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

Tuesday, 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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Let QualityStocks Help You Navigate the Small Cap Market Terrain

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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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Horizon Energy Corp. (HORI) Enters Option Agreement for Prospective South Texas Oil & Gas Production

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

As part of its broader focus on opportunities within the U.S. energy market, Horizon Energy is currently exploring additional drilling prospects in Webb County, and recently signed an option agreement for a two-tract lease totaling 1,340 acres close to Mirando City. Webb County is part of the widely acclaimed Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas.

According to the Railroad Commission of Texas’ oil and gas statistics released earlier this year, Webb County ranks second in Texas gas production for the month of November 2013, with 31,320,676 MCF. More money is spent on exploration and drilling of this geological formation than any other play in the world, directly creating more than half a million new jobs since its discovery. reports 18,234 currently drilled wells in Webb County.

“The U.S. energy revolution is transforming communities across the country, but the impact is the strongest in Texas. In areas like Webb County and other counties in South Texas, the oil bonanza has transformed the economy,” Robert Bludorn, chairman and CEO of Horizon Energy, stated in the news release. “Horizon has selected this area as one to explore opportunities, where the accumulated experience of generations of Texans is part of its rich heritage.”

While the majority of activity in Webb County is focused in the northwest portion where wells produce rich gas in the Eagle Ford play, that play is nestled among various geologic layers, many of which are also producing oil and gas. These formations may be more or less prevalent in different areas and depths vary across all formations, and may produce oil or gas in diverse areas. For this reason, oil and gas companies are returning to some of the oil fields using the latest horizontal drilling techniques.

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Ener-Core, Inc. (ENCR) Completes $4.6 Million Private Placement and Proceeds to Successful Implementation of Business Plan

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Ener-Core is a company that manufactures their patented Gradual Oxidizers which effectively enable the conversion of poor quality waste gases into electrical power with the lowest known emissions. With the Ener-Core Gradual Oxidizer married up to standard gas turbine engines, this will allow brown industries to sell power from their waste gases. Their target customers include any industry that emits low quality waste gases such as land fills, dairy farms, poultry farms, the oil and gas industries, and even the mining sector.

Typically, for example, you may see what is referred to as a flare stack outside a petroleum refinery or chemical plant where a pressure relief valve will allow for the release of a flammable waste gas such as methane that may be over pressuring the plant equipment. As the waste gas heads into the flare stack, a pilot light ignites it and you see what appears to be a smoke stack with flames as the waste is deliberately combusted. With Ener-Core’s technology, the pollution from the combustion can be avoided and the waste gas can instead be converted directly into power. In coal mines where the methane concentration is too low to even flare off and simply heads into the air, the methane can instead be collected and converted to power.

This is crucial for the atmosphere as well since methane is 21 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. As there is 200 times more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than methane and methane chemically breaks down over time, carbon dioxide concentration is of the first most concern. However, the accelerated melting of the polar ice caps has released high concentrations of methane gas from the underlying permafrost. This introduces a feedback loop which can accelerate the potential dangers of climate change/global warming even further.

Ener-Core has been working closely with gas turbine companies as they do not have the technology to use these low quality waste gases, and it has been estimated that their potential market size can be up to $77 billion.

As their key products, the Ener-Core Powerstation FP 250 and the Ener-Core Powerstation KG2-3G are high priced capital goods that promise reliable operation over a 20-year period. To attract customers to their product, Ener-Core needs to demonstrate that they have a strong balance sheet. Ener-Core certainly wants to assure their target market that they will be around for some time to provide service over the years to customers that purchase the Powerstations. With the help of Roth Capital Partners, LLC, the company feels it has now achieved its goal by the raising of $4.6 million by a private placement of senior secured convertible notes.

The convertible notes mature in October, 2015, and are convertible into company stock at $0.67 per share. Monthly interest payments are payable in company common stock or cash. Along with the notes, the company has also issued warrants to purchase up to 4,097,016 shares of common stock exercisable at $0.78 per share. With over $4 million now in its cash coffers, Ener-Core can proceed to successful execution of their business plan.

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Banjo & Matilda, Inc. (BANJ) Overview: Australian Lifestyle Brand Grows FY Sales 81%, Turns to Profit

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Banjo & Matilda is a designer, retailer, and wholesaler of contemporary luxury knitwear inspired by a blend of Australian heritage and beach lifestyle. Founded in Bondi Beach, Australia, the company launched its clothing line in 2008 with the goal to create a globally recognized clothing brand that will eventually become a global Australian lifestyle brand.

The company’s core business is contemporary cashmere knitwear for women, though future plans include expanding the clothing line to include knitwear for men and children, among other products. Banjo & Matilda products are designed in the company’s design studios in Sydney, Australia, and are available online, and in major and specialty retailers worldwide.

“By combining our unique designs and Australian beach lifestyle heritage, and our approach to making beautiful products from the best materials and as sustainably as possible, we believe Banjo & Matilda fulfills a unique and very large segment of the global fashion and lifestyle market,” co-founder, president and CEO Ben Macpherson stated in a recent news release.

Based on industry feedback and sales data, Banjo & Matilda finds that knitwear is equivalent to approximately 30 percent of apparel sales in North America and Europe. The company’s target customer group is professional women ages 25 – 55 who have a significant level of disposable income and typically are in double income households.

For the 12 months of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Banjo & Matilda recorded revenue of $1.7 million, an increase of 81.3 percent compared to revenues of $773,369 for full-year 2012. Net income increased 108.2 percent to $21,752 for fiscal 2013, compared to a net loss of $266,302 for fiscal 2012.

In the last three months, shares of Banjo & Matilda have increased 166.67 percent.

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Rich Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (RCHA) Spammed Aggressively

Monday, April 7th, 2014

We have observed an influx of emails spamming Rich Pharmaceuticals. Investors should be wary of these emails, as they are completely anonymous and violate the CAN-SPAM Act established by the FTC. As of this time, the company has not provided a public comment on the issue.

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Commences New Company Website

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Today, Zenosense announced the launch of a new company website. Based in Valencia, Spain, Zenosense is a healthcare technology company engaging in the development and marketing of a detection device for use in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Zenosense’s device is being engineered to focus on detection of the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) “Super-Bug”.

The new company website includes comprehensive details about Zenosense’s MRSA-detection device and its initiatives in its development, challenges for healthcare providers created by MRSA, and the device’s development team. SEC regulatory filings, news releases, stock performance, and other company-related information can be accessed there as well.

Zenosense looks to develop, market, and sell an effective MRSA detector, driven by the sizable costs associated with late detection of MRSA. The company seeks to provide a cost-efficient way for detecting MRSA in clinical settings, by route of in-licensed technology. Based on the costly consequences of late detection of MRSA, Zenosense believes that it has found a valuable new market segment for an effective, wearable detection device.

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Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. (CEGX) Posts FY13 Financial Results with Production Data, Guidance

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Cardinal Energy Group, a U.S. producer of oil and natural gas within the United States, reports its financial results for the full-year ended Dec. 31, 2013, as well as provides current production data and guidance along with an update on its existing business strategy.

Lower production for full-year 2013 led to a decrease in revenues from oil and gas to $16,657 for the 12 months of 2013, compared to revenues of $21,162 for the prior year. Net loss for the year was $1.9 million, or a loss of $0.06 per share, compared to a net loss of $819,255, or $0.03 per share, for 2012.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $18,694, up from $3,460 at Dec. 31, 2012. Cardinal used $428,733 of cash in operations in 2013, primarily for costs related to identifying and acquiring additional oil and gas properties and reworking existing wells. Management said it anticipates incurring additional costs to identify and acquire additional oil and gas properties, to rework and re-complete existing wells, and to drill new wells in 2014.

The company also provided current production and guidance, reporting that it is currently producing 44 BOPD in South Central Texas on 1,238 acres in Shakelford and Eastland Counties. As of March 28, 2014, the company has available for sale 820 barrels of oil from its 10 operating wells in Texas. Management expects the company to achieve a production rate of 400 BOPD by the third quarter of 2014.

Moving through 2014, the company said it will focus on its Texas expansion strategy.

“We see tremendous opportunities to increase production to existing and acquired wells,” Timothy Crawford, CEO of Cardinal stated in the news release. “Our seasoned team has a solid track record of identifying, remediating and operating oil and gas properties in Ohio and Texas. The capital we recently secured will allow us to rework abandoned wells and drill in-field wells into new formations. This low-risk, capital-light strategy should result in significant increases in production and reserves in 2014 and beyond.”

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Health Revenue Assurance Holdings Inc. (HRAA) Announces Dennis Veasman as Sr. Vice President of Business Development and Sales

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Leading provider of revenue integrity solutions for healthcare organizations, Health Revenue Assurance Holdings announced the addition of healthcare sales veteran Dennis Veasman as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Business Development and Sales.

Veasman brings over 30 years of hands-on and strategic healthcare sales and management experience to HRAA. In the role of SVP, Veasman will be responsible for leading all sales activities and will play a key role in developing and delivering sales strategies for securing new business. In addition, he will help enhance relationships with existing clients.

Before joining HRAA, Veasman worked in senior-level sales roles for some of the industry’s largest companies, some of which include M*Modal, CodeRyte, and Nuance Communications. In these positions, Dennis was responsible for securing major healthcare clients such as Tenet Healthcare, Banner Health, HCA, Sutter Health, and Universal Health.

“I am excited to join HRAA and look forward to working with this incredibly talented organization. HRAA’s services are adding value and benefit to our clients as they meet the challenges of ICD-10 and beyond,” commented Veasman.

During his career, Veasman has built and owned a number of healthcare businesses of which provided services to major hospitals and state hospital associations around the nation. He impressively sold one of his companies to Nuance Communications after receiving the Best in KLAS award. In addition, one of his businesses remarkably made the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies.

“Dennis is a consummate professional with immense knowledge of the healthcare industry. With his years of experience, Dennis is poised to make an immediate impact on our business,” stated Tim Lankes, HRAA’s CEO.

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TriStar Wellness Solutions, Inc. (TWSI) Reports Strong Q1 Sales, Expectations for Continued Growth

Monday, March 24th, 2014

TriStar Wellness Solutions® subsidiary HemCon Medical Technologies, a developer and marketer of advanced medical products, reports significant sales growth and momentum for the HemCon hemostatic product line in Japan, with 2014 first-quarter sales exceeding overall sales for the previous year.

The company attributes the growth to a new focus on sales and marketing efforts of HemCon’s exclusive partner in Japan, Zeria Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Co. (Zeria), who has worked with the HemCon product line since 2010. This collaboration ensures that current and newly developed products become the standard of care for hemostasis in the country.

HemCon products and solutions are designed to meet Japanese healthcare needs with particular focus on cardiac catheterization, emergency care, wound care, hemodialysis, and oral surgery. The company’s products provide bleeding control via its proprietary raw material formulation of chitosan. The company believes that the combination of its products with specific market intelligence and know-how from Zeria is the pathway to improving medical device innovation and supporting exciting new product introductions planned for the upcoming year.

“We are encouraged by the success we have seen in this first quarter,” William Perrin, HemCon’s Japan representative stated in the news release. “We are well positioned to continue with a strong sales effort and expect 2014 to be a very momentous year, which puts us in an excellent position to increase the HemCon product offerings in Japan.”

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Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company Points the Way to a Successful Annual Meeting

Monday, March 24th, 2014

One of the many services provided by New York based Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the only major transfer agent specializing in smaller to midsize emerging and growth companies, is the comprehensive support of annual meetings. A successful annual meeting involves the proper carrying out of many different tasks, a number of which are required and regulated by state and federal law.

Continental’s experts stay on top of these constantly evolving rules and regulations, including U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements, to ensure correct procedures throughout the annual meeting process. Continental’s dedicated annual meeting and proxy specialists work in conjunction with client account administrators for a successful outcome.

Annual meeting services include:

• Proxy card and material design consultation
• Broker search services
• Interface with the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), beneficial share proxy vendor, plan administrators and intermediaries
• Traditional and Notice-&-Access material distribution (including stratified mailings and householding)
• Online document conversion and Web hosting services
• Web hosting of proxy and annual meeting material for all constituents
• iPad®/tablet-friendly online documents with industry-leading features, including tiles
• Telephone and Internet voting platforms
• Proxy tabulation with daily online voting
• Key management reports, such as voted and unvoted lists, that help to calibrate strategy
• Material storage and fulfillment
• EDGAR and XBRL services
• Inspector of Election
• Invoice verification and processing
• Tabulation of shares voted by proxy online, by telephone or through beneficial proxy vendor

To get started, Continental provides an Annual Meeting Guide, an invaluable resource that offers important information regarding such things as the latest regulatory changes, meeting checklist and time line, sample documents, and a step-by-step description of everything a successful annual meeting requires.

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General Contractor Appointed for Medient Studios’ (MDNT) Georgia Studioplex

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Entertainment content creation company Medient Studios announced that Shore Development & Construction LLC has been chosen as the general contractor to develop and construct the Medient Studioplex in Effingham County, Georgia.

Construction of the Studioplex will consist of four phases, including 2 million square feet of sound stages, offices, outdoor entertainment venues, and onsite lodging and housing. Cutting-edge TAG wall and roofing systems, designed and manufactured by Titan Atlas in South Carolina, will be utilized in the construction.

Some of the largest construction companies in the world were considered as Medient has prepared for the construction of the Studioplex. The company selected Titan Atlas’ TAG technology because it is green; it represents a quantum leap in construction cost and time efficiencies; and it is fire resistant, capable of withstanding winds of more than 300 miles per hour, and can withstand a 9.1 Richter scale earthquake. In all, Medient anticipates that utilizing the TAG systems will result in a 36 percent reduction in construction costs and a 30 percent reduction in construction time.

Medient has significant commitments from production and films companies throughout the world – all of which are eager to take advantage of Georgia’s attractive film and entertainment business climate and the Medient Studioplex, which will be among the most technologically advanced studios ever built.

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Pazoo Inc. (PZOO) Assembles Support Team for New Social Website

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Pazoo was pleased to announce today that it now has all of the necessary support teams in place to grow and expand content on With the website team in place, the company hopes to further enhance traffic and the corresponding revenue for this aspect of its business and its overall business model.

Pazoo is now in a position where any other activities the company undertakes regarding other aspects of its business model will not impede the growth of the website. In fact, the company believes that will always grow organically as new, fresh content is added, and believes growth in other areas will positively benefit the website’s continued development.

A Pazoo representative emphasized that introducing other business segments will not lead to a change in the company’s overall business model or general focus. They view the potential expansions as a way to tap into several different revenue streams within the health and wellness market.

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Spartan Chassis (SPAR) Announces 25th Anniversary of Owners Club

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Spartan Chassis, a business unit of Spartan Motors, will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Spartan Chassis International Chapter (SCIC) of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) this week (March 17-20) during the FMCA’s 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. All events are set to take place in Perry, Ga.

Founded by Scott Brady and Marsh Carson after gaining support among Spartan owners, the SCIC was chartered as an official chapter on March 8th, 1989 with the FMCA.

“SCIC members are Spartan Chassis’ true ambassadors of the product,” commented Timothy Hamm, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of the Specialty Vehicles business unit of Spartan Chassis. “Spartan Chassis is grateful that SCIC members tout the quality of Spartan products. Owners who run on a Spartan chassis continuously speak to the ride quality, handling and dependability.”

Spartan Chassis associates joined current SCIC President Bob Clipfell and several SCIC members during the Perry Rally in order to commemorate the founding of the organization and mark the 25th anniversary. While at the event, SCIC members learned in depth about a number of upcoming innovations that will be featured, beginning with the 2015 model year.

The SCIC attendees will be proceeding up the East Coast for its Hop, Skip and Jump Post Rally, which will immediately follow the Perry Rally. The joyful event features stops in Hardeeville, Ga. (March 21-23), Hollywood, S.C. (March 24-26) and Myrtle Beach, S.C. (March 27-29).

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The Staffing Group, Ltd.’s (TSGL) Employ US Achieves YoY Increase in Revenue

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Staffing Group subsidiary EmployUS, a full-service turnkey staffing company, reports that it has increased revenue by more than $2 million during the first two months of 2014, compared to the same two months of 2013.

“When we decided that EmployUS would be the first acquisition for The Staffing Group, it was because of its existing revenue stream and proven track record,” Brian McLoone, CEO of The Staffing Group stated in the news release. “EmployUS had already experienced growth prior to the acquisition and continues to increase its revenue significantly enabling The Staffing Group to enter the marketplace in a better than anticipated position, and is an encouraging start to the year.”

EmployUS offers a range of services, including payroll related taxes, workers’ compensation coverage, general liability insurance, professional risk management team, 24/7 availability of office staff, safety equipment & training programs, drug & alcohol screenings, background checks/MVR reports, and temporary to permanent workers.

During 2013, EmployUS expanded its operations by three new office locations, which contributed more than $1.2 million in additional revenues within the first two months of 2014.

“The Staffing Group is dedicated to ensuring that it continues to demonstrate shareholder value through strategic acquisitions of revenue-generating targets,” continued McLoone. “EmployUS has demonstrated successful execution of that strategy, and we look forward to continuing to deliver on that promise.”

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Breitling Energy Corp. (BECC) Takes Home Aggreko Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship at the Oil & Gas Awards, Gulf Coast Region

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Breitling Energy, which is primarily focused on long-lived gas and oil reserves in major onshore domestic plays, just days out from being selected as a finalist for this year’s Oil & Gas Awards for the Gulf Coast Region in Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Excellence, and E&P categories, is announcing today that they successfully landed the top honoree slot at the March 18th black-tie gala event in Houston, bringing home the Aggreko Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship by an Exploration and Production Company.

Having won Company of the Year last year in E&P for the Southwest Region and having placed as a finalist this year in E&P (chosen from a field of over 400 entrants), while simultaneously showcasing such a boldly positive environmental profile, is a big win for the company’s reputation in the upstream and midstream sectors. One of the key factors in the decision was the company’s EnviroFrac™ program, which eliminates all non-mission critical fracking fluid additives via a comprehensive evaluation process and replaces the remainder with safe, food-grade solutions.

CEO of BECC, Chris Faulkner, who has in many ways waged a war on fracking’s bad image in the public forum, trying to explain that a majority of the concerns over the practice can be addressed through technological innovation, spoke quite proudly of the work the company has done to minimize environmental impact from E&P. Faulkner hailed EnviroFrac as an ambassador to the public and the media alike, which, combined with the company’s other ongoing Social License Initiatives, has helped BECC carve out a distinct model for the industry to emulate and this latest accolade for environmental stewardship by the highly respected Oil & Gas Awards really supercharges the company’s PR momentum.

BECC’s broader Social License Initiative outreach program helps educate local residents through direct meetings at town halls and cooperation with individuals and businesses (or other interests) in a given operational area. This constant striving by BECC to inform the public about fracking and share info about operations is essential to success, not just for the company, but for the industry as a whole, especially considering that the average person doesn’t even know fracking fluid alternatives and the like exist. With so much energy beneath our feet in the U.S., it becomes increasingly important to not only adapt technologically to emerging sustainability demands, but to educate the public as advances become possible and BECC/Faulkner have done a real yeoman’s work in this regard.

This latest award for environmental stewardship is more than acknowledgement of BECC’s dedication and their continued efforts to innovate; it is an eye-catching addition to a long list of such accolades, including being named World Finance Magazine’s “Best North American Operator” for the last three years running. This Dallas-headquartered E&P also made WFM’s top 100 list of companies for the Dallas-Fort Worth area last year. Faulkner himself was tapped in 2013 for Industry Leader of the Year by the Oil & Gas Awards (Southwest Region) and made the Dallas Business Journal’s “Dallas Who’s Who in Energy” list for both 2012 and 2013, also having been named Oil Executive of the Year by the American Energy Research Group during the latter.

The company continues to draw attention as a paragon of environmental responsibility in the E&P space and it’s companies like BECC that have the power to change people’s minds about fracking, something which is vital to maximizing the productive potential of our numerous domestic onshore basins, like the one’s BECC is focused on, the Bakken/Three Forks, Mississippi Lime, and Eagle Ford Shale.

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KonaRed Corp. (KRED) Announces New CFO and Welcomes Former Chairman of the Council for Responsible Nutrition to Board of Directors

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Manufacturers of Antioxidant Juices, Organic Green Teas, Coconut Waters and On-the-Go Packets developed from extracts and powders from Hawaiian Coffee Fruit, KonaRed Corporation announced that John Dawe will take on the role of CFO and that Bill Van Dyke has been named to the company’s Board of Directors. Shaun Roberts, CEO and President of KonaRed Corporation, made the announcements.

With more than 30 years of financial, business, and executive level experience, Dawe has previously served as Treasurer, VP Finance, and CEO for various finance-related entities since 1993. His most recent endeavor at DAS Corporate Services (2002-2014) found him responsible for the maintenance and creation of reporting and accounting systems for a number of US publicly traded companies.

Dawe will be succeeding Dana Roberts, who will be leaving the role in order to concentrate on Malie, Inc., a company she founded in 2004 that specializes specifically in all natural luxury beauty and spa products.

Van Dyke has been the chairman and CEO of B&D Nutritional Ingredients since 2003. As the founder, he has been the force behind B&D’s development into a full-service, North American marketing and sales company. Van Dyke has an impressive background in sales and marketing within the dietary supplement industry that spans more than 20 years. As the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s 2000-2002 Chairman, he has served on a variety of committees throughout his 20-year involvement with CRN. In addition, Van Dyke has sat on the board of directors for a number of other industry organizations.

“We are excited to have Bill Van Dyke and John Dawe on the KonaRed team, as they will bring more than two decades of financial, sales and marketing expertise to our Company,” stated Roberts.

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Gepco, Ltd. (GEPC) Subsidiary GemVest Completes First Sale

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Gepco, Ltd. announced that its subsidiary, GemVest, Ltd., has completed its first sale of an investment-grade diamond.

GemVest sold a 6.01 carat, round cut, nearly colorless diamond, which was independently GIA graded as “G” in color and SI1 in clarity. GemVest had no exposure on the stone, which was taken in on consignment and sold for $195,000 on behalf of a third party. GemVest’s profit on the sale was 21.875 percent. This transaction put GemVest weeks ahead of schedule in making its first sale.

“The decision to take in a limited amount of consignment inventory as an additional source of revenue is proving a good strategy,” said GemVest CEO Peter Voutsas.

The market is solid for investment-grade stones, and prices are increasing. Consignment sales are not the GemVest’s main focus, but this first sale indicates that consignment sales offer a good upside with no exposure and should be included in the company’s business model going forward.

GemVest is engaged in selling and brokering high-end rare investment grade diamonds and gemstones, which are obtained from the two principal sources of international wholesale diamond cutters, with whom company CEO Voutsas has longstanding relationships, and individuals and estates seeking liquidity for investment-grade diamonds and heirloom quality jewelry.

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Intelligent Highway Solutions, Inc. (IHSI) Receives Energy Reduction Technology Order from Honeywell

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Intelligent Highway Solutions, a technology-based intelligent highway solutions contractor, says it has received a “significant” purchase order from Honeywell for the installation of a temperature control system and associated sensors in a state-owned office building in Alameda, Calif. In addition to today’s purchase order, three other purchase orders are expected within the course of the calendar year, with aggregate revenues of approximately $1 million for Intelligent Highway Solutions. This purchase order is expected to be completed in the next 9 to12 months.

Commercial buildings are one of the major contributors to the energy demand within the State of California. The company notes that the office building is one of many office buildings in the state that are expected to install new systems to be in compliance with the California Title 24 Energy Standards to reduce energy demand. Each of the 365 state-owned office buildings is mandated by law to be in compliance with Title 24, which was created in 1978 by the California Building Standards Commission in a legislative mandate to reduce California’s energy consumption.

Installed temperature control system and associated sensors are integral to an efficient building control system that ultimately saves energy and financial resources for the state.

“We look forward to completing the work related to this purchase order before the end of this calendar year and we look forward to a long and profitable relationship with Honeywell. This work is in a 15 story state-owned building in Alameda and as a company, we are perfectly positioned to receive a lot of additional orders similar to this one over the next 24-36 months,” Intelligent Highway Solutions CEO Devon Jones stated in the news release.

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Titan Iron Ore Corp.’s (TFER) iHookup Social App Advances to No. 16 in iTunes Rank Chart

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Titan Iron Ore’s operating subsidiary iHookup Social reports that the “iHookup” was recently ranked as high as No. 16 in Apple, Inc.’s iTunes rank chart. This rank has been achieved in the category of social networking paid app (U.S.) and is among more than 22,000 apps in this category.

iHookup Social is a “proximity-based” mobile social platform that enables human connections in real time by utilizing GPS and localized recommendations for dating, friends, groups, and organizations.

Compared to the statistics released on February 18, 2014, both the free and paid versions of iHookup have increased in rank since the company announced its mobile media testing on February 26, 2014. Current ranks show that the free version gained more than 100 spots to No. 173 while the paid version gained eight spots to No. 15.

Rank is comprised of several metrics designated by Apple, which can be used to better understand many aspects of an app’s popularity, downloads, and user acceptance of an app, which is often related to “virility” or the app’s potential of going viral. The current information provided shows iHookup in the Top 2 percent of free and 1 percent of paid applications in this category, within the USA.

“It’s exciting to see our iTunes rank scale, with only 20 short days of mobile media testing the app continues to show traction among our audience of mobile users,” said Robert Rositano Jr, CEO of iHookup Social. “As we await the approval of our recent app update and submission, it becomes increasingly important to have these types of benchmarks prior to the updated app release. iHookup views a top 10 rank as a goal now within our sights and will continue testing and growing our users based on performance data being tracked and analyzed by our partners at Deep Forest Media and by the company.”

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Smith Micro Software, Inc. (SMSI) and Darice Inc. Announce Partnership to Bring Sock Puppets to Life with In-Store and In-App Character Packs

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Smith Micro Software Productivity and Graphics Group announced a partnership with premiere distributor of wholesale crafts supplies, Darice Inc., in which both companies will feature coordinated Sock Friends puppet characters in their products.

Consumers of all ages will now be able to bring their imaginations to life using Smith Micro’s award-winning application titled Sock Puppets Complete, as well as through physical Sock Friends Puppets™ creation kits by Darice.

“Sock Puppets has made a great name for itself among kid-friendly apps for entertainment, as well as in the education space,” stated president of Darice, Mike Birkholm. “With this partnership, kids and crafters can create custom puppet characters at home and bring them to life on their iOS smartphone and tablet.”

Smith Micro will feature in-app Sock Puppet content based on the physical Sock Friends characters available from Darice through retail and online stores. The new Sock Puppet content will include four different themes and ten additional sock puppet personalities. Darice will distribute the physical puppets and each puppet will be available as a virtual puppet in the Sock Puppets app. Original in-app characters from Smith Micro will also be available as physical sock puppets in fun Sock Friends Puppets Kits.

“We’ve enjoyed seeing kids, parents and teachers latch onto the Sock Puppets app and have a blast creating their own animated content for entertainment, education and developmental purposes,” commented senior product manager of productivity and graphics at Smith Micro, Steve Cooper. “Our partnership with Darice enables users to complement their in-app Sock Puppets with physical sock puppet characters created using Darice craft packs — and vice versa — bringing physical and virtual worlds together.”

The Sock Puppets app lets users seamlessly create animated lip-synched videos and share them on social media feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. With Sock Puppets Complete, users can make stories with multiple puppet characters, scenery, props, and backgrounds by simply hitting the record button to direct puppets that automatically lip-synch to the user’s voice.

Sock Puppets is currently available through the iTunes App Store in two versions: Sock Puppets free version and Sock Puppets Complete for $3.99. Specific Sock Friends-themed content is now available as a content upgrade for $1.99.

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Breitling Energy Corp. (BECC) Continues Receiving Industry Accolades, Named Finalist in Three Categories for Oil & Gas Awards

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Breitling Energy, the Dallas-headquartered oil and gas E&P focused on de-risked working/royalty interests in proven domestic onshore basins like the Bakken/Three Forks up in North Dakota, the Mississippi Lime in Kansas/Oklahoma, or the Eagle Ford Shale out in their own backyard, announced the latest today in a continuing series of accolades the company has received from the industry. According to the press release, BECC has been named a top finalist for the coveted Oil & Gas Awards (Gulf Coast Region) in Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Excellence, and for E&P.

It’s a strong follow up for BECC, having won in last year’s Oil & Gas Awards for the Southwest Region under the E&P category. The Oil & Gas Awards carry significant weight within, as well as outside of the industry and are doled out each year to the biggest achievers in the midstream/upstream oil and gas sectors when it comes to factors like corporate social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and performance.

Making the finalist cut out of a field of over 400 entrants from across the industry, BECC can chalk some of their success here up directly to enhanced company exposure from increasingly high-profile shale guru and the company’s CEO, Chris Faulkner, dubbed “The Frack Master” by many in the industry. Faulkner noted today, on the occasion of BECC being named a finalist in three of the key Oil & Gas Awards categories, that Breitling has a lengthy track record for extractive, research-oriented, and technological innovations which have been realized as improved operating efficiency. Moreover, Faulkner emphasized that it has been his personal crusade for several years to help improve the overall industry’s image through the successful development/deployment of environmental and social responsibility programs.

In addition to being a pioneer in such matters, Faulkner has done considerable time in the media trenches educating both the press and the public, seeking to shatter the chilling effect of false claims about the industry and its practices. Faulkner has also put in considerable effort extolling the good works and contributions made by the increasingly vital energy sector, where no illusions exist about the increasing energy density required for modern civilization, or what it will take to produce enough to get by. The fusion of over-the-horizon environmental and social radar, with a no-nonsense approach to deploying the latest technology for energy recovery has led to mounting success for BECC and this latest tip of the hat by the industry really seems like par for the course.

Previously, Breitling also received the “Best North American Operator” distinction from World Finance Magazine for the last three consecutive years in a row, even as BECC placed in the top 100 for that publication’s rankings of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Faulkner himself pulled down the Industry Leader of the Year award last year at the Oil & Gas Awards for the Southwest Region and was also named Oil Executive of the Year by the American Energy Research Group, being further recognized in the Dallas Business Journal as among Dallas’ Who’s Who in Energy for 2012 and 2013.

Oil & Gas Awards winners will be announced this March 18 at a black-tie gala event in Houston and investors should look forward to that date for more info on the subject.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Bioheart, Inc. (BHRT) Signs Regenerative Medicine-Focused Joint Venture with Magnum Cell Therapies

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Bioheart, a company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of autologous cell therapies for the treatment of degenerative diseases, has entered into a joint venture with Magnum Cell Therapies.

Magnum Cell Therapies is engaged in providing cutting-edge regenerative medicine therapies to patients suffering from degenerative diseases. The company’s facilities include a state-of-the-art clinic and laboratory located in Honduras.

“We are thrilled to work with the team of specialists and scientists at Magnum. The facilities are top-notch and we are hopeful that Bioheart therapies can help many patients,” Bioheart Chief Science Officer Kristin Comella stated in the news release.

Per the joint-venture agreement, Bioheart will provide the necessary training and expertise to transfer Bioheart therapies to Magnum. The two companies will work closely with the Honduran Ministry of Health to make Bioheart protocols part of the standard of care for patients in Honduras and neighboring countries.

Bioheart will assume 10 percent ownership of Magnum’s cell therapies. Magnum will offer these therapies to the more than 8 million people living in Honduras as well as being a premier site for medical tourism.

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