The European Business Awards Have Unveiled The Companies And Individuals Selected As Finalists To Receive The Prestigious Ruban d’Honneur In 2009

The European Business Awards have unveiled the companies and individuals selected to receive the prestigious Ruban d’Honneur in 2009.

Ninety-nine leading businesspeople and organisations made it onto the winners list, which recognises excellence and innovation in European enterprise.

“This has been an eventful year for the European business community. While some might have focused on pessimistic economic forecasts, our winners have chosen to respond with a blend of inventiveness and industry that has defied the downturn,” said Adrian Tripp, Chief Executive of the European Business Awards.

“Clearly it is not all doom and gloom out there. Despite challenging trading conditions, the European Community is home to a raft of small, medium and large business success stories.”

With a combined turnover of €573billion, the 2009 Ruban d’Honneur winners seem set to buck the economic trend. According to statistics gathered by the European Business Awards, this year’s nominees recorded an average annual profit growth of 56%.

“These awards revolve around business success, entrepreneurialism, innovation and ethics – all concepts we strongly believe in promoting. This year’s entrants have demonstrated to us that the European business scene is still very much alive,” said Isidoro Unda, CEO of leading global credit insurer Atradius.

B.G. Srinivas, Senior Vice President and Member of Executive Council at Infosys, a global leader in the next generation of IT and consulting services, added: “The quality of entries this year despite the economic backdrop, have demonstrated a business environment in Europe that fosters talent management, gritty commercialisation and agility, that have enabled organisations to execute existing projects and in some cases completely re-engineer their business models for success.”

All ninety-nine Ruban d’Honneur recipients must now prepare to appear before a second judging panel of highly regarded academics, heads of state, industrialists, entrepreneurs and media commentators drawn from across the 27 member European States. The interviews will take place over two weeks between January and February 2009 at Atradius’ offices in Rome and the overall winners in each of ten categories will be announced at the Awards ceremony in Rome on 7th April 2009, in front of Europe’s top business leaders, politicians and media.

“The standard of entries is very high this year proving that European business is still very active and prospering. There are some remarkable companies in the running and choosing the overall winners from the final shortlist of ninety-nine is going to be an extremely difficult task for the judging panels,” said Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International, one of the worlds largest auditing and consulting networks.

David Hardy, International Sales and Marketing Director at bigmouthmedia, Europe’s largest independent digital marketing agency, added: “This promises to be an exciting year for many companies. The new winners’ list is packed with success stories from organisations of all sizes, and it is clear that European business still has a lot to shout out about.”

Full European Business Awards Winners List available from the European Business Awards website.

About The European Business Awards
The European Business Awards is a self funding venture set up and run with the support of forward thinking organisations including: Atradius; RSM International, bigmouthmedia, Infosys and The Wall Street Journal Europe. Our supporters understand the importance of promoting and endorsing business success across the European Union for our long term prosperity.

About bigmouthmedia
Founded in 1997, bigmouthmedia is Europe’s largest independent digital marketingagency. With a team of over 200 staff across 13 offices in 10 countries on 3 continents, the company maximises exposure for major brands online through a variety of fully integrated digital marketing channels: PPC, Search Engine Optimisation, Online Media Planning, Affiliate Marketing, Social Networking, Brand Monitoring, Online PR and Web Analytics.

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IRAs And Other Investment Vehicles Are Discussed In The 3 Secret Pillars Of Wealth

In September, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that the national debt had passed $10 trillion. Now some experts believe that federal tax hikes are inevitable.

“The only way to pay down a hungry deficit is with tax dollars,” says James Burns, author of the new book The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth: How to Crack Your Wealth Code Using the Tools of the Self-made Billionaires. “Which means we could have an entire marginal tax rate shift upwards—no matter who takes office.”

Burns says that taxpayers can help offset any increased tax burden by taking advantage of investment vehicles that allow for tax-deferred growth, such as savings-grade life insurance and Roth retirement plans in the form of either IRAs or solo 401(k) Roths.

According to Burns, investors should “opt for Roth IRAs that tax their contributions upfront, so that any taxes they pay will be on the smaller contributions put into the account rather than the larger amounts they withdraw during retirement.”

IRAs and other investment vehicles are discussed in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth as part of Burns’ plan for investors to take advantage of any tax breaks the government does give. His advice includes:

¤ Find investment tools that offer tax-deferred growth through retirement
¤ Consult a financial advisor before believing advertised growth rates
¤ Find a financial advisor who specializes in investment-grade life insurance if that’s what you plan on investing in
¤ Learn how to calculate tax savings as part of your profits when budgeting
¤ Avoid get-rich-quick plans that promise tax-free growth

“Even if the government is forced to raise taxes in order to pay down some of the national debt, there are enough opportunities out there to at least offset some of that burden,” says Burns.

An attorney and a former member of the United States Marine Corps Force Recon, James Burns has two degrees in law and one in taxation and international tax. He has over seventeen years of combined financial, real estate and legal experience.

For more information, contact the author directly at Jambur64@cox.net.

White Diamond Press and author James Burns chose Arbor Books, Inc. (www.ArborBooks.com) to design and promote The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth: How to Crack Your Wealth Code Using the Tools of the Self-made Billionaires. Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book design, ghostwriting and marketing firm.

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Hulya Aksu, CEO of I Am Modern Magazine, has been recognized as the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in Northern Virginia

CEO of I Am Modern Magazine, world’s first and only social media based publication, has been recognized as the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in Northern Virginia. I Am Modern Magazine was double finalist in both Entrepreneur of the Year and Product of the Year categories.

I Am Modern Magazine is based on the social media model and completely driven by user-generated content, which is hyper local and relevant to women in Northern Virginia. Hulya Aksu, the brain child, publisher and CEO of I Am Modern Magazine, wanted to provide a connecting point for upscale mothers that make up a large portion of the single-most influential buying target for advertisers. “We connect moms in print, online and in person, that’s how we live our lives in the 21st century” said Hulya Aksu. “We are very happy that our revolutionary approach to marry social media with a print magazine has been recognized by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.” Noting that the magazine has been operational for only a year Aksu added “To be selected as the Entrepreneur of the Year, out of 40,000 businesses, is a great honor and proves the power of social media as well as our unique approach to combining human relationships and digital communications.” Hulya Aksu is often described by industry insiders as a“360 degree entrepreneur”, someone who understands the entire media business: the advertising, technological and social media aspects of the business as well as the creative end.

About Modern Mom Media Corporation
I Am Modern Magazine for Moms is an upscale lifestyle magazine that brings a revolutionary breakthrough to print and internet publication featuring 100% reader generated local content with a quality national look and feel. I Am Modern Magazine for Moms, a quarterly publication, is strategically aligned with local mothers who are the most valuable market for both local and national vendors. The web site,www.iammodern.com provides a social media portal for local mothers in Northern VA and Metro D.C. I Am Modern Magazine for Moms is the world’s first and only reader generated magazine that connects moms in print, online and in person with their unique social club. I Am Modern Magazine was a double Finalist at Small Business Award for Best Entrepreneur and Product of the Year in Loudoun County, Virginia They took top honor as Best Entrepreneur.

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I Am Modern Magazine, In Partnership With The Medical Spa At Nova Held Its’ First Annual Holiday Shopping Event To Help Raise Money For The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

I Am Modern Magazine, in partnership with the Medical Spa at Nova held its’ first annual Holiday Shopping Event on November 9th, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency in the Reston Town Center to help raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Over 30 retailers including The Dandelion Patch, Posh Couture, Candy Beads Jewelry, PR at Partners and 800 attendees participated in the charitable Mom’s Night Off shopping event.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually, worldwide about 465,000 women will die from the disease. Research money is needed to help beat this deadly and insidious disease. “In an economic downturn everyone suffers, everyone feels the pinch including the charities” says Hulya Aksu, founder of I Am Modern Magazine.

“By holding these social functions, where the retailers can gain access to moms and moms can get out and socialize, we are making raising money for a charity a win-win for everyone involved.”

The first 650 attendees received a Swag Bag worth over $250. Every guest also received the following:

o 2 ModernTinis (Pomegranate Martinis)
o Delicious Appetizers
o Dessert Bar
o Spectacular Shopping from the Best Vendors of Northern Virginia
o Massages
o Manicures
o Hairstyling
o Spa Treatments
o Pedicures
o Sample Chocolates
o oh… so much more…

About Modern Mom Media Corporation
I Am Modern Magazine for Moms is an upscale lifestyle magazine that brings a revolutionary breakthrough to print and internet publication featuring 100% reader generated local content with a quality national look and feel. I Am Modern Magazine for Moms, a quarterly publication, is strategically aligned with local mothers who are the most valuable market for both local and national vendors. The web site,www.iammodern.com provides a social media portal for local mothers in Northern VA and Metro D.C. I Am Modern Magazine for Moms is the world’s only reader generated magazine that connects moms in print, online and in person with their unique social club. I Am Modern Magazine has been named double Finalist at Small Business Award for Best Entrepreneur and Product of the Year in Loudoun County, Virginia.

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We have lots of surprises awaiting you in the Holiday Issue of A Distinctive Style Magazine

We have lots of surprises awaiting you in the Holiday Issue of A Distinctive Style Magazine. Fran Drescher educates us, Ed Begley Jr enlightens us, Antwone Fisher inspires us and we remember Paul Newman. We have numerous interviews with talented artists from around the world, eco tips for the holidays as well as audio and video files for your Holiday enjoyment!

Enjoy the advantages of Reading Green while shrinking your carbon footprint. Each page of the magazine evolves into a rich digital adventure with audio & video. You’ll see vibrant colors that jump off the page with breathtaking art from around the world. A variety of eco merchandise, living green tips, recycled products, inspiring interviews, unbelievable photography, award-winning graphic design, topnotch journalism with bi–monthly feature columns of the highest quality. We’re doing our part to save the planet, one tree at a time. MakeA Distinctive Style Magazine be your “Green Read” Choice!

Our Special Holiday Issue, showcases artist Joseph Gatto who at the age of 73 is still taking risks, combining ancient antiquities with modern metals to give us unique treasures that will be the topic of conversation at any Holiday party. Be inspired to turn everyday items into works of art by award winning Australian Environmental Artist, John Dahlsen.

Once again, when you visit www.adistinctivestyle.com you’re in for a visual and interactive adventure in this highly anticipated Special Holiday Issue! Find out about the latest Green “Must-Haves,” plus everything you need to fill your recycled holiday stockings with.

For additional information on, advertising, affiliate programs or for a media kit please visit: info@adistinctivestyle.com.

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