News in brief (August 18)
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News in brief (August 18)

Singer Associates has been chosen to manage the “Yes on D” campaign for San Francisco Small Businesses. Measure D seeks to expand the role of the current Small Business Commission in San Francisco.

Paul Holmes

SAN FRANCISCO—Singer Associates has been chosen to manage the “Yes on D” campaign for San Francisco Small Businesses. Measure D seeks to expand the role of the current Small Business Commission in San Francisco to include more responsibility regarding policy decisions and recommendations and will make the Commission a stand alone entity no longer tied to the City’s Office of Economic Development.

MIAMI—Manning Selvage & Lee has renewed its relationship with Everett Clay & Associates, inviting the 63-year-old firm to join its network of 60 affiliates. ECA was previously an affiliate for 15 years, from 1981 to 1996. MS&L’s network consists of 100 fully owned, partially owned and network partner and affiliate offices worldwide. ECA will work with MS&L on a project-by-project basis, assisting the company and providing support with media initiatives in South Florida.

LOS ANGELES—Weber Shandwick has promoted two senior executives in its Los Angeles office to senior positions. Roderick Clayton, previously a senior vice president, will now serve as an executive vice president in the firm’s corporate issues group and Carmen Lawrence has been promoted to vice president of the firm’s multicultural communications group.

SAN FRANCISCO—Blanc & Otus has been named public relations agency of record for five new clients. SupportSoft and Hitachi Data Systems have signed with the San Francisco headquarters office of Blanc & Otus. Vamosa and 321 Studios are clients of the London office. PKWARE is a global account and jointly managed by the San Francisco and London offices. Combined, the five new clients are expected to represent more than $1.7 million in annual revenue for the firm.

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