Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 29

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Human Capital is the most valuable corporate or organizational asset. Anyone, anywhere who wants to accomplish anything needs people to do it. I heard an interesting interview on Artificial Intelligence with Youngstown Business Incubator CEO Jim Cossler recently published on the Business Journal Daily Website. He discusses how AI can disrupt the business world and it’s need for human capital. But Business Journal Publisher Andrea Wood brought up a great point. Creativity is the what makes human capital the most difficult asset to replicate. Although computers can replicate the capacity for people to learn, it is a long stretch from learning to creating original and unique ideas that make our world a better place. So even though there is much talk about how AI will change our society, it will always require people to create the uses for it.

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According to Forbes Magazine, Ohio is the best state to start a business in for a number of reasons. Here in the Mahoning Valley, we already know this. One of the things that makes our Valley the best place in my opinion to start a business in is the wealth of talented, smart, hardworking people who want to do the right thing.

Ever since I moved here in the early part of the millennium, I have been impressed by all the people here who adhere to the mindset of work hard and do the right thing. The work ethic of most of the people that I have met here in the Mahoning Valley is straight out of the 1950’s before all the hippies started encouraging people to just get high and lay around all day contemplating their bellybuttons.

The Forbes article gives a few other reasons as well.

“The lower cost of living in Ohio is nice to have for sure,” says Rich Langdale, co-founder and managing partner at NCT Ventures. “But more importantly Ohio has great cities to live with exciting, vibrant, diverse cultures. We also have smart hard working people with a loyal work ethic, which is harder to find on the coasts.”

“Ohio has an entrepreneurial spirit with a long list of firsts through almost every phase of innovation advancement,” NCT’s Langdale explains about the public, private, and university partnerships that have supported Ohio’s recent surge in homegrown start-ups. “A few years back the State also invested in a program called the Third Frontier, which has supported commercialization and entrepreneurship through a variety of thoughtfully developed resources particularly supporting early stage investment and venture capital in Ohio.”

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Ohio Third Frontier is committed to transforming the state’s economy through the accelerated growth of diverse startup and early stage technology companies. Businesses and entrepreneurs have access to a statewide network of resources through this nationally-recognized initiative. The network provides access to business expertise, mentorship, capital and talent to help turn great ideas into thriving companies and well-paying jobs. Make sure to connect with the Third Frontier and get your dream started.

Third Frontier on Facebook.

Third Frontier on Twitter.

Third Frontier on Youtube.

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Tuesdays Together is a Facebook Group for Creative Professionals and Entrepreneurs that will be holding a Monthly Meeting for March on March 14th. The topic will be Budgeting and Financial Freedom. I will be the first person to admit that not too many people including myself want to talk about budgeting. But it is an essential part of life management. And effective and realistic budgeting can lead you to the financial independence that you may be seeking as an entrepreneur or budding entrepreneur. And from my personal experience, this is a very supportive and knowledgeable group of people here in the Mahoning Valley that are worth getting to know.

From their Facebook Page, “We are a society of creative entrepreneurs gathering the second Tuesday of every month in the spirit of community over competition. We hope you’ll find this a welcoming, fun and enjoyable place to visit and learn more about Tuesdays Together Youngstown & The Rising Tide Society. Since its beginning, this page has been a comfortable spot for creatives to share information, discuss a shared love of creative entrepreneurship, and find information about Tuesdays Together gatherings. Please join us and help to keep this place fun, safe, and enjoyable for all our members! Click the links above to join the Group and/or RSVP on the meeting.”

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On Friday March 3, SOAP Gallery will be holding an Opening for the Fringe Exhibit in Downtown Youngstown. According to their event page, “Fringe is a show of artists whose style is both iconic and unique. The pairing of artists bring bold imagery, bold statements, and a whole lot of character. This group show features Craig Mattis, Jayaira Grhim, Jeff Piper, James Pernotto, Daniel Newman. Opening March 3rd from 6pm-9pm and running March 3-24th. Click on the link above to RSVP or let them know you are interested. Also go by the Downtown Youngstown Facebook Page and Give em a Like so you can stay informed about how our city is growing and meeting the needs of our community.

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Meals on Wheels with Mario Andretti PSA. Like the Meals on Wheels Facebook Page.

Valley Autism is holding it’s 5K Kickoff Meeting at the Boardman Library on Saturday March 4 at 9:30 AM. Join us for our kickoff meeting! This meeting is for parents, friends, and local businesses to come together to learn about the upcoming Valley Autism 5K & Walk (April 22nd at Austintown Township Park).

You can also learn more about the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley, meet some of our board and council members and find out how you can support our great local organization.

– Learn how to create a Team

– Get tip sheets on how to fundraise to have a successful Team

– Learn about this years iPad raffle, Team prizes and more

Join us for hot chocolate and breakfast treats!

Kid Friendly! We will have a coloring station!

Event will be a casual open house event so stop in when you can and feel free to bring the kids. RSVP as attending so we can get an approximate attendee count.

Any questions? Please call 330-333-9609 or email us at autismmv@gmail.com

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Then later this month on March 21 the Rich Center for Autism will be holding a fundraiser at the Magic Tree in Boardman. On March 21st from 6-8 pm, The Rich Center for Autism will host a Crafter Hours Party with Burlap & Bourbon at the Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave, Youngstown, OH 44512. We will be making a wreath to hang on your door during the month of April to show your Autism Awareness . I am not going to editorialize here on the dangers of drinking bourbon while crafting with burlap, so I will just say this looks like a lot of fun and a great way to support an Organization here in the Mahoning Valley that is helping people who need it.

All materials will be supplied. $35/person. Spots go fast so reserve yours ASAP! Deadline for reservations is March 13th. To reserve your space, email Tracie at burlapandbourbon1@gmail.com , call 330-565-9585, or leave a message with your email address and Tracie will email you the Paypal information.

Who says there is no free lunch? Well whoever said that was mistaken. There is a free lunch that will include stories of faith in the marketplace at St Anthony’s in Boardman on March 23. Registration is limited so you need to click on the link above to get in. And yes, I did register and expect to attend if you would like to meet me in person.

Join C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio for a free business luncheon, Stories: The Intersection of Faith & Marketplace where several business leaders will share personal stories of success, challenge and inspiration.

The event, hosted by Brad Walker (Vice-President, Beard Pension Services), will feature storytellers and panelists from a variety of industries and backgrounds, to include: Jo Anne Brashen (Investment Advisor, Voya Financial), Katie Glatzer (Owner, Body Temple Fitness Studio),Bruce Jeffries (Optometrist), Brandi Osborn (Callos Resource), Dan Osborn (City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio), Kelcie Schiraldi, CFP, CPA/PFS (Personal Trust Administrator, Farmers Trust Company) and Katie Swain (Partner, McConnell Marketing).

A unique opportunity provided by Youngstown’s C.S. Lewis Institute, at Stories attendees will be able to network and connect with others in the local business community, hear from our guest storytellers and panelists, enjoy a complimentary lunch and leave inspired and encouraged by the experiences shared.

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C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio hosts this event as a building block for future conversations among our area’s local leaders. For individuals unable to attend the luncheon, Stories will be recapped and shared on the C.S. Lewis Facebook page. On this page visitors can also share their stories and experiences of the intersection of faith and marketplace. Visit http://facebook.com/cslewisinstitutenortheastohio and tell your faith story in our marketplace in 600 words or less.

Founded in 1976 in the legacy of C.S. Lewis, the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life. C.S. Lewis, the Institute’s namesake, is better known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia book series but was also one of the most influential Christian figures of the 20th century. Lewis’ focus on core essentials of the faith reached across denominational boundaries.

The C.S. Lewis Institute in Northeast Ohio, headquartered in Trinity United Methodist Church on West Front Street in Youngstown, extends the mission of the CSLI through their year-long discipleship Fellows Program, a Pastor’s Fellowship Program, a ten-week small group discipleship program and a wealth of free resources and publications for study.

The C.S. Lewis Institute Northeast Ohio office is located at 30 West Front Street, Suite 400 Youngstown, OH 44503. For more information call 330-717-6979 or visit www.cslewisInstitute.org/Northeast_Ohio.

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Transcript Episode 16 of The Mahoning Valley Podcast

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New Star from Youngstown. NIE, (Newspapers in Education) Outing the Mainstream Media Ownership in Mahoning Valley. Bits and Bites at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Sign Up to become a Change Bandit for Akron Children’s Hospital. And Opinion on the Trump Inauguration and Impending Presidency.

According to our local CBS affiliate, The star of the new show, “Hunted,” premiering this Sunday, January 22 on CBS, is a Mooney grad from Youngstown. While it might sound glamorous, life for Robert Clark started with everything stacked against him. His early years were nothing like that of a network TV star. Clark was born in Youngstown and raised on the tough streets of the south side, spending ages 4 to 12 in foster care. His father, Bobby Clark, operated the mob-owned Casablanca Night Club until January 15, 1980, when he was allegedly murdered. Robert Clark said his years as a high school student at Cardinal Mooney, Class of 1984, changed him. “They are a part of who I am. The motivation that I had to not just be different, but to be the difference that I want to see in the world,” he said.

Clark also played football at Mooney and was part of the 1982 state championship team under Coach Don Bucci.

Here is another story of people rising up to overcome adversity and history. Much like many of us here in the Mahoning Valley and indeed the Valley itself. Our Valley has a long and storied history of adversity and challenges. Struggles with our local economy, and struggles with less than scrupulous individuals who operated beyond the rule of law and spread fear and strife in our community. But some of us, myself included believe that those struggles can be things of the past. That it is possible to rise above the history of crime and corruption and face the challenges. If you believe that too, you should consider getting involved with this project. Even if you fail to see any reason to drop a couple of pennies in the coffers of this project to keep it going; you can like this and share it with your friends.

Here is something that many people who hear this podcast or read the transcripts may not be aware of. Free Educational Resources from the Vindicator.

For instance: Beyond Comprehension: The Newspaper and Critical Literacy
Dr. Sherrye Dee Garrett, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Introduction & Overview (mp3, 23 minutes) / Lesson Activities (mp3, 30 minutes)

Critical literacy involves the analysis and critique of the relationships among texts, language, power, social groups and social practices. It shows us ways of looking at written, visual, spoken, multimedia and performance texts to question and challenge the attitudes, values and beliefs that lie beneath the surface. (courtesy NAA NIE Conference) This is just one of the over 300 lessons designed to help your children learn about the world around you. And it is all free. Did I say that? Follow the link above and get in touch or start downloading and teaching them youngins.

Why would you want to download and listen to this particular item? Well, one reason I can think of is that many of your mainstream media outlets in this valley may be just about getting your money. No matter how much squawking they do about their local point of view, they may just be here to make money. Both our CBS and ABC Affiliates are not even owned by a local company. The people who run WKBN and WYTV and the other channels on these bandwidths like 27.2 FOX 27.3 ION and 33.2 and 33.3 live in other communities and have big fat paychecks so they can hire our local reporters and anchors and producers to act like they give a crap about this community. And the local people who work here probably do care about this Valley, but their employers may not.

Although there are a few local people who work for Media General and it is likely they do actually care about the Mahoning Valley; for the most part the editorial direction and personnel decisions are coming from another state and a big media conglomerate located over there in the fine state of Virginia.

Why am I talking about this? Because this company that owns a few of our local tv stations is a public company. That means they have no real interest in local issues or struggles. It means that they are beholden to their stockholders to make a profit and that is all. So that also means that anything they report to you should be taken with a grain of salt.

Let’s look at some other mainstream media companies here in the Valley so you can get an idea of where they are coming from too. The local Newspaper, The Vindicator and Channel 21 WFMJ. These two companies are owned locally. So when they say, “locally owned and locally connected”; they are not flat out lying. But they are also owned by a couple of wealthy people who live in Canfield and are about as connected to our community as a bank is to it’s depositors. As long as they are making money, they are as happy as they can be most likely. To be fair, they do employ some people here in this Valley and contribute economically in terms of taxes and fees and what not. But they also clearly have an vested interest in keeping up with the maintenance on their million dollars estates far removed from the struggles of the city.

Are you interested in knowing how to get in touch with these media mavens who run the show over there at the Vindicator and WFMJ? Here ya go. I figure if I let you know, and you don’t like the way they are doing it; then as a community we can hold them accountable. For the Vindicator, they are required to publish their names and positions and here they are. Keep in mind that Ms Jagnow and Mr Brown are also the people who own the company who holds the FCC License for WFMJ.

Whether or not the Mahoning Valley ever reaches its potential, or starts to grow and flourish due to their influence; that is the question that only they can answer for themselves.

And just so our neighbors in Trumbull County don’t feel left out, The Tribune Chronicle is published by a company out of Wheeling West Virginia. And for those of you in Columbiana County, the Morning Journal, also owned by a company out of Wheeling.

Our Radio Stations also are owned primarily by out of state corporations who are beholden to stock holders more then to our community. The two biggies are Cumulus Media and of course Iheart Media.

So although our mainstream media companies here do have a vested interest in the Mahoning Valley; with the exception of the millionaires who live in Canfield who own the Vindicator and WFMJ; our mainstream media is controlled by people who do not live here. And in many cases do not have any interest here in this community other then how much money they can suck out of us. So when you hear people talk about the media elite and the mainstream media as biased, it probably makes more sense.

I am actually an avid consumer of the media. Not just TV and Newspapers, but interactive media as well. I source much of the information for these podcasts from the local outlets. Sometimes I quote them to talk about the good things that are happening here. Well a lot of the time. That is because in order to talk about the good things that are happening here in the Valley,

I need to know about them. That is one of the things that you can do to help support this project. When you hear about something that is good, let me know. If you have an event that is not all about the money, then let me know. Or if you are doing events that do have a financial component to them like fund raising or raising awareness, at least send me a notice. Give me a chance to cover it here and link to it.

That is the difference between independent media, like this podcast and other independent information sources and the mainstream; I at least am not being enriched by this project greatly. I am doing this podcast as a community service that I have sentenced myself to do. Because I enjoy podcasting and publishing and I love this area. It is my home too.

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I have received some feedback on content ideas for this podcast and most recently it was to discuss some history of the Valley. Well I got something even better for you if you are interested in the history of the Valley. A free discussion that occurs every third Thursday at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

This Thursday, you can join the Mahoning Valley Historical Society for the new Bites and Bits of History Lunch Program. Bring your lunch to the beautiful Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center on the third Thursday of every month at noon for a historical presentation. These free lunchtime discussions will cover a variety of topics and give you a chance to explore local history in a new way.

The daily parking lot on the west side of the building is available for $2.00. Place money in the numbered slot which corresponds to your parking space in the white box on the Federal Street sidewalk. Do not park in the monthly lot on the east side. Street parking in marked spots is free. Additional visitor information.

Bring your own lunch, or visit Overture for their $6 Bites and Bits Lunch Special. Call Overture at 330-744-9900 to place your order. Coffee, pop, and water are available for purchase at the History Center.

This Thursday, The People’s House: A History of the White House

Kimberly Kenney, Curator – William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Learn more about the history of the most popular historic home in America! This presentation will cover the design and major restorations of the house, and features an in-depth look at the rooms of McKinley’s White House from the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum archives.

I encourage you to help the Akron Children’s Hospital this year by signing up to become a Change Bandit. Change Bandits “rob” their friends, family and co-workers of spare change to raise funds for Radiothon.

Children, individuals and families register to participate here.

Schools, businesses, community organizations and hospital departments register here.

We’ll mail your kit to you in early January. It will contain complete, detailed instructions to get your Change Bandit program started, including how to set up an online fundraising campaign for your collection efforts.

Please contact Nicci Avalon at 330-543-8340 or navalon@chmca.org with any questions.

In a few days we will be swearing in a new president and vice president. Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Despite the fact that these good ole white boys did not actually win the popular vote in this county, we are going to have to endure another round of Republican Class divisionism. I know, that may not be an actual English Language word, but it does adequately describe what this country is in for now that the republicans are going to have a majority in the senate and the house and an executive to push through their let’s get ourselves and all of our buddies richer agenda.

Some people may think it ironic that me as a white male would be discussing this turn of events in such terms. In fact, some may think that it is a betrayal of my race or gender to even dare to call the republican party the good ole white boys party. But I just call it like I see it. It should not be called the GOP. It should be called the GOB. For Good Ole Boys.

I will clarify. According to the Wikipedia, this term can be positive or negative. Positive aspects: The term can be used for well socialized men who live in rural and generally Southern areas. If a man is humble and well thought of, he can be referred to as a good old boy, regardless of his age. It is also commonly applied to men from a family with multi-generational wealth or prestige, or to men who behave like a Southern gentleman.

Negative aspects: Pejoratively, the phrase can often suggest a man with an anti-intellectual bias or some other intolerant viewpoint. The phrase also can refer negatively to someone who engages in cronyism among men who have known each other for a long period of time. Collectively, these people are referred to by the slang term, good ol’ boy network (also known as an old boys’ club; however, note that in certain countries in the Commonwealth including the UK, an old boys network or club has a very different meaning involving alumni).

So if you don’t think that Donald Trump and Mike Pence and the Republican Party are a bunch of good ole boys, let me tell you as story. When I first moved here to the Mahoning Valley, I needed a job. Truth is, I probably still need a job, but that is not your problem. I started working at Infocision. One of the largest employers here in the Mahoning Valley.

If you are not familiar with Infocision, they operate call centers. They have a few here and a couple over in Western PA as well as over in the Akron Area. Large employer and actually not too bad as far as employers go. Decent wages back then and reasonable management with advancement opportunities. No they did not pay me to say this and that is why they get no link.

Anyway, I was initially assigned to the political division. Guess who was one of their clients? The Republicans. And a few of their various affiliations. And we called people. We called them at home, we called them at their offices, we called them from 8 AM to 12 AM seven days a week. We called them and told them all about how the republican way of life was under threat and how traditional values were going to disappear. We called them and lied to them about how they were the Business Person of the Year. We called them and tried to frighten them with tales of how the Second Amendment was going to be destroyed and they were going to have to give up their guns. We called them and told them anything we could to get their money.

It was and still is pathetic. In some cases it was exaggeration. In some cases it was outright deceptive. For instance, did you know that the only qualification required to be the Business Person of the Year is do be registered as a Republican and to donate money. That’s all the Republican Party needs you to do to be recognized as a Business Person of the Year. Some days I signed up 20 or so new BPOY’s. If that does not tell you something about this new administration, then maybe this will give you some clues about the kind of people we are going to be calling President and Vice President. Did you know that Donald Trump is still fund-raising? Yes, he is. He is running a store selling presidential bobbles and keepsakes. Inaugural Glasses and other trivial items. To raise money. HUH? No link to that either cause he is not sponsoring this project today.

I am not going to make any bones about it. I do not like modern American politics. I don’t like the democrats or republicans. I don’t like the tactics or agendas of either party. I, like many people think that national politics are not actually representative of my personal interests. But I am not saying we can just ditch the whole thing. As many people say, American Representative Democracy is an experiment. It was born in a noble ideal. That people should be equal and have liberty that is endowed from above.

That is a noble ideal. But it has been playing out like a good ole boys club. And the richer will keep getting richer. And the rest of us will be scrambling around trying to get a hot dog dinner for our families while we work 80 hours a week to put money in other people’s pockets. And trying to take care of our own. There is not a single shred of evidence that Mr. Trump’s Presidency is going to change things much for most of us. Sure, there will be changes. And many people may benefit. But most likely many people will lose too. And at the end of the day, our new President will likely get richer from his experience. And that is good for him. But is it good for you?

 

 

Why Sponsor a Local Podcast?

Naturally I am talking about the Mahoning Valley Podcast here, but here are some really good reasons to invest a few dollars to get involved whether you are a business, organization, or an individual.

Why Sponsor the Mahoning Valley Podcast?

1. Educated and Affluent Listeners. The average podcast listener is between 18 and 55 with access to time and resources. According to Rain News, Approximately 46-million Americans listen to podcasts at least monthly (17%), and an estimated 27-million listen at least weekly (10%). The weekly number represents a 25% lift over the 2014 snapshot. The podcast audience profile is markedly well-educated and prosperous. Forty-five percent of listeners have a college degree, and 52% are in $100k-plus households. This translates into your messaging being heard by people who actually can spend time and money to patronize your business or organization.

2. Positive Positioning of your message. When you sponsor the Mahoning Valley Podcast you are telling your audience that you care about our Community. The Mahoning Valley Podcast is filling a niche and a thirst for positive news and information about the Mahoning Valley. Although traditional mainstream media outlets do cover some very high profile events and people in the Valley; they have severe limitations when it comes to really reinforcing and showcasing information, news, and opinion that ONLY serves to show the good things that are happening. As most media consumers know, there is a lot of gloom and doom broadcast as news. With the Mahoning Valley Podcast, you become affiliated with the good things that happen. You don’t have to worry about your message being played after a News Story involving shootings or fires or national tragedies. Or having your message broadcast during a crime show or some show that is in some way denigrating traditional values.

3. The Trust Factor. Most consumers know that advertisements on traditional mainstream media are not vetted. If someone has the money, they can buy advertisements. So many enlightened consumers are turning more towards media they can and do trust. Reviews Websites and Social Media Channels are starting to become the trusted sources of information for Consumers and Businesses when they are ready to spend money. The Mahoning Valley Podcast does not accept sponsorships from just anyone. We actually try the services or products of our sponsors and make sure that they live up to our expectations. If you have been contacted by us for sponsorship it is because we already know about your organization. Our listeners know that we trust you and that is an implicit recommendation.

4. Customer Connection. People feel a sense of intimacy and connection with podcasts because it is right in their ears. Videos and Blog Posts (textual communications) do not foster a sense of connection like someone speaking into a microphone. Consider how when you hear a piece of music that you can relate to, or have listened to an audiobook or talk radio show and something that you heard resonated with you. It makes you feel like the speaker or musician is speaking directly to you. This sense of connection and intimacy brings with it a top of mind experience. Your message is easily recalled and brought to mind because it reaches inside you. So people remember what they hear. Your message is stored in their long term memory and people will remember what you have told them as a sponsor.

5. Portability and Longevity of your Messaging. Podcasts and Audio have the advantage of being on demand and portable. Most people are able to easily download a podcast and listen when they want. This means that they are already to hear your message. Because they have taken the time to listen. They are already engaged. Unlike TV or Radio where your message goes out one time and then it is gone, your podcast sponsorship is available forever online. Someone may hear it the day it is published, and other people may hear it a week from now and then even more a month from now and so on. That is not the only way that sponsorship brings people to you. Every transcript is posted on our website and a number of different blogs. We publish our transcripts and your links stay on line forever.

6. Digital Communications Strategy with a Local Partner. We publish the podcast in Boardman Ohio. Not in India or Great Britain or Australia. But right here in the Mahoning Valley. And we don’t just publish a podcast, but we also publicize it and distribute it. We conceived of the concept and set up all the distribution and Social Media Channels. We set up the blogs and accounts where the transcripts are published. And we are local. We are available to partner with you on your Digital Communications Strategies. Podcast Sponsorship with us is a tip of the iceberg when it comes to partnering with us. We don’t employ subcontractors overseas or rely on consultants in other cities or regions. We are committed to using local resources and building this community. And have a local phone number for you to talk to us personally about your challenges and goals. And we know other resources here to make your digital communications strategies succeed. We are here for the long term. Not some toll free number and post office box, but a real person in a real place to help you.

7. Commitment to Excellence. Our podcast and indeed all Digital Communications Strategies are works in process. We are dedicated to provide excellent service and advice. To provide excellent results and excellence in all of our efforts on your behalf. When you sponsor our podcast, you are committing yourself to excellence as well. You are gaining a valuable resource and a professional partner who is unrelenting in his pursuit of excellence. We all have much more to learn, Learning and growing together towards our potential is one of the things that have brought about this project in the first place. The idea that as a community we can all reach our potential together. And demonstrate an excellence for all of the world to see. Together.