Nation’s Top 25 Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils Honored at Orlando Conference

The Nation’s Top 25 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and Diversity Councils were honored at the 9th Annual ERG & Council Honors Award™ luncheon celebration today at the 2017 ERG & Council Conference  at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. Taking top honors was the General Motors Employee Resource Group, followed by the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inclusion & Diversity Council and the Aramark Diversity Advisory Board. Continue reading Nation’s Top 25 Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils Honored at Orlando Conference


Historic Austin Bed and Breakfast Joins Hundreds Worldwide to Offer Free Stay to Veterans on Veterans Day

AUSTIN _ The Fairview, a historic Austin bed and breakfast, is saying “thank you” to military personnel who are presently serving or who previously served the United States and Canada through the B&Bs for Vets program by offering a complimentary stay over Veterans Day weekend.
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Guardians of Rescue Scrambles to Help Animals in Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

This has been an active hurricane season, with Guardians of Rescue helping to save animals in numerous hurricane paths. They helped save animals in Texas, following Hurricane Harvey, then they helped save animals in Florida, following Hurricane Irma. Now, the animal rescue group is in Puerto Rico to help save animals that are in some of the worst conditions following Hurricane Maria. Following the Category 4 hit, the island was left without any power, limited means of outside communication, and scarce access to basics such as food and water, leaving many of the animals in deadly conditions.

“Hurricane Maria, which was their second hurricane hit this season, was catastrophic and completely devastated the island,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue, an animal rescue organization. “There are animals that are suffering, as they have no food or water and no medical care. We will do our best to help as many as we possibly can.”

The people in Puerto Rico, which is U.S. territory, meaning the people who live there are The GuardiansAmerican citizens, were left with debilitating conditions following the hurricane. Those who would typically help with animal rescues are in dire situations themselves, making it nearly impossible for them to help the animals that have been left behind. This is by far the worst situation for the animals that Guardians of Rescue has been running into, but they have a plan that will help them with the rescues.

The rescue group already has a group of volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico. In addition, they have organized a flight (funded entirely by The Onyx & Breezy Foundation) leaving Florida on Monday, October 2, 2017, to fly to Puerto Rico, where they plan to be on the ground for several weeks conducting animal rescues. Their immediate plan is to take much-needed supplies with them to give to those in need, and bring back 60 rescue dogs. No commercial airline would allow that many animals, so the group has secured a parachute plane that will be used to fly them back to Florida. Once the animals arrive in Florida, they will be taken to several smaller animal rescues, including Save-A-Pet in New York.

“The destruction that Puerto Rico is experiencing is beyond belief,” adds Misseri. “We know there are plenty of groups helping the people, so we are happy to help our four-legged friends the best we can. But we can only do it with the help of those who support our organization, they are the ones that by making donations they truly help make this happen and they save lives.”

The community can assist Guardians of Rescue by donating, with every little bit counting and being put to use to help the animals. Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food, and shelter. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto

About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at


Curves kicked off their 25th birthday celebrations and will gift 25 female veterans $25,000 each toward owning their own Curves club

In the ever-changing and highly competitive fitness industry, there are few brands that stand the test of time. September marks the 25th birthday of Curves International Inc., one of the largest chains of fitness clubs for women in the world with more than 4,000 locations in over 70 countries.
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8 reasons to get into the drone industry

Last October, the Department of Defense launched a history-making test of its latest micro-drones—a swarm of 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets, demonstrating such advanced swarm behaviors as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing. Documented on the CBS News program 60 Minutes, the China Lake, California, event was one of the most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the Department of Defense, the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), partnering with Naval Air Systems Command.

“This is the kind of cutting-edge innovation that will keep us a step ahead of our adversaries. This demonstration will advance our development of autonomous systems,” said the creator of the SCO, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

Drones are definitely the way of the future for warfighting. But drones aren’t just for the military. According to, more people are discovering the amazing things drones can do—like facilitate incredible aerial photography, improve business logistics and deliver all kinds of fun. The popular web site gathered eight drone industry stats that show just how much the general public is embracing the drone movement, too.

1 $127 billion—That’s how much the drone industry could be worth by 2020, according to recent reports by consulting firm PWC. It also reported that some of the greatest increases could be in business, farming and special effects applications.

2 7 million drones—According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s newest estimates, we can expect about 7 million drones to ship to the U.S. by 2020. The group expects sales of commercial drones to rise as high as 2.7 million (from 600,000) and sales of hobbyist drones to rise from 1.9 million to 4.3 million by 2020.

3 The U.S. controls 35% of the global drone market—And, according to KPCB’s 2014 estimates, that makes America the largest drone market in the world. Europe controls 30%, China has 15% and everyone else controls the remaining 20%.

4 $8 billion—This is the astonishing worth of DJI Innovations after funding in May. The company has said that its valuation could exceed $10 billion following the next round of funding.

5 $40 less than a GoPro—Thanks to intense competition and less expensive components, drone prices are falling fast. In regards to our stat, tech company Xiaomi just launched a 4K drone that costs $40 less than GoPro’s 4K-capable Hero 4 camera.

6 325,000—That’s how many drone registrations the FAA received between December 2015 and the beginning of February of this year. As a side note, the FAA also reported that 325,000 is not even a third of the number of drones sold during the holidays last year.

7 130 successful deliveries—Earlier this year, shipping company DHL conducted a pilot program, making 130 deliveries between two villages in the Alps. The company says their drones fly as fast as 45 miles per hour carrying as much as 4.5 pounds. In the U.S., Amazon is busy working toward their goal of total delivery automation, as well.

8 $1.9 billion—According to AngelList, that’s how much venture capital has gone to drone industry start-ups so far. The three most promising of these start-ups (in order of valuation) are Skycatch (a commercial logistics company), DroneDeploy (a company developing drone mapping and analytics) and Matternet (a maker of smart drones). AngelList estimates the average valuation of all drone start-ups at $5.3 million.

These stats are indeed promising, but keep in mind that they’re only predictions. One of the most critical factors to the industry’s success is the nature of government regulations. Should regulations become too tight, the market could suffer. And drone enthusiasts’ compliance with existing regulations has a significant influence on the tightness (or looseness) of these rules. So just be sure to keep that in mind when you’re out having fun. And if you still need to register your drone on the sUAS Registration Service, do it today!