Marc Sparks’s Start-up Philanthropy


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Kids foundation, McKinney | Posted on 19-07-2016

Marc Sparks loves ideas. As a serial entrepreneur and the owner of Timber Creek Capital, his purpose has been to take ideas—inventive, creative, good ideas—and transfer them from theory to profitable reality in the private sector for over forty years.

His career is defined by a belief in the power of original thinking and savvy, relentless execution. However, there is no reason why such entrepreneurial spirit and innovative chutzpah should be confined to for-profit enterprises.

Rather, Marc Sparks believes that the same type of thinking that makes commercially successful businesses can also produce valuable non-profit efforts that powerfully influence society.

This belief, combined with the humanitarianism of Sparks and his friend and co-founder Lynne Sipiora, is the inspiration for Spark Tank. Spark Tank is a challenge for “social entrepreneurs”—non-profit leaders with original ideas to impact lives for the better through their organizations.

The challenge is similar to the TV show Shark Tank, on which entrepreneurs try to persuade a panel of venture capitalists that their ideas are worth investing in; the difference is that while the sharks want ideas that will profit them, Sparks wants ideas that will profit his community. Therefore, contestants that want to enter the Spark Tank are expected to answer to the following question: “What could you do with $5000 that would impact lives?” Each contestant submits a written application, and the best three responses are selected as finalists.

Then, each finalist must give a 20-minute presentation in person to the Spark Tank panel defending the purpose, importance, and viability of their project. After all three have presented, the panel judges each program and selects a winner. The winning program then receives three things: a trophy, a $5000 check, and a responsibility to make good on the proposal they presented. Learn more about Marc Sparks:

Having convinced Marc Sparks, Sipiora, and the other panelists of what they could do with the money in theory, they are given the money and expected to do it in reality.

Spark Tank is not Sparks’s first foray into philanthropy. He has been heavily involved with The Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter and rehabilitation program in McKinney, Texas, since the eighties; it was through this program that he met Sipiora.

Moreover, his Sparky’s Kids foundation has provided modern computer equipment and training to over 1000 at-risk kids in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since the early 2000s.

However, Spark Tank is unique among these enterprises. By providing an avenue to realize the ideas of other brilliant minds, it brings the power of the entrepreneurial “spark” to bear on the problems of the city and the world, giving it potential that is as broad as it is profound.

NutriMost Reigns Over Competition


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Achieve Weight Loss | Posted on 15-07-2016

Healthy Living is a company that I had never heard of before. I could recognize the video on their website instantly though. I thought it looked like the promotional video for NutriMost, and I was right. I discovered that Healthy Living was trying to lure NutriMost customers by presenting the same video to promote a diet plan. Imitation – so I hear – is the strongest form of flattery, but I thought that this was just ridiculous.

Weight loss company Nutrimost files lawsuit against rival Healthy Living for allegedly stealing promotional video

So far I have been seeing other diet companies come of hiding in attempts to try to duplicate the success that NutriMost has had. I think that this company is among the best when it comes to a weight loss plans that gets good results. Otherwise, there would not be a money back guarantee set in place. I like what this company represents. It is the type of diet plan that is designed to help participants lose weight and keep the weight off. That is better than the other quick diet plans that are unrealistic for long term success.

I have seen people on the NutriMost plan, and that has inspired me to sign up and give it a try myself. It was hard to cut down the calories in the beginning because I was eating way more daily calories than I needed to. I have found that the best possible way to keep the weight off is by staying away from the television. This is when I found myself eating the most.

I have seen articles about people that use the NutriMost plan to lose weight and the thing that I like the most is that there is substantial weight loss. The average NutriMost participant loses about 20 pounds. Some have even lost as much as 80 pounds by using this plan.

Sanjay Shah’s Passion For Music


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Business | Posted on 01-07-2016

Sanjay Shah is the proud owner and innovator of the Solo Capital investment firm. This investment firm offers alternative investment options to individuals who are a part of both the private as well as the public sector. Sanjay Shah is a dedicated individual who has always had a passion for the financial industry. Though he was sorely affected after the 2008 financial crisis that struck London in a devastating manner, Sanjay Shah was eventually able to pull himself back at the top and create Solo Capital. Sanjay Shah has become an individual who never takes anything for granted and believes that hard work is the key to success. With that in mind, Sanjay Shah and his company offer unique investment opportunities that are catered to each individual client. At Solo Capital, each client is treated like a long-term client or partner of the company because this company values each and every opinion.

As Sanjay Shah’s success progresses, so does his involvement with philanthropy. Mr. Shah is particularly interested in helping further the research of autism. Sanjay Shah has had an interest in helping the research of autism due to the fact that he has a young son who has been diagnosed with autism. With this motivation, Sanjay Shah founded Autism Rocks which is a foundation that creates events that use all of the proceeds that have been made in order to further research. Though Sanjay Rocks has no intention of ever finding a cure for autism, he wants to understand how the brain processes information. This will help him and other parents have a stronger relationship.

The idea of centering this organization around musical events comes from the fact that Sanjay Shah and his family all have a passion for music. Sanjay Shah, with his organization has been able to welcome top singers from around the world to play at his London-based events. Sanjay Shah sends all of the donations that have been collected to a research facility that is now specifically funded to continue the research of autism. Mr. Shah hopes that the findings will help him as well as other parents.


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Darius Fisher Saving and Repairing Reputations


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Digital Marketing, Public Relations | Posted on 22-06-2016

Darius Fisher last week won the prestigious PR World Award for the “Business Development Individual of the Year” award. Fisher is president of Status Labs an online reputation management firm. Status Labs specializes in creating and keeping a positive image for a person or a company in this social media world and in the realm of the business marketplace. Read the full article in PR Newswire.

Status Labs maintains offices in Austin, Texas, New York, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The goal of the company is to aid their clients in looking their best on search engines and to further enhance their reputations through the use of Status Lab’s public relations strategy aligned with their digital strategy. Status Labs maintains the reputations of 1500 clients located around the world in 35 different countries. Darius Fisher has been highlighted in the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, the New York Post, and the Daily Beast among others.

Online reputation management has recently become a hot subject due to the leaking of the names of a dating service catering to husbands and sometimes wives who wanted to engage in a sexual relationship outside the bounds of their marriage. Marriages, careers, and lives were being ruined by this leaked information. Status Labs and Darius Fisher had to attempt to save as much of the reputation of these subscribed individuals as possible. For better or worse, we all live in a social media world where no one is universally loved but in this world, one person’s distortions can play a large part in creating an unfair portrait of that targeted person and can limit possible advances in their career by soiling a once pure reputation.

Wengie Shares Facts About Exercise And Losing Weight


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Blogger | Posted on 18-06-2016

Wengie is a beauty blogger that is based in Australia. A lot of her tips are Asian inspired. However, this top beauty blogger shares some really good secrets to losing weight, dieting, and exercising in this video. Certainly, trying to lose weight is a topic that just about anyone that has a weight problem can easily relate to on a personal level. In this diet tip video, Wengie answers a follower’s question about losing weight. She is in high school and believes that she is eating healthy, but still having trouble with her weight. Her answers are very on point.

The Key to Losing Weight
Viewers should really listen to Wengie. She shares her knowledge on weight-loss with the viewer. For example, Wengie shares that those dedicated to exercising might find that they are actually staying at the same weight. Of course, this is shocking, and might strike fear in some. All that dedication to exercise is turning fat into nice lean muscle. The fact is that the muscle is replacing the fat. Perhaps, the scale registers more. However, your body should look fit and your clothes should fit better. Wengie also suggests that a combination of factors affects the amount of weight lost by an individual. For example, the body structure, muscle structure, bone structure, and much more.

Wengie also shares that the type of exercises performed affects the body in subtle ways too. This is something that a lot of viewers should find very interesting. For example, Wengie shares that she was formally a dancer. She did a lot of hip hop dancing that required her to do a lot of bending and squats. Consequently, her thighs were really developed. In fact, they were quite huge, compared to the rest of her body. She shares that concentrating on one body part leads to over-development in that area. Certainly, it is important to work all body parts equally. A full exercise plan that works the entire body is important for health and total well being. At the end of the YouTube video, Wengie invites all her followers to submit questions. She will answer those questions in future videos.


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Emily McClure Takes Her Audience With Her On A WEN Journey


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Great Hair Product | Posted on 17-06-2016

Emily McClure wanted to see if WEN Hair Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean is really what it proclaims. Using the product for seven days as directed on the bottle, Emily takes pictures of the progress and truly wants to know if WEN is what it says it is.
Keeping her beauty blog up to date means being objective and a fanatic about beauty and hair care. Could this WEN product give her luscious hair as noted on QVC.

Emily’s hair she states is greasy, frizzy and unruly by the end of the day. Will this cleansing conditioner really do the job? She notes that the amount of product is twice the amount she is used to using. The bottle label recommends so many pumps per length of hair. She reveled that her hair is fine and was concerned about weighing her hair down and looking greasy. She started this journey and now will follow through as she wants to know the answer.

The next morning she noticed her roots were already greasy first thing. She had to run errands and didn’t take time to shower. She took a selfie to show how stringy her hair looked.

Going through the rest of the week to the last day of her experiment, which required her to shower and shampoo in the morning or have greasy hair. Emily states that WEN Cleansing Conditioner is a great hair product, if you were one to shower each morning and style your hair at that time. She loved her hair for the most and decided that she had a love – hate relationship with Wen Hair. She would use this product when she needed a little extra shine and get out of bed earlier.

WEN By Chaz products are natural and contain nutrients needed to make hair full and beautiful. His line of products include hair, skin and even some for your pets. Stop by the Amazon web site and see all the offers made for you and your family.

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InnovaCare Health Medicare Advantage Plans


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Health | Posted on 17-06-2016

When you turn 65 it seems like everything changes. The one thing that makes this obvious is that your medical care is now handled through Medicare. There are also some decisions that you have to make about what kind of plan you want. It’s a lot to learn but it’s really not that difficult. Do you want just plain medicare or do you want a medicare advantage plan? Most people when given this choice opt to get a Medicare Advantage Plan. They do this partly because Medicare Advantage plans offer more convenience and in some cases even more benefits. One of the leading providers of Medicare Advantage plans is InnovaCare Health.

The leadership team behind this company are its President and Chief Executive Officer, Rick Shinto, M.D. The Chief Administrative Officer of InnovaCare Health, Penelope Kokkinides. As a leader in offering these type of plans to the public, InnovaCare is committed to providing quality health care by integrating their state of the art treatment protocols with today’s most advanced technologies.

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It is important to note that Medicare Advantage plans cover all the services covered under original Medicare except hospice care. This isn’t necessary because Medicare will cover the cost of Hospice if and when it is used. Medicare Advantage Plans also cover emergency and urgent medical care as long as they are deemed medically necessary. These plans may even offer vision, hearing, dental and even wellness programs. In addition, most also include Medicare Prescription Drug coverage.

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If you decide to enroll in an Advantage plan, Medicare will compensate the private health plan they offer their clients a fixed amount each month for each member under a bidding process. The Advantage plan submits a bid that is based on the costs of service that it estimates for the services covered by Medicare. All bids are compared to a benchmark. If the plan’s bid is higher than the benchmark used by Medicare the advantage plan client pays the difference if the plan’s bid is lower the the difference is divided between the plan and Medicare. All Advantage plans are required by law to offer a benefits package the is at least equivalent to the coverage offered by straight Medicare. However, they are not required to cover benefits in the same way. You may see, for example, a plan that requires a higher out of pocket expense but balances this out in their plan by offering lower costs in another area. In addition, Medicare Advantage Plans and InnovaCare Health limit the advantage plan client’s out of pocket costs to no more than $6,700 per year. Once this maximum is reached the plan will pay 100% of the costs for services. If, however, you decide to enroll in an Advantage Health Maintenance Organization, certain specialists and providers not in the network are off limits without authorization.

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Work it Out with Fabletics


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Fashion | Posted on 08-06-2016

Gym clothing is not made for everyone. Some styles are simply too boxy, to snug or too expensive. Kate Hudson has set out to change that, and teamed up with the same company that brings you ShoeDazzle and JustFab. While The Clothes Maiden loves that each item is “Kate approved”, it is also nice to know that you can find attractive and comfortable workout clothing at a decent price point in Fabletics.

Fabletics is a monthly subscription, but you can pick and choose what you would like to purchase if you aren’t ready to make that sort of commitment. They do throw in some incentives, such as a deep discount on the first outfit you purchase and random coupons to your inbox. The styles are comparable to Lululemon, as The Crazy Coupon Lady mentions in her blog, which makes them quite popular among the fitness crowd. There are many brightly colored pieces to really make your gym wardrobe pop, as well as plainer tops and bottoms for those looking for a more simple style.

While certain pieces are not without their flaws (as demonstrated in The Crazy Coupon Lady’s blog) they are a great investment for those looking to expand their yoga pant collection. At twenty-five dollars for three pieces, you will be hard-pressed to find better quality at that price. The fact that most of the items are pretty cute helps matters as well! You do not need to blow your budget on fitness gear to look stylish, and Kate Hudson has proved that with Fabletics.

The return policy is great if you find yourself regretting a purchase: you can return anything for around six dollars, or for free if you choose to exchange or receive a store credit. The VIP membership offers bigger deals as well as free shipping, so that is something to consider if you are willing to shell out about fifty dollars a month. The membership also allows you to skip months where you do not find something you absolutely want to purchase, which is a nice feature. If its not working out, you can cancel at anytime without any fees or backlash as well.

The gist is, if you love workout gear and are looking for a new style to try, Fabletics may be right up your alley. While a monthly subscription can get costly, there is no downside if you skip months where you don’t receive a coupon or discount. At its price point, Fabletics is a great find for any gym enthusiast.



Sam Tabar: Climbing the Ladder


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Business | Posted on 07-06-2016

Sam Tabar has never been afraid of change or challenges. In fact, he has thrived on that. In a recent article on PRNewswire, they talked about a recent change he made that he is incredibly excited about as it pertains to his future and the future of the company he is working for. That company, of course, is Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. He will be an attorney that handles hedge funds. Prior to this, he was head of capital introductions for the Asia-Pacific region at the Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch & Co. unit. Sam is excited about this opportunity and ready to take on the challenge.

Sam is a rare breed in that he is an honest, straightforward, and dependable lawyer. He draws upon his experience in just about every case. He has seen a lot, done a lot, and experienced a lot. Because of this, he is ready, willing, and able to handle anything that is thrown his way. Nothing catches him off guard and nothing is too challenging or threatening for him. That is the kind of man you want in the court room, as you know he won’t back down from anything and he won’t be in over his head.

The firm he is working for is Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, and they have a skilled team that represents alternative investment funds and their managers. Tabar described on Twitter, Asia’s industry as growing. Those same words can be used to describe Sam. He is always growing, expanding, and looking for ways to learn more about himself. By working with all of these lawyers, the wonderful thing is he will learn a lot from them and they will learn a thing or two from him. Everyone wins when you have a team like that.

I imagine that was one of the appeals of joining this firm. The minute you think you have all of the answer, boy, you are dead wrong. You never stop learning, growing, and climbing the ladder. Sam understands that, knows that, and that is why he is excited about what this new position will hold for him.

The Ripple Effects of Venezuela’s Sugar Shortage


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Economics | Posted on 07-06-2016

The cessation of Coca-Cola production in Venezuela is the result of a lack of sugar. One positive note here is the beverage can still be purchased in sugar-free versions. At least that is the positive spin some are putting on the situation. In truth, there are more problems associated with a lack of sugar than just the ceasing of Coca-Cola distribution. The domestic sugar industry clearly is in trouble.
Venezuela is suffering from an energy crisis and a massive drought says expert Danilo Diaz. Electricity, fuel, and water are necessary to maximize production and harvesting on farms. The refining of sugar in factories require fuel and power, too. With electricity being rationed and the country’s water supplies being depleted, farming comes to a halt.

According to expert Danilo Diaz Granados importing sugar is not feasible under the current conditions. The government of Venezuela owes so much money to importers, they simply are no longer importing products in high volumes. Dairy shortages are a direct result of the government not paying diary farmer bills to neighboring countries. Under conditions like this, sugar shortages are to be expected.

Those who work in industries related to sugar production are going to suffer financially. If Coca-Cola is going to drastically curtail production, then it is not going to need the current levels of staffing it employs.

Economies on the macro and micro levels are interconnected in a great many ways. The sugar shortage in Venezuela is going to display some unfortunate examples of this.