, Newburyport, MA

September 11, 2012

business briefs

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Bean Group named to Inc. 5000

Bean Group, which opened an office in Newburyport in February 2011, has announced that for the second year in a row it has been named to the Inc. 500|5000, a ranking of the nation’s most entrepreneurial and fastest growing companies in America.

The company reported $12.5 million in revenue in 2011 and recently surpassed $1.6 billion in closed real estate transactions.

The company has also been recognized by REAL Trends for the fourth consecutive year and named to the 2012 Real Trends 500 list of largest brokers in the U.S. The REAL Trends 500 is an annual research report which identifies the largest and most successful residential firms in the U.S. and represents the most trusted standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading realty service firms.

Bean Group now has 15 locations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Over the past 12 months, Bean Group has opened offices in Andover, Mashpee and Winchester, Mass., and Amherst, NH.

Rowley area pets go online

Sweet Paws Rescue, Rowley has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on The site currently has over 359,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.

More than 13,700 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. Sweet Paws Rescue pets may be viewed at

A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the zip code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies.

Strand CEO to speak at Exhibit Source Conference

Strand Marketing announced that David Strand, CEO and Brand Director of Strand, will be a guest speaker at The Exhibit Source’s “Source Conference” on technology trends in trade show marketing on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2 p.m. The event will be held in the newly remodeled Exhibit Source Showroom, 145 Wells Ave., Newton MA.

The conference is free and open to the public. The day will include an introduction to the latest products that are designed to improve prospect engagement and experience. The focus will be on products and ideas that are easy to implement and are affordable. Items such as interactive media kiosks, video walls, flight trackers, charging stations, touch screen tables, digital document libraries, and more will be reviewed and on display.

As one of three guest speakers, Strand will be sharing recent success stories in which Strand Marketing integrated Facebook, Twitter, smart phones, e-mail marketing and next generation badge reader technology in two viral ideas that had people buzzing at high tech trade shows in Baltimore, MD and Montreal, Canada.

To register for the event, visit: To see a portfolio of Strand’s creative work in the high tech industry, visit:

Brandt Earns certification

in long-term care


Financial Advisor Bob Brandt, CFP, MSW, of Bob Brandt & Associates in Newburyport, has earned a professional designation in the field of long-term care, Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC). This educational program gives financial service professionals a foundation across disciplines for meeting clients’ long-term care needs.

Long-term care coverage can protect the emotional, physical and financial well-being of a family when one becomes frail and needs care over a number of years. Planning for long-term care requires an understanding of financial planning, tax law, home care, government funding and elder law.

Bob Brandt & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, is located at 7 Prince Place in Newburyport, MA. Learn more about the practice at


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