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Caye International Bank Selected as Most Outstanding Offshore Bank in Central America for 2018

Each year, Wealth & Finance International recognizes outstanding achievement, game-changing innovation, and stellar performance among companies and individuals across financial services, funds and investment landscape through the presentation of awards. Caye International Bank has received the prestigious honor of being named the Most Outstanding Offshore Bank in Central America for 2018. The Award is based entirely on merit and presented to banks which focus on excellence and who deliver quality services to their clients.

Established in 1996, Caye was a Belizean mortgage company, and after continued success over several years, the decision was taken to become an international bank. The company was granted an International Banking License from the Central Bank of Belize in 2003. Since then, the Bank has achieved remarkable growth in terms of clientele, business, and its financial services.

Being presented with the Wealth & Finance International Banking Award is a tremendous honor and a testament to the quality of the bank. “With one of the highest liquidity ratios of any global bank, Caye has a near two-decade track record within the Central American region. Caye’s mission has been to always provide banking services based on trustworthiness and underpinned by strong corporate values, and this formula has seen the bank grown with a diversified revenue structure, a balance sheet with good asset quality, funding sources that are diversified, and a strong capital base,” says Luigi Wewege, Senior Vice President at Caye International Bank.

The scale of economic activity and stability in Belize and within the Central American region, has enabled Caye to achieve robust growth in all the bank’s core products. Offering a diverse range of international finance services while adapting to the changes within the offshore banking sector, Caye has played an integral role in the growth and prosperity of the island of Ambergris Caye and Belize as a whole.

About Caye International Bank
Caye is the only International Bank headquartered on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, Central America. We offer a full range of traditional and non-traditional banking services and accounts in multiple currencies. An application for account opening is a simple process and can be facilitated online from anywhere in the world. For more information, contact us today.

About Luigi Wewege
Luigi is the Senior Vice President of Caye International Bank, Principal of Palmetto Global Ventures a financial consultancy firm focused on digital banking and FinTech solutions and serves as an Instructor at the FinTech School which provides online training courses on the latest technological and innovation developments within the financial services industry. He is also the published author of: The Digital Banking Revolution which is available in audio, Kindle and paperback formats throughout all major international online bookstores.

Media Manager
Caye International Bank

Release ID: 263841

Basic Invite Celebrates Christmas in July

Basic Invite announces they’ll be celebrating Christmas in July this year, by launching new and improved unique Christmas cards. Basic Invites Marketing Manager, Kassidy Murdoch states, “I have to give credit where credit is due, we couldn’t have done this without our incredible designers, and production team, who worked tirelessly to get these designs up on our site, and prepped for our customers to start editing. I’m just lucky I’ve been able to help facilitate it all.”

This launch could not come at a more perfect time, as the Hallmark Channel will also be bringing back its ‘Christmas in July’ series, showcasing original Christmas movies, as well as classics. Christmas in July is an old and iconic celebration which differs by hemisphere. Whether you’re in the Northern Hemisphere of the globe, simply celebrating the irony, or in the Southern Hemisphere, celebrating to get a little glimpse of a traditional ‘white Christmas,’ everyone can get in the festive spirit with Basic Invites new Christmas cards.

Floral, classic, minimalist, etc., are just a few of the many themes available this July on Customize using foil, select from their five unique paper types, and even have your cards mailed out for you; Basic Invite makes it easy to send your loved ones a thoughtful reminder that you’re thinking of them, this upcoming holiday season. Four different card shapes to choose from, and the quantity of your choice makes for a stress-free ordering process, which is what Basic Invite aspires for.

Located in St. George Utah, Basic Invite has been creating personalized stationery since 2006. Shipping worldwide plus a website compatible with all forms of devices, Basic Invite is one of the top online stationery companies today. Home of the ‘Truly Custom’ invitation, Basic Invite is known for its advanced personalization capabilities and endless color combinations. is a privately held company and can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Pinterest, and of course, Google. Look out for their newest Christmas cards coming this July, and edit them precisely how you would like.

Eric Mortensen
Basic Invite

Release ID: 263846

Chapel Hill Law Firm Celebrates 1,000 Five Star Reviews and 5,000 Hours of Employment for Adults with Autism is a law firm currently serving 36 counties in North Carolina. They have just passed the benchmark of 1,000 five star reviews on Google. As an extra milestone, they have also provided over 5,000 hours of employment for adults with autism in Chapel Hill.

Like many traffic attorneys, advertises by mailing letters directly to people who get traffic tickets in the counties they serve. has its letters assembled by a group of employees from Extraordinary Ventures, Inc., a nonprofit that creates businesses to employ people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The repetitive and consistent work of folding letters, stuffing envelopes, and applying postage has turned out to be an ideal job for people who may have a hard time finding jobs normally.

“We’re really proud to have gotten over a thousand five-star reviews, but we’re even more pleased that we can provide jobs for this underemployed population,” says head attorney Daniel Hatley.

According to The Economist, at least 80% of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed.

Paige Morrow, executive director of Extraordinary Ventures, says “the work that our Office Solutions staff does for iTicket has been a great fit. It’s also very steady in terms of volume. We’re currently scheduling 50 hours of work a week just for these mailings.”

The team at iTicket is excited to get another thousand reviews and continue providing more and more employment for people with autism. “We’re just getting started,” says Hatley.

About and the Hatley Law Office is the traffic division of The Law Office of Daniel A. Hatley. They have focused on providing great customer communication, easy sign up, and affordable fees for North Carolina motorists who receive a ticket. The firm was founded in 2009. They are headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with offices across the state. Their attorneys represent clients in 36 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Learn more or hire them online at

About Extraordinary Ventures, Inc.
Extraordinary Ventures was founded in 2007 with the mission of providing employment for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization operates a variety of small businesses to fulfill its mission, including the Event Center at Extraordinary Ventures, EV Gifts, EV Laundry and EV Office Solutions. For more information, visit

Tom Kuell

Release ID: 263837

Announcing the launch of

Miami Beach, FL – Crypto Tax Academy is pleased to announced that it has launched as the nation’s first crypto-specialty education provider. The expansive suite of courses will enable tax and accounting industry professionals to navigate the complexities of cryptocurrency accounting and taxation. The Academy is operated by professionals from the industry leading by Happy Tax.

The courses offered by Crypto Tax Academy will help practitioners add more clients and increase their revenue in this large-and rapidly expanding-cryptocurrency trading and mining market. An estimated fifteen million people in the US own cryptocurrency over thirteen million users at Coinbase alone, a leading digital currency exchange.

The Academy features free courses as well as learning tracts that include 25 in-depth educational modules with over 45 hours of content and live Q & A. Students who complete the Advanced course modules will earn the Advanced Crypto Tax Expert (ACT-E) Designation, a distinction created by the Academy to showcase the expertise of those dedicated towards an advanced understanding of cryptocurrency taxation.

Crypto Tax Academy’s accomplished team of instructors includes CPAs, Enrolled Agents, business growth experts, and even a Harvard MBA.

“Cryptocurrency is here to stay. The use of blockchains is ground-breaking technology that has enabled millions to speculate in trading activity. Upwards of ten billion dollars of Bitcoin and other digital assets are currently trading, each and every day,” says Crypto Tax Academy instructor and Tax Director L. Knox Wimberly. “Our team has prepared more cryptocurrency tax returns than anyone else, and we are pleased to share our knowledge, experience, and expertise with the wider community of practitioners. Our instructors are thorough and provide practical information to preparers and accountants at every experience level.”

The curriculum includes not only deep dives into the nuts and bolts of the tax laws and guidance pertaining to cryptocurrency, it also provides guidance on how to implement proven marketing tactics to tap into this consumer base-a highly valuable add-on, considering that the specialization of a crypto return generally nets a fee four times higher than that of a non-crypto return.

“It is a complete supply and demand situation. With so few competitors that understand cryptocurrency taxation and so many clients in need of the service, those that complete our courses, learn the materials, and implement the strategies we teach are guaranteed to grow-and grow dramatically,” says CEO Mario Costanz. “We researched the competitive landscape of other education providers that offer cryptocurrency courses and saw just a handful of basic or high-level courses that didn’t teach how to actually do the work. During this past season, we were approached by many in the industry asking for help with crypto education, but we were experiencing record volume from our own clients at that time. However, we committed to creating the Academy once tax season was over, and I’m extremely proud of our team and what we have put together.”

Crypto Tax Academy students also receive access to a number of bonuses not ordinarily available from typical tax education providers. Access to a monthly business growth coaching call, a year-round email support hotline, and targeted marketing materials are included with paid courses.

“Many non-filers have traded cryptocurrency, but they have not yet included their trades in their tax returns,” notes instructor and CFO Ted Muftic. “Some crypto enthusiasts have the misconception that this income is not required to be included in tax returns, and those taxpayers who haven’t complied with the law are in for a rude awakening; one that will include penalties, interest, and possibly fines.”

In 2016, the IRS sued Coinbase, the US’s largest exchange, for access to KYC (Know Your Customer) data on an initial subset of its users and their trades. In the suit, the IRS asked a federal judge to order Coinbase to turn over user account information. The IRS asserted that even though millions had traded cryptocurrency in 2015, only 802 taxpayers included their crypto trades in their tax returns. The judge signed the order in November 2017, and the data was turned over in March 2018. The IRS currently has its LB&I division combing through the list of names.

The Academy believes that the Coinbase tax penalty letters will be going out sometime during 2018 to over 13,000 users who traded between 2013 and 2015 tax years. Crypto-mania swept the nation in 2017, but numerous traders still haven’t included their cryptocurrency income in their 2017 returns. This presents a huge opportunity for those practitioners who know how to report crypto income.

Once the penalty letters are sent, traders receiving them will flood to sites like Reddit,, and various Facebook and Telegram groups to share their negative experiences about getting hit with sizable penalties and interest charges. Other out-of-compliance traders, who were not ensnared in the initial KYC data turn-over, will naturally start looking for competent cryptocurrency tax experts. “There will be millions of clients looking for help. We might not be able to handle it all ourselves, so we are committed to helping our peers prepare for this lucrative onslaught of business.” said Costanz.

Cryptocurrency is not anonymous, even with masking tokens like Dash or Monero. “I believe the IRS and DOJ will continue aggressively targeting taxpayers who are not reporting their crypto trades on their tax returns,” cautions Mark Milton, owner of MCM Law LLC and former Trial Attorney with the US Department of Justice’s Tax Division, who serves as Crypto Tax Academy’s outside counsel. “As such, it is imperative that taxpayers ensure they are timely and accurately reporting their crypto trades.”

Discounts are available for large firms or associations. Affiliate programs are also available for any companies that would like to offer this program to their employees or customers.

CEO Email:
Crypto Tax and Accounting Education:
Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Tax Preparation:
Happy Tax Information:

Our full range of courses tailored to tax, accounting, and finance professionals focus on practical instruction pertaining to cryptocurrency taxation and accounting, as well as marketing and business operations training to help students locate and serve crypto clients.

We not only specialize in helping practitioners increase their revenue by incorporating cryptocurrency taxation expertise into their existing practices; we also provide guidance on how to build a cryptocurrency tax-focused business from the ground up to those just starting out in the industry. We are passionate about assisting forward-thinking CPAs, Enrolled Agents, accountants, and tax preparers understand blockchain technology and cryptocurrency so that they can speak intelligently with clients and properly prepare financial statements and tax returns.

The Academy features over 25 in-depth educational modules with over 45 hours of content and live Q & A, along with a few free courses, as well. Students who complete the Advanced course modules will earn the Advanced Crypto Tax Expert (ACT-E) Designation, a distinction created by the Academy to showcase the expertise of those dedicated towards an advanced understanding of cryptocurrency taxation.

We harness the power of education to help our innovative students reach their goals.

Mario Costanz’s book, Crypto Taxes Made Happy: The Definitive How-To Guide for Preparing Cryptocurrency Tax Returns in the United States is available for purchase on iTunes and (paperback and Kindle). The 180-page best-seller is also available for free at

Knox Wimberly
Crypto Tax Academy

Release ID: 263871

Celebrate Independence Day with TemplateMonster, Time to Grab Your Discounts

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BeClinic – Multipurpose Medical WordPress Theme
BeClinic is intended to be used for a variety of medical and healthcare related sites. The elegant and modern-looking design of its pages is optimized for a flawless performance on all devices and web browsers. The theme comes loaded with a handful of smart features that provide for its quick and effortless customization. WordPress Live Customizer and Elementor Page Builder are included to let you modify the theme’s layout without touching a single line of code.

ready-made demos suited for a range of medical topics;
drag-and-drop Elementor page builder;
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BuildWall – Construction Company Multipurpose WordPress Theme
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50 pre-built pages;
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Imperion – Multipurpose Corporate WordPress Theme
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StartUp – Business Startup Company HTML5 Landing Page Template
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Cripto Medical Store – Responsive OpenCart Template
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Decora Furniture PrestaShop Theme
Using Decora PrestaShop template, you will be able to launch a usable and conversion-oriented eCommerce project selling furniture and interior design items. The clean flat style of the theme keeps the users’ attention focused on the essentials. The template contains a number of pre-designed pages and layout elements that provide for the impressive content presentation. There is no need to create product grid view, product list view or product details pages. All this has been done for you. Simply upload the theme’s pages with your content and you are ready to go.

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TemplateMonster company

Release ID: 263816

MoloLamken Releases 2018 Supreme Court Business Briefing

(Washington, July 3, 2018) – The national litigation boutique MoloLamken LLP is pleased to announce the release of this year’s MoloLamken Supreme Court Business Briefing. This is the eighth year the firm has published its summary of the decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court’s past Term that have the greatest relevance to business.

“After two years of largely modest decisions, the Supreme Court was back in full force, delivering major rulings in the business arena and elsewhere,” noted MoloLamken partner Robert Kry. “While the Court strived to reach a middle ground in a few cases, by and large it showed little hesitation about handing down broad rulings with far-reaching impact,” added Michael Pattillo, another firm partner.

The Court addressed many significant issues this Term. In a case with major implications for e-commerce, the Court held that States may require out-of-state retailers to collect tax on sales to state residents, even if they have no physical presence in the State. The Court also extended its long line of pro-arbitration cases to the employment context.

The Court decided a pair of cases concerning class action litigation, one favoring business by imposing new limits on the time to file, and the second favoring plaintiffs by allowing them to bring class actions under the federal securities laws in state courts. And in a major patent case, the Court upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review, an administrative mechanism for reconsidering issued patents.

Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken, who had held leadership positions in large full-service firms, founded MoloLamken on the belief that complex disputes and investigations are most effectively handled by smaller teams comprised of smart, highly experienced lawyers who are focused on results rather than process.

MoloLamken provides experienced advocacy – for plaintiffs and defendants – before juries, judges, arbitral forums, and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. The firm’s international client base includes leading corporations, hedge funds, private equity firms, investors, inventors, and executives. The firm has grown from 5 to 32 lawyers in just over eight years and has offices in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

The MoloLamken Supreme Court Business Briefing has been widely praised in both the business and legal communities for its clarity and insight. To read this year’s edition, please click here. If you wish to receive a paper copy, please email Mike or Robert.

For more information visit:

Robert Kry, 202-556-2011,
Michael Pattillo, 202-556-2012,

Steven Molo
MoloLamken LLP

Release ID: 263822

Endless Games The Floor Is Lava Blasts Onto Toy Scene

IT’S HOT! Endless Games today announced the official release of its new The Floor is Lava game.

The new game is an official version of the improvisational imagination game that kids have been playing for decades. In Endless Games’ The Floor is Lava (MSRP $19.99 for 2-6 players ages 5-105) the game has more structure, strategy and quick-thinking, quick-reaction game play elements. “And it saves your furniture,” Brian Turtle, National Sales Manager for Endless Games, quipped.

Most people have played a sudden “shout out” game, where someone yells “lava” and everyone jumps all over the furniture trying to stay off the dangerous floor. Endless Games created a format where players continue to imagine the floor is molten hot lava, but added play patterns using a spinner for color call-outs and having players jump along foam game pieces in order to reach safety. Challenge cards that enforce activities that can make it difficult not to fall into the lava come into play when landing on certain tiles. The game incorporates physical activity, imagination and pure fun.

While the game is just starting to appear in stores, the timing of its release was coincidence with the “eruption” of recent world events. “When the volcanos erupted in Hawaii and Guatemala we considered the timing of the release of our game,” Turtle said. “We’re going to use our game to bring attention for help to the natural disaster areas.”

Kevin McNulty, founder of Endless Games, explained, “At Endless Games we create family fun games for the enjoyment and entertainment of all ages. While we take the creation of quality games as very serious business, we also recognize the serious events occurring throughout the world around us. For our latest game, The Floor is Lava, a fun and active game with an imaginative element, we will be supporting the reality of those affected by the recent volcanic eruptions.”

From now through August 1, 2018, Endless Games will be donating a portion of proceeds from every single sale of it’s the Floor is Lava game to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the people impacted by the volcanic eruptions. “When you buy this game, you’re going to have a lot of fun and you’re going to help the people of Hawaii and Guatemala,” Mike Gasser, President of Endless Games, said.

The company asks to share the effort in social media #VolcanoRelief #EndlessGames #DisasterRelief #RedCross

About Endless Games: Founded in 1996 by industry veterans Mike Gasser, Kevin McNulty and game inventor Brian Turtle, Endless Games specializes in games that offer classic entertainment and hours of fun at affordable prices. The three have an uncanny ability for discovering and developing hit games, having been a part in past successes Trivial Pursuit™, Pictionary® and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon™. The mission of Endless Games is to produce high quality entertainment in board games that are quick and easy to learn but offer “Endless” play value. For additional information, visit and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

Greg Walsh
Endless Games

Release ID: 263797

Underwriter argues that Brokers must put customer care first

The customer experience is arguably the most important thing the property and casualty insurance industry can do to grow, perhaps more vital than what products are on offer. Jenny Hallahan, manager of underwriting for Listowel-based Trillium Mutual Insurance Company says good customer can be a differentiator in the market.

“There are a lot of people out there who sell insurance,” she told Canadian Underwriter. As a broker, it is important to find “how you separate yourself” from the competition “and how you provide something that’s exceptional so that people want to buy insurance from you.”

Hallahan was speaking during the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario Young Brokers Conference in Niagara Falls last week.

Focusing on young brokers entering the industry, she advised a deep knowledge of the industry. Young professionals “are selling a lot of different products,” Hallahan said. “Your customer is trusting you to provide the knowledge, so you have to have an understanding of insurance.”

Hallahan suggests it is relatively easy to teach new employees about insurance products, but a sales-focused personal approach to customer service is harder to grasp. “If you are a sales-focused person who is excited to be part of something, I think that insurance is an interesting career option for anyone out there.”

IBAO calls on brokers with less than five years’ experience in insurance or who are under 40 years to become members of its Young Brokers Council.

Shop Insurance Canada is a subsidiary of RDA Insurance, a major Ontario based insurance provider with a stable of online outlets that includes Shop Insurance Canada family sites. The company has two goals, to give you the very best insurance policy possible and to help you save money when looking for coverage.

Shop Insurance Canada
303 – 330 Highway 7 East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4B 3P8

Shop Insurance Canada
Shop Insurance Canada
(905) 266-0534

Release ID: 263777

First Student Named New Transportation Provider for Watertown City School District in New York

Watertown, N.Y. – More than 4,000 students in the Watertown City School District will be riding brand new state-of-the-art school buses beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The district is replacing its fleet of nearly 45 buses as part of a new five-year transportation contract with First Student.

“We are excited about our new partnership with First Student,” said Watertown City School District Superintendent Patricia LaBarr. “We believe First Student has the insights, expertise and resources to deliver quality transportation services that will result in the best start and finish to the school day for our students.”

First Student will also introduce new technology to the district and its families, including the FirstView® District Dashboard and Parent App, the industry’s most comprehensive and secure bus tracking, communications and engagement platform. Districts can streamline daily decision-making through centralized, real-time fleet reporting and can efficiently alert parents about school delays or issues, while parents can receive their student’s bus status and district messages at their fingertips.

All buses in the Watertown fleet will also be equipped with high-definition GPS tracking systems, digital cameras and the Child Check-Mate® electronic reminder system designed to ensure no child is left unattended on a bus. First Student has been a pioneer in developing, designing and investing in technology to ensure a safe ride to and from school.

“We look forward to working closely with the Watertown City School District to deliver tailored transportation solutions,” said First Student Area General Manager Dave Kinley. “We thank the district for its trust in our services and look forward to providing students with safe and reliable transportation for many years to come.”

First Student is the largest operator of school buses in New York. The company has 54 locations in the state. More than 4,000 employees manage nearly 3,800 routes and a fleet of nearly 4,200 buses.

About First Student, Inc.
As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes five million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, maintenance, and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. For more information, please visit


Jen Biddinger
First Student

Release ID: 263722

Succession Lending M32 Captures Match Cup

Wayzata, MN – June 28, 2018 – On Sunday, June 24, the Succession Lending M32 won the Wayzata Match Cup amidst a world class field of competitors. Four Marstrom 32 catamarans, towering at over 60 feet tall, competed in front of an international audience on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. The World Match Tour is the oldest professional sailing series in the world.

Despite less than optimal weather, with wind gusts at 6-7 mph for a propensity of the Wayzata Match Cup, the Succession Lending M32 prevailed.

The Succession Lending M32 was skippered by 2013 World Champion and 2018 Congressional Cup winners Taylor Canfield and Sam Rogers. “Having Succession Lending as a sponsor for the 2018 Match Cup was a huge boost to the event,” Rogers stated. “The Succession Lending boat proved to be the quickest around the track.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of the M32 World Match Cup community,” said Scott Wetzel, Managing Partner, Succession Lending. “We are very appreciative of the Wayzata Match Cup organizers that brought this world class event to Wayzata. We look forward to continued support of the Succession Lending M32 in Match Cup competitions around the globe.”

The Succession Lending M32 returns to competition in the upcoming Chicago Match Cup.

Kayla Hagedorn
Succession Lending

Release ID: 263727