Oil Prices Drop and Venezuela’s Economy Suffers

Shortages are the norm in Venezuela these days says expert Jose Manuel Gonzalez. The lack of electricity due to a horrendous drought has surely ravaged many industries. At the heart of the South American nation’s economic woes, however, is the decrease in oil exports.
Oil prices have bottomed out and so have earnings in Venezuela. The figures are shocking. In 2014, the country sold $37.2 billion in oil. In 2016, the number is on track to reach only $12.6 billion. Venezuela is also a heavily debt-ridden nation.

Venezuela, like many countries, does require imports says Gonzalez in order to provide both bare essentials and luxury goods. Debt combined with lack of cash flow has made it difficult to pay creditors. Since creditors are no paid, the flow of imports ceases. Scores of problems end up being incurred and the economy has trouble getting back on track.

Venezuela is going to have a hard time, economically, for the foreseeable future.

Good Business Advice From A Woman CFO

The Huffington Post recently did an article about Portia Kersten. She is the CFO of Skout. Kersten gave a little bit of information about her background. Kersten grew up in a poor family, and they did not have a television. Since that was the case, her imagination was fueled by books. Kersten’s family always focused on individuals that beat the odds. Some of Kersten’s favorite people were Portia from Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ and Charles Dickens. Kersten learned much from her previous job experience in companies such as GE. Kersten learned the importance of following best practice, and she also was able to find ways to choose patterns that lead to success.

Kersten is able to maintain balance in her work and life by placing one foot in front of the other. Kersten tries to focus on things that are of the highest priority and she finds efficiency in all things. Kersten loves to give advice to young women who would like to one day become a CFO as well. She encourages them to always question the status quo and never let anyone define who they are.

Kristen is the CFO of Skout. Skout is a very well-known application, and it is the largest global platform for meeting new people. There are millions of people who choose to use Skout to find a local date, or they may even choose to use Skout to meet up with individuals in different countries. Skout is an application that can be easily downloaded both on android and on iPhones. Skout has a number of different helpful options. An individual can schedule a meeting with someone that they want to get to know, or they can use the app just to chat. Skout has been successful for many years, and they had their humble beginning in 2007.

Skout is an application that is very simple to use, and it allows individuals to connect with other singles that are interested in getting out and doing things that are fun. Skout is an application that has found much success, and Portia Kersten is an individual that has contributed much to this application’s success.

George Soros: A Brief Biography

George Soros is a political activist and retired financier. He has written and lectured widely on topics ranging from the former Soviet Union to the current Syrian refugee crisis and is worth roughly 25 billion dollars. In recent years, he has financed a number of political causes and can be described as leaning towards the left ideologically on Forbes.


George Soros was born in communist Hungary in 1930; his family fled the invading Nazis and settled in England, where Soros eventually attended the London School of Economics. Ultimately, he immigrated to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen. He currently resides in the New York state and is married with five children.

Financial Career

George Soros amassed enormous wealth – both for his investors and himself – by running a highly successful hedge fund. His fortune is self-made, and to this day his opinions on international finance are valued and respected. In particular, his views about the causes and long-term effects of the financial collapse of 2008 are considered insightful. In recent decades, he has moved out of finance and focused his energy more on politics and writing.

Political Activism

Starting in 1979, when he began supporting efforts to end Apartheid in South Africa on http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/, Soros has been an extremely effective political activist and philanthropist. He has supported a number of liberal causes in the United States, including the current political campaign of Hillary Clinton, and various initiatives around the world that promote personal freedoms and liberties for ordinary people.

Philosophy and World View

George Soros on politico has stated, to effect, that his enormous wealth gives him the opportunity to take stands on issues he cares about, and to back them with both his words and wallet. He feels that with financial success comes an obligation to give back to the larger community. As someone who has experienced life in totalitarian regimes firsthand, he is passionate about advocating for liberal democracy in general.

He is against xenophobia and intolerance as evidenced by his recent criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s views on immigration and the Muslim faith. He supports globalization and does not believe in militarism or the supremacy of any one nation.


Get Some New Shoes On Slyce Right Now!

Have you heard of the newest way to shop online? The best way to shop online, in my opinion, is by using a thing called a visual search recognition. The best visual search recognition application out there on the market today is Slyce. The reason that Slyce is outdoing their competitors is because they are partnering with all types of major retailers in order to have more products to offer to their lucky users. Users can now find all types of shoes, clothing, apparel, books, media, home improvement products and more on Slyce’s application. The visual search recognition software offered by Slyce is reliable, safe and fun. Slyce makes shopping a whole lot better!

How Slyce Changed The Online Shopping Experience For Me

Online shopping was fun when it first came out because it was something that was entirely new to us all. However, it quickly became tiresome because of all of the work that it took to find exactly what I wanted to buy. When you want to find a specific product online, you will need to put in keywords that match that product. It can be a lot like doing detective work. I do not want to go through so many trials and tribulations in order to buy something online.

Then, I found out about visual search recognition applications. Slyce has made online shopping fun for me once again. I feel like I can find everything I want to buy online without breaking a sweat. All you need to do to use their application is download it, and it is free to use. Then, you just point your smart phone’s camera at an object that you want to buy. It’s that easy. You can also take a picture of a QR code, barcode or a picture of the product in order to conduct your search on Slyce.

The newest partnership that Slyce is proud to announce is between their platform and Shoe Carnival. This makes it a lot easier for users to find the specific style or brand of shoes that they are after in their search. Shoe Carnival has such a wide offering of shoes, and they cater to every member of the family, so you will surely have luck finding the right shoes that you are looking for on Slyce’s application.

Wen by Chaz Leaves Hair Feeling Fabulous

A author for Bustle decided to take the WEN hair challenge and try out using the Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner on her admittedly fine and thin hair for seven straight days. She wanted to show her results for each day of the week long challenge, so not only did she write her review of the results daily, she also provided before and after pictures of each day so that readers could really see for themselves the dramatic difference that Wen hair makes in adding life to normal hair. At the end of the challenge, she gave her overall perspective on the results, and the final review was two thumbs up for Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner. In fact, she enthusiastically recommends it to readers looking to boost their hair game and get some extra shine and bounce. The only complaint she had was that on the days when she was not able to take the time to use Wen hair in the shower or properly style her hair, she was not able to see the same fabulous results as when she diligently used the product as recommended.

WEN Hair has been widely seen on QVC infomercials boasting incredible results for all different women’s hair types from using the cleansing conditioner. It uses a 5-in-1 formula to replace many other hair care products needed to properly style women’s hair. Not only is it a shampoo and conditioner, it also works as a leave in conditioner, detangler and deep conditioner. Women love that they can clear off their bathroom shelves and only need to make room for this one miracle product to get through their hair care routine daily. Wen by Chaz is able to be used daily on all different hair types and has been proven to add moisture and volume.


Where The DeVos Family Spreads It’s Donations

Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. He and his family reside in Michigan where he worked as the CEO for Amway and even tried his hand at politics in 2006 when he ran for Governor of his state. 

Currently, Dick DeVos is listed as the 67th richest person in the country, and it’s estimated he is worth around $5 billion. DeVos has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University, and he also attended Harvard Business School and the Wharton School’s Executive Study Program. 
The DeVos family is known, like other incredibly wealthy families in the country, to be a large contributor to causes important to his family. Along side his wife, Betsy, he runs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. He and his family have been key pioneers in education reform through their foundation by showing support for many schools. They are also fond of religious charities that give to Christian schools, youth groups, and parochial schools. One of their biggest grantees is Focus on the Family. They are also big donors for conservative policy groups like AEI, Heritage Foundation, and Freedomworks. 
The DeVos family are also active donors in the political world. They are strong conservative Republicans and support both the Republican Party as well as a few select presidential candidates. Betsy DeVos is heavily into the political world, in fact, she chaired the Republican Party in Michigan for quite some time. She has also been nicknamed the four-star general of the voucher movement due to her activism in the political realm. 
DeVos follows in his fathers footsteps, Richard DeVos also donated to schools, conservative movements, and other conservative charities. He’s not alone in this family tradition though, his brothers are also heavily involved in both business and charities. Dan DeVos is the CEO of DP Fox Ventures, a diversified-management business located in Grand Rapids, and serves as a chairman for Orlando Magic as well as a majority owner of the Grand Rapids Griffins. He and his wife Pamella DeVos are hefty contributors to Acton, The Heritage Foundation, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. 

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016

Doug DeVos is currently serving as the president of Amway, he took over for Dick in 2002. He and his wife Maria run the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation that aids youth and families in the Grand Rapids area through school-outreach programs, the Student Advancement Foundation, Safe Haven Ministries, and the Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Just like the rest of the family, Doug and Maria are stout conservatives and have donated to Acton, AEI, Heritage, Mackinac, and The National Organization for Marriage.
Learn more about Dick’s current business ventures by contacting him on his Windquest profile.

Madison Street Capital Beyond Just Employees To ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan)

Many firms are potentials to employee stock ownership plan more than they know about. Giving employees the ability to hold some part in ownership of the firm and become beneficiaries of the stock in the firm is a great motivation to employees. Companies allow external investors to own shares and stocks in the firm without considering that those more interested in the firm ownership are its employees. Giving employees the ESOP motivates them in the duty in the company and they are more dedicated to improved outcome because they are partial beneficiaries . Other benefits from ESOP include reduced taxes and increase the ability to be awarded loans in the improvement of the company.
However bloomberg business says, Employee Stock Ownership Plan is a plan that requires advice from experts like Madison Street Capital. The firm will help a middle-income firm organize the ESOP from the initial pricing and evaluation of the company. Before starting the plan, the initial pricing is important to know the actual value of the firm. This requires experts’ advice and a knowledgeable expert like Madison Street Capital. The company knows it all on implementing the best Employee Stock Ownership Plan and even introducing the plan to interested firms who have no idea of what it entails.

With offices in Illinois-Chicago, North America, Africa and Asia Madison Street Capital are the world largest middle-income investor firm. The firm targets many middle-income firms to offer them financial advice and solutions to increase their output. Madison also helps in restructuring already collapsed businesses by connecting them to potential loaners and lenders. Their professionals are also experts in the valuation of firms, management of financial success in hedge funds, mergers and acquisition and advisories for buyer and sellers.

Madison knows how to complement both buyer and seller strategy for success in middle-income managers. Their seasoned professionals know how to listen and give precise recommendations to business owners. The company according to crunchbase.com has annual revenue of 130000 and was founded in 2011; they have long-term experience in financial sponsor coverage, capital introduction and valuing of portfolios. Their strategy to financial advice is full service and integrated approach to promoting success for middle-income earners. Madison Street Capital has clients in a variety of companies and industry and is especially strong in analyzing hedge fund and giving them appropriate advice. The company is also great in philanthropy in collaboration with United Way a charitable organization focused on relief efforts. Madison Street Capital recently released a youtube video about their company.

The Fabletics S/S’ 16 Collection

Two words will always spring onto your mind whenever you think about the gym wear- they are drab and boring. Most of the garments that usually hang off you are always see through something which makes you feel uncomfortable in every way. However, this has managed to change over some time. Thanks to the brand new Fabletics, an active wear brand. Kate Hudson is the co- founder of Fabletics.
Kate Hudson, mother of two, iconic actress and a fashion tastemaker was definitely born to inspire others. In her fight to ensure support and motivate women to lead an active and healthy life, Kate decided to come up with a fashionable new line of mix and match outfits which you can always put on in your daily run, down at your gym or during your yoga class.
In making the line even more special, Kate decided to share all her favorite outfits just to be sure they are Kate approved. S/S’16 is made up of pieces which come in eye catching monochrome floral prints and geo patterns.
Actually, it is much easier to see the brand creating clothing which inspires one to stay active whether you are taking part in body condition class or training for a marathon. The on trend designs are high in quality, affordable which makes Fabletics to be more accessible to those who are on tight budget.
Yes, that’s not all. According to Clothesmaiden.com, Fabletics also allows the energized ladies to sign up to a VIP subscription service. There they can always opt out for a couple of months when you are not able to pay and even able to cancel it anytime. It is easy to get started, all you have to do is take a brief quiz which will help them in coming up with a personalized outfit recommendations that will be able to fit your style. You can read more on The Clothes Maiden.

The Co-CEO’s of JustFab Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler launched Fabletics together with Kate Hudson. This is after they managed to realize a gap in the active wear market place. Actually, there were lots of luxury brands though none of them managed to offer a high quality and stylish gear to a certain price. The three innovators decided to come together to develop Fabletics brand in 2013.
At Fabletics, clothes that inspire one to stay active are made whether it means taking part in an iron man competition, chasing after two kids or sweating in the studio.

What You Need to Know About Wen


Have you ever seen those commercials for WEN? You know, that product that claims to be an all-in-one shampoo, conditioner and styling treatment? If that doesn’t ring a bell, what about the commercials that feature beautiful models tossing around their luscious locks?

Well, last week I had the opportunity to try out this awesome product. While at first I was a little hesitant about putting this product I’ve never used before on my fine hair, I’m so glad I did. Wen had a way of turning my thin hair into something so much more than that. After using Wen, I was left with such voluminous hair. I honestly could not believe what happened.

For those who don’t know, Wen was originally created by Chaz Dean. Dean is a professional in the hair care industry that everyone looks up to. This man knows what he’s doing and it shows in this product. 

Remember, Wen is perfect for those individuals that love to shower and style their hair every morning. However, if you prefer to wash your hair the night before a big event, you may want to look elsewhere for a hair product. Instead of leaving you with the look you desired, consumers tend to feel that this product makes their hair look oily.

Of course, you need to try out WEN for yourself. When you do that, you can fully decide if this product gives your hair the boost of volume you want and need. Wen can be found in most stores or ordered online on Ebay for purchase. 

Personally, I could not be any happier with my decision to use Wen. For so long, I have been ashamed of my fine and unmanageable hair. Now, I don’t have to be. I can be truly proud of the way my locks look.

Kindness Appreciation From Skout’s Community

Welcome To Skout

I would like to be the first one to welcome you to Skout. If you have never tried it out for yourself, then you should know what you are missing. It’s easy to get involved, and you can sign up for free in a matter of minutes. Just try it out for yourself by downloading the application from the AppStore or Google Play Store. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people who live all over the world.

The best thing about Skout, in my opinion, is that you can connect with people wherever you go. If you are like me, then you are constantly traveling. Meeting people in a new city that you are visiting makes life so much more interesting because you will have someone to share the new experiences with. Skout is a great way to meet new friends. It is also a good way to meet romantic partners, but you can use it however you want. You get to say what you are interested in using Skout for when you sign up, and you can change your mind later. Users on Skout get to see your interests, and you can always go back and change your profile at a later point in time.

Kindness Appreciation Week Sponsored By Skout

Skout just recently showed us all how important kindness is to the world by taking a survey of their users for part of Random Acts Of Kindness Week. The week of celebrating the joys of showing kindness to strangers was from Frebraury 15 to February 20, but anyone anywhere in the world can take part in the experience of random acts of kindness whenever they feel like it is a good idea.

It’s always a good feeling when you show kindness to strangers. You are showing a part of yourself to them, and they will usually respond very positively. Kindness spreads like wildfire. In a recent poll from Skout’s user population, 51 percent of the users on Skout that were surveyed admitted to having done a random act of kindness on a daily basis. Skout surveyed 2,700 of their users, and they published the results on Uloop’s website, so you can check out the details for yourself. There are some interesting suggestions for kind acts, so feel free to take a look at Uloop’s articleto start feeling inspired.