Lime Crime Heads To The East

Lime Crime is a vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic company designed for a young co-ed audience. Likewise to selling makeup for both genders and creating vegan-friendly products, Lime Crime’s latest bold business decision is related to international expansion. Lime Crime which is based in Los Angeles, California is recently launched in China last year (in 2017). Lime Crime ran into a couple of complications due to foreign policies and miscommunications. Among these policies was a mandate stating that cosmetics sold through wholesale must be tested on animals.

Due to the fact that this mandate conflicts with Lime Crime’s vegan principles, Lime Crime then decided to ship their products directly from the United States to avoid this foreign mandate. Despite how simple that decision seems it comes with even more complexities which would result in Lime Crime having to translate their taxes, manage duties, customer inquiries and international returns into a foreign language which could result into major miscommunications. In addition to these problems, Lime Crime had discovered that their lip topper product has over a million counterfeited units sold through marketplaces in China.

However, Lime Crime overcame the obstacles that come with adjusting to a new place. According to the Lime Crime Global General Manager, Kim Walls when discussing the company’s expansion at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Conference she stated that she was aware she couldn’t apply selling methods she’s used in the U.S for the location in China. By partnering with a Los Angeles based fashion e-commerce platform by the name of Revolve, Lime Crime solved their mandate and shipping issues because Revolve has already expanded to China. The partnership with Revolve also solved the counterfeit problem by combing each company’s audience and raising awareness to consumers that Revolve is the only source to the legitimate Lime Crime products in a China.

Securus Technologies, Progress With New Partners

Securus Technologies, a company based in Texas and founded in 1986, has recently acquired GovPayNet. This company specializes in payment processing to governmental agencies. Among the different payments are those for bail, house arrest monitoring, traffic tickets and other court fees and fines. The company was started over 20 years ago by a Sheriff who saw an opportunity to make the process easier for everyone involved. Securus Technologies has a hand in nearly all different areas of correctional facility management but is most known for its telephone and video services provided for inmate connections with the outside world. In recent years, the company has worked to reduce the cost of calling to make it easier for inmates to connect with their loved ones.


JPay is a company that’s been involved in the technological side of corrections as well. Also acquired recently by Securus Technologies, the company has been working to get tablet computers into the hands of more inmates. These tablets provide educational software and a limited source of entertainment. This is valuable as inmates may want to sharpen their skills prior to finishing their sentences. JPay also has a hand in the wireless containment systems that cut off phone calls and texts from being sent by contraband devices. Since it’s nearly impossible to remove or prevent all contraband from entering, these devices make the phones useless to the inmates. The technology has already been tested and praised by those involved as being highly effective.


While there’s still much work to do, the consolidation of companies under Securus Technologies’ umbrella has helped to improve conditions already. Getting recognition with incredibly high customer satisfaction scores and also accreditation from the Better Business Bureau shows Securus Technologies is making swift progress. Being rated an “A+” by the BBB is just the start of a new generation of companies joining Securus Technologies in the race to the finish to be on top.


Alabama Senate Race Debacle Coming To A Close

The debate over an Alabama state Senate seat that has been open is drawing to a close (hopefully). For those of us who have been living under a big rock over the last few weeks, Democratic candidate Doug Jones and Republican candidate Roy Moore have been campaigning for weeks to have the chance to fill the empty seat left by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Moore has been legally protesting the final vote count and was seeking a stay of the final count in hopes of a chance at a whole new election. The judge just ruled against Mr. Moore and stands behind the original voting talley, declaring Mr. Jones the champion.


Mr. Moore did not quietly protest this decision as he issued an aggressive statement stating that he blames the Democrats and the Washington establishment for making sure he was railroaded. Mr. Moore’s political career has been in trouble for quite some time as he has been removed twice from the Alabama Supreme Court as he has failed to follow judicial orders. Most recently, Mr. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct against several women. Roy Moore lost the Senate seat by 20,000 votes, so it wasn’t a close race. Mr. Moore has been trying his best to have this decision overturned in court, stating that Secretary of State, John Merrill should have investigated this election more thoroughly. Mr. Merrill fired back that Mr. Moore should have stated specific issues that he would like to see investigated and that he has no problems with swearing in Mr. Jones into office.


I’m glad that the people of Alabama are finally done with the dog and pony show that is Roy Moore and hopefully will have a chance for real change with Doug Jones. Mr. Jones is the first Democrat in office in over 25 years. To read more about this story, please click here.


From Automobiles to Airplanes: FAA Civilian Board Dick Devos Journey

Transportation technology can revolutionize the way that individuals and businesses move around the world. The State of Michigan has been a key cog in many American transportation developments. Now, Philanthropist Dick Devos is figuring out how to continue to have America lead in transportation industry developments.


Detroit Michigan Automobiles


The development of the gas combustion engine probably took place in Germany and America at about the same time. The advantages of America included a more developed capital system, which could assist with the growth of global automobile manufacturing plants in Detroit, Michigan. Henry Ford expanded the American lead in transportation by making automobiles more affordable.


Previously, there had been many automobile manufacturers who were willing to handcraft a car for their wealthy clientele. When Henry Ford perfected the assembly line, he dramatically lowered the cost of the automobile. Now, every man could afford this transportation wunderkind.


German cars were still reserved primarily for the wealthy. The Volkswagen model was intended more for the masses, but when it arrived on American shores, it was mostly a niche purchase by the young. The VW Slug Bug was cute.


Grand Rapids Michigan Airplanes


While Philanthropist Dick Devos might have grown up after they heyday of the automobile industry in Michigan, he did not fail to dream. He wanted the next generation to be able to soar into the sky. Therefore, the transportation focus of Dick Devos was on airplanes. Learn more:


He and his wife helped establish the West Michigan Aviation Academy out of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Gerald Ford International Airport. Notice how the Michigan airport is named after one of the descendants of Ford? American transportation developments seem to form foundations for one another.


Now, Pilot Dick Devos is training the next generation of aviators. Perhaps, one of them will take the transportation technology to the next dimension. Some of the transportation technology seems to be stuck. Maybe, Dick Devos can provide the ideas that can get America back in the driver’s seat.


American Transportation Industry


Now, Dick Devos has graciously accepted a new challenge. He has been appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration Civilian Board. Here, he can rub elbows with the brightest minds to find a way for America to continue to innovate with new modes of transportation technology.


From Henry Ford to Gerald Ford, the developments of great names in American transportation are built upon one another. Who knows, maybe Dick Devos’s name will be added to that special transportation Hall of Fame. Wait and see.

Greg Secker and Nonito Donaire have a New Venture

There are very many wealthy people in the world today. These individuals have the liberty to use this wealth the way they want. For Greg Secker, however, things have been very different. The renowned trader and investment expert has been using his resources to assist the needy people living in America and other parts of the globe. His journey to success has been full of challenges, and he always wants to make sure that other people do not experience these problems. His trading expertise has assisted so many people in the international community. Although the businessman has become very successful in the recent years, his most significant and most valuable thing is remaining a responsible father to his children.

When he was growing up many decades ago, Greg Secker never knew the career he was going to venture into. The businessman was born in a middle-class family, and he only knew that he was going to become an ordinary professional in the corporate world. After attending his university education, the businessman learned about forex market just when he was working in his first company. The skills Secker has acquired over the years, made him retire early so that he could focus on other important activities. Greg Secker has started several companies in the foreign exchange market, and most of them have been doing so well despite the challenges in the tight markets.

Just recently, Nonito Donaire visited the US. The former world boxing champion made this trip so that he could join Greg Secker and other philanthropists in the country in transforming over one hundred homes into better places for the needy. The former champion was using this platform to motivate other athletes to make a difference in the society they are living in. Donaire was accompanied by his wife, and they arrived in Las Vegas on a Wednesday morning. The successful and famous boxing champion came into the country after receiving an invitation from Secker and his team. Greg Secker is a role model to many young people, especially those who are looking forward to venturing into the trading platform. The businessman wants to change as many lives as possible through his philanthropic missions.

The Master of Investment James Dondero

James Dondero has done a great job at making a name for himself in the Dallas area over the past 30 years. Dondero, currently the President and CEO of Highland Capital, has spent the majority of his life working with investors and managing funds in a way that maximizes returns and takes a different look at opportunities. Through his business knowledge and ability to work with people, he has grown the portfolio of Highland to over $13 billion in assets, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.

James Dondero had a modest upbringing. In early adulthood, he found himself studying accounting and finance at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce. After graduating, Dondero joined American Express as a corporate bond analyst. There he helped investors determine which bonds were likely fatten their holder’s pocketbooks, and he soon found himself the manager of $1 billion portfolio.

After his short time at American Express, he joined Protective Life as the Chief Investment Officer of one of the many corporate subsidiaries. Here, he again used his knowledge of capital markets and trends to help grow the fund he was managing to over $2 billion in short order. He transferred these skills and his knowledge into a new venture that he was starting to invest in: his how company. Follow James on Linkedin.

Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Markets and has never looked back. Highland is currently investing for pensions, governments, financial intuitions, corporations, and foundations. They offer several different investment strategies for all different types of clients, including collateralized loan obligations, which James Dondero worked hard to bring to the firm. Highland is also starting to offer several types of alternative investments to their clients, including funds in emerging markets.

Even with all of his success, James Dondero finds ways to give back to his Dallas community and the country at large. He donates to institutions such as the Uplift Education Foundation and Education is Freedom. He also gives generously to the Perot Museum of Natural Sciences and the SMU Tower Scholars Program. Dondero fills the rest of his time with other board obligations for MGM and American Banknote.


Mark Mofid Wants to Change the World

Once upon a time, many people can remember plastic surgery as being something of a luxury and somewhat dangerous to one’s health. And for the most part a long time ago this may have been true. We’ve all seen horror stories of botched cosmetic surgery on celebrities in cheap periodicals, while buying a hand full of groceries at the local market.

But like many things, fact is often more fascinating than fiction, and the progresses made in the field of plastic surgery are astonishing. This is true for procedures performed on facial areas and other places such as the gluteus. And when it comes to these procedures, one doctor in particular deserves a little bit of mention for his candid and professional approach to perfecting the procedure. His name is Mark Mofid MD.

He is more than qualified to make advancements in this field, as his training includes Harvard and John Hopkins. Mark Mofid knows his aesthetic practice up and down. And, there’s a reason why he focuses on gluteal augmentation. The simple fact is this field of surgery and medical practice is woefully underfunded and not taken serious. For example, no one laughs at the billion-dollar industry of male enhancement. But when it comes to gluteal augmentation, all of a sudden cheap jokes just come out the woodwork.

The professional endeavor of Mark Mofid is to bring an air of dignity and quality to these procedures, so that they are not stigmatized or thought of as quack medicine. In fact, he has a technique and expertise that other doctors really need to take a look at. He only places in plants in an intramuscular fashion and he make sure to never cross the line when it comes to practicality. What this means is that no matter how hard a person bags for the bigger implant, Mark Mofid never does more than 330 cc of augmentation. Subfascial is off the menu, in his operation room. His teacher in this particular field is Raul Gonzalez MD who happens to be a plastic surgeon in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.


Rocketship Education, Helping Nashville See Their Point Of View

For parents whose children attend charter schools in Nashville, they are aware that there has always been a negative stigma with charter schools that comes from the public school board of Nashville. Most of the times, public schools are not fond of charter schools because charter schools lower the enrollment of the public schools. Because of this, many public schools have been forced to shut down. Parents of children who attend charter schools were left no choice but to write a letter to the board of education to share their feelings with them after a negative comment was made from their team. Shawn Joseph is the Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools school board. Dr. Joseph recently made a comment that shocked the whole city of Nashville. His comment basically stated that all charter school’s foundation is unstable.

Many people were shocked from this comment, especially since it came from another school board professional. Many people are aware of how most public schools feel about charter schools but no one thought that a hateful comment like this would be published. Even though many people were offended by the comment, not many people took a stand against it publicly.

It had to take for a strong group of parents of kids who attend charter schools to get together and write a letter to Metro Nashville Public Schools school board. The parents were very nice and professional in the letter. The letter was signed by over 300 parents and they were demanding the respect that they believe that they should be receiving.

Some of these parents come from the charter school of Rocketship Education. Rocketship Education is the perfect example of an amazing school. Rocketship Education has taken a unique approach with learning and with targeting a certain type of neighborhood and kid. This charter school has been opened for more than 10 years now. They strive to service children who are underprivileged. Rocketship Education has changed the lives of many children who they have serviced. The Metro Nashville Public Schools school board needs to acknowledge charter schools for reasons like this, it’s only fair!

Therapy Is Expensive – Talkspace Makes It Easy

About one in five Americans today struggle with some form of depression or anxiety. Mental illness sadly is still overlooked in today’s society, and there is still a lack of respect for those who do receive help. Because there is still such a taboo on receiving therapy for simply feeling or being anxious or depressed, this makes it less common to get help when it’s best to receive guidance and therapy. This also makes it more expensive as well.

Mental health is oftentimes not at the top of priority on health care plans. There is space to receive therapy but the costs can be so high. Today, hundreds of dollars is not exactly easy to come by to pay for on a weekly basis. This is why Talkspace decided to create their movement, Therapy for All. This movement allows for ordinary people even with small budgets to afford access to a licensed therapists without having to spend huge amounts every single session.

What makes any form of therapy treatment so expensive is the fact that every single session can cost so much. Therapy for All allows people the chance to gain access to a licensed therapist for as little as $25 a week. You can speak to somebody via text, video, or audio message, and this could allow you to get advice almost immediately throughout your day. Just having someone virtually there to listen to every word can make a world of difference. Talkspace is such a reliable source with connecting the right people to your specific needs. They have licensed professionals in all areas, and you could gain so much help from all aspects when you are assigned your specific therapist. Talk to them whenever you may need them, and they will respond as soon as they can to help you succeed.

Unique Strategies Of Marketing in China: Lime Crime Pioneers The Way

Getting products overseas means complying with regulations in the countries that you are trying to reach. Lime Crime, a makeup manufacturer from the U.S. found this to be true when expanding into China. They navigated differences in culture, consumer preferences and legal stipulations in order to provide the best consumer experience.

Lime Crime makes vegan cosmetics. They don’t test on animals and provide the highest quality organic ingredients. T China requires products to be tested on animals in order to be sold in the marketplace. his was the first obstacle that Lime Crime needed to address. Their products are vegan and they did not believe in the principles of testing on animals.

In order to get around this requirement, Lime Crime decided to ship directly from the United States. This was the best option because it allowed them to keep their production processes to remain in tact. It also helped them circumvent any problems associated with maintaining inventory in China.

While mailing from the U.S. was a viable solution to their dilemma of animal testing, the Chinese government imposed numerous tariffs and taxes. This changed the pricing model that Lime Crime had to use in order to maximize the results. After getting past these key parts, they were finally ready to get their products in China.

There was one last challenge that Lime Crime had to face. When looking at the existing market, it was clear that multiple people were making counterfeit products. Fake versions of the vegan makeup were being sold on the streets and in retail locations in China. This was confusing to potential customers, and did not match up to the standards of quality from the originals.

Addressing this integral to getting a strong foothold in the market. By partnering with another American Brand, Revolve, it was possible to get a mutually beneficial strategy for their target audience. Revolve focused on fashion while Lime Crime added on a twist with their makeup. Altogether both companies were successful in China. Working through Revolve’s ecommerce platform was one of the best methods for customers to find out about the items while maintaining exclusive rights.

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