November 15, 2007 • Linda Kuppersmith
Getting the Most Out of Your Technology
Linda Kuppersmith is the Owner and Managing Director of CMIT Solutions of Stamford. CMIT Solutions helps business owners grow in an easy and affordable way by leveraging computers and technology. CMIT Solutions is a national organization with 100+ offices in over 32 states.
Before opening CMIT Solutions of Stamford 2 years ago, Linda worked for over 20 years managing technology departments for large Fortune 1000 companies such as Prudential and Oxford Health and small start-ups such as i3 Mobile and Sage Insurance. Her leadership and ability to bring business value through the use of technology is well known. These experiences, in combination with hiring top notch local talent and having the backing of an established nationally organized franchise, provides clients with everything they need to leverage technology into their own companies in an easy, transparent and affordable way.
Linda has been nationally recognized for the work she has done in developing CMIT Solutions of Stamford. She was awarded CMIT's Mach II award for her office's first-year growth and the following year was recognized with the Team Performance award.
Additionally, Linda is this year's President of Women in Management, co-founder of BNI-Thrive in Greenwich and a member of Stamford Chamber of Commerce and several other professional groups. Linda knows the Fairfield and Connecticut business landscape and has been a resident of Stamford for 15 years.
Linda is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds a BS in Computer Science with a minor in General Business Administration. Linda is also a graduate of SIM's Regional Leadership Forum, a nine-month Leadership Development program of Babson College in Massachusetts.
October 18, 2007 • David Salinas & Peter Sena
Choosing The Right Solution For Your Online Marketing Needs
David Salinas is the CEO and Peter Sena is the CTO of Digital Surgeons, a full service Internet Marketing Agency located in New Haven, CT, about half a mile south of the Yale University Campus.
Specializing in Internet marketing, Web Design and Development, and Creative Online Design Services, Digital Surgeons offers a broad range of internet services, including search engine optimization, pay per click management, Ecommerce development, website design, Media buying, social network marketing, and professional content writing. The firm aims to build traffic to client websites and then convert that traffic to sales.
The Digital Surgeons' team includes: website designers; technical and advertising content writers; experienced internet marketing consultants; and programmers. Digital Surgeons began in 2003 as a Web Design Company, and slowly branched out to include other services, which have become a core part of the company's services. The company has been responsible for repeatedly creating marketing and design concepts that have won awards including "the favorite website awards", "design firms" and "bomb shock", all well respected website rating committees. From Rich Media to Internet Publicity; from Web Design to Search Engine Marketing; Digital Surgeons strives for excellence in whatever challenges are presented to the company.
David Salinas is the CEO of Digital Surgeons: A Full Service Internet Marketing Agency specializing in scalable result orientated online business solutions. He has had over four years of Search Marketing experience in the online marketing channel and has been a part of over 200 client's online growth both nationally and internationally. He has built alliances with some of the most prestigious online media companies in the world which has given him the ability to pass along a great knowledge of online advertising to all of his clients. His extensive knowledge of Search Engine Marketing , SEO, and Conversion Analysis coupled with his background in sales and marketing only adds to the quality of service he has provided to both solo-preneurs and major corporations such as ESPN, Mastercard, and more.
Peter Sena, CTO, and Director of Production for Digital Surgeons brings outstanding talent and deep experience in web design and development, flash interactive , search engine optimization, and a range of other search engine marketing strategies. Peter has over 9 years of online marketing experience, having worked as a marketing consultant and developer for ESPN. Since then Peter has been recognized with such awards as the Design Firms Gold Award, (2) Favorite Website Awards, and a W3 Silver Award for his efforts in web design and marketing pieces. His accomplishments include work with major corporations, Park Avenue advertising firms, and individual business owners of all sizes.
September 20, 2007 • Gene D'Agostino
Prospecting for New Business - How not to be an "unpaid" consultant
Gene D'Agostino is Vice President of TEM Associates, a training and consulting firm specializing in helping individuals and companies develop sales and sales management skills.
July 19, 2007 • Robert Brody
How Ignorance of Labor and Employment Law Can Kill Your Business
Robert Brody is the founding member of Westport-based Brody and Associates, LLC, a Labor and Employment law firm.
Small businesses, including solo practitioners, can be exposed to liability from the employment of even one employee or contractor. Often small businesses overlook their employment law obligations either out of ignorance or the mistaken belief that the tax authorities won't notice. In fact, employment law-related liability could easily put your small business out of business.
Robert G. Brody, the founding member of Westport-based Brody and Associates, LLC, a Labor and Employment law firm, will talk about what small business owners need to know about employment law, including hiring contractors and part-time employees, entering into contracts with clients, and collaborating with others on projects. Bob has been in private practice for twenty-four years as a Labor and Employment attorney for management. He presents seminars nationally and locally on Labor and Employment Law and related topics.
Bob has been quoted and published in national publications and appears as a guest T.V. commentator on contemporary Labor and Employment issues. He is a topic author of How Arbitration Works, a Contributing Editor for The Developing Labor Law, and Chapter Monitor/Editor for Employment Discrimination Law.
Bob has also had numerous labor and employment law articles published in various periodicals including the Westchester County and Fairfield County Business Journals and on the Internet.
June 21, 2007 • John Follis
How Blogs and Podcasts can Build Your Business
John Follis is the author of the Follis Marketing Report blog.
A business owner since 1986, John's Madison Avenue background includes campaigns covered in The New York Times, The Wall St Journal, USAToday, Time, Forbes and two college textbooks. His agency's work has been described by ADWEEK as "simple and effective" and The NY Ad Club selected John One of The "12 Best of New York."
With Follis Inc John now helps business owners apply cost-effective strategies such as Buzz Marketing, Viral Marketing, Guerilla Marketing, and Social Media (blogging, podcasting) to grow their business. For smaller businesses and entrepreneurs he also offers Marketing Therapy. For info about Marketing Therapy visit follisinc.com
Besides being a requested speaker, John is a contributing columnist for ADWEEK, author of The Follis Marketing Report blog, creator and host of The Marketing Show podcast and author of a booklet entitled "How to Attract and Excite Your Prospects. - A marketing guide to getting the best results."
May 17, 2007 • Kimberly Weisul
PR - How to get it. What it's really worth. Do you need an agency?
Kimberly Weisul is the editor of BusinessWeek SmallBiz.
April 19, 2007 • Andi Gray
What does the next level of your business represent for you and what will it take to get there?
Andi Gray of Strategy Leaders www.strategyleaders.com, is author of a weekly business advice column, Ask Andi, published in the Westchester County and Fairfield County Business Journal.
March 15, 2007 • Kathy McAfee
Innovative Grass Roots Marketing
Kathy McAfee, President of KMC Brand Innovation and known as The Marketing Motivator.