The 2011 Dandi Awards Sponsors

Karen Cooley

Karen is a Registered Representative and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS), securities products and services offered through PAS, a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. A Financial Representative of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. Karen specializes in Holistic Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, Insurance, Investments, Legacy Planning, and Business Planning. For more details, check out www.livingbalancesheet.com. (PAS is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. North Florida Financial Corporation is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. PAS is a member FINRA, SIPC)

Amy Keys - Graphic Sidekick

Need great design to make the most of your design presence in print or on the web? Unsure on how to move forward or what you really need to make an impact? Your GRAPHIC SIDEKICK is your partner to produce the images that reflect the best of you - your business - your services. Our philosophy is: affordable graphics + education = HAPPY customer!

We want you to understand graphic design terminology and the elements of good design - not fear it.  By educating you and working along with you, the end result will be a better final product with flexible,  multiple-use applications. We design products to consistently support your image, branding and short and long term goals.

Brien Sorne - Alcom Marketing & Advertising, Inc.

Since its inception in 1992, Alcom Marketing & Advertising, Inc. has offered both creative and management services to a wide range of clients and now serves nearly 300 clients in North Florida and across the country on a continuing basis. Our services have expanded to include communication tools, like TextMarket service which allows you to send mobile SMS text advertising to your customer database.

We also offer telephone on-hold music and messaging, web site design, internet marketing, traditional mass media advertising. We provide design and production including radio and TV commercial production, placement and management services, and education and training to cover a wide variety of needs and requirements.

Jackie Madsden - Graphic Press

Established in 1992, Graphic Press is a full service graphic arts company.  Services offered include consultation, typesetting and layout, digital prepress, offset and digital printing, complete bindery services, high speed mailing and storage and fulfillment.  Clients include designers, marketing agencies, associations, government, schools and universities and a wide variety of businesses, large and small.  Most are located in and around Tallahassee, but the company also serves regular clients in other Florida cities as well as Georgia, California, Illinois and Texas. 

Phil Gleason - Master Craftsmen Studio-FSU

Master Craftsman Studios is a unique university department. We specialize in realizing the institutions’ creative desires for its campus. As an in-house studio to the school, we work with a wide variety of university entities such as maintenance, grounds, planning, design, public relations, athletics, and academics. We are a self-subsidizing auxiliary of the university which means we generate our own funding. Students see a working professional studio and are exposed to the inner business workings from estimates and ideas, to installation and invoices. This format allows us great opportunities to demonstrate to students the confluence of creativity and entrepreneurship. This practice helps students see that their creativity is a powerful tool that can solve any problem.

Brien Smauch - Pinnacle Massage Therapy, LLC

PINNACLE offers both office and outcall appointments to meet your timing and scheduling needs. The therapists specialize in working with clients and putting an emphasis on relaxing your body and mind. From elite athletes to recreation league participants, from on the go business professionals to high energy stay at home moms, from the chronically injured to those seeking reduced stress, Pinnacle Massage Therapy, LLC has the knowledge and desire to assist you in finding your PINNACLE of life.

Adam Watson - Watson & Associates, PA, CPAs

Watson & Associates, PA, Certified Public Accountants is a full-service professional CPA firm founded in June 2002.  Our offices are located in Tallahassee, Florida, but we serve clients located all over the world.  We are dedicated to providing personalized, professional service to each client.  Because each of our clients’ needs are different, we offer a free initial consultation to determine your needs and in what ways we can best address them.

We believe in the value of relationships.  We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success. We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients.  The assistance you receive comes from years of investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships.

Catherine Kunst - Leon County Research & Development - Innovation Park

For the past 25 years, Innovation Park has been the heart of Tallahassee's technology future. The university-related research park was established as a unique location for the technology industry and government scientists to work hand-in-hand with such prestigious research universities as Florida A&M University and Florida State University.

Innovation Park is home to a wealth of high-tech and research-based facilities that are creating the technology of tomorrow. The mission of Innovation Park is to promote scientific research and development activities and to foster economic development and broaden the economic base of Leon County.

Howard Libin - Adventures in Advertising

At Adventures in Advertising we make our clients' marketing more effective, events more successful, and employees more motivated through the use of well-chosen, professionally produced promotional products and collateral materials. We provide you with a full service promotional marketing agency - everything you need to build your brand.  From graphic design and promotional products to tradeshow displays and awards and recognition products, we've got you covered!

Russ Backes - Photo Fun Booth 

There is a new Photo Fun Booth in Tallahassee! We add photo fun and excitement to any special event. Russ Backes, is proud to introduce a new and exciting service for parties and special events in the Tallahassee area. His new business, Photo Fun Booth, brings direct to Tallahassee the newest trend in special event interactive photo fun. The Photo Fun Booth is a contemporary, high-tech version of the photo booths you have seen in malls and amusement centers. We can add photo fun and excitement to any special event. This portable photo booth can be set up in any location in many different configurations to provide personalized photo mementos (“phomentos”) to your guests throughout your event.  Contact Russ Backes for booking information: 850-570-2277 /rjbackes@gmail.com

James Tillman - TalTech Alliance

TalTech Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit alliance of businesses, academic centers, entrepreneurs and individuals invested in promoting technology-based entrepreneurship, business expansion, and innovation in the Capital region. We continuously seek to expand our businesses and promote innovation in order to strengthen our region’s business community.

Donna Konuch - Natural Awakenings Magazine

Each month Natural Awakenings magazines across the country take a practical look at the latest natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living. We interview national experts we think you’d like to meet. At the front of each community issue, we present global news and views as a complement to news and events of local interest. We highlight healing arts practitioners in the local area. And we connect you with a wealth of national and local resources mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life. A life that feels good all the way around.

Dr. Jerry Osteryoung

Dr. Osteryoung is the Director of Outreach of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University, the Jim Moran Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Professor of Finance. He was the founding Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute and served in that position from 1995 through 2008. Dr. Osteryoung received an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from the University of South Florida, and his doctorate from Georgia State University. He consults with entrepreneurs throughout the State of Florida. Over the last thirteen years, he has directly assisted over 3000 entrepreneurs.

Ron and Janie Frazier

Ron Frazier is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Jim Moran Institute of Global Entrepreneurship. He is responsible for creating and executing the InNOLEvation Challenge, the Jim Moran Institute Business Idea Competition - one of the nation's largest business plan competitions. Ron is also responsible for the management of the InNOLEvation Accelerator, the Jim Moran Institute Student Business Incubator. He is actively engaged in the planning and execution of FSU's Entrepreneurship Week (eWeek) "What's Your Big Idea?" including the World's Largest Human Foosball game.

Mark Raciappa - ActionCOACH

Mark is a certified Business Coach with ActionCOACH, the World’s #1 Business Coaching Franchise (Entrepreneur Magazine, Jan. 2004 & 2005). As your coach, he will be working with you in five key areas: Sales; Marketing and Advertising; Team Building and Recruitment; Systems and Business Development and; Customer Service. His goal is to help small business owners spend less time working in their business and more time working on their business. In the end, you'll be spending less total time working and will be making more money. He’d also like to help you put the FUN back in your business and your life.

Steve and Linda Evans

Steve Evans is a true community leader and is involved with: Board of Directors at Economic Development Council, Board of Directors at Municipal Code Corporation, Board of Directors at Prime Meridian Bank, Board Member at MGT of America, Board of Directors and Executive Committee at Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors & Executive Committee at Community Foundation of North Florida, Board of Directors at Florida State University - Jim Moran Institute of Global Entrepreneurship, Board of Directors at Applied Fiber Holding, Inc., Senior Advisor, Former Chairman and Board Member at Florida TaxWatch Research Institute.

Joy Bradley - Florida Commerce Credit Union

At Florida Commerce, membership has its benefits.  If you live or work in the following counties, you can join Florida Commerce Credit Union: Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Madison, Liberty, Jackson, Wakulla and Thomas, GA. Florida Commerce strives to become your primary financial institution by building a solid relationship with you. Once you spend time at Florida Commerce, you'll recognize the world of difference in the attitude and service we provide our members. At Florida Commerce we're committed to you!

Jeanie Booth - Tallahassee Democrat

Since 1905, the Tallahassee Democrat continues to be the Big Bend’s most-trusted and most-read newspaper. Through the boom and bust economy of Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat has been there to be the news leader in reporting on state government, local news and community events. As the population has grown and the needs of businesses changed, so has our portfolio of news and information. Tallahassee.com is the leading website in our region. Nolesports.com gives Florida State University athletic fans their sports fix with award-winning coverage, videos and blogs. Cars.com is the place to go if you’re in need of a new vehicle. Your Health magazine is a must read for women interested in looking and feeling better.

Sam Varn - Awards 4 U

Founded in 1977, Awards4U has been promoting excellence in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas for over thirty years. Over the years, Awards4U has grown to become a national leader in the recognition and promotional products industry. Sam Varn acquired the company in 1987 and since then has brought community involvement and customer focused service to the forefront of the company’s daily operations. Sam has established Awards4U as an innovator in the awards and recognition industry. As a well-known leader in the industry, Awards4U is committed to empowering their customers, employees and community by recognizing excellence.

Tracey Cohen - Target Copy

Target Copy is located in Tallahassee, Florida and also serves the Southern Georgia area. Are you behind on printing your papers for work? Do you have a contract, or invitations that need to be sent immediately? Well come to Target Copy, where the printing machines are always on.

Pam Bauer - Hotel Duval

Tallahassee’s first and only boutique chic experience, Hotel Duval is proud to be a member of Marriott's exclusive Autograph Collection!  Stunning accommodations, outstanding cuisine and exceptional service await your arrival.  Following a multi-million dollar renovation, this landmark boutique hotel provides everything you need for a perfect stay in Tallahassee; sensational accommodations with a great new vibe, over 7,500 square feet of function space including the rooftop Horizon Ballroom, AND the best places for dining and entertaining in downtown Tallahassee; Shula’s 347 Grill, LeRoc, and Level 8 lounge.

A true "oasis", Hotel Duval embraces the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for future generations through environmental initiatives.  In recognition of our ongoing commitment to implement sustainable practices, Hotel Duval has achieved the coveted "Green Lodging" designation from the Florida Green Lodging Program.

Jim Wacksman - Association Studios

The original video production company created just for associations! Through Internet video we're successfully teaming up with associations to create rewarding member benefits, increase non-dues revenue, and increase member participation. Full service video production including but not limited to regular video updates, legislative updates, conference and event highlights, online education, live webcasting, and promotional videos.

Marilyn Angelina - Magic Makeover Genie

For nearly 20 years, Marilyn worked side-by-side with her husband Barry to build their Real Estate Investing Empire. Her marketing skills, creativity and technical know-how were instrumental in the rapid growth of their business. Eventually, Marilyn’s talents attracted the attention of other real estate investors who turned to her for coaching and training in order to position their businesses in the market place to thrive, and a new business path opened up to Marilyn.

She realized that the systems, strategies and techniques for business growth, which she’d, developed and implemented for years in the real estate marketplace, could help business owners in other industries, too. So, combining her love of business with her passion and commitment to helping people reach their goals as motivation, she created Magic Makeover Genie.

Dominic Calabro - Florida TaxWatch

Florida TaxWatch is a private, non-profit, non-partisan research institute that over its 30 year history has become widely recognized as the watchdog of citizens′ hard-earned tax dollars. Our mission is to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and education on government revenues, expenditures, taxation, public policies and programs and to increase the productivity and accountability of Florida Government.

Leon County/Tallahassee Economic Development Council

Working together to create jobs--connecting the private sector, education and local government the EDC helps joining forces to foster entrepreneurialism, advance local businesses, grow targeted industry sectors, attract innovative companies to our area and, create a competitive business environment.

Everitt Drew - Southgroup Apartments

We offer apartment living from 1 to 3 bedrooms, in 6 locations around Tallahassee.  Contact us for more information on our outstanding properties!  info@southgroupapartments.com


Sponsor Form

The first ever Dandi Awards will honor Tallahassee’s local small business owners and the value they provide our community. Hotel Duval will host 150 guests in the Horizon Ballroom on Thursday, October 6th at 6 p.m.

To celebrate the evening, e2e Connect will provide a networking reception, heavy hors d’oeuvres and culminates with the Dandi Awards ceremony.

To learn more about a sponsorship opportunity and the benefits of supporting the Dandi Awards, please download the sponsorship form.