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The 2011 GRA/TAG Business Launch Suite of Services Directory provides information on service provider firms that are donating time, services and products to the four finalists of the competition.

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  1. 1. Suite of Services Provider Directory<br />2011 GRA/TAG Business Launch Finals Competition<br />
  2. 2. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />About the GRA/TAG Business Launch<br />The Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) joined forces to support the creation and growth of new companies that will strengthen and expand Georgia's strategic high-tech clusters. This is an event designed to help a local start up technology-based company launch its business. The contest winner and finalists will receive over $400,000 in cash and prizes. This is GRA and TAG’s way to reward high-tech entrepreneurship and assure a deserving Georgia start up company has everything in place to be successful. <br />ProgramEntrepreneurs interested in launching a new Georgia company within targeted technologies and industries are invited to compete for a cash prize and a suite of related professional services that is valued at more than $400K. The competition offers entrants the opportunity to be mentored by a successful high tech entrepreneur. Entrants must legally reside in the State of Georgia. All awards will be conditioned on the company launching and/or maintaining its operations in Georgia. <br />How to Get Involved<br />The GRA/TAG Business Launch competition is held each year, with the culmination being with the Finals competition at the end of May. Information about the event can be found year-round on our website, <br />For immediate information on how to get your company involved—contact Melanie Brandt, TAG’s Chief Operating Officer, at 404.920.2037 or <br /> <br />
  3. 3. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Accounting<br />Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd. In addition to audit, tax and advisory services, the firm provides mergers and acquisition services, valuation, internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley consulting, integrated cost reduction, transfer pricing, capital cost recovery, and assistance with capital raising and initial public offering planningstage companies often find our tax and valuation services of particular interest. Thornton will be providing 20 hours of consultations to the contest winner. Contact: Aaron deSouza, Estimated value: $8,000. <br />Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. (CB&H), is an innovative certified public accounting and consulting firm focused on providing high-quality financial and management services to emerging technology and life-science businesses. As a distinguished leader among accounting firms in the Southeast, CB&H brings valuable and practical advice to our clients through our tax compliance, audit and advisory, compensation and benefits structuring, business valuations, mergers and acquisition planning, multi-state and international tax and initial public offering management services. CB&H offers the industry specialization and depth of resources of a national CPA firm coupled with the highest caliber of personal attention, responsiveness, and accessibility emerging businesses expect and deserve. Our specialists stand ready, as the Firm of Choice, to serve emerging businesses through the anticipated challenging stages of growth, now and in the future. CB&H will be providing 20 hours of consultation to the GRA/TAG Business Launch winner. Contact: Dawn Patrick, Estimated value: $7,000.<br />Porter Kealde Moore, LLP (PKM) is an Atlanta-based CPA firm, offering services to clients nationwide. At PKM, we understand that the successful start-up of a new business requires expertise in many areas and key decisions made during the initial years have long-lasting effects on an organization. In addition to our audit, tax and systems practices, PKM offers a unique package of advisory and consulting services such as merger and acquisition analysis, capital planning and budgeting, strategic planning, enterprise risk management, equity offerings and fraud and forensic accounting to aid start-up companies through the early impressionable years and beyond. Whether you are looking for a long-term integrated strategic solution or just project-based advisory services, PKM has a wealth of resources to meet your needs and will be offering 20 hours of consultation to the TAG Business Launch winner. Contact AvrilStandford,astanford@pkm.comEstimated value: $6,000.<br />
  4. 4. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Business Services<br />Abraxas Business Services is a merger and acquisition advisory and business brokerage firm. The focus of Abraxas is to work with business owners in the lower middle market that have developed companies that are attractive to strategic buyers, private equity groups, and/or individual investors. Abraxas will be providing consultation to the contest winner in the areas of optimizing the value of the business and defining exit strategies for the owners. Contact: C. David Chambless, value: $10,000. <br />Capital Advisers<br />Knox Massey, Keith—Massey Family Investments<br />The Tilson Group, LLP<br />Go to market for capital the right way with assistance from those who know. This service includes Council to the company leadership on the way to approach capital funding, distinguish important business points and in what order, feedback and review as you practice your presentation, explanation of the methods and timing to look at potential investors, access to networks.<br />Estimated Value: Approxmately $10,000 for each finalist<br />
  5. 5. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Consulting<br />AGSI is a Management and Technology Consulting company specializing in Operational Effectiveness, with a specific focus oninformation technology-based investments. We improve business performance by reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. <br />Our services include:IT Execution – Reducing costs and improving business process execution by providing program oversight, project management, and build / buy / implement services;Operational Effectiveness – Reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving service delivery by aligning information technology to strategic intent and deploying IT governance to select & manage IT-based investments;IT Managed Services – Right-sizing IT investments and organizations to create transparency, increase capabilities, and improve service delivery for middle market companies;Merger and Acquisition – Reducing timeline & costs and accelerating ROI by combining people, processes & technologies to achieve the strategic intent of mergers and acquisitions.<br />AGSI is providing consulting services provided by our firm’s senior executives, valued at fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).Contact: Chuck Sparrow, Estimated value: $15,000<br />Fountainhead Consulting Group, Inc. is a Business Planning and Consulting firm whose program - WORK LESS, MAKE MORE AND HAVE FUN IN YOUR BUSINESS is ideal for business owners who want to solve real world problems and take their business where they want it go. Our firm provides a unique service named Steps to Success (STS™) which is a proven and practical method of revolutionizing a business and turning it into a fountainhead of profitability and personal satisfaction for a business owner.our unique, step by step methodology we show business owners how to grow larger, grow faster, become more profitable yet make their business easier to operate by eliminating the guesswork and uncertainty involved in growing and managing a business. Our Steps to Success (STS™) methodology is not a bunch of theory and pie in the sky, but is built upon our experience with over 1,200 businesses during the past 15 years and as result of using our systematic approach a business owner obtains the peace of mind to sleep at night knowing that they are doing all that they can do for their business to be successful. For more information please visit Contact: George Horrigan,, Estimated value $12,000.<br />Got framework? Pyramid Consulting, Inc. will provide up to 40 hours of testing services for your Mobile/Web application, to include a review of your current Testing Framework along with our recommendations, and/or a feasibility analysis of your current test cases to determine if automation is right for you. Founded in 1996, Pyramid Consulting, Inc. provides solutions for the enterprise, tailored to your organization's needs. Services provided span most areas of the SDLC, including Project Management, Development, and Testing, specializing in test automation of Web and Mobile applications. Contact: RameshMaturu, Estimated value: $6,000. <br />
  6. 6. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Executive Search<br />Executive Strategies, Inc. ( is a national general management search firm. Founded 1994 by Holland ”Dutch” Earle, a former human resources executive, ESI serves a variety of industries and market places including technology, hospitality and travel, professional services, energy and utilities, communications, healthcare, manufacturing, human resources, finance and construction. Typical senior management searches are at the Director/Vice President level and above. At ESI, we strive to find, qualify, and place the right people in the right jobs for our clients; our impressive local and national client list and our outstanding search completion record is evidence of our success. In conjunction with the TAG 2010 Business Launch Competition, ESI is pleased to provide executive search services to this year’s winner. Estimated at $55, 000 this senior level talent search includes research, candidate identification and prescreening, candidate interviewing and qualification and other search related services required by the client. Estimated Value: $55,000.<br />Executive Coaching<br />Management Psychology Group is a consulting firm of professional licensed psychologists with a mission is to help clients place the right people into the right jobs, to help people grow to their full potential on the job and to help executive teams become more effective. MPG is offering the services of our firm to the winning company for the period of one year free of charge. Contact: Doug Griest, value: $20,000. <br />
  7. 7. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Financial Consulting<br />The Piedmont Groupat MorganStanley Smith Barney is a part of the Business Owner Executive Council, an invitation-only program reserved for the top 2% of Financial Advisors at the Firm that focus their practice on helping small- and middle-market business owners connect the pieces of their financial life with an overall strategy that considers both their business and personal wealth management plans. The Piedmont Group provides advice tailored to the unique needs of business owners utilizing a systematic approach specifically designed for business owners called the Business Owner Standard. Analyze a client’s complete wealth picture, mindful that decisions made in one piece of the wealth puzzle can enhance – or diminish – the value of another. This includes conducting a review of cash management and capital needs, reviewing the benefits a business offers to their employees, helping to protect against potential risks that may exist and, when the time comes, helping to educate clients on the various strategies available to exit the business, whether through business sale, succession or merger. <br />Credit Suisse Private Banking USA, a business within Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC, provides clients with comprehensive wealth management solutions. Private Banking USA is comprised of professionals dedicated to delivering expert advice and a comprehensive range of investment products and services tailored to the complex needs of high net work individuals.Relationship Managers work with clients, who are often business and entrepreneurs, construct customized portfolios that reflect the specific goals, risk tolerance, liquidity requirements and time frames of each client. Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC will provide hour discussion regarding wealth management consultations. Contact: Robert Douglass,<br />
  8. 8. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Financial Services<br />Vitale CFO provides financial and operational consulting services to business owners and executives who do not need a full-time CFO but see significant benefits from high-level, experienced financial support on a part-time or interim basis. provide planning, budgeting, financial management, operational controls review, financial reporting, and strategic planning services. Contact: Vitale, Estimated Value: $5,000<br />TechCFOis an executive professional services that provides experienced CFOs and senior professionals to deliver project and part-time financial and strategic services to technology, life sciences and technology-enabled service companies. TechCFO combines deep practical experience, comprehensive resources and best-of-breed practices to deliver objective, high-value and management consulting services for private, venture-funded and publicly-traded technology businesses through all stages. Contact: Neil Miller, Estimated Value: $5,000.<br />AcuityCFO is a professional services firm that provides broad financial leadership to small and mid-sized companies needing to establish a solid foundation for growth. The firm is re-defining how financial services are delivered to companies by providing access to flexible, high-quality, hands-on financial strategy and accounting support. AcuityCFO helps clients understand their financial position, establish stronger controls and processes, and anticipate their financial future. Using a team approach, the needs of each client is assessed and the right team is tailored, including partners, controllers, accounting managers, and senior accountants. This approach provides increased continuity, flexibility, and value. AcuityCFO will provide CFO consulting services. Contact: Kenji Kuramoto, kkuramoto@acuitycfo.comEstimated value: $10,000 <br />
  9. 9. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Hardware<br />Aventis Systems, Inc. assists budget-conscious businesses by fulfilling their IT equipment needs with reliable refurbished Dell and HP lines of servers and storage systems. Aventis also offers a full suite of business class desktops, laptops, workstations, and all hardware components necessary for upgrades. Aventis Systems, Inc. will be providing the GRA/TAG Business Launch winner with a HP Proliant server and 5 workstations. Contact: Tiffany Bloomer, Equipment valued at: $3,000.<br />As a global technology provider, Canvas Systems delivers quality IT hardware solutions and services that reduce costs, streamline operations, mitigate risk and drive business value. Canvas’ offer includes server and networking technology including a minimum of one server, router, and switch as well as a basic technology assessment. Contact: James Davie, Estimated Value: $4,000.<br />
  10. 10. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Human Resources<br />HR Strategies & Solutions (HRSAS) provides human resources leadership and expertise to small and midsize, private or public companies. Using our skills and experience, we help companies establish and implement their HR priorities. Our efforts provide short-term results, while creating a foundation to support the future. HRSAS will provide the winner with a proprietary HR assessment and a resulting HR Roadmap/Action Plan to support their short and long term business goals. Contact: <br />Estimated value: $5,000. <br />Information Technology<br />Leapfrog Services, Inc., a TAG member and provider of managed IT services including network administration, highly available help desk, data backup and disaster recovery, is pleased to donate $15,000 in services to the winner of the 2011 Business Launch Competition. Delivery of services must begin by June 3, 2011. Donated services may include technology assessment and planning, network implementation and administration, help desk, field service, hosting and data backup. The selection and scope of services will be defined after consultation with the winner. Contact: Claire Arnold, <br />
  11. 11. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Legal/Law Firm Services<br />Miller & Martin is a full service law firm providing representation to midsize and start up companies, including technology companies. Its areas of expertise include choosing the right entity and organizational structure, shareholder agreements, protecting intellectual property, including patents and trademarks, angel and venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, option plans, taxes, international transactions and litigation. Miller & Martin will provide the GRA/TAG Business Launch winner with $7,500 of transactional legal services. Contact: Kent Antley, <br />One finalist will receive legal or consulting services from the professionals at Siavage Law Group. SLG prides itself on being the entrepreneur’s lawyer. The professionals at SLG have an extensive track record representing hundreds of emerging technology companies at every stage from initial incorporation through to liquidity. Contact: Allison Siavage, Estimated value: $2,500.<br />With 76 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific the Middle East, DLAPiper represents the most exciting emerging growth in the Southeast United States. With a direct presence in 30 countries, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies than virtually any other law firm in the world and years of experience services to tech companies.DLA Piper will provide legal services to the contest winner. Contact: Brian Gordon, Brian.Gordon@dlapiper.comEstimated Value: $5,000.<br />Ballard Spahr LLP is a national full-service law firm with nearly 500 lawyers in 13 offices across the United States. The Atlanta office, formerly the intellectual property (IP) law firm of Needle & Rosenberg, P.C., to focus on IP legal services, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as IP licensing and IP litigation. Our clients range from small start-ups to large multinational technology companies, as well as mid-size companies and universities. Ballard Spahr will provide general IP consulting. Contact: Greg kirsch, Estimated Value: $10,000.<br />
  12. 12. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Marketing<br />Arketi Group is a public relations and digital marketing firm that helps business-to-business technology organizations generate revenue and accelerate growth through intelligent strategy, public relations, messaging, lead nurturing and inbound marketing. Consistently recognized by BtoB magazine as one of the nation's "Top BtoB Agencies," Arketi’s core belief is that marketing generates revenue. For more information Arketi Group will be providing the GRA/TAG Business Launch winner with creative/branding services. Services must be used in the 2011 calendar year. Contact: Sami Jajeh, Value: $10,000. <br />With over 20 years of technology marketing expertise Lisa Henriottoffers a unique "CMO to Go" service. HenriottMarketing Strategies will work with the winner to facilitate a marketing strategy workshop, develop a positioning document for the company and its solutions, and define a marketing plan. Henriott Marketing will also help execute the plan working with other marketing services providers. Contact: Lisa Henriott, value: $10,800. <br />iFusion Marketing provides fractional CMO services to hi-tech start-ups and emerging companies in a variety of industries. Its principal, Jacqui Chew, brings more than 15 years of experience developing and executing multi-channel marketing plans for companies in the enterprise software, Internet-enabled, information security and consumer products and professional services sectors. will provide strategic marketing plan development services. Contact: Jacqui Chew, Estimated Value: $10,000.<br />Crackerjack Marketing is an integrated marketing firm that helps B2B companies strategically position themselves in the marketplace and increase sales. Clients turn to us to identify what differentiates them from competitors, craft key messages that can be used consistently throughout all marketing channels, build sales with impactful creative and appropriate content, and develop maximum return on investment by mining available channels and effectively utilizing technology. Learn more at Crackerjack will provide services including conducting our proven Discovery process that creates audience-defined messaging, creation of a public relations plan and writing of three press releases. Services must be used in the 2011 calendar year. Contact: Lynn Hood, Estimated value: $13,000. <br />
  13. 13. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Media<br />Since 1998, globalspeak, creator and the exclusive producer of the digital video distribution network, TAG TV and TAG Radio (, has pioneered cutting-edge new media marketing and interactive video communications platforms. At the forefront of the Web Media 2.0 industry evolution, globalspeak launched a global channel of commerce for the U.S. Department of Commerce for worldwide export promotion in 1998 and pioneered the first live webcast of a World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial from Seattle, Washington in 1999. Hundreds of subsequent public as well as private sector client projects have resulted in a spectrum of innovative and highly effective Web Media 2.0 custom solutions for any marketing, communication or collaboration challenge. For the last six years, globalspeak has been the original creative producer of TAG's major live events including the annual Technology Summit, the Excalibur Awards and the GRA/TAG Business Launch competition/Fast Forward to Launch promotion, as well as the exclusive video/audio production provider for TAG meetings and presentations for distribution over the TAG TV network. While Business Launch finalist will be individually taped by globalspeak during the finals live event for TAG TV, the winner will be offered 20 hours of new media marketing consulting including requirements analysis, strategic and creative consultation as well as complete new media design overview with company or product video syndication plan. Contact: Frank Baia, Estimated value $4,000. <br />
  14. 14. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Public Relations <br />Carabiner Communications helps startup and high-growth technology companies connect to their prospects, customers and partners.From strategy development and messaging to content marketing, we drive comprehensive campaigns, as well as project-based campaigns, that support your business objectives and goals. Carabiner will provide the winner with a Messaging Session and Report; and a “get-the-word-out” StoryTeller (one month) campaign. Services must be used in the 2011 calendar year. Contact: Peter Baron, Estimated Value: $5,000.<br />Headquartered in Atlanta with a presence in Washington, DC and Charleston, SC, Trevelino/Keller specializes in public relations, social media and brand communications. Its areas of practice include Technology, B2Business, Lifestyle, GreenWorks and Franchising. In 2005, Trevelino/Keller founded the Atlas Alliance, made up of likeminded boutiques that offer cultural (Hispanic and Latino), geographic (Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific) and specialty expertise (entertainment, public affairs). In 2006, Trevelino/Keller founded The Start-Up Council to support early stage companies on a gratis basis. In 2010, the firm launched Wheelhouse, its social marketing brand focused on delivering next generation online solutions. For more information about the firm, its practice-focused ning communities or Wheelhouse, visit Trevelino/Keller will provide a launch strategy and branding session, valued at $10,000 to one of the GRA/TAG Business Launch finalist companies. Contact: Genna Keller,<br />W. B. Marks Partners LLC is a public relations consultancy offering strategic communications services to technology companies. W. B. Marks Partners will work with the winner to create a public relations strategy including developing a key messaging framework as well as writing and distributing one press release on a key company initiative. Contact: Bill Marks, Estimated value: $5,000.<br />Founded in 1998, SideKick Communications, Inc. is an Atlanta-based boutique marketing and public relations firm. We work with rising star technology and technology service firms who want to create a larger than life look and feel for their business with the end goal of attracting new clients and wooing investors. Our client base is poised for explosive growth, but who se biggest challenge is they still look like a small company to outsiders. Utilizing a blend of traditional branding techniques coupled with new age media principles, our Roadmap to Revenue™ methodology will serve as a strategic guide for the GRA/TAG business launch winner. The firm’s Corporate Take-Off Program is valued at $5,000.<br />
  15. 15. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Software<br />Sage North America currently supports more than 3.2 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. Our sole focus is to provide business management software and services to small and midsized businesses. Our applications cover a full range of business requirements including accounting, customer relationship management, contact management, human resources, warehouse management, specialized industry needs, among many others. Sage Peachtree Complete Accounting 2012 is an accurate, easy-to-use accounting software letting you easily manage customer contacts and sales, customize inventory and vendor management, automate purchasing and shipping, track jobs and projects, inventory and job costing, and much more. Sage will be offering Sage Peachtree Complete Accounting 2012 Multi User edition, supporting up to 5 named users. Estimated value: $700 <br />Fast and easy access to current, full-featured tools and platforms you need to design, develop, test and demonstrate your software application. Here’s a sample list of the software you have access to: <br /><ul><li>ASP.NET: a technology for building dynamic web applications
  16. 16. Expression Studio: tools for designing and building web and Windows client applications and rich media content
  17. 17. SQL Server: all editions of our database server software
  18. 18. Visual Studio: a comprehensive suite of development tools designed to help software developers create innovative, next-generation applications
  19. 19. Windows 7, Vista, XP: the latest and legacy Windows operating systems – for design, dev, test and demo only
  20. 20. Windows Azure Platform: access to our cloud computing platform
  21. 21. Windows Server: all editions of our server operating system </li></ul>For those familiar with Microsoft Products, BizSpark includes access and licenses to most of the software included in a Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN Subscription.<br />
  22. 22. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Staffing/Consultation<br />At our mission is simple. To be the leading provider of the 'Next Generation' of Talent Acquisition Solutions. Solutions that solve your increasingly complex talent acquisition scenarios. The winner of the Business Launch Competition will receive 10 hours of workforce planning consultation along with free use of Contract Labor sourcing and management platform for 12 months. Contact: Mike Veronesi, Estimated Value: $5,000.<br />Revolution Technologies provides a full range of Information Technology and Management Consulting and Staffing services. With a diverse client base and a robust database of technology talent, Revolution Technologies has the industry specific experience and flexibility to quickly provide Information Technology and Management solutions to fit even the most niche oriented, proprietary environments. Revolution Technologies provides contract, contract-to-hire and direct placement services to companies of all shapes and sizes. Our experience in the staffing market can leveraged to any start-up business’ success. Revolution Technologies will provide the winner of the competition 30 hours of start-up consulting with our President Kent Smith. Mr. Smith has served as a CIO for a $1.4 billion company, President of Honey Baked Ham Company and is now President and partner at Revolution Technologies. In addition, Revolution Technologies will provide preferred pricing to the finalists and winner of the competition. Contact Jeff Clement, Estimated value: $10,000.<br />Web Development<br />What’s Up Interactive ( is an interactive marketing agency that focuses on strategic ways to grow our clients’ businesses online. We begin with a thorough assessment of a client’s goals, values and opportunities. That forms the foundation of how we proceed with interactive marketing strategy that includes design and technology, multimedia (video and podcasts), search engine marketing, social media, e-commerce and mobile platforms. Our partnership leads to an effective ongoing, measurable strategy. What’s Up Interactive’s clients include the Coca-Cola Company, Chick-fil-A, Fox Broadcasting and the Georgia Aquarium. For this year’s Business Launch Competition winner, What’s Up will develop a micro-site that conveys the winner’s strategic vision and value. Contact: Richard Warner, Estimated value: $7,500. <br />
  23. 23. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Other Services<br />Accelerator Avenue targets companies a) “out of the garage”, going through rapid growth, b) those who have successfully passed through this phase, and c) companies providing goods and services to businesses at this stage. We broadcast two separate shows, each live from a greater-Atlanta studio location each Friday afternoon: The first show begins at Noon and the second show begins at 2:00pm. Digital recordings are made for later listening and/or podcast downloads. Each Business Launch Finalist will have the opportunity to participate in the Accelerator Avenue Radio Show. Estimated value: $20,000. You can check us out at<br />The Technology Association of Georgia hosts a weekly interview of leaders in the technology community and features it on, which gets almost 30,000 unique visitors a month. TAG also blasts a link to the video to its 16,000 person database. TAG will be conducting interviews with each of the finalists on TAGRadio, a $5,000 value per finalist. <br />Rapidly Expand Your Network in Georgia’s Largest Technology Community. Connect with peers and decision makers at every level of an organization. With over 13,000 members—and with over 170 meetings and special events every year—TAG gives you a unique opportunity to quickly expand your network of personal and professional contacts. <br />
  24. 24. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Other Services<br />The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is a start-up accelerator that helps Georgia technology entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies. Founded in 1980, ATDC has helped create millions of dollars in tax revenues by graduating more than 120 companies, which together have raised more than a billion dollars in outside financing. ATDC has provided business incubation and acceleration services to hundreds of Georgia startups—most of which are not based on Georgia Tech research, but which benefit from the close proximity to the university. <br />ATDC/TAG CapVentureis a unique and powerful training program to educate and equip early stage company executives for smarter and more productive capitalization of their business. The program is optimized for those seeking their first institutional round of financing. <br />Venture Atlanta, Georgia's technology innovation conference, has officially open its call for presenters for this year's event on October 25—26 at the Georgia Aquarium. Organizers are seeking technology or technology enabled businesses in all stages of growth that are currently raising or looking to raise capital within the next 12 months. <br />2011 marks a new direction for StartupLounge. We are shifting our conversation away from funding businesses to building businesses.This doesn’t mean that we think that funding businesses is unimportant. However, other grassroots organizations are picking up that banner and our voice, frankly, is no longer needed in that particular discussion.For any organization to remain relevant, it must evolve. The StartupLounge podcast has approximately 18,000 subscribers around the world. The Atlanta StartupLounge community has 2,000 companies and has expanded to Savannah, Tampa and Research Triangle.<br />
  25. 25. GRA/TAG Business Launch 2011<br />Thank you to our partners and sponsors!<br />Langley K. Respess, Senior Vice-President of Investments, Private Wealth Advisor, UBS<br />