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Advance as a Consultant by Taking a Look at Yourself

While there was a time when many businesses only brought in a consultant when they were looking to expand to new operations or were facing some kind of crisis, now consultants are valued as some of the most important members of any staff. In this ever-changing technological world, the expertise of consultants is more prized than ever. It should come as no surprise, then, that more and more young professionals are considering a career in consulting.

Regardless of their experience, the one question that everyone has when they are trying to become a valued consultant is “How do you truly advance your career in this field?” Learning systems such as the renowned Associate Talent CAPCO program are a fantastic option for post-graduates looking to expand their financial consultation skill set and further their personal growth, but even excellent programs such as that must eventually end with the individual entering the business world where they must find a way to constantly advance their careers and themselves.

The very first thing that every consultant who wishes to get ahead needs to know is that the best consultants are never the ones that exhibit superiority. Though you may be hired for your knowledge, it is important that you develop a reputation for yourself as a team player that is able to integrate themselves into any environment and immediately contribute.

That being said, you also don’t want to become a generic individual that just fades into the background. As important as it is not to rock the boat as a consultant, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use your knowledge to really insert yourself into a situation and let everyone you work with know that you really are an expert. The key here is to make sure that you always present yourself as being open to communication and enjoyable to work with on a personal level, but you must avoid the desire to take control of every project.

Once you’ve built a rock-solid personal reputation, the next thing you will need to realize is that it is the nature of your position to bounce around between organizations. As such, it is vital to make sure you do tie your own success to the success of an individual business as much as possible and rather that you find opportunities that allow you to replicate that success at multiple places.

It may not be easy to advance within the consulting world, but you’ll find that the effort will most certainly pay off in this highly rewarding field.

FDA Bans Dangerous Trans Fats in 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a ban on synthetically produced trans fats. The process of hydrogenation is used in the production of these fats that are now labeled dangerous. The FDA has given food manufacturers three years to find substitutes for these now dangerous food products, as advised under former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

For decades many people considered all fats as dangerous and their consumption would add pounds to the body and damage to the internal organs. Vegetarians who consumed dairy and egg products received limited fat intake, while Vegans only received healthy fats from vegetables. While many advocates of vegetarianism were popular during the second half of the 20th Century, the doctors and the AMA stood opposed. One doctor, Dr. Atkins revolutionized diet programs with his heavy in fat and zero carbohydrate diet, which became popular. Proponents were proving the good effects of the diet. But most on the diet regained much if not all the weight that they had lost while dieting when they stopped the diet.

Another dietary system has proven to be effective, that advocating organic fruits and vegetable and not using any of the packaged food products popular today. These proponents had it right by avoiding the now dangerous hydrogenated trans fats used to give packaged foods a longer shelf life.

Americans are dangerously overweight. Some risk early death, dementia, heart disease and stroke. It is a common concept held by many consumers that whatever is produced in food factories here in America is not dangerous, but the FDA actions have proven this attitude as dangerous to a person’s mindset and to their overall health as well. The latest and perhaps best method of eating correctly and healthily is to use only organically grown fruits and vegetables, limit milk and meat and avoid all packaged food products. This diet has now been proven valid by the findings of the Food and Drug Administration.

Scientists Will Announce “Doomsday Clock” Time

Scientists behind a “Doomsday Clock” that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are set to announce Tuesday whether civilization is any closer or farther from disaster.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is expected to unveil the minute hand on the metaphorical clock in Washington, D.C. The clock reflects how vulnerable the world is to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and new technologies, according to the bulletin.

California Gov. Jerry Brown will join former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry for a discussion at Stanford University after the unveiling.

The scientists behind the bulletin adjusted the clock from five minutes-to-midnight to three minutes-to-midnight last year, citing climate change, modernization of nuclear weapons and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals as “extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity.”

The minute hand is assessed each year. It has also previously stayed the same and been adjusted in the opposite direction. Most recently in 2010, bulletin scientists cited nuclear talks between the U.S. and Russia and agreement to limit a rise in global temperature for a change from five minutes-to-midnight to six minutes-to-midnight.

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Venture Capital Funding for Start-Ups: Why it Works for Business

Businesses around the country are getting a lot of money from CAPCO programs, and CAPCO programs are sending out money for people who are in desperate need of funding for their businesses. The funding that comes from CAPCO could be really low, or the funding could be really large. Each business gets to make a choice as to how much funding they need, and the businesses can send in as many applications as they want. Pestering someone for money is not exactly the strong suit for many business owners, but it is something that the CAPCO program does pretty well. The CAPCO program in every state has millions of dollars to spend, and nearly every application can be fulfilled.

The Money

The Money for CAPCO is given to the state for the purposes of helping businesses, and each business is going to be able to apply for a special need. The funding could help a startup get off the ground, or the funding could help get more employees in the office. Using just one person to get all the work done is never enough. New projects are not going to get anywhere if they have not been set up well, and the money from CAPCO can help get everything going.

Better Advice

The CAPCO program helps match people who need money with businesspeople who can offer good advice. Taking good advice from people in the industry is going to help a business perform better, and the business is going to perform magically because they are able to get someone to tell them what to do. That kind of advice helps businesses do better overall, and the money is going to go a lot farther because these companies are able to use that money to do just what is needed. The advice could come with the money specifically, or these companies could keep in touch with the people who offered the money.

The CAPCO program is bringing together businesses and venture capitalists who are in need of help finding new companies to invest in. This makes it easier for startups to do well, and it is going to make it simple for a company to apply for more money. Anyone who thinks that they do not have a way to get more money can still get the money they need with a simple application and a little time invested.

Why Recycling Polystyrene Foam is the Future

Foam Bans Won’t Work. Recycling Foam Will!

Foam products provide thousands of jobs directly and indirectly through value chain involved in their manufacturing. Polystyrene is usually manufactured from Styrene, a petroleum byproduct. Bio-chemical research indicates that approximately 5% of a foam product is manufactured from polystyrene, and the remainder being pure air. In order to recycle these products, they must be thoroughly cleaned before they can be processed. This is a resource intensive process that involves both time and money.

Polystyrene is very light and it is only responsible for 0.01 percent of the entire municipal solid waste stream by weight. However, the main problem with polystyrene is its volume and not the weight. This product consumes a lot of space in landfills and to make matters worse it does not biodegrade. The product is also very expensive to recycle afresh.

There have been several attempts for Polystyrene to be banned. However, polystyrene is still beneficial in one way or another. New York had their foam ban overturned and other cities contemplating a ban, like a Mississippi foam ban, have abandoned efforts to follow through.

Foam should be recycled because it lowers packaging costs on most businesses. Foam also provides versatility, and immediately the product has been recycled into small pellets, it becomes possible for businesses to use it for different purposes including insulation that directly conserves energy. It can also be used as building materials whereby recently polystyrene has been used to construct fencing poles, a good alternative compared to using steel or cutting down trees.

School districts in the south are already using recycled foam because foam trays are a cheaper alternative compared to popular alternatives, and the saved resources can be invested in crucial learning areas such as upgrading the library, or installing a more state of the art IT system.

In addition, since businesses such as restaurants and grocery stores rely on foam products, recycled polystyrene can be used to lower operating costs. These restaurants and grocery stores must always hygienically pack their foodstuff because every meal ordered means a foam product must be used in one way or another.

Foam is cost effective compared to other packaging materials available in the market. The product is two to three times cheaper and foam also acts as a superb insulator compared to other more expensive packaging materials.

It is therefore prudent that local authorities should find ways of encouraging polystyrene recycling rather than imposing a total ban on the products.

Recycling Polystyrene

  • There are various drop-off sites in Southeastern USA and if you are unsure of your nearest location you can consult with It is advisable to call local sites before embarking on any deliveries so that you can acquaint yourself with the recycler’s terms and conditions prior to the process.
  • It is also possible to procure the services of a mail back program to return the foam product to the original manufacturer who will do the recycling on your behalf
  • The products can also be donated to logistic companies who are ready to reuse the materials when doing the shipping

Polystyrene conservation initiative starts with you and me, and this is why we the product users must prove to the government that we can responsibly take care of it by following sound disposal process.

Sprout Pharmaceuticals Is Close To Obtaining FDA Approval On The First Drug Available For Women Suffering HSDD

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) met jointly with the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and also the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to decide with an eighteen to six vote that Sprouts Pharmaceuticals ADDYI meets approval of FDA guidelines with their Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) for women in premenopausal. A stipulation was set stating only if certain options for risk management apart from labeling are used.

Sprout Pharmaceuticals is very excited about this outcome. They are now one step closer to being able to get their product out to the public for one of the most common female sexual dysfunctions. HSDD is a sexual dysfunction in women that has been recognized by the medical community for over 40 years. This disorder is defined as having a lack of desire for sexual activity. This results in the decline of women’s personal relationships. There are approximately one in three women who suffer from HSDD in the United States and one in ten who are distressed by its affects.

ADDYI is one of the most studied health products in history. This medication continued to demonstrate significant results over placebo tests on three key points.
* Increase in sexual desire
* Decrease in distress as the sexual desire returned
* Increase in the frequency of satisfying sexual activity
The improvements were seen in as little as four weeks and were maintained over the 24 week treatment time. The women included in the testing, agreed themselves that the improvements they experienced were meaningful to them.

ADDYI was tested in clinical trials in over 8,500 patients. Of the 8,500 patients, 1,000 of them used the treatment for about a year. The safety profile it created was favorable. The side effects experienced in some of the test patients included; sleepiness, nausea and dizziness. The FDA is still not required to accept ADDYI and apply their approval to it even though the joint meeting did end in favorable results. They are still considering this new drug and if approved it will be the first on the market with FDA approval for HSDD.

ADDYI is designed to help restore prefrontal cortex control. This is the part of the brain that controls motivation and reward structures. This is the part of the brain where sexual desire manifests. It is to re-balance neurotransmitters influencing sexual desire and increase dopamine and norepinephrine. These are both responsible for sexual excitement. Sprout Pharmaceuticals will continue to seek FDA approval for ADDYI as there currently is no medicine on the market to help women with this disorder.

Advantage Capital Partners Invests $7.2m in Healthcare Tech Company

Advantage Capital Partners Invests $7.2m in Healthcare Tech Company

Advantage Capital Partners, a leading venture capital and small business finance firm invested $7.2 million in 3DR Laboratories, Inc. in August 2012. 3DR Laboratories is a visualization lab that provides 3D imaging services to hospitals and other organizations. The  $7.2 million was a component to an alliance with Kentucky New Markets Development programs. The operation expansion allowed 3DR Laboratories to create 15 new highly paying jobs in a relatively distressed area.

“This funding allows us to enhance our capabilities in order to better serve our clients. It also allows us to maintain our position of leadership in the imaging industry,” said David Ferguson, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors for 3DR Laboratories.

3DR Laboratories is a vital component to over 200 clients in the health care realm. It provides 3D images by processing CT scans and MRIs performed at hospitals and other health care facilities. It processes over 3,000 cases per month, some in a matter of minutes if it’s an emergency.

“We are pleased to provide funding to 3DR Laboratories,” said Tim Hassler of Advantage Capital Partners of the investment.

Things businesses do to improve worker health

Things businesses do to improve worker health

Many businesses realize the financial and personnel benefits of adopting official health initiatives into company policy. These initiatives must entice and excite a corporate body into action. Whether through financial means, promotions, or other modes; it is often difficult to recruit a staff into a concerted effort toward a healthy workplace effort. Most employees consider themselves to be separated from their employers when it comes to personal things like health.

It is also true that most employees are seeking long-term and profitable employment. If a company and its staff can reconcile the benefits of having a fit and health-minded employee base, a greater employer-to-employee relationship will emerge. This is true for small businesses and mega-companies with vast numbers of employees.

Corporate, governmental and medical communities are quickly adopting policies and attitudes affecting common worker communities. These policies result in greater opportunities for employees to take advantage of insurance-related benefits and the incorporation of healthier and safer work spaces. Many employer strategies are becoming commonplace when creating and sustaining a safe and healthy workplace that attracts the best worker talent.

Common Health Concerns in the Workplace

Anywhere large groups of diverse individuals gather for extended periods of time presents the possibility of adverse health elements. Communicable diseases, viruses and emotional distress is common in environments housing large employee groups.

In order to combat these preventable maladies, employers are instituting “buddy” programs that train individuals for certain tasks and helps them integrate successfully into a large employee group. When it comes to communicable sicknesses, employers are starting to allow more sick days per term, and approve time-off for the conscientious safety of the entire staff.

It is much more beneficial for a worker to stay home one day with a sickness, rather than to come to work out of the fear of breaking protocol and infecting a wider cross-section of fellow workers. This is one humane and strategic way businesses are providing a healthier environment for their workers. Allowing an extra sick day without penalty is much more beneficial than allowing a workforce to be exposed to a sickness for the sake of sick day records.

Working Individuals Are Exposed To Sickness In The Strangest Places

Employees are often exposed to unhealthy things at work and through daily routines. There are hundreds of places each day where an otherwise healthy employee might come into contact with something detrimental to their health. These include:

– commuter trains, buses and public transportation
– changing rooms before and after shift
– carpool vehicles with one or more sick riders
– unclean conditions at work, especially in the food preparation, grocery and packaging trades

Compared to conditions in decades past, modern workers are presently afforded much safer and healthier work environments. This is due to the perceived benefits that employers receive for treating employees with concern, and the oversight of official agencies like OSHA.

Viruses Found in the Workplace

Anywhere a diverse number of humans interact, a large list of viruses can be found. Some are common and some are uncommon and quite dangerous. Whether it is a metropolitan office, or a meat packing warehouse; these viruses will thrive if employers don’t perform their due diligence for safety and health.

– influenza, including TB and Pertussis
– HPV (Human Papiloma Virus responsible for fungal growth and hepatic symptoms)
– the common cold
– Tetanus (from worn work tools)
– Staph and Strep infections (immune intolerance from human fluid diversities)
– numerous allergic reactions

Employer-Initiated Workplace Health Improvement

The adopting of the most stringent governmental and health agency protocols for employee behavior and task execution is now standard in the best workplaces. Employers still want the long-term loyalty and growth provided by great employees, and they are taking steps to make the workplace a carefree and safe environment.

Most businesses now require safety and health training for each employee before their first day on the job. Some extend promotions and wage increases for CPR, OSHA and CDC training outside of normal job duties. Many employees have opportunities to increase their salaries and decrease their insurance rates with commitment to weight loss and smoking cessation programs. Some businesses are even going to great lengths to work with insurance agencies that put the welfare of the worker first.

While the workplace presents the potential for health problems, the majority of reputable employers are changing their approaches to hiring based on the benefits of a healthy and happy workforce!