Next FINE Networking meeting is on July 18th

9 07 2013

The new format and location continues to be working.  Attendance increased again in June.

The next meeting is July 18th, 8:30AM.

Location: Whole Foods, 350 Grasmere Ave, Fairfield, next to Home Depot.

The meeting starts at 8:30 with a welcome, brief announcements, elevator speeches, then we open up to a general discussion of a theme related to using technology, the Web,  social media, etc. for marketing your business, improving productivity, operations, etc.

The meeting ends around 9:30, but you are free to stay and continue to network which some people have been doing.

If you would like to get there early to grab breakfast, coffee, do some pre-meeting networking, Whole Foods is open at 8AM and they have a breakfast buffet.

There is no charge for attending, the only cost is if you decide to buy breakfast or coffee.

FINE’s objective continues to be to provide a forum to “Meet People. Exchange Ideas. Grow Your Business”.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Ed and Bette Lynn





Next FINE Networking meeting is on June 20th

2 06 2013

FINE-LogoThe new format and location are working! Attendance doubled at the May meeting.

There were suggestions made and as a result we will be doing some tweaking.

Meetings will take place on the third Thursday like we used to do. There will be a theme or subject to discuss at each meeting, once the intros are done, and it will be “technology for business” related. We will be setting up the tables differently to make it easier for everyone to speak and hear one another and the piped in music will be turned off in the area we meet in.

We met the Fairfield Whole Foods (map) marketing person after the meeting. She is very happy that we willwhole foods in fairfield-sm be meeting there, was very welcoming and will be putting us in their newsletter of events.

The doors open at 8am, if you want to get there early to grab breakfast, coffee, do some pre-meeting networking. The meeting starts at 8:30 with a welcome, brief announcements if any, elevator speeches so everyone knows what each other does and is looking for, then we open up to a general discussion of the technology theme.

Meeting ends around 9:30, but anyone can hang around and continue to network. I didn’t leave until 10am, did some shopping, and saw about 5 or 6 people still there chatting.

There is no charge for attending, the only cost is if you decide to buy breakfast or coffee.

FINE’s objective continues to be to provide a forum to “Meet People. Exchange Ideas. Grow Your Business”.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Ed and Bette Lynn





“The Power of Email Marketing” – FINE Meeting 12/12

3 12 2012

CCToday, more than ever before, business success is measured by the strength of the relationships each business builds. You’ll learn how to build those relationships using easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing! We will explore the basics of what email marketing is, why it works so well, how it easily integrates with social networking sites, and how to use it in your business planning and marketing strategy to achieve special goals. You will learn email marketing best practices and how easy it is to implement them.

Our speaker is Ellen Williams, Regional Development Director, Constant Contact, an email marketing service provider. She has over 20 years of technology and marketing experience and has presented to over 4,000 small businesses, nonprofits, and associations. Her advice on best practices help organizations understand how to build great customer relationships that inevitable grow their businesses.

The author of It’s About Time: Time Management Tips From The Software Revitalist™,  Ellen has been published in numerous magazines including Crain’s New York Small Business, The New York Enterprise Report, Self-Employed Professional, and Success.

The meeting, on 12/12, from 9:30 to 11:00, starts with networking, followed by a welcome and each attendee giving their 30 second elevator speech, followed by our speaker and more networking. It takes place at the Wilton Library, in the President’s Room on the second floor. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, just off Route 7.

There is no admission charge, however a $5 donation will help cover the room rental expense. You are welcome to bring in coffee or other refreshments, there is a Starbucks and Steve’s Bagels nearby.

Note new time – 9:30 to 11:00. We changed to a later start time in response to the rush hour traffic a number of people encounter.





FINE Meeting – Wednesday, 11/14 – “Windows 8: Is it right for your business?”

4 11 2012
The new version of Windows is now available from Microsoft. Is it right for you? What is good about it, what is not? Should you upgrade now or wait? Richard Frisch, a Microsoft partner, will help answer those questions, share his experiences with Windows 8 as an early tester and answer questions about how it may or may not benefit your business.

Richard is owner of RHFtech, a company that provides technology support for small business and residential clients as well as digital home entertainment, video production and post-production services.

He started using computers in 1972 when he was introduced to BASIC programming as an MBA student at the Harvard Business School. A member of the team at Citibank in the 1970s that developed the modern ATM, in 1981, Richard was the first person at Smith Barney to use an electronic spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3 on a PC.

A blogger and former journalist, he wrote a column, The RHFtech Help Desk, which was published in a number of local publications. Richard makes frequent public presentations about evolving technology topics, is a member of the Connecticut PC Users Group, moderates the Random Access program at their monthly meetings and is a past president of the Fairfield County Computer Users Group.

New news – Microsoft has made copies of Windows 8 and Windows Office available and some lucky attendees will go home with them.

Note new time – 9:30 to 11:00. We changed to a later start time in response to the rush hour traffic a number of people encounter.

The meeting starts with networking, followed by a welcome and each attendee giving their 30 second elevator speech, followed by our speaker and more networking. It takes place at the Wilton Library, in the President’s Room on the second floor. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, just off Route 7.

There is no admission charge, however a $5 donation will help cover the room rental expense.  You are welcome to bring in coffee or other refreshments, there is a Starbucks and Steve’s Bagels nearby.





Next FINE Meeting, Wednesday, October 10th

3 10 2012

“How YouTube can boost visitors to your website ….. and boost your bottom line, too!”

Search engine spiders  follow, or “crawl” throughout the Internet grabbing content from sites and adding it to search engine indexes.

One of the best ways to help your organic Google page rank is to make a series of short videos and post them on YouTube. Google, who owns YouTube, uses a variety of relevant “puzzle” pieces to determine your website’s page rank. YouTube is a very big piece of that puzzle.

Come and learn from Mac Pro, Steve Goethner, who will shoot a one minute video on a FINE attendee as part of his presentation.  He’ll explain what kind of equipment and software you need to use. Then he’ll explain how to upload the video to YouTube, talk about some of the important points to make it effective and adding it to your website and other places as well.

Steve will clear up the dos and don’ts in a fun, fact-filled workshop for attendees. You don’t need to be a Mac user to benefit.

If you are interested in being the one who is “shot” at the meeting, email Anne DiFrancesco, anne@am-studios.net, owner of A&M Studios. Your name will be placed “in a hat” and we will draw a name at the beginning of the meeting. That person will be videoed by Steve as the demo.

Steven Goethner, owner of SoftKare, is an independent Macintosh consultant, Steve has been teaching, troubleshooting, networking, and offering database development since 1986. He works with his clients on a one-on-one basis and has helped hundreds of small business owners navigate through today’s complex digital challenges.

In 2012, he introduced a new service to help local businesses get to the top of Google’s organic search using keywords and video. He believes that video is still an untapped resource. When done properly, video can be a vital link in your marketing program.

The meeting starts at 9AM with networking, followed by a welcome and each attendee giving their 30 second elevator speech, followed by our speaker, more networking, and ends at 10:30. It takes place at the Wilton Library, in the President’s Room on the second floor. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, just off Route 7.  There is no admission charge, however a $5 donation will help cover the room rental expense.  You are welcome to bring in coffee or other refreshments, there is a Starbucks and Steve’s Bagels nearby.





FINE 19th Anniversary Meeting – Sept. 20th

13 09 2012

Sophfronia Scott presents “I Believe”: Belief Systems and How Understanding Yours Can Make Your Book, Your Business and Your Life Absolutely Magnetic!

Whether you realize it or not, every choice you make and every action you take is sending a message about how you think about yourself, your work and the world. And people are making decisions about YOU based on those messages. Do you know what you believe and how that belief is playing out in your life? Join us for this enlightening discussion in which we will:

**learn how to verbalize our personal belief systems

**recognize what we do to make our beliefs show up in our lives

**decide how to make changes so we better reflect our belief systems

Sophfronia Scott, executive editor of The Done For You Writing & Publishing Company, is also a novelist (All I Need to Get By; St. Martins Press) and life coach with over twenty years of experience as a professional writer.

The meeting starts at 9AM with networking, followed by a welcome and each attendee giving their 30 second elevator speech, followed by our speaker, more networking, and ends at 10:30. It takes place at the Wilton Library, in the President’s Room on the second floor. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, just off Route 7.  Coffee will be available. There is no admission charge, however a $5 donation will help cover the room expense.





“Increase Your Productivity Using Cloud Computing” – FINE Meeting – June 21st

18 06 2012

Cloud storage gives you access to your most frequently used and important business files no matter where you are. Whether on your smartphone, tablet, work computer or home computer, you can store, view, access, edit your files and share them with colleagues. It also offers a way to back up those files. 

On Thursday, June 21st, Chris Capelle will explain the mysteries behind Cloud Computing using two of the most popular services as examples, iCloud and Dropbox.  A lot has changed since these two systems were first introduced. Chris will explain in earthling terms how Cloud Computing works and can be utilized.


With nearly 20 years of hands-on IT experience in Macintosh-intensive environments (Marakon Associates, Direct Media Inc., Grolier, Mac Warehouse, etc.), Chris offers a wide range of technical services focusing on the Macintosh platform, and provides clients with dedicated professionalism and the highest standard of care. Chris is based in Wilton. Visit his website for more information at www.chriscapellemac.com.

The meeting starts at 9AM with networking, followed by a welcome and each attendee giving their 30 second elevator speech introduction, followed by our speakers, more networking, and ends at 10:30. It takes place at the Wilton Library, in the President’s Room on the second floor. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, just off Route 7.  Coffee will be available. There is no admission charge, however a $5 donation will help cover the room expense.








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