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© 2019 Cascade Communications Public relations agency and marketing communications for small business and startups. Offices in Chicago and Omaha.

New York Times best-selling author Robert Edsel of The Monuments Men

"...special thanks go to Cascade Communications for interpreting so well my wishes and for being so easy and fun to work with!"

Kansas Regenerative Institute

We hired Jennifer Fortney of Cascade Communications to create a new website for our medical clinic. Jennifer was detail oriented, easy to work with, and always on task. We had previously used another marketing firm for our facility and the difference in the quality we received from Jennifer was evident from our first conference call. Jennifer had a vision for our web presence and what she delivered was beyond our expectations. It is easy to navigate, fresh, and patient friendly. We highly recommend Cascade Communications!

Kristin Cerwin, Former Area Manager for Beam Wine Estates

I worked with Jennifer on the Jim Beam Brands' DeKuyper Pucker Schnapps "Longest Kiss" event. Jennifer's work is exceptional. Not a detail was left unattended to. She really makes the effort to go above and beyond. She wants her client to not only be happy with the end result, but to be happy with every step along the way. She is professional, honest and efficient. I highly recommend!

Yvonne Hedeker & David Allen, Light Health Research

Jennifer Fortney, has been extraordinarily helpful in assisting us with defining our marketing goals and strategies, both short-term and long-term.  Her experience has translated into practical, effective advice. The wealth of tools that Jennifer brings to the creation of our sales collateral and marketing materials is impressive. Her creative PR and sales ideas are always coupled with effective implementation strategies. Her business knowledge and experience extend well beyond just marketing and PR.

She has been one of the few start-up consultants that wasn’t just looking at what’s in it for her; rather she has demonstrated over and over again her dedication to our growth and success. At all times she keeps our best interests in the forefront. Her infectious enthusiasm and cheerleading make working with her fun and rewarding.  Jennifer is a trustworthy person with impeccable integrity.

Dan Gaffney, Founder, VouchedIn

Jennifer and I met when we served together on a non-profit Board. When I was preparing to launch VouchedIn in 2012, Jennifer had great ideas and we started to work together in late 2012.  I didn't realize the importance of public relations (PR) to complement advertising and marketing. Jennifer has done an outstanding job with PR and social media-getting VouchedIn into several national publications and expanding our reach on Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms.  If you're launching a company or want to get to another level, you want Jennifer to work with you!

Jay and Sally Bialek, AHA Instructors CPR Solutions, LLC

I've known Jennifer for more than 20 years, since her time at the University of Kansas. Our business, CPR Solutions, LLC in Lawrence, KS provides on-site CPR certifications as part of the American Heart Association’s training program. We had no idea how to grow a business, much less build a website or hand out a business card. We worked with someone initially who was more affordable, but not results oriented. I thought of Jennifer. She acted immediately creating a new innovative and responsive website that is easy for us to manage, marketing solutions, business ethics, and strategies for targeting our customers and providing a great experience.

 

Jennifer provided us with an extraordinary personal experience and tremendous amount of support. Now, our new website is getting FAR more traffic than our previous one, and we’re getting more calls from larger companies in the region looking for a long-term CPR training partner. Jennifer provides results. Her professional knowledge and pragmatic approach to marketing solutions will help your business succeed!  Thank you, so much Jennifer, for all you help!

Ellen Sternweiler, Owner, Bellybum Boutique/The Sensory Kids Store

I met Jennifer several years ago and have since hired her on an ongoing basis to work on PR, Social Networking and marketing initiatives for my small retail store. Needless to say, I have been extremely happy with her work, positive attitude, ability to think 'outside the box' and general professionalism. She always follows through on her promises and never bills for work that is not completed to her high standard. Nor has she ever, in my opinion, overbooked me for her work. She is diligent, dedicated and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her!

Jim Holtzman, Former Vice-President Board of Directors, NVAM

I have worked with Jennifer through my role as a board member/treasurer of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, where I brought her on back in 2004. Jennifer is a determined and creative PR professional and skilled at getting excellent placements for our message. She is a strong supporter in the development of that message as well. She has been with this museum through some of the hardest times and has managed to stay positive and supportive and see the good through all of the challenges. Most importantly, she has helped communicate that good to the public through her work. I would work with Jennifer any time and will in future opportunities. I recommend her without reservation and will be happy to discuss with anyone who would like to know more." Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative.

Levi Moore, Former Executive Director, NVAM

Jennifer has provided tremendous, above and beyond the call of duty assistance to the National Veterans Art Museum. Whether it was working on a specific project or providing general counsel on branding and promotion strategies and tactics, she has been a trusted and valued partner (not just a consultant).

Michele Kehrer, Owner Lifestyle Physical Therapy and Balance Center

"Jennifer is highly professional, has high attention to detail and produces results. I would recommend her without reservation!"

Paul Clem President, How America Thinks/RateMyBuilderOnline.com

It's a good thing when you establish a vendor relationship that meets expectations, but it's really gratifying when you actually like your provider. And that has certainly been our experience with Cascade Communications. Jennifer was sensitive to our entrepreneurial creativity while lending her professional experience and credibility to our public relations and promotional efforts. In addition, Cascade was fairly-priced and delivered value that exceeded expectations.

Gail Sanders-Luckman, Founder, Kumfy Tailz

Jennifer is one of the best hires I have ever made. She has done an outstanding job of taking a startup and putting us on the "map".  She 'gets it'.  Her PR efforts have given Kumfy Tailz an incredible presence in the pet publication and social media world, with more than 70 media placements including the 'Today' show. Kumfy Tailz will continue to work with Jennifer as long as we are Kumfy Tailz.

Al Martin, formerly of Kaplan Publishing

Jennifer is an amazing marketing communications professional. From developing strategic programming down to the nitty gritty of securing media placements, Jennifer Fortney and Cascade Communications earn an A+++ in client service. Jennifer is a master at pitching high-end media like USA Today or New York Times as well as smaller local market media. I am always seeking out new opportunities to work with Cascade Communications.

Linda Horwitz & Alison Smetana, Co-Owners, Creators be.ology

Our company, be.ology, has worked with Jennifer for close to two years. From the first moment she met us, she shared in our passion and enthusiasm to creatively market and spread the positive word on be.ology. She has helped us grow, build momentum and support us with creative and unique strategies. Each year our goals have changed and Jennifer has been sensitive to our changing needs. We look forward to more great successes together.

Bob Killian, Owner, Killian & Associates

Everybody likes Jennifer, if that matters to you. People like her personally because she sparkles. People like her professionally (ah, now I've got your interest) because she has energy and resources. Loads of youthful energy, bulging Rolodex of resources. Work with her; you'll see.

Jennifer Christenson, Former Producer, On-Air Personality, Upscale TV

It was more than a pleasure to work with Jennifer Fortney during the tribute to Kanye West, Cheap Trick, and Joe Shanahan by the Recording Academy. I found Jennifer to be one of the most accommodating, efficient, and reliable people I have worked with. She did an outstanding job of coordinating the honorees with media interviews and even followed up after the event showing a great commitment to the satisfaction of those she works with. Jennifer has remained in contact by forwarding events to me that we may collaborate on since then, and I highly recommend her as a very kind, professional, and talented individual to work with.

Emily Roth, Former Executive Director, Frank Lloyd Wright's UTRF

It is always a great pleasure to work with Jennifer. She is a wonderful listener, making time to understand our needs and responding with impressive professionalism. She feels true passion and energy for her work. While working with us on our "green" geothermal initiative and our Break the Box program series, she secured great press placements--something we would never have been able to do alone. I wholeheartedly recommend Jennifer Fortney and Cascade Communications.

Emily Leahy Walker, Producer, RIVR Media

I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer while I was scouting restaurants for the Food Network. Jennifer was helpful in pointing me towards the right venues and giving me ideas for future shows down the line. Her energy and passion made the project a success. Even though my business doesn't take me to Chicago as often as I would like, I still count on Jennifer to point me down the right paths for new restaurant talent and locations.

Kelly Aiglon, Freelance Writer

Jennifer has always been very responsive and so much fun to work with. She is one of my go-to gals.

Sheennan Showers, COO, TriggerPoint Trading

Jennifer has been a blessing to all aspects of projects that I have worked on with her, she can adapt easily to the industry that she has been tasked to do even IF she does not have prior experience in that industry and quickly become a VALUABLE contributor to the success. Highly recommend that you don't pass her by if you need things accomplished in PR.

Bridget O'Shea, Former Editor Chicago News Cooperative, Freelancer

Jennifer is thoughtful and thorough in her dealings with clients and businesses

Lisa Garvey, Former CEO, Life Made Simple

Jennifer is very knowledgeable and pragmatic in her approach to finding cost-effective and innovative ways to help your business grow. Whether you're a start up or just looking to build on the PR and marketing you already have, her patience, enthusiasm, creativity, and excellent business sense has no boundaries.

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