Project Rx: A River Remedy prepares for September event

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Greenville, S.C. (September 2, 2015) –Upstate residents are encouraged to dispose of unwanted medications safely by dropping them off at more locations than ever before during the 10th Project Rx: A River Remedy, to be held later this month.

The annual drug take-back event will occur on September 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will provide

seven medication collection sites across the Upstate.  Participants can visit these locations:

McAlister Square – 225 South Pleasantburg Drive

St. Francis Millennium near CU-ICAR – 2 Innovation Drive

Greenville Memorial Hospital- 701 Grove Road

Greer Memorial Hospital-830 South Buncombe Road

Hillcrest Memorial Hospital- 729 South East Main Street, Simpsonville

Oconee Medical Campus- 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca

Laurens County Memorial Hospital- 22725 US-76, Clinton

The collection sites offer free and anonymous acceptance of unwanted or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, and veterinary medications from households only. Sharps or syringes will not be accepted. Participants should leave the name of the drug visible on medication labels and use a black permanent marker to eliminate any personal information.

The Project Rx taskforce is led by a community collaboration of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, Greenville County Medical Society, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Health System, Greenville Technical College, Renewable Water Resources, and Upstate Forever.

Supporting organizations include Keep Greenville County Beautiful, The Greenville News, Greenville Journal, Martin Printing, and Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

Project Rx launched in November 2010. The nine events held to date have collected a combined total of 10,866 lbs. of unwanted medication, approximately the weight of nearly four compact cars.  With the support of local law enforcement, the medication collected is properly disposed of through incineration.

For more information, visit the Project Rx website at www.aRiverRemedy.org or call 864-299-4000.

Project Rx: A River Remedy

Project Rx: A River Remedy is a local collaboration of community organizations united to help keep our rivers and residents safe from unused medications. Founded in 2010, Project Rx pulls together multiple community resources to hold take-back events semi-annually. As a safe alternative to flushing unwanted medications down the drain, or leaving them at home within the reach of the wrong hands, this program allows Upstate residents to bring prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements for a free and safe disposal, the perfect remedy for our community.

 

Renewable Water Resources (ReWa)  

ReWa’s goal is to promote a cleaner environment, and to protect the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways, while providing and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure for the growing economy. ReWa serves more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens Counties.

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Christ Church and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System hold Groundbreaking for Habitat Home

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Representatives of Christ Church Episcopal and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System will break ground on Tuesday, September 1 at 4:30 p.m. for their home build in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. The home is being constructed at 2 Estelle Street in downtown Greenville.

Participants in the groundbreaking include The Rev. Harrison McLeod, Rector, Christ Church Episcopal; Craig McCoy, CEO, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, and Dot Russell, Sterling Neighborhood Association President.

This is tenth Habitat Greenville home build in which Christ Church has participated, and the seventh in which Bon Secours St. Francis Health System has been involved.

“We are deeply grateful for the support of these two organizations and their members and employees who will build this home, and provide the transforming opportunity of homeownership to a Greenville family,” said Monroe Free, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to participate in construction of the home.

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County was chartered in 1985 and has provided home ownership to 330 Greenville families with low income. Through construction of affordable homes, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville strives to eliminate poverty housing and the social and economic problems it causes. For more information, visit http://www.habitatgreenville.org.

This is what we do

Some more notes from a long week. While many have chosen to vilify us, we have had some support from our peers in the industry. Everything-PR had a piece on us as did ODwyerPR, which many consider the “Bible” of the public relations industry. We thank them for the support.

We also appreciated this note from an editorial in the Seneca Journal: “Likewise we can’t blame Seneca for hiring a public relations firm to handle the influx of requests it has been receiving. The only critique we can offer is maybe officials should have done it sooner.”

So who are we and what do we do?

Complete Public Relations’ unique skills provide clients with premier press relations, governmental affairs, social media strategy and grassroots efforts. When you are looking for a premier public relations firm in Greenville, here is what Complete Public Relations will do for your company or organization.

And we have five major focus areas:

Transportation

We know roads. Complete Public represents businesses in all sectors of transportation from road construction to road management to delivery. When you need that extra push on passing a referendum or knowing how to work with a local government, Complete Public Relations will get the job done.

Small Business

We know the challenges and tribulations of the world of small business owners because Complete Public Relations is a small business. We can create a campaign that targets your needs and deliver the results you want.

Nonprofits

When it comes to building grassroots efforts and developing political influence for non-profit organizations, no firm in South Carolina can match Complete Public Relations’ abilities. We know the ins and outs of how to garner attention for nonprofits because of our long service to area charitable boards.

Technology/Manufacturing

From international trade to web design to complex polymers, Complete Public Relations can take your cutting edge company and get it cutting-edge media results. We work with entrepreneurs, large corporations and everything in between to share a story worth telling and make sure it is told right.

Hospitality

Complete Public Relations can turn your restaurant or catering company or venue into the place to choose for big events. We can create buzz, develop web content and create crowds that will help your bottom line.

Doing our job

Complete Public Relations, a greenville public relations firm serving the Upstate doing pr in Greer, Easley, Spartanburg and Anderson

It’s been quite a week at Complete Public Relations. We had three threatening messages left on voice mails after hours. We had four fake media reporters call us. Have had numerous negative and slanderous reviews written about us. Been called the scum of the earth. Been told that we will suffer for what we have done.

So what have we done? Our job. As a crisis communications firm, we know every day is a day where we are going to have to defend those who are bullied. Defend those who are being attacked. We have to fight emotions with truth. We have to fight slanders and outrageous lies with common sense. Sometimes, we can’t event say what it is really happening because of legal matters. It’s not easy. It’s not glamorous. It’s not fun.

But it is what we do. And we do it well. That is why we get called to tackles the public relations nightmares that no one else wants to do. Do we make mistakes? Yes. Are we human? Yes. Do we give the maximum effort every time? Yes. Yes. And Yes.

A public relations disaster is akin to a fire. We are hired to put it out. No questions asked. We then have the job of rebuilding after the fire. Why? Because many times, no one else will. We do.

As a team, we talked a lot about how to handle these kinds of situations. Do we post the names and phone numbers and pictures of those who attacked us? Do we call the police on them? Do we shame them like they have tried to shame us? The answer is no. We rise above the fray to provide a strong message of truth.

That’s what we do.

Engenius’s Manley to speak on Millennials

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GREENVILLE, S.C. –  Engenius’s CEO Chris Manley will be in Charleston this week to discuss working with millennials at the 2015 South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development’s OpportunitySC conference.

OpportunitySC: Build, Grow, Own is a three-day conference in Charleston aimed at uniting and growing the state’s various community development groups.

Manley will be speaking Thursday morning about how to inspire and understand millennials.

“Millennials are young, youthful, and eager to engage in bettering our community. However, they’re a very different generation than any we have seen before,” he said.  “How can you best engage with millennials, understand what they value most, and lead them to invest in your community?”

Manley co-founded Engenius in 2008 and has employed mostly millennials over the company’s near eight year history. The firm has grown steadily by providing excellent web development and marketing services in South Carolina.

In addition to leading Engenius, Manley is the founder and executive director of Rebuild Upstate, a non-profit focused on emergency home repairs in the Upstate. Through that work he has overseen the volunteerism of thousands of millennials in nine years of volunteer work.

He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 39 and was named one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest under age 35 in 2012. He was also named South Carolina’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was named the Greenville Chamber’s Young Professional of the Year in 2015.

About Engenius: 

With a hallmark of unparalleled service, Engenius is a premier web design and marketing company. The Engenius team provides strategic, focused campaigns aimed at driving traffic, sustaining exposure and solving problems for businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Learn more at www.engeniusweb.com.

Wagner’s Herman to moderate Chamber event

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Jeff Herman, an Equity Partner in Wagner Wealth Management, will be the moderator at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Owners Forum next month.

The popular quarterly event provides an opportunity for small business owners to learn best practices from each other.   The meeting will kick off with a brainstorming session of issues, followed by peer-to-peer sharing where we’ll develop solutions to make Greenville’s Small Business community stronger than ever before.

This September 9, 2015 event is open to Chamber member, small business owners only. Registration and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the program immediately following at 12 p.m.  There is no cost to attend. Bring your own lunch, drinks will be provided.  Click here to register.

Herman has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, holding positions of client advisor, sales representative, sales manager and chief distribution officer for various firms including Dreyfus Investments and AXA-Equitable Life Insurance.

Herman focuses on several strategic growth initiatives for the expansion of Wagner Wealth Management, including succession and business continuity planning for financial advisors looking to transition their business.

His most recent position prior to joining Wagner Wealth Management was as Executive Officer for AXA Life Japan. While in Japan he created and managed a distribution organization to support the investment products offered by AXA.

About Wagner Wealth Management:

Wagner Wealth Management specializes in helping individuals and companies reach their personal and professional goals. Wagner Wealth Management currently oversees more than $260 million in total client assets; their experience is diverse, exceptional and ready to work. The firm has offices in Anderson, Greenville and Seneca. Learn more at www.wagnerwealthmanagement.com.

Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Services provided through Wealth Management Advisors, LLC, A Registered Investment Advisor. Wealth Management Advisors is not affiliated with Triad Advisors.

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Quick Media Tips

Here are some quick tips for dealing with the media:

Use Common Sense:

When a reporter calls with this question:

“Hi, would you mind helping me find your press contact?”

The answer is not: “I’m sorry, I can’t comment on anything. Goodbye.”

 

Don’t post negative comments/misleading comments on social media.

Praying for Joe. He caught on fire at work today.

ReWa is going to be hiring soon because eight people got sick and had to leave work

Chemical burns aren’t a laughing matter

 

Source the question

If a reporter asks about an incident, ask them where they got their information. You don’t have to answer unverifiable assaults.

 

Sundown rule

Don’t let any questions from the media not get followed up by 5 p.m.