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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 EF Hutton

WIMS Client Spotlight: EF Hutton

EF Hutton is a fast-paced high-growth global investment bank founded by experienced investment professionals that have collectively financed over $250 billion for public and private companies alike. They offer strategic advice and financing solutions to middle market and emerging growth companies across the globe. With the focus of a boutique investment bank and the support of a global syndicate network, EF Hutton is the ideal strategic partner.

The EF Hutton proprietary platform includes hundreds of brokers and over $6 billion in assets under management between the UK and the US, allowing them access to capital across two of the world’s most developed and wealthy markets. Their unique organizational structure affords them access to capital on a transcontinental scale.

  • Large Global Syndicate Network
  • Strong Institutional Fund Network
  • 16,000 Active Clients
  • 500 Finance Professionals
  • $6 Billion Assets Under Management
  • Proprietary Global Network With A Presence In Every Market

At EF Hutton, they conduct all aspects of their business with the utmost integrity. They are dedicated to providing objective strategic advice and financing solutions to companies across the globe.

Powerful Partnerships:

EF Hutton’s dynamic operating structure offers a unique alternative to traditional middle market investment banks. EF Hutton is a division of Kingswood USA, a subsidiary of Kingswood Group (AIM:KWG); the synergies of these divisions and direct access to KWG provides EF Hutton a unique global presence and broad platform outreach. Their differentiated equity platform allows for cross border access to global asset managers, banks, middle market credit funds, family offices, and specialty lenders. Since the founding of EF Hutton in May of 2020, they have found the Kingswood Group to be a powerful partner that shares our vision of rapid expansion.

About EF Hutton

EF Hutton (formerly Kingswood Capital Markets), division of Benchmark Investments, LLC is a global, full-service investment bank headquartered in New York, New York. EF Hutton is a division of Benchmark Investments, LLC, a subsidiary of Kingswood US, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Kingswood Holdings Limited (AIM: KWG). The synergies and direct access to Kingswood Holdings Limited provide EF Hutton with a unique global presence and broad platform outreach to ensure success for its clients.

About Kingswood Holdings Limited

Kingswood Holdings Limited (trading as Kingswood) is an AIM-listed (AIM: KWG) international, fully integrated wealth management firm with approximately 18,000 active clients and approximately $8.7 billion of assets under advice and management. Securities are offered through Benchmark Investments, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Contact

Joseph T. Rallo, CEO

590 Madison Avenue, 39th Floor, New York, NY 10022

info@efhuttongroup.com

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: Biotech Accelerated

At Biotech Accelerated, they strive to bring the best health technology to public and private communities all over the world. They are currently and actively delivering solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic by serving private corporations and federal, state, and local governments globally. Their signature product, an at-home COVID-19 test kit, takes much of the burden off of you.

Why test from home?

  • Diagnostic PCR Test with documented >99.5% Accuracy.
  • Purchase to have Test Kits available on hand when needed.
  • Avoid exposure, lines and delays.
  • Results available in 9-24 hours from arrival at lab.
  • Overnight Return Shipping Label & resealable box Included.
  • Free Telehealth Consultation included.
  • On-demand text message customer support included.
  • Electronic HIPAA protected result delivery included.
  • Results are diagnostic valid for medical procedures, travel etc.
  • Insurance reimbursable. We provide Itemized receipt and lab form to submit to health insurance for reimbursement.

Biotech Accelerated walks you through the whole process with simple directions and a hassle-free experience. Check out the Biotech Accelerated website to see why their test kit is the right choice for you, your family, and your business.

WIMS Client Spotlight Blanca

WIMS Client Spotlight: Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca CRE is Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate services firm, known for customizing solutions that drive success for their clients while giving back generously to the community and industry they serve.

They deliver outstanding results for their clients by leveraging their superior market intelligence, data-driven research, carefully customized strategies, and excellence in service. Their differentiators –including a client-first approach and passion –have attributed to their phenomenal growth and continued success on behalf of their clients. When you look at their client list, it’s filled with some of the most elite companies operating in South Florida as well.

They are a full service firm that offers a complete spectrum of brokerage and advisory services related to landlord representation, tenant representation, property acquisition and disposition, and property management.

For more details on their service offerings you can click below:

They are a women owned business distinguished by the WBENC Certification, they are proud to be a woman-owned business that maximizes opportunities, builds innovative solutions, and drives results for their clients.

The market reports they regularly publish are second to none and offer a ton of insight surrounding the South Florida market. They also have an office planning tool that is helpful.

WIMS Client Spotlight: Tabbris

Tabbris focuses on innovation and technology, and they want your company to grow with them. Because of the nature of what they do and the expertise they have, Tabbris offers space to early-stage companies with the potential to scale and innovate within their market. Often, this ends up being technology and software companies, but it’s not limited to them exclusively; however, if you’re a realtor, attorney, or consultant, you might want to look elsewhere. Why? Because they’re built to offer resources, events, and networking to tech-based startups. In order to incubate them, Tabbris wants to give them the space they need to grow.

They want you to outgrow them. They’re the studio apartment you move into before you buy that shiny, new house. They are the starter kit. They’re whatever you want to call them, except permanent. Why? Because at Tabbris, that’s their goal – they want to put you and your projects on a path to success. If they do their job right, you’ll be out of the coworking space before you know it.

Charlotte startups are some of the most innovative companies out there, and Tabbris is dedicated to fostering their genius. Before you can go full speed, you’ve got to prepare for all the twists and turns. Tabbris is here for all of that, and they’re going to give you the space you need to get your gears going. They believe that all you need to fill the gaps between ideas and success is some really good cement; let them be that cement.

Tabbris offers monthly memberships for their hot desks, standard offices, and executive offices. The coworking space also features a recording studio. For businesses still skeptical of the benefits of collaboration in a coworking space, Tabbris offers daily passes that offer the same perks as purchasing a monthly hot desk. Day passes are a great way to get familiar with the Tabbris coworking space before committing to a monthly membership. Go check out Tabbris and see what they can do to launch your startup to the next level!

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.

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

Time and time again, we have witnessed corporate empires come crashing down. On a high from peak performance, many of these companies were resistant to change their historically successful practices with their “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” or “we’ve always done it this way” mindsets. The things that got them to the top eventually led to their downfall. Instead of proactively preparing for an inevitably changing environment, firms often find themselves behind the innovation curve because they have relied on their organizational inertia from past wins. 2020 was a year full of thrivers and survivors, but it looked a little different than other times of financial uncertainty.

Instead of a shifting of industries on the power curve like during the global financial crisis when electronics, utilities, and financial services fell off their historical peaks, we are instead seeing a further widening of the performance gap between industries. According to an article published in July by McKinsey & Company, the six most profitable industries have seen $275 billion a year added to their expected economic profit pool; the six least profitable industries have lost an estimated $373 billion. Companies that did well before the pandemic are proving to be resilient.

The thrivers have taken an adaptive and innovative approach to business and include the following industries: pharmaceuticals, software, technology hardware, and media. After releasing last quarter’s earnings, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” The survivors, many on the verge of bankruptcy, are not doing well. This is a trend that existed, but only proved to accelerate with the onset of COVID-19.

The fastest companies to adapt to the new norm have been and will continue to be the quickest winners taking advantage of opportunity during this crisis. Manufacturers of personal hygiene-related products are increasing production. An exponential increase in demand for pharmaceuticals has these companies reinventing their production processes as well. The potential of the telehealth industry is being realized as nearly half of all physicians are treating patients virtually, up from 18% in 2018. Automation through robotics has created an interesting angle for companies through the mere fact that robots cannot get sick like human employees. E-commerce companies have spent money on adapting infrastructure and capacity as they receive more of the traditional brick-and-mortar retail market. Tech-heavy firms have further adapted their ecosystems.

Even companies in traditionally slow-adapting industries have made changes. Restaurants have increased their delivery and take-out volumes, putting together special packages that entice customers to pick up. Multi-family, specifically apartment complexes, have gotten creative with their marketing to get leases signed. Universities have been pressured to express the importance of their value to not only current, but prospective students, as the online education market was already expected to triple in growth from 2015 to 2025. With interest rates reaching record lows, an increase in buyers and homeowners looking to refinance are shaping an attractive future for the real estate market. Implementation of new technology into these industries is paramount to the future of these firms.

These industries, high in reliance on the demand of consumers, also need to realize the importance of relationships with those who make them money, the customers. They can get the most out of their marketing by implementing CRM systems, such as Zoho or Salesforce, to methodically target and follow up with prospects. Businesses need to reallocate resources to parts of their business that have the most growth potential in the future.

To the companies that have waited for some clarity from the fallout of this pandemic, you need to realize that doing nothing is doing something (although we would not recommend that). Companies that move early in a crisis and get ahead of competition often maintain this lead for years. Lao Tzu is credited with saying, “The wise man is the one who knows what he does not know.” There is always room for improvement and no proven right answer as times are constantly changing. Without staying ahead of trends or at least educating yourself about them, your practices will soon be outdated.

It is clear given the current state of the world that changes need to be made to your business; do not waste any more time. Transformational leaders do not let a good crisis go to waste. What are you willing to do to take advantage of the pandemic’s opportunities?

If you need assistance, we have a variety of bundles to help you start a company, scale a company, or simply perfect your marketing and CRM implementation. Check out our 10K to 10X Video bundle, 10K to 10X 2020 bundle, 90 day MVP package, or reach out to WIMS Consulting to see how we can add value to your business.

Q4 2020 WIMS Consulting

Q4 2020: FINISH LIKE A SAVAGE & PREPARE FOR 2021 DOMINATION!

There’s something about Q4 that is always exhilarating to me. Knowing that “the game” is coming to an end, each and every play is more significant, there’s less margin for error. Perform well during this time and you can make up for a lot of previous mistakes and setbacks along the way. Let up or fumble the ball, and you can destroy all the momentum you made thus far. No pressure, right?

All of this is going on while simultaneously a new game is going to begin soon thereafter. Endings are always thrilling, but so are new beginnings after all. The new year coming up is especially enticing given the chaos of the current one. Whether it was a rough year, or an incredible one, you have to just keep looking forward and continue to get better.

Despite the hectic grind I’ve been on lately (pretty perpetual at this point), I wanted to take a little time to revisit and write up a quick/updated “Q4 Manifesto” which is mostly for myself, but then I decided to add a few extra tips for you too, primarily applicable to both your business and professional life.

  • Don’t wait for January 1st to start your New Year’s Resolutions, now’s as good a time as any. It’s a misguided practice that usually doesn’t end well anyway. You don’t need an arbitrary start date to work on self-improvement, that should be a daily practice as it is. Why not start right now?
  • Get AGGRESSIVE – Close out ALL of those pending dream deals that have been lingering. Do much more outreach and lead generation. Don’t dwell on whether you’re annoying people or assume that they already have an expert helping them that does what you do. Push harder!
  • Think about and plan out ways you can continue to streamline your business & professional operations. This can include CRM, automations, revisiting your tech stack, delegating more tasks, etc.
  • Try not to eat and drink everything in sight just because it’s the holidays. Maintain (or in some cases start) your workout routine consistently and only indulge occasionally. It’s especially tough given all the parties and networking events, but some balance now will spare you later.
  • Enjoy time with my family and friends and BE PRESENT. Don’t spend that precious time distracted with your head in the clouds and worrying about things that are out of your control.
  • Debrief/Reflect on the past year. What worked, what didn’t, what do you need to improve upon? Lay it all out objectively and identify opportunities to get better. While this may seem obvious, it’s crucial.
  • Strategize for 2021 (and beyond) now. Spend an appropriate amount of time writing out specific goals, sketching out project plans, and dreaming big. From there be mindful, thoughtful, deliberate, and thorough enough to also make your plan realistic while still stretching yourself. Once this exercise is completed, start working on implementing that strategy ASAP to carry some momentum with you.
  • Add appointments to your 2021 calendar (monthly/quarterly, etc.) now to make sure you schedule the time to reflect on your progress and measure where you’re at along the way to ensure you continuously improve.

A few specifically for you:

  • Get and implement a CRM already! Seriously, how many times do I have to say it? If you need to spend some time asking a few questions on how to get started, reach out to me, that part is, and always will be, on the house.
  • Start a blog, a podcastvideo/webinar series, whatever. Leverage content marketing to develop and enhance your brand and get your business’ name out there.
  • Finally start that business you’ve been day dreaming about for years now.
  • Or at least start working on that side hustle you’ve been planning.
  • Identify an organization you’re interested in and get involved in the community. This could be philanthropic or civic, doesn’t matter as much as simply taking action and giving back.

There are plenty of others I’m forgetting. And I will likely revisit this some more over the next few months to continue tweaking it.

What are some of your Q4 goals? What about your 2021 goals? How can we help you achieve them? Please let me know, would love to hear from you!

Enterprise Level Salesforce.com CRM

Enterprise Level Salesforce.com CRM Implementations for Mid-Large Companies

My firm, WIMS Consulting, has been providing CRM implementation services since its inception (and personally I’ve been leading them for 15 years now). We have been platform agnostic (we work with all of the primary platforms, including Salesforce.com, Zoho, Hubspot, Microsoft Dynamics, and Insightly among others); however, the firm has recently taken measures to beef up it’s partnerships and team in order to deepen its focus on delivering more large scale enterprise level Salesforce.com projects.

We have helped many companies of all sizes with their CRM implementations (from startups to enterprise level), particularly leveraging Salesforce.com and Zoho, and we will continue to do so. But the massive shift in approach that mid to large-scale companies were forced to adopt throughout 2020 really highlighted operational challenges, issues that a well-functioning Salesforce program would do wonders to mitigate.

When properly implemented, Salesforce will have an incredible impact on sales and marketing, operations, communication (internal and external), automation, and so much more. You can take one look at their stock performance and see how much value they provide to their clients.

Not only are we aiming to build out Salesforce programs from scratch, we are also highly capable of jumping into existing iterations that have gone a bit off course and helping to right the ship. Or we can come in after the initial phase or two and help your company supercharge it to take the functionality to the next level.

I’ve been harping on the importance of CRM programs for about a decade now, yet it still hasn’t caught on the way it should. 2020 was the year that changed this. Like with most technology, competition, economies of scale, and innovation have driven costs down significantly. Not only are they cheaper, but the functionality and value has simultaneously increased dramatically. It’s why acquiring and implementing a CRM program is my #1 recommendation for every business, regardless of industry or target market, if you’re looking to increase revenue.

Most importantly however, is that the ROI (return on investment) will more than make up for the expense.

One of the most important features, especially right now, is that Salesforce helps you automate your sales process. The more automated your sales cycle and follow up efforts can be, the greater volume of deals your business will be able to close. Further, the more accurate data you have about your sales cycle, the more deeply you can analyze it to gain insight that will not only help increase revenue, but ultimately help you improve:

  • Close rates,
  • Customer service and retention,
  • Length of sales cycle, and
  • Forecasting efforts and projections.

While implementing Salesforce can be a significant commitment initially, if your company does it right (which engaging us significantly increases your odds of that), the benefit to your business is invaluable. With 2020 in the past, now is the perfect time to start planning and conducting your due diligence to start 2021 with yet another New Year’s resolution.

We’re here to help if you need it!