Monthly Archives: February 2017

Indiana Students Will Receive FAFSA Filing Help On College Goal Sunday

February 12, 2017 from 2 pm is College Goal Sunday in Indiana. This year, financial aid professionals will be volunteering their time at 40 sites throughout the state to assist students in signing up for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.


The FAFSA is required for students to be able to apply for federal assistance, including grants, scholarships, and student loans. It is required by most colleges and universities in the nation as well.


College Goal Sunday is now in its 28th year and has helped over 90,000 students apply for federal student aid to this date. The program is funded by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).


Students looking to receive aid should bring their parents or guardians along with their parents’ 2015 federal tax returns, W-2 forms, and other proof of income. Working students should also bring their own tax returns and proof of income. Before coming to the event, it’s recommended that students and parents sign up on the U.S. Department of Education website for FSA IDs.


All sites will offer online FAFSA filing, and some sites may have Spanish interpretation available. Attendees can also win one of ten $1000 scholarships, whose winners will be announced in April.


College Goal Sunday is the brainchild of Indiana and has now spread to 34 states. For more information about the organization, visit


Indiana Roads Might Receive New Funding

While criticizing America’s infrastructure has become commonplace, state governments struggle to fund the needed repairs. A House committee in the Indiana State legislature has approved an increase in funding to improve the state’s infrastructure.

NWI reports that the new measure, House Bill 1002, will impose higher vehicle fees and taxes on fuel, and possibly other measures like highway tolls. Under the proposed law, Indiana would seek approval from the federal government to impose a toll on the interstate highways that run through the state. The House Roads and Transportation Committee approved the bill with an 8-5 vote. Outside groups from across the political spectrum supported the measure.

User-based fees for infrastructure improves are appealing. If the people using the infrastructure have to pay for it (e.g., through tolls), then they will, presumably, only use it if it is financially efficient to do so. One challenge for Indiana today is that much of the wear and tear on its roads comes from trucks and other vehicles that originate outside the state and simply pass through on their way to another destination. Those vehicles essentially use the state’s infrastructure for free, although they, of course, buy fuel and other supplies in the state, providing some tax revenue.

House Bill 1002 may not solve all of Indiana’s road maintenance problems, but it is a reasonable attempt. Over time, it could become one of several tools that the state uses to maintain its infrastructure.


Hope for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

Sufferers of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that can attack the central nervous system will be excited to hear news that recently released results of a five-year study have revealed a promising new treatment for relapsing-remitting MS.

The new treatment, known as “high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT)” has shown that 69 percent of trial participants survived with no worsening of the disease and with no relapse of MS symptoms.

A reasonably simple procedure requires the doctor extract blood-forming stem cells from the patient. Then drain the immune system via chemotherapy before returning the patient’s own stem cells with the intended effect of reconstructing the immune system over with healthier cells. Some study participants did experience infections, so the treatment is not without risks.

While additional, larger research and testing will be appropriate, these results are encouraging. Assuming similar results, MS victims who have not been responsive to currently available therapies, may have an alternative to help them avoid relapsing-remitting MS.

Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta who makes his home in Voorhees, New Jersey is a board-certified neurologist interested in this new treatment option. Practicing for over 20 years, Dr. Vasishta received his medical degree from Government Medical College Nagpur in 1979. Boston City Hospital, was honored to have Dr. Gopal Vasishta, who also specializes in Psychiatry, complete his residency at their facility. Currently practicing at Eastern Neurodiagnostic Associates, Dr. Vasishta is affiliated with Kennedy Health System Cherry Hill Campus and his office is friendly to both English and Spanish speaking patients.

Medical professionals who specialize in neurology diagnose and treat brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle disorders. Involuntary nervous systems that control hearts, lungs and other organs also fall under Dr. Gopal Vasishta’s expertise along with headaches, stroke, dementia, seizures, epilepsy, sleep disorders and neuromuscular diseases.

President Trump’s Immigration Plans Could Impact Indiana

President Donald Trump has signed executive orders following through on his campaign promise to tighten immigration on various fronts. This strict stance on immigration could actually have echoes reaching even the state of Indiana.


President Trump has signed executive orders giving the go-ahead to build his infamous border wall as well as punishing so-called sanctuary cities and increasing funding to border protection efforts. He is also slated to sign an order following through on his promise to restrict immigration to the United States from specific Muslim countries.


This could have some effects in the state of Indiana. Exodus Refugee Immigration, who were planning to set up shop in Bloomington, has now run into a wall. With the order to restrict Muslim immigration, they will be unable to accept refugees from Syria and African nations, as was originally the plan.


On the immediate effects of the Mexican immigration crack down, attorney John Broyles says there’s not much to worry about in the short term. “The immigration courts are already backlogged. These things can’t happen just like that and so it is going to take some time,” he stated.


One of the key arguments against Trump’s undocumented immigrant stance during the election was the massive amount of time and money it would take to deport them all legally. As Broyles stated, you can’t just throw out tens of millions of people overnight.




Founder and CEO of the DAMAC Group, Hussain Sajwani’s Extraordinary Career

Hussain Sajwani is the founder and CEO as well as the executive chairman of DAMAC Group. The DAMAC Group was founded in 1992 and their headquarters is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with offices in North Africa, Europe, CIS States, Far East the Middle East, and the Sub-continent. DAMAC Group was founded as a specialist catering company but now works in a number of varied industries, which includes Industrial catering, property development, trading, insurance, and education. They are a global conglomerate and a multi-billion-dollar corporation.


They employ almost 2000 people and they have an excellent record in luxury property development which, to date, has delivered 16,800 homes. Their development portfolio consists of over 44,000 units in various stages of planning and development.


They have also joined forces with some of the best-known lifestyle brands and fashion experts in order to bring new concepts to their product market. They have developed a golf course that was designed by Tiger Woods, which the Trump Organization will be managing. Luxury apartments interiors styled by Italian fashion houses of Versace and Fendi. Bugatti styled luxury villas for them and Paramount Hotels and Resorts will render living at its most opulent.


In 2011, DAMC Group announced the launch of a hospitality division, DAMAC Maison that will service residents in over 12,000 hotel apartments, which will make them one of the largest Hotel Apartment operators and developers in their region.


The growth of this company is attributed to the entrepreneurial skills and vision of Hussain Sajwani, who is one of the 100 most influential global Arabs. His vision and skills to transfer a business vision into a way to provide leadership which is a necessity to maintain growth and continuity have worked well.


Hussain Sajwani has hopes to build his business relationship with the Trump Organization. They have already worked together to make the Trump International Golf Club, with luxury villas into a reality. President Trump has said that while he is in office he will not be making any business deals, however, Hussain Sajwani works with the Trump children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr.


Hussain Sajwani was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is a self-made billionaire ranking #3 in the United Arab Emirates. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Washington and later took advantage of a Dubai government decree allowing foreigners to own property in the United Arab Emirate. From there he bought his first piece of undeveloped land in an underdeveloped part of Dubai. He then proceeded to sell, before construction even began, his first 38-story residential building within a six-month period.


He started his amazing career in the food service business and helped to attract clients such as the construction giant Bechtel and the U.S. Military, and he still to this day owns the food service firm.



Fishers Museum Gets Money for Improvements:

A convenience store chain is helping an Indiana museum fix up one of its major attractions. Jay and Nancy Ricker, the founders of Rickers Convenience stores, have donated half-a-million dollars to the Conner Prairie History Park in Fishers. This money will be used to help restore the Chinese House. This attraction boasts numerous pieces of Chinese artwork and architecture, and has been used for years to host events like weddings and corporate gatherings. The Chinese House, which the museum purchased in 1949, is slated to undergo $1.4 million in renovations. Your text to link…


Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman Burns said of the Rickers’ donation, “We are very grateful for this tremendous gift.” He added that this money will help maintain the Chinese House as a special gathering place for the community.


Jay Ricker also serves as chairman of the Conner Prairie Board of Directors. A statement he released along with his wife stated they were happy to donate money to the museum as all five of their grandchildren have enjoyed a variety of events and programs hosted by Conner Prairie over the years. Rickers Convenience stores is also the exclusive sponsor of the museum’s annual Balloon Voyage experience.


Conner Prairie opened during the 1930s and features five different historical areas spread over 1,400 acres of land. Attractions include the Williams Conner House, the 1863 Civil War Journey, 1836 Prairietown, and a fur trading camp. The museum also puts on numerous classes and programs for children, teens, and adults year round.


Unemployment has not been this low in Indiana since 2001

Indiana officials were celebrating the lowest employment in over a decade and a half as Indiana’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of one percentage point in December of last to only 4 percent. Unemployment has not been this low in Indiana since 2001, Experts believe such low unemployment is going to continue to put upward pressure on employers to wage raises.


On Tuesday, the 24th, the Indiana Department of Workplace Development reported that the state unemployment had dipped to four percent in December of last year, down from 4.4 percent in October and 4.5 percent in September. .This was based on an increase in the labor force of more than 28,400 workers to a work force of 3.3 million workers. Losses in education and the financial sector were offset by gains in manufacturing and construction. Indiana’s unemployment rate is far better than their surrounding neighbors with Kentucky being the closest at 4.8 percent, with Ohio at 4.9 and Michigan close by at five percent. Illinois is doing much worse at 5.7 percent unemployment. National unemployment is at 4.7 percent.


As the number of people looking for jobs dwindles to these levels, the job market has shifted in favor of workers. Workers with experience and training are going to be able demand substantially higher wages. When ask about wage pressure, Ellen Cutter, director of strategy and research for the Greater Fort Wayne Inc.’s, commented, “When unemployment rates get this low, certainly workers can be more choosy,” she said. “Employers are put in the position of rethinking the wages and benefits they offer to get workers through the door.”

Traveling Vineyard Preps Wine Consultants

The Traveling Vineyard has made it much easier for many people to start careers in direct sales. This is a company that allows people to work from home and enter into the business of selling wine.

The direct sales business is big and there are more than 15 million direct sellers that are connected to various products like Tupperware and cosmetics. The direct selling of wine is not a new concept, but the Traveling Vineyard is a company that is bringing more exposure to the concept of wine seller representatives.

The wine sellers are considered to be independent consultants that have knowledge on various types of wines. Traveling Vineyard have the ability to build teams and gain experience in selling wines to various clients and businesses. Many people that have taken on this type of business will enjoy the flexibility that comes with this type of job. There are also an abundant amount of financial rewards that are available if a consultant is consistent with growing the database of clients.

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There are a plethora of benefits that come with working in the business of direct selling for Traveling Vineyard. Consultants are able to get discounts on wines, and they also have access to a complimentary bottle of wine. There are a plethora of opportunities for wine sellers, and one of the best ways for customers to build their client base is through hosting parties. Typically, this can be done with wine and cheese. Other snacks like crackers may compliment a wine tasting party and lure potential customers to purchase bottles of wine.

People that are interested in tasting one will discover that there are so many different ones that they may have never known about in the past. This is an excellent opportunity for representatives to capitalize on exposing people to different types of wines. There are a lot of wine drinkers that are curious about the new types of wines that are available, but they may not have anyone in their life to give them any insight. The Traveling Vineyard has the ability to help people maximize their wine knowledge.

New Indiana Infrastructure Bill Clears First Hurdle

A new bill with plans to help repair Indiana’s crumbling roads cleared through the Indiana House Roads and Transportation Committee on January 25.


The bill passed through the committee with a vote of 8 to 5. The bill is controversial in the state because it is going to be primarily funded through an increase to the gas tax. Critics warn that these tax price hikes will cause people to cross the border to bordering states to purchase fuel, which will hurt gas stations in the state.


Gary, Indiana mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson countered “[Children] shouldn’t have to play dodge ball, or play stickball, or cricket, or any other games they play now and dodge potholes at the same time.”


The Indiana Department of Transportation quotes a billion dollars a year as the cost of repairing the state’s failing infrastructure. This would translate to 10 cents a gallon increase in the gas price and additional $15 registration fees on cars. Controversially, an additional $150 tax will be imposed on electric cars, presumably because these cars don’t take gasoline.


In a move that’s odd for the party, the state Republicans are actually pushing for these tax increases, saying it’s the easiest solution. Democrats are actually pushing for the elimination of certain tax breaks on the wealthy in lieu of taxing gas, which hits the middle class and poor harder.


The bill heads to its next and final stage soon. If passed, the gas tax increase would go into effect this summer.


Small Enterprises Benefit From Equity First Holdings

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