PR is like fireworks. If you don’t catch the embers, your moments in the spotlight will just be a pretty memory.

Inkandescent Public Relations is here to help you glow so your company can grow. We are a full-service PR, marketing, publishing, and website design firm that gets entrepreneurs the visibility they need to showcase their expertise — and spread the good word to reporters and customers.

Our mission: Since 2001, Inkandescent’s founder journalist Hope Katz Gibbs has been promoting, inspiring and educating entrepreneurs, educators, authors, and artisans about best practices in PR and marketing. Her goal is to help them polish their message, create growth strategies, and grow their companies using the tools in her playbook: PR, marketing, advertising, and social media.

Our approach: Our team consists entirely of journalists, who know how to sniff out a good story, and work well with other reporters. We’re also all entrepreneurs ourselves, so we know the trials and tribulations felt the small business owners we represent. The key to success is our “8 Steps to PR Success” — the strategies outlined in our first Inkandescent Rulebook, PR Rules: The Playbook, ready to download today (print copies available in March 2014).

Check out the 8 Steps in our new book, designed to help small business owners master their PR, marketing, advertising, social media, and sales campaigns:

Available on Amazon:

In its 178 pages you’ll learn to:

1. Create a stunning website
2. Develop an explosive PR campaign
3. Make a splash in the news
4. Write a column in a magazine and
Host a radio show
5. Network wisely
6. Join a Speakers Bureau
7. Write a book
8. Pay it forward

Our gift to you!

  • Find the best networking events for entrepreneurs from NYC to Miami.
  • Need a publicist? Here’s our PR in a Box brochure where you’ll learn about our Packages and Pricing.

Here’s to your incredible, indelible, Inkandescent success!The Inkandescent Team

Friday July 18, 2014

Press Release: Cover of "PR Rules: The Playbook" Wins Award for Inkandescent PR Illustrator Michael Gibbs

Washington, DC, July 21, 2014 — Inkandescent PR art director and illustrator Michael Glenwood Gibbs has won a coveted honorable mention award from 3×3 Illustration Annual for the cover of PR Rules: The Playbook.

The colorful cover shows eight steps, to reflect the book’s emphasis on the 8 Steps to PR Success, which are called out in the book’s subtitle: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Supersizing Your Small Business With the 8 Steps to PR Success. Atop the eight steps is a silhouetted figure raising a megaphone, out of which pours a riotous cascade of brightly colored flowers—each one unique.

“The cover wonderfully conveys that when entrepreneurs use the 8 Steps to PR Success, their business will be seen and heard,” says Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president of Inkandescent Public Relations, and author of the book.

“We also love the cover design because it’s playful, and we created “PR Rules: The Playbook” to show small-business owners that promoting their business can be fun!”

Wednesday July 16, 2014

How Is Your IRA Being Affected by a New Supreme Court Ruling?

July 16, 2014 — An inherited IRA does not have the same protection from creditors as an IRA originally saved for the purpose of retirement.

That’s a result of a recent Supreme Court ruling, says CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional Bryan Beatty.

Why does this matter? “Because it could make an impact on your retirement savings,” explains Beatty, a partner with Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC.

IRAs and Roth IRAs receive what is known as a “retirement funds” exemption under Section 522 of the Bankruptcy Code. This exempts tax-exempt retirement funds from a bankruptcy estate.

Except when it doesn’t.

In this interview on News Channel 8 with reporter Sonya Gavankar, Beatty answers several important questions to help you understand the issue.

Click here to watch.

Friday May 9, 2014

In the News: On WUSA9 Today — CFP Rita Cheng explains what women need to know about harnessing their financial know-how

WUSA9, May 9, 2014 — On today’s noon news on WUSA9, Certified Financial Planner® Rita Cheng, author of Wealth Management Rules: 12 Tips to Help You Harness Your Financial Know-How, explained four strategies to help women become more engaged and empowered about their financial well-being.

  • Raise your voice.
  • Value all of your contributions in the household, not just the financial/economic ones
  • Don’t make assumptions or generalizations.
  • Look back with pride

Click here to watch the segment:

Thursday April 17, 2014

In the News: Michael Egan Featured in Business Insider

April 17, 2014, Business Insider — In today’s issue of Business Insider, personal finance reporter Libby Kane featured Egan, Berger & Weiner partner Michael Egan, CFP® in her article: “9 Things You Probably Don’t Know About College Savings Plans.”

Kane writes: “While most of us have heard the words ’529 plan,’ these accounts come with a ton of advantages you may not know about. Michael Egan, CFP®, and founding partner of Virginia-based financial planning firm Egan, Berger & Weiner, sheds light on how to make the most of a 529.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Monday March 31, 2014

Michael Egan Offers Tax Tips for 2013 on WUSA Channel 9

March 31, 2014, WUSA Channel 9 — Are you ready to file your 2013 taxes? Be sure you are getting all the credits you can, says CFP® Michael Egan. Don’t miss his appearance today on the noon news, WUSA Channel 9.

Click here to watch.

Seven Tips to Remember Before You File Your 2013 Taxes

Egan answers these questions:_

  1. What are the retirement plan contribution deadlines?
  2. I understand you can also deduct professional services fees. How much, and how does that work? Are there any limitations?
  3. Are Long-Term Care premiums tax deductible, provided that you purchased a “tax-qualified” plan?
  4. What about Capital Gains and 529 Plan contributions?
  5. How should we account for those on our tax filing?
  6. Also, same-sex married couples may now file a joint return. How does that work compared to previous years?
  7. If you have a foreign bank account, how should you handle that?
Wednesday March 26, 2014

History News Network: David Bruce Smith Interviews Mount Vernon Director for Grateful American™ Series

March 26, 2014, History News Network — In today’s issue of Rick Shenkman’s History News Network, he features an interview by David Bruce Smith, creator of the Grateful American™ Series, with Doug Bradburn, founding director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Click inside to read their Q&A.

Tuesday February 11, 2014

In the News: Hope Katz Gibbs Offers Insights to AARP Article — "Writing a Book: Success’s Secret Sauce — or Utter Waste of Time?"

AARP, Feb. 11, 2014 — In today’s issue of AARP’s Work Reimagined, reporter Eilene Zimmerman asks the question: “To self-publish or not to self-publish?” and offers a checklist that will guide you, thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

Zimmerman interviewed Inkandescent PR’s Hope Katz Gibbs, who said that books are “the new business card. When a book is well done, it is the best way to show, rather than tell, others what you know.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Friday March 28, 2014

"PR RULES: THE PLAYBOOK" — Order your copy today!

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Snagging Headlines and Winning Customers Using the 8 Steps to PR Success

Washington, DC, April 2014 — If you have ever tried your hand at promoting your business—either on your own, or by hiring one of the zillion PR firms in America—you know that there are innumerable ways to spread the word about the good work you are doing.

“That’s because crafting a successful PR and marketing campaign is an art, as much as a science,” explains journalist Hope Katz Gibbs, co-author of the upcoming book, “PR Rules: The Playbook,” and founder of, an Inkandescent Group company.

“The difference between a successful campaign, and one that falls flat, is finessing the tools with style and grace—and knowing what to do each day to maximize your visibility,” Gibbs insists.

What do you need to do to create an effective PR and marketing campaign that builds credibility, increases sales, and gets reporters to call you for your expert opinion?

Writing and Concept by Hope Katz Gibbs, Inkandescent PR
Design by Michael Gibbs
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