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Devin D. Thorpe

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This category includes articles about social entrepreneurs, typically about businesses with a for-profit model with a social mission embedded into the fabric of the business.

NFIB Small Business Economic Optimism Falls But Still in Normal Zone

Readings drop after two strong months

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2014 – The NFIB Small Business Optimism Survey for January slipped 2.5 points to 97.9 with seven components dropping, one unchanged, and two slightly increasing. Still, the Index shows the small business sector is operating in an ordinary fashion.

“November and December readings were very strong, possibly from post-election euphoria,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “January’s decline was mostly due to owners being less optimistic about sales growth and business conditions, not spending and hiring plans.”

Regulation interference and taxes trump the list of concerns for small businesses while inflation risks and credit availability and costs are at the bottom. Only a net three percent of owners reported raising average selling prices.

“Even though there is a decline in optimism, the small business sector is operating in a somewhat normal zone, “said Dunkelberg. “The increase in the percent of owners reporting hard to fill job openings is good news.”

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Salsa Labs Releases Solis – New Software Provides Guided Best Practices for Online Fundraising

Designed for growing nonprofits, Solis helps users make smart choices to achieve the best results from online engagement efforts.

Washington, DC – February 10, 2015Salsa Labs, Inc. (Salsa), creator of the all-in-one online engagement platform, announces the release of its newest software, Solis. Designed to help growing nonprofit organizations take full advantage of online communications, outreach and fundraising, Solis guides users step-by-step and encourages best practices to ensure success. Users can control email, donation, social sharing and online CRM tools – all in one application.

“By integrating all the tools nonprofits need as well as proven best practice guides and tips within the application, we save organizations more than just time. We can lead even the smallest nonprofit to success,” said Charles Parsons, director, product development.

Solis’ features include:

  • Manageable forms and layouts that allow users to easily move from set-up to a published fundraising form within minutes. Plus, the ability to post the forms on any site, not just their own.
  • Integrated social media platforms and email communications for sharing forms with supporters.
  • Pre-defined email messaging that prompts organizations to welcome their new supporters.
  • Built-in online CRM features to help organizations see at-a-glance which supporters are most active and which supporters contribute through fundraising pages.
  • Automated segmentation to easily individualize supporter communications for higher response rates and supporter retention.

Parsons added, “Research shows that online giving is growing exponentially each year. We have been providing online engagement best practices education in addition to all-in-one software for years. Solis is the next big step in our overall product strategy to bring it all together in one interface and put more emphasis on driving results for our clients.”

Solis pricing starts at just $99 a month. For more information about Solis, visit www.salsalabs.com/solis.

Solis complements Salsa’s flagship online engagement software, now called Cosm, which also provides best-in-industry email delivery, fundraising, and online CRM tools as well as advocacy features. Geared to more tech-savvy online organizers, Cosm provides complete control through custom fields, reports and templates as well as chapter management.

For a more in-depth look Salsa’s products, please visit Salsalabs.com.

About Salsa Labs

Salsa Labs (Salsa) helps nonprofits and political campaigns ignite action and fuel change around the world by growing and engaging a base of support online. With Salsa, groups of all sizes can easily organize their supporters and chapters, fundraise, advocate, communicate through email and social media, host events and measure results. Salsa provides more than technology; it offers strategic best practices, training, highly rated support and a strong online community, so its clients can focus their energy on their mission. The company currently empowers more than 3,000 organizations’ and their more than 92 million donors, members, activists and fans across the globe. Visit Salsa online at www.SalsaLabs.com.

McCourt Global Makes Transformative $10m Investment In The Future Project To Launch The Award-Winning Non-Profit’s Campaign To Reach Millions Of Young Americans

Company to Serve as Strategic Partner as The Future Project Inspires Students Across the Country to Live Lives of Passion and Purpose

NEW YORK CITY – February 3, 2015 – McCourt Global (MG), a leader in building value through entrepreneurial, strategic, and philanthropic investments, today announced that it has made a transformative $10 million investment in The Future Project (TFP) – one of the fastest-growing non-profits in America – to help it meet the national demand for its award-winning model of inspiring young people to discover the power within themselves to fulfill their dreams and change the world. MG will serve as TFP’s strategic partner and provide the organization with counsel, resources, and operational support as it mobilizes young people to build their futures and the future of the country.

“The Future Project is changing the national dialogue by inspiring America’s youth to define the future on their terms, to be excited about the possibilities of tomorrow, and to hold themselves and the world around them accountable for delivering on the promises upon which America was built,” said Frank H. McCourt, Jr., Chairman and CEO of McCourt Global. “Those powerful concepts fueled the fires that created this country and made it great, and those are the very same concepts that can reignite the torch of America’s greatness. I expect McCourt Global’s investment in The Future Project will be one of best we’ve ever made – it’s an investment in our youth, our communities, and our country, which will reap unlimited dividends for years to come.”

Co-founded in 2011 by social entrepreneurs Andrew Mangino and Kanya Balakrishna – who currently serve as CEO and president respectively – TFP embeds entrepreneurial “Dream Directors,” recruited from within the communities they serve, in schools around the country to expose young people to the dreams and passions they can pursue, instill in them a belief that they can achieve what seems ‘impossible,’ and teach them the hard skills they need to turn their dreams into reality. Students design and implement “Future Projects” in partnership with their peers and volunteer coaches that prepare them to solve problems in an increasingly complex world – and awaken them to the power of their ideas. The TFP model – which has been designed in partnership with dozens of educators and students across the nation – is built on cutting-edge research about the mindset and skillset young people need most in the 21st Century in order to flourish personally – and become leaders of building a better world.

“By making this unprecedented investment in our mission to fulfill the unmet promise of our country to all of its young people, McCourt Global has taken a bold stand that non-profits should not be afraid to pursue their biggest dreams, even when those dreams require significant capital,” Mangino said. “We’re now able to invite the millions of Americans out there with so much passion and purpose – future Dream Directors, volunteers, principals, teachers, parents, and of course the young people themselves whose voices are too often left out – to answer the call to action of this decade: to build a more perfect union by empowering the next generation like never before. And we hope McCourt Global’s investment – and the partnership underlying it – inspires philanthropists of all kinds to think even bigger about the difference they can make, no matter their cause.”

Based in New York City, TFP has nearly 70 full-time employees and works with thousands of young people across seven states. The organization is supported by a Board of Directors and advisors that include many of today’s leading philanthropists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, educators, authors, and visionaries. TFP currently works with young people in New York City, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Newark, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New Haven, CT; and after seeing outsized demand for its model from thousands of students, educators, and institutions nationwide, plans to grow its presence and impact to all corners of the country by the end of the decade. TFP is the recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship, awarded to the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with audacious visions of systemic change; and the Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship, awarded to the most promising early-stage non-profits in America (past recipients have included Kiva, Room to Read, and the Mission Continues).

“McCourt Global believes in The Future Project and its mission, and we intend this investment to be a transformative opportunity for the organization,” McCourt continued. “Given the daily challenges not-for-profits often experience simply keeping the lights on and making payroll, it is understandably difficult for them to operate strategically and drive rapid growth. Today, the need for a new paradigm is far too acute to allow an organization like The Future Project to be held back by fundraising cycles. This investment and our ongoing partnership will enable The Future Project to take the long view – to operate strategically and to help bring about the significant changes our young people and our nation are hungry for. As importantly, we expect our investment will prompt others to join The Future Project’s growing team of investors and partners.”

“My family moved to America when I was five years old because we believed the United States was a place of limitless possibility, optimism, and ingenuity – a place where anyone could create the life and world they imagine,” Balakrishna said. “These ideas are a core part of the American narrative – but for too many people, especially young people, they are nowhere close to reality. Today, we are inviting Americans of all kinds to join us and thousands of young people in changing the status quo. Millions of lives – and our national spirit – is at stake. We have the chance, together, to inspire a generation to lead us into the future and change this country for the better.”

About McCourt Global

McCourt Global (MG) is a leader in building value through entrepreneurial, strategic, and philanthropic investments. With roots dating back to 1893, MG was founded by real estate developer and philanthropist Frank H. McCourt, Jr. MG’s principal business units include: MG Properties, its real estate investment and development arm with current projects in New York City, Miami, and Austin; MG Capital, the global investment solutions unit that recently launched specialty finance firm MGG Investment Group; and MG Sports & Media, whose businesses include the LA Marathon and Global Champions Tour, the premier global show jumping series. MG is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles. Additional information can be found at mg.com.

Discovery Toys Offers Work-At-Home Opportunities for Women Seeking Flexibility To Raise Families While Earning

For Educational Consultants, Selling the Power of Play is a Profitable Passion Project 

Livermore, CA, January 20, 2015 – How did a nervous Girl Scout selling cookies door-to-door grow up to be a star salesperson, grossing nearly $400,000 in combined team sales? Jacki Delaney, a mother of three from New York, credits the home-based educational toy selling company Discovery Toys with providing a meaningful and profitable career.

“I joined Discovery Toys so I could have all the products for my three boys at a discount,” said Jacki Delaney, an Educational Consultant whose career with Discovery Toys now spans 21 years. “I stayed for many other reasons, but here are my positive results: three awesome young men who were honor students, scholarship earners and who are successful in so many ways.”

The award-winning Discovery Toys, is the only direct selling company in North America that specializes in quality educational toys and products. Founded in 1978, the company was built on the core belief that it is far more important to teach children “how to learn” than “what to learn.”A dynamic new management team is looking to reinvent the traditional direct marketing structure and recruit a new generation of women who crave the flexibility to rear their families, while maintaining the independence of their own career.

“We are looking for people who are passionate about a career with purpose to join our growing North American team of Educational Consultants,” said Discovery Toys CEO Jerry Salerno, a former music executive who is leading the company’s North American expansion. “Discovery Toys offers an excellent, flexible income opportunity for moms looking to make a difference in the lives of children.”

Unlike other direct sales opportunities that only nurture the bottom line, such as nutritional supplements and beauty products, a career as an Educational Consultant with Discovery Toys allows moms to nurture children’s lives while working when and where they want. Discovery Toys deliver a hands-on, multi-sensory, child-directed play experience designed to stimulate multiple centers in the brain simultaneously, while promoting critical and independent thinking and open-ended imaginary play. Discovery Toys also offers fun, safe developmentally appropriate toys for children with special needs or autism.

Thousands of women have built successful entrepreneurial careers with Discovery Toys over the years. Two options are available to launch a career with Discovery Toys: the Business Launch kit for the more casual seller, and the Business Builder kit, comprising all the essentials to launch a successful career. Full rebates on starter kits are available through the Success Starts Rewards program. The Discovery Toys support system includes professional training at the DT Boot Camp. Incentives for Educational Consultants include vacations to great destinations and other rewards. Discovery Toys is kicking off 2015 with January Jumpstarts, which offers existing consultants the chance to actively promote the career opportunity to interested parents with incentives such as Caribbean trips and free products.

About Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys (www.DiscoveryToys.net) is the foremost direct selling company in the toy category, specializing in premium learning products for newborns through school-aged children. Each Discovery Toys product incorporates layers of learning and a unique play experience designed to promote critical thinking and open-ended imaginary play. With safety and quality standards that exceed U.S. and Canadian national standards, Discovery Toys backs every product with a satisfaction guarantee. Headquartered in Livermore, California, Discovery Toys products are sold through Educational Consultants in the U.S. and Canada.

All-Star Team to Judge at Food Challenge Prize Presented by The Food Lab at The University of Texas at Austin

Industry Leaders From Across U.S.A. Will Help Award $30,000 to Food System Innovators

AUSTIN, Texas — As Showcase Day approaches on February 14, 2015, The Food Lab at The University of Texas at Austin announces an all-star lineup of judges who will decide which teams take away $30,000 in cash awards at the first-time Food Challenge Prize. A panel of 14 judges, representing a wide range of industries from technology, venture capital, culinary education, start-up incubation, marketing and social entrepreneurism, have signed on to review the 21 finalist teams narrowed down from a pool of more than 120 entrants last summer. The Food Lab Challenge was launched in 2014 to encourage innovation at all primary touch points of the global food system including agriculture, distribution, packaging and consumption.

The Food Lab’s advisory team recruited leaders and innovators from throughout the United States such as Steve Wanta, global program director for Whole Planet Foundation; David Palmer, president and CEO of PreMark Health Science; Caleb Harper, director of development of MIT’s CityFARM group and Elise Golan, director for Sustainable Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Austin leaders of note include Claire England, the new executive director of Central Texas Angel Network; Molly Bray, a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin and Aimee Olson, executive chef with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. For full list of judges, click here.

“I’m honored to be part of this exciting new program on the future of food and inspired by the entrepreneurs devoted to their ideas. The innovation we’re seeing here could surface game-changing solutions for improving our food system,” said Marissa Duswalt, a judge and registered dietitian from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Twenty-one teams from Texas, Massachusetts, California and Georgia, including one student team, have been working with select industry mentors since November in preparation for Showcase Day.

Prizes will be awarded in four food system categories: 1) Healthy Eating; 2) Inputs and Production; 3) Processing, Packaging and Safety; and 4) Storage and Distribution, along with one Grand Prize winner.

Showcase Day for the Food Lab Challenge is free and open to the public on Saturday, February 14th, 10:30am – 4:00pm. The Norman Hackerman Building is at 100 E. 24th Street; map, parking information, RSVP, etc. via link here. Local food entrepreneurs such as Third Coast Coffee, Noble Pig, East Side King, Austin Beerworks and Honest Teas will provide food and beverage samplings throughout the day; live music from Bonfire Choir will take place later in the afternoon.

For more information on the Food Lab Challenge Prize, please visit the website.

Policy Innovation Lab at the David Eccles School of Business Receives More Than $2 Million in Funding Commitments

Support from the White House, James Lee Sorenson and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will help improve communities in Utah and throughout the West

Salt Lake City (Jan. 21, 2015) — The Policy Innovation Lab (Lab) has received more than $2 million in funding commitments, allowing the new Lab to reach communities across the western United States.

A $1.15 million grant from the Social Innovation Fund, a White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, allowed the Lab to open its doors and begin hiring staff.

In addition, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has provisionally approved a $1 million grant over two years for the Lab to provide services to governments and nonprofits in order to implement high-quality programs in areas like homelessness, criminal justice, early childhood education and behavioral health.

The Policy Innovation Lab is an initiative of the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.

Executive Director Jeremy Keele will oversee the Lab’s work on Pay for Success. The innovative funding mechanism drives government resources toward social programs that deliver proven results to those in need. Private funders cover the up-front costs of the program and are repaid by the government only if the programs achieve predetermined goals (e.g., 10% reduction in recidivism). The model provides a risk-free way for state and local governments to address persistent problems since taxpayer money is directed to programs that are proven to work.

“This addition to the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center is a powerful new platform to make a positive difference in communities throughout the West,” said Jim Sorenson who also provided a $120,000 grant to the Lab. “It will allow governments, in partnership with the private and nonprofit sectors, to focus on fixing long-term issues in their communities without wasting taxpayer dollars.”

About Jeremy Keele

Jeremy Keele is Executive Director of the Policy Innovation Lab at the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Prior to joining the Lab, Keele was senior adviser to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams from 2013 to 2015. Before that, Keele practiced corporate transactional law in New York, London and Los Angeles with the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb and Latham & Watkins, from 2006 to 2012. Keele received his JD from New York University in 2006, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2006 and bachelor’s degrees in biology and French from Brigham Young University in 2001. Keele and his wife, Amy, have three young boys.

About the Policy Innovation Lab

The Policy Innovation Lab at the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center at the David Eccles School Business is an applied academic institution dedicated to facilitating innovative cross-sector and evidence-based policies and programs throughout the western United States. Its initial focus is on Pay for Success initiatives, which employ an innovative financing structure to fund data-driven programs that demonstrate positive results.

About the Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund(SIF) [http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/social-innovation-fund], a White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

About the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF)

LJAF is a private foundation committed to producing substantial, widespread, and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society. Its strategic investments are currently focused in criminal justice, education, public accountability, and research integrity. LJAF has offices in Houston and New York City. www.arnoldfoundation.org.

About the David Eccles School of Business

Founded in 1917 in Salt Lake City, the David Eccles School of Business has programs in entrepreneurship, technology innovation and venture capital management. It launched the country’s largest student-run venture capital fund with $18.3 million and is home to the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation. Approximately 4,500 students are enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and executive degree programs. For more information, visit business.utah.edu

New Policy Innovation Lab At The University Of Utah To Host White House Event

Executive Director Jeremy Keele to announce competition for western U.S. governments and nonprofits to receive support for Pay for Success initiatives

Salt Lake City(Jan. 21, 2015) —The White House has invited government, business, nonprofit organizations and academics from around the country to gather at the University of Utah’s Policy Innovation Lab (Lab) to discover how Pay for Success initiatives can benefit their communities.

The Jan. 21 Western Regional Summit is one of a series of Pay for Success events hosted by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, in partnership with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund.

During the conference, the newly formed Lab will issue a call for proposals from executive and agency offices within state, county, city and tribal governments in the following 10 states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

The Lab will select three to five governments in the region to receive technical support and funding in order to build capacity for implementing Pay for Success (PFS) initiatives in their jurisdictions in areas like criminal justice, education and homelessness. Pay for Success is an innovative funding mechanism that drives government resources toward social programs that deliver proven results. Private funders cover the up-front costs of the program and are repaid by the government only if the programs achieve predetermined goals (e.g., 10% reduction in recidivism). The model provides a risk-free way for state and local governments to address persistent problems since taxpayer money is directed to programs that are proven to work. In addition to supporting governments around the region, the Lab will provide in-depth technical assistance to nonprofits and rigorous, independent evaluations of specific programs in conjunction with subject matter experts around the University of Utah and beyond.

“The Policy Innovation Lab works closely with the public, private and non-profit sectors to develop innovative and data-driven approaches to difficult social problems. In this era of ‘big data,’ we can reliably measure the effectiveness of policies and programs — we can actually tell what’s working and act on it,” said Executive Director Jeremy Keele, who was appointed Jan. 1. “The overarching goal of the Lab is to use these tools to help improve the lives of vulnerable members of the communities we serve.”

Prior to directing the Lab, Keele served as Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ senior adviser from 2013 to 2015, executing McAdams’ key policy initiatives.

“As the director of the Policy Innovation Lab, Jeremy will take the lead in advising policymakers and nonprofit service providers in the state and region on tackling challenges such as homelessness, recidivism and behavioral health through partnerships formed around ‘what works’ and data, rather than maintaining the status quo,”  McAdams said.

The Lab, housed at the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center at the David Eccles School of Business, will apply the principles taught every day at the David Eccles School of Business to make real-world changes.

“The Policy Innovation Lab will allow us to apply business principles to government. It will incorporate the substantial expertise on campus and at other institutions of higher learning to help with policy interventions that improve public sector outcomes,” said Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business.

A $1.15 million grant from the Social Innovation Fund, a White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, allowed the Lab to open its doors and begin hiring staff.

About the Policy Innovation Lab

The Policy Innovation Lab at the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center at the David Eccles School Business is an applied academic institution dedicated to facilitating innovative cross-sector and evidence-based policies and programs throughout the western United States. Its initial focus is on Pay for Success initiatives, which employ innovative financing structures to fund data-driven and impactful social programs.

About the Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) [http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/social-innovation-fund], a White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

About the David Eccles School of Business

Founded in 1917 in Salt Lake City, the David Eccles School of Business has programs in entrepreneurship, technology innovation and venture capital management. It launched the country’s largest student-run venture capital fund with $18.3 million and is home to the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation. Approximately 4,500 students are enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and executive degree programs. For more information, visit business.utah.edu

BeautyKind: The First-Ever “We-Commerce” Shopping Platform

Beauty site connects cause, commerce and community for the greater good 

BeautyKind.us offers a new way to shop for beauty products that enables consumers to buy prestige makeup, skincare, fragrances, hair and nail products and 5% of the purchase price of every product will be donated to the cause of the consumer’s choice. Created to integrate cause within commerce, this is a unique shopping platform that brings together the beauty community for the greater good.

“We created BeautyKind.us to be more charitable and more rewarding than anything in the category,” said Hil Davis, co-founder of BeautyKind. “At its core, BeautyKind represents three things: the most rewarding way to buy beauty products in the industry, an effortless and viral fundraising platform and a business model that empowers consumers, communities and influencers. BeautyKind.us aims to reshape how consumers shop for brands in the 21st century.”

The site offers an unparalleled loyalty program where up to five percent of every purchase will be given back to consumers in the form of “Beauty Points” as a reward for buying and sharing within their social community. The unique loyalty program gives back to the consumer every time they shop or refer friends and when their friends make purchases. On the site, consumers are encouraged to develop their own cause circle through a ‘Share’ option that generates a personalized link which they can distribute via a personal email or on their social media platforms. Consumers choose how to redeem their Beauty Points – which can be redeemed for additional donations, products, samples, expedited shipping and as a debit card to spend as you wish.

The cause focused ecommerce site has partnered with one of the entertainment industry’s biggest power brokers, Scooter Braun, Founder of SB Projects. Braun will serve as a strategic consultant, procuring influential ambassadors as well as facilitating partnerships for the site. “At SB Projects we are extremely passionate about giving back and infusing philanthropic initiatives into everything we do,” said Braun. “By partnering with BeautyKind, we can create ‘everyday philanthropists’ who give back while shopping for the products they’re already using every day.”

Powered by “we-commerce,” BeautyKind.us is the first beauty website that unites consumers, beauty brands, influencers and causes to create a shift in how businesses deliver both emotional and physical brand benefits.

To learn more, please visit www.BeautyKind.us.

MountainWest Capital Network Honors Nicholas and Company with Entrepreneur of the Year Award

MountainWest Capital Network has announced that it will award Peter and Nicole Mouskondis, the owners of Nicholas and Company, with its 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The annual award recognizes Utah entrepreneurs who have built an industry-leading company in Utah and is designed to inspire others to participate in the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

Nicholas and Company began in 1939, and Peter and Nicole represent its current third-generation leadership. The company delivers quality products and services in the foodservice industry in a six state area. With a team of food service experts, state of the art facilities and exemplary food safety practices, the company provides access to over 10,000 products. Greek heritage runs deep within the company and is a driving force with how the business is viewed and operated.

“Peter and Nicole are prime examples of what it means to be a successful entrepreneur,” said Reed Chase, an audit partner at Tanner LLC and President of MWCN. “The Mouskondis family exemplifies dedication to their customers and as a result has taken their business to the next level. Nicholas and Company demonstrates superlative entrepreneurship in the way it operates that has greatly benefited its clients, employees and the state of Utah.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year Lunch will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Little America Hotel, 500 South Main in Salt Lake City from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. To register for the event visit: http://www.mwcn.org/event-registration/

“Over the years we have had the privilege of presenting this award to an elite group of inspiring Utah business people,” said Drew Yergensen, Senior Relationship Manager at KeyBank and Chair of the Entrepreneur of the Year event. “We are honored to showcase Peter and Nicole and their hard work. It is our hope that their success will be a source of motivation for the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

MountainWest Capital Network is Utah’s first and largest business networking organization, devoted to supporting entrepreneurial success, and dedicated to the flow of financial, entrepreneurial and intellectual capital. For more information visit http://www.mwcn.org/

New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson Announced as Honoree for the Inaugural Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award

PHILADELPHIA, PA – (January 19, 2015) – Iconic sports agent Leigh Steinberg and serial entrepreneur Cosmo DeNicola today announced New York Jets owner Robert “Woody“ Johnson IV, as an inaugural recipient of the first annual Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award, an award designed to commemorate members of the NFL community for their humanitarian efforts.

Johnson is confirmed to receive the award during the 28th Annual Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party on Saturday, January 31 at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. The owner will be honored on behalf of his contribution to medical research as well as his support for The United States veterans.

Johnson is attributed to finding and establishing The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), a national voluntary health organization dedicated to taking a leading role in raising funds to prevent, treat, and cure the chronic disease. Since establishing ALR in 1999, Johnson ensured that the funding of medical research would remain the organization’s driving tenant. To date, The ALR has given more money to lupus research than any non-governmental agency in the world; almost $100 million to date. Every dollar raised–one hundred percent of all donations–goes directly to support lupus research programs.

In addition to supporting medical research, Mr. Johnson and the New York Jets recently donated $1,000,000 to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation to support catastrophically wounded veterans in the region. This contribution will fund the construction of two homes through the Foundation’s Building for America’s Bravest program. This program builds specially adapted, custom-designed smart homes to help restore independence and improve the quality of life for our nation’s most seriously injured service members.

“The NFL—its players, coaches, employees and owners, do so much to help others. Whether mentoring students in under-served communities, inspiring patients in hospitals or supporting our wounded military veterans, the NFL can be counted on to be there,” said Johnson. “I am honored to receive the first Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award, and am grateful to Leigh and Cosmo, for creating this award to highlight those achievements.”

The Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award for Johnson was made possible through inaugural sponsor, The China American Football League (CAFL) and its founder, Martin Judge for bringing American Football to China. In addition to a portion of each sponsorship, all proceeds from Steinberg’s annual silent auction will be donated to the local Phoenix affiliates of Johnson’s respective causes.

For more information on The Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award, please visit www.cosmodenicola.com

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