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December 19, 2014
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Hhgregg: An Electronics and Home Appliance Retailer

The store that was established by couple Henry Harold Gregg and Fansy is very keen in personalizing the service they provide, on top of the attention to detail they give to its customers. These two outstanding qualities helped the company prospered and after 60 years, became a multi-regional retailer in 20 states.

The business is now referred to hhgregg, Inc. or Gregg Appliances, Inc. and generates more than $2.49 billion in annualized revenue. The company now employs more than 6,700 people and operates 228 consumer electronics and home appliance shop across the country. The retail products they carry include televisions, video products, refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers, ranges, computers, various electronic products and accessories and popular gaming systems, such as Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. It now carries about 350 models of major appliances and other products.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, hhgregg continues to operate under its motto “We Help”. It is a publicly held company on the New York Stock Exchange.

December 16, 2014
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HCA Holdings: World’s Largest Operator of Health Care Facilities

The largest operator of health care facilities in the world is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a publicly held business on the New York Stock Exchange, and trades under the symbol HCA. This business was formed in 1968 and is now known as the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). The operations of the company are concentrated in the United States and as well as in the United Kingdom.

The business was created as one of the first hospital companies in the United States. It is listed today as one of the leading providers of healthcare services and operates a wide range of assets that include 115 freestanding surgery centers and 165 hospitals. These facilities are scattered across 20 states and in England. The massiveness of its operations covers about 4 to 5 percent of the inpatient services in the United States alone. These patients are attended by their 204,000 professionals, who are not only experts in what they do, but are also trained to provide excellent service.

The company’s commitment lies in the improvement of human life and the betterment of the quality of service provided across the healthcare industry. This is done through the series of implementations that keep their caregivers aligned to the company’s goal and to ensure the safety of their patients. It continues to provide world-class facilities by investing in its assets. Every year, the company allocates more than $1.5 billion of its revenue to keep their locations up to date and modern.

The London operations of the company include The London Bridge Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, The Lister Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, and the Portland Hospital for Women and Children. On a fiscal year basis, the company generates more than $33 billion of revenue. HCA is headed by their CEO, Richard M. Bracken.

December 12, 2014
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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation: Creating Unique Fashion Pieces for Women

In 1999, the first boutique of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation opened in Houston, Texas. From this small boutique filled with handpicked merchandise grew a multi-million venture that now operates in 46 states and in the District of Columbia.

Together with its subsidiary, Francescas Collections, Inc., the business operates a chain of retail boutiques that features apparel, accessories and various items that target women between ages 18 to 35. As of June 2014, the company owns and operates about 519 boutiques that feature unique dresses, sunglasses, watches, hats, scarves, wallets, shoes, belts, handbags, earrings, bracelets and other accessories. Their stores feature new arrivals almost on a daily basis. This is one of the selling points of the company, they never run out of fresh items to introduce.

The majority of the products they carry are unique, in the sense that these are created in small quantities. With that, every woman can now relax and not worry about seeing the same dress being worn by someone at the same party.

December 9, 2014
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GCI: Connecting the People of Alaska

One of the few telecommunications corporations based in the state of Alaska is General Communication, Inc. which is commonly referred to as GCI. The company has connected Alaskans since its inception in 1979. Considered as the largest internet service provider in the state, the business has become one of the country’s premier integrated telecommunications provider with a run rate of more than $800 million.

GCI’s primary offerings include video, voice and data communication services, cellular telephone services, wireline or networking, telephone and cable television services. These products are offered to commercial, residential and government consumers. With the birth of the company, they also set the standards and introduced long-distance competition in the state. In the long-distance market, the business retains a strong 45 percent share. They have also championed the provisioning of internet services through their dedicated access, modem and wireless methods.

The telephone services offered by GCI cover 22 major cities throughout Alaska. Their cable television services have a solid 80% share in the state’s households with their cable modem and digital cable services made available to roughly 99% of its subscribers. These offerings are usually sold as a stand alone offer or as a bundle. All of their products and services are delivered via the fiber optic network of the company, network of facilities in metropolitan areas and through satellite services, which are all linked to other facilities in the Lower 48 states.

As the access to the internet become a commodity, the company also enhances its product offerings by investing in their facilities and innovating their services. GCI has become a household name in the state of Alaska and is best known for their quality of service and for offering their products in bundles. To further enhance their service, the company partners with various leading technology providers in the state to ensure that they have the latest technology to offer to their clients.

December 5, 2014
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Exact Sciences Corp: Fighting Cancer Through Early Detection

One of the companies that have joined the army against cancer is Exact Sciences Corp. The business is listed as a molecular diagnostics business that aims to help fight colorectal pre-cancer and cancer. This Madison, Wisconsin-based company provides diagnostic screening products that detect the formation of cancer in average risk patients.

By providing the needed tools, cancer can be treated early on before it gets to be fatal. Exact Sciences is the developer and manufacturer of Cologuard, the world’s first noninvasive screening test for colorectal cancer. This testing tool uses stool to identify pre-cancerous lesions or polyps. It analyzes the DNA from the exfoliated cells included on the stool. Using protein markers, they are able to detect traces of blood from human excrement, which they use to detect the presence of cancer.

Historically, their testing tools have proven to be accurate in detecting 92% of cancers and 69% of those polyps that are already in an advanced stage. These products are mostly marketed to healthcare providers.

December 2, 2014
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Female Health Company: Promoting Women’s Wellness and Campaign Against HIV/AIDS

The Female Health Company is a health awareness company that has put strong emphasis in protecting women from unwanted pregnancies, transmitted diseases and promoting overall wellness. The company has been around since 1896 and has grown to become a global cause in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The issue of sexually transmitted diseases has become more prevalent as more and more people take risks and engage in unprotected sex. Emerging countries like those in South Africa have very high cases of HIV/AIDS due to the lack of knowledge of the disease. This is also attributed to the minimal access of the people there to protection like condoms. It is in the dissemination of this knowledge and the manufacturing of these consumer health products that the Female Health Company continues to conduct its business. The country is best known for their FC2 female condoms that not only promote good sex, but also serve as a birth control method and protection against any sexually transmitted diseases. Both sexes can enjoy the benefits that the FC2 female condoms bring.

With the emergence of this product, women are empowered to take charge of their body and protect them from any unwanted pregnancies. Couples who are using this product are freed from any stress or worries while copulating as this product is all natural and is hypoallergenic and doesn’t alter any of the sensation while having sex. This product is best used by those individuals and organizations who are working to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and promote the awareness of sexually transmitted diseases.

As global companies, the Female Health Company markets their products to global non-government organizations, government agencies that promote sex education, ministries of health and other entities that campaigns against HIV/AIDS. These products are directly sold to these groups or through other arrangements with their commercial partners. The company holds its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

November 28, 2014
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Einstein Noah: Baking Goodness Since 1992

Imagine fast food that doesn’t taste that way and you are in for a treat with the delicious baked products of Einstein Noah. Registered as Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., the business operates three subsidiaries that specialize in bagels.

In the United States, the company is considered to be the largest operator of bagel bakeries. They offer made to order sandwiches, gourmet coffee and even crispy and fresh salads. The company is the owner of brand names Manhattan Bagel, Noah’s New York Bagels and Einstein Bros. Bagels. These companies operate independently and offers their specialty products to their customers through their 800 restaurants in 40 states and as well as in the District of Columbia.

Einstein Noah is one of the leading companies in the industry of quick casual restaurant. In addition to their chain of restaurants, the business also maintains a dough production facility. Headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado, the company publicly trades on the NASDAQ, under the symbol BAGL.

November 25, 2014
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Ensign Group, Inc.: Providing Care and Assisted Living to the Older Generation

As the geriatric population starts to balloon in the United States, and as more and more people get so engrossed with work and their daily activities, companies like The Ensign Group, Inc. continue to serve the aging population. Considered as one of the Best Small Companies in America as listed by Forbes in 2012, the business started its healthcare services operations in 1999.

The company serves as a holding business for several other nursing and rehabilitative care services venture in the United States. The company is considered to be one of the biggest in the industry with more than 9,400 skilled individuals employed in their 119 facilities across the country. Their operations are more concentrated in the states of Colorado, Iowa, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, Nevada and in Nebraska. They provide assisted living services, home health and hospice services, occupational and speech therapies, physical and urgent care services. In addition to their facilities, they also have 9 additional home health businesses and 5 urgent care clinics.

The services provided by the company are offered to members of Medicaid, managed care, Medicare payers and to those private payers. In total, their facilities have a capacity of more than 10,000 operational assisted living, skilled nursing and independent living beds. With this number of operational units, the company generates more than $700 million in annualized revenue. It continues to enhance and innovate the services it offers making them one of the trusted partners in the senior living industry. In addition to the exceptional services they provide, they also have therapists who specialize in lymphedema, neurological conditions, wound care, pulmonary programs and electrical stimulation for swallowing dysfunction. Together with its subsidiaries, it continues to serve and make the daily living of the older generation better.

Ensign is a publicly traded company with common stocks quoted on the NASDAQ. Its corporate office is located in Mission Viejo, California.

November 21, 2014
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Darling Ingredients: Creating Natural Ingredients from Animal By-products

Tracing its roots to its founding in 1882, Darling Ingredients has provided the world with natural ingredients that are both edible and inedible. These products are most useful in various industries and have helped in the creation of some of the items that we now enjoy.

The operations of the company are spread out in five continents which allows the business to quickly address the needs of the bio-energy, feed, pet food, food, fertilizer and pharmaceutical industries. From recycled cooking oils, the company is able to create feedstock, they have also extracted chemicals from rendered fats to be processed as additives to biofuels. The majority of the ingredients that they market are drawn from animal by-products, which are processed and undergo various stages of development.

Formerly known as Darling International, Inc., the company today holds its headquarters in Irving, Texas. The business is the only company in the industry that is publicly held and trades on the New York Stock Exchange.

November 18, 2014
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Cracker Barrel: An Old Country Store

Southern country is the theme that is dominant in all the combined chain of restaurants and gift stores operated by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. The business is simply referred to as Cracker Barrel and was put up in 1969 by Dan Evins. Their first store was opened in Lebanon, Tennessee, where the company’s main office is located today.

The first few stores opened were concentrated near highway exits in the Midwestern and Southeastern region of the country. As the business expanded, it has also opened locations that are attractive to those who are interested to feel the Southern vibes of their restaurants and gift shop. As of 2012, the company operated more than 630 stores and has expanded its presence in 42 states.

These store locations feature “down-home” country cooking, a description give to the Southern comfort food, and their nifty gift shops that carry toys and other wood crafts. They are known for offering their two menus, which feature breakfast in one menu and lunch and dinner on the other. They are known for their Southern specialties, which include fried chicken, catfish and biscuits. As the business expanded, so did their menu and the company continues to serve seasonal and regional menu items.

In 1990, the company has made it to national headlines after they were reported for their discriminatory practices. The business was said to be prejudiced against those with different sexual orientation and those of race and the female gender, as a whole. This was quickly addressed by the management by creating non-discrimination policies that the business has strongly implemented until now.

Dan Evins created Cracker Barrel as a means of improving gasoline sales. Back then, the gentleman worked as a representative for Shell Oil. From this concept, he created his own venture, which eventually grew and became a multi-billion dollar company. Currently, the business is capable of generating more than $2.5 billion in annualized revenue.