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NAIWE Appoints Jeanne Grunert, Noted Content Marketing Consultant, to Expert Panel

EIN Presswire - News Release March 2023


PROSPECT, VIRGINIA, USA, February 22, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) announced the appointment of noted writer and content marketing consultant Jeanne Grunert to the Association’s Board of Experts. The NAIWE Board of Experts consists of individuals with expertise in writing, editing, publishing, and marketing who help their fellow members grow as writers and learn to promote their writing, editing, and related services.

“We are so pleased to have Jeanne Grunert join NAIWE’s Board of Experts as the Branding and Marketing Expert,” said April Michelle Davis, NAIWE’s executive director. “Board members provide a valuable service to NAIWE members and to the publishing community at large by leading a webinar in their area of expertise, and we are excited to learn from Jeanne Grunert.”

Ms. Grunert is the founder and president of Seven Oaks Consulting, a business-to-business content marketing agency located in Prospect, Virginia. Prior to founding Seven Oaks Consulting, Jeanne led marketing for divisions of McGraw-Hill Education; Teachers College Columbia University; The College Board; and retail, publishing, and financial service companies in the New York City area. Known worldwide for her exceptional leadership and communication skills, Jeanne works seamlessly across cultural and corporate barriers to achieve outstanding results.

Jeanne is also no stranger to the writing world. As a teenager, she won a national short story competition and published numerous articles in hobby magazines. She continued writing for magazines for many years. Her essay, “A Teacher Named Kricket,” originally published in Equus, was included in the anthology Straight from the Heart – True Stories of Horses. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, Equus, Horse Illustrated, and many other publications.

She has also published three nonfiction books, two novels, and several works of short fiction.

As a fellow author with extensive marketing industry experience, Jeanne looks forward to sharing her expertise with NAIWE members. She may be contacted through her company, Seven Oaks Consulting, or through the NAIWE website.


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Happy Anniversary, Seven Oaks Consulting!

Happy anniversary Seven Oaks Consulting!


Celebrating 15 Years of Service: The Anniversary of Seven Oaks Consulting

You've got to go with the flow for content creator success.

Saturday, October 1, represented a big milestone for my company, Seven Oaks Consulting. We celebrated our 15th Anniversary! According to the SBA, only 25% of small businesses make it to the big 1-5. Half close in 5 years, more by year 10, leaving a scant 25% still running 15 years later.

I had a lot of exciting promotions I wanted to launch on October 1. The remnants of Hurricane Ian, however, decided otherwise, smashing trees down and wiping out the power for my area for most of the day. (It's back now, thank you Dominion Energy).

Like that first day we moved in here 15 years ago, nothing this past Saturday was working. Although unlike that October day 15 years ago, at least I could find my coffee pot (albeit the old-fashioned 1950s stovetop percolator!).

We've Grown and Changed from Acorn into Oak

As I sat at my kitchen table with pencil in hand, writing down a few thoughts and wondering when the power would be back on, I realized the symbolic significance of the events today compared to the events 15 years ago...

You have to go with the flow!

A successful business must adapt, change, and grow with the times. We as a company haven't remained static. We've changed with the times. We started out as a small consulting firm to the education marketplace (the industry I left when I left I moved from New York City.) Over the years, we adapted, adding writing services when my skills as a writer were in demand, finally melding the two skillsets into content marketing. A flair and passion for technology and manufacturing stories made that part of the agency come together, and two years ago, we branded as a B2B content marketing agency for the technology and manufacturing industries.

Today, as the sun shines, and the power is back on, I have to laugh at how my big plans - press releases, an online event - all came to naught thanks to an oak tree, of all things. Seven Oaks Consulting's 15 year anniversary celebration was temporarily postponed due to an oak tree wiping out the power.

You've got to laugh at the fun the universe has with us.

Happy anniversary Seven Oaks Consulting, and here's to another 15 years of great content marketing and writing!

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Celebrate International Dog Day!

Celebrate International Dog Day with us!

Here at Seven Oaks Consulting, a day at work is a day we share with our dogs. Nearly every single person who works at Seven Oaks Consulting owns a dog (or two) and enjoys time working alongside their favorite canine.

So, in honor of International Dog Day (yes, it's a thing), we thought you might enjoy meeting the Dogs of Seven Oaks Consulting!

Kathleen Marshall, Senior Writer and Editor, is never without her dogs, Maggie and Zoey.

It's not a meeting unless Maggie, Zoey, or both leaps into Kathleen's lap! Her two mixed breed pups love to be on conference calls. They're also key to Kathleen's happiness. Thanks to Maggie and Zoey, Kathleen doesn't have to worry about intruders - she can focus on your writing and editing projects!

Zoey and Maggie, owned by Kathleen Marshall


Freelance writer Laura LaFrenier is also the proud pet parent of not one, but three canine writing companions!

"This first photo is my English bulldog Libby. She is the newest member of the family and loves to go fishing and going out on the paddle boat. She likes to eat the hot dogs they use for bait."

Libby, owned by Laura LaFrenier

"The second photo is of my terrier mix Layla. She is about 6 years old and we have had her since she was 8 weeks. She is very spoiled and the least trained out of the bunch lol. She loves to sleep under the blankets every night to stay warm."

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Lovely Layla!

"Last but not least is a photo of my black lab mix Boon. He is 12 years old and still acts like a pup. We adopted him when he was 5 months old and he helped to welcome my daughter home from the hospital when she was born. He considers himself to be the protector of the family and never leaves my side."

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And of course, my dog, Zeke. His full name is Temper's Ezekiel. He joined our family as a puppy and turned my life upside down. He's goofy, giant, protective, and the best meeting companion a girl could want.

I keep a jar of peanut butter dog biscuits on my desk. If you see me reaching over during a Zoom call, it's because I have to bribe Zeke to maintain silence during our calls.

Zeke, owned by Seven Oaks Consulting president Jeanne Grunert

What Is International Dog Day?

August 26 is International Dog Day, a day set aside to remember dogs, both purebred and mutts, owned and loved by all. Its founder sought to raise awareness of the dogs waiting in shelters for adoption.

Whether you've adopted your dog from a shelter, as I have in the past, or obtained him from a loving home, as I did not with my Zeke, here's to all the dogs in our lives! They give us unconditional love, lots of laughter, and plenty to talk about.


Seven Oaks Consulting Featured in Fundera

There's greater interest now than ever before in rural small businesses. Journalist Priyanka Prakash interviews me for this piece on rural small business in the online publication, Fundera.

Rural Small Businesses Earn Better Profits and More Financing

Among business owners, rural areas get a bad rap. But I've found that conducting business in a rural area - thanks to the internet - offers many advantages.

Read the article for the full story. Thank you again to Ms. Prakash for the opportunity.