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Pilgrim Talks: Paul David Walker

September 26th, 2012 · Comments

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Paul David Walker

Coach, Author, Leadership Consultant

Paul David Walker was part of building the first leadership firm to align Strategy, Structure and Culture, and has been a business leadership adviser to the CEO's of Fortune 500 and midsized companies for over 25 years.

Paul is a CEO Coach, Poet, and one of the early innovators of leadership consulting and coaching at the executive level. He has been advising the leaders of Fortune 500 and midsized companies for over twenty-five years. With this experience he brings a unique perspective that can be invaluable to leaders. Paul has advised leaders through three downturns and recoveries in the economy. He has lead turnarounds, acquisition integration, rapid growth, culture change and strategic projects to align strategy, structure and culture. He has coached and mentored leaders in the art of leadership, personal balance, philosophical understandings that have helped his clients manifest innovative ideas and is known to be someone who sees and draws out the genius in leaders. While advising and coaching Fortune 500 companies, he was one of the leaders of a groundbreaking entrepreneurial company that established innovative leadership consulting practices. These practices provided the foundation for much of the leadership consulting that exists today. Still on the leading edge of business consulting, he integrates new approaches from science, psychology and philosophy while bringing concrete business acumen.

For more information about Paul David Walker visit: www.pauldavidwalker.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Gustavo Chamorro, Director of the Digital Media Center

September 12th, 2012 · Comments

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Gustavo Chamorro DMC

Gustavo Chamorro Director

According to the Gallup There are 6 million companies in the United States. Fewer than 25,000 of those companies have over 100 employees. 99% of the 6 million companies in the United States employee fewer than 100 people.

Imagine the effect on our economy if only 10% of those companies added one person to the payroll in the next 90 days.

Gustavo and I will be talking about the obstacles to new job creation in Southern California in the near term and how to address those obstacles.

Join us for the continuation of a great conversation.

Business Incubator at the Digital Media CenterBusiness Incubator

The business incubator has been created to assist Orange County-area digital media entrepreneurs develop and grow their business.

The business incubator, which can accommodate 10-12 start-up companies, provides competitive lease rates and offers services ranging from basic business consulting to marketing/advertising, human resources, accounting, web and promotional design and access to venture capital. Residents will also benefit from the professional network created within the DMC.

Business Incubator Requirements

To be considered as a business incubator resident your company must complete the Qualification Form. Please note that the Qualification Form requires the submission of an executive summary of your business plan, which must include information on how your company meets the requirements for admission.

Below are the requirements for admission to the DMC:

  • A realistic business and marketing plan reflecting the potential to grow the business and become a leading player in their market segment.
  • Reasonable credit history and adequate financial resources to remain in business for at least six (6) months.
  • A strong entrepreneurial management team with experience in the industry and at least one full-time employee working in the position.
  • A match between the needs of your company and the resources available within the incubator program and the community.
  • Not in direct competition with other incubator clients.
  • A product or service that represents a unique technology that can create a competitive advantage.
  • No legal claims or lawsuits pending against the business.
  • The potential for multiple job creation at wages higher than the county average.
  • Plans to locate in surrounding area and stay for at least three (3) years.

Gustavo Chamorro

Gustavo has spent the pat four years developing a business Incubator program for the recruitment and nurturing of entrepreneurial businesses in Orang County. He regularly obtains and facilitates support services from appropriate partners and business services providers for the startups in the incubator program. He serves as the primary spokesperson for the Digital Media Center to its Advisory Committee, potential donors, business leaders, news media, and economic development agencies. Through his work at the center, Gustavo has enhanced local and regional economic growth through the successful growth of incubator businesses, and he has established strategic partnerships with governmental and community agencies, and business and industry organizations.

For more information about the Digital Media Center and the Incubation Program visit:   dmc-works.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Michael Sawitz, CEO of FastStart.studio

September 5th, 2012 · Comments

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Michael Sawitz FastStart.studio

Michael Sawitz CEO

According to the Gallup There are 6 million companies in the United States. Fewer than 25,000 of those companies have over 100 employees. 99% of the 6 million companies in the United States employee fewer than 100 people.

Imagine the effect on our economy if only 10% of those companies added one person to the payroll in the next 90 days.

Michael and I will be talking about the obstacles to new job creation in Southern California in the near term and how to address those obstacles.

Join us for the continuation of a great conversation.

FastStart.studio's GOAL

Our goal is to put Americans back to work by assisting entrepreneurs in launching their companies. These new companies will employ workers, grow networks of suppliers and ultimately generate new revenues that will benefit our communities.

America is built on a foundation of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. FastStart.studio will play a role in assisting entrepreneurs to build a better America through enterprise and innovation.

The Program

Through a selection process start-ups and early stage companies are invited to take part in the FastStart.studio Accelerator Program. These business are given office space, support services (such as; phone, conference rooms, Wi-Fi and wired connectivity) mentors and access to a host of subject matter experts.

The FastStart.studio Accelerator Program is designed to surround each start-up or early stage entrepreneur with consulting and resources focused on bringing the new company to the marketplace within a maximum of one year.

In exchange for services received the newly launched company pledges to repay FastStart.studio when the new company starts to produce revenues, much like a student loan. Should the new company not launch or fail to generate revenue, no fee is owed to FastStart.studio

"If you are not successful, we are not successful."
Michael Sawitz, CEO and Founder

For more information about FastStart.studio visit: faststartstudio.com

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