Thursday, May 27, 2010

TBTF coolTech Discount

An item of possible interest to you and/or your employees and customers. As members of the FPC, your company is one of the FHTCC "partners" eligible for the discounted rate at coolTech.

Jim Pearson

FPC Executive Director

The Tampa Bay Technology Forum has extended a special discounted rate to our partners who wish to attend this year’s showcase of emerging technologies at coolTECH. You’ll hear from experts and innovators in high tech clusters such as biotech, nanotech, defense, energy and mobile technologies, as well as the featured key note speaker, Frank Farro who is responsible for New Technology R&D for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts!


Friday, June 4th

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa

Take advantage of the TBTF discounted member price of $60 for a full day pass by using the code “Cool2010” when registering. Visit

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

50th Anniversary of the first laser demonstration

Fifty years ago, on May 16, 1960, Theodore Maiman built the first functioning laser, demonstrating the operation of a ruby laser at Hughes Research Laboratories.

The world’s professional societies, including SPIE, OSA, LIA, and the Institute of Physics (IOP), have been celebrating laser technology all year, through programs such as the tribute “Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future” and as Founding Partners of LaserFest, a collaboration among the scientific community. Some of the items in this anniversary celebration include the following:

· The laser anniversary has received high-level recognition in the U.S., through a Presidential Message in which President Obama recognized the "intensely creative theoretical work," that led to the development of the laser, "followed by innovative engineering, and a spectacular diversity of applications that have brought economic benefits unimagined at the start of the process." He went on to say he looks forward "with real excitement to further advances in this field and new applications as yet undreamed of today.". In addition, a Congressional resolution passed by the US House of Representatives recognizing the anniversary, as well as the need for continued support of scientific research. The resolution called the laser "one of the ground-breaking scientific achievements of the 20th century," and noted the economic impact of lasers, expected to be nearly $6 billion in sales globally this year.

· A large historical laser display was organized by SPIE in conjunction with a LaserFest Symposium at CLEO/QELS in San Jose, California, 16-21 May, and will be shown at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, California, during the first week of August. It can also be seen online in a virtual laser museum.

· OSA has a number of interactive videos, galleries, and open-access articles on the laser on their website at

· The May issue of IOP’s Physics World is a special issue devoted to laser science and technology, and is available for free download at

· The IOP’s website at has a series of video interviews with some leading lights in laser science:

Visit the Advancing the Laser website for complete information and additional links:

SMART Awards honor the best Central Florida Companies! Campaign 5/25/10

Celebrate the 2010 SMART Awards Finalists
Presented by Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, PA
Wednesday, May 26
11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Luncheon & Awards
Sonesta Hotel Orlando Downtown

Register by Friday, May 21 at:

ACG Members: $65

Non-Members: $85

On-site: $95 for all, cash or check only please.

2010 SMART Awards Presentation & Lunch

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sonesta Hotel Orlando Downtown

2010 SMART Awards Finalists

AA Metals, Inc.

AGMUS Ventures, Inc.

DEI Services Corporation

DiPasqua Enterprises, Inc.

Engineering and Computer Simulation (ECS)

Environmental Manufacturing Solutions, LLC (EMS)

FARO Technologies

Florida Emergency Physicians

Florida Heart Group


Highwinds Capital, Inc.

JHT, Inc.

JVI Appraisal Division

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

Leavitt Management Group, Inc.

New Traditions National Bank

North American Substation Services, LLC

Physician Associates, LLC

Roger B. Kennedy, Inc.

Sperry Van Ness Florida Commercial Real Estate Advisors

Symetrics Industries

Territo Electric

Tijuana Flats Burrito Co.

Williams Company


Monday, May 17, 2010

International Security Safety & Fire Exhibition

SICUR brings together the Security sector with an integral focus: health and safety at work, protection against acts of aggression, the prevention of fire and any type of emergency situation, as well as the prevention of the different risks. It is a security event in the widest sense of the word, both public and private.

SICUR is a trade meeting point for innovation, new products and market agents. It is the most significant of all the security sector trade events held in Spain.

SICUR has grown steadily over the years, both in terms of the services and products of offer, as well as the number of professionals visiting the trade fair. It reflects the progress made within a sector which is continuosly improving as a result of increasing demand within the sector and evolution of the different technologies. It is a strong and competitive sector, which is committed to society.

SECURITY: Physical security equipment, anti-intrusion and access control, surveillance, private security services, equipment for the public security forces, technology for IT security and network security solutions are all on show in the Security area at SICUR. This is a growing area, which puts forward interesting proposals at each new edition.

If you are interested in attending or you need further information, please don´t hesitate to contact:

José María Gotor

International Trade Advisor

US Office, Madrid Chamber of Commerce

US Office, IFEMA Madrid Exhibition Center

1221 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1540

Miami, Florida, 33131

Tel. 305 358 59 88

Fax. 305 358 68 44

SEMINAR: 5.26.10 / CREOL 102 / 3:00-4:00pm / “Enhancement of Magneto-Optical Effects in Gyrotropic Photonic Bandgap Materials”

“Enhancement of Magneto-Optical Effects in Gyrotropic Photonic Bandgap Materials”

Wednesday, May 26th 2010 / 3:00-4:00pm

CREOL Room 102

Dr. A.A. Jalali

Research Physicists

Electro-Optics Technology, Inc


A.A. Jalali Magneto-optic materials have many applications in a large

variety of areas of integrated optics. Perhaps the most common

application of magneto-optic materials is in the construction of

nonreciprocal waveguides and magneto-optic isolators although there are

also many applications in other areas of integrated optics such as

magneto-optical fast switching, magneto-optical read-out disks, and

magneto-optical sensors and visualizers. All of these applications are

based on the magneto-optical activity of the material like polarization

rotation of the light passing through the medium (Faraday rotation) and

magneto-optical tunability of the medium. Magneto-optical effects can be

enhanced significantly in a periodic structure, the so called photonic

crystals, that exhibit photonic bandgaps. The enhancement of

magneto-optical effects would thus allow large improvements in existing

applications and even more open up new possibilities for advanced sensor

devices and optical filters. In this talk I will present a study of

polarization rotation enhancement in one- and twodimensional photonic

crystals and provide theoretical and experimental support for a novel

type of photonic bandgap in birefringent magneto-optic photonic crystal

waveguides. Contradirectional coupling of fundamental to higher order

local normal modes in birefringent magneto-optic photonic crystal

waveguides leads to partially overlapping gyrotropic bandgaps inside the

Brillouin zone. This type of photonic bandgap and degeneracy breaking

inside the Brillouin zone are a result of the local coupling between

different elliptically polarized photonic states in magneto-photonic

crystals. While linear birefringence suppresses the Faraday rotation in

magneto-optic waveguides, large magnetically active changes in

polarization rotation near the band edges are observed in the

magneto-optic photonic crystal waveguides.


Dr. Jalali received the PhD degree in Physics from the Royal Institute

of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2005. He spent three years as

a Research Scientist at the Michigan Technological University, Michigan.

In 2009, He was a Visiting Research Scientist in the Center for Quantum

Devices at Northwestern University, Illinois. Currently, he is a

Research Physicists with Electro-Optics Technology, Inc, Michigan. His

research interests include magneto-optic photonic crystals, photonic

materials, computational electromagnetics, photonic biosensors, and

magneto-photonic devices.


Larry Shah


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Florida Economic Gardening Institute

GrowFL Economic Gardening Program

Cultivating growth companies across the state is the mission of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, funded by the Florida Legislature at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and involving a host of partners committed to local delivery of statewide services to help second-stage companies achieve their potential.

At no charge, GrowFL will provide a suite of high-end, high-speed technical assistance and business resources to companies that have grown beyond the startup phase and need access to information and decision-making tools typically only available to larger companies.

A team of highly trained and experienced analysts will be deployed to function not as consultants, but as an extension of your business … consider them elite staff at your disposal to take your company to the next level. The Economic Gardening Team offers in-depth technical assistance on anything from extensive research into expanding your customer base to strategies for improving your leadership structure and business models. The technical assistance program starts with an Economic Gardening Team call and typically lasts one to three weeks.

For more information and to apply, visit

You're Invited - Social Media Success Strategies

Social Media Success Strategies

Leveraging Technology for Business Advantage

Social Networks

Companies are utilizing the social web to find customers, connect with clients, build a stronger brand reputation, and discover how to engage with users in new ways.

Most CEOs know they need to use social media but they are not sure why and don’t have a plan. The result is that much time is spent on marketing tactics that are not tied to a strategy.

Respected internet entrepreneur and .Com Marketing CEO, Hillary Bressler, will help you determine what type of social media strategy makes sense for your business.

You will learn:
• Use of social media to drive leads
• Use of social media for customer service
• Which social media sites you should focus on
• Which companies are driving revenue through Twitter
• The Top 5 ways to increase your followers on Facebook

Bressler is one of the nation's online marketing pioneers and is one of the most respected experts on the hot topic of internet marketing trends. She co-authored the book “Discover Your Inner Strength” with Ken Blanchard and Stephan Covey, and was selected to serve on the Program Advisory Board at Full Sail University. Watch a recent video of Hillary Bressler at Full Sail.

To see how much fun social media can be, click on the "new dork" above.

Cool Tech Showcase
If you want to know more about other technologies to support your business, visit the Cool Tech Showcase to see how you can use mobile phone marketing, create your own iphone apps, cloud computing and more.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. - Registration, Networking and Cool Tech Showcase
9:00 to 10:45 a.m. - Program
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Free Parking

$30 - In Advance
$40 - Day of the Event
Complimentary Admission for Orlando, Inc. Investors at the
Business Partners and Business Connection Investment Levels
(Previously Regional Board of Advisors and Chamber Trustees)

To exhibit your technology or for Sponsorship Opportunities,
contact Cyndi Matzick at or 407-835-2513.

Orlando, Inc., (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce) is one of four "Lines of Business" of the Central Florida Partnership and is specifically focused on Regional Entrepreneurship. A "Five-Star Chamber" - the highest level of achievement awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - we are positioned to serve the growing needs of businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the Central Florida Region. Working together with BusinessForce (Public Policy Advocacy), (Regional Research & Resolves) and Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership), the Central Florida Partnership is moving "Ideas to Results."

Laying the Ground Work for a Successful Marketing Campaign 5/25/10

Title: Laying the Ground Work for a Successful Marketing Campaign Presented by Bill Duerden with Cox Marketing Services.

Date: Tuesday, May 25,2010

Time: 11:30-1:30

Fee: $20

Location: University Tower, 2nd floor large conference room #211, 12201 Research Parkway, Orlando, FL., 32826

RSVP: Renee Ayala at 407-882-0202 or

What happens when you go to the grocery store without a list? You spend too much, you buy things that look good at the time and you may not even get what you need and have to go back again later. The same thing will happen with your marketing if you don't take the time to make a plan! Having a solid strategy will enable you to execute a well-targeted, cost-effective marketing campaign for your business. It's all about identifying your Significant, Unique and Credible difference.

The Marketing Strategy Model

Step 1: Target
Who is your business's heavy user?

Step 2: Benefits Sought
What does the heavy user want?

Step 3: Competitive Analysis
Who are your closest competitors? How does your business compare?

Step 4: Positioning
What's your brand position?

Step 5: Marketing & Promotion Tactics
In what ways might you tactically support and enhance your brand position with marketing and promotion?

Bill Duerden is a Graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications. He spent over 10 years as an ad agency executive in South Florida and served as a member of local chapters of the American Marketing Association in West Palm Beach and Orlando. Bill has been with Cox Media Group since 1991, as a sales executive for the six radio stations in Orlando. He helped launch STAR 94.5, in 1996, as a "Rhythmic Adult Contemporary" format. Bill also developed a local campaign for Subway in the 90's titled, "Eat Healthy". This became the precursor to the national campaign that launched Jared as the spokesman. Bill serves as Vice Chair for the Central Florida STEM Education Council. This is an organization devoted to promoting science and math education to students, parents and educators. Currently, he is Director of Strategic Partnerships for Cox Media Group/Orlando, developing marketing campaigns and initiatives for corporations, communities and professional associations.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Government Contracting: Learn. Implement. Grow! Training Event

Government Contracting: Learn. Implement. Grow!


Technological Research and Development Authority
1050 W. NASA Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901

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May 20, 2010 at 07:45 AM
May 20, 2010 at 01:00 PM
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If you have not not registered yet, now is the time!

You are invited to join us in a value-packed learning experience:

Government Contracting:
Learn. Implement. Grow!

Click on "Register Now" to learn more and to reserve your seat today. Limited seating available.

Register Now!

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 20th.


Your Government Contracting Advisory Team (GCAT)

Monday, May 10, 2010

You're Invited: SBDC Advisory Board Council Reception

Please Join Us

Join us at this lively networking event as we celebrate National Small Business Week and the achievements of the Advisory Board Council.

Socialize with fellow small business owners and area professionals and hear first-hand how this innovative program is strengthening the Orange County business community.

In recognition of National Small Business week, this reception is part of the SBDC at UCF's "Procurement Days," a week of educational activities designed to expand government contracting opportunities for small businesses.

Tuesday, May 25
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Complimentary drinks and light fare will be served.

Small Business Development Center at UCF

Located at the Disney Entrepreneur Center
315 E. Robinson Str., Suite 100 | Orlando, FL

RSVP by Thursday, May 20 or call 407.420.4850

Feature Success Story:

Jorge Suria, president of Hooah LLC

Jorge Suria, president of Hooah LLC, an interactive communications company, will share his company's extraordinary story of growth. Since becoming a client of the Advisory Board Council in 2008, Hooah's revenues have jumped 265% to $2 million and the firm has hired 10 new employees. Hooah is certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business 8(a) firm and has pursued government contracts in marketing and technology with clients such as the Army National Guard, the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves.

About the Advisory Board Council:

The SBDC Advisory Board Council, sponsored by Orange County, acts as matchmaker between established businesses and area professionals who volunteer their expertise at no cost as members of an advisory board.


Qualifications for Program:

*Business located in Orange County

*2 years+ operating experience

*Annual revenues $500k+

*6+ employees

NOTE: The UCF Business Incubation Program has forwarded this information to you as a courtesy to one of our partner organizations.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Brevard Workforce: Be A Part Of KSC's Upcoming Virtual Job Fair

Kennedy Space Center Virtual Job Fair

Hosted by NASA in conjunction with Brevard Workforce

No cost to Employers or Job Seekers

This Virtual Job Fair is a two-week-long 24/7 online
recruiting tool for showcasing your jobs to the
transitioning aerospace workforce.


Employers can register beginning May 10, 2010

Live dates for Job Seekers: May 17 - 31, 2010

Link to Register:

(If an employer registers prior to May 10, 2010 the

information will not be saved. To prevent work from being

lost, please don't register until May 10, 2010)


For more information, call Erika Feltz at 321-394-0544
or email her at

For more information about the Virtual Job
Fair experience, please click here.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 7th, SBIR/STTR Cost Proposal and Government Accounting

Hands-On SBIR/STTR Cost Proposal Workshop

We always do things a little differently at the home of the Florida Gators and put a special twist on our training. This time we are taking our SBIR/STTR Cost Proposal and Government
Accounting Workshop and giving attendees a chance to draft their own SBIR/STTR cost proposal during the event. Those who do not want the hands-on component are welcome to attend and see an example of how one company estimated its rate.

Friday, May 7, 2010

SBIR/STTR Cost Proposal and Government Accounting

The hands-on effort will begin with attendees estimating an indirect rate/overhead rate/G&A rate/F&A rate for their company. Without that rate, your SBIR/STTR cost proposal will not be credible. (i.e. You can’t defend it with a straight face when the government asks where it came from.)

Instructors: Jim and Gail Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting are nationally known for their expertise and success in helping companies and entrepreneurs like you achieve success in these programs.

Register by April 30 to or (352) 846-1840

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
McKnight Brain Institute at UF, Rooms L 110 A & B Gainesville, Florida
Limited to 40 participants

$20 GAIN members $30 non-members

Monday, May 3, 2010

FPC meeting - June 23: Save the date!

The next general meeting of the FPC will be on Wednesday, June 23, starting at 3:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Burnham Institute at Lake Nona and the program will consist of presentations about the current activities and plans for the future for the Medical City developmentand a tour of some of the facilities . Tavistock Corporation and the Metro Orlando EDC are hosting the meeting with the objective of building mutually beneficial connections between the Medical City activities and the photonics community and industry in Florida. A similar effort was made recently with the simulation/training industry with good success.

More information about the program and details of the meeting will be sent soon, but please mark your calendars for this meeting.

Best regards,

Jim Pearson

Florida Economic Gardening Institute

Metro Orlando EDC, an FPC member, is working to build awareness about a free business assistance program currently being offered through the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Floria. You can see full information on the program at And for other information, please contact:

Eric Ushkowitz
Director, bioOrlando
Technology & Entertainment
Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
Phone: 407.422.7159 ext. 241
Fax: 407.425.6428