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Shareholder to Return to Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting One Year After Arrest in Omaha

NLPC

As the annual meeting for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on May 4 in Omaha approaches, National Legal and Policy Center Chairman Peter Flaherty plans a return to the same stage where last year, while presenting NLPC’s shareholder proposal, Warren Buffett cut off his speech and Flaherty was arrested. Trumped-up charges against Flaherty were later dropped. NLPC has another proposal on Berkshire’s 2024 proxy statement and Flaherty is scheduled to speak on the measure for his allotted five minutes. The nonprofit corporate watchdog released a short video that briefly recounts last year’s incident and points out Mr. Buffett’s contradictory positions on how he manages shareholder meetings. The video may be found on NLPC’s website: https://nlpc.org/corporate-integrity-project/video-nlpc-returns-to-berkshire-hathaway-annual-meeting-one-year-after-chairmans-arrest/ The video highlights a past statement Mr. Buffett made to CNBC. Responding to an interviewer’s question about Berkshire allowing investors who attend the popular annual meeting to ask any question they want, Mr. Buffett responded, “We’ve got a partnership feeling toward the people who have given us their money, and we don’t screen ‘em, and they can ask whatever’s on their mind.” However, last year Mr. Buffett made an exception to that principle when Peter Flaherty – during his official remarks presenting NLPC’s shareholder proposal, which was on the meeting agenda – brought up Mr. Buffett’s relationship with billionaire Bill Gates, their shared philanthropic efforts, and Mr. Gates’s troubling relationship with deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. At that point, Flaherty’s microphone was silenced, and security and Omaha law enforcement forcibly walked him out of the arena and to a local police precinct, where he was arrested, booked, fingerprinted and held for about three hours. As NLPC argued last year in a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Berkshire’s identity is inextricably linked with Mr. Buffett’s. As such, his philanthropic activities and personal associations are fair targets for criticism, unlike those of nearly any other corporate Chairman/CEO. NLPC also filed a complaint with the SEC late last year over Berkshire’s inappropriate treatment of Flaherty at the meeting. “Warren Buffett boasts that shareholders can ask questions on any topic they desire, but I guess that doesn’t include questions about Bill Gates or Jeffrey Epstein,” Flaherty said. This year’s shareholder proposal addresses concerns about Berkshire’s risk vulnerabilities over the amount its sales and supply chain depend on China. Subsidiaries such as Duracell and Fruit of the Loom, and significant investments such as Apple and Coca-Cola, substantially depend on access to the communist nation. NLPC also filed a proxy memo with the SEC in support of this year’s proposal. The video released by NLPC concludes by wondering if Mr. Buffett will keep his word, and let all Berkshire investors say “whatever is on their mind.” For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center promotes ethics in public life through research, investigation, education and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

April 24, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ukrainian-American Organization Demands Immediate FCC Investigation into SpaceX; Citing Musk’s Meddling in Ukraine, Erratic Behavior, and Illegal Drug Use

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Inc. (UCCA) has filed in opposition to the allocation of additional spectrum to SpaceX, and called for an immediate investigation into the behavior of the company’s largest shareholder Elon Musk in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rulemaking to open the 1.6/2.4 GHz band to new entrants. The non-profit, non-partisan organization called on the FCC to determine if it should place restrictions on Elon Musk’s control, management, or involvement in Starlink, or revoke the company’s license entirely, following erratic behavior and chronic use of illegal drugs that place Musk’s qualifications to operate FCC licensed facilities into question. “At the heart of the matter is the Commission’s responsibility to ensure that any company which is granted the privilege of operating on public airwaves meets certain qualifications and serves the public interest,” said Arthur Belendiuk, UCCA’s lead regulatory attorney. “Musk has used the company’s FCC licenses to support the military of a foreign power that is actively engaged in an illegal war and who has committed countless war crimes. Offering military aid to Russia is just the tip of the iceberg in a pattern of repeated abuse of the Starlink system—behavior which demands an immediate FCC investigation.” As an FCC licensee, SpaceX has the basic statutory duty to conduct its operations in the public interest. As UCCA’s filing outlines, numerous examples show that the company has not met that standard. In Musk’s role as chief apologist for indicted war criminal Vladimir Putin, he has used the Starlink network to illegally meddle in U.S. Foreign Policy: According to reports, Elon Musk refused a Ukrainian Armed Forces request to activate his Starlink satellite network in Crimea's port city of Sevastopol to aid an attack on Russia's fleet (page 3). Disabling the Starlink service and allowing Ukrainian civilians to be murdered by Russian missiles is unconscionable. However, Musk was not done. Despite warnings from U.S. Senators to stop interfering on the side of Russia, Musk has now made the Starlink system available to the Russian military (page 4). This begs the question, why does Musk believe that he has the authority to engage in U.S. foreign policy? Not only is Musk making decisions concerning Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, but he is also engaging with China, often in ways that violate U.S. foreign policy. For example, Musk was recently accused of withholding internet service in Taiwan (page 6). Musk’s chronic use of illegal drugs also places his qualifications as an FCC licensee in jeopardy. Illegal drug use by FCC licensees, “either on or off-station premises,” is historically a matter of grave concern to the Commission. In prior proceedings, if the FCC found that a licensee “continued to deliberately flout Commission rules or was irremediably incompetent,” the regulator has acted to revoke licenses. The filing outlines reports of Musk’s use of mind-altering LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, and psychedelic mushrooms. The group goes on to say, “[w]hen the controlling shareholder is acting erratically, believes he has the authority to set U.S. foreign policy and admits to taking drugs including taking drugs with board members and officers, it is reasonable to conclude that Musk and his management team lack the basic competence to remain FCC licensees.” UCCA’s landmark filing seeks to hold licensees like SpaceX accountable by calling for an immediate FCC investigation into multiple accusations of disqualifying conduct. Until an investigation can be completed, UCCA calls on the FCC to stop processing all Starlink applications and require Musk to step down from any management, control, or decision-making authority concerning the Starlink system. “Why is Musk shilling for Russia? More importantly, why is critical communications and defense infrastructure in the hands of a drug addled conspiracy theorist who thinks he has the power to dictate U.S. foreign policy,” UCCA’s filing concludes. A copy of UCCA’s comment is available here. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Inc., is an umbrella organization that unites nearly 30 Ukrainian-American organizations and represents the interests of approximately two million Americans of Ukrainian descent. UCCA is a non-profit, nonpartisan community-based organization with local all-volunteer chapters across the United States. Contact Details Raynor Ave. Aaron Alberico +1 202-744-0786 aalberico@raynoravenue.com Company Website https://ucca.org/

April 24, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Prime Minister Skerrit Reinforces Collaboration in Dubai Visit

Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit

During his most recent visit to Dubai, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica delivered a powerful speech, and shed light on the significant role played by the Citizenship by Investment Programme in shaping the island’s socioeconomic landscape. Speaking passionately, Prime Minister Skerrit underscored how the CBI Programme has been a cornerstone of Dominica's economic strategy, propelling the nation towards prosperity by fostering economic growth, job creation and strengthening health and educational infrastructure. He also reiterated Dominica’s steadfast commitment to maintaining the highest standard of openness and integrity and called for unity amongst Caribbean nations that offer CBI programmes in his address. Embracing OECS Countries Collaboration Prime Minister Skerrit explained how the recent Memorandum of Agreement among OECS countries emphasises the importance of harmonised legislation, standardised application procedures, uniform due diligence processes, and information sharing among member states. “It is my view that these actions are important, and they are necessary, and these are actions that we will follow through with, because there are some things that we need to do together.” He expressed optimism about the collaborative efforts and emphasised the significance of prioritising good governance and ethical practices in the CBI sector. The memorandum signifies a shift towards a more integrated and cohesive framework that unites diverse stakeholders under a common vision of excellence, accountability, and transparency. Honouring Dominica’s CBI Programme Prime Minister Skerrit warmly acknowledged the significance of the CBI programme as a key aspect of Dominica's post-disaster recovery after the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017. “We were able to continue generating revenues from the programme, literally 48 to 72 hours after the hurricane hit us. While all other aspects of our economy came to a halt.” Recognising its pivotal role in saving the nation after Hurricane Maria, he affirmed the programme's enduring value as a catalyst for progress, prosperity, and sustainable development in Dominica. He further reaffirmed Dominica's commitment as a nation to the core principles of the CBI programme. He highlighted the importance in providing opportunities for citizens to access both mobility and economic empowerment and the programme's role in fostering a sense of citizenship and belonging, beyond economic benefits. “We understand the importance of the programme to many people, and to our country, but we want to ensure that the programme maintains its integrity.” Acknowledging economic citizens, developers, and agents During his visit, Prime Minister Skerrit engaged in productive discussions with key stakeholders in the industry, exploring opportunities for collaboration and growth. In his address, Prime Minister Skerrit expressed his gratitude to the economic citizens, developers, and agents who have contributed to the strength and resilience of the Dominica CBI Programme. He acknowledged their unwavering support and dedication, emphasising their pivotal role in shaping the programme's success. “…you as agents and developers and promoters, you have one of the most sacred responsibilities where the programme is concerned. What you do can ensure the continued success of the programme, and that's why the programme has been successful.” Marie-Therese Johnson, Director of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU), also highlighted the pivotal role that agents and developers play in guiding potential investors towards the possibilities that the Dominica CBI Programme offers. “Your role as agents is not just about transactions; it is about shaping destinies, forging connections, and building bridges to a brighter tomorrow.” Prime Minister Skerrit Emphasises Legal Compliance and Integrity in CBI Programme In a resolute statement, Prime Minister Skerrit underscored the critical role of laws and regulations in governing the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme. He highlighted the authority vested in him by the Constitution and laws enacted by the Parliament, emphasising the importance of adherence to legal frameworks. Prime Minister Skerrit emphasised the need for stakeholders and agents to familiarise themselves with and abide by existing laws. Addressing a key concern, Prime Minister Skerrit reiterated that applicants must contribute the full amount as legislated in the regulations, emphasising that citizenship is not a commodity subject to sales promotions, emphasising the sanctity of citizenship as defined by the Constitution. By emphasising compliance with regulations and laws, Prime Minister Skerrit reaffirmed the Government's commitment to ethical conduct in the programme. Dominica Drives Responsible Investment Practices At the core of the CBIU's operations is a dedication to transparency in every aspect of its processes. From application procedures to due diligence protocols, the CBIU prioritises clear communication, thorough documentation, and adherence to regulatory guidelines. By fostering a culture of openness, accessibility, and accountability, the CBIU aims to enhance the overall experience for stakeholders, providing clarity, guidance, and assurance throughout the citizenship acquisition journey. As Prime Minister Skerrit concluded his visit to Dubai, he expressed optimism for the future of the Dominica CBI programme, reiterating his commitment to upholding the highest standards of excellence. Through continued collaboration and partnership, Prime Minister Skerrit envisions a prosperous and sustainable future for Dominica and its stakeholders in the global citizenship landscape. Contact Details Secretary of the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit Commonwealth of Dominica +1 767-266-3919 info@cbiu.gov.dm

April 23, 2024 08:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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14Peaks closes inaugural $30M fund to power software startups in fintech and future of work space

14Peaks Capital

Venture capital firm 14Peaks Capital has successfully closed its first fund at $30 million in capital commitments from an impressive consortium of limited partners (LPs), consisting of influential High Net Worth Individuals (HNIWs) and family offices spanning Europe and the United States. Established in 2022 by Edoardo Ermotti, the fund’s solo General Partner (GP), 14Peaks invests at the earliest stages (from pre-seed to series A) in B2B SaaS companies, with a specific interest in Fintech and the Future of Work. The team is already investing out of its first fund and has 11 companies in its portfolio to date. These include US-based HR/Payment platform Rain (who last year raised $66M in a Series A round), finance and accounting platform FlowFi (who recently announced its $9 million seed round) and Switzerland-based data collaboration company Tune Insight among others. At a time when AI continues to drive rapid change in the B2B landscape, sparking first-mover competition between established and new founders to bring the power of this new technology to business operations, 14Peaks is laser-focused on investing in proprietary technology that has the potential to build strong defensible moats. Against this backdrop, 14Peaks’ focus across Fintech and the Future of Work is expansive, ranging from data collaboration and workflow automation, to payment software and fraud detection. Most venture funds set out to raise capital from as many LPs as possible. When fundraising, Edoardo Ermotti took a unique approach. Before founding 14Peaks, he began investing as a business angel in 2019. To date, he has supported over 25 companies and has selectively invested in funds as a limited partner. Concurrently, he gained experience at a mid-market private equity firm in London. Subsequently, he transitioned to a family office, initially based in Switzerland and later in the US, where he spearheaded the development and leadership of the early-stage investment division. Over the years, he regularly co-invested alongside HNWIs and Family Offices who all shared the same view: they were progressively less interested in allocating their capital to funds with hundreds of Limited Partners (LPs). Funds with larger LP bases tend to have limited transparency into fund activities, fewer co-investment rights, and a generally passive approach to their relationship with the smaller LPs. Edoardo Ermotti wanted to create a closer, stronger relationship between GPs, LPs, and founders by raising from an intimate circle of highly-vetted, seasoned executives and entrepreneurs who could take a more active role in supporting portfolio founders, exchanging ideas, and co-investing with people they trust. “When I started 14Peaks Capital, I wanted to shake things up in how GPs and LPs work together. I've been on the LP side before, spoke to many GPs, and knew there was room for a different approach,” said Edoardo Ermotti, founder of 14Peaks Capital. “Each of the investors supporting 14Peaks is globally successful in their own right, giving our portfolio founders access, through us, to this curated hub of extensive experience and networks.” In addition to access to its all-star assembly of LPs, 14Peaks works closely with its portfolio companies to accelerate traction through targeted go-to-market strategies, recruitment, and general company building efforts With a base in Europe and a vast network in the US, the fund also helps companies expand beyond their domestic markets – whether venturing overseas from the EU to US or across Europe. “14Peaks has been an incredibly supportive investor. Ever since we met them, the team has rolled up their sleeves and been very hands-on and proactive in transforming us into an organisation that can truly scale in an emerging market,” said Han Sahin, the co-founder of a Netherlands-based cybersecurity company, Threatfabric, that 14Peaks invested in last year. The goal with portfolio support, similar to Edoardo Ermotti’s approach to fundraising, is close collaboration: the fund only invests in companies where there is a clear pathway for their engagement to generate additional value. This, Edoardo Ermotti says, is the best way to align interests with founders and together build next-generation companies. “We’re looking forward to diving back in and supporting our founders as they chase their visions. In the past year, we've already seen positive changes in our portfolio companies, and we're confident we can do even more as we expand our platform. Our hands-on approach and the power of our extensive network, fuelled by our tight GP-LP interactions, make us believe we'll keep making a real impact for our founders in the years to come," adds Edoardo Ermotti. 14Peaks’ portfolio founders are so far seeing the results of this new paradigm of GP and LP interactions and the network effects of this close circle. Alex Bradford, the founder of Rain, a HR platform 14Peaks invested last year, said: “14Peaks has been a fantastic partner and instrumental to our growth, plugging us into highly-valuable investor networks and boosting our go-to-market by sitting down and helping us craft business development strategies.” 14Peaks Capital AG has a team in Switzerland. Plans are underway for team expansion in the United States later this year, with strategic hires focused on enhancing market coverage. The collective team brings forth deep experience in investing and supporting founders across various stages and verticals in Europe and the US, with a primary emphasis on B2B SaaS and Fintech. Looking ahead, 14Peaks aims to expand its portfolio to a total of 25 companies out of its first fund over the coming years. In the meantime, Edoardo Ermotti and the team’s top priority is maintaining a concentrated focus on demonstrating the efficacy of their unique model, not only to their LPs, but, crucially, to their founders. About 14Peaks Capital Founded in 2022, 14Peaks Capital is an early-stage venture fund headed by solo General Partner, Edoardo Ermotti. Out of its inaugural $30 million fund, 14Peaks invests in B2B SaaS companies who are building primarily within the Fintech and Future of Work verticals. Backed by an all-star assembly of High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices across Europe and the US, 14Peaks offers extensive operational expertise to support the funds’ portfolio companies from seed to exit to build generation-defining companies. Learn more here: https://www.14peaks.capital/ Contact Details 14Peaks Capital Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.14peaks.capital/

April 23, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Wolfram and Classiq Integrate Advanced Quantum Software Tools into Mathematica

Classiq Technologies

In a landmark collaboration, Classiq, a leader in quantum computing software, and Wolfram Research, the leading computational software provider, announce a software partnership. This collaboration integrates Classiq’s cutting-edge engine within Wolfram Mathematica, offering a unified solution for the development of quantum and classical algorithms. This integration is targeted at enabling users to leverage the robust capabilities of Wolfram Mathematica for algorithm development and utilize Classiq’s Quantum Model (QMOD) language for quantum algorithm development—all within a single, cohesive environment. This blend of technologies empowers users to define, visualize and optimize quantum algorithms with unprecedented ease and efficiency. Key features of this collaboration are the facilitation of Classiq’s quantum algorithm compilation tailored to specific quantum hardware and ability to intricately develop quantum circuits from a high-level overview down to detailed gate operations. The integration further allows for the execution of these quantum circuits across a diverse array of backends and simulators, directly within the Mathematica notebook. This integration supports researchers by enhancing analytical capabilities, enabling continuous exploration and data assessment. As an example of the potential of this collaboration, the Quantum Differential Equations solver exemplifies how users will be able to tackle complex challenges by defining and executing quantum algorithms like the Harrow–Hassidim–Lloyd (HHL) algorithm and Quantum Singular Value Transformation (QSVT) for matrix inversion, directly from the Mathematica interface. This application highlights the power of combining classical computational methods with quantum processing to solve complex computational problems more efficiently. “The partnership between Classiq Technologies and Wolfram Research reflects a shared commitment to advancing computational excellence,” said Nir Minerbi, CEO of Classiq. “This collaboration not only enhances the toolset available for researchers and developers, we hope to see it pave the way for groundbreaking applications across various scientific and engineering disciplines.” "In the pursuit of applying quantum technologies to address real-world challenges, robust collaboration among industry leaders is paramount. We are delighted to unveil our strategic partnership with Classiq," remarked Mads Bahrami, quantum projects manager at Wolfram. "This partnership underscores the dedication of both entities towards crafting toolsets that empower governments, industries, and academia to tackle complex problems through quantum-classical algorithms." The companies invite those seeking to combine the best of quantum and classical computation to reach out and explore the possibilities this computation integration brings. About Wolfram Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research is one of the world's most respected computer, web and cloud software companies - as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As a pioneer in computation and computational knowledge, Wolfram has pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in today's and tomorrow's world. As the creators of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, the Wolfram Language, and Wolfram Quantum Framework, Wolfram is the leader in developing technology and tools that inject sophisticated computation and knowledge into everything. Wolfram's strategy as an organization is to maintain a portfolio of development, from continually strengthening core algorithms and the Wolfram Knowledgebase, to supporting the latest computing and deployment architectures, to developing major new concepts and capabilities - and consistently delivering the results in the form of products, services and experimental initiatives that make breakthrough technology accessible to the broadest possible spectrum of people and organizations. Learn more at: https://wolfr.am/QuantumConsulting https://www.wolfram.com/quantum-computation-framework/ Follow Wolfram on LinkedIn, X, and YouTube. Contact Wolfram quantum team: quantum@wolfram.com Contact Wolfram PR team: outreach@wolfram.com About Classiq Classiq Technologies, the leading quantum software company, provides an all-encompassing platform (IDE, compiler and OS) with a single point of entry into quantum computing, taking you from algorithm design to execution. The high-level descriptive quantum software development environment, tailored to all levels of developer proficiency, automates quantum programming. This ensures that a broad range of talents, including those with backgrounds in AI, ML and linear algebra, can harness quantum computing without requiring deep, specialized knowledge of quantum physics. Classiq democratizes access to quantum computing and equips its users to take full advantage of the quantum computing revolution, including access to a broad range of quantum hardware. Classiq's core technology - algorithmic quantum circuit compilation - is engineered to power the quantum ecosystem of today and the future. Classiq works closely with quantum cloud providers and advanced computation hardware developers providing software for use with quantum computers, HPC and quantum simulators. Backed by investors such as HPE, HSBC, Samsung, Intesa Sanpaolo and NTT, Classiq's world-class team of scientists and engineers has distilled decades of quantum expertise into its groundbreaking quantum engine. Follow Classiq on LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter) or YouTube, and visit the Slack community and website, www.classiq.io to learn more. Contact Details Rainier Communications Michelle McMahon +1 781-718-3248 classiqPR@rainierco.com Company Website http://www.classiq.io/

April 23, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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USGrants.org Unveils Comprehensive Guide to Empower Entrepreneurs

Rev Up Marketers

USGrants.org, an online platform dedicated to facilitating access to government grants, has released a new step-by-step guide to support budding entrepreneurs in navigating the complexities of launching a new business. The guide offers a streamlined approach to starting a business and gaining necessary funding without the burden of repayment, enabling new business owners to preserve equity and maintain financial health. The guide details how USGrants.org can assist in finding specific grants related to start-up costs, expansion capital, and innovative research, providing a non-repayable funding solution that helps new ventures avoid debt. This comprehensive guide simplifies the process of starting and funding a business and empowers entrepreneurs with the knowledge to strategically leverage grants to their fullest potential. Some of the key features highlighted in the guide by USGrants.org are as follows Developing a Solid Foundation with a Business Idea: Identifying potential products or services, understanding the target market, and distinguishing from competitors refine a business idea. USGrants.org provides access to grants that support market research and initial feasibility studies, essential for those at the concept formulation stage. Crafting a Strategic Business Plan: A well-crafted business plan outlines market entry strategies, growth opportunities, and financial projections. USGrants.org enables entrepreneurs to hire consultants or advisors who can aid in developing a robust business plan. Securing Adequate Financing: The guide details how USGrants.org can assist in finding specific grants related to start-up costs, expansion capital, and innovative research, providing a non-repayable funding solution that helps new ventures avoid debt. Choosing the Right Business Structure: While USGrants.org does not guide legal structure decisions directly, it does offer information on grants that require certain business formations, which can influence the decision-making process. Navigating Registration and Compliance: The guide emphasizes the importance of properly registering the business and understanding all regulatory requirements. It highlights how USGrants.org can aid in securing grants for legal services, licensing fees, and compliance costs, bolstering that businesses meet all legal thresholds without financial strain. Establishing a Physical or Virtual Office: The guide points to USGrants.org as a resource for finding financial support for physical setups, such as modifications for accessibility, eco-friendly improvements, or securing leases. Effective Marketing Strategies: The guide covers how USGrants.org can help obtain funding for marketing efforts, including advertising, and promotional events, especially for businesses that emphasize innovation, sustainability, or community involvement. This comprehensive guide not only simplifies the process of starting and funding a business but also empowers entrepreneurs with the knowledge to strategically leverage grants to their fullest potential. For more information on utilizing USGrants.org effectively, please visit their website. About USGrants.org: USGrants.org is an online resource dedicated to providing information and support for individuals and organizations seeking government grants. USGrants.org offers comprehensive information, expert guidance, and a commitment to inclusivity, ensuring that grants are accessible to all. Contact Details US Grants ORG Aaron Lee Info@usgrants.org Company Website https://www.usgrants.org/

April 20, 2024 08:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comcast Completes Major Fiber Network Expansion in Spring Hill, Kansas

Comcast Greater Kansas City

Comcast announced today the completed expansion of its next-generation Xfinity network to homes and businesses in the City of Spring Hill. The media and technology company invested more than $13 million to install more than 90 miles of new fiber-rich highways that will offer residential broadband speeds faster than 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and business speeds up to 100 Gbps. The completion is part of Comcast’s ongoing expansion in the Midwest where Comcast is also expanding into Paola/Hillsdale. “The Kelly-Toland Administration recognizes that building reliable broadband services is essential for healthy communities throughout the state,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “With the completion of this project, the Spring Hill community now has the resources needed to stay connected and engaged – and help drive economic development.” "The City of Spring Hill joins Comcast in celebrating the completion of this investment in our community. It will support workforce development, education and greater access to high-speed internet for our residents. This was a big priority of this administration from the start, and I’m glad to see it through to becoming a reality. It also improves our internet infrastructure in a way that is attractive to businesses interested in growing here," said Mayor Joe Berkey, City of Spring Hill. “I am grateful for Comcast’s commitment to expanding broadband access to Spring Hill and also their continued commitment to sponsoring other Spring Hill community events throughout the year.” To celebrate the expansion of Xfinity services to the City of Spring Hill, Comcast will donate $5,000 to the Spring Hill Education Foundation and will host an ‘Xfinity On Tour’ event during the Spring Hill Recreation Center Daffodil Days on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST at the Spring Hill Learning Academy at 300 E. Street. This free, family-oriented community event provides residents the opportunity to learn more about Comcast services, answer questions, and take advantage of exclusive offers. You can also stop into the nearest Xfinity store to learn more. For Spring Hill residents, this expansion means access to all Xfinity Internet service offerings with speeds faster than 1 Gig and advanced WiFi technology from powerful gateways capable of delivering reliable and consistent connections for real-time activities like gaming, live streaming, and video conferencing with ultra-low lag. Residents will also have access to the Xfinity X1 video platform, Xfinity Home, Comcast’s professionally installed home security solution, and Xfinity Mobile, one of the nation’s fastest growing mobile services that can save customers hundreds of dollars a year on their mobile bills, and is top ranked in customer satisfaction. “Reliable high-speed internet is essential in today’s digital economy, which is why Comcast continues its commitment to connect more Johnson County region families and businesses to the moments that matter most,” said Kalyn Hove, Comcast Midwest Regional Senior Vice President. “By establishing the best broadband infrastructure today, we are securing the economic prosperity of these communities for tomorrow.” For local businesses, Comcast Business offers a suite of connectivity, cybersecurity, managed solutions and Comcast Business Mobile products designed specifically for their employee’s needs. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading providers to larger organizations in the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. “We purchased The Bean in Spring Hill nearly three years ago. The most difficult part of doing business was little to no access to internet and proper speeds needed to run our business,” stated Brad Killen, CEO of The Bean. “When I spoke with Comcast Business it was a quick YES to help us. Before switching to Comcast, our WiFi went out every other day and we were running on the slowest speeds. We are now finally getting normal speeds and could not be happier with the service. Everyday dozens of people work, take meetings, or calls at The Bean and this upgrade keeps people coming back for more.” Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Comcast Corporation Jill Hornbacher +1 651-425-1695 jill_hornbacher@comcast.com Company Website https://midwest.comcast.com

April 19, 2024 08:30 AM Central Daylight Time

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Adobe's New Acrobat AI Assistant

News Media Group, Inc.

Contact Details News Media Group, Inc. Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

April 18, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Kevel Certified as a Most Loved Workplace

Kevel

Kevel has become certified as a Most Loved Workplace® backed by the research and analysis of Best Practice Institute (BPI). Most Loved Workplace (MLW) validation provides the most comprehensive look at workplace sentiment for organizations today. “Kevel’s driving philosophy regarding the management of our people is that, ‘we are all adults’. We lead with respect, positive intent and transparency, and we actively live our values as the backbone of our regular decision making at all levels of the company. We have continuous growth conversations with our employees and provide company financials openly in regular all-hands meetings to make sure we bring every single person along this journey with us. We collect employee feedback in engagement surveys and openly share the results. We get The regular feedback we get from our employees demonstrates how these practices foster an environment of mental stability, wellbeing and safety that allows us to thrive and grow, driving us towards success as a team.” James Avery, Kevel CEO and Founder Kevel has been certified as a Most Loved Workplace® because of its dedication to being a true people-first organization where vulnerability, authenticity and transparency are encouraged and valued. The Kevel team aims to build an environment where every employee feels respected, welcomed and heard. As a remote first organization, Kevel is focused on providing a highly communicative and collaborative environment that enables flexibility and autonomy for its employees. Kevel strives to promote from within and ensure that every employee has the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Most Loved Workplace accreditation certifies companies where employees are the happiest and most satisfied at work. Kevel became certified as a Most Loved Workplace based on its scores on the Love of Workplace Index™, which surveyed employees on various elements around employee satisfaction and sentiment including the level of respect, collaboration, support, and sense of belonging they feel inside the company. "I started Most Loved Workplaces out of inspiration from my community of people who consciously place love for their employees at the center of their business model," said Louis Carter, the founder, and CEO of BPI and a social/organizational psychologist, thought leader, entrepreneur, and author. Carter's book, "In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace," identifies the specific areas needed to become a highly respected, reputable organization where people love to work with each other – a Most Loved Workplace. Backed by BPI, in its original research that created MLW criteria, Most Loved Workplaces surveyed more than 175 companies and more than 3,000 executives across the United States, the Middle East/Northern Africa, and Southeast Asia. They found that productivity rises as employee sentiment increases, with 94 percent of responders saying they did three to four times more work for a company they loved and 95 percent saying they stayed at companies they loved three to four times longer. The Most Loved Workplace certification is the most valid method to determine employee experience and recognize a great workplace. To view Kevel’s company certification, visit the certification page. To learn more about the Most Loved Workplace certification, visit ​​ https://mostlovedworkplace.com/ and the Best Practice Institute, visit bestpracticeinstitute.org. About Kevel Kevel powers world-class retail media networks with the Retail Media Cloud™. With the combination of the Kevel Ad Server and Kevel Audience, multi-brand retailers, marketplaces, and ecommerce companies can launch limitless ad formats and unique targeting segments online and in-store, all with closed-loop attribution. Kevel believes that every digital retailer should have the capability to scale their own distinct ad platform, just like big tech players like Amazon. Customers like Edmunds, Klarna, Delivery Hero, Leroy Merlin, Slickdeals, and other leading retailers and marketplaces all launched their own retail media network with Kevel. The company has garnered numerous accolades, most recently earning recognition as one of the leading 100 innovative tech start-ups driving the future of brand-to-consumer in 2023 and awarded the MarTech Breakthrough Award for best overall ad tech company in 2022. Learn more at www.kevel.com. Contact Details Kevel Jennifer Choo, Director of Marketing +1 973-343-8819 jchoo@kevel.com

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