PRSA Announces 2018 Board of Directors. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community, announced its officer and director nominees for its 2018 board of directors.

Congratulations to our own Pritch Pritchard for being named Director for the Southwest District.

About the Public Relations Society of America: PRSA is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community. The organization’s mission is to make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career. PRSA achieves this by offering its members thought leadership, innovative lifelong learning opportunities to help them develop new skills, enhance their credibility and connect with a strong network of professionals. The organization sets the standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct for the public relations industry. PRSA collectively represents more than 30,000 members consisting of communications professionals spanning every industry sector nationwide and college and university students who encompass the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

https://www.prsa.org/prsa-announces-2018-board-directors-nominees/ #PR #PublicRelations#ProfessionalDevelopment

UPDATE: After being named a finalist two weeks ago, Felicite Moorman was named the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Philadelphia on June 7th. Details here. 


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Golding Group co-founder Moorman is also the Co-Founder and CEO of StratIS and CEO of BuLogics, an international speaker, and an award-winning technology entrepreneur for the Internet of Things and Smart Cities. Moorman’s companies pioneer groundbreaking IoT development across the globe. StratIS is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for access, energy, and automation management and control for multifamily and campus communities in Smart Cities. BuLogics designs, builds and certifies wireless devices and solutions for the Internet of Things.

Moorman was named to the list of Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 finalists by Ernst and Young. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 7, 2017 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Perelman Theater.

“Being a finalist for an award of this caliber is recognition that reaches far beyond me. This is an endorsement of our teams’ holistic efforts to create pioneering and world-changing technologies while maintaining our focus on and commitment to our cultures of diversity and our triple bottom line missions. These missions move us beyond the limited scope of fiscal viability and embrace our global social and environmental responsibilities as we scale. It’s truly motivating to be acknowledged for that commitment,” Moorman said.

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

About StratIS
StratIS, named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Best Companies in America,” builds smart apartments and smart buildings for smart cities. As the only system of its kind built for the complexities of multifamily and campus communities, StratIS leads the global movement for smart cities in the commercial residential sector. Since initial rollout 18 months ago, StratIS has installed in 150,000 units across 45 states. StratIS is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. To get more information visit: https://stratisIOT.com.

About BuLogics
BuLogics, the recent recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award, designs, creates and certifies wireless products and solutions for the Internet of Things. With ten years of IoT experience and an unrivaled wireless code library, there’s hardly a wireless product in the marketplace today without a snippet of BuLogics Intelligence. The best wireless products have “BuLogics Within.” BuLogics is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. To get more information visit: https://bulogics.com.

Excerpt from the Merchant Maverick article What’s the Best Way To Get a Loan For My New Business? featuring quotes from The Golding Group CEO Kyle Golding among others….

Perhaps it’s an understatement to say that starting a business is hard work. With countless judgment calls, details to attend to, plans to make, and business-related things to learn, quite frankly, it’s a wonder that anybody starts a successful business.

One of the biggest decisions an entrepreneur with a fledgling business has to make is how to fund their business. Funding is notoriously difficult for business startups to attain; but on the other hand, additional funding could really jump-start your business.

Should you seek outside funding? If so, when? Making those judgment calls can be hard. We’ve asked some successful entrepreneurs how they’ve funded their business, and here’s what we learned…

Most Start with Bootstrapping

Most entrepreneurs started with bootstrapping. In fact, according to a survey performed by The Alternative Board (TAB), two-thirds of small business owners surveyed self-funded their business.

The co-founder of VORTTX Training and Testing, Kyle Golding, has a similar story. Golding and his partner wanted to make sure they had a feasible idea before investing money in their business:

Our approach was putting some personal money (neither of us mortgaged a house or anything with risk) into the basics like website, trade show display and digital marketing (less than $5,000 total) to very strategically approach the most likely audience only. This laser focus might seem too risky to some but we knew each limited dollar spent was going directly at a very likely target.

Golding advises that,

The most important thing to do is determine if you have a profitable business concept, not how fast can [you] get funding for the first version of a product or next great idea. . . . If you play the long game with hustle and patience, you can build something not only profitable but sustainable.

Read the full article here. 

Now open, The Manhattan OKC is a new and exciting part of the Rococo Restaurants brand. From concept to opening day, this is one of our favorite projects to date. We still have a few very minor details to add/change but the kitchen and bar are ready to serve you. Lunch begins every day at 11:00am and Happy Hour menu runs at 4:00pm until close (10:00pm weeknights, later on weekends and after special events like Civic Center shows, Thunder games, etc.). Make sure to sign up for the email list and follow The Manhattan OKC on social media (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) for the latest news, special hours, featured food & drink, etc.

Check out our Lunch, Happy Hour and Drink menus, then visit The Manhattan OKC, your NEW neighborhood bar in downtown OKC.

1219 Creative is our OKC office as well as a creative workspace, incubator and art gallery featuring large and small offices, conference room and co-working space. The Golding Group and Art Fusion Studio (1218 N Western, OKC) have partnered together to create a new and exciting creative work space at 1219 N. Classen Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The space includes (2) large suites, (4) small offices, a community conference room, kitchen and a co-work area (6 desk) for organizations or individuals of all sizes. But what makes this space truly unique: the art gallery.

Look for many creative events happening in this space such as art openings, pop-up retail shops and community events. We also partnered with Art Fusion Studio and our neighbors Abrahams Bail Bonds to commission a 125′ mural on the North side of the building. This piece of public art was a Thank You to the community from all those involved.

Mural at 1219 Creative

Golding Group Creative Execution Music Video Demo

Video highlights of our creative execution over the last 4 years. Building a business is serious work, but you need creativity to be successful in today’s market. You know our motto: #WorkSmart then #WorkHardThis is how we show you we mean what we say. Modern communication is creative, interesting and informative. But, you can’t inform if you can’t get/keep attention.

Golding Group co-founder Kyle Golding recently contributed to several articles about future trends in business such as Content Marketing, Consulting and B2B Marketing.

Check out his advice along with a lot of other smart people) here:

 

A business is more than a collection of assets and liabilities. It is also a group of people, and the way that those people interact always has a large influence on how the business does. A company that has a positive culture will have employees that are invested in the business and want to see it succeed. They will also feel comfortable asking questions and offering solutions for discussion. That will boost the odds of finding a solution to every problem, and cause people to come up with new ways to help the business grow.

Encourage Questions
Misunderstandings can lead to accidents and other problems, but people are often embarrassed to ask for clarification. Managers should try to foster a culture where people feel comfortable asking any questions that they might have. This will cut down on mistakes in the office and it can make the explainer think about things that they had not considered. Make this change by ensuring that people are never made to feel foolish for asking their questions. Managers should lead by example and feel free to ask questions of their own, since that demonstrates to everyone else that asking is acceptable.

Promote Diversity
The best results almost always occur when a team looks at a wide variety of options from different perspectives. That allows them to identify the best course of action, and then work through any flaws in the plan. Since people who come from similar backgrounds often have similar ideas, the best way to encourage that system is to develop a diverse workforce. To do so, try to encourage workers to interact with as many different types of people as possible. If you have any ongoing partnerships with other businesses, watch them closely to see if they have any policies that you should adopt.

Recognize Success
Too many managers dwell on failures without recognizing success, but it’s much better to do the opposite. Workers will be more motivated if they know that their successes will get noticed. Similarly, focusing on failures without applauding success creates a workforce that is more interested in avoiding public mistakes than in attaining excellence. This is one of the easiest cultural changes for most managers to implement. Simply congratulate workers when they do well, and make sure that any disciplinary actions are kept as private as possible.

Look for Honesty
Honesty is a virtue. People sometimes notice flaws in business plans, but decide not to point them out because they feel that their manager will take any criticism as an insult. That leads to businesses making expensive mistakes that they could easily have avoided. Solve that problem by making it clear that your business would rather have honest discussions than flattery. Be sure to thank people who offer their honest perspectives, and make a point of responding to them in a positive way. If it seems like their perspective is wrong, it isn’t necessary to follow their advice, but it is important to make it clear that you have considered their statements. Doing that will make it clear that they aren’t being ignored, which encourages them to speak up again in the future.

Author Bio: Brian Rees is a media relations representative for FB Solutions. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, music, and spending time outside.

Kyle Golding is an Oklahoma visual artist and founder of The Golding Group, an award-winning think tank of business process management (BPM) and marketing integration experts. Despite growing a successful business, he is also able to pursue his painting passion and succeed in that area as well. “I’ve been creative most of my life, in the music business as a professional & transitioning to visual arts,” he said. “The biggest advantage is that most people who live in Oklahoma live in a house. That means you can create a studio in a garage or spare room. That affordability of housing makes a big difference.” by Heide Brandes – for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.