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.



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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

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

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Feature Friday – Did You Know That?

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Cory Allison

“Money, it’s a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash” Pink Floyd

You have a killer idea.  It appeals to a broad market.  And your strategy to bring it to life is rock solid.  All you need is a few more dollars than you have now to make it a reality.  What path should you choose?  Bootstrap?  Friends and family?  Angel?  Venture capital?  Family office?  Maybe even private equity?

How you fund a business may be just as important as what you’re selling.  Going it alone leaves all the decisions in your hands, but you’re gambling all your resources.  Taking money from others limits your own exposure, but now you have potential “partners” who may weigh in on crucial decisions or not agree with the ones you make.

Cory Allison is an experienced entrepreneur, especially in the startup world.  She’s also a partner in a fund that focuses on female-led businesses.  So she knows the funding game from both sides of the table.  Her insights on the topic may help guide you on your quest to launch the next unicorn.

You can discover much more about Cory at:



The JumpFund:

Music: “Having a Good Day – Instrumental” by Benj Heard via Artlist

Tenacious Tuesday – Newest Episode of the Try and Stop Me Podcast!

Host: Colleen Blum

Guest: Andy Neary

Mindset Lessons Learned On The Mound

Today, I am super pumped to bring you a fun, energetic, kickass business role model & overall JUST a good human Andy Neary.

Andy’s a former Professional Baseball Player. He’s now a Business Coach, Keynote Speaker & Founder of “the Complete Game”, coaching program.

Andy’s mission is to help business professionals build the mindset, habits, and rituals as he says “off the field” that lead to all-star performance on it. I’m obsessed with what he has going on today because it fits right into something I think we have all dealt with in our life at some point – a defeating mindset. Listen along as he teaches us how to flip the script into developing what he now calls #majorleaguemindset.

Watch a preview of the episode here!

Check out the full episode below!

Check him out at

Check out his podcast Bullpen Sessions

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Feature Friday: To Be an Effective Communicator, it’s Okay to Be Silent – Aimee B. Davis
August 14, 2020, 7:42 am
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Original Post: ABD Law Blog

When the COVID-19 lockdown began, I very quickly noticed the surge, and felt bombarded by, too many choices for online entertainment. Suddenly countless guided meditations, yoga classes, friends having Zoom cocktail hours, and virtual dance parties were available simply by clicking a link. But, in order to process entering into a “new normal,” my instinct sent me to a quieter, more introspective place.

For all things communication-related, I reflect on the words of my guru, Debra Forman, a certified executive coach and the founder of Pinstripe Coaching who, in her video blog entitled After It Rains, video 43: It’s OK to be Silent, reminds us:

“When you feel comfortable with your own silence, you will act as if you speak volumes.”

In April 2020, I declared kindness is the new BLACK. I emphasized the importance of increasing kindness through our words, actions, and the omission of certain actions. By going to that quiet place to digest the deep sense of loss and grief we are all experiencing, I found the time and space to consider ways to communicate with kindness to my clients, family, friends, andothers on social media during these unprecedented times. 

In the Age of Uncertainty, be aware that anxiety impacts the way we communicate with others.

I hear some people are a little extra snappy these days, but you didn’t hear it from me, since I’m isolated here on the 5th floor. But, now more than ever, when we feel extra vulnerable and scared, it’s important to try to be careful of what we say and to try to avoid judging others. 

Debra also reminds us that we don’t always need to fill in the blanks. Too much of one thing can negate your message. Practice restraint. Let’s use the New York State PAUSE to take a metaphorical pause in communicating!

According to Debra: “Punctuate everything you discuss with appropriate silence and respectful pauses. This will enable your listener to truly take in your words, consider their meaning [because Words Do Matter], and respond as appropriate.”

To communicate effectively and with kindness, “best practices” suggest that before speaking, we should consider the following:

  • Is it True?
  • Is it Kind?
  • Is it Necessary?
  • Is it Helpful?

 Sometimes, the best thing to say is NOTHING!


Aimee B. Davis Law P.C. is committed to advising its clients and resolving issues relating to the legal and business matters that are important to them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (917) 617-2243 or email

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Carrier Benefits Coronavirus (Covid-19) Chart

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Photo by Anna Shvets on

As we have been getting several clients that have been reaching out and asking on what would be covered under their health insurance in terms of testing and treatment we wanted to share this helpful chart identifying what the Fully Insured carriers will be doing that our General Agent, Savoy Associates published.

Feel free to reach out with any questions, and remember….WASH YOUR HANDS!

Carrier Benefits Coronavirus Chart


What are Exclusive Provider Organizations (EPOs)?

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Can I get a “No?!”

Just Say NoWhen I start to get frazzled I hear my mother in my head saying, “If you don’t value your time, no one else will.” As women, I feel that, at times, we suffer from the “Wonder Woman Complex” of being able to do it all, and often times to our detriment. We can be fearful of the societal response of saying “no” and I’m here to tell you it’s OK to do it!

When I served as National President of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), my predecessor, Angie Shay, programmed us all so that when a decision was to be made that would impact the organization, if it didn’t engage members or generate revenue, then we shouldn’t be doing it. This made decisions very black and white and easy to move initiatives forward.

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What are Covered Medical Expenses?

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