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Why People Aren’t Calling Auto Repair Businesses

AutoTech IQ

In case you haven’t noticed, the world of communications is changing. And that includes customer calls and service requests in the auto repair business. In the past, the automotive repair business centered around phone calls and one-on-one interactions with customers. But today’s customers expect more. Digital communication and education are the foundation of today’s successful auto repair businesses. If you haven’t implemented these changes in your shop, learn about why digital tech has replaced yesterday’s phone communication. 7 Reasons Auto Repair Businesses Aren’t Getting Calls The younger generations grew up using technology, which has changed how they interact with businesses. They no longer want to call a business but prefer to communicate via text, view data-driven estimates and pay with online invoices. In other words, they require more transparency and want to understand the particulars of what they are paying for. In fact, in one study, the majority of those surveyed prefer digital communications when getting car repairs. The advent of digital communication not only gives your customers those benefits, but it also helps you build essential trust as you earn their business. Fewer People Want to Talk Because people prefer to do business digitally, they want instant access to the information that will help them decide which business to go to. One survey shows that 80% of all local searches result in a sale. But that same survey explains that the people doing the local search want to easily find the business’s number, address and product offerings. In other words, they want to skip the call — and the wait to speak with someone — and get all the pertinent information from their phone. Not Optimizing the Mobile Experience Because most people use their phones to make purchases and set appointments, the auto repair shops that have a mobile app that allows for easy online booking will attract those customers. No one wants to wait 10 minutes on the phone trying to set an appointment. Instead, they want to log onto the website, choose from the available appointments, and schedule one. An app allows customers to do things on their own schedule and not have to worry about making a decision while someone is waiting on the other end of the line. Lack of Quality Customer Service What’s worse than having to call a car repair shop for an appointment or an explanation about your car’s issues? Dealing with someone on the phone who isn’t helpful or friendly. If your customers must call your shop, it’s important to ensure they speak with someone who shows they care. And forget about old-school sales techniques when explaining the potential repairs. Today’s customers want digital proof of what’s wrong with the car and what it will take to fix it. Give your customers more emphasis on helpful and specific details to gain their trust. Long Wait Times People want access to quick information online, but that doesn’t mean they don’t expect superior service when they do have to call or interact with a technician. A survey shows that 75% of callers won’t leave a voicemail, and 85% of them will not call you back if you don’t answer the phone. And because many auto repair shops have a reputation for long wait times on the phone and in person, it’s something that needs to be addressed. Ideally, car repair shops will reduce call wait times, drop-off wait times, service wait times and the amount of time it takes to complete paperwork — all in addition to offering digital communication to their customers. Lack of Quality Customer Service Did you know that 90% of people use customer service as a factor when deciding whether to do business with a company? And 58% of those surveyed say they will switch companies because of poor customer service. In the automotive repair business, customer service often comes down to whether a business uses digital communications to allow customers to view their car repair options. These digital reports and estimates make customers feel in control and allow for better decision-making. Lack of Transparency Most people don’t know how to fix their own car, and they look for an auto technician they can trust to do the job for them. If a technician doesn’t explain a needed repair — or worse, recommends an unnecessary repair — they aren’t going to gain the trust of their customers. Today’s customers want digital proof of needed repairs from techs like AutoTechIQ-certified auto repair shops, where a vehicle’s bill of health is the basis of their recommendation. They can view digital reports and feel confident they have full transparency when making decisions. Digital Vehicle Inspections Seeing is believing, as the old saying goes, and that’s true when it comes to auto repairs. That’s why digital inspections are the new norm when it comes to auto repairs. These digital inspections show customers the whole picture of their car’s health with videos, high-resolution photos and detailed notes. And once a customer sees for themself what’s needed, they tend to approve two to three times the amount of work than when given verbal explanations. Give Customers the Control and Confidence They Need The auto repair shops that give today’s customers what they need are the shops that will thrive in this new marketplace. If you haven’t yet used digital communications and reports, contact AutoTechIQ now and find the best shop in your area. Contact Details AutoTech IQ +1 866-678-8505 Company Website

November 28, 2022 02:51 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Expansion of Pipeline to Mental Health

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Nearly half of U.S. psychologists in a new survey say they cannot meet the growing demand for services and three-quarters say they have longer waiting lists than before the pandemic. “This new survey confirms what we have already heard from patients: people are having a hard time accessing the mental health services they need,” said Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D., President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “It is critical now more than ever to expand the pipeline for mental health professionals and promote integrated behavioral health into primary care.” The 2022 COVID-19 Practitioner Impact Survey of 2,300 psychologists by the American Psychological Association found that demand for treatment of anxiety and depression remained high for the third consecutive year, along with increased demand for treatment of trauma-related disorders, increased stressors, and substance use disorders. Six in 10 practitioners said they had no more openings for new patients, nearly half (46%) said they had been unable to meet treatment demand and nearly three quarters (72%) have longer waiting lists than before the pandemic. On average, psychologists reported being contacted by more than 15 potential new patients seeking care per week. Nearly eight in 10 psychologists (79%) said they had seen an increase in the number of patients with anxiety disorders since the start of the pandemic, and 66% had seen an increase in the demand for treatment for depression. Almost half (47%) said they had seen an increase in demand for addiction treatment (compared to 43% last year) and 64% had seen an increase in demand for trauma treatment (compared to 62% last year). 2021). Additionally, two-thirds of psychologists reported seeing an increase in symptom severity among patients in 2022. “The social, emotional, and economic effects of a pandemic are still with us and will be for quite some time. In addition, the stressors associated with inflation, social and racial inequities, political upheaval, and international tensions are creating an unsettled nation. At a time when mental health services are needed the most, we are struggling the most to meet those needs,” said Dr. Nealon. “Policy makers have to make a bigger investment in financial and programmatic support to ensure that everyone who seeks psychological services can find a professional who can understand and help them.” About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and globally. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now features campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, education, counseling, business, and more. Through its engaged professional model of education, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of domestic and international professional partnerships, The Chicago School’s students receive real-world training opportunities that reflect their future careers. The Chicago School is proud to be a part of TCS Education System, a nonprofit, integrated system of colleges and universities that works collaboratively to advance student success and community impact. To learn more, visit Contact Details Kelton Gibson +1 661-607-2012

November 28, 2022 10:55 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Comcast Business Announces Expanded Services Offering at H5 Data Centers’ Albuquerque Data Center

Comcast New Mexico

H5 Data Centers and Comcast Business today announced the expansion of their national collaboration at 505 Marquette, a 225,000 square-foot carrier hotel, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Comcast Business now offers a redundant, 100G capable point-of-presence (PoP) at the carrier hotel in support of H5 Data Centers’ customers and tenants. This latest collaboration in Albuquerque builds upon the parties’ broader national relationship in markets such as Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Companies in Albuquerque can benefit from a suite of network solutions offered by Comcast Business, including Metro Ethernet Forum-compliant data connectivity offerings such as Ethernet Network Service (ENS), Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI). In addition, Comcast Business can provide advanced offerings such as direct cloud on-ramp services, DDoS mitigation and ActiveCore™ based software-defined networking offerings like SD-WAN with Unified Threat Management (UTM) services enabled. "505 Marquette has long served as one of Albuquerque’s most interconnected access points," said Josh Simms, founder and CEO of H5 Data Centers. “Comcast Business manages one of the most important networks in New Mexico and can greatly contribute to the communications service ecosystem at 505 Marquette." “As business demand for cloud and data storage solutions continues to rise, it is critical for network solution providers to pursue partnerships with data centers, both to bolster network redundancy and support, as well as to help ensure that assets critical to a business’ operations are appropriately managed,” said Robert Thompson, vice president of Comcast Business in the Mountain West. “We believe that our deepened collaboration with H5 Data Centers will further enable companies to focus on and optimize the security, performance and availability of their network operations across several markets.” About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. 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 provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to 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. For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at About H5 Data Centers H5 Data Centers is one of the leading data center operators in the United States with over 3 million square feet of data center space under management. The company designs and engineers flexible and scalable data center solutions to address the core infrastructure and edge requirements of its customers. H5 Data Centers operates 22 data centers in 20 markets. For more information, visit Contact Details Finn Partners Chloe Huard +1 313-209-4957 Company Website

November 28, 2022 09:00 AM Mountain Standard Time

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Ready for Ron Petition Surpasses 100,000 Signatures

Ready for Ron

Ready for Ron, the only credible independent group working to Draft Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President, announced its Draft Petition has surpassed more than 100,000 signatures. Organized by senior strategist Ed Rollins and appellate attorney and conservative activist Lilian Rodríguez-Baz, the 100,000 signature milestone reflects the growing national movement urging Ron DeSantis to run. “We’ve already blown past 100,000 Americans expressly urging Ron to Run, and by the time we’re done, it’ll be millions, and Ron DeSantis WILL be our next President,” stated Lilian Rodriguez-Baz, Chief Legal Strategist for Ready for Ron. The petition effort continues to grow with TV and digital advertising, direct voter outreach, and expanding grassroots efforts. Veterans Ready for Ron, led by 2016 RNC Vets director Bob Carey, and Students Ready for Ron led by Young Americans for Liberty field organizer Dylan Dean, fielded volunteers collecting signatures on Election Day at polling sites nationwide, kicking off an aggressive field campaign. The petition is also the focus of a lawsuit Ready for Ron brought in the U.S. District Court for D.C. against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) challenging an FEC Advisory Opinion preventing Ready for Ron from sharing with Governor DeSantis the names of those who signed a petition encouraging him to challenge Joe Biden. Ready for Ron’s counsel, veteran political lawyer Dan Backer, who brought the case said, “Millions of Americans want Ron DeSantis to run. More than 100,000 have signed their names to Ready for Ron’s draft petition. It’s the ultimate act of political free speech and association, and there is simply no basis for saying they cannot give those names to the Governor if – and when – he heeds their call and runs. We’re going to fight to protect our right to Free Speech and Free Association and to draft DeSantis to seek the Presidency, and we’re going to win.” “We are thrilled to have reached this significant milestone on our way to building one of the biggest grassroots movements ever,” Rodríguez-Baz continued. “The radical left is risking our future. We must change course immediately. While with the economy, inflation, crime, and erosion parental rights and the American way of life, we need confident, dependable, and proven leadership like only Ron DeSantis can deliver – and the American people are making their voice loud and clear.” Following nearly six months of work by Ready for Ron, Governor DeSantis has a growing lead in several polls in key states. The advertising efforts, phone calls, petition, and grassroots campaigns are helping generate significant lead s in key battleground states and in the hearts and minds of the American people. “If Election 2022 proved anything, it’s that DeSantis is the complete package: He is a true leader, seeing out the day-to-day roles and responsibilities that political leadership demands in good times and bad. DeSantis sticks to his principles — real, patriotic, American principles that don’t turn with the tide — but not at the expense of public service. DeSantis is not just a politician with savvy instincts; he is a public servant through and through,” wrote Ready for Ron Chief Political Strategist Ed Rollins in a November 10th op-ed in “DeSantis is not about ego or media hype; he is about results. That’s why Americans are ready for Ron to win the White House next.” Ready for Ron continues its TV and online advertising efforts to engage Americans to sign the petition at to Draft Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with a ‘Ready for Ron’ spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 Company Website

November 28, 2022 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Retention Cloud Leader CleverTap Launches CleverTap for Startups


CleverTap, the modern, integrated retention cloud today announced the launch of CleverTap for Startups (C4S). Through this initiative, CleverTap will offer a full stack retention platform to all budding digital-native brands, in order to help them personalize and optimize all customer touchpoints, improving user engagement and conversion. Till date, thousands of large digital-native brands have benefited from CleverTap’s platform which has solved their needs at scale, speed, and security. The aim now is to make solutions even more affordable for pre-launch, early-stage startups, or companies with limited monthly active users. New and early-stage businesses have very different needs from larger, well-established brands. They require more flexibility, affordability, and a partner that provides seamless support fuelling their growth plans. CleverTap has currently partnered with more than 50 venture capital firms, incubators, and business accelerators including Sequoia Surge, Techstars, Y-combinator, AWS Activate, Accel and others to provide exclusive discounts and resources to early-stage startups through this initiative. The C4S initiative was undertaken a year back and the offerings have now been fine tuned following feedback from 1000+ startups and is now ready to launch. Through this initiative, CleverTap aspires to be a growth partner for more than 100,000 new businesses by the end of 2025. Through this initiative, early stage startups can opt for a flexible plan with no minimum scale requirement, and can make use of the platform with as low as 5000 monthly active users. The platform is designed realizing the requirement of SMBs/startups. Additionally, customers will have the option to customize the platform with add-ons and will have the ability to only pay for the services they use. Speaking about the initiative Anand Jain, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, CleverTap said, “Every small business needs an ecosystem of stakeholders that are supportive and will help them get on their growth journeys. Be it small or big, startups can use all the help they can get. In our effort to bolster new businesses globally we are excited to launch CleverTap for Startups. Customer retention for consumer brands is one of the key components to building a successful business. By offering our solutions to startups at a lower cost with flexible options, we want to create an atmosphere where we can support new businesses from their 0 to 1 and then 1 to 100 journeys.” 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 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. Contact Details CleverTap Sony Shetty Company Website

November 25, 2022 08:22 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Better Brain Health and Parkinson’s Disease: Recognizing Symptoms, Taking Control of Your Health


A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Recent advancements in science show that there is so much you can do as you age to boost brain health. From diet and exercise to social connection, research is piecing together the puzzle of how to best care for your brain to help prevent neurological disease, and how to treat it if it develops. A newly expanded research study from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, The Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), is helping scientists better understand what it means to be at risk for brain diseases such as Parkinson’s. Through important contributions from study volunteers – via online questionnaires and at clinical sites around the country -- PPMI is revolutionizing what we know about Parkinson’s today. Would it surprise you to learn that new research points to long-term smell loss as a potential indicator of Parkinson’s? Or, that people who are recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s are the most valuable contributors to this groundbreaking research? There is so much being done to better understand, identify and treat Parkinson’s – the world’s second most common brain disease. And PPMI is helping the field get closer than ever to answering those questions. The Study That Could Change Everything PPMI is on a mission to understand who is at risk for Parkinson’s, who gets it and why. The study’s recent expansion means that anyone over age 18 can help, regardless of whether you have Parkinson’s disease or not. The more people who join PPMI and share valuable health data online, the faster we can change everything about how brain diseases like Parkinson’s are diagnosed, treated and ultimately, prevented. For more information, and to join PPMI, visit Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

November 23, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Top Toys (and Trends) for the Holiday Season


Although reports indicate consumers have lower confidence to spend this holiday due to inflation, toys have historically proven to be recession resistant because families want to make sure kids experience the magic and wonder of play. Recently, Toy Trends Specialist at The Toy Association, Jennifer Lynch, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the hottest toys for the holiday season. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: 67 percent of parents said they spend more time playing with their kids now than they did before the pandemic, and 54 percent said they specifically seek out toys that will enable them to make new memories with their children, according to a recent Toy Association survey of 2,000 parents across the U.S. Here are a few of the hot toys you’ll want to get your hands on this holiday season: Holiday Main Street, LEGO It’s time for a favorite festive tradition as you build the latest addition to the LEGO® Winter Village Collection. Assemble the snow-capped toy store and music store, then build the streetcar to take the shoppers home. With multiple features and four building booklets included, this set makes a great family project. TONKA Mighty Monster RC, Basic Fun! First-ever RC Tonka truck made with cold-rolled steel and 4-in-1 monster action: haul, dump, plow, and stunts! From up to 100 feet, kids can remotely control the high-torque steering in 4-wheel drive, motorized hauling and dumping, and brag-worthy 360° degree stunts! Load objects into the truck bed, secure them with the foldable tailgate, and clear obstacles big and small with the kid-powered plow. American Girl’s 2022 Holiday Collector Doll Sapphire Splendor, Mattel This year’s limited-edition American Girl collector doll commands attention with its jewel-toned hair, vivid violet eyes and more than 100 Swarovski crystals. The peacock-inspired gown features a taffeta bodice and sweetheart neckline embellished with Swarovski crystals; gathered ombre mesh shoulder straps; a fourtier, full-length ombre mesh skirt with taffeta lining; and an embroidered mesh applique at the waistband. The outfit also includes a metal tiara with blue-and-purple Swarovski crystals; a teardrop Swarovski crystal necklace; a pair of purple Swarovski crystal pierced earrings; iridescent elbow-length gloves, a gold purse and gold sandals. Print Perfect Purse Pets, Spin Master Get ready for Print Power! Meet Bamboo Boo and Hoot Couture featuring trendy pattern designs and stylish details. Print Perfect Purse Pets are interactive purses that really blink and respond to your touch with 30 new sounds and reactions. Also available in the line is a Hello Kitty and Friends Loves Purse Pets collection in a larger size for Sanrio fans of all ages Klutz LEGO: Race Cars, Klutz LEGO Race Cars combines science and racing to create the ultimate STEM LEGO kit! Kids can build a 3-ft long, high-quality chipboard track! See how your race car fares against papercraft obstacles like banana peels, orange cones, boxes, and barrels! Or–place on your opponent’s side of the track to slow them down! Fun, non-fiction content highlighting the coolest, fastest, and weirdest cars ever to exist, plus other cool race car facts! Put physics into action using aerodynamic tips and tricks from the instruction book For more information, visit About Jennifer Lynch As an official spokesperson and toy trends specialist for The Toy Association, Jennifer Lynch chats with toymakers throughout the year to track trends and developments impacting the toy aisles and kids’ entertainment. She has been interviewed by publications including New York Magazine, Inc. Magazine, The Spruce and Insider, and made appearances on KTLA-TV, Good Day Philadelphia, WGN Chicago, WNBC New York, KATU Portland, Bloomberg Radio, and CNET, among others. She also serves as the narrator for The Genius of Play’s "Once Upon a Playtime" podcast, which invites listeners to rediscover the value of play through real-life, personal stories of actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. Jennifer has more than a decade of experience covering the toy and kids’ entertainment industries. Prior, she served as the editorial manager for aNb Media and its b2c review site, where she oversaw all digital and print communications, reviewed product, and co-hosted a web series conducting in-depth interviews with toy industry executives. She began her career in her home state of Pennsylvania, handling marketing communications for Penn State’s art galleries (her alma mater). She resides in New Jersey with her husband and baby girl. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

November 22, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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100 Additional Small Businesses Owned by Women and People of Color in Oakland to Each Receive a $10,000 Grant from Comcast RISE, Bringing the Total Oakland Investment to $2 Million

Comcast California

Comcast today announced it will award an additional $1 million in grants to 100 small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, among others, in Oakland, bringing the total to $2 million to date. These recipients are part of the more than 9,500 entrepreneurs nationwide who have been selected as Comcast RISE awardees since November 2020. Oakland was one of five cities, including Chicago, Miami, Oakland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., that was selected to award a $10,000 grant to 100 local businesses from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, for a total of $5 million across 500 businesses, bringing the amount awarded nationwide to $21 million to date. Through Comcast RISE, the company also announced it will support 13,000 small businesses, owned by people of color and women, with monetary grants; a TV campaign, production of a TV commercial or consulting services from Effectv; or computer equipment, internet, voice, or cybersecurity from Comcast Business by the end of 2022. “We started our tamales business as a street food vendor in the Mission and eventually opened our storefront. Nice months ago, we relocated to a busier location in the Swan’s Market, which was an expensive move,” said Reyna Maldonado, co-owner of La Guerrera’s Kitchen, a family affair run with her mom. “Thanks to the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, we’ll be able to re-invest the funds back into our business.” In addition, Comcast RISE invests in ongoing mentorship and resources to help businesses succeed in the long run. The program has partnered with Ureeka, an online platform for entrepreneurs, to provide grant recipients with business coaching to help build skills in company foundation, growing customers and financial stability. All Comcast RISE recipients will also have a specialized online networking community within Ureeka with access to educational resources, sources of capital, and vetted experts such as U.S. Black Chambers, National Asian Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Walker’s Legacy and Operation Hope. Comcast RISE was formed in late 2020 to give small businesses owned by people of color the grants needed to not just survive, but thrive. From bakeries and barber shops to childcare centers and cleaning services, Comcast RISE has supported a variety of businesses, diversifying our local economies in more ways than one. There are more than 9,500 recipients from 704 cities across 37 states within the program. In November 2021, Comcast RISE announced a major expansion to all women-owned businesses nationwide. “It has been gratifying to see over 600 diverse California businesses across all industries and experiences benefiting from the Comcast RISE program,” said David Tashjian, Senior Vice President of Comcast for the California Region. “We want small businesses owned by women and people of color to continue to grow and thrive, overcoming the challenges of the current economy.” All eligible applicants will receive a monthly Comcast RISE newsletter with educational content, and all small business owners can visit the Comcast RISE destination on the X1 platform featuring aggregated small business news, tips, insights, and more. Just say “Comcast RISE” into the X1 voice remote. Comcast RISE is part of Project UP, the company’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. More information and the applications to apply for either the grant program or marketing and technology services are available at With today’s announcement, the following 100 selected businesses in Oakland will each receive a $10,000 grant: About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit for more information. About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. For more information, visit or call 866- 429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at About Effectv Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps local, regional and national advertisers use the best of digital with the power of TV to grow their business. It provides multi-screen marketing solutions to make advertising campaigns more effective and easier to execute. Headquartered in New York with offices throughout the country, Effectv has a presence in 66 markets with nearly 35 million owned and represented subscribers. For more information, visit Contact Details Comcast California Adriana Arvizo +1 925-200-1919

November 22, 2022 10:57 AM Pacific Standard Time

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This Purposeful Online Learning Company Is Forging Ahead

Amesite Inc.

Learn More about Amesite Inc. by gaining access to the latest research report For Amesite Inc. (NASDAQ: AMST), the beginning of the fourth quarter is an opportunity to look back on some of its exciting news as well as the momentum it has built from the third quarter. This includes some key partnerships with universities, multi-institution buyers and businesses. In August, Amesite announced it was expanding its partnership with Wayne State University’s College of Engineering to move their Amesite-powered platform — Warrior TechSource — to Amesite’s V5 eCommerce platform. This gives Warrior TechSource the added capabilities of Amesite’s scalable e-commerce ecosystem, to expand its streamlined and integrated course learning services to a 30,000-strong student and alumni network. That same month Amesite announced the launch of the Conner Prairie Learning Portal. An Amesite Learning Community Environment ® LCE SM, the Conner Prairie portal is geared toward providing teachers, parents and K-12 students with easy-to-use, collaborative courses. The package also includes Amesite’s integrated eCommerce solution which can provide subscription-based course bundles that give users access to all of Conner Prairie’s courses. Forging Ahead with Multi-Institutional Deals: NAFEO and Amesite Other companies offer opportunities for online education, including Coursera Inc. (NYSE: COUR), Powerschool Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PWSC) and 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU). Among the leaders in the industry, Amesite proudly announced several other key partnerships this quarter that allow its platform to facilitate a variety of digital education experiences. One major announcement was Amesite’s collaboration with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). The company will work alongside the membership organization to provide its LCE SM solution to 188 historically black colleges and universities and predominantly black institutions. The ambition is impressive – NAFEO’s colleges and universities collectively enroll over 70,000 students and have the potential to offer professional learning to more than 7 million alumni. Part of the collaboration will involve raising $30 million to go toward providing access to the LCE SM. Since the announcement, five new colleges have joined NAFEO and Amesite’s collaborative alliance, becoming members of NAFEO’s Center for Opportunity and Equity (COE). COE would gain access to eLearning courses through the Amesite-powered LCE SM platform if the bid for funding is successful. In a recent interview, Amesite CEO Ann Marie Sastry spoke of the importance of integrated, trustworthy eLearning in the future of higher education and professional skill development. As the job market cools, professionals need just-in-time education and upskilling to stay competitive in the current, tech-driven market. Amesite believes its collaborations this quarter have helped advance this development in eLearning to meet the growing market needs. To learn more about Amesite, visit its website. Amesite Inc., an artificial intelligence driven platform and course designer, provides online products in the United States. The company uses machine learning to offer a mass customized experience to learners. Its customers include businesses, universities and colleges, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations. The company was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Amesite, Inc. +1 734-876-8141 Company Website

November 22, 2022 09:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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