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(PRWEB) October 9, 2002



Monday, October 7, 2002

Contact:    Investor Relations                                        (No.2002-10-01)

    Phone (604) 684-2181

    [email protected]


Vancouver, BC, October 4, 2002, –Berkshire Capital Corp. (TSX Venture – BKH) (“Berkshire”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent (the “Letter of Intent”) dated September 24, 2002, as amended, with the principal shareholder of Minaean Ventures Inc. (“Minaean”), pursuant to which Berkshire has agreed to make an offer to purchase (the “Proposed Acquisition”) all of the issued and outstanding shares of Minaean in consideration for an aggregate of 11,530,000 common shares of Berkshire at a deemed price of $ 0.25 per share.

Minaean is a private company incorporated in 2000 under the laws of British Columbia. Minaean’s core business is the development and production of the “Vesta” quick building framing system that utilizes load-bearing steel panels in place of traditional “stick build” construction methods based on wood or steel studs. Minaean has focused its initial marketing efforts in India, to penetrate its massive housing market (Business India Magazine, August 19th, 2002 issue, reports that there is a shortfall of 41 million homes in India). Although Minaean’s initial focus is India, there are plans to enter other markets including North America, Latin America, and other countries within Asia. The research and development of Minaean’s rapid construction technology processes have been completed at the company’s headquarters in Surrey, British Columbia, where mind and management are also resident.

It is anticipated that following completion of the Proposed Acquisition, the resulting issuer would be classified as a Tier 2 Industrial Issuer on the TSX Venture Exchange.

Based on management prepared financial statements as at the year ended March 31, 2002, Minaean had total assets of $ 564,000 and total liabilities of $ 111,600. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, Minaean had revenues of $ 16,771 (net loss of $ 135,789) as compared to nil (net loss of $ 13,159) for the prior fiscal year.

The Proposed Acquisition was negotiated at arm’s length between the parties and as at the date of the Letter of Intent, no directors or officers of Berkshire are also directors or officers of Minaean. The controlling shareholders of Minean are Captain Mervyn Pinto and his wife, Patricia Pinto, both of whom reside in British Columbia, and who together, directly and indirectly, own 4,435,000 common shares. Their combined shareholdings represent 38.5% of the issued and outstanding shares of Minean. The remaining 61.5% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Minean are held by approximately 33 minority shareholders.

The Letter of Intent contemplates Berkshire advancing Minaean Cdn $ 100,000 prior to the closing of the Proposed Acquisition, subject to all necessary approvals. The proceeds of this advance will be used by Minaean to further the development and marketing of Minaean’s business.

In conjunction with the Proposed Acquisition, Berkshire will be completing a private placement (the ”Private Placement”). Subject to regulatory approval, Berkshire will complete a private placement of up to 2,400,000 units at a price of $ 0.25 per unit, for maximum gross proceeds of $ 600,000. Each unit will consist of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant in turn will entitle the holder to purchase one additional common share of Berkshire at a price of $ 0.30 per share in the first year following issuance and at $ 0.40 per share thereafter, up to the second anniversary of the date of issuance. It is currently anticipated that the private placement will be non-brokered and that the majority of the private placement subscribers will be at arm’s length to Berkshire and Minaean.

It is anticipated that concurrent with the closing of the Proposed Acquisition and Private Placement, various seed capital shareholders of Berkshire will sell a minimum of 960,000 common shares to a company of which a director of Berkshire is a principal. The completion of the escrow share purchase and resulting transfer within escrow is subject to all necessary regulatory approvals.

A finder’s fee of up to 300,000 common shares will be issued in conjunction with the Proposed Acquisition to Dr. Rakesh Shankar, an arm’s length party, subject to regulatory approval and an applicable prospectus exemption.

Berkshire also intends to adopt a stock option plan permitting the granting of incentive stock options up to 20% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Berkshire. A price of $ 0.25 per share is hereby reserved for any grant of stock options on or around the closing of the Proposed Acquisition.

The Proposed Acquisition of the outstanding shares of Minean and issuance by Berkshire of common shares in consideration thereof will constitute the “qualifying transaction” of Berkshire under the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange and as a result is subject to both shareholder and regulatory approval. Furthermore, any common shares of Berkshire received by the principal shareholders of Minaean as part of the transaction will be subject to any required statutory and regulatory escrow or hold periods.

Canaccord Capital Corporation, subject to completion of satisfactory due diligence, has agreed to act as sponsor to Berkshire in connection with the transaction and will be paid a sponsorship fee therefore. An agreement to sponsor should not be construed as any assurance with respect to the merits of the transaction of the likelihood of completion.

Upon completion of the Proposed Acquisition, it is anticipated that Berkshire will have four directors, two of which will be nominated by the current management of Berkshire and two of which will be nominated by the current management of Minaean. The following is a summary of the proposed directors upon completion of the transaction.

Peeyush Varshney, L.L.B., Director

Peeyush Varshney graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) in 1989 and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Laws, again from the University of British Columbia. He then articled at Farris, Vaughan, Wills, & Murphy, Vancouver, B.C., in 1993/1994 and has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since September 1994. Mr. Varshney worked as an associate lawyer at the law firm of Campney & Murphy, Vancouver, B.C., from September 1994 to July 1996, primarily in securities law. Mr. Varshney was a principal of the Varshney Chowdhry Group from August 1996 to December 1999. Since January 2000 Mr. Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a corporate finance and venture capital firm. He is currently a director or officer of several public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. He also serves as a director of the Varshney Family Charitable Foundation.

Hari B. Varshney, Director

Mr. Varshney, a Chartered Accountant, is President of Varshney Capital Corp., a merchant banking and venture capital firm. Over the past 17 years, Mr. Varshney has been a director and/or officer of several public companies trading on various North American exchanges. Mr. Varshney received a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1960) and a Masters of Commerce degree (1962) from Agra University in India, and received his designation (1971) as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He has supported various charitable projects and is currently a director of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

Captain Mervyn Pinto, C.E.O. and Director

Capt. Mervyn Pinto has over twenty-five years experience in shipping and international trade. After a successful sailing career, Mervyn commenced his business/entrepreneurial career by setting up a marine surveying and consulting company. In a bid to expand further, in 1984 he acquired a majority shareholding in Mercator Shipping (Mercator), located in Bombay, India, and took over as Chairman and Managing Director.

With Mercator, Capt. Pinto was instrumental in securing a contract with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission in Bombay, India, and pioneering Inland Waterways in Gujurat, India. He took the company considerably forward in the Indian shipping industry. A joint venture operation between Mercator and Norpol Environmental Services of Norway resulted in the acquisition and dispatch of MT Al Waasit to the Persian Gulf for oil cleanup operations immediately following the 1991 Gulf War. He also operated the Norpol Line that serviced trade between the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent with more than 500 containers. In 1997, Capt. Pinto wound down the operations of Mercator to be able to pursue other business opportunities.

Capt. Pinto was given an award recognizing him as the youngest Master of the Indian Merchant Navy in 1975. He was bestowed the honor of mastering the vessel that inaugurated the opening of Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.

Captain Pinto is completing his C.I.T.P. (Certified International Trade Professional) certification with BCISIT (British Columbia Institute for Studies in International trade) in Vancouver.

Keith Scott, C.F.O. and Director

Keith Scott is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. His major areas of study included Business Management and Political Science. He achieved the professional accounting designation of Certified General Accountant (CGA) in 1971 through studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.

During his career he has held senior positions in government, education and business.

Mr. Scott served with distinction as a pilot and senior staff officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Senior appointments included serving as Director of Training Information Services and Director of Personnel Information Systems at the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and in 1979 was made an officer in the Order of Military Merit (OMM) in recognition of his outstanding service to Canada.

In the field of education, Mr. Scott served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Lakefield College in Peterborough, Ontario. He has lectured in the business programs of several academic institutions. Mr. Scott has also acted as an academic advisor in the business programs at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario and Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario and the Sid Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno California.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President Education and subsequently as Senior Vice-President International for CGA-Canada, Mr. Scott held a number of volunteer positions with the CGA Association including President of the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario and Chairman of the CGA-Canada education committee. In 1996, Mr.Scott was awarded an honorary professorship by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China, and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong International Accountants Association headquartered in Beijing, China.

Berkshire will not be proceeding with the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding securities of Floodfighter Corp. as initially announced in a press release dated March 15, 2001. Berkshire has not advanced any funds to Floodfighter Corp.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSX Venture Exchange acceptance and disinterested shareholder approval. The transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circular to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the reverse takeover may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of a capital pool company should be considered highly speculative.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“ Peeyush Varshney ”

Peeyush Varshney, Director

For further information, please contact:

Peeyush Varshney

(604) 684-2181

The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

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The Internet is Your Resume — Enter

The Internet is Your Resume — Enter

Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) September 1, 2009

It’s not hard to find horror stories about people not being hired because of a non-existent or questionable Facebook profile or online presence. But a new program holds the promise of helping students define and build their online brand and help them get hired. Corporation, a developer of tools and curriculum for personal branding through post-secondary education, today announced the availability of The program includes online or instructor lead curriculum, a comprehensive e-book and an online personal profile that each student can securely develop through post-secondary education. was developed alongside Algonquin College in the spring of 2009. Faculty members saw a gap between today’s social media tools and the need to coach students through the new rules of online communications, job search and personal branding. “We saw the shortfall between Facebook and Linkedin,” said Wendy Threader, Professor at Algonquin College. “We wanted a place to teach the underlying communications skills and help our students demonstrate their potential to future employers when they were ready.”

The program incorporates coaching, mainstream social media tools and branding techniques that aim to help students clearly define their unique positioning and help them demonstrate passion, initiative or leadership in their chosen fields or industries they want to pursue. “The underlying techniques associated with personal branding do not come naturally to students today,” stated Patti Church, co-founder of “Personal branding needs to be taught and it requires a certain amount of institutional instruction, mentoring and incentives to help students develop new skills and build confidence. is not limited to just public relations or marketing students. It provides the means for any post-secondary student in any discipline to develop their brand and learn the tools and techniques associated with 21st century communications.”

“By aggregating the latest social media tools such as blogs, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, and RSS into an interactive profile, we provide the means to help create professional connections with future employers” says Andy Church, co-founder of “We advocate a clean break from Facebook to develop one’s brand with peers, professors and third parties. No matter how much fun sharing content online can be, party photos, sarcastic wit and gaming scores should be shared amongst friends, not professional contacts.”

Algonquin College is expanding beyond its initial pilot to allow several hundred students access to the program this September. The School of Business at Centennial College is also rolling out to select classes this fall. “ incorporates several best practices into a unified branding process,” said David Johnson, Dean of the School of Business at Centennial College. “We believe our students will be able to better articulate and demonstrate their unique skills and experiences relevant to the jobs they will seek when they graduate.”

The Sprott School of Business at Carleton University is piloting within its Marketing: New Tools and Approaches class. “The purpose of this course is to focus on new, leading edge marketing practice and theory,” said Leighann Neilson, Assistant Professor, Sprott School of Business. “We believe will provide our students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the application of new technologies, such as social media, to marketing problems. The personal branding components of WhyHire.Me will give our students the opportunity to assess how well these new marketing tools work, as well as help them differentiate themselves and enter the job market with crisp positioning, delivered through a personal URL.” is currently available through participating post-secondary institutions. It includes 8 hours of instructional learning that can be easily integrated into existing communication, technology or business courses, or offered through a general education class. The curriculum and accompanying e-book cover the 4 D’s of personal branding: Dig Deep, Declare Your Brand, Display Yourself and Deploy Your Brand.

About Corporation Corporation develops tools and curriculum for personal branding through post-secondary education. Its founders have a passion for learning and sharing best practices in branding, marketing communications and technology. More about us at

Contact Information

Andy Church, co-founder

cell 613.883.7505


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Universities and Judges Set for National Security Innovation Competition 2011

Universities and Judges Set for National Security Innovation Competition 2011

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) March 23, 2011

The fifth annual National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC) has attracted 25 entries, and a distinguished slate of judges and numerous private sector sponsors, according to the National Homeland Defense Foundation organizers for the 2011 event.

Competition entries were received from a number of prominent universities, to include: UCLA, University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech , Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Carleton University (Canada), Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, North Carolina State University, University of Tennessee, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), University of Calgary (Canada), University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Manitoba (Canada), University of New Mexico, University of Ottawa (Canada), University of San Diego, University of Utah, USAF Academy, and Yale University.

“Innovation has always been the backbone of our success as a nation, and today more than ever, we need to find innovative ways to strengthen our national security. The annual competition is an important part of that process and we’re delighted to conduct this event,” said GEN Gene Renuart (USAF ret), Chairman of National Homeland Defense Foundation (NHDF) and former Commander of NORAD/USNORTHCOM. NHDF merged in February with the Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance (CHDA) which originated the event in 2007.

“The competition has drawn participation from U.S. and Canadian universities with undergraduate and graduate students to allow us to highlight national security related, innovative research. This year looks to be the best competition ever,” according to Mark Volcheff, NSIC Executive Director.

An impressive list of judges for the 2011 event has been assembled from the federal government and research organizations, the U.S. military, Fortune 50 defense industry and security firms.

“The level of judges at the chief scientist or national security policy leadership levels both in the federal government and private sector are extraordinary for an event that is only in its fifth year,” Volcheff said.

The list of Finalist judges includes:

Mr. Chris Doyle, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency

Mr. Sean Roche, Central Intelligence Agency, Office Director, Office of S&T

Dr Steven Aoki, Department of Energy, Deputy Under Secretary Counterterrorism

Dr Susanne Wirwille, North American Aerospace and Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), Director Science and Technology

Ms. Catherine Steele, The Aerospace Corporation, VP Strategic Space Operations

Mr. Tim Worrall, Dorsey and Whitney, Intellectual Property and Patents Senior Partner

Ms. Mary Petryszyn, Raytheon Company, Mergers and Acquisitions

List of first round judges are:

Dr. Keith A. Blanks, The Aerospace Corporation

Magdalina Boogaard, The International Science Technology and Research Group–ISTAR

Dr. Joel Brand, Brand-Gaus, LLC

Dr. Jay Brasseur, Neumann Systems Group

Jeffrey L. Carson, Air Force Space Command (AFSC)

Lt Col Christopher Chew, USAF, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Lt Col Dean A. Clothier, USAF, AFSC

Danielle Curcio, Raytheon Company


Thomas Emsley, Camber Corporation

Dr. Ellen Jeanne Ferraro, Raytheon Company

Dr. Randall B. Garrett, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

Daniel Hannan, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command

Dr. Larry Hettinger, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

Dr. Peggy Brooks-Davis Hillebrandt, The Aerospace Corporation

Mitchel Hudson, Booz Allen Hamilton,

William R. Johnson, AFSC

Dr. James M. King, Battelle

James Knies, Booz Allen Hamilton

John Knutson, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

David Lee, Whitney, Bradley & Brown

Don Loren, The Tauri Group

Dr. Edmund Mitchell, Wyle

Bill Montgomery, Whitney, Bradley & Brown


Dana Muchow, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Roger Neeland, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator

Dr. David Neumann, Neumann Systems Group

Vayl Oxford, The Tauri Group

Dr. Brooke Pearson, Cubic Applications Inc.

Steven Peterzén, The International Science Technology and Research Group–ISTAR

LTC Andrew C. Riter, USA, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command

Paul Ryan, Whitney, Bradley & Brown

James Schulte, Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael M. Sebring, L-3 Communications Corporation

W. Wyatt Starnes, Advanced Concepts, Harris Corporation

Tim Thompson, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Paul M. Thompson, Northrop Grumman Technical Services,

Julie Veazey, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Raymond L. Wagner, The Boeing Company,

Lt Col Brian Young, USAF, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

The best and brightest US and Canadian undergraduate and graduate level students conducting national and homeland security-related research are drawn to this one-of-a-kind competition. “We’ve received outstanding interest and support from industry and government sponsors, they want to be a part of this venue that not only highlights innovative technologies, but can also provide brilliant engineering and program management students to serve their future workforce.”, Volcheff said.

The NSIC has also generated interest throughout the technology, homeland security, and defense industry. Sponsors and partners for the competition include: Neumann Systems Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Canadian Consulate Denver, Boeing, Raytheon; ARINC, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Dorsey and Whitney LLP, 5 Star Bank, Aerospace Corp, INTECON, CENTECH Group, Homeland Security Solutions, LLC, the Colorado Springs National Defense Industrial Association; the Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance, the Global Security Challenge Competition, and the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates.

NHDF will host the competition on April 29, 2011 at Doolittle Hall on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The competition involves two rounds. The first round involves a peer-review of white papers. The review then leads to the selections of up to 10 Finalist teams for oral presentations to a panel of national level judges on April 29.

Scholarship prizes are awarded to the top three finalists selected from a national level set of judges. More than $ 35,000 dollars have been awarded with the most ever dollars planned for the 2011 competition.

Topics can cover the full scope of national security to include technology or concept solutions. Previous entrants have introduced innovations in biometrics, UAVs, cyber security, infrastructure security, border security and first responder support systems.

“The purpose of the competition is to stimulate college undergraduate and graduate student interest to address national security problem solving by exposing their university-sponsored projects to a broad audience including industry, academic, and government organizations involved in aerospace, defense, security, and first responder activities,” said Don Addy, President of NHDF.

All submissions will be included in post-event Proceedings and circulated among federally funded research centers, industry, and government offices.

About NHDF: NHDF was founded in 2004 with the mission of “Security the Future of Liberty” and conducts the annual NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on Homeland Security and Defense™ held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month poster is available for download at

Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, is raising awareness of the importance of treatment in improving mental health and accessing resources that support wellness.

“Unfortunately, disparities in mental health care still prevent people in diverse communities from getting the treatment they need,” said NAMI Multicultural Action Center director Majose Carrasco. “The outcomes of poorer quality of care come at a high cost to our community.”

The U.S. Surgeon General reported in 2001 that minorities:

Are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness.
Have less access to and availability of mental health services.
Often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.
Are underrepresented in mental health research.

“Poorly delivered or unmet mental health may be a major contributing factor as to why individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups are overrepresented in many of the nation’s most vulnerable populations,” said Henry Acosta, executive director of the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health (NRCHMH).

Mental disorders are as disabling as cancer or heart disease in terns of premature death and lost productivity. From 2005-06, mental illness was the second-most frequent condition, after arthritis, causing activity limitation among adults 18-44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Social Security Administration reports that nearly one-third of disabled workers receiving SSDI benefits have a mental disorder.

The SSDI program provides monthly income based on the FICA taxes individuals have paid during their working years as well as eventual access to Medicare. Both of these benefits contribute to stability and access to care for people with mental illness. However, obtaining these benefits is difficult without medical evidence of a severe disability.

“Medical documentation from mental health professionals is critical when seeking Social Security disability benefits,” said David Bueltemann, Allsup manager of senior claims representatives. “Social Security relies on medical diagnoses and details about the doctors they visit, information on the medical facilities they’ve used, medications and their side effects, as well as information on the restrictions and limitations that have resulted from the mental illness.”

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, learn more about mental health treatment and resources available through NAMI at and NRCHMH at

“Treatment works and all Americans deserve a transformed mental health system that provides quality and culturally competent services to all citizens, regardless of their race, ethnic and language capabilities,” said Mr. Acosta.

For referrals to mental health resources near you, call the NAMI HelpLine at (800) 950-NAMI (6264). For information on SSDI eligibility call (888) 841-2126 or visit

For a free National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month poster, click here.

About Allsup

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs nearly 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis.

About NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. As a national organization, NAMI focuses on mental health education; support and advocacy efforts to offer hope, raise awareness and initiate change throughout the United States.

About The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health

The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health is a private nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to promoting quality mental health services through policy development initiatives, training, technical assistance, research, data collection, best practice development, and anti-stigma and anti-discrimination campaigns. The NRCHMH specifically aims to reduce disparities and to increase treatment quality and availability of mental health services for Hispanics throughout the nation.


Tai Venuti


(800) 854-1418 ext 8573


Majose Carrasco                


(703) 524-7600


Henry Acosta


(609) 838-5488 ext 205


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NOZA Philanthropy Data Now Directly Available to Canadian Nonprofits

NOZA Philanthropy Data Now Directly Available to Canadian Nonprofits

Charleston, SC (Vocus/PRWEB) February 17, 2011

Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced that NOZA Philanthropy Data (NOZA) is now available directly to Canadian subscribers via NOZA is the world’s largest searchable database of charitable donations with more than 60 million American and Canadian gift records. NOZA is a service of Target Analytics™, a Blackbaud company.

“Although NOZA’s Canadian data has been available through several valued partners since 2007, we are pleased to be able to now support the Canadian nonprofit community directly with access to NOZA philanthropy data for nonprofits, fundraising consultants, and nonprofit support centers,” said Kathleen Rogers, NOZA product manager. “We have continued to assemble the most trusted Canadian philanthropic database available on the market today and look forward to providing enhanced service through direct access to more than 2 million gift records to Canadian nonprofits.”

NOZA is designed to help fundraisers identify prospects for charitable giving and understand who major donors are giving to and how much they are investing. It also enables fundraisers to better understand donors’ interests and ensure that they are asking for a targeted gift amount. Subscribers can choose to access Canadian data only or both Canadian and United States data. The database of individual, corporate and foundation donations to Canadian nonprofits of all kinds is searchable by donor name or by region. A must-have for prospect research professionals, giving history is also very helpful to development directors, major giving officers, and even small nonprofits just getting started with fundraising in helping them prepare their ask amounts.

“NOZA has become my go-to source for donation information – it is the most comprehensive giving database I’ve ever used,” said Shelly Steenhorst-Baker, Ottawa-based Carleton University’s manager, research and records. “I can’t function without having NOZA to rely upon to get that big, long-term picture of what prospects are giving to and what they are most interested in.

“My fundraisers are very happy with the quality of data I’m able to give to them, and they really rely on it. With NOZA data, I can provide them with better estimates of giving capacity, and they feel like they have a better idea of what prospects are interested in, which is very important to a University with so many potential areas to support.”

Shirley Clark, who manages annual giving at Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario, recently subscribed to NOZA after using the free trial and realizing how simple and easy it was to use.

“I was amazed by how quick everything was to search and at the capabilities for finding valuable major giving data,” she said. “With NOZA, you can really get a sense of where prospects give, how much they give, and their potential. It is easy to qualify prospects and look at opportunities to upgrade them. Plus, it’s so fast and simple to build reports and import them into Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge. That allows our fundraisers to know a lot of information about the individual, helping them do better stewardship and donor cultivation.”

NOZA Philanthropy Data is a service of Target Analytics, a Blackbaud company that provides wealth screening and prospect research solutions to more than 6,000 nonprofits. It is the only comprehensive solution to help nonprofits replenish their donor pool, identify best prospects, assess donor performance, provide peer-to-peer comparisons, and ensure a nonprofit’s information is as accurate as possible.

For more information, visit, where qualified nonprofits or philanthropic consultants can request a free research pass.

NOZA representatives will also be available to demo the service at the 2011 CASE District VIII Conference, being held in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 23 to 25. David Lamb, Target Analytics senior consultant, will present the following session at the event:

–Prospect Research in a Campaign

Friday, February 25, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Death and taxes…and campaigns. You can’t avoid them. A capital campaign can bring unique demands and pressures on a prospect researcher. Effective prospect research is a vital component of any successful campaign. This session will cover how a campaign should affect the activities of prospect researchers, the systems required to manage prospect information in a campaign, and the resources available for helping identify the prospects needed for the campaign.

For more information, visit

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud is the leading global provider of software and services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, enabling them to improve operational efficiency, build strong relationships, and raise more money to support their missions. Approximately 24,000 organizations — including The American Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, Earthjustice, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Lincoln Center, The Salvation Army, The Taft School, Tulsa Community Foundation, Ursinus College, the WGBH Educational Foundation, and Yale University — use one or more Blackbaud products and services for fundraising, constituent relationship management, financial management, website management, direct marketing, education administration, ticketing, business intelligence, prospect research, consulting, and analytics. Since 1981, Blackbaud’s sole focus and expertise has been partnering with nonprofits and providing them the solutions they need to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide. Headquartered in the United States, Blackbaud also has operations in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Melanie Mathos

Blackbaud, Inc.

843.216.6200 x3307

Forward-looking Statements

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.


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Sacramento?s First Mental Health Magazine (Empowerment) has Launched.

Sacramento’s First Mental Health Magazine (Empowerment) has Launched.

Sacramento,CA (PRWEB) July 25, 2011

The Empowerment Magazine is the first print and online magazine to focus exclusively on promoting overall wellness and mental health resiliency for the Sacramento region.

The first issue features articles on pursuing contentment and happiness, the resiliency factor, working with your psychiatrist, thinking fresh and eating clean and a kid’s corner. Also, included is a special interview with Doctor Hazem Hashem on the important triangle between the physician, the patient and their psychiatric medications.

“We were lacking a publication in Greater Sacramento that promotes uplifting voices in the mental health community and we found this inexcusable,” said Amede Kyubwa, founder of the Empowerment Magazine and The magazine aims at creating a new and positive image for people with lived experience of mental health challenges, “and also helps to eliminate some of the prevailing stereotypes about mental illness,” added Kyubwa

“The magazine empowers individuals with direct or indirect experience of living with or overcoming mental heath issues to talk about their positive experiences; something they normally do not get to do in a public way,” said Marilyn Washington, Sacpros Community Network Director.

25,000 copies of the Empowerment Magazine are being distributed all over the Sacramento Region in a variety of agencies, venues and retail stores. The magazine can also be read anytime online at The free quarterly magazine is published by The magazine’s next issue is due in September 2011

About Empowerment Magazine:

The Empowerment Magazine is a quarterly Mental Healt Magazine promoting overall wellness and resiliency for the Greater Sacramento.It is published by SACPROS, a leading Mental Health Resource Guide strengthening individuals, families and community with easily accessible information about available services in Greater Sacramento area.


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Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake

Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake

Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 19, 2010

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is offering small emergency grants and free Mental Health First Aid training to support mental health efforts in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and with their loved ones in the U.S. We commend the efforts of many agencies and individuals that are providing disaster relief. Our pockets are not deep but we are standing by to help in any way we can,” Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council said.

Through its Project Helping Hands, the National Council offers small grants to organizations working to meet the mental health needs of Haitian survivors and loved ones in the U.S. Since 2005, Project Helping Hands has supported behavioral healthcare organizations responding to emergency mental health and addictions treatment needs in the wake of disaster — hiring treatment staff, setting up emergency outreach offices, and purchasing medications and emergency equipment.

It is estimated that up to 25 to 30 percent of people in the most vulnerable communities experience the onset of trauma and mental disorders in the wake of disaster. These needs usually manifest several weeks to months after a disaster, as the reality of loss and displacement sinks in. Those with pre-existing serious mental illnesses may be traumatized anew or displaced and need extra care and support.

Haitian populations in the U.S., concerned about the safety and whereabouts of any loved ones in Haiti, may also be experiencing acute anxiety and stress reactions. Further, it is likely that the U.S. will see a significant influx of surviving Haitians over the coming months and a good number will likely experience mental health issues, in addition to the challenges of settling into a new culture.

Free Mental Health First Aid USA ( training is available for volunteers headed to help in Haiti in the coming months and for community groups and caring citizens working with Haitian populations in the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid USA — a collaboration of the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health — equips members of the public with skills and resources to help someone developing a mental health problem or save someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Those trained in Mental Health First Aid can recognize the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and connect persons in need with appropriate professional or other help, including peer and family support.

Those who wish to support the Haiti disaster mental health response may donate to the National Council’s Project Helping Hands at

The National Council is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,700 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country.


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Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health

Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health

HAVERHILL, Mass. (PRWEB) May 2, 2007

Psych Central® today announced the public beta launch of the Sanity Score™ Web tool at that can help assess an individual’s overall level of mental health. The system takes responses from 90 questions and then calculates a person’s Sanity Score, a basic overall measure of a person’s mental health. Along with the numerical result, people also get a thorough description of life factors that emerged to support the result plus a graphical representation of how high that person scored along 21 different common mental health attributes.

“Millions of Americans who have a diagnosable mental illness never seek treatment for it, in part, because they are unsure of their level of mental health,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “We’ve refined this proprietary system to provide individuals with useful information about the state of their current mental health status.”

The system is free, easy-to-use, and doesn’t take long to complete. Simply go to, log in with a free Psych Central account, and start taking the multiple-choice questionnaire. All-in-all, it only takes about 15 minutes to complete and receive immediate results, which can then be saved for future reference.

“Today’s public beta launch is meant to draw attention to the growing number of people who are seeking reliable and helpful information online,” said Grohol. “Visitor numbers to Psych Central, our flagship mental health Web site, have been growing consistently alongside the trend of people looking for reliable mental health information online. This is a great new tool that provides a new dimension to understanding mental health conditions that otherwise are difficult to quantify,” he said.

The Sanity Score system will become more refined and be updated as more people take the test.

After individuals complete the Sanity Score test and learn more about their mental health condition, they can head over to to learn more about any concerns that they system uncovers. For each attribute, Psych Central has a complete offering of editorial news content, reference information, support communities, book reviews, blog posts, and more.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet. For more news from Psych Central, please visit

Neither Psych Central nor Sanity Score are a substitution for provide professional diagnosis or treatment.



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Sacramento, California (PRWEB) August 21, 2009, a blog which focuses on issues that relate to psychology, mental health, and medication, now includes pages on the causes of anxiety attacks, test anxiety, and famous people with schizophrenia.

The page entitled “Causes of Anxiety Attacks” from explores what panic attacks, also known as anxiety attacks, are and why they occur. The site explains that anxiety attacks are caused by an involuntary reaction which occurs in the sympathetic nervous system. This reaction can be triggered for many reasons, including a hereditary predisposition as well as stress or even vitamin deficiency.

“Test Anxiety” delves into the anxiety which people may face in regards to tests, be they in school, the workplace, or in other areas. states that test anxiety is a form of performance anxiety. Test anxiety can develop after a horrific or stressful past testing experience. Due to increased social pressure to perform well in school, test anxiety affects a growing number of students around the world. enlightens readers on the page “Famous People with Schizophrenia” about celebrities who have this debilitating mental illness. One suspected musician was former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett. Known for his often bizarre and reclusive behavior, Syd’s mental illness may have been brought about or heightened by his use of drugs. Other prominent examples of famous people with schizophrenia include James Beck Gordon and Lionel Aldridge.

About was launched in January of 2009, and has since expanded to introduce an online community and forum. Readers of the blog can join the community and discuss mental health issues with other members. iGoMogul is responsible for the maintenance and design of


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The Website has Been set up as Part of a Programme for Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care in Dorset and Somerset

The Website has Been set up as Part of a Programme for Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care in Dorset and Somerset

England, Dorset and Somerset BME (PRWEB) October 8, 2006

The E-quality 4 Mental Health website for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Dorset and Somerset is aimed at both people from black and minority ethnic communities who want to know more about mental health care and at staff in mental health and related services who want to know more about race and culture.

This website is aimed at both people from black and minority ethnic communities who want to know more about mental health care and at staff in mental health and related services who want to know more about race and culture.

The website is concerned mainly with mental health and as such it covers information about both mental health services in Dorset and Somerset and advice on how to remain mentally healthy and particularly how to deal with everyday pressures and stresses in the modern world.

The website has been set up as part of a programme for delivering race equality in mental health care in Dorset and Somerset. Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care is a major policy initiative which was published in 2005 and which recognises that people from black and minority ethnic communities do not always receive the same care in mental health services and that there is still a high level of fear of mental illness in black and minority ethnic communities.

The website has been developed with the help of people from black and minority ethnic communities and staff and the intention is to continue to involve people in adding to and expanding the content of the website.

The site is still in development and has been designed so that it can grow especially when people from black and minority ethnic communities identify information which could be useful in helping people better to understand mental health issues.

The intention is that staff will also be able to access and add information about race and culture which will help them in their efforts to ensure that services are as sensitive to individuals and their needs and wishes as is possible.


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