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Detroit-Based Entreprenuer Partners with Non-Profit

Detroit, MI (January 7, 2015)MyLocker, the e-commerce resource for custom t-shirts, custom hoodies and other apparel, unveiled today a limited-edition collection created in partnership with iconic graffiti artist Antonio “Shades” Agee that celebrates the street art and spirit of Detroit. “Inspired by Detroit: Shades” is a specially-curated collection highlighting Shades’ unique and iconic street art images, which have been designed for apparel via screen printing and embroidery. A quarter of the sales from this collection will go directly to Art Road, a Michigan-based non-profit whose mission is to give Detroit students increased access to art instruction by bringing art back as a regular part of school curriculum.

Shades, who was born and raised in Detroit, has been a fixture in the world of street art for more than 20 years. He has previously been commissioned for spray-painted and airbrushed custom murals and canvases by companies including: Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Quicken Loans and Universal Studies. Shades also painted custom murals on the walls of the MyLocker headquarters located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. His work can be seen throughout the Motor City and is archived in the Detroit Institute of Art.

“Detroit is my muse and my canvas,” said Shades. “Now it’s time to expand that ‘canvas’ into clothing – and help young artists along the way with each sale from the collection.”

The collection includes a graffiti-emblazoned image of the word “Detroit,” Shades’ well-known hand-written signature, his “Lips” and a whimsical character “Blooey.” In addition to the art from Shades, the collection will include images created by Art Road students. A quarter of all sales from the collection will be donated to Art Road, helping the organization as it places art teachers in local public schools whose budgets have been cut. Art education encourages curiosity and problem solving skills, inspiring the next generation of Michigan leaders.

“Our mission is to bring art back into Michigan classrooms and foster creativity, so we are very grateful that MyLocker and Shades are supporting this cause with such a creative, artistic collection,” said Michigan-native Carol Hofgartner, founder and executive director of Art Road. “Proceeds from this collection will help us expand our efforts – and the benefits that come with them – like the clear increase in student attendance on days when our art classes take place.”

To celebrate the launch of this collection, the MyLocker team will host a “Shades Day” at Charles Wright Academy of Arts & Sciences in Detroit on January 7. The collection will be shown to elementary school students who will have the opportunity to create their own art inspired by the collection. The MyLocker team will also speak about creative careers and working in the arts.

The artistic creativity does not end with the collection images. All of the artwork from the collection can be customized to appear on thousands of different apparel items available on MyLocker, including custom t-shirts, custom hoodies, hats, bags and more. Like all products available for customization, MyLocker will use a combination of state-of-the-art full-color printing and automated embroidery technology to create any design in less than a minute, and orders will ship within 48 hours.

“Detroit pride extends beyond those of us who work or live in the 313 area code,” said Robert Hake, founder and chief executive officer of MyLocker. “Although there’s a lot of talk today about the upstart mentality that Detroit embodies, few people understand that success – and struggle – as deeply as Shades. I was blown away when I first saw his work, and now, even if you aren’t close to one of his original canvases or wall murals, you can create original, customizable apparel with these iconic images and showcase your love of art or the city of Detroit.”

A lookbook showcasing this collection can be found here. To shop the Inspired by Detroit: Shades collection and support the mission of Art Road, please visit: http://www.mylocker.net/my/shop/inspired-by-detroit/index.html.

About MyLocker

Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, MyLocker is the premier e-commerce provider of custom apparel and gear. MyLocker offers everything from custom t-shirts, to custom hoodies, to custom laptop sleeves, to custom hats and custom blankets. Shoppers can design their own gear in as quickly as 30 seconds. State-of-the art printing and embroidery technology paired with excellent customer service allow almost all orders to ship within 48 hours. MyLocker operates in a 120,000 square foot office and manufacturing space in the heart of Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, Corktown. Founder and proud Michigan native Robert Hake started making custom t-shirts in high school and channeled his passion and entrepreneurial spirit into a thriving e-commerce business that has experienced upwards of 100% year-over-year growth.

About Art Road

Art Road Nonprofit is the only 501(c) (3) Nonprofit in Michigan actively bringing art class back into schools for the entire school year as part of the regular curriculum. Art Road’s Mission is for children throughout Southeastern Michigan to have access to art instruction. Currently, Art Road is providing art class to 1,500 students that lack art in their curriculum.

NFIB Jobs Report: Hiring Spike Good, Signals Better Direction

Small business hiring very strong in December, according to National Federation of Independent Business

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2015 — Chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) William C. Dunkelberg issued the following comments on the organization’s December Jobs Report. The findings are based on the NFIB monthly economic survey. The survey was conducted in December and reflects the responses of 568 sampled NFIB members:

“The December results clarify the economic picture for 2015 and what we’re seeing looks very promising,” said Dunkelberg. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this kind of activity, but it looks like small business owners are finally shaking off the effects of the recession.”

Below is the full NFIB Jobs Report:

The percent of owners reporting job creation rose 7 percentage points from November to a net 9 percent of owners. The percent of owners creating new jobs finally soared while the percent cutting jobs remained historically low. Overall, the average increase in workers per firm was 0.2, up from 0.05 in November and historically large. Because owners report on past hiring, this confirms the better job numbers November delivered. Eighteen percent report increasing employment an average of 2.9 workers while 9 percent reduced their workforce by an average of 3.0 workers (seasonally adjusted). Fifty-four percent reported hiring or trying to hire, but 43 percent reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill. Fourteen percent reported using temporary workers, down 1 point.

Twenty-five percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, up 1 point from November and a very solid reading. This anticipates a further reduction in the unemployment rate even if job creation is not especially strong.

Job creation plans improved 4 points to a seasonally adjusted net 15 percent, one of the stronger readings in NFIB survey history. This is a number consistent with the stronger GDP growth reported in the second half of the year and anticipates a ramp up in private sector hiring.

GDP growth for Q3 was surprisingly revised up to 5 percent, a stunningly strong reading. Such a major shift in economic activity in just 90 days should have produced a sense of “economic whiplash” somewhere in the economy. The November jobs number might have qualified if it were not “contradicted” by a 4,000 job increase in the Household survey. But shifting gears in such a large economy can produce confusing results. That said, it would appear that the job market is set for improvement in 2015, at least in the small business sector which has been a laggard in the recovery. Average monthly gains (post revision) should rise and the unemployment rate should give up more ground early in the year.

To learn more about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.

First Ever Global #MicroBizMattersDay Calls for Nine Minutes of Action This Friday 09 January

By the Enterprise Rockers CIC supported by live streaming from a partnership of SageOne and Google Apps for Business.

Micro enterprises with nine minutes to spare this coming Friday 09 January have the chance to make history and make a difference as the first #MicroBizMattersDay takes place organised by the Enterprise Rockers movement and supported by a partnership of SageOne and Google Apps for Work.

Hosted by Enterprise Rockers co-founders Tony Robinson OBE and Tina Boden, #MicroBizMattersDay is a global day of social actions. It will live stream from GoogleHQ in London for nine hours as everyone is asked to give nine minutes, day or night to make life better for micro enterprise (0-9 employees) owners everywhere.

Throughout the day special guests will appear in the studio and participate from around the world via Google Hangouts to help spread the word about the day and its mission. The vision of Enterprise Rocker co-founders Tony Robinson OBE and Tina Boden, the idea of the day is to make a difference through the #PowerOfPlenty, encouraging self employed people and micro businesses to help each other by giving 9 minutes to help others gain more customers or improve cashflow.

Tony Robinson OBE said, “The Enterprise Rockers movement has already achieved a great deal to make life better for micro enterprise owners but much more can be done by hundreds of thousands of people giving nine minutes of positive, helpful actions on one day each year. This is the basis and inspiration for #MicroBizMatters.

“Although, most countries are seeing record numbers of self-employed and micro enterprise owners (in the UK, for example 96% or 5 million businesses are micro enterprise) it is getting tougher to earn a reasonable living. In many countries the behaviour of national, regional and local government, alongside some large organisations, makes it an uphill struggle. In the UK 1 in 7 of the workforce is self-employed but earning 20% less than in 2008.

“The #MicroBizMattersDay of actions will enable more micro enterprises to survive and thrive around the world. Micro enterprises already create most new jobs, most innovation and most support to their communities so the future success of micro enterprise is in everyone’s best interest.”

Studio guests invited to appear on the live stream from GoogleHQ include Charlie Mullins OBE, Pimlico Plumbers, the first The Apprentice winner, Tim Campbell MBE, Entrepreneur Khalid Sharif and MOBO award winning rapper, Sway. Other special guests, including Britain’s award winning blues guitarist, Chantel McGregor, will participate via Google Hangout from locations including United States, Spain, Egypt and France – where co-founder Tina Boden will be based.

Suggested actions for the day are grouped into three categories; customers, cashflow and chat. Ms Boden said, “While nine minutes out of the day doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s a large enough timeframe to really help make a difference to a micro business owner. From setting up a marketing roundtable to joining a support group, paying outstanding bills owed to other micro businesses, signing a petition to support a local business or posting a tweet or Facebook message, the power of plenty means nine short minutes can have a big impact.

About

MicroBizMattersDay is the worldwide call to fill the gaps in policy and support by ‘Rockers doing it for themselves’. All business owners are asked to choose actions to take in 9 minutes in one of the 3 hash tagged categories of #Customers, #Cashflow or #Chat. Here are 2 examples of possible and useful actions under each category, and more become available daily on the #MicroBizMattersDay website at http://microbizmattersday.rocks.

Jamaica To Host First Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit In Philanthropy

Montego Bay Summit to Connect Young Social Entrepreneurs and Next Generation Wealth Holders

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – January 6, 2015 – Jamaica is set to host the first Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit in Montego Bay from February 5-7, 2015. The Summit aims to connect philanthropists, next generation wealth holders, investors, social entrepreneurs, and allies to learn, cross-examine and debate relevant social issues and explore innovative ways to make an impact on philanthropy throughout the region. Targeting individuals in the Caribbean and the Diaspora, the Nexus Global Youth Summit will be held at Half Moon, A RockResort.

“Destination Jamaica is delighted to host the upcoming Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit in our tourism capital, Montego Bay. We are always happy to support events designed to bring long-term benefits especially to the lives of young people,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook. “This meeting of brilliant minds that will discuss issues relating to philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, augurs well for the region. As a destination, we are aware of the power of philanthropy and are committed to leveraging opportunities for our youth.”

Among the speakers confirmed for the inaugural Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit are Hon. Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture; Hon. Damion Crawford, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment; Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International; Abigail Noble, Director at Impact Investing World Economic Forum; and Kate Roberts,

Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy at Population Services International (PSI).

The Nexus Global Youth Summit is a global movement of over 2,000 aspiring, young minds from over 70 countries who are changing the world through philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. The Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit is hosted by the RMP Foundation and The Phoenix Group in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Sandals Foundation and the MapeX Foundation. For more information on the Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit or to apply, visit www.nexusyouthsummit.org/summits/caribbean/

For more information on events in Jamaica or to book a vacation, go to www.visitjamaica.com or speak to your local travel specialist.

About Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2014. Also in 2014, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the eighth consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the Caribbean’s Leading Heritage Tour while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport. In Canada, Jamaica was voted the Favourite Honeymoon Destination by Travel Agents.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai and Tokyo.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at www.facebok.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/visitjamaica, on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/myjamaica, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/myjamaicajtb. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.

In the World’s Largest Closet, Philanthropist Theresa Roemer Raises Funds to Sponsor Camper, Kaela Cruz to Attend MoRE Camp Adventure by Kids Need More, an Oncology Camp on Shelter Island, New York

HOUSTON, TEXAS, January 2015 – Houston philanthropist Theresa Roemer recently hosted the first charity event in her 3,000 sq. ft. closet since the infamous burglary that took place there this past July, 2014. Prior to the burglary, Theresa Roemer’s elegant three-story closet, designed after a Neiman Marcus showroom, made national headlines for its opulence and character when the closet was featured on the Neiman Marcus blog and the story went viral.

A private, invitation-only fundraiser took place in November to benefit MoRE Camp Adventure, an oncology camp run by Kids Need More. Through silent auction items and raffles, the event raised funds to send deserving camper, Kaela Cruz to camp in the summer of 2015. The sponsorship will cover Kaela’s costs including transportation to and from camp, room and board, all meals and snacks, camp shirts, camp hoodies, and entertainment for the entire week.

Now twelve years old, Kaela was diagnosed with bone cancer the day before her 5th birthday January 2007. She had an above knee amputation on her left leg in May 2007 to save her life. She has been Cancer free for more than seven years, and an inspiration to us all. Kaela has told her story of survivorship to a few foundations to raise funds while spreading awareness of pediatric cancer and children with disabilities. She also participated in several 5k Run/Walks, the most recent event she attended was Curefest 2014 for childhood cancer at the Mall in Washington DC.

“Houston really showed up for this event. I was so excited to see so many people show up to support this great cause,” says Roemer. This camp is completely run by volunteers and fully funded by donations – that’s no small order. I am thrilled that the November fundraiser was a success and will assist Kaela in making memories next year at MoRE Camp Adventure.”

The Kids Need More community gives children like Kaela, their siblings and families the hope that despite a life threatening illness or loss of a limb, you can have fun, build friendships and just be a kid.

ABOUT MoRE CAMP ADVENTURE

In 1990, a group of concerned parents created a camping experience for their children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings. MoRE Camp Adventure now serves the East Coast and Tri-State area. It remains one of the only camps of its kind to serve child cancer patients and siblings. The programs and activities are designed to reunite siblings and allow parents time for respite.

ABOUT THERESA ROEMER

Theresa Roemer is the CEO of Theresa Roemer, LLC and founder of the Theresa Roemer True and Real apparel line, with offices located at 25815 Oakridge Dr. in Spring, TX. Theresa Roemer is an expert in business philanthropy, runs several small businesses, and is a partner in Roemer Oil.

SaveAPooch.com Launches Radio Show on Pet Life Radio Network to Spread the Word on Rescue Dogs

Did you ever wonder why Snoopy spends so much time on top of his doghouse rather than inside it? Maybe it’s because he gets better reception on the roof. Man’s best friend is hitting the airwaves as SaveAPooch.com, an online community of dog professionals and rescue dog enthusiasts, launches a radio show on Pet Life Radio Network. Guests will share their expertise, insights, and stories about rescue dogs and how human effort can keep these brave animals happy and healthy. The rescue dog community is made up of ordinary people who share an extraordinary affection for animals. As you meet these people on the radio show, you’ll be fascinated to learn about their experiences with the different dogs who have been saved from danger and even death thanks to the efforts of their rescuers.

A Save a Pooch spokesperson explains, “The purpose of the show is to raise awareness of dogs in need and to share useful information with rescue dog handlers. There is so much information that may not be common knowledge, but should be available to the entire rescue dog community.” Check out Save A Pooch on Pet Life Radio.

If you’ve ever wondered about the world of rescue dogs, or even thought about joining that network of compassionate canine support, the Save A Pooch radio show is going to be your best resource. Interviews will explore ways to enhance the rescue experience for both fosters and adopters; tips on improving the physical and emotional well-being of the rescue dogs so that they can overcome the trauma they’ve endured; opportunities for rescue dogs; rescue success stories; techniques for determining whether a rescue organization is genuine or a fraud; and much, much more!

Save.A.Pooch.com has established affiliations with Pet Alive and Only Natural Pet, two online stores whose mission is to provide holistic pet healthcare. Products available at these sites include natural remedies for physical, behavioral and trauma health; accessories and supplies that minimize the toxic ingredients that can be harmful to animals; and of course, toys. For more information, visit here.

About Save A Pooch:

SaveAPooch.com is an online community that has built its reputation by taking a stand on animal welfare. The organization accomplishes this by raising awareness on vital issues such as the human-animal bond; rescue initiatives; holistic healthcare and ethical practices. Website members can connect with one another and receive updated information, insights, and tips from experts. The social media connect pages of Save A Pooch are:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/saveapoochinc
Twitter: @saveapooch

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