Thursday, May 3, 2012

Self-Employment Options for those in Career Transition

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our speakers, Suzanne Gray and Jack Speranza. The facilitator for this week will be Ralph Sabatino. We will devote the first hour, from 10 to 11 AM to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Please arrive early, so we can make every effort to start on time. In the second hour, Suzanne and Jack will speak about self-employment as a career option

Speaker Topic: "Self-Employment Options for those in Career Transition."

Suzanne and Jack will speak about "Self-Employment Options for those in Career Transition." If you are considering self-employment as an option, they will cover the wide variety of options available, key considerations people should make to reach the right decision, and highlight a few traps for the unwary who elect to proceed down this path.

About Suzanne Gray and Jack Speranza
Suzanne joined The Entrepreneur├ó€™s Source (TES) as a career coach specializing in self employment in late 2005. She facilitates seminars geared toward transitioning professionals at outplacement service organizations, networking groups and career centers. She was recognized for her Outstanding Leadership Award from TES in 20111. Suzanne is a past Board Member of the Association of Career Professionals, New England. Suzanne has helped hundreds of people find their path.

Suzanne co-facilitates Career Transitions of Greater Boston a weekly workshop in Burlington, MA.
Prior to joining The Entrepreneur's Source she was in the property and casualty insurance industry for 20 years; in management and business development roles.

Suzanne is a member of the Fitzwilliam, NH Planning Board and Economic Development Committee. Suzanne may be reached at (603) 585-3110 or sgray@...

Jack Speranza, small business owner, attorney & technology geek, specializes in helping business owners grow something from nothing. Jack loves a good story, and delights in helping others create theirs. Find out more about Jack at

General Information:
The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet the first and third Friday of the month. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose the first and third Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.

We will follow the following agenda items:
Landings (with doughnuts)
New member introductions
Needs and Leads
Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
Skills and Value Statement
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Your title
Your target companies
Geography of search
Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street , take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Sandra Cipriani sandraopps@...
Barbara McKee barb6635@...
Ralph Sabatino ralphsabatino@...
Mark Sullivan
Salpi Sarafian ssarafian@...
Vincent Rocheleau vrocheleau@...
Gil Krispien g.krispien@...

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