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Virtual Wine Tastings Elevate the Cloud Conventions Virtual Event Experience

Convey Services

Tradeshows, conferences and events around the world are coming up with new ideas, like virtual wine tastings, to enhance the experience as the growing list of live shows convert to virtual in 2020 in response to COVID-19. Virtual wine tastings are the perfect ending to a day of educational sessions and sales promotions. It gives event sponsors a strategic way to get in front of an exclusive audience, promote social interaction and highlight the sponsor’s connection to attendees. “Virtual events are most successful when attendees feel like they are a part of a community and enjoy themselves in a social session after they have spent the day learning about new products and services,” said Carolyn Bradfield , founder of Convey . “What could be better than an audience coming together for conversation, expert wine education and a selection of fine wines delivered to the attendee’s home plus a wine tasting can be included as part of the event program.” Virtual wine tastings are underwritten by major sponsors of an event and are often directed at high-value attendees. Wine packages are shipped in advance to those registered for the tasting and can include custom wine glasses featuring the sponsor’s logo. An executive of the sponsor company can act as the master of ceremony to welcome participants and special guests. The party is turned over to a wine expert or sommelier to introduce one or more of the wines. The audience then has the opportunity to discuss the wines with the group, interact with the sommelier or socialize with other attendees. “Wine tastings are just one of the fun and unique virtual social gatherings that can make an event truly interactive and special,” added Bradfield. “In addition to wine tastings, event managers are scheduling virtual cocktail parties that bring large groups together and are hosted by a sponsor who invites special guests from either the industry or well-known personalities. With a little imagination and planning any show manager can transform what might seem like a string of webinars into a memorable live event.” Cloud Conventions is one of the hottest new virtual event SaaS platforms from Convey Services . For more ideas on how to make a virtual event both informative and engaging, visit the Online Resource Center at CloudConventions.com. About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions is a Virtual Trade Show and Conference Platform from Convey Services that brings new capabilities to a marketplace looking for solutions to replace the thousands of live trade shows, annual conferences and association meetings cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. Originally launched as ConveyLive, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, attendee registration, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting https://cloudconventions.com or contacting info@cloudconventions.com or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Conduct™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 bahern@conveyservices.com Company Website https://cloudconventions.com

July 30, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Doximity Launches 2020-2021 Residency Navigator

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Doximity , the professional medical network, today announced the release of its 2020-2021 Residency Navigator, the most comprehensive online directory of U.S. residency programs used by over 90% of fourth-year medical students. The 2020-2021 Residency Navigator includes insights on 4,700 residency programs across 28 specialties. More than 100,000 verified U.S. doctors have contributed nominations, ratings and hand-written reviews to provide medical students with the important information they need to navigate the often challenging and competitive physician residency matching process. “With residency interviews now being conducted virtually given the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become more difficult for medical students to evaluate a program and find the right fit. Residency Navigator equips students with invaluable program data and first-hand perspectives from current and former residents so they can find the program that best aligns with their professional goals,” said Peter Alperin, MD, Vice President of Product at Doximity. Residency Navigator on the Doximity app makes it easy for students to get on-the-go access to all the core features, including: ● Personalized search: Discover programs tailored to individual career goals with a powerful search engine that filters programs by specialty, geography, hospital type, board pass rates, intended fellowship, urban vs. rural environments, and more. ● Real reviews: Read satisfaction reviews from verified current residents and recent alumni who have shared anonymized ratings and hand-written reviews on their experience, sharing important aspects like career guidance, program culture, and clinical diversity. ● Detailed program statistics: Learn more about a program’s subspecialization rates, gender balance, top feeder medical schools, and alumni destinations. ● My Rank List: Shortlist favorite programs and add personal notes from virtual visits, interviews, and conversations with residents and alumni. For more information about Doximity's 2020-2021 Residency Navigator, please visit residency.doximity.com . About Doximity Founded in 2011, Doximity connects physicians and clinicians to make them more successful and productive. It is the largest professional medical network with over 70 percent of all U.S. physicians as members. The network enables medical professionals to communicate with colleagues and patients, and to share their perspectives on the latest health care trends and research. Doximity is based in San Francisco and was created by the founders of Epocrates and Rock Health. To learn more, visit www.doximity.com . Contact Details Natalie Wolfrom +1 415-609-7092 pr@doximity.com Company Website https://www.doximity.com

July 30, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Partnership for Small Business Relief Brings on Key Supporters Calling on Congress to Enhance Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program

Partnership for Small Business Relief

The Partnership for Small Business Relief , a coalition of small business owners, lenders, and certified development organizations (CDCs), announced today that it has garnered support from key industry organizations most affected by the COVID-19 economic fallout, representing thousands of individual small business owners and financial institutions in its campaign to encourage Congress to enhance the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loan Program in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. Hundreds of supporters representing all 50 states have signed the letter asking Congress to consider enhancements to the SBA 504 Loan Program, including small business borrowers from multiple sectors, CDCs and lenders that specialize in small business loans. Notable supporters include the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), six of the top CDCs in the country by volume, and Pacific Enterprise Bank. The Partnership says the SBA 504 Loan Program can provide $100 billion in funding to small businesses and is a turnkey solution given its use in the last economic crisis, at no cost to taxpayers. “The coronavirus pandemic has significantly reduced our occupancy over the past couple of months and being able to tap the equity in our property will prevent us from having to lay off staff members,” said Dipak Patel, a hotel owner in Somerset, Pennsylvania. “The SBA 504 Loan Program would be a huge boost to our business, to take advantage of the increased demand for hotel rooms here when the tourism economy picks back up again.” “Throughout the years, the SBA 504 Program has assisted thousands of small businesses in the Southeast – helping their communities and the economy flourish,” said Bill Habermeyer, CEO of Florida Development Corporation. “Unfortunately, many of these businesses are at risk of failing, solely due to the pandemic. With some simple adjustments (with no cost to the taxpayer), the 504 Program can help these businesses even more. The proposed adjustments to the program include modernizing refinance regulations and reinstating the First Mortgage Loan Pooling (FMLP) Program. Modernizing the program will make it more available to the businesses in need, and at zero cost to the taxpayer, there can only be positive outcomes. The pandemic has caused such complex problems, and we think these adjustments will allow us to contribute even more to the solution.” Congress can act to enhance the SBA 504 Refinance Program to allow greater flexibility for modifications of existing 504 loans and reinstate the FMLP Program, which provides an 80% government guarantee on SBA 504 first lien mortgages. These small enhancements will provide much-needed liquidity in the commercial lending marketplace. About The Partnership for Small Business Relief The Partnership for Small Business Relief is a nonpartisan group of lenders, Certified Development Companies (CDCs) and small business owners who are advocating to enhance the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Lending Program and reinstate the First Mortgage Loan Pooling Program (FMLP). For more information and to join the Partnership, please visit www.enhance504.com . Contact Details Cate Cronin +1 202-738-7302 ccronin@levick.com

July 30, 2020 08:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise Helps Local UK Businesses Bounce Back from COVID-19 in Bath and NE Somerset, England

Minuteman Press International

It has been a long road to reopening for businesses across the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team at Minuteman Press in Bath, England , has been working hard to support their community and clients in the Bath / NE Somerset area and help other local businesses get back on track. At first, the printing and marketing franchise launched a free community website Bounce Back Bath and NE Somerset for local businesses to promote special offers, updated hours, and supportive messages to the community. “Today, the Bounce Back programme has become a growing community movement with over 200 participating businesses and partnerships with local organisations. We all have one common goal, which is to help the entire community come together and bounce back,” says David Ghent, Managing Director, Minuteman Press Bath. Since printing is an essential business , the team at Minuteman Press in Bath, England, was able to remain in operation while following all COVID-19 guidelines. Bounce Back Bath / NE Somerset is part of Bounce Back UK , which was started by Minuteman Press International to help all UK businesses at this critical time. David says, “We launched Bounce Back Bath and the first thing we did was call our clients and let them know we are offering a free service to support them. I also approached contacts through LinkedIn and social media, especially when we saw that they were opening. We received great feedback and what we do is every time a new business signs up, we create a graphic and post it on social media and we also send them official welcome packs.” Those welcome packs include an introductory letter, the Minuteman Press product catalog, a Bounce Back Bath window cling, and a COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster. Dave says, “The response has been great. Our clients and prospects have really appreciated that we are here to help them back into business. They also really liked the fact that we were doing this for free and no obligation to buy anything from us.” As the Bounce Back movement has grown, Minuteman Press has received attention from local organisations looking to partner with them and pitch in. “The Bath and North East Somerset Council has co-branded some of our materials with us and the Bath Business Improvement District (Bath BID), were really keen to get on board. We are now partnering with Bath BID on a special Bounce Back Art Competition to help people rediscover Bath and the amazing community we have here.” According to the Bounce Back Art Competition website, Minuteman Press will reproduce the selected artwork and designs and create “a parade of two-metre-high giant ‘bunting’ flags.” The website states that “up to 48 designs created by the community will be reproduced as a rainbow of art hanging from lamppost pennants in the streets of the city.” “It is incredible to see so many people, businesses, and groups working together in Bath and NE Somerset to help people rediscover their community and support each other,” says Mark Jones, Minuteman Press International Regional Vice President for the UK South Region. “That is exactly what Bounce Back Bath / NE Somerset and Bounce Back UK as a whole is designed to do, and I commend Dave and the team at Minuteman Press Bath for taking the free programme and bringing it to such great heights.” David concludes, “We are all in this together and it has been very gratifying to see so many people wanting to work with us to spread the word and lift each other up during this unprecedented time.” For more information on Minuteman Press Bath, visit http://www.minutemanbath.co.uk . To submit a free local listing at Bounce Back Bath / NE Somerset, visit https://bouncebackuk.minuteman.com/locations/england/bath/ Introducing Bounce Back UK, free local business listings & COVID-19 awareness posters to support local business. Get started for free at https://BounceBack-UK.com . Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.co.uk . About Minuteman Press International Minuteman Press International is the number one rated business marketing and printing franchise that offers world class training and unparalleled ongoing local support. At Minuteman Press, We Are The Modern Printing Industry™ providing high quality products and services that meet the needs of today's business professionals and go way beyond ink on paper. Today, our centres offer innovative branding and printing solutions and produce custom graphic designs, promotional products, branded apparel, direct mail campaigns, large format printing including posters, signs and banners, and much more. Prior experience is not necessary to own and operate a successful Minuteman Press franchise. Learn more about Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.co.uk Contact Details Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

July 30, 2020 05:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Building Momentum for Healthcare Price Transparency Among American Consumers

YourUpdateTV

As Congress begins formulating the next COVID-19 stimulus relief, among measures to improve Americans' health and economic well-being, it is critically important to include systemwide health care price transparency. Transparency is needed now more than ever with the global coronavirus pandemic inflicting abrupt hardships on many Americans. Recently, Cynthia A Fisher, Founder of PatrientRightsAdvocate.org partnered with YourUpdateTV to discuss the importance of healthcare price transparency. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/WoNbXrSUEDs System-wide healthcare price transparency can become law by passing the Healthcare Price Transparency Act, requiring hospitals and insurers to reveal their hidden prices, as part of the next COVID-19 stimulus package. This non-partisan issue will do more to stimulate the economy than the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and it can be done at no cost to the taxpayer. Transparency means more than better healthcare. It will provide economic prosperity for individuals, families, businesses and the economy. American individuals and businesses need a functional, competitive marketplace in healthcare like in grocery, travel and retail. For more information, please visit PatientRightsAdvocate.org About Cynthia A. Fisher: Cynthia A. Fisher is a life sciences entrepreneur, independent investor, and corporate board director. She founded WaterRev, LLC to invest in novel technologies that enable sustainable practices in water use. She serves on the public company boards of The Boston Beer Company (SAM) and Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA). Cynthia is best known for her pioneering work as Founder and CEO of ViaCord, Inc., a leading umbilical cord blood stem cell banking service which she started in 1993. In 2000, she co-founded and was President of the cellular medicines company, ViaCell, Inc. (Previously to founding ViaCord, Cynthia ran the Blood Bank Division of Haemonetics Corporation, a medical equipment manufacturer. She began her career in sales at IBM focusing on healthcare IT, insurance, and defense industries. Cynthia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Science and BS in Biophysics from Ursinus College. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 29, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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FABER HAND SANITIZER – SHIPPING TO SCHOOLS

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As schools debate the possibility of reopening and preparing for the return of students, Pennsylvania-based Faber Distilling Co. (Faber) is increasing its production of hand sanitizer ( Faber Hand Sanitizer ) to meet growing demand. In addition to supplying hospitals, truck drivers, and first responders with its 80 percent alcohol antiseptic hand sanitizer, public school systems, private and charter schools, and even major colleges and universities are relying on Faber to help protect students, teachers, staff, and visitors. Pennsylvania based Faber Hand Sanitizer is formulated in compliance with the guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is available in stores and online – with zero ‘out of stock’ issues. Methanol is excluded from the production, making it a safe choice for those looking to keep themselves and others safe. “With all the confusion and anxiety that parents, educators, and policy makers have these days, we just feel fortunate to be a part of the solution, regardless if schools choose to embrace distance learning, or bring students back,” explained Faber spokesperson Ashleigh Baldwin. “We have been producing abundant supplies of high-quality sanitizer to relieve the anxieties of businesses preparing to safely conduct business again – and doing the same for hospitals, schools, and individuals too.” “With the recalls of many imported sanitizer brands – nearly 90 on the growing list – it should be comforting to know Faber is an alcohol antiseptic, free of the dangerous chemicals that have led to recalls. We are a safe choice for homes, businesses, and schools,” Baldwin continued. Faber’s increased production, and existing supply can reassure school leaders, and business owners that hand sanitizer, made following FDA guidelines, will be there when they need it. Product is shipped directly to schools, businesses, and consumers in a variety of pack sizes – even by the pallet load. “We are proud to support the health of students, educators, and support staff with hand sanitizer as they prepare to reopen,” Baldwin said. “We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, and complex decisions need to be made, however, procuring Faber Hand Sanitizer is an easy safe choice for those responsible for protecting themselves and others.” To obtain Faber’s Hand Sanitizer and support global health, please visit https://www.fabersanitizer.com/ Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 daniel.rene@kglobal.com Company Website https://fabersanitizer.com/

July 29, 2020 03:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Bren Simon: Supporting UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases

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Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 daniel.rene@kglobal.com Company Website https://brensimon.com/

July 29, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cloud Conventions Integrates Email Campaign Technology Into Virtual Event Platform

Convey Services

Cloud Conventions today announced the integration of Convey’s proprietary Conduct™ Campaign email marketing solution that delivers drip email campaigns created within the virtual event portal to attract exhibitors or attendees to sponsor or register. Conduct can schedule four outbound emails, create a branded sign-up page or connect to a registration application. Targeted lists are uploaded into the event portal and managed in a prospect database secured by the system’s proprietary ListLock™ technology. Cloud Conventions is one of the hottest new virtual event SaaS platforms from Convey Services . “Conduct is designed for organizations that don’t have the time, expertise or desire to create email campaigns to promote their event as well as attract exhibitors and sponsors,” said Carolyn Bradfield , founder of Convey. “Conduct sends multiple emails to engage an audience, creating calls to action to get potential attendees excited about the virtual event and motivate them to register. Event managers can also use Conduct to broaden their reach to the sponsors who fund the event.” Cloud Conventions’ sophisticated email engine notifies, reminds and engages attendees and exhibitors with messages scheduled automatically. Newsletters and custom message templates are added to portals to alert exhibitors on booth set-up, provide tips to maximize their ROI or to direct attendee activity. Email reports detail delivery, unique opens and click throughs along with opt outs. Conduct and Cloud Conventions are CCPA and GDPR complaint. “Conduct can also be used within the Cloud Conventions platform as a premium service to exhibitors or sponsors to run their own campaigns to attract traffic to their virtual booth,” added Bradfield. “Campaigns are created by the event host and delivered to the dashboards of exhibitors and sponsors so they can send high-quality email campaigns with a marketing message that is consistent and effective. Email marketing is still, by far, the best prospecting tool, delivering better results than all of social media combined.” To learn more about the options available for a virtual conference, tradeshow or event, visit the Online Resource Center at www.CloudConventions.com . About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions is a Virtual Trade Show and Conference Platform from Convey Services that brings new capabilities to a marketplace looking for solutions to replace the thousands of live trade shows, annual conferences and association meetings cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. Originally launched as ConveyLive, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, attendee registration, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting https://cloudconventions.com or contacting info@cloudconventions.com or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Conduct™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 bahern@conveyservices.com Company Website https://cloudconventions.com

July 29, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Summer 2020 Travel Trends: Travelers Are Embracing the ‘Staycation’

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The “staycation” has always been a great option for travelers looking to plan a last-minute getaway close to home, as well as an effective way to minimize expenses and maximize vacation time. Staycations allow consumers to save money on airline tickets and rental cars, avoid a lot of the stress associated with traveling and truly unplug – all without spending hours planning. Recently, travel expert Dayvee Sutton teamed up with Cambria Hotels and YourUpdateTV to discuss current travel trends and what goes into a perfect staycation. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/kHrCCrxQclo As COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift, more and more travelers are looking to get out of the house. Instead of planning elaborate, weeklong vacations, consumers are opting to stay closer to home and take shorter, more spontaneous trips that give them flexibility, which is renewing interest in staycations. The number of road trips planned in the U.S. has exploded in recent weeks, particularly as many Americans are still apprehensive about air travel. Staying at a nearby hotel is an easy way to relax, unwind and take a much-needed break away from home. With more than 50 hotels nationwide, Cambria hotels offer travelers the approachable indulgences they are looking for and, in many cases, outdoor spaces featuring scenic rooftop views and relaxing pools. Cambria hotels are found in central locations, conveniently located near businesses and various dining and entertainment options. Each hotel features thoughtful design and locally inspired food and beverage offerings that reflect the surrounding community, including a curated craft beer selection. While consumers may be ready to plan a staycation, they also want to know protocols are in place to protect their well-being. According to Travelocity , 72% of travelers name health and safety as their top priorities when deciding where and when to travel post-COVID-19. Choice Hotels’ Commitment to Clean initiative, which enhances hotels’ existing cleaning procedures with best practices for cleaning, disinfecting and social distancing, can help give guests added peace of mind when they choose to stay with Cambria Hotels. Cambria guests can also limit their interactions with hotel staff by using the Cambria Contactless Concierge Service, a text messaging service for housekeeping requests, to-go food orders, and more. Visit choicehotels.com/cambria to learn more, book your staycation and check out the latest promotions, such as the popular Stay Twice, Earn a Free Night promotion running through September 7, 2020. About Dayvee Sutton Dayvee Sutton is an award-winning journalist covering a range of beats: travel, sports, entertainment, movies and a number of lifestyle topics for television and digital media. As a national lifestyle and travel correspondent based in Atlanta, Georgia, Dayvee has represented more than 150 brands over the course of 15 years. Dayvee has a passion for travel and travels the country representing different brands on local TV, connecting with viewers on behalf of some of the best brands in travel. She's an avid traveler and a self-proclaimed karaoke queen. Dayvee Sutton is a southern California native and graduated from UCLA. About Choice Hotels Choice Hotels International, Inc. is one of the largest lodging franchisors in the world. With more than 7,100 hotels, representing over 590,000 rooms, in over 40 countries and territories as of March 31, 2020, the Choice® family of hotel brands provide business and leisure travelers with a range of high-quality lodging options from limited service to full-service hotels in the upscale, midscale, extended stay and economy segments. The award-winning Choice Privileges® loyalty program offers members benefits ranging from everyday rewards to exceptional experiences. For more information, visit www.choicehotels.com . About Cambria Hotels® The Cambria Hotels brand is designed for the modern traveler, offering guests a distinct experience with simple, guilt-free indulgences allowing them to treat themselves while on the road. Properties feature compelling design inspired by the location, spacious and comfortable rooms, flexible meeting space, and local, freshly prepared food and craft beer. Cambria Hotels is rapidly expanding in major U.S. cities, with hotels open in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. There are over 130 Cambria properties open or in the pipeline across the United States, with more than 50 currently open. To learn more, visit www.choicehotels.com/cambria . About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 29, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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