Let me tell you about myself so you can decide whether to connect with me or not.
I’m Elena Verlee and I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur that has sold two businesses for six-figures, and currently have two companies in PR.
PR In Your Pajamas – this site is my blog for solo entrepreneurs and smaller businesses wanting an easy system for do-it-yourself publicity and social media best practices.
Cross Border PR – my full-service PR agency has served start-up to billion dollar technology companies for 12 years now. We specialize in media/influencer relations and successfully launching companies, products or services in the US, Canada or UK. PR and Social Media training for in-house staff is also provided for smaller businesses.
Where Else To Find Me:
I’ve been named twice in Forbes as one of “20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” and again in “25 Most Influential Women Tweeting About Entrepreneurship”.
You can see I’m passionate about publicity, entrepreneurship and Twitter! You can find a list of other press here.
I’m proud to say this PR in Your Pajamas blog has been included in:
1. Alltop.com’s Best of the Best PR Blogs
2.VisaBusinessNetwork.com’s blog roll for over 100,000 of their small business members
3. PR Web’s “25 Essential PR Blogs You Should Be Reading”
Q and A:
What’s your Business Background?
I’ve practiced PR and lived and worked in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. In 20 years I’ve worked with hundreds of clients in a range of industries – from high-technology to make-up, from mom entrepreneurs to billion dollar companies. My team and I have placed these clients in The Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Globe and Mail, Financial Times, CBC-TV and many major European publications. We’ve also worked with niche or local press like The Mompreneur Magazine, SavvyMom, Urban Rush, Breakfast TV, Santa Barbara Press, Honolulu Advertiser, The Vancouver Sun and so on.
I’ve had my own successful six and seven-figure businesses, running teams of 15 – 20 people – all from my home office. I’ve had both a service-based business (PR) and a product-based, Internet business (selling men’s socks online). I’ve sold two companies for six-figures, including a family business with 150+ employees involving cars and most recently in 2007 our Internet business that attracted a ton of media and a buyer in just nine months. In winter 2011/spring 2012 I’m getting involved in another product-based online business, watch for it!
A few years ago, I became interested in personal coaching and was certified by the International Coach Federation and a top coaching school – The Coaches Training Institute. Not only did I take courses for over a year, certification included a six-month course that met weekly, at least 100 paid coaching hours, passing an oral exam and a written exam that takes 3 – 5 hours to complete. Once in a while I use my training to help women entrepreneurs not just in PR, but to design an overall lifestyle that they love.
Are you available to be a guest on teleconferences/webinars/speaker at an event?
My time is really limited these days so please contact me to inquire about fees and my schedule.
What do I do when I’m not working?
I’m in a book club which means I’m always reading something. I don’t watch a lot of TV but I do love Netflix!
Playing with my two boys keeps me young, and my triathlete husband encouraged me to try my first triathlon which I finished in April 2010. I’ve just learned to swim, borrowed a bike but my two feet kept me going and I finished with a smile on my face!
After several years in Asia, my family and I moved back to Vancouver (actually, a small island just 15 minutes from Vancouver) in the summer of 2010. I’m a tropical girl so I’m always looking to escape winter. Thank goodness for virtual businesses.
Once in a while when I have a huge block of time, I take out my paint brushes and create colorful bouquets of flowers or pastoral landscapes. I’ve even sold a few of my paintings, so there’s a creative streak in me that needs a bit more nurturing.
I look forward to getting to know you!