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Future of School Files Counterclaims Against Stride, Inc. for Breaching Agreement to Donate $2.3 Million

Future of School

Future of School, Inc., a national nonprofit that seeks to advance innovative K-12 and blended learning programs, recently filed counterclaims in a lawsuit filed against it by Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN). The counterclaims allege that Stride, a publicly traded education company, reneged on its agreement to donate $2.3 million to Future of School after it repeatedly and publicly announced its financial support of the charity. Stride publicized the pledged donations in multiple public filings, including its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, as well as in filings with the SEC and IRS. Future of School was founded in 2015. Before it transitioned to a public charity, it was a private foundation originally formed by Stride itself. From 2016 to 2021, Future of School awarded more than $2.3 million in higher education scholarships and provided more than $430,000 in grants to individual educators to support and recognize educators for their innovative blended and online programs. Future of School also created a remote learning relief fund during the pandemic to assist educators. Through robust outreach, creative grant-making programs, a national Podcast series, and rewarding students who forge new learning pathways with scholarships, Future of School has impacted thousands of students and teachers across America. In June of 2021, Stride’s CEO James Rhyu agreed to donate $3.5 million in unrestricted funds over a five-year period. At Stride’s request, Future of School and Stride executed a signed agreement formalizing the commitment to donate the funds. And in 2021, Stride donated the first $1.2 million. According to the counterclaims, in mid-2022, as Stride’s stock price experienced significant volatility, the company unilaterally informed Future of School that it would no longer be honoring its obligation. The counterclaims further allege that Stride failed to follow through on $2.3 million in promised donations, causing considerable harm to the nonprofit, as the funds were intended by Stride to allow Future of School to complete its transition from private foundation to public charity. After Future of School identified Stride’s breach of the agreement and demanded that it honor its commitment to donate the funds, Stride ceased communicating and instead filed a lawsuit. Since Stride failed to provide the money it promised, Future of School has been forced to cut its staff and vital programs that have served students, educators, and parents across the country since 2016. On the other hand, Stride has continued to reap the benefits of its former partnership with Future of School through ongoing publicity, even after reneging on its charitable pledge. The counterclaims state that “Stride made significant efforts to portray itself as an ESG-focused corporation and consistently reported on its donation commitment to Future of School, bringing the company significant positive publicity, both in the eyes of the general public and institutional investors.” Nevertheless, Stride sued Future of School to try to get a court to declare that the agreement to donate the funds is not enforceable. Future of School is a national public charity mobilizing change in American K–12 education from a one-size-fits-all system to one that ensures all students reach their unbounded potential no matter where their learning takes place. More information is available at www.futureof.school. A copy of the counterclaims and other documents related to the lawsuit can be downloaded here and at LawsuitPressRelease.com. Contact Details David PR Group John P. David +1 305-724-3903 john@lawsuitpressrelease.com

December 09, 2022 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Velocity Global adds Siddharth Ram as new chief technology officer

Velocity Global

Velocity Global accelerates the future of work for anyone, anywhere, anyhow. Its Global Work Platform TM simplifies the employer and talent experience through its proprietary cloud-based talent management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. The platform offers a full suite of talent solutions, including global Employer of Record and Contractor Management, to help companies onboard, manage, and pay talent in more than 185 countries and all 50 United States. Thousands of brands rely on Velocity Global to build international teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. Velocity Global was named a "Leader" in Global Employer of Record Services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information, visit velocityglobal.com. Velocity Global, the leading provider of global talent solutions, announced Siddharth Ram as its new chief technology officer. Ram will be responsible for growing and scaling the technology organization. In this role, he will be working in close collaboration with Chief Product Officer Liz Li and her team to develop and execute against the company’s technology roadmap. “Technology is at the core of our solutions, and Siddharth has a proven track record of building and growing global technology organizations at scale, all while delivering true customer value,” said Ben Wright, founder and CEO of Velocity Global. “I am excited that he has joined us to lead our technology team through this next phase of growth and further advance our market-leading position.” Ram applies almost three decades of technology leadership experience to his role at Velocity Global. Most recently, he served as chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering at Inflection (acquired by Checkr earlier this year) / GoodHire, where he scaled the team, technology, and processes to unlock customer value during a time of significant company growth. He is also on the board of advisors for various companies, including Logikcull and Sedai, and previously held technology leadership roles at Intuit and Qualcomm. “I’m a firm believer in the power of global teams and see Velocity Global as a huge boost for organizations looking to tap into talent worldwide without having to worry about the complexities associated with it,” said Ram. “I am looking forward to serving our customers even better by offering a best-in-class experience enabled by our modern technology stack.” Velocity Global is a leading provider of global workforce solutions, helping to connect talent and employers in over 185 countries. Clients use its solutions to onboard, manage, and pay talent compliantly without requiring businesses to set up their own legal entities or state registrations. Ram and his team are actively hiring for various engineering roles. Positions are posted with other Velocity Global opportunities at https://velocityglobal.com/about-us/careers/. True to its work-from-anywhere policy, Velocity Global currently has hundreds of team members across almost 60 countries. Ram is based in California, and successful applicants will be able to work remotely. About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work for anyone, anywhere, anyhow. Its Global Work Platform TM simplifies the employer and talent experience through its proprietary cloud-based talent management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. The platform offers a full suite of talent solutions, including global Employer of Record and Contractor Management, to help companies onboard, manage, and pay talent in more than 185 countries and all 50 United States. Thousands of brands rely on Velocity Global to build international teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. Velocity Global was named a "Leader" in Global Employer of Record Services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information, visit velocityglobal.com. Contact Details Velocity Global Anja Koltes +1 720-650-4348 news@velocityglobal.com Company Website https://velocityglobal.com/

December 08, 2022 11:35 AM Mountain Standard Time

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DISTRICT LAUNCHES WATER EFFICIENT LANDSCAPE REBATE

Washington County Water Conservancy District

The Washington County Water Conservancy District has launched its new Water Efficient Landscape Rebate, which will pay home and business owners up to $2 per square foot to replace grass with water-efficient landscaping. In Washington County, water-efficient landscapes use approximately nine gallons of water per square foot annually compared to 37 gallons for grass. “We’re a rapidly growing desert community with one water source that is experiencing the same drought plaguing most of the southwest,” said Zach Renstrom, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District. “Incorporating more sustainable landscapes throughout our community is essential to extend our limited water supply.” The Water Efficient Landscape rebate comes on the heels of Washington County municipalities adopting Utah’s most restrictive ordinances for new construction. The ordinances ban non-functional grass in commercial, institutional and industrial developments and limit grass at new homes. The ordinances also require the use of secondary water and reuse for outdoor irrigation where available. Washington County currently uses secondary and reuse water to irrigate parks, schools, golf courses, city-owned facilities and some residential neighborhoods. The district is developing a regional reuse system in partnership with its municipal customers that will significantly enhance the availability of reuse water. Washington County’s conservation efforts were recently applauded by Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox who commended the district for its long-term conservation measures in consideration of growth and drought. “Washington County has signaled its commitment to be on the forefront of meaningful water conservation in the West,” said Cox. Details and an application for the Water Efficient Landscape Rebate are available online at wcwcd.org. Participants will receive $2 per square foot for the first 5,000 square feet and $1 per square foot thereafter up to $50,000 on an annual per-property basis. Projects must be pre-approved prior to the conversion and located within a city served by the Washington County Water Conservancy District that has adopted qualifying conservation ordinances. Eligible cities currently include St. George, Washington, Santa Clara, Ivins and La Verkin. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Washington County is Utah’s hottest, driest and fastest-growing region. The county’s population is projected to more than double by 2050. All major population centers are currently dependent on a single water source, the Virgin River Basin, which is reaching its full development capacity. The basin has been in drought conditions 16 of the last 20 years and water supply levels at local reservoirs are decreasing. The county’s long-term water supply plan includes additional water conservation and reuse, local source optimization and new resource development. Washington County has already reduced its per capita water use more than 30% since 2000 – the greatest reduction in water use in Utah – and is planning for an additional 14% reduction by 2030, using 2015 as the baseline year. About Washington County Water Conservancy District The Washington County Water Conservancy District is a not-for-profit public agency that oversees water resources in Washington County, UT. Visit wcwcd.org for more information. Contact Details Washington County Water Conservancy District Karry Rathje, Communications & Govt Affairs Manager +1 435-673-3617 karry@wcwcd.org Company Website https://www.wcwcd.org/

December 08, 2022 10:34 AM Mountain Standard Time

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AmeriLife’s Agent Support Group Announces New Leadership & Company Name

AmeriLife

Agent Support Group (ASG), one of the oldest and most established life insurance brokerages in the U.S. and an affiliate of AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), today announced the elevation of Jay Scheiner to CEO of the firm and principal with AmeriLife. Scheiner succeeds Sam Kaufman, who recently announced his retirement after leading Agent Support Group through 50 years of growth and innovation. Scheiner will take over day-to day operations while focusing on its core business of providing advanced case design and underwriting support for life insurance, long-term care and annuities. “Our core mission at ASG is to provide concierge-level service to life insurance agents, financial advisors, and professionals in other insurance disciplines, helping them develop and expand the life insurance area of their practice,” said Scheiner. “I look forward to continuing ASG’s strong legacy and accelerating our growth as an integral part of the AmeriLife team.” In a related decision, ASG Partner Gary Bleetstein also announced his retirement after 16 years with the firm and more than 45 years of success in key roles in the insurance industry. With Bleetstein’s retirement, ASG’s Mark Milbrod will assume the role of vice president and continue to assist ASG in providing unrivaled service to its client partners. Scheiner takes the reigns of ASG at a pivotal moment for both the business and its brand, as it re-introduces itself to the insurance market under the name ASG, An AmeriLife Company. The firm’s new name and logo reflect its legacy as one of the longest-serving life brokerages in the New York metropolitan area and its deep, long-held connection with AmeriLife, while also repositioning it as a forward-looking firm that supports the modern financial advisor. “Jay and Mark are the right leaders for the moment, and we look forward to working closely with them as they usher ASG into a new and exciting era,” added Mike Vietri, AmeriLife’s Chief Distribution Officer. “We’re also incredibly grateful for the leadership and contributions of both Sam and Gary over the many years, and wish them well in retirement.” ### About ASG, An AmeriLife Company Founded in 1973, ASG (formerly known as Agent Support Group) provides insurance services for professional advisors, including advanced case design for estate and business planning life insurance, impaired risk underwriting, and point of sale assistance for life, annuity, disability and long-term care insurance. ASG, which has its principal offices in New York City and Manhasset, N.Y., is a member of LIBRA Insurance Partners, assuring direct access to top-rated carriers and underwriting. For more information, visit ASGLife.com. 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 Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

December 08, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Small And Medium Sized Businesses Are Losing Money When They Send Funds Overseas

FatBrAin

For every company, protecting and increasing cash flow is one of the main concerns. However, so many companies do not have the resources to properly evaluate where they have unnecessary losses and how to optimize systems to increase their cash flow. This is especially true of small and medium-sized enterprises, also known as SMEs. SMEs make up over 90% of businesses around the world and approximately half of employment. In the U.S., SMEs account for 44% of all U.S. economic activity and produce the bulk of GDP output. SMEs are crucial to the economy but that doesn’t mean they always have the necessary support to excel in the growing technological world. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data have the potential to revolutionize the workforce. These technologies are able to increase efficiency and diversify revenue streams, among other things. However, the companies utilizing these technologies are often large enterprises like Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), IBM (NYSE: IBM), and Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) and government agencies. FatBrain AI (LZG International, Inc.) (OTCQB: LZGI) (“FatBrain”) is looking to change this status quo. FatBrain markets itself as “AI for Everyone” and caters to SMEs. The company is interested in simplifying decision-making for SMEs and giving them the power to harness big data and AI to grow and expand their businesses. FatBrain believes that SMEs often do not have the manpower or capital to derive plausible solutions for their business because there is too much data and too many variables to contend with. This is where AI comes into play. AI allows these businesses to make effective changes toward growth and efficiency without depleting their resources. For example, one product the company offers is its FX Transaction Offering. Its program, FatBrain FX Fair Value Report (FVR) reviews your foreign exchange (FX) transactions and performs possible savings calculations. According to the International Monetary Fund, banks charge up to 25x more in transaction costs than the market FX rate. This impacts the bottom line of SMEs that engage in global commerce. FatBrain is an expert in foreign exchange and international payment services; the company has worked across a diverse amount of sectors that engage in global commerce and has helped companies find the most competitive rates of exchange along with recommending hedging strategies. FatBrain uses its cutting-edge AI for in-depth analysis of a company's historical transactions to identify FX cycles. From there, FatBrain makes recommendations and provides expert coaching to anticipate currency dynamics and match the company’s purchase cycles to unlock FX transaction savings. For SMEs, this makes a world of difference. FatBrain AI (LZG International, Inc.; OTC: LZGI) is the first and leading provider of powerful and easy-to-use AI solutions to millions of businesses of tomorrow driving the majority of the global economy, empowering them to grow, innovate faster and savemoney. FatBrain’s innovative solutions transform continuous learning, narrative reasoning, cloud, blockchain and Web3 technologies into auditable, explainable and easy to integrate products. FatBrain’ssubscription model allows all companies to deploy its advanced AI solutions quickly and easily, securely utilizing them on premises behind their firewalls or via cloud. The AI 2.0 pioneered by our teams is like WAZE for business growth, using advanced peerdynamics technology to automatically learn patterns from individual and peer behavior. This allows us to deliver coached, personalized AI solutions at hyperscale. FatBrain unifies insights from SaaS applications, turbo-charged by peer and market dynamics: 1) Realize attainable goals from explainable peer performance. 2)Turbo-charge human expertise with superhuman AI insights. 3) Accelerate growth through the contributory network effects. 4) Simplify harnessing data across common apps and market signals. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Shawn Carey ir@fatbrain.ai Company Website https://fatbrain.ai/

December 08, 2022 08:05 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise in Bloomington, MN Celebrates 15 Years in Business

Minuteman Press International Inc

Bill and Karen Grewe have owned their Minuteman Press franchise in Bloomington, Minnesota since July of 2007. As they celebrate 15 years in business, Bill shares keys to success, lessons learned, high-demand products and services, and many more insights and reflections. Minuteman Press in Bloomington is located at 8742 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55420. Congrats on 15 years in business! What does this milestone mean to you and what are 3 keys to your success and longevity? Bill Grewe: It means we’ve thrived over other competitors in the area, and we lasted longer than the average small business. Most recently, we survived the Covid-19 crisis, and we start to see a return to normalcy. Further, our retirement plans include continuing to work in our shop for the foreseeable future. We still enjoy it! Key 1: Our customer focus requires us to authorize staff to solve ‘the problem.’ We back the good faith decisions made in our absence. We prioritize discussions about how to solve issues when we are available. We emphasize that the customer is not always right, but we all make mistakes. Even so, there is no need to place blame. We look for win-win solutions. Key 2: Prioritize the quote. It is not the least expensive print company that gets the job; it is the most responsive. Sure, we accommodate ‘commodity-focused’ customers. We also price aggressively on three tiers: retail, print brokers, and non-profits. We also have two of our five employees, who generate estimates for us. Key 3: Value your team members. Our payroll is excessive, and that is intentional. We pay for talent, and that inspires loyalty. When Covid forced us to reduce hours and pay, our staff supported us. We share the successes and struggles, and we look for opportunities together. What are some of the key ways you’ve grown your business? Bill Grewe: One of the hardest lessons we learned was ‘cold calling.’ We waited too long to start following the advice received at training. (What can we say, introverts find it difficult.) A business coach encouraged us to experiment with a variety of ideas. So, we ventured outside the ‘comfort zone.’ As the business expanded, we found a salesman to perform this task for us. Early on, we remembered an important lesson from Minuteman Press International (MPI), “When someone asks you if you can ‘print this’, the answer is always ‘Yes.’” Since our small print shop simply did not have the resources to produce every job, we figured out how to find “central facilities” to fill the gaps. (Hint: We asked our MPI friends, searched the internet for trade only printers, and checked the vendor catalog.) Before FLEX offered a feature to request reviews, we employed a vendor to perform the service on our behalf. Now, we use functionality built in to automatically make this request when invoices are sent. The benefit of our finding this functionality early is that we are working to maintain a 5.0 rating, not trying to earn it. Our Google rating is one of the most often mentioned ways that new customers find us. What are the high-demand products and services that have really been helpful for your clients? Bill Grewe: EDDM offers one landscaping customer the opportunity to replace the 20% customer loss experienced year-over-year. On a routine basis several times each year, we use a central facility to produce 30,000 postcards. Our customer chooses the carrier routes they want to prospect. Then, we batch the postcards and deliver them to various post offices in the area. Wide format is a place where our central facility strategy permits us to offer signs for graduates. Our graphic designer offered to produce artwork for a school-themed graduation sign, and word quickly spread. Several other schools participated, and parents even paid in advance our third year providing this service to our community. One private school decided to pay for all the signs ahead of time and resell them. We print so many envelopes, regular and window. We moved our envelope printing off our digital toner machines onto an inkjet envelope printer, and we assigned the task to our graphic designer. This freed up our other machines for other work. We still have discriminating customers, who demand precise color. So, when our team cannot match color digitally, we work with an area pressman, who works out of his garage. How would you best describe your community? Bill Grewe: Bloomington is the 5th largest city in Minnesota with more jobs per capita than either Minneapolis or St. Paul, the two largest cities. Businesses range in size from the smallest to large, multi-national corporations. From a business perspective, the opportunities are abundant. Why do you think printing remains so vital to businesses today? Bill Grewe: Print provides tangible marketing messages that you can set aside for a convenient read. Where people skim their emails followed by the quick delete, they store and share meaningful documents. What was your background before franchising and why did you choose Minuteman Press? Bill Grewe: Neither of us comes from a print background. Karen worked in a day care center, then provided home day care. I worked for the revenue department for 20 years before looking for something new. An advertisement caught my attention, and the rest is history. What has the support from Minuteman Press International been like for you? Bill Grewe: After learning volumes of new information during training, I spent the first year figuring out what it all meant. Remember when I said we waited too long to start following all the advice we received from Minuteman Press International? I was so wrapped up in trying to understand it all, I missed the ‘do this’ advice that helped our business start growing. The FLEX software is a significant advancement over previous versions, which underscores Minuteman Press International’s commitment to improvement. Its integration with the website and increased functionality allows us to accept orders and payments online. Much of our business remains either an email or phone conversation, but the day is coming when current customers can reorder previously delivered projects with the click of a portal button. We should not miss an opportunity to thank the most important local support provided by Minuteman Press International, our field representative Kate. When Bill, our salesman, retired in July this year, Kate was on the job helping train Pete with updated advice from the franchisor, using FLEX, etc. What are the biggest personal and professional rewards of owning your business? Bill Grewe: For us, our franchise provides a sense of security. While there are income fluctuations, the business provides a steady income. Furthermore, it is part of our retirement plan. (We enjoy working with our staff.) What advice would you give to other business owners or people looking to own a business? Bill Grewe: For people looking to own a business, your first responsibility is to build your market share. Your employees depend on their paycheck. This means you must separate yourself from the day-to-day operations and focus on how to increase income. Our franchise focuses on building a relationship with customers. This starts with listening long enough to hear the vision, ask questions to clarify the intent, and suggest options that deliver the right product on schedule. It involves managing expectations and avoiding unrealistic promises. Sometimes the best thing to tell your customer is, ‘We simply cannot meet that deadline.’ Otherwise, you risk delivering a product that advertises failure. It’s better to overdeliver. For more information on Minuteman Press in Bloomington, MN, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/mn/bloomington/ 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

December 07, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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'Tis the Season-ally Inspired Holiday Menus at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

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Charlotte, NC ( 500NewsWire ) -- Firebirds Wood Fired Grill introduces new holiday lunch and dinner menus just in time to make any celebration a memorable one this holiday season. From hand-cut wood-fire grilled NY Strip, and certified Duroc pork chop with cognac cream sauce, to Bananas Foster Bread Pudding for dessert, Firebirds’ limited time scratch-made menus are available now through January 3. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is known for its signature hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood hand-fileted in-house and seared over locally sourced hickory, oak, or pecan wood on Firebirds’ exposed wood-fired grill. Firebirds’ seasonal Lunch Menu includes suggested wine pairings, and features: NY Strip (10oz.) BLT butter / choice of side Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon Parmesan Crusted Mahi Coal-roasted tomato-basil sauce / “loaded “ember-grilled corn / fresh asparagus Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Chardonnay Lump Crab Cakes Bold remoulade / wonton slaw / seasoned steak fries Suggested wine pairing: Firebirds Private Label Chardonnay Guests can enhance their entrées by adding: Lump Crab Cake Lobster Mac & Cheese Dessert Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Vanilla bean ice cream / spiced pecans / crispy cinnamon-sugar tortilla Firebirds’ seasonal Dinner Menu includes suggested wine pairings, and features: NY Strip (14oz.) BLT butter / choice of side Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon Tomahawk Prime Pork Chop Wood-grilled, certified Duroc pork chop / cognac cream sauce / red wine-poached apples / green chile mac & cheese Suggested wine pairing: Acrobat Pinot Noir Parmesan Crusted Mahi Coal-roasted tomato-basil sauce / “loaded “ember-grilled corn / fresh asparagus Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Chardonnay Lump Crab Cakes Bold remoulade / wonton slaw / seasoned steak fries Suggested wine pairing: Firebirds Private Label Chardonnay Guests can enhance their entrees by adding: Lump Crab Cake Lobster Mac & Cheese Dessert Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Vanilla bean ice cream / spiced pecans / crispy cinnamon-sugar tortilla Many of the restaurant’s dishes are created using fresh seasonal ingredients. Gluten-sensitive menu items, such as Grilled Tenderloin Salad, Wood Grilled Salmon, and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, are also available. Firebirds offers catering, online ordering for ToGo and delivery options. In addition, Firebirds is offering a holiday gift card promotion. For every $100 in gift cards purchased in-store or online, guests will receive $20 in “bonus cards.” This special offer is available now through December 31st and “bonus cards” are valid for redemption from January 1 through February 9, 2023. For more information visit firebirdsrestaurants.com/gift-cards/. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill’s FIREBAR® offers an impressive array of seasonal cocktails, craft beer, bourbon, after-dinner drinks, Firebirds’ private label wine, hand crafted mocktails and more. Popular specialties include Wine Down Mondays, and happy hour in the FIREBAR® and on the Patio every Monday through Friday from 4PM – 7PM. Happy Hour times vary. Visit FirebirdsRestaurants.com to make a reservation, order ToGo online, or register to become a member of Firebirds’ Inner Circle and be the first to hear about upcoming events, promotions, new menu items and exclusive offers. Members receive a gift for joining and a gift for their birthday. About Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, a polished casual American restaurant, is an energetic twist on the traditional grill featuring a boldly flavored menu in a stylish, fire-centric atmosphere. Signature menu items include hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood hand-fileted in-house and seared over locally sourced hickory, oak, or pecan wood on Firebirds’ exposed wood-fired grill. Complementing its inviting dining room, a patio with seasonal comforts and the award-winning FIREBAR® are additional gathering spaces inside the restaurant. Firebirds has been named one of ten ‘Breakout Brands’ by Nation’s Restaurant News, and the 2022 Diners’ Choice Winner awarded by OpenTable. Firebirds supports sustainability efforts and partners with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, having surpassed $3 million raised for childhood cancer research through the sale of fresh-squeezed lemonade. To become a member of Firebirds Inner Circle, order ToGo online or to make a reservation visit firebirdsrestaurants.com. Contact Details Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Lesley Gamwell +1 404-309-6915 lgamwell@rountreegroup.com Company Website https://firebirdsrestaurants.com/

December 07, 2022 08:59 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Identity-Bound Biometrics Could Eliminate Hidden Costs Of Current Passwordless Solutions, Says BIO-key

BIO-key International, Inc.

With the ever-growing number of websites that individuals need to log into these days, for both work and personal matters, creating and remembering countless, unique, and secure passwords have become a substantial challenge. In the workplace, specifically, this could lead to potential security risks as employees may end up ignoring security protocols altogether due to password fatigue, putting their organization’s data security at risk. In addition to the pain points arising from having to remember passwords, traditional authentication methods also result in mounting costs for organizations – with sizable IT helpdesk resources required just for password resets alone. Additionally, according to the World Economic Forum, 80% of all cybersecurity breaches occur as a result of weak or stolen passwords. With all the issues associated with password-based authentication, organizations are now seemingly ready to move away from this approach. A recent survey showed that 82% of business leaders currently say that they are ready to implement passwordless authentication options within their organizations. Current Passwordless Authentication Options May Not Be The Best Most of the passwordless authentication solutions adopted today rely on hardware tokens or mobile devices – which present their own set of issues, including security risks from the loss of the physical devices and usability challenges in restricted areas of operation such as contact centers and manufacturing floors. Additionally, authentication methods involving mobile phones could involve hidden costs for both the employer and employee. BIO-Key International Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), a provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, reports that it offers authentication options that could address such risks and issues by offering an easier and more secure way to authenticate the identity of employees, customers, and suppliers. The company says that its unique approach to authentication uses Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB) to manage access across devices and applications within the organization. IBB is part of BIO-key's unified IAM platform — PortalGuard ® IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) — which offers various authentication options, including biometrics, to meet the security goals of most modern organizations and deliver an optimized user experience, reports the company. BIO-key also recently introduced new authentication methods to its one-of-kind multi-factor authentication mobile app, MobileAuth TM, which now includes server-secured facial recognition, device-based biometrics for Android and iOS, and push token support. The app was initially launched with just one biometric option, PalmPositive TM, which supported secure biometric authentication through palm scanning. Benefits Of BIO-key’s Identity-Bound-Biometric Solution According to the company, Identity-Bound Biometrics provides a unique and superior level of security as it verifies the identity of the person completing an action– logging into a system, completing a transaction, accessing private information–instead of just authenticating a device, token, or credential. Traditional passwordless options involving a physical device like a mobile phone or token simply confirm that an approved device is being used. There is no way to confirm that the device is actually being used by the authorized individual. IBB offers flexibility and ease of use, where a one-time enrollment quickly sets up access across multiple devices and locations for employees in organizations implementing their solution, says the company. There is also greater deployment versatility and scalability across use cases with BIO-key’s IBB solution, which enables enterprises to provide a consistent and seamless user experience for their employees. In addition, it reduces overall costs by streamlining IT department resources and eliminating operational redundancies yielded by traditional authentication systems. The company reports that its IBB option is cloud-ready and easily integrated with systems, applications, and infrastructures. It is a safe, efficient, cost-effective, and secure option that can be applied to a range of common use cases, including shared workstations, zero-trust environments, remote access, and scenarios where mobile devices are not permitted. Through its trusted biometric authentication solution, Identity-Bound Biometrics, BIO-key believes it could enable organizations to move into a passwordless future with a solution that’s easy to use and hard to hack. IBB could help employers, employees and customers by eliminating the hidden costs associated with current options that involve mobile phones, hardware tokens or other physical devices with a more sensible authentication solution. More information about BIO-key’s Identity-Bound Biometric solutions can be found on BIO-key.com. 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/

December 07, 2022 08:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CleverTap Unveils RenderMax

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CleverTap, the World's #1 Retention Cloud today unveiled RenderMax – a proprietary technology that can increase mobile push notification render rates up to 90% on low-end Android devices. Push notifications have the power to increase customer retention rates anywhere from 3 - 10 times. Most marketers just focus on their push notification delivery rates, but a “delivered" notification that doesn't render on the user’s device is a wasted effort. For those who equate delivery and rendering as equal, render rate is the percentage of the number of push notifications the end user received (and were rendered) on the user’s device compared to the total number of push notifications that were sent. All Chinese OEM devices use a custom variant of the stock Android OS. To optimize battery consumption, these OS variants are configured to bypass the Google/Firebase push delivery service, resulting in low delivery rates and even lower render rates. RenderMax gives CleverTap customers a significant competitive advantage as they can now engage users they could not before and elevate the ROI from their push campaigns. This is especially true for devices that are in battery saver mode or cannot be reached due to inactivity. “RenderMax is a testament to our continued commitment towards product development and innovation. Low render rates stifle the true potential of mobile push notifications. We are confident that with RenderMax, brands will be able to harness the full power of push notifications. What’s interesting is that we are offering RenderMax to all customers at no additional cost to any brand that wants to try it out.” said Anand Jain, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, CleverTap. Betterhalf, India's first and only marriage super app was provided an early access to RenderMax and their push notification render rates more than doubled! Shankar Krishnamurthy, Group Product Manager, Betterhalf said, “At Betterhalf, mobile push notifications are critical for our business. With CleverTap’s innovative RenderMax solution our push notification render rates have skyrocketed to 85%.” RenderMax powers up the render rates of customers’ push notifications, amplifies the push notification reach, and maximizes user engagement. Enhancing the reach of push notifications can help CleverTap customers lower costs, increase engagement and conversion rates, and reduce churn. “The CleverTap platform has a great breadth of capabilities, and this innovative mobile push solution will certainly help them stay much ahead of the competition,” Shankar added. CleverTap RenderMax works with Android OEMs such as Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, One Plus, POCO, Realme, and Samsung. About CleverTap CleverTap is the World's #1 Retention Cloud that helps app-first brands personalize and optimize all consumer touch points to improve user engagement, retention, and lifetime value. It's the only solution built to address the needs of retention and growth teams, with audience analytics, deep-segmentation, multi-channel engagement, product recommendations, and automation in one unified product. The platform is powered by TesseractDB™ - the world’s first purpose-built database for customer engagement, offering both speed and economies of scale. CleverTap is trusted by 1500 customers, including Gojek, ShopX, Electronic Arts, TED, English Premier League, TD Bank, Carousell, AirAsia, Papa John’s, and Tesco. Backed by leading investors such as Sequoia India, Tiger Global, Accel, and CDPQ the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with presence in San Francisco, New York, São Paulo, Bogota, London, Amsterdam, Sofia, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, and Jakarta. For more information, visit clevertap.com or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter. Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release may represent CleverTap's belief in connection with future events and may be forward-looking statements, or statements of future expectations based on currently available information. CleverTap cautions that such statements are naturally subject to risks and uncertainties that could result in the actual outcome being absolutely different from the results anticipated by the statements mentioned in the press release. Factors such as the development of general economic conditions affecting our business, future market conditions, our ability to maintain cost advantages, uncertainty with respect to earnings, corporate actions, client concentration, reduced demand, liability or damages in our service contracts, unusual catastrophic loss events, war, political instability, changes in government policies or laws, legal restrictions impacting our business, impact of pandemic, epidemic, any natural calamity and other factors that are naturally beyond our control, changes in the capital markets and other circumstances may cause the actual events or results to be materially different, from those anticipated by such statements. CleverTap does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or updated or revised status of such statements. Therefore, in no case whatsoever will CleverTap and its affiliate companies be liable to anyone for any decision made or action taken in conjunction with the information and/or statements in this press release or any related damages. Contact Details Sony Shetty sony@clevertap.com Company Website https://clevertap.com/

December 07, 2022 05:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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