Friday, February 26, 2016

Diana Pacheco, 30 Years Living with Dialysis, to Accept the Pioneer in Excellence Award for Her Commitment to Home Dialysis Care

On February 28, 2016 during the Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC) in Seattle, WA, Fresenius Renal Technologies will present Wyoming resident, Diana Pacheco, with its annual Pioneer in Excellence Award to recognize her commitment to home hemodialysis (HHD) and her role as a patient advocate.
Pacheco, who has been on dialysis for more than 30 years, lives with chronic renal failure.


 Weego, innovator of portable jump starters and rechargeable battery packs, is quickly emerging as the premier portable power brand across specialty retailers throughout the U.S. The Weego Jump Starter Battery+ line, including accessories, are powering the automotive, powersports, motorcycle, outdoor and marine industries. Weego is the ideal tool for all drivers, bikers, off-road trailblazers, and boaters

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Paul Schmidt Joins Fresh Healthy Vending as CMO

Paul Schmidt CMO Fresh Healthy Vending San Diego
San Diego-based Fresh Healthy Vending a pioneer in healthy vending recently announced that industry veteran Paul Schmidt has signed on as the company's first Chief Marketing Officer. Paul will oversee and lead all brand, strategy and marketing initiatives for the company's two brands, Fresh Healthy Vending (FHV) and Reis and Ivry's.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

43,000 Pounds of Unified Grocers Food and Household Items Donated to Emergency Food Network

Unified Grocers hosted their annual Unified Sell-abration Pacific Northwest – a private selling show showcasing quality food and products available to their customers, suppliers, and brokers. The event was held on February 17 and 18 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. This year, vendors were given the opportunity to donate products left over at the end of the event to help people in need. Emergency Food Network, with the help of twenty volunteers, filled an entire semi-trailer and box truck with roughly 43,000 pounds of food and household items.

Families and individuals in need visiting local food banks, meal sites, and shelters these next few weeks will be eating quality meats, produce, dairy, and packaged foods including: chicken, steak, lamb, gourmet cheeses, yogurt, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges, quinoa, rice and more! They will also receive household goods including, pots, pans, cleaning supplies, makeup, shampoo, as well as other toiletries.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Finnish S-Bank takes fueling mobile

S-Bank is set on making everyday life easier by bringing a new mobile fueling feature to its award-winning S-Mobile iPhone app. The unique service now combines mobile fueling with mobile banking, a retail customer loyalty program, and targeted customer coupons. Mobile fueling features easy gas pump activation, invisible mobile payments, and navigation to the nearest gas station. 

S-Bank, part of the S Group – a Finnish network of co-operative retail and service sector companies with more than 1600 outlets – is launching a groundbreaking fueling service based on mobile technology and a unique app. The innovative service combines retail, banking, and fueling, providing the customer with a frictionless service. By bringing together basic everyday services under one simple app, S-Bank is transforming the entire retail customer experience.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Home Team at KING 5 Launches a New Era

KING 5 raises the curtain on local news with a curbside studio in the heart of SoDo.  
(you read this here first because this was release sent to us under 'embargo' and we say on our website, we do not know what that is)

Seattle, Wash., February 15, 2016:  Western Washington’s first, highest rated and most decorated media company is now its newest, brightest and most interactive.  KING 5 Television lit up a new era of local television this morning from the heart of Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. 
The new location includes sweeping views of Seattle’s growing skyline and Olympic Mountains.  Floor to ceiling windows promise bright light and a bright future for The Home Team.  But the location’s greatest feature is right at street level: a state of the art broadcast studio that overlooks the corner of First Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive. 
“Scouting a new location for The Home Team was a huge responsibility, but from our first visit to Home Plate Center, we knew where we wanted to be,” said Ray Heacox, President and General Manager.
“More specifically, we knew exactly where our future studio would be.  It’s a dynamic space that will energize our staff and give the community never-before-seen access to local news in the market.” 
KING 5 is much more than a traditional television station. Over the last decade, The Home Team cultivated the most engaged online audience of any media outlet in the market.  The new studio extends the experience of interactivity to our television viewers by raising the curtain on local news and inviting the community to take a look.
One key addition to the studio is the Microsoft Surface Hub, a first-of-its-kind collaboration device that features an 84-inch, 4K touch-screen display with pen and touchscreen capabilities that will make KING 5 News more interactive and engaging.
“This technology is so much faster and more responsive than the production elements we’re used to,” said.” Cheryl Carson, KING 5 News Director.     
“The Surface Hub is a game changer for KING 5 News and we’re very excited the team at Microsoft is trusting us to share it with you.”
From every angle, KING 5’s new home is a look at the future of local media.  Staff can now enjoy the benefit of collaborative work spaces, streamlined workflows and the very latest interactive, large screen technology.
But as we write the next chapter for KING 5, the people who brought us here are not forgotten.  The newsroom now shared by KING, KONG and NWCN is formally and forever dedicated to our founder, Dorothy Bullitt.
NOTE: The final broadcast from KING 5’s former studio at 333 Dexter Ave N. will take place Friday, February 12, from 11:00-11:30 P.M.

KING 5, The Home Team is a multi-platform media company and NBC affiliate based in Seattle, WA.  KING was the first television station in the Pacific Northwest, founded in 1948 by Dorothy Bullitt, now owned by TEGNA Inc.  Today KING 5 is the dominant media company in the region, delivering the largest local news audience, the most local programming and a combined 30 million monthly page views of our digital platforms.   For more information, go to

NAHREP Announces New 2016 Diamond Partners

New American Funding, Alterra Home Loans pledge support to advance sustainable Latino homeownership   

San Diego, CA  The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) announced two new additions to the organization’s growing list of diamond level partners, New American Funding and Alterra Home Loans, both of which are Latino-owned businesses. Diamond partners support the organization at the highest level of funding and represent a cross-section of leading companies in the housing industry.


Named after his father José Chesa Senior, Chesa celebrates family and its connection with food, from its Spanish modern menu and charcoal infused dishes to its decor 
Acclaimed chef José Chesa’s first restaurant, Ataula, tells the story of a second-generation chef and restaurateur and his version of traditional Spanish dishes. His newest restaurant, Chesa, blends Catalonian tradition and modern techniques to create a menu of unique paellas and tapas, offering a deep-rooted connection to Chesa’s Spanish heritage through food. Created with business partners, his wife, Cristina Baéz and Emily Metivier, Chesa will honor his father José Chesa Senior and his legacy, and tell the story of his childhood. Each dish will share a memory with diners of dishes his own father, also a chef and restaurateur,


The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers recognized achievements of industry leaders at an Honor Reception held during their annual Convention held in Kennewick last week. The annual awards were for Grower of the Year, Industry Service, Lifetime Achievement, and Restaurant Appreciation. About 2,000 state, national, and international participants from the grape and wine industry attended.

Mimi Nye, of Ste Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Prestigious Wineries, Guest Speakers and Chefs to headline Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine – The World of Cabernet Sauvignon

More than 60 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, three internationally known guest winemakers, two Master Sommeliers and four award-winning chefs will come together this June for Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine – The World of Cabernet Sauvignon. The fourth annual event will held June 16-18, 2016 in Walla Walla, Washington.

Celebrate continues to grow into one of the country’s top wine events, and we’re thrilled about this year’s lineup,” said Duane Wollmuth, Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Grizzly Announces Fresh Healthy Vending Website Revamp

The Nation's Leading Healthy Vending Franchise Teamed up With Grizzly to Revamp Its Site, Simplifying the Navigation and Enhancing the Overall Display
Grizzly, an independent creative agency based in San Diego, recently unveiled the newly designed website for Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTCQB: VEND), the leading franchiser of healthy-alternative vending machines and micro markets. The revamped and re-energized website,, designed and developed by Grizzly serves as a resource for potential and current franchisees, detailing product information, technology features, health facts, support, location concepts and more.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


The world’s largest manufacturer of premium cinema seating, VIP Cinema Seating, has announced yet another major production expansion, the second within a year, which will vastly expand manufacturing capacity while maintaining VIP’s commitment to American-made quality.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


A lunch with business and technology guru Riccardo Zacconi has raised just over £18,000 through an online auction organised by CharityStars.

Zacconi, who founded King Digital Entertainment, the name behind popular mobile games Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch, is supporting Hospital Fatebenefratelli in Milan.

The World’s Coolest Startup Event Polar Bear Pitching is Back

Startups compete for €10 000 cash prize and international fame by pitching from a hole in the ice

Oulu, Finland

Polar Bear Pitching, the world’s coolest startup event, will be held for the third time from February 10 - 11th, 2016 in the capital of Northern Scandinavia, Oulu, Finland. This year the event has grown from a pitching competition to a two-day Arctic Adventure for startups, investors and media. The goal of the event is to help startups to secure investment and find the right tools to succeed in the global market as well as for investors to grow their portfolios.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

After taking pills every day for decades, HIVers can possibly take a break

Vancouver WASHINGTON – January 6, 2016 --- “Essentially, if PRO 140 is FDA approved, the infected person could finally take a break and go on a vacation without having to remember their pills, and the exact times to take them each day. All they need is a reminder to inject a weekly dose of PRO 140 every seven days. We believe large numbers of HIVers are very much in need of PRO 140. They would be delighted to take a break from the stress of all those pills,” states Nader Pourhassan, President and CEO of CytoDyn Inc., clinical developer of PRO 140, an anti-body under development for HIV and GvHD.

10 Super Successful Business Partnerships That Really Work

Entrepreneurship is the new black! It seems that there has never been a better time to start a business. Since 2011 annual start-up rates have increased from 440,600 in 2011 to a record-breaking 581,173 last year, according to the think tank Centre for Entrepreneurs. Next year it is anticipated this number will exceed 600,000! However, when people talk about successful entrepreneurs, the picture of a single (usually male) person is the image which comes into most people’s minds, with Virgin, Topshop and others taking the lion’s share of references.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Ford and AT&T are bringing high-speed connectivity and an even better owner experience to customers this year – with plans to connect more than 10 million customers to Ford SYNC® Connect within the next five years. SYNC Connect, Ford’s new high-speed connectivity technology, adds levels of convenience to SYNC, the industry-leading in-car entertainment and communications system. Ford is introducing SYNC Connect in the United States and Canada this spring in the new Escape.
“Vehicle owners want the convenience that comes with being connected at home and on the go,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “With SYNC Connect, we are able to provide features and services that make the car an even more seamless part of our customers’ connected lifestyles.”


Kitsap Bank was recently honored with the Strong Communities (Urban Category) Award in the FHLB Des Moines competition. FHLB annually honors the projects, people, and programs that promote small business growth and retention and also highlights the work that the FHLB’s member institutions are doing every day to help their communities thrive.  Kitsap Bank was one of just three financial institutions in thirteen states and three U.S. Pacific territories selected as a finalist.  

ABODA Expands Operations to Portland, Oregon

Corporate housing firm opens local office, acquires units in new market
ABODA, one of the industry’s largest corporate housing firms, is launching its expansion into Portland, OR. After announcing its global growth plans early last year, ABODA has been looking at domestic markets that align with its growth strategy.