Privacy Policy

Commitment to Your Privacy
This site is owned and operated by Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. At, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe. Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information, and how you can avoid the non-essential collection and use of information if you wish. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it, and explains how you can prevent us from collecting and using certain personal information of yours which is not essential to the functioning and use of the site.

Information We Collect and How We Use It
When using our website, you should understand that we routinely collect certain information about use of our website (described below). Also, by: accessing certain areas of the site requiring registration or a personal identification or account number or code, receiving our electronic newsletters, submitting company information to our Directory, submitting news or information to our News and Events area, or by clicking on a link in our website prompting you to contact us and sending us an electronic mail message, you may provide us with personal information about you or through which you may be identified (“Personal Information”). This statement applies to information we learn about you by any of these methods.

Website Use Information collects information about the use of our site, including the aggregate number of page views on our site, and the aggregate number of unique visitors to the site. We may also collect the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet; the IP address of the computer you are using; the browser and operating system you are using, and their configuration; the date and time you access the site; the files you download from our site; the sequence of pages on our site you view; the path through which you navigate our site; the Internet address of the website from which you linked to the site; and whether you have enabled certain features, including cookies and Java script. (“Website Use Information”).

We collect and analyze Website Use Information to determine how our website is used, including, among other things, which pages users visit, how long they stay, from what sites or servers visitors to our site come, etc. We collect and maintain this information on an aggregate, anonymous basis only, meaning that we do not associate Personal Information about you or your identity with this information. We also use the information to help us find and fix any technical problems, to measure the level of traffic on our site, to determine the usefulness of our site, and to improve it. We may also provide Website Use Information to third parties, such as advertisers and marketing firms, but again, in aggregate, anonymous form only.

Error Information
When errors occur, captures information about the user’s environment and activity as of the time of the error. Information acquired at such times includes information sent by the user’s browser, such as the browser type and the referring page, as well as the user’s identity based on his or her own registration for the site. We use this type of information to detect and resolve technical problems, and to improve the functioning of our site.

Information Regarding Advertising
Although derives much of its revenue from sponsorships and advertising, we do not share information about a users’ click streams or other behavior with advertisers. With regard to advertisements, we track a tally of page views per rotating ad, and may share that information with advertisers or prospective advertisers.

We may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. uses cookies to identify you as a registered user, and thus make certain activities on the site, such as logging in, more convenient.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you’ve set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to participate actively in the login-requirement services on the site.

User-Supplied Information

Also, gathers information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to register for the site, receiving our electronic newsletters, submitting company information to our Directory, submitting news or information to our News and Events area, or by clicking on a link in our website prompting you to contact us and sending us an electronic mail message, and participating in polls and surveys. Users who do not choose to register for, or use these services, may remain completely anonymous. uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our site, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users. We use Personal Information provided by users in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in our interactive services. will never share newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners, except as part of a business consolidation or acquisition of or its assets. Except as part of such a consolidation or acquisition, to comply with applicable law or valid legal process, or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public, will not share information about individual users with any third party.

Users who supply Personal Information are given the means to access such information, and correct any inaccuracies.

Opt-Out Policy
We give users options to avoid sharing Personal Information where necessary and practical. Such choices include:
• Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters.
• Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which eliminates the need to gather any Personal Information from our users

Please understand that information transmitted over the Internet traverses private and public computer and telecommunications networks with varying levels of security. Generally, unencrypted e-mail and information exchanged in a “non-secure session” is not secure. In certain cases, you may be prompted to provide personal information necessary to process your request, and we may use an encrypted form to establish a “secure session” using a “Secure Socket Layer,” to help protect the confidentiality of such information. We will identify such secure sessions, to help you know when this type of protection is being used. Also, your browser may have features that will help you distinguish a secure session from an unencrypted session. While we have implemented reasonable security measures to prevent unauthorized access to, and unauthorized disclosure, loss or alteration of information received via our website, and intend to continue to improve these measures as technology advances, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any communication, information, or material transmitted to or from our website, and will not be liable or responsible for any such access or disclosure, loss or alteration. To help ensure your privacy, be sure to exit your browser before leaving the computer, especially if you are using one in a public place.

Your Consent; Changes to The Site
By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it, so check back frequently to see if there have been any modifications.  If there are any questions, you can contact our Privacy Officer, Judy Hammond, at, or phone 562-906-1101.