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Get Tickets Now for Agenda Emerge, January 6th, 2015, 6PM-10PM

By Mike Carter, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, AGENDA Trade Show

AGENDA EMERGE
January 6, 2015 | 6PM - 10PM

Center Theatre at Long Beach Convention Center

AGENDA Emerge, powered by Group Y, is a creative and brand building conference featuring today's most iconic creative directors, industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the youth marketplace. A highly curated platform where industry insights and business intricacies are shared.

Buy tickets here.

'Tis the Season for Clean Water and Beach Access

By Katie Ferguson, Communications Manager, Surfrider Foundation

As surfers, our most elaborate wishes are often no more creative than getting barreled. But when our waters are polluted, we get sick. When we cannot access our wave, we don’t surf.

Surfrider Foundation activists around the country are working tirelessly to make these wishes come to life all year long—from cleaning our beaches to fighting coastal polluters and developers—and we’ve been providing these wishes to surfers for the past 30 years.

This holiday season, I am asking you to encourage your followers, friends and fans to help support Surfrider's efforts to protect the special coastal places we all love and enjoy.

To make it simple for you, please feel free to use the messages and images below. Your support means a lot. Together we can have a huge impact on the future of our ocean, waves and beaches.

Facebook:
All I want for Christmas is clean and accessible waves. Support the @SurfriderFoundation this holiday season: bit.ly/HolidayStokeFB
 
Twitter:
All I want for #Christmas is for everyone to support @surfrider's mission to protect our coasts: bit.ly/holidaystoke

Instagram:
This holiday season support @Surfrider to protect what we all love -- our oceans, waves and beaches -- for generations to enjoy.

Plan Now for Fewer Headaches This Filing Season

By Corinne Baughman, Partner, Moss Adams

We look at many of the tax planning opportunities available to both businesses and individuals in California, including an overview of:

• Retroactive changes
• Legislation effective in 2014
• Legislation effective in 2015 or after
• Recent changes
• Local, sales and use, and property tax

Read more here

 

Electrozyme Named "Sports and Active Lifestyle" Winner at CONNECT’s 27th Annual Most Innovative New Product Awards

By Lisa Freedman, Executive Director, SD Sport Innovators (SDSI)

SD Sport Innovators (SDSI) is excited to announce that Electrozyme has been named the Sports and Active Lifestyle Technologies category award winner at CONNECT’s 27th annual Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Awards. The MIP Awards are the "Academy Awards" of San Diego's innovation industry, honoring San Diego’s groundbreaking new products launched within the past year.

"Electrozyme, this year’s winner in the Sports and Active Lifestyle category, is an example of emerging technology that is being delivered to the world from San Diego’s convergence of life sciences, wireless and sports and active lifestyle industries," said John Sarkisian, SDSI Industry Chairman of the Board and SKLZ Vice Chairman.  “CONNECT’s MIP Awards does a fantastic job celebrating and recognizing the entrepreneurs behind these innovations. The Sports and Active Lifestyle industry is proud to be included as one of MIP’s nine awards categories.”

Electrozyme was recognized for the development of ProFit SE Real-Time Sweat Electrolyte Sensor, a wireless, personal hydration sensor that monitors hydration levels by measuring the electrolytes in sweat. The wearable sensor helps athletes answer three key questions: When is it time to rehydrate? What should I rehydrate with? How much do I need to rehydrate? For more information on Electrozyme, visit www.electrozyme.com.

"At Electrozyme, we strive to develop innovative solutions to real problems, so to receive the award for the Most Innovative New Product in the Sports and Active Lifestyle category is a true honor,” said Jared Tangney, Electorzyme co-founder and COO.  “We are going to use the momentum we have gained from winning this award to successfully make our technology available to everyone!"

Electrozyme is a 2014, Class 4 Graduate of SDSI’s business accelerator program, Springboard.  Learn more about SDSI Springboard at www.sdsportinnovators.org.

Past MIP Sports and Active Lifestyle Technologies category winners include:

2013 - Hookit for Hookit Athlete Index

2012 - PEAR Sports for PEAR Square One

2011 - Hydroflex™ for the Hydroflex Supercharger

2010 - ElliptiGO for ElliptiGO 8S

2009 - Neptunic Technologies for Neptech Protective Material

2008 - Firewire Surfboards for Direct Drive

CIT Launches "CIT Point of View" Blog

By Jon Lucas, President, CIT Commercial Services

CIT, a leading provider of commercial lending and leasing services, has launched CIT Point of View, a new weekly corporate blog that will offer commentary and perspectives on current trends and issues affecting the small business, middle market and transportation sectors.

Blog posts in CIT Point of View will cover an array of subject matter from the various sectors that CIT supports: Aerospace, Business Services, Capital Markets, Communications, Energy, Entertainment, Equipment, Gaming, Healthcare, Industrials, Information Services & Technology, Private Equity, Rail, Real Estate, Restaurants, Retail, Sports & Media, and Transportation.

“We are excited to launch CIT Point of View, which will serve as another resource for market intelligence from our executives for our customers and the industry at large,” said Margaret Tutwiler, Executive Vice President and Group Head of Communications & Government Relations at CIT. “This blog will complement our existing thought leadership initiatives that highlight our deep understanding of the small business, middle market and transportation sectors.”

CIT Point of View's first post, "Tis the Season for Retailers" focuses on retail insights and trends gleaned from this year's Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday results.

Individuals interested in receiving CIT Point of View via email can register at cit.com/pov or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Turtle Bay Gets STOKED Certified

By Jessica Gellert, Social Media & Web Manager, Turtle Bay Resort

It’s good to be green. At Turtle Bay we take sustainability seriously.  That’s why this year we transformed our roof into a green one. We installed 1,500 solar panels across more than 30,000 square feet that provide 8 percent of Turtle Bay’s daily average electricity demand. Turtle Bay is the first resort property in Hawaii to complete a major solar project that significantly reduces its carbon footprint. The lower rooftops have also been fully renovated with herb gardens and rock wave designs that reduce heat gain and improve energy efficiency while improving aesthetic appeal. Our roof mixed with our green practices earned us the STOKE certification.

What is STOKE? STOKE is the world’s first sustainability certification program for surf and ski tourism operators. STOKE looks at more than 140 quantifiable measures and 320 indicators of sustainability specifically designed for the surf tourism sector.  To be certified a resort must (amongst many other things) dispose of liquid and solid waste effectively, use available renewable energy sources and reduce their carbon footprint, harvest and conserve rainwater, contribute to environmental conservation, pay fair wages through legal contracts with benefits, support local businesses, contribute to local cultural activities and respect local customs, as well as enforcing proper surf etiquette.

We’re stoked to be STOKED Certified and will continue to champion taking care of the place we live and love – The Fabled North Shore.

Shelter Partnership

By Kevin Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

As we wind down what has hopefully been a successful 2014 for most of us, now is a great time to reflect on what we can do to help those less fortunate than us.  If you have any excess inventory that you'd like to donate to a very worthwhile cause, Shelter Partnership does a wonderful job of distributing much needed apparel, accessories, toiletries and other consumer goods to more than 200 agencies nationally. 

As an added benefit, if you discuss this with your accountant, you may find that any inventory donated is tax deductible, making this a true win for everyone.

I'm very proud to say that last year, our clients donated more than 100,000 garments to Shelter Partnership, proving that not only do we finance great companies, we finance great people who care!

If you'd like to learn more about this great organization, please contact Ruth Schwartz of Shelter Partnership, who would be happy to answer your questions.

Have a great holiday season!

The Surfing Innovators Series

By Paul Strauch, Executive Director, SHACC


Hobie Surf Shops and SHACC have launched the collaborative project, "The Surfing Innovators Series." The first installment is on exhibit inside Hobie's Dana Point Surf Shop that showcases Lorrin "Whitey" Harrison and his impact on the early California surfing scene.

Whitey was among California's first real watermen. As a teenager in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Whitey surfed the beaches of Corona del Mar and Laguna, on a solid pine surfboard left behind by the legendary Duke Kahanamoku on one of his trips to the mainland. Harrison was a skilled surfer and body surfer, and he also dove for abalone and lobster off Orange County's beaches.
 
The exhibit inside the Hobie Dana Point store includes some of Harrison's early shaping tools, historic photographs, his signature hand-woven palm-frond hats, 2 of his surfboards and other memorabilia that helped lay the groundwork for the California surfing lifestyle.
 
Hobie and SHACC share a long and rich history in the surfing community. SHACC co-founder Dick Metz and Hobie Alter had been close friends from the late '50s until Hobie's passing this year. Metz helped Hobie open a series of successful surf shops in the early 1960s  in California, Hawaii and the East Coast.

The Dana Point Hobie Shop is located at 34174 Pacific Coast Highway.

Next up in the on-going series will be a display on the man himself, Hobie Alter.

A Holiday Special from Taylor Digital

By Randy Taylor, Founder and CEO, Taylor Digital

Nothing like a little competition, right? Well, the major tech companies are continually at it and are constantly coming up with new ways to one-up one another, but that’s how we keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive! This month we’ve taken a look at some new ventures from well-known tech moguls and dissected which solution is the best fit.

We realize everyone needs a different solution. We want to support you in your efforts, and that's why we have a special offer for you as you start to consider your online strategy for 2015. Fill out our complimentary review form to get a quote on a new online project developed with Taylor Digital. When you pay online on or before January 1, 2015 and use the coupon code Innovate, you will receive 10% off!

We look forward to working with you to make this a fantastic holiday season!

Webcast: Internal Controls to Increase the Value of Your Business

By John Snell, Partner, Moss Adams

Preparing for a Sale:  Internal Controls to Increase the Value of Your Business

Tuesday, December 2
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT
Free Webcast | 1 CPE Credit

Effective internal controls are the foundation of a solidly run business, and buyers will review your processes and procedures prior to investing. Internal control failures or ineffective systems will drive your value down.

During this webcast, our experts will examine the internal controls needed for increasing your value and creating the greatest valuation for your company. We will identify opportunities to improve your business through the automation of systems, increased processing efficiency and the overall improvement of internal controls prior to private investor or private equity considerations that will help you streamline these critical paths to market.
 
Please forward this invitation to those on your team that will benefit from the information.

Presenters  
John Snell, CIA
Partner | Moss Adams LLP

Steven Gin, CISA
Senior Manager | Moss Adams LLP

Register here.