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Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have started many foundations benefiting the city of Grand Rapids and they currently head up the Windquest Group, an alternative investment company that recently bought a brewery in Holland. Betsy DeVos shared with Philanthropy Roundtable what it is that’s driven her and Dick in their educational and charity endeavors. Her first reason was having raised a family and seeing how other families didn’t have it as well as they did for educational choices. The second is her and Dick’s undying commitment to grassroots activism, and promoting fundamental constitutional values. Dick and Betsy’s endeavors go back all the way to their own childhoods.

 

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, a famous Michigan entrepreneur who started one of the highest-performing direct selling companies in the US, Amway Corporation. Richard sought to be involved and help those in need in Grand Rapids, a family model that was passed down to Dick and his siblings. Dick learned the ins and outs of Amway, being involved in small roles as a young person, but putting his expertise to work there after graduating from Northwood University. Dick worked at Amway from 1974 to 2002, with a brief period between 1989-1993 that he pursued other endeavors including becoming president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. But after leaving Amway and founding the Windquest Group, Dick and Betsy became much more focused on local charity work and political activism.

 

They started the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1993, and it became the key channel through which they started many organizations. Dick DeVos had formerly been elected to the Michigan State Board of Education, but decided to leave and effect change through his own means. The foundation started up the Education Freedom Fund, an organization advocating for school of choice vouchers, and providing scholarships to lower income students. Dick and Betsy even helped start their own public charter school, the West Michigan Aviation academy. The idea behind this school was to give young people a platform to learn not only about aircraft and piloting, but also give them useful job skills to use after. The DeVos’s also have been instrumental in helping Grand Rapids become redeveloped through the Grand Action Committee, a non-profit downtown development group. They have also made a large contribution to the Kennedy Center’s art institute in Washington D.C., shortly after having it renamed to the Dick & Betsy DeVos Institute of Art.

 

When you are in the shower and use shampoo, do you ever consider the origin of the product or why exactly you are using it? From a young age, people are conditioned to understand the importance of shampoo without even knowing why. Additionally, the countless brands that exist rarely disclose how they craft their products and why, but that is not the case for celebrity stylist, Chaz Dean.
Wen by Chaz is a hair care line that makes it a point to discuss the importance of their products. Often disclosing that they use only natural ingredients found throughout the world, the brand also describes why unhealthy hair is a problem and how certain factors support the belief that a person’s hair is unhealthy, like it being dull, dry, or lacking in volume. Unlike other brands, this one proves time after time that they are the best option for hair care.

Italian figs and mandarins not only make a deliciously healthy snack, but they benefit your hair, which is why Dean incorporates them into so many of his formulas. With an impressive portfolio and list of testimonials that validate his claims, Chaz Dean is a guru who has always had a passion for hair and the desire to educate women as to why it is so crucial to care for their own. Surely WEN shampoos are excellent, but what is so interesting about shampoo in general? Check out their products on Amazon.

Shampoo Facts: An Interesting History

Indian in origin, shampoo means to press or massage. The first shampoo was created in the 1500s in India from a blend of soapberries and gooseberries. Earlier shampoos were actually made from ashes, too. Despite the early origins of the necessary product, the shampoos known today were not available in stores until the twentieth century, but that does not disprove how ancient cultures have always understood the benefits of this item. With an understanding that hair is made healthy by natural ingredients, those from the past and Chaz Dean alike have improved health and appearance for decades. Check out http://www.wen.com/why-its-unique.html for more information.

Visit their YouTube channel and learn more on the magic of this brand.

 

Kate Hudson is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, so it comes as no surprise that when she puts her mind to something, she can achieve it. She is incredibly dedicated, committed, and hard working. Kate Hudson tackled her clothing line, Fabletics, with the same zest and flavor that she has for movie roles and her career. She has always given off that girl next-door vibe and anyone that has ever seen her interviewed, they know she has a fun loving personality and truly enjoys living life to the fullest. She is pedal to the medal and goes full throttle.

When it was time to do a commercial for Fabletics, it was important for her and the product to really think it through and really do it the right way. After all, a commercial can say a lot about a product. There is only a short window for someone to get across the product and promote it. Because of this, it is important to have a commercial that leaves a lasting impression on people and leaves them coming back for more. They want to feel excited about the product on Pinterest and feel like they have to get it right away and as soon as possible.

It is no secret that people love to look into the life of a celebrity, especially on social media. They can’t get enough information on their favorite celebrities. The more, the merrier. One fact that really stands out when it comes to Fabletics is that Kate Hudson shot the latest commercial for the product on her iPhone about 70 percent of the time. That is an intimate feel and look into how the product impacts her everyday life and the benefits she gets out of it. This was an ingenious idea and it is paying off as it has a lot of people talking.

In many ways, it is like a day in the life of Kate Hudson as people get to see, as mentioned, what the product does for her and how she uses it. People love reality TV and they love things that feel authentic, organic, and real. To them, it adds an extra layer to the product on facebook.com. When they see one of their favorite movie stars using it and they see that it works for them, it shows that it can work for the fan as well. That is the great thing about Fabletics and why Kate Hudson is so proud of it and stands behind it and believes in it.

She would not put her name on something she did not believe in, and she believes in Fabletics one hundred and ten percent and is amazed at the changes it has made to her lifestyle and her life.

Everyone really needs to have a nice lip balm that they can turn to when their lips feel dry, but they need to make sure it is something strong like Evolution of Smooth, EOS. Lip balm can completely treat lips to make sure that they are soft and smooth, and the treatment will do a lot for the person who is using it every day. Some people think they should not be using it that much, but that is really the only way to make things work the right way.
The lip balm is something that can stand in for natural moisture, and that is what is used when people are going to have a bad day with their lips. The lip balm is going to make it easy for people to feel good, and it is going to help people when they have nothing else to use. They might have had a lot of bad luck with their lip balm in the past, but now they will be able to use the lip balm any time.

There are other people who need to be sure that they are going to be able to use something that works for them, and they will be able to use it every morning before putting on their makeup. It is helpful for women to use when they get ready because it will make their lips ready for the lipstick. They cannot put the lipstick on when they are not able to care for their lips, and they can do that any time they want.

It is very easy for people to make sure that they are going to have nice lips using just one product. They can go with Evolution of Smooth any time. It is easy to use, and it does a lot for the lips when it is needed. EOS balms are available on Target stores and can also be purchased online on Ulta.com.

For more info, check out the EOS Facebook gallery of products.

https://www.amazon.com/EOS-Organic-Lip-Balm-Pomegranate/product-reviews/B00B6A9KTU/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent

Advocates who are sent to help people in jails are there to be sure that all inmates have the services they need. Advocates might be working on appeals cases, but they might also be in a place where they have to speak up for their clients. Securus has the video calling system that we use when we send advocates out, but we also train them on how to use the ConnectUs system.

I have heard reports from advocates who are not sure how they can help inmates who have been beat up in jail or are not eating well. It is also interesting that these advocates are not in a place where they can just speak up. They have forms that need to be filled out, and I have taught all my advocates to use the ConnectUs system to fill out their forms. The forms go into the jail administrative system, and then advocates can report back to me to make sure that their inmates have been taken care of.

These are a lot of things that are going to happen in the jail, and the advocates have a good way to report those things to help the people they have been sent to serve. Someone who wants to have a much better experience needs to have an advocate, and it is also important for people to remember that they can use the ConnectUs system if they need to. All the families who have people in jail can use it, or I can get my advocates to use it.

Everyone who is in jail or has a loved on in jail needs to try the Securus ConnectUs system for forms and their video system for talking. I have been impressed with it, and I think that people will feel better overall if they are using Securus.

For a multitude of people, renting out their entire home or part of it on Airbnb seems like an easy way to cash in money. One may look at it as a way of paying off their mortgage loan by hosting travelers for a short while. But recent studies have shown that there are some unexpected problems like for instance damage to your property that your insurance may not cover. In most cases, this leaves these amateur hoteliers with financial and legal issues that they hadn’t anticipated, and thus they end up costing more to fix these damages than they could make by renting out their property.

What to consider before renting out your property on Airbnb
1. What your homeowner’s insurance covers
Many homeowners’ insurance policies don’t cover Short-term rentals. Meaning that, you have to foot the bill in the event your paid guest does damages to your property.

2. Potential Risks
When you rent out your property, you’re responsible for any injuries, illegal activities, theft, damages to your neighbor’s or your property that they may inflict or incur while during their short stay.

Once you have looked at these few issues, you may consider whether to take in short-term guests or not. It’s also strongly advised that one should seek the advice of an investment manager or an insurance professional. An example of such a professional is Richard Dwayne Blair of Wealth Solutions, Inc. He can assist you in reviewing your options and advice you to your customized needs as he has been in the business of securities for 22 years.

Richard Blair and his company offer advisory services on information on funds, financial planning, and management of wealth for high net worth individuals. He has assisted many people to attain their investment goals via companies like Worldwide Ventures Gp LLC, United Global Securities, Blair Insurance Group LLC, Wealth Solutions, Inc., and Crownbridge Wealth LLC.

About Richard Blair
Mr. Blair is a sole financial advisor certified in Annuity, Fund Specialist, Income Specialist, Tax Specialist, Estate and Trust Specialist and a Retirement Income Certified Professional with 22 years of experience in the finance industry. He is the founder of Wealth Solutions, a firm dedicated to providing retirement, and wealth preservation strategies and objective advice and customized investment. His motivational drive is from the challenge of assisting others to attain their financial goals. Outside the office, Richard Blair spends his time with his wife and their three children bike riding, cheering on his kids at their sports events, taking family vacations, golf, and exercising.

Learn more:

https://www.brightscope.com/financial-planning/advisor/218993/Richard-Dwayne-Blair/

http://hackronym.com/wealth-solutions-insurance-and-other-considerations-when-renting-on-airbnb/

For a new company, your online reputation may not be something you constantly think about. Unfortunately, this is most definitely an error. Whether you know it or not, your business will most likely live and die by your appearance on the internet. Online Reputation Reviews.com reveals that one bad review can lower profits by 15% or more, and naturally, the more bad reviews you have, the lower your profits get. Maintaining a positive presence on major review sites like Yelp, Google, and Facebook is absolutely vital if you intend for your business to survive very long.
Here are some ideas to help solve the problem of a negative online presence before it even becomes a real issue.

First, one of the most important things to do is obviously officially establish yourself online. This means registering your business at Yelp, Google Business, and with an official Facebook page. Do more than just register, though. When registering your business, make sure there is proper contact information. Provide a relevant and professional email and phone number for customers and clients to use for either complaints or questions. In addition, use appealing images to attract the eye. A modern feeling provided using high quality images makes your company seem up-to-date.

It is also important for you to monitor your presence on different social media sites that you may not have considered official. Twitter, for example, can be used to sway large tides of people either for or against your company. Performing proper research can allow you to see the current public trend towards your company. In addition, be proactive with the information you gather. If you have found negative comments about your business, communicate with the customer or client in order to provide a more enriching environment for them the next time the visit your business. More individuals than you would realize use public social media to voice their concern.Approximately 40% of individuals will use social media to complain about companies, while 60% will use more private means of communication.

Overall, establishing yourself and monitoring your online reputation is vital in maintaining a healthy and successful relationship with clients.

 

There is a new European nation being developed, a gorgeous country of friendly people who wish nothing more than to be free and prosperous. That country is Ukraine, and billionaire investor George Soros believes that it is a nation worthy of strong global support in the form of solidarity, aid and debt forgiveness.

To understand why Soros feels that Ukraine deserves so much help, it is important to put recent history into perspective. In a 2015 opinion piece penned along with philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, George Soros argued that Ukraine’s ongoing revolution and armed conflict against Russia is an admirable experiment in democracy.

Indeed, modern news coverage has allowed the world to see that what is happening in Ukraine is a participatory struggle to become a nation that is truly democratic and unwilling to live under a corrupt regime. The way Ukraine has managed the forceful Russian land grab of the Crimean peninsula as well as the violent separatist movement is commendable.

A major focus of Soros’ philanthropic efforts have been focused on Eastern Europe, and this is a nod to his Hungarian heritage. Soros strongly believes that Eastern Europe is a land of promise; a region that aims to adopt all the good democratic practices of the European Union.

Soros feels that Ukraine and other former Soviet republics are threatened by their own pasts; this is something that can be observed in the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine, where a Cold War specter has set in.

Read more:
George Soros – Project Syndicate

George Soros – Business Leader, Philanthropist

Prior to the Crimean crisis, many nations agreed to provide economic aid to the Ukraine by purchasing huge chunks of sovereign debt. This investment, though risky, was attractive in the sense that the good people of the Ukraine are smart and hard-working. Foreign creditors as well as private investors were enticed by the prospect of Ukraine as an emerging market filled with peace-loving people who strive to live democratically in search of freedom and prosperity.

Unfortunately, the conflict with Russia put a hamper on the economic dreams of the Ukrainian people. When Soros argued for a bailout of Ukraine in early 2015, investors listened. He made a sound argument in favor of debt forgiveness, citing the conflict’s impact to the industrial sector and the scores of businesses that have closed across the country.

In August of 2015, the BBC reported that investors holding Ukrainian sovereign debt agreed to a 20 percent write off and to established an extended timeline for repayment. As Soros explained, the people of the Ukraine are bound to prevail, but they need time and help from the global community.

Soros did not make guarantees to investors; instead, he highlighted the noble values that the Ukrainian people are fighting for, and he elucidated on why those values will be ultimately convenient for Europe and for the world.

Learn more George Soros:
http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

The internet is, among many things, a great equalizer. It gives a voice to people all over the world and many folks use that voice to make judgements about companies that they deal with. This niche has opened up the door for companies like Status Labs to rise through the cracks and become legitimate players in the world of business. Status Labs is an online reputation management and public relations firm based out of Austin, Texas. The company, for years, has been helping people of all demographics repair their reputation. However, would it surprise you to know that they first had to repair their own rep?

While Status Labs has done work with over 1,000 different businesses and individuals all over the globe, they first had to do work on their own name. CEO Darius Fisher, who took over the company after a bout with reputation issue, outlined his route to success in rehabilitating the image that Status Labs had so carefully cultivated. He knew that it would be an uphill battle but one, if done right, that could change their company.

First Fisher and Status Labs focused on changing the culture that surrounded their company. The reason that the business was so easily taken down by critics was that they had not established a culture of giving back to their local community. So Fisher started to get Status Labs involved with local charities and other businesses. He wanted his company to be seen first before they were judged, that way they could get the benefit of the doubt the next time something potentially happened.

Afterwards it became apparent that the best way to prevent future issues was by creating a team oriented culture that prized professionalism and teamwork over anything else. So Fisher and the company started implementing team building activities: the company would cater lunch on Fridays, startup a stock option plan, and even allow employees to bring in well behaved pets. With all of these steps in place it was easy for Status Labs to change the way the company operated, was received, and ultimately judged by the rest of the world. Follow Status Labs on Twitter to learn more about their news and services.

 

Securus is regarded as the fastest growing technological solutions company in the United States’ inmate and communication industry, offering solutions for investigation, communication, public safety and monitoring. The company is rated A+ by Better Business Bureau with regards to being transparent, advertising honestly, building trust, honoring promises, safeguarding privacy and exemplifying integrity.

Securus Technologies have released its first roll of evidence highlighting GTL’s integrity breaches and wrongdoings while serving one of its clients; Louisiana Department of Correction. According to a report by Richard Smith, GTL had deliberately programmed their telephones to rate calls higher than the default rates permitted by the Federal Communication Commission. The telephone were also encoded to add either 15 or 36 seconds to durations of every call made to inmates. These practices were entirely unauthorized and as a results, GTL overcharged Louisiana facilities by an amount equivalent to $1.2 million.

The Chief Executive Officer of Securus, Richard Smith, referred to GTL’s actions as offensive to the industry. Every company in the industry has a duty to serve their clients with their interest at heart and not just to make money. Securus planned to release a series of multiple other articles, reports, findings and facts that highlighted all the wrongdoings and integrity breaches by GTL

About Securus

Securus Technologies offer state-of-all-arts technological products including THREADS, Securus XMobile, Securus ConnectUs and STOP BLU+, that serves 3500 correctional, investigation and public safety agencies across United States. The company was established in 1986 in Dallas, Texas and has diversified into other regions including Allen, Georgia, Atlanta and Chicago. The company is a recognized leader in the industry, offering inclusive, innovative solutions and responsive customer services. The company serve more than 45 states in US and some parts of Colombia, Mexico and Canada.

More information about Securus can be obtained from their website; www.securustechnologies.com.