Not Your Average Staffing Agency

Posted by Hailey Roos on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 @ 01:14 PM
  • - Backwoods Promotions, Inc. provides staff and brand ambassadors to top-line outdoor and motorsport clients
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  • - This staffing agency prides themselves on genuine relationships with companies through passionate, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic event staff who go above and beyond to promote products

About Backwoods Promotions, Inc.

Backwoods Promotions specializes in motorsports, outdoor, and automotive event staffing across North America. Founded in 2012 by Jessica Kline, the company provides ongoing service to a number of large corporations, primarily focused on supplying brand ambassadors and event staff to outdoor festivals, trade shows and more.

Since 2019, Backwoods Promotions has successfully trademarked its motto: Promote What you Love® and Enthusiasts First® to use in marketing and commerce. Backwoods Promotions was also certified as a Woman Business Enterprise by WBE Canada. In addition, its founder and CEO, Jessica Kline, was accepted into the Forbes Business Council. 

In terms of clients and services, Backwoods Promotions has demonstrated an ability to maintain its existing client base for years. This year, the company celebrates its sixth year providing service to Bombardier Recreational Product brands (i.e. Ski-Doo), its sixth year working with Fox Factory Inc., and now its second year working with Harley-Davidson Canada and Anheuser-Busch. In total, the company has provided thousands of event staff to work at 500 events across North America. 

What makes Backwoods Promotions unique is an emphasis on sourcing staff who are passionate about the companies, products, and services they represent at events and trade shows. While a number of staffing agencies and modeling agencies exist, none have successfully dominated the motorsports and outdoors industries with the same specialized approach that Backwoods Promotions has. Since the beginning, they have touted the fact that they are not a typical staffing agency, resulting in a rich niche of opportunity to supply skilled staff for motorcycle demo tours, off-road ride and drive events, corporate product launches, trade shows, and more. Backwoods Promotions’ unique approach to staffing is one that consistently adapts to North American motorsport and outdoor markets. 

Backwoods Promotions won three Stevie Awards for Company / Organization Categories: a Silver Stevie for Company of the Year - Diversified Services - Small, a Silver Stevie for Company of the Year - Business or Professional Services - Small, and a Bronze Stevie for Company of the Year - Hospitality & Leisure - Small in the 2020 International Business Awards®. 

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Grand Stevie Award Winners Announced in 2020 Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Oct 15, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in the 2020 (17th annual) Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, an international competition, were announced on October 2, 2020. The awards shine a spotlight on women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations run by women.

Winners of five Grand Stevie Award trophies, the highest honor in the competition, were announced today.

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Grand Stevie Award trophies are presented to five organizations that submitted the best body of entries to the competition, in their own names or in the names of one or more clients. Winners were determined by the number of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards won in the competition, with three points earned for each Gold Stevie win, two for each Silver win, and one-and-a-half points for each Bronze Stevie win. The Grand Stevie Award winners for 2020 are:

  1. The Audacious Agency, Gold Coast, Australia, with 69.5 award points. The agency also was among the Grand Stevie winners in 2019
  2. DP DHL, worldwide (27 points), is among the Grand Stevie elite for the third year in a row
  3. IGNITE Worldwide, Brier, WA USA (22.5 points)
  4. Melissa Sones Consulting, New York, NY USA (20.5 points) was also among the Grand Stevie honorees in 2019
  5. Tavuun Welfare Association, Lahore, Pakistan (15.5 points)

More than 1,500 nominations from organizations and individuals around the world were submitted this year for consideration in categories such as COVID-19 Response, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, and Startup of the Year, among others. More than 180 business professionals working in seven specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/Women for a complete list of Stevie winners by category. Winners will be celebrated during a virtual ceremony on December 9.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business event will be complemented by the third annual Women|Future Conference, a two-day networking and learning event for female founders, business owners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, to be held virtually on November 12-13. Registration is just $99, or $49 for current students with an active student ID. Details and registration are available at www.WomenFutureConference.com.

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HGC Cares for Communities in Hong Kong

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 12:26 PM
  • -HGC Global Communications is a telecom operator group that provided extensive COVID-19 relief to customers and communities

  • -They distributed free face masks, refurbished computers, and cloud capabilities to thousands of people.

About HGC Global Communications

HGC Global Communications is a leading fixed-line operator that owns extensive infrastructure in Hong Kong and overseas and offers a wide portfolio of products and services. HGC provides other operators with telecoms infrastructure, while acting as service provider to corporations and households alike. 

HGC believes telecommunications operators should take one step further to contribute to society. Here’s how they do it. 

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Managing Operations & Supporting Customers

As isolation from social distancing is increasing, so is internet data usage. HGC saw a double digit bandwidth consumption increase. Prior to this surge, HGC had increased their backbone capacity, network resilience, and reliability to support a skyrocket in usage. HGC is also well-prepared for the long-term by securing critical components as part of their supply chain management and planning They spontaneously created special teams to provide instant support, maintenance, and installations to customers.

Support for Staff at HGC Group

Apart from being the first telecom operator in Hong Kong to announce flexible work-from-home arrangements, HGC also introduced other safety measures including regular deep cleanings and sanitations of offices, remote monitoring across impacted offices via home/office IT systems, and delegating more authority to in-country staff to facilitate emergency support. HGC also arranged hotels within walking distance of operation centers to help essential service supporting teams to perform their important duties. They have also offered all staff (around 2,000 people) with four months supply of medical masks. 

Giving Back

HGC has offered meaningful assistance to the community by being the first telecom operator in Hong Kong to distribute free essentials to the public. This includes onsite delivery of masks to elderly citizens living alone and distribution of free refurbished computers to schools and students to support e-learning. HGC has delivered free unified communications and cloud connect services to corporate customers to help with extreme emergencies. 

HGC Global Communications won a Gold Stevie for Product & Service Categories - Business Technology Solutions - Infrastructure as a Service and a Silver Stevie for COVID-19 Response Categories - Most Valuable Corporate Response in the 2020 International Business Awards®. 

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Winners of 2020 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 10:10 AM

Winners were announced today in the 2020 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies, a feature of The International Business Awards®, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program which is now in its 17th year.

The worldwide public vote was conducted the past two months, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of industries. More than 43,000 votes were cast. All Stevie Award winners in the Company of the Year categories of this year’s International Business Awards were eligible to be included in voting for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards.

Winners of the crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be honored for their awards at The International Business Awards virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, 1 December. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

PCSAFC_2020WinnerThe winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will be presented with their awards along with the People’s Choice Stevie Awards. Stevie winners were selected from more than 3,800 nominations received from organizations and individuals in more than 60 nations.

The winners of the 2020 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are:

-Advertising/Marketing/PR: Purpol Marketing
-Aerospace & Defense: Modest Tree
-Business or Professional Services: CAREERISTS AND TALENTANK
-Computer Services: KoçSistem
-Computer Software: VOMO
-Consumer Products: Makers Nutrition
-Consumer Services: Mayen
-Diversified Services: Backwoods Promotions Inc.
-Energy & Utilities: Dubai Municipality
-Financial Services: Cebuana Lhuillier
-Food & Beverage: Empire Eagle Food Co., Ltd.
-Health Products & Services: flowhub Software GmbH
-Hospitality & Leisure: Kindersley Hospitality Endeavors
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Insurance: USHEALTH Group
-Internet / New Media: SiyonaTech
-Manufacturing: Makers Nutrition
-Materials & Construction: Viettel Construction Joint Stock Corporation
-Media & Entertainment: STREET SCIENCE
-Non-Profit / Government: The Pahang State Foundation
-Other Industries: Makers Nutrition
-Real Estate: Filinvest Alabang, Inc.
-Retail: Georgio’s Bottega
-Transportation: Whale Logistics

Topics: International business awards

Modern Money Solutions for Developing Countries

Posted by Hailey Roos on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 @ 10:30 PM
  • - Laos’ mostly rural population does not have access to traditional banking services
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  • - Star Fintech Sole Co. (Star Telecom) developed “u-money” which is easy to use, low-cost, and accessible via mobile devices

About Star Fintech Sole Co. 

Founded by Star Telecom (Unitel) in 2019, Star Fintech Sole Co. is the first “u-money” mobile phone service in Laos. This provides nationwide financial services that are quick and convenient, low-cost electronic payments. 

Modern Money in Laos

Laos is a developing country where most areas are rural. Most people live in mountainous areas and do not have bank accounts, thus access to financial services is quite limited. As a leader in telecommunication and digital transformation, Star Telecom is committed to investing and concentrating its resources to people who would benefit the most. 

Unitel engaged with the Bank of Lao PRD (BoL) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in 2014 to develop “u-money”, a digital financial service product. U-money now takes an active part in the development of Laos and allows people in rural areas to access financial services via mobile devices. In 2019, Star Telecom became the first company to receive a legal license for e-wallet services in Laos.

Startelecom (Star Fintech Sole Co.) won a Silver Stevie for Innovation in Product Design & Development - Consumer Products & Services in The 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards®. 

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Smart Support with SearchUnify

Posted by Hailey Roos on Mon, Oct 05, 2020 @ 06:49 PM
  • - Customer service tools with AI-based technology improve sales, marketing, and overall customer satisfaction

  • - Grazitti Interactive’s SearchUnify platform simplifies complex issues and provides tools and personalized search results 
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About SearchUnify

SearchUnify is a flagship product of Grazitti. This unified cognitive search platform revolutionizes information discovery, fuels an insight engine, and makes for a robust platform for AI-based apps like customer-facing and agent-assisting chatbots. It’s AI powers relevant and personalized search results for customer support and self-service. 

Grazitti’s Product Inception

Grazitti Interactive is a digital innovation leader with extensive experience in developing solutions for CRM, marketing automation, online communities, and analytics. With over a decade of experience enabling businesses to improve marketing, sales, and support outcomes, Grazitti Interactive witnessed businesses struggling to put information in the hands of end-users. SearchUnify was built to unify diverse content sources and provide a seamless user experience and to simplify tools and requirements in one extensive platform.

AI is being seen by support leaders as a possible solution to many complex issues. AI-powered apps built on SearchUnify equip agents with tools they need to delight customers. As a one-stop solution, SearchUnify helps to increase case deflection and expedite case resolution. It helps community managers drive self-service success by showing smart recommendations to users based on their search behavior to help them find the most relevant answers quickly. 

SearchUnify’s customers have seen exponential success: 

  • AI-Driven Enterprise Search & Analytics | SearchUnify12% month-to-month increase in site visits 
    13% increase in search conversions
    15% increase in agent productivity
    21% increase in case deflection
    28% reduction in searches without results 
    Over 8 million cumulative total searches 

SearchUnify won a Silver Stevies for Innovation in Customer Service - Innovative Use of Technology in Customer Service - Computer Industries and a Silver Stevie for Innovation in Product Design & Development - Innovation in Business-to-Business Products & Services in The 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards®. 

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Winners in 17th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Fri, Oct 02, 2020 @ 09:24 AM

 

The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, which shine a spotlight on women executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations run by women, have announced the 2020 winners today.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition produced by the creators of the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®. The Stevie is widely regarded as the world’s premier business award.

This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be honored at a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 9. More than 400 women and their guests from around the world are expected to attend the presentations.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business event will be complemented by the third annual Women|Future Conference, a two-day networking and learning event for female founders, business owners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, that also will be staged virtually, this year on November 12-13. Registration is just $99, or $49 for current students with an active student ID.

Details and registration are available at www.WomenFutureConference.com.

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More than 1,500 nominations from organizations and individuals around the world were submitted this year for consideration in categories including COVID-19 Response, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, and Startup of the Year, among others. More than 180 business professionals working in seven specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Among the many extraordinary organizations and women who have been recognized as Stevie winners, the following organizations stand out as those with four or more winning nominations: 8x8 to Educate (Currumbin, QLD Australia), AlterContacts (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dee is for Digital (Marbella, Spain), DevelopHer (Dallas, TX USA), DHL Express (worldwide), Families Without Borders (Moraga, CA USA), Helen Zahos, Humanitarian Nurse (Australia), IGNITE Worldwide (Brier, WA USA), Jeunesse Global (Lake Mary, FL USA), John Hancock (Boston, MA USA), Mentor (New York, NY USA), New American Funding (Tustin, CA USA), Purpose DRV’N (Woodbury, MN USA), REMAP Network (Toronto, ON Canada), Saski Collection (Gold Coast, QLD Australia), Spectrum Support Ltd (Southport, Queensland Australia), Tavuun Welfare Association (Lahore, Pakistan), The Financial Literacy Youth Initiative (Cranston, RI USA), Toft Group (San Francisco, CA USA), Wolters Kluwer (multiple cities), and Xandr (Boston, MA USA).

The 2020 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners reflect a diverse group of large and small organizations from around the globe. Notable Gold Stevie Award winners in this year’s competition include:

  • Julianna Yau, Founder, Ampala Education, Hong Kong - Woman of the Year - Business Services

  • Jacqueline Guichelaar, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer, Cisco, San Jose, CA USA - Woman of the Year – Technology

  • Katherine Relle, Private Equity Portfolio Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York, NY USA - Female Employee of the Year – Business

  • Michelle Arscott, Founder and Mentor, The International Life Coach, Nairobi, Kenya – Mentor or Coach of the Year – Health/Wellness

  • Project SMILE, NCR, Philippines – Most Valuable Non-Profit COVID-19 Response

  • EggLife Foods, Chicago, IL USA – Best New Product of the Year – Consumer Products

  • LinkedIn Corp, Sunnyvale, CA USA – Most Valuable COVID-19 Corporate Response

  • Burger King, Miami, FL USA – Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Food and Beverage

Stevie Award-winning nominations were submitted by organizations in Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.

Visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/Women for a complete list of Stevie winners by category.

Winners of five Grand (best of show) Stevie Award trophies, and in three HCL Technologies-sponsored categories for women in technology, will be announced the week of October 12.

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