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National Association of Professional Women Announces Carolyn Hollingsworth, Senior IT Manager of Lennox International, as VIP Woman of the Year

Garden City, NY (PRWEB) December 24, 2013

NAPW honors Carolyn Hollingsworth as a 2013/2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership in business and management with this prestigious distinction. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 local chapters.

As senior manager for Lennox International, Ms. Hollingsworth has been the major force for improving the efficiency of its IT repair. She explains in a recent interview, “I’ve extended help desk applications out in the field, which has been a significant cost-saving measure for Lennox.”

A computer crash for a leading HVAC equipment manufacturer company such as Lennox could cost the company millions of dollars for as long as that system stays down. Many of Lennox's manufacturing processes are automated, and if the PC running a line goes down, the line stops. Reducing downtime is exactly why the $ 3.7 billion company began looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its IT repair process. Deployment of BMC Software’s Remedy Solution, although effective, was not the entire solution.

By giving techs access to the solution from the field, Ms. Hollingsworth solved the loss of downtime problem. She contributed to extending the help desk applications out to the individuals that actually go and fix equipment. Techs also now have an immediate view of a job's priority; more pressing trouble tickets show up higher in their work cues, so techs are always working on the most critical issues.

NAPW Provides an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect learn and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.


BioTrackTHC Announces It Will Attend the National Cannabis Industry Association Event in Chicago This Weekend

Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 21, 2013

On August 1, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 1, which created a medical marijuana pilot program for the state of Illinois. The program, which goes into effect January 1, 2014 and is called Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, allows for the therapeutic use of medical marijuana by patients who suffer from one or more of 33 qualifying medical conditions.

What better place to hold the first comprehensive marijuana business symposium ever conducted in the Midwest than in Chicago?

BioTrackTHC, a division of Bio-Tech Medical Software, announced today that it will be attending the symposium which is being sponsored by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). The event will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown at 600 N. State Street on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a networking reception immediately following.

Patrick Vo, Co-CEO of BioTrackTHC, the industry's developer of the only true plant management and seed-to-sale medical marijuana software for marijuana businesses, said, We are very excited to be attending this first major industry event in the Midwest and, because Governor Quinn recently signed the medical marijuana bill into law, the timing couldnt be better. As the developer of the only true plant management and seed-to-sale medical marijuana software for marijuana businesses, it was imperative that BioTrackTHC attend to answer any questions about our suite of products and how our software will meet compliance requirements of every aspect of the new Illinois law.

Phil Kinsella, Vice President of Marketing for BioTrackTHC, will be attending the symposium and will be available to meet one-on-one with anyone at the show who wants information on the BioTrackTHC suite of products. To set up a private meeting with him, attendees are asked to call 855-762-4420 or send an email to sales(at)biotrackthc(dot)com.

About BioTrackTHC

The industry's developer of the only true plant management and seed-to-sale medical marijuana software for marijuana businesses! BioTrackTHC was designed to not only offer you a turn-key Medical Marijuana POS software system to meet state regulations, but to actually enhance every aspect of your medical marijuana business! Our MMJ dispensary POS software allows for easy grow house location tracking, inventory, patient management, point-of-sale system and easy accounting reporting. As the market leader in MMJ POS software BioTrackTHC uses cutting edge technology and offers the most robust medical marijuana dispensary software in the industry to help you run your business more efficiently and profitably while staying compliant. Other systems were designed to help you run your business: our system was designed to make your business successful!

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National E-Retailer Home Security Store Expands to a New Building in Southern California

Riverside, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2013

Home Security Store, Inc. has seen strong and steady growth over the past several years. So much so, that the company has purchased an even bigger warehouse and office space building in Southern California.

We need more room to grow. We were running out of room in our old warehouse, said Home Security Store Vice-President Ralph Winn, who has more than 37 years of experience in the security industry.

Home Security Store is the premiere online e-commerce website specializing in affordable Do-It-Yourself wireless and hardwired home alarms, security camera systems, fire protection products, spy equipment, survival gear, home automation devices and more. In addition, the companys website offers useful video tutorials, tips, security news and educational articles teaching homeowners how to optimize home security in order to help prevent property loss and damage.

Through its website, Home Security Store informs visitors how a DIY security installation can save money. Home Security Store sells name brand equipment directly to the public with same-day shipping option and technical support.

Winn says this is the second time in the past several years that the company has had to move in order to accommodate the business growth.

Home Security Stores new home is a 33,000-square-foot building located on the Riverside and Corona city line. Acquiring such a central location will allow the company to also engage with local installers in Riverside, Corona, and the surrounding Orange County area.

Great customer service and free top-notch tech support has been at the core of Home Security Stores plan for success since it opened its doors and this will continue as the company grows, adds Winn.

Today, in the home security field, there are so many competitors to choose from, which is a major hurdle in trying to get the attention of potential customers. Nevertheless, Home Security Store has optimized its online business since the mid-1990s, and still does today, by bringing customers the best of service with seasoned technical professionals and a product line which features the latest technology to help make your property safe and life easy, Winn said.

With that in mind, Winn adds that the company has long had the trust of DIY home and business owners nationwide and is expanding to a new market of local installers, as well.

The new location has landed us in an ideal and centralized area in Southern California. The new building will allow us the means to truly serve the wholesale market. This means we will provide the contractor a comfortable place to not only purchase from, but a friendly environment to come and learn about the newest trends and get hands-on training, said Home Security Stores Wholesale Account Manager Andre Perkic.

About Home Security Store, Inc.

Home Security Store is the premiere online e-commerce website specializing in affordable DIY wireless and hardwired home alarms, security camera systems, fire protection devices, spy equipment, survival gear, home automation technology and more. The company brings together highly trained, professional technicians and a state-of-the-art product line to provide the most comprehensive security source found online. The company offers fast shipping, plus complimentary tech support. For more information about Home Security Store and its line of security products and services, go to


Does Your Healthcare Marketing Ache? Relieve the Pain During National Immunization Awareness Month With These 4 Tips From Appointment-Plus

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage levels.

Its also the perfect occasion to improve the well-being of your healthcare centers marketing program.

Healthcare centers and clinics that offer immunizations and vaccinations provide a vital service to the community, said Bob La Loggia, CEO of Appointment-Plus medical scheduling software.

And a key to ensuring that citizens are made aware of your services is through effective marketing.

Here are four tips to help connect with patients:



Anthem Institute Student Kenneth Teores Photography Exhibit Featured at Monroe Township Public Library for National Autism Awareness Month

North Brunswick, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 03, 2013

Despite his complex learning disabilities and high-functioning autism, Teore is excelling in the Graphic Design and Animation program at Anthem Institutes North Brunswick campus. Teore is a gifted nature photographer and his education is helping him gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue his goals, which include working for National Geographic in film and photography.

Kenny sleeps, eats and drinks his program of studies, said his mother Joananne Teore. We are so grateful for Kennys incredible opportunity to attend Anthem, where not only does he have an excellent curriculum-based education, but also wonderful instructors who have enlightened him about reading social cues and enabled him to be successful by meeting his needs using assistive technology.

Through his exhibit, featuring a display of more than 20 photographs, Teores goal was to educate others about his experiences with autism, dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Kennys story is just one example of how we strive to work with each and every one of our students to help them succeed, said Maria Veglia, Executive Director at Anthem Institute in North Brunswick. We have full confidence that Kenny will successfully complete his program and look forward to helping him establish a fulfilling career.

Anthem Institutes Graphic Design and Animation diploma program gives students hands-on experience with Graphic Design Industry Standard applications. Students take courses in basic design, digital imaging and print, 3D modeling and 3D animation. They learn to use the same packages and tools as graphic design professionals, including 3D Studio Max and Adobe Master Collection Creative Suite and are introduced to standard markup/scripting languages such as HTML, PHP, CSS ActionScript and MySQL.

Taught by graphic design and web professionals, students can receive academic advising from professional education staff, which also arrange for tutoring services when needed and help organize study groups. Program graduates can compete for different kinds of entry-level positions in the graphic design field, including web designer or developer, flash animator, Photoshop specialist or multimedia designer or specialist.

Anthem Institute in North Brunswick is located at 651 US Route 1 South on the 1st floor. For more information about Anthem Education, please contact the campus locally at 855-331-7764.

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Acceptd and the National YoungArts Foundation Announce Strategic Partnership

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

Acceptd of Dublin, OH, and the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) based in Miami, FL announce a strategic partnership that will provide a powerful, easy-to-use, digital application process for talented young artists across the fields of the visual, literary, performing, and design arts to apply to YoungArts.

YoungArts provides life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and opportunities for participants to showcase their work in some of the most prestigious venues in the country.

Acceptd provides a comprehensive suite of online resources that help students identify and apply to performing arts programs around the world. Decision-makers have access to all applications and media in a common format and can view, comment, and rate collaboratively in real time. Arts programs efficiently find, evaluate, and select candidates that are the most suitable. Acceptd serves hundreds of the top universities, foundations, festivals, and competitions across the globe.

Acceptd is thrilled to be partnering with the National YoungArts Foundation to offer access to hundreds of thousands of talented students, said Don Hunter, Acceptd co-founder and president. YoungArts is a remarkable organization committed to identifying, encouraging, and nurturing our nations exceptionally talented high school students as they pursue careers in the arts. Our mission of efficiently connecting young artists with opportunities in the performing arts is naturally aligned with YoungArts goals.

The National YoungArts Foundation receives more than 10,000 applications per year from young artists hoping to participate in their national and regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City as well as YoungArts annual events in Washington D.C. This past year, 685 young artists between the ages of 15 to 18 were selected for opportunities which included master classes with world-renowned artists (as seen on the Emmy-nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass), access to scholarships, career opportunities, and professional contacts.

In addition, YoungArts serves as the sole nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Each year, 20 YoungArts winners are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Their work is showcased at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Beginning with the 2014 application process, Acceptd will provide the backend system that will help YoungArts Winners from across the nation.

The applications process is a crucial part of the YoungArts experience, it is the entry point into our organization for the hundreds of young artists we support every year, stated Paul T. Lehr, National YoungArts Foundations executive director. This partnership with Acceptd has the potential to maximize the ease and efficiency of this process and provide us with the structure needed to clearly evaluate each artists application.

The YoungArts application on Acceptd is now open. Applicants in visual, performing, literary, and design arts will be able to upload their digital portfolios and apply to the YoungArts program from May 31 until October 18, 2013.

During the past 32 years, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $ 6 million dollars in monetary awards and facilitated in excess of $ 150 million in scholarship opportunities. In 2013, YoungArts programs have supported 685 participants with $ 600,000 in cash awards.

Business leaders, educators, and master performers everywhere recognize the importance of supporting and encouraging the arts. Theres no better way to do that than to invest, as YoungArts does, in our nations next generation of artists, said Tom Walker, CEO of TechColumbus, a public-private partnership that focuses on building high-growth companies that advance the Central Ohio economy. We are enthusiastic about the technology and services that Acceptd provides and are delighted that this outstanding young Ohio firm has been chosen to enhance the YoungArts application process.

TechColumbus has been an investor in Acceptd from early on, first with a validation grant and then as leader of two seed investment rounds totaling nearly $ 1 million.

We invested in Acceptd, Mr. Walker said, because the company has an exciting business model that makes sense. The management team understands the market the company serves and provides a unique product that efficiently and affordably resolves significant challenges for applicants and program decision-makers. Its also terrific to have a portfolio company that has the potential to help launch more of Americas talented young people into careers in the arts.


Maine National Guard military ribbons now available to Maine Soldiers

Milwaukie, Ore. (PRWEB) June 06, 2013

Military uniform superstore, USA Military Medals, is now stocking specific Maine National Guard military ribbons, here, today, in its efforts to better support the dress uniform needs of Soldiers there.

The ribbons including the Maine National Guard Academic Award Ribbon, Maine National Guard Achievement Medal Ribbon, Maine National Guard Adjutant General Award, Maine National Guard Basic Training Ribbon, Maine National Guard Commanders Award Ribbon, Maine National Guard Commendation Medal Ribbon, Maine National Guard Distinguished Service Award Ribbon, Maine National Guard Good Conduct Ribbon, Maine National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon, and the Maine National Guard Recruiting Award Ribbon are available in both the so-called thin style as well as the more traditional, slide-on variant.

Unfortunately, theres not a lot for these Soldiers to choose from if they need dress uniform supplies in-state, said USAMM, LLC President of business operations, Jared Zabaldo.

USAMM owns and operates USA Military Medals along with various other military uniform e-commerce stores.

Camp Keyes in Augusta will have the basic accessories, but I guarantee youre going to be hard-pressed if National Guard ribbons are what you need, said Zabaldo.

In addition to selling ribbons in a finished state for customer use, UMM also builds military-spec ready-to-wear ribbon racks with virtually every States National Guard awards.

From military slang, a military ribbon or medal rack refers to the colorful rows of awards typically found above the wearers left pocket on U.S. armed forces dress uniforms.

We carry ten official Maine National Guard Ribbons, which is more than anywhere in the country, said Zabaldo, before adding, So we are a huge resource for these folks.

These Colorado ribbons are available on UMM and can be additionally purchased through the online Ez Rack Builder program a free uniform tool available to all veterans and active duty service personnel.

USA Military Medals is an internet-based company formed in 2005, carrying more than 12,000 dress uniform products in stock and specializing in custom military medal and military ribbon rack production with their state-of-the-art rack builder. USA Military Medals also operates a brick and mortar store servicing local military personnel and veterans.

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Crafty Pet Couture For National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Elmwood Park, NJ (PRWEB) January 8, 2010

A recent survey reports more than 71 million* (62%) U.S. households own at least one pet. With such popularity its time for enthusiastic pet owners to give paws to observe a special day for their beloved pets and what better way to do it than by crafting a special pet outfit for National Dress Up Your Pet Day on January 15, 2010.

According to the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), 39% of U.S. households participate in general crafting, including areas such as pet costuming and accessorizing. As a matter of fact, while not quite as popular as pet ownership, 56% of U.S. households craft each year and despite the recession craft participation has held steady over the past three years creating a $ 27 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry.

In recognition of National Dress Up Your Pet Day, members of CHA have developed some crafty pet couture and accessory ideas. Whether you have dogs, cats or more non-traditional pets, CHA members iLoveToCreate and Cathie Filian will have you crafting and your pet strutting down the catwalk in no time.

iLoveToCreate developed individualize couture ideas for non-traditional pets. Yes, these projects will have ALL your pets pimped out and glammed-up in time to celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Get inspired with this When Pigs Fly project found at or check out the complete iLoveToCreate PET FASHION SHOW video** with llamas, ostriches, ponies, pigs, cats, dogs and goats at

If you dont own a petting zoo, Cathie Filian, lifestyle expert, designer, TV host and author of Bow Wow WOW: Fetching costumes for your fabulous dog (Lark Books) has some easy projects for your pooch in her book that features an irreverent collection of 36 designs for dog-crazy, but sewing-challenged humans.

I started creating some fun costumes for my Chihuahua, but soon realized that smaller dogs actually need the warmth of clothes to protect them, explained Cathie Filian. The book shows dog lovers how to create some great doggie clothes ranging from seasonal costumes to fun everyday fashions.

Simple Project Idea from Bow Wow WOW:

Transform a plain dog t-shirt with just about any craft product you can think of. They can be painted with fabric paints, appliqu


The National Camp Series (NCS) Held a Successful Championship Kicking Camp in Dallas, TX, on May 19, 2013

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013

The National Camp Series (NCS) held a successful Championship Kicking Camp, for high school kickers, punters and snappers in Dallas, TX on May 19, 2013 according to retired NFL Kicker, and NCS founder, Michael Husted.

I really enjoyed the NCS Dallas Championship Camp last weekend, says Husted. It was great to coach at the camp with Darren Bennett, as well as see my good friend Mat McBriar. The talent in Dallas is exceptional and the NCS is fortunate to have Chris Shaw of KICKNATION as one of our top associates. Knowing Shaw works with kickers, punters and long snappers in the great state of Texas only ensures that the talent level there will always be one of the best.

Go here for more on the NCS Dallas Championship Camp at Husteds blog Michael

Husted says the NCS Championship Kicking Camps are a new addition to the kicking camps series offered by the National Camp Series (NCS).

This full day camp is a nice addition to our National Camp Series which includes our Divisional Evaluation Events and our annual Super Camp, says Husted. This event included our proprietary Kicking Index Evaluation (KIX), professional instruction by NFL players and it will conclude with competition in field goals, kickoffs, punts and long snapping.

Go here for more on the upcoming NCS Championship Kickng Camp in Chicago on June, 22, 2013.

Husted, who kicked in the NFL for 9 years, says the Dallas Championship Camp is a great opportunity for high school specialists to get instruction from coaches of the highest caliber, and to be evaluated objectively.

Having the opportunity to get instruction by retired NFL players who have succeeded at all levels of football, be accurately and fairly evaluated using our Kicking IndeX (KIX) Player Rating System, and getting to compete will ensure that this camp will be the most comprehensive camp available, says Husted.

Husted says the Dallas NCS Championship Kicking Camp was a one-day event that provided:

An official evaluation using NCS' objective and proprietary Kicking IndeX (KIX) Player Rating System.

Professional instruction by retired NFL kickers and punters who coach specialists on a regular basis.

Competition that teaches you to manage pressure situations.

Awards provided by Wizard Kicking.

An opportunity to get selected for the US Army All American Game.

Husted says the goal of all NCS events, including the Dallas Championship Camp, is to help high school students develop their skills, and help position and prepare them to be, college athletes.

These Championship Kicking Camps are an integral part of the complete NCS system which objectively rates players for colleges and universities by utilizing its unique Kicking IndeX (KIX) Player Rating System, says Husted. Having collected data from our events over the past 10 years, our algorithm takes key variables into account when computing our ratings.

The NCS levels the playing field for those who don't want to get caught up in all of the 'politics' that occurs in the kicking industry, says Husted. If you can kick, punt or snap, the NCS KIX system will let a young kicking specialists skills speak for themselves. No excuses. No explanations."

Go here for more information about the NCS Dallas Championship Kicking Camp at Husted's blog Michael

Go here for more information about the National Camp Series.

Go here for more information about kicking coach Michael Husted.

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Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft Top National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 10, 2013

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2012 Annual Report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the overriding priority. The National Taxpayer Advocate also expressed concern that IRS funding is inadequate to collect revenue or serve taxpayer needs and that victims of both tax-related identity theft and return preparer fraud are falling through the cracks.


The National Taxpayer Advocates Annual Report to Congress designates the complexity of the tax code as the #1 most serious problem facing taxpayers and recommends that Congress take significant steps to simplify it.

[The complexity of the tax code] obscures comprehension, leaving many taxpayers unaware how their taxes are computed and what rate of tax they pay, Olson wrote.

Since 2001, Congress has made nearly 5,000 changes to the tax code, an average of more than one a day, and the number of words in the code appears to have reached nearly four million. An analysis of IRS data by the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) shows that individuals and businesses spend about 6.1 billion hours each year complying with tax-filing requirements.

An infographic and video on the need for tax reform are available on the 2012 Annual Report to Congress website.


The IRS budget has been reduced in each of the last two fiscal years, and appears likely to face further cuts in coming years. Although these cuts reflect across-the-board reductions in federal discretionary spending, underfunding the IRS makes no sense.

The plain truth is that the IRSs mission trumps all other agencies missions, because without an effective revenue collector, you cant fund those other agencies, Olson said.

Each dollar appropriated for the IRS generates substantially more than one dollar in additional revenue.

The report says that lack of funding is also preventing the IRS from meeting taxpayer needs. For example, in FY 2012, the IRS answered just 68 percent of its calls, and those who got through spent an average of nearly 17 minutes waiting on hold.

When taxpayers are attempting to comply with laws that require them to turn over a significant portion of their incomes to pay our nations bills, they have a right to expect that their government will do a better job of taking their telephone calls and answering their letters, Olson said.


The number of tax-related identity theft incidents has increased substantially in recent years. At the end of FY 2012, the IRS had almost 650,000 identity-theft cases in its inventory. The problem has grown worse as organized criminal actors have found innovative ways to steal the Social Security numbers (SSNs) of taxpayers, file tax returns using those taxpayers names and SSNs, and obtain fraudulent refunds.

Despite some changes by the IRS, victims still face the same labyrinth of procedures and drawn-out timeframes for resolution they faced five years ago.

Taxpayers need one-stop shopping a single point of contact they can work with to resolve all issues in their cases, Olson said. Six months is an unacceptable period of time to expect taxpayer-victims to wait.

An infographic and video on the ways the IRS burdens identity theft victims are available on the 2012 Annual Report to Congress website.


Overall this years report identifies the 23 most serious problems affecting taxpayers, including those outlined above and:

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