EnGenius announces Cloud-To-Go solution for small businesses

Cision PR Newswire | August 26, 2020

EnGenius today announced the Cloud-To-Go solution for small businesses like coffee shops, clinics, stores, hospitality, and SOHO to do straightforward but flexible network management on-the-go through a mobile App. The Cloud-To-Go App provides non-IT staff a simple way to configure, monitor, and manage networks without complicated processes and settings, giving a quick device setup, visualized monitoring UI, and smart management all at your fingertips. The Cloud To-Go app enables you to manage and monitor your network wherever you go. The visualized dashboard, the top ranking of usage, client lists, or instant notifications, etc., help you get insights into your network health and device status.

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IMPACT

H&R Block Continues Partnership with Nextdoor® to Connect Neighbors and Improve Communities Across the Country

H&R Block | February 24, 2022

H&R Block announces its third consecutive year of partnership with Nextdoor to find and execute 10 community improvement projects through Block's Make Every Block Better community impact platform. Now through March 31, people can nominate their neighborhood for a project that helps improve the places and spaces where neighborhoods convene. The call for community improvement projects supports neighborhoods and involves small businesses, ultimately positively impacting millions of Americans. The companies will narrow the submissions and bring 10 winning projects to life. Nominations are open for the following categories: neighborhood beautification, neighborhood cleanup, park renewal, community garden and more. In the last two years, this partnership between H&R Block and Nextdoor has received nearly 4,000 submissions narrowed down to 20 projects across the country. The chosen neighborhoods came together to build gardens, community spaces, murals, revitalizations and even a butterfly sanctuary. One example includes a playground project in New Jersey’s West Milford neighborhood that continues to bring life to the community. “The local kids and parents are spending more time together and helping to build better relationships with neighbors at the playground, but it has also increased our community pride.” Elisabeth Kenney, a resident of West Milford, N.J. This partnership is just one way H&R Block is working to Make Every Block Better through its community impact platform, which launched in 2019. To date, the company has supported more than 258 communities and 304,000 small businesses, with H&R Block associates volunteering more than 205,000 hours. About H&R Block H&R Block, Inc. provides help and inspires confidence in its clients and communities everywhere through global tax preparation services, financial products, and small-business solutions. The company blends digital innovation with human expertise and care as it helps people get the best outcome at tax time and also be better with money using its mobile banking app, Spruce. Through Block Advisors and Wave, the company helps small-business owners thrive with innovative products like Wave Money, a small-business banking and bookkeeping solution, and the only business bank account to manage bookkeeping automatically. About Nextdoor Nextdoor is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong. Kindness is core to our purpose: to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on. Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those nearby neighbors, businesses, and public services.

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MANAGEMENT

Insurtech Pendella Adds PEO AdvanStaff HR As Partner

Pendella Technologies | May 27, 2022

Pendella Technologies, a fast-growing technology company on a mission to take the bias out of life insurance, announced a partnership with AdvanStaff HR, a professional employer organization (PEO) currently serving 400 small and medium-sized businesses. Through Pendella's AI-powered, white-labeled technology, AdvanStaff HR clients will be able to expand their employee offerings to include individual life insurance. Employees of AdvanStaff HR clients can now choose from a variety of affordable individual life and disability insurance options available from top-rated national insurance providers. Employees can purchase coverage online in minutes, without the need for a medical exam. “AdvanStaff HR has helped companies run their businesses efficiently and successfully for nearly 30 years. We are experts in combining personal service and technology to support our clients, their employees, and the business’ bottom line, By partnering with Pendella, we are furthering our commitment to providing the best products and tools available.” -Matt Richards, President and COO. According to 2021 data from financial research firm LIMRA, more than 8 in 10 workers in the U.S. would like their employer to offer life insurance coverage. “We are excited to partner with AdvanStaff HR and bring the important financial protection that life insurance offers to the thousands of employees they support, Our revolutionary technology not only simplifies the life insurance process, but it creates a huge opportunity for PEO’s to enhance their value to clients.”Pendella is an Associate Member of NAPEO and has partnered with other SMB-focused PEOs over the past 12 months as part of its mission to close the life insurance protection gap. -Bob Gaydos, Pendella CEO and founder The startup recently completed a $5.2 million in Series Seed-2 funding with backing from prominent insurtech venture capital firms American Family Ventures and MassMutual Ventures. The funding round positions to Pendella continue its disruption of the life insurance market and support its planned growth. To learn more about what Pendella's innovative technology can do for your organization, schedule a demo. About Pendella Pendella is a technology company that exists to make the financial protection of individual life and disability insurance available to all people, regardless of age, health status, or income level. Pendella's full-stack, enterprise SaaS solution is powered by artificial intelligence and big data to automate underwriting and deliver a simple and intuitive experience to thousands of people through partnerships with top-rated insurance carriers and distributors. White-label customization enables a seamless end-to-end experience. www.Pendella.com, Linkedin.com/company/Pendella

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TECHNOLOGY

CIO Strategy Council and CyberCatch Launch Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Cybersecurity Solution Designed to Help Small and Medium-Sized Organizations

CyberCatch | March 30, 2022

CIO Strategy Council and CIO Strategy Council Member, CyberCatch, today jointly announced the launch of CAN/CIOSC 104 Compliance Manager, a comprehensive, cost-effective cybersecurity Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for SMOs. CAN/CIOSC 104 is Canada's National Standard for Baseline Cyber Security Controls for SMOs. The Standard was published by the CIO Strategy Council with support from Standards Council of Canada (SCC) to help SMOs in Canada improve their cyber posture. The CIO Strategy Council is accredited by SCC and develops national standards for the digital economy to help propel Canada as a digital-first nation. "The Government of Canada recognizes that cybersecurity plays an integral role in building trust with consumers and keeping Canadian businesses competitive," said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. "With cyber attacks on the rise, this new solution will support ISED's CyberSecure Canada program and our commitment to helping smaller businesses across Canada secure their systems and data to succeed in today's digital economy," continued Minister Champagne. "SMOs have limited resources and generally don't know what cybersecurity controls to implement or how to implement in order to be secure from cyber threats," said Keith Jansa, Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council. "We are pleased to have published CAN/CIOSC 104 in collaboration with Standards Council of Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The national standard is specifically tailored for SMOs and prescribes up to 55 cybersecurity controls to mitigate cyber risk while operating successfully in the digital world," continued Jansa. The CAN/CIOSC 104 Compliance Manager is a state-of-the-art cybersecurity SaaS solution, powered by CyberCatch, for SMOs in Canada to quickly and easily comply with CAN/CIOSC 104 and stay safe from cyber threats. The solution comprises of a tool-set to implement the necessary cybersecurity controls, with the help of a team of industry-leading cybersecurity experts. It also provides training to all employees and automatically and continuously tests controls to make sure there are no security holes for attackers to exploit and break in and steal data or infect ransomware. "The cloud-native platform solution makes it easy and inexpensive for SMOs to comply with CAN/CIOSC 104 and maintain compliance and security. Also, a team of industry-leading cybersecurity experts guide the SMOs to success. SMOs in Canada are definitely vulnerable. For example, the Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Vulnerabilities Report (SMBVR) revealed that 84% of SMOs in Canada are vulnerable to "spoofing" and can easily be attacked digitally. Our mission is to protect SMOs from cyber threats so they can be safe, thrive digitally and grow the economy." Sai Huda, founder, chairman and CEO, CyberCatch "We have been in business since 1912. We are now in a digital world and cyber threats are real. The CAN/CIOSC 104 Compliance Manager is a must-have so we can be safe from cyber threats and continue to be successful. Highly recommend the solution," said John Lake, Owner, Porcupine Advance Printers. "The CAN/CIOSC 104 Compliance Manager is a comprehensive and highly effective cybersecurity solution. Highly recommend it to any business to stay safe from cyber threats," said Arjun Grewal, CEO, Ventus Respiratory. About CIO Strategy Council The CIO Strategy Council is Canada's national forum that brings together the country's most forward-thinking chief information officers and executive technology leaders to collectively mobilize on common digital priorities. Cutting across major sectors of the Canadian economy – public, private and not for profit – the Council harnesses the collective expertise and action of Canada's CIOs to propel Canada as a digital-first nation. The CIO Strategy Council is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and develops standards that support the data-driven economy. About CyberCatch CyberCatch is a unique cybersecurity Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company that protects small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) from cyberattacks by focusing on the root cause why SMBs fall victim: security holes. It provides an innovative cloud-based SaaS platform coupled with deep subject matter expertise to help SMBs implement just the right type and amount of cybersecurity controls. The platform then performs automated testing of controls from three dimensions: outside-in, inside-out and social engineering. It generates the Cyber Breach Score to continuously measure cyber risk, and finds security holes and guides the SMB to fix them promptly, so attackers can't exploit any missing or broken controls to break in and steal data or infect ransomware. CyberCatch's continuous value proposition: Test. Fix. Secure.

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Celero Commerce Acquires OMEGA Technology

Celero Commerce | January 19, 2022

Celero Commerce (“Celero”), a top ten non-bank payment processor, today announced the acquisition of OMEGA Technology (“OMEGA”) a premier provider of electronic transaction processing. With the addition of Kentucky-based OMEGA, Celero will serve over 50,000 merchants processing approximately $20 billion in annual card volume. Founded in 2003, OMEGA provides electronic payments solutions, business analytics, and software solutions for small businesses and financial institutions nationwide. The acquisition of OMEGA is Celero’s second in the last month and the company’s eighth since its launch in late 2018. “OMEGA and Celero share a common culture and drive to make our financial institutions and small business customers successful,” stated Todd McHugh, President and CEO of OMEGA. “Joining forces with Celero means that we can deliver greater value for all stakeholders through technology, financial resources, and human capital.” “Celero continues to build the premier technology-focused, commerce solutions offering for small and medium-sized businesses and financial institution partners. OMEGA’s technology-focused approach to serving its customers aligns with our approach at Celero and we are excited to welcome the outstanding OMEGA team to our growing Celero family.” Kevin Jones, Founder and CEO of Celero Commerce About Celero Commerce Headquartered in Nashville, Celero Commerce is a full-service, integrated electronic commerce solutions provider powered by leading edge technology, strategic partnerships, and business intelligence. Celero offers payment processing services, business management software, and data intelligence to small and medium-sized businesses, empowering them to drive growth and profitability.

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Looking to start your own business? Congratulations! You're onto something big — entrepreneurs like yourself are fueling the economy. To help you get started, we'll explain the seven most common types of business. If you're starting your own business, you'll want to create a business plan to help you better outline your goals before committing to one of the business types below.

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