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  • 18 Nov 2014 9:58 AM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Regional Sales Manager

    Synergistic Funding is a nationally recognized leader in commercial finance. From small business, to big business they find solutions for all commercial financing needs. With banks turning down 74% of business loan applications, Synergistic Funding is able to find the solution to finance those turned down by banks. They are backed by a vast portfolio of financial products designed to supply the capital needed to fund businesses through lending solutions such as SBA Loans, Commercial Real Estate Loans, Sale Leasebacks, Heavy Equipment Leasing & Financing and Accounts Receivable Financing to name a few. 
    As a Regional Sales Manager for Synergistic Funding you will be provided with the training, guidance and materials needed to generate new business through networking and building client relationships.

    • Find and service companies in need of capital
    • Generate leads for new business and build relationships with existing clients
    • Participate in local networking opportunities and develop client relationships
    • Conduct consultations with business owners

    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Business-to-business experience
    • Previous sales experience
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
    • Strong organization, planning and follow-up skills
    • Self-starter; results-oriented, assertive and energetic
    • Work well alone, as-well-as in team environment
    • Own transportation
    • Willing to travel locally

    • First year income potential $92K
    • End of year performance based bonus
    • Flexible hours

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  • 26 Sep 2014 1:54 PM | Working Women (Administrator)


    Jessica Ralph
    Parties A’ La Carte
    (727) 710-2511


    Owner Jessica Ralph’s extensive event planning background offers unique expertise in the Greater Tampa Bay area event planning community

    TAMPA, FLA - September 24, 2014Parties A’ La Carte, an award-winning event and wedding planning company, announces the opening of their new studio in the Belleair area. The Studio located at 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Suite 14, in Largo, will host a ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday, September 30, from 5 PM to 8 PM. The studio will cater to the needs of weddings, social events, birthday parties, and corporate events, providing a one stop planning resource. Vendor portfolios, videos, demos, and product displays will all be part of the offerings of their new studio.

    From black-tie corporate dinners and elegant fairy tale weddings to social events such as children’s parties, Quincenera’s, Sweet 16, and anniversaries; Parties A’ La Carte, offers professional, top notch event planning and execution. Designed to bring clients and vendors together; engaged couples and clients may stop by the Studio to browse through vendor portfolios, which include pricing packages, general information, sample products, demos and videos. A professional team of event planning experts are on-site to help clients begin their memorable event experience.

    Owner, Jessica Ralph started her career in corporate event planning. After several years Jessica realized her passion was planning extravagant birthday and social parties for her children and friends. “After having children, I knew I wanted to help families plan and celebrate the most special times in life.” With over 10 years’ experience in corporate event planning, Jessica has combined her experience with her genuine passion that has resulted in rapid growth and award-winning success in the event planning industry. Parties A’ La Carte has become known as one of the best wedding and event planning companies in the Greater Tampa Bay area.

    About Parties A’ La Carte
    Parties A’ La Carte is a full service Florida-based event planning company staffed with wedding coordinators, party and event planners. Areas serviced are Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Largo, Seminole, Saint Petersburg, St Pete Beach, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Brandon, Orlando and the surrounding Tampa area. Our professional staff caters to your special event needs no matter how large or small. You can visit our new mobile optimized website at:

    To learn more, to schedule a private appointment, or RSVP for the grand opening, visit, or call (727) 710-2511.


  • 25 Sep 2014 4:43 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

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  • 17 Sep 2014 10:49 AM | Working Women (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release
    Think PR Group
    Marcea Neitman 727.744.5778

    Local entrepreneur launched first US franchise in Tampa Bay, now opens third with a “Twist” in Clearwater

    (Clearwater, Florida)  unlock your inner Picasso… a new place where friends, family and even executives for team building events are coming together to paint, drink, have fun and discover their artistic ability.  Leslie and Marvin Gay were the FIRST to open a Painting with a Twist studio franchise in St. Petersburg Florida five years ago.  By the end of 2014; Painting with a Twist plans to have over 200 through the US.  The Gays own a second studio in Tampa and are now opening their third studio in Clearwater. 

    According to Entrepreneur Magazine 2014; Painting with a Twist is the #1 franchise in the hottest “Paint and Sip” industry.  Fox and Friends national US morning news, June 2014 named Painting with a Twist as one of the top five franchises hiring for 2014.  Besides schools; Painting with a Twist is the largest independent company to employ the most artists in the country.  The “Paint and Sip” industry started in 2009 – roughly 190 are small individually owned and a handful of large scale franchise operations.  The turnkey investment to become a Painting with a Twist franchise is approximately $100,000.  Franchise partners have access to comprehensive and ongoing training from a Home Office support staff of 16 professionals, a national PR firm and the company’s industry-leading library of more than 4,000 copyrighted and original paintings.

    Leslie and Marvin Gay of St. Pete are in the top 10% of Painting with a Twist’s top producing studios out of over the current 160+ for 2014.  On average Painting with a Twist studios experience an average of 23% sales growth year-over-year.  30% of the franchise partners own more than one studio. 

    The Gays were instrumental in working with the founders of Painting with a Twist; Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in New Orleans develop the franchise and then open the very first franchise in the US.  Leslie Gay 61, and her husband Marvin Gay, 71, a retired accountant looked at the Painting with a Twist franchise as an opportunity to invest in something they could control.   “The interest rate at the time in 2009, was zero, so we weren’t making any money on our savings and we saw it as an opportunity to take a portion and use it for something we could control – we were investing in ourselves,” says Marvin.  A year and half later they opened a second studio in South Tampa and now their third in Clearwater.

    So what is the success business model of Painting with a Twist?
    Facebook and email marketing are the key channels of communication.  Each studio’s website provides the painting class schedule and registration is handled on line with pre-payment of a credit card.  This is a customer service business and the Gays believe their studio’s success is largely due to the amazingly talented artists they have on their team who lead the classes and inspire the customers seven days a week.   The results?  Each studio is entertaining and creating a great experience for about 350 customers each week.  And, the #1 advertising vehicle are the customers themselves!  Old fashioned; “word of the mouth” is the #1 way people are hearing about Painting with a Twist!

    The Gays schedule a monthly charitable event at each studio.  Leslie shares; “We feel so good to be able to give back to our community and to charitable events far beyond what we could ever do on our own.” Most recently the St. Petersburg and Tampa studios participated in the Vera Bradley Cancer Foundation Painting with a Purpose.  The Gays raised over $3,000 for the cause.  “Ties and Tennis Shoes” is an annual local charitable fundraising event the Gays host with Pinellas Education Foundation.  The couple is also very active in many local organizations; Grand Central District Association, Tampa Bay Business Owners, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Clearwater Regional Chamber.   Leslie is active in Network Professionals Incorporated, South Pinellas County and Working Women of Tampa Bay.  Marvin is the Treasurer and active in St. Petersburg Kiwanis

    Painting with a Twist
    Painting with a Twist, based in Mandeville, Louisiana is the leading Paint and Sip franchise with more than 150 locations throughout the United States.   Founded in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, Painting with a Twist began franchising in 2009 and provides customers with paint, a canvas and brushes that lead to a fun evening with friends and a finished piece of art.  For more information about Painting with a Twist, visit


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