With over 50 years of combined experience in merchant services, traditional advertising, infomercials, web design, social media marketing, SEO/SEM, email marketing, e-commerce development, app and software development, business consulting, training, and much more, Agora Advantage was created by industry veterans to bring cost-effective solutions. Agora Advantage brings more value to businesses, business owners, consumers, resellers, and entrepreneurs than was ever done before.
Unlike other companies where you don’t know who you’re getting and where they are in the world, with Agora Advantage, our vendors go through a vetting process before we add them to the marketplace to make sure you are getting the best value you deserve.
Our system of "Inclusion" hyper-rewards everyone and gets them on the same track for growth.
We reward business owners with world-class service or more value for the same price in the Merchant Marketplace and reward the people who help drive the growth.
We were able to help this business owner get over 320 Five Star Reviews and find success on the internet! He is now the #1 Ranked chiropractor in his area.
Vince Baker is a highly motivated Business Marketing Agent, Internet Marketing Coach, Public Speaker, and Author. Vince has a proven track record of succeeding in competitive sales markets, internet marketing, leadership roles, problem-solving, and coaching top sales reps.
His years of experience range from Yellow Pages, Direct Mail, Internet Marketing, and Business Coaching. His multi-dimensional experience in all these forms of marketing has enabled him to bring success to a vast array of business owners and sales agents. Click Here to connect with Vince on LinkedIn Visit www.vincewbaker.com
Mike Driggers is an Authority Marketing Agent™ and a business breakthrough marketing and sales strategist who inspires, motivates, and encourages people worldwide. Mike Is a top-selling author and is recognized as one of the world’s most in-demand International speakers and the most requested Instant Authority Marketing Coach.
He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, USA Today, Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, and the Brian Tracy TV Show. Mike has also been in the top 10% of producers in the direct sales industry for more than 25 years. Mike specializes in sales and marketing for small business owners.
Over the years, Mike has developed a keen understanding of the complex issues facing small business owners in the type of volatile economy we have today. www.Mikedriggers.com
As a Sacramento State Alumni with a focused degree in Business Marketing and a 7+ year Agora team member, Melissa enjoys being the bridge between business owners, technology, and consumers. Engagement across existing and developing digital channels is the future, and it is her passion to learn and teach these opportunities to business owners.
Melissa began studying digital marketing early in high school because she saw how the industry was evolving and could help businesses in a new, never-before-seen way. Through Agora Advantage, Melissa first had the privilege of witnessing business success stories across all industries. And what do all success stories have in common? Well-designed websites, reviews, and strong digital presence. Her experience in these areas enables her to deliver progress and knowledge to her clients and network.
Melissa loves to observe clients gain new customers through their climbing Google search rankings placements; this is done by obtaining new customer reviews for their websites and implementing a few other tactics and strategies of internet marketing. Like most things, constancy and experience are key. Melissa and her Agora team empower all businesses from all industries.
Ed Garza is a Founder, Public Speaker, and Instructor providing a true north compass for businesses. A marketing genesis and revenue warrior at heart. Speaking to audiences of any size comes naturally to him. Speaking on topics that educate, empower, entertain and elevate. A few brands he has guided include Google, Penske Motor Group, Toyota, Maybelline of New York, KitchenAid, and Starbucks. Spend 15 minutes with Ed and you will be enlightened, impressed, and encouraged. Video Marketing is at his core. Ed has been featured on ABC, Good Morning America, and on Stage evangelizing Profit Driven Marketing with Google Executives in Dallas, TX. Learn more at www.MrPitchman.com
Brian Jacks is a seasoned commercial real estate professional with well over 25 years of experience. He started a 20-year banking career with Wells Fargo in 1990 as a Teller in high school. After graduating in 1995 with a business degree from California State University, Sacramento, Jacks launched a $1 billion lending career in commercial mortgage underwriting and became a licensed California real estate broker in 1996. Ten years later, Jacks was tapped to lead back office production and junior lender training for West Coast operations with an annual volume totaling $2.5 billion. In 2008, Jacks transitioned to a corporate role tasked with enhancing bank-wide cross-sell opportunities by overseeing the data mining process for over 20 Wells Fargo commercial businesses, representing more than $4 billion in annual revenue. Following a short entrepreneurial stint launching an internet marketing business, Jacks parlayed his knowledge of search engine optimization into his own brokerage firm based in Sacramento called Jacks Commercial Real Estate, where he has been actively representing clients for the sale and lease of commercial investment and owner/user properties since 2011. Jacks is also an early investor and advisor in several tech startup companies.
With over 20 years of executive experience in venture capital, direct sales, and energy solutions, Mr. Aust is the Co-Founder and President of Verdant (VRDT). Through its innovative aggregation model, VRDT provides total energy solutions and profitable grid management to customers around the world. With a vision to bring integrated solutions to the global market, Mr. Aust has helped raise over $100 million in Venture Capital for various direct sales companies, including Video Home Shopping Network, Vision Quest, and 2Extreme Sports – taking them public with successful IPOs.
Mr. Aust’s expertise in strategic investments has resulted in him holding Board positions with Tall Ship Development Fund LLC, VRDT & Agora Advantage – all businesses involved in merchant services or address Energy Solutions and providing business owners access to the best products & services respectively.
He has also been an advisor to startup companies on their financial planning and technology strategy focused on growth potential while maintaining a secure bottom line. His career journey has enabled him to gain insight into a variety of industries such as Energy Solutions, Direct Sales, Financial Planning, Marketing Strategy, and Technology Services.
A firm believer in collaborative efforts across multiple industries, Mr. Aust firmly believes that success is not just about having the right idea but also having the right team that can come together for collective success. He often advises firms on how to work together strategically for mutual benefit. His longstanding commitment to collaboration across businesses enables him to bring a unique style of problem-solving that has enabled many companies to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.
AI Publicity Advisor Coach
Mike Hayes has joined the Agora Team as an AI Publicity Advisor Coach. He brings a wealth of media experience to the team, having worked as an executive producer at NBC in New York. Mike is committed to growing Agora's network of 23,000 businesses and expanding the Agora Team's multiple income streams through innovative and effective CrossGroup Networking and AI Publicity Event strategies. With Mike Hayes's guidance, the Agora Team will be able to provide valuable multimedia exposure and AI Advising for businesses like never before.
Texting Solutions Manager
The simplest way to sum up Jay’s business life is he hasn’t been in a real-world 3-ring circus. He bought his first business, a funeral home, at age 23. Since then Jay has owned a car dealership, an antiques business, an LED lighting distributorship, and a technology consulting business. He has also acted as National Sales Manager for a text marketing company and VP/Sales Director for a business solutions company. Jay frequently sees business trends before they become a trend. He started doing internet marketing in 1994 before most people could spell internet. In 1998, he developed what many believe was the first website in the world where customers could build their own car before buying it. He got involved with text marketing in 2014. Jay’s main goal in business is to help people understand, utilize, and benefit from new and emerging technologies, many of which can be sourced through Agora Advantage. Jay And his wife, Lorraine, live in downtown Lancaster PA in a warehouse they converted into living space. He writes, cooks, enjoys woodturning and carving, motorcycles (riding for 56 years), sports cars (former ProRally driver), grandkids, and living in a vibrant small city.
We work with them and for them, making sure they feel fulfilled, appreciated, and satisfied. We aim high, always learning, to understand every novelty from the world of technology. We support our employees’ learning and practicing so that they can deliver top-class solutions in ambitious projects.
We understand that when some of the Veterans come home from active duty, they need to find a new career. We here at Agora Advantage are set up to help these Veterans learn new skill sets for a career in the areas of helping business owners with very needful solutions. One of our partnerships is The Hope Collection which is known for having a prosperity network in making this happen. If you are a Veteran or know of a Veteran that is looking for a way to make a living we would love to hear from you.