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Local indoor vertical farm company expands its North American presence

A local indoor vertical farm concept company has grown its reach to the other side of the globe.

Indoor Farms of America LLC, unveiling its vertical aeroponic growing system at the end of 2015, recently signed a distributor agreement with Greenhouses Canada — for multiple provinces of Canada.

“Greenhouses Canada will have soon have a locally accessible demonstration farm for folks from Ontario and other regions to visit,” Indoor Farms of America CEO David Martin said. “This agreement means so much in the way of bringing our proprietary, amazing aeroponic equipment to the Canadian market, where big demand exists, in a streamlined and efficient way, using local labor to install farms in the process. It is a win-win situation.”

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Indoor Farms America also has been talking with several other people from Canada, with multiple contracts in due diligence, a recent statement said.

The system offers setup versatility; it can be used greenhouses, warehouse farms, semi-trailer, box truck or stand-alone containers. The system also works in regions that have harsh conditions.

Farmers can grow 40 plants per square foot in a space within a clearance of 8 feet, something company officials see as a heavy achievement.

A business opportunity

The Urban Chamber of Commerce will hold a vendor forum, hosted by Southwest Gas Corp., from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 7 at its facilities at 1951 Stella Lake St.

The event, which is free to attend, will cover procurement opportunities in general contracting, landscaping, janitorial, plumbing, security and roof maintenance, along with other sectors.

For information about reserving a spot for the event, visit urbanchamber.org.

Cox offers discounts to

Metro Chamber members

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and Cox Communications Las Vegas, have partnered to offer chamber members, and those members’ employees, benefits and discounts related to Cox residential products and services.

The program, dubbed the Cox Affiliate Partnership Program, will offer discounts under the Cox residential product line including Cox advanced TV, Cox digital telephone and high-speed internet.

“The Las Vegas Metro Chamber is proud to offer this unique Cox Communications discount program to our members and their employees,” Las Vegas Metro Chamber President and CEO Kristin McMillan said. “This new affinity program not only helps our members reduce expenses but also gives employers the opportunity to extend cost savings to their employees.”

Michael F. Bolognini, vice president and market leader of Cox Las Vegas and a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce trustee, said.

“Cox is proud to be an active member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and supporter of our dynamic business community.”

A happy partnership

Opportunity Village has partnered with MentalHappy, a company aiming to help people overcome anxiety, stress, worry, depression and sadness.

Clients of Opportunity Village, an organization that looks to improve the lives of individuals with significant intellectual disabilities and their families, will create hand-painted bookmarks for MentalHappy’s Cheerboxes — a package designed to motivate and inspire the recipient, while increasing their mental and emotional well-being.

The package contains four items including a gratitude jar, a notebook of positive aspects and other items to suit a recipient’s likes and needs.

Opportunity Village is the largest employer of people with disabilities, which the organization calls Opportunity Village Important People.

Bookmarks will be created through Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program. Opportunity Village will collect 5 percent of the proceeds from Cheerbox sales.

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