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  The Admin Awards is excited to announce the newest addition to our team, Jamie Searfoss, who will play an integral role in the The Admin Awards’ national expansion as Expansion Team Lead.    Jamie joins The Admin Awards from TM Advertising, a top Dallas advertising agency where she was an... Read More
As seen on The history of Hewlett-Packard Company is intertwined with the history of Silicon Valley—a fertile stretch of land north of San Jose, California. Today the area is known worldwide as a center for innovation, where companies have changed the world through technological advances.... Read More
When I set out to launch Core24 six years ago, it wasn’t because I thought the time was right (it was 2009, after all) or even because I wanted to start my own business at that moment. The decision to launch Core24 was preempted by a combination of several things actually, which created the perfect... Read More
Brought to you by The Admin Awards, AdminRally is being held March 26 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Pizza Hut Corporate Office and is a one of a kind leadership event designed exclusively for administrative professionals serving companies in the Dallas area. Designed to ignite attendees’ absolute... Read More
  Laurie first became acquainted with the Admin Awards during the inaugural year when she convinced her company to become an award level sponsor. That experience not only exceeded her expectations for business development opportunities but also sparked in her a passion for serving and making a... Read More
As seen on After being let go from her retailing job, Heidi Rasmussen joined her husband to launch the health discount card freshbenies. At age 15, Heidi Rasmussen began working in retailing, at the same department store where her stepfather put in 35 years. After eight years in store... Read More
Café Momentum is a restaurant training platform that provides post-release paid internships for juvenile offenders through which they receive intensive culinary, job, and life-skill training as well as continued mentoring and support to foster successful re-entry into the community. After hosting a... Read More
New Experts: Area of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate Company: Avison Young is the world’s fastest growing commercial real estate firm with a thriving office in Dallas, and over 1,700 real estate professionals in 62 offices nation wide and across Europe. Avison Young is endorsed by Core24... Read More
  Pizza tossing, sushi rolling and a chocolate challenge with Kate Weiser -- ready when you are!   Kapow Events, a Chicago-based company that landed in Dallas about six months ago, presents turn-key events that any company can instantly plug into for team building or client appreciation outings.... Read More
Today, I opened up what looked like a Christmas card from someone whose (pretty generic) name I didn't recognize -- perhaps an old friend (Chris Thomas?) from El Segundo, California.  With the invention of Facebook, probably like you, I now have friends I casually keep up with in cities across the... Read More
Risch Results is a boutique firm that provides recruiting and talent development services to small and medium size businesses. Risch Results is thoroughly committed to understanding the unique talent needs and culture of its clients for swift onboarding and long-term employee retention and growth.... Read More
Entrepreneurs Connect Pitch Tank Conference Think American Idol. Think Shark Tank. Now combine the two and you end up with “Entrepreneurs Connect Pitch Tank,” where you vote along with panels of seasoned entrepreneurs to decide which companies will win cash prizes. Panelists include Patrick Brandt... Read More
Dallas has no shortage of organizations but not all draw fierce commitment among our city’s most conscientious employers -– those organizations that understand how culture, purpose, stakeholders and leadership intersect to create the “conscious business” where everyone wins. Conscious Capitalism, a... Read More
Alison is the owner and CEO, Chief Event Officer, at The Event Lounge where she is constantly encouraging her team to exceed client expectations… all the while having a great time! She was inspired to open TEL because she wanted to assemble a “Dream Team” of staff members that were creative,... Read More
Our most played songs in the office this month: 1 . Cool Kids- Echosmith 2. Appreciated- Rixton 3. You Are the Best Thing- Ray LaMontagne 4. Geronimo- Sheppard https... Read More
Unroll me: This is the email-clutter clearer you’ve been looking for. Simply type in your email address and instantly unsubscribe from all the junk mail you get on a daily basis. Finally, a clear inbox. Camel Camel Camel: Be sure to get the best deal... Read More
When I came in for my Core24 job interview, I was terrified. It was my first real interview for my first 9-5 job, and I was hyper conscious of every mistake I could be making. Luckily, this fear led me to choose my outfit a week in advance (a high neckline, black, cap sleeve dress and nude flats),... Read More
Food Insecurity - it's a carefully crafted phrase to express a real fear for far too many people in North Texas. No one wants to think that people in our community, in a country as rich as the United States can experience it but they do.  The good news is facilities like the North Texas Food Bank... Read More
If you don’t know about Waze yet, your time behind the wheel is about to get a whole lot easier. Waze is a social media and GPS app for your smartphone; I know this sounds complicated, but it’s actually very simple and an amazing tool. Waze offers more than the traditional GPS device, and acts as a... Read More
Atmosphere in the workplace is everything-- conditions have to be just right. The room can’t be too hot or cold, your chair has to have just the right amount of cushion, and your coffee takes half a splenda and just a splash of soymilk. So what you choose to play in the office really sets the tone... Read More
The concept of a private peer advisory board for business owners and CEOs isn’t new, but Vistage Chair, Mark Sadlek’s version certainly is. Historically Vistage and other peer advisory groups, both in Dallas and beyond, have been comprised of a group of traditional leaders with a homogeneous... Read More
  The strategic use of outside resources to help a company perform more effectively, also known as outsourcing, can be tricky, even for the most seasoned executive.  And while there are many reasons why companies find outsourcing extremely beneficial, choosing the wrong provider can instantly put... Read More
If you haven't checked out The Dallas Stars' new Party Box option, you need to grab 50 of your coworkers or clients and get ready for tons of rink side fun! The Stars Private Party Box, unlike most private suites, has you out where the action is, not tucked away. The Private Party Box is a semi-... Read More
Source: In 2008, as a single mother of two I left a perfectly good job to bring an idea to life in the middle of the worst economic downturn with no safety net and no Plan B. I had no savings, nobody to bail me out and no... Read More
I love the Place at Perry’s for its excellent food, unique menu and easy location, but here are three reasons why it’s a no brainer for your company's next mid-size event:   1.  First, awesome event space for up to 60 people in Dallas is hard to find, unless you’re looking at hotels.  The Place at... Read More
1. Mom’s Christmas Travel Embargo Kandace Austin, Dallas HD Films, Video Production I have many amazing memories of my favorite holiday with my family and a lot of hilarious ones, as well. One very funny memory that comes straight to mind is the year my mom was out of the... Read More
In the latest installment in a legal battle that his been ongoing for 100 years, the Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar NP has claimed a victory this week over Anheuser-Busch InBev in Italy.  An Italian high court has ruled that Anheuser-Busch’s use of the Budweiser brand is deceptive, removed it from... Read More
Jon Gluck and some friends of his were enjoying an expensive dinner when they realized that the water on their table just didn’t match the quality of the food and wine.  Inspired, he founded a high-end water company (as in, the water is “crafted” by a “water sommelier” and sells for between $5-$12... Read More
By Joe Shanley, Fitness Built for You 1) Long, Slow Boring Cardio Workouts Each day, I see the same people doing the same exercise routine as they did yesterday. Whether I'm out at the track or I sneak into a GYM, they go to the same piece of cardio equipment and use the same level and go at that... Read More
By: Jan Pruitt, President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank When schools in North Texas let out for summer vacation in the next few weeks, the balanced school breakfasts and lunches that so many children rely on will end, too. For children in need, summer is the year’s hungriest season. You can help... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24 You can see every detail perfectly: the radiance of a spectacular gem or the chocolate drippy deliciousness of a decadent dessert. And no one makes products look more must-have-right-now in photography than Martin Vandiver. From beautifully plated entrees to sugar-rimmed... Read More
By driversselect CEO, Steve Hall Ever wonder why some people seem to always get ahead in life while others with similar or even greater talent fail to advance? Other than my time with family, there are few things I enjoy more than personal growth and development. I am passionate about this to the... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24® 10 ways to show your Admin big love on April 24th: 1. Tickets to a sporting event – Instead of relying on your admin to pass your Cowboys, Rangers, Mavs or Stars tickets along to VIP clients like you usually do, how about purchasing a couple for them? But don’t forget the... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24® When my niece Bryn Emery decided to relocate from New Jersey to Dallas, I couldn’t be more excited. I had no doubt she’d be a great addition to any company that values the perseverance of a kid working full time and putting herself through college on nights and weekends.... Read More
Click here to download a PDF version of the invitation.Join Dallas business leaders in the fight against PTSD and participate in Poker for PTSD, a fun-filled evening of poker with a purpose – ensuring that Heroes Project, Chris Kyle’s legacy and passion for serving veterans, lives on by helping... Read More
The Prison Entrepreneurship Program's six-minute presentation won both the audience vote and all three judges’ votes at the Dallas Social Venture Partners’ 2012 BigBang! Conference last year. This provided PEP with a spot on the TEDxSMU stage in front of a crowd of 1,000 business leaders where... Read More
By Jason Kos, FITCO “A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi knew a thing or two about uniting a body of people to accomplish a task. He bred passion. He conveyed belief. And he passed along respect for one another. Can the average CEO say the... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24® If you’re tired of having to scream at Paradise Bakery near the Galleria, or can’t get a seat at your local Starbucks, I almost hesitate to tell you about what I think is the best coffee shop in Dallas for both atmosphere and what my Ozzie coffee-snob husband declares “the... Read More
HR Outsourcing: Staff OneStaff One has been providing small-sized companies with “big company” benefits: a comprehensive suite of human resource services, including consulting, tax and payroll administration, workers compensation, and benefits administration. Since 1988, Staff One has provided... Read More
Nominate Here.In today's competitive environment, high-performing directors have never been more important. The 2013 Outstanding Directors Awards will honor those directors, boards and board committees that have demonstrated the vital leadership and business savvy necessary to help guide their... Read More
3/8/13: Outstanding Directors 3/8/13: The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 3/15/13: Women in Business Awards 3/15/13: M&A Awards - Best Deal 5/10/13: Best Places to Work in DFW 5/23/13: 40 Under 40 Awards
Match Your Work Mood to Music by Sunny Nunan, Core24® Songza, where have you been all our life? For music lovers, you didn’t come soon enough with your incredibly simple concept --a free music streaming and recommendation service (think music concierge) where spot-on playlists are created by music... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24® At Core24®, we’ve always believed that life is just too short not to work with people you like. Even in our revenue-starved infancy, we refused to do business with people whose values, behaviors, or abrasive personalities went against our grain, eventually becoming known... Read More
If you’ve never heard of Seth Godin, please don’t tell anybody and just buy your tickets. He’s considered by many in the marketing world as the God of marketing and we’re really excited about his inaugural speaking engagement in Dallas (tickets are cheap at $45/seat). In addition to the marketing... Read More
By Rachel O'Connor, Core24 When Rolling Stone wanted to add an imaginative and whimsical touch to their corporate offices in NYC, they chose Fatboy®, European designed oversized beanbag chairs (US office is in Coppell, TX). We love Fatboy because they’re colorful (solids and patterns), ultra comfy... Read More
1. Festive Kitchen (Full Service Catering or Take Out) - First, you need food. And good food. Use Festive Kitchen to cater your holiday party or do it yourself with their ultra fresh and delicious party perfect takeout food. Email Sandy Korem directly at 2. Ten49 at The... Read More

“We spent over a year trying to find a creative, bright, cool event space for Core24® executive meetings and events. When we walked into White Space we instantly knew we found what we started to think was only in our heads. No signs of stodgy dark paneling or burgundy leather chairs but modern,... Read More
Before you head out to lunch, visit Dallas-based and contribute to the over 100,374 meals they’ve donated with their “when you eat, they eat” social entrepreneurship model. Free restaurant deals included and at your fingertips. TangoTab, a Dallas-based company, feeds a person in need... Read More
The Rookie of the Year AwardAmanda Loomis, Pinnacle Entertainment The Loyalty AwardJean Howe, The Richards Group The Achiever AwardChristy Hawkinson, SPCA of Texas The Big Idea AwardJennifer Luette, Mullin Law The Community Champion AwardBarbara Milo, Hall Financial Group The Mentorship AwardJudy... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, President, Core24® You’ve probably seen Dell’s newest television commercial features a little girl named Annie who wants to fly more than anything else in the entire world. Armed with a video camera, green screen, and the technological wizardry from Dell computer, Annie takes flight... Read More
Meet Brigadier General (Retired) Becky Halstead, a leadership speaker and steadfast advocate for the civilian employment of former service personnel on the morning of September 12th at SMU Collins Center. Mission First. People Always. Military personnel place a premium on teamwork, loyalty, and a... Read More
By Rachel O'Connor, Core24 Put this on your list as a “must” for employee incentive trips or company retreats We’ve found your newest employee morale boost: L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, located in Louisiana. This resort is a close-to-home-but-feels-far-away place that we found to be an... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, President, Core24® & Ernie Cote, General Manager, Vertical Nerve In his article, “The Death of SEO: The Rise of Social, PR, and Real Content Response” (which was published by Forbes in July), author Ken Krogue discussed whether or not SEO (search engine optimization) would... Read More
When Core24® went on a search for the best edible client gifts in North Texas (taste AND presentation were among our criteria) we were repeatedly referred to this bakery in Forney where the “best crumb cakes you’ll ever put in your mouth” are created from all organic ingredients sourced from all... Read More
And if you think you can buy your way onto this list, think again. In case you were wondering how these lawyers are chosen, we pulled this criteria below off of D Magazine's website. For those of you that think advertising has anything to do with it, we can assure you it doesn't. Having been... Read More
A recent article in GQ Magazine chronicled this local hero's journey which began on his first tour in Afghanistan when Sam Brown, a 2006 West Point Graduate, was set on fire by an IED, severely burning his entire body. The piece journals Sam's experience with a new treatment for pain that uses a... Read More
Experience real head-to-head racing at Pole Position Raceway and you’ll have a whole new meaning of the term ‘team-building.’ If you think this is kids play...well, think again! Their high-performance European karts are capable of 45 mph and Pole Position Raceway has invested over $10 million in... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24® While we love making sure the Dallas business community knows about awesome business resources, it’s becoming increasingly more fun saving the world from the bad guys – those unworthy-of-your-business service providers. Daydreaming of clawing our eyes out, sudden headaches... Read More
By Sandy Korem, CEO, The Festive Kitchen #1 Venue at 400 North Ervay There is no other venue in Dallas that comes close to what this venue can offer. Historic venue in the heart of the city with hand-carved wood wainscoating and restored French painted ceilings. But…the best is the rooftop garden!... Read More
The Dallas Business Journal recently published a list of the largest commercial construction projects for North Texas in 2011. Staffelbach is the architect for six of the 25 named projects. The Dallas Business Journal recently published a list of the largest insurance companies and brokers for... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24® A Dallas CEO gives employees a cool place to chill Break rooms are so ‘90s. That’s why Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment (formerly Ensemble Studios), wanted a lively space for employees to gather in his new Plano office. So, Patrick did what every good CEO does:... Read More
"Gorman Foy has always shown incredible skill, insight and creative savvy when it comes to meeting the needs of a client. Always within budget, within deadline and beyond out-of-box thinking, Gorman Foy meets every challenge, exceeds every expectation." - Nancy Crab, Manager/Roaster, Aduro Bean “... Read More
If you're a rapidly growing technology, media, telecom, life sciences or clean technology company, you could be honored at The 2012 Fast Tech Awards presented by The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) and co-sponsored by TravisWolff. To learn more about the awards program and how to... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, President, Core24® Wildcatter Ranch in Graham, Texas will blow you away as a corporate retreat and team building resource. The property, about 90 minutes north west of Fort Worth is absolutely spectacular --all 1500 acres of its wide open spaces. For companies that want to feel like... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, President, Core24® So obvious we all missed it. How can you focus on retaining employees without acknowledging how long they've been with you in the first place? And you don't need to wait for an annual meeting to do it. Wyndham Jade, a Plano-based corporate travel, meetings and... Read More
A blog by Sunny Morris. If you receive an e-mail from Sunny Nunan, don't delete it. It's still me --Sunny from Core24®. On December 31, I married an Aussie named Ben in Bellingen, Australia. I won’t bore you with the details on how perfect the day was but feel free to take a peek at a few pictures... Read More
With a tough 3 years behind us, companies are now more than ever trying to find creative ways to rally their troops, infuse motivation back into their organizations and rekindle the flame between employer and employee. Core24® needs your help in identifying the best team building, corporate meeting... Read More
Snuz N Luz: An alarm clock that donates money to your least favorite charity every time you hit snoozzzzzzze. More from up to the smell of...Animosity...Connects via WiFi to your online bank account, and donates YOUR real money to an organization you HATE when you... Read More
- Failure to take advantage of wealth transfer opportunities well before the sale of a business. (Marvin Blum & Steve Novak, The Blum Firm) - Sending people to training without preparing for the training or planning to reinforce the training. Think of it this way….what would you think if your... Read More
Experience Christmas Celebration at the Meyerson Symphony Center December 2-18, featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. As Core 24’s valued patron, the DSO offers you the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets and/or host a holiday event for your employees and clients.For... Read More
With over 450,000 service providers in the Dallas area alone, Core24® is makes it easy for the executive community to quickly access reputable business resources you can trust, all in one place, saving time and money. Whether you know exactly what you need or aren’t quite sure, turn to Core24® and... Read More
Do you use document-shredding services? Mosaic, a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities offers cost-effective, confidential documentation shredding services using high-end cross cutting shredding equipment like the Destroyit 3803 CC cross cut shredder at their... Read More
Whether you need people, payroll, compensation or legal expertise, Core24’s network of experts includes a strong offering of HR related services. Great resources that often work together to serve the unique HR needs of Dallas companies are a click away. Delta Dallas – Need people short term or long... Read More
A recent visit with Skip Wallace, Director of Sales, at Lone Star Park revealed incredible value as Core24® toured LSP's suite and meeting spaces in our quest to give the executive community fun ideas on where to go to entertain clients or employees. For under $100 a head, we learned that companies... Read More
by Sunny Morris 1. “You know, people jump from the top floors in buildings not the bottom." Stan Slap, Author of Bury My Heart at Conference Room B 2. “In Belfor we hug and kiss hello, we don’t shake hands.” CEO of Belfor Holdings (And CBS Hit Series Undercover Boss featured CEO) 3. “I would fire... Read More
Web Video for ExecutivesWednesday June 22, 2011, 3:00pm – 4:30pmGreeneagles Country ClubMore information North Dallas Chamber Business Leadership Briefing SeriesJune 23, 2011, 7:30amNorth Dallas Chamber of CommerceMore information 40 Under Forty Cocktail ReceptionJune 23, 5:30pm - 8:30pmHouse of... Read More
Dallas Business Club May Happy HourMay 25, 2011, 6:00pm – 8:00pmLa Cima ClubMore information The 2011 Texas Employment Law SeminarMay 25, 2011, 8:00am – 5:00pmBy Whiting & Associates, Inc.Wyndham Hotel Love FieldMore information Tri- Chamber 2011 Small Business ConferenceMay 26, 2011, 2:00pm –... Read More
It's amazing what CEO's will do when they luv something. Local CEO's pay video tribute to Entrepreneurs For North Texas with a lip sync and dance featured at EFNT's Spirit of Entrepreneurship event honoring Herb Kelleher, Founder of Southwest Airlines. 'Luv Your Company, Luv Your Community, Luv... Read More
My Week Mentoring a South African Entrepreneur By Renee Rouleau I just wrapped up a week long program where I had the amazing opportunity to mentor a young woman from South Africa named Ntombenhle Khatwane, the founder of an ethnic hair care line called Afro Botanics. Her business is just a year... Read More
Corporate culture has always been a critically important success factor for growth minded, emerging companies. The morning of April 26th, senior executives from the Dallas business community will gather for a morning of information and inspiration on the tremendous impact that exceptional corporate... Read More
  By Sunny Morris, Core24®  In a former life, I was lucky enough to work for a cruise line. “The world’s best cruise line” in fact --a ranking that industry experts often awarded Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, almost annually, for the exceptional shipboard experiences that guests and industry... Read More
By Mike Orren If you’re like most other businesses, you’re spending an increasing amount of time thinking about your digital marketing, particularly so-called “social media” like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and whatever new service your tweenager invents while fiddling on their iPad while... Read More
2/24/2011, 6:00pm - 9:00pmDallas Business Journal19th Annual Best Real Estate Deals of the Year Awards More 2/24/2011, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PMDallas Regional ChamberCyber Threats Issue ForumThe Fairmont Dallas, 1717 N. Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201More 3/1/2011, 12:00 p.m.North Dallas Chamber of... Read More
By Sunny Morris, Core24® I recently received an e-mail invite with a subject line that read: See the Over 315 attending Power Networking. If the sender wanted me to NOT open the e-mail (or attend the event), it worked. Two things that bothered me about that subject line: The number 315 and phrase ‘... Read More
As if your personal new years resolution wasn't enough - Core24® experts have created an interesting list of 24 business resolutions for you to choose from--and stick to, in 2011. Which is your favorite? Tell us through a comment. 1. Stop overpaying your P&C insurance premiums. (Chris Peterie,... Read More
Dallas loves its award programs. With over 15 to choose from (and we’re still counting) we bet you qualify for at least one nomination in 2011. From Best Corporate Counsel to 40 Under 40, Business Ethics Awards and top Tech Titans, we’ve compiled the list and nomination deadlines here: Greater... Read More
If you’ve waited for the absolute last minute to show your clients some holiday love, consider a calendar from North Texas Food Bank. Not only does this year’s limited edition calendar feature 13 exclusive recipes by renowned Chef Kent Rathbun, the $20 gift is the equivalent of 80 meals for needy... Read More
12/17/2010, 11:30-1pmDFW AMA HELPS MARKETERS CRAFT PERSONAL BRANDING STORIESClampitt Creative Center, 9207 Ambassador Row, Dallas, Texas 75247more 12/29/2010, 10am-12pmBreak the Rules, Close MoreSales Acuity Systems, Inc 2727 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1005 Dallas, TX 75234more 1/6/2011, 8-9:30amChamber... Read More
When Wick Phillips Gould Martin, a Dallas-based business law and litigation firm, wanted to find a way to get their employees more involved in the community, they started where every aspiring good corporate citizen starts, with Pam Gerber at EFNT. Within weeks, the firm’s 19 employees were painting... Read More
By Sunny Morris, President, Core24® When I was just out of school and in my early 20’s I landed a job in account service at a direct marketing company called DMDA, tucked away in a little suburb north of Dallas. DMDA stood for Direct Marketing Direct Advertising, the work product of which was once... Read More
To submit additional events, please email us. 11/11/2010, 6:00-8:30pmDallas Business Journal 2010 Best Corporate Counsel Awards ReceptionWestin GalleriaMore 11/16/2010, 12:00 PM TO 1:30 PMLegislative Luncheon World Affairs CouncilAdolphus HotelMore 11/17/2010, 11:30a.m.eWomenNetwork Accelerated... Read More
The Turnaround Management Association ( is the only international non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Its international headquarters is in Chicago.Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 46 chapters, including 32... Read More
Let me start by saying you better have a really good reason for leaving a perfectly fine company and launching a new one in an economic downturn.I don’t have one. I have 24. From “power broker” to “biz pimp” to a “Craigslist for businesses,” just about everyone has had their unique take on how to... Read More
Core24 went on a search for unique, fun and effective team building resources in Dallas and made a pit stop at Texas Driving Experience out at Texas Motor Speedway. Supplied with air guns, a car jack, knee pads, goggles, and more, teams must figure out the quickest, most efficient way to carry out... Read More
By Sunny Nunan, Core24 Cristina Sierra grew up as a driven problem solver on the mean streets of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Upon graduation from University of Rochester with a degree in Logic, she gravitated to the tech industry working for top consulting firms like Accenture and Deloitte Consulting... Read More