Access Point Public Affairs

Committed to delivering results-oriented services that come directly from the firm’s owners
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If you have public affairs goals in Virginia, Access Point is the firm to help you achieve them.  Owners Mindy and Mike Carlin formed Access Point in 2003 after years of experience working in public affairs and public relations for regional and global associations and companies.

Access Point is focused exclusively on Virginia to advance and protect the interests of clients at the state, local and community levels.  Mindy and Mike put their many years of experience, strong relationships, and understating of the culture of decision making processes to work to help clients succeed.  Access Point provides strategic advice and support to associations, non-profits, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries including communications, energy, healthcare, human services, land use, manufacturing, retail, technology and transportation.

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Access Point's Strategic Services

Government Relations

Access Point Public Affairs has been delivering solutions-focused, client-centered public affairs support for more than 17 years. Mike and Mindy have extensive experience developing and implementing comprehensive public affairs strategies that incorporate communications, advocacy, community engagement and government relations. The have long-standing relationships with policymakers at the state and local levels and with business and community leaders across the state and have a personal commitment to continually create and maintain those relationships. Adept at facilitating discussions with diverse stakeholders to build consensus and identify actionable next steps, Access Point has an unmatched reputation for bringing like-minded entities together to build coalitions, identify shared priorities, coordinate efforts and otherwise collaborate to achieve successful outcomes.
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Community Relations

Access Point has the experience and community connections to help create and implement effective community relations programs. Engaging the communities you serve as a positive force on issues that align with your business or areas of expertise can result in improved communities, energized employees, and valuable corporate credibility.
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Communications & Media Relations

Access Point brings the professional resources to drive your communications success through strategic communications support that helps shape how your target audiences view you and your goals. A comprehensive and effective communications plan allows you to be heard and understood which is essential to achieving your goals.
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Procurement Positioning

Access Point is uniquely qualified to help position your organization to maximize opportunities to grow your business in Virginia. Access Point helps identify opportunities, does the research to gather intelligence about important areas of emphasis and key priorities within a procurement, and advises on how to put your best foot forward to be a strong contender.
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Association Management

Access Point’s partners are skilled at providing full-service association management, including support with administrative, leadership, communications, advocacy, conferences and events, committees/work groups and financial functions. In using Access Point for your association management needs, you are able to access a range of support without the need to hire full-time staff.
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"Access Point was instrumental to building the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition's reputation with key elected and public officials in Richmond, developing an effective long-term legislative and communications strategy, and staying on top of the fast-paced General Assembly Session. Thanks to their extraordinary experience, excellent reputation, and extensive network of long-standing relationships, the Coalition was always well represented in Richmond and achieved successful outcomes that would have been impossible without their assistance."

- Jason Stanford, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance

We're In the Know Because We're Involved

Access Point's founders remain active at all levels of Virginia's key business organizations.

Relationship Development