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first_imgDOZENS of investors in the dodgy ‘pyramid’ scheme sweeping Donegal met in a Letterkenny Hotel last night to vent their anger.Dozens of angry investors, some who invested more than €200,000 each in the scheme, are fuming that they have been left high and dry.The Mr.Big behind the scam, which supposedly bought cheap stock and sold it on as a profit, has now fled to Estonia. He has constantly told investors that they WILL get their money and named several dates for the money transfer.But each time the conman has come up with different excuses.Two of the agents who helped publicise and oversee the scheme met with investors at the Letterkenny Hotel and again assured them they will get their money.An email from the company which arranged the investment scheme told investors they will have an update on their money by this FRIDAY. However one investor told after the meeting that he will believe the promises from the company when he has his cash in his hand.“I have been told on four different occasions that I will be getting my money on four different dates.“But each time these people have come up with different excuses. I’m at my wits end but I have to keep believing I will get my cash or I will crack up.“I invested a six figure sum and I owe an absolute fortune. I don’t know what I will do if I don’t get my cash back.“Now we’ve been told that we will be hearing major news on Friday about our money. I’m hoping against hope but we’ll see,” he said. EndsDOZENS OF INVESTORS MEET AT ANGRY MONEY SCAM MEETING was last modified: January 11th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jewelry store charms customers

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Charmed JewelryBUSINESS ADDRESS: 24201 West Valencia Blvd. #2004-A, Valencia, CA 91355PHONE: (661) 260-3789E-MAIL: [email protected] OWNER: Richard Kim and Denise LowryESTABLISHED: 2006NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: FourDESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We re a fine jewelry store specializing in one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find items, custom and designer jewelry, thousands of charms and Gemological Institute of America and European Gemological Laboratory certified diamonds. We have old-fashioned customer service, complimentary beverage service and free gift wrapping every day.IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? We noticed that no one carried a good selection of charms in-store. Most stores in the mall carried the same mass-produced jewelry, and customer service seemed to be a thing of the past. We wanted to offer a unique alternative in fine jewelry.WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Working in the business for more than 20 years, we saw what was lacking in the industry.HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? A year and a half.WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? We established and researched the construction of the store, demographics, location, cost of goods and miscellaneous expenses. We contacted suppliers and vendors and gathered liquid assets.WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $600,000 from my life savings, family loans and a second mortgage.WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Our past experience in the business — Richard s 21 years and Denise s 23 years.WHAT HADN T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? What a terrific response and welcome we would receive immediately from the community. Everyone says what a breath of fresh air. What unusual pieces, great service and family atmosphere.WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $250,000WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To expand and branch out into other areas, offering more of Southern California our unique concept and fine jewelry-shopping experience.To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Maximizing Revenue in a Challenging Environment: Approaching the Corporate Sector

first_imgNEW! Find a sample Ethics Clause below Related Documents. (You can also download the audio recording, transcript and presentation slides.)In challenging times, nonprofits often increase efforts to generate additional funding so critical programs and initiatives do not suffer. At the same time, however, securing revenue is increasingly difficult because of the economic conditions. Corporations are besieged by requests from numerous non-profits and are now more judicious as to their contributions.You must stand out from the others.Discover what the corporate sector is seeking when considering whether to sponsor your activities, and the reasons why they want to align with your organization. Going beyond the basic philanthropic request will help you develop successful long-term partnerships. Explore how to step outside the mindset of standard offerings and think strategically about establishing these relationships. Fostering these relationships will not only help your bottom line, but can assist you in other ways as well.We will also touch on some more advanced topics such as campaign optimization, integration with website analytics and opportunities for non-grant paid search campaigns.This session will provide a road map into the corporate world and help you convince a business that you are a worthwhile partner. Topics covered include:Why companies are willing to increase sponsorship fundingHow to differentiate your cause in the crowd of organizations seeking sponsorshipsRecognizing that the benefits typically offered by non-profits often do not meet the needs of the corporate sectorA step-by-step methodology for creating a successful partnership-based programEstablishing a systematic approach in your outreach to the corporate sector which differs from the philanthropic requestKey factors to evaluate to ensure your organization remains true to its missionAbout our speakerLewis Flax is President and CEO of Flax Associates, a firm that assists nonprofits in the understanding, implementation and execution of successful sponsorship and partnership sales efforts. He is currently assisting Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Institute of Management Accountants in maximizing their revenues generated through partnership offerings. Mr. Flax is active in the American Society for Association Executives and serves as an instructor for courses offered through Dale Carnegie Training.last_img read more