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New Jersey Theatre Alliance Awarded Grant Through New Jersey State Council on the Arts as Part of the State’s Largest Appropriation in 55 Year History

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- New Jersey Theatre Alliance ("The Alliance"), one of the state's largest arts service organizations, was recently awarded a grant through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts ("NJSCA"). The awards announced last week were part of the largest state appropriation the Council has ever received in its 55-year history - $31.9 million as part of the state budget approved by Governor Murphy last month.

"This is a historic time for New Jersey's arts community. We thank Governor Murphy, Secretary of State Way, and the New Jersey State Legislature for their belief in the impact the arts have on our communities and the souls of our fellow New Jerseyans," says John McEwen, Executive Director, New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

For the first time in over a decade, the NJSCA budget was increased by 60%. As stated by the Council, $35.6 million in grants were awarded to support more than 700 arts organizations, projects, and artists throughout the state. Grant awards also included $7.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds, which were signed into law by Governor Murphy earlier this year as part of a multi-bill package aimed at economic recovery.

"Given the extraordinary times we are living, the increased funding to the arts causes me to beam with pride about the leadership of our great state," says Marshall Jones, III, Associate Professor - Theater, Mason Gross School of the Arts Rutgers and President of the Alliance Board of Trustees. John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages and Chair of the Alliance Board of Trustees, adds, "Increased funding from NJSCA could not have not come at a more crucial time. While theatres are beginning to transition back from virtual presentations to live productions, significant challenges remain. These enhanced resources will not only help theatres to safely re-emerge but will also help them to explore creative ways to re-envision their missions in a post-COVID world. Increased funding for New Jersey Theatre Alliance will also ensure that the incredible job the Alliance has been doing to assist the NJ Theatre Membership with re-opening efforts will continue."

A 33% increase from NJSCA has brought the Alliance's General Operating Support (GOS) grant up to a total of $208,705, support for their Cultural Access Network Project, a co-sponsored project that provides a wide range of services and programs to assist theatres and cultural organizations in making their programs and facilities accessible to seniors and people with disabilities, remained level with a grant of $70,000, and received a grant of $46,000 as part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).

"We are grateful for the support and partnership of the State Arts Council's Board and staff who have done an outstanding job in lifting up our field during this unprecedented time. We thank our colleagues at ArtPride New Jersey and all the state's arts advocates for their tireless efforts and encouragement in support of our field. This has been the most challenging time for our industry and as we continue to chart new waters and begin to welcome audiences back safely, these increased funds will have a major impact in helping our field on their path to stability," says McEwen.

About New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance ( ) was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey. Funding for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations including Amazon, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Grunin Foundation, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, City National Bank, The Shubert Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Investors Bank, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Kessler Foundation, The F.M. Kirby Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, and The Union Foundation.

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4,979 Square Foot Immaculate, Turn-Key Office Space Sublease at 9 West Broad Street in Stamford, CT Represented by Choyce Peterson

NORWALK, Conn. -- Choyce Peterson, Inc. (, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm, announced they are exclusively representing a 4,979 square foot (SF) office suite available for sublease at 9 West Broad Street in Stamford, CT. Choyce Peterson Vice Presidents Adam Cognetta and Charlene O'Connell comprise the brokerage team.

9 West Broad Street is a Class A office building in the heart of downtown Stamford which completed a $10 million renovation in 2014. This property offers modern open common spaces coupled with incredible, upper-floor views of Long Island Sound, and walking access to downtown Stamford. The building is conveniently located 0.6 miles to I-95, 3.7 miles to the Merritt Parkway, and a 10-minute walk to the Stamford Metro-North Train Station. 9 West Broad also features covered parking, a private tenant shuttle to the Stamford Train Station, a full-service cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating, fitness center, conference facility, and on-site security. The building is professionally owned and managed by Stamford-based, Forstone Capital.

The newly built-out, well-appointed 4,979 SF office space being marketed for sublease is on the 5th floor with expansive windows that offer panoramic views of downtown. With high grade finishes, the suite has 3 conference rooms, 20 workstations and an open pantry in its current configuration, and furniture can be made available. The sublease term is through October 2026, while a direct deal with the landlord is also possible.

Cognetta commented, "We are pleased to represent such a pristine, newly-built out office space within a freshly renovated downtown building. 9 West Broad Street is perfectly situated adjacent to Mill River Park and within walking distance of countless restaurants, and stores. This suite presents an ideal situation for any company looking to establish a presence in a class A building in downtown Stamford."

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About Choyce Peterson

Choyce Peterson, Inc., a full service commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm with offices in Norwalk, CT and Rye Brook, NY, was founded in 1997 and has negotiated millions of square feet of transactions in 42 states and Canada. The Choyce Peterson process delivers comprehensive and creative real estate solutions to ensure clients derive maximum value from their real estate decisions.


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Truist Bank to Support Millionaire Mastermind Academy’s Business Development program for Minority Women Entrepreneurs

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Celebrating key milestones of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a nonprofit organization that aims to end poverty through entrepreneurship for minority women worldwide, Truist Bank is supporting recent graduates of the academy's Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, ThinkZILLA Consulting Group announced today. The program graduates explored 13 weeks of business development, creating viable business models, marketing strategies, doing business with the federal government and more over the past three months.

Registration for the women-only event, to be hosted Aug. 16, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. Eastern at Newbirth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia, is now open. With a theme of "The Gathering of the Queens: Empowering and Equipping Women Entrepreneurs," the special event features program founder and award-winning entrepreneur Dr. Velma Trayham, author and business leader Pastor Karri Turner, and Vice President and Area Lead of Truist Bank, Erin Floyd.

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"The Millionaire Mastermind Academy has a mission to serve more than 1 million women by 2025 through empowered entrepreneurship. This would not be possible without the support of women across the globe and partnerships such as Truist Bank, Country Financial, Arizona State University, American Landmark and Fiji Water," Dr. Trayham said. "Entrepreneurship and sustainable small businesses are the solution to reducing economic disparities and gender inequalities."

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is designed to provide business development and mentorship to Black and minority women entrepreneurs to overcome the challenges of economic instability. It educates women across the country while supporting the growth of their small businesses, combating the threat of poverty and gender-based income inequalities, and improving local economies.

"At Truist, our environmental, social and corporate governance contributions are more than a responsibility-they're an opportunity to fulfill our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. By doing our part as corporate citizens to help build a better quality of life for the communities in which we live and work, we hope to inspire others to do the same and create a ripple effect of meaningful change," VP Area Leader Erin Floyd said. "Our communities are our best investment. That's why we're committed to our work through the Community Reinvestment Act. From funding programs that support LMI individuals and communities to building the capacity of charitable and nonprofit organizations, we're improving lives across the country."

According to the London Business School's Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, entrepreneurship creates jobs and new products, advances technology, and increases prospects for those who start, grow, work for, or invest in new ventures. To that end, the Millionaire Mastermind Academy has mentored more than 5,000 women, provided seed funding for new and diverse business ventures, and serves as one of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations in the country.

About Millionaire Mastermind Academy

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to educate and support the growth of women-owned business enterprises, thereby strengthening the economic impact in their community. We have mentored more than 5,000 women through our programs. For more information visit



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Promontory MortgagePath COO Debora Aydelotte Earns Top Female Industry Leadership Honors from HousingWire and Mortgage Banker Magazine

DANBURY, Conn. -- Leading digital mortgage and fulfillment solutions provider Promontory MortgagePath LLC announced Chief Operating Officer Debora Aydelotte has been recognized by HousingWire and Mortgage Banker Magazine for her leadership contributions to the mortgage industry. Aydelotte has been named one of HousingWire's 2021 Women of Influence and is among Mortgage Banker Magazine's 2021 Powerful Women in Mortgage Banking.

Over the last 12 months, Aydelotte has overseen the launch of Transform, Promontory MortgagePath's expanded service delivery model, and kicked off the company's CDFI and MDI initiative. Under Aydelotte's leadership, Promontory MortgagePath has also expanded its operations with an additional fulfillment center, doubled its workforce year-over-year and garnered key endorsements from organizations such as the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, the Community Development Bankers Association, the Oregon Bankers Association and the Oklahoma Bankers Association.

"Advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion has been a personal mission throughout my entire career, and being able to channel that passion into the work Promontory MortgagePath is doing to promote greater inclusion and equity in financial services has made my work that much more meaningful," said Aydelotte. "For nearly two decades, it has been my privilege as an executive to mentor others and contribute to their growth, and I am honored to be recognized by both HousingWire and Mortgage Banker Magazine for these efforts."

Each of these awards seeks to highlight female pioneers, innovators and leaders in the mortgage industry. To view Aydelotte's profile and the full list of HousingWire Women of Influence honorees visit Aydelotte's feature in Mortgage Banker Magazine, along with the full list of honorees, can be viewed at

About Promontory MortgagePath LLC | NMLS ID 1532373

Promontory MortgagePath is a fast-growing team of passionate problem solvers on a mission to fundamentally change the way lenders approach their mortgage business. The company combines an intuitive, collaborative digital mortgage platform with modern, comprehensive fulfillment services, giving lenders the progressive technology and scalability required to profitably compete in today's rapidly changing residential mortgage market. Promontory MortgagePath's founder, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Gene Ludwig, is widely recognized as a visionary thinker on the critical issues confronting financial services, and his companies are renowned for helping community lenders resolve their most pressing challenges. To learn more, visit

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FormFree Announces Agreement with Lenders One to Offer Products to Member Base

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree® today announced it has entered into an agreement with Lenders One®, a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers and service providers, to offer its product set to the Lenders One Mortgage Cooperative. Through the relationship, FormFree will offer Lenders One members access to automated borrower verification tools that enhance the customer experience and optimize lender business operations.

A national mortgage cooperative, Lenders One serves more than 240 banks, credit unions and independent mortgage bankers. Lenders One provides its members with special access to a network of premier mortgage technology, service vendors and solutions. Through its relationship with FormFree, Lenders One members may now enjoy special access to AccountChek 3n1, the award-winning digital asset, income and employment reporting service.

"We are pleased to offer Lenders One members improved origination efficiency and reduced per-loan costs with special access to AccountChek 3n1's combined VOA and VOIE reporting," said FormFree CEO Brent Chandler. "With consumer-permissioned access to direct source account data, 3n1 offers borrowers a modern, simplistic lending experience while significantly reducing the risk of fraud for lenders."

"We are excited to add FormFree to our Reseller platform," said Lenders One President Justin Demola, CMB. "Our team at Lenders One seeks out solutions to bolster members' business and create everyday efficiencies and cost savings. FormFree will add tremendous value to our strong platform."

About FormFree®

FormFree® is a market-leading fintech company whose revolutionary products AccountChek® and Passport® make for a more inclusive credit decisioning landscape by enabling lenders to understand people's true ability to pay (ATP®). To date, thousands of U.S. lenders and brokers have ordered millions of FormFree's patented verification reports representing trillions of dollars in loan verifications. FormFree delights borrowers and lenders with a paperless experience, dramatically reduces origination timelines and offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and investors using a secure ReIssueKey®. For more information, visit or follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

About Lenders One® Cooperative

Lenders One ( was established in 2000 as a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, banks, credit unions, correspondent lenders and suppliers of mortgage products and services. Participants on the Lenders One platform originated approximately $730 billion of mortgages during 2020, collectively ranking as one of the largest retail mortgage entities in the U.S. Lenders One is managed by a subsidiary of Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A.

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Current Builders Promotes Roberto Aguiar to Chief Estimator

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Current Builders ( is pleased to announce that Roberto Aguiar has been promoted to Chief Estimator. Aguiar joined the award-winning general contracting firm in 2016 and quickly ascended to senior estimator, where he demonstrated his talent for evaluating bid documents, preparing RFIs and effectively communicating with both clients and construction teams.

"Roberto has consistently proven to be an outstanding member of Current Builders' team," said Eric Herlihy, Executive Vice President - Preconstruction. "As Chief Estimator, he will play a critical role in our company's ability to maintain profitability and growth. We have tremendous confidence in his leadership and talent for procuring competitive projects."

Aguiar is a forward-thinking estimator with 18 years of progressive experience in the construction industry, including management training and organizational development. He is bilingual professional with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

"I am thankful for this opportunity to serve Current Builders in this expanded role," said Aguiar. "I look forward to leading the estimating team as we work to efficiently deliver optimized services to our current clients and to expand our partnerships with new developers through competitive bids."

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Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues of $250 Million. Current Builders specializes in multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior build-outs, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

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Wig Company Founder and Entrepreneur Turns the Tables and Heads

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- When Kimberly Cloud found herself out on the street due to domestic violence, she didn't let that stop her. In fact, the incident just served to give her strength to not only start her own business, but to give back to the community too. With a passion for making wigs, she started working with her local chapter of Dress for Success and then launched her own line of wigs, Genuinely Michelle Wigs, LLC.

From a young age, Cloud has always enjoyed experimenting with different hairstyles and styling wigs. She learned a lot from her mother and now she's taking it to the next level.

"I'm not the type of person to let a bad situation keep me down," she says. "When I found myself living at a women's shelter, I wasn't about to feel sorry for myself. It only gave me more reason to work harder and keep going."

Cloud started working with her local chapter of Dress for Success, a global not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. She quickly realized that they needed some help in the hair department and jumped into action with Wigs for Success.

She's quickly become known for creating beautiful wigs and making women feel good about themselves again.

"Giving back is so important to me," she says.

After launching Wigs for Success, she decided this was the perfect launch pad for yet another business - Genuinely Michelle Wigs. She's currently selling creative and stylish wigs online and hopes to continue to build her brand and make a serious imprint in the wig world. Her ultimate goal is to open a hair factory where she'll manufacture her own hair from synthetic and human hair, alike.

Cloud says women can wear these wigs for up to a week as long as they maintain and wash them. She prides herself on using high quality, long-lasting materials.

"The best way to create wealth is to generate a diverse team that will back up your dreams and aspirations," Cloud says.

As a result, she plans to pursue investors and aspires to meet with CEOs that she respects and admires. Among them is Vivica Fox, an American actress, producer and television host who has her own line of wigs; and Daymond John, an American businessman and TV personality, best known for his role on "Shark Tank." John has even demonstrated an interest in her one of her products.

To date, Cloud has appeared in several media outlets and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

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HousingWire honors Sales Boomerang VP of Sales Taylor Castranova as a Women of Influence

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sales Boomerang, the industry's top-rated automated borrower intelligence and retention system, today announced Vice President of Sales, Taylor Castranova is an honoree of HousingWire's 2021 Women of Influence Award program.

As the vice president of both the customer success and sales departments, Castranova has proven a valuable asset, exceeding expectations in Sales Boomerang customer growth, as well as helping Sales Boomerang customers achieve unprecedented growth. In the last year, Castranova has assisted Sales Boomerang in tripling its revenue and increasing existing customers' growth rates by 400%. Sales Boomerang customers have recorded an average 20-40% lift to loan volume and generated more than $30 billion in additional loan volume industrywide.

"Taylor is a cherished member of the team," said Sales Boomerang CEO Alex Kutsishin. "She has a knack for taking charge of seemingly small initiatives and yielding impressive results. Taylor is beyond deserving of this recognition and we are extremely proud of her."

"Another way to describe our Women of Influence honorees this year would be the women who are making an impact, which is something we saw woven into each of these amazing award winners," Brena Nath, HW+ managing editor, said. "Congratulations to these women who are cultivating a new path forward for the housing industry and reimagining a better, more collaborative future."

The HousingWire Women of Influence Awards program seeks to highlight the outstanding efforts of women in shaping and driving the U.S. mortgage, real estate and fintech industries forward. The full list of 2021 Women of Influence winners can be reviewed at

About Sales Boomerang:

Sales Boomerang transformed the relationship between mortgage lenders and borrowers with the introduction of the first automated borrower intelligence system in 2017. The company's intelligent alerts notify lenders as soon as a past customer or prospect is ready and credit-qualified for a loan. As the mortgage industry's #1 borrower retention tool, Sales Boomerang is trusted by more than 125 lenders - including brokers, independent mortgage companies, credit unions and banks - to help build lasting borrower relationships that maximize lifetime customer value. To date, Sales Boomerang alerts have enabled lenders to close more than $30 billion in additional loan volume that would have otherwise been overlooked and achieve customer retention rates that outperform industry norms by an average of 3-5X. To learn more about Sales Boomerang and its No Borrower Left Behind(tm) ethos, visit

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Cancer survivor and preemie mom release new book ‘Living The Mango-licious Life: Sips & Tips On Surviving & Thriving Beyond Seasons Of Adversity’

MIAMI, Fla. -- According to the American Cancer Society, about 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. Of that number of new cases, it is estimated that about 43,600 women will die. It is said that 1 in 10 babies are born before being considered full-term. Amidst those grim statistics, get ready for a powerful story about one woman, author Tanya Wilson, who beat the odds. Not only a cancer survivor, but also a preemie mother. Hear the story of how to take life's sour and bitter moments and turn them into an experience of sweetness, joy and succulence.

"The mango-licious mindset is to set clear goals that are not abandoned or abolished despite our seasons of adversity. We relish the sweetness in life and plan for a future that is bright, fulfilling, and prosperous," said Tanya Wilson. No matter what adversity you have faced or are currently facing, in each chapter of this book you will discover how God equips us with indescribable peace, strength and hope that propels us from desperate disappointment to daring determination.

The title, "The Mango-licious Life," pays homage to Tanya's favorite fruit, the mango, which serves as a metaphor of life's unpredictable and oftentimes bitter-sweet encounters. This metaphor serves as a foundation for her blog "Tanya The Mango Lady Blog" where for years she has shared faith and inspiration around resilience and adversity, for over 4000 readers. This book is an extension of her platform to encourage those currently experiencing a difficult life season.

Join Author Tanya Wilson for a Meet & Greet Book Signing at North Miami Public Library, Wednesday August 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. This is your chance to enjoy a serving of inspiration during these difficult times.

"The Mango-licous Life: Sips & Tips On Surviving & Thriving Beyond Seasons of Adversity" by Tanya Wilson | Kingdomboss Publishing | Paperback | $16 | ISBN:978-1-7357616-2-6

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McWhirter Promotes Tanya Shubert to Vice President of Management and Operations, Mid-South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Today, McWhirter (, a leading commercial services firm in the southeast, announced the promotion of Tanya Shubert to Vice President of Management and Operations, Mid-South. Shubert joined McWhirter in 2018 and has been instrumental in growing the medical office property management portfolio to 11 buildings across Alabama and Mississippi.

"Tanya's 25 years of experience in healthcare facility management and maintenance ensures our clients receive the highest level of advice and service while she oversees the management of their investments," said Barry McWhirter, President and CEO of McWhirter. "We look forward to her continued commitment to make McWhirter the leading healthcare management service provider in the southeast."

In addition to Ms. Shubert's healthcare management experience, she has specialized expertise in life safety, emergency management, environment of care and regulation and standards for healthcare facilities and hospitals.

Tanya has served in leadership roles for healthcare systems and served on various committees including Safety, Environment of Care, Infection Control and Quality Control. She holds certifications for FEMA National Incident Management, OSHA and HeartSaver(r) CPR, along with specialized training in electrical safety, defensive driving and advanced regional response training.

About McWhirter

McWhirter's Property Management team has more than 100 years of experience and manages more than 7 million square feet of healthcare, industrial, office and retail space in eight states. Through long-term client and vendor relationships, current technology systems and leading industry software solutions, we proactively identify challenges to reduce costs and increase efficiencies for our clients. We employ building engineers skilled in the design, installation and maintenance of major service areas including heating, electrical, mechanical, landscape, health safety and security.

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