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21Jan/140

Locality Expands Nationally to Deliver Comprehensive Local Services Information to Millions of Consumers in 10,000+ Cities

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 21, 2013

Locality (formerly Centzy), provider of the most useful, comprehensive search experience for local services, today announced its expansion into more than 10,000 U.S. cities. The company connects millions of consumers with the right local merchants for their needs. Whether it’s finding a stylist who can give great highlights before a big date or identifying the best spa nearby within a consumer’s budget, over 1.5 million people use Locality one or more times each month. Unlike other local search services that provide basic business listings and user reviews, Locality specializes in data that comes directly from merchants, such as their menu of services, pricing, and business hours, generating the most complete results available online covering 60 services in 15 categories.

As Locality continues to aggressively broaden its reach, the company announced that it has raised $ 4.3 million in Series A funding. Matrix Partners led the round and general partner Jared Fliesler has joined the company’s board of directors. Locality will use the funds to build out its platform in an ambitious effort to cover every service at every local business nationwide and develop new ways for consumers to easily connect to local merchants.

Locality's vision is to build the most comprehensive marketplace for consumers to find, compare, and select local services. With Locality, local merchants are "always open" to answer the most commonly asked questions about their businesses. Locality aims to help merchants extend their reach and build a larger audience of high-intention consumers. Over time, Locality will make it even easier to search and discover new products and services, connecting potential customers with merchants and closing the loop on their purchases.

No One Covers Local Like Locality

Locality takes a radically different approach to local search. It is the only platform to provide a deep and normalized look at entire service categories within a searchable metro. 90% of Locality’s pricing, available services, and hours data is not available anywhere else online. For example, in a recent random sampling of 700 nail salons across the nation, Locality provided operating hours data for twice the number of nail salons as Google.

Locality’s proprietary data collection system ensures that all merchants within a defined area are included in searches and that all listings remain current. The company provides actionable information to millions of potential customers with strong purchase intent -- people searching for specific services as part of their daily lives. For example, it’s 7pm and Bob is just finishing his workday. His regular cleaners closed at 5pm, but he really needs to find a next-day wash and fold. Bob can easily search on Locality for a quality, affordable dry cleaner nearby that offers this specific service and is still open. Locality gives consumers the best insight into all of their options.

“Locality does for local services what Kayak does for air travel. We show consumers every service that's available around them in a way that makes it easy to find the right one for them,” said Jay Shek, co-founder and CEO of Locality. “Whether it’s finding the best yoga class in a new city or searching for a spontaneous mani-pedi near the office, Locality connects consumers to services for everyday life, giving them the power to find services wherever they are, whenever they need information.”

Act Locally, Grow Organically

Locality’s user base is growing rapidly and organically as consumers discover its value. Since its public launch last year, Locality traffic has grown over 10x as consumers use it in big cities and small towns all over the U.S. In fact, 75% of Locality’s traffic comes from outside the nation’s top 10 cities.

“Locality changes expectations of what local search can provide,” said Mr. Fliesler, Matrix general partner and former Square, Google and Slide executive. “Despite the number of companies competing in the local market, no one can do what Locality does and offer consumers this level of detail in local search. The unique and extensible data collection system that the team built allows Locality to scale and enter new markets at an unprecedented rate, and I can't wait to help Jay and his team design incredible product offerings on that platform."

“We are fortunate to receive such strong support from Matrix as a firm and from Jared in particular. Jared has great insight into how to build and market successful products in the local space from his time at Square,” added Mr. Shek. “His outstanding, relevant experience makes him the perfect fit to help us turn Locality into the ultimate local marketplace for consumers and merchants.”

To help accelerate growth, Locality is moving its headquarters to San Francisco. The company will maintain a satellite office in New York.

To find out how to join the Locality team in San Francisco or New York, please visit http://www.locality.com/team. To find the right local services for you, go to http://www.locality.com.

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About Locality

Founded in 2011, Locality has developed the industry’s most comprehensive local search experience, covering 60 different services available in more than 10,000 cities. Locality’s proprietary data collection system helps consumers find the information they seek to connect with merchants that best meet their needs. The company is funded by Matrix Partners, Lightbank, ffVC, Cowboy Ventures, and Founder Collective. It is based in San Francisco with offices in New York. To learn more, please visit http://www.locality.com.

About Matrix Partners

Matrix Partners is a premier venture capital firm that has generated outstanding returns for more than three decades. By focusing on early-stage investments and emphasizing long-term relationships with entrepreneurs, the firm has delivered several of the industry's top performing funds of all time. Matrix Partners has offices in Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto, CA; Mumbai, India; and Beijing and Shanghai, China. Matrix Partners has invested in several game-changing, industry-leading businesses such as Apple Computer, Care.com, Gilt Groupe, HubSpot, JBoss, Netezza, Phone.com, Polyvore, Starent Networks, Sycamore Networks, Veritas, Zendesk, and Zong.







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29Oct/130

The Discovery House Makes Donation to Local School


Reseda, California (PRWEB) September 16, 2013

The Discovery House is pleased to announce its selection of Bertrand Elementary School as the recipient of a $ 5,000 donation. McKay and Tom Whiting, founders of The Discovery House, announced the donation to the Reseda school last week.

In a letter to the school principal, Esta Herman, a representative from The Discovery House encouraged the work that teachers and staff are doing at the school, and made the connection between education and drug and alcohol prevention. "Education is of particular importance to The Discovery House, as studies show that individuals who drop out of high school are more likely to engage in cigarette use, alcohol use, marijuana use, nonmedical use of prescription drugs, and use of illicit drugs (SAMHSA)."

Bertrand school officials plan to use the funds to purchase new computers. As the use of technology becomes more common in education, it is necessary for schools like Bertrand to keep their equipment up to date. Technology in the classroom will provide students with a more engaged learning experience, and help them develop the tools to function in a society that is based on technology.

Principal Esta Herman thanked The Discovery House for their support.

"Thank you so much for the wonderful contribution to Bertrand Elementary School," Principal Herman said. "Your generous check will fund much needed technology so that our teachers can support the educational program for our students. I applaud your commitment to education for students and adults."

The Discovery House's Tom Whiting firmly believes that support from organizations and businesses like hers are vital to the structure of the community. Schools and youth programs are often under-supported and help from the community can ensure schools become better equipped to teach students.

"We hope that The Discovery House's donation will be one small step toward providing Bertrand Elementary teachers with the additional tools needed to keep young students engaged in their education," said Tom.

The Discovery House is a drug and alcohol treatment center located in Reseda, California. The center works with clients from the neighborhood and nearby communities who are suffering with substance abuse addiction. The Discovery House offers a variety of programs, each designed to meet the individual's recovery needs.

Programs offered at The Discovery House include 12 step programs, family therapy, art therapy, psychodrama therapy, yoga therapy, and nutritional therapy. The Discovery House is "working today for a better tomorrow," which is shown through the center's professional treatment of patients, as well as its support of its community.

For more information about the Discovery House and its programs, visit http://www.thediscoveryhouse.com/.

The Discovery House is licensed by the State of California as a residential treatment facility, but is not licensed to perform medical services. While we strive to provide the highest degree of recovery and treatment care, the Discovery House does not offer medical services.







9Sep/130

Dog Tag Art Teams Up with Local Artist to Launch Web Comic


Asheville, NC (PRWEB) May 27, 2013

Dog Tag Art, an Asheville, North Carolina based company that focuses on keeping pets safe with colorful custom pet ID tags, has joined forces with local artist and writer Kathleen McCafferty to bring her web comic to the masses. The comic series is entitled "This American Dog", with a nod to NPRs popular radio program "This American Life", and features the ongoing adventures of McCaffertys spunky terrier, Ira G.

"Im thrilled to bring 'This American Dog' to Dog Tag Arts amazing audience. Their custom pet tags are just the coolest, and their fans are simply the best. Their online community is really active and enormous, with over 55,000 Facebook fans! Its an incredible opportunity, and I cant wait to introduce the chronicles of Ira G., my mischievous dog with a mohawk, to this fun-loving community.

The web comic will be hosted on the Dog Tag Art website and will be updated periodically with new issues and stories. McCafferty is working with Dog Tag Arts own Pia Wuerfel who is the colorist for each issue.

Pia is a graphic designer and head of artist relations at Dog Tag Art. She is a really talented artist. Shes working with my hand-drawn strips and digitally coloring them with painstaking care, making them look amazing! 'This American Dog' wouldnt have happened without Pias support and enthusiasm, and Im so grateful for our collaboration.

Ira G. is named after Ira Glass, the host of NPRs "This American Life". McCafferty, a big fan of the program for years, decided to loosely base the new comic strip format on the radio show. 'This American Life' is traditionally done in four acts, explained McCafferty, although there is some deviation. "This American Dog" will follow the same school of thought and is a simple, four-paneled comic with a lot of heart.

The new web comic series will feature insights about everyday life from Ira G.s unique point of view, with his signature wry sense of humor. "This American Dog" will launch on Dog Tag Arts website on Memorial Day 2013 to much fanfare and a special Ira G-approved pet ID tag sale. Dog Tag Art believes that the new comic will not only give customers a cute and colorful story to follow, but will also establish Ira G. into the hearts of their large fan base.

Dog Tag Arts Operations Manager, Russ Barker, is also very excited about the partnership stating When I first saw Kathleens work I instantly knew it would not only be the perfect addition to our web site but something that our fans would truly fall in love with and want to follow on a regular basis. My next action was to contact Kathleen and get the ball rolling on this project as soon as I possibly could and I am definitely thrilled with the result.

About Dog Tag Art

Dog Tag Art makes high-quality personalized pet ID tags for dogs and cats and other tag-wearing pets, out of Asheville, North Carolina. Customers can design their own tags using personal images, or choose from over 1,000 original artist-designed custom tags. Dog Tag Art custom pet tags are guaranteed for life and made with a sturdy recycled steel core and coated, permanent graphics. The company was founded by owner Jack Carrier, to ensure the safety and safe return of his beloved wandering Chocolate Lab, Maggie. Dog Tag Art has been featured on Regis and Kelly, as well as in The New York Post, Dog Fancy, and in several other publications.







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7Sep/130

Golden Tech Brings New Tech to Local Manufacturing


Naples, FL (PRWEB) June 28, 2013

With a fertile landscape for large business, Southwest Florida is prime realty for new manufacturing work. To help bring those jobs to life, local IT and tech firm, Golden Tech, has joined the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (http://www.srma.net).

We know that Southwest Florida is home to some of the best and brightest when it comes to manufacturing practices. Its high time we start to join forces and come together under the common goal of building and growing our community, says Golden Techs Michael Haas.

Since the industrial revolution, American ingenuity has leveraged technology to drive manufacturing. Its hard to imagine a more perfect representation of that ingenuity than the Golden Tech brand. With their mid-century Americana flare, its not surprising to hear they come to tech from a different route. The four founders, Six-Sigma blackbelts, all paid their dues as engineers in the Indiana steel mills. Always looking to find manufacturing efficiencies, they quickly picked up IT and havent put it down.

Golden Techs background in lean manufacturing, puts us in the perfect spot to help grow the SRMA. We get what they do more than the typical tech firm. And, as engineers, we talk a common language, says Golden Tech Senior Partner, Greg Scasny.

As our clients well know, we pride ourselves on bringing a common sense, business-minded approach to the technology space. At the same time, we know that technology outpaces us all, and the manufacturing space needs to stay on pace to compete in the global economy.

The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association was chartered in effort to provide a forum for local manufacturing and other firms to pursue better ways to grow the local economy. The group has grown its membership rapidly and helped to cultivate a budding entrepreneurship in the area.

Golden Tech is a leading IT outsourcing, tech support, and cloud managed services provider, serving small and medium-size businesses for more than 15 years. Founded by four engineers, Golden Tech is proud to offer handcrafted technology solutions meeting the exacting needs of each of our customers. Golden Tech currently has four locations, serving the Chicago, IL, Valparaiso, IN, South Bend IN, and Southwest Florida regions. Learn more at http://it.golden-tech.com.

Golden Tech and the Golden Tech logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Golden Technologies, Inc. Other product, service, or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information about this topic, please contact Marc Oestreich by calling 866-806-7127, or e-mail at media(at)golden-tech(dot)com.







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21Feb/130

Forest Hills, NY Local Chapter Hosted Leah Chase, Personal Shopper and Coach


Garden City, NY (PRWEB) November 13, 2012

Members and guests of the NAPW Forest Hills, NY Local Chapter met for a professional networking meeting on October 24th at Biu Bella. While enjoying wonderful brick oven pizza, season salad, and a chicken platter, attendees embarked on a networking session. They then received expert tips from Leah Chase, Founder and President of Excelsior You, on how to transform themselves, and consequently, change the way they are seen by others.

Using her 20 years experience as a Personal Shopper and Coach, Leah expertly showed the women how they could create a look that is fashionable and comfortable by making simple yet significant wardrobe changes.

Leahs presentation was engaging and very positive. She made it clear that creating our own personal style is important because how we see ourselves is how we present ourselves to the world, said Forest Hills Chapter President Anjali Chugh.

Leah began her presentation by asking members and guests if they knew what their personal style is (some did, some did not) and suggested that the women identify their signature style and then get a little creative with it. She also noted that a persons signature style tends to change as she gets older.

Some notable fashion tips from Leah included:

5Feb/130

Veteran Host Mike Sammond Features Local Businesses for Gwinnett Business Radio on Business RadioX


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

Gwinnett Business Radio host Mike Sammond closed out the year with a feature of four local businesses in the new Gwinnett County studio for on Business RadioX

1Dec/120

NAPW Ft. Worth/Tarrant County Local Chapter Raised Money for Female Veterans at and Hosted Marketing Pro


Garden City, NY (PRWEB) September 11, 2012

Members and guests of the NAPW Ft. Worth/Tarrant County Local Chapter gathered together for professional networking meetings this summer. The group raised money for female veterans by selling their jewelry and members and guests got expert tips from marketing professional Whitney Holdens presentation, Brand 101.

A company that buys gold and silver was present and members and guests were able to have their jewelry weighed. After being quoted a fair price, members and guests could choose to sell their pieces to the company. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales was donated to the Chapters charity of choice, Grace After Fire. Members and guests raised $ 200 for the nonprofit organization that helps women veterans ease back into civilian life in the United States.

Whatever their need, Grace After Fire makes every effort to meet it, and we are happy to be able to help, said Ft. Worth/Tarrant County Local Chapter President Mae Hoover. Two of our members volunteered to answer phones to just talk to the women who need a listening ear.

A member from the organization was at the Chapter meeting to accept the generous donation and talk to members and guests about the important work it does. According to the representative, 20,000 women veterans live in Texas, 300,000 live in the United States, 25% are unemployed, and many are injured.

It was an inspiring presentation. In fact, the man from the gold-buying company put in some of his own money to further the cause, said Mae.

Whitney Holden, volunteered to help Mae with social media. Whitney is a graphic artist and already does social media for the company where she works, so she will certainly be an asset to the Chapter.

At the Chapters August networking meeting, Mae spoke a bit about NAPW and its membership benefits. She also announced that Toni Allison won an award for outstanding community service.

In addition to the networking portion of the meeting, where members and guests had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their businesses, Whitney Holden took the floor and began her presentation, Brand 101. She covered the basics of branding, as it is geared toward small business owners and independent contractors who dont always have the opportunity to consult an expert.

A brand is so much more than a logo. A poorly run business with a beautiful logo wont have a strong brand and vice-versa, Whitney told the crowd. From your side, everything you do for (and in) your business is your brand. From the customers side, its how they feel about your business.

Whitney told the crowd to start thinking about how to present their brand, by answering the following questions:

Who are you?

There are hundreds if not thousands of people in the area that can do what you do. But none of them are you, she said. Its proven that people do business with those they know, like, and trust; you need to be yourself. Tell them what you do, how you do it, and embrace practices that are uniquely you.

Where did you come from?

Geographically, people prefer to work with those who are near to them. Figuratively, always let your prospects and clients know your professional background if it lends credibility to your cause, she went on. Let them know how you came into your current position or started your business. This is a great way to make an impression and show that you can work hard.

What do I stand for?

Do brands like Nike, TOMS, and Apple have anything in common? There are other huge competitors in the sports apparel, shoe, and technology industries, so why are these companies successful? Whitney asked. Because their messaging has a strong, simple and consistent underlying message: Victory (Nike), Giving (TOMS), and Innovation (Apple).

Whitney concluded her presentation with the following advice:

If you dont have a clear cause, pick a word for your brand and use it to guide your decisions. You could even choose a set of traits, as though your brand was a person.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Ft. Worth/Tarrant County Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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27Nov/120

Access Publishing launches local online marketing service in San Luis Obispo County


Paso Robles, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2012

Access Publishing launches a new online marketing service for small businesses in San Luis Obispo County. It helps companies rank better in Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yelp and other internet directories.

The internet marketing service, called Local Search Optimization, is the key for small businesses to improve online presence.

57-percent of local buyers are using search engines to find local goods and services, according a recent survey of 3,000 U.S. households by ComScore.

We are helping small businesses create a high ranking online presence to get them found by local searchers, says Scott Brennan, owner of Access Publishing, a regional advertising and marketing agency.

A local search typically includes a product or service and geographical location, like insurance agents in paso robles, ca. Google is pointing to listings from Google+ Local pages and other directories more often than traditional websites.

The local search engine optimization (SEO) service begins with a comprehensive client interview and Optimized Business Profile. The clients Google+ Local profile is optimized with keywords, categories, descriptions, photos, logos, and links. Geographical data about the business including its building and parking lot are created with a Google mapping service.

Listings are created and optimized on Yahoo, Bing, Yelp, Facebook, and niche directories. Client data is uploaded to major database companies and distributed to over 100 major online directories.

Clients receive a Review Generator service that helps them ask customers for authentic, positive online reviews to help improve rankings.

Brennan has a masters certification in advanced internet marketing from the University of San Francisco. He has given presentations to hundreds of business owners and managers at over a dozen workshops and presentations throughout San Luis Obispo County.

Business people are invited to hear him speak at an upcoming presentation on local search optimization. Upcoming dates are Sept. 12, 2012, at noon in Atascadero, CA and on Sept. 26, 2012, at noon at in San Luis Obispo, CA. Seating is limited. Register at accesslocalsearch.com, email scott@accesspublishing.com, or call

7Nov/120

Arrows by Local Aliens LLC Sets a New Standard in App Store Puzzle Game Genre


Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (PRWEB) August 15, 2012

Local Aliens LLC, a leader in unique and innovative casual gaming apps, is excited to announce the release of its new and highly addictive Arrows puzzle game to the iTunes App Store. Arrows is the second mobile release from Local Aliens, following its successful iPad board game, Fluke HD. Compatible with both iPhone and iPad, Arrows is a visually-striking puzzle game that is based on a simple concept, but presents a cutting-edge style of challenging and engaging gameplay that has yet to be seen in the puzzle game genre. Arrows is easy to play, but difficult to master.

The goal in Arrows is to fill orbs in each level with sideways moving arrows, avoiding obstacles along the way. With over 80 carefully designed futuristic levels that get increasingly challenging, Arrows keeps its users' minds fully engaged. High quality graphics make up the unique game elements that are presented in each level in dynamic and vivid color.

Because racking up high scores unlocks challenging bonus levels, exciting new levels are always available. Users are able to compete with friends for high scores in the Game Center leaderboards as well as unlock achievements throughout the game. Arrows features 4 sets of mind-stimulating levels. The first pack is provided with the initial download of the app at no cost, and it is $ 0.99 to unlock the remaining 3 packs. Arrows can be found here on the iTunes App Store.

This will be the most impressive puzzle game to hit the app market in a long time, said Bandar A. Almashari, co-founder of Local Aliens LLC. The mix of its simple, but challenging gameplay and breakthrough visual-appeal will make Arrows an app that people will be immediately drawn to and captivated by.

Features include:

**Highly captivating graphics

**Specially integrated music to compliment gameplay

**80+ carefully designed futuristic levels

**Bonus levels unlocked by high scores

**Game Center leaderboards

**Unlockable achievements

For more information on Arrows puzzle game, please visit http://www.local-aliens.com/arrows-puzzle-game or contact info(at)local-aliens(dot)com

About Local Aliens LLC:

Located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Local Aliens LLC is leading the way into the next generation of casual gaming by providing unique, fundamentally innovative concepts. Co-founded by Sultan S. Alsharif and Bandar A. Almashari, Local Aliens LLC creates the very best game development studio in the market today.

With an initial focus concentrating on mobile games, they are geared to deliver high quality, original gaming products that feature some of the finest gaming experiences available. With diligence, determination and integrity, Local Aliens LLC promises to deliver the best, brightest and most cutting







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