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BRANSTORM Launches Regional Branding Campaign for Shiel Sexton

Shiel Sexton’s regional branding campaign “Leaving Our Mark on the Carolinas,” created by BRANSTORM, kicked off today with the launch of a quarterly e-newsletter, The meSSenger and a new Carolinas stamp shown below.  We’ll continue to bring it to life throughout the fall with sponsorships, print/digital ads and speaking engagements.

BRANSTORM Client Northeastern CEO Featured NAWBO Speaker



BRANSTORM client Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO & Regional Dean of Northeastern University Charlotte, was the featured speaker at the October luncheon of the National Association of Women Business Owners.  Her topic, the ROI of a Graduate Degree was well received by the packed room of female entrepreneurs.

That same morning, Dr. Richards was interviewed on the WBTV Morning News about the same topic.

BRANSTORM Names World’s Hottest Burrito, The BurHEATo™

BRANSTORM client Puckerbutt Pepper Company recently teamed up with Salsarita’s to take the World’s Hottest Burrito (made with Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper®) nationwide after a Charlotte market test run in February.  In addition to negotiating the terms of the deal and promoting the roll out, BRANSTORM came up with the name BurHEATo™.  Read more in the Charlotte Business Journal and Charlotte Observer news coverage.

BRANSTORM President Delivers Humorous Review of Poza Salon in Today’s Charlotte Woman

“A Bang Up Job,”  Colleen Brannan’s humorous take on the pain of switching stylists, appears in the June issue of Today’s Charlotte Woman.  Read the full article and see how her hair hasn’t changed much since age five.

BRANSTORM Redesigns National Market Research Firm’s Website

BRANSTORM completely redesigned the website of 26-year-old Indianapolis-based national market research firm Gentleman McCarty in conjunction with the company’s entry into the Charlotte market this month. Check it out at

Brannan Named to Meck Times 50 Most Influential Women List

For the second time (first in 2010), BRANSTORM President Colleen Brannan has made The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women list.

Created to spotlight and recognize the important role women play in the greater Charlotte region, the economy, and society, the honorees represent the most influential women in business, government, education, and not-for-profit fields.  They are selected by a panel of independent business leaders based on professional accomplishment and community involvement within the Charlotte area.

To see the full list of honorees or register for the event, click here.

Brannan to Participate in Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

BRANSTORM President Colleen Brannan will serve as a mentor at the Charlotte Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event on April 7 at the CPCC Harris Conference Center. Brannan, along with more than 50 other influential women in the Charlotte business community, will speed network with attending mentees in the form of five-minute, one-on-one coaching sessions. For more information or to see a full list of mentors, click here.

BRANSTORM Handles IMPLAN Acquisition/Relocation Announcement

BRANSTORM PR announced IMPLAN LLC’s acquisition of MIG and relocation to Davidson, NC.  Read the press release here. A story appeared on the front page of the Moneywise section of the Sunday 7/28 Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte Business Journal online.

BRANSTORM Creates Uptown Supply Drive for Classroom Central

BRANSTORM PR created, promoted and executed Classroom Central’s  first-ever Uptown office supply drive on July 11.  The goal of the Clearing Out Office Supplies for Classroom Central event, that took place on Disk Plaza at Trade and Tryon, was to remind workers that office supplies make great school supplies.

A lunchtime event featured participation from Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, Charlotte Center City Partners CEO Michael Smith and CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison. Media highlights included WCCB’s Wilson’s World, WBT Radio’s Charlotte Morning News, WCNC’s Charlotte Today, The Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte Business Journal. Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan came bearing office supply gifts and video interviewed Classroom Central Executive Director, Jill Dineen for the Chamber’s e-newsletter.

Most importantly, 14 pallets of office supplies were collected and the Uptown drive will become an annual event.

Brannan Participates in “PR Doesn’t Stand for Press Release” Chamber Panel

BRANSTORM PR President and Chair of the Charlotte Chamber’s Metro Chapter, Colleen Brannan, got to talk about one of her favorite topics at the June Metro Chapter Luncheon.  Flanked by PR colleagues Adam Bernstein, principal of Carolina PR, and Bruce Hensley, owner of Hensley Fontana PR, the three spent more than an hour educating a packed room about what PR is and isn’t.

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