TAG Business Launch Suite of Service Provider Directory
Suite of Services Provider Directory
About the TAG Business Launch The Technology Association of Georgia aims to support the creation and growth of new companies that will strengthen and expand Georgias strategic high-tech clusters. This is an event designed to help a local start uptechnology-based company launch its business. The contest finalists will receive over $400,000 in cash and prizes. Thisis TAG’s way to reward high-tech entrepreneurship and assure a deserving Georgia start up company has everything in place to be successful.PurposeThe purpose of the TAG Business Launch Competition is to support economic development in Georgia by encouragingand supporting the creation and growth of new companies that will strengthen and expand Georgias strategic high techclusters. To accomplish this, the competition has two specific goals: to motivate and support entrepreneurs in creatingnew high tech businesses in Georgia that will support and expand existing strategic clusters, and to create greaterawareness within the investment community that Georgia is a great place to launch and grow high tech businesses.ProgramEntrepreneurs interested in launching a new Georgia company within targeted technologies and industries are invited tocompete for a cash prize and a suite of related professional services that is valued at more than $400K. The competitionoffers entrants the opportunity to be mentored by a successful high tech entrepreneur. Entrants must legally reside inthe State of Georgia. All awards will be conditioned on the company launching and/or maintaining its operations inGeorgia. How to Get Involved The TAG Business Launch competition is held each year, with the culmination being with the Finals competition in the beginning of May. Information about the event can be found year-round on our website, www.tagonline.org. For immediate information on how to get your company involved—contact Melanie Brandt, TAG’s Chief Operating Officer, at 404.920.2037 or Melanie@tagonline.org.
2102 Competition Financial Contributors The Suite of Service Providers listed in this booklet havegraciously offered to donate a service or product to one of our finalists this year. Please feel free to use the contact information listed below each offer to reach out to service providers should you feel they would benefit your company. Please join us in thanking the following individuals and companies for their financial contribution that helps make the TAG Business Launch Competition possible. Sig Mosley, Imlay Investments Michael Price, CEO Ventures Chris Klaus, Kaneva David Cummings, Pardot Adam Harrell, Neboweb Joan Herbig, ControlScan Allen Moseley, Noro-Moseley Partners Greg Smith, Blue Vista Ventures Leland Strange, Intelligent Systems Corporation Jamie Kennedy, Cox Enterprises Vijay Balasubramaniyan, Pindrop Security Dan Drechsel, FTrans Corporation John Melonakos, AccelerEyes Devon Wijesinghe, e-Verifile Jim Noble, Noble Systems Bill Hamilton, REACHCall
AccountingGrant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant ThorntonInternational Ltd. In addition to audit, tax and advisory services, thefirm provides mergers and acquisition services, valuation, internalaudit, Sarbanes-Oxley consulting, integrated cost reduction, transferpricing, capital cost recovery, and assistance with capital raising andinitial public offering planning stage companies often find our tax andvaluation services of particular interest. Thornton will be providing 20hours of consultations to the contest winner. Contact: AarondeSouza, email@example.com. Estimated value: $8,000.Porter Kealde Moore, LLP (PKM) is an Atlanta-based CPAfirm, offering services to clients nationwide. At PKM, we understandthat the successful start-up of a new business requires expertise inmany areas and key decisions made during the initial years have long-lasting effects on an organization. In addition to our audit, tax andsystems practices, PKM offers a unique package of advisory andconsulting services such as merger and acquisition analysis, capitalplanning and budgeting, strategic planning, enterprise riskmanagement, equity offerings and fraud and forensic accounting toaid start-up companies through the early impressionable years andbeyond. Whether you are looking for a long-term integratedstrategic solution or just project-based advisory services, PKM has awealth of resources to meet your needs and will be offering 20 hoursof consultation to the TAG Business Launch winner. Contact AvrilStandford, firstname.lastname@example.org Estimated value: $6,000.
Business Services 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, email@example.com. Estimated value: $10,000. Capital AdvisorsGo to market for capital the right way with assistance from those who know. This service includesCouncil 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. Estimated Value: Approxmately $10,000 for each finalist. The Tilson Group, LLP
ConsultingAGSI is a Management and Technology Consulting company specializing in Operational Effectiveness, with a specificfocus on information technology-based investments. We improve business performance by reducing costs andincreasing efficiencies. Our services include: IT Execution – Reducing costs and improving business processexecution by providing program oversight, project management, and build / buy / implement services; OperationalEffectiveness – Reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving service delivery by aligning informationtechnology to strategic intent and deploying IT governance to select & manage IT-based investments; IT ManagedServices – Right-sizing IT investments and organizations to create transparency, increase capabilities, and improveservice delivery for middle market companies; Merger and Acquisition – Reducing timeline & costs and acceleratingROI by combining people, processes & technologies to achieve the strategic intent of mergers andacquisitions.AGSI is providing consulting services provided by our firm’s senior executives, valued at fifteenthousand dollars ($15,000).Contact: Chuck Sparrow, CSparrow@agsi.com. Estimated value: $15,000 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 organizations 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: Ramesh Maturu, firstname.lastname@example.org. Estimated value: $6,000. 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 gotofcg.com. Contact: George Horrigan, George.email@example.com, Estimated value $12,000.
Executive Search Executive Strategies, Inc. (www.esisearch.com) 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. Executive Coaching C-Level Enterprises will offer a free CEO coaching session to one of the Business Launch Finalists. Contact: Bob Norton, firstname.lastname@example.org. Estimated value: $500Management Psychology Group is a consulting firm of professional licensed psychologistswith a mission is to help clients place the right people into the right jobs, to help peoplegrow 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 yearfree of charge. Contact: Doug Griest, email@example.com. Estimated value: $20,000
Financial ConsultingThe Piedmont Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is a part of the Business Owner ExecutiveCouncil, an invitation-only program reserved for the top 2% of Financial Advisors at the Firm thatfocus their practice on helping small- and middle-market business owners connect the pieces oftheir financial life with an overall strategy that considers both their business and personal wealthmanagement plans. The Piedmont Group provides advice tailored to the unique needs of businessowners utilizing a systematic approach specifically designed for business owners called theBusiness Owner Standard. Analyze a client’s complete wealth picture, mindful that decisionsmade in one piece of the wealth puzzle can enhance – or diminish – the value of another. Thisincludes conducting a review of cash management and capital needs, reviewing the benefits abusiness offers to their employees, helping to protect against potential risks that may existand, when the time comes, helping to educate clients on the various strategies available to exitthe business, whether through business sale, succession or merger.Credit Suisse Private Banking USA, a business within Credit Suisse Securities(USA), LLC, provides clients with comprehensive wealth management solutions. PrivateBanking USA is comprised of professionals dedicated to delivering expert advice and acomprehensive range of investment products and services tailored to the complex needs ofhigh net work individuals. Relationship Managers work with clients, who are often business andentrepreneurs, construct customized portfolios that reflect the specific goals, risktolerance, liquidity requirements and time frames of each client. Credit Suisse Securities(USA), LLC will provide hour discussion regarding wealth management consultations. Contact:Robert Douglass, Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial ServicesVitale CFO provides financial and operational consulting services to business owners andexecutives 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. provideplanning, budgeting, financial management, operational controls review, financialreporting, and strategic planning services. Contact: Judi Vitale, jvitale@VitaleCFO.com.Estimated Value: $5,000TechCXO is an executive professional services that provides experienced CFOs and seniorprofessionals to deliver project and part-time financial and strategic services totechnology, life sciences and technology-enabled service companies. TechCXO combinesdeep practical experience, comprehensive resources and best-of-breed practices to deliverobjective, high-value and management consulting services for private, venture-funded andpublicly-traded technology businesses through all stages. our offering has expandedbeyond CFO services, to include sales, marketing, operations and technology C suiteservices. We will offer the winner services across our offering.Contact: Neil Miller, email@example.com. Estimated Value: $5,000.
HardwareAventis Systems, Inc. assists budget-conscious businesses by fulfilling theirIT equipment needs with reliable refurbished Dell and HP lines of serversand storage systems. Aventis also offers a full suite of business classdesktops, laptops, workstations, and all hardware components necessaryfor upgrades. Aventis Systems, Inc. will be providing the GRA/TAGBusiness Launch winner with a HP Proliant server and 5 workstations.Contact: Tiffany Bloomer, firstname.lastname@example.org.Equipment valued at: $3,000. Human ResourcesHR Strategies & Solutions (HRSAS) provides human resources leadership andexpertise to small and midsize, private or public companies. Using our skills andexperience, we help companies establish and implement their HR priorities. Ourefforts provide short-term results, while creating a foundation to support thefuture. HRSAS will provide the winner with a proprietary HR assessment and aresulting HR Roadmap/Action Plan to support their short and long term businessgoals. Contact: Peter.email@example.com. Estimated value: $5,000.
Information TechnologyLeapfrog Services, Inc., a TAG member and provider of managed IT services including networkadministration, highly available help desk, data backup and disaster recovery, is pleased todonate $15,000 in services to the winner of the 2012 Business Launch Competition. Delivery ofservices must begin by June 3, 2012. Donated services may include technology assessment andplanning, network implementation and administration, help desk, field service, hosting and databackup. The selection and scope of services will be defined after consultation with the winner.Contact: Claire Arnold, Claire.Arnold@ribbit.net. Legal/Law Firm Services 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com. Estimated value: $2,500.
Legal/Law Firm ServicesWith 76 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific the Middle East, DLAPiperrepresents the most exciting emerging growth in the Southeast United States. With a directpresence in 30 countries, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies than virtuallyany other law firm in the world and years of experience services to tech companies.DLA Piper willprovide legal services to the contest winner. Contact: Brian Gordon, Brian.Gordon@dlapiper.comEstimated Value: $5,000. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Estimated Value: $10,000.
Marketing 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 nations "Top BtoB Agencies," Arketi’s core belief is that marketing generates revenue. For more information visit www.arketi.com.Arketi Group will be providing the TAG Business Launch winner with creative/branding services. Services must be used in the 2012 calendar year. Joellyn “Joey” Sargent is principal of BrandSprout LLC, a strategic marketing and management consulting firm thatgrowth. She is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, drawing on global leadership experience in branding, strategy, communications and product management. An MBA and active speaker, Joey has presented fromto Barcelona and has been quoted by Fox Business, Huffington Post, and Social Media Today. Joeywork with the winner to develop a cohesive go-to-market, including defining brand messaging and. Estimated value: $12,500. Contact Joey Sargent, email@example.com. MediaSince 1998, globalspeak, creator and the exclusive producer of the digital video distribution network, TAG TV and TAG Radio(www.tagtvonline.com), 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 TradeOrganization (WTO) Ministerial from Seattle, Washington in 1999. Hundreds of subsequent public as well as private sectorclient projects have resulted in a spectrum of innovative and highly effective Web Media 2.0 custom solutions for anymarketing, communication or collaboration challenge. For the last eight years, globalspeak has been the original creativeproducer of TAGs major live events including the annual Technology Summit, the Excalibur Awards and the GRA/TAGBusiness Launch competition/Fast Forward to Launch promotion, as well as the exclusive video/audio production providerfor TAG meetings and presentations for distribution over the TAG TV network. While Business Launch finalist will beindividually taped by globalspeak during the finals live event for TAG TV, the winner will be offered 20 hours of new mediamarketing consulting including requirements analysis, strategic and creative consultation as well as complete new mediadesign overview with company or product video syndication plan.Contact:Frank Baia, firstname.lastname@example.org.Estimated value $4,000.
MarketingWith over 20 years of technology marketing expertise Lisa Henriott offers a unique "CMO to Go"service. Henriott Marketing Strategies will work with the winner to facilitate a marketing strategyworkshop, develop a positioning document for the company and its solutions, and define a marketingplan. Henriott Marketing will also help execute the plan working with other marketing servicesproviders. Contact: Lisa Henriott, email@example.com.Estimated value: $10,800. iFusion Marketing is a fractional CMO consultancy for early to late-stage technology startups. Its principals are well-versed in marketing strategy and execution as well as the challenges unique to entrepreneurs.They serve as a sounding board to the CEO and vice president of marketing as well as the interim vice president of marketingas needed. iFusion will donate a 5-hour consultation, two complimentary seats to The Art of the Launch (http://theartofthelaunch.com), a marketing conference for better technology product launches and a guaranteed slot at the marketing hackathon which takes place at the conference. Contact: Jacqui Chew, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public RelationsHeadquartered in Atlanta with a presence in Washington, DC and Charleston, SC, Trevelino/Keller specializes inpublic relations, social media and brand communications. Its areas of practice includeTechnology, B2Business, Lifestyle, GreenWorks, Franchising and Health. In 2005, Trevelino/Keller founded the AtlasAlliance, made up of likeminded boutiques that offer cultural (Hispanic and Latino), geographic (Europe, MiddleEast and Asia Pacific) and specialty expertise (entertainment, public affairs). In 2006, Trevelino/Keller founded TheStart-Up Council to support early stage companies on a gratis basis. In 2010, the firm launched Wheelhouse, itssocial marketing brand focused on delivering next generation online solutions. For more information about thefirm, its practice-focused ning communities or Wheelhouse, visit www.trevelinokeller.com. Trevelino/Keller willprovide a launch strategy and branding session, valued at $5,000 to one of the TAG Business Launch finalistcompanies. 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, email@example.com. Estimated Value: $5,000. Cohn & Wolfe Atlanta is part of a global communications agency that builds brands and corporate reputations through an uncompromising commitment to creativity.The agency’s strategic approach unearths fresh, relevant insights leading to communications solutions that deliver measurable business success.Over its 40-year history, Cohn & Wolfe’s award-winning brand marketing work and world-class digital media campaigns have attracted top brands around the world. As part of our commitment to the technology sector here in Atlanta, we will offer a half-day executive media training session for up to four (4) individuals in a technology company. The session will discuss media trends, will connect a company’s key messages to how they can be used with targeted influencers and will include interview simulations to ensure your executive(s) are ready for prime time when it comes to print, broadcast and online media interviews. Estimated Value: $5,000
Security Review ControlScan will provide up to 12 hours of an experienced security expert’s time.The winner can specify the area(s) of focus for ControlScan’s evaluation of security and suggestions for improvement.Examples include physical security, company policies, and internal network infrastructure.If the winner has a presence on the Internet, the time can also be spent evaluating the security of the website or web application via penetration testing. Estimated Value: $2,500 Staffing/Consultation At TALENThire.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Estimated Value: $5,000. Web DevelopmentWhat’s Up Interactive (www.whatsup.com) is an interactive marketing agency that focuses on strategic waysto grow our clients’ businesses online. We begin with a thorough assessment of a client’s goals, values andopportunities. That forms the foundation of how we proceed with interactive marketing strategy that includesdesign and technology, multimedia (video and podcasts), search engine marketing, social media, e-commerceand mobile platforms. Our partnership leads to an effective ongoing, measurable strategy. What’s UpInteractive’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 thewinner’s strategic vision and value. Contact: Richard Warner, Richard@whatsup.com. Estimated value:$7,500.
Co Working Space200 Office (www.200-Office.com), a premier, highly-affordable co-working space conveniently located at 200 PeachtreeStreet in downtown Atlanta, GA., is proud to offer the GRA / TAG Business Launch winner and three finalists each a oneyear club membership including mail services. Our beautiful open workspace with a variety of different work areasincludes a variety of office services including meeting rooms, printing, parking and mail services all at very affordablerates. Also our screened Affiliate Organizations include affordable business services necessary for the entrepreneur andsmall business owner to scale their organizations to the next level of growth. These services includeAccounting, Answering Services, Banking, e-Commerce, Education, HR, Insurances, Leadership Development, LegalServices, Business Radio, Social Media Support, Video/Marketing and Website Development with more services beingdeveloped. Our Stage2 Business Accelerator supports the growth of small businesses who wish to scale into muchlarger organizations in addition to our location being conveniently located near six world class Universities.Estimated Value: Over $4,000. Contact: Alan W. Urech at AUrech@200-Office.com or Telephone at (404) 855-6875 A pleasant work environment with professional amenities for budding entrepreneurs needing a hassle-free space. 151 Locust is not just a place to work, we’re a place to grow your business to the next level.Locust is located in the central business district of the City of Avondale Estates. 151 Locust is a member of the National Business Incubation Association and provides services to emerging Atlanta area technology startups with a focus on mobile technology. 151 Locust maintains two seed funds for investments into Atlanta startups. For more information please visit 151locust.com. Estimated value: $5,850.
Other Offers to Finalists The Technology Association of Georgia hosts a weekly interview of leaders in the technology community and features it on TAGtv.com, 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.Rapidly Expand Your Network in Georgia’s Largest Technology Community. Connect with peers and decisionmakers at every level of an organization. With over 15,000 members—and with over 200 meetings and specialevents every year—TAG gives you a unique opportunity to quickly expand your network of personal andprofessional contacts. ATDC/TAG CapVenture is 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. Venture Atlanta, Georgias technology innovation conference, has officially open its call for presenters for this years event on October 17—18 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. Startup Lounge will offer a $5,000 podcast to the winner of the Business Launch Competition
If you or your company is interested in participating as a Suite of Services Provider for the 2013 TAG Business Launch, please contact: Melanie Brandt, TAG COO, email@example.com or 404.920.2037 Or Joshua Lewis, TAG Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.920.2004