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Executive Roundtable with Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory

June 9, 2011

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Orange County Business Accelerator Signs 911 Family of Services

June 9, 2011

New Windsor, N.Y. – June 6, 2011 – Orange County Business Accelerator is proud to announce its newest associate client, 911 Family of Products.

“The Accelerator continues to harness the innovative minds of the Hudson Valley here in our New Windsor headquarters,” said Orange County Business Accelerator Managing Director Michael DiTullo. “Gerson Levitas, the company’s owner, has been attending our seminars for several months now and has realized the competitive advantage the Accelerator offers. We’re proud to make him a part of the Accelerator family.”

“911 Family of Products is grateful to the Accelerator for offering its entrepreneurial assistance,” said Levitas. “With our life-saving technology, cardholders could essentially be medically and financially secure, even in the event of a disaster. It’s also helpful for when you visit a new healthcare provider or when you travel. It’s convenient and effective.”

From L to R: OCBA Managing Director Michael DiTullo, 911 Family of Products owner Gerson Levitas and OCBA Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory take a break from reviewing the business model of its newest associate client, 911 Family of Products.

911 Family of Products includes the 911 Medical ID™ Card and Medallion, a life-saving electronic device that carries a wide variety of critical medical identification information that speeds treatment in many scenarios including emergency accident site treatment. This particular product has the capacity to hold personal and medical information for digital access on demand in physician offices and hospitals.

“This is a life saving device and, in an emergency, vital medical history including all medications, allergies, life threatening illnesses, DNR’s, even EKG’s and X-Ray and so much more can be viewed almost instantly! This is portable personal health record device that has many uses and will help prevent individuals from becoming a Medical Error Statistic.”

The company offers a variation for pets or property and one for financial records is currently in the development phase. Though the technology is built for the individual, the cards can be a successful benefits tool for Human Resource departments and small business owners to offer employees.

For more information on 911 Family of Products, visit www.911medicalidorangecountyny.com or call (845) 343-0091.

The Accelerator currently boasts 16 clients and tenants, employing more than 50 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.

Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Web Makeover Part 3

April 18, 2011

Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Seminar on Branding

April 18, 2011

 

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

Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Successful Seminar on Raising Capital

March 31, 2011

From L to R: Gary Schuster of Jacobowitz & Gubitz, Nan Gill of Willy Gilly Productions, Mark Krohn of J&G and Orange County Business Accelerator Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory. Schuster and Krohn directed an Accelerator seminar on Wednesday, March 30, on raising private capital.

 

Mark Krohn and Gary Schuster, of Jacobowitz & Gubitz, direct the Entrepreneur Knowledge Series event titled "Private Placement: Raising Capital From People You Know" on Wednesday, March 30, at Orange County Business Accelerator in New Windsor, N.Y.

Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Seminar on Online Tools Management

March 10, 2011

Joe Casabona and Kristin Said of Cognition Media, an Accelerator client, present "Breaking Away From the Pack: Must-Have Online Management Tools for Startups" at the Accelerator on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

L to R: Patrick Turner of Little Pond Consulting; Aziz Ahsan, Esq.; Joe Casabona and Kristin Said of Cognition Media; Joan Giewat of BBG&G Advertising; and OCBA Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory.

Orange County Business Accelerator hosts Web Makeover: Part 1

February 22, 2011

Orange County Business Accelerator Signs Two New Innovators

January 10, 2011

New Windsor, N.Y. – January 10, 2011 – Orange County Business Accelerator is proud to announce it has signed two new clients in high-tech, high pay job clusters: Frugaldoo and Connected Contractors.

“We welcome these early-stage start-ups to the Accelerator with open doors,” said Managing Director Michael J. DiTullo. “These nimble innovation firms have chosen the Accelerator for its strategic location and access to a variety of networks and advisors. By teaming up with the Accelerator, they will now have the tools necessary grow their companies and soar into the New Year.”

Frugaldoo, the brainchild of two former Dow Jones executives, is creating a platform that will let shoppers instantly receive coupons and offers, while at the same time, offer a geo-targeted marketing tool for businesses. Shoppers will be able to utilize either their mobile phone’s SMS text messaging or mobile web capabilities to indicate what product or service they desire and moments later access appropriate coupons and offers from nearby merchants directly on their mobile device. Merchants can quickly create coupons and offers using the Frugaldoo web site and focus their advertising using geo-location proximity, time of day, day-of-week or total ad spend targets.

“The Accelerator allows you to be very flexible,” said Patrick Carr, president at Frugaldoo. “It’s ideal for entrepreneurs with a growing business.”

Connected Contractors puts contractors and other home improvement related companies in front of their target market and arms them with easy-to-use, low-cost, web-based software that streamlines operations and improves customer care. Homeowners can choose to use the software as a tool that helps to organize and track home improvement projects online, or simply browse the website for home improvement contractors, business services, information and products a project may require.

Jim Wagner, co-founder of Connected Contractors, said, “After attending several seminars at the Accelerator, it didn’t take long for us to realize that the professionals there have the kind of true understanding of what goes on in the trenches that can only be developed through personal, real-world experience. Moving into the Accelerator was clearly the easiest business decision we’ve made.”
With the new firms, the Accelerator now boasts 14 clients and tenants, employing over 40 people at its 4 London Ave., New Windsor, N.Y. office. These early-stage start-ups have the potential to create between 350 and 500 jobs in Orange County in the next five years.

DiTullo added, “Frugaldoo and Connected Contractors both bring great value to Orange County. They will help to create high-tech, high pay jobs in the digital information technology field and provide a wealth of knowledge to other clients at the Accelerator, part of a great symbiotic environment here at the Intersection of Capital, Talent… and Innovation.”

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

Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Seminar on Avoiding Common Business Mistakes

November 16, 2010

Steve Caccavo of Constructive Business Solutions, pictured second from the right, takes time out from his seminar on "Three Biggest Mistakes That Business Owners Make" on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Accelerator.

Caccavo addresses attendees at the Accelerator's Pop-up Knowledge Series event on Tuesday, Nov 11.