Past Events


NSBN Happy Hour at the Swan Club

posted Jun 7, 2012, 10:57 AM by Dan Goodstein   [ updated Jun 7, 2012, 11:10 AM ]

On May 2nd, the North Shore Business Network held a Happy Hour business networking event at the Swan Club in Roslyn, where over 80 North Shore business owners and professionals met and connected.

Photos by Susanne Colten, Oyster Bay Guardian
See more coverage and photos at The Patch

NSBN May Happy Hour



Mixer on Time Management

posted Nov 2, 2010, 1:47 PM by Dan Goodstein   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 2:38 PM ]

NSBN's Mixer on Time Management was held Thursday, December 9th.

North Shore Business Network (NSBN) Mixer Takes Time Out for Success

By: Nancy Budraitis, Big Dog Communications

First lesson: even when you’re rushing to meet last-minute holiday deadlines, you’re never too busy to discover smarter ways

to manage your time. That’s why over 40 owners and managers of local businesses gathered at the Forest Executive Center in Locust Valley on December 9th for the North Shore Business Network’s (NSBN) most recent mixer event, to learn the secrets to making the most of their time from Time Management guru Steve Davies of Edge Initiatives.

The first step to successful time management, explained Davies, is identifying your “prime time” during the work day. If you are at your most creative and productive in the morning, then always plan to set aside the mornings for your most crucial, billable work. Save the afternoons for meetings and other activities that do not demand your highest level of creativity.

“Do you regularly do jobs that you could delegate to others?” Davies asked the group. Learning to put a value on your time is another important step to managing it efficiently. For example, if you normally bill out at $500 per hour, but are spending time on tasks worth just $20 per hour, you need to delegate them to an assistant. If you unable to afford a full time assistant, consider hiring a virtual one part time.  The payback will be more than worthwhile!

 

Eliminating “time bandits” is also key, said Davies. From poor word processing skills and badly organized office space to phone and email interruptions, time bandits consume valuable hours of your work day. From the relative extremes of taking a brush-up computer course or hiring a professional office organizer to such simple steps as adopting a private email address for your important email contacts or using a caller-ID to screen your calls, eliminating time bandits works wonders. 

Following Davies’ presentation, attendees were treated to a wine tasting by Luis Vazquez of Casa de Vinos accompanied by delicious appetizers from the Sweet Tomato, giving them an opportunity to meet and network with other members and guests of the North Shore Business Network. Founded by local entrepreneurs Frank Casale and Dan Goodstein, the goal of the NSBN is to provide small business owners and professionals with the informational resources, services and support often enjoyed only by larger organizations, as well as serve as a forum for ideas and networking across the North Shore. Headquartered at the beautiful new Forest Executive Center in Locust Valley, the NSBN provides an immediately accessible resource to local businesses.

“We are trying to take the principles and expertise of big business marketing and apply it to the currently underserved local community,” said NSBN Co-founder Frank Casale, who runs his own recruiting firm, as well as a professional association that has provided media and events-driven marketing campaigns to Fortune 500 clients since the early 90’s. “Think of it as bringing Madison Avenue to Main Street.” Goodstein, former editor of The Leader newspaper in Locust Valley and proprietor of VistaTech Computers, added that members will receive invitations to no cost/low cost local business seminars and gatherings and soon gain access to North Shore TV video network which will include expert tip clips and features on North Shore Living, monthly electronic newsletters with expert business advice, a business blog and discussion forums, as well as discounts to products and services that you need to run your business. Additionally, sponsorships will be available to those who are looking for accelerated exposure and opportunities.

NSBN has also partnered with Pro Suites Instant Turn-key Offices to host several gatherings this year and next, at the newly opened and renovated Forest Executive Center on the border of Locust Valley and Glen Cove. The only office center of its kind on The North Shore, ProSuites offers instant turn-key offices, business services and conference space to small and medium businesses on a flexible basis. 

“We’re thrilled to see a great turnout again,” Frank Casale said of the second NSBN mixer. “It  shows we really are filling a need in the local business community.” For more information on NSBN or Pro Suites’ Forest Executive Business Center, please call 516-299-9511 or visit northshorebiznetwork.com.

      

Photos by: Peter Budraitis Photography 


North Shore Business Network Launches with ‘Meet the Social Media Experts’ Event

posted Nov 1, 2010, 11:34 AM by Dan Goodstein   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 2:39 PM ]

PRESS RELEASE


Locust Valley, NY-     Over 50 local business owners came together last Thursday in Locust Valley to connect, exchange ideas and learn sales and marketing strategies via web and social media. The event, which was produced by the North Shore Business Network (NSBN) and hosted by the newly opened Pro Suites Instant Offices, included organizations from Locust Valley, Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Oyster Bay and across Long Island’s North Shore; it also featured an expert panel of social media and marketing professionals who advised companies on how to leverage these technologies to gain exposure to potential clientele and drive new local business opportunities. The event was followed by a wine and sushi tasting courtesy of Bennett’s Sushi Lounge in Locust Valley.

   

 According to organizers, the presentation “Meet the experts: How social media can help you find more clients and grow your business” was chosen due to the vital nature of social media for all types of businesses today, regardless of size,  and the lack of local availability to the industry expertise required to effectively sell and market over the web. NSBN enlisted three pros in the field: David Reingold, a LinkedIn expert trainer, and Glen Cove natives Roni Jenkins of 747 Marketing and Jennifer Naylor of Golden Seeds, LLC. 

This theme of “big business expertise for local businesses owners” was also evident in the mission statement of the newly formed NSBN. The first of a series of events to be produced by NSBN on the North Shore, face to face networking and expert briefing sessions is only half of the plan. The newly launched northshorebiznetwork.com will also provide a repository of expert business advice with a local twist and a platform to discuss the issues that local business owners and managers face each day; this will include Sales/Marketing, technology, hiring, managing, finance, time management, planning & strategy and work-life balance, among others.


NSBN Co-founder Daniel Goodstein and current proprietor of VistaTech Computers, explained it this way: “We want to provide an effective forum for local business owners to learn, connect and develop new business. Success in business is about both ‘what’ you know as well as ‘who’ you know. Our goal is to help our members to do both by bridging the gap between other businesses and local community groups across the North Shore.”  Goodstein, former editor of The Leader newspaper in Locust Valley, currently runs a media department as well, which specializes in B2B networking and marketing. He says the group’s free membership will have access to both content and community, via their website and ongoing meetings and events held at the ProSuites’ Forest Executive Center.

     “We are trying to take the principles and expertise of big business marketing and apply it to the currently underserved local community,” said NSBN Co-founder Frank Casale, who runs his own recruiting firm, as well as a professional association that has provided media and events-driven marketing campaigns to Fortune 500 clients since the early 90’s. “Think of it as bringing Madison Avenue to Main Street.” Members, he added,  will receive invitations to no cost/low cost local business seminars & gatherings,  access to North Shore TV video network which will include expert tip clips and  features on North Shore Living, monthly electronic newsletters with expert business advice, a business blog and discussion forums, as well as discounts to products and services that you need to run your business. Additionally, sponsorships will be available to those who are looking for accelerated exposure and opportunities.

    NSBN has also partnered up with Pro Suites Instant Turn-key Offices to host several gatherings this year and next, at the newly opened and renovated Forest Avenue Executive Center on the border of Locust Valley and Glen Cove. The only office center of its kind on The North Shore, ProSuites offers instant turn-key offices, business services and conference space to small and medium businesses on a flexible basis right here on the North Shore.

    For more information on NSBN or Pro Suites’ Forest Executive Business Center, please call 516-299-9511 or visit northshorebiznetwork.com.

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