US SBA awards HUBZone certification to Vermont manufacturer MSI

first_imgManufacturing Solutions Inc,Manufacturing Solutions Inc of Morrisville has received designation as a HUBZone certified small business concern (SBC). The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program, enacted into law in 1997, encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones – “HUBZones” by providing access to more Federal contracting opportunities.
‘This designation will give us and our customers a leg up in our efforts to secure government contracts,’ says business owner, Garret Hirchak. ‘We look forward to bringing more growth and innovation to this part of Vermont while offering clients from around the country the option for efficient and cost-competitive domestic manufacturing.’To qualify for the program Manufacturing Solutions Inc. had to meet all of the following criteria: be located in a “historically underutilized business zone” or HUBZone, be owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens, and at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone. Manufacturing Solutions Inc. is now eligible to receive HUBZone contracting opportunities and will be included in the listing of qualified HUBZone SBC’s.Manufacturing Solutions Inc. provides competitive manufacturing solutions to a broad range of clients. They offer clients options of product assembly, composite material cutting and kitting, inventory control and storage, quality control, project process development, transportation and warehouse space. For additional information visit www.msivt.com(link is external).Morrisville, VT ‘ (April 28, 2011) ‘last_img read more

Thies takes IMCA Modified win at Raceway Park

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (July 12) – Jim Thies got by early leader Jason Schneiders just past the mid­way point of the Total Motors IMCA Modified main event and held on for the Sunday victory at Raceway Park.Schneiders finished second, followed by Chris Abelson.The Casey’s General Store IMCA Stock Car feature again went to Chris Mills, his second win in only four starts. Second went to new point leader Bo Lundquist, followed by Casey Jones.Karl Brewer had the field covered in the Skyline Casino IMCA Northern SportMods. Brewer led most of the feature and was followed across the line by Kaleb Kennedy and Darin Roepke. Kenne­dy’s finish put him into a tie for the division lead with Rusty Montange.The MOPAR IMCA Hobby Stock feature had a controversial ending when race-long leader Gabe Barclay was hit in turn four by second place runner Aaron Shearn, flattening Barclay’s tire.With Barclay making it to the pits, no caution was thrown and Shearn went on to the feature win over Dave Riley and Andy Hoffman.Aaron Edwardson led the KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compacts flag to flag and held off a late charge from Luke Jackson and Drew Johnson to take the feature win.last_img read more

With Syracuse’s secondary depleted due to injury, Rodney Williams steps back into his old role

first_imgRodney Williams was confident that Syracuse’s defense would transform. Back in April, during spring ball, the redshirt junior safety felt a difference in the defensive backs’ position room. The group had added two graduate transfers while its younger cornerbacks developed even more.And, it turns out, Williams was right. Last year, the defense allowed more than 500 yards per game, ranking 122nd in total defense. This year, the team ranks 37th in total defense and leads the nation in stopping third-down conversions.What Williams didn’t see, though, is that the improvements made to the unit would cost him his job. Williams played in 11 games last year and started the last 10. He, Daivon Ellison and Kielan Whitner played the majority of time across the two safety spots.To start the year, sophomore Evan Foster locked down one safety spot; at 6-foot, 211 pounds, he is the most physically imposing of the Orange defensive backs. Antwan Cordy initially held the other spot, but a season-ending injury in the season-opener removed him from consideration. Graduate transfer Jordan Martin, a converted cornerback, replaced him.But Martin injured himself midway through the Week 7 matchup against Clemson, and it was announced after the Miami game that he’d be out for the year. As a result, Williams has returned to a starting role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I knew my opportunity would come,” Williams said, “and then, when it did, I would be ready for it.”Williams credits the improved play of the defensive backs to an increased familiarity with the system that defensive coordinator Brian Ward installed. He and his teammates don’t have to think as much about the plays, he said, and they can let their instincts take over.Sometimes, he said, it was tougher for him early in the season when he was unsure about when he’d see the field. He stressed though that he maintained the same mindset and approach to practice. He talked about how he felt lucky to just be in the spot he was — playing football and getting a “free education” — and that he attributed his approach toward practice to being able to take a step back and see the bigger picture.“Rodney’s out there battling,” head coach Dino Babers said. “There’s been some situations where I think he’s done a fantastic job. And then obviously there’s some situations where he’s been rusty.“He’s not completely healthy yet,” Babers continued. “I think he’s still working on things in the training room, but he’s out there giving us great effort.”That’s been a constant theme for Williams in his time at Syracuse. He has struggled with injuries since he first arrived. He was awarded a medical redshirt after his freshman season, which ended in the second game of the season.He’s had other injuries that have made him miss a game or two here and there in the other two years he’s played. Like most players who come back in the middle of a season, though, he’s never been fully healthy.“I feel like the potential for Rodney to play at a really, really high level has always been there, even when we were freshmen,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said.Franklin said that Williams is playing with a lot of “swag” recently. Williams seems more confident and sure of himself than he did even a year ago.With two defensive backs out for the year, the options for Syracuse in what was once a deep position are now very limited. The Orange will have to keep relying on Williams to make an impact. He’s up for the challenge.“It’s lightyears (beyond last year),” Williams said about how much more comfortable he feels this season. “I’m a way better football player than I was last year.” Comments Published on November 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kansas Wheat Festival raffle for Food Bank update

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Special to Sumner Newscow, by John Monro — Of the 1200 tickets were are going to sell for the raffle for Henry Big-Boy 30-30 Rifle, serial number 002, 800 are currently outstanding.  What this means is 800 tickets are now being sold by select sponsors around town and demand is running much higher than we anticipated.  Several sponsors have sold in excess of 100 tickets each, and we are issuing more tickets all the time to keep up with demand, but now we are at the point where we will only issue 200 more tickets account we want to hold back 200 tickets for sale during the week of the festival.  We will no longer be planning team selling at high traffic areas account we won’t have any tickets to sell.If current demand stays this high, we anticipate being sold out, save for the 200 for the festival, by the first week of June, if not before.  Currently, sponsors that still have tickets available are Vince Erwin Glass, Carroll Glass and Pig Shack BBQ, Impact Bank, at both Wellington and Caldwell, Bank of Commerce, Gold Corner, Smoker’s Choice, Rohrer Custom and Fabrication, Trigger Guard Shooting Range and Wheatland Services.  If you haven’t bought tickets yet and want a chance at winning this rifle, I urge you not to wait, because when they are gone, that’s it.  I also want to take a moment to thank everyone who has purchased tickets, because you are the people who are making this thing work.  Without you, this whole thing would be four not.  Your tremendous support has been most overwhelming, and we can’t thank you enough.I’m working with some of the sponsors about having a rifle on display at their locations, for a week at a time, beginning the first week of June thru the Wheat Festival.  We are fondly going to call this “Where’s Henry?”We will notify the Newscow of the location prior to the weekend, so they can publish it in time for the next week.  This will give everyone a chance to view the rifles in person, instead of just a photo.  I will post any news about the raffle as it becomes available. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Liverpool the real test for Arsenal’s Emery evolution

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Handed an unforgiving start as Arsenal’s first new manager for nearly a quarter of a century, Unai Emery has quickly put defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea behind him with a 13-game unbeaten run to earn the respect of the Gunners’ support.However, the real test of how far Emery’s Arsenal have evolved since being outclassed by City on the opening weekend of the season comes when Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Saturday.Arsenal have won 12 of those 13 games unbeaten, the only slip coming at Crystal Palace last weekend when they conceded two penalties in a 2-2 draw.Yet, they haven’t faced any of the Premier League’s top six from last season in that run, with defeats of Watford and Everton their only victories over sides in the top half of the table.Emery still seems to be searching for the right balance, while also getting two star centre-forwards in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the side.Lacazette and Aubameyang have already combined for 14 goals between them this season and their firepower has so far got Arsenal out of trouble, particularly late in games with Emery’s men yet to enjoy a half-time lead in the Premier League.It is to Emery’s credit that his changes have often impacted the game positively for his side, and that Arsenal only trail league leaders City and Liverpool by four points heading into this weekend.The priority for Arsenal this season remains a top four finish and a return to the Champions League rather than a title challenge, and Emery is well on course for that goal.– Liverpool cure top six travel sickness –However, the Spaniard can look to his opponents this weekend for inspiration in what Arsenal could look like as the finished product. Jurgen Klopp has taken almost three years to find the right blend between attack and defence despite reaching two European finals with Liverpool, one of which he lost to Emery’s Sevilla in the Europa League two years ago.Until now, a realistic tilt at the title has been undermined by defensive deficiencies.In this fixture last season, Liverpool blew a two-goal lead by conceding three times in five minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw.One of the major culprits for Liverpool’s collapse that night, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, has played just two Premier League games for the club since, while within weeks Virgil van Dijk was bought for a world record fee for a defender.To have any chance of keeping pace with City in the quest for Liverpool’s first Premier League title for nearly three decades, Klopp needed to drastically improve results on the road against top six opposition.That point at the Emirates as good as it got against the Premier League elite last season. In total Liverpool conceded 15 goals in five games and were beaten at City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.Already there has been an upturn in fortunes with victory at Spurs last month and Daniel Sturridge’s stunning late strike earning a well-deserved point at Chelsea.Unfortunately for Liverpool, City show no sign of letting up.They too won at Spurs on Monday, held Liverpool at Anfield last month and outclassed Arsenal in a baptism of fire for Emery on the first weekend of the season.In most other seasons, a point at a rejuvenated Arsenal would be seen as a good result, but in trying to just keep pace with City, Liverpool need another statement win on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bron’s Automotive Update During COVID-19

first_imgFacebook46Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bron’s AutomotiveWe wanted to get out a quick note to make you aware that Bron’s Automotive is considered an Essential Business by the State of Washington, and we have elected to stay open to first meet our customer’s needs, and also of course to survive as a business. We hope all of you are staying safe and following healthy guidelines.To help all of you that elect to use our shop during this period, we have implemented a pick up and delivery service with payment over the phone via credit card. This means you do not have to leave your house. Your vehicle will return to you afterwards with steering wheel, door handles, and other controls and keys sanitized.Additionally, anyone taking us up on this opportunity can get a discount of 10 percent off parts and labor, up to a maximum discount amount of $100, by mentioning that you heard about the offer in this ThurstonTalk article.Stay safe and we wish everyone good health.Sincerely,Bron and Joey and the Crewlast_img read more

Geocachers Care – October 2010

first_imgThe Accidental Geocaching CommunityAn accident inspires a Thank You from a Mom to the geocaching communityJuly of this year rates as the most memorable geocaching month yet for Chrissie and her kids. But it might not be for the reasons you think. Chrissie and her kids geocache under the name silvertipskids. The Washington State, USA family prepared for GeoWoodstock and Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration. The Mega-Events were not just in the same weekend, but within driving distance of one another in Chrissie’s home state. She expected to make wonderful memories but she never expected a single, terrifying moment would endear her family to the geocaching community forever.It all started late in the day at GeoWoodstock. Chrissie says they family was pulling their car over to explore a giant geocaching ammo can.Chrissie and RyanShe says,”Ryan was very excited and unbuckled and said he was going to see what was in it. Both his sister and I told him he needed to wait, but he took off running without waiting for [his sister] Kelci.” Chrissie then watched the next moments in shock and disbelief.She says, “Within seconds we saw a car hit Ryan and he flew into the grass on the side of the road.”Geocachers who were witnesses quickly jumped into action. Chrissie says, “By the time I got my car in park and ran across the street four people had jumped out of their cars and ran to check on Ryan.”She says the geocachers not only called for help but gave first responders the precise latitude and longitude of the accident scene. Chrissie says, “I know many people called 911 and were able to give coordinates. Thank goodness for these people and the fact that each one had a GPS unit, as I didn’t know where we were.”Chrissie says the geocaching community then united to transform the confusion after the accident into order. “A couple of nice ladies directed traffic around the commotion and my son was brought a blanket to put his head on. The very nice man who hit my son parked, and also stayed with Ryan the whole time. I don’t know any of these people, and I didn’t at the time think to get their names, but they all stopped to help out, offered kind words, and kept the chaos down to a minimum while waiting for the medics to arrive.”Ryan escaped the accident with little more than a bruise and a scrape on his ankle. Chrissie says she and her family are left with something else though — a heart-felt appreciation for their fellow geocachers. “I am grateful for each person that called 911 and told them the location using latitude and longitude. I am thankful for all who stopped to help Ryan that day.”She says that the next day Ryan was well enough to go to Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration. Chrissie says, “Ryan stayed a little closer to me that day and was more aware of his surroundings. Even if something had happened at the event on Sunday as well, I know that we belong to a community that cares.”Explore the good works of other geocachers. Read other “Geocachers Care” blog posts.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeoWoodstock IX 2011 – A Lackey Report from PennsylvaniaAugust 19, 2011In “Community”Geocachers make history at Geowoodstock 2018June 29, 2018In “News”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Aqua Notes: For When Inspiration Strikes In The Shower

first_imgRelated Posts adam popescu Tags:#Products#web If you do your best thinking in the shower, you either have soggy wads of paper on the floor or a lot of forgotten ideas. But it doesn’t have to be that way.Check out Aqua Notes. For $7, you get a waterproof notepad on which to jot brilliant ideas that occur as you’re scrubbing down. Finally, multitasking while getting your shower on, and, potentially, turning inspiration into realization.The reason we forget, is a notion psychologists call retrieval failure, which means if information is not retrieved and rehearsed, you forget it. So what’s the answer to remembering — truly remembering? Writing it down so it doesn’t decay!This isn’t the be-all for we memory-impaired, but let’s be honest, you’re more likely to use Aqua Notes for shopping lists or as a reminder to call the woman you met — after the obligatory three-day wait is satisfied. In either case, it’s worth $7 not to forget.Photo by Steven Depolo A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Is Your Phone Answering Habits Hurting Your Business? 68% of People Say Yes

first_imgNathan Bradshaw is a health enthusiast, talented author, celebrated pod caster and a poet who is now the co-editor and imaginative contributor of health fuel with a background in collaborative care networks and artificial intelligence. Nathan Bradshaw works from a creative wellspring that shows no signs of running dry. Nathan Bradshaw Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Medical Practice Have you called into your office lately? Maybe you should, if for no other reason than to experience what your patients and other people go through when they call in. A pleasant experience will leave a pleasant image, while a negative experience can create an instant hostile exchange when the patient does get through, and if a new patient, the frustration could lead patients to seek another doctor.Generally, the first contact a patient has with a physician is by way of the physician’s phone. If difficult, the impression is the practice, and the physicians are uncaring or difficult. The staff that does answer the phone life will tell you that a frustrated patient will be more exhausting and time-consuming for your staff to deal with. Is your phone system setting you up for a more difficult patient-physician relationship than necessary?The value of making the initial contact with you a positive one is borne out by studies that show the benefit of doing it right and the determent of doing it wrong. Numerous studies have indicated that patients who view their physician in this negative manner are far more likely to sue if or when something goes wrong in the course of their treatment. Others show that a client’s or customer’s perception of their wait time is directly related to their overall customer satisfaction. One study found that 68% of a company’s lost customer base is due to indifferent or negative phone treatment.On Hold Surveys, Studies & FactsHow callers are treated over the phone, how they are greeted, the automated messages, and any labyrinth to find a live person all impact how a patient perceives they will be treated by the practice and its physician. Treat this first impression opportunity in a brash manner or as an interruption of more important things, chances are that’s how the patient will believe they will be treated when they go in for a visit. If the phone rings and rings, they will think twice about becoming a patient. Don’t call back, when a message is left, and you dramatically increase the chance of losing the patient, and the revenue they bring.Read more about: What Happens When you Ignore Basic Business Practices?Assessing if your phone system needs helpThe first step in assessing if your phone system needs improvement? Pick up a phone and dial.Call in as an outside caller and try to maneuver through the system. Is it easy? Is it friendly? Can an older patient use it without frustration? Have family and friend try out the system as well.Do your own little study; did you perceive the voice on the other end as warm, friendly and caring? Are there too many prompts? Is it easy to get to speak to an actual person?Use the time that your patients are in the waiting room to conduct your own brief. Ask how they feel about their experience with reaching your office by phone. Keep the responses anonymous for more likely honest answers.What can you do to fix it? Knowing what works and does not is the starting point for implementing the need fixes. Some things to consider:Reduce the number of prompts in your system to one set. If this isn’t possible, offer callers the option of speaking to an operator in the first and subsequent series of prompts.Make sure the phone is answered promptly – ideally before the third ring. Any longer gives the impression your office is inefficient.Use call forwarding to a live administrative staff member instead of an answering service or lengthy automated service. Nothing beats talking to a live human being when you’re calling about urgent medical matters.Allow callers on hold to listen to messages about your practice, rather than silence or music. With silence, they wonder if they’ve been disconnected, while music can be grating or annoying depending on the caller’s tastes.Record your practice’s outgoing message yourself, rather than having a nurse or receptionist do it. It lends a personal air to your practice and puts patients at ease. Now EHR software has reduced this hurdles to managing and preserving the patient’s data in paper forms.If your system is older, there are new technological features that can improve patient satisfaction; Auto attendant, call overflow, and direct inbound dialing (DID).If you have multiple offices, set up one networked phone system for your entire operation. This helps patients perceive you as one seamless practice, which bolsters the perception of you and keeps your sites covered at all times.Read more about: ARE YOU READY – Disaster planning for your officeWhat should you avoid?Don’t allow calls to go to voicemail during business hours. This sends the message that your practice is understaffed, which can mean long wait times for them in your office.Don’t use busy signals. Establish enough phone lines instead.Don’t allow your staff to answer the phone in a rushed, distracted, bored or impatient manner, or while still carrying on a conversation with someone else. All are unprofessional and make your practice look bad.Don’t rely too much on technology. Try to have a real person be your callers’ first point of contact with your practice whenever possible.last_img read more