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Office Evolution Enters Pennsylvania with First of Three Business Centers Planned for Montgomery and Bucks Counties

Saturday July 7 th 2018

DENVER, July 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Office Evolution, a co-working space franchise that provides executive suites, flexible office spaces and virtual offices to independent professionals and small business owners nationwide, is proud to announce its newest location opening in Horsham, Pennsylvania — the first of three planned for Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Husband and wife duo Mark and Lauren Delehey will own the location and Mark will run the business center.

The new 8,298-square-foot center, located at the corner of Welsh and Dresher Roads at 300 Welsh Road, Building 1, Suite 100, is easily accessible from both Route 611 and the PA Turnpike and offers small businesses and entrepreneurs, professional, on-demand office space with 24/7 access. Members can choose from several packages including hourly, daily, month-to-month and long-term rentals. These packages also include mailing and telephone answering services.

The first-floor center offers 31 private furnished offices, a community kitchen, and a coworking business lounge with seating for up to 14 people. The space also has two conference rooms available that can accommodate between six and eight people.

A grand opening event is slated for Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 5 p.m., giving guests an opportunity to tour the facility and network with other local entrepreneurs.

“We are excited to build a vibrant coworking community, where people can collaborate, network, and enjoy the space where they work,” said Mark Delehey.

Before opening an Office Evolution, Mark worked in the reinsurance business for various organizations over the past 30 years. Most recently, Mark established a home-based consulting business and it is here where Mark experienced first-hand the challenges and issues that home-based small business owners and solo practitioners face, particularly the lack of support and the reduction in social interaction. Lauren practices law. Having worked in a variety of office environments and utilized conference rooms, meeting rooms and day offices in many different locations, she knows how important a comfortable and professional work space is to the functioning of a business and this is why the pair signed to open three locations of their own. This will be the first location in the state for Office Evolution, servicing Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

“Mark and Lauren have lived in Pennsylvania for more than 20 years and are passionate about creating a collaborative work environment for their community,” said Mark Hemmeter, Founder and CEO of Office Evolution. “As a couple, they plan to be very involved in their local community which is exactly what we’re looking for in our franchisees. We’re excited to see what the Deleheys are able to accomplish with our brand and look forward to celebrating their growth in the near future.”

Hemmeter’s vision for Office Evolution is to provide entrepreneurs with a highly professional coworking space that offers flexible solutions, monthly memberships and all-inclusive pricing. The brand’s expansion in Pennsylvania is reflective of the demand for a model like Office Evolution’s. By offering conference rooms as well as private and shared office spaces, professionals can connect with peers or have an all-inclusive area to call their own. This variety has helped Office Evolution position itself as the industry’s leading provider of co-working space for small business owners and independent professionals throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Founded in 2003, the brand has continued to grow and develop successfully in both new and existing markets thanks to the resounding positive response from customers. Office Evolution currently has more than 50 locations open in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. The company also recently signed on to open new locations in Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

ABOUT OFFICE EVOLUTION
Office Evolution is a Colorado-based national shared office franchisor offering co-working spaces, virtual office services and fully furnished offices and suites. The Company built and successfully operated seven business centers across the Colorado Front Range before beginning to franchise in 2012. The company now has 50 open locations, 31 under development and another 58 under franchise agreements to be developed. Please visit http://www.officeevolution.com for more company information.

For more information on Office Evolution’s franchising opportunities, visit http://www.officeevolutionfranchise.com or call 877.475.6300.

Interested in becoming a member? Please visit: https://www.officeevolution.com/locations/Horsham

 

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LOTTO MAX

The July 13 draw will offer a $60 million jackpot and approximately 22 Maxmillions

MONTREAL, July 7, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – 4 Maxmillions ($1 million each) were won in last night’s Lotto Max draw thanks to selections sold in British Columbia, Québec, Ontario, Atlantic Provinces and the Prairies. The Friday, July 13 draw will therefore offer total prizes worth about $82 million, including the $60 million jackpot and approximately 22 $1 million dollar prizes (Maxmillions).

For each Maxmillions, an additional selection of 7 numbers between 1 and 49 is drawn. These selections are not decomposable and prizes may be shared by winners.

 

SOURCE Loto-Québec

Yandex is already Russia’s Google — now it’s planning to become Russia’s Amazon

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  • Yandex is a $12 billion Russian internet giant that operates the country’s biggest search engine.
  • The so-called Google of Russia is now expanding into online shopping.
  • There’s a problem though: Barely anyone buys anything online in Russia. Even Amazon only has a tiny presence in the country. 
  • But Yandex is well-placed to dominate if it can solve issues around delivery, logistics, and trust.

Yandex, popularly known as Russia’s Google, is working on its own online shopping service that might help it become Russia’s Amazon.

Yandex is Russia’s biggest tech firm, and best known for creating the country’s most popular search engine.

The firm says it has 50 million monthly users — an impressive statistic given there are 87 million internet users in Russia overall, according to the Association of Internet Trade Companies (AITC).

Now it’s expanding into new areas, such as ride-hailing service Yandex.Taxi, AI digital assistant Alice, smart speakers — and now, online shopping.

During an interview with Business Insider, Yandex executive Michael Levin said the firm was evolving its price comparison service, Yandex.Market, into a marketplace where people can order items such as electronics, home appliances, and toys, among other goods.

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“This is a very new business for Yandex in terms of being a physical business,” Levin said. “For many years, we were purely online. Then there was Yandex Taxi, which became a huge part of Yandex, now there’s Yandex.Market with warehouses storing products. We have already hired key members of the team responsible for logistics and warehouses.”

The new service is a joint venture with Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, and the site is currently in beta, Levin said. A full launch is expected later this year, and Yandex has run a pilot project in the cities of Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, and Ufa.

“The game is really on for the creation of a Russian Amazon”

Levin wouldn’t share revenue targets for Yandex’s new e-commerce arm, but said the firm’s year-end goal was to attract “a few hundred thousand daily users.” That’s not, he added, that big compared to Yandex more generally, but it’s bigger than most shopping sites in Russia.

It’s certainly an expensive risk. Up until now, Yandex has made the bulk of its money from online ads, which accounted for 92% of Yandex’s revenue in 2017.

Operating expenses will only go up as it contends with the logistics of online shopping in the world’s biggest country by land area.

According to BCS analyst Mitch Mitchell, Russian takeup of e-commerce is low compared to the UK and the US. The main issues are logistics, and the fact that Russia is primarily a cash economy, he said. It’s more common to order something and then pay when the courier turns up.

“If you were happy with [the item], you would pay the courier,” explained Mitchell. “Or you wouldn’t like it and he would take it and go away. That aspect of returns makes the process quite expensive. You don’t have a sale up front.”

“There’s clearly no dominant player like an Amazon in the UK,” he added. “The game is really on for the creation of a Russian Amazon, if you will.”

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AITC predicted Russians will spend 1250 billion rubles (£15 billion/$20 billion) online in 2018. That compares to eMarketer’s forecast for the UK to spend almost six times as much online this year, or £93.82 billion.

Yandex doesn’t see Amazon as competition, said Levin. As Russia becomes more accustomed to ordering its shopping online, Yandex wants to compete with established retailers building out their e-commerce services.

“In Russia, we don’t compete against Amazon,” said Levin. “We compete against retailers who have been retailers their whole lives, or decades. We are not as good retailers as them probably. What we’re good at is machine learning and data science.”

Russia’s closest equivalent to Amazon is Ozone.ru, said Mitchell, but “no way are they the dominant player.” Another contender is Alibaba’s cross-border service AliExpress, which ships cheap Chinese electronics over the border to Russia.

Yandex wants to go for bigger ticket items, Levin said, and the company believes its brand name will help it dominate the category.

“We are putting our brand behind this to build trust,” he said. “Basically everyone who uses the internet [in Russia] probably knows and trusts Yandex. And almost every [Russian] citizen has been a client of Sberbank at some point. These two brands can create the initial trust.”

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BCS analyst Mitchell agreed, and said Yandex would succeed as long as it executives well.

“It’s clear there’s a trend among the population to move towards buying shopping online. The population, as populations all around the world are, is becoming more mobile,” he said.

“For the Yandex.Market venture to succeed, it will be a matter of whether they have the goods people want to buy, will it be easy, will deliveries be quick, and if there are issues whether people would be able to get their money back.

“No doubt it will be a major player in the Russian market.”

Businesses have finally run out of patience with the UK government’s handling of Brexit

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference with Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, June 21, 2018.REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

  • Major manufactures employing over 70,000 people in the UK have put pressure on the government in recent weeks over Brexit.
  • Businesses want more clarity over Britain’s future trading relationship with the EU, with less than a year left until Brexit.
  • “It’s undeniable that there’s been a big shift in businesses coming out to talk about Brexit,” says a senior business lobbyist.

Airbus. Siemens. BMW. Rolls-Royce. Jaguar Land Rover.

What do they all have in common? All have publicly spoken out against the government’s handling of Brexit in recent weeks.

All are also large-scale manufacturers, which is not incidental. Together they employ over 70,000 people in the UK. They have collectively warned that many of those jobs may be under threat.

“It’s undeniable that there’s been a big shift in businesses coming out to talk about Brexit, to warn against the dangers of no deal or a hard Brexit,” Nicola Sykes, head of EU negotiations at the Confederation of British Industry, tweeted on Thursday.

With the March 2019 deadline for Britain to leave the EU fast approaching and little palpable progress made, businesses are going public with fears that we could be heading off an economic cliff.

Airbus was the first to break cover. The aeroplane manufacturer, which employs 14,000 people in the UK, said in late June that a no deal Brexit could force it to leave the country. It said that its comments were not part of “project fear” — the term used by Brexit supporters to dismiss economic naysaying — but part of a “dawning reality.”

BMW board member Ian Robertson then said the car-maker needs clarity by the end of summer or it would have to start its contingency plans. The company employs about 8,000 people in the UK.

Days later Britain’s five biggest business lobbies united in an almost unprecedented move, writing to Prime Minister Theresa May to warn that “time is running out” for businesses and many are queuing up to move jobs out of Britain.

The CEO of Siemens UK followed with a call for the government to “get away from slogans” and provide clarity over the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU.

This week Jaguar Land Rover warned that £80 billion of investment in the UK is threatened by the lack of certainty surrounding Brexit and engine-maker Rolls-Royce said it had begun to move some functions from the UK to Germany as part of Brexit contingency plans.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders returned to the fray on Friday, telling a press conference that the UK government has “no clue, no consensus on how to execute Brexit without severe harm.”

In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, there was some noise from business but most executives quickly fell quiet. They decided to either deal with the government in private or keep quiet out of some sense of patriotic duty.

Clearly, the mood has changed.

The problem is companies need clarity and there is precious little of it. What will the trading rules with Europe be after March 2019? If they can’t be sure now, less than a year away, then there’s a real risk that trade could cease or production could stop if parts can’t be sourced.

Even if they do get certainty on future trading arrangements, it may come too late and not leave enough time to put in place the new systems needed. This is a particular problem for manufacturers, many of whom source parts form overseas before selling the final products in other foreign markets.

Executives have a duty to investors to guard against these risks. Shares in Tata Motors, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, fell to a 5-year low this week after its subsidiary warned that a hard Brexit could cost it £1.2 billion in profit. It’s no wonder CEOs are talking about executing contingency plans and moving jobs.

The government has dismissed this rising cacophony as unhelpful meddling. In fact, business leaders are giving the government one last chance. Rather than simply moving jobs, they are pleading with the government to give them what they need to avoid that outcome.

It looks likely they will be disappointed. The cabinet retreated to Chequers on Friday to try to thrash out a Brexit deal proposal but Theresa May is in open conflict with her ministers. The Prime Minister faces an uphill battle to get her chosen vision of a “soft Brexit” backed by her cabinet. Businesses have already rejected the alternative being pushed by Brexiteers like Boris Johnson. It’s perhaps unsurprising given that the Foreign Secretary allegedly said “f*** business” when asked about industry concerns by an EU official at a party.

Expect to see more CEOs speaking out and moving jobs in the coming weeks.

RANKED: The 25 most powerful nations on earth

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  • US News and World Report ranks nations for a yearly “Best Countries” study.
  • It includes a global power list – a list of the world’s most powerful countries based on their alliances, influence and whether the country is a leader.
  • The US stays in first place this year, but other countries have changed positions amid rising instability.

The US remains the world’s most powerful country while others have seen their positions fall amid rising instability according to this year’s global power rankings.

The rankings, published by US News and World Report, look at how the influence of a nation, as well as its political, economic, and military power.

They come as part of the media organization’s annual “Best Countries” study, which evaluated 80 countries based on responses from 21,000 people.

Scroll down to see the 25 most powerful nations, according to this year’s rankings.



25. Egypt

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US News describes Egypt as “one of the world’s earliest and greatest civilizations.” Most of the country’s economic activities take place along the Nile River Valley. Tourism, manufacturing, and agriculture are important industries, but political uncertainty has slowed economic growth.


24. Singapore

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Singapore has one of the world’s busiest ports, and US News describes it as a “bustling metropolis.” The country has experienced huge economic and population growth in recent years.



23. Spain

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Spain has fallen one place since last year, as its economy continues to falter and unemployment remains high. A crisis caused by Catalonia voting for independence created more instability in the country, which is known for its art and culture and is very popular with tourists.


22. Pakistan

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Pakistan has fallen by two places as instability, corruption and the conflict with India continues. The country is one of the world’s youngest, with the majority of citizens aged under 22.



21. The Netherlands

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Known as a very tolerant country, the Netherlands has increasingly been grappling with the issue of immigration. The high-income nation is the one of the world’s leading agriculture exporters. The International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court are headquartered in The Hague.


20. Qatar

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Qatar has risen three places since last year, with oil and gas making it one of the world’s wealthiest countries. It has a high standard of living, and its media is among the freest in the Middle East. In 2022, it will be the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, though charities have criticised the country for deaths on construction sites and what they say is forced labour.



19. Sweden

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ts commitment to human rights and sustainability has made Sweden a respected international leader. With free college and healthcare, the country has one of the world’s longest life expectancies.


18. Italy

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Political turmoil from Europe’s migrant crisis led to an increase in populism in Italy, a new government, and the potential for a future financial crisis. But the economy remains one of the largest in the Eurozone, and US News note its strong cultural influence on the world, from art to food.



17. Switzerland

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A small country known for its neutrality, Switzerland has one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world. Swiss people have won more Nobel Prizes and registered more patents per capita that most other nations.


16. Australia

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A wealthy nation, the country has a high life expectancy and ranks highly for quality of life.



15. India

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India is the world’s largest democracy and until recently had one of the fastest-growing economies. But it is also one of the world’s poorest countries, with a population of 1.3 billion people. It has become an important center of IT services and is known for stunning architecture.


14. Turkey

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Turkey has been affected by years of regional fighting and terrorism, including an unsuccessful military coup in 2016. It sits at the border between Europe and the Middle East, where conflicts also rage in neighboring countries. The OECD expects Turkey to be one of its fastest-growing members in coming years.



13. Iran

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Iran has moved up in the list compared to 2017. The country, which has one of the largest economies in the Middle East and is of interest to global powers thanks to its oil reserves. It is governed by an authoritarian regime and has been criticised for repressing its people.


12. Canada

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The second-largest country in the world, Canada is a significant energy exporter and has large oil reserves. The country has a policy of multiculturalism, which prime minister Justin Trudeau has recently used to contrast the country with the neighboring US, where racial tensions have been increasing.



11. South Korea

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South Korea has become the world’s seventh-largest exporter, thanks largely to foreign investment. Conflict with North Korea has meant that it receives support from the world’s superpowers.


10. The United Arab Emirates

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Oil exports have allowed the UAE to have a GDP on par with the leading Western nations, according to the CIA’s World Factbook. The country is one of the most liberal in the region.



9. Saudi Arabia

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The country has most of the wealth and land of the Arabian Peninsula within its borders. It has special status within the Muslim world as the home of Mecca, and its oil reserves have let it become one of the wealthiest nations in the Middle East. The country has started to loosen of some its long-standing restrictions on women, such as driving.


8. Israel

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Despite its strained relationship with many of its neighbors and its population of only eight million, Israel has a large presence on the global stage, thanks in part to its close relationship with the US. Despite the Palestinian conflict, the country has a strong economy.



7. Japan

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Japan is one of the world’s most technically advanced nations and has the world’s third-largest economy. The country is among the world’s biggest producers of cars, electronics, and steel, and it recently invested more heavily in its military amid escalating tensions with North Korea.


6. France

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The country has one of the world’s largest economies and is often listed as the world’s most-visited country. But it has been faced with a rise in terrorism and shifting public attitudes to immigration, while joblessness has been hitting the country’s youth.



5. United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has fallen one place since the 2018 rankings as anxiety increases about its role on the global stage after its vote to leave the EU. London is a major financial center and the influence the country gained through the British Empire still boosts its global clout.


4. Germany

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Germany has moved up in this year’s rankings, overtaking the United Kingdom. The most populous nation in the EU, the country also has one of the world’s largest economies. The political leadership has been challenged over its open-door policies for migrants, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s poor showing in the 2017 elections weakened her position.



3. China

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China has seen rapid economic progress, but many still live below the nation’s official poverty level, The World Bank states. Its growing global influence has meant the country has come under more criticism for its human rights policies, including censorship and limited media freedom.


2. Russia

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The world’s largest country by landmass also has one of the world’s largest economies. The country invests heavily in military power – it spent 5.4% of its GDP on defence in 2016 – and tensions between and Western nations have increased over issues such as the 2014 annexation in Crimea and interference in the 2016 US presidential election.



1. United States

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The country is the world’s dominant economic and military power, and its cultural imprint covers the world. The US has also traditionally taken a leading international role, such as in organizations like NATO and the UN. But domestic challenges, including racial tensions, inequality, and a divided electorate, are harming the country.