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A Symposium to “Unlock Your Inner Entrepreneur”

By on May 2, 2013
Pictured (l. to r.): Justin Bozonelis, CEO & Founder, LivEthnic; Cathy Giuliani, Partner, RG Group; Keynote Speaker, John P. Margaritis, CEO & President, Ledgemoor Group; Moderator, Eleni Daniels, President & Principal, Daniels Media Co.; Maria Avgitidis, Co-Founder & CEO, AgapaMe.com and Agape Match; Maria Frantzis, Founder & President, Hellenic Professional Women; John Dimitrakakis, President, Hellenic Business Network; Martin W. Enright, Partner, Littman Krooks, LLP; Brian Meece, CEO & Co-Founder, RocketHub, Hon. Consul General of Cyprus, Koula Sophianou

Pictured (l. to r.): Justin Bozonelis, CEO & Founder, LivEthnic; Cathy Giuliani, Partner, RG Group; Keynote Speaker, John P. Margaritis, CEO & President, Ledgemoor Group; Moderator, Eleni Daniels, President & Principal, Daniels Media Co.; Maria Avgitidis, Co-Founder & CEO, AgapaMe.com and Agape Match; Maria Frantzis, Founder & President, Hellenic Professional Women; John Dimitrakakis, President, Hellenic Business Network; Martin W. Enright, Partner, Littman Krooks, LLP; Brian Meece, CEO & Co-Founder, RocketHub, Hon. Consul General of Cyprus, Koula Sophianou; PHOTOS: ETA PRESS

Hellenic Business Network (HBN), New York Chapter, and Hellenic Professional Women (HPN) organized recently the Entrepreneurship Symposium 2013 entitled “Unlock Your Inner Entrepreneur”, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral Community Center in New York City. Keynote speaker, entrepreneur guru and author, John P. Margaritis, CEO and President of The Ledgemoor Group, was invited to share his startup and entrepreneurial insights.

HBN President, John Dimitrakakis (right), thanks the Keynote Speaker, John P. Margaritis, following his entrepreneurship presentation

HBN President, John Dimitrakakis (right), thanks the Keynote Speaker, John P. Margaritis, following his entrepreneurship presentation; PHOTOS: ETA PRESS

The one day event was attended by more than 100 persons. It featured two informative expert panel discussions that explored the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs and startup companies in growing and funding their ideas and projects. It was also designed to provide educational and networking opportunities to seasoned and young professionals alike. HBN and HPW co-organizers hope and trust that the symposium’s participants will utilize the knowledge and connections obtained at the event to further their business plans and achieve their goals.

“HBN’s strategy is to accelerate entrepreneurship within the Hellenic community by connecting entrepreneurs and start-ups with the resources they need for success. HBN will always be ready to assist them,” said John Dimitrakakis, President of Hellenic Business Network.

Presenters Cathy Giuliani, Justin Bozonelis, Maria Loi, Maria Avgitidis, with guest Consul of Greece in New York Evangelos Kyriakopoulos

Presenters Cathy Giuliani, Justin Bozonelis, Maria Loi, Maria Avgitidis, with guest Consul of Greece in New York Evangelos Kyriakopoulos; PHOTOS: ETA PRESS

“Our 2013 Entrepreneurship Symposium was inspirational, motivational and very insightful – we are very grateful to our speakers, moderator, our organizing committee and our sponsors for helping us make this symposium such a huge success,” said Maria Frantzis, Founder and President of Hellenic Professional Women.

The panel discussions were moderated by Eleni Daniels, a media communications executive, President and Principal of DanielsMedia Co. The first panel, “Growing Your Business in the Modern Economy,” focused on what it means to start and grow a business and how to address challenges and succeed in a modern economy. The presenters were Cathy Giuliani, Partner of The RG Group; Justin Bozonelis, CEO and Founder of LivEthnic.com; Maria Loi, Owner and Executive Chef of Loi Restaurant, and Maria Avgitidis, Co-Founder & CEO of AgapaMe.com and Agape Match.

Attendees listen intently to the keynote presentation. Pictured at front (l. to r.) are Maria Avgitidis, Cathy Giuliani, and Maria Frantzis

Attendees listen intently to the keynote presentation. Pictured at front (l. to r.) are Maria Avgitidis, Cathy Giuliani, and Maria Frantzis; PHOTOS: ETA PRESS

The second panel, “Funding Your Business Through Crowd-funding,” focused on the JOBS Acts and the usage of crowd-funding platforms. Presenters were Brian Meece, CEO of RocketHub, the world’s leading online crowd-funding platform, and securities legal expert, Martin W. Enright, Partner at Littman Krooks, LLP. Both panel discussions were followed by an interactive Q&A session. The symposium concluded with a book signing by keynote speaker and author, John P. Margaritis whose book is entitled, “Unlock Your Inner Entrepreneur: Five Steps to Conceiving, Incubating, and Manifesting the Company that’s Right for You.” (The Editing Company, 2012).

The breakfast and lunch was provided by Three Star Diner in New York City, and the desserts by Artopolis Bakery Patisserie in Astoria, NY. For more information on the event and/or becoming a member you can contact Hellenic Business Network hbngroup@hbngroup.org, and Hellenic Professional Women mfrantzis@hellenicprofessionalwomen.org.

Hellenic Professional Women Inc. (HPW) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing networking, educational, business and career opportunities and mentorship programs to its members. HPW programs include regular meetings with guest speakers in all areas of expertise, professional development workshops and career and job readiness programs.

Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sophianou and HABA President Costas Kellas, CEO, Objecutive Inc., holding John P. Margaritis’ book, “Unlock Your Inner Entrepreneur”

Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sophianou and HABA President Costas Kellas, CEO, Objecutive Inc., holding John P. Margaritis’ book, “Unlock Your Inner Entrepreneur”; PHOTOS: ETA PRESS

Hellenic Business Network (HBN) is an independent non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose goal is to mobilize and utilize the expertise and resources available within our community that will influence and advance the long-term professional interests of all Hellenes and Philhellenes.

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