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LOS ANGELES—October 24th, 2023—Inc. Business Media today announced the second annual Power Partner Awards, honoring B2B organizations across the globe that have proven track records supporting entrepreneurs and helping startups grow. The list recognizes an exclusive list of 389 firms that provide trusted guidance in all areas of business a founder may need as part of a thriving business.

All 389 companies received top marks from clients for instrumentally helping leadership to navigate the dynamic world of startups. These B2B partners support entrepreneurs across various facets of the business, including public relations, hiring, compliance, infrastructure development, cloud migration, and fundraising, allowing founders to focus on their core missions.

Trusted B2B partners provide guidance and expertise that founders rely on at various steps of their organization’s journey. Partners that possess a demonstrated ability to deliver quality support are at the core of entrepreneurship and help bring big ideas to life,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. Business Media.

“Our PR executives are typically behind the scenes, scoring big wins for our clients. It’s rewarding to be recognized by our clients and Inc. Magazine for our work with emerging industries and ambitious brands,” said Avaans Media CEO and Founder, Tara Coomans.

Our clients are innovative, inspiring, and inventive and we’re honored to be part of their journey to greatness, and grateful they have contributed to ours,” continued Coomans.

A complete list of vetted B2B business providers for entrepreneurs, founders and startups is available at: https://www.inc.com/power-partner-awards/2023

About Avaans Media

Providing digitally savvy public relations for emerging industries, ambitious brands, and purpose-driven organizations, Avaans Media is the Top Boutique PR Firm in Los Angeles on Clutch.com, and an Inc. Power Partner. From start-up through IPO, Avaans Media’s 100% executive-level team provides white-glove public relations strategies and services to a notable list of fast-growing companies in industries ranging from AI, cannabis, and drones to consumer products. Founded by Tara Coomans in 2008, Avaans Media is based in Los Angeles, California.

About Inc. Business Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels, including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

August marks the 15th anniversary of Avaans Media. Avaans started out as a digital communications firm specializing in social media.

Aside from the blind optimism of starting a business during the 2008 financial crisis in a city where she knew no one, in the middle of the Pacific, Coomans quickly made a national name for herself as a leading social media expert, in part because of her early involvement with the only educational professional social media organization, Social Media Club. Coomans would eventually serve in executive leadership roles for two SMC Chapters and the Global Board of Directors. Coomans didn’t realize then that she was on the bleeding edge of another trend that would take hold many years later; remote work. Living on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific necessitated remote work; back then, the best video conferencing available to small businesses was Skype.

Back then, we were Akamai Marketing, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Eventually, we would settle down as Avaans Media after relocating to Los Angeles, shifting our emphasis to digitally savvy public relations. Back then, the entire company was Coomans, whose passion for communication continued to blossom. Today, Avaans Media A-Team is six people strong, and Avaans Media is one of Los Angeles’ top PR Firms.

Apple iPhone changes communication forever in August 2008

Apple iPhone changes communication forever in August 2008 with release of its App Store.

A lot has changed since in media since 2008. Here are 15 other “Then and Now” examples:

  1. #1 Song: I Kissed a Girl  – Katy Perry; in the summer of 2023, Taylor Swift’s Era’s Tour dominated entertainment news. Taylor and Katie have supposedly made up since “Bad Blood” Days.
  2. The Summer Olympics are held in Bejing after a contentious negotiation of whether there would be internet access during the Olympics between the International Olympic Committee and Bejing leaders.
  3. YouTube offers live streaming of the Summer Olympics for the first time.
  4. Facebook’s active users reached 100 million total active users; only two years later, Facebook hit 500 million users in July 2010. In the first quarter of 2023, it was reported that Facebook had 2.98 billion monthly active users.
  5. Twitter officially launched support for hashtags, a year after users started using them on the platform; in 2023, Elon Musk purchased Twitter and rebranded it as “X.
  6. LinkedIn ended 2008 with 33 million members; in 2023 Linkedin has 900 million global users.

  7. A month after its debut, the new 3G Apple iPhone hits 3 million sold; it sells for $199, not including the required wireless subscriptions. When launched in 2022, they listed the iPhone 14 for $799, with the Plus version starting at $899.
  8. #1 Movie: The Dark Knight, a Batman movie starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger committed suicide in January 2008, before the movie even released; he won a posthumous Golden Globe for his performance. In summer 2023, the meme is all about Barbieheimer, the double hitter movie pairing of Barbie and Oppenheimer; the opening weekend soared beyond expectations, with Barbie raking in $162 million and Oppenheimer posting $82 million.
  9. August 23, 2008: presumptive Democrat Presidential nominee Barack Obama selects Joe Biden as a running mate; before this, Delaware Senator Biden had two unsuccessful Presidential bids under his belt, in 1988 and 2008. Biden defeats Donald Trump to become President in 2021.
  10. August 29, 2008: GOP Presidential nominee John McCain announces Sarah Palin, then Governor of Alaska, as his running mate. John McCain passed away in August 2018; Sarah Palin ran for Alaska’s House seat in 2022, but her platform of “fish, family and freedom” didn’t capture the hearts and minds of voters.
  11. Only a month old, Apple founder Steve Jobs announced the App Store had seen 60 million downloads; Apple says it sold an average of $1 million per day in downloads despite most apps being free. Jobs died in 2011, today Apple is helmed by Steve Cook, reportedly the first gay Fortune 500 CEO. In 2023, Apple said it’s $1.1 trillion dollar App Store revenue came from downloads, in-app advertising, physical and digital goods, and services.
  12. In 2008, the average annual tuition for incoming in-state college freshmen is $6,585, for out-of-state students, the average annual tuition is $17,452. In 2023, the average in-state tuition is $26,027 annually at a public institution; for out-of-state students, the average cost is $27,091.
  13. “Farm to Table” menu concepts became more prominent, and other trends on the rise in 2008, according to certifiedhumane.org include “Sustainable” and “Biodynamic.” In 2023, top food trends include “Urban Farm Produce” and “Pasture-Raised Meat and Eggs.”
  14. 2008, minimum wage workers see a bump in pay as the Federal Minimum Wage increases to $6.55 per hour from $5.85 per hour. In 2023, the Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour.
  15. In 2008. 28% of women are self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; in 2023, that number has grown to 36.9%


We’ll report back in 2038 to compare the changes in media. We will probably think some of the 2023 stats are as quaint as the 2008 stats seem now.