Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MCC Thanks June's Renewing Members

Contact Name

Company Name


Caroline van Scheltinga

Blocadi Capital LLC



Joanna Anastasiadis

Marathon Energy Corporation

Kishan Alexander

A.Logan Insurance Brokerage

Melanie Gass 

CenterPoint Solution, LLC

Torkan Maham

Torkan USA Inc.

John Craven 

John F Craven CPA LLC

Kamu Kilinc

SKALA International Holding Inc.

R. Ashton Wall

Colloquium Depot, LTD.

Lewis Gross

Alexa Adams

Ohne Titel

Jeff Gorman


Warren Davis

Warren Davis - Human Resources Consulting

Chris Jones

Promethean IT

Anthony Carro

Point Vantage Employee Benefits


MCC Welcomes our New Members from June 2015

Contact Name

Company Name


Matthew Roth Matthew Aron Roth Photography
Trung Truong Borough Construction LLC
Jessica Robinson PurePoint International
Steven Buchwald Buchwald & Associates 
Shoko Sekiguchi Ampleen LLC
Rise Hourani HVAC Mechanical Supplies & Solutions
Brittany Grando Grando Energy
Janet Falk Falk Communications and Research
Patricia Warmack PitaP's Productions, Inc.
Michael Cano Gateway VIP Services
Renee Leibler NotifyNeighbor
Michael Heiligenstein Fit Small Business
Irina Gubenko Fragrant Wellness
JoAnna Riggins JB Riggins Consulting, Inc.
Kishan Alexander A.Logan Insurance
Iren Gurarye ArtsInteractive
Liyah Eliyahu New York Life
Stephanie Rios Pop Squid Mkg
Anthony Constantinople Constantinople and Vallone Consulting
Angelique Kirton The Concept NYC
Michael Grove Nimzo Capital
Abraham Wilner
Alison Josephs Josephs Design, Inc.
Nora Campbell Execu|Search
Josh Fox Bottom Line Concepts


GREAT Tech Awards 2015

The third annual GREAT Tech Awards encourages high-growth technology companies in the Northeast USA to select the UK as destination of choice for international expansion.

Six innovative companies, selected by a panel of prestigious judges and advisors, will win a roundtrip flight to London courtesy of British Airways; five nights' accommodation courtesy of Corinthia Hotel London; and valuable professional services from lawyers Fieldfisher, accountants BDO, recruitment agents Propel Executive, and real estate advisors Knight Frank. In addition, there will be high-level meetings with mentors and government officials, attendance at the unBound Digital conference in London, and business development services provided by sector specialists.

Competition categories are:

CleanTech - e.g. Renewable technologies, smart grid and cities, energy efficiency, transportation technologies, biofuels, energy storage, built environment, waste management, water and waste water, air quality and advanced materials.
EdTech - e.g. multimedia learning, m-learning, digital education collaboration, technology/computer-based learning
FinTech - e.g. big data, financial platforms, mobile banking, crowdfunding
Health - e.g. medical devices, diagnostics, e-health, m-health, biotech
Lifestyle - e.g. retail, fashion, e-commerce, travel, food, social discovery, nonprofits, social good
Media - e.g. big data, digital media, technologies for video and game consoles, arts, TV content, music software, ad-tech, enterprise, publishing/content

Best of USA:

The Best of USA prize will be awarded to a US company from the Northeast USA established in the UK for less than 18 months. The winner will receive a return British Airways Premium Economy flight to the UK; five nights at Corinthia Hotel London; valuable professional services from lawyers, Fieldfisher; accountants BDO; and businesses development services from sector specialists.

The Best of British:

The Best of British prize will be awarded to a UK company established in the US using disruptive technology in their sector. The Prize will include an event in the US, professional services from lawyers and accountants, and business development services from sector specialists.

Applications close on 31 July 2015. Finalists will be announced in September and winners will be presented at a gala and ceremony on 29 October 2015.

Please click here to access the event page.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Rising Security Threats—to All Businesses

Remember the classic scene in the 1987 movie Wall Street in which Gordon Gekko places a call from a beachfront using a two-pound, football-sized cellphone? The underlying message: only a wealthy robber baron like Gekko could afford such extravagant technology.

Oh, how far we’ve come. By 2025, there will be upwards of 4.7 billion people online. Most data will move through or be stored in the cloud. And there will be 4 billion mobile Internet subscriptions globally. Nearly every business of every size relies on the digital world—from computers and mobile devices to cloud services and social media—to do things Gekko only dreamed of, from updating sales figures from the road to serving global markets in real time.

Rising security threats—to all businesses
Along with the incredible business advancements, SMBs also face security challenges nobody imagined in 1987. According to the security company Symantec, small businesses with 1¬–500 employees were targeted in 41 percent of all attacks in 2013—and attacks are rapidly increasing. In fact, targeted attacks on businesses with 1–2,500 employees rose an alarming 61% from 2012 to 2013.

Why are cybercriminals targeting SMBs? Because smaller businesses have the same valuable bank account information, customer data, and intellectual property as big businesses, often with far less stringent security practices and less advanced technology. Also, because SMBs may serve big businesses, they can be a convenient entry point for infecting their much larger partners and business customers.

Get in front of the problem
Despite the headlines and alarming rhetoric about cyberattacks, SMBs generally do not need to invest in million-dollar digital security solutions even if the resources for such solutions were available. Because most security threats involve malware attacks or insider misuse (losing a laptop, etc.), the most effective solutions are similarly mundane: only use protected software and cloud resources, and keep your software updated.

Focus on implementing products, services, and policies, especially in the following areas:

Identity: Protect mobile devices with customized security by user, location, and device – including the ability to lock devices, reset pins, and remotely wipe data.

Access control: Invest in solutions that ensure secure, remote access to sensitive business applications and data.

Desktop and device management: Use centralized tools to manage all your devices, and keep desktops and devices automatically set to receive the latest security updates.

Data protection: Make sure your software – from server and desktop to email, mobile and cloud -- has built-in protections against hackers, malware, and viruses that exceed compliance and privacy standards.

Train your employees: your team is your first line of defense. Ensure all your employees understand the policies in place and how to help implement them. Learn more about how to get your team on board to help.

While cyberattacks can be problematic, there’s no reason to fear. Instead, invest in products and services that are inherently more secure, with security built in and prioritized throughout design and development. And make sure they’re also built for manageability and ease of use—so you can easily take advantage of the exciting benefits afforded by today’s highly connected digital world.

Explore the following resources for information on how to help keep your business protected:

Please click here to read the original article on the Microsoft website.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June Family Fun Guide

Bigger, Better... and serious about fun! 

Now you have access to savings up to 60% on over 80,000 hotels in the most desirable destinations around the world, brand new products including great deals on nationwide theme parks, movie tickets and rental cars, plus the same great Broadway shows and exciting sporting events you've always enjoyed. PLUS, shopping is even easier with a secure on-site shopping cart. 

With all these exciting changes, to ensure you continue to receive Plum Benefits email communications (to distribute to your employees) - please add Plum Benefits to your safe senders list or address book within your email client (i.e., Outlook). 

You can do this easily: 

1. Right click on this email in your inbox and select "Junk Email Options" 
2. Click on the "Safe Senders" tab and push the "Add" button 
3. Add in the field provided 

Please click here to read the entire article.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For Customers Still Using Windows Server 2003, Now Is The Time To Migrate

By Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.

It’s hard to believe it has been 12 years since we released Windows Server 2003. Back in 2003, Windows Server 2003 was the first server operating system launched after the Trustworthy Computing Initiative was announced and it introduced server roles. It had a recommended minimum processor speed of 550 MHz, and up to 4GB of RAM supported in the 32-bit version, taking advantage of the new hardware that was then becoming available. And it was well received, reaching levels of adoption that were at the time unprecedented for our server business. I want to thank our customers for partnering with Microsoft and choosing Windows Server 2003 for their needs.

It’s been said that all endings are really beginnings, and technology is no exception. As the speed of technology innovation increases, the more our products needs to evolve to keep pace. To put this in perspective, back in 2003, smartphones and mobile applications were marginally adopted. Today, they are prolific and driving real-time business on the go. Now, my current mobile phone exceeds the original Windows Server 2003 memory and processor requirements! If you put the standards of 2003 next to the scale and scope of applications today, there just isn’t any comparison.

Windows Server 2003 reaches end of support in less than 6 months. But we believe the end is an exciting new beginning for our customers. Many customers, from large enterprises such as Aston Martin, to smaller businesses such as Karen M. Hazleton, CPA have already upgraded to newer versions of Windows Server or Microsoft Azure. These customers are seeing real benefits, including improved performance, higher reliability, and increased flexibility in responding to business needs. If you are still running Windows Server 2003, I want to remind you that now is the time to migrate. Support for Windows Server 2003 will end on July 14, 2015.

A good migration strategy should include several key elements. You need to identify any remaining instances of Windows Server 2003, analyze which workloads are running on those instances, and choose the right migration path. Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and Office 365 are all great options for migration, depending on your specific requirements.

Windows Server 2003 instances will, of course, continue to run after end of support. However, running unsupported software carries significant security risks and may result in costly compliance violations. As you evaluate security risks, keep in mind that even a single unpatched server can be a point of vulnerability for your entire infrastructure. You can read more about Gartner’s perspective on security risks here.

Important financial and healthcare regulations also include provisions around security: US PCI DSS section 6.1 states that all organizations must “ensure that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by having the latest vendor-supplied security patches installed,” while HIPAA section 164.308(a)(1)(ii)(B) states that covered entities must “implement security measures sufficient to reduce risks and vulnerabilities to a reasonable appropriate level.” Industry regulations are often country specific, so you should consult your legal, security and audit teams to ensure you understand your compliance landscape.

Upgrading servers is not just a maintenance task. It provides an opportunity to deliver significant business value. Business users expect mobile connected applications that were barely on the horizon with Windows Server 2003. Additionally, technology capabilities have also evolved dramatically in the last decade, with the emergence of cloud and new standards for manageability and security. Migration options include:

Consolidate physical servers or paid virtualization platforms to Hyper-V and save money.

  •  Migrate workloads like Exchange to Office 365 to get the latest productivity innovations and reduce your management burden.
  • Upgrade from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014 to achieve mission-critical performance and faster insights on any data.
  • Migrate Web applications to Microsoft Azure or our Cloud OS Network, for the improved reach, scale and cost efficiency.
  • Update custom or line of business applications to support the needs of today’s globally connected mobile workforce.
  • If you have questions, or need help, Microsoft, our hardware partners and our system integration partners are ready to get you on the latest technology. To find out more visit our website.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The New York Jazz Choregraphy Project At The Lenox Hill Neighborood House

On Sunday, May 17, 2015, Jazz Choreography Enterprises (JCE) took the New York Jazz Choreography Project to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as part of the Second Sundays Performance Series. The series provides high quality, affordable live performances for the community served by the Neighborhood House on the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, though all are welcome to attend.

JCE Artistic Directors Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter assembled these choreographers, most of whom had performed in other productions of the Jazz Project:

Robert Audy

Lisa Biagini
Kelly Carrol
Juliet Dolan
Julia Halpin
Christopher Liddell
Cat Manturuk
Sue Samuels
Jaime Shannon
Alan Spaulding

The Jazz Project was held in the auditorium at the Neighborhood House at 331 East 70th Street. The performance consisted of 12 pieces in a variety of jazz dance genres, including swing, musical theater, and contemporary. Audience members had the opportunity to ask the dancers and choreographers about their work during the question and answer session that followed the performance.

The performance was enthusiastically received by the audience members, many of whom are on fixed incomes or are low-wage earners. Thanks to a generous grant from the MCC Community Benefit Festival Grant Project and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, JCE was able to pay its choreographers for their wonderful work, which was enjoyed by many who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend a live performance. JCE was grateful to MCC for the opportunity to keep jazz thriving in the New York community!

This program was made possible in part by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. All of JCE’s programs are made possible in part by its corporate sponsor, Salon Ishi.