For Immediate Release
Business for Downtown Business Seminar Series (Event II)
September 6th, 2002, New York -- The second event of Business for
Downtown Business seminar series was successfully held on 9/6th AM at
the Sprint ATC in Downtown New York. The meeting went very well way
beyond its scheduled time with great audience enthusiasm.
Thanks to the excellent speakers and eager audience, the sessions were
very interactive and extremely informative. Session Chairman Don
Winter, President of Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, introduced the
role of MCC in New York and gave an opening remark about the Downtown
Business Calling Card project initiated by a few downtown businesses
and its significance as a mechanism to help downtown collectively. He
then presented a brief account of the impact to business 9-11 has
caused and how downtown businesses can and must collectively help each
other to recovery - leading to the talks to follow.
Ron Kovas, President of I-Traffic, Agency.COM, a veteran Advertising
guru and richly experienced Internet interactive marketing expert gave
an excellent presentations on interactive marketing. he specially
the talk to the needs of small businesses hence generated many
dialogues among audiences seeking advices and guidance. Although Ron
claimed that his presentation is an Interactive marketing 101 but it
touched upon so many practical issues that are so beneficial to
businesses who intend to explore Internet interactive marketing.
Dr. Ifay Chang, President of IPO2U.COM, the project coordinator of the
Downtown Business Calling Call Project, reviewed the objectives of the
project and how it naturally evolved into a 9-11 Memorial interactive
CD with its main purpose of promoting downtown business. He
acknowledged many content contributors in songs, photos, etc. and
introduced Graphicmachine.com, graphic design and Digital
Destinations, photography. There is no way to separate out 9-11 from
Downtown businesses as everyone is impacted by
the tragic event and everyone has to deal with its aftermath. Dr.
Chang stressed the fact that many of the 9-11 related projects
including 9-11DBCC are not exploiting the 9-11 but with a genuine
purpose and expression of love, care and help. Dr. Chang then
demonstrated the calling card feature which can call the 2000 downtown
businesses listed in the DBCC directories by a simple click of the
mouse. The DBCC CD creates a downtown business community and offers
convenience to their clients and customers world wide to do business
with New York.
The 9-11 Memorial Panel was led by Ms Valerie Ghent, CEO of WestStreet
records, a song writer and musician, who wrote the song We'll Carry
On. Joined with her, Ms Rhonda Roland Shearer, Director and cofounder
of Arts and science lab, James Becker, COO of Computer Adept, LLC,
Alfred Werner, President of Thunderstick and Bill Keegan, PAPD
Recovery and Rescue Night Command. The panelists all had been involved
with the 9-11 rescue and recovery effort. They through Valerie's
excellent introduction have given
a detailed first hand account of how the activities were conducted and
experienced, not without difficulties and differences but united with
all involved nevertheless. Rhonda as the Director of WTC Ground Zero
Project, calls for finding the truth and details among the massive
press coverage. She personally is constructing an archive web site for
9-11. James and Alfred are constructing and hosting a Coalition web
site for all 9-11 victims and families related organizations. The
purpose is to produce a self-sustainable web site with e-commerce that
can benefit the constituents member organizations. As commented by
Bill, The enthusiasm and dedications of the people involved will sure
make the project successful. Bill expressed appreciation to all who
came forward and helped the victims and rescuers alike. many untold
touching stories could be seen through his eyes.
The audience was warm and enthusiastic engaging in discussions. Donna
DeFalco brought her 10 foot quilt in memorial of the victims for
display. Many small businesses and personnel from SBA were in
attendance. Dr. Chang concluded the event by urging organizations
and/or individuals to adopt the BDB seminar series if perceived
needed, perhaps through joining forces with other similar events.
Future events will be sent through email list.
The 9-11DBCC CD can be viewed at www.mi-card.com/9-11BDCC
through email or Internet.
For further information contact:
Public Relations Office
PO Box, 944, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598