Lighthouse Project Key For Economy

February 17, 2010

Here are the latest notes and thoughts from LI

Call To Action: Much has been written about the stalled Lighthouse project in recent weeks, from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sniping at Town of Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray to the very real prospect being floated of a New York Islanders move to Queens or Brooklyn – or Kansas City.

Either way, the project clearly would have a tremendous impact on the Long Island economy. Whether you are a small fish or big player, we all have a vested interest in seeing this development get green lit in some form. From new business opportunities to the cultural implications, Long Islanders cannot afford to see this initiative fail.

That’s because more than jobs are at stake. The New York Jets abandoned Hempstead for New Jersey in 2008. The Islanders could be next. The fate of the NHL franchise is closely tied to the Lighthouse project.

Imagine an empty Nassau Coliseum as a black hole in the heart of Nassau County versus a revitalized economic zone filled with businesses and social centers. It’s a no brainer.

So LI encourages you to reach out to Kate Murray to weigh in – one way or another. This is potentially the biggest economic development project the Island has seen since the days of Robert Moses. 
To contact your town board representative, call (516) 489-5000, ext. 3200 or write to: Hempstead Town Hall, One Washington Street, Hempstead, New York 11550.

Money Mag: Attention home-based business owners. Newsday profiled a local publisher who has defied the odds with Long Island Parent magazine. Liza N. Burby was editor of Parents & Children magazine, owned by Newsday, until it was shuttered in 2008. She’s since launched Long Island Parent magazine from her Huntington Station home with $50,000 seed money from family and friends. Burby said the magazine is already profitable. Bold move. Good move. Newsday link:

Part Time: Have free time or need extra cash? The U.S. Census is still screening census takers for Nassau and Suffolk counties, with a start date some time after April 1. Pay: $18 / hour. Sign up to take a test today with the office nearest you. Veterans are given preference. Check out the web site:

Networking Pulse:  I’m a regular contributor to Long Island Pulse magazine, and a fixture at the publication’s cover parties. The latest was Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Marriott in Uniondale. I mention this because the event offers a great networking opportunity each month, and the publication is gaining traction in the community. Check out the web site for the next cover party in March. And pick up the magazine at your local bookstore.

Find Young Talent: If you’ve been part of this site for a while, you’ll know I love to promote LI Works. It’s about networking and unearthing young talent. This is from their latest newsletter: How can I help my business to grow in these challenging times?  How can I help my kids find their future on Long Island? Search for an intern, or post your internship opportunity on our Internship Connection. Join a School Business Advisory Board in your home or work area. Ask us about a Career Academy for your school district. Join our Speakers Bureau.

Biz Quiz: Should you start your own biz? Here’s an entrepreneur checklist from courtesy the Tweets of @HarvardBiz

NYC Trending: Speaking of Twitter, we are getting ever closer to a connected consciousness. Twitter recently added local trending topics – what people are tweeting about real-time. One of the regions is New York City. Very cool stuff. And if you don’t at least have a Twitter account for your business – what are you waiting for?

Blog originally posted at LI

Add Twitter To Your Tool Box

March 10, 2009

Chances are you’ve heard about Twitter by now. It’s the latest, greatest social networking tool, a mini blog of 140 characters or less. It’s gotten the most practical use so far by media organizations breaking news or filing real-time updates from anywhere this side of a sports arena to a court room.

But its applications are nearly limitless. I added Twitter to high school sports web sites in the fall and got my first taste of its immediacy when a key player broke his leg during a football game. The item was on the web while he was still lying on the ground.

Game rained out? The message was Twittered, which broadcast to anyone who added the feed to their moble device. Imagine the lucky parent who got this zapped to their phone instead of showing up at an empty field.

I’ve recently discovered that Twitter has also hit Washington in a big way. Both Houses are on Twitter and plenty of legislators too. I belong to the feed of my local representative, Steve Israel. He does an amazing job of posting regularly. Senator John McCain has been Tweeting Top 10 earmarks for weeks now. Great stuff!

Looking for entrepreneurial wisdom? CEO Tony Hsieh is a regular Twitterer with a big following.

Wanna get closer to your favorite celeb? I’m following daily updates from Shaq. Eli Manning is represented too.

The bottom line is people are just beginning to scratch the surface with Twitter. If you run a social business, what better way to stay connected to your customers? Even if you’re not, the social media craze is not going away. Find a way to tap into it today.

As owner of an online media company and a former Newsday reporter, I find the scope of innovation on the net remarkable. And I know it can be daunting too. If you need any help trying to move forward, give me a shout. Better yet, Twitter me @jmolinet.

Blog originally posted at LI