New Inspiring Now App Sends Positive Text Messages and Raises Money for Charity

Successful entrepreneur Joseph Allen Jr. is releasing the Inspiring Now app, which allows users to receive positive text messages each morning for a nominal monthly fee. The app will officially launch July 15, but pre-release subscribers who download it before midnight on June 30 will receive at a substantial discount for life. Part of the app’s subscription fees are being donated to the Cure Aids Now (CAN) Foundation.

Grand Forks, ND (USA), Friday – June 29, 2012 — Consumers can now get encouraging quotes delivered directly to their cell phone, thanks to the new Inspiring Now app for Android smart phones.

The app is scheduled to officially launch July 15, but as part of a special pre-release campaign, anyone who downloads Inspiring Now by midnight on June 30 will receive it for just $1.99 a month for the duration of their subscription. The monthly subscription fee is expected to increase to $2.99 in the near future.

Inspiring Now is an innovative application that deploys a positive text message to subscribers each morning. The app allows users to receive messages directly on their cell phone—without having to go to a website or to the app itself to see the messages. The monthly subscription fee for Inspiring Now will be automatically included on users’ cell phone bill.

The new app is designed to give users a motivating push to help them become happier in their everyday lives, according to developer Joseph Allen Jr., CEO of Inspiring Now LLC. “Throughout life people come across many struggles and become disheartened,” Allen said. “This app will help them break down the barrier of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy in which life will never become any better.”

Inspiring Now is distinctive for a number of reasons. It is believed to be the only app in existence to allow users to receive a daily inspirational quote via text on their cell phones. In addition, 10 percent of the monthly proceeds from subscriptions will be contributed to the Cure Aids Now (CAN) Foundation. The foundation—led by Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame creator Brandon Bronzino—is working on the first-ever, FDA-approved cure for AIDS/HIV, along with the only AIDS/HIV eradication plan to eliminate this epidemic permanently from the world. More details about the CAN Foundation are available at (soon to be

Besides delivering positive quotes, the Inspiring Now app also includes content geared toward motivation. Users of the app can watch enlightening media on the company’s inspiringnowMobile YouTube channel. They can also share inspiring photos with quotes to friends and family through the Facebook feature contained within the app. “More customizable and personalized features for creating and sharing inspiration with our subscribers and their friends and family will be made available very soon,” Allen said.

Allen was motivated to create the Inspiring Now app for very personal reasons. A user-interface designer for a medical health care management application, he has always dreamed of developing mobile applications that truly add value to individuals’ lives. Inspiring Now is a manifestation of his efforts to convey messages of optimism and encouragement on a personal basis. Allen said: “Our company would like the public to have a sense of peace with our messages and become better people not only in their lives, but in the lives of others around them. We would like this positivity to spread throughout the world creating a better environment for all those who are seeking balance in chaos.”

The Inspiring Now app is a timely piece of software that is leveraging the popularity of technology, including texting, YouTube and Facebook. For more information, please contact Kimberly Keller at (701) 484-1679 or visit

About Joseph Allen Jr.:
Joseph Allen Jr. is an avid entrepreneur, who launched his first company at a very young age. In 2010, he graduate from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in economics and obtained a position as a user-interface designer for a medical healthcare management application (Health E First). The application is currently undergoing BETA testing to be prepared for implementation in the country’s largest health care insurance providers. In 2011, Allen’s ambition motivated him to raise more than $100,000 in private equity investment capital for a global workforce management and development software company (E-tivity USA LLC) for its initial public offering. Today, he operates Inspiring Now LLC and serves on the board of the Cure Aid Now Foundation located in San Francisco. Allen resides in Grand Forks, N.D.

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Joseph Allen Jr.
Grand Forks, ND – USA
(701) 484-1261

World’s First Tamper-Evident Cloud – Estonian Telco Levira Teams Up with Joyent and Guardtime

Joyent and Guardtime’s cloud computing technology enables Levira, the Estonian government’s majority owned service provider, to offer secure cloud-computing services to Governments and enterprises in Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Palo Alto, CA (USA), Friday – June 29, 2012 — Joyent and Guardtime’s cloud computing technology ( ) enables Levira, the Estonian government’s majority owned service provider, to offer secure cloud-computing services to Governments and enterprises in Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe. Levira also aims to start providing secure cloud services for multinational corporations that need to comply with the data residency requirements also outside of their home soil.

“Joyent’s double hulled virtualization and Guardtime’s keyless signature technology makes a formidable combination for enterprises and governments who wish to move to a cloud computing environment but hesitate due to security and trust-related concerns,” said Mart Einpalu, CEO of Levira. “Our mission is to become a leading cloud computing service provider in Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe and our unique ability to give our clients tools to prove with mathematical certainty that their data has been safe and in compliance with the regulations is a paramount requirement to achieve that.”

Joyent’s Smart Data Center technology today powers numerous carriers and large scale service providers around the world including Uniserve Communications, LinkedIN and others. Jason Hoffman, CTO of Joyent said, “Estonia is at the forefront of technology innovation and it is no surprise that companies like Skype and Guardtime are developing cutting edge technologies there. We are thrilled to have a strategic partnership with Guardtime to offer the world’s first tamper-evident cloud.”

“Previously the clients of cloud computing services had no choice but to blindly trust their service provider,” added Mike Gault, CEO of Guardtime. ( ) “With the integration of Guardtime’s keyless signature technology into Joyent’s Smart Data Center, clients can have an independently verifiable audit trail for everything that happens in their service provider’s environment. Our strategic partnership with Joyent represents a major breakthrough in enterprise risk management and audit preparedness in distributed IT infrastructure and will ease the transition to cloud computing, especially important for governments and enterprise clients with heightened security and compliance requirements.”

About Levira:
Levira is the provider of infrastructure services to IT, media and telecom segments. Headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, Levira is the largest provider of TV playout services in the Northern Europe and the main TV- and radio broadcast transmission provider in Estonia. Levira operates one of the largest datacentres in Estonia and provides public and private cloud services using Joyent’s Smart Data Center technology. Levira provides IT, media and telecom infrastructure and business process outsourcing services to many multinational and regional players like Turner, Fox, TeliaSonera, Sony, MTG and others in Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe.

About Guardtime:
Guardtime was founded with the goal of solving one of the biggest problems in computing: how to be sure electronic data is authentic. Guardtime’s Keyless Signatures provide proof of origin and that not a single bit has changed since a specific point in time. The verification of the signature can be done offline without reliance on keys, secrets, or the existence of a trusted third party. Guardtime’s mission is to change the world to one in which Keyless Signatures are ubiquitous and a natural part of the everyday data lifecycle, whether on disk, in transit, or in the Cloud. Visit for more information about using Keyless Signatures for signing your data.

About Joyent:
Joyent is the cloud infrastructure performance company, offering enterprises and developers the best public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure for today’s modern data-intensive, real-time (DIRTy) applications. delivers public cloud services to some of the most innovative companies in the world, including LinkedIn, Voxer, and Gilt Groupe. Node.js, the open source server-side JavaScript project owned and stewarded by Joyent, provides developers and enterprises such as Microsoft with the most powerful runtime for developing data-intensive, real-time apps. SmartDataCenter orchestrates Joyent’s technologies into a cohesive, reliable and distributed system that can stand up to the compute demands of the modern world. For more information, visit

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Victor Cruz, Principal Inc
Palo Alto, CA – USA
+1 978-594-4134

Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef Joins “Living Well” Diabetes Eduaction Cruise Hosted by Diabetes Daily Post (DDP)

Novi-based Diabetes Daily Post announces on June 29, 2012 that it has join hands with Chris Smith to educate diabetes patients on nutrition, diet, and diabetes cooking on Royal Caribbean Cruise which sails on January 7, 2013 for a 6 day Caribbean cruise. Other participants are Jorge Prada, MD, an Educator and Diabetes Researcher, Susan Sloane Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator, a member of American Diabetes Association board of director and Charles Liu, Clinical Pharmacist with special interest in Type 2 Diabetes. With Chris Smith’s participatiion, DDP’s education program lands itself as one the most comprehensive and dynamic diabetes education program offered in the North America. The participants will receive a broad and comprehensive education including a diabetes-exercise session and onboard two-mile fun walk for diabetes to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association and go home with usable recipes and cooking methods to control their diabetes better.


“Diabetes is a cause for many other metabolic diseases such as heart and vascular diseases and stroke. Complications include loss of eye sight, kidney failure and amputation. Recent study showed a 62% reduction in diabetes-related health care costs if a comprehensive interdisciplinary diabetes education is implemented. Diet control is one of the most important facets in controlling diabetes and this is often neglected or ignored. We are very fortunate to have Chirs onboard to drive home on this point. Chris is known as one of the most caring and talented chef. He educates and motivates: he is completely at home with the subject of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. His passion comes from being a diabetic patient himself.” says Charles Liu R.Ph, MBA, DDP’s Cruise Education Coordinator and spokesman.

The Diabetes Daily Post a/k/a/ based in Novi, Michigan was created in 2011 to educate, enrich, and expand the knowledge of Diabetes. Its goal is to keep you informed about the latest news and drug innovations, provide health tools for diabetes management, motivate with triumph personal stories and talk about key opinion leaders who have worked on the elusive cure for Diabetes. The Diabetes Daily Post offers its “Living Well” Diabetes Education program both on cruises and in major cities.

Chef Chris is a Certified Executive Chef with over 20 years experience in the culinary field. With his focus on healthy cuisine, Chef Chris is an authority on diabetic nutrition and food preparation. He has been featured in TIME Magazine, USA Today, CNN, Web MD, Southern Living magazine. National television appearances include “DLIFE” and “Taking Control of Your Diabetes”. Chris is Novo Nordisk“Diabetes Academy” National tour speaking to both public and corporate audiences on the importance of cooking healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Chef Chris’s cookbook: The Diabetic Chef’s Year Round Cookbook along with Cooking with The Diabetic Chef, are published by The American Diabetes Association. Both cookbooks provide simple tips, cooking techniques and a wide range of easy to prepare recipes the whole family will enjoy!

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Rosendin Electric’s Sam Lamonica Chosen as Finalist for 2012 Best CIO by Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times

Lamonica Singled Out for Harnessing Mobile Technology for Construction Sites and Improving Procurement Processes.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (June 29, 2012) — Sam Lamonica, CIO of Rosendin Electric, one of the nation’s largest private electrical contractors and a 100% employee-owned company, was named a finalist for the 2012 CIO Awards by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. Sam was one of three finalists in the Private Company category.

The Bay Area Business Journals selected Sam because of his innovative work adapting mobile computing technology for construction and implementing new paperless supply tracking and procurement processes. Under his leadership, Rosendin Electric has been equipping field personnel with mobile technology such as smart phones and iPads and adding mobile construction solutions from vendors like Vela to provide workers remote wireless access to materials lists, blueprints, QA/QC and safety checklists, vendor data, and more. Sam also introduced a new paperless procurement system for handling orders, billing, and invoices that saved the company $80,000 in the first year. With the help of Sam’s technology initiatives, Rosendin Electric has seen a faster turnaround on construction projects, and financial savings for both the company and its clients.

In commenting on his nomination, Sam noted that the best advice he ever received was “about the importance of ‘MBWA’ (Management by Walking Away). You get out of your office, get out of your chair, get in front of your end users often and understand their needs. Be in front of them a lot. I practice that all the time, I teach it to my direct reports, and get great customer service.”

“Sam’s technological innovations have made a tremendous contribution to the ongoing success and growth of Rosendin Electric,” said Tom Sorley, the company’s CEO. “His expertise and collaborative management style make him a welcome member of our management team, and his contributions have had a real impact on our operational efficiency, our responsiveness to our partners and our clients. Sam’s positive approach continues to win the praises of his staff and peers, and we are pleased that he has received this recognition from the Business Journals as well.”

About Rosendin Electric
Rosendin Electric, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is a 100% employee-owned electrical engineering, power and communications provider and is one of the largest privately held electrical contractors in the United States. With over 2,500 employees, Rosendin Electric has offices and experience nationwide and has built upon a 90-year reputation for quality design and installations. For additional information, visit

Shelly Goulart
Marketing Manager
Rosendin Electric, Inc.
880 Mabury Road
San Jose, CA 95133
(408) 534-2819

Luxury Travel Ltd to Continue Growth with New Golf Tours and a New Office in Central Vietnam

Golf tours are getting popular in Central Vietnam thanks to new airline access, luxury properties, and golf courses.

Danang, Vietnam, June 28, 2012 – Golf tours are getting popular in Central Vietnam thanks to new airline access, luxury properties, and golf courses.

Luxury Travel Ltd. ( is a long established Asian golf specialist and experts in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. The company has just opened a new Danang office and launched new golf tour package “Central Golf Coast Tour of Vietnam” for travelers seeking challenging links.

The central coast is growing in stature as one of the hottest tourist spots in Southeast Asia, with a variety of attractions, including golf. Tour operators are now tapping into this growth with new products and offices.

While Vietnam hasn’t been historically synonymous with great golf, travelers can fly from Hanoi, HCM city or Singapore, BKK, and Kula Lumpur through Danang’s new international airport which has made the region a ‘must play’ golf experience in Asia.

“On our new 6 day tour, golf lovers will play a few of Vietnam’s world-class golf courses, including Montgomerie Links and Danang Golf Club. You will stay in the best beach front resorts in Danang or Hoi An. Additional historic cultural experiences will be available at Hue and Hoi An, and the stunning coastline of Vietnam will ensure that visitors will take away a truly memorable experience and a great story of newly-discovered adventures. This tour is also suitable for non-golfers companions.” said Pham Ha, founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd ( ).

For many travel experts, Danang is more appealing than Bali or Phuket and its beach has been voted one of the world’s best by Forbes Magazine.

“There are also two new golf courses, the Laguna Lang Co Golf Club and Ba Na Hills Golf Club, which are set to open in Central Vietnam in late 2012. The past two years have seen the completion of many luxurious resorts along the coastline with names such as Hyatt, the Nam Hai, Accord, Vinpearl, Intercontinental, and Fusion Maia entering the market and offering more choices for golfers. We will launch new exciting golf packages and our efforts are to promote Central Vietnam as a high-end golf destination in Southeast Asia. We are seeing the interest from golfers from the Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand” added Mr. Ha.

There are 29 golf courses in Vietnam and many others set to open, making Vietnam Asia’s most exciting new golf tourism destination.

Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (, based in Hanoi, and with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and sales offices in California, London, Paris, and Sydney. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator.

For more information, visit

Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

The Bank of Marion Selects Continuity Control for Compliance Platform

High-Performing Community Bank Looks To Improve Regulatory Efforts And Reduce Costs

New Haven, CT, June 28, 2012 – Continuity Control, the only complete compliance platform built for community financial institutions, today announced that The Bank of Marion (Illinois) has signed on to use the firm’s award-winning solution.

By centralizing all regulatory management activities, the Continuity Control platform enables financial institutions like The Bank of Marion to reduce the resources they spend on compliance while ensuring that they pass regulatory muster and effectively keep up with the steady stream of regulatory changes.

“We’re a high performing bank and we try to do everything right,” says Ray Altmix, The Bank of Marion’s president and CEO, “but compliance still keeps me up at night, even more than a potential problem in the loan portfolio. Though we have done very well on our exams, I can’t say we’ve ever been able to keep up.”

According to Mr. Altmix, by shifting certain responsibilities to the Continuity Control platform, the bank will be in position to do a more thorough job with fewer employees. “I see us getting by on one-half full-time employee less. And I’m not talking about a teller, I’m talking about mid-management.”

The Bank of Marion, with over $330 million in total assets, is the largest locally owned and operated bank in Williamson County. By all key performance measures available through FDIC data, including efficiency ratio, return on assets, and return on equity, The Bank of Marion is an extraordinarily high-performing institution. The bank’s ability to achieve similar returns going forward is complicated, however, by the relentless rise in operating expenses due to increased regulations.

“Even a well-managed community bank like The Bank of Marion can’t keep up with the 58 rule changes that have come down in the last six months, much less the 157 that have been issued in the past year. The costs associated with this kind of regulatory compliance represent an insurmountable challenge to their current business model,” says Andy Greenawalt, Continuity Control’s co-Founder and CEO. “Our platform is the only way for community banks to operate in this complex regulatory environment to maintain reasonable and sustainable overhead.”

Continuity Control’s mission is to help community financial institutions survive and thrive by offering personalized, expert service coupled with innovative technology to relieve the compliance burden. The firm was recognized as one of the five most interesting companies in financial services at FinovateSpring 2010 and recently named among the “10 Tech Companies to Watch” by Bank Technology News.

About Continuity Control
Continuity Control is an award-winning compliance platform that combines advanced software with personalized service to help community financial institutions effectively manage their regulatory burden. Founded in 2008 by distinguished technology, banking, and compliance specialists, Continuity Control’s platform effectively reduces the resources a bank or credit union must spend on compliance while ensuring that it passes regulatory muster. Built just for smaller banks and credit unions, Continuity Control is the most comprehensive compliance management platform on the market today for community financial institutions. For more information, visit

Katie Weathers
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Indie Rock Band This is she, Release Debut EP Nobody is Ok July 3rd

Featuring the powerful single “grow up”

Los Angeles, CA, June 28, 2012 – This Is She is about to turn lives upside down with the release of their new 6-song EP, Nobody Is Ok, gigs at mega events like Summerfest, a performance with Cobra Starship later this year and the release of their video for the single “Grow Up”. With success biting at their heels, This Is She steps outside the box of typical indie rock to deliver catchy hooks, driving rhythms and to create progressive rock n’ roll laced with pop, dubstep and electronica. This Is She is set to present their Nobody Is Ok EP to the rest of the world, available on iTunes July 3rd.

This Is She ensued when Alana Grace (vocals), Ryan Folden (drums) and Christian Paul Meadows (guitar) met while performing at Warped Tour 2009. Alana Grace began materializing the idea behind her next musical venture and enlisted Folden and Meadows to pursue the new vision to eventually become This Is She. The trio stepped away from the traditional aspects of an indie rock band tapping into the dark side of rock incorporating a passion for dubstep and electronica to create a style all their own. This Is She relishes in their unique, unparalleled sound and the inability to neatly fit into any genre. The band delivers a blend of blissful pop, heavily-distorted rock music, and the bombast of modern electronic dance music, all punctuated by Grace’s tortured, emotive, and always-soaring vocals.

This ultramodern rock n’ roll trio flawlessly delivers with their new single and video “Grow Up”. The song highlights Grace’s vocal elegance while morphing the powerful hard rock guitar riffs into memorizing and intense dubstep and electronica samples. The inspiration behind “Grow Up” is a derivative from Grace’s personal life and an old relationship. Pulling from inner emotions Grace delivers with piercing vocals and hypnotizing harmonies.

In 2011 the group was hard at work producing, writing and recording Nobody is Ok at their own studio and at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. This highly anticipated release of Nobody Is Ok EP is the perfect introductory to give the world a taste of This Is She, available July 3rd.

For upcoming announcements, tour dates and more, check out This Is She at: and be sure to follow them on twitter at @ThisIsSheMusic

Track Listing:
1. Grow Up
2. Ghost
3. Disobey
4. Misery
5. Nobody Is Ok
6. Brace Myself

Tour Dates:
Fri. June 29th San Diego County Fair Del Mar, CA
Sun. July 1st Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
Tues. July 3rd Nashville Riverfront Park Nashville, TN
Sun. July 14th Jefferson County Fair Jefferson, WI
Wed. August 8th Ventura County Fair (w/ Cobra Starship) Ventura, CA
Mon. Sept. 3rd Los Angeles County Fair Pomona, CA

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400 Opens Registration for Teleclass With Direct Message To Women: Reclaim Your POWER

Using a unique and guided approach accessing information from the feminine divine, Charlon Bobo at opens registration for upcoming teleseminar with timely message for women: Reclaim Your POWER.

Santa Cruz, CA (USA), Tuesday – June 26th, 2012 — Founder of and (r)evolutionary, Charlon Bobo, today announced the official registration launch of a teleseminar equipping women to reclaim their power.

With an ever-growing global focus on women’s empowerment, seminars, classes and conferences are making daily appearances on the internet. As a conduit for the message of the feminine Divine, Bobo is responding to the needs of women who are ready right now to implement unusual methods for dramatic results.

She says, “There are many organizations offering information, but very few seminars that develop content in direct, conversational collaboration with the feminine Divine; Mother God Azna. I want women to have direct access to the most meaningful message for right now. To accomplish that, I went right to The Source of feminine guidance and She overdelivered with easy and understandable, although unconventional, methods for each woman to reclaim her power.”

Bobo continues, “I am often asked why reclaiming our power is important and if it really makes any difference. I say that any conscious action makes a difference. When you reclaim your POWER, you become a light in the world. As we hold the vision for ourselves, a beautiful metamorphosis occurs for all women and the entire planet.”

Using a diverse blend of personal and professional experiences, Bobo serves a worldwide audience by providing a safe haven and effective tools for women to reclaim their power. Her skill set is uniquely comprised to equip women during the shift from patriarchy to the New Age. She delivers unconventional support for smooth, satisfying and dramatic transitions.

“Reclaim your POWER” will be hosted via telephone and webcast on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 9 PM Eastern. For full details and registration for this fun, interactive, and powerful 60-90 minute teleseminar, visit ( )

Charlon Bobo is a best-selling author, business visionary and reknowned writer on the topics of New Age feminism and business. Affectionately known as the ‘(r)evolutionary entrepreneur’ Charlon develops high-impact marketing materials for conscious business owners and empowers women worldwide with her acclaimed 1-on-1 coaching; Stand In Your Power™. See more at

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Charlon Bobo, Owner
Standing In Power
Santa Cruz, CA – USA

Florida Power & Light Company Partners with Food Distributor Cheney Brothers to support 300 Jobs in Southwest Florida

Florida Power & Light Company’s special discounted economic development rate will help Cheney Brothers Inc., launch a $100 million distribution center in Charlotte County that will eventually employ about 300 people when it’s fully operational.

Juno Beach, FL (June 28, 2012) — Florida Power & Light Company‘s special discounted economic development rate will help Cheney Brothers Inc., one of the largest food service distributors in the Southeastern United States, launch a $100 million distribution center in Charlotte County that will eventually employ about 300 people when it’s fully operational.

Cheney Brothers is in the process of purchasing 35 acres right off Interstate 75 in Punta Gorda, for the new facility, which will serve customers from Marco Island through the Tampa Bay area.

“We need all the help from all the partners we can get, whether it’s our customer partners or our vendor partners, like Florida Power & Light,” said Bill Foley, President of Cheney Brothers, which is headquartered in Riviera Beach, Fla.

Businesses in FPL’s service territory already benefit from electric bills that are among the very lowest in the state and well below the national average. FPL’s economic development rates provide an additional benefit to new or expanding businesses that expand their electric demand by at least 350 kilowatts and create at least 10 new jobs.

“We’re pleased to play a role in Cheney Brothers’ expansion,” said Lynn Pitts, FPL Director of Economic Development. “FPL’s economic development rate provides an incentive to companies that agree to move to Florida or expand their operations here and create new jobs for Floridians.”

“The discount we get from Florida Power & Light is essential,” Foley said. “Along with fuel, our electric bill is probably our next biggest expense that we have at Cheney Brothers. So that discount helps us out initially and in the long-run also.”

The economic development rate is designed to be an incentive that will encourage new investment and job creation in Florida. Eligible business customers receive a declining discount on their standard base energy and demand charges over four to five years. Visit or contact FPL’s Office of Economic Development at for details.

Media Contact:
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Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd.
Juno Beach, FL 33408
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CertaPro Painters Selected As One Of 10 Most Popular Franchises For Veterans

Franchise Business Review Reveals Top 10 Picks.

Oaks, PA (USA), Tuesday – June 26th, 2012 — CertaPro Painters ( ) ranked fifth on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 10 most popular franchises for veterans. The industry trade publication surveyed 2,000 military-trained franchisees to find the brands with the highest levels of owner satisfaction.

“We have found that veterans make excellent franchise owners—a number of our most successful franchisees have some sort of military training and background,” said Peter Barkman, vice president of franchise development for CertaPro Painters. “We have very strong veteran recruitment efforts. Veteran franchisees are able to follow a proven system and they possess superior leadership skills, in addition to bringing an honest and disciplined work ethic to their business which harmonizes with CertaPro’s goals and overall mission.”

CertaPro ( ) currently has 24 veteran franchise owners. CertaPro provides all honorably discharged veterans with a 10 percent discount off its franchise fee through VetFran.

Founded in 1991, Oaks, Pennsylvania-based CertaPro Painters is the largest painting company in North America and provides a customer-driven painting experience that is unparalleled in the industry (both commercial and residential). The company expects to add 50 new franchises in 2012, working toward its goal of having more than 400 locations by mid 2013. CertaPro franchisees establish large-scale, regional painting companies backed by CertaPro’s proven business system that has made them North America’s most referred painting company. CertaPro currently has more than 350 locations worldwide including the United States and Canada. For more information, visit @CertaPro

150 Green Tree Road, Unit 1003
Oaks, PA 19456
Contact: Peter Barkman
Phone: 866-378-9536

Press & Media Contact:
Nicole Benzer
Sanderson & Associates, Ltd
150 Green Tree Road, Unit 1003
Oaks, PA 19456 – USA