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Spotted on Benzinga.com: Making an Impact with Downtown Boxing Gym

Spotted on Benzinga.com: Making an Impact with Downtown Boxing Gym

At Downtown Boxing Gym, Photo by Dustin Blitchok

Linda Kleist, Identity Creative, and Amy Bouque, Ally Financial, share their enthusiasm as members for the work of Impact100 Metro Detroit with Benzinga.com reporter, Dustin Blitchok, at this year’s award winner of the $100,000 grant, Downtown Boxing Gym. Thank you to Benzinga.com and Dustin Blitchok for sharing the story!

Identity Creative is honored to be a corporate sponsor of Impact100 Metro Detroit, an Imact100 chapter that is cultivating transformation in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Linda is serving as the Chair of Marketing & PR with an outstanding team of professional women.

 

This year the $100,000 grant award went to Downtown Boxing Gym for their partnership program with Beyond Basics to establish solid reading skills in students. “Books Before Boxing” is DBG’s motto and they have tremendous results — in the first year, their students see an improvement, on average, of at least one letter grade. Most have at least a 3.0 GPA. The ability to read is fundamental to opening doors of opportunity and an enriched life.

 

Impact100 Metro Detroit 2017 Award: Downtown Boxing Gym

You can help us cultivate transformation in our community with Impact100 Metro Detroit. Click here to join and learn more!

 

 

 

 

MichBusiness Awards: Designing Stars

Identity Creative had the honor of receiving the Designing Stars Award at the 2016 MichBusiness Best of Michigan Gala, Dec. 1, at the MGM Grand in Detroit, MI, with Detroit news personality, Murray Feldman.

Bill & Linda Kleist with Murray Feldman, host of MichBusiness Awards 2016 at the MGM Grand in Detroit

Bill & Linda Kleist with Murray Feldman, host of MichBusiness Awards 2016 at the MGM Grand in Detroit

Building relationships is the most critical part of doing business. It’s also the most fun! This celebration of Michigan Businesses included an evening of creative games, many laughs, good food, and great connections.

best-mich-business-logo-downloadMichBusiness offers its members many resources including Thrive Affinity Groups, coordinated by Jan Hubbard. Thrive Affinity Groups offer members a way to build business relationships that inspire and challenge. Thrive groups are growing, check with Jan to learn how your leadership team can benefit from membership.

 

Making a Significant Impact, Together.

In May 2016, Linda was invited to the first annual Impact100 Metro Detroit Awards Banquet and was so impressed, she called her husband and business partner, Bill, afterward to tell him she wanted to join the group of compassionate, inspiring women. Impact100 Metro Detroit is one chapter of many that operate on a simple and proven strategy: 100 or more women agree to contribute $1,000 each to a $100,000 grant. We then participate in the grant selection process, developing our knowledge and leadership, and investing in nonprofits in the local community.

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Impact100 Metro Detroit Sponsors, Identity Creative, Bill and Linda Kleist
with Impact100 TV Show host, Camille Jayne, on
Birmingham/Bloomfield Cable TV (BCTV)

Linda’s membership and volunteering to serve on the Marketing and PR committee offered the Identity Creative team an unexpected opportunity to make a significant impact in the metro Detroit area. As corporate sponsors, Identity Creative designed the Impact100 Metro Detroit website, with on-going graphic design, and print support. Business turn-around expert, Camille Jayne, chair of the Marketing Committee, worked tirelessly to pull together a cable program, Impact100 Metro Detroit TV, where charitable organizations and sponsors can be spotlighted.

To learn how we fuel transformation in our local community by uniting women in collective giving, visit Impact100MetroDetroit.org

Come join the women of Impact100 Metro Detroit.
We promise you will experience the joy of united giving and making a significant impact in our community.

 

Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Business without a Custom Email

You decide! Which business email address, below, gives a more professional and credible impression?

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You’ve seen business cards with email addresses like “mybusiness@gmail.com.” At Identity Creative, we won’t design or print anything with a gmail, yahoo, or any-thing-other-than-your-own-custom-URL email address. Sound harsh? Friends who care will tell you the truth. We want you to stand out as a credible business and we’ll tell you the harsh reality because it matters.

Marty Neumeier, in The Brand Gap, makes it clear, “Trust is the greatest shortcut to a buying decision, and the bedrock of modern branding.”

Your business card is an opportunity to build trust with a credible brand presentation. We meet solo-preneurs and start-up owners who don’t recognize the damage they’re doing to their credibility with the impression a generic business email creates.

Why let this happen, when it’s SO EASY to purchase a custom domain name and set up an email for your business.  Here it is in five steps:

1. Choose a hosting company. We use Hostgator because in all the years we’ve hosted with them, their customer service reps have proven to be knowledgeable, patient, and NOT condescending.

2. Purchase a hosting package. For most small businesses and start-ups, their “Hatchling” plan is more than sufficient.

3. Select a domain name, (if you already have one, you’ll just need to direct it to your new Hostgator account. If you have a question about this, comment below. You can search and purchase a domain at any registrar, like dotster.com, or right on Hostgator.

4. Follow their easy video tutorial to set up your email account.

5. One more step will configure the email to the provider you use, Gmail, Apple, Microsoft, etc.

It’s that easy. Now, let’s get back to business!

Let your email speak for you!