Civica Rx Opens New Headquarters

Civica Rx Headquarter Opening

Ribbon cutting at new Civica Rx headquarters in Lehi, Utah

Civica team, hospital leaders, and elected officials dedicate new offices to mission of ensuring essential generic medications are available and affordable

LEHI, UTAH, USA, April 18, 2019 / — Civica Rx, a new not-for-profit company that was established to help stabilize the supply of essential generic medications, has opened its new headquarters, located at 2912 Executive Parkway in Lehi, UT.

Joining the Civica Rx team in a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting were Utah Governor, Gary Herbert; U.S. Congressman Ben McAdams (UT); Intermountain Healthcare CEO, Dr. Marc Harrison; University of Utah Senior Director Drug Information Services, Erin Fox; and Civica Rx Chairman of the Board and the “brainchild” of Civica Rx, Dan Liljenquist, who is also SVP of Strategy at Intermountain Healthcare. U.S. Senators Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah provided congratulatory video remarks.

Lehi, referred to locally as “Silicon Slopes,” was chosen because it is centrally located amid Utah’s major universities and has become a hub for Utah’s start-up and tech community, which will enable Civica Rx to draw on local expertise and talent. The Lehi office will house approximately 40 people soon and expansion opportunities in Lehi are expected to bring the office to four or five times that size within three to five years.

Civica Rx exists in the public interest as a non-profit, non-stock corporation focused on reducing chronic generic drug shortages, which have negatively impacted patient care for over a decade. It was founded by leading US hospital systems concerned about drug shortages and philanthropic organizations passionate about improving healthcare.

“Together we celebrate the reason why Civica Rx exists, in purpose and in brick and mortar, and that is to do what is in the best interest of patients by stabilizing the supply of generic medications,” said Martin VanTrieste, Civica Rx CEO. “Drug shortages strain hospital staff, lead to delayed surgeries and sub-optimal treatments for patients, and can lead to unpredictable price increases that result in budgetary instability in hospitals.”

Event speakers highlighted the challenges associated with generic drug shortages in the nation’s hospitals, shared enthusiasm about the promise of Civica Rx as an innovative, collaborative approach to stabilizing generic drug supply, and expressed pride in welcoming Civica Rx to Utah.


About Civica Rx

Civica Rx is a new enterprise designed to reduce chronic generic drug shortages, which have become a national crisis and have negatively impacted patient care for over a decade. Civica Rx exists in the public interest as a non-profit, non-stock corporation committed to stabilizing supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting. It was founded by leading US hospital systems concerned about drug shortages and philanthropic organizations passionate about improving healthcare.

Civica Rx will act in the best interest of patients to eliminate uncertainty in the generic drug supply chain through long-term contracts with the health system members who have joined Civica Rx as well as its manufacturing partners. Civica Rx is committed to transparency, will offer fair and sustainable prices, and will ensure it has dedicated manufacturing capacity for the medications that are most desperately needed in hospitals across the country.

Civica Rx Governing Board Members
These members launched Civica Rx in September 2018 and represent Civica Rx’s Board of Directors

Common Spirit Health
HCA Healthcare
Intermountain Healthcare
Mayo Clinic
Providence St. Joseph Health
SSM Health
Trinity Health
Arnold Ventures
Peterson Center on Healthcare
Gary and Mary West Foundation

Civica Rx Founding Members

Advocate Aurora Health
Allegheny Health Network
Baptist Health South Florida
Franciscan Alliance
Memorial Hermann Health System
NYU Langone Health
Ochsner Health System
Sanford Health
Spectrum Health
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Steward Health Care
UnityPoint Health

Civica Rx Partnering Members

Aspirus Health System
Baptist Health
Christiana Care Health System
Integris Health
Regional One Health
University of Utah Health

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Laffey Real Estate Recognized Among Industry Leaders

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National Rankings Agencies Solidify Firm’s Global Excellence

We are exceeding pleased with our placement in the rankings. These transactions are really people who have chosen us to represent them during one of the most important decisions they will ever make.”

— Philip C. Laffey

GREENVALE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 / — The much anticipated 2019 Real Trends 500 and T3 Sixty’s Mega 1000 annual real estate industry rankings reports has been released online. Laffey Real Estate, once again, has ranked among the nation’s leading residential brokerages nationwide. Both firm’s are trusted sources for ranking the performance of residential real estate companies.
REAL Trends, in its 32nd year, showed that the nation’s leading realty firms outperformed the market with data from 1,757 firms, a record number, who qualified this year. All data requires independent verification and REAL Trends is considered The Trusted Source for information about performance of the firms in the report.

T3 Sixty, a newcomer to the industry ranking platform, released their second annual comprehensive brokerage and franchise report with the Mega 1000. T3 Sixty uses sales volume as its lead ranking criteria as a benchmark of a company’s overall strength. Placing in the top 50% of the list, Laffey Real Estate ranks among the region’s best residential real estate independent brokerages.

“Without the best data available, assumptions and decisions are flawed before they’re even made,” said T3 Sixty CEO Stefan Swanepoel. “The Mega 1000 is committed to provide the most accurate and complete information possible,” Swanepoel added.

Among Top Leading Real Estate Companies of the World affiliates, Laffey Real Estate placed an impressive 111th with 13 offices in three counties. Supporting the independent brokerage model, the firm placed at 186th among the nation’s Largest Independent Brokerages and also placed in the top 500 in Total Sales Volume with $632 Million in residential home sales transactions.

“Statistically speaking, we are exceeding pleased with our placement in the rankings”, explained Philip C. Laffey, Principal, Broker/Owner. “However, we are more cognizant of the fact that every one of these closed transactions represents real people who have put their faith in our firm to represent them during one of the most important decisions they will ever make.”

About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 500 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio® and Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate® extends their reach to more than 70 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, new development marketing, mortgage and title insurance to the Long Island marketplace. Their pioneering sales management platforms, worldwide brand identity and industry-leading training curriculum embody best in class standards throughout the industry. Consumers trust in Laffey Real Estate name to represent their home buying and selling interests locally and globally. Consistently ranked by the two of the industry’s leading consulting and research firms, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional record of success. With over $645 Million in Sales in 2018 and 936 total transactions, REALTrends 500 placed the firm at #186 among the largest independent brokerages, #475 in total sales volume and # 111 among Leading RE affiliates nationwide. T3 Sixty’s Mega 1000 Report placed the firm at #504 among the nation’s largest brokerages in the country.

About REAL Trends
REAL Trends has been The Trusted Source of news, analysis, and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987. We are a privately-held publishing, consulting and communications company based in Castle Rock, Colorado. Residential real estate leaders look to us for timely and trusted information and analysis through our monthly newsletter, news updates, conferences and publications.

About T3 Sixty
Exclusively serving the residential real estate brokerage industry, T3 Sixty provides real estate CEOs, business leaders, association and MLS executives, brokers and high-performance teams the knowledge, best practices and support to grow their businesses. The company does this through management consulting, training and in-depth research and quality publications, such as its hallmark Swanepoel Trends Report, an annual analysis of the top trends shaping the industry for the next 18 to 24 months. The firm’s consulting divisions include brokerage, technology, mergers and acquisitions, and associations and MLSs. Find out more here.

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Secure Channels Launches Desktop Encryption Utility ZIPcrypt™ Featuring XOTIC

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Secure Channels Launches Desktop Encryption Utility ZIPcrypt™ featuring XOTIC™ extreme encryption technology and all-new “dialable” cipher-strength

UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 / — IRVINE, CALIF. (April 17, 2019) – Secure Channels Inc., a provider of innovative security solutions, announced today the launch of ZIPcrypt™, an easy-to-use desktop utility that encrypts and decrypts files or folders with a simple right-click.

The ZIPcrypt™ application (utility) is designed for simplicity and to be immediately familiar to those who already use WinZip, WinRAR, or other shell-integrated compression utilities. ZIPcrypt™ presents the option to perform encryption using the widely popular AES-256 standard, as well as the more powerful, ground-breaking new encryption technology known as XOTIC™.

The XOTIC™ encryption format allows for unprecedented direct control over encryption strength using a simple “dial” feature that resembles a stereo volume control knob. XOTIC™ encryption strength ranges from 512 bits of security (known as “post-quantum” strength), all the way up to an eye-popping 131,072 bit, which can only be described as “archive strength”.

ZIPcrypt™ follows the popular “Freemium” model, making it always free to use for basic file and folder ZIP compression with encryption. Users can also opt-in to engage a free-trial of SCIFCOM™. Enabling SCIFCOM™ fully unlocks the potential of ZIPcrypt™, allowing for maximum encryption dial-settings and direct inline integration of the SCIFCOM™ online file-sharing service. The file-sharing feature includes the ability to directly send jumbo sized (extra-large) files securely over the internet via SCIFCOM.

SCIFCOM™ file-sharing utilizes the powerful SCIFCOM™ (as-a-service) website and robust cloud storage options to transmit files anywhere on earth. Recipients of encrypted files receive a link via email whereby encrypted data can be downloaded from the cloud, and encryption keys are handled separately and securely by SCIFCOM.

The minimal and elegant design of ZIPcrypt™ along with robust features for sharing files remotely presents an attractive and powerful alternative to ZIPcrypt™ combines the ability to securely encrypt, store, and send data with ease.

(For a full list of SCIFCOM features, please visit

"Encryption is difficult and expensive, so it's not utilized by very many organizations," said Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer of Secure Channels Inc. "With ZIPcrypt™ we built a minimalistic yet powerful utility that's exceedingly simple to use and provides users with important capabilities for their own security. These include local file and folder encryption (with ZIP compression) and send-a-file using the online SCIFCOM encryption as-a-service platform. We're excited to offer our first encryption-as-a-service platform and expect rapid adoption due to our combined ease of use and the benefits of encrypted protection. "

ZIPcrypt™ solves one of the most troublesome problems in the world today; the ability to send files safely while still remaining extremely simple to use. "We wanted to create something weightless that won't impact the user experience," said Michael Feinberg, Chief Information Officer of Secure Channels Inc.

For more information about Secure Channels' solutions, visit

About Secure Channels Inc.
Secure Channels Inc. offers innovative, agile security solutions designed to seamlessly integrate with organizations' existing solutions. Agnostic by nature, solutions customize to user environments without compromising protection. Our mission is to help organizations make the most of their active security tools used for authentication and data protection, while providing a cost and performance effective solution to address the ever-increasing security challenges organizations face today. For more information, visit

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Keystone Capital Markets Arranges Credit Facility for Fast-Growing, Healthy Snacks Company, Wholesome Goodness, LLC

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Wholesome Goodness continues to seek strategic partners that can provide equity capital and strategic expertise to continue the Company's growth.

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 / — April 17, 2019, Irvine, CA and Long Grove, IL – Keystone Capital Markets Inc. (“Keystone”) announced today the closing of a credit facility obtained for Wholesome Goodness, LLC, a leading and growing company in the healthy snacks sector. Keystone served as exclusive financial advisor to Wholesome Goodness in the transaction.

Based near Chicago, Illinois, Wholesome Goodness has created a line of branded foods focused on the rapidly growing natural, better-for-you segment with an emphasis on healthy snacks and cold cereals. The products were selected and formulated based on feedback from consumers in test markets beginning in 2012 and under the guidance of the renowned physician-nutritionist Dr. David Katz. These efforts resulted in a popular, award-winning portfolio of healthy and delicious foods. Most recently, Wholesome Goodness acquired Riceworks® from Shearer’s Foods Inc., a global leading co-packing and manufacturing company in the snack food segment. Riceworks, with a well-known product line of proprietary delicious, healthy rice-based chips, added significant volume to the Wholesome Goodness® lineup. The Company’s products are carried in over 5,000 food retail stores in North America, including Costco, BJ’s, Kroger, Albertson’s, Ahold Delhaize, Loblaw’s, Walmart and numerous others. Wholesome Goodness’ management expects its product distribution to cover over 10,000 stores by the end of 2019.

“This transaction was the result of an exhaustive effort to find the right credit group with the best terms possible to partner with Wholesome Goodness management”, remarked Avi Suriel, Managing Director who led the transaction for Keystone. David Luvisa, the other Keystone Managing Director on the deal remarked, “It was essential that the facility enable the Company to cover its liquidity and working capital needs, as well as evolve over time as necessary to support further growth and product broadening. We believe it is the first step supporting an aggressive expansion of the Wholesome Goodness and Riceworks brands across new geographies, multiple distribution channels, line extensions and adjacent product categories”.

Jeff Posner, Wholesome Goodness’ CEO, commented on the transaction: “Avi and David worked tirelessly to find us the optimal partner for our Company in a well-planned process. They dedicated significant time and effort to find the financing we needed. Particularly valuable was their creativity in helping structure a flexible facility with the lender, successfully negotiating terms, as well as their strategic counsel throughout the process. As our company reaches new heights and expands our position in the healthier snacks segment, we will continue to view Keystone as a trusted advisor for our future financial needs.”

Keystone Capital Markets provides Investment Banking and Strategic Advisory services to middle market companies. Keystone’s dealmakers have collectively completed hundreds M&A and capital raise of transactions for clients across a diverse array of industries, including consumer products, manufacturing, business services, wholesale distribution, healthcare services, and technology.

Keystone has been retained to identify strategic partners for Wholesome Goodness that can provide equity capital and strategic expertise to foster the company’s continued growth in the healthy snack segment. For more information contact Avi Suriel at (949) 404-4458 or David Luvisa at (949) 556-4300.

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Keystone Capital Markets
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Halagard declares a rare investment opportunity just arrived

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Investors received a massive boost yesterday when Treasury put a spotlight on business investments within Opportunity Zones.

This is a real winner for both business owners and investors.”

— Jeff Hudson Halagard CEO

DALLAS, TEXAS, US, April 18, 2019 / — The 2nd round of Opportunity Zone (OZ) rules released by the Treasury yesterday make it clear that Washington DC understands the way to super charge OZ’s lies in a healthy mix of investments in real-estate and increasing the business foot print by supporting small businesses and new ventures in OZs.

Until this round of rules was released, OZ’s were just another real-estate investment and tax program. That all changed yesterday, when the rules for investing in businesses received tremendous clarity and the Administration made it clear they are focused on businesses. “This is a real winner for both business owners and investors”, said Jeff Hudson Halagard CEO.

The updated OZ rules align perfectly with the Halagard model for Connect-In which allows both OZ and Non-OZ companies to sell equity for capital. We put together a short video about how Halagard helps business owners.

What types of businesses can take advantage of the OZ rules? Any business except for the following types: liquor stores, strip clubs, casinos, massage parlors, racetracks and golf courses; the so-called sin businesses.

Can a business not currently located in an OZ also leverage the rules? Yes, any business can take advantage of OZ rules so long as it meets the one of the safe harbor rules for 50%. This means businesses currently in OZ can expand outside the OZ, existing businesses can open offices in an OZ or a startup up can select an OZ for their office. Below are the 3 safe harbors and examples provided by the Treasury.

1) The first safe harbor in the proposed regulations requires that at least 50 percent of the services performed (based on hours) for such business by its employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) are performed within the qualified opportunity zone. This test is intended to address businesses located in a qualified opportunity zone that primarily provide services. The percentage is based on a fraction, the numerator of which is the total number of hours spent by employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) performing services in a qualified opportunity zone during the taxable year, and the denominator of which is the total number of hours spent by employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) in performing services during the taxable year.
• For example, consider a startup business that develops software applications for global sale in a campus located in a qualified opportunity zone. Because the business’ global consumer base purchases such applications through internet download, the business’ employees and independent contractors are able to devote the majority of their total number of hours to developing such applications on the business’ qualified opportunity zone campus. As a result, this startup business would satisfy the first safe harbor, even though the business makes the vast majority of its sales to consumers located outside of the qualified opportunity zone in which its campus is located.

2) The second safe harbor is based upon amounts paid by the trade or business for services performed in the qualified opportunity zone by employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors). Under this test, if at least 50 percent of the services performed for the business by its employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) are performed in the qualified opportunity zone, based on amounts paid for the services performed, the business meets the 50-percent gross income test found in section 1397C(b)(2). This test is determined by a fraction, the numerator of which is the total amount paid by the entity for employee and independent contractor (and employees of independent contractors) services performed in a qualified opportunity zone during the taxable year, and the denominator of which is the total amount paid by the entity for employee and independent contractor (and employees of independent contractors) services performed during the taxable year.
• For illustration, assume that the startup business described above also utilizes a service center located outside of the qualified opportunity zone and that more employees and independent contractor working hours are performed at the service center than the hours worked at the business’ opportunity zone campus. While the majority of the total hours spent by employees and independent contractors of the startup business occur at the service center, the business pays 50 percent of its total compensation for software development services performed by employees and independent contractors on the business’ opportunity zone campus. As a result, the startup business satisfies the second safe harbor.

3) The third safe harbor is a conjunctive test concerning tangible property and management or operational functions performed in a qualified opportunity zone, permitting a trade or business to use the totality of its situation to meet the requirements of sections 1400Z-2(d)(3)(A)(i) and 1397C(b)(2). The proposed regulations provide that a trade or business may satisfy the 50-percent gross income requirement if (1) the tangible property of the business that is in a qualified opportunity zone and (2) the management or operational functions performed for the business in the qualified opportunity zone are each necessary to generate 50 percent of the gross income of the trade or business.
• Thus, for example, if a landscaper’s headquarters are in a qualified opportunity zone, its officers and employees manage the daily operations of the business (occurring within and outside the qualified opportunity zone) from its headquarters, and all of its equipment and supplies are stored within the headquarters facilities or elsewhere in the qualified opportunity zone, then the management activity and the storage of equipment and supplies in the qualified opportunity zone are each necessary to generate 50 percent of the gross income of the trade or business.

Additionally, another rule clarification makes investing in businesses ideal for Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF’s). instead of having to invest in a company for 10 years QOFs can buy & sell equity in businesses throughout the 10-year period so long as they reinvest the proceeds within 12 months in another OZ investment. Another perfect alignment with the Halagard Marketplace.

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Financial Literacy Rocks Pontiac All Week Long – Come Rock with Us to Empower Pontiac's Youth Through Music

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Funding the Future's GOODING & The Reminders perform a song composed with Accent Pontiac youth about financial literacy at Rock 'n' Art$ at The Strand on 5/3.

Accent Pontiac provides a vibrant, learning environment that enables us to further open up our programming to younger youth who are ready to start incorporating financial literacy into their lives.”

— Carolyn Powell, Funding the Future CEO

PONTIAC, MI, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 / — Accent Pontiac partners with Funding the Future to facilitate a week-long composing workshop with a financial literacy focus culminating in the Rock ‘n’ Art$ family-friendly concert on Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Flagstar Strand Theatre. The event provides students and their families critical financial literacy concepts inspiring financial focus and growth through music and the arts.

Funding the Future’s rock band GOODING and hip hop group The Reminders will work under the musical direction of Dan Trahey to write a song with Accent Pontiac students about making smart financial decisions. They are using art created by Pontiac students for the Andy Meisner Financial Literacy Multimedia Art Contest as relatable inspiration.

“Accent Pontiac provides a vibrant, learning environment that enables us to further open up our programming to younger youth who are ready to start incorporating financial literacy concepts into their daily lives,” shared Funding the Future’s CEO Carolyn Powell. “Learning through music is fun and we can make an incredible impact by making music with this original composition!”

Funding the Future is known for its innovative approach of using a live musical concert to get students to pay attention to a straight-from-the-heart personal finance lesson that follows. In addition to the afternoon composing sessions, GOODING and The Reminders will be visiting area middle and high schools throughout the week to share the Funding the Future magic.

“We are proud to partner with FTF to bring their unique, collaborative teaching approach to Accent Pontiac with such an urgent message that is never too early to learn,” said Accent Pontiac’s Executive Director Tina Rowan. “Plus, using artwork created by high school students in our community makes the message relevant to our youth.”

The inspiration art pieces are selected from Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner’s annual Financial Literacy Multimedia Art Contest for Oakland County high school students. This is the first year that the winner’s artwork will serve as inspiration for a musical composition.

The inspiring work will be debuted Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Rock ‘n’ Art$ during the Pontiac Arts Crawl at the historic Flagstar Strand Theatre. The artists will perform with the youth musicians and then headline sets of their own. Tickets are only $10, and all proceeds benefit Funding the Future and Accent Pontiac.

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Funding for the Future is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings musical artists to different middle and high schools, student groups, and kid-oriented organizations to provide a free, engaging live concert followed by a crucial and impactful lesson in financial literacy. Since FTF launched in 2014 in Wyoming, it has provided nearly 150,000 students in 34 states and 4 Canadian provinces with essential financial literacy tools. FTF believes all youth can learn critical financial skills, define their future, and obtain professional and personal success. Learn more at


Accent Pontiac is an El Sistema-inspired music program in Pontiac, MI, and uses music as a vehicle for social change. A partner with the Pontiac School District since 2016, Accent Pontiac currently serves over 250 students each week with free during and after-school music classes. Participating students receive up to four days per week of after-school music classes, including instruction on percussion, brass, and woodwind instruments. Accent Pontiac is dedicated to the belief that all students deserve equitable access to a robust music education. Learn more at

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Teckost Acquired 18000+ Subscibers in 115 Days, Spread in 135 Countries

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IT Spend Monitoring Redefined aquired 18000+ subscribers(attached Google Analytics data; watch video) since they went live on 1st January 2019 & they're spread in 135 Countries

NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 / — aquired 18000 plus subscribers(attached Google Analytics data; watch video) since they went live on 1st January 2019. These subscribers are from 135 Countries. The fiirst-ever product of its kind and it does not promote or sell IT Products and IT Services. They only let their subcribers figure out the best or right prices for IT Hardware, IT Software and IT Services. Its an IT Procurement and Supply Market Intelligence tool for businesses.

The User Journey is a user-friendly product for IT Professionals to pull out the right or best IT pricing for IT Hardware and Software. The registered user has to use their login credentials and to access the product.

Simple steps to use the product:

1. User logs in with credentials.

2. Enters keywords such as laptop, desktop, server, Oracle, Dell, Adobe in the search bar on the home page

3. would display the pricing of products for the chosen keywords

4. Users may choose more than keyword at a time and get the pricing for the specific keywords that were chosen with crisp specifications

For example, let's say the user wanted to know the prices for two IT Hardware products – laptop and server, the user would type these two keywords in the search bar and would pull out the necessary data from its database and display it. Further search refinement is also possible, by typing specific keywords like i5 processor and would filter and produce the results for i5 processor based laptop ignoring other specifications like i7 processor. The items chosen by the users can be saved as a project, retrieved, modified as and when required, as it is stored on the cloud and powered by AWS. The users need not use a spreadsheet for IT Project cost estimation and simulation, as has an inbuilt price calculator as a substitute to cumbersome spreadsheets.

Teckost is a start-up & we are not perfect but trying to be perfect. Our prices published may have some variations as its infeasible for anyone to be accurate before the deal is signed off but we are trying to be accurate by implementing and enhancing the capabilities of our search bots

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Josh Kodner can help maximize your property’s value.

Joshua Kodner’s professionalism and experience can help determine your property’s true value

DANIA BEACH, FL, USA, April 18, 2019 / —

Joshua Kodner
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Josh Kodner can help maximize your property’s value.

Dania Beach, Florida: We all want to maximize our value. With so many sellers, consignors, and online bidding platforms, it can be a challenge determining how. Joshua Kodner’s professionalism and experience can help determine your property’s true value and maximize your auction sale income.

Now in our fourth generation, Joshua Kodner’s lifelong experience providing expertise in gems, fine jewelry, and fine art properties, attracts attention from numerous platforms that bring interested buyers to you. From appraisal to auction, each of our items are individually appraised and evaluated by Joshua so you can rest assured you receive the true value of your property.

Not convinced you need a professional auction house to sell your wares? Think again. A reputable and established auctioneer like Joshua doesn’t just appraise and evaluate your wares. The benefits of working with us include:

● Showcasing your property to an audience of qualified and committed buyers
● More opportunities to sell: bidders come through our doors daily and we host regular auctions drawing thousands of eyes.
● The right price: professional auctions create a demand that is instrumental to ensuring you never receive below market value.

Joshua Kodner: Since the 1940s we’ve offered a tradition of excellence in the world of gems, antiques and auctions. Now in our fourth generation, Joshua’s wealth of experience and knowledge helps clients maximize their estate’s value with a hint of New York style.

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Record High Satisfaction for Franchise Business Owners

New Research Indicates Franchise Business Owners Are Satisfied and Confident About Growth

Franchising – like most small business – follows the ebbs and flows of the overall economy. It’s great to see satisfaction among franchise owners so high, and the long-term business outlook so strong.”

— Eric Stites, CEO & Managing Director, Franchise Business Review

PORTSMOUTH, NH, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 / — Franchise Business Review announced today that satisfaction among franchise business owners is at an all-time high. The Portsmouth, NH-based research firm has been tracking satisfaction among franchise owners (franchisees) since 2005.

The data released by Franchise Business Review shows that 88 percent (88%) of franchise owners surveyed indicate that they “Enjoy Operating their Business,” and 87 percent (87%) said they “Enjoy Being Part of their Franchise Organization.”

I Enjoy Operating My Business: 88% (Strongly Agree to Agree)

I Enjoy Being Part of My Franchise Organization: 87% (Strongly Agree to Agree)

I Respect My Franchisor: 85% (Strongly Agree to Agree)

My Overall Satisfaction with My Franchise: 83% (Excellent to Good)

When it comes to the future outlook for their business, two-thirds (67%) rated their long-term growth opportunity as “very strong” or “strong,” while another 25 percent (25%) rated their long-term growth outlook as “moderate.” Just eight percent (8%) rated their long-term growth opportunity as “weak” or “very weak.”

Franchise Business Review has surveyed franchisees from over 1,100 franchise companies in the past fifteen years, and not surprisingly, satisfaction among franchise owners was at is lowest point during the recession in 2009 – 2010. This current data is based on surveys of over 28,000 franchisees representing 310 franchise companies surveyed in the past 18 months (October 2017 – March 2019).

“The last few years have been very good for many franchise business owners,” said Eric Stites, CEO and Managing Director of Franchise Business Review. “Franchising – like most small business – follows the ebbs and flows of the overall economy. It’s great to see satisfaction among franchise owners so high, and their long-term business outlook so strong.”

Franchise Business Review’s research looked at 33 different key areas of franchise operations in order to measure overall satisfaction and engagement among franchisees. “Certainly, no franchise company is perfect,” said Stites. “The key drivers of satisfaction include training, marketing, technology, innovation, and franchisor – franchisee relations. Financial performance obviously plays a big role and when people are making money, it takes the pressure off other areas. Our data helps franchise companies better understand their strengths and challenges and improve overall franchise performance.”

According to Franchise Business Review, there are approximately 3,000 franchise companies operating in the U.S. today, but over two-thirds (69%) of those companies are smaller franchise companies with fewer than 100 locations. “The really big franchise companies with over 1,000 locations that people often think of when they think about franchising – like McDonald’s or Subway for example – represent less than ten percent of the franchise universe,” continued Stites.

Franchise business opportunities range in investment cost from as low as a few thousand dollars into the millions of dollars. Franchise Business Review data puts the median franchise investment at just north of $150,000. Franchisees are typically required to have at least 30 percent (30%) in cash with the remainder being financed with a small business loan or other sources of capital.

Average annual incomes for franchisees varies widely depending on concept, industry, and market area. Based on Franchise Business Review’s survey data, the average annual pre-tax income for all franchisees surveyed is $95,290, which is up over 15 percent (15%) since 2016. Multi-unit franchisees – those who own more than one franchise location – report average annual incomes of $135,806, approximately 43% higher on average. Of those surveyed, 62 percent (62%) owned a single location or territory, while 38 percent (38%) were multi-unit franchise owners. 45 percent (45%) had been in business for at least five years, while 24 percent (24%) had only been in business for less than two years.

About This Research

Franchise Business Review conducted independent surveys of 29,341 franchise owners (franchisees) between October 2017 – March 2019. These franchise owners represented one of 310 different franchise companies. Participants were asked 33 benchmark questions related to satisfaction and engagement, as well as a number of market area and demographic questions to determine a Franchise Satisfaction Index (FSI) score. FBR has tracked franchisee satisfaction since 2005, and current overall satisfaction among franchise owners is at an all-time high, up over 10% since a low in 2009. More information about our research is available at:

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Mount Lehman Credit Union Converts to Smart Solution’s Universa Premier Digital Core Banking Suite

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Universa’s flexible, feature rich and cost-effective state-of-the-art suite of products
are now available in the heart of the Fraser Valley, BC

AURORA, ON, CANADA, April 18, 2019 / — Smart Solution has recently completed converting Mount Lehman Credit Union (MLCU) from its former processing platform to Smart Solution’s Universa Premier Digital Core Banking Suite. The Universa software, being a state-of-the-art, browser-based digital banking platform, incorporates the latest and the best in technological advances. Mount Lehman CU, situated between the beautiful Fraser River and the Trans-Canada Highway in BC, has embraced the Universa suite of products and services to meet a growing number of challenges as it tackles the significant financial needs of its members. As a leading fintech provider of banking and financial management solutions, Ontario-based Smart Solution is always pleased to offer its innovative products in other areas of Canada and with this conversion of MLCU, Smart Solution is proud to announce its sixth Universa client in the province of British Columbia. With MLCU having joined its ever-growing list of Universa clients, Smart Solution continues to enhance and solidify the reputation of Universa as one of the most prominent contenders in leading-edge banking platforms in Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.

Universa’s agile, rapid release development process enables Smart Solution to rapidly translate client business needs or new ideas into customizable system functionalities. Access to Universa’s highly configurable functionalities is under the client’s full control by means of Universa’s security framework. The possibilities for customization are endless and new additions are seamless.

“We measure our success in terms of personal relationships as well as in providing cutting edge support and services for our members. Smart Solution’s Universa platform will give us the means to do exactly that.” said Arlet Wilde, CEO of MLCU. Ms. Wilde went on to say “…the Smart Solution team which flew in from Ontario to be on-site for the conversion was awesome: skilled, well-prepared with expert business knowledge in the Credit Union sector and in the project management discipline. The pre-conversion long-distance training and support was superb and the post-conversion resolution of any minor issues which might have cropped up was quick and effective. Throughout the whole process we never felt alone; all-in-all, a first-class act!.”

“We are delighted that MLCU has chosen to migrate to our growing family of financial institutions using the Universa platform to support its client service strategies,” stated Iean Tait, President and CEO of Smart Solution. He added that, “we are also pleased that MLCU chose to adopt our SaaS delivery model as the overall economics of choosing SaaS over in-house are undeniable as proven by the fact that 80% of our clientele have migrated to this model. By using Smart Solution’s SaaS-integrated private cloud architecture, clients not only enjoy enhanced Tier 1 security and safety, but also do not have to deal with the costs, resources and potential problem solving issues that in-house servers would require. Universa’s market penetration continues to accelerate with several more conversions scheduled for 2019 and beyond. Many institutions are looking for ways to keep up with new and emerging market technologies; the switch to Universa will provide them with the needed tools to meet those challenges and embrace the future.”

About Mount Lehman Credit Union (MLCU)

With a history spanning back 74 years, MLCU prides itself on its “member-oriented method of providing service which exceeds that of the big banks and big credit unions; and, we offer all of the same services at very competitive rates. While the entire financial services industry seems focused on mergers and acquisitions, we have taken a decidedly radical approach–to focus on our members and what's best for them”.

About Smart Solution

For over 35 years, Smart Solution and its group of companies has provided innovative core banking systems and financial management solutions to Credit Unions, Banks, Trusts and other financial organizations worldwide. Smart Solution supports a diverse client base, including some of the top Canadian Credit Unions and innovative Banks. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and on our team of qualified experts focused on providing exceptional service and support. Our strengths lie in our efficiency, our expertise, and our constant focus on innovation and rapid functionality improvements.

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Source: EIN Presswire