• Report: #606036

Complaint Review: Foundation Research, Inc.

  • Submitted: Sat, May 22, 2010
  • Updated: Tue, June 08, 2010

  • Reported By: Ashley — Denham Springs Louisiana USA
Foundation Research, Inc.
2785 E Desert Inn Rd, Suite 230 Las Vegas, Nevada United States of America

Foundation Research, Inc. Company Funds, Inc, Foundation Research Inc. & Company Funds Inc. This company is scamming all Business Owners to pay them BIG AMOUT OF MONEY to help them get a Business Grant!!!! Las Vegas, Nevada

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Foundation Research Inc. & Company Funds Inc. This company is scamming all Business Owners to pay them BIG AMOUT OF MONEY to help them get a Business Grant!!!!

Company Funds Inc. Grant Rip Off Robbed me & my company of $7,000 for a supposed grant! Was told I 'Qualified' for many foundations.

Company Funds, Inc

3087 East Warm Springs Rd

Las Vegas, Nevada United States

Phone: (877) 943-8637


Company Funds Inc. Grant Rip Off Robbed me & my company of $7, 000 for a supposed grant! Was told I 'Qualified' for many foundations. Not one application went out. Straight out ROBBERY!! Nevada

I got a phone call from Company Funds saying Congratulations you are eligible for a grant from Company Funds. These calls started on the 1st of March. 2009 and we were harassed by Company Funds until we decided to use them to help us get a business grant. Roger Kinsey told us we were eligible for $218, 000.00 but we would have to fax him a copy of our blank check attached to a copy of their contract. All of this was done on April 10, 2009. We were still skeptical so he gave us a number for the Nevada Consumer Affairs Division which was a wrong number.

We were contacted again at Company Funds by Teto Guy saying Congratulations we were fixing to be funded by Company Funds and a Dr. Lawrence Nickleson would be contacting us in one hour to explain the next process. Dr. Nickleson called within the hour as promised and told us to continue, we would need to come up with another $4, 000 to be funded within 15 to 30 days. He said we would be funded $226, 000.00. I borrowed the money so we could be funded in 15 to 30 days. Once they got the money all communication stopped. We never heard from them unless we called. When we called they would give us the runaround or put us on hold and never get back with us. It was always one lie after another when we did talk to somebody.

I looked up their Business License to see who own Company Funds. I found two names on their Business License and they are Kennethr Renard Tobin 2 and the other person name is Patricia Hartley. After I got the names of the owners of Company Funds, Inc. I called the next day to talk with Mr. Tobin and the lady who answers the phone said he was not in the office. I ask her to let me talk with Patricia Hartly. I talk with Pat Hartly in May of 2009 and when I talk with her about my Grant Pat would tell me story just to get me off the phone.

At that time California had some fires in that State. Pat told me that the reason I would not get my Grant is because all the Foundations was helping with the California Fires and they stop giving out any funds to any Business owner at that time. My mom and I kept on calling Pat every day until at the end of May and that was the last time I talk with Patricia Hartley.

Here it is July 31, 2009 and we havent been funded yet. We should have been funded on the 23rd of May that was exactly 30 days from April 23. We have given them this long and still havent heard a word from them. We want our money back and no one will talk to us.

A man named Ronnie in customer service told me there was no way we were getting funded in 30 days. He told me that they are trying to expedite our file and we would have to wait just like everyone else. I was calling every day or every other day to find out who owns that company. I called one Friday and got Ronnie and he told me he would have to check his tapes and get back with me on Monday. I still havent heard from him in regard to what was on the tapes as all of my conversations have been recorded, according to him. Usually when a company records your conversation they let you know up front. This company didnt.

They have written letters to 15 foundations on our behalf asking them to help fund us. This is the 3rd phase in the funding process. These letters were dated June 11, 2009. They are not the foundations they e-mailed us in Phase 2, but different ones. It is July 31, 2009 and we still havent heard from Company Funds. They have our money and have dropped us like a hot potato. They have stolen $6, 995.00 of my money and I want my money back. They have lied to me and I want my money back. This company cant be trusted. They tried to take money a third time from me. I had to close my business because of this company. They made promises and never kept one.

They have left us holding the bag. Now I want MY $6, 995.00 back PLUS ALL THE H*LL THEY CAUSED ME OVER THE MONTHS THEY HAVE HAD MY MONEY. Im tired of making calls to a company and not getting any ACTION. This company needs to be shut down as soon as possible. This is a company who will scam you and take what little business capital you have left, thats what they did me. I dont normally talk negative about companies because I dont want to be talked about. But when it comes down to the nitty-gritty and youve been done what Ive been done, youll do whatever it takes to get your money back. Ive worked hard for what Ive gotten and I dont like it when someone steals from me.


Melanie **** & Margaret ****

Any Company can give me a call & I will tell you the TRUTH about


MY CELL: (((redacted)))

PS: I just found out that with all the complaints that Company Funds, Inc has on them on the internet. They are changing their business name to Foundation Research Inc. If a company contacts you about a grant and they are in the State of Nevada. Do not give any money up front to any company in Nevada who are telling you that they can get you a Grant. Since I had this article up I had about over 500 Business owners that called me and I told them my true story.

I had some of the people tell me what Company Funds, Inc was saying about me having a Felony on my record. I want every one to know (I DO NOT HAVE A FELONY ON MY RECORD). This Company Funds, Inc will tell you a lie just to get your money. I opened my Business on May 3, 2006 and I had to close my Mortgage Company down because I gave Company Funds, Inc all I had to get a Business Grant. I wish I had never given this company any money but I did. It has been a year and I still have not heard from Company Funds, Inc to tell me they have my Grant.

I got a phone call from a guy who used to work for Company Funds, Inc. This guy calls me about a month ago and told me that Company Funds, Inc has changed their Business name to Foundation Research. Inc. Patricia Hartley is the President and owner of this Company. After this guy called me to tell me about the name changing I stopped getting phone calls about Company Funds, Inc. Now I get calls from Business owners who paid Company Funds, Inc money and how can they get their money back.

All I can tell you to do is write down everything that Company Funds, Inc told you from start to finish. Put in what you write how much you gave Company Funds, Inc to help you get a Grant. When you are finished please put it on this web site (http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft).

We need to put these people (OUT OF BUSINESS). I did talk with some business owners that gave money to Company Funds,Inc and they are one step from closing their business. This is not right to take money and never do any work for that kind of money.

I went on Nevada Secretary Of State to see who owns Company Funds, Inc. One day I called Company Funds,Inc to speak to the owner and to see who owns Company Funds, Inc. NO one there who answers the phone knew the owners name and he was never there to speak to any one. So that is why I went on Nevada Secretary Of State. This is the link on Company Funds, Inc and who owns Company Funds, Inc (http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=wKQ8YFCvXde5IpDEP%252b%252bLZA%253d%253d&nt7=0).

When you see this you will see (Patricia Hartley name on the Nevada Secretary Of State). I also did another Google Search on Company Funds, Inc and found D&B Dun & Bradstree web site (((link redacted)))

 I also found Foundation Research, Inc on Dun & Bradstree and this Company is using Company Funds, Inc address take a look on that web site (((link redacted)))

You can see that the two companies have the same address in Nevada. You can see who owns Foundation Research, Inc at this web site (http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=a%252bYtCol713%252fAuxkvMzD1Vw%253d%253d&nt7=0).

The name on this is the name of Patricia Hartley from Company Funds, Inc. I did talk with Pat back in May of last year because I thought she owned Company Funds, Inc and she does own it. Foundation Research, Inc has not been open that long.

This guy told me a lot about who runs all these call centers in Nevada. He used to work for these people who own a Business doing taxes for business owners around the US. That company name is NADN. You can do a Google search on this company NADN. (((link redacted))).

There are about 13 people who own NADN. These 13 people was told by a judge not to open any company in their name. So these 13 people who own that company came up with a plan to open some call centers for Grant Writing Company. Now these 13 people could not put the company in their name.

They had to find people who was welling to be in partnership with them and to put the company in their name. Now you do the math on Kenneth Renard Tobin 2 who came from CA with no money and work as a security guard. Kenneth filed for Bankruptcy and owes money to a lot of people. For some one who owns Company Funds, Inc with no money how did he get the money to open Company Funds, Inc. These 13 People who own NADN probably gave Kenneth the money to open Company Funds, Inc. These people know how to go around the law that is why we all had to pay big money to a SCAM COMPANY. The FBI shut down that company down and here comes Company Funds, Inc.

This guy told me Company Funds, Inc has been in Business they have not got any one a Grant. All they do is call Business owners to tell them they have a Business Grant for them and when they get your money they stop calling the business owners. This guy did tell me Company Funds, Inc will change their business name and it is because of my article on the internet. I dont care about Company Funds, Inc and how they lost money because of my article. I put this on the internet for one reason and one reason only to get all the companies who paid Company Funds, Inc are calling all business owners for money.

The person who owns Company Funds, Inc has a Felony record in California. I did a Google search on Kenneth Renard Tobin 2.  I have the web site where I found the article on this web site (((link redacted))). 

You see the owner has a Felony and owes a lot of money to people like us. Company Funds, Inc has been telling Business owners that I had a Felony and that is why I did not get my Grant in 2009. I want to set the record straight that I do not have a Felony on any record and have not been arrest for anything. When they called me in March of 2009.

I had a Business and it was a Mortgage Company. I had that company sent May of 2006 and closed it in July of 2009. I had to closed because I gave the rest of my business money to Company Funds, Inc thanking they had a Grant for my business. I did not here from them at all to tell me when I was going to get my Grant. This company lied to me about getting a Grant in 30 days just to get more money out of me and I trust that company to get the Grant. They will tell you anything to get your money. 

If I had a Felony I would not be able to have a mortgage company in the State of Louisiana. Every one who does any mortgage loads in any State has to get a back ground check every year. I put an article up in Aug of 2009 to let every business owners not to do business with Company Funds, Inc.

About two months ago I got a call from this guy that worked for Company Funds, Inc. He told me that all of the phone calls that I was getting will stop and the reason behind that is Company Funds, Inc has changes their Business name to Foundations Research, INC. It was hard for them to make a sell and get the person to give them any money.

That is the reason why Company Funds, Inc was losing money is because of my article. I had no reason to lie to any one who calls me about Company Funds, Inc and all that I put down in my article was the truth. I wanted to make Company Funds, Inc lose money and to close down.

This guy told me that Company Funds, Inc has not funded any business owner a Grant since they have been in business. Well I stopped getting phone calls from Business owners asking about Company Funds, Inc. I used to get 4 or 5 calls a day about Company Funds, Inc and now I dont get any calls at all.

Here is the article I found on a web site about the owner of Company Funds, Inc Kenneth Renard Tobin 2:

It's sad that telemarketers know everything about us, and we usually know nothing about them.  They get to call us, but we know very little about who they are or what they really want from us.  Turning the tables on telemarketers is something we should all do.  Finding a way to annoy them is the only true way to make the telemarketers understand that we're mad as hell, and we won't take it anymore.

Therefore, for your review:

Kenneth R Tobin is connected to this outbound calling number.  He is the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer of Company Funds, Inc. and he operates a website called www.companyfunds.com.  He is originally from Los

, with a date of birth that has been verified in Nevada as being the same guy in Los

.  Previously married to Priscilla, who still lives in L.A.  She can be reached at 1-323-735-5365 and the number was good a few moments ago.  They divorced in 1998. (Case No. BD274715)

"Kenny" left L.A. to start a new life in Sin City, most likely because of his past.  He apparently hurt Priscilla pretty bad on February 11, 1998 which explains why the divorce was filed on February 23rd.  The problem however also involved an allegation of "Willful Cruelty to a Child" (Case No. LAA8CR19455-01) along with Corporal Injury on a Spouse (Same Case No.) both of which resulted in a felony conviction.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, all of the above is in the public record (if you know where to look) and this is the man who is RoboCalling us.

But wait!  There's more!

Also in the public record is his bankruptcy in 2005.  Aside from the fact that he owed everyone on the planet and wiped them out in a Chapter 7, the man listed his employer as the Golden Coin at 115 N 1st St in Las Vegas, and he claimed to be a Security Guard.  Reading straight off of the bankruptcy papers he filed with the Bankruptcy Court, also in the public record, he claimed he was earning $1537.56 a month. 

So you see, it should be understandable to all of us victims, that a man who couldn't make it as a security guard needed to create a company that would annoy others and hopefully make money at the same time.  For this, I give him credit.  For the Willful Cruelty to a Child, he should burn in h*ll.

Here's a phone number to call, if you'd like to reach this guy on a landline:  702-647-0664 - a lady answered a moment ago and said Kenny wasn't in, but would be back later.  She verified she's a relative.

Call him and tell him to stop RoboCalling you.

If any one has paid Company Funds a large amount of money you need to write out how they handle there business and how much you gave them. When you are finish with it you can go to this web site at http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

The more who file a complete with FTC. I am hoping they would give us a LAWYER who can allow us to do a CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT. This has hurt me and my family when I had to close my business and I cant change it. I am still paying the money I gave to Company Funds. These people who own all these Grant writing companies has to be stop and the FBI will not do a thing to stop them. I have called two FBI in my State and the one in Nevada.

I call the FBI in Nevada to find out if they are going to put these people in jail for taking peoples money and they told me they could not give me any Info. I did not know how to help these people who called me for help. I thought I was when I gave them the FBI phone number and that was a dead end.

If you are a victim of Company Funds, Inc, Foundation Research, Inc or any Company from Nevada who say they can get you a Grant. I have good news for you. You can file a complete with http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

You are not alone in this Grant scam and there is a lot other Business Owners have been a VICTIM in this Grant Scam. We all need to fight together to get all of our money back plus more for all the things they put us though. I have lost a lot from giving this Company my money. I hurt myself and my family by giving this money to Company Funds, Inc. I lost my home last year and lived in my van with my family and kids. It is hard to hear from people like me who lost money and this company should pay for their lies.   

I did a Google search on Foundation Research, INC and I found an article on that Company.  It looks like Foundation Research, INC had a seminar scam going on in some State. They had a seminar in Washington State where they were going to have a Grant Seminar in Bellevue, WA. Foundation Research, Inc was kick out of Washington

for some lies. You can read the story on this web site (http://bellevue.komonews.com/content/police-warn-grant-scam-targeting-small-businesses).  

Police warn of grant scam targeting small businesses

A group from Las Vegas is running a phony grant-writing scheme in the Bellevue/Seattle area, and small businesses are targets.

The business name is Foundation Research Inc. and for a non-refundable deposit of $3,000, their firm promises to research sources and apply for federal grants for small-business owners.  Once they receive the deposit, the corporation is shut down and the money disappears.

This group has used at least 10 other corporate names including: Small Business Funding Company, Small Business Funding Services, The Grant People, The Grant Place, The Corporate People and Grant Resources.

Recently, Foundation Research advertised a seminar at the Bellevue Marriott. Their speaker claimed to be a national radio personality Jay Ellis The Money Man. Bellevue Police detectives discovered that Ellis was actually Jonas E. Bowen, a convicted felon and professional con artist. Detectives contacted Bowen and, after a brief interview, he agreed to cancel the seminar.

Still, representatives of the group collected names of business owners who showed up for the canceled seminar, and the group will probably continue to attempt to solicit funds via phone and e-mail. If you think you have been a victim of this type of scam, contact the Bellevue Police Department at 425-577-5656.  Ask for the Fraud Unit.

I know I have tried to get my money back and they will not give me any of my money back. I trusted this Company Funds, Inc to give me a Grant like they said they had a Grant for me and like some of the people who paid Company Funds, Inc. This has hurt my finance and I still have to pay this money back. I dont have the money to pay this loan I took out just to pay Company Funds, Inc.

I would love to file a law suit on Company Funds, Inc and get back all my money and plus more for lying to me about a Grant they were holding for my business and for slandering my name telling people I had a Felony Record. This has been hard on me but I can get though knowing I did a good thing by putting this article on the internet telling Business Owners not to give any money to these companies who want money up front dont pay these companies. 


Melanie **** & Margaret ****

Any Company can give me a call & I will tell you the TRUTH about This RIP OFF COMPANY FUNDS, INC

MY CELL: (((redacted)))

Foundation Research Inc.
2785 E Desert Inn Rd, Suite 230
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (800) 761-1556


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