Sterling Cross Communications News at Sterling Cross Communications Mon, 04 May 2015 07:06:00 -0500 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.2 ( BuzzFeed CTO Mark Wilkie & space150 CEO Billy Jurewicz to Keynote at 6th Annual Mobile March Mobile Conference. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:05:46 -0600  

Minneapolis, MN – Mobile March organizers today announced the keynote speakers for the 6th Annual Mobile March conference to be held March 26th, 2015 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park.
This year’s edition of Minnesota’s longest running mobile conference includes Keynotes from Mark Wilkie, CTO of social sharing and entertainment company, BuzzFeed on app strategy and the role it plays in this  fast growing company. Also scheduled to speak is Billy Jurewicz, founder and CEO of Twin Cities digital agency Space150. He’ll offer a peek into the future and recap the state of digital to physical technology with insights on what's to come, what’s a fad, and how businesses can navigate these choppy waters.
With a nod to the growing Mindfulness movement, a special lunchtime keynote from Alex Haley of Present Endeavors will explore the concept of managing stress in a tech crazy world.
Mobile March organizer Phil Wilson noted, “This year’s keynotes represent what Mobile March is all about; sharing information and educating on multiple topics in mobile development, business and use.” He goes on to say, “Keynotes of this stature are really icing on the cake of the full day of sessions covering all kinds of mobile insight.”
Mobile March will include multiple tracks of learning including Mobile Development and Design, Mobile for the Enterprise, Connected Devices, Mobile Lifestyle and more.  
Registration is found at or directly through Eventbrite at    Registration is $115. Registration includes all meals and refreshments. Student discounts are available as well. 
About Mobile March 
Founded in 2010, Mobile March is an event dedicated to exploring the latest in mobile technology and trends. The name Mobile March not only denotes the month in which it takes place, it also emphasizes the ongoing advancement and growth of mobile technology and the related lifestyle. 
By offering content that appeals to mobile developers, business people, and users we hope to facilitate a greater understanding between the constituencies that make mobile happen.  Whether you make money with mobile or just use it to stay connected, we invite you to join us for Mobile March. 
Former Minnesota Twin: From the mound to a mission with Tom Johnson Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:56:22 -0600  

Minnesota boy Tom Johnson found his wildest dream come true when he made it to the big leagues as a Major League Baseball pitcher for his hometown Minnesota Twins.
After posting an outstanding season in 1977, Tom understandably looked forward hopefully to a long career in baseball. Then came a devastating injury, and an early exit from the game.
What came next is detailed in an interview he recently gave to Faith Radio KTIS-AM 900 Click Here for the full interview:
HelmsBriscoe Puts Needs of Local Charities as Guest of Honor at Holiday Gathering Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:23 -0600  

Fifth annual HB Cares Minnesota event to provide more than $70,000 in donation gifts to seven charities

Minneapolis, Minn - HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meeting procurement, today announced they will host their annual HB Cares holiday event on Thursday, November 20th from 5PM - 8PM at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America.  Sponsoring seven Twin Cities charities, through its partners, the firm this year has raised more than $70,000 to purchase care packages and other tangible goods their sponsored charities are in need of to support their various missions.  Over the past four years the firm has raised and provided gifts totaling $221,000.
With an expected headcount of 300, Associates, Clients, along with their Hotel and Destination Partners, will gather and travel through stations to provide volunteer manpower to assemble "Welcome Home Baskets" for homeless families getting back on their feet and moving into a new home, care packages for veterans, and decorating hats for children going through chemotherapy. 
The following charities will be the recipients of donations from this year's event:
·        Ronald McDonald House Twin Cities - Volunteers will make baking or soup mix in a jar so families can bake or cook a meal from scratch - the kind of activity they would do at home.
·        Love Your Melon - Volunteers will decorate and embellish hats with messages/graphics and assorted bling to keep the heads of kids going through chemotherapy warm while providing them confidence to get through a tough time in life.
·        The Simpson House - Volunteers will fill a laundry basket with necessities for moving into a new home. The baskets will  assist the homeless clientele the house shelters once they are ready to move into their own home. 
·        Bloomington Theatre and Art Center - Volunteers will assemble art kits this organization uses when they visit Alzheimer patients, under-privileged children and nursing homes.
·        MN Assistance Council for Veterans - Volunteers will assemble backpacks filled with necessities such as hats, gloves, personal care products for veterans in need.
·        Earle Brown Charter School - Volunteers will assist the school's Baby Steps program designed for teen moms committed to completing their education.  Eleven families are being adopted and equipped with gift cards, toys, books and warm clothes.
·        National Ataxia Foundation - Volunteers will assemble upscale baskets or containers featuring various themes to be used at their silent auction fundraising event.
"Seven local charities will benefit from the dollars, time, talent, sweat and labor of our Partners, Associates and Clients, said Michael Bergman, HelmsBriscoe Vice President.  "In the spirit of the season of giving, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from past attendees as our annual gathering serves up so much more than food and drinks in a stuffy ballroom.  This special event brings together all who make our business possible and allows us to celebrate our partnerships while intentionally giving back to the community."
About HelmsBriscoe
HelmsBriscoe is the global leader in meeting procurement for a variety of corporate, Association and government clients. Spanning more than 55 countries, their highly respected network of more than 1200 procurement specialists booked 4.6 million room nights last year. By using their proprietary technology, collective market knowledge, and volume based purchasing power, HelmsBriscoe Associates facilitate the research and contracting processes, thereby mitigating the risk and increasing the return on their clients’ meetings. For more information, visit

HelmsBriscoe Puts Needs of Local Charities as Guest of Honor at Holiday Gathering
Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities to Feed Over 50,000 Men, Women & Children this Thanksgiving Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:22:43 -0500  

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities to Feed Over 50,000 Men, Women and Children this Thanksgiving

Three-pronged approach makes their outreach the largest local effort
St. Paul, MN - Since 1902, food has been a crucial offering of the Union Gospel Mission. For over 50 years, providing a Thanksgiving feast to those in need has been a priority and continues this Thanksgiving with a three-pronged approach which will feed more than 50,000 individuals. On November 24th and 25th the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) will deliver nearly 10,000 bags of groceries with contents to feed families in need throughout the Twin Cities area.  Over 1,000 bags of those bags will be delivered to military families in need in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. With food demand on the rise in the Twin Cities, the Mission expects to see an increase in the number of families that apply for a Thanksgiving meal.
In addition to the bags of food, UGM will cook and serve a Thanksgiving meal to between 250-350 people at the Men's Campus in St. Paul on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers will also serve meals to low income St. Paul high rise and senior community homes to feed an additional 1,000 people.  
Approximately 350 volunteers will be enlisted for this Thanksgiving effort.
The pickup meals consist of:
·        1 frozen turkey (10 lb average)
·        1 bag of white rice (1 lb or bigger)
·        2 cans of green beans
·        2 cans of peas
·        2 cans of whole kernel corn
·        1 can of cranberry sauce
·        1 can of yams/sweet potatoes
·        1 box of stuffing
·        5 pounds of fresh potatoes
"Hope begins with a meal," said Brian Molohon, Director of Development for the Union Gospel Mission.  "Our ministry to hungry and hurting men, women and children comes both with the provision of the food, as well as the spirit in which it is served. When people's immediate needs are met, they can focus on their health and getting help in other areas of life.  We're honored to serve our community this way and will continue to offer Thanksgiving meals to those in need with compassion and a spirit of thankfulness."
Nearly 30 churches and businesses are participating in food drives which supply many of the items for this year's Thanksgiving meal bag distribution.  The public is encouraged to drop off food at the Men's campus location (435 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55130) through November 18.
Union Gospel Mission Founded in 1902, the Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving the homeless, poor, and addicted in the Twin Cities of Minnesota community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs, our Mission is changing lives! The Mission offers a medical clinic, vast educational programming offerings, a men's campus as well as a women and children's facility.
Daily Diner Frogtown to offer $1.96 meals through end of year to bring awareness to Hunger Issues Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:51:35 -0500  

Daily Diner Frogtown to offer $1.96 meals through end of year
Starting October 28th diners can enjoy a menu of nine meals all day on Tuesday for the comparable cost of a meal and care at the Union Gospel Mission.
The Daily Diner Frogtown, the Union Gospel Mission's culinary training program and full service diner, today announced they will offer a meal special that will run all day on Tuesdays starting October 28, 2014 culminating on December 23rd.  On that last Tuesday of the promotion, the Daily Diner will in addition to the special meal pricing, serve 30 gallons of free soup and chili in the giving spirit of the holiday season.
The meal cost - $1.96 - is the cost that their parent company the Union Gospel Mission, a service agency providing housing, counseling, resources and meals, spends to provide care and one hot meal for Twin Cites men, women and children that are in need.  The special menu will be served all day and includes:
  • Cinnamon Roll French Toast- Slices of our handmade delicious cinnamon roll grilled to a golden brown sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Waffle- A crisp, fluffy Belgium waffle served with custom cinnamon maple syrup and whipped butter.
  • One egg plus- one egg, any style, served with your choice of toast or pancake.
Lunch- Served with a pickle spear and your choice of coleslaw, cottage cheese, potato chips, or French fries.
  • BLT Sandwich- Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo layered on toasted whole wheat bread.
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich- White albacore tuna salad, served on grilled bread with lettuce and tomato.
  • 4 the Love of Grilled Cheese: Cheddar, Swiss, American, and Pepper Jack cheese with grilled tomatoes, served on grilled wheat bread.
  • The Diner Wedge- A wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce topped bleu cheese dressing, bleu cheese crumbles, fresh bacon bits, & diced tomatoes.
  • Quarter Fried Chicken (dark)- Hand breaded and cooked in our pressure fryer. Served with French fries and coleslaw.
  • Mac and Cheese- Our special house-made cheese sauce topped with Cavatappi pasta and served with bread sticks.

For individual photos of the meals visit Daily Diner on Facebook at:



October 25th Minnesota Blogger Conference Offers New Leveled Learning Offerings for Business and Lifestyle Bloggers Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:17:20 -0600  

October 25th Minnesota Blogger Conference Offers New Leveled Learning Offerings for Business and Lifestyle Bloggers
Who:                Bloggers of all levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Marketing & advertising folks are also welcome to attend.
What:               5th Annual Minnesota Blogger Conference.
The MN Blogger Conference, is a full-day educational conference for professional and hobbyist bloggers. Keynote speakers, featured guests, and panelists elevate the local blogging community by sharing industry news, best practices, and networking opportunities.
When:              Saturday, October 25, 2014 9AM - 5PM
Where:             St. Catherine University, St. Paul 2004 Randolph Ave St Paul, MN 55105
Why:                Blogging is not a static communication tool – it is ever-evolving and closely interlinked with changes in the social media space. The MN Blogger Conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn and grow by pulling together expert speakers & panelists for a full day of education. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions will be available at this year’s event.
Dan R. Morris (@DanRMorris) – Keynote Speaker
Lee Wolfe Blum (@Blumlee) – Building Your Blog as a Platform for Book Sales
Kristen Brown (@happyhoureffect) – Pitch Yourself for Exposure & Growth: 5 ways to connect with media & event planners to build your audience
Adam Dince (@adamdince) – Google & People-Friendly Blogging
Jeff Ferrazzo (@JeffreyFerrazzo)- Engagement Marketing: Building relationships that drive blogging success
Pete Goddard (pete_paco) – RedCurrent: Telling stories about time
Tai Goodwin (@TaiGoodwin) – Visual Marketing
Erica Hanna (@MeetErica) – Vlogging: Confessions of a media professional
Katie Konrath (@katiekonrath) – Blogging For The Brain
Rachel Martin (@finding_joy) – Session Title to be Announced
Lee Odden (@leeodden) – Blogs as a Marketing Tool: How to be the “Best Answer”
Nick Rosener (@nickrosener)- Targeting: Grow Your Blog by Knowing Your Audience
James Svoboda (@Realicity) – Search Engine Marketing for Bloggers
Christoph Trappe (@ctrappe) – Blog Scheduling
Memorial Service Planned for September 27 for Minnesotan Man Who Died From Ebola Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:59:11 -0500  

Memorial Service Planned for September 27 for Minnesotan Man Who Died From Ebola
Widow Decontee Kofa Sawyer to launch the Kofa Foundation to eradicate Ebola and assist families left behind from victims of infectious disease.
Coon Rapids, Minn - Decontee Kofa Sawyer will hold a memorial service for her late husband Patrick Sawyer at the Brookdale Christian Center (6030 Xerxes Ave. N., Brooklyn Center, MN) at noon on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  A non-denominational Christian service will begin at noon with a reception and the launch of the Kofa  Foundation to follow downstairs.  Open to the public, Kofa Sawyer encourages attendees to contribute financially to the Foundation and/or bring sterile medical supplies such as gloves, masks, & hand sanitizer to the reception.  The supplies will be donated to her Foundation's partner Global Health Ministries who will airlift these Ebola fighting supplies to Liberia. 
Sawyer was the first American citizen to die of Ebola. Sawyer, a diplomat with the Liberian Ministry of Finance had been based in Liberia due to his work in economic development within the region.  He contracted Ebola while care taking his sister who, unbeknownst to him, also had the disease.  He passed away on July 24, 2014.  He had planned to travel in August to see his family in Coon Rapids and celebrate his daughters' birthdays. 
"Patrick was excited to meet Bella (his youngest daughter of three) for the first time.  His loss is devastating to the Liberian community both in Minnesota and in Africa because of the crucial work he did as a diplomat.  I too mourn this loss and grieve more so for my daughters who will never have their father in their life," said Kofa Sawyer.  "I'm creating a non-profit foundation with a goal of eliminating Ebola while offering resources for those left behind of those that die of infectious diseases.  My foundation's mission is to provide family and loved ones that feel ostracized and lonely, the assurance and resources needed to believe that it is not their fault, and they are not alone."
The Kofa Foundation ( is a non-profit organization with a mission of eradicating the Ebola virus.  With a focus on the victims of Ebola and other infectious disease the Foundation will provide:
·        Mental health counseling
·        Emergency funding
·        An educational fund for the kids of parents that die from infectious disease
Saving Grace - a Night of Hope Celebrates its 10th Annual Fundraising Event Providing Education & Resources on Preeclampsia Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:57:24 -0500  

Saving Grace - a Night of Hope Celebrates its 10th Annual Fundraising Event Providing Education & Resources on Preeclampsia
Originating in Minneapolis, the national Preeclampsia Foundation is happy the event has come home.
Who:                Preeclampsia Foundation (
What:               Saving Grace - a night of hope fundraising event - Goal is to raise $250,000
When:              September 12, 2014                                                                                                                                                       5:00 PM VIP Reception/6:00 PM Silent Auction/7:30PM Dinner and Program
Where:             The Depot Minneapolis - 225 South 3rd Avenue Mpls 55401
Who:                Event Founder/Mother of Grace Jaime Nolan will host the night. Tim Mahoney to                                                 provide entertainment. Jaime's story details here
Why:                Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and                                                 the postpartum period. In the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with severe                                                              preeclampsia every 6 minutes.
  • Worldwide, preeclampsia claims the lives of an estimated 500,000 babies and 76,000 mothers each year.
  • Preeclampsia accounts for 15-20% of the 13 million premature births worldwide.
  • Half of all pregnant women do not know the warning signs of preeclampsia.
  • The cause, and therefore a cure, still eludes the medical community.
The Preeclampsia Foundation is a non-profit resource that reduces maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsiaHELLP syndrome, and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving healthcare practices. 
Money raised at event will go towards the following initiatives:
Educate, support and empower women – and their friends and loved ones - on the warning signs, long term consequences and medical understanding of preeclampsia, including their need to get timely, appropriate care.
  • 700 active volunteers trained in awareness-raising, patient support and education, including online forum moderators
  • 2,250 stories shared by survivors and/or their family members
Increase public awareness of preeclampsia, including raising global attention on this devastating maternal-fetal health issue.
Enable professional training, resources and research to improve the clinical practices of health care providers.
  • 140,000 patient education brochures and materials distributed to clinics, health centers, and provider offices
  • 500 health care providers educated through in-person and online CME/CEU courses and symposia over the past three years
Fund and advocate for research and improved policies to meet critical gaps in scientific knowledge and inspire new thinking.
FutureDude Studios’ Jeffrey Morris to Appear and Promote Brainstorm #1 at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:58:12 -0500 FutureDude Studios’ Jeffrey Morris to Appear and Promote Brainstorm #1
at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con

San Diego, Ca. – FutureDude Entertainment announced today that Founder and CEO, Jeffrey Morris will appear at the 2014 San Diego Comic Convention to promote the recent launch of the company’s first comic book title, Brainstorm. Morris will be appearing Thursday, July 24th to Sunday, July 27th at the booth for The Source Comics & Games from St. Paul, Minnesota (Booth #4423).

Brainstorm (ISBN 978-1942034-00-1) is a six-issue mini-series. The story follows a young scientist named Dr. Cale Isaacs who has created Project Zephyr – a successful weather control system that, after being funded by the U.S. Military, is eventually confiscated and used on a tropical storm.

When the test goes awry, the resultant hurricane grows to epic and unfathomable proportions – eventually encompassing the Northern Hemisphere. As it evolves, it appears to act out of self-preservation and even strike with purpose – becoming a raging sentient superstorm. Brainstorm will be available to the public on August 27th.

Jeffrey Morris is excited to be making his first appearance at Comicon during this exciting time for FutureDude Entertainment. He spoke about the event, “There is no better place in the world to connect with genre fans. Our content is set to explode and truly redefine science fiction as we know it. I’m thrilled to begin sharing our stories with the world.”

Brainstorm will be followed by the launch of a second comic title from FutureDude Entertainment entitled Parallel Man (ISBN-13: 978-1-942034-01-8). Parallel Man is a 7-issue comic book mini-series, mobile device video game, deck-builder game, and animated short film. The story follows Commander Nick Morgan — an intelligence agent from an evil version of America in an alternate universe. His government, known as The Ascendancy, has attacked and enslaved twelve other Earths and has its sights set on our world as their next target.

The Parallel Man: Invasion America comic book series will debut October 8th. It will be proceeded by Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit animated short starring the voices of John Cho, Lance Reddick, and Ming-Na Wen.
FutureDude Entertainment also has one additional project in the works for the remainder of 2014. Oceanus is live-action short-film that will be directed by Morris in Hollywood in October. The futuristic story follows a pair of married scientists from underwater city who face the aftermath of a terrifying global disaster. The completed project will enter the international film festival circuit throughout 2015 and serve as proof-of-concept for a larger feature film.

About FutureDude Entertainment
FutureDude Entertainment is a transmedia production company that delivers innovative and disruptive sci-fi entertainment products. We take advantage of today’s amazing creative technologies while using a thoughtful and reasoned approach similar to that of the 1960s and 70s. For more information, please visit, or visit us on Facebook at

Jayman Modus Homes Launches Groundbreaking Augmented Reality Technology to Bring Multi Family Homes into the Third Dimension Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:03:04 -0500  

Jayman Modus Homes Launches Groundbreaking Augmented Reality Technology to Bring Multi Family Homes into the Third Dimension
Calgary, Alberta – Jayman Modus announced today the launch of their new digital application, the Modus Matrix Augmented Reality and Next Generation Touchscreen. 
Modus Matrix is a free mobile application ( that allows users to take 3D virtual tours of new townhome/condominium communities before they are built. Utilizing Augmented Reality software to create these virtual models, users can visualize their new townhome/condo community complete with architectural details, landscaping and interior panoramas from their tablet or mobile device.  
The Modus Next Gen Touchscreen is in essence a complete virtual library of all community and company information including brochures, videos, floor plans and more which can all be sent immediately to an email or mobile device via text messaging. This and the "live to the second" social media feeds, product availability and mortgage calculator truly deliver the potential of next generation technologies into the homebuilding market.
“With 89% of Smartphone users searching online to make purchasing decisions the need for a digital tool is imperative,” reports Sandi Serr, Project Marketing Specialist.  “Our customers are keen to educate themselves about their potential homes and it's our responsibility to ensure that knowledge is readily available and easy to access."
Features of the Modus Matrix digital application for phones and tablets include:
  • Geo-location component allows users to walk onto the site and see the community and its buildings full scale - complete with landscaping. To our knowledge, this is the first time this has been accomplished.
  • Ability to do a virtual walkthrough of a fully landscaped project inside and out by simply scanning a marker found in magazine, ad, business card or marker downloaded from
  • View entire community project, floor plans and panoramic views seen in 3D virtual space before it's built - wherever you are.
Features of the Touchscreens located in the Modus sales centres include: 
  • Comprehensive live to the second information that communicates real time townhome/condo availability and social media updates.
  • Comprehensive library of all Modus company and product details.
  • "Send it to me" feature allows aforementioned product & company information to be transferred via email and SMS (text messaging) to any number of devices allowing consumers to leave the sales centre with everything they need without carrying a stack of printed material.
  • Built in mortgage calculator allows customers to determine their qualifying income on the spot.
Jayman Modus 
Jayman Modus is an award winning builder of new multifamily townhomes and condominiums.  As a division of one of Alberta's largest builders, Jayman, their industry-leading approach has resulted in an entirely new standard of homebuilding. For more information, please visit, or visit us on Facebook