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  • Report: #204738

Complaint Review: Express Business Funding, Iworks, Shanklin International, Freegrantskit.com, Grant Search Assistant

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  • Submitted: Sun, August 06, 2006
  • Updated: Sat, March 03, 2007

  • Reported By:Undisclosed Utah
Express Business Funding, Iworks, Shanklin International, Freegrantskit.com, Grant Search Assistant
St George, Utah U.S.A.

Express Business Funding, Iworks, Shanklin International, Freegrantskit.com, Grant Search Assistant, SBA Express, Optimum Media, The List Goes On And On And On... You best watch your backside... International fraud watch St George Utah

*Author of original report: Resolution Offer Met...

*UPDATE Employee: Resolution Offer

*UPDATE Employee: Resolution Offer

*Author of original report: The saga continues...

*Author of original report: The saga continues...

*Author of original report: The saga continues...

*UPDATE Employee: Resolution Offer

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You may have read the other posts but you need to have this info too...Interestingly enough I fell onto this while looking up SBA 7(a) and Express loans and found this company that "Guarantees" that you will get funded. I filled out a report form to get my $3.95 CD (shipping only of course) and the other "member websites" registration. I also filled out a form telling them how much funding I needed.

The next day I received a call from someone (I kept the voicemail on my cell phone to be sure). What I got was a message from an individual that only had a first name and an 800 number... I called it and got the message " You have reached our corporate offices, if you know the extension, enter it now". I didn't get it obviously as any reputable company would have an ACTUAL STINKING BUSINESS NAME IN THE MESSAGE... but I punched in the nebululous extension of "100" and reached this first named individual. He told me about SBA funding, disclosed that he was not connected in any way with the actual SBA program and proceeded to pitch me on a "college like training and mentoring course" to get my business plan funded.

I accepted the information as it was plausible and he asked about the business I was starting and what not for "prequalification purposes". He then said that he would his boss" Mr Albright" would call me back to talk further. Appears to be a few Mr Albrights involved in St. George fraud watch stuff but I digress... I wonder why mr first name only has a boss that is a Mr. last name only? Interesting but I still proceeded further.

I did a credit card charge for a SIZEABLE amount as "my part" in making sure I was commited. I even signed a contract for over 5 grand that the credit card purchase was part of. Still not a huge red flag until the card would not process when their was space there and my card. The provider caught it because the charges go to a Shanklin International, which is conveniently located in THE NETHERLANDS OF COURSE... so as to give these guys "the best price for merchant services". Still plausible because I didn't look up the f*ing company online and I know about offshore merchant services. Factoring comes to mind but I won't got there.

Seems that Shanklin is a "mentoring and online presence company" conveniently located over seas to help US businesses with their "mentoring and web needs".

I am currently in the middle of a 12 session mentoring program with yet another St George, UT company. I have no complaints as of yet but all of a sudden there is no "guarantee" that I will be able to get my funding... that was removed in a disclosure agreement in my contract. I can understand that and I'd have paid 5 grand for a good traning course on biz plan and grant writing through a college anyway so that is not the problem. I also was told by Mr. first name only that I would have some prescreening of lendors done on my behalf and I was told that was not the case by my "coach". Weird..ya think?

Here's the things to look at:
1. There is a dozen interlinking sites with multiple names and structures all leading to the same CD offer. I got the CD in question not through the purchase of it for shipping only but as part of my $5000 "package". The CD has NOTHING of value on it. It has a lot of "this is what we will do for you" statements and a few "this is what you need" without any kind of idea as to what it is actually refering to. You get links to use the "member sites" again but you still have to pay the membership fees of which there is nothing on the sites either...just a live chat box that I am sure refers you to their paid "mentoring" program. One of their pages even claims to have been featured on CNBC... they were not actually featured... the company they use as a role model for funding was featured. A tad bit desceptive ya think?

2. Like the websites, there is literally dozens of company names attached to these yahoo's, all under different corporate setups, all located in St George, UT. Seems fishy that 2 dozen "mentoring, business funding, grant research/writing, internet website touting companies all chose St George to lay down bricks.

I have called and gotten through to the "customer service support" people to request cancellation of my membership to their services "as it was stated in an email and on the post data page after ordering the CD. I also received a cancellation number. We'll see if I get charged again for this service. If I do I'll for sure add an update to this page.

I have to reitterate how stupid I truly was to fall into this. I am not completely dissatisfied as of yet. We will see how the services go. No one wants to admit who they are connected with, I am just told that there are a "bunch" of companies that they do business with. The merchant services is done through a foreign country making it nearly impossible to reverse charges if I needed to. I am locked into a large financial contract even if I can't get funded when their website "guarantees" that it will happen. No contacts for real solutions, no traces of whom I initially spoke with. Seems real suspicious and they are not a company that wants to be held accountable either. Look up all the names in the title and you will come up with all sorts of interesting news and paper trails. If you are afraid to admit who you truly are YOU ARE A SCAMMER. Information is free. Research is not. They provide "canned" articles. Could have paid $3000 for biz plan software and bypassed this whole stupid mess.

Concerned and under contract
Undisclosed, Utah
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/06/2006 12:41 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Express-Business-Funding-Iworks-Shanklin-International-Freegrantskitcom-Grant-Search-Assistant/St-George-Utah/Express-Business-Funding-Iworks-Shanklin-International-Freegrantskitcom-Grant-Search-204738. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

Resolution Offer Met...

AUTHOR: Colley - (U.S.A.)

I have been contacted by the customer service department and an equitable resolution has been made. I am satisfied with the outcome.

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AUTHOR: Ryan - (U.S.A.)

First and foremost I offer an apology for the breakdown in service Colley obviously experienced. If our support staff failed to offer the quality and professionalism that we expect them to provide then I personally encourage Colley to contact me about it so that I can resolve the issue in-house so that it doesn't continue to happen. I am asking for your "honest feedback" on our program. I also guarantee to personally see to it that anyone who has had a negative experience with our staff or company is satisfied. I can be reached on my cell phone at 435-773-1795 or via email at ryanr@wskc.org. I do once again offer my apologies to "Colley", especially if his/her calls or emails went unanswered, this is not the way we want business to be handled and rest assured, it will be taken care of. Hopefully, I will hear from him/her soon so that we can get this resolved.

Sincerely,

Ryan R.
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AUTHOR: Ryan - (U.S.A.)

First and foremost I offer an apology for the breakdown in service Colley obviously experienced. If our support staff failed to offer the quality and professionalism that we expect them to provide then I personally encourage Colley to contact me about it so that I can resolve the issue in-house so that it doesn't continue to happen. I am asking for your "honest feedback" on our program. I also guarantee to personally see to it that anyone who has had a negative experience with our staff or company is satisfied. I can be reached on my cell phone at 435-773-1795 or via email at ryanr@wskc.org. I do once again offer my apologies to "Colley", especially if his/her calls or emails went unanswered, this is not the way we want business to be handled and rest assured, it will be taken care of. Hopefully, I will hear from him/her soon so that we can get this resolved.

Sincerely,

Ryan R.
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The saga continues...

AUTHOR: Colley - (U.S.A.)

Now that Im no longer evaluating this program and have "completed" it, I have a few words to say about it.

Bull Crap!

I finished my "12 mentoring sessions" to find that the mentor was really of no help what-so-ever. I knew what he was talking about already, as I had searched for this info on the web previously. I dare these idiots to contact me and ask for my "honest feedback" on their program. Matter of fact id like to get their business info so I can sue them. but they won't even return my phone calls and emails. The mentors company is the only somewhat legit part of this process, just a pawn in the game. The rest of the companies and "affiliates" are a piece of crap, as you can find out by searching the rest of this site for the names listed in the heading above.

Id leave a real name and location for them but it would be fruitless... pecker necks. Utah is a haven for crooks.
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#5 Author of original report

The saga continues...

AUTHOR: Colley - (U.S.A.)

Now that Im no longer evaluating this program and have "completed" it, I have a few words to say about it.

Bull Crap!

I finished my "12 mentoring sessions" to find that the mentor was really of no help what-so-ever. I knew what he was talking about already, as I had searched for this info on the web previously. I dare these idiots to contact me and ask for my "honest feedback" on their program. Matter of fact id like to get their business info so I can sue them. but they won't even return my phone calls and emails. The mentors company is the only somewhat legit part of this process, just a pawn in the game. The rest of the companies and "affiliates" are a piece of crap, as you can find out by searching the rest of this site for the names listed in the heading above.

Id leave a real name and location for them but it would be fruitless... pecker necks. Utah is a haven for crooks.
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The saga continues...

AUTHOR: Colley - (U.S.A.)

Now that Im no longer evaluating this program and have "completed" it, I have a few words to say about it.

Bull Crap!

I finished my "12 mentoring sessions" to find that the mentor was really of no help what-so-ever. I knew what he was talking about already, as I had searched for this info on the web previously. I dare these idiots to contact me and ask for my "honest feedback" on their program. Matter of fact id like to get their business info so I can sue them. but they won't even return my phone calls and emails. The mentors company is the only somewhat legit part of this process, just a pawn in the game. The rest of the companies and "affiliates" are a piece of crap, as you can find out by searching the rest of this site for the names listed in the heading above.

Id leave a real name and location for them but it would be fruitless... pecker necks. Utah is a haven for crooks.
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#7 UPDATE Employee

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AUTHOR: Ryan - (U.S.A.)

It is not our policy to offer guarantees and I am concerned as this client has stated that the site "guarantees funding." The sites we represent do not state anywhere that there is a guarantee of funding and if that is the case I am not aware of it, nor would I approve of it. This client states that there are not any complaints at this point; however, I would like an opportunity to speak to him/her as listing our company or affiliated companies in this forum proves some concern to this client and to me. Please contact me directly by calling me on my cell phone at 435-773-1795 or via email at ryanr@iworks.com ASAP so that I can help you receive the resolution you are seeking.

Sincerely,

Ryan Riddle
General Manager

Ryan - St. George, Utah
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