Empower Network will bring 2,000 attendees and a projected local economic impact of more than $1.6 million to the greater Washington, D.C. area for its regional affiliate conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 18-20.
Destination D.C. is pleased that Empower Network chose Washington, D.C. as a conference venue, said Destination D.C. President and CEO Elliott Ferguson. We look forward to welcoming Empower Network and its affiliates as they arrive in D.C. for their regional conference.
During the conference, Empower Network will demonstrate Blog Beast, its new blogging platform that was released to affiliate members on Oct. 11; make a $2,500 donation to local homelessness charity Community Partnership; recognize top affiliates who collectively earned more than $12 million in quarterly commissions and bonuses; and provide training for its affiliates.
Continuing Empower Network's regional conference tour in our nation's capital reminds us that similarly to our forefathers, we can achieve greatness, said Empower Network President David Sharpe. October is a big month for us with four regional conferences in different parts of the nation. It feels great to be able to give back to each community we visit.
The company invested more than $3.2 million in Blog Beast, which the company predicts will rival WordPress, TypePad and Tumblr, among other popular blogging systems.
Choosing a homelessness charity to donate to is a personal decision of Empower Network's co-founders David Wood and David Sharpe, who were both homeless at different points in their lives. After living real-life rags-to-riches American dream stories, they now run a $60 million company, and the issue of homelessness still hits close to home.
The $2,500 donation to Community Partnership will aid the D.C. area's fight to prevent homelessness. Community Partnership is an affiliate of 100,000 Homes, a national organization dedicated to finding permanent housing for 100,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals and families. Empower Network announced a national partnership with 100,000 Homes earlier this year.
The Empower Network team has a track record of supporting worthy causes, especially those benefiting people and families in need.
At its first fourth-quarter regional conference in Anaheim, Calif., Empower Network donated $2,500 to Orange County Partnership. The company also presented a $10,000 check to Denver's Road Home at its third-quarter conference in Denver. Earlier this year, Empower Network raised $66,000 for Austin Habitat for Humanity and more than $30,000 for the American Red Cross in support of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Empower Network offers six unique business and marketing software products and tools, including its signature blogging system, video hosting, training and coaching packages for start-up, home-based, small and medium businesses.
Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 38,000 affiliates and 80,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.