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Transforming Lives in Armstrong: Fitness Business Nominated for 3 Chamber of Commerce Awards


Armstrong, BC (PRWEB) April 22, 2015

The Armstrong and Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce nominates more than 20 businesses each year for special awards and recognitions, highlighting them as the most influential and successful small businesses in the area. This year, Armstrong Fit Body Boot Camp has been nominated for three awards: Best Customer Service, Small Business of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Fit Body Boot Camp is an indoor fitness boot camp brand that combines group training with individualized attention from a personal trainer to produce consistent weight loss results. The boot camp’s 30-minute workouts use a combination of intense cardio and resistance training to burn fat, build muscle, and bring clients remarkable results.

The Armstrong Fit Body Boot Camp is owned by Sheryl Dyck. A certified personal trainer and body transformation expert, Dyck has been training the Armstrong community for seven years.

“I have always loved fitness,” Dyck said, “and how it can allow someone to become powerful within themselves. Fitness changes people emotionally, mentally and physically and without all three components one does not have inner success. Working in this industry allows me the opportunity to help people find the person they are supposed to be, which looks different for everyone.”

Dyck has been a boot camp instructor since 2009 but has only recently adopted the Fit Body Boot Camp business model. Since this transition she has received an influx of positive attention, including the three recent Chamber of Commerce nominations.

The organizations nominated for these awards are competing in a pool of over 20 elite local businesses known for their powerful impact on the Armstrong and Spallumcheen community. With nominations in the Customer Service Category, Best Business and Best Entrepreneur Categories, Armstrong Fit Body Boot Camp appears to be making quite an impact.

“The nominations are awarded based on community voting and popular demand,” said Dyck. “Being nominated for any award is an honor, but having my community, clients and piers nominate me sends out a real message: it tells me that I am providing the best possible me and business to my community.”

The awards will be announced at the Armstrong & Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Awards on April 25 at Armstrong’s Centennial Hall.

About Armstrong Fit Body Boot Camp:

Armstrong Fit Body Boot Camp is a part of the Fit Body Boot Camp family of indoor fitness boot camps, whose global goal is to engage 20% of the world’s population in a healthy and fit lifestyle by the year 2020. Armstrong Fit Body Boot Camp is owned and operated by Sheryl Dyck. Dyck is committed to helping members of the Armstrong community set and accomplish their own health and fitness goals.

For more information about Armstrong Fit Body Boot Camp or to join one of their boot camp classes, please call:

(250) 309-6629

Visit their website at:

http://www.canadafitbodybootcamp.ca/armstrongfitnessbootcamp/

Or their Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/armstrongfitbodybootcamp







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Growing in Census and Staff: Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Therapy Celebrates Five Year Anniversary in Business


Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) May 31, 2015

This May marked five years in the long-term residential alcohol and drug treatment field for Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Therapy, located in Flagstaff, AZ.

“I think of anniversaries as a time to reflect on growth and goals,” said Keelyn Riley who has been a program therapist and staff development educator at Back2Basics for four and a half years. “We are in an optimal space of knowing what we want to offer and how we want to do it.”

Like many successful businesses, Back2Basics founder and CEO, Roy DuPrez found a hole in the system and aimed to fill it.

“Unlike other 30-day and short-term addiction treatment facilities, B2B residents are in the program for six months or more,” said DuPrez. “Our passionate staff builds relationships with each resident to help them learn the life-skills — self-worth, accountability, healthy diet, exercise, routine, team work, etc. — needed to sustain their sobriety beyond our walls.”

B2B is geared toward young adult males between the ages of 18 to 30 struggling with substance abuse. Since 2010 it has expanded in size, staff and program by developing a transition program known as Beyond the Basics for graduates of the initial six month program.

“Almost 100% of our residents stay on for Back2Basics,” said DuPrez. “These are the same young men who came to Flagstaff six months prior angry, afraid, resentful… some even kicking and screaming.”

While infrastructure has expanded one thing has remained constant said Spencer Gharrity, former B2B resident and current Residential Coordinator.

“Back2Basics has been growing, but the overall goal has been the same – help addicts truly recover.”


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Sierra College CACT with U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Will Offer Training on June 8 to Help Firms Save Money and Become Certified


Rocklin, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2015

To support companies in saving money, becoming more sustainable and getting certified, Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) will offer Zero Waste training on June 8 in Lincoln, CA, near Sacramento.

Register at http://www.uszwbc.org/; the rate for the full day is $ 199 and morning session with lunch is $ 99; add $ 50 to the registration fee after May 15. There are other discounts for USZWBC members and for more than two people per organization attending.

USZWBC developed the Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) training to help businesses achieve Zero Waste, and to guide them in achieving facility certification according to the USZWBC Scorecard Certification System.

The training begins with an introduction to Zero Waste, tour of the sustainability programs at Rogers Family Coffee Company in Lincoln CA, and a hands-on waste audit exercise. The afternoon session will provide information on USZWBC certification for individuals and facilities. The full day class is a requirement for qualifying for Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) certification.

Participants will learn how USZWBC Zero Waste certifications work according to trainer, Gary Liss. “During the workshop, attendees will see the steps they can take right away to start eliminating wasteful practices and save money,” said Liss. “Companies will benefit from this proven approach to guide their organization beyond recycling to Zero Waste.”

Zero Waste is an approach being used successfully by manufacturers, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CACT Director, Sierra College. “Businesses can reduce expenses and generate revenues by handling waste more effectively as well as become better corporate citizens,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Globally competitive companies benefit from making their processes more efficient and working toward Zero Waste as part of sustainability plans.”

For registration, please visit the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council website: http://www.uszwbc.org/.

About Sierra College CACT

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and is funded through the Workforce and Economic Development program of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Since 1992, the Sierra College CACT has provided customized training for organizations, manufacturers and technology companies throughout Northern California. Additional information is available at http://www.sierracollegetraining.com/.







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AIS Newsletter Finds Four Key Reasons for Lack of Interest in Small Business Health Options Program

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

Since the beginning of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services has offered regular enrollment updates for federally facilitated exchanges, but has been silent about the state of its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Some industry observers contacted by Atlantic Information Services, Inc.’s (AIS) Inside Health Insurance Exchanges (HEX) wonder if SHOP will ever attract interest. For its April issue, HEX identified four key barriers that could have led to limited participation in SHOP.

(1) The small-business tax credit isn’t attractive enough. The maximum credit is available only to the smallest small businesses (10 or less) with lower average annual wages per worker ($ 25,000 or less), and without real financial incentives, private insurance exchanges will appear to be the better option.

(2) There’s a lack of employee choice when it comes to choosing a plan in SHOP. In most states with federally facilitated exchanges, employers aren’t given the choice to choose a plan on the program, due largely to calls for a delay from state regulators who worried that a poorly functioning employee choice program would lead to delayed payments to carriers, misinformation, consumer confusion and adverse selection, HEX says. Chris Condeluci, a principal at CC Law & Policy in Washington, D.C., who worked for the Senate Finance Committee during the crafting of the health reform law, told HEX that SHOP is “clunky” and “glitch-riddled.”

(3) SHOP faces competition from private exchanges. For most small businesses, private exchanges offer more options and better features, such as decision-support systems, education tools and end-to-end transactional services, Condeluci tells HEX. They also offer full employee choice for medical coverage, and offer ancillary products and services such as vision, dental, life, financial and payroll, increasing their attractiveness.

(4) Once employers have to give up their grandfathered, non-ACA compliant plans, enrollment on SHOP is expected to increase slightly, HEX says, but the majority of employers are expected to explore their options with a broker or move to a private exchange.

“The underlying market isn’t so broken that employers are crying out for a solution,” Rosemarie Day, president of Day Health Strategies and former chief operating officer of the Massachusetts exchange, told HEX. “What they want is dramatically lower premiums, and that’s not what SHOP offers.”

Condeluci worries that more tax dollars will be funneled into SHOP “until we come to the realization that we spent billions of dollars on SHOP, which was a failing exercise.”

Visit http://aishealth.com/archive/nhex0415-01 to read the article in its entirety, which also reviews some of the most successful state-based exchanges in Utah, California and New Mexico.

About Inside Health Insurance Exchanges

Inside Health Insurance Exchanges provides hard-hitting news and strategies on public and private health insurance exchanges, written for business leaders with health plans, pharma companies, hospitals and health systems, brokers and agents, and exchange managers and vendors. The newsletter delivers reliable intelligence on this critical cornerstone of health reform — the players and their partners, product designs and enrollment results, employer perspectives and much more. Visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/inside-health-insurance-exchanges for more information.

About AIS

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at http://AISHealth.com.







Chicago Suburban Resort wins Prestigious Dick Busse Business of the Year Award, Prompting it to increase Workforce by Six Digits!


Oak Brook, IL (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is committed to growing its workforce and supporting its mission of becoming a uniquely sustainable destination. The resort’s uncommon practices are evident throughout hotel operations, but none more so than what’s taking place outside on its grounds, comprised of a 150-acre Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and the Championship Willow Crest Golf Club. Today, the multi-faceted west suburban resort announced the implementation of a highly unusual work program for the anticipated 110,000 new members of its workforce, launching with the emergence of spring. Spearheaded by Executive Chef Sean Curry, self-proclaimed “Godfather” of the program, this primarily food-driven initiative is sure to create a buzz.

Unlike with a typical work program, the participants of this initiative do not expect any sort of compensation other than on premise housing and free food. “Accommodating 110,000 workers poses a unique challenge on the resort’s 150 beautifully landscaped acres, but we know just how to get that done,” said Stefan Mühle, general manager of Oak Brook Hills, last week’s recipient of the prestigious Dick Busse Business of the Year Award. “Those workers won’t need much space; they really like close quarters anyway!” he added.

Larry Forssberg, Executive Director of the Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, agrees. “This large of an expansion of labor is a huge plus for our community, and we embrace the resort’s initiative to get that large a group of new workers into our neighborhood. As most know, bees are very hard working, which makes the positive impact of this new initiative even more un-bee-lievable!”

The program begins with the advent of spring, and will escalate as the season continues. Workers’ housing conditions and productivity will be closely monitored through the season. Chef Sean will utilize their honey output for his “modern farm cuisine” recipes, and their pollination skills for a chef’s garden. To learn more about Oak Brook Hill’s new bee program, contact hotel publicist Jody Grimaldi at jody@grimaldipr.com.

About Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center:

Just west of downtown Chicago and nestled into the quiet suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center (3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523) is a preferred destination for getaways, golf trips, family vacations, weddings and business events. With over 42,500 square feet of IACC certified meetings and event space, the hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings, conferences, retreats, banquets and social functions. The 348 rooms and 38 suites are complemented by extensive and flexible event space including a tented outdoor pavilion, exercise facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, numerous dining options, and the award-winning Willow Crest Golf Club. The property is managed by Westmont-based Portfolio Hotels & Resorts. Visit http://www.oakbrookhillsresort.com for reservations or more information, or call the hotel direct at 630.850.5555.







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Direct Lending Investments Commits $250 Million to Biz2Credit’s Marketplace Lending Platform to Purchase Small Business Loans


New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2014

Direct Lending Investments (http://www.dirlend.com), a marketplace lending and investment firm, today announced that it will invest $ 250 million over the next three years into Biz2Credit’s expanding marketplace lending platform for small business owners.

The commitment of capital will underwrite financial products and loans of various durations.

“Teaming with Biz2Credit underscores our commitment to helping entrepreneurs succeed by giving them fast access to the funds they need to start, grow, and manage their businesses,” said Brendan Ross, president of Direct Lending Investments, and an expert in alternative assets. “The Biz2Credit platform is a market leader in terms of underwriting speed and risk mitigation and has proven to be a successful platform for our investors.”

Direct Lending Investments is a marketplace lending and investment firm that makes short-term, high-yield small business loans available in fund form to accredited investors looking for high income and growth that is not correlated with stock market inflation risk.

“Over the last 15 years, banks have all but abandoned the small and midsize companies across the country in need of financing. Even when these loans are made by banks, it can take months for the funding to come through, but business owners often need more immediate solutions,” added Ross, who has directed the purchase of more P2P-originated U.S. small business loans than any other institutional investor. “We are excited to partner with the small business lending experts at Biz2Credit, a company that has made it easier for entrepreneurs to quickly and efficiently secure the funding they need to launch and grow their businesses.”

“Direct Lending has already invested millions of dollars on our platform. Our two companies have great synergy, and I am excited to expand our partnership,” said Ramit Arora, president of Biz2Credit. “Many times, small business owners cannot afford to wait for an infusion of capital. Our credit marketplace provides a faster options than traditional bank loans for entrepreneurs who need money quickly to close a deal. It’s a win-win situation for borrowers and lenders.”

About Biz2Credit

Founded in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged more than $ 1.2 billion in small business funding throughout the U.S. and is widely recognized as the #1 online credit resource for startup loans, lines of credit, equipment loans, working capital and other funding options. Using the latest technology, Biz2Credit matches borrowers to financial institutions based on each company’s unique profile — completed in less than four minutes — in a safe, efficient, price-transparent environment. Biz2Credit’s network consists of 1.6 million users, 1,300+ lenders, credit rating agencies such as D&B and Equifax, and small business service providers including CPAs and lawyers. Visit http://www.biz2credit.com, follow on Twitter @Biz2Credit, and join on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/biz2credit.

About Direct Lending

Direct Lending Investments is a marketplace lending and private investment firm that makes short-term, high-yield small business loans available in fund form to accredited investors looking for high income and growth without inflation risk. The firm is the general partner of Direct Lending Income Fund LP. As the general partner, the firm continuously builds and monitors the Direct Lending Income Fund’s portfolio to ensure loan diversification, risk mitigation, and portfolio cash flow.

Direct Lending Income Fund LP owns a diversified pool of high-yielding, 6-24 month small business notes, which are purchased from multiple lending platform partners. These lenders make loans to qualified, established small businesses that fit the Fund’s strict filtering criteria. The Fund buys and holds these notes, from which it expects to generate high monthly returns, strong portfolio cash flow, and low volatility. Please visit http://www.dirlend.com to learn more.







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Peltz Shoes Announces Business Growth & Expansion of Online Shoe Store and Local Retail Locations


Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Peltz Shoes announced today that the corporate headquarters and warehouse will soon be moving to a new, larger, facility in early 2015. Peltz has recently purchased the previous Staples building located at 10900 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764. The decision to move the corporate headquarters is in an effort to support the rapid growth of Peltz Shoes stores, staff, and inventory to fulfill the growing number of loyal Peltz Shoes customers. Peltz will be expanding from a 14,224 sq. feet facility to a 61,156 sq. foot facility. The increase in size will assist in creating more office space for the growing staff and the consolidation of both warehouses to make it the singular fulfillment center for the stores and the online website where they sell shoes and accessories at http://www.PeltzShoes.com. Peltz Shoes feels this move is critical in order to honor the company’s core values: Caring for each other, Caring for our customers, Caring for our community, Caring for the Vendors, and Caring for the company.

With this project, Peltz Shoes is helping to keep and create jobs in Pinellas County. They have carefully chosen a trusted group of companies to make this move a successful and smooth transition. Crown will provide and install storage racks, shelving, wire decks, and entry rails. The flooring will be entrusted with Bolyu Commercial Carpet and Luxury Vinyl Tile. Bright House Networks will be responsible for the digital cable, communications, and fiber optics. In addition, all telecommunication needs will handled by Tampa Bay Telephone. For their alarm and monitoring system Peltz Shoes has partnered with EMG, another family owned and operated business. ConServ will be handling all of the lighting needs for the offices and warehouse. All of the air conditioning for the building will be provided by BCH mechanical. E. M. Phillips Construction Company, who specializes in commercial construction, will be doing the build-out. In efforts to provide continual efficiency and dependability, Peltz will be teaming up with Charlie Strange at The Solution Associates to create the new Warehouse Management System. Finally, Peltz Shoes will be working with Frye Engineering to integrate their layout with the new warehouse management system.

About Peltz Shoes

Peltz Shoes is a multichannel merchant of high quality, styled and comfort oriented footwear at a fair price. In 1957 Peltz Shoes first location opened in St. Petersburg, FL and has provided customers “A perfect fit” every time by providing sizes, service, savings and selection to their customers. Peltz Shoes carries products from more than 150 top brands including Clarks, Sperry, Merrell, New Balance, Asics, Rockport, Ecco, Dockers, Naot, La Plume, Josef Seibel, Kenneth Cole, BOC and more.

The modern 9,000 to 15,500 square foot retail stores house over 250,000 pairs of shoes. The quality of the products and the knowledge of the staff are the reason that Peltz Shoes is the #1 shoe store in Pinellas County since 1957. Peltz Shoes has retail locations in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Bradenton, Sarasota, Ft. Myers Florida, and online at http://www.PeltzShoes.com.







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Systemation Announces its Biggest Offering of the Year: 50% Off Project Management and Business Analysis In-House Workshops


Centennial, CO (PRWEB) November 04, 2014

Systemation, a performance improvement company that provides personalized project management and business analysis training solutions, has recently announced its biggest offering of the year. From October 29 to December 31, Systemation will provide 50% off all project management and business analysis in-house workshops that are booked and ran before December 31, 2014.

Systemation’s PM and BA workshops are customized to suit businesses across all industries and employees of all skill and experience levels.The PM and BA workshops combine 80% case study exercises and 20% lectures, to help professionals utilize what they learn on the job to improve their project results. Through the project management workshops, project managers will learn how to shift resources among projects, develop comprehensive project plans, maximize project success, and prepare for the PMP exam. The business analysis workshops focus on preparing for the CBAP exam, effectively participating in the implementation process, mastering the requirements process, utilizing business solutions and more.

“Our 50% off offering is our best offering of the year,” said Ben Snyder of Systemation. “The highly discounted in-house workshops are a great way for organizations to use the last of their allocated training dollars before the end of the year. Our programs help PMs and BAs master the valuable on-the-job skills they need to perform their best and lead a project to success.”

About Systemation:

Systemation is a performance improvement company that has been helping project managers and business analysts enhance their skills and improve their project success since 1959. Systemation offers a variety of personalized training solutions for project management professionals and business analysts, which include a mix of case work and lectures, to ensure they master on-the-job skills. Systemation also provides assessments and certification programs. All Systemation business analysis programs comply with IIBA’s BABOK v2.0, and all project management programs comply with the PMI®’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Visit http://www.systemation.com/ to learn more.







Silvio Melim Jumps into Small Business Ownership with Fun Fitness


Escondido, Calif. (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

They say if you love what you do, it will never feel like work, and that maxim definitely rings true for Silvio Melim. The former IT professional left his corporate job after 17 years to pursue his dream of business ownership, and now, he doesn’t go to work — he goes to “fun.”

“Working for myself, I [put in] more hours than when I worked for someone else,” Melim stated. “The difference is, it doesn’t feel like work. I hate to call it ‘work’ because I’m doing something I love.”

Melim chose to launch Fun Fitness, an independent, high energy boxing (recreation only) or non-contact circuit training program that encourages people to get fit in a fun, bright environment. The program is designed to get maximum results in the shortest amount of time, working every muscle in the body in 30-minutes or less.

“The best thing about being a business owner is the freedom to do whatever I want and hire whomever I want,” Melim said. “Knowing that I’m working for myself instead of someone else makes getting up in the morning worthwhile.”

Melim utilized the services of small business financing firm Guidant Financial to fund his start-up. Using an arrangement called Rollovers for Business Start-ups, Melim invested money from his retirement account into his new business without taking a taxable distribution, a process he described as “simple, easy and straightforward.”

Fun Fitness, located at 1281 N. Escondido Blvd., Unit A, will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to Noon. Free prizes, refreshments and discounted membership fees will be offered to visitors. To learn more about the Fun Fitness program, call 442-999-5496, email silvio(at)fun-fit(dot)club or visit fun-fit.club.

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About Fun Fitness

Fun Fitness strives to help people get fit by motivating and stimulating them with a high-energy, circuit-training program. Their upbeat atmosphere is led by energetic trainers (included in membership) and robust music that keeps patrons energized and focused. Their workout programs are constantly refreshed in an effort to prevent boredom, designed to generate maximum results in the shortest amount of time. The Fun Fitness philosophy centers on helping customers create a well-rounded life through a dynamic fitness program paired with proper nutrition. To learn more, visit fun-fit.club.

About Guidant Financial

Guidant Financial helps people create the life they want through innovative small business financing. They are the premier provider of rollovers for business start-ups (ROBS). Guidant’s services allow people from all walks of life the freedom to purchase small businesses and franchises using their retirement funds without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan, in addition to offering traditional funding options such as SBA loans, portfolio loans and unsecured credit. Visit Guidant on the Web at guidantfinancial.com.