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Archive for December, 2008

Chapeau Blog Awards is Happy to Work with Santa to Grant Bloggers'Holiday Wishes

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Along with Santa, Chapeau Blog Awards Offers 2,000 Dollars for 2009 Most Brilliant BlogMinneapolis, MN – December 24, 2008- – Chapeau Blog Awards and Santa have been working closely this year to check – and double check – bloggers’ holiday wish lists.This year it seems that top of most bloggers’ holiday lists is a blog awards program which:1 – honors brilliant blogs2 – offers a Grand Prize, and3 – is affordable!Santa’s eyes did twinkle when the elves presented their ideas for deserving bloggers this year.Chapeau Blog Awards and Santa are proud to deliver the following gifts:•  $2,000 for the Most Brilliant Blog•  An iPod Touch to the top 4 Honorable Mention Blogs•  A significantly reduced Chapeau Blog Award entry feeNow $50.00“For goodness sake, bloggers certainly have been good this year, and with nearly 23 million bloggers according to Technorati, Santa certainly has his hands full,” said Susan Misukanis, Director of Chapeau Blog Awards. “Chapeau Blog Awards is excited to be an honorary elf this year when we deliver a $2,000 award to the 2009 Most Brilliant Blog.”Take advantage of the reduced entry fee and win thousands of dollars with Chapeau Blog Awards today! Final entry for Chapeau Blog Awards ends January 30th.About Chapeau Blog Awards:Chapeau Blog Awards is an awards contest that tips its chapeaus to honor bloggers worldwide who devote their time and knowledge to inform, entertain and challenge their readers.  Those involved in the Chapeau Blog Awards are not involved in the final selection of winners. Rather than assembling an antiquated academy of high profile ‘Noggers’ – Non-bloggers – to determine which blog is best, Chapeau Blog Awards does what bloggers do. They ask for the opinion of the public sphere of blog readers. By asking blog readers to judge the Chapeau Blog Awards, entrants can be assured of a meaningful award as selected by their most important audience; blog readers themselves. Chapeau Blog Awards is the creator of BlogOh!Pedia an online encyclopedia of blogging terms and Blog Review an online review of blogs from around the world.E-mail Chapeau Blog Awards at only way to be considered for a Chapeau Blog Award is to enter your blog today.

Self Healing Data Storage Consolidation Solution Offered by Evolving Solutions Quickly Recovers Mission Critical Data

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

IBM XIV Able To Regenerate Data Loss Due To Disk FailureMinneapolis, MN- December 9, 2008 — — Evolving Solutions, a leading server virtualization and storage consolidation provider, is one of ten Certified IBM Business Partners in the United States to offer IBM’s XIV, a self healing data storage consolidation solution. IBM’s XIV is able to repair and restore data loss due to disk failure within approximately thirty minutes, versus the hours or days needed by alternative solutions.Evolving Solutions is offering IBM XIV immediately for client demonstrations in its Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC).“It is essential to have a system that can effectively store, consolidate and protect mission critical data,” stated Jaime Gmach, President of Evolving Solutions. “We have seen a need for IBM’s XIV Storage Consolidation System as high volumes of data are outpacing an IT department’s ability to store and manage the data by traditional means. By the introduction of the XIV, IBM is providing another option for businesses to store and protect their data.”DeepSpar Data Recovery Systems, leading analyst in disaster r,ecovery estimates disk failure accounts for 38 percent of data loss incidents in businesses across the United States each year. Disk failure for these companies results in data loss that can derail large, costly projects.As business controls and compliance concerns drive the increase of information risk management and zero tolerance for data loss, IBM’s XIV provides continual data protection capabilities resulting in a better level of assurance for IT departments.The speed of data access in a recovery scenario and the deep application protection it provides, makes IBM’s XIV Storage Consolidation System an excellent choice to address growing data needs, improving application availability and reducing data loss for businesses of any size.“IBM’s XIV is a game changing data storage solution,” stated Mike Keeler, Senior Storage Consultant, Evolving Solutions.”The architecture overcomes traditional storage challenges from other manufacturers. We are seeing tremendous customer interest in this technology.”If you would like to schedule a demonstration of the XIV Storage System at Evolving Solutions, please call Mike Keeler at 763-516-6555 ext. 542About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions architects and implements IT solutions that assist businesses in the utilization of technology to help achieve corporate goals. Specializing in server and storage virtualization, server and storage consolidation, Tivoli Storage Manager Software implementation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning and implementation, Evolving Solutions is an IBM 2008 Beacon Award Winner. For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at

Chapeau Blog Awards Launches Blog Review, Best Practices Destination for Blogs

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Blog Review Inaugural Post Reviews ObamaBlogMinneapolis, MN- December 4, 2008- Chapeau Blog Awards announces Blog Review, an online destination dedicated to providing bloggers a channel to review and comment on blogs around the world.All blogs are subject to being reviewed on Blog Review including political blogs, entertainment blogs and opinion blogs.“Blog Review is designed to be a candid review from real world bloggers covering best practices and opportunities of well known as well as more obscure blogs,” stated Susan Misukanis, Director of Chapeau Blog Awards.Bloggers have already been sharing comments regarding the ObamaBlog. Some reviews questioned the impact Obama’s staff writers are having on creating his blog postings.“Enjoyed your review,” stated one post. “We all know that the Obama blog was never intended to be ‘from’ the man himself but written by his staff.”Other comments suggest ObamaBlog contained creative and compelling messaging while other reviewers requested to see blogs from other countries.With candid blogger responses and consistent messaging Blog Review awards ObamaBlog with nine out of ten stars.Each week a member of Chapeau Blog Awards along with a guest reviewer will review, comment, make suggestions and rank a new blog.The next blog to be reviewed is newly incumbent Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown. To share your thoughts visit Blog Review.Blog Review is sponsored by the Chapeau Blog Awards the first awards solely dedicated to recognizing blogger brilliance.Chapeau Blog Awards invites independent bloggers as well as bloggers who have developed a blog for their company or client, to be recognized for their brilliance and creativity, simply enter the Chapeau Blog Awards today for your chance to win.About Chapeau Blog Awards:Chapeau Blog Awards is an awards contest that tips its chapeaus to honor bloggers worldwide who devote their time and knowledge to inform, entertain and challenge their readers.  Those involved in the Chapeau Blog Awards are not involved in the final selection of winners. Rather than assembling an antiquated academy of high profile ‘Noggers’ – Non-bloggers – to determine which blog is best, Chapeau Blog Awards does what bloggers do. They ask for the opinion of the public sphere of blog readers. By asking blog readers to judge the Chapeau Blog Awards, entrants can be assured of a meaningful award as selected by their most important audience; blog readers themselves.E-mail Chapeau Blog Awards at Info@ChapeauBlogAwards.comThe only way to be considered for a Chapeau Blog Award is to enter your blog today.

New&Used Office Furniture Provider, The Furniture Source, Named to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Fast 50

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Minneapolis-based office furniture company achieves number 20 on prestigious annual list of fastest growing companiesEden Prairie, MN — December 3, 2008— – The Furniture Source, providers of new and used office furniture in Minneapolis, MN, proudly announces that they have been named to 2008’s Fast 50, by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Fast 50 is an annual list of the fifty fastest growing companies in Minnesota.The Furniture Source, a three million dollar, twelve person firm in Eden Prairie, has achieved growth of nearly 120% since its launch by founder Dan Sheehan in 2003.New and used office furniture, as quoted in the article announcing The Furniture Source’s inclusion in this list, is an admittedly non-sexy business, making the growth achieved by Sheehan and his team all the more impressive.“No one comes in and goes, “Oh, thank you for making sure my office furniture is set up right,” quotes Sheehan in the piece. “In our business, there’s not a lot of gratitude involved. Instead, we try to relieve that small area of stress in our client’s lives.”In addition to new and used cubicles and workstations, ergonomic task chairs, or private office furniture, The Furniture Source provides their clients with a full office solution. Among the range of services offered include:· Space planning· Interior office design· Liquidation assistance, as The Furniture Source buys used office furniture to refurbish“Ultimately, what we try to do is take care of our customers to the highest degree, whether that means providing a single cubicle or a full scale office set-up,” continues Sheehan. “We are honored that this commitment has resulted in The Furniture Source achieving a place on the Fast 50, and look forward to providing office products and services to local companies for years to come.”Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Fast 50 rankings were based on the percentage of growth in revenues in the three-year period from 2005-2007. Companies had to be privately held and based in the 11-county Twin Cities metro area. Firms were required to have $1 million in revenue in the first year and progressive growth in the following two years. All applications were then reviewed and audited by Virchow Krause & Company in Minneapolis for verification.About The Furniture SourceThe Furniture Source is a provider of new and used office furniture in Minneapolis, MN. Supplying new office furniture, alongside beautifully refurbished pieces such as cubicles and workstations, ergonomic task chairs, and private office furniture, complete with services ranging from interior design to space planning, The Furniture Source offers a unique commitment to their client’s office cultures and landscape. The Furniture Source can be contacted via their website at

Santa’s Secrets to a Successful Business Revealed by Business Owner’s Toolkit, Known Helper to Small Business Owners

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Santa’s Storybook Outlines 7 Steps to a Successful Business, Helping Others Bring Business Dreams to LifeRiverwoods, IL –December 3, 2008 – – Business Owner’s Toolkit, the total know-how for small businesses, is helping bring new business wishes to life this holiday season by telling the story of how Old St. Nick became the successful business owner, Santa Claus.The story of Nick becoming Santa Claus is chronicled in, Santa’s Storybook: A Dream, A Wish and a World of Inspiration.Nearly 1.5 million Americans launch new businesses each New Year, according to USA Today. Of those new businesses, “Two-thirds survive the first two years,” states Patricia Schaefer, of’s Storybook illustrates the seven steps toymaker Nick Claus took in creating his successful business, including:Business Plan. Creates a formal statement of business goals, the reasons why they are attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. Nick the toymaker believed that he had the experience necessary to make his toyshop a success and the kind smile to raise sufficient capital.Incorporate. Forms a new corporation and safeguards personal assets against the claims of creditors and lawsuits. Realizing that he needed to protect his personal assets and his new business, Nick changed his legal persona to Santa Claus.Hire. Process of sourcing, screening, and selecting people based on the business needs and the prospects skills. Once Santa Claus set up his toyshop, he needed to find a staff that could handle the different aspects of his toy making needs and who better then the elfin denizens of the North Pole?Manufacture. Use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. Santa Claus and the elves knew that efficiency and skill were needed to make all the toys for the little boys and girls of the world.Promote. Distribution of information about a product, product line, brand, or company on a continual basis. To promote the Santa Claus brand, Santa Claus and his elves made appearances in stores, schools and even at sporting events. Every year Santa and his elves make these appearances to ensure the Santa Claus brand is well known and asked for by name.Distribute. Allocation of goods and services from those who make them to those who use them. Once the toys were completed, Santa Claus needed to distribute them. Using the remaining capital, Santa purchased a shiny new sled and reindeer to transport the toys to the children of the world.Sign Up. To learn more on how Nick the toymaker was able to make his holiday dream a reality and how your new business wish can come true, sign up for a free membership to Business Owner’s Toolkit.”Starting a new business can be tough, especially when you are not sure of where to begin. This is why new and prospective business owners need resources to ensure that they know every step in the new business process,” stated Troy Janisch, publisher of Business Owner’s Toolkit. “Santa’s Storybook and the free membership to Business Owner’s Toolkit gives those new to business ownership the know-how needed to succeed.”ABOUT BUSINESS OWNER’S TOOLKITBusiness Owner’s Toolkit ( provides total know-how for small business. The Toolkit website helps business owners start, run, and grow a successful small business by providing more than 5,000 pages of free step-by-step advice, instruction, and ready-to-use business templates. The site also offers free business webinars, business news and one-to-one advice to business owners by email. The Business Owner’s Toolkit also partners with StartupNation to provide free entrepreneurial advice via a national syndicated radio show.The Business Owner’s Toolkit is a part of Wolters Kluwer, a leading multinational publisher and information services company. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2007) of €3.4 billion, maintains operations in over 33 countries across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific and employs approximately 19,500 people worldwide.###

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