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Tunnel to Towers Fundraiser

AVANT is happy to work in support of the Big Hearted Moms Foundation and their fundraising efforts toward the ‘Tunnel to Towers 5k’. Here are the details:

Big Hearted Moms Foundation

Big Hearted Moms Foundation is a group of men and women from all walks of life. Our mission is to educate and help people in our community that have been hit by unforeseen events in their lives. As part of that mission, we support the mission of The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation: “To honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.” We believe in giving back to our community in numerous ways. We serve by supporting Building for America’s Bravest Program which builds Smart Homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home, as well as other local initiatives that support our first responders and military.
As part of our mission to support first responders, our goal is for 50 of our local firefighters/first responders to participate in the Tunnel To Towers 5k race in New York. For a firefighter in his full gear to have the privilege to not only run this race, but to have ALL expenses covered, is a rewarding and humbling experience for them. Not only do they get the honor to run with their brothers in service in full gear of 60 pounds retracing Stephen Siller’s footsteps, they do this with the knowledge that they have the respect and support of their community through generous donations from companies like yours that make this possible.

BHM Foundation
435 Stephenson Road
Benson, NC 27504
Tax ID 47-3952718
Christine Livingston Co- Founder
In honor of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, our Foundation
Wants to send 50 local Firefighters and other First Responders to the Tunnel to Towers Race
In New York City on Sunday, September, 25th 2016
The annual Tunnel to Towers 5k Run/Walk retraces the heroic footsteps of a FDNY elite firefighter, Stephen Siller, whose dash to duty from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, became emblematic of all first responders’ service and sacrifices to their fellow man.
Please help us to sponsor a Local First Responder Hero
With your $750 donation
This amount will pay for the following:
Bus ride, hotel, food, race entry fee, trip to World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty
With your sponsorship, you will help our cause and enable a local first responder to participate in this event
Showing your support to the Firefighters that serve and protect us
Deadline to Sponsor is December 31st.
Please make check payable to BHM

AVANT Celebrates 12 Years!

As we move forward into 2014, we wanted to take a moment to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our clients, candidates, employees and business partners for helping us grow over the last twelve years.  In the past decade+, we have had the honor of working with so many great people, companies and organizations.  We look forward to building on those relationships as we enter our 13th year, following our mission:

“To help the people and the companies of out community to prosper, by matching the right candidate with the right job, at the right time.”

Thank you again,

The AVANT Team

Resume Fundamentals Workshop

Résumé Fundamentals Workshop

“Is your résumé a blank page?”, “Is it a pile of garbled information?”,   “Have you submitted countless résumés and still find yourself looking for a position?”,  “Do you feel like you should list everything you have ever done on your résumé?”

 If you answered “Yes!” and are an AVANT candidate, you are now eligible for nearly a 65% discount on this workshop that jump-starts your résumé!

In 2 hours, you will:

  • Learn current résumé conventions and formats from a professional résumé writer
  • Have each résumé section explained to you, with sample text for inspiration
  • Draft your résumé on a paper template that you can then type on your own time
  • Benefit from expert guidance by a professional editor and résumé writer as you write your résumé
  • Receive a handout, “Job Search Basics,” that addresses the job search process, résumés, cover letters, networking, LinkedIn, and interview tips

Total cost: $110 (due prior to start of workshop; cash only)

Preregistration and nonrefundable $10 cash deposit required; space is limited

AVANT Candidate rate = $40

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Heidi Giusto PhD.


Our workshop leader, Heidi Scott Giusto, Ph.D., of Career Path Writing Solutions, is a professional writer and editor who specializes in résumés, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.

Offered at AVANT on Thursdays from 9am – 11am

Choose from ONE of the following:

March 6, 13, 20, or 27

Sign up today! Registration is limited.

email or call 919-361-2056 to register.


Job Search Workshop 9/18/13

AVANT has partnered with

Heidi Scott Giusto, Ph.D.


Career Path Writing Solutions

to share her expertise with you on September 18th!

Do you feel like you are walking through a maze blindfolded, when in fact you’re conducting a job search? If so, this intensive 2-hour seminar is for you!

During our time together, we will discuss effective job search strategies. Topics include:

  • Searching for job openings that interest you
  • Writing resumes and cover letters
  • Using LinkedIn
  • Interviewing tips

When: Wednesday September 18, 10am-12pm, Time will be reserved for questions.

Where: AVANT, 2327 Englert Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27713

Space is limited to 7 participants. Register TODAY!





Deborah Hilliard Joins AVANT!

We are excited to announce that Deborah Hilliard has joined the AVANT team as an I.T. Recruiter.  In addition to her boundless energy and great customer service, Deborah brings more than 20 years of recruiting and  staffing experience to AVANT.

Deborah will be working with our clients to locate qualified technical talent for their open positions, and to develop AVANT’s candidate base.

She can be reached at (919) 361-2056 or Please welcome Deborah to our team!

Colleen Ashbaugh Joins AVANT!

We are excited to announce that Colleen Ashbaugh has joined the AVANT team as a Career Development Specialist.  Colleen brings over 3 years of previous staffing experience to AVANT.  She will be working with our client companies to support their employment needs,  while developing our candidate pool to meet those needs.  She can be reached at (919) 361-2056 or Please welcome Colleen to our team!