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Inc. Magazine's Business Owners Council and John Mackey, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market, Inc. [WFM] to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

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ADVISORY, Jan. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

Inc. Magazine's Business Owners Council, a membership organization for top entrepreneurs and owners of closely-held family businesses, and John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, Inc. [WFM], will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Mackey will take part in an exclusive interview as part of the Business Brilliant series presented by Inc. and NASDAQ OMX to discuss his new book, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, co-authored by Rajendra Sisodia.

In honor of the occasion, Lewis Schiff, Executive Director, Inc. Business Owners Council, and John Mackey, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market, Inc., will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell.

Where:

NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Contacts:
Lewis Schiff
(800) 536-0046 ext. 205
lewis.schiff@inc.net

Mark Fortier
(212) 675-6460
mark@fortierpr.com

NASDAQ MarketSite:
Jen Knapp
(212) 401-8916
Jennifer.knapp@nasdaqomx.com

Feed Information:

*As of January 7, 2013 the Ceremony feeds will be in HD 1080i.

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Webcast:

A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell will be available at:
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Photos:

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About Inc. Business Owners Council:

The Inc. Business Owners Council is a membership organization for top entrepreneurs and owners of closely-held family businesses. A new Inc. magazine initiative, the first chapter of The Council launched in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area in 2010. www.Inc.net

About John Mackey:

John P. Mackey, co-founder of the Company, has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1980. Mr. Mackey also served as President from June 2001 to October 2004, and as Chairman of the Board from 1978 to December 2009. As the company's visionary, he has led the development of many innovative programs such as the $10 million in low-interest loans to local farmers and food producers to help them expand their businesses, the Whole Planet Foundation whose mission is to help end poverty in developing nations with micro credit, a welfare rating system that improves the welfare of food animals, and a labeling system that creates transparency of seafood sustainability. Mr. Mackey's most recent focus is re-invigorating Whole Foods Market's emphasis on healthy eating and lifestyle choices. An active promoter of a new business paradigm termed "Conscious Capitalism," he is also co-founder of a non-profit organization of that name.

Mr. Mackey recently co-authored "Conscious Capitalism, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business" to boldly defend and re-imagine capitalism while encouraging others to implement a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.

About NASDAQ OMX Group:

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 23 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.99+% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,400 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

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Source:The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.