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Helping Franchisors in their struggle to know how their Franchisees are really doing!

Jerry Bell, CEO  |  ZeeWise

Franchisors have very little insight into the performance of their Franchisees. ZeeWise’s patented software enables powerful business intelligence similar to that available to the Fortune 500, for the first time to the franchise community.
Jerry Bell has a long and distinguished career in the Franchising industry. Jerry spent 15 years with The Coca-Cola Company including service as an International Division VP. He also served as President of the Far East for Campbell Soup. He later spent 7 years at AFC Enterprises as a Division Chief Operating Officer creating the International Divisions of 2 separate companies, Cinnabon and Seattle’s Best Coffee, which he subsequently merged and grew from 30 to 400 franchised units in 40 countries. 

Jerry joined ZeeWise in 2005 as a Senior Advisor and member of the Board of Directors and was later appointed CEO in 2006. ZeeWise’s customers include such noted Franchisors as: TGIFriday’s, FastSigns, Oreck Vacuums, Focus Brands International, Right-At-Home and many others. Jerry has been associated with the franchise community for over 30 years and is an active member of the IFA, where he has served for many years as a business roundtable chair. Jerry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University.

678-252-6844  |

Connecting Small Businesses

Robert Hilburn, President  |  GnatWork Networks

From Cloud Computing to Security- New Basics in IT for Small Businesses

Questions and answers about cloud services have many small businesses or startup companies unsure of the best decisions for their IT structure.  We will go through some steps that can help with making some decisions on new cloud technologies, company security, and ongoing IT management.

In 2001, after working as a support engineer and consultant for over 20 years, Robert Hilburn started GnatWork Networks to help bring technologies that were fiancially or technically out of reach for small to medium size businesses.  Robert directed GnatWork in acquiring business from two failing IT support companies and building customer bases in medical, legal, and financial practices around the Southeastern United States.
Robert received a degree in Management and two minors in Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology.  He earned an MBA from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics receiving both Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honors.

678-417-9885  |  |  |  @gnatwork


Pamela Adams  |  The BizLynks Center

Where Businesses Go To Connect

Entrepreneurs. Freelancers. Consultants. Mobile professionals. Industrialists. Whatever the title, when it comes down to making business happen, numerous small business owners opt to bypass their  home office or the expense of brick-and-mortar storefronts for the convenience of public Wi-Fi hotspots at coffee shops and bookstores. However, public may be too public…from loud background music and the chatty baristas to the librarian’s continuous reminder of the “Quiet, please!” sign.
The nation’s economic rollercoaster has made many rethink business expenditures, especially fancy “virtual” offices – matchbox spaces that too often feature more fees and isolated workspace. Sure, you may have a hi-rise downtown address, but is it worth it if you can’t afford the office space and office supplies?
What’s a successful business owner to do? Coworking spaces provide an opportunity for small business owners to mix work and business collaborations in a professional environment designed with them in mind. Coworking builds a community of focused, business-oriented people who desire increased productivity and networking.  The BizLynks Center was born out of the desire to offer small businesses and mobile professionals a “work, learn, play” environment where they can work for themselves but not by themselves.

Pamela Adams is a technology strategist, trainer, speaker, author and the owner of BizLynks Consulting Group, LLC, an Atlanta-based technology consulting firm.  With a career that spans over 20 years in Information Technology and Internet marketing strategies, explaining the technical to the “technically-challenged” is what she does best. In keeping with her tagline, Linking Technology to Business Growth, Pamela’s mission is to help businesses increase their productivity and sales through the effective use of technology. As a serial entrepreneur, in June 2011, she opened The BizLynks Center, a world-class meeting, training and social workspace that offers business and personal development workshops, networking and social events and a coworking community where professionals can work without the overhead of leasing and maintaining an office suite.  Pam served as the Regional Development Director for Constant Contact from 2007 – 2011, and during that time, presented to over 14,000 seminar and conference attendees. She continues to provide email marketing workshops and boot camps, speaks regularly at conferences and offers email campaign management services and consulting as a Constant Contact Solution Provider & Local Expert.  She has designed programs and trained numerous small businesses, entrepreneurs, associations and non profits on how to enhance and improve their businesses through innovative and affordable Internet marketing strategies. With a heart for God and a passion for helping others connect with that still small voice within, R. Pamela has also complied some of the most moving messages circulated online in recent year in her inspirational gift book, “God is in Your Inbox.” She serves as the Minister of Business Affairs at DaySpring International Ministries, Inc., is a member of Women About Biz and is a 2005 & 2011 Turknett Leadership Character award nominee. Pamela, a native of Hinesville, GA, graduated from Emory University with a Math and Computer Science degree and a Psychology minor.

678-825-5201  |    |  |  @bizlynkscenter

Extend the life of your IT infrastructure

Todd Bone, Founder  |  XS International, Inc.

Forrester Research reports that 76% of the total corporate IT budget is allocated to maintenance, operations and support. Yet, most companies do not plan for this when making IT acquisitions. XS International, Inc. shows companies how to cut these costs while extending the life of the initial IT purchase.  Todd Bone has founded five IT related companies including XS International, AvarSYS and MaxCommerce. His two current companies sell IT services to commercial accounts and to the Federal Government. Todd is actively involved in the Entrepreneur’s Organization which has 8500 members worldwide. He has served on the Atlanta EO Board for 8 years, was President in 2010 and recently chaired EO’s regional conference in Atlanta for 420 members from the Eastern U.S. Todd makes wine as his hobby.
6785374108  | | |  @xsinternational

Human Capital | Finding the Right People and Motivating Them

George Horrigan, Founder and CEO  |  Fountainhead Consulting Group, Inc.
Work Less, Make More and Have Fun in Your Business
A typical business owner has expectations for today, hopes for tomorrow and dreams for down the road for their business. However most business owners say to themselves, this is the business I have, these are my hopes and dreams for my business, here is where I am at, there is where I want to go; how do I get from here to there? 

Complicating this is that for many business owners there is a chasm between the business they actually have and the business of their dreams.

George Horrigan, Founder and CEO of Fountainhead Consulting Group, Inc. will show you step by step how to build a bridge across this chasm to your hopes and dreams for your business.

George will discuss his forthcoming book Thriving Businesses, which guides you in creating a successful, thriving, and immensely profitable business. The book Thriving Businesses provides you with a systematic, structured approach that enables you to eliminate the trial and error, guesswork, and uncertainty involved in growing your business and increasing its profitability.

Robert Vale, CEO  |  ClearStar
ClearStar has served the human capital management industry with background check and drug test technology and services since 1995. Organizations select ClearStar due to our advanced technological and data security capabilities, our dedication to service, quality and compliance, and our deep subject matter knowledge. 

Our team of experts are experienced with designing systems to maximize operating efficiencies and enhance workflow, providing enterprise-level system support, building seamless systems integrations, providing high-level data security, complying with state and federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) laws; administering regulated and non-regulated corporate drug testing programs; and providing and processing high-volume, high-quality record and verification services at the lowest possible price.

Our Aurora technology platform is HR-XML Consortium certified and seamlessly pre-integrated with a large and growing list of ATS/HRIS. We empower our clients to control the user experience with innovative development tools like Web services, Web Application Programming Interface (Web API) and shared source code.

At ClearStar, our culture is built on trust, transparency and truthful representations. We operate by the credo of doing what it takes to make our world safer. We do this by securely providing our clients with the technology, services and information they need to ensure the best possible hiring decision are made.

ClearStar is a four-time Inc. 5000 honoree.