Matt Hamrick Digital Marketing Specialist

Meet Outreach’s Digital Marketing Specialist, Matt!

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Meet Outreach’s Digital Marketing Specialist, Matt!

Outreach Promotional Solutions is kicking off 2018 by adding Digital Marketing Specialist, Matt Hamrick, to the team! Matt will lead all digital marketing activities for Outreach and its clients.

Matt Hamrick is an award-winning marketing and communications professional residing in Columbus, Ohio. Having spent the past six years in both agency and corporate environments, he’s worked with clients in the healthcare, higher education, and professional services industries. Matt graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication and English.

  1. What three traits define you?
    Imaginative. Persistent. Expressive.
  2. What are you most excited for in your new role?
    Mapping out marketing strategies with clearly defined goals. I want to help small businesses who haven’t embraced social media to see the impact it can have on their business.
  3. What is one thing you cannot resist?
    Carbs. Everything bagels, rice, pasta… they are essential to life.
  4. Best place you have traveled to and why?
    I’ve been to New York quite a few times and love everything about it. It is the greatest example of a melting pot in America. I try to experience different historical landmarks and eateries every time I visit.
  5. If you could be anyone who would you be?
    Justin Timberlake. He doesn’t seem to be capable of doing anything wrong. From his music and acting to his SNL sketches and style, he’s someone worthy of admiration.
  6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you!
    I wrote songs with SONY recording artists in my teen years… then I realized you can’t be a star if you’re terrified of the stage, so that dream got killed off pretty quickly.

Are you considering strengthening your social media or email marketing activities this year? Contact Matt at or contact us here.

Business Events

Upcoming Business Events to Attend

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Upcoming Business Events

Over the next month, we are proud to be a partner with several of our Ohio business partners, COSE, Columbus Business First, Sync Three, Black Pages Ohio and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Together we are partnering for several up-and-coming business events in October and November. These events consist of conventions and expos.

Our team believes in the power of trade shows and event marketing. These resources help provide a great platform to build awareness, generate new leads and increase opportunities.

Check our the latest upcoming business events:

LeVeque Vertical 5K – Saturday, October 21, 2017

Join the Greater Columbus Sports Commission on Saturday, October 21 for the inaugural LeVeque Fitness Festival & Vertical 5K. Located at the iconic LeVeque Parking Garage, this event will showcase local athletic groups and fun fitness opportunities. The race day packet pick up begins 7:30 am and the race starts at 11 am. After the race is over, enjoy music, food and drinks with friends at the rooftop celebration overlooking City Hall and Downtown Columbus. Parking is limited in LeVeque garage with additional parking in surrounding areas.

Date and Time
Saturday, October 21
7 am – 3 pm

Entry Fee 2017
$25 through October 6
$30 through race day (or until sold out)

LeVeque Tower Garage, 40 N. Front St
Columbus, Ohio 43215

The 2017 Sync Three Conference The Human Element – November 1st

Jeff Elder, the owner of Sync Three has created an innovative conference in the Columbus area. The Sync Three conference combines marketing, sales, networking and business from a more human perspective. In today’s world, the stakes are higher than ever and change is no longer an option. Make changes to your business needs to help grow your business.

Date and Time
Wed, November 1, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT

6600 Kilgour Pl. Dublin, OH 43017

The Diversity Business Mixer – November 1st

This great opportunity for small business owners and corporations allows you to meet, network and promote your services among a number of attendees from a wide-array of different industries. Similar to other networking events, the “Diversity Business Mixer” will pave the way for business-to-business enhancement by bringing together small businesses who typically, might not have secured each others in the past.

Black Pages Oho is projecting an estimated 250 attendees. If you are interested in sponsoring the event check out the latest criteria:

Event Sponsor – $950
– Half page Ad in the summit Magazine valued at $1500
– Noted as event sponsor throughout the event
– Noted as event sponsor on printed, promotional marketing, direct mail and website
– Database of all registered attnedees
– Single exhibitor space (6ft skirted table, two chairs)

Exhibitor Space – $250
– Single exhibitor space (6ft skirted table, two chairs)

Witness speakers Ilene Shapiro, Executive for County of Summit and Nicholas Browning, Akron Region President for Huntington Bank. The event is free to attend and open to the business community!

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 1st
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

532 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio

Free to Attend

19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo – November 8th

The Family Business Expo is a great way to showcase your business, products or services to more than 600 family business leaders and advisers who attend the Awards Program celebrating the accomplishments of Central Ohio family businesses. Expo tables are available to Conway Center members, service providers and honorees. More than 50 family businesses and advisers will be showcased at the Expo held prior to the awards program. For more information, check out our latest blog about the 19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo.

Date & Time
November 8th
10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Hilton Easton
3900 Chagrin Dr. Columbus, OH 43219

Grow Your Business Expo – November 14

Meet dozens of Columbus- area business owners, service providers and professionals who are motivated to do business with you. Expand your network and generate new business leads. For more information check out meet business professionals – Grow Your Business Expo 2017.

Free to attend

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 14
2:30 pm – :30 pm

COSI – 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

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Grow Your Business Expo

Meet Business Professionals – Grow Your Business Expo 2017

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Grow Your Business Expo

Are you a small business owner? Are you looking to network with other professionals in the area? Look no further but to attend Grow Your Business Expo 2017, presented by Columbus Business First, on Nov. 14 at COSI. Admission is free!

Meet with dozens of Columbus – area business owners, service providers and professionals who are motivated to do business with you. Expand your network and generate new business leads at the Grow Your Business Expo.

Premium Exhibit – $600

  • Display table with premium placement and linen
  • Opportunity to include marketing piece in expo bags
  • Mailing list of attendees (excluding emails)
  • Name recognition on event promotions
  • Business card in November 10th issue of Columbus Business First
  • Free, pre-expo prep course on how to maximize your expo experience

Standard Exhibit – $300

  • Display table with linen
  • Name recognition on event promotions
  • FREE, pre-expo prep course on how to maximize your expo experience

We are happy to be a partner of Grow Your Business Expo with Columbus Business First. Join us and register below to start growing your business today!

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Conway Center Awards

Join Us at the 19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo

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The 19th Annual Conway Center Awards & Expo

Join us and celebrate the accomplishments of Central Ohio family businesses at the 19th Annual Family Business Awards & Expo. We are happy to be a partner with Conway Center for Family Business for this year’s Conway Center Awards. The event promotes local businesses and awards them for their success they have achieved in the local Central Ohio area.

19th Annual Family Business Awards

November 8, 2017

Time:  10 am – 1:30 pm
Expo – 10 am – 12 noon
Awards – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hilton Easton 3900 Chagrin Dr. Columbus, OH 43219

Luncheon Seat Pricing:
Members and Honorees: $65 per person/ $450 per table of 8
Non Members: $85 per person/ $650 per table of 8

Expo Table Pricing:
$275 – Includes 2 luncheon tickets and one 6 foot display table with 2 chairs.

Awards being announced:

Family Business of the year
Lifetime Achievement
Community Engagement Winner
Re-Invention Winner
Succession Planning Winners
Milestone Awards

We are proud to announce we are receiving a milestone award for 5 years in business. Thank you Conway Center for Family Business. This a great appreciation and we are honored to achieve this accomplishment.

Join us and many others November 8th to celebrate our local businesses!


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Trade Show Experience

Make the most out of your Trade Show Experience – Expo 2017

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Name: Expo 2017 Training
Date: October 3, 2017
Time: 8:00AM – 9:30AM

Event Description:

Expo 2017 is open to ALL Conway Center members! Learn what it takes to make the most out of your next Trade Show experience. Discover the strategies, goals, staffing and effective giveaways to employ to help generate leads for your business.

As a Conway Center member, we will help provide ideas, inspiration, a trade show tip sheet, and a 25% discount on any and all items you order for the upcoming  Family Business Expo. To learn more about our company, check out the rest of our blog!

Topics addressed include:

  • How to develop strategy
  • Determining incentives
  • Securing materials
  • Staff training
  • Booth design
  • Measuring results
  • Lead follow up

Following the Expo, use these tips and trick on November 8th for the Awards Expo. This program recognizes family businesses that have:

  • Successfully transferred the leadership of the company from one generation to the next
  • Found a unique solution to a complex business problem
  • Made a contribution to our community
  • Gone above and beyond the call of duty to help an employee, customer or vendor

Don’t miss this chance to help grow your business!  This Expo training is open to ALL Conway Center Members

National Service Dog Month

Celebrate National Service Dog Month September 2017

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September Awareness – National Service Dog Month

September is here! And that means it’s the end of summer, a beginning of a new school year, football has returned and time to celebrate National Service Dog Month. Originally known as National Guide Dog Month, this is one of the most influential observances in the month of September. National Service Dog Month is a commemoration for the work of guide dogs in the United States. The purpose of the observance is to help raise awareness, appreciation and support for guide dogs across the nation.

This observance was established in 2008 by the International Guide Dog Federation. The initial goal for the observance was for it to act as a fundraising drive to benefit non-profit organizations. The idea was inspired by Dick Van Patten, an American actor and the founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods.

Where it began

Patten was impressed by the intelligence and training of these phenomenal dogs when he visited a campus in Palm Springs, California. While he was there, Patten was blindfolded and received support from a trained guide dog to assist him around a path. With this first-hand experience, Patten appreciated the assistance and mobility these dogs provided people with disabilities, and he garnered a passion for guide dogs.

After educating himself more about guide dogs, Patten soon learned it costs over $40,000 to raise and train these animals. Along with the money, Patten also realized it can be a strenuous task to train a puppy into a guide dog. It takes a lot of hard-work, effort and patience, and in the end, it can take up to two years to properly train one dog in becoming a handlers’ protector.

Patten became determined and inspired to raise awareness, money and support for guide dog schools.

In 2008, Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods generated promotions to ensure all money raised would benefit non-profit, Guide Dogs of the Desert. Then, he gained support from the Petco Foundation, to organize a fundraising campaign through their retail stores. With the accreditation by the International Guide Dog Federation, National Guide Dog Month was established with the hope to benefit non-profit guide dog schools. The observance was successful, and has only continued to grow among the years.

Guide dogs provide companionship, inspire passion, protect and assist their handlers. With proper training, these dogs help accomplish lifelong goals, perform tasks, embark on adventures and overcome debilitating mental illnesses across the world. It is very important to recognize these dogs and help support the non-profit organizations (Pilot Dogs, Guide Dogs of America, Guide Dogs of the Desert and Guide Dogs for the Blind) that spend all their hard work training these dogs to become a best friend for their handlers.

Here in Columbus, Pilot Dogs is a non-profit organization that trains and raises puppies into guide dogs. This great organization has been serving the blind and visually impaired community since 1950. Over the years and with the help of donations, Pilot Dogs has trained over 7,500 individuals in the use of their guide dogs.

We hope you support these great non-profits, like Pilot Dogs and many more, and continue to help raise awareness for service dogs!

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Helped Raise $2000+

We helped Raise $2000+ for Non-Profit She Has A Name

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We Helped Raise $2000+ at our Tailgate for Charity

The night was beautiful, fun and full of Ohio State fans cheering the Buckeyes to an opening day victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Buckeye Tailgate for Charity 2017 was a huge success, and it is all because of the great people who donated monetary and non-monetary funds to support charity, She Has A Name. Together we helped raise $2000+ at the event and all the proceeds benefited She Has A Name.

She Has A Name is a community of abolitionists dedicated to fighting human trafficking through education, collaboration and care. If interested in learning more about this wonderful charity click here.

We are honored to be able to share this accomplishment with the Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP Club) who helped put together a wonderful event with an outstanding atmosphere. We firmly believe in the tremendous impact both the CYP Club and She Has A Name provided throughout the Columbus area and beyond!

Thank you all for your donations, care and support. We hope to only accomplish this feat and more for next year!

Human Trafficking

Meet She Has A Name – A Resource for Survivors of Human Trafficking

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In 2016, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported 1352 calls and 375 cases of human trafficking in the state of Ohio. The United Nations identifies human trafficking based off of actions such as exploiting, recruiting through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of sexual or labor exploitation. Human Trafficking is very serious and an issue that troubles many women and men in the world. This crime can leave many survivors needing help and support.

That is why we all are grateful for wonderful non-profit organizations such as She Has A Name. She Has A Name is a strong community of abolitionists that exists to fight human trafficking through education, collaboration and survivor care. Based in Columbus Ohio, She Has A Name has educated hundreds of Ohio residents and that number only continues to grow.

They began as a small community of abolitionists selling t-shirts to help support a cause, and have grown into a community dedicated to support survivors and help them on their journey. In 2016, She Has A Name partnered with over 20 organizations and helped impact over 200 survivors. With over 1200 hours of volunteer work, it is no wonder why this great organization continues to grow and has been able to build partnerships, develop strong resources and impact lives.

She Has A Name has become a vessel of resources for survivors of human trafficking. Their passion to help and support survivors has led them to partner with organizations such as CleanTurn, a Columbus based company working to employ individuals with various barriers to employment. This partnership like many others has helped survivors transition out of addiction, imprisonment, and other challenges and has brought them meaningful opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. By providing full support, love, care and trust, She Has A Name hopes to continue to impact all of those who have suffered from human trafficking, and help them thrive in their community and society.

Coming up soon, we have partnered with the Columbus Young Professionals Club in sponsoring Tailgate for Charity on 8/31 2017. Proceeds benefit She Has A Name as we all help to fight Human Trafficking. If you are interested in attending you can register here.

After a few years, She Has A Name has went from a start-up to a robust ministry and resource for the community. Your gifts have helped support their cause and aid survivors from this horrific crime. If you would like to generously invest into the community and donate to She Has A Name, click here.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.


Meet Our Newest Team Member, Jordan!

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Our team continues to grow! We are excited to welcome our newest team member, Jordan McBride!

Jordan is a graduate from Kent State University with a specialization in Advertising and Marketing. He comes to us from Toyota Material Handling Ohio, where he was the Marketing Coordinator for a year. He will help bring his digital marketing experience and passion for writing into the work place.

When he is not hard at work, you will find Jordan participating in baseball, basketball or football events, exercising, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. Recently, he wrote and produced a short film and won second place in a local film festival in the Northeast Ohio area.

We asked Jordan a few questions to get to know him better:

  1. What three traits define you?
    Creative, Compassionate, Hard-working
  2. What are you most excited for in your new role?
    Working with different clients, while helping generate growth for Outreach Promotional Solutions.
  3. What is one thing you cannot resist?
    Watching Green Bay Packer Games, Sports and Movies
  4. Best place you have traveled to and why?
    Destin, Florida. The ocean was beautiful. It is on the gulf coast of Florida, and the ocean is so tropical, the people were very nice and the weather was amazing
  5. If you could be anyone who would you be?
    Lebron James or Christopher Nolan
  6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you!
    I had a baseball scholarship to Kent State, but I tore both of my labrums.

Welcome to the team, Jordan! If you get a moment, please shoot Jordan an email at and welcome him to the team!

Tailgate for Charity

Outreach Promotional Solutions is Partnering with CYP Club for 2017 Tailgate for Charity benefiting She has a Name

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Over the last few years, Outreach Promotional Solutions has held its signature event, Tailgate for Charity, during the college football season. The goal of the event is to raise money and awareness for local charities as well as bring the community together to enjoy Buckeye football. Outreach has raised over $6,000 for several charities over the last three events. Benefiting charities have included, Dress for Success Columbus, United Schools Network, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA of Franklin County and I know I can.

This year, the college football season kicks off on Thursday night, August 31st at 8pm as the Buckeyes travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers. To celebrate the new season, CYP Club is partnering with Outreach on this year’s Tailgate for Charity. The event is being held at the Blarney Stone in Worthington to benefit She Has a Name. She Has a Name is a strong community of abolitionists that exists to fight human trafficking through education, collaboration, and survivor care.

“We are excited to join CYP Club for a fun event that will bring young professionals and football fans together to raise money for a charity that makes a difference in the lives of those that are impacted by human trafficking,” says Nevin Bansal, President & CEO of Outreach Promotional Solutions.

Tickets are only $5 and the event features Land Grant Brewing, Buckeye Vodka, live feed of the game, tator tot bar, 50/50 raffle and giveaways!