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Lift Your Gaze

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Since its inception in February 2019, Lift Your Gaze’s trauma healing curriculum in the form of books and devotionals has reached over 2,000 inmates nationally. These books communicate to readers 

Even throughout the lockdowns at correctional facilities due to COVID-19, Lift Your Gaze’s reach has expanded exponentially. Lift Your Gaze shipped hundreds of books during their first year, and now they are shipping that amount each month into various correctional facilities.

Soon Available in Spanish

Lift Your Gaze has partnered with A&P International to bring this healing message to the Hispanic community by translating the Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze award-winning book and devotional into Spanish.

Currently 23% of the men and women who are incarcerated in the USA are Hispanic.

Ana Maria Lowry, President and CEO of A&P International, Inc., states, “We are honored to partner with Lift Your Gaze to begin translating the first of two books, award-winning Deep Waters: Lift your Gaze, 30-Day Devotional.” The translation of the multiple-award-wining and Amazon Bestselling book Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze will begin shortly after the devotional is completed.

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Mrs. Lowry also shares, “I am personally reading the devotional and have found it to be a gift of healing for all people, as we all are inmates of our life traumas. With such eagerness, I wake up to read this devotional—one where God’s Word is shared in such a simplistic, applicable, and deep manner. I’m so excited to see how this devotional and book will dig into the hearts and souls of so many more, soon in Spanish!” Lift Your Gaze will soon begin filling current orders for the Spanish translated curriculum.

However, Lift Your Gaze still needs your help to facilitate the spreading of this message to hundreds and thousands of individuals across the nation. 

Please consider supporting them by clicking the link below and donating what ever you are lead to give. Each donation is tax-deductible and matched by a grant given to Lift Your Gaze.

Thank you for taking the step to supporting them.

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KIM CLARK

Founder & Author

Kim M. Clark, the award-winning Publisher of Deep Waters Books, has authored Amazon best-selling and the multiple-award-winning book, Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze and the supporting, award-winning devotional, Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze 30-Day Devotional. She is actively polishing her third book, a powerful prayerbook on the names of God.

To spread light in the darkest area of our society, Kim founded Lift Your Gaze, a nonprofit 501(c)3, in which she shares her message of hope with the incarcerated and their families at correctional facilities across the nation. 
 
As a former Adjunct Marketing Instructor, she is passionate about helping others achieve their dreams. She has worked with Fortune 1000 companies like Neiman Marcus, Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Digital Equipment Corp. as well as expanding startups and mission-based organizations. Kim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Towson State University and a Master of Science Degree in Business in Marketing from The Johns Hopkins University.

Story of Influence

The inmates left the classroom with watery eyes and wads of soggy, tear-stained toilet paper (tissues aren’t available in jail). The Chaplain pulled our founder, Kim Clark, aside. “Why is Karen crying?”

“The Spirit of God fell heavily today. I even heard spiritual chains drop.” Kim replied with a sigh.

“But Karen doesn’t speak English.” Stated the bewildered Chaplain.

“Wow. God never ceases to amaze me.” Kim responded.

Due to the delta COVID-19 variant, the correctional facilities have locked down again, and Lift Your Gaze can no longer teach inside most facilities. But God can still use our books and devotionals to reach the inmates. And with our Spanish Translation Matching initiative, we will be able to reach the 23% of the inmate population who speak Spanish. Currently each donation (up to $5,000) is matched 100%. The total cost for the Spanish translation for the book and devotional is $20,000.

We need your help to continue to provide hope. Please consider a one-time gift or becoming a monthly sponsors. Scan the QR code to the right or go to www.liftyourgaze.org to double your giving impact.

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Salo Engineering

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SALO Engineering, LLC  is an innovative Civil Engineering and Architecture company, with more than 10 years of experience, that creates cost effective solutions for the benefit of the people and the clients. They help you succeed in any engineering or architecture project. Their customer loyalty, quality service  and professionalism are distinct traits of the overall delivery you will receive from Salo Engineering.

SALO also provides a Full-Service Delivery Project through its project management skills with its staff, its professionals’ network, and associates.  They are an experienced company formed by enthusiastic personnel, willing to deliver the extra effort to meet or exceed their clients’ expectations.  Their clients come from public (government) and private sectors, including commercial and industrial entities.

FÉLIX M. LÓPEZ

President

CRISTINA SALIB

Vice President

Félix and Cristina, together, have grown Salo Engineering as a well-recognized engineering and architecture company that resolves the needs of many people and organizations in Puerto Rico and soon in Central Florida through their office in Orlando, FL.

As a growing engineering firm, we can offer the careful, detailed and complete services that projects demand. All engineering and architecture services are provided by very well qualified professionals. Our quality control and quality assurance processes are the main guarantee of exceeding the client expectations. SALO Engineering’s approach takes complex problems and creates cost effective solutions for the benefit of the people and the clients. We Design Smart Solutions for Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Water Resources, Environmental Engineering.

A & P celebrates the growth and graduation of Salo Engineering’s Vice President, Cristina Salib from the Bank of America Training Scholarship program – where she gained knowledge and insights into leadership, sales, customer loyalty and more. Now, Cristina is a part of our Group Coaching program en español.

Learn more about SALO ENGINEERING and their services by clicking the button below to visit their website.

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Dreamie Cookies & Dreamie Foods

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Dreamie Foods, Inc. and Dreamie Cookies is a disabled diverse business enterprise and has been in operation since 2010.

The company uses all-natural ingredients and offers several unique varieties of gourmet baked goods. The menu includes New York style cheesecakes, a wide variety of freshly baked cookies, and gluten free products. Dreamie Cookies & Dreamie Foods’ prices are considered both reasonable and competitive and the company caters to both small and large functions in all Central Florida counties.

Jack Pinnock, President and CEO, and Cathy Pinnock, Vice President of Marketing, have many years of experience serving the food catering needs of Fortune 100 companies, and national non-profit organizations. Jack has a strong background in Finance and Operations and has enjoyed successful careers at Merrill Lynch and Cigna. Additionally, he is a 2019 graduate of the Wyndham Vacations Mentor Protégé program and Chairman of The Hope Center in Clermont, FL. Cathy has many years of corporate marketing experience with The Walt Disney World Company and The Mark Travel Corporation. The combination of their Entrepreneurial and Corporate experience, has enabled them to have a keen understanding of the importance of delivering high quality products and services to ensure customer satisfaction.

A & P celebrates the growth and success of Dreamie Cookies and Dreamie Foods, Inc. and has seen them continue to deliver quality products and service during the COVID pandemic.

Way to go Jack and Cathy!

Learn more about how Dreamie Foods & Dreamie Cookies can be your solution to a satisfied palate. 

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Re-Fresh Purification

If you live in Florida, air conditioning is not just a luxury, it is a necessity. 

The best way to keep your home or office cool is to ensure your air conditioner is running at maximum efficiency. Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system can actually save you money by avoiding major repairs or replacements down the road. And the best way to do this is by contact Re-Fresh Purification!

Ricardo DePalm

Re-Fresh Purifications is led by US Army veteran, Ricardo DePalm. He has honored his country through his careers as a veteran and as an entrepreneur. DePalm has 20 years of experience in HVAC installation and maintenance; serving as the repair government project lead for the US Army, Project Executive Office while assigned to the Regional Command (Southwest) in Kandahar, Afghanistan and now in Qatar. He now serves as the owner and leader of the veteran owned business enterprise, Re-Fresh Purification, serving government agencies and private residential and commercial clients.

A&P International, Inc. is humbled and honored to have DePalm and his business as a recipient of our package program for DBEs composed of business coaching and business development.

Ricardo does not believe in maintaining an entitlement attitude when serving as a Certified Veteran DBE! He believes in delivering excellence in all his services. His common mantra is to “Protect the Nation; Protect our Client Systems!” Some of his technician certifications include NATE certification and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification. His clientele base includes: the Florida Department of Management Services, OCPS, and Universal Studios, to mention a few.

Congratulations to Re-Fresh Purification!

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FastSigns of Downtown Orlando Southside

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FASTSIGNS of Orlando Downtown Southside provides comprehensive signs to help businesses and organizations – including manufacturers, schools and universities, retailers, construction companies, healthcare facilities and many other industries – extend their brand’s reach and communicate messages to their audiences.

Their vision is to empower the hardworking business owners around the South Orlando district that want & deserve the one-on-one attention they need to further expand their business. They focus on delivering exceptional service, providing unmatched consultation, and delivering quality products each and every time. When their clients grow, they grow!

See below examples of signs they can supply you.

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FastSigns has been a crucial element is supporting businesses maintain safe, social distancing in their offices and stores. They work side-by-side business owners to facilitate the design, creation, and installation of these signs; completely removing the headaches and concerns of business owners and executives to properly create the safe working environments for their businesses. Thank you FastSigns for being part of the solution to keep our communities safe!

A&P is proud to have FastSigns of Downtown Orlando Southside as one our clients and participants in our Group Coaching model, who has already benefited from networking with other participants in the group.  The Group Coaching model has proven to develop participants through mutual business opportunities.

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Fastsigns of Downtown Orlando Southside is led by El Salvador natives and international printing and packaging experts, Constance and Francisco Giammattei. Together they lead the company towards their mission to create a socially responsible company that has a positive impact on their community, while providing a great working environment for all of their employees. They state that, “With 30 years in the international marketing business, we know how to help our clients give their customers better visual experiences through signs, graphics, banners, and so much more. Do you want to attract more business? We are your go to experts in all things marketing. Our business is focused on having long-term relationships. We pride ourselves on being a part of the community!”

Congratulations to FASTSIGNS!

Learn more about how FastSigns can be your solution to signage and much more by clicking the link below.

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MTI Moten Tate

MTI Moten Tate, Inc offers a full range of professional IT staffing services to support your internal operations. The credentials of their associates assure to bring sourcing, recruiting and placement of the best potential employees required for the execution of your business. Their goal is to provide complete support to the employers with a professional and efficient manner. Moten Tate has built a human resource services company that focuses on the recruitment, retention and deployment of outstanding talent and the technology that supports customer goals.

A&P is proud to have MTI Moten Tate as one our clients and participants in our Group Coaching model, who has already benefited from networking with other participants in the group. Through the accountability partner in the group, the business received the PPP Loan to maintain its growth, and to continue to support their clients. Simultaneously, MTI Moten Tate is also supplying business opportunities to other participants in the group. The Group Coaching model has proven to develop participants through mutual business opportunities.

CATEGORY OF ATTITUDE
"So we can sum this up by saying that 81% of new hires fail not due to lack of job skills, yet due to factors that will fall into the category of attitude."
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MTI Moten Tate is your solution to minimizing your organization’s financial costs for a “poor hire”. They pre-qualify possible employees before presenting them to you to ensure a higher probability that the individual will fit not only the job description, yet the culture of the work environment you have worked hard to build.  Moten Tate has proven strategies and assessments to bring you the best individuals for your workplace that have the attitude to excel and succeed. Trust Moten Tate to fulfill your HR needs.

Human Resource Capital

MTI Moten Tate is led by human resource generalist, expert and strategic leader, Kenneth Moten. He opened his business in 2002 after being the Vice President of Human Resources of a major corporation. He has grown his business on the unique skills of providing talent acquisition and retention solutions to his clients. He is endorsed by more than 100 individuals in Human Resources. With his vast expertise and leadership skills, he has developed his business and his employees to become specialists of the industry who are empowered to handle large, technical or time sensitive recruiting, staff augmentation and human resource projects which may overburden your existing HR staff, offering a “Center of Excellence” in cost effective Human Capital Solutions.

Congratulations to MTI Moten Tate!

Learn more about how MTI Moten Tate can fulfill your staffing and HR needs by clicking the link below.

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A&G Marketing

A & G Marketing Group is ​your future, outsourced marketing team. They help organizations drive growth with industry-leading promotional items and effective multi-dimensional marketing campaigns. They have from branded merchandise, creative services, tradeshow displays, web development, printing services and social distancing/PPE products. Their mission is to enhance and simplify the delivery of commercial printing, promotional products, business forms and eCommerce solutions, and to be bigger, better, faster and smarter. Ultimately, providing you with more control, improved productivity and increased profitability. 

A&G Marketing is a family-owned-and-operated business that can fulfill all your marketing and promotional-product needs. This business began with a plan for succession. Started by Jennifer and Pablo Prahl in 2010, they decided to name their business “A&G Marketing”. A&G stands for Adrian and Gabriel, Jennifer and Pablo’s two sons. Together, Jennifer and Pablo work hard to create a legacy within their business and their family that their sons can inherit and develop even more. A&P International is proud to be their business coach; guiding them in how to do business in Central Florida since their creation. It is a blessing to partner with them and their team in creating the legacy of A&G Marketing.

The company is a key leader of the marketing and advertising industry – supporting small and large business with whatever marketing and promotional needs they may have. 

For their successful work in the industry, the business has won several awards. In 2017 and 2019, they were awarded by Proforma’s HQ the recognition for increasing their sales more than $100,000 from the year prior. They also received an award for their physical store acquisition located in Downtown Lake Mary in 2018.

Congratulations to A&G Marketing Group!

Learn more about A&G by clicking the link below.

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Binger Financial

Binger Financial Services is a Minority Business Enterprise that provides financial solutions for diverse business enterprises. They began serving their community in 1989 and have over 35 years of experience in the financial industry. They facilitate growth for their clients by offering Property & Casualty and Commercial Lending solutions to their clients.  Insurance services include general liability, property, cyber security and bonding.  Commercial Lending services include, factoring account receivables, commercial real estate and equipment leasing.   

Leading the team is Catherine Schrader and Roy Binger two former banking executives. Catherine leads the company as President and Co-owner of the organization. Her background is in banking and sales management. She has served as area manager and senior vice president of banks in her region, until she made the decision to be her own boss. Catherine and Roy built the company culture on the principles of honesty, integrity, respect, and excellence. With that culture at its core, Binger Financial has developed into the community leader it is today and will continue to be. Schrader, as part of her legacy, continues to shine as a woman in her industry and in her home. Her success and leadership have inspired her daughter, Danielle, to follow in her footsteps and become part of the core team at Binger Financial. Together, along with others on their team, they have become the catalyst that businesses need to facilitate security, financial stability, and growth.

At A&P International, we are proud to serve as business coach for this growing, successful business, and to be a recipient of their services. We have been blessed to see the growth, not only of the business, yet of the woman that leads her team forward. Congratulations Catherine on your desire and diligence to grow, and for your company’s recognition by the Florida Business Hall of Fame.

Click the link below to visit Binger Financial’s website and see how they serve the supplier diversity community, and how they can serve you.

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Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

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SkyBuilders USA

SkyBuilders USA is a Minority-Owned Enterprise, construction company that provides efficient, cost-effective construction solutions for various industries. By leveraging their in-house trade resources, SkyBuilders USA is able to streamline the construction process, expedite schedules and reduce overall project costs. Their personal, hands-on approach makes SkyBuilders USA a leader in complex commercial construction projects. 

In recognition for their leadership in the community, they were a finalist for the most  well-known Hispanic Business award in the Central Florida community – the Don Quijote Awards – by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera. SkyBuilders USA’s main projects include, but are not limited to the Orlando International Airport, the Dr. Phillips Art Center, Bliss Medical Foundation, and Southeastern University.

Olga Marcela Restrepo (Designer) and her husband Juan Velez (Engineer) are the Colombian-native owners of SkyBuilders USA. Olga Marcela is the president of the company, and she strongly believes that, “All that is done in the service to others has more reward and sense than any monetary gain, especially if it is done for those who are less favored and children who are the most vulnerable and defenseless in society.” Olga Marcela serves as a board member of the COAMED foundation and the Women’s Business Center Advisory Board at Seminole College, Secretary at Bliss Board (Medical Foundation), Colombia Actúa Board Member, Vice-President of Casa de Mexico, and activist for the Whipping Childhood Cancer Foundation. She is an active community leader; serving and providing information on how to sustain our businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As their business coach for over three years, A & P is proud of the success of SkyBuilders USA, and is grateful for their generosity to the Supplier Diversity community by supporting other businesses, including those who are part of our sustainable group of diverse suppliers.

Click the link below to visit SkyBuilders USA’s website and see how they serve the diversity community, and how they can serve you.

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Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

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CM Engineering Services

CM Engineering Services has over 24 years of experience as a General Contractor with an engineering background. CMS has developed a lot of self-trade performance in its services. CMS offers its clients quality services at very competitive prices, under promised schedule, and  maintaining management of its performance in all project phases. They are well recognized in Central Florida by government agencies and private corporations. 

Johan Erazo, President of CM Engineering Services, is a native from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and then decided to further her education at Georgia Tech. She brings her expertise as a Civil  Engineer, Certified Construction Manager, and a licensed General Contractor to CMS. Together, with her business partner Roberto Bobonis, they have built a company respected by buyers for their reliability, professional performance and competitive prices.

Johan is a leader in her industry, known by her integrity, her modeling leadership style and her holistic approach to life. She inspires, not only the members of her staff, yet her clients and anyone who benefits from her wisdom, knowledge and solid convictions. She is a woman to follow, and an amazing example of what it means to have found success in life.

Click the link below to visit CM Engineering Services’ website and how they serve their community in building for the present and the  future.

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Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

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