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National Waste Management Holdings, Inc. (NWMH) Decreasing Excessive Waste Materials by Recycling Compliant Construction and Demolition Materials

Construction and demolition (C&D) materials represent the debris from the demolition, construction, or renovation of buildings, bridges, or even roads. C&D materials are normally heavy materials such as concrete, wood, asphalt, gypsum, bricks, glass, some types of plastic, salvaged building components, metals and trees, among other materials.

In the United States, C&D materials constitute a large percentage of waste, much of which can be transformed into new productive products. According to a report entitled ‘Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2014 Fact Sheet’ (http://dtn.fm/HiA4r), over 500 million tons of C&D debris were generated in 2014, with concrete making up 70% of it, asphalt 14%, wood more than 7%, and other products making up approximately 9% between them.

All the materials outlined above can either be reduced, salvaged, recycled, or reused by simply preserving existing buildings rather than constructing new ones, designing new buildings that can be adapted to make them last longer, establishing construction methods that allow for the disassembly and reuse of materials, using different framing techniques, and reducing the various types of interior finishes.

In addition, steps are being taken by companies such as National Waste Management Holdings, Inc. (OTC: NWMH) to reduce the impact C&D has on the environment. NWMH is a solid waste management company located in Central Florida.

The company is focused on operating according to an eco-friendly business model that has been put in place to combat unnecessary waste in Florida and New York. To pursue its mission of being environmentally conscience with a focus on sustainability, NWMH is committed to inspecting all loads and sorting all the materials that arrive in its landfills in order to accept only those that are compliant with the C&D Department of Environmental Protection standards.

In addition to the company’s high level of compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), National Waste Management plans on using its picking station to aid the state of Florida in its quest to meet its mandate for 75% recycling by the end of 2020. This incentive will give the company the ability to increase its rate of recyclables and sales of commodities.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.nationalwastemgmt.com

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MeetMe, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET) Closes on 9.2 Million Share Public Offering, Sees 2Q2017 Target on Acquisition of if(we)

MeetMe, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET) has closed on its public offering of 9.2 million shares of common stock at $5 per share. This is inclusive of the full option by underwriters for 1.2 million additional shares of common stock. Net proceeds will be used by the company for general corporate purposes and to potentially fund MeetMe’s pending acquisition of “if(we)”, a San Francisco-based social and mobile technology company, as well as other future takeovers.

MeetMe is a social network for meeting new people in the U.S. Some 80% of its one million daily user traffic comes from mobile devices, such as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. It is becoming a gathering place for mobile users, the company said. It generates revenue from advertising, subscriptions, and virtual currency.

Targeted to close in 2Q2017, the “if(we)” acquisition would be made for $60 million in cash, and that company is anticipated to generate at least $9 million of adjusted EBITDA and be accretive to earnings in the first 12 months after closing, MeetMe noted in a news release.

“if(we)” had revenues of $44 million in 2016 and is the operator of TAGGED and Hi5, branded apps which enable people to meet and chat with others. The site features 10.4 million mobile chats daily, and 18,000 mobile app users are added each day. “if(we)” is available in 100 countries and 15 languages.

MeetMe said in its corporate presentation on the acquisition (http://dtn.fm/J4gAA) that the transaction is expected to generate cross-promotional opportunities. It added that there is a less than 5% overlap in user bases, and the two companies together can lower technology costs by standardizing products. Also, by utilizing MeetMe’s best practices, the company expects a convergence of certain key metrics, such as daily chats.

Funding for the acquisition will come from MeetMe’s cash on hand, cash from operations, and a new $30 million loan from J.P. Morgan. The combined company could generate revenues of $150 million annually and an EBITDA of $50 million, per MeetMe’s presentation materials.

For more information, visit www.MeetMeCorp.com

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eXp World Holdings, Inc. (EXPI) Keeps Salespeople Satisfied and Selling

The sales profession is known for sales cycle stress, pressures to meet quotas and the debilitating psychological impact of constant rejection. Combined, these factors are known contributors to the sales industry’s exceptionally high turnover rates and lost productivity. The satisfaction level of salespeople may not seem to correlate directly with business objectives, but it substantially impacts an organization’s bottom line. Happy sales people are consistently more resourceful and productive. Sales can obviously be a tough job, with the daily grind of prospecting and repeated rejection. Even top producers can be pulled down by deals that linger but never seem to go through.

Research has proven that happiness is contagious, especially in sales. When salespeople truly enjoys their environment and what they’re doing, it leads to a more natural selling proposition and, ultimately, more success. They convert more leads and are generally more successful, because prospects are engaged and gravitate toward them. Happy salespeople are less stressed, undeterred by rejection, and consistently more productive.

More money can help enhance a sales person’s happiness, but more money alone does not directly equate to more happiness. More money helps, but well-researched psychological principles show that top salespeople want more. These principles show that sales producers are motivated by new challenges and responsibilities. They also want to continue to learn and hone their skills, an essential element of what makes them successful. More than most people, top sales performers need appreciation and recognition for their achievements, and they produce more in an environment that promotes relationships and provides meaning.

Few industries are more sales driven than residential real estate. Success is contingent upon attracting and keeping productive sales agents. Adding agents, reducing turn over, and increasing sales productivity makes or breaks agencies. eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI) is changing the paradigm of real estate sales by using an advanced-technology online system to provide the tools, motivation, and support needed to attract and keep agents. eXp World Holdings is the publicly-traded holding company of eXp Realty, an agent-owned cloud-based residential brokerage. The company nearly tripled its agent count last year, with over 1,500 new real estate professionals joining eXp Realty in 2016. The dramatic increase in agents and revenues reflects the environment built by the company’s unique business model. eXp Realty believes the greatest asset of any real estate brokerage is the team of agents and brokers who create the revenues of the company.

By eliminating the high cost of brick and mortar locations, the company offers among the highest payouts in the industry. Agents and brokers receive exceptional support and continued education through eXp Realty’s innovative 24/7 cloud-based system of collaborative tools and training. Its 3-D, fully-immersive, cloud office environment also promotes agent socialization, relationship enhancement, and agent recognition. Proof of eXp’s pioneering approach is borne out not only by the striking increase in agents last year, but also by the myriad of positive online reviews posted by agents.

By surreptitiously abetting sales agent happiness with tangible and intangible support systems, eXp is poised to not only continue adding legions of agents, but also to dramatically exceed revenue expectations.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.eXpWorldHoldings.com

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Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Set to Disturb Travel Distribution Technology Market

Alternative Lodging Rentals (ALRs) have taken over as a hot topic in the world of tourism. ALR offers customers a more flexible approach to vacations. Depending upon the location, travel consumers can often find larger accommodations for less money, with more facilities such as kitchens, outdoor spaces, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms throughout the rented space.

Despite different types of travelers looking for different features in their vacation rentals, a recent survey in Tripping.com found that nearly all travelers like to have the same basic things (http://dtn.fm/7Ce50). Although many of those surveyed highlighted the need for a kitchen, good value for their money, a decent level of privacy, and a lot of space, the need for on-site technology was not far behind. Many people like to stay plugged in while away, and this is not limited to just the internet. While Wi-Fi is a major factor, cable and HDTV also came in high on the list of ALR requirements. Also, more than a quarter of those surveyed said they look for smart features when booking an ALR, including smart security systems, smart entry, and smart electronics such as TV.

However, the modern traveler’s tech needs go beyond the accommodation itself. It starts on the booking platform. We live in a world where customers have been given the technology to place orders and book experiences with the click of a button. According to Jen O’Neil from Tripping.com, “Recent trends show that travelers of all ages are gravitating toward the instant booking model, so we expect that the vast majority of properties will be booked instantly within the next few years.”

Unfortunately, booking ALR properties has not traditionally been that easy. Often, customers have to submit a request to the landlord or property manager, discuss their needs, apply to book the property, and wait for approval. Luckily, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) recently announced that it will soon be launching a real-time booking system whereby customers can book their ALR accommodations and get instant confirmation, just as with air travel or hotels.

In addition, Monaker, through its flagship NextTrip.com, will be giving business and vacation travelers the chance to not only book ALR, but all other travel bookings, such as flights, tours, car rentals, and more. This new system will be the first of its kind, becoming the one-stop travel shop for all consumer needs.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.MonakerGroup.com

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Heat Biologics (NASDAQ: HTBX) at the Vanguard of a Paradigm Shift in Cancer Treatment

The human body is elegantly designed to heal itself, utilizing the immune system as its defense against various pathogens. Triggered by immune response signals, the immune system attacks and kills organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease. However, the immune system sometimes needs help in identifying and killing some invaders.

Cancer presents a complex and perplexing problem for effective immune system response, because it finds ways to hide from the immune system or block the immune system’s ability to battle against the disease. An important part of the immune system is its ability to differentiate between normal cells in the body and invaders. This differentiation allows the immune system to attack the invading cells while leaving normal cells alone. To achieve this, the immune system uses molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated or inactivated to trigger an immune response. However, cancer cells can sometimes use these checkpoints to deceive the immune system and avoid being attacked. Newly developed drugs, known as checkpoint inhibitors, have shown some success in cancer treatments. However, a combination of checkpoint inhibitors and specific T cell-stimulating therapeutic vaccines indicates a much higher degree of efficacy.

Heat Biologics (NASDAQ: HTBX) is at the vanguard of this shift in cancer treatments, developing novel therapeutic vaccines to activate the immune system against a wide range of cancers. When antigens enter the body, they stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies in response to these foreign substances. Heat Biologics exploits this natural process to elicit a powerful immune response against the disease target. The company’s therapeutic vaccines are based on heat shock protein gp-96, a protein that activates the immune system when cells die. This protein is attached to the cell by what’s called a KDEL leash. Heat Biologic’s vaccines remove this leash and cause cells to continuously secrete gp96 and its chaperoned antigens to activate the immune system.

Heat Biologics recently announced the latest results of its ongoing phase 2 clinical trial in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s checkpoint inhibitor. Researchers reported a strong correlation between T cell activation, tumor reductions, and increased overall survival in the patients evaluated. Patients with a sustained immune response also exhibited substantial tumor reductions. It appears the combination of Heat Biologics’ vaccine and checkpoint inhibitors may become an attractive therapeutic approach treating cancers.

For more information, please visit www.HeatBio.com

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Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Meeting Customer Needs by Integrating Alternative Lodging Rentals into Mainstream Travel Marketing

Today, customers have a lot more choice when it comes to booking accommodation for a holiday. Gone are the days when holidaymakers and travelers had no option but to book hotels for their vacations. Now, they can choose from a variety of short- and long-term house rentals, vacation homes, resorts, timeshares, and other Alternative Lodging Rentals (ALR).

Hotel companies are changing their services to suit the needs of a new generation, but, although traditional lodging has not been forgotten, it is starting to face serious competition from ALR. In fact, according to a survey undertaken by OAG published on Tnooz.com (http://dtn.fm/R5Bv6), of the 2,500 travelers questioned, two-thirds being leisure travelers with the rest taking trips for work, more than 50% would like to see accommodations from Airbnb, a major online ALR marketplace, in travel agency search results. Not only this, the majority of these people also stated that they would book such accommodations on an online travel agency if they could. But ALR options still have little or no representation in the mainstream travel industry, especially if the traveler wants instant confirmation of ALR bookings. Whether booking ALR properties through Airbnb or other services, people seeking such non-traditional accommodations still face the time-consuming hassle of waiting for the ALR property owner/manager to respond, unlike with airline or hotel bookings.

In addition, from a business travel point of view, companies seem to still be slow on the uptake. Out of the one-third of those taking trips for business, less than 5% said that their company offers Airbnb as a lodging option. However, a third of those people said they would take advantage of such lodgings if they could.

As a result of this need for integrating ALR into mainstream travel marketing, Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology-driven travel company, has been developing and will soon be launching the first real-time system for booking ALR, such as vacation homes and unused timeshares, among others, on its NextTrip.com website and mobile application.

Currently, customers wanting to book alternative lodging are having to contact property owners, wait for responses, and wait for confirmation from the potential host. As a result, ALR has been one of Monaker’s key focal points, and the company believes there is a large gap in the market due to the fact that these accommodation options are currently offered separately to other alternatives such as hotels. The convenience of instant booking confirmations and the ability to perform all travel planning and booking from one site represent a major shift in the travel industry, and Monaker aims to be the company to offer it.

For more information, visit www.MonakerGroup.com

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National Waste Management Holdings, Inc. (NWMH) Educating People to Make Florida More Environmentally Friendly

Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that up to 75% of the United States’ waste stream is recyclable, only 30% of it actually gets recycled each year, according to RecoverUSA.com (http://dtn.fm/C7ncW). Approximately one-third of an average landfill is made up of packaging material, with more than 60% of the landfill being paper, plastic, food waste, glass, and metal.

Only 1% of aluminum products and 1% of plastic products are recycled in the United States each year, although Americans discard 25 million plastic bottles every hour. With paper and cardboard making up most of industrial waste products, if companies establish a paper and cardboard recycling program, they would make a serious positive impact on the environment.

National Waste Management Holdings, Inc. (OTC: NWMH), a growing solid waste management company, is doing everything in its power to educate the people of Florida about the critical value of recycling. Aside from the company’s recent shift in services, NWMH has plans of transforming its fundamental business model to include a portable picking station at the company’s landfill that will help the state meet its mandate for 75% recycling by 2020.

National Waste Management believes that, despite modern-day efforts to make the world more sustainable, people do not understand the full meaning of the common catch phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”. According to the company: “It’s a simple premise but contains logistics that most don’t consider. By the time you’re ready to recycle something, there are already many environmentally-conscious decisions that have been missed.”

The company is trying to encourage a shift in consumer focus on products that are designed better and produce less waste. Not only this, it wants to help people put more thought into reusing materials and products, as well as educate themselves on products that are made of materials that are recyclable and are accepted by their local waste management services.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.nationalwastemgmt.com

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eXp World Holdings, Inc. (EXPI) to Hold Annual Shareholders Meeting on April 27

eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI) will hold its annual shareholders meeting on April 27, 2017, at the Coronado Island Marriott in Coronado, California, and the company is urging eXp Realty agent-owners, entrepreneurial real estate professionals, and investors to attend. eXp World Holdings is the holding company for eXp Realty LLC, an agent-owned cloud-based real estate brokerage.

The meeting will be held against a backdrop of the company’s rapid growth to more than 3,000 agents in the U.S. and Canada, a 25% increase from the 2,401 agents recorded at the end of 2016. It took the company approximately four months to go from 2,000 to 3,000 agents, almost half the time it took to move from 1,000 agents to 2,000. The company indicated that, year-over-year, in 2015 and 2016, it enjoyed a 200% increase in agent count.

eXp Realty is a full-service residential real estate company. It offers its agents training through a fully immersive cloud-based environment. The company also attracts agents through its program of commission incentives supplemented by agent-ownership opportunities.

eXp World Holdings presented at the ROTH Conference and detailed its unique model incentives. In its February 2017 investor presentation (http://dtn.fm/3rmVJ), the company described its cloud-based campus, with its ability to eliminate brick-and-mortar expenses and support staff. The firm operates in 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

EXPI also offers agents access to eXp University, a virtual classroom experience where agents can receive more than 25 hours of training a week. Agents in the cloud environment can work from any location, invest minimal capital, share commissions, and enjoy exponential bandwidth as the number of agents grows. Ownership is earned through an incentive program.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.eXpWorldHoldings.com

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Monaker Group’s (MKGI) ROTH Conference Presentation Details How Mark Travel Partnership Will Deliver a Marketing Advantage

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), in its March 15, 2017, presentation at the ROTH Conference (http://dtn.fm/zhZm7), said that its B2B and B2C site, NextTrip.com, will be enhanced in 2Q2017 and its wholesale travel partner, Mark Travel (www.MarkTravel.com), is an important element of its strategic advantage.

Monaker Group is a high technology travel provider that offers users an all-in-one site with artificial intelligence that provides conventional travel, alternative leisure rentals (ALR), and a library of videos to help consumers and businesses choose their plans. The booking engine offers real-time digital data and reduces the time it takes to book diverse travel from hours to minutes, the company said in its ROTH Presentation slide deck.

The company said Mark Travel, through its Trisept Solutions technology firm, will power Monaker Group’s NextTrip and offer expanded product offerings and distribution. Monaker Group said Mark Travel offers both B2B and B2C advantages. In B2B, it offers its VAX XML link to more than 200 companies. Its VAX VacationAccess system is a portal for more than 70,000 travel agents and greater than 50 leisure travel suppliers, together accounting for more than $1 billion in annual bookings. In B2C, Mark Travel offers Monaker Group preferential pricing for air, car, hotel, and ground activities. It will also offer integration with its travel-linked artificial intelligence platform.

“Trisept has the most advanced technology available for leisure vacation packaging today,” commented Bill Kerby, chairman and CEO of Monaker Group. “Expanding NextTrip’s capabilities and access to agents and consumers will accelerate our growth and differentiate us from our competition.”

In addition to the technological advantages, Monaker Group’s marketing efforts are set to benefit from partnering with wholesaler Mark Travel. At $3 billion in annual sales, Mark Travel is the largest wholesaler of travel in North America. It owns Funjet Vacations, founded in 1974, which specializes in personalized and independent vacations for groups and individuals.

Mark Travel’s other brands include Southwest Vacations, United Vacations, Mark International, Showtime Tours, Blue Sky Tours, and My Destination Wellness. The company offers service to more than 1,100 destinations globally and specializes in end-to-end travel service for its clients.

To Monaker Group, Mark Travel offers Trisept Solutions, a high technology travel platform through which it offers several other booking advantages. These include VAX VacationAccess, a $1 billion booking engine that brings together more than 70,000 travel agents with more than 50 leisure travel suppliers. Also, Mark Travel brings its Xcelerator agency platform with artificial intelligence. Its Synapse provides back office travel functions on a secure and seamless platform, Monaker Group added.

For more information, visit www.MonakerGroup.com

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Cannabis Businesses Represent Diverse Opportunities of Booming Market

The U.S. medical and recreational marijuana industry continues to expand. Even though the debate over medical efficacy and the concerns over recreational marijuana use continue to cause political and social divisions within the country, the investment community is moving rapidly from benign interest to embracing the marijuana industry as a significant investment opportunity.

At the recent 29th annual ROTH conference, an investment conclave attracting global financial gurus, even traditionally conservative industries like private equity groups took serious consideration of the marijuana market opportunities. The opening conference panel discussion centered on the medical uses for marijuana and emphasized the upside potential in the burgeoning marijuana market that is already underway.

In attendance at the conference and presenting to fund managers and investment advisors was GrowGeneration Corporation (OTC: GRWG). GrowGeneration currently owns and operates 12 specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening stores with locations in Colorado, Nevada and California. With the company’s focus on owning and operating branded stores in all of the major legalized cannabis states, it currently sells thousands of products to facilitate the cultivation of marijuana for commercial and home growers.

GrowGeneration went public last year and is fast moving toward its objective of becoming the first company in its vertical on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Interviewed at the conference, Darren Lampert, CEO of the company, stated in part, “Investors are seeking out investments in the cannabis industry and are hoping to profit from the fastest growing new market in the USA in some time. GrowGeneration benefits from all sides as more growers come to us for their equipment and nutrients, which is why we were able to grow as exponentially as we have without directly touching the end product.” By supplying a vast array of specialty retail hydroponic equipment, lighting, and organic nutrients and soils to horticulturalists and marijuana cultivators, GrowGeneration is focused on reaping rewards from the explosive growth of this fledgling industry.

Already one of the nation’s largest specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening store chains, GrowGeneration acquired all of the assets of Sonoma Hydro last month creating a $2.5 million northern California retail distribution center. Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle,” home to a large concentration of cannabis cultivators, is a significant growth opportu­nity for the company, with the market projected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 18.5%, reaching $6.5 billion by 2020.

Further validation of the huge potential of this market can be found in GrowGeneration’s press release last week. The company announced that Merida Capital Partners, a cannabis infrastructure fund, has provided GrowGeneration $1.65 million in equity financing. When factoring in warrant exercises, funding will total $3.92 million in capital. Merida Capital Partners priced callable warrants at $4.12 or higher, an obvious indication of its belief in the company.

Whether one agrees with the surge in the cannabis industry or not, there’s no denying the wizards of Wall Street are believers. Now may be the time for individual investors to participate and potentially profit from one of the fastest growing new markets in America, which is occupied by a number of other innovators such as: MyDx, Inc. (OTCQB: MYDX), which offers CannaDX, a unique device that allows anyone to directly test cannabis products for THC, CBD, and CBN potency; Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR), which focuses on an entirely different aspect of the industry, helping licensed MMJ growers meet capital needs by purchasing their grow-land and leasing it back to them; Terra Tech Corp. (OTCQX: TRTC), which designs and sells its own specialized hydroponic and associated equipment for indoor growing, in addition to the retail selling of cannabis products; and Aphria, Inc. (OTCQB: APHQF), which produces and sells a variety of “100% Greenhouse Grown” cannabis products throughout Canada.

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