Archive for January, 2010

M. H. West & Co., Inc., Attends January 8, 2010 Retail Merchants Association First Forum Breakfast Meeting at the Westin

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Is Your Message Reaching Everyone?M. H. West & Co., Inc.’s Marilyn West and Joe Armstrong attended the Retail Merchants Association’s First Forum Series.  The focus was PR for Small Business and featured a Panel of Professionals who offered Tips on Getting the Word Out About Your Business .  Held at the Westin Richmond, the meeting was well attended with standing room only.  Participating were Lisa Schaffner, the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for UNOS, who served as moderator of the panel of other professionals who included: Greg Gillian of the Richmond Times Dispatch, Aaron Kremer of, Bernard Niemeier of Virginia Business Magazine, Sean Ryan of Hobbs & Associates and Phaedra Hise a freelance writer who formerly wrote for Inc. Magazine. The panelists offered their perspectives on approaches and strategies for grabbing the attention of the editors and writers of daily and monthly newspapers and other publications, distinguishing between news and PR.  Takeaways for Joe, who counts marketing among his responsibilities at WEST, include building relationships with your local media, designing compelling stories and limiting the outlets receiving the  material.  Finally, Joe found the diversity in talent of the panelists added to the quality of the program.

McDonnell Becomes the Commonwealth’s 71st Governor on January 16th

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Virginia State CapitolM. H. West & Co., Inc. hopes to participate in at least one of the events to be held in conjunction with the inauguration of the 71st Governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell. Obtaining tickets is a challenge. Among the many activities is the Swearing-In Ceremony which will occur at noon on Saturday, January 16th and the First Lady’s Luncheon which takes place the next day at the Omni Richmond Hotel. Other inaugural events taking place in Richmond include: The Benefactors’ Gala (Friday, January 15), the Prayer Breakfast (Saturday, January 16), the Inaugural Parade (Immediately following the Swearing-In Ceremony), the Inaugural Ball (Saturday, January 16) and the Governor’s Mansion Open house (Sunday, January 17).

M. H. West & Co., Inc. Associates Do the Zumba

Friday, January 15th, 2010

NAWBO - RichmondM. H. West & Co., Inc. associates Marilyn West, Meaghan West and Erica Cage attended the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) January meeting at the Willow Oaks Country Club on January 12th. The theme of the meeting was “New Year, New You!” and it featured a presentation by Dr. Joe Niamtu on defying facial aging. He addressed both surgical and non-surgical methods options on keeping a healthy looking face. Next Paula Altman conducted a Zumba class at the meeting. Zumba is an intense dance-aerobics workout that is becoming more and more popular with fitness instructors. All three associates claimed to have participated in the Zumba class. Unfortunately, there is no photographic evidence to back this up!

Marilyn, Meaghan and Erica each enjoyed NAWBO’s meeting and thought it was a postive start to the year.

32nd Annual Community Leaders’ Breakfast Honoring Martin Luther King

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Community Leaders Breakfast Honoring Dr. Martin Luther KingM. H. West & Co., Inc. was a table sponsor for the  32nd Annual Community Leaders’ Breakfast Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Luther King, Jr. on January 15th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. WEST associates Marilyn West, Ned Conway, Eugene Sampey, Meaghan West, Julian House, Erica Cage and Joe Armstrong all enjoyed the program. Virginia Union University has sponsored this event since its inception. This year Virginia Union University President Dr. Claude G. Perkins was the host.

The keynote speaker was Louis Sullivan, M.D. who gave an interesting speech on the need for more diversity among health professionals. Other speakers included: Governor Tim Kaine (on his last day in office), Mayor Dwight Jones, Senior Vice President at Dominion, Robert Blue and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Virginia Union, Dr. Frank Royal. The Virginia Union Singers did a great job of performing musical selections throughout the event.

It was interesting to hear from the many speakers how the words, ideals and actions of Dr. King influenced their lives and inspired them to make the world a better place. It was inspiring that Dr. King used innovative methods (at the time) to achieve his goals which were the timeless principles of equality and dignity.

Please see this link for more information on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Relief Crews Struggle to Reach Haiti Earthquake Victims

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Haiti Earthquake

Aid officials struggled Friday to rush rescue equipment, food and medical assistance to Haiti, but they faced enormous logistical hurdles as they sought to rescue, feed and treat tens of thousands of trapped or injured Haitians three days after a devastating earthquake.

Food distribution is going “very badly,” said Benoit Thiry, deputy country director of the World Food Program.

A day earlier, his agency had been able to distribute high-energy biscuits to only 1,700 people in Port-au-Prince, a city of 2 million. The group was aiming to reach more than 10,000 people Friday. Read the Entire Article

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