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November 11, 2014

Business Opportunities to Success Summit (BOSS) 2014 Scheduled for November 12 To Feature Capital Region CEOs

Albany, N.Y (November 11, 2014) - More than 50 chief executive officers will be sharing the hard lessons they learned growing their companies at the Business Opportunities to Success Summit (BOSS) on November 12, 2014. The second annual BOSS event will once again spotlight a variety of leaders from several industries throughout the region who will each deliver 5-minute concise, candid insights on what experience has taught them. The goal of the day is to provide numerous “aha” moments for the more than 400 businesspeople in attendance.

Martin Ricciardi, a partner with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna’s Intellectual Property and Business, Corporate and Financial Services Practice Groups, will present at the conference on the topic of licensing and commercializing intellectual property.  Mr. Ricciardi counsels university and commercial clients in patent, software and technology licensing, and the registration, licensing, management and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights. This year’s roster of speakers is once again a “Who’s Who” of thought leaders in the Capital Region. Visit http://www.boss518.com for the full list of speakers.

“This event is a terrific opportunity for the next generation of entrepreneurs to learn key information for business development and growth directly from the region’s business leaders.  I look forward to sharing what I learned from working over the years with RPI’s tech transfer office, to help them avoid common business mistakes,” said Martin Ricciardi.   

BOSS will be held on November 12, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York. The event is open to entrepreneurs, executives, researchers, students, business professionals, and investors. To register, visit http://www.boss518.com.

The focus of the Summit, Mastering the Pivot, recognizes that innovators and entrepreneurs routinely encounter a difficult question along the path of entrepreneurship: If the business climate is shifting, do I stay the planned course, or pivot to achieve success?

“Whenever individuals or groups endeavor to solve a problem, create something new, change their lives, or change the world in any meaningful way, they will encounter the need to ‘pivot,’ that may require them to change course,” said James Spencer, executive director of the Rensselaer Technology Park, Real Estate and New Venture Development and acting director of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and New Ventures. “Whether as a technological entrepreneur, researcher, small shop owner, student, business professional, or whatever – pivoting is the core element of progress and achievement that one has to go through in order to transform a promising concept into a profitable company.”  See more at: http://news.rpi.edu/content/2013/10/24/mastering-pivot#sthash.qgEjx1jy.dpuf

BOSS breaks the mold of traditional conferences, seminars, and networking events by combining elements of all three in a fast-paced format that maximizes the exposure of participants and attendees to potential customers, strategic partners, service providers, mentors, and collaborators. BOSS has been designed to increase the probability that each attendee will leave with at least one memorable business transforming, actionable idea.

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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, has developed a reputation for innovative solutions and professional leadership. Through integrated, firm-wide collaboration, it offers clients a broad range of expertise in business, corporate, education, cleantech, energy, utility regulation, environmental, land use, health care, immigration, intellectual property, labor, employment, real estate development, tax and telecommunications law as well as estate planning and administration, government relations and litigation.