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Marketing Automation Startup Buzz360 Announces $385,000 Funding Round

Minneapolis MN (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Marketing software platform developer Buzz360 LLC (http://www.buzz360.co) today announced it has closed a round of funding that includes both equity and debt financing totaling $ 385,000. Participants in the equity portion of the round include Dakota Venture Group of Grand Forks, the largest single investor; two Fargo-based angel investors, Brian and Howard Dahl; and other unnamed individual investors.

The new capital will be used primarily to expand the companys sales, sales enablement, and marketing efforts, said Lisa Schneegans, CEO and cofounder of Buzz360. Were excited that these new funds will allow us to expand our partner and affiliate programs. We just introduced the second generation of our marketing automation platform, and now we can expand more rapidly throughout the United States, she said.

Buzz360 combines the experienced management team and practical Midwestern approach that we like in our portfolio, said Dan Daffinrud, Dakota Venture Group chairman. We believe its robust software platform provides small businesses with the tools needed to continue to grow in the 21st century.

The powerful yet easy-to-use Buzz360 marketing automation platform is designed specifically to support small business partner marketing. The companys primary target customers are media companies, distribution companies, and franchising organizations that partner with any of the 27 million small businesses in the U.S. to sell their products. The brandable, white-label Buzz360 software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform gives these larger customers useful tools to bring visibility and marketing value to their small business members, customers, or resellers by allowing them to automate multiple marketing functions with tools such as automated drip email, automated requests for customer feedback and social referrals, a digital sales portfolio, Facebook postings, project communication tools, and a mobile website.

Selling these digital services to small and mid-sized businesses in local markets offers a vital new revenue source for our media-firm customers, which is why we initially focused on such firms in second- and third-tier markets, said CEO Schneegans.

The prosperity of small businesses is critical to our society. Local businesses and the organizations they partner with create a network of social and economic relationships, said Brian Dahl, a business owner in Fargo, North Dakota, and one of the angel investors in this funding round.

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2014 Social Good Summit Adds Melinda Gates, Alicia Keys, Edward Norton, Robin Roberts & Rick Stengel to its Speaker Roster

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 15, 2014

The fifth annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology pioneers, grassroots activists, UN experts and voices from around the world, today announced the addition of Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in conversation with Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor of ABCs Good Morning America; Alicia Keys, singer, songwriter and philanthropist; Edward Norton, actor and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador; and Rick Stengel, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs to its speaker roster, along with adding over 60 global meetups that will connect people from around the world to the conversation taking place in New York on September 21 and 22.

The additional speakers will join an exciting lineup that includes Megan Smith, who last week was the first woman to ever be named U.S. Chief Technology Officer, as well as the likes of Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable; Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Connie Britton, actress and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador; Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell Inc.; Yael Maguire, Director, Facebook Connectivity Lab; and Pharrell Williams, musician and entrepreneur.

These speakers will come together in New York to discuss the pressing issues of our time, thanks to sponsors like Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited, which seeks to fund breakthrough programs that help scale and accelerate advancements in global health, education and studies in conservation, and the film Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. The documentary follows victims of three conflicts as they recover from unimaginable loss and seek reconciliation. The filmmaker will be joined by people profiled in the film on a panel, where they can share their stories and help to communicate the films message that violence is not the inevitable outcome of trauma. Beyond Right & Wrong suggest in order for the audience to participate to watch the film ahead of time, which is available to view for free on FilmRaise.com where 50 cents is donated to charity for every viewer, epitomizing the Social Good Summits commitment to connecting, inspiring and engaging people and ideas from around the world.

This year, UNDP will once again give the New York event a global dimension with the Social Good Summit Meetups that are being organized in over 60 countries around the world. These Meetups bring together local communities to discuss how they are using the digital tools of today to connect for good and connect for all. This years Meetups include a number of exciting and unique locations. In the Ukraine, programmers will discuss their app, which monitors shelling damage resulting from the current conflict, thus making crucial security information publicly available. In Sudan UNDP is organizing a technology challenge, inviting young IT entrepreneurs to present their business ideas and win an innovation prize. In Georgia, social innovators, UNDP staff and entrepreneurs will convene in a design thinking workshop which will aim to improve service delivery of the 112 emergency number, specifically for persons with disabilities. Additional Meetups are taking place in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, China, El Salvador, Guinea, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Morocco, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, and Tunisia.

The Social Good Summit will also reach global audiences online and in real time, in seven different languages. People all over the world will meet and join forces in-person, online and by connecting back to the Summit in New York City through video and social media.

For the second year in a row, the Social Good Summit partners are leveraging Instagram and its community to host #Instacorpsa group of five digital photojournalists who will capture and share behind-the-scenes images from the Social Good Summit. Their images, combined with those of Instagram users from around the world using the #Instacorps and #2030Now hashtags, will provide a connection to people around the globe. The 2014 #Instacorps class is: Ben Fitch (@BenFitch), Kerry Payne (@KerryPayne), Eric Thayer (@EricThayer), Joshua Lott (@JoshuaLott); and 15-year-old Instagram star Ryan Parrilla (@Novess).

The Summit is also joining with the Design for Social Innovation Masters program at the NYC School of Visual Arts (SVA). Students from the program will be on site at the Summit producing real time shareable social media tools and graphics. The Design for Social Innovation at SVA is the first MFA program in the rapidly growing field of social impact design. Created to be the center of learning for how to use design to address the worlds biggest challenges, it is a path for people who want to lead transformation change within business, government and the social sector.

Last year, 92Y launched its first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) in partnership with Wesleyan University, and inspired by the Social Good Summit; it was titled How to Change the World. It has had over 100,000 registrants in its first year. This years MOOC will be announced on September 21, the first day of the Summit, when Wesleyan President Michael Roth will speak about the globalization and democratization of education. The first class of this years MOOC will be on November 11th, Veterans Day.

The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference that centers on the intersection of technology and social good hosted by Mashable, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 92nd Street Y. The main event will be held at 92nd Street Y in New York City on Sept. 21-22, and meetups will be held around the world.

Press: Press credentials will be given to press and bloggers from around the world to the Digital Media Lounge (DML). The DML is a fully wired workspace at 92Y where you can report, network and organize interviews. Apply here.

Join us today: Tickets for the Social Good Summit are available now at http://www.socialgoodsummit.com.

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About the Social Good Summit Partners

The 2014 Social Good Summit is proudly presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mashable

Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashables 35 million unique visitors worldwide and 18 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

92nd Street Y

Now celebrating its 140th Anniversary, 92nd Street Y is a nonprofit cultural and community center that fosters the mental, physical and spiritual health of people throughout their lives, with offerings that include wide-ranging conversations with the worlds best minds and an outstanding range of programming in the performing, visual and literary arts. 92Y is reimagining what it means to be a community center in the digital age with initiatives like #GivingTuesday, transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action both locally and around the world. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually; millions more participate in 92Ys digital and online initiatives. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its Jewish heritage and welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit http://www.92Y.org.

United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and broade

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Athena Software Annual Scholarship Awarded to Wilfrid Laurier University Social Work Student


Waterloo, ON (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

Athena Software (http://athenasoftware.net) is happy to announce another worthy recipient of its Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship, an award given to students each year in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU).

This year, the scholarship was awarded to Margaret Ngaling, a student whose academic success made her an ideal candidate for the $ 2,000 award, said Dr. Nick Coady, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at WLU.

“The Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship was established by Athena Software in 2008 to honour the contributions to the well-being of families by Bernard Porlier, the former longstanding executive director of K-W Counselling Services,” he said.

“This is one of the major awards available to our MSW students annually and it is extremely important as a much-needed source of financial support for our students. This years recipient, Margaret Ngaling, embodies very well the type of student for whom this award was intended. Margaret had very strong academic achievement in the MSW program and in her field placements, one of which was at K-W Counselling Services, where she worked tirelessly and effectively to provide support to families experiencing a wide range of social problems.

“The Faculty of Social Work thanks Athena Software for their ongoing, generous support of this important award and congratulates Margaret Ngaling as a very deserving recipient of this years award.”

Margaret immigrated to Canada from Cameroon in 2010 with a master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies, and was soon drawn toward the social work field.

“When I arrived in Canada, as a new immigrant, my experiences and credentials were not recognized in the Canadian job market. As a result, my prior experiences and strong passion for working with the underprivileged and vulnerable population drew me to social work,” she said.

The chance to gain experience in the field as part of her studies at WLU was important, Margaret said.

“My experience in the social work program was great. I had the opportunity to do some intensive course work, which was complemented by two field placements. My field placements at K-W Counselling Services and the Specialized Mental Health Unit of the Grand River Hospital, gave me the chance to practise what I had studied in class. There were other tremendous learning opportunities like the organization of seminars and workshops at the Faculty of Social Work, which greatly expanded students knowledgebase,” she said.

Margaret said being named this year’s recipient of the Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship is, in part, a validation of her career choice and her commitment to the community.

“Receiving the Bernard Porlier award is indicative of the fact that my decision to study social work was the right one. It has also reinforced my responsibility to give my best to the community,” she said.

“I have a strong passion for working with the underprivileged and vulnerable populations. As a result, the social program has honed my skills and greatly equipped me with the necessary tools to work with this population in different dimensions.”

The Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship is eligible to students in the two-year full-time or four-year part-time MSW program at WLU, and was established by Athena Software in 2008.

“We are delighted and honoured to be able to reward the great work of students like Margaret in the MSW program at Laurier each year,” said Diane Stanley-Horn, partner at Athena Software. “It is a real pleasure for us to contribute to a student’s education while also celebrating their academic achievement.”

2010 End of Year Message from the CEO and Founder of PCDI-Cameroon

Dear People of Goodwill,

Thanks for all your effort to keep the spirit of community development alive. There is nothing more important to humanity other than saving lives. Your continuous support is deeply appreciated.

As you might have noticed, PCDI has suffered a series of crisis in the past year. These crises range from poor management to staff malpractices. We have had difficult times with the Staff, BOD, Volunteers and projects implementations. However, PCDI was founded with the community in mind and shall continue to work for the empowerment of communities.

My deep thanks go to those who stood by us during our crisis. Our approach to management might have not been the best, but we thank you for your corrective action.
PCDI is willing to welcome any suggestions that will improve our operational standards.

We are proud to inform the international community that our mentor and volunteer Ms. Tamara Palamakumbura greatly motivated who we are today. Our international connections and overall success is thanks to Ms. Tamara. PCDI is your baby and we wish to continue working with you.

To all partner organizations, especially the AIA Club of the American University in Dubai, we say thank you for spreading the spirit of community development. You determination and involvement in the fight to alleviate poverty in Cameroon is highly lauded. Thank you for the school construction in Bambalang-Ndop.

For 2011, PCDI intends to carry out a series of project in partnership with other organizations. We are happy to announce our new partnership with the community oriented NGO (CIG) the Kencholia International Foundation (http://www.kencholiafoundation.com/). United we stand for greater achievement.

Finally, with effect from January 1st, 2011, PCDI’s head office shall be moved to the United States of America. PCDI International, a 501c registered organization, will take over PCDI-Cameroon. The Cameroon office shall henceforth be an execution office for all PCDI-International projects in Cameroon. This strategy is aimed at standardizing operations and monitoring. Contact our website http://www.pcdi-cameroon.org/p/contact.html for office location.

Accept seasonal greetings from the Staff and Management of PCDI.
Happy New Year 2011. 

Francis K. Chenyi
Founder and CEO PCDI-Cameroon

Thursday

PCDI CAMEROON
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN CAMEROON: THE COMPLICATIONS

“Many developing countries remain poor largely because they had let the Industrial Revolution pass them by. They can ill afford to miss the information technology revolution”. M. S. Swaminatham (ICT for Poverty Reduction: Myths, Realities and Development Implications)

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the modern day driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation. PCDI embraces this principle and works at bridging the digital divide in the rural communities of Cameroon through a multi-pronged approach. Firstly through IT training.

PCDI runs a school where software and hardware courses, and full time and part time courses are run. In fitting with PCDI’s objectives, places at the school are offered at no cost to vulnerable women and children. During our last graduation, we were proud to graduate one of these students and we will continue to offer her the necessary support so as to allow her to develop herself.

Secondly through offering internet access (PCDI is the only provider of such services in the division of 13 villagers).

However the reality is much more complex than these text book solutions suggest.

The proclaimed revolution in Mobile Phones technology is indeed being felt in Cameroon. It is rare for an individual to not have a phone. But it is equally rare for the normal populace to be able to afford to make a call. The phones are sold on a pay-as-you-go basis and people cannot afford to purchase the credit. So communication is via a system of “beeps”, whereby one person calls another but before the receiver can pick up the phone, the caller has hung up. This is a message to the second person that the first person wishes to communicate and if the second person has credit they should call back. Normally they do not have credit to return the call.


The Computer Revolution: Struggling For Survival in Rural Cameroon
Tamara Palamakumbura
Partners for Community Development Initiative (PCDI), Cameroon

ABSTRACT
PCDI (http://www.pcdi-cameroon.org) is a local CIG (NGO) based in rural Cameroon. This article discusses our efforts to "bridge the digital divide" and the reality behind the technological revolution. We face a battle on two fronts. Firstly, chronic poverty. For most of the population technology and its benefits is a luxury commodity. The necessities are foods and medicines and in a time of rising food prices, the luxuries must be cut down. We offer the only internet access in the entire division of 13 villagers and yet we face a daily battle to survive. The continuation of the internet services is by no means certain. Secondly, computer illiteracy. Much of the community has not and cannot use a computer. Yet when we offer free internet training, they refuse.

INTRODUCTION
"Many developing countries remain poor largely because they had let the Industrial Revolution pass them by. They can ill afford to miss the information technology revolution".  M. S. Swaminatham (ICT for Poverty Reduction: Myths, Realities and Development Implications)
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the modern day driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation. PCDI embraces this principle and works at bridging the digital divide in the rural communities of Cameroon through a multi-pronged approach. Firstly through IT training. 
PCDI runs a school where software and hardware courses, and full time and part time courses are run. In fitting with PCDI's objectives, places at the school are offered at no cost to vulnerable women and children.  During our last graduation, we were proud to graduate one of these students and we will continue to offer her the necessary support so as to allow her to develop herself.
Secondly through offering internet access (PCDI is the only provider of such services in the division of 13 villagers).
However the reality is much more complex than these text book solutions suggest.
The proclaimed revolution in Mobile Phones technology is indeed being felt in Cameroon. It is rare for an individual to not have a phone. But it is equally rare for the normal populace to be able to afford to make a call. The phones are sold on a pay-as-you-go basis and people cannot afford to purchase the credit. So communication is via a system of "beeps", whereby one person calls another but before the receiver can pick up the phone, the caller has hung up. This is a message to the second person that the first person wishes to communicate and if the second person has credit they should call back. Normally they do not have credit to return the call.
Despite these obstacles the transformation caused by the introduction telecommunication is obvious, even to the casual observer. The computing revolution in contrast, has been much slower to take root. Before PCDI there was another internet café in the village. But the enterprise has long since shut its doors. This is PCDI's second attempt to provide internet services to the village and now we face a daily battle to survive. The future of our internet café is by no means certain.

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