Company Profiles: Spotlight on Travel and Tech

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Pack For A Purpose: How Your Next Vacation Can Make A Difference

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Whenever you travel, there is an opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community beyond the tourist dollars that you spend. Pack for a Purpose is an organization that coordinates travelers with local charities. The idea is simple, yet genius – fill your unused suitcase space with necessary supplies that will improve lives.

I spoke with Rebecca Rothney, founder of Pack for a Purpose, to hear her story. I learned of an ingenious idea how travelers can make a profound difference in the lives of many around the world.

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How LendEDU Saves Borrowers Time and Money With Objective Reviews

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When it is time to take out a loan, who do you turn to? Friends and family want to help, but what worked for them, may not work for you. This is where our friends at LendEDU come in. They offer objective reviews of lending options so that consumers can easily compare lending products and make an informed decision.

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How the Greater Phoenix Chamber Promotes Regional Prosperity

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Chambers  are organizations that represent businesses in the community. The advocate for business-friendly policies and help businesses train the next generation of employees. The Greater Phoenix Chamber is now over 130 years old and has been pro-business before the state of Arizona was even formed. With their new “Find Your PHX” initiative, the future looks bright.

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Gazelle Breathes New Life Into Consumer Electronics

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If you’re ready to upgrade your consumer electronics, hit the pause button. Gazelle offers a great way to make money on your old device, while also saving you money on a new one. The process is seamless, transparent and completely user-friendly.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Chase Freeman, the Public Relations Manager at ecoATM Gazelle, to discuss how they are breathing new life into consumer electronics.

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The Workhorse Electric Vehicles Are Revolutionizing An Industry

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Although consumers are only recently embracing electric vehicles, Workhorse has been perfecting this technology for over a decade. Workhorse started out converting gasoline-powered vehicles into electric cars. Soon they applied this technology to the commercial sector and discovered an opportunity to transform an industry.

I recently had an opportunity to Jeff Bennett, Aerospace Project Manager at Workhorse. We discussed how their battery technology is transforming multiple industries.

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Get in the Life Insurance Fast Lane with Haven Life

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There’s no question that life insurance is critical for protecting families. And there’s also no question that there are numerous life insurance companies out there that each promise the best rate, the most coverage, the most beneficial terms, etc. All this typically leads to a very time consuming and confusing process. But as technology advances, there are some companies that are hoping to get life insurance up to speed. One of those companies is Haven Life, a startup that’s trying to take guesswork out of the life insurance process.

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RedPoint Global Enhances the Customer Experience to Increase Engagement

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Consumers today desire an experience that is tailored to their unique interests and experience with brands. As companies better understand customer preferences, they can dedicate resources towards more profitable transactions that also increase brand loyalty. RedPoint Global offers a customer engagement hub that offers a single point of control over data and customer journeys to deliver seamless, hyper-personalized interactions.

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How Young + Scrappy Crafts the Right Money Mindset to Plan for Prosperity

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Having the right approach makes all of the difference in the world. When investors work with a fiduciary advisor to develop a personalized strategy, success is just around the corner.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Michelle Waymire of Young + Scrappy, an investment advisory firm located in Decatur, Georgia to discuss money mindsets and how her firm helps investors plan for prosperity.

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How to have Three Vacations at One Destination in Tuolumne County

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When picking a destination with family and friends, it can be hard to choose where to go. One person wants to be one with nature. Someone else is a foodie. And a third loves history. What do you do in this situation? I have the perfect suggestion for you… Tuolumne County in Northern California.

Most people think California is all beaches and big cities, but there’s so much more to California for visitors to explore and enjoy. We had a chance to speak with Katie Kirkland, the Communications and Tourism Manager for the Tuolumne County Visitor’s Bureau, to find out what makes Tuolumne County such a popular destination.

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How Placed Uses Location Analytics To Improve Ad Effectiveness

As entertainment channels become increasingly fragmented, advertisers require a better way to track the effectiveness of their campaigns. In today’s world, advertising campaigns must adjust on the fly to reach the right customers. Technology is evolving to meet those needs.

RewardExpert recently had the pleasure of speaking with David Shim, Founder and CEO of Placed, to learn how they are focused on making the physical world as measurable as the digital.

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See the World in Style with THIRDHOME

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The most luxurious destinations and accommodations in the world can be yours for a fair price. And we’re not talking traditional hotels. A startup called THIRDHOME is shaking up the luxury travel industry with its business model. THIRDHOME is a luxury property and travel club offering home exchanges, rentals and even adventures. “Originally a luxury home exchange, it has evolved into the only travel brand that brings together a collective group of trusted homeowners, renters and adventurers who share a passion for discovery and demand an elevated experience,” said Senior Vice President of Operations at THIRDHOME, Sean Judge. He spoke to RewardExpert about the advantages of traveling the THIRDHOME way.

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Pay Yourself First with Helcim

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Who doesn’t want to save money? When it comes to processing all those credit card payments, a startup called Helcim is helping merchants across Canada and the United States save big-time, allowing businesses to pass on lower prices to the consumer. Helcim Founder and CEO Nicolas Beique spoke to RewardExpert about the advantages of using his company, which now processes over $2.5 billion in payments each year. “We dedicated ourselves to providing affordable pricing and educating small business owners, so they could avoid the common pitfalls that were now obvious to us but may not be to a business owner,” he said.

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Eagle’s Flight: Powering Employee Development

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In an economy where the unemployment rate is holding steady at less than 4 percent and voluntary separations (or quits) are increasing, an appealing company culture is essential if your business wants to keep the employees you have as well as attract new job candidates. Leadership is a vital component of culture – both in its development and maintenance. If your organization has strong leaders, you’ll enjoy high productivity and low turnover. Poor leaders will yield the opposite.

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Make Smarter Software and Service Purchasing Decisions with G2 Crowd

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If you’ve ever purchased CRM, ERP, HR or other software for your business – or hired a branding agency, solution consultant or other business service provider – you know that researching your options is a time-consuming process. You also know that no matter how thorough you are in that review, your success is not guaranteed – especially when you’re forced to rely on biased information provided by the software developers or service providers themselves.

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Stay Ahead of the Competition with NICE

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With competition for the consumer fiercer than ever before, companies are constantly looking for an edge anywhere they can get it. NICE Systems believes its software offerings can give companies the advantage necessary to get ahead and stay there even in the most transformational of times. “NICE is all about empowering organizations to create exceptional customer experiences, using advanced omnichannel analytics, automation, artificial intelligence and cloud capabilities,” said Aviad Abiri, vice president of Portfolio Sales Enablement at NICE. Abiri spoke to RewardExpert about the advantages of becoming a NICE client.

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The Fidelity Cares Teacher Financial Literacy Training Program

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In a world where banking news is often grim – from Citigroup’s robo-signing settlement and Danske Bank’s money laundering inquiry to Wells Fargo’s latest scandal – positive efforts by financial institutions to benefit more than their shareholders are a welcome relief. One such program is Fidelity Investment’s  Fidelity Cares Teacher Financial Literacy Training Program.

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Improve Your Team’s Productivity with Free Software from Bitrix24

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No matter what industry your business is in –from design and marketing to IT and travel– efficiency is essential to productivity. Bitrix24, a collaboration platform that provides a complete suite of free tools, was designed to increase business productivity through social collaboration, communication and management functions.

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SafetyNet: Job Loss Insurance for Financial Peace of Mind

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Even in a healthily growing economy –like the one we enjoy in the U.S. today– layoffs and business closures happen. In fact, in August 2018 alone, the information services sector lost 6,000 jobs, the retail industry lost 5,900, manufacturing lost 3,000, durable goods lost 4,000, and auto manufacturing lost 3,000. That’s more than just a list of numbers; it’s more than 20,000 Americans who found themselves unexpectedly out of work.

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Even: Master Your Money for Better Financial Health

The Even app is a financial lifesaver for the 80 percent of Americans living paycheck to paycheck.

Do you live paycheck to paycheck, counting the days between each infusion of cash so you can buy essentials and cover your bills—and rarely, if ever, having anything left over to stash away for a rainy day? If so, you’re far from alone. According to a survey of U.S. workers conducted last year, nearly 80 percent said they struggle to make ends meet. And that wasn’t just the low- and mid-income earners either. Nearly 10 percent of respondents making $100,000 or more a year said they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck.

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TrueConf: Video Conferencing Made Easy

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If you’re looking for effective, interactive video communication, a company called TrueConf makes it simple to connect desktops, mobiles, phones, H.323/SIP endpoints and much more across your entire organization. RewardExpert had the opportunity to speak with TrueConf Chief Business Development Officer, Dmitry Odintsov, about what sets TrueConf apart from other businesses offering video conferencing and how it can help business owners save time and money.

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