Thursday, October 29, 2015

Why Barcode Scanner with Google Sheets is better than Excel

Advantages of Scanning to Google Sheets

Sunnyvale, CA, October 29, 2015 - Microsoft Excel is a common tool used in inventory management. Today you can utilize barcode applications and upload to an excel spreadsheet. But your excel file runs the risk of being lost or damaged. This is why barcode scanner for Google Sheets is essential. In fact, it is more portable and handy. Netkiller Barcode Scanner allows you to do the same exact application. It can be used as a database for inventory management. With a simple scan, an item’s information can be uploaded to Google Sheets.

Here are a few reasons why use Google Sheet would make sense as your inventory management tool.

You don’t need any new software.

You don’t need to download a new software as you can open your files in Google Sheets format in any device. Google Sheets and Google Drive allow you to be mobile wherein using just an internet and browser you can make changes and view your documents.

This is a convenient and easy way of inventory management. Furthermore, even if you don’t have an internet connection you can view your documents through Google Docs’ offline features. Google Sheets are also evolving to have more capabilities and features.

Create Graphs with Google Sheets

With its tools, you can create graphs that will allow you to view your information in different formats. Graphs provide an accurate picture of your inventory and enables you to make reports. This is a great feature of Google Sheets based inventory management.

Improve your inventory management workflow

Furthermore, you can use Google Sheets and Google Form as these applications are complimentary. This supports inventory management for Google Drive since a form can be filled up and integrated with the barcode scanner. The same data will be uploaded to Google Sheets making it easy to create a barcode field. This makes it easier to track the information wherein you have a unique barcode to identify items in your inventory.

Combine sheets with Google Sheet’s “IMPORTRANGE” function

It’s also effortless to manage different sheets. This is because Google Sheet has an “IMPORTRANGE” function. This enables you to conduct a thorough analytics if you have data sets across different sheets. This can be merged into one allowing you sift through the data with ease. The original data is preserved while you create a new spreadsheet that shows all of the information you need. To learn more about IMPORTRANGE function, click here.

Use Google Add-on with your barcode data

The barcode scanner for Google Sheets is a complete inventory management program wherein you will almost never lose your data. Your information is secure and readily accessible making it effortless to complete your inventory workflow tasks. You can also use Google Sheets Add-on for printing barcode labels wherein it seamlessly works with your inventory management.

It works with smartphones.

The barcode app with Google Sheet is a powerful combination in terms of inventory management. It works with any iOS and Android based smartphone and you don’t need to reinvest on heavy gadgets if you’re doing inventory management. Significantly, this is a less expensive way of managing data and having a barcode that keeps track of all your items.

A Google Sheets based barcode scanning application give you the flexibility unlike doing inventory work in Microsoft Excel. With the Netkiller Barcode Scanner, you have quick access to Google Sheets wherein you can import and export information. This allows you to have a collaborative workflow with all the information stored and secured.

Netkiller is the leading Google for Work Partner. The company provides Google Apps solutions focusing on increasing productivity. It is completely integrated, giving you access to the Google Cloud Platform, providing you with business solutions.

* To use Netkiller Barcode Scanner your phone needs a barcode scanning application. Depending on the type of device you use, restrictions may apply.

Harry Jung
440 N Wolfe Rd
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Natural Paint Colors the Cove of Carmel

The Real Milk Paint Co., with Jon Stuefloten and Eco Carmel, launches new shade, Stillwater Grey.

Hohenwald, TN, October 28, 2015 - Stillwater Grey, a color embodying the essence of the Stillwater Cove fog, is the newest shade in the Real Milk Paint Co.’s color chart.

Known for his artistic finesse in historical restoration work, Jon Stuefloten, working with Kristi Reimers, owner of Eco Carmel, an ecologically safe store specializing in paint, hardware and home items, went to one of their preferred products, Real Milk Paint, to capture a piece of Stillwater Cove while working on a project in Pebble Beach.

Stuefloten and Reimers worked together to expertly match the look and color of an existing weathered board from the project.

“It took a few takes to get it right and the end results were perfect,” says Stuefloten. “The hue and color of the physical surroundings were important to capture. This bodes greatly to her ability to work with contractors who demand perfection. Thus Stillwater Gray was born. It was a joint effort that took our best work to a new level.”

“I was so excited when I heard Jon was using Real Milk Paint for a color inspired by the fog in the Cove”, says Dwayne Siever, owner of The Real Milk Paint Company. “Collaborating with such a talented artist was great — Jon really brought the Stillwater Grey to life. We’re excited to have a piece of Carmel in the color chart.”

Stuefloten’s interest in faux finishes and his inclination to work with natural products influenced the collaboration for the new hue with The Real Milk Paint Company.

“For me, Real Milk Paint was definitely the way to go,” Stuefloten explained. “Their products are exactly the kind of paint and finishes I enjoy working with — perfect for the beach-side projects.”

Although created in Tennessee, Real Milk Paint exemplifies the Californian way of life. Known for their “back-to-basics,” non-toxic, environmentally healthy milk paint, The Real Milk Paint Company has provided an easy, accessible way to use healthy products in your home. The paint products not only aid with clean carbon emissions and reduce the greenhouse effect, but leftover product can also be used as fertilizer.

“We aim to provide a strong, safe and healthy product for the home, as well as for the environment,” says Siever. “Families aren’t even aware that three years after painting, you can still be breathing in toxins from chemical-based formulas. It was important to us to provide a product that eliminated that element.”

Eco Carmel will be stocking Stillwater Grey.

For more information please visit

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ABOUT US: Inspired by an appreciation for the environment, The Real Milk Paint® Company offers simplified DIY kits to renovate antique products. Its earth-friendly paints come in 54 hues and are made without any Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). Providing non-toxic paint that aligns with EPA regulations, Real Milk Paint’s products are ideal for antique furniture, decks, floors and walls. Its exclusive formula provides an authentic finish to belongings and remains usable for a minimum of a two-week period after being mixed with water.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information about The Real Milk Paint Company and to arrange to speak with a company spokesperson, please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at 212-966-0024 or

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sip, Swirl, Savor and Learn

The Fifth Annual “In Your Backyard” Series Brought to you by Edible Monterey Bay and Holman Ranch Announces Its 2016 Schedule and Charity Partners.

Carmel, CA, October 28, 2015 - Inspired by the culinary bounty of California's Central Coast, Holman Ranch Tasting Room, located at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley Village, is working with Edible Monterey Bay to invite local culinary chefs and artisans to demonstrate how wine can be best complemented with fresh culinary products found throughout the Central Coast.

The “In Your Backyard” series brought to you by Edible Monterey Bay and Holman Ranch will have chefs, farmers sand foragers sharing their tips and techniques for finding the perfect, fresh ingredients for preparing truly memorable meals, side dishes as well as understanding flavor pairings. From paella to abalone and sea vegetable demos, the series will showcase local experts’ knowledgeable on everything from how to select the best meats to creating savory pastries with ingredients from the local Farmers Market. Each demonstration will offer recommendations for the best wine to pair with the featured culinary item.

Here is a sneak peek at our 2016 schedule, partners and charity beneficiaries:
• January 26th at 6:00 PM –Chef Jérôme Viel from Wil’s Fargo Steakhouse + Baris a classically trained French chef born in Brittany, Jérôme Viel began studying the culinary arts at the age of 15. Traveling throughout Europe to study each region’s specialties, Chef Viel worked with some of the world’s greatest chefs. He left Europe in 1999 and landed in Carmel Valley, Calif., working at two prestigious resorts, Bernardus Lodge and Stonepine Estate. Viel fell in love with bucolic Carmel Valley, met his wife and started a family (the couple have two daughters). For the last 12 years Viel has worked as executive chef at Carmel Valley’s iconic Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar.! Chef Jerome will be discussing wild mushrooms. The charity partner will be Nancy’s Project. The charity partner is Nancy’s Project. Nancy's Project is a charitable nonprofit organization founded by Nancy Costello, to distribute food, clothing, and other necessities to farm labor families in Monterey County.

• February 18th at 6:00 PM – Ted and Cindy Walter from Passionfish in Pacific Grove will be discussing the sourcing and cooking of delicious, fresh sustainable seafood! The charity partner will be Seafood Watch. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats, now and for future generations. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices" or "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid." We raise public awareness about sustainable seafood issues through our consumer guides, website, mobile apps and outreach efforts.

• March 16th, 6:00 PM - Chef Brandon Miller from Mundaka in Carmel-by-the-Sea will celebrate National Paella Day by taking you on a culinary journey through Spain and teach you the tips and secrets of how to make traditional Spanish Paella. The charity partner is the Food Bank for Monterey County. The Food Bank for Monterey County is the largest provider of emergency supplemental food in Monterey County. Our mission is “to lead community efforts in the awareness and elimination of hunger in Monterey County.” The food bank solicits, collects, stores, and redistributes food to individuals as well as non-profit agencies that serve the aged, ill, and needy.

• April 20th at 6:00 PM – Chef Brad Briske from La Balena in Carmel-by-the-Sea will do a grass fed nose-to-tail, cooking demo! The charity partner will be MEarth. MEarth is an environmental education nonprofit with roots in Carmel Valley, California, that is growing the next generation of environmental leaders through education, collaboration, partnerships and community action. We educate and inspire through environmental stewardship.

• May 18th Aubergine’s Ron Mendoza will lead you in creating fabulous desserts. The evening will benefit Everyone’s Harvest, bringing people and healthy food together through certified farmers' markets and community food programs.

• June 15th will feature Ken McDonald from Edgars at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley who will take you from garden to table, discussing how to plant your garden with your menus in mind and providing tips for cooking your harvest. The evening will benefit Ag Against Hunger, which channels surplus fruits and vegetables from farms in our area to those in need.

• July 14th, 6:00 PM – John Cox with Sierra Mar at Post Ranch in Big Sur and Trevor Fay of Monterey Abalone Co. will take up the theme “Cooking the Big Sur Coast,” showing you how to cook our local abalone and sea vegetables, and sharing how Monterey Abalone raises the iconic gastropod and forages for sea vegetables and rare seafood in Monterey Bay. Charity Partner is the Grower Shipper Foundation. The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that provides education and information on the agriculture industry as well as offering innovative programs to our community outreach. We are here to make our community aware of the positive impact agriculture makes to all our lives. Help us to be a part of the solution to educate, inform and inspire.

Reservations are required for all classes and the cost for each event is $25 per person. Classes are $10 for wine club members. Class size is limited to 25 attendees. This includes the class, wine tasting, small bites, and meeting, learning and sampling from a local artisan. A portion of the class proceeds will benefit the local charity organizations. To make reservations call 831-659-2640 or email

Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley Village Tasting Room is the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines while learning about the culinary bounty available in your own backyard. The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and is available for private events.

About Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery:
Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate. Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards' Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.

About Edible Monterey Bay
Founded in 2011, Edible Monterey Bay produces a beautiful quarterly magazine and weekly email newsletter celebrating the local food cultures of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, season by season. It also promotes local and sustainable regional food cultures through outstanding food and wine-themed events. For more information, go to or call (831) 298-7117.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Google Sheets based Barcode Scanner for iPhone & Android

The brand-new Netkiller Barcode Scanner 2.0 (NBS 2.0) comes with more powerful features that enable users to design more dynamic forms with variable fields on Google Sheet.

Sunnyvale, CA, October 24, 2015 - Netkiller has upgraded Netkiller Barcode Scanner with a major update. The brand-new Netkiller Barcode Scanner 2.0 (NBS 2.0) comes with more powerful features that enable users to design more dynamic forms with variable fields on Google Sheet. When scanning items, now you can use many fields that you need such as ‘drop-down menu’, ‘last updated timestamp’, ‘radio buttons’, ‘quantity’ and more.

This app can be used in any iOS or Android devices. Also, you can login with your Google account from mobile browser, design a form for mobile screen which can be integrated with your Google sheet. So, when a user captures a barcode and updates a data such as item name, or location on a smartphone, it’s gets logged into your Google Sheet. The app supports most of the barcode formats.

NBS 2.0 supports both Google Apps and personal Gmail accounts. For example, if your organization has implemented Google Apps for Work, your admin can install this app and can manage accessible users and create a Google Sheet as a master database for your company.

Here are a few actual client use cases:

Asset Management: IT department rents out equipments such as mobile phone, laptops and chromebooks. An admin staff needs to check in and check out gears to customers. Also, he can track purchase order numbers, price of devices and setup due dates per item.

Inventory Management: A hotel needed to keep track of inventory of non-perishing goods for all hotel divisions (furniture, equipment, tools, whites, towels, etc).

Membership Rewards: A school uses NBS to scan high school student ID cards to track the rewards system. School teachers can scan a student's barcode for reward points and add up the total points earned by a student. Also, a mobile user can record why the student received the point as well.

Attendance System: A school wanted to keep track of attendance at mandatory events. A user can scan the barcode to upload the course code and submit that a user has attended the mandatory class and completed the course.

Event: A non-profit organization holds a small charity event. After a visitor buys a ticket, a volunteer staff can scan the ticket at the entrance.

If you had used the old version of Netkiller Barcode Scanner (NBS 1.0), you need to login to create a new mobile form and create a new Google Sheet as the old one will not be supported in the future. Since Google Sheet is used for the database, you can copy and paste the old data into the new sheet.

Harry Jung
440 N Wolfe Rd
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Friday, October 23, 2015

San Jose Attorney has been at Forefront of Consumer Bankruptcy Advocacy for 30 Years

In his distinguished 30-year career, San Jose bankruptcy attorney Ike Shulman has been involved in landmark legislation and significant achievements in the bankruptcy field.

San Jose, CA, October 23, 2015 - In his distinguished 30-year career, San Jose bankruptcy attorney Ike Shulman has been involved in landmark legislation and significant achievements in the bankruptcy field. But what really drives him is his desire to help the average person faced with crushing debt and depression to find salvation.

Shulman lists the creation in 1992 of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), the country's leading advocate of consumers in bankruptcy, as one of his greatest accomplishments. But he also says helping thousands of consumers is equally high on his list.

"I'd say co-founding NACBA and serving as its first president. I have also been the chair of the association's legislative committee,” says Shulman when asked what achievement he's most proud of. “We took a tiny band of lawyers in San Jose to a national organization with 3,000 attorneys that has an impact on the national level. But I'd also put getting debt relief for thousands of people over the last 30 years as right up there.”

Shulman said his passion for helping people was stoked by the personal contact he's had with individuals and families over the years.

"I think I was fortunate 30 years ago to be hired by a firm that specialized in bankruptcy law. I immediately felt it was a rewarding day-after-day thing to do,” says Shulman, who has been in practice since 1986. “The passion was there because of the daily rewards. It felt good to meet with people and their families, many of them who were stressed out and depressed because of their financial situation, and find a way to help people out of that. In the legal profession you don't often get that personal contact.”

Shulman is still actively involved in consumers' rights through NACBA, serving as chair of the association's Legislative Committee. Shulman was also a key member of a panel that guided more than 3,000 lawyers through all the complicated changes in an anti-consumer bankruptcy law passed by Congress in 2005.

Shulman was selected to serve on the panel because he was well versed in the intricacies of the new law.

“I knew all about the ins and outs of the 2005 law because we had been fighting it for eight years,” he said about NACBA's long fight to preserve consumers' basic bankruptcy rights. “Each of the provisions were talked about in Congress, which I had been following closely. It was a terrible law, but we thought there might be a way of making it less bad.”

The seed for the formation of NACBA actually grew out of an informal meeting of lawyers in Santa Clara that Shulman was part of. He was the first chairman of the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Chapter 13 Subcommittee in 1989, and is currently the chairman of that committee. Shulman says that group was a "springboard" for the formation of NACBA.

Shulman's other accomplishments and awards include:
* Being given the "Fresh Start" award in 1997 by his peers for his distinguished service in the consumer bankruptcy field.

* Testifying on behalf of consumer bankruptcy debtors before Congress in 1998 and testifying before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission several times from1995 to 1997, as major changes to the bankruptcy laws were being considered.

* In 2006, Shulman received a Certificate of Recognition from the Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court Judges for his service as chairman of the Bankruptcy Local Rules Committee.

* Shulman has been given the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell® and was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list from 2008 to the present.

* He has been recognized as a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

After more than 30 years as a highly respected and influential bankruptcy attorney, Shulman said “retirement” is not in his vocabulary.

“No, I'm still enjoying this too much,” he says when asked if he'd consider retirement. “I found I could have a law practice and support my own family. But I also I found I could help a lot of people. I get great satisfaction helping people navigate bankruptcy laws and getting back on their feet. I have seen people come in under stress and depressed and they would walk out with a huge weight lifted off their shoulders. It was something special, a feeling — a feeling you could almost grab or touch.”

Contact: James S. K. "Ike" Shulman, Shulman Law Offices, 1501 The Alameda Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95126, (877) 763-7960 (877) 763-7960,

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Senior Advisor for Netswitch Technologies Featured in New Video on Solutions to Cyber Attacks on Nation's Healthcare Industry

Netswitch Technology, Kim Green Health Care Data Security – 2015 : Status Report (

Salinas, CA, October 22, 2015 - Kim Green, Senior Healthcare Policy Advisor for Netswitch Technologies, is featured in a new video, “Healthcare Data Security Report,” which discusses the need for stronger and more reliable data security in the medical field.

Green, who is also the Chief Security & Privacy Officer for Zephyr Health, Inc. and has 25 years experience in information technology, data and product security, in the video identifies many of the dangers and problems of security breaches and theft in the healthcare industry and solutions to those attacks.

The 5-minute video was produced by Mag One Productions for Netswitch Technologies, which is headquartered in South San Francisco, with offices in Chicago, Thailand, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In the last 10 years, hospitals and health systems have increasingly moved toward electronic medical records and digital technology as a way to gather, store and share patient information.

Most of these systems, however, were built with security as an afterthought and are substantially ill-equipped to support the stress brought on by cyber attackers, hackers and threats designed to exploit specific vulnerabilities unique to these healthcare systems.

The healthcare industry is more than 200 percent more likely to encounter data theft and experiences over 300% more security incidents and attacks than the average industry.

Medical records are now worth more than $50 each on the dark web, or 50 times the value of a credit card. The average profit per record is $20,000 — compared to just $2,000 for regular identity theft.

Yet healthcare organizations are spending just 3% of their IT budget on security when they should be spending at least 10 percent.

Saving lives and improving patient outcomes are key drivers in healthcare and since these goals are now closely tied to a dependence on privacy and security, healthcare professionals at all levels are newly aware of the need for reliable and accurate data.

Today’s healthcare IT and operational administrators must address these issues to assure that information systems and patient information is protected in the best and most reliable manner possible.

About Kim Green:
Kim Green has 25 years experience in information technology, data and product security, and compliance and risk management in both private and public sectors.

Kim is the Chief Security & Privacy Officer for Zephyr Health, Inc., where she serves as a key cultural influencer regarding information protection and business engagement for Zephyr Health’s global security and privacy compliance programs.

She is responsible for strategic security planning, corporate information security operations, end-to-end product security, data privacy compliance, risk management, security audits and investigations, and security business analytics and performance management. In addition, she serves on the security advisory boards for Authentic8 and Netswitch.

Kim has consulted several U.S. state healthcare government agencies and developed HIPAA/HITECH Security Awareness Training programs for the states of Washington and Oregon. She has led companies through numerous certification and compliance audits, e.g., ISO 27001, FISMA, SOC 2.

In 2013, while working as CISO for Bosch Healthcare, Kim was invited to Brussels on behalf of the COCIR European Trade Association, which represents the Health Information and Communication Technology industry, to speak to members of the European Commission on finding the right balance between security, privacy and business needs.

In addition, Kim participated on COCIR’s dedicated Task Force, which issued nine key recommendations to the European Commission regarding the new European General Data Protection Regulation.

Kim studied Computer Software Engineering and Computer Science at Brandeis University and Cal Lutheran University.

About Netswitch:
Netswitch is one of the world’s leading Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) and the fourth fastest growing MSSP in the world; ranked by MSPmentor’s 2015 annual top global 501 MSSP rankings.

Netswitch developed MADROC® as the foundation for changing the way that businesses achieve their IT security goals by providing the most advanced cloud-based solutions to monitor and protect critical information assets without adding headcount or expensive hardware and software licenses.

In business since 2000, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Thailand, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Netswitch provides its customers with experience and expertise in managing their IT infrastructure and defending their networks and applications from cyber-attacks and data breaches.

Small, medium and large companies have all partnered with Netswitch including global clients such as Verizon Wireless, Wells Fargo Bank, Charles Schwab, eBay, Vodafone Americas, Inc., and the Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Limited.

At the end of the day, Netswitch customers enjoy the peace of mind they get through knowing we are looking out for them 24 x 7 x 365 days a year.

Netswitch Technology Management
400 Oyster Point Boulevard, Suite 228
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel: 415-566-6228
Fax: 415-566-4226

For more information, visit

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Weighing the benefits of Staying home or moving to a Retirement Community

New e-book outlines seven costs seniors and families should consider when making the important decision of where to live

Lake Oswego, OR, October 17, 2015 – Seventy-five percent of older adults plan to live in their current homes for the rest of their lives, according to the 2015 United States of Aging Survey, highlighting the latest senior trend: aging in place. While this trend may be the best option for some seniors, the hidden costs that emerge over time may make aging at home a more costly route.
Holiday Retirement uncovers the costs of aging in place, both for seniors and their loved ones, in a new e-book, “7 unexpected financial benefits of living in a senior living community.” With this senior living resource, seniors and their families can quickly gain an understanding of potential unknown costs, calculate their own anticipated expenses, and understand the benefits and drawbacks of aging in place versus moving to a senior living community.

“Letting go of a beloved home can be difficult, however time and again we hear from our new residents they wish they had not waited as long to move to one of our communities,” said Jamison Gosselin, vice president of marketing, communications, and resident enrichment for Holiday Retirement. “What seniors and their loved ones need to keep in mind is that the costs of staying put, many of which aren’t immediately apparent, can mount quickly and become a challenge as the issues of living at home alone snowball. While moving may come with short-term hassles, the long term benefits of a move to a senior living community are tremendous.”

The free resource for seniors and their families outlines seven unexpected costs that should be considered when making the important decision of where to age, including:

Unanticipated expenses associated with home ownership.

Costs associated with maintaining an active social life and community involvement.

Healthcare costs.

Intangible costs associated with caring for a loved.

For more information on aging in place versus in a community, including a cost-of-retirement checklist, visit and request the free resource, “7 unexpected financial benefits of living in a senior living community.”

Media Contact:
Brian K. Fawkes
Holiday Retirement

About Holiday Retirement
Since 1971, Holiday Retirement has endeavored to provide its signature “Holiday Touch” to residents and their families. Today, Holiday is a trusted name in senior living and provides security, comfort, and value to independent seniors seeking a fulfilling lifestyle. Holiday operates more than 300 retirement communities, making it the second largest senior housing operator in the United States. For more information about Holiday Retirement, please call 800-322-0999 or visit

Molly Koch
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Insurance King Hires Phil Nicolosi Law for Domain Name Dispute

Insurance King based in Rockford, IL started expanding nationally in 2012 and copyrighted and text mark protected the name Insurance King for the expansion plans.

Rockford, IL, October 17, 2015 - Insurance King hires Phil Nicolosi Law for Domain Name Dispute. Insurance King based in Rockford, IL started expanding nationally in 2012 and copyrighted and text mark protected the name Insurance King for the expansion plans.

Phil Nicolosi Law was recommended to Insurance King by a well known internet consultant John Licausi of Internet Marketing Helpline Inc. Attorney Phil Nicolosi brought up that since Insurance King actually had the name protected with a text mark that Insurance King could file a WIPO suit and try to acquire the domain “I was blown away by Attorney Phil Nicolosi.

Within minutes of our conversation with Attorney Phil Nicolosi I knew I met a specialist in internet law and hired him immediately.” said Dan Block the founder of Insurance King. After a few days of research Attorney Phil Nicolosi found out that a competitor had secured the domain, and that competitor may be preventing Insurance King from using it. “I couldn’t believe how passionate Attorney Phil Nicolosi was about my case he went above and beyond my expectations.” said Dan Block founder of Insurance King.

Dan Block
Insurance King
127 N. Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL 61107

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Marvin Design Gallery Berkeley and Monterey Announce A Holiday Contest October 15th-November 15th

Marvin Design Gallery Berkeley and Marvin Design Gallery Monterey are holding a holiday home improvement contest with the chance to win a $250 gift card.

Berkeley and Monterey CA, October 14, 2015 - Marvin Design Gallery Berkeley and Marvin Design Gallery Monterey are holding a holiday home improvement contest with the chance to win a $250 gift card.

‘Tis the season for entertaining and we are here to make it the most merry one yet with a new Facebook contest from Marvin Design Gallery. Tell us what you’d love to update in your home (door, window, skylight, etc) and share a picture on our Facebook pages. The winning post will receive a $250 gift certificate to be used at Marvin design gallery (Monterey or Berkeley locations only). That’s a great way to start the holidays.

Entries accepted October 15th through November 15th. Winner will be announced November 20th via social media.

Background on Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey:
Making the Monterey Peninsula more beautiful one window and door at a time, the Marvin Design Gallery on the Monterey Peninsula is a dynamic and innovative retail environment. Its expert window and door specialists present unique options, exclusive features, and energy efficient solutions to perfectly fit any project, budget and design needs.

Homeowners, contractors, architects and designers all agree that the experience at Marvin Design Gallery on the Monterey Peninsula is unique to any other showroom. Marvin builds windows and doors the only way they should be built — made to order, and built around the client’s needs.

Working as showroom manager at the Marvin Design Gallery in Monterey, Brian Borchert meets with clients and handles inside sales. He sees the showroom as a customer resource, a place they can “open and close everything and see how everything operates.”

Featuring extensive displays of the newest Marvin products, the showroom gives builders and their customers a hands-on experience in a retail environment. The full-size displays include moulding, siding and trim —providing a variety of product options and design ideas.

In addition to product displays, the showroom includes a meeting room with space for small gatherings and training sessions, as well as a comfortable area where builders and their clients can spread out plans and discuss projects.

Sales manager Jack Lamon helps architects, builders and owners to realize their project vision using Marvin windows and doors. He loves developing ideas and working toward a beautiful and functional end result — making the Monterey Peninsula more beautiful one window and door at a time.

Visit the new window and door showroom on the Monterey Peninsula at 1096 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside, Calif. Showroom hours: Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday: By appointment only.

For more information, call Jack and Brian at (831) 393-9420 and (831) 393-9420 or E-mail the showroom at

About Marvin Design Gallery Berkeley:
You've never seen showrooms like the Marvin Design Galleries at Berkeley and the Monterey Peninsula before. Marvin builds windows and doors the only way they should be built. Made to order. Built around you®. At the Truitt & White Marvin Design Galleries we take that same approach with our customers. Our highly-trained window and door specialists will present you with unique options, exclusive features, and energy efficient solutions to fit all your project, budget and design needs perfectly. Homeowners, Contractors, Architects, and designers agree coming here is a dynamic and innovative experience unlike any other.

Hands-On Displays:
Featuring extensive displays of the newest Marvin and Integrity windows and doors, the showroom gives builders and their customers a hands-on experience in a retail environment. The full size displays include moulding, siding and trim providing a variety of product options and design ideas.

Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White 1831 Second Street Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone: (510) 649-4400 Fax: (510) 486-0552

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Truitt & White Announce A Holiday Contest

Truitt & White located at 642 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA, is holding a holiday home improvement contest with the chance to win a $200 gift card.

Berkeley, CA, October 14, 2015 – Truitt & White located at 642 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA, is holding a holiday home improvement contest with the chance to win a $200 gift card.

If you haven’t dropped your letter to Santa in the mail yet it’s time to grab a pen and pad of paper and get to it. No holding back either. Anybody who says you can’t fit hardware, paint or lumber into your stocking clearly hasn’t spent enough time at the north pole. Email us your “Dear Santa” letter on a special person in your life that deserves a T&W gift certificate and our favorite submission will receive a $200 certificate to help with home improvement for the holidays. Please email entries to We will feature them on our Facebook page. That’s a great way to start the holidays. Entries accepted October 15th through November 15th. Winner will be announced November 20th via social media.

About Truitt & White:
Since 1946, Truitt & White has been the Bay Area's leading source of high quality building materials, information and customer service. Over the years we have established consistent, dependable partnerships with professional builders, who rely on us as a resource for trusted products and expert advice. Through our commitment to maintaining high levels of service and supply, Truitt & White has helped deliver countless successful projects and fortified an enduring reputation as the professional builder's choice. Truitt & White is located at 642 Hearst Avenue ?Berkeley, CA 94710 ?Phone: (510) 841-0511?Fax: (510) 845-2604. Main Yard hours: Mon - Fri 7:00 - 4:30 Saturday 8:00 – Noon.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Vendange Carmel Celebrates the Holiday with a 10% Off Special Offer For November and December Only

Enter the ILOVEWINE Promotional Code and Be Rewarded

Carmel, CA, October 10, 2015 -- Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites has partnered with 15 Monterey County wineries to create a unique guest experience, celebrating the bounty of Monterey County’s vineyards. Each winery sponsors one room or suite, providing its own creative touches. From the McIntyre Vineyards room with its impressive 100-year-old section of grapevine to J. Lohr’s wine barrel on the balcony, every winery’s room offers a signature luxury experience. The participating wineries are: Blair, Cima Collina, Dawn’s Dream, Galante, Holman Ranch, J. Lohr, Joullian, Manzoni, McIntyre, Otter Cove, Tudor, Twisted Roots and Ventana.

The rooms have sleek, modern bathrooms, with imported Spanish marble. Sleeping areas have memory foam-top beds, deluxe linens, and high-definition flat screen televisions. The separate Cottage Suite offers 650 sq. ft. of space, with a California King bed, 50” HF television, and kitchenette. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. The Inn offers breakfast daily and wine tasting on weekends.

Vendange is celebrating the holidays with a special discount from November 1 – December 31st. Book your stay directly on during the months of November and December and receive 10% off your booking. Must put in promotional code ILOVEWINE on the website. The 10% off is valid for all rooms except standard Queens.(Offer note valid on holidays and black out days. Promotional code must be entered at the website for the discount to apply.)

Vendange is located at 24815 Carpenter Street in Carmel, a short drive away from the Monterey Peninsula Airport, just off of scenic Highway 1, with free parking for guests. It’s minutes from downtown Carmel’s shopping, fine dining, scenic 17-Mile Drive, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Telephone 831- 624-6400; email:

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Phil Nicolosi Law Launches ‘Website Essentials’ Custom Website Legal Document Drafting Service

Phil Nicolosi Law, P.C., located in Rockford, IL, now offers startups, small businesses and website operators a top-shelf alternative to reduce exposure to online liability!

Rockford, IL, October 04, 2015 - Phil Nicolosi Law, P.C., located in Rockford, IL, now offers startups, small businesses and website operators a top-shelf alternative to reduce exposure to online liability!

Phil Nicolosi Law is pleased to announce the availability of its custom, flat-fee website legal terms drafting service “Website Essentials” Phil Nicolosi Law focuses on representing startups and small businesses with both traditional brick and mortar and Internet business law matters.

The Website Essentials drafting service offers multiple website legal document packages, each geared towards specific online activities. All packages include a comprehensive website legal audit by Internet attorney Phil Nicolosi to determine what specific terms, policies, disclaimers, etc. may be necessary for each individual website. Packages include custom website terms of use, a privacy policy, membership/subscription terms, SaaS or software license terms, affiliate terms, a DMCA policy, COPPA compliance notices and other necessary legal documents, providing an essential layer of online legal protection. Using appropriate website legal documents is critical for every business operating online.

Website Essentials by Phil Nicolosi Law provides flat-fee package pricing scaled to each client’s website needs, presenting an affordable solution for website operators, especially startups and small businesses. Many website operators barely address website legal compliance as they believe hiring an expensive Internet law firm to draft custom website legal documents is the only option.

Website Essentials custom drafting service now provides an alternative by combining the affordability of lower, flat-fee package pricing with the level of direct expertise and sophistication usually only found in a large law firm.

Phil Nicolosi Law, P.C.
2990 N. Perryville Road, Suite 2300
Rockford, IL 61107

2016 Big Sur Foragers Festival Dates Announced

Festival Welcomes Ventana Big Sur & Post Ranch Inn as Partners

Big Sur, CA, October 04, 2015 - Big Sur Health Center, a non-profit organization offering affordable healthcare to the Big Sur community, announced January 15-17, 2016 as the dates of its annual Big Sur Foragers Festival. Held in Big Sur along California’s central coast, the festival is a weekend-long celebration featuring an amazing array of wild foods, world-class wine and beer, entertainment, expert-led foraging hikes and a friendly chef competition with celebrity judges. This year’s partners include Ventana Big Sur, longtime hosts of the Fungus Face-Off and the Celebrity Chef dinner, along with a new strategic partner, Post Ranch Inn, which will host several different events.

The event has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community's non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.

“As the new owners of Ventana Big Sur, we are looking forward to continuing the tradition of supporting the Big Sur Health Center.” said Catherine Becker, General Manager. “We look forward to an incredibly successful year and hope to help double the funds raised in 2015!”

“Post Ranch is very excited to co-host this year’s Big Sur Foragers Festival with Ventana,” said Mike Higgins, Vice President of Operations for Passport Resorts, the owners of Post Ranch Inn. “We have always firmly believed in the importance of supporting local organizations and could not imagine the Big Sur community without the vital contributions provided by the Health Center.”

The three day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region's amazing selection of wine and beer.

New events for 2016 include:
• A special event and film showing on Friday evening at Post Ranch Inn, with well-known photographer and mushroom enthusiast, Louie Schwartzberg. This event will be limited to 30 people.
• An exclusive Friday night dinner at Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn with a special menu prepared by Chef John Cox and a unique opportunity to enjoy wines from their award-winning wine cellar. This event is limited to 14 people.
• A special Chef’s Foraging Tour of the Post Ranch property.
Back by Popular Demand:
• "Fungus Face-Off" will take place once again at Ventana Big Sur. This popular event sells out early. Tickets will be on sale soon.
• Grand Celebrity Chef Dinner Ventana Big Sur – details to be announced in November.
• Foraging walk led by local expert, Steve Copeland at Ventana Big Sur.
"Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk" at Pfeiffer State Park led by expert mushroom foragers.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon. For event details and venue information, visit or follow on Facebook at

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Innovative Bluegrass Band Shotgun Holler recently released “Out in the Parkin’ Lot,” via Dry Lightening Records, off their latest album Loaded

“Out in the Parkin’ Lot” now in heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction

Booneville, KY, October 02, 2015 — The guys in Shotgun Holler aren’t given to sporting retro-rustic looks featuring suspenders, vests or bowler derbies. They feel no need to dress a part; that’s for actors. As soon as these five players start plucking their instruments and merging their voices in close harmony, they provide all the evidence necessary to establish their bluegrass bona-fides.

Besides, as they make clear on their debut album, Loaded, they like to go where tradition meets authenticity — and jump right over that intersection to head in their own direction. Releasing Sept. 18 on Lonesome Day Records’ new Dry Lightning imprint (with Sony RED distribution), the album is already earning serious attention. SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction has been spinning Shotgun Holler’s version of the Guy Clark/Darrell Scott tune “Out in the Parkin’ Lot,” an ode to what goes on outside those honky-tonks, in heavy rotation since June. Since the beginning of September, the band has joined program director/host Kyle Cantrell in the studio for a “track by track” discussion, which started airing on September 25th, several times a week.

“Shotgun Holler is bringing bluegrass a freshness I haven't heard in a long time,” says Cantrell. ”This is the sound that will help take the music to the next level.”

In July, they appeared on CMT’s Josh Wolf Show, where they delivered a masterful rendition of the “guilty pleasure” song: Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” The fact that their version of the pop hit brought a totally new dynamic to the original speaks to the depth of this band’s talent — not to mention their propensity for tweaking conventional notions of bluegrass while having a little fun.

As for those “bona-fides,” this band’s got too many to list. Mandolinist Shawn Brock, born and raised in the Appalachian hills of Harlan County, Ky., has performed with some of the top names in country and bluegrass. He’s also a jazz player. His Shotgun Holler co-founder, guitarist/lead vocalist Matt Jones, is an Indiana native who grew up hanging out with, and learning from, many bluegrass greats. They’re supported by bassist/harmony vocalist Rod Lunger (another Kentuckian), banjo player Nathan Treadway (an Indiana farm boy) and fiddler/harmony vocalist Alex Benefiel (an Indiana state fiddling champion).

With producer Jim Van Cleve, they’ve crafted a knockout inaugural that is indeed loaded. On three Jones-penned originals (“I've Got Ramblin’ On My Mind,” “Miners Grave” and “One Lone Tree”) and eight other carefully chosen snapshots of life, they enter rich emotional territory, bringing to life an array of all-too-real characters: truckers, coal diggers, dirt farmers, men facing assembly-line futures … some of whom go off to serve their country — or serve time. The band gets poignant in the waltz-tempo “This Side of the Grass,” a heart-tugging tale of a mourning husband and father, and “One Lone Tree,” reflects on a life that didn’t end up as glamorous as it once looked from a simple Kentucky home.

In songs such as Son Volt’s “Methamphetamine,” Jason Isbell’s “Relatively Easy,” “Clovis Johnson’s Old Red GMC” and the ever-evolving classic, “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It,” they sing of addicts, suicides, moonshine-making reprobates and lonely, hooker-loving men with regrets. Oh, and romancing one moonshine-maker’s daughter. You’ve gotta have a love song, after all even if the title does reference a truck.

With the release of Loaded, Shotgun Holler is ready to fire away.

Loaded track list

“Out In The Parkin' Lot”

“I Hope Heaven Has a Holler”

“My Bucket's Got A Hole In It”


“Clovis Johnson's Old Red GMC”

“Relatively Easy”

“I've Got Ramblin On My Mind”

“This Side Of The Grass”

“Miners Grave”

“One Lone Tree”

“I Should Have Started Yesterday”

Shotgun Holler on tour
October 17 – Proud Mary Honky Tonk BBQ, Lexington, KY
October 31 – VFW Post 1108, Richmond, IN
November 27 – Roberts Park, Connersville, IN

About Dry Lightning Records
Dry Lightning Records was established to give a broader range of Lonesome Day Records artists their own home while allowing the original label to continue building on its 12-year history in the bluegrass market Founder Randall Deaton now puts as much passion and energy into Dry Lightning Records as he still devotes to the label he founded in 2002. In partnership with Sony/RED Distribution, the label also includes the critically acclaimed acts Girls Guns and Glory and Sarah Borges. Both Dry Lightning and Lonesome Day, incidentally, take their names from the titles of Bruce Springsteen songs.

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood CA 90093