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Passwordless Is All The Rage — But There Are Considerations To Be Made

BIO-key International, Inc.

It has long been known that passwords are vulnerable to hacking. Organizations around the world have acknowledged this risk over the years by introducing more stringent controls around password security and by creating awareness among their staff. Despite the rising awareness of the risks associated with weak passwords, data breaches have revealed that not enough attention is paid to the creation of secure passwords –- the most popular passwords around the world are still passwords like “password” and “123456.” According to Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), 579 attacks to hack a password occur every second, which adds up to a monumental 18 billion attacks per year. But many common practices for making passwords stronger through complex requirements like including symbols, case sensitivity, and disallowing previous passwords only make it harder on users. Passwords become incredibly inconvenient to create, remember and manage across the various accounts a person owns. Because using passwords can create a poor user experience, many people often end up ignoring even basic password protocols – leaving themselves and their organizations defenseless against phishing schemes, brute-force attacks, and other tactics cybercriminals use to hack passwords. Is Passwordless Authentication The Solution? An ideal scenario seemingly might be one where no passwords are required, and several alternative options have emerged for the passwordless authentication of users. While many people and companies focus on the convenience of going passwordless, the security considerations of passwordless authentication are often overlooked. The most commonly used passwordless authentication methods focus on replacing the password as a single method, or as one of the methods used for multi-factor authentication. Authentication methods that are most commonly used are either possession factors, which require the person to use a smartphone or hardware token, or device-based biometrics, such as Apple Touch ID or Windows Hello. These options present their own challenges. Possession factors, such as smartphones or hardware tokens can be stolen, shared, lost, or damaged, resulting in users being locked out or allowing unauthorized access. And the costs and investment in purchasing multiple tokens or separate mobile devices with data plans for staff could be very high for large organizations. Not to mention there are large portions of people who do not have access to a smartphone. Finally, there are scenarios that make these factors implausible to use. For example, manufacturing floors, contact centers, banking locations, and others have people working who need to authenticate but where it may not be safe or practical for them to carry an additional device. Identity-Bound Biometrics Removes the Need for Phones and Tokens One method of passwordless authentication that could effectively address these challenges is the use of I dentity-Bound Biometrics (IBB) for access management, which is offered by cyber security companies like BIO-key International Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI). Identity-bound biometrics creates a centralized unique biometric identity that can be used to verify a person anywhere. Some of the most common identity-bound biometric authentication methods are fingerprint scans, palm scans, face scans, iris scans, and voice recognition. Passwordless authentication with IBB can be as simple as the scan of a finger at any device in any location, making it a safe, efficient, cost-effective, and secure option for a range of common use cases, including shared workstations, remote access, and scenarios where mobile devices are not permitted such as manufacturing floors and contact centers as mentioned previously. BIO-key says its IBB process centrally stores biometric data in a nonreversible way to create a unique biometric identity for each user to verify the person taking action, which serves to establish trust and accountability based on a person's biometric identity. The benefits of using IBB include: Positively identifying the user intended to gain access Auditability of activities through a log that records all logins and tracks users' system access Ease of use with a quick and easy user experience requiring only single-touch authentication for a passwordless login Reduced overall cost by installing just one fingerprint scanner per desktop as a one-time investment as opposed to multiple tokens or mobile devices IBB is part of BIO-key's unified identity and access-management platform PortalGuard, which provides a range of authentication methods as part of its robust multi-factor authentication, as well as single sign-on and self-service password reset capabilities. PortalGuard is the only platform on the market that offers all these business-critical solutions using identity-bound biometrics as a key differentiator when it comes to implementing stronger authentication, according to Bio-key. To learn more about BIO-key’s IBB passwordless authentication products visit its website. BIO-key is revolutionizing authentication and cybersecurity with biometric-centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) software managing millions of users. Its cloud-based PortalGuard IAM solution provides cost-effective, easy to deploy, convenient and secure access to devices, information, applications, and high-value transactions. BIO-key's patented software and hardware solutions, with industry-leading Identity-Bound Biometric (IBB) capabilities, enable large-scale Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions, as well as customized on premises solutions. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Catalyst IR- William Jones, David Collins +1 212-924-9800 BKYI@catalyst-ir.com Company Website https://www.bio-key.com/

November 15, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Investing In Precious Metals? Check Out Coins Issued For 2023

APMEX

While collecting coins or numismatics is one of the oldest hobbies in the world, investing in them for their value as precious metals can be lucrative. The U.S. Mint is currently poised to release its 2023 coins, including the American Eagle series that will become available in the first few months of next year. American Eagle coins are admired for their patriotic design and trusted bullion content. The Mint launched the American Eagle Coin Program in 1986 with gold and silver bullion coins for investors. The program has since expanded to include platinum and palladium coins, and the Mint also makes proof and uncirculated versions for collecting. American Eagle coins give investors a way to add small amounts of physical precious metals to their investment portfolios. However, the Mint does not sell them to investors directly. Instead, they must be purchased through an authorized purchaser like APMEX. APMEX Offers Pre-Sales Of 2023 Coins APMEX offers more than 20,000 products — including gold, silver, platinum and palladium products — that it reports can generally be acquired at a lower rate than equivalent products from primary mints and manufacturers. The company’s best sellers are silver and gold bars, silver and gold coins from different countries and gold foil notes. In addition to American Eagle coins, APMEX is offering pre-sales for a number of others to be issued in 2023, including the Somalia 1-ounce Silver Elephant and the Australia 1-ounce gold Lunar Year of the Rabbit. Customer Rewards APMEX customers are able to receive rewards for their shopping through the APMEX Club. The APMEX Club gives customers expedited shipping, a dedicated account manager for phone orders and early access to flash sales. The membership begins either after a customer completes their second order or spends $5,000 on their first order. There are no additional fees, and membership tiers are determined by purchase and selling activities. APMEX also offers rewards to customers who sign up for The Bullion Card. Precious metals investors earn four points per dollar spent at APMEX and one point per dollar spent on all other purchases through the card. They can turn those points into gold and silver and take possession of physical precious metals through APMEX. Investors looking for a way to use The Bullion Card and earn the maximum amount of points while doing their holiday shopping can also do so in APMEX’s Best Selling Products or Deals page. APMEX is one of largest, oldest and most trusted sources for Precious Metals. Over the last 22 years, we have served over 1.3 million customers and processed over $13.5 billion in sales. We offer the largest selection of Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, Copper items from investment- grade products to collectibles. APMEX has the prestigious title of Authorized Purchaser with the U.S. Mint. APMEX has over 155K customers reviews with an average 4.9 out of 5 rating. We also offer a wide variety of free educational content, charting and portfolio tools, and custom alerts and notifications on our website and mobile app to provide our customers with the latest industry news. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details APMEX. Inc. +1 405-595-2100 service@APMEX.com Company Website https://www.apmex.com/

November 15, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Elsevier and Council of Australian University Librarians sign agreement to support transition to open access publishing alongside continued research access for Australia and New Zealand researchers

Elsevier

Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Council of Australian University Librarians ( CAUL ) – the negotiating body representing universities in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) – to provide immediate open access to ANZ research for the world and continued access to global research for ANZ readers. The three-year agreement addresses CAUL’s goals for a rapid and sustainable transition to open access publishing and represents the largest transformative agreement for both countries. Under the agreement, which takes effect from January 2023, ANZ researchers at CAUL-affiliated academic institutions that participate in the agreement can make their research articles immediately available via open access publishing in Elsevier’s journals. Robert Gerrity, Board Director of CAUL and University Librarian at Monash University, said: “We see this agreement with Elsevier as a vital step in providing greater value to researchers in Australia and New Zealand through the inclusion of open access publishing. While this agreement provides opportunities for authors to share research more widely, we will continue to work with Elsevier to evolve this agreement to meet the needs of individual universities and their different research profiles. This agreement is an important first step in that journey.” Gemma Hersh, SVP of Global Academic & Government Sales, Elsevier, said: “We are delighted to continue building on our long-standing relationship with CAUL with an agreement that supports the priorities of the ANZ research community to transition to open access. We are grateful to CAUL for their partnership and pragmatism in reaching what is now the largest transformative agreement across Australasia and we look forward to continuing our partnership with ANZ institutions.” As one of the fastest-growing open access publishers in the world, nearly all of Elsevier's 2,800 journals enable open access publishing, including 600 fully open access journals. We now support over 2,000 institutions globally to publish open access through transformative agreements. In 2021 Elsevier published 119,000 gold or pay-to-publish open access articles, an increase of more than 46% over 2020. For more on how Elsevier supports open access, please visit our website. Notes to editors About Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia and New Zealand. CAUL members are the University Librarians or equivalent of the 39 institutions that have representation on Universities Australia (UA) and the 8 University Librarians or equivalent of the institutions that have representation on Universities New Zealand (UNZ) and who form the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL), a committee of UNZ. CAUL makes a significant contribution to higher education strategy, policy and outcomes through a commitment to a shared purpose: To transform how people experience knowledge – how it can be discovered, used and shared. CAUL’s vision is that society is transformed through the power of research, teaching and learning. University libraries are essential knowledge and information infrastructures that enable student achievement and research excellence. About Elsevier As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems. In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, health professionals, institutions and funders. Elsevier employs 8,700 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our 2,700+ journals, including The Lancet and Cell; our 43,000+ eBook titles; and our iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com Contact Details Elsevier Communications Jason Chan +65 6349 0240 j.chan@elsevier.com Company Website https://www.elsevier.com/

November 14, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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CORRECTING AND REPLACING: Ryan VanDePutte Joins Inspirant Group as Sales Director

Inspirant Group

Inspirant Group, the award-winning disruptive management Consulting firm, has appointed Ryan VanDePutte as Sales Director. With a multi disciplinary background, VanDePutte has deep experience in project delivery, enterprise, and mid-market sales, assisting companies in simplifying their unique business and technology challenges. In his new role, VanDePutte will drive transformation initiatives and business development for the fast-growing Chicagoland company. “We’re thrilled to welcome Ryan to our team of Unconsultants. It is the exact right time to have his leadership and expertise at this stage of Inspirant Group ’s growth as we continue to expand our service offerings,” said Meighan Newhouse, Co Founder and CEO, Inspirant Group. “I’m delighted to join Inspirant Group and the talented team of Unconsultants in developing the Appian practice area,” VanDePutte shared. “This will allow us to draw upon the team’s collective knowledge base and experience in delivering best in class transformation initiatives to our clients.” VanDePutte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in operations management and information systems from Ball State University - Miller School of Business. He resides in the Chicagoland area with his wife and three children. Founded in 2017, Inspirant Group is the award-winning, remote-first management “UNconsulting” firm that takes companies from inspiration to transformation. By stripping away the bureaucracy and complexity associated with the traditional “big 4” and mid-tier consulting firms, Inspirant ’s team of UNconsultants delivers high touch service and advises clients in three service lines: strategy & operational agility, talent & organization, and technology & data. This mirrors the company’s approach to any engagement: optimize processes, ensure the right people are in the right seats, and make the tech and data work for the client (and not the other way around). Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Inspirant is Certified™ by Great Place to Work ®, the employee experience award, and was honored with two 2022 Built In awards including Best Remote-First Places to Work in the US and 22 StartUps to Watch in Chicago. For more information, visit: Inspirantgrp.com and follow us on LinkedIn. Contact Details Julie Livingston +1 347-239-0249 julie@wantleverage.com Company Website https://inspirantgrp.com

November 14, 2022 09:30 AM Central Standard Time

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Political and Public Affairs Consultants Gather in London for 55th Annual International Association of Political Consultants Conference

International Association of Political Consultants

With the US midterm, Israeli, and Brazilian elections recently completed, international political and public affairs consultants from around the world will gather in London, UK for the 55 th annual International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) conference to share, learn and discuss democracy, election strategy and the latest trends in campaigns. The conference will take place at the Royal Horseguards Hotel (2 Whitehall Court) from Monday November 14 th to Wednesday, November 16 th. The conference will feature speakers including: · Dame Arlene Foster PC – Former First Minister of Northern Ireland · Frances O’Grady – General Secretary of the Trades Union Council (UK) · Feyi Akindoyeni – President, Australian Professional Government Relations Association · Hakan Svenneling MP – Left Party of Sweden · Christopher Hope – Associate Editor (Politics) of the Daily Telegraph · Guy Benson – Fox News contributor and Political Editor of Townhall.com · John Zogby – Founder of the Zogby international poll Among the topics for discussion: · Diversity in politics – What does it really mean · How do governments communicate to stakeholders · European future borders and internal divides · US midterms – What happened and what does it mean · The role of the media in shaping political discourse Established in 1968, The International Association of Political Consultants is committed to fostering democracy and the democratic process throughout the world. Members span a variety of political backgrounds and activities fostering the growing and diverse profession of political consulting as well as the practical aspects of democratic elections. Contact Details International Association of Political Consultants Marcel Wieder - Vice President Communications +1 416-907-2126 marcel@aurorastrategy.com Company Website https://www.iapc.org

November 11, 2022 12:18 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The Blood Supply Shortage: Why it’s Happening and How You Can Help

YourUpdateTV

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/8kShJVgN2pc This is the worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Amid this crisis, doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments. The blood supply took a major hit about as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the healthcare system. Shortages could potentially lead to the postponement of surgeries, other medical procedures, and be a major issue if a mass casualty event were to happen. Every year 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion. Someone in your audience or their loved one could be in need. With the blood shortage being a major health issue potentially affecting so many, what can be done and what should we know? Dr. Glenn Ramsey, chair of the College of American Pathologists Transfusion Committee recently conducted a nationwide media tour to inform the public on what is being done. Topics that Dr. Ramsey discussed included: With the current blood shortage, the recent changes in blood donation restrictions The importance of donating blood Keeping the blood supply strong Why there is always a shortage How the current blood supply is being maximized What the most common incidents are in which blood donation is needed For more information please visit americasblood.org and newsroom.cap.org Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 11, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Fall Health Checklist from the College of American Pathologists

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/DotHvhg8XQw Summer is coming to a close, which means it’s the perfect time to take stock of your health and set yourself up for success the rest of the year. The FDA has recently changed their guidelines regarding Covid at-home tests, now advising people to take three tests, instead of the previously recommended two tests. The agency issued the update just ahead of the back-to-school season – an attempt to reduce the risk of infection being missed and to help people from unknowingly spreading the virus. But COVID isn’t the only thing on people’s minds. With fall approaching, cold and flu season isn’t far behind. This time of year can create confusion for people who may not be able to tell the difference between COVID symptoms and cold/flu symptoms. There are also concerns about the spread of Monkeypox and the re-emergence of Polio. During a nationwide media tour on September 15 th, Dr. Emily Volk – President of the College of American Pathologists discussed: Changing FDA guidelines around COVID testing and what you need to know Navigating flu shots and COVID boosters Tips for knowing the difference between COVID symptoms and cold/flu symptoms Additional insights on recent health concerns such as Monkeypox and Polio For more information, visit CDC.GOV or FDA.GOV Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 11, 2022 10:31 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Dynamic Works Institute to Launch CWDP Recertification Package at NAWDP Youth Symposium

Dynamic Works Institute

Dynamic Works Institute, a leading provider of transformative training for individuals, corporations and community-based organizations, will introduce its new Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) Recertification Package at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) 2022 Youth Symposium, booth 211. The show will take place from November 14-16 at The Westin Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.). Achieving CWDP certification demonstrates that a workforce development professional has completed the required training In order to maintain their CWDP certification, workforce development professionals must complete at least 60 hours of professional development related to one or more of the five competencies identified by NAWDP, which include: Customer Service Methodology, Diversity in Workforce Development, Labor Market Information and Intelligence, Principles of Communication, and Workforce Development Structure, Policies and Programs. The new CWDP Recertification Package from Dynamic Works Institute is specifically designed and delivered by workforce training experts to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals who wish to recertify for their CWDP certification. The Recertification Package includes a selection of live and asynchronous online course options covering all five core competencies identified by NAWDP, which customers can attend as their schedules allow. “We’re excited to introduce our new CWDP Recertification program, as it addresses an unmet need to help busy workforce development professionals receive the training they need for recertification,” said Paul Dunn, CEO of Dynamic Works Institute. “Our live and asynchronous online courses work with our customers’ busy schedules to build on their current skills and help improve job performance. In addition, they are specifically designed to meet the requirements outlined by NAWDP for CWDP recertification.” Dynamic Works Institute’s new Recertification Package can provide the full 60 hours of instruction required for CWDP recertification or supplement any remaining required hours necessary. Customers can choose from a selection of 30, 15 and 10-hour course options, with packages focused on case management, customer empowerment, working with special populations, and more. In addition, all customers are enrolled in 10 hours of free live training to support their success and build a network of peers. After finishing the course, customers receive their completed NAWDP paperwork and application form available for download and submission. To learn more about Dynamic Works Institute’s new CWDP Recertification Package, stop by booth 211 at the NADWP 2022 Youth Symposium, or visit https://dynamicinstitute.com/. About Dynamic Works Institute Dynamic Works Institute offers over 300 virtual, interactive courses, coaching and live webinars to transform the value and success individuals, corporations and community-based organizations derive from their work. The company’s convenient and relevant virtual training services, complemented with extreme customer service, develop the skills and mindsets that make work life more fulfilling. Contact Details Dynamic Works Institute Gena Leisten +1 513-238-4665 gleisten@dwfs.us O’Keeffe PR Dan O’Keeffe +1 513-221-1526 dan@okeeffepr.com Company Website https://dynamicinstitute.com

November 10, 2022 10:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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US Navy Veteran Todd Harmon Talks Shop and Shares Growth Strategies for Minuteman Press Franchise in Cincinnati

Minuteman Press International Inc

US Navy Veteran Todd Harmon is no stranger to owning his own business. Prior to joining the Minuteman Press franchise family in April 2018, Todd had previously owned other small businesses and franchises. His Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing center is located in the Kenwood area of Cincinnati, Ohio, at 7681 Montgomery Road. In this interview, Todd shares why he chose Minuteman Press, how his military and business experience has helped him in the printing industry, and how products such as signage and mailings with a heavy focus on Every Door Direct Mail have helped spur the growth of his printing business. What is your professional background? Todd Harmon: “I am a United States Navy Veteran. Prior to franchising, I owned an independent small business that manufactured new and refurbished pallets in the wood products industry. I have also previously owned two other franchises in the retail and restaurant industries. I chose Minuteman Press due to its #1 ranking in print franchising and the excellent work-life balance it would provide my family. Both of my children now work in the business with me. It also appealed to me as a privately owned company with a great royalty structure for franchisees.” What has the support from Minuteman Press International been like for you? Todd Harmon: “Local support from my field rep Ryan McIntyre and RVP Gary Nowak has been outstanding. They are a great resource when I need to discuss hiring/personnel and major business decisions. The FLEX software support team is always very responsive to our needs.” How do you describe your business and capabilities to potential clients? Todd Harmon: “I explain to clients that we are actually a print and small business marketing and consulting firm. Because of my previous business experience owning two other successful local franchises prior to Minuteman Press, I can really relate to these folks and help them reach their target customers through effective print and mail marketing strategies. Our customer service and fast turnaround times really set us apart from the competition.” What are the high-demand products and services that have really been helpful for your clients? Todd Harmon: “Signage, including installation if applicable, with fast turnaround times have really helped our clients. We can drop ship anywhere for them even on weekends. Quick design services for budget-conscious small businesses are much-appreciated by our customers. Our #1 key growth area is in direct mail services. We have also built a very strong Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) business. We work with and educate our customers through every step of the EDDM process.” What are some of the key ways you’ve grown your business? Todd Harmon: “Our high level of customer service and fast turnaround times have led to many referrals. We have grown through participation in a local BNI networking group. I am committed to consistent SEO/SEM marketing, email blasts, direct mail, and always promoting our EDDM services at every opportunity.” How would you best describe your community? Todd Harmon: “We enjoy a very dense business community around our shop. There are offices, medical facilities, restaurants, and many non-profit firms in our local area, as well as schools and many large church organizations. All of our clients demand a high level of professional customer service that we strive every day to meet.” Why do you think printing remains so vital to businesses today? Todd Harmon: “Print is a more trustworthy advertising medium and can allow you to reach a more targeted audience. For instance, I believe an engaging, tangible EDDM mail piece with a strong offer will yield a higher ROI than other advertising mediums, especially for restaurants and home repair/service businesses.” What are the biggest rewards of owning your business? Todd Harmon: “Following my military service, I have always owned my own business. I get great satisfaction from operating a profitable customer service focused small business. I enjoy the challenge.” What advice would you give to other owners right now? Todd Harmon: “Minuteman Press gives you the freedom to make the print shop your own, allowing you to focus on your strengths. Embrace it and have fun. Also, h ire staff that will help you build a culture of customer service in your shop. ” Todd Harmon’s Minuteman Press franchise is located at 7681 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. For more information, call 513-531-7600 or visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/oh/cincinnati22/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and see Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

November 10, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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