HOY highlights BankWork$’ influence in Los Angeles’ Latino community

A few weeks ago, Judy Olivares, a resident of South Los Angeles, worked at Home Depot with dreams of becoming a general manager of a bank. After searching online, she found BankWork$, a free training programs that sets low-income young adults into careers in the banking industry. Two months after she enrolled, she just graduated and has three job offers from local banks.

“I’d start off as a teller, now I know that I can work my way up to a general manager position, something that’s my passion and that I’ve always dreamed about,” said Olivares. “It’s nice to have job options already as opposed to searching for them.”

Read the full article (in Spanish): Organización brinda entrenamiento gratis a personas que aspiran a la industria bancaria en L.A. (Hoy Los Angeles)


July 27th, 2017|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , , |

KTLA spotlights Oberthur Technologies’ card portfolio

KTLA’s Rich DeMuro visited one of Oberthur Technologies’ card manufacturing sites in Compton, Calif. Credit Cards are using more technology to combat fraud including numbers that change. See the video below to learn more about the fraud-fighting credit cards.

Nominations now open for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

Olmstead Williams Communications is proud to be a sponsor for the 31st EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards. Nominations are now open throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Anyone can nominate any entrepreneur they admire or even self-nominate.

Now in its 31st year, Entrepreneur Of The Year honors successful entrepreneurs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries and remains one of the preeminent competitive awards in the world for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are part of EY’s work in identifying and supporting business leaders who demonstrate extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment.

Since its inception, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 9,000 executives who were estimated to have created over 14 million jobs in 2015 alone, based on the recently released Harvard Business Review report, The Entrepreneur’s Purpose. Broken down further, the 2016 class of winners from Greater Los Angeles collectively created 2,200 jobs, increased their workforce by 33% and grew their revenues by 39% over the last two years.

The Greater Los Angeles program includes entrepreneurial leaders from as far north as San Luis Obispo and as far south as Long Beach and the border of Orange County. It also includes Las Vegas, Nevada, and Hawaii. Prior winners from Greater Los Angeles include John Kilroy, Kilroy Realty Corporation; Chris DeWolfe, SGN; David Overton, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated; Robert Friedman, Summit Entertainment LLC; Don W. Chang, Forever 21, Inc.; and Brandon J. Beck and Marc Merrill, Riot Games.

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges. The awards will be presented at a 750-person black-tie Awards Gala on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. This video highlights feedback from the 2016 finalists and winners and shares the excitement on stage at the Awards Gala.

Awards criteria and judging process

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. The nominee’s company must be at least two years old.  Entrepreneurs may self-nominate or they can be nominated by their peers or other business leaders. There is no fee to apply.

To access the application and find out more about the program, please visit ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10, 2017.

Feel free to email eoygla@ey.com with any questions.

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January 26th, 2017|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Year-end + PR = Revenue | eNews from OWC

The year-end means it’s time to move into high gear and drive revenue with public relations.  Your analysis of trends and issues facing your industry is news right now because print, online, broadcast and social media are looking for that “Year in Review” piece.

Download PDF of this issue: Year-end + PR = Revenue

Issue ‘report card’ now

The end of the year is a great time for a company to produce a “Report Card” on the industry or its own metrics.  For example: “The company has grown 35 percent, opened three new offices and made deals totaling $15 million.”  Bring specific data points, analysis and ideas to reporters to provide context and content for their end of the year or “looks ahead.”  You don’t want to be the company that’s left out of a major year-end news story about your industry.

Third-party validation = credibility

A strategic communications effort must yield third-party validation and bring persuasive credibility to businesses and their products and services.  Earned media cannot be purchased and will always carry the most credibility — estimated at 10 to 1 vs. advertising.  Successful media coverage raises a company’s profile with the right audiences and brings long-term and often instant results.  Share coverage on social media for maximum impact. Be aggressive.

January is too late

Jump in and offer your insights on trends, issues and predictions for 2017 now.  In January, the media will be on to another story and this opportunity will be gone.


November 15th, 2016|Categories: eNewsletter, OWC News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |