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The BDPA Insider - February 13, 2011

The BDPA Insider - February 13, 2011

The BDPA Insider - February 13, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:
Can You Make a Facebook Birthday Wish for BDPA?
Grant Award: CIGNA Foundation ($2,500)
BDPA | Decade in Review (2001-2010)
Message from New York Chapter President
SharePoint Workflow for Cowboys: my slide deck from DaySPUG
Newman Networks News February 7th, 2011
10 Ways to Get More Out of LinkedIn

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) encourages you to use your birthday to change the world! We all get things we don’t need for our birthdays, why not use this special occasion to raise money for a cause you really care about? This feature allows any Facebook user to create a Birthday Wish and ask their friends to donate to the cause of their choice as a birthday present.

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We are pleased to announce that CIGNA Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF). The grant funds will be used for the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Philadelphia, PA. BDPA Philadelphia will train 24 students in this program. Many of these students will be taken to the 2011 BDPA Youth Technology Camp in Chicago, IL. In the end, the top five students are selected to represent Philadelphia in the 26th annual National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) to be held August 3-6, 2011.

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Perry Carter and the folks at bdpatoday are to be commended for taking time to create this slideshow commemorating the efforts of BDPA over the past decade. The slideshow features photos taken at local, regional and national events over the past decade. It pays tribute to BDPA corporate sponsors and shows the impact that the organization is having in a wide range of information technology industry niches.

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Dear Members,

I cannot believe that it is already February and we are celebrating Black History Month. This is the month that BDPA New York will host our annual Black Family Technology Awareness Event, in recognition of Black Family Technology Awareness Week. I am so excited and looking forward to seeing you on Feb 26th at the Abundant Life Christian Center in Brooklyn, NY, as we share the importance of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers with the community.

Last month, we had a very successful Meet and Greet on January 19th at the Empire Hotel Rooftop in New York. Members and guests had the opportunity to meet and mingle with myself, and the rest of our 2011 Executive Board, and learn more about what our chapter has planned for 2011.

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by Ricardo Wilkins
I had a great time hanging with the members of the Dayton SharePoint User Group this past Tuesday.  We discussed “Business Process Automation with SharePoint and Workflow – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”.  I talked about how the tools and development experience of automating process using SharePoint have improved in SharePoint 2010 (the Good) versus SharePoint 2007 (the Bad, the Ugly).  [I gave them the disclaimer that the “Bad” and “Ugly” bit was just for effect – MOSS 2007 is still awesome] :)

I then showed the demo of designing workflow using one of my favorite workflow products, Nintex.  Kudos to Nintex for providing the virtual demonstration environment to its partners like ICC – I was able to access a fully-loaded SharePoint environment and do a hands-on demo of Nintex for the folks at DaySPUG.

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Marketing Tips: The Business Directory

How do you measure the ROI (return on investment) on a business network? ROI comes in many shapes and sizes but the most common measurement techniques are time and money. These techniques work in any relationship. How you spend your time and money determines the value. If you join a network but dedicate no time - then you have thrown your money out the window. Invest in your network - that is the only way it can pay dividends! Just attend a couple of events and refer a few clients to your network. Thank you David Simms who referred Beckett Concepts and Philadelphia Diamond Company . Thank you Ken Black who then referred Omega Optical. That is how WE GROW!

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by Kristin Burnham, CIO Magazine
With more than 80 million users worldwide, LinkedIn has established itself as the premier social networking site for professionals. If you're job searching, looking to broaden your network or hunting for new partnerships, these 10 tips and tricks will propel you toward success.

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Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

Early bird registration for $350 now open!

Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

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