Prominent PR Firm Scores Great Grades on Inc 500 List

The internet is a wide and rabid place filled with companies and individuals desperately trying to make a name for themselves. No matter what the company does or how often they do it, most will end up turning to a company like Status Labs to help get their name to the next level. Status Labs is an online reputation management company whose sole focus is to help companies and individuals craft their brand and protect it from potentially troublesome scenarios. Status Labs has done such a good job over the past three or four years that they’ve made the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Companies.


Before you shrug away the concept, placement on the Inc. 500 is more than just a ‘feel good’ moment. The Inc. 500 has been a commendable source for showcasing successful companies before they hit that next level. Some other companies that have made it onto the Inc. 500 include Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, and Dell — just for starters. Status Labs isn’t at the same size as those aforementioned companies but they are in a place where it is possible to grow up and into that kind of respect and clout.


Darius Fisher is the current President and CEO of Status Labs and the primary reason that the company has been growing so rapidly. From 2012 to 2015 Status Labs saw growth numbers that reached over the 1,000% mark. This sort of explosive growth is an indication of a responsive market and a well directed company. Fisher took Status Labs from the brink and brought it back to the forefront of the industry.


President Darius Fisher was quick to release a statement upon being named to the list. Fisher said that they were “honored” to be included on the Inc. 500 and that their inclusion was a “testament to increasing demand for not only digital reputation management.” Fisher continued by saying that Status Labs will continue to grow, hire, and expand well into the future.

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The Presidential Race And Its Impact On The Future Of America


As the election approaches, it’s important to understand how each candidate’s plans will affect our nation’s future economy. Brad Reifler, serial entrepreneur and founder of Forefront Capital, examines these proposed plans in detail, in an article he wrote for the Huffington Post two weeks ago. According to Reifler, the plans of both candidates will have major impacts on our country’s livelihood.


Reifler breaks down the way that each candidate’s proposed changes to the tax code differ. For instance, Clinton’s plans focus more on changes to those who make at least $1 million, while Trump wishes to repeal several taxes affecting those in the upper class. And, while Trump is looking to repeal the estate tax altogether, Clinton is alternatively looking to lower the minimum required for estate taxes.


Talk from either candidate regarding small business taxes is sparse, and they both agree on tax breaks for child-care. Some areas won’t see much change at all, if any, such as social security. However, Brad Reifler stresses that there will be enough major changes that it is now crucial to pay close attention to each candidate’s plans, as they directly affect our future.


Brad Reifler has been a successful serial entrepreneur in the financial service industry for almost two decades. In addition to being former founding partner, chairman and CEO of Pali Capital, a global financial services firm, he is director at Sino Mercury Company.


Most recently, Reifler has become founder and chief executive of Forefront Capital, an alternative financial management and service firm which aims to assist middle class Americans who wish to enter the business of investment.

Norka Martinez Luque: A Remarkable Latin Pop Star in the Making

If you understand the music industry well, you must know that there is no shortcut to finding musical success. Some artists have developed their fan base via YouTube while others have gone through the rather traditional way of working hard through live performances to gain recognition. The rise to stardom of Norka Martinez Luque does not fit seamlessly into either category.

Ms. Martinez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and traveled to Europe in a bid to break into the music industry. This Venezuelan beauty has been making headlines since 2011. Her success came when she started working with the legendary producer Emilio Estefan Jr.

Ms. Martinez spent most of her early life taking instrument and dance classes. It was possible to take these lessons after she opened up to her parents about her love for music. The unconditional support she got from her parents became a major aspect of her life even after she completed high school.

Her parents sent her to France to pursue higher education. She enrolled in a business school where she studied Business Administration. Even while in the French business school, she did not stay far from her dream of becoming a professional singer. After classes, she would perform in the French clubs. She even got the chance to join a rock and funk group by the name Bad Moon Rising.

Her movements with the band enabled her to develop a huge following in the European music community. French club-goers soon fell in love with her unique voice. But despite the huge following that she was already enjoying in France, she decided to relocate to the United States. She knew that it was easier becoming a professional singer while in the United States.

Ms. Martinez met the Grammy Award winning producer, Emilio Estefan Jr. in the United States. If you do not know Emilio Estefan, let me introduce him to you in a few lines. He is the man behind the careers of big artists such as Jennifer López, Gloria (who happens to be his wife), Alejandro Fernandez, Shakira, Jon Secada, Carlos Vives and many others.

Mr. Estefan signed on as her producer, and the rest is history. Her first single was released in 2011. The single, “Como lo haces tu” was very successful and it even got her a nomination for the “Best Female Latin Pop Artist of the Year.” “Milagro,” her second single was released in 2012. It also had massive success and did rounds on major music charts for weeks. “Tomorrowland” is her latest single. This single is also very successful in major Latino music communities.

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WEN By Chaz Dean Works On All Hair Types

WEN hair cleansing conditioners have been out there for around 10 years, and have been piling up good reviews and ratings over that time, giving women results all over the world. Chaz Dean, creator of WEN hair (, created a special formula to make up these cleansing conditioners that allows it to work effectively on pretty much all types of hair. There is a relatively recent and well done review on from blogger Emily McClure, who tested out the product herself after finally falling to the hype despite her skepticism.

Emily McClure published her review for her readers to see after she tried out the WEN product for a weeks time. To help give a better idea of what the product did, she also added in photos of before and after using WEN on her hair throughout the week. Emily was surprised when the product started to change her hair within a couple of days, and by the end of the week she saw that it gave her the results it showed in the infomercials. She was worried to even started using the product after seeing how thick it was, but she just used a lower dosage, which turned out good for her very fine hair. Emily is now a regular user of WEN conditioners after seeing the results and getting many compliments from friends.

It takes a lot of work in order to make a good product, especially with all natural ingredients to do a specific job. It took Chaz Dean quite a bit of time and tweaking, but he eventually found the perfect natural formula that could provide a deep clean to the hair while also effectively nourishing and conditioning it. Every bottle of WEN cleansing conditioner comes with a proper usage guide, though it is very simple. It is also recommended to use the Guthy-Renker advertised product every day to maintain great results, which is okay since it is gentle enough on the scalp.


Securus Technologies Is Making Unbelievable Strides

For Securus Technologies, a huge development in their industry has just happened recently. They are proud to announce that 11 of their specialists have received the BICSI Installer 1 Certification. This certification is from the company BICSI, Building Industry Consulting Service International, and is an international honor. Securus Technologies has recognized its employees for their outstanding successes. Since Securus Technologies also sees how much BICSI, Building Industry Consulting Service International took a part in this, they will continue to work with them in the future.


What Does Securus Technologies Do?


When Securus Technologies completes their business duties, they are in constant contact with justice organizations, criminal and civil. They deal with issues like monitoring and corrections. Securus Technologies regards their employees with high esteem, and allow them the training that they need for exceptional progress.


What Does BICSI, Building Industry Consulting Service International Do?


BICSI, Building Industry Consulting Service International is a company that deals with the information and communication industry on a regular basis. They create ways to make voice, safety and data an easier part of their daily lives. BICSI, Building Industry Consulting Service International also sees their employees as an integral part of their company, and they encourage them to complete the highest levels of acclaim. Today, BICSI, Building Industry Consulting Service International is increasing the awareness of what they do, in order to make the industry they help even better.


Making Securus Technologies the success that it is takes patience, and extremely hard work by the professionals within it. Securus Technologies takes what they do so seriously, that they are creating even better technologies that can assist with the safety of the public. Since Securus Technologies is the catalyst for change in the way a lot of the efforts in the public safety arena works, they will continue to make great strides in what they do. Securus Technologies is known in the world, and the world is watching to see just what they do. In the future, Securus Technologies will increase its lead in the industry, and be the reason for many fascinating events.


8 Rules For Young Entrepreneurs In Panama Recap

As the Venezuelan economy craters, many young and entrepreneurial Venezuelans are looking abroad to launch their careers. But many have little information about how business is done outside of Venezuela. Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a Venezuelan who has lived in Panama for over 25 years, where he has achieved remarkable success.

Here are his eight simple rules he advises Venezuelans so they can find success in Panama.

1. Find your niche. Take into account your university major, your interests and your work experience. Then, carve out an area of business where you have inherent expertise. If you stay confident, you can become successful in no time.

2. Do business over the internet on The internet allows entrepreneurs to stay flexible. With its high speed internet access, Panama is the perfect place to launch a business over the web. 

3. Network. Find someone who’s hardworking and whose strengths complement yours. Work together and your business will be stronger for it.

4. Don’t worry about your academic record on Believe it or not, many entrepreneurs weren’t particularly good students. So, if you’ve got a business idea, run with it. Just find a lawyer to help you with contract details. 

5. Get ready to work hard. Learn as much as possible about your industry and stay up to date on it. Map out clear goals and take steps to achieve them.

6. Lessen costs. The one thing you don’t want is a ton of overhead costs. Instead, team up with other entrepreneurs to share things like office space and Internet connection. Also, stay away from large capital investments.

7. Don’t become discouraged by failure. Concentrate on what your competitors get wrong and try to do those things right. Accept critiques and criticism wherever you can find them. You need to develop thick skin.

8. Find a mentor. Find someone with extensive experience in your industry and try to cultivate them as someone you can go to for advice. They will steer you around many potential mistakes and you’ll see your career advance much faster.

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a prominent member of the Panamanian business community. He has a reputation for launching and growing businesses, mentoring budding entrepreneurs and searching for ways to improve Panama’s economy. A native of Venezuela, Figueroa is the treasurer, director, and president of five different Panamanian companies. He first became an executive in 2011. 

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Devco Caught In The Middle Of Loan Dispute

The Heldrich Hotel, which was renovated through a loan secured from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), isn’t quite panning out as planned. The hotel is losing money left and right and the loan is in arears by some $1 million.
The New Brunswick hotel was rundown and vacant before the New Brunswick Development Corporation (NBDC) stepped in. The hotel was to be the model of Atlantic City, but it has turned out to be anything but.

Not only has the Middlesex County Improvement Authority failed to make good on its last installment of $1 million in interest, it has also defaulted on nearly $7 million in payments initially received.

Christopher Paladino, CEO of the CRDA, helped arrange the $20 million loan. In an interview with the, he assured readers that the loan will be paid but it will take some time.

Apparently, the market was misjudged and the 235-room establishment’s opening coincided with an economic downturn. “There is no doubt that the hotel is struggling. The average occupancy rate runs around 67%,” said Paladino.

The hotel has been so cash-strapped that it was forced to tap into other monies to make payments.

The hoopla surrounding the issues with the MCIA has caused a firestorm of controversy.

Recently as reported by the Press of Atlantic City, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill forbidding state agencies giving loans to entities that are also defaulted on loans issued by the state.

“I have to admit, the loan was risky, said CRDA. But that is the price of doing business.

Devco is a New Jersey-based non profit that has catered to a number of private and public entities all throughout the state. The company has worked to beautify the state with a number of projects. The company is currently renovating Rutgers University and setting the tempo to duplicate the lifestyle of other cities.