Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Limerock Gazebos Announces Winter Gazebo Enclosures, Now Using PGT EzeBreeze

Limerock Gazebos, an innovative Amish gazebo manufacturer in the heart of Amish country, Lititz PA, offers an innovative solution for year-round all-weather gazebos. Working with PGT®, Limerock has produced a package available as a kit or fully assembled, incorporating PGT Eze-Breeze® weather barrier instead of the typical screen system, which creates an attractive enclosure with amazing flex properties.

Lancaster, PA, January 04, 2012 (Straight Line PR) -- Limerock Gazebos, an Amish gazebo manufacturer in the heart of Amish country, Lancaster County Pennsylvania, has an innovative new gazebo package making gazebos cold-weather friendly. "Not only does this keep out the wet and cold, it also makes an excellent wind barrier which can be a real benefit during winter months," says Ben Stoltzfus of Limerock. "Our kits have always been easy to set up, and these new Eze-Breeze® porch enclosure products manufactured by PGT® are perfect for our customers."

Gazebo owners can mix and match - just covering three sides facing the most common wind direction while covering with screens on the other sides, or they can go with a full Eze-Breeze system year-round. Because they are held in place by two vertical slats it's a simple task to set them up as needed. Vinyl gazebos are similarly equipped ( ).

PGT Industries custom fits their Eze-Breeze system to Limerock's gazebo kit specifications, and the result is an all-weather gazebo that's perfect every time. PGT Eze-Breeze weather barrier creates an attractive enclosure and has some amazing flex properties.

PGT says of the Eze-Breeze product line: "They're versatile, attractive, strong and easy to operate. The 10-mil vinyl glazing gives the benefit of glass without the cost or the weight. It's as transparent as glass, but not nearly as heavy. Or expensive. Or susceptible to cracking or breaking."

If an Eze-Breeze window accidentally pushed or distorted, the tough 10-mil vinyl will return to its original shape within minutes. It's a product with a memory.

Limerock has been manufacturing and distributing their Gazebo designs nationally through their dealer network for over 20 years. "It's a family business," says Stoltzfus, who started the business himself. Over the years Limerock gazebos has added to their original gazebo kits product line ( ) and offers pergolas, pavilions, and other outdoor wood structures for almost any need.

About Limerock Gazebos:
Limerock Gazebos can be contacted through their website at
PGT Industries can be contacted through their website at

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David Lockman
9734 Lincoln Lane
Blaine, WA 98230

Crowd-Sourced Marketing Website Test My Message is 2011 Winner of "Most Innovative" Award

Crowd-sourced marketing website Test My Message has been recognized as 2011's Most Innovative home business by StartupNation, in its annual Home-Based 100 competition.

Springfield, MO, January 04, 2012 (Straight Line PR) -- Crowd-sourced marketing website Test My Message has been recognized as Number 1 in the category "Most Innovative Home Business" in the nation by StartupNation in its annual Home-Based 100 competition.

Many of the StartupNation Home-Based 100 entries showed that people are leveraging the efficiencies and lower overhead of home-based businesses to pursue their passion and bring in income during these tight economic times. 

"The 2011 ranking reveals that home business is serious business - more relevant than ever. It's a natural response to loss of job opportunities, the need for supplemental income and the sheer passion for blazing your own trail and running your own show," said Rich Sloan, co-founder of ( ), one of the leading small business networking and knowledge hubs online. "Home based businesses are the biggest block of all businesses in existence, and we expect numbers to grow ever greater as extra bedrooms, kitchen tables, basements and garages increasingly host the innovative thinking and pursuit of success by millions of Americans."

"It's an honor to win the Startup Nation award for Most Innovative. The exposure from winning has been tremendous, and we've seen a continued stream of sales from the exposure," Said Brian Schmitt, co-owner of Test My Message ( ).

A recent radio ad, which explains more about how Test My Message works, can be found on YouTube at

The StartupNation Home-Based 100 highlights 10 top-ten lists, making it more than just your ordinary business ranking. From the wackiest, to the most innovative, to the best financial performers - this unique and diverse list highlights the home-based businesses that usually go unrecognized, but still play a vital role in the economy today.

The ten categories for 2011 include:

* Most Innovative
* Boomers Back in Business
* Greenest
* Yummiest
* Wackiest
* Highest Vote-Getters
* Recession Busters
* Most Slacker-Friendly
* Most Glamorous
* Savviest in Social Media

The full results of the Home-Based 100 ranking are available on StartupNation's website at

About StartupNation:
StartupNation has over 100,000 members, 2.5 million annual users, and provides over 200,000 pages of business advice and networking for entrepreneurs. StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the intention of providing a one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, including blogs from a host of experts, podcasts, webcasts, eBooks, award-winning step-by-step advice, and more. The company also provides an elite group of 99 entrepreneurs with the annual opportunity to be personally coached in StartupNation's Next-Level Success Club ( ).

About the StartupNation's Founders - The Sloan Brothers:
StartupNation co-founders and "chief startupologists," Rich and Jeff Sloan, are two of the country's leading small business experts, and ran their business from home for eight years. The Sloan brothers speak frequently at entrepreneurial forums and act as sources for top media venues nationwide. They are authors of StartupNation: Open for Business, published by Doubleday, and provide their insight online at The Sloan brothers are regularly quoted and featured in media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News and many others.

For more information, press only:
Karen Torres, StartupNation
(248) 685-9005
karen (at)

About Test my Message:
The idea for Test my Message ( ) was the brainchild of Dave McInnis, the founder of PR Web. Dave brought the idea to a special course at the Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas. Five students of the academy spent three days taking the idea, building a website, convincing experts to be part of the project, and launching the site.

On September 1, 2011 the site went live with much fanfare. Of the original five-person team, three are carrying the flag forward. Rich Carr, Matt Lenhard, Ernie Nycz, and Brian Schmitt are at the helm, zig zagging their way to creating a thriving community of experts who help small businesses grow through better marketing.

This is accomplished by providing feedback on each marketing message from a variety of experts, quickly and at a ridiculously cheap cost. Instead of hiring just one consultant, Test My Message allows users to get feedback from a variety of experts.

Proceeds of every dollar earned will flow back to the Wizard Academy, a non-traditional, non-profit business school located in Austin, TX.

Contact Information for Test My Message:
Brian Schmitt
Test My Message
(704) 483-7848
brian (at)

Please contact for corrections or updates.

Brian Schmitt
Test My Message
Springfield, MO
(704) 483-7848

SAFE International Launches Barrie Women’s Self Defense for Travellers – Barrie, ON Self Defense

SAFE International is expanding its seminar options to include women’s self defense for travellers in Barrie, ON.

Barrie, ON, January 04, 2012 - (Straight Line PR) - Barrie Self Defense, SAFE International Launches Barrie Women’s Self Defense for Travellers.

SAFE International ™ is one of the leading providers of mobile self defense/personal protection training in North America. SAFE International has taught more than 120,000 clients in the private, corporate and high school environments since 1994. SAFE International is expanding its seminar options to include women’s self defense for travellers in Barrie, ON.

At this time of year, thousands of Canadians and Americans will head south to some of the warmer clients to escape the cold North American winter many of us experience. While the majority will have an amazing time, there are countless stories of women and men of all ages, forgetting that they are in a foreign country in which there are some inherent risks. SAFE International has the history and curriculum to help reduce those risks. SAFE International doesn’t only teach physical self defense concepts, but also how to avoid becoming a victim through Awareness/Avoidance training.

Some of the risks people need to concern themselves with when traveling in regards to women’s travel self defense Barrie includes what an attacker looks for in a potential victim, what an attacker wants and doesn't want in confrontation, hotel safety, plus taxis and buses. One of the biggest topics that SAFE International explores is how most people are too polite, even when their intuition is telling them the complete opposite. The nightlife in many of these countries provides many opportunities for attacks, date rape or kidnappings. SAFE International covers the most common distraction techniques an attacker will use to gain an advantage. Instruction would then move on to verbal strategies in the event that avoidance is no longer possible.  Rather than just teaching to yell at a potential attacker, SAFE International instructors cover a few verbal strategies based on the aggressor and the scenario. The third step is addressing the physical aspect of Barrie women’s self defense for travellers. Physical self defense instruction begins with the advantages of adopting a passive stance rather than an aggressive stance.  SAFE International only teaches gross motor strikes due to the adrenal rush one gets when they are in a highly stressful state such as an attack scenario. They teach a philosophy of "Attack the Attacker" which reverses one from being the Prey, to that of being the Predator. Another philosophy is to attack the head if all avoidance and verbal strategies have failed. Self defense training does not take years, and in fact with just a few hours of women’s self defense instruction for travelers, you can be confident that you have reduced the odds of harm and can have some peace of mind if it is your daughter or son who is traveling.

SAFE International has taught more than 135,000 women since 1994. For more information on self defense instruction for travelers, please email Chris Roberts, CEO, by email at You can also visit the website at SAFE International can also be reached toll free at 1 800 465 5972.

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972