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Members Showcase Panel Discussion

  • 26-Feb-2016
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • NeighborWorks, 570 South Ave., Rochester


  • No Charge

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Members Showcase Panel Discussion

At the Members’ Panel Showcase on February 26, three RPCN members will share what it took to build and manage their successful consultancies.  You will learn about their backgrounds, business objectives, their failures and successes, and the strategies and tactics they deployed to succeed.  Each panelist will start with a short introduction followed by an interactive discussion among the panelists and the audience.  Come ready with your questions!

Three key learnings  the audience will take away from the program:

  1. How the panelists decided on their business missions and objectives?
  2. How did they overcome failures and adversity on the road to success?
  3. What are their strategies and key tactics for continuing to thrive?

Panelist Bios:

Margit Brazda Poirier, Owner and Founder of Grants4Good LLC, created the company in 2009 to help nonprofits and businesses find and get grants. Margit has written and received numerous grants from federal, state, foundation, and corporate sources – and she has the unique perspective of understanding both grant seeking and grant making, given her experience leading a prominent New York foundation.  In addition to grant development, Margit’s strengths include technical writing, board facilitation, project management, and specialized training for boards and staff.

Grants4Good LLC is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Grant Professionals Association, and the Rochester Professional Consultants Network.

Peter Burns studied Electrical and Computer Engineering and Imaging Science. After working for Xerox, Eastman Kodak, and Carestream Health, he formed Burns Digital Imaging LLC in 2011. His firm provides consulting services for imaging system development and improvement, focusing on performance evaluation, monitoring, and software tools for imaging standards. Recently the focus is on imaging for libraries and archives, and mobile imaging.

His published articles and patents have been in the areas of detector performance, image quality evaluation, color-error propagation, and digital image processing. Peter has taught imaging courses for many years, as an adjunct faculty member at RIT, at Kodak, and at several technical conferences

As 50% owner of Aztek Computer Solutions, Inc., Lee Drake helped build a Rochester Top 100 company.  As President and CEO of OS-Cubed, Inc., Lee is well on the way to creating his next Top 100 company.

Lee Drake has extensive speaking experience.  He's spoken on topics such as computer security, programming best practices, building content-managed websites, building online communities, virus and spyware prevention, social media, and a variety of other computer-related topics.  Lee has built a world-wide following of users who rely on him to get up-to-date computer, security, social media, and information technology news.  In addition, Lee has participated in a number of discussion panels on wide-ranging business-related topics, including health insurance for small businesses, legislative issues for NYS businesses, workmen's comp, 240/241 reform, and Medicaid/Medicare reform.

Open to the public. No charge for RPCN members. $10.00 for non-members.

Refreshments will be available. A "Tip Jar" is also provided. Your contribution is appreciated.

Here's a Map to 570 South Ave., Rochester. Entrance and free parking in the rear of the building (Averill & Hamilton)



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