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Robinson Ventures Adds Staff: 

May 2, 2012 - Robinson Ventures is welcoming two new staff members to the team. Helene Mazarakes joins as the General Manager of the Tennessee Office as well as Lead Consultant for the Healthcare Recruiting Practice. Erica Edwards joins as General Manager of the Maryland Office as well as a consultant in the grant writing and small business management practice. Robinson Ventures President Cian Robinson states, "We are lucky two have both Helene and Eric as part of the firm. With their addition, Robinson Ventures is poised for growth and expansion!!!". To view Helene and erica's bios please go to http://www.robinsonventures.com/content/pages/experience.


Robinson Ventures Selected to Present at the 2011 Virginia Fund Raising Institute's Annual Conference:

July 13, 2011 - Robinson Ventures has been invited to present at the 2011 Virginia Fund Raising Institute's Annual Conference. Information on the conference can be found at https://www.vfri.org.  The topic of the presentation is "Development in Rural Communities: How to Make the Most of Your Location". The presenter is Cian Robinson, President, Robinson Ventures. Mrs. Liz Kepley, Director of Business Development, Robinson Ventures will also be in attendance. States Mr. Robinson, "We are honored to have been selected by VFRI to present at their annual conference. Our fund raising and strategic planning experience in Virginia's rural communities has lead us to offer this workshop. Most often it is the nonprofits located in these rural localities that provide the services necessary to support, revitalize and grow their communities. In order for them to sustain their communities, they must first learn to sustain themselves." The VFRI conference takes place July 18-19 at The Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Richmond, Viriginia.


Robinson Ventures Selected by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to Provide ARRA Grant Writing Services:

December 31, 2009 - Selected by the Department of Public Instruction which oversees all public schools in North Carolina, Robinson Ventures, along with partner Marie Battaglia, can now provide ARRA Grant writing services to any public school system within the state. "It is an honor that we were selected by DPI to be included in their pool of ARRA grantwriters", stated Robinson Ventures President Cian Robinson. "This certification and appointment shows the quality of the grant writing services that will be provided by Robinson Ventures. We look forward to supporting the Public School Systems of North Carolina in their efforts to receive ARRA monies". A complete listing of the grant writers pool can be found at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/fbs/arra/resources/grantwriters.pdf.


Robinson Ventures Selected to Speak at the 2009 Virginia Governor's Housing Conference:

November 17-19, 2009 - Robinson Ventures President, Cian Robinson, was selected by a commonwealth wide review panel to present the topic "Financial Management for Nonprofits". So often passion and dedication to a nonprofit's mission is overpowering
and leaves little time or energy for other aspects of the business. However, there are numerous challenges for nonprofits, and paramount among these is effective financial management. It is critical to successful operation and increasingly scrutinized by funders in these tough economic times where accountability is key. The workshop covered the fundamentals of nonprofit financial management to include budgeting, managing multiple funds, tracking costs and reporting. Participants were provided tools and methodologies to increase organizational capacity through strategic financial management. To download the conference presentation as well as other useful information, please click here. For information about the Virginia's Governor's Housing Conference, please go to http://www.vagovernorshousingconference.com/


Robinson Ventures Selected to Speak at the 43rd Annual Council for Resource Development Conference:

November 12, 2009 - Robinson Ventures President, Cian Robinson, was selected by a national review panel to present the topic "Raise Friends, Funds, and Encourage Entrepreneurship". The presentation, based on the Patrick Henry Community College Small Business Investment Forum described how community colleges can engage in "pay-to-play" public-private partnerships that both enable the advancement department to raise monies while at the same time creating community partnerships that help mitigate the barriers for entrepreneurs. For more information about the Council for Resource Development, please go to http://www.crdnet.org. For more information about the Patrick Henry Community College Small Business Investment Forum, please go to http://www.phccinvestmentforum.com/.


Candace A. Korzenko joins Robinson Ventures:

July 28, 2008 - Candace (Candy) A. Korzenko has joined Robinson Ventures as the Lead Consultant, Marketing, Advertising and Communications. Candy will be handling clients in need of marketing, advertising and communications/public relations work. In addition, she will work closely with nonprofit clients developing grant making opportunities. Finally, Candy will be leading the web content development and management practice, helping clients with their website presences.



Cian Robinson, President of Robinson Ventures, named to LEAD Virginia:

June 4, 2008 -LEAD VIRGINIA, the statewide leadership program now entering its fourth year of educating Virginia's leaders about the issues most relevant to the Commonwealth, has announced its 2008 class members.


The 44 class participants are senior-level executives in business, education, non-profit and government agencies throughout the Commonwealth. They are experienced, recognized leaders within their professions who are seeking to bolster a shared vision of progressive change through active community involvement across Virginia. Included in that list was Cian Robinson, President, Robinson Ventures.


LEAD VIRGINIA educates participants about regional differences and statewide needs through the shared experience of seven two-day sessions held throughout the Commonwealth. Endorsed by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, state universities and regional leadership organizations, the program offers leaders a forum for gaining deeper insights into complex statewide issues, exchanging resources, creating momentum and working within and outside the political arena to usher in positive change for the Commonwealth. Specific curriculum themes of local/regional economies, as well as the larger issues of education and health, are explored through in-depth dialogue, on-site field studies and experiential activities designed to highlight the diverse interests, resources and challenges of each region.


For more information, please visit www.leadva.org, or click here for the full press release.


Robinson Ventures Opens Danville, Virginia Office:

June 1, 2007 - Robinson Ventures has open its Danville, Virginia office. The office, headed by Tanya M. Martin, will concentrate primarily on governmental contracting and GSA Schedule preparation. The Danville office will be located at:


Robinson Ventures, LLC 

248 Manor Place

Danville, VA 24541

P: 434-334-8968

F: 866-310-0685


Robinson Ventures Adds Consultants:

June 1, 2007 - Robinson Ventures is proud to announce the addition of two uniquely qualified and excellent consultants to the staff. Tanya M. Martin will be acting as General Manager of the newly opened Danville Office. In addition, Tanya will lead the the GSA Schedule construction practice for Robinson Ventures. Bill Figaro has also joined the staff. Bill will act as Lead Consultant for the business development and strategic planning practice.


Robinson Ventures Receives HUBZone Certification:

March 1, 2007 - Robinson Ventures has been awarded its HUBZone certification through the Small Business Administration. Robinson Ventures is now eligible to receive HUBZone contracting opportunities and has been included in the listing of qualified HUBZone small business concerns found on the Internet at http://www.sba.gov/hubzone. For governmental entities wishing to do business with Robinson Ventures, click here to contact us!


Robinson Ventures Receives SWaM designation:

February 1, 2007 - Robinson Ventures, LLC has been certified and granted SWaM designation in VA. The SWaM Program is a Commonwealth of Virginia Program to support small, women and minority businesses in doing business with State Government agencies. SWaM stands for Small, Women, and Minority businesses. The corresponding certification is SBE, WBE, or MBE. As a cretified company, Robinson Ventures now appears in eVA as a preferred vendor. SWaM certification number is 654681. Commodity codes include:




Management consulting

92007 Applications software
92014 Applications software
92091 Training, computer
20837 Database software
20868 Project management
20854 Internet and website software
20867 Programming software
20853 Integrated software
20969 Project management


For more information, please contact Robinson Ventures.



Robinson Ventures Receives Professional Fund-Raising Counsel Designation in Virginia:

January 22 2007 - Robinson Ventures, LLC has been issued its Professional Fund-Raising Counsel license in Virginia. This enable Robinson Ventures to act as a counsel to not-for-profit agencies regarding their development, fundraising, and grant writing initiatives. It also allows Robinson Ventures to provide management consulting services to not-for-profits. For a full definition of the law that oversees this license, please go to http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-61. The issuance of this registration does not constitute an endorsement by the Commonwealth of Virginia.


In addition to being registered in Virginia, Robinson Ventures is also licensed in the State of New York as a Fund Raising Counsel.For more information, please contact Robinson Ventures.



Robinson Ventures Opens Virginia office:

December 1, 2006 - Robinson Ventures has extended its reach into Virginia, opening a new office located in the Martinsville, Virginia (Piedmont) region. Martinsville was chosen for its central location, with access to the economies of Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, Va, Greensboro, NC as well as research Triangle. The move was designed to not only expand the reach of Robinson Ventures but also help establish offices for their clients as well. The new offices are located at 6 east Main Street, Suite F, Martinsville, VA 24112.



Robinson Ventures President named 2006 Small Business Champion of the Year by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce:

Friday, May 5, 2006 - In a ceremony attended by Congressman Thomas Reynolds and U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Kevin I. Fromer, Robinson Ventures President Cian Robinson was honored as the Small Business Champion of the year. The award is given to those individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the establishment and growth of small businesses. In addition to Mr. Robinson, Maureen Millane Rusk is being honored as the Small Business Advocate of the Year, Robitaille Relocation Services with the At Your Service Award, First Amherst Development Group with the Zenith Award and CompSys Technologies with the Innovation Award.


The Amherst Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, which sponsored this event is one of the most active membership groups within the Chamber. Council Chairman Rich Calhstadt, Vice President at HSBC Bank, states, " Members of the Council recognize the value of small business to the regions economy and are committed to providing the tools to these firms to assist in their profitability and success. Further, this event provides us with a forum to salute local entrepreneurs and spread the message that small business is alive and well in Amherst and Western New York."


Choose from the press releases below:

New customized literacy program helps immigrants with English at work

Robinson Ventures' President Presents at the Council of Community Services of New York State Technology Conference



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