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What to do on Veteran’s Day Webinar

Hello everyone, AJ Gamble from WrightGamble Communications is encouraging you to join him on his quick 10-minute guide on what to do in the Pensacola, Florida area this Veteran’s Day. Because of his work on the Military Affairs Committee for Pensacola, he has great insight as to all of the great happenings going on this holiday. He has taken the hard work and research out of figuring out what to hit and what to miss and will share his top 5 things to do with your veteran on their special day starting out with the Veteran’s Day Parade. Also, there will be a guest speaker to talk about a new program for veterans in the Pensacola area that you can read more about here.

 

Making Your Veteran Feel Special: Top 5 Things to do This Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is just around the corner and this is a day that is set aside to thank those who have served this country and protected it so that we can maintain our way of life. As a way of saying thanks, people often have celebrations, and this particular holiday will be no different.

Because the panhandle of Florida is home to the most veterans per capita, there will be hundreds of event that will be going on, and in the Pensacola area, nearly 60 events. Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., or 1830 for our military folks. We have done the grunt work for you and will be hosting a webinar listing our top 5 events for veterans this upcoming Veteran’s Day.

We look forward to you joining us for this quick 10-minute webinar where we will list the top 5 Veteran Day events that will encompass festivities, food, fun, fame, and friends.

Here is the link to the webinar flyer.

If you have any questions, have an event or know of an event that you would like to be added for consideration please contact us here.

Keep the Pulse

The Good

As Public IMG_7841Relations professionals, our world revolves around giving out information for people to respond to or responding to information that we receive from people. Knowing what the people want and how they will react is imperative to our business. With LinkedIn’s mobile application Pulse, you can stay on top of what is trending or informative news article based on what is important to you. Pulse can be integrated with your existing LinkedIn profile so that you can have access to articles or groups that you already have set up on your LinkedIn profile. You can also add articles published by companies or people to your feed. The app will also alert you when there is breaking industry news or an article is published by someone in your network. If you are a Metroer, frequent flier, or just someone who is constantly in an area with spotty cell or Wi-Fi coverage, this is the app for you. Pulse has a bookmark feature that allows you to save articles for offline reading. Pulse is minimalistic designed app that is very easy to use on my iPod.

Pulse App

The Bad

The app Pulse uses an algorithm to determine what articles should show up at the top of your feed instead of chronological order. I prefer to decide which articles are important to me, not have something tell me what is important. This app also will not allow you to post your own articles from the app. In order to post articles, you must use a computer and log into LinkedIn. The app does give you the option to share, however, it only allows the user to share on the LinkedIn platform alone and no other forms of social media.

The Super

The dream mobile PR app would be a compilation of Outbrain, Hootsuite, and Twitter. This app would allow you to create content, schedule times for it to post, get real-time feedback and instant access to your followers and those who you follow. This app would let you share content across any social media platform. You would be able to use the app offline and allow your work to be saved as a draft until you are in an area where you can wirelessly transmit information.

How a Mobile App Can Provide Federal Legislative Transparency to the Common Man.

While working for the Legislative branch of the federal government, I have noticed that there is a huge knowledge gap on what is actually in federal legislation that your elected representative is or is not voting for. What if there was an app that was developed for each member of Congress that would provide the actual proposed bill and a brief of the bill that their constituents would be able to access on their mobile app anytime day or night?  The end user/constituent could input their home address that would be corroborated with a location based service built into the app and would know with that information what Congressional members to assign to the constituent. The app would provide the constituent access to non-classified legislation and the ability to provide comments that would go directly to their Congressional member’s office so that they would be able to voice their opinion of the legislation. The app could also send notifications to the constituent’s mobile device, alerting them of new legislation based on preset keyword or geographical information that the constituent would set up. This app would also display the voting record of their member. Having instant access to legislation would help bridge the information and transparency gap that is affecting constituents that are undereducated about legislation and the member of Congress elected to represent their interest.

To advertise this new platform, I would use social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram to engage the younger population and create video news releases for older constituents. I would target them in these areas because these are the mediums where they go to gain information. I would also include that if they need assistance downloading and working the app, that they could go to their local library or their congressional member’s office for assistance. I would choose these areas to assist constituents because they operate using federal funds and are typically in close proximity to the constituents. There would also be a tutorial on YouTube with hyperlinks on Legislative websites and Congressional members’ websites.

Wright Gamble Communications Wants to Help You

Every person has a story. Every product has a story. It is extremely important to make sure that not only is your story told, but that your story is communicated in a way that accurately portrays your desired perception. 15 years ago it took days to reach opposite ends of the Earth with your message. Today, in 2016, with the help of the internet and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram that same global reach is accomplished instantaneously with the press of a button.

Hi, I’m AJ Gamble of Wright Gamble Communications, a full-service Public Relations, Crisis Management, and Image Consulting firm, that is dedicated to working with you to accurately convey your message through strategic networking, social media engagement, public appearances, speeches, and press releases. We also focus on making sure that your brand presents one cohesive image by providing necessary tools like public speaking training, crisis aversion procedures, interviewing techniques, and fashion education.

With an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and currently completing a master’s degree in Public Relations, I have professionally worked with numerous local elected officials, state elected officials, federal agencies, and members of Congress. My portfolio also spans 14 years of experience in the entertainment industry and the telecommunication industry.

If I or a member of our team can help put you back in control of your story, please contact us at info@wrightgamble.com.

Congressman Jeff Miller: Statesman Not Politician

Sitting behind his desk in his office lined with accolades and accomplishments from the last decade and a half, Congressman Jeff Miller takes time to absorb his achieve

Congressman Miller and Governor Bush in Pensacola, Fla conversing about joint efforts to resolve effects of Hurricane Katrina. (photo/AJ Gamble)
Congressman Miller and Governor Bush in
Pensacola, Fla conversing about joint efforts
to resolve effects of Hurricane Katrina.
(photo/AJ Gamble)

ments in his final days in office. A look of satisfaction adorns his face as he reflects on the events of his career.

 

After eight successful election campaigns and 15 years in office, Chairman Jefferson Miller, U.S. Congressman for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, calls it quits. As an elected official who has assumed office by collecting over 60 percent of the total vote each election, no one dare challenge this combatant for veteran causes in a district that has the highest active and former military personnel per capita in the U.S. Now that the “super” incumbent is stepping down, the floodgates have opened up causing a massive political domino effect with state elected officials vying for his position, and a lot other citizens contesting for the newly vacated state offices.

“I have loved serving the people of the 1st Congressional District,” stated Congressman Miller. He continued, “Working with state and local agencies help constituents has given me joy,” he says while reminiscing of times working with Governor Bush during hurricane Katrina.

“I have had my time to effect change it is now time to allow others to do the same,” he said echoing the sentiments of our nation’s first Commander in Chief.

While the Congressman may be departing Congress, the imprint that he left will have long lasting effects. During his tenure, Congressman Miller has left a great legacy and has been numerously awarded for his high level of integrity and conservatism while battling to defend the Constitution and support American liberties.

“Nobody has pushed harder for the success of Northwest Florida harder than Congressman Miller,” stated Sheilah Bowman, Congressional District Director. “His departure will be felt and greatly missed.”

While Congressman Miller’s Congressional bid may be ending, I feel that his life in the political realm may not be over, especially when he is currently alluding to advising presidential candidates on U.S. Intelligence.

Congressman Miller’s biography can be found on his website.

Full Sail Students Learn Event Planning from a Pro

Students surround a conference table with laptops open and eyes front as they eagerly take notes as Ms. Monika Mason reveals her keys to success at the art of event planning.

The Black Student Union recently hosted a GPS event on Monday, April 18, 2016, at Full Sail University to educate students on the intricate details that are involved with the life-cycle of planning an event.

Students learn how to event plan (photo/Bryanna Smith)
Students learn how to event plan (photo/Bryanna Smith)

This was a fantastic event where Ms. Mason, an 11-year veteran in music and entertainment business who also owns a promotion company, exposed pitfalls to avoid and provided the checklist she uses when planning an event. Ms. Mason continuously reverberated, “The steps that you need to remember when planning any event are Planning, Organizing, Promoting, and Executing.” She also emphasized that for every event plan, you must have a backup plan because you will need it.

The session concluded by giving the students the opportunity to break up into small groups and take the tools that she had just provided to create their own event. After the students created their mock event, they were able to exhibit their ideas which were provided with feedback from Ms. Mason, to enhance ideas for their event.

“The Black Student Union has events like this to remain committed to making sure students are prepared for life after Full Sail.” –Alex Hense, Black Student Union Advisor

“This meeting was well taught and I found the material to be extremely informative.” – Dale Adams, attendee

Event attendees (photo/Alex Hense)
Event attendees (photo/Alex Hense)

 

 

This event was a great opportunity for students to learn about event planning and collaborating with their peers across different educational programs. This event was a great display to the students that working with a creative synergistic process can result in achieving and exceeding project expectations. Although this was a one-time event, the students could benefit exponentially with a follow-up session that will allow them to reinforce the skills and training that they learned through this event.

Free Dental Program for Indigent Veterans Announced

Emerald Coast Honor Smile
Emerald Coast Honor Smile

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: AJ Gamble

Media Relations

765-777-7777

amgamble@fullsail.edu

Free Dental Program for Indigent Veterans Announced

Pensacola, FL, April 16, 2016 – Across Florida’s First Congressional District, only 50 percent of adults have visited a dentist in the past year, and correspondingly, 58 percent have had teeth removed because of decay or disease (Florida Department of Health.) Many of the 65,000 Veterans who call Florida’s First Congressional District home face challenges related to dental care. Without access to affordable dental care, indigent Veterans face the onset of debilitating oral issues that create negative impacts upon their health.

In partnership, Escambia county’s United Way, Florida Department of Health and over 29 local licensed dentists formed the Emerald Coast Honor Smile program. On March 16, 2017, Emerald Coast Honor Smile will offer free dental care for Veterans who have been honorably discharged, lack dental insurance and live at or below the federal poverty level per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Services include cleanings, extractions, fillings, root canals and dentures.

“As a Veteran, I’m proud the department can play a role in the Emerald Coast Honor Smile Program,” said Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong. He continued by saying, “Making these resources available to improve the health of our Veterans, we continue to honor their sacrifices for our country.”

“Dignity with a healthy smile is another aspect of Veteran care that cannot be ignored,” United Way Board member, Deborah Moore stated. She further stated, “As a Veteran myself . . . I am proud to see Emerald Coast Honor Smile become available.”

For more information about Emerald Coast Honor Smile, please call (850) 434-3157 or visit http://www.unitedwayescambia.org/honor-smile

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How To Incorporate a Business in Florida like an MBA Graduate

Man in conference room working on files. (photo/AJ Gamble)
Man in office working on files. (photo/AJ Gamble)

Congratulations, you have made the decision to embark upon the heart of the American Dream, entrepreneurship. This is a decision that I personally have made three times and helped an additional 53 others set up their corporation. After you have made the decision to form your business as a corporation, the next step is to make sure that your corporation is recognized in the state of Florida, and I will provide you with step-by-step instructions how to accomplish this.

NOTE: Corporations, Sole Proprietorships, and LLCs are NOT the same. If you are not sure what type of business you want/need, do yourself a favor and check out Ameen Khwaja’s article, Choose Your Business Structure.  If you believe that your desired organization should fall under nonprofit or tax-exemption status(501(c),) the IRS has a great page to help you decide which section (code) you would fall under. This How To incorporate a business in Florida guide will only be explaining for-profit corporations.

With that being said, let’s begin.

1.  Select a Name

You need to select the name of your corporation. As in most states, Florida will not allow you to use the name of an active business currently operating in Florida. You can attempt a state search, or you can just call the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations at (850) 245- 6052, and they can let you know if your desired corporation name is available. If you choose a name that is in current use, your application will be denied.

2. Type of Corporation 

You need to decide what type of corporation you want, S or C. The biggest difference between the two is that C corporations can only have up to 100 shareholders, and all the shares have the same voting privileges. S corporations do not share the restrictions of C corporations, however, they are held at a higher tax rate, are often times double taxed, and all of which must be U.S. citizens. Aaron George further breaks down the differences in his article, Difference Between a C Corporation and S Corporation.

3. Principal Address 

You need to determine the principal office address that will be used for the corporation. This will be a physical Florida address (not a P.O. box) and can be different from your mailing address. This is more important that it appears. When initiating business credit, the business name and physical address is typically more important than the Federal Employer Identification Number (FEID, EID, or Federal Tax ID) which I will show you how to acquire later on in this How To. The principal address, if possible, needs to remain the address on file for several years until the business’s credit worthiness is established because the credit file is initially attached to the business name and principal (physical) address.

4. Purpose Statement

You need to briefly write out the purpose of your corporation. Your purpose is crucial because this will be entered into permanent state record and the state can use your purpose description to estimate a tax assessment of your business.

5. Shares of Stock

Figure out how many shares of stock will be issued. This brings us back to my second point. Remember an S corporation can only have up to 100 shares and all shares are equal while C corporations don’t have a share limitation and all shares do not have to be the same. If you need to, review Aaron George’s article, Difference Between a C Corporation and S Corporation.

Examples:

S corporation Example: 100 shares of stock are issued to two people. Person A is issued 51 shares of stock. Person B is issued 49 shares of stock. When is comes to a company vote person A will win every time.

C corporation Example: 200 shares of stock are issued to two people. Person A is issued 199 shares of common stock. Person B is issued 1 share of voting stock. When it comes to a vote, person B will win every time because person B has the only voting share issued.

6. Officers and Directors

The corporation’s officers/directors need to be established. This is optional in most cases, however, it dictates that only those listed are allowed to conduct business matters in the corporation’s name. If no one is listed, then anyone that acquires the corporation’s information can conduct business on behalf of the corporation (authorized or unauthorized.) This is why I ALWAYS recommend listing the officers and directors.

7. Registered Agent

Figure out who your Registered Agent will be. This is the person that your corporation designates (within the corporation, legal counsel, or other) that is authorized to handle all correspondence between the corporation and the state agency.

8. Incorporator

Decide on the Incorporator. The Incorporator is the person who is filing the paperwork. For simplicity sake, I usually recommend that the Registered Agent and the Incorporator be the same person because it limits one person to handling all the paperwork.

9. Filing

After you have completed steps 1-8, you will take that information and fill out the physical form and mail with a filing fee check to the Florida Department of State or complete the process online.

10. Timeline

The State of Florida usually takes no more than one business week to process and approve your application.

11. Federal Tax ID

Once the State of Florida has approved your application, you will then go to the IRS website to acquire your Federal Tax ID.

12. Congratulations

Congratulations, your company is officially incorporated with the State of Florida and now it is time to go make some money.

In conclusion, starting a corporation can be extremely exciting, however, it is a very serious endeavor, where mistakes or malfeasance can lead toward state and/or federal imposed legal ramifications. If at any time you are unsure or desire affirmation regarding setting up your corporation, you should immediately contact your lawyer or the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations at:

Florida Department of State
Division of Corporations Clifton Building
2661 Executive Center Circle Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 245-6052

References:
Entrepreneur: Choose your Business Structure
Florida Department of State Division of Corporations: Florida Profit Filing
Florida Department of State Division of Corporations: Instructions for a Profit Corporation
Florida Department of State Division of Corporations: Search By Entity
IRS: EIN Application
IRS: Types of Tax-Exempt Organizations
Law Kick: Difference Between a C Corporation and S Corporation