What’s in a Name? A Lot after Nearly 40 Years!

Posted on April 8, 2019 By

Google was formerly known as BackRub; Pepsi-Cola was originally called Brad’s Drink; and IBM was once Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation. Not only has Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. changed its name to Cg, with the help of Single Throw Marketing, Wall, N.J., the almost 40-year-old award-winning accounting, tax, and business consulting firm has changed its branding, logo, website, its tagline, and social media messaging to reflect a more modern firm that still maintains it unwavering business values and support for community initiatives and charitable causes*.

Founded in 1982, Cg Tax, Audit & Advisory services individuals, small businesses, major corporations, charitable organizations, and a variety of industries, including construction, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, nonprofits, professional services, and more. In addition to traditional tax services, Cg provides business consulting and advisory, business accounting, estate planning, healthcare accounting and consulting, forensic and valuation services, compliance and auditing, among others services.

Stephen Reed, CPA, PSA, CGMA, shareholder in Cg, said, “The name Cg is a nod to the firm’s founders, Don Cowan and R. Joseph Gunteski. Both Don and Joe have done incredible work with establishing the firm, its employees, and its culture. Not only is the name “Cg” symbolic of the work that went into the firm and our extensive experience, but also a name that demands attention and attracts a curiosity to learn more.”

By remaining focused on the road ahead™, Cg’s new tagline, Cg continues to help its clients now but also to plan for a profitable future. Donald A. Cowan, CPA, PFS, PSA, CFP®, Cg’s managing director, said, “When looking at our new logo, you can’t help but notice the viewfinder brackets designed to represent our laser-focused approach to helping clients. The financial world is changing faster than any other time in history. Our clients require us to be progressive, agile, focused, and always looking forward.”

Cg has received many honors for its work and commitment to others. The firm was named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey each year from 2007 through 2016 and in 2019. In 2009, the Accountants Media Group, publishers of Accounting Today, Accounting Technology, CPA Wealth Provider, Practical Accountant and the host of WebCPA.com named the firm the fifth Best Accounting Firm to Work For in the nation. From 2016 – 2018, Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A., now known as Cg, has been named a Top 300 Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting, and NJBIZ ranked the firm as a Top 10 Privately Held Accounting Firm in New Jersey in 2016.

Cg Tax, Audit & Advisory is an affiliate of CPAmerica, Inc., a network of over 75 large independent accounting firms in the United States, along with the worldwide offices of Crowe Global. Cg’s affiliate Cg Healthcare Solutions, LLC , a medical billing and healthcare consulting company, is also included in the rebranding with a new logo and website.

For more information, visit Cg at cgteam.com or call 732-676-4100.

*Charitable Affiliations and Awards: Cg employees and the firm are involved in supporting numerous nonprofit and service organizations throughout the state, including United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties; The NJ Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Cystic Fibrosis Support Center; CPC Behavioral Healthcare; the Monmouth Regional and the Lakewood chambers of commerce; and the MODC (Monmouth & Ocean Development Council). Cg participates annually in the United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties’ Day of Action community service initiative and donates annually to the NJ Institute for Disabilities in their Holiday Gift Card Drive.

Cg and Managing Director Donald A. Cowan, a past president and current board member of the United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, were honored by the United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties at its 2015 Gala. Stephen Reed, a member of MODC’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, was honored in 2018 by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for his community dedication. Shareholder Deborah Mathis, CPA, CHBC, received the Warren G. Christenson and Young Altruistic Professional Awards in 2006 and 2010 from the United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties for her community involvement and philanthropy. She was also honored as a 2014 Woman of Achievement by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and serves on the United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties’ Women United Campaign.

In 2018, Marketing Manager Danielle Bagdzinski raised almost $40,000 for the NJ Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for its mission to find a cure for blood cancer. In 2018 the Monmouth Regional Chamber nominated her for the International ATHENA® Young Professional Leadership Award, and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore named Bagdzinski a 2017 Phenomenal Woman Under 40.

About Cg Tax, Audit & Advisory: The Offices of Cg are at 730 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724; and 40 Bey Lea Road, Suite A101, Toms River, NJ 08753.

Abbreviations: PSA: Public School Accountant; CGMA: Chartered Global Management Accountant; CFP: Certified Financial Planner; CHBC: Certified Healthcare Business Consultant

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Home Health Care Company Opens Newest Branch in Jersey City

Posted on April 5, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with headquarters in Eatontown, N.J., is opening a home health care branch in Jersey City, New Jersey, at 26 Journal Square, Suite 1002. The public is invited to enjoy light refreshments, meet local dignitaries, and tour the facility on Thursday, May 2, 2019, beginning with a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 a.m. by Mayor Steven Michael Fulop.

PHHC, which has locations throughout New Jersey and several in Pennsylvania, provides a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care. PHHC, accredited by CHAP* (Community Health Accreditation Partner), works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

R.S.V.P. to Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886. For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, visit PreferredCares.com. *an accrediting organization for the home health care industry

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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Register Now to Participate in the Lakewood Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2019

Posted on April 5, 2019 By

On Monday, May 27, 2019, members of the Lakewood Township community will demonstrate their support and honor our veterans, the men and women who have served and are now serving in the military, with a Memorial Day Parade and services at the All War Memorial Amphitheater at Lake Carasaljo, North Lake Drive, Lakewood.

Any organization or group that would like to participate in The Memorial Day Parade should contact Sarah Kay in the Mayor’s office at 732-364-2500 Ext. 5973 or email skay@lakewoodnj.gov. as soon as possible for an application.

Participants in the Memorial Day ceremony will include many Lakewood Township officials. The ceremony will begin at the Review Stand in Town Square, Third Street and Clifton Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. The Parade will then pass the Review Stand, proceed down Clifton Avenue, making a right onto Main Street (Route 88), crossing Route 9 South, and proceeding the All War Memorial Amphitheater for the Memorial Day program. Transportation will be available to transport marchers from Lake Carasaljo back to the starting point of the parade.

Transportation will be available to transport marchers from Lake Carasaljo back to the starting point of the parade.

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Student Business Day and Luncheon Open to the Public

Posted on April 3, 2019 By

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood High School P.A.L.S. (Pupil Assisted Learning Services) Program are co-hosting a Student Business Day and Luncheon to give students a first-hand business and networking experience on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Teams of students will visit business host sponsors Dunkin Donuts, Gaming Laboratories International, Lakewood MUA, Lakewood Township Offices, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus to learn what these businesses do and how they operate.

The public is invited to join Chamber members, Student Business Day hosts, and LHS students for a luncheon (Kosher by request) and to share their business knowledge, at First Energy Park, Lakewood BlueClaws Executive Conference Center, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, at 11:00 a.m. The luncheon cost is $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers

For more information, contact Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood Chamber, 681 River Avenue, Suite 2F, Lakewood, N.J., at 732-363-0012 or visit www. Mylakewoodchamber.com.

The Mission of the Lakewood Chamber: The mission of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is to serve the needs of the business community by advocacy; i.e., representing the voice of the business community; advancing interaction and relationships among businesses for their collective best interest and that of the community; and enhancing business growth and success through education, services, and the development of programs for members.

About P.A.L.S. (Pupil Assisted Learning Services): P.A.L.S. is an elective class that includes four major components – civic participation, character development, career exploration, and service-learning. Students participate in projects and activities that make a difference by helping others, thus forming a link between school and community. Volunteering with community organizations enables students to use their free time productively. Learning experiences, such as job shadowing, mentoring, senior citizen outreach, computer tutoring, supervised childcare, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations, enriches everyone’s lives. P.A.L.S includes occasional after school, evening, or weekend events for which attendance may be required. For more information, call Gay Huggins-Dickey at 732-905-3500 Ext 7402.

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MATCH MADNESS Challenge Launched — Turning 50 Is a Great Challenge for Monmouth Day Care Center

Posted on April 2, 2019 By

We all face challenges as we grow older. For Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), Red Bank, who celebrated its 50th this year, however, that has proved to be a good thing! Two River Community Bank, a long-time supporter of MDCC, donated $25,000 in honor of MDCC’s 50th anniversary milestone and has pledged to match every dollar donated this year up to $25,000.

In response to this challenge, MDCC has launched MATCH MADNESS and is asking the community to help support the Match Madness Challenge, which will help the Center continue to provide a safe and stimulating environment that can nurture and challenge the children intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.

The money raised by MATCH MADNESS will also provide scholarships and a sliding scale of fees for those families who are in need, pay for necessary building upgrades; and help stock classrooms with necessary learning supplies and tools. Make checks payable to Monmouth Day Care Center or MDCC and mail them to MDCC, 9 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Write “Challenge” on check. Donations can also be made via credit card. Call 732.741.4313 or visit www.monmouthdaycarecenter1969.org and click on the Donate Button.

Heidi Zaentz, executive director of MDCC, said, “The Match Madness Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for Monmouth Day Care Center to continue its mission to help others. With the support of the community, we look forward to meeting this fabulous challenge.”

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities. MDDC offers scholarships and fees on a sliding scale for families who qualify. Families who do not qualify for government support but cannot afford the full cost of care receive tuition assistance based on a sliding scale fee due to substantial community fundraising efforts of the Board. Call 732-741-4313 with questions or for more information.

About Monmouth Day Care Center: Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., has eight classrooms; two playgrounds; a multi-purpose room that also serves as an indoor gym; a library; and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children from two months to five years old, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who come from families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can attend full- or part-time. Contracts for tuition are maintained with the Division of Family Development, including Work First New Jersey Program and New Jersey Cares for Kids. Visit www.monmouthdaycarecenter1969.org. for more information.

History of Monmouth Day Care Center: MDCC began with just one class of children in 1969. It was the first Monmouth County School to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and star-rated by Grow NJ Kids. It was established under the sponsorship of the Revitalization Corps, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Red Bank Section, Junior League of Monmouth County, Council of Churches, and Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Central New Jersey.

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Mom and Sister of Special Needs Student Provide Insights into Developing Positive Relationships

Posted on March 30, 2019 By

Special education students, their parents, teachers and staff are faced with a delicate balance in communicating, relating to each other, and building relationships. Jo-Ann Turning*, Tinton Falls, whose son attends the Harbor School, Eatontown, one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools, and Anna Turning, sister of the student and a senior at St Rose High School, Belmar, recently presented “Strengthening Relationships Between Professionals and Parents” to more than 50 Harbor School staff members.

Erik Glazner, the RKS supervisor of instruction for the Alpha, Gateway, and Harbor Schools, said, “As professionals it is extremely important to exhibit good interpersonal skills, such as verbal communication, listening skills, and the basics of interactions among everyone so we can communicate and develop a level of trust with our families.”

During their talk, the Turnings stressed the importance of being responsive and having the right attitude. They asked attendees to just “Imagine you are me….” To that end, an on-going self-assessment is essential for everyone. Questions, such as do I exhibit warmth, strength; am I likable; trust-worthy; competent? will help build strong relationships and focus on the needs of parents and students.

Parents need to know that each professional knows their special needs student well. No one wants just another IEP (Individualized Education Program). What does this student do really well? Did this student do anything that surprised you or made you laugh? What makes this student happy most often during the school day?

Everyone seemed to agree that setting goals higher and acknowledging a student’s potential give parents hope.

The Harbor School; the Gateway School, Carteret; and the Alpha School, Jackson, provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitively impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

For more information or information about school enrollment, contact Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.                                                                                       *Jo-Ann Turning named her website “Bacon and Juice Boxes” after her son’s two favorite foods — Oscar Meyer bacon and Capri Sun juice boxes.

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Fans across the Globe to Celebrate The Strawbs’ 50th Anniversary at the Strand Theater, Lakewood, This April

Posted on March 26, 2019 By

Fans from across the globe will be traveling to the historic Strand Theater, Lakewood, N.J., April 26-28, 2019, for the weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Strawbs, considered iconic progressive rock legends. Fans will enjoy exclusive musical performances, a Food Truck Fiesta, dinner, and a Strawbs’ Farewell Brunch.

“In 2009, we celebrated our 40th year with a weekend party in Twickenham, England,” says Cousins. “Now, we’re bringing the party across the pond so that more of our North American fans can be part of the celebration. I expect it will be a raucous celebration of every era of our music, along with a lot of socializing and maybe the odd pint of beer.”

Ray Coles, co-producer of Strawbs’ 50th Anniversary Weekend, noted that musical performances will feature the current band, special guests, and many of the artists who have contributed to the band’s sound over its five-decade history.

The Strawbs’ current line-up includes founding member David Cousins* along with long-standing band members Chas Cronk, Dave Lambert, and Tony Fernandez, and the band’s latest addition, Dave Bainbridge.

Confirmed special guests include Producer Tony Visconti, Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam, electronic music pioneer Larry Fast, Strawbs/Bee Gees keyboardist Blue Weaver, author/musician Wesley Stace, Hooters front man Eric Bazilian, Strawbs/Nashville Teens/Renaissance/Spooky Tooth keyboardist John Hawken, Strawbs/Hudson Ford bassist John Ford, Strawbs guitarist Brian Willoughby performing in his folk duo with Cathryn Craig, and a special tribute set featuring Richard Barone, Pete Donnelly, Sophie B Hawkins, Dag Juhlin, David Lewis, David Nagler, Bridget St. John & Tammy Faye Starlite. The UN Singers, the 40-member United Nations Choir, will join the band for the grand finale on Saturday.

Tickets are still available for Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. Single-day and two-day tickets are available at www.strand.org. VIP Tickets are sold out. For additional information, contact Ray Coles at 732.691.9989 or by email raycoles@teknetinc.com or visit www.strawbs50.com

*Dave Cousins, Strawbs’ lead vocalist and principal songwriter, has been described by the influential All Music Guide as “the most talented Dylan-influenced songwriter to come out of England.” Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the band’s 1974 release Hero & Heroine among the Top 50 Progressive Rock Albums of All Time. Music legend Tony Visconti, best known for his work with David Bowie and The Moody Blues, places Strawbs’ Dragonfly among the top albums he’s ever produced.

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Job Fair for RNs, LPNs, and CHHAs This Friday in Robbinsville

Posted on March 25, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services is holding an open house and job fair for RN, LPN, and CHHA positions on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Robbinsville, New Jersey at 1 Washington Boulevard, Suite 7.

Join Preferred for lunch and a gift card raffle. Part- and full-time shifts are available. Benefits at Preferred include flexible work schedules; weekly pay; paid time off; and medical, dental, and supplemental insurances.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Interested candidates can apply on site. Bring a resume, driver’s license, social security card, and a license as either an RN, an LPN, or a CHHA. Applicants can also apply online at PreferredCares.com.

For more information about the Job Fair or job opportunities, call 609-944-4100. For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or 732-547-9886, or visit PreferredCares.com.

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Israel Bonds Brunch to Honor Stephanie and Joel Markel

Posted on March 25, 2019 By

Israel Bonds of New Jersey will be honoring Stephanie and Joel Markel, Sunday April 7, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, at the Marlboro Jewish Center (MJC), 103 School Road West, Marlboro, NJ 07746.

Stephanie and Joel Markel, MJC members, are being recognized for their strong commitment as proud Jewish Americans. It was in the Flatbush Yeshiva, their high school in Brooklyn, that the Markels first developed their friendship and strong feelings for their Jewish heritage and the State of Israel.

Lily Markel, the family matriarch and a Hungarian survivor of Auschwitz, lost her entire family during the Holocaust. Her son Joel Markel honored the experience of his mother and the millions of victims of the Jewish genocide by becoming the founder and executive producer of Ottimo Films, a company that produced Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free), a 70-minute documentary that tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Rome, September 1943 through June 1944.

Stephanie Markel said, “Joel wanted to bring this story to an American audience because it enables us to understand the atrocity of the Holocaust in an intimate way, giving names and faces to the reality of the millions of people lost forever.”

Oro Macht Frei won Best International Documentary at the 13th annual Garden State Film Festival, Atlantic City.

Stephanie and Joel are well known for their humanitarian and philanthropic work throughout the area, including their ongoing support of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF), which provides free specialized services to New Jersey families who are caring for a child with cancer. Joel has served as ECF’s president for several years in a row.

They have also made a long-term commitment to the Homeless Health Initiatives, a volunteer outreach program run by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). PHHC provides medical personnel to a West Philadelphia homeless shelter to give children checkups, among other medical care.

Joel is currently a member of Brothers for Life whose mission is “injured soldiers helping injured soldiers.” He is a member of Chhange – Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education.

To register for the Israel Bonds Brunch, call 973-712-1407.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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David Leta, Marketing Manager, Featured Speaker at April 9 Lunch Meeting

Posted on March 25, 2019 By

David Leta, Brick, a marketing manager and creative consultant for New Jersey legal, medical, real estate, and financial practices, is presenting “Fifteen Minutes to Your Unique Selling Proposition” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, 400 Route 70 West, Lakewood, N.J. The cost is $15 and includes Charlie Brown’s salad bar, a lunch entrée, a beverage, and an educational presentation. Walk-ins welcome.

His company Business Image focuses on marketing strategies, techniques, and implementing campaigns for a wide-range of businesses, helping them brand and re-brand their messages through the correct channels of communication that influence their High Value Prospects the most.

In his talk, Leta, the president of Business Image, will help attendees discover what makes their product or service so unique it will stand out in a customer’s mind. Leta provides guidance for individuals and businesses who are struggling and confused with their marketing.

Leta said, “Discovering your unique selling proposition is vital to your marketing strategy. The reason is that it efficiently and effectively targets an interested audience. It saves you a massive amount of time prospecting, and you can qualify and un-qualify prospects quickly. At no point are your marketing dollars wasted.”

Leta received B.A. in graphic design and visual communication from Kean University, Union, N.J. He worked at Aqua Field Publications, Red Bank, a major field and sport publication, as an illustrator and art director. Before he established Business Image in 1984, Leta owned Sign Language, a sign, trade-show, and branding company in Brick.

For more information, contact Leta at TheBusinessImage.com or call 732-458-6674.

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