Monday, June 26, 2017

Cybersecurity For My Small Business

Cybersecurity Remediation and Prevention Services for Small Business

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2017-06-26
Revised: 2017-08-15

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What is cybersecurity?: Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

8 Types of Cyber Attacks Your Business Needs to Avoid, QuickBooks Resource Center 2017, QuickBooks Resource Center

Common Types of Cybersecurity Attacks, Rapid7, 2017,

How can organizations prevent outside malicious cyber-attacks on their networks, computers, programs and data?

How to stop cyber-attacks on your organisation, theguardian, October 14, 2015,

Reducing the Cyber Risk in 10 Critical Areas

4 Ways Your Small Business Can Better Prevent Cyber Crime, Entrepreneur, April 20, 2015, Entrepreneur Magazine

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses (30 minute webinar),, 2017, SBA

Cybersecurity information and tools, SBA,gov, SBA

Small Business Big Threat

United States Department of Justice (USDOJ)

Information, Resources, and Tools

Cyberplanner, FCC, 2017, FCC

Cyber Security Planning Guide, FCC, 2017, FCC

How to Write a Simple IT Security Plan for a Small Business, Forensic Control, 2017, Forensic ControlFCC

Cybersecurity Controls Checklist -, Utah State Government

FBI Cyber Crime Division

The IC3 form accepts online complaints from victims or third parties of internet crimes and breaches. The form requires specific information such as account information and transaction dates in order to appropriately assess the complaint.

Internet Crime Complaint Center

InfraGard: InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure. With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard's membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement; each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security.

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

The CIS Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense

Federal Trade Commission

Department of Homeland Security

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Cybersecurity plan templates:

Information Security Policy Templates, SANS, 2017, SANS

Security Plan Template, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC

Carnegie Mellon University CyLab

SBDC Cybersecurity Documents
Small Business Cybersecurity Dos and Don’ts, DataAssured, 2017
Zero to Low-Cost Cybersecurity Solutions, Data-Assured, 2017
Small Business Cybersecurity Workbook, Pennsylvania SBDC, 2017
7 Basic Questions To Integrate Into Client Advising Sessions

Cybersecurity Consultants and Firms

Clarion County

Fred Cherico
Computer Support & Associates, Inc.
860 South 5th Avenue
Clarion PA 16214
Phone: (814) 226-7456
Fax: (814) 226-7990
More Information: Print or Download Flyer

Business Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
Closed Sundays

Services provided: Cyberattack prevention and planning, Cyberattack remediation

Venango County

Lisa Groner
CS Technologies Plus
2803 State Route 257
Seneca PA 16346
Phone: (814) 677-2447
Fax: (814) 677-6456

Business Hours: Monday & Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Armstrong Machining Consultants
Jesse L. Armstrong
301 7th Street
Emlenton PA 16373
Phone: (724) 867-0224
Cell: (814) 549-0888
More Information: Coming soon

Business Hours: Unknown

Services provided: Coming soon

Centre County

AHG, Inc.
Alex Heiphetz, PhD, CEO
300 South Pugh Street
Commercial Unit C105
State College PA 16801
Phone: (814) 867-3200
e-Fax: (610) 332-9232
More Information: Print or Download Flyer

Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Services provided: Cyberattack prevention and planning, Cyberattack remediation


Eric M. Wright, CPA, CTP
Schneider Downs & Company, Inc.
One PPG Place, Suite 1700
Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: (412) 261-3644
Fax: (412) 261-4876
More Information: Print or Download Flyer

Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Services provided: Cyberattack prevention and planning, Cyberattack remediation

Pittsburgh Data Center Green Tree
Dennis DiPasquale
Account Executive
810 Parish Street
Pittsburgh PA 15220
Phone: (412) 316-2864
Cell Phone: (412) 580-0399

Services provided: IaaS – Disaster Recovery – 11 Data Centers

Blair County

Reclamere, Inc.
Colin Scott
Senior Account Executive
905 Pennsylvania Ave
Tyrone PA 16686
Phone: (814) 684-5505 x106


The TechWorx team combines backgrounds in business and technology and has a wealth of experience servicing a wide range of industries. This gives you the benefit of leveraging all that we’ve learned to determine the best approach for your company.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Friday, October 03, 2014

Smart Phones & Smart Devices - Developing Apps

Information, topics, and links related to developing smart cell phone and smart device applications for profit.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2014-10-03
Revised: 2016-03-24

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Developing smart cell phone and smart device applications for profit

appboz allows most people with minimal computer skills to build iPhone, iPad and Android mobile apps. For a fee, people can log on and actually develop iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

Local Smart Phone Application Developer Consultants (Also helps customers with mobile compatible/optimized websites)

Kurt Stuchell
1373 Treasure Lake
Du Bois PA 15801-9033
Phone: (814) 319-6383

Websites - Mobile Compatible and Mobile Optimized

Information, topics, and links related to making your business's website mobile compatible and/or mobile optimized.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2014-10-03
Revised: 2014-10-03

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Advertising and Promotion - Websites

Developing mobile compatible and/or mobile optimized websites

A mobile compatible website is an HTML based website that doesn’t contain Flash. It means that a website is viewable on a Smartphone or Tablet, but it is not optimized for these devices. These websites have been designed for web browsers on PCs with much larger screens and navigation using a mouse.

You will notice a few things about these websites when you attempt to browse them on your Smartphone or Tablet – you have to scroll left, right, up or down and figure out how the site “works”, media may load slower, text is tiny so you have to zoom in to read it and the links are small and difficult to click with your fingertip. Sound cumbersome? That’s because it is.

If you have done nothing to optimize your website for mobile devices, then it is likely compatible by default. It is also likely that visitors are abandoning your site pretty quickly. Why? Because poor experiences do not convert customers.

A mobile optimized website is a website that is designed specifically for a Smartphone or a Tablet, not a desktop computer or laptop. A mobile optimized website doesn’t require that someone pinch and zoom to read text. On a mobile optimized site the navigation is built for efficiency, the images and media are optimized for quick loading and the content is succinct for maximum effectiveness. Additionally, mobile-only functionality includes tap-to-call, tap-to-email and map functionality.

If your hotel’s website has been optimized for mobile devices you will know – not only because it is much easier to navigate and use compared to the experience of a compatible website but because you will likely see less bounce rates, higher engagement levels and improved conversions.

Mobile Compatible vs. Mobile Optimized – What’s the difference? leonardo, October 31, 2012

Local Mobile Compatible/Optimizing Consultants (Also helps customers develop apps)

Kurt Stuchell
1373 Treasure Lake
Du Bois PA 15801-9033
Phone: (814) 319-6383

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Industry Analysis - Pet Food

These are sources of information, links, programs, and resources for people interested in starting a pet food manufacturing business.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2014-07-01
Revised: 2014-07-10

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Pet Food Industry

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requires facilities manufacturing and/or guaranteeing animal feed to have a Commercial Feed License. The first step in obtaining a commercial feed license is to ensure your pet food has been properly tested to determine the protein, fat, fiber and moisture content. You can find testing laboratories by searching the internet for ‘animal feed testing laboratories’. With this information, you will want to compose a label that details the guaranteed analysis (min crude protein, min crude fat, max crude fiber, max moisture), a complete list of ingredients in order of predominance, directions for use (if limited purpose food or contains medications), the name and address of the manufacturer/guarantor and the net weight of the package. The next step is to find and choose a company that provides packaging and labeling printing services. Refer to Pennsylvania Pet Food Regulations for further information regarding labeling requirements.

Once everything has been processed and the product labels have been approved, your facility will be issued a Commercial Feed License, which will give you the authority to sell your pet food anywhere within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you intend to market either through the internet, mail order or other means of distribution interstate, there are requirements that must be met in each state before sale and distribution. You may find the contact information for each state at AAFCO. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) also has an Official Publication that provides information on model animal feed regulations, model pet food regulations and pet food profiles and feeding protocols and has a comprehensive list of approved feed ingredients. In addition, there is a portal entitled, “The Business of Pet Food”, which is very helpful.

In addition to Pennsylvania requirements, there may be additional requirements with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for sales tax and Pennsylvania Department of State for fictitious names for businesses under their Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. You may also want to check with your insurance agent to determine if there is a need for product liability insurance for this enterprise.

Finally, you will want to be sure to check with your local municipality for the appropriate ordinances of running a business from your home. I assume that you are not making and selling food for human consumption from this location. There would be other issues that would be regulated by our Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services should that be the case.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Commercial Feed Division
Pennsylvania Commercial Feed Act (pdf)
Pennsylvania Pet Food Rules and Regualtions (pdf)
Application for a Commercial Feed License (pdf)
Apply for Commercial Feed License online

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO): How to start a pet food company:

Regulations concerning pet food labeling:

Pennsylvania Pet Food Production Regulations
PA Department of Agriculture Commercial Feed regulations and assistance:

Laboratory Analysis for Product Labeling
Pet food and commercial feeds sold to the public must have an FDA approved ingredients label on the product packaging. There are many pet food testing laboratories through out the United States that will conduct a nutritional and/or toxilogical analysis of your animal feeds (including pet foods and treats) for a fee. This will cost between $500 and $1,000 per product, depending on the lab. You can find a listing of Pennsylvania testing laboratories and other states as well, here: or here:

Find more companies that can help you do pet food nutritional nutritional and/or toxilogical analyses: Google Search: nutritional analysis laboratory

Some labs that I called:

Silliker Labs of PA
Northeast Laboratory
6390 Hedgewood Drive
Allentown, PA 18106
Tel: 610-366-9257 or 312-938-5151\

Jay Rucker
Sales Account Representative
EMSL Analytical, Inc.
975 Morrison Drive
Building C Suite A
Charleston SC 29403
Phone: (843) 628-3132
Fax: (843) 958-8175
Toll Free: (888) 958-8170

Costs estimate, to license, nutritional analyze, label and package pet food:
Pet food license fee: $25
Pet food tonage fee: $25
Pet food nutritional laboratory analysis: $750 - $1,000
Pet food label and package: $500 - $2,000

Individuals to call and email with questions pertaining to pet food and commercial feeds:

Erin Bubb
Chief, Division of Agronomic & Regional Services
Regional Inspection Staff
(717) 772-5215

Barbara Buckingham
Administrative Support, Agronomic Programs
Feed, Fertilizer, Lime, Soil/Plant Amendment Licensing/Tonnage Reporting
(717) 705-0816

David Dressler
Program Specialist
Feed, Fertilizer, Lime ad Soil/Plant Amendments
(717) 772-5216

Federal Pet Food Production Regulations
United States Food & Drug Administration:

Other Links and Information
Harrisburg University Food Science & Technology Center
Institute of Food Technology

Google Search: pet food industry
Google Search: pet food industry statistics
Google Search: starting a pet food business
Google Search: pet food regulations

Friday, April 11, 2014

Computers For My Business - Free Software Training

This is information, resources, and links pertaining to organizations and websites that offer free software training. Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2014-04-11
Revised: 2014-04-11

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Free Software and Computer Science Training

Online Broadband and Technology Training (OBTT): Designed for adult learners, OBTT offers a variety of free online training courses for individuals interested in sharpening their skills. Any resident of Pennsylvania is welcome to take advantage of free online training through OBTT! Course offerings include Microsoft Office Suite applications, basic graphics and graphic design, business and professional skills, project management, and more – there is something for just about everyone.
OBTT Informational Flyers and Marketing Materials
Contact OBTT

Academic Earth: Academic Earth believes everyone deserves access to a world-class education, which is why we continue to offer a comprehensive collection of free online college courses from the world's top universities. And now, we take learning outside the classroom with our original series of thought-provoking videos, designed to spark your intellectual curiosity and start a conversation. Watch, learn, share, debate. After all, only through questioning the world around us, can we come to better understand it. Free Academic Earth Computer Science Courses

Google Search: Free Software Training

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Travel/Tourism - Hunting Works For PA

This is information and links pertaining to the Pennsylvania Wilds Hunting Works For Pennsylvania initiative. Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2013-11-14
Revised: 2013-11-19

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Industry Analysis - Travel/Tourism

Pennsylvania Wilds: Hunting Works For Pennsylvania (HWFPA) Initiative

PA Wilds
Hunting Works For Pennsylvania website:
Contact HWFPA
HWFPA Annual Regional Meeting
HWFPA Mission
PA Hunting Economic Impact

Monday, May 06, 2013

New Product/Service Assistance - Intellectual Property Attorneys

This is the contact information for local south western Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Attorneys.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2013-05-06
Revised: 2014-10-23

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Intellectual Property Attorneys

Beck & Thomas, P.C.
Paul Beck
1575 McFarland Road Suite 100
Pittsburgh PA 15216
Phone: (412) 343-9700
Fax: (412) 343-5787

Beck & Thomas, P.C.
John C. Thomas III
1575 McFarland Road Suite 100
Pittsburgh PA 15216
Phone: (412) 343-9700
Fax: (412) 343-5787

Gordon, Dennison & Bish
Joshua S. Bish
293 Main Street
Brookville PA 15825
Phone: (814) 849-8316
Fax: (814) 849-4656

David S. Willoughby
MacDonald ILLIG Attorneys
100 State Street #700
Erie PA 16507
Phone: (814) 870-7662
Fax: (814) 454-4647

Geoffrey Shipsides
Fish & Richardson PC
3200 RBC Plaza
60 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis MN 55402
Phone: (612) 766-2064
Cell: (612) 360-0300

Barbara E. Johnson
Intellectual Property Law
555 Grant Street Suite 323
Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: (412) 281-3350
Cell: (412) 304-6565

Scolieri Law Group, P.C.
Philip Scolieri
1207 Fifth Avenue Suite 200
Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: (412) 765-0546
Cell: (412) 425-5867

McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC
Geoffrey K. White
Registered Patent Attorney
Phone: (412) 600-9101

Lang Patent Law LLC
William F. Lang IV
Fourth Street Professional Building
640 Fourth Street
Beaver PA 15009
Phone: (724) 709-8765
Fax: (724) 728-1093

Lynch Weis, LLC
Kathleen Kuznicki
501 Smith Drive Suite 3
Cranberry Township PA 16066
Phone: (724) 776-8000
Fax: (724) 776-8001

Ference & Associates LLC
Stanley D. Ference
409 Broad Street
Pittsburgh PA 15143
Phone: (412) 741-8400
Fax: (412) 741-9292

Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
David Kalson
625 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15222-3152
Phone: (412) 297-4900
Direct Phone: (412) 297-4975
Fax: (412) 209-0672

Fox Rothschild LLP
James Singer
625 Liberty Avenue 29th Floor
Pittsburgh PA 15222-3115
Phone: (412) 391-2486
Fax: (412) 391-6984

Thorp Reed & Armstrong
Paul D. Bangor, Jr.
One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street 14th Floor
Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: (412) 394-7767
Fax: (412) 394-2555

Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
Ralph F. Manning, Esq.
1500 One PPG Place
Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: (412) 594-5540
Fax: (412) 594-5619

Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
Lee Kim
1500 One PPG Place
Pittsburgh PA 15222
Phone: (412) 594-3915
Fax: (412) 594-5619

The Webb Law Firm
Kent E. Baldauf, Jr.
700 Koppers Building
436 Seventh Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: (412) 471-8815
Fax: (412) 471-4095

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Jeffrey W. Letwin
Fifth Avenue Place
120 Fifth Avenue Suite 2700
Pittwsburgh PA 15222-6785
Phone: (412) 577-5106
Fax: (412) 765-3858