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Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Announce $3.5M Donation to Complete Construction of the New Library in Roseland

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The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR or Graton Rancheria) has donated $3.5 million to the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation for the construction of a new library in Roseland, located in Southwest Santa Rosa. Along with $16 million provided by the City of Santa Rosa and the State, in addition to $5M pending from other sources, this donation from Graton Rancheria helps close the construction gap of a total estimated project cost of $24.5 million. “We are so proud and happy to be able to support a full-service library in Roseland where so many of us grew up,” said Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribal Chairman Greg Sarris. “Roseland is a community we love and support.” Developed in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa, the new Roseland Regional Library is part of an innovative Hearn Avenue Community Hub being built on a 6.5-acre site at the intersection of Hearn and Dutton Avenues. The 20,000-square-foot library will be part of a campus that will include a community center, an aquatic center and a new fire station. “The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria’s leadership role in this capital campaign is a perfect fit with city, state and library funds that have already been committed to a new library in the Roseland/Southwest area of Santa Rosa,” said Deborah Doyle, Chair, Sonoma County Library Commission (SCL). “With those commitments and this generous gift, our construction goal is within reach, now we can focus on the $3 million left to raise to furnish and equip the 21st Century library that this community wants, needs and deserves. What a fabulous investment!” “We are so grateful for the generosity of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria,” said Mayor of Santa Rosa Chris Rogers. “Their support and partnership help put shovels in the ground as we deliver this critical project for the Roseland community.” “This extraordinary investment is a testament to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria’s commitment to giving back to its community, and to its partnership with the library’s mission to support all who wish to discover, learn and share knowledge while we grow as a society,” said Erika Thibault, Interim Director, Sonoma County Library. “This is an important step in a long and mutually beneficial collaboration aimed at serving our community and learning together. We are incredibly grateful to Chairman Sarris and the Tribal Council for this visionary commitment.” About the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Graton Rancheria is a federally recognized Indian tribe comprised of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo Indians. Legislation restoring federal recognition to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria was signed into law in December 2000. Tribal lands are located in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, CA. For more information about FIGR, visit www.gratonrancheria.com. About Sonoma County Library The Sonoma County Library is a countywide system, encompassing all nine cities and the unincorporated areas. A Joint Powers Agreement created in 1975, and revised in 2014, established the library as a separate public agency. Today, the library serves half a million county residents, at 12 regional libraries, two community libraries, three special collections, and a growing array of digital resources. www.Sonomalibrary.org # # # Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Robin Carr +1 415-971-3991 graton@landispr.com Company Website https://gratonrancheria.com/

August 29, 2022 06:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Tiny Homes and Airbnb: Why It Pay$ to Be Unique: An Up-Close Look at One-of-A-Kind Stays on Airbnb

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Hosts around the world have been sharing their unique spaces on Airbnb for well over a decade, and guests have fallen for their one-of-a-kind stays, from domes and windmills to lighthouses and trains. Recently, Ellis Nanney, host of a tiny home in Boise, Idaho, conducted a satellite media tour to talk about his experience being the host of a tiny house and the financial benefits of listing a unique space on Airbnb. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/7lxB2RasYxU In the past two years alone, from 2019 to 2021, nights booked at unique properties have increased globally by nearly 50 percent. With more guests booking unique stays, Hosts are also earning real income, with unique listings earning nearly $1 billion just in 2021. In fact, globally, earnings by night and by traveler were higher for unique than for non-unique listings in 2021. Through Airbnb Categories, launched this past May, it is also easier for guests to search unique listing types, from Treehouses to Caves, Campers to Barns, and connect with unique homes and Hosts they may have otherwise overlooked. A brand new OMG! Category, which has been clicked on over 2.5 million times since launch, also showcases the zaniest of all unique homes on the platform. The OMG! Category even inspired a first-of-its-size $10,000,000 OMG! Fund, which will award 100 of the craziest listing ideas with $100,000 each, turning over-the-top architectural musings into real-life homes, bookable on Airbnb. Tiny but Mighty: Tiny Homes Most Booked Listing Types in the World While treehouses and barns abound on Airbnb — and are among the top 10 most booked unique listing types in the world, it’s tiny homes that take top spot, proving that a little creativity can go a long way. In 2021, more than 2.5 million nights were booked in tiny homes. Tiny homes come in all shapes, but relatively the same small size. And their Hosts know that there’s nothing tiny about their income: Tiny homes around the world earned their Hosts a total of more than $195 million in 2021 – the top grossing unique space type. Take it from tiny home Host Ellis, who purchased a property in the heart of Idaho and spent the next five years building his own tiny house. He finally listed it on Airbnb in 2019, and the property quickly paid for itself— along with even earning Ellis enough money to put toward his travels and investments too. Treetops at the Top: Most Wishlisted Unique Homes in the World When they are not booking, guests are daydreaming about unique getaways, adding countless inspired stays to their wishlists. In 2021, unique listings were added to almost 20 million wishlists worldwide. Tucked away in a serene and leafy neighborhood in East Point, Georgia, USA sits the most wishlisted unique listing in the world, a beautifully appointed treehouse, with all the rustic trimmings but plenty of modern considerations, from a hot tub to indoor heated spaces, for the most cozy stay. It’s no surprise that Lawrene – a successful actress and sparetime weaver (and lighthouse keeper!) in Florence, Canada – has found accidental success from this treehouse craze. After enjoying her own Airbnb stay in Brooklyn, Lawrene wondered what it would be like to try hosting herself, sharing the off-the-grid space she built for herself ten years earlier, right in her backyard. While she convinced her husband to list the space by assuring him hardly anyone would be interested in staying in their rustic escape, to her husband’s surprise, they have welcomed a steady stream of outdoor enthusiasts and no-trace campers since 2012, who enjoy the peaceful escape – and the homemade waffles Lawrene prepares for breakfast. To find out more about the hosting or booking tiny homes and other unique spaces go to Airbnb.com About Ellis Nanney Ellis Nanney was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where his love for adventure and freedom was developed from an early age. After graduating from Boise State University, he decided to ditch the career path and live his life in a more entrepreneurial way. Coming hot off of a study abroad semester in Sevilla, Spain, the travel bug and an insatiable desire to explore the world took the reins and set him on an unconventional path for the next decade. His work life was filled with either seasonal or temporary jobs that had him marketing Idaho Potatoes as a self-proclaimed ‘Spud Stud’, promoting the Mexican Caribbean as the ‘Cancun Experience Officer’, hosting a travel show called the Fireball Run, and managing the world’s greatest travel experience, the TukTuk Tournament in Sri Lanka. In between these ‘jobs’ he filled the gaps with international trips that have taken him to nearly 40 countries across 6 continents. Along this journey he was always looking for a way to make this lifestyle sustainable while also providing security for his future. This led him to buy a piece of property and build a tiny house that he could both use as a home base and be a source of passive income to support his adventures. Thanks to the help of Airbnb’s platform and many friends and family members along the way, his unique property has had nothing but success. He’s been an Airbnb Superhost since he began in 2019 and now has much more freedom to choose among life’s opportunities. About Airbnb Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer one-of-a-kind stays and unique Experiences that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

August 29, 2022 02:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Direct Help for Mass Shootings Families and the Communities that Experience Them

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Mass shootings seem like a weekly event but what hasn’t changed is the need to support victims and their families after the attention fades while helping provide help to the communities experiencing the unthinkable. Those who comprise VictimsFirst know this personally as they all have been directly impacted by mass shootings. After her cousin was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012, VictimsFirst CEO Anita Busch learned firsthand of the challenges faced by survivors and families and has put that knowledge to work directly helping in the aftermath of 37 shootings so far. Another family member survived the Las Vegas concert during that attack. Busch then led families of the deceased from previous mass shootings from Columbine, VA Tech, NIU, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple and Newtown to help create a new model for charitable giving – one that ensures public intent so that 100% of donations collected for victims of mass casualty crime actually go directly to those victims. They helped launch the National Compassion Fund. Now some of those same families comprise VictimsFirst. It was for these worthy reasons that D S Simon Media decided to partner with VictimsFirst to conduct a pro bono media tour to raise awareness for the work that they do. “Victims First is an incredible organization. They’re passionate about their important mission, helping people during a time in which their lives have been changed forever” said D S Simon Media, CEO, Doug Simon. “And my hope is that everyone who learns about them, decides to support them.” VictimsFirst responds immediately to mass casualty crimes by helping the community organize in the best interests of the victims/survivors themselves and providing resources, including immediate financial resources to the victim base. They work pro bono and 100% collected into their Victims’ Fund goes directly to victims/survivors. The resulting media tour resulted in 28 interviews across the country, an expected audience reach of over 60 million, and immediate donations in markets where the media tour interviews took place. For more information, visit VictimsFirst.org Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

August 25, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Giving Metabolism A Boost? BioRestorative Uses Science Surrounding Brown Fat Cells To Provide A Possible Breakthrough In Metabolic Disorders

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In 2017, 41.9% of Americans experienced some level of obesity. Adults experiencing obesity in 2019 spent an average of $1,861 more on medical expenses than people with a healthy weight. For people who experience obesity, the presence of excess fat is a legitimate concern that can cost money, cause additional health problems and be associated with psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Some of the health concerns associated with obesity include high blood pressure, high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease and osteoarthritis. Research has found that extreme obesity is associated with suicidal behavior and suicide attempts in adults. With growing data on the impacts of obesity, researchers at organizations like the National Institute of Health and Harvard Medical School have devoted resources to understanding new methods for combatting metabolic disorders such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Both the National Institute of Health and Harvard Medical School reportedly made an exciting discovery. While fat has often been villainized, what many people may not know is that there are two types of fat cells — brown fat cells and white fat cells. Excessive amounts of white fat can be concerning and may lead to an increased risk for health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and numerous other metabolic diseases. On the other hand, brown fat cells have been found to potentially be an important tool for combating different metabolic diseases. When people with high brown fat activity are exposed to a relatively cold temperature, a protein (SLC25A44) is produced and used as energy in cells to generate heat, which results in burned calories and increased metabolism. When researchers blocked the production of this protein in mice, it was found to increase levels of obesity and signs of diabetes. Researchers found that boosting SLC25A44 activity is a promising strategy for potentially treating conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Companies such as Ember Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: EMBT), Adipo Therapeutics LLC and BioRestorative Therapies Inc. (NASDAQ: BRTX) are actively working to use these scientific studies to combat metabolic diseases. Promising New Treatments One of the treatments developed by BioRestorative Therapies designed to potentially target obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders is ThermoStem. BioRestorative says that the ThermoStem program uses brown adipose-derived (otherwise known as brown fat) stem cells to help increase metabolic activity. Previously published studies by BioRestorative have demonstrated that transplanting brown fat can increase metabolic activity and regulate metabolic dysfunction in diet-induced obese mice. BioRestorative Therapies reports it is working on Investigational New Drug Application (IND)-enabling studies to enter into first-in-man clinical studies. Using a cell-based approach to target metabolic disorders may potentially provide a disruptive solution to address a multi-billion market opportunity. While the fight against metabolic disorders such as obesity is far from over, it is hopeful that therapies based on the findings surrounding brown fat, such as ThermoStem may provide relief for many currently struggling. BioRestorative Therapies was founded by scientists and researchers committed to developing stem cell therapies to address unmet needs in patients with highly prevalent conditions.Our advances in stem cell biology and delivery protocols harbor great promise in conditioning our bodies’ own regenerative potential to treat major diseases more effectively than current interventions.Today, BioRestorative is actively developing programs that aim to dramatically increase quality of care for both (i) chronic back pain caused by disc degeneration, as well as (ii) metabolic disorders including obesity and diabetes. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Investor Relations ir@biorestorative.com Company Website https://www.biorestorative.com/

August 25, 2022 03:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Splash Beverage Group’s Pulpoloco Sangria Chosen By 7-Eleven’s Brands With Heart Campaign

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Learn More about Splash Beverage Group by gaining access to the latest research report 7-Eleven Inc.'s Brands with Heart event is returning for the fourth time. The program is designed to give brands the opportunity to enter one of the leading retail channels in the country and introduce their products to 7-Eleven®, Speedway® and Stripes® customers throughout the U.S. Competition is stiff, and only a few emerging brands are selected. Splash Beverage Group Inc. (NYSE: SBEV) was proud to announce that its sangria beverage brand Pulpoloco was selected for 7-Eleven’s Brands with Heart event. The company reports that Pulpoloco is made in Spain using the freshest, most authentic ingredients and recipes — also with a modern, sustainable twist on a traditional sangria through earth-friendly innovation like its low-carbon footprint paper can. Splash Beverage Group looks to be an innovator in the beverage industry that manages and presents a variety of natural and healthy beverages. It owns a growing portfolio of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage brands, including Copa di Vino wine by the glass, SALT tequilas, and TapouT performance hydration and recovery drink. Very similar to Celsius Holdings(NASDAQ: CELH) in its early stages. Splash’s latest focus is on Qplash, a new brand that it says provides beverages and coffee to businesses that are underserved by the traditional beverage distribution model. According to Splash Beverage Group, “As the premier leader in convenience, 7-Eleven is uniquely positioned to make a meaningful difference in our communities and for the planet. Our philosophy to lead through service fuels our commitment to create positive change both in our stores and in our communities. 7-Eleven is proud to set the standard for sustainable retailing in the convenience industry." Other brands that have been selected include Kellogg Co. ’s (NYSE: K) RXBAR, Hershey Co. ’s (NYSE: HSY) SkinnyPop, Chunk Nibbles, wildwonder, Better Bites Bakery, BeeFree Gluten-Free Bakery, and Agua Bonita. About Splash Beverage Group Splash says its strategy is concentrated on rapidly developing early-stage brands already in its portfolio and acquiring and accelerating brands that have high visibility or innovators within their respective categories. Splash is also rapidly expanding its brand portfolio and global distribution. The company says it leverages operational efficiencies to manage potential risks arising from its numerous beverage brands. Splash reports being led by a management team that has built and managed some of the top brands in the beverage industry and is driving sales from product launch into the billions. Other top players in the specialty food and beverage market include giants such as Ambev S.A. (NYSE: ABEV), Monster Beverage ( NASDAQ: MNST ), Amtech Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) Vita Coco (NASDAQ: COCO). Splash Beverage Group, an innovator in the beverage industry, owns a growing portfolio of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage brands including Copa di Vino wine by the glass, SALT flavored tequilas, Pulpoloco sangria, and TapouT performance hydration and recovery drink. Splash’s strategy is to rapidly develop early-stage brands already in its portfolio as well as acquire and then accelerate brands that have high visibility or are innovators in their categories. Led by a management team that has built and managed some of the top brands in the beverage industry and led sales from product launch into the billions, Splash is rapidly expanding its brand portfolio and global distribution. For more information visit: www.SplashBeverageGroup.com www.copadivino.com www.drinksalttequila.com www.pulpo-loco.com www.tapoutdrinks.com This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details TraDigital IR- John C. McNamara +1 954-745-5815 john@tradigitalir.com Company Website https://splashbeveragegroup.com/

August 25, 2022 03:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Legacy Group Joins Forces with AmeriLife’s Senior Market Advisors

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Senior Market Advisors (SMA), one of the fastest growing field marketing organizations (FMO) in the insurance space and an affiliate of AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), announced today that it has partnered with The Legacy Group, a St. Louis-based insurance advisory firm that specializes in distributing Medicare Advantage and retirement solutions to beneficiaries nationwide. Alongside longstanding relationships with some of the nation’s top carriers, the partnership expands SMA’s geographical footprint in the midwestern United States while affording The Legacy Group access to the combined scale, resources and support of SMA and AmeriLife’s industry-leading distribution network. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Senior Market Advisors is excited to partner with The Legacy Group to further strengthen its footprint as a leader in the Medicare market across the nation,” said Jeff Pitta, founder and CEO of Senior Market Advisors. “The Legacy Group’s growth sits on a strong foundation of innovation and technology that has proven to simplify the agent sales experience and maximize long-term customer retention. We’re excited to combine our resources and capabilities to continue adding value to our distribution partners across the country.” The Legacy Group took shape with AmeriLife a decade ago, and over the last few years expanded as it forged a close relationship with SMA. Since then, both partnerships have contributed significant value to the firm. The formal merger with SMA, under the umbrella of AmeriLife’s leading, national distribution network, will help expand The Legacy Group’s scope of business, drive cross-company synergies, and create increased business efficiencies. “Successful mergers exploit the opportunity to exponentiate sustainable growth, and sustainability is accomplished by focusing on the main competitive advantage in any business: culture,” said Jason Buchheit, president and CEO of The Legacy Group. “Our company’s culture is its foundation – it fuels our innovation and growth. We’re excited to expand upon our culture with partners that promote both professional and personal growth while continuing to focus on excellence and empowering our people.” “The best partnerships often grow from longstanding relationships with shared values,” added AmeriLife Chief Distribution Officer Mike Vietri. “The addition of The Legacy Group, under the leadership of Jeff and SMA, is a testament to the care that AmeriLife takes to building its industry-leading distribution network the right way. We couldn’t be more excited to have Jason and his team officially join ours and look forward to helping them accelerate their growth.” The Legacy Group will continue to operate as a stand-alone organization out of its St. Louis headquarters and under the leadership of Buchheit, who will report to SMA’s head of finance and M&A Vincent (Vinny) Cardi. ### About Senior Market Advisors Senior Market Advisors (SMA) has been people over profits since 2007, by hard work and a commitment to “doing right” by the consumer. We have certainly knocked on our fair share of doors. We know the grit and determination involved in becoming a career agent. And as a result, we have become one of the fastest growing FMOs, doubling our business each year for the past five years. For more information, visit us online at SeniorMarketAdvisors.com. About The Legacy Group The Legacy Group is a leading insurance advisory firm established to provide an unmet need in the healthcare and capital markets. Our purpose is to help our customers navigate the constant changes in these markets, providing relevant, customize solutions that enable them to secure their legacy and protect future generations. For more information, visit LG-3.org. About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and more than 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details AmeriLife - Public Relations Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com AmeriLife - Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

August 25, 2022 10:54 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nutramax Laboratories Files Lawsuit Against Zesty Paws Alleging E. coli Contamination, Undetectable Active Ingredients in Pet Products

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Nutramax Laboratories (“Nutramax”) recently brought legal action against Zesty Paws LLC (“Zesty Paws”) and its Hong Kong-based owner, H&H Group (1). The action is for false advertising regarding the ingredients, quality, third-party rankings and recommendations, and market performance of their products, as well as for making false or misleading comparisons to Nutramax’s DASUQUIN® products. Third-party testing of Zesty Paws’ products indicates that at least some of their products contain inconsistent, and sometimes undetectable, amounts of key active ingredients, and in some instances contaminants, including E. coli and high aerobic microbial counts. For more than 30 years, Nutramax has placed its valued customers first. We are committed to providing innovative products that are backed by science and held to the highest quality standards. Our dedication to science and quality has been recognized by customers and earned us the distinction as the #1 veterinarian-recommended supplement company. We take the responsibility as the industry leader seriously and prioritize protecting customers and their pets from low-quality pet supplements and protecting the overall reputation of the industry. We believe that pets deserve supplements of the absolute highest quality and pet parents should feel confident that what they give their pets meets label claims and is contaminant free. We invite you to learn more about our dedication to quality at nutramaxlabs.com/our-quality or by contacting our knowledgeable customer service team at (888) 886-6442. Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. develops, and markets supplements backed by research for companion animals to help support their quality of life. Small animal products include Cosequin®, the #1 Veterinarian Recommended Retail Joint Health Supplement Brand*,**; Dasuquin®, the #1 veterinarian-recommended joint health supplement brand*; the #1 veterinarian-recommended liver support brand Denamarin®***; and products supporting urinary tract health, digestive health, and skin/coat health plus overall wellness. To learn more, call (888) 886-6442 or visit nutramaxlabs.com. *Source: Among retail brands. Survey conducted among small animal veterinarians who recommend oral joint health supplements. **Source: Among veterinary brands. Survey conducted among small animal veterinarians who recommended oral joint health supplements. ***Source: Survey conducted among small animal veterinarians who recommended liver support brands. (1) Nutramax Laboratories Inc. et al. v. Zesty Paws LLC et al., Civil Action No. 6:22-cv-00626-CEM-LHP (U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida) Contact Details Erika Dyer +1 703-906-6368 erika@curleycompany.com Company Website https://www.nutramaxlabs.com/

August 22, 2022 07:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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AmeriLife Expands Career Agency Distribution with Openings of New Offices in Texas and Rhode Island

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AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions, announced today that it has opened two new Career Agency offices in Mansfield, Texas, and Cranston, R.I., expanding its presence in two strategically important regions and bringing its total number of Career Agency locations to 52 offices nationwide. “AmeriLife is excited to welcome two new agency office locations into the AmeriLife family,” said Frank Tebyani, president of AmeriLife’s Career Agency. “The Career Agency model is a critical component of AmeriLife’s distribution strategy, and today’s announcement reflects our continued pursuit of expanding to where our beneficiaries are living to help our agents deliver the solutions to meet their total health and retirement needs.” AmeriLife of Texas – Mansfield will operate under the leadership of Market Leader David Rainwater and the day-to-day management of Agency Manager Anthony “Tony” Burnley, representing the fourth AmeriLife office in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. As one of the fastest growing states in the country, Texas continues to be a priority market for AmeriLife, and the opening of the Mansfield office signals the company’s commitment to serving its high-growth and diverse communities. “Texas is becoming one of the largest retirement markets in the United States, and seniors here need quality representation to help them understand their Medicare options” said Rainwater. “I’m excited for Tony to deliver quality service to the Mansfield community and build a team of representatives that serve the senior population and help them with all their retirement planning needs.” AmeriLife of Rhode Island will operate under the leadership of Market Leader Michael Coombs, while Agency Leader Alice Supinski will provide day-to-day management of the office. Alongside its sister office, AmeriLife of the Northeast in Marlborough, Mass., the Cranston office represents AmeriLife’s ongoing push into the Northeast and New England as AmeriLife’s Career Agency distribution continues to expand its map nationwide. “The Medicare boom has hit our region hard, and new providers with direct relationships with some of the best hospital networks in the area have begun to take shape,” said Coombs. “We’re working hand-in-hand with these partners to get the message out to Medicare beneficiaries, and our new Cranston office – under the leadership of longtime Rhode Island resident Alice Supinski – will accelerate our efforts to help agents deliver the health and retirement options our growing community demands.” ### About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and more than 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details AmeriLife Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

August 22, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Dukkantek seals $10m funding round as it scales digital ecosystem for SMB retail sector in MENA

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Store management platform Dukkantek has quickly scaled across the MENA region as SMB retailers adopted their tech for customer services, business processes and faster growth. In supporting this growth, Dukkantek is today announcing an oversubscribed $10m pre-series A funding round as it powers the digital ecosystem for 13 million SMB retailers across the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as it looks for more opportunities in North Africa. The funding round was led by BECO with significant participation from Rocketship and Colle Capital. Other strategic investors in the round included Comma Capital, AMK Investment Office, Chaos Ventures, and Wamda Capital. The funding round follows their $5.2m seed round in October 2021, taking their total funds raised to $15.2m. Dukkantek was founded in January 2021 by Ali Al Sayegh, Sanad Yaghi and Shadi Joulani. Originally conceived as a service aimed at retailers in the grocery sector, the merchants on the platform now span 70 different verticals, with clothing and electricals particularly prominent alongside food and drink. It has already attracted more than thousands of customers for its suite of services empowering traditional merchants with end-to-end digital technology that improves all business processes. It enables these retailers to run their bricks and mortar stores more efficiently and productively and to make the leap into ecommerce. Dukkantek co-founder Sanad Yaghi commented: “For too long, the owners of small and medium-sized businesses have been left on the margins of the technology shift; now we are serving their unmet needs. We bring a technology platform consisting of three different value propositions that enable these merchants to compete in a digital world” “This includes a set of tools that enables merchants to run their businesses more effectively. Payments options ensure merchants can offer customers more choice about how to settle their bills. And an e-commerce offering which gives merchants everything they need to start selling online for the first time and to manage that operation in tandem with the brick-and-mortar business. Many merchants struggle to keep track of inventory when selling both online and in physical stores, so having one system that incorporates both parts of the business is very important”. The coronavirus pandemic hastened digital adoption in the MENA region, leading to an increase in online shopping, in particular. The region's e-commerce market is expected to reach $49 billion in 2025, up almost 55 per cent from 2021, a report by EZDubai, an e-commerce zone in Dubai, and Euromonitor International showed earlier this year. The UAE’s e-commerce market alone is forecast to grow 60 per cent to more than $8bn by 2025 from 2021. Community retailers in the UAE without a digital presence, who were unable to accept online payments during the pandemic, were severely affected due to the drop in customer footfall. Dukkantek believes that traditional merchants and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) remain the backbone of the global economy, and their transactions should be digitized to keep pace with market developments. And to this end they platform provides: Cloud POS: The Cloud POS is a Point-of-Sales system that can be accessed online, from anywhere. It allows businesses to keep track of transactions & sales, calculate VAT, generate reports and calculate profit margin. Inventory Management: The Cloud IM is an online software that helps businesses track, manage & organize the inventory. It allows users to keep track of stock, measure stock value, manage fast-moving products and generate reports for analysis. Payment Options: The platform offers a variety of payment options including cash, card payments or credit payments. Reports can be generated to track payments. E-Commerce: The e-commerce functionality allows stores to sell their goods online or through an app. One of its features includes live inventory, as it’s linked to the IM & POS software. Another feature is that stores can choose what items to put online and their corresponding prices. Moreover, it sends push notifications to customers. Companion App: The companion app is a mobile application that helps manage the store online. Its features include: Automated Inventory Reconciliation, live store data, linked to IM & POS, ability to track daily sales on the dashboard, ability to review all transactions, and track cash movements and payment methods. "It's very rare to come across a business and team that have been able to execute the way in which Dukkantek has done so far. Launching 7 countries in 18 short months since founding is no easy feat, yet the Dukkantek team has managed to do it in such a seamless and capital efficient manner. We are very excited to partner with Sanad, Ali and the wider team as they look to build on their exciting traction and overall vision of digitizing merchants." said Abdulaziz Shikh Al Sagha from BECO Capital Having met its geographical expansion goals, Dukkantek’s focus will now turn to adding new services. In particular, exploring working capital solutions and building its data analytics capabilities for users. “We have seen an increase in users accessing analytics tools on the platform which, for example, help them understand which products will sell best. Three-quarters of the businesses on the platform are now trading in this way. Also, many merchants are keen to expand the number of stores they operate, but are held back by the lack of finance available in the region which we can look to explore” added Sanad Yaghi. About Dukkantek Founded in January 2021, Dukkantek is the UAE’s first and only revolutionary store management platform that enables traditional merchants to compete equally in an evolving digital world, and further empower their retail capacity. Redefining the conventional way of managing tasks and sales, the innovative platform aims to strengthen local community stores and power digital transformations with end-to-end technology that enhances and streamlines all business processes, enabling them to compete with dark stores and delivery players. Dukkantek is the technology partner for all local community stores in the region. For more information please visit https://www.dukkantek.com Contact Details Dukkantek Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.dukkantek.com/

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