• Report: #600001

Complaint Review: Ultimate Unity, Inc; Maurice McClain, President

  • Submitted: Tue, May 04, 2010
  • Updated: Sun, May 30, 2010

  • Reported By: Cindy — Allentown Pennsylvania United States of America
Ultimate Unity, Inc; Maurice McClain, President
8555 W. US HWY 20, Michigan City, IN 46360 Grosse Pointe, Michigan United States of America

Ultimate Unity, Inc; Maurice McClain, President Urban Development Solutions, Inc Returned my check because I had not written in the "correct" payee. Grosse Pointe, Michigan

*UPDATE Employee: Urband Development Solutions

*Consumer Comment: Pleasant experience with this company.

*UPDATE Employee: Returned Check Rebuttal

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April 2005 my neighborhood received a door-to-door magazine solicitation. The young man was from Urban Development Solutions. I listened to the extremely well prepared presentation and decided to take (2) 1-yr subscriptions that were to go to a local woman's shelter. I realized that the dollar amount I gave was higher than for normal subscriptions, but I was told that this person got a few dollars for each subscription. Also, this was not a donation and the company needs a profit, too.

April 10, 2010 my neighborhood received a door-to-door magazine solicitation. The young woman was from Urban Development Solutions. Our discussion ran as in 2005, and while I was shocked at the even higher dollar amount than in 2005, I took (2) 1-year subscriptions that were to go to a local woman's shelter.

April 14, 2010 I received my check back with a typed sheet (not business letter-head) telling me that they were unable to cash my check because the payee (Urban Development Solutions) was not correct. I had specifically asked the young woman who she represented, who to make my check out to, and saw the same name on their receipt. It was Urban Development Solutions. This typed sheet asked me to write out a new check in the same dollar amount to Ultimate Unity. This made no sense to me, so I decided to do some checking.

After some searching, I located Urban Development Solutions, Inc. on a BBB website in Michigan. (www.bbb.org/eastern-michigan) It states that they are not a BBB Accredited Business.They were given an F rating. Maurice McClain is listed as president.

After some additional searching, I located Ultimate Unity, Inc. on a BBB website in Indiana. (www.bbb.org/northernindiana) It states that they are not a BBB Accredited Business. They have a C rating. Maurice McClain is listed as president.

I have also verified that Self Starters, Inc has the same address and phone number as Ultimate Unity, Inc. in Michigan. Self Starters, Inc web site says they are a member of the BBB of Southwest FL with a Fl address, of course. Self Starters currently has an A- rating because they have only been a member since May 2009. (www.bbb.org/west-florida) Self Starters About Us page states that the manager is a woman with over 27 years in the door-to-door magazine sales business. It does not give her name. The bottom of their Home page lists many names. Two names with Manager after them are both males.

While the Self Starters Home page lists that they are For Profit and lists other statements that were given during the presentation, the fact that I wrote out my check to the "wrong" company and that contact information and addresses go hand-in-hand with 3 different company names, etc. I am grateful that my check was returned and that I decided to do some web searches. I will never again listen to any such door-to-door solicitations. I hope that others will follow suit.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Urband Development Solutions

AUTHOR: Mr. Opusunju - ()

I currently am employed with Urban Development Solutions and I for one can attest to some of the false accusations made in reference to my employer. First and foremost I would like to appologize for your inconvienence. Secondly I would like to say that I do understand the confusion or aggravation that you must have felt.

However ALL of our reciepts cleary state in bold red ink that all checks are to be made payable to Ultimate Unity Inc. Ultimate Unity Inc. is the actual account in which our finances are processed through. Urban Development Solutions is the name of the program in itself.

The program actually benefits alot of inner city youths and members of society that just needed a second chance in life. Those that are willing and want to make a change in their lives but needed a hands up.

The magazine industry within itself is creating jobs all across america for individuals like myself. Therefore there can be anywhere from 1- 100 different forms of programs such as ours but we are not all the same. There may be similarities in names but There is only one Urband Development Solutions.

As well we are not funded by government assistance. Mr Mcclain himself personally pays for most of what we do have with the help of graceful hands inc. 501(c)3 Organization Tax I.D 45-0698099. We earn a honest commision off of each purchase that is made as well as an oppurtunity to move higher in life through the trainings and oppurtunities that are placed before us.

I totally understand your concern and I apologize for the misunderstanding. We are a seperate organization from the rest and stand to correct OUR mistakes and will respond to any complaints that are made from here forward to keep the integrity of our name as well as President McClains.

Thank You

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#2 Consumer Comment

Pleasant experience with this company.

AUTHOR: bmascari - (United States of America)

I had a positive experience with this company. They young lady that came to my door presented herself in a very professional and personable manner. She simply stated that she was trying to get ahead by going out and talking to people and learning how to present herself to the world as a business person. Nothing was said about a charity at all. She told me about how the company had helped her with her self confidence. At 19 she was doing a great job presenting herself to people. I did order one magazine and she promptly told me about my right to cancel and told me how. There was a hefty $15 handling fee and also it would take 90-180 days to start my subscription. When my husband came home, he was not happy that I had spent the $ - so the next day I called the customer service # on my receipt and spoke to a very professional adult who gave me no hassle at all and told me she would try to return my original check. The other day I got my check back in the mail- my original check, uncashed. I have no problem at all with this company and if you're questioning them - don't. Everything with me was done honestly and above board.
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#3 UPDATE Employee

Returned Check Rebuttal

AUTHOR: Ultimate Unity - (United States of America)

Hello Cindy,

 Ultimate Unity is a processing center that does not employ sales agents. We process magazine subscription orders for door to door sales organizations like Urban Development Solutions, Self Starters Inc and several others.

Urban Development Solutions' sales agents earn a commission from the sales of various publications. Individuals become professionals thru a learning process that involves personal and social growth, and/or further education and life experiences. No individual is above reproach and in all situations in life, mistakes are made. I can assure you that proper training is provided by our certified trainers in an atmosphere that endorses positive professionalism.  The check was returned to you because of the company standards and protocols set forth by our CEO.

The BBB rating for Urban Development Solutions is currently in an UNRATED status and the new rating will be forthcoming. Maurice McClain is a man of impeccable character, which is one reason for his success. He too had a life changing experience in the door to door industry and has since offered the same great opportunities to countless individuals from similar backgrounds.

Urban Development Solutions is a for profit business. Our subscriptions can be given as donations and gifts as can most other products that are sold by different vendors in the USA. Cindy, one individual made a mistake as to the correct name of the payee on your check, the check was successfully and safely returned to you. Hardworking, longterm individuals should not be penalized for the simple mistake of one person. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.

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