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2009 ESPYs Sport Green Fashion from Beyond Zebra

ESPYsJuly 2009
Yahoo! News
ESPN took to the “green” red carpet with Beyond Zebra, Inc. in tow to unveil this year’s star-studded and, for the first time, carbon neutral ESPYs. To emphasize the ESPYs continued commitment to environmentally friendly productions, the BZI team was challenged to provide greener promotional opportunities than ever before. In addition to the sustainable press credential lanyards and post-consumer recycled tote bags used for deliveries, BZI outfitted the staff with climate neutral shirts produced under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). These GM-free, 100% certified organic cotton T-shirts were manufactured solely utilizing renewable energy generated from wind power AND are the first garments to be labeled and approved under the Carbon Trust.

Full article from Yahoo! News

Working Mother Magazine Recognizes Green Mompreneurs

Working Mother MagazineApril 2009
Working Mother Magazine (Workingmother.com)
Beyond Zebra, Inc. was selected by Working Mother Magazine for its April online publication. This special Earth Day edition celebrates visionary Eco-Mompreneurs who have created profitable businesses by combining sustainable policies with family friendly practices.

Full article from Working Mother Magazine

BZI Named PPAI Brand/Marketing Award Winner

PPAI Web AwardFebruary 2009
Promotional Products Association International
Beyond Zebra, Inc. was recognized as a leader in Brand/Marketing by the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). BZI was presented with the prestigious 2009 Silver PPAI Web Award for their innovative and effective marketing and website design at a special ceremony held during the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. PPAI is the preeminent organization and only non-profit trade association for the 19.4 billion dollar promotional products industry. “The winners worked very hard to earn this special recognition and their commitment to excellence is a tribute to our industry,” said Steve Slagle, PPAI president and CEO. This achievement is the latest in a series of accomplishments that has catapulted Beyond Zebra, Inc. to the top of their industry. BZI’s creative culture and distinctive design capabilities have established them as an innovative brand marketing team in the promotional products world.

Full article/press release

Taking ‘Green’ into the Black

November Promotional Products BusinessNovember 2008
Promotional Products Business Magazine
Since the explosion of the eco-friendly movement just a few years ago, the call for green items in the promotional products industry is heard more loudly than ever. Several companies have jumped on the trend and are making names for themselves as organizations with green marketing thumbs. Sure, you’d like to join the crowd—you see the obvious appeal and the potential for success, but how do you get started? Beyond Zebra, Inc. president, Terri Yamate-Ottengheime weighs in on this timely topic.

Full article from PPB Magazine

Fulfilling a Dream: Zebra Style

The Signal, Santa Clarita ValleyOctober 2008
The Signal, Santa Clarita Valley
Local newspaper profiles Beyond Zebra, Inc. founders for fulfilling their dreams with style. Stacy Burleson, long-time Santa Clarita resident and her business partner, Terri Yamate-Ottengheime, discuss their approach to business, family and community as women and mothers.

Full article from The Signal

BZI Makes the Grade at HSM3 Premiere

High School Musical 3 PremiereOctober 2008
Yahoo! News
Beyond Zebra, Inc. executives, Stacy Burleson and Terri Yamate-Ottengheime, and their families cheered on the East High Wildcats during the World Premiere of “High School Muscial 3: Senior Year” on the evening of October 16, 2008. The pre-release event started with a red and white-themed pep rally, where school spirit T-shirts produced by the Beyond Zebra team were thrown to the attendees by event staffers also outfitted in “Wildcat” wear by BZI. Amid wild flashes by the paparazzi and press, the stars of the film, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and the director, Kenny Ortega, took to the red carpet before the much anticipated screening of the movie.

Full article from Yahoo! News

BZI’s Green Practices Touted by L.A. Business Journal

LA Business JournalSeptember 2008
Los Angeles Business Journal
Beyond Zebra, Inc.’s environmental initiatives were showcased in the September 29, 2008 edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal. The feature article centered on BZI executives, Stacy Burleson and Terri Yamate-Ottengheime, and their accomplishments in the green arena. It also highlighted their efforts to educate businesses in sustainable and ecologically friendly business practices.

Full article from The Los Angeles Business Journal

BZI President Selected to Speak at Environmental Forum

Terri Yamate-OttengheimeSeptember 2008
WBEC-West
Beyond Zebra, Inc. president, Terri Yamate-Ottengheime, presented green strategies at the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West (WBEC-West) forum in Phoenix, AZ on September 25, 2008. The forum, “Green is the New Pink”, offered woman-owned businesses real life strategies on how to create a more sustainable business and life. Terri was joined by Michele Johnson of Artemis Consulting Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, who provided the business case for greening businesses as well as valuable tips for saving energy, water, money, and reducing waste. “Green is the New Pink” educational forums will be held in two locations in California, as well as other states throughout the west coast in first quarter 2009.

BZI Featured in Yahoo! News (ESPY Awards)

ESPY AwardsJuly 2008
Yahoo! News
Beyond Zebra, Inc. went behind the scenes and scored big when ESPN enlisted their assistance in greening the 2008 ESPY Awards. In order to emphasize the environmental message of the event, BZI produced 100% EcoSpun (post-consumer recycled soda bottles) lanyards, biodegradable sport bottles and sustainable bamboo/charcoal apparel for the staff and talent. BZI also provided bicycle shirts which were worn by the event party bartenders as they blended drinks via bike pedaling power.

Full article from Yahoo! News

Also featured on Ecorazzi (The Latest in Green Gossip).

BZI President Selected to Serve on Environmental Panel

Terri Yamate-OttengheimeJune 2008
Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Terri Yamate-Ottengheime was selected by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to serve on their distinguished panel of supplier diversity & sustainability professionals at the Women in Business ‘Power of Progress’ National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Yamate-Ottengheime presented her insights on “Why Going Green Equals Gold”; outlining best practices, green strategies, and the added value of ‘greening your business.’

Full article/press release

WBEC-West Board of Directors, California Chair

Stacy BurlesonJanuary 2008
Women’s Business Enterprise Council - West
BZI CFO, Stacy Burleson is named the California Chair for the WBEC-West Board of Directors. Stacy brings her administrative experience as 2007 WBEC-West California Co-chair and her position as Secretary of the Santa Clarita Little People Board of Directors to this year’s Board.

Supplier of the Year Nominee

October 2007
Women’s Business Enterprise Council - West
WBEC-West nominations for this prestigious award are based not only upon the financial growth of a
woman-owned business, but on their civic and community involvement, performance, service levels and their advancement of women’s issues in the business world.

100 Women’s Business Enterprises Impacting Supplier Diversity

Women's Enterprise USAJune 2007
Women’s Enterprise USA
BZI executives, Stacy Burleson and Terri Yamate-Ottengheime, were both included in the magazine’s 2007 list of 100 WBEs impacting supplier diversity. This distinguished list highlights key women executives and their companies who influence diversity practices in corporate America.

Advocate of the Year Nominee

November 2006
Women’s Business Enterprise Council - West
Terri Yamate-Ottengheime was nominated for this award in recognition of her active involvement in furthering the ideals of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council and for promoting the advancement of women in business.

Supplier of the Year Winner

Supplier of the YearNovember 2005
Women’s Business Enterprise Council - West
BZI was recognized for outstanding services, products and customer care in addition to bringing diversity to the business world.

Full article/press release

Volunteer of the Year Nominee

August 2005
Los Angeles Business Journal
BZI shared the spotlight with local woman business owner luminaries at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual “Women Making a Difference” award luncheon.

BZI Featured in NAWBO Newsletter

April 2005
National Association of Woman Business Owners Newsletter
“Change - Financing Strategies for Growth” article discusses BZI’s growth and the financial strategies they investigated to secure working capitol for each step of their development.

Full article/press release

WBENC Leadership Forum, Governing Group

Terri Yamate-OttengheimeDecember 2004
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
BZI President, Terri Yamate-Ottengheime is named a member of the governing group of the WBENC marketing committee and task force.

BZI Establishes Scholarship for Disadvantaged Women

November 2004 – Ongoing
Los Angeles Mission
BZI establishes the first ever, annual scholarship for the Anne Douglas Center, which provides opportunities for education and job training to women who are in the process of rebuilding their lives. Graduates of the Anne Douglas Rehabilitation Program have access to this fund as they continue their journey toward independence.

Full article/press release