Real estate odds and ends

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 CG Schmidt Ovation Award for Corporate Support. Designed to inspire giving in small and medium-sized businesses, the award honors smaller, lesser-known companies that give back to their communities in the form of in-kind support, board involvement or the encouragement of employee volunteerism. The CG Schmidt Foundation will donate $2,500 to either the nominating non-profit organization or the charity of the winning business’s choice. A $1,000 contribution will also be made to a honorable mention candidate. The Ovation Award for Corporate Support will be presented at the Donors Forum of Wisconsin’s Annual Statewide Conference on Philanthropy on Oct. 17. Nomination forms can be obtained at: They must be turned in by Sept. 14.

Irvine, Calif.-based Help-U-Sell Real Estate, a provider of set-fee real estate services, announced recently that the company is planning to expand into the Milwaukee area this year. "While many of our competitors are downsizing or in a retreat mode because of the current market conditions, we have launched an aggressive growth campaign," said Bryan Drakulich, chief operating officer of Help-U-Sell Real Estate. "We have grown over 900 percent in the last decade, and plan to continue to grow for the foreseeable future." Help-U-Sell Real Estate is the world’s largest set-fee real estate company, with over 800 offices in 46 states, and operations in South Africa, and the Philippines.

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