Unintentional Entrepreneur Road Tour for Small Business



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(PRESS RELEASE – August 7, 2009) – The New York Stopover will take place on Thursday, August 13 (6:00 PM – 8:45 PM) at For Your Imagination (22 West 27th St. [between Broadway and 6th Ave] NY, NY).

The FREE event will feature successful, local entrepreneurs who will share tips and advice with those starting out or struggling with their existing business. The evening will begin and end with an informal networking session accompanied by pizza and beer. In between will be workshops designed to give entrepreneurs tools and tips to manage and grow their business, including:

· Managing financial transactions

· Bookkeeping basics and small business tax tips

· Getting started online; building your web site and brand

· Effective and efficient marketing methods

Speakers include:

David Berkowitz – Director of Emerging Media & Client Strategy for 360i, the digital marketing agency, where he develops social media and mobile programs for marketers spanning the media & entertainment, retail, travel, and CPG industries. He writes a weekly column for MediaPost, with over 200 published to date, and contributes to Ad Age’s Digital Next blog and 360i’s Digital Connections, along with his own MarketersStudio.com. He has spoken at nearly 100 events including Digital Hollywood, Web 2.0 Expo, Blog World Expo, ad:Tech, and iMedia.

Shannon King Nash – the author of the award-winning book entitled, “For the Love of Money: The 411 to Taking Control of Your Taxes and Building Your Net Worth.” She uses song lyrics and entertaining stories ripped from the headlines to teach readers how to manage their finances and taxes. Shannon is a CPA, Tax Attorney, Author and Small Business Owner. She’s been featured as a tax, finance and legal expert in Global Finance Magazine, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, ABC News Online, Upscale Magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Bankrate.com, L.A.Parent Magazine and The Washington Times. She was featured on the cover of the April issue of Black Enterprise. In addition, she served as the finance expert on recent episodes of BET’s “The Center” and Style Network’s “Modern Girls Guide.

Shashi Bellamkonda – works at the heart of Web hosting company, Network Solutions, as their first-ever ‘Social Media Swami’. In this leadership role he has helped Network Solutions aggressively move into the online space to actively listen to and interact with its customers. This push paid off when Network Solutions won the 2008 SNCR Excellence in New Communications Award for Online Reputation Management and the 2009 a Gold Quill Award of Excellence in Social Media from the International

ABOUT Outright

Outright is incredibly simple, online bookkeeping specifically created for the 20 million Americans who work for themselves. Outright offers a streamlined, online solution, with the bookkeeping needs of the small business owners first. Created by entrepreneurs and Intuit alums, Outright’s goal is to keep financial records as simple as possible, helping small businesses accurately track all of their income and expenses to estimate and prepare their taxes. And yes, it works on a Mac too. For more information, visit www.outright.com

ABOUT Network Solutions

Network Solutions® is focused on helping small businesses start and market their companies on the Internet by offering a full range of Web-based services that include: hosting, Web site design, ecommerce solutions, online security, search engine marketing and domain name registration services. Drawing on 30 years of experience, we make it simple and affordable for our customers to build and manage an online presence. Our customers receive the best customer service in the industry, which has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates® Certified Call Center program for providing “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” for the last four consecutive years. Customers around the globe trust us to manage more than 7 million domains, over 2 million e-mailboxes, and hundreds of thousands of Web sites. We make it easy for small businesses to get online so they can have more time to do what they do best – run their companies. For more information about Network Solutions visit www.about.networksolutions.com

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