Crumbs Bake Shop Is Scheduled to Re-Launch the Key West Key Lime Pie Company Location in Coming Months Sep 16, 2014 01:35PM

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 09/16/14 -- Key West Key Lime Pie Co., the successful Florida Key's dessert company, is entering a new chapter in its confectionary future. The iconic brand known locally for its fresh natural ingredients, real key lime juice and handmade graham cracker crust is now partnering with Marcus Lemonis, entrepreneur and host of CNBC's reality series The Profit, and Crumbs Bake Shop. The new and improved "sweet" destination will be re-named Crumbs of Key West and will launch a new signature dish, the Crumbs Pie Bar.

The Crumbs Pie Bar is an individually wrapped frozen slice of fan favorites including Key Lime Pie, Mango Cream Pie, Blueberry Cream Pie and Blood Orange Pie dipped in chocolate. This new frozen dessert will be available at Crumbs Bake Shops and convenience and grocery stores nationwide. Crumbs of Key West will continue to predominately feature Key Lime Pies as its signature dessert, but the product line will soon expand its offerings to include other pies, cupcakes, pastries and cookies.

"I'm excited about our Crumbs Pie Bar because it is the perfect treat for those that would like to enjoy a cool slice of pie -- easy and convenient in an individual serving," said Lemonis. "Soon, consumers will be able to enjoy delicious frozen pie flavors at home, even if they can't make it to one of our re-launched Crumbs Bake Shops across the U.S."

Popular national bakery chain Crumbs Bake Shop is undergoing a brand restructuring after closing its doors this past July. Plans are to reopen several Crumbs stores under new direction by Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, and to expand from a niche cupcake specialty store to a confectionery and baked goods outlet featuring a wide array of product. Lemonis added, "With millions of visitors each year, Key West is an ideal location for tourists to indulge in the locally inspired treats that Crumbs of Key West will offer."

Lemonis initially partnered with the Key West Key Lime Company on the hit CNBC reality series, The Profit, where Lemonis stepped in to assist with the mass production of their desserts and to refocus the business on sales of their proprietary pies. Lemonis will continue to partner with original founders Jim Brush and Allison Sloat, who will receive royalties from the national distribution of the products.

The Key West Key Lime Pie Co is based in Key West, Florida and opened in 2006. They offer a variety of products from their delicious award winning pies to their decadent key lime pie bars. At Key West Key Lime Pie Co. all pies are made with natural ingredients and are handmade, true to their motto "If we don't make it, we don't sell it!"

For more information, visit http://www.keylimepieco.com

About Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis is an entrepreneur, investor, television personality, and chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. Camping World is the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam is the world's largest RV owner's organization. Through Camping World and Good Sam, he leads nearly 6,000 employees in over 100 United States cities. Lemonis was named RV Business Magazine's "Newsmaker of the Year" in 2007, landed on Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40" list in 2005, and was named Ernst and Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2008.

Lemonis is also known as the "business turnaround king" and host of CNBC's prime time reality series, The Profit, in which he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country and judges businesses based on a "Three P" principle: People, Process, and Product. The Profit returns on CNBC this fall with new episodes beginning Tuesday, October 14 at 10PM ET/PT.

A vast variety of businesses can be found under his holding company Marcus Lemonis Enterprises LLC, such as: 1 800 Car Cash, AutoMatch USA, Amazing Grapes, Bee's Knees, Dapper Classics, E-Net, Key West Key Lime Pie Co., Little Miss Baker, Betty Lou's, Matt's Cookies, Wicked Good Cupcakes, Mr. Green Tea, Pie King, ProFit Protein Bites, RawONE, Crumbs Bakes Shop, Sweet Pete's and Rose's Café & Bakery.

More about Marcus Lemonis can be found at http://www.marcuslemonis.com.

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Karen L. Porter
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Source: Crumbs Bake Shop & Key West Key Lime Pie Co.


Spirent Federal’s New Proof of Concept Facility Helps Federal Agencies and Integrators Prepare for Offensive and Defensive Security Operations Sep 16, 2014 01:36PM

New Facilities Offer Realistic Environments Used to demonstrate Cyber OPS teams to Defend Assets and Attack Targets

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Spirent Federal, the leader in network, device and application testing solutions, will open its doors to its new state-of-the-art Proof of Concept (PoC) facility on September 30th, and will run demos at four different times during the day and will be repeated again on October 1. Engineers will demonstrate how Spirent solutions can help government agencies and integrators defend federal communication networks and critical infrastructures from cyber security attacks. The facility located in Frederick, MD, serves as a Proof of Concept (PoC) integration lab and provides a test environment with realistic simulations of Internet traffic and security attacks that can be used by cyber range integrators and operators.

It’s all about OPS!

The value of a Cyber Range can be found in its ability to support operations and the multiple roles that OPS or operational personnel perform. The best cyber range simulations are designed and developed by engineering teams with OPS experience in theater operations, security operations and network operations. Designed by operations experts with such experience, Spirent Cyber Range Simulations empower military, government and industry to rehearse defensive and offensive security operations in the most realistic training environment available.

Spirent Federal’s cyber range simulations recreate network infrastructure with security devices, end-points and a mix of malicious and legitimate traffic, emulating internet-scale cyber warfare scenarios of a multi-vendor, multi-site Department of Defense (DoD) or critical infrastructure enterprises.

Leveraging security solutions from CheckPoint, Spirent Federal’s cyber range simulations at our PoC facility can detect, identify and stop malicious traffic protecting critical infrastructures.

“Rehearsing security operations at Spirent’s new Proof of Concept (PoC) facility enables federal agencies and integrators to improve the security posture of their critical infrastructures and assess the effectiveness of their security countermeasures. Developed by engineering teams with real operations experience at government and industry Security Operations Centers (SOC), Spirent’s cyber range simulations are the most realistic Internet traffic and security attack simulations in the industry providing a realism never seen before. Spirent cyber range simulations serve real video, audio and web pages simulating the entire Internet and generate thousands of security attacks,” said Victor Fernandez, Director of Federal Business Segment at Spirent Federal Systems.

For more information on the Spirent Federal Proof of Concept demo visit: http://www.spirentfederal.com/IP/News_Events/Upcoming_Events/Proof_of_Concept/

About Spirent Federal Systems Inc

Spirent Federal Systems (www.spirentfederal.com) delivers next-generation test and measurement solutions designed to help government, military, and educational organizations get the highest levels of network security, reliability, and performance. Spirent Federal offers full layer 2-7 network test capability for routers, switches, cyber security, virtualization and data center environments, wireless mobile packet core, voice networks, GPS/GNSS networks, and IP/RF network emulation.

Spirent has a long and distinguished record of supplying IP network test equipment to all sectors of the government and has a purchasing contract with the General Services Administration (GSA). Spirent Federal Systems is a proxy company of Spirent Communications and is headquartered in Pleasant Grove, UT.

About Spirent Communications plc

Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, offers an extensive portfolio of solutions to test data centers, cloud computing and virtualized environments, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network and application security, and positioning technologies. For more information visit http://www.spirent.com/about-us/News_Room/About_Spirent_Communications_plc.aspx

Spirent Federal Systems

Lindsey Duhon, 801-785-1448

lindsey.duhon@spirentfederal.com

Source: Spirent Federal Systems


Introducing felix + iris Sep 16, 2014 01:35PM

GREENWOOD, Ind., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- felix + iris, the first prescription eyewear brand dedicated to helping consumers find the right fit online, launched today at felixandiris.com.

Combining proprietary technology and customer data, felix + iris delivers a personalized shopping experience for customers to find that right fit – a pair that looks great, feels comfortable and meets their vision needs.

"felix + iris was created to solve a problem in the market: No eyewear retailer has built a shopping experience around getting fit right for each customer," Randy Stocklin, felix + iris co-founder, said. "Our promise is to deliver the perfect pair of glasses for each individual customer and to ensure that all glasses wearers, regardless of age or vision, can experience the convenience and affordability of buying online."

Stocklin added that the felix + iris team will improve its shopping experience over time by not only listening to customer feedback, but also tracking the customer experience. Collecting new data points will continue to ensure the team has the best understanding of what elements impact a customer's "right fit."

The Experience

At the heart of the felix + iris experience is a customer's "My f + i," a personal store driven by an algorithm that selects the best glasses for each customer. The store's selection is curated using data collected from the Fit Profile, a short quiz referencing face shape, style preferences, vision and lifestyle needs.

The felix + iris experience additionally includes: 

  • Free At-Home Try-On: A "Fit Kit" that features four selected frames, helpful fit tools, expert style and eyewear advice, as well as priority access to an exclusive customer support line.
  • Virtual Try-On: Online technology that allows customers to virtually see specific frames on their faces by uploading photos or connecting via webcam.
  • Prescription Verification: A guarantee that felix + iris representatives verify all prescriptions before processing orders, as a courtesy to customers.
  • Fit Promise: A 30-day, no-questions-asked return policy that allows customers to ship their glasses back for free, for a full refund.
  • Expert Advice: The felix + iris team has nearly 10 years of experience selling eyewear. Style and vision consultants, including an in-house certified optician, work directly with customers to ensure frames fit and lenses meet their unique optical needs.

Styles and Pricing

felix + iris offers straightforward pricing, with no "gotchas." All frames are available at a flat-rate price, depending on lens type – $119 for single-vision, $249 for bifocals and $299 for progressives or trifocals. Features like UV protection, scratch resistance and anti-reflective coating come standard on every pair at no additional cost.

Currently, the site features 140 high-quality frame styles that will be updated regularly to reflect eyewear trends and customer preferences.

More information can be found at www.felixandiris.com.

About felix + iris In 2005, husband and wife Randy and Angie Stocklin began selling eyewear out of their 10-by-12 foot home office. Today, their Greenwood, Ind.-based company has grown to include three eyewear brands: felixandiris.com, Readers.com and SunglassWarehouse.com.

felix + iris is the only online prescription eyewear retailer dedicated to helping customers find the right fit – a pair that looks great, feels comfortable on their face and meets all of their vision needs.

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations for 2014 announced at National Safety Council Congress & Expo Sep 16, 2014 01:35PM

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 before a crowded group of spectators on the Expo floor.

"We greatly appreciate our colleagues at OSHA sharing their most recent data at the nation's largest gathering of safety and health professionals," said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "This data is a poignant reminder that there is still much room for improvement in making our workplaces safer, and that it is going to take all of us to make a difference."

The Top 10 for FY 2014* are:

  1. Fall protection (1926.501) – 6,143
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,161
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,029
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,223
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 2,704
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,662
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,490
  8. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,448
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,200
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 2,056

The final report on the Top 10 violations for 2014 will be published in the December edition of the Council's Safety+Health magazine.

*Preliminary figures as of Aug. 11, 2014

About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council's flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information.

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Startup Hall Provides a New Address for Innovation Sep 16, 2014 01:34PM

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/16/14 -- Startup Hall, the cornerstone of Seattle's University District startup community, has opened its doors to provide a place where emerging private sector companies intersect with established academic and commercial innovators. Startup Hall is part of a unique public-private partnership to develop a revitalized UDistrict where independent technology startup companies will benefit from the proximity to University of Washington faculty and students, research and advances in technology, medicine and engineering.

"Seattle is a global hub for innovation and much of that spirit and mindset begins at the UW. Our students and faculty are cultivating a lifelong passion for discovery that leads entrepreneurism in our region and our country," said Michael K. Young, UW President. "We are thrilled to work with city and state leadership, the thriving Seattle startup community and our neighbors in the UDistrict to create an epicenter for collaboration and innovation."

Seattle's University District Integrates Business, Research, Top Talent

Leaders from city and state government, the University District Partnership (UDP), the University of Washington and the startup community have worked together to position Seattle's UDistrict as a place where entrepreneurs can grow and thrive. The diverse business community and more available and affordable rental properties are also hugely attractive to startup companies. The UDistrict is easily accessible via transit, especially with new light rail set to arrive in 2016.

Proximity and coordination with the University of Washington is a huge draw for new and established companies looking for closer interaction with the talent, research and discoveries at the nation's top research university.

"I'm delighted to see the launch of Startup Hall, and congratulate Economic Development Commissioners Chris DeVore and UW President Michael Young on this innovative collaboration," said Mayor Ed Murray. "Startup Hall is an exciting piece of a broader urban planning vision, maximizing proximity to future light rail stations, ties to the University of Washington, and a thriving, urban environment."

Startup Hall: Collaboration and Community.

Startup Hall is a hub for new businesses, new ideas and a place where entrepreneurs, established companies and an experienced network of innovators can engage and create. Anchor tenants UP Global and Techstars Seattle are joined by fully-funded startup companies, as well as corporate sponsors who want access to the thriving innovation community.

"Techstars Seattle has been working with the City of Seattle and the City's Economic Development Commission and the University of Washington with the shared goal of making the University District the center of technology entrepreneurship in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest," said Chris DeVore, Director, Techstars Seattle and General Partner and co-founder of Founder's Co-op. "Startup Hall is unique because high-performing founders can now go from initial idea development through startup acceleration and seed funding all under one roof."

Located in Condon Hall, the former home of the UW School of Law, the redesigned space provides a variety of different layout options. Rents are for 30-day terms at $350 per desk for a four-desk minimum/eight-maximum contract. All tenants have access to:

• Open-floor plan seating

• Large, enclosed meeting rooms

• Small, sound-proofed meeting and telephone rooms

• Social and event space

• On-site events, training and lectures

About Startup Hall: Startup Hall is a hub for technology entrepreneurs, located in the heart of Seattle's University District. Forged by a unique public-private partnership among the University of Washington, the region's leading research university, the world's top entrepreneurial education non-profit, Up Global, the nation's #1 startup accelerator, Techstars and Founder's Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's #1 seed-stage venture capital fund, Startup Hall exists to help exceptional founders build the next generation of world-leading companies here in the Pacific Northwest.

   Media Contact:Beth Herrell Silverberg206-679-5157beth_silverberg@hotmail.comJean HayesUniversity of Washington206-616-5475 (desk)206-954-3764 (cell)jeanmh@uw.edu

Source: Startup Hall


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