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    The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (, a nonprofit organization that educates veterans and active service members about homeownership, will be hosting a free VA Housing Summit in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM at the Veterans Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. • Culver City, California 90230

    LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) September 10, 2018

    Huge Overlooked Market

    Home sellers in Los Angeles are missing out on a huge market because of their misconceptions of veterans and active duty members.

    Los Angeles county has one of the largest veteran populations in the US – roughly 381 thousand veterans not including active-duty members, retirees, and their families – yet most home sellers are overlooking them, missing out on this massive market.

    Civilian home sellers aren’t marketing their homes to this large consumer audience because they believe incorrectly that it’s more difficult to get approved for a VA Loan. They also wrongly believe the VA appraisal process is more difficult than conventional home appraisal process.

    However, the VA appraisal process – specifically the Minimum Property Requirements that sellers must meet – are much more lenient for VA mortgages than conventional mortgages. In addition, VA loans close in only 30 to 45 days, which is typically three days sooner than a standard FHA loan.

    Veterans & Service Members Missing Out

    But it’s not just home sellers that are missing out. Veteran and active duty members right here in Los Angeles are also missing out on government assisted financial programs that can help them buy a home for less than they’re paying in rent.

    For example, the state of California offers several assistance programs that help veterans, active duty members and lower income families – but the public rarely hears about them.

    The Golden State Finance Authority Platinum Program (GSFA Platinum) is designed to increase homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income individuals and families in California. VA home buyers can receive up to 4.00% of the homes purchase price for down payment and closing cost assistance. This loan program is a forgivable second that matures in only three years.

    In addition, the Veterans Administration can provide even more assistance through lower interest rates and no down payment for active and retired military but too often veterans and active duty members aren’t educated on these financial programs that they earned through their honorable service.

    Los Angeles VA home loans max out at $679,650 for one unit and $1,307,175 for four units – more than most other counties in the US.

    Free VA Housing Summit in Los Angeles County

    The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (, a nonprofit organization that educates veterans and active service members about homeownership, will be hosting a free VA Housing Summit in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM at the Veterans Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. • Culver City, California 90230. Pre-register for the event at

    Veterans and active duty members will learn about the various local and national housing programs that can help them get into their own home. The summit is intended to educate all service members, both current and retired, on the ins-and-outs of each of the programs that they are entitled to. Service members will learn on-the-spot how much they qualify for; they will walk away with their Certificate of Eligibility, which is necessary for financing with a VA loan. Reported by PRWeb 20 hours ago.

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    Fall season kicks off with a lineup of exciting children’s workshops

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 10, 2018

    Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (ChappPAC) is kicking off its second year of acclaimed children’s performances and musical theatre educational programming with a trio of fall children’s workshops. The newly-renovated theater will open its doors to young musical theatre enthusiasts for three workshop sessions, beginning in October. Working professionals from Broadway, as well as Westchester County will offer in-depth instruction to help students between the ages of three through sixteen hone their acting, singing and performance skills.

    The workshops and Open House will be presented by the Town of New Castle, Standing Ovation Studios, and Soup’s On Entertainment and will be held at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. The 425-seat venue is located on the former Reader’s Digest campus and has found new life as a unique cultural institution and upscale entertainment destination.

    The 2018 fall schedule includes a complimentary Kick-Off Musical Theatre Workshops Open House on October 6th, which will provide an opportunity for kids and parents to learn about all that ChappPAC’s workshops and performances have to offer. The event will feature choreographers and teachers from Standing Ovation Studios who will be teaching songs and choreography from Peter Pan and Hamilton, providing an advance glimpse of what’s in store for subsequent workshops. Students will learn and then perform on-stage for parents and friends. There will be a “talkback session” with the actors following the performance to provide participants an intimate chance to learn from people with successful theatre industry careers. These workshops are intended to not only instruct, but also inspire the next generation.

    “The opportunity to bring Broadway performers, directors, choreographers and music directors to Chappaqua to create theatre is so inspiring,” said ChappPAC manager John Fanelli. John is a veteran theatre professional who was previously associated with the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and is the artistic director for his own Standing Ovation Studios and Lighthouse Youth Theater. “We can’t wait for the children in Westchester to be able to experience this level of entertainment and education.”

    “It is time to uncover Chappaqua’s hidden gem,” said Jill Shapiro, Town Administrator of the Town of New Castle. “We’re thrilled to put the spotlight on all of the Broadway stars and programming soon to be featured at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center and inspire a new generation of performers and theatre lovers.”

    Following are upcoming workshops:· FREE Musical Theatre Workshop Open House (Saturday, October 6, 11am-12pm for ages 3-6 and 12:30-2:30pm for ages 7-16): Come learn firsthand about all the wonderful things happening for kids at ChappPAC this fall. Join Westchester’s finest musical theatre instructors on-stage and learn about all the opportunities for kids this fall at ChappPAC. From 11am-12pm, students ages 3-6 will learn a song from Peter Pan and perform for parents and friends on stage at the end of the workshop. From 12:30-2:30 students ages 7-11 and 12-16 will learn and perform a song and dance from Hamilton.
    · Wicked Workshop (Monday, October 15, 4:30pm-6:30pm): Exclusive opportunity for young theater lovers to Join two current Broadway actors who are former cast members of Wicked! Arielle Jacobs whose Broadway credits include; Jasmine in Aladdin (current), Wicked, In the Heights and Rent and Alicia Albright whose Broadway credits include dance captain in Frozen (current) and Dance Captain in Wicked, as well as national tours of All Shook Up and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Participants will learn a portion of a Wicked song and dance combo from Broadway cast members and two professional music directors. The session culminates with the students performing on stage for parents and friends and a Q&A session with the actors about their experience to educate and inspire the next generation of performers and theatre lovers.
    · Musical Theatre Technique and Audition Prep Workshop (Monday, November 26, 4:30pm-6:30pm): Join Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Wicked, Godspell, Grease) and Broadway star Derek Klena (Anastasia, Wicked, Bridges of Madison County) to learn about musical theatre technique and audition preparation. These two veterans of Broadway will provide insightful instruction in a fun and encouraging environment. The session culminates with the students performing on stage for parents and friends and a Q&A session with the actors about their experience to educate and inspire the next generation of performers and theatre lovers.

    Performer bios can be found here.

    Workshop Pricing:
    Early Bird (prior to September 25): $150 per workshop
    After September 25th: $175 per workshop

    The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center is located at 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514 just inside the gate of the former Reader’s Digest campus. To purchase tickets, please visit
    or call 914-458-5143.

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    About Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
    Founded in 2017, the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center was established to provide diverse arts and cultural programming for people throughout Westchester County and the region. Located in the heart of Chappaqua on the former Reader’s Digest campus, this amazing 425 seat venue was recently saved from demolition and brought back to life through a unique consortium of municipal and private support. The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center was formed by this consortium to program and present a unique blend of local, regional and national arts and cultural opportunities for Westchester County. Chappaqua Performing Arts Center supports local, Broadway and national artists to showcase their talents for all to see. Visit for additional information. Reported by PRWeb 20 hours ago.

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    New list also puts Stetson at No. 3 on Best for Veterans and moves Stetson up one notch on the Best Colleges Regional University (South) list.

    DELAND, Fla. (PRWEB) September 10, 2018

    Stetson University ranks No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of Best Regional Universities (South), and No. 3 on the list of Best for Veterans Regional Universities (South). There are 165 schools in this category.

    “Engaging faculty members who mentor our students and care deeply about undergraduate teaching enable our students to hone their problem-solving skills,” said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. “Relevant work and internship opportunities aid students in maximizing their education investment providing an extraordinary value. Multiple national recognitions are a testament to Stetson’s innovation and the dedicated work of our staff and faculty.”

    In addition, U.S. News & World Report includes Stetson on its lists of: Best Undergraduate Teaching Regional Universities (South) and Best Value Schools Regional Universities (South). Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranks Stetson University College of Law No. 1 for Trial Advocacy and No. 2 for Legal Writing in the United States. Stetson has been ranked the top law school for Trial Advocacy 20 times in 24 years, and has consistently ranked among the top six legal writing programs since the inception of the Legal Writing rankings in 2005.

    Schools in the Regional Universities category are defined by U.S. News & World Report as offering a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs.

    Stetson emphasizes active learning with a low undergraduate student/teacher ratio of 13:1. Sixty percent of classes have fewer than 20 students, and no classes have 50 or more students. Half of first-year students finished in the top quarter of their high school graduating class.

    This year Stetson University has been named a top university by Princeton Review’s Top 384 Colleges, Money’s Best Colleges and Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges.

    About Stetson University
    Founded in 1883, Stetson University is the oldest private university in Central Florida, providing a transforming education in the liberal arts tradition. Stetson stresses academic excellence and community-engaged learning, and consistently earns high marks in national rankings. Stetson encourages its students to go beyond success to significance in their lives, the lives of others and their communities. Reported by PRWeb 20 hours ago.

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    Two months after North Hempstead town officials and veterans started a petition for a veterans outpatient clinic closer to home, a mobile veterans center for basic health needs will arrive in town later this month, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Monday. Reported by Newsday 19 hours ago.

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    St. Joseph's College (SJC) has once again been selected as one of the nation’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities – North category.

    BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 10, 2018

    St. Joseph’s College (SJC) was once again ranked as one of the nation’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report. For more than a decade, SJC has been selected as one of the nation’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities – North category, and this year saw the College move up nine spots in the rankings.

    “This year's U.S. News and World Report listing once again confirms that St. Joseph's College delivers on its promise to provide its students with a world-class education that will prepare them for success,” said Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., SJC president. “Our emphasis on offering our students a truly transformative college experience at a modest cost enables them to begin their adult lives with little debt and in a position to thrive.”

    With campuses in Brooklyn, Long Island and Online, SJC was selected to this year’s list of top Regional Universities–North based upon its high graduation and retention rates, as well as social mobility of its graduates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. In addition, U.S. News & World Report named SJC to its list of Best Colleges for Veterans. The College was selected to this list due to its high comprehensive rankings, as well as its eligibility in the 9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program.

    SJC was also named to Forbes’ list of America's Top Colleges.

    For more information about SJC, visit Reported by PRWeb 18 hours ago.

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    The Supreme Court Monday sought a report in sealed cover from a lower court judge on how he intended to complete the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case involving BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti within the April 2019 deadline. Reported by IndiaTimes 18 hours ago.

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    The Supreme Court Monday sought a report in sealed cover from a lower court judge on how he intended to complete the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case involving BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti within the April 2019 deadline. Reported by IndiaTimes 16 hours ago.

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    Many people don’t know how to appeal their property taxes, or don’t even know they can. So a team of industry veterans wants to help homeowners do two things: determine if a tax appeal is warranted and, if it is, give them the resources to execute it. That’s the structure behind, a D.C.-based business slowly launching in markets across the country. So far, it has hit the District, Maryland and Virginia, followed by Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and Washington. And that’s… Reported by bizjournals 18 hours ago.

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    Event Celebrates its 25th Anniversary of Golf Therapy, Rehabilitation

    Riverside, Iowa, Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 200 Veterans with visual impairments, severe illness or injury are TEEing up at the 2018 National Disabled Veterans Training, Exposure and Experience Tournament, September 9-14 around Iowa City, Iowa.The five-day event is co-hosted by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and is supported by businesses, nonprofit organizations and individual donors.

    “The fact that this important event has been around for a quarter century says a lot about its positive impact on many disabled Veterans each year,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It’s a great event, and VA is proud to partner with DAV and many other corporate and individual donors to make it happen once again for our nation’s heroes.”

    “When I lost my limbs in service, I was devastated and thought about all the things I couldn’t do. Through this event, I’m able to golf and do things I never thought were possible,” said Dave Riley, the clinic chairman.

    In addition to golfing at several courses in the Iowa City area, veterans will participate in adaptive cycling, fishing, bowling, kayaking, scuba diving, disc golf, marksmanship and rock wall climbing.

    Nearly 250 veterans from around the country are participating in the TEE Tournament’s 25th Anniversary event hosted by the Iowa City VA Health Care System. More than 400 volunteers are expected to donate their time and efforts to the event. 

    *For any b-roll requests, photos or to attend in person, contact Charity Edgar at 202.641.4822, and visit for more information. *CONTACT: Charity Edgar
    DAV (Disabled American Veterans)
    2026414822 Reported by GlobeNewswire 16 hours ago.

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    Vaughn Maintains Top Regional Ranking and Moves Up in Multiple Categories for 2019

    FLUSHING, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 10, 2018

    For the eighth year in a row, Vaughn College has been ranked among the first-tier top regional colleges in the North and holds the sole rank of eighth this year. U.S. News & World Report results released September 10 again recognized Vaughn in its 2019 survey of the best regional colleges.

    "Vaughn is committed to our mission of preparing graduates for a professional life of success and these latest rankings reflect that dedication,” said President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo. “This year, in addition to a top ranking, we are particularly proud of a significant increase in the peer assessment category based on a survey of provosts and chief academic leaders that acknowledges the contribution of a Vaughn education.”

    Vaughn was also ranked 11 in the “Best Value Schools” in the regional North category reinforcing the value of investing in a Vaughn degree, while coming in at number one and tied with the City University of New York for ethnic diversity and in the top 10 for the number of international students attending the College.

    In this year's survey, for the second year in a row, Vaughn was ranked third in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category. Vaughn is committed to its veteran student population providing a transition from military to civilian life and professional skills for long-term career success.

    One of the variables used in the ranking is the predicted versus actual graduation rate. U.S. News calculates a predicted six-year graduation rate for Vaughn students based on economic and academic characteristics at the time of admission, and this year they predicted a rate of 43 percent and Vaughn achieved 52 percent.

    Vaughn has been consistently recognized for its educational value to students, most recently by Careertrend ranking Vaughn as number four on its list of the hardest working colleges in the US. The report utilizes data from the US Census and the National Center for Education Statistics to estimate the hours students are likely to work upon graduation, based on the most popular majors at each institution. Last year, Vaughn was recognized as the number one institution in the country in economic mobility as published in The New York Times; the best at moving students from the bottom income levels to the top.

    U.S. News & World Report began its annual rankings of American colleges and universities in 1983. As in years past, it used more than a dozen indicators to score its 2019 choices, including undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rates, freshman retention rates and alumni giving. Rankings were based on a weighted evaluation of all categories.

    Further evidence of graduates’ success is the current career placement rate of 97 percent employed, 82 percent in their field of study, or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

    See the entire U.S. News & World Report ranking online here.

    About Vaughn
    Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, nonprofit, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,500 students in master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Ninety-eight percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. They work in 20 countries and all 50 states. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 15 hours ago.

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    Magnolia Recover Center, previously known as Sunspire Health Hilton Head, announced effective August 31, 2018, TRICARE East beneficiaries can access the addiction and trauma treatment services they offer. As a TRICARE in-network provider, military service members, retirees, and their families struggling with addiction, PTSD, and related mental health conditions will have access to personalized, evidence-based recovery health care services at Magnolia Recovery Center.

    HILTON HEAD, S.C. (PRWEB) September 10, 2018

    Magnolia Recovery Center’s acceptance into the TRICARE East Region network of providers allows approximately 6 million TRICARE beneficiaries in a 32-state region (including Washington D.C.) to access high-quality substance and psychological treatment. This means that MCRD Parris Island, Merritt Field Marine Air Base, the National Guard Post in Beaufort, as well as other military installations on the East Coast, are within driving distance from the center.

    “Medical insurers like TRICARE understand the importance addiction treatment centers like ours play in treating those servicemen and women, veterans, and their families who have been impacted by PTSD and the disease of addiction,” said Magnolia Recovery Center’s Executive Director Danielle LaPointe. “We express our thanks and appreciation to those that fought for our freedom by equipping and training them on how to fight for a different type of freedom – freedom from active addiction.”

    Magnolia Recovery Center, located in a renovated boutique hotel on Hilton Head Island, offers inpatient and intensive outpatient options to those struggling with addiction while treating co-occurring mental health conditions and trauma. Its unique H.O.P.E. Program is a 4-week progressive curriculum that gives the patient a realistic roadmap to recovery. Magnolia Recovery Center is a Meadows Behavioral Healthcare program.

    About Meadows Behavioral Healthcare
    Meadows Behavioral Healthcare is a continuum of highly individualized treatment services encompassing emotional trauma, addiction, eating disorders, and related mental health conditions. Our exceptional combination of clinical leadership and positive outcomes sets us apart from other trauma, addiction, and recovery treatment centers. Our patients benefit from the leadership expertise of our team of Senior Fellows, ( who are world-renowned experts who guide our treatment approach and provide on-going training of our caring team of professionals. For additional information, please visit: Reported by PRWeb 15 hours ago.

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    Tech Expo yields big insights, challenges and awards in Southeastern Virginia: Building the regional economy through collaboration focused on innovation, technology jobs, and intellectual property.

    NORFOLK, Va. (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    xTuple was honored with the Enterprise Innovation Product of the Year Award for their newly released product, xTupleCommerce, an eCommerce platform conceived to give small-to-medium sized manufacturers and distributors, and their entire global supply chain, a head-start over their competition with digital transformation technology. xTuple's business users can now add a new revenue channel, reduce their sales cycles, and engage with customers 24/7, in the same self-service, business-to-consumer (B2C) format we're all used to — with this powerful sales enablement tool. xTupleCommerce is the ONLY business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce Customer Web Portal featuring a real-time open source ERP integration. Accepting for xTuple were founder and CEO Ned Lilly and Josh Fischer, product manager for xTupleCommerce.

    The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative (HRIC) gathered over 200 regional tech leaders together on Wednesday September 5, 2018, for a daylong expo to further technology-based economic development in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The event was held at Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC) in Suffolk.

    From a welcome kick-off by ODU president John Broderick, remarks from senior Virginia Senator Mark Warner to subject matter expert panels, the event served to celebrate and inspire innovation in the Hampton Roads region.

    Hot topics and future trends discussed in sessions included enabling digital transformation using artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and biometric signature identification, intellectual property protections and patents, and next generation networking and infrastructure.

    “The Tech Expo hosted by HRIC was a great mix of topics and discussion around emerging technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. As a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization for our area, I was happy to share personal thoughts and observations on running a technology company in today’s regional business environment,” said Brad Scott, president and CEO of Cetan Corp, a certified Native American, veteran-owned small business IT solutions company who also serves as HRIC’s chairman.

    CIO panel of IT leaders included Daniel Jones, city of Portsmouth; Deborah Cassidy, PRA Group; Joe McMahon, Naval Safety Center; Amber Boehnlein, Jefferson Lab; moderated by Chuck Williams, city of Chesapeake.

    Emerging Technology panel featured Daniel McPeters, Applings Studio on augmented reality; Kevin Esser, G2 Ops, on cybersecurity; and Barry Ezell, VMASC, on modeling and simulation; moderated by Patrick Ryan of Huntington Ingalls.

    Entrepreneurs Organization panel featured Cetan Corp.’s Scott, Array Digital’s Erik Olson, On Call Telecom’s Glenn Davis, moderated by Patti Hamilton of Hamilton Consulting Solutions Corp.

    Larry "Chip" Filer, associate vice president for ODU’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discussed ODU’s role in the regional technology ecosystem, commenting: “I encourage each one of you to use ODU, your regional research university, to the fullest; it’s your resource for not only higher education and career development. We are growing entrepreneurs who will create jobs and strengthen Virginia's economy. From the Strome Entrepreneurial Center where students, faculty and staff collaborate to launch new businesses to the Center for Enterprise Innovation where nationally — and internationally — known experts mentor new business leaders, veterans and up-and-coming entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises.”

    During the evening’s Tech Night Awards Banquet, several technology firms were recognized for their unique products and entrepreneurial efforts.· Emerging Unmanned System Product of the Year — Advanced Aircraft
    · Emerging Cyber Product of the Year — Jigsaw Security Enterprise Inc.
    · Emerging Augmented Reality Product of the Year — Ario
    · Emerging Bio Med Product of the Year — PolyPhysics, Inc.
    · Innovation Enterprise Product of the Year — xTuple’s xTupleCommerce
    · Innovation Training Product of the Year — Mymic LLC
    · Top Small-Medium Technology Job Creator — G2 OPS Inc.

    Technology Start-up of the Year — Applings Studio, LLC· Technology Entrepreneur of the Year — Pratik Kothari of TechArk
    · Technology Small-Medium Sized Enterprise of the Year — DroneUp

    HRIC president Dan Bell closed the day’s events with a call to action and next steps stating, “The Tech Expo with Tech Night Awards are an opportunity for liked-minded people from technology business and innovation to gather, learn, share and celebrate. The Tech Expo is an important part of what we’re trying to achieve in Hampton Roads, which is to develop a strong, new economic pillar of small-to-medium sized technology business.”

    About Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative (HRIC)· HRIC is one of 10 regional members of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Tech Council Network, originally formed in 1996 to help advance economic development through technology business initiatives and education with political, civic and business leaders. HRIC is a collaborative model, instrumental in the development of a common fabric for technology innovation and entrepreneurship in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region. Learn more at #HRTechExpo

    About xTuple — Open Source ERP+CRM+Web Portal· Award-winning xTuple is the leading commercial open source suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software with integrated CRM for Manufacturing and Distribution companies who need control over operations and profitability. Includes all critical supply chain functions in one modular system: accounting, sales, customer and supplier management, inventory control, manufacturing and distribution. Manufacturers: make-to-order, make-to-stock, mixed-mode. Distributors: electrical, HVAC, plumbing, industrial and consumer wholesale distribution. Available with real-time business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce / Sales & Service Customer Web Portal.

    · xTuple is powerful tools to Grow Your World®. Modular by design, discrete pieces may be utilized separately, without implementing the entire ERP system. xTuple gives customers the ability to tailor solutions with multi-platform support for Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile as well as flexible licensing and pricing options.

    · Join the innovation conversation with the open source community at xTuple Forums. Learn about the product with xTuple University. Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    Broker Phil Tibi, of The Phil Tibi Group, appointed president of the Phoenix Biltmore Lions Club.

    PHOENIX (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    Phil Tibi, founder of The Phil Tibi Group, was recently named president of the Phoenix Biltmore Lions Club. “After serving as a member of the Biltmore Lion’s Club for nearly 8 years, I’m very proud to have been elected as president of such a reputable and established organization,” said Tibi.

    The Phoenix Biltmore Lions Club was established in 1964 by a group of business and professional people interested in serving the community. Known best for fighting blindness, Lions International is the world’s largest service organization of men and women. With a motto of “We Serve,” the community also benefits from this organization with feeding the hungry, assisting those with sight and hearing disabilities, helping elderly citizens, and aiding veterans.

    Since it was established in 1964, the Phoenix Biltmore Lions Club has raised and donated millions of dollars. Money raised has been donated to various organizations such as Camp Tatiyee (a summer camp in Lakeside, Arizona, which hosts physically and mentally challenged children and adults), Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Arizona Association of Food Banks, Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, to name a few.

    Tibi started his career in real estate in 1991, buying and reselling homes for himself as well as other friends and family. In 2007, he became the Associate Broker and Director of Resale at Cambridge Properties. Tibi was recognized as Top-10 Agent by Homes and Land Magazine. His education and real estate designations include MBA Fordham University, NY 1991, GRI, CRS, ABR, and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.

    About Phil Tibi, The Phil Tibi Group
    Phil Tibi’s international background, extensive years of experience, and superior knowledge of Arizona’s local Biltmore real estate market make him a single point of contact for all your Biltmore real estate buying and selling needs. The Phil Tibi Group works together in specific local areas such as Biltmore, Arcadia, North Central Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale. For more information, please call (602) 692-0780, or visit

    About the NALA™
    The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA’s mission is to promote a business’ relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. The information and content in this article are not in conjunction with the views of the NALA. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361. Reported by PRWeb 5 hours ago.

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    Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput welcomed their second child, Zain Kapoor, on September 5. The couple already has a daughter, Misha, who recently turned two years old.

    They didn't suffer from any pre-delivery jitters this time. Admitting to being a bundle of nerves during the birth of his first child in 2016, Shahid told Mid Day in a recent interview, "It's completely different this time. I think we are calmer and more relaxed. Mira and I would be asking questions and having doubts. But this time around, we feel like veterans. We have done it once, so we can handle it this time around."

    The family took the newborn home on September 7. As this was the 23-year-old’s second pregnancy, Mira was certain about some things. Mira says she is going to follow the same parenting rules she did during Misha.

    *Here are a few excerpts from her recent interview - *

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    Mira has always stressed on the importance of breast-feeding. She reiterated the same in a recent interview with “I have spoken about the importance of feeding the baby in the past too. I was extremely religious with Misha and I am going to do the same with my newborn. It is the greatest gift you can give your baby.”

    Mira feels it is essential for new mothers to "Be happy and eat well.""Also, important is to sleep whenever the kids allow you to because that will no more be in your own hand," she added.

    “This time I already have a toddler around and keeping a balance between the one you have and the one that's on its way is very important. Everything changes and you don't want that the one who has been the apple of your eyes for so long and feels that she's the centre of your world to feel neglected and ignored.That is very important,” Mira said.

    Speaking about her grandsom Zain, Shahid's mother Neelima Azin told entertainment portal Spotboye in a recent interview, “Shahid and Mira now have a complete family. I am in the best phase of my life. Misha has been the love of my life ever since she was born. And now, Zain joins her. He is a beautiful child...He is gloriously good-looking. I see a bit of everyone in him. He will turn out to be as handsome as his father and chacha (Ishaan).”

    “At the time of Misha’s birth only, Zain was decided. It was that it will be Misha if it is a girl (combination of Mira and Shahid) and if it is a boy, it will be Zain. Long back I had shared the name with Shahid. I had told Shahid that I love four names- Shahid, Ishaan, Zain and Kaamraan,” Neelima revealed.

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    Stearns Lending, LLC, a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail, and Strategic Alliance sectors, today announced the close of its shared equity partnership deal with Certainty Home Loans, an independent mortgage banker that delivers a confident closing, with the terms agreed upon, and the timing promised.

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    Stearns Lending, LLC, a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail, and Strategic Alliance sectors, today announced the close of its shared equity partnership deal with Certainty Home Loans, an independent mortgage banker that delivers a confident closing, with the terms agreed upon, and the timing promised.

    “Today’s successful mortgage companies understand the power of economies of scale and combined resources. Certainty Home Loans’ strong retail, consumer-centric model along with our wholesale, retail and strategic alliance sectors, allows us to provide our employees, customers, and partners with industry-leading technology and resources that help the dream of homeownership become a reality,” said David Schneider, CEO of Stearns Lending. “For Stearns Lending, the partnership helps accelerate the growth of Stearns’ retail sales channel and broadens our geographic footprint.”

    This partnership launches Stearns’ new Preferred Partner Platform which leverages Stearns’ experience with its current Joint Venture business model which currently operates under ten different brands across the country. As the first Preferred Partner, Certainty Home Loans has access to Stearns’ industry-leading technology, direct access to capital markets expertise, and operational excellence.

    “By leveraging Stearns’ advanced technology platform to streamline and improve interactions with partners, customers and each other, this partnership allows Certainty Home Loans to accelerate growth plans,” said Jim Clapp, president of Certainty Home Loans.

    For more than 28 years, Stearns has been helping employees, borrowers and business partners to reach their goals by successfully exceeding expectations and leading the industry with innovation and efficiency.

    About Certainty Loans
    Certainty Home Loans, LLC NMLSR# 2146 f/k/a WR Starkey Mortgage, LLP, is the independent mortgage banker that delivers a confident closing, with the terms agreed upon, and the timing promised. Licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia (D.C.), Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, (, Certainty Home Loans strives to simplify the mortgage process through expertise, transparency and personal relationships with borrowers, Realtors, and builders. Founded in March 2000 and headquartered in Plano, Texas, Certainty Home Loans offers home purchase, refinance, renovation and reverse mortgage loans. Continuing a reputation for quality and excellence in the mortgage industry, the company has been recognized by National Professional Mortgage Magazine as a Top Mortgage Employer: 2016 - 2018; Mortgage Executive Magazine as a Top 100 Mortgage Company: 2011-2017 and as a Top 50 Company to Work for in America: 2014 - 2015.

    About Stearns Lending, LLC
    Stearns Lending, LLC is a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail, and Strategic Alliances sectors throughout the United States where licenses are held. The company was ranked as the #3 Wholesale Lender nationwide by Inside Mortgage Finance in June of 2016.

    Stearns Lending is an equal housing lender and is licensed to conduct business in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Stearns Lending is an approved HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) lender; a Single-Family Issuer for Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association); an approved Seller/Servicer for Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association); and an approved Seller/Servicer for Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation). Stearns Lending is also approved as a VA (United States Department of Veterans Affairs) lender, a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) lender and is an approved lending institution with FHA (Federal Housing Administration). Stearns Lending, LLC is located at 4 Hutton Centre Drive, 10th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92707. Company NMLS# 1854. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    GetApp releases Q3 2018 Call Center Software with Bright Pattern ranking #1 above leaders like Five9, inContact, and Genesys

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    GetApp, Gartner’s leading customer review site, has named Bright Pattern a leader in the Q3 2018 Call Center Software ranking. Bright Pattern ranks higher than top vendors in the categories analyzed, including customer reviews, integration capability, mobile availability, product functionality, and security.

    “The greatest achievement for us in the GetApp ranking is the outstanding feedback we received from our loyal customer base,” said Michael McCloskey, CEO of Bright Pattern. “Bright Pattern was founded to make omnichannel customer communications simple for managers, agents, and end users. It is wonderful to hear that our product innovation is delivering on our promise, and customers are delighted to be using our software.”

    “We scored above vendors like Five9 and inContact for our integration capabilities,” said Konstantin Kishinsky, CTO and Founder of Bright Pattern. “At Bright Pattern, we more than doubled our integration network in 2017. Our team of analysts pinpointed integrations that would help Bright Pattern customers achieve higher service levels. We also listened to customer demands and created new out-of-the-box integrations in areas including CRM, WFM, data augmentation, AI, and more. Some of our top integration partners include IBM Watson, Google, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Zendesk, Monet, and Pipkins.”

    Top Customer Feedback from GetApp:

    “We recently deployed Bright Pattern in a big financial institution and our customers were just shocked how quick the installation was! We replaced some of the services they were running on Avaya, and they say Bright Pattern's product is much easier for them to use while providing the same functionality. Now they want us to migrate all the other services to Bright Pattern.”

    “Bright Pattern has come up with great ideas over the years and has been able to deliver a customer-focused and reliable cloud solution. The product is easily deployable and scalable in a cloud environment. The interface also provides a very intuitive, user-friendly capability where it enables any business to configure and deploy a call center in a matter of minutes.”

    “I have worked in the call center industry for 20 years, and the Bright Pattern team brings a level of excellence and service that is above the standard. We could not be more pleased with their product, and I absolutely recommend them to anyone in a call center environment.”

    About Bright Pattern
    Bright Pattern provides the most simple and powerful contact center for midsize and enterprise companies. With the purpose of making customer service brighter, easier, and faster than ever before, Bright Pattern offers the only true omnichannel cloud platform that can be deployed quickly and nimbly by business users. Bright Pattern allows companies to offer an effortless, personal, and seamless customer experience across traditional channels like voice, text, chat, email, video, messengers, and bots. The company was founded by a team of industry veterans who pioneered the leading on-premises solutions and today are delivering an architecture for the future with an advanced cloud-first approach. Bright Pattern’s cloud contact center solution is used globally in over 26 countries and 12 languages.

    For more information, press only:
    Shelby Bozekowski
    Marketing Manager
    Bright Pattern
    +1 720-209-2818 Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    Corporate and Civic Leaders Join Forces with Military, Veteran, and First Responder Advocates to Bridge the Civilian-Service Divide

    LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    Operation Gratitude announced the launch of the BRIDGE Council today on the 17th anniversary of our nation’s longest war. The Council will bridge the civilian-service divide through a grassroots movement focused on volunteerism, gratitude, and hands-on engagement in communities across America.

    Ensuring that U.S. Service Members, First Responders and their families are and feel supported comes at a critical time in our nation’s history, as American civilians are less personally connected to military service than ever before. According to the Department of Defense, the number of young adults with parents who have served in the military has dropped from 40% in 1995 to 15% today, and less than one percent of the U.S. population currently serves in the armed forces.

    “Over the past decade, much attention has been paid to the widening civilian-military divide in our country. We see a similar gap developing between the general public and the 2.3 million police and firefighters also serving in harm’s way,” said retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel, CEO of Operation Gratitude. “Now is the time to build meaningful connections and bridge the divide that exists between those who serve in uniform, and grateful Americans everywhere who want to express their support.”

    The BRIDGE Council will bring together corporate and civic leaders with Military, Veteran, and First Responder advocates to:

    ●    Engage more than 1 million Americans each year in hands-on volunteer opportunities through employee and community action events;
    ●    Hold more than 10,000 volunteer service projects across the country annually;
    ●    Deliver more than 350,000 care packages annually to Deployed Troops, New Recruit Graduates, Veterans, Military Families and First Responders;
    ●    Identify resources to respond to future large-scale military deployments or natural disasters.

    “Mars is proud to be a longtime partner to the U.S. Military. We have been honored to provide our beloved treats and a sweet taste of home to soldiers deployed overseas for more than 75 years,” said Tim LeBel, President, Sales for Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. “We are excited to further our work with Operation Gratitude and be part of a large-scale solution to support our Service Members, further demonstrating the importance of treating U.S. Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders.”

    Founding Members of the BRIDGE Council include:

    ●    The American Legion, New Jersey - Bob Looby, Chairman, Employment, Homeless & Education Committee and Past State Commander
    ●    CVS Health - David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer
    ●    Diamond Wipes International, Inc., Eve Yen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    ●    Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits - Alex Conison, Brand Manager - Josh Cellars
    ●    Gorilla Glue - Rob Lackman, Chief Operations Officer
    ●    Hasbro - Jennifer Huggins, Armed Forces Liaison
    ●    Honor Flight Nevada - Jon Yuspa, Founder and CEO
    ●    Mars Wrigley Confectionery, U.S. - Tim LeBel, President of Sales
    ●    Operation Gratitude - Kevin Schmiegel, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.), CEO
    ●    Target Corporation - John C. Campbell, Divisional Planning, Merchandising
    ●    Team Kids - Julie Hudash, Founder and CEO
    ●    Washington D.C. Police Foundation - Assistant Chief Patrick A. Burke (Ret.), Executive Director

    Over the past 15 years, Operation Gratitude has worked with corporate partners and civic groups to connect more than 500,000 volunteers across the country with 2.1 million care package recipients deployed overseas and here at home. Building on those connections and expressions of gratitude, the BRIDGE Council will expand the grassroots movement started a decade and a half ago by bringing communities together through hands-on volunteerism and direct interactions.

    “The civilian-service divide will not be resolved in a conference room or from a podium in Washington D.C.,” said Lieutenant Colonel Schmiegel. “It will be bridged through hands-on volunteerism, expressions of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in thousands of communities across America. Our foundation for bridging the divide is established, and we welcome additional companies and civic groups to join this growing movement.”

    Demonstrating that actions speak louder than words in bridging the divide, Operation Gratitude volunteers and members of the BRIDGE Council will deliver care packages in communities across the country on September 11th including Fullerton, CA and Minneapolis, MN; as well as Jacksonville, FL in the wake of the tragedy there.


    The BRIDGE Council [Bridging the Divide through Gratitude and Engagement] is made up of corporate and civic leaders, along with Military, Veteran, and First Responder advocates, working together to bridge the civilian-service divide with a grassroots movement focused on volunteerism, gratitude, and hands-on engagement. Together, Council members will engage 1 million Americans at more than 10,000 volunteer service projects and community events across the country each year, resulting in the delivery of more than 350,000 Care Packages to our nation’s Heroes annually. Through meaningful connections in thousands of communities nationwide, the Council will bridge the divide between grateful Americans and the men and women in uniform who serve and protect them.

    Operation Gratitude has sent more than 2.1 Million of its signature Care Packages to First Responders, New Recruits, Veterans and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support written by grateful Americans. The non-profit organization’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and to provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve. Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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    Attendees Can Meet and Network with ShipStation Experts

    AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    ShipStation, the leading web-based e-commerce shipping solution, announced today it will exhibit for the first time at the UK eCommerce Expo. The eCommerce Expo is the e-commerce industry's largest event in the UK, and will be held at the Olympia London, from September 26-27, 2018. The Expo is free, and requires registration.

    ShipStation will be exhibiting at the Expo at stand E650 from September 26-27. ShipStation team members from the Sales and Account Management, Support, Business Development, and Marketing departments will be on hand to answer questions and gain feedback. Visitors to ShipStation's stand can participate in product demos, learn about new features, and connect with ShipStation experts. ShipStation's stand will also feature a football table and a giveaway for two tickets to a Premier League game of the winner's choosing for the 2018/2019 season.

    ShipStation will also be hosting ShipStation University in London on Friday, September 28, from 12:00 to 18:00. ShipStation University is a free educational event for all ShipStation users, from beginners to seasoned veterans. Lunch will be provided. Following the e-commerce sessions will be a happy hour with drinks and snacks where attendees can mingle and network with other ShipStation customers.

    ShipStation University requires prior registration, which can be completed at

    “The team is excited to meet with UK-based sellers and partners while at the Expo,” said ShipStation’s CMO & Vice President of Partnerships, Robert Gilbreath. “We also look forward to sharing tips on how to dispatch with the highest efficiency and top branding techniques during our University event.”

    About ShipStation

    ShipStation is the leading web-based shipping solution that helps e-commerce retailers import, organize, process, and ship their orders quickly and easily from any web browser. ShipStation features the most integrations of any e-commerce web-based solution with over 150 shopping carts, marketplaces, package carriers, and fulfillment services. ShipStation's many integration partners include eBay, Jet, PayPal, Amazon, Etsy, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, Shopify Plus, Squarespace, and Magento. ShipStation also integrates with carriers such as FedEx, USPS, UPS, Canada Post, Australia Post, Royal Mail, Hermes, and DHL. ShipStation has sophisticated automation features such as automated order importing, custom best practice rules, product profiles, and fulfillment solutions that enable its users, wherever they sell and however they ship, to be exceptionally efficient at shipping orders. ShipStation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of (Nasdaq: STMP). For more information, visit

    About Ecommerce Expo

    eCommerce Expo is the only event in the UK that covers the whole of the e-commerce industry – connecting B2B and B2C buyers, suppliers and thought leaders. The show allows the audience to explore the entire customer journey from acquisition to conversion, delivery to retention. For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    As part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s (HCWHA) 2018 Porch Program Series, Drs. Stephen A. Goldman and James J. Broomall will present on the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of the Civil War on the men who fought it.

    KEEDYSVILLE, Md. (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    As part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s (HCWHA) 2018 Porch Program Series, Drs. Stephen A. Goldman and James J. Broomall will present on the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of the Civil War on the men who fought it. They will explore how Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War reintegrated into their communities after being marked physically and emotionally by the conflict.

    Goldman and Broomall will discuss their research at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 16 at the Newcomer House. The house will be open from 11 AM to 4:30 PM, volunteer docents will be available to share knowledge about the Newcomer House and offer assistance to visitors to the three county Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

    This is the third season of Porch Programs at the Newcomer House, HCWHA’s Exhibit & Visitor Center at Antietam National Battlefield. Visitors of all ages are invited to interact with experts on a variety of Civil War topics, ranging from first aid to family history. Future Porch Program times and other details will be posted on the Heart of the Civil War calendar of events,

    The Newcomer House is located at 18422 Shepherdstown Pike in Keedysville, MD. The house is open weekends in April, May, October and November and daily June through September. For more information, contact Newcomer House Manager Rachel Nichols at or (240) 308-1740. Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.

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    Rapidly Growing Home Services Resource Sees Dramatic Growth in Engaged Homeowners and High Lead Confidence for Contractors Thanks to Real-Time Data-Driven ID Max Solution

    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

    Consumer identity management expert Infutor today announced that Home Professionals, an online education-driven organization connecting homeowners and trusted contractors, has deployed its real-time data driven solution ID Max. Home Professionals – - has been using Infutor’s ID Max to enhance its inbound initiatives, reduce online form fill friction and abandonment as well as enable identity completion of interested homeowners.

    “Our goal is to further educate homeowners on critical aspects of home improvement so they can make more informed decisions when hiring contractors. Through our work with Infutor, we have been able to connect more homeowners and contractors,” said Dick Wells, president and CEO, Home Professionals. “In fact, we have seen a 214 percent increase in more engaged homeowners due to shorter online inquiry forms and the ability to use one single data point to complete an identity, such as street address which is critical information for our contractors. Subsequently, our professional base trusts that we can positively identify if a lead is a homeowner and provide more specifics on our engaged prospects which ultimately leads to more conversions.”

    With a single consumer data point, e.g., name, address, phone, mobile or email, ID Max instantly delivers complete identity data on each inbound homeowner as well as attribute enhancements that enable personalized profile development. ID Max also helps Home Professionals eliminate poor lead quality through lead scoring.

    “Home Professionals’ use of ID Max illustrates the critical role that identity completion and identity profile enhancement through demographic and lifestyle attributes plays in improving lead quality, consumer experiences and conversion rates,” said Gary Walter, president and CEO of Infutor. “We are excited to work with the Home Professionals team to identify and match relevant homeowners to home services professionals.”

    From inbound call center inquiries and online form fills to email or CRM/CDP data, ID Max helps marketers improve segmentation and personalization, and retarget more effectively to increase marketing reach and improve the overall customer experience.

    About Infutor
    Infutor is the expert in data-driven consumer identity management. The company is solely focused on enabling brands to instantly gain access to the most complete and accurate information about consumers, exactly when they need it, to make informed marketing and risk mitigation decisions. Infutor’s mission is to deliver solutions that accurately identify consumers before, during and in-between engagements, giving brands a secure, privacy compliant foundation to improve inbound engagement and outbound omnichannel marketing reach, and to minimize losses due to fraud and non-payment. Led by information industry veterans, Infutor is a privately held company founded in 2003 with strategic investments from Norwest Venture Partners. Infutor is headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information, visit

    About Home Professionals is an organization focused on helping homeowners get the help and find the resources they need to improve their home. Connecting homeowners to the best home professionals and the best deals, HomeProfessionals strives to provide education and advice on a variety of home improvement topics including home security, home automation, solar heating and flooring, among others. For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.

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