BLP Partners with Dayspring Center to Help Raise Over $29,000 for Homeless Families

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We are proud to announce that Dayspring Center’s #GivingTuesday movement was a huge success! Bottom-Line Performance and Silver in the City partnered with Dayspring Center, an emergency homeless shelter for families in Indianapolis, to match each donation that was made during the #GivingTuesday campaign. This year’s campaign brought in over $29,000 for the shelter.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It’s celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. The movement connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Dayspring Center’s Development Coordinator, Cheryl Herzog, expressed her gratitude for all the support the shelter received this year: “Every homeless child arriving in the coming weeks will have the comfort, encouragement and hope they need to feel confident, get healthy and back on track in the classroom. We realize there are many worthy organizations you could have chosen to support. We are so grateful you chose Indy’s homeless families and their children! Thank you for the many ways your gifts will change their lives.”

We’ve partnered with Dayspring Center over the years to renovate a playground, paint rooms, help needy families shop for the holidays and so much more as part of our BLP Cares program.

BLP President, Sharon Boller, shares, “This organization is very near and dear to our hearts and we are overjoyed at how much money was raised this year for #GivingTuesday. We want to say Thank You to all of our clients, employees, friends and family who donated this year to such a wonderful and worthy cause.”

Tis the season for giving! Please consider making a donation to Dayspring Center.

 

BLP Partners with Mosaic and Ventana to Win Two Brandon Hall Awards

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Bottom-Line Performance and its clients partnered to win two 2016 Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards. This year’s winners were an innovative compliance training program that connects business goals and product knowledge to an environmental, health, and safety training curriculum and a product launch training curriculum that uses game-based learning and the power of story to help reps show the value of a new product.

BLP and The Mosaic Company partnered to win Gold in Best Advance in Compliance Training. The winning project, “Phosphate Foundations,” is a new hire training and annual refresher training program that is helping Mosaic improve safety outcomes and employee engagement. The project was the only Gold winner in the Compliance Training category.

“We saw the redesign of the program as an opportunity to use an innovative approach to compliance and safety training and get people talking about Mosaic, and about safety,” said Linda Anhalt, EHS Training Manager at Mosaic. “Phosphate Foundations proves that compliance training does not have to be boring.”

“The partnership between Mosaic’s EHS Training department and Bottom-Line Performance (BLP) was truly a winning combination,” said Andy McGuire, Director of Operations – Learning & Development at Mosaic. “Linda Anhalt, came up with a new and innovative idea on how to deliver an engaging, interactive and integrated performance-based course for safety compliance training, which has historically been viewed as highly necessary but needing much greater participant engagement. Her and her team worked side by side with BLP to design a remarkable course.”

Phosphate Foundations uses compliance constraints creatively to show Mosaic employees how everyday safety procedures connect to its organizational mission of feeding a growing world. Learn about the curriculum here.

BLP and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche group, won Silver in Best Use of Blended Learning. It was the second award win of 2016 for the VENTANA HE 600 product launch training curriculum, and the sixth win in the last two years where BLP has partnered with the Roche group.

“Our goal as a global marketing team was to deliver to our sales affiliates a truly turnkey, best in class commercial education program that would enable our sales and marketing colleagues to communicate fluently through powerful storytelling the value proposition of our innovative diagnostic system,” said Vince Wong, former Senior International Business Leader at Ventana and current Vice President of Strategy and Communications at Roche Diagnostics. “Thanks to our partnership with Bottom-Line Performance, we were able to realize this vision. The awards this curriculum has won provide further validation for the innovative commercial training model we pioneered at Ventana.”

The VENTANA HE 600 training curriculum helped support a successful launch… and it has set a new organizational standard for product launch training at Ventana. Learn more about the curriculum here.

“2016 is BLP’s third consecutive year with multiple Brandon Hall wins,” said BLP President Sharon Boller. “Submitting for and winning awards like these represents our commitment to leading the way in instructional design and partnering with our clients to create solutions that truly improve performance.”

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits. Less than 20% of entries evaluated win a Gold, Silver or Bronze designation.

BLP Named to Inc. 5000 List for 2nd Straight Year

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Bottom-Line Performance  (BLP) is ranked #3435 on the 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. It’s BLP’s second straight year on the list, driven by several years of strong revenue growth and a portfolio of clients that has grown from local to global.

“Our internal team and our clients both win as we grow,” says BLP president Sharon Boller. “Our team benefits from the emphasis we can put into developing their skills and capabilities; our clients benefit from the new capabilities we gain.”

BLP qualified for the Inc. 5000 by growing revenue by 95% from 2012 to 2015, up from 71% over the previous three-year measurement period. Because of this rapid growth, BLP has increased in size from 15 employees in 2011 to 35 in 2016 with more new jobs planned.

“I am very grateful to each and every one of our clients and employees for making BLP what it is today,” says BLP co-owner Kirk Boller. “This is our second year in a row on the list, which makes it an even rarer accomplishment. While this level of growth has never been BLP’s only goal, we’ll take it as a sign of our success as a company.”

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BLP Wins 2nd Consecutive LTEN Excellence Award with Ventana Medical Systems

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For the second consecutive year, Bottom-Line Performance was named a winner in the LTEN Excellence Awards. This year’s win was in the Innovation category for product launch training created in partnership with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group. Winners were announced at the 45th LTEN Annual Conference, the largest gathering of life science trainers and educators in the United States.

The winning entry was a gamified product launch curriculum used to commercialize the innovative VENTANA HE 600 system. The training curriculum helped support a successful launch… and it has set a new organizational standard for product launch training at Ventana. Learn more about the curriculum here.

“Our goal as a global marketing team was to deliver to our sales affiliates a truly turnkey, best in class commercial education program that would enable our sales and marketing colleagues to communicate fluently through powerful storytelling the value proposition of our innovative diagnostic system,” said Vince Wong, former Senior International Business Leader at Ventana and current Vice President of Strategy and Communications at Roche Diagnostics. “Thanks to our partnership with Bottom-Line Performance, we were able to realize this vision. This award provides further validation for the innovative commercial training model we pioneered at Ventana.”

“A successful product launch training curriculum represents the hard work and creativity of many BLP team members and the trust and vision of a partner like Ventana,” said Sharon Boller, President of BLP. “We are honored to be the only training vendor to win two consecutive LTEN Excellence awards, both in partnership with our clients in the Roche Group.”

The LTEN Excellence Awards is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing innovation and leadership within the life sciences training and development community. Through the LTEN Excellence Awards competition, practitioners and suppliers enter learning initiatives and training content in various categories for recognition of excellence. Awards were presented in seven categories, including Innovation, Learning Content, Emerging Leader, Partnership and All-Star Teams. Finalists are selected by a diverse group of experienced judges and, from that group of finalists, one winner from each category is awarded.

“LTEN is honored to recognize this year’s stellar crop of Excellence Awards winners for their invaluable contributions to life sciences training and to their individual organizations,” said Dawn Brehm, LTEN executive director. “Each of this year’s record number of nominees were worthy of recognition, and our panel of judges had to make some very tough choices to determine the best and brightest. The addition of the new categories helped us recognize both teamwork and individual contributions to company success and to the life sciences training industry. Congratulations to each nominee, finalist and winner in this year’s awards program.”

The LTEN Excellence Awards was designed and developed in partnership with the LTEN Advisory Council. The judging panel was comprised of twenty-two experienced professionals working in the life sciences education and training field.

About Bottom-Line Performance

Bottom-Line Performance is an award-winning learning design firm serving a wide range of corporate clients. Since 1995, we’ve helped clients choose the right learning solutions for their learners, while also helping them to design and develop learning tools effectively. Areas of focus include product launches, customer training, internal process training, safety & compliance and more.

BLP is the only training vendor to win two consecutive LTEN Excellence Awards. The 2015 winner was a customer training curriculum created for Roche Diagnostics.

About LTEN

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (www.L-TEN.org) is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional goals of trainers and educators in the life sciences by providing the clarity, community and career resources needed to excel in leadership and learning. Founded in 1971, LTEN has grown to over 1,700 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies.

BLP’s Kristen Hewett Named to Training Magazine’s 2016 Emerging Training Leaders Watch List

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Kristen Hewett, Senior Learning Designer at Bottom-Line Performance, was named to the Watch List for Training Magazine’s 2016 Emerging Training Leaders awards. The program recognizes training professionals who have been in the industry for two to 10 years and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, business savvy and training instincts.

All Emerging Training Leader candidates had to be nominated by co-workers or industry peers. Training Editorial Advisory Board members and the editor-in-chief judged the nearly 60 nominations and chose the winners based on the following factors:

  • Years spent in the training industry
  • New job responsibilities
  • Experience leading large learning and development initiatives that resulted in achievement of a corporate and strategic goal.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities.
  • Has the potential to lead an entire L&D function in the next 10 years.

“As I read through each of those points from top to bottom, it’s clear that Kristen is the perfect candidate for this award” said Kirk Boller, co-owner and CFO of Bottom-Line Performance. “The application really wrote itself based on Kristen’s accomplishments. She is invaluable both as a team leader at BLP and as a resource to our clients.”

Kristen is featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Training magazine and on their website, www.trainingmag.com.

Don’t Take it From Me

Kristen is a special part of the BLP team, so we wanted to do more than simply announce this award with a press release. Here is what Kristen’s team members have to say about her:
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BLP Wins Two 2015 Horizon Interactive Awards

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Bottom-Line Performance (BLP) is the proud recipient of two awards in the 2015 Horizon Interactive Awards competition. The prestigious competition receives thousands of entries each year, and only 65% of all entries receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze distinction for excellence in interactive media. These award-winning solutions build on BLP’s recent success in the Horizon awards: BLP has now won six Horizon Awards since 2013, including two awards for the Knowledge Guru platform.

The Knowledge Guru mobile reinforcement and gaming app earned a Silver designation in Mobile Apps – Education. The new app allows learners to start playing Knowledge Guru on their smartphone and finish on their laptop. Scores and achievements sync seamlessly between the web app and native app version of Knowledge Guru.

“The Horizon Interactive Awards competition has always been about excellent design” said Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance. “Winning this award with our Knowledge Guru app is a great honor and reflects the efforts of our product team to bring the full Knowledge Guru experience to mobile devices.”

BLP also won a Bronze Horizon Interactive award for Password Blaster, an arcade-style game that helps Cummins, Inc. employees learn how to create secure passwords. Players must “blast” the bad passwords while letting the good passwords pass by. It is part of a larger Information Asset Protection curriculum design to help Cummins employees protect sensitive information.

“BLP helped develop resources to address and mitigate global threats facing employees, facilities and information assets. They created a multitude of interactive modules that fit within a one-stop-shop Security Toolkit designed to help our employees access and navigate our security resources and learning portals” said Bryan Langley, Global Security Manager at Cummins, Inc. “Their product has been globally acclaimed and we look forward to continuing our future collaboration with them.”

The Horizon Interactive Awards is a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers. The competition recognizes and awards the best web sites, videos, online advertising, print media and mobile applications. Each year, the Horizon Interactive Awards receives thousands of entries from all over the world. A panel of industry professionals, from diverse multi-media, graphic design and marketing backgrounds, review the entries to determine the work that is to be recognized.

BLP showcases Knowledge Guru, along with award-winning custom solutions like “Password Blaster,” at the 2016 ATD International Conference. Learn more and register here.

Bottom-Line Performance Wins Four 2015 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

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Bottom-Line Performance partnered with clients to win four 2015 Brandon Hall Excellence awards. BLP received recognition for its unique approaches to learning, use of games and its ability to design blended learning curriculums with many different types of solutions that drive learner success.

BLP and Roche Diagnostics partnered to win two awards: Bronze in Best Use of Blended Learning and Silver in Best Unique or Innovative Learning Program. In both categories, the winning project was the cobas® ReImagine Customer Training program. This curriculum was also the recipient of a 2015 LTEN Excellence Award and is currently a finalist in the CLO Learning in Practice Awards.

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Blended learning was a common theme in BLP’s winning entries: BLP partnered with Dow AgroSciences to win Bronze Best Use of Blended Learning for the Enlist™ Product Launch Curriculum.

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The Knowledge Guru game-based learning platform also earned another distinction: BLP and Ally Financial partnered to win Bronze in Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning. Knowledge Guru was the recipient of three Brandon Hall awards in 2014, including two “Gold” distinctions.

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“It’s been a banner year for us, both with the creative work our teams are doing and the success our clients are having with the solutions we provide,” says BLP CEO Kirk Boller. “It’s outstanding to receive this type of industry recognition for the work we do. We treat every client relationship like a partnership, and I think these awards reflect that.”

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.

Bottom-Line Performance Ranked #4049 on 2015 Inc. 5000 List

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Bottom-Line Performance  (BLP) is ranked #4049 on the 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. BLP joins the Inc. 5000 for the first time thanks to three years of rapid revenue growth and an expanding client portfolio.

“Being listed on the Inc. 5000 is truly a group effort,” says BLP CEO Kirk Boller. “Inclusion on this list represents the great relationships we have built with our clients, and that is all because the great work our people are doing every day.”

BLP qualified for the Inc. 5000 by growing revenue by 71% from 2011 to 2014. The company grew from 15 to 29 employees during this time, with even more jobs added in 2015.

“Making it to the Inc. 5000 represents the efforts of our entire team as well execution of a strong strategic vision,” says BLP President Sharon Boller. “We are proud of our growth and look forward to our continued evolution as a company.”

BLP is also a member of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 “Fast 25” list of fastest growing private companies in the Indianapolis area.

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About BLP

Bottom-Line Performance is an award-winning learning design firm serving a wide range of corporate clients. Since 1995, we’ve helped clients choose the right learning solutions for their learners, while also helping them to design and develop learning tools effectively. We don’t train people. We create solutions that engage people and motivate them to learn. And when people want to learn, they gain knowledge that lasts. BLP is a certified woman-owned business.

Inc. 5000 Methodology

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million.

Bottom-Line Performance Ranked by IBJ on 25 Fastest Growing Private Companies List

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Bottom-Line Performance, Inc. (BLP) was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 “Fast 25” list. Fast 25 is the IBJ’s annual ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the Indianapolis area.

According Kirk and Sharon Boller, a combination of forward-thinking clients, a talented and dedicated team, and the launch of an award-winning product have made BLP’s growth possible.

“Seeing BLP on this list is a reminder of just how many people have contributed to our success over the past two decades,” said Kirk Boller, BLP CEO. “Our outstanding client partners have let us into their worlds to develop great learning solutions… and we have had the highest level and best people on the BLP team to create those solutions.”

Since 1995, BLP has partnered with clients to create custom learning supports that support product launches, customer education, and internal learning needs. After years of steady growth, BLP’s growth began to accelerate with the launch of the Knowledge Guru® game-based learning platform in 2012.

“Adding Knowledge Guru to our offerings has enabled us to bundle a cost-effective game-based learning solution into our custom curriculums while also introducing us to new clients who needed a standalone gaming platform,” said Sharon Boller, President and Chief Product Officer. “This has hugely impacted our growth.”

The Indianapolis Business Journal created the Fast 25 list by ranking Indianapolis companies based on their revenue growth over a three-year period. BLP experienced 72% percent revenue growth from 2012 to 2014.

Learn more about this year’s “Fast 25” companies here.

BLP Launches “BLPCares” With a Summer of Giving Back 

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Allow me to introduce myself; I’m Madeline Burgher, a double major in Fine Art and Marketing from Anderson University with an exciting role this summer as the marketing intern at Bottom-Line Performance. I am passionate about creativity, innovation, building friendships, and giving back to the community.

One of the things that attracted me to this company was its philosophy:

  • Provide services that match client needs and client expectations.
  • Operate with integrity and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Recognize our families as the reason we do what we do.
  • Give back to our local and global community.

As part of my role this summer, I get to play a big part in realizing that fourth pillar: giving back to the community. This summer, BLP is implementing a new program called #BLPCares. We, as a community at BLP, are dedicated to giving back, fostering wellness in others and ourselves, and teaching young people to pursue what they are passionate in.

Meet our Charitable Partner: Dayspring Center

Dayspring Center has been BLP’s primary giving back partner for several years, and for good reason. Dayspring gives emergency shelter, resources, and a community to children and families in need throughout central Indiana. Dayspring has its doors open to those who find themselves homeless due to financial problems, unexpected health issues, and other unforeseen crises.

“I love the people who work at DaySpring, so committed and dedicated to what they do. Parents don’t make judgments; they want the best for their children just like I did. I have consistently been blown away with the intellect of the kids and the intelligence.”

– Sharon Boller, President – Bottom- Line Performance

Here are some of the #BLPCares events we have planned to support Dayspring:

Charity Mini-Golf Outing

Bottom-Line Performance is the title sponsor for the Dayspring Center’s annual mini-golf outing…and the June 20th event will be a fun time for employees and the community alike. The event features some “wacky” golfing, team competitions, and raffles. Indiana Pacer Rodney Stuckey will even be in attendance. The mini-golf outing serves as the kickoff event for the #BLPCares program, as well as Dayspring Center’s big annual fundraiser.

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Dayspring Game Design Day

One of our company’s passions is the power of games for learning… and many of our BLPers are passionate about helping young people prepare for our future. For the second straight summer, we will host a “Game Design Day” for homeless children participating in Dayspring Center’s “Camp Discovery.” This event encourages kids to think about games more critically… and get exposure to possible careers they might be interested in when they are older. On top of playing outside and inside games, the young people from Dayspring will participate in building their own personal game from the ground up with the help of our BLP team.

Here are some photos from last year’s event:

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Dayspring Renovation Project

To wrap up the summer, BLP will travel to the Dayspring Center to complete a much-needed renovation project at the shelter. In the past, we have painted rooms, rebuilt a playground, and even painted a mural at Dayspring.

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Wellness Events

Giving back is about what we give to others, but we also realize that #BLPCares has to start with self-care and self-love. BLP has a 90% participation rate in its wellness program… and the company makes donations to Dayspring when employees complete their challenges.

Two wellness events are planned for the summer as part of #BLPCares. The first challenge has six optional sections ranging from, ‘No Fast Food’ and ’30 servings of fruits + veggies’, to drinking ’64 oz. of water’. Participants can complete 1 to 6 tasks each week. The goal is to complete at least one each week.

We also recently planted garden outside of our BLP offices. We worked as a group to plant many new plants from seeds and bulbs. It was a wonderful time for the team to step away from the computer screens and enjoy the outdoors. Throughout the summer, we will water the plants and watch them as they grow.

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Join Us on Our Journey

I’ll be documenting all of the #BLPCares events to Facebook, Twitter, and our blog. At the end of my internship, I’ll share a blog that documents the work that I have done, for DaySpring with pictures, video, and quotes.