held, on October 6 9 at the massive Las Vegas Convention Center.

Registration is available now for Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 at some of the fairest pre-show prices around, to join thousands of the most tech-savvy attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and media partners for an unforgettable week including Pubcons famous lineup of entertaining nighttime networking events that will extend each days sessions well into the Las Vegas nights, including a Pubcon Classic party.

Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 also features the optional and always sold-out Pubcon Masters Group intensive training program, featuring three premium tracks dedicated Facebook and Google advertising, social media marketing and optimization, and organic search engine optimization (SEO).

Join Brogan, Murphy, Baer, Forrester, Calacanis and other leading industry futurists in the fields of social media, search engine and Internet marketing, Web development, PPC advertising, Internet video, blogging and affiliate programs and many other online niches who will be gathering in the entertainment capital of the world this October 6 9 for Pubcon Las Vegas 2014, including Pubcons exclusive second-annual U.S. Search Awards.

Learn more and register at

About Pubcon

Pubcon is a multi-track educational conference hosted by Pubcon Inc. Pubcon, supported by the industrys leading businesses, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors involved in social media, Internet marketing, search engines, and online advertising, offers an in-depth look at the future of technology presented by the worlds top speakers in provocative cutting-edge sessions.

For more information about the conference, contact Brett Tabke at 512-231-8107 or brett(at)pubcon(dot)com.

For more details about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Conference Director Jeff Randall at 512-686-1295 or jeff(at)pubcon(dot)com.

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China Construction Bank posts slower 9pc gain in first-half profit

China Construction Bank posts slower 9pc gain in first-half profit
Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China both notched a slight deceleration in profit growth, maintaining the double-digit pace so familiar to the world's most-profitable banking sector. Agricultural Bank led the state banks in growth with year-on …
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Government Can Do More To Unfreeze Small Business Credit
This is the third in a series of articles based on a Harvard Business School working paper by Karen Mills that analyzes the current state of availability of bank capital for small business.) Access to credit is critical to the success and job-creating …
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This Is What Companies That Survive Recessions Do Right
You might think that thriving during economic downturns requires companies to rethink their strategies. We found that the best companies have a laser focus on doing an exceptional job at executing strategies. They pay much more attention to critical …
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Arizona State University Grad Student in the Running for College Entrepreneur of the Year

Tempe, Ariz. (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Arizona State University graduate student Anthony Gonzales, co-founder of Force Impact Technologies, has been named one of five finalists in Entrepreneur magazines 2014 College Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

This is the fourth consecutive year that an ASU student has been a finalist in the competition. Jared Schoepf, co-founder of SafeSIPP, and JJ Tang, co-founder of Vantage Realized, were finalists in 2013 and 2012, respectively. In 2011, ASU dominated the competition: Three of the five finalists were ASU students, with G3Box co-founder Gabrielle Palermo winning top honors.

The winner of the 2014 competition will be determined by the results of a public vote in combination with the votes of a panel of judges. The public can vote online at through Sept. 19. The winner will be announced in the magazines January 2015 issue.

Im thrilled to be named a finalist in this prestigious competition, Gonzales said. Its an honor to follow in the footsteps of the outstanding ASU entrepreneurs who have been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine.

Gonzales, an MBA student in ASUs W. P. Carey School of Business, was motivated to start his company after suffering a concussion during a collision in a collegiate rugby game. He didnt have any typical concussion symptoms immediately following the incident, and with no idea that he had just sustained a serious head injury, he attempted to keep playing. Fortunately for him, his teammate, a trained EMT, recognized the possibility of concussion and intervened.

Determined to help other athletes minimize the risk of head injuries, Anthony joined forces with W. P. Carey alumnus Bob Merriman to found Force Impact Technologies (FIT). The companys first product is the FITGuard, a mouth guard for athletes that integrates force-detection technology. FITGuard measures the force of an impact and illuminates when the force exceeds a set threshold, giving athletes, coaches and trainers a visual signal that a player has been subjected to a level of force that could cause a head injury.

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