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Mastering Social Media Strategy for Business Explained in Book by Digital Marketing Pioneer

Author Stephen Monaco KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “Insightful Knowledge: An Enlightened View of Social Media Strategy & Marketing” (ISBN: 978-1937829636), written by digital marketing pioneer Stephen Monaco, provides marketers and executives with the practical information they need on social initiatives required for companies long term survival.

In the late 1980s, Monaco began engaging consumers directly online to learn what consumers wanted and found valuable. He used strategies and tactics that are now considered best practices for social marketing – and built a global software brand in the process. His book is packed with indispensable information about how brands must evolve to engage with consumers directly and it provides a clear guide how to build deep, long-term relations with customers across multiple platforms.

Stephen Monaco has a clear understanding of how businesses are challenged by consumers’ rapid adoption of social media. So many people claim to be social experts, but very few offer wisdom based on their success to help put companies on the right track. Monaco’s book is an invaluable guide for those who want to understand how social media evolved to where it is today, and how to utilize the medium for maximum effectiveness.

When interviewed about what inspired him to write a business book Monaco said, “Working with publicly traded corporations, startups, and companies of all sizes in between, I saw the majority of them going the wrong way with their social marketing efforts, and I knew that my expertise could help a lot of people. That’s when I knew it was time to write my book on social strategy and marketing.”

“Most companies start social campaigns with tactics, and that’s a huge mistake,” said Monaco. “It’s imperative for companies to start with strategies and tie social media initiatives directly to specific organizational objectives, but that isn’t intuitive to most marketing and communications professionals, or executives,” he continued.

For more information about Stephen Monaco, visit http://www.stephenmonaco.com/ or for information about “Insightful Knowledge: An Enlightened View of Social Media Strategy & Marketing” visit http://www.StephenMonaco.com/insightful-knowledge-book/ .

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BOOK SUMMARY:
Title: “Insightful Knowledge: An Enlightened View of Social Media Strategy & Marketing.”
Author: Stephen Monaco.
Publisher: Total Publishing and Media.
ISBN: 978-1937829636; hardback, 6×9; 196pp; $29.95.
ISBN: 978-1937829667; eBook, $6.99.

About the Author:

Stephen Monaco is the founder and CEO of Evolve Adaptive Marketing, LLC, and is recognized as one of the first to engage consumers directly online back in the days of the BBS and CompuServe; six years before the web browser was invented. Monaco works where high tech and marketing intersect – driving strategies and leveraging digital media to effectively realize business goals for companies of all sizes.

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Missouri Valley’s Community Action Agency’s Exceptional Community Innovation Recognized with National Award

Stacy Flowers MARSHALL, Mo., Sept. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is one of four Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate poverty in America to receive the 2013 Community Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. The awards, administered by the Community Action Partnership, were presented August 29, 2013 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Chicago.

In order to be selected, the winning projects were evaluated based on its effectiveness in job creation, asset building, and economic impact on low-income communities in three categories: Entrepreneurship, Protege, and Master Innovator. MVCAA’s Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) was selected as a winner in the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation category.

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency’s MADE provides support for new and developing businesses. Participants receive mentoring, professional and technical support as they work to actualize their business ideas into sustainable business ventures. To date, MADE has assisted in the development of over 30 businesses that employ 130 people in Missouri.

“In many communities, the Community Action Agencies are THE go-to organization for helping people, creating jobs and improving communities-and this role increases during challenging economic times,” said Pam LaFrenz, Executive Director of MVCAA. “That’s why we created our program, and we’re proud not only that it has been cited as one of the best in the country, but that it’s making a considerable positive impact on our neighbors, both financially and personally.”

The award, created in 2010, honors CAAs for exemplary leadership and innovation in creating change for low-income people and families-specifically in economic development. It is part of the Partnership’s Community Economic Development Exemplary Practice Initiative, funded by the federal Office of Community Services/Administration for Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Despite the fact that CAAs are under increased pressure due to budget cuts and growing requests for services, they are still leading the way in terms of novel approaches that are really helping low-income people and communities thrive,” said Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development at the Community Action Partnership. “The award winners highlight CAAs’ unique ability to spearhead programs that promote economic security and reduce poverty.”

Community Action helps families and communities meet their unique needs and ensure that all community members have an opportunity to thrive and to contribute to the success of their communities and neighborhoods.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America that are helping low-income people and families improve their lives, strengthen their communities and embody the spirit of hope. For more information, visit http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/ or follow the organization on Twitter, https://twitter.com/CAPartnership .

More information about MVCAA: http://mvcaa.net/ .

PHOTO CAPTION: Pam LaFrenz, Cheryl Zimny and Stacy Flowers with MADE award.

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2013 MADE in Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

MADE in MissouriMARSHALL, Mo., March 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is pleased to announce the fourth MADE in Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The 2013 competition encourages new and aspiring business through a competitive, educational and technical business development process. Grants are awarded to competition winners for startup costs or operating capital.

The Competition gives new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other fledgling businesses throughout the state. It is designed to foster sustainable business in Missouri by Missouri residents.

Cheryl Zimny said, “An entrepreneur with an idea can change the world. Will it be you? Will it be one of this year’s competitors?” As Glen Beck would say “Small business is the heart of this nation.” It’s what the U.S. is all about. It is what a strong Missouri economy is all about.

At the preliminary level, participants complete a questionnaire outlining the key factors of their business idea along with leadership, management, community, and environmental plans for implementation. Semi-finalists complete a business plan and sales presentation. Finalists present a live presentation of their business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Missouri on August 12, 2013.

The Competition challenges potential entrepreneurs to move forward and assists them in finding a network of resources to develop and refine their business ideas. Participants are aided with technical assistance, communication skills, marketing and financial advice from the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE).

MADE is comprised of diverse organizations, technical professionals, university members, federal and state department personnel and entrepreneurs. It includes the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center and the University of Missouri Extension among others.

Registration is open to potential or current business owners in Missouri that have been in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation. Participants considering going in to business for the first time are welcomed.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2013. Submission by mail must be postmarked by May 31; email applications must be received by 5 p.m. For more information visit mvcaa.net or contact Cheryl Zimny at Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

This project is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri (www.mvcaa.net). It is funded 75 percent with federal funds and 25 percent by nongovernmental sources. Federal funds are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provided through the Missouri Department of Social Services.

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United Fidelity Funding Named a Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lender for Third Time

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — United Fidelity Funding Corp. (UFF), a national wholesale and retail mortgage banker, announced that it earned a spot on Mortgage Technology magazine‘s 2012 Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lenders and Servicers list for the third time.

The magazine cites that companies named to the list have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to using technology and regularly implementing new innovations to produce marked business process improvements. In addition, the magazine evaluates how lenders and servicers are utilizing technology in ways that are exemplary for the rest of the mortgage industry.

Founded in 2008, UFF is run by experienced mortgage professionals who understand the value of harnessing technology to make the lending process more efficient, transparent and cost effective. UFF’s technology is comprised of a number of different leading Web-based solutions that seamlessly integrate with one another to establish companywide efficacy.

From it’s the beginning, UFF implemented enterprise-class, innovative mortgage technologies that automated all of its processes and workflows to establish a highly effective end-to-end platform. The company is fully automated from the point-of-sale through secondary marketing. Notable is that UFF established its lending practice as a 100 percent paperless operation.

“We are honored to have again been named to Mortgage Technology magazine’s prestigious Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lenders and Servicers list for the third time,” said Kevin Marconi, COO of UFF. “Since our inception, we have worked hard and remained committed to automation and innovation, which has enabled us to provide our employees with software applications that help them do their jobs better. And, we provide our LOs and brokers with robust Web-based technology tools that help make them more successful.

“As a result, borrowers that do business with us enjoy a very positive, highly service-oriented and smooth experience. Without technology and continuous advancements, we wouldn’t be able to run such an efficient lending operation.”

About United Fidelity Funding:
Founded in 2008 and based in Kansas City, Missouri, United Fidelity Funding Corp. is a national wholesale and retail mortgage banker that uses the latest web-based loan management and decisioning tools to offer its partner network full visibility into the status of loans at any given time in an effort to deliver next-level service. United Fidelity Funding is focused on ensuring it delivers reliable and accurate communication.

Paperless loan files, from submission to funding, ensure good, easy communication. This ensures smooth, quick closings. The company offers training on any of its loan programs or its Web-based loan management tools by contacting your account executive. For more information, visit www.uffmortgage.com or call (866) 760-0600.

About SourceMedia:
SourceMedia provides market information, including news, analysis, and insight to the financial services and related industries such as accounting and technology, through its publications, industry-standard data applications, seminars and conferences. SourceMedia’s 750,000 worldwide clients and subscribers range from c-level executives to business-unit heads to line managers – from the front office to the middle office to the back office. The company employs more than 1,000 employees worldwide, with headquarters in New York and offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and London (www.sourcemedia.com).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joe Bowerbank
Profundity Communications, Inc.
949.378.9685
jbowerbank@profunditymarketing.com.

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Grantham University Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of using Regent Education to Automate Financial Aid Processing, Student Experience

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Grantham University, an accredited online university specializing in educating working adults, selected and implemented financial aid management solutions from Regent Education to assist the University in the processing of Title IV financial aid.

“When we received approval in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Education to begin administering Federal Student Aid programs including Pell grants and direct loans, we needed to identify and rapidly implement a comprehensive financial management platform that could meet the needs of the University and our students,” said Grantham University President Joseph McGrath. “We selected Regent Education and were pleased to have completed the initial implementation within a very aggressive sixty day timeframe. Since the implementation phase, we have built an ongoing partnership with Regent Education over the past year.”

Regent Enterprise allows Grantham to comply with and manage all of the requirements mandated by the Department of Education-as well as any institutional policies they may choose to implement. Support for multi-year packaging, automatic term dates with crossover support, and automated R2T4 processing are just a few of the features that allow institutions to optimize their financial aid processing and reduce award times.

With Regent SNAP, Grantham can offer a comprehensive and configurable student-facing environment that helps students navigate the complex requirements of financial aid. With capabilities for a Net Price Calculator and an automated eFAFSA submission – all via a secure student portal – students spend less time filling out forms and more time focused on their studies.

“In today’s economic climate, it’s more important than ever for universities to manage the financial aid process in an efficient, compliant and service centered manner,” said Randy Jones, CEO of Regent Education. “As Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions, Regent products are implemented more rapidly and efficiently than traditional on-premise deployed solutions.”

“We were very pleased to work side by side with the team at Grantham to go live with both of our solutions in only sixty days and look forward to a long and successful partnership.” said Jones.

About Regent:
Regent Education is a leading provider of software solutions that have revolutionized financial aid management and enrollment processes for schools using BBAY and non-term enrollment models. Regent traces its beginnings to the founding of Computing Options, a student information system provider, in 1984. In 2006, a team of entrepreneurs incorporated Regent to acquire Computing Options as a platform for a standalone financial aid management system. Today, Regent 8, the eighth version of Regent’s financial aid management system is the only solution that provides end to end automation for non-term, nonstandard term, and standard academic years. Regent SNAP enables schools to provide estimated awards to prospective students in 15 minutes or less-a process that normally takes days or weeks.

Regent is a nationally recognized leader in results-driven enrollment optimization and financial aid management solutions-solutions that are web-based, easy-to-use, and inter-operate with any existing student information system. Regent offers software-as-a-solution (SaaS) tools that help institutions increase enrollment, improve retention, speed student processing, mitigate compliance risks and deliver bottom-line results. More information: http://www.regenteducation.com/ .

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in online education for the working adult student. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence.

Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. For more information about Grantham University and its degree programs, visit www.grantham.edu or call 800-955-2527.

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The Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour Showcases Century-Old Homes this October

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 14, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Nine homes in the historic Hyde Park Neighborhood will open their doors to the public for the 30th Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour. The homes include mansions, shirtwaists, and an Arts and Crafts bungalow. The tour will be held Friday, October 5 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is hosted by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA).

The biennial tour showcases the architectural diversity and unique character of Hyde Park, which is nestled in the heart of Midtown Kansas City, located between the Plaza and Crown Center. The event includes a candlelight tour of three properties Friday evening, October 5, and the October 6 tour includes six homes and one newly renovated historic apartment building on Armour Boulevard.

Tour homes include:

* 80 Janssen Place, a grand Colonial Revival mansion on a street marked by a stone entrance gate erected in 1896 was on the very first tour in May 1977.

* 3918 Holmes Street, a 1902 farmhouse-style home, was once the residence of an oatmeal factory owner. It boasts park views and an oversized lot with the largest white oak tree in Missouri. The first Tour home to have geothermal heating, it celebrates the marriage of historic home and modern design.

* 3821 Gillham Road, a 6,000 plus square foot brick mansion has seven fireplaces, a third-floor ballroom, a solar-heated, in-ground swimming pool and a finished brick basement that has been restored by an entrepreneur/owner.

* 3511 Locust Street, a classic stone shirtwaist whose new owner/architect has incorporated clean, modern design elements to rejuvenate a property with a storied past.

* 4137 Kenwood Street, a pristine South Hyde Park bungalow overlooks Gillham Park and showcases the best of the Arts and Crafts period.

* 3335 Harrison Street, located in the North Hyde Park Historic District is the oldest property on the tour at 112 years old.

The Saturday tour also includes classic cars, food trucks, and pet adoption. Advance tickets for the Saturday Tour are available for $9 to $11. The Candlelight Tour is $25. Package deals are available for those interested in attending both tours.

For further details and to purchase tour tickets, visit. http://www.HydeParkKCTour.com/ .

“When you visit Hyde Park, you will see a vibrant, growing Kansas City neighborhood where 100 years of careful stewardship clearly show,” said David Kimmis, HPNA’s president. “We are proud of the progress we have made since the 1970s, and we see an especially bright path ahead as a new generation of committed homeowners are investing time, talent and resources to build a high-quality 21st-century community.”

The City of Kansas City, Mo. recognized the Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour on May 24, 2012, for more than three decades of contribution to historical preservation.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

- Photo Caption: This 100-year old home was on the first Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour in 1977.

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2012 MADE Entrepreneurship Competition Winners Announced

MARSHALL, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The final round of the 2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition was held on August 16th at the Missouri State Fair. The annual event is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship to recognize the importance of locally owned businesses and provide a venue to assist them toward becoming successful.

The competition assists new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process that awards business investment funds to the winners.

Competitors start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas including the impact their business would have on their community and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. The finalists had turned in their finished business plans and financial projections prior to the event. During the final round of the competition they presented their products, and services in a trade show and presentation format for judges at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Certificates and business investment awards were given out to the winners in each of the two classes, Open and Youth. In the Open class the first place winner is Thomas Duggan from Glendale with Makin’ Good Energy: Gardens. The second place winner is Kevin Broyles from St. Louis with S.N.E.W. Inc. In the Youth class Brandon Banks from Troy with Spot Light Stars took first place. The student managers of Bulldog Express Deli, a project of the Leeton Public School of Leeton took second place. Third place went to Hannah Carlton of Plattsburg with Jewelry by Design.

This project and event is a step toward economic stability in Missouri by helping locally owned businesses reach toward success. These new business owners become leaders and reinvest in the communities that support them. They create an economic footprint, hire local people and make a difference in the communities.

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is comprised of members from several state agencies, USDA Rural Development and others and is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization located in Marshall, Mo..

This project/program is funded at 75 percent at $15,000 by federal funds and 24 percent at $5,000 by nongovernmental sources for a total amount of $20,000. The federal funds are received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

More information on the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency: http://mvcaa.net/ .

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Sixth Annual High Road to Success Conference Features Sessions on Sage Fund Accounting and Sage Abra

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 7, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Huckstep & Associates announced today the opening of registration for the Sixth Annual High Road to Success Conference, providing sessions on Sage Fund Accounting (formerly Sage MIP Fund Accounting) and Sage HRMS (formerly Sage Abra). The High Road to Success conference will take place September 19 – 21, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The conference is designed for organizations that manage their accounting with Sage Fund Accounting and/or manage their human resource needs with Sage HRMS. Many nonprofit and governmental organizations utilize both of these applications, while for profit businesses may utilize only the Sage HRMS application.

The conference will be co-sponsored by Huckstep & Associates based in Springfield, Missouri and Ziegner Technologies based in Austin, Texas. Software specialists from both sponsor organizations will present the sessions with a varied topical list of training sessions that will be held during the conference. The conference agenda is hosted at http://highroadconference.com.

The conference also allows for plenty of networking opportunities with other organizations utilizing these Sage software applications, as well as individual “one-on-one with the experts” sessions.

“We are committed to having an incredible agenda of great training opportunities on Sage Fund Accounting and Sage HRMS, and also bringing our clients to an area where there are opportunities for learning and fun,” said Jeannie Huckstep, Managing Member of Huckstep & Associates and conference co-sponsor.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Fort Worth located at 815 Main Street, Ft. Worth, TX 76102. Registration is open and Early Bird Registration pricing ($100 off full registration price) runs through June 15, 2012.

About Huckstep & Associates:
Huckstep & Associates (www.huckstep.com) is a public accounting firm and a nonprofit and human resources software solutions consultant and implementer. Huckstep & Associates provides pre-audit services, tax return preparation and compliance, HR and payroll services, accounting services and other consulting services for its for-profit and non-profit client entities. Huckstep & Associates serves customers in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Montana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and several other states across the upper Midwest.

About Ziegner Technologies:
Since 1994, Ziegner Technologies (www.ziegner.com) helps organizations measure success while implementing targeted software solutions. Ziegner Technologies serves commercial enterprises, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and associations around the world. The Ziegner team includes CPAs, degreed accountants, computer specialists and software educators.

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MADE Entrepreneurship Competition Deadline May 31

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 8, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition applications are due May 31. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enter your business or business idea for the chance to gain technical assistance and cash grants to invest in your business.

The competition will accept preliminary submissions until May 31, 2012. Preliminary submissions can be made online at http://made2012.istart.org or by going to the http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE.

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas, and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. Those who advance to final round will present their finished business plans, products, and services in one last round at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Cash grants will be awarded as startup/operating capital to winners of the final round which is held during the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors, and all information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential business owner or current business owner in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation, and people considering going into business for the first time are welcomed. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete.

Electronic submissions for the preliminary level are due by 5 p.m. May 31, 2012. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by that date. Judging of the first round will occur the second week of June and participants will be notified of the results by June 22.

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a project facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization.

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, 1415 S. Odell, Marshall, MO 65340. Online: http://www.mvcaa.net .

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National Moving Company Commits to Fight Hunger – Mango Moving Joins Move For Hunger

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Move For Hunger is proud to announce their recent partnership with Mango Moving at the Signature Level. Mango Moving LLC, a Kansas City-based national moving company, has committed to support Move For Hunger’s fight against hunger through a generous financial contribution.

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with moving companies and other members of the relocation industry to combat the growing hunger problem in the United States. Many people throw out a good deal of “stuff” when they move. Unfortunately, that “stuff” often includes food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than thrown away.

In partnering with Move for Hunger, Mango Moving will provide their customers with services to donate any food items that they won’t be moving instead of disposing of them. Mango will pack and deliver the food directly to Harvesters Community Food Network or a local food bank at no cost to the customer.

“Moving can be a stressful process. The Move for Hunger program gives customers a way to simplify part of the moving and packing process while giving them an opportunity to help families in need,” said Mango Moving COO, Robert Vespa. “We’re proud to be teaming up with such a great organization and a worthy cause.”

“We are so happy to have Mango Moving join the Move For Hunger family for 2012,” said Gavin Christiansen, Director of Operations at Move For Hunger. “Their commitment to ending hunger will help provide life saving meals for the most vulnerable in the Kansas City area.”

About Move For Hunger:
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies across the country to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are moving and deliver it to local food banks across the country. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 250 movers in 40 states and has collected more than 420,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit www.MoveForHunger.org and make an online donation to help our hunger relief efforts.

About Mango Moving:
Mango Moving, LLC, is a fully licensed and insured nationwide moving company and leading provider of affordable moving services and storage solutions. Working directly with our network of experienced transportation, packing and loading professionals, Mango can coordinate every aspect of your move or just the pieces that fit your needs to provide you with the very best moving experience. Every Mango move is backed by our exclusive Best Price, On-Time Guarantee, ensuring that a Mango move will be the best move you can make. For more information, visit www.mangomoving.com .

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2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

Missouri Alliance for the Development of EntrepreneurshipMARSHALL, Mo., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced the launch of its third MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition encourages new and aspiring businesses through a competitive, educational and technical assistance business development process with winners receiving grants to help grow their business.

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other new businesses throughout the state. The competition is designed to support future Missouri businesses and communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state’s economic future.

Why participate in the MADE Competition? According to one of the winners from 2011, “You guys were very accommodating, the detail that was required for the application allowed me to solidify my thoughts and ideas of my business. Also the rounds of feedback made sure I got general, detailed and then specific advice and thoughtful consideration on the development of my business…. This competition gives you a chance for a professional to review and better your idea and then you also have the chance to take home something for yourself as well. It’s important for hopefuls that take business seriously to apply because this is like free business mentorship, rare to find.”

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas, and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. Those who advance to the final round will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists present their finished business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Grants will be awarded as startup or operating capital to winners at the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors, and all information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential business owner or current business owner in Missouri that has been in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation, and people considering going into business for the first time are welcomed. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE with a first round submission deadline of May 31, 2012. Submissions by mail must be postmarked by May 31st, and those by email must be sent by 5:00 p.m. on May 31st.

For more information and to register, go online to
http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE
or contact:
Cheryl Zimny
Community Development Manager
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
1415 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Phone: 660-886-7476, ext. 816
Fax: 660-831-5039
Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

About MADE:
The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a coalition of a diverse group of organizations, technical assistance professionals, university, federal and state departments, entrepreneurs and other professionals. The guiding purpose behind its creation was the integration of a coalition dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship in Missouri by assisting entrepreneurs in creating, financing and managing their new businesses and effecting an environment which supports them. The Alliance is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri.

This project is funded 100 percent at $15,000 with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

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2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

Missouri Alliance for the Development of EntrepreneurshipMARSHALL, Mo., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced the launch of its third MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition encourages new and aspiring businesses through a competitive, educational and technical assistance business development process with winners receiving grants to help grow their business.

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other new businesses throughout the state. The competition is designed to support future Missouri businesses and communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state’s economic future.

Why participate in the MADE Competition? According to one of the winners from 2011, “You guys were very accommodating, the detail that was required for the application allowed me to solidify my thoughts and ideas of my business. Also the rounds of feedback made sure I got general, detailed and then specific advice and thoughtful consideration on the development of my business…. This competition gives you a chance for a professional to review and better your idea and then you also have the chance to take home something for yourself as well. It’s important for hopefuls that take business seriously to apply because this is like free business mentorship, rare to find.”

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas, and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. Those who advance to the final round will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists present their finished business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Grants will be awarded as startup or operating capital to winners at the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors, and all information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential business owner or current business owner in Missouri that has been in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation, and people considering going into business for the first time are welcomed. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE with a first round submission deadline of May 31, 2012. Submissions by mail must be postmarked by May 31st, and those by email must be sent by 5:00 p.m. on May 31st.

For more information and to register, go online to
http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE
or contact:
Cheryl Zimny
Community Development Manager
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
1415 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Phone: 660-886-7476, ext. 816
Fax: 660-831-5039
Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

About MADE:
The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a coalition of a diverse group of organizations, technical assistance professionals, university, federal and state departments, entrepreneurs and other professionals. The guiding purpose behind its creation was the integration of a coalition dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship in Missouri by assisting entrepreneurs in creating, financing and managing their new businesses and effecting an environment which supports them. The Alliance is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri.

This project is funded 100 percent at $15,000 with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

News Source: Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source by Send2Press® Newswire, a service of Neotrope®. View all current news at: http://Send2PressNewswire.com .


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