Archive for April, 2011

Two big business development events coming up this week at the Accelerator

April 25, 2011

Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory stepping in today to bring you info on upcoming exciting events here at the Accelerator!

Join us this Wednesday, April 27, at noon for the Entrepreneur Knowledge Series event Supercharging Your Business Development Strategies with Cool Life Systems’ David Cummings at our offices at 4 London Ave, New Windsor, N.Y.

Cool Life Systems, an Accelerator client, implements customized solutions for a company’s unique processes, philosophies and policies to connect people, systems, and technology, enabling a seamless integration of CRM (customer relation management) processes, websites, and all marketing efforts in one centralized location.

Cummings will focus on what you can do to shift gears in your company!   Call now to pre-register! Seats are filling up fast.

Follow up with us for a Pop-Up Knowledge Series event this Friday, April 29, with Jeffrey Rich from Wind Mountain Solutions. Rich will present Best Practices for New Companies: Six Sigma – What It’s All About & How It Can Help Your Company from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

It’s definitely another can’t-miss business development opportunity!

As always, our events take place in our multimedia room at our 4 London Ave., New Windsor, N.Y. office. For registration info, please contact Client Services Specialist Kelly Reilly at 845-220-2208, or kreilly@ocaccelerator.com For more info, please visit www.ocaccelerator.com/events

The Accelerator is currently in its 74th week of operation, with 15 clients and tenants employing more than 60 innovators. Since jumpstarting a season of our inspiring trio of education series in January, and hosting a handful of other business networking events in the past few months, more than 1,000 businessmen and women have come through our doors in the spirit of entrepreneurism.

Hope to see you soon at the Intersection of Capital, Talent…and Innovation!

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Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Web Makeover Part 3

April 18, 2011

Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Seminar on Branding

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Orange County Business Accelerator Signs 4E PRODUCTIONS as Newest Client

April 18, 2011

New Windsor, N.Y. – April 18, 2011 – Orange County Business Accelerator is proud to announce its newest resident client, 4e Productions.

On Thursday, April 14, Accelerator and 4e officials, surrounded by friends, family and other supporters, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Accelerator officially kicking of the firm’s residency at 4 London Ave, New Windsor, N.Y.

“The Accelerator has a proven track record with its Associate Client Plan, which is evident here in 4e Productions’ evolution into residency here,” said Managing Director Michael DiTullo. “The firm has made great strides since joining in mid-2010 as an associate client, and now they’ve taken their business development efforts to the next level.”

Holding the ribbon, from L to R: OCBA Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory, Orange County Chamber of Commerce President Dr. John D’Ambrosio, State Senator William Larkin, 4e Productions CEO Will Rodman, Orange County Executive Edward Diana, 4e Productions Director of Education John O’Neill, Orange County IDA Chairman Jim Petro, 4e Productions Creative Director Debbie Cinquemani and OCBA Managing Director Michael DiTullo.

Orange County Executive Edward Diana said, “The Accelerator has become a key contributor to Orange County’s economic development team since opening in 2009 and continues to bring innovative early-stage businesses to Orange County that have long-term goals of creating real jobs, real close to home. Its newest client, 4e Productions, is another company with a strong business model and great possibility for future expansion here in Orange County, N.Y.”

4e Productions, a multi-media music and video production company, directs its material in an effort to “enlighten, empower and enrich everyone” – a phrase which accounts for the company name. 4e, which has doubled its workforce in previous months, operates several divisions, including 4e MUSIC (ASCAP publisher of songs), 4e 4kids (children’s programs) and 4e 4all (niche programs/universal programs for all audiences).

“4e Productions is grateful to the Accelerator for making us part of its family and providing a foundation to tap into the wonderful energy that resides in Orange County,” said Will Rodman, co-founder and C4eO of 4e Productions. “OCBA has been a valuable resource and a conduit to other community organizations that have aligned with the values and mission of 4e.”

“Letters To Daddy: The Musical Key to Bully-Free”, which will debut in September and be delivered to local elementary and middle schools in 2011-2012, is the first in a series of empowering programs by 4e Productions that will be offered to the children of Orange County to strengthen character and enhance their ability to mitigate the impact of challenging experiences like bullying.

Rodman added, “4e is focused primarily on children because we believe they are our present. They are a gift…and they are now. It is through their development and guidance that we will see a lasting effect and a brighter future for tomorrow.”

The Accelerator currently boasts 15 clients and tenants, employing more than 45 people at its 4 London Ave., New Windsor, N.Y., office. These early-stage startups have the potential to create between 350 and 500 jobs in Orange County in the next five years.

OCBA, located at 4 London Avenue in New Windsor, N.Y. at Stewart International Airport, is a business incubator program launched by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The incubator, 10,000 square feet of Class A high-tech research and development space, is designed to attract new entrepreneurial investment by providing businesses with below market occupancy costs, a menu of mentoring programs and a high-tech plug-and-play office environment. For more information, please visit ocaccelerator.com

Large crowd as 4E PRODUCTIONS matures into residency at the Accelerator

April 18, 2011

Orange County Business Accelerator’s newest resident client, 4e Productions, sang their way into the Intersection of Capital, Talent…and Innovation. 

On Thursday, April 14, two young, local talents, Sam Gleason, of Montgomery, N.Y., and Laura Wurster, of Newburgh, N.Y., sang the multimedia firm’s hit “Together We Can Change The World,” shortly before Accelerator and 4e officials, surrounded by friends, family and other supporters, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Accelerator officially kicking of the firm’s residency at 4 London Ave, New Windsor, N.Y. 

The firm has made great strides since joining in mid-2010 as an associate client, and now they’ve taken their business development efforts to the next level. 

Holding the ribbon, from L to R: OCBA Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory, Orange County Chamber of Commerce President Dr. John D’Ambrosio, State Senator William Larkin, 4e Productions CEO Will Rodman, Orange County Executive Edward Diana, 4e Productions Director of Education John O’Neill, Orange County IDA Chairman Jim Petro, 4e Productions Creative Director Debbie Cinquemani and OCBA Managing Director Michael DiTullo.

Orange County Executive Edward Diana, an avid supporter of the Accelerator, had nothing but praise… “The Accelerator has become a key contributor to Orange County’s economic development team since opening in 2009 and continues to bring innovative early-stage businesses to Orange County that have long-term goals of creating real jobs, real close to home. Its newest client, 4e Productions, is another company with a strong business model and great possibility for future expansion here in Orange County, N.Y.”

4e Productions, a multi-media music and video production company, directs its material in an effort to “enlighten, empower and enrich everyone” – a phrase which accounts for the company name. 4e, which has doubled its workforce in previous months, operates several divisions, including 4e MUSIC (ASCAP publisher of songs), 4e 4kids (children’s programs) and 4e 4all (niche programs/universal programs for all audiences).

“Letters To Daddy: The Musical Key to Bully-Free”, which will debut in September and be delivered to local elementary and middle schools in 2011-2012, is the first in a series of empowering programs by 4e Productions that will be offered to the children of Orange County to strengthen character and enhance their ability to mitigate the impact of challenging experiences like bullying.

The Accelerator currently boasts 15 clients and tenants, employing more than 45 people at its 4 London Ave., New Windsor, N.Y., office. These early-stage startups have the potential to create between 350 and 500 jobs in Orange County in the next five years.

We invite you to check out our Facebook page for more photos from the event, and we hope you join us in congratulating and welcoming 4e Productions to the Accelerator!

Accelerator co-sponsors “meeting for the future’s millionaires”

April 11, 2011

Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory here to talk the “inside line” on entrepreneurism and innovation.

Inside its doors, the Accelerator is a beachhead for numerous firms looking to see their ideas become a reality. Outside, the Accelerator maintains a mission of enhancing the fabric of our region’s entrepreneurism and innovation opportunities, many times in the form of education.

Last week, the Accelerator co-hosted “Technology Innovation: Entrepreneurism in the Hudson Valley” at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, N.Y. The conference was a collaboration among multiple Hudson Valley technology colleges including SUNY New Paltz, the SUNY Albany Center for Nanotechnology Science and Engineering, and SUNY Ulster. The conference strongly focused on revealing inside views of industry to maturing young entrepreneurial minds in the Hudson Valley.

Orange County Business Accelerator trade show table at the event

This event was designed for college students who have an entrepreneurial spirit or great technology idea, want to learn how innovation happens and about the resources in our area to help make business ideas a reality.

Hartmayer

Guest speaker Peter Hartmayer, executive vice president at CymoGen Dx (one of the Accelerator’s first resident clients), talked to students about the biotech industry, his company, and how he began his journey into the realm of corporate America.

We also featured Frank Falatyn, CEO of Fala Technologies in Ulster County, who presented a discussion on “Engineers Becoming Entrepreneurs,” as well as Lance Matteson, of Ulster County Development Corporation, who shared a presentation with me in outlining the ins and outs of doing business in the Hudson Valley.

The seminar proved to be a great collaborative success, as future business leaders from leading technology colleges of the greater Hudson Valley were given a taste of entrepreneurism and the business climate in the Hudson Valley – a great component of the Accelerator’s mission to promote small business development and innovation.

Please be sure to check out the events coming up this week at the Accelerator – more exciting, can’t miss events at the Intersection of Capital, Talent…and Innovation!

Accelerator clients maturing from within

April 4, 2011

We often talk about the number of clients the Accelerator currently provides with early-stage startup assistance and our marketing and advertising efforts to consistently grow that number.

This week, we are going to take a different route and talk about how some of our clients are maturing and evolving within the Accelerator – a sure sign of business growth and development inside the Intersection of Capital, Talent…and Innovation.

 

4e Productions, a multi-media production company focused on balancing entertainment with education, joined the Accelerator mid-2010 as an associate client and is currently undergoing a transition into residency at our New Windsor location.

The production company (hosting an official grand opening ceremony on Thursday, April 14 – stayed tuned for more details) has doubled its staff in recent months and is making moves to create a larger presence in Orange County and throughout the Hudson Valley.

 

A current resident client of the Accelerator, Frugaldoo, is moving into a 500-square-foot suite, doubling its current space here. They, too, will be doubling their workforce. Frugaldoo is a mobile software developer that is currently working on launching a new product that will allow business to advertise to target markets through mobile texts, and allow consumers access to deals from local businesses for a variety of products and services.  

 

Continental Organics, the Accelerator’s first client, is poised to begin construction on Phase I of its 900,000-square-foot aquaponics operation on a property in the Town of New Windsor this May. The firm plans to utilize the facility to simultaneously cultivate plants and fish in a symbiotic environment.

The Accelerator has truly become a place where early-stage startups can not only see their ideas make it to paper, but also see their dreams become a reality. Since Day One, our philosophy has been to motivate, innovate and accelerate and within the stories of our current clients lies the evidence that we’ve been doing just that (Frugaldoo and 4e Productions are doubling job opportunities in the upcoming months and Continental Organics is ready to graduate).

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