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Feature Friday with Stephanie Rodin
January 15, 2021, 7:01 am
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Check out the latest episode of “Did You Know That?” with host Sean O’Rourke

“In 10 years the electronic medical record will be the minor player, in terms of where a person’s health history lives.” Leslie Saxon

For better or worse, your health information is moving or has already moved into a digital format.  Best known as electronic medical records (EMR’s), these digital footprints can be accessed by doctors, nurses, dentists, caregivers, employers; basically any entity that requires even a small bit about your medical condition.  Like all things digital, there are regulations that look to protect that information from being stolen or misused.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been around since the mid-1990’s, but in the last six to seven years, it has roared into the consciousness of all who hold EMR’s due to the increased threat to these records by hackers.  Understanding the obligations under HIPAA is where my next guest on Did You Know That? comes into play.

Stephanie Rodin is an attorney specializing in the medical/healthcare world, and you can’t play in this sandbox without understanding HIPAA.  What makes our conversation well worth your time is her knowledge of how HIPAA is starting to impact even businesses that don’t have anything to do with medicine.  It’s a tricky topic.

To learn more about Stephanie and her practice, visit:

Website: http://www.rodinlegal.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanierodin/

Twitter: @Rodinlegal

Music: “Ghost” by Sunny Fruit via Artlist

#hipaa #healthcare #electronicmedicalrecords #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



You Don’t Need Attention, You Need HYPE with guest Michael Shein

Try & Stop Me Podcast with Host: Colleen Blum

Cult Leaders, Mischief Maker and Boundary Breakers– what do they all have in common whether we like to admit it or not? They understand what attracts like minded individuals and tap into those strengths to get HYPE from humans.

Michael Schein has been studying individuals for years gathering some interesting facts. As he says, “never in history have people been so susceptible to propaganda and persuasion as they are now. Hype truly runs our world.”

Now what if we could tap into the hype and use the strategies for good in the world and impactful business success? Well he has done just that, Mike is going to share with us his journey, which lead him to the creation of his new book “The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable Success Secrets From the World’s Greatest Propagandists, Self-Promoters, Cult Leaders, Mischief Makers, and Boundary Breakers”.

Buckle up for a truly interesting conversation. 

You can grab The Hype Handbook on Amazon!

CLICK HERE to listen to the Podcast, or watch it below!



Need-to-knows about the Second PPP Loan Program by Tricia M. Taitt

Author: Tricia M. Taitt

Congress just passed a new COVID-19  “survival”stimulus package. Changes include the reopening of the $10,000 EIDL grant program and updates to the PPP loan program.

As a reminder, those eligible for the PPP include

  • New borrowers 
  • Businesses that exhausted their first PPP loans 
  • with less than 300 employees and;
  • that suffered a 25% or more reduction in gross revenue in one quarter in 2020 versus the same quarter in 2019

The second draw PPP loan program works similarly to the first round. Newly added policies include:

  • The max loan amount for most businesses at 2.5x the average monthly payroll cost for 2019 or over a trailing 12-month period 
  • The max loan amount for hospitality and food-service businesses at 3.5 x that average monthly payroll costs for 2019 over the past 12 months 
  • The list of expenses that qualify for loan forgiveness has expanded to include: operational expenses, supplier costs, PPE and worker protection costs and eligible payroll costs, including group insurance payments

The bottom line: 

  1. Move fast. Get your documents and calculations ready for when lenders make applications available. 
  2. Stay informed. But take some things with a grain of salt. There is a lot of false information out there. Rely on experts and your lender for updates.
  3. Keep an eye out. As of now expenses paid with PPP loan funds are tax-deductible and the PPP monies are nontaxable income. The IRS may push back against that.

Click here to get some guidance on loan forgiveness for the 1st round borrowers!

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About Tricia & The Art of Money Matters:

The Art of Money Matters is led by its President and Chief Financial Officer, Tricia Taitt, who has a strong track record of managing and improving the financial operations of growth-oriented, small to mid sized companies in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.  Ms. Taitt is adept at helping senior leaders decode the numbers so that they can better understand their business and make strategic decisions more confidently.



Feature Friday with Kimberly Chu
January 8, 2021, 6:31 am
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Host: Sean C O’Rourke

“I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me, and I want to share what I’ve learned.” Herbie Hancock

Quick personal story – when I was asked to be a mentor for the program we discuss in this episode, my first thought was: “Am I even qualified to be a mentor?”  After talking to my mentee for about 15 minutes, I knew this was going to be a great gig.  Not due to any superior knowledge on my part, but because the student was just looking for help and I was willing to do so.

Good mentors are guides through unknown landscapes.  They don’t always show us the way, but they can teach us how to find our path and navigate it successfully (or with minimal backtracking).  But how do you find a good mentor?  Well my next guest on Did You Know That? has some ideas.

Dr. Kimberly Chu is the Director of the Executives on Campus (EOC) program at Baruch College (NY, NY).  The program is designed to match undergrad and graduate students with mentors, who ideally work or have worked in the profession the student is pursuing.  Kimberly and her team have built a pioneering program and we talk about why it should be a model for institutions across the country.

You can learn more about Kimberly and EOC by visiting the links below.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chukimberly/

Website: https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/eoc/

Music: “A Big Adventure” by FASSounds via Artlist

#mentors #mentoring #barchcollege #payitforward #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Jeremy Epstein
December 18, 2020, 7:28 am
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Title: Can Blockchain Change the World?

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“The blockchain symbolizes a shift in power from the centers to the edges of the networks.” William Mougayar

There are few things as dubious as definitive proclamations. History is littered with such utterances by those known and obscure. Most were just contributors to the Earth’s CO2 levels.

This brings us to blockchain. Blockchain is a burgeoning technology sector that shows a lot of promise to change a wide breadth of industries. But for certain instances, blockchain remains more promise than actual change.

So why all the hype? Well Jeremy Epstein has some answers on episode 2020.14 of Did You Know That? Jeremy and I try to explain blockchain in terms that will resonate with most viewers, and we look at the potential uses of such technology. There is some geek-speak sprinkled throughout, but if you’re looking for insight into a new technology landscape, this is a chat you’ll get into.

And if you want to stay informed, be sure to check out Jeremy’s various social media profiles.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jer979
Instagram: @jer979
Twitter: @jer979

Music: “Runnin’ In Circles – Instrumental” by Ziv Moran via Artlist



Feature Friday with Kat Thomas
December 11, 2020, 7:51 am
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“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou

Took me a long time to write this video description.  Went through numerous drafts talking about the courage of sexual violence survivors, the evil of the perpetrators, and many other aspects of this topic.  None of them felt right, so I thought it best to let the video speak for itself.

Kat Thomas is an attorney and advocate for survivors of sexual violence.  Her job is to work in the darkest recesses of humanity, and her gift is that you would never know it if you simply talked to her.  That takes a special strength, that comes through loud and clear on this episode.

To learn more about Kat and her practice, visit her firm’s website.

Website: https://tlcpc.law/

Music: “Normalize” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist



Feature Friday with Traci Carnes

Host: Sean O’Rourke

Guest: Traci Carnes

Title: Are Your Confident In Your Cybersecurity?

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“The hacker didn’t succeed through sophistication. Rather he poked at obvious places, trying to enter through unlocked doors. Persistence, not wizardry, let him through.” Clifford Stoll, “The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage”

“The Cuckoo’s Egg” was published in 1989; I first read it in 1995.  You know what’s amazing/annoying/frustrating/unsurprising?  Not much has changed in the intervening 30+ years when it comes to hacking.  Sure, the systems and tools have gotten more sophisticated, but persistence and unlocked doors remain the key hallmarks of most hacks.

Cybersecurity, especially for small- and mid-sized businesses, remains a hazy priority that seems to fall down the to-do list every time a company runs out of coffee or snacks.  That’s just playing with gasoline and matches, and my next guest on Did You Know That? knows this firsthand.  Traci Carnes has worn many a technology hat in her career, so she’s seen cybersecurity from all sides.  Her thoughts and processes should inspire businesses to take a more proactive approach to minimizing the damage from a cyber event.  Remember, it’s not if but when you’ll experience one.

Want to learn more about Traci and her extensive background?  Check out her LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracicarnes/

Music: “Broken Radios” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist



Feature Friday with Diane D. Reynolds
November 27, 2020, 11:22 am
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Is Your Business Subject to Cyber Laws?

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Diane D. Reynolds

“People ask me all the time, ‘What keeps you up at night?’ And I say, ‘Spicy Mexican food, weapons of mass destruction, and cyberattacks.’” Dutch Ruppersberger

If you’re reading this (hopefully as you’re watching the episode), then your life and data have been impacted by multiple cyber events in the last decade or so. Welcome to the reality of technology in the 21st Century.

While it took a while, politicians recognized their voting base was under attack and decided to act in the way they knew best – passing regulations. The European Union, Brazil, and China all have extensive cyber regulations with provisions that extend beyond their geographic borders. The United States has some national laws specific to particular industries, but most cyber rules are handed at the state level. It’s a hodgepodge that has business swimming in alphabet soup.

That’s why the next guest on Did You Know That? is such an in-demand resource.  Diane D. Reynolds has been dealing with cyber regulations, on a global scale, for a good portion of her career.  She now guides businesses through the maze of regulations and compliance, and inevitably, response to a cyber incident.  Our chat focuses on why all businesses are now subject to some sort of regulation and how to proceed from there.

#cyberregulations #cyberliability #dataprivacy #datasecurity #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel #gdpr #shield #ccpa #cpra



Feature Friday with Jack Sullivan

“…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Benjamin Franklin

Was there any other quote appropriate enough to start this conversation?  Nope.

The next topic of conversation on Did You Know That? was the bane of my existence for 12+ years (when I was president of my old IT firm).  And while the term sales tax may immediately turn you off, you do so at your own risk.

What do you know about sales taxes, aside from the fact that paying them is annoying and expensive?  Well, if you own or manage any type of business, then you should be a pseudo-expert on the topic.  Most, not all, states and localities rely heavily on sales taxes to generate revenue.  (That’s even more true in the time of COVID-19.)  This heavy reliance means states do not play around when it comes to collecting what they’re owed or imposing new sales taxes when “necessary.”

Jack Sullivan is an expert in all things tax, especially sales tax, which makes him the perfect guest for this episode.  (Full disclosure: Jack still is the tax attorney for my old IT firm, Syzygy 3.)  He’s argued cases across the country for a range of companies; he’s devised sales tax strategies for entities selling into multiple states; and he’s investigated the taxability of products/services from the mundane to the exotic.  He also has a style all his own, as you will learn.

Jack and I discuss a lot during this episode, but all of it is relevant to businesses in some form or another.  Be sure to take notes and if you want to learn more about Jack, his various links are below.

Website: https://thesullivanlaw.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-sullivan-1788b01/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb9o8tVG19Muf1HMOT5kURw

Music: “Mayhem” by Ian Post via Artlist

#didyouknowthat, #salestax, #sullivanlaw, #indulgeyourcuriosity, #taxes, #statefinances, #youtubechannel



Tenacious Tuesday with Deb Koenigsberger from Hearts of Gold!

Host: Colleen Blum

Guest: Deb Koenigsberger

The Golden Heart Tackling Homelessness in NYC

Have you ever donated to an organization because you REALLY believed in the mission behind what/ who they were helping? But have you actually ever wondered WHO was the person that started it? 

Who helped mold them? What happened in their life to make them to become this type of giving, selfless, incredible human? Where did it all start?

If you love a great story where there are just real feel good moments and you like to learn the behind the scenes of the special people who are making this world a better place to live, then keep listening, because today is just about that.

Today we sit down with my friend Deb Koenigsberger who is the Founder & CEO of, Hearts of Gold. This is a life changing organization all about helping homeless mothers & Children in NYC. Their mission is to help the moms gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence that they need to be able to transition out of the shelter system and become fully independent and productive members of society.

Checkout a short preview of the latest episode!

Check out behind the scenes photos on the @tryandstopmepodcast Instagram page

Guest: Deb Koensigberger

Founder & CEO of Hearts of Gold

Music: No Matter How Hard We Try – Ben Goldstein

Feeling – Aaron Kellim

Podcast is Available on All Podcast Listening Platforms.

“The Golden Heart Tackling Homelessness in NYC – Try And Stop Me Podcast.

CLICK HERE to listen to the full Podcast!