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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...

Barter Continues to Compete with Money as a Viable Form of Currency in a Modern Age

Barter Continues to Compete with Money as a Viable Form of Currency in a Modern Age In today’s economy, barter is considered by many individuals and businesses alike, to be the new cash. Los Angeles, CA – November 18, 2014 /MM-LC/ — Investopedia states: “Money, in and of itself, is nothing. It can be a shell, a metal coin, or a piece of paper…  The value that people place on it has nothing to do with the physical value of the money. Money derives its value by being a medium of exchange, a unit of measurement and a storehouse for wealth. Money allows people to trade goods and services indirectly,.. and provides a way to save for larger purchases in the future.” Unlike today, money was not always the normal, everyday currency of America.  A year before enactment of the U.S. Constitution, an angry mob in New Hampshire marched on the state assembly demanding that the state print paper money to enable the state’s debtors to pay off their creditors and be rid of them. The creditors then fled the state to avoid payment. If caught, they were forced at the point of a gun to acknowledge payment in full. Long before money, there was barter.  “Bartering is a direct trade of goods and services – Here’s a stone ax in exchange for help killing this mammoth – but such arrangements take time. The premise was to find someone who thinks an axe is a fair trade for having to face the 12-foot tusks on a beast that doesn’t take kindly to being hunted. If that didn’t work, an individual...

Barter Befriends Victims of Domestic Violence Year Round

Barter Befriends Victims of Domestic Violence Year Round By jdesmarais  |  Posted 11 hours ago  |  Los Angeles, California 4  Share October is domestic violence month, but domestic violence does not end with Halloween. “On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year,” reports the National Violence Hotline.Recently domestic violence took a national stage when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell uttered indicated to the world that he “got it wrong.” Remorse flooded the tv screen for the manner in which the situation was handled – or mishandled – allegations that NFL football players Ray Rice and Adrian Petersen had committed domestic violence. Sadly, it took an NFL headline to draw attention to what is clearly an epidemic. Ana Hawk, outspoken founder of InstantBarter.com, the fastest growing barter company in the world, has committed herself and her company to spread the message year round. “It is our intention that our regular posts on social media and elsewhere, will help educate and remind everyone – victims, perpetrators, would-be perpetrators and the public – that domestic violence is unacceptable and that there are places victims can go when every door to them seems closed.” One of those places is the Red Paperclip Center, a nonprofit Center (address withheld) providing refuge for those in need of help. Take for example Sarah and her two children, Tony and Patty. Her husband hit her and the children saw it. She found the Center, but they needed new clothes and...

Why Rolex, Mercedes, PepsiCo and Small Businesses Are Using Barter to Grow Without Cash

  There is a great article on Ana Hawk and Instant Barter on I-report CNN called Why Rolex, Mercedes, PepsiCo and Small Businesses Are Using Barter to Grow Without Cash.Ana’ replay how barter works.When launching, sustaining or expanding a business in today’s tough economy, capital is the name of the game. You’ve got to be smart with every dollar you spend. Legal and accounting services, company websites and social media marketing, software, bookkeeping, and office supplies – all are essential to a start-up or expanding small business, and all cost money… or do they?   What if you didn’t have to eat up valuable cash or credit for any of these items? “You don’t,” says Ana Hawk, founder and CEO of one the fastest growing barter organizations in the world, InstantBarter.com. “Everything you need, want or desire for business can be bartered. Barter is the oldest method of exchange in the world. Before money food, tea, weapons, spices and even human skulls formed the basis for everyday trades.” “Barter is not just for small businesses. Mercedes Benz negotiated a barter deal of their buses for bananas in a deal worth $65m. And PepsiCo had a longtime Russian barter arrangement where it traded cola for Stolichnaya vodka. Donald Trump has used it. Staples trades excess furniture they can’t. Hertz barters use of their vehicles with Rolex as an employee retention strategy. After 10 years of service Hertz employees have been rewarded with a Rolex. Hertz gets those watches without cash in exchange for Rolex’ use of their fleet.” continues Hawk. In the 1960’s many Americans started joining barter groups that...