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Visiting Angels Makes LegalShield’s Small Business Legal Plan Available to Franchisees

Jan 15, 2014 09:00 ET

Visiting Angels Makes LegalShield's Small Business Legal Plan Available to Franchisees

Visiting Angels' franchisees will have the opportunity to access affordable legal services

DALLASJan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LegalShield, one of the nation's leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses, announced today a partnership with Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services to offer its small business legal plan to Visiting Angels franchisees throughout North America.  Visiting Angels is a home care network with more than 450 franchises acrossthe United States and Canada.

Through the partnership, every Visiting Angels franchisee will have the opportunity to purchase a LegalShield Small Business Plan.  The plan will give the franchisee access to LegalShield provider attorneys who will provide legal advice and counsel on any business legal issue, contract and document review, and more. In eliminating the cost barriers associated with obtaining legal counsel, LegalShield's small business plan ensures that the 47,000 currently enrolled members have access to the legal support they need to protect and grow their business.

"For over 15 years, Visiting Angels has been dedicated to offering the best care to seniors and those in need of in-home care," said David Plank, VP of Business Development at Visiting Angels. "With this in mind, we are committed to the success of our franchisees.  The LegalShield Small Business Plan will enable them to have access to the affordable legal services small businesses often need. "

In addition to LegalShield's small business plan, Visiting Angels franchisees can also join the more than 34,000 companies currently offering LegalShield's personal legal plans as a voluntary benefit to their employees.  Through LegalShield's personal legal plans, employees gain access to unlimited personal legal advice from LegalShield provider attorneys on topics such as mortgages, wills, contracts and more. Employees also have the option to enroll in LegalShield's identity theft plans for the added benefits of identity monitoring and identity restoration services. LegalShield's personal legal plans effectively reduce employee stress and absenteeism while driving productivity.

"Visiting Angels protects and cares for seniors across the country, and we're proud to provide its dedicated, selfless franchisees and their employees with quality, affordable legal representation." said Rip Mason, CEO of LegalShield. "All small businesses, especially those providing assistance to the most vulnerable, deserve access to legal protection at an affordable price."

For more information about LegalShield's comprehensive legal plans, visit: https://www.legalshield.com/.

About LegalShield 

LegalShield is one of the nation's leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses. LegalShield also offers one of the industry's most affordable identity theft plans. Members receive identity theft protection for the entire family for the cost most competitors charge to cover a single individual.  LegalShield legal plans cover more than 1.4 million families and 3.7 million lives across North America.  More than 34,000 companies offer the LegalShield plan to their employees as a voluntary benefit.  For as low as $20 per month, LegalShield members get access to attorneys who are experienced in the areas of law that most impact families and small businesses.  Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 49 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates.  The attorneys at these firms have an average of 19 years of experience in such areas as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues.  In 2012 alone, LegalShield firms received more than 2.1 million calls from members.  For more information, visitwww.legalshield.com or call 800-654-7757.

About Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services:
Visiting Angels was established in 1991 in Baltimore as an independent agency caring for seniors in their homes. Today, Visiting Angels has more than 450 private duty agencies throughout the United States. Visiting Angels agencies employ only experienced caregivers and conduct the most comprehensive background screenings to ensure that their caregivers meet or exceed the company's high standards. For companion care, Alzheimer's care, Dementia care and the country's best palliative care program, make Visiting Angels your choice in senior homecare. For more information on Visiting Angels or to find a location near you, please visit http://www.visitingangels.com.



MicroMentor Fuels Business Dreams for Entrepreneurs, Reaching 5,000 Mentor/Mentee Relationships

Jan 9, 2014 11:42 ET

MicroMentor Fuels Business Dreams for Entrepreneurs, Reaching 5,000 Mentor/Mentee Relationships

MicroMentor Issues Rally Call for 1,500 More Relationships by National Small Business Week, May 12-16

PORTLAND, Ore.Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MicroMentor, Mercy Corps' proprietary online mentoring platform that connects entrepreneurs with experienced professionals to build small businesses, reached a new milestone: generating more than 5,000 relationships for mentors and mentees. To celebrate this achievement, MicroMentor is issuing a national call to create 1,500 more mentor/mentee relationships by National Small Business Week, May 12-16, and accelerate entrepreneurial growth across the U.S.

The movement is already receiving support from other foundations and corporations, including The Sam's Club Giving Program.

"Small business owners are a powerful force for economic growth. Serving millions of small businesses in our clubs every day, we are committed to empowering their growth and dreams, and collaborating with like-minded organizations that save small business owners' time, money and energy," said Catherine Corley, vice president of member services at Sam's Club.

"The Sam's Club Giving Program is excited to support MicroMentor's innovative digital platform that more easily connects small business owners to experienced mentors, which will strengthen small business growth opportunities and build stronger local economies."

MicroMentor provides aspiring entrepreneurs access to a pool of committed professional mentors via a free, easy-to-use platform on micromentor.org. Through a smart design and intelligent matching engine, MicroMentor matches mentors with entrepreneurs based on industry, expertise and location, ensuring that mentors can give direct support around mentees' most pressing issues.  

"MicroMentor is thrilled that so many business mentors are volunteering their time, passion and expertise to fuel the aspirations of promising entrepreneurs," said Samantha Albery, Director of MicroMentor. "We want to increase this momentum by rallying more mentors today through National Small Business Week to help hundreds more entrepreneurs turns their business dreams into realities. This rally call is part of a larger goal," Albery continued, "to reach another 5,000 relationships by January 2015."

Mentoring Drives Small Business Revenue
Entrepreneurs who use MicroMentor reap the benefits of mentoring, growing their businesses every year; in 2012 alone, entrepreneurs who connected with a mentor, averaged 106 percent revenue growth. Businesses mentored through MicroMentor have an 82 percent survival rate, and half create a new job within a year, according to MicroMentor's latest business outcomes survey.*

Thriving entrepreneurs often cite mentoring as a critical component of their success. "Mentoring works! My mentor, Bill, knows my business and my greater vision. I can bounce ideas and strategize with Bill and he keeps me on track," said entrepreneur Teresa Nicola about her MicroMentor experience. "I am so grateful that he is spending time – unpaid – to help me with my business." Nicola's business, Collected Spaces, has seen a 10 percent increase in sales each month since she and her mentor were matched on MicroMentor.

Join the Rally Call
Business mentors, organizations and entrepreneurs are invited to join MicroMentor's rally call atwww.micromentor.org.

About MicroMentor    
MicroMentor, Mercy Corps' proprietary online mentoring platform, turns business possibilities into reality. Through relationships with major companies and organizations such as Sam's Club, Hewlett Packard, Entrepreneur Organization and Ashoka Changemakers, MicroMentor helps entrepreneurs work with experienced professionals to build their businesses. MicroMentor helps small businesses grow faster, generate more revenue and employ more people via access to mentoring.  

About Mercy Corps  
Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world's toughest places. In more than 40 countries, we partner with local people to put bold ideas into action, helping them conquer adversity, and build stronger communities. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world's toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives.

*MicroMentor's business outcomes survey was conducted in June 2013, surveying those matched on MicroMentor between July 2011 and June 2012.

SOURCE MicroMentor

SBA Presents Webinar Series on How Small Businesses Can Navigate

Jan 8, 2014 10:26 ET

SBA Presents Webinar Series on How Small Businesses Can Navigate

The 8(a) Business Development Program 

WASHINGTONJan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Not Just Contracts: The SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program, the first of a free, two-part webinar series on Jan.15 at 2 p.m. EST.  The second webinar will be held Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. EST

The hour-long webinars will cover: 

  • Eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification

  • Technical assistance available through the 8(a) Program

  • Common misconceptions about the 8(a) Program

  • The top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned 

The first webinar will focus on how the 8(a) Program works, eligibility requirements, technical assistance available to small disadvantaged businesses and common myths about the program.

Click on this link to register for the Jan. 15 webinar: 

The Jan. 22 webinar will cover basic "must have" requirements and the top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned.  Click on this link to register: http://ems.intellor.com/index.cgi?p=204873&t=71&do=register&s=&rID=432&edID=293

Both webinars will be archived on SBA's YouTube page.

The SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged grow their businesses through counseling, training workshops, management advice and technical guidance. The nine-year program also provides these businesses access to government contracting opportunities. During fiscal year 2012, small businesses received more than $15.8 billion in 8(a) contract dollars. 

WHAT: Not Just Contracts: The SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program
WHEN:  Wednesday, Jan. 15 & Jan. 22 – 2 to 3 p.m. EST 
HOW: Registration is free, but required.  Click on the above links to sign up.

SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration



After the conventions: What is next for Small Business?

By Carolyn A. Winston and Addison Sims, Hosts of Let’s Talk Biz

Now, that the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions are over what is next for small businesses and nonprofits; a skilled workforce, a politician or a statesman?  Like many of you we listened to speakers, and we had an opportunity to attend the Huffington Post’s event, What Is Working which focused on job solutions.  The speakers were dynamic.  Will.i.am was the most impressive.  He has invested, millions, into Dean Kamen’s First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and turned it into a back-to-school TV special with the hope of presenting kids excelling in science, technology, engineering and math as cool.  Many intellectually gifted children live in unfavorable conditions that could lead to failure. They can become tomorrow’s small business workforce with the proper education and training.  There are millions of jobs available for individuals skilled in science and technology.  To fill these positions it will require education, training, and retraining. 

Congressman Hastings Talks With Let’s Talk Biz About H.R. 9 and Employment Regulation

By Carolyn Winston and Addison Sims, Hosts of Let’s Talk Biz

This month Let’s Talk Biz focuses on politics and how the political process impacts small business and non-profits.  Since small and new businesses over the last two decades have been responsible for creating 2 out of every 3 net new jobs, and today the country’s 28 million small firms employ 60 million Americans, half of the private sector workforce; Let’s Talk Biz set out to find out what changes have been made to stream line or eliminate ineffective, overly burdensome, and outdated rules.   We learned more about H.R. 9 – Small Business Tax Act and The Bipartisan Amendment to Defund Harmful Employment Regulations. 

Toshiba to Provide Technology Makeovers to Small Business With “The Big Reboot” Campaign