Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) – A Game Changer for DOD/Government Contracting Businesses

  • Posted by Mark Lupo
  • On October 16, 2019
Here is a brief update on something called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).  This is a game changer for government contractors dealing with DOD in either a prime or sub contracting capacity and goes into effect January 2020 (timeline below).  For those aware of the significance of CMMC, there is a true sense of […]
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Knowledge, Networking and Persistence Bring Disaster Relief to Mid-Georgia Manufacturer

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 13, 2019
MF&H Textiles is Taylor County’s largest single-point private employer with nearly 50 employees. Its 19-acre campus between Columbus and Macon was dead in the path of Hurricane Irma on September 11, 2017. Irma’s gale force winds damaged the roof surface of MF&H’s main production facility. “Irma ripped off 20 percent of the synthetic roofing membrane […]
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Why StartSMART and GrowSMART? The Value of Business Training

  • Posted by Mark Lupo
  • On February 5, 2019
A guy I used to work with in public safety, Steve Mattoon, used to say, “In a critical situation, we do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”  That statement is as true in law enforcement and the military as it is in running a small […]
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SBA Disaster Assistance: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael

  • Posted by Mark Lupo
  • On February 1, 2019
On the evening of Tuesday, October 10th, Hurricane Michael entered the state of Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane.  According to the National Weather Service, “Hurricane Michael was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall along the Florida panhandle as well as the first major hurricane (Category 3+) to directly impact Georgia since the […]
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5 Steps to Strengthening Your Cyber Presence

  • Posted by Mark Lupo
  • On February 19, 2018
“If you are not concerned about cybersecurity, you don’t know enough about the topic yet.” – Raef Meeuwisse Strengthening your online, cybersecurity presence is a balancing act along a continuum: On one end lies convenience, using technology to manage our lives by the simplest and quickest method possible and, at the other extreme, security, protecting our […]
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I-85 Collapse & Risk Management Strategies for Small Business

  • Posted by Stacy Johnson
  • On June 21, 2017
After the I-85 collapse last month I began thinking about how lack of planning is causing a big headache for Atlanta commuters. Many funny cartoons and videos have been making the rounds on social media and it is good for a quick laugh. But long term the implications of not having a risk management plan […]
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Entrepreneurship: 5 Critical Success Factors

  • Posted by Stacy Johnson
  • On June 19, 2017
Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Do you have what it takes to own your own business? Below are 5 critical success factors every entrepreneur should have to successfully run their own business.   Sacrifice – Are you willing to sacrifice short term to benefit in the long term? Don’t be fooled into […]
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