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All Points Team Shares 2018 Resolutions

All Points Team Shares 2018 Resolutions

As natural goal-setters, the All Points team always looks for ways to improve both personally and professionally. As the new year begins, we’re thinking about what lies ahead. Check out our team’s resolutions for 2018.

Bailey: …to cook, and to read more books.

Jessica:… to continue to grow myself as a professional through classes and new experiences, and to spend some time traveling.

Lauren: …to enjoy the journey of our growth and to be in bed by 10:30 each night.

Jamie: …to share Pura Vida everyday and to be in bed by 10:30 each night.

Maddy: …to improve my mornings by waking up early enough to exercise and eat a satisfying breakfast consistently.

Steph: …to live a more natural and toxic-free lifestyle and to continue educating myself to grow professionally.

Sydney: … to fine-tune a new hobby to enjoy on weeknights and weekends, and to attend at least one new PR conference to refine my skills.

Barbara: …to learn new skills in Adobe software, to increase my productivity, and to save money for my wedding.

Amy: …to cook more vegetarian food at home, and to make time for creative writing.

Mackenzie: …to be more intentional and mindful about the ways in which I use my time, and to grow as a writer by starting and maintaining a journal for personal reflection/growth, thoughts and ideas.

Allie:… to drink more water and less coffee, and to experiment more with different styles and textures in my design work.

Joey: …to read more outside of the office, as a way to wind down from the day and to further educate myself on topics that interest me.

Rachel: …to read more books and learn something new each day, both personally and professionally.

Katie: …to learn how to cook, to do some DIY home decorating projects, and to make time everyday to stay organized.

Gillian: …to learn at least one new skill, and to create something on a regular basis.

All Points Celebrates a Year of Positive Impact

All Points Celebrates a Year of Positive Impact

Driven by our core values, All Points strives to positively impact the communities in which we live and work through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations.

Through our Positive Impact program, which compromises quarterly volunteer initiatives, we’re able to engage philanthropically with Chicagoland groups that rely on outside support to make a significant difference on others’ lives.

In 2017, All Points donated our time and resources to several wonderful local organizations. In March, our team spent an afternoon working with Bernie’s Book Bank to collect, process and distribute quality new and gently used books to at-risk children in the area. In June, we visited Oakton Community College’s community garden, where we planted and harvested fruits and vegetables before taking them to a local food pantry.

In September, the All Points team worked with Cradles to Crayons to sort through clothing to make packages for children in need in Chicago. Finally, in December, we visited The Family Tree to donate our gently used clothing, kitchen items and books to the community thrift spot that gives vouchers to local families.

Volunteering with each organization was a rewarding experience for the entire team. We look forward to carrying on All Points’ Positive Impact tradition and giving back through various initiatives for years to come.

Check out our Facebook page for photos of our 2017 events!

All Points PR Looks Ahead to 2018

All Points PR Looks Ahead to 2018

As the year comes to a close, the All Points team gathered for one final 2017 team seminar to reflect on our growth as an agency and individuals in the past year, as well as to look ahead to exciting new things in 2018.

Our team seminar was hosted by Lauren Izaks who shared a video of 2017 All Points highlights – from team outings and philanthropic volunteer days to conferences and presentations, the whole All Points family had the chance to remember all the fun we had.

Click here to watch the video.

In addition, Lauren shared her vision for the year ahead, including continued growth, even more learning and of course, lots of teambuilding.

As we anticipate the new year, we’re excited to see where 2018 takes us and our clients. Stay tuned for more news from All Points in the new year!

NIFA Hosts Fall Luncheon at Google Headquarters

NIFA Hosts Fall Luncheon at Google Headquarters

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), founded by All Points PR executive team Jamie and Lauren Izaks as well as friend and Marks & Klein lawyer Andrew Bleiman, hosts quarterly events, continuing its work of education the Chicagoland’s franchise community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day.

2017 was a strong year for NIFA, with four fabulous events including:

  • March Luncheon, sponsored by Laner Muchin and co-hosted by Job Creators Network (JCN), held at Chicago’s River Roast with keynote speaker Stephen Bienko about “Franchise 3.0: Scaling the Franchise Model”
  • May Luncheon, sponsored by Patriot Software and held at Joy District in River North with keynote speaker Dr. Ben Litalien about “The Future of Franchising: A Look at the Global Shifts Disrupting Today’s Franchise Model”
  • Summer Social, sponsored by All Points Public Relations and Marks & Klein, held at Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville with a great raffle including Amazon and Apple products as well as Cubs tickets and more
  • Fall Luncheon, sponsored by Google, held at the Google Headquarters in the West Loop

The most recent event was the Fall Luncheon, during which nearly 100 guests networked at the beautiful Google Headquarters and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the unparalleled . NIFA membership enjoyed an invigorating keynote address by two of Google’s leaders, Lisa Landsman (Google Head of Industry, Restaurants) and Michelle Schumaker (Google Head of Sales Development, Retail & Tech Sectors), entitled “Maximizing Your Local Footprint through Digital.”

Michelle’s presentation centered on how digital advances influence consumers daily, and provided a unique perspective as both a Google innovator and a franchisee. Audience members were inspired to “be there, be useful and be ready” for digital innovations in the future. Among the helpful tools she imparted was the use of Test My Site, which helps business owners identify their website speed and how it stacks up to the competition in ease of use and loading time.

As always, NIFA stays committed to supporting the individuals and businesses in franchising at the franchisor, franchisee and supplier levels. Looking ahead, NIFA is planning a fantastic spring event – visit us at www.northernilfranchise.org to keep track of the latest developments.

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