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United States and Japan today sign organic equivalence arrangement

ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION AGREEMENTOfficials from Japan and the United States announced the signing of an organic equivalence arrangement between the two countries in ceremonies this morning at All Things Organic here at Natural Products Expo East. Present at the announcement were Mr. Satoshi Kunii, Director, Labeling Standards Division, and Mr. Takuro Mukae, Associate Director, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Affairs, of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) for Japan, and Administrator Anne Alonzo of the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Agricultural Marketing Service and Ambassador Isi Siddiqui of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for the United States. Continue reading


Pearls for Women, LLC Gives the Gift of Comfort to Domestic Violence Victims


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Gives the Gift of Comfort to Domestic Violence Victims

 Pearls for Women is proud to announce they will present bath robes and flip flops for women in need of comfort after domestic violence to the Women’s Resource Center. The recipient agencies will be Harbor House of Orange County, Safe House of Seminole County, and Help Now of Osceola County. Continue reading


CHIME FOR CHANGE Campaign, Founded By Gucci, Funds 210 Projects In 81 Countries For Girls’ And Women’s Empowerment

hp-chimeforchangeTHE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert event on 1 June raised funds and awareness for 84 different non-profit organizations working for girls and women

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President Obama and President George H. W. Bush Join Together to Honor 5,000th Recipients of the Daily Point of Light Award

Couple from Union, Iowa (Population 394) Works to Fight World Hunger; Accepts Honor at White House Ceremony

Disney Becomes Founding Sponsor of New Points of Light Trust, Which Will Advance a Legacy of Service

Today President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted former President George H. W. Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush, and members of the Bush family to honor Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, the winners of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award. Continue reading


Environmental Triple-Play is a Win-Win-Win: Plant Trees – Triple Your Donations in Dining Rewards – Enter to Win a Caribbean Vacation Foundation Launches Most Ambitious and Rewarding Tree-Planting Campaign to Date

 The Foundation, a leading climate solutions nonprofit organization, is thrilled to announce the launch of its most ambitious – and rewarding – tree-planting campaign ever. With an aim to plant 50 million trees worldwide, has created a win-win-win making it easy to support tree-planting projects while receiving free dining rewards and entering to win a Caribbean vacation. Continue reading


Audubon Aquarium Opens GEAUX FISH! A New Exhibit Celebrating the Gulf Coast Fishing Industry

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is excited to announce the opening of a new interactive exhibit that shines light on Louisiana‘s fishing industry. GEAUX FISH! offers visitors a fun, hands-on opportunity to learn about Louisiana’s fishing industry, while educating guests about the importance of protecting these abundant aquatic resources. Continue reading


Gainesville, FL-Based Digital Maker Startup Fracture Adds Another $500K to $1.5M Already Raised

FRACTURE LOGOInvestments from Tamiami Angel Fund and Florida Opportunity Fund Help Drive Company’s 211% Rev Growth from Q1 ’12 to Q1 ’13

Fracture, a Gainesville, FL-based “maker” startup that has developed a proprietary UV-based digital photo-to-glass manufacturing process, today announced that it has secured an additional investment of $500,000 from Florida’s premier angel investment fund, Tamiami Angel Fund (TAFI). This new investment follows an initial $410,000 from TAFI in May 2012, which came on the heels of a September 2011 convertible debt investment of $530,000 of up to $1 million from the Florida Opportunity Fund.

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The Ceva L.O.V.E. Bus Rolls Again

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Co-Sponsors Tour


The Ceva L.O.V.E. bus is touring the country helping pet owners with their pet behavior problems. Ceva Animal Health, makers of Feliway® and Adaptil®, has once again partnered with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) for the “Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior ExpressTour 2013″ featuring the popular L.O.V.E. coach bus. L.O.V.E. stands for “lean on veterinary expertise,” a double entendre to call attention to the human animal bond and reinforce the critical role of veterinarians in addressing pet behavior issues.
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Natural Appetite Control Drink Now Available Nationwide at GNC

FULL CORE REXAM 12OZ. SLEEK CANSREXAM LOGOfull core in Rexam 12oz. SLEEK® cans Hits the Shelf at Nation’s Largest Health and Wellness Products Retailer

full core®, a Florida-based beverage company, today announced that its refreshing natural appetite control drink is now available at approximately 4,550 GNC corporate and franchise retail locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

full core is a nutritionally enhanced drink – packaged in Rexam 12oz. SLEEK® cans – that combines 40 percent of the daily value of fiber with essential vitamins and minerals to help individuals naturally control appetite while promoting digestive health. Inspired by the health crisis, founders Peter Hayes and Jeff Brudos created full core to help consumers tackle the growing obesity crisis in America. Continue reading


SOLAR BEARS REMAIN ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY Organization Continues Community Involvement

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Organization Continues Community Involvement

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears have continued to stay active in the Orlando and Central Florida community since the end of the season, and have participated in many events since season’s end.

On March 28th, players and staff volunteered to pass out hot dogs, condiments, and beverages at the Christian Service Center’s Annual Street Celebration. The Center served its 3,750,000th meal at Daily Bread during the event, which also featured free music, face painting, popcorn, and cotton candy.Shades and Boy Scouts

Saturday, April 13, saw the Solar Bears take part in two events in the Orlando area. Solar Bears staff members brought the Slap Shot Cage to the 20th year of WJRR’s Earthday Birthday concert at Tinker Field. Later that evening, staff and management participated in American Cancer Society‘s Cattle Baron’s Ball at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Over $400,000 was raised to help the ongoing pursuit of a cure for cancer.

On April 16, the Orlando Solar Bears sponsored the Central Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America’s Golden Eagle Dinner at the Amway Center. The founder of the Orlando Magic, Jimmy Hewitt, was honored in front of over 1,100 community  leaders including Dinner Chairman Alex Martins and Co-Chairs Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. The fundraising dinner brought in over $889,000 to support Scouting throughout Central Florida which in turn serves over 25,000 Central Florida families.

The Solar Bears took part in another dinner on April 19 as management and staff attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s Celebrate the Children Dinner and Auction. More than 1,000 community members from over 200 companies turned out for the dinner which raised over $600,000 to directly benefit at-risk children in the Central Florida community and enhance core youth development programs at their 29 Clubs.

In early May, Shades helped support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. On May 3, Shades wore the special Hockey Fights Cancer pink jersey while visiting relay sites in Orlando and Kissimmee. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to Celebrate the lives of people who have  battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost, and Fight Back against the disease. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

Less than two weeks ago, on May 11, Solar Bears defenseman Ed Levens walked the runway as part of Runway to Hope’s Spring Fashion Soiree for children fighting cancer. USA Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas and Twilight Saga actress Ashley Greene hosted the fashion show featuring more than 60 children ages 2-18 who are currently battling or have overcome their cancer escorted by local celebrities.Shades Relay for Life

Last week, on May 16, the Solar Bears made a visit to the Orlando VA Medical Hospital. Shades donned his special Solar Bears Camo jersey while visiting patients and hanging out with the VA Hospital staff.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and AHL’s Iowa Wild, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.comFacebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates.

Don’t get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority for the 2013-14 season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visit

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200 or visit

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