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Select Sector SPDR ETFs: A Strategic Approach to Precision Investing and Customized Portfolios

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In the dynamic world of investing, Exchange-Traded Funds ( ETFs ) have proved to be a powerful tool for investors seeking diversification, flexibility, and potentially a more sector-driven approach. Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer a focused approach to sector investing, enabling investors to specifically target sectors within the broader market. This method of investment strategy is designed to arm investors with greater control and flexibility over their portfolios. Select Sector SPDR ETFs segment the S&P 500 into 11 investable sectors, covering all broad market segments. They provide access to various industries, allowing investors to craft a diversified portfolio that aligns with their unique investment goals. This approach presents an excellent opportunity for both individual and institutional investors to effectively navigate the financial markets. Each ETF comprises well-known, large-cap companies from the S&P 500, ensuring broad exposure and diversification. The transparent nature of ETFs allows for daily disclosure of portfolio holdings and weightings, providing investors with visibility into their investments. The full lineup of Select Sector SPDR ETFs includes: Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC) Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE) Financials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) Industrials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB) Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLRE) Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) These ETFs provide flexible, transparent, and low-cost investment options to both retail and institutional investors. The flexibility offered by these ETFs empowers investors to make strategic adjustments in their portfolios as market conditions change. This flexibility, combined with the transparency of daily disclosure of portfolio holdings, allows investors to always be aware of where their money is invested. Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer a unique opportunity to invest in various sectors with precision and flexibility. They provide a simplified approach to sector investing, allowing investors to customize their portfolios to meet their specific investment objectives. DISCLAIMER: This is a work of research and should not be taken as investment or financial advice. Therefore, Select Sector SPDRs or the publisher is not liable for any decision made based on the publication. About the Company: Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer flexibility and customization opportunities. Many investors have similar outlooks, but no two are exactly alike. Select Sector SPDR ETFs let investors select the sectors that best meet their investment goals. DISCLOSURES The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. The index is heavily weighted toward stocks with large market capitalizations and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic common stocks. The S&P 500 Index figures do not reflect any fees, expenses or taxes. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses before investing. One may not invest directly in an index. Transparent ETFs provide daily disclosure of portfolio holdings and weightings All ETFs are subject to risk, including loss of principal. Sector ETF products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally will result in greater price fluctuations than the overall market. Diversification does not eliminate risk. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 1-866-SECTOR-ETF (732-8673) or visit www.sectorspdrs.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. Media Contact: Company: Select Sector SPDRs Contact: Dan Dolan* Address: 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203 Country: United States Email: dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Website: https://www.sectorspdrs.com/ *Dan Dolan is a Registered Representative of ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is the distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. SEL007439 EXP 5/31/24 Contact Details Dan Dolan +1 203-935-8103 dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Company Website https://www.sectorspdrs.com/

April 12, 2024 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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CURE ALZHEIMER’S FUND HONORED WITH FUNDRAISER

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease, is honored to be the recipient of donations raised by the Hamilton and Bowdoin Colleges’ women’s lacrosse teams. The Continentals from Hamilton College @hamiltonwomenslacrosse in Clinton, New York, were hosted by NESCAC rival Polar Bears from Bowdoin College @bowdoinwlax in Brunswick, Maine on Saturday, March 30. The teams joined forces to dedicate their game to raising awareness and contributions for research in honor of those who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. More than $900 was raised for research. “Over the course of their lives, women are more likely to be both caregivers and patients impacted by Alzheimer’s disease,” said Meg Smith, CEO of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “These young women inspire us by educating their communities about this relentless disease and our work to end it, and by taking control of their futures and reducing their own risk of dementia through education and exercise.” There are 6.9 million people in the United States—and 50 million people throughout the world—currently living with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and experts estimate there may be as many as three times more people living with the disease who have not yet been diagnosed. Both men and women develop Alzheimer’s disease, but two-thirds of all patients are women, and women are frequently the primary caregivers for spouses, partners, parents and others with the disease. “I am grateful to have partnered with my friend, Liz Grote, and her Bowdoin Lacrosse team,” said Patty Kloidt, coach of the Hamilton Women’s Lacrosse team. “She and I, along with members of our teams have experienced loved ones who suffered from this disease. We want our communities to be aware of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund and consider supporting their amazing work. Too many people, including caregivers, are suffering from this horrible disease. Please spread the word about the Cure Alzheimer's Fund and join in the fight for our future generations.” Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow, or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has provided more than 833 grants to more than 300 of the world’s leading researchers and contributed more than $199 million to research. Its funded initiatives have been responsible for many key breakthroughs in understanding the causes and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has received a 4-star rating for more than 12 consecutive years from Charity Navigator. Our Board of Directors, Trustees, and a core group of other donors direct their donations to our overhead expenses so that 100% of general donations go to our research program. For more information, visit https://www.curealz.org/. To learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s on women and women working towards a cure, visit https://womenandalzheimers.org. Contact Details Cure Alzhiemer's Fund Barbara Chambers +1 978-417-9890 BChambers@CureAlz.org Company Website https://curealz.org

April 11, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Alvarez & Marsal Spring 2024 Consumer Sentiment Report Highlights Impact of Ongoing Consumer Skepticism on Spring & Summer Spending Plans

Alvarez & Marsal Consumer and Retail Group

Consumers, specifically those with higher household incomes, intend to reduce spending on essentials, experiences, gifts, and indulgences this spring The number of higher-income earners cutting back on spending to prioritize saving has increased in Spring ’24 compared to previous cycles Cost-conscious consumers are increasingly engaging in sales and second-hand shopping as a way to reduce spending Despite financial uncertainty, consumers are still eager to take vacations this year, showing resilience in their desire for leisure compared to last spring (2023) Global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal’s Consumer and Retail Group (A&M CRG) released its latest consumer report, Consumer Sentiment Survey Spring 2024, which examines the influence of inflation and resulting changes in consumer spending over the last year, as well as spending outlook for the upcoming six-month timeframe. This is the sixth chapter of its bi-annual Consumer Sentiment Report, based on a survey of 1,800+ consumers matching the U.S. adult population according to gender, age, ethnicity, region and income. The report delves into shifting behaviors in response to personal finances and economic conditions. It includes insights into consumers' shopping priorities across categories, concerns about increasing prices, vacation plans, and other factors shaping purchase decisions for the upcoming spring season, among other relevant insights. “Our semi-annual survey aims to analyze the influence of ongoing economic concerns on consumer spending patterns, channel preferences, and their overall confidence in financial stability over time. Retailers can utilize the data and insights from our report to develop financial plans, efficiently manage inventory, enhance marketing campaigns, and establish pricing strategies at a category level,” stated Chad Lusk, Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal’s Consumer and Retail Group. “This survey cycle reveals a growing consumer pessimism as we head into the spring season, with intentions to exercise greater caution in spending especially in higher income households.” The study found that: Consumer outlook for spring is weaker as consumers are anticipating spending less and having less money versus Fall ‘23 Consumers are planning to reduce spending across the board but show the smallest decline in spending intentions for experiences compared to Fall ‘23, with a rising number of respondents planning vacations this year In higher income brackets, there's a notable trend towards prioritizing saving over spending. In the $200K+ income bracket, the percentage of respondents prioritizing saving surged by 12% compared to Fall '23. Across various spending categories, we consistently observed the most significant decreases in desire to spend in the higher income households Higher income households are turning to second-hand shopping to save money. The number of respondents earning $100K+ who shop second-hand to save costs increased by 10% this spring. "Retailers must recognize the cautious consumer mindset and adjust strategic priorities accordingly to align with spending plans," Lusk advised. "Retailers, particularly ones servicing higher income consumers, should anticipate providing discounts and promotions across different categories as the season progresses, also while implementing flexible inventory strategies to minimize overall liabilities, given that those typically less affected by recession or inflation will be spending less.” To download a pdf of Consumer Sentiment Survey Spring 2024, please visit: https://alvarezandmarsal-crg.com/insight/consumer-sentiment-survey-spring-24/ The Alvarez and Marsal Consumer and Retail Group (CRG) is a management consulting firm that tackles the most complex challenges and advances its clients, people, and communities towards their maximum potential. CRG combines the best of A&M’s broader firm's bias toward action and practicality with deep consumer and retail industry experience. CRG partners with businesses across a wide range of categories including Food & Beverage, Beauty & Personal Care, Grocery, Mass Merchandise, and Apparel & Footwear to drive significant performance improvement. Contact Details David Schneidman dschneidman@alvarezandmarsal.com Company Website https://www.alvarezandmarsal.com/industries/retail/retail

April 10, 2024 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Make-A-Wish: Granting Wishes, Transforming Lives

YourUpdateTV

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/AfM6sAZRboo Make-A-Wish stands as a beacon of light for children battling critical illnesses. Through their unwavering dedication, this remarkable organization has been transforming lives, one wish at a time. Make-A-Wish is more than just wish fulfillment; it’s an important part of the medical journey that can lead to improved medical outcomes. All of this work wouldn’t be possible without the support of countless “WishMakers” stepping up throughout the process. That’s why Make-A-Wish – with the help of celebrity supporters – is announcing a bold initiative aimed at recruiting 1 million “WishMakers” worldwide. On March 28th, a nationwide media tour was conducted featuring Leslie Motter, president and CEO, Make-A-Wish America, and Chris Campbell, a Make-A-Wish alum (i.e., former wish recipient) who had a wish granted to meet the New York Giants in 2001 while undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Chris’ wish inspired him to pursue a career as a registered nurse and complete the 2023 New York City Marathon to raise money to grant more wishes. They were joined in interviews by WWE Superstar, Cody Rhodes. Topics they discussed during the media tour included: · How Make-A-Wish was started, and the stories of previous wishes granted. · The launch of “WishMakers Wanted.” · Hearing from Make-A-Wish alum Chris about the impact of his wish being granted and how it inspired him to go into the medical field and complete the New York City Marathon. · Why Cody Rhodes choose to grant wishes and be involved with Make-A-Wish. · How people can get involved throughout World Wish Month (April) and on World Wish Day (April 29). For more information, visit wishmaker.org Additional photos are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/hjyotvf0rk10xfmtfll6s/AJL1EZ6ntlTYZ3vrgJisN34?rlkey=v7x9wsmm7k5574sqdtj8cmm4f&dl=0 Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

April 10, 2024 10:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ripple to Issue USD-Backed Stablecoin, NEAR Protocol and KangaMoon Continue Stunning Growth

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Ripple announces stablecoin market entry and the price of XRP can reach $1.30 by Q4, 2024 NEAR Protocol rises 266.5% and can rise to $10.48 by the end of 2024 KangaMoon raises over $4.4 million and can spike 100x following its complete launch Ripple (XRP) has seen an increased level of interest as the company Ripple, a leading provider for blockchain-based and crypto solutions for enterprises, has announced plans for the launch of a stablecoin backed by the U.S. dollar, marking its entry into a $154.7 billion stablecoin market. Alongside it, NEAR Protocol (NEAR) has exploded in value 266.5% year-to-date (YTD) and could soon reach new heights. However, the most gains were made by KangaMoon ( KANG ) which is up 290%, and at this rate could surge further up. To see which is the top crypto to buy, we will go over their on-chart metrics. Ripple (XRP) to Grow to $1.30 Following Latest Stablecoin Market Entry Announcement Ripple (XRP) has experienced an upwards trend as its year-to-date (YTD) climb has been by 20.4%. However, it is yet to achieve significant gains, and these will come during 2024 following the latest announcement that the Ripple company will be entering the $154.7 billion stablecoin market. According to the official blog post, this will be a stablecoin which will be 100% backed by USD deposits, alongside short-term US government treasuries and even other cash equivalents. The stablecoin will be available on the XRP Ledger. However, they will also make it a part of the Ethereum blockchain, however, there are plans to expand to additional blockchains and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols. The Ripple price has moved between $0.56 to $0.61 during the past week, and at this rate could reach new heights. However, the Ripple crypto will first need to gain additional investor and whale attention in order to spike in value. Based on the Ripple price prediction however, it can end 2024 at $1.30. NEAR Protocol (NEAR) Grows 266.5% YTD – Price to Reach $10.48 NEAR Protocol (NEAR) has experienced much further gains as its year-to-date (YTD) climb was by 266.5% in the past year. Moreover, during the past month, the NEAR Protocol price has gone up 19.1%, and in the past week it moved up by 10%. During this time-frame, the NEAR Protocol crypto went up from $6.16 to $7.53, and could soon break even above the $8 price barrier. If it does so, it is set to reach new heights as according to the NEAR Protocol price prediction, it can spike to $10.48 by Q4, 2024. KangaMoon (KANG) to Grow 100x Following Its Launch KangaMoon (KANG) is an upcoming project that will introduce Social-Fi elements and a community-driven approach, alongside Play-to-Earn (P2E) features. With its current rate of growth, it managed to spike 280%, as it moved from $0.005 to $0.0196. In addition, its raised $4,463,830.183 and could soon break above $5 million raised. On top of this platform, anyone can earn KANG tokens or NFTs by engaging with their KangaMoon characters. They can battle other players, complete tournaments, or even spectate and place bets on fights. Another major part of its ecosystem is the marketplace in which anyone can buy, sell or trade NFTs. Analysts are now bullish on the future of KangaMoon and project a 100x price increase following its full launch, as it is now at Stage 5 of its blockchain ICO. These aspects position it as the best crypto to invest in now. Discover the Exciting Opportunities of the KangaMoon (KANG) Presale Today! Website: https://KangaMoon.com/ Join Our Telegram Community: https://t.me/KangaMoonofficial Integrating GameFi and Play To EarnEmbark on your quest for glory. Assemble your champions, engage in epic battles or bet on your favorite fighters to earn $KANG tokens and exclusive rewards. Gain control of rare NFTs, unlock exclusive content and build alliances with fellow gamers as you ascend the ranks and leaderboards. Contact Details Kangamoon marketing@kangamoon.com Company Website https://kangamoon.com/

April 10, 2024 08:08 AM Central Daylight Time

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ACTIVATE BRINGS HIGH TECH PHYSICAL GAMING TO CHARLOTTE

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Activate, the pioneering live-action gaming venue and viral sensation on TikTok, is excited to announce the grand opening of its first North Carolina location in Charlotte, opening on May 3, 2024. The unique and dynamic venue promises an opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the nationwide gaming phenomenon. Activate Charlotte is located at 1848 Galleria Blvd Suite 9B, Charlotte, NC, 28270, USA. With 20 locations in North America's hottest cities, such as Houston, Plano, Chicago, Atlanta, and New Jersey, Activate Charlotte joins the family, promising an electrifying mix of games that will put your agility and wit to the ultimate test. "Charlotte's vibrant culture is the perfect match for our physically immersive gaming adventures," said Bryce Anderson, Partner at Activate. "We can't wait to energize the city with our unique blend of tech and play. It’s a destination where every visit is a new challenge, every game a fresh conquest." Activate Charlotte’s new state-of-the-art gaming facility welcomes all ages and skill levels, encouraging players to explore and create their own unique gaming experience. Here’s what to expect: Guests can sign up in groups of two to five players Through progress tracking via Activate’s high-tech electronic RFID wristbands, players can rack up points, level up, and earn prizes along the way. Top gaming rooms include the TikTok viral sensation Mega Grid with 500+ multi-activated rainbow-colored tiles, blasting the beaming bullseye in a game called Strike, and feeling like a modern-day spy in the Laser room. Try Level 1, easy, or take it to Level 10, extreme. Play as a team in cooperative mode, or challenge your friends in competitive mode games. "Activate is about igniting that team spirit and passion for fun," added Anderson. "We're here to create epic stories, memorable laughs, and to cheer as our guests shatter records. We believe in fun that fuels the soul and games that push you to your playful limits!" Additional Activate locations are set to open in 2024 across the U.S. in markets such as Kansas City, Columbus, and Detroit, along with internationally in the UK and UAE. Today, Activate operates in over 20 locations across Canada and the U.S. PLAN YOUR VISIT Book in advance to save time and ensure a game room is available. Each game lasts 1-3 minutes. The full gaming experience lasts 75 minutes. Complete the safety waiver required for you to play in advance. Wear activewear and flat, closed-toe shoes. Age requirements: Children 10 and under require a paid adult with them at all times in gaming rooms. Children ages 11 to 13 must have an adult present at the facility. Where: 1848 Galleria Blvd Suite 9B, North Carolina. When: Sun-Thur 9:30am - 10:00pm, Fri-Sat 9:30am - 11:00pm. For a sneak peek into Activate’s action-packed gaming experience, and to keep tabs on the Activate Charlotte grand opening, visit https://playactivate.com/charlotte. Join the Inner Circle to be the first to hear about new locations, behind-the-scenes information, deals, and more. As a thank you for signing up, Activate will extend 50% off your first booking, valid until June 3rd, 2024. Please find imagery assets here. To keep tabs on the grand opening, visit https://playactivate.com. Founded in 2019, Activate is a state-of-the-art gaming facility with locations across the United States and Canada. Each Activate location offers a variety of unique gaming rooms with over 700 levels for players to compete, earn stars, and track achievements online. Activate combines physical activity and gaming to create an immersive experience as part of a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about Activate, please visit https://playactivate.com. Follow Activate on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/activategames and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/activategames/. Contact Details Jalila Singerff +1 613-614-6777 jalila@jiveprdigital.com Company Website https://playactivate.com

April 10, 2024 09:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comcast RISE to Award 100 Small Businesses in Southern Colorado with Grant Packages that Include a $5,000 Monetary Grant, Marketing and Technology Resources, and More

Comcast Colorado

Today, Comcast announced 100 businesses in Southern Colorado will receive comprehensive grant packages that include business coaching sessions, education resources, a $5,000 monetary grant, creative production, and technology makeovers. Comcast RISE is committed to supporting the growth of all small businesses, while advancing the objectives of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as community investment. The program is built to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth. “Comcast is committed to supporting and empowering small businesses in our communities,” said J.D. Keller, senior vice president of Comcast’s Mountain West Region. “The Comcast RISE program will deliver innovative and impactful resources that will make a lasting impact on small businesses in Colorado Springs.” Beginning on May 1, and through May 31, eligible businesses in Colorado Springs and El Paso County can apply for a grant package at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants in Southern Colorado, and 500 grants overall, will be announced in August 2024, bringing the total number of recipients to date to 14,000. “Small businesses are essential pillars of Colorado Springs’ community, contributing significantly to the strength and vibrancy of our economy through job creation, by increasing our tax base, and providing our community’s unique charm and character,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade. “It is the small business owner that takes a leap of faith to turn a dream into a reality. By investing in our local entrepreneurs, we’re helping support the heartbeat of our city, because their success is our success.” Comcast RISE was created in November 2020 to help small businesses hardest hit by COVID-19, from bakeries and barber shops to childcare centers and cleaning services, by providing the grants needed to survive and recover. The program has evolved from helping businesses survive the pandemic, to helping businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth. Grant packages will include: CONSULTATION - General business assessment and coaching that provides business owners with recommendations on how to help grow their businesses. EDUCATION RESOURCES - 12-month access to online entrepreneurship courses, learning modules and resources for small business owners. MONETARY GRANT - $5,000 monetary grant. CREATIVE PRODUCTION & MEDIA - Turnkey production of a 30-second TV commercial, plus a media strategy consultation and a 180-day media schedule. (Taxes and other fees may apply for production and media services.) TECHNOLOGY MAKEOVER - Computer equipment and Internet, Voice and Cybersecurity services for 12 months. (Taxes and other fees may apply for tech makeover services.) In addition, any small business owner 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 $1 billion commitment to advance digital equity through programs and community partnerships that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators. More information and the applications to apply for either the grant program or marketing and technology services are available at www.ComcastRISE.com. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. 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 www.business.comcast.com or call 866- 429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social. About EffectvEffectv, 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 multiscreen 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 30 million owned and represented subscribers. For more information, visit effectv.com. Contact Details Comcast Leslie Oliver +1 303-810-6326 leslie_oliver@comcast.com Company Website https://colorado.comcast.com/

April 09, 2024 11:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Comcast RISE to Award 100 Small Businesses in Southern Colorado with Grant Packages that Include a $5,000 Monetary Grant, Marketing and Technology Resources, and More

Comcast Colorado

Today, Comcast announced 100 businesses in Southern Colorado will receive comprehensive grant packages that include business coaching sessions, education resources, a $5,000 monetary grant, creative production, and technology makeovers. Comcast RISE is committed to supporting the growth of all small businesses, while advancing the objectives of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as community investment. The program is built to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth. “Comcast is committed to supporting and empowering small businesses in our communities,” said J.D. Keller, senior vice president of Comcast’s Mountain West Region. “The Comcast RISE program will deliver innovative and impactful resources that can make a lasting impact on small businesses in Pueblo.” Beginning on May 1, and through May 31, eligible businesses in Pueblo and Pueblo County can apply for a grant package at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants in Southern Colorado, and 500 grants overall, will be announced in August 2024, bringing the total number of recipients to date to 14,000. “Small businesses drive innovation, create jobs, and enrich the fabric of our community,” said Pueblo Mayor Heather Graham. “Through dedicated support and investments like the Comcast RISE program, entrepreneurs are empowered to grow their businesses.” Comcast RISE was created in November 2020 to help small businesses hardest hit by COVID-19, from bakeries and barber shops to childcare centers and cleaning services, by providing the grants needed to survive and recover. The program has evolved from helping businesses survive the pandemic, to helping businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth. Grant packages will include: CONSULTATION - General business assessment and coaching that provides business owners with recommendations on how to grow their businesses. EDUCATION RESOURCES - 12-month access to online entrepreneurship courses, learning modules and resources for small business owners. MONETARY GRANT - $5,000 monetary grant. CREATIVE PRODUCTION & MEDIA - Turnkey production of a 30-second TV commercial, plus a media strategy consultation and a 180-day media schedule. (Taxes and other fees may apply for production and media services.) TECHNOLOGY MAKEOVER - Computer equipment and Internet, Voice and Cybersecurity services for 12 months. (Taxes and other fees may apply for tech makeover services.) In addition, any small business owner can visit the Comcast RISE destination on X1 featuring aggregated small business news, tips, insights, and more. X1 customers can say “Comcast RISE” into the voice remote. Comcast RISE is part of Project UP, the company’s $1 billion commitment to advance digital equity through programs and community partnerships that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators. More information and the applications to apply for either the grant program or marketing and technology services are available at www.ComcastRISE.com. About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers a broad suite of technology solutions to keep businesses of all sizes ready for what’s next. With a range of offerings including connectivity, secure networking, advanced cybersecurity, and unified communications solutions, Comcast Business is partnering with business and technology leaders across industries and integrating Masergy, a leader in software defined networking, to help drive businesses forward. Backed by a next-generation network, Comcast Business has been recognized for its growth, innovation, and leadership in global secure networking. For more information, call 800-501-6000. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social. About EffectvEffectv, 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 multiscreen 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 30 million owned and represented subscribers. For more information, visit effectv.com. Contact Details Leslie Oliver +1 303-810-6326 leslie_oliver@comcast.com Company Website https://colorado.comcast.com/

April 09, 2024 11:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Leading U.K. Greeting Card Company Moonpig Unveils New U.S. Gift Card Collection

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Moonpig, the leading U.K. online personalized greeting card and gift company, today announced the launch of gift cards add-ons, which are printed directly inside the greeting card during the creation process, just in time for Mother’s Day. To shepherd the brand’s efforts of revising and reinventing the antiquated greeting card category with an extensive range of customized options for every occasion, Moonpig’s continues to lead innovation in the $19+ billion greeting card industry. Moonpig’s new feature will now allow customers to add gift cards from partners such as Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Build-a-Bear, Roblox, Doordash and more, all of which can be printed during card creation. Alongside the launch of other exciting features like audio and video messaging and group cards, Moonpig’s new add-ons will continue supporting the brand’s mission to reach and engage U.S. consumers through the intimate experience of card giving. "With Mother’s Day right around the corner for Americans, we are excited to announce Moonpig’s gift card add-on launch in the U.S,” said Alexander Toft, General Manager, International at Moonpig. “ At Moonpig, we’re all about celebrating those heartfelt life moments and ensuring every card is as unique as the person receiving it. With the launch of this new add-on, Moonpig is continuing to reinvent the category by putting the fun and excitement back into card giving. Since its launch in 2000, Moonpig has been a long-standing leader in the U.K. greeting card market. Recognized for its innovative approach to personalized card giving, Moonpig provides an extensive range of cards and customizable features, with technology at the forefront of the brand’s easy-to-use online platform and app. Packed with fun and savvy add-ons, Moonpig’s intuitive design tools provide a user-friendly process to curate highly-customized cards by incorporating personal touches such as photos, heartfelt messages, stylish designs and templates. This seamless online experience allows customers to easily create the perfect, personalized card with the ability to send anytime, from anywhere - and capabilities to receive it as soon as the next day. Moonpig’s expansion efforts come at a time when the demand for personalized greeting cards is on the rise, especially with Millennials. With Americans constantly seeking out meaningful ways to connect with friends and family, personalized cards have emerged as a popular choice to express individualized sentiments for all sorts of occasions. Moonpig's expansive range of cards caters to a diverse array of tastes and preferences, ensuring that finding the perfect card and gift for every special event has never been easier. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or just because, Moonpig offers a personalized solution for every moment worth celebrating. Moonpig’s personalized cards start at $4.99. To celebrate the launch of the gift card offering, Moonpig is also offering new customers a free standard card (no gift card purchase required), by using code USLAUNCH to redeem at checkout through April 14, 2024. For more information about Moonpig and its U.S. offerings, please visit moonpig.com/us/, or follow on Instagram @moonpigusa. About Moonpig At Moonpig, we’re all about celebrating those heartfelt life moments. You know the ones we mean…the big birthdays, new arrivals, surprise engagements and the just becauses. Big or small, we love them all. And we’re so proud to be the ones helping you connect to the people you care about most. With our ever-growing range of cards and thoughtful gifts we’ve got just the thing to make their day. Combine this with top-notch tech and an app full of fun features, and it’s never been easier to send a card from the palm of your hand and share some love wherever you are. Contact Details Powers PR Alex Wollman alex@powers-pr.com Company Website https://www.moonpig.com/us/

April 09, 2024 09:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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