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Great Plains Holdings, Inc. (GTPH) Leverages Diverse Business Model for Multiple Revenue Streams

April 23rd, 2014

Great Plains Holdings’ business strategy consists of targeting and acquiring controlling interests in small to middle market companies. Great Plains Holdings maintains a diverse business model through two wholly owned subsidiaries for multiple revenue streams and for consistent hard asset growth. These two subsidiaries are Ashland Holdings, LLC, a real estate investment company that acquires, develops, and manages residential and commercial properties; and Lil March, Inc., which engages in the manufacture and sales of the Lil Marc training urinal for young boys in the United States.

At present, Ashland Holdings’ real estate portfolio consists of the following:

• One 1,400-square-foot corporate office building
• One 800-square-foot warehouse for LiL Marc’s operations
• Two adjacent parcels of land, one of which includes a manufactured home that is rented out for additional income

The real estate investment company’s business plan calls for targeting the American Southeast, South, and Midwest for acquiring more real estate holdings. Ashland Holdings also made a foray into oil and gas leases with its completion of a private placement investment in TexStar -Preferred Partner Joint Venture III, LP related to a 150-acre Texas lease in Guadalupe County, Texas. Ashland Holdings will receive income based on net revenue on the lease. It is estimated that around 2.99 million barrels of oil are available for extraction at this lease. Recent oil spot price quotes put the extractable oil reserves at a value of over $300 million. There are about fourteen wells actively producing on the lease at present.

For LiL Marc, Great Plains Holdings has made the LiL Marc training urinal available for purchase through as well as through select retail channels. Great Plains Holdings’ management team has rolled out an aggressive marketing plan as for the LiL Marc training urinal, and is building a client list of retailers with brick and mortar stores and other consumer outlets to participate in the broader retail market.

For acquisition targets, Great Plains Holdings looks for investment opportunities primarily within the manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, and real estate spaces. Ideal acquisition targets meet narrowly-tailored criteria, including: having an experienced management team in place; having significant upside growth potential; having low risk for becoming obsolete in their technologies or products; and others factors.

Currently, Great Plains Holdings is looking to acquire private and profitable businesses owned by baby boomers looking to retire. According to Pew Research, since January 2011 roughly 10,000 additional baby boomers reach the threshold of retirement age on a daily basis. That is a trend set to persist until around 2030. A 2007 business owner survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau also provides further illumination. The survey found that in 2007, 36.5% of surveyed business owners were 55 years of age or older and 29.6% of surveyed business owners were between 45 and 54 years of age. Great Plains Holdings will expand its portfolio by offering a viable business exit strategy option for these business owners as they prepare themselves for their next stage of life.

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Indian Government Gives Nod of Approval for P2 Solar, Inc. (PTOS) Rajgarh Hydro Project

April 23rd, 2014

P2 Solar, developer of solar photovoltaic (PV) and mini hydro power projects, reports that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for its small hydro Project Rajgarh in Punjab, India, has been approved and accepted by the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) and the Punjab Irrigation Department (PID).

The DPR defines the proposed engineering design, hydrological data, and other critical factors impacting the project. Receiving clearance from PEDA and PID marks a significant achievement in progressing with the small hydro project.

“This is another significant step in moving our renewable energy projects forward in India,” P2 Solar CEO Raj-Mohinder Gurm stated in the news release. “The DPR is important as it is the basis for taking and assessing construction tenders for Project Rajgarh, which we will be assessing very shortly.”

Mini or small hydro plants are often used as an energy source that is more affordable and environmentally friendly than electricity, yet capable of meeting the challenges of energy sustainability. P2 Solar currently has two mini-hydro projects under development in India, a country well-known for its high population and overburdened electricity grid.

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Raptor Resources Holdings Inc. (RRHI) Leverages De-Risked Regional Ties and Superb Logistical Partnerships

April 23rd, 2014

Raptor Resources has done some impressive work securing a foothold in Zimbabwe’s rich mineral and metals landscape, putting together a portfolio that consists of talented operating subsidiaries and key strategic partners which bring unique localization, as well as logistical benefits to the company’s overall resource development, transport, and sales equation.

RRHI’s tight-knit partnership with one of Zimbabwe’s most experienced construction/mining companies, minority-owned WGB Kinsey & Company, which manages all operations at RRHI’s three current project sites, is a perfect example of how intelligently the company has navigated location risks associated with developing resources in minerals-rich Zimbabwe. This competitive advantage for RRHI has been heightened by the recently announced, World Bank-endorsed plan by the Zimbabwean government to stimulate foreign direct investment, using, among other tools, the formation of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) that will allow modified investments laws, making it much easier to set up shop and do business.

The government’s plan should play out quite well for acquisition-minded RRHI, which already has a strong market presence supported by firm ties with the indigenous population. This SEZ strategy is a center-piece of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset) and World Bank senior economist, Douglas Zhihua Zeng, noted during a recent consultative workshop on SEZs attended by the Senior Minister of State, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, that such zones under Zim-Asset would rapidly accelerate infrastructural and industrial improvements within Zimbabwe, not to mention the obvious employment, skill upgrades, and improved standard of living benefits to the local population.

Between RRHI’s two U.S.-based subsidiaries, Mabwe Minerals Inc. (OTCQB: MBMI), which controls the Dodge Mine in the east, and TAG Minerals Inc., which controls the Raptor Mine in the west (both operating via minority-owned Zimbabwean affiliates), the company now has in their hands essentially an entire mountain range of heavily-mineralized acreage. With metal/mineral rights stretching across a whopping 2.8 miles of prime territory since the addition back in early February of a remaining 612-acre swathe between the two mines to the company’s leasehold (bringing the total up to 1,188 acres), RRHI is now happily engaged in early-stage production of limestone and “world class” quality barite via the Dodge Mine, with a strong developmental backdrop of transition metals copper and nickel over at the Raptor Mine.

Ever since gravity mapping back in 2012 confirmed the abundance of barite across the entire mountain range, RRHI has been keen on securing this remaining acreage and given the proximity/analogous geology of the Raptor Mine to Zimbabwe’s top nickel mine, the Trojan Nickel Mine, RRHI is confident about broadening their resource base. Extant surface sampling measurements on Raptor indicates that the nickel content (1.18% and 1.56%) is above the 1.18% content requirement of the nearby Bindura Smelter and Refinery complex (primary products include high-end nickel cathodes, copper sulphide and cobalt hydroxide), giving RRHI a nice additional stream to bring online via an established refinery which thankfully has ample extra capacity. The broad zone mineralization (198 feet by some 0.93 miles) at Raptor, plus the optimum ultra-mafic host rock composition (low carbonate content compared to Trojan, meaning no expensive flotation reagents will be required), makes the project quite attractive, especially in light of the surface sampling results which suggest the potential for economic recovery at rather shallow depths of only 30 to 65 feet or so. Bullish news for RRHI as nickel prices hit a 14-month peak, driven in large part by supply concerns emanating from the two top global output sources for nickel, as a ban in Indonesia coincides with continued heightening of tensions with the Russian Federation over Ukraine.

Also strengthening the company’s position in Zimbabwe is their acquisition in late March of an established, successful mining company managed by partner WGB Kinsey & Company, the Derbyshire Stone Quarry in southern Harare’s booming residential growth area, which does a slew of quarry products ranging from 10mm and 20mm granite stone, to decomposed granite, crusher run, pit sand/washed river sand, and quarry dust. The Derbyshire is another solid addition to the RRHI portfolio and follows right along with the company’s emphasis on product categories for which there are strong local, as well as global, markets.

Tons of acreage, untapped transition metal potential and broader gold-zinc-lead indicators for the multiple gossan deposits all across the range, in addition to already stated barite, copper, limestone and nickel targets, collectively makes the company’s land position one to envy in Zimbabwe. The strength of this position is rivaled only by how well connected the company is with local officials and how intelligently the company has handled their stewardship/relations.

In terms of overall logistical efficiency, RRHI’s remaining partnerships bring a great deal to the table. Global distribution specialist Steinbock Minerals Ltd., who has an extensive network of customers throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as Yasheya Ltd., a global industrial mineral transport powerhouse who handles the company’s shipping and delivery via the Port of Beira in Mozambique, underscore a commanding regional presence obtained through RRHI’s partnership with Harare’s biggest grain importer, PHI Commodities, with whom RRHI has secured outbound load rights on their fleet of some 80 (National Railways of Zimbabwe) express train-managed rail wagons. RRHI has a straight shot to the Port of Beira for output and a mountain of minerals to sell.

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Armco Metals Holdings Inc. (AMCO) Smart Strategy Amidst China’s Business Cycle

April 23rd, 2014

A recycler of steel and a distributor of metal ores, Armco Metals Holdings is in the process of acquiring California-based Draco Resources, which trades, mines, and explores for iron ore. This will diversify Armco Metals to sell iron ore into varied markets beyond China. Armco Metals has already been positioning itself as the largest processor of scrap steel in China, which is a fantastic strategy long term, but short term, it could lead to volatile earnings, and the Draco Resource acquisition significantly decreases that risk. To better understand that, an overview of China’s demand for steel is needed.

Since the mid-1990s, China has successfully adopted a carefully government controlled Keynesian capitalism, and it shows. In 1990, China’s GDP was about $356.9 billion, and as of last year, China’s GDP is around $8.27 trillion. So a country with a population in excess of 1.354 billion people has managed to convert about 63% of its population to middle class in a span of mere decades. This has been done primarily as an export driven manufacturing economy with the United States as the main customer. All you have to do is visit a Wal-Mart and you see that a bulk of the products are manufactured in China by our industries and sent back to America. As a result, we have a huge trade deficit with China as we are buying tons of products from them and they are netting large amounts of U.S. dollars as a result. China cannot convert all those surplus U.S. dollars into Yuan as that will drive their currency up and cause inflation, so instead, they are net buyers of our U.S. Treasury bonds, and as a result, China now owns about $1.2 trillion of our $16 trillion or so of U.S. national debt.

It hasn’t always been a straight line of growth. As we are a huge customer of China, at the beginning of 2009, shortly after the Lehman Brothers collapse and the beginning of our financial crisis, we stopped much of our buying and China’s manufacturing collapsed with a loss of 30 million jobs in China. Nine months after that, the IMF did a study in China and discovered that since the beginning of 2009, China had lost only 3 million jobs. So how on Earth did China managed to create 27 million jobs in only 9 months? Massive infrastructure spending on roads and further on high speed rail, and banks were aggressively encouraged to lend to the real estate sector. With a huge population, China has massive labor surpluses, and to avoid social unrest and political instability, the government has to either absorb that labor surplus or violently suppress it. So, the country has been absorbing the surplus labor by debt-financing infrastructural and fixed-capital formation projects on a very large scale.

Not a democracy, the government of China can probably be best described as one of responsive authoritarianism, as the government heavily polls and surveys the population much the same way as we are heavily polled and surveyed in the United States. There is a constant worry of social unrest, as the country spends more on internal security than on military defense. A busy manufacturing sector has successfully increased prosperity and kept employment high enough to avoid social unrest.

The world’s second largest commodity market is iron ore. Central to the world’s economy, iron ore is the main ingredient for manufacturing steel, and steel represents almost 95% of all the metal consumed in the world: ships, buildings, bridges, cars, household appliances, and so on. What is China’s role in the steel market amid all of China’s fantastic economic growth? China has by far, become the largest producer and user of steel on the planet. Going all the way back to the 1960s, the pricing of steel was primarily determined by secretive agreements between mining companies and steel producers. As China became a powerhouse, they refused to participate in these benchmark deals practices, and forced all quarterly contracts to be linked to the iron ore spot market with hybrid contracts.

Over the past few years, China produced about 680 million tons of steel per year, and if they were cranking out a full capacity, could produce in excess of 850 million metric tons. At most, only 4% of the annual production of steel is exported, and most production is used for consumption, but as infrastructure spending has tapered off, it is known that China has built up a huge excess inventory of conceivably a few hundred million tons of steel. In the short term, there are signs that the current round of economic growth is slowing. There have even been news stories of luxurious ghost cities that have been built that the average Chinese can’t afford to move into, but are attractive hard asset investments of the wealthier Chinese. As Chinese wealthier elites have been screaming at the ruling Chinese Communist Party for tax cuts, and public investments are slackened, it clearly looks like it will be difficult for China to continue to be literally half the world’s global iron ore consumption. In the short term, iron ore prices are expected to soften, as global economists sit and hope China’s slowdown manifest as a soft economic landing and not some hard crash. So far, China’s utter lack of democracy has made for exceptional economic management of their capitalism, so odds favor a soft landing.

More to the point, we need a slackening in demand for iron ore as we appear to be hitting a global resource limit. The Worldwatch Institute has suggested that our planet will run out of iron ore in about 64 years assuming a conservative 2% annualized growth in demand, and the demand from developing countries has been much higher. Indeed it has been suggested by a number of analysts that the easiest to mine areas are already depleted and future mining is getting more complex, costly, and dangerous. Just within the past two years, India’s government appointed Shah Commission has warned that India may run out of iron ore with one decade. Out of economic necessity, India’s government lifted an iron ore mining ban in the state of Goa anyway, though set tight limits on the production.

What does this all mean for Armco Metals Holdings? The company has more than ten years of experience in sourcing and distributing metal and non-ferrous metal ores to the Chinese steel industry and is very well entrenched. They have longstanding relationships with more than 100 medium to small-sized metal producers throughout the People’s Republic of China. The development of business relationships with Brazil, South Korea, and India, as well as the recent acquisition of Draco Resources, has diversified the company away from sole dependence on the current China business cycle. The scrap steel recycling business in China is highly valuable long term as we face a future of resource depletion in the future. All of this places Armco Metals Holdings in a good position for steady, long-term growth.

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Receives Notice of Allowance for U.S. Patent Expanding Stem Cell Technology Platform for Drug Rescue and Regenerative Medicine

April 23rd, 2014

Today, VistaGen Therapeutics announced that it has received broader intellectual property protection for its stem cell technology platform. The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a notice of allowance (NOA) for U.S. Patent Application 12/836,275, entitled “Cell populations enriched for endoderm cells.” The NOA extends VistaGen Therapeutics’ intellectual property portfolio for pluripotent stem cell culture systems that produce human cells of the endoderm lineage, including liver, lung, pancreas, parathyroid, and thyroid cells.

When issued, this patent will be complementary to U.S. Patent Nos. 7,763,466, 8,512,957 and 8,143,009, both of which are exclusively licensed by VistaGen Therapeutics from the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

“This patent allowance is another critical step in extending intellectual property protection for our stem cell technology platform. LiverSafe 3D™, one of our core assay systems for drug rescue, in particular stands to benefit greatly from this broader intellectual property protection,” stated Shawn K. Singh, VistaGen’s Chief Executive Officer.

“In addition to expanding the scope of our drug rescue opportunities, this patent allowance and our world-class differentiation expertise put VistaGen in a unique position to pursue potential stem cell research collaborations related to liver biology and drug metabolism assays, as well as pancreatic beta-islet cells for drug and regenerative cell therapy for diabetes,” said Ralph Snodgrass, Ph.D., VistaGen’s President and Chief Scientific Officer.

VistaGen Therapeutics’ reception of the NOA builds on other recent developments that could be promising for the company. VistaGen Therapeutics recently joined the Cardiac Research Safety Consortium, a driving force in public-private research that evaluates the cardiac safety of medical products. The Cardiac Research Safety Consortium draws upon expertise from key stakeholders in the industrial, academic, and governmental sectors for data sharing and expertise. It was launched as a public-private partnership in 2006 through an FDA Critical Path Initiative Memorandum of Understanding with Duke University. With this new membership, VistaGen Therapeutics can benefit from new, key partnerships in the future.

The company’s LiverSafe 3D™ technology is a human liver cell-based biological assay system capable of predicting liver toxicity and metabolism issues in drug candidates that have been stop-gapped for development due to any unexpected liver problems arising during development. This technology is complemented by VistaGen Therapeutics’ other technology, CardioSafe 3D™, another biological assay that is useful in predicting in vivo cardiac effects, both toxic and nontoxic, of promising new drug candidates long before they are tested in humans.

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Infinite Group Inc. (IMCI) Meets Cybersecurity Needs of Both Commercial and Government Clientele

April 22nd, 2014

Infinite Group sees its business growing in the field of cybersecurity. The company believes it has the resources and know-how to meet the needs of businesses of all types as it understands cybersecurity is a growing and pervasive global concern of immense proportions. IMCI’s expertise in cybersecurity is coupled with a host of other pertinent information technology solutions appealing to both commercial and government customers.

As a supplier of IT and support services, the company offers a variety of solutions such as cloud computing, managed services, information security, mobility, unified communications (UC), consulting, and systems engineering. IMCI is also a VMware® virtualization solution provider whose staff has the ability to help clients use VMWare’s full line of virtualization and cloud products and solutions. Other industry partners include Cisco, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Veeam, and NetApp.

The company’s reputation for meeting client IT and cybersecurity needs has aided in acquiring the business of an impressive array of high-profile clients such as NASA, U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, HP, Pepsi, Home Depot, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, just to name a few.

In recent years, Infinite Group has added advanced security solutions to its mix of IT offerings by providing advanced security solutions such as vulnerability assessment, risk prioritization, risk remediation, phased implementation, education, and training services. By targeting growth-oriented market segments, Infinite Group leverages its portfolio of IT solutions and team of experienced and certified IT professionals to deliver its solutions on time and within budget.

The company offers a free, no obligation report that helps companies assess how secure their network is (or is not) on their website along with opportunities to register for webinars that serve to educate prospective and current customers on a variety of IT and security topics. Its business model implements a growth strategy to add new customers and develop relationships with new technology partners to bring the latest cybersecurity processes and protocols to its client base, taking advantage of the growth of cybersecurity threats.

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Well Power, Inc. (WPWR) Issues Update on Pilot Project Collaboration

April 22nd, 2014

Well Power, a development-stage company positioning itself as a technology company servicing oil and gas producers and operators, is collaborating with ME Resource Corp. (“MEC”), the licensor of Well Power’s Micro-Refinery Unit (“MRU”), to implement an MRU Pilot Project in the licensed territory as part of the companies’ Licensing Agreement.

MRUs are implemented in close proximity to a wellhead to process raw natural gas into liquid fuels and clean power. The Pilot Project collaboration provides Well Power with direct access to a variety of MEC resources, particularly those related to the design, development, engineering, deployment, and integration of the MRU.

These resources include MEC’s affiliates and partners, including MEC’s subsidiary, Waste Stream Energy Corp., which will lead the development of the MRU.

MEC has also established a Research and Development Program at École Polytechnique de Montreal’s Department of Chemical Engineering for the MRU. This Development Program, under the supervision of Professor Gregory Patience, P.Eng, is supported by a team of post-doctoral fellows and research associates with a wide range of expertise, including catalysis and catalysis design, gas processing, and reaction engineering.

Well Power intends to maintain all relationships throughout the development of the MRU, and anticipates that the Development Program will open the door for further optimization of efficiencies and will be able to assist with continued integration of the technology with existing infrastructure and monitoring.

The company says it will now seek a partner within the oil & gas industry to study the specific characteristics of the operators wasted natural gas.

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NeuroMama Ltd. (NERO) Powers Offerings Using Neural Technology

April 22nd, 2014

NeuroMama, a leader in technology, innovation, and research, is looking to make an impact globally. The company has developed a unique search technology that uses neural technology principles to add natural, rational reasoning, and learning capability to artificial intelligence systems. The technology is the result of years of collaboration between Russia’s foremost research and development centers for mathematicians, engineers and behavioral psychologists, and a gold-standard team of application developers in several countries. NeuroMama has filed patents in the United States and Russia for the technology.

Using its cutting-edge technology, NeuroMama delivers a sophisticated search experience that powers the company’s suite of products including:
The company owns, the neural-technology powered web search engine that is accessible on computers and mobile devices, and also available as an app. This NeuroBrowser is free, fast, easy to use, and customized with the latest features to help users surf the Internet. Using neural programming, has the ability to shape its search returns based on vital markers unavailable to other search engines and to produce results analyzed from elements like visitation frequency, dwell time, drill depth and other complex algorithms. Essentially, NeuroMama’s artificial-intelligence-based robots are web crawlers that can think and learn.

NeuroMania is a social networking platform with many features, including a marketplace, auction, and video management system. Using NeuroMania white-labelled Windows desktop app, users can chat with friends and family directly from their desktops.

NeuroMama is also putting the NeuroZone online shopping mall into operation. The e-commerce site will sell an assortment of products, including perfume, jewelry, sporting goods, apparel, and electronics that have the Neuro brand, such as the NeuroPad, NeuroPhone, and NeuroBook.

NeuroMail is a safe, simple, secure, and speedy e-mail service. This webmail service also gives registered users valuable rewards points every time they send or receive mail.

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China Logistics Group, Inc. (CHLO) Navigates Lucrative Waters of International Freight Transport

April 22nd, 2014

China Logistics is a provider of typical freight forward services, including goods reception, space reservation, transit shipment, consolidate traffic, storage, and multi-modal transport. The company hauls a variety of merchandise such as refrigerated goods, hazardous merchandise, and perishable agricultural products.

In addition to its U.S. offices near Los Angeles, Calif., China Logistics conducts business in China via subsidiary Shandong Jiajia International Freight & Forwarding Co., an international freight forwarder and logistics manager that acts as an agent for international freight and shipping companies. Shandong sells cargo space and coordinates land, maritime, and air international transportation for clients seeking to export goods from China.

In December 2013, exports and China peaked at a record high of $207.7 billion. Though exports in China contracted year-over-year in the months of March and February 2014, March exports of $170.1 billion is an increase from $114.0 billion in February, according to the General Administration of Customs. This export growth is a vital component of China’s accelerated economic expansion, as exports of goods and services constitute 30 percent of China’s GDP.

To take advantage of the considerable global opportunity in international shipping, China Logistics has established a network of domestic and international transportation service provider partnerships. To accommodate a diverse client base, Shandong Jiajia has branches in major seaport cities in China, including Shanghai, Qingdao, Xiamen, and Lianyungang.

Moving forward, China Logistics is seeking opportunity to expand its business in areas complementary to its current international freight forwarding, logistics management, and trucking services. Last year, the company initiated a plan to offer limited domestic trucking services dispatched from its Shanghai headquarters and plans to expand these services initially to clients in close geographic proximity to the ports currently serviced.

China Logistics also intends to sharpen its focus on the freight forwarding services business to parts of South America, and is exploring plans to establish its own warehouse facility for international and domestic storage and logistics.

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Stem Cell Expertise Brings New Life to Discarded Drug Candidates

April 22nd, 2014

VistaGen Therapeutics is a San Francisco-based biotechnology company that focuses on human stem cell technology for the purposes of drug rescue, predictive toxicology, and drug metabolism screening. The company was founded in 1998 and has spent the last 16 years establishing its reputation as an expert in human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) technology.

VistaGen Therapeutics’ drug rescue efforts involve combining its hPSC technology with the most up-to-date medicinal chemistry to generate new chemical variants of drug candidates that were abandoned by biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies before the market approval stage.

The drug candidates in which VistaGen is interested include those that were abandoned because of concerns about their effect on the heart and liver. VistaGen believes it can work with these discontinued drug candidates to cost effectively generate new, proprietary variants with reduced toxicity. The company’s end goal is to generate a pipeline of Drug Rescue Variants™ and sell them to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies so that they can be further developed, approved, and sold commercially.

VistaGen Therapeutics is accomplishing its goals through the use of its hPSC technology platform, called Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube™. The technology allows VistaGen to assess the Drug Rescue Variants’ heart and liver safety profiles.

Though there are other technologies like this on the market, Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube™ is unique because it allows VistaGen to perform this task with greater speed and precision than conventional testing technology. Often times, companies spend decades and millions of dollars in drug candidates that only result in failure. VistaGen’s model is designed to leverage third-party investments, speed up the testing process, and recycle candidates that may have only been a few steps shy of being successful.

VistaGen’s research initiatives extend beyond its laboratories. In April 2014, the company announced that it became a member of the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium, an organization that supports research into the evaluation of cardiac safety of medical products. VistaGen is committed to staying at the cutting edge of cardiac safety, given that it is the lynchpin for the success of its proprietary drug candidates.

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Global Payout, Inc. (GOHE) Integrates Fraud Prevention, Regulatory Compliance, and Risk Mitigation Tools into Its MoneyTrac™ Consolidated Payments Gateway

April 22nd, 2014

Today, Global Payout, the leading new Program Manager of B2B custom and conventional electronic payment solutions for domestic, international and multinational businesses, organizations, and government agencies worldwide, announced the full integration of fraud prevention, regulatory compliance, and risk mitigation tools into its MoneyTracTM Consolidated Payment Gateway (CPG) payment platform. The integration enables mitigation of illicit activities such as money laundering or other transaction-related offenses, and provides greater security for Global Payout’s clientele as well as customers who use Global Payout’s services.

For these tools, Global Payout has turned to the world’s leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, corporate, risk management, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets. Global Payout will be working with this leading provider of computer-assisted legal research as well as leveraging business research and risk solution services through an application programming interface on all of its product and service offerings for risk mitigation, fraud prevention, and threat mitigation.

At an international level, Global Payout has database interfaces from the Office of Foreign Assets Control and from INTERPOL. Access to the databases of INTERPOL and the Office of Foreign Assets Control is already in effect, and other additional security, risk mitigation, and verification services will commence imminently.

“With our ever expanding market opportunities here and overseas, the many different market niches we are serving and the number of products and services we have to offer, especially in connection with our recent launch of the first international VISA General Purpose Reloadable Debit Card, we want to ensure our customers and industry regulators that we are upholding the highest level of compliance and fiduciary responsibility possible,” said Jim Hancock, the CEO of Global Payout. “We believe that our latest risk management partner, INTERPOL and OFAC provide unparalleled levels of security and background checks sufficient to assist Global Payout from inadvertent participation in illicit activity. As we continue on or rapid growth trajectory, we want to assure our clients and markets of our honorable intentions.”

Bill Rochfort, the President of Global Payout stated, “These risk mitigation experts, INTERPOL and OFAC are industry leading consumer data repositories and multi-national government agencies comprising thousands of different sources and public records able to quickly and seamlessly deliver the verification fundamentals needed for Global Payout to make decisions and conduct business on a global scale. The combination of these services and anticipated future mitigation services, will provide our company and our clients with the level of surety for our continued confidence and success.”

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International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO) CSO to Present at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

April 22nd, 2014

International Stem Cell Corp., a California-based biotechnology company focused on developing novel stem cell-based therapies and biomedical products, announced today that Dr. Ruslan Semechkin, ISCO’s Chief Scientific Officer, will present data from its pre-clinical primate studies of Parkinson’s disease at the 66th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EST. The topic is ‘Movement Disorders’ and the Session title is ‘Parkinson’s disease: Preclinical and Clinical Therapeutics.’

The American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting is known to be the world’s largest gathering of neurologists. The American Academy of Neurology is an association of more than 27,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals who are dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. Neurologist’s are doctors with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.

ISCO’s work centers on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. The company’s core technology, parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs) thereby avoiding ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. Most notably, ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenetic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells for hundreds of millions of people of different genders, ages, and racial backgrounds with minimal immune rejection after transplantation. hpSCs provide the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell™. International Stem Cell also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research around the world through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology, and stem cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation notes an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, with as many as one million in the United States alone, more than the combined total of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular distrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. The total cost of Parkinson’s disease is estimated to be nearly $25 billion per year in the United States alone.

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ALR Technologies Inc. (ALRT) Delivers Compatibility to Aid Mac-Using Diabetes Patients

April 22nd, 2014

ALR Technologies has announced today that its blood glucose data extraction and upload software can now be used with the Mac OSX 10.7 and newer Operating Systems. Patients can now install ALRT’s software onto their MAC’s, upload the blood glucose data from their meters, and have their data trends tracked online by ALRT’s Diabetes Care Facilitators. The data is also accessible by other members of a patient’s care team.

Mac compatibility signifies a major opportunity for many Mac-using patients with diabetes since monitoring software for some of the major glucose maters brands is compatible with only Windows-based computers. The ALRT Mac-compatible software will now be an option for patients with meter brands such as LifeScan, Nipro, Bayer, Abbott and Roche.

ALR Technologies CEO Sidney Chan stated, “There is universal agreement that patients and their care teams need to make better use of the valuable data stored in their glucose meters. We hope that ALRT has provided a valuable service by making it possible for Mac users to utilize their computers in the management of diabetes.”

ALR Technologies is a medical device company that offers remote monitoring and care facilitation for patients with chronic diseases. ALRT has developed the FDA-cleared and HIPAA compliant Health-e-Connect System that collects data from blood glucose meters and uploads to a secure website. Trained facilitators use the System to provide efficient care among patients, improve outcomes, and meet diabetes goals. Currently, the company is focused on diabetes and will expand its services to cover other chronic diseases rooted in verifiable data.

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Consorteum Holdings Inc. (CSRH) Announces Subsidiary ThreeFiftyNine’s New Partner Program

April 22nd, 2014

Today before the opening bell, Consorteum Holdings, an international transaction management and mobile publishing company, issued a news release regarding its wholly owned subsidiary, ThreeFiftyNine Inc. The subsidiary’s full suite of design and development services and publishing solutions has been made available to partners for development and deployment of digital and mobile application solutions. With ThreeFiftyNine’s platform, development partners will be able to design and deploy powerful solutions for transaction processing into the mobile applications space.

Craig Fielding, CEO of Consorteum and President of ThreeFiftyNine, stated, “Our development team has laid the foundation to fully support partners who deploy solutions using our platform, and we are looking forward to executing with some of the existing partners in the pipeline while welcoming new partners who need the infrastructure we provide. Although we have initially selected to target mobile gaming and wagering because it is a natural fit, we believe there are numerous markets that will benefit from a secure financial transaction platform such as ours. Over the next several months we will be announcing the details of business agreements that will match our technology platform with mobile gaming opportunities for our customers.”

As an international transaction management and mobile publishing company, Consorteum Holdings focuses on transaction processing. The company maintains this focus through its suite of mobile offerings, delivery of mobile content, mobile payments solutions, and products through a mix of on-deck partnerships, license agreements, and joint venture revenue share arrangements.

For serving its clients, Consorteum Holdings draws upon extensive experience in the payments and transactions industry in North America and across the globe. To meet the diverse needs of its clientele, the company utilizes a full suite of products and services for development of end-to-end, turn-key card, and payment transaction processing solutions.

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Colt Resources Inc. (COLTF) Capitalizing on Mining Gold and Tungsten Rich Portugal

April 21st, 2014

Colt Resources is one of the leading gold and tungsten mining exploration, and development companies in the expanding Portuguese resource market. COLTF’s 100%-owned, advanced-stage, high-grade gold and tungsten projects in Portugal are expected to be in the production stage starting in the next 18 to 36 months respectively. Colt’s senior management team headed by Nikolas Perrault, President and Chief Executive Officer, is divided between the administrative and field offices in Beloura, Tabuaço and Escoural, Portugal and the corporate office in Montreal, Canada. With its experienced management team, various environmental and community initiatives, and close relationships with the Portuguese Government, Colt is developing its Boa Fé Gold Project and its Tabuaço Tungsten Project.

The Boa Fé Experimental Mining License is surrounded by the Montemor Exploration Concession. Both are 100% controlled by Colt. Boa Fé / Montemor is a prospective area known to host several near surface gold deposits hosted within a regional shear mapped to ex-tend over 30km. The deposits remain open along strike and to depth. The area is readily accessible, located 95km east of Lisbon and has sufficient infrastructure including roads, a railway, water, and electricity.

The Tabuaço Experimental Mining License (EML) is located in north central Portugal and like Boa Fé, it too has excellent infrastructure including roads, railway, water supply, and electricity. Tungsten is found as fine to coarse disseminations of scheelite within skarn horizons. The skarns are virtually devoid of sulphides and molybdenum, which is quite favorable for potential mineral processing.

Portugal is enriched with a complex and diversified geology with a considerable mineral potential, leading to the occurrence of a significant number of ore, industrial, and ornamental stone deposits. Mineral exploitation is presently at a considerably high level, originating from world-class deposits, such as Neves-Corvo (Cu, Zn) and Panasqueira (W), but also from other deposits producing salt, feldspar, kaolin, ball clay and fire clay, ornamental stones, and some other mineral substances. Portugal is presently one of the main EU producers of copper, tin, and tungsten (ranking fifth in the world after China, Russia, Bolivia, and Australia) concentrates and an important world producer of ornamental stones.

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Well Power Inc. (WPWR) Exclusive Micro-Refinery Unit Licensing, Distribution Spells Bright Future Amid Continuing US Oil Boom

April 21st, 2014

Well Power has secured exclusive licensing and distribution rights in Texas, as well as rights of first-refusal in the other states, to a continually developing and extremely flexible/scalable Micro-Refinery Unit (MRU) technology that lets upstream oil and gas operators simultaneously address the environmental impact/inevitably increasing regulatory costs of gas flaring and process the otherwise burned-off gas down into highly saleable fuel products or clean energy on-site.

The initial target market for this technology couldn’t be richer, with activity in the Permian Basin, Barnett Shale, and Eagle Ford Shale alone representing a huge customer base for the MRU roll out, with operators all keen to immediately begin deriving revenue from otherwise wasted resources, including flared, shut-in, stranded, and vented gas. The ability to simply slap in an MRU on some existing production architecture and subsequently generate a range of valuable Engineered Fuel™, from no-sulphur diesel, diluents, and drop-in diesel to pipeline-quality synthetic crude, is a game-changer for revenue hungry operators with their eyes fixed on expanding production.

The MRU, an ingeniously scaled-down and mobile assembly of already proven technologies, represents a small capital outlay to upstream operators, yet kills two birds with one stone, reducing CO2 emissions (which face continual regulatory pressure both at home and abroad) and simultaneously producing what can be construed from a market standpoint as a kind of LNG export-aligned product series. The ramp up to monetize abundant U.S. shale gas and export it to Europe or the Asia-Pacific region is accelerating rapidly, with the U.S. DOE and its equivalent in the home country of MRU licensor ME Resource Corp. (CNSX:MEC), the Canadian National Energy Board, approving a total of 14 applications (27 more pending) to export LNG to non-Free Trade Agreement countries as of this March.

Able to handle 75 Mcf to 250 Mcf flows, the MRU conditions/converts the methane and condensates into a syngas, which is then chemically liquefied via the Fischer-Tropsch process into Green Fuel™, while electricity is optionally derived from associated combustion and exothermic reactions. This technology isn’t just designed for high yields, slashed emissions, and usability though (modularity is essential here), it’s also designed for energy efficiency and safety, with extremely good heat transfer, an integrated heat exchanger, and a single-vessel gauze reactor plus fluidized bed design that makes for an optimally robust piece of hardware which can also really get the job done in terms of throughput. WPWR stands to do very well providing the full-service engineering, as well as modular fabrication, implementation, and maintenance associated with distributing this innovative technology in the U.S. and as markets come to their senses regarding the underlying logistical realities inherent in the story, investors will have learned about this micro-reactor solution what upstream operators already know. When the MRU’s finally impact the market, they are going to hit big.

The company closed their initial, successful round of funding back in March and subsequently delivered the initial licensing fee on the MRU technology to MEC and WPWR is currently seeking to expand their MRU license territory to other states where the environmental impacts of flaring and obvious economics of the technology dovetail. With some 150B and growing cubic meters of natural gas flared worldwide each year, we are wasting an enormous amount of energy, around $10B worth (at $2.00 per MMBtu), or roughly 23% of our natural gas consumption here in the U.S. Meanwhile we are needlessly generating roughly 400M metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions and those emissions will have to be addressed, one way or the other. WPWR is well-positioned as a development-stage company to grow into a major leader in the flare gas capture/processing space.

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NutraNomics, Inc. (NNRX) on Pace with Growing U.S. Consumer Interest in Healthy Lifestyles

April 21st, 2014

People have always been interested in staying healthy and having a long lifespan. But in the past 10 years, consumer interest in ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle has surged, as measurable by market statistics. According to the Nutritional Business Journal, the market for nutritional supplements (or in general terms: vitamins, minerals, and supplements) reached $32 billion in 2012. The journal projected that these sales will reach $60 billion by 2021, an increase of 87.5% over a nine-year spread.

The growth in sales of nutritional supplements is reflective of growth in other health-related markets. According to Partnership Capital Growth, a merchant bank that focuses on the “healthy, active, and sustainable living” marketplace, there are a number of indicators of burgeoning American consumer interest in staying healthy across a range of sectors:

• Sales of natural and organic food and beverages grew by 85% between 2005 and 2009, as opposed to 2-3% annual growth for conventional food and beverage products.
• In the United States, sales of organic food and beverages grew from $1 billion in 1990 to $24.8 billion in 2009.
• American consumer sales of nutrition products increased 4.4% to $108.3 billion in 2009.

These market statistics and others are in conjunction with another burgeoning trend within the United States: obesity. According to PCG, the obesity rate in the United States has tripled in the past 30 years; at present almost 75% of Americans are overweight, obese, or extremely obese.

NutraNomics, a nutritional products manufacturer, was started by Dr. Tracy Gibbs in 1995 for meeting this public need. More than just a manufacturer in the nutritional products space, NutraNomics aims to increase human health and longevity through education and self-awareness. The company offers a wide range of health products that complement healthy eating and active lifestyles. Where the company’s products differ from approximately 95% of multivitamins available today is their nutritional composition. Many multivitams are isolated and/or synthetic, and therefore lacking in nutritional components that are crucial for the human body. The body is therefore unable to fully benefit from these multivitamins because of their lack of nutritional value.

As an alternative, NutraNomics’ supplements are made from superior food-based and plant-based blends with high bioavailability. Because these products are packed with key nutrients, consumers are able to enjoy increased vitality and enhanced personal well-being. They are free of completely gluten and genetically modified organisms.

Aside from products, NutraNomics strives to promote public health through education. Through its educational division, the Health Education Corporation, the company offers a range of educational materials on health, wellness, nutrition, and other areas, in the form of DVDs and books. These DVDs and books are available for purchase along with the company’s nutritional supplements.

At present, NutraNomics enjoys a reputation of being a leading brand for the manufacture of nutritional products. Having produced and branded its own line of nutritional products, the company has since made these products available to consumers through retail and wholesale outlets. NutraNomics is the force behind the production of numerous formulas for hundreds of other companies as well.

Because of its commitment to helping foster global health and well-being, NutraNomics has sales personnel in the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, and Poland. Recently, the company announced that it would be extending its line of products in the United States so that the products would be available in more retail and online outlets. With key business relationships in place, NutraNomics looks to emerge as a leading advocate for “clean living” in the growing health and well-being market space in the United States and abroad.

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Kallo, Inc. (KALO) Management Aligned with Global Need for Advances in Medical Technology

April 21st, 2014

The global healthcare system bows and bends under the taxing weight of the increasing number of people suffering from chronic diseases and lifestyle-related conditions. Compounded by an expanding and aging global population, healthcare expenditures continue to grow at unprecedented pace. However, advances in healthcare technology help contain costs through improved efficiency in monitoring and treating medical conditions, and by providing better care in remote areas.

Kallo’s focus is aligned with global initiatives to curb rising healthcare costs. The company’s new healthcare technology and suite of products – including four copyrighted technologies – are designed to meet demands of the growing medical technology sector and better reach patients in rural settings. Integrating telecommunication with technology and management, Kallo aims to provide a seamless flow of information/data providing clinicians with all needed information to provide patients timely and effective healthcare.

Achieving this mission requires a sound business strategy and experienced leadership. Kallo is headed by chairman and CEO John Cecil, who has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Equipment Technology. Cecil has been in the healthcare industry for 26 years and is responsible for the invention of the technology and procedure behind depth-of-anesthesia monitoring and non-invasive blood group testing. He was also part of the research team that developed the electro-hydraulic shockwave lithotripter, laser lithotripter, and transurethral microwave therapy systems.

Vince Leitao, president and chief operating officer for Kallo, has worked in senior sales and marketing roles in the pharmaceutical, medical, and healthcare businesses for 32 years. Leitao began his sales career in Goa, India, and has extensive experience strategizing, planning, and executing challenging sales and marketing plans.

Working alongside the additional members of Kallo’s management team, Cecil and Leitao are driving the company through development of tailored solutions to provide efficient delivery of healthcare services. The company’s technologies complement existing infrastructure, workflows, and processes increasing uptime and productivity, and all clinical solutions are in compliance with international, national, and regional standards.

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Start Scientific, Inc. (STSC) Business Strategy Centers on Creating Shareholder Value, Fully Exploiting Current Interests

April 21st, 2014

Demand for oil and oil derivatives generally keep pace with the broader U.S. economy and rate of new jobs creation. According to an early April report issued by the Energy Information Administration, spot prices for West Texas Intermediate crude oil are on track to average at $95.60 a barrel this year, a hike over previous forecast of $95.33 a barrel. Start Scientific aims to build on these estimates to create shareholder value and play a role in supplying growing demand by using its management and industry experience as catalysts for continued growth.

Leveraging a management team with more than 65 years of combined relative experience, Start Scientific focuses on the exploration, drilling, extraction, and delivery of sweet crude oil. Current company assets include holdings in Romania and Mississippi. Leveraging management contacts, Start Scientific aims to expand its holdings by acquiring additional oil and gas assets, as well as to expand its exploration and development of existing properties.

Romanian assets include roughly 120,000 acres of concession and leases covering six existing oil and gas fields with significant undrained and undeveloped oil and gas reserves. The company’s strategy in Romania is to drill one new well in each of three fields in Romania; participate in two new wells in the two fields operated by Amromco; recomplete one existing well in the Catrunesti Field; and initiate necessary repair and replacement on the existing pipeline in the Alexandria Block.

In Mississippi, Start Scientific holds a significant interest in the Pickens Field 35 miles north of Jackson. The company estimates that as many as 20 locations are possible, and total recovery forecast at roughly 200,000 barrels of oil per well. Depending on the western extent of the field, an estimated 4 million to 5 million barrels of oil may be recoverable.

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Leading the Way for Blockbuster Medical Diagnostic Measures of Healthcare-Associated Infections

April 21st, 2014

An emerging healthcare technology company, Zenosense is the holder of an exclusive global license agreement for the development and marketing of a device for use in hospitals to detect the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus “Super-Bug” (MRSA). MRSA is a super bug with tremendous implications for strong adverse effects in healthcare delivery: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MRSA is responsible for over 11,000 deaths and 80,000 invasive infections per year in just the United States. Annually, those infections give rise to around $3.2-4.2 billion in U.S. treatment costs. Overall, the CDC reports that these statistics do not take into consideration the numbers of less severe infections that have arisen from MRSA.

MRSA is part of a classification of infections that are acquired in healthcare settings, which are known as “healthcare-associated infections” (HAIs). On a global scale, it is estimated that of every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, 7 in developed countries and 10 in developing countries will acquire at least one HAI. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimate that one out of every 20 people develop an HAI. In total, approximately 2 million HAIs are associated with nearly 100,000 deaths each year and are directly responsible for at least 23,000 deaths per year in the United States by itself.

With these conditions in place, it is clear that advanced diagnostics tools capable of rapid and effective detection of sources of contamination will greatly strengthen healthcare delivery. The CDC has issued a report that estimates such diagnostic tools could give rise to $25-31.5 billion in medical cost savings. With MRSA accounting for a significant portion of HAI cases, the market opportunity for an effective MRSA detection device is tremendous.

Through its partner, the Sgneia Group, Zenosense is working to develop and market an air sniffing device that aptly and precisely detects MRSA. “Electronic nose” devices have been shown to exhibit strong capabilities for detection of other harmful bacteria; the International Space Station, for one, has an Airsense system, which is capable of detecting in real time various bacteria or diseases, such as lung cancer. However, these existing systems are bulky, costly, and hard to install in healthcare settings like patient rooms or emergency healthcare facilities. This is where Zenosense and its partner’s coming medical innovation offers potential as a medical game-changer.

Zenosense’s MRSA detection device will utilize a single commercial, “off-the-shelf” gas sensor for sampling the air and continuously monitoring for an airborne Volatile Organic Compounds (“VOCs”) signature emitted by MRSA. This VOC signature only appears when MRSA has infected and expressed itself as a disease in a patient, but not necessarily before a patient shows obvious signs of infection. Early detection of this deadly infection, in turn, can help healthcare providers in staging early care interventions and reducing their treatment costs.

While the device will be revolutionary in its functionality and ease-of-use, Zenosense anticipates it being a highly cost-effective detection option as well. Specialized hardware developed by Zenosense’s partner will enable the detection system to perform MRSA identification aptly with just one sensor. Zenosense says that competitor devices may require as many as 8 to 32 sensors with supporting components for the same efficacy. Because it will not be as manufacturing-intensive, the detection unit could be made available to healthcare settings for a cost per unit below $100.

As Zenosense gains further traction in the development, approval, and bring-to-market efforts of this revolutionary medical device, its initiatives are being steered by experienced management and development teams with professional and medical-space savvy across a range of areas. These include: material engineering, business development, advanced sensor technologies development, advanced technical systems and software development, effective business strategy mapping and prioritization, market development of products across a range of sectors, scientific research, and industrial engineering, among others.

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EuroTreasurer Magazine Features Global Payout, Inc. (GOHE)

April 21st, 2014

Global Payout, the leading new Program Manager of B2B custom and conventional electronic payment solutions for domestic, international and multinational businesses, organizations and government agencies worldwide, received recognized by Euro Treasurer Magazine for its ability to service customers with mass payment, general disbursement, and domestic and international transfer needs throughout Europe and the world through its London office. Investors can access the article at

Global Payout also reported the grand opening of its London office, marking the company’s ability to fully service or supply any business or organization within an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) compliant country with needs for the company’s proprietary and alternative payment platforms and programs such as: MoneyTrac™ Prepaid Debit Cards, Chip and PIN cards, the company’s proprietary and cost effective Consolidated Payment Gateway (CPG), Instant Issue General Purpose Reloadable and No KYC prepaid debit cards, eWallets, seamless currency exchange, and a number of other products and services that facilitate payments on a global scale.

EuroTreasurer is considered an important source of information on new trends in cash management, financing, careers, and asset and risk management for corporate treasurers and cash managers. The news portal’s estimated subscriber base of 10,000 includes employees of treasury and finance departments at large European companies with annual revenue of over 100 million EUR, as well as financial service providers, bankers, and consultants throughout Europe.

Jim Hancock, CEO of Global Payout, commented, “Global Payout continues to flourish with opportunities in both domestic and international markets. We feel our warm reception is attributable to our commitment to innovation, professionalism, efficiency, an enthusiastic approach to our business and our extremely cost effective product offerings. We believe that international businesses have much to save and much to gain by utilizing our easy to use payment platforms. We continue to expand our Global Financial Services Platform so that it makes logistical, strategic and economic sense to utilize a non-bank disbursement and mass payment platform.”

Global Payout is capable of servicing clients in up to 170 countries around the globe and continues to expand capabilities for security, fraud prevention, and identity theft protection. For more information on the company, visit

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Let QualityStocks Help You Navigate the Small Cap Market Terrain

April 21st, 2014

Simply put, the small cap market is huge. Nearly 8 out of 10 companies that publicly trade in the United States have a market capitalization of less than $500 million. A surprising 40% of the businesses that trade on Nasdaq have a market capitalization of less than $250 million.

Yet these companies get very little if any analyst research coverage on Wall Street. You may have 52 analysts covering a $468 billion company like Apple Computer Inc., but practically no one covering the small cap company. The investment news media consisting of broadcasts media like CNBC or the magazines and financial newspapers also rarely mention small caps. As a result, the small cap’s stock price rarely reflects the company’s future prospects.

Yet small companies are the true leaders of innovation and creativity. Large companies are bureaucratic monstrosities. Think of the film Office Space where computer engineers stuck in cubicles feel their creativity is stifled while they are focused on pleasing middle management writing Testing Procedure Specification (TPS) reports. Large corporations have become totalitarian work environments where the CEOs are acting as dictators looking over Stalinesque bureaucracies and even their brightest staff members feel as if they are merely renting themselves to the company for a living. The large organizational hierarchies of big cap companies are slow in making decisions and require sticking to established stagnant procedures. Startups require innovative entrepreneurs, and that typically isn’t in a job description for a large company. An innovative entrepreneur would most likely be deemed a threat by corporate middle management.

Small cap companies are hampered by little if any bureaucracy and this leads to rapid decision making, fast adaptability to quick changing markets, and a willingness to take on the risk of new ideas. Large companies sometimes throw large amounts of money to innovate and get nowhere due to ineffective internal communication within their own departments. Clear communication among internal staff and a lack of funds triggers small companies to come up with different, unique, solutions to solve the problems that lead to innovations.

Small cap entrepreneurs are the visionary business people that do market research, create business plans, seek out investors and financing, and then strive to create products and services that utilize a country’s resources. They are the true job creators, and not the management of large corporations that seek to enhance profits by off-shoring labor or replacing people with automation. They are the value waiting to be unlocked in the small cap market.

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OTC Markets Group (OTCM) to Effect New Eligibility Standards to Improve OTC Markeplace

April 17th, 2014

Effective May 1, 2104, OTC Markets Group will roll-out a set of new eligibility standards for companies looking to trade on the OTCQB® Venture Stage Marketplace. The new measures, which slightly vary according to whether the entity is an SEC, bank, or internationally reporting company, tighten eligibility to improve reliability of information available to investors.

More than 3,000 securities currently trade on the OTCQB, and while OTC Markets has improved the marketplace in the past seven years, feedback from company executives and investors suggest there’s more room for improvement for the venture-stage marketplace. In response, OTC Markets has developed a new set of standards to increase transparency, engagement, and quality of information, and exclude companies most likely to be associated with stock promoters.

The new measures require OTCQB companies seeking to trade on OTCQB to meet a new bid price test of $0.01 and submit an OTCQB Annual Certification signed by the company’s CEO or CFO confirming that the Company Profile on is accurate. This certification will be required for any newly qualified security to be publicly quoted by a broker-dealer or when an OTC Pink traded company becomes a current SEC reporting company, beginning May 1, 2014. Companies will also be required to submit an initial application and pay an annual fee for OTCQB, which will now include Level 2 Quotes and the OTC Disclosure & News Service.

When the new criteria take effect next month, companies that do not either meet the new OTCQB standards or qualify for OTCQX® will be traded by broker-dealers on the OTC Pink® marketplace.

Companies already trading on OTCQB will also see changes, as they will be required to meet an annual management certification throughout 2014 and 2015 based on their fiscal year end (FYE). The first set of certifications will be due by July 31, 2014, for companies with a FYE of March 31, 2014.

International Reporting companies will be eligible to upgrade from OTC Pink to OTCQB if they publish their 12g3-2(b) compliant disclosure on and verify their company profile. This provides international venture stage companies that cannot meet OTCQX financial standards the ability to join OTCQB and provide their home-market regulated disclosure to U.S. investors.

Also beginning May 2, there will be an annual fee for the OTCQB marketplace of $10,000 per year and a one-time $2,500 application fee. For current OTCQB companies that apply in 2014, the annual fee will be discounted to $7,500 per year for the first two years, and the application fee will be waived.

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GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV) Set to Capture Significant Share of Underserved ECM Market

April 17th, 2014

GlobalWise Investments by way of its wholly owned subsidiary Intellinetics, Inc., is a leading-edge technology company focused on the rapidly growing Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industry, which Gartner predicts will exceed $5.1 billion by 2013 with a compound annual growth rate of 9.5%.

With sound management and key department heads leveraging more than 60 combined years in ECM leadership and industry experience, Intellinetics has a strong foundation from which to capture the broader, lucrative $149 billion Business Software & Services industry.

While major market players in the ECM space focus on large markets, GlobalWise is set to capture a significant market share of the underserved and compliance-heavy small to mid-size business market. With open cloud-based computing software, GlobalWise is positioned to grow with the EMC industry as it strategizes to become the dominant ECM service provider in these markets.

Intellinetics’ flagship platform, Intellivue, defines a new industry benchmark and game-changing approach by combining advanced virtualization & automated content management with an open and service-oriented architecture using Web services. Leading hardware vendors such as Lexmark, Samsung, CVS/pharmacy, DELL and others are leveraging the Intellinetics model by directly integrating their hardware into the Intellivue™ cloud platform.

GlobalWise Investments goal is to help organizations implement solutions based on their unique needs. The company takes a team approach to study those needs, apply what they learn and deliver superior products, service and support. The result is a solution that lowers costs, improves efficiencies and empowers people to think and work ‘outside of the box.’

The GobalWise Investments Engagement Methodology is called Excellence In Motion (EIM). EIM follows best practices, including methodologies and standards set forth by the Project Management Institute designed to minimize risk, decrease costs and ensure project outcomes meet each client organization’s objectives. Communications planning, team-building, knowledge transfer and quality assurance are the precepts of any solution, with a focus on measured, client-defined success criteria.

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Speedemissions, Inc. (SPMI) Keeps Auto Emissions in Check

April 17th, 2014

In the 40 years since the Clean Air Act of 1970 was set into motion, the measure has significantly reduced air pollution despite a growing U.S. population and subsequent hike in vehicle miles traveled.

In 1970, Americans were driving approximately 1.0 trillion miles on U.S. roads and highways. In 2010 the number of miles traveled jumped to more than 8 trillion miles; and by the year 2030, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects that as a nation we’ll travel more than 12 million miles. Thanks to EPA standards, the growing number of miles traveled hasn’t resulted in more emissions, as you might think. In fact, despite the 53 percent growth in U.S. population and 165 percent increase in miles driven, emissions of six common pollutions have dropped 72 percent since 1970.

Ensuring this continued downtick is the EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) located in Ann Arbor, Mich. The lab is strategically located in a state long considered to be the heart of the U.S. automotive industry and home to GM, Ford and Chrysler. NVFEL provides emission testing services and activities to certify that vehicles and engines meet federal emissions and fuel economy standards, ensure engines meet in-use compliance, and to analyze fuels, fuel additives and exhaust compounds.

Once the vehicles are on the road, it’s up to individual Americans to make sure their vehicles remain in compliance with emissions standards. Just south of Atlanta in Tyrone, Ga., Speedemissions also focuses on vehicle emissions, helping automobile owners meet their responsibility. The company aims to become the leading vehicle emissions testing company in states where emission testing is mandated by the Clean Air Act.

Speedemissions was founded in 2001 for the sole purpose of developing its own vehicle emission testing stations and to make strategic acquisitions of selected competitors in markets identified for future growth. In addition to opening new stores and acquiring other retail operations, the company is accelerating its business and margin growth by adding automotive repair and maintenance services to existing locations.

Today, Speedemissions operates 43 vehicle emissions testing and safety inspection stations under the trade names of Speedemissions and Auto Emissions Express, Mr. Sticker, and Just Emissions. As one of the largest test-only emissions testing and safety inspection companies in the United States, Speedemissions is positioned to capture a significant share of a much-needed, $2.5 billion market where 87 million vehicles tested annually on emissions quality.

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