Growing an Entrepreneurial Community in Contra Costa County

What do you get when you combine a group of passionate students and their unique business ideas with dedicated, experienced instructors? The answer is simply, an interactive community of entrepreneurs

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What do you get when you combine a group of passionate students and their unique business ideas with dedicated, experienced instructors? The answer is simply, an interactive entrepreneurial community!

jfk-entrepreneur-instituteThe Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (IEL) in Downtown Concord is a catalyst for such an entrepreneurial community and business environment, having created what’s known as the Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship. This program is known to be the most comprehensive entrepreneurial program in the Bay Area today, having already trained over 160 founders and CEOs to grow and maintain their own businesses.

The certificate components include six months of expert classroom hands on training, special entrepreneurial seminars and events, in-depth advising from community leaders, entrepreneurial legal services, and most importantly one-on-one business mentoring along with various services at IEL’s business incubator facility.

Entrepreneurial Community at work

Kicking off its fourth consecutive year in teaching, the IEL welcomes a new group of pre-selected students eager to build their businesses (or expand their existing ventures). Individuals from various backgrounds and walks of life come together with one common goal; to learn how to shape their vision into a sustainable business.

Students meet weekly at the IEL facility to study all components of strategic business-planning including financing, social media and marketing, speaking skills, technology integration, market research, elevator pitching, and more.

Between in-class lecturing, interactive assignments, and one-on-one mentoring, these students are given the necessary tools to create a thorough and realistic business plan for their ideas.

Over the course of six-months, these students work diligently to perfect their business pitch which they will present to their classmates and instructors near the end of the term. Feedback, encouragement and support play enormous roles in this class which, after all, are the foundations of any strong community!

For more information on this program and the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership, please visit/contact us @ iel@jfku.eduor call us @ 925-969-3525. Visit us at www.jfku.edu/iel

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM IEL ACCELERATOR

April 20 — Emerging Entrepreneurs Pitch Contest (Concord)

May 8 — Entrepreneurship Awards Luncheon (Alamo)

May 12 — Concord Tech Tuesdays Meetup (Concord)

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Firefighter honored for web-based exposure tracker for firefighters nationwide

Exposure Tracker is a web service that lets firefighters easily document toxic exposures, injuries, and communicable disease exposures throughout career

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On February 10,  Contra Costa County Fire Protection District honored Battalion Chief (Ret.) Clive Savacool for his service and development of Exposure Trackera web service by Track Train that enables firefighters to easily and thoroughly document toxic exposures, injuries, and communicable disease exposures throughout their career.

Continue reading “Firefighter honored for web-based exposure tracker for firefighters nationwide”

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Fix for Minecraft on Yosemite available from SuperSync

SuperSync has released a fix that allows gamers to play Minecraft on Yosemite. The .dmg file contains a simple installer and all the files you need.

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SuperSync in Danville, CA, announced a free download that provides all the files and installer millions of users need to play Minecraft on Yosemite, the newest Mac operating system from Apple.

apple logo minecraft on yosemiteIt’s been miserable for Minecraft players using Macs running Yosemite. Do a search for “minecraft on yosemite” and you find all manner of weird, complicated youtube videos explaining how to to grab files one place, break into your command line interface to perform surgery.

Fortunately, Supersync has created a simple installer that installs all the files you need. Gamers can install Minecraft for Mac into their Application folder and begin playing Minecraft within minutes.

Download the SuperSync Fix for Minecraft on Yosemite at

http://supersync.com/minecraft.php

More details on Minecraft on Yosemite

The SuperSync announcement comes after months of confusion and frustration for users playing Minecraft on Macs running Yosemite, the most current Mac OS released October 16. To date users have been stymied by error notices recommending users install the legacy Java SE 6 runtime. This error message is confusing as Java 6 is no longer supported by Apple.

The SuperSync fix for Minecraft on Yosemite is a DMG file that users can open and install. Gamers can drag the Minecraft application to their Applications directory, and begin playing Minecraft on Yosemite within a matter of minutes.

Founded in 2003. SuperSync is a personal music library synchronization software company, committed to building tools to help access, merge, and synchronize personal music collections. For more information visit http://www.supersync.com

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What Americans fear most — it’s not what you think

Champman University in Southern California has just released the results of its survey of what Americans fear the most. The survey of American fears included 1500 participants and boiled results down to four basic categories: personal fears, crime, natural disasters and fear factors. According to the Chapman poll, the number one fear in America today is walking alone at night.

American fear factors

Despite evidence to the contrary, Americans fear crime has at least remained steady, even though where crime rates in the U.S. have decreased over the last 20 years. Chief boogeymen includes child abduction, gang violence, human trafficking, mass riots, pedophilia, school shootings, serial killing and sexual assault.

If a serial killer isn’t stalking you then a host of American fears are waiting in the wings:

1) Walking alone at night

2) Becoming the victim of identity theft

3) Safety on the internet

4) Being the victim of a mass/random shooting

In addition to running out of money and becoming ill or sick, the ever present fear of public speaking is high on the list.

Americans fear natural disasters, too. The top five are:

1. Tornado/hurricane

2. Earthquakes

3. Floods

4. Pandemic or Major Epidemic

5. Power Outage

Pretty standard stuff, especially when you consider that the regional breakdown. Americans fear earthquakes in the Western states, while tornados and hurricanes scare southerners and midwesterners (think Dorothy Gayle in Kansas). More interesting, however is the Northeasterners are more concerned about power outages than raindrops falling on their heads.

Surprisingly, fear of heights, clowns, losing your job, or dentists were not even mentioned. Go figure.


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SuperSync 6 lets you compare and share iTunes Libraries

One of my favorite iTunes Manager application is SuperSync. With SuperSync’s built-in client/server software, users can instantly retrieve a song left on their laptop, play a song on their home computer while using an office PC, or copy their entire iTunes library on to a new computer or disk drive. I’ve been able to share libraries with my wife’s library so I don’t have to repurchase tunes.

supersync-itunesWith SuperSync you can:

– Merge and Compare Any two libraries on Windows, Mac and NAS

– Access your media library from anywhere. Get and place tracks and playlists over the internet

– Repair your library — remove duplicates, find broken links, and add missing tracks

– Explore your music with keystroke access to Pandora, iTunes Store, YouTube, and much more

– Maximize use of iTunes Match and iCloud

By placing a copy of SuperSync on each Mac or PC, users can easily compare and merge two iTunes libraries at a time to see what tracks are missing, select them, and click “Synchronize” to begin merging the libraries. SuperSync includes a basic audio player so you can organize, sync-up, and play all of your songs directly from SuperSync, with no external player required for MP3/M4A music files.

Based in Alamo, CA, SuperSync version 6.0 includes a new web interface for browsing music, a new username/password system, and support for multiple commercial NAS systems. This means SuperSync can be deployed on many more home networks and be used with more whole-home audio systems, such as Sonos and Logitech Media Server.

SuperSync offers complete back-up functionality that lets users quickly and easily create a “master library” with other computers in the house or office having a subset or mirror image. SuperSync can also recover the contents from most Apple iPods, iPhones, and iPads that are paired with an unavailable computer. And, SuperSync lets users back up playlists, ratings, played counts; Plus movies, TV shows, podcasts, other audio and video iTunes content.

SuperSync requires Java 6 and higher,  and works on all Intel-based Mac, through 10.10, Windows NT- through Windows 8, and NAS Apps that support ReadyNAS, S1Digital, Synology, Thecus, QNAP, VortexBox and others.

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Self-driving vehicles to be tested at Concord Naval Weapons Station

In a new plan announced by the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority in cooperation with the City of Concord the, US Navy, and Mercedes Benz, the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) will become a test site for testing self driving vehicles.

The paved, city-like roadway grids at CNWS is an ideal site for testing self-driving vehicles and related applications in an urban-like environment. Testing will include transportation technology including traffic signals that ‘communicate’ with cars, and connected and self driving vehicles.

mercedes-benz-self-driving-vehiclesWhen MBRDNA and CCTA begin testing this month, it will be at one of the country’s few operational test bed sites for self-driving vehicles that provides real-world infrastructure and equipment to facilitate the testing of new transportation technology in a controlled environment.

The public will not have access to the test site, and the self-driving vehicles will be restricted to the test bed site. With 2,100 acres of testing area and 19.6 miles of paved roadway, the CNWS is currently the largest secure test bed site in the United States.

“The Contra Costa Transportation Authority is committed to supporting research that enhances safety while shining a spotlight on innovation,” stated Executive Director, Randy Iwasaki. “We’re extremely proud to be working with the City of Concord, Mercedes-Benz and the Navy to bring cutting edge technology to Contra Costa and we look forward to connecting our resources with those advancing research and technology to improve transportation.”

“We can use the test site in Concord, California, to run simulation tests with self-driving vehicles in a secure way, including specific hazardous situations”, explained Dr. Axel Gern, head of autonomous driving at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA). “Taken in conjunction with the results of our test drives on public roads, these tests will help us with the ongoing development of our autonomous cars.” The focus of research nevertheless continues to lie on the tests undertaken in a real-life environment, he emphasized.

Mercedes-Benz was able to provide impressive proof of the viability of autonomous self-driving vehicles in today’s complex urban and inter-city traffic last year. In August 2013 the Mercedes-Benz S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE, a new-model S-Class equipped with near-production-standard technology, drove fully autonomously the 100 km distance between the German cities of Mannheim and Pforzheim, following the historic route taken by Bertha Benz.

Since mid-September of this year Mercedes-Benz, as one of the pioneers of autonomous driving, has also held an official license from the State of California to test self-driving vehicles on public roads. The additional testing opportunities provided by the CNWS site will enable the company to expand significantly the scope of its research activities.

“The City of Concord is hopeful that use of the Concord Naval Weapons Station as a test bed hub in the region will attract hi-tech jobs to our community and allow new technologies to be tested and researched,” stated Tim Grayson, Mayor of the City of Concord. CNWS was officially closed in 2007 and is currently in the process of being transferred to the City of Concord.

“This partnership is indication that we’re moving forward in the 21st Century economy,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “I’m confident that this is the first of many partnerships that will spark transportation innovation and smart growth in Contra Costa and hopeful that the City of Concord can one day be viewed as a transportation technology hub where hi-tech jobs for residents are plentiful.” The use of the site as a test bed for innovative transportation technology will not impact the transfer, or the community’s long range plans for reuse of the base.

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