Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NSW Wealth Creation Firm Opens Queensland Office

NSW based wealth creation firm Chase Edwards has opened a Gold Coast office to service its growing Queensland market.

Nerang, Qld, September 11, 2012 - NSW based wealth creation firm Chase Edwards has opened a Gold Coast office to service its growing Queensland market.

The company has taken the majority of level 10 in the Bundall Corporate Centre to accommodate its professional service team and telemarketing company.

Chase Edwards’ Queensland state sales manager Glenn Mayes says the move to open an office in Queensland was necessary given the company’s ever-increasing client base in the state.

“Chase Edwards has been providing wealth creation strategies for clients in NSW for over seven years now, and over the past few years we have experienced a substantial growth in Queensland,” Mr Mayes says.

“Some of this growth is no doubt as a result of the state’s strong economic base, particularly through the mining industry, however our strategies are applicable to anyone wanting a better financial future.

“Opening an office here will provide us with an on the ground presence and enable us to better service clients from Cairns down to the NSW border.”

The new office will accommodates 20 professional consultants including wealth planners, finance managers, in-home consultants and administration staff.

The Call Centre accommodates a team of 30 telemarketers, call centre manager quality control officers, confirmation managers and supervisors.

Chase Edwards provide services to pay off home loans quicker, reduce tax and create wealth for retirement.

Chase Edwards Finance holds an Australian Credit License that enables their experienced finance managers to source the products that best suit a client’s needs.

The company works closely with a number of alliance partners in areas such as finance, property management, accounting, law and financial planning.

Its strategies include home loan analysis and repayment acceleration, cash flow and debt reduction, asset building, self-managed superannuation funds and financial planning.

Chase Edwards established its first office in Newcastle, which employs 25 people.

The company maintains an authorised representative status for an Australian Financial Services License.

For all media enquiries contact Bruce Nelson on 0423 403 449.

Bruce Nelson
Zakazukha Marketing Communications
3 Eden Court
Nerang, Qld 4211
07 5596 6634

Black Dog Promotions CEO Scott Kelly’s PR & Marketing Syndicated Column to CitiesPlanet.com’s 1 Million Readers Delivers Tips and Tirades

The Intersection of Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing & SALES, Kelly’s signature style is on full display - edgy, authentic, and always provocative.

Scottsdale, AZ, September 11, 2012 - He’s been called bombastic. Black Dog Promotions CEO, veteran media relations & digital marketing expert Scott Kelly has signed an international syndication deal with CitiesPlanet.com and its scores of local market driven websites. His weekly column, PR to PRofits: The Intersection of Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing & SALES, Kelly’s signature style is on full display - edgy, authentic, and always provocative.

Kelly, a proven multi-media marketing and public relations expert – will serve as a PR & Marketing contributor for 65 websites, giving CitiesPlanet's growing network of 1+ million readers a forum for discussion and debate, offering tips and tricks to get marketing messages into overdrive, cutting through the noise and traffic of the digital age.

But his real “secret sauce” distills the integration of tried and true sales techniques into the mix.

“I read all the PR blogs out there and quite frankly, I think we need an “old dog” to teach some new tricks. Yes – social media’s making waves, but is anyone really translating their efforts into dollar signs? I do it every day – and my partnership with CitiesPlanet.com is the perfect vehicle to bash the misinformation out there and offer up some tips people can really use. Plus, I’ll get to serve up some tirades along the way – just for fun,” said Kelly.

Kelly’s Black Dog Promotions (www.BlackDogPromotions.com ), the Arizona-based public relations, social media and digital marketing agency boasts high profile clients including the International Sportsman’s Expo, LuckyKatTV.com, NFL legend Nick Lowery and Nadine on the Scene, to name a few. Their winning strategy leverages the exacting combination of sales, advertising, multi-media exposure and good old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears, designed to deliver results.

Fred Mercaldo, Managing Partner of Cities Planet, stated, “Our team is thrilled to add Scott Kelly’s bold, brash voice and common-sense advice to our line-up. This provides great content for our readers, but also exciting marketing opportunities for our advertisers. We know Kelly’s tenured experience will speak to a range of people working to navigate marketing efforts in the ‘Wild West’ days of the digital age.”

Cities Planet (www.CitiesPlanet.com) is an online advertising media and marketing venture representing over 100 city-related websites worldwide. CitiesPlanet manages the sales, marketing, and advertising functions for every site, and spearheads all international and local partnerships.

The Cities Planet Network represents 20 states and scores of thriving international cities, including Scottsdale.com and LongBeach.com, ranging in size from quaint upscale communities to large metropolitan areas.

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Incite Creative Builds Brands for Two Innovators of the Year Recipients

The 2012 “Innovator of the Year” award winners were recently announced and include two of Incite Creative’s clients: 1sqbox™ and Healthplan Headquarters™.

Baltimore, MD, September 11, 2012 - Each year The Daily Record recognizes Maryland’s individuals and companies that have created a product, service or process that has had a positive effect on their business, industry or community. Incite Creative is honored that two of this year’s 20 award recipients benefited from the firm’s marketing and brand building services.

1sqbox is an intuitive management system that allows teachers, students, principals and parents to communicate in real time via its state-of-the-art tablet centric application. Everything that is needed for classroom management, student learning, administrative tools and parental monitoring is housed in one central application — its all-inclusive square box. Incite Creative capitalized on the name and product concept and created a logo and an innovative business development packaging system that reinforces the company’s desired brand message.

HealthPlan Headquarters is the first of its kind in Maryland, offering insurance in a retail location where consumers can walk in and shop for their insurance coverage. Created to help individuals and employers navigate the complex world of insurance, Healthplan Headquarters offers self-service kiosks and one-on-one consultations with experienced and knowledgeable insurance specialists, as well as health and wellness resources for the community. Incite Creative helped strategically position and brand the new entity by creating its name, tagline, logo, website and targeted sales kit materials.

"Starting a new company is always overwhelming, even for those of us who've been down that road before", states Suzanne Thompson, president and founder of Healthplan Headquarters. "Determining how you want your business to be perceived and coming up with a brand identity that fits that desired perception is critical to its success. As a retail insurance company, the name "Healthplan Headquarters" and the innovative logo, marketing materials and website that Incite Creative developed for us has been huge in terms of creating brand awareness. After only two years in business, we now have three stores and have plans to open up additional stores throughout Maryland."

The Innovator of the Year awards ceremony will take place on October 24, 2012 at the American Visionary Art Museum.

About Incite Creative (www.incitecreativeinc.com):
Now in its twelfth year in business, Incite Creative is a marketing and graphic design firm that specializes in strategic positioning, brand development and creative implementation services for Mid-Atlantic, small-to-mid-sized companies and organizations that have regional, national and international reach. For more information, log onto http://www.incitecreativeinc.com or contact Dina Wasmer at 410-366-9479 ext. 101 or dina@incitecreativeinc.com.

Dina Wasmer
Incite Creative, Inc
1501 St. Paul Street, Suite 113
Baltimore, MD 21202

Upcoming Meeting at Northwestern University/Kellogg School helps Baby Boomers Learn about Later-Life Entrepreneurship

Third in Series of Meetings to Learn About the Benefits and Opportunities of Creating a New Business

Boulder, CO, September 10, 2012 - The Center for Productive Longevity (CPL), which serves as the bridge between older people and opportunities for them to continue in productive activities, is hosting its third meeting in the “Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Baby Boomers” series on Thursday, October 11. The meeting will be held in Wieboldt Hall on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University/Kellogg School. To register and view the agenda, visit http://www.ctrpl.org/october-11-2012. Participants must be 50 and older.

The meetings are designed to facilitate a national momentum for new-business creation, which will help Baby Boomers remain productively engaged while contributing to national economic growth. AARP, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and CPL are sponsors of the meeting, along with other organizations.

The day will include presentations from successful entrepreneurs over the age of 50 and two rounds of interactive breakout sessions on topics relating to new-business creation and how to become an entrepreneur.

The featured speakers include:

Dr. Paul Magelli is senior director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has held a number of positions at the University of Illinois, including assistant dean of the MBA program and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

James Shein is professor of entrepreneurship at Kellogg School’s Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and an academic director of the Successful Corporate Renewal executive program. He previously spent four years as president and CEO of R.C. Manufacturing, and ten years as president and chief executive officer of Northbrook Corporation.

Nancy Rodriguez is founder and president of Food Marketing Support Services (FMSS), which she started in 1985. FMSS is a contractual research and development company that services both the retail (supermarkets) and food service (restaurant) industries.

Larry Levy is founder and chairman of Levy Restaurants and chairman and CEO of The Levy Organization. He co-founded Levy Restaurants in 1978 and served as CEO until December 2003. Levy Restaurants’ diverse portfolio includes a network of acclaimed restaurants throughout the country and they pioneered the concept of catering in sports and entertainment facilities, including stadiums and convention centers, in every major U.S. market. Levy has also served as a chairperson and board member for a wide variety of organizations and received numerous awards.

Carol Levy is co-owner of Material Possessions, a home d├ęcor store that has proven to be successful for nearly 30 years. In 1983, she became co-owner of Material Possessions. With her combination of entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative thinking, Carol helped expand the store to a downtown Chicago location. In 2004, she and her husband, Larry, founded the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. They took the venture a step further in 2007 by establishing the Carol and Larry Social Entrepreneurial Lab.

The “Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Baby Boomers” meeting is limited to 125 participants on a first-come basis. The charge of $35 per person covers a spouse, if desired, and a post-meeting workshop on the “how-tos” of creating a new business. Registrations must be made by October 1 at http://www.ctrpl.org/october-11-2012.

A block of hotel rooms for this meeting is reserved at the MileNorth Hotel, one block away, at a discounted rate of $175.

This is one in a series of four meetings, organized by CPL. The first was held at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO on March 27, and the second is being held at Babson College in Wellesley, MA on September 14; the fourth meeting will be held at the University of Denver on November 15.

For more information on CPL and the senior entrepreneurship meetings, visit www.ctrpl.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTRPL.

About the Center for Productive Longevity;
The mission of CPL is to stimulate the substantially increased engagement of people 55 and older in productive activities, paid and volunteer, where they are qualified and ready to continue adding value. Visit ctrpl.org for more information. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTRPL.

Alicia Hassinger
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Zhanna Stavina Joins Ecotech Institute as Director of Admissions

Stavina Brings Experience and Enthusiasm to Executive Team

Denver, Colorado, September 10, 2012 - Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability, has named Zhanna Stavina as the school’s new Director of Admissions.

In her role, Stavina will lead a team of admissions associates who serve as liaisons for potential and incoming students. She will also make and maintain connections with students, organizations, guidance counselors, military liaisons and others who may benefit from an Ecotech education or partnership.

Ms. Stavina has recently served as both a director of enrollment and an instructor at the University of Phoenix in Lone Tree, Colorado. She simultaneously taught in the School of Business and Social Sciences while successfully leading a team of admissions professionals. Before joining Ecotech, she also worked as an enrollment manager and enrollment counselor, receiving accolades as a top performer. She has also worked in career services and admissions at Denver School of Massage Therapy and ITT Technical Institute.

“Zhanna’s experience and expertise is perfect for Ecotech and she’s someone who exudes enthusiasm about what we deliver to students, employers, partners and the community,” said Mike Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. “We are delighted to have her on board and look forward to Zhanna representing our school and executive team.”

Stavina received her Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Colorado.

“It is an honor be in a position where I can share Ecotech Institute with people who could benefit from its unique offerings,” said Stavina. “In a short time, Ecotech has proven to offer quality education, a strong community and graduates who are making a difference. I am proud to be part of the Ecotech family.”

Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, offers six highly practical renewable energy degree programs created with employer input that provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers.

To learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit us online at www.ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576. The next round of classes begins in October and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

About Ecotech Institute:
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, the college offers five associate’s degrees designed by experts in the industry for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576.

About Education Corporation of America:
Education Corporation of America is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of almost 20,000 students. In addition to Ecotech Institute, ECA schools include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior Design, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Nursing and more in 25 different cities in the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Virginia College also offers classes online and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College.  ECA also operates Golf Academy of America, with locations in Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206