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TouchPoints on Did I Mention Invention? With Alie Ward

Did I Mention Invention? With Alie Ward

Have you seen it? TouchPoints on Did I Mention Invention? with Alie Ward!
Click to discover science and cooking, a wristband that relieves stress, the alarm clock rug getting you out of bed, and more!

We’re honored to be honored: TouchPoint Awards

We’re honored to be honored: TouchPoint Awards

Industry awards confirm the value and hard work of the TouchPoint team.

AZ Big Media - Innovation Awards will spotlight these 30 companies

Innovation Awards will spotlight these 30 companies

Az Business magazine has selected the 30 companies that will be honored at the first Arizona Business Innovation Awards.

“We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of nominations,” said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “With triple-digit nominations, selecting the 30 most innovative companies in Arizona for 2020 was tough, but it gave a sensational list of game-changing honorees.”

The Arizona Business Innovation Awards will take place on May 6, 2020, at The Clayton House in Scottsdale. The title sponsor is Keyser and the signature sponsor is Gallagher & Kennedy.

In addition to honoring all 30 of the most innovative companies in Arizona for 2020, there will be several spotlight awards that will be given out at the awards dinner to recognize exceptional achievement. All 30 companies will also be featured in the May issue of Az Business.

“The innovative things happening in the Arizona business community — across all sectors — are truly astonishing,” Gossie said. “That’s why this is guaranteed to be a cannot-miss event. You have to hear these companies’ incredible stories of innovation.”

Arizona is home to some of the most cutting-edge innovative companies in the country. From med-tech and real estate to engineering, education, and manufacturing, Arizona continues to produce and attract some of the most talented leaders in the country. The Arizona Business Innovation Awards will showcase that innovative spirit.

For information on sponsorship packages for the Arizona Business Innovation Awards, contact Publisher Josh Schimmels. For ticket and event information, contact Marketing and Events Manager Aseret Arroyo.

Arizona Business Innovation Awards

Here are the 30 companies that will be honored at the Arizona Business Innovation Awards and will be featured in the May issue of Az Business magazine:

Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio)

Arizona Federal Credit Union

CFM

Calero-MDSL

Casago

Design Pickle

Emerge

Footprint

Freeport-McMoRan

HOPCo (Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company)

Hexagon Mining

In-Position Technologies

Kitchell Corporation

Neighborhood Ventures

Outlier

Paradox

RJ Russo

Rosendin

SRP

STORE Capital

SmartRent

Solugenix

StrongMind

Team Select Home Care

Touchpoint Solution

TriWest Healthcare Alliance

Verdigris Holdings

Veyo

Waymo

Xcellerate Biomedical Technologies

This article first appeared on AZ Big Media on March 9, 2020, by AZ Business Magazine. To read the full article, click here.

Worth - The Founder’s Journey

The Founder’s Journey

The number of female entrepreneurs has grown in recent years, but women still need to close the funding gap.

The founder’s journey is usually marked by many ups and downs and detours along the way. For female founders, the road can often be rockier. Women have made significant strides in the last several decades and are among the fastest-growing and most productive entrepreneurs of our day. But funding gaps and other barriers are still pervasive. In 2018, less than 2 percent of venture capital dollars went to female founders, and yet, female-led companies have delivered 78 percent more revenue for every dollar raised compared with their male-led counterparts.

Fortunately, the landscape is changing. As more women put new companies on the map, they are clearing a path for other female founders to follow. It was this realization that inspired UBS, the world’s largest global wealth manager, to create Project Entrepreneur. Launched in 2015, the initiative has provided training to more than 1,600 female founders, 50 percent of whom identified as ethnically diverse—from 200-plus cities across the country. Project Entrepreneur alumnae have gone on to raise $45 million in funding.

Their success helps pave the way for other female entrepreneurs—and in the end, that benefits everyone. After all, innovation cannot happen in a vacuum. It requires a diversity of ideas coming from people who see and solve problems from many different angles.

However, far too many women remain cut off from the capital and support networks they need to take their companies to the next level. Knowing this, Project Entrepreneur is now shifting its focus to helping more established female-founded companies gain greater access to capital. As more of these companies achieve scale or successfully exit, it creates a virtuous cycle that opens more doors for female entrepreneurs.

To that end, UBS, in a new partnership with Female Founder Collective, a network of 5,000-plus women-led businesses co-founded by Rebecca Minkoff and Alison Wyatt, will open doors to more female founders via Project Entrepreneur multicity cohort programs, capital access summits and community building events for founders and investors.

Here, three Project Entrepreneur alumnae share their own startup journeys, including the lessons they learned and the connections they made. 

Tina Hedges | LOLI

Tina Hedges officially launched LOLI—short for Living Organic Loving Ingredients—in March 2018, but the idea for a waste-free organic beauty line was decades in the making. Growing up in Jamaica, Hedges watched her grandmother and mother make their own skincare products with natural ingredients they sourced locally.

Hedges would go on to work as a marketer for some of the world’s largest beauty brands, start a vegan haircare company and play an instrumental role in other startups. When she realized that her own beauty routine needed a reboot, she went back to the basics, blending food-grade ingredients into her own serums, scrubs, and moisturizers in her Manhattan studio. So began LOLI, which has since won industry accolades, attracted outside investors and gained a large and loyal following.

I chose to self-finance the initial product development and market testing because I knew what I was doing was disruptive. I wanted to unbottle beauty and make a fully zero-waste skin, hair and body brand at a time when consumers still clung to their pink plastic tubes and gold foil. If I wasn’t willing to bet on myself, how could I ask others to invest in me? Also, having been in the startup world before, I knew how difficult it was to raise money, particularly as a female founder over the age of 40.

I put in about $150,000 of my own money to create the initial product, built a website and did some pop-up experiences. In 2016, I shipped more than 1,000 boxes and got some incredible press. The next year I raised $1 million in angel funding, got into a tech accelerator and spent the year reinventing the brand for launch.

I could talk for hours about how the experience is different as a female entrepreneur. Women, I think, tend to be more transparent about the challenges ahead, whereas many male founders walk in a room with an attitude of “I’m crushing it.” I’ve been told that I ask a lot more questions when meeting with investors, including what their expectations are and what I can expect from them. This can make fundraising more difficult, but in the end, I think it’s a benefit.

One of the best things about Project Entrepreneur was the relationships it helped me cultivate, including with people who would eventually become investors and the other women in my cohort. Three years later, we still talk regularly. The journey of an entrepreneur can be quite lonely. As much as you want to share with your family and friends, it’s hard for them to understand the pressure that you’re under. Having that camaraderie has been so important.

Looking back, I regret not raising more money upfront. The initial funding gave me enough money to launch and get through the first critical days, but just as we started to get some traction, I had to go back and raise money. Raising money can be an incredible time suck, and it is virtually a full-time job. To raise my second seed round, I must have talked to 75 investors over a period of four months.

My advice for anyone starting a business is to ask some deep questions about why you’re doing this—because you need to have superpowers. You need a construct for how to build a business and make it profitable, but your motivation has to be something more than money or ego. What gets me up every single day is that I truly believe that the beauty industry is wasting water, exposing people to toxins and putting plastic in the oceans. Without this as my dharma, I would have given up on LOLI a long time ago.

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Christine Schindler | PathSpot

A biomedical engineer, Christine Schindler spent the early part of her career living and working in Tanzania, where she helped develop low-cost technologies to solve medical problems. When she moved back to the United States, she was struck by the pervasiveness of foodborne illnesses, most of which could be avoided with better control of hand-washing in food preparation.

This was the impetus for PathSpot, a hand-scanning device that mounts on the wall in restaurants, food packaging facilities and farms that detects bacteria and viruses. Less than three years after its launch, PathSpot is installed in hundreds of locations and is expanding into new markets and verticals.

It seemed like every time I turned on the TV, there was news about people who were getting incredibly sick from foodborne illnesses. There are systems that can detect harmful contaminants, but they are incredibly expensive and aren’t set up for restaurant environments. It reminded me of what I was working on in the developing world, and I wondered if I could build a lower-cost solution.

I went to a RadioShack liquidation sale, bought different electronic components and started experimenting with ideas at night and on weekends. Meanwhile, my cofounder and I went door to door, asking restaurants if they’d be interested in a system that could spot contaminants. They all said yes. The only thing most businesses usually have to protect the public against foodborne illness in restaurants are signs that say “Employees must wash hands before returning to work.”

Then I quit my job, sold my car and bought a 3D printer. My co-founder and I agreed we had about six months to make this into something. Every single day, we used the 3D printer to build a new prototype, took it to restaurants to get feedback and came back to make changes at night. We did that for about three months until someone said, “Yeah, OK, I’ll put it on the wall.”

Going out and getting that initial feedback was key. With some of our early customers, we said, “You can have the technology for free if you take 10 investor calls.”

When it was time to bring in investors, we made a wish list. We approached fundraising not just from a capital perspective but also by thinking about what kind of expertise we needed. Then we searched for investors who fit those profiles.

A lot of the introductions came through other founders. Through that process, not only did we learn more about potential investors but we also got to know other founders. We raised $4 million in seed funding in 2018 and 2019. We’re now preparing for additional capital raises in 2020.

If I could do this again, I would be more honest with myself when something was a “no.” In sales, hiring and fundraising, you want to believe that “maybe” is a “yes,” when it usually is not. There were times when I got held up by a lot of wishful thinking when I could have been doubling down on people who really bought in on the vision quickly.

Project Entrepreneur was instrumental. Being in the accelerator for five weeks, touring offices of other startups and hearing from so many groups made it possible to visualize what the next stage might look like. I also can’t say enough about the connections I made with the other founders in my group. We are constantly pinging each other, whether it is “Hey, what tax software do you use?” or “I just had a really bad meeting. Can we hop on the phone for 30 seconds so I don’t get discouraged?”

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Vicki Mayo | TouchPoint Solution

The inspiration to start TouchPoint Solution came to Vicki Mayo (pictured left) in 2015 after many sleepless nights spent helping her young daughter deal with night terrors. Mayo shared her frustrations with her friend, Dr. Amy Serin, who suggested Mayo try a technology she had been testing in her clinics. “It was like magic,” says Mayo, who urged Serin to make the technology widely available.

Together they created TouchPoints, wearable devices that administer micro-vibrations that alter the body’s stress response. Their Scottsdale, Ariz.–based company has won dozens of innovation awards, and the treatment has been recognized as effective for a wide range of users, from children prone to tantrums to stressed-out adults.

We self-financed the initial development of TouchPoints in part because we were able to negotiate with vendors about purchase minimums. I talked to the manufacturer and said, I can only pay you for 100 units, but I’m going to sell them and when I do, I’ll use that money to buy more. I held the first prototype in my hands in May 2016. We launched on Kickstarter in December 2016 and did more than $250,000 in sales in a month.

TouchPoint Solution was my sixth startup. My philosophy has always been to work hard, grow the business slowly and reinvest the profits. I have never had outside investors, but I decided that TouchPoint was different. I wanted to get it into as many hands as possible, and I thought that would require capital. That realization is what led me to apply for Project Entrepreneur.

My husband, our four kids and I moved to New York for the summer for Project Entrepreneur. We were basically able to get under the hood of operations at more established companies during the accelerator program. Things that I picked up from a marketing perspective were priceless, including understanding how to pitch to the media and how to do better email marketing. By the time I left, I’d put together strategies that allowed us to take the company to the next level.

But when it came to investors, we struck out. TouchPoint Solution had already done about $1.5 million in sales, so it wasn’t unproven. Still, we’re in a unique niche that sits at the intersection of manufacturing, technology, and health science. It’s cutting-edge, but it’s a strange area—and it’s a strange area for a woman. In 2019, we decided to stop seeking investors.

I wish someone had said to me, “Vicki, do what you know is right for you, for your company and for your team, and every other piece is going to fall into place.” It is hard to stick to your guns and to trust yourself. But if you don’t trust yourself, then who else is going to?

We went back to our original model of having a core staff but using outside contractors as needed. This has proven to be the right path. In addition to our consumer sales, our devices are now in 20 rehabilitation facilities, more than 40 school districts and hospitals and other clinical settings. Now, instead of our going out and begging investors for meetings, I have people calling me saying they’d like to invest.

I think the landscape has improved dramatically for female founders. Yes, I ran into roadblocks with TouchPoints, but I don’t think it was solely because I was a woman. I actually think the playing field has leveled out a lot over the last few years and that the investor community has embraced female founders. Do we have a long way to go? I’d say 100 percent. But have we made a lot of progress? Again, 100 percent.

This presentation is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as investment advice or the basis for making any investment decisions. The views and opinions expressed may not be those of UBS Financial Services Inc. UBS Financial Services Inc. does not verify and does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information presented.
In providing wealth management services to clients, UBS offers both investment advisory and brokerage services which are separate and distinct and differ in material ways. For information, including the different laws and contracts that govern, visit ubs.com/workingwithus.
Persons included in this document may or may not be clients of UBS but were not selected for inclusion based on any existing or prospective relationship with UBS. The Female Founder Collective and UBS Financial Services Inc. are not affiliated. The individuals profiled in this document were selected based on their experiences and professional history.

UBS Financial Services Inc. is a subsidiary of UBS AG. Member FINRA/SIPC.

This article first appeared on Worth on February 26, 2020, by Sarah Max. To read the full article, click here.

Innovate - TouchPoint Solution: Vicki Mayo, CEO & Co-founder

TouchPoint Solution: Vicki Mayo, CEO & Co-founder

I live in Paradise Valley, Arizona and began my first business at 14. As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve experienced the stress of being an entrepreneur first hand. Together with neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin, I developed the TouchPoints, the first-ever wearable devices that provide stress relief in as few as 30 seconds. I am first generation; my parents emigrated from India before I was born, and I grew up in Georgia. When I was 20, I adopted two boys (aged 12 and 13 at the time) that had been abandoned by their parents. This life-changing event set the course for me to create TouchPoints and fulfill my greatest obligation and joy in life, which is to help people.

Innovation Story

My daughter had been experiencing vivid night terrors for years, and I felt like I couldn’t do anything about it. It was horrible. I felt helpless. The whole family was suffering because she would wake up nightly and we’d all be awake. The following mornings we would be exhausted – we were caught in a spiral I couldn’t get out of. I felt like I had tried everything, and we were at our wit’s end. After spending endless nights watching her suffer in her sleep, I reached out to my friend, Dr. Amy Serin, a neuropsychologist. In Dr. Serin’s research looking for a solution to deal with the trauma after the global Ebola crisis, she isolated a successful component of PTSD treatment and was using it to research the impact of stress-reduction using a handheld device. She suggested that my daughter try her neuro-technology product during her next episode.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. - Paulo Coelho

I was intrigued, but the idea of a non-invasive, fast-acting fix almost sounded too good to be true. I took Dr. Serin’s advice and placed the devices in my daughter’s hands during her next night terror. I was so surprised – the gadgets worked, and they worked well. For the first time in years, she slept peacefully through the night. There’s nothing more difficult for a parent than having to watch your child struggle. That night, my daughter held them before bed and got a full night of restful sleep for the first time in weeks. It was like this weight had instantly been lifted off our family – my daughter was smiling again! I’ll never forget that feeling. From that day on, it became my mission to share this stress relief with as many people as possible.

Dr. Serin and I chatted about what she was doing to bring these life-changing devices to everyone. She told me that she was trying to develop it, but that progress was slow. I knew from experience that this technology had the potential to profoundly change millions of lives. We didn’t have time to move slowly. People needed this in their lives now! Together we created TouchPoint Solution to create an instant stress-reduction solution that could be used by a broad range of individuals with different needs. Our suite of products called TouchPoints reduce stress at the press of a button while also improving sleep, focus, and performance.

Why Phoenix?

Sunshine. Smiles. Opportunity. Phoenix is all of these! No other city can boast 350+ days of gorgeous weather, friendly people and a pro-business atmosphere.

Advice & Best Practices

  • Don’t be too busy working IN your business that you don’t work ON your business.
  • A/B test EVERYTHING. Business is like a science experiment. Formulate a hypothesis
    and then test it, observe, modify and test again.
  • If you are stuck between making a decision too quickly or slowly, make a decision
    quickly. In the world of business, time is precious and sometimes speed is your only
    asset.

This article first appeared on Innovate in January 2020. To read the full article, click here.

Antimusic - Kevin Wierzbicki's Travel News, Trips & Tips

Kevin Wierzbicki's Travel News, Trips & Tips

January 2020

It's never fun to be stressed out and certainly stress can ruin a vacation or any type of travel or activity that's meant to be fun. Now there's an easy-to-use device from TouchPoint Solutions that can help. Read on to feel better and for more travel news.

TouchPoint Solutions 'TouchPoints for Calm'

Their motto is "press and destress" and it really is that easy to use TouchPoints for Calm, wearables from TouchPoint Solutions that work by utilizing neuroscientific technology. The most common way that the devices, which come in pairs, are used is on the wrists. Each set of TouchPoints for Calm comes with two TouchPoints and two watchband-style wristbands that are worn on both wrists at the same time. The TouchPoints then pulse with micro-vibrations called BLAST (bilateral alternating stimulation tactile) to relieve the wearer's stress. TouchPoints can be set to vibrate at different levels depending on the amount of stress being experienced.

TouchPoints for Calm don't use batteries; they charge just like your phone and come with a dual charger cord so that both TouchPoints can be charged at once. The charger cord plugs into a USB outlet or into an A/C outlet (USB-to-A/C adaptor not included.) And for ease of travel, everything fits into the included small drawstring bag that nestles comfortably in a pocket, purse or backpack. Complete instructions come with the TouchPoints, but the company also offers a free 10-minute tutorial by phone on how to set up the devices and alternate ways of using them, like in your pockets, hands or socks (TouchPoints slide out of the wristbands in seconds.) There are also TouchPoints for kids. Begin your journey to a less-stressful life here.

Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea

Let's start here with the most important factor; Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea is delicious! But know too that while you're savoring this tasty libation that you're also doing good things for your body and supporting Kenyan tea growers and other folks in the African nation. Made from purple tea that gets its unique color from the intense Kenyan sun during the day and cool mountain air in the evenings, Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea comes in 16-ounce bottles in raspberry, lemon, peach, unsweetened and lightly sweetened varieties.

The purple tea used in the drinks is a sort of 'super tea' that contains more potent antioxidants than green or black tea, and antioxidants can help to offer protection against serious maladies like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Every purchase helps to support the folks in Kenya who grow the purple tea, and a portion of the revenue from each bottle sold goes toward the expansion of healthcare facilities in underserved Kenyan communities; Kabaki helped establish the Kijiji Medical Clinic in Naivasha. Did we mention that it's yummy? Purchase Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea here.

Aurora Hot Air Ballooning

Is seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) something that's still on your travel to-do list? Even if you've already seen the lights, here's a chance to see them in a very unique way. Off the Map Travel has announced a new way to view the Northern Lights with their Aurora in the Sky adventures which involve watching the lights as you float in a hot air balloon over the Arctic portion of Sweden. The venture finds African hot air balloonist Andrew Peart teaming up with the founders of the Aurora Safari Camp, so there's lots of expertise involved. Anchored to the ice some 130-feet below, the hot air balloon will hover in the night sky awaiting the spectacular display that the Northern Lights put on. Off the Map Travel customizes each adventure and the hot air balloon experience can be paired with things like snowmobiling, lunch on the Arctic Circle and 'meet the locals' opportunities. The evening Aurora in the Sky hot air balloon flights will begin in December of this year and continue through April of 2021 with bookings being taken beginning this May. Find all the details here.

This article first appeared in Antimusic in June 2019 by Kevin Wierzbicki. To read the full article, click here.

 

Enterprising Women Magazine Announces 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners

Enterprising Women Magazine Announces
2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners

Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes World’s Top Women Entrepreneurs

Monica Smiley, publisher, and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine has announced the winners of the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. Honorees will be recognized at the 18th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, to be held from Sunday, March 29 to Tuesday, March 31 at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in categories based on the annual sales revenues of their businesses.  

Finalists for the award, called Champions, were also named to the prestigious list of honorees.

Winners in the “over $50 million in annual sales” category:

  • Patricia Marx, New World Van Lines, Chicago, Illinois
  • Kristi Alford, E2 Optics, Englewood, Colorado
  • Stacy O’Reilly, Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc., Fridley, Minnesota
  • Celeste Ford, Stellar Solutions, Inc., Palo Alto, California

Winners in the “over $25 million and up to $50 million in annual sales” category:

  • Teresa Clark, Enso Plastics, Mesa, Arizona
  • Barb Potter, T J Potter Trucking, Inc., Becker, Minnesota
  • Gail Adinamis, GlobalCare Clinical Trials, LLC, Bannockburn, Illinois
  • Nooshin Behroyan, Paxon Energy & Infrastructure Services, Pleasanton, California

Winners in the “over $10 million and up to $25 million in annual sales” category:

  • Gail Worth, Gail’s Harley-Davidson, Grandview, Missouri
  • Jani Hegarty, Audrey Pezzuti, Bonnie Welsch, Health & Wellness Partners, LLC, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
  • Jennifer Baxter, Tennessee Associated Electric, LLC, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jessica Hawthrone-Castro, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California
  • Tracy Watson, Go Watson Realty, Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
  • Seema Chawla, TekValley Corporation, Pleasanton, California
  • Rebecca Contreras, AvantGarde, LLC, Rockville, Maryland
  • Maril MacDonald, Gagen MacDonald, Chicago, Illinois
  • Jackie Locklear, Locklear Roofing, Holly Springs, North Carolina
  • Mary M. “Mickey” Swortzel, New Eagle, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Kristen Thibeault, Nybil, Oakland, California
  • Janice Migliore, PALCO, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Jill Butler, RedKey Realty Leaders, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Betsy Bassan, Panagora Group, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Denise Pollard, The Center for Learning and Autism Support Services (CLASS), Inc., San Mateo, California
  • Catherine A. Downey, CATMEDIA, Inc., Tucker, Georgia
  • Denita R. Conway, Proven Management, Washington, DC
  • Diana E. Dibble, Design To Delivery, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland
  • Vidya Ravichandran, GlowTouch, Louisville, Kentucky

Winners in the “over $5 million and up to $10 million in annual sales” category:

  • Patricia Miller, Matrix4, Woodstock, Illinois
  • Shabana Siraj, Trident Consulting, San Ramon, California
  • Monica Hernandez, MAS Global Consulting, LLC, Palm Harbor, Florida
  • Brooke Neblett, Federal Hill Consulting LLC & FYI – For Your Information, Beltsville, Maryland
  • Megan Driscoll, EvolveMKD, New York, New York
  • Gerri Domenikos, Airlogix, Astoria, New York
  • Rebecca Fyffe, Landmark Pest Management, Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Barbara Myrick, B & M Construction, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Meena Krishnan, Inoventures, LLC, McLean, Virginia
  • Frida Owinga, PassionProfit Brands, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dominique Cagle, Nika Corporate Housing, LLC, Tampa, Florida
  • Perla Tamez, Dynamic Rehab LLC, McAllen, Texas

Winners with “over $4 million and up to $5 million in annual sales” category:

  • Gayatri Sagar, The Kinderville Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Eleanora L. Chiavelli, Reliable Shipping Services, Rockville Center, New York
  • Flavia Lamberghini, Apple Dental Care, Chicago, Illinois
  • Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott, Commonwealth Capital Corp., Clearwater, Florida
  • Natasha Miller, Entire Productions, Inc., San Francisco, California
  • Shannon Shores, WELLEX Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sherrika Arch, Straight Line Management, San Antonio, Texas
  • Michele Adams, Levy Recognition, Tampa, Florida
  • Lois Elrich, Solid Blend Technologies, Inc., Dayton, Ohio
  • Christine Andrukonis, Notion Consulting, Montclair, New Jersey
  • Brenda Jones Barwick, Jones PR, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Divya Palat, Balancing Act, Mumbai, India

Winners with “over $3 million and up $4 million in annual sales” category:

  • Ingrid Macher, Burn20 LLC, Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Donna Childs, Prisere LLC, Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Koy Saephan, Excel Interpreting, LLC, Sacramento, California
  • Laura Chiesman, FirstWave Financial, Satellite Beach, Florida
  • Theo Prodromitis, Spa Destinations, Tampa, Florida
  • Lusnail Haberberger, LUZCO Technologies, LLC, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Elizabeth Ann McNeill, MCO Construction & Services, Inc., Miami, Florida
  • Neelima Parasker, SnapIT Solutions, LLC, Overland Park, Kansas

Winners with “over $2 million and up to $3 million in annual sales” category:

  • Esther Poulsen, Raare Solutions, LLC, Paramus, New Jersey
  • Leslie L. Kischer, Assured Healthcare Staffing, LLC, Gurnee, Illinois
  • Martina Derra, DiverseID, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kathleen Quinn Votaw, TalenTrust, Denver, Colorado
  • Suzanne Burns Jacob, Altura Group LLC, Chicago, Illinois
  • Marina Ilari, Terra Translations, LLC, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Julie Towner, Towner Communications, Mission, Kansas
  • Heather K. Margolis, Channel Maven, Boulder, Colorado
  • Kelly Woo, Profectus Financial, Los Angeles, California
  • Kerri S. Barile, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Patricia Durocher, Global Cynergies, LLC, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Vicki Mayo, Touchpoint Solution, Phoenix, Arizona 

Winners with “over $1 million and up to $2 million in annual sales” category:

  • Marnice D. Miller, Human Capital Resources and Concepts Inc., Winter Haven, Florida
  • Ann Dolin, Educational Connections Tutoring and Test Prep, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Christy Jones, R Jones Collision 1, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Maharba Zapata, Salsa Queen LLC, West Valley City, Utah
  • Erin Mays, EBCO, Austin, Texas
  • Mary Nutting, CorTalent, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Maria de Lourdes (Lulu) Sobrino, Lulu’s Foods, Inc., San Antonio, Texas
  • Amanda Gianotti, Allogram Inc., Timonium, Maryland
  • Ola Parks, Be Real Company, New York, New York
  • Sharon W. Reynolds, DevMar Products, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Lynn Griffith, Welcome Events, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Wendy Lieber, ContentBacon, Davie, Florida
  • Julie Lopez, PhD, Viva Partnership, LLC, Washington, DC
  • Samantha Razook, Curious Jane, Brooklyn, New York
  • Nicole Middendorf, Prosperwell Financial, Minnetonka, Minneapolis
  • Lauren Reed, Reed Public Relations, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Paloma Schackert, Ethical Apparel Africa, London, United Kingdom
  • Deborah Garry, BBG&G Advertising & PR, Campbell Hall, New York
  • Stacia Guzzo, SmartyPits, Tehachapi, California
  • Crystal Hamm, Go 2 Girls, Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Christine Walsh, Alpha Graphics, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
  • Chanel Christoff Davis, Davis Davis & Harmon LLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Rachel Durkan, Paradigm Marketing and Design, Pine Brook, New Jersey
  • April Jensen, ADJ Interiors, St. Louis, Missouri

Winners in the “up to $1 million in annual sales” category:

  • Jill Kerrigan, JAK Creative Design, LLC, Darien, Illinois
  • Andrea Arco, Arco & Associates, Ballwin, Missouri
  • Shaylyn Cullen, Cullen Construction Management, Chicago, Illinois
  • Vikita Poindexter, Poindexter Consulting Group, Temecula, California
  • Shari Stein, DesignTeam Plus, LLC, Birmingham, Michigan
  • Jy’ Juan Maze, Maze Freight Solutions, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Brooke Foley, Jayne Agency, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Dilshad Delawalla, Alycom Business Solutions, LLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Stacey Grant, Koi-Fly Creative, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Jolene Risch, Risch Results LLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Wendy Coulter, Hummingbird Creative Group, Inc., Cary, North Carolina
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  • Melanie Santostefano, Vicarious Multimedia, Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Enterprising Women Champions (Honorable Mention) -- all revenue levels:

  • Michelle Murphy, Nice Dog Media, Pacific Palisades, California
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  • Jennifer Compton, J & L Communications, Brooklyn, New York
  • Cathey Hunter, APX Plastics, Inc., Arlington, Texas
  • Holly Steele, GavinHeath LLC, Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Joanna Terry, Souperb, LLC, Emeryville, California
  • Sonya Pierrelus, DSSP Consulting, Inc., National Harbor, Maryland
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  • Sherri Heckenast, Dirt Oval 66, Joliet, Illinois
  • Monir Jalili, InstantFigure Inc., Irvine, California
  • Mary S. Swenson, PhD, mymedchoices, Hockessin, Delaware
  • Qingyuan Li, Teriyaki Madness, Greenwood Village, Colorado
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  • Jennie M. Campbell, Stewart Steelwood Investments, LLC, East Loxley, Alabama
  • LaFarris Risby, Loving Arms Childcare and Preschool, Junction City, Kansas
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  • Elin Barton, White Knight Productions Inc., Vestal, New York
  • Alison Freeman, Alicomm International LLC, McKinney, Texas
  • Heather Cox, Certify My Company, Henderson, Nevada
  • Emellie O’Brien, Earth Angel, Brooklyn, New York
  • Debra Sunderland, Sunderland Coaching, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Virginia McGann, Value Management Resources, Chicago, Illinois
  • Amy Jacobus, Amy Jacobus Marketing, Brooklyn, New York
  • Roberta Moore, EQ-i Coach, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tonya Tiggett, Tiggett and Co., LLC, Columbus, Ohio
  • Franne McNeal, Significant Business Results LLC, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

The 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference will bring together dynamic women business owners from North America and around the world for two-and-a-half days of top-notch workshops, networking opportunities, corporate sponsor exhibits, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees, with award presentations at the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner. During the annual “Hall of Fame Luncheon,” one woman entrepreneur and one nonprofit leader will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Enterprising Womenmagazine under the leadership of Monica Smiley, Publisher/CEO, 20 past recipients of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award will be honored with the Enterprising Women “Top 20 in 2020 Award” and recognized at a special reception held in their honor.


The event is open to 2020 award honorees, alumni (previous) award winners, corporate supporters, members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board, VIPs in the women’s business community, readers of Enterprising Women magazine, and members of the many partner organizations affiliated with Enterprising Women.

Partner organizations represented on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and supporting the 2020 event include:

  • The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
  • National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
  • Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)
  • The Global Initiative for Women’s Entrepreneurship Research
  • Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
  • Quantum Leaps
  • Springboard Enterprise
  • National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB)
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)/Women Entrepreneurs Inc. (WE)
  • Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global
  • Women’s Leadership Exchange
  • The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)
  • Asian Women in Business (AWIB)
  • eWomenNetwork (EWN)
  • Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)

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“The recipients of the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards represent an amazing group of women entrepreneurs from across the United States and as far away as Japan, India, Turkey, Kenya, and the UAE,” said Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women. “We are so proud to recognize their accomplishments as CEOs of fast-growth companies, community leaders, and role models and mentors to other women and girls. We look forward to shining the spotlight on them at our 18th annual awards event in March.”

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Adelante Magazine - 2019 Holiday Gift Ideas

Adelante Magazine's 2019 Holiday Gift Ideas

Shrink Rap Radio - Stress and How to Short-Circuit It with Amy Serin PhD

Stress and How to Short-Circuit It with Amy Serin PhD

Amy Serin is a world-renowned neuropsychologist who is on a mission to teach you how to shut off the stress switch, which is the name of her new book: The Stress Switch, The Truth About Stress and How to Short-Circuit it. She has spoken at over 100 conferences, has been featured in the Huffington Post, Bustle.com, and has been honored with many entrepreneurial awards. As a neuropsychologist and stress expert, she understands the complexity of brain-based issues and utilizes cutting-edge, integrative approaches to help people reach their own individual goals. Serin’s approach to switching off the stress switch is both scientific and holistic and stems from a broad educational background. She graduated from Arizona State University, where she was Valedictorian and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Pediatric Neuropsychology from The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Serin completed her training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and several private practices before opening a practice to serve Phoenix and the West Valley. She is President-Elect of The Arizona Neuropsychological Association and a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the Arizona Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Arizona Children’s Services Network. Dr. Serin is the founder of Serin Center neuropsychology clinics offering psychological and neurological assessments for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions. Dr. Serin, invented TouchPoints, a noninvasive lifestyle wearable that is a U.S. patent pending neuroscientific technology to relieve stress by over 70% in as few as 30 seconds.

Techlicious - 6 Innovative Back To School Products

6 Innovative Back To School Products

The majority of parents (86 percent) and educators (79 percent) agree that technology is a crucial part of a child’s education, according to a new study by the Consumer Technology Association. Introducing your child to technology at an early age gives them a head start on digital literacy skills they’ll use their entire lives, and can teach them problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will help them tackle other topics in the future.

But when it comes to buying high-tech toys for your child, you have a lot of options. These six products are our favorites for giving your child an early start on their high-tech skills.

Square Off Smart Chess Board

Chess is a great way to teach kids problem-solving and decision making, skills they’ll be able to use for the rest of their lives. But it can be hard to teach chess without having a chess expert in the house — which is where Square Off comes in.

This smart chessboard lets your child play against the AI or chess players around the world. The AI has 20 difficulty levels to hone chess skills and keep your child challenged and learning. Combined with the ability to connect with human chess players for remote games, Square Off offers endless variety. And unlike chess software, Square Off is a physical chessboard with pieces that move all on their own, letting your child play just like there is someone in the room. And the child's opponent only needs the Square Off app (free for iOS and Android), making it great for friends and family who live far away.

It’s the perfect chess partner for your child.

Price: Starts at $389 from Square Off

Echo Dot Kids Edition Smart Speaker

Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition, powered by the Alexa voice assistant, is a fantastic hands-free helper. It can turn on the lights in the living room, read recipes in the kitchen and even answer questions. But this smart speaker can also help your kids learn spelling, math, and other skills, as well as offer plenty of kid-appropriate entertainment options. Alexa can answer questions about spelling and math, and kids can ask all kinds of general knowledge questions to help with homework — or just satisfy their curiosity. Alexa can even help manage their day with alarms, a chore chart and the ability to voice chat to talk to your child from across the house.

For entertainment, a one-year FreeTime Unlimited subscription is included with the Kids Edition of the device, with membership costing $2.99/month for Prime members or $4.99/month for non-Prime members after the first year. The subscription offers access to tons of kid-friendly content, with more than 1,000 Audible audiobooks, podcasts, and skills from brands like Disney. Your child will never lack for something to do, and Amazon’s curated content is always age-appropriate.

With the Kids Edition, you also get a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If it breaks, Amazon will replace it: no questions asked.

Price: $69.99 from Amazon

TouchPoints for Kids Stress Relief

Stress and anxiety aren’t just problems for adults. Your child may experience stress from managing schoolwork and responsibilities, maintaining friendships or coping with bullying, changes such as moving or divorce, and plenty of other things. And just like adults, stress can have negative health consequences.

TouchPoints for Kids are bands worn around each wrist that produce gentle micro-vibrations to calm stress and reduce anxiety. The product was developed by a neuropsychologist and the underlying technology, Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) technology, has been proven through multiple studies to immediately reduce beta wave activity in the brain, a sign of stress. A quick 15-minute treatment can calm your child, which can help with tantrums, ease them to sleep at bedtime, and reduce anxiety over tests or other stressful situations.

TouchPoint is a great supplement to your child’s existing routine, cutting down on stress so they can focus on their day-to-day activities.

Price: $159.99 from TouchPoint

Itty Bitty Buggy Programmable Robot

High-tech toys can be fun and educational at the same time, teaching STEM skills like coding. And if you’re looking to boost your child’s STEM skills, you can’t go wrong with the Itty Bitty Buggy, a programmable robot that can teach basic coding as well as more advanced concepts.

The bot kit comes includes everything kids need to build the Buggy and four other projects: Sloth, Ladybug, Dodo Bird and Alien. When your child has run out of projects, an expansion pack ($19.99) adds three more. And, of course, they can design their very own bots, and even expand on their designs with LEGO and other building blocks.

Bots can be controlled by remote or by voice (via your Android or iOS device), or your child can program it with the simple Scratch drag-and-drop coding interface. When your child becomes more skilled, they can create programs using Arduino or Python, the same programming languages used by actual coders. All in all, the Itty Bitty Buggy offers four levels of difficulty, making it an educational toy your child can learn from for a long time.

Price: $59.99 from Microduino

HP ProBook x360 11 G3 & G4 EE Convertible Laptop

Though there are lots of high-tech teaching tools, computers are the most essential. They unlock access to countless educational resources, from word processors to type up assignments to web searches to find information on any subject. Easy access to a computer lets your child get a head-start on building technical literacy and can improve learning outcomes.

But what should you buy? To get a sense, check out Education Edition products like the HP ProBook x360 11 G3 — and the more powerful G4.  They are lightweight and rugged, so they are easy to carry, and can be used as a standard laptop or folded into the stand, tent, or tablet modes. An optional pen lets kids take handwritten notes or sketch right on the screen.

To keep this laptop safe on the go, they have shock-absorbing molded rubber trim, a resilient Gorilla Glass screen, and a spill-resistant keyboard. That means they should be able to survive many mishaps and will be just fine bouncing around in a backpack. And the laptops' slim 11” size and 3lb weight also makes them easy to carry without weighing your child down.

Powered by an Intel Celeron or Core M 8th Gen processor and 4GB of RAM, these laptops aren't built for gaming or heavy computing, which means the laptop you buy for your middle school or high school student doesn't have to be either. 

Boolean Box DIY Computer Kit

This do-it-yourself computer kit lets your child build their very own computer, which is a fantastic way for them to learn STEM skills. While the Boolean Box was designed to encourage girls to take up technology, this kit is suitable for anyone age 8 and up.

The kit includes everything your child needs to put together their own computer without any help. All the essentials — including a Raspberry Pi processor, case, power supply, SD card, HDMI cable, and other components — are right in the box with a set of easy-to-follow instructions. Kids will learn basic electrical engineering concepts as they go, and once they’ve finished putting everything together, it can be plugged into any HDMI monitor.

Then your child can jump straight into coding. Boolean U offers an online curriculum that lets kids learn Scratch and Python programming skills at their own pace. Lessons walk them through creating animation to making games, and plenty of other projects. And if they ever get tired of the curriculum, they can come up with their own projects. Along the way, they’ll learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills — and they’ll be ahead of the game for coding lessons in the classroom.

Price: $169.99 from Boolean Girl Tech

Image Credits: Square Off, Amazon, TouchPoint, Microduino, HP, Boolean Girl Tech

This article first appeared in Techlicious on August 13, 2019 by Elizabeth Harper. To read the full article, click here.

Well Professor? - TouchPoints - Report of the Evidence (An Independent Academic Viewpoint)

TouchPoints - Report of the Evidence (An Independent Academic Viewpoint)

TouchPoint is a non-invasive wearable that uses a somatosensory-based methodology, called Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) stimulation training. They give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain to reduce body sensations, shift the body's fight, flight or freeze response and create neural pathways.

Having reviewed the website www.thetouchpointsolution.com and promotional material, it is claimed using the TouchPoints can relieve stress by over 70% in as little as 30 seconds. As well as alleviating insomnia and general stress, it is also reported that TouchPoints can help users cope with conditions such as Parkinson's, Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The following is a review of the science that supports the claims which has been informed by the personal use and examination of the basic model.

The product was developed by Neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin using quantitative electroencephalogram data, existing neuroscience research and archival data of the salience network (SN). The SN consists of the amygdala, insula and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex which are involved in the detection of salient internal and external stimuli. Abnormal conduction in the SN can lead to hyperarousal, fear, stress and potentially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). BLAST Technology has been shown to positively alter various brain functions and the mechanism of action is consistent with the alternating hemispheric activation hypothesis proposed by Propper and Christman (2008). This postulates that rapidly alternating patterns of electrical activity in the two hemispheres increases inter-hemispheric interaction reducing sympathetic activation by reducing the electrical activity of key areas of the SN.

Dr. Serin has published widely in the area and recent work has highlighted the therapeutic benefit to individuals using TouchPoints with high or pathological levels of anxiety or stress. Serin, Hageman, and Kade (2018) examined 1109 people with PTSD who initially rated levels of emotional stress and bodily distress on a scale of 0 (no stress/distress) to 10 (worst stress/distress of one's life) before and after the application of TouchPoints. Results highlighted a statistically significant reduction in the levels of both emotional stress (62%) and bodily distress (50%) after only 30 seconds of use. Mindful of only referring to evidence published by the products developer, data from two independent studies (albeit unpublished) have been reviewed. 

Firstly, Junior and Johnson (unpublished findings) undertook a placebo-controlled, triple-blind clinical trial of 80 male participants aged 18-35 years who were randomized into a treatment group (n=40) or a control (placebo) group (n=40). Outcome measures were the TouchPoint challenge score (TPC - a subjective rating of the level of emotional stress) and salivary cortisol levels obtained before treatment, immediately following the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) and 20 minutes thereafter. Results showed that the treatment group had a statistically greater decrease in the TPC score relative to the control group both immediately following the TSST and 20 minutes after.  Salivary cortisol levels in the treatment group were also lower than the control group. 

Secondly (unpublished findings) examined 4 pupils with severe learning difficulties in a special education school in South Wales. Behavior was monitored the week prior to using TouchPoints in which their use resulted in a decreased frequency of disruptive behaviors such as lying on the floor, screaming, and hair pulling. However, due to the low sample size, further investigation is warranted.

Once charged the TouchPoint devices were easy to set up, merely having to insert them onto wrist straps. They are typically worn on the wrists but can be held, or clipped to clothing as well as placed around the ankles. They are simple to activate by pressing the 'on button' until a green light appears. The user then selects the desired setting by pressing the button again with the blue light indicating the 'sleep' setting, the yellow light indicating the 'calm' setting, and the purple light indicating the 'anger' setting. The intensity of the vibration increases as you progress through the settings. There is a useful feature in that if you position the second TouchPoint close to the first, with the lights facing each other, the second will automatically synchronize with the first TouchPoint. It is simple to switch off i.e. all that is needed is to hold the two devices away from each other and press the button on each until the lights fade.

Wearing the TouchPoints is no different to wearing a watch on each wrist so they are lightweight and can be easily removed, stored and carried. TouchPoints can be used anywhere and the vibration is no louder than a mobile phone. I was easily able to use it in my office whilst working.

Users are encouraged to undertake a challenge which has been mentioned in the aforementioned research i.e the TPC. I personally rated a stressful event 8 / 10 and did experience what I would consider a significant reduction after a few minutes of use.

One limitation is that the 'yellow' illumination is not that different from the 'green' which took a little time to figure out. I personally found the purple 'anger' setting too intense as it was distracting. However, I found benefit using the 'yellow' and 'blue' settings which I anticipate may not be appropriate for other users. In sum, you have options for preference as the situation demands.

The vision of TouchPoints is to create a more healthy, peaceful, and productive world through a fundamental shift in the way people understand and handle their stress response by making BLAST technology affordable and accessible for everyone. The burgeoning evidence suggests that TouchPoints may be effective in reducing stress and anxiety and may lead to reduced inflammation after exposure to stressful situations. The claims and benefits of TouchPoints are supported by specific product testing by academics. 

I used TouchPoints multiple times and recommend visiting the product website for more details at https://thetouchpointsolution.com/#shop_now.

References

Propper, R.E. and Christman, S.D. (2008). Interhemispheric Interaction and Saccadic Horizontal Eye Movements Implications for Episodic Memory, EMDR, and PTSD. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 2(4), 269-281.

Serin, A. Hageman, N. and Kade, E. (2018). The Therapeutic Effect of Bilateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile Form Technology on the Stress Response. Journal Of Biotechnology And Biomedical Science, 1(2), 42 -47.

Unpublished findings x 2

This article first appeared in Well Professor in June 2019 by Dr. David Broom Ph.D. To read the full article, click here.

 

Well Professor? - TouchPoints

TouchPoints

Fear and anxiety hold us back. Fear of failure, fear of what has happened, or what may happen. In modern life, it is everywhere. According to Forth (2018), in the UK we feel stressed and anxious an average of nine days per month, and over half of us worry about the impact this is having on our health. Anxiety over money and work are also never far from our minds. We start worrying early in life too, with 75% of mental health problems becoming established by the age of 24. Touchpoints can combat this anxiety, and it can do it quickly.

Touchpoints work to calm anxiety and stress. Using patent-pending BLAST (Bilateral, Alternating, Stimulation, Tactile) technology. Touchpoints are worn on either side on the body, such as the wrists or ankles, or discretely in a pocket. They work using adjustable vibrations, known as BLAST (Bilateral, Alternating, Stimulation, Tactile) to gently stimulate alternate sides of your body to alter the function of your brain, calming down the sensation of fear and anxiety. Touchpoints are backed by decades of scientific research and they are effective. Studies show Touchpoints can help calm the stress response by 70% in just five minutes.

Who’s behind it?

Touchpoints were invented by neurophysiologist Dr. Amy Serin after a decade of research in her field. Dr. Serin realized that a key part of the effective treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) could be developed into a stand-alone product. After successful trials to demonstrate effectiveness, and with the backing of existing neuroscience research, Touchpoints were ready for launch.

How do you use Touchpoints?

Touchpoints are for the whole family and they can help us in many of the daily situations that we all face. Anxious before an interview? Touchpoints can help with that. Weighed down by negative thoughts? Touchpoints can relieve those too. How about a toddler tantrum? If used early, touchpoints can help prevent these from developing, or if the tantrum is in full swing that can help calm your agitated child. In fact, Touchpoints have such a wide range of applications that Dr. Serin has developed a very handy encyclopedia of Touchpoints uses from A-Z.

Touchpoints and Children

Touchpoints really come into their own when helping children to control their emotions and establish routines, such as when it's time to focus on homework or wind down for bed. One particularly fascinating area is the application of Touchpoints for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), helping them cope with sensory overload and sensitivity in a very accessible way. So much is this the case, that Touchpoints are now helping over 100,000 people with this condition.

The User Lab test

Set up. The initial set up of the touchpoints is very easy, like most things they need charging before you can set them up which is very simple with the double wired USB charging cable that comes in the box. When they are plugged in, a red light will come on and when the light goes off this indicates they are fully charged.

The Touchpoints come as a pair, so one for each side of the body- so when you start them the first unit you switch on will be the ‘Lead’ unit and the second unit becomes the ‘Follower’ unit. These roles are chosen each time you switch them on so it’s not a permanent assignment that you have to remember each time which one the lead and follower last time was when you switched them on.

To switch them on you have to press the button on the ‘Lead’ unit twice and a blue light will come on which is the Sleep setting. When you switch the follower unit on you need to point the lights on each unit at each other and then press the on button on the follower unit. The light will then match that of the lead unit and the two will alternately vibrate to show they are paired with each other. The setting can be changed by then pressing the button on the Lead unit while the lights are facing each other this will change the color of the light on each unit.

  • Blue= Sleep/Meditation
  • Yellow= Calm/Focus
  • Purple= Anger/Irritability

The Touchpoints can then be placed on each wrist as it alternately vibrates on each side. If you don’t them to have on your wrists then you can put them on your ankles or discreetly in your pockets as long as they are on either side of your body they will work. There is an optional belt clip that can be used also if that’s what you prefer.

When turning the units off make sure the lights are not facing each other and press the power button on the top until you see the green lights on the units, these will eventually disappear as the units shut down.

Easy of use. The Touchpoints are convenient and very easy to use, they are small units so are not difficult to keep in a pocket or bag so they easy to carry around and have with you when you need it. I didn’t have any issues when using them and found them easy to use whenever I needed to during the day.

Build quality. The Touchpoint units are reasonably well made, the units are water resistant but not suitable for swimming or getting too wet. I feel there’s more function over design with the touchpoints, the units look quite basic but the function and effect they produce are very good and they work well. So as long as your not too worried about the overall design and value the impressive effect on stress and anxiety this can help with, then these are for you.

What the experts say

We collaborate with some of the greatest minds in the industry, to provide you with a truly independent view of the products we test. The Lab is the heartbeat of Well Professor, where we do all the hard work so you don't have to. Inside you can find the academic reports of the science behind the product technology and see which claims are backed by real evidence.

Read the lab report here

"The claims and benefits of touchpoints are supported by specific product testing by academics." - Dr. David Broom, Sheffield Hallam University

The Well Professor Verdict?

If fear and anxiety are holding you back, Touchpoints are for you. Touchpoints are also for your entire family and the daily emotional challenges you all encounter. There is an impressive level of research behind the creation of Touchpoints, and they work.

This article first appeared in Well Professor in June 2019. To read the full article, click here.

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