Words Can Hurt – How Labels Can Cause Sexual Harassment

In the workplace we all have labels – manager, supervisor, line-worker, assistant, electrician, engineer. We accept these labels without much thought because they help define our roles in our work life, however there are other labels that unfortunately crop up in the workplace. These other labels are dangerous and in some case bring sexual harassment.

The problem with these other labels at work is that in many cases they are personal and they label and stereotype. Words like sweetie, honey, hunk, girl or boy take away from the person’s contribution to the team and if used enough demean their position in the workplace.

If a man is called a “hunk” by a close friend in the workplace the man might not feel that he is being harassed. However, if others hear and catch on to this nickname, then it can become a problem. If the man is called “hunk” by people he doesn’t know well, then he might begin to feel harassed and demeaned by the label. In some cases a group of women might be called “girls”. Half of these women might not mind the term, but the other half might be offended by it.

The best way to avoid these scenarios is to use the most professional terms possible when labeling a person or persons. For instance the accounting department or the administrative assistants. Be very careful that terms you might use in your personal life with your close friends and family don’t leak into your professional life. It’s always better to error on the side of caution avoid any chance of offending your co-workers or finding yourself in a sexual harassment complaint.

Charlie Bentson King is a writer and producer of training videos.

5 Joint Venture Advantages for Small Businesses

Any small business owner or entrepreneur
can benefit by partnering or creating joint ventures with other small and large
businesses. Collaboration with other businesses on promotions and projects
offers a wealth of opportunities for both businesses to excel by expanding the
pool of people available to work on a given task. It also generates shared
goodwill among the participating business and opens the door for any businesses
involved in joint ventures to attract new customers.

You Get More Help

When you partner with another business
on a collaborative venture, both businesses gain from the addition of more
staff. If your business seems to be struggling with a certain task, when you
partner with another business, you have additional support that you can tap for
assistance. Your business may be able to take over a task with which your
partner business struggles, and your partner business may be able to take over
a task that poses a problem for your business. This leads to:

Collaboration Puts Experts in Their Area of Expertise

When you collaborate on joint ventures
with other businesses and have the ability to tap their staff and share your
staff, it creates more opportunities for experts to work in their area of
knowledge. When you work on a joint project with another business, if that
business has a marketing guru on staff and your business has a networking guru,
each expert can work in his or her area of expertise on the joint venture. Not
only does this increase the chances of your project’s success, but it also
enhances employee job satisfaction. When highly-skilled staff get to work in
their area of expertise and enjoyment, they’re more likely to feel happier and
more fulfilled in their work, which is also likely to increase their
productivity and your company’s profitability.

Your Business Will Attract More Customers

Partnering with another business brings
you free referral customers without your business having to do anything to
attract them. By collaborating on a joint promotion or other venture, your name
gets promoted by your partner business. Essentially, your business gets
advertised for free to customers who are likely to be in your target market.
Additionally, you generate a sense of trust among customers who already
patronize your partner business. If they already trust and feel positively
about the partner business, and then that business advertises their
collaboration with your business, those customers develop positive feelings
about your business simply through the association.

Both Business Attract New Customers

When you collaborate on a venture
designed to increase business visibility, both businesses benefit. Through only
one promotion or event, you both reach new potential customers.

You Generate Goodwill

When you work collaboratively with other
businesses, you generate goodwill within that business. This in turn benefits
your business in multiple ways. Your partner business may want to collaborate
with you more frequently in the future, thereby increasing customer visibility
for both of your companies. Additionally, your partner business may be more
likely to offer you help in the future if you need it, since you’ve worked with
them in the past. Moreover, employees of your partner business could turn into
new customers of yours.


Christian Fea is CEO of Synertegic, Inc. A Joint
Venture and Referral Marketing firm. He exemplifies how to profit from Joint
Venture and Referral relationships by creating profit centers with minimal risk
and maximum profitability.?

To discover more
Joint Venture Marketing Strategies join his free report on?Joint
Venture Marketing

SAP Business One Customization as the Way to Get Control over the Source Code

We will compare ISV channel add-ons and doing programming in-house referencing Software Development Kit.? We do not pretend to be technical and this is not a manual for programmers as it is rather for managers.? Let?s begin with pluses and minuses of ISV add-ons:

1.?ISV Products.? Modern ERP software vendors are opening their products to their partners also often referred as ISVs.? The model works like this.? ERP publishing company needs to make money on its core set of modules leaving horizontal and vertical solutions to consulting firms specializing in these areas.? Consulting firm is leveraging its specific and dedicates some coding resources to create canned product referred as Add-On.? For example core SAP B1 functionality offers some features of simple discrete manufacturing and if ISV partner has reasonable number of customers with process manufacturing requirements then consulting organization may decide to program the module on their own.? In the future however SAP might be in the position to offer add-on purchase and including it into its core product.? If you are the end customer you still have to think about your perspectives as if you are purchasing add-on you are leaning toward its ISV reliability and technical support.? But the ISV industry is usually represented by smaller organizations where the question of future presence is important.? If for example there several concurring add-ons offering similar functionality and SAP decided to acquire one of them then the customers acquiring alternative add-on might be in the disadvantage

2.?In-House Programming.? The pluses are the facts that you have the option to own the source code and you do not have to pay for all the add-on functionality as you are often expecting to implement only small percentage.? There are minuses however as in-house coding doesn?t have the polygon to test all the scenarios and by doing so clean up software bugs.? Another potential future danger is technology transformation.? Good example would be old supercomputers were using such programming languages as Cobol and Fortran and modern PC, Linux and Mac computers are rather favoring C, C++ and Java.? But in any case add-on is also kind of committed to the programming language and it is difficult to port it to whatever will be the winner in the future

3.?How about ERP product life cycle?? It is very good observation or question if you like.? There is always a competition between computer hardware (think about PC, Macintosh or Sun), Operating Systems (Linux versus Microsoft Windows or Mac OS) and even databases (MS SQL Server versus MySQL/PHP or Oracle).? There are also new ideas in programming such as Object Oriented Programming with its classes and interfaces (C#, VB.Net, C++, Delphi and others) versus old good-style Procedural programming in Fortran or Cobol.? When accounting application is proposed by software enthusiasts it has to rely on the ideas and technologies available by the time of the introduction.? At this time of 2012 we believe that the life cycle of the ERP software product is about twenty years.? This doesn?t mean that you will have to start over as migration paths are the way to move away to switch to the future product from the same publisher

4.?Now let?s think about SAP B1 in-house programming.? Before you hire contractor we recommend you to include source code ownership clause into the contract.? All the future version updates will require customization recompilation including new version DLL libraries.? If you do not own the source code and your current consulting company closes the doors somewhere in the future then you are screwed.? Let?s talk about the tools.? Software Development Kit has code samples in C# and VB.Net and this is why it is recommended to do coding in Microsoft Visual Studio

5.?What types of customizations are popular as candidates for in-house coding?? Perfect examples are integrations based on user defined fields and tables created directly in user interface settings.? It is unlikely that ISV add-on would cover such integration.? This about ecommerce shopping cart in B2B or B2C scenarios, Electronic Document Interchange (EDI) or external Business Management System

6.?Let?s take a quick look at the competition.? Business One was originally architected in Israel with international small business ERP and accounting software market considerations.? It was in reasonable extends successful in Asia, Russia, Brazil, Europe and Spanish speaking Americas.? The application was introduced in the United States in the grim time of wars and Bush presidency era.? We would like to make a parallel to Great Plains Software Dynamics and its predecessor Great Plains Accounting for DOS, Windows and Mac.? Currently Great Plains is known as Microsoft Dynamics GP.? At this time GP has huge number of installations here in the USA, Canada, Mexico and internationally mostly in English, Arabic and Spanish speaking countries.? SAP B1 in our opinion has more modern architecture comparing to Dynamics GP Dexterity but it is less represented in the ISV community

7.?Please call us 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904, help@efaru.com.? We have local presence in Chicagoland, Southern California, South West Michigan, Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. We serve customers USA and Canada nationwide and internationally via web sessions and phone conferences (Skype is welcomed)

Andrew Karasev is SAP BO consultant and Great Plains Certified Master, MVP, help@efaru.com 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904. He is also the initiator of eFaru project http://www.efaru.com and founder of Alba Spectrum information space

Where Are We Going with Proposals ? Federal Contracting Trends

There are definite trends I have been noticing in the direction the government contracting and proposal world has taken as of late. Here are a few recent occurrences I have observed that may be common:

One small business contractor had three DOD contracts cancelled, and it is now on life support struggling to survive.
A few other contractors spent precious resources on proposals only to have the opportunities cancelled 7-10 days before submission.
Others have seen most of the opportunities they were tracking slip to the right.
Most who have been busy writing proposals at the end of this fiscal year are working to preserve their existing work.

I have been talking to government employees about it, and here is what they report:

Many agencies had to self-cut their budgets.
Most everything that is not absolute core mission work has been removed. Existing projects are the ones that are being rebid.
Most of these projects are moving to IDIQs or GSA and VA schedules.

In a nutshell, the government is trying to award faster, with fewer headaches because they don?t have much time to dilly-dally with extended procurements and a higher possibility of protest. In response, companies are working diligently to move their existing work to IDIQs where they prime, while their competitors play a tug-of-war looking to move them to other vehicles. Procurements that were once stand-alone are now task orders, with some exceeding $800 million.

Industry-wise, my personal crystal ball is telling me that the most stable areas are going to be security, cyber, and intel, as the world is not getting much safer and some areas (lifecycle logistics, or operations and maintenance) just cannot be eliminated very easily.

While all of this is from personal conversations, here is some data to show that this multiple award trend is real.

As of August, there was roughly a $132 billion ceiling for IDIQ contracts in the soon-to-be-ending 2011 fiscal year (FY) according to a quick ballpark in Centurion Research?s pipeline tool. This represents a 27% increase from FY 2010. It would be interesting to see how many task orders are issued under this ceiling come the end of this fiscal year. USASpending.gov stated over a year ago that more than 50% of government procurement is now moving to multiple award contracts. Once bidders are qualified for the IDIQ vehicle, the award could take just a couple months instead of the normal 6-18 months. It streamlines competition, reduces protests, and provides the government with better buying power and greater efficiencies.

The government itself doesn?t know how many IDIQs it has across all the agencies, but it has been trying to keep the number down. There are rumors on the street that some large ones that people already have bid on might be cancelled, with the work moved to the existing vehicles.

Obviously, all of this has implications for your bid and proposal strategy. Most players in the federal contracting arena see IDIQ contracts as a main strategic element of their revenue growth, even in this shrinking market. Those who are nimble enough to adapt will navigate through this environment successfully. Those who fail to adapt may be beyond life support shortly.

The first reaction may be to bid on more IDIQs. ?Collecting? IDIQs is only half the battle, and it won?t help you much, especially if you are not the prime on a vehicle. It certainly adds flexibility and portability for different contracts, but doesn?t guarantee revenues.

The secret is not only to have enough IDIQ and schedule vehicles (or all the right vehicles in your industry), but also to leverage them to the maximum extent possible. Although the ceiling value of each IDIQ often reaches hundreds of millions or a few billion, you need to ?crack the code? of each vehicle to make actual money.

Every IDIQ is different. It has its own personality, patterns, and ways of getting ahead. It takes thorough preparation with a passionate and well-calculated approach to each task order. Unfortunately, many companies fail to crack this code.

Here are some of the mistakes many companies make:

Mistake:?No?task order response manual and processes?created prior to, or after award; no single belly button responsible for IDIQ capture management; and no tools to implement anything consistent.
Result:?Lack of organization and leadership after IDIQ award ? no one knows how to prepare for the task orders, how to react quickly in order to bid, and how to go about winning, leading to the loss of momentum, skepticism, and lack of support from the team.

Mistake:?Responses barely make the deadline because business developers learn about majority of Task Order Requests only when they are released.
Result:?Lack of planning and preparation in submitting a winning proposal by the deadline that leads to throwing a hastily written document ?over the wall? and hoping to win on price (and ?hope? is not a strategy).

Mistake:?Difficulties in getting the team to follow a?task order response process? many think task order proposals should be inexpensive and easy because of time and page limitations.
Result:?Lack of discipline or structure to meet the submittal deadline, and as a result, pasting general boilerplate and marketing text that won?t win, instead of presenting a condensed, hard-hitting approach to how the job will be done.

What have you observed as trends? Do you agree with my assessment? Have you experienced any of these pitfalls at your own company?

The president of OST Global Solutions, Olessia Smotrova-Taylor, has 16 years of experience in business development, communications, and marketing, including 9 years in capture and proposal management. She makes it her goal to stay current with the best practices in winning proposals, and collaboration tools and techniques that help build fully integrated proposal teams.

Healing Your Emotional Relationship with Food

The other night I lay in bed watching Oprah?s 20th Anniversary DVD collection ? a gift given to me by my best friend. Story after story of incredible people that have touched and changed the life of Oprah caused my tears of inspiration to flow. One particular person I really identified with ? the story of Rudine. Rudine suffered severely from anorexia nervosa. She wanted so badly to battle and win this condition, but her emotional relationship with food and herself was so damaged.

You see, I can identify with this woman because at the age of 13, I came face to face with anorexia nervosa. It followed two very painful events in my life. Looking back, I now understand I was unable to cope with all the emotions I encountered. The anger and hatred I felt ? because I could not outwardly express it ? was turned inward. I began to hate my body and food became the enemy. I exercised like crazy and eventually ate only 1 small meal per day. After finally breaking that cycle, I swung to the other extreme and began to binge eat late at night. Other things replaced food until, at the age of 21, I got serious about facing and healing my emotions.

I share this with you because I think it is important to understand the devastating effects our relationship with food can have on our health. Maybe you?ve never suffered from anorexia nervosa, bulimia or obesity, but your emotional relationship with food is still worth examining. In an ideal relationship with food, you eat when you?re hungry, and you eat the healthy foods your body needs. Your body weight is healthy and you aren?t experimenting with the latest diet. Healthy eating is your way of life, and your physical wellbeing reflects that ? not just your body, but your energy level, mood and internal health as well. So come on this journey with me and let?s explore some of the common emotions or situations that can trigger unhealthy eating. Pay attention to whether any of these strike home for you. If so, try substituting some of the alternatives I suggest so you can begin healing your emotional relationship with food.

Angry Eater: When you are very angry with yourself or someone else, do you turn to food? Maybe you?re mad because you made a mistake and so you beat yourself up with food. Try confronting and expressing your anger in a healthy way, and then forgive and let it go.

Stress Eater: According to Dr. Phil, ?when you are under stress, your body releases hormones that automatically stimulate your appetite and set off cravings, prompting you to eat huge quantities of fattening food?. Take 15 minutes of quiet alone time or a 15 minute brisk walk instead.

Convenience Eater: You don?t have time or don?t feel like making something healthy to eat, so you grab whatever is convenient ? fast food or take home, chips, donuts, etc. Keep healthy and convenient foods around the house and at the office ? fruit, granola bars, Lean Cuisines, string cheese, and yogurt.

Tired Eater: Morning comes around or the afternoon energy runs out and you need a kick of sugar to keep you going. You load up on cookies, cake or other sugar snack foods and you?re off and running until you crash. Try getting 8 hours of sleep at night, exercising regularly, taking vitamins or taking a short cat nap.

No Waste Eater: Were you taught to never waste food? Were you reminded of all the poor children that had nothing to eat? Now you cannot bring yourself to leave anything on your plate or throw away any food. Put smaller portions on your plate. Give yourself permission to stop eating when you?re full. Work in a homeless shelter serving food or give food to the poor so you don?t feel guilty.

Self-Disgust Eater: You look at yourself and hate what you see; you eat or deprive yourself of food to mask the feelings you have, and so starts the cycle of abuse. Work on loving yourself in every way you can ? pamper yourself, repeat positive affirmations, stick up for yourself. Invest in gaining confidence and self-esteem.

Boredom Eater: This is me. I don?t feel like doing laundry or cleaning the house. I?m tired of working, playing cars or watching TV. It?s cold outside and so I open the food cabinet. Hmmm. I wonder what I can eat. Get creative and find something fun and different to do. Switch projects and start something new. Make a phone call to a friend.

Fear of Intimacy Eater: Do you eat to hide yourself and avoid getting too close to someone? Sometimes reaching out to people can be a very scary and hard thing to do. Maybe you?ve been hurt too many times by loved ones. Seek help to heal your pain. Search for supportive and loving people that you can depend on. Take baby steps to reach out and trust someone.

Hopeless Eater: Have you just completely given up? Maybe you?ve tried too long to lose weight or given too much to your marriage, and nothing seems to change. You feel hopeless and so you just say, ?Who cares? I?m just going to eat whatever I want?. Or maybe you?ve lost your appetite all together. Change your thoughts. Focus on the positive and keep a gratitude journal. Look for the bright side of everything. Search for the sunshine and you will find it.

?See Food? Eater: You know the saying, ?I?m on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it?. Are you the type of eater that constantly grazes? If the food is in front of you, you eat it without really thinking about it. You may or may not be hungry ? it?s just a habit. Graze on low-fat and healthy foods. Keep the fattening foods at the grocery store. Work on being more conscious of how much food you are taking in.

Social Eater: You love to be around people and what better way to spend time with friends than going out to lunch or dinner. Socializing is great! Eating out is expensive and not always very healthy ? not to mention the additional calorie intake. Add a couple glasses of wine and you?ve consumed in one meal what you should have for the day. Limit your social gatherings at restaurants to once or twice a month. Start a walking group with friends. Participate in a movie or book club. Have a board game night and serve soup and salad.

Comfort Eater: Sadness or loneliness threatens to swallow you up. Depression seems to be your best friend. Food is your source of comfort. Somehow you feel better after indulging in your favorite meal and dessert. Until the feelings strike again. It?s time to face your sadness or loneliness. Maybe you need to grieve the loss of someone or something. Perhaps you need to reach out more to a community of people. Developing a relationship with God may supply the consolation and companionship you need.

Whatever your relationship with food, ask yourself if it?s a healthy one. Facing your emotions head on is the only way to heal them. Denial only causes your feelings to go away temporarily. When I watched the story of Rudine on Oprah, a recovering anorexic pleaded with her to feed her brain and give herself the nourishment that it needed. With sad-filled and hopeless eyes, Rudine simply said, ?But how?? Isn?t that the essential question we are all faced with when making change? How? Change starts with awareness. It?s fueled by desire and commitment. And it ends with taking action. Take the steps you need now to develop a healthy relationship with food.

Lori Radun, CEC ? certified life coach for moms.  To receive her FREE newsletter and the FREE special report ?155 Things Moms Can Do To Raise Great Children?, go to http://www.true2youlifecoaching.com

Shorewood Packaging and Shoplogix Reveal Lean Manufacturing Technology

According to Cutler?s article, At the Shorewood Packaging Midland Avenue facility in Toronto, real-time information helps yield world-class lean manufacturing results. Shorewood Packaging is part of International Paper, which has operations in more than 40 countries and sells its products in more than 120 nations. Shorewood Packaging has three plants in Ontario, Canada, and is one of the world?s leading manufacturers of premium packaging.

The company could identify machines that were ahead or behind in productivity through key performance measurements, but these numbers weren’t relevant to machine operators. Management needed to find a way to provide relevant information to operators and give them the ability to set efficiency goals on a per-job basis.

In an attempt to increase efficiency, Shorewood Packaging first looked for a device to identify machine status via light emitting device (LED) display marquees connected to their equipment. They implemented four test devices to see if lean manufacturing results would be possible. The company implemented a software solution by Shoplogix, with which the employees became engaged. This solution offered real-time cost and job variances on the LED display boards to help operators and management visualize and graphically understand where they were versus where they needed to be in the production process. Shorewood evaluated other solutions based on these criteria and assessed typical server-based data-collection systems. The Shoplogix software enabled a direct connection to existing production equipment and allowed the company to capture real-time machine-productivity information, quantifying improved performance and contributing directly to the bottom line.


Shoplogix develops integrated web-based software solutions that optimize plant floor operations. Shoplogix solutions improve productivity, efficiency, and total operational performance by allowing companies to make real-time decisions that impact profitability while actively engaging employees in the process.

Shoplogix Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, with offices across North America. The company serves a growing base of Global 2000 companies to set new standards for production performance and efficiency in industrial environments.


Plantnode is a hybrid web-based software application designed on an open platform to integrate with existing production equipment, analyze real-time performance, and evaluate machine productivity. Plantnode?s built-in intelligence goes beyond raw data collection to provide a fully integrated production and performance management application; differentiated by the ability to compare real-time data against planned estimates. Plantnode is proven to increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and enables machine level visibility on a 24×7 basis with automatic escalations and interactive processes to drive higher levels of operational efficiency, quality, and performance.


Plantnode Network is an enterprise web-based software application that consolidates and analyzes operational data for all Plantnode enabled equipment providing a complete and accurate view of production performance. Plantnode Network?s distributed design provides true enterprise scalability to evaluate real-time performance on a plant-wide, multi-site, or global basis.



Hellen Budaya Pileski


Manager, Marketing Communications

905-469-9994 Ext.120


Reduce Your Credit Card Debt – How to Reduce Credit Card Debt at Least 60%

After decades of global growth, the world watched in horror as financial institutions collapsed in the US. The crisis slowly spread across to other geographical regions of the world. This had a devastating effect on the world wide banking system, stock markets, pension funds and individual net worth went down. In an effort to restore fiscal stability and credibility of the banks government took special steps by giving financial packages to the banks and other financial institutions to normalize the financial sector which would pass on to the everyday man and reduce his credit card debt.

The market saw staggering amount of credit card debts which individuals were facing and unable to pay. Collection efforts by the credit card companies were at an all time high which was increasing the overall cost of the company. Individuals have been focusing on the fact of reducing there debt or completely coming out of the situation.

Due to the stimulus package the companies are focusing to help investors to come out of the debt situation and in worst case scenarios to even write them off. Today an aware investor would go to his creditor and try to negotiate an effective rate of interest which would be beneficial to the company as well as to the investors. The credit card companies in an effort to recover the basic cost invested in the market are ready for such negotiations. There are many individuals who would not be able to negotiate their own case should approach the debt settlement companies to reduce their credit card debt and bring down their interest rate and overall amount to be paid back to the credit card companies.

Effective rate of negotiation can be arrived only if the debt settlement company is good. So the top priority to reduce one’s credit card debts is to locate a good debt settlement company. The debt relief network is an effective forum for consumers as well as for the settlement companies.

All debt settlement companies cannot be a part of it, to be a part of such network the company has to be credible and must have a good track record of negotiation and debt elimination. There are some basic standard and test under which the company needs to pass and get an approval. By going through this network the consumer would effectively land with the company which would help them reduce at least 60 % of the credit card debt they are facing currently.

If you want to get out of debt and hire a debt settlement company for debt negotiation then I have an important piece of advice. Do Not go directly to a particular debt settlement company but rather first go to a debt relief network who is affiliated with several legitimate debt companies. In order to be in the debt relief network, the debt settlement companies must prove a track record of successfully negotiating and eliminating debt. They must also pass an ethical standards test. Going through a debt relief network will ensure that the debt company you are provided with is a legitimate and respected company. This is the most efficient way in finding the best debt settlement companies and increasing your chances of eliminating your debt.

FreeDebtSettlementAdvice.com is one of the largest and most respected debt relief networks on the marketplace today. To find a debt settlement company through FreeDebtSettlementAdvice.com check out the following link:

Free Debt Advice(http://www.freedebtsettlementadvice.com)

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Get to Know About the Wonderful Effects of Juvederm in Pasadena

Everybody is interested in looking their greatest for a variety of reasons, both personal and professional. Appearance enhancing, age combating professional cosmetic procedures are becoming a far more common means of meeting appearance goals. This is especially true of non-surgical procedures, such as Juvederm. When in the hands of an experienced Juvederm Pasadena cosmetic procedure specialist, Juvederm can be a very powerful tool in maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. Choosing your Juvederm Pasadena experienced specialist correctly is an essential part of receiving optimum results.

An Effective Solution Based On Smart Science

When you get down to the details with your Juvederm Pasadena specialist, the smart science behind the fabulous effects it can produce is definitely going impress. Juvederm is listed as a Hyaluronic Acid filler. Hyaluronic Acid, also called Hyaluronan, is a natural substance that has several roles in the body. Medical science first isolated it in the 1930s. It serves an important function in wound healing, and serves as a part of cell structure, and also affects the health and function of the connective tissues of the body.

FDA approval in the 1980s for use with certain surgical procedures marked this material’s entrance into practical medical usage, a role that has expanded over time. In terms of its cosmetic applications, it serves to replace the Hyaluronic Acid that aging depletes. One of the properties of this material is its ability to preserve moisture, and maintaining the structure of the face. As aging takes away the supply of Hyaluronic Acid, facial structure support lessens

Yet, as a knowledgeable Juvederm Pasadena expert can explain, there’s more to this substance than the fairly immediate appearance enhancing effects of the procedure. The surprising thing that scientists have discovered regarding the use of a Hyaluronic Acid filler is that it also stimulates the body’s very own creation of collagen and elastin, substances that also aid in a youthful look. So it not only aids in repairing the visual damages from aging and time, but it also promotes the production of the bodies own protective substances.

How The Procedure is Handled by a Juvederm in Pasadena Specialist

This cosmetic procedure is designed to aid in reducing facial lines and wrinkles, like those around the mouth and nose sections. It is performed in a sterile, clean, professional office. The substance is in a simple to use and direct liquid form, allowing your doctor to accurately target the exact locations for placement with fine injection needles. Local anesthetic is mixed right in, avoiding discomfort in the course of the procedure. After it is in, it then takes on a more gel like consistency, as it begins to perform, re-establishing facial support and reducing lines and wrinkles as molecules plump up because of the natural dehydrating process.

Choose Your Juvederm Pasadena Specialist With Care

The best tools can produce substandard results when handled by the inexpert or poorly qualified. There are plenty of cosmetic horror stories that demonstrate just how awfully things can go awry. It is absolutely necessary to your health, and the way you look, to decide on your Juvederm Pasadena specialist carefully. Ask to see documentation of education and experience. Expect detailed answers to your questions, without giving you the impression that talking to you is taking up too much time. A trustworthy Juvederm Pasadena specialist would like you to be at ease and well aware of the details.

Ashly Becker writes about the latest trends and details on dermatology. This month talks about Juvederm? in Pasadena.

Wind Turbines And The Direction Of Renewable Energy

Wind turbines are popping up all over the world. It is not unusual to find single windmills or acres of wind turbines creating clean energy these days. This energy producing alternative is costly to install, but very effective in reducing the price of energy for consumers over time.

This type of natural power is clean energy, but what exactly does that mean? Wind turbines do not rely on fossil fuels or natural gas to produce energy and therefore do not deplete the earth of its natural resources. This power can be directly acquired from the country in which it is generated, cutting importing costs and further reducing prices for the consumer.

The economic growth of the industry also lies in the manufacture of the windmills themselves. The more in demand they are, the more economic and employment growth will develop. This growth not only depends on building the actual windmills, but also on manufacturing the batteries, capacitors, and cables which store and transmit the energy accumulated by these rotating giants.

It has been predicted that by the year 2030, many of these wind farms will be set offshore. The huge turbines would almost not be seen above water, but the power they would produce could be immense. This is a first of its kind innovation and is reported to be somewhat stalled in the bureaucratic phase for the time being.

Batteries will ensure that the turbines will continue to move even when the force of the wind is significantly reduced. By contrast, the East Coast wind farms will probably never suffer from a lack of power source. These farms will be highly productive and the predicted outlook is excellent for the immediate future and long-term future.

Huge offshore cables, called “spines”, are buried in shallow trenches under the sea to transport the collected energy to the mainland. Initial reports indicate that this development could possibly produce enough wind energy to sufficiently power the entire Eastern seaboard. The cable is being laid now, even before the windmills are planted.

The amount of energy created by these offshore farms is predicted to significantly reduce the load of the current energy grid in the Northeastern US. The cost of this project is said to be in the high multi-billion dollar range, which is causing some delay. There are other significant factors, however, which are also delaying the progress of this project.

Fishermen make their living off the North American eastern coast and studies are being conducted regarding the reconciliation of the two industries. Another problem being faced is the fact that there are sacred burial grounds submerged in the sea there, which should not be disturbed. A third hindrance is the assumption by special interests groups that this development will destroy the beautiful view off the East Coast, who are lobbying to stop the project.

Wind turbines are one of the safest and cleanest means of generating energy, providing economic growth and reducing the load on the current energy grid. Along with solar power and thermal heat, it is a viable and sustainable solution to our energy crisis. There is significant growth in the wind-turbine industry all around the globe. There are many online sites with information regarding the direction in which renewable energy efforts are headed for the immediate and long-range future.

Cory Sober is the IT Director for UpWind Solutions, a full-service operations and maintenance provider for utility-scale wind farms. He is part of a highly trained team focused on maximizing long-term productivity of wind turbines, and as a result, delivering a higher return on investment for wind energy projects.

Increasing Search Engine Ranking

A high searchengine ranking for your website is so essential that if youhave the slightest desire to actually succeed in yourbusiness, there is no way you can continue to avoid thisissue.

At least 85% of people looking for goods and services onthe Internet find websites through search engines such asGoogle, Yahoo, and MSN. The idea of optimizing your pagesfor high search engine rankings is to attract targetedcustomers to your site who will be more than likely to makea purchase. The higher your page comes up in search engineresults, the greater the traffic that is directed to yourwebsite. That’s what search engine optimization is about.

You can immerse yourself in all the technical informationavailable online to figure out how to optimize your webpages to achieve higher rankings. Or you can look at a fewsimple items on your pages, make some small adjustments,and most likely see improved rankings quite rapidly. Thefirst item you should examine is the title bar on yourhomepage.

The title bar is the colored bar at the top of the page.

Look at the words that appear there when you access yourhome page. To increase search engine rankings, the words onyour homepage’s title bar should include the most importantkeywords or phrases, one of which would include yourcompany name.

Then click on all your links and examine the title bars onthe pages you access. Each title bar on every single pageof your site should contain the most important keywords andphrases taken from the page itself. However, avoid verylong strings of keywords, keeping them to six words orless. Avoid repeating keywords more than once in the titlebars, and make sure that identical words are not next toeach other.

The next item to put under your microscope is your websitecontent. Search engines generally list sites that containquality content rather than scintillating graphics. Thetext on your site must contain the most important keywords- the words that potential customers will be typing intosearch engines to find your site.

Aim to have around 250 words on each page, but if this isnot desirable due to your design, aim for at least 100carefully chosen words. If you want to achieve a highranking on search engines, this text is essential. However,the search engines must be able to read the text, meaningthat the text must be in HTML and not graphic format.

To find out if your text is in HTML format, take yourcursor and try to highlight a word or two. If you are ableto do this, the text is HTML. If the text will nothighlight, it is probably in graphic form. In this case,ask your webmaster to change the text into HTML format inorder to increase your search engine rankings.

Next we come to what is called meta tags. I know thissounds like something out of science fiction, but it isreally just simple code. Many people believe that meta tagsare the key to high search engine rankings, but in reality,they only have a limited effect. Still, it’s worth addingthem in the event that a search engine will use meta tagsin their ranking formula.

To find out if your page is set up with meta tags, you mustaccess the code. To do this, click the “view” button on thebrowser menu bar, and select “source.” This will pull up awindow revealing the underlying code that created the page.

If there are meta tags, they usually appear near the top ofthe window. For example, a meta tag would read: metaname=”keywords” content=. If you do not find code thatreads like this, ask your webmaster to put them in. Thismay not do much for your search engine rankings, but anylittle boost helps.

Lastly, we come to the issue of link popularity. This is afactor that is extremely important in terms of searchengine rankings. Almost all search engines use linkpopularity to rank your website. Link popularity is basedon the quality of the sites you have linked to from yourlinks page.

If you type in “free link popularity check” in a popularsearch engine, the search engine will then show you whatsites are linked to your site. In the case that therearen’t many sites linked up to yours, or that the sitesthat are linked up have low search engine rankings,consider launching a link popularity campaign. Essentially,this entails contacting quality sites and requesting thatthey exchange links with your site. Of course, thisrequires checking out the rankings of the websites you wantto link up with. Linking to popular, quality sites not onlyboosts your search engine ranking, but it also directs morequality traffic to your website.

Search engine rankings are extremely important for asuccessful Internet marketing campaign. Before you go outand hire a search engine optimization company, try takingsome of the simple steps listed above, and see if you can’tboost your rankings yourself. Don’t ever ignore thisall-important factor in Internet marketing. Remember, thehigher your search engine ranking, the more qualitycustomers will be directed your way.