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CSW is rebranding!

The Cornerstones of World Business (CSW) is about to undergo rebranding and thorough optimisation to streamline the user experience and enhance the address finder’s performance, ergo effectiveness. Major functionality evolution will become apparent by the end of 2015/early 2016, however, a few aesthetic changes will begin to emerge, taking effect over the next few weeks. We are currently designing a new look for the directory and a tonne of geeky stuff is going on behind the scenes engineered to propel our online advertising product to the outer limits of client satisfaction. So, bear with us as we grow and test the directory, during this transitional phase and brace yourself for dazzling awesomeness in the near future!

UK Business article

This month’s business article examines some of the mechanisms in place when Starting a Small Business in Britain. Whatever your business sector—UK real estate, IT, insurance, logistics or something else entirely, you will find this to be a worthwhile read. Learn about government grants, guidance and other support schemes in place to foster the growth and prosperity of business in the United Kingdom. Most of the factors that will determine your future success depend on you—have you done your homework and due diligence? Do you have a business plan and containment measures in place for when things go awry? Is the location you have selected auspicious? Have you laid the groundwork for business contacts, conducive to growth? And so on, however, despite all the meticulous planning,  ‘curve balls’ and upsets are not uncommon when embarking on a new venture and some of the resultant difficulties of these unwelcome surprises can lead straight to financial ruin. Try as we might to foresee everything, many factors elude our imagination or just plainly remain beyond our control. To help safeguard your young company from financial and legal uncertainty, the government has set up numerous programmes to help counsel and ease your company’s growth pains. Enjoy!

 

Searchlight: Germany

We have just spruced-up our Business Directory for Germany, by adding thousands of companies including: hotels, insurance brokers, real estate agents, travel companies and many other German businesses. Never before have so many companies from Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse and other German states been listed so comprehensively side by side! We are joking, of course, but we do, in all seriousness, encourage you to explore the German Business Directory and prior to travelling to or selecting business partners in Germany. If you would like to recommend a company for listing, please contact our editors by using the contact form or submit your business for listing by visiting the ADD URL page.

Searchlight: Italy

We have recently updated the Italian business database, adding hundreds of hotels and accommodation establishments (including: Italy’s best real estate, guest houses, bed and breakfast lodges, apartments for rent, etc.), as well as many other businesses located in Rome, Milan, Naples and other cities around Italy. Before you decide to travel to Italy, be sure to drop by our Italian business directory and check out our comprehensive business listings. If you would like to recommend a company for listing, please contact our editors by using the contact form or submit your business for listing by visiting the ADD URL page.

MEMBERSHIP = more than a link!

A Membership will allow you to customize your corporate image and engage your clients in a unique way. Would you like your clients to quickly find your business and get to know your product or services better? For your company to be listed at the TOP of your category? Would you like to add exciting texts and photos to your corporate profile? Would you like to know what your clients think and allow them to recommend you to others? Would YOU like to recommend your partners and trustworthy suppliers? These are but a few of the great promotional tools that are now within your grasp and the scope of membership! By purchasing a membership for a token annual fee, your company's influence will multiply and reverberate in various forms throughout the directory. To generate traffic effectively, you need to inform your clients about your company's vision, goals and offerings - this is your chance!

Special Multi Membership Offer

If you represent a company with many offices or outlets, contact us this month to take advantage of our special multi-membership discount. Create an international network of companies supporting and cross-promoting one another across the strata of the directory for a fraction of the price! It takes much more than links to generate traffic, more than traffic to make sales and far more than sales to build a brand. There is no free lunch. You must invest in the success of your company and tirelessly usher in the fecund years of prosperity. We guarantee you will be impressed with the value to price ratio of the tailor-made package we will create just for you!

Lemon-fresh

We've just refreshed our hotels and guesthouses in Ilinois section as well as the tour guides and car rental in California categories. Several new articles are also up for your review. So drop by before you fly!

Heal Sendai

As an incentive to donate, The Cornerstones of World Business is offering 50% OFF on all prices with proceeds to be donated to the citizens of Sendai via the Japanese embassy. To benefit from this action and help those most in need, please use the contact us form and write “Help Sendai” plus your company’s details and our sales person will get in touch with you shortly thereafter.

Help heal the damage done by the worst earthquake in Japanese history Here is a list of charities and relief organizations you can support in order to help bring aid to those affected by the quake and subsequent tsunami:

  * The American Red Cross has set up a special designation for disaster relief efforts in Japan. To donate, click here, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to instantly donate $10.

  * International Medical Corps says it is putting together relief teams and supplies to aid Japan “and other affected countries.” Donate here.

  * GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

  * World Vision’s Disaster Response Fund.

· You can also donate $10 to the Red Cross by sending a text message with the word "REDCROSS" at 90999. The donation will be charged to your next wireless phone bill.

  * Click here to donate to AmeriCares’ emergency relief response.

  * Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.

  * Reminder: Google’s Crisis Response Center / Person Finder.

Other corporate incentives:

· American Airlines is offering 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for donations of $50 or more and 500 AAdvantage miles for donations of $100 or more to the American Red Cross.

· The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) provides relief services to animals affected by disasters. Donate here.

An opportunity for Ad agencies

The Cornerstones of World Business is seeking sales partners in: Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and USA. Eligible companies must have at least 2 full time employees with keen marketing acumen, an established business history of over 2 years and an existing client base.  Partner companies receive a handsome commission on sales and their primary objective is to promote www.CornerstonesWorld.com within their business community, give our clients a more tangible say in what direction the website takes (i.e. act as lightningrods for customer feedback) and generally lend a more personal, reachable touch to our international relations with clients. Becoming an affiliate is a great way to earn extra revenue for your advertising agency or consultancy firm while networking and improving your business relations, contact us to learn more.

Calling all event organizers

Work is underway to compile an international calendar of business events for 2011. Whether you represent resorts in Malta, accommodation in Riga, hotels in New York, conference halls in London, meeting venues in Houston or another facet of the event and exhibition organizing industry, submit your event for a free listing within our international business directory.
Our directory also provides excellent media sponsorship support to select events; event organizers are welcome to contact us for consideration.

 

Recommend your partners from your Member’s Profile!

You've paid for a Membership, but the client's will not gift-wrap themselves, you now have all the tools at your disposal to reach for success and make your company and website a networking prodigy, so what're you waiting for? - USE them! Here are some tips on how to make your company stand out and rise above the crowd:

  • Reserve a place on the Advertising Members' banner - it appears on all public pages!
  • Recommend the corporate profiles of your colleagues and ask them to do the same so as to build a network of links leading to your profile.
  • Be communicative - contact us to discuss a marketing plan specifically designed for your business needs.

 

Rezidor to manage the biggest hotel chain in Baltics

10 Reval Hotels owned by the Norwegian company Linstow will join Rezidor portfolio

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces a management agreement with the Norwegian real estate developer Linstow for 10 Reval Hotels in the Baltics (Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania) and in Russia. The agreement between Rezidor and Linstow will come into effect on June 1, 2010 and includes 3 hotels in Riga, 2 hotels in Tallinn, 2 hotels in Vilnius, and 1 hotel in each Kaunas, Klaipeda and St. Petersburg – adding a total of 2,367 rooms to Rezidor's portfolio. 6 hotels will be rebranded as Radisson Blu and 4 as Park Inn.

"We are delighted and proud that Linstow, Reval Hotels owner, has chosen Rezidor as a business partner", comments Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. "Reval Hotels is the leading hotel chain in the Baltics. This portfolio agreement gives Rezidor, which is the number one among the international hotel operators in Russia, a strong market position in the Baltics, too. We will be able to substantially strengthen our position in the key markets of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, where we already are present with our upper upscale brand Radisson Blu and a total of 760 rooms", continues Ritter.

Rezidor will open a new supervisory and support Regional Office in Riga, while Linstow will continue to own and develop the properties. All 1,200 hotel employees will remain in their present positions, and there will be no change in terms of employment, benefits or employee relations. Guests will be benefiting from the same flexible pricing as before. Corporate accounts will maintain the same contracted rates as signed, while Reval Hotels First Client members will have an opportunity to enjoy global benefits by joining Rezidor's loyalty program "goldpointsplus".

"After developing and building up the Reval Hotels chain in the Baltics, Linstow now wishes to focus on its core role as a real estate developer and real estate investor. As an internationally renowned hotel player in expansion, Rezidor has a very strong sales organization and presence with well known brands in all markets outside the Baltics and St. Petersburg that are important to bring new customers to our hotels. The management deal therefore assures further revenue growth for our hotels in both the Baltics and Russia. This will happen through, among other things, more effective marketing of the hotels," says Per Mortensen, CEO of Linstow.

The agreement between Rezidor and Linstow, subject to regulatory approval, covers the following properties:

  1. Reval Hotel Latvia in Riga/Latvia (571 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  2. Reval Hotel Elizabete in Riga/Latvia (228 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  3. Reval Hotel Ridzene in Riga/Latvia (95 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  4. Reval Hotel Olympia in Tallinn/Estonia (390 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  5. Reval Hotel Central in Tallinn/Estonia (245 rooms) will become a Park Inn
  6. Reval Hotel Lietuva in Vilnius/Lithuania (291 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  7. Reval Inn Vilnius in Vilnius/Lithuania (84) will become a Park Inn
  8. Reval Hotel Neris in Kaunas/Lithuania (206 rooms) will become a Park Inn
  9. Reval Inn Klaipeda in Klaipeda/Lithuania (84 rooms) will become a Park Inn
  10. Reval Hotel Sonya in St Petersburg/Russia (173 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu and be Rezidor's second property of this brand in town.

Event Calendar 2010

Checkout the recently added and regularly updated Event Calendar 2010 section and read more about the hotels and conference halls under Articles section. Recently added Business Event Calendars for Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Malta, Lithuania, Ireland and Estonia we welcome your suggestions and comments.

BELIEF press release 02/2010

The 6th BELIEF Brainstorming Workshop entitled "Global Research Communities: success criteria for future impact" will be organised back-to-back with the eResearch2020 Workshop in Brussels on the 24th-25th February 2010 - For further details please visit  http://www.beliefproject.org/events/6th-belief-bs

The workshop aims at fostering discussions revolving around the hot topic of how to measure the impact of e-Infrastructure. In doing so, appropriate methods, impact assessment criteria and tangible metrics are called for, whereas new governance models, regulations and policies need to be established to support such activities in a sustainable manner.

In this light, during the meeting a special focus will be paid on the required governance models, and ways of engagement of new user communities.

Participation at the event is free of charge, key e-Infrastructures players are kindly invited to register on-line at  http://www.beliefproject.org/events/6th-belief-bs/brainstorming-registration

BELIEF press release 12/2009

BELIEF-II (Bringing Europe’s eLectronic Infrastructures to Expanding Frontiers - Phase II) is an EU FP7 project spanning over 24 months, start date 1st April 2008, with the aim of supporting the goals of e-Infrastructure projects to maximise synergies in specific application areas between research, scientific and industrial communities.

 

Zero-In Magazine: Building Insights; Breaking Boundaries


Submit your articles for Issue 4!

Zero-In showcases the research and development activities in the world of e-Infrastructures and is a forum for news, comment and analysis on this exciting new research paradigm.


The audiences
of the publication include national and international policy makers as well as key projects and individuals using or developing e-Infrastructures across the world. Zero-In was launched in January2009. Each issue of Zero-In has a "thematic" section, a feature on "insights from the global virtual research community", and a ‘diary' section for news. For further information on the previous issues please visit: http://www.beliefproject.org/media-corner/e-magazine

The "thematic" section of this fourth issue will focus on Governance issues for e-Infrastructures

For this fourth issue the BELIEF Editorial Team looks forward to receiving your articles on the following topics, split into these three sections:

Thematic:

  • Articles from Europe and from overseas countries focusing on Governance issues for e-Infrastructures

Insights:

  • 1 article focusing on Outreach strategies for greater adoption
  • 1 article focusing on Emerging technologies within the European distributed computing infrastructures (cloud, virtualisation)
  • 1 article focusing on e-Infrastructures for Culture and preservation
  • 1 article focusing on e-Infrastructures for Industrial - Finance, Manufacturing, Logistics, Applications
  • 1 article focusing on User Communities: best cases from outside Europe
  • 1 article focusing on Standards

Diary:

  • e-Infrastructure News and Events are welcome for the diary section! Feel free to send them to info@beliefproject.org to be included in the next publication


Prospective authors are invited to submit an expression of interest by sending a short abstract (approximately 100 words) reporting recent developments and opinions, analysis and visions in the field of e-Infrastructures for the section you choose. When submitting your abstract, please make clear which section you would like it to feature in.


The Review Panel will coordinate the selection of the abstracts and, once accepted, authors will be notified and invited to send the full papers. These will be evaluated by the Review Panel which may request any eventual adjustments by the authors.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstracts should be 100 words in length and submitted to http://www.beliefproject.org/forms/abstract-submission
  • Once your abstract is accepted, corresponding final papers should be no more than 700 words in length and submitted to info@beliefproject.org
  • Final articles should include further details for readers to go into more depth on the topic, such as published papers, web addresses, phone and email details of project interfaces.
  • Final submitted papers should be written in English. They should include 5-10 keywords
  • Contributions should not have been previously published.
  • Note that our readers prefer accessible analysis, opinions and outlines of projects' value, rather than technical project descriptions.

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday 15th December 2009

Abstract acceptance notification deadline: Monday 4th January 2010

Full papers submission deadline: 20th January 2010

Authors should submit their abstract at http://www.beliefproject.org/forms/abstract-submission

Kind Regards,
BELIEF Editorial Team

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