After the second installment of our Speaker Idol format, I was asked by INETA to write an article for the January newsletter targeting other user group leaders. It came out great. The article describes the event format and some of our lessons learned. You can view the article at http://ineta.org/newsletters/2010_01.htm#CommunityEventWrapup. There is a lovely mug shot. That serves me right for not having a more professional picture ready and had to get someone to take a picture in the office with their iPhone. Thanks to Jay Smith for suggesting the article idea to INETA.
Recently we had a large technology service provider, IEM, announce that it was moving its headquarters from Baton Rouge to North Carolina. You can read about the articles from the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report:
In response to a lot of the negative press about Baton Rouge I submitted an article suggestion to the Baton Rouge Business Report, which can be seen at http://www.businessreport.com/news/2010/jan/11/letters-gnit1/. I was contacted a few weeks later by one of their writers, David Jacobs, who interviewed several of us including yours truly, Jon Dalberg, Patrick Leblanc, and William Assaf. He and their photographer came to one of our combined meetings (1st time ever) with the SQL Server User Group at Lamar Advertising. It was a great turnout and David obviously got a lot out of it. You can view some of the pictures from our meeting with Ted Neward on our Facebook page:
The article was published this week with a nice picture of me “raising the roof.” You can read it at http://www.businessreport.com/news/2010/jan/25/networking-it-tchn1/. Thanks to all that make our user groups and events happen! We’ll keep pushing to make this community better! Every little bit helps.