FREE Business Seminar: DIY Marketing Studio Roadshow

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As a small business owner, it’s not always feasible to hire an outside marketing agency, therefore you simply add another “hat” to your role and tackle the marketing yourself. We know it’s a lot to take on, so join us along with experts Judyth Brown of Walkabout Media Enterprises and Nichole Nappi of N2 Design Services for an interactive workshop to help with all things marketing for your business. From copy writing to web design, we’ve got you covered!

Attending this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to revitalize marketing projects
  • How to optimize your copy writing, social media, graphic & web design, and SEO skills for your business
  • Marketing breakout mini sessions with DIY Marketing Studio – receive expert Marketing tips for your business

Join us on Wednesday, September 14th at 8:30am for networking and a light breakfast followed by our 90-minute workshop at 9am to 10:30am, DIY Marketing Studio Roadshow presented by Judyth Brown of Walkabout Media Enterprises and Nichole Nappi of N2 Design Services. The event will be held at First Financial’s Corporate Office located at 391 Route 9 North in Freehold, NJ. Space is limited – register below. *There will be one-on-one time at the end of the workshop for all attendees to discuss your marketing objectives with the presenters.

Judyth Brown: In the last decades of the last century, Ms. Brown was proudly computer illiterate and determined to remain that way. Since then she has come to her senses in a big way. She now holds a master’s degree in adult education, she started teaching adult computer literacy, and traveled the U.S. delivering business training on digital marketing.  Ms. Brown’s company, Walkabout Media Enterprises, provides local businesses with email marketing and social media management services. Her background in adult education made partnership with Constant Contact an easy choice. As a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, she explains the ins and outs of digital marketing, helping small businesses grow with email and social media. Ms. Brown is currently based in the Jersey Shore Arts Center, the beautiful former Neptune High School, offering insight to the digital tools that help businesses thrive.

Nichole Nappi: Nichole Nappi, is a graphic designer and digital artist. She received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art with a Computer Graphics concentration from Monmouth University. She currently owns a design business, N2 Design Services, and has been serving the business community for over 10 years. Ms. Nappi has worked as a graphic designer at the Asbury Park Press, as a production artist for both a silk-screener and a corrugated box company. By having a diverse background in production and design, she is able to work efficiently to create projects that can be produced in different media. Ms. Nappi currently lives in Wall, New Jersey with her husband and son and enjoys cycling vacations, reading, spending time with her family and creating abstract digital art.

Both Judyth Brown and Nichole Nappi started the DIY Marketing Studio, a community based initiative located in Neptune, NJ. Twice a month small business owners meet with the studio’s creative hosts for expert advice in branding, social media management, and marketing strategy. To learn more about the DIY studio, visit their Facebook page and sign up for sessions on meetup.

Learn “Technology for Your Business” at this FREE Seminar in January 2016

As a business owner, it is vital that you understand and use advanced technologies and techniques. Technology can help increase business efficiency and even expand operations and finding the right accountant to ensure your taxes are filed properly will result in higher success. Join us on 1/28 for a completely free seminar to learn which types of technology are right for you and your business – then you’ll be on your way to being more organized and efficient than ever before.

Attending this seminar, you will learn:

  • How to maximize your savings using technology
  • How new tools can increase your net income
  • How to save money on your tax returns

Join us on Thursday, January 28th at 8:30am for networking and a light breakfast followed by our seminar, “Technology for Your Business” presented by Charles Sales, CEO of Priority Payment Systems Metro and Joseph Acquavella, Co-Founder of ACS & Co. LLP. The seminar will be held at First Financial’s Corporate Office located at 1800, Rt. 34 North, Building 3, Suite 302, Wall, NJ. Space is limited – register below.

Charles “Chuck” Sales, CEO of Priority Payment Systems Metro, brings over 40 years of experience to the table. Until about eight years ago, Chuck was a commercial banker having been the Vice President of Valley National Bank, WAMU, and Fires Fidelity Banks. In addition, he was also the President of the Union County Chamber of Commerce who serviced more than 1,000 members. While at the Chamber of Commerce, he looked at ways businesses could become more efficient. When he retired from the banking field in 2008, he started a sales business (Priority Payment Systems Metro) and decided that he could make a difference by providing excellent service and great rates in credit card processing without all of the smoke and mirrors that is prevalent in the industry. Today, Chuck processes thousands of dollars for hundreds of merchants all across the country. His clients also use him as a sounding board for various business activities, expansion ideas, equipment purchases, and any other topics that may arise.

Joseph P. Acquavella, Managing Tax Partner. He has been providing Tax advice and consulting services to corporations, partnerships and high net worth individuals for over 25 years. A founding partner of ACS, he has published articles in the Practical Accountant and presented various Tax seminars to accountants, bankers and clients in many industries. He also served as a lecturer for CW Post Graduate School and Fairleigh Dickinson Graduate School. In addition he has served as an adjunct professor at City University of New York. Joseph is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts Tax Division; He is also a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and he serves on the New York State Society Taxation of Financial Instruments Committee. Joseph was the past president of the Metropolitan Credit Club and member of the Phoenix Credit Club. He holds a M.S. in Taxation from Long Island University and a B.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College, New York City. He also holds a series 7 NASD license and series 66.

Learn “How to Close Out Your 4th Quarter & Get Ready for the New Business Year” this October 2015

shutterstock_82803304-830x553Are you looking to learn the best ways to end 2015 to better prepare you for the new year? Jack Gottlieb, President & CEO of the Total Solutions Group, Inc. will be providing top-notch information to help you organize your business in order to properly close out the year without the stress. We invite business owners, those interested in starting a business and professionals in the marketing and sales fields to attend this informational seminar.

Attending this seminar, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the proven process for how you need to work on your business while you are working in your business
  • Build or improve your business model to ensure you are creating and delivering value that impacts your customers and your growth
  • Increase the true impact of your marketing strategy by balancing brand/value proposition identity, showcasing (how to give people a real experience) and market intelligence so what you are doing is aligned with what people are looking for

Join us on Thursday, October 8th at 8:30am for networking and a light breakfast followed by our seminar, How to Close Out Your 4th Quarter & Get Ready for the New Business Year.” The seminar will be held at First Financial’s Corporate Office located at 1800, Rt. 34 North, Building 3, Suite 302, Wall, NJ. Space is limited – register below.

Jack Gottlieb is the President & CEO of The Total Solutions Group, Inc. a strategic consulting, training and coaching firm committed to driving a sustainable increase to an organization’s results, value proposition and culture. Jack brings 14 years of proven high level success along with the collective capability of his team and advisory board. Jack has also been one of the highest ranked speakers at various state wide SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers) Annual Conferences as well as the New Jersey Organizational Development Annual Conferences for the past 7 years. Jack also serves on the Executive Board Collegiate Empowerment which is an educational firm committed to driving systemic change and impact for Colleges and Universities. Jack also is actively involved with two universities. The first is Kutztown University where he is one of the key leaders of the College of Business Advisory Board to support their efforts in further development and expansion. The second is with Rider University with their Center for the Development of Leadership Skills.

Learn “Blogging for Business: Content Marketing 101” at this Seminar in September 2015

Fotolia_38223665_Subscription_Monthly_XL-1024x709With organic reach numbers free falling on Facebook, the importance of owning your media vs. renting it, is becoming more and more evident. Blogging is becoming the go-to avenue for “expertise” information on endless topics and enables you to reach a vast target audience. This seminar will teach all attendees the basics of blogging for your business and how you can get started right away!

Attending this seminar, you will learn:

  • What is content marketing and why is it important?
  • Where content ideas come from
  • WordPress basics, favorite plugins, and more
  • How to build your readership and sustain engagement

Join us on Thursday, September 17th for networking at 8:30am and then promptly at 9:00am for our business seminar titled, Blogging for Business: Content Marketing 101, presented by Deborah Smith, owner of Foxtrot Media, LLC. Cost to attend this seminar is $10. The seminar will be held at First Financial’s Corporate Office located at 1800, Rt. 34 North, Building 3, Suite 302, Wall NJ. Space is limited – Register today!

Deborah Smith is the owner of Foxtrot Media, LLC a Social Media Consulting and Management company. Deborah got her start in social media over 12 years ago when she launched an E-Commerce business which operated a network of websites serving the Nanny Industry. She began employing email groups, chat rooms and online message boards as marketing and networking tools well before the term “Social Media” was ever conceived. When the new tools like Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn emerged, Deborah was an early adopter and soon mastered these tools for her own business. In 2007, she launched her first blog,, a collaborative food blog with over 35 contributors throughout the state. JerseyBites now welcomes over 25,000 visitors per month and was recently named content partner to for food news in New Jersey. Deborah was also recently named one of 100 Constant Contact local experts in the country. She is an experienced corporate trainer and social media consultant for businesses throughout the tri-state area.