Meet Our Clients: Michael Sluss, The Security Nerd

Life hacks are good, like sharpening scissors with tin foil or using candle wax to lube a sticky drawer. Hackers attacking your business, not so much. And it’s not just big corporations that have to be on guard, according to Michael Sluss, Founder/Owner of The Security Nerd, who joined FITCI in July 2021. The Security Nerd helps small to medium-sized businesses protect one of their most valuable assets – their information. “Many people think of hackers as hoodie-clad teenagers in their parents’ basement,” says Michael. “That may be true in some cases but, in reality, cybercrime is a multibillion-dollar industry. Some people go to work every day and their job is…

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Founder City: Building and Managing a High Profit Business

with Buyable author, Steve Preda Watch the full session here https://www.foundercity.com/bonus1 Founder City is a free, multi-faceted resource created by The Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) and Betamore for business leaders on their own path to growth and discovery. The virtual conference includes a pitch competition worth $25,000 in cash and service prizes, in addition to mentorship opportunities, networking, targeted learning and more. “Make your business buyable, even if you want to keep It” Start with the end in mind. That’s the bottom line, according to Steve Preda, an author, speaker, Pinnacle Business Guide and former Certified EOS Implementer® who is dedicated to guiding business leaders as they build…

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Founder City: Sales Stories + Trends

Crafting Your Story with Chris Cocca of Strategic Sales Solutions Founder City is a free, multi-faceted resource created by The Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) and Betamore for business leaders on their own path to growth and discovery. The virtual conference includes a pitch competition worth $25,000 in cash and service prizes, in addition to mentorship opportunities, networking, targeted learning and more. Everybody loves a good story. Even before Hollywood got involved, humankind reveled in a grand epic. You know the one, where the hero is brought low by overwhelming adversity before finding a guide and heeding the clarion call, persevering to ultimately emerge victorious. According to Chris Cocca,…

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MEET OUR CLIENTS: Basma Elmogy, Founder of Boötes

“Beauty” is an allusive concept because it means different things to different people. Is it a flower blooming forth from hardscrabble conditions or a field of glittering stars across the deepest midnight sky? Is it a sunny smile from the one you love or a tender embrace from a friend? Maybe it is the glow of fresh, healthy skin that gazes back from your mirror. For FITCI member Basma Elmogy, it’s a little bit of all of that. Her company, Boötes, is dedicated to creating sustainable naturally derived skincare and cosmetic products that wrap users in luxury, but its origin is indelibly tied to abiding love for family and deep…

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FOUNDER CITY: Building a High-Performance Culture

Andrew Freedman is a lifelong advocate for maximizing human potential and creating positive change, personally and professionally. As Managing Partner of SHIFT Consulting and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Baltimore with more than 25 years of business strategy experience, he knows a thing or two about the subject. He helps companies across diverse industries flourish through vibrant company cultures and a high-performance mindset. Freedman kicked off the Founder City’s online learning series with insights from his newest book; THRIVE, The Leader’s Guide to Building a High-Performance Culture. His advice cuts through power plays, focusing on the essential human component. Speaking with moderator Greg Cangialosi (Chairman of Betamore…

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MEET OUR CLIENTS: Santhanalakshmi Shanmugam, President of Minnodi LLC

There is an old saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Sometimes that means following a passion for helping others reach their dreams, too, and it’s the inspiration behind entrepreneur Santhanalakshmi Shanmugam’s labor of love, Minnodi, a Maryland-based IT/Pharma consulting and staffing agency. She says, “Entrepreneurs make a real contribution in the world. They are the ones who turn dreams into reality.” By applying her in-depth technology industry experience, including computer applications, graphic design and artificial intelligence (AI), to supporting other founders, creators and dreamers, Minnodi’s impact is magnified. That, she affirms, “makes all of our lives easier and more efficient.” “It’s really…

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Meet Our Clients: Dr. Yimeng Wang, Founder and CEO of ReVacc

Yimeng Wang, Ph.D., has contributed to infectious disease research for more than 15 years with publications in top tier journals, such as Science and Cell.  His publications reach the fields of influenza, HIV, RSV and Ebola. He also served as main inventor of U.S. provisional patent “Neutralizing Antibody Targeting the Marburg Virus Glycoprotein,” and has another patent related to Zika vaccine rational design in preparation. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, Yimeng decided to put years of experience in studying infectious diseases to work and start a business that might help dealing with this pandemic in a better way. Inspired by modern science of Reverse Vaccinology, ReVacc focuses on vaccine and…

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