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 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 by 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,” available on from

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 176 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

Monday December 1, 2014

Press Release: Inkandescent PR Opens New Office in Richmond

Richmond, VA, December 1, 2014 — Inkandescent Public Relations officially opened its second office today—this one in Richmond, VA, announced Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president of the PR, marketing, web development, and publishing firm based in Arlington, VA,

Why Richmond?

“When I was looking for a spot to open a new office, I was drawn to Richmond for its affordability, walkability, and sense that anything is possible in terms of business growth,” says Gibbs, whose office is located at 1719 W. Main Street. “What I also love about Richmond is its art, music, and food scene. This is a place where you aren’t just working, working, working to make your business a success—you can enjoy your life while you build your business. What a relief!”

What initially attracted Gibbs to the River City is her daughter, Anna, whose first choice for college was VCUarts.

“Anna had won several awards for her photos in high school and set her sights for college on the photo/video program at VCU,” explains Gibbs. “While my husband (illustrator Michael Glenwood Gibbs) and I didn’t want our daughter to put all of her eggs in one basket, we knew that this would be the perfect school for her. So we came for a tour in the spring of 2013, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘Holy Moly, this city is vibrant, easy to navigate, and filled with endless possibilities. I want to live here.’”

Saturday December 20, 2014

Press Release: Two Financial Advisers at Egan, Berger & Weiner Earn a Spot on Washingtonian Magazine's "Top Money Advisers" List

Washington, DC, November 21, 2014Washingtonian magazine has named Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC one of the 376 top financial advisers, estate attorneys, insurance agents, and financial planning firms in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Editors compiled the list based on a survey sent to the top financial professionals in the DC area asking: Who would you trust with your own money? (See more below.)

“If you want financial advice and have a fairly simple life—if you’re single or rent, for example—it’s usually enough to pay an adviser by the hour, once every year or two, to map out a plan,” explain Washingtonian editors. “But if your financial situation is more complex, it may make sense to pay an adviser a flat fee, or a percentage of assets, and be able to call with questions anytime.”

Charging flat fees for some services, such as mutual funds, is what landed two of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professionals at Egan, Berger & Weiner on the list.

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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