Sep 06

AMM Communications Selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s “2017 Future 50” Recipients

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Ann Marie Mayuga is AMM Communications co-founder and principal

September 6, 2017 (St. Louis) – AMM Communications LLC, a WBE-certified, St. Louis-based public relations, communications skills training and marketing firm, was selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s “2017 Future 50” companies, an award recognizing privately held companies that are key economic indicators for regional business growth.

“This is an honor to be selected as one of the Future 50 award recipients. We are thrilled to be included with this amazing group of local companies. Give the caliber of the Future 50 companies, St. Louis has a bright future,” said Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications principal and co-founder.

For more information about Small Business Monthly’s “Future 50” 2017 recipients, please click here.

AMM Communications has also been voted one of the “Best St. Louis Public Relations Firms” by the readers of Small Business Monthly for eight consecutive years from 2010-17.

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based strategic marketing communications, public relations, and talent acquisition firm, provides media relations, business development, crisis communications, content marketing, internal communications, communications skills training, digital marketing, reputation management, social media consulting, and executive search services for businesses nationwide. AMM Communications is WBE certified, and has been voted one of the “Best PR Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly from 2010-2017. We want to help you … Drive your sales. Communicate better. Hire well. For more information, please visit, visit AMM Communications’ website or call 314.485.9499.

Aug 31

NutritionHQ, St. Louis-Headquartered Premium Supplement and Vitamin Retailer, Plans Nationwide Expansion Fall 2017

St. Louis (August 31, 2017) –  NutritionHQ (NHQ), the premium supplement and vitamin retailer headquartered in St. Louis, announced today that its first retail store will open August 23 at 8:00 a.m., located at 9430 Manchester, Rock Hill, MO, 63119.

Founded in 2015, NHQ now has five locations, including the Rock Hill that serves as its flagship store. The retail outlets are in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Later this year, NHQ will announce plans with the introduction of its franchise program.

“We have long wanted a NHQ St. Louis retail location to further our brand, train our team, and provide a unique customer experience to every friend in The Lou,” said Ricky Hall, NutritionHQ founder and CEO.  “We are transforming 1,000 square feet of retail space into our flagship that will become the national model for all NHQ stores across the country.”

In 2016, NHQ exceeded $2,000,000 in revenue, which included its e-commerce business and retail operations. The company employs more than 25 team members. 

NHQ sources and sells only the highest quality products made from manufacturers that follow the FDA Good Manufacturing Products (GMP) regulations to help clients achieve their goals for weight loss, good health and sports nutrition.

“What distinguishes us from other supplement, vitamin and nutrition retailers is our commitment to sourcing and selecting the most reputable vendors in the industry who are manufacturing high-quality products that WORK!  NHQ Team Members listen, learn, educate and provide solutions to every client consistent with his or her goals.  To make it simple, its people and products that set us apart, and we are unparalleled in this industry,” said Jennah Purk-Hall, CPA, NutritionHQ CFO.

Hall and Purk-Hall, each of whom is a serial entrepreneur, selected the Rock Hill location to open their flagship store because it is a community they know well since they live, worship, workout and raise their family. Leveraging Hall’s industry expertise and Hall-Purk’s business and accounting expertise, they are a dynamic duo that cannot be stopped.   

Hall, who served in the Air Force, learned early in his career that strong physical conditioning leads to better decision making, stress management, and improved attitude. “Good physical health is an attainable goal. You don’t need to be a triathlete or performance weight lifter to achieve your physical goal. Our purpose is to help people make educated and informed decisions about how to use the best GMP supplements and vitamins available to achieve their fitness goals,” he said.

NHQ will sell its premium, private label brand, Legit Supplements, along with top-tier supplement and vitamin brands such as Rule1, NOW Nutrition, Magnum Nutrition, and many more.

Founded in 2015, NutritionHQ (NHQ), a St. Louis-based, veteran owned business, is the premium supplement and vitamin retailer that sources and sells only the highest-quality products online and at its retails locations in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. At NutritionHQ, our focus is about you, our customer, to provide the best supplements and vitamins for weight loss, general health and sports nutrition. To learn more, please visit, http://nhqrocks.com.

Aug 24

AMM Communications, LLC, Launches Executive Search Division to Expand Service Offerings

image of Ed MayugaAugust 23, 2017 (St. Louis) – AMM Communications LLC, a WBE-certified, St. Louis-based public relations, communications skills training and marketing firm, announced today that it has launched a new executive search division to help clients identify the best talent for their open management positions in sales, business development, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and administration.

Ed Mayuga, a partner at AMM Communications, has nearly 20 years of executive recruitment experience, and he will manage the new division while overseeing the talent acquisition process.

“Since 2008, we’ve helped multiple clients place A-players within their organizations as part of a strategic marketing plan. The demand is there, and it has become increasing difficult to recruit and retain top talent as the US economy has improved,” said Mayuga.

Mayuga uses a proprietary and customized search process that has a successful retention rate of more than 90 percent for new hires after the first year. In addition, what sets the AMM Communications executive search process apart from other search firms, is that the talent acquisition is guaranteed. If for some reason the new hire is not a fit for the position, AMM Communications will reopen the search free-of-charge.

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based strategic marketing communications, public relations, and talent acquisition firm, provides media relations, business development, crisis communications, content marketing, internal communications, communications skills training, digital marketing, reputation management, social media consulting, and executive search services for businesses nationwide. AMM Communications is WBE certified, and has been voted one of the “Best PR Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly from 2010-2017. We want to help you … Drive your sales. Communicate better. Hire well. For more information, please visit, http://ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.

Aug 24

Demo Alert: Big Bend and Clayton

40 South News reports that Richmond Heights is considering a plan to replace the building at Big Bend and Clayton with an urgent care facility.

The owner of one of the operating businesses in the occupied building is none to happy about it:

Jon Paul had several comments. He said he heard about the plan on Thursday last week.

“They’re taking away the nostalgic look of the town with all this building **** that they’re doing that looks like crap,” he said. “It’s a historical building and it could have been redone to where it would look phenomenal. The people who are doing it want to buy the building and tear it down and Richmond Heights is letting them do it. There’s nothing we can do.”

I couldn’t find any renderings or site plans on the Richmond Heights website. One has to go in person to Richmond Heights City Hall 8:30-5:00 M-F to see related documentation. Pretty pathetic transparency. I suppose such a small city just doesn’t have the capacity to inform citizens by putting such things online. Here is the meeting agenda for the Plan and Zoning Commission which will meet August 24th at 7 pm.

PUBLIC HEARING: PETITION 2017- 10: TAUC Properties LLC, Mark Harriman, Joe Godfrey, Dr. Matt Bruckel seeking Site Plan Review to permit the construction of an urgent care medical facility at 1005 S. Big Bend Blvd.

About Richard Bose

A nextSTL contributor since 2011, Richard is an Electrical Engineer by profession. He earned a BA in Physics and Economics and an MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis. Richard is a transplant from Central Illinois and has called St. Louis home since 1998. He is Vice President of St. Louis Strong. He can be found on Twitter @Stlunite and contacted at [email protected]

Aug 23

Rents Rose Fastest in Skinker DeBaliviere

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Great news? According to Zillow’s May 2017 Rental Market Overview, Skinker DeBaliviere has shown the largest increase of any St. Louis neighborhood in annual rents, a 12.9 percent gain. The only other neighborhoods where rents grew by more than 10 percent in the last year were Vandeventer (11.2 percent), and Tiffany (10.3). Notably, the increase in rents in our neighborhood was also higher than any town in the St. Louis Metro area, including towns in St. Charles County and Metro East in Illinois. People clearly want to live here, and we are on a roll. If you own rental properties in the neighborhood, this news might make you feel like breaking out the champagne. It also might give you some second thoughts about selling when you get those unsolicited letters from real estate operators asking to buy your home, as so many of us on my block seem to. If you own property in the neighborhood, then what’s not to like?

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Well, even if you like and will benefit from higher rents, don’t count your chickens. At the current rate of increase, if sustained, rents in our neighborhood would double in only six years, a highly unlikely course of events. All the areas seeing the highest growth in rents right now are also parts of town with significant ongoing rehab projects and/or new construction. But be advised that other parts of town with building/rehabbing booms in the last 10-20 years, Downtown and Downtown West, saw 8.1 percent rent declines last year, now that the party is over. Just because growth is predicted, doesn’t mean it will come, and when everyone is convinced it will happen, watch out and hold onto your wallet. I collect rent on the duplex I own, and I have my reasons to think rents will rise some more, but let’s not get crazy here…

Plus, if like me you are benefiting from higher rents, realize that you may be in a pretty rarified group at this point. The fact is that although many of the small, duplex rental properties in our neighborhood were once owned by people who occupied them or lived nearby in the neighborhood, large operators such as Manor and Roberts Realty now rent out a large portion of the small multi-family buildings in the area. There aren’t too many of us small duplex owners left, and this increase in rents is often going to owners and investors who live outside the neighborhood. That’s a bit different than the larger (4-20 apartment) properties, which have been generally owned by bigger companies for a long time, with Washington University (in the form of Quadrangle Management and Parallel Properties) and Laurel Management (owned and operated by Mark Gorman, a lifelong neighborhood resident), currently playing an outsize role among the large residential buildings in the neighborhood that haven’t been converted to condominiums.

As shown by a recent open letter in The Times of Skinker DeBaliviere and quite a lot of buzz about the issue within the neighborhood and on the Nextdoor website, the next frontier for investors (for the moment) looks to be single family homes, often rented out to students in the form of (illegal if to more than three unrelated occupants) rooming houses. Professionals running their property like a business will likely charge the most profitable rent they can, but less scrupulous owners might do that even at the expense of following city zoning rules and regulations. Meanwhile, many “mom and pop,” owners, charging more or less the same rents to the same tenants, year after year, may start to wonder if they’re doing things the wrong way, as everyone else starts to bring in much more from their tenants. Some might wonder if maybe it’s time to sell to a bigger investor, and there is a line of people waiting to buy (at a discount, at least).

That’s all the more true when renovating a rental property to contemporary standards is much, much harder for an individual operator, between financing, dealing with contractors, deciphering the applicable rules and regulations, forgoing rent for an indefinite period, and potentially relocating from their personal home. It’s more expensive—in time, money, and inevitable mistakes—for small fry landlords to provide souped-up apartments to prospective tenants than for larger operators. And what did I say about not counting your chickens? Few of us would want renovating our house, and a tenant’s apartment to boot, to be a literal “bet the farm” decision. All-or-nothing renovation tax incentives play a major, if complicated, role in this story. In any event, small, law-abiding landlords, and in particular owner-occupants, may be turning into an endangered species based on simple economics.

Outside this limited group of rental owners, who don’t necessarily all benefit in the same way and in the same proportion, this recent increase in rents has some pretty mixed effects. If you rent, you’re more likely to see an increase in your monthly bills, stretching your budget and perhaps making your current home unaffordable. That’s pretty awful. If you own but like your neighbors who rent, you may soon be saying goodbye to several of them, as we recently have on my block. Because of the high student population, turnover in this neighborhood is generally high in the best of circumstances, making for a generally transient population in this neighborhood. With increasing rents, expect that to get worse. Higher rents are not unrelated to higher real estate prices over all, and many front yard conversations have been had, I am sure, over our recent increase in tax bills. For owners who are financially strapped, this breeds all the same problems that renters have with affordability, and potentially a need to move to cheaper housing. And guess what? Even duplex owners charging “below market” rents can fall into that category.

On the other hand, when rents (and home prices, for that matter) go up, the market for investments is likely to respond. No one with profit in mind is going to spend $100,000 to fix up a property with an expectation they will only get $1,000 more a year in rent. Not when certificates of deposit still have a positive interest rate, anyway. When the number is more like $10,000 more rent each year for your $100,000 investment, that changes. Walk through the neighborhood on any week day, and on practically every block you will see plenty of painters, tuckpointers, plumbers and carpenters hard at work. Those investments in an improved housing stock will soon be reflected in a shinier, “nicer”-looking neighborhood… and in even higher rents.

Anyone who has owned a house for long enough in this neighborhood should be aware that maintaining a 100 year-old brick home in good working order can sometimes involve some expensive repairs. Some big-ticket items, like tuck pointing and a new roof, can be deferred here and there to save some money, but the cost of waiting too long can be catastrophic. Other systems that have worked fine for 100 years (like the cast iron sewer pipes under my home that we just replaced), are now at the end of their natural life spans, and need expensive, wholesale replacement when that happens. Environmental issues, like lead and asbestos contamination, are a ticking time bomb in most if not all of the properties in this neighborhood, requiring substantial money and expertise to properly abate, and even more money to eliminate entirely.

If rents are too low, there’s simply no incentive to spend the large amounts of money sometimes required to keep an old home running properly, or at least an incentive to slowly let a home deteriorate, treating it merely like a “cash cow.” Investments like repairs and renovations happen far more often when there is a return on that investment. Absent that, and a neighborhood can easily fall into complete disrepair, as has happened to too many once-beautiful neighborhoods in this city. A certain amount of rent is needed if you want area homes to sustain a certain amount of habitability. Higher rents are at best a mixed blessing, but we may have to take the bad with the good.

So why are rents going up? Simply put, we live in a neighborhood where the demand for rental housing has gone up, while supply has not. Supply may have even decreased, since some places that once were rented are now owner-occupied condominiums instead. And with little developable land and stronger restrictions on development than most of the St. Louis area, don’t expect that to change. It’s hard to imagine a fall in rents here, like the Downtown West neighborhood in 2017, when there is little room for the neighborhood to become over-built, like Downtown West was in 2005, when it seems every warehouse became an apartment building at the same time. But why is demand increasing here? Well, it’s easier to speculate than to know, but some of this seems pretty obvious to me. Many good landlords in this neighborhood (Parallel, Laurel, and Quadrangle I know from firsthand experience, but I’m sure they’re not the only ones), have been putting a lot of money into making their apartments great places to live. It’s no surprise that an apartment with an in-unit laundry, updated kitchen and bathroom, and central air conditioning will have more tenants ready to pay more for it than it did when the laundry was a basement coin-op and the air conditioner was a window unit or a fan. But again, keeping up with contemporary standards in a 100 year-old building can be no simple task, and smaller owners face unique challenges in keeping things equally up-to-date.

This is also a great neighborhood, with amenities like restaurants and clubs on the Loop that are particularly attractive to young people, an outsize proportion of renters. Recent additions to our nearby commercial area include a grocery store, a concert hall with first-rate acts, an Italian bakery, an all-night diner, and numerous other restaurants. Again, it’s not surprising to me that a place where you can walk to the park, yoga, cafes, at least four music venues, and now even a grocery store is more popular with tenants than before some of those amenities existed. I’d guess that some of these changes take a while to filter into the perceptions of outsiders who might choose to rent here, but word is spreading.

Wider trends also come into play. Nationally, a higher proportion of people rent right now than did 10 years ago, and that change is most pronounced among younger age groups, who comprised most renters even before this change. And you need only look at data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey to know that Saint Louis City today, particularly among those ages 25-45, has substantially higher median income and education levels than it did 10 or even 3 years ago. Young renters with college degrees and money are either moving to the city or not moving away (also a national trend), with predictable effects on rent.

I also have my own pet theory about why rents have risen more here than other neighborhoods. It’s Washington University, its students, and the parents who often pay their rent. Wash U. subsidizes home purchases by its employees in our neighborhood, and recently raised their limit on downpayment assistance from 5 percent of the purchase price up to 120,000 dollars, to 170,000, or 8,500 dollars, forgivable over five years. This subsidy tends to put a distinct floor under the home prices in Skinker-DeBaliviere. For instance, when I sold my home in the Grove, with the same subsidy, it went for just shy of 170,000 to a Wash U. family. This subsidy to home prices probably has some effect on rents too. As mentioned, Wash U. has also funded major upgrades, at least indirectly, to our housing stock through Parallel and Quadrangle, which are owned by its endowment.

It also seems to me that Wash U. has substantially changed the perception among its students, intentionally or not, concerning which areas near campus are “good” and safe for them to rent, with our neighborhood a major beneficiary of this change in attitudes. I don’t know, for instance, if it has done the same for the Clayton-Demun neighborhood on the South side of campus, or for the many apartments buildings on Pershing and Forsyth to its West, but here on its North side Wash U. funds blue light security phones, mobile security patrols down our streets, and even free private transportation home for its students. I would expect that for many student-tenants, particularly from suburban areas, these factors may all come into play when convincing a parent to co-sign a lease in this neighborhood.

The fact of neighborhood security is of benefit to all of us who live in the neighborhood, as well as to Wash U. and its students; but the perception of neighborhood security among those outside the neighborhood is of most benefit to local landlords, and anyone selling a home and moving away. So if you’d like lower rent, and live in Skinker DeBaliviere, maybe start by telling everyone you can how you live in a free-fire zone! Otherwise, it seems to me that most of the factors driving higher rents in this neighborhood are unlikely to change too soon.

Aug 18

Demo Alert: Wabash Signal Tower

I’ve passed the Wabash signal tower on Sarah on Metrolink many times and figured it would make a cute cafe, donut shop, pub, who knows, once the area came to life. Sadly we will never know. As part of the new station under construction a block away, it is being razed. Given there is already room for a third track, it’s a mystery to me why it’s going. This is the kind of fine-grained development that creates place desperately needed in the suburban-office-park-that-happens-to-be-on-an-orthoganol-grid rising around it. Perhaps tearing down the city will work this time.

About Richard Bose

A nextSTL contributor since 2011, Richard is an Electrical Engineer by profession. He earned a BA in Physics and Economics and an MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis. Richard is a transplant from Central Illinois and has called St. Louis home since 1998. He is Vice President of St. Louis Strong. He can be found on Twitter @Stlunite and contacted at [email protected]

Aug 16

Everly in the Loop Photo Tour

Move-ins commenced August 15 at the Everly in the Loop, a partnership between Clayco, CRG, and Koman Group, while workers put the finishing touches on the 14-story apartment building. It’ beings marketed to students, being leased by the bedroom, each with its own bathroom, and amenities and services geared towards them. Background

The apartments, with a total of 428 bedrooms, are 80% leased. The building meets the government-mandated one space per dwelling unit regulation. So far lessees have brought about 85 cars. There are also 100 spaces for bicycles. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of them.

The sidewalk is open. Hope trees are coming soon.

Lobby

The mail room features automated package storage. A recipient will receive a text/email whenever a package arrives.

There are four study rooms.

Lounge

Gym

Video screen.

The pool is 8″ deep.

Kitchen

Living room

Bedroom

Bathroom

Garage

They are in talks with someone on leasing the entire commercial space.

Glazed Brick.

Marketing flyer

About Richard Bose

A nextSTL contributor since 2011, Richard is an Electrical Engineer by profession. He earned a BA in Physics and Economics and an MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis. Richard is a transplant from Central Illinois and has called St. Louis home since 1998. He is Vice President of St. Louis Strong. He can be found on Twitter @Stlunite and contacted at [email protected]

Aug 10

Purk & Associates Selected as one of Accounting Today’s “2017 Best Accounting Firms to Work For”

August 9, 2017 (St. Louis) – Purk & Associates, the leading St. Louis-based accounting and business consulting firm, was recently named as one of Accounting Today’s “2017 Best Accounting Firms to Work For.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that Purk & Associates has been selected for this prestigious award, and the firm is only one of two St. Louis- based accounting firms to receive this recognition.

“What an incredible honor to receive this recognition for four consecutive years,” said Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates president. “We have an amazing and talented team that has helped build an amazing culture where we learn and support one another, and serve our clients well to guide them to financial success.”

Since its founding in June 2009, Purk & Associates has achieved significant financial growth, attracted and retained leading talent, and has been recognized by business groups and industry organizations for company awards and recognition of individual employees.

Purk & Associates has doubled the number of full-time professionals since its founding and doubling revenue during the past several years. Within the past six years, Purk & Associates has been recognized by the business community and accounting industry as one of the country’s leading accounting firms. The firm has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 | 5000 list in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Purk & Associates has been selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as the recipient for its “Best Places to Work” in 2010 and 2015, and a finalist in 2012 and 2014.

To review the list of the “2017 Best Accounting Firms to Work For,” please visit the Accounting Today article about the list of 2017 recipients.

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 100 companies. Accounting Today partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.

To be considered for participation, companies had to meet the following eligibility requirements: must be a public accounting firm in the U.S.; have a minimum of 15 employees working in the United States; and must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work For.” The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking.

Founded in 2009 with headquarters in St. Louis, Purk & Associates, P.C., is a nationally recognized and award winning, independently owned accounting and management advisory firm that delivers a full range of tax, accounting, audit and consulting services. At Purk & Associates, our focus is to help our clients achieve more financial and business success. To learn more, please visit http://purkpc.com.

Jul 24

Orlando’s Event Centers, Catering & Special Events Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Orlando’s Event Centers, Catering & Special Events is a third-generation, St. Louis family-owned business that has been involved with thousands of private and corporate events since 1967.
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St. Louis (July 18, 2017) – Orlando’s Event Centers, Catering & Special Events, a St. Louis-based, third-generation family owned business, celebrates its 50th anniversary in July.

Founded in 1967 by husband and wife team, Sam Orlando, Sr., and Jan Orlando, they started as a catering company focused on serving the best St. Louis barbeque. During the past five decades, Orlando’s has been involved with tens of thousands of events and parties ranging from weddings and anniversaries to catering, planning and hosting some of the biggest not-for-profit fund raisers and corporate events in the St. Louis area. The business has expanded into all areas of the hospitality industry, including:

  • Catering:  Orlando’s is on the preferred caterers list at Louis’ most prestigious, unique venues and offers the latest culinary trends for private and corporate events.  High quality, locally sourced and uniquely presented food is their highest priority.  With events as small as 10 and as large as 10,000, Orlando’s offers catering for all occasions.
  • Event space: Orlando’s has three unique spaces for private, corporate and not-for-profits events located in South County, at 4300 Hoffmeister Avenue; Maryland Heights, located at 2050 Dorsett Village; and The Lodge at Grant’s Trail, a bed and breakfast, located at 4398 Hoffmeister Avenue. Orlando’s has a variety of spaces that will accommodate groups of 50 to 1,000 guests from the intimate outdoor patio at The Lodge to the multipurpose ball room at the South County event space.
  • Event Planning: Orlando’s has a team of event professionals to help plan and guide clients when planning an event to make the most of any size budget.
  • Lodging: The Lodge at Grant’s Trail is a unique bed and breakfast experience for guests who want rustic and luxurious experiences.

“Orlando’s is a family business from all aspects. Throughout the last 50 years, Orlando’s has employed thousands of team members, and today we have employees whose grandparents and parents worked for us. My brother Sam, Jr., and I have grown up with many of our employees, said Mike Orlando, Orlando’s Vice President.

“My son Scott is the third Orlando generation to learn the business from the ground up, and he and my daughter Jordan are eager to continue the legacy,” added Mike Orlando.

In 1999, the Orlando Family Foundation for Charities was founded as a 60th birthday present for Sam Orlando, Sr., for his community service, volunteerism and charitable gifts. Since the Foundation was formed, more than $1 million dollars have been awarded to local not-for-profits with an annual gala with the selected charitable partners participating. The Orlando Family Foundation for Charities Gala is January 27, 2018. For more information, please visit www.orlandofamilyfoundation.org.

“We have been part of the St. Louis community for decades, and have grown and expanded to keep up with the changing taste of our clients. Our success is dependent on the fine talent of our team members, ensuring that our clients have memorable experiences, and keeping true to our St. Louis roots,” said Sam Orlando, Jr., Orlando’s Vice President.

Since 1967, Orlando’s Event Centers, Catering & Special, a St. Louis-based, third-generation, family owned business, has been providing outstanding and unique catering, wedding and event planning services for private, corporate and not-for-profit events in St. Louis city, St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties, and Metro East communities. To learn more, visit, http://orlandogardens.com.

Jul 12

AMM Communications, LLC, Voted One of Best 2017 St. Louis Public Relations Firms by Small Business Monthly for Eighth Consecutive Year

image of Ed MayugaJuly 11, 2017 (St. Louis) – AMM Communications LLC, a St. Louis-based strategic communication and marketing communication firm, focused on public relations, business development, internal communications, content marketing, crisis communications, reputation management, talent recruitment, executive communication skills training, and social media consulting, was selected as one of the “Best 2017 Public Relations Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly readers.

The firm has made the list of Small Business Monthly’s Top Public Relations firms for eight consecutive years from 2010-17.

The list of the top public relations is published in the July 2017 Small Business Monthly. To view the list of the best public relations firms, please click here.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications partner. “We want to thank our clients and the readers of Small Business Monthly for selecting us as one of the top public relations firms in St. Louis. To be included with this group of St. Louis firms demonstrates the level of marketing and public relations talent in the St. Louis region.”

Since its founding in 2008, AMM Communications has served the leading companies in their industry sectors providing them with support ranging from media relations and crisis communications to content marketing, and executive communications skills training, and talent recruitment.  The company, co-founded by Ed and Ann Marie Mayuga, focuses on financial institutions, professional services firms, manufacturing and distribution companies, healthcare, technology start-ups, government entities and not-for-profits throughout the region and nationwide.

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based strategic marketing communications, public relations, and talent acquisition firm, provides media relations, business development, crisis communications, content marketing, internal communications, communications skills training, digital marketing, reputation management, social media consulting, and recruitment services for businesses nationwide. The firm is WBE certified and has been voted one of the “Best PR Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly from 2010-2017. “Drive your sales. Communicate better. Hire well.” For more information, please visit, http://ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.