San Luis Obispo’s AP Logic partners with Impulse Communications
Impulse Advanced Communications of Santa Barbara and AP Logic of San Luis Obispo have recently partnered to launch Impulse’s new “Work Anywhere” Suite, a website with a range of services for businesses on the go.
Impulse Advanced Communications hired AP Logic to help define and market the “Work Anywhere” services suite and promote it through the launch of a new website. As the use of social media advances, the ability to share email, calendar, and contact information across different devices such PCs, Macs, and PDAs has become more important than ever. Now, business customers can access a highly integrated voice and data communications system for as few as one user to as many as thousands of users. A library of information, products, and applications can be seen by logging onto http://www.impulse.net, designed by AP Logic.
“We’re entrepreneurs at heart,” said AP Logic’s Jim Ratichek, “with practical insights toward business in the real world. We pride ourselves on forward-thinking, realistic software applications that reduce the drudgery of data tracking and analysis.”
The new website not only provides an entry-point, but also provides a browsable library of product information and application choices that users can evaluate and select from. Impulse now has a forum that presents the value of their solutions in a clear and visual manner to a targeted business audience.
Impulse has been providing advanced communications services to small and mid-sized businesses on the Central Coast of California since 1995. Impulse offers business Internet and telephone services including the Clearstar hosted phone system, voice and data T-1s, and Zimbra, a new collaboration platform that allows offices to share email, calendar and contacts – and sync them across devices, from PC to Mac to PDA.
AP Logic designs and builds web software applications and creates business processes to help market their clients’ products and services.
Community Foundation Reports First Success Story from “Fast Forward>>HOME” Program
As the new face of homelessness in San Luis Obispo County shifts at a staggering rate from single males to families, a unique new program is helping qualified people to find and move into rental units they can afford without on-going financial assistance from outside agencies. In fact, since the Fast Forward>>HOME program was founded last year by the Ron and Helen Dunin Opportunity Fund held by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF), the first family to complete the multi-faceted program moved into their own home this month.
“Ian, Jenna, and her two young sons are so excited to be in their own home,” said Marilyn Mayor, Administrative Liaison for Friends of Prado Day Center which coordinates the program. “Rather than trying to stay at a shelter and uproot the boys from their south county school, they bunked with friends and then were forced into a cheap motel room when the friends moved away. Now they can cook meals in a real kitchen, instead of having to heat canned chicken in a microwave.”
“ Ian and Jenna are both hard-working and contribute to the household income,” Mayor explained, “But like so many homeless households, their challenge was raising the move-in cost money for security deposit, rent, and utility hookups while also paying motel costs. The Fast Forward>>HOME program, in collaboration with other helping agencies, matched the amount saved and made their new home possible.”
Now, the children do better in school with a quiet place to do homework; the adults work harder and parent better with a place to call home; plus health and nutrition are improved with stable housing.
Fast Forward >>HOME is just one of the many ways that SLOCCF helps with a highly specific need in the community, according to the Foundation’s Janice Wolf. From feeding the hungry to preserving the land; from supporting local libraries and museums to helping the elderly and disabled – the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation has more than a hundred different ways to donate to a specific cause.
“This program is about a lot more than just moving clients into apartments,” Mayor commented. “We want the transition to be long-term and successful. So completing the program requires household budgeting classes, community service work, the establishment of a savings account, and an agreement to be monitored before, during, and after the transition.”
Collaborative partners in Fast Forward>>HOME include Coast National Bank, Community Action Partnership (formerly EOC) and Community Health Centers case managers, Friends of Prado Day Center, Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo, Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter, People’s Self-Help Housing, Prado Day Center, San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors, and San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund.
“As the current economy forces more and more people into homelessness,” Mayor continued, “this amazing program, with its built-in educational and service elements, offers people a real chance to help themselves into a home of their own. It’s a new tool and we expect many more success stories to follow.”
Now entering its second decade of service to this community, SLOCCF is a public trust established to assist donors in building an enduring source of charitable funds to meet the changing needs and interests of the community. For more information about the Fast Forward>> HOME program, the Ron and Helen Dunin Opportunity Fund, or the Community Foundation, call 805-543-2323.