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WIMS Client Spotlight Sunny Money Solar

WIMS Consulting Client/Portfolio Company Spotlight: Sunny Money Solar

Sunny Money Solar was recently formed by professionals from within and outside the solar industry. The team has extensive experience with both the positive and the negative aspects of the energy, so they set out to create a much better organization from the ground up. While the company is based in Charlotte, NC, the team is spread across the US and can serve most of the US already.

Not only did they create the best work environment and conditions for their sales and install professionals (which in turn creates the best product for their customers), but they’re also creating an entire community as well. For example, the referral partner program that is launching is going to help generate substantial income and revenue for those involved.

While it may still seem a bit futuristic or cost prohibitive, according to the US Department of Energy, “Solar energy can help to reduce the cost of electricity, contribute to a resilient electrical grid, create jobs and spur economic growth, generate back-up power for nighttime and outages when paired with storage, and operate at similar efficiency on both small and large scales.”

There are so many incentives available right now to encourage more widespread adoption of solar energy that it makes this decision much more compelling. These incentives also reduce the downside risk and increase the upside. If you’re interested in taking a deep dive into the basics of solar energy, you can check out this guide also from the DOE, Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar.

The team at Sunny Money realized a great opportunity to create an environment in which installment and sales professionals are supported and held to the highest ethical standard. They strive to put the best solar systems together for their clients and ensure the process is smooth from start to finish.

They believe in a core set of principles:

  1. That solar is the wave of the future and with a strong sales and install team, can assist in educating the public and providing a platform to create savings for their customers and enhance the adoption of renewable energy.
  2. That trust and integrity are the only things they truly have and control in this world. They know that once their word is broken, it cannot be undone.
  3. There are many options for going solar, some good and some bad. It is their job to help their customers navigate them and do what is best for them. At times, this may come at the expense of making a sale.
  4. They pride themselves on educating people first and not pressuring them into a sale.
  5. They use only the best installers and the best materials. They do not cut corners in the installation process and will ensure your project is completed in a timely and professional manner. They will be by your side throughout until your system is turned on and generating power.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of solar power, reviewing potential financial incentives within your area, becoming a referral partner, or setting up a consultation, visit https://www.sunnymoney123.com.

WIMS Client Spotlight Lincoln James Capital

WIMS Client Spotlight: Lincoln James Capital

Lincoln James Capital is a commercial real estate firm based in Charlotte, NC, but operating throughout the South East USA, that specializes in arranging debt for their multifamily and commercial real estate clients’ needs. They operate daily to earn their reputation as a customer-focused, honest, and dedicated company. Lincoln James Capital simplifies the process of getting the commercial loans you need, so you can move forward with confidence.

They’ve completed over $1 billion in commercial loan transactions.

Lincoln James Capital Specializes in arranging financing for commercial real estate properties and businesses through their expansive network of lenders. With lots of loan program options to choose from, they offer you mortgage alternatives that suit your specific loan situation. And every aspects of the loan process—from the initial loan application to closing are handled by their carefully selected mortgage and in-house closing experts. This helps to speed up the entire loan process and get you the best mortgage terms within a shorter period. Their ultimate goal is to save their clients time and money!

Their core tenants include:

  • Commercial Real Estate Financing Unleashed – They provide creative financing solutions to commercial property owners through their extensive lender relationships, in-depth market knowledge, and the determination to exceed expectations.
  • Certainty of Execution – In uncertain times, their clients have come to trust that they will deliver on what they’ve promised.
  • Philosophy of Excellence – Integrity. Professionalism. Execution. Their philosophy of excellence demands the highest level of honesty, professionalism, and execution.

Visit their website and reach out to their Managing Partner Sokoni Scott to learn more about how they can help you get the financing you need for your commercial real estate project.

While you’re their make sure to check out their case studies section too!

 

About Mike Simmons & WIMS Consulting

Mike Simmons is the CEO of WIMS Consulting, a consulting firm and full-service marketing and sales agency specializing in marketing strategy, CRM programs, digital marketing, website development, business development, and additional services operating primarily in Charlotte, Miami, Tampa, and Southern California among other cities around the country. The firm’s ventures include equity positions in the following portfolio companies as well: EolianVR, ARRE (Augmented Reality Real Estate), Sunny Money Solar, and LDR BRD.

WIMS Client Spotlight: ClearVision Carolina Real Estate

Using 45+ collective years of experience in real estate, ClearVision Carolina seamlessly guides clients through commercial property purchases and sales. Their specialty is representing an asset to its highest and best use, creating the BEST sale for their clients. Their specialty is infill development opportunities in urban areas of Charlotte, NC. Because they understand the land development process, their success has grown in representing property owners, and Clearvision Carolina Real Estate has grown as quickly as Charlotte.

Commercial property is a science, but they make it easy. They believe that their skills as brokers will create better deals for clients, because their knowledge and active marketing finds the best deal possible for clients when they buy or sell. They work the territory, use their skills, and produce results for clients above and beyond expectations.

Over the years, they have helped clients understand their property, the Charlotte NC market, how buyers think, how sellers think, and how to create value for buyers and sellers using the brokerage services they offer.

Clearvision has been a member of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors since 2016, as well as CANOPY MLS Realtor association of Charlotte. They enjoy a business relationship with all other NC REALTORS, and they cooperate with all buyers who may be represented by their Realtor.

They are proud of their Charlotte, NC home and heritage. To inquire about their current properties or to list a property, visit https://www.clearvisioncarolina.com/.

WIMS Client Spotlight: Elevate Lifestyle

Elevate Lifestyle recently launched a new website and platform highlighting Charlotte’s popping spots of old and new, upcoming events, and entertainment news. They are committed to helping reinvigorate the hospitality industry and bring the Charlotte area back to life in 2021 and beyond!

Elevate Lifestyle is the leading source in Charlotte for entertainment and lifestyle information and is a proven way to reach a highly desirable demographic. These savvy consumers are brand literate, known for choosing quality merchandise, and are heavy spenders in fashion, lifestyle products, entertainment, and nightlife. This valuable demographic can help brands both invent and re-invent themselves.

Elevate Lifestyle targets the upwardly social, active, and affluent professionals who possess the means for comfort and luxury. Elevate Lifestyle readers are trendsetters between the ages of 25 and 44, who stay on top of the latest information on culture, dining, entertainment, fashion, fitness, lifestyle, and nightlife. They attend the city’s hottest social and sporting events. Elevate Lifestyle readers are the ones to impress.

Some features of Elevate Lifestyle include the “Best of the City” winners, the Top 30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Charlotte, and city guides that dissect areas of Charlotte.

Visit their website at https://elevatelifestyle.com/ to see all Charlotte has to offer and to inquire about possible advertisement, events, and sponsorships.

WIMS Client Spotlight: Commercial Carolina

Commercial Carolina brings wisdom, creativity, and innovation to the process of commercial real estate brokerage, investment, and development. Their goal is to offer a solution to your needs while exceeding expectations and deepening your relationship. They strive to achieve the best possible outcome in all endeavors and expect to be judged upon their results. Their firm utilizes up-to-the-minute technology including analytics software, wireless on-the-go connectivity, and client informatics and data mining from providers including Costar, Loopnet, and regional/local commercial listing services.

Services include:

  • Real Estate Development
  • Capital Investments
  • Tenant Brokerage

President Robert Settle has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage, investment, development, and financing. His expertise includes commercial property in the Eastern U.S. with over $200,000,000 + in closed transactions.

​As Commercial Carolina enjoys the advantages of technology, they know their success is truly grounded in “old-fashioned”, traditional values and methods. By providing the highest level of integrity and ethics in all matters, they will deepen their relationships and the value of their services with clientele.

Simply put, they will not be out-worked or out-thought by their competitors or out-of-sight when you need them. Check out their website https://www.commercialcarolina.net/ for more in-depth information on what they can do for you!

WIMS Client Spotlight: Let It Ride

Let It Ride is a new DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) app and website launching soon that was created behind the efforts of former Panthers receiver and North Carolina native Brenton Bersin. It is soon to hit the app store.

Let It Ride is an easy to use sports gaming platform for everyone. The platform focuses on the most exciting sports games: including player prop parlays, along with other picking pool competitions. With a competitive spirit, gamers can compete against the house or other users.

Their main game is Let It Ride, where users (you) pick from multiple player prop over/unders in an effort to get 3 correct, 5 correct, or 7 correct. If you choose any incorrectly, you lose your wager. If you get them all correct, you win. If you correctly pick 3, you have the option to cash out and end your ride, or let it ride in an effort to get 2 more correct to get to a parlay of 5. You then have the option again to cash out and end your ride at 5, or try and get to 7 correct. The longer the ride, the higher the payout.

Other games include:

  • DA$H is LIR’s spin on a lottery type game. DA$H is a pool type game where the the 1st user to get 20 picks in a row correct without getting one wrong, wins the jackpot.
  • OUTLA$T is our spin on a survivor pool. Located within the LIR app. Users will join pools of all different sizes and parameters. Competing head-to-head against other users. Each pool  offers different styles and reward.
  • PUR$E is LIR’s golf focused game. Choose by pool size or entry fee amount. In all pools, the user picks 10 golfers to make their lineup. Unlike other DFS apps, there is no salary cap, so the user can choose whoever they want. If they want the 10 best golfers in the tournament by World Ranking, they can pick them. This makes this game easy for all people to play.

Visit their website https://www.letitride.app/ to subscribe to to the wait list to receive early offers and follow the journey from the ground up. They are also launching a funding round shortly to continue growing and scaling, more details to come, send an email here if you’re interested in learning more about it, or you can visit this link as well.

They are also seeking early adopters to act as affiliates who will receive commission and other income opportunities. If you are interested in applying, click here.

WIMS Client Spotlight Amodernary Furniture Design

WIMS Client Spotlight: Amodernary Furniture Designs

Amodernary Furniture Designs is an interior design showroom located in the heart of South End Charlotte, North Carolina. They focus on custom built, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that bring any space to life. Their unique pieces are tailored to specific needs will leave anyone in awe.

Amodernary Furniture Design is also your local resource for interior design and elegant home décor. Their professional interior designers will help you select color themes, stylish furnishings, and accessories for any room in your home or office. They also have a showroom where you can browse their furniture selection (the vibe is incredible)!

Whether you want to transform your whole house or just one room, make sure you have a professional interior designer by your side. The interior designers at Amodernary Furniture Design have the skills and experience necessary to style your space with trendy appliances, home décor accessories, and furnishings.

The selection and design services focus on the following areas of your home/office space:

  • Great Room
  • Dining Room
  • Bedroom
  • Office
  • Lighting
  • Art
  • Décor
  • Outdoor

BRING STYLE TO YOUR HOME WITH AMODERNARY FURNITURE DESIGN

Visit their website at https://www.amodernary.com/ or call 704-390-0984 to schedule interior design consulting services from Amodernary Furniture Design – or stop by their showroom today. They have financing options, seasonal sales, and more to help bring your interior designing dreams to reality.

3 Ways Restaurants and Breweries Can Boost Marketing During COVID-19

3 Ways Restaurants and Breweries Can Boost Marketing During COVID-19

The restaurant and brewery industries are ones that COVID-19 has hit hardest as customers have literally been ordered to stay away from these establishments for months now. However, this does not mean that it is impossible to find ways to profit. Here are 3 ways to boost your restaurant and brewery marketing during COVID-19.

Update Your Online Assets

Your customers still want to eat your food and by now, they are most likely tired of cooking from home. They’re wondering whether you’re open and how they might benefit from one of your meals. Let your audience know how they can order from you by updating the following assets:

  • Website
  • Social media platforms
  • Google My Business

We have seen various methods of still serving customers, including curbside pickup, carryout, and home delivery. Update your website so it’s immediately clear that you’re open and offering one of these solutions. Provide your new hours and any specials that may be offered to help families in need during the pandemic.

Social media accounts can help highlight any new specials that you may be offering. Provide encouraging stories that point followers to the easiest way to get your food. In the “About” tab, make sure to reflect these added specials, new hours, and delivery methods.

Update these same changes on your Google My Business page so anyone looking you up online or in Google Maps discovers your new ways of doing business.

Be Empathetic About COVID-19

You know where every single one of your customers is right now. You know what each person is thinking because you are going through the same thing. You understand their fears and concerns about the future. Provide them empathy and comfort by personifying your business as much more than a business, but as people too. Marketing is not simply advertising; it is sharing your story with customers about why you are a business they should align themselves with.

You may fear that you’re taking advantage of a negative situation, but if you show value, customers will come. If you do it correctly, then you can become a shining light of hope for you customers.

Help customers understand that it’s acceptable to celebrate even during a pandemic. They simply should do so safely by social distancing. Help them understand that you’re here to provide comfort food and celebratory food to brighten their day a bit.

Offer Something Other Than Food & Beverages

We already know that margins are small in the food and beverage, so focus efforts on developing other avenues for revenue. Get creative and ask yourself what else you can offer. For example, how can you use gift cards or merchandise to increase overall profit during COVID-19?

Offer incentives for customers to purchase gift cards to give away to friends and family. It helps increase your revenue immediately and gets more awareness into the community that you’re open for business. In addition to giftcards, you can sell merchandise via an online store on your website.

There’s no need to see your restaurant or brewery suffer during COVID-19 if you get creative and proactive about your marketing. Don’t go on the defensive. Get on offense and become an inspiration for your local community.  

Socializing in a Socially Distanced World

Socializing in a Socially Distanced World by Evan Shirreffs

As young professionals, most of us are getting our careers started, attempting to make new friends outside of work, and networking for possible job opportunities that don’t involve surviving at the bottom of the totem poll at a 9-5. A lot of this socializing would typically come at happy hours and on weekends with visits to our favorite spots, but a huge disruption to the young professional lifestyle came with the onset of COVID-19. Our time to let loose became a time of added stress as we were pent up in our apartments, or even back home with our parents, as we waited for any sign of times returning to normal. One thing became clear as week after week brought new broken promises and spoiled expectations: the end of this mayhem was nowhere in sight, so we decided to make do in the meantime.

At first, this meant getting together with a small number of close friends for what normally would be pre-games. These gatherings still somewhat involved social distancing as our parents warned us that we couldn’t see them when we traveled back home if we were stupid enough to see other people, but the seed of times returning to normal was already planted.

At some point in the terrible reaction to the pandemic, the FOMO took over. Our cravings for those social settings that we so dearly missed slowly outgrew our fear of the pandemic. Naturally, we wanted to meet people and we wanted to try new things. As places began to re-open, we scrolled through social media, witnessing our friends start to go out again. Sparked by distrust of the conflicting news we received day in and day out, we were all soon flooding the doors of any place brave enough to host us. Whatever was open, we ran to with hopes of getting in before they reached capacity. We watched our favorite dance floor at Gin Mill reopen before regulations forced them to do table only seating. We saw an earlier last call at Sycamore with each passing evening, leaving us scrambling for a new place to go. We were devastated by a curfew put on the few thriving spots like Hoppin’ after a promise of brewery and bar re-openings that clearly came too soon.

After hearing news the other day of an additional 5 weeks being added to the Phase 2 protocol in North Carolina, I thought of how everything has unfolded over the past few months and pondered the next moves for some of these affected restaurants, bars, and breweries. In my research, I came across this excerpt regarding the “Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (Restaurants) Act of 2020” that truly puts into perspective what these businesses have been going through and why relief is needed:

“Recent surveys found that COVID-19 has forced operators to lay off 91% of the hourly workforce and 70% of salaried employees. Only one in five restaurant owners subjected to state mandated dine-in shutdowns said they felt confident they could keep their restaurants running. The National Bureau of Economic Research predicts that only 15% of restaurants will be able to stay open if the COVID-19 pandemic lasts six months. All of this in an industry that already runs on extremely thin margins.”

While the circumstances appear dire, there is always hope and opportunities hidden within even the most chaotic of crises. There are strategies business owners and operators in this space can and are taking to make the best of the situation.

Following online research into the subject, I wanted to take things a step further to develop a better approach in which to help these businesses. I decided to reach out to a few business owners (primarily in Charlotte) to see how they maneuvered the past few months, learn how imposed laws have affected their businesses, determine what tactics are working, and hear about their expectations for the future. More to come soon…

Evan Shirreffs, MBA is a Business Analyst with WIMS Consulting a full-service marketing and sales agency operating primarily in Charlotte, NC and Miami, FL. WIMS has a service line dedicated to assisting restaurants, breweries, and bars with growing and scaling called LDR BRD.

WIMS Client Spotlight Charlotte Phoenix esports

WIMS Client Spotlight: Charlotte Phoenix eSports

The Charlotte Phoenix are a professional eSports organization dedicated to enhancing the Charlotte eSports scene. Founded in 2019, the Phoenix have competed in several different video games and pro leagues. As a part of the CLT Esports family, the Phoenix value their surrounding Charlotte communities and support all efforts rewarding passions in eSports, gaming, art, and technology. Whether streaming games online or holding in-person LAN events in the Queen City, the Charlotte Phoenix are hyped to entertain their fans and fellow gamers.

They have teams for the following games:

  • World of Warcraft
  • VALORANT
  • Rocket League
  • Call of Duty (Challenger Teams)
  • League of Legends (Challenger Teams)

After rising #FromTheAshes with a brand-new look in 2019, the Charlotte Phoenix have spread their wings into more games in 2020, starting with VALORANT.

Visit the website and stay tuned to their social channels for merchandise deals, news on upcoming events, and exciting announcements throughout the rest of the year! If you’re interested in partnership or sponsorship opportunities make sure to reach out as well as it’s a truly unique time and opportunity as their audience and influence is growing rapidly.