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How to refresh a brand, without blowing things up

By DAVID A. CHAUVIN // Just like your wardrobe, your company needs a makeover every now and then. Industry changes, trends come and go, technology evolves. There’s a good chance that what appeared cutting-edge 10 years ago seems hopelessly outdated now. And if your branding, marketing materials or even company name gives an out-of-touch impression, that’s how your customers will think of you – no matter how state-of-the-art your work or products. The trick is…


IPS has an apoptosis for destruction, and that’s cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chilling news from Intelligent Product Solutions, which has reshaped a body re-shaper that slices with hot lasers and soothes with cooled air. That’s the general gist of the eon FR, a “non-contact aesthetic device” that cuts away abdominal fat cells with laser energy while cooling the patient’s target areas with blasts of cold air. The product, which earned FDA clearance in June, comes from Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, a circa-2016, Florida-based medical-device…


CPI Aero winging it with new $48M Boeing contract

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $48 million deal will keep a longtime Long Island defense contractor flying Boeing’s friendly skies for the foreseeable future. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures on Thursday announced it has inked an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a “maximum ceiling value” of $48 million with Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing. Building on a decade-plus of support for Boeing’s workhorse A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter planes, the new IDIQ deal will see CPI Aero manufacturing…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  October 21 Long Island SummIT Awards  6-9 p.m., The Garden City Hotel  The Long Island Software & Technology Network presents its 23rd annual regional IT awards program, honoring high-achieving companies and individuals. Sponsorship opportunities available. Ticket pricing, registration and more information right here. October 23  Operation Downtown Seminar  8-10 a.m., Hofstra University ideaHUb Hofstra University’s collaborative laboratory presents an interactive discussion with marketing experts on expanding digital footprints. Breakfast will be served. Registration and…


New Adelphi student affairs VP is a multicultural match

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Award winner with a multicultural M.O. will direct Adelphi University’s student affairs. The Garden City-based university has named Ronald Sentwali Bakari its new dean of students and vice president for student affairs, effective Dec. 3. Bakari is currently chancellor for student success at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. At Adelphi, he’ll oversee key student-oriented services and programs, ranging from student-involvement and residential-life programs to health and professional-development services. These…


Bold step has ambitious STEM startup thinking global

By GREGORY ZELLER // A muddled marketing message hasn’t stopped We Connect the Dots from changing lives across Long Island – but sharper marketing could carry its unique STEM-education formula around the world. That’s the thinking at the multifaceted educational organization, which has hired a professional marketing team to help scale its successful technology-training model across the United States and beyond. In September, We Connect the Dots joined forces with Raffa Social Capital Advisors, a…


Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…


With disappointing 2Q, bumpy takeoff for Park Aero

  PARK AEROSPACE CORP. Headquarters: Melville Industry: Composites manufacturing NYSE: PKE Reporting Date: Oct. 10, 2019 Reporting Quarter: 2Q FY2020 Quarter Ended: Sept. 1, 2019 Numbers: Second-quarter sales were reported as $13.7 million, a 22.3 percent increase from the $11.2 million reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. But quarterly net earnings (down 22.2 percent, to $2.1 million) and both basic and diluted earnings per share (each down from 13 to 10 cents) were…


Pods? Grande pumpkin things? Not cool, beans

By AMBROSE CLANCY // I have become what I feared I would become. A coffee snob. Not that person at Starbucks ordering a grande macchiato pumpkin spice with dark chocolate shavings – please – but the one who can’t drink bad coffee. My friend, bon vivant Jim Murray of Dublin and Brussels, lives by the code of refusing things on the basis of LITS (Life Is Too Short). For him, it applies mostly to mediocre…


Filling tummies, and hearts, with 2M pounds of love

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a bountiful 2019 for Island Harvest Food Bank, which will ultimately distribute nearly 2 million pounds of locally sourced fruits and vegetables this year to the food insecure. Representatives of the Brentwood-based anti-hunger crusade welcomed partners from several groups recently to celebrate the fall harvest season. Among those in attendance were corporate sponsors, myriad anti-hunger advocates and representatives of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, an international organic-farm booster,…


LI instructors shine as NY’s newest Master Teachers

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than two dozen Long Island educators have been welcomed into the ranks of the New York State Master Teacher Program. The professional-development and networking community, which promotes and celebrates the work of high-performing STEM teachers (for science, technology, engineering and math), added some 228 new members in September, including 27 teachers from Long Island-based school districts. Through participation in the Master Teacher Program, each competitively selected teacher receives a $60,000…


Focusing on people power, in a cyberworld gone bad

By ANGELA COLON-MAHONEY // The most important firewall a corporation can put up to protect its network starts with an employees’ job interview, and is measured by levels of employee engagement over time. We tend to forget the human element when it comes to technology and the safety of employee and company information. We know that one click is all it takes to expose a company’s deepest secrets, and it’s usually caused by a disengaged…


For more convenient blood testing, gonna LabFly now

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “concierge healthcare app” will allow patients of the Northwell Health system to schedule blood draws at home, and to digitally track the subsequent blood testing. By skipping the clinic, doctor’s office and private laboratory, LabFly – a first-of-its-kind in the nation mobile app – offers patients “a convenient and private alternative,” according to Northwell Health, and an easy opportunity to follow through on their healthcare protocols. The app was…


Albany eyeing ‘qualifications’ for $200M port plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hard to port! No, don’t make a quick left turn – but if you’re a waterfront-based enterprise focused on port operations and related markets, you’ll want to turn your attention to Albany’s latest Request for Qualifications. With the offshore-wind industry really starting to howl, marine-support and other waterfront operations will become critical components of the statewide economy – particularly on Long Island, where offshore-wind infrastructure figures to rise fast. To that…


A preemptive approach to postsecondary success

By HARRY AURORA // For some, preparation for postsecondary education starts at a young age. Many children who aspire to be doctors, lawyers and scientists understand the required commitment to academic achievement, and that it continues well beyond high school. These particular students typically have not only the support of their family members, but also a role model – a teacher or guidance counselor, perhaps, instilling in them a drive to achieve at their highest…