Rebate company files for Chapter 11

by Admin 21. November 2008

Recently, one of the nation’s largest rebate processing firms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. So, how will you be affected? If you happen to mail-in a rebate form with a company that CPG or RebateStatus.com works with, your check may be in limbo.Currently, no one can predict how this will be handled, however, there are a few things you can do to manage your risk. Dealnews recommended that anyone who has a rebate check or expecting one not cash it due to the possibility of it bouncing and resulting in an NSF fee. Instead, they recommend hanging on to it until more details are available.If you are not sure if one of your rebates is even involved, below is a partial list of affected companies or you can go to rebatestatus.com and check. There should be a formal statement from the company within the next few days.

  • Acronis Software
  • ACTIVSION
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Antec
  • AVG
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • BIC Corporations US - Shaver Division
  • BFG
  • Bridgevine
  • Canon
  • Citibank
  • costco
  • Fujitsu
  • Home Depot
  • Logitech
  • Motorola (Surfboard cable modems)
  • Natures Earth Products
  • Nero
  • Panda Distribution
  • Pandigital
  • PC Tools
  • PriceGrabber
  • Rosewill (Newegg house brand)
  • Samsung
  • Smith Micro Software
  • Tabletops Unlimited
  • TrendNET
  • Westinghouse
  • XFX
  • ZeroTherm
  • Zyxel

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Gmail adds themes to update look

by Admin 20. November 2008

Finally, Google has decided to enable themed customization to their Gmail application. Currently, there is a small amount of customization available in the Labs feature but if you wanted a custom look you were stuck with using a third-party design like the Gmail Redesigned Skin in Better Gmail. Now you have the option of 30 new themes to keep your inbox spicy.

Unfortunately, thanks to Google’s slow roll out policy, I still don’t see the themes tab in my settings. If you are experiencing the same thing just give it a couple of days before you see the option. Having seen some screen shots, I think these new themes are great or at least a lot nicer than the ones available in iGoogle.

Check them out at the official Gmail blog. Which one do you like best?

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National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

by Wade Barnes 4. November 2008

About 2 years ago I became involved with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) www.nfte.com. Here, at 1st Mariner Bank, we constantly strive to serve our communities. As the entrepreneurial spirit is alive here at 1st Mariner and I couldn't think of a better way to stay involved with the community than to become involved with such a meaningful program.

The basis of NFTE is curriculum taught within the school system that supplements the basic math and finance courses. The program allows the students to apply the principles learned by creating a business from concept to practice.

I had the great honor to work with a number of students at Patterson High School. They all had great ideas and worked hard to implement their plans. Two students took their plans to the next level, Jamal and William. Jamal and William created a business they named J&W Sensations. J&W Sensations creates and sells all natural lotions in a variety of scents. Not only are their lotions wonderful but they also proved themselves as businessmen too.

Jamal and William won their in-school business competition and as a result were asked to compete in the citywide competition. They competed and won. As a result of this tremendous victory, they were asked to compete in New York City at the national competition. Although Jamal and William didn't win the national competition, they did a wonderful job representing themselves, Patterson High School and NFTE.

Kevin and I had the honor to work with J&W Sensations and I know I speak for both of us as we congratulate these talented young men. J&W will be at various selling events throughout the year including an upcoming event in the 1st Mariner Bank Tower in December, be sure to check them out. For more information, please contact me at wbarnes@1stmarinerbank.com.

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