Zoner and Open Data 500

Open Data 500 is excited to announce that we are officially releasing the results of our study on Tuesday, April 8 at an event, “The Economic Impact of Open Data,” held by the Center for Data Innovation in Washington, DC.

As part of the official release, the Open Data 500 will include a revised list of companies, ZONER http://www.opendata500.com/Zoner/ has been elected into our group of companies that we featured. 

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Nest Seekers International ring the bell with million dollar listings in lower Manhattan - Architect M.Arch Architects

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nest Seekers International CEO Eddie Shapiro along with SVP and Managing Director Ryan Serhant were invited to ring the NASDAQ opening bell yesterday in Times Square. Shapiro and Serhant were joined on stage by Nest Seekers International team of brokers and agents who all took part in this honor to celebrate Nest Seekers 10 years of incredible success in the New York real estate market.

Anu Sharma, Managing Director at NASDAQ, said, "It is truly an honor to welcome Nest Seekers International CEO Eddie Shapiro, SVP Ryan Serhant and their distinguished colleagues," and added "Nest Seekers International is an innovative and cutting edge real estate firm that is taking the New York real estate market by storm." Ryan Serhant, Nest Seeker's SVP and Managing Director, was also on hand to celebrate the premiere of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing New York" which premieres on March 7th at 10pm and features Nest Seekers International. Serhant credited Shapiro's leadership and ingenuity for the firm's success. "Eddie is the only CEO in the business who works very closely with every new team member and inspires us to succeed while encouraging a healthy work and life balance." Shapiro said that Nest Seekers International has achieved success in such a short period of time because of their unique approach to servicing clients, "We call it 'The Nest Seekers Advantage'; our team members work together to help each other succeed and we are constantly thinking outside-of-the-box," said Shapiro."We utilize social and emerging media and other innovative techniques to execute marketing strategies that give our clients an advantage," added Shapiro." We never lose sight of our number one goal which is to make our clients happy and it is a great honor to share this stage with the best team of real estate brokers and agents in the business."

About Nest Seekers International 

Nest Seekers International is a global full service premier real estate firm specializing in the sale and rental of condominiums, cooperative apartments and townhouses, as well as long and short-term / furnished rentals and corporate relocation. The Nest Seekers International portfolio of properties includes listings all over the World in the Hamptons, South Florida, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The Nest Seekers International commercial division services tenants and landlords for office, retail leasing and investment properties including income-producing properties, development sites and bulk purchase opportunities. For more information about Nest Seekers International please visit www.nestseekers.com

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Super BOWL meets Mo-BOWL

LITTLE GUYS GET IN GAME

Big Super Bowl push

PHYLLIS FURMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

THE SUPER BOWL is expected to bring between $550 million and $600 million in economic activity to the New York area -- and Sandra Wilkin is looking to cash in. Wilkin doesn't own a restaurant chain or one of the hotels sure to capitalize on the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will be swarming into the region in February when Super Bowl XLVIII comes to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

She's a local small-business owner who's been chosen to participate in a program aimed at giving little guys a shot at winning the big game, too. The NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee initiative, called Business Connect, has assembled a group of hundreds of New Yorkarea minority group- and female-owned businesses -- including Wilkin's Manhattan-based Bradford Construction -- that will get a head start in accessing lucrative contracts associated with the game.

"It's a way of opening the door," Wilkin said. The program, sponsored by Goldman Sachs, is doing a number of things to help these businesses stand out.

Participants go to training sessions on procurement and attend matchmaking events where they connect with prospective customers. The Business Connect vendors also are listed on a special database at nynjsuperbowl.com. "We want to make sure that we are giving as much business as we can to local businesses," Super Bowl Host Company President Alfred Kelly told the Daily News.

Part icipat ing in Business Connect is no guarantee that a local small business will score a contract.

But the program, which has been running for the past 15 years, has helped minorityand female-owned businesses in other cities during past Super Bowls. "At the New Orleans tailgate party (this past February), the vast majority of the catering came from a company in the Business Connect program," Kelly said. Potential customers include the NFL, its contractors, the host committee and corporate sponsors.

The types of companies they will be looking to hire run the gamut from security firms to food service providers and florists. Wilkin is leaving nothing to chance in her bid for a Super Bowl victory. The construction company business owner has partnered with a local architect, March Architects, to create a joint venture, Mo-Bowl. They've already come up with designs for temporary structures that they will be pitching to Super Bowl partners.

"Leading up to the Super Bowl, there will be events around the New York area," Wilkin said. "We can help with everything from getting permits to putting up the structures. "We are ready, willing and able."

Here's the score

Who's eligible: Businesses with MBE/WBE (minority/female) certification in New York and northern New Jersey areas. How it works: Companies chosen are put on a preferred list of Super Bowl vendors, attend matchmaking events and learn how to best position themselves for nailing contracts.

Manhattan construction company owner Sandra Wilkin is aiming, with the aid of a program for minority group- and female-owned businesses, for a touchdown in February's Super Bowl. 

Photo by Jeff Bachner

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