Invest in Timber before House Building Boom, says FRA

Investment site,, claims that there could be money to be made by investing in timber right now, as house building is set to boom in 2013, says Forestry FRA.

Bainbridge Island, WA, March 06, 2012 – Investment site,, claims that there could be money to be made by investing in timber right now, as house building is set to boom in 2013, says Forestry Research Analysis (FRA).

FRA, a research and analysis consultancy, claims that although house building has been very depressed in recent years – with the past three years being the lowest on record for the number of homes built – things could be looking up next year.

Analyst David Sterman, who wrote the article said, “Timber is a highly price-sensitive commodity. When demand marginally outstrips supply, prices can soar.” He added that although many agree that this year will be another slow year for the house building market, 2013 could see a boom, with some analysts claiming that a million new homes will be built in the US between 2014 and 2015.

FRA points out that the article refers to the Guggenheim Timber ETF, which is one of the funds offering forestry investment to those keen to diversify their portfolios with an asset class linked only very loosely to the equity markets. In 2007, Sterman says that the fund is seeing an increase in interest from investors who are once again, seeing timber as a valuable commodity with the potential for massive growth in the coming years.

Sterman said, ‘For example, a 20 per cent upturn in housing construction, coupled with a 30 per cent upward move in timber prices, could yield potentially robust share price gains for these timber producers.’

“This is a great time for timber investments,” claimed FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins. He continued “It often represents an ethical option that is a true alternative to stocks and shares at a time when equities look less attractive due to their volatility.”

FRA supports sustainable forestry investment, such as the schemes run by Greenwood Management in Brazil.

Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394

Genre-Bending Show Band, Dance Hall Pimps, Release Debut Album March 6, 2012 With Lakeshore Records

Featuring The Twisted Singles “Mommy was a Zombie” and “Beast for Love”

Hollywood, CA, March 05, 2012 – Dance Hall Pimps, the genre-bending show band, is releasing their debut album, Beast for Love. The Dance Hall Pimps who signed with Lakeshore Records in 2011 will be releasing Beast for Love March 6, 2012 with an album release show on March 10th at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The debut album from the Dance Hall Pimps features twelve tracks (10 originals and 2 covers), showcasing the band’s fresh take on genres ranging from swampy garage rock to New Orleans-style rags and romp. Combining dark and twisted subject matter and wistful lyrics with upbeat tempos and mind blowing vocals, the album can hardly fit neatly into any genre. Innovative lyrics and catchy hooks are what have created memorable tracks with great stories. The singles off the album, “Mommy was a Zombie” and “Beast for Love”, offer up infectious hooks with foot tapping beats.

“Mommy was a Zombie,” despite its novelty song titles, tells the story of being raised by a drug addicted mother and without a father; without knowing the lyrics, it’s buoyant and cheerful roots rock beat masks the tragedy at the heart of the song. Lead singer and songwriter RJ says, “I like hiding serious issues in upbeat even deceptively playful songs, and people should always look twice at our titles.”

“Beast for Love,” references classic horror movies to make a simple point: even monsters are just looking for love. Sometimes we become beasts as love takes the best of us. Sometimes we’re looking for a beast to love. The quest for love is told through captivating lyrics with subtle cinematic references and delightfully retro rhythms.

Vocal tracks on the Dance Hall Pimps debut album, Beast for Love, were recorded at Nightbird Studios at the famous Sunset Marquis Hotel and were produced by Rob Hill (Korn, Xzibit) and Grammy Winner Matt Hyde (Cypress Hill, Porno for Pyros). Each member of the Dance Hall Pimps wrote, co-wrote, or arranged at least one song on Beast for Love.

A portion of the profits of Beast for Love will be donated to organizations that fight the sex trafficking of children in the United States and provide services to victims. “Pimp Music, Not People”, Dance Hall Pimps are sex-positive amongst consenting adults, but oppose all human trafficking and sex slavery.

Official website:

For more information on Dance Hall Pimps, please contact Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions: or 323-806-0400.

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

The Guardian and AAA back Oikocredit impact investment fund

A fund offering investors 2 per cent returns on ethical, socially responsible investment projects has won backing from The Guardian and AAA.

Boston, MA, USA, March 06, 2012 — A fund offering investors 2 per cent returns on ethical, socially responsible investment projects has won backing from The Guardian and Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

The newspaper and the alternative investment advocacy group are both supporting the Oikocredit investment fund, which is based in the Netherlands and provides small loans to help people living in developing countries. A recent article in the broadsheet explained that Oikocredit was first launched as a faith-based fund back in 1975, but that its roots do not affect the investment decisions it makes.

The fund started off facilitating churches’ loans to marginalised people in developing countries. It now offers “life changing” loans to projects and people in countries including Uganda and the Ivory Coast. One of the projects it has helped is the Cocovico women’s market, which was set up in 2008 by a group of village women in order to help them sell their produce without paying the fees charged by other markets.

Investors can expect a modest annual return a well as the knowledge that their cash is helping to change lives of vulnerable people all over the world. AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson said, “We fully support these kinds of small-scale loan projects in the developing world as the model has worked so well for so many people.”

“Many entrepreneurs and small businesses owners in less economically and politically sound countries have no access to finance at all, and therefore, their ideas and business often fall at the first hurdle. Impact investing project such as these truly create a win-win situation.”

AAA is an advocacy and research organisation that promotes ethical and alternative investments of many kinds. Not least investment in forestry as both a profitable and ethically sound option. An example is the sustainable plantation projects run by Greenwood Management in Brazil.

About Alternative Asset Analysis:
The remit of Alternative Asset Analysis is to analyse and provide news on the global performance of a wide range of alternative asset classes including, but not restricted to, commodities, real estate, forestry, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.

Media Contact:
Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

Ecotech’s “Women in Renewable Energy” Club Mirrors Dept of Labor Push to Get Women into Green Jobs

“Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career” Offers Insights for Exploring a Green Career Path

Denver, CO, March 06, 2012 – Historically men have dominated green jobs, yet a new report is trying to shift the tides. The report recently released by the Department of Labor, “Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career,” highlights the fact that green jobs tend to be dominated by men, yet opportunities abound for women as well. It has been noticed as well by Ecotech Institute, the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. In fact, the school held its first “Women in Renewable Energy” (WIRE) meeting on February 16 to bring together women at the campus to share ideas, help each other with classwork and empower one another as they embark on a green career.

Ecotech is seeing increasingly more women interested in the green revolution and it is a trend the Labor Department wants to see continue. The Labor Department states that according to The National Center for O*NET Development, several green occupations are “Bright Outlook” occupations, meaning they are expected to grow rapidly from 2008 – 2018, with a combined increase of 100,000 or more job openings. Some jobs designated as “Bright Outlook” are wind turbine service technicians, solar photovoltaic installers and recycling coordinators.

The impetus for the report was in support of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis’s vision of “Good Jobs for Everyone.” The downloadable green jobs guide is designed to help women learn about the opportunities available in the renewable energy space, which they may not have previously considered. According to the report synopsis, “The guide was created to help women at all stages of their careers — whether they are newly entering the workforce, transitioning to new careers, or returning to the workforce — identify and take advantage of opportunities in the clean energy economy.”

“We are focused on making Ecotech a welcoming environment for women because we know they have a lot to offer in current and emerging green careers,” said Susan Pawlak, Ecotech’s Director of Career Services. “Our Women in Renewable Energy Club is just one way that Ecotech encourages women to make a mark in wind, solar, renewable energy and other industries alongside their male colleagues.”

The club held elections on February 23 and the new leaders are tasked with growing the club’s membership and educating more women about careers in sustainability. Tiffany Burton, an Electrical Engineering Technology instructor, is the academic advisor; Suzanne Colton, Senior Recruiter for NextEra Energy Resources is the industry advisor; and Susan Pawlak, Ecotech’s Director of Career Services, is a general advisor.

Ecotech’s curriculum is built to address both job-specific technical training and soft skills (e.g. communication, work ethic and teamwork), which employers demand, through comprehensive coursework and state-of-the-art labs. The Labor Department report parallels Ecotech’s vision for job training and is chock-full of applicable information that defines what a green career really is, explains why there is a growing need for trained professionals, and outlines what training is necessary.

“We have dynamic, driven women in both leadership and student roles at Ecotech and they send an important message of encouragement that females have a promising future in renewable careers,” said Mike Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute.

To read the full “Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career” report click here:

Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, offers seven highly practical degree programs and one certificate program that provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers.

To learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit us online at call 877-326-5576. The next round of classes begins in April and applications are being accepted now. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, the college offers seven associate’s degrees and a certificate program designed by experts in the industry for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit

About Education Corporation of America
Education Corporation of America is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of almost 20,000 students.  The ECA website is  In addition to Ecotech Institute, ECA schools include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior Design, Computer Design, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Nursing and more in eighteen different cities.  Virginia College campuses are located in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama; Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida; Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah, Georgia; Biloxi and Jackson, Mississippi; Charleston, Spartanburg, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Richmond, Virginia; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Austin, Texas. The Virginia College website is  Virginia College also offers classes worldwide via the Internet, with student services and admissions facilities in Birmingham, Alabama, and Tampa, Florida, and a Military Student Center also in Tampa.  Information about online classes at Virginia College is available at  Additionally, ECA operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, with locations in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama; Richmond, Virginia; Savannah, Georgia; and Jacksonville, Florida.  The website is  ECA also operates Golf Academy of America, with locations in Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The Golf Academy website is

Alicia Hassinger or Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group
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Denver, CO 80206
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New Spring Dining Deals on Help Brits to Eating Out on a Budget

Internet voucher codes specialist has this week published new deals to help UK diners save money at top restaurants this spring. The money-saving deals site has introduced a new choice of offers redeemable against savings at Pizza Express, Toby Carvery and Cafe Rouge right now.

Eating out at popular Italian chain Pizza Express can be done on a budget this spring thanks to the new deals. All consumers need to do is log on and download new Pizza Express voucherswhich they can then use to get themselves great value offers like 25% off your food bill and 4 Classic or Leggera pizzas for £20.

Cafe Rouge is among the UK’s most popular French restaurant chains and serves up great quality French cooking in a trendy environment. This spring has new Cafe Rouge vouchers available to help users get more for their money – deals on show include big value offers like 2 for 1 Main Courses.

Savings on breakfasts and lunches can also be had this spring at popular nationwide chain the Toby Carvery thanks to the latest dining deals. Consumers can log on and get their hands on new Toby Carvery vouchers like 2 Breakfasts for £6 and 2 Daytime Carveries for £10.

Doug Scott, managing director of, commented, “We help our users to enjoy big savings at all the most famous names in retail, and this spring we’ve some great savings available at top restaurants too. Consumers who want to get more dining out for their money this March should log on and download the latest Pizza Express, Cafe Rouge and Toby Carvery right now.” offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, and Boden.

For more information visit



Sales Guru Jill Konrath Speaks on Selling in a Volatile Economy as Part of Experts Connection March Webinar Series

Bestselling Author of SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies to Share Her Secrets on How to Close New Customers When Times Are Tough.

NOVATO, Calif. (March 6, 2012) — Experts Connection for Business ( will host a new webinar this month featuring world-renowned sales strategist and author Jill Konrath. The webinar, entitled “Selling in a Volatile Economy,” will offer strategies to get prospects to adopt new thinking and help them take risks in tough economic times. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, from 4:00 to 5:30 ET (1:00 to 2:30 PT) and is sponsored by NETSHARE® (

Trying to get a sales prospect to change from the status quo is difficult at any time, and when money is tight it’s even more challenging. All successful sales are driven by a strong business case that demonstrates to the prospect that the reward is worth adopting a something new. Of course, when times are tough everyone is overwhelmed with too much work, which makes the sales process even more challenging.

Tough economic times call for a fresh sales approach that gets prospects to see the value of your offer and return your calls. In this webinar, Jill will present some fresh ideas to help you close new business, including:

– How to amplify your prospecting platform.
– How to create new sales opportunities where none existed before.
– How to shrink the time it takes to get a sale.
– How to craft sales prospecting campaigns that cannot be ignored.
– How to get sales first, before the competition steps in.
– How to optimize your personal effectiveness.

“Jill is one of today’s leading sales experts and has developed closing strategies that just plain work, no matter what you are selling,” said Katherine Simmons, CEO of NETSHARE and host of the Experts Connection series. “We are delighted to be able to offer her expertise as part of the Experts Connection webinar series. No matter what you are selling or marketing, hearing what Jill has to share about sales is something no one can afford to miss.”

The Experts Connection webinar series allows business professionals to connect with experts in a wide range of areas, gathering information about business-critical topics presented with an eye toward the practical, not just the theoretical. Experts Connections recruits the most knowledgeable specialists to address problems facing small companies, multi-national corporations, B2B, B2C; businesses of any size serving any market. The cost of the seminar is $100, and access is provided via web and telephone. A web archive also is available for registrants. For more information, visit the Experts Connection online at

About Jill Konrath

Jill Konrath is an internationally recognized sales strategist and bestselling author. Her newest book, SNAP Selling, soared to the #1 sales position on Amazon within hours of its release. Her previous book, Selling to Big Companies, has been an Amazon Top 20 Sales Book since 2006. Fortune magazine selected Selling to Big Companies as one of eight “must reads” for salespeople along with classics such as How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Jill began her sales career at Xerox, moved into technology sales and finally she sold services. As a consultant, she’s worked with companies like IBM, GE and Staples. She also has been featured on ABC News, Fox 2, Entrepreneur magazine, the New York Times, Selling Power, The Business Journal and many other publications.


NETSHARE ( is a confidential, membership based organization dedicated to providing executives across all disciplines and industries with quality $100K plus job lists. NETSHARE also offers networking opportunities and a community of peers for the exchange of strategic information related to job search, professional development and best practices. NETSHARE has been recognized by Fortune and Forbes magazines as the best online destination for executive positions.

Annette DiSano
(415) 883-1700

Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
(415) 259-5638

Balreed to host Print Workshops and Seminars at Business 2012 Event

Business 2012 is a new event taking place at London’s O2 on the 18th, 19th and 20th March. Confirmed headline speakers include Sir Richard Branson and Lord Alan Sugar, two of the UK’s most respected and well-known entrepreneurs, and the whole event is designed to provide business leaders with the opportunity to learn how to grow and develop their organisation.

There is a huge programme of workshops and seminars at the event and Balreed will be exclusively hosting the official printing solution workshops and seminars for the thousands of visitors that are expected. Our workshops will cover 4 key areas:

Workshop 1: Print strategies for new business
Workshop 2: Optimising your print infrastructure
Workshop 3: Managed Print Services
Workshop 4: The commercial advantage of a print strategy

In addition on stand B34 and B44 Balreed will be showing live demonstrations of the latest print management, scanning and print workflow systems as well as explaining how Balreed’s Managed Print Services can help businesses control the cost of printing.

Gary Downey, Group Marketing Director at Balreed, said: “Being part of Business 2012 is very exciting as it gives us a great opportunity to show how Balreed can help new start-ups and more mature businesses control their costs whilst optimising their print capabilities.”

“How a business produces and manages documents should be a crucial consideration for any organisation, especially in the current climate, but surprisingly it is so often over-looked by business leaders. Through our exclusive workshops and seminars, visitors to Business 2012 can learn the many commercial benefits of a print strategy, assess how well they are currently performing in this area and what good looks like, and follow simple steps to optimise the infrastructure they have already. We have seen a massive growth in interest in our Managed Print Services and Remote Managed Print Services so we will also host workshops dedicated to these in which we will explain what an MPS is and how an organisation can use an MPS strategy to gain a real competitive advantage.” Balreed’s workshops and seminars have been tailored to suit any size or type of business and a full schedule of what takes place each day can be found on the Business 2012 site:



BusinessVibes explains How Events can Help grow your Business

Here are the top 10 reasons why attending offline events or conferences are good for business.

London, UK, March 06, 2012 — With the booming trend of digital-marketing or e-commerce, it is no doubt that online business has become more and more important and efficient than any other forms of business. However, many experts and professionals also point out the irreplaceable characteristics for some offline business, especially the offline events and conferences. Here are the top 10 reasons why attending offline events or conferences are good for business:

10. Getting out of the office is always good for knowing your business environment. During the events or the conferences, you can actually build the direct connection with the people, products, new trend and the whole business environment. You can actually see and feel what is really happening in your business, and that is something you can never get from sitting in the office and staring at your computer screen.

9. Being more focused on business. Attending the event or conference, talking with other attendees or presenter is in fact the least distractive way to deal with your business, because being in the event or conference is almost impossible to multi-task, which is good for the consistent thinking and productivity. It is totally different situation from a webinar where attendees can still handle email, instant message, phone calls and so on.

8. Face to face communication is always better then online encounters. It is the truth that talking to people face to face is always much easier and more efficient than contacting them via email or even the phone.

7. Attending the event or conference allows you to meet the key personnel in the business. Directly meeting up with the leaders or the crucial personnel is definitely desirable for your business, and offline event or conference is definitely providing you the best opportunity to meet up with them.

6. Events and conferences always make you learn. Attending the event is actually a good test for your products or business strategies that you can always learn and improve during the event. Moreover, events also allow you to learn from your partners and competitors in the same time.

5. Being around with people in the same business could be inspirational. Event and conference are good opportunities to gather the like-minded people in the same business, which means more inspirational interacts and communications.

4. Attending events can give you a wider connections and contacts. That is the initial aim of organising the events – build the wider network of connections and contacts within the business.

3. Attending the events can help you build your own database of potential partners or competitors. Apparently, you can get a clear idea about what others doing during the event, whether they can your partners or competitors in future.

2. Event is the best place for looking for the partnerships. It is the common situation that attendees of the events always leave with several partnerships and joint venture opportunities, which will bring your business a dramatic impact.

1. Attending the events is best method to increase your products-exposure and brand-awareness. Showing your products and your brands in the events is also a good marketing strategy that makes all the attendees and presenters to get to know your products and brands.

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Marta Munia
Marketing Executive – Europe
Businessvibes Network International Inc
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Bryant & Stratton College Online Webinar: How to Request Tax Forms for Income Verification on FAFSA

Four free webinars to be held March 12 and 13, April 2 and 3; will answer questions about income verification and how to request essential documents such as tax transcripts

Buffalo, NY, March 05, 2012 – Bryant & Stratton College Online today announced that it is offering a free financial aid webinar for students seeking advice and information about how to request tax transcripts required for income verification after applying for the FAFSA. The webinar is titled “Financial Aid Tune Up Clinic” and will be held on four dates: March 12 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, March 13 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST, April 2 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST and April 3 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST. Current students, prospective students and anyone with questions about obtaining tax forms for income verification are encouraged to attend the free webinar.

James Nolan and Carrie McCooey, Financial Aid Managers at Bryant & Stratton College Online, will host the webinars. During the webinar, Mr. Nolan and Ms. McCooey will review how students can meet the new provision requiring those selected for income verification to provide tax transcripts. The presentation will also feature a question and answer session; private chat rooms will be available during the webinar for attendees who wish to speak individually with a financial aid representative from the College.

“This webinar is part of our commitment to provide transparent information to current and prospective students about financial aid and to help them better understand the process,” said Scott Traylor, Associate Campus Director for Online Education at Bryant & Stratton College. “With the new rules regarding the tax transcripts required for some students in financial aid process, it is critical that students know exactly what documentation they may need and how long it will take to obtain, so their financial aid is not delayed.”

The webinar is offered for free by Bryant & Stratton College Online and is open to current students, prospective students and others seeking information about the student financial aid process. Those interested in attending are invited to register at

To learn more about Bryant & Stratton College and for information about its online degree programs, go to Bryant & Stratton College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

About Bryant & Stratton College Online
Bryant & Stratton College is a private career college delivering outcomes based education and training through a flexible, contemporary curriculum in a personalized environment.  The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division, and a Professional Skill Center. For over 155 years, Bryant & Stratton College has been providing real world education leading to bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and professional certificates. Bryant & Stratton College Online offers five online bachelor’s degree programs, eleven online associate’s degree programs and eleven online certificate programs in a variety of fields including business, criminal justice, financial services, healthcare, human resources and information technology. Some online programs are not yet available in all states. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of graduates and other important information, please visit  General information about Bryant & Stratton College and its online degrees can also be found at .

Kavitha Thimmaiah
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 433-7020

Retraction of Press Release “TD Service Garners More Performance Recognition”

Release Dated Feb 22, 2012 Contained Inaccurate Information

Orange, CA, March 05, 2012 – The Feb. 22nd, 2012 press release titled “TD SERVICE GARNERS MORE PERFORMANCE RECOGNITION” contained inaccurate information pertaining to awards issued in 2011.

Specifically, the report of LPS Default Solutions naming TDS as an ‘LPS Attorney Performance Report Performance Recognition Winner’ was a mistake. LPS Default Solutions did not issue any recognition awards in 2011.

TD Service Company apologizes for the publishing of the inaccurate information and any inconvenience it may have caused.

Dan Mahoney
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206