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Red Lion Hotel Portland - Convention Center

1021 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232, US (map)

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 26 2013
    Obamacare 101: How does it work and what can it do for me?

    Oregon Computer Consultants' Association Monthly Meeting Obamacare 101: How does it work and what can it do for me?

    Program There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss practical problems. Among the topics that will be covered are:

    • What do we need to know about the new healthcare law?
    • Who can get premium subsidies and how do I qualify?
    • What are the tax ramifications for individuals receiving subsidies?
    • How do I get the information I need from the CoverOregon Site?
    • What are the basic things to consider to make sure I'm protected while not paying more than I need to?
    • How do I interpret the details shown on CoverOregon, like understanding whether the deductible covers both drugs and medical services, or is treated separately for each?

    Speaker Ray Armstrong is the CEO of InsuranceNW. He is an entrepreneur and independent health insurance broker, licensed across the country, as well as a certified agent for CoverOregon, WashingtonHealthplanFinder & CoveredCalifornia. Ray has knowledge far beyond the average local agent and specializes in helping the self-employed out of compassion for the small businessman and families trying to make ends meet. He creates custom plans for each client by utilizing his nationwide access to dozens of insurance companies to create a plan to best meet his clients health needs as well as budget.

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A)

    Important note: You're welcome to attend if you want to learn how the Affordable Care Act affects micro- and small-business owners. If you want to rant about it, don't come. Thank you for your cooperation.

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 29 2013
    CRM: "He Who Has the Data Wins"

    CRM: "He Who Has the Data Wins" presented by Rusty Lee

    Each of these questions will be presented from both the perspective of you as a business owner, and also as a consultant helping your clients make decisions.

    What is CRM?
    Why from a business perspective is CRM important?
    How can it benefit my business?
    What will it cost me?
    What's the payback?
    How can a small business have an effective CRM program that works?
    

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    Presented by: Rusty Lee lives in the Battle Ground area and has been supporting the IT needs of Small Business for the last 10 years as CEO for CallMyPcDr.com . He has presented to audiences large and small on a wide range of topics. In a previous life he was Director of Marketing for a manufacturing firm in Portland, responsible for sales and marketing worldwide.

    During his over 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience he learned the old fashioned way about the importance of customer data. Back then it was called database marketing. He's kept in touch with his Marketing Roots and now can add the Technology Perspective to the equation of CRM.

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 24 2013
    Working with Windows 8

    Tim Chalmers will lead a discussion on Windows 8. All attendees are encouraged to participate. Some topics which will be addressed are:

    • What our customers need to know, (besides forget about it)

    • How to ease the transition

    • What we love,

    • What we hate,

    • What we have not figured out yet

    • How to fix whats broken

    • What to watch for.

    • New Task manager

    • Reset Windows

    • Nondestructive re-install

    • Windows 8.1 changes

    • Bring your questions about Windows 8 that you would like to have answered.

    • Bring your answers that you can share when we pass the mouse.

    Presented by Tim Chalmers: Owner of Your Computer Consultants, Inc. Providing IT services for small businesses and individuals.

    Your Computer Consultants, Inc. Specializes in Onsite Problem Solving, Systems and Networks using Microsoft products.

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 6 PM Red Lion at the Convention Center 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A)

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70

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  • Tuesday
    Aug 27 2013
    The Benefits of cloud services for small business and consultants

    Free and open to the public The Red Lion charges the OCCA for using their ballroom. Please help us defray this cost by buying food and beverages. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month (except December).

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70 Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    The Benefits of cloud services for small business and consultants

    Agenda:

    Introductions and expectations. Questions any time. Interruptions are OK and expected.
    What are Cloud Services Anyway?
    How can offering Cloud Services benefit small business (client)?
    How can offering Cloud Services benefit a computer support business?
    Data programs email, storage, backup, etc.
    Voice programs hosted PBX, hosted paperless fax
    Individual hosted applications
    How to plan for migration to the cloud without killing your client's business
    Who is the Target Market
    Referrals can pay off
    Q & A
    

    Presented by Tom Rich, owner Worry-Free Workplace Http://www.Worry-FreeWorkplace.com Guiding Small businesses to the Cloud

    Tom began in the computer industry in 1978 (Portland Byte Shop). He started Mt. Hood Computer Services in 1980 to support the computer needs of Small Businesses.

    Certifications over the years: Novell CNE, Microsoft MCSE, Citrix CCEA Microsoft Partner since 2003 Microsoft Small Business Specialist since 2004 Started Worry-Free Workplace April 1, 2013

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 30 2013
    Intel in the Mobile Space

    Free and open to the public The Red Lion charges the OCCA for using their ballroom. Please help us defray this cost by buying food and beverages. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month (except December).

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70/calendar/

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    What is Intel doing in the Mobile space? Ben Lee will present the current Intel technology including some demonstration tablet and ultrabooks products.

    Ultrabooks: Current and coming
    Tablets: Current and coming
    Wireless Display
    New security technology
    More, including questions
    

    Presented by Ben H. Lee III is an Intel Field Applications Engineer located in Hillsboro, Oregon.

    He covers the Northwest Region of the US along with Western Canada and is responsible for $100M in annual designs.

    Ben has an Electrical Engineering degree from Oregon State University and holds one patent in adaptive synchronization of data across networks.

    He started working at Intel in 1996 and held various positions in engineering for desktop and networking products. He went on to marketing in 2000, did four years in sales beginning in 2004, and moved back to an engineering in 2008.

    Today, Ben designs solutions using Intel desktop, mobile, LAN, SSD, RAID and server products. He supports customers who build systems used in a variety of applications such as digital surveillance, IPTV, supercomputing, and aerospace.

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 25 2013
    OCCA: A Look at Mobile Apps

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking All are welcome to attend. 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    Oregon Computer Consultants Assn. www.OCCA.org. RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70/events

    A Look at Mobile Apps

    Mobile computing is becoming a big part of the computer consultants required skills. This panel will present Mobile apps on the IOS platform (I-phone and I-pad) and the Android Platform for both phones and tablets.

    We will examine the apps we recommend for clients as well as those useful for computer consultants.

    There will be some time to allow attendees to also recommend superior apps for business and pleasure.

    Presented by Christian Martin: Denali Consulting Jeff Cone: Cone Consulting Group Rich Wersinger: RGW Consulting LLC Steve Shank: Oregon Computer Solutions George Shubin: dX Software Systems

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  • Tuesday
    May 28 2013
    OCCA: Office 365

    Free and open to the public. The Red Lion charges the OCCA for using their meeting room. Please help us defray this cost by buying food and beverages. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month (except December).

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 6 pm

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    Office 365

    What is it?
    Business view on using Office 365
    Comparison of On-site versus cloud costs
    Office 365 capabilities
    SkyDrive Pro
    Office suite + Mac support
    Visio + Project - Office 365 services
    How does Office 365 Licensing work?
    

    What is Windows Intune

    What services does Windows Intune provide
    How Windows Intune reduces the cost of IT support
    

    Using Office 365 Document services

    SkyDrive Pro and Windows 8
    Office 365 + Team Site
    Collaboration with Office 2013
    Data everywhere
    Demonstration of Office 365 services
    

    Next Steps

    Summary of Office 365 features
    Moving to Office 365
    Office 365 Migration
    

    Presented by Matt Katzer and Don Crawford

    Matt created KAMIND in 1998 to supply solutions using Microsoft Technologies for small and medium size businesses. In addition to providing out sourced IT managed solutions, Matt pursued the development of technology related inventions and holds 19 domestic and international patents in related areas. Matt holds a BSEE from University of Michigan and an Executive MBA from the University of Oregon.

    Don Crawford has been consulting and developing software and hardware products since 1969. In January 2012, Matt and Don combined to form a new KAMIND Cloud services business focused on Microsoft Cloud solutions. The new KAMIND is responsible for the Office 365 and Windows Intune migrations of over 200 customers in 18 states and 4 countries.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 30 2013
    Easy and Inexpensive Screencasting

    Free and open to the public The Red Lion charges the OCCA for using their ballroom. Please help us defray this cost by buying food and beverages. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month (except December).

    RSVP: meetup.com/itpro-70

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    Easy and Inexpensive Screencasting

    Screencasting can help you clearly explain concepts to your clients as well as give you instant credibility. But, screencasting programs can be expensive and complex. However, all of us do not always need to create professional quality videos. Sometimes we just need to quickly and clearly convey some information and video is the best way to do so.

    Rich will present a guide to inexpensive tools for screencasting which make the process pretty easy and will enable you to create clear instructive videos in little time and at low cost.

    Some topics he'll cover are:

    Why Video? What hardware is needed? Capturing video and capturing images Sharing with Jing and sharing with Snagit When is Jing better? When is Snagit better? Going beyond the simple tools

    Presented by

    Rich Wersinger founded RJW Consulting in 1998, and formed as RJW Consulting, LLC in July 2010. In 2007, Rich expanded his services to include screencast videos.

    Rich has been helping professionals expand their horizons and realize potential they never thought possible since he was a scout in his teens. His first professional assignment in 1982-1984 was training Royal Saudi Naval Forces officers how to manage the day-to-day activities aboard their small naval vessels. Since then, he has discovered the challenges and successes helping professionals use software applications effectively

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 26 2013
    OCCA: A Consultant's Guide to QuickBooks

    Free and open to the public The Red Lion does not charge us for the room, but they expect us to eat while we're there. So bring your appetite along with your thirst for knowledge. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month (except December). To Sign up: meetup.com/itpro-70 Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 6 pm

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    A Consultant's Guide to QuickBooks

    K.C. Courtnier will enlighten us about QuickBooks. Computer consultants encounter QuickBooks in two ways: Many of us use it ourselves to manage our business, and we frequently deal with it on our clients' computers. K.C. will give us advice on how to make better use of QuickBooks, and also provide practical advice for supporting QuickBooks installations. Topics likely to be discussed: What features of QuickBooks would a computer consultant or contractor be most interested in? (Tracking time? Billing for time? Inventory? Invoicing etc.) Common QuickBooks problems and solutions Issues that may arise in multi-user installations and more!

    Presented by K.C. Courtnier is the founder of 2nd Site Business Solutions: http://www.2nd-site.com/. K.C. s goal of helping businesses to more effectively and correctly manage financial data has allowed her to assist over 600 companies from Portland to Barcelona, Spain.

    With a degree in Management and Professional Development and more than 30 years of business experience in management, accounting, training and hands-on work in a variety of industries, K.C. is well positioned to help virtually any size or type of business. She s also one of only a few people in Oregon holding all of the Intuit certifications: QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Advanced ProAdvisor, Enterprise ProAdvisor, Point of Sale ProAdvisor, and Intuit Premier Reseller. She is certified to sell, implement, and support QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, QuickBooks Point of Sale and other Intuit and third-party products.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 29 2013
    OCCA: CES 2013 / New Technology

    Oregon Computer Consultants Association: CES 2013 / New Technology

    OCCA member George Shubin will review the new technology presented at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The show is the world's largest convention of suppliers of all types of electronics products for home and business. George will be reporting on a wide variety of electronic goodies.

    So, join us and let's kick off the new year with a fun and informative meeting--having a look at some cool tools and toys that are scheduled to come our way soon.

    Presented by George Shubin is an custom software developer and is the owner of dX Software Systems. He has been working with computers since 1968. Starting as a lowly computer operator at a mainframe installation, sorting punched cards and managing punched paper tape libraries, George has worked as programmer, IT Department manager, Sales manager, and computer consultant, and has designed and developed a wide variety of applications for many types of businesses.

    In addition to being a long-time member of the OCCA, George is a current Board Member and former president of the OCCA.

    Please RSVP to http://www.meetup.com/itpro-70/events/calendar/

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 27 2012
    How to Secure Your Data

    How to Secure Your Data

    RSVP to http://www.meetup.com/itpro-70/events/calendar/

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    A fast moving moderated discussion on data safety, involving everyone. Times approximate.

    Topics to cover:

    File Encryption (10 Minutes)

    Encrypting Any file: Axcrypt, Aescrypt, etc.
    Using PDF to encrypt documents
    

    Email Encryption (5 Minutes) Folder or Multifile Encryption (10 minutes)

    Truecrypt Files / Mounted drives
    Other proprietary
    

    Full Disk Encryption (10 minutes)

    TrueCrypt
    Microsoft BitLocker (Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise)
    Hardware from Manufacturer / Bios
    

    Backup encryption (15 minutes)

    Online backups
        Encrypted with THEIR Key
        Encrypted with YOUR key
    Local Backups
    Image Backups
    

    Factors to consider (10 minutes)

    Passwords
    Hash technology
    Salt
    Iterations
    Problems created by bypassing 2 factor authentication
    Multiple algorithms
    

    Presented by Steve Shank, of Oregon Computer Solutions, who will moderate the group discussion.

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 30 2012
    Oregon Computer Consultants October Meeting

    Apple iOS Devices & Computers in Business

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A)

    Let us know if you're coming at meetup.com/itpro-70/events

    Apple's iOS devices have become a revolution. Whether you use a Windows, Unix or Apple server platform, these devices are becoming the industry standard for such jobs as POS and CRM. They have even managed to overtake the long standing leadership position from Blackberry devices. Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac product lines are also gaining traction among business professionals. You see the easily recognized Apple logo consistently in TV shows and movies.

    I will discuss the role of Apple products in the modern business landscape focusing on how they and their uses of the iCloud technology have 'changed the game' concerning daily computing. I will provide a series of examples of how iOS mobile devices are currently being used in the small business sector and how big business is beginning to get on board and why. Then I will outline the challenges facing IT support professionals concerning this rapid adoption of relatively new technology into long standing corporate environments and systems. These challenges include integration, security, deployment, app development/distribution and keeping up with Apple's constant flow of new products and software updates.

    Presented by James "Jamie" Pollock has more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing communication strategies, corporate training curriculums and Internet-based solutions for companies such as Jantzen, Symantec and Intel. As an independent consultant, he has assisted many small businesses in creating business plans and organizational development strategies through web development projects and direct coaching. He is currently an instructor for the MacPac Academy leading weekly classes in all things Apple and will have his Mobility Technology Competency (MTC) certification from Apple by the end of September.

    He possesses a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems from Roanoke College in Salem, VA and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, OR.

    Jamie's certifications include: Apple Consultants Network Apple Certified Support Professional, 10.7 Lion Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2010

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 25 2012
    Oregon Computer Consultants Assn. September 2012 Meeting

    Free and open to the public RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6 pm

    Location: Red Lion at the Convention Center 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    What Business Owners need to know about Internet Marketing

    The essentials that every business owner must know. Failure to understand these principles will probably cost you money. This will be presented both from the perspective of a business owner, and also from a consultant's perspective who must advise businesses.

    Organic Search including Google, Bing, and Yahoo. The big picture: where they've been, where they're going and the impact of social media.
    Paid placement advertising: including Google, Bing, Facebook. and some efficiency tools.
    Social Media: Facebook and Linked-In. When and how to use them efficiently.
    Twitter: when is it useful and important.
    Local Search will get time too, for both brick and mortar businesses and onsite service types.
    

    Even though this will largely be big picture stuff, there will be plenty of actionable ideas and takeaways.

    Presented by Scott Hendison, founder Search Commander, Inc.

    As the owner of a computer & software store from 1997 to 2002, Scott first learned about search selling software and building a local on-site computer repair business using both Pay Per Click and organic search engine optimization.

    He began working for clients in the search industry in 2002, and has been attending and speaking at national search marketing conferences since he founded Search Commander, Inc. in 2004.

    Search Commander, Inc. is an Internet consultancy with multiple services and brands, including SEO Automatic (a toolset for small businesses and Internet marketers), GetWPress (Wordpress development and maintenance), and Portland Technology Consultants (PDXTC - web hosting & technical services ).

    Scott lives in SE Portland with his wife and two sons, and when he's not using a keyboard or cell phone, is often found coaching kids baseball, playing racketball, snowboarding or watching tv.

    http://www.searchcommander.com/

    Let us know if you're coming to the meeting...

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  • Tuesday
    Aug 28 2012
    Windows 8, is it right for business?

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    Windows 8, is it right for business?

    Bruce will be presenting the value and business case for Windows 8. He will describe and demonstrate the new Windows user experience, running on devices you can purchase today with 11-inch to 23-inch screens. The devices will be available during and after the presentation for a hands-on experience by the OCCA audience. He will also provide tips for developers and IT consultants that will allow them to convey the Windows 8 advantage to their customers, who may be wondering whether they should upgrade. Presented by Bruce D. Kyle is an architect evangelist for Microsoft in the Developer & Platform Evangelism team and serves the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions in the United States. Bruce has worked for Rogue Wave Software, Carnegie Mellon University, John Deere, and several Internet startups before joining Microsoft. Bruce has been a software tester, developer, programming writer, and solutions architect. Bruce presents to local developers about Microsoft products including Windows, SQL Server, Office, Windows Azure, .NET, and Visual Studio.

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 31 2012
    Intel: What's now, What's next?

    Agenda:

    • 6:00--6:20 Networking
    • 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner
    • 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements
    • 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A)

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70

    Intel: What's now, What's next?

    Ben Lee an Intel Field Applications Engineer will cover, at least the following topics:

    • Networking: the transition from 1G to 10G, Thunderbolt technology, Wireless technologies, MyWiFi
    • SSD Drives
    • New developments in Server Technology
    • New developments in Desktop Technology
    • Ivy Bridge
    • Hardware as a service
    • Questions and answers

    Presented by

    Ben H. Lee III is an Intel Field Applications Engineer located in Hillsboro, Oregon. He covers the Northwest Region of the US along with Western Canada and is responsible for $140M in annual designs.

    Ben has an Electrical Engineering degree from Oregon State University and holds one patent in adaptive synchronization of data across networks. Working at Intel since 1996, he held various positions in engineering for desktop and networking products. He went on to marketing in 2000, did four years in sales beginning in 2004, and moved back to engineering in 2008.

    Today, Ben is supporting customers building systems used in a variety of applications and industries using Intel desktop, mobile, networking, solid-state drives, and server products.

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 26 2012
    Oregon Computer Consultants Assn. June 2012 Meeting

    Office Related Ergonomics

    As computer consultants what should we do for ourselves to reduce the strain on our bodies as we spend a lot of time working with computers?
    As computer consultants, what can we do to help our clients reduce their strain?
    

    Presented by Linda Pressnell Linda has about 20 years work experience as environmental consultant, industrial hygienist, safety coordinator and trainer. Linda currently works for OSHA.

    Free and Open to the public.

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  • Tuesday
    May 29 2012
    Oregon Computer Consultants Assn. May 2012 Meeting

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    Offering Managed Services for Small Business

    Managed Services What it is and why you would choose to offer it.
    Monthly recurring revenue vs. managed services.
    What is "Managed Services when it comes to helping small businesses with computer and network management?
    What is the business reason for a small business owner to sign up for manages services?
    What is the business reason for a service provider to offer managed services?
        Stabilize cash flow
        Retain clients longer
        More to be added during discussion
    
    How Managed Services model affects your business valuation.
        Do you have a business or a job?
        The Managed Service Agreement
        "The key to maximizing the value of an organization is in maximizing consistent earnings over time , Erick Simpson
    
    Deciding what services to offer (deliverables)
        One program, "you are on the plan or not .
        Tiered program; none, Bronze, Silver, Gold
        Do you want to offer "all-you-can-eat .
        A La Carte "pick from a list with each item priced separately
        Monitoring Only
    
    Tools you can use hosted or in-house
        Kaseya, Level Platforms, N-able, Continuum (formerly Zenith)
        What to monitor
    
    Pricing Managed Services.
    
    How do you start?
        Sell to an existing client
        Market to all new clients
    
    Q & A
    

    Presented by Tom Rich

    Currently Senior Technology Consultant for On Line Support, Inc. Former: Owner of Mt. Hood Computer Services, Inc. Former board member of: OCCA, Technology Wizards, No Bug Former MSCE, CCEA, Small Business Specialist

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 24 2012
    Oregon Computer Consultants Assn. April 2012 Meeting

    Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70

    How to use Google+ for Business

    In just a few months Google+ has built a network of over 62 million users and is adding 625,000 a day. We might be tempted to ignore and avoid yet another social media network, but Google announced recently that its search engine results are enhanced using data from Google+. Since most people search Google to find your business we can no longer afford to ignore it. Learn how to use and benefit from Google+.

    Presented by Matt Payne, owner of Social Bridge Media, LLC, is a social media strategist, trainer, and public speaker working with local government, non-profits and small to medium-size businesses. Matt's knowledge, enthusiasm, and engaging presentation style make him highly sought after for delivering technical information in an easy-to-understand way. http://www.socialbridgemedia.com/

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 27 2012
    Proprietor to Employer; What's the Process?

    Agenda: 6:00--7:00 Networking and no-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70 Proprietor to Employer; What's the Process?

    The presentation will cover:

    Mind Mapping
    The Business Plan
    Wheel of Employment
    Dangers of Going it Alone
    Core vs. Non-Core Functions
    Risk Management Myth or Reality?
    Distraction to Profit
    Reaching the Next Level
    Tools & Resources
    

    Presented by Troy Neimann: Portland Representative for HR Support

    Experience: As an advisor in tactical human resource strategies for over seventeen years. He is a licensed insurance broker, professional in human resource management and retirement plan fiduciary analyst.

    Website: http://wedohr.com

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 28 2012
    OCCA (Oregon Computer Consultants Assn.) February Meeting

    Agenda: 6:00--7:00 Networking and no-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    Backups - What we all need to know

    A panel will present a wide ranging discussion of Backup Technologies. We will include the following topics:

    Local backups: We will cover a wide range of both software and hardware, including USB Drives and NAS drives from various manufacturers. There will also be a discussion of various imaging software options.
    Online Backups: A large number of Online backup options will be discussed including possible revenue streams for re-sellers.
    Mobile Backups: This will be briefly discussed.
    Sync Versus Backup: We will discuss various Synchronization options and when they are best used.
    Best Practices: We will discuss basic recommendations as well as maintaining security for both online backups and local backups.
    Live Backup of Open Files
    Restoring from a Remote Backup
    

    Participation from the audience will be encouraged.

    Presented by

    Jesse Black owner of Yellow Crayon LLC
    Jeff Cone owner of Cone Consulting Group
    Tom Rich from On line Suport
    Steve Shank owner of Oregon Computer Solutions
    
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  • Tuesday
    Jan 31 2012
    OCCA January Meeting

    Agenda: 6:00--7:00 Networking and no-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

    CES 2012 / New Technology

    OCCA member Scott Hendison will review the new technology presented at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The show is the world's largest convention of suppliers of all types of electronics products for home and business. Scott will be reporting on a wide variety of electronic goodies.

    So, join us and let's kick off the new year with a fun and informative meeting--having a look at some cool tools and toys that are scheduled to come our way soon.

    Presented by Scott Hendison is an Internet marketing consultant and is the CEO of Search Commander, Inc. He is a nationally recognized search industry expert, speaking at many of the larger internet marketing conferences.

    In addition to being a member of the OCCA, Scott is a Board Member of Search Engine Marketers of Portland (SEMpdx.org) and a committee member of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 29 2011
    OCCA November Meeting Notice

    Presentation Title: How to Attract More Clients (and more Business) with the Three Magic Bullets of Marketing

    Description: Attract more clients like magic! Would you like to attract more clients quickly, easily, and for zero dollars? Would it surprise you to learn that attracting the clients you want most is actually easier than attracting just anyone, and with these magic bullets, it even costs less?

    This interactive presentation reveals three simple tools that you can use to make it easy for your best prospects to find you, and will keep your favorite clients loyal to you and your business.

    In this presentation, you will learn: · What you absolutely positively have to know to attract more of the clients you want most · How the magic bullets of marketing work, and when to use them · Which magic bullet could be the single most effective marketing tool you'll ever use

    Guest Speaker: Veronika (Ronnie) Noize, the Marketing Coach, is a successful entrepreneur, author, speaker, and coach. Through coaching, consulting and training, Ronnie helps small businesses attract more clients. As a marketing coach, Ronnie sees her role as a catalyst to help her clients identify and implement the marketing tools and programs that will help them achieve higher levels of visibility, sales, and success. She speaks and writes frequently about how to implement low cost, high impact marketing techniques for entrepreneurs. For free marketing resources including articles and valuable marketing tools, visit her web site at www.VeronikaNoize.com , or email her at [email protected].

    Photos: http://veronikanoize.com/photos1

    Professional contact information: Veronika Noize SoHo Marketing Guru Business Coaching & Development LLC 951 Officers Row Vancouver, WA 98661 360-882-1298 voice 866-560-1510 fax www.VeronikaNoize.com web site [email protected] email

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 25 2011
    OCCA Meeting Notice: October, 2011

    RSVP to meetup.com/itpro-70.

    Agenda: 6:00--7:00 Networking and no-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A): Description: Have you considered using WordPress, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you wish you had someone to show you the ropes? Would you like to setup the basics of your WordPress in a short amount of time?

    What You’ll Learn: How to setup the basics of a WordPress site How to navigate the WordPress Administrative Panel How to write and publish an article or page The ten essential plug-ins to make your site function & look better How to find and tap into the enormously helpful WordPress community

    Best for: Small business & entrepreneurs interested in WordPress and building sites with this tool.

    Length: 60 minutes including Q& A Speaker Bio: Brandie Kajino, is a small business technology expert, consultant, author & dynamic speaker. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and small businesses with information, technology tools & simple solutions is her specialty. For more information on her services, visit www.sohosolutionist.com .

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 27 2011
    Oregon Computer Consultantss Assn. (OCCA) September Meeting Notice

    Title: Social Media Marketing

    How to get new customers and increase revenue with smart use of social media marketing sites, including: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasts, Flickr, Blogs, Biznik, and other social media sites. Presentor: Tom Howe of www.controlcenter.com.

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  • Tuesday
    Aug 30 2011
    OCCA Meeting Notice - August, 2011

    6pm-7pm: Networking and no-host dinner 7pm - 8:30pm: "Stump the Geek", "Gadget Minute" and Presentation: DOs and DON'Ts of Mobile Strategy

    John Battelle recently wrote, "Mobile. It's on everyone's lips, but no one knows what the hell to do about it." You don't have to look very far to find examples that prove his point.

    Over the last year, Jason Grigsby has been collecting examples of where companies are making mistakes when it comes to their mobile strategies and desperately seeking examples of those who get it.

    Learn from both the outstanding success and cringe-worthy failures of others as you begin to formulate your plans for navigating the mobile landscape.

    Bio:

    Jason Grigsby was one of the project leads on the Obama iPhone Application and helped design the user interface for the Wall Street Journal's Blackberry application. He founded and organizes Mobile Portland, a local mobile group.

    Jason is a co-founder of Cloud Four, a small start-up focused on mobile and web development. He blogs at http://CloudFour.com/blog and provides a frequent updates about mobile apps @grigs on Twitter.

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 26 2011
    OCCA Meeting Notice July 2011

    Encryption and Passwords: Keeping Safe What will this presentation do? You will understand:

    SSL How SSL works. This is the foundation of all secure online activities like banking, logging into your accounts, making purchases at Amazon etc. What crooks can do to undermine SSL and how to protect yourself.

    Passwords How has password technology evolved to provide better storage and protection? What password hashes are and why they are important. What happens when crooks hack and get into a vendor's database. Clues that indicate bad security on websites. How are passwords attacked? How to make, use and maintain uncrackable passwords. Dual factor authentication

    How to evaluate web services and keep safe How to recognize encryption approaches that do not work. Why music, movie and Ebook encryption cannot work. How to recognize technology that can work.

    Examples of great software for free or very low cost to: Provide A cross platform encryption engine that can properly encrypt and decrypt from Mac, Linux and Windows, allowing servers to send fully encrypted packages to end users.

    Keep information on your hard drive completely safe. Uncrackable.

    Maintain your passwords and automatically login to websites securely. Send secure PDF files. Secure WebMail. Understanding how to analyze a threat matrix

    Presenters: Steve Shank is the owner of Oregon Computer Solutions and has been keeping clients' computers safe and profitable for over 25 years. Http://www.steveshank.com Peter Miller is a Web Designer, Database Designer and Photographer. http://pmc2m.com/... and http://hopspar.com...

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 28 2011
    OCCA Meeting Notice: June, 2011

    Case Study: Increase Efficiency, Decrease Email

    Neal Otto, owner of Jumpstart Computer Training, Inc., will present a case study at the June 28 OCCA meeting on his work to improve communication efficiency and workflow with Dawson Construction Inc. of Bellingham Washington.

    Presentation will cover useful guidance on assessing client needs, developing and implementing solutions, as well as share workflow efficiency guidelines developed for the client using Outlook (concepts also applicable to Thunderbird, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, etc.).

    BIO Neal Otto is the owner and primary trainer at Jumpstart Computer Training, Inc. of Portland Oregon. Jumpstart travels the Northwest helping organizations maximize their efficiency using Microsoft Office and other applications.

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  • Tuesday
    May 31 2011
    OCCA Meeting - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    Scott Hanselman will be presenting WebMatrix, a new free tool from Microsoft that allows you to create, customize and publish websites that can grow with you, from design and installation to deployment and maintenance. It is one of the simplest tools for creating web sites that has come along in a long, long time. To get started you can select an application from the built-in gallery, containing such applications as DotNetNuke, Umbraco, WordPress, Drupal or Joomla. Or you can create your own masterpiece from scratch, written in either PHP or ASP.Net.

    Scott has made presentations to the OCCA before, and has always been well received and appreciated.

    Scott Hanselman works out of his home office for Microsoft as a Principal Program Manager, aiming to spread good information about developing software, usually on the Microsoft stack. Before this, for over 6 years, he was the Chief Architect at Corillian Corporation, now a part of Checkfree. He was also involved in a few Microsoft Developer things for many years like the MVP and RD programs and he'll speak about computers (and other passions) whenever someone will listen.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 26 2011
    OCCA April 26 Meeting

    On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 the Oregon Computer Consultants Association presents the Pac NW Team of Cisco's Small Business division for an exciting talk about Voice over IP and Cisco's commitment and offerings in the Small Business Space.

    We will discuss certification requirements, how to "come to the Cisco SMB VoIP Party", overall product strategy, and marketing programs available for partners. Local Cisco Sales Engineer, John Somm, will also delve into the product families applicable to Small Business partners, and Small Businesses themselves. We will discuss a brand new product that cannot be mentioned as of press time – there is guaranteed to be quite a bit of buzz on the street by the date of this event though around this exciting new product family. We will talk about feature set, how to successfully position, sell, and place these products – and see what "whizz bang" features get end users excited and willing to make investments for. Interspersed throughout the evening will be conversations around SIP and other money saving "game changer" technologies.

    Who: Dolly Brantley – Small Business Account Manager for PAC NW – along with her Sales Engineer – John Somm. Both John and Dolly are dedicated Small Business professionals!

    The meeting will be held at the Red Lion at the Convention Center. The meeting is free and open to the public, however space is limited so please RSVP at meetup.com/itpro-70.

    When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m. No Host Dinner/Networking 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Meeting/Presentation

    Where: Red Lion at the Convention Center 1021 NE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97232 503-235-2100

    Bio: Dolly Brantley – Small Business Account Manager for PAC NW – along with her Sales Engineer – John Somm. Dolly has been with Cisco for 3 and ½ years focusing on small business in the Pacific Northwest. Prior she worked as a recruiter at an IT staffing firm in Raleigh, NC. John Somm brings 15+ years of Computer networking experience to the conversation, with a background in Security, along with his current love of the Voice over IP market. Both John and Dolly are dedicated Small Business professionals!

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 29 2011
    Screencasting Essentials. Using screencasting and recognizing screencasting opportunities

    Screencasting Essentials. Using screencasting and recognizing screencasting opportunities Speaker: Richard J. "Rich" Wersinger, MS President, Chief Screencasting Officer RJW Consulting, LLC

    Rich will introduce screencast videos, and show how to create, edit, and produce them. Using Techsmith Camtasia Studio 7, he'll give practical demonstrations of screen capturing, editing, producing, and using screencasts. Rich will discuss screencasting best practices including the importance of excellent quality audio.

    Rich will also cover creating videos using Jing and uploading videos to YouTube and Screencast.com

    Bio: Richard J. "Rich" Wersinger, MS

    Rich founded RJW Consulting in 1998 and RJW Consulting, LLC in July 2010, in Southwest Washington near Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. He has been screencasting professionally for over two and half years.

    Rich makes online demo videos for companies with great products and services. He helps companies grow their businesses by attracting Web site traffic with professional software how-to, demo, and informational screencast videos. He uses Techsmith Camtasia to record their web-based systems and produce videos that can be embedded on their Web site, posted on YouTube, and other video sharing venues.

    He is a member of the Software Association of Oregon, American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the local ASTD Cascadia Chapter. Additionally, Rich is a member of the Military Officers Association of America and their local Columbia River Chapter.

    http://www.rjwconsulting.org

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  • OCCA Meeting Notice: March

    Screencasting Essentials Using screencasting and recognizing screencasting opportunities. Speaker Richard J. "Rich" Wersinger, MS President, Chief Screencasting Officer, RJW Consulting, LLC.

    Rich will introduce screencast videos and show how to create, edit, and produce them. Using Techsmith Camtasia Studio 7, he'll give practical demonstrations of screen capturing, editing, producing, and using screencasts. Rich will discuss screencasting best practices including the importance of excellent quality audio.
    Rick will also cover creating videos using Jing and uploading videos in YouTube and Screencast.com.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 22 2011
    OCCA Meeting TONIGHT

    February 22, 2011 (6:00 pm - 8:30 pm) Presenter - Ben Lee Ben H. Lee III - Intel Field Applications Engineer.

    List of possvble topics

    o Intel product features and benefits for desktop, mobile, and servers such as vPro technology, anti-theft, and encryption/security improvements

    o [email protected] – insights into Intel’s IT organization, strategy, and solutions

    o Intel software – MeeGo operating system, AppUp center, and software development tools

    Where? Meeting Location: Red Lion Hotel Portland - Convention Center 1021 NE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97232

    Free to attend with RSVP

    About Ben Lee Ben H. Lee III is an Intel Field Applications Engineer located in Hillsboro, Oregon.

    He covers the Northwest Region of the US along with Western Canada and is responsible for $100M in annual designs.

    Ben has an Electrical Engineering degree from Oregon State University and holds one patent in adaptive synchronization of data across networks.

    He started working at Intel in 1996 and held various positions in engineering for desktop and networking products. He went on to marketing in 2000, did four years in sales beginning in 2004, and moved back to an engineering in 2008.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 16 2011
    IEEE Oregon IAS - 2011 NEC: Code Change Highlight Reel

    To explain the various changes to the new 2011 NEC. Jim will discuss new articles for medium voltage installations, electric vehicles and wind generators, plus changes to low and medium voltage motor protection and numerous grounding and bonding conductor changes to name a few.

    Presentation - no cost.

    $26 for dinner only.
    The IAS Chapter offers free dinner for all local PSU, OSU, George Fox, U of P, and WSU Vancouver EE Student

    Directions to the Red Lion Hotel:
    From Interstate 5 Southbound, take Exit 302A. Proceed through the intersection at Broadway, go one block and turn left at Weidler Street. Go 5 blocks and turn right on M.L. King Blvd and proceed 5 blocks. Turn left on Hassalo Street and the hotel is on your right.

    From Interstate 5 Northbound, take Exit 302A. Turn right on Weidler Street. Go 4 blocks and turn right on M.L. King Blvd and proceed 5 blocks. Turn left on Hassalo Street and the hotel is on your right.

    From Interstate 84 Westbound, take Exit 1. Proceed through the traffic signal and continue westbound on Lloyd Blvd for approximately 5 blocks. Turn right on Grand Avenue and go 6 blocks. The hotel is on your left. You many enter the parking area directly from Grand Avenue or proceed 1 block north and turn left on Hassalo Street. Hotel entrance will be on your left.

    Please Note: Overflow parking is in the Kaiser Permanente Administration Building parking lot at the corner of Hassalo and 6th Avenue.

    Speaker(s): Jim Imlah,

    Agenda:

    5:30 – 6:30 P.M. (Optional) Social Hour

    6:30 – 7:30 P.M. (Optional) Dinner

    7:30 – 8:30 P.M. Presentation and Q & A

    Location: 6th Floor Red Lion Hotel Portland 1021 NE Grand Av. Portland , Oregon 97232

  • Tuesday
    Nov 30 2010
    OCCA Meeting on Cloud Computing

    On Tuesday, November 30th the Oregon Computer Consultants Association will continue the discussion on “Cloud Computing – Google Docs and Google Apps.” Dave Karlson, the Operations Manager of Hardware Operations at the Google data center in The Dalles will provide a general overview, demonstrations and answer questions. Dave will also talk about Apps for Domains and how people can have domainxyz.com hosted by Google to leverage the Gmail interface.

    The meeting will be held at the Red Lion at the Convention Center. The meeting is free and open to the public, however space is limited so please RSVP at meetup.com/itpro-70.

    When: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. No – Host Dinner / Networking 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Meeting / Presentation

    Where:
    Red Lion at the Convention Center 1021 NE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97232 (503) 235-2100

    BIO: Dave Karlson has lived in the Columbia River Gorge since 1993. Prior to joining Google in 2006, Dave served the school districts of Wasco and Hood River counties as the Information Technology Director for what is now known as Columbia Gorge ESD for over 8 years. Dave has been an advocate for local community projects throughout the 17 years he has lived in the area. Examples of this include his involvement in making the local Q-Life and HREC fiber networks a reality, as well as his continued support of the Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) program. Dave is an avid skier, an occasional windsurfer, and an amateur woodworker. He has a Bachelor's in Computer Science & Mathematics from St. Lawrence University and a Master's in Information Management from the University of Oregon. Dave lives in White Salmon, Washington with his wife and their two sons in a house they have been self-remodeling since 1999.

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  • Wednesday
    May 19 2010
    Oregon IAS - Arc Flash Forensics

    May 2010 IEEE IAS Meeting and Discussion

    Title: “Arc Flash Forensics” Presenter: Lou Bilancia – HTRI, Electrical Forensic Engineer

    Date / Time: Wednesday, May 19th

             5:30PM - 6:30PM Social Hour (Attitude Adjustment)
             6:30PM Dinner
             7:30PM Presentation
    

    Cost: $26.00 for dinner (by hotel). No charge for presentation only.

         The IAS Chapter offers free dinner for PSU, OSU, George Fox, U of P, and WSU Vancouver EE Students.
    

    Location: Red Lion Hotel Portland

             1021 NE Grand Avenue
             Portland, OR 503.235.2100
    

    Reservations: For dinner reservations, please respond via email message to [email protected], and let us know if you will be joining us for dinner, presentation, or both. To ensure an accurate count for dinner, please reply by Monday, May 17th.

    Abstract:

    The presentation will include a forensic analysis of a 2003 Salem house explosion which involved a confluence of clues from water, gas, cable, and electrical utilities. The investigation and findings from this incident will be presented. Time permitting, an electrocution involving a hot wire foam cutter will also be presented.

    Presenter:

    Mr. Bilancia is an electrical and electronic forensic and consulting engineer with HTRI, provides root-cause failure analysis, fire investigation, and expert witness testimony for the insurance industry and legal industries. See bio below.

    Directions to the Red Lion Hotel:

    From Interstate 5 Southbound, take Exit 302A. Proceed through the intersection at Broadway, go one block and turn left at Weidler Street. Go 5 blocks and turn right on M.L. King Blvd and proceed 5 blocks. Turn left on Hassalo Street and the hotel is on your right.

    From Interstate 5 Northbound, take Exit 302A. Turn right on Weidler Street. Go 4 blocks and turn right on M.L. King Blvd and proceed 5 blocks. Turn left on Hassalo Street and the hotel is on your right.

    From Interstate 84 Westbound, take Exit 1. Proceed through the traffic signal and continue westbound on Lloyd Blvd for approximately 5 blocks. Turn right on Grand Avenue and go 6 blocks. The hotel is on your left. You many enter the parking area directly from Grand Avenue or proceed 1 block north and turn left on Hassalo Street. Hotel entrance will be on your left.

    Please Note: Overflow parking is in the Kaiser Permanente Administration Building parking lot at the corner of Hassalo and 6th Avenue.

    Speaker(s): Lou Bilancia, Electrical Forensic Engineer,

    Agenda: Date / Time: Wednesday, May 19th 5:30PM - 6:30PM Social Hour (Attitude Adjustment) 6:30PM Dinner 7:30PM Presentation

    Location: Bldg: Red Lion Hotel Portland 1021 NE Grand Avenue Portland

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 23 2010
    Improving your bottom line through better time and task management.

    Learn how to achieve your highest positive impact and reach your business and personal goals during a practical and entertaining presentation by Tom Howe at the February 23rd meeting of the Oregon Computer Consultants Association. (The meeting is free and open to the public!)

    Tom Howe of Legal Technology Group, is a highly sought after speaker, attorney, author and owner of two technology companies. He speaks at legal conferences throughout North America and technological conferences around the world.

    His presentation will:

    • show you how to focus and get organized so you can move your computer consulting and technology business forward

    • share specific tips and strategies for improving your efficiency in meetings, over the phone and via email

    • provide proven effective methods for avoiding procrastination and burn out

    Plan now to attend this valuable presentation and learn new skills, tips and strategies that will help you reach your financial and personal goals in 2010.

    Visit occa.org to sign up for meeting notifications and to reserve your space.

    When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner / Networking 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Meeting / Presentation

    Where: Red Lion Hotel Portland – Convention Center (Marquam Room) NEW LOCATION FOR THIS MONTH ONLY! 1021 NE Grand Avenue Portland, Oregon 97232 www.redlion.com/conventioncenter Free Parking!

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 23 2008
    OSCON - Mindtouch party

    Join MindTouch at OSCON for a night of great music, free beer and good company. We’re hosting the party a block away from the Portland Convention Center (where OSCON is hosted) in the 6th floor lounge and terrace of the Red Lion Hotel on Wednesday July 23rd at 7pm.

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  • Saturday
    May 31 2008
    Rails Machine Party at RailsConf 2008

    We are having our annual party at RailsConf again this year for Rails Machine friends, customers, vendors, and partners.

    The party takes place on Saturday, May 31st from 6:30-9:00pm.

    We’ve rented out the Windows Skyroom at the Red Lion across the street from the Convention Center.

    As usual, Bradley has lined up some awesome food and drinks for us to enjoy, everything from fruit and cheese skewers to swedish meatballs, salmon, turkey, and pork loin. And of course there will be microbrew beer available to wash it all down.

    For planning purposes, please submit a ticket letting us know if you’ll be attending.

    Hope to see you there!

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