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Startup Accelerator 5

April 30, 2011 - 10:00am
605 Fulton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103
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Proposed sessions
Anyone can propose a session! You must create an account first if you have not. What would you like to discuss, present or hear about? Here you, the participants, propose sessions for the upcoming Startup Accelerator. The nature of the event means that the topics, times and locations of the sessions are determined by the participants on the day of the Startup Accelerator and may change throughout the event. The actual schedule is available throughout the day and you have the flexibility to move around as freely as you wish - in the 'un-conference' way... Propose your session now
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8 votes Are Patents and Trademarks Important to a Startup Business? awolek

I would like to discuss patent and trademark rights and their interplay with startup businesses. When they are advantageous to get, and whether they are even worthwhile.

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7 votes Making a Pitch Dan Cataldi

Are you ready for the Fast Pitch? Can you pitch your business or a business idea in 1-3 minutes?  Can you convince a potential customer or an investor that your idea is sound and worth the investment?  Learn how to package your idea or product into a "pitch" that is meaningful and has the power to move people to action.

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7 votes Bank Credit and Loans

1. Credit Education Seminar, covering how credit is scored, how to maintain a strong score and what can be done to restore a damaged credit history.
2. What a bank wants to see on your loan application.
3. What to do, when the bank rejects your application.

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5 votes How to Effortlessly Develope a Website in Joomla Content Management System bilguun

When you own a business, your website is one of your most important mediums that can be used to reach new customers and generate more sales. Whether you have an established website that is not currently working for you, or you are a complete novice to the online marketing world, improving your website so that it generates traffic and increases sales is the right thing for your business.

I'll cover:

  • How to Create a Website Quickly Using a Free Access Joomla CMS
  • How to Add/ remove/ edit Contents Effortlessly
  • Embedding Facebook business profile and Twitter updates in real time on your website
  • How to Choose Hosting/ Domain Providers
  • How to Market Your Website Using the right title, keywords, and other Search Engine components.
  • How to Add an Opt-in Form to a Quality Website

This is a class for everyone! from 8 to 80 year olds - all welcome.

Sincerely,

Bilguun

@beckbilguun

www.bilguun.net

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5 votes Basic Steps to Launching your Business Web Site vwwanner

Here Vernon Wanner from the IL SBDC gives the A,  B, C's of getting a web site up and running for any new business. Open discussion and questions encouraged. 

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4 votes Body awareness and stress management through breathing and movement Sue Carlson

Stress management is an integral part of any activity, particularly entrepreneurial activities where you never know what's next.  This program is designed to help you manage stress, increase focus, and prepare you to excel in your endeavors.

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4 votes Failing up, failing forward, or just failing

Are mistakes considered so fatal that even trying new things is heavily discouraged?

Get over it and take a new approach; fail spectacularly, fail often and fail publicly!

You'll get to the big leagues, Carnegie Hall, your own Everest eventually if you do what....  

PRACTICE and TRY, TRY, TRY!!

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3 votes Hackerspaces 101

Interested in learning more about what a hackerspace is and how it can help the community?  We're hoping to host an informative dicussion on hackerspaces/makerspaces/co-working spaces/community workshops.

Hackerspaces are phyiscal spaces for the community where people can meet to work on projects. We will talk about the growth of the hackerspace communities worldwide. At least 800 spaces have been established in the last few years and more come 'online' each week. 

 

Check: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Hackerspaces and http://igniteshow.com/videos/what-hackerspace

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3 votes Identifying your Target Market Pamela Schallhorn

 

So you’ve got a business idea you think will work. You’ve identified your product or service, but are you sure there is a market for that product or service?

Learn to identify your target customer and test your market before you start the business. This workshop is also useful for existing business owners that are experiencing weak sales and are looking for new markets.

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3 votes Rapid Prototyping - Ideas to reality OVERNIGHT!

Enabling Global Level Innovation through rapid prototyping. Ideas to reality... OVERNIGHT

EIGERlab prototyping has the technology to transform your thoughts into computer models and with the latest technology transform those to physical objects. Using the most diverse assortment of rapid prototyping equipment, we can recommend the process that will best fit your prototyping needs. 

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2 votes Biotechnology and medical science Mark Huber

Presented by Sue Carlson and Mark Huber: First we'll describe the concept of biotechnology and why it may be of interest to the SUA4 attendees, then we’ll discuss current trends in biotech and medical diagnostics, including stem cell applications, cancer detection tools, biomarkers, diagnostic panels, companion diagnostics and personalized medicine. How can small businesses engage in the biotechnology field to move it forward while building a profitable business?

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2 votes Advertising in the Digital Age; Inbound vs Outbound vwwanner

Vernon Wanner from the IL SBDC presents current perspectives on the use of advertising on line and off line. How can you help your company or project gain customers, clients and followers now that the internet is also going mobile. 

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2 votes Social Media - It Ain't Just Twitter and Facebook Jenn Turner

You know about the power of Facebook and Twitter - now let's see what else is out there on the frontier and how you can use it.

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1 votes Teaching with no Grades

Grading creates a predictive perception among future teachers, other students and the graded student as well. It is the concept of pygmalion, the self-fulfilling prophecy writ large...

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1 votes Website Traffic

How to effectively drive traffic to your website.

How to use Google Adwords.

Effectively evaulating your website SEO

How to improve your organic ranking

How to choose best keywords for your website

Etc, etc.

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1 votes Social Network Basics drewfleck

What are social networks?  What do social networks look like?  What roles do people play in social networks?  What is network weaving?  What is social capital?  Why are social networks, network roles, network weaving, and social capital so important to innovators, entrepreneurs, and their champions?  Come find out!  Learn how to evaluate your own social capital and become a conscious network weaver!

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votes Ideation

Developing an idea for a business.. How would you do it?

Would you start with a novel idea and find a market?

or... Would you find a market that is in need of a novel approach?

Or some path in between?

We explore some familiar paths to successful marketable ideas..

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