Even though I was a veritable babe in the woods whenI co-founded my firm in 1995, I did know a few things that would be critical to our eventual success:
I accomplished the first goal by developing a unique positioning line: "What separates Peppercomm from our competition is helping set clients themselves apart from theirs." It worked like a charm. I achieved the second goal by expanding my agency’s publicity beyond the obvious PR trades. I pitched stories to Inc. as well as other outlets that catered to an entrepreneurial reader. For the last one, I wined and dined the CEOs of the aircraft-carrier-size PR firms of the day to let them know we existed, and to ask them to send any prospects they deemed too small our way.
By staying focused on achieving our three goals, we were able to survive, prosper, and eventually land more than our share of white whales. But I realize there's a lot more to know. So recently I contacted two highly successful entrepreneurs and uncovered some pearls that I believe should be part of every Inc. reader's new business strategy.
Ed Telmany is the CEO of U.S. Coachways, a 60-person, family-owned bus rental organization. Along with a thriving business-to-consumer practice, Telmany focuses on schools and small corporations for his revenue stream. And he's figured out how to satisfy each. "I don’t believe we’re in the bus rental business," he says. "I think we're in the wedding-cake business, because if the wedding cake doesn't make it to the event, it ruins everything. You have one shot to get it right."
That's true in my business. And it certainly holds true for Rami Rahal, a general partner at Blue Cloud Ventures, as well. Blue Cloud is a venture fund that specializes in providing smaller amounts of cash (i.e., $2 million to $7 million) to cloud-related small businesses to either expand or go public.
The two-year-old New York City-based fund set itself apart from the get-go by identifying a white space in the market: "Big funds focused on writing really large checks in late-stage rounds, but there was no one flexible enough in terms of time horizon, board representation, and check size that could give entrepreneurs what they wanted," Rahal says.
To connect with the incredibly busy technology entrepreneurs with whom he partners, Blue Cloud must be much more than a source of funding, he says. “We speak CEO to CEO and show empathy to the incredible amount of work needed to succeed. We don’t think a tech entrepreneur should have to run his business and have 15 different conversations with 15 different funds. It's simply too much of a time suck."
Telmany is a self-confessed workaholic who says he does one new thing every day to push his business forward and make it even friendlier to small-business owners in need of event transportation. Enhancing the user experience on the U.S. Coachways website is just one move he cites.
Indeed, personalizing the customer experience is critical to winning the hearts and minds of entrepreneurs. Telmany offers another example: "As we grew on a national level, I changed the organization's structure. We went from passing a lead from sales to account management and [then further along]. Now we have a more personalized one-to-one model. The same person with whom you initially connect stays as your point of contact throughout the entire process.”
Rahal agrees with the U.S. Coachways approach. "At the end of the day, it's a person business," he says. "So when I go to meet the CEO of a small business, I must sell him on my being the right person for his needs." He says he asks clients, "'Tell me, what do you need? How can I help you? You want to grow internationally? You want more money?'"
Meanwhile, Blue Cloud is actually a co-investor with larger VC funds. As a result, Rahal is not seen as a competitor but as a revenue source. "I don't want to do what everyone else is doing--raising money, raising a fund, and competing with the big guys," he says. "No! Let's partner with them. Let's find deals. Let's bring them leads as well as the unique ability to raise smaller amounts of cash in a shorter period of time. So we co-lead deals with direct competitors." That's brilliant and takes my idea of asking larger competitors to toss me their leftover morsels to a whole new level.
Telmany is a big believer in holding every one of his employees accountable. "We have to do so, because entrepreneurs expect more for their money," he says. "They want an even bigger bang for their dollar than do large customers." Sixty percent of the company's bookings are done online, he adds, so "the online experience has to be just as flawless as the actual event planning and execution."
When Telmany adds a new feature, benefit, or service, he again looks at himself and his team. "Our goal is to be the most efficient and most cost-effective solutions provider for small businesses nationwide," he says. "If we don't address that goal every day, some competitor will."
Rahal agrees accountability is critical but takes a different view. "We may have a structured approach, but we don't have a structured mindset," he says. "That allows us to think about things differently, figure them out, test them, and see what works, what doesn't. It aligns beautifully with the way technology-sector entrepreneurs think.”
These approaches work for U.S. Coachways, Blue Cloud, and Peppercomm. Although they're tailored to meet our individual sector needs, they will work for you if you put the harpoon down for a moment and let the great white whale swim a little longer. Perfect your strategy with the small fry, and I promise you’ll land one or more of the big ones in the very near future.
Mr. Booker is a Democratic Candidate for New Jersey Senate election in which he won in 2006. Mr. Cory Booker is the third black Mayor of Newark.
US Coachways was contracted not only to provide Mr. Booker with campaign transportation in the form of its luxury bus rentals but also to provide bus wrapping services for the campaign trail. The bus that Mr. Booker traveled in was covered with top quality whole bus wrap which helped him promote during the campaign and also helped him gain brand recognition.
The entire campaign and partnership was smooth-sailing right to the end of the campaign. US Coachways Inc. is a leading NJ charter bus rental company that has been providing top quality bus charter and luxury vehicles to most major cities nationwide and it has decades of experience in the ground transportation and bus wrapping industry.
Us Coachways and Sunrise Senior Facilities announce an exclusive Ground Transportation agreement for bus transportation in all of their 300 locations. US Coachways, a leader in handling bus charters on a Nationwide basis, was approached by Sunrise Senior Living Facilities to be an exclusive provider for emergency transportation. Sunrise Senior Facilities felt that dealing with a bus company that handles bus rentals in every city would be a better solution, should a need arise where they would need to evacuate a particular center.
Us Coachways and Sunrise Senior Facilities are a perfect fit since both are nationwide companies and service a large number of people. Sunrise Senior Living is placed as 930 on Fortune 1000 list. Sunrise Senior Living employees over 31,000 and operates more than 300 retirement communities internationally.
US Coachways which is a GSA Approved charter bus contractor, is also the official bus rental company for companies likes Six Flags Great Adventure, Rutgers University, and many others, uses a proprietary booking software that applies to both small and large companies to supply their transportation needs.
Sunrise Senior Living has retained US Coachways by paying them a monthly fee to ensure Sunrise and their Seniors are a first priority in case of an emergency. US Coachways sets up the a contracts on a one year plan with an option to renew the following year.
US Coachways Inc., America’s leading ground transportation rental company, has been named as the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, or better known as NJASA’s, preferred charter bus rental company. The company has been approved as such because it is seen that the team behind US Coachways can fulfill the needs of all schools in New Jersey. The NJASA is a professional association comprising of educational leaders in the state of New Jersey with the main mission of unifying school leaders so that they are in a better position to affect educational policies, regulations and legislations.
The association organizes regular development programs and run very location-specific support services throughout the schools in and around New Jersey therefore, are often in need of ground transportation services. US Coachways Inc. has been chosen as their preferred New Jersey charter bus company for many reasons but one of them is that the company has been operating for decades and they have a reliable team of people who are ready to offer their level best in terms of customer service. US Coachways is also popularly known for their competitively-priced charter bus and coach rental services. With NJASA’s projected activities and future outreach programs, the naming of US Coachways as their preferred ground transportation partner seems to make this a win-win partnership for all concerned.
With this, US Coachways will instantly be recommended as a charter bus rental company of choice to all schools in the state of New Jersey because of the company’s good track record and sterling list of clients. In turn, schools booking a charter bus from US Coachways can expect nothing short of VIP treatment.
Recently, the company is seeing exponential growth in demand for reliable charter bus, limo bus, coach charter, mini bus as well as for school bus in most major cities around the country, hence, the staff has come up with a gameplan to make booking, paying, tracking and checking of bookings made at US Coachways Inc. completely online. The conventional method of booking a bus (i.e. via the phone) remains available. Online booking is an additional and alternative method for its customer base. The move have essentially made booking a charter bus with the company absolutely seamless, more efficient and convenient for its customers.
With the online booking and tracking system, clients can manage their trips online via the website without having to pick up the phone. In fact, this makes managing trips anywhere within the United States mobile because the system can be accessed through mobile devices as well as personal computers.
What this means to event organizers and people who are on the move is absolute control over the charter bus bookings made with US Coachways Inc.
As the travel and ground transportation industry continues to grow and expand, it can be said that US Coachways is set to move, expand and grow together with the demands of its customers and that is a very evident commitment shown by the reputable charter bus company over the decades that it has been in business.
The North County Transit District recently announced that the SPRINTER Light Rail Service would be undergoing maintenance work done to affected rails starting from March 8, 2013 due to issues with one of the 24 braking systems on the light rail train. The service interruption caused major disruption to the commute of tens of thousands of its users and NCTD understands the problems that its users are facing; therefore, they have contracted bus companies like US Coachways Inc., to replace the light rail service.
US Coachways Inc., when contacted about providing NCTD with charter buses to help transport affected commuters to and from predetermined destinations, effectively put together an efficacious plan and successfully pulled together countless charter buses to help transport the commuters to and from Oceanside CA to Escondido CA on a daily basis. All thanks to the quick planning, commuters can now move around safely while the light rail continues to undergo maintenance.
The fleet of charter bus provided by US Coachways Inc. also made stops at Vista Transit Center, Paloma College and Cal State San Marcos in an effort to allay the problems faced by commuters due to the suspension of the light rail service. The charter buses ran the length of the route every thirty minutes whereby a one-way trip lasted approximately sixty minutes.
As with the concern of NCTD, US Coachways Inc. had the safety of its passengers listed as top priority and its vehicles ferried thousands of people over the weekend to their intended destinations in a safe and professional manner. The company showed that their primary concern was the welfare of its staff and passengers and paid prudent attention to the charter buses used during the operation and the prominent charter bus company’s plan was considered highly effective and successful.
Jan 18, 2013 - US Coachways Inc., one of the nation's leading ground transportation service provider, has been added to the list of government-approved select agencies that will help supply and assist Federal employees worldwide in meeting with today's acquisition challenges. US General Services Administration, also known as GSA, has included US Coachways Inc. as one of the companies that will provide Federal employees with top-of-the-line modern charter buses, limo buses, mini bus rentals coaches, and many other different vehicles to aid in the government's continuous efforts. GSA Advantage is a premiere online shopping system that brings millions of high quality products, services and solutions to Federal employees nationwide.
The list of products range from building materials to law enforcement, from technology services to vehicles. The list of services includes sectors like advertising, language, office, facility management and much, much more.
US Coachways has more than three decades worth of experience in supplying large, small and exotic vehicles to transport Americans to and from all around the country and has proven beyond doubt that the quality of service that its company and staff provides is state-of-the-art. The company maintains its position as a leading charter bus rental company in the country by changing and improving itself to suit its customers and industry over the years and have earned itself a stellar reputation in the industry. Its unsurpassed good record is proven yet again, this time with the inclusion of its name into the list of government-approved agencies.
The company offers a wide range of vehicles for large international brand names like Pepsi, American Express, Heineken, metroPCS, Time Inc., TNT, Oracle and many more. US Coachways stands by its uncompromising commitment to bringing more top quality charter buses and have always prided themselves in being able to meet with its customers very specific requirements. And with the company's readily available agents and dispatchers, the company is confident in being able to meet with Federal employees' needs in the future.
Not only is Rutgers University one of the only nine colonial colleges in the country which were established before the American Revolution, it is also one of the most known universities that believes that students need to not only study hard but also to play hard. When it comes to first-class teams and athletes that rise to new challenges that come along with each new generation of students, the name has just got to be Rutgers University.
US Coachways is now an official sponsor of Rutgers Athletics. As a part of this sponsorship, US Coachways has organized seven different contests for the Rutgers Football games this year that will run from September 8th till November 29th, 2012. To be in the running for the contest, contestants should send a simple text message to 30241. One winner will be chosen prior to each home Rutgers Football game and the away game at Temple University. Each winner will receive a limo bus with ten tickets to the Rutgers Football game! US Coachways is also sponsoring a tailgate party and special VIP prime parking spot for the winner with loads of free food and drinks to share with their friends and family. Charter Bus Rental
The contest will be promoted on the Rutgers Athletics and US Coachways’ Facebook and Twitter pages, newsletters and other various media outlets.
Not only is Rutgers University one of only nine colonial colleges in the country which were established before the American Revolution, it is also one of the most well known universities in the country that believes students need to not only study hard but also play hard. Rutgers Football games are an exciting family-friendly atmosphere were fans come out to support their team that has been to bowl games six of the last seven years including owning the nation’s longest active bowl winning streak of five games.
Stay tuned and watch out for more special announcement regarding US Coachways contest for Rutgers Football!
US Coachways announced that it is ready with their Emergency and Restoration (http://www.uscoachways.com) services in New Jersey. Mini buses and vans are ready to be dispatched to get much-needed supplies like food, clothing, generators, water, medical supplies, and other items of need, including medical professionals, groups of volunteers who needs to get in and out of New Jersey urgently.
Mobility remains to be one of the biggest transportation problems right now and although restoration of public transportation is being carried out as quickly as possible, people who needs to get to work are encouraged to use vans to shuttle their employees to and from work. These bus rental and charter buses can also be used to relocate residents who evacuated their homes during super storm Sandy.
US Coachways is a leading charter bus rental and rental company in the country and we have been providing top notch ground transportation services in many other cities but in a time of need, we hope that our Emergency and Restoration Shuttle Bus Services in New Jersey will help make the restoration and recovery process a faster one.
As the summer months roll in, people are beginning to put into action their vacation plans and what better way to have some real fun in the sun than to be chauffeured to your destination in a luxurious, comfortable, air-conditioned and spacious charter bus.
US Coachways partnered up with Six Flags, one of the country’s largest and most popular theme parks, to offer its customers and fun-lovers the chance to take some time off and be completely pampered during their visit to the theme park. Instead of battling traffic and enduring the sweltering summer temperature, park visitors got the chance to let their hair down in earnest on and off the charter bus. http://www.uscoachways.com
US Coachways tailor-made their charter bus rental packages specifically for people who were visiting Six Flags, ferrying the merry-makers in and out of the theme park grounds. Even as announcements were made about the Six Flags packages, requests and bookings came in and it soon became apparent that the Six Flags packages were a real big hit with summer lovers.
Six Flags is the kind of theme park that always went out of their way to ensure their visitors’ comfort. Large comfortable Safari Express buses have always been provided within the theme park grounds so that visitors can take a quick break away from the heat in these large modern, air-conditioned tour buses. With the park’s focus on customers’ comfort, it simply makes sense for the park to team up with a reputable charter bus company like US Coachways.
Representatives from US Coachways have shared that they were incredibly happy with the successful roll out of the promotion and were glad that they had a role to play in making summer that much more fun for vacationers.
With Camp Groupon firing up their engines by offering fantastic, fun-filled, summer vacation packages, US Coachways is ready to cover the grounds to make mobility easier and more comfortable. Camp Groupon is offering aptly-named vacation packages like Adventure Hill, Explorer’s Valley, Gourmet Gorge, Tranquility Glen, Spectable Canyon and Do-Gooder Lagoon and by partnering up with US Coachways, this means that vacation-goers can side-step the summer heat when they enjoy luxurious charter buses provided by the large charter bus rental company that has been providing large vehicles for events, individuals and corporate organizations for more than three decades.
US Coachways will be Camp Groupon’s on-site charter buses providers during the July 6th to 8th, 2012 event and the company is set to help holiday-goers make the most of their time there and enjoy more relaxing and comfortable rides in between rides, spa sessions or dining experiences. US Coachways buses are known to be modern and lavish at the same time; therefore, holiday-goers will most certainly enjoy being mobilized from one destination to another.
US Coachways have also gone ahead to print large Camp Groupon logos onto the bodies of the buses on site to help people recognize and find the buses more easily. In the meantime, Camp Groupon has confirmed that there will be entertaining tour guides on board these buses to tickle the passengers’ fancy. The charter buses come with ample luggage space so that passengers can store their purchases while being ferried around town by a chauffeur in complete style.
All the charter buses provided by US Coachways come with on-board bathroom, air-conditioning, DVD players and multiple TVs and also AM/FM/CD player for the passengers’ use.
US Coachways is a leading charter bus rental company in the country that has been providing ground transportation services in many different cities like New York, New Jersey, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Philadelphia and many, many more. The company has been entrusted with providing top quality bus rentals to many big names over the decades and continues to be a leader in the country’s ground transportation industry.
Selection of charter bus rental companies can be both a complicated yet smooth-sailing process, the ease of which depends very much on the charter bus company chosen for the events. And in the case of these large organizations, namely Six Flags, Brooklyn Nets and American Express, US Coachways has been chosen as their charter bus company of choice - the leading American charter bus company has been named as their official ground transportation service provider.
“Six Flags is one of the most prominent and popular local theme parks in the country and we are incredibly happy to be selected as their number one ground transportation provider. We are confident in being able to meet their needs,” says Edward Telmany, the company’s Director of Sales.
US Coachways is a name associated with professional bus rental services and the 24/7 LIVE support that it provides through multiple platforms, including online social networking sites. And it is because of the company's integrity, efficiency and experience in providing top-notch ground transportation, these large organizations has decided to entrust US Coachways with their event.
Therefore, US Coachways is proud to announce that we have formed an alliance with the New Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau in an effort to promote New Jersey tourism. The aim is to help educate and inform tourists and visitors about popular attractions, diners, restaurants, malls, and historical and cultural sites worth visiting in Jersey Shore in the form of a comprehensive travel guide. The guide has been compiled based on themes, i.e. culinary, theater, sight-seeing, day trip and overnight tours to help travelers organize their travel itinerary better.
More than seven thousand and five hundred copies of the said travel guide have been printed thus far and the company is expecting more to be printed as summer holidays approach.
There is a lot to be explored and done in Jersey Shore and US Coachways wants to be able to help visitors see and do more during their visits and through the said guide, the company is convinced that people will get to take pleasure in the natural beauty that is always so apparent in the Garden State. The guide features many different theme parks, amusement park, race tracks, restaurants, beaches, fishing destination, wineries, pubs and clubs, shopping malls, hotels around New Jersey.
US Coachways is intensely pleased to be chosen as the Official Transportation provider for the New Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau and sees this as a positive step forward in the right direction along with the many programs that the company's been investing time and money into.
Because the bureau intends to educate visitors, included are some fun and interesting facts and firsts for New Jersey which will help tourists learn and understand more about the state.
US Coachways has been in the ground transportation industry for more than 3 decades and have provided countless number of charter buses, coach buses, limo buses, shuttle buses and many other different types of modern vehicles to many throughout the United States of America and the company will continue to bring more choices, and to include better and more luxurious vehicles to make traveling more fun and convenient for its customers.
To enjoy the exclusive rates offered by US Coachways, text 'BUSES' to 30241. Standard telecommunication rates apply.
US Coachways is one of the leading bus charter company in the country and it has been providing affordable, reliable, secure ground transportation to anywhere within the continental US. Because safety is always a number one priority with us, the bus charter vehicles undergoes monthly inspection to ensure that they make the cut. People love traveling with US Coachways because we try our very best to make the experience you have with us as smooth-sailing as possible.
By Joe Ricciutti President, Staten Island Yankees
When it comes to team travel, the Staten Island Yankees prefer nothing but the best in style and service! With US Coachways as a proud partner, the SI Yanks never have to worry about the excellent service or quality of buses that transport future MLB stars from town to town throughout the season.
The Staten Island Yankees wish to extend this great service to our fans to make your trip to Richmond County Bank Ballpark as easy and fun as possible. And we have teamed up with US Coachways to put together an incredible offer!
Simply text the word "YanksBus" to 30241 to receive a 5% discount
on your next trip with US Coachways.
This offer is good no matter where you're going—whether it's Richmond County Bank Ballpark or wherever else your adventures may take you. It can be a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, company outing, or ANY collection of friends and family with a common destination!
US Coachways offers a variety of vehicle sizes to accommodate any party, and all of them at great prices. Bachelor party? Take advantage of the 24 or 28 passenger limo buses. Or for a bigger group, enjoy a 49, 56, or 61 passenger charter bus.
All of their vehicles are equipped with DVD players, AM/FM Stereos, CD players, on-board bathrooms, and luggage storage.
These amenities help make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. No worry about traffic, tolls, or the stress of driving.
Just as the Yankees always strive to win, US Coachways works constantly to provide service and experience that is second to none! Make your next group outing a winner by making your reservation at http://www.uscoachways.com/si-yankees.php.
And don't forget to check out your 2011 Staten Island
Tickets are available now by visiting www.siyanks.com or calling 718-720-Yanks (718-720-9265).
November 17, 2010
This year alone, US Coachways provided more than 810 buses on just five major events, including:
US Coachways is a second generation family owned and operated business, started more than 35 years ago, providing commuter runs with just a couple of 14 passenger vans. "Most people wouldn't know it, but my father Edward Telmany Sr. and brother Mark Telmany were the 1st operator's to pioneer the style of a "Party Bus" by putting a table 1st then a couch", says Edward Telmany Jr. CEO of US Coachways. Now, the company has 35 offices and supplies bus charter & limousine service out of 100 depots throughout North America, posting revenues north of 20-million dollars a year.
US Coachways provides transportation for company events, shuttle service to and from conventions and much more. No request is too small or too large. US Coachways will handle a single airport transfer with town car or provide transportation for a major event.
U.S. Coachways offers an extensive selection of vehicles such as charter buses for 49, 56 or 60 passengers, exotic limo buses and mini buses with room for parties of 14 to 40. US Coachways also offers an exceptional fleet of vehicles such as 10 passenger Jaguars, Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac, and town cars for personal or corporate use, available upon request.
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US Coachways is the one of the largest national bus charter company in the industry, providing secure, reliable transportation to anywhere in the continental US.
US Coachways’ supplies vehicles that are inspected on a monthly basis to make sure they are safe and reliable. In addition, its staff of highly experienced charter account specialists is here to answer questions seven days a week. Call 800-359-5991 for more information or visit http://uscoachways.com .
US Coachways also provides bus wrap services, a cost effective avenue for corporate advertising at a fraction of the cost of TV, radio, print or conventional billboards. Text the word “uscbus” to 30241 for a 5% discount. Standard text message rates apply.
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