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The Debrief: Carol Lane has a few capital ideas

The Long Island Capital Alliance’s quarterly Capital Forums are increasingly hot tickets for entrepreneurs and investors, thanks primarily to Carol Lane, who’s been organizing the schmear-and-schmooze breakfast networkers since taking over as LICA executive director in November 2014. The adjunct professor of business and communications at Farmingdale State College is a one-time entrepreneur herself: Her 2011 Huntington-based startup Portage Coaching Group helped other first-time business owners set goals, draw plans and evaluate results, work that…


A call for consumer products companies

Fresh off its January healthcare forum, the Long Island Capital Alliance is deep into planning its next innovator-meets-investor networking breakfast. This week, LICA put out a call for presenters for a pitch event featuring firms in consumer products manufacturing and distribution, with the event set for 8 a.m. May 6 at Melville’s RXR Corporate Center. Like other LICA forums, the event will give manufacturers and distributors a chance to pitch their products and operations to…


Debrief: Bob Brill, Newlight Management

A former GM at Harris Corp. — where he revolutionized commercial microprocessors — and an IBM engineer, the accomplished and always busy Bob Brill was also CEO of tech companies Algorex Corp. and Sipex Corp., all of which put his PhD in physics (Brown University) and undergraduate engineering degrees (Lehigh) to good use. Brill’s also a leading Long Island investor: The managing partner of Jericho investment firm Newlight Management and former general partner at VC…