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Welcome to the WISE newsletter, a program of
The Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Key Bank has a web site for business owners called SmallBizU. SmallBizU includes online classes on Money, Management and Marketing as well as the Entrepreneurial Master Class Curriculum (EMC2). Some of the classes are up to four hours in length. You must register in order to take any of the courses, however, the courses are free. The web site also contains a knowledge base of information on specific business related topic.

Please note that SmallBizU works best with Internet Explorer and may not fully function with another Internet browser (e.g., Firefox or Netscape).

Friday, November 17, 2006

IRS Announces 2007 Standard Mileage Rates

This is information that we all need to have.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 48.5 cents per mile for business miles driven;
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service to a charitable organization.
Full details are available here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Article: Grooming Women for the Top: Tips from Executive Coaches

Good information including details on these three tips:
  1. Getting heard.
  2. Looking and acting the part.
  3. Focusing on the big picture.
Read there full article here.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Event: Supplier Diversity Open House at Cornell

Cornell University is holding its first Supplier Diversity Open House on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at the Ramada Inn on Triphammer Road in Ithaca. Information about the event is available here. Reservation must be made by Nov. 27.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Event listings from the Syracuse Technology Garden

8:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M.
IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and Cash Balance Plans

The provisions from the recently signed legislation - Pension Protection Act of 2006 - will be discussed.
As a plan sponsor (employer) you need to know some of the changes, like the permanency of increased contribution limits and catch-up contributions that are directly affecting your employees.
This informational session is specifically organized for CEO's, Employers, and Human Resource professionals.

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Biotech Seminar; Funding Early Stage Innovation: Is Corporate Venture Capital the Answer?

Biotechnology Management & Entrepreneurship Seminar Series at RPI with speaker Campbell Murray, MD and Director of Novartis BioVenture Fund. Video-conferenced to Syracuse Technology Garden.
Traditional venture capital firms have reduced funding for early stage biomedical technologies since 2002. Entrepreneurs find it difficult to get funding on technology platforms or for preclinical products. Campbell Murray, MD will serve on the panel that will explore the current trends in funding drugs and devices and then discuss the role of corporate venture capital going forward. The discussion on strategic focus vs. financial metrics will be accentuated with the underlying changes in traditional venture capital interest and hedge funds.

5:00 until 8:00 P.M.
TH3: Citywide Visual Art Nights

TH3 is a city wide art open in Syracuse that takes place on the third Thursday of most months. This gallant project, initiated by the Everson Museum and the Delavan Art Gallery, is joined by the most distinctive venues in the city in a grand event to bring the artistic experience to the public. TH3 establishes Syracuse as a city for the arts in this initiative to reachout its local and regional communities.

5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
CampaignBase.com Celebrates One Year at Syracuse Technology Garden

SPEAKER: Travis Glazier, Co-Founder and C.E.O. of CampaignBase.com will highlight his success after one-year in business.
Travis will also discuss CampaignBase.com business products, growth, and impact of its software products on the November election results.
Visit www.CampaignBase.com for more information

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Global Technology & Capital Access to Build a Stem Cell Bio Tech Company

5:00 P.M. until 6:30 P.M.
Biotech Seminar; Global Technology and Capital Access to Build a Stem Cell Biotech Company

An interesting and exciting business model is described for a high tech venture spread over four continents five countries, built on revenues and cutting edge science for development stem cell therapies.
More about CyGenics at www.CyGenics.com

5:00 P.M. until 700 P.M.
Open House

We invite you to tour the Syracuse Technology Garen, network and view the beautiful works from local artist.
More information is forthcoming.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Career tips from Lois Frankel

Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers, uses the acronym WALLET to teach people about building their own personal brand. What is WALLET? (Text from her program on KNX 1070.)

W. Write down what you want people to say about your personal brand in no more than 25 words.
A. Act on it. Take those words and turn them into actions. For example if you want to be known for an excellent work product, start researching, editing and checking quality before turning in your work.
L. Let others know when you’ve acted true to your brand, for example, you can say, “our team worked all night to make that deadline, but we did it!”
L. Look to the edge where winners play the game. Don’t always play it safe.
E. Elicit feedback. Find out if you’re hitting your marks.
T. Treat others with a spirit of abundance. There is more than enough for everyone. Believe it. Act that way.

You can find more words of wisdom from Lois Frankel here.