Cash Mobs Attack Local Area Businesses With $20 Dollar Bills; Andrew Samtoy, Attorney At The Northeast Ohio Law Firm Of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A, leads the charge

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Attorney Andrew Samtoy of the Northeast Ohio law firm, Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. thinks the time has come to arm ourselves with $20 and boost the economy for local businesses in our communities.

Attorney Andrew Samtoy

"Cash Mobs won't cause commotion; they'll create commerce."

The term "flash mob" started out meaning a group of people who gather in a public place to dance or sing. The mob morphed into something more disruptive and destructive via the social media. A Class Action attorney at Dworken & Bernstein decided it's time for a turn of phrase and a new positive direction.

Andrew Samtoy took the lead. Andrew, a member of Cleveland Bridge Builders, an organization which trains the region's future leaders wanted to help make an impact in the local economy. He along with fellow Bridge Builder, Marty Mordarski, coined the phrase "cash mob".

Cash mob plans to gather on specific days at 6:00 at a predetermined location and target a store in the area. It must be locally owned, have products for both men and women and have parking. The store must be civic minded. Armed with at least $20 each, the "mob" will make purchases at the assigned location in a show of support for their neighborhood businesses.

"Many local businesses are struggling and if we can help them out a little bit, maybe give them an infusion, why not?" says Samtoy. Afterwards, the mob will gather at a local restaurant or bar to continue the economic stimulus. "The idea will not solve the economic crisis in Cleveland in one night or one month. But why not socialize with like minded Clevelander's, support local businesses as well as a local eating establishment afterwards?

Wednesday, November 16th, the "mob" descended on Visible Voice Bookstore for their shopping spree then gathered at Bac Bistro & Lounge for refreshments.

You can find out more about Cash Mobs on Facebook or Twitter or log onto the groups blog cashmobs.wordpress.com. Word spread within the week and more than 1,000 people ended up on the Facebook invite and already over 50 people have confirmed they'll come. Local radio and television stations are intrigued and excited about this initiative and have invited Andrew to speak or appear on local programming. Check him out on WKYC Channel 3 http://www.wkyc.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1279874669001&odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|featured

Andrew was Dean of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity, earning a regional award for Most Outstanding Student of the fraternity. He's now an outstanding attorney at Dworken & Bernstein Co. L.P.A.

In business for over 50 years, the Lake County law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co.,L.P.A. is the largest law firm in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties, Ohio with offices in Painesville as well as downtown Cleveland. Dworken & Bernstein offers a full range of legal services for businesses, individuals, and families in litigation and transactions with 26 attorneys and a staff of 65.

The firm's creation of Ohio Lawyers Give Back has resulted in distributing over $22.5 million dollars in unclaimed class action funds to local charities through Dworken & Bernstein. "Our firm is a staunch believer in doing what we can to give back and support our community" comments Barbara Marlowe, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the firm. "Andrew's idea about Cash Mobs really helps our local independent businesses stay vital, and his energy is characteristic of the people at our firm."

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