What Our Clients Are Doing

Our clients are doing some amazing things – from celebrating milestone anniversaries to publishing new books and reaching out to help others in need. We wanted to share some of their amazing stories.

Our founder quoted in Cyber Security Article

Thanks to Abdul Rehman for quoting me on the benefits of being proactive when it comes to cybersecurity- and for the shout-out to Cyber Crisis Communications Solutions.

Trish, who is the founder of a crisis communications firm had this to say. We always tell clients it’s a matter of when – not if – their organization will fall prey to a cyberattack. How they are perceived to react to that attack makes all the difference in how quickly – and even whether – they recover the confidence of clients, donors, the public, and media. 

The key to surviving a potential media and customer onslaught is to take a proactive approach and have a crisis communications plan in place. We live by the old military adage: Proper planning prevents poor performance. Having a communications plan in place prevents a random executive or employee from leaking sensitive information or just saying something that inadvertently makes the situation worse.

Read the full article here.

Charlotte Art League’s new Executive Director

Thanks so much to morethanVMI for the awesome article on Jim Dukes as he takes the reigns at Charlotte Art League and all the wonderful things he is doing to connect the community to the arts during these unprecedented times.

Read the full article here.


Charlotte Art League Innovates to Help Local Artists

Thanks so much to morethanVMI for the awesome article on Charlotte Art League and all the wonderful things they are doing to connect the community to the arts during these unprecedented times.

Read the article here. 


Our Founder Quoted as a Cyber Crisis Communications Expert

Thanks to Matthew Speiser for quoting me on one of the top trends impacting small businesses in 2020 – and for the shout-out to Cyber Crisis Communications Solutions.

15. Cybercrime Will Become a Bigger Threat

“A tremendous challenge small business owners will face in 2020 and beyond is Cybercrime. Damages related to cybercrime are projected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021 (Cybersecurity Ventures), and surprisingly for many entrepreneurs, 43% of breaches hit small businesses (Verizon). As the owner of a marketing and PR company, I realized that small businesses and non-profits don’t know how to react when a breach occurs—from both the technical side and the public relations side. My concern is with the PR side, because while technology can be repaired, relationships between organizations and their hard-won clients may not be as easy to fix. If companies take the time to put a crisis plan in place before they are breached, they will recuperate more quickly and with far less damage to their reputations than if they have to be reactionary. When you are talking about cybercrime, it’s not a matter of if it will impact your company, it’s a matter of when it will hit.” — Trish Stukbauer, founder, Cyber Crisis Communications Solutions

Read the full article here.

New book explores Empathy in the Workplace

Furious customers? Struggling to launch? Product failures? Believe it or not, a lack of empathy can cause problems for your business at all levels.

Learn how empathy can radically transform your business in @redslice’s new book, THE EMPATHY EDGE.

Get your copy now.



Oprah Winfrey to Address Women Who Lead Luncheon

Michelle Keaton-Barrow, CEO of Keaton Barrow Realty, is thrilled to be one of the sponsors of the UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon featuring Oprah Winfrey as the keynote speaker. The luncheon on Saturday, September 28, at the Westin Charlotte benefits the United Negro College Fund, an organization celebrating 75 years of supporting historically black colleges and universities, assisting hundreds of thousands of deserving students, and advocating for minority higher education. Read more.


Put your business in the spotlight – small business marketing seminar on May 4

I am thrilled to be hosting a small business marketing seminar along with Glenn Proctor of REDDjobb – come out to defined coffee on May 4 from 9 am to noon to jumpstart your marketing. Register online at this link.

Local Real Estate CEO Chosen as Conference Coach

Michelle Keaton-Barrow, CEO of Keaton Barrow Realty, was selected to be a conference coach at the 23rd Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide from June 6 – 9. 
Keaton-Barrow, whose firm has offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, is among the seasoned professionals who will be participating in one-on-one coaching sessions for attendees hoping to turn their ideas into businesses or take their existing enterprises to the next step. Read more online.


Charlotte Author named Artist in Residence

At least 1 out of every 5 veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from either post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, according to the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Resource, yet only about 50% of those who need treatment will receive services, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Here is Charlotte, one clinic is hoping to raise awareness about the mental health issues faced by our Veterans through a Veteran’s Art Show. One of the artists in residence who will be on hand throughout the day is Charlotte’s own Glenn Proctor.  Read more online.

Our Founder Named to Board of Governors

The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Trish Stukbauer to NANOE’s prestigious 2018 Board of Governors. Stukbauer has been called upon to refine, improve, and strengthen New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit (Second Edition) a new set of governing guidelines that supercharge nonprofit capacity-building. Read more online.


Pack the Backpacks School Supply Drive

Our friends at Game Ready Skills and Development and Covenant Presbyterian Church have partnered for The Pack the Backpacks School Drive. Many children in the city of Charlotte struggle financially and can’t afford school supplies. Game Ready is donating pens, pencils, paper, notebooks and paper to kids in need in 2 local schools. But they need your help, too! Drop off new, unwanted, or lightly used school supplies to help underprivileged children be better prepared to tackle the upcoming school year. Please drop off all items to Covenant Presbyterian Church (Recreation Wing), 1000 E. Morehead St. by Aug. 22nd.



Palmer Custom Builders: 30 years of care and craftsmanship

1986 seems like another lifetime ago. That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne and Friends was on every radio station, folks rushed home to watch Family Ties, (because there was no such thing as a DVR!), and The Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

Yet for what have now become generations of Charlotte homeowners, something much more significant happened in 1986: Gary and Pam Palmer said “I do” to both marriage and founding the parent corporation of Palmer Custom Builders. From its roots specializing in flooring, repairs and renovations, the company expanded into more complex remodeling projects and additions, new construction, including custom homes that range from modest to more than a million dollars, and of course – home repairs. Read the rest of the story on their blog.

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