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Motivational Speakers, Business Tips Encourage Entrepreneurs at NJIT Event

Four motivational speakers, tips on starting a business and more  recently highlighted an event at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to encourage business men and women to launch a technological business.   

Event organizers included the School of Management (SOM), the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) and the Office of Technology Development, all at NJIT. 

 Ted Fattoross, the founder and chief executive officer of Network Plus, Nutley,  a business networking organization with 1000 members, 100 meeting locations in 7 states and 4 countries, was the keynote speaker.  Fattoross described how to bring passion into  work and how drive and motivation eventually helps people achieve their goals.   

Prior to creating Network Plus, Fattoross led a third-generation family business from $1.5 to $10 million in sales over a decade.     

Motivational speaker Mitch Shapiro of Smithtown, NY spoke about being blind. Shapiro founded in 2004 the Foundation for Sight and Sound; earlier he founded the Foundation for the Blind.  Shapiro’s annual September wine tasting gala in Woodbury, NY, for blind people, achieves a record attendance of 2,000 and raises funds.   

Adam J. Kovitz, of Levittown, Penn, the president and chief executive officer of   a firm bearing his name, explained why networking is important.  Kovitz’s company educates and helps people connect to inspire business. The company studies organizational culture and its impact upon clients and customers.   

Fitness and wellness consultant Eric D’Agati of Pine Brook, the owner of One Human Performance Center, explained how people can achieve vitality. D’Agati empowers people to embrace their potential by avoiding pitfalls in their nutrition, lifestyle and fitness regimes. He offered listeners 25 daily steps to becoming stronger, leaner, more energetic, healthier and happier.   

Billy McDermott, director of development for NJIT’s School of Management, described his year-old personal web log (blog) and how others can get into blogging.   

Entrepreneurs in the EDC business incubator program answered questions about the program and starting a business. They shared tips on overcoming start-up anxieties, raising funds, stretching limited resources, preparing an effective business plan and weathering rough times. 

 Staff members from EDC showcased how this business incubation program accelerates and encourages the development of commercialized products and services.   

Since 1988, EDC has helped inventors move innovative products out of the lab and into the marketplace. A high-tech business incubator housed in a trio of Newark buildings, the EDC provides office and lab space, financial help, business and technical services, and the shared expertise of the center’s managers.   

EDC is open to for-profit New Jersey enterprises, operating fewer than four years, which offer new technologies and are likely to benefit from EDC’s three-year tenancies.  EDC aims to reduce risk for fledgling entrepreneurs, ultimately creating businesses that will generate jobs and bolster New Jersey’s economy.     

SOM focuses on the relationship between technology and business. Its bachelor’s, master’s and MBA programs are designed to prepare a new generation of technology-savvy business leaders for technology-enabled organizations.   

Robert Chefitz of the venture fund supported by New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) met with pre-qualified entrepreneurs looking for start-up investor capital. NJTC goals include identifying and financing entrepreneurs or small business owners who have been in existence less than six months and have a novel idea.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.