Marching into Spring Kitten Free: Alley Cat Rescue, Inc. announces start of Spring Spay Challenge

Alley Cat Rescue, Inc. today announced the start of the Spring Spay Challenge, an annual event that brings veterinarians and communities together to save cats’ lives. The group is asking veterinarians to get involved with trap-neuter-return (TNR) by pledging to provide low-cost or free spay/neuter and rabies vaccination to free-roaming cats in March, April, and May. Now in its tenth year, nearly 80,000 cats have been spayed or neutered by 1,400 participants as part of the season-long Challenge.(PRWeb February 19, 2020)Read the full story at

Financial Poise™ Announces “You’re Ready to Start Marketing. Now What?” a New Webinar Premiering March 18th at 11:00 AM CST through West LegalEdcenter™

This webinar is co-produced by West LegalEdCenter™ and part of the “Digital Marketing Tips for the New (Or Old!) Business Owner” series. It will feature Joshua Lyons (Joshua Lyons Marketing, LLC; CRE Marketing Group); Linda Zappulla (KU/UMKC); Bill Schick (MESH Interactive Agency); and Chris Fritsch (Clients First Consulting).(PRWeb February 18, 2020)Read the full story at

Williamson County 2020 Sizzle Award Business Registrations Start Now

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (PRWEB) February 14, 2020
FranklinIs a website dedicated to all things Franklin, TN and Williamson County! FranklinIs launched in the summer of 2006. Since its inception, the website has grown to a thriving webtropolis. Supporting local non-profits like Make-a-Wish Foundation of Middle TN, businesses, residents and visitors, FranklinIs the go-to place for your Franklin and Williamson County information needs.
The Sizzle Awards is an infamous voter’s choice poll recognizing the “Best of the Best” businesses in Williamson County. Presented by FranklinIs, with website support and services by JLB.
Each year FranklinIs holds a public vote with 100s of thousands of votes from Best Fine Dining to Best Orthopedic Practice to featured categories like Cuisine, Health and Wellness, Personal Care, Services, Entertainment and Shopping. FranklinIs and The Sizzle Awards give the public a voice, the businesses an opportunity to promote and the community access to their choices of the best, FOR FREE! Looking for the best businesses? Check out the best business choices our locals love and enjoy. Find last years winners here: The 2019 Sizzle Award Winners.
2020 Awards registration begins! REGISTER FOR SIZZLE AWARDS or go to and select “add Directory” in the upper right corner of the website. Once you are on this page. Select an option to register your business for the Poll. Free, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Free allows your business to be in one (1) category for the Poll. The others allow more categories, links, photos and more.
This is the 14th annual Sizzle Awards with lots of new voters and businesses. Will be exciting for all. OVER 71,000 users on FranklinIs that will vote on your business. Register today.
Registration/nominations – now thru Mar 5
Voting – Starts March 6, 2020
Anyone looking for something fun to do this weekend, shopping for antiques or curious about a restaurant, wanting to volunteer your time with a non-profit, stopping by downtown Franklin, TN for the day? It’s all here on We encourage you to browse through the Living, News, Entertainment, Fashion, Real Estate, Parents, Visit, Resources and Calendar sections. There is something for everyone on
For more information, call 615-794-2123 or request information online at

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From start-up to scale: An interview with ATEC Biodigesters CEO Ben Jeffreys

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) February 11, 2020
ATEC Biodigesters International (“ATEC”) is an Australian social enterprise that produces, sells and distributes the first commercially scalable biodigester in Southeast Asia. ATEC has also become the world’s first company to integrate a pay-as-you-go (“PAYGO”) consumer finance model with household biodigesters, allowing rural farmers to more easily access a technology that produces biogas as a clean cooking solution, as well as sustainable, organic fertilizer for agriculture.
A previous recipient of technical assistance and financial support from the Clean Cooking Alliance (“Alliance”), ATEC recently secured US $1.6 million in its Series B equity round. The company also announced its expansion from Cambodia to Bangladesh.
ATEC CEO Ben Jeffreys recently spoke with Peter George, the Alliance’s Senior Director for Private Sector & Investment, about what this funding and expansion mean for the future of the company.
This is the first in a series of conversations between the Alliance and industry leaders working in clean cooking around the world.
Peter George (Peter): Congratulations again on closing your Series B round. I’d be interested to hear a bit more about the transaction.
Ben Jeffreys (Ben): What this US$1.6 million equity financing allows us to do is to transition from startup to scale-up mode. We’re doing this by rolling out the world’s first patented PAYGO for biogas in Cambodia, setting up our new business unit in Bangladesh, and building out the international team for further expansion in the future through licensing agreements. This will put us on track to reach one million last-mile customers by 2030 with modern cooking and to make a significant impact toward the Sustainable Development Goals.
In early 2020, we are also looking to secure our first US$1 million in debt to expand our PAYGO model; 45% of this has already been secured by three investors. We will then increase this to US$5 million in the relatively near future.
Peter: Attracting investment for clean cooking businesses has, historically, been difficult. There is certainly a perception in the market that manufacturing or retailing more fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves, for instance, is not particularly profitable or scalable. How is your company different and how has it been able to overcome these perceptions and raise capital?
Ben: There are multiple reasons that our business model is different and that we were able to raise capital. Primarily, it has to do with our global potential, our scalable business model and how the integration of PAYGO enhances that scalability, and our strong corporate governance.
We see an evolution in the market from marginally improved products to modern, sustainable, aspirational solutions made possible through business-led innovation. We need to treat people as customers rather than beneficiaries. We must also ensure that we deliver value to consumers so that their usage of our product is sustained, and do so profitably so that we, as a company, are sustainable as well.
Peter: Now that you have closed this round, what comes next for ATEC?
Ben: Our goal now is to roll out PAYGO in Cambodia, as well as to expand into Bangladesh. Beyond that, we are looking at how, over the mid-term, we can package our products for distributors as a license agreement. This gives the dual benefit of empowering local businesses to make an impact through clean cooking, as well as giving us greater scale through lower costs and a streamlined business model.
Peter: There are many clean cooking companies seeking debt and equity investment to develop their products and grow their businesses. What advice would you give to the management of those companies?
Ben: My main advice is to speak to a lot of investors as early as possible. Once you’ve put forward your technology and model, ask them what issues they see within the business that you would need to solve if they were to invest. Go away and solve them. Then, come back to the same investor and show them the progress you have made.
One of our major feedback points was that investment in ATEC would be challenging without a patent. So, we went away and patented our system. Later, Series B investors flagged that relying on micro-finance institutions for consumer financing in Cambodia was a significant risk given regulatory changes, which led us to kick off PAYGO development. Sophisticated investors are skilled in identifying what’s wrong in your enterprise, and it’s your job to go away and solve those issues if you expect them to be confident about your company’s growth potential and therefore viability as an investment.
Peter: How do you see your business, and the clean cooking sector more broadly, developing over the next 5-10 years?
Ben: With ATEC, our 2030 goal is to enable over five million people to cook with modern, reliable biogas that helps both their households and the environment. To achieve this, we need to remove friction points in the scalability of customer acquisition, product, distribution, payments, and business model. We are optimistic that the corporate sector is well equipped to continue optimizing these elements over the longer term and, with some tweaks, we can ultimately apply their best practices to the underserved last-mile.
However, as great as reaching five million people would be, this is a drop in the ocean compared to the three billion who don’t have access to modern cooking. And unfortunately, many of these people don’t have the conditions to install a biodigester.
Therefore, ATEC will also be developing other green, modern, cooking technologies that can reach the last-mile market globally and bring the amazing health, time, and income benefits to the women in developing countries who need it most. For additional updates on our work, feel free to subscribe to ATEC’s mailing list and/or follow me on LinkedIn.