FastSpring Recognized by Pacific Coast Business Time's Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies

E-commerce and subscription management leader ranked #29 for revenue growth in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.Oct. 17, 2017PRLog — Digital commerce leader FastSpring (FastSpring.com) has made the list of 50 Fastest-Growing Companies from the Pacific Coast Business Times, which is a snapshot of the year’s fast-growth superstars, featuring both public and private companies in the California central coast. To qualify for this list, companies must have at least earned $500,000 in revenue in 2014 and $5 million in revenue in 2016. FastSpring ranked number 29 on the list for 2017.

“We’re proud to be part of the innovation scene in this vibrant community,” said Chris Lueck, CEO of FastSpring. “FastSpring’s inclusion on the list highlights how quickly we are growing and we look forward to even more success to come.”

FastSpring is one of the fastest growing e-commerce, subscription management and billing platforms, and is uniquely designed to meet the needs of software, SaaS, and other online service companies worldwide. Lueck credits FastSpring’s growth to its platform’s ease of use, back office functionalities, global reach, and support capabilities for companies of all sizes.

“We are delighted to include FastSpring in the 2017 edition of Fastest-Growing Companies,” commented Henry Dubroff, Founder & Editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times.

The Pacific Coast Business Times is the weekly business journal of record serving Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Now in its 15th year of publication, the Business Times has won numerous awards, including a national Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for breaking news, “Best in Business” awards from the Society of Business Editors and Writers, and several Los Angeles Press Club awards.

An awards reception honoring companies on the 2017 list takes place on Thursday, October 19, umn 2017 in Santa Barbara.  For more information about the 2017 50 Fastest-Growing Companies special report, please visit https://www.pacbiztimes.com.

About FastSpring

Headquartered in Santa Barbara, FastSpring provides thousands of customers worldwide with a proven, highly acclaimed, and all-in-one e-commerce, subscription management and billing platform.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of software, SaaS, and other online service companies, the FastSpring platform helps to maximize conversions, increase sales, and grow business – all while providing an award-winning client service experience 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

FastSpring’s awards and honors include winner of SaaS 2017 Award for E-Commerce, multiple Stevie Awards, CODie Awards, inclusion in the Inc. 500 and Software Magazine Top 500 lists, and multiple appearances on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ list through 2017. To find out more, please visit www.FastSpring.com (http://www.fastspring.com/).

All companies referenced in this press release, including FastSpring® and more are the trademarks of their respective owners.

HF PLANNERS, LLC: Commercial Facilities Design Firm Rebrands and Unveils a newly Redesigned Website

Improved access to professional services for facility planning, design, and management.

BRANCHBURG, N.J.Oct. 17, 2017PRLog — HF Planners, LLC, a certified women-owned business delivering facility planning, design, and management services announces the launch of its newly redesigned and re-branded website www.hfplanners.com. This new online space is for Facility Management Executives and Business Owners who are looking for a proactive and collaborative partner to help them design and manage office spaces that work.

With a crisp design that is easy to navigate on any device, the new site welcomes visitors to:

 Meet the award-winning team of experienced facility planners, accomplished designers, skilled project and account managers who play key roles in all project aspects – from planning and design to workplace strategy and move coordination.

 Become familiar with the full size and scope of projects in which HF Planners specializes and how our “whole team” approach can help maximize the investment in facilities in industries that include electronics, energy, pharmaceuticals, real estate, telecommunications, and health care.

 Assess timely resources to address the most pressing facility management headaches that professionals face today as well as forward-thinking, practical insights for meeting tomorrow’s opportunities.

Caroline Shelly, Principal and founder at HF Planners shared, “We are thrilled to launch this new site and unveil the new look for our brand. As we continue to grow within the facilities market, they are visible signs of our on-going commitment to – and enthusiasm for – helping clients meet the evolving business priorities for their facilities.”

“Working with HF Planners was vital to meeting our recent growth needs. When we learned we couldn’t expand our building as planned, Caroline and her team developed a creative umn approach to space planning that really saved the day for us. They provided a complete solution that meant we could stay focused on running the business, knowing that HF Planners was successfully handling every detail,” said Karen Martinez, President and CEO of BRAVO! Group Services, LLC.

About HF Planners, LLC: For over 18 years, HF Planners has served leading organizations as a trusted expert in optimizing their facilities. Recent projects included designing 30,000 sq. ft. of office space, coordinating moves and changes for a 400-person relocation, incorporating new branding within a space, and creating collaboration areas. Utilizing our expertly-honed and proven processes for planning and managing workspaces, we are able to save our clients time and money, alleviate risk, maximize their return on investment, and make a positive impact on  their corporate culture.

For more information, visit: www.hfplanners.com

HF Planners, LLC: Commercial Facilities Design Firm Relocates to a Newly Renovated Office Building

BRANCHBURG, N.J.Oct. 17, 2017PRLog — HF Planners, LLC, Commercial Facilities Design Firm relocates their Raritan, NJ office to a recently renovated building in Branchburg, NJ that will allow for further expansion as the company grows. The new office building is a reflection of HF Planners’ new branding.

Starting October 16, 2017 – HF Planners, LLC will be operating in their new office – fully designed by the firm, the team voted on all finish selections, all of which correlate with the new company branding, standards, and colors. The relocation will enhance the team’s ability to collaborate with a fully functional materials library. The new office provides more collaboration space for teams, and the modern design is aligned in keeping with HF Planners’ new brand.

The 2,200-square foot umn space, with large windows, new fixtures, furnishings and equipment, will accommodate the growing staff; inviting all to collaborate on projects efficiently and effectively.

Caroline Shelly, Principal and founder at HF Planners shared, “We are excited to move into the new space and expand our services while growing the company. This new space will give our team the capability to broaden our horizons, and the ability to exercise their creativity. The move comes at a great transition time – aligning a new image, brand, and space for the company.”

About HF Planners, LLC: For over 18 years, HF Planners has served leading organizations as a trusted expert in optimizing their facilities. Recent projects included designing 30,000 sq. ft. of office space, coordinating moves and changes for a 400-person relocation, incorporating new branding within a space, and creating collaboration areas. Utilizing our expertly-honed and proven processes for planning and managing workspaces, we are able to save our clients time and money, alleviate risk, maximize their return on investment, and make a positive impact on their corporate culture.

For more information visit: https://www.hfplanners.com

Aftermath of hurricane Maria – Commonwealth of Dominica – Registrar of Companies

Since the passage of the Category 5 Hurricane Maria on the 18th of September 2017, most of the governmental agencies in the Commonwealth of Dominica remain closed for everyday operations – including the courts and Office of the Companies Registrar

ROSEAU, DominicaOct. 17, 2017PRLog — As we have informed you in our previous updates, Dominica took a direct hit – the hurricane destroyed island’s electrical grids, roads, 95% of all roofs on the island and caused numerous human fatalities.

There is a massive clean-up and restoration effort underway and Dominica utility companies are working round-the-clock to restore the utilities. As of today, the vast majority of the areas in Dominica have access to mobile data and water. Some parts of Roseau, the capital of Dominica, have already been connected to power grids, however many buildings still remain without electricity.

Many governmental agencies as well as private companies maintained their email servers and other infrastructure in Dominica. Due to the damages to the infrastructure these institutions and companies remain disconnected and unreachable for the international clients and third parties outside of Dominica.

The Office of the Registrar of Companies in Dominica sustained umn massive damages and is about to be moved to the new premises. We look forward to the soonest restoration of its operations.

We urge all our clients as well as the clients of other registered agents and law firms to remain calm and allow the Registrar and the registered agents to restore their offices and resume operations.

As of 17th of October 2017, it remains impossible to file or obtain any documents from the Registrar of the Companies in Dominica as well as legalise documents with an apostille.

We are looking forward to the restoration of the Registrar of Companies operations and we will keep you posted.

For all urgent matters, please contact the members of our international support team at info( )oid.dm

HF Planners, LLC: Commercial Facilities Design Firm Relocates to a Newly Renovated Office Building

BRANCHBURG, N.J.Oct. 17, 2017PRLog — HF Planners, LLC, Commercial Facilities Design Firm relocates their Raritan, NJ office to a recently renovated building in Branchburg, NJ that will allow for further expansion as the company grows. The new office building is a reflection of HF Planners’ new branding.

Starting October 16, 2017 – HF Planners, LLC will be operating in their new office – fully designed by the firm, the team voted on all finish selections, all of which correlate with the new company branding, standards, and colors. The relocation will enhance the team’s ability to collaborate with a fully functional materials library. The new office provides more collaboration space for teams, and the modern design is aligned in keeping with HF Planners’ new brand.

The 2,200-square foot umn space, with large windows, new fixtures, furnishings and equipment, will accommodate the growing staff; inviting all to collaborate on projects efficiently and effectively.

Caroline Shelly, Principal and founder at HF Planners shared, “We are excited to move into the new space and expand our services while growing the company. This new space will give our team the capability to broaden our horizons, and the ability to exercise their creativity. The move comes at a great transition time – aligning a new image, brand, and space for the company.”

About HF Planners, LLC: For over 18 years, HF Planners has served leading organizations as a trusted expert in optimizing their facilities. Recent projects included designing 30,000 sq. ft. of office space, coordinating moves and changes for a 400-person relocation, incorporating new branding within a space, and creating collaboration areas. Utilizing our expertly-honed and proven processes for planning and managing workspaces, we are able to save our clients time and money, alleviate risk, maximize their return on investment, and make a positive impact on their corporate culture.

For more information visit: https://www.hfplanners.com

Champion Brands Names Director of Sales for Red Bull

Mike Nearbin, Champion Brands Director of Sales for Red Bull

Mike Nearbin, Champion Brands Director of Sales for Red Bull

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.Oct. 17, 2017PRLog — Champion Brands, a premier beverage sales company, is pleased to announce they have promoted Mike Nearbin to Director of Sales for Red Bull. Nearbin is responsible for creating the development plan for Red Bull to ensure it aligns with the company and supplier’s initiatives. He sets the goals for Red Bull sales for facilities in both Jacksonville and Savannah and is responsible for supplier relations.

Nearbin has worked with Champion Brands for more than 23 years. He started with the company as a delivery driver and worked his way up to numerous leadership roles within the company. He has served as a chain sales manager, C-store sales manager, off-premise sales manager, service director and the general manager for the Red Bull Florida division.

Nearbin lives in St. Johns County with his wife of 19 years and his three children. Nearbin is also proud to be a living organ donor.

Champion Brands began selling Red umn Bull in 2001. They expanded and opened the Savannah branch in 2006. Nearbin will lead the Red Bull sales development for both facilities.

About Champion Brands

Champion Brands is a Jacksonville-based premier beverage sales company, which serves customers and suppliers in Florida and Georgia. The company was established in 1985 and has a superior brand portfolio of domestic and imported beverages, including local and regional craft beer, specialty imports, Red Bull energy drinks, ciders and gluten-free beverages. Champion Brands utilizes the most innovative techniques for selling and delivering goods to the market and has created a positive work environment for employees who consistently exceed customers’ needs. For more information, visit www.championbrands.net.

Champion Brands Names Director of Sales for Red Bull

Mike Nearbin, Champion Brands Director of Sales for Red Bull

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.Oct. 17, 2017PRLog — Champion Brands, a premier beverage sales company, is pleased to announce they have promoted Mike Nearbin to Director of Sales for Red Bull. Nearbin is responsible for creating the development plan for Red Bull to ensure it aligns with the company and supplier’s initiatives. He sets the goals for Red Bull sales for facilities in both Jacksonville and Savannah and is responsible for supplier relations.

Nearbin has worked with Champion Brands for more than 23 years. He started with the company as a delivery driver and worked his way up to numerous leadership roles within the company. He has served as a chain sales manager, C-store sales manager, off-premise sales manager, service director and the general manager for the Red Bull Florida division.

Nearbin lives in St. Johns County with his wife of 19 years and his three children. Nearbin is also proud to be a living organ donor.

Champion Brands began selling Red umn Bull in 2001. They expanded and opened the Savannah branch in 2006. Nearbin will lead the Red Bull sales development for both facilities.

About Champion Brands

Champion Brands is a Jacksonville-based premier beverage sales company, which serves customers and suppliers in Florida and Georgia. The company was established in 1985 and has a superior brand portfolio of domestic and imported beverages, including local and regional craft beer, specialty imports, Red Bull energy drinks, ciders and gluten-free beverages. Champion Brands utilizes the most innovative techniques for selling and delivering goods to the market and has created a positive work environment for employees who consistently exceed customers’ needs. For more information, visit www.championbrands.net.

Automotive Technology Innovator Drivemode Seeks to Reduce Driving Stress With Real-Time Location Sharing

Designed to Safely and Conveniently Use While Driving, Drivemode Now Lets Drivers Share Location From Their Phone In 6.0 Android App Update

Press Release



updated: Oct 18, 2017 07:00 PDT

Drivemode, developer of a mobile-based connected car platform founded by entrepreneurs from Zipcar and Tesla Motors, today announced that the major 6.0 update to their Drivemode App will include location sharing, a user-requested feature. Drivemode’s smart driving display app includes driver-friendly features such as voice-to-text messaging, music player overlay on navigation, “Do Not Disturb” mode, message auto-reply, and personalized travel recommendations.

Regarding this new functionality, Drivemode Co-Founder and CEO Yo Koga said, “At Drivemode we want to make the road safer and we know that drivers who are less stressed will contribute to a safer driving environment. When you are running late or just on your way to meet someone, being able to quickly and safely share your location with a friend or family member can reduce anxiety over a late departure or unexpected traffic. As more people are on the road during the upcoming holidays, we know friends and family will also be happier knowing where you are and when they can expect you.”

To initiate location sharing, a Drivemode user simply taps on the new “Share Your Location” card on the Dashboard and selects a contact. The driver’s location is then sent to the selected contact. Drivemode has designed this feature to be optimally used while in the act of driving, unlike other apps which offer similar functionality. This feature marks the next big update to the Android app, showing that the pace of innovation in automotive technology will not be slowing any time soon. Drivemode’s Android App has 1.2 million downloads in 150 countries and is available to download free at bit.ly/getdrivemode.

Drivemode Co-Founder and Product Manager Jeff Standard said, “Our team is extremely active in the Drivemode community and we take feedback from our users very seriously. During our beta testing of the location sharing feature, we implemented community recommendations to create a great user experience. We love how passionate Drivemode users are and look forward to building Drivemode together with them.”

Features of Drivemode Smart Driving Display App

Drivemode simplifies how you use your phone while driving. With a streamlined interface to safely access your favorite applications, Drivemode’s voice-enabled commands and large buttons let you to focus on driving. Use voice-control, a broad swipe, or a single tap and move seamlessly between applications.

  • Reply to a message or text using voice commands
  • Overlay your favorite music player on top of a navigation app
  • Ignore calls or messages in “Do Not Disturb” mode
  • Set up text message auto-replies
  • Automatically launch and close with Bluetooth pairing
  • Configure to automatically launch when you start driving
  • View your driving history
  • Get personalized recommendations over time based on your activities, calendar, and favorite places
  • Share your location with your contacts

Drivemode’s simple interface can integrate many of your favorite apps, including:

  • Navigation apps like Google, Waze, HERE Maps
  • Music apps like Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, Player.fm, Poweramp
  • Messaging apps like SMS, Facebook Messenger, Slack, WhatsApp
  • Google Now and Google Assistant

Use Drivemode to easily upgrade your current car to a smarter car, for rental or loaner cars, and keep your preferences consistent from vehicle to vehicle. Commuters, professional or part-time drivers, car-sharers, and road-trippers can all make Drivemode part of a better, safer driving experience. Drivemode is an automotive-grade interface designed and developed to adhere to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety guidelines for driving apps.

ABOUT DRIVEMODE
Drivemode enables smarter, safer, connected driving in any vehicle. Founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs from Zipcar and Tesla Motors, Drivemode is working to fundamentally change the way consumers use technology in the car. Drivemode offers a mobile-based connected car platform through a consumer-facing Android app, driver assistance and analytics for fleet managers, and a bring-your-own-device connected car solution for automakers. The Drivemode app transforms a user’s phone into a car’s central computing device allowing voice-to-text messaging, music player overlay on navigation, “Do Not Disturb” mode, message auto-reply, and personalized travel recommendations. The Drivemode app has an automotive-grade interface designed and developed to adhere to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety guidelines for driving apps. Drivemode has raised $9.2M from industry leaders. Learn more at https://drivemode.com or download Drivemode at bit.ly/getdrivemode.

CONTACT
Scott Kepnach​
Head of Marketing, Drivemode​
​(510) 938-4906
press@drivemode.com

Source: Drivemode

Michael Gabelli Donates $10K to Goodwill NYNJ

Gift Will Create the Michael and Kristina Gabelli Fellowship, Supporting Goodwill’s Direct Support Professionals Training Program

Press Release



updated: Oct 18, 2017 10:00 EDT

Goodwill® Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. (“Goodwill NYNJ”) is pleased to announce that Michael Gabelli has made a $10,000 donation to create the Michael and Kristina Gabelli Fellowship, which will provide transportation assistance and/or Driver Training and Licensing for individuals participating in Goodwill’s Direct Support Professionals (DSP) training program. The Goodwill NYNJ DSP program provides training for individuals with barriers to employment to fill the gap in DSP positions needed in New York City. DSPs empower community-integrated activities for individuals with developmental disabilities to ultimately help them find jobs.

Katy Gaul-Stigge, Goodwill NYNJ President and CEO says: “We are grateful for Mr. Gabelli’s donation to support Goodwill’s DSP training program, which seeks to help meet the need in this sector’s fastest- growing occupation, improving the quality of DSP job applicants, and increasing access to this high-demand career pathway. This is not only vital to our social infrastructure, but has the potential to drive economic growth, particularly within low-income communities.”

Michael Gabelli added, “This organization and the cause that it represents – providing training for individuals to overcome barriers to employment – is near and dear to our hearts. I am proud to support the DSP training program and the work they do to help these deserving job seekers find their place in the workforce.”

We are grateful for Mr. Gabelli’s donation to support Goodwill’s DSP training program, which seeks to help meet the need in this sector’s fastest growing occupation, improving the quality of DSP job applicants, and increasing access to this high-demand career pathway. This is not only vital to our social infrastructure but has the potential to drive economic growth, particularly within low-income communities.

Katy Gaul-Stigge,
Goodwill NYNJ President and CEO

Goodwill’s DSP program, funded in part by the New York Community Trust, consists of a 2-Week Training, Employer Placements and Job Retention. The comprehensive curriculum covers – CPR/First Aid/AED certification, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training, Abuse and Neglect identification and reporting, OSHA required safety (such as handling bloodborne pathogens and fire safety), POMs training (Personal Outcome Measures) and training on The Core Competencies as defined by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

The Michael and Kristina Gabelli Fellowship will provide the necessary assistance for DSP candidates to obtain Drivers Licenses, which are becoming increasingly required of DSP positions across the region, as the field of developmental disabilities services shifts to community integration. With driving training and credentials, DSPs will be able to provide more autonomous transportation for their many program participants, and travel from site to site more easily as participants are integrated into the community.

About Goodwill NYNJ

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. is a social enterprise that provides workforce development services, and retail and business opportunities. Our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power or work. The Astoria-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization is a member of the network of 162 agencies of Goodwill Industries International, each with a designated region.

Our 42 retail stores support our mission through the sale of new and slightly used donated goods while providing training and employment for our core constituency. GoodTemps, our temporary staffing division, places 700 individuals in jobs weekly in private companies and City and State agencies. Our welfare to work programs offer resources and supports to break the cycle of poverty for those facing significant barriers.

Since our beginnings in Brooklyn 102 years ago, we have helped Greater New York and New Jersey area residents become work-ready so they can build better lives for themselves and their families. Learn more about Goodwill NYNJ at www.goodwillnynj.org

Contact for Goodwill NYNJ:

Jose Medellin
Director of Communications
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.
Phone: (718) 371-7251
Email: jmedellin@goodwillnynj.org

Contact for The Michael and Kristina Gabelli Fellowship:

Melissa Sheer
Kent Place Communications
Phone: (917) 690-2199
Email: melissa@kentplacellc.com

Source: Goodwill NYNJ

UpperEdge: Software Compliance Assessments Reveal an Average Net License Fee Exposure Between $800K and $2.5M

SAP Indirect Access and Oracle non-compliance fees continue to rise as vendors attempt to lock-in customers, says UpperEdge.

Press Release



updated: Oct 18, 2017 09:14 EDT

Most large companies have implemented ERP systems that help run their businesses and they’re often caught off-guard regarding their risk due to an audit. While SAP Indirect Access risk exposure varies greatly based on a company’s size and the intricacies of their IT environment, there is no denying that Indirect Access fees can be gargantuan.

Based upon analysis conducted on application landscapes for a broad range of organizations and industries, Indirect Access risk assessments performed by UpperEdge revealed an average net license fee exposure ranging from $800K to $2.5M (excluding maintenance).

Like SAP, Oracle has increasingly become more aggressive with their auditing and enforcement of non-compliance issues. The trend among these vendors suggests attempts to lock-in customers by making it arduous and costly to use applications from other companies. Oracle – with the purchases of PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel, Hyperion, NetSuite, etc.; and SAP – with acquisitions of Ariba, SuccessFactors, FieldGlass, Concur, among many others, instead prefer to be its customer’s one-stop-shop.

Efforts like Oracle’s ‘Total Support Stream’ clause are one way these large IT suppliers are tightening the screws. This verbiage can easily be overlooked in a large agreement but it successfully binds ALL past, present and potential future support streams together making it impossible for customers to terminate any of the individual areas of support without canceling the entire Total Support Stream.

Dave Blake,
UpperEdge Founder and CEO

“Efforts like Oracle’s ‘Total Support Stream’ clause are one way these large IT suppliers are tightening the screws,” said Dave Blake, UpperEdge Founder and CEO.

“This verbiage can easily be overlooked in a large agreement but it successfully binds all past, present and potential future support streams together making it impossible for customers to terminate any of the individual areas of support without canceling the entire Total Support Stream,” Dave continued.

Other indicators of potential lock-in attempts:

· SAP’s excessive Indirect Access fees and recent litigations encourage companies to hesitate or even avoid using non-SAP applications.

· Once a customer subscribes to Oracle’s three major product silos (ERP, HR, and CRM), the price hike for maintaining ERP, for example, could be substantial enough to make switching HR or CRM systems cost prohibitive.

· SAP and Oracle have not clearly defined non-compliance events or how to avoid them, causing anxiety for companies considering outside solutions.

Since there is both uncertainty and steep financial risk tied to unintentional Indirect Access and other non-compliance violations, it is critical for companies to understand and proactively mitigate their risk exposure.

In response to this growing need, UpperEdge developed two web-based tools for SAP and Oracle customers to gauge their risk of being non-compliant. These tools provide customers a proactive glimpse of their related potential financial exposure. These risk assessments can be completed in under 10 minutes resulting in a report based on a proprietary algorithm provided directly to the user’s email address.

The SAP Indirect Access Risk Assessment can be found here and the Oracle Audit Risk Assessment can be accessed here.

ABOUT UPPEREDGE
UpperEdge maximizes the value its clients receive from their key IT supplier relationships by helping them develop and execute to fact-based sourcing, negotiation, and program execution strategies. Visit http://upperedge.com for more information.

CONTACT:
Carole Jacques
UpperEdge LLC
617-412-4313
cjacques@upperedge.com

Source: UpperEdge