Archive for April, 2012

New clients, Xpo and upcoming events

April 30, 2012

Hello from OCBA Managing Director Peter Gregory on this Monday, 30th of April, 2012.

With two new clients coming in, along with our busy seminar schedule and events schedule, the pace of business at the Accelerator never slows.

1. New Clients with Cool Products

We’re very happy to introduce one new Resident and one new Associate Client at the Accelerator, both in what I would characterize as the “consumer luxury goods” sector. Both represent new, advanced manufacturing to take place in Orange County.

Our newest Resident Client is John Koerner, with Elite Outfitting Solutions, or EOS. Click on his logo below to be taken to his website where you can learn more about the iPhone cases John designs and fabricates using exotic materials for a very personalized look.  In additional to looking “boss” the iPhone covers offer the best protection for your smartphone. Get one personalized for yourself or as a gift.

To read a stellar review of John’s product and service, click on this image below to be taken to an independent review site of John’s product.

David Stark of Backyard DJ is our newest Associate Client and will be announcing the release of a really snazzy electronic product for the consumer entertainment market – just in time for all the pool openings that will take place over the next weeks, to give you a hint. Follow us for more details as David advances his marketing for this new product.


2. We’d like to invite you attend the 7th Annual NY XPO this Wednesday and/or Thursday at the Jacob Javits Center.  Please call us at 845 220 2208 to get a promo code to register online for free, to get into the XPO.  This event is a great way to view potential clients, partners, suppliers, and even competitors.  Make sure you attend one of the many great seminars while you are there – the Social Media thread. Click image to go to NY XPO site.

looks to be very informative.  Also, please seek OCBA out at the XPO if you attend, and we will be in the Empire State Development Pavilion – a great place to see many other small-business services from our area and around the state.

3. Upcoming OCBA Seminar for this Thursday, 3 May, No scheduled event at the Accelerator this Thursday as I will be in the booth at the NY XPO. Please watch our Facebook page as I hope to upload video interviews from the conference to share with you.

Her is a snapshot of some Upcoming Events at the Accelerator – always refer to the OCBA Events Page on the website for latest info:

I hope to see you at the XPO,

With Warmest Regards and Best Wishes for Your Success,

Peter Gregory


Expos, seminars and more!

April 23, 2012

Hello from OCBA Managing Director Peter Gregory on this Monday, 23rd of April, 2012. I have a lot to cover in this extended blog, and offer some links to you, below, to important NY City companies and media outlets you may find it worth following.

1. I’m very excited that OCBA and two clients, Frugaldoo and 4e Productions, will be appearing next week on Wednesday and Thursday at the 7th Annual New York XPO. It is located at the Jacob Javits Center.

One of OCBA’s lead cards we play as an attractor to companies to select an Orange County site for their business is Orange County’s proximity to the NY market, and we’re going to take advantage of that in upcoming days!

I am pleased to mention that OCBA will be attending for the second time at NY XPO by way of invitation from Empire State Development in its Pavilion, a major NY XPO Sponsor.

See more about ESD at

OCBA client Frugaldoo will be a guest of ours at the OCBA booth, and client 4e Productions will be appearing as the guest of our neighbor and good business partner, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. We are expecting big wins for both companies – please wish them well in breaking into the NY City market!

From the show’s LinkedIn page:


Network with 10,000+ business owners and attend over 50+ SEMINARS all designed to build your business. Walk the show’s 200 EXHIBITS, identify the latest products & services to meet your competitive challenges, learn from the nation’s driving business leaders and energize your entrepreneurial spirit.”

With the expanded format of 2 days instead of one, the dates were changed from November to May – so OCBA has enjoyed the benefit of rapid coverage in barely half of a year.

The same event company runs events in Hartford and Boston, and once you have a chance to attend or exhibit at the NY XPO, you may find your business territory expansion needs may be satisfied by appearing at these other two venues.


Please give us a call at the OCBA office if you would like to coordinate making the trip to Jacob Javits Center on either Wednesday or Thursday next week – 845.220.2208.


2. Added Bonus this blog – Doing the hard work for you!

Below, I have inserted some web page links for some interesting NY XPO Sponsors I plan to meet with, myself, while at the XPO next week.  Use the links, yourself, to visit the websites of these companies and I encourage you to link via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or RSS feed:

Empire State Development (of course, our personal sponsor!)


New York Enterprise Report

Small Business Trends

Small Biz Technology

Social Media Examiner


Business Review USA


3. OCBA Seminar for this Thursday, 7:30a.m. is Liz Kallen, “How to do business with the Federal Government”.  Liz is very busy in our area explaining via her office, PTAC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, how to do business with the Federal Gov’t, State, County, and municipalities.

Liz’s office is very supportive of companies getting on the Request for Proposal target list for all these entities.  You must stop in to this seminar to gain understanding about the process of getting registered “in the system.”


Well, I hope you have enough good, new information to make it a fantastic week, and I look forward to seeing you at this Thursday’s event!  I look forward to hearing great accounts of your business successes, as well.


With Warmest Regards and Best Wishes for Your Success,

Peter Gregory

A Day of Improv at the Accelerator

April 16, 2012

Good Monday morning from Peter Gregory, Managing Director of the Orange County Business Accelerator.

Really pushing the edge of entrepreneurial training, this past Friday’s client pizza roundtable had Will Rodman, C(4e)O  of 4e Productions, Inc., and Kay Rubacek, professional voice-over artist, as well as OCBA client (CEO of Sugar Websites), performing a live rendition of 4e’s “Letters to Daddy” web-info-mercial to the 20 clients in the audience.

For six months now,  I have been working with Bruce Newman, CEO of The Productivity Institute and, to produce scripted and recorded sales pitches for several OCBA clients that clock in at around 3 minutes.  Three minutes is the peak amount of time that the targeted audience remains engaged by the medium and is then emotionally primed to respond to “the call to action” at the end of the video.  Beyond the business plans and website-based ” web business systems,” that we help develop with clients at the Accelerator, this 3-minute video format is an up-and-coming vehicle to quickly get highly focused messages to our clients’ desired markets.

By performing the “Letters to Daddyweb-info-mercial live, Will and Kay demonstrated the results of two month elapsed time of scripting and rehearsal that took place, with an investment of approximately 120 people-hours – all met with a hearty ovation from the client-audience as a testament to the hard work that went into the production of the video.

Great results, Will and Kay!

To view the completed web-info-mercial, watch the Accelerator Facebook page this week for its release.



Accelerator blasts into new frontier of video seminars

April 9, 2012

Once again, the Accelerator is making big strides with our seminars. Except this time, it’s not just the expert speaker or the hot topic, but the medium.

Last Thursday, we held our first video conference seminar! We conferenced in Pete Goode, owner of In Goode Company and Goode Design, via internet video chat from South Carolina to show us how he uses Evernote to help organize his business.

Check out more pics on Facebook. Hope you can join us in the future!

Wishing Mike DiTullo all the best in his new post

April 2, 2012

Incoming Managing Director Peter Gregory stepping in this week to congratulate outgoing Managing Director Mike DiTullo!

Mike is taking up a new post as head of Rockland Economic Development Corporation. He’s been instrumental in filling the Accelerator within its first two and a a half years of operation with early-stage firms in all of our core industry clusters and will continue to be a steward for economic development in the Hudson Valley.

Mike, you’ve lent great assistance to small business growth in Orange County and rest assured the mission will continue as we plan into the future for new ways to accelerate entrepreneurs!


We extend All Our Best to you, Mike!

For a full photo gallery of this event and many more, visit our Facebook page!