New Certification Achieved

New Certification Achieved

BERLIN – Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care has announced Human Resources Manager Valerie Beckwith was recently certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Certification signifies that the person possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the field.

Agency Announces Addition

OCEAN CITY – Christine Waggoner has joined the staff of Insurance Management Group, Inc., an independent insurance agency located on 77th Street in Ocean City.

Waggoner joined Insurance Management Group in October of 2010 as a clerical assistant and has now been promoted to executive assistant to the Accounting Department and Reese Cropper.

She formerly attended New York University and Hunter College, currently finishing an AAS in Accounting at Wor-Wic Community College.

New Consulting Firm

BERLIN – Smart Company Growth is a new, boutique business consulting firm that helps small and mid-sized businesses to grow sustainably through application of best practices in business development and cost control.

Founded and operated by 22-year manufacturing and small business veteran Karl Walinskas, the company is opening its virtual doors this month, delivering analysis, consulting and outsourced services through experienced and qualified contractors.

Karl formed Smart Company Growth in order to bridge the best practice divide that often occurs between larger firms worth hundreds of millions of dollars and those small firms, particularly privately held manufacturing and technology companies, who are largely underserved or downright ignored by the big, expensive consulting firms.

“In the current economic downturn, these vital companies struggle with developing new business on a budget, and can tend to either go into the survival mode shell and do without important functions, or they falsely believe they can sell themselves out of every business problem, and grow the top line unsustainably, unable to scale their businesses and deliver on the promise,” said Walinskas.

Smart Company Growth leverages contract talent virtually on behalf of clients to develop leads, set appointments, re-engineer business process, slash inventory expenses, manage sales and even negotiate key deals with prospects and suppliers to keep as much money in the clients’ company wallets as possible.

Through brokerage relationships that Walinskas has, Smart Company Growth can even lease business equipment for expansion and dramatically reduce power consumption expenses. Many firms provide a piece of the puzzle for small businesses, but according to Walinskas, “one magic bullet won’t get most companies on the way to smart growth, meaning that to be successful, they may have to engage a number of firms–all with different management, culture and styles.”