Triple Gold for Childress Business Communication’s Work Helping Entrepreneurs Create Books That Sell and Make an Impact

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Jul 12, 2022 @ 11:08 AM

Cindy Childress, CEO of Childress Business Communication, won Gold in one of the broadest, most competitive categories in The 2021 International Business Awards®: Company of the Year - Business or Professional Services. Then it won Gold again – for Company of the Year – Media & Entertainment. In the American Business Awards for 2022, Childress Business Communication did it yet again, with a third Company-wide Gold.

How Cindy Childress did it is this: in a field packed with companies that offer writing and editing services, Childress brought a razor-sharp focus on entrepreneurs-as-authors instead of on the usual broad base of “anyone goes.” The company provides book-writing excellence in a business where editorial excellence too easily falls by the wayside; the compassion to get entrepreneurs through the editorial process without the usual stress; and, yes, the business savvy to make sure their books sell.

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The recipe sets the company apart and the judges clearly took notice. As one wrote, “Amazing work by Childress to support people who have ideas but may lack execution.” And this, more than once: “Great job! Keep it up!”

Childress also won for the specific work she did during the “awards years” of 2019 through 2021, which included the all-important time period when Covid-19 ravaged the globe.

As Covid spread, Childress Business Communication had its biggest month ever thanks to the popularity of book-writing as millions the world over were in lockdown.

An expert in social media, Cindy Childress took to Instagram and offered her first Zoom Masterclass aimed at business owners. And so they signed up – in droves – from Japan to Europe to Los Angeles. Women all, many using books to create their businesses in the first place.

Then Childress offered an expensive add-on after the Masterclass: a book coaching program with a VIP Service where, in addition to the class itself, Childress reads your manuscript, chapter by rough chapter. The “droves” continued to sign up, no matter the cost, and grateful still for the hands-on help in launching their business from the ground up.

Then, via a new website, Childress went full-on comprehensive offering clients what they need to succeed, none more so than a brilliantly conceived “elevator pitch.” As Childress says, “Most CEOs can’t describe their businesses, causing what I know is serious damage to the bottom line.”

As for Ghostwriting and co-writing books - important services for entrepreneurs who are often too busy to spend 100s of hours writing a book - it was back in 2017 that Childress launched her company with those services in mind. Childress staffed the young company with a team of writers and editors only to discover that she herself was “a ghostwriting genius” who could pen a tome in less time and with more flair than most.

Against the recommendations of many others, she became “Ghostwriter-in-Chief.” During the awards period, the company worked on many popular books from the self-help “The Logical Law Of Attraction” to the timely tome on college admission aimed at moms and the likes of an African American author who knew Childress alone could capture her “Caribbean voice.” Real estate and financial books hit the Amazon bestseller lists.

Revenues went up 30%; newsletter subscriptions 300%. And, yes, a percentage of all sales went to underserved entrepreneurs, as has been done since the company began.

During Covid as well, the company offered one-of-a-kind “book rescues” to help clients bring clarity and “purpose” to books already written and tossed aside - as they often are - due to poor sales.

The company’s awards period(s) Amazon bestsellers include “The Money Tree”; “How Good Humans Sell” (debuted #1 in leadership); “Unlock Your Potential”; “Mailbox Money Mindset”, among others.

Major media came calling, too, including U.S. News & World Report.

The first website powerfully focused on Childress herself debuted, too. Often described as “stylish” and “charming, Childress has a Ph.D. in English, too. From Australia to Hong Kong. Europe, Canada, and Mexico writers saw that site and signed up.

While this CEO remained highly paid as always ($30,000-plus is routine for a ghostwritten book) while offering free 'Getting Started' courses and much-needed elevator pitch assistance to her entrepreneurial base.

A longtime supporter of women’s causes, Childress also knew Instagram audiences would be largely female – and that they would sign up for the Masterclasses, which they did. For them Childress had a unique warning: avoid “feminine writing.” “Women downplay their work. I teach them otherwise.”

The Stevie Awards chose Childress to host their 2021 webinar on corporate storytelling – to great success.

Visit www.cindychildress.com to learn more.

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Final Entry Deadline Extended in The 19th International Business Awards®

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jun 16, 2022 @ 12:25 PM

By popular demand the final entry deadline of The 2022 (19th Annual) International Business Awards® has been extended through Friday, July 15. It was announced today by the Stevie® Awards, the organizers. The original final entry deadline was June 15.

The International Business Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards competition. In 2021 the competition attracted more than 3,700 nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations.

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All individuals and organizations worldwide - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

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“We have decided to grant Stevie Award entrants an extra month to submit their nominations in awards categories for business achievements, COVID-19 response, overall company awards, marketing, new products, public relations, and more,” said Stevie Awards President Maggie Miller. “No additional late fees will be charged for nominations submitted through the extended deadline, and late entries will not be penalized in any way in the judging process.”

Juries featuring more than 150 executives will determine the 2022 Stevie Award winners. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award honorees will be announced on August 15. The International Business Awards gala ceremony will be held on October 15 in London, England.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

There are many new and revised features of The International Business Awards for 2022:

  • Nine new event awards categories, ten new innovation in social media categories, three thought leadership categories, three video categories, three mobile site & app categories, two new product categories, and categories for Achievement in Diversity & Inclusion and Influencer Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Nominations that won in the 2021 IBAs may be resubmitted for consideration in the 2022 IBAs.  If they have been updated with recent achievements, they may be submitted to the same categories in which they won.  If they have not been updated, they must be submitted to categories different from those in which they won.

  • In many of the category groups and categories you may now submit a video of up to five (5) minutes in length, illustrating the nominee's achievements, instead of the traditional Stevie Awards written essay.

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Stevie Award-Winning AI Platform Helps Caregivers in Home Agencies and Facilities

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, May 05, 2022 @ 01:16 PM

Sensi is the world’s first in-home virtual care agent, empowering Long-Term-Care agencies to provide their customers with 24/7 support in a cost-efficient and scalable manner, while significantly upping the quality of care.

With Sensi's hybrid care solutions, agencies can offer 24/7 services, despite the massive shortage in caregivers, and regardless of any patient’s financial capacity.

With a steadily growing ARR, and having already onboarded 6 out of the top-10 LTC Agency franchises in the US, Sensi.AI continues to prove its value in being: (customer quote) - “a targeted preventive care tool, that enables the perfect combination between just the right amount of quality care hours, with the ability for older adults to be living on their own terms, with an extra layer of 24/7 support.”

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Sensi was established in 2019, to help solve critical problems in the non-medical home care industry. 

The startup has closed a $3.5 million seed round before entering The 2021 International Business Awards®, and has offices in Tel Aviv, Isreal, and Los Angeles, California. 

The world population is aging and the demand for professional caregivers exceeds the supply. In-home care services have proven to be one of the most critical fields of service in today’s world and at the same time - one of the most challenging to manage. In an industry that provides such sensitive, life-critical services, having to remotely manage an underqualified, distributed, high turnover workforce – is a huge responsibility. Sensi.ai is the first and only fully automatic AI-based care quality management platform for senior home care agencies and facilities.  The platform provides audio analytics-based insight that helps eliminate blind spots and enables agencies with complete visibility and transparency into each hour of care without having to rely on neither the caregiver nor the client's input. Agencies can now obtain, for the first time ever, data-based insight into each client’s care needs, and ensure that their caregivers are best equipped to answer those needs in the highest quality manner.

Over the past 12 months, the company has been gaining traction in the American home care market. Operating across 5 states, Sensi has already onboarded 2 of the biggest home care franchises, as well as several localized agencies, and is seeing massively growing demand.

The home care industry is one that is very accustomed to its own pace, processes, and measures, Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Home Care Services estimated at US$260.4 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$1.8 Trillion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 32.3% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Non-medical home care industry brings in over $89 billion in revenues annually, and yeat care quality monitoring is done solely by satisfaction surveys to customers and caregivers... Sensi is the only system on the market enabling the provision of 24/7 automatic care quality management, without compromising the dignity and privacy of the care recipient. The system ensures detection and prevention of client/caregiver distress, risk, or maltreatment, alongside extraordinary care moments worth acknowledgment, to help retain exceptional employees, and being able to onboard 2 of the 10 biggest home care enterprises exemplifies how big the need actually is.

Sensi won the Bronze Stevie Award for Startup of the Year - Software in The 2021 International Business Awards.

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Der Einsendeschluss für die International Business Awards® 2022 rückt näher

Posted by Jule Kern on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 04:59 AM

Nun heißt es Endspurt für die Nominierungsphase der 19. jährlichen The International Business Awards, dem weltweit führenden Wettbewerb für Wirtschaftsauszeichnungen, der jedes Jahr Nominierungen von Organisationen aus mehr als 70 Ländern und Territorien anzieht.

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Für alle, die sich und ihr Unternehmen für einen der begehrten Awards nominieren möchten, ist noch bis zum 11. Mai Zeit, Projekte und Leistungen in mehr als 400 Kategorien einzureichen.

Nachzügler:innen haben noch bis zum 15. Juni Zeit, ihre Nominierungen mit der Zahlung einer Nachgebühr nachzureichen. Informationen und Details zur Einreichung finden Sie unter www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

Wer darf teilnehmen?

Teilnehmen können alle Einzelpersonen und Organisationen weltweit - öffentlich und privat, gewinnorientiert und gemeinnützig, groß und klein - können Nominierungen für die International Business Awards einreichen. 

Hier erhalten Sie die Teilnahmeunterlagen

Die International Business Awards würdigen Leistungen in allen Bereichen der Arbeitswelt. Unter anderem mit den Marketing Awards, im Management mit den Management Awards, die Kundenbetreuung mit den Customer Service Awards , die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit mit den Public Relations Awards  und die IT mit den  Information Technology Awards. Leistungen im Bereich Produktentwicklung werden mit den New Product Awards ausgezeichnet und besondere Leistungen im Personalbereich würdigen die Kategorien für Human Resources Awards.

Eine große Auswahl an Kategorien würdigen auch herausragende Leistungen im Bereich der unternehmensbezogenen Medien und Publikationen. Beispiele hierfür sind die Awards für Website Awards, Awards für Smartphone und Tablet Apps sowie weitere Medien Awards

Eine vollständige Übersicht über die Kategorien finden Sie hier.

 Was gibt es Neues?

Die Stevie® Awards überraschen ihre Teilnehmenden mit neuen Kategorien:

Neben den neuen Unterkategorien, die in den schon bestehenden Kategorien zu finden sind, erwarten die Teilnehmenden zwei brandneue Award-Bereiche: 

Die neuen Social Media Kategorien würdigen Innovationen in den Bereichen Erstellung und Moderation von Social Media-Inhalten, Management und Marketing seit dem 1. Januar 2020. In Bereichen für zum Beispiel

  • Innovativster Unternehmens-Blog
  • Innovativste Facebook-Seite
  • Innovativster Twitter-Feed
  • Beste*r Business Influencer*in des Jahres
  • Beste*r Business-Blogger*in des Jahres
  • Social Media Manager*in des Jahres

können Social Media Profis ihre Nominierungen einreichen. 

Thought leadership rectangleAuch die Kategorie für Thought Leadership ist in diesem Jahr neu bei den International Business Awards®. In dieser Kategorie werden die Leistungen von Organisationen gewürdigt, die seit dem 1. Januar 2020 aktive Maßnahmen ergriffen haben, um ihre Führungskräfte und Mitarbeitenden als Vordenker weiterzuentwickeln und ihre Vordenkerrolle innerhalb und außerhalb der Organisation zu fördern.

Eine Übersicht über alle Neuerungen und Änderungen der International Business Awards® 2022 finden Sie hier.

Die Jury, bestehend aus mehr als 150 Führungskräften aus aller Welt ermitteln dann die Gold, Silber und Bronze Preisträger der Stevie Awards. Die Gewinnerinnen und Gewinner werden am 15. August bekannt gegeben und am 22. Oktober bei einem Gala-Bankett in Europa gefeiert, sofern die Bedingungen dies zulassen.

Möchten auch Sie die Möglichkeit nutzen, Ihren geschätzten Mitarbeitenden zu danken und sie zu ehren, Ihre Marke aufzubauen oder zu veredeln? Dann fordern Sie noch heute Ihre Teilnahmeunterlagen an, um an den beliebten internationalen Awards teilzunehmen.

 

 

 

 

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Communications Consultant Jaime Gill Uses His Knowledge to Make an Impact

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 10:24 AM

Jaime Gill is a freelance communications consultant in Cambodia, splitting his time between paid work with UN agencies, using communications to respond to COVID-19, and pro-bono support to small non-profits struggling to survive the crisis.

In the last twelve months, Jaime has worked on Cambodia’s national COVID-19 vaccine communications program, invented a new safety-promoting sport, ‘Social Distance Football’, and helped a struggling arts non-profit survive by breaking a world record. The unifying factor? All were fueled by hard-hitting media coverage, his favorite method for creating a big impact with small budgets.

Jaime Gill 1It’s all a long way from his first admin job, gluing photo slides onto press releases in a London PR agency in 1998. Along the way, Jaime has worked across most PR roles, becoming Head of Creativity in that PR agency, then moving in-house as Press & Public Affairs Manager for a large disability charity. He launched media campaigns that doubled the numbers of disabled people voting in the UK and created the world’s first ‘easy-read’ newspaper for people with learning disabilities, before moving to Cambodia where he’s spent six years advising commercial and non-profit clients.

Past clients include Microsoft, UNICEF, the BBC, the Olympics, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Fujitsu, UN, and Yahoo.

Jaime began 2019 working at non-profit TLC, developing its first campaigns. In November 2019, “Be An Honourable Warrior” confronted the 30% of Cambodian men who admit to using violence against women. The use of influencers and PR techniques led to a public reckoning across social media and national newspapers. TLC campaigns won nine international awards in 2019 and 2020, but most importantly led to 13,000 women learning domestic violence laws and 25,000 men pledging to end violence.

Despite these successes, Jaime took the difficult decision to leave his secure job in early 2020, knowing he’d mentored two talented young Cambodians and left behind a campaigning blueprint TLC could replicate.

Freelancing allowed Jaime to support organizations at the COVID-19 coalface. He rapidly established paid consultancies with overseas clients including Microsoft enabled him to work pro-bono for independent non-profits unable to pay. In May 2020, he invented ‘Social Distance Football’ with ISF Cambodia. This safety-promoting game was learned by 50,000 young Cambodians online and generated media coverage across four continents, as well as a Platinum Hermes Creative Award.

He also worked with arts/education non-profit, Phare. Having lost 60% of its income when public circus performances were canceled, it faced closure. Jaime proposed a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest circus show to generate media hype and drive people to online fundraisers. The 24-hour show in March 2021 doubled its fundraising target, was viewed by 450,000 online, and generated massive media attention in Cambodia and overseas, winning Gold at the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

Jaime’s track record is strong, but he rose to the COVID-19 challenge with the best work of his career. Having fallen in love with Cambodia and worked with several non-profits educating the disadvantaged, he was distressed when school closures began erasing those gains. He wanted to help reduce the damage and declined British Embassy advice to return home.

He immediately offered pro-bono support to education non-profits he knew were effective but struggling. From being a communications manager, he frequently found himself acting as entire communications team - proposing strategy, developing creative ideas, and writing and selling-in press releases.

This work led to UNICEF’s offer to consult on their campaign to re-open schools safely, which led to other COVID-related communications for the UN. As well as campaigns, he wrote and placed a series of thought-leadership articles in national newspapers, championing creativity, education, and children’s needs during/after COVID.

Between January 2019 and now, he created four award-winning communications campaigns with four different organizations, something no other communicator in Cambodia can claim:

  • Led hard-hitting, media-driven anti-violence campaign (TLC)
  • Collaborated on multimedia storytelling campaign (UNICEF)
  • Invented and publicized new safety-promoting sport (ISF)
  • Created record-breaking events driven by PR buzz (Phare).

Over six years, Jaime has developed a network of young Cambodian photographers, filmmakers, influencers, activists, journalists and communicators he collaborates with on projects. The awards won have put Cambodia and these remarkable individuals on the global map for creative communications, something which can only help the country’s creative industries in the challenging years ahead.

Since Jaime entered The 2021 International Business Awards®, he continued working as part of a large team of Government ministries and development agencies on the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in Cambodia, as a consultant with UNICEF. He provides advice on how to combat misinformation and increase demand for vaccines - Cambodia is now one of the most vaccinated countries in the whole of the Asian region.

He also worked on the successful launch of Generation Future, a new program to find ten talented young Cambodians with ideas on how to change the world. UNICEF will match them with mentors and financial support to turn their dreams into realities.

He assisted with an artistic collaboration between UNICEF and Phare, celebrating the resilience of Cambodian families during the pandemic. This has become a viral hit on social media.

Jaime won the Silver Stevie Awards in 2021 for Communications Professional of the Year. Interested in Communications Awards for 2022?

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Stevie Winner Optimizes Energy Consumption for Organizations

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Apr 14, 2022 @ 09:47 AM

Verdigris is an AI-powered smart building management platform that optimizes energy consumption for organizations with data, insights, and automation. Through artificial intelligence and IoT-enabled sensors, Verdigris has reduced energy spending for customers by 20-50%. This not only helps organizations save money but also reduces their carbon footprint. Some of the world’s most recognized companies including T-Mobile, Verizon, and Nvidia use Verdigris to combat wasteful energy usage and spending. The company was founded in 2011 by Mark Chung, Jonathan Chu, and Thomas Chung with a mission to sustain and enrich human life through responsive energy intelligence.

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Verdigris has thrived over the past two years, seeing strong demand in terms of customer acquisition and expansions with its latest IoT energy meter. It shipped a record number of systems, won significant deals with industry leaders including T-Mobile and ARM, and announced a global partnership for ABB to use its AI. Verdigris received testimonials from more than two dozen tier one customers, including JLL, Verizon, T-Mobile, E&J Gallo, ARM, and Nvidia.
In 2019, Verdigris introduced Adaptive Automation, an adaptive and autonomous building controls product. Adaptive Automation integrates with building management systems to provide continuous optimization of energy consumption without human intervention while adapting to changing building conditions autonomously. Adaptive Automation takes advantage of technological advances in IoT sensors, pervasive wireless communications networks, and AI to continuously learn and predict building patterns. These capabilities make it possible to deliver optimally efficient building performance.

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In the first half of 2020, Verdigris released the EV2 energy gateway, the next generation of the company’s superior IoT energy monitoring hardware. The technology enables a set of highly scalable low-cost energy management capabilities not found in other energy meter solutions at scale, since Verdigris samples each circuit at nearly 8,000 times per second. All at the lowest cost per metered endpoint in the industry.

Verdigris was created to help solve the global problem of energy waste. In just the US alone, 97B sqft of commercial and industrial buildings throw away more than $120B each year in unneeded energy costs. Some estimates suggest that more than $600B is lost each year in these verticals. This energy waste takes a tremendous toll on the planet, amounting to about 15% of carbon pollution globally. The Verdigris smart energy management system aims to improve building efficiency, reduce energy waste, and decrease carbon pollution. Verdigris has helped customers and the marketplace lower operational expenses by optimizing energy spending and automating load shedding during peak times using situationally aware and connected AI to reduce demand charges. Verdigris helps customers make smart decisions about energy, meet mandates for energy reduction and achieve carbon reduction goals.

Verdigris won the Silver Stevie Award in The 2021 International Business Awards® for Achievement in Product Innovation.

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Stevie Winner Uses an Earth X-Ray for Low Impact Mining

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Apr 07, 2022 @ 07:45 AM

Ideon Technologies Inc. is a spin-off from TRIUMF (Canada’s national particle accelerator laboratory) and a world pioneer in the application of cosmic-ray muon tomography. Ideon has developed a discovery platform that integrates proprietary detectors, imaging systems, inversion technologies, and artificial intelligence to provide x-ray-like visibility up to 1 km beneath the Earth’s surface. 

By detecting sub-surface muons and transforming the data into reliable geophysical surveys and 3D density maps, Ideon helps exploration geologists identify new mineral and metal deposits with precision and confidence. They drill less and discover more with Ideon – reducing cost and risk, saving time, and minimizing environmental impact while meeting the increased demand for critical minerals that power the clean energy transition. Ideon is also expanding the application of muon tomography to use cases in oil and gas, critical infrastructure, and national security. 

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Ideon has spent years in research and development and conducting field trials with customers to prove the science behind muon tomography for subsurface exploration. What they have done since the beginning of 2019 is complete a 50x miniaturization of the hardware they use to detect muon flux -- from the size of a kitchen table to a slim rod that is deployable down industry-standard drill holes. 

This sensor offers unprecedented straight-line imaging capability with high-resolution (5 m) and a new form-factor enabling deployment down industry-standard boreholes (<10 cm diameter) with low power (<10 W continuous power consumption).  They combine this new data source with our proprietary multi-physics inversions and data analysis algorithms to bring diverse datasets together into a cohesive understanding of the subsurface, up to 1 km deep. For our customers, this results in reduced costs of exploration (10x), reduced environmental impact in the exploration phase (x10), increased ability to meet ESG targets, increased certainty and confidence of subsurface understanding (95%+), and increased instances of resource discovery critical to the clean energy transition.

The world's first deployment of this new borehole muon detector was slated for early May 2021. Muon tomography is the only straight-line imaging technology available in the geophysics toolkit today, delivering high resolution and precise location information. 

ideon photoThe COVID-19 pandemic reduced worldwide CO2 emissions by approximately 4%. Even with a massive shift in human behavior, this falls short of the 7.6% annual reduction that the UN says is needed every year for the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. A dramatic increase in demand for critical minerals is required to meet the world’s carbon reduction commitments. 

The drive to clean energy highlights how broken the mineral exploration process is. In the last 10 years, the industry has been forced to search deeper underground to find new deposits, without any new tools to facilitate exploration. Discoveries are down 75%, meters drilled/discovery is up 187%, and cost/discovery is up 380%. 

They are competing against the status quo -- the industry relies heavily on drilling, often hundreds of holes sunk in a hit-and-miss approach targeting poorly constrained geophysical and geological anomalies. Drilling is the primary cost driver in exploration today, representing 55% (US$6B) of the annual global spend, with drilling volume currently ~40M meters per year. A shift in approach is required to disrupt drilling and realize substantial increases in the sustainable production of critical mineral resources.

Ideon’s unique integrated subsurface intelligence solution for the global mining industry directly reduces the cost, time, risk, and environmental impact involved in the exploration process, while dramatically increasing outcome certainty. Enabling mineral resource companies to confidently extract key insights from vast quantities of data will help them target high-recovery, low-waste deposits, developing the supply chains needed to fuel the energy transition.

Ideon won the Silver Stevie Award for Energy Innovation of the Year in The 2021 International Business Awards

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Stevie Winner Provides Literacy and Educational Support to Adults and Children

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Mar 29, 2022 @ 11:53 AM

Their Mission: Stevie Award winner New Heights Educational Group, Inc. promotes literacy for children and adults by offering a range of educational support services. Such services include assisting families in the selection of schools, organization of educational activities, and acquisition of materials. They promote a healthy learning environment and enrichment programs for families of preschool and school-age children, including children with special needs.

Award-winning organization New Heights Educational Group (NHEG) was formed in 2006 by Mrs. Pamela Clark. Mrs. Clark discovered that families needed to cooperate, especially in educating children with learning difficulties such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, and neurological disorders. NHEG has served over 350,000 students via online services and courses. Mrs. Clark leads a team of 92 volunteers who research advancements and provide training to teachers and tutors exploring different learning styles.

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NHEG provides fill-in-the-gap tutoring to reach students who have been left behind by traditional schools. It offers classes, an educational magazine that has been viewed more than 75,000 times, and a comic book. The organization has published two books: Unraveling Reading and Unraveling Science. Both books are part of the Unraveling series, which provides strategies to parents, teachers, and tutors to support children’s learning processes. The series will include a book for each subject. One Nonprofit’s Journey to Success, written by an NHEG volunteer, was released worldwide in March 2015 and tells the organization’s story. NHEG’s internet radio show, New Heights Show on Education, has over 327,000 listeners. All of this is in despite Pamela Clark's health challenges and overcoming severe malnutrition and 82 surgeries.

NHEG offers over 145 free and 19 low-cost and high-quality courses on its website. It has also made available an international student leadership council, which helps 9th- through 12th-graders develop their leadership skills and an international student advisory group.

new heights qr codeNew Heights Educational Group (NHEG) grew its reach by over 90,000 people in 2020. Pamela Clark’s leadership of a team of volunteers who are experienced in online learning enabled NHEG to reach families in need of quality remote learning during the pandemic. The organization reduced its tutoring service fees, which include one-on-one learning for three one-hour sessions, from $45 a week to $45 a month. NHEG’s online courses, informational services, and tutoring now reach 351,077 students, and all courses offered can be seen in the learning annex.

NHEG serves the majority of its students through free courses, which are one of the organization’s main expenses. NHEG has expanded its online reading ambassador program in partnership with The 2nd & 7 Foundation, where athletes read stories
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Partners, affiliates, and New Heights Educational Group offer over 1,280 free and discounted courses. Some families implement their internet radio show into their daily studies, as well.

NHEG has also made available an international student leadership council, which helps 9th- through 12th-graders develop their leadership skills and an international student advisory group.

New Heights Educational Group (NHEG) grew its reach by over 90,000 people in 2020. Pamela Clark’s leadership of a team of volunteers who are experienced in online learning enabled NHEG to reach families in need of quality remote learning during the pandemic. The organization reduced its tutoring service fees, which include one-on-one learning for three one-hour sessions, from $45 a week to $45 a month. NHEG’s online courses, informational services, and tutoring now reach 351,077 students.

NHEG serves the majority of its students through free courses, which are one of the organization’s main expenses. NHEG has expanded its online reading ambassador program in partnership with The 2nd & 7 Foundation, where athletes read stories to students online. Student groups were opened to international students this year, with great success, to meet demand. And started a 2nd reading program titled, "Reading Time with Rishaan”, where 5-year-old Rishaan reads to other children every Friday. They recently launched the third tier of this program and are now offering a book club, “Reading for a Purpose”.

New Heights Educational Group won three Stevie Awards in The 2021 International Business Awards®. They won the Gold Stevie for Company of the Year - Diversified Services, the Gold Stevie for Education Hero of the Year, and the Silver Stevie for Company of the Year - Business or Professional Services.

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Shufti Pro's Identity Verification Services Provide Protection Against Identity Fraud

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Mar 17, 2022 @ 10:53 AM

In 2020 alone, Identity Fraud in the US cost almost $56 billion. As digitization and automation are becoming the new norm, personal data is increasingly becoming a hot target for hackers. This is where Identity Verification (IDV) companies like Shufti Pro Limited (SP) come into play.

SP provides a wide range of IDV services, ranging from simple Know Your Customer (KYC) services to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks, for people and organizations. Their services enable clients to meet even the strictest data regulatory standard of any industry or region and ensure that they are secure from ID thieves and fraudsters. The company was created in 2017 with basic KYC features. By 2018, they added AML checks, 2-Factor Authentication, Address Verification, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and Consent Verification Services.

What Separates Shufti Pro from The Identity Verification Competition

Shufti proIn 2019, Shufi Pro began to provide Know Your Business (KYB) services and between 2020-21, they became one of the few IDV companies that offered Artificial-Intelligence and Human-Intelligence based Video-KYC services, and verification through NFC technology, along with a wide range of ‘on and off premises’ IDV services. Headquartered in London, UK, they are a GDPR compliant global services provider, with offices in Cyprus, Sweden, and Dubai.

Although comparatively young in the IDV community, SP’s proactive approach to incorporate regulatory and global data protection guidelines in the delivery of services, and integrate multi-jurisdiction cybersecurity practices, makes them stand apart from competitors.

SP’s OCR services support 150 different Latin and Non-Latin languages, including Arabic and Japanese, which none of their competitors do. 

They also provide on-premises services, and cater to the demands of all clients, regardless of their order size. They offer a 14-day free trial with $50 credits for proof of concept.

They are also among the very few companies that provide payment authentication and Identity Verification through NFC technology which eliminates the need for manual data entries and hence, saves time and operational costs for all clients.

Germany’s Commission for media, Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz (KJM), has approved Shufti Pro’s age verification solution for the protection of minors. Now, the German Media can utilize Shufti Pro’s age verification solution to prevent minors from accessing content that is not suitable for their age.

They are the only IDV company that provides such a wide range of IDV services, all from a single platform, and that too with extreme ease of integration. By using SP's Restful API, Android / iOS SDK, and Hosted Verification page services, clients can integrate the services with their existing system within 30 minutes.

What Shufti Pro Has Accomplished Since their Stevie Award Win

Since their Stevie Award win, Shufti Pro has been approved by Jumpsec, and has won two more awards in the “Business Technology” and “Banking and Finance Technology” category of the Global Banking and Finance Awards 2021. Victor Fredung, the CEO of Shufti Pro, was invited to give his testimony at the hearing hosted by the US Financial Services Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and examining key points related to digital privacy and emphasized how Shufti Pro is making the financial structure secure through the use of AI technology for identity verification. Owing to the entrepreneurial spirit of Shufti Pro, the company has been nominated yet again for an award – the Nordic Startups Award Season 2021. Shufti Pro has successfully made its way into the World’s 100 Most Innovative CyberTech Companies For Financial Services in 2021. As part of its plan for global expansion, Shufti Pro has opened a new office in Kyiv, Maidan Plaza, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, 2. Kyiv, 02000, Ukraine. Shufti Pro has launched its global identity verification services on Salesforce AppExchange, empowering Salesforce customers to seamlessly integrate identity verification solutions and accelerate their business operations. Shufti Pro has introduced an auto-capture feature to its ID document and selfie biometric technology to enhance its face verification and document screening solutions.

Shufti Pro won the Gold Stevie Award for Company of the Year - Computer Services and the  Bronze for Company of the Year - Financial Services in The 2021 International Business Awards®

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Zii Empowers Business Travelers to Take Control of Their Trip Life Cycle

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Mar 09, 2022 @ 09:15 AM

Zii is the world’s first FinTech platform focused on enabling better business travel. Specifically designed for corporate travel leaders, by corporate travel leaders, Zii’s innovative, unique functionality and user experience can’t be seen anywhere else in the marketplace. The platform is specifically designed to complement TMC functionality, enabling easy implementation and seamless integration into any travel program.

The proprietary scoring mechanism uses social motivation and immediate feedback to show the direct implications of non-compliant travel behavior and influence employee travel decisions to align with travel policy. Zii’s real-time data & analytics capabilities get to the root causes of overspending at both macro and microeconomic levels, significantly reducing travel spending.

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Companies are wasting millions of dollars each year on unnecessary travel expenses. According to a recent report by Mastercard, Travel, and Expense (T&E) costs are usually an organization’s second-highest indirect expense, behind labor. The report also revealed that 80% of the organizations surveyed lacked real visibility into their T&E spending. With no insight into how travel spending is being managed, many companies are leaving money on the table.

With corporate travel set to rise 25-50% as the pandemic decreases, this means another $1.2 trillion will be wasted through 2025.

That’s where Zii comes in:

The solution is Zii. Zii works with three main pillars to identify and address areas of non-compliance and overspend within the organization.

Financial Optimization

By identifying and addressing specific areas of unnecessary spending, organizations will be able to save millions of dollars annually.

Distribution of Responsibility

Travel managers waste approximately 500 hours annually in faulty T&E management protocols, costing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted wages. By improving productivity and reducing bottlenecks, you can amplify cost savings across multiple departments.

Automation & Gamification

It’s time to bring T&E management into the 21st century. Using data analysis to automate cost savings and applying gamification techniques to encourage and maintain usage, companies can consistently save millions year over year.

From the moment a trip is booked to when the expense report is submitted, Zii makes T&E spending and reporting automated and compliant. Using gamification tools to modify behavior and improve employee engagement, Zii turns your traveling workforce into independently-managed cost-savers. With its easy-to-use interface and intuitive booking technology, Zii revolutionizes travel across all levels of your organization.

Zii is designed to enable information delivery that is Personalized, Relevant, and Timely:

Personalized – Advanced data analysis achieves personalized information for travelers and administrators, enhancing the user experience across all levels and verticals of the organization.

Relevant & Timely –Sorting through information to try and understand what is critical and what isn’t costs you valuable time and money, factors that are essential when it comes to travel. Zii does this for you, prioritizing relevant information and delivering it when and where you need it. 

Zii empowers travelers to take control of their entire trip life cycle. Designed specifically to be both comprehensive and user-friendly, Zii’s online booking tool makes travel arrangements a simple task, accomplished in minutes.

Many competing enterprise travel booking tools require a certain level of training in order to effectively use their system. Zii’s interface is straightforward - users at any level of technical ability can quickly learn how to manage their trips from start to finish. With 99% uptime, users enjoy uninterrupted use of the application in any location, at any time.

Since entering The International Business Awards in 2021, Zii Travel Technologies has been hard at work developing a sustainability solution product that will revolutionize the corporate travel industry when it comes to bridging the gap between corporate travel and sustainability.  Zii hopes to bring to market a solution that will: Inform, Educate and make it easy to measure and report overall progress and achievements tailored to each organization’s goals and objectives.

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