Past Meetings of CPCUG's Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG
November 2010—Hackers, Viruses, and Phish, Oh, My! Avoiding Potholes on the Yellow Brick Cyberhighway. Speaker: Tom Gutnick, President and Chief Dragon Slayer, Sunny Banana IT Consulting
July 2010—Microsoft Office 2010: Free and Fee-Based Versions. Speaker: Dennis Courtney, President, CPCUG
May 2010—Internet Law for Your Professional Online Presence. Speaker: Joy R. Butler, Attorney and Author
January 2010—Taxes: What Every Entrepreneur and Consultant Needs To Know; Speaker: Jina Etienne, CPA, Etienne & Associates, LLC
July 2009—Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System; Speaker: Mark Mabee, IT Network Pro
June 2009—Tackle the 3 "P"s of Time Management: Procrastinating, Prioritizing, and Processing; Speaker: Susan Kousek, Balanced Spaces
February 2009—Cashing in Through a Web Presence; Speaker: Tom Gutnick, Sunny Banana IT Consulting
November 2008—Talk Your Business: How To Make More and Better Sales Right Away; Speaker: Dick Davies, Sales Lab Incorporated
July 2008—A Little PC Cleaning Pays Off; Speaker: Gabriel Goldberg, President, Computers and Publishing, Inc.
April 2008—Inventing Basics: Getting Started As an Independent Inventor; Speaker: David Whiteis, Microsoft Certified Networking Engineer, BubbleRings.com
March 2008—Certification: New Product Development Professional (NPDP); Speaker: Cynthia Gilmer, President, Opus Plus, Inc., and Certified NPDP
February 2008—Baking a Podcast—Easy As Pie; Speaker: Mike Weiner, President/CEO, The Image Generators, Inc.
September 2007—The Tangible Benefits of Blogging; Speaker: Nancy McCord, President, McCord Web Design
August 2007—Building a Scalable Back Office; Speaker: Doug Smith, CIO, DigitalBridge Communications
June 2007—Smartphones (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and PalmOS): Increasing Your Productivity and Having More Fun; Speaker: Derek M. Meyer, Wireless Consultant and Trainer
April 2007—Virtualization: Not Just for the Big Guys Anymore; Speaker: Dennis Courtney, CPCUG President
March 2007—The Craft of Writing for Blogs: Building a Business, Promoting a Cause; Speaker: Merry Bruns, Principal, ScienceSites Communications
February 2007—Creating Effective Searchable Databases for the Web; Speaker: Dave Gallerizzo, Vice President, Consulting, Fig Leaf Software
January 2007—Taxes: What Every Entrepreneur and Consultant Needs To Know; Speaker: Jina Etienne, CPA
December 2006—Walk the Talk: Coaching for the Entrepreneur or Would-Be Entrepreneur; Workshop Leader: Cliff Bailey, Life Coach and Computer Doctor
November 2006—Interactive Web: Creating Forms and PDFs With Video and Sound; Speaker: Steve Drucker, CEO, Fig Leaf Software
October 2006—Keeping Your Business Safe and Secure: What Small Businesses Need To Know About Computer Security; Speakers: Chad Laibly, President, and Matt Zeppa, Lead Technician, CNS-Metzia, LLC
September 2006—Successful E-Mail Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs; Speaker: Raj Khera, President, Khera Communications, Inc., owner of MoreBusiness.com and MailerMailer.com
July 2006—Free and Low-Cost Internet Resources for Small Businesses: Collaboration and Web Site Development Tools, Templates for Business Plans, and More; Speaker: Julia Loughran, President, ThoughtLink, Inc.
April 2006—Avoiding a Sparrow's Nest in the Mailbox: Managing Contributed and Collaborative Projects; Speaker: Gabe Goldberg, President, Computers and Publishing, Inc.
March 2006—Telling Your Multimedia Story Using Free Software Tools; Speaker: Phil Shapiro, Trainer, Takoma Park, Maryland, Public Library, and Chair, CPCUG Software Tutorials SIG
February 2006—Introduction to Linux; Speaker: Cliff Bailey, The Computer Doctor and CPCUG DC Vice President
December 2005—What's Happening in Robotics: Robotics, Invention, and Engineering at a DC Public High School; Speaker: John F. Mahoney, Math Teacher, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington, DC
November 2005—Strategies for Building Your Business; Speaker: Michael Smith, President, TeraTech, Inc.
October 2005—How To Become a Great Presenter: Being Dynamically Engaging and Interactively Funny; Speaker: Mark Gorkin, LICSW, Therapist, Motivational Psychohumorist, Founder of "Stress Doc" Enterprises
September 2005—Accounting Using QuickBooks; Speakers: Jina Etienne, CPA, Etienne & Associates, LLC, and Rosa Hernandez, BookkeepingWorks, LLC
August 2005—RSS Feeds and Blogs for Business; Speaker: Bob Bailey, Message Builders
July 2005—Marketing: The 22 Immutable Laws of Al Ries and Jack Trout; Speaker: Dwight Barbour, .NET Community Builder
June 2005—When, Where, and How To Network! Moderator: Andy Forbes, Netpreneur; Panelists: Melinda Sigal; JD Kathuria, Co-Founder, ExecutiveBiz; Sid Smith, Partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP; and Stephanie Bauer, Product Manager, Merchant Link
May 2005—Author Talk: A Whole New Mind: Moving From the Information Age to the Conceptual Age; Speaker: Daniel H. Pink, also author of Free Agent Nation
March 2005—Creating Home Page Content With Impact; Speaker: Merry Bruns, ScienceSites Communications
February 2005—Taxes: What Every Entrepreneur and Consultant Needs To Know; Speaker: Jina Etienne, CPA, Etienne & Associates, LLC
January 2005—Creating a Search Engine Friendly Web Site; Speaker: Nancy Kramer, Search Engine Optimization Consultant
December 2004—What Shape Is Your Work/Life Balance Sheet In? Completing a Year-End Review of Personal and Business Goals; Speakers: Jina Etienne, CPA, Etienne & Associates, LLC; Geoff Galster, American Express Financial Advisors; Bob Greene, Berthoud/Greene Consultants LLC; Taren Coleman, West Financial Group
November 2004—Be an Independent Consultant—The Easy Way; Speaker: Dwight Barbour, .NET Community Builder, Section 508 and ASP.NET Educator and Developer
October 2004—Publishing Old and New: One Man's Ventures in Bookworld; Speaker: Jeff Peters, Program Manager, Web Developer, and Consultant, Operational Technologies Services, Inc.
September 2004—Re-Engineer Your Sales Process; Speaker: Ken Smith, Principal, Sandler Sales Institute; Founder, Professional Achievement Group Inc.
August 2004—Creating and Managing a Virtual
Office: An IT Entrepreneur Shares His Secrets to Success; Speaker:
Naseem Saab, President, Results Software
June 2004—The Health Insurance and Healthcare Marketplace: Fending for Yourself; Speaker: Lloyd Brodsky, Ph.D.
May 2004—Taking the Road Less Traveled: Succeeding As Your Own Boss; Speaker: Margarita Rozenfeld, Success Coach, of Essence, and Chief Visionary, Yes!Circle
April 2004—Giving Web Site Readers Targeted Content; Speaker: Merry Bruns, ScienceSites Communications
March 2004—Strategic Planning: A Simple Planning Process To Achieve Your Goals; Speaker: Jim Whelan, The Vision Architect, ProActive Corporation
February 2004—Taxes: What Every Entrepreneur and Consultant Needs To Know; Speaker: Jina Etienne, CPA
January 2004—Solving Programming Project Communication Problems; Speaker: Michael Smith, President, TeraTech, Inc.
December 2003—Spin To Win! 10 Ways Public Relations Can Help Build Your Business; Speaker: Linda Dickerhoof, President, Signature Strategy, Inc.
November 2003—Cost Effective Content Management; Speaker: Steve Drucker, CEO, Fig Leaf Software
October 2003—When Venture Capitalists Say "No": Creative Financing Strategies & Resources; Speaker: Ron Peterson, President, Three Arrows Capital Corp.
September 2003—Is Open Source Software (OSS) in Your Future? Status, Trends, and Expectations; Speaker: Frank Hum, Manager, Networks and x Series Servers, Computer Applications Specialists
August 2003—Take Back Your Time! Time Management Techniques and Tips; Speaker: Susan Kousek, Owner, Balanced Spaces, LLC
July 2003—Mindmaps: A Different, Effective Approach for Better Listening and Presenting; Speaker: Bill Olsen, Certified Professional Facilitator (C.P.F.), President, Olsen Innovations, Inc.
June 2003—Forming Joint Ventures and Strategic Relationships; Joy Butler, attorney, author, and principal, Sashay Communications
May 2003—Web Logs (Blogs) and XML: Toys or Tools for Business? Jerry Lawson, lawyer and author
April 2003—Staying Out of Trouble With IRS: Tips on Preventing IRS Problems for Yourself and your Business, and Tips on Resolving IRS Problems When They Occur; Richard S. Chisholm, JD, CPA, Robert E. Ward & Associates, P.C.
March 2003—How To Start and Grow a Business Without Venture Funding: The World of a Multimedia and Internet Development Company; John Redmon, President, Redmon Group Inc.
February 2003—Taxes: What Every Entrepreneur and Consultant Needs To Know; Jina Etienne, CPA
January 2003—Increasing Productivity and Having Fun With Your PDA; The PDA Guys—Ray Wiley, Chair, CPCUG Pocket PC SIG, and Shawn Googins, Chair, CPCUG PalmOS SIG
December 2002—Elevator Speech Workshop: How To Disseminate a Compelling Message in 30 Seconds; Bob Bailey, ebiz
November 2002—Developing an Enduring Brand: The Five Elements of a Successful Brand; Janine Carey, President, The Mkt. Group, Inc.
October 2002—Using Print on Demand and e-Publishing To Build Your Business; Speaker: Ken Chaletzky, President, Copy General Corp.; Panelists: Heidi Swenson, Digital Division, Inc., President, and Dirk Johnson, ROIWebsites, Owner
September 2002—Selling to the Federal Government: Getting Your Share of This Huge Market; Larry Lavely, Business Consultant and SCORE Counselor
August 2002—Artificial Intelligence Through Genetic Algorithms and Genetic Programming: Is It "The Next Big Thing"? Telling Computers What Needs To Be Done Instead of How To Do It; Toby Perkins, Software Engineer and Complex Systems Analyst
July 2002—Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs): Selecting, Setting Up, Increasing Productivity, and Having Fun With Your PDA; Ray Wiley, Chair, CPCUG Pocket PC SIG, and Shawn Googins, Chair, CPCUG PalmOS SIG
June 2002—10 Product Development Pitfalls of Emerging Companies and How To Avoid Them; Cynthia Gilmer, Opus Plus, Inc.
May 2002—Virtual Teams: Tools, Processes, and Lessons Learned; Julia Loughran, ThoughtLink, Inc.
April 2002—Choosing a Server-Side Technology; Mike Snyder, WestLake Internet Training
March 2002—7 Steps to Powerful Presentations: Saying More With Fewer Words; Bob Bailey, ebiz
February 2002—10 Tax Return Mistakes That Can Cost Entrepreneurs and Consultants Big Bucks: How To Save Money Legally and Ethically; Jina Etienne, CPA
January 2002—Make Your Web Site Work:The Return on Investment (ROI) Method; Dirk Johnson, Owner, ROIWebsites
December 2001—How To Create a Web Site,Book Talk, Audience Discussion, and Q&A (BOOK: Webmaster Boot Camp® by Heidi Swenson); Speaker and Discussion Leader: Amanda Mitchell, Web Project Manager, Digital Division, Inc.
November 2001—Information Architecture:
What It Is and How Good Information Architecture Can Save Time and
Improve the Bottom Line;
October 2001—Meeting Doubleheader:(1) Establishing Sound Financial Information Management Practices; Jina Etienne, CPA. (2) Handling Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions: Software; Panel: Leigh Ann Lindquist, associate, trademark attorney; Miku Mehta, associate, patent attorney; Mark A. Mais, associate; Billy C. Raulerson, associate; Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, PLLC September 2001—Meeting rescheduled, following the events of September 11, 2001, to become part of the
October 2001 meeting doubleheader
August 2001—The Emerging Peer-to-Peer Model, Book Review and Audience Discussion; Toby Perkins, Software Engineer
July 2001—Marketing Smart With E-Mail: Building Your Business With E-Mail Marketing and Newsletters; Raj Khera, President, Khera Communications, Inc., publisher of MoreBusiness.com and MailerMailer.com
June 2001—Making Web Sites Accessible: Implementing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act; Walter Houser, Webmaster for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Co-Chair, Federal Webmasters Working Group, Federal CIO Council
May 2001—Web Site Development Software: What's Hot in 2001! Comparing Macromedia Dreamweaver, Allaire HomeSite, and Allaire ColdFusion Studio; Heidi Swenson, President, Digital Division, Inc.
April 2001—Writing for the Web (special 3-hour seminar); Leslie O'Flahavan, partner, E-WRITE
March 2001—How To Start a Business Without Venture Funding; Greg Eoyang, President, WestLake Consulting Group
February 2001—Organizing Your Computer Files and Outlook E-Mail Messages; Susan Kousek, Owner, Balanced Spaces, LLC
January 2001—Building the Visibility of Your Business by Maximizing Your Standings in the Search Engines;Steve Heckler, President, WestLake Internet Training
December 2000—From Vision to Product: Technical Architecture and Building Your Core Technology Team; Vince Sabio, Chief Technology Officer of Return Path, Inc., and technical advisor to Topica.com, NetCreations.com, and Lyris Technologies, Inc.
November 2000—Know When To Hold, Know When To Fold: Year-End Financial Planning for Entrepreneurs and Consultants; Len Cohen, Financial Advisor, CF Services Group, Inc., Jina Etienne, CPA, Paul Van Akkeren, Computer Consultant, Akorn Komputing
October 2000—Internet Appliances and
September 2000—Staying in Balance: Accounting Concerns for the Small Business; Jina-Michele M. Etienne, CPA
August 2000—Intellectual Property (IP) Law: An Overview of Trade Secret, Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Law; John Caracappa, Esq., Paul J. Wilson, Esq., Jay Lytle, Esq., Jody Haller Drake, Esq., Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, PLLC
July 2000—Setting Up a Web Server for Your Business; Frank Hum, Technical Account Manager, East Coast, Linuxcare
June 2000—Organize Your Office To Maximize Your Time and Space; Susan Kousek, Owner, Balanced Spaces, LLC
May 2000—Building and Selling an Internet Company: Lessons From Our First Completed Dot-Com Business; Raj Khera, President, Khera Communications, Inc.
April 2000—Web Site Development Software: What's Hot! Heidi Goldstein, Digital Division, Inc.
March 2000—10 More Things Entrepreneurs and Consultants Should Know—About Taxes; Jina Etienne, CPA, Heymann, Suissa & Stone
February 2000—7 Things Every Entrepreneur and Consultant Needs To Know; Len Cohen, Financial Advisor, CF Services Group, Inc.; Jina Etienne, CPA, Heymann, Suissa & Stone
January 2000—Enhancing Business Productivity With Speech Recognition and Translation Products; Chuck Runquist, Lernout & Hauspie
December 1999—Getting and Fulfilling a Book Contract on a Hot Computer Topic; Speaker: Robert E. Simanski, owner, Your Publications Pro!, and author; Discussion: Jerry Lawson, lawyer and author; Bob Hershey, engineering and management consultant, and author
November 1999—Fatbrain.com and Other Web Site Affiliates Programs; Speaker: Danielle Golacinski, FatBrain.com; Panelists: Brandon White, WorldWideAngler.com; Scott Mendenhall, kolina.com; Jerry Lawson, netlawtools.com
October 1999—Sales Strategies for Non-Selling Professionals; Jack Hauber, Sandler Training Institute
September 1999—The Attack on and Death of Traditional Retailing: Opportunity for Computer Consultants and Entrepreneurs; Michael Pendrak, Independent Handtech.com Technology Consultant August 1999—Wednesday, September 1, 4:15pm—Informal Gathering, to network, socialize, dine, critique the show, and discuss technology trends (following first day of the Greater Washington Technology Showcase), Tony Cheng's Mongolian Restaurant, 619 H St NW, Washington, DC (Phone: 202-842-8669)
June 1999—E-Commerce Book Talk: Striking It Rich on the Web; Toby Perkins (A presentation and discussion of Jaclyn Easton's book StrikingItRich.com)
May 1999—The Dangers of Technomonopolies; Edwn Black
April 1999—actually held May 1—Brainstorming Session: E-Commerce and CPCUG, Ann Dorsey
March 1999—Linux Seminar; Frank Hum, Phil Harp, Chris Rogers, Michael Martin, and Richard Morgan
February 1999—Survival While Writing—Establishing and Nourishing Multiple Revenue Streams, and Survival Tips for Entrepreneurs and Consultants, Edwin Black, award-winning author, journalist, and editor
January 1999—Is Your Net Working? Ellen Wilson, Cooper Training Associates
Graduated from an informal group meeting most months to a special interest group (SIG) formally recognized by the Board of Directors of the Capital PC User Group.
November 1998—Online Learning Through ZDU: Staying Ahead; Scott Mohnkern, President, Millkern Communications, Inc.
October 1998—Getting Started as a Trainer; Susan Kousek
September 1998—Adobe Acrobat 3.01; Bob DiIorio, Owner, Desktop Publishing Services
July 1998—The Contract: Writing and/or Negotiating a Contract That Works for You and Your Customers; Steve Workings, Computer Consultant and Leader of CPCUG's Alpha 4/5 Database SIG
June 1998—Sales Force Automation for Computer Consultants, Entrepreneurs, and Small Businesses; Brian Astle, Vice President, Oakhurst Systems
May 1998—How To Think With Numbers; Bob Hershey April 1998—Discussion and networking
March 1998—How SCORE Can Help Your Small Business; Ken Yancey, National Director of the Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE)
February 1998—Phase 1: A Business Startup Incubator for Internet-Related Businesses; Lisa Losito, Executive Director and Board Member, Phase 1
January 1998—What Makes a Good Consultant; Paul Van Akkeren
November 1997—An Overview of Computer Consulting; Paul Van Akkeren
October 1997—Business Startup and Operation; Scott Mohnkern, President, Millkern Communications, Inc.
September 1997—Experiences As a Consultant and Small Business Owner; Rich Schinnell, Past President of CPCUG and current First Vice President
June and July 1997—Organizational meetings 2 and 3. Summary.
May 1997—Organizational meeting following HTML SIG meeting.
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