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Yet another Web site has sprouted to help individuals find sales and job leads. Eventswire.com, founded in February by Rob Humphreys (not to be confused with Rob Humphrey, former founder and CEO of CareerCowboy.com), offers professionals a comprehensive calendar of business events in and around the Research Triangle area. The site also features a list of standing meetings, links to local professional organizations and a roster of restaurants and hotels that provide Wi-Fi access. Visitors can sign up for a weekly email that lists the events of the upcoming week.
Eventswire encourages visitors to submit events. There’s no cost to post an event, but it must undergo editorial review.
Humphreys, 33, says the idea for Eventswire began last year, when he was looking for sales leads and jumping from site to site in search networking events. Tired of all the legwork, he decided to consolidate the information. He plans to roll out the resource to other North Carolina markets, such as the Triad and Charlotte, in the next six to nine months. The Web site also indicates that cities including Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Memphis may be in the works.
For a $250 fee, companies may sponsor the weekly e-mail newsletter. The company limits the e-mail to one sponsor weekly. Advertising on the Web site starts at a couple hundred dollars a month. Humphreys says the site gets approximately a couple hundred thousand hits a month and the newsletter is sent to more than 2,000.
Eventswire is a division of the Exponential Group, a soon-to-be-officially-launched sales and marketing consulting firm also founded by Humphreys. The firm helps small- to medium-sized companies evaluate their target market, create and refine their message, test their message and set up their sales process.
Just between VCs
Glen Wallace, controller at Southeast Interactive Technology Funds, has left Southeast Interactive to join another venture capital firm down the street. Starting Monday, Aug. 4, Wallace assumed the position of controller at A.M. Pappas, where he’ll be responsible for a range of finance and accounting responsibilities. Officials at A.M. Pappas said Wallace moves into a newly created position there.
But Wallace isn’t the only one in recent weeks to flee the Southeast Interactive coop. According to two sources close to the company, partner Suresh Aurora has also left the firm. Southeast Interactive partner Steve Rakes declined to comment about Aurora’s status at the firm.
No Strain at ClearImage
Marketing and public relations firm ClearImage PR has tapped Ed Levens to join the team as senior account manager and director of Triangle Jumpstart. Prior to joining ClearImage PR, Levens managed Peopleclick’s analyst and media relations programs and has held corporate communications positions at SAS, BuildNet and Indicium Communications. Levens joined ClearImage a week after Samantha Strain left the company to be closer to her family in Missouri. ClearImage PR’s clients include Capital Investment Companies ClubCorp, NDL, Peak 10, and WindChannel Communications.