Los Angeles Transit System Boosts Ridership with Speed-Dating Event

Posted: Mar 20, 2015 6:03 AM EDTUpdated: Mar 20, 2015 10:03 AM EDT This article was originally distributed via SproutNews. SproutNews, WorldNow and this Site make no warranties or representations in connection therewith.Not everyone accepts the deals offered on “Shark Tank,” despite the enormous opportunity that capital investment provides. Those people are part of a larger group of businesses that succeed despite believing that money isn’t everything. Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2015 /MM-LC/ — More than 150,000 businesses have leaped into the “Shark Tank,” hoping to find the holy grail of capital funding to make them a huge success. According to ABC, in over five seasons, 374 contestants have appeared on the show and investors have made 190 offers. A select few, however, have not only run the gamut and received a funding offer, but have on reflection rejected the deal offered them. Daniel and Stephanie Rensing have become the poster children for life after rejecting “Shark Tank.” Their company, The Smart Baker, sells baking-related merchandise. After accepting their “Shark Tank” deal with millions of Americans watching, they gave it some thought, reversed course and said “no thanks.” Today, The Smart Baker reports annual revenues approaching $1 million, which is more than seven times the $130,000 it earned prior to receiving the March 2012 offer on the TV show. “Not doing the deal and having that exposure was probably the best scenario for us,” says Daniel, who is CEO of the Rockledge, Florida-based company. “We were sticking to our guns on the market we served,” he says, disagreeing sharply with the view of the interested funder. In Tony Robbin’s new...

Hit TV Show Shark Tank Devours Many Entrepreneurs, But Not Everyone Chooses to Swim with the Sharks

Hit TV Show Shark Tank Devours Many Entrepreneurs, But Not Everyone Chooses to Swim with the Sharks By: Press Release Distribution Service March 20, 2015 at 05:37 AM EDT Hit TV Show ‘Shark Tank’ Devours Many Entrepreneurs, But Not Everyone Chooses to Swim with the Sharks Not everyone accepts the deals offered on “Shark Tank,” despite the enormous opportunity that capital investment provides. Those people are part of a larger group of businesses that succeed despite believing that money isn’t everything. Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2015 /MM-LC/ — More than 150,000 businesses have leaped into the “Shark Tank,” hoping to find the holy grail of capital funding to make them a huge success.  According to ABC, in over five seasons, 374 contestants have appeared on the show and investors have made 190 offers. A select few, however, have not only run the gamut and received a funding offer, but have on reflection rejected the deal offered them. Daniel and Stephanie Rensing have become the poster children for life after rejecting “Shark Tank.” Their company, The Smart Baker, sells baking-related merchandise.  After accepting their “Shark Tank” deal with millions of Americans watching, they gave it some thought, reversed course and said “no thanks.” Today, The Smart Baker reports annual revenues approaching $1 million, which is more than seven times the $130,000 it earned prior to receiving the March 2012 offer on the TV show.  “Not doing the deal and having that exposure was probably the best scenario for us,” says Daniel, who is CEO of the Rockledge, Florida-based company.  “We were sticking to our guns on the market we served,”...

Affordable Care Act Falls Short Due to Tax Mix-up and Limited Service Offerings

Posted: Feb 26, 2015 2:16 AM ESTUpdated: Feb 26, 2015 2:52 PM EST This article was originally distributed via SproutNews. SproutNews, WorldNow and this Site make no warranties or representations in connection therewith.Shortcomings with Obamacare and tax errors cause others to ponder the viable alternatives that are available. Los Angeles, CA – February 26, 2015 /MM-LC/ — A mere days after President Obama announced this month that 11.4 million people enrolled or renewed their registration under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration suffered serious setbacks, causing frustration for many with the program. On February 20th of this month, it was revealed that 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers received incorrect tax information from the government, which will result in delayed tax filings and possible penalties for many. According to a Huffington Post report, “another 50,000 or so who already filed may have to resubmit their returns.” A recent CBS study further states that the program could undergo further changes where potentially millions of registrants could lose their subsidies. Since the program’s inception in 2010, the path to universal healthcare has been rocky, with various issues including website difficulties, technical glitches, confusing plans, and expensive premiums, to name a few. Senator Rand Paul, among the many critics of the law states that, “what’s going to come out of Obamacare is worse than anybody can imagine.” The highly visible flaws with the system have caused many to ponder what alternatives are available, especially for those who prefer alternative healthcare methods, where the Affordable Care Act falls short. At the current time, the Affordable Care Act is said to cover only “essential health benefits” which some critics...

Holiday Board Games That Might Bring On Riches

Press Release Holiday Board Games That Might Bring On Riches There are many ways to amass riches and Instant Barter may have found one of them. Los Angeles, CA – December 20, 2014 /MM-LC/ — Okay, riches might be overstating it, but every year during the holidays a host of board games return to or hit the market with lessons about money that give players the tools to get rich.  Some are more fun than others, of course, but all offer an entertaining way to learn about a subject that’s considered dry by many: managing finances, credit and currency. As Moneycrashersdotcom says: “Boring educational material on money, credit, and investments can actually discourage people of all ages from learning valuable information that can help them make wise financial decisions. Fortunately, money management lessons masquerading as games can make learning about finance easy and even fun.” Historically money-management board games have included such fun accoutrements as play paper money, deeds to real estate, dice, even credit and debit cards. There are the age-old standards like Monopoly, which commenced in the 1930s, Life and Payday, as well as newer contenders like Parker Bros. Careers. There are also the more sophisticated recent entrees like Cashflow 101, created by the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” Robert T. Kiyosaki. This game teaches contestants how to control their personal finances, manage their cash, and engage lucrative investment strategies.  This game comes in adult and children’s versions. The tradition of using board games as a way to educate all of us about money actually goes back to the late 1800s.  Long before Monopoly, 150 years ago...