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Deuxmers Publishing releases ‘Tales From the Liminal’ – Mother of Eleven Gives Birth to Fifteen Short Stories

MADISON, Wis. -- After getting a degree in English from UW-Madison and debuting her fiction in The Onion, author S. K. Kruse found herself on a twenty-five-year sabbatical to raise eleven children, while also managing a non-profit and writing a rock opera in her spare time. Now down to the last three teenagers, Kruse has spent the last five years gestating two novels and a brood of short stories, fifteen of which appear in her first published book, "Tales From the Liminal" (ISBN 978-1944521158, Deuxmers), available for sale on Amazon on October 12, 2021.

"Kruse brilliantly interweaves the fantastical and metaphysical with the everyday realities of life, with stories brimming with insight and compassion for humanity," said Omer Kursat of Deuxmers Publishing.

In this collection of curious and delightful short stories, the readers never know who they're going to meet next, but they always find themselves smack dab in the middle of some befuddling predicament of existence: following Schrödinger's cat into the zeroth dimension, grooving to Barry Manilow with Bigfoot on a beach, traveling with a troubadour of the apocalypse to Belleville, or having drinks with a woman who has seen Gertrude Stein in the condensation on her window.

Using humor, horror, satire and allegory, Kruse submerges the reader in liminal landscapes where anything is possible, especially transformation.

In a review of Kruse's writing, Timothy Cech, fiction editor for Reed Magazine said, "It's a breed of storytelling that encases an entire cosmos within a compact form, with prose that pulses with life ..."

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About S. K. Kruse

Sandra Kaye Kruse grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, where she attended Catholic school for twelve years. She then moved to Madison to earn a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and to launch her writing career. Her writing has appeared in The Onion and Reed Magazine, has been longlisted for the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction, and has won multiple awards in the National League of American Pen Women's "Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition." You can find more of her writing at:

About Deuxmers Publishing

Founded in 2011 in Waimanalo, Hawaii, Deuxmers Publishing is an independent publisher of fiction, poetry and photography books, with a mission of preserving individual voices and visions to be made available for future generations. Learn more at:


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Backuptrans Updated to Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone 13

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Backuptrans, a leading mobile software development company, has updated Android WhatsApp to iPhone Transfer to support iPhone 13. The new version can help you easily transfer WhatsApp chat history from Android to iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Mini/iPhone 13 Pro/iPhone 13 Pro Max. Currently there is no official method to transfer WhatsApp between Android and iOS. Luckily, Backuptrans WhatsApp Transfer software makes it possible.

With Backuptrans Android WhatsApp to iPhone Transfer, mobile phone users can transfer WhatsApp chats messages from Android to iPhone in a few simple clicks. "Many smartphone users wish to migrate the WhatsApp chat history when they switch phones. That is why we create & update the software," said Eric Ng, the CEO of Backuptrans. "We create simple and innovative solutions for life."

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What are the new updates?

1 - Transfer, Backup & Restore WhatsApp Data (Support iOS and Android): It supports to transfer WhatsApp chat messages, including videos, images, audios attached files between iOS and Android.

2 - Fully compatible with the latest iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max: It not only supports iPhone 6 to iPhone 13, but also supports various models of iPad and iPod from iOS 9 to the latest iOS 15.

3 - Export WhatsApp messages and links to PDF: You can use Backuptrans WhatsApp Transfer to export WhatsApp messages as a file for viewing. The messages and links can be exported as PDF, HTML, WORD, and TXT.

Other features have been updated including:

1 - Multi-directional Transfer WhatsApp between iOS and Android Device: Backuptrans's advanced technology and rich experience of data processing and transmission can ensure a high success rate for WhatsApp transferring.

2 - Backup WhatsApp Chats to Computer Freely & Easily: It is better to use than the official solution to back up WhatsApp chats from Android/iPhone to computer by one-click. The chats will be merged perfectly in the previous backup.

3 - Print WhatsApp Messages on Computer: Backuptrans provides a direct way to print out WhatsApp chat messages on computer. You can choose to print all chat messages or a single conversation.

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For personal 3 mobile devices, it is available at $19.95. You also can buy the Family edition that $29.95 for 8 mobile devices.

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MTS and See Your Shadow Songwriting Win at 14th Prayze Factor Awards

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- On Saturday, September 19, 2021 the winners for the 14th Prayze Factor Awards were announced. MTS Management Group is proud that they, along with their client, See Your Shadow Songwriting, were selected among the winners. See Your Shadow, headed by Michael Coleman, was named Best Alternative Gospel Group for their single, "I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello."

MTS was honored with three awards: Manager of the Year, Record Label of the Year and PR/Marketing Company of the Year. These are the first wins for both MTS and SYS.

"I'm stunned and speechless," said Michael Stover, President of MTS. "I never imagined that we would receive finalist nominations, let alone take home 3 wins! Thank you to all those who voted for us and the International Music Association. God is so good!"

All events (except the main show) can be watched via PGN TV on your favorite streaming sites (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, IOS & Android Mobile Apps or you can watch on the Prayze Factor Awards website.

The Prayze Factor Awards are designed to expose faith-based arts on a national/international level with major market radio, television and industry exposure. Finalist nominees were selected through two tiers of fan and industry voting. Past seasons of Prayze Factor have yielded over 70 million votes.

See Your Shadow Songwriting is an international iTunes chart-topping songwriting/production co-op, led by Michael "Metropolitan Cowboy" Coleman. With their 25th single release, "It Starts With Hello," See Your Shadow has influenced the Dance Club genre and now traverses the Country market. "I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello" was a Christian Music Weekly chart hit.

MTS Management Group was a 4-time nominee: Best Manager, Best PR/Marketing, Best Promotions, Record Label. Michael Stover is an internationally accomplished manager and publicist with artists in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Austria, and Sweden. With too many artists and collaborations to list here, Michael Stover has led the Country, Roots, Rock and Gospel markets throughout the United States and abroad to major exposure in Radio, Stream, Film and Video.


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High Mountain Breezes (HMB Players) Releases 2nd Presale Track, ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ off Soon to be Released Record, ‘Daddy’s Margarita Rose’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- High Mountain Breezes today announce the release of their second pre-sale song "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," a track from their soon to be released record "Daddy's Margarita Rose." The track is now available on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, You-Tube and many other major streaming services.

"The exciting times continue! We are very honored to have this opportunity to share with the world our rendition of a timeless treasure of a song," said Bruce Tarletsky, Founder of the High Mountain Breezes.

"For me personally, this project was truly an experience of love and friendship that will last a lifetime for us all. To have 13 of the most gifted artist, players, producer, engineer and friends sharing their love in this song is something that happens once in one's lifetime."

Deborah Allen, a Grammy-nominated entertainer, an extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter, producer and performer brings her amazing talent and heart & soul to the song as one of the featured artists accompanied by the HMB Players. Ms. Allen said "I'm proud to be a small part of this 'wonderful' circle of great friends and music."

"Will The Circle Be Unbroken" brings an amazing vibe that the HMB Players hope will leave listeners inspired and thankful for the times of their lives. We just couldn't wait to share it with the world. Our arrangement, which we believe is unique and different from any of the original versions that audiences have come to know, was done by Chris Leuzinger, who simply nailed it.

The other great artists also featured on "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" are comprised of truly awesome talents, a true collection of friends and the sounds created by the HMB Players. Our hope is that once again our fans will be moved each time, they listen to it. The awesome line-up of artist on this song also featured along with Deborah Allen includes, Singer/Songwriter Benita Hill along with a couple of "Your" gifted HMB Player artists, Ron Wallace and Melissa Duvall. The wonderful talents of Vicki Hampton and Robert Bailey bring their heartfelt sounds to the background vocals.

In addition to today's release, back on August 20, 2021, The High Mountain Breezes released, as a pre-sale release, the title track of its upcoming record, "Daddy's Margarita Rose." The song was co-written by Bruce Tarletsky, Jimmy Mattingly and Chris Leuzinger. This track truly reflects the HMB Players approach to music. Not only are the HMB Players the best at what they do, they are true curators of their art.

When you listen to "Daddy's Margarita Rose," you will see what we mean. It's not always about trying to produce the next commercial hit song. It's about telling a story and being a true guardian of the art. Gwen Sebastian is the Artist on "Daddy's Margarita Rose." Words cannot truly illustrate the amazing talent of Gwen Sebastian as she truly made this song her own.

Please click on this link below to stream or get your copy of both songs off these sites.

"Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

"Daddy's Margarita Rose"

We are asking fans to be sure to click on the "Follow" buttons on their favorite streaming so that they can continue to be a part of the High Mountain Breezes experience along with us as we near the street date of November 20,2021 of our new record, Daddy's Margarita Rose.

About the HMB Players (High Mountain Breezes Players):

The HMB Players are a studio group. We are a collection of life long music friends who take time out of our professional careers to come together in the High Mountain Breezes to reconnect, share in our friendships and our God given talents to create our own style of music together. When we are in the studio, it is a very heartfelt and spiritual experience shared among friends who love what they do as opposed to just a studio work session. One HMB Player expressed who we are and what we do so very eloquently when he said, "The gift of being a worthy session player is two-fold, first; using one's palette to augment something already beautiful, and second, being trusted and skilled enough to do it."

As we come together as a team, we are doing the same for ourselves, together. In a way, we are leaving our own mark on music, our legacy so to speak. When we come together, it is truly a collaborative effort. Time seems to stand still as everyone shares in the creative process. Everyone from the players, the vocalist, the songwriting team and producers contribute to a record. Like in years gone by, we make our records the old fashion way, right in the studio.

So, when you hear one of our songs, you will feel the chemistry of years of friendships, the love, skills and collaboration of experiences, ideas and individual feelings in our records and music. We all are truly very honored and blessed to have the opportunity to make our kind of music together and spend a little time together, hopefully for years to come.

We Are a Music Family:

Over the years, our lives in music have brought so many wonderful individuals with so much God given talents into our lives. True lifelong friendships have grown from our paths having crossed with them. We are all very honored and truly blessed to be able to call each of them friend. Our friends have meant so much to the music that has been ingrained in generations of hearts around the world and for that, it's a gift that will last till the end of time. We love and admire each of them, as we are sure fans do too through their music that has touched all our hearts and souls.

For more information, contact Bruce E. Tarletsky, Founder, High Mountain Breezes Publishing, LLC by email at or visit


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The Keeping Tabs Awareness Campaign: Rotting Rationality

FLINT, Mich. -- Jonathan McKay, better known by his social influencer tag RoarJMcKay is a psychedelic multimedia content creator hailing from Flint, MI. Harnessing the influence of psychedelia, McKay has begun to apply concepts of geometric structure and interconnectedness visually in abstract ways. After surviving the disastrous "Flint Water Crisis" and fighting a brave battle with Cancer in his saliva glands, Jonathon had a new vision for life. That new vision was "Keeping Tabs."

Established in 2017, the sole purpose of Keeping Tabs (KT) has been to bridge the gaps in communication relating to factors of socioeconomic, mental, and physical diversities.

Jonathan has an optimistic personality. Even after surviving such tough battles and handling such trauma, he still looks for the bright side of life. Keeping Tabs (KT) is one of the examples of how important it is for Jonathan to help society in the most innovative of ways.

The brand name Keeping Tabs project is a mobile application doctors use to aid inpatient treatment plans in the prescription process. Its primary focus was the opioid crisis hovering around the U.S. How people are battling with such crises and what guilt they face after recovering from several addictions.


The app includes risk assessment analysis, deviance tests, DSM-5 inventories, and biometrics in a user-friendly format for smooth navigation. KT aims to be a means to combat the growing overprescription epidemic and the opioid crisis. This crisis affects citizens of the United States nationwide. However, McKay has partnered with Midwest community organizations to create hope and spread awareness of proper treatment plans in the pharmaceutical industries.


McKay is a registered member of the organization and has previously presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Chicago, IL, in the summer of 2019.

Volunteer Medication takes back every quarter with Flint Innovative Solutions (FIS) alongside the University of Michigan - Institute of Clinical Health Research (Ann Arbor). Marketing and multimedia content partnerships with diverse teams of photographers and videographers based in the Midwest for professional content creation.

Keeping Tabs began to extend the barrier in multimedia marketing in 2019 through the recording of the Keeping Tabs Podcast. Produced by Whiting Entertainment, McKay interviews content creators on their brands and asks example questions from the mobile application. The podcast was a huge success immediately and opened the door for a feature interview on fellow Midwest creative series "The DoGood Podcast"

RoarJMcKay did not limit the campaign to podcasts only as his artistry exists through brand partnerships and his current focus lies solely in Keeping Tabs. Using Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchats interactive stories, LinkedIn networks, YouTube videos, and Google SEO to broadcast visually to the audience, the barriers continue into 2021.


"Rotting Rationality," RoarJMcKay's debut single as a musical recording artist, released October 30, 2020. The music production was a worldwide hit and reached audiences globally.

The album "Rotting Rationality" highlights the major crisis and issues within the community. It highlights the difficulties people face during a crisis, and the lack of motivation makes them depreciate life.

RoarJMcKay states: "One of the greatest lessons I've learned throughout my professional experience has been to accept diversity and respecting other people's paths to success. Understanding that hard work comes in all shapes and sizes and to never judge a person before you meet them. I've met some of my most valuable friends in the creative scene."

With melodic tones from Kevin Katana of Katana Worldwide and engineered by RIAA-Gold recipients Dre Berg and Duff Didthat of Lifeline Studios located in Royal Oak, MI. This track, along with the messaging and branding of Keeping Tabs, quickly caught the attention of tens of thousands worldwide auditorily and hundreds of thousands cross-platform through both visual and audio media.

This rise in web traffic and in-person collaboration with creatives in his network began the Rotting Rationality tour in May 2021 in Auburn Hills, MI.

This date was followed by a rapid series of performances in cities including Detroit, music festivals in Northern Michigan, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California by August of the same year.

He has a very positive and unique way of seeing life. He always finds positivity, and that is why with his music, he directly addresses the discouragement and lack of motivation issues within the societies.


The fall booking season picks up where the summer left off in Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 24), where McKay will be joining The Sound Gallery for stop one in the three city Trip Tsunami Tour. Afterward, he will head back to the Midwest for a VIP exclusive event in Detroit, MI (September 30) hosted by Stiizy Los Angeles. Followed by a professional photoshoot with Caroline Pierce of Racine, WI (Oct. 2) to build his corporate modeling portfolio.

The second stop of the Traptsunami Series takes place in Tampa, FL (Oct. 7), where McKay will make his southern regional debut thanks to the Sound Gallery, yet again. In Racine, WI (Oct. 9) McKay will be performing at the Studio Grand Opening of highly acclaimed Midwest content creator Evie McNeil, this leads back to the Midwest.

The last scheduled date of the Traptsunami Tour takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (October 16) to conclude the autumn booking season leaving plenty of time to prepare for winter. Jonathan sends a huge thanks to all the team members of Urahara's Music Festival, Gametime Events, Crowdfreak, and the Sound Gallery deserve endless praise for the platform's assistance in coordinating the summer Rotting Rationality tour.


The new Keeping Tabs and RoarJMcKay merchandise was printed exclusively by Aquarius Co. (Flint, MI). The psychedelic effect of the holographic reflective material not only reflects light but also the positive and diverse influence of festival culture. They are offering two classic material colors, both black and white, and can be matched with holographic vinyl or the contrast white 3M.

The variants of RoarJMcKay and Keeping Tabs are interchangeably available, with all proceeds and donations going to the technical, research, and production teams to continue the campaign's success. The Rotting Rationality tour highlights McKay's debut single. It offers new opportunities for supporters to help pivot the Keeping Tabs Awareness Campaign from a regional to a national initiative that caught the attention of event coordinators nationwide.


Beginning November 2021, McKay will be accepting bookings and brand partnerships.

Contact by phone at (810) 874-3756 or email at for brand partnerships and for all inquiries involving influencer marketing, entertainment, or collaborations with other artists.


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Tenorshare Announces Big Sale Event for The New iOS 15

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Tenorshare has recently announced that it is celebrating the coming new iOS 15 with amazing big sales. Hot products sell up to 70% off, and a $5 coupon code is available on sitewide. Tenorshare also provides a special offer for the newly released App on Google play. From now until October 29, 2021, everyone must seize the opportunity!

Tenorshare's focus is on the iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac platforms and core technology study. They provide users with solutions for device content management, data recovery, password recovery, system repair, and other practical mobile phone and computer essentials.

Tenorshare Celebrates iOS 15 with 70% Off Sales

Apple released iOS 15 on September 20, Tenorshare is going to celebrate the eagerly anticipated operating system with "70% Off Sales."

Tenorshare provides a $5 coupon code for sitewide orders, besides, the hot products' sales can be up to 70% off, includes ReiBoot, iCareFone for WhatsApp Transfer, UltData, iCareFone, 4MeKey, 4uKey, iAnyGo, such a huge discount. Especially for the newly released App, WhatsApp Transfer App is only for $14.99, UltData for Android App is only $4.99. Don't miss the big save.

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‘Impolite Boys,’ a slice of life dark comedy set in New York, now available on popular streaming channels

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- "Impolite Boys," a dark comedy film that depicts the life of Peter and John, two unbearable young boys who struggle as they can to survive the adversities of New York life, is now available on Apple TV, VUDU, Google Play and Amazon. "Impolite Boys," written, produced, and directed by Hamado Ouedraogo, is punctuated with provocative gags, intrigues, a fascinating hypocrisy and jealousy of a stepmother.

"My company made a schedule to shoot two feature films per year until 2025 according to our slate," Ouedraogo said. "But because of the pandemic, everything stopped and I found it necessary to make people laugh. So I wrote in 10 days a compilation of hilarious and provocative gags called IMPOLITE BOYS. I am happy because I heard a woman say that this film is a stress killer."

The film stars Marvelous Jarvis, as Peter, and Sam Arthur, as John. Frank Failla, Nedra Shamberger, and Sarai Quinice are cast in supporting roles. The film was produced in September 2020 and post-production by December. Run time is 71 minutes. (US/English release).

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Jaiimoni Starr releases single ‘Stop and I Go,’ launching career at age 16

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Jaiimoni Starr, who sung solo songs and performed praise dances at church, and began her career doing cover raps, launches her first professional rap single with "Stop and I Go." She is 16.

Starr presented her first solo rap at East St. Louis Senior High School for a Black history program, and ever since her goal has been to express herself through music.

"The song was 'Glory,' by artists John Legend and Common. This is when I first realized I have rhythm and an interest in rapping," Starr writes on her website.

Since entering high school, she says, "I have experienced more complex things about life ... my writing style became deeper and more from a place of positivity, pain, eagerness, and venting. I wrote from what I felt because I wanted people to understand who I was through the songs I wrote.

"I aspire to teach young women that music doesn't always have to be portrayed in a negative and degrading way, also that you can get a message across and still sound or appear cool. I've learned that music can have a positive and negative effect on our generation, and its vibrations."

With an understanding of phrasing and song craft beyond her years, "she has an ease and flow in her writing and performing like she has been rapping for a long time," Martinez Robinson, Co-manager at Daugherty Entertainment said.

Allen Daugherty, Daugherty Entertainment, is managing the artist. Sham, one half of the Grammy award-winning duo the TrakStarz who discovered St. Louis music artist Chingy, and has worked with artists including Ludacris, 2chainz, Janet Jackson, & Usher, has teamed up with new production partner Virus, who toured alongside of Beyoncé, to produce the single.

Equity Distribution, created by Jay-Z, is a global music-distribution platform that allows artists to retain ownership of their masters and has signed a distribution deal with Starr and Daugherty Ent.

"We're really excited for Jaiimoni, she's an enormous talent and this break out for her is huge," Daugherty said.

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The Lowell Chamber Orchestra opens their third season with cosmic music, premieres

LOWELL, Mass. -- The Lowell Chamber Orchestra opens its third season this Saturday, September 25, with music inspired by the cosmos. The three works by Anna Clyne, Micah Roberts, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, all allude to a cosmic object.

The program starts with "Hypernovae," written by Tennessee composer Micah Roberts. "Hypernovae" was written for the Lowell Chamber Orchestra's first ever call-for-scores. Roberts' score was measured against about other 120 from nine different countries, and the judges were impressed by its driving force and unusual orchestration. "Hypernovae" will receive its first ever performance at the beginning of the program, and the composer will be present.

Following a world premiere, the second work in the program will be heard for the first time in Massachusetts. Anna Clyne's "Three Sisters" is a concerto for mandolin and string orchestra inspired by the three stars that make the "belt" of the constellation Orion.

About her piece, Clyne says "It's a piece I actually wrote in 3 locations. And one of the locations was my apartment in Brooklyn that had access to a rooftop and I would sit on the rooftop looking at the stars, often seeing the constellation Orion, which is also known as 'Three sisters.' So just thinking about the stars, the passage of time, and that journey."

Joseph Brent will be the featured soloist of the evening. Called, "one of the truly exceptional musicians of his generation," Brent has worked closely with many of the great modern composers, and has performed with many well-known chamber ensembles, including The International Contemporary Ensemble, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among many others. He is a published author of mandolin pedagogy, and has released a few albums. "By the time I was 13 I knew mandolin was my voice," says Brent about his musical career's beginnings. Today, Brent plays mandolins with 5, 8, and 10 strings, all custom-made for him.

The concert ends with the very well know forty-first symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Truthfully, Mozart was not thinking about Jupiter - the planet after which the symphony is named - when he wrote this symphony. According to a story, the nickname comes from a British publisher, who upon hearing the opening chords, thought of the thunderbolts of the ancient Greek god Jupiter. However, the symphony's majestic structure and use of instruments does compare with the largest planet of the solar system.

The concert is free to attend, but donations are most welcome. Audience is required to show proof of vaccination, and to be masked while indoors.

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Saturday, September 25

7:30 p.m.


35 Warren Street, Lowell MA


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United Diversity Business Summit Connects Top Valley Leaders with Minority Entrepreneurs

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Thinkzilla Consulting today announced that As Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega proclaimed Sept. 15 "United Diversity Business Summit Day," diverse business leaders and entrepreneurs from across Arizona came together to share ideas and innovations at the first United Diversity Business Summit, which was livestreamed by the City of Scottsdale. The proclamation was presented to Dr. Velma Trayham, organizer of the summit and founder of Thinkzilla Consulting Group. The 2022 summit will be held on Sept. 14, with registration forthcoming.

Highlighting the importance of "opportunity for everyone," Mayor Ortega shared his initial foray into business at age 14, when his dad announced that "I spent your college fund today" on a local business. Mayor Ortega also proudly shared two key accomplishments: establishing an anti-discrimination ordinance within his first two months in office and formalizing an agreement with the local school district and Scottsdale Community College to support educational health and attainment.

The programming for the summit was presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group fulfilling its mission to help organizations create positive economic impact through cultural diversity. The only firm in the state of Arizona that combines program management resources with deep DE&I expertise, a network of thousands of minority-led business suppliers, and full service marketing capabilities. The theme of the all-day summit was "Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," and it was designed as a recovery mechanism to grow small and medium businesses and provide opportunities to support diversification and inclusion initiatives.

"The first annual United Diversity Business Summit was a transformative day filled with innovative and dynamic programming, purpose-driven and vision-oriented entrepreneurs and business owners and illuminating and inspiring keynote speakers. We couldn't have asked for more," said Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting Group. "We look forward to introducing even more programs that enhance the ecosystem for small businesses and diverse entrepreneurs."

At the United Diversity Business Summit, Thinkzilla launched a new diversity, equity and inclusion assessment for businesses: The assessment was developed to help more organizations evaluate their efforts to create a sustainable diverse, equitable and inclusive culture, gathering data-driven insights and then identifying new opportunities and strategic planning around DE&I. Trayham invited companies of all sizes interested in making diversity, equity and inclusion "the core of your business values" to move forward with the assessment.

The event programming addressed critical topics that directly impact minority business owners and entrepreneurs. Chris Camacho, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, led a conversation on "The Road to Economic Recovery" that shared innovative business practices and pivot techniques that empower innovation in entrepreneurship. Marcy Tibbs, financial specialist with Country Financial, hosted, "Taking Control: Financial Challenges Women Face," addressing the importance of credit and maximizing social security benefits to help women strengthen their financial futures. Robin Reed, president, and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona delivered a powerful keynote presentation on scaling a successful business venture. Through these workshops, speakers highlighted innovative approaches and best practices that corporations and entrepreneurs could employ to enhance economic diversity.

The esteemed speakers included: David Ortega, Mayor of Scottsdale; Art Hamilton, founder of Art Hamilton Group, Kaley O"Kelley, News Anchor for ABC 15 Arizona, Eric Standifer, president and CEO of Blaylock Van; Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of Thinkzilla; Robin Reed, president and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona; Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Monica Villalabos, president & CEO of Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tye Hayes, former Chief Information Officer for the City of Atlanta; Gia Rutledge, DE&I expert with Thinkzilla and more.

Sponsors for the event were: Blaylock Van, Arizona State University, Scottdale Art Center, Country Financial, Millionaire Mastermind Academy, SRP, and the City of Scottsdale. Additional community supporters were: GPEC, Black Chamber of Arizona, Arizona Informant, Herozona Foundation, and Maricopa Corporate College.

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