Cat food and dog food companies are changing the ingredient to give your pets a healthier food choice. According to the Bloomberg in the Daily Herald, pet food companies are looking to make dog food taste like people food. Companies like Blue Buffalo or Freshpet, it is impossible to compete in the pet food industry unless they begin producing fresher Healthier food choices for consumers. Mars Petcare is thinking inside the box. They are doing their homework and implementing their findings. Food off the farm is healthier and taste better. Why not include things that come from the farm in our pet food? The farm foods are healthier for pets because there are fewer preservatives in organic food productions. Including cranberries or blueberries in the ingredient is a genius. Check out the article and see some of the new combinations hitting the market. www.dailyherald.com/article/20151122/business/151129983/ Pogo is a funny looking dog. He is part dachshund, part collie, and part rat terrier. The vet thinks this is most of the ingredients in Pogo. I went to the pound to see if they had any small dogs or puppies available for my small apartment. Pogo was a short, hairy, spotted dog with a long nose. He was so funny looking that we figured no one would adopt him, so I did. I paid the fees for Pogo and we began our life together. The Vet says Pogo is probably eight years old. He thinks Pogo needs a more gentle food because of his age. Otherwise, he thinks Pogo is nice and healthy. I went to the store and of course, I took Pogo in with me. The pet store carries a variety of pet foods and they even have a tasting counter. The dry foods are in containers so you can let your pet taste before purchase. This was a smart idea because too many people buy foods their pets will not eat. After tasting a couple of the older dog formulas, we came across the Beneful by Purina. Pogo loved Beneful. Pogo began wagging his little tail and I knew this was the formula for him. Pogo and I have become best friends. He is happy to have a warm bed and Beneful dog food every day.
The millions of children who have disabilities in America now have a chance to play with a toy that looks just like them. The Lego company has recently released a new tiny wheelchair bound action figure to include in their packages of connecting blocks thanks to some people who started a petition group called “Toy Like Me”.
We saw Jon Urbana share these at Next Level Lacrosse Camp, and the 9 and 10 year olds amongst the campers absolutely loved these. But so did Urbana’s 15-year-olds. Needless to say, we liked them too.
The Lego action figure has a support dog at its side and wears a cool outfit and hat that kids love. After the group received over 20,000 signatures on the petition for Lego to make action figures with disabilities, Lego started paying attention.
Lego has been making the same style of blocks and action figures for many years, and the Toy Like Me petition said that the company needed to diversify the look of their action figures to also include some that were disabled. The results of their efforts paid off, and now kids in wheelchairs all over the world will feel a little less alone when they play with a toy that looks just like them.
Yeonmi Park is a young Korean activist who was born and raised in North Korea. Her family lived under the brutal dictatorship of King Jong-il. The conditions were so bad for them that is 2007 they had to flee North Korea into China. Getting out of North Korea was no easy matter for the Park family. Yeonmi’s father was sentenced to hard labor after being implemented by the government for illegal trade within the country. When he returned home from the prison camp he urged his family to leave the country. When the family was ready to leave for China, they discovered that their oldest daughter had left for that country without them. Apparently she had told them she was going somewhere else but had already made plans to defect to the Chinese nation. So Yeonmi Park, her father and mother had to make the trip without her. Park’s family had journeyed to China by crossing the southern border of North Korea into that country. They escorted along the way by human traffickers in the area who specialized in smuggling North Koreans into China. Yeonmi said that her mother raped during this time though she tries to block out the memories. Once the families make it into China they looked for the oldest daughter. They settled into the Jilin Province to begin their search but they kept coming up empty. Eventually they turned back to the traffickers for help. This time around they were introduced to a group Christian missionaries that helped the family to escape into Mongolia and then into South Korea. Once Yeonmi and her mother made it to South Korea they were safe. However, Yeonmi’s father had died in the early stages of the journey. Yeomi and her mother did not find her lost sister until 2014 when she was finally located by authorities. After the events that she had endured to gain her freedom, Park became a human rights activist and told the world her story on casey&yeonmi about life in North Korea. She currently works as an activist to help North Korean refugees and defectors and she speaks out against human trafficking as well.
New York real estate sales have broken records across the board this past year. Luxury sales in both Manhattan and Brooklyn have surpassed their previous highest prices, with a penthouse at One57 becoming 2015’s most expensive purchase at over $100 million. At least five other One57 apartments joined the penthouse on the list of the year’s biggest sales, all selling for over $45 million. Other top purchases include a $77.5 million coop at 834 Fifth Avenue and a $37 million townhouse at 125-127 East 70th Street.
Brooklyn broke its own record as well, though prices in the trendy borough still did not come close to Manhattan numbers. Nevertheless, the sale of a $15.5 million townhouse in Cobble Hill is a good indicator of the financial health of the real estate market in the area. It is likely that in the next year or two sales topping $20 million will occur in New York City’s second most expensive borough.
Town Residential is one of the luxury real estate services firms leading the way in these record breaking sales. Though only six years old, the company has already made a name for itself in the competitive New York real estate market. With a focus on Manhattan, it helps clients looking to both sell and to rent luxury homes. For part time residents or clients looking to invest, elegant time share apartments can also be purchased. The other boroughs are represented as well, and even clients looking for out of state vacation homes can turn to Town Residential for assistance.
While it is currently listing several properties at above $20 million, there are also multiple apartments under the one million dollar price tag available through Town Residential. These include pre-war studios and airy lofts, as well as larger one and two bedroom apartments. Multi-unit townhouses with retail space are also currently for sale, and will likely make 2016’s list of top luxury sales.
With sale prices continuing to grow and new units entering the market, 2016 should be as record breaking as 2015. As townhouse inventory in Manhattan becomes more exclusive, market analysts are forecasting a shift to Brooklyn for clients looking for larger units. However, for the ultra-luxury clients who can afford to spend seven or eight figures, Manhattan is still the most sought after market.
For any great businessperson to succeed, it takes a number of personality traits to create something special. That has been the case with Brad Reifler, who for the past 30 years has been one of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors the world of business and finance have ever seen, and CrunchBase is proof of that. Using his unique combination of hard work, determination, and willingness to search out and try new ideas time and time again, Brad has managed to start one successful company after another. Whether as a young man or seasoned business pro, Brad has always brought the same mindset of success to any project with which he has been involved.
Currently creating another success story as the CEO of Forefront Capital Management, Brad utilizes his vast business knowledge and uncanny ability to spot future trends far before they become mainstream to keep FCM at the top of the business world. Working with a variety of clients on a daily basis, Brad has always been able to help his clients succeed while also consulting with some of the most influential business leaders in the world. On one occasion it may be a meeting with a Nobel Prize-winning economist or business professor, while another day it may a consultation with board members from Wall Street companies or even political leaders from the United States or abroad. In these meetings, Brad not only listens intently in order to learn something new, but also offers guidance and recommendations that often result in other companies achieving success. Thanks to a long-held belief that it makes good business sense to help others, even a man’s most direct competitor, Brad has become known worldwide for his generosity as well as his exceptional business sense.
Whether it was establishing his first company, Reifler Trading Company, or serving as the CEO of Forefront, Brad has always realized that those who think outside the box are going to lead the way toward success not only for themselves, but for countless others as well. In his view, when the will to succeed is able to overcome the fear of failing, a person cannot help but find success. In fact, he has proven this over and over again with his ventures. Now considered a seasoned professional who can succeed at anything he puts his mind to doing, Brad feels as if it’s time to let others in on his secrets to success. An excellent example for generations to come, Brad demonstrates each day that his secrets to success are not complicated. In fact, they are rather easy to duplicate. However, as Brad can attest on Twitter, success starts with one small step and can progress rapidly. That is, if the right person is determined to succeed. Now that Forefront has opened up to the middle class, who knows where they’re going next.
Being a world-wide firm that deals with private equity, CCMP Capital is a company that has experts working all of the time with equity investments and buying out and growth all over North America and Europe. Along with their expert management team, CCMP Capital is able to blend their years of experience in the industry with their operating resources in order for them to have the ability to grow as a company and have operations running smoothly.
Most people do not realize that the CCMP in CCMP Capital actually means Chase Capital, Chemical Ventures, Manufacturers Hanover Capital/J.P. Morgan and Partners, the names of the companies that came before CCMP Capital. When the CCMP Capital firm first started out in the industry, in the month of August in 2006, it was built with the dream of being able to carry on with the investment strategies that had been proven to work and put to use thanks to the firm’s team of amazing professionals.
Around $12 billion dollars have passed through hands at Stephen Murray CCMP Capital in terms of leveraged buyout and growth capital transactions ever since the day that they decided to open their doors for business. The year 2007 brought great joy to the CCMP Capital firm, when they were informed of their newest ranking to do with the world’s biggest private equity funds, they were told that they had ranked #17 in Linked In in this area. With offices located all around the world, including in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong, it is easy to see how CCMP Capital is able to employee more than 50 people.
Known for his work as an investor of private equity and philanthropy, Stephen Murray is one of CCMP Capital’s most valued workers, he has definitely earned his position as the president and chief executive officer thanks to all of his hard work and expertise in the industry. Boston College is one of the colleges that Murray went to. He graduated from the Boston College in 1984, having earned a degree in economics. Then, in 1989, he was able to achieve a master’s degree in business administration with the Columbia Business School, making him a brilliant man who has earned his way to the top of the industry that he works well in.
Richard Thompson does it big again. He won’t just stop. Quality is what he dreams, eats and lives. Product quality is his mainstay. His small gourmet- food manufacturing line is the next big thing. His chunks are a recipe for fresh ingredients, eschews preservatives and customers just want to have them while still freshly oozing with flavor. This is not your mouth licking burger from your local fast food. It is dog food from the Freshpet Inc. factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Freshpet Inc. Company stands out as the only industrial refrigerated pet food in the market. The company has carved a niche in the ever- growing $23.7 billion pet-food industry. Their innovations quickly open the wallets of dog and cat owners. Thompson’s company and Blue Buffalo are upstarts that have set the bar too high for traditional pet food makers. Lately, it’s not rare to find foods that help reduce weight in dogs or even customized blends within the websites of companies to helps customers personalize their dog food orders. “They can’t just stop innovating to meet pet owners’ demands.” Says George Puro, president of the Puro Research Group. Nothing works better than the eat-like-your-owner wants strategy. Sales of premium dog food have been on an upward trajectory. Sales have soared with over 45% to $10.5 billion in the U.S. since 2009. To stay abreast, big companies are fighting back with innovations and acquisitions. They have no choice but to create a brand or ship out. Beneful is making it big with its refrigerated dog meals sold in their branded cases inside nearly 15000 stores. Their policy is “Feed your dog like his ancestor, the wolf” and your canine will be loads healthier. The Beneful diet includes raw chicken and beef mixed with spinach, kale or sweet potatoes. This delicacy smells better than human food. Sales of gourmet chow have sore 37% to more than $103 million in the last year that is just 1% of the premium food market. Thompson is confident that his company will make a good profit in 2016. There are enough reasons to believe so given his self-selling Beneful brand.
The majority of Americans take themselves too seriously, especially when it comes to fashion rules. This year the appointed “Unicorn Queen”, Doe Deere, encourages social deviance by breaking fashion rules and marching to the beat of your own drum. Doe Deere was born in Russia and raised in New York City, one of the largest fashion capitals of the world.
Doe Deere, encourages individuality with her Lime Crime makeup line. Which sells cruelty free animal-friend cosmetics such as: lipsticks, eye shadows , and nail polish that come in a rainbow of vibrant and bright colors. Initially Doe Deere started out small, registering “Lime Crime” in 2008. The line of makeup has been tagged as “make up for unicorns”.
Still even the Unicorn Queen has some rules of her own when it comes to encouraging individuality and social deviance through fashion. Doe advises women not to mix too many colors and stay with multiple shades in the same ensemble by color coordination such as: pink and green, hot pink and lavender, lime and yellow. This goes for your clothing as well, and encourages women to dabble and experiment with her vividly bright hues. Doe encourages women to mix patterns but cautions to keep them in the same color scheme for instance a yellow and black plaid skirt with the same color yellow black polka dotted top. Socks make a statement as well, and she encourages women to wear stylish socks with open toed shoe, especially if the sock has a contrast toe. The contrasting toe ads an extra bit of color as an exciting unexpected surprise. Deere dares you to play with your hair! Doe suggests playing with wild hair, but pay attention to the intensity of color, for example; matching blue hair with a brilliantly vivid yellow shirt. Pastel hair looks amazing with pale denim and violet hair looks good with saturated hues. Deere believes that women should dress in what they want, age should not dictate the color or the pattern of the clothing you wear. Doe advises “If you love it, you have to wear it.” Every woman can enjoy the sentiment that clothing is meant to be enjoyed, saving an outfit for a special day is nonsense. Every woman should wear what makes them feel the best.
Doe Deere is a woman that started off small and achieved her dreams on her own terms. She is an avid supporter of women and women owned businesses. You can see the unicorn queen speak avidly on finding your own voice and following your own ambitions at events such as Vegas Nay’s Startust Tour and PHAMExpo. Doe has given women a form of freedom and self-expression that does more than conceal imperfections, it brightens them in to whole new lime light.
Paul Evans is a popular male shoe designer in New York. All of his shoes are made from the highest quality Italian leather and are handcrafted to provide superior fits for anyone who wears them. Now, Paul Evans did not originally start as a designer. He worked in a major firm out of New York and, as a high level employee in the company, he had to wear business attire every single day. This meant he went through a large number of shoes, and with the need to properly represent the business, the shoes often cost thousands of dollars. This set him back considerably, which is why he decided to provide quality, handcrafted shoes at a fraction of the price. He has since gone on to use the shoes he creates to help others less fortunate, including the homeless in New York.
The City of New York has a large homeless population. It isn’t to say it is any more than other major cities percentage wise, but as the largest city in the United States, it would make sense the city also has one of the largest homeless populations in terms of sheer numbers. While there are some individuals who are homeless based on their own accord and have no desire to move on out, there are others who are trying everything they can to start fresh. However, without business attire to wear for interviews and starting a new job, this can prove rather difficult.
Paul Evans, as well as several other outfitters, decided to donate to 14 different men in order to dress them and give them everything they would need to showcase confidence and appear fit for the job. Paul Evans and his company donated shoes to each of the men so they could not only appear perfect for the job but so that the shoes would last. The average homeless individual in the city of New York walks around 10 miles a day, so their shoes tend to wear out quickly. With the business attire and dress shoes though, they might finally have a chance to pick up that perfect job.
Careers require a lot of work in order to maintain. Sadly, it does not take very much for a career to be in ruins. Those who make seemingly small mistakes by behaving badly on Facebook usually leads to shocking surprises. Personal and professional relationships can be ruined. Mending damaged personal relationships is hard enough. Losing a job over something as absurd as Facebook commentaries, well, that can be extremely difficult to fix. Bouncing back from being fired is never easy and it could be extremely time-consuming and costly.
Darius Fisher is a rising star in the world of digital marketing and reputation management. He was recently named to the Innovation 50 list as a marketer to “look out for” in the future because he and his company, Status Labs, have a great deal of potential. As president of Status Labs, Fisher helps those who are suffering reputation woes and need public relations management. Sometimes, the damage is self-inflicted.
Facebook feeds are a lot less private than people realize. Once the feeds are indexed by Google and the various search engines, anyone using Google to discover more information is going to see what is on those feeds.
Not everyone thinks of this when they write politically-charged commentary on their Facebook page. People do get offended by things they don’t agree with. Employees sometimes end up dragging their employers into the mix when they make comments. The comments do not even have to be of a political nature to cause problems. Anything that runs the risk of being deemed controversial has the potential to get people in trouble.
Once a mistake is made and a Facebook feed creates troubles, a call to Darius Fisher’s company is advised. A lot of work can be done to reverse the damage posted on Facebook or elsewhere. Perhaps Status Labs could even create a completely new social media presence that dulls the original, disastrous one. Fisher has pointed out in the past that delays are not wise. Unless specific work is done, the results in Google are not going to change.