Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CLIENT NEWS RELEASE: Olalah Njenga, CEO YellowWood Group, Honored as Finalist in 6th Annual Stevie ® Awards for Women in Business

Olalah Njenga, CEO YellowWood Group, was named a Finalist in the Lifetime Achievement category in the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Raleigh, NC -- Nov 17,2009 – YellowWood Group, LLC, CEO and Marketing Strategist Olalah Njenga was honored as one of six Finalists in the Lifetime Achievement category in the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards were presented in 54 categories including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, and Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. More than 1,100 entries were submitted for consideration.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards (Stevies for the Greek word “crowned’) have been regarded as the world’s premier business awards.

The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The event was broadcasted live nationwide on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network.

In addition to Olalah Njenga’s leadership at Yellowwood Group, Olalah is a volunteer business counselor for SCORE®, an Advisory Board member for the Business & Industry Services division of Wake Technical Community College and serves as an entrepreneurial Advisory Board member for the Women’s Business Center in Durham NC. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and served as an entrepreneurship coach for the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"I’m deeply honored to be recognized as a Stevie Award Finalist. Though I’ve been chosen as a Lifetime Achievement finalist for my personal accomplishments; it’s really about teamwork at YellowWood. Our talented and passionate professionals share our commitment to excellence and take our philosophy to heart; do business with integrity, honor relationships and look for the 3-way win.” said Njenga.

She went on to say “The category winner, Jennifer Openshaw, Founder & President of WeSeed and Women's Financial Network is an exceptional businesswoman, I’ve admired Ms. Openshaw for many years as she is a long-time advocate for families and working Americans and a nationally known financial commentator and advocate. I am privileged to be a finalist in a category with her.”

Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs selected Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards. Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/women.

About Olalah Njenga -- Olalah Njenga is the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Marketing Strategist at YellowWood Group. She works with growing and mid-size companies that want to align marketing strategies with sales goals. She is the creator of the Marketing With Ease™ http://www.MarketingWithEase.com marketing coaching system for small business owners, which was featured in the book “Perfecting Your Pitch”, by Office Depot® advisor, Nancy Michaels. Olalah is a member of the National Speakers Association and conducts workshops, provides training and speaks professionally on a variety of business topics including strategic marketing, market penetration, differentiation, brand equity and profitability. Her book, “37 What Were They Thinking Moments In Marketing”, is scheduled for release in late 2009. YellowWood Group 919.783.4101 info@yellowwoodgroup.com http://www.yellowwoodgroup.com/

About The Stevie Awards -- Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.  Sponsors of the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business were the Business TalkRadio Network, Covario, Inc., Key4Women and KeyBank. Localization partner of the 2009 Stevie Awards was Lionbridge.

Media Contact -- Eileen Batson | Batson Group Marketing and PR | BatsonGroup@yahoo.com  |

Monday, November 2, 2009

PR: Secrets of College Selection, Admission and Affordability Revealed at Free American College Planning Foundation Workshop

Miles and Letha Costin of Innovative Advisors host free College Planning 101 workshop Nov. 9 in Raleigh to help Triangle families negotiate the maze of college planning and funding.

Raleigh, NC -- November 4, 2009 – College bound high-school students and their parents are invited to attend the free American College Planning Foundation workshop at the Millbrook Exchange Community Center, 1905 Spring Forest Rd in Raleigh. The workshop runs from 7:00-8:30pm.

The American College Planning Foundation partnered locally with Innovative Advisors to provide the free 90 minute workshop in order for parents and students to get the vital information they need regarding college planning in today’s competitive admission process.

Miles & Letha Costin, of the Raleigh based company, are the Regional Directors for American College Planning Foundation in the Piedmont, NC area.

“While most college planners simply try to help parents save more, Miles and I look for ways to make college cost less. One of the cornerstones of our philosophy is making sure that the student is looking at the right colleges for the right reasons.” stated Letha Costin, Vice President of Innovative Advisors, Inc.

Miles Costin, Certified College Planning Specialist (CCPS) and President of Innovative Advisors went on to say, “When it comes to college admissions, our motto is ‘The more you know, the less you pay.’ Students and parents learn how to navigate the college maze and avoid costly mistakes.”
The November 9 free workshop will cover:

* Selection, admissions, and funding issues with in-state and out-of-state public & private colleges;
* Using personality & career assessments to select majors that match students’ interest, abilities, and values;
* Getting scholarships and other free money from your community service hours;
* Critical information you haven’t heard about completing financial aid forms;
* Reducing out of pocket college costs when you don’t qualify for financial aid;
* and much, much more

To reserve your seat for College Planning 101 call (919) 841-0170

Together, Miles and Letha Costin create a "dynamic duo" as they provide both the education and tools for clients of all ages to safely reach their college, lifestyle, and financial dreams.

Innovative Advisors “Where the future looks bright!” can be found online at http://www.innovativeadvisors.net/

About Innovative Advisors, Inc.
Miles & Letha Costin are Regional Directors for American College Planning Foundation; a non-profit organization. As volunteers of the ACPF, they provide college planning workshops, personality assessments for college bound students, and college cost estimates for parents free of charge. In business for over 10 years, Innovative Advisors helps their clients find creative ways to make the most of their assets, while paying for college and/or saving for retirement. Services include one-on-one private coaching for students, essay writing workshops, essay reviews, student and parent guidance for college appeals, college funding plan designs and more. Address: The Forum One 8601 Six Forks Rd. #400 ~ Raleigh, NC 27615 T: (919) 841-0170 Email: Miles@InnovativeAdvisors.net

Eileen Batson
Batson Group Marketing and PR
(919) 327-5021