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Archive for December, 2009

Let’s Help Support Each Other

1.  Company Name: F2B

What I Do: Couture Online Boutique for sizes 12-24

Website: under construction , will be unveiled January 2010

Areas to be served: National/International

2.  Company name: VISIONS

Visions is a Public Relations ,Marketing and Event Management business. I work with individuals, small businesses and corporations. I utilize strategic campaigns,image development,and consultation to promote and present their goods and services .I specialize in sports and entertainment but no job is too big or too small

Website: http://www.visionsct.com

Areas served: USA

Twitter www.twitter.com/AgentLME

3.  Company name: Exceed Resources

What you do (in 20 words or less): Personal development, career success workshops and career coaching — helping you experience greater success in work and life.

Website: http://www.exceedlearning.com
http://www.exceedworkshops.com

Areas served: Dallas-based, national and international clients

Facebook fan site: http://tiny.cc/exceedFB

Twitter: exceedlearning

4.  Company name: Liberty Travel Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL
What you do: Make travel dreams come true. I plan upscale vacations all around the world. My specialities are Hawaii, Carribean, Mexico, Honeymoons/Destination Weddings, Family and Group vacations.
Website: http://www.libertytravel.com
Email: coulterp@libertytravel.com

5.  Company Name: Cake And A Prayer ( http://www.cakeandaprayer.com )

http://www.facebook.com/cakeandaprayer , http://www.twitter.com/cakeandaprayer

We offer products and gifts that allow spiritually-minded women to experience and share the power of C.A.K.E. (Compassion, Appreciation, Kindness and Encouragement). Our products include delectable pound cakes, 100% natural soy candles, and C.A.K.E. inspired apparel beautifully packaged in ur signature cake box. 96% of our customers surveyed said it is the most “unique gift” they have ever received. 2 to 3 day shipping available to anywhere in the U.S. Become a facebook fan and take advantage of special offers.

Email: info@cakeandaprayer.com or kcorley@cakeandaprayer.com

6.  Company name: Aerobics, Yoga & More Fitness and Dance Studios

What we do: We offer group and individual Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Kickbox and Dance at our studio and to corporate clients onsite.

Websites: http://www.AYMFitness.com & http://www.Altheatized.com

Areas served: Atlanta

Facebook fan site: http://tiny.cc/HGMXT

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Altheatized

7.  Company Name: Acupuncture Works
As a licensed acupuncturist, I provide acupuncture treatments to help relieve such conditions as infertility, digestive problems, and pain.
Website: http://www.acuworks.net
Areas served: Greater Atlanta
Facebook Fan Site:
http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Atlanta-GA/Acupuncture-Works/124090266337?ref=ts
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kerriwinston

8.  Company Name: Soulfully Speaking (Photography and Poetry)

What I do: Photography – Portraiture (individual, engagement, maternity, baby, family, etc), Weddings, Events, Products, Digital Photo Albums, DVD Slideshows

What I do: Author, Poet

Websites: http://www.soulfullyspeakingphotography.com and http://www.soulfullyspeaking.com

Blog Site: http://www.soulfullyspeaking.wordpress.com

Areas Served: Based in Washington, DC Metro Area, but will travel

Contact me: cipriana@soulfullyspeaking.com

Facebook Fan Site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Largo-MD/Soulfully-Speaking-Productions/67466426965

9.  Company name: MLE Realty & Property Management, Inc
What you do (in 20 words or less): Assists buyers, sellers, investors, and renters in attaining property in the Memphis metropolitan area.
Website: http://www.mlerealty.com
Areas served: Memphis metropolitan area
Facebook fan site: http://tinyurl.com/y8zqm6p

10.  *Company Name*
Mary Kay, Inc.

*Role*
Independent Beauty Consultant

*What I Do*
Enrich the lives of women by helping them discover how to let their true inner beauty shine through!

*Website*
http://www.marykay.com/daniellelove

*Email*
daniellelove@marykay.com

*Areas Served*
Based in Metro-Detroit, MI — but, currently service clients world-wide;

>>Be sure to contact me if you’re interested in Mary Kay products and/or creating a business opportunity for yourself!

11.  Company name: Vizion Group LLC
What you do (in 20 words or less): We help small businesses and non-profit organizations fulfill their missions. We offer Organization and Financial development and training.
Website: http://www.viziongroupllc.com
Areas served – Nationwide

12.  Company name: SAP Taxes
What we do: We professionally prepare income taxes for individuals, small business, HOAs, and S Corps
Website: http://www.SAPTaxes.net
Areas served: USA and the US Army world wide

13.  Company name: Bellybuttonboutique.com, LLC

What you do (in 20 words or less): Online store that offers products of comfort for pre and postnatal women

Website: http://www.bellybuttonboutique.com

Areas served: All of U.S.

Facebook fan site: http://tinyurl.com/yhzty2o

Twitter: bbuttonboutique

14.  Company Name: NAMC Services, Inc.

What I do: Electronic Medical Records training and consulting

Email: EMRQuestions@gmail.com; andrea@namcservices.com

Areas Served: USA

15.  We are a full service Real Estate Company. WhiteHawk Larson Realty
http://www.whitehawkrealty.com
Commercial Sales and Leasing
Residential Sales and Leasing
Short Sales Specialist, Foreclosure sales, REO( Bank Owned)
Loan Modification

If you are in a mortgage call your lender and ask to be considered for President Obama’s HAP program. If you need assistance or know of someone who may let us know. Our clients are getting their rates reduced and payments lowered. Call for more details. Visit our website for more information or you can call me at 469-628-4542.
email: shellytherealtor@gmail.com

17.  Company Name: B Joy S, Incorporated

What I do: Business/Leadership Development, Grant Writing, Team Building and Personal Development Strategy

Website: Coming Soon! Bjoys2005@hotmail.com

Areas Served: USA

Facebook Fan site: B Joy S, Incorporated

Twitter: Bjoys

18.  Company Name: Suddenlink Media
What I do: Cable TV advertising sales and marketing on cable networks, i.e. BET, Lifetime, USA, CNN, ESPN…..etc
Email: linette.perry@suddenlink.com
Area Served: MS, ARK, LA, TX and others

19.  Company Name: CAREER Event Pros
What I do: Produce & Execute professional Career & Business Networking Events and Career Expos. We promote career advancement opportunities and resources.
Website: http://www.careereventpros.com (revamped 01/01/2010)
Email: info@careereventpros.com
Twitter: CareerEventPros
Areas Served: Atlanta

20.  Company Name: Blueprint for Style

What I Do: Blueprint for Style is an Image Consulting & Personal Styling company. We work with individuals to develop their own personal style and image fundamentals; and we work with business on Image & Style Management training

Website: http://www.blueprintforstyle.com

Areas Served: USA

Email: barnettm@blueprintforstyle.com

Twitter: Blueprint4Style

21.  Company Name: Melange Coffee

What I Do: Independent distributor with Organo Gold and we sell Gourmet coffees, green tea and hot chocolate infused with Ganoderma. We also offer ganoderma nutraceuticals.

Website: http://www.melangecoffee.com

Areas Served: USA, Canada, Jamaica, Bahamas, Peru, China, Phillipines, Chile, Mexico

Email: ada@melangecoffee.com

Twitter: adansmith

22.   Company name: Harper & Harper Creative Group, LLC

We create cost-effective and memorable campaigns with branded promotional products. Custom Imprints, Branded Apparel, Executive Gifts, Tradeshow Giveaways and more!

Website: http://www.harperandharpercreative.com

Areas served: All of U.S. & Internationally

Facebook fan site: Harper & Harper Creative Group

23.  Company Name: C & S Webb

What We Do: We are an eMerchandising company founded in November 2007. We provide the quality specialty products. We sell to customers, businesses and provide products to groups & churches for fundraising.

Website: http://www.cnswebb.com

Areas Served: National and International

Facebook Fan site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/C-S-Webb/161733954957

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cnswebb

24.  Company Name: Z. Hall Literary Agency

What I Do: Find publishing deals for writers. Establish long-term relationships with writers and help them develop their careers.

Website: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/zhla

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Z-Hall-Literary-Agency/178612135605

Areas Served: National and International

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zhla

25.  Company name: Scribe, Etc.
What you do: Scribe, Etc. is a business consulting, marketing / corporate communications and author services firm. We help businesses be better communicators; we help authors to become author-entrepreneurs.
Website 1: http://www.Scribe-Etc.com (Business / Marketing Services)
Website 2: http://www.Scribe-Etc-Publishing.com (Independent Author Services)
Areas served: Worldwide

26.  I’d like to introduce you to FinePoint Communications, LLC. Founded about a year ago, my company specializes in brand and message development, especially for entrepreneurial and mid-sized businesses. In addition, I offer a full range of corporate marketing and communications services, leveraging my many years of Fortune 500 communications experience.

Read more about us at http://www.finepointcommunications.com . You can also contact me directly at 571.432.6075, or via email at kimg@finepointcommunications.com.

27.  http://www.greekkeystore.com

I serve all of the U.S.

28.  Company name: Green2Wealthy
What you do (in 20 words or less): PART TIME- I am both a home based business consultant and an Independent Marketing representative for a wellness company promoting toxic free products.
Website: http://www.green2wealthy.com & http://www.green2healthy.com
Areas served: USA; however, currently focusing on Northwest, IN; Mokena, New Lenox, Dupage County, Il

29.  Company Name: Professional Ladders

What I do: Resume Reviews,Critiques, and Development

Website: Coming Soon! Email Address : professionalladders@gmail.com

Areas Served: USA

Please stay connected to this blog.    There will be more added.  Also if  you are interested in show casing your company and/or talent please leave me a message with your information formatted just like these listed her.  Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEARS to all.

Being Audited by the IRS – DON’T BELIEVE THIS!!!!

 Want to keep IRS auditors away? Keep your earnings under $200,000 and they won’t bother you 99 percent of the time.

IRS enforcement numbers, released Tuesday, show that returns under that amount have a 1 percent chance of getting audited.

Returns showing income of $200,000 and above have a nearly 3 percent audit chance. The percentage jumps to more than 6 percent for returns showing earnings of $1 million or more.

The percentages apply to both individual and joint returns.

The number of audits jumped 11 percent from 2008 to 2009 for returns with earnings of $200,000 or more, but rose 30 percent for returns showing earnings of $1 million or more. For those under $200,000 the number of audits remained steady.

The IRS conducted 1.4 million audits of individual returns in the financial year ended Sept. 30, with more than 1 million conducted through correspondence with the taxpayer. The others were conducted through face-to-face meetings with IRS auditors.

The IRS does not do random audits, but does conduct “research audits” that will test compliance in business tax categories. In 2010, the target will be payroll taxes, according to Steve Miller, deputy commissioner for enforcement.

What happens if you’re audited while unemployed? The IRS may give you a break.

“While our assessments were up, the ability to pay went down drastically” due to the economy, Miller said. “We have a series of tools. We can have them pay partially, over time. If the money is not collectible, it’s treated as non-collectible. It’s going to depend on each case.

“We have to ensure there’s a balance between our responsibility to collect taxes with economic realities. We give people more time and determine how fast they can pay and whether they can pay.”

The total revenue collected from IRS enforcement actions, $48.9 billion in 2009, is a drop from $56.4 billion in 2008 and $59.2 billion in 2007.

Miller said the higher numbers in 2007 and 2008 reflect collections from settlements of several major tax shelter cases.

The IRS has stepped up its examination of tax-exempt organizations, checking the books of more than 10,000 groups in 2009 compared to 7,800 the previous year.

The number of business tax returns examined was down slightly in 2009 from the previous year.

Be Careful EROs

I tell my clients this everyone year.  However I always get one that says “So and So did it last year” well here is what the IRS says about it:

Authorized IRS e-file Providers are prohibited from submitting electronic returns to the IRS prior to the receipt of all Forms W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R from the taxpayer.

If the taxpayer is unable to secure and provide a correct Form W-2, W-2G, or 1099-R, the return may be electronically filed after Form 4852 is completed in accordance with the use of that form. This is the only time information from Pay stubs or Leave and Earning Statements (LES) is allowed.

For further information see Publication 1345 Chapter3 ” Submitting the Electronic Return to the IRS” and Chapter 6 ” IRS e-file Rules and Requirements”.

Getting Your Cover Letter Noticed

ResumeIf you’ve looked for a job in the past few years, you’re likely aware that employers are finding new ways to use resumes as screening tools. Web sites (TheLadders included) devote thousands of pages to discussing the best practices of resume writing. Meanwhile, a cottage industry has grown up around certified professional resume writers (CPRWs) who study the art and technique of producing a resume with the best chance of navigating the software and human readers who review and judge your document.

While experts talk less about cover letters, they must navigate the same course as your resume. If the sources are quiet on cover letters, do they matter anymore?

Yes, said CPRWs, ATS vendors and human-resource managers who handle the documents at both ends of the process.

Granted, your resume is center stage. Your cover letter may not be read at all, and it won’t salvage a poor resume, but it must be crafted just as carefully to satisfy software algorithms and HR screeners.

The introduction of the ATS as a first link in the chain has changed everything about the writing process, say CPRWs and HR managers. Like your resume, your cover letter has little room for error and demands exacting attention to structure and usage of keywords.

To determine the best rules for writing a cover letter, TheLadders asked the experts how cover letters are handled throughout the process.

Do you need a cover letter?

To start with, do you even need a cover letter?

Technology-wise, some ATSes treat cover letters as searchable text, the same as your resume; many don’t. Human process-wise, however, it’s the rare recruiter who even bothers to pass cover letters on to hiring managers.

But that doesn’t mean that you should stop writing them. Cover letters are a concise way to communicate your value to a company, and some recruiters and hiring managers do use them to winnow candidates. They demonstrate your attention to detail and anticipation of the company’s needs. Finally, small employers don’t necessarily employ ATSes, meaning your cover letter will more likely be read by human eyes.

How an ATS handles a cover letter

Nathan Shackles is a sales manager for ApplicantStack, an ATS made by Racarie Software and one of the software programs that render cover letters as searchable text. Shackles said that, like many ATSes, the application accepts cover letters as text pasted into its online form, not as an attachment. Therefore, the application stores cover letters with the resume as searchable text.

“I’d say this is fairly common, that cover letters are searchable,” Shackles said. “Because often, people will describe technologies in their cover letters and not put them in their resumes, for whatever reason. That’s the reason we search the cover letter as well.”

From that vantage point, Shackles recommends that job seekers look at the cover letter as a way to put in additional skills and credentials to add additional searchable keywords that a company may have programmed in the ATS to identify candidates for a specific job posting.

Your e-mail is the cover letter

Many ATSes, including ApplicantStack, also process resumes received via e-mail. In those cases, the ATS renders the content of your e-mail as the cover letter and assumes any attachment is your resume. Thus, when asked to e-mail a resume as an attachment, assume your e-mail content will be saved as a cover letter and write it accordingly.

On the flip side are ATSes that only process resumes, not cover letters. Tom Boyle is director of product strategy at one such ATS vendor, SilkRoad Technology.

Most ATS programs update or create a job seeker’s profile by uploading a resume; next, they cherry-pick information to parse and fill in the fields to create a profile within the ATS. While Boyle has seen ATS software parse “all sorts of resumes and formats,” he noted that SilkRoad only renders cover letters as attachments and doesn’t divide it up into fields.

That means the ATS doesn’t render your cover letter as searchable text. Thus, finessing the cover to make it machine-friendly by seeding it with keywords won’t influence your application’s ranking with this type of ATS.

Once a cover letter has become an attachment, it’s unlikely that it will be searched and processed like a resume, Boyle said, given that the number of ATS programs that have the ability to search an attachment on a candidate’s profile is “very small.”

How do humans process your cover letter?

What happens to your cover letter once it reaches human hands?

David Couper, a career coach, said that the recruiters at most Fortune 500 companies don’t even send him the cover letter, let alone scan it into an ATS.

His experience is backed up by research conducted by Phil Rosenberg, president of reCareered, an executive career-coaching service. Over the past two years, Rosenberg has surveyed hundreds of HR managers and recruiters and interviewed management at the Top 10 job boards. He found that:

  • Less than 10 percent of HR departments scan cover letters.
  • Eighty percent of HR staff, hiring managers and recruiters read the resume first.
  • Job boards don’t keyword-search cover letters, only resumes.

However, don’t count those cover letters out. According to the survey:

  • Most hiring managers have denied interviews to candidates qualified by their resumes, but disqualified by additional information in their cover letters.
  • Tailor the resume as well as the cover letter

Couper advises his clients that you just never know whether someone is going to read the cover letter and whether it will make or break your application. “I recommend that the job hunter matches the job posting and includes keywords,” he said. “I also suggest that you lead in with a hook, preferably a personal contact, to someone the recruiting manager knows or some specific information that relates to the company or industry. … The cover (letter) is one of those items that you never know about but in the end you hope that it gets to someone — not a machine — and they read it.”

But this attention to customized cover letters may be missing the mark as far as achieving a high ATS ranking. Rosenberg noted that most candidates “put the majority of their customization (if any) in their application in a cover letter, using a largely static resume.”

Job seekers do that in the hope that the words on their resume “magically match the keywords a company’s HR department or recruiters are searching for in their prescreening process,” he said. But the odds of matching keywords between a job listing and an uncustomized resume “stink,” Rosenberg said, generating response rates that range between 0 percent and 5 percent in healthy hiring years and sank to less than 2 percent in the current job market. Hence, he advises clients to spend more time customizing their resumes than tinkering with their cover letters.

What’s the safest thing to do? Tailor both your resume and your cover letter to match specific job listings. Mandy Minor, a resume writer with J Allan Studios, handles the possibility of ATS scanning by giving her clients several choices of what to use in a cover letter:

“I build a template with phrases such as, ‘I am an accomplished [CHOOSE ONE: marketing manager or marketing director or project manager]’ so that they can pick the title that will line up best for each job opening,” she said. “I also use industry keywords in a brief, bulleted list of accomplishments in the cover letter, which gets the attention of not just the ATS but also the human reader.”

Resumes!

A job title can make or break a good first impression. You certainly don’t want to lie about your job history, but you do want to be descriptive. For example, “Accounting” is too vague, while “Management of A/R and A/P and Recordkeeping” carries both far more information and way more impact. How do you make sure the job title you use on your resume will be accurate and impactful?

We’re not talking about changing the title or position you held in a previous job, said Marsh Sutherland, president of Walden Recruiting. There’s no way he’d tinker with a client’s actual title, he said. Doing so “could be considered misrepresentation” on both his part and that of his client — far too steep a price to pay in return for more impressive-sounding titles. We’re talking about the title of your resume, what you call yourself and how you define what you do.

Top of the resume

The job seeker’s title sits at the top of the resume above her Summary section, right below her name and contact information. Sutherland said he usually advises his clients to take cues from the job they’ve applied for. “I will often put the title of the job (on the top) so at first glance it appears the candidate is a perfect fit,” Sutherland says. “For instance, I am currently sourcing candidates for a Search Engine Optimization Analyst position. Guess what? I put ‛SEO Analyst Professional’ at the top of my resume submissions.”

Typical title mistakes

One common mistake seen by Beth Colley, principal of Chesapeake Resume Writing, is not including a title anywhere on the resume.

Another mistake she often sees is when job seekers include the old-fashioned “Objective” section, a section that nowadays is considered irrelevant and whose inclusion marks the resume subject as being out of touch with the current professional resume format. It might have been acceptable in years past to start a resume with an objective about how a job seeker is “seeking a position where I can utilize my gifts and talents in marketing and advance to a level of increasing responsibility,” but nowadays an objective at the top of the page simply means a job seeker is thinking of himself, not how he can help his potential employer.

Colley also sees unacceptably vague titles such as one resume that said “Public Advocate.” That job seeker’s profile included her “ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status,” and it mentioned personality details such as being “highly organized” and a “detailed problem solver” who was “self-directed” and “creative.”

Just what type of public advocate, for what industry, was “not clear,” Colley says, “I totally didn’t understand what she was looking for.”

How to craft a title that’s broad, specific and narrowly targeted

Colley advises job seekers to use a “fairly broad title” that still targets the right industry but to then pair it with something they possess that’s in high demand in their industry.

Colley sets this type of title up in the format of “Broad title”—“Specific industry,” “Specialized skills or certifications.” For example, rather than using a broad title such as Project Manager, which could “literally be anything from construction to IT,” she advises her clients to use a slightly more targeted title heading. Some examples:

  • Project Manager – IT Industry, DOD contractor with active Top Secret Clearance
  • Project Manager – Civil Engineering, LEED & GBE Certified

Here are some other examples Colley cited that expand on less-informative titles such as CFO or Customer Service Representative:

  • Chief Financial Officer – CPA, MBA with Controller and Financial Analyst Expertise
  • Customer Service Representative – Inbound Call Center, 8 years of experience

“The whole point of resume development is to target the resume to a particular field or industry,” Colley said. “Job titles vary from one company to the next, so you want to pick a title that is recognizable to most employers and recruiters. By highlighting a marketable aspect about yourself or industry, the recruiter/employer will read for further information to see if you ‛fit the bill.’ Remember, if they read your resume for more than 15-20 seconds and you get a phone call, the resume has effectively done its job.”

Post-Recession Job Market

The past year has undoubtedly brought many changes and challenges to both employers and employees. Layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs have been widespread, thus contributing to a job market saturated with qualified candidates competing for fewer jobs. Despite this steep competition among candidates, employers struggle to find professionals with in-demand skill sets.

Along with these continued battles, employers face a new challenge: ensuring their companies are prepared when the economy does make an inevitable turnaround, which will give them a competitive advantage.

A new survey, the 2009 EDGE Report from Robert Half International and CareerBuilder, provides answers to many of the lingering questions surrounding today’s economy and job market: Where will jobs be added first in the recovery? What challenges will employers face in recruitment? How will compensation be impacted? And how will employers retain the talent they’ve preserved during this difficult time?

To take advantage of an improving economy, employers that cut staffing levels extensively are taking a close look at the core skills needed in new hires in order to rebuild their rosters once the economic recovery takes hold.

Fifty-three percent of employers said they plan to hire full-time employees in the next 12 months, while 39 percent will add part-time employees, according to a new survey. Forty percent will hire contract, temporary or project professionals.

Here are several key other findings from the report:

Where jobs will be added first
Hiring managers currently consider customer service as the most critical to the company’s success, followed by sales, marketing/creative and technology. Public relations/communication, business development and accounting/finance round out the list.

When the economy does start to rebound, respondents said technology, customer service and sales departments will add positions first, followed by marketing/creative, business development, human resources and accounting/finance.

In the meantime, hiring managers continue to appreciate employees who can perform multiple functions. Employers cited multitasking, initiative and creative problem-solving as the most valuable characteristics in ideal new hires.

Retaining talent
Although many business leaders have plans to add new employees to their organizations in the coming months, they also have to consider how their decisions during the financial crisis have impacted job satisfaction and loyalty of their current staff.

Fifty-five percent of workers polled have plans to change careers, find a new employer or go back to school once the economy recovers. Forty-nine percent said that the most effective way to keep them on board will be with pay increases; in fact, 28 percent plan to ask for a raise.

Employers are aware that competitive pay and benefits will play a critical role in retaining talent. Forty percent of employers said that they plan to increase pay when the economy improves and 20 percent said they hope for better benefits and perks.

Continued challenges in recruitment
Although there is a greater pool of available talent among job seekers, employers are still having trouble finding qualified professionals for open positions: 47 percent of employers cited under-qualified applicants as their most common hiring challenge. Employers said that, on average, 44 percent of the résumés they receive are from unqualified candidates.

As a result, employers are open to paying for great talent; 61 percent said their companies are willing to negotiate a higher salary for qualified candidates.

A common complaint from job seekers is the amount of time the hiring process takes; however, this is one area where employers won’t budge. The average time it takes to recruit a new full-time hire is 4.5 to 14.4 weeks. Employers say that in order to avoid costly hiring mistakes, it’s necessary to take their time reviewing and screening a high volume of résumés, and also to carefully evaluate those invited for interviews

I knew this was going to happen, SMH!!!!

Just when you thought you’d have to wait till March of 2010 for the ‘King of the South’ to make his return, think again.

T.I.’s release date from prison is March 23 but rumors were swirling Tuesday that the king was already out of the bing and had quietly retreated to his Atlanta home.

The speculation was cleared however after a prison official told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that while TIP is still locked up, he could be out very shortly.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross told the AJC that it was customary for an inmate to transition from prison to freedom by spending time in a halfway house if there is no danger to the community and if there is space at a facility near where he lives.

He also told the publication,

“Usually that process begins when there are 18 months remaining on a sentence, but in this case it would have to start sooner. It’s not uncommon for inmates to be placed in community corrections for the last portion of their confinement to help with his transition.”

Ross also mentioned to the AJC that TIP could serve the final month of his sentence out of the halfway house and in his home in Atlanta.

Wow! Talk about good lawyers….or maybe it’s just good behavior…..or maybe it’s just good money.

Either way, get ready…The king’s baaack!

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