Friday, February 24, 2012

Great to be featured in the Capitol Communicator

Good news! I was featured in a news item in the Capitol Communicator Feb 21st 2012.

Shashi Bellamkonda of Network Solutions is one of the 2012 honorees in the Washington Business Journal’s 5th Annual Minority Business Leader Awards. Presentation of the awards, which honor the entrepreneurial drive, creativity and success of the honorees, will take place Friday, March 16, at The Capital Hilton
Continue reading the article at Capitol Communicator 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

#FredNMT @cariegrls Carie Lewis presenting "Why I Don't Like You:Measuring success in Social Media"

#FredNMT @cariegrls Carie Lewis presenting "Why I Don't Like You: Measuring success in Social Media".

#FredNMT Amanda Changuris session: Sticky Situations: How to plan for difficult social media situations

#FredNMT Amanda Changuris

Details of the conference : Frederick Chamber Website

Top Takeaways:

  • Always respond to both positive and negative feedback 
  • Offer a solution immediately 
  • Take the conversation offline if necessary 
  • Great point - Assume positive intent when getting feedback on social media
  • Have a good comment policy on your Facebook Page "info" page. Set limits if warranted.

In my opinion Frederick Memorial Hospital is a great example of proper use of social media tools for communication. Check the Frederick Memorial Hospital Facebook page.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Seventh Annual Small Business Summit NYC March 6th 2012

If you have not watched Ramon Ray in action at the Small Business Summit you are missing on a great experience. On March 6th around 500 small business will gather in NYC and learn from experts, sharing stories and gaining new ideas to help grow their business. Ramon Ray and Marian Banker.

March 6th - 8:00 - 5:00 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion,
125 West 18th St., New York City.

The conference early bird rate is $149 and ends on Feb 25th 2012. Register here

For more details go to the SmallBizTech Summit website for updates and the latest agenda. See the  conversation on Twitter: #smallbizsummit and the Summit Facebook page is at

Sunday, February 19, 2012

DC Chapter of the Internet Society Events - Feb 22 &March 1, 2012

The Internet Society is a global organization that seeks to maintain a free and open internet - and is having two interesting events.

I. Social Media and Freedom, Promoting Democracy in the Middle East

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (ET)

Discussion Leaders:
  • Davin Hutchins – Managing Editor, Middle East Voices at Voice of America
  • Sherif Mansour - Senior Program Officer, Freedom House
  • Sirwan Kajjo – Syrian human rights activist and journalist

Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)
  • Panelists:
    • Bob Frankston –
      • Bob Frankston is the co-creator with Dan Bricklin of the VisiCalc spreadsheet program and the co-founder of Software Arts, the company that developed it.
    • Brough Turner – Founder, netBlazr, Inc.
      • Brough Turner is a well established communications industry engineer and entrepreneur. He founded netBlazr to dramatically change the landscape for broadband Internet access in the US. Previously Brough was founder and CTO of Natural MicroSystems (IPO 1994) and NMS Communications, building several successful businesses in fixed and mobile communications equipment.
    • Preston Rhea – Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
      • Preston Rhea is a Program Associate for the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation. He supports OTI's mission of digital justice for its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program work with research, analysis, writing and program assistance. Preston also researches and writes on community-based communications and technology activism. Before joining the New America Foundation, Preston spent a year in Beijing, China working for an internet content delivery network

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fun Valentine's Day Campaign from The Motley Fool

I just had to tell you about this fun website from Motley Fool for Valentine's Day. On you can check out the "investing pickup line generator", and "investing valentines"  and share them with your friends.

The campaign is by one of my students who is the Social Media Maven at The Motley Fool Katrina Chan. Check it out and let me know what you think ?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

On the Deborah Shane Show Tomorrow : Tune in at noon EST

I will be on Deborah Shane's Radio show tomorrow at noon. We will discuss Social Media and small Business. Hope you can tune in
Show Information
Guest: Shashi Bellamkonda
Date: 2/13, Noon est
Show Call In Number: 347-215-9599,
Show URL: 

Learn ore about Deborah from these sites : 

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI : Facts and Figures : Who is the winner?

  • First  time the Super Bowl has been played in Indiana.
  •  Indianapolis is the northernmost city in the United States to host the Super Bowl since Detroit hosted Super Bowl XL in 2006. 

Super Bowl XLVI: Giants vs. Patriots

Giants : New York City 

New England Patriots :Boston


Population ( List of Most Populous Cities)
Rank 1.
The population of New York in 2010 was 8,175,133.
Rank 22.
 The population of Boston in 2010 was 617,594.
The Patriots actually play in suburban Foxborough, Mass., which had a 2010 Census population of 16,865.
Rank 12.
The population of Indianapolis in 2010 was 820,445.
Commute Time
38.7 minutes
28.4 minutes
22.2 minutes
Population holding bachelor's degree or higher
Residents who spoke a language other than English at home
Median household income 

Median home value




Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sign up for Startup America with Techcocktail

Announcement from Frank Gruber of Techcocktail

DC based Tech Cocktail is currently in a friendly but fierce battle vs. Seattle-based Startup Weekend to see who can get the most startups to sign up as Startup America members. If you are an entrepreneur or run a startup, or know other entrepreneurs starting a company please have them become Startup America members using this link - 
You can keep tabs on the TC vs. SW leaderboard here (TC is currently up 58 to 40 but that could change so we need your help spreading the word) -
We appreciate your support and in doing so you help startups get access to the free resources provided by Startup America. - with Jen Consalvo and Glen Hellman at Tech Cocktail.

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