Jan. 23, 2017 – Ashley Aukes, Communications Specialist for Region Nine Development Commission, has been named a Certified Solution Provider by Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than 650,000 small organizations worldwide. 

As a Certified Solution Provider, Aukes has completed the Constant Contact Certification Program which provides training on Constant Contact tools, marketing best practices, and business development. This training imparts industry-leading knowhow on marketing and services to create meaningful results for program participants and the clients that they serve.

“Being a Certified Solution Provider gives our organization another way to support small businesses and nonprofits throughout the Region Nine service area,” expressed Nicole Griensewic Mickelson, Executive Director for Region Nine.

Aukes has a passion for helping small businesses, entrepreneurs, and rural communities enhance their online presence. In January 2014, she co-founded Social Media Breakfast – New Ulm and has recently, through Region Nine, stared the Marketing and Communications Training event series. Aukes has presented at numerous state and national conference. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators.

“The certification program gives our Solution Providers access to the education that keeps them on the leading edge of marketing best practices,” said Catherine Kniker, chief channel officer and vice president, international, Constant Contact. “By becoming a Certified Solution Provider, Aukes has demonstrated her commitment to helping clients succeed by taking proactive steps to grow her marketing skillset.”’