Tolteq Makes Inc. Magazines 33rd Annual List of Americas Fastest-Growing Private Companiesthe Inc. 5000

Cedar Park, Texas (PRWEB) August 25, 2014

Inc. magazine today ranked Tolteq Group, LLC, (Tolteq), a leading provider of Measurement While Drilling (MWD) systems and components, NO. 2135 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economyAmericas independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Dominos Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

This is the third year that Tolteq has appeared on the list. Too many businesses take the short term approach, prioritizing quarterly revenue over everything else. Our focus has always been on providing world-class products and service, said Company President and Founder Paul Deere. We are immensely proud to make the list for the third year as it validates for us that we are on the right path in our strategic growth and performance. We believe that innovation, continuous improvement, and a fervent customer focus will always outlive the temporary dips in the market.

The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., is the most competitive crop in the lists history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000s aggregate revenue is $ 211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“What surprises me, even though I know its coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved, says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesnt change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 15 through 17, 2014 in Phoenix. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as Michael Dell, Martha Stewart, Container Store Founder and CEO Kip Tindell, and Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya.

About Tolteq

Tolteq is a leading provider of Measurement While Drilling (MWD) systems and components. Tolteqs innovative engineering transforms downhole data into downhole intelligence. We push the known boundaries to give our clients reliable data and reliable tools, because that means the difference between a successful job and one filled with interruptions. Tolteqs goal is to minimize the clients non-productive time by providing innovative tools and software solutions that offer market-leading reliability and allow unprecedented access to downhole data. For more information, visit

Tolteq transforming downhole data into downhole intelligence.

About Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000


The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2013. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $ 100,000; the minimum for 2013 is $ 2 million.

About Inc.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.

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Find More Online Classes Press Releases Announces New Win Limits Providing Greater Gas Savings for More Colorado Drivers

Denver, CO (PRWEB) June 17, 2014 announced today that it has changed its online gas auction win limits to one auction per day. This change will allow more Colorado drivers to experience the savings Rexoco gas auctions provide, said Paul James, Founder of Rexoco. James goes on to state, our auctions deliver an innovative alternative to address the increasing demand for discount gas prices. To date our auctions have saved Colorado drivers over $ 400,000.

Colorado drivers have been taking advantage of a new concept to help them obtain the cheapest gas prices in Denver and throughout Colorado. is the first online gasoline auction in the country where drivers bid for an extremely low per gallon gas price, which can be redeemed at over 20 Conoco and Shell locations in the Denver metro area. This unique auction site is dedicated to driving down the cost of gasoline for all Colorado drivers. is changing the way Colorado drivers buy gasoline. The program launched in May of 2012, and is quickly becoming the online destination for discount gasoline prices. The website combines the excitement of online retail shopping in a fun, competitive and engaging environment while providing an exceptional value on a product that has never been purchased using the internet. Just as eBay and Amazon have changed consumer purchase behaviors, Rexoco is quickly transforming the way people think about their gas purchase said James.

Customers like Peggy Jamison, a regular user states I have not paid full price for gas in months! This feedback is exactly what the program was designed to do, says James. He goes on to say. We want to make this fun, in addition to providing a huge value.

To try, simply register and with a confirmed email address receive 10 free bids to place on any available auction, be the last bidder when the timer runs out and you win! The winning bidder will receive an electronic coupon to their email inbox just minutes after auction close and the discount gas price may be redeemed at any gas station in our network.


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Top 20 Universities That Hire for Flexible Jobs

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) June 02, 2014

FlexJobs has identified the top universities that list jobs with some type of flexibility, including working from home, flexible scheduling, part-time hours, and freelance contracts. These traditional four-year schools posted the largest number of flexible jobs between April 2013 and April 2014, according to data analyzed from the FlexJobs database.

The top 20 universities with the most flexible job offerings are:

1. Grand Canyon University

2. Stanford University

3. Syracuse University

4. Johns Hopkins University

5. Columbia University

6. Harvard University

7. Cornell University

8. George Mason University

9. University of California, Berkeley

10. Northwestern University

11. University of Denver

12. University of Colorado at Boulder – CU Boulder

13. University of Maryland University College

14. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

15. University of Washington

16. University of Arizona

17. New York University

18. University of Chicago

19. Marquette University

20. American University

One of the most interesting parts about university hiring is that they hire for a wide range of careers certainly teaching positions, but also research, marketing, web development, human resources, data entry, fundraising, and many others, said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. While virtual classroom instruction is the most common flexible job option available at colleges and universities, these universities also offer flexible jobs with full-time or part-time schedules, work from home or on-campus options.

Some flexible positions listed on FlexJobs from the above universities include:

Admissions Representative — Full-Time Telecommute Job
Clinical Research Assistant — Part-Time Job
Global Engineering Programs Manager — Part-Time Job
Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator — Full-Time Temporary Job
Cybersecurity Policy, Graduate-Adjunct Faculty — Part-Time Telecommute Job
Web Developer — Part-Time Job
Science Writer — Part-Time Telecommute Job
Research Nurse — Part-Time Job

Virtual colleges also offer a wide range of flexible work options. The top three virtual universities in terms of flexible job opportunities include:

1. Kaplan and Walden University (tie)

2. Western Governors University

3. American Public University System APUS

For more information on the Top Universities That Hire for Flexible Jobs, visit:

About FlexJobs

FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With job listings in over 50 career categories and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive, freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over a half million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has been featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Good Morning America, among hundreds of other trusted media outlets and is a proud partner in the 1 Million for Work Flexibility initiative.

NEPC Review: Report Extolls “Course Choice” but Lacks Research to Support Its Premise

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) June 19, 2014

A recent report provides guidelines for an expansion of school choice policies, urging policymakers to turn the selection of school classes themselves into a form of market competition, with each student choosing and designing a personal menu of classes.

The drawback to that idea, according to a new review, is that the report makes no effort to evaluate the underlying proposal before offering policymakers a guide for how to put it into effect.

Patricia Burch of the University of Southern California, along with Jahni Smith of USC and Mary Stewart of Indiana University, reviewed “Expanding the Education Universe: A Fifty-State Strategy for Course Choice” for the Think Twice think tank review project. The review is published today by the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education.

“Expanding the Education Universe,” written by Michael Brickman and published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, envisions a future when students design their own selection of online and off-line school classes. As the reviewers note, the report possesses a great deal of confidence that such a change would ease transportation and expand students options in many beneficial ways. Course providers for the proposed system could be for-profit as well as not-for-profit providers, including school districts and other public institutions.

But in offering a guide to solve practical problems of policy and implementation, the report acts with undue haste. It assumes, without solid evidence, that course choice, electronic educational provisions, and the like are viable, effective, and proven methods, the reviewers write.

No direct research is presented, and relevant related research that might support the efficacy of the method is not included, Burch and her colleagues point out. Accordingly, the piece rests entirely on assumptions and assertions.

Lacking the necessary evidence and detail to demonstrate that the proposal holds any promise, policymakers and the public should lack confidence in the reports proposal. The report, the reviewers conclude, offers little basis for assessing the benefits and liabilities of a program that potentially has enormous financial costs and educational quality implications for public education.

Find the review by Patricia Burch, Jahni Smith, and Mary Stewart the NEPC website at:

Find “Expanding the Education Universe,” by Michael Brickman, on the web at:

The Think Twice think tank review project ( of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) provides the public, policymakers, and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected publications. NEPC is housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. The Think Twice think tank review project is made possible in part by support provided by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

The mission of the National Education Policy Center is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. We are guided by the belief that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence. For more information on the NEPC, please visit

This review is also found on the GLC website at

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O’Brien Steel Service Implements STRATIX Metal Industry ERP Software from Invera

Peoria, IL (PRWEB) August 16, 2014

OBrien Steel, a carbon general line metals steel service center, has implemented STRATIX metal service center software from Invera, a metal industry software specialist. STRATIX was implemented at O’Brien Steel and the division Wausau Steel, a recently acquired company.


OBrien Steel implemented a full complement of STRATIX features such as real-time order status, on-line production planning, shop floor receipt of goods, shop-floor production recording, wireless shop-floor functions for location changes and pick recording, production functions for welded assemblies and fabrications, on-line shipment planning, and the scanning and automatic printing or emailing of test certificates at shipping time.

For sales, STRATIX provides features that allow sales to enter a quote or sales order and choose from a list of custom plate burned shapes, making it easier and faster to enter the order. Some of these shapes are squares, rectangles, circles, rings, triangles, ring sections, trapezes, or irregulars. Once the shape is entered, STRATIX computes the estimated processing time as well as the cost and charge for plate burning/cutting, which assists the salesperson in providing a final price to the customer.

Sales also implemented the metal price book, which includes an extensive and flexible metal price database, enabling companies to set pricing levels, discounts, markups, product specific pricing remarks, as well as customer and quantity discounts based on product and class of customer.

The production department is making full use of the online production planning functions to view the order to be picked or processed before releasing it for fulfillment. Production managers now use online production schedules to manage work in the warehouse. As orders are fulfilled, warehouse personnel record production and print any item or package labels using the on-line work center lineup.

JR OBrien, Inside Sales Manager at O’Brien Steel., added, “The multi-step processing features in STRATIX have really helped O’Brien Steel in our process and quality control, and sales has really benefited from the real-time order status. Some of our plate cut order items can go through anywhere from a single to eight or nine processing steps, and their process routing functions were the perfect fit for that.

The online shipping planning function provides a comprehensive, multi-layer inquiry that summarizes orders by customer, delivery route, or shipping zone for better load consolidation. The shipping department can highlight orders and create a load with a single click, which has been beneficial for O’Brien Steel who has their own fleet of trucks.

Both the sales and production departments also benefited from the tight integration of the outside processing function with the rest of STRATIX. STRATIX does not differentiate between internal or outside processing, which renders outside processing more tightly integrated with fulfillment. As a result, separate purchase orders are not required for outside processing, saving a tremendous amount of time for the purchasing and sales departments.


The implementation of the metals ERP software solution STRATIX included quotes, sales, metal price book, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, non-conformance reporting, invoicing, and financials.

About OBrien Steel

OBrien Steel is a general line service center with locations in Peoria, IL, and Milwaukee, WI, and their acquisition of Wausau Steel, which is now a division of O’Brien Steel, has increased their geographic presence into Wausau, WI and Minneapolis, MN.

OBrien Steel carries a large selection of high quality plate products, sheet products, structural products, tubing, bar products, grating products, and snow plow edges. OBrien Steel offers substantial plate processing capabilities including laser plate cutting, plasma plate cutting, oxy-fuel plate cutting, contour beveling, drilling, sawing, forming/bending, grinding, blasting, stress relieving, and machining.

About Invera

Invera has been providing steel and metal service center software (ERP) and Internet metal systems for over 30 years. Invera is the largest software company dedicated exclusively to the steel and metal service center, metal distribution, steel stockholder, and metal processing industry. Their metal industry software products STRATIX and eSTELPLAN are used by more than 13,000 users at over 600 sites in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Dubai, South Africa and the Far East in over 14 countries.

For more information, contact Invera at (514)-925-8558 for North America, or +44 (0)7740-664007 for the UK and Europe, or visit

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Kevin Dundon, Ireland’s “Chef of the People,” Set to Cook at Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen on the Eve of Boston’s iFest

(PRWEB) August 13, 2014

On the eve of his appearance at iFest, the three-day premium festival showcasing contemporary Irish culture, entertainment and innovation at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, Ireland’s award-winning Chef Kevin Dundon is taking a detour to Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen in Milford, Mass. At Clarke, on September 25th at 6:00PM, Dundon will share his culinary talent and secrets in an exciting foodie event that will feature his live demonstration of several signature recipes.

“We are thrilled that Kevin will be cooking at Clarke,” said General Manager Sean Clarke. “We have been honored to host events with many great chefs including Ming Tsai and Lidia Bastianich, both of whom have popular public television series. Now as Kevin premieres his second season on PBS and cooks at Boston’s first iFest, we are honored to have him take time to cook for Clarke’s guests.”

Kevin will share recipes he’s made popular through his Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Wexford on Ireland’s south coast, as well as Raglan Road Irish Gastropub in Downtown Disney in Orlando, where he is the signature chef.

Dundon is known in Ireland and the United States for his popular television series, Modern Irish Food, which is the first PBS series to go directly to the Create TV channel and be renewed for a second season, starting this fall.

Thursday, September 25th is the date for Clarke’s Evening with Kevin Dundon, which will be held in the intimate Kitchen Theater of New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen in Milford, MA. During the event, which runs 6:00-8:30PM, Kevin will prepare his Seafood Chowder, Pan-seared Fillet of Beef with Mini Shepherd’s Pie, as well as his Apple Tart Tatin. There will be additional signature Dundon recipes for tasting as well (who will be able to resist his Dunbrody Kiss chocolate dessert?)

Dundon’s kitchen staff for the night will be headed up by Clarke Chef Brittany Williams, along with students and staff from Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts. There will be tastings of various Kevin Dundon recipes and wine pairings for guests. Following his live cooking demonstration, guests will have the opportunity to purchase Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food cookbook and have it personally signed.

For those who think Irish food is still all about potatoes, corned beef and cabbage, think again. Kevin is all about taking Irish traditions and giving them an international flair. He has become a one-stop shop for Irish cooking, with two restaurants, a television series and appearances on radio and television throughout Ireland and the U.S., four cookbooks and a line of signature cookware in Ireland. He is known for his quintessential Irish charm and wit, as well as his dedication to sourcing local ingredients and giving traditional Irish food an international flair.

When his first Kevin Dundon Modern Irish Food series launched on Create TV, he said, “Ireland produces some of the best food in the world, and you know what? Its really only the last few years that weve started to realize it. From our beautiful beef to the fantastic bounty that lies off our coast, we are surrounded by good food. I want to bring all these ingredients together and celebrate our amazing natural resources for a whole new generation. Ive always been inspired by great traditional recipes, handed down by my mother and grandmother. Its now my turn to put a modern twist on it.

Following Clarke’s intimate Night with Kevin Dundon, the award-winning chef will be cooking on the Clarke Kitchen Stage at iFest in Boston on September 26-28, 2014. This is a unique opportunity to get up close with this rising international culinary star.

Seating is extremely limited, and reservations are required online at:

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Marijuana Business and Education EXPO to Provide Entrepreneur Networking in Las Vegas, June 22nd and 23rd with Marijuana Industry Training by Cannabis Career Institute

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) June 03, 2014

With the U.S. House of Representatives passing an amendment last week restricting the DEA from targeting and raiding medical marijuana operations in states where medical marijuana has been made legal (Steve Benen, Rachel Maddow Show, House votes to restrict DEA marijuana raids, June 30, 2014, MSNBC), entrepreneurs are starting to realize that the cannabis industry has finally started.

For the first time in history, Americans seem to be prepared to dive into this new industry with gusto. Gallup Polls showing 58% of the U.S. population surveyed were reported (Art Swift, Gallup Politics, For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana, October 22, 2013, as supporting the actual legalization of marijuana in America. This seems to signify, on numbers alone, that the people across the nation are ready to embrace cannabis not only as a medicinal product, but also for recreational use. Business minded people are paving the way to make marijuana and cannabis products the newest and latest trending industry with creative and legal planning.

Entrepreneurs and politicians alike have been watching how Colorado’s state sales and tax revenues (Colorado The Official State Web Portal, Colorado Marijuana Tax Data, 2014-March, have been playing out. As the Colorado government posts information monthly, with over 18 million dollars in reported revenue on their website, both politicians and entrepreneurs are choosing to expand their horizons by creating new ways to get into the marijuana business sector.

During the last few decades, only those who were considered drug dealers, were able to network or learn much about the industry. Those people were often jailed or ridiculed by society and placed within a stereotypical mold that consisted of tie-dyed “stoner” innuendos and even humorous movies like Cheech and Chong’s “Up In Smoke” (Movie, IMDB database, director Lou Adler, writers Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, Released September 15, 1978, USA) or comedy skits. However, in today’s world, attorneys, brokers, insurance companies, product distribution companies, agriculture businesses, doctors and educational facilities are becoming the leaders who are making headway. Many of the business representatives in the cannabis industry often have college degrees, dress in business attire and make significant amounts of money by providing medical marijuana, cannabis products or hemp products in states where it has been legislated – or by some involvement in the cannabis business world that facilitates the industry as a whole.

This June, in Las Vegas, the International Cannabis Association will be putting on an Exposition that will not be like other conventional marijuana trade shows. The ICA was founded on the principle of helping interested people explore the idea of getting into the cannabis industry. The Mission goals are to establish a foundation network to help entrepreneurs actually get started by providing significant information, while helping to provide a framework for those people to grow and expand their own businesses by effectively learning, networking and communicating with other business professionals.

Cannabis Career Institute partnered up with the ICA for the educational portion of the EXPO and is expected to teach in-depth classes on topics that cover everything from the history of hemp, extraction processing, medical patient information, the endocannabinoid system – all the way to the legal systems currently in place and marijuana infrastructures for businesses within the United States.

Robert F. Calkin began the Cannabis Career Institute, in 2009, after teaching at Oaksterdam University and operating his own medical marijuana delivery service since 1988, in California. He is the author of a best selling cannabis industry handbook, “Starting Your Own Medical Marijuana Delivery Service: The Mobile Caregiver’s Handbook,” published in 2010 and was one of the original members of the American Hemp Council in 1988 with Jack Herer and Chris Conrad (Cannajobs, Meeting of the Minds PDF uploads, 2011, Seattle). Robert Calkin is one of the main speakers and instructors at the EXPO, where he will provide a wide variety of information to audience participants.

Cannabis Career Institute teaches full day classroom workshop seminars across the nation to students looking to get involved in the cannabis industry and has been noted by many news and media sources across the country. Many of CCI students have reportedly gone on to become successful business owners within the marijuana industry and some have even come back to CCI in order to share their experiences to help teach future students. The main focus of CCI is compliance and education in order to help individuals and businesses achieve the best practices and standards within the industry before government regulation begins.

The International Cannabis Association EXPO, in Las Vegas, Nevada, is expected to bring out thousands of interested people over the two day period.

Several highly anticipated Keynote speakers are on the roster, including: Steve Yastrow (Business advisor and author of “Brand Harmony”, “Ditch the Pitch” and “We: The Ideal Customer Relationship”), Barry Shamis (CEO of the management consulting firm; Selecting Winners and author of bestselling systems like “The Small Business Guide to Recruiting and Hiring Success”), Dan Riffle (Director of Federal Policies,, Michale Julian (National Business Investigations, Inc. Security Solutions for the Cannabis Industry), Andy Joseph (Apeks Supercritical), Dean Guske (CPA), Kerry Blasdel (, Dr. Gerry Bedore. PhD, MBA (Cannabis State University, author, Socrates Distance Learning Technology Group co-founder, Researcher, Educator and Horticulturist), Robert Calkin (Green Dot Delivery, Cannabis Consultant, Cannabis State University, Green Cures, Inc. and Cannabis Career Institute), Meki Cox (Marketing, Green Cures, Inc., Standards of Cannabis Business, Networking,, Event Facilitator and Instructor), Matthew Abel (Michigan NORML and Attorney of Cannabis Counsel), Casey Keith (Multiple Sclerosis Medical Marijuana Patient, Entrepreneur Activist and Cannabis Career Institute Instructor), Brian Pearson (Valuation Advisors, LLC), David Hargett (Innovative Extractions Owner and Cannabis Career Institute Instructor), Ryan Hurley (Rose Law Group), Lawrence Mishkin (Silver & Miskin Partner), Anthony Fiacchino (Transporting AeroStar Global Logistics, Inc.) and many more.

The International Cannabis Association EXPO will be focusing heavily on networking and business training, high level education and will include a casual cocktail opening where guests will be able to individually meet and greet with Industry Experts on Sunday evening. Dan Riffle of as Director of Federal Policies will be available to speak with guests, NORML executives and speakers will be available to provide detailed information. Political Candidates and Representatives will be on hand to discuss their policies and opinions on the Cannabis Industry.

Monday will host a variety of Keynote Speakers in the Main Hall and also includes a large carefully selected group of cannabis business vendors situated in a very business oriented trade-show arena, where guests are invited to learn about these very successful business vendors in the industry and may ask questions of the vendors, purchase vendor products, discuss consulting projects and more. Vendors currently include such professional selections as THCBiz, MPS International, Green Cures, Inc., Intuitive Websites, Kaercher Insurance, Colorado Springs Cannabis Center, Gardening Unlimited, Innovative Extractions, Bulbulyan Consulting Group, CCI and many more.

For the educational portion guests will be able to choose their own classroom selections based on a first come, first served seating process. Cannabis Career Institute will have six individual rooms based on six different topics, and each class will last approximately one hour. These classroom sessions repeat every hour, so that guests can attend in any order they choose and can partake in each class, or repeat classes as desired. Topics include: The Cannabis Hemp Industry, Extractions, Cannabis – A Medicine, Starting a Cannabis/Hemp Business, Legal Environment and The History of Hemp – which cover a wide variety of information under each topic.

With new businesses entering into the cannabis industry daily, there are many companies that have not yet been seen in the public eye at any other convention or trade-show. The ICA would like to welcome Green Cures, Inc. who will be providing their first public display of products and more. Green Cures, Inc. provides botanical distribution of hemp products and expects to provide future CBD products online.

The ICA would also like to welcome the expected future giant of education, Cannabis State University. The people behind CSU are not new to the cannabis industry, however, this will be the first public viewing and the very first opportunity for the general public to discuss CSU with the founders. Cannabis State University is expected to be one of the first fully accredited college in this sector in the United States. Cannabis State University has a full board of educators (Dr. Gerry Bedore, Jr., Ph.D. MBA, “Online Student Success and Completion Rates”, publication Lambert Academic, 2010) who have detailed experience in quality educational facilities and student programs and CSU boasts plans to implement future degree programs for the medical industry, agriculture industry and business industries.

If you are considering joining the cannabis industry or just need to learn more, the ICA EXPO is one trade-show convention that you will not want to miss. The cannabis industry is, indeed, coming to the United States, if you’re paying attention to the data which appears to be backed by Gallup Polls and opinion. While medical marijuana for those who need it may be the first reason most people choose to get involved, the mass potential for job creation and a fresh influx of financial streams are what will keep this new industry going. Don’t fall behind on this industry, gain the information you need, meet the contacts you’ll be required to have and learn as much as you possibly can by attending this unique EXPO hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel, in Las Vegas on June 22nd and 23rd.

Discount coupons were provided to CCI for members of the Press, CCI students, Family members and friends. Special Code: CCi2014 offers guests $ 300.00 off the general entrance fee and Vendor Discount Code: CCibooth offers businesses a 35% discount on Vendor Booths.

Members of the Press who would like to interview specific members for educational or business information are requested to contact meki(at)cannabiscareerinstitute(dot)com at least three days in advance.

Big Data and IPv6 Are Topics of Upcoming Cybersecurity Event

Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) August 12, 2014

Dr. Chaos and the IPv6 Security author are two of the well-known names in the cybersecurity industry who will present at Rocket City TakeDownCon, scheduled for Aug. 18-19 at the Dynetics Solutions Complex in Huntsvilles Cummings Research Park. The conference will take place after four days of hacker training. Dr. Chaos will address big data and author Scott Hogg will talk about IPv6 security threats and protection measures.

Dr. Chaos (also known by his real name, Aamir Lakhani) will speak on the topic, Baseball, Apple Pies and Big Data Security Analytics: Shorten the Kill Chain Window. A leading security architect responsible for providing IT security solutions to major commercial and federal enterprise organizations, Lakhani has a blog with tens of thousands of followers at and is popular on Twitter.

He has designed offensive counter defense measures for defense and intelligence agencies and has assisted organizations in defending themselves from active strike back attacks perpetrated by underground cyber groups. Lakhani is considered an industry leader in support of detailed architectural engagements and projects on topics related to cyber defense, mobile application threats, malware and advanced persistent threat (APT) research and dark security.

Author of the book, IPv6 Security from Cisco Press, Scott Hogg is the chief technical officer for Global Technology Resources Inc. (GTRI), a founding member of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force and a member of the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence. When Hogg is not assisting enterprises and service providers with IPv6 planning, training and deployment activities, he writes a popular blog for Hoggs TakeDownCon presentation will cover IPv6 attack tools.

Eric Lopez, EC-Councils director of conferences and events, said, Both Aamir and Scott have gained huge followings in the industry and are renowned experts in their areas. Were pleased to bring them both to Rocket City TakeDownCon for the first time.

Dynetics Chief Technology Officer Tom Baumbach said, It is a privilege for us to host such a large number of experts at one conference. Were excited to be involved with this premiere event in cybersecurity, one of our main areas of interest at Dynetics. It is a must-attend for representatives from business, government and academia interested in protecting their information systems.

Rocket City TakeDownCon will feature two dynamic tracks during two days, with Monday focused on the Attack, teaching participants how even the most protected systems can be breached. The theme for Tuesday will be Defense, featuring topics that will challenge attendees to determine if their defense mechanisms are prepared to thwart nefarious and persistent attacks.

Preceding the two-day conference will be the TakeDownCon Training Academy, four days of intense training on Aug. 14-17. EC-Councils Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CHFI (Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Mobile Hacking and Forensics, Securing Windows Infrastructure, Advanced Network Defense and Hacking Secure Encryption are some of the classes on the agenda.

For more information about the event and the current lineup of speakers, visit

About TakeDownCon

TakeDownCon is a highly technical forum that focuses on the latest vulnerabilities, the most potent exploits, and the current security threats. World-class industry insiders come to share their knowledge, giving delegates the opportunity to learn about the industrys most important issues. With two days and two dynamic tracks, delegates will spend Day 1 on the Attack, learning how even the most protected systems can be breached. Day 2 is dedicated to Defense, and delegates will learn if their defense mechanisms are on par to thwart nefarious and persistent attacks. TakeDownCon provides the most sought after technical training and certification classes offered through Hacker Halted Academy by top training companies and led by well-respected instructors. For more information, visit

About Dynetics

Dynetics delivers the Power of Solutions to government and commercial customers in the areas of intelligence, missiles, aviation, cyber and space. Based in Huntsville, Ala., with offices throughout the United States, Dynetics is a mid-tier company that provides complete lifecycle analysis, engineering and hardware solutions to support customer missions. Dynetics works alongside government and commercial customers to provide leading-edge solutions that impact the integrity of cyberspace whether for defending their own environments or taking the offensive. For more information, visit

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EC-Council Foundation is a not-for-profit initiative by EC-Council to raise awareness of online safety issues for the global community while unifying global cyber defense. EC-Council Foundations mission is to unify global cyber defense by fostering collaboration and participation of online computer users to become advocates for safe on-line activities for youth and adults alike through education and training programs. Visit

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Mile High Showdown: A week of direct action aimed at Wall Street banks

Mile High Showdown.

This week, join the Colorado Progressive Coalition in a series of actions aimed at Wall Street Banks. Protesters will be engaged in direct action including marches, delegations, and even a flashmob, specifically targeting Wells Fargo, who holds the largest market share of foreclosures in Colorado. Wells Fargo is also the largest and worst of the subprime predatory mortgage lenders.

Wall Street banks like Wells Fargo have hit people of color especially hard. According to the Denver Fact Sheet on, “During the housing boom, big banks and their mortgage lending operations were much more likely to put Black and Latino borrowers into higher-cost, subprime loans with a higher risk of default and foreclosure. A recent study finds that the bursting of the housing bubble and the ensuing economic crisis has led to a 66% loss of wealth for Latino households and a 53% loss for Black households, compared to a 16% loss for White households.” Black and Latinos were at least three times more likely than white borrowers to get subprime loans.

Today, protesters kicked off the week of action by visiting the Wells Fargo branch at 17th and Broadway downtown, where they delivered a list of demands. Those demands include asking that Wells Fargo pay its fair share in taxes, the federally mandated 35% tax rate and increase small business loans. Protesters also demand divestment from for-profit prison companies Geo, Inc. and Corrections Corporation of America. Geo is the operator of an immigration detention center in Aurora. Corrections Corporation of America has helped create anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona, according to a 2010 NPR report. You can read more about today’s action and see photos at the Denver Westword Blogs.

Below is a list of this weeks’ actions. You can also sign up at

Monday, Oct. 24th
• Demands Delivery: Come deliver a letter with our demands to a Wells Fargo branch with us and have it faxed to CEO Jeff Stumpf!
When: 11:30 am. Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

• Outreach: Join our street teams to cover the entire city with our flyers and postcards!
When: 9 am and/or 5 pm Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

Tuesday, Oct. 25th
• National Divestment Action: Close your account with Wells Fargo or any other big Wall Street bank! Download our divestment letter from and bring it along, demand it be faxed to the CEO.
When: 12pm A big delegation will go close their accounts together. You can also participate individually or in small groups on your own. If you close your account, send a picture or statement to
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. (staging area)

Wednesday, Oct. 26th
• Robin Hood flashmob action to deliver #occupytheboardroom messages to local 1%
When: 10 am
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (staging area)

Thursday, Oct. 27th
• Move in Day: Homeowners that Wells Fargo has kicked out of their homes will be moving into a Wells Fargo branch! Come and help us set up a “Fargoville” encampment with tents and furniture! Bring a lamp, a pillow, or other household item to carry with you as we march!
When: 12 pm
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (staging area)

Friday, Oct. 28th
• Student Rally and March to Wells Fargo to demand they divest from GEO, the private prison corporation
When: 4 pm
Where: In front of the Tivoli Student Union, Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver

Saturday, Oct. 29th
• Mass Mobilization with Occupy Denver
When: 12 pm
Where: Civic Center Park, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver

5 years since pizza delivery drivers form a union

Recently facebooking, I saw that a few of my friends had posted an article on a group of pizza delivery drivers that had formed a union for the first time. I was so excited about the story that I didn’t notice the date of the article: 9/22/06

Well, its the 5th anniversary of the formation of the American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers. The formation of a union of food service workers marked a big victory… not only for the workers, but for the labor movement. It’s difficult for fast food workers to organize due to high turnover rates, a workforce of young minimum wage earners, and ease of replacement of the workforce. All of these factors have made it easier for the fiercely anti-union bosses to fight any signs of unionization.

At the time the pizza delivery drivers were going into negotiations with their employer, Domino’s Pizza, Mark Damron, speaking on behalf of the IWW, spoke about the challenges of organizing in the food service industry. [Damron] “said that is changing because older workers are taking service industry jobs that were traditionally held by younger workers.” He went on to say, “As these people move into those jobs, they have higher expectations,” he said. “You are going to see more agitation and expectations among middle-aged men who have been downsized and are now working as baristas or short-order cooks.” ¹

Is this still true? Do older workers doing food service jobs have higher expectations? Unemployment has doubled since 2006, so those looking for work aren’t just those who lost their union jobs due to downsizing and shipping jobs overseas. We have seen some food service workers unionizing or attempting to unionize, with some victories here and there – i.e. Jimmy John’s and Starbucks workers organizing with IWW- but can we continue to grow the movement of food service workers?

1.”Pizza Delivery Drivers form First Union.” USA Today on the Web 9/22/2006. Accessed 9/23/06. <;.

Solidarity wins against Chase!

Jennifer Hickey reports on the outcome of a struggle by Seattle activists to force a branch of Chase bank to return money they owed a customer.

via Solidarity wins against Chase |

New Rule: Bosses Must Inform Workers of Right to Organize – Working In These Times

New Rule: Bosses Must Inform Workers of Right to Organize – Working In These Times. – Read the article!

Employers must now post notices informing workers of their right to organize, to form, and to join labor unions. This rule goes into effect November 14.

Thank you National Labor Relations Board! This is long overdue. I spoke with about 3 workers just over the past week that told me their bosses said they weren’t allowed form a union.

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