Jun 01

Purk & Associates, P.C., Celebrates Ninth Anniversary

Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates President

Purk & Associates, P.C., the leading, independently owned St. Louis-based accounting and management advisory firm, celebrates its ninth anniversary June 1.

“Looking back at the past nine years, it is humbling to see how Purk & Associates has grown. We want to thank our clients for the opportunity to serve them and grow with them. I want to thank our team members because they are the ones who helped make our company a thriving, engaging workplace where we support one another and celebrate one another’s success,” said Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates president and co-founding shareholder.

Since its founding in June 2009, Purk & Associates has achieved significant financial growth, attracted and retained leading talent, and has been recognized nationally as one of the best accounting firms to work for in the country.

Purk & Associates was named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Companies from 2014 – 2016, and was selected by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For” from 2014 – 17. Purk & Associates was selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as the recipient of the 2010 and 2016 “Best Places to Work,” and selected as a Top 5 finalists in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The firm was voted by the Small Business Monthly readers as one of the “Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis” from 2010 – 2018.

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 you achieve more financial and business success. To learn more, please visit www.purkpc.com.

Jun 01

AMM Communications Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

image of Ann Marie Mayuga

Ann Marie Mayuga is AMM Communications co-founder and principal

AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based digital marketing, public relations, and talent acquisition firm, celebrated its tenth anniversary June 1.

Founded in 2008 by Ed and Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications works with businesses nationwide and internationally in the financial services, professional services, technology, health care industries, and not-for-profits.

“We want to thank our clients, family and friends for their support for the past ten years. We are excited about the future of digital marketing and public relations, helping our clients’ businesses grow, and giving back to the St. Louis community,” said Ann Mayuga Mayuga, AMM Communications co-founder and partner.

Founded in 2008 by Ann Marie and Ed Mayuga, AMM Communications, a PR and digital agency, serves clients throughout the St. Louis region and nationwide. The firm has evolved from its initial offerings of public relations and social media consulting to evolving into one of the only digital public relations firms in St. Louis using the Paid Earned Social Owned (PESO) model when working with clients. The PESO model was created by Gini Dietrich, PR-thought leader and founder of the influential blog, Spinsucks.

“It is hard to summarize lessons learned in the past 10 years evolving as a digital marketing and PR firm, and as an entrepreneur,” said Mayuga. “The best lessons we’ve learned is that the time goes buy fast so understand we need to always learn and push ourselves to be the best for clients, family, friends and our community. Our goal from day one is to continue to help our clients tell their stories well to help their businesses grow and thrive.”

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. Also, the firm was selected by Small Business Monthly as one of its “2017 Future 50” companies, an award recognizing privately held companies that are key economic indicators for regional business growth.

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based PR and digital agency, and talent acquisition firm, provides media relations, digital public relation, 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.

May 31

Purk & Associates Welcomes Lisa Pearson as an Associate

Lisa Pearson, associate at Purk & Associates

Lisa Pearson, associate at Purk & Associates

Purk & Associates, the award-winning, nationally recognized accounting and management consulting firm, announced today that Lisa Pearson joined as an Associate in the Controllership department.

In her new role, Pearson will provide QuickBooks consulting and training services for small business owners, entrepreneurs and professional service firms. She will also provide clients with onsite bookkeeping and payroll tax returns.

Pearson is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, who has received annual certification in QuickBooks every year since 2003, including Desktop, Enterprise, and Point of Sale versions.

Prior to joining Purk & Associates, Pearson founded and managed a successful bookkeeping and QuickBooks consulting business, “Lisa’s Bookkeeping & Office Training,” which she started in 2002 and recently sold. She built the business to more than 650 active clients in multiple industries.

“We’re excited to have Lisa join our team. She is a rare combination of a top-notch professional who is well experienced and knowledgeable about QuickBooks, and she is a successful entrepreneur who understands a large part of our client base,” said Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates President and Co-Founding Shareholder.

Pearson was also an adjunct instructor in QuickBooks at Ozarks Technical Community College / Center for Workforce Development from 2009 until earlier this year.

“I’m thrilled to be the newest team member to join Purk & Associates. The entrepreneurial culture, opportunities to serve clients, and the quality of each team member is what immediately caught my attention about this unique firm,” said Pearson.

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.

May 05

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Hosts June 5 Diversity Summer Kick Off

Event Held for 2018 Summer Interns, Volunteers, and Members to Network

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, will host its annual Diversity Summer Kick Off event Tues., June 5, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Anheuser Busch Visitors Center located at 1200 Lynch Street, St. Louis, MO, 63118.

The purpose of the event is for 2018 ACC Summer interns, the intern host companies and mentors, as well as ACC STL’s 2018 Street Law Volunteers (Street Law is an annual event that teaches young people about the practice of law beyond the common court room appearance), to mingle with current members, learn about upcoming Chapter events, and discuss with law students the benefits and opportunities available with an in-house counsel career path.

Partnering with the ACC STL to host the event is Thompson Coburn, LLP, a current gold-level sponsor of the St. Louis Chapter.

“One of the ACC STL value propositions is to promote diversity and inclusion among our members, the companies our members represent, and within the legal community. ACC STL members represent corporations in a wide variety of industries with a global reach, and part of our commitment to our membership is to offer programming to network, educate and have fun,” said Toni Douaihy, 2018 ACC STL President, and Macy’s Vice President and Assistant General Counsel.

 

About the ACC STL:

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 550 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 30-year-history, the ACC STL has grown to become one of the leading chapters in the country by its national association having been selected as “Chapter of the Year” three times with the most recent award in 2017.  To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

 

May 02

The Business Bank of St. Louis Voted One of the “Best St. Louis Banks in 2018” by Small Business Monthly Readers

Business Bank of St. LouisThe Business Bank of St. Louis (BBSTL) was voted one of the “Best St. Louis Banks in 2018” by the readers of Small Business Monthly.

“To be voted one of the best St. Louis banks by the readers of Small Business Monthly is a real compliment to The Business Bank. Our team of professionals constantly look at ways to go above and beyond to make sure that our clients experience the best possible service and attention to help them achieve personal and professional success,” said Larry Kirby, President & CEO.

BBSTL was voted one of the “Best St. Louis Banks” by the readers of Small Business Monthly in 2015 and 2017.

During the past several years, three of the Company’s bankers have been recognized by the publication for being local industry leaders. The BBSTL associates include:

  • Jeremy Shore, Vice President – SBA Lending, was selected as one of the “2017 Top St. Louis Lenders.”
  • Kelly Bender, Vice President – Commercial Lending, was selected as one of “2017 Best Bankers in St. Louis.”
  • Rodney Malone, Vice President – Private Banking, was selected as one of “2016 Top St. Louis Employees.”

To review the list of the “Best St. Louis Banks in 2018,” please click here.

For more than 15 years, The Business Bank of St. Louis has provided a full-service banking facility in the heart of the Clayton business district located at 8000 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, MO, 63105. The mission of the Bank and the primary focus of the team members is to be the leading financial partner for St. Louis’ business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals who need customized solutions to guide them toward financial success. For more information, visit http://bbstl.com.

May 01

Purk & Associates, P.C., Selected as One of Small Business Monthly’s “2018 Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis”

Purk & Associates, P.C., the leading, independently owned St. Louis-based accounting and management advisory firm, was recently voted as one of the “2018 Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis” by readers of Small Business Monthly in the May issue.

“We are thrilled to be  voted by the Small Business Monthly readers as one of the best accounting firms in St. Louis. Our success is tied directly to the success of our clients,” said Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates CEO & Founding Shareholder.

This year, Purk & Associates has been voted by the readers of Small Business Monthly as one of the “Best in Quality,” in January; “Best in Customer Service,” in February; and one of its team members, T.J. Hoeferlin, Director of Assurance, was selected as one of the publication’s “Top 100 St. Louisans to Know in Business.”

This award-winning firm has been voted one of the “Top Accounting Firms to Work For” by Accounting Today, selected as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the St. Louis Business Journal, and made the Inc. Magazine’s 500 | 5000 list.

To view the Small Business Monthly list of 2018 Top Accounting Firms, click here.

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 www.purkpc.com.

Apr 09

Jeremy Shore, The Business Bank of St. Louis Vice President of SBA Lending, Selected as Small Business Monthly “2018 Top 100 St. Louisans to Know”

Jeremy Shore, Vice President of SBA Lending at The Business Bank of St. Louis (BBSTL)

Jeremy Shore, Vice President of SBA Lending at The Business Bank of St. Louis (BBSTL)

Jeremy Shore, Vice President of SBA Lending at The Business Bank of St. Louis (BBSTL), was selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s “2018 Top 100 St Louisans to Know.”

Shore, who joined BBSTL 2016, works with a variety of entrepreneurs and business owners to provide flexible and creative financing solutions. He is also experienced helping clients with business acquisition financing, debt restructuring and partner buyouts. In 2017, Shore was selected as one of the “Top STL Lenders” by Small Business Monthly.

“I am honored to be named one of the Top 100 St. Louisans to Know. When I started my banking career more than 10 years ago, I gravitated toward SBA lending because I enjoy working with and providing solutions for entrepreneurs and business owners,” said Shore.

Shore received a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in finance and minor in marketing from Saint Louis University. He is an active member of the Chaminade College Prep Alumni Board and the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates. He is also involved with Habitat for Humanity Young Friends.

To read Shore’s profile along with the other recipients of Small Business Monthly’s “2018 Top 100 St. Louisans to Know,” please click on the following link, https://bit.ly/2GNhSvD.

For more than 15 years, The Business Bank of St. Louis has provided a full-service banking facility in the heart of the Clayton business district located at 8000 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, MO, 63105. The mission of the Bank and the primary focus of the team members is to be the leading financial partner for St. Louis’ business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals who need customized solutions to guide them toward financial success. For more information, visit http://bbstl.com.

Apr 05

T.J. Hoeferlin, Purk & Associates Director of Assurance, Selected as One of Small Business Monthly’s “2018 Top 100 St. Louisans to Know”

T.J. Hoeferlin, Director of Assurance for Purk & Associates, P.C.

T.J. Hoeferlin, CPA, Purk & Associates Director of Assurance, was selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s “2018 Top 100 St. Louisans to Know.”

Hoeferlin, who joined Purk & Associates in 2016, is responsible for all assurance related services including audits, reviews, compilations, and agreed upon procedures. He oversees and manages a wide variety of areas ranging from engagement management and client service to research and implementation of new accounting and auditing standards.

“I am honored to be selected as one of the ‘Top 100 St. Louisans to Know.’ St. Louis has a strong and growing entrepreneurial community, and I continue to be amazed by the level of talent and drive of the business owners and entrepreneurs I meet each day,” said Hoeferlin.

Hoeferlin earned a bachelor of science in accounting from Truman State University, and received a master of business administration from Washington University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Hoeferlin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

To read Hoeferlin’s profile and the profiles of the recipients of the “2018 Top 100 St. Louisans to Know,” please click here.

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 www.purkpc.com.

Mar 30

TEXTiUM Launches Precision Texting Product for Direct Mail Industry for a Personalized Consumer Experience

TEXTiUM CEO and founder, Craig Schmitz

TEXTiUM, a St. Louis-based tech company providing a precision texting platform for direct mail advertisers, announced today the launch of its patent pending product prior to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) conference held March 22-25 in Las Vegas, where it will be formally introduced to users.

Craig Schmitz, TEXTiUM CEO and founder, said, “TEXTiUM is the optimal lead generating platform for the direct marketing industry. The technology allows the consumer to immediately respond to a direct mail offer through their phone, provides an instant personalized response to the consumer directly to their smartphone, collects their mobile phone number and instantly delivers the information to the advertiser in the form of a real-time quality lead.”

Why TEXTiUM Was Founded

Schmitz, a serial entrepreneur and current stakeholder with William Craig Diversified Holdings, a St. Louis-based venture capital firm that supports funding for start-ups, said that he used direct mail campaigns with the previous businesses he owned. The challenge Schmitz experienced with direct mail was that it was not as effective because the results for qualified leads could not be measured accurately.

Now that the preferred device to receive information is a mobile phone, Schmitz saw an opportunity to combine a direct mail piece with a personalized text response to the consumer. He knew that integrating a direct mail campaign with a personalized text would create a better process to respond instantly to consumer interest while at the same time capturing information for follow-up by the advertiser.

TEXTiUM can be used for any direct mail campaign by any business in any industry. Applicable industries include automotive, real estate, mortgage lending, banking, financial services, insurance, education, professional service providers, health care and not-for-profit organizations.

TEXTiUM does not design, print or sell direct mail. The technology is to be used and integrated with direct marketing campaigns.

How TEXTiUM Works

Advertisers target specific customers with a unique offer or message using a direct mail piece. When the consumer uses a text to respond to the direct mail offer, they receive a personalized reply created specifically for them. As the consumer responds, TEXTiUM acquires their mobile phone number that is combined with other pertinent data and instantly forwarded to the advertiser as a qualified lead.

“Grabbing a person’s attention isn’t as simple as mailing a postcard. When direct mail arrives, the recipient must at least touch it – if only for a moment before recycling it – but if you’ve crafted a targeted, meaningful and personalized message—with a convenient response mechanism—it will get opened, and action is more likely to be taken immediately. TEXTiUM technology will help grab the attention of consumers and connect them with responsive and innovative advertisers,” added Schmitz.

 

Contact:

Craig Schmitz, CEO and Founder, TEXTiUM 314.565.4148; craig@craigschmitz.com

Ann Marie Mayuga, Partner, AMM Communications 314.485.9499, annmarie@ammcommunications.com @stlpr

 

About TEXTiUM:

Founded in 2017, TEXTiUM is a pioneer for integrating the most modern texting technology with traditional direct mail advertising. TEXTiUM is the only product available that gathers rich, empirical data for direct marketers to offer targeted, cost-effective, campaigns. Its proprietary technology conveys unique offerings and information to consumers while acquiring the mobile phone number that is immediately shared with the advertiser in the form of a high quality lead. To learn more, please visit https://TEXTiUM.com, or call, 1.833.TEXTiUM.

Mar 27

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Wins Pivotal Case Against Local School District

Luz Maria Henriquez, Lead LSEM Attorney

In one of the first cases of its kind in Missouri, the St. Louis City 22nd Judicial Circuit has approved a settlement with a cash award for a parent when the school district failed to follow the required procedures for suspending a child and for failing to provide an adequate, alternative form of education.  The settlement also provides for the district to change its policies and practices for students similarly disciplined.  The student in the case, a child of color, was put out of school for 125 school days his freshman year and earned zero credits that year.  This action was taken without affording the child his basic due process rights.   

“This case is part of an initiative to ensure that all children receive access to an ‘adequate and quality education’ required by the Missouri Constitution,” stated Luz María Henríquez, lead attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri who represented the family and student.

“Schools are supposed to be treasures in our communities, the places that exemplify the equality of opportunity promised by our Constitution. Instead, research proves that Missouri students of color are treated differently than white students,” continued Ms. Henriquez. 

According to a recent ACLU report, suspended students are less likely to graduate and more likely to be suspended, repeat a grade, or drop out and become involved in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. Students who are forced out of school because of suspensions or expulsions are 10 times more likely to drop out, which increases their likelihood of incarceration.

To help address these inequities and break the school-to-prison pipeline, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri sponsors the Education Justice Program that addresses the root causes of education inequity by representing clients, filing formal complaints with the Office of Civil Rights and providing community workshops for families and stakeholders.

The Court-approved settlement agreement also requires the school district to change policies and procedures for students who are disciplined by being placed in a Virtual Learning Program but not allowed to access that program from school.  The school district must closely monitor these students’ progress and to provide additional opportunities to appeal this form of discipline.

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About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has served more than 1 million families since 1956. Legal Services has four offices in St. Louis, Clayton, Hannibal and Union serving 21 counties in eastern Missouri.