Halagard declares a rare investment opportunity just arrived

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Investors received a massive boost yesterday when Treasury put a spotlight on business investments within Opportunity Zones.

This is a real winner for both business owners and investors.”

— Jeff Hudson Halagard CEO

DALLAS, TEXAS, US, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The 2nd round of Opportunity Zone (OZ) rules released by the Treasury yesterday make it clear that Washington DC understands the way to super charge OZ’s lies in a healthy mix of investments in real-estate and increasing the business foot print by supporting small businesses and new ventures in OZs.

Until this round of rules was released, OZ’s were just another real-estate investment and tax program. That all changed yesterday, when the rules for investing in businesses received tremendous clarity and the Administration made it clear they are focused on businesses. “This is a real winner for both business owners and investors”, said Jeff Hudson Halagard CEO.

The updated OZ rules align perfectly with the Halagard model for Connect-In which allows both OZ and Non-OZ companies to sell equity for capital. We put together a short video about how Halagard helps business owners.

What types of businesses can take advantage of the OZ rules? Any business except for the following types: liquor stores, strip clubs, casinos, massage parlors, racetracks and golf courses; the so-called sin businesses.

Can a business not currently located in an OZ also leverage the rules? Yes, any business can take advantage of OZ rules so long as it meets the one of the safe harbor rules for 50%. This means businesses currently in OZ can expand outside the OZ, existing businesses can open offices in an OZ or a startup up can select an OZ for their office. Below are the 3 safe harbors and examples provided by the Treasury.

1) The first safe harbor in the proposed regulations requires that at least 50 percent of the services performed (based on hours) for such business by its employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) are performed within the qualified opportunity zone. This test is intended to address businesses located in a qualified opportunity zone that primarily provide services. The percentage is based on a fraction, the numerator of which is the total number of hours spent by employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) performing services in a qualified opportunity zone during the taxable year, and the denominator of which is the total number of hours spent by employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) in performing services during the taxable year.
• For example, consider a startup business that develops software applications for global sale in a campus located in a qualified opportunity zone. Because the business’ global consumer base purchases such applications through internet download, the business’ employees and independent contractors are able to devote the majority of their total number of hours to developing such applications on the business’ qualified opportunity zone campus. As a result, this startup business would satisfy the first safe harbor, even though the business makes the vast majority of its sales to consumers located outside of the qualified opportunity zone in which its campus is located.

2) The second safe harbor is based upon amounts paid by the trade or business for services performed in the qualified opportunity zone by employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors). Under this test, if at least 50 percent of the services performed for the business by its employees and independent contractors (and employees of independent contractors) are performed in the qualified opportunity zone, based on amounts paid for the services performed, the business meets the 50-percent gross income test found in section 1397C(b)(2). This test is determined by a fraction, the numerator of which is the total amount paid by the entity for employee and independent contractor (and employees of independent contractors) services performed in a qualified opportunity zone during the taxable year, and the denominator of which is the total amount paid by the entity for employee and independent contractor (and employees of independent contractors) services performed during the taxable year.
• For illustration, assume that the startup business described above also utilizes a service center located outside of the qualified opportunity zone and that more employees and independent contractor working hours are performed at the service center than the hours worked at the business’ opportunity zone campus. While the majority of the total hours spent by employees and independent contractors of the startup business occur at the service center, the business pays 50 percent of its total compensation for software development services performed by employees and independent contractors on the business’ opportunity zone campus. As a result, the startup business satisfies the second safe harbor.

3) The third safe harbor is a conjunctive test concerning tangible property and management or operational functions performed in a qualified opportunity zone, permitting a trade or business to use the totality of its situation to meet the requirements of sections 1400Z-2(d)(3)(A)(i) and 1397C(b)(2). The proposed regulations provide that a trade or business may satisfy the 50-percent gross income requirement if (1) the tangible property of the business that is in a qualified opportunity zone and (2) the management or operational functions performed for the business in the qualified opportunity zone are each necessary to generate 50 percent of the gross income of the trade or business.
• Thus, for example, if a landscaper’s headquarters are in a qualified opportunity zone, its officers and employees manage the daily operations of the business (occurring within and outside the qualified opportunity zone) from its headquarters, and all of its equipment and supplies are stored within the headquarters facilities or elsewhere in the qualified opportunity zone, then the management activity and the storage of equipment and supplies in the qualified opportunity zone are each necessary to generate 50 percent of the gross income of the trade or business.

Additionally, another rule clarification makes investing in businesses ideal for Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF’s). instead of having to invest in a company for 10 years QOFs can buy & sell equity in businesses throughout the 10-year period so long as they reinvest the proceeds within 12 months in another OZ investment. Another perfect alignment with the Halagard Marketplace.

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Financial Literacy Rocks Pontiac All Week Long – Come Rock with Us to Empower Pontiac's Youth Through Music

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Funding the Future's GOODING & The Reminders perform a song composed with Accent Pontiac youth about financial literacy at Rock 'n' Art$ at The Strand on 5/3.

Accent Pontiac provides a vibrant, learning environment that enables us to further open up our programming to younger youth who are ready to start incorporating financial literacy into their lives.”

— Carolyn Powell, Funding the Future CEO

PONTIAC, MI, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Accent Pontiac partners with Funding the Future to facilitate a week-long composing workshop with a financial literacy focus culminating in the Rock ‘n’ Art$ family-friendly concert on Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Flagstar Strand Theatre. The event provides students and their families critical financial literacy concepts inspiring financial focus and growth through music and the arts.

Funding the Future’s rock band GOODING and hip hop group The Reminders will work under the musical direction of Dan Trahey to write a song with Accent Pontiac students about making smart financial decisions. They are using art created by Pontiac students for the Andy Meisner Financial Literacy Multimedia Art Contest as relatable inspiration.

“Accent Pontiac provides a vibrant, learning environment that enables us to further open up our programming to younger youth who are ready to start incorporating financial literacy concepts into their daily lives,” shared Funding the Future’s CEO Carolyn Powell. “Learning through music is fun and we can make an incredible impact by making music with this original composition!”

Funding the Future is known for its innovative approach of using a live musical concert to get students to pay attention to a straight-from-the-heart personal finance lesson that follows. In addition to the afternoon composing sessions, GOODING and The Reminders will be visiting area middle and high schools throughout the week to share the Funding the Future magic.

“We are proud to partner with FTF to bring their unique, collaborative teaching approach to Accent Pontiac with such an urgent message that is never too early to learn,” said Accent Pontiac’s Executive Director Tina Rowan. “Plus, using artwork created by high school students in our community makes the message relevant to our youth.”

The inspiration art pieces are selected from Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner’s annual Financial Literacy Multimedia Art Contest for Oakland County high school students. This is the first year that the winner’s artwork will serve as inspiration for a musical composition.

The inspiring work will be debuted Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Rock ‘n’ Art$ during the Pontiac Arts Crawl at the historic Flagstar Strand Theatre. The artists will perform with the youth musicians and then headline sets of their own. Tickets are only $10, and all proceeds benefit Funding the Future and Accent Pontiac.

To buy tickets, please click here: http://bit.ly/FTF-AP_RocknArts
To volunteer for the event, please click here: http://bit.ly/RocknArtsVolunteer


Funding for the Future is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings musical artists to different middle and high schools, student groups, and kid-oriented organizations to provide a free, engaging live concert followed by a crucial and impactful lesson in financial literacy. Since FTF launched in 2014 in Wyoming, it has provided nearly 150,000 students in 34 states and 4 Canadian provinces with essential financial literacy tools. FTF believes all youth can learn critical financial skills, define their future, and obtain professional and personal success. Learn more at www.fundingthefuturelive.org.


Accent Pontiac is an El Sistema-inspired music program in Pontiac, MI, and uses music as a vehicle for social change. A partner with the Pontiac School District since 2016, Accent Pontiac currently serves over 250 students each week with free during and after-school music classes. Participating students receive up to four days per week of after-school music classes, including instruction on percussion, brass, and woodwind instruments. Accent Pontiac is dedicated to the belief that all students deserve equitable access to a robust music education. Learn more at www.accentpontiac.org.

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Funding The Future

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Teckost Acquired 18000+ Subscibers in 115 Days, Spread in 135 Countries

IT Sourcing Simplified

IT Spend Monitoring Redefined

Teckost.com aquired 18000+ subscribers(attached Google Analytics data; watch video) since they went live on 1st January 2019 & they're spread in 135 Countries

NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Teckost.com aquired 18000 plus subscribers(attached Google Analytics data; watch video) since they went live on 1st January 2019. These subscribers are from 135 Countries. The fiirst-ever product of its kind and it does not promote or sell IT Products and IT Services. They only let their subcribers figure out the best or right prices for IT Hardware, IT Software and IT Services. Its an IT Procurement and Supply Market Intelligence tool for businesses.

The User Journey

Teckost.com is a user-friendly product for IT Professionals to pull out the right or best IT pricing for IT Hardware and Software. The registered user has to use their login credentials and to access the product.

Simple steps to use the product:

1. User logs in with credentials.

2. Enters keywords such as laptop, desktop, server, Oracle, Dell, Adobe in the search bar on the home page

3. teckost.com would display the pricing of products for the chosen keywords

4. Users may choose more than keyword at a time and get the pricing for the specific keywords that were chosen with crisp specifications

For example, let's say the user wanted to know the prices for two IT Hardware products – laptop and server, the user would type these two keywords in the search bar and teckost.com would pull out the necessary data from its database and display it. Further search refinement is also possible, by typing specific keywords like i5 processor and teckost.com would filter and produce the results for i5 processor based laptop ignoring other specifications like i7 processor. The items chosen by the users can be saved as a project, retrieved, modified as and when required, as it is stored on the cloud and powered by AWS. The users need not use a spreadsheet for IT Project cost estimation and simulation, as teckost.com has an inbuilt price calculator as a substitute to cumbersome spreadsheets.

Teckost is a start-up & we are not perfect but trying to be perfect. Our prices published may have some variations as its infeasible for anyone to be accurate before the deal is signed off but we are trying to be accurate by implementing and enhancing the capabilities of our search bots


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Teckost IT Service Pvt Ltd

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Josh Kodner can help maximize your property’s value.

Joshua Kodner’s professionalism and experience can help determine your property’s true value

DANIA BEACH, FL, USA, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Joshua Kodner
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Josh Kodner can help maximize your property’s value.

Dania Beach, Florida: We all want to maximize our value. With so many sellers, consignors, and online bidding platforms, it can be a challenge determining how. Joshua Kodner’s professionalism and experience can help determine your property’s true value and maximize your auction sale income.

Now in our fourth generation, Joshua Kodner’s lifelong experience providing expertise in gems, fine jewelry, and fine art properties, attracts attention from numerous platforms that bring interested buyers to you. From appraisal to auction, each of our items are individually appraised and evaluated by Joshua so you can rest assured you receive the true value of your property.

Not convinced you need a professional auction house to sell your wares? Think again. A reputable and established auctioneer like Joshua doesn’t just appraise and evaluate your wares. The benefits of working with us include:

● Showcasing your property to an audience of qualified and committed buyers
● More opportunities to sell: bidders come through our doors daily and we host regular auctions drawing thousands of eyes.
● The right price: professional auctions create a demand that is instrumental to ensuring you never receive below market value.

Joshua Kodner: Since the 1940s we’ve offered a tradition of excellence in the world of gems, antiques and auctions. Now in our fourth generation, Joshua’s wealth of experience and knowledge helps clients maximize their estate’s value with a hint of New York style.

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Record High Satisfaction for Franchise Business Owners

New Research Indicates Franchise Business Owners Are Satisfied and Confident About Growth

Franchising – like most small business – follows the ebbs and flows of the overall economy. It’s great to see satisfaction among franchise owners so high, and the long-term business outlook so strong.”

— Eric Stites, CEO & Managing Director, Franchise Business Review

PORTSMOUTH, NH, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Franchise Business Review announced today that satisfaction among franchise business owners is at an all-time high. The Portsmouth, NH-based research firm has been tracking satisfaction among franchise owners (franchisees) since 2005.

The data released by Franchise Business Review shows that 88 percent (88%) of franchise owners surveyed indicate that they “Enjoy Operating their Business,” and 87 percent (87%) said they “Enjoy Being Part of their Franchise Organization.”

I Enjoy Operating My Business: 88% (Strongly Agree to Agree)

I Enjoy Being Part of My Franchise Organization: 87% (Strongly Agree to Agree)

I Respect My Franchisor: 85% (Strongly Agree to Agree)

My Overall Satisfaction with My Franchise: 83% (Excellent to Good)

When it comes to the future outlook for their business, two-thirds (67%) rated their long-term growth opportunity as “very strong” or “strong,” while another 25 percent (25%) rated their long-term growth outlook as “moderate.” Just eight percent (8%) rated their long-term growth opportunity as “weak” or “very weak.”

Franchise Business Review has surveyed franchisees from over 1,100 franchise companies in the past fifteen years, and not surprisingly, satisfaction among franchise owners was at is lowest point during the recession in 2009 – 2010. This current data is based on surveys of over 28,000 franchisees representing 310 franchise companies surveyed in the past 18 months (October 2017 – March 2019).

“The last few years have been very good for many franchise business owners,” said Eric Stites, CEO and Managing Director of Franchise Business Review. “Franchising – like most small business – follows the ebbs and flows of the overall economy. It’s great to see satisfaction among franchise owners so high, and their long-term business outlook so strong.”

Franchise Business Review’s research looked at 33 different key areas of franchise operations in order to measure overall satisfaction and engagement among franchisees. “Certainly, no franchise company is perfect,” said Stites. “The key drivers of satisfaction include training, marketing, technology, innovation, and franchisor – franchisee relations. Financial performance obviously plays a big role and when people are making money, it takes the pressure off other areas. Our data helps franchise companies better understand their strengths and challenges and improve overall franchise performance.”

According to Franchise Business Review, there are approximately 3,000 franchise companies operating in the U.S. today, but over two-thirds (69%) of those companies are smaller franchise companies with fewer than 100 locations. “The really big franchise companies with over 1,000 locations that people often think of when they think about franchising – like McDonald’s or Subway for example – represent less than ten percent of the franchise universe,” continued Stites.

Franchise business opportunities range in investment cost from as low as a few thousand dollars into the millions of dollars. Franchise Business Review data puts the median franchise investment at just north of $150,000. Franchisees are typically required to have at least 30 percent (30%) in cash with the remainder being financed with a small business loan or other sources of capital.

Average annual incomes for franchisees varies widely depending on concept, industry, and market area. Based on Franchise Business Review’s survey data, the average annual pre-tax income for all franchisees surveyed is $95,290, which is up over 15 percent (15%) since 2016. Multi-unit franchisees – those who own more than one franchise location – report average annual incomes of $135,806, approximately 43% higher on average. Of those surveyed, 62 percent (62%) owned a single location or territory, while 38 percent (38%) were multi-unit franchise owners. 45 percent (45%) had been in business for at least five years, while 24 percent (24%) had only been in business for less than two years.

About This Research

Franchise Business Review conducted independent surveys of 29,341 franchise owners (franchisees) between October 2017 – March 2019. These franchise owners represented one of 310 different franchise companies. Participants were asked 33 benchmark questions related to satisfaction and engagement, as well as a number of market area and demographic questions to determine a Franchise Satisfaction Index (FSI) score. FBR has tracked franchisee satisfaction since 2005, and current overall satisfaction among franchise owners is at an all-time high, up over 10% since a low in 2009. More information about our research is available at: https://tour.franchisebusinessreview.com/research/franchise-business-reviews-franchisee-satisfaction-research/

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is a leading market research firm serving the franchise sector. FBR measures satisfaction and engagement of franchisees and publishes various guides and reports for entrepreneurs considering an investment in a franchise business. Since 2005, FBR has surveyed hundreds of thousands of franchise owners and over 1,100 leading franchise companies. To read our publications, visit https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/publications/. To learn more about FBR’s research, please visit www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com

Ali Forman
Franchise Business Review
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Mount Lehman Credit Union Converts to Smart Solution’s Universa Premier Digital Core Banking Suite

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Universa’s flexible, feature rich and cost-effective state-of-the-art suite of products
are now available in the heart of the Fraser Valley, BC

AURORA, ON, CANADA, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Smart Solution has recently completed converting Mount Lehman Credit Union (MLCU) from its former processing platform to Smart Solution’s Universa Premier Digital Core Banking Suite. The Universa software, being a state-of-the-art, browser-based digital banking platform, incorporates the latest and the best in technological advances. Mount Lehman CU, situated between the beautiful Fraser River and the Trans-Canada Highway in BC, has embraced the Universa suite of products and services to meet a growing number of challenges as it tackles the significant financial needs of its members. As a leading fintech provider of banking and financial management solutions, Ontario-based Smart Solution is always pleased to offer its innovative products in other areas of Canada and with this conversion of MLCU, Smart Solution is proud to announce its sixth Universa client in the province of British Columbia. With MLCU having joined its ever-growing list of Universa clients, Smart Solution continues to enhance and solidify the reputation of Universa as one of the most prominent contenders in leading-edge banking platforms in Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.

Universa’s agile, rapid release development process enables Smart Solution to rapidly translate client business needs or new ideas into customizable system functionalities. Access to Universa’s highly configurable functionalities is under the client’s full control by means of Universa’s security framework. The possibilities for customization are endless and new additions are seamless.

“We measure our success in terms of personal relationships as well as in providing cutting edge support and services for our members. Smart Solution’s Universa platform will give us the means to do exactly that.” said Arlet Wilde, CEO of MLCU. Ms. Wilde went on to say “…the Smart Solution team which flew in from Ontario to be on-site for the conversion was awesome: skilled, well-prepared with expert business knowledge in the Credit Union sector and in the project management discipline. The pre-conversion long-distance training and support was superb and the post-conversion resolution of any minor issues which might have cropped up was quick and effective. Throughout the whole process we never felt alone; all-in-all, a first-class act!.”

“We are delighted that MLCU has chosen to migrate to our growing family of financial institutions using the Universa platform to support its client service strategies,” stated Iean Tait, President and CEO of Smart Solution. He added that, “we are also pleased that MLCU chose to adopt our SaaS delivery model as the overall economics of choosing SaaS over in-house are undeniable as proven by the fact that 80% of our clientele have migrated to this model. By using Smart Solution’s SaaS-integrated private cloud architecture, clients not only enjoy enhanced Tier 1 security and safety, but also do not have to deal with the costs, resources and potential problem solving issues that in-house servers would require. Universa’s market penetration continues to accelerate with several more conversions scheduled for 2019 and beyond. Many institutions are looking for ways to keep up with new and emerging market technologies; the switch to Universa will provide them with the needed tools to meet those challenges and embrace the future.”

About Mount Lehman Credit Union (MLCU)

With a history spanning back 74 years, MLCU prides itself on its “member-oriented method of providing service which exceeds that of the big banks and big credit unions; and, we offer all of the same services at very competitive rates. While the entire financial services industry seems focused on mergers and acquisitions, we have taken a decidedly radical approach–to focus on our members and what's best for them”.

About Smart Solution

For over 35 years, Smart Solution and its group of companies has provided innovative core banking systems and financial management solutions to Credit Unions, Banks, Trusts and other financial organizations worldwide. Smart Solution supports a diverse client base, including some of the top Canadian Credit Unions and innovative Banks. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and on our team of qualified experts focused on providing exceptional service and support. Our strengths lie in our efficiency, our expertise, and our constant focus on innovation and rapid functionality improvements.

For more information:

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Innovative Blockchain Development Solutions by TechAhead

Los Angeles based TechAhead sees tremendous potential for Blockchain as a new technology and has been working with organizations to develop solutions.

AGOURA HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Blockchain is a trending technology that is revolutionizing the way businesses operate. At the heart of the new technology’s success lies its ability to create an environment of trust by improving transparency without compromising on the confidentiality of information. Los Angeles based app development company, TechAhead has been working with clients and developers across multiple industries, including banking and finance, supply chain, logistics, travel, healthcare, media and entertainment and utility to explore how blockchain technology can be leveraged to transform business processes and to make them more reliable and efficient.

In the fintech sector, there is a rising demand from clients who are looking to adopt blockchain to facilitate faster payments, verify digital identities, enable quicker settlements and reconciliations, among other uses. TechAhead has been helping clients in diverse sectors to adopt blockchain technology to build and strengthen their existing capabilities. The development process includes developing a blockchain strategy based on current capabilities and building proof of concepts and prototypes of ready to integrate solutions that meet regulatory requirements of the sector.

“There’s a reason why many organizations are adopting Blockchain. As a blockchain development company, we have witnessed the dramatic change it can bring to business operations for our clients. We are convinced of the immense potential that Blockchain presents as it is already revolutionizing the way businesses currently operate, moving from a centralized market to a more decentralized and transparent one that gives customers better control over how data is shared and used,” says Vikas Kaushik, CEO, TechAhead. “Additionally, the technology is versatile and can be customized to suit the requirements of transparency and confidentiality across diverse industry sectors.”

About TechAhead

TechAhead is an award-winning mobile app development company in the USA with a global clientele. The company is reputed for exploring new technologies in the market and using them to provide the best services to worldwide clients. TechAhead sees strong potential in Blockchain technology and has been exploring ways to create digital ecosystems for enterprises, growing businesses, and ambitious start-ups that are looking to adopt this new technology to transform the way they operate.

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Gulf Management Systems Announces ACH Payment Processing Integration with Zuora

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Built-in gateway integration provides a new payment option for Zuora merchants in the rapidly growing Subscription Economy

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gulf Management Systems, a Clearwater, Florida-based merchant provider of premium payment processing solutions, has integrated it’s ACH payment processing API with Zuora, the leading cloud-based subscription management platform provider.

“Consumer adoption of digital payments is growing rapidly with the rise of the Subscription Economy and merchants need to keep pace with demand. Zuora customers represent every industry around the world – from software to entertainment, automotive and publishing – and our built-in gateway integration with their subscription management platform, supporting ACH processing in the US, positions Gulf Management as an easy to use payment option for this vast group of merchants,” said Business Development Manager, John Toston at Gulf Management Systems.

The Gulf Management Systems integration supports Validate, Payment and Refund Payment operations, while the gateway integration supports Payment Settlement, Payment Rejection, and Refund Settlement Gateway Reconciliation Event types for ACH transactions. According to Gulf Management Systems representatives, ACH processing is a value-oriented method for payment acceptance, boasting the potential to save businesses up to 80-percent with regard to processing when being compared to credit cards. ACH, as an alternative to wire transfers, enables businesses to safeguard their bank account number from customers; Gulf Management offers businesses a myriad of options when it comes to accepting ACH payments via its integrated API.

Further, GMS credentials can be obtained from Gulf Management Systems and configured in Zuora, including Partner API ID (assigned to a merchant account by GMS), Partner API Key (also assigned to a merchant account by GMS) and GMS Identifier (a unique identification protocol associated with a GMS merchant account). Currently, only the ACH payment method in the USD currency is supported by the Gulf Management Systems’ integration in Zuora.

With global offices all throughout the world, Zuora creates cloud-based software on a subscription basis that enables any company – in any industry – to successfully launch, manage and transform into a subscription business. The organization remains the only technology solutions provider that offers complete Order-to-Revenue capabilities for modern businesses, enabling clients to manage quotes, orders, billing and revenue recognition for the entire customer lifecycle on a single platform.

Gulf Management Systems offers a robust payment platform utilizing its API for ACH, enabling clients to integrate a seamless payment platform and provide a cohesive experience for their users. The company’s extensive API and ACH payments knowledge yield a plethora of options, so clients can best serve their own customers while simplifying ACH payment processing.

Gulf Management Systems is located at 2753 SR 580 Suite 212 in Clearwater and can be reached by calling (800) 947-3156. For more information visit www.GulfManagementSystems.com or email sales@GulfManagementSystems.com.

John Toston
GMS Payments ACH
+1 8009473156
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ACS Athens Alumna Stephanie E. Joannides receives school’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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ACS Athens Alumni Awards Event

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Alumna Stephanie E. Joannides is awarded for her service to Humanity and her Leadership with Ethos.

WASHINGTON D.C., U.S., April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — This year’s ACS Athens Lifetime Achievement Award honoree was Alumna Stephanie E. Joannides, class of ‘71, and former Senior Superior Court Judge of Anchorage Alaska. Her professional achievements and exemplary leadership with Ethos and Service to Humanity were a few of the many reasons she was selected for the award, according to ACS Athens’ President, Dr. Stefanos Gialamas.

Stephanie E. Joannides, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Clara and a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, in Spokane, Washington. She has worked as a State Prosecutor in Juneau, in the Office of the Statewide Chief Prosecutor in the Criminal Division and in the Attorney General’s Special Litigation Office in Anchorage. She served as a judge on the State District Court, the State Superior Court and as a pro tem judge on the Alaska Court of Criminal Appeals from 1994 to 2011. Since then, she has been on senior status, presiding over civil and criminal cases, being involved in a variety of court projects and committees and sitting pro tem on the Criminal Court of Appeals.

The second ACS Athens Alumni Achievement Award Event took place on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Capital Hilton, Washington D.C. The prestigious event has come to be an important part of the recent history of ACS Athens (American Community Schools) honoring its excelling alumni and bringing the ACS Athens community around the globe together with noteworthy professionals, prominent members of the community and fellow educators. Alumnus and ACS Athens Board Member, Nick Karambelas, hosted the event as the Master of Ceremonies.

The woman of the hour, Stephanie E. Joannides, gave an emotional heartfelt speech, sharing moments that impacted her, and stressed how important it is to help people, and most of all to stand for what you believe is right and true.
Professor Nicholas Burns, of Harvard University, former US Ambassador to Greece and former ACS Athens parent, was the guest speaker of the evening. In his speech, Professor Burns reminisced about his and his family’s time in Greece, as well as the relationships that he and his family still hold dear to their heart. He emphasized that Greece’s relationship with the United States is now stronger than ever.

ACS Athens President, Dr. Stefanos Gialamas acknowledged the Board of Trustees and the school’s stellar leadership and staff. He proceeded to extend a recognition award to Alumna, and Coordinator of the Alumni & community online platform, acsathensglobal.org, Belina Korovessis, for her dedication and tireless work throughout the years. The award was accepted on behalf of Ms. Korovessis by Athletic Director and Alumna Annie Constantinides.

The new ACS Athens International Advisory Council

The Advisory Council to ACS Athens inauguration meeting took place on April 5th prior to the Gala event. President Gialamas brought members of the council together at the Capitol Hilton hotel in Washington DC. Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens Vice President, presided the meeting introducing members to the ACS Athens vision and goals and shared ideas about developing global, ethical citizens through intentional excellence. Members of the council included University leaders and prominent members of the business and banking community. Members agreed that the partnerships that encompass the K-through-Graduate Education Paradigm of ACS Athens, are essential in developing such global citizens. They pledged their commitment to continue working with ACS Athens towards such goals which ultimately serve the betterment of society.
See more about the members of the International Advisory Council of ACS Athens here.

About ACS Athens:

ACS Athens is a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles, and values. Through excellence in teaching and diverse educational experiences, ACS Athens challenges all students to realize their unique potential: academically, intellectually, socially and ethically — to thrive as responsible global citizens. (School Mission)

For more Information, Contact: Dafni Anesti
anestid@acs.gr, +30 210 6070419

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Huobi OTC Now Accepts Visa & Mastercard!

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Huobi OTC Now Accepts Visa & Mastercard!

Huobi Group is pleased to announce that Huobi OTC now accepts deposits via Visa and Mastercard to purchase cryptocurrency eg Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) etc

Bridging the divide between the fiat and crypto is still a big problem for the community and this is one of the ways we are looking to solve it.”

— Ross Zhang, Head of Marketing for Huobi Group

SINGAPORE, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — As part of its core mission of empowering users and making global finance seamless and accessible to all, Huobi Group is pleased to announce that Huobi OTC now accepts deposits via Visa and Mastercard.

Made possible via a partnership with global payment processor Simplex, the new service will allow users to use their debit and credit cards to purchase Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), & Ripple (XRP) over Huobi’s peer-to-peer exchange.

“Bridging the divide between the fiat and crypto is still a big problem for the community and this is one of the ways we are looking to solve it,” said Ross Zhang, Head of Marketing for Huobi Group. “Partnering with Simplex will allow us to significantly minimize the obstacles our customers face – something we are always interested in,” Zhang added.

“Easy and fast credit card payments, for mainstream users, is a key factor in wider adoption of crypto in general,” said Nimrod Lehavi, Co-Founder and CEO of Simplex. “We’re thrilled to partner up with Huobi and together enable a much better, fast, and easy experience,”

Huobi chose Simplex to partner with for a number or reasons; in addition to the peace of mind and security that comes from dealing with an EU-licenced financial institution, Simplex also offers strong fraud protections enabled through innovative machine-learning algorithms. In addition to Visa and Mastercard, Simplex also accepts some virtual and prepaid cards.

Deposits through Simplex are capped at USD $20,000 daily and USD $50,000 monthly. Fees can vary but generally average around 3.5%. The minimum fee for transactions is USD $10.

About Simplex
Simplex is an EU licensed financial institution providing fraudless payment processing solutions worldwide. Simplex processes credit card payments with a 100% guarantee – in case of a fraud chargeback, the merchant gets paid by Simplex. Our cutting-edge fraud prevention solution and proprietary state-of-the-art AI technology blocks fraudulent users and allows legitimate users to complete payments with ease, increasing conversion rates and enabling merchants to focus on their business growth. www.simplex.com

About Huobi:
Consisting of ten upstream and downstream enterprises, Huobi Group is the world’s leading blockchain company. Established in 2013, Huobi Group's accumulative turnover exceeds $1 trillion. It proudly provides safe, secure, and convenient cryptocurrency trading and asset management services to millions of users in 130+ countries. www.hbg.com

For questions on how to purchase using a credit card, visit our FAQ: https://huobiglobal.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000226921

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Source: EIN Presswire