Consorteum Holdings Inc. (OTCBB:CSRH)
Consorteum Holdings Inc. is a technology systems integrating company in the financial services, payment and transaction processing industries. The company provides electronic transaction processing and management services to financial institutions, healthcare, government, public and private sectors companies.
Thanks to the vast experience of the company's management team, Consorteum has been able to develop a well-thought out strategy to capitalize on the global opportunities within the growing financial services, payment and transaction marketplace. The company recognized a requirement within these industries to provide right source solutions to companies looking to maximize their business potential. The current economic slowdown has all companies even more focused on the bottom line and finding the most-efficient solutions to help them run their businesses.
Consorteum helps their clients by offering a long-term strategic plan that is tailored specifically to the individual client – a right source solution. The company's expertise in the industry allows them to supply the right technologically advanced solution from a number of global technology partners to enhance their clients' existing payment and transaction system and therefore improve the customer's overall efficiency and productivity.
The company has identified eight key markets in which to target their services. These markets are: payroll cards, check cashing, loyalty and rewards programs, stored value and gift cards, consumer rebate programs, merchant discount rates, patient cards for the health and wellness industry, and the over 130 million people in North America who have little or no banking relationship – the unbanked/underbanked.
In these target markets, Consorteum will provide their clients either turnkey or customizable programs based on each clients' individual needs. Consorteum's unique technology solutions will give the company's clients the ability to handle most types of electronic cards, depending on the clients' needs. These electronic cards include: payroll cards, re-loadable prepaid cards, government benefit cards, rebate cards, loyalty cards, merchant discount, and non re-loadable gift cards.
Consorteum's business model aims to generate revenues on every transaction the company touches and create repetitive transactions, thus developing long-term sustainable income. The company's goal is also to have their customers think of them more as partners, rather than just technology providers, which will lead to a more long-lasting profitable relationship.
General Environmental Management Inc. (OTCBB:GEVI)
General Environmental Management Inc. is a fully integrated environmental service company which provides field services, remediation, EHS compliance services, on-site technical services and off-site treatment services. The company believes it provides the best innovations, technology, facilities, logistics and information systems in the industry to give their customers an unsurpassed suite of environmental services.
The wastes that the company manages includes materials designated as “hazardous” and other “non-hazardous” subject to federal and state waste regulations. General Environmental Management assists clients from a number of sectors – government entities, commercial and industrial clients, educational institutions, and other environmental service providers in the western US – in meeting regulatory requirements for the disposal of these wastes. The company provides a full suite of services for these clients including: enviro-construction and engineering services, waste minimization, in-plant services, and waste transportation.
General Environmental is a proactive company that seeks creative solutions that avoid, rather than simply respond, to problems. For example, the company always attempts to find a reuse or recycle option for clients in order to reduce the burden of the disposal of waste on our environment. If no reuse, recycle, or treatment option is available, General Environmental will assist their clients in determining the most appropriate, compliant, and cost effective means for disposal.
The company again shows their innovativeness by leading the industry with its web-based suite of management tools that provide 24/7 access to the information clients need to better manage their waste. General Environmental's range of environmental services can all be monitored, tracked and managed, by both the company and the client through its enterprise software – GEMWare. This software allows users to monitor all waste disposal activities along with any pertinent environmental regulatory compliance guidelines.
The waste disposal industry overall should continue to do well no matter how poorly the economy is doing as governmental environmental regulations do not disappear even in difficult economic times. As a leading innovator in the industry, General Environmental Management is well positioned to continue to flourish on others' waste.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB:KBLB)
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. is a cutting edge biotechnology company that is focused on the development of high performance fibers and polymers by creating transgenic silkworms inserted with spider genes. The goal is that these transgenic silkworms will spin a new “super fiber” which is similar to natural spider silk.
Spider silk is one of the strongest and most resilient fibers known. It has several properties that are unmatched by synthetic fibers. One property is spider silk's ability to absorb energy and then dissipate the energy evenly. Another property is spider silk's extreme resistance to breaking under strain. In this respect, spider silk outperforms all known fibers – natural and man-made. It is these properties which makes spider silk especially attractive in applications for use in products such as bulletproof vests, artificial limbs, suspension cables and parachute cords.
Kraig Biocraft has acquired the exclusive rights to the genetic sequences for spiders patented by the University of Wyoming and the genetic engineering technology developed by the University of Notre Dame. The company is working together with the leading genetic engineers at these universities to develop enzymes and strategies for conducting site specific genetic recombination of the spider silk gene in an effort to produce a transgenic variety of silkworm.
Efforts to produce the desired proteins in a transgenic silkworm have significantly accelerated during the course of the year, possibly leading to a breakthrough by the end of 2009. Kraig Biocraft has been able to make 5000+ insertions of genetic packets per week. The company reached a milestone in May with the announcement of the creation of eight spider silk-based genetic constructs. The genetic constructs are packets of DNA that act as a blueprint for the creation of new polymers and spider silk-based proteins.
If Kraig Biocraft is successful in creating a spider silk-based fiber product, the company will be breaking into the huge $90 billion global market for high performance technical fibers. The United States market (where Kraig Biocraft will have their patents) for these fibers is roughly $45 billion. This industry has experienced significant growth over the past decade and growth is expected to continue in the industry for the foreseeable future.
Estimates have been made that any product produced by the company should immediately be worth several hundred dollars in revenues. Spider silk's unqiue advantages – resistance to breakage and energy absorption – along with the fact that it is a natural product and not produced using toxic chemicals should allow Kraig Biocraft to easily find a profitable niche within the massive fibers industry.