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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.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.