Saturday, October 31, 2009

Nation's Largest Tax Resolution Law Firm Stops IRS Collections Against Taxpayers Owing $10.6 Million In Q3

During the third quarter of 2009, Roni Deutch and her team of tax attorneys negotiated an end to collection activity for a group of clients collectively owing the IRS $10.6 million. The clients had their accounts placed into Currently Not Collectible status, which essentially ends all IRS collections.

North Highlands, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2009 -- By negotiating with the IRS, The Tax Lady Roni Deutch and her law firm helped solve the tax problems of a group of taxpayers owing the IRS $10.6 million in aggregate.

"During the third quarter of this year unemployment rates rose, and more American families found themselves unable to pay their IRS debts," explains Deutch. "Fortunately, my team and I are working harder then ever to help taxpayers solve their IRS problems."

During the third quarter of 2009, Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation assisted a group of taxpayers owing the IRS over $10.6 million in aggregate. Of the clients, some owed as little as only a few thousand dollars, while others had tax debts totaling well over $200,000. Fortunately, Deutch and her team of tax attorneys were able to essentially put a stop to all collection activity on the accounts through placement of these accounts into Currently Not Collectible status. Unless these taxpayers' financial situations change significantly, they will not have to worry about dealing with IRS tax debt collectors in the future.

Mr. Grandstaff of Watts, OK had hired Deutch's team to resolve his tax debts, and had his account placed into Currently Not Collectible status with the IRS during the third quarter of 2009. When he hired Duetch's law firm Grandstaff had a huge tax liability and no reasonable way to pay off his debt.

"After Mr. Grandstaff retained our firm, we quickly began collecting the information needed for negotiations," notes Ryan Carrere - the attorney who worked on Grandstaff's case. "Once the necessary information was collected, a financial statement was presented to the IRS along with a request to place Mr. Grandstaff's account into Currently Not Collectible status. During negotiations, Mr. Grandstaff moved, which required us to revise his financial statement. Fortunately, Mr. Grandstaff provided us with updated information in a timely manner allowing us to successfully complete negotiations with the IRS. Shortly thereafter, the IRS approved Mr. Grandstaff for placement into Currently Not Collectible status."

"I would like to thank everyone from Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation for working hard on my case," explains Grandstaff. "Everyone was very professional but friendly and personable at the same time. I could not imagine being treated better then I was by Roni's team, and in addition to being friendly, they got the job done."

Millions of people recognize tax attorney Roni Deutch as The Tax Lady®. She has been helping taxpayers nationwide resolve their tax liabilities for over 18 years. As an industry leader, she has saved her clients tens of millions of dollars and has helped thousands of families settle their back taxes. To learn more about The Tax Lady Roni Deutch, you can visit her blog or YouTube profile.

About Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation
Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation is a nationally recognized law firm that has been helping clients find solutions to their back tax liabilities for over 18 years. To find out more about the law firm or its IRS tax relief services, visit their website at or call 1-888-TAX-LADY.

The Tax Lady's Guide To Beating The IRS And Saving Big Bucks On Your Taxes
(BenBella Books, February 15, 2009, Paperback Price: $16.95, ISBN 978-1-933771-77-9)

Nicole Elton
Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation
877-232-8477 Ext. 2410

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Class Action Lawsuit Against DirecTV Regarding "Leased Receiver" Fees Allowed to Proceed

Court denies DirecTV's Motion to Compel Arbitration thereby allowing putative class action that alleges DirecTV improperly assessed "Leased Receiver" fees and collected excessive "taxes" to move forward.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 31, 2009 -- In an order dated October 28, 2009, United States District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. denied a motion by DirecTV to compel arbitration in the case of Jones v. DirecTV, Inc. (Case Number 1:09-CV-1036-CAP). The class action lawsuit claims that DirecTV and The DirecTV Group, which are headquartered in El Segundo, California, have improperly assessed monthly "Leased Receiver" fees upon customers who obtained their receiver from an authorized DirecTV dealer. Judge Pannell also denied DirecTV's motion to stay the case, thereby allowing the plaintiffs to proceed with discovery.

The lawsuit has been pursued on behalf of named plaintiff Andrea Jones, one of DirecTV's over 18 million subscribers. According to the terms of DirecTV's contract with customers such as Ms. Jones, a lease fee in the amount of $4.99 per month is assessed for each DirecTV receiver being used by the customer. According to the contract, however, customers are supposed to receive a $4.99 monthly credit to their account for the first (primary) receiver. Ms. Jones' lawsuit alleges that DirecTV has failed to provide the monthly credit according to the terms of the contract.

In addition, the Complaint alleges that DirecTV also improperly charged its customers sales tax on these improper "Leased Receiver" fees. The suit claims that DirecTV also collects excessive amounts of sales tax on the leasing fees by charging customers for taxes on the credited amount and collecting a greater percentage rate of tax than allowed under state law. The plaintiffs allege that DirecTV is liable for all damages that have resulted from its conduct. Moreover, the Complaint seeks injunctive relief to prevent DirecTV from continuing to assess these improper charges.

DirecTV responded to the lawsuit by moving the Court to compel arbitration in accordance with DirecTV's customer agreement. Had this motion been granted, the case would have been removed from the judicial system and litigated in a forum more favorable to DirecTV. Enforcement of the arbitration provision of the customer agreement also would have prevented the pursuit of the case as a class action on behalf of all of the customers harmed. Judge Pannell found that the class action waiver contained within the customer agreement rendered the arbitration clause substantively unconscionable and therefore unenforceable.

The putative class action lawsuit has been filed by Atlanta attorneys E. Adam Webb and G. Franklin Lemond, Jr. of Webb, Klase & Lemond, LLC. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this press release, please contact the firm via e-mail at contact (at) webbllc (dot) com or by calling G. Franklin Lemond, Jr. directly at (770) 444-9325.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Albany to Sponsor Contingent Workforce Strategies Summit 2009

Summit addresses issues of sourcing and managing a contingent workforce

Mountain View, Calif. (PRWEB) October 30, 2009 -- Global contingent workforce management company The Albany Group will be a Pinnacle Sponsor of the 2009 Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit, to be held November 3-4 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Produced by Staffing Industry Analysts, Inc., The CWS Summit is the only conference that focuses on the issues of sourcing and managing a contingent workforce. The expert presentations, case studies and networking provide attendees a clear sense of best practices and next steps to optimize their contingent workforce programs.

The summit provides a perfect arena for Albany's areas of expertise, helping companies outsource the employment, compliance and administration of contingent workers through several programs options. Through its Employer of Record service, Albany acts as a traditional employer, hiring contingent workers as W2 employees, handling new hire paperwork, processing payroll and paying taxes, benefits and required insurance. Its costs are a fraction of the cost of staffing companies. Via its Agent of Record service, Albany hires, payrolls and manages 1099 independent contractors, and handles all sub-vendors to provide choice for customers.

Albany's Independent Contractor compliance services protect customers from unintentionally violating federal and state-specific 1099 regulations. ICQ 2.0, Albany's proven online tool, synthesizes IRS and state law into a consistent, repeatable and documented process for 1099 compliance.

Finally, Albany's Managed Services Provider (MSP) program enables companies to have consistent global practices around engagement, invoicing, reporting and management of their contingent staff. Albany evaluates companies' business models to determine the best program, and can provide vendor management, financial and risk management, technology integration, as well as change management and talent acquisition solutions.

"CWS Summit is an ideal opportunity for contingent workforce personnel to keep abreast of new legislation, best practices and to connect," said Jason Posel, senior vice president of Albany.

About Albany
Albany's innovation and professionalism over the last 20 years has helped it grow into the market leader for contingent workforce management solutions. With offices on six continents serving clients in more than 70 countries, Albany offers a variety of national and international workforce solutions, including contractor payroll, Independent Contractor compliance, Managed Service Provider programs, Recruitment Process Management and Consulting, and visa & migration services.

Jason Posel
Senior Vice President

This press release was distributed through PR Web by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: on behalf of the company
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Gambling Laws: Casinos Austria, Unibet, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Betclick Choose Legal Gaming in Europe Conference to Continue Debate on Gambling Regulations

Europe's leading gambling operators have signed up to the 4th Annual Legal Gaming in Europe Conference to discuss the gambling industries biggest obstacle to growth - regulation.

(PRWEB) October 30, 2009 -- Europe's leading gambling operators have signed up to the 4th Annual Legal Gaming in Europe Conference to discuss the gambling industries biggest obstacle to growth - regulation.

The event is proving to be very timely as gambling regulation is still hot on the agenda for operators.

"The big issue for the industry is regulation. Regulation, and in particular the recent ECJ verdict against Bwin (ECJ Case C-42/07), is the big thing facing us. It is the one thing that could change the industry altogether on the European side," Gigi Levy, CEO,

With the gambling industry acknowledging that regulation is still holding back growth and no sign of the European Commission making significant changes the industry is now looking at each jurisdiction to see what they plan to do next with their gambling regulations.

The industry has also seen a rise in the number of cases referred to the ECJ and with cases such as the Bwin Liga Case (ECJ Case C-42/07) being a set back for the industry there appears to be a certain amount of doom and gloom around when discussing regulation. Well this is not always the case with the industry fighting back strong against state monopolies; Ladbrokes recent victories against Svenska Spel and Danska Spil in overturning similar lawsuits against trademark infringements as a couple of good examples.

Ben Satchwell, Conference Director at Bullet Business, says, "The European Commission appears not to be interested in regulating the European Gambling industry. This has left a void that each country is looking to fill by implementing their own regulations. Now we are seeing jurisdictions left with problems in establishing which is the correct licensing model to adopt, taxation system to implement, ensure commitment to responsible gaming etc. Operators are also realising that it is not only the regulation they have to consider but you also have cultural challenges to face across the various European countries they currently operate in. It is safe to safe the legal environment is still one of the largest challenges preventing the gambling from fulfilling its promise. The Legal Gaming in Europe Conference will once again be uniting regulators, associations and operators for a couple of days to discuss how the industry can move forward together."

Great benefits from attending the Legal Gaming in Europe Conference include 14+ hours of networking, working group discussions, networking cocktail party at the end of day one and more! For more information on the summit go to

For more information contact:

Ben Satchwell
Conference Director
Bullet Business
T: +44 (0) 207 375 7163

Bullet Business is part of First Conferences Ltd. First Conferences Ltd, Registered in England and Wales - company registered number 03172417 7-9 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX, UK

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Business Software Alliance (BSA) Identifies Texas as Software Piracy Hotspot; Says Texas Companies Do Not Care About Breaking the Law

Business Software Alliance (BSA) reports Texas is a software piracy hotspot and accuses Texas of having a lot of companies who do not care that they are breaking the law. Dallas-based law and technology services firm, Scott & Scott, LLP, disagrees with the accusation.

Dallas, Texas (Vocus/PRWEB ) October 30, 2009 -- The BSA, a trade group of large commercial software publishers including Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft, Rosetta Stone, and Quark reports that the state of Texas is a top five hotspot for illegal software with a large portion of reports coming from the Houston area, Dallas-Fort Worth a close second, Austin and San Antonio a distant third and fourth.

Jenny Blank, Senior Director of Legal Affairs for BSA said in an October 29 press release, that "there are clearly a lot of companies in Texas who are not concerned that they are breaking the law…"

Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, of Scott & Scott, LLP, disagrees with Ms. Blank. "We are not at all surprised that Texas would have a high rate of whistleblower reports to the BSA, based on the fact that the Texas August jobless rate hit 8% for the first time in 22 years and Houston had an 8.4% unemployment rate in August, up from 5.2% in August 2008. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 62,200 jobs lost during the month give Texas the largest over-the-month employment decrease in the nation."

Scott continues: "High unemployment, and the BSA's offer of up to $1 million cash reward for confidential information on unlicensed software, creates the perfect breeding ground for increased software piracy reports, and may have nothing to do with what Ms. Blank claims, that 'people in the area are obviously quite concerned about this issue and don't like the idea of local companies using what amounts to stolen software products' "

Although the BSA has been aggressively marketing financial incentives to disgruntled employees to make anonymous tips against their employers with reward payments of up to a $1 million, by their own admission, they have only paid out a total of $220,650 to 63 individuals for verifiable tips of software piracy (an average of $3502) since 2008. Each year, according to the BSA, they receive more than 2,500 reports of software piracy from across the country. The BSA admits that the majority of the reports come from current or former employees. In many instances, Scott says, "the informant is the same person responsible for software compliance at the company they are reporting."

Scott & Scott, LLP recommends that companies implement the following procedures into their business practices to protect themselves from the risk of a software audit:

  • Create Standardized Agreements With Publishers: Many companies do not realize that they have leverage when negotiating license agreements with publishers. In fact, companies can develop favorable software license agreements with the assistance of their own legal counsel. Favorable provisions can include "no audit" clauses or voluntary "true-ups" to reduce the costs of compliance management and the total costs of ownership.
  • Retain Proofs of Purchase and Keep Accurate Records: Contrary to popular belief, trade associations and publishers only accept dated proofs of purchase, with an entity name matching that of the audited company. Anything less will fall short of publishers' mandated proof of ownership and therefore, repurchase of the assets in question may become necessary.
  • Choose Integrated, IT Asset Management Tools: Asset management should be built into every company's ongoing business processes to ensure that this process and license compliance become core competencies. The ability to conduct routine reconciliations is required to ensure software license and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
  • Obtain Expert Assistance in the Event of An Audit: Audit defense is most effective with the representation of specialized legal counsel to avoid the common mistakes that may jeopardize a company's legal position. Any automated discovery that is conducted under the supervision of legal counsel will be protected by attorney-client and work-product privileges, should an out-of-court resolution not be possible.

For additional information, visit resources. Hundreds of companies have found Scott & Scott's BSA Fine Calculator to be a helpful risk assessment tool.
About Us: Scott & Scott, LLP ( and is one of the only U.S. law firms with a practice group dedicated to BSA and SIIA Defense. Scott & Scott's legal and technology professionals provide software audit defense and software compliance solutions and have years of experience successfully defending software defense cases.

Robert Scott, a recognized expert on software licensing and BSA audit defense, is available for interviews.

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South Florida Law Firm Encourages Motorcyclists to Ride Safely

Personal injury lawyers of Gordon & Doner offer safety tips for motorcycle riders.

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (PRWEB) October 30, 2009 -- Because of their low visibility and lack of protection from impact, motorcycle riders must be especially vigilant on Florida roads and highways in order to decrease their chances of becoming involved in an accident, says South Florida personal injury lawyer Adam Doner.

Adam Doner
Adam Doner

"South Florida offers motorcyclists some fantastic riding experiences, even into the fall and winter months, but every year hundreds of riders in Florida are killed in vehicle accidents," said Doner, a partner with Gordon & Doner, a well-respected personal injury law firm with offices in Palm Beach Gardens and other South Florida locations. "Wearing safety equipment, especially a helmet, increases your chances of surviving a crash, but there are other steps you can take to prevent an accident in the first place."

In 2004, Florida was home to 461,935 registered motorcycles, according to records maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By 2007, the number of registered motorcycles in Florida had climbed well past half a million, to 624,932. According to NHTSA statistics on Florida traffic safety, the number of motorcycles fatalities also increased during this period, from 432 deaths in 2004 to 556 in 2008.

To avoid accidents and serious injuries, the firm of Gordon & Doner recommends these safety tips for South Florida motorcyclists:
  • Helmets: Helmets are estimated to be 37-percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "This means for every 100 motorcyclists killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 of them would have lived had all 100 worn helmets," Gordon said. "Pure and simple, helmets save lives."
  • Maintenance: In addition to regular maintenance and having your bike inspected by a trained mechanic, a quick safety inspection before every ride can help uncover dangers such as low tire pressure or worn tires, brake malfunctions or faulty signal lights.
  • Visibility: Wear brightly colored gear with reflective strips, even when riding during the day. Remember, many car and truck drivers will not see you unless you call attention to yourself.
  • Vigilance: Many motorcycle accidents happen at intersections or when cars pull out from driveways or side roads. Be especially alert to other vehicles in those situations, Gordon said.
  • Sobriety: Alcohol plays a role in too many motorcyclist fatalities. In 2007, 25 percent of the Florida motorcyclists killed in accidents were legally impaired. Don't ride after drinking, Gordon said.
  • Formation: If you ride in a group with other motorcyclists, keep a safe distance between yourself and the bike in front of you, and pass other vehicles individually, said Gordon.

"Many riders will know these tips by heart, but each year more people in South Florida take up riding for the first time, and it's important that they heed these safety measures," Gordon said.

Gordon and Doner will soon launch a new Web site,, to aid South Florida motorcyclists injured in accidents.

About Gordon & Doner
Gordon & Doner is a prominent personal injury litigation firm serving South Florida. The firm has 11 attorneys who focus on all types of personal injury cases. The firm has successfully represented victims of motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents and medical malpractice.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist, you have important legal rights and may be entitled to financial compensation. For more information, visit Gordon & Doner's Web site at or call the firm toll-free at 1-800-659-1159.

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New York Injury Lawyer Launches New Website For Accident Victims

Site for David Resnick & Associates, PC, provides information for New York City individuals who have been injured in car, pedestrian, bike and construction accidents.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2009 - The New York injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, PC, has launched a new Web site designed to help New York City accident victims. The Web site address is

"The Web site contains a wealth of information and resources," said founding partner David Resnick. "I hope it will help injury victims here in New York understand what they can do to protect their rights if they have been injured."

The Web site provides valuable information on several injury topics:
  • Inadequate Security. The site offers detailed information about injuries that occur when businesses, including hotels, restaurants and parking garages, fail to adequately safeguard visitors on their property.
  • Property Injuries. The new Web site provides resources for common fall injuries, such as slip and fall accidents or trip and fall accidents.
  • Hit and Run. The Web site explains what motorists should do when injured in a vehicle accident where the other driver flees the accident scene.
  • Pedestrian Injuries. The site is intended to help pedestrian accident victims understand their rights to compensation for medical expenses and other costs when they are hit on New York's streets and crosswalks.
  • Bicycle Injuries. Bicyclists who have been hurt by a negligent driver may have the legal right to recover damages from the person that caused the injury. The Web site explains how this legal process works.
  • Construction Site Hazards. Construction sites continue to rank among the most dangerous places to work, and the Web site supplies resources for construction workers injured on the job.
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.:
David Resnick & Associates, P.C. is a well-respected accident and personal injury firm in New York City. The firm handles claims in New York City's five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. For more information or for a free, no-obligation case consultation, call (212) 279-2000 or visit


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Halloween Safety Tips from New York Personal Injury Law Firm, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti

Leading Law Firm offers Halloween Safety Tips for Children

Niskayuna, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2009 -- Personal injury law firm Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has compiled a list of safety tips to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween for local Capital Region children.

These tips will help children, and adults, stay safe on Halloween.

  • Fire Retardance - Federal laws require all commercially-made costumes be manufactured with a fire retardant. If your child's costume is homemade, make note of the fabric's flammability. Your homemade costume should also be easily escapable if there is an emergency. Velcro and zippers with internal and external pull tabs work best.
  • Ventilation - Make sure the mask you purchase or design allows for sufficient air flow. A child may be unaware he is not receiving enough oxygen until he is stricken by carbon dioxide poisoning. Commercial masks are usually ventilated from all sides, not just a few holes in the front. If you create your own, make sure there are plenty of air vents. There are numerous ways to disguise those holes with a little creativity!
  • Vision and Mobility - Some masks or costumes limit visibility or mobility for a child. Make sure your child is comfortable in their costume and that they can clearly see with their peripheral vision. A costume should also not restrict arm and leg movements.
  • Be Seen - Reflective clothing and glow sticks dramatically raise awareness of trick-or- treaters with passing motorists. If your child's costume is on the darker side, apply reflective tape or insist they carry a snap light/glow stick.
  • Buddy System - Whether your child is going out with a friend or with the family, the buddy system helps to keep everyone aware of their location and antics at all times. Plan out your child's route before nightfall so you and their buddy are well aware of their surroundings.
  • Don't Stray from Your Comfort Zone - While there are little to no reports of a child being injured from a stranger's candy, it's always a good idea to inspect each child's Halloween bounty. Trash any unwrapped items, candy with torn or punctured packaging or any homemade treats made by someone with whom you are not familiar. Stick to houses of friends and friendly neighbors and stay away from houses that are not well-lit.

Martin, Harding & Mazzotti wishes the Capital Region a safe and very happy Halloween.

About Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP
Founded in 1994, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti is a personal injury law firm with offices in Upstate New York and new offices in Utica and Manchester, Vermont. The firm has attorneys licensed in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Michigan, District of Columbia and California. The firm sponsors and supports extensive community outreach programs promoting personal safety and will continue to do so in the future. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti is honored to have been voted "Best Law Firm" in the 2008 Times Union Readers' Poll. For more information, visit

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Virginia Teacher of the Year: A Community Advocate

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Recognizes Catherine S. Webb, the 2010 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Richmond, Virginia (PRWEB) October 30, 2009 -- Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen congratulates Catherine S. Webb on her recent selection as the 2010 Virginia Teacher of the Year. In recognition of this honor, the Allen Law Firm awarded her a check in the amount of $2,500.

Catherine S. Webb was also recognized as the Virginia Region VII Teacher of the Year 2010. She is a speech language pathologist and a teacher of special education at Narrows Elementary/Middle School in Giles County Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Ms. Webb is the developer and instructor of the Giles County Autism Special Instruction Program. She is a strong community advocate, developing and opening the first licensed day-care and pre-school in her county once she recognized the need. She is a past president of the Junior Women's Club as well as the local PTA. Over the past two years, Mrs. Webb created a countywide program to provide instructional opportunities for students with autism and a web site on autism for the school division. Her commitment to her community, the programs she developed for students with autism and their parents and her skills as a speech pathologist makes this clearly a well-deserved honor.

Allen and Allen is also pleased to recognize the 2010 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year: Carolyn R. Wilkerson, Marjorie A. Wallace, Susan L. Catlett, Jennifer C. L. Larsen, Jami N. Key, Mark L. Ingerson and Carolyn D. Lewis.

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen has been a proud supporter of the Virginia Teacher of the Year program for more than a decade. "We feel that there is no more important activity than the education of our children and we are pleased to once again represent the state's business community in honoring the excellent teachers in our state" - Clayton Allen.

For more information regarding this topic please call Doug Barry.
Douglas A. Barry
Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen
P: 804-257-7534

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

MLM Industry Experts to Share Best Practices at 'The Symposium for Direct Selling Executives'

MLM Industry Experts to Share Best Practices at "The Symposium", an MLM Startup Conference Coming Nov. 16-17 to Salt Lake City Featuring Keynote-MonaVie President

Orem, Utah (PRWEB) October 29, 2009 -- The Symposium, a consortium of direct selling experts, announced that its upcoming Symposium, a bi-annual MLM startup conference will be held November 16-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Symposium provides training and strategies for success to entrepreneurs interested in starting an MLM company as well as executives of start-up and existing MLM companies.
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The Symposium Group members who share their state-of-the-art, hands-on experience at this event include InfoTrax Systems; Grimes and Reese; P.L.L.C.; Dan Jensen Consulting; ByDesign Technologies; Axis 41; CCH; and Metrics Global, Inc. They are dedicated to "giving back" to the network marketing community through education.

The Symposium will feature The MonaVie President Dell Brown as the keynote speaker. His topic will be, "Growing MonaVie--What I Wish I Would Have Known". Blue Diamond MonaVie Sales Leader, Gem Morris, will also be speaking. MonaVie reports cumulative sales that are quickly approaching $2 billion. The company markets a line of scientifically formulated acai-based nutritional and energy drinks that delivers phytonutrients and antioxidants.

The MLM Symposium agenda includes training and strategies essential to success in the network marketing industry:

  • Presentation of direct sales best-practices by industry leaders.
  • Insights into growing an MLM company in a down economy.
  • One-on-one consultations with industry experts.
  • Opportunity to network with industry peers.
  • Select resources to share with teams.

Orville Thompson, Scentsy CEO, who attended The Symposium in his companies early days commented: "When I was in your position, I kept asking the same question: What does a successful company look like? I had no idea what I was supposed to be looking like.... I wanted to understand the process." He continued, "Here at the Symposium and being connected through the Direct Selling Association--this is the way I've learned the fundamental principles of the structure of direct selling companies that are very invaluable! You can't do it without tying yourself into vendors who know and company executives who have been there."

Symposium Topic/Speaker Lineup Sampler:

  • Understanding Commission Plans - Mark Rawlins, InfoTrax Systems, & Dan Jensen, Dan Jensen Consulting
  • Avoid Legal Time Bombs - Spencer Reese, Grimes and Reese, P.L.L.C.
  • Recruiting: The Core Elements of Building a Team - Bob Hipple, Scentsy
  • Web 2.0 Marketing - Jennifer Fong, Jennifer Fong Consulting
  • Managing Your Business Through Strategic Planning - Spencer Clawson, Clawson Consulting
  • Before the Cash Register Rings - Payment Processing & PCI Compliance - Wendy Yurgo, Metrics Global, Inc.
For a complete speaker list visit The Symposium for Direct Selling Executives,

Registration for The Symposium includes the Direct Selling Association's (DSA) dinner and reception, which will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake following The Symposium Tuesday evening,(Nov. 17). Neil Offen, DSA President and CEO, will be the featured speaker. DSA is the national trade association of the leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services sold directly to consumers.

In the past, established companies have found it to be beneficial to send their new employees to The Symposium because it is an efficient way to quickly educate them on the unique nuances of direct selling. In addition, seasoned executives attend to learn cutting edge strategies in key areas, network with Symposium faculty members, and compare what they're doing in their companies with current industry best practices.

For more information on The Symposium, please visit The Symposium for Direct Selling Executives or Start-up .

The Symposium is a bi-annual conference, so watch for our April event

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Women's Bar Association of Illinois Presents 2009 Women With Vision Awards

The Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) proudly hosts its 68th Annual Joint Professional Reception and 2009 Women With Vision Awards on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago.

(Vocus/PRWEB ) October 29, 2009 -- The Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) proudly hosts its 68th Annual Joint Professional Reception and 2009 Women With Vision Awards on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago. The Women with Vision Awards were first presented in 1997 by the WBAI to honor and recognize women who have demonstrated visionary approaches in their professional endeavors and who have made a contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women. Past recipients include, among others, Michelle Obama, Anita Alvarez and Rep. Julie Hamos, 18th District. WBAI is proud to present this year's winners - - exceptional women, ensuring the education, empowerment and success of women nationwide.

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Recipients of the 2009 WBAI "Women With Vision Awards"

Public Office: Carrie Austin - Alderman, Chicago's 34th Ward
Legal: E. Lynn Grayson - Partner, Jenner & Block
Advocacy: Connie L. Lindsey - National President, Girl Scouts of the USA
Business: Vikki L. Pryor, President and CEO, SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company

WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Reception, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Awards Presentation, 6:00 PM

WHERE: Hotel Allegro's Walnut Room
171 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Individual tickets for the Joint Professional & Awards Reception are available to members at $85 and to non-members at $100. Tickets purchased at the door are $125.

Questions and media requests/interviews may be directed to Eriana Spencer Echols at 312.341.8530.

About Women's Bar Association of Illinois:
WBAI was founded in 1914, by nine women lawyers in the Chicago Metropolitan area, to promote the interests and welfare of women lawyers and also to aid in the enactment of legislation for the common good and in the administration of justice. Its earliest efforts revolved around seeking passage of a constitutional amendment to permit women to vote and serve on juries. This was accomplished by passage of legislation in 1939. For more information visit

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