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  • Consumer Debt Collection
  • California CPUC's Energy Storage Mandate
  • The Finance Problems of Small Businesses


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  • Reporter – Lincoln Journal Star (NE)


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  • Spotlight: Grave Lavigne, Journal of Commerce


Consumer Debt Collection
Mark Schiffman
Vice President of Public Affairs
ACA International
"The recovery of rightfully owed consumer debt is vital to America's economic health and maintaining a credit-based economy."
Schiffman is available to discuss consumer debt collection, national and state legislative and regulatory trends pertaining to consumer debt collection, tips for consumers if contacted by a debt collector. He recently wrote ACA's Blueprint for Modernizing Debt Collection, which is a road map to modernize consumer credit and debt collection in America. He is able to connect reporters to other national and state-specific experts to discuss consumer debt collection.
Expert Contact: [email protected]

California CPUC's Energy Storage Mandate
Tom Leyden
Solar Grid Storage
"We applaud the CPUC for unanimously approving an energy storage mandate for California. People are increasingly aware of the vulnerability of our electrical grid, especially as the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches. Pairing solar and storage will be key to the future for our electrical grid. Combining clean and renewable solar power with energy storage enables a series of new benefits including emergency backup power, peak demand reduction and power balancing on the grid. Simply put, solar plus storage will ensure a more stable, resilient and smarter grid."
Leyden, an industry veteran, is expert on renewable and solar energy and the innovative approach of pairing energy storage with renewable resources such as solar power. An innovator in the energy storage arena, Solar Grid Storage is partnering with solar project developers and utility grid operators on a new energy storage approach that provides grid stability and emergency power backup. They're delivering and maintaining electricity in the event of power interruptions due to extreme weather and other natural disasters. This is crucial to maintaining operations at facilities. And, under normal conditions, Solar Grid Storage continually helps maintain balance on the grid. The company's technology is already being deployed in the 14-state PJM service territory on the East Coast. Solar Grid Storage and partners have deployed their new energy storage approach in several projects, including one inaugurated in Maryland on Oct. 15 by Governor O'Malley and FERC Chairman Wellinghoff.
Media Contact: Susan DeVico, [email protected]

The Finance Problems of Small Businesses
Ramzi Benkraiem, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Audencia Nantes School of Management, France
"Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in fostering growth and employment in many countries. However, despite their importance, they face serious difficulties in satisfying their financing requirements, especially in times of crisis. These problems are often determined by SMEs' needs to finance investment projects without being able to provide sufficient leverage guarantees. Understanding the way in which various macro and micro-economic factors influence the capacity of SMEs to obtain leverage helps corporate managers, financiers and regulators to take better decisions regarding SME financing options."
 Benkraiem is an associate professor at Audencia Nantes School of Management. His current areas of interest concern the financing structure and investment policy of firms with a special focus on small businesses. He published several papers in both French and international professional and scientific journals.
Media Contact: Andrew Taylor, [email protected]



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