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Corporate Philanthropy - 2007

Last July in a post titled Saying "thank-you" by helping others we announced our Corporate Philanthropy program. We chose three non-profit organizations to sponsor. These were:

* Opportunity, Inc. (August, 2006)

* The Hunger Project (October, 2006)

* Free The Slaves (December, 2006)

We sponsored them by taking the funds we'd normally use for Starbucks' gift cards and flowers as a thank-you for sending us referrals and for becoming our customers and redirecting them to these worthy projects.

We decided to extend that project through 2007 in the same manner, choosing a worthy organization to support in alternating months, with funds from our customer thank-you budget.

Here are the 6 non-profit organizations from among our active customers we've chosen to support this year:

NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTHCARE – February, 2007

....has been providing quality health-care and wellness promotion since 1969 to all members of our communities, focusing on those most in need.

EVERY CHILD – April, 2007

...a coalition that was formed in Pennsylvania in 2004 to "ensure that all children with complex health care needs and other disabilities have the opportunity to grow up in a loving, lasting family."

Watch their "Family Tree" video

GREEN BELT MOVEMENT – June, 2007

... provides income and sustenance to millions of people in Kenya through the planting of trees. It also conducts educations campaigns to raise awareness about women's rights, civic empowerment and the environment throughout Kenya and Africa. It was founded by Nobel Peace Price Laureate  Professor Wangari Maathai.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES – August, 2007

...a catalyst for community vitality in rural areas: we work with rural leaders and volunteers to expand the knowledge, skills, and networks for building communities that foster opportunity, thrive and endure.

KIDS HOPE UNITED – October, 2007

...a private, non-profit, human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families.  We serve more than 15,000 children and families in multiple states through a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based  services. Our vision is a safe, nurturing home for every child.

BATTERED WOMEN’S JUSTICE PROJECT – December, 2007

...offers training, technical assistance, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil justice system in addressing domestic violence.

The Battered Women's Justice Project promotes systemic change within community organizations and governmental agencies engaged in the civil and criminal justice response to domestic violence in order to hold these institutions accountable for the goals of safety and security for battered women and their children.

I hope discovering these projects will be as inspiring for you as it's been for me. Just the mere act of sharing their stories gives me a sense of hope, a reminder there is good people in the world doing good things for others, and we're fortunate enough to have them as our customers in some manner, big or small, AND we're in a position to help them.

As the months progress we'll try to share a more detailed story with each project.

February 21, 2007 in Philanthropy | Permalink | Comments (0)

Windows Vista? 10 reasons YES; 5 Reasons NO

Windows Vista operating system is available for download. If you're like us then you're wondering: should you or should you not download Vista as your operating system.

Here's an article that lists 10 Reasons to Buy Vista Now and 5 Reasons to Wait.

Despite the 2:1 ratio, we're waiting. But that's us. We only want to help you make an educated decision.

Update: the readers at Small Business Connection, USAToday's blog on small business, nearly unanimously say...NO. Read all of their thoughts at Reader: 'Burning question' is, why Vista?

February 12, 2007 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why podcast?

You only want to create a podcast if you want to:

1) Reach the widest audience possible with a single audio recording.

2) Reward your most avid and loyal members (customers or prospects or clients or fans) with your content in a resource that's most convenient for them.

3) Share your message in your voice with your passion when it's most convenient for you.

There are no other reasons to use podcasts.

And the only reasons to use our podcast service are:

1) Your time can be spent creating your message, not learning esoteric html/xml code writing skills.

2) We can insure the highest quality recording with our conference call bridges AND our internal technicians.

3) We can insure your podcasts are successfully included in the registry of free podcasts at iTunes.

4) We can save you the headaches of hosting your podcasts.

If you want to keep your message under wraps, if you have no passionate customers or employees or fans, if you want to make sure your recordings are heard by the smallest audience possible, then don't use podcasts.

If your time is better spent learning how to create XML feeds, and fussing with audio quality issues during the conversion from WAV to MP3, and if you have time to constantly monitor iTunes' changing criteria for inclusion in their free listings....then don't use our podcast service.

On the other hand...we're happy to help you maximize your time, the reach of your message and the impact of your message with our podcast resource. Just call us: 877-227-0611, ext. 3.

February 12, 2007 in podcasts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Customer Winners

Customer Winners for January, 2007

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CBaySystems is a leading provider of health care technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) services to the health care industry. CBay delivers fully integrated transcription and receivables management solutions that improve processes, lower costs, and ultimately help physicians to provide superior patient care. Using HIPAA-compliant Web-based technologies, CBay's 5,000 highly credentialed medical language specialists and customer service professionals deliver the highest quality medical documentation to thousands of clients.

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Corecon Technologies

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Corecon Technologies offer an affordable, easy-to-use solution that integrates construction estimating software and construction project management software into one program with a built-in interface to most popular accounting software programs, including QuickBooks.

February 9, 2007 in customer winners | Permalink | Comments (0)