Veteran Raises Capital Via Alternative Financing

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -Every veteran entrepreneur needs capital, but investing in them via regulated channels may be the best bet for investors.
Webco Medical & Dental Supplies Co., a Hudson, Florida-based company led by Christopher Cooley, is the first and only dental distribution company to be designated by the U.S. government as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
This designation means that the U.S. government must allocate 5 percent of its budget to purchase dental products and services from Webco.
To support the growth capital Webco needs for this designation, they accessed capital via the Entrex Capital Market System, founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through a tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors with monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
“Working with the Entrex team offers me, as a veteran and entrepreneur, access to a capital market system to support the growth capital needed to help fulfill my vision of Webco,” says Mr. Cooley.
“Without access to capital, my vision would be limited,” adds Cooley in a statement issued by Entrex announcing the first TIGRcub investor purchases for Webco. “I feel Entrex and the TIGRcub offer Webco access to capital that is difficult, if not impossible, to find today,” he adds.
The capital from TIGRcub investors will help Cooley grow the operations, distribution and inventories to help Webco become one of the nation’s leading Dental Distributors.
“Entrex offers a Capital Market System for investors to find, research, track, manage and trade TIGRcub Securities” says Stephen H. Watkins CEO of Entrex.
“Helping Webco, as a veteran-owned business, makes the Entrex team proud not only to support entrepreneurs across America, but to help serve the veterans that guard and defend our nation’s safety,” Watkins continues in his statement.
According to the statement, Watkins feels confident that investors will recognize how well military veterans’ dedication translates into the business sector, and how valuable their support is to a small business that might struggle to find other funding.
“We hope that by supporting veteran-owned businesses and helping investors access this sector, we can support entrepreneurship and the American dream with and through the people that protect us,” he notes.
Visit entrex.net for more information about Entrex’s TIGRcub and Veteran-Owned Business accessing capital.

University Students Take Top Honors at CME Group’s Annual Trading Challenge

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For college students who aspire to work in financial markets, there is no better way to experience trading than participating in CME Group’s annual Trading Challenge.
This year, students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., beat out nearly 600 teams to take the top prize in the 14th annual contest — the first time in three years that the winning team was based in the United States.
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.; Imperial College in London, England; and California University Chico in Chico, Calif., rounded out the top five.
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, hosts its complimentary, electronic trading competition each year to help educate the next generation of finance professionals on derivatives markets in today’s interconnected global economy.
During the four-week competition, students learn hands-on techniques and gain experience that they might not otherwise get by trading up to 10 different CME Group derivatives products from multiple-asset classes on a real-time professional trading platform. Live data and news are also provided to students free of charge.
In addition to the $1500 cash prize awarded to each member of the first-place team, the top five teams receive a cash prize. The top 10 percent of teams are also invited to attend a one-day market education conference in Chicago at CME Group in April.
This year’s competition saw record participation from more than 2,300 students from 35 countries around the world. Students can also try their hand at trading year-round by using CME Group’s Futures Fundamentals site, an innovative resource that offers interactive demonstrations of the role of futures markets in everyday life, along with a trading simulator.
“We are continually impressed with the participants, who are students studying business, finance, agriculture and economics at some of the world’s best universities,” says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications. “For many, this is their first hands-on experience in the markets. Inspiring the best and brightest students is a priority for CME Group around the world, and we think the Challenge does just that.”
Registration for next year’s competition will open in early 2018. To learn more about the Trading Challenge, visit http://www.cmegroup.com/education/trading_challenge.html

Telecom and Cloud Service Options Expand in Africa

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Affordable mobile telecommunications in Africa are expanding through a joint venture between two Virginia-based companies.
“Our 20-20-20 goal is to serve 20 million Africans in 20 countries by 2020,” says Paul Delkaso, managing member of the Virginia-based Artilium-Africa, and president and CEO of Tristar and Tritente Global Energy Group.
“Africa’s population across 54 countries is 1.2 billion. To be able to reach the maximum number of people most cost-effectively, our strategy is to partner with existing mobile operators to expand their customer base, while also looking for strategic opportunities,” he says in a statement.
Artilium-Africa is a collaboration between an established Belgian telecommunications company and the Tritente Global Energy Group (TSMPG.com), an organization launching $4.6 billion worth of renewable energy and transmission infrastructure in Africa. Artilium-Africa has initial arrangements in place with mobile operators in five African countries to provide cloud and telecom services.
Artilium provides software to network operators and service providers. One of the key benefits of the service is Artilium’s signature product, the ARTA Mobile Applications Platform. The platform enables network operators to open networks to third party developers and launch new services with elements from both telecom and web environments. The service is designed to optimize the way customers in Africa use mobile technology, whether to pay bills, manage data, or connect with the world.
Artilium-Africa has the potential to leapfrog over mobile competitors Facebook and Google in pursuit of the African audience, according to a company statement. The Artilium software allows for 80 percent to 90 percent cost savings and fast connectivity, while the decentralized design allows for inexpensive deployment of cloud, telecom, and value-added services. In addition, the company’s credibility with many Sub-Saharan countries has facilitated several contracts that comply with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. University partnerships also may help build the Artilium network capacity in Africa.
Artilium-Africa has an exclusive license for Africa to deploy its disruptive 700-terabyte, 15-kwh micro data center, which requires about as much power as a vacuum cleaner and takes up about as much space as a small refrigerator. The company is integrating this micro data center with its “All-in-One-App,” with features that include bill paying, chatting, and connecting with services such as hallo doctors or hallo taxis. “Think PayPal, WeChat,Viber, WebMD et. al., rolled into one All in-one App and tailored to Africa,” says Delkaso.
Visit artilium-africa.com to learn more about the company’s partnerships and potential.

Entrepreneurs Provide TIPS! Monthly Yield Now Makes Sense

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -The ability to invest in cash-flowing and profitable entrepreneurs has disappeared with the loss of the regional exchanges in Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle, among others. Local investors have lost the ability to invest locally — easily.
The Entrex Capital Market System was founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through their tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
The Entrex Market Index, or EMI, is similar to Nasdaq’s Composite Index — yet it offers monthly yield returns to investors via TIPS, or TIGRcub Interest Payments.
“The investor benefit, compared to the NASDAQ composite, is monthly yield payments from a diversified basket of entrepreneurial companies — without having to liquidate your holdings,” Stephen H. Watkins, CEO of The Entrex Capital Market, says in a statement.
The companies under the umbrella of the EMI include those with revenue ranging from $5 million to $250 million, a largely underserved sector of the United States economy, according to the Entrex statement.
The TIGRcub financing option is available for both public and private companies; they can use the Regulation D exemption through the Entrex Capital Market System to offer their TIGRcub securities through placement brokers in an initial offering process similar to that of a typical Initial Public Offering.
Each company can sell up to 10 percent of its TIGRcub offering to the EMI, which allows for diverse monthly yield investments that take advantage of the cash flow and growth opportunities across the entrepreneurial sector, according to the Entrex statement.
“Revenue is the tangible performance line of the company or the ‘Top Line,’ something that is so different from investing in the volatility of the equity markets, which is often more investor sentiment and speculation than corporate performance,” Mr. Watkins explains in a statement regarding Overstock.com, one of the companies that has issued a TIGRcub.
“TIGRcub Securities provide a monthly cash-flowing return for investors, eliminating a lot of the downfalls of equity or stock-based investing,” he adds.
Visit www.entrexmarketindex.com to view the index and some of the companies listed, and visit www.entrex.net for more details about the company’s strategies and mission.

Help Protect The Young Adult Lifestyle

(NewsUSA) – Young adults have ambitious future plans and want to experience a lot throughout their lifetime.Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and many are unaware that their futures are vulnerable to unexpected medical costs. When an illness or injury occurs, medical bills can put financial health at risk and cause fun experiences to become unaffordable luxuries. By helping to pay costs not typically covered by major medical, supplemental insurance like Aflac can help young adults continue to experience the life they love.Learn more at www.aflac.com/lifestyleSee full-sized image here. 

Biotech Company Files Two More Patents for Proprietary Cancer Cure

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It is the disease that cost more than 8 million people their lives in 2012 and sees 14 million diagnosed every year. It comes in many forms and there is no cure — yet.
Part of the problem in finding a cure is that while scientists used to think they knew how cancer operated, it is only in the last decade that they have been able to better understand this insidious disease. Cancer is much more complex than originally thought.
But one company thinks it may have a solution. Propanc Health Group Corporation (OTCB: PPCH) is focusing on developing treatments for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors such as pancreatic, ovarian, and colorectal cancers.
Up until recently, the company had four patent applications for its lead product, PRP, a proenzyme, anti-cancer compound which targets cancer stem cell eradication while sparing normal stem cells. Now the company has added two more to its portfolio.
“I have no doubt PRP represents a new therapeutic drug class with significant potential [because] when confirming PRP’s effectiveness across a broad range of cancers, we also confirmed a synergistic response between the two proenzymes to the majority of cancer cell lines tested,” says Dr. Julian Kenyon, Propane’s Chief Scientific Officer. “We also noticed that for some cancer types, multiple combinations of the two proenzymes proved to be effective.”
Propanc recently met with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to discuss formal pre-clinical and clinical development of PRP. In addition, the company said it intends to apply for orphan drug designation for pancreatic and ovarian cancers in the US and Europe in the near future.
With the advent of five new patents, this biotech company is catching the eye of investors. In March 2016, Propanc received more than $1 million from an institutional investor for the purpose of fast-tracking its pre-clinical activities, bringing its received total to approximately $3.6 million.
According to Global Analyst Reports, the combined world market for pancreatic, ovarian and colorectal cancers is expected to reach more than $12 billion by 2020.
To learn more, please visit www.propanc.com.

Talking about Estate Planning Needs to Happen Sooner Rather Than Later

There are subjects in life that need to be discussed, but many of us tend to avoid them. Issues like mortality and money top the list. As parents and children grow older, a must-have conversation should be the topic of estate planning, but do we know all that we should?

According to Fidelity Investments’ “ Family & Finance Study,” the answer is a resounding — and rather scary — “no.” In fact, seven out of 10 of children underestimated their parents’ estate by an average of $278,000. That’s a big number between knowing what is going on and not understanding at all. It illustrates a breakdown in communication that Kevin Ruth, head of Fidelity’s wealth planning and personal trust, says badly needs addressing through ‘frank conversations” between parents and their adult children.

Unsure What to Do With Your Old 401(k)? Fidelity Can Help

If you recently started a new job or if you’re between gigs and “exploring other opportunities,” you still need to decide what to do with your old 401(k) from your previous employer.

It’s been estimated that there are about 15 million such accounts left behind by former employees, mainly because of either inertia or confusion over strict rules for moving the money. And since the IRS doesn’t allow procrastinating on a key decision — if you withdraw even a dime, you’ve got just 60 days to reallocate into a different tax-advantaged account — here’s a rundown of your options to avoid what could be a costly mistake:

Mini-Documentary Series Brings Economics To Life

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Economics comes to life for students in a new, compelling, three-part mini-documentary series by Discovery Digital Networks’ Seeker, and partnered with CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace.
Seeker is a digital network dedicated to the spirit of adventure and the pursuit of wonder. Each episode of the three-part series –appropriate for students in grades 6-12 — enlivens economic topics by transporting viewers across the globe and showcasing people overcoming challenges that pertain to agriculture, finance and energy.
The five-minute video episodes are:
* How Algae Could Change the Fossil Fuel Industry: Students meet a CEO of the company developing new techniques to convert algae into energy. They learn about the challenges associated with bringing new and innovative technologies to market and reaching a sufficient scale to make the solutions viable.
* Why the U.S. Needs a New Generation of Farmers: Viewers meet the owner of a farm who is fulfilling her dream of responsibly providing meat for members of her community. Students learn about the challenges associated with food production, including the trend that few young people are choosing to farm.
* Owning a Restaurant Under the Cuban Embargo: Students hear from a restaurant owner operating in Cuba, a country that historically has been a command economy in which production, prices, incomes and investment are centrally determined by the government. With market reforms occurring and relations with the United States improving, new opportunities have arisen for people to start businesses.
“These thought-provoking videos, offered alongside an engaging classroom activity, reinforce fundamental economic concepts in real-world contexts — food, fuel, and finance,” says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications.
CME Group is proud to partner with Discovery Education, the leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12. It transforms teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development and assessment tools. It serves 4.5 million educators and more than 50 million students in more than 50 countries.

Toques modernos a la celebración tradicional del Día de los Muertos

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Es imposible ignorar las caras pintadas, las vestimentas tradicionales y las deliciosas recetas típicas del Día de los Muertos. Considerada una de las tradiciones hispanas más importantes, la celebración del Día de los Muertos se lleva a cabo durante varios días y se puede alargar aún más tiempo cuando se crean altares y se preparan recetas tradicionales. Bien ya estés preparando un plato típico para un altar, decorando tu hogar o cambiando tu look, en JCPenney hemos reunido artículos básicos y asequibles para pasar este Día de los Muertos.
La comida es parte importante del Día de los Muertos y el “Pan de Muerto” es la receta estrella de esta fiesta. Dale forma a la masa para que se parezca a las tradicionales calaveras y huesos. Simplemente coloca la masa en una bandeja de porcelana Tramontina y prepárate para disfrutar de esta deliciosa receta. Para el postre, endulza la velada con “Calabazas en Techa”. Saltea calabazas y especias en una sartén de cerámica antiadherente Fiesta y deleita el paladar de tus familiares y amigos. A continuación déjalo reposar en un juego de recipientes para comida Pyrex para que los sabores se mezclen durante la noche. Sirve ambas comidas en los mismos platos para ahorrarte tiempo a la hora de limpiarlos.
Dale vida a su hogar
Haz que tus huéspedes se sientan cómodos. Coloca una alfombra con calaveras Mohawk Home Sugar Trio para que los invitados se emocionen apenas lleguen. Adorna tu salón con unos cojines con forma de calavera JCPenney Home Sugar y haz que tus invitados se sientan como en casa. En la cocina, las tazas con forma de calavera Cathy’s Concepts His & Hers son perfectas para un “champurrado” o un “té de Jamaica” caliente. Finalmente, añade un toque de iluminación colocando luces y velas por toda la casa para obtener un brillo especial.
Consigue la apariencia de las Calaveras
El símbolo más familiar del Día de los Muertos es la calavera Catrina, diosa de esta fiesta. Vístete para la ocasión con un reloj con diseño de calaveras y tira de cuero Olivia o un vestido sin mangas Bisou Bisou. Acompáñalo con cintas y bandas de flores para la cabeza Carole para conseguir un look perfecto. Los hombres pueden utilizar los gemelos multicolores con calaveras Day of the Dead para celebrar esta festividad de una manera sutil.
Aunque el Día de los Muertos honra a los seres queridos que ya no están con nosotros, también se trata de una ocasión para celebrar la vida y sus momentos especiales. Añadiendo toques modernos a la tradicional celebración del Día de los Muertos, se puede crear una ocasión inolvidable de forma rápida y fácil.
Para más información, visite www.jcpenney.com.