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Redbubble Group and Cartoon Network Launch Month-Long Steven Universe Fan Experience for Fan Artists and Consumers Around the World

Fan art marketplace leader Redbubble Group, together with leading animated series network Cartoon Network, is launching its first ultimate fan experience program in conjunction with the upcoming Steven Universe The Movie. The program runs on two artist marketplaces, and, and gives fans the chance to engage with their favorite characters in all new ways-- including the ability to create and buy designs from other fans. Fans can also participate in a one-of-a-kind personal adventure on the Steven Universe microsite, find exclusive merchandise available for only a limited time, and get a first look at scenes from the movie as depicted by Redbubble community artists.

The personal adventure--which launches today August 22-- begins with selecting a character and through a series of prompts, guides visitors on a fan-art-fueled trip through the world of Steven Universe. The adventure features art created by Redbubble artists in partnership with the show, and culminates in a uniquely personalized piece derived from the adventurer’s choices.

“We know that people can’t get enough of Steven Universe and wanted to give them a creative and fun way to get hyped up for the upcoming movie,” says Redbubble SVP of Partnerships and General Manager of Global Licensing Eric Morse. “Redbubble is all about supporting individuals expressing what they are passionate about, and Cartoon Network has long been a home for shows that create deep connections with fans.”

As part of the month-long celebration, Redbubble, in partnership with its sister company Teepublic, will also give fans the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition, special effects T-shirt that will be sold in limited quantities on in September. Following the limited edition run of the special effects shirt, the new design celebrating the movie launch will be sold exclusively on and as an official Cartoon Network design. Also, on September 2, fans will get a chance to see artwork from Redbubble artists inspired by the not-yet-released Steven Universe The Movie, unveiled on the Redbubble site.

Steven Universe The Movie premieres Monday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. In his first television movie, Steven thinks his time defending the Earth is over, but when a new threat comes to Beach City, Steven faces his biggest challenge yet. The epic music-filled adventure for Steven and his friends will overflow with more new songs and music than ever before. For the latest updates around the movie, visit

Steven Universe The Movie comes from the Peabody and GLAAD Media Award-winning team behind Cartoon Network's hit series Steven Universe. The Emmy-nominated series is created by Emmy and Annie Award-nominated writer and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Sugar, and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

To view Steven Universe fan art on Redbubble, please visit

About Redbubble Group 
Founded in 2006, the Redbubble Group incorporates Redbubble Limited and its subsidiaries, including TP Apparel LLC (TeePublic). The Redbubble Group owns and operates the leading global online marketplaces hosted at and, powered by more than one million independent artists. The Redbubble Group’s community of passionate creatives sell uncommon designs on high-quality, everyday products such as apparel, stationery, housewares, bags, wall art and so on. Through the Redbubble and TeePublic marketplaces, independent artists are able to profit from their creativity and reach a new universe of adoring fans. For customers, it’s the ultimate in self-expression. A simple but meaningful way to show the world who they are and what they care about.

Redbubble acquired Teepublic in 2018 and together they make up Redbubble Group, creating the largest global fan art marketplace in the world.

About Cartoon Network 
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball and We Bare Bears, as well as Rick and Morty on Adult Swim.

Cartoon Network is a division of WarnerMedia and the #1 animated series network in the U.S., offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as Ben 10, Craig of the Creek, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Powerpuff Girls, and We Bare Bears. Seen in 192 countries, over 400 million homes and in 31 languages, Cartoon Network inspires the next generation of creators and innovators by engaging its audience at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its award-winning pro-social initiative, Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an acknowledged and often used resource for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.

Media Contacts:

Marissa Hermo, Redbubble - 201.962.5983 
marissa.hermo (at) redbubble (dot) com                 

Alexandra Packey, Cartoon Network - 404.885.4339 
alexandra.packey (at) turner (dot) com

Posted in: Business,Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Marketing & Sales

THRIVE Earns a Spot on the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for a Third Year

For the third year, THRIVE, a strategic innovation and experience design firm, is excited to announce it has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Since 1982, Inc. magazine has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into this very exclusive club.

With a three-year revenue growth rate of 91%, THRIVE secured the 3745 spot on the prestigious list. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — its independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“We are truly honored to be ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for a third time,” said Jonathan Dalton, THRIVE Co-Founder and CEO. “Our #1 priority is company culture. Our belief is if we get the culture right, everything else falls into place. We attribute our incredible growth to our team, clients and business partners who embrace our THRIVING culture.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was 7.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

More About Inc. and the Inc. 5000:

Methodology: The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is 0,000; the minimum for 2018 is million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit


THRIVE is a strategic innovation and experience design firm helping ambitious leaders build iconic brands through informed design. We help clients feel courageous. Our clients walk away with the conviction and confidence to design what’s next.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, THRIVE is an experienced group of researchers, strategists and product developers who work at the intersection of design, the social sciences, and business to help companies create new value. Our expertise in generating insight, envisioning new ideas, reinventing categories, and translating brands into tangible experiences, has helped leading companies to THRIVE. For more information, visit our website.

For THRIVE Media Inquiries Contact:

Lori Tilt Koepka 
Tilt Marketing 
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Announcing OneScreen Canada with Offices Now Open in Ontario

For several years, OneScreen has been selling flat panel interactive displays throughout Canada with a select group of resellers on a case-by-case basis. All that is about to change, thanks to a new office space and new initiative headed by Lincoln Vaz, a seasoned collaboration solutions consultant known for his drive and creativity.

"We are delighted to bring Lincoln Vaz on board as OneScreen's Country Manager for Canada," said OneScreen CEO Sufian Munir. "Lincoln's 25 plus years of experience in the interactive flat panel market will help more people work together across greater distances. He combines an intuitive connection to the unmet needs among Canadian buyers with a deep understanding of the science that makes our collaboration hardware and software possible."

The global demand for interactive flat panels, both in the educational sector and in corporate conference rooms, has spiked over the past few years. In 2018, global interactive flat panel sales increased 39 percent, according to technology consulting firm Futuresource. The market will be worth almost billion by 2024 and continue growing at 7.2 percent. As the market has expanded, the US and Canada have become the leading region for sales of interactive display hardware and applications.

"For me, working in Canada with home court advantage, on a suite of technologies and software that are far beyond anything I've seen, that's just a golden opportunity," Lincoln Vaz stated about his new position heading the OneScreen Canada office. "I've built brands all over Canada but this is a brand that will empower our customers to connect, communicate and collaborate with ease. As an engineer, I can immediately see how much hard work and ingenuity went into the crafting of these interactive plat panels and I know that for the average buyer out there, the flat screens will feel like industrial magic."

Canadian educators and corporate clients have been eager to gain greater access to OneScreen technology for a number of reasons. OneScreen is people-centric technology that was created, and is continually evolving, with the end-users needs as a primary focus. The walk-up-and-work ease of use and simple integration with existing collaboration technology has yet to be readily available for organizations in Canada.

Perhaps the most exciting component of the OneScreen offering for Canadians, however, is the Screen Skills Guru service, promising both resellers and customers the unlimited, free training and support necessary to weave the technology into the fabric of their daily work lives. No other hardware and software manufacturers have offered that level of support and customization. For the AVIT channel, the strong ROI from OneScreen sales was deliberately crafted to energize Canadian entrepreneurs for rapid rollout everywhere.

The OneScreen Canada office will be located in Guelph, Ontario and officially opens its doors today.

About OneScreen 
When collaboration technologies work together, organizations can realize the benefit of people working together. OneScreen Hubware and software solutions facilitate the way collaborators need to flow between work tools and access a variety of content, data, and people to be continuously productive. Headquartered in San Diego, California, OneScreen has offices in the United States, Pakistan, Colombia, Mexico, U.A.E. and Canada. All of your collaboration tools are right here. Learn more at or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posted in: Business,Technology

Energy Marketing Conferences announced the nominees for the “2018 Leadership and Integrity Award".

Energy Marketing Conferences announced the nominees for the “2018 Leadership and Integrity Award". The nominees are retail energy companies who have exemplified fine leadership qualities, the highest level of ethics, and benefit their customers, community, environment as well as internal stakeholders. 


The 11 nominees for the award are: Abest, Agway, Arcadia Power, Clean Choice Energy, Great American Power, LE Energy, Liberty Power, Mega Energy, RRH Energy, Tomorrow Energy, and Town Square Energy.  


The winner of the award will be announced at the upcoming Energy Marketing Conference on September 12th 2019 at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City.  The theme of the conference is “Thriving Under Pressure.”


Past winners of the award include: UGI Energy Services (2017), USG&E (2016), North American Power (2015), Chief Energy (2014), and IDT Energy (2013).


“All seven nominees for the Leadership and Integrity Award are exemplary companies of leadership and integrity,” said Jack Doueck, Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Capital, LED Plus and of Energy Marketing Conferences, “All of these companies showed leadership in how they excelled in hands-on customer service. They were all good stewards of the environment, providing green choices and going digital as much as possible.

All of them donated significantly out of earnings to various non-profits. Some of them provide valuable free tools and technology for customers to become more energy-efficient.  This is sure to be an extremely difficult decision for EMC.”


“In an industry that is plagued by a few bad actors and unprofessional sales practices, these leaders treated people with honesty, integrity, fair play, respect and reasonable consideration. Congratulations to all the nominees,” said Larry Leikin, Co-Founder of EMC and CEO of TrustedTPV.


The Energy Marketing Conference is the largest gathering of retail energy professionals in North America and it expects to host 700 attendees.  

There will be 50 exhibitor booths, 6 interactive panels, 9 executive workshops, more than 50 speakers, a networking breakfast, a luncheon and a vibrant networking reception with live music.  The keynote will be Rich Blaser of Infinite Energy and Citizens for Energy Choices.


The packed agenda begins at 7:30am and will not be over until 7:00pm. The conference is the biggest networking opportunity of the year. Be sure to sign up before it is sold out!


Click HERE to see the full program and register before it is sold out.


Why Attend the Energy Marketing Conference:

  • Hear Brilliant Keynote Speakers
  • Participate in Interactive Panels with Industry Leaders
  • Attend the Executive Workshops on the Most Relevant Topics
  • Visit the 50+ Exhibitors Who Serve the Industry and Provide Value for Your Business
  • Interact With 50 of our Sponsors – the Leading Providers in the Competitive Energy Industry
  • Enjoy the EMC Award Ceremonies – Recognizing the Best in our Industry
  • Take Advantage of Phenomenal Networking Opportunities with 700 other Attendees


Posted in: Business,Commodity Market,Finance Market,Media & Communications,Professional Services

Limited Service Hotels Have Potential to Offer Room Service Through Tech Integration, Research Shows

New research shows potential for hotels to offer on-location dining through tech partnerships, without the F&B overhead. The findings come from a new white paper commissioned by iSeatz, a technology company providing digital booking experiences that integrate with loyalty programs, titled The Future of Room Service.

The report focused on consumers interest and usage in three main areas: traditional room service, and both food delivery and grocery delivery while traveling. Key findings include: 

  • 50% of leisure travelers and 51% of business travelers were either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to order food delivery from hotels for additional loyalty points.
  • Seven in ten respondents have great interest in local food experiences when traveling.
  • ‘Ease and convenience’ are the key motivating factors for ordering both traditional room service and online food delivery.
  • 67% of business travelers and 48% of leisure travelers have already used a food delivery app on a recent trip.

The number of hotels offering room has declined by 40% in a two-year period ending in 2016. Profits from F&B departments at hotels that offer room service are substantially lower than F&B departments are limited service hotels. Food delivery apps such as DoorDash, Grubhub and UberEats have continued to grow at substantial rates.

Download the entire white paper here.

Two of the top five largest hotel chains have already embraced food delivery. In November 2017, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) was the first hotel brand to launch a food delivery partnership, allowing members to earn IHG points for food delivery with Grubhub. In April 2019, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts launched a similar partnership with DoorDash as a way to facilitate in-room dining at their limited-service hotels, which make up approximately 80% of the hotel group’s portfolio.

“We found that the interest in room service is still very high with travelers,” said Kenneth Purcell, CEO of iSeatz. “Hotels can facilitate their loyal guests’ dining needs through an asset-light tech partnership with a food delivery partner, instead of creating an expensive room service program.”

This whitepaper is the third survey produced by Phocuswright and iSeatz. In Spring 2018, Business Travelers’ Demand for Ancillary Services was published as a companion piece to Hotel Ancillaries: An Unexplored Opportunity which focused on the leisure traveler’s interest in ancillary products.

About iSeatz 
iSeatz is a New Orleans based technology company, focusing on bringing together global travel brands with supply partners via a curated booking experience. With clients such as American Express, Expedia, Air Canada, IHG Hotels, and Wyndham Hotels, the iSeatz OneView Platform processes more than B in transactions, and 150B loyalty points annually.

iSeatz recently launched a hotel-specific product, intended to streamline ancillary offerings, and allow deep integration into hotel loyalty programs. The Ancillary Management System (AMS) offers robust reporting and thirteen product modules which allow hotels to offer everything from rental cars to live event tickets through a seamless, mobile-enabled user experience.

Posted in: Business,Food & Beverage,Travel

ISPE Puts a Spotlight on the Trending Industry Initiative Pharma 4.0™

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced their 2019 ISPE Europe Pharma 4.0™ Conference, taking place 20–21 November in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Pharma 4.0™ is a trending industry initiative that highlights the impact and benefit of digitalisation in pharma operations and production. Digitalisation of pharma manufacturing can propel the industry forward and facilitate technological, economical, and logistical advancement. ISPE has created a Pharma 4.0™ operating model to anticipate the industry’s future by incorporating Pharma 4.0™’s strategies for business and technology.

The 2019 ISPE Europe Pharma 4.0™ Conference features top business leaders and technical experts that will elaborate on new strategies and best practises for production operations of crucial systems with an information technology point of view. The educational agenda and conversations will focus on industry business becoming more affordable and efficient with Pharma 4.0™.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Lawrence Yu, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, FDA/CDER/OPQ
  • Kevin Bailey, GMP Inspector, MHRA
  • Christian Woelbeling, Senior Director Global Accounts, Werum IT Solutions
  • Teresa Minero, Founder & CEO, Life Bee Srl
  • Gareth Alford, Lead Engineer, GSK


To explore the agenda and to register, please visit

About ISPE 
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is the world’s largest not-for-profit association serving its members through leading scientific, technical, and regulatory advancement across the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle. The 18,500 members of ISPE are building solutions in the development and manufacture of safe, effective pharmaceutical and biologic medicines, and medical devices in more than 90 countries around the world. Founded in 1980, ISPE has its worldwide headquarters and training center in North Bethesda, Maryland USA, and its operations center in Tampa, Florida USA. Visit for more information.

For more information, contact: 
Amy Henry 
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) 
Tel: +1-813-960-2105 
Email: ahenry(at)ispe(dot)org

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

Denver-Based Tech Company, Aureus Tech Systems, Modernizes the Legal Space With e-Discovery Solution, Anvesa

Aureus Tech Systems’ subsidiary company, Common Source, LLC., focused on e-Discovery for litigation, launches a new and improved version of their flagship e-Discovery product, Anvesa.

Aureus realized that e-Discovery platforms for plaintiff attorneys were few and far between so, Anvesa, powered by Microsoft Azure, was built from the ground up. Anvesa gives plaintiff attorneys an integrated experience for early case assessment, an efficient search and review function, and document production from one single platform. The solution eliminates the arduous task of jumping to and from separate, fragmented systems, reducing challenges around competency, cooperation, search terms, lack of tools, and unnecessary costs that litigation teams often face. Additionally, Anvesa provides plaintiff attorneys with a way to find “holes” while reviewing opposing counsels’ productions during the early case assessment, which is critical in this phase.

“It isn’t documents that win cases nowadays, it’s data. One piece of data, or one ‘hole’ needing to be filled, could be the difference between losing a case and winning one,” asserted Shannon Reed, VP of Product Development, Aureus.

Anvesa’s architecture makes it an incredibly efficient e-Discovery platform. “Our engineers, architects, and project managers have been working tirelessly on Anvesa. We always have our finger on the pulse of technology, industry trends, and demands so our clients are always a step ahead, which is crucial in this ever technologically-increasing and fast-paced world,” stated Abhishek Pakhira, COO, Aureus & recently-inducted Forbes Technology Council Member.

Anvesa is built on the premise of microservices using Azure. This “building block” approach allows for agility in development, enabling quicker releases to clients and faster evolution within an ever-changing business environment. Traditional applications built around monolithic frameworks can be difficult and time-consuming to fix, but Anvesa is able to precisely scale up or down, allowing for deployment flexibility, making fixes fast and easy.

Additionally, Anvesa’s use of Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning breaks down complex information into digestible key insights, offering users the ability to search and compile documents and find patterns with superior speed and ease.

“Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services, combined with Azure Machine Learning, helps Aureus, and their e-Discovery product Anvesa, find information that’s critical to legal cases—as well as making the early case assessment process as seamless as possible. Anvesa offers customers a solution to many of the e-Discovery issues the litigation space experiences today,” said Bharat Sandhu, Director of Product Marketing, Azure Data and Analytics, Microsoft Corp.

“Most of our jobs are hectic and often stressful. Aureus’s job is to offer solutions that decrease this friction and make business life better. When we hear from our clients that Anvesa has saved them time and money, and simply put, has improved their business and their everyday experience within it, it propels us to get even better,” Sujata Bhattarai, CEO, Aureus.

With many other e-Discovery platforms, there is a chasm between product development and customer service. Customers can’t go to service providers and advise them on product changes since service providers have little influence on the software vendor’s product roadmap. Because Aureus is both a solutions and product provider, there is a direct feedback loop to product engineering. Therefore, customers have the ability to influence the product roadmap as well as receive necessary training and support.

Aureus offers Cloud-enabled Application Modernization, Digital Workplace, Predictive Analytics & Data Visualizations, IoT solutions, and Cloud Migration using Microsoft 365 and Azure as an integrated one-platform experience.

Anvesa's future releases are focused on conversational AI and making the application even more simple and intuitive.

For more information on Aureus visit For press inquiries, please contact sreed(at)aureustechsystems(dot)com.

Posted in: Business,Services

Worthington Direct Releases Experts Piece on Back to School Tips

How do teachers and other educational experts prepare for Back to School time? Worthington Direct asked the educational experts and compiled their findings into an informative article and infographic available to educators, parents, and anyone else interested in learning and sharing the information.

Crimson Allen, digital marketing coordinator for Worthington Direct said, “We strive to understand our teachers and educators demographics and share helpful advice from these experts in our community. We hope this piece will do just that!”

Experts gave some of their tips for making the most of the Back to School season, including: Working to fight Summer learning loss with their students, reflecting on what worked and what didn’t in the previous year, and gathering intel on their new batch of incoming students, so that they can best accommodate their needs.

Overall this year, a piece of advice from Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers is this: Embrace the Freedom to Teach.

“When classrooms are freed from the tyranny of testing and test prep, we have time for project-based learning—so students can analyze problems in their communities, figure out potential solutions and advocate for change,” Weingarten said.

View the entire article and infographic here.

About Worthington Direct

At Worthington Direct, you will find over 20,000 quality furniture products for your school, church, daycare or office. Our goal is to make your purchasing job easier by giving you direct access to competitive prices on all types of commercial and institutional furniture products. Worthington Direct has been in business 20 years and is staffed with knowledgeable sales associates that average 10-20 plus years experience in the furniture supply industry.

Posted in: Business

Newline Announces Third Consecutive Appearance on the Annual Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine revealed that Newline Interactive is No. 406 on the annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

“We are honored and humbled to be a part of such an influential group of entrepreneurs,” stated Chris Bradford, President of Newline Interactive. “Our significant growth rate is a direct result of not only our culture and people, but our commitment to quality, innovation and customer support – the importance of which cannot be understated.”

This marks the third consecutive year that Newline Interactive has made the annual list in the top 500, an honor only shared with 17 other companies, or less than 4% of the total list. Additionally, Newline is the only manufacturer of interactive touch panels in the top 500. The organization has established itself as the leading provider of interactive display technology for businesses and schools across the country.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

More about Newline Interactive

Founded in 2012, Newline Interactive provides exceptional experiences to corporations, universities, government agencies, healthcare and schools with their multi-touch interactive panels, accessories and software. The continual innovation and product development Newline practices results in the company’s reputation as a world-class organization without exception. Find out more at

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is 0,000; the minimum for 2018 is million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

Posted in: Business,Services

MaintenX to Make Connections at ‘Connexion’ Events Across U.S.

MaintenX is pleased to announce their Platinum sponsorship of Connex’s Connexionevent this October in Southern California. Connex, formerly PRSM, has reorganized their midyear show into three intimate and interactive events across the U.S. Beginning in Long Beach, Connexion Events will also be held in Columbus and New York City throughout the month of October.

MaintenX team members will be present at all three shows to help attendees learn more about the power of personalized proactive maintenance executed by self-performing technicians. Attendees can also expect to hear insider industry updates, gain insights into facility management leadership, and have ample opportunities for networking with industry peers.

“MaintenX believes that Connexion is a valuable series that will provide exclusive benefits to attendees, and we are proud to support the inaugural year,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “We’re ready to meet facility managers and discuss industry issues in a more personal setting before we head to the Connex2020 National Conference in April 2020.”

This year’s Connexion events will focus on a variety of topics critical to facility managers, including economic outlooks for the industry, the concept of leadership versus management, economic considerations for Canada and the United States, and coaching for managers. Opportunities for networking will also be provided throughout the sessions.

For interested facility managers, early bird registration is available until August 30 by visiting

Connex is an industry leader in retail and multi-site facilities management. With a focus on providing best practice, education, forums and partnerships to facilities management professionals, more than 950 member companies can achieve greater success and competitive advantage through Connex’s programs and resources.

Just as Connex is a trusted name in programming and partnerships, MaintenX is a trusted name in self-performing facilities repair. For more than 40 years, MaintenX International has been creating personalized preventative maintenance schedules for facilities of all sizes with a focus on customer satisfaction and safety. They also offer a wide range of reactive and emergency maintenance services.

For more information about MaintenX, visit

About MaintenX International: 
MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For more than 40 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

Posted in: Business

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine today revealed that Unified Building Group is No. 777 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“When I founded Unified Building Group we had one goal - 'Build together as one.' Our goal was to pull a very ego driven, traditional and segmented industry together. We wanted to make the experience, transparent, fun and to value each others ideas and the work we create together. Being a part of this prestigious list is not only surreal and humbling, but it just proves that there are no shortcuts in this world, just hard work! Our team could not be more excited to be handed this honor.” - John Albert, CEO

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was 7.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth, but what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

Head-quartered in Boulder, Colorado, Unified Building Group (UBG) is a nationally licensed construction company that specializes in new and renovation projects of all sizes and types. Our core capabilities range from, pre-construction, construction management, design build to complete building lifecycle facilities management and maintenance. Unified specializes in projects in the telecommunications, corporate real estate, educational, power, energy, health care, restaurants, residential and commercial industries. Our team has a combination of over 250 years of construction industry experience. Together, we formed Unified Building Group to change the way the industry builds, collaborates and executes on projects. With branches in, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and Washington we are here to serve you.

Head-quartered in Boulder, Colorado, Unified Building Group (UBG) is a nationally licensed construction company that specializes in new and renovation projects of all sizes and types. Our core capabilities range from, pre-construction, construction management, design build to complete building lifecycle facilities management and maintenance. Unified specializes in projects in the telecommunications, corporate real estate, educational, power, energy, health care, restaurants, residential and commercial industries. Our team has a combination of over 250 years of construction industry experience. Together, we formed Unified Building Group to change the way the industry builds, collaborates and executes on projects. With branches in, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and Washington we are here to serve you!

Contact: John Albert, 303-406-1849, JAlbert(at)unifiedbuildinggroup(dot)com

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is 0,000; the minimum for 2018 is million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Media 
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit

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ENSHORED Ranks No. 607 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 733 Percent

Inc. magazine today revealed that Enshored ( is No. 607 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious external validation of the work we’ve done over the past three years. Enshored have received this as a result of our tireless efforts to support the growth of some of the most disruptive companies on the planet. As an outsourcing company, we are clearly differentiated by our target markets, the skills and interests of our people and our ability to constantly adapt to new growth challenges. It is fantastic to be recognized by such a prestigious publication as Inc., and we look forward to returning to the list next year and in future years.” – Ian Jackson, CEO, Enshored

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was 7.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

Enshored is an outsourcing firm purpose-built to solve the challenges related to scaling disruptive, high growth businesses, delivering proven results by employing our unique agile operating framework and the most highly skilled associates in the industry.

Enshored’s clients include some of the world’s fastest-growing and most disruptive companies. Enshored helps them scale rapidly, evolve their support and business models, and adapt to the challenges of their rapid growth. 
Enshored is based out of Long Beach, LA County, California with operating centers in the Philippines.

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QUANTUM GENOMICS Is Making Significant Advances in the Development of a New, Groundbreaking Drug to Help with Treatment-resistant Chronic Hypertension

Quantum Genomics are the creators of Firibastat, a first-in-class brain aminopeptidase inhibitor (BAPAI) that could potentially treat treatment-resistant hypertension by acting in the brain to interfere with the renin-angiotensin system.

It is estimated that there are around 150 million people worldwide that are affected by treatment-resistant hypertension, resulting in almost 10 million deaths per year from complications due to high blood pressure. With such a high number of people dealing with this chronic condition (around 1.1 billion people). For those with treatment resistant hypertension, they can be more susceptible to complications associated with hypertension such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, stroke, kidney disease and peripheral artery disease.

Standard treatments for hypertension include extensive lifestyle changes to address potential factors that may have contributed to the disease and multi-drug regimens, based on preference of the treating doctor.

Firibastat works by crossing the blood-brain barrier and modulating the brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS). RAS is a hormone system that controls blood pressure in part by modulating dilation and constriction of the blood vessels throughout the body, there is a RAS system in the brain, and at the peripheral level (kidney, heart…). By modulating the brain RAS, Firibastat decreases vasopressin release, decreases sympathetic nerve activity and improves baroreflex. These effects lead to a vasodilatation and an increased diuresis, thereby decreasing blood pressure.

In the brain, Firibastat causes the inhibition of aminopeptidase A (APA) which is a key enzyme in the RAS. By inhibiting APA, Firibastat decreases levels of angiotensin III in the brain, a key protein that drives vasoconstriction. It is because of these actions that take place in the brain due to Firibastat that the drug could potentially address hypertension in the population of patients that have been resistant to current treatments of hypertension that act at the peripheral level.

Quantum Genomics has concluded NEW-HOPE, which is phase 2b trial in difficult-to-treat hypertension. The trial included 256 overweight and obese patients with primary hypertension across the US including 53% of minorities patients (of whom 38% of African-American) , 44% are female, and 26% are above the age of 65 years old. This kind of population is more likely to suffer from resistant hypertension

Indeed treatment-resistant hypertension is not equally common across all demographics and ethnicities and was more prevalent in black, Hispanic, elderly and female populations. Obese patients with hypertension were 5 times more likely to be resistant to treatment. 
Results of the trial indicated that treatment with Firibastat for 8 weeks resulted in significant (p<0.0001) decreased office systolic blood pressure by 9.5 mmHg (from 153.9 down to 144.4 mmHg) and was determined to be safe. Firibastat’s efficiency was similar in black (-10.5mmHg) and non-black (-8.9mmHg) populations, contrary to other anti-hypertensive classes

The trial also showed a larger blood pressure decrease for patients with higher baseline hypertension, a predictive factor of resistant hypertension. Based on the outcome of the NEW-HOPE trial, Quantum Genomics will initiate a phase 3 pivotal trial in resistant hypertension with Firibastat.

Based in Paris and New York, Quantum Genomics trades on the OTCQXt in the United States and Euronext Paris.

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Cardiff Lexington Corp Drives 63 Percent Year-Over-Year Increase For Platinum Tax Defenders

One year following Cardiff Lexington Corp's (CDIX) acquisition of Platinum Tax Defenders, the holding company has reported a 63 percent year-over-year revenue increase for the tax firm. The revenue increase marks the most significant financial gains in Platinum Tax Defenders' history. Cardiff Lexington acquired Platinum Tax Defenders in July 2018, signing a definitive merger agreement under which Platinum Tax Defenders merged into Cardiff Lexington Corp. The acquisition increased Cardiff Lexington’s total annualized revenue to .7 million.

By acquiring Platinum Tax Defenders, Cardiff Lexington Corp is providing the tax resolution company with an unprecedented opportunity for growth and expansion. Rather than being industry- or geography-specific, Cardiff Lexington Corp’s investment strategy is opportunity-focused and growth-oriented. When Cardiff Lexington approached Platinum Tax Defenders with an acquisition opportunity in 2018, the Cardiff executives saw a tremendous growth opportunity in the Southern California-based tax resolution company. They saw that, for nearly a decade, Platinum Tax Defenders has been helping taxpayers overcome their tax debt issues with the IRS. Cardiff Lexington's acquisition of Platinum Tax Defenders provides the holding company the opportunity to help expand a thriving, middle-sized Southern California company. Now under the Cardiff Lexington umbrella, Cardiff can provide Platinum Tax Defenders with the necessary support and resources to help taxpayers across the country settle their IRS debts.

“We are thrilled to report this revenue increase for Platinum Tax Defenders, a company that is truly doing good for so many taxpayers across the country,” said Alex Cunningham, President/CEO of Cardiff Lexington. “It’s very promising to see the growth that Platinum Tax Defenders has experienced in only one year that they’ve been under our umbrella. We look forward to positioning the company for even more exponential growth in the future.”

“In only one year since being acquired by Cardiff Lexington Corp, our company has experienced incredible growth and new opportunity,” said Sherri Gastelum, CEO of Platinum Tax Defenders. “Being under the umbrella of a company like Cardiff Lexington has given our team the necessary resources and support to continue to expand our reach and execute on our goal of helping taxpayers across the country get relief from IRS debts.”

Cardiff Lexington Corp’s investment strategy is unlike many other holding companies. The executives at Cardiff Lexington do not seek to grow their portfolio with companies in a specific region or industry. The Cardiff Lexington team looks for profitable companies, have an excellent management team, and are poised to continue striving for success once they’re acquired. When looking for companies in which to invest or acquire, Cardiff Lexington looks for small to mid-sized organizations with a proven track record of success. Cardiff acquires companies that have been in business for five-plus years and want to grow. At the same time, Cardiff looks for investment opportunities in companies that have been in business for 20-plus years and are looking for an exit strategy. Whether a company is looking to make a bigger splash in their market, or change courses ultimately, Cardiff Lexington provides the resources and support necessary to help promote further success, as they’ve done with Platinum Tax Defenders.

“We look forward to seeing even larger revenue gains for Platinum Tax Defenders in the coming years,” adds Cunningham. “For Cardiff Lexington and Platinum Tax Defenders, this is only the beginning.”

Cardiff Lexington Corp looks forward to continuing to push Platinum Tax Defenders toward further success while doing the same for its existing portfolio of clients, and new clients as well.

About Cardiff Lexington Corporation:
With a history of helping small to medium-sized businesses thrive and survive for over 18 years, Cardiff Lexington is a public holding company that leverages proven management in private companies that become wholly-owned subsidiaries. Cardiff Lexington does not focus on finding businesses in a specific industry or part of the country; they look for proven management, market, and margin. When looking for companies in which to invest or acquire, Cardiff looks for mature, high-growth, niche companies. Cardiff’s strategy is to identify and empower select income-producing middle market private businesses and commercial real estate properties. When these companies come under the Cardiff umbrella, they are provided with an increased opportunity to raise money for operations and expansion, or an equity exit and liquidity strategy for the owner, heirs, or investors.

For those interested in partnering with Cardiff Lexington as investors, Cardiff provides a diversified lower risk investment opportunities to protect and safely enhance their investment by continually adding assets and holdings. The Cardiff Lexington leadership team comprises talented and influential executives and advisors that provide expert acquisition, market guidance, and added value for Cardiff’s subsidiaries and investors. For more information on Cardiff Lexington, visit, or call (877) 711-7108.

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Solar Panel Installation Workshop Offers Real World Training

Anticipating the desire for people to learn renewable energy technology and begin entry-level careers in the solar PV industry, ETA® Internationa l will host a solar panel, or photovoltaic (PV), installer certification workshop with trainer Jay Warmke, PVI, of Blue Rock Station, Ohio. This class is ideal for those who wish to begin a career in solar PV installation, homeowners wanting to install a system on their residence, business owners thinking of installing a system on their building, and architects, engineers or electricians needing to expand their skill sets and business portfolios.

"This training was one of the best theory and hands-on trainings I have ever received and as a result, I have built my second 10KW solar generator - based on the instruction I received," said James Mosley Jr, PVI, Ft. Campbell, KY.

The ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) certification course from Blue Rock Station is designed for beginners, so previous experience with electronics/electricity is not necessary but is helpful. The class will gain real world, hands-on experience to conceptualize a design, compare costs of various products, dismantle, troubleshoot and reinstall the system to ensure proper operation on a working PV system. Along with an emphasis on rooftop safety, attendees will build their first small solar array system and install it with the existing array at the ETA headquarters on Saturday, Sept. 14.

During the course, attendees will learn to size the system according to electrical needs, select the type of system that works best for the situation, select all the components for the system, size the wiring and overcurrent protection, price the system according to size, and select a battery bank (if needed). The workshop will consist of lectures (about 60%) and hands-on labs (about 40%). Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to design from start-to-finish a residential solar PV system, install and troubleshoot it, take ETA’s PVI1 certification exam (which comes with a free retake) and begin a career in solar PV installation.

The following are included in the 0 registration fee for the 5-day class: textbook: ‘Understanding Photovoltaics: A Study Guide for Solar Electric Certification Programs’, starter tool kit, lunches, the ETA PVI certification exam, and hands-on installation experience. Training will take place 8 am-5 pm at the ETA headquarters in Greencastle, IN with the option to add solar panels to ETA’s existing array on Saturday. 
Reserve your seat in the PVI1 course today! ETA members can attend this course for just 0. Not a member? Join today by calling 800-288-3824 or signing up online.

ETA-certified PV Installers gain: 

  • Marketable skills and knowledge in Solar PV Installation.
  • Entry-level Solar Installer Certification from a 40-year accredited and internationally-recognized professional association.
  • Solar PV knowledge and hands-on skills training from ETA-approved providers who are tested for their PV knowledge and have their curriculum pre-approved before instructing any ETA-related solar PV class.
  • Unique hands-on training not offered nor required for certification by any other solar energy organization.
  • No previous experience installing PV systems required.


ETA awarded its first entry-level Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) certification with the introduction of its Renewable Energy program in 2010 and today, nearly 1500 installers can call themselves ETA-certified professional Solar PV Installers. ETA developed an advanced level of the PVI certification designed for individuals who have significant experience in the design and installation of PV systems. The PVI2 certification focuses on commercial installation, financing options, as well as solar systems project management, and OSHA 10 safety standards. Learn more about ETA’s Photovolatic Installer certification program.

O*NETOnline, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, offers a summary report on Solar Photovoltaic Installer careers, including knowledge, technical skills, work activities, wages and employment trends, as well as where to find training and credentials along with job openings.

About ETA - Since 1978, ETA has delivered over 200,000 certification examinations successfully. Widely recognized and frequently used in worker job selection, hiring processes, pay increases, and advancements, ETA certifications are often required as companies bid on contracts. ETA’s certifications are personal and travel with the individual, regardless of employment or status change and measure competencies of persons, not products or vendors. All ETA certifications are accredited through the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC) and align with the ISO-17024 standard. ETA is a member of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), and Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA).

About Blue Rock Station – Blue Rock Station’s (BRS) goal is to merge engineering, art and re-use of existing materials. This is accomplished by creating buildings made out of re-used materials to demonstrate a series of alternative building techniques, including the Earthship, straw bale structures, earth bag walls, and whatever else seems to make sense. Workshops at BRS include photovoltaics, tiny house projects, Earthship and sustainable farming, cheese making, and goat college. Blue Rock Station also offers a variety of publications and is open periodically for llama trekking around the beautiful hills of Southeastern Ohio, special events like Earth Day and special open house tours, plus skill building weekends.

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Ideal CU Pays Out ,200 to Youth Attending Summer Money Talks Program

Ideal Credit Union recently hosted two sessions of its award-winning “Money Talks” financial literacy program in July, attracting 42 students from around the metro area. The unique peer-to-peer program, led and taught by high school-age Ideal CU Student Credit Union employees, teaches students the building blocks of personal finance: budgeting, savings and investments, credit, and money management tools. Students in attendance ranged in age from 16 to 22 years and came from a number of communities, including Rochester, Minneapolis, Blaine, Rosemount, Bayport, Mahtomedi, Inver Grove Heights, Oakdale, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Stillwater, Hudson and more.

“Having the skills to manage money is critical to a successful financial future,” stated Ideal CU President/CEO Brian Sherrick. “The overall objective of the Money Talks program is to provide valuable financial education to students via their peers so they have the knowledge to make informed and conscious money decisions.”

Participants earned a 0 cash stipend for completing the day-long course and passing the “I’m Financially Ready” exam. All students must establish a Savings Account with Ideal before completion of the course in order to receive the 0 stipend. Approximately 454 students have been through the “Money Talks” financial literacy program since its inception in 2013. To date Ideal CU has awarded ,400 in cash payouts to students completing this program.

Ideal CU offers a suite of student financial products to help youth build their financial future, including Free Student Checking, a Student Savers CD and a unique Credit Builder loan to help establish that all-important credit rating.

Ideal CU has operated a student-run branch at Tartan High School in Oakdale, MN, since January 2013. Located in the DECA school store, the Ideal CU Student Credit Union is an innovative approach in business education, teaching students the basic principles and practices of the financial services industry. The “Money Talks” educational series, developed in partnership with Tartan DECA students and school leaders, is held several times throughout the school year for Tartan students. Summer sessions are open to interested students from other locations throughout the metro and western Wisconsin.

Founded in 1926, Ideal Credit Union is a member owned financial institution that is dedicated to providing financial services driven by a sincere and personal interest in the needs of our employees, members and community. Ideal CU offers a complete range of services, including a full suite of digital banking products, savings, checking, loans, mortgage productsexclusive VIP member paybackbusiness servicesinvestment services and more. Offices are located in Eagan, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, North St. Paul, Stillwater and Woodbury. Visit for details and directions. Ideal has been voted “Best Credit Union in the East Metro” 3 years in a row by readers of the Stillwater Gazette and was named a 2018 Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace. Equal Housing Lender. 

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Delphi to Handle Renovation of Historic Cape Cod Church

Multi-Market construction management firm, Delphi Construction Inc. announced today that they have been selected to handle the historic renovation and addition to The First Congregational Church in Chatham, Massachusetts.

The historically significant church was first established in 1693 with a number of meeting houses constructed over the centuries. The current project will involve extensive renovations to portions of an 1830’s building, construction of an addition for new administrative spaces, a robing room and a new location for the church pipe organ. New mechanical/HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical upgrades will be added along with a new four stop elevator to provide handicap accessibility throughout the building.

Design on the m+ project was provided by Design Associates of Cambridge with structural and civil engineering from Coastal Engineering of Orleans. Pomroy Associates of East Bridgewater is the Owner’s Project Manager. Delphi is managing construction out of their Mashpee Office.

“Delphi is thrilled to have been selected as the construction manager on this exciting, historically significant project. We look forward to working as part of the team, many members of which we have had the pleasure of working with on several other projects. Our shared goal is to help bring this project to fruition in a way that exceeds the client’s expectations. We know this project will bring value not only to the members of the congregation but to all who appreciate the rich history of Chatham and Cape Cod,” said Corey Heaslip, Project Executive at Delphi Construction.

Members of the design team commented on the design vision for the project.

“Coastal Engineering invited us to work with them at the church based on successful prior collaborations at historic properties. The clear vision of the client and strong architectural character of the church guided Coastal Engineering and Design Associates to a design endorsed by the congregation and approved by the Historic Business District Commission. We are thrilled to be working with Delphi to implement the renovation and renewal of First Congregational Church of Chatham for its upcoming 300th anniversary,” said Patrick Guthrie Principal of Design Associates.

“Coastal Engineering Company takes pride in our long-standing working relationship with the First Congregational Church of Chatham. We are honored to once again be a part of the team that is working to renovate this iconic New England church, improve accessibility, and enhance the worship experience of the congregation,” said John Bologna, Coastal Engineering President/CEO.

Owner’s Project Manager, Rick Pomroy of Pomroy Associates expressed his firm’s enthusiasm about the project and the assembled team.

"Pomroy Associates is honored to be representing our client, The First Congregational Church of Chatham, on this exciting historic renovation. We have tremendous confidence in the design and construction team selected for this project including Delphi, Design Associates, and Coastal Engineering. Each of these firms has a proven track record of delivering the highest quality projects and a demonstrated commitment to placing the needs of the client first. We know they will do the same for The First Congregational Church of Chatham,” Pomroy said.

Pre-project planning is well underway, construction is expected to begin in November and be complete by next summer.

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Aladtec Inc. scores ‘five-peat’ with latest Inc. 5000 magazine distinction

Inc. magazine has released its 38th annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. River Falls-based Aladtec, Inc. moved 169 spots, shifting from No. 3099 last year to No. 3268 this year. The company ranked No. 3197 in 2015.

Only 4 percent of businesses on the Inc. 5000 have achieved the accolade of appearing on the list five times. Aladtec recorded 128 percent growth over the last three years with 2018 revenue of .8 million.

The annual list highlights the most successful independent small businesses based on growth. Previous companies who are now household names that once appeared as honorees on Inc. 5000 include Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many others.

Ranking number one this year is Freestar, a four-year-old Phoenix firm that sells solutions and services to help publishers make more money online. It recorded $ 36.9 million in 2018 revenue with 40 employees.

"It’s an honor to achieve the Inc. 5000 list for the fifth year in a row,” said Aladtec’s founder and president David Feyereisen. “We try to provide public safety and healthcare organizations with a world-class workforce management solution at a price any department can afford. Our staff is dedicated to that goal. We owe our continued growth to their hard work and the strong word-of-mouth endorsements of our amazing customers.”

Aladtec was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in River Falls, Wis., 30 miles southeast of Minneapolis- St. Paul. The firm provides online employee scheduling and workforce management software to more than 2,300 law enforcement, fire, EMS, dispatch, and healthcare organizations across the U.S. and Canada -- including 188 in Wisconsin. More than 145,000 people use the system, and nearly a billion hours have been scheduled using Aladtec.

Aladtec currently employs 51 people -- engineers, sales and support personnel -- who are continually updating the SaaS (software as a service) product. For information about Aladtec’s affordable industry-specific options, or for a free trial, visit

Complete results, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

Link to Aladtec’s profile page on

Methodology behind Inc. 5000 
The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 to 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and be generating revenue by March 31, 2015. Each had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of Dec. 31, 2018. (Since then, some companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 was 0,000; the minimum for 2018 was million. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at


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Cornerstone Research Announces Promotions to Senior Vice President and Principal

Cornerstone Research, a leading provider of economic and financial consulting and expert testimony, has advanced four senior staff to the role of senior vice president: Alexander “Sasha” Aganin, Samid Hussain, Darwin Neher, and Fernanda Schmid. Ms. Schmid also serves as the firm’s general counsel. In addition, the firm promoted four to principal: Sara Champion, Sean Kruskol, Jean-Philippe “JP” Poissant, and M. Scott Wilson.

“It is a tremendous pleasure to recognize the important contributions of these eight remarkable individuals,” said Michael E. Burton, Cornerstone Research’s president and CEO. “They not only demonstrate impeccable skill and leadership in a wide variety of client matters, but also show deep commitment to their colleagues, serving as dedicated advisors, mentors, and team members.”

Senior Vice President 
Alexander “Sasha” Aganin leads Cornerstone Research’s financial institutions practice. A recognized authority in finance subjects, Dr. Aganin focuses on securities matters and bankruptcy disputes, as well as antitrust matters related to financial markets and institutions. He is based in Silicon Valley.

Samid Hussain heads the firm’s consumer fraud and product liability practice. Dr. Hussain has significant experience in a variety of industries, including airlines, automobiles, genetically modified crops, herbicides, high tech, oil and gas, and telecommunications. He is based in New York.

Darwin Neher has extensive experience with class certification and matters at the intersection of finance and antitrust. Named a leading competition economist by Who’s Who Legal, Dr. Neher addresses many of the firm’s challenging economics cases. He is based in New York.

Fernanda Schmid is general counsel of Cornerstone Research, managing the firm’s legal, compliance, and business risk matters. She is based in Los Angeles.

Sara Champion specializes in labor, employment, and antitrust and competition matters, with particular expertise in healthcare. Dr. Champion consults on a range of class certification, liability, and damages issues. She is based in Chicago.

Sean Kruskol analyzes large, complex datasets related to commercial litigation and accounting disputes. Mr. Kruskol’s expertise includes issues related to accounting and auditing, forensic accounting investigations, data analytics, and damages. He is based in Chicago.

Jean-Philippe “JP” Poissant evaluates complex accounting, professional liability, executive compensation, valuation, corporate governance, and financial distress issues. Mr. Poissant’s experience also includes analysis of loss causation and damages in disclosure cases. He is based in Los Angeles.

M. Scott Wilson consults on matters involving financial institutions, securities markets, market microstructure, insurance products, and valuation. Dr. Wilson analyzes a range of class certification, liability, and damages issues in Rule 10b-5, Section 11, and Section 12 matters. He is based in Boston.

About Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research provides economic and financial consulting and expert testimony in all phases of complex litigation and regulatory proceedings. The firm works with an extensive network of prominent faculty and industry practitioners to identify the best-qualified expert for each assignment. Cornerstone Research has earned a reputation for consistent high quality and effectiveness by delivering rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis for thirty years. The firm has 700 staff and offices in Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington.

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PointCentral New Smart Home Integration With OwnerRez Property Management System Gives Vacation Rental Managers Property Automation Access Control

PointCentral, the recognized leader in enterprise-scale Property Automation solutions for short and long-term property managers, today announced that their smart home technology now integrates with OwnerRez, Seattle, makers of Property Management Systems for vacation rental managers. The PointCentral integration automatically assigns unique access codes for the keyless locks installed in rental properties and updates as needed for date changes and early/late check-in and check-out times.

“After receiving numerous requests from our vacation rental management customers to integrate our software with PointCentral, we reached out to them to make it happen,” said Paul Waldschmidt, CEO of OwnerRez. “By automatically creating lock codes for guests, property managers using OwnerRez software will no longer find it necessary to hand out keys at the office, allowing guests to get a faster start on their vacations, and staff to focus on more critical management issues. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“This latest integration with OwnerRez makes 23 companies who have decided to interface their software with PointCentral Property Automation technology,” said Sean Miller, president of PointCentral. “Eliminating keys for vacation rental property managers is a big deal because it not only saves a lot of headaches, it increases guest safety and satisfaction. And as so often occurs, changes to dates and arrival times will be automatically adjusted, ensuring that lock codes work the first time, every time.”

About OwnerRez 
OwnerRez ( is a full-featured online vacation rental property management system combined with channel management and booking app. Whether you have a few properties or hundreds, OwnerRez helps managers and owners save time, create quotes and bookings faster, look professional and keep detailed records without needing a large staff. Automated triggers allow you to send personalized communication to guests including automatically generated door lock codes, and powerful reports give you deep insight into how well your business is doing. Premium features are available for channel management, QuickBooks integration, property management with trust/escrow accounting and commission/expense tracking, hosted websites and more.

About PointCentral 
PointCentral, a subsidiary of (Nasdaq: ALRM), provides short and long-term property managers of single-family and multi-family assets with an enterprise-class solution that monitors and controls Smart Home technology across all properties in their inventory over a best-in-class secure and reliable cellular network – increasing property awareness, reducing operational costs and improving resident satisfaction. PointCentral’s solutions allow property managers to realize operational efficiencies, enhancing the asset for guests and residents. For more information, please visit

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FirstService Residential to Manage Belmonte-Delano Homeowners Association in Las Vegas

FirstService Residential, Nevada’s leading community management company, has been awarded the management contract of Belmonte-Delano Homeowners Association in Las Vegas. FirstService Residential assumed management responsibilities on September 1, 2019.

Located in Summerlin West off of Alta Drive, the single-family home community consists of 210 homes. The gated community offers residents access to jogging paths, a playground, and tennis courts.

“We are thrilled to partner with another great Las Vegas community like Belmonte-Delano that shares our vision for delivering an exceptional resident experience,” said Ray Colon, business development manager for FirstService Residential in Nevada. “Our team is committed to doing what’s right for the community and being genuinely helpful in the services we provide. With our local and national resources and partnership with the Belmonte-Delano board, we are excited to help the association execute their strategic vision.”

The community is minutes away from the newly built Las Vegas Ballpark as well as the City National Arena, Downtown Summerlin and Red Rock Casino. Residents are also located near Red Rock Canyon.

About FirstService Residential 
FirstService Residential is North America’s property management leader, partnering with 8,000 communities across the U.S. and Canada, including low-, mid- and high-rise condominiums and cooperatives; single-family communities; master-planned, lifestyle and active adult communities; and mixed-use and rental properties. HOAs, community associations, condos and strata corporations rely on their extensive experience, resources and local expertise to maximize property values and enhance their residents’ lifestyles. Dedicated to making a difference, every day, FirstService Residential goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional service.

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British Comedy Meets Security Awareness Training as The Defence Works Teams Up with BBC Comedy Writers to Deliver Hilarious Information Security "Sketches"

The Defence Works, the provider of GCHQ-certified security awareness training and simulated phishing, today announced it has launched a hilarious new security awareness training series, "Sketches", after teaming up with BBC Comedy writers.

Available exclusively for The Defence Works' customers, "Sketches" boasts BBC Comedy writing credentials and a hilarious cast to deliver a truly British take on security awareness training.

The Defence Works is already well regarded throughout the industry for providing the world's most innovative and engaging security awareness training, through their GCHQ-certified Classic Interactive training series and monthly Interactive Episodes, based on recent real life events. The brand-new Sketches have already been receiving rave reviews, with well-renowned cyber-security expert, blogger and host of the "Smashing Security" podcast, Graham Cluley describing them as "brilliant".

The exclusive series delivers key security awareness messages in a funny, engaging and relatable way, which is already proving to be a huge hit with employees. This new content is available to all of The Defence Works' customers and you can watch the first episode: "Phishing Emails in Real Life" - here:

"I'm so pleased to finally announce our brand-new, British comedy meets security awareness training series," said Edward Whittingham, Founder and Managing Director of The Defence Works.

"We've teamed up with BBC Comedy writers to help engage employees in a really funny but hugely relevant way. We're passionate believers that we need to deliver the very best content possible to help in the fight against cyber-crime and to help drive a positive data security culture for organisations - and this is the latest in our innovative new training styles to help our customers. We've got one of the world's fastest growing security awareness library's but, more than that, it's all developed by our expert in-house team here in the UK, who work passionately to create truly innovative and engaging content for our customers, every single month."

About The Defence Works 
The Defence Works is an award-winning cyber-security company, with a difference. Focusing on the human element of cyber-security, The Defence Works deliver GCHQ-accredited security awareness training to employees as part of the National Cyber Security Programme; helping users identify and prevent cyber-related incidents. Maximising learning through real-life scenarios and a jargon-free delivery; coupled together with simulated phishing, The Defence Works helps make employees, the strongest defence.

Security awareness training for employees, not astronauts.

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Career Thought Leaders (CTL) to Sponsor International Coach Federation (ICF) Global Conference in Prague

Career Thought Leaders (CTL), a global community of career service providers, announced today it will sponsor the International Coach Federation (ICF) event October 23–26, 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic. Converge, the only official ICF global conference taking place until 2021, brings together coaches from 70 countries to strengthen professional connections and offer cutting-edge learning opportunities. Attendees will gain valuable insight from CTL’s CEO Marie Zimenoff and CTL Board Member Susan Chritton who have been invited to lead a business development workshop.

On Thursday, October 24, Zimenoff and Chritton will deliver their workshop twice, giving coaches ample opportunity to learn how to differentiate themselves. “Working with coaches in CTL’s Certified Personal Branding Strategist program and co-delivering similar sessions at professional conferences, Susan and I have seen first-hand how coaches struggle to tell their stories and articulate their value,” said Zimenoff, CEO of Career Thought Leaders. “Coaches will walk out of this session with skills to assertively communicate their value and write engaging biographies, LinkedIn summaries, and ‘About Me’ website pages.”

“The coaching industry is booming right now, with more individuals and companies becoming aware of the benefits of hiring a coach,” said workshop co-facilitator Susan Chritton. “Coaches are seeking training through ICF and CTL to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. They also need tools to tell compelling stories that attract and connect with their ideal clients. Our presentation will give coaches the building blocks they need to achieve their business goals and do more transformational work with clients.”

As the leading provider of career industry trends, Career Thought Leaders shares best practices for coaching in personal branding, career transition, job search, and other career development topics. As CTL’s visionary since 2015, Zimenoff has led global expansion of the organization to train, inform, and convene coaches from 37 different countries in 2018. Zimenoff knows the specific challenges of growing a coaching business and is inspired to continue CTL’s mission supporting coaches to do the same. “I am excited to continue supporting and sponsoring ICF events. We’re eager to share CTL’s resources to improve coaches’ knowledge of career development, processes for coaching clients, and tools to build their practices.”

About International Coach Federation (ICF): 
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines. ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life, Leadership, Relationship and Career Coaching. Its 28,000+ members located in more than 130 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices. For more information about ICF Converge, please visit:

About Career Thought Leaders (CTL): 
The mission of Career Thought Leaders Consortium is to advance and professionalize the career industry by improving career management, leadership development, and career agility of professionals worldwide. CTL brings together experts from every sector and function within the career industry, sharing best practices among those in workforce, college, primary/secondary school, corporate, and private practice to raise the bar for career services internationally. To learn more, visit

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AGF Adds HiddenLevers’ Innovative Stress Testing, Risk Analytics and Investment Proposals to Its Roster Of Solutions

AGF Management Limited (AGF), a global asset manager with nearly CAD billion (approximately US.6 billion) in assets under management, and Atlanta-based HiddenLevers, a provider of risk analytics and business intelligence, are pleased to announce that AGF has selected HiddenLevers to equip AGF’s business development teams with portfolio stress testing, risk analytics and comprehensive investment proposals for use across a range of clients and regions, including financial advisors and institutional investors.

The HiddenLevers offering for asset managers uses regression analysis to form scenarios that help AGF’s business development teams model recessions, crises, interest rate changes and other economic events to help better understand risk exposures and correlations within an allocation model.

“With HiddenLevers’ interactive platform, we found a natural partner who understands the importance of managing risk to deliver consistent outcomes,” said Karrie Van Belle, Senior Vice-President, Head of Marketing and Communications, AGF Investments Inc. “These risk analytics and portfolio insights align with our solutions-based approach, building a more digitally enabled sales team and providing them with the tools they need to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

HiddenLevers’ robust offerings for asset managers include live stress testing, allowing for custom portfolio analysis and comparison in different scenarios, while demonstrating risk and potential outcomes for both US and Canadian investments.

“We are pleased to welcome AGF as our first Canadian asset manager client,” said Raj Udeshi, HiddenLevers Founder. “With multi-currency capability since day one, HiddenLevers was always meant to serve an international audience. We also offer Canadian securities coverage out of the box, which allows AGF to get up and running quickly to provide clients with insight into custom, standard or blended models to meet their specific targets for risk return.”

About HiddenLevers

HiddenLevers is a technology platform, providing next-level applications, business intelligence, risk analytics and economic research for the wealth management space. With nearly 0 billion in assets on its platform, HiddenLevers offers client experience and home-office solutions aimed at financial advisors, asset managers, and wealth management executive teams. The cloud-based platform includes a macro-scenario library, proposal generation, portfolio stress testing, model construction, and enterprise monitoring of risk, revenue, and KPI. HiddenLevers was founded in 2009 and remains a self-funded company, with headquarters in Atlanta.

About AGF Management Limited

Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited (AGF) is an independent and globally diverse asset management firm. AGF brings a disciplined approach to delivering excellence in investment management through its fundamental, quantitative, alternative and high-net-worth businesses focused on providing an exceptional client experience. AGF’s suite of investment solutions extends globally to a wide range of clients, from financial advisors and individual investors to institutional investors including pension plans, corporate plans, sovereign wealth funds and endowments and foundations.

AGF has investment operations and client servicing teams on the ground in North America, Europe and Asia. With nearly billion in total assets under management, AGF serves more than one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.

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Award-Winning Digital Marketing Agency Black Bear Design Launches New Website for Massive Pop Culture Convention, Dragon Con

Black Bear Design, an award-winning Atlanta-based website design and digital marketing agency, is proud to announce the launch of the entirely revamped and recharged website for their client, Dragon Con, just in time for the 2019 convention over Labor Day Weekend.

From the start, Dragon Con’s website rebuild presented a wide array of challenges that the Black Bear team was excited to tackle head-on. The website generates more than 500,000 unique visitors each day during peak months so it was crucial that the user experience was not impacted during the redesign. There were also dozens of pages that had to be rewritten, restructured, and reformatted onto a modern, sleek WordPress platform, all while maintaining strong SEO value and an attractive functionality.

"At Black Bear Design, our focus has always been grounded in providing solutions to current website or marketing problems our clients face within a variety of industries,” said Jena S. Dunham, Managing Partner and Vice President of Operations for Black Bear. “We believe Dragon Con's website build is a clear example of beautiful, functional, thoughtful, and elevated design. It is a showpiece, and one our agency will be proud to have built for years to come.”

“From the beginning, we wanted to approach the redesign with the goal of bringing the site up to the standards of a modern pop culture convention: responsive design and great photography with an increased focus on typography and usability,” said Tony Price, director of web development. “These aspects — when combined with fresh, updated content highlighting new guests as well as event information, hotel, travel, and charity details — achieve this goal and then some.”

As Dragon Con experienced firsthand, Black Bear Design listens to clients, understands their needs and wants, and effectively executes on a sound strategy.

“We are delighted with our new website. It tells the full story of Dragon Con and what fans can expect at this year’s convention in an attractive, easy to navigate way,” said Convention Co-chair Rachel Reeves. “The Black Bear team did a great job of understanding our needs and working to make sure all of our goals were met.”

For more information about Black Bear Design visit Get social with @BlackBearDesign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and @Black-Bear-Design-Group-Inc on LinkedIn.


Black Bear Design is a full-service digital marketing agency specializing in internet marketing, graphic design, rebranding, SEO, PPC campaigns, web design, and web development. From web strategies and user experience to development and marketing, Black Bear Design creates value in everything we do.

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Following Recent Merger, Infinity FCU to Host Groundbreaking for New Branch

On the heels of its recent merger with Illinois-based Vibrant Credit UnionInfinity Federal Credit Union (FCU) is preparing for a future outside of Maine—beginning with a new branch right in its own back yard.

On Wednesday, August 14, Infinity FCU will host a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Scarborough branch, located at 35 Plaza Drive, just off of Route 1.

The groundbreaking will begin at 12 p.m. with remarks from Infinity FCU representatives.

Expected to cost .9 million, the full-service branch will include two drive-up lanes, a 24-hour ATM and the latest in technological amenities.

“Opening branches is one of the many ways to show our commitment to our communities in Maine,” said Elizabeth Hayes, president and CEO of Federal FCU. “In fact, integrating Infinity FCU with Vibrant will allow us to bring out-of-state resources to fuel our expansion and growth in Maine.”

According to Hayes, the new branch will feature a “distinctly Maine look and feel,” with exposed wood and stone, a coffee bar, comfortable seating and artistic lighting—all with a rustic, outdoorsy ambiance.

The branch will be Infinity FCU’s fifth, adding to a network that includes locations in Westbrook, Portland, Bangor and Arundel.

In a statement released last week, Infinity FCU announced its intent to merge with Vibrant, subject to member and regulatory approval. The resulting entity will have nearly 70,000 members and over billion in assets across 17 branches throughout the U.S., with Maine serving as the East Coast hub.

About Infinity Federal Credit Union

As Maine’s first credit union, Infinity Federal Credit Union has been serving its members since 1921, initially as the Telephone Workers Credit Union of Maine, then as Telco of New England FCU. Infinity FCU is now community-based, available to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Cumberland and York counties and the city of Bangor, Maine. Infinity FCU is a not-for-profit cooperative organization owned by its members and guided by the vision: “We do banking differently to keep *you* a step ahead in life.” For more information about Infinity FCU, please visit

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Rulai Named in Gartner 2019 Market Guide for Conversational Platforms

Rulai inc?., a new Conversational Computing Platform provider, announced today that it has been included as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner 2019 Market Guide for Conversational Platforms. Rulai believes this inclusion is a testament to the strength of its platform, its proven ability to generate results for companies, as well as its reach in the market.

Rulai’s platform is unique because it combines? ?Level 3 AI techniques? with extreme ease-of-use to allow designers and business experts to create advanced Virtual Assistants without writing any code. According to the report, “The democratization of AI means capabilities move from custom developed, with significant professional service effort, to available as turnkey capabilities.”

A Level 3 Virtual Assistant is capable of constructing a dialog in real-time, handle mixed initiatives, multiple intents, as well as context switch with ease, without any coding. As a result, Level 3 Virtual Assistants tend to have much higher resolution rates and lower confusion rates, resulting in a better customer experience and lower cost.

According to Gartner, “There is a fundamental shift between a graphical user interface (GUI) and a conversational interface. With a graphic interface, the user is the operator of technology, while in a conversational interface the user instructs the agent and the agent determines intent. The conversational platform is the enabler for the first generation of these agent interfaces, and it will not be limited to text input or conversation. Increasingly, multimodality is being added and, in time, the conversational interface will transform to a multimodal interface and become the dominant interaction model with technology.”

“Rulai’s Conversational Computing Platform has been designed to make it as easy as possible for enterprises to create advanced conversational interfaces,” says Marc Vanlerberghe, CEO of Rulai, “By combining deep expertise in dialog systems with self-serve capabilities, we reduce the need for extensive coding or professional services, often the hidden costs of many AI deployments.”

Gartner specifically recommends that “application leaders responsible for development and platform strategies, and who want to develop chatbots or virtual assistants (VAs), should explore not only the capabilities of individual conversational platforms, but also the development and data science efforts required to make their features work.” 
*Source: Gartner, ?Market Guide for Conversational Platforms,? Magnus Revang et al., 30 July 2019

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Rulai 
Rulai? is a new Enterprise Conversational Computing Platform provider. Rooted in academia, the founding team has a combined 200 years of experience in AI research, published over 400 research papers and filed over 80 patents in advanced AI-based dialog management. It is the only SaaS platform in the market capable of supporting? ?Level 3 Virtual Assistants?
Enterprises in banking, insurance, retail, telco, and life sciences use Rulai to augment the work of customer service agents, as well as increase customer self service capabilities across sales and support. Its easy-to-use platform allows business users to create and evolve virtual assistants with minimal use of precious IT resources. Rulai has been recognized by Gartner, Forrester, and Bloomberg. 
In partnership with Digital Insurance, Rulai is hosting a webinar on August 13, to discuss “Conversational Insurance: How to Compete in the Age of Lemonade”. More details and registration ?here?.

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Toby Martin Appointed as Extensis Chief Executive Officer

Extensis® today announced Toby Martin has been appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. A longstanding member of Extensis’ executive team, Martin has served as the company’s Vice President of Development & Strategy for nearly six years. As CEO of Extensis, Martin will be responsible for the company’s global strategy and operations, spanning the U.S. and the four other countries where Extensis maintains offices. Martin succeeds Osamu Ikeda, who will continue his role as Chairman.

“It is with great pleasure to announce Toby will be taking the helm as Extensis’ CEO,” said Osamu Ikeda, Extensis’ Chairman. “Toby has an outstanding track record of transforming the business by inspiring the organization to take a customer-centric approach. His laser focus on unparalleled customer outcomes permeates his vision, strategic direction, and product innovations, all key contributors to our longstanding customer relationships and exceedingly high service scores.”

Ikeda continued: “As we embark on our next decade of business, I look forward to my continued work with Toby in his new role.”

“It is a great honor to be appointed as Extensis’ CEO, leading an exceptional team towards solving our customers’ workflow challenges in new and innovative ways,” said Toby Martin, Chief Executive Officer of Extensis. “I’m excited about what the next decade holds for our business, the increasing value we will bring to our customers, and the opportunities it presents for our people to transform the industry.”

During his tenure at Extensis, Martin has helped redefine the role the company’s solutions play in business workflows while increasing operational excellence. Some of his major accomplishments include:

  • Converging Extensis’ technologies to deliver integrated workflow solutions for digital asset management, font management, image management, and geospatial data management.
  • Delivering the company’s first subscription service for font management, using cloud technology for the synchronization and storage of fonts. Since its launch, Extensis’ cloud-based font manager has had a year over year uptick of more than 240% growth.
  • Successfully transitioning Extensis’ product team to agile development, increasing its velocity to address customer needs, including zero-day releases for Adobe® updates.
  • Building a strategic partner ecosystem to advance the company’s technology platform, including introducing AI for smart tagging of digital imagery with Clarifai, partnering with Monotype to integrate font procurement with font management, and introducing font management to packaging design with Esko.
  • Introducing best practices that instill customer satisfaction as a cornerstone for business success. Since its inception, customer survey responses for technical and customer support maintained more than 90% satisfaction.

Before joining Extensis, Martin co-owned a workflow automation software company that was successfully sold to LANDesk (now Ivanti) in 2006. He’s served in multiple leadership roles at technology companies over the past twenty years, spanning back office operations to creative workflow and technology development. Martin received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University.

About Extensis
Celebrating 25 years in business, Extensis® is a leading developer of solutions that help organizations increase the ROI and value of their digital assets, fonts, and large imagery. Used by more than 100,000 professionals and 5,000 companies across the globe, Extensis’ solutions accelerate workflows so customers can achieve their goals faster.

Founded in 1993, Extensis is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with offices in Seattle, New York, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. To learn more about Extensis full suite of solutions for digital asset management, font asset management, image asset management, and image compression, visit or follow Extensis on Twitter @extensis

© Celartem, Inc. d.b.a. Extensis All rights reserved. Extensis and the Extensis logo mark, Suitcase Fusion, Suitcase TeamSync, Extensis Portfolio, Portfolio NetPublish, SquishPic, Universal Type Server, MrSID, GeoExpress, Express Server, and Express Suite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Extensis in the United States of America, Canada, the European Union and/or other countries. This list of trademarks is not exhaustive. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names, company names, brands and service names mentioned herein are property of Extensis or other respective owners.

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Barton Cotton Named Agency of Record for March of Dimes Direct Mail Program

Barton Cotton, a division of Moore DM Group, is proud to announce that it has been named March of Dimes’ direct mail agency of record. Barton Cotton will lead a national effort to advance March of Dimes integrated fundraising to further the organization’s brand transformation and fight for the health of mothers and babies.

“Barton Cotton is honored to work with March of Dimes, an organization that has been fighting for the health and wellbeing of moms and babies for nearly a century,” said Kathy Calta, president of Barton Cotton. “With our proven ability to drive exponential growth, we are excited to leverage the tools and talents from across the Moore enterprise to accelerate fundraising and brandraising for March of Dimes.”

March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive by improving the health of mothers through medical research, education of pregnant women, community programs, government advocacy and support of pregnant women and mothers. As part of the ongoing efforts to further its mission, March of Dimes conducted an extensive request for proposal process to select an experienced agency of record to lead its direct marketing fundraising program.

“We selected Barton Cotton as our partner because of their excellence at combining strategy, data, technology and creativity to drive multichannel results,” said Joanne Bowers, chief audience officer of March of Dimes. “Their data-driven approach to mapping our donors’ journeys with compelling, action-driven creative will meet our needs for today and in the future.”

About Barton Cotton 
Barton Cotton is a full-service direct response agency that crafts and executes multichannel programs to cultivate donor giving and maximize net revenue. Our progressive approach to the integration of fundraising strategy, data, technology, creative and execution across all channels, is always mindful of the higher purpose we serve and makes us a recognized market leader in fundraising and brandraising. Our mission is to help our clients inspire, engage and grow donor support to maximize long-term donor value.

About Moore DM Group 
Moore DM Group is a global leader in performance-driven marketing solutions focused on all facets of the consumer experience. Moore DM Group is comprised of 32 companies with more than 2,000 employees dedicated to helping our clients fulfill their missions. The organization provides services including strategic consulting, creative development, media planning and buying, research and analytics, production management and product fulfillment, database services and public relations to nonprofit, association, commercial and government clients, and is a key contributor to strengthening these sectors.

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Avitus Group Announces August Expert Forum Topic: Branding Alert - 5 Mistakes that Push Business to Your Competitors; Online Training Highlights Latest Business Trends

“Our expert forums are hard-hitting and engaging, all while recharging the energy that got you into business in the first place. No one ever started a business to spend their days running payroll, reporting taxes or even the “fun” stuff like branding and marketing. That’s exactly why Avitus Group exists. We take the necessary, everyday hassles of owning a business and move them from your plate to ours. It is a win for everyone,” says Avitus Group Executive Vice President of Business Development Travis Bruyere.

The Avitus Group Expert Forum Branding Alert - 5 Mistakes that Push Business to Your Competitors is scheduled for August 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. MST. Each monthly forum is limited to 200 attendees and online registration is required. For those who register, but can’t attend, there is a replay option.

“Branding is a “culturally popular” subject that businesses frequently talk about, but all too many fail to understand the full scope of the branding process and its direct impact on their company,” says Avitus Group Director of Marketing Dan Jeziorski. “This informative forum is set to unveil the top 5 common branding mistakes that open the door for the competition to move in.”

Expert Forum Attendees will walk away with 3 big ideas designed to help move their brand forward: 1. Your logo is not your brand, nor does it grow your business. Discover the truth about visuals and their role in branding success; 2. Words matter. Encounter the power of differentiation and what really motivates prospects to trust your business and call you first; 3. Your people are the lifeblood of your brand (not your marketing). Learn how internal adoption is the #1 stabilizer of your brand.

Registration is open until capacity is met.

Avitus Group is a nationwide business services company headquartered in the Denver Metro Area. Additional Expert Forum Topics can be found here and include valuable information on topics such as: How to Hire Millennials & Modernize Your Business with the Next Generation, The #1 Threat to your Company Culture: A Difficult/Toxic Employee and Cut the Confusion and Make Digital Marketing Meaningful.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Signature Flight Support Expands Aircraft Trip Support Capabilities to 6 Additional Italian Airports

Signature Flight Support, the world’s largest network of Fixed Base Operators (FBOs), has announced a major expansion of its European business aviation support services in Italy with the addition of 6 airports to its current in-country presence, which now totals 9 aircraft handling stations.

Signature’s expansion follows several months of preparation, including the establishment of qualified local partnerships and an exhaustive vetting process conducted by Italian aviation authorities. Existing locations at Milan-Linate (LIN), Milan-Malpensa (MXP), and Rome-Ciampino (CIA) are augmented by the addition of key airports at Bergamo (BGY), Catania (CTA), Florence (FLR), Naples (NAP), Palermo (PMO), and Pisa (PSA). Operating permits, slot acquisition, and PPR approvals are added to the portfolio of handling services coordinated from Signature’s 24/7 Italian operations center at Milan-Linate airport.

The resultant ENAC certification at Bergamo’s Orio al Serio Int’l Airport, complimented by the inauguration of a new General Aviation Terminal at Milan’s Malpensa Airport, allow for the continuation of business aviation arrivals to Northern Italy during Milan-Linate’s three month closure for runway construction.

“Signature has identified Italy as a key strategic market for business aircraft operations in Europe,” explained John-Angus Smith, Managing Director EMEA. “By adapting our business model to conform to local conditions, including our joint venture with SEA Prime and our latest handler arrangements at several Italian airports, we have developed a comprehensive support network for business aircraft operators visiting major airports throughout the country.”

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REE Magnesium Inc. and CVMR®: Leading the Supply of Critical Metals and Rare Earth Elements to the U.S.

During the feasibility study, REE Magnesium Inc and CVMR® combined forces creating a joint venture that would take advantage of CVMR®’s vast mineral resources around the world. The joint venture aims to develop a complex of five metal refining structures based on CVMR®’s proprietary vapour metallurgy processes and technologies in the United States. The ultimate goal is to compete with foreign imports of refined metals into the United States, such as; rare earth elements (REE), magnesium (Mg), tantalum (Ta), niobium (Nb), vanadium (V), and nickel (Ni). All of which are considered strategic and critical metals for the U.S. manufacturing, energy, and defense sectors.

“With God’s help and American ingenuity,” Brittany Freeman, President of REE Magnesium Inc, says, “we aim to make U.S. industries stronger, more innovative and dominant in areas that keep our leadership intact.”

REE Magnesium Inc’s strategy has paid off quickly. A host of mine owners, financiers and potential endusers of products have approached the CVMR®/REE Magnesium Inc team, offering off-take agreements and looking for an investment opportunity. The products REE Magnesium Inc will offer are unique and in high demand in today’s economy. Their products consist of metal powders and nano-powders used in batteries, 3D printing, superalloys, and complex granular shapes that can only be manufactured using vapour metallurgy processes.

“CVMR®’s close association with a number of prominent universities allows us to benefit from the latest developments in metallurgical processes and to produce state of the art metal products,” says Cliff Boyd, CRO of REE Magnesium Inc “REE Magnesium Inc’s joint venture agreement with CVMR® facilitates the production of strategically significant metal products and alloys that are being imported into the United States or are not produced in sufficient quantities due to lack of raw material resources. REE Magnesium Inc is in the inevitable position of being able to invent new products for the battery industry, aerospace, automotive, defense, and pharmaceutical industries.”

In addition to supplying critically needed minerals and Rare Earth Elements, this joint venture will be environmentally friendly throughout the entire refining process thanks to state-of-the-art green technology. CVMR® has been able to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from various industrial outlets and convert it into valuable and highly sought-after products, such as graphite and graphene. The project has won a substantial award, two years in a row from “Solutions 2030 Challenge” program of the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE).

The CVMR® process captures various scales of CO2 emissions through a novel modular technology replacing the conventional absorption towers and scrubbers. The goal is to capture CO2 from industrial plants such as utility plants, oil sands producers, chemical manufacturers, and smaller operations. The captured CO2 is then converted into stable and value-added carbon by-products, such as graphite and graphene. The captured Carbon and metal powders are used in various modern batteries. Carbon flakes and graphene are used in water purification and desalination, concrete bricks, tires, and many other uses that are being discovered or invented.

Posted in: Business,Technology

Younger U.S Consumers are Open to Financial Help from Their Primary Financial Institution

Mercator Advisory Group’s most recent Insight Summary Report, Consumers and Personal Finance: Primary FIs Have an Opportunity to Help, from the bi-annual CustomerMonitor Survey Series, reveals that over 80% of U.S. consumers 18–34 years old would be open to budgeting, saving, and credit monitoring help from their primary financial institution. More specifically, 89% would be interested in talking to their primary FI about setting a household budget to meet their goals, 88% would be interesting in budget monitoring services, 87% would be interested in automatic savings plans to help meet their budgeting needs, and 84% would be open to a conversation about credit monitoring services.

The report is based on a sample of 3,001 U.S. adults surveyed in the annual online Banking and Channels survey of Mercator’s CustomerMonitor Survey Series, conducted in November 2018.

The study highlights consumers’ use and interest in setting household budgets, defining financial goals and services that financial institutions can provide to help their customers reach their goals and build their wealth. It examines the opportunity for financial institutions to offer financial advice and identifies the types of financial advice they currently use, wealth management account relationships, small business owners and the demographics of consumers most interested in budgeting and personal finance in terms of use of personal financial management (PFM) tools, mobile and online banking activities performed, new account opening, and interest in mobile-based personalized services.

“Oftentimes primary financial institutions lose out on the opportunity to help their customers build wealth as those customers look to other financial services to address their personal finance needs. Focusing on the younger customer as they start to build wealth is a great opportunity to attract them before they begin to look elsewhere,” stated the author of the report, Peter Reville, director of Primary Data Services at Mercator Advisory Group, which includes the CustomerMonitor Survey Series.

Highlights of this report include: 

  • Type of financial institutions used and those considered primary
  • Profile of business owners, by demographics, part-time vs. full-time, and revenue generated
  • Use of financial advisors by type and separately, wealth management accounts and relationships
  • Consumers’ interest in credit monitoring and support for budgeting and other support for financial goal setting from their respective primary financial institution
  • Personal financial management habits such as adhering to household budget, designating separate accounts to reach specific financial goals, and use of personal financial management (PFM) tools
  • Channels preferred by banking customers to communicate with their financial institutions
  • Important factors in bank selection
  • Participation in financial institution’s relationship rewards program and extent to which it motivates further engagement
  • Interest in mobile-based personalized banking services
  • Demographic profile of customer segments most interested in financial advice


Companies mentioned in this report include: AceMoney, BankTree, iCash, Intuit Quicken, Microsoft Money, Mint, Moneydance, MoneyLine, Personal Capital, and YouNeedaBudget.

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Mercator Advisory Group is the leading independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the payments and banking industries. We deliver pragmatic and timely research and advice designed to help our clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Our clients range from the world's largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors. Mercator Advisory Group is also the publisher of the online payments and banking news and information portal

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blumshapiro, the Largest Accounting, Tax and Business Advisory Firm Based in New England Announces Merger with Cowan Bolduc Doherty

blumshapiro, the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firm based in New England, today announced a merger with Cowan Bolduc Doherty (CBD) of North Andover, MA. The merger becomes official on August 1, 2019.

blumshapiro has been growing significantly in the Massachusetts area over the last 5 years and this combination with CBD will expand the firm’s presence in Massachusetts to 5 office locations, adding 20 professionals—including 3 partners—to further fortify the firm’s position as the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firm headquartered in New England.

“CBD’s strong and well-respected team of auditing, accounting and tax experts—and their reputation for providing exceptional client service—greatly complements blumshapiro and further supports our commitment to provide our clients the personal level of service that has contributed to our firm’s success. We are honored and thrilled to welcome CBD into the firm,” said blumshapiro CEO Joseph A. Kask.

“Since our founding in 1988, CBD has fostered strong relationships with our clients in northeastern Massachusetts. For more than 30 years we have embraced growth and change, and this merger with blumshapiro is a natural next step in providing our clients with more resources while maintaining the personalized commitment they have come to expect from CBD. We are very excited to join the blum team,” said Stephen J. Doherty, CPA, partner at CBD.

CBD’s 20-member team specializes in business, financial and client accounting; financial and tax due diligence; business financing; estate planning; individual tax preparation and planning; multi-state tax planning; business tax preparation and planning; and 401(k) audits for business.

“This combination helps extend blumshapiro’s reach and leadership serving entrepreneurial clients in the Boston market,” said Gary Adamson CPA, CEO of Adamson Advisory LLC, the advisor to both firms on this merger. “Cowan Bolduc Doherty has been a leader serving the Boston market for many years and was attracted to blumshapiro because of their outstanding talent pool and extensive range of services focused on the middle market.”

The merged firm will adopt the blumshapiro name. The North Andover office will join blum locations in Boston, Newton, Quincy and Worcester, MA. blum also has offices in West Hartford, Shelton and Marlborough, CT and Cranston, RI.

blumshapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with a team of over 500, offers a diversity of services, which include auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services. blum serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and nonprofit organizations and provides non-audit services for publicly traded companies. To learn more visit us at 

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Wired2Perform Delivers A New Approach To Workplace Experience

Every year, millions of youth embark on careers they’re not suited for. While this issue is complex, ultimately it points to a startling lack of self-awareness. Social impact aside, unhappy and un-engaged workers lead to losses of 0-0 billion dollars a year in the United States alone. It is in this context that Wired2Perform emerged with a mission to help create an environment for everyone to be self-aware, know their passions and grow to achieve their aspirations.

Wired2Perform is a people analytics platform founded by Raghu Misra, a serial tech entrepreneur who was previously the Co-Founder & CTO of ShipXpress, a Software-As-A-Service company that was successfully sold to GE Transportation. The software uses an individual’s psychometric/behavioral insights, skills, interests, talents, and aspirations to match them through various proprietary AI-based algorithms to teams, roles and customers.

The platform helps HR and organization development teams to truly access the human capital of the organization from not only a human capital performance management (HCM) and utilization standpoint but also from diversity and inclusion angle. The leaders can utilize various workforce analytics and reports in the platform to assess what the effect of adding an individual would be to a team or who among a set of suitable candidates is the best fit for a role for a team.

The goal is to help the leaders to assess the team’s behavior dynamics and create high-performance teams. The platform improves harmony and satisfaction, allowing workers to interact and engage more meaningfully with their colleagues and their work. In the age where AI and automation are expected to disrupt the workforce, the Future-Of-Work is all about self-aware individuals and how employers use various insights to reskill and upskill their workforce.

Speaking of the change that he hopes to drive with the power and potential of self-awareness, Raghu Misra said, “Wired2Perfom is a part of the workplace revolution we need to see globally. We need to shift to a mindset where work is more about passion than a paycheck. With the people analytics we provide, I’m confident that individuals will be able to understand themselves and those they interact with in professional and personal settings better.”

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Merritt Aluminum Products Named a Colorado Company to Watch for 2019

Merritt Aluminum Products Company today announced that it has been named a 2019 Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW) award recipient, being acknowledged for its drive, excellence and for the influence of the company as a growing business in the state. CCTW honors second-stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and contribute to emerging industries throughout Colorado.

The CCTW program selected 50 winners from over 1,000 nominations. This year’s award winners were honored and celebrated at a gala on Friday, June 21st in Denver, Colorado. Elated by the news of this great honor, the team at Merritt Aluminum Products attended the event with impressive attendance making sure the company was well represented for such a prestigious award. Though the gala was masquerade, no mask could hide the pride emanating from the Merritt team.

Merritt Aluminum Products spun off from sister company, Merritt Trailers in 2016. Facing many difficulties during the transition, the company was able to see impressive growth through the development of Core Values, a focus on superior customer service and continued innovation resulting in a revenue increase of 27% in 2018. Merritt Aluminum Products also has a commitment to company culture with the development of a wellness program, quarterly bonus opportunities, strong benefits and improved communications. These strides have been recognized by ColoradoBiz Magazine with an Award of Excellence in Culture Momentum in November of 2018.

“I am honored to be recognized for this coveted award and to be listed among some of Colorado’s most innovative and successful companies. Without great people, none of it is possible. We’ve got a great team that has made Merritt Aluminum Products a leading manufacturer of aftermarket accessories for the heavy duty truck market.” said Taylor Merritt, Chairman and CEO of Merritt Aluminum Products.

About Merritt Aluminum Products: 
Merritt Aluminum Products Company is North America’s leading manufacturer of aluminum accessory products for the heavy duty trucking industry. With over 65 years of experience in the manufacturing business with a reputation for the highest quality products in the industry. We are passionate about the products we produce and the customers we serve. We believe that having strong moral principles in everything we do supports our mission to provide total customer satisfaction by producing high quality, high performance products, with exceptional customer service.

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

M24you and axiVEND Announce an Exclusive Distribution Agreement for The Americas

“M2-Automation systems have long been recognized by many as the best engineered and most flexible system for the ultra-low volume high precision liquid dispensing systems on the market,” said Ron Wolbert, M24You CEO. “However, until recently, that reputation was spread mainly via word-of-mouth from happy and fulfilled customers. A few years ago, we stepped up our marketing and sales activities, first in Europe, and then in Asia. We are excited to now further extend our commercial activities into the Americas.”

“Not only do M2 systems represent the most flexible offering in the low volume precision dispensing market, the philosophy of M2 management is well aligned with ours,” said Claude Dufresne, axiVEND CEO. “We will not sell a system unless we feel that it is a good fit for our customer’s needs. It is imperative to have completely satisfied customers.” See us next week in Anaheim CA at AACC Booth 1496.

About M24You and M2-Automation 
M24You GmbH has been established in August 2015 in Berlin by the German company M2-Automation and the Austrian company Lauden Holding GmbH. The aim of this connection is to support customers with Low Volume Liquid Handling Technology, especially in the field of Microarrays, Microfluidics, Biosensors, Biochips and In Vitro Diagnostics. M24You combines know-how and experience of M2-Automation, which is the leading producer of micro-dispensing instruments with the long-term expertise of Lauden Holding in serving life science and industrial customers. This partnership enables providing our customers with the very best spotting technology for various applications. For additional information please visit

About axiVEND 
While newly founded in 2019, axiVEND is built on the concept of truth in vending. From the Greek “axios” for truthfulness, axiVEND promises to provide the very best solutions, with proven field performance, to the worlds of diagnostics and multiplex assays in general. Leveraging an expanded network throughout North and South America, axiVEND will soon be positively impacting life science industries in general. The early axiVEND portfolio encompasses best-in-class M2-Automation ultra-low volume high-precision liquid deposition technologies, the latest offerings in colorimetric and fluorescence multiplex array readers, unique high-performance surface coatings for superior protein functional activity, and the next generation label-free multiplex reader. For additional information please visit the axiVEND website at, and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Successful Implementation of StratusLIVE's Enterprise CRM Platform for Nonprofits, StratusLIVE 365, at National FFA Foundation

In early 2018, the National FFA Foundation decided that it was time to search for a new donor software system. After years of using 14 separate systems for everything from donation processing and tracking to marketing appeals and membership management that did not integrate, they knew they needed one fully integrated solution that housed all constituent information in one central database. A generous donor gifted National FFA licenses to Microsoft Dynamics 365, which was a big step in the right direction.

Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF), a consulting firm that helps nonprofits with strategic fundraising, was hired to help manage this search. Jason S. Boley, Senior Associate with BWF, was a trusted advisor to the National FFA Foundation and led the search for new software, and StratusLIVE's Enterprise CRM Platform for Nonprofits, StratusLIVE 365, was selected in May 2018.

In the past, FFA lacked the extensive nonprofit functionality required to manage the entire organization in one fully integrated solution for financial processing, campaign management, online fundraising, more comprehensive and deeper constituent engagement, interactions, connections, and more. They recognized the unique ability of StratusLIVE 365 to meet those needs and more.

After a highly successful implementation in February 2019, StratusLIVE has now provided the foundation with one fully integrated Microsoft Dynamics 365-based solution and the ability to house all fundraising constituent information in one central database on the Enterprise CRM platform. Since the selection, the foundation is also implementing the StratusLIVE Give Now Portal.

Staci Glaser, director of development operations, National FFA Foundation stated, "StratusLIVE is loaded with functionality that we use to streamline and improve the efficiency of our fundraising tactics. With features like native integration to Microsoft Office, a direct plugin to Outlook, and the ability to access it on computers and tablets, we are more efficient in communicating with our donors and employees alike. Plus, with easy access to robust data, staff are empowered to pull their reports and build data dashboards, all in a seamless process!"

When asked, Glaser said her favorite part of StratusLIVE is that "It's very user-friendly and easy to use. I love that you have access to data dashboards and reports at your fingertips. Also, Katie [StratusLIVE Project Manager] is one of our favorite parts of StratusLIVE."

At the end of the project Boley, who has performed hundreds of data conversion/migration projects all over the world, said the StratusLIVE 365 implementation project with the National FFA Foundation is by far one of the most straightforward migrations he has ever experienced!

"One of the greatest rewards in the work we do at StratusLIVE is the fulfillment we feel when clients like National FFA Foundation achieve such positive results and experiences with us," says Jim Funari, StratusLIVE CEO. "Knowing our technology plays a role in helping National FFA support more youth development, community service, and agriculture makes us very pleased to be a partner in their mission."

About National FFA Organization 
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members as part of 8,630 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at and on Facebook, Twitter and official news page of the National FFA Organization.

About National FFA Foundation 
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit

About Bentz Whaley Flessner 
BWF is a full-service philanthropic consulting services firm headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC. BWF serves large- and medium-sized nonprofits in the areas of campaign management, high-net-worth fundraising, organizational consulting, data science, digital marketing, and technology. Clients include universities, health systems, and NGOs throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. As one of the only comprehensive fundraising consulting firms, BWF has a team of consultants with extensive background and experience in every facet of philanthropy. For more information please visit

About StratusLIVE, LLC 
StratusLIVE, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions, is committed to serving nonprofits, companies, foundations, and workplace federations in their goal to reach a greater impact for social good. The StratusLIVE suite includes StratusLIVE 365, Enterprise CRM for Nonprofits, which features enterprise-class relationship management, business intelligence, analytical marketing and online fundraising for nonprofit organizations and StratusLIVE Ignite, CSR for Companies, which creates exceptional user experiences and manages workplace giving and volunteer campaigns more effectively than ever before. The entire product suite is powered by the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform and available in the worldwide Microsoft Cloud. StratusLIVE is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with offices throughout the United States. For more information, visit

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FSHD Society Convenes Inaugural Meeting of International Patient Advocacy Leaders

The FSHD Society has convened the first-ever international meeting of leaders from organizations representing individuals and families affected by facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a genetic, muscle-weakening condition that affects nearly one million people worldwide. “With international clinical trials for FSHD therapies already under way and more on the horizon, it is critically important for groups around the world to work together,” said Mark Stone, CEO and President of the FSHD Society. The US-based non-profit is the world’s largest research-focused patient advocacy organization for FSHD.

The International FSHD Patient Advocacy Summit was held on June 18, 2019, in Marseille, France. Sponsored by the FSHD Society and jointly organized with FSHD Europe, the invitation-only meeting was attended by 38 delegates representing 13 organizations from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, UK and the US.

The attendees discussed the idea of developing an international “contact registry” or patient database that would facilitate global campaigns to educate families about FSHD research studies and drug trials. A key benefit of such a database, Stone explained, is that it enables advocacy groups to work more effectively with researchers and companies to recruit volunteers for clinical trials on an international scale.

As the first meeting of its type, attendees had the opportunity to introduce their organizations to one another. “Hearing about patient groups in the different countries was fascinating,” said Sheila Hawkins, a trustee with Muscular Dystrophy UK and delegate for FSHD Europe. “It was sobering to learn that in some countries genetic testing was either unavailable or so expensive that few people could afford it.”

Leading researchers gave presentations about the latest developments in clinical trials, molecular therapies, and the use of imaging technology to track disease progression. The delegates also participated in workshops to develop strategies for patient engagement, working with scientists and industry, and fundraising.

“While no one of us alone can change the world,” said Stone, “the Society is bringing all stakeholders and resources to the table to focus efforts on one goal: delivering disease-modifying therapies to our families by 2025.”

About the FSHD Society

The FSHD Society is the world’s largest research-focused patient organization for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), one of the most prevalent forms of muscular dystrophy. The Society has catalyzed major advancements and is accelerating the development of treatments and a cure to end the pain, disability, and suffering endured by one million people worldwide who live with FSHD. The FSHD Society has transformed the landscape for FSHD research and is committed to making sure that no one faces this disease alone. The Society offers a community of support, news, and information through its website at

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STAYCATION UK - Summer by the Seaside

The luxury boutique Charm Hotel & Spa in Brighton is the perfect catalyst to get one started on planning that perfect summer vacation by the sea, from indulgent retreats to the City’s major attractions.  This hotel offers luxury on its own terms, ensuring independently spirited travellers create unforgettable moments to last a lifetime.  Also, many families enjoy staying at the Charm with its variety of family suites on offer that caters for all types.


Located just off the seafront in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown district, the Charm represents a modernist interpretation of the luxury boutique hotel.
With a name like the Charm, it comes as no surprise that intimacy, tranquillity and comfort are a given at this very modern seaside boutique hotel with spectacular views over the Palace Pier, the beach and the Sea at every turn. Total relaxation is top-of-mind, with plenty of options to cosy up with a loved one at the Deluxe Hot Tub in a private garden, the luxurious Steam Room or try out many of the other options available in the Spa Suite like a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. For those eager to explore Brighton, staff at the hotel will happily point you towards other favourite spots in the City, from the British Airways i360 to the Royal Pavilion.

Having only just celebrated its 3rd anniversary, the meticulously restored Grade 11 listed building is a chic retreat where style is born from architectural simplicity to a mix of traditional with the contemporary and offering guests a truly luxury boutique hotel providing the best of both worlds: a quiet and romantic setting in Brighton, yet just round the corner from the City's plethora of great restaurants, shops and activities. Much effort went into preserving the architecture and design led by a team of three women, architect Linda Turner, interior designer Emma Kewley and artist collaborator, Ruthie Martin whose paintings are proudly displayed all-round the hotel including the bedroom suites. The team believe that having a woman led design team has resulted in a focus on guest enjoyment and together they wanted to increase the opportunities for relaxation and indulgence for guests and the local community at large.


Female Design Team of Interior Designer Emma Kewley, Artist Collaborator Ruthie Martin and Architect Linda Turner


The Charm Spa Suite also offers a selection of exclusive signature treatments and several beauty services including manicure and pedicure. In the City, guests can experience the melting pot of cultures that Brighton has to offer, a vibrant multicultural city. These influences make the city of Brighton & Hove a fascinating place to wander and explore.

In the Charm Spa Suite with the Luxury Deluxe Hot Tub in a Private garden

General Manager, Leo Nguyen said, “For summer bookings from two nights or more and to experience the benefits of the Spa suite, guests will be offered special rates if you book directly with the hotel”

Bedroom Suites at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton start from £90 and include breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm. The buffet selection includes fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs Benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu. For the Summer Spa package, the price is £70 (two sharing) with a 30% discount. For more information and to book call the hotel on +44 (0)1273 021 085, visit the, follow the hotel on and on Twitter@charm_hotel.

For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email

The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email –

Posted in: Business,Hospitality,Leisure Activities,Travel,World

Gray Element Founder And CEO Asal Mehraban Responds To U.S. Secretary Of Treasury Steve Mnuchin’s Comments Regarding Amazon’s Negative Impact On The U.S. Retail Industry

Following an announcement made on July 23 by the Justice Department that it will open a broad antitrust review of big technology companies, such as Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet, US. Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin’s shared his support of the Justice Department’s review in a recent interview with CNBC's Squawk Box. “I think if you look at Amazon, although there are certain benefits to it, they’ve destroyed the retail industry across the United States," said Mnuchin, "so there’s no question they’ve limited competition."

In response to Mnuchin’s comments, Asal Mehraban, CEO and Founder of Los Angeles-based digital marketing and technology development company Gray Element weighed in with her support of Mnuchin’s remarks.

“The fact that retail giant Amazon is negatively affecting small businesses and retailers is a very valid concern,” Mehraban says. “I fully support U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin’s comments, and also the Justin Department’s decision to open a broad antitrust review of these big technology companies. The control that technology giants have is a very real and serious issue that our retailers are facing. Unless the technology giant or the U.S. government takes the necessary steps to help these businesses, this issue can only get worse, and will subsequently be detrimental to our economy as a whole.”

According to the announcement the Justice Department will be opening a broad antitrust review of the big technologies, looking into how major online platforms have “achieved market power” and how their practices may have “reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.”

As the CEO and Founder of Gray Element, a leading Internet company specializing in e-commerce, SaaS development, search engine optimization and digital marketing, Mehraban has been helping businesses grow their brands online since 2007. Each day, Mehraban and her team witness firsthand how hard it’s getting for small companies to remain afloat and compete with the giant technology companies. As technology continues to advance at such rapid speeds like no other period in modern history, conventional businesses as we know are going to have to change and progress with technology. Unfortunately, technology continues to advance much quicker than small businesses can grow. As a result, small companies continue to find it hard to remain in business, which will affect the overall U.S. economy.

Mehraban believes there are solutions that the Department of Justice can employ to prevent the monopoly of the U.S. economy by several massive technology companies. One of those solutions would be for the government and large corporations to offer more resources that benefit small businesses, including low-interest loans and working capital. Another way the giant tech companies can help is to offer more of their technological resources to small businesses. If the government and giant tech companies work together, we can make space for small businesses to flourish, which will subsequently help everyone as it will result in a healthier economy. While changes to the way businesses work and interact with each other will take time, Mehraban believes that it all starts with a conversation.

As small businesses continue to face the threat of big technology corporations, Mehraban and her team at Gray Element continue to offer strategic advice and strategy to small businesses. Helping small businesses remain relevant and prevalent in today’s monopolistic society is what keeps Mehraban and her team motivated. Gray Element helps businesses with every aspect of their marketing campaign or digital technology development, from building sites and writing web copy, to managing a company’s online reputation and developing paid marketing strategies that meet clients’ goals.

About Gray Element

Experience and determination are our key ingredients at Gray Element. Since 2007, our team has developed numerous websitesand applications for clients large and small. The businesses we help come from a variety of industries, including financial, medical, fashion, and the services industry. Gray Element is led by seasoned professionals who drive innovation to surpass the boundaries of design and technology. We are thought-leaders in our industry and passionate about helping businesses launch their big ideas and reach the highest potential.

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Compliancy Group’s Marc Haskelson brings expertise in business of technology to CompTIA’s Business Applications Advisory Council

Compliancy Group today announced that Marc Haskelson, President/CEO has joined the Business Applications Advisory Council of CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry. As a member of the council, Marc Haskelson will help drive CompTIA’s efforts to educate SaaS companies on progressive go-to-market growth strategies for selling business solutions using a dedicated sales channel.

Marc has over 25 years of sales, marketing, and operational leadership experience, and has held executive positions at Hearst Publications, Experian, and AT&T. He is an innovator who develops new products and solutions to address the challenges of the small and midsize market. Marc sits on the CompTIA Business Applications Advisory Council and is a Visionary Level Contributor to the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee. He focuses his knowledge of compliance, technology, security, customer care, and payment processing on improving market inefficiencies.

He co-founded Compliancy Group in 2005 with HIPAA subject matter experts and top software developers. Together, they used their expertise in sales marketing, compliance, and technology to bring Compliance-as-a-Solution to the healthcare IT industry.

The Business Applications Advisory Council is focused this year on driving business growth of SaaS companies and their solution providers, and Marc’s expertise will be integral to driving those efforts.

“With the breadth of his experience in our industry, Marc is a strong addition to our Business Applications Advisory Council,” said Annette Taber, CompTIA’s vice president for industry outreach. “His insights into the business of technology – how it is developed, marketed, influenced, purchased and deployed – will help guide the actions we take as an advisory council, an association, and an industry.”

Haskelson states, “The industry is evolving. Compliance, security, and business solutions are merging into one. Organizations that understand this, and are part of the evolution, will earn the lion share of the market. I’m proud to be part of CompTIA’s Business Applications Advisory Council, working with industry leaders to better serve the MSPs and their clients.”

The CompTIA Business Applications Advisory Council includes executives from organizations that deliver cloud software platforms and applications specifically developed for the line-of-business buyer seeking to achieve specific objectives. The council also includes specialized partners – such as CPAs and digital marketing agencies – who influence the sale of these solutions to line of business managers within organizations.

This year, the council’s strategies include: 

  • Understanding vertical market and line of business buyer needs and connecting them with the right SaaS solutions
  • Identifying the current skills needed in the SaaS Solution Provider space
  • Distinguishing programs SaaS vendors should build for customers and prospects
  • Continuing to ensure CompTIA’s resources and expertise reach relevant business application providers

About Compliancy Group 
Compliancy Group is the industry leader in Compliance-as-a-Solution (CaaS) for Managed Service Providers. Compliancy Group’s partner program allows MSPs to offer CaaS to justify advanced security services to differentiate your firm, doubling your revenue, tripling your profit, and standardizing your stack. MSP partners have exclusive access to marketing and sales support teams. You don’t need to know anything about HIPAA compliance to take on healthcare clients; we manage your healthcare clients for you. In turn, Compliancy Group works with MSP security partners from across the country to address HIPAA cybersecurity requirements. Adding CaaS to your stack, allows MSPs to make the transition to be the solution to your clients problems, evolving from the break-fix model to become Business Solution Providers (BSPs).

About CompTIA 
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce.

More from Compliancy Group: 
Business Associate AgreementHIPAA Encryption Requirements 
HIPAA Risk Assessment

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Herbert Sim Bolsters Future1Exchange as Investor and Growth Advisor

Digital crypto exchange licensed in Tallin, Estonia, Future1Exchange, announced today at World Blockchain Summit in Singapore that Herbert Sim, commonly also known as “The Bitcoin Man”, will be joining Future1Exchange as investor and growth advisor.

Herbert is the founder of Crypto Chain University, the world’s first repository for crypto and blockchain research papers established in 2010. Previously, Herbert was the Chief Marketing Officer of Cryptology exchange, and prior to that, the Global Operations Director at Huobi Global. His writings has appeared in top international publications such as Forbes and Huffington Post.

Herbert is also investor and advisor to multiple technological startups in the blockchain industry – TEVEL, a location-based social media platform integrated with blockchain technology from Israeli; TaoDust, the world's first equity crowd-funding platform powered by blockchain technology from Malta; and DIYBlockchain, the world's first zero code Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) company from California, USA.

“Having someone of Herbert’s stature on board as an Investor and Advisor is a huge boost to our project,” said Kishore Mansinghani, CEO of Future1Exchange, before adding:

"Herbert’s long standing experience in the crypto and blockchain industry, and formerly working in top exchanges at top executive positions, his advice will be invaluable as we work to ensure Future1Exchange’s success. Herbert has such a strong track record of branding, marketing, and business development, and most importantly user acquisition, that there’s no doubt his appointment will help Future1Exchange and help us grow our existing platform.”

Herbert also expressed excitement about the collaboration with, and the prospects of, Future1Exchange, "It is my utmost pleasure to join on board as an Investor and Advisor to Future1Exchange. An Estonian licensed digital crypto exchange providing the services of exchanging digital currency against a fiat currency and providing a digital currency wallets is something that will prove to be a hit in the industry."

Future1Exchange decided to target Estonia for getting a regulated license ( registration no. 14458317, having its registered office at Roosikrantsi 2-K482, 10119 Tallinn, 
Estonia ) as it is the world’s first digital country,is also world’s first country to place its health records on the blockchain, its dynamic technological innovative environment will provide an edge for Future1Exchange to stay competitive in the fast moving industry.

About Future1Exchange

Licensed to provide cryptocurrency-to-fiat exchange and wallet services in Tallin, Estonia and operated by a team of seasoned professionals, Future1Exchange is a cutting-edge digital crypto exchange catering for both retail and professional clients. The platform allows users to buy, sell, and store digital assets. It’s current offering include OTC, Custody and Token Listing Services among other things. For more information, visit

About Herbert Sim

Herbert is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor, digital illustrator and writer, commonly known as ‘The Bitcoin Man’. Herbert wears a few hats, he is the Head of Business Development at Broctagon FinTech Group, the founder of Crypto Chain University (CCU), the world’s first repository institute for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency research; Investor & Advisor at,, and For more information:

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The 4th Annual Gold Star Family Day at the Ball Park Returns to Louisville, Kentucky

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, in conjunction with the Bluegrass World Series, UPS, and Louisville Bats Baseball, presents the 4th Annual Gold Star Family Day at the Ball Park August 9, 2019 at Louisville Slugger Field.

This unique event, developed by the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, hosts 300 Gold Star Family members for a day of baseball, food, community, and fun. The goal of the event is to honor and recognize Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the U.S. Military.

As a part of this special day, there will be a patriotic pregame salute highlighted by Gold Star Family members throwing out the first pitch and singing the National Anthem. The Bluegrass World Series and the Louisville Bats will also offer special recognition to Gold Star Families and their Loved Ones throughout the game.

This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the Bluegrass World Series' Military Appreciation Night. The Bluegrass World Series is an incredible baseball event at Louisville Slugger Field featuring a team of 30 former Major League players competing against top-tier collegiate wood bat summer league teams from around the country. The Major League players will be competing as the Louisville Stars and the roster features Johnny Damon, Mike Hampton, Brad Penny, Ben Sheets, and many more.

This year, three special guests will join the Louisville Stars on the field for the pre-game salute to our Gold Star Families and their Loved Ones. Medal of Honor recipients Woody Williams, Bob Patterson, and James McCloughan will be on the field as a part of this special tribute. 

The collective efforts of those involved remains focused on honoring Gold Star Families and their Loved Ones as well as showing appreciation to members of our Military and Veterans. Companies like UPS, the Louisville Bats, and others in the Louisville area have a strong history of supporting these efforts. 

“The help and support of our partners and supporters is essential to us accomplishing our mission. That is one of the great things about the team effort of our organization, the Bluegrass World Series, UPS, and Louisville Bats Baseball; we are working together to build a network of support for Gold Star Families.” - Chad Graham, President of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation.

About the HWWMOHF:  
The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is a charitable 501c(3) nonprofit with a mission aimed at honoring, recognizing, and serving Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  
"The Cause is Greater than I..."- Woody Williams. 

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The Bluegrass World Series team along with their strategic partners are returning to Louisville with their continued commitment to support local charities and celebrate the game of baseball. The Bluegrass World Series is once again bringing together an all-star studded roster of 30 + baseball legends to Louisville Slugger Field– the 2019 roster is stocked with Louisville natives and MLB vets that now call Derby City home. The vision for this event remains the same, to unite the community of Louisville – bringing charities, families, businesses and baseball fans alike to Slugger Field with the common goal of creating memories and making an impact in the Louisville community for many years to come. The Bluegrass World Series was developed to benefit the Louisville community and we need your help & support to make this dream a reality. For more information about our event and to find ways to get involved, please visit

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Kidsave® Supports the Adoption of Foster Children in the US Who Are at the Highest Risk for Human Trafficking

It is estimated that human trafficking impacts a staggering 24.9 million people worldwide, with the United States being one of the worst performing countries in this area. 1 In fact, according to a recently released report by the U.S. State Department, the United States is among the top three nations of origin for victims of human trafficking in 2018, along with Mexico and the Philippines. 2 Estimates place the number of current trafficking victims within the United States at over 400,000.3

Equally distressing is recent reporting that 50% - 60% of the victims of U.S. human trafficking are youth coming out of the country’s foster care system. Traffickers routinely prey upon children in government care.4

Kidsave, a global charitable organization, combats this issue by working to give older foster youth safe connections and permanent families. The organization promotes and supports the adoption of older, harder-to-place children in foster care and orphanages here in the U.S. and abroad. Through their proprietary Weekend Miracles family visit program, Kidsave combines mentorship and child-specific adoption advocacy to support youth who would otherwise age out of foster care without a permanent family or more stable adult connection in their lives - making them more vulnerable to exploitation.

The goal of Weekend Miracles is a lifelong, connected, caring relationship with at least one safe, stable adult for every child. Kidsave recruits and trains volunteer hosts (individuals and families) to provide ongoing support to these children. Hosts welcome a foster youth into their home on weekends, get to know them and support them in their lives. Simultaneously, hosts work with Kidsave to use their networks, circles of influence, and the local media to introduce that child to a family who will adopt them.

Hosts may also adopt or become permanent legal guardians of the child. More than 75% of the kids who complete the Kidsave Weekend Miracles programs exit with relational or legal permanency.

Randi Thompson, Kidsave’s Co-Founder and CEO, commented on the recent Trafficking in Persons report and how the organization is helping. “It’s so troubling to see how many kids in the foster care system end up being trafficked or sexually exploited in some way. By helping find permanent homes for these children, we create environments where they are much less susceptible to predators and can realize their full potential. We hope people will help support us as we work to expand this important work throughout the U.S.”

Marina, 27, who found an adoptive family through Kidsave, offered her unique perspective as well. “During my childhood I felt very vulnerable and my prospects were uncertain. I could have been placed in the position to be victimized by traffickers, like so many children out there. Thinking back, I realize how fortunate I am to have found such a loving and supportive family to protect me. My hope is that through awareness and advocacy for foster youth, we can help those still vulnerable to these crimes.”

To learn more Kidsave and the positive impact it is having with foster youth, please visit the organization’s web site at

1,2,6 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, US State Department 
3 The Global Slavery Index 2018 
4 Human Trafficking in America Among Worst in the World, Fox News, June 23, 2019

About Kidsave 
Kidsave is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that develops model programs and creates policy to help children forgotten in foster care and orphanages meet adoptive families. Our programs are currently operating in the United States, Russia, Colombia and Sierra Leone. Kidsave maintains a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and earned a top-ranked organization evaluation from Global Giving in 2019. To learn more, please visit or contact Lauren Davis at (202) 503-3101

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New Senior Care Option Now Available in Papillion, Nebraska

Rick and Kris Perkins have cared about the safety of Larimer County and Douglas County residents for a long time.

Rick is a former counselor and manager who spent 20 years with Child and Adult Protective Services, as well as serving as Program Coordinator for the Juvenile Assessment Center. Kris is a former 911 dispatcher and EMT, and worked in sales and deployment roles for Motorola Solutions, Inc. where she deployed public safety software across the United States.

Now this husband-and-wife team is turning their attention to senior care issues by opening a new A Place at Home franchise in Papillon, NE. The APAH innovative care model has been wildly successful because it tailors senior care solutions to the needs of individual seniors and their families.

Each franchise offers a wide range of in-home care services, care coordination services, and senior living placement and transition services.

The Omaha-based company has experienced explosive growth all over the country after its launch in 2012.

The Papillion franchise will open at 10791 S. 72nd St., Suite #104 in Papillion, and will also serve Bellevue, Offutt, Ralston, Chalco, La Vista, Council Bluffs, and Center Lake.

The couple came to this decision after seeing the challenges for care and living transition for Rick's 97-year old grandmother. "Helping seniors age in their own homes has become a passion for me," he says.

"We chose A Place at Home after completing a market analysis on multiple franchises in the home care industry," adds Kris. "We quickly realized that the men who created A Place at Home truly cared about what they were doing, and why. And we felt the four core values of the APAH C.A.R.E. philosophy—Compassionate, Accountable, Respectful, and Ethical—align with our own personal values."

The main goal of A Place at Home is to help seniors stay in their homes as long as it is a safe, viable option. Transitions to senior care centers are offered as a free option when an APAH's services simply won't suffice any longer.

"We understand enlisting the help of professionals to care for loved ones is a tough decision to make," said Rick. "We want to be able to relieve some of the stress on families when they're faced with that decision. We want you to know we'll treat your family like we'd treat our own family. And we want to ease the stress of the transition to an assisted living facility, when the time comes."

To A Place at Home founders, Jerod Evanich and Dustin Distefano, awarding franchises to the right people is an important part of fulfilling their mission: "To be passionate professionals providing the compassionate care solutions you need, when and where you need us."

"It always starts with a conversation," stresses Jerod. "We only want to work with people who are truly in alignment with the C.A.R.E. philosophy. If your personal values already rest on that foundation then we're happy to help you parlay your professional background and acumen into becoming a successful A Place At Home owner."

To learn more about A Place at Home, visit To learn more about franchising opportunities, visit, and schedule a time to speak to their development team.


Paul Ackermann, MBA 
Director of Development

O: 888-502-6310 x 103 
F: 402-506-9373 
E: paul(dot)ackermann(at)aplaceathome(dot)com 

About A Place At Home

A Place At Home (a NorEast Franchise Group) offers a range of customized, senior-focused care services, including: in-home care, care coordination, and assistance in identifying and transitioning to senior living alternatives. The company is dedicated to preserving the quality of life for seniors by giving them the support they need to stay as independent as possible, for as long as possible. Those who would like to explore franchising should contact the owners to start a conversation. Visit, or for more information.

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Comedian and Twitter Personality, Eric D’Alessandro is featured in new YouTube video from Barry's Auto Body and Collision Repair Shop

Barry’s Auto Body, Staten Island’s eco-friendly collision repair shop, will be launching a series of new videos on its YouTube channel. The channel, which was launched in 2015 with a series of "how to videos" is one of the tools Barry's Auto Body uses to help educate the public about important issues related to the automotive industry. Educational videos in its library include: "Insurance Companies Direct Repair Program", "Dealing With a Tow Truck Company" and "How to Clean Your Car Battery Terminals With Coca Cola" among others.

Said Barry Crupi, "We create educational videos to take the mystery out of the automotive repair process. When a customer is familiar with the operation and repair of their vehicle, it helps to reduce the stress they feel when dealing with a body shop.

"We have been in business for over 30 years and most of our customers come by word of mouth because we do everything in our power to make the vehicle repair process quick and easy. We do all the legwork when it comes to dealing with the insurance companies because when someone has a car accident, they should be concentrating on their future health and safety rather than trying to navigate through the tedious insurance claims process."

Over the years, Barry's Auto Body grew from a single bay repair shop to a multi-bay shop employing state of the art vehicle repair technology. Their success has prompted both Barry and Michele Crupi, co-owners of the shop, to give back to their community. They help raise money for local non-profits dedicated to helping children and they host contests with prizes such as Apple watches and Kymco motor scooters.

The most recent contest, "Make Staten Island Laugh" prompted comedian and social media influencer, Eric D’Alessandro to submit the winning video titled, "How to Speak With a Staten Island Accent." The video was recently launched on Barry's Auto Body YouTube channel.

"We decided that comedy was the best antidote for the anxiety caused by having to bring your car into the auto collision repair shop," said Crupi. "We received dozens of great video entries, but Eric won the contest handily. We are honored to have his video as part of our library."

In addition to D’Alessandro's videos, "How to Speak With a Staten Island Accent" and "We Have a Winner," Barry's Auto Body has launched, "How To Apply A Ceramic Coating To Your Car – Car Brite Black Pearl Ceramic Coat (Parts 1 & 2) and will launch "How to Clean Your Windshield (Exterior & Interior)."

Barry's Auto Body will also be adding the long awaited, fourth installment of the popular, "I Got A Guy" video series that follows the lives of Staten Island resident's Donna & Vito who find themselves in hilarious predicaments that end up with them needing to bring their cars to Barry's Auto Body for various automotive services. Local comedian, Jen Remauro and digital media expert, George Passariello play the roles of Donna and Vito. Both Michele and Barry Crupi appear in the video.

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John Henry III, CEO of JH Specialty, Announced as Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 Counselor Awards

JH Specialty is delighted to announce that our CEO, John Henry III, has been named the Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year by Advertising Specialty Institute’s (ASI) Counselor Magazine. ASI is the promotional product industry’s largest membership organization, which includes over 20,000 distributor and 3,500 supplier companies. The promotional products industry recorded .7 billion dollars in total revenue in 2018.

The Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year is presented to an industry practitioner who exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit in achieving notable growth, via new products, creative marketing campaigns, and acquisition.

“The acclaimed Counselor awards celebrate the ingenuity, creativity, boldness, leadership and success exemplified by the hardworking companies and individuals who are consistently moving this industry forward,” said Timothy M. Andrews, ASI President and CEO. “ASI is thrilled to showcase their contributions.”

John Henry III was honored with this award and presented a 60 second acceptance speech in front of a group of approximately 500 people on Wednesday, July 10th, at the Theatre on the Lake in Chicago, IL. “It was a humbling and honor to accept the award in front of a group of my peers. I did so not for myself, but on behalf of my talented team, because without them I would not be here today” stated John when asked about the evening.

As a business leader, John is focused on relationship building and living by the golden rule: treat others how you want to be treated. He strives to create positive influences throughout the day. This is the standard on how we treat our customers, team members, and the entire community. Troy Lewis, Director of Online Sales, has been with the company since 2006 and calls John “a great leader who empowers his managers and staff.”

Find more about the Counselor Awards Online: 

About JH Specialty 
JH Specialty is a full-service solutions provider founded in 1998 in Fort Wayne, IN. The company has made a name for itself defining client success and utilizing an array of mediums to get there., a division of JH Specialty, was launched in 2002 and has helped clients across the globe fully leverage the power of promotional products. (Download high resolution logos and images here.)

Name: Brenda Ramirez 
Organization: JH Specialty 
Address: 6032 Huguenard Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 
Phone: (260) 485-5264 

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Frankenmuth Insurance Named to Ward’s 50® List for Third Consecutive Year

Frankenmuth Insurance is pleased to announce that the company has once again been named a Ward's 50® Top Performer for 2019. This coveted placement is based on the company’s outstanding results from the previous five years. To earn a spot on the list, Frankenmuth Insurance was judged to be among the top 2 percent of property-casualty insurance companies in terms of financial performance.

The company has now received this honor three years in a row, and for the 17th time overall. Frankenmuth Insurance was previously included in the Ward’s 50 from 1991 (the first year Ward conducted the analysis) through 2000, and again from 2003 through 2006. Ward Group, a part of AON Hewitt, is the leader of benchmarking and best practice services for the insurance industry and has been conducting this analysis for the past 29 years.

Coupled with our “A” (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best, this accolade validates the strength, stability and reliability of the company. For policyholders, this also ensures greater peace of mind that their insurance company will be there for them when they need it most.

“We are thrilled to be recognized among the most financially stable and consistent insurance companies in the nation for the third consecutive year,” said John S. Benson, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. “This incredible honor was made possible by our dedicated team of employees and professional independent agency partners who work hard each day to make Frankenmuth Insurance the insurer of choice.”


Frankenmuth Insurance has been providing peace of mind for families and businesses for 150 years. Because insurance is both complicated and critical to people's lives, Frankenmuth Insurance works exclusively with 550 independent agents to provide business, home, auto and life insurance policies. With more than 700 employees, the company is headquartered in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and offers insurance products in 15 states. Frankenmuth Insurance is financially sound, with more than .5 billion in assets. The company has an A.M. Best rating of "A" (Excellent) and is a top performer on the Ward’s 50® list. For more information, visit us at

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The Open and Bluewater Redefine How Major Events Can Shape a More Sustainable Future

Visitors to The 148th Open golf championship in Portrush, Northern Ireland, will notice a remarkable new addition to the prestigious event – cool looking personal stainless steel refillable water bottles that are being carried by thousands of visitors to Royal Portrush instead of previously used single-use plastic water bottles.

The change has been masterminded by The R&A, organisers of The Open, in a bid to show the world how major events can shape a more sustainable future.

The R&A collaborated with Bluewater, a world leader in clean water technology and solutions, to provide unique free-standing outdoor and indoor hydration stations and specially designed BPA-free stainless steel refillable water bottles for use by the 40,000 daily visitors to the championship.

“We’re honoured The R&A chose to work with Bluewater to find an innovative and resilient strategy at one of the biggest sporting events in the world that demonstrates how feasible it is to provide visitors a viable solution for ending the need for single-use plastic water bottles and their transportation,” said Anders Jacobson, co-founder and CEO of Blue, the impact-led investment company that owns Sweden-based Bluewater.

Bluewater has provided 18 individual hydration stations that deliver ambient and chilled purified local water free of charge at key locations across the golf course at Royal Portrush where The Open is being staged. Bluewater hydration stations have been installed in the players’ locker room, lounge and gym.

The R&A has provided players, including Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Francesco Molinari, with unique Bluewater Players’ Edition dual-skinned BPA-free stainless steel bottles that have been personalised with the names of the individual competitors engraved on the front. In addition, the public can purchase specially-branded The Open 400ml stainless steel refillable bottles at a discounted price of £4.50, which they can keep filled from an on-site Bluewater hydration station and take home for future use.

“We’ve all seen the television programmes warning about the single-use plastic scourge, but The R&A has taken the initiative to demonstrate a here-and-now solution that will redefine how major events can shape new business models that help shape a sustainable future that’s good for the planet and humans alike,” said Anders Jacobson.


The 148th Open is being staged at Royal Portrush, established in 1888 and considered one of the world’s leading links courses. Always played on a coastal links golf course, The Open is the world’s oldest professional golf championship, first played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The 148th Open will run 18 – 21 July.

For more information, please contact David Noble, PR and Communications Director at Bluewater, at david.noble(at) or +44 7785302694.

Notes to Picture Editors: 
The photograph attached may be used with editorial coverage of this news release only. Please credit The R&A.

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Rigaku Presents Latest Crystallography Systems at the 69th American Crystallographic Association Meeting

Rigaku Oxford Diffraction (ROD) is pleased to announce its attendance at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA), Saturday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Rigaku Oxford Diffraction, a Ruby Sponsor of the event, is presenting their macromolecular and small molecule crystallography instrumentation at booths 206 and 208.

The American Crystallographic Association’s Annual Meeting is among the largest gatherings of crystallographers in the world. It features workshops, information sessions showcasing the latest research and developments in convergent structural science, along with one of the largest exhibit shows in the industry.

Joe Ferrara, Deputy Director, X-ray Research Laboratory, Rigaku Corporation and President of the ACA states that “We have an excellent scientific program including the Transactions Symposium on Data Best Practices, keynote lectures and workshops, as well as events geared toward career development for young scientists. This will be a hot meeting.”

On display at the event will be the Rigaku XtaLAB Synergy-DW dual wavelength X-ray diffractometer with a Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) detector X-ray detector. The system is a versatile high-flux diffractometer, offering two wavelengths in one compact system for 3D chemical structure analysis. It is configured with a fast and efficient four-circle kappa goniometer that is compatible with a wide range of detectors.

Rigaku will conduct a users’ meeting at 4 pm on Saturday and host a reception on Sunday evening from 7-9:30 PM. A poster session presenting two new scientific posters from Rigaku will take place on Tuesday, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

More information about crystallography systems from Rigaku is available at              

About Rigaku Oxford Diffraction (ROD)

ROD was formed as the global single crystal business unit of Rigaku Corporation after the acquisition of the former Oxford Diffraction organization from Agilent Technologies in 2015. ROD is a leader in the field of single crystal analysis, both in the field of chemical crystallography as well as well as macromolecular crystallography. Formed in 1951, Rigaku Corporation is a leading analytical instrumentation company based out of Tokyo, Japan.

For further information, contact:

Michael Nelson 
Rigaku Global Marketing Group 
tel: +1. 512-225-1796 

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RBMA Issues Call to Action on Surprise Medical Billing

The Radiology Business Management Association is urging its members to contact their elected officials in Congress about new bills to protect patients from unexpected out-of-network medical bills incurred while receiving care at in-network hospitals. RBMA supports the bi-partisan Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act (H.R. 3502), introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.), and Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), along with 40 other co-sponsors from both parties. H.R. 3502 is similar to legislation successfully implemented in states like New York and has proven to be an effective way to protect patients from unexpected large out-of-network bills while preserving high-quality independent provider groups as a viable part of our healthcare system. It includes provisions for an independent dispute resolution (IDR) process when providers and insurers cannot agree on a patient’s cost of care—an important safeguard that keeps insurers from simply dictating the price of care to provider groups that serve hospitals, like radiology practices.

In contrast, the Senate version of surprise billing legislation— the Lower Health Costs Act (S. 1895)—does not include provisions for an IDR process. Instead, reimbursements to out-of-network providers, like many radiology practices, will be set to the average in-network rate (benchmark rate) using data supplied by insurance companies. RBMA is asking its members to contact their Senators and push for having S. 1895 amended to include an IDR process before it is voted on. Indeed, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has already proposed such an amendment and it only needs adoption. At the same time, RBMA members should also call their House Representatives and urge them to support H.R. 3502.

“RBMA members represent organizations across our country dedicated to serving patients with the high quality advanced medical imaging delivered safely and efficiently,” said Bob Still, Executive Director of RBMA. “We know what works at the state level in protecting patients from large out-of-network hospital bills while maintaining the quality and access to radiological services patients depend on. We believe that if we make our voices heard, legislators will listen to the experience of the radiology business experts among their constituents and include an appropriate IDR process in the final law.”

Unexpected out-of-network hospital billing (often called surprise billing) typically occurs when insurers contract with a particular hospital but not with all the independent physicians and provider practices that serve that hospital. As a result, hospitalized patients may discover that they must pay the difference (balance) between what their insurer pays an in-network provider and what the out-of-network provider typically charges for those services in that hospital.

“Limiting the amount patients at an in-network hospital can be billed for out-of-network services is sensible, but simply allowing insurers to dictate the rate without an IDR process as a safeguard can lead to unexpected negative consequences on patient care,” said RBMA Federal Affairs Committee Chair Linda Wilgus, CPA, MBA, FRBMA. “When crafting our national legislation, we should adopt what is known to work in the states for protecting patients from high cost surprise medical bills.”

The RBMA Federal Affairs Committee is actively engaged in Congress to advocate for legislation that protects patients from high cost surprise bills, settles disputes quickly and reasonably, and ensures that patients are provided ample in-network choices. RBMA members who would like to get involved are asked to: 

    •     Contact their House representative by clicking here and asking for their support of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act.



  •     Contacting their your Senators by clicking here and asking to replace current “benchmark” language with arbitration language as considered in the Sen. Cassidy amendment and/or House companion bill.

About RBMA

Founded in 1968, the Radiology Business Management Association is a national not-for-profit association providing members with applied business information and intelligence applicable in any radiology setting. RBMA represents more than 2,300 radiology practice managers and other radiology business professionals. Its aggregate influence extends to more than 24,000 radiologic technologists and 26,000 administrative staff and physicians. RBMA is the leading professional organization for radiology business management and is recognized for its radiology-specific educational programs, products and services, publications and data. The resources and solutions RBMA offer its members and the broader health care community are helping to shape the profession’s future.

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Kivanç Tekstil ties up with Reliance to make eco-friendly fabrics

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), India’s largest private sector company and the world’s biggest integrated polyester producer, has joined hands with Turkey’s textile behemoth, Kivanç Tekstil, to manufacture and market R|Elan™ GreenGold, a sustainable and innovative fabric 2.0, to leading apparel brands and consumers across the world. Apart from manufacturing and marketing R|Elan™ GreenGold fabrics, Kivanç will be the exclusive distributor of Recron® GreenGold fibres to spinners, yarn manufactures and knitters across Turkey and it will offer the best quality eco-friendly textile solutions to brands and retailers to meet the ever growing demand of environment friendly apparels.


Kivanç Tekstil is renowned worldwide to cater for major European and American fashion brands and retailers. Vertically integrated across spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing, Kivanç produces 18 million meters of blended fabrics per annum. Its yield comprises a wide range of blends straddling polyester, cotton, viscose, linen, tencel, modal and wool, and is lapped up by leading global brands engaged in making formal and casual wear apparels.


Speaking about the partnership, Mr Ziya Kivanc, CEO, Kivanç Textil opined: “The partnership with Reliance Industries is a significant initiative in accomplishing our mission. The exclusive distributorship of Recron® GreenGold fibres and yarns and being a manufacturer of R|Elan™ GreenGold fabrics will provide us immense growth opportunities. We are really thankful to Reliance, which has taken a stride forward in actualising our mission. Henceforth, most of the polyester blended fabrics will be made out of sustainable fibres at Kivanç!”


Innovative fabrics by recycling PET bottles!

RIL, the owner of brand R|Elan, is one of the largest recycler of PET bottles in India, recycling 2.2 billion PET bottles a year. R|Elan GreenGold, made from recycled PET, substantially reduces emission of greenhouse gases. The fabric being made from pre-dyed fibres and whatever little water is used, 90% of it is recycled. It uses bio-fuels and is one of the few recycled brands that provides end-to-end traceability throughout the supply chain, right from PET bottles to fibres.


Speaking on the newest member of the rapidly growing HEP, Mr Gunjan Sharma, CMO – Polyester Division, RIL, said: “It gives us immense pleasure to partner with the globally renowned Kivanç Tekstil. With RIL’s technological edge in sustainable offerings merging with Kivanç’s manufacturing prowess, we are certain to come up with stunning innovative fabrics to meet the growing demand for high-quality eco-friendly apparels”.


Further information:



About Kivanç Tekstil
Kivanç is one of the main woven fabric supplier to European and American apparel markets, and it caters to renowned local and global fashion brands. Kivanç has capacity to manufacture 18 million meters per annum of a wide mix of fabric blends weighing in the range of 100gr/m2 to 500gr/m2. The Company’s innovative approach and know-how in the industry has strengthened it’s long-term collaborations with leading fashion retail brands by producing best quality fabrics with professional work ethics. Kivanç Tekstil ranked 335th among the Turkish exporters, and 13th within the textile sector companies in 2018.


About Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

RIL is India’s largest private sector company with a consolidated turnover of INR 622,809 crore ($ 90.1 billion), cash profit of INR 64,478 crore ($ 9.3 billion), and net profit of INR 39,588 crore ($ 5.7 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2019. RIL is the first private sector company from India to feature in Fortune’s Global 500 list of ‘World’s Largest Corporations’ – currently ranking 148th in terms of revenues and 99th in terms of profits. The company stands 71st in the ‘Forbes Global 2000’ rankings for 2019 – top-most among Indian companies. It ranks 10th among LinkedIn’s ‘The Best Companies to Work for in India’ (2019). RIL’s activities span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail, and digital services.


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COMPA Members Help Researchers Study Benefits of Telemedicine in Treating Opioid Use Disorder and Hepatitis C

The Coalition of Medication-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates of New York State (COMPA) today announced that seven of its member Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) at 12 locations are participating in a study which integrates the treatment of substance abuse and hepatitis C virus (HCV) with the goal of achieving better outcomes through telemedicine. The study, “Comparison of Telemedicine to Usual Care for HCV Management for Methadone-maintained Individuals,” is supported by a million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to the University at Buffalo (UB).

OTPs are federally certified and state licensed to provide FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder: methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release injectable naltrexone. The purpose of the five-year award to UB is to find an effective way to treat individuals who use drugs and who also have HCV, a population that has traditionally been difficult to treat in conventional healthcare settings. Even when receiving regular treatment for substance use at OTPs, these patients often don’t seek treatment for HCV, despite the fact that roughly half of them or more are likely to be chronically infected. In 2014, HCV killed a record 20,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and liver related deaths as well as liver cancer are projected to increase exponentially over the next decade.

“Our OTPs across New York State answered the call to science for this important research,” said Allegra Schorr, President of COMPA. “We are proud that each OTP chosen for the study is a COMPA member, and we are hopeful that, if proven successful with HCV, telemedicine might be a useful approach to treating other diseases where patients face similar challenges.”

Based on promising pilot study results published online in 2018 and now available in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the ongoing program with an eventual enrollment of more than 600 participants, is designed to compare the effectiveness of a patient-centered, opiate agonist treatment (OAT)-integrated telemedicine-based approach for management and delivery of HCV treatment to persons with substance use disorders (PWSUD) versus usual care. In a separate publication, the authors reported that individuals on methadone preferred the one-stop shopping and convenience afforded by the telemedicine interactions that occurred in the OTP.

“The conventional method of treatment delivery -- referral to an offsite location -- has discouraged many individuals from initiating or completing treatment,” said Andrew H. Talal, MD, professor of medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and a physician with UBMD Internal Medicine, who leads the study. “Telemedicine removes geography as an obstacle to high-quality specialty care for a common condition among individuals at an OTP. It permits direct interaction between the doctor and a patient. We are also able to administer the new HCV medications together with methadone, which increases medication adherence. Now that HCV treatment cures almost everyone in 2 to 3 months, without significant side effects or shots, the addition of HCV treatment could enable the OTP to move to providing comprehensive care. Management of other common conditions encountered in the OTP patient population could be modeled on our experiences with HCV care delivered in the OTP,” Talal added. “We commend COMPA on its robust response to our statewide call for OTPs to participate.”

Ken Bossert, Director of Drug Abuse Research and Treatment Program (DART), Buffalo, one of the study’s participants, stated, “Our program and community have witnessed firsthand how the lack of integrating care for patients also diagnosed with HCV has affected their quality of life in general and their ongoing recovery from opioid use disorder specifically. Having access to the advanced innovative opportunities associated with the use of telemedicine in this research initiative is a pivot point we hope to draw from when advocating to continue providing this valuable treatment approach after the research is completed.”

Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., MD, CEO of START Treatment & Recovery Centers (START), Brooklyn, another study participant, stated, “Behavioral, biomedical, and health service research have been part of START’s legacy since its founding in 1969. Our patients and staff view this study as another vehicle in which START is connecting research, the provision of the highest quality of care, and educating the public by sharing our experiences. All three are components of our agency’s mission. We began embracing research and this study demonstrates our continued enthusiasm to seek answers to the questions of today to improve care, celebrating START’s 50th anniversary.”

Other participating COMPA members include: Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, Manhattan and Brooklyn; Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Newburgh; Crouse Hospital, Syracuse; Pathways -- Rochester; Pathways – Buffalo; and Strong Recovery/Addiction Psychiatry Division University of Rochester Medical. For more on the study visit: An additional link to a study-specific website is:

About COMPA 
The Coalition of Medication-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates of New York State (COMPA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to treating addiction through the use of pharmacotherapy as a part of a comprehensive bio-psycho-social approach to treatment. COMPA-member programs, numbering more than 45 organizations across New York State, treat more than 41,000 New Yorkers from every corner of New York State and help them to overcome their dependence on illicit opioids and other drugs. COMPA, along with its member treatment programs, affiliate members, and corporate members works to improve all aspects of the lives of patients. This involves advocacy with federal, state, and local governments as well as a variety of educational activities. COMPA’s program members provide Medication Assisted Treatment and include both Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) and Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) providers. COMPA is the New York State member program of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD). Visit Facebook: @companyc; Twitter: @COMPA_New_York

Allegra Schorr; President, COMPA 
212-643-8811 ext 327 

Bill Gordon; PR/Media Relations 

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The Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC (“EMC”) announced today that it has already produced five free “Virtual Seminars” for the retail energy industry.


EMC now offers five Webinars or “Virtual Seminars” on its website for viewing and is planning many more. The five include:

1.      “HOW TO CONTAIN THE EPIDEMIC OF CHURN IN RETAIL ENERGY” – Run by Jack Doueck, CEO of LED PLUS USA.  This webinar shows retail energy providers how to reduce churn and increase customer retention simply and cost-effectively.


2.      “RETAIL ENERGY REGULATORY TRENDS – WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S COMING SOON, and WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ABOUT IT” – run by Frank Caliva of P.R. Quinlan.  This webinar shows which states are most welcoming to progress in deregulation and which to avoid.



3.      “BOOST YOUR CUSTOMER LIFETIME VALUE USING MACHINE LEARNING” – run by Dr. Madalasa Venkatraman of TEG Analytics.  This webinar educates the audience on how to use AI and machine learning to increase CLTV.


4.      “THE LATEST AND GREATEST IN RETAIL ENERGY M&A” – run by Jack Doueck and Larry Leikin of Energy Marketing Conferences. This fantastic panel discussion is among Justin Courtney of Stephens investment bank, Nathan Kroeker, CEO of Spark Energy, Harold Marx of NRG, David Mirza of Medtractions, and Phillip Wills of Pulse Power.



5.      “EFFECTIVE CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR SUCCESSFUL CUSTOMER RETENTION” – run by Jack Doueck and Larry Leikin of Energy Marketing Conferences.  This panel discussion features Kevin McMinn of Crius, Alan Schwab of Genie Retail Energy, Bill Kinneary of Powervine Energy, Ty Benefiel of MeterGenius, Dan Seaman of Optimus and Bruce Shields of Data Communications Management.

EMC is planning many more Virtual Seminars for the coming weeks and months.  The next one is August 20th entitled: “A Software Strategy for Managing Disruptive Change.”  EMC advertises its webinars online through its social media network, at its conferences, as well as on its website and to its email list of approximately 15,000 retail energy professionals. 



The Virtual Seminars are available on EMC’s website as a free and valuable educational tool for the industry.  


“Our mission in Energy Marketing Conferences is twofold: education and networking. Our two semi-annual conferences offer the absolute best opportunities for networking in the retail energy industry.  The conferences are packed with more than 50 speakers, 10 executive workshops and 6 interactive panels – all learning opportunities,” said Jack Doueck, Co-Founder of the Energy Marketing Conferences. “We will now reach out online to a much larger audience and provide people who aspire to have careers in retail energy with valuable information to help them innovate and succeed.”


Who should attend: CEO’s, COO’s, CMO’s and CFO’s of retail energy suppliers should tune into these virtual seminars.   “We ran an EMC Virtual Seminar in June of 2019 and it generated great traction. Jack and Larry did everything they promised. We received great exposure through national press releases, social media, the EMC website and email blasts to the whole retail industry,” said Nishant Jairath, of TEG Analytics. “Thank you to EMC for hosting this great educational series for Retail Energy!”


“EMC crafted this series of Webinars to appeal to all levels of retail energy companies including: CEO’s, CMO’s, COO’s, CFO’s as well as managers of divisions, retention managers, sales managers, channel partner managers, customer service personnel and IT professionals,” said Larry Leikin, Co-Founder of EMC. “This program is the first of its kind in the industry and we are excited that it is already off to a great start.”


The next Energy Marketing Conference will take place at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City on September 12th 2019.  CLICK HERE to register for the largest retail energy event ever.


ABOUT Energy Marketing Conferences:

The mission of Energy Marketing Conferences LLC is to provide the competitive energy industry with exciting conferences in premium locations at extremely affordable prices. The goal of the conferences is to bring together hundreds of energy companies, utilities, marketers, vendors and suppliers in the competitive energy industry to network and learn more about our industry. EMC is the largest gathering of retail energy executives in North America and it takes place twice a year: Houston Texas in the Spring and New York City in the Fall.  The EMC Monthly e-Newsletter goes out to more than 15,000 retail energy executives each month with important articles written by industry professionals. The EMC Virtual Seminars are the newest program of EMC, designed to help educate the industry on a host of topics – free of charge.   



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FITCI Success: GOEFER Green Energy Solution Goes National

The easiest way to save electricity is to stop wasting it. That’s the simple directive behind GOEFER’s “vampire hunting” Energy Management platform. The company, a veteran owned start-up founded in August 2016 at the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. (FITCI), is on a steep trajectory as it grows into a national presence.

GOEFER effectively tripled its staff this month, adding 10 members to its burgeoning team, including software engineers, sales reps, and business development personnel. Satellite offices will be based in California, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, with North Carolina coming online in the next few weeks. Offices in New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, are planned.

“It’s more than a business to me,” says Michael Herod, founder and CSO. “It’s a cultural mission. If you walk around your home or office at night, every glowing light is like a little energy vampire siphoning off precious resources. That’s one piece of the puzzle. Multiply the drain by an apartment complex or 500 cubicles and you start to understand why saving energy is so important. We have the technology to do better. It’s an imperative now more than ever.”

The GOEFER employment notice got 400 responses in a matter of days. Herod says he was impressed with the quality of candidates, especially in complement to GOEFER’s core culture. “The common thread among team members is our dedication to helping people take control of energy usage. We are making a difference. When we save energy, that’s a win for the planet. When we save money on energy, that helps the economy. Businesses can channel those savings into other growth areas, like hiring or product innovation.”

Herod draws on his background as a Building Sustainability consultant and adjunct professor of sustainability at Arizona State University, explaining “The average home wastes 5 a year on electricity. Businesses pay about .50 in electricity per employee per year, but they only use about .50 to do their jobs. The rest is just wasted.”

Early adopters joined a wait list for GOEFER’s first product, an advanced power strip engineered to capture 20,000 data points per hour. Now in full swing, users connect, track and manage devices via an app for ultimate control of their energy footprint. The easy-to-read commercial dashboard provides detailed, real-time analytics and projected savings. GOEFER’s Master Control feature launched last month, with plans to add programable operating schedules coming soon.

GOEFER is an approved provider of smart technology with several east coast power authorities’ energy reduction programs. The company also earned top honors at the Shore Hatchery’s spring 2018 Gull Cage, a Shark Tank style business startup competition, and participates in Bethesda Green’s Be Green Hub.

FITCI’s CEO, Kathie Callahan Brady, is a GOEFER advisor and a customer. “Our second location, a business incubator called ROOT in downtown Frederick, worked with GOEFER on a 35-unit case study using their 15-amp smart strips. The depth of detail we got out of that was amazing. This product has a practical, relevant benefit, and it’s easy to use, so I’m not surprised by the company’s healthy growth.” FITCI is proud to be a GOEFER customer and to be a part of the global movement to reduce the energy footprint.

Other notable projects include work with George Mason University and the Center for Energy, Science and Policy. Snapshots of GOEFER’s dashboard and Root results are available online at, along with details about commercial and residential applications and tips on saving energy.

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IMT Expands in Europe, Opens Paris Office

Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. (IMT), a premier MEMS technology and platforms solutions company, announced today that it has opened its first European office, located in Paris, France. The EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) operations are being led by Francois Vieillard, who brings over 30 years of sales leadership experience in MEMS, semiconductors, and optics.

Mr. Vieillard, the new Director of Business Development, EMEA, has spent the last 8 years leading sales of MEMS and MEMS foundry services in Europe. Previously, he worked for such notable companies as National Semiconductor, Toshiba, Cirrus Logic, and ARC International. IMT’s expansion in Europe is another milestone in the ongoing capital improvements driven by the round of investment in the company last fall. The Paris office was set up to better support and serve its growing base of customers within the region.

Since 2000, IMT has been a pioneer in the design and manufacture of Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), with over 500 programs completed to date. MEMS technology leverages the precision and scale of semiconductor wafer manufacturing to make micro and nano-scale structures on silicon or glass that dramatically improve the performance of devices that perform physical functions. The company is the leading independent MEMS manufacturer in North America, partnering with innovative system vendors and fabless device firms worldwide to create and sustain competitive advantage.

“I’m thrilled to bring Francois onboard,” said Craig Ensley, CEO of IMT. “He has diverse global experience leading sales and marketing teams in a variety of semiconductor technologies. Francois will accelerate our strong position as a leading global MEMS service provider (from design through volume production) in Europe and the Middle East regions.”

About IMT 
Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. (IMT) designs and manufactures Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and wafer-level optics for sensing and communications applications. The company partners with innovative customers to solve challenging technical problems and deliver breakthrough MEMS-based solutions. IMT is the largest MEMS foundry in the US, serving customers from its 30,000 square foot class 100 wafer fabrication facility in Santa Barbara, supported by a dedicated staff of over 110 MEMS experts. IMT’s extensive experience spans the full spectrum of MEMS, including optics, sensors, relays & RF switches, and microfluidic biochips.

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Ali Pourvasei of LAD Solutions Listed As One of 2019 Top SEO Consultants in the U.S. by

LAD Solutions has announced that, a leading digital resource for small businesses, has named Ali Pourvasei of LAD Solutions as one of 2019 Top SEO Consultants in the U.S. has published the ranking as a part of its SEO Services Reviews with Pourvasei listed under the Consultants rankings. Not only has highlighted Pourvasei's career achievements, the article also provides a brief overview of the awards and recognition that his company has received.

The goal of the 2019 Top SEO Consultants list is to provide small business owners with a list of the most helpful SEO consultants from across the U.S. that have consistently exceeded client expectations. Pourvasei and LAD Solutions have excelled in delivering "outstanding expertise, service, and credentials in the SEO industry," according to FitSmallBusiness.

LAD Solutions has also achieved an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the company is listed as a premier Google Partner. In 2019 alone, the company has been awarded by Clutch as a Top SEO Company in Los Angeles, Top PPC Management Agency in Los Angeles, a Global Leader, and one of the Top 516 B2B Companies in California.

Ali Pourvasei, along with co-founders Lakshmi Kodali and David Barkhordari, started the company in 2009 after meeting at an SEO conference. Since then, the company has grown to become a nationally recognized firm serving clients throughout the U.S. In addition, LAD Solutions offers comprehensive SEO and PPC management to businesses of all sizes and in various industries.

Ali Pourvasei is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a degree in cognitive science and a minor in mathematics. He also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School. Since his graduation in 2009, Pourvasei has obtained various industry certifications and Google Partners Specialist Challenge and is a certified Adwords Specialist. He is committed to ongoing education in order to directly assist his clients with their marketing strategies.

The annual report is available now on the To learn more about the consulting services that Ali Pourvasei provides, LAD Solutions has requested that interested parties request a quote at

About LAD Solutions: LAD Solutions, based in Los Angeles, California, is a full service digital marketing firm. As a nationally recognized firm, LAD Solutions has helped clients develop their businesses from all regions of the U.S. Lakshmi Kodali, Ali Pourvasei, and David Barkhordari, the three founders of the company, started the company in 2009 after meeting at an SEO conference. Today, LAD Solutions works with clients from top brands in various industries. For more information about the services offered by LAD Solutions, go to

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CarTrawler’s New Mobility Platform Connects Airlines with Ride-Hailing Travelers

CarTrawler, the world’s leading B2B travel technology company, has launched a global travel mobility platform that enables airlines to offer the broadest range of travel solutions from within their existing mobile applications, and thereby to “own the last mile” for their customers while driving incremental revenue.

Airlines are striving to offer a unique customer value proposition through their loyalty programmes. CarTrawler has responded to its partners’ wishes by providing a market-first mobility SDK, which affords customers the ability to earn and burn loyalty points as they ride. By integrating with CarTrawler’s industry-leading platform, airlines can now offer customers quick and easy access to pre-booked and on-demand private transfers and taxis.

An industry first, the platform is the culmination of significant investment by CarTrawler in the mobility sector and positions airlines to maximize revenues from the mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) market, which is estimated to reach a value of .75 trillion by 2030.

Aileen McCormack, chief commercial officer at CarTrawler, said: “Our new mobility platform will revolutionize the travel sector by offering customers a simple, one-stop-shop for all their travel needs to and from the airport. Airlines can now connect the dots and instantly utilise this platform in-app, offering customers a superior booking experience and reflecting the reality that those who don’t rent, ride.”

“Airlines need to offer travel solutions that can exist alongside car rental – the ride-hailing market alone is estimated to reach a value of 5 billion by 2030 and the overall MaaS market will grow by 25% over the next five years. However, just 59 of the world’s 473 airlines currently offer mobility services to customers,” said Charlie Coniglio, SVP for CarTrawler’s North American operations. “By owning the first and last mile, airlines can maximize revenues from this rapidly growing sector and future-proof their business. At the same time, they will be able to offer customers every possible travel option, strengthening brand loyalty as a result.”

CarTrawler creates global online marketplaces that bring together its 2,000 travel partners, 2,500 transport suppliers, and almost one billion end-customers. CarTrawler’s easy-to-implement platform drives unparalleled revenue and market share with higher conversion rates for its partners.

About CarTrawler 
CarTrawler is the world’s leading B2B technology provider of car hire and mobility services to the travel industry. We offer the widest real-time choice at great rates, personalised to each customer’s trip, through our award-winning technology and intelligent use of data science. CarTrawler’s end-to-end solution enables our partners’ customers to find the right car at the right price, no matter where in the world they are traveling. We provide their customers with a one-stop-shop for all of their ground transportation needs, including car rental, on-demand and pre-booked taxis, shared shuttle services, bus and rail products. The company headquarters and Customer Centre of Excellence are located in Dublin, Ireland. CarTrawler is private equity backed by BC Partners and Insight Venture Partners. For more, visit

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Martello Partners with Suria to Power Network Performance in Malaysia

Martello Technologies Group Inc., (“Martello” or the “Company”) (TSXV: MTLO), a leading provider of solutions that deliver clarity and control of complex IT environments, today announced a partnership with Suria Business Solutions, a provider of IP Telephony and Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) systems, applications, service and solutions to more than 500 customers in Malaysia and Indonesia.

As an authorized partner of Mitel, Suria offers its customers a range of Mitel UCC systems, including the MiVoice MX-ONE and MiCollab, as well as software assurance to protect and enhance the long term value of this investment. Martello’s software, offered to Mitel customers as Mitel Performance Analytics (MPA), delivers proactive performance monitoring of Mitel systems, so that voice quality and other problems can be resolved before they impact users. Suria’s new partnership with Martello will allow the telecom solution provider to offer additional solutions to its customers, including Martello’s SD-WAN and link balancing technologies, as well as IT Ops visualization software.

While the speed and cost of fixed broadband internet in Malaysia has improved in recent years, the growing use of real-time services such as video conferencing and streaming by businesses, can strain available bandwidth and degrade performance. Martello’s solutions address the performance of both real-time services and the IT environment, making existing networks more flexible, secure and resilient, while optimizing bandwidth and monitoring performance. The result is high-quality performance for real-time applications and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Working with Martello means we can offer a broader range of solutions to optimize the performance of unified communications and other real-time services,” said Loke Yee Ho of Suria Business Solutions. “As businesses prepare their networks for IoT, we look forward to working with Martello to bring our customers high performance, reliable real-time services.”

“Suria understands the South East Asian market well, providing Martello with access to this key and growing region,” said John Proctor, President and CEO of Martello. “We believe that businesses in Malaysia and Indonesia can benefit from Martello’s cost-effective solutions that enable IoT, and we look forward to working with Suria in the region.”

Martello’s solutions have been widely acclaimed in the industry. In September 2018, Martello received a Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award for NPM (Network Performance Management) and ranked as Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company, at No. 28 on the Growth 500 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. In June 2019, Martello was recognized for the second consecutive year on the widely respected Branham300 listing of Canada’s top ICT (Information and Communications Technology) companies. The Company has expanded its solution portfolio with several acquisitions, and recently provided a business update on its market and channel expansion, product innovation, acquisitions and capital market activities.

About Martello Technologies Group

Martello Technologies Group Inc. (TSXV: MTLO) is a technology company that provides clarity and control of complex IT infrastructures. The company develops products and solutions that monitor, manage and optimize the performance of real-time applications on networks, while giving IT teams and service providers control and visibility of their entire IT infrastructure. Martello’s products include SD-WAN technology, network performance management software, and IT analytics software. Martello Technologies Group is a public company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with offices in Montreal, Amsterdam, Paris, Dallas and New York. Learn more at

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Forward-looking statements are based on the expectations and opinions of the Corporation's management on the date the statements are made. The assumptions used in the preparation of such statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. The Corporation expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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LPA Names Sara Flowers New Studio Leader in San Antonio

Integrated design firm LPA has promoted veteran Texas architect Sara Flowers to studio director in San Antonio, where she will direct the studio’s growth in education and civic developments.

Flowers, who is both an architect and interior designer, has worked in the San Antonio office for 17 years, focusing on creating more sustainable, efficient and affordable projects. Her design skills and leadership have played a key role on a variety of notable projects, including several campuses for the Alamo Heights Independent School District, the KSAT 12 news headquarters and the local headquarters for Joeris General Contractors.

“Sara has been our rock of Gibraltar through the years,” says San Antonio Principal Mark Oppelt. “She has grown into an incredible leader for our office.”

The firm has also elevated architects Federico Cavazos and Jim Oppelt to Associates, recognizing their growing influence on San Antonio design. Both have been deeply involved in several of the studio’s largest recent projects, such as the redesign of Lanier High School for San Antonio Independent School District and Menchaca Elementary School for Austin Independent School District.

“Federico and Jim bring a great spirit of collaboration to every project,” says LPA Principal Mickey Conrad.

LPA focuses on an integrated approach to design, bringing multi-disciplined teams to projects including engineers, landscape architects and interior designers, with an emphasis on sustainable, energy efficient designs. LPA’s new San Antonio’s office, a redesign of an abandoned Southtown retail space, was recently certified as LEED Platinum. The office was also recognized as the 2019 Best Green Project by the San Antonio Business Journal.

Although LPA is best known for its industry-leading work on K-12 campuses, including the East Central High School Performing Arts Center and the new Pleasanton Elementary School, the firm has been growing into different sectors. Current projects include Twelve26Townhomes, a new 20-unit housing development; renovations to Elliott Hall dormitories into classrooms and offices for Texas State University; a new headquarters for Meals on Wheels; and a new senior care facility in San Antonio for Bienvivir, the El Paso-based community-based healthcare program.

Flowers grew up in the small West Texas town of Monahans and earned a Masters degree from Texas Tech University. She first joined O’Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects, the predecessor to LPA in San Antonio, as an intern in 2002.

“I love working with people, figuring out what problems we can help them solve with their spaces,” Flowers says. “We can influence things that can make people’s everyday lives better and that’s what excites me about architecture.”

About LPA 
Founded in 1965, LPA specializes in creating innovative environments that work better, do more with less and improve people’s lives. An integrated design firm with six locations in California and Texas, LPA’s team includes more than 430 in-house architects, master planners, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and research analysts, working across a wide array of sectors. For more information, visit

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Volare Systems Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Volare Systems, a custom software development company based in Denver, Colorado, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in June.

Owner and founder Joe Wilson said, “We’re grateful to the clients and employees we’ve worked with over these first 10 years. We’ve built large, complex solutions for Fortune 50 companies and built minimum viable products for startups. I’m proud of high-quality software we’ve delivered. We consistently get glowing reviews and high ratings from both our customers and employees, so we must be doing something right. Here’s to the next 10 years.”

Since June 2009, Volare Systems has been building software solutions for clients in the Denver metro area and across the U.S. like AT&T, Jeffco Public Schools, and Amerit Fleet Solutions, to name a few. The company specializes in custom web application development using agile software processes that speed up delivery, maintain quality, increase transparency and accountability, reduce risk, and ensure high customer satisfaction.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software

Platinum Tax Defenders Reports Year-Over-Year Revenue Increase

Top tax resolution company Platinum Tax Defenders is thrilled to report a year-over-year revenue increase of 63 percent compared to the same month in 2018. This revenue increase marks the largest in the company's more than 18-year history and is due in part to Platinum Tax Defenders' recent acquisition by Cardiff Lexington Corp (CDIX).

This announcement regarding Platinum Tax Defenders' revenue increase comes on the heels of Platinum's recent expansion with the opening of additional offices in Long Beach, CA, and Pompano Beach, FL. Since the opening of its first office in Simi Valley, CA in 2001, Platinum Tax Defenders has continued to provide services to taxpayers ranging from those owing the IRS more than 0,000, to the under-served taxpayer owing less than ,000. This unique business model has enabled Platinum Tax Defenders to experience tremendous growth and the latest revenue increase.

Platinum Tax Defenders offers a wide variety of tax resolution, bookkeeping, currently not collectable and tax preparation services for individuals and businesses that are dealing with back taxes or are having issues paying off their current tax bill. The reported revenue increase is evidence of Platinum Tax Defenders' continued commitment to helping taxpayers get out of tax debt, for good.

The experienced team at Platinum Tax Defenders comprises certified public accountants, enrolled agents, tax attorneys, and IRS tax attorneys. Collectively, the team has decades of experience. To date, Platinum Tax Defenders has saved its clients over million in tax debt. The Platinum team has had success reducing clients' debts from over 0,000 to just 0 in many cases. Most recently, the Platinum team successfully reduced one client's tax debt from 6,996 to only 0 through the successful negotiation of an Offer in Compromise deal with the IRS.

Through a variety of tax resolution services for individuals and businesses alike, Platinum Tax Defenders' tax relief process can take as little as nine months to bring a client to a debt-free status. Among the services Platinum Tax Defenders offers are back taxes settlement, tax attorney representation, bank levy releases, Offer in Compromise, payment plans, IRS audit representation, Revenue Officer assistance, IRS tax liens, amending tax returns, bookkeeping services, and tax preparation for businesses and individuals.

Platinum Tax Defenders continues to be at the forefront of service offered to taxpayers seeking resolution from their IRS debts. The team at Platinum Tax Defenders understands that every taxpayer is different, and that's how they run their business. As part of their practice, Platinum Tax Defenders does not begin work on a tax resolution case until they have the opportunity to thoroughly investigate a client's case. 
Should you be interested in learning about opportunities to partner with Platinum Tax Defenders to make a difference, contact (800) 385-6840.

About Platinum Tax Defenders 
Platinum Tax Defenders, a subsidiary of Cardiff Lexington Corporation, (Cardiff Lexington Corp (CDIX) ) has been helping individuals navigate their tax situations with the IRS since 2011. The top-rated tax firm's tax resolution services have saved thousands of clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax debt. The expert team at Platinum Tax Defenders has experience working with entrepreneurs, individuals, and small businesses alike. Platinum Tax Defenders ( is a forward-thinking leader in the tax resolution industry. The expert tax relief team works with taxpayers who are struggling with small to large tax debts. Top Tax Defenders offers a wide variety of tax resolution, bookkeeping, and tax preparation services for individuals and businesses.

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Energy Marketing Conferences Announces its Next Free Educational Virtual Seminar for the Retail Energy Industry

Tuesday July 9th at 11:00am EST, EMC will be runining a free Virtual Seminar entitled: “Retail Energy Regulatory Trends – What’s New, What’s Coming Soon, and What You Should Do About It."  It is sponsored by P.R. Quinlan.  

Feeling like all the regulators are pointing their fingers at you? The onslaught of new rules and enforcement actions issued by Public Service Commissions is hard to keep up with and can drive marketers crazy. While new regulations can seem to come out of nowhere, the truth is there are patterns we can identify and use to predict what might be coming next – and how to prepare. 

This seminar will identify positive and negative regulatory trends that you can expect to spread throughout North American markets in the next several years. We will then outline a four-step process you can use to stay on top of your obligations, out of trouble, and focused on growing your business.

The presenter: will be Frank Caliva III.  As president of P.R. Quinlan, Frank helps energy companies understand and respond successfully to public policy opportunities and challenges. Frank and his team have over three decades of experience in retail electricity, natural gas, and clean energy markets, with specific experience working in retail energy markets in more than 21 U.S. states and three (3) Canadian provinces, P.R. Quinlan’s team of professionals provides reliable and informed regulatory and political insight; drafts and delivers testimony in both regulatory and legislative venues; and builds issue coalitions and alliances with other stakeholders on a regular basis.

Who should attend: CEO’s, COO’s, CMO’s and CFO’s of retail energy suppliers should tune into this seminar. 

Click HERE to see EMC’s Virtual Seminar page.


Click HERE to register for free.

The next Energy Marketing Conference will take place at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City on September 12th 2019.  CLICK HERE to register for the largest retail energy event ever.

ABOUT Energy Marketing Conferences:

The mission of Energy Marketing Conferences LLC is to provide the competitive energy industry with exciting conferences in premium locations at extremely affordable prices. The goal of the conferences is to bring together hundreds of energy companies, utilities, marketers, vendors and suppliers in the competitive energy industry to network and learn more about our industry. EMC is the largest gathering of retail energy executives in North America and it takes place twice a year: Houston Texas in the Spring and New York City in the Fall.  The EMC Monthly e-Newsletter goes out to more than 15,000 retail energy executives each month with important articles written by industry professionals. The EMC Virtual Seminars are the newest program of EMC, designed to help educate the industry on a host of topics – free of charge.  Visit for more information.


Posted in: Business,Finance Market,Government & Politics,Public Affairs,Technology

Traffic Jams Social Media Expert to Discuss LinkedIn at Evanston Lunch-&-Learn Event

A social media expert from Traffic Jams, a marketing solutions provider based in Chicago, will give a presentation on LinkedIn at a lunch-and-learn event hosted by the Evanston Entrepreneurial Growth & Profit Group (GNP) on July 10.

At the event, Don Rask – a marketing associate with Traffic Jams – will offer guidance on how businesses can best leverage LinkedIn. The lunch-and-learn will take place at the Evanston Chamber of Commerce offices at 1609 Sherman Avenue, Suite 205, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rask also spoke to the GNP last month at an event called “Social Media for Beginners.” The GNP – which was formerly known as SOHO (Small Office Home Office) – meets for a lunch-and-learn event on the second Wednesday of each month. These meetings include guest speakers and interactive programming that address issues relevant to small and home-based businesses.

“I’m looking forward to speaking to the Evanston Entrepreneurial Growth and Profit Group again,” Rask said. “LinkedIn has a lot of potential as a promotional tool for companies of all sizes, and I’m always glad to offer social media marketing guidance to local leaders of small and home-based businesses.”

Traffic Jams provides a range of marketing services and solutions, including social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, public relations, PPC, link building, lead tracking, and more.

For more information about the presentation and to register for the event, please visit the Evanston Chamber of Commerce website.

About Traffic Jams 
Traffic Jams is a Chicago-based company that provides marketing solutions to businesses. The organization’s skilled team of marketing professionals delivers a wide range of services and solutions, including search engine optimization, social media, public relations, lead tracking, PPC and more. Our intimate environment allows for one-on-one attention with every client, as well as increased collaboration and creativity. For more information, please visit

For more information contact: 
Lori Leonardo 

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Portland Creative Agency, Trueline, to Host Monthly Art Shows

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies may have found a new home at the Maine College of Art, but one Portland creative agency is making sure the film school’s former headquarters remains a creative hub.

Beginning Friday, July 5, to coincide with the city’s First Friday Art Walk events, Portland-based creative agency Trueline will host monthly art showings at its new office at 561 Congress Street.

The name of gallery in the newly renovated space is Trueline Gallery @ 561. The first show is called First Light.

According to Matt Welch, a Trueline employee curating the events, the company wanted to honor the space’s legacy by showcasing Maine artists from across the creative spectrum.

“Portland has such a fantastic tradition of supporting the arts, and the Salt Institute is a vital part of that ecosystem,” Welch says. “Hosting events on First Friday is great, but we wanted to go above and beyond.”

All money received from sales will go directly to the artists.

David Wade, a Portland-based photographer and host of WMPG’s Juke Jive ‘n Jazz, is one of the artists whose work will be featured at this Friday’s inaugural show.

“I was so excited to find out Trueline was revitalizing the old Salt Institute space and using it to support local artists,” says Wade, whose work will also be shown this Friday at Portland Media Center as part of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.

“Anytime you can expose the public to art they might not have seen on their own—especially when it’s such immensely talented people behind it—that’s a special thing.”

The July 5 lineup will also include Cumberland-based photographer C.E. Morse; Falmouth-based photographer Joanne Arnold; and South Portland bronze-sculpture artist Peter Dransfield.

The events will be held every other Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Wine and light snacks will be offered. Guests who leave a business card will receive one hour of free consulting from Trueline.

Founded in 2007, Trueline is a full-service branding, marketing and consulting agency that has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine” three consecutive years. Its former location was just down the street in Portland at 482 Congress St.

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Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales’s Women in STEM Campaign Raises K for Women In Bio - Southern California, the marketplace for medical research, is pleased to announce that its social media campaign highlighting 19 outstanding woman scientists led to a donation of ,000 to Women In Bio of Southern California (WIB-SoCal). The campaign was launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment—in the 19 days leading up to and including June 4, 2019, a different highly-accomplished scientist was featured in a social media post. One dollar was donated for every social media post on either or WIB-SoCal’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts. WIB-SoCal will use the donation to continue its ongoing efforts to promote careers, leadership and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences.

“We are always keen to partner with like-minded groups like that share our goal—encouraging females to pursue careers in the life sciences,” said Alyssa Master, PhD, Chair Emeritus of WIB-SoCal. “This specific campaign was so successful because it highlighted scientific breakthroughs made by brilliant women spanning multiple time periods, even centuries, further illustrating the important role women have played in pushing innovation and discovery over the years.”

One of 13 chapters established by Women In Bio throughout the US and Canada, WIB-SoCal seeks to provide mentorship and promote opportunities in the life sciences as well as enable and empower women to reach the highest levels of leadership. Founded in 2001, WIB has more than 2,000 members and develops programs that reach 22,000 participants ranging from middle-school STEM programs to executive-level training and development.

“This social media campaign highlighted the work of 19 brilliant women that have made world-changing scientific contributions,” said Kevin Lustig, PhD, CEO and Founder. “It is imperative that we foster and encourage scientists of all genders, backgrounds and ethnicities if we are to have any hope of solving the many problems facing our world today.”

About is the world's leading marketplace for outsourced R&D. The marketplace simplifies R&D sourcing, saving time and money, reducing risk and providing access to the latest innovative tools and technologies. operates private enterprise marketplaces for most of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since its founding in 2007, has raised million from 5AM Ventures, Leerink Transformation Partners and Heritage Provider Network among others. Visit to learn more.

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About Women In Bio (WIB) 
WIB is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. Founded in 2001 to support women employed in the field of life sciences from the classroom to the boardroom, Women In Bio (WIB) is a multifaceted organization with 13 chapters in North America. It offers an array of professional educational programs, peer to peer learning, mentoring and networking opportunities, and is the only organization for women that integrates all career levels and life sciences fields. Each local chapter hosts numerous events throughout the year that vary from networking events to career development, to professional education, to executive level-focused events. In addition to events, WIB hosts a Young Women In Bio program, which offers events and encouragement to middle and high-school aged girls, a mentorship program which provides women the chance to mentor or be mentored, and a national Boardroom Ready program through Executive Women In Bio, which has recently placed over 20 women on for-profit boards. As a volunteer organization, WIB offers leadership opportunities at every career stage, and a chance to expand professional networks in a supportive and inclusive environment. Please visit

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Museum of Outside Arts Representative Says Videotel Digital VP70XD is Reliable and Easy to Use Even in the Great Outdoors

Receiving a nod from the Museum of Outside Arts (MOA), it appears Videotel Digital’s VP70XD Industrial Media Player is now in rather high-brow spaces. Assisting the Englewood, Colorado museum in their mission to “make art a part of everyday life,” the digital media player is now supporting art installations both indoors and outdoors. How so? The resourceful VP70XD lends its acumen to art that interprets specific spaces as their own museums without walls. Thus, venues from commercial office parks to botanical gardens, city parks, and traditional sculpture gardens sing the praises of a product that can seamlessly get its point across just as if it wasn’t even there.

Thanks to the forward-thinking museum, the VP70XD is used in immersive art experiences throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Tim Vacca, the Director of Programs for MOA, said, “The Museum of Outdoor Arts has used the VP70XD Industrial Digital Signage Media Player consistently in both indoor and outdoor exhibition applications. The hardware and software are very reliable, easy to use, and have served our needs well. We highly recommend Videotel!”

The VP70XD auto loops video, audio, image, and photo content directly from a USB or SD card. Traveling lightly, it eliminates the need for an auto extractor as it provides background sound by incorporating audio files from a mix of file types. The digital signage media player can also relay slideshow transitions for engaging effects.

“It’s phenomenal to partner with the Museum of Outside Arts to quite literally bring something to life that we’re surrounded by daily. The multiple applications of this product never cease to amaze us. Needless to say, our stimulating partnerships with museums like MOA inspires us to continue to make great products like the VP70XD,” said Lisa Schneider, the VP of Marketing & Sales for Videotel Digital.

For more information about the VP70XD, visit

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About Videotel Digital: 
Videotel Digital is a leading manufacturer of Industrial Digital Signage Media Players, Industrial DVD Players, and Interactive Digital Signage Solutions. The industry leader services numerous industries from retail to healthcare, educational concerns, hospitality, events, and museums, among others.

About MOA: 
MOA is a forerunner in the placement of site-specific sculpture in Colorado. Their art collection is located within various public locations.

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Meet The Brand New All-In-One Designer V3.3 By Design’N’Buy

Exciting times ahead for leading web-to-print solutions provider, Design’N’Buy. In a continued effort to be a leading web-to-print solutions provider, it has announced the launch of its brand new All-In-One Designer V3.3.

Ideal for commercial printing companies, print brokers, and distributors, the All-In-One Designer offers a simplified ordering process for customers to buy and sell customized merchandise online.

Often called AIOD in short, the third version of the designer not only has a revamped look and feel but also is decked up with a long list of attractive features. For starters, the V3.3 is highly responsive and straightforward, yet has a significant website theme.

The new AIOD will enable users to preview upsell and related products in detail in the design studio and enjoy imposition settings for print-ready products. Design’N’Buy has also added more keyboard options to ensure user convenience.

According to Nidhi Agarwal, CEO of Design’N’Buy, the all new AIOD V3.3 will be a delight to use by everyone. “We understand the product is not for just end-users but also printers and brokers. Thus, we have upgraded the design studio interface, given the Smart Fill option to automatically fill data in the templates, and assigned different page layouts for every template,” says Agarwal.

Just like previous versions, the All-In-One Designer V3.3 will continue to enjoy integrations with multiple third-party applications and tools such as Microsoft Dynamics, Zoho, SAP, Salesforce, Google Cloud Platform, Fotolia, QuickBooks, Flickr and more.

“The solution is apt for any B2B or B2C printing eCommerce store that wants to offer its customers more than just a dynamic design tool, live 3D preview, and a friendly mobile UI for customizing products while on-the-go,” adds Agarwal.

As per their unique business requirements, the printing companies and brokers can easily configure AIOD V3.3, scale it up, and customize it for a perfect end-user experience.

If you want to know more about AIOD V3.3, the simple write to us at or directly book your personalized demo by visiting the website here. The Design’N’Buy team is confident that its customers are in for a treat.

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DMCC Barcelona Roadshow Highlights Opportunity for Growth in Dubai for Spanish Firms and the Economic Impact of Expo 2020 Dubai

DMCC– the world’s leading free zone and Government of Dubai Authority for commodities trade and enterprise – concluded its Made for Trade Live roadshow in Barcelona on 27 June 2019. Supported by the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Barcelona, the event gathered over 100 leading representatives of Spanish business to outline the commercial appeal of Dubai, and the significant opportunities created for foreign firms by Expo 2020 Dubai.

Underlining its position as a commercial hub and gateway for global trade, DMCC briefed delegates on the ease of setting up a business within its Free Zone, and Dubai’s appeal to international businesses as a platform for expansion given its strategic location and global connectivity.

Foreign direct investments (FDI) from Spain to Dubai reached AED 3.29 billion in 2018, ranking Spain the fourth largest investor in terms of FDI capital inflows. The sectors that have seen the most investment from Spain include non-residential building construction, accommodation and food services, arts, entertainment and recreation, management of companies and enterprises, and retail and wholesale trade.

“This is an exciting time for the United Arab Emirates and especially its partners across Europe. By being open to the world, the UAE has created an economic environment that is both welcoming to investment and paves the way for sustained growth in the future,” said His Excellency Mohamed Alshamsi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates to Barcelona.

“Promoting the ease of doing business with the UAE, and attracting foreign business to our shores is critically important to the national economic strategy. I commend DMCC for all it has achieved in profiling Dubai as the destination for international business, and driving trade through the UAE. There is a real opportunity for Spanish firms to expand their enterprise in Dubai – especially in light of Expo 2020 Dubai – and the insights shared at this event were very useful to those here in Barcelona,” he added.

Since inception, DMCC has attracted over 3000 businesses from 17 cities around the world to its international roadshow programme. DMCC partnered with Spanish business group Foment del Treball, and bank Banco Sabadell to stage the event in Barcelona, which precedes roadshows in the second half of 2019 to Hangzhou and Qingdao in China, and Stuttgart, Trier and Koblenz in Germany.

“Spain is a strategically important market for DMCC. The country provides a crucial link for us into both Europe and Latin America, and the DMCC Coffee Centre will supply a significant boost to rising UAE-Spain trade volumes. Following our first roadshow to Spain last year, it has been encouraging to witness a spike in interest from Spanish firms looking to operate out of DMCC and take advantage of the commercial opportunity presented by Expo 2020 Dubai,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC.

“Sitting at the crossroads of the world, DMCC is ready to help Spanish businesses use Dubai as a launch pad to expand their enterprise globally. For example, Dubai is the gateway to Africa and DMCC can make it easier for Spanish companies wishing to do business with the continent. This is the message we shared in Barcelona, and the response received from those in attendance was very positive indeed,” he added.

In May 2019, Dubai FDI completed a successful trade mission to Madrid, Barcelona and Seville promoting Dubai as a preferred global investment destination and the advantages of doing business in the region. For its part, DMCC has already taken steps to make it easier for Spanish firms to set-up in its Free Zone by launching a Spanish website last year.

“We are delighted to have partnered with DMCC to bring the opportunities offered by Dubai to Spanish businesses seeking global expansion. We are confident that this will lead to successful partnerships with some of the leading entities in Catalonia and support the economic growth journey of both regions,” said Ramon Palou, Vice President of International Commission, Foment del Treball.

“Our commitment is to support Catalan companies doing business in the UAE and our partnership with DMCC is testament to that. We look forward to building stronger commercial and business ties in the region through DMCC,” Victor Arguello, Director, Dubai Representative Office, Banco Sabadell added.

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Visit Elizabeth, New Jersey's Family Fun Fourth of July Event and Experience Food Trucks, Local Art and Vendors, Live Music, and Festive Fireworks

The Fourth of July is an exclusive day of the year where the nation is able to commemorate the Declaration of Independence that occured in 1776. Usually celebrated with colorful and festive fireworks, Elizabeth, New Jersey is taking the traditional holiday one step further by having a day filled with cheerful activities catered for everybody on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park.

Elizabeth’s “Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebration” will be kicked off with the attendance of multiple food trucks at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the tasty and flavorsome food truck cuisine of your choice, or a frozen treat while taking a stroll through the park and admiring unique art that will be on display. The Fourth of July celebration will proudly have a display of work from local artists who are ecstatic to be a part of this patriotic event. Attendees will also be able to walk around the park and enjoy the numerous vendors that will be selling their exclusive products and services. The activities throughout the day will be complemented with the presence of a live exclusive DJ guest! To finalize the action packed day, festive fireworks will burst through the summer evening sky at dusk: 9:00 p.m.

Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park is located on Elizabeth Ave and Front St. in Elizabeth, NJ 07206. The exquisite and historical landmark paints a perfect picture of the New York City skyline in the distance and with the park’s working cranes, it is also known as the largest container import/export center on the East Coast. The Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park is only of Elizabeth’s many prominent and historical landmarks that is helping grow heritage tourism for Elizabeth, New Jersey’s newest destination.

Located just minutes from Newark International Airport (EWR) and New York City, discover Elizabeth’s rich authentic history drawing tourists to its historic landmarks, culturally diverse ethnic restaurants, as well as to its high-end outlet shopping mall SIMON: The Mills at Jersey Gardens (0% tax on clothes & shoes.) To discover more about Elizabeth, NJ please visit

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John Ive, The Iconic Designer of iPhone and Other Popular Gems, to Exit Apple

Sir Jony Ive, the designer of iMac and iPhone who with his two decades plus of hard work helped turn Apple into the world's most valuable company, is leaving to set up his own venture. It will be a creative firm named LoveFrom. Interestingly, its first client will be Apple.

This announcement comes at a time when investors have expressed deep concern about the falling sales of the iPhone. The exit of retail chief Angela Ahrendts in April has also created problems for the tech giant.

Sir Jonathan said in a statement: "After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer."

LoveFrom will be based in California and reports suggest that the company will be dealing with wearable technology. According to Sir Jonathan, Marc Newson, a friend, and collaborator at Apple would also join LoveFrom.

The company was in a bad shape financially when he became head of Apple's design studio in 1996. The introduction of Sir Jonathan's iMac in 1998 and the iPod in 2001 turned things around for the company. Other gems fro, Sir Jonathan includes:

  • 2004 - iPod Mini
  • 2007 - iPhone
  • 2008 - MacBook Air
  • 2010 - iPad
  • 2015 - Apple Watch
  • 2016 - AirPods

He also oversaw the completion of Apple Park, Apple's new corporate headquarters.  It is an ultra-modern complex designed in partnership with British architects Foster + Partners.

After the death of Steve Jobs, there was speculation that Jony Ive might become the CEO Apple one day. However, he continued as the firm's design guru videos while Tim Cook took charge and drove the giant organization towards greater profits.

However, Sir Jonathan, the man who is credited with creating the most profitable product in history, the iPhone, is guaranteed of his place in history.

#apple #appleiphone #iphone  #mac #JonyIve  #designerapple #stevejobs


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Google Launches a New Website to Help Small Businesses Get a Grip On Various Processes

Google for Small Business is a new portal launched by Google to celebrate International Small Business Day.  It will suggest its products that can meet the needs of a specific business perfectly.

At the Grow with Google Learning Center in New York City, where the company offers a variety of workshops and classes, Google’s global product director for small business ads, Kim Spalding said that the website “gives everyone a place to start with Google products.”

The new website allows small businesses to enter their company name and website details and provide information about their business and objectives. Based on the data, Google will create a prioritized list of actions that might include ad campaign launches, establishing an online presence, or installation of Google Analytics.

“Small business owners struggle with time” she added. They don’t find the time to train and become digital marketing experts.

While Google for Small Business has a wide range of products, but there are two “hero tools” that will be of high value to small businesses. Google my Business is a free to use a product that allows business owners to create their own profiles and websites. Smart Campaigns is designed to automate the process of ad-buying for small businesses.

#Google #smallbusiness  #onlinebusiness #businessowner #SMB 


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Huge Storewide Savings on Amish Furniture at Weaver’s July 4th Sale

Weaver Furniture Sales is giving customers added reasons to celebrate this 4th of July. The Shipshewana, Indiana, furniture store is offering huge savings in their exciting July 4th Sale. The sale runs June 29 through July 8, 2019, at Weaver Furniture Sales' 20,000 square foot store. "Stop by today to take advantage of some really nice deeply discounted furniture pieces in our showroom," states owner LeRoy D. Weaver.

All 5,000-plus items at Weaver’s massive showroom floor are on sale. The savings include 70% off select closeout items. Also, Weaver is offering grandfather clocks at 40% off. Plus, customers can get 13% off all items storewide.

This means customers who have been thinking about purchasing Amish furniture and accessories can now buy them at reduced prices.

Weaver is offering special financing to make it easier for customers to take possession of in-stock items during the sale. The program includes 18 months with no interest payments also called 18 “Equal Pay” monthly payments. The special financing is subject to credit approval. Sales associates at Weaver can provide additional information.

Weaver Furniture Sales is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4). The store is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and is closed on Sundays.

The 20,000 plus square foot Weaver Furniture Sales is located 1/4 mile south and 1/4 mile east of the junction of State Road 5 and US 20 in Shipshewana, Indiana. Find the store easily near the quaint Shipshewana downtown area just off the Indiana Toll Road. If you find a piece you like in the Weaver Furniture Sales store you are free to purchase it and take it with you. Weaver Furniture Sales also offers several delivery options for the convenience of their clients.

For more information, visit Weaver Furniture Sales website. Or call 260-768-7730.

About Weaver Furniture Sales
Weaver Furniture Sales was established in 1989 in Shipshewana, Indiana. An Amish, family-owned furniture business, Weaver offers a full line of solid wood, Amish furniture at affordable prices. And Weavers caters to both residential and commercial customers. The company features Shaker, Mission and Traditional furniture styles. As part of their client services, Weavers provides furniture design consultation services, custom furniture options, furniture quotes, layaway options and various delivery alternatives for residences and businesses in the United States.

LeRoy and Ida Weaver own and operate Weaver Furniture Sales. They began with a 1,500 square foot showroom, which has been expanded to more than 20,000 square feet. Previously, they owned and managed LeWana Dairy Farm, where they milked cows and raised corn and hay.

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AACUC Announces the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductees

The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC), will induct four credit union leaders into its Hall of Fame during an induction reception at the AACUC’s 21st Annual Conference, Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel in Downtown, Charlotte, North Carolina. The Honorees are: Sandra DeVoe Bland, Board Chair at SRP FCU; Janet McDonald, Senior Sales Market Manager, at CUNA Mutual Group; Joan Nelson, Board Chair at Coastal Credit Union; and Ed Presnell, Regional Business Executive at Peach State Federal Credit Union.

Bland has served on the Board of SRP FCU for over 20 years. She became the first African American and first female Chairman of the Board of Directors on March 6, 2018. SRP Federal Credit Union, a community-based financial institution, is one of the largest credit unions in South Carolina with assets totaling over Billion and providing financial services to more than 120,000 members from 15 locations and online.

Nelson has volunteered for and served on Coastal’s Board of Directors for over 25 years, which she has chaired since 2012. Her passion, dedication, and leadership has guided Coastal through many innovative initiatives such as the development of Personal Teller Machines, the creation of the Coastal Credit Union Foundation and its award-winning Power of Sharing gala and, most recently, the launch of a new CUSO, Constellation Digital Partners.

McDonald, is a senior sales market manager for CUNA Mutual Group. Working with associations, leagues and credit unions, she establishes, strengthens and maintains relationships with credit union trade organizations across the U.S. McDonald has held several executive positions in the credit unions throughout her career since 1990.

Presnell is currently the Regional Business Executive for Peach State Federal Credit Union. He is responsible for Business Development and market presence in Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina. He has been an executive with the Credit Union Movement for over a decade.

“These credit union leaders are brilliant demonstrations of the credit union motto, of People Helping People. Their contributions demonstrate diversity and inclusion within the credit union movement. We are excited to recognize their accomplishments,” said Adrian S. Johnson, AACUC Chairman of the Board.


About the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame History
On October 16, 2008, the AACUC unveiled an exhibit featuring African Americans in the credit union movement the first 100 years at the America’s Credit Union Museum in Manchester, N.H. Continuing with that effort, the Funding Development Committee created the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame. This virtual hall of fame was created to accomplish two goals: One, to honor and recognize African Americans who have and are contributing to the credit union movement--many who are unsung heroes and trailblazers. To be inducted you must have accomplished or achieved the following: 1) provided in excess of 10 years of service in the credit union industry; 2) worked to provide financial services for people in general; and 3) identify at least four significant accomplishments, which benefited African-Americans’ access to financial capital.

The second goal was to be a consistent source of income for the AACUC through sponsorship opportunities on the website. For instance, there are two trailblazer submissions available included with membership with the AACUC at the organizational level. Additional trailblazer submissions are 0. It is a great way to recognize your African American peers, co-workers and colleagues who have made contributions locally. Hall of Fame inductees typically are sponsored by the credit union or a vendor that the inductee works(ed) with for 00.

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Discover Treasures of Ancient Greece and Explore the Modern Culture of Greece Through Take Me There: Greece

The “land of the gods” travels 5,300 miles to the world’s largest children’s museum when Treasures of Ancient Greece and Take Me There:® Greece both opened on June 15, 2019.

Treasures of Ancient Greece presented by OneAmerica and supported by Ice Miller LLP

Every one of the 6,000 Greek islands has secrets, mysteries and treasures from the past. Visitors to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will discover some of the most compelling stories at a new exhibit featuring rare Greek antiquities, some of which are being exhibited for the first time in the United States. Families will learn about ancient ruins, temples and open air theaters along with philosophers and mythological gods.

Visitors to Treasures of Ancient Greece at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will discover how the ideas of the ancient Greeks form the basis of much of Western civilization as we know it today through artifacts that depict ingenious science and technology, politics and medicine.

One of the extraordinary stories that will be told is that of the famed Antikythera Mechanism. “We are very excited to share a model of what is believed to be the world’s oldest analog computer,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “It will help families understand how a civilization from long ago predicted eclipses of the sun and moon in relation to big events like the ancient Olympics.” That’s not the only piece of history that links the United States to this Mediterranean country from centuries ago. Bronze ballots and a replica voting machine are just a few of the artifacts that demonstrate how the world’s first democracy shaped the politics of today.

“It was found by divers in the beginning of the 20th century close to the island of Antikythera after being excavated by Jacques Cousteau and the Greek Ecological Service. Even today we have excavations in the same area of the shipwreck of the Antikythera because it was found in the shipwreck with other objects and with many statues. We’re waiting for more results about this shipwreck and what was together with the Antikythera mechanism,” said Dr. Maria Vlazaki, Secretary General, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport.

The ancient Greek vision of beauty, heroism, and athleticism also influences us today through magnificent sculptures on display including Artemis of Lafria and Herakles. A stunning bust of Aristotle is also be on display along with an amazing large mosaic and pottery depicting gods, goddesses and philosophers, along with a replica of Parthenon frieze sections. Actor interpreters help bring these fascinating artifacts and their stories to life.

Ancient Greek heroes and heroines brought great pride and honor to their cities through the athletic competition of the Olympic Games. Visitors can test their own speed in a virtual Olympic running event. There is a chance to vote in an Athenian Assembly, create mosaic artwork, and tell an ancient Greek story by creating their own visual story on a special vase. Visitors can also help Aphrodite and Eros escape a monster Typhon.

Take Me There®: Greece Presented by Ice Miller LLP
Take Me There: ® Greece serves as a classic travel adventure allowing families to explore modern-day Greece without ever leaving the United States. It is one of the largest exhibitions on contemporary Greece ever mounted in the United States.

Visitors “fly over” magnificent mountains and swirling seas before “touching down” in Athens, where the ancient Parthenon overlooks a bustling modern city. Families have the opportunity to explore homes and learn about real families who live in Greece.

Children will be invited to make traditional Greek foods and serve their grownups faux Greek delicacies in the recreated Taverna and bakery, and stroll through plateia (plaza) with its traditional events. Families will enjoy exploring traditional dance and music together and shopping in the market with its fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish.
With 8,000 miles of coastline, Greek conservation organizations have a lot of sea turtles to study. Visitors will learn how they are doing this and how they can help.

Treasures of Ancient Greece is made possible by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; The Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation; Dorothea and Philip Genetos; Jamie Merisotis and Colleen O’Brien; Mike and Kristin Sherman; and The Pheffer Family.

Take Me There: ® Greece is made possible by lead gifts from Lilly Endowment Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc.; The Lilly Family; Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen; Sarah and John Lechleiter; the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services; Jane and Steve Marmon; Susan and Jim Naus; and Polly Hix. Additional Support for Take Me There®: Greece is provided by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; The Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation; Dorothea and Philip Genetos; Jamie Merisotis and Colleen O’Brien; Mike and Kristin Sherman; and The Pheffer Family.

About The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Instagram@childrensmuseum,, and Facebook.

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Houston Texas New Seafood Restaurant Cajun Seafood Boil Now Open and We Are Known For Our Famous Secret Juicy Special ™ Sauce

The Juicy Crab ® Cajun Style Seafood Boil Restaurant is headquartered in Atlanta, GA is proud to announce their first location in Houston, Texas; is now open as of June 2019. This seafood boil restaurant offers a unique foodie experience unlike no other.

The Juicy Crab seafood brand has been recognized from Best of Gwinnett twice over, by its readers. The Juicy Crab has been featured on Atlanta Eats CBS Network Peachtree TV. It is hosted by Food Network's judge; Steak Shapiro, a judge on 'Food Truck Face Off'. On the Atlanta Eats food review segment, Steak Shapiro mentions, "'s all about the sauce".

Celebrities love to drop in The Juicy Crab ® of such likes of, Tyler Perry, Bravo's 'Atlanta Housewives', and VH1 'Love & Hip Hop ATL' TV shows. Others include; Waka Flocka Flame, Bernice King, Clinton Powell, Yung Joc, and Dwight Howard, to name a few. So a stop in The Juicy Crab ® and view their Famous Photo Wall is a must see for any fan.

History: The Juicy Crab ® story starts long before the opening of the Duluth, Georgia's first corporate restaurant in 2015. The Chen family's inspiration ultimately came from New Orleans and from the world travels of Grandfather Chen. Grandfather Chen was a sailor who traveled the world, learning many different styles and ways of cooking seafood. One of the main influences that every family member loved, was the New Orleans Style way of cooking seafood, and The Juicy Crab ® wants to share it with everyone.

The Juicy Crab ® tagline reads "Juicy Never Tasted So Good" ™. The Juicy Special™ sauce is a blend of secret seasonings will have any guest coming back for more! Todd Strickland, VP of Marketing and Franchise Sales states, 'We welcome you to sit at our family table and will always treat you like a part of our family'. Find more information about our brand at

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Screencast-O-Matic Becomes Google for Education Premier Partner

Screencast-O-Matic announced today that it has become a Google for Education Premier Partner. Google selected the video platform for its intuitive video creation and sharing tools, making it easy for educators to enhance learning in the classroom.

Screencast-O-Matic is a trusted leader in video creation tools and serves millions of people around the world. With its leading screen recorder, video editor and video sharing services for education, Screencast-O-Matic is used in scenarios such as flipped learning. With the partnership, Screencast-O-Matic offers educators and students video solutions with easy integration to Google for Education products. Screencast-O-Matic integrations with Google for Education include:

Quick Share to Google Classroom - The learning environment is perfect for sharing video created with Screencast-O-Matic’s intuitive screen recorder and video editor. Educators and students can directly share videos with a simple click of the “Google Classroom Share Button.”

Video Sharing in Google Apps - Screencast-O-Matic’s integration within Google Apps allows educators to easily embed their videos in Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. These creative options can meet the needs of virtually any classroom.

Google Drive for Easy Access and Management - With a click of a button, educators and students can easily upload their screen recordings and videos directly to Google Drive, including saving media in Google Classroom folders.

Gmail To Enhance Video Communication - Screencast-O-Matic’s integration into Gmail is a powerful time-saving feature that enables quick video communication and collaboration. Videos can easily be added directly while composing in Gmail.

Use a single Google Account - Use Google Account in Screencast-O-Matic, adding the convenience of single-sign-on across services.

Screencast-O-Matic provides multi-device video creation tools, including a dedicated Chromebook app, which can be conveniently launched across devices from a Google Chrome Browser extension. Google for Education expands learning by supporting teachers, researchers, and organizations with robust, flexible technology. Screencast-O-Matic is proud to be a part of this collaborative partnership.

About Screencast-O-Matic
Screencast-O-Matic is a screen capture and video editing platform that takes visual collaboration to the next level. Screencast-O-Matic is a privately held company headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Visit here for more information.

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McMinnville, OR Business Owner Recognized by Prestigious Goldman Sachs 10KSB Program

When former aerospace engineer Malee Ojua first studied graphic design, she did it just for fun. She never thought it would lead her to build a successful digital marketing agency or that Goldman Sachs would eventually select her for an exclusive business development program.

"I left my career as an aerospace engineer with Top Secret government security clearance in 1998 to be with my mother after her Stage IV breast cancer diagnosis," recalled Ojua. "Everything was moment to moment. I decided then that life is too short not to do what you are passionate about and what makes you happy."

Her passion drove Ojua to pursue a different path from her established engineering career, in which she successfully marketed multi-billion-dollar defense satellite systems to hundreds of military generals at a time.

"People have always asked me to design, to make everything look better. It's what I do without thinking." With her natural knack for design, Ojua went back to school and earned a degree in web development and design. In 2014, she established Sacred Fire Creative, LLC, a business she started from nothing and on her own.

"I mentioned at a women’s networking event that I was starting a side business in web design. Next thing I know, four business owners came up to me, handed me checks and told me that I needed to register my business right away. That’s how it all started," Ojua shared.

By 2015, Ojua was working full-time at her company. Corporate accounts started coming in by 2016, first the New York University Langone Medical Center, followed by Johnson & Johnson and ArisGlobal Health. By 2017, Sacred Fire Creative posted six-figure revenues. And, in 2018, the company experienced 117% business growth.

"For me, this is the American Dream—that you can achieve success with persistent hard work and determination no matter what obstacles are in your way," said Ojua.

"My parents are immigrants who came to the US separately, bringing with them only the clothes on their backs. Together, they built a grocery business and worked hard so that my brother, my sister, and I could live a good life," Ojua said. "They taught us the value of hard work and the importance of giving back to the country and community that took us in."

"I have always wanted to contribute to my community, and I do that through my business," said Ojua. "I started this business from scratch and figured it out through the help of other women business owners and mentors. I want to show that people like me—a woman, a daughter of immigrants, and a member of ethnic minority groups—can build a successful enterprise. I am excited to give back and inspire other women and minorities like me to do the same."

In 2017, Ojua applied for the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, also known as 10,000 Small Businesses or 10KSB. This education and mentorship program for entrepreneurs was developed by finance industry leader Goldman Sachs in partnership with Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

She was one of under 150 business owners invited to participate in the program from over 800 applicants.

"Being chosen to participate in 10KSB is an amazing opportunity," said Ojua. "It opened my eyes to new avenues of growth I’d never even considered before.”

Goldman Sachs created 10KSB in 2009 with the belief that giving small business owners access to education, capital, and support is the optimum way to overcome barriers to their growth. The program's scholars take part in a condensed and intensive MBA-like training lasting 12 weeks. The training includes guidance in building a customized growth plan, one-on-one counseling, membership to a peer support network, and support from leaders in the business world.

"These business owners represent the best of the US economy. This program helps them grow their business, create new jobs, and strengthen our communities. Nearly 70% of participants increase revenues and 50% create new jobs just six months after graduating," said Babson College's Richard T. Bliss, the National Academic Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

With her 10KSB diploma firmly in hand, Ojua is back in McMinnville, OR and has set her sights on certifications for her business that would allow her to offer graphic design services to government agencies on the federal level.

"I'm applying for federal SBA 8(a) Business Development Program as well as acquiring SBA Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program certifications. Also, I'm renewing our Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and Emerging Small Business (ESB) certifications."

"We’re aiming to get listed on the US General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule for Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS). This will allow government buyers to purchase directly from us with pre-established pricing, terms, and conditions."

According to Ojua, there are no other currently certified graphic design agencies in Oregon on the GSA Schedule. Sacred Fire Creative is additionally qualified for the HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Program certification, which even fewer agencies hold. Having these certifications, said Ojua, would further separate her company from its competitors.

"As someone with past experience working with government agencies, I truly believe we have the qualities that government buyers on the federal, state, and local level are looking for in their contractors. It's an opportunity we are excited to explore," Ojua said.

Sacred Fire Creative is a digital marketing agency that provides a wide range of business development services, including graphic design, web design and development, social media management, and content marketing. For more information about Sacred Fire Creative and Malee Ojua, please visit

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Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio and InterContinental San Francisco Win InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts ‘Ultimate Culinary Clash’ Cooking Competition

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the chef team Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio of the InterContinental San Francisco as winners of the sixth annual Ultimate Culinary Clash, which took place on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, CA. Takao worked closely with Executive Chef Daniel Corey behind the hotel’s Luce restaurant and City College of San Francisco colleague and sous chef Mariano Ascencio to execute his dishes for the evening. Part student cooking competition and part scholarship fundraiser, the Ultimate Culinary Clash brought together the winners of five regional Culinary Clash competitions to face-off against each other to see whose dishes reigned supreme. Takao received a ,000 scholarship from the InterContinental brand and student sous chef Ascencio received an additional ,500 in scholarship.

The event welcomed more than 200 clients, industry tastemakers, and social media influencers and media for a competitive culinary evening where guests were encouraged to taste and mingle with chef and student teams from InterContinental San Francisco, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Presidente InterContinental Mexico City, InterContinental San Diego and Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown. Local judges included the evening’s MC, journalist Joel Riddell, journalist Virginia Miller, social media influencer and blogger Emily Martin, Lolinda Executive Chef Juan Torres, Credo Director of Culinary Services Larry Finn, Trinchero Family Estates Senior National Account Manager Camille Costa, Golden Gate Restaurant Association Policy and Education Program Manager Chhavi Sahni, Firefly Executive Sous Chef Symone Bennett, CBS National Travel Writer Randy Yagi, and Boston-based social media influencers Savath and Sovann Yong.

Gail Gerber, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco said: “We’re so pleased to see how the Ultimate Culinary Clash program has grown in the past six years. Through partnerships with exceptional culinary schools we’ve been able to put a spotlight on the InterContinental brands’ culinary programs globally. We’re proud of Dylan and Mariano to win this award for InterContinental San Francisco for the first time.”

Over the course of three months, five InterContinental properties across the United States and Mexico held local competitions with culinary students. The first place winners from each hotel received the opportunity to move forward to the Ultimate Culinary Clash where they presented a small portion of their winning entrée. Event guests, who judged dishes based on taste, creativity, and presentation, were impressed by the team’s Braised Short Rib in Mole Rojo with Collard Greens and Tokyo Turnips.

This year’s student participants and hotels included: 

  • InterContinental San Francisco – Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio of San Francisco City College
  • InterContinental Mark Hopkins – Luis Lopez and Renee Mata of San Francisco City College
  • Presidente InterContinental Mexico City – Estefania Iris Garcia and Daniela Loyola Zavala of Universidad Anahuac Mexico/Le Cordon Bleu
  • InterContinental San Diego – Riaz Mukadam and Lisa Baza of San Diego Mesa College
  • Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown – Alan Morales of Los Angeles Trade-Tech Community College


This year’s Ultimate Culinary Clash sponsors included Steelite International, kikkoman®, Trinchero Family Estates, Mr. Espresso and RATIONAL.

The Ultimate Culinary Clash serves as an opportunity for the InterContinental brand to showcase its commitment to culinary excellence. The regional competitions – called the Culinary Clash - began eight years ago at the InterContinental San Francisco’s Luce restaurant. To date, the program has raised more than 5,000 in scholarship for students across North America.

About InterContinental Mark Hopkins 
Located on the top of prestigious Nob Hill at the intersection of California and Mason Streets, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, a historic landmark, is a regular stop on the California Street cable car line. Just minutes away from the financial and theatre districts as well as Union Square and Chinatown, this four-star, four-diamond hotel is also home to the Top of the Mark, the world-renowned 19th floor sky lounge that offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information and to make reservations, contact the Mark Hopkins, Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, Calif. 94108, at 415.392.3434 or 800.NOB HILL (662-4455), or by visiting

About the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand 
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 194 hotels located in more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from over 70 years of experience. As a brand, we believe that superior, understated service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show in our guests. Our desire is to help guests make the most of their time. We connect our well-traveled guests to what’s special about a destination, by sharing our knowledge, so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich their lives and broaden their outlook. For more information about the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand, visit Find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

About InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts: The InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand makes travel alluring, with insights from over 70 years of experience. Each of our properties provides a gateway to the glamour of the InterContinental Life. As a brand, we aim to embody global sophistication through our superior, understated service and exceptional amenities. What makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show our guests through personalised and attentive services. We offer our most valued guests signature VIP services through a dedicated InterContinental® Ambassador programme and an exclusive Club InterContinental® experience. We connect our well-travelled guests to what’s special about a destination, so they enjoy authentic local experiences that will enrich their lives. For more information and to book, visit, and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram

About IHG: 
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,600 hotels and approximately 837,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with almost 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members. In February 2019, IHG acquired Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, adding 16 hotels (1,347 rooms) to its system and 18 hotels to its development pipeline.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

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Stratosphere Networks Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

Stratosphere Networks has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th-annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings.

Every year, MSPs worldwide complete an extensive survey and application to report their product offerings, growth rates, annual total and recurring revenues, pricing structures, revenue mix and more. MSPs were ranked according to a unique methodology that weights revenue figures according to how well the applicant's business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.

Channel Futures is pleased to name Stratosphere to the 2019 MSP 501. Stratosphere Networks is a Chicago-based IT managed service provider that delivers comprehensive technology solutions to businesses across all industries. The company offers cloud consulting services, managed cybersecurity solutions, and services to empower internal IT teams, in addition to managed IT services.

“We’re honored that Channel Futures has ranked us as one of the world’s top managed service providers for the eighth consecutive year,” said Steve Melchiorre, CEO of Stratosphere Networks. “Our team strives every day to empower our clients with high-quality IT services and solutions, and we’re thrilled that our efforts have earned us recognition on the MSP 501 list again this year.”

In the 12 years since its inception, the MSP 501 has evolved from a competitive ranking list into a vibrant group of service providers, vendors, distributors, consultants and industry analysts working together to define the growing managed service opportunity.

“The 2019 MSP 501 winners are the most elite, innovative and strategic IT service providers on the planet, and they stand as a model of excellence in the industry,” says Kris Blackmon, Content Director of Channel Partners and Channel Futures and lead of the MSP 501 program. “As the MSP 501 Community grows, leagues of managed service providers learn from the successes of these winning companies, gaining insight into the best practices, strategies and technologies that elevate an MSP to the level of the 501 winners. Our heartfelt congratulations to the 2019 winners and gratitude to the thousands of MSPs that have contributed to the continuing growth and success of both the 501 and the thriving managed services sector.”

Ten special award winners will be recognized at the MSP 501 Awards Gala at Channel Partners Evolution, held this year September 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Nominations for these special awards, including Digital Innovator of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Newcomer Award, were included in the MSP 501 application, and all candidates were encouraged to submit for them.

In addition to deciding the rankings, the survey drives the creation of an annual in-depth study of business and technology trends in the IT channel, released each year at the Channel Partners Evolution conference. The full MSP 501 Report leverages applicant responses, interviews with industry experts and historical data to give a well-rounded picture of the managed services opportunity.

The complete 2019 MSP 501 list is available at Channel Futures.


The 2019 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by Channel Futures and its sister site, Channel Partners. Data was collected online from March 1 through May 31, 2019. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Stratosphere Networks

Stratosphere Networks is a Chicago-based multifaceted IT managed service provider focused on delivering comprehensive technology services and solutions to meet and exceed the always-changing, diverse business needs. Since 2003, Stratosphere Networks has grown exponentially and continues to provide the best-in-class and cost-effective solutions to businesses in all industries. Visit for more information.

For more information contact:

Lori Leonardo 

About Informa Tech

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa Tech, a market-leading B2B information provider with depth and specialization in the Information and Communications (ICT) Technology sector. We help drive the future by inspiring the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through our market-leading research, media, training and event brands. Every year, we welcome 7,400+ subscribers to our research, more than 3.8 million unique visitors a month to our digital communities, 18,200+ students to our training programs and 225,000 delegates to our events.


Kris Blackmon, 
Content Director, Channel Futures & Channel Partners 
Senior Editor, MSP 501 

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New Bedford’s Painting and Renovations Company, ProGroup Contracting, Helps Children Become Entrepreneurs

Over the course of one day in May each year, hundreds of kids on the Southcoast come together to set up their own lemonade stands, learning about what is needed to own and operate their own small business. The lemonade stands are scattered around eight different cities and towns within the Southcoast. It is free for kids to register and participate in this event, thanks to sponsors like BayCoast Bank, ProGroup Contracting, Frugal Franks, Andrew's Fruit & Produce, Seaport Inn Grill, Auclair's Market, Sonic of Somerset, Roots & Daisies Beauty Parlor, amongst others.

This year, Lemonade Day consisted of 116 stands, where a total of 368 kids took part and contributed to over 25 different charities with their earnings. The charities covered causes from autism awareness to families of veterans to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Some of the lemonade stands reported earning over ,000 in business for the day.

“The kids are just amazing, they want to help these charities and they want to learn how to be entrepreneurs and this day is perfect for that,” said David Moura, Chief Executive Officer of ProGroup Contracting.

ProGroup Contracting was the Champion Sponsor for this year’s Lemonade Day. They even hosted a lemonade stand at their location, “Pacheco Pride Lemonade Stand” from Carlos Pacheco Elementary School. ProGroup Contracting also held a Lemonade Day contest for one child entrepreneur, competing for a chance to win a free iPad. The winner this year was Bri-Ann of “Bri-Ann’s Lemonade.”

To learn more about this initiative, contact sarah(at)progroupcontracting(dot)com

About ProGroup Contracting: 
Based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, ProGroup Contracting is a national painting and renovation business serving commercial and residential properties for over 25 years. Specializing in painting, ProGroup Contracting also offers power washing, surface repairs and complete renovation services. For more information on careers and services offered by ProGroup Contracting, visit [

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Viscira® Selected as a Winner in the 40th Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards have named Viscira as a Silver winner (the highest award possible) in the 40th Annual Telly Awards for the “Overreact2Stroke” videos produced by Viscira. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed, and A&E Networks.

Viscira partnered closely with Genentech to create three stroke symptomology videos for Genentech’s Stroke Awareness website. The objective of the disease education videos was to educate caregivers about the 10 common stroke symptoms and to encourage caregivers to act quickly and decisively or even to overreact when they pick up on any signs or symptoms of a potential stroke. The videos reside on Genentech’s Stroke Awareness website and were also deployed on Genentech’s YouTube channel and distributed in the field by Genentech sales reps.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and are the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video, and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories to further the awards’ recent initiative to rebuild the honors for the multiscreen era. New categories included serialized Branded Content and expanded Social Video categories.

“Viscira is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing,” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators and a celebration of the diversity of work being made today for all screens.”

Viscira's Executive Creative Director, Hagop Kaneboughazian, was excited to hear that Viscira had won another industry award. “This is a great acknowledgment and nice recognition for our team given their hard work and innovation in the video production area. We are really happy with how the videos turned out and glad it has been a very effective educational tool for our Genentech client,” Kaneboughazian said.

About Viscira 
Viscira is dedicated to the design and development of digital marketing solutions and interactive software applications for the life sciences industry. Viscira provides a suite of programs that integrate best-in-class technology to deliver engaging and memorable content via various electronic channels. Viscira is part of WPP, the largest agency holding company in the world. For more information, please visit the company’s website at or contact No?l Ashekian at (617) 429-0834.

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WebRezPro Property Management System Integrates VOILÀ Hotel Rewards

WebRezPro property management system (PMS) by World Web Technologies Inc. (WWT) is pleased to announce integration with leading loyalty program for independent hotel brands, VOILÀ Hotel Rewards, for more efficient and accurate management of reward member accounts that results in increased loyalty and bookings.

Uniting a global network of select independent hotels and redemption partners, VOILÀ Hotel Rewards is a customizable points-based guest loyalty program that enables independent hotels and groups to level the playing field with chain brands while maintaining their own unique branding and qualities.

The direct interface between WebRezPro PMS and VOILÀ creates a fully integrated guest loyalty solution that automatically awards member accounts, eliminating the need to manually duplicate data and cross-check systems, and ensures accuracy of reward point balances, increasing guest satisfaction.

“VOILÀ Hotel Rewards provides the world’s best boutique hotels and independent hotel groups with a completely customizable and hotel-branded reward program that allows them to increase value and build better customer relationships,” said Peter Gorla, Managing Director of VOILÀ Hotel Rewards. “By tightly integrating with WebRezPro, we are able to extend VOILÀ’s seamless loyalty platform to WebRezPro’s existing and future client-base, providing these hotels with a turnkey long-term loyalty program and customer engagement strategy.”

The interface works by automatically extracting all qualifying member stay transactions from the PMS and sending this data via a secure channel to the VOILÀ loyalty program daily, where points are automatically awarded to member accounts as determined by the program rules set by each participating hotel.

“Building guest loyalty is key to driving direct bookings and remaining competitive,” commented Frank Verhagen, President at WWT. “The seamless integration between WebRezPro and VOILÀ Hotel Rewards makes rewarding guest loyalty effortless and ensures every loyal guest is recognized and rewarded.”

About VOILÀ Hotel Rewards 
VOILÀ Hotel Rewards ( is the world’s number one loyalty program that unites a network of over 25 select global hotel brands. VOILÀ’s points-based frequency guest program provides recognition benefits and Award Night room redemption opportunities at participating network hotels. VOILÀ offers hotel- or group-branded loyalty solutions for our partner hotels, with VOILÀ acting as the supporting brand. VOILÀ’s global presence also allows members to earn and redeem points across a wide variety of redemption partners – including airlines, retail merchants and charities.

About WebRezPro 
WebRezPro is a powerful, easy-to-use cloud property management system for all accommodation types and sizes. The fully integrated and automated system saves lodging operators time and boosts revenue by streamlining and modernizing front desk and back office operations. Bringing the benefits of the cloud to 1,300+ properties in 40 countries, WebRezPro is a product of World Web Technologies Inc., an Internet marketing and software company for tourism and hospitality since 1994. For more information, please visit

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X-Rite Announces i1Pro 3 Plus Color Profiling Device for Imaging, Print and Textiles

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications. The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimized for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more. Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of color accuracy.

As more industries turn to digital printing, customers are putting greater emphasis on achieving accurate and repeatable color. To do this, production print equipment needs to be linearized and profiled for each substrate in order to monitor color output. Current profiling solutions are limited in their ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces and cannot accommodate various material thicknesses. Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest color quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. This leads to costly color errors and rework which impacts a printer’s bottom line.

“The i1Pro 3 Plus builds on the success of the i1 Family and removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Wide- and grand-format users and industrial material printers will see immediate value by incorporating the affordable i1Pro 3 Plus into their prepress and production workflows, resulting in more accurate and repeatable color, a reduction of waste, and an increased return on investment.”

A long-term X-Rite partner, EFI (Electronics For Imaging), also sees the great potential of this latest i1 Family member. “We are delighted to support X-Rite’s newly announced i1Pro 3 Plus measurement device within our latest Fiery technologies at ITMA 2019. Due to the nature of digital textile production, this large-aperture device is an excellent fit with our latest single pass EFI BOLT high-speed textile printer. For both color management and quality control, this device will allow our customers to produce accurate color much more easily,” said John Henze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery.

New in the i1Pro 3 Plus: 

  • Larger aperture of 8mm to support new materials and substrates used in digital printing applications.
  • New polarization (measurement condition M3) filter that reduces specular highlights and shadows on fabrics and ceramics. It provides “better blacks” and richer colors on rough surfaces and glossy medias, like canvas prints and fine art photo papers.
  • Simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners so prepress and print operators can quickly predict how colors printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions.
  • Longer ruler for measuring the wider charts used in grand-format printing. The ruler includes an ISO-compliant white backer and removable magnetic strips on the top and sides for holding samples in place while measuring.
  • New LED illuminant that improves device reliability. The i1Pro 3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3 Polarized).
  • Now supports transmission scanning for backlit film and materials used in signage.
  • Measures high brightness, up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays.


“We are used to seeing bumpy shadow measurements from unpolarized devices on glossy textured medias like canvas. With the new polarization feature in the i1Pro 3 Plus, our M3 measurements are dramatically smoother in the shadows - perfect in fact,” commented Scott Martin, Founder, Onsight, a leading workflow consultant for print, prepress, design and photography.

New X-Rite iO Table 
In addition, X-Rite announces a new i1iO Automated Scanning Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of color measurement errors. It is ideal for photographers, designers, and printers who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading.

The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of industrial materials including textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials.

See the i1Pro 3 Plus at ITMA and EskoWorld 
At ITMA, June 20 – 26 in Barcelona, Spain, X-Rite and Pantone will demonstrate the i1Pro 3 Plus in Hall UL, Stand C109. X-Rite will also be showcasing the i1Pro 3 Plus at EskoWorld, June 24 – 26 in Nashville, TN.

The i1Pro 3 Plus and the i1iO table will be available in late July 2019.

About X-Rite 
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit

About Pantone 
Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at

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©2019 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC.

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ARCO Design/Build Houston’s Continued Market Growth Drives Expansion into New Office

ARCO Design/Build (ARCO) Houston’s continued growth in the light industrial construction industry has necessitated the move to a new office location. The Houston office was established in 2015 as an extension of the award-winning national design-build firm ARCO.

“Back in 2015, we saw an opportunity to move to Houston due to the lack of design-build contractors and the opportunities that presented themselves here,” adds John Atcheson, Vice President, Principal of ARCO Houston. “Focusing on our design-build delivery has grown our business from a traditional industrial box builder to our delivery of pharmaceuticals, life sciences and manufacturing facilities. Today, we are the design-build contractor in Houston.”

ARCO’s specialty in light industrial and commercial design-build construction projects supports a variety of industries including speculative development, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, distribution centers, cold and dry storage facilities. Since their start in 2015, ARCO’s Houston office has seen steady growth due to the value of their design-build delivery method.

“Our growth has been reflective of us sticking to our philosophy on the design-build approach and the value we want to give our customers,” said Eric Safko, Vice President, Principal of ARCO Houston. “It’s been a product of our slow, but steady growth. If we wanted to be a plan-spec-build contractor like others in the city, we could do larger volume, but at that point, we’d just be another general contractor and not a strategic member of the team that adds value to the process and brings a new perspective to projects with new solutions.”

The growth of the Houston office is the successful extension of ARCO’s national network of design-build offices named #15 on ENR’s 2018 list of design-build contractors.

“Being a national design-build contractor with 19 offices, Houston being one of them, we are able to bring in a tremendous amount of knowledge from around the U.S. I think that’s a huge advantage to our clients and end-users. No other contractor in Houston has quite the reach we do, and we leverage that for our clients,” said Atcheson.    

In 2018, the ARCO Houston was awarded and named one of Houston’s Best Places to Work. The new office location features contemporary design with architecture for the office completed by the Houston based architectural firm Method Architecture.

“It’s nice to have a new place to call home for our associates. It has our ARCO work hard/play hard feel and will allow us to cohesively work as a team while giving us room to grow,” said Safko. With this new space, we could easily double our staff to support the size business that we see ARCO Houston being in the next 5-10 years.”

About ARCO Design/Build

ARCO Design/Build, Inc. is a national design/build firm widely recognized as an industry leader for various industrial project types, including but not limited to cold storage warehouse, light industrial distribution, and manufacturing. ARCO's turn-key approach allows customers to have a direct relationship with one company, ensuring a single point of contact that will allow for clear lines of communication resulting in savings of time and cost. Capabilities include project feasibility studies, site selection, complete design, logistical design, budgeting, up-front competitive lump sum pricing, value engineering, code consulting and full general contracting.

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Top Software Development Companies Announces the Top 25 Custom Software Development Companies of 2019

Custom software solutions provide personalized digital platforms to organizations, tailored to their specific business needs. Brands who employ custom-built software outright own their solutions and typically see an increase in efficiency employee productivity and revenue due to the dedicated features and functionalities that improve workflow.

Custom software solutions can come in the form of: 

  • Customer relationship management systems
  • Accounting software
  • Websites, apps, and digital platforms
  • Intranets
  • And more.


However, most brands don’t have qualified developers in-house and instead need to partner with a top-rated software developer firm., a B2B software development firm ranking site that connects brands with developers, determined the leading custom software development agencies who can build personalized solutions for any brand, industry or business growth need.

Some of the best custom software development companies from around the world are:

1. Attract Group

Attract Group is a full-service web & mobile development company. Each business is in need of digital transformation. Attract Group implements this transition in a fast and constant manner. They turn business goals into technical OKRs with the help of cutting-edge technologies, data, and design. Their solutions help the clients reach new audiences, automate, and optimize their operational processes, which results in saved time, increased revenues, and efficiency improvements. Being on the market since 2011, they have gained trust from many clients. Long-term partnership is their key priority. Attract Group is your trusted IT partner.

Visit Attract Group at

2. Suits & Sandals

Suits & Sandals is an award-winning digital brand communications agency. They are equal parts of business consultancy and creative and technology firm. They help organizations find their place in the market, build tools they need to successfully engage customers, and solve key problems. The key to their success begins with a focus on discovery and research in business areas like customer segmentation, competitive analysis, and operational efficiency. Suits & Sandals mobilizes this research through brand development, communication strategy, app and website design/development, and other creative and technology services.

Visit Suits & Sandals at

3. Sirin Software

Sirin Software is a Florida-based IT company with an R&D center in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2014, they have acted as the trusted partner for companies all over the world (mostly from the USA and EU). They make software R&D process easier, more cost-effective and speed up the development of new products together with clients.

Visit Sirin Software at

4. Wave Digital

Wave Digital is an Australian custom software development company, specializing in bespoke mobile and web apps. Founded in 2000 and headed by former CFO of 99designs, Guy Cooper, Wave Digital has a long and successful track record servicing corporate, government and innovative local and international startups. They offer a range of integrated services from strategy, design and development to support, and are proud participants in the Apple Consultants Network community. Wave Digital follows a people-led approach to creating mobile apps. Their aim – to build apps that make lives better.

Visit Wave Digital at

5. Emerge

Emerge executes digital product transformation for technology companies seeking to improve operational agility and customer experience. They provide strategic leadership and expertise to help their customers deliver web, mobile, and IoT solutions. Rooted in their passion for creating digital products and services, their process helps increase the speed of solving their customer’s challenges, making better decisions, and building for growth.

Visit Emerge at

6. Progmatiq

PROGMATIQ is a small digital agency that focuses on developing lead generating websites. Their primary focus is on service-oriented businesses who help people live a better life. PROGMATIQ provides the following services: website and eCommerce design and development, SEO, and social media marketing.

Visit Progmatiq at

7. Apiumhub

Apiumhub is a software development company based in Barcelona that transformed into a tech hub, mainly offering services of mobile app development, web development, software architecture, DevOps and Product Ownership.

8. Applaudo Studios

Applaudo Studios provides full Software Development services for Top Tier Customers in the United States, the Americas, and Europe. Their team of iOS, Android and Web Developers have created some of the most amazing products in the mobile and web world.

9. Aurora Digital

Aurora Digital’s main goal is to make the customers feel that they are well taken care of. To accomplish that, their project/account managers take ownership of the project and will independently solve issues as they arise (with clients’ direct insight). The project manager shall be available and responsive all the time during the entire project and also responsible to keep the customer up to date on the latest events in the project.

10. Buzz Interactive

Buzz Interactive is an awesome group of designers, developers, coders, illustrators, and copywriters, who capture those pure gold ideas. Their aim is to build user-friendly apps, websites, rock star copywriting portfolio, and too many t-shirt slogans. One day they will be rich, so it’s the best time to work with them while they need the money.

11. Clarion Technologies

Clarion Technologies is a leading IT Outsourcing company with 3 state-of-the-art development centers in India. Their unique engagement model helps our clients leverage the best of outsourcing world — high-quality resources, world-class technical supervision, and infrastructure. Clarion has been an innovation partner for several small and medium enterprises and pioneering start-ups across the world.

12. Decipher Zone Softwares

Decipher Zone Softwares is a leading outsourcing Java development company which specializes in Website, Java development, web application development, blockchain development where trailblazing customizable software solutions are developed with agile methodology at an unbelievably low cost.

13. DotLabel

DotLabel is an award-winning digital agency with a passion for User Experience (UX) and simplifying complex online processes, based in Hampshire. They create user-centric, results-driven websites, mobile apps, bespoke web applications, portals, intranets and unique digital experiences based on expert research and insights.


ELEKS helps clients transform their businesses digitally by providing expert software engineering and consultancy services. They deliver high tech innovations to Fortune 500 companies, big enterprises and technology challengers, improving the ways they work and boosting the value they create for the modern world.

15. Idea

IDEA is a leading WEB agency in Lithuania with 16 years of experience. The company provides website, web design and e-commerce development services for local, British and Scandinavian companies. They have worked with companies like Microsoft, Nestle, Apple, Kesko and Philip Morris.

16. Intellias

Intellias was founded in Lviv in 2002 and by 2019 has evolved into a 1,300+ people strong supplier of software development services, with a core delivery base in Ukraine, development office in Poland and local presence in Germany. Intellias provides custom software engineering services, and has a strong industry focus on Automotive, FinTech and Location Based Services, Retail, IoT, Energy.

17. IntexSoft

IntexSoft transforms ideas into programs and enables their customers to achieve success since 2001. During these years, they have gained the reputation of a stable outsourcing partner. They have been presented on the market since 2001. IntexSoft’s key qualities include offices and development centers in Herford, Germany and in Grodno, Belarus; a full spectrum of software development services; customers and projects from all over the world; rich experience in enterprise software development; dedicated development teams and centers; and more

18. KDSolutions

KDSolutions understands that each solution needs to be perfectly adjusted to the Client's needs. They don't have a fixed set of technologies and programming languages that they use. Instead, they always carefully analyze project requirements to select the most appropriate technologies, even, if this requires learning something new (which they love, by the way!).

19. Parrolabs Inc

Parrolabs is a team of skilled developers and designers ready to wake up any brand’s next project. They started out as a small Digital Agency in Colombia. They have grown to become one of the Best Web Development Companies in Latin America. Parrolabs has nominated for several web development awards since.

20. Rubyroid Labs

Rubyroid Labs was founded in 2013 by two passionate Ruby developers. With a team of 33 full-stack Ruby developers, their focus is to build custom and feature-rich Web and Mobile Apps, rebuild and support complex systems, optimize architecture and databases, improve quality of the code, successfully launch new startups, boost your business with top-quality engineers, and more.

21. Sine Engineering Bureau

Sine is an industrial design and engineering bureau, based in Lviv Ukraine. It was founded in 2018 by Ostap Ferensovych and Pavlo Doro, who are also in charge of engineering and design in the company. Sine Engineering Bureau is specialized in industrial design, electronic, mechanic, interface design and software development.

22. Switch Software Solutions

For over a decade, Switch Software Solutions has focused on technologies such as Java, .NET, JavaScript (Angular, React, Node), SQL, C# and Ruby on Rails - as well as mobile platforms (iOS and Android). Their services include front-end development, back-end development, quality assurance, and UI/UX design. Their collaborative model provides cost-effectiveness to increase clients’ profitability without communication challenges or quality problems often associated with software development outsourcing.

23. Terasol Technologies

Terasol's mission is to create apps that would help people learn and grow with tech. Every member of Terasol shares the same dream of working towards building apps that would not only create history but also give people the opportunity of experiencing tech they didn’t know could become an essential part of their lives.

24. the Design Agency

Brands that are looking for the right partner for their project shouldn’t hesitate to contact the Design Agency for an amazing idea! the Design Agency provides advertising, creative design, app development, video production, marketing, strategy, social media, business solutions, illustration, Android and iOS applications, eCommerce, e-shops, news portals, SEO, solutions for hotels, pharmacies, and insurance agencies, and more.

25. Tudip Technologies

Tudip Technologies is a value-driven Software Services company. Tudip is an extreme Agile (Sprint planning, Daily Standups and Sprint retrospectives) 250+ engineers company that has been helping clients with their MVP and product building needs across various platforms and domains.

Brands can view the best custom software development firms by price, expertise, rankings and more on Top Software Development Companies.    

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Services,U.S

Wise Business Plans Proud to Now Offer Custom E-2 Business Planning Services

Entrepreneurs around the world are sharing and exchanging ideas, prototypes and processes with one another as digitization and interconnectivity bring international businesses together. Wise Business Plans is pleased to announce it now provides custom business plans, support and market research, along with a full slate of business-building services, to E2 treaty investors.

“The E2 visa program offers business visionaries in countries that already partner with the U.S. through treaties to expand and find success in the vast marketplace the American public provides,” said Joseph Ferriolo, Director of Wise. “We're so excited to offer individualized service and support as international entrepreneurs bring in a fresh wave of ideas.”

Ferriolo said helping business immigrants find their footing in the competitive markets that make up the U.S. business world is something Wise has years of experience doing.

"We support hard work, opportunity and people who want to help make our country and economy stronger," he said. "These individuals and the companies they form are careful to comply with the regulations and requirements of the E2 visa program, and we want to honor that respect for our government and systems by helping them find success in any way we can."

Wise Business Plans' custom-crafted E2 business plans are tailor-made to comply with all requirements of the E2 visa program. In addition, the plan can be used to showcase the unique strengths of the company as E2 entrepreneurs seek to acquire funding from investors, look to raise capital through venture capitalists, or work with private investors. All plans include market research and custom financials.

Design experts give every plan a one-of-a-kind, professional look, and each client is entitled to a free revision to ensure the plan is done right.

“To secure an E2 visa, your documentation and business plan must show how the company will fulfill the program’s requirements,” Ferriolo said. “Wise excels at this kind of research and planning. A Wise E2 visa business plan can help smooth your way through the visa process, so you can concentrate on building a business that will last and that will benefit the economy for decades to come."

Wise Business Plans (, staffed with professional MBA writers, researchers and financial experts, is a trusted partner for businesses across a broad spectrum of products and services. Our mission is to empower our clients to make the best possible business decisions, boost company performance and facilitate their funding success by laying the groundwork for strong businesses that excite, inspire and retain talented and exceptional employees.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

Springfield Manor Distillery’s Lavender Gin Wins Top Awards at New York International Spirits Competition

Springfield Manor Distillery recently bested hundreds of distilleries from around the world to win a double gold medal for its Lavender Gin from the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC), one of the foremost spirits competitions in the world. Springfield Manor Distillery also took home the Maryland Gin Distillery of the Year Award from NYISC, a prestigious honor that ranks the Frederick-based distillery highest in the state.

For the double gold, Springfield was one of 11 awardees out of more than 600 entries across the United States and from 29 countries to receive NYISC’s top award. The award competition is unique in that NYISC is the only international competition of its kind judged by trade buyers, according to its web site.

Springfield’s Lavender Gin is a combination of naturally filtered limestone spring water and farm grown English lavender, handcrafted in small batches. Its balanced and in-depth flavor has proven to be a judge favorite at spirits competitions on both the East Coast and West Coast for years.

“We’re thrilled to win one of the industry’s most prestigious awards,” exclaimed the owners of Springfield Manor Winery, Distillery, Brewery. In addition to the most recent awards at NYISC, “Lavender Gin has won four double gold awards from the San Francisco International Spirits Competition (SFWSC).”

Opened in 2011 and spread across 120 acres, Springfield Manor is the oldest distillery in Maryland. An artisan craft distiller, Springfield Manor produces bourbon, rye and corn whiskey, rum, brandy, and lavender gin. Spirits are crafted from crops of corn and cultivars of Lavender grown on the estate, which is located at the foothills of Frederick, Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. The venue also offers live music, expansive patio seating to accommodate up to 300 guests, and scheduled events, including the upcoming Maryland Lavender Festival, to be held on June 15 and 16. Tickets are still available for the 16th, which can be purchased here.

About Springfield Manor Winery Brewery Distillery

The Springfield Manor is a premier estate location routinely voted Frederick’s best event venue and wedding reception site. Situated in a picturesque region in Maryland with a beautiful mountain background, the estate is the ideal destination to experience the finest wines, craft beers and spirits in Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway, spend an enjoyable afternoon, or host your wedding, corporate event or private party at Springfield Manor. For more information about Springfield Manor Distillery, call 301-271-0099 or visit us at

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SecureMac Releases MacScan 3.2 Anti-Malware Security & Privacy Suite for MacOS

SecureMac has announced the latest version of their flagship macOS security app: MacScan 3.2. Company officials say that this release will deliver an important privacy improvement for the Safari browser, as well as providing users with some significant UI/UX enhancements.

The most notable change in MacScan 3.2 is that it now supports Full Disk Access in macOS 10.14 (Mojave), allowing users to clean Safari items using the app’s Internet Clutter Cleanup functionality. This should come as welcome news to the many Mojave users concerned about privacy issues caused by tracking cookies in Safari.

As SecureMac CEO Nicholas Raba remarked, “As the majority of Mac users are using Safari as their primary browser, MacScan 3.2 will fill a significant gap in their ability to protect themselves from unwanted tracking. By providing a fast and easy way to scan for privacy threats in Safari, MacScan will allow users to protect their privacy or even blacklist certain tracking cookies if they choose.”

The update comes as Apple itself is moving to take action on privacy issues in Safari. A new privacy standard for the browser, called “Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution”, was announced several weeks ago on the WebKit blog. Though still in beta, the end goal of PPACA is to prevent advertisers from tracking and collecting excessive data on users who click on online ads. However, the proposed standard is not expected to go live until the end of 2019. In the meantime, Safari users will likely continue to rely on apps like MacScan to protect their privacy.

In addition to addressing privacy issues in Safari, MacScan 3.2 also brings some UI/UX improvements, as well as a minor bug fix that will ensure scan logs display properly in all versions of macOS.

Lead Developer Nicholas Ptacek summed up the development process underlying the changes this way: “Computer security has traditionally been viewed as something complicated and scary, so one of our goals with MacScan 3 has been to make the process of securing your Mac as easy as possible for computer users of any skill level. To that end, we’ve worked hard to provide an intuitive user interface so that our customers can spend less time worrying about security and more time getting things done on their Macs.”

Because MacScan automatically checks for updates, licensed users of MacScan 3.1 will see the version 3.2 update when they launch the program. In addition, a DMG download of the latest version of the app will be made available on the SecureMac website.

As for the road ahead, SecureMac says they plan to continue working on updates and support for MacScan to make sure it’s ready for the Fall 2019 release of macOS 10.15 (Catalina), announced by Apple at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S


Located off the seafront in the heart of Brighton’s vibrant Kemptown district, The Charm Hotel & Spa luxury boutique hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions, including the Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion, shopping in the North Laines, the British Airways i360 which gives you a great aerial view of Brighton, the West Pier, the Beach and the SeaLife centre. And for those arriving by train, it’s also a wheelie case friendly 15-minute walk from Brighton station.  The area has plenty of character, with its grand seafront crescents and elegant squares, and there’s a lively village feel, with independent coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars and quirky shops right on its doorstep.
This June, The Charm Hotel & Spa Brighton, the upscale, full-service luxury boutique hotel which was  listed on Traveler's 2017 "Hot List," in the UK - the insider's guide to the newest, hottest hotels, restaurants, spas and nightclubs across the UK is celebrating its 3rd anniversary since it was launched by the Golden Lotus Group as its first property in the City. 
Since then, the Group have bought and renovated the Sea Spray Hotel, Brighton and have moved to extend the Charm Hotel by acquiring the hotel that was next door to the Charm which has had a major refurbishment to add another 9 bedroom suites to the hotel as well as a new Charm Hotel Spa Suite.  It now offers 34 rooms over 4 floors, which range from Compact Doubles to the super-swish sea-view King Balcony Suites. Original features such as elegant marble fireplaces and ceiling cornicing have been blended with luxurious modern touches. There are rich fabrics and wallpapers, gilt mirrors and individual artwork throughout, while guests benefit from organic toiletries, goose feather down pillows and duvets and comfy Hypnos beds. The suites also have Free Wi-Fi, Samsung TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and beautiful freestanding baths.
The Spa is designed for guest enjoyment as well as the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy. It encompasses a luxurious Steam Room to accommodate guests, clients and romantic couples, top range quality and deluxe Hot Tub in a lush private garden, a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. To complete the Spa Suite the interior focus is on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and plants with unique artwork and soft furnishings creating a calming atmosphere to help you chill out and relax. The Spa offers the perfect place to reenergise and rejuvenate and works wonders for those wellbeing, health and fitness goals. You will need to book to avoid disappointment and get the special discount from the Summer Spa package.
The Charm Hotel’s environmental sustainability is championed through eco-friendly policies within the hotels. The group’s philosophy is to become a more environmentally conscious business while technological improvements are allowing it to protect the environment and be economically efficient at the same time. 
“We strive for sustainability across all areas of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda, in environmental sustainability, personal sustainability and community sustainability,” explains General Manager, Leo Nguyen.
Bedroom Suites at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton start from £90 and include breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm. The buffet selection includes fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs Benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu. For the Summer Spa package, the price is £70 (two sharing) with a 30% discount. For more information and to book call the hotel on +44 (0)1273 021 085, visit the, follow the hotel on and on Twitter@charm_hotel.
For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email
The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email –


Relaxing In the Deluxe Hot Tub


Inside One of the bedroom suites


Perfect place to reenergise and rejuvenate


Posted in: Business,Hospitality,Lifestyle,Travel,World

Postcards Are the New Frontier for Collectors: Front Desk Supply Offers Discount on New PostCard/Rack Card Orders

The most expensive postcard ever sold (,370.70) is also believed to be world’s oldest postcard. At 179 years old, this card was sent by Theodore Hook to…Theodore Hook! That’s right, he sent it to himself! ( While not all cards are worth ,000, many postcards are sought by collectors, investors and by everyday people looking for a personal memento or keepsake.

“Postcards are such a wonderful piece of nostalgia,” said Mark Zisek, Front Desk Supply’s Director of Commercial Operations. “We provide hundreds of thousands of postcards every year to our clients. They love them because postcards serve not only as a marketing vehicle for their property but they also capture their guests’ fond memories of their visit. This month we are offering special deals on new orders of postcards and rack cards.”

As a further incentive to stock up for the busy summer months, this June Front Desk Supply is offering a discount on new orders of post cards and rack cards.

Who doesn’t remember sending a postcard to friends or family featuring the hotel you stayed at during a memorable trip? Postcards, among the oldest of travel marketing to this day remain a viable investment for hotels. Since their inception, postcards have been a favorite way to share travel experiences. Even today, it is estimated over half a billion postcards travel through the US Mail each year.

Rack Cards 
Rack Cards are a great way to convey essential Hotel information to guests. Whether it is a list of amenities to restaurant hours of operation, to the location of the exercise room, a rack card is essential in providing information that will make a guests stay more comfortable. These are also a great way for a hotel to promote itself at trade shows. We offer great full color options for these and the postcards to economically get your message across visually.

“We hope you take advantage of this offer,” said Zisek. “Simply call: 888-859-2061, or visit us at: And who knows, maybe one day a postcard from you will be auctioned off for ,000, or more!”

Why Front Desk Supply? 
Regardless of the products customers may choose, Front Desk Supply will successfully compete with all other providers. Why? Because Front Desk Supply doesn’t charge the large industry standard markups like many other competitors and they pass on the savings from the efficiencies they have developed over the 15+ years in the hospitality industry. Unlike other suppliers, Front Desk Supply is invested in becoming a preferred partner with hotels for many years to come.

About Front Desk Supply 
Front Desk Supply has over 50 years of Sales, Marketing and Advertising, and Operations experience, along with the wealth of knowledge that comes from producing millions of products for thousands of hotels in the hospitality industry.

Their focus on building customer relationships gets ingrained in all employees. Putting the customer first and offering unique perspective to any situation is a hallmark of Front Desk Supply. Front Desk Supply also excels when being able to provide multiple complimentary products – it makes for a one stop shopping experience for customers and ensures messaging flows consistently across products. They do our best to make recommendations that make good business sense.

Front Desk Supply: Making hotels more profitable and their guests’ stays more memorable.©

Posted in: Business,U.S

The Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC (“EMC”) announced today that it will produce a series of free “Virtual Seminars” for the retail energy industry.

New York, NY: The Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC (“EMC”) announced today that it will produce a series of free “Virtual Seminars” for the retail energy industry.


EMC will advertise them as “Cyber Tuesdays” online through its social media network, (using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook), at its conferences, as well as on its website and to its email list of approximately 15,000 retail energy professionals. 


EMC will send out links to the Virtual Seminars after the event takes place so that thousands of retail energy professionals can access the Virtual Seminars free of charge.


EMC will have the Virtual Seminars available on its website as a free and valuable educational tool for the industry.  


The purpose of the Virtual Seminars is to provide a valuable branding opportunity to the Virtual Seminar Sponsors as well as to educate the retail energy industry on a variety of important topics.


The Virtual Seminars will all take place on Tuesdays, hence the term “Cyber Tuesdays”.


“There are more than 100,000 retail energy professionals in the competitive energy industry. Our semi-annual conferences attract between 600 and 700 attendees each time.  Where are the other 99,000 professionals going for information, education, and inspiration?” said Jack Doueck, Co-Founder of the Energy Marketing Conferences. “EMC will now reach out to a much larger audience and provide people who aspire to have careers in retail energy with valuable information to help them innovate and succeed.”


The next Virtual Seminar will be 30 minutes and will take place on Tuesday June 25th at 11:00am EST and it is entitled “Boost Your CLTV (“Customer Lifetime Value”) using Machine Learning'. It is sponsored by TEG Analytics. The speaker will be Dr. Madalasa Venkataraman, the Chief Data Scientist.  The discussion will center around how retail energy providers can improve the lifetime value of their customers using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and it promises to be an enjoyable and educational seminar. 

Who should attend: CEO’s, COO’s, CMO’s and CFO’s of retail energy suppliers should tune into this seminar.  “We are excited to team up with EMC to produce this valuable Virtual Seminar,” said Arvind Nagpal, Founder & CEO, TEG Analytics. “These are exciting times for retail energy professionals to drive profitable growth for their business using the power of AI and ML enabled decision support platform.”

“EMC will be crafting this program to appeal to all levels of retail energy companies including: CEO’s, CMO’s, COO’s, CFO’s as well as managers of divisions, retention managers, sales managers, channel partner managers, customer service personnel and IT professionals,” said Larry Leikin, Co-Founder of EMC. “This program is the first of its kind in the industry and we are excited to make it happen.”


Click HERE to register for FREE.


Log into to see a list of other planned Virtual Seminars that you can participate in free of charge from the comfort of your office or home.

The next Energy Marketing Conference will take place at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City on September 12th 2019.  CLICK HERE to register for the largest retail energy event ever.


ABOUT Energy Marketing Conferences:

Energy Marketing Conferences

The mission of Energy Marketing Conferences LLC is to provide the competitive energy industry with exciting conferences in premium locations at extremely affordable prices. The goal of the conferences is to bring together hundreds of energy companies, utilities, marketers, vendors and suppliers in the competitive energy industry to network and learn more about our industry. EMC is the largest gathering of retail energy executives in North America and it takes place twice a year: Houston Texas in the Spring and New York City in the Fall.  The EMC Monthly e-Newsletter goes out to more than 15,000 retail energy executives each month with important articles written by industry professionals. The EMC Virtual Seminars are the newest program of EMC, designed to help educate the industry on a host of topics – free of charge.  Visit for more information.


Posted in: Business,Finance Market,Media & Communications,Real Estate,Services

EnterWorks to Lead Panel on Data Excellence and AI at GS1 Connect 2019

EnterWorks, the leading provider of Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) solutions, announced it will be attending GS1 Connect June 19-21, 2019 at the Gaylord Rockies in Denver, Colorado. The conference will feature 120 sessions, 170 speakers and more than 450 companies, including EnterWorks. Topics to be explored during the event include: Data Quality & Data Management, Supply Chain Innovation & Emerging Technologies, Inventory Accuracy, and more.

EnterWorks GM Rick Chavie headlines the panel on “How Data Excellence Enables AI Value Creation” along with Victor Chapela, CEO and Founder of the AI-enabled Suggestic personal nutrition platform and Steven Keith Platt, Director of Research and Adjunct Professor, and leader of the AI and Robotics Labs for the Retail Analytics Council (RAC) of Northwestern University. The panel is part of the Tech Conference Track within the Industry Track Sessions and will take place Wednesday, June 19 from 3-4pm in the Tech Theater. Learn more here.

The panel focus is on how effective AI and Machine Learning initiatives are underpinned by core data disciplines, areas such as governance, data quality, and business process excellence. A key theme for discussion is: “The better quality and greater precision in your data, the higher the likelihood that you can achieve sustainable value creation.” Hear from our panelists on how good data can help your company transform its AI/ML proof of concepts into a real success stories that produce a competitive advantage.

Additionally, EnterWorks will be providing demos and consultation on its Multi-Domain Experience Management (MxM) platform which takes data management out of back office and into the front office of demand generation with its seamless suite of MDM, PIM, and DAM at Booth #41 during the GS1 Connect 2019 conference. EnterWorks will also be featuring its customer Fender in a Fender® Guitar Giveaway (Value 9.99). Stop by for a chance to win a Fender® Stratocaster® Guitar! Learn more about the Fender and EnterWorks partnership here or watch a portion of an interview with Jon Varo of Fender here.

EnterWorks introduced its MxM platform earlier this year. EnterWorks now elevates MDM, PIM, and DAM capabilities in helping companies to drive revenue and margin uplift by enabling precise, contextual engagement of external and internal customers.

Booth #41 Demonstration 
Schedule a discussion and demonstration of MxM in action along with the underlying MDM, PIM and DAM components.

About EnterWorks®, a Winshuttle Company 
The EnterWorks Multi-Domain Master Experience Management (MxM) solution enables companies to acquire, master, manage, govern, and transform multi-domain experiences across their value chain into a competitive advantage for organizations of all sizes – from SMBs to global enterprises. Solutions offered include: Master Data Management, Product Information Management, Digital Asset Management, Golden Record Management, Data Stewardship, MDM Workflow & Business Process Enablement, Data Governance, Data Synchronization, Syndication & Integration, Digital Asset Management, Print Automation, and Self-Service Portals.

EnterWorks is highly ranked by various research analysts and used by industry leaders such as: Ariens, Big Rock Sports, CPO Commerce, Creative Converting, Darigold, Fender Musical Instruments, Guthy-Renker, Hearth & Home Technologies, HON Furniture, HP Hood, Interline Brands, Johnstone Supply, Mary Kay, Mercer, Orgill, Publishers Clearing House, Restoration Hardware, Strategic Market Alliance, US Foods, and W.B. Mason. Learn more at

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Lazlo 326 Awarded Core Patent for Digital Stored Value Technology

Lazlo 326, the company that is transforming the way we buy, share and redeem stored value, has been awarded a core patent for its digital Crypto Imaging™ technology.

Paper and plastic gift cards, lottery tickets, coupons and event tickets—despite their ubiquity—fall short of their potential to excite consumers or help retailers and brands influence purchase behavior. Yet, they remain popular because they’re easy to buy, share, and redeem. But, as the experience goes digital, stored value’s potential is limited by lengthy and intrusive registrations and poor customer experiences.

What is Crypto Imaging? 
Crypto Imaging unlocks the true potential of digital stored value. Lazlo’s technology enables these instruments to be embedded in videos, memes or GIFs; shared via text or messaging app; and easily redeemed in-store or online—no registration required. Users remain anonymous, yet their unique ID can be paired with contextual data and tracked throughout its lifecycle, enabling precise and real-time offer targeting. It’s simple and secure.

Transforming Digital Commerce 
Lazlo’s technology creates new revenue opportunities and new experiences for stakeholders in the stored value ecosystem. 

  • Retailers: Lazlo opens new revenue opportunities by enabling stored value sales in-lane and in-app. Digital gift card, lottery and ticket sales drive customers to your branded applications, where highly-targeted offers influence purchase behavior in real-time.
  • Brands: Lazlo enables targeted in-app offers based on a user’s purchase and contextual data. While consumers can remain anonymous, their unique IDs can be tracked throughout the instrument’s lifecycle.
  • State Lotteries: Lazlo crates new revenue channels, increases play among younger demographics, and enables the first true in-lane lottery offering. Enhanced security reduces claim fraud and customer theft.
  • Consumers: Lazlo enables a new way of using stored value to share, express and experience. Send a friend or relative a personalized gift card in a video. Play lottery games on your phone while you shop. Share a move ticket with friends in the form of a video trailer.    

“The migration to digital gift cards, tickets and coupons has fallen short of its potential because it was defined by the same thinking that created paper and plastic,” said Mike Pinkus, President, CTO and Founder of Lazlo. “Crypto Imaging enables an entirely new method of distribution for stored value—one that fits naturally into how we communicate and share today.”

“Digital stored value has massive potential as a marketing and consumer engagement channel—sales of gift cards, lottery and event tickets exceed 0 billion in the U.S. alone,” said Chris Demetree, CEO and Founder of Lazlo. “Yet, even in their digital form, they’re just a harder-to-use version of paper currency. Crypto Imaging changes the rules by enabling new ways to consume, create and share value. This has powerful implications for retailers, CPGs, and state lotteries.”

Lazlo is an Atlanta-based startup. Part FinTech, part AdTech, the company was founded to transform the way consumers use stored value to give, play and save. Visit Lazlo online at

About Lazlo 326 
Lazlo is transforming the way we buy, share and redeem digital stored value items like gift cards, coupons and lottery and event tickets. Our patented Crypto Imaging™ technology enables stored value to be embedded in digital media like videos, GIFs and memes. With Lazlo, retailers, brands, state lotteries and more can transform stored value into a powerful and highly-targeted marketing and engagement channel. Visit Lazlo online at

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The Plant Gallery Named “Top Landscape Company 2019” by Readers of CityBusiness

Last week, New Orleans CityBusiness, the premier business publication of New Orleans, unveiled winners of their annual Reader Rankings awards, held at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The annual Reader Rankings issue surveys readers to find the best of the best in commercial services around the New Orleans area. Readers have a chance to vote in each of the 60-plus subcategories and choose their favorite companies that provide the best services to the city. Three winners are chosen in each subcategory, but only one company is named the overall winner. With the votes in, and the results announced, The Plant Gallery has been named the Top Landscape Company of 2019!

The Plant Gallery has been providing landscaping services to New Orleans for 28 years, largely focusing on plants that are in the New Orleans growing zone. They offer design, delivery, installation, irrigation and maintenance services. Their team consists of licensed architects and floral designers. In addition to landscaping, The Plant Gallery provides decorative arrangements for private events and special occasions such as weddings and holidays.

“We are so lucky to have such a wonderful, strong city to serve—and such great customers,” said Kenny Rabalais, owner of The Plant Gallery.

To learn more about The Plant Gallery and their landscaping services, those interested can visit or call The Plant Gallery at (504) 488-8887. Their Garden Center storefront is located at 9401 Airline Hwy in New Orleans, LA 70118.

The Plant Gallery is in its 28th year of serving New Orleans and provides customized interior and exterior landscaping to residents and businesses in the New Orleans area. They also provide floral arrangements for special occasions. Their Garden Center has a large selection of local plants, flowers, pots and gardening tools.

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Experlogix Recognized as a Finalist for the 2019 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Partner of the Year

Experlogix, Inc., a global leader in Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) solutions, today announced it has been named a finalist in the 2019 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“I am tremendously proud of our entire organization,” said Christian Stepien, President, Experlogix, “as all departments across the company have contributed to our ability to provide the level of customer service and product innovation necessary to achieve this prestigious award. Experlogix is built on a 100% Microsoft technology stack, and together we continuously push the co-evolution of our products to deliver an unsurpassed customer experience.“

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Experlogix was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales.

“It’s an honor to recognize finalists and winners of the Microsoft 2019 Partner of the Year Awards,” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “These companies are successfully leading their industries, building intelligent solutions, addressing complex business challenges and making more possible for customers around the world. I’m honored to congratulate each winner and finalist.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

The combination of Experlogix CPQ and Dynamics 365 empowers sales reps to quickly configure complex product and service proposals with ease. Using Experlogix visualization capabilities, reps can see product configuration changes on the fly to identify the right selection of options to fit customer requests. Margin calculations, discount approvals and bill-of-materials are streamlined to accelerate quote-to-manufacture applications.

About Experlogix 
Experlogix offers award winning CPQ solutions for Microsoft Dynamics providing a complete quote-to-order-to-manufacture experience across the enterprise. Experlogix empowers reps to deliver complex proposals consisting of thousands of potential product and pricing rules with the option to automate multi-level production orders when the business is won. Experlogix is recognized worldwide as a global leader in Configure, Price, Quote technology with hundreds of customers in a variety of industries, including Allegion, Analogic, Assa Abloy Hospitality, Jayco, Lexmark, Libbey, Malibu Boats, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, Nikon Instruments UK, Okuma America Corporation, Otis Elevator, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zurn Industries. For more information, visit

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The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce Announces June Wine Country Luncheon Topic #LivValBiz

The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) has announced their next luncheon topic in their summertime Wine Country Luncheon series, which will be "B Corp Businesses – A Force for Good". The luncheon is open to members and the public and will be on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

B Corp Businesses: what are they, and why have they risen in popularity among those looking to adopt a socially conscious business model? This is the program topic featured for the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 27.

Jennifer Cantero, Director of Marketing at Sensiba San Filippo LLP, an accounting firm located in Pleasanton, is the featured speaker and moderator. SSF is the first, and currently, the only B Corp accounting firm in California.

"We are excited about introducing the B Corp model to Chamber members, many of whom strive to incorporate the 'people, planet, profit' approach to their business," said Dawn Argula, Chamber CEO. "B Corp certification employs best management practices that support businesses in being good stewards of the human and environmental elements of their operations without ignoring the bottom line."

Ms. Cantero will moderate a panel of local B Corp businesses from various industries to discuss the process of becoming a B-Corp, the benefits both inside and outside a business, and current topics of global conversation among B Corps. The panel includes: 

  • Emily Allbritten of Athleta, a producer of athletic apparel for women and girls
  • Andrea Walker of Beneficial State Bank, a socially responsible and financially sustainable banking institution
  • Carolina Miranda, founder and CEO of Cultivating Capital, sustainability coach for the public and private sectors


The luncheon is scheduled for Thursday June 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the LARPD Robert Livermore Community Center at 4444 East Avenue in Livermore. For information and to make reservations for the LVCC luncheon and the luncheon series visit their website at or call 925-447-1606. Luncheon tickets are for LVCC members and their guests and for "Not-Yet" LVCC members.

About the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce is a membership association comprised of private businesses, non-profit organizations, public agencies and individuals. Its 600+ members are a diverse and wide-ranging representation that include two national laboratories, major manufacturers – clean-tech, green-tech – wineries, microbreweries, restaurants, retail, hotels, mining, healthcare systems, financial institutions and many more. Collectively, LVCC members represent nearly 30,000 jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenues and economic benefits in the Livermore Valley. Member businesses and their employees also support the local community through volunteerism activities and millions in financial contributions. For more information, visit

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Luxury Canal-Front Property Listed by RE/MAX Real Estate Group Turks and Caicos Featured on

RE/MAX Real Estate Group Turks and Caicos announces its newest luxury property, Dragonfly Landing, is now featured on, a leading online platform for international real estate investment opportunities.

Currently listed at U.S. .495 million, Dragonfly Landing is celebrated for its elegant detail and breathtaking views. This beautiful canal-front home offers an expansive 300 feet of crystal-clear turquoise water frontage, including a custom 48-foot concrete dock ideal for boating and water sports enthusiasts.

This five-bedroom residence is located in the renowned community of Leeward. The interior palette draws from a Caribbean motif that perfectly complements the unique beauty of the island. The exterior is an impeccably manicured paradise.

“The attention-to-detail, timeless elegance and inspired landscape of Dragonfly Landing truly set it apart as a coveted investment opportunity,” said Blair MacPherson, broker and co-owner of RE/MAX Real Estate Group Turks and Caicos Islands. “Leeward is well-known for its wonderful canal-front living; Dragonfly Landing is no doubt a statement property that takes this reputation to the next level.”

This home creates the perfect legacy investment through a convergence of livability, location and amenities. The estate can easily accommodate visitors in a spacious guesthouse to the left of the main home and features a saltwater pool, hardwood maple flooring and newly upgraded kitchen appliances.

To view the property on visit For more information regarding Dragonfly Landing, visit our website or contact Blair MacPherson at 649-432-5677 or by email at blair(at)

About RE/MAX Real Estate Group Turks and Caicos: 
The RE/MAX Real Estate Group Turks and Caicos offers unique, luxury real estate opportunities on the islands that are home to Grace Bay Beach, which has been named multiple times as one of the world's best beaches. With breathtaking views, world-class spas and resorts, fine dining, local culture and the awe-inspiring coral reefs, the Turks and Caicos Islands offers unique investment opportunities in a tax-free jurisdiction. 

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Star Refrigeration Installs Future-proof CO2 Refrigeration System for BrewDog’s Eurocentral Warehouse

Star Refrigeration has been commissioned a second time to work with Scottish multinational craft beer company BrewDog as it continues to expand. The cold storage and distribution specialists successfully delivered an eco-friendly, cost effective solution for Europe’s first fully refrigerated beer warehouse.

Having recently acquired the brand new Eurocentral warehouse in Motherwell, BrewDog commissioned Star to design and install a brand new plant capable of chilling its unique craft beers to 50 C ahead of distribution. The location offers unrivalled access to Scotland’s road network, ideal for transporting the brand’s beers to pubs and supermarkets across the world. It is also just five miles away from Star’s Bellshill branch which further strengthened the working relationship.

BrewDog were very keen to install an eco-cooling solution using natural refrigerants. Utilising CO2 not only improves environmental credentials and reduces the plant’s carbon footprint, it also avoids future regulations against harmful f-gases which could result in further costs in retrofits or replacements.

After working with BrewDog in 2017, Euan Duncan, Technical Sales Engineer at Star Refrigeration said, “We’re delighted to be working with BrewDog once again. Through the successful delivery of Europe’s first fully refrigerated beer warehouse, we’ve demonstrated how Star is committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the refrigeration industry and helping our customers take their business to the next level.”

Star Refrigeration applied a cost saving focus to the project to make the large distribution centre affordable for the client. To help fulfil BrewDog’s ambition to be one of the world’s fastest growing beverage companies, CO2 was deemed the safest and most cost effective option for the new plant. It can cool the building to the necessary temperature without the hazards of other refrigerants such as ammonia, and the smaller pipe work for the application saved on steelwork and installation costs.

The end product delivered financial savings of 30% in comparison to a traditional ammonia glycol system. Thanks to the cost effective temperature controlled storage and distribution solution designed by Star, BrewDog can efficiently deliver its craft beer to consumers without losing flavour or quality.

Niall Murphie, Engineering Manager at BrewDog, said, “Star Refrigeration delivered an energy efficient, financially viable and environmentally responsible solution. This allows us to remain uniquely placed to serve the needs of beer lovers all over the country and beyond, helping to spread our passion for craft beer to every corner of the globe”.

To find out more about BrewDog, the fastest-growing drinks producer in Britain, and the fastest-growing bar and restaurant operator, visit

To find out more about Star Refrigeration and its range of CO2 refrigeration solutions, go to

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Infinity Federal Credit Union Awarded for Helping Asylum-Seekers

As Portland experiences an influx of refugees and asylum-seekers, putting pressure on many of the city’s services, a pair of local organizations is stepping up to lend a hand—and a whole lot more.

One year after launching a program to give asylum-seekers no-interest loans to help them secure their first apartments, Infinity Federal Credit Union (FCU) was recently honored with the “Outstanding Community Partner” award at the 11th Annual Community Block Party.

The event took place at Portland’s Ocean Gateway and was hosted by ProsperityME, the initiative’s cosponsor.

Since introducing the program in early 2018, Infinity FCU and ProsperityME have helped 18 individuals (including seven families) pay for their rental security deposits, thanks to a rolling 0,000 fund provided by ProsperityME.

“We are honored to be chosen as the Outstanding Community Partner by ProsperityME,” says Kandy Moreau, Infinity FCU’s chief lending officer. “This partnership lets us live our vision of keeping our members a step ahead in life. By providing the funds for them to secure a safe place to live while they seek employment, we’re helping this community in a tangible way. It’s a small piece of their journey to citizenship, but an important one.”

After completing an eligibility interview, each participant is assigned a volunteer housing coach from ProsperityME, a Portland-based nonprofit that offers financial literacy courses and counseling.

In order to receive the interest-free loan, which ranges from 0 to ,500, participants must be eligible for a U.S. work authorization, have no credit established in the U.S. and meet Infinity FCU membership qualifications. Loan repayment begins as soon as the participant secures a job, or after 10 months.

Asylum-seekers who have a credit history, or who have had a job for more than a month, can apply for a security deposit loan through Infinity FCU, but won’t qualify for the interest-free loan program.

According to a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, finding stable and affordable housing “can be the most critical indicator of successful integration for refugees and asylum-seekers.”

According to Matteson Nadeau, marketing and events coordinator for ProsperityME, both organizations plan to keep the initiative going as long as possible.

“I think everyone on our staff has been amazed by how quickly the program has really taken off and how successful it’s been,” Nadeau says. “That’s a testament to our incredible staff and volunteers who make this initiative possible.”

About Infinity Federal Credit Union

As Maine’s first credit union, Infinity Federal Credit Union has been serving its members since 1921, initially as the Telephone Workers Credit Union of Maine, then as Telco of New England FCU. Infinity FCU is now community-based, available to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Cumberland and York counties and the city of Bangor, Maine. Infinity FCU is a not-for-profit cooperative organization owned by its members and guided by the vision: “We do banking differently to keep you a step ahead in life.” For more information about Infinity FCU, please visit

About ProsperityME

ProsperityME’s mission is based on the understanding that our broader society benefits from an engaged and economically independent Maine refugee and immigrant community. By providing the opportunity for financial literacy, ProsperityME fosters integration and stability, promoting a strong economy. ProsperityME assists in transitioning individuals and families out of poverty and into self-sufficiency by teaching them how to make sound decisions as they manage their personal finances.

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More Than 40 Volunteers to Participate in Inaugural Frederick Women Build Week by Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County will welcome more than 40 volunteers during the first annual Frederick Women Build Week, June 1-8, 2019. This weeklong celebration builds on a long history of the Women Build program, which celebrates and empowers women to volunteer on the organization’s work sites. During the 2019 Frederick Women Build Week, small groups of volunteers will make a big impact in lives of local residents by providing home repairs and modifications for homeowners in need through Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program.

On the first day Frederick Women Build Week, volunteers will work at the home of an elderly widow who continues to suffer complications from a 2018 leg injury. Volunteers will provide assistance with her vegetable garden, which she uses to help feed families in need in her community, as well as repair deck stairs giving her access to the garden. This will allow her to remain safely in her home while continuing to give back to her community. Later in the week, volunteers will visit the home of a veteran fighting prostate cancer and awaiting a lung transplant. Volunteers will provide repair the exterior of his home and transform his yard into a beautiful, but low maintenance space. Doing so, will relieve him of the cost burden of hiring outside vendors while allowing him to fulfill his HOA requirements. The final project of the week will be repairing a deck for a single-mother so it will be structurally sound for her family once again. Those who volunteer, sponsor or make a financial contribution to the Frederick Women Build Week effort will enhance the quality of life for each of these local homeowners, giving each a brighter, safer, more affordable future in their own home.

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program empowers women from all walks of life to address, in a concrete way, the need for affordable housing in our communities. Through Women Build, volunteers and donors give local neighbors the strength, stability and self-reliance of affordable home ownership. Women Build is not about excluding men, but is about including women and opening new doors of opportunity. The first Women Build home was built in 1991 and the effort grew into an official Habitat for Humanity program in 1998. Since then, women volunteers have constructed over 2,400 homes around the world. Habitat Frederick began the local Women Build program in 2011 during a home build on Madison Street. Following that, women volunteers were active on local project sites as a part of National Women Build Week each spring from 2011 - 2018, after which the national event was canceled. In 2017, the organization constructed a Women Build home on Park Avenue in Brunswick, where women completed the majority of fundraising and volunteerism. That effort continued into the build next door in 2018. This history, and a steady increase of women interested in volunteering on Habitat’s construction sites, led to the launch of Frederick Women Build Week for 2019, with a commitment from Frederick Habitat to make it an annual event.

About Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County: 
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For over 25 years, Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County has worked toward that by providing affordable home ownership solutions to hardworking people in Frederick County. Because every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future. Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

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3 Roads Communications Wins Three Telly Awards For TV Show and PSAs

3 Roads Communications has been awarded three Telly Awards for television programming and videos they have produced during 2018-2019.

The 40th Annual Telly Awards have announced this year's recipients, with three Telly's being announced for 3 Roads Communications. The Telly Awards honor outstanding international video and film productions. For over a quarter century, the Telly statuette has been a symbol of creative excellence.

"We are honored to receive prestigious Telly Awards for these great projects," said Russ Hodge, president of 3 Roads Communications, Inc. "We have the privilege to work with distinguished clients who trust us to deliver their message and story. These awards are not only a testament to the hard work of our creative team, but to the merit of our clients as well."

Awards Include the Following:

2019 Bronze Award: Ric Edelman's Mind Over Money 
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2019 Bronze Award: Library of Congress Veteran's History Project 
Promotional Video 
Public Service/PSA 
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2019 Bronze Award: Mental Health Association 
Social Video 
Not For Profit 
Watch Here

About 3 Roads Communications: 
3 Roads Communications, Inc. is an Emmy Award-winning company with a long, distinguished history of supplying top-notch programming to Public Television and Amazon. 3 Roads has created and produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming for public television, including: 

  • Legends of Airpower, TV series
  • Frontiers of Medicine, TV series
  • For The Love of Their Brother, 2016 Documentary
  • The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, TV series
  • Rescue in the Philippines, Documentary
  • Ric Edelman’s The Truth About Retirement, PBS Pledge Special
  • Ric Edelman’s The Truth About Your Future, PBS Pledge Special


For more information, please visit

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Calvados Boulard Celebrates The 75th Anniversary of D-Day With Cell Phones For Soldiers

Leading wine & spirits importer Palm Bay International is pleased to announce that Calvados Boulard is partnering with Cell Phones For Soldiers to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. For every Instagram post that uses the hashtag #ToastToTroops, Boulard has pledged to make a donation (up to ,000).

Calvados has a unique connection to U.S. history and the military. During World War II, allied troops came ashore to launch the largest seaborne invasion in history. They landed on the beaches of Normandy, France – home to Calvados Boulard. After the Normandy landings (recognized today as D-Day), General Eisenhower was introduced to the Boulard family and Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P., which quickly became the favorite of the General and his troops. June 6th, 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

On a mission to “Connect America’s Bravest,” Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communications services and emergency funding to active-duty and veteran military members. Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time and recycled more than 15 million cell phones. Each week, Cell Phones For Soldiers mails approximately 1,500 calling cards to troops in need.

“We are proud to support Boulard’s partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day,” says Gary Schlem, Senior Director of Brand Development at Palm Bay International. “As a family-owned company deeply passionate about our brands, we aim to partner with those who reflect our own ideals of passion, authenticity, and respect. We invite our consumers to support our troops who bravely support us in return.”

General Manager of Spirit France, Serge Dersahaguian, also says, “It is our deep pleasure to honor such a rich moment in history by supporting military families. We toast with Calvados Boulard to the past, present and future brave soldiers.”

Boulard Calvados is the first name in super- premium Calvados, the celebrated apple-based spirit unique to the Normandy region. With a 31% share of the U.S. Calvados market and international distribution in 60 countries, Boulard is one the leading brands of Calvados in the U.S. and worldwide.

Calvados Boulard’s V.S.O.P. has a suggested retail price of .99/.99 (750ml/1L). The spirit is best enjoyed neat or in a classic cocktails. Limit to one entry per week. Must be of legal drinking age. (From 5/1/2019 to 12/31/19)

About Calvados Boulard: 
The international renown of Maison Boulard owes its origins to the inspiration of Pierre-Auguste Boulard, the founder of the prestigious Pays d’Auge distillery in 1825. Since the days of Pierre-Auguste, five generations of the Boulard family have contributed to the development of this business, which has gone on to become an international company. With a presence in every single country in Europe and a distribution network covering 80 countries over 5 continents, Calvados Boulard is the number 1 exporter of Calvados in the world. For more information, visit

About Palm Bay International: 
Palm Bay International, a Taub Family Company, has spent the past forty plus years curating one of the most admired portfolios of imported wines and spirits from key appellations/origins around the world, including a growing range of domestic wines. Collaborating almost exclusively with family-owned wine estates and distilleries, Palm Bay has developed a flourishing portfolio that meets the needs of every level of trade. Among Palm Bay’s most valued assets is its remarkable network of long-term partnerships with their suppliers and with the foremost wholesale companies, as well as their own team of passionate, dedicated professionals. Through three generations of bold leadership and a commitment to authenticity and craftsmanship, Palm Bay International has solidified its reputation as a major source of fine wines and spirits and industry leader in the U.S. marketplace. For more information visit

About Cell Phones For Soldiers: 
Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 300 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 3,100 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit

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OneRepublic Headlines 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Grammy-nominated OneRepublic will headline the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend with a performance on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Fray will serve as the opening act. The concert will take place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX following the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Formed in 2007, OneRepublic released their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, in 2007 as well. Its lead single “Apologize” reached number one in 16 countries and helped the band earn its first Grammy Award nomination. The band’s third album, Native, became OneRepublic’s first top ten album on the Billboard 200.

Grammy-nominated OneRepublic, is comprised of singer/songwriter and lead vocalist Ryan Tedder, guitarists Zach Filkins and Drew Brown, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle, and drummer Eddie Fisher. The band released their debut set Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. The Mosley Music Group/Interscope release included the multi-platinum-selling smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and received a Grammy Award nomination. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced the hit singles “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” The certified-platinum album Native followed in 2013, featuring the No. 1 hit and 10 million plus-selling single “Counting Stars,” along with a worldwide tour. OneRepublic released Oh My My, their fourth full-length album in 2016. This past spring, the band released “Start Again ft. Logic,” a song featured on the soundtrack for the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why and “Connection” which was part of FCA’s Summer of Jeep campaign.

The Fray, which formed in 2002, released its self-titled first album in 2005 featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The release also earned the band a 2010 Grammy nomination.

“We are looking forward to building on the success of 2018’s inaugural Hall of Fame weekend with a great concert lineup featuring OneRepublic and The Fray,” said FCD president Dan Hunt. “The concert along with the Induction Ceremony and the Hall of Fame Game featuring FC Dallas and New York City FC on September 22 will offer a phenomenal experience for everyone.”

Tickets are available for sale at Please contact Memberships(at)FCDallas(dot)com for additional information.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

The second annual Hall of Fame Weekend at Toyota Stadium is September 21-22, 2019. The weekend features the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 21 followed by the Hall of Fame concert featuring One Republic and The Fray. FC Dallas hosts New York City FC in the National Soccer Hall of Fame Game presented by AdvoCare on Sunday, September 22 at Toyota Stadium. To experience the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, please visit for more information.

About the National Soccer Hall of Fame 
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was originally founded in 1950 by the Philadelphia Old-Timers Association to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to American soccer. In 1979, the National Soccer Museum, as a physical entity, was established in Oneonta, NY. It was officially recognized as the National Soccer Hall of Fame by the U.S. Soccer Federation in 1983.

In June of 1999, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a 30,000 square-foot museum in Oneonta where it housed a collection of more than 80,000 items. The facility closed in February of 2010.

In 2013 FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt, launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco, TX. Their late father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium opened to the public on November 2, 2018.

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HIP Video Promo presents: Nick Vivid premieres his mesmerizing "Ricochet" music video on Earmilk

Watch the Nick Vivid "Ricochet" video premiere on Earmilk

Amidst a wash of synths, the song begins. For thirty seconds, the signal ebbs and flows, suggesting the tidal tug of ambient music. Then an electrofunk bassline begins, and “Ricochet” snaps into focus: suddenly it’s as danceable, propulsive, hypnotic, irresistible as any pop hit. Yet the voice, when it comes in, isn’t that of a pop singer – it’s got way too much personality for that. It’s high, urgent, confident, slightly unearthly, redolent of glam and playful indie rock. Right at the two-minute mark, organ chords impart classic rock grandeur to the track. Sixty seconds later, the mood changes again. A deliciously skronky guitar is introduced, and it scrawls all over the mix. The synths fade out, and we’re left with distorted six-string over a live drum kit that could have motored along with a garage classic.

This four-minute journey from meticulously manicured electronic soundscapes to loose, organic, squalling Downtown guitar-rock (with many exciting stops along the way) is brought to you by one of the most imaginative guys left in New York City. Nick Vivid is a local rock star, yes, and a celebrity south of 14th Street; more than that, he’s a master of sonic texture, a craftsman with the soul full of disobedience, and a visionary, risk-taking recording artist. He’s also something of a philosopher too: “Ricochet” turns on a statement of purpose that doubles as autobiography. “All that matters is I came back,” he tells us, “no matter what it took to get here.”    

That journey he’s alluding to has been a long and fruitful one. Nick Vivid may look young, but he’s been involved in the New York music scene for many years – years during which he’s appeared on many of the city’s most storied stages, honed his craft as the engineer and producer in the town’s studios, and tried his hand at pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, electronic and experimental music. Blissed Out, his latest full-length, is a record of those travels, and it presents Nick Vivid as a musician of uncommon versatility, vision, and skill. Hear a chorus of his, and it’s a cinch you’ll be singing it to yourself for a week, at least.

The clip for “Ricochet” might seem superficially straightforward. But as is true for Nick Vivid’s song, the video manages to pack a surprising number of ideas into its short running time. Everything you need to know about this essential artist is visible here: his swagger and his relationship to the beat, his sense of style, his relationship to his city (it’s shot on a concrete playground), his creative restlessness, and his devotion to his craft. Just as the song changes, the video does, too – the shifting moods of “Ricochet” are approximated by alterations in lighting and camera angles. Nothing stays steady, but everything feels right.

Watch the Nick Vivid "Ricochet" video premiere on Earmilk

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PracticeLink Magazine to Sponsor PracticeLink Live! Houston – A Free Physician Career Fair May 23, 2019

According to ACGME, the state of Texas has the third-largest number of residents with more than 7,207 residents and 1,754 fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. The 290 specialty programs and 403 subspecialty programs rank Texas third-largest in the nation. Houston area institutions, such as Texas Association of Community Health Centers and Texas Health Huguley will exhibit at the career fair alongside other regional and national organizations.

Both the career fair and seminar are open to residents and fellows as well as practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The casual, family-friendly environment provides a chance for physicians and advanced practitioners to connect with recruiters and find the best fit for their first, or next practice. Premium food and drinks, along with parking, are available at no charge. Pre-register for the event to receive a eGift Card at the door.

Seven hiring organizations with local job opportunities as well as organizations specifically seeking physicians for regional and nationwide opportunities will take part in the event. Featured organization, Charleston Area Medical Center, will be in attendance. Visit our website for a complete list of participating organizations.

PracticeLink Live! Houston takes place at Houston Marriott Medical Center on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The career fair begins at 5:00 p.m. and continues until 8:00 p.m. The optional job-search seminar begins at 6:30 p.m.

Visit our website for more information or to register for this free event. For specific questions, contact Sarah Griffin at Sarah.Griffin(at)PracticeLink(dot)com or call 800-776-8383.

About PracticeLink: is the most widely used online physician job bank. More than 20,000 physicians and advanced practitioners register with each year in their search for a new job with thousands more searching the Job Bank confidentially when looking for a new practice. Over 1,000 recruiters, representing more than 5,000 health care facilities nationwide, use PracticeLink to recruit physicians and other health care providers.

About PracticeLink Magazine: 
PracticeLink Magazine is a free, award-winning, career advancement publication that reaches over 80,000 residents, fellows and job-seeking physicians. PracticeLink Magazine is owned and operated by PracticeLink.

PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va., with a second office in St. Louis, Mo.

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Alpine Power Systems Launches the PowerMAX Power Cabinet

Alpine Power Systems is excited to announce the launch of their PowerMAX Power Cabinet, a robust DC power solution for utility and telecom applications.

PowerMAX Power Cabinet Highlights: 

  • Alpine’s PowerMAX Power Cabinet provides a tremendous TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) value.
  • The cabinet provides a safe, lockable, enclosure for your battery system.
  • The PowerMAX Power Cabinet has a smaller footprint than traditional wet cell battery systems.
  • Cabinet Dimensions: 56" L x 27.75" W x 39.9" H
  • Cabinet can be moved with a pallet jack or forklift and comes with removable casters.
  • 100amp double-throw switch allows a safe connection to a temporary battery bank for testing and replacements. To be used in conjunction with a filtered charger.
  • Cabinet is powder-coated and ventilated.
  • Optional quick connects for easy connections to main charger cables.


Note: The double-throw switch can be replaced with a second paralleled battery bank if twice the Ah is required. The throw switch can be wall-mounted as an alternative.

Phil O’Connell, Director of Backup Power Sales for Alpine Power Systems said, "We are proud to announce the launch of our PowerMAX Power Cabinet. This system will save space, improve safety, and reduce maintenance costs for utility and telecom applications.”

The PowerMAX Power Cabinet is designed for indoor use. The cabinet is installed with sealed TPPL battery technology; you can expect up to 20 years of reliability at 77-degree ambient room temperature (10 years at 95 degrees). This system can permanently replace larger wet cell options or be used as a mobile temporary power source. To find out more call 877-993-8855 or visit:

About Alpine Power Systems 
Alpine Power Systems, established in 1963, is an independent B2B global solution provider specializing in backup power, telecom, cable, and motive power solutions. Alpine has expanded operations to become one of the largest independent organizations in our industry. Alpine is a dynamic and growing company supplying numerous Fortune 1000 companies.

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Luxury boutique hotel, The Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton gets rave reviews in the UK national press

“Luxury boutique hotel, The Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton gets rave review in the UK national press.” The UK’s biggest selling newspaper, The Sun travel writer Olivia Brett says the venue is "A bucketful of seaside Charm" with the staff "really making the place."

The Deluxe Hot Tub in a Private Garden at the Charm Spa Suite

She said: " The newly extended refurbished listed hotel and spa is a perfect postcard character without skimping on modern - day luxuries. The upscale rooms have been restored to their original glory, with high ceilings, Victorian cornices, retro chic furniture and quirky art. The King Suite has a sea-view balcony that looks out over the grand crescents and elegant squares.

With the hotel located in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown and offering a cooked breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm with the buffet selection including fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu or continental buffet, she invites readers to also try out Brighton’s thriving food scene to provide lunch and dinner including seafood at the Regency and visiting the Fairydust bakery. Brighton’s nightlife is also on the doorstep, less than a minute’s walk to St James Street. The sea is less than a minute away and Brighton Palace Pier beckons as well as the Sealife centre. King George’s extraordinary zany Royal Pavilion is about 5 minutes’ walk away from the hotel and for a stunning bird’s eye view of the City and beyond, there is the British Airways i360 Observation tower. Shopping for clothes, antiques and jewellery is available in the narrow, winding cobbled streets of the North Laines with plenty of restaurants, cafes, bistros, all within walking distance of the Charm.

The King Suite lit up complete with luxurious Comfy Hypnos bed with goose feather down pillows.

The positive review mentions the hotel’s extensive expansion including the addition of Spa facilities, with a steam room, manicure/pedicure room and a deluxe hot tub in a private garden. With a bottle of prosecco, it is perfect for romantic couples or a group of friends to relax before enjoying a night on the tiles in Brighton. These facilities are also open and available to the local community to visit and enjoy. The luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Brighton has been expertly renovated with luxurious, modern details, but still retains its original Victorian charm. General Manager of the Charm Hotel and Spa, Brighton Leo Nguyen said,” We are very delighted with the positive review in the biggest selling national newspaper in the UK. The hotel and spa at the Charm is busy and so is the sister hotel, The Sea Spray just a few doors down the road where customers are also invited to come in and use the facilities available at the Charm, so it’s a good idea to try and book so you will not be disappointed."

The Steam Room in the Spa Suite at the Charm Hotel, Brighton.

The Sun travel writer also asks readers to “Check in and check it out” with rooms starting from £90 to include breakfast. Hour long hot tub or steam room sessions are from £70 per couple. For details, call 01273 021 085 or visit For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on (+44) 07850 736544 or email

The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room. The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email –

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How Pet Lovers Can ‘Pay It Forward’ To Help Homeless Dogs and Cats

When Marina Barton walked into the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills last July, she knew she wanted to open her heart and her home to two adult cats.

Since there weren’t any bonded pairs, Barton fell in love with Barclay and Chance, two tabby bachelor boys, and hoped they’d eventually form the classic bromance.

Almost a year later, the two are best buddies who snuggle, play, and thoroughly enchant their mom. “It felt like a big risk that Barclay and Chance would get along, but they’re inseparable now,” Barton said.

What she didn’t know that fateful day was that someone had paid for Barclay and Chance’s adoption fees through Best Friends’ Pay It Forward campaign. Upon hearing the news that her adoptions were free, Barton immediately opted to Pay It Forward herself.

“I was very excited to help out another cat besides the two I was taking home,” she said. “I had chosen Best Friends because I believed they were helping as many pets as possible and Pay It Forward reassured me that I made the right decision.”

Best Friends is asking pet lovers to help create happy adoption stories like Barclay and Chance’s this weekend, April 26 to 28, just in time for International Pay It Forward Day on April 28. Each donation will cover or discount the adoption fee of a homeless dog or cat from Best Friends or one of its Network Partners across the country.

“That means, with just one gift, you’ll spread all the good feels to an adopter – and help a pet in need go home at the same time. It’s a win-win,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society.

More than 300 Best Friends’ Network Partners are also running Pay It Forward donation campaigns during that time, allowing pet lovers to support their local shelter or rescues.To make a Pay It Forward donation, see a list of participating Network Partners, or find out more about Best Friends Animal Society, visit

About Best Friends Animal Society 
Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,600 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from an estimated 17 million per year to about 800,000. That means there are still nearly 2,200 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We are determined to bring the country to no-kill by the year 2025. Working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All. For more information, visit

To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety).

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Rentec Direct Hosts Stop on Third Annual SOREDI Rogue Tech Tour

Rentec Direct, an industry leader in property management software solutions, was thrilled to participate in the third annual SOREDI Rogue Tech Tour earlier this month. Rentec Direct hosted the first stop on the tour, where more than 80 college students enjoyed a catered breakfast, a tour of the Rentec Direct headquarters, and a career fair with nearly a dozen local companies in the technology sector. While this was Rentec Direct’s first year hosting a stop on the tour, the company has been a proud sponsor of the event since its inception in 2017.

“The next generation is what is going to continue to drive the technology sector forward in our region. We believe that nurturing them through involvement with events like the Rogue Tech Tour and supporting SOREDI will help to educate and inform students about the careers available to them in Southern Oregon,” said Nathan Miller, President of Rentec Direct. “There are fun and exciting companies here in Southern Oregon offering promising, well-paying jobs. My hope is the connections these students made on the Rogue Tech Tour will help us build Southern Oregon’s young workforce.”

SOREDI has found that one of the top concerns from companies in the Southern Oregon region is the challenge they face recruiting a technology-savvy workforce. When young adults graduate from college in the region, especially in technology-related fields, many do not consider careers in their hometowns to be a viable option. The Rogue Tech Tour was developed to help combat this trend. Now in its third year, the Rogue Tech Tour is hosted in partnership with Rogue Workforce Partnership. This year, students from Oregon Tech, Southern Oregon University, Klamath Community College, and Rogue Community College visited companies in Grants Pass.

About Rentec Direct 
Rentec Direct offers industry-leading property management software and tenant screening solutions for real estate professionals. Features include online rent payments, tenant and owner portals, the industry’s largest vacancy listing syndication network, full property, tenant, and owner accounting, 1099-MISC reporting, QuickBooks™ Sync and more. Rentec Direct received three gold-level 2018 American Business Awards, was named to the 2017 and 2018 Inc 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies and the 2017 and 2018 Entrepreneur360 list for Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.

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The American Red Cross and Plamondon Hospitality Partners Help Sound the Alarm on Home Fire Safety in Brunswick

The American Red Cross has kicked off a national campaign to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the country this spring as part of their Home Fire Campaign. Of that 100,000, they plan to install nearly 500 free smoke alarms in Brunswick and the surrounding region on Thurs., April 25 and Sat., April 27.

To achieve this goal, the Red Cross has teamed up with Plamondon Hospitality Partners, Roy Rogers, Dunkin Donuts, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Brunswick Ace Hardware and local fire departments to help spread the word. Volunteers can sign up to help canvass neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace alarm batteries and help families create home fire escape plans. Area residents that are interested in learning more about fire prevention and safety can sign up to receive a free smoke alarm or have their existing alarms checked.

Volunteers can sign up for the April 25 event at or the April 27 event at No prior experience is required and all necessary training will be provided. Residents can sign up for free installations for either of those dates at or by calling 443-297-7247. Services are free and available for all people in need.

“Plamondon Hospitality Partners has worked with the Red Cross on several of their initiatives over the years, and we’re especially excited to continue that partnership with the Sound the Alarm event,” said Michael Henningsen, Executive Vice President of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “Fire prevention and safety is a very important initiative for the hospitality industry, and we strongly encourage residents to take advantage of this free program to help ensure the safety of their families.”

Events like this will be held across the country and are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has installed more than 1.5 million smoke alarms and saved more than 500 lives since launching in 2014. Donations will help to save lives through installing free smoke alarms, and preparing families to safely escape and recover from home fires.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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Archadeck Outdoor Living Under New Ownership in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Archadeck Outdoor Living is excited to announce that Craig Whitman now owns the Archadeck Outdoor Living franchise location servicing Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Known as Archadeck of Fort Wayne, Craig Whitman will design and build custom outdoor living spaces for clients including decks, sunrooms, screened porches, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms, pergolas, and more.

“We are excited to have Craig Whitman join the Archadeck family,” announced Mike Reeder, Vice President and Brand Leader of Archadeck. “He not only has the project management expertise we look for in new partners, but the passion for excellence that will help him continue to grow this Archadeck business.”

Craig has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial construction which is a perfect fit for owning this Archadeck business. Craig previously worked as a Fire Protection project manager and also has experience with sprinkler design. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Craig was born and raised in Decatur, Indiana, and now lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Erin, of ten years, and three children, Lillian, Isaac and Katherine.

“I am thrilled to pursue my passion for construction to help homeowners improve and enhance their outdoor living spaces,” explained Craig Whitman. “The Archadeck franchise opportunity will allow me to truly impact homeowners in a meaningful way and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Fort Wayne.”

About Archadeck Outdoor Living 
Established in 1980, Archadeck Outdoor Living is recognized as the largest deck and porch builder in North America and has lived up to its motto -- Better Building by Design -- by completing more than 125,000 projects across the country. A part of Outdoor Living Brands, their mission is “to enhance the lives of our clients by creating unique and innovative outdoor living environments.”

Qualified Remodeler and Remodeler Magazine consistently rank Archadeck at the top of their respective annual “Best” lists. Archadeck projects have graced the covers of Gardens, Decks and Patios and Decks & Backyard Projects. The company has been featured in articles in This Old House, Smart Money, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens and Gardening & Deck Design, as well as on HGTV. Visit for more information. 

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New Indie Film Organization MARK IT INDIE Launches with Special Event at Hollywood’s Historic MONTALBAN THEATRE on April 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES – The new independent film organization Mark IT Indie is set to launch with a special event at the historic MONTALBAN THEATRE in Hollywood on Monday, April 29th. The evening unites a diverse cross-section of industry professionals to inform, inspire and encourage rising filmmakers to thrive at every level in their Indie career. 

The Mark IT Indie team behind this new supportive venture are actors and filmmakers Bel Deliá, Camilla Jackson and Russell Jeffrey. Together, they are on a mission to help foster connections and new collaborations for all dedicated artists and independent filmmakers seeking to propel forward and reach the next level with their creative endeavours. 

This special one-night inaugural program consists of insightful panels and one-on-one opportunities covering several key indie filmmaking areas, including: 

  • Indie Ingenuity – Addressing the challenges from budget constraints to on-set hurdles to common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Creating Voice – How to find your audience, sell your brand and your film in a crowded industry while staying authentic to your voice and your art.
  • Mark it, Mark it – An in-depth examination of the technical aspects of filmmaking and practical tips to apply from start to finish.
  • Creative Chameleons – Multi-talented artists share their experiences working across roles as they create their own content and navigate their own careers.

Lending their support and perspective on what it is to be Indie by participating on these panels will include leaders from BuzzFeed, Seed and Spark, Indie Rights, Etheria Film Night, the JTC list and Spotlight PR.

Panelists also include award-winning indie film directors, creators and actors, among them are: Lin Shaye (Insidious, Room for Rent), Emma Bell (The Walking Dead, Scratch), Noree Victoria (Little, NewFilmmakers LA), Christopher Soren Kelly (The Tangle, Infinity Chamber), Jessica Graham (The Tangle), and Haley Webb (Final Destination, Joyeux Noel).

“The purpose of Mark IT Indie is to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in your own personal journey within your own unique career. We believe all you need to flourish is the seed of your creative goals and the hunger to bring them into being.” -- Mark IT Indie Team

This inaugural special event will set the tone for future Mark IT Indie programs including a full Summit in 2020. The objective is to offer an accessible, on-going forum for the advanced indie filmmaker, as well as those who may be at a pause in their career, just starting out or the actor who wants to create. 

The Mark IT Indie team each comes with breadth of knowledge and experience in the industry. Bel Delia has been a producer in film and TV for over 20 years, starting in commercial and broadcast television, and is an actress having starred in genre films, such as The Tunnel and The Tangle. Camilla Jackson has worked across multiple fields and as a journalist for and created and starred in her own Jash/Amazon series The Milli Show. Russell Jeffrey is an actor best known for his regular work with BuzzFeed among numerous film and television roles, and as one of the producers behind significant media events such as YouTube RED’s Vidcon.

Spotlight PR is proud to support Mark IT Indie in this endeavor, delivering a like-minded objective of putting the power into every artist’s hands.

Mark IT Indie at the Montalban
Date/Time: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm

Location: Montalban Theatre (1615 Vine St. Los Angeles, 90028)
Tickets + Information visit:
Price: general / students (discount code available on website)

For more about MARK IT INDIE visit:

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Energy Marketing Conferences announced the winners of the “2018 Retail Energy Provider of the Year Award”, the “2018 Most Innovative Marketer Award” and the “2018 Vendor of the Year Award”

Energy Marketing Conferences announced the winners of the “2018 Retail Energy Provider of the Year Award”, the “2018 Most Innovative Marketer Award” and the “2018 Vendor of the Year Award”.

The three awards were presented at its eleventh semi-annual Retail Energy Marketing Conference held at the Houston Hyatt Regency Downtown in Houston, Texas on April 2nd 2019.  

The Energy Marketing Conference featured a sell-out crowd of more than 600 attendees, 45 sponsors, a sold-out exhibit hall packed with 50 of the best exhibitors, more than 50 well-known industry professionals speaking on six interactive panels, ten executive workshops, a networking breakfast, luncheon and reception with live music.

The conference was the largest gathering of retail energy professionals in North America ever.

The panels included: “Successful Channel Partnerships”; “Show me the Money: How Distributed Resources make everyone more profitable”, New Competitive Markets: Foreign and Domestic”, Blockchain and Other Emerging Technologies in Retail Energy”, and the CEO Round Table focused on growth, expansion and overcoming obstacles that are in the way.

Sponsored by LED Plus USA and TrustedTPV, the nominees for the 2018 Most Innovative Marketer Award were: Agway, Direct Energy, Eligo Energy, Engie, Griddy, Just Energy, and NRG.  And the winner was Griddy. Emily Cipes accepted the award on behalf of the company.

 “The nominees for the Most Innovative Marketer Award were all extremely creative, but the industry selected Griddy for its overall value proposition for customers. They clearly broke the mold,” said Larry Leikin, Co-Founder of EMC and CEO of TrustedTPV.

Sponsored by Arise Digital Marketing, the nominees for the 2018 REP of the Year Award were: Constellation, Eligo Energy, Engie, Just Energy, NRG, Shell and Tomorrow Energy.  The winner was NRG and all its brands.  Kelly Fay accepted the award.

“The seven nominees for the REP of the Year Award are all leaders in the field, but NRG has proven again that their portfolio of brands led the retail energy industry across the board in so many categories,” said Jack Doueck, Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Capital, LED Plus and Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC.  

Sponsored by Crius Energy, the nominees for the 2018 Vendor of the Year Award were: EC Infosystems, energy Services Group, Feller Law Group, Powwr, the Retail Energy Supply Association, Shell Energy, TrustedTPV, and Znalytics.  The winner was RESA – the Retail Energy Supply Association.

The nominees and winners of all three awards were voted on by the industry itself as EMC teamed up ERCG to produce a first-ever industry vote on the awards,” said Doueck. “This was a democratic process and Larry and I wish congratulations to all the nominees on a great 2018”.

The next Energy Marketing Conference takes place on September 12th at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City.

To watch the video from a previous Energy Marketing Conference in New York click here:

About Energy Marketing Conferences:

The mission of Energy Marketing Conferences is to provide the competitive energy industry with exciting conferences in premium locations at extremely affordable prices. The goal of the conferences is to bring together hundreds of energy companies, utilities, marketers, vendors and suppliers in the competitive energy industry to network and learn more about our industry. EMC is the largest gathering of retail energy executives in North America and it takes place twice a year: Houston Texas in the Spring and New York City in the Fall.

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Money Concepts Sponsors Collegiate Financial Plan Competition

Money Concepts International, Inc. sponsored the collegiate financial plan competition conducted by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) March 21, 2019 in Nashville, TN.

The student finalists prepared and presented their plan to a fictional couple and were judged by an audience of experienced Financial Consultants. The results: 

  • First Place: Rebecca Boyle from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX – David Ragan Professor
  • Second Place: Nick Urban and Drake Uplinger from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI – Mark VanVoorhees Professor
  • Third Place: Kylee Nelson and Bailey Mishbach from Utah Valley University in Orem, UT – Dr. Luke Dean Professor

Denis Walsh, CFP®, RFC® - President & CEO of Money Concepts stated, “With the average age of financial planning professionals increasing, we are committed to cultivate relationships with young advisors and are honored to support these experiences to help them prepare for a career path in the industry.”

Competition winner, Rebecca Boyle, related about creating a plan for her fictional clients. “I learned the importance of having a process for doing this, about the order of which things need to be done and how things affect each other.”

Barry Dayley, CFP®, MRFC – Executive Vice President of Money Concepts attended the event and served as one of the judges. Mr. Dayley said; “I am always impressed at the professionalism of the individuals who compete. We need qualified young people to enter the profession and I come away so enthused by this competition and know the industry as a whole has a bright future.”

For more information in the National Financial Plan Competition, visit

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Will Medicaid Cover the Costs or Pay For a Walk-In Bathtub?

Although Medicare expanded supplemental benefits in 2018, Medicaid is still the more likely of the two programs to cover the costs of purchasing and installing a walk-in bathtub. Financial assistance, however, is by no means guaranteed.

Medicaid is fundamentally different from Medicare. While Medicare Part A and Part B are single programs administered by the Federal Government, Medicaid is managed on the state level. Furthermore, each state has multiple Medicaid programs. There are literally hundreds of Medicaid programs out there, each with its own set of rules.

Which programs you are eligible for depends on your state of residence and a number of other factors. For example, under the umbrella of Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid brand) are separate programs for infants, pregnant women, assisted living, and nursing home care, none of which offer assistance in purchasing walk-in bathtubs.

Broadly speaking, Medicaid’s offers financial assistance for "durable medical equipment.” Unfortunately, walk-in tubs — termed “low-threshold showers” under program rules — are not usually recognized as durable medical equipment. The language is vague to allow for new technology, but the burden of interpretation is in the hands of Medicaid administrators. Historically, walk-in tubs have not usually made the cut.

Medicaid does have a mandate for “environmental accessibility modifications,” however. A low-threshold shower may qualify under these terms. To have a chance of approval, you will need a diagnosis from a doctor, accompanied by a prescription, that advises soaking in a walk-in bathtub as a necessary treatment for that diagnosed condition.

Not every Medicaid program is created equal, and some are more likely to help than others. Twenty-seven states feature a Community Transitions program sponsored by Medicaid, including Arizona, California, and Montana. These programs help senior citizens transition from nursing homes to private homes. A walk-in bathtub may well be covered if it proved to aid the recipient’s transition to independent living by reducing the risk of injury.

If your state does not have a Community Transitions program, Medicaid may still have sources of assistance to consider. Each state has different waivers for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). The Elderly, Blind, and Disabled Persons Waiver offered by Colorado will pay for environmental accessibility modifications, including "specialized medical equipment.” Qualifying for a waiver like this one could make it much easier to get financial assistance from Medicaid for the purchase of a walk-in bathtub.

A list of applicable waivers can be found at this website:

Even with favorable programs and waivers on your side, it is important to look before you leap. Financial assistance is not guaranteed for a purchase like this. Your claim could be rejected, reimbursement denied. Before your purchase, review the policies that apply to your jurisdiction and consider reaching out to the provider for clarification if you have any questions.

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RJ Young Acquires Business Electronics of Birmingham, Alabama

RJ Young announced today it has completed the acquisition of Business Electronics (BE), a privately-owned office technology and solutions provider in Birmingham, Alabama.

Founded in 1988, Business Electronics has serviced the greater Birmingham area providing products and services including: document management solutions, IT solutions, digital interactive whiteboards and displays, AV, imaging and unified communications systems. BE also offers the industry’s best in multifunction copiers and printers, while placing a strong focus on customer relationships.

“Business Electronics has a history of providing superior customer service and top-quality office solutions,” said RJ Young President & CEO, Chip Crunk. “We look forward to further expanding our presence in the Birmingham area and furthering our mission of providing excellence in office technologies.”

In order to continue supporting and servicing customer accounts, sales and service employees from BE will remain in Alabama. These employees will join the 650 employees of RJ Young to continue the high expectations of standards in sales and service.

This acquisition further widens RJ Young’s footprint in Alabama and allows RJ Young to offer new technology solutions to better serve their customers.

About RJ Young 
RJ Young is the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation, specializing in document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been partnering with businesses since 1955 and has over 650 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about RJ Young, visit

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EMA to Present Research Findings on ITSM during New Webinar

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced it will host a research webinar titled “Automation, AI, and Analytics: Reinventing ITSM,” featuring Dennis Drogseth, vice president of research, IT megatrends, analytics, and CMDB systems at EMA, and Valerie O'Connell, research director of IT service and business management at EMA.

According to new research from EMA, automation, AI, and predictive analytics are redefining ITSM’s role in business innovation, services, and organizational reinvention. Although game changing, these advances are not free of challenge. Technological complexity, functional understanding, budget prioritization, and organizational resistance all exert a drag on adoption. EMA conducted global research with 400 executives and ITSM shareholders to provide actionable understanding of the appetite, adoption, maturity, and near-term plans for these technologies and their transformational impact on ITSM.

During the webinar, Drogseth and O’Connell will discuss the results of this research, including: 

  • Current adoption patterns of automation, AI, and analytics: What is the buying process, ownership, best practices, and success rates/factors?
  • Use cases: What use cases are most compelling now and in the near future? Who currently owns the budget, headcount, and processes, and how is that changing?
  • ESM: What role does ESM play in adoption for both automation and AI/analytics? How extensive is ESM deployment today and how does it impact the broader organization, as well as ITSM?
  • Drivers and benefits achieved: Who and what forces are driving adoption and innovation? What are the obstacles and recommendations? Is there a difference between anticipated and actual results?

The webinar is Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Registration is available at

About EMA 
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that specializes in providing deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help their clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

Best L.A. Web Design Firms Garner Awards for March 2019 from 10 Best Design

10 Best Design is pleased to reveal its list of the best L.A. website development businesses, with Spinx Digital leading the pack.

This award is important because choosing the best web design firm is not easy. There are so many, and it is easy to be overwhelmed with all of the choices. Each month, 10 Best Design makes a new list of the top performers in this area of expertise. It is available at no cost, and it provides key details about the top 10 firms in this area of expertise. This list of firms is specific to the Los Angeles area. This is a new monthly award, and business owners, nonprofit managers and individuals in the Los Angeles area who are searching for the best LA website development business should refer to it in order to choose a web designer who will fulfill all of their expectations.

Heading the top performers on the list of the best LA website development businesses is Spinx Digital. While it is a smaller firm with fewer than 50 full time web design and marketing experts, it is able to make a big impact on the profitability and visibility of its clients. Spinx Digital has earned the top spot on the list of the 10 best because of its ability to build responsive sites that have a clean layout.

Eight25Media also rates in the top 10 of Los Angeles web design firms. As a leading web design firm, Eight25Media, is known for its expertise in the area of eCommerce setups. They recognize that all of the small businesses in and around Los Angeles need to be competitive, and they are able to create secure platforms that consumers trust when entering their personal and confidential financial information. This firm can also include SEO into its site design, which ensures that the site is able to earn a high Google ranking as soon as it goes live.

Blue Fountain Media also earned a spot on this month's 10 best list for web design firms in Los Angeles. This firm is known for designing responsive sites. Being a top web design firm, Blue Fountain Media can create sites that are specific to different niches or industries, including medical, dental, veterinary and other sites. They work to ensure that the sites they build are responsive to all platforms and devices. The sites they create are ADA-compliant for high accessibility. Blue Fountain Media has a 98-percent customer satisfaction rating.

To learn more details about this month’s winning agencies, visit

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One Of America's Fastest Growing Social Media Companies, Social Media 55, Opens Offices In Toronto, Canada

Look out Canada, there's a new agency in town and their name is Social Media 55. So why should Toronto business owners pay close attention to this digital marketing agency?

Well for one, Social Media 55 is a digital marketing and social media agency with headquarters in Montreal, Canada. With offices in Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois, New York City, we are pleased to officially announce the opening of our Toronto Canada office. We are in the heart of the Toronto business district in the Exchange Tower located at 130 King St W Suite 1800, Toronto, ON M5X 1E3, Canada.

Led by CEO, Joseph Rothstein, CMO, Anzour Jallouqa, and VP of Operations, Benjamin Ohayon -- this team of growing tech executives has a few essential tips for Toronto business owners trying to get ahead of the competition using digital marketing and social media as a tool to grow their business:

1. When using digital marketing for your business, the key is proper branding and online positioning. Done right, branding offers a company an edge over the competition. Here are some important fundamentals of an effective branding and media plan:

I. Logo: A key component in your branding and image.

II. Website: A great website can entice an audience, but without a solid back-end structure, your site could be merely a place holder on the world wide web. Invest in your SEO tactics both on page and off page. Consider a link building strategy.

2. Facebook and Instagram are proving to be one of the best returns on your ad spend for 2019. Offering its advertisers the ability to micro-target where ads are placed and how often its online users see it, social media advertisers get a ton of return on these ad platforms. Split A/B testing can be done with small budgets allowing businesses to scale up quickly. However, your brand may likely require an onset of various management services depending on your company's product or service life cycle. Be sure to consult with an experienced agency to get the most mileage out of your budget.

3. If you're looking for solutions to get traffic quickly, PPC, Google Adwords could be your answer. Google should be on the top of your list as it accounts for approximately 75% of online users search. That's not to say that you should count Yahoo or Bing out, choose a platform according to your company's marketing objectives and goals. It's time to optimize your Google My Business account and your Bing Places account.

Conversion ratios, Cost-Per-Click, Bid-based PPC, are all factors that you should be aware of and be proficient in before embarking on a paid advertising journey. If you lack the experience in optimizing a Pay-Per-Click campaign, leave it to the experts. From split A/B testing to lookalike audiences, retarget marketing and programmatic advertising. Social Media 55 is a full-service digital marketing agency that's here to help.

If you're looking to step up your game don't hesitate to call Social Media 55 toll free at 1-844-MEDIA-55.

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One-Day Leadership Workshop Hosted by Trium Showcased New York Times Best-Selling Author, Byron Katie and TED Speaker, Eldra Jackson

The Trium Group, a leading management consultancy that specializes in breakthrough business performance, today announced a successful Dialogues on the Future of Leadership: Bridging the Divide event on February 26. The one-day workshop was held at Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills, California and included executives from across entertainment, gaming, healthcare, and technology sectors – as well as a cross-section of general managers, human resources executives, diversity, equity and inclusion specialists, and thought leaders from the local community.

The event featured world renowned speaker Byron Katie, who addressed the dynamics and challenges of leading in today’s environment by guiding delegates through a powerful inquiry process designed to strengthen one’s clarity and connection in the midst of even the most divisive situations. Through authentic dialogues and an introspective approach, Katie provided attendees with tools, practices, and an awareness of how to create meaningful change from the inside out.

“This was a timely event, especially for those of us working in Hollywood, where so many industry veterans are struggling with how best to navigate unprecedented levels of disruption,” said Emma Whittard, former Vice President, Global Publishing and Business Development, Warner Bros. “Katie’s powerful method of ‘inquiry’ empowers us to extend our leadership impact by challenging our own beliefs and assumptions – in essence, approaching seemingly insurmountable issues by examining ourselves first.”

The event was opened by educator and TED speaker, Eldra Jackson,who spoke vulnerably about hitting rock bottom during his 24 years in the California state prison system, and the steps he took to confront his belief system of “toxic masculinity.” His journey of self-awareness and transformation not only led to being granted freedom from a life sentence; his life’s work now includes actively supporting others – both within and outside of prison – in overcoming their limiting beliefs.

“Eldra’s heartfelt testimony bore witness to the fact that if barriers can be broken down amongst those considered to be the most dangerous segment of our society, then we can all be held to a higher standard,” says Monica Chi, Partner, The Trium Group. “The need for business leaders, in particular, to have a toolkit for developing their maturity has never been greater.”

“These two speakers addressed the path to radically inclusive leadership in a profound and authentic way,” says Andrew Blum, CEO and Managing Partner, The Trium Group. “In today’s climate, with the media shining a spotlight on cultural behavior and scandals, large organizations are dealing with demands for greater transparency and accountability like never before. This workshop provided leaders with an approach to question what they are experiencing and believing in even their most challenging moments, and equipped them to become more clear, empathetic and effective in their leadership.”

To learn more about this event or other areas impacting human performance and leadership development, contact Trium.

About Trium 
The Trium Group is in the breakthroughs business. Founded in 1998, Trium is a leading management consulting firm that seeks to understand and address the human dynamics that impact performance at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Trium has provided consulting and coaching to leadership teams at some of the world’s most recognized companies, including Dropbox, Genentech, Cisco, Sephora, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Activision Blizzard, and more.With a mission of changing the world by changing the way business leaders think, Trium works side-by-side with clients to enable them to succeed in the white space of opportunity.

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Restaurant Owners Using Latest ezPaycheck Software Can Now Process Payroll In Multiple Locations

Restaurant entrepreneurs with multiple locations are switching to ezPaycheck software as a more favorable alternative to processing payroll, never charges for hidden fees or monthly costs when utilizing ezPaycheck. The application will easily handle multiple locations for entrepreneurs growing the business.

“Restaurant owners can now use the latest ezPaycheck software for multiple establishments with the network or multi user option.” said’s Founder, Dr. Ge.

Starting at .00 per calendar year for a single user version, this stand alone product will give new business owners the freedom needed to focus on the important daily tasks of running a restaurant or other establishments Download and test drive at for further information.

ezPaycheck features and highlighted options: 

    • Supports both blank computer checks or preprinted checks
    • Supports both miscellaneous checks and payroll calculation checks
    • Automatically calculates Federal Withholding Tax, Social Security, Medicare Tax and Employer Unemployment Taxes
    • Includes built-in tax tables for all 50 states and the District of Columbia
    • Creates and maintains payroll for multiple companies, and does it simultaneously
    • Prints tax forms 940, 941, W2 and W3
    • Supports unlimited accounts at no additional charge
    • Supports network for multiple offices or computers
    • Offers no cost live chat, email, and remote access for customer support
    • Supports differential pay rates within the company
    • Supports daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly pay periodsFeatures report functions, print functions, and pay stub functions

Restaurants owners who are seeking productivity-booting solution are welcome to start the 30-day test drive of ezPaycheck payroll software at:

About is a leading provider of small business software, including online and desktop payroll software, online employee attendance tracking software, accounting software, in-house business and personal check printing software, W2, software, 1099 software, Accounting software, 1095 ACA form software and ezACH direct deposit software. Software from is trusted by thousands of customers and will help small business owners simplify payroll processing and streamline business management. 

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software Discusses The Importance of E-A-T to Search Engine Optimization, a provider of SEO hosting, domain registration, and SSL services, today issued a statement about the importance of a website’s E-A-T score in 2019.

First introduced as a concept by Google itself, E-A-T stands for Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness.

Expertise measures the level of skill a website and its creators have in their field and is critical for B2B organizations and businesses working in industries like medicine or finance. Authority is tied to credentials and reviews, both of which serve to validate expertise. Finally, Trustworthiness is based on the website’s hosting platform, as well as factors like SSL certificates or the presence of HTTPS.

“By Google’s own admission, the E-A-T score is one of the top factors it considers when measuring a website’s value,” explains Terry Cane, COO at “It ties back into the search engine’s concerted push towards high-quality content in lieu of technical, on-page elements like keywords. Well-written pages and long-form copy with a clear focus tend to perform very well in terms of establishing one’s expertise, but authority and trustworthiness are a little more difficult to build.”

Cane advises working hard to seek out and promote positive, verified reviews, and to engage in outreach with influencers through channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The more relevant, high-quality links, shares, and interactions a website receives, the likelier Google is to take notice and flag it as authoritative. In regards to Trustworthiness, Cane says that it’s more of an attitude than anything.

“Trust seals like an SSL certificate or a Better Business Bureau badge are a good way of establishing surface-level trust,” continues Cane. “But an organization’s best bet is to always err on the side of both privacy and authenticity. Adherence to regulations like the GDPR and a customer-first attitude are both excellent ways to inspire loyalty, and I’ve no doubt they may eventually play into a website’s trustworthiness - if they do not already.”

Cane went on to assert that is dedicated to helping its clientele with every aspect of search engine optimization, including their E-A-T score. 

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Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC announced today the nominees for the “2018 Retail Energy Provider of the Year Award”, the “2018 Most Innovative Marketer Award” and the “2018 Vendor of the Year Award

Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC announced today the nominees for the “2018 Retail Energy Provider of the Year Award”, the “2018 Most Innovative Marketer Award” and the “2018 Vendor of the Year Award”.

The three awards will be presented at its tenth semi-annual Retail Energy Marketing Conference being held at the Houston Hyatt Regency Downtown in Houston, Texas on April 2nd 2019.  

The theme of the Energy Marketing Conference will be ‘Relationships vs. Transactions’ and it will feature 45 sponsors, a sold-out exhibit hall packed with 50 of the best exhibitors, more than 50 well-known industry professionals speaking on six interactive panels, 10 executive workshops, a networking breakfast, luncheon and reception with live music.

More than 600 attendees from all over the country are looking forward to hearing over 50 panelists and speakers.  The conference will be the largest gathering of retail energy professionals in North America.

The panels include: “Successful Channel Partnerships”; “Show me the Money: How Distributed Resources make everyone more profitable”, New Competitive Markets: Foreign and Domestic”, Blockchain and Other Emerging Technologies in Retail Energy”, and the CEO Round Table focusing on growth, expansion and overcoming obstacles that are in the way.

The breakfast, luncheon, breaks and cocktail reception have all been designed to allow participants to maximize their learning and networking opportunities.

Sponsored by LED Plus USA and TrustedTPV, the nominees for the 2018 Most Innovative Marketer Award are: Agway, Direct Energy, Eligo Energy, Engie, Griddy, Just Energy, and NRG.

 “The nominees for the Most Innovative Marketer Award have all created new programs, differentiated products offerings, bundled services, and overall improved customer experience,” said Larry Leikin, Co-Founder of EMC and CEO of TrustedTPV.

Sponsored by Arise Digital Marketing, the nominees for the 2018 REP of the Year Award are: Constellation, Eligo Energy, Engie, Just Energy, NRG, Shell and Tomorrow Energy.  

“The nominees for the REP of the Year Award are seven companies who have exemplified real leadership in the retail energy industry,” said Jack Doueck, Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Capital, LED Plus and Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC.  

Sponsored by Crius Energy, the nominees for the 2018 Vendor of the Year Award are: EC Infosystems, energy Services Group, Feller Law Group, Powwr, the Retail Energy Supply Association, Shell Energy, TrustedTPV, and Znalytics.  

The nominees and winners of all three awards were voted on by the industry itself as EMC teamed up ERCG to produce a first-ever industry vote on the awards,” said Doueck. “This was a democratic process and Larry and I wish congratulations to all the nominees on a great 2018”.

This promises to be an event that can’t be missed for professionals in the retail energy space.

To view the agenda - click here:

To register for the Energy Marketing Conference visit:

To watch the video from a previous Energy Marketing Conference in New York click here:

To watch the video from a previous Energy Marketing Conference in Houston, click here:

About Energy Marketing Conferences:

The mission of Energy Marketing Conferences is to provide the competitive energy industry with exciting conferences in premium locations at extremely affordable prices. The goal of the conferences is to bring together hundreds of energy companies, utilities, marketers, vendors and suppliers in the competitive energy industry to network and learn more about our industry. EMC is the largest gathering of retail energy executives in North America and it takes place twice a year: Houston Texas in the Spring and New York City in the Fall.


Posted in: Business,Energy & Environment,Finance Market,Real Estate,Technology

Title Alliance Appoints Sharon Lontoc as Chief Human Resources Officer

Title Alliance, Ltd, a RESPA-compliant ESOP leader in joint ventured title insurance agencies, announced today it has appointed Sharon Lontoc as Chief Human Resources Officer. This announcement comes after the appointment of Maria Deligiorgis as General Counsel and Compliance Officer.

A graduate of Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University, Lontoc’s career in Human resources began as a graduate school co-op student working in the Labor Relations Department as a Labor Relations Officer for a transportation corporation. She has since served as Manager of Strategic Staffing and Employee Relations where she led the improvement of business performance, organizational processes, and staff relationships through execution of strategic initiatives and key tactical program development. Throughout her career, Lontoc has held positions including Vice President of Employee Relations and Director of Human Resources for a top financial services firm. She has been responsible for areas of the business including talent management, employee relations, succession planning, compensation, business strategy and organizational design. She also has extensive experience with human capital functions including development, implementations and refinement of strategic and operational strategies focused on alignment with the overall business strategy. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Lontoc will be responsible for developing and executing the human resource strategy and innovative operating models in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the Title Alliance.

“Sharon is a strategic addition to our team,” says Jim Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of Title Alliance. He continues, “With her extensive background and knowledge of the human resources industry coupled with her business oriented mindset, I am confident that she will help to enhance our workforce and to develop our HR department.” He concludes, “Sharon’s passion and the energy that she will bring to our team will allow us to continue to expand our footprint.”

Lontoc will focus specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, benefits and compensation, and overall employee relations.

“I am excited to be joining such a dynamic industry leader like Title Alliance as Chief Human Resources Officer,” says Lontoc. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to help create Human Resources strategies that exceed client expectations, engage people, enable exceptional performance and support an inclusive corporate culture that will further enhance Title Alliance’s reputation as not only the leader in the Title Insurance industry but as the employer of choice as well.”

Lontoc can be reached at

About Title Alliance: 
Title Alliance, Ltd, an ESOP Company is located in Media, PA and has been creating RESPA compliant title joint ventures since 1983 with lenders, mortgage bankers, realtors, builders and credit unions. Their roots date back to 1948 when their first agency, which is still in existence today, was formed. For more information or to find out how a Title Alliance's partnership or title management skills could benefit you visit them online or contact Lindsay Smith at 800-220-3901 x 165.

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Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone Launch National Contest for a ,000 Backyard Paradise Makeover

The backyard paradise of your dreams could be just a click away thanks to Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone! The two home improvement brands are partnering once again for a national “Backyard Paradise” contest, which begins today.    

This annual contest is very popular with Today’s Homeowner fans, and draws thousands of entrants from across the U.S. A 2018 survey from LightStream indicates rising popularity for outdoor living projects. In fact, the survey reports that 43 percent of homeowners are planning to improve their outdoor spaces, with deck, patio and landscaping projects rising to the top of the list.

Continued interest in outdoor living doesn’t surprise Home Improvement Expert and host of “Today’s Homeowner” TV, Danny Lipford.

“I’ve watched the trend of outdoor living grow steadily among my audience and clients for the past 15 years,” says Lipford. “People are looking at their backyards as an extension of their homes, and the industry has responded by creating stylish, comfortable and affordable products that help homeowners easily bring the indoors out. I'm looking forward to helping the lucky winner of our ‘Backyard Paradise’ contest create a space they can enjoy, and at the same time, give our audience great advice and inspiration to transform their own spaces.”

The “Backyard Paradise” contest kicks off today and runs through April 14, 2019. The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are at least 21 years of age and current homeowners. Contestants may enter the contest online at Entries should be submitted with a 100-word or less summary of why the backyard needs a makeover, desired improvements, and a description of how an upgraded space would be used. Submission of videos and photos are highly encouraged.

The winner of the contest will receive: 

  • Up to ,000 in Pavestone materials – including pavers, retaining blocks, fire pits, and more
  • Labor/installation to create the outdoor living area of their dreams
  • Expert advice from Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone design teams
  • A featured role in an episode of “Today’s Homeowner” TV

Lexington couple, Walt and Beth Arnett, won the 2018 Backyard Paradise contest. They submitted a funny video appealing to show hosts, Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf, to rescue them from their boring, broken-down backyard. The “Today’s Homeowner” TV episode featuring the Arnettsand their backyard makeover is available on

About Today’s Homeowner Media 
Today's Homeowner is a trusted home improvement authority delivering fresh, original, practical advice to consumers across diverse media platforms including the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” television show, now in its 21st season, and its radio counterpart, the nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” radio show.

Additionally, the media brand hosts the top home enthusiast destination website,, drawing more than 2 million monthly visitors, the weekly “Today’s Homeowner” Podcast, robust social media channels and the award-winning lifestyle blog and web series, “Checking In With Chelsea.” 3 Echoes Productions, the professional production arm of the brand, serves an impressive national clientele with expert video services.

Host and founder of the brand, Danny Lipford, is among the most sought-after home improvement experts in the country. The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 190 national television appearances on “FOX & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” FOX Business Channel, “Rachael Ray” and more. He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets each year.

About Pavestone® 
Founded in 1980, Pavestone® is a leading manufacturer and supplier of concrete pavers, retaining walls, fire pits and other hardscapes for outdoor living. With manufacturing facilities across the country, Pavestone® is a design resource for landscape architects and contractors as well as homeowners. Part of The QUIKRETE® Companies’ hardscapes division, Pavestone® fulfills its brand promise for “Creating Beautiful Landscapes® every day. For more information about Pavestone® visit

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The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud and Lawn Recommend a Later Start to the Lawn Care Season After the Wettest Winter on Record

The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the lawn treatment season because the 2018-2019 winter was the wettest on record. A later start will yield better results for homeowners’ lawns and Giroud Tree and Lawn shares the reasons why it’s better to delay a lawn care treatment program.

The birds are chirping and the days are longer, which can only mean one thing- Spring is in the air! Homeowners are looking forward to enjoying time outside in the sunshine, and many may be eager to start a Lawn Care Program. However, the Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the season, because this year a later start will yield better results after the wet winter.

Winter weather can affect how a lawn fares in spring and summer, but carefully timing lawn care treatments can be the deciding factor between a lush, green carpet of grass and one riddled with problems all season long. Fertilizer and weed control are only effective if applied at the optimal time.

“We have to time it just right,” explains Tom McMonagle, Giroud Lawn Care Technician. “It’s a domino effect, and if we start too early, all the other treatments will be too early as well. That’s why we start on the weather, not based on the time of year.”

There’s a Chill in the Ground

The Philadelphia area has been enjoying the spring-like temperatures this week, but it’s important to know that air temperature is different than soil temperature. It takes a lot more energy for the soil to warm up, and the soil needs to be at optimal temperature to get the best results from the fertilizer treatments. Crabgrass Pre-emergent Control needs to be applied just as the Crabgrass is beginning to germinate, which won’t happen until the soil temperature is 55 degrees or above for at least 3 days in a row.

Soaked Soil

It was a very wet winter! Homeowners may notice that the ground is almost spongy when and there are pools of water on many properties. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “From December 2018 through February 2019, the total U.S. winter precipitation was 9.01 inches that was 2.22 inches above average. That made it the wettest winter on record beating the winter of 1997-1998.”

Giroud Lawn Care Technicians have been carefully monitoring soil conditions for 3 important reasons:

1.    An Even, Uniform Application- excess water will dilute the product, causing some sections get too much and others not enough.

2.    Maintaining the Product’s Strength and Effectiveness- wet conditions like these can dilute crabgrass controls and weaken the protective barrier.

3.    Preventing Lawn Damage: If the ground is soft and still absorbing all that water, driving heavy equipment onto the grass will only damage the lawn! In some cases, the ground is still so soaked that even walking on it could leave divots and dents.

Here are a few things homeowners can do now to get the lawn ready for a great season:

1.    Give the property a Spring Cleanup! Clear brush, rake up leaves, and pick up anything that may block the early spring sun from shining down on those little grass sprouts.

2.    Have the soil’s pH level checked. A balanced soil acidity will only strengthen the effectiveness of a lawn care program!

3.    Schedule a Lawn Evaluation with a PA Certified Lawn Care Technician! A lawn expert will analyze the growing environment, the current condition of the lawn, and check for any emerging issues.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn 
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at or call 215-682-7704.

Posted in: Business,Education,Home & Garden

Lofta Announces The Most Advanced Home Sleep Apnea Test on the Market

Lofta, Inc., a San Diego based company revolutionizing the home sleep apnea test space announced a commercial agreement with Itamar Medical Ltd. which advances their revolutionary “Complete Path” home sleep apnea testing and treatment program.

Lofta will integrate Itamar’s clinically validated diagnostic tool into their streamlined process. The Itamar Medical WatchPAT is a portable sleep diagnostic device that uses peripheral arterial tonometry to enable simple, and accurate testing without the complexity and discomfort of traditional airflow-based tests.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that deprives the body and brain of much-needed oxygen, and can be a contributing factor to other serious conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, adult asthma, acid reflux and weight gain.

Lofta brings the most advanced home sleep apnea test on the market to its clients using Itamar Medical’s WatchPAT. The Lofta Complete Path takes clients from sleep apnea diagnosis, to sleep apnea treatment in as little as 5-days all from the comfort of home.

CEO, Jay Levitt explains;

“A desire to provide a simple, accurate, reliable solution to those struggling with sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea drove the decision to use Itamar’s WatchPAT technology. Lofta is committed to making the sleep apnea diagnosis process accessible, and simple to everyone through advanced technology, and a user-friendly approach that has been clinically validated against polysomnography.”

“Historically, the process of getting diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea has been challenging for patients who often avoid over-night sleep labs that contribute to the complexity and cost of an already difficult journey. Unfortunately, this means people who have a potentially life-threatening condition go undiagnosed, and untreated.”

“Lofta clears the way to better sleep by providing access to sleep apnea screening, testing, online diagnosis and comprehensive treatment support all from one place - the client’s home.”

Levitt continues, “The WatchPAT is a great match for our clients looking for something quick, easy, and hassle-free. Unlike other sleep tests that require nasal tubes and multiple components, Itamar’s device is as easy as putting on a wrist watch. With this in mind, we think it’s the perfect tool for Lofta’s Complete Path program.”

Despite Lofta’s commitment to ease and convenience, the company is also committed to all professional best practices, and the highest level of client success, and support.

Lofta’s Director of Client Services, Laura Avilez, explains;

“Sleep apnea is a serious condition and should be treated. For this reason, the medical aspects of the Lofta Complete Path are overseen by independent board-certified sleep physicians. We aren’t your typical home sleep apnea testing company that ships out tests with little guidance or support. We stay with our clients every step of the way. We love Itamar’s WatchPAT because its advanced technology provides quick comprehensive test results. And, our clients appreciate that we can explain the results of their study in a thorough, and accessible way. When people are better informed about their condition, they are vested in their therapy outcomes.”

Along these lines, Levitt points out the distinctive aspect of Lofta’s business model, which he believes will be enhanced by the Itamar technology, “Lofta’s objective is to create long-time relationships with clients by making better sleep easy, and accessible.”

About Lofta

Lofta is redefining how people are diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea and chronic snoring with life changing results. By leveraging telemedicine technology, one-on-one customer service, and a consumer-centric approach, Lofta offers sleep apnea testing and treatment solutions on pace with the rapidly changing health and wellness environment - when and where clients need them the most.

Motivated by a desire to streamline the complex process of sleep testing, Lofta makes a better night sleep accessible quickly and easily by removing the obstacles that compound an already exhausting problem - the maze of insurance requirements, inconvenient overnights at a sleep lab, and an all-too-common lack of support - Lofta clears the way to healthy sleep.

Lofta’s Complete Path is only part of the company’s story. Lofta also seeks to cultivate enduring relationships through its innovative high touch therapy program featuring dedicated sleep coaches and one-on-one support at every step.

As clients continue their treatment journey, Lofta leverages advanced technology to report sleep outcomes daily, and in real-time providing a continuous feedback loop to optimize ongoing therapy. Through high-tech, high-touch engagement, Lofta clients achieve long-term sleep wellness.

All Lofta’s signature programs, including its comprehensive e-commerce experience, are available at, and in early 2019 Lofta will launch its new web experience at

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Jessica Ross to Take Center Stage With Renowned Business Professionals During iTalk’s April 12th Debut at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia

Join Jen Montague, Desiree Rogers, and leaders from BET-VIACOM, Comcast, Brightside, Darkchild Entertainment etc. on Friday., April 12th from 6-9 p.m. on the rooftop of the Kimmel Center for “iTalk”. A night where pop culture, leadership content and stage drama collide. Speakers include; Desiree Rogers, former social secretary Barack Obama Administration and former CEO of Johnson Publishing overseeing Ebony & JET Magazines,Tom Spann, founding CEO Accolade Benefits Co, current CEO Brightside, Stephen Hoelper, Vice President of Product Innovation Comcast Cable, Meisha Johnson former anchor CBS Philly, Jessica Ross, Beverly Hills Actress, Publicist, TV Host, Robert T Bey, Chairman of the National Urban American Asia Trade Foundation, Andrea Agnew, Executive Director Change Acceleration Comcast Cable, Keith Donnell, President, Modern Wealth Concepts LLC. Original Music produced by The International DJ Casper, DarkChild Music Label.

The program opens on the roof of the Kimmel Center amidst a club-like night life scene. Guests will enjoy cocktails and mingling at sunset while listening to original music produced by the acclaimed International DJ Casper. As the sun sets on Philadelphia, the glass enclosed Kimmel roof top will begin to glow in various colors on all four sides, reinforcing the club-like party feel. The audience will take their seats, which are staged in non-traditional angles and positions across the rooftop dome. Attendees will experience an opening 9-minute monologue given by Sr. Producer and Creative Director Jen Montague titled “Courage” which will be delivered from the audience. Then, very strong, stark transitions involving music, sound, lighting and set moves preventing the “usual” applause, will push the show into rapid motion. Attendees will experience 9-minute iTalks, one after another, centered on Vision, Change Acceleration, Endurance-given by headliner Ms. Desiree Rogers and finally Challenge. Special effects and interruptions reinforcing the merge of pop culture, leadership and stage are continuously introduced challenging leaders to examine themselves, their purpose, their talent through a different lens. But we won’t got into detail... you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Fashion and Music infuse with iTalk. World renowned pop culture contemporary painter commissioned to paint Pope Francis in Philadelphia, Milou Perry will create artistic masterpieces for the audience to witness while on stage. Pamela Quinzi, Oscars Awards Celebrity Fashion Designer will spice up the event with her hand crafted, custom designed fashion creations.

Jessica Ross will be speaking about Change Acceleration for her iTalk. “In order to succeed in acting or any related field you have to take huge risks and make sacrifices in both your personal and professional life. From working as a publicist, I also learned how important is to build relationships with media, take control of your career, create your own success, and develop your social media presence without relying on agents or managers. I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the debut iTalk and look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone”.

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The impact of TripAdvisor hotel review scores on the luxury boutique Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton

Trip Advisor reviews of the Charm Hotel & Spa in Brighton has put it at Number 7 in the Top 10 hotels in Brighton & Hove which is a massive achievement after just two years with customer intimacy, creating an emotional connection with guests, building loyalty and attention to detail by the staff cited by many guests as the reason why they keep returning to the hotel. The ultimate goal is to go for the top position and time will tell.

Currently with 738 TripAdvisor reviews, of those 616 view the hotel as excellent, 111 as very good, 10 average and 1 as poor, with location, cleanliness, service and value and most importantly staff as the key decisions why they score the hotel highly on TripAdvisor.
While we know that travel reviews influence traveller decisions—95% of travellers report using travel reviews regularly to make booking decisions, the impact of reviews on hotels goes much further than just making the final cut. For instance, a Cornell study found that a one-point increase in reputation (based on a five-point scale) may result in a hotel’s ability to raise room rates up to 11.2%. A Trust You heat mapping study found that given equal prices travellers are 3.9 times more likely to choose a hotel with a higher review score. And, even when hotel prices are increased for hotels with better review scores, travellers are more likely to book the hotel with the higher score despite the higher rate. In fact, 76% of travellers said they were willing to pay more for a hotel with higher review scores.

Understanding the nuance of these correlations however as TripAdvisor score vs. TripAdvisor popularity ranking, timeframe in which the review was written, brand, geographic market can be challenging.
With the recent extension and addition of nine suites and the new “Charm Spa Suite, the Suite is designed for guest enjoyment as well as for the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy. The Suite encompasses a luxurious Steam Room to accommodate guests, clients and romantic couples, top range quality and deluxe Hot Tub in a lush private garden, a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. To complete the Spa Suite the interior focus is on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and plants with unique artwork and soft furnishings creating a calming atmosphere to help you chill out and relax.
Beyond that, the Charm’s desirable location in Kemptown, Brighton makes it a convenient start point for exploring the City, with the Palace Pier, the Beach, the Royal Pavilion, Shopping in the North Laines, the SeaLife Centre all within 4 minutes walking distance away.
A recent PhoCusWright study revealed the impact reviews have on travellers’ decision-making: These show that
• 83% of respondents indicated that reviews help them pick the right hotel
• 80% read at least 6 – 12 reviews prior to booking
• 53% won’t commit to a booking until they read reviews
General Manager of the Charm Hotel and Spa Brighton Leo Nguyen said, "Whether you're looking for a great value hotel in a popular city like Brighton & Hove, a luxurious beachfront splurge, or a romantic getaway, you can see that hundreds of reviews and opinions from the TripAdvisor community has picked the Charm as the place to enjoy your stay in Brighton and our great staff will give you a fabulous welcome that will inspire and help you enjoy your amazing trip."
The impact of a hotel’s ranking, review score, and percentage of 5- star reviews each have a positive influence on the number of bookings. It is said that if the share of 5-star reviews increases by 10%, the number of bookings increases by 10.2% in the UK and Europe. Also, if the average review score of the hotel improves by 10%, the number of bookings increases by 2.2% in the UK and Europe.
There is an introductory offer for the new “Charm Spa Suite” of FREE One hour of Spa treatment worth £70 for a minimum of 2 nights stay in the Hotel with EITHER the luxurious Steam Room or the Deluxe Hot Tub. Please contact the hotel directly for this very special deal. This offer is only valued till the end of March 2019.
For more information about the Charm and the Spa Suite checkout or call 01273 021 085. Rooms at the Charm & Spa start at £90 and include breakfast.
Follow the Hotel on, For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on (+44) 07850 736544 or email
The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44
(0)1273 021 085 Email –

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Canada’s Second Largest Natural Gas Producer Partners With Archeio Technologies To Standardize Unstructured Business Data

Archeio Technologies (Archeio), the leading provider of oil & gas content management and smart search technology, announces that it has signed a license agreement with Tourmaline Oil Corp. (Tourmaline, TSX: TOU) to deploy Archeio’s SkyWell® software company-wide. Following a two-month selection process that compared SkyWell to multiple enterprise content management solutions, the Canadian-based oil & gas company selected Archeio’s cloud software for its superior speed and energy data classification accuracy. Tourmaline over time plans to deploy SkyWell across its three business units to search large volumes of unstructured oil & gas data, which includes surface land files, engineering reports, and geological surveys. The producer has seen rapid results in its surface land team where the software has reduced key workflows from days to minutes. Tourmaline joins a large number of North American oil & gas producers who have adopted SkyWell and is Archeio’s first client in Canada.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Tourmaline is Canada’s second largest natural gas producer and the largest producer in the Alberta Deep Basin. With approximately 3,000 wells and an aggressive drilling program, the producer had amassed tens of thousands of print and digital files related to its operations. Inconsistent file naming, sprawling network folders, and physical filing rooms created barriers to information driven consumers. Tourmaline wanted to standardize its unstructured data sets and apply best-in-class technology to classify its asset documentation and allow staff to quickly locate the information needed to drive workflows across its diverse operations, including surface land, joint venture, accounting, and production operations.

“The Archeio team continue to be a pleasure to work with and we envision additional departments adopting SkyWell in the coming months for streamlining their records management. We continue to be impressed with the willingness of the Archeio team to listen to our various use cases and enhance their system in order to accommodate us,” said Rich Hodgkinson, Tourmaline’s ITS Project Lead on the SkyWell implementation.

Tourmaline evaluated Archeio’s SkyWell software in a head-to-head comparison with four other enterprise content management solution providers and large software vendors. The oil & gas producer selected SkyWell because it outperformed the alternatives on every level, including ease-of-use, ability to quickly find reliable information, expertise in classifying a wide variety of complex energy data types, and lower cost. Additional factors influencing Tourmaline’s selection include highly personalized service from Archeio staff and flexibility in modifying SkyWell functionality based on the needs of their end users.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of Tourmaline’s unstructured data management strategy and look forward to bringing the benefits of SkyWell to the Canadian market for the first time,” said Rex Womble, CEO and co-founder of Archeio. “It’s a true honor to be recognized as the best-in-class oil & gas content management technology, which is exactly what Archeio set out to do and something we continuously strive to live up to,” he said. Womble continued, “We would not be here without amazing customers like Tourmaline who have taught us so much along the way, and for that the Archeio team is especially grateful.”

SkyWell is being deployed throughout Tourmaline in phases, starting with the company’s surface land team. Utilizing SkyWell’s high-speed document processing technology, land and legal records have been classified according to a standard document taxonomy defined by the producer. Users are now able to perform powerful keyword searches on document metadata and file contents or locate information in real-time using a map-based interface from their PC or mobile device. Rapid results include accelerating delivery of the lease details needed by accounting staff for regulatory reporting, a process that now takes just a few minutes instead of days. SkyWell has also enabled Tourmaline’s three business units to adopt consistent surface land data management best practices and enforce data standards, such as lease and well naming.

About Archeio Technologies 
Archeio Technologies is a provider of intelligent software and services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The company helps organizations manage the large volume of information generated throughout the well life-cycle, including engineering, geology, land, regulatory, and production data. Archeio’s unique approach uses innovative cloud computing, machine learning, and intelligent search technology to give energy professionals access to reliable well & land information on their desktop or mobile device. Companies benefit from improved operational efficiency and reduced IT overhead. The Dallas-based startup has already attracted a portfolio of clients, from large, publicly traded companies to independent operators, and currently manages information for over thirty thousand wells across North America.

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Manhattan Mental Health Counseling Warns About The Proclivity of Driven Personalities Towards Depression

Manhattan Mental Health Counseling, a psychotherapy private practice in NYC that accepts insurance, has spoken out about the increased tendency of overtly driven, motivated individuals to suffer from illnesses such as depression.

According to Manhattan Mental Health Counseling founder Natalie Buchwald, men and women who are particularly ambitious, and hard-working tend to be more successful in their fields. However, that success comes at a cost. Often, their career-focused personality traits go hand-in-hand with a level of perfectionism that inevitably damages their well-being.

“Many professionals have the tendency to constantly seek a level of perfection that’s impossible for anyone to achieve,” explains Natalie. “This often leads them to be hypercritical of their accomplishments and ashamed that they are not doing better. The stress from this constant state of shame is inherently unsustainable. Eventually, they begin having trouble focusing on work,” she continues. “That creates more stress, which makes it harder to focus, which eventually leads to burnout, then depression. Because such professionals tend to be so productivity-focused, this depression hits them exceptionally hard - it’s frighteningly easy for them to spiral deeper and deeper into a depressive state.”

Natalie recommends that anyone who feels they’re under a great deal of pressure from their career seek counseling - and emphasizes that there is absolutely no shame in doing so.

“There is an unfounded and unjustified stigma surrounding therapy, and we all need to do our part to eliminate it,” Natalie continues. “The truth is that everyone can benefit from speaking to a counselor, whether they’re grappling with feelings of inadequacy or simply trying to make sense of a busy life. Therapy shouldn’t be a source of shame for anyone.”

Natalie maintains that she will continue to do her part to help by providing affordable psychotherapy. Manhattan Mental Health Counseling allows New Yorkers to work with a dedicated therapist and pay using their health insurance - a rarity in the field, and something she hopes to one day see more of.

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NJ Lenders Corp. Senior Loan Officer Sandy Davis Recognized as One of National Mortgage News’ Top Producers for 2018

NJ Lenders Corp. is proud to announce that their very own Senior Loan Officer, Sandy Davis, was recognized as one of National Mortgage News’ Top Producers for 2018. Out of 500,000 licensed Mortgage Loan Originators in the nation, only 400 made the list, with Davis being one of them.

“I know that buying a home is the largest investment anyone will make. It is my duty to inform my clients and give them 100% of my attention and guide them through the entire mortgage process, from start to finish,” said Davis.

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Top Producers program which ranks mortgage loan officers and mortgage brokers who work at depository, nonbank and mortgage brokerage firms in the United States. They’re ranked by their dollar volume for the year, but are also recognized for the number of loans they closed.

National Mortgage News compiles the list based on information that’s supplied from the 2017 loan production. The people who submitted data for the survey range from loan officers all the way to company president, while banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, and mortgage brokerages are all represented.

With over 13 years of experience in home financing, Sandy Davis has also been recognized as a Five Star Mortgage Professional for 2015 and 2014. Sandy has also been awarded the Top 1% Mortgage Originator in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine consistently year after year since 2011. In addition to running a successful business, Sandy is a proud mom of six wonderful children!

If you want to learn more about Sandy Davis, or if you’re thinking about purchasing or refinancing, you can contact her through her website or call her directly at 973-670-9702.

About NJ Lenders Corp. 
Founded in 1991, NJ Lenders is a leading NJ-based residential mortgage banker that is privately owned and licensed. The company currently originates first mortgage loans in NJ, NY, CT, PA, VA, MD, and FL. With 11 offices and over billion in closed mortgage loans, many of their Mortgage Loan Originators are recognized nationally as the best in their field. The company has competitive rates and fees with a wide variety of mortgage programs to select from.

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Michelman Introduces Unyte™ Brand of Surface Modifiers for Technical Textiles at JEC World 2019

Michelman is excited to introduce its new family of Unyte surface modifiers formulated specifically for manufacturers of technical textiles and pre-preg fabrics. Designed to help technical textiles and pre-preg fabrics achieve advanced form and function in both woven and nonwoven materials, this brand of water-based emulsions act as binders for carbon, glass, aramid, basalt, UHMWPE, natural, and other polymeric fibers.

“We are known in the fibers and composites industry as the interface adhesion experts,” explains Mr. Steve Bassetti, Global Marketing Director for the Industrial Manufacturing Group at Michelman. “Our expertise in formulating surface treatments such as sizings, binders, and film formers, strengthened by our understanding of end-use applications, provides technical textile manufacturers an unequaled set of solutions offering various functionalities that can be applied at the fiber level or as an oversizing. Specifically, we help the construction, ballistic, medical & hygiene, automotive, filtration media, pre-preg, and consumer products industries improve the performance and functional behavior of textile applications.”

The performance and production of technical textiles are enhanced through six distinct pillars of functionality: binding, adhesion, processability, heat resistance, print receptivity, and anti-blocking.

Unyte Bind offers multiple solutions that improve fiber-to-fiber adhesion. This improved binding of fibers creates a better structure for applications such as laid or woven scrim and pre-pregs.

Unyte Grip promotes the adhesion between fibers and polymeric matrices helping to improve mechanical properties. Increased fiber-to-matrix adhesion is beneficial to pre-preg fabric for composites and multilayer systems, such as roofing underlayment, that combine woven and nonwoven materials.

Unyte Glide is for manufacturers of pre-preg fabric and multilayer systems combining woven and nonwoven materials, who can use these grades to increase lubricity and slip and facilitate tow spreading of fibers in technical textile production. They are also used as over-sizing to improve release, drape, and fabric processability.

Unyte Heat operates at elevated temperatures without degradation and can withstand more thermal recycling operations. It provides heat resistance during primary and secondary processing, as well as in the end-use product, making it an ideal solution on braided three-dimensional structures where thermal insulation is required.

Unyte Print boosts ink adhesion for improved print receptivity and minimal color bleed. Fabrics that are over-printed for decoration and branding, or with identification codes where legibility is essential, can benefit from these solutions.

Unyte Slip produces outstanding anti-block properties making it perfect for fabrics, nonwovens, and pre-pregs which need to be stacked or rolled. It helps prevent finished goods from sticking together, and improve interlayer release and stack-ability.

Michelman is introducing its exciting new Unyte family in Hall 5, Booth C34 at JEC World 2019. The show is being held March 12-14 in Paris.

About Michelman 
Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface additives and polymeric binders are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging and paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.

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Longxing Platform Gets listed on Exshell, Kicks Off A New Era of Mineral Digital Trading

Singapore 2019. Mar.1- Longxing Global Mining Assets Digital Trading Platform attended The Block Challenge Event held by Dubai World Trade Centre(DWTC) in Singapore. During the event, Longxing announced that Longxing is officially listed on ExShell (token: LXS). The Longxing platform is the first digitized trading platform for mining assets based on blockchain in the world. Relying on blockchain technology, the Longxing platform recognized the upgrade from the traditional local offline trading mode to global online trading mode.

Depending on the technical advantage of the Longxing platform, cross-border transactions can be realized, purchasing qualifications can not be relied on, transaction thresholds can be lowered, liquidity and transaction efficiency can be improved, and transaction cycles can be shortened. As digital money payment has formed a good ecological environment, online iron ore, digital assets trading and linking to global mining assets intermediaries can not rely on traditional currency. In the future, with the help of the Longxing trading platform, online trading of iron ore, coal mine, non-ferrous metals, rare technology and other resources, will all launch on the blockchain and trading can be completed only with digital money.

Combining the latest technologies such as blockchain, Internet of things and AI, Longxing has cooperated with taoken bitcoin company to develop the global blockchain mining digital trading platform system. Based on the characteristics of mining, generating sales business process and mining assets, two blockchain systems are developed respectively: the system of business chain and the system of assets chain. Among them, the business chain system mainly needs to display company information, financial data, business and technology, production data, etc., and at the same time, give senior investors a real-time view of production and operation data; Assets on the chain system mainly include the creation of equity, audit and issuance functions, as well as information bulletin functions. Distributed nodes are located in issuers, law firms, accounting firms and all private investors, etc., providing investors with a transparent and untamable platform for operating data and assets.

“ExShell is a global leading digital financial exchange founded by two ex-senior executives of Huobi. The listing on Exshell is a new milestone for Longxing, it marks that  the company is entering into the capital market and a new stage of development. We will make persistent efforts to constantly climb the peak.” Said by Oliver Ran, Chairman of TokenBit & Secretary General Director of Longxing.

For more information, you can follow us on Telegram at?, or visit our business system? and our assets system? .

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CalcXML Introduces FIST Score: A Comprehensive Financial Health Index

CalcXML, the leader in online calculators, is pleased to announce their latest product called FIST® Score, a revolutionary financial health index used to gauge and improve financial stability. FIST is available to companies and consumers through a SaaS dashboard application. Chris Brockbank, the president of CalcXML, believes this unbiased personal financial index is going to modernize the financial world. “FIST® Scores will become as commonplace as FICO® Scores. FIST allows financial institutions to connect with their patrons like never before. As individuals better understand the “why” of sound financial planning the “what” follows naturally, through choice and without coercion. Trust is always key in relationships and the integrity of FIST® allows for that trust to happen!”

FIST® (FInancial STabilty) Score is similar to a credit score, but evaluates all aspects of a person’s financial health not just one’s debt levels and credit worthiness. This straightforward index (0-100 scale) can be used to help individuals quickly and accurately identify shortfalls in insurance protection, retirement accounts, and emergency funds. By answering a handful of questions users are able to pinpoint where the financial vulnerabilities lie within the categories of liquidity, debt, retirement and insurance. A colorful dial displays one’s calculated score in each category on the personal dashboard with the ability to compare scores against others nationally.

The user’s experience doesn’t end there, using AI technology, industry-standard interest rates and income replacement assumptions, the FIST® tool gives suggestions on how to improve one’s score and overall financial health. Users are able to follow the recommendations, set and track financial goals, and generate colorful PDF Action Plans on their way to improving their scores. FIST® also comes with personalized videos, advanced planning tools, customizable boxes for promotion of company product/benefit offerings, as well as single sign-on capability. Other features include administrative tools, marketing reports, target email lists and company-defined database queries. FIST® Score is now available for licensing and branding to employer groups, brokerage firms, insurance companies, banks, credit unions and other financial verticals.

Click to watch a short promo video of FIST.

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Time-Resist Perfecting Serum from Ankaa Is a Powerful Weapon in the Fight Against Aging Skin

Ankaa, the skincare specialists known for their unique line of anti-aging solutions, is offering women the potent and effective Time-Resist Perfecting Serum that nourishes the skin with ingredients that have been chosen for their high efficacy.

“We are pleased with the amazing response to our path-breaking formulation, the Time-Resist Perfecting Serum, that is helping women achieve their beauty goals effortlessly,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “The extensively researched ingredients make the serum a powerful anti-aging formula. You will be able to enjoy visible results within just weeks of use.”

The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum is truly a unique formula as it has the right mix of powerful ingredients for visibly smoothing, lifting and tightening all facial zones. The serum is also capable of nourishing the skin with its effective anti-aging compounds.

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum has been formulated using powerful botanical ingredients. It contains powerful extracts of botanical ingredients in high concentration for real and fast results.

Ankaa incorporates highly advanced laboratory tested skincare technology to create this amazing skincare formulation. The botanical ingredients used in the serum are sourced from some of the most extreme places on earth where they are native to such conditions and environments.

According to the company spokesperson, most ingredients, including the flora, are sourced from the high mountain regions and the deep seas. They form a key part of the company’s exclusive LS-NT Complex. They have also added a patent pending complex to the formula.

The product is free from any artificial fragrances and parabens. The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum can be used on all skin types and across all age groups. Importantly, the safety aspect of the brand has been convincingly established as it is clinically, dermatologically, and allergically tested.

The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum ingredients are carefully chosen for their skin repairing and rejuvenating abilities.

Swertia Chirata helps in regenerating the epidermis. It can make the skin smooth and fill in the wrinkles to make skin look younger and healthier.

The Serum also contains Caulerpa Lentillifer or sea grape. It is found on the Japanese island of Okinawa. It is a dynamic anti-aging extract that can improve the skin’s functional integrity. The serum is especially useful for skin that has been incessantly exposed to years of UV rays.

The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum also contains ingredients like Bellis Perennis, Bidens Pilosa, Pumpkin seed oil, and Mango Seed Butter. They are all extremely useful in removing skin blemishes and making the facial skin look vibrant and youthful.

For more information, visit

About Ankaa:

Ankaa is a trusted name in skincare and beauty products which are the result of the fine merger of nature and science. The company makes use of the latest skincare technology and the power of powerful natural ingredients to help fight skin blemishes.

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Ankaa Helps Women Regain Their Youthful Skin With a Revolutionary Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer

Ankaa, the creators of a unique skin-care line that uses life-changing powers of science to deliver fast and visible results, has made it easy for women to look young and feel confident again. The company’s Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer is a definite game-changer in the skin-care industry.

“We are delighted with the amazingly positive response we have been receiving from our valued customers,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “Our Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer has been carefully created using a unique formula that is guaranteed to help in visibly smoothing, lifting, and tightening all facial zones. The product can be used on all skin types and across all age groups safely.”

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer provides lasting hydration to the skin. The unique formulation has a high concentration of powerful extracts of botanical ingredients with the most advanced laboratory-tested skin-care technology.

The skin-care researchers and beauty experts at Ankaa have handpicked botanical ingredients found in the most extreme environments on Earth. These include flora from high mountain regions and the deep seas. The best moisturizer with sunscreen is also powered by a complex that they have developed in their lab.

The proven, safe, and highly effective all-natural ingredients provide the synergy to fight against the effects of time, and skin-damaging stress. It also helps in preventing damage to the skin by the sun’s harmful rays.

The best moisturizer with sunscreen is an anti-aging wonder with natural ingredients that have the power to nourish the skin.

Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer contains the swertia chirata flowering plant, which is found in the high Himalayan mountains and known for its skin-regeneration ability and anti-wrinkle qualities. It also contains Laminaria saccharina, algae mostly found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. The algae help promote hydration and are useful in minimizing skin imperfections while providing a smooth feel to the skin.

The best cheap face moisturizer is also made up of additional key ingredients such as the Bidens pilosa, grape seed oil, Niacinamide, Xylitylglucoside, and Xylitol. They work collectively to make skin firmer and tighter while combatting wrinkles and preventing the formation of new ones.  

The Ankaa skin-care line stands apart from other anti-aging formulations and skin-care products available on the market. The brand has been created by a team with a passion for health, beauty, and nature. They have used the life-changing power of science to create the groundbreaking Ankaa skin-care line. The end result is a range of powerful, proven, and revolutionary products that put back youthful vitality into facial skin and make it look radiant again.

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Interact Marketing Kicks Off Spring 2019 Internship Program

Hudson Valley-based digital marketing agency Interact Marketing has launched their Spring internship program with four exemplary interns from local colleges. Three times a year, Interact Marketing recruits a new class of interns to participate in an immersive, 12-week internship that cultivates knowledge of three facets of digital marketing: search engine optimization, social media strategy, and web design.

With such a rich pool of applicants hailing from educational institutions including Mount Saint Mary, SUNY New Paltz, Marist and Ramapo, the application process is competitive. Applicants undergo several rounds of interviews to ensure their time with the company will be a good match. The internship program consists of an educational component during the first half of the semester to solidify students’ knowledge base of digital marketing, as well as company-wide processes and procedures, followed by hands-on work with oversight by account managers. Interns have access to a library of learning materials, and have the opportunity to get Google certified over the course of their internship.

“Exit interviews with our interns have shown us that they really get a lot of value out of the experience, plus several have landed jobs at Fortune 1000 companies. We’ve also won several internship awards from local colleges,” remarks Interact Marketing CEO, Joe Beccalori. “Our interns are gaining hands-on experience in digital marketing, which can be a gap in academic coursework for those working toward a marketing degree. Some of our interns even choose to apply for a job with the company following their internship.”

In fact, Senior Account Manager, Cody Jackson, began his journey with Interact Marketing as an intern in 2014. On his experience joining the team as an intern and becoming a leader at the company, Cody said, “The internship program at Interact gave me the opportunity to be immersed in a growing digital marketing agency without commuting to New York City. As a college student, that saved me a lot of valuable time and money. In my five years here, I’ve been able to go from learning SEO best practices to instructing a team to drive results for clients.”

Interns from this class were recruited from SUNY New Paltz, a quick thirty-minute drive away. In the Spring and Fall, Interact participates in college career fairs where the majority of interns make their first point of contact with staff. Interact Marketing was proud to be awarded for the internship program, including recognition from Marist College and an award for Valuable Contributions & Continued Support to the Internship Program from SUNY New Paltz. Contact us to learn more about the digital marketing internship program at Interact Marketing.

About Interact Marketing 
Interact Marketing is a full-service New York digital marketing agency based in the Hudson Valley in New Windsor, NY. The agency specializes in organic search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click advertising (PPC), website design and development, content and social media marketing, and online reputation management for brands and executives. Interact Marketing is also a Google Partner Agency. It is one of the fastest growing agencies in New York’s Hudson Valley region with 472% organic revenue growth in five years (2010-2015).

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PunchOut2Go Partners with BigCommerce to Provide PunchOut Catalog Integration and B2B eProcurement Order Automation

PunchOut2Go today announced a partnership with BigCommerce to help BigCommerce merchants around the world leverage their BigCommerce store to enable eProcurement customers to have the ability to integrate PunchOut Catalog and B2B order automation, reducing costs and errors while increasing procurement workflow efficiencies. As part of the BigCommerce Partner Program, the PunchOut2Go for BigCommerce app is now available to BigCommerce merchants, and provides the ability to easily transact electronically with eProcurement customers.

"We are excited to partner with BigCommerce to offer integrated solutions that automate B2B procurement and purchasing processes,” said Brady Behrman, PunchOut2Go CEO and Co-Founder. “Since our inception, our core focus has been helping organizations leverage the best commerce solutions possible. Combining our strengths enables us to deliver a merchant experience that keeps us, BigCommerce and the merchant at the forefront of B2B technology."

“Our partnership with PunchOut2Go further illustrates our commitment to providing merchants access to the highest-caliber technology providers available in the industry,” said Russell Klein, Chief Development Officer at BigCommerce. “PunchOut2Go shares our desire to help merchants sell more and grow faster to maximize success, and we look forward to working together to mutually support customer growth.”

PunchOut2Go will bring a new level of integration, service, and support for its clients selling with BigCommerce. Companies of all sizes work with BigCommerce to launch, promote, manage, and scale successful online businesses through its platform. By selecting a flexible, cost-effective SaaS model, merchants are able to focus on managing their business, not the technology behind it.

About PunchOut2Go

PunchOut2Go is a global B2B technology integration and data translation company specializing in the integration of eCommerce applications, procurement platforms, and punchout catalog functionality. Helping simplify the B2B buying cycle by reducing integration complexities and rapidly deploying the right technology, PunchOut2Go's cloud-based adaptable gateway solution integrates and automates punchout catalogs, electronic purchase orders, eInvoicing, and other B2B order automation integrations with 100% compatibility. Learn more at

Posted in: Business,Technology

JRE Sets the Pace in the Hose Manufacturing Industry

JRE Private Limited is a leading company in manufacturing of flexible hose assemblies and fittings. The manufacturing division produces rubber, composite, PTFE a stainless steel hoses for different industries. The company commenced its operations as a manufacturer of low-pressure hoses. It has since then diversified its operational scope to include being a technology service provider to various companies in the world. The company currently offers a wide range of hose suitable for different industries.

Asked how the company has managed to remain at the top all along, the company's spokesperson said, "At JRE, the customer is king. This has been our culture for the longest time. We therefore take all measures possible to ensure that our customers get the best from us as the lead chemical hose manufacturer. For instance, a happy customer is one who has received good value for their money. This explains the reason why our team follows a number of procedures during manufacturing. This is all in a bid to ensure that the quality of our products surpasses our clients' expectations in both durability and fitness for purpose."

JRE has diversified its manufacturing scope, which has in return increased in conversion rates. For example, the company manufactures from rubber hoses, corrugated SS Flexible hoses, PTFE (smooth) & (convoluted) bore flexible hoses all the way to Ducting and an array of many other products. This has made the company the number one stop for many industries. This is because most of the industries are likely to find the products they are looking for at JRE. It is moving toward being the one stop hub in the industry.

The company's spokesperson further said, "Every client is equally important to us. Our team has been trained to treat all clients equally and with total respect and courtesy. This has in a v big way given our clients the feeling of acceptance. No one feels left out whether they come looking for Finn Power in India or any other product within our array of products. All this sums up to professionalism which has elevated us to the place we are in. Professionalism has earned us credibility as clients know that they can trust us to deliver in accordance with their needs in full. Making every client comfortable dealing with us helps us gain a larger pool of satisfied clients."

JRE has its own in-house modern technology. This has made it a pioneer in the hose assemblies industry. The use of the technology by the company has enabled it produce premium quality products such as their flexible Teflon Hose . It has also given them the ability to diversify the features of their products. This helped them capture the attention of most clients in various industries.

About JRE
JRE Private Limited Company was found in 1981 by the Late Shri.J.M Mehta. He is the founder of JR Group of Companies. The vision of the company was to become the leading manufacturer of Flexible Hose Assemblies and to provide services to every industry where flexible connections are required.

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The Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA) to Hold “Workplace of the Future: Driving Hyper Productivity” Panel Discussion in NYC for the Financial Industry

The Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA®), a not-for-profit organization that provides financial IT professionals a forum to learn from and connect with each other, will host a panel discussion on “Workplace of the Future: Driving Hyper Productivity” on February 20, 2019 in NYC. Panel Sponsors include: MediaPlatform, Slack, and Zoom Video Communications and Breakfast Sponsor: LoopUp. Johna Till Johnson, CEO & Founder, Nemertes Research will provide industry perspectives and moderate the discussion. For more information, please visit:

“Both the nature of work, and the tools we’re using to do it, are changing dramatically,” says Johna Till Johnson, CEO of Nemertes Research and WSTA content committee chair. “Next-generation collaboration tools are removing the barrier of distance, and cloud-based collaboration is an if, not a when, for most financial services firms. But to leverage these tools effectively, enterprise technologists need to think strategically.”

Panel Discussion Overview 
Next-generation messaging. Videoconferencing. Application and information-sharing. Office spaces designed to be as smart and virtual as your increasingly millennial workforce. This panel session features industry experts focusing on the way we work today, and tomorrow.

We’ll cover emerging technologies in communications and collaboration. We’ll take a look at processes for supporting remote employees and smart buildings. And we’ll discuss the “softer” aspects as well: How financial firms can recruit, retain, and grow an increasingly virtual, multitalented workforce. How education and training need to evolve to help employees cope with increasing demands for technical expertise and business acumen.

You’ll walk away with actionable next steps for energizing and enabling your workforce of the future.

About the Wall Street Technology Association 
The WSTA facilitates educational and networking events where members meet and exchange ideas and best practices that assist them in effectively capitalizing on technology advances in areas such as Cybersecurity, Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Data Management, Cloud, Blockchain, Digital, Architecture, etc. and dealing with financial industry business challenges. Founded in 1967, the WSTA is a not-for-profit association with a long history of evolving to meet the needs of its members.

The WSTA hosts seminars, roundtables, panel discussions, and social events. These events offer many opportunities to stay on top of leading technologies, as well as network and share information with industry colleagues. The WSTA’s educational Digital News provides additional content and information about the WSTA and industry-related activities. The website is a dynamic resource for keeping on top of the latest information and offers access to additional resources including webinars, white papers, blogs, videos, and information about other industry events.

Nemertes Research is a global research-based advisory and consulting firm that analyzes the business value of emerging technologies. Since 2002, we have provided strategic recommendations based on data-driven operational and business metrics to help organizations deliver successful technology transformation to employees and customers. Simply put: Nemertes’ better data helps clients make better decisions.

Posted in: Business,Professional Services,Technology

Arlington’s Largest Coworking Space, NuvoDesk, Set to Launch April 2019

The team at NuvoDesk is pleased to announce that they will officially open in April 2019, bringing to life Arlington’s biggest and boldest co-working space to date.

NuvoDesk will feature a massive 20,000 square foot facility brimming with rich amenities such as lightning fast wi-fi; receptionist services to cater to admin duties for guests; a hub where guests can have their own physical business address; a cafe whose menu boasts gluten-free items, beer, and wine; printing and copying; an elite Trackman Golf Simulator Room; a video and photo booth; and more.

The NuvoDesk facility is located at 2909 E. Arkansas Lane in Arlington, just a short distance from Cowboy Stadium, Globe Life Park, Texas Live, General Motors, UTA, The Epic and Epic Waters. NuvoDesk is near outlying cities, including Mansfield and Grand Prairie, making it easy for guests from nearby areas to take advantage of everything NuvoDesk has to offer.

For many entrepreneurs and startups, having an office is a necessity, but the cost of a dedicated office can be too much of a burden. NuvoDesk offers affordable office space in numerous designs suited to the needs of guests. As part of their membership, guests get the unique opportunity to meet other professionals in their area, network and collaborate.

NuvoDesk offers meeting rooms and conference rooms where guests and their clients can hold quiet meetings and negotiations.

At NuvoDesk, guests get to choose their “virtual office” based on the package that suits them best. For example, the Shared Desk Membership is 9 per month and lets guests come sit at a non-assigned workspace to make calls and get to work, plus the perks of membership. At 9 per month, the Dedicated Desk Membership gives guests their very own dedicated desk space and all of the perks that come with a NuvoDesk membership.

There’s even a standalone virtual mailbox package that includes basic mail receiving and forwarding services for per month.

For professionals who need a workspace just for a day, NuvoDesk offers .95 day passes.

NuvoDesk also offers another special advantage that other co-working spaces don’t: the NuvoDesk Investment Panel. Backed by a team of interested investors, this panel reviews business ideas within the NuvoDesk community of guests for possible funding.

More information can be found at

About NuvoDesk

NuvoDesk is Arlington’s largest co-working space, featuring 20,000 square feet of space designed to help entrepreneurs and startups innovate at their best. Decked with the best amenities, professionals have a Trackman Golf Simulator, video and photo booth, and cafe featuring gluten-free items, beer, and wine at their disposal.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs

Stephen Ray Joins Factoring Company Charter Capital as VP of Business Development

Charter Capital announced today that Stephen Ray has joined the factoring company to further develop their growing portfolio of accounts receivable factoring services. Stephen Ray comes with a wealth of experience within the factoring industry in underwriting and business development.

Stephen joins Charter Capital to continue success in providing accounts receivable financial services to many of the top industries it serves. Stephen says, “I'm thrilled to join the Charter Capital family and cherish the journey that I have before me."

Keith Mabe, Senior Vice president of Charter Capital says, “We are delighted to have Stephen join Charter Capital and look forward to him helping grow our client portfolio.” 
Charter Capital is a Texas based factoring company that has provided funding for small to medium sized businesses nationwide since 2001.

The unique aspect of Charter Capital is not only its flexibility in financing various industries, but also its ability to assist startup businesses. Funding programs are designed to provide a fast and steady source of working capital funds to businesses in need of an alternative to borrowing from traditional banks or costly online lenders. With a company mindset dedicated to fast, solution-oriented funding, Charter Capital fills the void created by limited access to traditional sources of working capital and gives small businesses a more reasonably priced option for funds than is typically offered by online lenders. Charter Capital offers factoring lines starting at ,000 up to million to customers in most industries.

To learn more about Charter Capital call 1-844-838-1424 or visit the website at

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Moddern Marketing Named Top 100 Healthcare Agency in North America by MM&M

Moddern Marketing (Moddern), an award-winning independently-owned integrated marketing agency, has been honored as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America by Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M), one of the nation's leading business publications serving the executive healthcare market.

Moddern has had a sustained run of growth in the healthcare sector since 2013, when it won its first health supplement client. Since then, the agency has added numerous national healthcare and health-related client business in medical devices, infant nutrition, advanced wound care, nerve stimulation, menopause relief, and marketing for orthopedic device distribution. moddern is especially well-versed in the spine sector and has a specialty in marketing ambulatory surgical centers. This is the first time the agency has been honored by MM&M with the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America award.

“It's a real honor for moddern to be named a Healthcare Agency of the year by MM&M. While we’ve been focused on our client business, it’s very rewarding to be recognized in this way for what we’ve accomplished on their behalf,” said Mark Kolier, co-founder and Managing Director of moddern.“From the beginning, we’ve been working diligently to tell the client story in a practical way, and to deliver observable results. It’s exciting for our team to be recognized in this way for the work we do every day.”

MM&M was first published in 1966 as Medical Marketing & Media, and today produces an essential mix of online breaking news and analysis combined with monthly print features. The content is designed for an executive audience of leaders and thinkers who work in pharma, medical devices, diagnostics, and greater healthcare marketing. Every year, the magazine produces several lists, conferences and events, and compiles an annual Agency Issue that features profiles of the top 100 healthcare marketing agencies in North America. It also runs the industry’s premier awards program, the MM&M awards, which celebrate creativity and effectiveness in healthcare marketing. Its parent company is Haymarket Media.

Moddern Marketing is an integrated marketing services agency based in New York City. With roots in direct marketing, the agency is focused on delivering strategy, creative, and media services in both online and offline environments with a watchful eye on effectiveness and driving measurable results. While moddern has clients in a variety of sectors, it began focusing on healthcare in 2013, and has since recruited against that discipline, while growing its client roster.

Posted in: Business,Education,Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

New Coloredge Strategic Initiative E Digitally Transforms Visual Marketing For Retail Industry

Coloredge, the largest provider of visual marketing solutions for upscale brands and retailers, announced today a new, national strategic initiative that will deepen Coloredge’s technology and service offerings to enhance its competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving retail market. The initiative, which spans three key parts of Coloredge’s business, will leverage digital technologies to change the way in which customers can adapt more easily to rapidly changing paradigms and allows Coloredge to be more customer centric.

The initiative has been underwritten by a new multi-million-dollar investment from its privately held owner, Saints Capital. The amount of the investment was not disclosed.

Transforming How Business is Done

“We’re very excited to move ahead with this transformative new initiative at Coloredge,” said Emmanuel Doe, CEO of Coloredge. “This retail industry is evolving faster than ever, and with this evolution comes the need for new capabilities and technologies. This new initiative we are putting into place will dramatically enhance how the retail marketplace can utilize the new enhanced framework of Coloredge to respond quickly to their customers and adopt the digital transformation that is upon them. When fully implemented, it will enable us to deliver exciting, timely and revenue generating results for our customers, vendors and partners,” Doe added.

“This latest investment in Coloredge underscores our deep commitment to the long-term success of Coloredge as a force for transformation in the industry,” said Ken Sawyer, Managing Director and Co- Founder of Saints Capital. “The eventual winners in this marketplace will be those companies that understand how to apply innovative approaches and accompanying technology to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s customers. That’s what Coloredge is committing to with this new initiative.”

A Broad Three-Point Plan

The new strategic initiative announced by Coloredge is focused on three key areas:

1. A new collaborative digital technology platform to respond to the new consumer lifecycle. As part of an intensive expansion of digital and creative capabilities, Coloredge will be investing in a new collaborative system that will enable design, manufacturing, asset and creative sharing among Coloredge, clients and partners. This will also provide creative experiential insight, manufacturing templates and improve time and cost to market. This is an especially timely enhancement as the retail market looks for new ways to adopt digital transformation.

2. Expansion of East Coast Operations. The initiative will support the purchase of additional best in class equipment and highly skilled staff, resulting in an improved total cost of ownership for customers. The expansion will help Coloredge deliver the high-end visual displays that result in exceptional and memorable consumer experiences. It will also help Coloredge deliver more customized capabilities to indie and startup brands who seek a trusted partner as they move beyond direct-to-consumer and e-commerce and into retail environments.

3. Funding for strategic acquisitions. The new capital will provide new funds with which Coloredge can potentially make strategic acquisitions, with an initial focus on the West Coast. This will boost Coloredge’s national presence and provide additional leverage for effectively serving its top 1,000 customers in key segments.

About Coloredge 
Coloredge is the largest provider of visual marketing solutions for upscale brands and retailers. With nationwide operations in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Carlstadt, New Jersey, Coloredge creates high-impact visual spaces for retailers, museums, events, arenas, and corporate environments. In addition to large-format imaging and digital display solutions, Coloredge provides leading brands with end-to-end creative services including graphic design, studio photography, CGI/3D imaging, creative retouching, packaging design and prototyping, and digital asset management. For more information, visit

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NTI@Home Launches Fresh, New Website for Americans with Disabilities

For more than 20 years, Boston-based non-profit NTI@Home has helped Americans with disabilities train for and find work-at-home jobs with Fortune 500 companies. NTI@Home is always working to find the best ways to meet the needs of Americans and veterans with disabilities, and to that end today launched a new website to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience. Alan Hubbard, Chief Operating Officer, said he likes the simplicity of the new site. “It is logically laid out and easy to understand. Potential employees will be able to quickly find the information they need to access and use NTI’s free services.” New and improved functionality allows users to navigate the process in a streamlined fashion on any device with the option to easily find and follow NTI@Home on all major social media sites. Director of Marketing Mike Sanders said he hopes this will "allow individuals with disabilities to reach out in easily accessible ways to ask questions and find answers as well as to engage in and follow NTI@Home’s advocacy efforts in the community and around the globe."

The new NTI@Home site also shares success stories of individuals with disabilities who have found independence and freedom through work-at-home jobs using the services NTI@Home provides. The site redesign provides a detailed overview of who is eligible for services and work-at-home employment and what steps are necessary to register. Information on how to access NTI’s free online training classes taught by industry professionals is also provided. Leah Terrasi, Senior Director of Employment Services, said “I’m excited about the new website and think it turned out great. The new format will make it easier for people to understand the services we offer and the steps involved to apply for our at-home positions.”

Created with the end-user in mind, the website was designed to be compatible with all the different browsers and mobile devices on which today’s consumers rely. Compared to the previous website, the new design provides easier to understand content and better navigation which will assist users who are interested in registering for NTI@Home’s services and learning more about returning to work following a disability.

The website also features press releases and other news items featuring NTI@Home and the disability advocacy work in which the non-profit is involved.

View the new site at

NTI is a 501 (c)(3) ( non-profit organization headquartered in Boston, MA. NTI has been providing job services to Americans with disabilities since 1995. The NTI@Home program provides free training and job search services for work-at-home customer service positions across the United States. The LandAjob program helps Americans on SSI/SSDI search for on-site jobs and get reimbursed for job related expenses. NTI pioneered staffing virtual call centers with Americans with Disabilities, including Disabled Veterans, who work from home.

Posted in: Business,Website & Blog

American Fiberglass Tank Repair Announces New Fiberglass Tanker Trailer Lining Facility in Franklin, NH

American Fiberglass Tank Repair (AFTR) has announced that it has equipped and commissioned an additional trailer lining facility at Mercantile Place in Franklin, NH. The new facility will immediately double AFTR’s dedicated trailer lining capacity. The new facility also offers additional inside space for future expansion. AFTR’s existing fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tank trailer lining facility is located in Ashland, NH.

“We are pleased to add this new facility, which will double our current capacity and provide additional opportunities for expansion,” said Jim Turcotte of AFTR’s Senior Management Team. He continued, “It is the ideal location to provide efficient service for our growing customer base of FRP tank trailer haulers operating in the Eastern U.S. and Canada.”

“I am excited that American Fiberglass Tank Repair has decided to expand its operations and facilities within our historic city,” commented Tony Giunta, Mayor of Franklin. “American Fiberglass Tank’s newest facility will boost the local economy by providing additional jobs and increasing our tax base. Our city prides itself on our simplified permitting process, and we’re currently working hard to provide an even more streamlined permitting process for outstanding development projects like Mercantile Place. This great development is a perfect example of why I like to say ‘Franklin is the city that works.’”

“We are pleased that American Fiberglass Tank Repair has signed on to become a cornerstone tenant in our Mercantile Place light industrial project,” said General Properties LLC representative Jeff Colner. “Strong support from the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, Town Planner, and Planning Board encouraged AFTR to partner with us in our renovation and expansion plans for Mercantile Place. We have enjoyed collaborating with AFTR to create their new state-of-the-art fiberglass tanker lining facility so close to their headquarters. We look forward to announcing more agreements as we work with our partners and advance our plans for the other buildings at Mercantile Place.”

When finished, the Mercantile Place business complex will be home to a mix of additional businesses, including FBG Tank Services, a branch of First Business Group; Sustainable Refining, a formulator of “Green” vehicle undercoating products; Poly Lining Systems; Online Motor Deals, LLC; and a vehicle service maintenance center. The complex will be managed by GP Property Management, a division of General Properties, LLC.

About American Fiberglass Tank Repair 
In addition to its NH based FRP tanker trailer lining business, American Fiberglass Tank Repair, LLC, also provides strategized services using regional technicians for its field service teams. Serving all of North America and focusing on the needs of the potable and wastewater industries as well as chemical processing operations, these fiberglass field service teams consist of specialists in the repair of fiberglass nozzles, tank leaks, shell cracks, as well as internal corrosion coat restoration, on all fiberglass vessels. Engineer-driven, the AFTR field service teams are seasoned technicians trained by the composites engineers who head up the AFTR operation. AFTR field crews are equipped to supply repairs and services to fiberglass vessels in all 50 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

More information is available at:

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

Strategy 2 Market Announces Stephen Kohler as Contributor to the Exploratory Product Development User Guide

Stephen Kohler, MBA, CPCC® of Northbrook, Illinois was appointed as a contributor to the Exploratory Product Development® (ExPD) User Guide authored by Mary Drotar and Kathy Morrissey, co-founders of Strategy 2 Market and Business Fit Framework. Stephen will be contributing to the People chapter that outlines the necessary leadership, team, organization and cultural components in implementing an adaptable product development process, like ExPD.

Stephen is the founder and CEO of Audira Lab, LLC, helping to empower leaders, teams, and organizations to achieve their objectives through professional coaching, facilitation and strategic planning. With over 25 years of corporate experience in marketing, product management & corporate strategy, Stephen has a passion for people, products, and potential. Stephen holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a BA from Northwestern University and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPCC®).

The Exploratory Product Development® (ExPD) User Guide is scheduled to be published in the Summer of 2019. Many companies today utilize some form of a traditional phased-and-gated product development process, which originated more than 50 years ago. It hasn’t changed substantially since then. Over time, only incremental improvements have been made to these traditional processes, but despite continual evolution, they are not keeping pace with the needs of today’s fast-moving, globalized world.

ExPD is taking the traditional approach to task on developing products. ExPD is an adaptable product development process that is based on reducing the most impactful product uncertainties and risks, versus the prescribed activities you find in a traditional process. Ultimately, ExPD helps companies keep pace and adapt to today’s fast-changing world.

Strategy 2 Market is a product development consulting firm that specializes in helping companies improve their product development processes. Including expertise in assisting companies to improve product development decision-making in today’s fast-moving world with a business intelligence software tool called the Business Fit Framework.

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Tier One Executive Search Expands Retail Dealership Practice

Detroit based automotive and manufacturing recruitment firm, Tier One Executive Search, is expanding its dealership recruitment practice in the USA and Canada. The firm's Senior Partner, Mark Thibodeau said, "People have always known us for the manufacturing side of our business, but we have also recruited for passenger car, recreation vehicle, off-highway equipment, and heavy vehicle retail operations for many years." Thibodeau went on to say that "Our focus in the next 12 months will be to grow our client base within the top 150 dealership groups in the passenger car segment"

Tier One Executive Search recruits on the manufacturing side of the automotive supply base in Asia, Europe and North America, but will continue to focus its retail practice strictly in the USA and Canada. Aynk Murtty, Director of Business Development for Tier One says, "We have taken steps to see that our retail practice grows to 30% of our overall revenues by 2020 - right now we are less than 15% on the dealership side." Murtty also stated that 2 key people have been put in place on the fulfillment side of the business to support this effort. "We have always been process driven and our recruitment process is the same, robust process for both the retail and the manufacturing side of our business. The key thing is that we are able to consistantly deliver talent that has a positive impact on our client companies.", he said. Tier One recruits for dealer groups at senior levels as well as at the store level for General Managers, Sales/Leasing Managers, and Finance and Service Managers with the United States and Canada.

Posted in: Business,Retail

“Female Led Design Team” excel with innovative approach at the Charm Hotel, Brighton”

The Charm Hotel, Brighton has made significant progress to empower women in entrepreneurship. Establishing the idea when it first set up in the UK in June 2016 Female Entrepreneurship has been central to its success, achieving more gender balance in Sussex entrepreneurship. The Charm, the upscale, full-service luxury boutique hotel which was listed on Traveler's 2017 "Hot List," in the UK - the insider's guide to the newest, hottest hotels, restaurants, spas and nightclubs opened across the UK has now undergone an extensive expansion including the addition of luxurious Spa facilities as well as 9 new luxury suites enhancing and transforming this listed Brighton boutique hotel The new “Charm Spa Suite” which was officially opened for business in December 2018 is a good example of where the hotel owned by the Golden Lotus Group has carried this forward.

The design was led by a team of three women, architect Linda Turner, interior designer Emma Kewley and artist collaborator, Ruthie Martin whose paintings are proudly displayed all-round the hotel including the bedroom suites. The team believe that having a woman led design team has resulted in a focus on guest enjoyment and together they wanted to increase the opportunities for relaxation and indulgence for guests and the local community at large. The Suite is designed for guest enjoyment as well as for the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy.

The Suite encompasses a luxurious Steam Room to accommodate guests, clients and romantic couples, top range quality and deluxe Hot Tub in a lush private garden, a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. To complete the Spa Suite the interior focus is on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and plants with unique artwork and soft furnishings creating a calming atmosphere to help you chill out and relax. Emma Kewley, Interior Designer at Interior Folk has previously worked with the owners on other hotel renovation projects in Sussex, explained “The new interior fuses contemporary fabrics and colours with traditional, period features, epitomising elegance with a modern-day style.


The spa areas focus on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and planting creating a sense of well-being. There’s an array of unique artwork by artist collaborator, Ruthie Martin and soft furnishings taking inspiration from the hotel’s urban and beach side surroundings.” Linda Turner, Architect, comment: “The renovation of a listed building is always challenging, requiring a sensitive and open-minded approach in order to retain the essence of the original building, whilst also updating it for modern requirements. This project with its female led approach has allowed us to create an environment that fuses both the traditional and modern aesthetic with a light sensitive touch.”

Leo Nguyen, The General Manager of the Charm said, “This strategic investment to support women to realise their full potential is not only the right thing to do, but also critical to Brighton’s economic prosperity. We are proud to make this investment and more to come in 2019.” There is an introductory offer for the new “Charm Spa Suite” of FREE One hour of Spa treatment worth £60 for a minimum of 2 nights stay in the Hotel with EITHER the luxurious Steam Room or the Deluxe Hot Tub. Please contact the hotel directly for this very special deal. This offer is only valued till the end of March 2019. For more information about the Charm and the Spa Suite checkout or call 01273 021 085. Rooms at the Charm & Spa start at £90 and include breakfast. Follow the Hotel on For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email

The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa,

20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK

Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085

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Your Surgeon Trained Themself with YouTube -- If You're Lucky

The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Technology Management Program (TMP) – an academic department offering Ph.D., Master’s, and Certificates in Technology Management -- announced today newly-available insights into research conducted by TMP Associate Professor Matt Beane. Based on a three-and-a-half-year research study conducted while a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a faculty member at UCSB, Beane’s findings show that current deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), or intelligent machines, is not only inhibiting critical on-the-job learning but potentially creating obstacles to AI-driven productivity gains. In rare cases, according to Beane, workers are creating so-called “deviant” means to acquire the capabilities they need – a phenomenon he has defined as “Shadow Learning.” Beane presents his work in a newly released TED Talkavailable on the homepage on Monday, February 4, 2019. Matt will also expand and update his findings along with potential solutions in an upcoming Harvard Business Review, available in mid-2019.

It has been estimated that between one-half to one billion workers will be required to adapt to artificial intelligence – the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” -- in their daily work by 2030 (McKinsey Global Institute). While this -- and much of the volume of research conducted to date -- has focused primarily on the potential efficiencies and growth afforded by AI (along with associated worker displacement), relatively little has been published on issues related to how workers are adapting to these technologies. In his research, “Shadow Learning: Building Robotic Surgical Skill When Approved Means Fail,” published in Administrative Science Quarterly in 2018, Beane finds that in our quest for AI-driven productivity, we are compromising critical, presupposed pathways for learning on the job. Given that most of us learn to perform our work on the job – not in formal training – this new status quo threatens workers’ ability to learn new skills and adapt to challenges presented by increasingly intelligent machines.

“Intelligent machines offer unprecedented efficiency and quality improvements. And while many of us may lose or gain jobs as a result, many, many more of us will have to adapt to these technologies in the jobs we have,” said Beane. “Unfortunately, we’ve been redesigning work to take advantage of these technologies far faster than we’ve been redesigning learning and development. Ironically, these intelligent machines are at the center of the trouble. We’re currently deploying AI in ways that are actually preventing workers from learning by doing – the most common and effective process for getting the new skills to adapt to these new technologies.”

During “TED Salon: The Next Wave,” a condensed version of a TED flagship conference featuring talks focused on the opportunities, tools, and pitfalls of AI, Matt Beane draws from the research he began while a graduate student at MIT. In those years and until today, he has done extensive field research on work involving robots to help us understand the implications of intelligent machines for the broader world of work. Any one of Beane’s projects include many hundreds of hours - sometimes years - watching, interviewing and often working side by side with people trying to work with robots to get their jobs done. Matt has completed projects on robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care, and knowledge work. His study of robotic surgery covered residency programs at 18 of the top teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

In that study, he found that robots were used in a way that blocked a trainee’s ability to learn on the job and distanced them from a mentor or expert. In traditional or open surgery, the surgeon relied on the resident (or surgical trainee) to participate in the procedure. As a result, residents learned by doing, as they have historically. During robotic surgery, Beane observed something different. “Rather than having their hands in the work, residents and assistants watched the procedure on television. Their on-the-job learning was sacrificed for the sake of efficiency and safety,” said Beane.

The practice residents received during robotic surgery was also lower-quality because of what Beane called helicopter teaching – or giving frequent and very public feedback to residents and intermittently taking control of the robot away from them. To counter this lower-quality learning experience, Beane found a very few residents went to extreme measures, deviating from prescribed training and engaging in what Beane has called “Shadow Learning.” Residents focused on robotic surgery in medical school at the expense of generalist training, engaged in extensive practice on simulators, watched procedures on YouTube and performed robotic surgery with limited expert supervision.

“Surgeons are graduating without sufficient generalist knowledge or utilizing robotic tools due to a lack of experience and mentorship,” said Beane. One of his informants, a Chief of Urology, said this plainly: “They [new surgeons] trained in top programs that teach robotic surgery. And they suck now. I mean these guys can’t do it. They haven’t had any experience doing it. They've watched it happen. Watching a movie doesn’t make you an actor.”

In the last year, Beane has compared his findings with dozens of researchers who have examined the implications of increasingly intelligent machines in other industries such as investment banking and law enforcement. Their data showed evidence of Beane’s findings. The expanded picture and proposed solutions will be published in an upcoming edition of Harvard Business Review (expected in mid-2019).

Beane believes there is an opportunity to alleviate the learning and training problem associated with intelligent machines. He suggests they can be part of the solution: these technologies can coach learners when they are struggling; guide experts on their mentorship, and connect these two groups in smart ways. He notes that some are working on systems like these, but that they are focused on formal training, while the deeper crisis is in on-the-job learning. Making progress on these issues is both critical and daunting, he says: “On-the-job learning is essential for millions of people in countless industries, so hopefully we’ll see more attention in this direction soon. We have to do better – much better – than the status quo.”

About Matt Beane

Matt Beane is an Associate Professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Research Affiliate with MIT's Institute for the Digital Economy. Matt studies deviance in work involving machine intelligence - and specifically robotics. He asks questions like "How do workers, organizations and even AI engage in deviance, and what happens when they do?" Matt has done extensive field research on robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care, and knowledge work.

Matt received his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Information Technologies department. His research on robotic surgery was published in 2018 in Administrative Science Quarterly; his work on robotic telepresence was published in 2014 in Organization Science. Matt was selected in 2012 as a Human-Robot Interaction Pioneer and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as Wired, MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes, and Robohub. Matt also took a two-year hiatus from his doctoral studies to help found and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full-stack IoT startup.

About Technology Management Program at UCSB

The Technology Management Program (TMP) at UCSB prepares emerging and experienced professionals with the management skills necessary to lead established or start-up business initiatives within fast-paced, rapidly changing, technology-based enterprises. An academic department that combines a curriculum of theory, practice, and mentorship at the intersection of technology, business, and social science, TMP offers a Ph.D. in Technology Management, a professional Master’s of Technology Management, as well as UC-recognized certificates to current undergraduate and graduate students. Doctoral students study and conduct research along with leading scholars in organizational theory, organizational behavior, technology studies, and strategy. Curriculum for professional master's students is designed to train future technology and business leaders, with a focus on providing students with the knowledge and experience to perform effectively in, and give leadership to, global technology teams. Within the certificate programs, TMP offers driven, innovative, and entrepreneurial students an in-depth understanding of business principles and professional skills vital to their success after graduation. TMP’s annual New Venture Competition (NVC) exposes students to product ideation, team formation, business model development, market validation, and the art of presentation. The new Wilcox Venture Incubator allows students to further develop new business ventures while working alongside mentors, IP and legal experts, and faculty -- preparing them for successful careers as business leaders and entrepreneurs. For more information about TMP, go to

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on and other channels.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.

Follow TED on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

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RSS Email Newsletters Put PRWeb on your site BitcoinTaxes Announces Import Support for the Latest Release of TurboTax Online

CoinsTax, LLC, the owner of BitcoinTaxes ( have announced that it has teamed up with TurboTax Online® from Intuit®. BitcoinTaxes now has a report that enables users to import their cryptocurrency capital gains directly into TurboTax Online. The combination of BitcoinTaxes and TurboTax Online will save even a casual trader a substantial amount of time in preparing their taxes.

Now the IRS has opened e-filing, taxpayers who purchase the 2018 Premier and above versions of Intuit’s TurboTax Online will have access to a new Cryptocurrency section. With a few clicks, capital gains transactions can be uploaded directly into Form 1040 Schedule D.

Colin Mackie, CEO of CoinsTax, said “We are working with TurboTax Online to make filing crypto taxes much easier. Until now, tax preparation software has provided limited cryptocurrency support. The new Cryptocurrency section in TurboTax Online with its import from Bitcoin.Tax will save everyone a lot of time.”

BitcoinTaxes significantly reduces the work involved for traders to calculate their crypto taxes, especially when using multiple exchanges, such as Coinbase, Gemini, and Poloniex. The service provides the ability to import trading data directly from major exchanges into the user’s account. Capitals gains and income reports are calculated and available to download for use with tax software or sending to a user’s accountant.

BitcoinTaxes has provided more information and instructions on how to import using TurboTax Online, which can be found on their website at:

A free, limited version of BitcoinTaxes is available at Paid versions of BitcoinTaxes start at .95 per tax year for up to 1,000 transactions. Getting started with BitcoinTaxes is easy for even non-technical users and new customers can follow the 7 Easy Steps Guide to use their account.

About CoinsTax, LLC – Launched in 2014, BitcoinTaxes was the original do-it-yourself tax calculation software for the active cryptocurrency trader. The system is proved as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and is a leader in the rapidly growing cryptocurrency tools segment of Fintech.

For more information about the company, please go to the CoinsTax website at

Posted in: Business,Commodity Market

Governor Kim Reynolds Visits Spin Markket On Condition Of The State Tour

Iowa Workforce Development recommended Spin Markket as a business that the Governor should visit. The discussion focused on how Spin Markket works with businesses around the state to tell their story about their business for customers and use that same strategy for recruiting new employees.

Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State Tour is talking to businesses about Future Ready Iowa and Empower Rural Iowa Initiative that focuses on broadband, housing, and workforce across the state.

How a business appears online is a critical element in creating that positive story. With 95% of future customers viewing businesses online before they decide to buy, how that business appears is the deciding factor between a sale and no sale. The exact same scenario applies to recruiting employees. The first place that a potential employee goes is online to learn more about that business before submitting a resume or inquiry about the job opportunity.

“We use a variety of digital and social media marketing strategies to tell that story about the clients we serve,” states Cheryl O’Hern with Spin Markket. “That same strategy is used when that client is looking at growing their employment opportunities within their business. Posting an open job position is just not enough anymore with such a low unemployment rate across the state”.

Governor Reynolds also had a great conversation with Jessica Nemechek who will be an intern with Spin Markket starting in March. Jessica is a student at Buena Vista University and will be graduating in May with a degree in business and marketing. Internships are just one of the ways businesses can recruit future employees and create jobs that keep our graduating youth in the state.

The discussion also addressed two additional initiatives that Spin Markket participates in that focus on recruitment and community branding.

Dental Connection is a non-profit advisory group that works with dental professionals and graduating dental students in providing practice management support. The Advisory Group with Dental Connection is composed of professionals that specialize in services for dental professionals. In the group, dental professionals and students can network with a cpa, bank loan officer, healthcare real estate specialist, lawyer, dental equipment, construction and technical advisor, dental supply and systems advisor, marketing advisor, dentist and dental hygienist.

Branding communities to recruit future workforce along with potential businesses is the focus of #ThisIsFortDodge. The community branding campaign kicked off in 2016 and has grown to reach thousands every week through a strategically managed digital and social media marketing plan. It is common to receive posted comments from visitors across the world every week that routinely follow the community through #ThisisFortDodge.

Spin Markket is located at 726 1st Avenue North, Fort Dodge, IA. Additional information on the business can be found at, by emailing to or calling 515-302-8026. Everyone is invited to follow along on FacebookYouTube, and Twitter

Posted in: Business,Government & Politics

Casamba LLC, Selects GoMarketing Inc. as Their Online Marketing and Advertising Firm

GoMarketing, is proud to announce its relationship with Casamba, the Agoura Hills, California-based EMR and software solutions provider. GoMarketing will provide online design, development, marketing and advertising services for Casamba. 

"We are very excited to be working with such an established and respected digital healthcare solutions firm as Casamba," said GoMarketing President Richard Uzelac. "They have a great reputation for their products and our job is to make sure everyone knows what Casamba can do to help healthcare professionals to accomplish their work."

Casamba provides EMR solutions for contract therapy, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, and home health and hospice care settings. In addition to online marketing and website design and development, GoMarketing has been tasked to properly position Casamba and their products for maximum exposure to healthcare professionals and facilities. 

"Casamba is continually improving their products and raising the bar on for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Outpatient Therapy Clinics, and Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty providers. Our job then is to keep their client's healthcare fields informed of these innovations and how these new products can truly help them to provide better service and care to their patients, " Richard Uzelac of GoMarketing said.

About Casamba LLC 
Founded in 1997, Casamba provides EMR solutions in contract therapy, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, and home health and hospice care settings. Its solutions are designed to maximize both business and clinical success for providers across the entire continuum of post-acute care.

Casamba is headquartered in Agoura Hills, CA and has locations in Wilmington, MA and Hoover, AL.

GoMarketing Inc. 
Since 2010, GoMarketing of Thousand Oaks CA has provided professional internet marketing, advertising, design and development for Corporations, Businesses and Professionals. They provide personal care with each Client and make sure to collaborate with the Client to make their online goals a reality.

Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales

The World’s Largest Business Conference Ever Starts Friday

The world’s number-one sales trainer, self-made multimillionaire, and real estate expert Grant Cardone sold out what will be the largest entrepreneurial conference ever with over 35,000 attendees coming February 1-3 to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. Guinness Book of World Records has been invited to witness and document the historic occasion.

The conference will span three days with world-class experts covering topics like sales, marketing, building an ideal life, branding and more. The meet up will have an estimated economic impact of over 5 million to the surrounding Miami area.

Presenters for this historic event include:   

  • Steve Harvey - #1 TV personality in the world
  • Grant Cardone - World's #1 Sales Trainer & Real Estate Mogul
  • Ryan Deiss - Leading authority on digital marketing with over 10 million marketers subscribed
  • Sara Blakely - First billionaire businesswoman in the world and SPANX creator
  • John Maxwell - The #1 leadership expert in the history of the world
  • Elena Cardone - Philanthropist, Speaker, Author, and Empire Builder
  • Russell Brunson - The #1 online sales expert and ClickFunnel creator
  • Daymond John - Leading entrepreneurial expert and founder of FUBU
  • Tai Lopez - Top Social Media Expert and advisor to over twenty multi-million dollar businesses
  • Jesse Itzler - Master entrepreneur, Marquis Jet founder, and Atlantic Hawks owner
  • Bethenny Frankel - Top lifestyle branding expert, Skinnygirl creator and TV celebrity
  • Pete Vargas - Expert on getting Stages Booked


"10X Growth Conference is bringing together a lineup that won't be found anywhere else and is a tremendous value both in terms of access to these power players and the networking opportunities that will be available." – Sheri Hamilton, COO of Cardone Training Technologies Inc.

For more on this historic conference, visit

About Grant Cardone: Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, international social media influencer, the number one sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate, investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. He owns five companies with annual revenues exceeding 0 million.  He is a regular guest on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC. He also is a contributing writer for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider, and the Huffington Post.

Posted in: Business

After Delivering Numerous Tableau Training Classes Exist Management LLC (ExistBI), Prestigious Aerospace Client Returns for Tableau Consulting Project

An award winning avionic and information technology service company contracted ExistBI to train teams on Tableau Desktop capabilities. One of ExistBIs certified Tableau trainers delivered their popular three-day Tableau Desktop Bootcamp on-site, on-time and within budget. This unique three-day Tableau Bootcamp combines the Tableau Fundamentals and Intermediate curriculum. The custom training program provides materials and extensive hands-on exercises to re-enforce the skills and knowledge attained.

The trainer then returned to the company with more custom training and workshops to develop Tableau dashboards for the senior management team to help with their current merger. These additional training days were requested by the company's directors and were designed to be fit for purpose to meet the client's needs. The customer was so pleased with the quality of the training received that they appointed ExistBI for their complex Tableau consultancy project that followed. The Tableau consulting services was delivered remotely, as and when the management team required further development and support.

'We pride ourselves on providing experience, skilled and professional trainers and consultants. We frequently have returning customers, as clients like to continue the relationship they have built with our data specialists.' Max Russ, Senior Director, ExistBI

Alongside this recent training and consulting project, ExistBI have recently provided enterprise reporting and business intelligence training to a variety of industry sectors. From finance, government, technology, healthcare, wholesale, academia, media and much more. Some recent ExistBI clients include: Barclays, US Bank, Justice Department, US Veteran Affairs, DOJ, Dropbox, Cox Communication, Costco, HealthNet, Integra, USC just to name a few. This is an indicator of how all industry sectors highly value the need for self-service analytics and data consulting services. To find out more about ExistBI's Tableau training schedules, visit their website.

About ExistBI
ExistBI solves our client's toughest challenges by providing unmatched solutions and services in data strategy, big data consulting, business intelligence implementation, technical support and training. With offices in the US, UK and Europe, they partner with fast growing start-ups, medium to large Companies and government organizations, driving innovation through intelligent data led initiatives. They have experience across most industries and all business functions to deliver transformational outcomes for a demanding new digital world.

Learn more at ExistBI

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Technology

Quality over Quantity in Bali at the PADI IDC with Markus Gstrein at Joe's Gone Diving. What Makes Joe's Instructor Course Different

The past year was great success here in Bali for Joe's Gone Diving and their professional PADI diver training. During 2019 Markus certified 26 Instructors also 4 IDC staff Instructors and more then 25 Divemasters which earned him the famous sought after Platinum Course Director rating. Markus is training dive professionals since 2014. The goal for his 6th year is not to getting any bigger IDC's, but better Quality Instructor level courses. 

As the Open water diver course revision in 2013 changed the way we teach the world how to dive. We are in for even bigger changes in 2019. As PADI is revising the most sought after and most objective Instructor Development program in the diving world. As mentioned the Open water course was revised, with neutral buoyancy and self awareness in mind to create fully functional Open Water divers. For the new curriculum on the IDC it will go towards more practical workshops rather than lectures in the classroom. Markus started in 2018 to implement neutral buoyant skills for Divemaster and IDC training which turned out harder than expected, more than half of the candidates however succeeded. Which is of course not an excuse to give up, but to find different techniques to make it work, not only for some individuals. You can read more about teaching on your knees vs. neutral buoyant in this Blog. This was and will be the main goal for this year to stay the course and produce more competent Instructors. Which are able to teach divers the do's and dont's about buoyancy.

For that Markus created an interactive online learning platform which enables all of his student's at Joe's gone diving to get their theory out of the way if they start studying a couple of weeks prior to the IDC. On this PADI IDC learning platform you will find the key concepts about Physics, Physiology, Equipment, RDP, Skills and Environment. You can visualise your skills with our neutral buoyant demonstration videos from Joe's IDC Staff Instructors and Course Director. Further you can also test your knowledge with specific topic quizzes or with our simulated PADI Instructor Exam.

This online Classroom prepares Markus's candidates for the theoretical part in the best possible way. So he can focus even more on practical skills and teaching techniques in Water.

What is new in 2019 at Joe's Gone Diving?

Markus will add Adaptive teaching technique workshops, as more people with disabilities are getting certified, and it is a good to have a head start in holistic teaching and how to apply it. To go with the trend all of the instructor candidates will have a try out in Sidemount diving to understand the needs of double tank and technical divers. Also some insider tips on how Underwater Cameras work and what it does in the industry will be new in this years IDC curriculum.

The main strength of Markus is the can do attitude and he'll be around 24/7 during your IDC either in person or during night time on his phone. So yes you can call him in the middle of the night if you have any questions related to balloons or partial pressure. Also if you struggle with English, the Course Director handles German and Spanish. Joe's Staff Instructors can help in Indonesian and Dutch. Also after your IDC you can count on his support. Either with a learn to teach internship for the right candidate to gain more hands on experience. Or any teaching, equipment, employment or risk management question you might have. 

What is there to do next? Find more information at Joe's Homepage and book your Course for 2019! Joe's has scheduled 10 Courses throughout the year. Find the whole 2019 IDC Schedule here.

Ready to love your Job? Best to start into the new year with the PADI IDC in Bali at Joe's Gone Diving with PADI Course Director Markus Gstrein.

About Joe's Gone Diving
Joe's Gone Diving ( based in Sanur/Bali/Indonesia is one of the leading PADI 5 Star IDC centres on the Island. Our training focuses on professional diving education from Divemaster to Instructor level.

Posted in: Automotive,Business,Professional Services

Cilajet Aviation Grade Becomes WBENC and WOSB Certified

Cilajet Aviation Grade, an auto paint protection company primarily sold and applied at select automotive dealerships worldwide, has become a certified Women's Business Enterprise Company, which globally identifies, recognizes and facilitates the development of women-owned businesses. 

"We are honored to be among so many incredible women-owned small and large businesses in allegiance with WBENC. I founded Cilajet, as a single mom, after spending 20+ years in the automotive industry. I learned early in my career that perseverance, hard work, a desire to succeed, as well as having to prove myself has helped shape who I am today. Cilajet is a company borne out of a desire to redefine this unique segment of our industry by having the best product, sincerely caring about our customers, and operating every day with integrity."

About Cilajet
Cilajet Aviation Grade was originally developed for the commercial aerospace industry as an anti-corrosive sealant for painted and metal surfaces. As such, Cilajet conforms to the most recent Boeing Specifications (D6-17487 Rev. T), as well as Airbus AIMS09-00-002. Cilajet Aviation Grade was made available to the automobile industry in 2007. Since that time, Cilajet has been recognized throughout the industry as the premier coating to protect a vehicle's finish from harsh environmental contaminants such as UV rays, bird droppings, and acid rain.


Posted in: Automotive,Business

VivoAquatics Receives Growth Investment, Led by Level Equity

VivoAquatics, the leading water management and real-time monitoring platform for hotels, resorts, fitness clubs and other commercial facilities announced it has secured Series A financing led by Level Equity, a growth equity firm focused on software and automation companies. The funding represents another milestone for the company as leading brands and properties continue to adopt the VivoPoint software and IoT platform to proactively manage the risks and costs of water within a facility while improving the guest experience. Funds will be used to expand the suite of integrations across a commercial facility, expand sales and marketing, and drive strategic opportunities.

“We are thrilled to partner with Level Equity and our investor group to help facility and engineering leaders better manage water across commercial properties to protect their brand and assets,” says Willan Johnson, CEO of VivoAquatics. “This is a dynamic and growing industry and we look forward to providing the applications and tools to assist facility owners and managers create baselines and benchmarks, establish standards and provide real-time monitoring and support to help them manage water more cost effectively and safely.” 
VivoPoint is a platform of controllers, sensors, communication gateways and software to provide facilities with real-time control and monitoring of water quality and usage (both water and energy). VivoPoint is currently used by hundreds of commercial facilities including many of the world’s leading resorts, waterparks and hospitality organizations to manage their recreational water (i.e., swimming pools, spas, lakes, streams, fountains). The company is now piloting VivoPoint across other functions (i.e., irrigation, cooling towers, etc.) within a facility.

“We recognize that commercial facility owners and managers face a daunting task in managing water as compliance and safety requirements increase, sustainability objectives are set, and costs increase,” said George McCulloch, Founder and Co-CEO of Level Equity. “VivoAquatics’ strong industry experience, exceptional and capital efficient growth and their amazing client orientation sets them apart as a market leader. We share their vision for continuing to build a world class software and IoT solution.”

About VivoAquatics: 
Founded in 2015, VivoAquatics is an innovative water management company providing automation solutions to hospitality destinations, water parks, fitness clubs, multi-family REITs and municipalities through its VivoPoint application. The brand's services and and VivoPoint software solution is specially designed to give clients greater control over their systems, equipment and staff for improved operational efficiency and ongoing cost-savings. For more information on VivoAquatics, please visit

About Level Equity: 
Based in New York, NY, Level Equity is a growth equity firm focused on providing capital to rapidly growing software and internet companies. The firm manages over .65 billion across a series of long term committed investment partnerships. For more information about Level Equity, visit

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Manufacturing & Industry

Argos Risk Proudly Announces Partnership with Magic-Wrighter

Argos Risk, a leading provider of Third-Party Risk Intelligence (TPRI) solutions for managing and monitoring the financial viability and overall health of third-party relationships, is excited to announce its Affiliate Partnership with Magic-Wrighter. Magic-Wrighter has been recognized as a payments industry leader and is the longest-standing independently owned ACH service provider in the U.S. They will now market Argos Risk’s flagship solution, AR Surveillance to financial institutions, businesses, municipalities and schools who have selected them as their payments technology partner.

“Unlike most third-party service providers, Magic-Wrighter is truly a single-source partnership for all electronic payments solutions including integrated processing for ACH solutions that are core agnostic and affordable,” said Stephen Harding, National Sales Executive, of Magic-Wrighter.

“We are excited,” stated Bob Wright, President/CEO and founder of Magic-Wrighter, “about the Risk Management Services that Argos Risk brings to the payment industry. We look forward to presenting these Risk Mitigation services to our financial institution partners to help them with evaluating their customer relationships as well as their ongoing regulatory compliance needs.”

AR Surveillance gathers and monitors information from 32+ Million companies and utilizes 10,000+ data points to assign easy-to-understand risk scores in third-party relationships. It automatically generates and sends alerts about significant changes to those organizations; such as key executive changes, lawsuits, liens, mergers, acquisitions and other material news and events. Over 500,000 alerts have been delivered to our users with 7.5 Million updates annually.

“Processing ACH payments open companies up to an undeniable amount of risk and requires safeguards to manage and mitigate third-party risk. AR Surveillance enables ODFIs to receive alerts, monitor, and quickly and easily evaluate the current business viability of any ACH/RDC originator,” said Lori Frank, President and CEO of Argos Risk. "We are looking forward to working with Magic-Wrighter and helping their customers solve the challenges of keeping their risk limits current and in alignment with the business health of the originator relationships," added Frank.

About Argos Risk 
At Argos Risk, we are experts in financial risk management services and fulfill a need for timely and comprehensive risk mitigation knowledge. We provide innovative and affordable subscription services that help companies manage the risks associated with their third-party relationships such as ACH/RDC originators, vendors, and direct and indirect lending clients. For additional information, visit

About Magic-Wrighter 
Established in 1982, Magic-Wrighter has been recognized as a payments industry leader and is the longest-standing independently owned ACH service provider in the U.S. Over 700 financial institutions, 4,000 businesses, 500 municipalities and 5,000 schools have selected Magic-Wrighter as their payments technology partner. Magic-Wrighter’s NACHA and PCI/DSS Level 1 certifications ensure payment data is secure and eliminates the worries associated with payment processing compliance. Magic-Wrighter’ s multi-channel payment solutions help its clients gain access to new markets, improve account retention, and create new opportunities. To learn more about Magic-Wrighter, visit

Posted in: Business,Finance Market

By 2021, Cyber Security Market to Reach USD 180.77 Billion, Globally: Zion Market Research

According to the research report published by Zion Market Research, global cyber security market was valued at USD 105.45 billion in 2015, is expected to reach USD 181.77 billion by 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% between 2016 and 2021.

Cyber crime is not new but it seems it is getting worse with the rapid advances in the use of information technology. Higher the rate of cyber attacks, higher is the cost of damage control and security for businesses. Here comes the cyber security in picture. Nowadays, the online world is more active as compared to the offline one, which also means that the information is online and available to everyone. The misuse of the facilities results in abrasion of public confidence and major financial loss. Cyber security is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Earlier, office automation was the focussed area and was of the most concern. Presently, this definition has changed to enhancing the customer experience, obtaining a competitive advantage, and providing customers a completely new dimension in which they can experience the product or service.

The cyber security market is one of the highest growing markets in the information technology domain and it yields large economic opportunities. Growing risks such as computer hacking, software piracy, and virus deployment are increasing the demand for cyber securities services. The governments of various countries are increasing their investment in cyber security owing to development in computer interconnectivity and remarkable growth in computing power of government networks.

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The data from security firm BTB Security show that there is a drastic and considerable change in the number of breaches and identity thefts in 2015 as compared to 2005. Such security breaches cause serious financial damage. However, as there is no standard model for estimating the cost of an incident, the only data available are that which are made public by the organizations involved.

Some of the key players involved in global cyber security market include Symantec, IBM, McAfee, Northrop Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton, CSC among others.

The vulnerability of enterprises on information technology and stored sensitive digitally data have provided ample opportunities to cyber-attackers with financial gain being the primary motive. Solution providers’ major focus is in research and development to develop next-generation security solutions to provide higher security. For example, The Department of Homeland Security is publicizing eight new cyber security technologies developed under federal grants that are looking for private businesses to turn them into commercial products. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) developed an innovative cyber security technology which helps the government to protect critical data, mitigate risks, and establish a comprehensive defence against cyber-attacks.

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There is also a greater focus on the intelligence-led security as conventional security technologies including web, content management and network security are unable to deliver the tracking of security incidents. The cyber security market is anticipated to witness high demand for cloud-based applications as government organizations are going for the cloud platform for data sharing.

The cyber security market is segmented based on security types, solution, and vertical and by regions. On the basic of security types market is divided into network security, cloud security, wireless security and others. Cyber solution segment includes identity and access management (IAM), encryption, risk and compliance management, data loss prevention, antivirus and antimalware, firewall and others. By vertical, market is segmented into aerospace, government, financial services, telecommunication, healthcare, and others.

In 2015, North America dominated the cyber security market owing to the increasing cyber crime and strict government rules against it. Asia Pacific is a fastest growing regional market for cyber security market due to increasing number of internet users in China and India.

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Zion Market Research is an obligated company. We create futuristic, cutting edge, informative reports ranging from industry reports, company reports to country reports. We provide our clients not only with market statistics unveiled by avowed private publishers and public organizations but also with vogue and newest industry reports along with pre-eminent and niche company profiles. Our database of market research reports comprises a wide variety of reports from cardinal industries. Our database is been updated constantly in order to fulfill our clients with prompt and direct online access to our database. Keeping in mind the client’s needs, we have included expert insights on global industries, products, and market trends in this database. Last but not the least, we make it our duty to ensure the success of clients connected to us—after all—if you do well, a little of the light shines on us.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Technology

Tony Bice, Finance Made Easy is finalist in The Adviser Better Business Awards 2019

Tony Bice, Finance Made Easy recently was honored as one of the finalists in the category of Best Finance Broker by the Better Business Awards 2019.

Tony has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Diploma in Financial Planning. He is also a member of the MFAA (Mortgage and Finance Industry Association).

Tony has a background in Finance and Banking, having spent 20 years working in senior management with the Commonwealth Bank. He then spent the last 8 years, again in senior management, working for two of the largest Aggregators in Australia – Lawfund, and Firstfolio, and more recently has accepted a role as an Area Director with Firstfolio overseeing/managing the groups key Mortgage Brokers. He has been a Mortgage Broker for the past 8 years and as a Director of Finance Made Easy is responsible for the overall growth of the company’s sales and operations.

About The Adviser Better Business Awards

The Adviser’s Better Business Awards is the peak event for mortgage and finance brokers.

A packed single-day conference will provide insights to attendees on how to drive your business forward through every market cycle, reach more clients and harness the latest marketing techniques to ensure you grow your volumes year-on-year.

In the evening, the industry’s best will stand and be recognized at the Better Business Awards – Australia’s biggest state-based awards for brokers.

About The Adviser

Since its inception, over a decade ago, The Adviser has become the pre-eminent and most respected media brand in the mortgage and finance broking industry.

Covering the latest news as well analysis and trends, The Adviser is where mortgage and finance brokers turn for news. The Adviser also produces a series of podcasts for brokers as well as events to celebrate the work done by Australian mortgage and finance brokers.

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The Resource Group Listed in Bob Scott's VAR Stars 2018

 The Resource Group has been included in Bob Scott's list of 2018 VAR Stars, a group of 100 Value Added Resellers (VARs) for mid-market accounting software. This unranked listing of VARs in the United States showcases accounting software resellers who demonstrate growth and leadership in the industry. According to Bob Scott's report, "the selection of mid-market accounting software resellers for Bob Scott's VAR Stars rests on one basic principal: quality, not revenue." 

According to Marty Schillaci, Chief Executive Officer of The Resource Group, the VAR Stars inclusion is an honor that the company works hard to earn. "The Resource Group has been a leader among mid-market accounting software resellers for multiple decades, and 2018 was no exception," Schillaci said. "We make it our priority to help customers optimize their business systems by using the best technology available on the market, such as Sage Intacct." 

As accounting software moves to the cloud, there have been shifts in the core group of VAR Stars who make Bob Scott's list. Changes in technology require resellers to be proactive about what they're offering to customers. According to Schillaci, The Resource Group's approach has always been to sell the best solutions available. "We specialize in offering just a few of the most effective accounting solutions, because with this approach we feel we can provide the depth of expertise that customers need to move beyond basic success and truly thrive."

The Resource Group has also recently been recognized as a Sage Intacct Partner of the Monthone of Accounting Today's 2018 VAR 100, and a Bob Scott's Top 100 VAR. 

The Resource Group
The Resource Group helps clients improve business processes, overcome challenges during growth, and connect business information by providing rock solid financial management software solutions. Throughout Washington, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, clients have experienced improved operational processes, optimized financial management, robust reporting and business insight across multiple applications. Headquartered in Renton, Washington, The Resource Group is there throughout the entire lifecycle of a client's new solution; from initial software evaluation to installation, data migration, implementation, software development, system integration, training and support.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs

NYSE : PCG Long Term Shareholder Notice: Investigation of Potential Wrongdoing at PG&E Corporation

Certain directors of &E Corporation are under investigation over potential breaches of fiduciary duties. 

Investors who are current long term investors in PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) shares, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

The investigation by a law firm for investors in NYSE: PCG stocks follows a lawsuit filed against PG&E over alleged securities laws violations. The investigation on behalf of current long term investors in NYSE: PCGstocks, concerns whether certain PG&E directors are liable in connection with the allegations made in that lawsuit.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that PG&E had failed to maintain electricity transmission and distribution networks in compliance with safety requirements and regulations promulgated under state law, that consequently, PG&E was in violation of state law regulation, that PG&E's electricity networks would cause numerous wildfires in California, and that as a result of the foregoing, Defendants' statements about the Company's business and operations were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

Those who purchased shares of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Shareholders Foundation, Inc. 
Michael Daniels 
3111 Camino Del Rio North - Suite 423
92108 San Diego 
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554 
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739 

About Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, , which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. Referenced cases, investigation, and/or settlements are not filed/reached and/or related to Shareholders Foundation. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

Posted in: Business,Commodity Market

The Charm, Brighton Unveils Stunning New Spa for extensive expansion for the Elegant Luxury Boutique Hotel

The hotel has acquired the adjacent property and has undertaken a major refurbishment to add the new “Charm Spa Suite”.

The “Charm Spa Suite” is designed for guest enjoyment as well as the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy. The Suite encompasses a luxurious Steam Room to accommodate guests, clients and romantic couples, top range quality and deluxe Hot Tub in a lush private garden, a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. To complete the Spa Suite the interior focus is on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and plants with unique artwork and soft furnishings creating a calming atmosphere to help you chill out and relax.

The design was led by a team of three women, architect Linda Turner, interior designer Emma Kewley and artist collaborator, Ruth Martin whose paintings are proudly displayed all around the hotel including the bedroom suites. The team believe that having a woman led design team has resulted in a focus on guest enjoyment and together they wanted to increase the opportunities for relaxation and indulgence for guests and the local community at large.

The addition of 9 luxury bedroom suites and transformation of the breakfast room and public areas completes the renovation works all aiming to elevate the customer experience.

Emma Kewley, Interior Designer at Interior Folk has previously worked with the owners on other hotel renovation projects in Sussex, comments on the importance of the design. Emma explained “The new interior fuses contemporary fabrics and colours with traditional, period features, epitomising elegance with a modern-day

style. The spa areas focus on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and planting creating a sense of well-being. There’s an array of unique artwork by artist collaborator, Ruth Martin and soft furnishings taking inspiration from the hotel’s urban and beachside surroundings.”

Commenting on the refurbishment, General Manager, Leo Nguyen said: “The investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the growth and transformation of our portfolio in Sussex. The renovation of The Charm Hotel provides a taste of what’s to come over the next year as we increase hotel development and elevate the customer experience.”

Linda Turner, Architect, comment: “The renovation of a listed building is always challenging, requiring a sensitive and open-minded approach in order to retain the essence of the original building, whilst also updating it for modern requirements. This project with its female led approach has allowed us to create an environment that fuses both the traditional and modern aesthetic with a light sensitive touch.”

There is an introductory offer for the new “Charm Spa Suite” which officially opened beginning of December 2018 of FREE One hour of Spa treatment worth £60 for a minimum of 2 nights stay in the Hotel with EITHER the luxurious Steam Room or the Deluxe Hot Tub. Please contact the hotel directly for this very special deal. This offer is only valued till the end of March 2019.

For more information about the Charm and the Spa Suite visit or call 01273 021 085. Rooms at the Charm & Spa start at £90 and include breakfast. Follow the Hotel on Facebook@theCharmbrighton

For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email



The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200- year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.

The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email –

Posted in: Business,Hospitality,Leisure Activities,Travel,World

Mister Chimney & Nova Fireplaces Brings in Quality Fireplace Inserts in Fremont and Hayward

For those looking to convert their traditional wood burning fireplace into something more efficient and economical, a gas fireplace insert may be the perfect solution. Upgrading the old fireplaces with fireplace inserts in Fremont and Hayward can give one a new living place with comfortable warmth. 

Made up of cast iron or steel, these inserts give you a sense of warmth and comfort with an efficient burning. Available according to the type of fuels such as coal, and EPA certified wood, these inserts utilize latest technologies to save on the utility bills while enjoying the warm atmosphere of the room. 

With boastful features such as fans, blowers, thermostats, and blowers, these fireplace inserts can be an excellent option for the household. Those who have an older home with wood burning inserts can benefit from a new insert. The wood fireplaces were designed with open combustion for effectiveness in low heating. 

Usually, wood fireplaces acquire more air and result in quick burning and also wasting the energy quickly. However, using the fireplace inserts, the closed insulated glass doors slow down the burning and increase the temperature that results in stable combustion without wasting much energy. 

This will bring an agreeable change in the energy bills when it comes to heating the room. Apart from providing one with protection and peace of mind, professional gas fireplace installation is essential to ensuring the unit's efficient function and performance, as well as making sure that installation mistakes don't compromise the gas fireplace warranty. 

At Mister Chimney & Nova Fireplaces, the professional installers bring their extensive knowledge and experience into installing gas inserts, while providing beautiful conversions. They will work diligently to accomplish the right fit for a seamless aesthetic. The professional technicians will perform an inspection of the entire system to ensure the safe and comfortable operation of the gas insert fireplace.

For more information on chimney cleaning in Hayward and Palo Alto, visit

About Mister Chimney 
Mister Chimney brings an unparalleled level of service and expertise to residential and commercial customers throughout the Peninsula, San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area.

Posted in: Business,Living,Manufacturing & Industry

UltrAspire Welcomes 2019 with a Spring Launch

UltrAspire is excited to announce the launch of the spring 2019 Collection and the introduction of the Extreme Line. For Bryce Thatcher, owner and founder of UltrAspire, it’s about pushing the limits of endurance sports to new heights. With the introduction of products or a new iteration, they are always brought to market out of need and that need is to perform better.

With innovation and the need to perform at a peak level being core values behind research and development at UltrAspire, identifying the needs of people who are actively involved in human powered sports is important. To Bryce, keeping the environment that we live and play in clean and safe is critical. Society as a whole has seen a trend of people who live very minimalist lives when it comes to belongings. People are taking endurance sports to levels never before achieved thus having certain needs in order to perform at that type of level. It is these three elements that came together to create the Extreme Line. Multiuse packs that can cross over into multiple activities built with highly durable long lasting fabrics and mesh with features that are very user friendly. The Bryce XT and the Epic XT are the two newest additions that come in the Extreme Line.

The Zygos 4.0 is a new iteration to the Race Line that is included in the spring 19 launch. With previous models being Bryce’s pack of choice the changes that this vest has undergone comes from his direct experience with the pack. Another addition is a new handheld with an incredibly easy to adjust system called the Iso Versa 2.0. A new colorway has also been introduced, ultra violet, and will be offered on certain products like the Momentum, Astral 3.0, Essential bottle Pack, and Ultra 550 handheld.

For Bryce, the ability to spot trends and gaps in the market has led to many product inventions and innovations over the years and will continue on long into the future. He does not wish to be all things to all people, but to be for those who know when something feels right and good.

About UltrAspire:

UltrAspire is a high-performance, innovative outdoor gear company. From competitive endurance sports to the casual adventurer, UltrAspire keeps to a very important code which is to create an inspired outdoor experience. Gear up with UltrAspire and experience the difference at

Posted in: Business,Sports

LifeSaver Water Filtration Technology Achieves Elite Testing Benchmark

 LifeSaver®, a UK-based manufacturer of portable and reusable water filtration systems, proudly announces it has passed compliance testing for NSF Protocol P248 Military Operations – Microbiological Water Purifiers. This certification means LifeSaver’s filter technology meets the high standards of the U.S. Military, and places the brand among an elite few to have achieved this benchmark.

NSF Protocol P248 was developed with the U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) based on the EPA Guide Standard, with the goal of providing deployed military personnel the capability to produce sustainable quantities of safe drinking water in any environment. Compliance is required before a manufacturer can market to the U.S. Military. LifeSaver achieved compliance after rigorous testing of its Jerrycan product, which was tested to more than 5,000 liters of sustained usage. P248 testing uses two strains of virus to ensure effective removal by the filtration system and pushes the filter to the point of clogging to make sure it continues to protect the user after that occurs, effectively measuring the filter’s failsafe technology. 

“This certification gives us the green light to sell directly into the U.S. Department of Defense without any further performance evaluation required,” says Joe Lovegrove, Technical Manager for LifeSaver. “This is a landmark result for us as a commercial business and production facility and moves us into a different league than almost all our retail competitors. It should also be noted that although we tested Jerrycans, all of our filters are made to exactly the same standards using the same materials as those with which we passed this test.”

LifeSaver was created in 2007 following back-to-back natural disasters in southeast Asia (Indian Ocean Tsunami) and the United States (Hurricane Katrina). Since then, the company has expanded from working solely in the humanitarian realm to offering a variety of consumer-friendly products ideal for backpacking, adventure travel and emergency preparedness. LifeSaver products previously achieved NSF Protocol 231, or “highly protective tier,” standards for drinking water, and effectively remove cysts, bacteria and viruses with no chemicals or electrical power required. 

To learn more about LifeSaver products, visit To request a copy of the certification letter, contact Suzanne Hermann at 

About LifeSaver
Founded in the UK in 2007, LifeSaver came to life following back-to-back natural disasters: the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Inventor Michael Pritchard felt compelled to address the resulting need for access to clean drinking water. The first LifeSaver prototype was developed in Pritchard’s garage, and became the world’s first portable water filter capable of removing the smallest known waterborne viruses. Since that time, LifeSaver has established itself as an effective and long-lasting solution to drinking water issues in the humanitarian and military sectors, as well as for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry

Institutional Capital to Spark Bitcoin Rally Starting January 2nd, According to Cryptocurrency Investment Firm Sarson Funds.

Bitcoin’s price plunge this fall prompted the cryptocurrency community to wonder when the drop might stop. According to one Wall Street veteran turned digital asset investor, Bitcoin’s revival begins on January 2, 2019.

In a report published online hours before the end of a tumultuous 2018 for cryptocurrencies, Sarson Funds Managing Partner John Sarson, an early digital asset transparency advocate, said investors should pay attention to inflows of institutional capital starting January 2, 2019.

“Hedge fund managers posses unique insight … into capital flows that are not yet printed," said Sarson. He followed that by stating, “Most other hedge funds would agree (though they might not tell you), that a substantial number of institutional and high net worth prospects have reengaged and have committed capital to cryptocurrencies.”

Based in Indianapolis, Sarson Funds’ multiple cryptocurrency investment funds share a common theme: an emphasis on investment transparency. When asked about insight into anticipated capital flows, Sarson said metrics derived from observed orderbook information are some of the many data points that play a key role in the firm’s rules-based process.

But why will this money wait until January 2nd? “Few investors want an extra K-1 form for just one month of management,” said Sarson. Additionally, Sarson noted that “market stability had not yet manifested by December 1st, the cut off for most funds to take on new investments.”

Fresh off the heels of opening a new Sarson Funds office in the Boston-area, Sarson made his bullish stance clear, concluding, “On January 2nd, banks will re-open and hedge funds holding on to new deposits will be clear to wire deposits to cryptocurrency exchanges. We expect this influx of orders to be more than enough buying power to cause a massive surge in price – one that we expect to intensify throughout the week as managers scramble into Bitcoin looking for 'crypto-beta' as Bitcoin starts moving.”

About Sarson Funds, LLC:

Sarson Funds LLC is an independent provider of cryptocurrency investment vehicles and digital asset market intelligence. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, flagship products include Blockchain Momentum, LP a strategy driven Large Cap quantitative portfolio and Fifth Khagan, LP, an actively traded Small Cap cryptocurrency portfolio. Sarson Funds also sponsors the weekly Blockchain Insider Report - used by industry executives, investment professionals and research analysts to keep pace with the rapidly evolving investment and regulatory landscape as it applies to cryptocurrency asset management.

For more information on Sarson Funds, please visit

Posted in: Business

JWRX Uses Micro Moments to Increase Content Marketing Reach

Content marketing was introduced as a marketing tool a few short years ago. In its early stages it was easy to get attention in a news style fashion using this concept.

In 2018 content marketing has gotten very busy and loud. Businesses are having a harder time being seen and heard. Content marketing worked well for awhile. Then social media channels began to dampen the reach. Consumers need to have content flash in front of them that they identify in micro moments that capture attention.

That’s why Jana Rowland and Jt Clough decided to merge their companies together to form and provide a real solution by simplifying the process as a team.

Rowland and Clough noticed a common theme with their marketing firm clients. Most were trying to be on any and all social media channels. Messages were too long and every message does not portray well on every channel. JWRX techniques go against what many marketing firms will direct their clients to do. Instead of being everywhere they’ve used micro moments on the right channels for each client, increasing reach with engagement. is a Business Consulting and Marketing Content Firm that solves complex business problems by leveraging content and technology using micro moment concepts to capture people’s attention. Clough has been in marketing since 1988, while Rowland was born in 1988. She’s now been in the marketing world for the last 6 years while Clough has been marketing for 30 years as of May 2018. Follow their story on LinkedIn JWRX Business Page.

What these two dynamic women bring to the current marketing world is the combination of understanding how to market with transparency using tried and true methods while weaving the best of technology into how and why a marketing message is published. When it gets down to it, they are known to take the fluff out of what most big agencies will tell a company it needs and get down to the reality of how to capture attention to create real paying customers.

JWRX uses a simple formula to catch those moments with content that answer “I want to know” moments, “I want to go” moments, “I want to do” moments and “I want to buy” moments. They then take those moments and transfer them to a simple system any business from small to large can use to speak directly to their consumer.

JWRX is a Consulting Firm that helps our clients (action-takers) SOLVE Complex Business Problems by Leveraging Content and Technology. We help C-Level Executives to small business owners create authentic reach that converts to real customers.

Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales Launches Cheap Cruise Port Parking in Tampa, Florida for Only .99/Day

Parking reservation company On Air Parking has officially announced that its cruise parking reservation service for the Port of Tampa in Florida has went live on its website. Travelers will now be able to purchase guaranteed parking on their preferred dates and pay only .99/day for parking.

On Air Parking is the rebranded off airport parking reservation service of NOSON Inc., following the company's successful launch of Top Airport Parking in 2016. The rebrand includes a new logo, website, and suite of parking reservation management features, while retaining Top Airport Parking's simple parking reservation process.

"We're excited to help travelers on cruise vacations save on parking fees," said NOSON CEO Patrick Murray. "Parking right next to the cruise ship is expensive."

"We offer the lowest price you'll find online."

After travelers make a purchase for their check-in and check-out dates, they are emailed the details of their parking reservation including the exact address of the facility. All parking reservations purchased on the On Air Parking website include free cancellations.

"We're giving the people in Florida what they want, and that's ridiculously cheap parking," Murray said. 

About On Air Parking
On Air Parking is an airport parking reservation company that aims to disrupt the airport parking vertical. Present in 35 markets, the San Francisco-based startup guarantees the cheapest rates at five-star parking facilities, with free cancellations and free shuttle services to get to and back from the airport. To purchase guaranteed parking near your local airport, visit

Posted in: Business,Transportation & Logistics

Innovest Global Acquires Midwest Curtainwalls, Adding Million Revenue to Exit 2018 at Million Annual Revenue Run-Rate

Innovest Global Inc. (OTCMarkets:IVST) (the "Company" or "Innovest"), a conglomerate with operations in commercial and industrial products and services, biotechnology, and building materials, announces that it closed the acquisition of Midwest Curtainwalls ("Midwest") on Friday afternoon.

Innovest has now completed seven transactions to round out a business platform which features million in annual revenue run-rate, from two operating divisions; as well as a Biotech Division, which owns an interest in a developmental brain cancer vaccine. Ninety percent of that revenue has been acquired in the last 45 days. The initial operating companies have grown by approximately 50% since acquisition, and have integrated synergistically.

Dan Martin, Innovest's founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer started Innovest just one year ago. "We've added tremendous intrinsic value to Innovest, while issuing minimal stock, no long-term debt, no risky financing transactions, and a focused effort to grow those assets once acquired. Our 2019 plan will be announced soon and involves all of the tools and progress we will need to supercharge our growth and capture that value for stockholders," he said. "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our stockholders, which we appreciate greatly for their confidence. Their support has given us the momentum and opportunity to grow, and I'm extremely thankful to our team for serving that opportunity to an amazing level."

John Yenges, who has been running Midwest as EVP is now it's President. "The acquisition was enthusiastically received by our client pipeline and our team, and I'm excited to couple Midwest with the philosophies and opportunities Innovest provides. I expect spectacular results," said John Yenges. Dan Martin stated, "John doesn't just 'fit in' with Innovest, he adds to Innovest. He brings a unique skillset, his own high energy, great ideas, and a motivated team. He's a true professional and a wonderful person and we are all thrilled to work with him and the people at Midwest".

More about Midwest:

Midwest (click here for their website) has been in business since 1959 and is an industry leader. Their work has international appeal having done major projects in the United States, Barcelona Spain, London England, and Hong Kong. Midwest will add to our Construction & Building Materials Division. They generate eight-figures in annual revenue from specialty commercial construction contracts. This transaction is our most profitable acquisition to-date. It requires the issuance of 2 million restricted common shares of stock with a two-year guarantee, a ten-percent profit sharing arrangement based 2019 booked contracts, and the assumption of approximately 0,000 in ongoing standard banking obligations which are current and in good standing. Midwest is cash-flow positive in the low seven-figure range.

About Innovest Global, Inc.
Innovest Global, Inc. (OTC Markets: IVST) is a conglomerate with operations in commercial and industrial products and services, energy, biotechnology, and health services. Our primary growth strategy is to acquire existing companies in a select few industries, and attract new customers in cost effective ways. Currently, we have a Commercial & Industrial Division, a Biotechnology Division, and a Construction & Building Materials Division.

For more information, please visit:, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @innovestglobal.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to the Company's future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Investors should not place any undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company's current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could impact the Company and the forward-looking statements contained herein are included in the Company's filings with the OTC Markets. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Posted in: Business,Personal Finance

MyBankTracker Announces Best of Banking Awards for 2019 - Chase, Axos Bank and Alliant Credit Union Among the Best Banks, a leading financial comparison site that matches consumers to their perfect bank, announced its annual Best of Banking Awards for 2019. The editorial staff analyzed and compared top financial institutions and products throughout the United States across various categories. increased the number of honors in years past from seven to 13 with additions like the best finance apps, investing tools and robo-advisors. Selections were made by evaluating criteria such as benefits, fees, interest rates, ATM access and other factors.

“When we curated our awards years ago, the focus was on banks,” said Jason Reposa, CEO and co-founder of “However, with the financial space constantly evolving we decided to change the awards in our tenth year. Now, we not only honor the best banks, but also a variety of financial products that help consumers manage their money on a daily basis such as apps, automated services, and loans.”

Chase took home the award for the best national bank because of its full range of deposit accounts, credit cards, extensive financial services, and investment offerings. The large branch and ATM network and mobile apps also played a part. The best online bank award went to Axos Bank for its free rewards and high-interest checking account, unlimited domestic ATM fee refunds, and no overdraft fees.

Alliant Credit Union was named the best credit union for 2019 for its availability nationwide, lenient membership eligibility requirements, low fees, and competitive interest rates. Four geographic winners were given the honor of best regional bank. Popular Bank received the award for the Northeast with BBVA Compass winning in the South. In the West, Bank of the West received the honor with Huntington Bank taking home the award in the Midwest.

“We’re on a mission - changing the way consumers bank. For years, they had to fit their needs into whatever a bank offered. Now, with tools like the Best of Banking Awards, they can find products to best fit their situation. is putting consumers first,” Reposa noted.

Staff also examined the checking, savings and CD accounts at the biggest traditional banks, online banks, and credit unions to determine which was superior in its product group. Multiple winners were announced in numerous product categories including checking accounts, savings accounts, personal loans, certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts, credit cards, brokerages, robo-advisors, money-management apps, tax apps and automatic savings/investing apps. To see the full list of winners and runners-up, visit

“We want consumers to grow their money in 2019 and decrease charges with features like no-fee accounts - ultimately maximizing their returns. Of course, everyone’s situation is different, so research is key. Not everyone has the time, so our awards can help get consumers on the right financial track to save money in the new year,” Reposa said. “Our advice? Be present. Review your statements. Educate yourself about paying your future you. You’ll likely end up with more money in your pocket.”

The awards were chosen based on various criteria to include fees, interest rates, ATM access and perks. For more information on the methodology and participating banks, visit

About MyBankTracker is an independent financial comparison site to help consumers make smarter banking and financial decisions. The company’s mission is to match consumers with their perfect bank account and other financial tools. MyBankTracker provides and tracks in-depth information on more than 5,000 banks, credit unions, and financial products. Using a combination of technology and money-management expertise, the site equips users with easy-to-use tools to compare interest rates, fees and requirements for deposit accounts, credit cards, and various loans. Follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Posted in: Business,Finance Market,Personal Finance

Mako Medical Sets a Blistering Growth Pace and Tops the Fast 50 Three Years in a Row

Business Journal recognized the fastest growing private companies in the region. The Research Triangle is a highly competitive market for Life Science and Technology companies. The Triangle is also home to many investment funds and incubators for start-ups. This competitive environment makes it hard to stand out when so many companies are performing well. The Fast 50 winners were selected and ranked based on a formula that counts revenue and profitability in the preceding three years. The numbers are crunched and analyzed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Beyond bolstering the top-line performance and a nose for profitability, this list of companies represents the dynamic economic fabric of the Triangle," says Jason Christie, publisher of the TBJ. "We have a mixture of private firms that have made this list for years, and we have companies m?aking this list for the first time. Collectively, they reflect the best of the best."

History was made again -- when it was announced that Mako Medical had won the top spot for the 3rd year in a row. A feat that has never happened anywhere in the country before. This is the second time Mako Medical has broken the record by being ranked #1 -- making them the only company in America to achieve this in the history of the awards. Mako Medical Laboratories has experienced explosive growth in the last few years and has quickly become a national favorite for over 50,000 medical providers around the country. Last year, Mako Medical became the first company ever to win Life Science Awards two years in a row. That same year, Mako Medical was also ranked as a Best Place to Work and announced a massive expansion with a new testing facility.

When asked about how Mako was achieving such growth Chad Price, President of Mako Medical answered with one word, "impact." Chad went on to explain that the entire purpose behind the creation of Mako Medical was to create funding for local nonprofits/charities, to employ military veterans, and to support Christan missionaries around the world. "It is why we do what we do. Some companies are focused on shareholder value. Others are focused on returns for their investors. We are focused on making an impact in others peoples' lives. The more we grow, the more people we can help. The more revenue we have -- the more funding we have to work with," says Chad. Today, Mako Medical supports over 472 different charities around the country, employs hundreds of military veterans, and supports over 80 Christian missionaries from Syria to Nigeria.

Mako Medical Laboratories is an award-winning laboratory with operations in over 12 states. Mako utilizes automation and robotics to complete some of the most difficult and rare diagnostic tests. Mako is known for its extensive community service, supporting over 400 local nonprofits and charities, hiring hundreds of military veterans and supporting over 80 international missionaries.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Technology

Yes, They Know It's Christmas Time in Africa

At least where the Maasai live in Kajiado County, Kenya, they will.

The idea was born just last week at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
There, members of the Maasai tribe and the IndiMark charitable organization met with several companies to explore solutions to the tribe's many water challenges.

"We are not THE solution, but we can be an important part of the solution." says Yana DeMyer CEO of Roving Blue®, Inc. a Wisconsin company that manufactures a water purification device called the "Ozo-Pod® 10. "This is the perfect time of year to announce our charitable pricing program. That song by Band Aid always makes me tear up, now I feel like celebrating, because we have found a way to "let them know it’s Christmas time!"

Roving Blue®'s team was inspired by the good work that IndiMark does, and wanted to help them in their efforts. 
The Charitable Program makes Roving Blue's technology available for drastically reduced prices. For example, an Ozo-Pod® 10, which sells for 9 here in the US, will be made available for .00. One Ozo-Pod® 10 can ensure safe water for 4 families for over a year for less than 1/300 of a cent. Readers wishing to donate may go here. 
Roving Blue®'s innovative new technology puts "The Power of EO3™", electrolytic ozone, in the palm of your hand.

Ozone, a form of oxygen, is more powerful than chlorine when dissolved in water. This low voltage device (which can be run from a motorcycle battery which can be charged by the sun) kills bacteria, virus, and cysts. Cholera, typhoid fever, e-coli and salmonella are just a few organisms that are eradicated by ozone. When its job is done, ozone quickly and harmlessly reverts to oxygen.

Roving Blue®'s technology is small, robust, and has no moving parts, so it’s ideal for austere living conditions. It will allow the villagers to keep captured rainwater pure, as well as enable them to use water from the same pools that the cattle drink from and wade in.

"The water may not be pretty, but it will be safe to drink", ensures Yana.

IndiMark is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in July 2018. We are located in Madison, Wisconsin. Other charitable organizations may contact Roving Blue®'s Director of Sales, Meli Lussier, for details of the program.

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Fruitful 2018 Heralds Positive Change for Signature Gives Back, Inc.

Signature Gives Back, Inc. (SGB), the philanthropic outreach of The Signature Real Estate Companies (Signature), has continued its growth pattern in 2018, garnering the national attention of charities interested in its grassroots approach and participating REALTOR® volunteerism. SGB’s goodwill measures up to a report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), a December study indicating REALTORS®, in general, donate more money than the average American to charitable causes/organizations.

SGB has been very active with various fundraisers addressing real-time needs, including the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Parkland, FL, and Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, and the housing expenses of two families devastated by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. SGB has been proactive as well, addressing the continual needs for volunteers and funding for local charities and causes.

Its most successful 2018 event, SGB’s Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament, Nov. 8, 2018 at Gleneagles Country Club, Delray Beach (to benefit both SGB and UnLIMBited Foundation), was wildly popular with participating golfers and Cocktail Reception attendees from Signature and the greater South Florida community.

“Our golfers enjoyed themselves immensely and expressed their appreciation as to how organized and entertaining the event was, especially considering that it was our inaugural tournament, says Event Co-Chair Jack Jaiven. He attributes the event’s rousing success to his hard-working and creative team, including Event Co-Chairs Ivan M Benjamin, Jr., Melainey Gunning, Robert Gleichenhaus and Wendy Pressner, who worked tirelessly for the worthiest of causes: children and their families.

Auction Chairs Gayle Elliott, Judith LeComte, Rachel Gleichenhaus, and Sung Knowles produced a “beautifully arranged Silent Auction that included several valuable travel packages, attractive golf foursomes, sports memorabilia, and many other valuable delights,” says Jaiven. A number of signed celebrity auction items curated by the Signature team---including those donated by a bandmember of Judas Priest and golf great Jack Nicklaus---were the centerpieces that anchored the highly successful live auction.

Produced in a brief five-month window, SGB’s charity golf tournament netted more than ,000, a standout achievement for the relatively young 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit. SGB awarded a significant grant from the event proceeds to the UnLIMBited Foundation’s “Tommy Fund.” Tommy Morrissey, the renowned 8-year-old, one-arm golf prodigy, who was Guest of Honor at the tournament, was featured by local ESPN and WPTV-5 news shortly after the event.

Earlier in the year, SGB dedicated three grants, to KidSafe Foundation, Wayne Barton Study Center, and one that was life changing to the family of a teenage survivor of the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The group continues to collect from the sales of its #PittsburghStrong #EndHate wristbands for the surviving family members of those killed during an anti-Semitic attack on members of the Tree of Life Congregation.

With recognition and gratitude for the exceptional leadership and dedication of Wendy Pressner (former SGB Committee Co-Chair) during her nearly three-year tenure, Jaiven, Executive Vice President of The Signature Real Estate Companies and Vice President of SGB’s Board of Directors, recently welcomed Dana Levy and Karen Evans as his two new SGB Committee Co-Chairs; The trio has initiated a number of new strategies for selecting its charitable causes for future grants.

With its pulse on the health and well-being of South Florida’s individuals and families, SGB continues to “Be the Change You Wish to See in This World.” For more trending info, please visit, and email

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SCARPA Maestro rock shoe family earns Rock and Ice 2018 Best in Gear Award

The SCARPA Maestro family, a high-performance new collection of rock shoes built for trad climbing and situations where people are in their shoes for longer periods of time, earned a 2018 Best in Gear (BIG) Award this month from Rock and Ice Magazine, one of North America’s most respected climbing publications.

The BIG Award is given to 10 products that rise above the fray in innovation, value and performance. Rock and Ice notes that the Maestro shines in all three. The awards were announced in the magazine’s November issue.

“The Maestro is a high-performance all arounder, a rarity among rock shoes,” says Duane Raleigh, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Rock and Ice Magazine. “It has just enough downturn, just enough rand tension, and just enough midsole to power up your feet with just enough squeeze and support to make it a precision tool for face and cracks.”

The Maestro family, redefines the belief that rock shoes built for trad climbing have to be stiff in order to perform well thanks to a new high-performance rubber rand system and soft, comfortable Eco Leather. The Maestro shoes start with SCARPA’s new IPC-Tension active rand system, which provides serious support without unnecessary stiffness. To help with comfort, innovative patterning in the upper relocates seams away from spots where they could cause discomfort, particularly when wedging feet into cracks. Comfort also stems from the use of a premium Eco Leather, an incredibly soft and supple, yet durable, leather. In addition, Eco Leather uses a process that alleviates the environmental impact of tanning.

The Maestro Mid has a higher-cut for ankle protection in cracks, and the women’s Maestro Mid is the first women’s specific high-cut trad shoe on the market. The men’s and women’s Maestro, by contrast, are lower-cut, ideal for technical face climbing. They also use a more powerful version of the IPC-Tension active rand.

“The staff at Rock and Ice are serious climbers who invest serious time into their reviews. Look no further than the fact that they subject most gear to 50 pitches or 50 days of climbing before reviewing it,” said Kim Miller, CEO of SCARPA North America. “We invested a lot into creating the Maestro family, and that’s why this award means so much to us and to our community. We’re incredibly grateful for this recognition.”

About SCARPA and SCARPA North America

Founded in 1938, SCARPA builds performance footwear for climbing, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, trail running and other outdoor pursuits from its headquarters in Asolo, Italy. SCARPA has been owned and operated by the Parisotto family since 1956. In 2005, SCARPA opened its North American headquarters in Boulder, Colo., staffed and directed by veterans of the North American outdoor industry, to oversee sales, marketing and distribution in the U.S., Canada and South America. For more information about SCARPA footwear, visit

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Agricultural Biologicals Market Will Witness a Rapid Growth to 2024 : Novozymes, Koppert Biological Systems, Arysta LifeScience, Valent BioSciences, Marrone Bio Innovation

The key factor responsible for agricultural biologicals market size growth is the increasing awareness among consumers about the advantages of using organic products for cultivation, which further led to increased demand for natural and environment friendly products in agriculture industry.

Also, the rising costs of pesticides and fertilizers is likely to pave a growth path for the product in the coming years. Policies by governing bodies such as subsidies and promotional campaign about natural farming will fuel the agricultural biologicals market growth over the forecast period. Moreover, the product helps farmers to improve yield and productivity by decreasing plant stress, which is a major factor supporting further growth of agricultural biologicals market till 2025.

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Global Agricultural Biologicals Market size is likely to witness a significant CAGR during the forecast period. The use of agricultural biologicals for cultivation/farming reduces the use of harmful fertilizers and chemical pesticides, which acts as a primary factor driving the market growth.

Constant usage of toxic pesticides and fertilizers has altered soil nutrients and texture to a considerable extent. This loss of biological activities in soil and weakened soil health, thereby compelling farmers to opt for organic farming practices. Agricultural biologicals are a vital part of organic farming due to its chemical-free and eco-friendly properties such as low harmful residues produced.

The major challenge restricting the growth of agricultural biologicals market is the barrier to adoption, which leads to lower penetration of biologicals. Also, the threat of counterfeit products is increasing, due to unsuccessful implementation of government rules and norms on fertilizers and pesticides usage. This also impacts the market growth majorly along with penetration. Besides, unavailability of specific products for each plant type in market are likely to act as an additional threat to agricultural biologicals market growth in the near future.

Based on product type, the agricultural biologicals market can be segmented into biopesticides, biofertilizers and biostimulants. The agricultural biopesticides product segment is expected to hold a largest share of global agricultural biologicals market, followed by biofertilizers and biostimulants. Biopesticides are organic products that control the growth of pests by a non-toxic mechanism and enhances overall quality of crop. Biofertilizers, contains living microorganisms, thus promote plant growth by increasing the availability of essential nutrients to host plant. Biostimulants also improve resistance to abiotic stresses in plant or soil to enhance the overall quantity and quality of crops.

The agricultural biologicals market can be classified into fruits & vegetables, cereals & grains and oilseeds & pulses, based on its applications. Cereals & grains will have a significant share of the global market, as it is the staple crop in almost all the nations. Increasing population and substantial increase in cereals & grains cultivation shall accelerate the agricultural biologicals demand for cereals & grains cultivation over the forecast period.

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Europe and North America accounted for major shares of global agricultural biologicals market. Europe agricultural biologicals market is expected to grow at a fastest growth rate in the coming years owing to the government regulations supporting use of organic products. The U.S. leads the North America regional market, due to stringent regulations regarding the usage of chemical fertilizers. The agricultural biologicals market shall witness moderate growth in Asia Pacific due to lack of awareness and knowledge among farmers pertaining to benefits of bio-based products.

The prominent market players functional in the industry are BASF SE, Bayer Cropscience AG, The DOW Chemical Company, Syngenta, Agrinos AS, Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. and Valent BioScience Corporation. Other companies include Arysta LifeScience Corporation, Koppert B.V., Novozymes, Certis USA L.L.C and T. Stanes & Company Limited to name a few. The key market players are emphasizing on partnerships, new product launches & investments to expand their product portfolio and to increase their global presence and market share across the world. Also, the market share contributors are continuously investing in research & development to push product innovation to next level. This aids in keeping up with demands of existing customers and attract new customers.

About Global Market Insights
Global Market Insights, Inc., headquartered in Delaware, U.S., is a global market research and consulting service provider; offering syndicated and custom research reports along with growth consulting services. Our business intelligence and industry research reports offer clients with penetrative insights and actionable market data specially designed and presented to aid strategic decision making. These exhaustive reports are designed via a proprietary research methodology and are available for key industries such as chemicals, advanced materials, technology, renewable energy and biotechnology.

Posted in: Agriculture & Farming,Business

The Dreamer has arrived with a sensational new album : WHAT A WAY TO FAREWELL 2018

GS Music Group has proudly announced the release of an inspiring new music album by the legendary Freddy D. The new album is titled ‘1982: The Golden Age’ and it will be released worldwide on Friday, December 7th, 2018. The music artist has also just recently turned down a million dollar record to do things independently and this debut album under his own record company is already creating a major buzz in the music circles worldwide. 
Also known as ‘The Dreamer’, Freddy’s unique approach towards music and a determination to create something truly original every time makes him stand out from the rest of his competition. Moreover, the artist has made a big return to the world of music after two years with this inspiring album and he has expressed his gratitude to his fans worldwide for their unconditional love and support.

"Music has always been the biggest support I have had during tough times and I am very excited about the release of this new album next week." Said Freddy D, while talking about his upcoming music album. “This hip-hop has been created to bring the music fans peace and excitement they are looking for and 1982: The Golden Age is my gift for the fans of music for this Christmas.” He added. Over the past two years, the artist has basically allowed his musical talent to grow and evolve with the sound and style of the music of today, and he has received a welcoming response from his fans with this album.

In addition, the artist is also an active advocate for the jailed and homeless and being a dreamer, he has always depicted the true emotions of the people in his music. 1982: The Golden Age is an album like no other and it has ten phenomenal tracks that are unique, innovative and soothing for the listeners. Freddy D. is a one of a kind artist with a God gifted talent of music that has been recognized industry-wide and this album is a much-anticipated comeback by the music artist. With his powerful lyrics, unique style, and inspiring music, Freddy D. is undoubtedly one of the most brightly emerging music skyscraper in the American hip-hop skyline. Ranked number one in his hometown of Hempstead, New York on Twitter, the artist has accomplished several great achievements over the years. Freddy has also been one of the bestselling music artist, who has sold more than 5000 copies of his music at one point, while also being played by several FM and internet radio stations. 

For more information, please visit his record label website at:

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Ultimate Call Blocker - The Next Generation of Call Blocking Just Arrived!

Protecting your landline is a real necessity nowadays. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s ( published stats, there has been a 650% increase in consumer complaints in the last 6 years. In 2016, 8.4 million complaints were filed by consumers.  This means that at least six per cent (6%) of the households in the US or 1 in 20 households are victims of some scam every year in the United States alone. This is why it is important to protect your phone line (at home or business) with a call blocking device.  The Ultimate Call blocker (UBlocker) is a new product/service that contains several unique features among the other call blockers in the market:

Dual Blacklists - The UBlocker features 2 blacklists; a global blacklist and a user blacklist.  The global blacklist is fully automated (e.g. calls from these numbers are automatically blocked without having to answer calls or press any buttons), and actively managed by HQTelecom (currently with 162,000 blocked numbers worldwide).  The user’s Blacklist has an UNLIMITED capacity to block calls using phone numbers, names, or area codes via a user-friendly website.  Another new feature is the WHITELIST MODE – When turned ON, it blocks all calls except those in your WHITELIST.  The Whitelist-Mode feature can offer users complete privacy.

"We receive several requests daily from homeowners (mostly the elderly) seeking for a way to stop the annoying phone calls they receive constantly," says Alfredo Purrinos, former NASA scientist and creator of the UBlocker. "Some complain about getting robbed by scam artists impersonating government agencies and/or relatives in distress”, even though they registered their phone numbers with the government-sponsored “Do Not Call' list".

Illegal telemarketing operations and scam artists (which represent more than 90% of the calls people get) use automated dialling services (e.g.robocalls) to detect humans.  These services use several phone numbers, including a common something referred as ‘neighborhood spoofing’ which consist in using the same area code and prefix of the numbers being called.  This is why it’s important to have fought back with an intelligent and capable call blocking system that helps reduce the number of these calls.  The key difference among the UBlocker and other call blockers in the market is the ability to help consumers in a proactive way.  With the UBlocker, there is little or no need for detective work since most of the unsolicited calls will be blocked BEFORE the users answer the calls.

The Ultimate Call Blocker is manufactured in the US by Hi Q Telecom Inc. (, and can also be available in online stores such as Amazon, and soon in eBay, Walmart, and NewEgg.The UBlocker requires the caller id service to be active on the phone line in order to work properly.  It also uses the Internet to check the global blacklist in real-time and block numbers automatically.

About the Company: 
Hi Q Telecom Inc. ( is a BBB A+ rated corporation specializing in telephone security and speciality products. Our main office is located in Miami Lakes, Florida.  For more information about incoming call blocker devices or the company visit or contact us.

Posted in: Business,Media & Communications,Technology,Telecom

Startup Grind Frederick – Bringing People Together to Connect, Educate & Inspire

Join us Jan. 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. for an evening of friends, entrepreneurial inspiration, and a Fireside Chat with Darryl Sampey, Co-Founder, President & CEO of BioFactura, a leader in biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

Darryl will share his unique journey -- from eight years as lead singer in a ROCK & ROLL BAND to his founding, developing and leading BioFactura. The event is being held at the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) space located in the ROOT building at 118 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, and will start at 6 p.m. with fun networking and light refreshments and conclude at 8:30 p.m. To register and for more information, visit Ticket prices start at .

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 2 million entrepreneurs in 500 cities across 125+ countries. Frederick is delighted to be part of this community. If you have launched a business, are about to launch a business, or are thinking about launching a business, you are in the right place!

Start the New Year off right with Startup Grind Frederick! Join us for an interesting and motivational Fireside Chat featuring Darryl Sampey, PhD. and Co-Founder, CEO & President of BioFactura, a leader in biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

Darryl will share with us his unique journey from eight years as lead singer in a Rock & Roll band to his founding, developing and leading BioFactura. Specifically, he will focus on: 

  • What his “rock” experience taught him in leading his company;
  • Challenges of establishing a business in a new market;
  • The necessities of persistence, flexibility and innovation for early stage survival;
  • Defining excellence in a highly competitive market;
  • Short- and long-term planning for success;
  • Developing a highly professional staff; and
  • Questions from participants.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hosted at the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) space located in the ROOT building at 118 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701. The evening will begin with enjoyable networking and light refreshments. To register, visit Ticket prices start at .

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 2 million entrepreneurs in 500 cities across 125+ countries. Frederick is delighted to be part of this community. If you have launched a business, are about to launch a business, or are thinking about launching a business, you are in the right place!

We are truly passionate about helping business founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. We intend to make the startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable. Join Startup Grind Frederick today!

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Ascert Releases Visa-Confirmed Driver

For companies that want to do pre-certification testing for Visa transactions, Ascert has released the latest version of its Visa Test Driver.

The VersaTest Visa Driver is now listed by Visa as a validated ADVT Online Host simulator and has been tested to ensure that it conforms to the most recent set of Visa specifications. This can be an extreme time saver in pre-certification or ongoing system testing.

“We are very pleased that Visa has officially confirmed the capabilities of our latest Visa driver,” said Mike Wainwright, Business Development Director, Ascert UK. “This provides additional certainty for our customers when simulating and testing Visa transactions that their systems are operating accurately.”

Companies using the Visa Driver have their choice of an on-premise solution, or a subscription to the popular cloud-based testing system, Ascertified ( A growing number of companies have created a hybrid of both test options, thereby increasing flexibility for both internal users and external partners.

Ascert's VersaTest family of testing and certification products?can assist any organization looking to add increased value to their operations. All of Ascert’s test drivers work with industry standard tools such as Jenkins, Quality Center, Docker and others. To find out more about Ascert products and standard test interfaces visit the Ascert web site or contact a local Ascert office.

About Ascert:? 
Ascert is recognized as a leading provider of premier testing software solutions. Ascert was founded in 1992 to provide automated software testing solutions that help companies measure the performance, reliability and scalability of their mission-critical back-end servers and applications. With over 100 clients worldwide, Ascert's products and services are used at some of the world's most successful companies.

Off-the-shelf simulators for Ascert’s VersaTest product include solutions for EFT testing, POS testing, stress testing, ATM testing, Fraud testing, IFX testing, EMV/chip card testing, ISO8583 testing and 3270 & 6530 terminal testing. Ascert’s custom simulators have been used for testing air traffic control systems and biometric payment systems. Ascert delivers flexible solutions that are either customer site installed or accessed via Ascert’s Remote Testing Services. Ascert's products assist testing professionals across industry segments to better manage their testing processes and environments through an end-to-end tool set.

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Super Bonus for International Top ups Sent to Cubacel Mobiles, on

Cuban expats got mail, the kind of mail that brings good news. Starting December 10 until December 15, the international Cubacel recharges sent to Cuba are boosted thanks to the new Super Bono campaign. This promo, the bonus amounts look like this: 

  • 20 CUC sent - 50 CUC received
  • 30 CUC sent - 80 CUC received
  • 40 CUC sent - 100 CUC received
  • 50 CUC sent - 130 CUC received
  • 60 CUC sent - 160 CUC received
  • 80 CUC sent - 210 CUC received

The promotion will run from Monday December 10, 2018 00:01 Cuba time to Saturday, December 15, 2018 23:59 Cuba time. The promotional balance can be used for local and International calls and SMS (Including SMS entumóvil).

In the meantime, customers are invited on Facebook page to join a lovely contest. All they have to do is to share what they want for Christmas on Facebook page and they get the chance to win a free top up. The contest will be open until December 10 and the winner will be picked randomly on December 11.

Besides sending top ups, customers can also recharge their family’s and friends’ Nauta accounts, in order to help them gain access to the internet. Or, if they prefer calling, they can also use’s calling services. Customers can place their calls: 
From any landline, mobile or even payphone in the world, through access numbers. 
Through the smartphone app called KeepCalling, available for iOS and Android.

The rate for international calls to Cuba is 69.9¢/min, for both landlines and mobiles, and the cost of a text message is 7¢.

All services offers revolve around the website’s mission, which is to bring people together, no matter the distance, because no distance is too long if people stay connected. offers a great solution for keeping a close relationship with everyone living back home in Cuba, due to: 

  • the customer-focused approach, based on safe and easy to use services
  • the frequent special offers: bonuses on international top ups or discounts on international calls
  • the great Customer Service available 24/7, both in English and in Spanish.

Or, as customers put it: "Your consumer friendly instructions make it easy to cross borders and communicate with friends and family like it should be.” ( customer).

About is an interactive website designed by KeepCalling, a global telecommunications company registered in 2002 in USA. Presently, KeepCalling provides its services to hundreds of thousands of consumers, with a focus on customer satisfaction. KeepCalling has been listed by Inc 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the USA for 5 consecutive years. In 2015 the company registered a revenue increase of over 200% from 2011 to 2014. 

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Platinum Risk Advisors Launches the Ultimate 10-Minute Outsourced CECL Solution for Banks and Credit Unions

Platinum Risk Advisors (PRA) announces the launch of Loan Portfolio Analytics (LPA), an innovative outsourced solution to assist banks and credit unions in complying with the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) accounting standard. Dubbed the “10-minute CECL Solution,” LPA brings the industry’s first fully outsourced analytics tool for adopting and complying with CECL that also provides its users with valuable insights into the inherent risk in their loan portfolios and the performance of their loan officers.

Issued in June 2016 by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), CECL is the new “expected loss” accounting model for estimating the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL) to replace the current “incurred loss” model. CECL compliance takes effect in 2020 for SEC-filing and other banks considered a Public Business Entity under FASB standards, and in 2021 for all other financial institutions.

LPA is a complete outsourced solution that maps between the bank or credit union’s data processing system and PRA’s platform, enabling lenders to: 

  • Calculate the ALLL using three widely accepted methods under CECL as well as the lender’s existing methodology. PRA’s clients can evaluate which method or combination of methods for calculating CECL works best for them.
  • Generate various reports and graphs to assess the inherent risk in their loan portfolios as well as the performance of their loan officers.
  • Obtain valuable insights from a team of CPAs, former bankers, actuaries, and risk management consultants. PRA’s clients will obtain verifiable evidence to support the subjective adjustments in their ALLL calculations as well as strategies on how to manage and price for risk within their loan portfolios.

The 10-Minutes CECL Solution

The impact of PRA’s loan portfolio analytics platform is immediate as lenders will spend less than 10 minutes a month to receive the valuable information provided by PRA’s solution. The LPA platform is stored on a SSAE#16 SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliant hosting solution that will keep a client’s borrower and institutional data confidential.

“LPA is the ultimate loan portfolio risk management tool for lenders,” says co-founder Toby Lawrence. “To our knowledge, it is the first CECL solution developed using the assistance of actuaries and provides users with additional information on risk, growth and profitability as well as loan officer performance." That’s a key point because as Lawrence explains, “with PRA’s solution, board of directors and senior management can finally have the information they have always wanted to strategically evaluate and manage their institution’s lending functions.”

As a CPA who was both a former senior partner in two of the nation’s largest certified public accounting firms, and a bank president and CEO, Lawrence knows first-hand how long and wide this industry gap has been, until now.

By understanding the concerns banks and credit unions would struggle with to implement and transition to CECL; the uncertainties surrounding what data is needed, what upgrades or new systems will be required and if existing internal staff will have the time to comply with CECL, served as the launch pad for the LPA platform versus the finish line to fully address the impact of CECL to each institution’s capital position and future earnings.

For a comprehensive sampling of LPA’s capabilities and a comparison to other CECL solutions, visit To schedule an individual or group demonstration contact Toby Lawrence at (319) 202-4365.

About Platinum Risk Advisors

Platinum Risk Advisors combines more than 100 years of expertise and experience across accounting, regulatory, lending, actuarial science, risk management, loss reserve setting and model development.

Posted in: Business,Finance,Finance Market

2019 Creative Design Trends Revealed in New Report from Digital Staffing Leader Vitamin T

Representatives with Los Angeles-based Vitamin T announced today that it has released a new report that reveals 2019 creative design trends.

“We spoke to our experts, clients, and talent to gain insights that will help customers stay up-to-date on emerging trends in 2019,” said Susie Hall, president of Vitamin T. “These exciting trends will impact their creative and marketing efforts next year, so what better time than now to start preparing.”

The report, according to Hall, empowers those who read it with insights for 2019, which is just around the corner.

“While you may be still focused on wrapping up 2018 projects, we’ve got our finger on the pulse of what’s to come, and it’s all about customer-focused creative and design—augmented reality, atomic design systems, and more,” Hall stressed. “If you want a sneak peek at the trends that are coming your way, plus insights from industry experts on how they’ll affect your work next year, read our 2019 guide, which is filled with the most important trends in creative and design for the coming year, and why these trends are crucial to customer experience,” Hall added.

The report provides insights on various creative trends. A few of those include: AR/VR makes the leap into the browser; Variable fonts and delivering more seamless customer experiences; The changing role of prototyping; Web performance as user experience; Design systems and scaling experiences across all touchpoints.

“As you can see, this report provides you with a wealth of knowledge and insight into what’s to come in 2019, and we invite anyone who wants to be ahead of their competition to download a copy today,” Hall said.

For more information, please visit and

About Vitamin T

Vitamin T is an innovative creative and marketing talent agency for some of the world’s biggest and fastest moving brands. We combine technology and best-in-class recruiting practices to understand your unique needs and provide you with cutting-edge creative and digital talent, FAST. And we back up everything we do with a 110% money-back guarantee. We also provide subsidized medical, dental, and vision benefits, as well as a 401(k) plan—not to mention free online training through Aquent Gymnasium. To learn more, please visit:

Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales

Great American Cookies® to Treat Customers to One Free Cookie on National Cookie Day -- Dec. 4

"The holidays are officially here and Great American Cookies is thrilled to treat America to one of our famous and delicious original chocolate chip cookies," said David Kaiser, Executive Vice President of Great American Cookies. "Great American Cookies is your one-stop holiday bake shop and we believe that everyone deserves a little sweetness this season. Mark your calendar for Dec. 4 and join us in celebrating National Cookie Day."

From holiday-themed Cookie Cakes to dozens of delicious cookies in a variety of flavors, it's no wonder the holidays is one of the biggest times of the year for Great American Cookies. Cookie Cakes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be personalized with an endless combination of designs, colors and unique messages. Customers may place their order online at and pick it up at a nearby store location. For ease of shopping, customers may also customize and select a Cookie Cake in the days leading up to holidays, or on the actual holiday. Great American Cookies always makes sure there are enough Cookie Cakes to go around and they can be ready in minutes.

For more information about Great American Cookies and store locations, visit, follow Great American Cookies' national Twitter handle, @Gr8AmCookies, or become a fan of the brand on Facebook at

* Available on Dec. 4, 2018 only at participating Great American Cookies locations. Receive one free regular chocolate chip cookie per person. No purchase necessary.

About Great American Cookies®
Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip Cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet Cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 35 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary Cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in BahrainChileGuamMexicoPuerto RicoSaudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Laguardia Gateway Partners To Open First 11 Gates In Brand New Terminal B

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) – the private entity operating and redeveloping LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B, announced today that it will open the first 11 gates located in the eastern concourse of the new state-of-the-art Terminal B on December 1st, 2018.  LGP is comprised of Vantage Airport Group, Skanska, Meridiam and JLC Infrastructure.

With best-in-class retail and food options, innovative design and family-friendly spaces and modern amenities, the new concourse showcases LaGuardia Gateway Partners' and Governor Cuomo's vision to build a unified, 21st century airport that is a leader in guest experience, innovation and sustainability.

Air Canada, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines will all operate flights from the new concourse, with United Airlines joining in 2019.

"The opening of the new eastern concourse at Terminal B is just the first step in our mission to provide a top-class visitor experience at LaGuardia, worthy of the greatest city in the world," said Stewart Steeves, Chief Executive Officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. "Our concourse's innovative design, inclusive atmosphere, and choice food and retail options will bring LaGuardia into the 21st century, and we're proud to work with both the Governor and the Port Authority to transform Terminal B into a gateway New Yorkers can be proud of."

The concourse features ample gate seating, with charging stations throughout seating areas, a nursing room, and thoughtfully designed restrooms that include spacious stalls and above sink shelves that will keep belongings dry. It also features Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge, with the United Club to follow in 2019.

We are excited to have worked with our partners and so many subcontractors to make the opening of the eastern concourse of Terminal B a reality," said Magnus Eriksson, Executive Vice President of Skanska and Chair of the Board of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. "This collaborative effort, using innovative construction and design techniques is something that we are proud to bring to LaGuardia, and our project continues to have one of the largest Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) participation goals in the New York State."

New retail options available in the new concourse include the latest New York City location for the legendary New Yorktoy store FAO Schwarz, as well as offerings from SoHo based independent bookseller McNally Jackson, Hudson, LaGuardia Dufry Duty Free Shops, M?A?C, District Market – with specialty Made in Queens products – and Spa Here.

These shops join the previously announced food and beverage partners from earlier this year:  Shake Shack, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Osteria Fusco, La Chula Bar & Taqueria, Kingside Bar & Restaurant and Five Boroughs Market. 

Prioritizing a family-friendly atmosphere, the new concourse also features an airport themed children's play area, which includes a 16-foot interactive display. The display creates a multi-user experience that allows kids of all ages to design their own aircraft on a tablet and watch it come to life on a giant digital wall as it takes off from LaGuardia's runway.

The play area is nestled next to a beautiful indoor green space, modeled after New York City's own parks, that includes greenery, benches and plenty of natural light for passengers to relax with their children and families before their flights.

"Today's milestone is the result of strong partnerships and a bold vision for LaGuardia Airport," said George Casey, Chair and CEO, Vantage Airport Group. "Since 2016, we have been proud to bring Vantage's expertise in airport investment, project management, commercial development and management and operations to the transformation of Terminal B, and look forward to celebrating many more milestones that will entirely transform the passenger experience at LaGuardia Airport."

When complete, Terminal B will completely redefine the guest experience at LaGuardia. Dual pedestrian bridges will span active aircraft taxi lanes – the first in the world – and connect the main part of the terminal to two island concourses. Passengers will walk above aircraft as they make their way to their gate, all while enjoying views of the iconic Manhattan skyline. In addition, this island and bridge design will increase the taxi-way space for aircraft. The gates in the concourse are "common use," meaning that any Terminal B airline can use any gate – increasing efficiency. 

"We're building a completely new, unified airport that will be a leader in innovation and a model for redevelopment projects across the country," said Jane Garvey, Chairman of Meridiam North America.  "From advancements in technology to iconic NY shops and restaurants, the new LaGuardia is delivering for New York. Meridiam is proud to join today with LaGuardia Gateway Partners and Governor Cuomo to celebrate our continued progress at Terminal B and create an exciting future for the city."

In July 2015, Governor Cuomo unveiled the vision for a comprehensive redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport. The 1.3-million square foot redevelopment of Terminal B, with a construction value of  billion, is one of the largest public-private partnerships in American history and the largest in U.S. aviation.

The redevelopment includes a new 35-gate terminal, a parking garage, and a Central Hall, which will unify the airport by connecting to Terminal C, which is also being redeveloped. Once complete, Governor Cuomo and LGP will have created a state-of-the-art terminal that truly celebrates the best of New York.

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(All photos courtesy of LaGuardia Gateway Partners)

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China Customer Relations Centers Announces Plans to Go Private and Return to A-share Market in China

Chinese government has implemented policies to encourage companies to return to A-share market. With the fast growth of China’s economy, China concept stock’s privatization is increasing in 2018 after a number of companies including WuXi AppTec, Mindray and Cheetah mobile went private to China’s A-share market.

On November 11, China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (CCRC) has announced plans to go private to A-share market in China. 

CCRC’s announcement has led to more discussions by the capital market on privatization. Earlier this year, General Office of the State Council of China quoted China Securities Regulatory Commission’s (CSRC) policy during National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference that based on China’s law and market policy, they encouraged innovative companies to issue stocks in China, especially industries with new technologies and strategies such as biotech, cloud computing, AI and high-tech manufacturing.  

On October 19, 2018, CSRC announced during its press conference that they have taken steps to help restructure work including making reasonable prices to protect small and medium sized investors; actively supporting quality overseas listed companies to list in A-share market and treating overseas companies the same as domestic entities as well as eliminating barriers to entry.

Sources say, call centers and third-party providers of e commerce customer services are industries supported by Chinese government. This industry is labor-intensive with light assets and high tech. CCRC has advantages in this field. 

Based on Chinese internet research data, the total market size of Chinese domestic call center is about 630 billion RMB or 91.1 billion dollars in 2017. Because of the large industry size and the market stability, its annual growth rate is about 8.4% and after 2020, it is estimated to be 5.5%. Currently, call center system is transitioning from local servers to cloud servers. Cloud call centers has become the majority of this growing market.

Many industry experts consider CCRC an absolute pioneer in China’s call center and e commerce service third party provider industry, especially during this era that Chinese government encourages domestic listing of quality overseas companies. The business model will be easier to be recognized by investors in the A-share market than Nasdaq. It will also provide more growth in value in the future.


Posted in: Business,Finance,Finance Market,Telecom,U.S

Gingkoo Shares Its Vision to Empower Economy by Using Blockchain at the UN GA

(Oct 30, 2018 New York) Gingkoo Technology of Shanghai presented its vision on being a leading blockchain company in China during the Cryptocurrencies & Blockchains Forum at the 73th UN General Assembly.  Gingkoo’s founder and CEO William Zuo gave a speech on how blockchain has been applied to the economy at the global conference in New York.

                                      Gingkoo founder William Zuo speaks at UN

Representing Georgia, France and Germany, the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development invited experts from government and private sectors to provide insight into blockchain technologies and the potential impact on development.  Blockchain technologies are critical to finance the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gingkoo’s founder, William Zuo shared his vision on blockchain with government officials, experts and entrepreneurs. He pointed out that blockchain technology should serve society from five tiers of the economy: government, financial institutions, large corporations, small and medium size enterprise (SME) and individuals. 

Zuo says, “Blockchain should have two core values: one is the trust machine, with trust by coding and programming.  The other is to build the next generation value internet.”

Gingkoo, the Shanghai based fintech company has successfully applied blockchain technology to serve government and financial institutions clients worldwide.

In Guangzhou, Gingkoo has guided local government in adopting a blockchain solution to improve government affairs and transparency, which has been awarded as the top 10 Blockchain Application by China Ministry of Information and Industry. They also created a garbage classification solution by using blockchain+IOT technology for the local governments. The company deployed a food traceability project from northern china to address the problem of food safety concerns in China.

In the financial services arena, Gingkoo’s cases include payment and tax solutions, supply chain finance and Regtech solutions. Gingkoo’s clients include major commercial and central banks such as HSBC, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and UBS etc.

As the biggest solution provider for CIPS, China cross border payment system of China central bank, Gingkoo has been a key player to support the country’s  one Belt one Road Initiatives and to develop blockchain-enabled cross-border, cross-currency and cross-asset payments and logistics solutions, which could revolutionize the supply chain finance sector worldwide.  

Meanwhile, David Ritter, CEO of Penta and co-founder of Gingkoo, Florie Zheng joined the meeting and shared Penta’s work progress on blockchain.  Penta, a public chain, is leading the solution of identity issues for the homeless population in US west coast cities. In July 2018, Penta was the first blockchain crypto startup to complete acquisition of shares of AXS listed Australian IOT tech Company, CCP Technologies, using Penta’s PNT Cryptocurrency.

(L-R)  Florie Zheng, David Ritter of Penta at UN

Zuo pointed out the other advantage of blockchain is to resolve the trust issue among SME. Gingkoo has used blockchain technology in Xiamen City to help SME financing and individual credit information sharing. This case was one of the first successful attempts in its field and was shared by Zuo at the Berlin World Bank SME Financing Summit in Nov. 2017. 

As Gingkoo aims to be the first blockchain application solution provider in China, Zuo shared his vision on the future of blockchain, “I think blockchain should be green, inclusive and productive. I think everyone in the future will deserve opportunity of the blockchain.” His speech has been applauded by hundreds of attendants at the UN event.

On September 4 and 5, Wiliam Zuo gave a speech as an honored guest at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s first ever Blockchain Policy Forum in Paris, which was considered one of the high-level discussions with a range of public officials and private leaders from all over the world.

William Zuo Gingkoo CEO speaks at OECD Blockchain Policy Forum in Paris

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About Gingkoo and Penta

Gingkoo Technology ( is a Shanghai based leading Blockchain technology company established in 2014. It helps build complete blockchain solutions in banking, financing and government.  Gingkoo has raised about 23 million dollars or 160 million RMB led by Zhongnan Investment Group (SZ.000961). 

As a member of China's Ministry of industry and information and the National Standardization Management Committee, Gingkoo Technology participates in the formulation and compilation of several national standards of blockchain, and several district chain experts have been selected as members of the ISO/TC307 international standard specialist group. Gingkoo is the first company to receive the prestigious Million RMB Award for Blockchain from the Shanghai municipal government, recognizing Gingkoo’s outstanding contributions to blockchain development. In explaining their decision for the award, the government cited Gingkoo’s credit chain as a groundbreaking project that enables SMEs to gain access to credit.

Penta ( is a joint project of permissionless chain by Gingkoo and an American team. The goal of Penta is to achieve a fast-decentralized infrastructure compared to ETH and EOS. Penta has raised 30 million dollars in private funding, invested by crypto funds including Draper Dragon, Node Capital, Block VC and LD Capital.


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Powersolv Partners With Leading Cybersecurity Specialists to Deliver High Quality Security Solutions That Provide Comprehensive Protection

Cybersecurity is often defined as measures taken to protect a computer or computer system against unauthorized access or attack. It includes an ever-evolving set of tools, technologies, trainings, and techniques that work together to address security threats.

The heavy dependence on technology has resulted in an enormous surge in data creation which is stored on computer systems of organizations and shared across networks. Over time, the identification of vulnerabilities in this technology makes organizations susceptible to attacks by hackers.

One of the biggest cyber-attacks in the IT history was the WannaCry ransomware attack that took over computers and encrypted hard drive contents. The hackers then demanded a huge ransom payment in Bitcoin in order to decrypt the data.

NotPetya, which originated from the compromised Ukrainian accounting software, was a major cyber-attack that spread via the same EternalBlue exploit that WannaCry used.
Equifax, the credit rating agency major, announced in July 2017 that hackers had exploited a weak link in a U.S. website application to access confidential files with personal information of millions of clients.

The consequences of data breach can be devastating to an organization and can affect not only its reputation and standing in the market, but also its revenue. The projected annual damages from cybercrime are expected to reach trillion by 2021. The projected cybersecurity spending for 2017-2021 is expected to be around trillion. The frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks are growing with time and that’s why organizations must have a strong cybersecurity system in place to ensure that their sensitive data remains protected at all times.

Many organizations have become increasingly vulnerable, in part through modifying their infrastructure to accommodate applications, mobile devices, cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT). This has allowed cybercriminals to take advantage of any vulnerability they can find. It is becoming increasingly clear that traditional rule-based, reactive security methods cannot offer adequate and effective protection against today’s modern, persistent, AI driven, and creative cyberattacks. The best way to provide comprehensive security is to use a defensive in-depth approach which should include advanced full-service, AI-driven Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services.
Cybersecurity measures involve ensuring security of applications, database, infrastructure, data, network, endpoint, cloud, mobile, and others. The security of these can be breached by cyber threats such as malware, phishing, and ransomware.

Cybersecurity is addressed by creating a series of defensive measures around a definite perimeter. However, the latest industry trends such as ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and work from anywhere have resulted in broadening the scope of attack. Even with many organizations allocating and spending huge sums on increasing the levels of security, breaches are happening at a rapid pace across the world.

Human-centric cybersecurity that’s built on behavior analytics is the latest in this domain and focuses on changes in human behavior. The principle is based on the identification of behavioral incongruities so that grave threats can be identified, investigations can be concluded quickly, and detection times reduced drastically.

Powersolv, a premier Information Technology Services Company and one of the leading providers of Enterprise Solutions to Federal, State, and County entities as well as Local and Not-for-Profit Agencies, works with some of the biggest names in cybersecurity to provide intuitive and robust security solutions that enable organizations to detect, respond, and manage these highly evolved cyber threats.

Powersolv, working with its partners in Cybersecurity services, has become a disrupter in the security industry by introducing smart, crowd-sourced security testing through a comprehensive platform that covers every element of cyber risk. Clients are able to anticipate potential attacks and mitigate them by using a groundbreaking AI-Driven Managed Detection and Response system, designed to take down even the most sophisticated threats.

“No company wants to be in the news for reasons related to security breaches as that can bring their reputation crashing down,” says the President and CEO, Rahul Dhawan. “We help organizations stand strong and assist in stonewalling attempts at infiltrating their systems by offering one of the best security solutions available today. We have partnered with some of the biggest names in global cybersecurity solutions to strengthen our offering and transform the way companies handle their cyber security needs.”

With these strategic partnerships, Powersolv offers their clients a comprehensive solution that’s fully managed and involves the use of the best resources. The solutions are designed to provide robust protection to all the vulnerable areas of business operations by incorporating the best software, processes, and human intelligence.

Powersolv offers managed security services around the clock. The scope of these services includes:

• Security Consulting
• Security Testing
• Security Compliance
• Security Integration
• Security Monitoring

Powersolv is a serious player in the cybersecurity domain, offering solutions that provide the highest level of protection from all threats. The security platform, with active collaboration with their partners, places the protection of all sensitive data assets of clients at the core of their objectives.

If your business data and digital assets are at risk from cyber-attacks, you can trust Powersolv to provide customized solutions to cover all bases and help your business activities to go on uninterrupted.

About Powersolv, Inc.:

Powersolv, Inc., founded in 1995 and headquartered in Reston, VA, is a Microsoft Gold Partner and a CMMI Level 3, ISO 27001:2013, & ISO 9001:2015 certified premier IT Solutions and Consulting Services company. Powersolv specializes in offering Enterprise Technology, Business Process, Infrastructure Management & Cloud services to address the growing Information Technology demands in the public sector. They supply best of breed technology services with a proven commitment to excellence delivered with superior customer service.

To learn more about Powersolv, visit or call directly at (703)-230-5500.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Services,U.S,World

RemoteSalesReps.Com is simplifying the process for hiring QUALITY work-from-home sales reps

After many years of unbeaten services, Ben and Steven Cawiezell (twin brothers) are slightly shiffting their focus into creating even more jobs for the vastly growing remote sales industry. offers a platform for entrepreneurs, and business owners to recruit the best remote sales reps on the market. For sales reps, it’s an amazing platform to get hired and find the perfect sales environment to thrive in. has recruited thousands of work-from-home sales professionals crossing hundreds of industries and that list is growing daily.

There is a strong appeal for work-from-home job positions but few of them offer the earning potential that most sales opportunities present.

RemoteSalesReps.Com was originally launched in 2011 as HireACloser.Com which specialized in recruiting, training and managing remote high-ticket sales teams, mostly focusing in the coaching and software industries.

The driving factor behind the initial launch was that any talented sales rep with a phone and online access could easily earn 6 figures from the comfort of their own homes. Hire A Closer was a great success but was limited by the number of teams they could manage while trying to scale. This is when the Cawiezell Brothers decided to make the move to the recruitment model (Remote Sales Reps) allowing them to connect more amazing opportunities with top level talent.

“We are a global economy and with the overwhelming rise of virtual companies, there is no reason to limit your talent selection. We are trying to create organization in the chaotic remote sales job market.” Ben Cawiezell states during their upcoming launch.

Remote Sales Reps takes the heavy lifting off hiring for a sales position with so much appeal that job posts are often completely saturated by 1-CLICK applicants who do not qualify for the position on any level.

Remote Sales Reps is only interested in delivering long-term candidates for companies. On the same note, Remote Sales Reps is only accepting job opportunities that they believe their service could find quality candidates for, no affiliate offers and no opportunities that do not offer some kind of lead source.  

About Remote Sales Reps

Remote Sales Reps revolutionary platform helps business owners, recruiters and hiring managers  to reach the strongest remote sales representatives on the market. Remote Sales Reps mission is to connect top remote sales reps with stable job opportunities.

With over a decade of recruiting, training and managing remote teams all over the world, they have a strong understanding of what it takes to build an effective team. is working deligently to find the best talent for you from various sources as per your need.

Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales,Professional Services,Services,U.S

Insuranks looking for big name investors to join and disrupt the insurance market, the international startup technology company and marketplace platform is looking forward towards complete disruption of the insurance industry by continuously improving the insurance experience of all sides of the industry.  Insuranks is aiming towards creating as many simple, transparent, accessible, fast, reliable, secure and friendly user experiences for insurance consumers, agents, brokers and carriers. It currently has over 70 listed insurance companies and over 12,000 insurance agents on board.

The new Israeli technology startup is allowing consumers (also named Insurankers on the friendly platform) to request and compare quotes and purchase their insurance online with over 230 supported insurance types, manage it and later rank the level of service that they received from their chosen insurers.  Insurankers rank anything from customer service and claims experience to emotional intelligence, listening skills, trustworthiness, dedication and more in depth factors that are important to look for in an insurance service provider. Those rankings aggregate in to what is called Insuranks Score, an average ranking of all user rankings submitted for each insurance service deliverer. This ranking is displayed all around the platform for the benefit of the users, so when they get quotes they can find all the information they need about the insurance provider and make a wiser and more educated decision. Or when they simply browse through insuance companies and agents or look for the top 10 insurance companies and agents for over 230 insurance categories that the platform supports. It becomes the insurers reputation all around the platform.

On the other hand, it also provides full information on companies and agents and allows agents and brokers to deliver quotes online through the carriers they work with via the easy to use marketplace platform. The agents insurance marketplace is fast, reliable and user friendly and contains a stream of insurankers that are waiting for agents to give them bids and quotes for their insurance needs. Agents can also  manage their sold policies and clients online via desktop, tablets and mobile phones.

With a mission to create maximum remarkable insurance experiences worldwide while making insurance simple and accessible to anyone regardless of levels of income, education or location, Insuranks is now looking for big name investors and sponsors to support their efforts and become the ultimate one-stop shop for all insurance needs while offering consumers, agents and carriers the best insurance experience that they can possibly receive online.


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Global Food Processing Equipment Market to Surpass USD 74 Billion in Next Five Years, Says Meticulous Research

The global food processing equipment market will grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2017 to 2022 to reach USD 74.019 billion by 2022, according to the latest publication from Meticulous Research®. The global food processing equipment market is driven by the increasing consumer demand for processed food, focus on food safety and safety of workers, growing need to increase productivity, increasing focus of food manufacturers to reduce production cost, and government support to promote food processing sector. In addition, emerging economies such as Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa provides significant opportunity for the manufacturers in the global food processing equipment market. However, high cost of equipment and increasing inclination towards consumption of minimal processed food restrict the growth of this market to some extent.

Key Market Segments to Watch

The global food processing equipment market is mainly segmented by type into meat, poultry, and seafood processing equipment (cutters and grinders; smokers, massagers, and tumblers; mixers; tenderizers; killing and defeathering equipment; slicers; evisceration equipment; cookers, roasters, and grillers; deheading and gutting equipment; filleting equipment; and others), bakery processing equipment (ovens and proofers; dough mixers; moulders and sheeters; dividers and rounders; depositors; and others), beverage processing equipment (brewery equipment; filtration equipment; carbonation equipment; blenders and mixers; and others), dairy processing equipment (pasteurizers; homogenizers; separators; evaporators and drying equipment; membrane filtration equipment; and others), chocolate and confectionary processing equipment (depositors; formers; coating and spraying systems; mixers; coolers; and others), fruit and vegetable processing equipment (juice extractors; peelers, cutters, and pulpers; dryers; evaporators; and others), and other food processing equipment (cereal & grains processing equipment, fat & oil processing equipment, snacks food processing equipment, and others).

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Meat, poultry, and seafood processing equipment to dominate the food processing equipment in 2018

The large share of meat, poultry, and seafood processing equipment is mainly attributed to increasing demand of processed meat products due to growing global population, urbanization, and consumer preference for protein-rich food products. However, chocolate and confectionary processing equipment market is expected to witness fastest growth during the forecast period. The rapid growth of this market is attributed to increasing focus of manufacturers on quality products manufacturing, integration of innovative processes, product innovation, building & maintaining strong brand of products, and optimization of traditional processes in this field. Also, once considered luxury products in some developing nations, chocolate and other sweets have become more attainable and attractive as living standards in these countries increase, ultimately driving demand for chocolate and confectionery processing equipment.

Regional Market Growth Trends

Geographically, the global food processing equipment market is segmented into North America (U.S. and Canada), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, U.K., Spain, The Netherlands, and RoE), Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, and RoAPAC), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and RoLATAM), and Middle East & Africa.

Food Processing Equipment Market

Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold the largest share in the global food processing equipment market in 2018, followed by Europe, and North America. The major share of this region is mainly attributed to increasing demand of processed food products in emerging and developing countries including India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand; and increasing investments from major food processors. This region is witnessing tremendous growth for food and beverages industry, primarily due to the increasing urbanization, health awareness, and disposable income; as a result, numerous food and beverage firms in this region are transitioning from manual to mechanical food processing in order to increase output and develop new products, which ultimately drives the food processing equipment market.

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Top Companies in the Food Processing Equipment Market

The key players operating in the global food processing equipment market are Bühler AG (Switzerland), Marel HF (Iceland), GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (Germany), Bucher Industries AG (Switzerland), John Bean Technologies Corporation (U.S.), The Middleby Corp (U.S.), Heat and Control Inc. (U.S.), SPX Flow Inc. (U.S.), Alfa Laval AB (Sweden), Nichimo International Inc. (Japan), Krones AG (Germany), Paul Mueller Company (U.S.), Key Technology Inc. (U.S.), and Tetra Pak International S.A. (Switzerland).

These vendors employed various strategies to expand their product and application offerings, global footprint, and augment their market share. The key strategies followed by most companies in the global food processing equipment market were acquisitions and expansions.

Key questions answered in the report-

  • Which are the high growth market segments in terms of equipment type and regions/countries?
  • What is the historical market for food processing equipment across the globe?
  • What are the market forecasts and estimates from the period 2015-2022?
  • What are the major drivers, restrains, and opportunities in the global food processing equipment market?
  • Who are the major players in the global food processing equipment market and what share of the market do they hold?
  • Who are the major players in various countries and what share of the market do they hold?
  • What are the competitive landscapes and who are the market leaders by sub-region in the global food processing equipment market?
  • What are the recent developments in the global food processing equipment market?
  • What are the different strategies adopted by the major players in the global food processing equipment market?
  • What are the geographical trends and high growth regions/ countries?
  • What are the local emerging players in the global food processing equipment market and how do they compete with the global players?

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Posted in: Agriculture & Farming,Business,Food & Beverage,Manufacturing & Industry,Technology

Quality Management in Healthcare Market Worth 3,698.1 Million USD By 2023, Says Meticulous Research™

According to the latest publication from Meticulous Research™, global Quality Management in Healthcare Market will grow at a CAGR of 15% from 2018 to 2023 to reach USD 3,698.1 million by 2023.

The report states that the growth in this market is mainly attributed to “the government initiatives to improve patient outcomes & safety, rising unstructured data in healthcare, rising geriatric population & burden of chronic diseases, and improving health IT infrastructure”.

Geographically, the North American region is the largest market for quality management solutions in the healthcare market. This region is expected to continue its dominance in the global market with the implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the U.S., stringent legislative and accreditation requirements regarding healthcare quality reporting, shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements, growing patient data volume, high awareness and adoption of healthcare IT technologies, regulatory requirements to minimize medical errors and clinical risk, and presence of a large number of healthcare IT companies in the region.”

The key players in global quality management in the healthcare market are McKesson Corporation, Medisolv, Inc., Nuance Communication, Inc., Quantros, Inc., Dimensional Insight, Inc., Dolbey Systems, Inc., Verscend Technologies, Inc., MedeAnalytics, Inc., Citiustech Inc., Conduent, Inc., ArborMetrix, Inc. (Change Healthcare), Altegra Health, General Dynamics Health Solutions, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, 3M Company, Truven Health Analytics (IBM Watson Health), and Persivia, among others.

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Market by Software Type:

  • Business Intelligence &Analytics
  • Physician Quality Reporting Solutions
  • Clinical Risk Management Solutions
  • Provider Performance Improvement Solutions

Market by Mode of Delivery:

  • Web & Cloud-based solutions
  • On-premise solutions

Market by Application:

  • Data Management    
    • Data Processing & Analysis
    • Unstructured Data Abstraction
    • Report Generation & Regulatory Submission
  • Risk Management    

Market by End User:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Healthcare Payers
  • Government bodies& Others

Market by Geography:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe (RoE)
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Rest of APAC (RoAPAC)
  • Rest of the World
    • Latin America
    • Middle East & Africa.

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Key questions answered in the report-

  • Which are the high growth market segments in terms of software type, mode of delivery, application, end user, and regions/countries?
  • What is the historical market for quality management in healthcare across the globe?
  • What are the market forecasts and estimates from the period 2018-2023?
  • What are the major drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges in the global quality management in healthcare market?
  • Who are the major players in the global quality management in healthcare market?
  • How is the competitive landscape?
  • What are the recent developments in the global healthcare quality management market?
  • What are the different strategies adopted by the major players in the global healthcare quality management market?
  • What are the geographical trends and high growth regions/countries?
  • Who are the local emerging players in the global quality management in healthcare market and how do they compete with the global players?

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Posted in: Business,Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Pharmaceuticals & Biotech,U.S

Stankevicius MGM joins Congress-Realty as Leading PR and Advertising Partner

Congress the Real Estate 2018 together with Stankevicius MGM has prepared an exciting investment event with presents and new business opportunities for participants worldwide.

About the event

The organizers of Congress the Real Estate 2018 are preparing a worthy event to attend for investors. The event will cover crypto-assets, overseas properties, museum pieces, different investment projects, possibility to purchase gold bullion, possibility to deal with stock exchanges, IT-technology projects, developer’s programs. Event’s participants will as well include insurance companies, tax consultants, and lawyers. Representatives and delegations from over 20 countries will come to the Congress.

Each year the congress offers innovative technologies and conveniences for guests and participants. Among the offers, you can find the matching opportunity of the first online exhibition of the Congress on the platform by Online Expo. The exhibition makes direct contact between the visitor from around the world and participating company on the platform, Online Expo.

About Stankevicius MGM

Stankevicius MGM is the leader in PR and advertising field. The firm has consulted Fortune 500 companies and international small and medium-size enterprises. Stankevicius MGM has provided successful PR campaigns for ICO clients in result of raising over 300 million dollars for blockchain projects

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Excelerat - A Google Connect Event on Digital Marketing

An estate agent’s website is their most important office. The footfall there is far higher than for any high street branch and with the market slowing, it is this reality that is pushing the most innovative traditional estate agents to embrace digital marketing and find ways to grow.

At an event hosted at Google’s central London headquarters on Tuesday 15th May, global award-winning agency Fountain Partnership and the leading UK live chat conversion experts Yomdel explored best practice digital marketing strategies employed by some of the fastest growing UK estate agents.

Attendees, who included senior executives from Knight Frank, Hunters, Carter Jones, SDL Group, Miles & Barr, Arun Estates and many more, heard presentations from the two companies -- as well as a terrific insight from Google itself – to paint a picture of low cost, high impact digital marketing strategies for estate agents.

“Yomdel and Fountain began working together on EweMove in 2014, and since then we have developed unique approaches to generating quality traffic and then turning that traffic into high-converting new business opportunities,” said Yomdel Founder, Andy Soloman. “It’s a complete no-brainer for any business – invest in getting the right clicks as well as ensuring you also put in place the ability to maximise conversion.”

The programme for the evening heard key note sessions from Andy Soloman, Fountain’s Head of Digital Alice Rose, and Roxanne Brownlee from Google.

The event was exclusive invite-only, and attendees besides being able to visit the impressive Google HQ, went away with ideas on how to carve out competitive advantage and maximise ROI through digital investment.

Alice Rose, the Head of Digital at Fountain spoke of proven digital marketing strategies for estate agents and outlined the best way to drive new business in a short space of time. She also took the audience through the most effective strategies for growth, prioritising the lowest cost with the highest return on investment.

"The Estate Agency Industry has faced a lot of disruption over recent years with the rise of online and hybrid agents, Brexit and now GDPR. Today we've shared our proven roadmap for success, discussing the one thing all Estate Agents should invest in now, as well as 4 top tips for rapid growth in 2018." 

Andy Soloman spoke of how to transform distracted website visitors into loyal customers through bringing human interaction online and then delivering an exceptional digital customer experience.

“We live in an age of distraction where people expect immediate answers to questions and if we are not there to help at exactly the time they need it, they will go elsewhere”, he said.  Andy explained how intelligently targeted managed live chat can significantly multiply results achieved via digital marketing channels. “Conversion can increase 50% or more,” he said.

Yomdel can be used on any website for online sales, lead generation or customer service and support. As well as live chat, Yomdel sets itself apart from competitors by offering extra services such as taking visitors direct from chat into phone calls, SMS engagements, integrations into CRM platforms and Google Analytics. “There are other live chat providers out there, but Yomdel is unique in the way we partner with clients to deliver the very best results,” says Andy. “Our technical platforms are built based on my experience as a former Reuters foreign correspondent and editor, and speed and accuracy are essential. We are continuing to innovate and invest in our services to help clients grow faster.”

Google was represented by Roxanne Brownley who works with Google’s high-performance clients on their growth ambitions discussed how to future proof your business in a changing landscape. She also stressed the importance of getting the Brilliant Basics right to stay ahead of the competition. The event was introduced by event compere Rachel Murray from Fountain.

For more information about how the Yomdel can benefit your organisation, contact our team on 01403 616 000 or email


Yomdel is based in Billingshurst, West Sussex. It was the first company in the UK to offer intelligent 24/7 managed live chat operator services. The service is used by over 2,000 UK estate agents, including Fine & Country, Chestertons and Belvoir, as well as many businesses in other sectors spanning finance, legal, automotive, construction, events and many more. Yomdel services can be used on any website for online sales, lead generation or customer service and support.

 Fountain Partnership

Fountain Partnership is a globally recognised digital marketing agency with offices in London and Norwich. The Partnership founded almost nine years ago has developed a unique, numbers-based methodology which takes the risk out of digital marketing for its clients. This approach led to Fountain winning the Google Premier Partner Award for Best Search Performance last year, beating thousands of marketing agencies from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Andy Soloman, Yomdel Founder & CEO, is available for interviews on +44 (0)7928 542917 or 

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Marketing & Events Manager at Fountain Partnership


T:  020 3325 6681 M: 07843 692738

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Yomdel PR
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For more on how Yomdel helps businesses grow and generates leads please visit or call on 01403 616000

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Cummins Selects Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana for Regional DC

Cummins Selects Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana for Regional DC Agility facility to stock parts for Cummins regional operations in West Africa ACCRA, Ghana – May 22, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has leased warehouse space in the Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana to Cummins for a new West African Distribution Center.

Cummins, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diesel engines, generators, filtration and associated engine components, will use the facility to stock and distribute a range of over 10,000 spare parts for Cummins operations across West Africa.

Cummins joins other multinationals and small and medium-sized Ghanaian companies that have chosen the Agility Warehouse Park at Tema because its secure, convenient location provides international standard warehousing and services for their West African operations.

Location was a significant factor in Cummins’ selection. The Agility park is eight kilometers from Ghana’s main seaport and is adjacent to the Aflao highway connecting Ghana to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria.

Felix Bani, Cummins Operations Manager – Central Supply Chain Operations (CSCO), said: “Product distribution can be fast-tracked, either by road, sea or air. By choosing the Agility Warehouse Park, Cummins has addressed one of the biggest constraints to companies doing business in West Africa – the lack of quality infrastructure.”

Bani said Cummins was also attracted to the facility because it meets international environmental standards and features eco-friendly construction materials. Agility used energy efficient roof and side insulated panels; wind-driven roof fans; skylights for natural lighting; LED and energy-saving bulbs; and solar-powered streetlights. The site will recycle paper, plastic, metal, and carton waste. It provides eco-friendly waste management services and carbon footprint reporting.

The Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana is part of a network of international standard warehouse parks that Agility is funding and developing across key markets in Africa to support the development of domestic and regional trade.

Geoffrey White, CEO Agility Africa, said, “We believe that the provision of international standard warehouses in Africa for storage, distribution and light manufacturing is one of the fundamental building blocks necessary for economic growth. The Agility Warehouse Parks enable companies, whether multinationals such as Cummins, or small and medium enterprises, to access quality infrastructure easily, quickly and cost effectively.”

About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than .6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including customs digitization, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

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About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins currently employs approximately 58,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world. Cummins serves customers in about 190 countries and territories through a network of some 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned billion on sales of .4 billion in 2017. Press releases can be found on the Web at

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Good strategy leads to high return on investment since it's improving the conversion rate of Traffic

One of your business’ New Year’s resolutions should be to improve your conversion rates. This strategy has a very high return on investment since you’re improving the conversion rate of traffic you’re already receiving instead of trying to find and attract new audiences. Here are 3 ways to improve your conversion rates in 2018, based on research conducted by Blog For Web. Every single business in the world needs to improve conversion rates and 2018 will most likely be the most difficult year yet to do this. That is due to the fact we are looking at customers that are savvy and that know much more than in the past. They know how to research information so converting has to rely on a new approach.
Prioritize Personalization
Personalization of content shows your customers that you care about their interests. One strategy to improve your conversion rates is to offer different content to repeat customers and new visitors. One benefit of this approach is that recommending things based on their personal preferences has a higher conversion rate than generic ads. It even improves engagement with your brand and the odds someone will come back to your site even if they don’t buy from you today. If you don’t know how to do this, you could work with a firm to implement it. The ideal case is to personalize sites based on user history without requiring them to create accounts, since this drives away many potential customers.
Design Answer Pages to Provide Answers Quickly
When designing answer pages, create separate pages for each answer so that visitors don’t have to search the entire page for the answer. Don’t forget to list questions as paragraph headings to make it easier to find those questions, followed by the answers right after them. Another variation on this theme is to give the short answer to the question before going into detail. If you spend a paragraph qualifying your answer, you’ll drive away those who want the ten words or less explanation. An alternative is to give the generic answer followed by a qualification, especially if you can use it as a lead into scheduling an appointment with your experts, or buying your informational product. Artificial intelligence is starting to add depth to this discussion. For example, chatbots to answer people’s questions immediately are coming down in cost, and they may be able to provide answers whether narrowing down the client’s list of potential options to finding the older product they want.
Have a Single, Clear Call to Action
First, have a call to action button on pages where you’re asking someone to take action. If you’re trying to get someone to like, share and subscribe to your social media marketing, you shouldn’t be trying to sell your product to them as well. Don’t try to sell them the product on the page and give them a social media link, too, or you risk them going to social media sites and failing to complete the sale. Ensure that the call to action button stands out and makes it clear what it does, whether they’re signing up for an email marketing list, scheduling an appointment, buying an item or downloading a technical white paper. And remember to give them the reason to click the CTA button, whether giving them a discount or sending them the information they want.  Applying these few techniques in 2018 will be sure to increase your conversion rates if used properly. Make sure that you use as many of these methods as well as other time-tested techniques to make sure that your website performs at its full potential.

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UK MedTech wearable wins global award in 150bn USD sector

ViCardio®, ( a unique blood pressure monitor developed in the UK, has beaten global competition in the prestigious IDTechEx awards, held in Berlin. The judges were impressed by Tarilian Laser Technologies’ patented biosensor used in ViCardio, which is central in allowing ViCardio® to be the world’s first non-invasive, beat-to-beat, blood pressure monitor. Winning the Best New Wearable Technology Device Award at IDTechEx comes on the back of parent company, Tarilian Laser Technologies (TLT), being just one of six firms chosen by PwC to represent the UK in the Great Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong last month.
TLT & ViCardio CEO Dr Sandeep Shah said: “We are delighted to win the Best New Wearable Technology Award, especially coming so quickly after being part of the PwC delegation to Hong Kong. This reflects the potential of ViCardio® to transform the patient experience, as well as the strength of the UK technology sector. The global wearables market is growing rapidly and we’re confident that ViCardio® will become a key player in the sector, creating valuable export opportunities and jobs along the way.”
IDTechEx have estimated that the global wearable technology will reach over 150bn USD annually by 2027, across a number of categories, including medical devices, fitness trackers and smartwatches. UK companies such as TLT are well-placed to take advantage of this growing market. The judges at IDTechEx, Matthew Heasley, from GSK, and Dr Akira Sakaigawa, from Huawei commented that “ViCardio’s device has the potential to be revolutionary in blood pressure monitoring, so we are delighted to recognise this potential via this award”. Dr David Pearce, accepting the award in Berlin, said: “We’re very proud to have been honoured by the largest emerging technologies conference in Europe. UK wearables technology is becoming a global leader and we are playing a major part in that growth.”
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About IDTechEx
The IDTechEx Show! is hosted by IDTechEx. Since 1999 IDTechEx has provided independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technology to clients in over 80 countries. From the IDTechEx judges: Each year at the IDTechEx Show!, two companies are honoured for their achievements in developing and commercialising different aspects of wearable technology. This year the awards were judged by Mr Matthew Heasley (GSK) and Dr Akira Sakaigawa (Huawei) with support from the independent analyst team with IDTechEx Research. As the ecosystem around various wearable products matures at different rates, significant developments at both the product and component level that are required to move the market towards the next generation. Both the high volume and wide diversity of applicants to the award reflected the ongoing spirit within this industry, and the judges commented as to the difficulties selecting just two winners from a list of impressive achievements. The winner of the Best New Wearable Technology Device: ViCardio Reasons for choice: Blood pressure remains one of the most challenging vital signs to characterise. ViCardio’s non-invasive technique does not require the traditional inflating cuff, and also removes the need for individual calibration which has been a requirement in previous attempts at cuff-less, non-invasive monitoring. The device is currently being tested in clinical trials, with the aim of confirming the quality of the data. ViCardio’s device has the potential to be revolutionary in blood pressure monitoring, so we are delighted to recognise this potential via this award.
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Background to the development of ViCardio®
Tarilian Laser Technologies Ltd (TLT), a global Innovator in medical device, digital technology and engineering, announces the 2018 planned market launch of its remarkable and unique Cuffless continuous beat-to-beat blood pressure monitoring solution, ViCardio® ( ViCardio® is based upon TLT’s State of The Art engineering platform delivering both a high performance and aesthetic Medical Wearable Device. The outstanding TLT device is based upon its proprietary and internationally patented opto-electronic sensor which instantly – within a second of application – delivers a continuous and highly accurate* blood pressure reading – similar to the output that is generated from an internal invasive arterial line. In contrast to all other technologies, TLT is easy and extremely comfortable to apply – with no cuff, no application pressure and no calibration required at all. Unlike other attempts at cuffless technology over the past 50 years – which have relied on invasion of energy into the body and reflection back to a detector – which is problematic and highly inaccurate – ViCardio has broken a major barrier in sensor technology and developed a high-fidelity system that accurately* and effectively generates the most important surface physiological parameters that determine blood pressure.
This technology which has over 37 patents is a paradigm shift and will create a whole new series of applications in consumer and hospital care. The regular and accurate measurement of blood pressure is crucial for patients wishing to achieve the best understanding and control of this condition, that now touches the lives of over 50% of the adult population. Current cuff-based products are not well liked by patients as they cause discomfort and are cumbersome to carry. They also require frequent calibration to remain of any clinical value. Other emerging devices rely on light based invasive sensors (similar to the common heart rate wearable sensors) are highly inaccurate and are not serious contenders to gain FDA/CE Mark approval. The TLT sensor will be available to clinicians and consumers and its ViCardio® brand are now set to disrupt the dynamic and evolving multi-billion dollar Medical Wearable and Luxury Technology markets. Following the conclusion of its final clinical trial (details below), it is anticipated that initial orders will be delivered to clinicians and consumers in Q4 2018. People Tarilian Laser Technologies is led by a family team, Dr Sandeep Shah and Nita Shah. They have combined their medical and electronic engineering backgrounds over several years to pursue the development of the ground-breaking TLT sensor.
Having achieved clinical trial results in 2012 within the CE/FDA approval tolerances, they have since focused on the further miniaturisation of the sensor and improvements in accuracy* so as to allow TLT to enter the sensor into a second clinical trial using the highest scrutiny possible, that of comparison to intra-arterial lines used in intensive care environments using the SP-10 protocol. This trial, currently in progress at The Barts Heart Centre, is anticipated to complete in Q2 of 2018 and its results will form the basis of their CE/FDA certifications. Steve Schaefer, patent attorney and engineer by training, moved from his position as the Head of MedTech at the prestigious US patent firm Fish and Richardson in September 2017 to become the third executive director of TLT and the lead of its North American operation. Steve had led the team that had worked on securing the extensive patent portfolio since 2007. Dr David Pearce, a leading Physician, Entrepreneur and expert in digital technology and communications, has recently joined the TLT Non-Executive Advisory Board.
*All claims of accuracy are subject to, and will in due course be certified to, an international recognised medical grade approved standard. The TLT sensor is undergoing strict regulatory clinical testing to the highest standards, with CE Mark and FDA regulatory filings to follow.

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Broadcom to Nominate Slate of 11 Independent, Highly Qualified Directors for Election at Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting

Broadcom intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proxy statement, accompanied by a BLUE proxy card, in connection with Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting. Qualcomm has announced that its 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on March 6, 2018.

On November 6, 2017, Broadcom proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for per share consideration of .00 in cash and stock, consisting of .00 in cash and .00 in Broadcom shares. Broadcom's offer represents a 28% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm's common stock on November 2, 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 33% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price. The Broadcom proposal stands whether Qualcomm's pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. ("NXP") is consummated on the currently disclosed terms of 0 per NXP share or is terminated.

Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, stated, "We have heard from many Qualcomm stockholders who have expressed their desire for Qualcomm to engage with us. We also continue to receive positive feedback from customers  and, having had initial meetings with certain relevant antitrust authorities, remain confident that any regulatory requirements necessary to complete a combination will be met in a timely manner. Although we are taking this step, it remains our strong preference to engage in a constructive dialogue with Qualcomm. We have repeatedly attempted to engage with Qualcomm, and despite stockholder and customer support for the transaction, Qualcomm has ignored those opportunities. The nominations give Qualcomm stockholders an opportunity to voice their disappointment with Qualcomm's directors and their refusal to engage in discussions with us. In light of the significant value our proposal provides for Qualcomm stockholders, we believe Qualcomm stockholders would be better served by new independent, highly qualified nominees who are committed to maximizing value and acting in the best interests of Qualcomm stockholders."

To ensure continuity, Broadcom would support a decision by the 11 new directors, upon their election, to increase the size of the Board and reappoint Mark D. McLaughlin, Anthony J. "Tony" Vinciquerra and Jeffrey W. Henderson as directors.

Broadcom's nominees for the Qualcomm Board are:

  • Samih Elhage, former President of the Mobile Networks Business Group of Nokia Corporation. Previously held the role of Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks, subsidiaries of Nokia. Also served on the Boards of Alcatel-Lucent Corporation, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, and Quickplay Media Inc.
  • Raul J. Fernandez, Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and former Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo, Inc. Also served as CEO of Dimension Data North America and as Chairman, CEO and President of Proxicom, Inc. Serves on the Boards of AtSite, Inc. and Perfect Sense, Inc., and previously served as a Director of Kate Spade & Company.
  • Michael S. Geltzeiler, consultant for Temasek Holdings. Previously served as Senior Vice President and CFO of ADT Corporation and before that, CFO and Group Executive Vice President at NYSE Euronext.
  • Stephen J. Girsky, Managing Partner of VectoIQ, an independent advisory firm. Previously served in a number of capacities at General Motors, including Vice Chairman. Serves on the Boards of United States Steel Corporation, Brookfield Business Partners,, and Valens Semiconductor Ltd. Previously served as a Director of GM following its emergence from bankruptcy and as Lead Independent Director of Dana Holdings Corp.
  • David G. Golden, Managing Partner at Revolution Ventures. Previously spent 18 years at J.P. Morgan, including five years as Vice Chairman and Director of technology, media and telecommunications investment banking. Serves on the Boards of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. and Blackbaud, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Everyday Health, Inc. and Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Veronica M. Hagen, retired President and CEO of Polymer Group, Inc. (later renamed AVINTIV Specialty Materials Inc). Also served as President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper and held multiple positions at Alcoa, including Vice President and Chief Customer Officer and business unit president of Alcoa Engineered Products. Serves on the Boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, the Southern Company, and American Water Works Company, Inc. Previously served as a Director of AVINTIV, Jacuzzi Brands, Inc., and Covanta.
  • Julie A. Hill, owner of The Hill Company. Serves on the Board of Anthem, Inc. and was a Director of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. prior to its merger with Anthem. Has been a trustee of the Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds since 2004 and previously served as a Director of Lend Lease, Ltd., Resources Connection, Inc., and Holcim US.
  • John H. Kispert, Managing Partner of Black Diamond Ventures. Previously served as President and CEO and a Director of Spansion, Inc. through its merger with Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Serves on the Boards of Gigamon Inc. and Barracuda Networks, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Cypress, TriNet Group, Inc., and Extreme Networks, Inc., where he was Chairman.
  • Gregorio Reyes, former Director and Chairman of the Boards of Dialog Semiconductor plc and LSI Corporation, and former Director of Seagate Technologies Public Limited Company. Previously was a co-founder and Chairman of Sunward Technologies Inc., Chairman and CEO of American Semiconductor Equipment Technologies, and President and CEO of National Micronetics. Held positions at National Semiconductor, Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Eaton.
  • Thomas S. Volpe, Managing Member of Volpe Investments LLC. Previously CEO of Dubai Group LLC, a diversified investment firm based in the United Arab Emirates, and before that, served as Chairman of Prudential Volpe Technology Group. Served on the Boards of Linear Technology Corporation and EFG-Hermes Holding Company.
  • Harry L. You, President, CFO and Director of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. Previously served as Executive Vice President in the Office of the Chairman of EMC Corporation. Served as CEO of BearingPoint Inc., Executive Vice President and CFO of Oracle Corporation and CFO of Accenture Ltd. Previously served as a Director of Korn/Ferry International.

Moelis & Company LLC, Citi, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as financial advisors to Broadcom. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Latham & Watkins LLP are acting as legal counsel.

More information regarding Broadcom's proposal for Qualcomm and nominees can be found by visiting

About Broadcom Limited

Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions. Broadcom Limited's extensive product portfolio serves four primary end markets: wired infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise storage and industrial & other. Applications for our products in these end markets include: data center networking, home connectivity, set-top box, broadband access, telecommunications equipment, smartphones and base stations, data center servers and storage, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and electronic displays.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning Broadcom and Qualcomm. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements that address Broadcom's expected future business and financial performance and statements about (i) the proposed transaction involving Broadcom and Qualcomm and the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, (ii) the expected benefits of other acquisitions, (iii) Broadcom's plans, objectives and intentions with respect to future operations and products, (iv) Broadcom's competitive position and opportunities, (v) the impact of acquisitions on the market for Broadcom's products, and (vi) other statements identified by words such as "will", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "should", "intend", "plan", "potential", "predict", "project", "aim", and similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs of the management of Broadcom, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, such management, current market trends and market conditions and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside Broadcom's and management's control, and which may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include: the ultimate outcome of any possible transaction between Broadcom and Qualcomm; uncertainties as to whether Qualcomm will cooperate with Broadcom regarding the proposed transaction; the effect of the announcement of the proposed transaction on the ability of Broadcom and Qualcomm to retain customers, to retain and hire key personnel and to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers or customers; the timing of the proposed transaction; the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and satisfy other closing conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction (including shareholder approvals); and other risks related to the completion of the proposed transaction and actions related thereto. Other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could materially affect future results include: any risks associated with loss of Broadcom's significant customers and fluctuations in the timing and volume of significant customer demand; Broadcom's dependence on contract manufacturers and outsourced supply chain; any acquisitions Broadcom may make, as well as delays, challenges and expenses associated with receiving governmental and regulatory approvals and satisfying other closing conditions, and with integrating acquired companies with Broadcom's existing businesses and Broadcom's ability to achieve the benefits, growth prospects and synergies expected from such acquisitions, including Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. and Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm; the ability of Broadcom to integrate Qualcomm's business and make changes to its business model, and to resolve legal proceedings, governmental investigations and customer disputes relating to Qualcomm's licensing practices; Broadcom's ability to accurately estimate customers' demand and adjust Broadcom's manufacturing and supply chain accordingly; Broadcom's significant indebtedness, including the substantial indebtedness Broadcom expects to incur in connection with Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm, and the need to generate sufficient cash flows to service and repay such debt; dependence on and risks associated with distributors of Broadcom's products; Broadcom's ability to improve its manufacturing efficiency and quality; increased dependence on a small number of markets; quarterly and annual fluctuations in operating results; cyclicality in the semiconductor industry or in Broadcom's target markets; global economic conditions and concerns; Broadcom's competitive performance and ability to continue achieving design wins with its customers, as well as the timing of those design wins; rates of growth in Broadcom's target markets; prolonged disruptions of Broadcom's or its contract manufacturers' manufacturing facilities or other significant operations; Broadcom's dependence on outsourced service providers for certain key business services and their ability to execute to its requirements; Broadcom's ability to maintain or improve gross margin; Broadcom's ability to maintain tax concessions in certain jurisdictions; Broadcom's ability to protect its intellectual property and the unpredictability of any associated litigation expenses; any expenses or reputational damage associated with resolving customer product and warranty and indemnification claims; Broadcom's ability to sell to new types of customers and to keep pace with technological advances; market acceptance of the end products into which Broadcom's products are designed; and other events and trends on a national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive and regulatory nature.

Broadcom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which you may obtain for free at the SEC's website at, discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect Broadcom's business, results of operations and financial condition. Broadcom undertakes no intent or obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Additional Information

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities.  This communication relates to a proposal which Broadcom has made for an acquisition of Qualcomm and Broadcom's intention to solicit proxies for the election of Broadcom nominees to the Qualcomm Board and certain other proposals at Qualcomm's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.  In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, Broadcom (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed, Qualcomm) may file one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents with the SEC.  This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus or other document Broadcom and/or Qualcomm may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

Investors and security holders of Broadcom and Qualcomm are urged to read the proxy statement(s), registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus and/or other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety if and when they become available as they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.  Any definitive proxy statement(s) or prospectus(es) (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Broadcom and/or Qualcomm, as applicable.  Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Broadcom through the web site maintained by the SEC at

This document shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Participants in Solicitation

Broadcom, certain of its subsidiaries, its directors and executive officers, other members of management and employees and the nominees described above may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction, including with respect to Qualcomm's 2018 annual meeting of stockholders.  You can find information about Broadcom's executive officers and directors in Broadcom's definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on February 17, 2017.  Information about the Broadcom nominees will be included in the proxy statement Broadcom intends to file with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents filed with the SEC if and when they become available.  These documents (if and when available) may be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website

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Deadline Alert: "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars" Nominations Are Due December 3

Launched in 2014, the international "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" recognizes 30 individuals annually who are 30 years of age or younger, who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration, and other outstanding attributes, and who have made contributions to their companies, associations and the industry at large. The "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" positions supply management and procurement as viable and exciting career choices for early career professionals.

What makes a rising star? One example is Amy Georgi, 30, Program Manager, Supply Chain Acquisition and Integrations with Fluke Electronics, a Danaher Company, York, Pennsylvania, recognized as the 2015 "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Megawatt Winner". She produced meaningful results by taking over a project where the sole source supplier lead time was 12-14 weeks. Within six months, she had compressed that time down to three–four weeks and reduced excess on-hand inventory by over  million. Ms. Georgi also actively gives back to the profession by passing her knowledge on to others – from hosting multiple kaizen (continuous improvement) events and creating followership among her peers and superiors, to mentoring girls between the ages of 12-18 years old, working with them on setting goals, building life skills, and the importance of fiscal self-reliance.

By celebrating emerging leaders like Amy Georgi, Thomas™ and (ISM®) hope to create even greater awareness and interest in supply management careers. "Supply management professionals have a direct impact on companies' financial performance, and our industry must continue attracting the 'best and brightest' to maximize our contribution. We encourage supply management professionals around the globe to submit a nomination and shine a light on a rising star," said Tom Derry, Chief Executive Officer of ISM®.

"Managing your supply-chain is managing your business today. We encourage all supply chain professionals to nominate someone within their own company ranks, as a 30 Under 30 Star for this unique industry honor," said Tony Uphoff, Thomas™ President & CEO. 

30 individuals will be selected for the 2017 class of "30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars". All stars will receive a one-year membership to ISM®, complimentary admittance to ISM2018 in Nashville, TN (valued at ,295), and a Thomas™ Team Training Package.

One individual will be designated as the Megawatt Winner and will also win an all-expense-paid trip (up to ,000) to ISM2018 for themselves and their nominator.

Individuals should nominate deserving young professionals at by Sunday, December 3, 2017at 11:59 p.m. EST. All nominees must be 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2017.

About Thomas™

Thomas™ provides actionable information, data, analysis and tools that align with and support today's industrial buying process. Its solutions include the Thomas Network at®, industry's largest and most active buyer/supplier network. Through Thomas Marketing, the company provides full-service industrial marketing programs, digital product data syndication solutions, and website development. Thomas Insights delivers original content to help marketers and supply chain professionals inform their decision-making, through leading titles including Inbound Logistics, Industrial Equipment News® (IEN®), Your Industrial Daily, and the Thomas Index.

About Institute for Supply Management®

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves supply management professionals in more than 100 countries. Its 50,000 members manage about  trillion in corporate supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute, ISM® drives value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM® leads the profession through the ISM® Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification and training programs, events, corporate services and the ISM Mastery Model®. For more information, please visit:

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NMI® at 57.4%; November Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

The 16 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in November — listed in order — are: Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Other Services; Public Administration; Information; Finance & Insurance; Construction; Management of Companies & Support Services; Accommodation & Food Services; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The only industry reporting contraction in November is Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting. 


  • "Domestic business is strong, with positive growth indicators for 2018 from both internal sources and client feedback." (Management of Companies & Support Services)
  • "Construction labor continues to be constrained in the West." (Construction)
  • "Steady; no material changes." (Finance & Insurance)
  • "We continue to struggle with understanding the [potential] changes to the Affordable Care Act, and are trying to be flexible in how we respond. Also, Hurricane Maria has affected some of our pharmaceutical supplies." (Health Care & Social Assistance)
  • "Mixed bag of goods for November 2017. Typical seasonal increases for specific braising cuts of beef as the holidays approach. Some volatility on produce items such as brussel sprouts. Expect cream to spike due to holiday season." (Accommodation & Food Services)
  • "Business seems to be leveling off. Attribute this to the holiday season that is approaching." (Professional, Scientific & Technical Services)
  • "Business is strong, but not as strong as Q3." (Retail Trade)
  • "Bookings would suggest a strong run to the end of the year." (Wholesale Trade)













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*Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for the Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment Indexes. Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries.

**Number of months moving in current direction.


Commodities Up in Price 
Cheese (3); Copper Products (4); Corrugated Boxes (7); #1 Diesel Fuel (6); #2 Diesel Fuel (4); Fuel (5); Gasoline (4); Labor — Construction (9); Lumber Products (5); Natural Gas; Paper; Paper Products; Plastic Products; and Steel Products* (2).

Commodities Down in Price 
Bacon (3); Butter; Dairy Products (2); and Steel Products*.

Commodities in Short Supply 
Integrated Circuits; IV Solutions (4); Groundwood; Labor (4); Labor — Construction (20); and Labor —Temporary (3).

Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.

*Indicates both up and down in price.


In November, the NMI® registered 57.4 percent, 2.7 percentage points lower than the 60.1 percent registered in October, indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. A reading above 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector is generally contracting.

An NMI® above 48.9 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the November NMI® indicates growth for the 100th consecutive month in the overall economy, and indicates expansion in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. Nieves says, "The past relationship between the NMI®and the overall economy indicates that the NMI® for November (57.4 percent) corresponds to a 3.3 percent increase in real gross domestic product (GDP) on an annualized basis."