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C.A.T.S. to be featured on upcoming BUZZ 720 518 Michael Hemphill

C.A.T.S. to be featured on upcoming BUZZ

We are BUZZing 🐝 to announce that we start production later this month on a new episode featuring Children’s Assistive Technology Service — a no-cost resource for children with disabilities in Virginia who need adaptive equipment and whose families have limited resources.

The episode will air in September on Blue Ridge PBS and VPM. Sponsorship support for this show is being provided by ABLEnow, which helps individuals with disabilities save money to pay for qualified expenses, without being taxed on the earnings — and in most cases, without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefit programs.

Thank you, ABLEnow, for being a buzz4good for Virginia families in need!

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BUZZ receives Virginia Film Office Sponsorship

The Virginia Film Office has awarded BUZZ a prestigious sponsorship to continue production of our inspiring new television show in 2021.

“We are excited to support production of … BUZZ in Virginia, and we look forward to providing assistance on many levels, financial and logistical,” said Andrew Edmunds, Virginia Film Office director.

VFO’s support will help underwrite production of five new episodes featuring the great work nonprofits do in our communities, and the marketing professionals who help these life-giving organizations attract more donors and volunteers to their cause. Thank you Virginia Film Office! Virginia is for Film Lovers!

Meanwhile, three new episodes of BUZZ begin airing soon on Blue Ridge PBS:

Wednesday, December 2, 7 pm
Since being featured on the first episode of BUZZ in August 2020, Southwest Virginia Ballet has done amazing work leveraging both its marketing makeover by digital specialist Carrie Cousins and Wordsprint, and its new relationship with Blue Ridge PBS … a good partner to have during a pandemic when your main event of the year is a live performance in front of a packed auditorium. See original episode.

Wednesday, December 9, 7 pm
A day shelter for people suffering from homelessness, RAM House (Roanoke Area Ministries) came into episode 4 of BUZZ in August 2020 desperately seeking a younger generation of donors and volunteers. Since its appearance, RAM House has reaped many blessings from the pro bono digital marketing campaign from Wheeler Digital … chief among them, a new board member, plus a deeper partnership from its new #RamFam at Roanoke Catholic School! See original episode.

Wednesday, December 16, 7 pm
Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation has made eastern Montgomery County, Virginia, the “community that could.” Over the last 15 years MVCF has redeveloped an abandoned nursing home into a wellness center, community center, museum and library; transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; created Old Town Fields concert venue out of a former high school football field; and founded the Eastmont Tomato Festival. Guiding the nonprofit with a pro bono rebranding are our friends from Wordsprint, who helped Mill Mountain Zoo in Episode 3. 

The episode featuring Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation is sponsored in part by Branch Builds.
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That’s a wrap on our first 2 episodes

We’re excited to announce that we’ve concluded shooting the first 2 episodes of BUZZ 🐝 featuring Southwest Virginia Ballet’s marketing makeover by Carrie Cousins and an update to our pilot featuring Healing Strides of VA and 5 Points Creative. The shows air August 5 (SVB) and August 12 (Healing Strides) at 7 pm on Blue Ridge PBS, with two more episodes still in development that will air August 19 and August 26. All four show are being underwritten by James Pearman of Partners in Financial Planning. Stay tuned to our plans to host watch parties at the Grandin Theater!

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Podcast: Website Development For Nonprofits with Carrie Cousins

Your nonprofit may not get a second chance — online at least — to make a first impression. Carrie Cousins offers these tools to weave your best website in this episode of “Inside the Hive” podcast by BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill. Carrie is communications director at Roanoke Regional Partnership, a Certified Digital Economic Development Marketer, and board member of the American Advertising Federation of Roanoke.