May 112016

confused computer Disco TechTechnology can be different things to different people. It is wondrous but it can also be frightening. Your comfort factor all depends on how knowledgeable you are about various forms of technology. To that end, Salem residents of all ages are invited to Salem’s first DiscoTech, May 14th from 10am – 3pm as part of Education Day activities at the YMCA.

DiscoTech (Discovering Technology shortened) is a multimedia workshop and fair for people of all ages and skill levels to learn and share information about tech.

Cindy S. Vincent, Ph. D., a co-facilitator of the event, and Assistant Professor of Communications at Salem State University explains:

cvincent2“We’re really hoping to attract people of all ages. We will have free childcare where younger children will be involved in supervised art/media activities. Older children can learn about fun things like digital storytelling and video production. Teens can learn about practical and socially responsible social media usage. Adults can learn how to harness technologies like online publishing and graphic design for personal or business applications. And older residents can learn how to keep in touch with friends and family through digital communication like social media.”


Welcome & Introductions, 10:15-10:45am
Small group icebreaker: share a story in a small group and describe your experiences with and knowledge of technology.

Overview and Lightning Talks, 10:45-11:30am
Speakers/activities from different community tech organizations in Salem

Lunch break and networking/collaboration opportunities, 11:30 – 12:00 p.m

Workshop Prep, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Name That Tech workshop
Workshop Proposals/Summaries

Hands-On Workshops—TBA, 12:30 – 2pm

Project/Workshop Sprints, 2 – 2:30pm

Short presentations of local technology projects—TBA, 2:30 – 3pm

Report backs
2 minute highlights; what did you learn today?

Quick go-round: one thing that was awesome / one thing to change / what are your next steps?Salem+Education+Day+Flyer

Where did the idea came from? She reveals:

“We have some pretty great non-profit organizations like Leap4Education that have a strong focus on technology, but I haven’t heard of many tech-oriented events in the area. That being said, the idea of a DiscoTech is fairly new outside the Detroit area in general. MIT has hosted only a couple of events in the Cambridge/Boston area, and I hadn’t heard of any related tech events in my hometown of Sacramento, CA.

So I don’t think Salem is behind the times, but, it is definitely time that our community harnesses the knowledge and energy we already have around technology and invite everyone in our town to embrace the possibilities for Salem. This event really could have started from anyone, but the idea is coming from Salem State because of my membership in the Boston Civic Media Consortium, my relationship with faculty at MIT, and the Salem State University Center for Civic Engagement’s dedication to building strong community ties by sharing university knowledge and resources with the community.”

What do you hope they take away from the event:

“I hope attendees learn something new about technology that they didn’t know before by either building on knowledge they had prior to coming to the event or learning a completely new skill set they have an interest in. Also, I really hope this event sparks an interest or passion in technology across the community that encourages people to continue pursuing it.”

To assist there will be several community organizations represented at the event to provide further access and resources.

“In proposing this idea to a planning group consisting of community partners across Salem, my intent was that no one entity would be the focal point for the event, but instead that the event could be a shared investment and benefit for the entire community. I’ve been lucky enough to find community partners who share that idea and who have been very dedicated in seeing this event come to life.”

This DiscoTech is made possible by the collaborative efforts of Salem organizations such as the Salem Education Foundation, Salem State University, the Salem YMCA, the Salem State University Center for Civic Engagement, the Salem Public School District, the North Shore Community Development Coalition, the City of Salem, Creative Salem, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.

For more info, go to the ticket site or the event website .

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Aug 302008

Join Salem Main Streets for a FREE Identity Theft Workshop
December 16, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. at the Salem 5 meeting room at 210 Essex Street.

Are you compliant with current laws for handling customer information? New penalties will be in place in 2009 which make stricter fines for non-compliance. Businesses may be held liable and penalized, through regulatory fines and penalties, sanctions, and even civil lawsuits, if they do not adequately protect the private financial, medical, and other personal and confidential information of their clients, customers, and employees. Unfortunately many businesses, particularly small businesses and professional practices, are unaware of their requirements and the significant potential liabilities imposed by these regulations.

This workshop will focus on these issues by examining;

· (FCRA) Fair Credit Reporting Act
· (FACTA) Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act – Red Flag and Disposal Rules
· (GLB) Gramm-Leach-Bliley – Safeguards Rule
· (HIPAA) – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – Security Rule
· (CISP) – Visa Cardholder Information Security Program and (PCI) – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
· California SB 1386 – and other State Legislation

Come to this workshop and find out how these laws affect your business and how even the smallest businesses can achieve compliance and reduce risk.

Presented by Rick Christiana who is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, the nation’s only professional certification program specifically developed to train and equip professionals to understand and address Identity Theft and related fraud. Rick is an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.

Call or email Jennifer at (978)744-0004 or to R.S.V.P. for this workshop.

Aug 272008

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Tuesday, September 23 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Enterprise Center at Salem State College 121 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA
Learn from business expert’s practical ways to strengthen your company, despite the current economic challenges. Identify tactics to better manage marketing, finances, operations and human resources. Hear from speakers who have helped hundreds of small firms survive, and even thrive, in light of dynamic markets, escalating costs, and fierce competition. Join us for an interactive discussion of strategies and tactics designed for your small business. Moderator: Margaret Somer, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center Co-sponsored Salem Main Streets. Register for this workshop here.

Aug 272008


Thursday, September 11th from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Gulu-Gulu Café, Salem, MA Presented by: Coleby Mantz of Jetty Marketing LLC & Janet Barsanti of J. Mode. This workshop is focused on helping local retailers market themselves more effectively – on a limited budget. The presentation will cover:

  • How to identify your target market
  • What to consider when differentiating your business
  • How to determine your marketing budget
  • Inexpensive marketing “tips”
  • Your merchandising strategy
  • How to keep customers coming back

There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.

To register contact Jennifer Bell at (978)744-0004×15 or