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Southern California Gas Company Is Helping Keep SoCal Beaches Clean!

by Erin Marchesano 18. September 2014 11:50

This summer, SoCal Gas Company has partnered with Adopt A Beach to work together in not only keeping Southern California Beaches clean, but also in making sure the public is informed on how to recognize and respond to a natural gas leak. Public safety is a priority for SoCal Gas and what better way to get the message out there in front of millions of people to see!

Most commonly, a natural gas leak will come from a pipe or other form of containment and will disperse gas into a living area or any other area where gas should not be. Natural gas may explode at any moment if exposed to flame or sparks and not knowing how to recognize a natural gas leak can leave individuals in a very dangerous situation!

According to SoCal Gas, spotting a dry patch of grass in your yard is one of the many signs of a potential gas leak and you should immediately rely on all of your senses to determine if it is in fact, natural gas.

Now, first things first:

LOOK!

• Look for a damaged connection to a gas appliance

• Look for dirt or water being blown into the air

• Look for dead or dying vegetation (in an otherwise moist area) over or near pipeline areas

• Look for a fire or explosion near a pipeline

• Look for exposed pipeline after an earthquake, fire, flood or other disaster

LISTEN!

Listen for an unusual sound, such as a hissing, whistling or roaring sound nearly a gas line or appliance could be an indication of a gas leak.

SMELL!

Smell for the distinctive odor of natural gas! Some people may not be able to smell the odor because they have a diminished sense of smell, olfactory fatigue (normal, temporary inability to distinguish an odor after prolonged exposure to it) or because the odor is being masked or hidden by other odors that are present, such as cooking, damp, musty or chemical odors. In addition, certain conditions in pipe and soil can cause odor fade - the loss of odorant so that it is not detectable by smell.

Look out for the SoCal Gas Company’s beach campaign this summer on Dockweiler Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, as well as Huntington Beach and be sure to spread the word about the safety hazards of a natural gas leak with others!

Thank you to the Southern California Gas Company for bringing awareness to the public and helping to keep SoCal Beaches clean and looking beautiful for beach-goers year round!

 

Today, And Every Day, We Honor Our Nation’s Heroes… Both Two-Legged and Four…

by Erin Marchesano 11. September 2014 10:53

Our thoughts are always with those who have risked their lives to defend our nation and today, on September 11, 2014 we remember and honor the heroes who came to the rescue of innocent civilians who became victims during the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Among those heroes on 9/11, were our amazing four-legged friends who are often the very first responders when attempting disaster relief efforts of all kinds. The National Search Dog Foundation is one of the many organizations pairing rescue dogs with first responders and their service to this country is to be commended.

“SDF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Our mission is to strengthen disaster preparedness in America by partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. The teams are provided at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies throughout the country.”

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation is proud to have an organization like SDF as a partner in the California Sponsor A Highway Program.

Their efforts during natural disasters can often be the difference between life and death, and their willingness to risk their lives to save others is beyond compare.

 

Thank you to those who have served our country.

Thank you to those out there serving our country still.

And thank you to our friends whose love for another goes far beyond their love for themselves.

You are everything to this nation, and we honor you.

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Fairway Ford

by Mariam Nassery 10. September 2014 10:22

Fairway Ford is one of the premier dealerships in Burgaw, North Carolina. They provide financing services as well as sell new and pre-owned Fords.

By offering clearance, an inventory and parts special, Fairway Ford offers customers cost-effective vehicles and work hard to make servicing a vehicle easier for owners.

Excellent customer service is not the only concern of Fairway Ford, their partnership with the North Carolina Sponsor A Highway program goes to show that they are always willing to give back to the community.

Want to hear more about the services and sales offered at Fairway Ford? Check out their website at http://fairwayfordburgaw.net/ or “like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairway-Ford-of-Burgaw/192695494098491

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - C&J Bus Lines

by Mariam Nassery 10. September 2014 09:41

C&J Bus Lines is professional bus line that allows commuters to relax and arrive at meetings, vacations or airports safely and comfortably.  They have worked to help over 2,000 travelers since 1968. C&J Bus Lines has 90 team members who run a daily bus service from New Hampshire’s Seacoast Area, Newburyport and Tewksbury, MA. With destinations such as Boston’s Logan Airport and South Station as well as New York City’s Port Authority, C&J’s 23 motor coaches provide a dependable and efficient ride.

Due to their dedication to keep clean buses and providing great customer surprise, it’s no surprise that C&J Bus Lines has partnered with the New Hampshire Sponsor A Highway program this year to certify that the highways they regularly use are beautiful and clean as well.

For more information about C&J Bus Lines, please visit their website at http://www.ridecj.com/ or their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ridecj.

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - JLG Industries

by Mariam Nassery 28. August 2014 09:57

JLG Industries has been steadfastly committed to being the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of access equipment since 1969. The company helps deliver the equipment before training the customer in order to boost performance. John L. Grove founded the company to assist the construction industry.

Throughout the years, JLG Industries has shown a commitment to the community in general. They have partnered with the Maryland Sponsor A Highway program to help keep their environment clean and well-kept.

If you would like to find out more about JLG Industries, please check out their website at http://www.jlg.com/ or look them up on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JLGindustries

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Stop & Stor Self-Storage

by Mariam Nassery 28. August 2014 09:51

Stop & Stor Self-Storage has been the premier storage facility in New York City since 1980. With the Stop & Stor Charitable Fund, it is clear that this company is serious about assisting the community and giving back to organizations that focus on education, arts, government, medical research and preservation of parks.

They include free pick-up, do referral fees and have a rental guarantee to provide a cost effective and secure storage experience. Stop & Stor has multiple locations for the convenience of New York patrons.

Stop & Stor utilizes door alarms, closed circuit TV and a coded computerized entry to ensure the safety of your valuables.

Stop & Stor Self-Storage has been an active participant in the New York Sponsor A Highway program this year and in the past. They are dedicated to keeping the community beautiful and clean.

For more information about Stop & Stor Self-Storage, you can visit their website athttp://www.stopandstor.com/ or their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stopandstore.

Fort Worth Is One of the BEST Cities in the Country to Start a Small Business!

by Erin Marchesano 20. August 2014 12:42

For the third year in a row, Thumbtack.com has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of small businesses nationwide. With this particular survey, the goal is to learn what small businesses believe is a healthy political a regulatory climate by having them rate how it is to do business where they live. The survey aims to learn what creates a healthy, vibrant local business environment by asking owners & operators directly about these issues in the cities in which they live.

Here’s what people are saying about the Fort Worth business climate:

“The State of Texas is a great place to live and do business. I formerly lived in California and there is no comparison.”Builder, Hurst

“The local and state governments make it easy to register and keep up with taxes. Sales tax can be paid online each quarter with minimal to no paperwork.”Videographer/Photographer, Hurst

“I cannot imagine expanding my business beyond where it is today because I could not keep up with government regulations.”Psychic Medium, Flower Mound

“Forming a business is fairly straightforward, but keeping a business can be somewhat of a hardship after taxes are paid and contract workers are hired.”Photographer/Designer, Fort Worth

Categories on the survey include:

Overall Friendliness – “In general, how would you rate your state’s support of small business owners?”

Ease of Starting a Business – “How difficult or easy do you think it is to start a business in your state?”

Ease of Hiring – “How difficult or easy is it to hire a new employee at your business?”

Regulations – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to business regulations generally?”

Health & Safety – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to health and safety regulations?”

Employment, Labor, & Hiring – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to employment, labor and hiring regulations?”

Tax Code – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to tax code and tax-related regulations?”

Licensing – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to licensing forms, requirements, and fees?”

Environmental – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to environmental regulations?”

Zoning – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to zoning or land use regulations?”

Training & Networking Programs – “Does your state or local government offer helpful training or networking programs for small business owners?”

According to Thumbtack, some of the key findings for Fort Worth include:

• Small business owners rated Fort Worth's tax code as the second friendliest in the country.

• Five Texas cities made the top ten for overall business friendliness - Houston (#3), Austin (#4), Dallas (#6), Fort Worth (#7), and San Antonio (#8).

• Small business owners gave Fort Worth an A+ for its regulations, including an A+ for health and safety regulations and the tax code.

• Fort Worth had an unusually high portion of businesses - 18% - that had only been operating for one year.

• Fort Worth earned a D+ for ease of hiring, one of the worst grades in the nation (rating at 67th out of 82) and the worst grade in Texas.

For more information about the survey & to review its full methodology and analysis from the link below:

2014 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey: Methodology & Analysis

 

The First EVER Corporate Sponsor A Highway® Program is Now Open in the State of TEXAS!

by Erin Marchesano 14. August 2014 13:03

Texas Sponsor A Highway®, a company of Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation is excited to announce that not only our newest, but LARGEST market for the Corporate Sponsor A Highway® Program is now open and available for immediate sponsorship in the state of Texas!

What started out as a pilot program in 1985 in the state of Texas has now grown into a nationally-recognized program where Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and corporate sponsors work hard to keep the Texas-born program going strong. Up until this year, the state of Texas only allowed organizations and groups to sponsor as part of the volunteer program which requires members of the program to go out and clean up trash themselves.

The Texas Sponsor A Highway® Program, (not to be confused with the Texas “Adopt-A-Highway” volunteer program), gives businesses and organizations the opportunity to sponsor roadside maintenance in exchange for a monthly fee.  A businesses’ sponsorship will include a recognition panel on a Sponsor A Highway® sign with their company name and logo that is placed directly alongside some of Texas’ busiest roadways in one-mile increments.

Sign locations will be available in five major metropolitan cities including Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

As one of the many businesses to join the new Texas Sponsor A Highway® program, you will get first choice on sign locations and will have a large amount of availability to choose from. Choose a location near your place of business, or choose 10 locations in the neighboring area to help brand your business to the local community.

Gain recognition for your community involvement and make your mark on improving the environment through the Sponsor A Highway® program. Your contribution will not only keep the communities in which you do business, safe and looking beautiful, you will also be responsible for improving the quality of the environment along with the many other businesses that believe in this proven program.

Sponsors with the Sponsor A Highway® program leave lasting impressions with hundreds of thousands of motorists each day in the communities that they sponsor. Traffic volume which is referred to as “Average Daily Traffic” or “ADT” ranges in Texas from a low of 35,000 vehicles to a high of 315,000 vehicles per day depending on the different major roadways.

The average vehicle carries 1.8 passengers per car, delivering 63,000 to 567,000 of impressions each day!! That’s less than .20 cents per impression!

Sponsor Testimonials:

“Millions of people see our sign every month. We view this as a way to help serve our community, drivers will also connect that message to us as the place to buy their next Toyota. For the price, it was really an easy decision.”

- Suzanne Castaneda, Director of Marketing

Longo Toyota

 

“Cracker Barrel employees have pride in their hometowns. We sponsor many miles of interstate and our guests tell us they appreciate our commitment to the community. This partnership extends our brand of hospitality beyond the rockers on our front porch.”

- Mary Lancaster, Marketing Services Coordinator

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

 

We are excited to work with new and existing sponsors at growing this program into everything it can possible be. It doesn’t matter if you are the local pizza shop or if you are a large corporation with locations all across the nation, the Texas Sponsor A Highway® program has opportunities for everyone.

Demand for these locations is high and availability won’t last long so call today for more information on how you can become one of the very first sponsors to join the Texas Sponsor A Highway® Program!

800-200-0003

info@adoptahighway.com

www.texashighwaysponsorship.com

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Shooters Outpost

by Erin Marchesano 13. August 2014 10:31

Shooters Outpost opened its doors on December 3, 2012 and has since provided a full line of firearms, ammunition, accessories, and a large 5.11 tactical clothing selection in its 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Open 7 days a week, Shooters Outpost prides itself on superior customer service and is dedicated to firearms, ammunition, hunting gear, tactical gear, reloading supplies, conceal and carry clothing, and much, much more.

Just 0.7 miles from exit 9 north off Route 93; Shooters Outpost is New Hampshire's newest old fashioned gun store.

Having recently joined the New Hampshire Sponsor A Highway® program in 2014, Shooters Outpost is dedicated to the improvement of New Hampshire roadways and keeping the community beautiful.

For more information about Shooters Outpost visit their website www.outpostnh.com or visit their Facebook page for updates and promotions on their latest supplies!

www.facebook.com/ShootersOutpost

 

Austin is Ranked the BEST City in the Country to Start a Small Business!

by Erin Marchesano 13. August 2014 09:36

For the third year in a row, Thumbtack.com has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of small businesses nationwide. With this particular survey, the goal is to learn what small businesses believe is a healthy political a regulatory climate by having them rate how it is to do business where they live. The survey aims to learn what creates a healthy, vibrant local business environment by asking owners & operators directly about these issues in the cities in which they live.

And here’s what small business owners are saying about the business climate in Austin!

“Great economy and friendly people willing to network”Designer, Austin

“With no state income tax and lower business taxes, Texas is an environment where small and large businesses can easily start up and thrive. That’s why businesses (and people) are leaving places like New York and California in droves. Those states over-regulate and overtax their businesses out of business. By contrast, Texas’ business-friendly model is an example for the rest of the country.”Commercial Photographer, Austin

“It is very easy to start a business where I live. The regulations are few, taxes are fair, and the local government works with small businesses.”Photographer, Austin

“I feel my state is very supportive and the city I live in is perfect for my business. Plenty of work here and plenty of competition.”Caterer, Austin

According to Thumbtack, some of the key findings for Austin include:

• Austin's tax code took the number one spot as the friendliest to small businesses in the country.

• Five Texas cities made the top ten for overall business friendliness - Houston (#3), Austin (#4), Dallas (#6), Fort Worth (#7), and San Antonio (#8).

• Austin's regulatory friendliness scores were the second highest in the country, and it received an A+ for its health and safety, labor, tax, and licensing regulations.

• Male business owners in Austin were more optimistic about the outlook for the local economy than their female counterparts, rating their optimism 7 percent higher than female owners.

• Small businesses gave Austin's training programs an A+ grade and rated them 4th best in the country.

 For more information about the survey & to review its full methodology and analysis from the link below:

2014 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey: Methodology & Analysis

 

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