Van Eperen & Company Honored as Community Ministries of Rockville's 2010 Business Partner of the Year

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Van Eperen & Company (VE & Co., http://www.veandco.com), a woman-owned small business specializing in customized communications that achieve renowned results, has been selected by Community Ministries of Rockville (CMR, http://www.cmsrocks.org) as the nonprofit organization's Business Partner of the Year. The firm was presented with a Burning Bush Award at CMR's annual meeting on Oct. 26 in Rockville.

Van Eperen & Company (VE & Co., http://www.veandco.com), a woman-owned small business specializing in customized communications that achieve renowned results, has been selected by Community Ministries of Rockville (CMR, http://www.cmsrocks.org) as the nonprofit organization's Business Partner of the Year. The firm was presented with a Burning Bush Award at CMR's annual meeting on Oct. 26 in Rockville.

The Business Partner of the Year honor is awarded annually by CMR to recognize a local business that has supported the organization's mission to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable of Montgomery County residents. From late 2009 into early 2010, VE & Co. partnered with CMR to help launch the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic by assisting with sponsorship outreach, event planning and media/public awareness outreach and promotions services, which culminated with an open house and dedication ceremony on March 29. Speakers and attendees included state and county health and elected officials, including Maryland's Secretary of Health John Colmers, the Montgomery County DHHS Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Ulder Tillman, County Executive Ike Leggett, Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, and other elected officials. CMR also welcomed its community partners, patients, donors, and the media.

"VE & Co.'s efforts to support the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic grand opening and dedication not only raised awareness within the community about the quality health services available at low cost to Montgomery County residents, but also contributed to the clinic's ability to operate at a higher level," said Agnes Saenz, Community Ministries of Rockville Executive Director.

"We're honored and humbled by this generous recognition from CMR, as it underscores VE & Co.'s ongoing commitment to support worthy nonprofits through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programming to serve the community," said Laura Van Eperen, CEO of VE & Co. "With over 300 hours donated in 2009 and more than 130 hours devoted to CMR's Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic, our team is proud to lead by example for other corporations that want to realize their CSR potential."

About VE & Co.
VE & Co. is an award-winning marketing and communications consulting firm that provides strategic counsel to public and private organizations. VE & Co. is a woman-owned MBE and MDOT-certified business and authorized to provide professional services to the government through the GSA schedule. Founded in 2004 to deliver exceptional results to clients, the company holds steadfast with its commitment to exceed client expectations, while keeping ethics and social responsibility at the forefront of every endeavor. For more information, contact Laura Van Eperen at laurav(at)veandco(dot)com or (301) 581-7298, or visit http://www.veandco.com.

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