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American Real Estate Investors Academy Radio Investigates Virtual Outsourcing

New York, New York (PRWEB) December 29, 2013

The American Real Estate Investors Academy radio show conducted a live interview with Elsa Oden of Virtual Office Staffing. The American-REIA website now offers virtual assistant services to the public.

Virtual staffing is a modern answer to an old business problem. Entrepreneurs work to grow their business. At a certain point, the successful business owner will grow the business from a single person start up to a company that needs employees. Hiring the first employee is a big challenge to a start-up company. This is also true for any small business when it chooses to expand by adding staff.

As a company grows, the owner must decide when to expand the workforce. This is one of the most critical and dangerous decisions in the evolution of any company. If the company expands too quickly, then they run the risk of going broke because the revenue can’t support the company payroll. If the company doesn’t expand quickly enough, then it will lose business.

In this interview with the CEO of the Academy’s preferred vendor of virtual staffing services, listeners are informed about the basics of virtual staffing. Also covered in this program are some of the tasks that small business owners can outsource to VA services, and the reasons that many small businesses have chosen to go this route. To add real employees, a business must commit to providing space and computer equipment to the new hire. Virtual assistants do not require any of these capital investments. Tough economic conditions, strong competition, and the looming implementation of Obama Care all favor virtual staff over traditional in house employees. The biggest revelation in this interview is that scalability creates a very large competitive advantage for the virtual employee over the traditional employee. Virtual staff members can be employed as much or as little as the business owner desires. One example that popped up during the interview was that of a business owner who goes on vacation. If the business uses virtual staff, then there is no employee cost during that time. More traditional businesses have to pay for an employee even if there is no work to be done. Virtual staffing is only a cost when the virtual employee is actually doing work for the company. There are no vacations, coffee, or bathroom breaks on the company dime with a virtual employee. According to Josh Caldwell of Caldwell Holdings LLC, a Pittsburgh real estate Investing company, "My home buying business in Pittsburgh would never be able to function at the level we are at without the use of virtual assistants."

The radio interview covers all of the benefits and pitfalls of dealing with virtual staffing or virtual assistants. To hear a playback of the recording in its entirety, just follow this link to the real estate academy’s radio archive page.

Real estate investors are no different than other business interests. The typical real estate investor starts of as a sole proprietor. Then the successful investors grow and add staff to handle marketing and administrative functions. The goal of every successful real estate investor is to run a business on autopilot. Adding virtual assistants is the safest proven way for investors to expand. That is why the American Real Estate Investors Academy is now offering virtual staffing to real estate investors and other entrepreneurs.

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Eleven Awards for TFI Envision, Inc. for American Graphic Design 2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 02, 2013

For nearly five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored national design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence in design.

From more than 8,000 entries, Graphic Design USA judges announced the winners of their American Graphic Design Awards 2013, which included 11 projects designed by TFI Envision, Inc., represented in 6 different categories of design, including:

Internet Design Category:

Inspirica Website
KangaTime® Website

Packaging Category:

Dove® Men + Care® Holiday Carton Packaging for 2012
Dove® Mixed Product Holiday Carton Packaging for 2012

POP Display Category:

Dove® Masterbrand Winter Pallet Display POD for Sam’s Club 2012
Dove® Men + Care® Father’s Day Pallet Display POD for Sam’s Club 2013

Annual Report Category:

Guiding Eyes for the Blind 2012 Annual Report Announcements / Invitations Category:
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum “What Is It?” Gala Invitation

Self Promotion Category:

TFI Envision, Inc. “Red Hot Ideas” Promotion
TFI Envision, Inc. Recycling Corn Silk Promotional Mailer
TFI Envision, Inc. Auto Trends Report eNewsletter

These will be featured in the 300+ page full color American Graphic Design Awards Annual, seen by an estimated 50,000+ creative and marketing decision makers. They will also be featured in the Graphic Design USA Online Winners Gallery website, with 100,000 visitors per month.

TFI Envision, Inc. has been consistently selected as winners in this competition for over a quarter of a century.

Since 1975, TFI Envision, Inc. of Norwalk, CT, has specialized in developing strategic design and marketing solutions for branding, packaging, promotion, digital and corporate communications; helping organizations achieve their marketing and communication goals with compelling, consistent messaging that is on brand and on target.


New York City Design Studio Candelita Wins Prestigious American Graphic Design Award

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

The editors of Graphic Design USA have recently announced the winners of the prestigious American Graphic Design Awards 2013. One of the recipients of this year’s award is Jennifer Dopazo of Candelita, a multimedia design studio located in New York City. Dopazo won for the outstanding book cover design of The Blue Hours by Lillian Ann Slugocki,

For nearly five decades The American Graphic Design Award has recognized thousands of creative professionals with the competition being open to advertising agencies, graphic design firms, in-house publishing departments, and more. It honors the outstanding new work of print, packaging, point-of-purchase, internet, interactive and motion graphics. Winners of this esteemed award receive a Certificate of Excellence for each piece selected and become eligible for reproduction in the 50th Anniversary GDUSA Awards Annual.

Dopazo states: “I am honored to accept this award over the thousands of creative professionals who have been recognized by this national design competition. This award shows Candelita’s dedication to creating the highest level of design. Helping to translate my client’s vision has always been my mission. It’s not just about logos. It’s not just your website. It’s everything. It’s about translating your ideas to the design world, finding the potential in every project, and thinking in a more creative way to achieve memorable results.”

Dopazo’s company, Candelita, specializes in brand strategies, web design and development, mobile implementation, and more and works with high-end consulting clients and educational collaborative communities. Clientele consists of The New York Times, Gerson Lehrman Group, BlackRock as well as many artists abroad. Candelita’s focus is on new media and learning communities in medialabs around the world. That is where Open Source work started and Dopazo was proud to start implementing this in the consulting work being done at Candelita. Additionally, Dopazo teaches workshops and has online programs teaching design, technology and branding using Open Source tools.

Dopazo is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and holds a Master’s Degree from Parsons The New School of Design. Dopazo is also a featured guest lecturer and advisor at the Free Culture Forum, Escuela de Arte 10 and Medialab Prado in Spain, Plasma Conference, Fundación Telefónica and Escuelab in Lima, Perú, Upgrade São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil, and Eyebeam in New York.

Dopazo takes pride in the fact that the work done for clients is not about shiny graphics, but building a solid relationship with every client and creating pieces of art with each project.

Stop by the site at to learn more and to see some of the amazing design work being done. Also, sign up for Brand Talks: 15-minute free one-on-one branding and web design brainstorming sessions. Connect with Candelita on Facebook and Twitter - and For media interviews, contact Dopazo at jen(at)candelita(dot)is.

About the company:

Candelita is a design studio that provides cross-platform design services. The company believes in the power of play and interaction as an approach, inspiration and provocateur for social engagement. Candelita offers multimedia services in interaction design, visual communication and creative production by combining the most powerful aspects of research, design and technology.

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Multi-Tech Selects Michael Erben to Lead North American M2M Sales Team

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

Multi-Tech Systems, a leading provider of M2M (machine-to-machine) communications products and services, promoted Michael Erben to M2M Sales Manager for North America. He draws upon 17 years of engineering and sales experience in high tech industries and two years in account management at Multi-Tech, to lead the team.

“Michael has been a valued member of the Multi-Tech sales organization for the past two years,” said Dave Barczak, vice president of sales. “Michael’s leadership and professionalism and customer-centric approach will make an immediate impact.”

During his two years at Multi-Tech Systems, Michael has been responsible for Eastern Canada and New England territories, where he has managed large accounts and won a number of new designs. Prior to joining Multi-Tech Systems, Michael has held roles of increasing responsibility in sales and sales leadership with a number of technology firms including Computer Associates.

About Multi-Tech Systems

Multi-Tech Systems has been delivering industry-leading M2M (machine-to-machine) communications solutions since 1970. With more than 22 million devices deployed worldwide, Multi-Tech focuses on helping customers achieve the shortest path to M2M connectivity – from concept to implementation and total lifecycle management. Whether a project is simple or very complex, Multi-Tech has the resources and expertise to work with any development team to customize a hardware or software solution that maximizes speed to market and return on investment. With carrier-approved external and embedded modems and gateways, Multi-Tech makes it easy and fast to connect your devices to networks anywhere in the world. We work with clients in almost any market to enable cellular, analog, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and GPS capabilities into a solution to achieve superior business results. If we don’t have it, we will develop it. Multi-Tech established its reputation for Innovative Designs and Innovative Solutions by obtaining 80+ patents and certifications from more than 30 carriers and over 80 countries. Multi-Tech has made M2M Simplified for thousands of customers around the globe. Twitter:

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IHC Specialty Benefits Awarded American Web Design Award for

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 08, 2013

IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc., a member of The IHC Group, has received a 2013 American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA for excellence in website design for, a consumer-driven health insurance website.

The American Web Design Awards is an annual competition that recognizes websites that demonstrate the power of design and online communications. Over 1,400 entries were submitted for the awards, and less than 10 percent of entries were selected as winning designs.

IHC Specialty is very pleased to have recognized with so many other best-in-class websites and brands. Everyday we strive to engage consumers with an easy shopping experience and online health insurance resources, centralized in one location. This was our first year submitting a website design into competition, and the recognition confirms that IHC Specialty Benefits is creating imaginative and accessible e-commerce sites for Americans looking to purchase a variety of health insurance products, said Jeff Smedsrud, Chief Executive Officer of IHC Specialty Benefits.

When putting together the concept for, we wanted to create an informative website using Responsive Design, which makes the site accessible on any tablet or smart device. Simultaneously, we insisted that usability and user experience remain the most important factors for customers shopping for health insurance products, said Jeannette Obernolte, Senior Web Designer at IHC Specialty Benefits. offers a unique comparison shopping experience, allowing visitors the opportunity to review plan and price differences. Insurance offerings on the site include individual health insurance, temporary health insurance, indemnity plans, such as doctor, hospital, surgical and critical illness insurance. Dental insurance, bundled accident insurance plans and pet insurance are also available. Consumers can also estimate what their tax credit and annual health insurance premium will be in 2014 with the health care reform calculator.

About and I HC Specialty Benefits is a website offered by IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc., a member of The IHC Group. The IHC Group is comprised of insurance carriers, and marketing and administrative affiliates committed to providing excellent service and offering competitive health, life, disability, stop-loss, short-term medical, travel and dental insurance products to groups and individuals. IHC Specialty Benefits is a customer-driven company differentiating itself through knowledge, experience and integrity. We, in conjunction with our trusted insurance carriers, share a mutual desire to provide important benefits to our customers and to meet their needs in an innovative, hassle-free manner.

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2013 American School Scholarship Winners Announced

Lansing, Illinois (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

The American School, a leader in distance education since 1897, is proud to announce the winners of its 75th annual scholarship competition. Eighteen graduates from 14 states won scholarships to continue their educations at an accredited college or university of their choice. Their profiles appear below.

Heather Aquavella

Forest Hill, Maryland

Heather Aquavella says, The curriculum from the American School provided a solid foundation for my college courses at Harford Community College, where she earned a 4.0 GPA during her first semester as a business administration major. Her academic achievements earned her a place on the Presidents List and a spot in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

When she is not in the classroom, Heather is a member of the Leadership Program , Social Empowerment Club and the Students Ambassador Program. Because the American School provided me with the opportunity to study at my own pace and schedule, she was able to attain a part-time job while earning her high school diploma.

Heather is the second member of her family to earn an American School diploma. Her brother preceded her, and, after she completes her studies at Harford, she plans to duplicate her brothers college degree by attending Towson University.

Nathaniel Birrer

Succasunna, New Jersey

Nathaniel Birrers interests in science, music, languages and photography, Have made me wish to pursue a career in natural science, with an emphasis on computers and computer modeling. To help him get there, he is majoring in environmental science at Richard Stockton College, where he has earned a 4.0 GPA and appearances on the Deans List every semester of his college career.

Outside of school, Nathaniel simply likes to be outside. He worked two summers as a counselor at the Schiff Nature Preserve, which was great because it allowed me to help teach kids aged 6-12 about the wonderful natural world. He also took part in the year-long Raritan Watershed Program which consisted of monthly lectures and field trips.

Nathaniel is intrigued by the possibility of using computers as tools to understand the natural environment, so he is currently teaching himself two programming languages as well as networking and programming basics.


Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a Microsoft Dynamics NAV User, Embraces a Paperless Work Environment as a Forerunner for other Native American Businesses

Laguna Hills, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2013

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Apple Orthodontix Congratulates Ormco Corporation on 2013 American Technology Award Win

(PRWEB) July 11, 2013

Apple Orthodontix, a leading orthodontic practice in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, expresses their joy and mutual pride in Ormco Corporations recent American Technology Award win in the Health & Medical Technologies category for their Insignia Advanced Smile Design. This award is presented annually to the top product or service that improves the delivery of health services. As the first and largest public promoter of the Insignia system in the Dallas and Fort Worth region, Apple Orthodontix is beaming.

Insignia Advanced Smile Design utilizes 3-D software and combines digital treatment planning with patient specific aligners, brackets and wires for braces tailored to each patients unique dental anatomy. This customized treatment is precisely calculated to optimize tooth movement, ensuring the most efficient plan is at work. With this breakthrough treatment and precision bracket placement, the time spent correcting and crafting a patients new smile can be reduced on average by 37 percent and treatment can be done in seven fewer office visits.

Chad M. Packard, CEO of Apple Orthodontix, stated, "We are thrilled that Ormco has been recognized within the technology community for its continued work brining cutting-edge digital tools to the orthodontics field. Apple Orthodontix is a firm supporter of Ormco and the companys high-technology treatment solutions."

As a leading provider of Insignia treatment, two of Apple Orthodontixs doctors have received additional "Preferred" status recognition from Ormco for the volume of Insignia cases that they have produced and their proven expertise for patient care and excellence in producing beautiful smiles. To learn more about Apple Orthodontix, please visit


Celebrated Illustrator, Figurine Innovator, Thomas Blackshear, to Receive 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the American Academy of Art

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

Award pays tribute to Blackshears 35-year career creating illustrations, paintings, postage stamps and best-selling collector items.

The prestigious American Academy of Art has named 1977 graduate Thomas Blackshear former commercial illustrator, and prolific and celebrated artist of postage stamps, figurines, paintings, collectable plates and much more the 2013 recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Blackshear, most recognized for developing the first, best-selling line of figurines for the African-American market, Ebony Visions will accept his award and speak to this years graduating class at the Academys graduation ceremony, happening from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Chicago Downtown Marriott, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60611.

Thomas has built a fantastic name and success for himself by pursuing his own, unique vision, said Richard Otto, the Academys president. Were thrilled to give him our most important award.

Receiving this significant recognition is a huge compliment, explained Blackshear. The Academy has been a key component of my success. And its a real honor to share this award with the talented, past winners who came before me and whose work inspires me.

Prolific Artist

Blackshears resume includes having worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. out of college and later went on to become head illustrator for Godbold/Richter Studios. He consistently worked as an illustrator for 14 years creating work for Anheuser-Busch, Lucas Films, Universal Studios, Greenwich Workshop (limited-edition prints) and many other companies.

U.S. Postage Stamps:

Blackshear has also illustrated nearly 30 postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. I enjoy being able to do something most people see and that honors someone else, Blackshear commented. Stamps are the only form of illustration that I consistently still do since focusing on paintings and collectables.

Collectable Plates:

Blackshear entered the collectible world in the late 80s when the Hamilton Collection commissioned him to create four series of limited-edition collector plates beginning with the highly successful, original Star Wars series. He also created the first Wizard of Oz portrait plates and the first Star Trek plates. Blackshear says he has nearly 30 collector plates to his credit.

Figurines the Defining Moment:

Willitts Designs International (a subsidiary of the Lenox Group Inc.) approached Blackshear in 1994 to create a line of black-themed collectables. Blackshear pressed the company to consider his own concepts for an elegant line of unique images instead of creating designs that fit a safer idea of what had been made prior. The company first refused, then agreed to take the chance.

When Blackshears self-titled Ebony Visions line came out, it changed the collectables industry by changing the perception of what this type of artwork could look like. It also became Willitts Designs Internationals bestseller within months and made Willitts its first $ 1 million, according to Blackshear. Ebony Visions, which Blackshear terms "Afro-Nouveau, has been the number-one best seller for black figurines for the last 19 years and approximately 200 of his figurines have been produced, Blackshear explained.

President Obama, Pope John Paul

Blackshear has also created a portrait of Pope John Paul II that was included in the one-man exhibition he was invited to have at the Vatican in 2006. That piece and his entire show was viewed and well received by bishops and dignitaries from throughout the word. A week before the presidential election in 2012, Blackshear completed a portrait of President Obama. Prior, he had created a figurine of the president.

Blackshears Experience at the Academy

The Academy is one of the few places I truly learned, besides the amazing experience of working as an apprentice to my former instructor Mark English, Blackshear explained. The Academy exposed me to materials I didnt know about, introduced me to new styles of composition and gave me my essential, foundational learning. I was taught to experiment, explore and strive beyond the norm. That school helped me to think outside of the box.

Blackshears Five Tips for Success for Academy Graduates/Artists:



American Writers & Artists Inc. Is Proud to Announce that Wealthy Web Writer Has Been Named One of the Top 101 Writing Websites

Delray Beach, Florida (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI), today announced that Wealthy Web Writer was ranked among the 101 Best Websites for Writers by industry publication Writer's Digest.

The list, now in its 14th year, was whittled down by the Writer's Digest editorial staff from 4,350 nominations sent in by the writing community. According to the report, Wealthy Web Writer ( was chosen for its usefulness to freelance writers in bringing traffic to their websites and improving their blogs' overall visibility.

We're so proud to see Wealthy Web Writer earn this tremendous honor, says American Writers & Artists Inc. Co-Managing Partner Rebecca Matter. We've been developing this resource for writers for years now. We know it's launched the web copywriting careers of many of its members. And we hope that even more writers will discover how lucrative this niche can be after seeing Wealthy Web Writer on the list.

Wealthy Web Writer is the premier online resource for those interested in a career in web copywriting. Writers in this niche create content and advertising for companies, from Fortune 500 businesses to small mom-and-pop operations, in a variety of formats. Sales emails, autoresponders, sales web pages, websites, blogs, e-newsletters, banner ads, search engine optimization, social media - these are just some examples of the many types of web copywriting opportunities available.

The site offers educational materials for the different types of web copywriting, helping newcomers hone these in-demand skills. And it is also a community for new and veteran freelancers in this niche. The forum is a great place to network, land new projects, or just seek input and feedback from fellow writers. Plus, there is a job board that lists dozens of web copywriting opportunities.

To learn more about American Writers & Artists Inc. and Wealthy Web Writer, please visit our websites, or call 1-866-879-2924.

About American Writers & Artists Inc.

American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI), has been publishing direct-response copywriting and graphic design home-study programs since 1997. Their mission is to help people develop the critical skills to acquire financial security, independence, and freedom. AWAI equips members with the tools and connections necessary to land clients, start working professionally, and earn money fast. And through their free Direct Response Jobs site, businesses can find and hire skilled AWAI members quickly and easily. For a complete list of programs and more information about AWAI, please visit the site or call toll-free 1-866-879-2924.

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