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Popular SEO techniques for start ups

People who succeed in SEO have expertise in doing two things quite well. Firstly, they can identify effective SEO techniques that would definite results. Second, they employ cent percent of their resources into scaling and executing those techniques. If you are wondering which SEO techniques can actually do the work for you, go through these solid techniques and try executing them.

Search for broken link building opportunities- Broken link building is a white hat SEO strategy that is scalable and a lot powerful. However, locating them can be a huge pain unless you know a little bit about Wikipedia’s editing system. Whenever Wiki editor stumbles upon a dead link, it doesn’t delete that link right away. Instead a footnote saying “dead link” is added next to it. You could use it to your advantage by re creating that dead resource on your website and replacing the dead link with yours in Wikipedia.

Find link prospects: If you have been in this SEO game for long, you must know that best link opportunities usually come from people who have shared similar or relevant content in past. You can make use of various popular bookmarking sites for finding people who have shared content within your niche industry.

Copy Adwords Ads for making killer titles as well as description tags: Description tags and compelling titles acquire more clicks in search engine result pages. But how could you possibly know what users want to click upon? Look at the keyword’s Adwords ads. Adwords Ads that you see while searching for competitive keywords are results of numerous split tests for maximizing clicks. You can use the elements from the ads for turning your description tags and titles into chick magnets.

Build a private blog network. Having your own network of authority blogs can be very rewarding. You have complete control over all of you back links. Building a PBN can be time consuming. Here is a guide on how to build a private blog network: http://doseoyourself.com/build-your-own-private-blog-network-the-right-way/

Be social- Lately, everyone realizes the power and potent of social networking sites. Social platforms like Facebook and Twitter are excellent places to go. You not only get the benefit of spreading your message out but you also get immeasurable bonus of acquiring more unique links to your site which is great for boosting your website ranking. Identify people with whom you would like to connect and build your relationships naturally with them.

Focus on content creation- Publishing regular content on your site increases the variety and number of keywords. By enhancing keyword exposure, you may earn yourself free traffic through natural search phrases that you never targeted on your site even. Secondly, posting valuable and informative content is an excellent way of building relationships with your customers and prospects. Since the time on site and bounce rates play essential roles in search engine algorithms, your relationship quality with them could actually improve your rankings in SERPs.

Try Guest posting- Guest posting is an important link building technique. As guest author, you can provide blog posts in exchange for back links to your site. When that is done, you can receive highly relevant, high quality back links that would substantially increase your search engine rankings in natural search results as well as increase the amount of traffic that flows to your website.

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Gate Automation

Automated Gates
In both residential and commercial sites, automated gates are becoming more and more popular. They not only increase security, they make it easier to monitor who goes in and out of a site or a home without having to walk all the way to the gate whenever there is a caller. You can find automated gates in three kinds of materials – iron, wood and aluminum, but for this article, we will focus on automatic iron gates.
How they work
Most automated gates work in one of two ways: they can use a swing system or they can use a sliding system. A swing system opens in much the way that you would open a gate yourself – it moves it away from the entrance to make way.
The control mechanism for a swing system automatic metal gate is found in the pillar that holds the gate, with the gate positioned right above it. The motion is triggered by remote control. Once the button is pressed, it sets off a series of lever movements that then move the gate open. The opposite of those motions will close the gate.
A sliding system works like a garage door – the gate folds into a roll when the button is pressed. It requires a foundation track that runs across the pillars, and then rollers in the foundation track. The motor is usually installed out of view behind the pillars for security reasons. Once the trigger is hit on the remote control device, a motion triggers the rollers which then pull the gate either in or out.
What you should take into account when shopping for automated metal gates
There are all sorts of gates in the market so shopping might not be all that easy. Here are some pointers that can guide you to the right gate for you.
•How you want to communicate
Do you want to use CCTV or voice to communicate with a visitor? If you do, prepare a place to mount your camera or buzzer that is convenient, like near the front door or near the reception desk.
•Automatic closing
There are gates that you ca set to close automatically after you get in and there are those that require a manual trigger. The automatic ones are obviously better in terms of convenience but they are a bit more expensive. They are however important when you have children and pets, to prevent them from wandering out of the compound. They also reduce the possibility of someone accidentally leaving the door open.
How much privacy do you need? This affects the kind of gate that you buy. There are some automated iron gates that can be programmed to let through only one car, like if someone lives alone. If there will be many different cars however, you need a gate that allows them all through as soon as a button is pushed.
The world of automated gates is full of different designs. You might have to take some time to look through what is available before you make a decision. The best thing to do is to either contact a gate manufacturing company for a catalogue or look at different designs online.
As with all things automated, you want a gate that is not too sensitive to the elements. Your gate takes a lot of beating from the weather, but you don’t want a model that is easily affected and that requires frequent repairs. Go for something that is known for being sturdy.
How fast do you want your gate to open? The average one takes about 2 seconds which is okay if you are not in a high risk area. If you live in a place that’s high risk, you might want a gate that opens fast and closes fast. Note that snow can affect the speed at which your gate opens because of its weight. If there is a snowfall, sweep off the snow before you open the gate.
Most maintenance for automated metal gates requires greasing and checking up on the motor and electrical parts. Choose a gate that does nit require maintenance very often.
Lastly, before you buy any automated iron gates, shop and compare prices. ADGates offer a wide range. The best gate is the one that has the features that you want and that is within your budget range, allowing of course for a little more or a little less. http://www.automatedgates-uk.com/
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Gates and Railings

Wrought Iron Gates and Railings

Wrought iron gates and railings are an excellent way to introduce a touch of class in any home. Rails are usually found inside the house, lining areas around the stairs and upper floors to prevent people and objects from falling over, and they are also used to make fences. Wrought iron gates, on the other hand, are used as entrances to porches, gardens and for entire compounds. For a homeowner who is looking to make installations in your home that will last a long time, wrought iron gates and railings come highly recommended, and here is why:
1.They last a long time. In fact, when it comes to fencing, there is probably nothing in the market that can last as long as wrought iron. So long as you have the iron itself treated properly to prevent rust and then cleaned and maintained regularly, you should have your wrought iron gates and railing should last a long time.
2.They are harder to breach in terms of security. If you want a fence and a gate made of something stronger than wood, think wrought iron. Because it can be fashioned as spikes at the tips, it makes it impossible for someone to climb over without hurting themselves. Think of it as an additional safety feature for your home.
3.Wrought iron gates can be combined with other materials for a more aesthetic finish. Say you want to fence your compound using concrete blocks; even when well finished, they can do with a boost in terms of aesthetics. One of the things you can do to make your fence look more appealing is install a wrought iron gate.
4.Both railings and gates come in all different kinds of designs so you can definitely find something that is appealing to your taste. If you have looked unsuccessfully, you should consider having custom made wrought iron gates and railings; it may cost a little more but you will get something that suits your needs completely.
5.If you live in a place that has a great view, a wrought iron fence and gate are an excellent way to make sure that you don’t obscure it. Other fences are rather solid, but because wrought iron is made into thin bars that you can see through, you get to keep your view.
How to choose the best wrought irons gates and railings
The first thing that you should know is that you can get cast iron and wrought iron gates and railings. Cast iron is cheaper and in some instances not as durable. Confirm with your vendor that they are selling you wrought iron. You can visit http://www.adgates.net for a selection of wrought iron gates and raiings
Next, think about the area that you want it in. This determines how much of it you will need and this in turn determines how much you want to spend. If you don’t have a big enough budget, think about doing the fence in another material and then improving it by installing a wrought iron gate.
Think about design. This can be time consuming – there are numerous designs to choose from. If you are looking purely for aesthetics, you can go for whatever pleases you. If you want added security, look at designs that have security features. This may include that the gate and railings are taller than usual, that the top is lined with spikes and so on. As you choose a design, remember that it has a bearing on price, the more intricate it is, the more work required and this makes intricate pieces more expensive.
Don’t stick to the usual black that comes with wrought iron; you can have it colored differently so look for a vendor who is ready to do this. Within the wrought iron itself, some vendors are able to add wood and this gives an even more beautiful finish.
Make sure, before you buy, that you will get both shipping and installation. Most companies that sell wrought iron gates and railings are ready to ship, but just confirm in case you need to make separate arrangements. Have them also do the fitting – they have the in-house expertise for this.
Finally, don’t buy wrought iron gates and railings without comparing costs. There are lots of vendors out there and there are some who are willing to offer you pretty reasonable deals. Compare the ones in your area and then choose the one with the best prices for the best work.

Fiberon Decking Announces Top Three Winning Outdoor Living Space Designs from FiberPRO Photo Contest

New London, North Carolina (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

Building an outdoor living space that suits the exact needs of an individual requires critical thinking and creativity. The deck builders who employ Fiberons FiberPRO services understand how to exceed their clients standards and build outdoor living space masterpieces.

Judged by social media users, the three winners are Buz Gardiner of Gardiner Construction, Inc., Robert Shaw of Colorado Deck and Framing, and Ivana Biela of Echelon Custom Homes.

These three winning photos represent quality craftsmanship. Using durable, elegant, and environmentally friendly materials, these home improvement specialists have created remarkable decking products that are equally beautiful and functional.

In this way, the winners not only create quality work, but they also fulfill the unique needs of their clients. The third-place winner, for example, consists of a two-story design that promotes recreation and rest with a deck that enables swimming in the pool and reading on the balcony.

According to Fiberons Director of Marketing Communications, Edie Kello, all three winners embody the best parts of life.

Our first-place winner, Buz Gardiner, designed a rounded deck that creates a special space, conducive to both social get-togethers and alone time. Simply look at the design, and you can see yourself doing anything you want out there, a dance floor or a place for solitude or meditation. Thats what Fiberon FiberPROs create for their clients.

With the voting responsibility placed in Facebook and Twitter users hands, fans of Fiberon cast their ballots for a variety of reasons. From design elements to the inclusion of recreational accessories, the comments centered on any number of elements.

With this free-for-all voting approach, Fiberons VP of marketing, Shellie Sellards discusses how the FiberPRO Photo Contest ended up being a close call.

Just a few votes separated the three winners. Only 27 Facebook Likes came between the first- and second-place winners. It could have gone either way, especially since voters particularly enjoyed the high output fire pit centered in Robert Shaws creation. Even though it took second-place, this outdoor living space easily could have won first-place.

With National Enjoy Your Deck Day not far off on June 7, this photo contest should give more than a few ideas on how to celebrate. To find out more about this contest and the upcoming deck day celebration, visit Fiberons website at http://www.fiberondecking.com.

About Fiberon

Fiberon is a leading manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing, and fencing products available around the globe. Through cutting-edge, American-based manufacturing, Fiberon has created new benchmarks for innovation in outdoor living products. The company is a leader in sustainable practices, with innovative manufacturing processes that capture 98.5% of waste materials, and divert 50,000 tons of wood and plastic from landfills each year. Fiberon, a proud sponsor of NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association), is privately owned with operations in North Carolina and Idaho. For more information, visit http://www.fiberondecking.com and follow Fiberon on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Fun & Unique New No-Cost App Memento: I Know this Place from Fancy Pixel S.r.l. Lets Users Share a Pic, Guess the Location, Earn Points, Win Tickets & Collect Stamps

Cupertino, CA (PRWEB) May 28, 2014

People who love taking pictures on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can now add a whole new world of fun, excitement and competition to their lives by downloading the unique new no-cost app Memento: I Know this Place from developer Fancy Pixel S.r.l.

With Memento: I Know this Place, users upload their favorite geotagged pictures whether its of a place, landmark, scene or anything else that they wish and then invite other users to try and guess where it was taken. Those who guess correctly earn points and climb the Game Center rankings. They also earn Memento Tickets, which can be saved and used to get hints on future pictures.

Other Memento: I Know this Place special features include the ability to:

> Take a picture directly from the app or upload a photo from their devices camera roll

> Create a custom profile that features an avatar or a headshot, and browse through the profiles of other users

> Comment and like pictures to encourage or congratulate other users who guess correctly

> Earn cool Memento Stamps for performing various tasks, such as uploading ones first picture, chatting and socializing with other users, and several more

> Enable or disable sounds based on where they are (e.g. on a flight, in a library, and so on)

> Tag pictures as Private so that theyre only visible to friends, or make them Public so that all users can view and guess

With Memento: I Know this Place, users can prove that theyre a savvy world traveler and really put their memory and sleuthing skills to the test, commented Andrea Mazzini of Fancy Pixel S.r.l. Its a great way to connect with others, have fun, and maybe even get inspired to hop in the car, bus, train or plane and see some wonderful new sights in up close and in person.

Memento: I Know this Place, the fun and unique new no-cost app that lets users share a pic, guess the location, earn points, win tickets, and collect stamps, is available now in the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/app/memento-i-know-this-place/id698153906. The app requires iOS7.

Additional app information, including screenshots, is available at: http://memento.fancypixel.it/.

For all other information or media inquiries, contact Mark Johnson on behalf of Fancy Pixel S.r.l at +1 408 757 0156 or press (at)appshout(dot)com.

About Fancy Pixel S.r.l

Fancy Pixel is a startup founded in October 2013, and we are four young Italian engineers that worked together in a research lab of the University of Ferrara.

During this period we formed a strong friendship, and given our passion for new technologies we decided to found our own startup.

We specialize in designing and developing mobile app for iOS and Android and web apps with Rails. We also have a lot of experience in embedded systems and everything that revolves around the Internet of Things.

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Sharing and Caring About What Happens in Aptos

Aptos, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2014

A group of Aptos residents have worked to create a new online publication for people who live, work, or play in the coastal California town of Aptos. The online resource is known as AptosCommunityNews.org, and the site has quickly become the most popular source for news about Aptos, California.

Aptos feels like a small town, but theres a lot going on here, relates Sebastian Frey, a member of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce and one of the sites founders. Mr. Frey continued, Its spread out geographically, from the beaches, to the farmland and to the mountains, and there are all kinds of nice activities that a lot of people just dont know about, because they arent well-publicized. The new web site will help people discover more about their town.

The web site features a community calendar, breaking news of interest specifically to the Aptos community, and a host of information regarding the various neighborhoods, events, restaurants, schools, shopping, and recreation/leisure opportunities that the area offers.

In particular, the site is dedicated to tracking a number of projects which are underway that will affect the quality of life for Aptos residents. These projects include, but are not limited to, the Aptos Village redevelopment, the expansion of the Rancho del Mar shopping center, the widening of California Highway 1, and the Santa Cruz Rail Trail, among others.

According to Mr. Frey, Aptos has a timeless quality about it, which is something that residents and visitors alike really treasure. But the pace of change is accelerating, and the Aptos of the near future may be much different than its recent past. We hope the web site will serve to get more people involved in shaping the changes which are coming, so together we can create a better community that really works for all the stakeholders.

Interested parties are invited to use the web site, join, and participate at http://AptosCommunityNews.org.

About AptosCommunityNews.org

Launched in November 2013, the web site was developed using WordPress, allowing it to be quickly deployed and easily updated and modified. The site utilizes information from around the web, curating news, opinion, video, photos, Yelp reviews, Twitter messages, and much more to provide the most extensive collection of what’s new in Aptos.

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Research Report on Industrial Fasteners Market in 2018: Transparency Market Research

Albany, New York (PRWEB) May 20, 2014

According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research “Industrial Fasteners Market (Externally Threaded, Aerospace Grade and Standard) for Automotive OEM, Machinery OEM, MRO and Construction Applications – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 – 2018,” the global demand for industrial fasteners was valued at USD 65.50 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 94.65 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2012 to 2018.

Fasteners are devices which are used to mechanically join two or more components, devices or surfaces together. The commonly used fasteners include nails, screws, nut, bolts, clips, rivets, pins and washers. The basic requirements for fasteners are that they must be strong enough to handle loads and pressure, must be cost effective, easy to use, resistive to corrosion and aesthetic. They find application across a wide range of sectors such as automobiles, construction, electronics, machineries, industries and other everyday applications. Increasing demand for automobiles particularly in countries such as China, Brazil and India is an important factor which is expected to contribute to the growth of the fasteners market over the forecast period. Development of tailor-made fasteners to suit rapidly growing niche application sectors such as rail road and solar equipment is expected to open new opportunities for the growth of the market in the near future.

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Externally threaded fastener was the largest product segment of industrial fasteners accounting for 45% of the market in 2011. These fasteners are used in a variety of applications including construction, automotives, durable goods, industrial and domestic machines and other OEM segments. This product segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment on account of rising demand for durable goods. Other factors such as increasing construction activities and industrialization are expected to drive the demand for externally threaded fasteners. The consumption for standard fasteners accounted for over 30% of the market in 2011.

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Usage of industrial fasteners in other OEMs was the largest application segment of the market accounting for over 30% in 2011. However, the demand for fasteners from construction sector is expected to be highest on account of rising construction activities in Asia Pacific. Renovation and restructuring activities in matured markets of North America and Europe are expected to contribute significantly to the demand for fasteners in construction. Demand for fasteners from automotive OEM is expected to be higher than average on account of increasing demand for automobiles in countries such as China and India due to growing disposable income of consumers in this region. In addition, replacement activities are highly prevalent in North America and Europe. These factors are expected to drive the global demand for industrial fasteners in their use in automotive OEM over the forecast period. Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) was the third largest application segment for industrial fasteners. However, this segment is expected to show the slowest growth on account of rising consumer preference towards replacement of goods.

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Asia Pacific accounted for the largest demand for industrial fasteners followed by the demand in Western Europe. Asia Pacific accounted for 40% of the total market in 2011. Rapid industrialization which led to improved economic conditions has led to rising construction activities for residential and non-residential buildings. In addition, industrialization has led to a growth of machinery OEM market in this region. Furthermore, favorable economic conditions have led to rising disposable income of consumers, thus, driving the demand for durable goods. These factors are expected to boost the demand for fasteners in this region over the next six years. Changing economic conditions of countries present in rest of the world such as Brazil is expected to drive the demand for fasteners over the near future. Moreover, increasing construction activities in Middle East and Africa are expected to further fuel the demand for fasteners.

Some of the key players present in the market include Alcoa Incorporated, Illinois Tool Works Incorporated, LISI Group, NIFCO and Precision Castparts Corporation. Other prominent players include Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation, Stanley Black & Decker and ITW.

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Business Development Leader Jonathan Lee Joins HNTB Corporation as Mid-Atlantic District Sales Manager

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 14, 2014

Jonathan Lee has joined HNTB Corporation as mid-Atlantic district sales manager. With 14 years of experience in business development, communications and government consulting and seven years of mid-Atlantic transportation industry-focused experience, Lee will work to achieve HNTBs growth goals in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia with railroad, transit, highway/departments of transportation, aviation and other infrastructure clients.

He is based in the firms Arlington office and will work closely with mid-Atlantic district management to raise the firms profile among clients and within the industry.

Jonathans knowledge of the transportation market and big-project experience is a tremendous fit for our clients who expect the highest levels of expertise from HNTB, said Nick Antonucci, PE, vice president and mid-Atlantic district leader. His prior experience demonstrates his ability to make important contacts within the industry, bring solutions and win major projects.

Currently, Lee is active in a number of organizations, including serving as rail and transit chair, Transportation Committee, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington; serves on various American Public Transportation Association committees in Washington, D.C.; and serves as director, Campbell University National Alumni Association in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Previously, Lee served on the Alumni Council Board of The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the American Society of Public Administration, Washington, D.C.

Lee earned a Master of Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C. He also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business from Campbell University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

About HNTB

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and construction contractors. With a century of service in the U.S. and more than 60 years in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients from offices throughout the mid-Atlantic region, currently employing approximately 125 full-time professionals in Virginia. HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program delivery and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.

SafeRack Appoints Jeff Reichert to President

Charleston, SC (PRWEB) May 14, 2014

SafeRack, an industry leader specializing in loading rack technologies for trucks, railcars and industrial safety applications, announced the appointment of Jeff Reichert to President. The announcement was made by co-founders Fred Harmon and Rob Honeycutt who said, Jeff is a tremendous asset to our rapidly growing company, and we anticipate continued growth under his strong leadership.

Mr. Reichert brings more than 28 years operational and P&L experience from several industry verticals including aerospace, machine tools, and critical fluid handling systems for the chemical and industrial business spaces. During his career, he has managed the global activities of business units located in Brazil, China, Europe, India and Japan. Mr. Reichert holds an M.B.A. in Operations Management from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

“Im pleased to lead SafeRacks expansion and delighted to work with such a talented and dedicated team,” said Reichert.

Reichert relocated from Liberty Township (Cincinnati), Ohio to Pawleys Island, S.C. with his wife and four children. He will be based in SafeRacks Andrews, S.C. manufacturing facility.

About SafeRack:

SafeRack is a SixAxis LLC company based in Andrews, SC. Founded in 2002, the company manufactures industrial safety products and provides turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services that improve worker safety and productivity in truck, railcar and industrial loading applications. SafeRack gangways and loading platforms are engineered and configured to comply with safety regulations, delivering a fall protection system that’s easy to operate and requires little maintenance. Many of the world’s leading rail and truck carriers of crude oil, liquid natural gas, and other liquid products trust SafeRack for their unparalleled delivery speed, service and quality.

For more information, download the SafeRack Extended Product catalog. To learn more about SafeRack loading technologies, visit the SafeRack website or call (866) 761-7225.

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How far would you go to obtain rail tickets to Europe: Voyages-sncf.com shows you the hard and the easy way to book European rail travel

(PRWEB UK) 14 May 2014

The ease with which it is now possible to book rail travel throughout Europe, is highlighted today with the launch of Voyages-sncf.coms brand new digital campaign aimed at the British consumer market.

Featuring a tongue-in-cheek video, the general public can compare #TheHardWay to book versus #TheEasyWay this summer, showcased by the simplicity of booking via Voyages-sncf.coms newly streamlined website.

Keen to debunk the myth that booking European train tickets is a difficult process, Voyages-sncf.com gently pokes fun at people attempting to overcome a wide range of obstacles preventing them from booking. The video, shot at a number of locations around the London, shows potential travellers opting to acquire tickets by either #TheEasyWay (via Voyages-sncf.com) or #TheHardWay, which involves a number of antics including scrambling up lampposts, manoeuvring on moving buses and dodging tigers!

Purchasing tickets with Voyages-sncf.com, the UKs leading European rail ticket agency, is now as easy as ABC:

Train Chartering school charter success puts focus on education travel for large groups, short or long distance, across the rail network

Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK (PRWEB UK) 9 May 2014

Following a recent school charter train, Train Chartering is focusing more resources on arranging rail travel for large groups of schoolchildren and young people, which can otherwise pose logistical issues for the education sector.

Train travel options include:

Arizona State University Seeks Arizona Entrepreneurs for Accelerator Program

Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) May 06, 2014

Are you an Arizona entrepreneur with a budding venture youre ready to take to the next level? Could your great business idea benefit from mentorship, exclusive access to training and workspace, and the opportunity to secure funding from investors? If so, apply to be part of the next cohort of Arizona State Universitys Startup Accelerator program. Applications are due May 30, 2014, and space is limited.

Based at ASU SkySong in Scottsdale, the ASU Startup Accelerator strategically supports and guides startup companies as they develop products and services, build a customer base and secure funding. Arizona-based ventures in all sectors are encouraged to apply. The program is open to both ASU and non-ASU applicants, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

The ASU Startup Accelerator provides invaluable connections, resources and guidance for Arizonas emerging ventures, said Gordon McConnell, associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation in ASUs Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the states entrepreneurs to move their startups forward.

The ASU Startup Accelerator runs two six-month accelerator cycles each year, and up to 12 startups are accepted into each cycle. Ventures in the accelerator receive:

Connections to more than 300 mentors with extensive experience
Exclusive training opportunities, including ASUs Rapid Startup School
Collaborative workspace at ASU SkySong
Access to services from tech companies such as Google, Microsoft and Rackspace
Participation in a demo day with investors

The accelerator, which was created and is managed by ASUs Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, has been designed to nurture companies from all sectors. Participants in the current cohort are commercializing technologies ranging from mobile railroad crossings (Rail X) and nanocrystalline magnetic materials (Rayn Innovations) to customizable financial services (Set for Life Financial) and molecular medical diagnostics (Iron Horse Diagnostics). The interaction among participants working on diverse technologies and the different perspectives they share with each other are unique strengths of the program.

The diversity of businesses that benefit from the ASU Startup Accelerator is reflected in the current accelerator cohort, which includes:

Arium Learning Technologies
Bosse Tools
Iron Horse Diagnostics
Nutritional Health Awareness
Pivotal Energy Solutions
Rail X
Rayn Innovations
Set for Life Financial
TF Health
Volatus Logic
Yo! Moments

The companies in the current cohort have moved their businesses forward by leaps and bounds during the last accelerator cycle, said Fred von Graf, the ASU venture manager who leads the accelerator. We look forward to helping even more Arizona startups advance their ventures during the next cycle.

Teams interested in participating in the ASU Startup Accelerator must complete an online application describing their business model, team and target market. Companies will be selected based on the nature of their business idea and the team behind it and are not required to have any affiliation with ASU.

In recognition of the innovation ecosystem that ASU has created, U.S. News and World Report recently ranked ASU second among the countrys most innovative schools. Participants in the ASU Startup Accelerator will directly benefit from the resources and entrepreneurial spirit that have created this ecosystem.

Apply now to be part of the ASU Startup Accelerator and maximize the potential of your business with mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, training and resources designed specifically for startups, and opportunities to secure funding. Apply online by May 30, 2014.

Colorado’s Devil’s Thumb Ranch Opens New High Lonesome Lodge, Barn, Pavilion & Wine Grotto

Tabernash, Colo. (PRWEB) May 01, 2014

Continuing its focus on sustainability and eco-friendly pampering while accommodating the needs and interests of guests, corporate groups and bridal parties, Devils Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa has officially opened the new High Lonesome Lodge, Barn & Pavilion.

About Devils Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

Located 65 miles west of Denver and 10 minutes west of Winter Park Ski Resort, Devils Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is a year round, eco-friendly and award-winning 6,000-acre guest ranch resort, spa, corporate retreat and weddings destination, with full-service meeting and special event space for 10-350 people. The Ranch has been recognized and honored worldwide for its environmentally friendly remodeling and restoration programs, commitment to historic preservation, green meeting facilities, sustainable and locally focused dining and Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

The Ranch offers secluded cabins with EPA approved low-emission fireplaces and kitchen facilities, a guest lodge built in the style of National Park Lodges, two restaurants, 100+ km Nordic trail system for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, a professional horsemanship program and stables for trail riding, skill training and feed rides as well as hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, zip-lining, stand up paddle boarding, and a nature-based, 18,000 sq. ft. restorative spa featuring massage, facials, body wraps, soaks and more.

High Lonesome Lodge

Nestled in the hillside overlooking the Ranch, the new 50,000 square foot High Lonesome Lodge and adjoining facilities enable the Ranch to accommodate and host up to 350 guests at any one time. Notable features include:

31 lodge style rooms and four suites spread out over four wings, similar in design and size (4001,000 sq ft) to the existing main lodge rooms. Guests also have ski-in, ski-out locker storage.

Guest rooms offering a variety of amenities: adjoining rooms, spacious bathrooms with low-flow fixtures, vaulted wood ceilings with beetle kill finishes, stone fireplaces in select rooms and suites, exterior porches with East-facing views of the Continental Divide

Guest suites also include features to accommodate larger groups/families: Great Room with fireplace & large private terrace, spacious master bedroom & bath, sleeping loft, second guest bathroom with shower

Secluded upper terrace with spectacular views for small outdoor gatherings

40-seat Wine Grotto situated into the lower hillside featuring an arched ceiling and wine barrels in the entryway including showroom-style planning and pre-event space

High Lonesome Barn

4,200 sq. ft., reclaimed Civil War era barn from the Midwest for groups, meetings, special events, weddings and bridal parties that can accommodate up to 350 people. A main feature will be a wall of windows offering unparalleled views of the Continental Divide and Ranch Creek Valley.

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Hay Loft in the Barn that provides multi-function capabilities for receptions, reading lounge and smaller meetings

2 Rumford fireplaces in the reception area and lounge

Top notch AV services for small to large groups

On-site commercial kitchen

South Terrace for outdoor receptions and landscaped ampitheater below for outdoor weddings

High Lonesome Pavilion

The 3,000 sq. ft. outdoor events Pavilion offers comfortable al fresco dining from spring until fall on the hillside just north of the High Lonesome Lodge. It is also outfitted with fire pit for tubing hill participants and Nordic skiers and snowshoers.

Naming rights

The High Lonesome name came about due to the lodge sitting high up on a hillside overlooking the Ranch. It is also a tribute to early bluegrass music as well as Native American lore, both of which are a rich part of the Ranchs history.


The High Lonesome Lodges exterior matches the dark brown color of the existing main lodge, with reclaimed rock covering the foundation and chimneys. Large windows are designed to allow for as much natural light as well as views for guests, and locally made iron railings and native landscaping keep a low carbon footprint and pay tribute to the Ranchs history, often referred to as “parkitecture.”

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