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Creative Storm makes the Expertise.com Best PR Firms in Cincinnati 2017 list
May 30, 2017
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Creative Storm to Participate in the 2017 ORV-WBC
“Catch the Wave” Conference
April 11, 2017
LOUISVILLE, KY – Creative Storm announced today that Linda Dektas, CEO and Owner, will be participating in the 8th Annual Regional Conference, “Catch the Wave” in Louisville, Kentucky, presented by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council (ORV-WBC).
The theme for the conference is “Defining Success – Explore the Possibilities.”
The conference features both a full spectrum of keynote speakers, as well as breakout sessions. Ms. Dektas will be sharing with other women-owned businesses best practices used in the growth of the Creative Storm marketing firm.
“Participating in the Annual Catch the Wave Conference always produces many new ideas that we use to grow our business at Creative Storm,” said Dektas. “Each year the ORV-WBC outdoes itself in presenting stimulating information in creative ways. To me, participation is a must.”
The Catch the Wave Regional Conference brings female entrepreneurs together to network, learn, and gain inspiration from each other. The conference provides access and training to both women business owners, as well as ORV-WBC corporate members across the region. This year’s conference is expected to draw over 350 attendees, including over 30 corporate members’ buyers and supplier diversity teams.
The spirit of the Louisville conference is defined by St. Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
“The ORV-WBC has truly made the impossible possible for us,” concluded Dektas. “We at Creative Storm are proud to be part of this group, today and in the future.”
ORV~WBC is operated by the Greater Cincinnati Urban League's Business Development and Entrepreneurship Department under the authority of WBENC. The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Scott Sloan of Clear Channel Speaks Out for Two Creative Storm Clients.
April 5, 2017
CINCINNATI, OH – At Creative Storm, we believe in the credibility that a strong PR program brings to our clients. Through media relations, Creative Storm recently scheduled live interviews on the Scott Sloan radio show, heard on over 800 stations across the country through the Clear Channel network.
The first client was Workhorse Technologies. A 25-minute segment in this news program featured the CEO of Workhorse, discussing the recent successful residential drone package delivery by UPS in Tampa Florida. Following the interview, calls came in to Workhorse from many cities.
A second interview on the Scott Sloan news hour with Drew Horter, the CEO of Horter Investment Management, discussing the unique “Horter University” program that teaches high school students how to plan their financial future. A long-format 25 minute interview produced results, as the next Horter University session filled up fast.
“Many of our clients offer unique products and services,” said Linda Dektas. “These subjects are newsworthy, and deserve to be featured in the news. It is a strong way to inform the public.”
In addition to national radio presence, Creative Storm regularly releases stories on the National Newswire, as well as scheduling speakers at events.
L to R: Linda Dektas (Creative Storm), Gwen Horter, Scott Sloan and Drew Horter
Creative Storm updates City of Cincinnati information
August 1, 2016
CINCINNATI, OH – Creative Storm, certified by the City of Cincinnati as an SBE firm, knows the importance of keeping capabilities information current. To that end, the firm has recently updated company capabilities information in the City of Cincinnati Master Computer system.
A full-service marketing firm, Creative Storm is committed to community outreach, and regularly attends City of Cincinnati functions, many times as a guest speaker.
“We know the importance of keeping current with the city,” said Linda Dektas, Owner Creative Storm. “It means a combination of participating in events and keeping our digital online presence up to date as well.”
The firm has updated services offered as well as key contacts.
“Our city is a dynamic place to do business,” continued Dektas. “We are making sure Creative Storm remains just as current in our thinking as our City of Cincinnati contemporaries.”
Thomas B. Corey, City of Cincinnati Director of The Department of Economic Inclusion
Aboard parade float: Linda Dektas – Creative Storm Owner & CEO, Jack Kuntz – American Savings Bank President & CEO, Mike Dektas – Creative Storm President
Michel Keidel along with past Silver Medalists including Mike Dektas, President of Creative Storm
Creative Storm Awarded SBE Certification
February 1, 2016
CINCINNATI, OH – Creative Storm announced today that the firm has been awarded Certification as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE). The SBE Certification expanded the firm’s qualifications as an economic inclusion diversity supplier.
“Our firm continues to grow in the government contract area, and the SBE Certification is an important credential in this arena,” said Linda Dektas, Creative Storm Owner & CEO. “We are very excited to have received this acknowledgement.”
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends the SBE Certification as a unique distinction for small businesses entering into government contracts. Dun & Bradstreet cites that today many government contracting opportunities are reserved for small businesses meeting the SBA’s standards for SBE Classification. The SBA uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as the basis for qualifying an SBE company.
“The government as well as an increasing number of global brands are recognizing the strong potential of economic inclusion programs in helping them grow their businesses,” continued Dektas. “We are committed to this forward-thinking method of doing business, and proud to be part of the group of SBE companies across the country.”
The SBE Certification was presented to Creative Storm by Thomas B. Corey, Director of The Department of Economic Inclusion City of Cincinnati, and is effective through January 26, 2018. Creative Storm also holds the WBE (Woman Business Enterprise) Certification as a minority credential.
Creative Storm Kicks Off Fourth of July Holiday
July 2, 2015
MADEIRA, OH – Creative Storm and American Savings Bank officially celebrated Independence Day this year above a float in the Madeira parade on July 2nd.
Linda Dektas, Creative Storm CEO said, “Celebrating America with American Savings Bank is really special. Everywhere you looked in the parade you saw red, white and blue. And a lot of patriotism!”
Madeira celebrated Independence Day with a long parade up Miami Avenue. It was a celebration everyone enjoyed. The American Savings Bank float featured the bank CEO dressed as Uncle Sam. A good time was had by all.
The FBI issued a warning telling Americans there was the potential for a terrorist attack. But people in the parade marched for our country. As the evening came to an end fireworks lit up the sky.
“We were really happy to be a participant in this event,” continued Dektas. “Happy Birthday America!”
Quality Face-to-Face Networking Events – Be Choosy!
June 2, 2015
We have all heard it. I don’t have time to attend every networking function. And that’s why Creative Storm developed MAP networking meetings. Today, quality networking is a strong way to develop your business. Having attended many networking meetings as a participant, Creative Storm discovered that the format of many networking meetings was not conducive to business development.
Many times, an attendee would actually forget the person they sat next to at the networking meeting when they ran into them again later that day.
Creative Storm decided to create the MAP Business Exchange Network. Different from the others in many ways:
• No membership fees, everyone is welcome
• Both new and returning company representatives at each event
• No time clock on introducing yourself
• Featured businesses interviewed on the live microphone
• Luncheon included with every meeting
• Fun format: small breakouts followed by open networking
With a 7-year track record, we have had many people come up to us to relate the business they have picked up by simply participating in this MAP format.
Want to grow your business through effective networking? Choose wisely.
To find out more about MAP visit www.MapBusiness.org
Mike Dektas Hosts American Advertising Federation’s
Silver Medalist Award Ceremony
May 20, 2015
Thursday, May 20th marked an important day in advertising for 2015. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) held the Silver Medalist Award Ceremony honoring the outstanding advertising professional of the year. Michel Keidel, Cincinnati Creative Director, was inducted this year in an unusual ceremony held at the Horseshoe Casino River Room.
Creative Storm created the format of a “Roast & Toast” fun time, as many colleagues shared stories about Michel, and eventually, the day culminated with the actual Silver Medal Award presentation. A record advertising crowd turned out for the event.
Hosting the 2015 AAF Ceremony was Mike Dektas, president of Creative Storm. Speeches were very entertaining, and the program was highlighted by a 10-minute feature video with clips from Pete Rose, Morris the cat and more, created by Creative Storm and Sound Images.
The AAF Silver Medalist Award has been given for over 50 years to deserving individuals who have contributed significantly to the advertising community. In attendance were many past Silver Medalist recipients, which included Mike Dektas, who had received the prestigious award in 2011.
Creative Storm Earns National Women’s Business Certification
May 1st, 2015
Creative Storm, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, earned national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Creative Storm is an established Greater Cincinnati marketing and PR firm, one of few to earn WBENC certification. Only 11,000 businesses nationally are Women’s Business Enterprises. WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection.
Owner Linda Dektas, who has been with Creative Storm since its inception in 1999, became 100% owner of the company in 2008. The company’s clients include Procter & Gamble and other major corporations nationally and locally, who are committed to utilizing diversity suppliers.
“We are finding that being a certified woman-owned business is important to many of our clients and in presentations to prospective clients,” said Linda Dektas, CEO Creative Storm. “Creative Storm is recognizable for creative, results-oriented national and local campaigns, and now, this WBE certification brings the added dimension of helping companies reach their diversity goals and quotas by working with a Women’s Business Enterprise.”
WBENC’s world-class certification is actively endorsed by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s largest and most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities.
About Creative Storm
Creative Storm is a full-service advertising and public relations agency specializing in advertising, digital marketing, technology, PR and other creative solutions that produce results. The firm has received numerous industry awards, including the prestigious AAF Silver Medalist Award, recognizing agency president, Mike Dektas as advertising executive of the year. Creative Storm is focused on helping clients succeed, developing our employees, and contributing to the community. For more information visit www.CreativeStorm.com
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 1,000 U.S. companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. For more information visit www.wbenc.org