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Miracle Mittens & More Wins Top Honors in Leading Moms in Business Competition, Sisters Team Up to Create Upcycled Sweater Mittens, Hats and Other Eco-Friendly Items

Johnstown, PA (PRWEB) May 12, 2014

From among an impressive list of contestants across the United States, Miracle Mittens & More, LLC ( has been ranked number eight in’s 2014 Top 100 Leading Moms in Business competition ( The company is owned and operated by three sisters who team up to create upcycled sweater mittens, hats, puppets and other eco-friendly items.

Hundreds of thousands of votes have been cast in the annual competition, and this year’s flurry of popular support of the 2014 Top 100 contestants was no exception. America has once again demonstrated its immense interest and support for moms building businesses as they also tend to their families.

“With startup rates at an all-time high, these leading moms are leading the pack in startup rates,” says Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation. “They’re going after their business opportunities and developing their innovative products and services with fervor,” Sloan adds.

“I was thrilled when I found out that our small business finished at number eight out of so many great contestants in the Leading Moms in Business Competition. We are truly grateful to our family members, friends and customers for their continued support and encouragement,” said Vicki Berkey, co-founder and partner, Miracle Mittens & More.

The 2014 Top 100 Leading Moms in Business ranking highlights some of the dominant trends, motivations and attributes among moms in business. They include conscience-driven business, where “doing well” is just fine, but the real rush comes from doing good; and sustainable solutions and responsible business practices are increasingly paramount.

“Participating in’s Leading Moms in Business Competition has been such a great experience. Finishing in the top ten is an amazing honor that will help us generate publicity and increase brand awareness. We are humbled by the show of support that we received from our family, friends and customers,” said Nancy Lazarus, co-founder and partner, Miracle Mittens & More.

Miracle Mittens & More, LLC is owned and operated by three sisters. The company specializes in upcycled sweater mittens, hats, and other unique, eco-friendly items. To learn more about Miracle Mittens & More, visit To purchase Miracle Mittens & More online, visit Shop owners interested in carrying Miracle Mittens & More should send an email to miraclemittens(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Miracle Mittens & More


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Oakland Zoo, CamZone Networks, and Ventana Wildlife Society Partner to Create a New Live-Streaming-Webcam for Viewing Upcoming California Condor Release into the Wild

California Condor Flying Over the Coast

Big Sur, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 10:00am Pacific Standard time, four California condors will be released into the wild for the first time by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists. People around the world will have the ability to watch these endangered birds in real-time transition from captivity to life in the wild via a live-streaming webcam in Big Sur, California. “A typical condor release is largely uneventful as we want the birds to comfortably and slowly make this transition successfully. The actual release itself is just the opening of the enclosure door and is the kind of thing that is best watched over a period of days and even weeks since it is up to the condors what they do next” said Ventana Wildlife Society Executive Director, Kelly Sorenson.

This new viewing experience was made possible through collaboration between Ventana Wildlife Society and Oakland Zoo, with funding provided by FedEx and made possible through CamZone Networks. “Camzone was built on the popularity of animal cams, so partnering to help save the California Condors was a great opportunity for our team to give back,” said Steve Walker, Business Development at Camzone Network. “Getting a camera on the Condor release pen, in the wild was by far the most complicated job we have ever heard of. We are ecstatic with the finished product and honored to be part of such an amazing project. We are dedicated to continuing the support the Condors with our commercial free hosting and future projects to help bring awareness to the Condors plight.”

The Live-Streaming Webcam can be viewed at both Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society’s websites:

One of the birds being released is condor #646 who suffered a broken wing in 2013 while still a chick. At just two months old, this female condor was recovered from the nest and taken to the Los Angeles Zoo for treatment. She is now ready to be released less than a mile from her parents and the nest she was born into. “Conservation is a top priority at Oakland Zoo and being part of this project is exciting because we are directly involved with conveying the plight of the California condor to the public,” said Nancy Filippi, Managing Director. “This new camera and live release will give the public a chance to learn more about birds like condor #646, and stories like hers help people have an emotional connection to saving this species from extinction.” The other three condors being released are SB#s 631 (male), 650 (male), and 652 (male). 646 and 631 were born in spring 2011 and are almost three-years-old. 650 and 652 are nearly two-years-old and were born in 2012. This particular condor release is significant because eleven birds in Central California were lost in 2013 due to lead poisoning and other causes. As of as of January 31, 2014, there are a total of 410 living condors, of which 232 are in the wild. Fifty-eight condors reside in Central California. Besides the release site in Big Sur, condors are also being released in Baja California, Mexico, Southern California, and in Arizona near the Grand Canyon.

This new webcam along with the webcam installed in October of 2013, are tools that have transformed how field crews at Ventana Wildlife Society monitor the health of condors on a daily basis. “It can be stressful keeping track of a handful of birds when you know the entire wild population in California rests at just 128 individuals, but the Condor Cams allow us to do our job more efficiently and effectively,” said Joe Burnett, Senior Biologist at Ventana Wildlife Society. Through radio tags and webcams like this one, biologists attempt to determine the status of every condor each day, which is critically important given how few condors exist. This daily status information is used for ongoing research projects focused on condor survivorship, breeding success, and other vital statistics.

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This YouTube link:

includes b-roll video that you may use of the Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur, CA. The footage shows California condors and the installation of the Live-Streaming camera.

Footage Segments:

California Condors in flight and perching :0:01 – 0:13

Joe Burnett, Senior Wildlife Biologist Species Recovery, Ventana Wildlife Society: 0:14 – 0:21

Joe Burnett, Senior Wildlife Biologist Species Recovery, Ventana Wildlife Society & Joe Pifer, i2b Networks / Camzone: 0:22 – 0:31

California Condors feeding: 0:35 – 0:47

California Condors in flight: 0:48 – 0:55


In 1987, the last wild California condor was taken into captivity to join the twenty-six remaining condors, in an attempt to bolster the population through a captive breeding program. Through the effort of California zoos and the Ventana Wildlife Society there are now about 232 California condors in the wild. For more than twenty years, Ventana Wildlife Society has made it a mission to save the bird from extinction by regularly trapping and treating condors suffering from high blood levels of lead. Prompt treatment has saved the lives of several birds in the flock. They monitor nests to ensure the greatest protection possible from potential threats to productivity. In 2013, Jerry Brown, Governor of California signed into law a phase out of lead ammunition throughout the state for all hunting. Lead from spent ammunition is the most significant problem for California condors and this new law gives hope for condor survival in the future; however, the new law, AB711, does not go into effect until 2019.

Being actively involved in a conservation partnership with Ventana Wildlife Society is very important to the Oakland Zoo. To learn more about this partnership go to


The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at


About Camzone: San Diego based CamZone Networks has been providing live streaming webcams

for over a decade to Zoos and wildlife organizations across the United States. CamZone has a proven track record engineering complex solutions for custom and unique situations. Established in 1996, CamZone was a pioneer in the live streaming industry and continues to reach new milestones and breakthroughs to deliver the superb online experience expected in this day and age. If you can dream it we can stream it!!


Founded in 1977, Ventana Wildlife Society led the way to successful reintroduction of the Bald Eagle and the California Condor, two of the most iconic birds in the world, to native habitats in central California. Through the course of their work, they developed an organizational culture that strongly values science, education and collaboration and regularly found ways for both wildlife and people to benefit from one another. VWS recovers individual species and tracks the populations of many others so that conservation can be timely as well as effective. Focusing on youth education, we better ensure that future generations have the willingness and capacity to help wildlife. Our vision is to have a society who cares for and supports wildlife across the planet, particularly in California.


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Georgetown University and Urban Institute Researchers Release State-by-State Analysis on How the Affordable Care Act Will Create Opportunities for More Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

A team of nationally recognized researchers estimate that the number of self-employed entrepreneurs will be 1.5 million higher in 2014 because of the new health insurance options created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored report was coauthored by Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and the Urban Institute.

“Far too many people have had their dream of launching their own business delayed or denied because they couldn’t afford to give up the security of good health insurance,” said Sabrina Corlette, co-author of the report and director of the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms. “That’s all about to change when the Affordable Care Act starts offering high-quality health insurance options that aren’t tied to employment.”

The researchers found the impact of the ACA on entrepreneurship will vary state by state, depending on the insurance market reforms states may already have in place. For example, they estimate an increase of 124,000 newly self-employed in Texas, 72,000 in Florida, 67,000 in Ohio and 60,000 in Pennsylvania because the ACA’s reforms will improve individual’s access to high quality health insurance that isn’t tied to their jobs. Massachusetts, however, will see no measurable change because many of the ACA’s reforms are already in place.

Provisions of the new health law that may encourage more people to start their own business include:

No applicant can be turned down because of a preexisting condition.

Individuals cannot be charged higher premiums because of their health status.

Insurers must offer plans with a comprehensive set of essential health benefits.

Tax credits to help low- or moderate- individuals and families will reduce premium costs.

Medicaid expansion, in some states, will provide coverage for those with the lowest incomes.

The research was funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and published by the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) and the Urban Institute. CHIR is composed of a team of nationally recognized experts on private health insurance and health reform. For more on the center’s work, please see our website and blog.


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