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JANUARY 25, 2012: GMG PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC. has been granted Women Owned Business Enterprise status from the New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD). GMG Public Relations will be listed in the State's Directory of Certified Businesses with the following list of principal products and services:

  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Graphic Design & Services
  • Image Media Consultants
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Web Design Marketing
  • Digital Graphics
  • Digital Media Development

"We are so proud to receive this designation after 20 years in business," states Risa Hoag, President of GMG Public Relations, Inc.

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Certification Awarded by Inbound Marketing University Training Program

FEBRUARY 18, 2010, ROCKLAND/ORANGE/WESTCHESTER/BERGEN– Risa Hoag, President of GMG Public Relations, has received the Inbound Marketing Certification awarded by Inbound Marketing University as part of its comprehensive Internet marketing training program. This certification acknowledges Hoag's proficiency in inbound marketing principles and best practices. These principles include: blogging, search engine optimization, social media, lead conversion, lead nurturing and closed-loop analysis.

Prior to founding GMG Public Relations in 1991, Hoag was Director of Public Relations with Ernst & Young in White Plains. She has been active with numerous organizations including the Westchester Association of Women Business Owners (WAWBO), where she held numerous board positions over a fifteen year period, including President, and twice received the organization’s Presidential Award. She has also served as Vice President for the WAWBO Education Fund and for the Partnership for a Better Westchester, an organization she helped found. She is a past Public Relations Chairperson for the Advertising Club of Westchester as well as a past Vice President of the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce and the Tappan Zee International Trade Association in Rockland County. She currently serves on the board of Beth Am Temple and is a member of the Orange & Rockland Utilities Community Investment Grant Committee.

Hoag joins an elite group of Inbound Marketing Certified Professionals; only 1,300 individuals worldwide have successfully passed the IMU program. To complete the Inbound Marketing Certification Hoag completed 16 in-depth classes covering each facet of inbound marketing and passed a comprehensive certification exam.

The courses are taught by a knowledgeable faculty of professors, including New York Times’ best-selling author Chris Brogan, Google’s Analytics Evangelist Avinash Kaushik, Internet celebrity Gary Vaynerchuk, best-selling author and international speaker David Meerman Scott, and more.

This certification is administered by HubSpot which moderates Inbound Marketing University. is an online community and certification program for marketers. The site’s content teaches a new style of marketing that emphasizes business uses of social media, content creation and search engine optimization for marketing.


GMG Public Relations, founded in 1991, has received numerous awards for their innovative approach to public relations, including several Gold Awards from the prestigious Public Relations Society of America and the North American Summit Creative Awards. GMG Public Relations is the only firm to twice receive the coveted Gannett Best in Show award from the Advertising Club of Westchester, beating over 650 entries. It is also the only PR agency in Rockland, Orange, Westchester, Manhattan, Putnam and Dutchess area to be accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has received an A+ rating. For more information about their traditional public relations services or new media services, visit or call 845-627-3000. They can be followed on Twitter at

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