See and Be Seen at NCTC TechNite 10.0

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

A year ago, I got the dreaded call, “Kelly, we love working with you, but we're restructuring and eliminating your position. If you'd like to move…” but, I didn't want to move from Blacksburg, Virginia. Suddenly, I found myself without a company to represent, without a client-base, without a list of calls to make, and no more trade shows to work. I was thrust into a life without structure, focus or contacts.

Z. Kelly Queijo My first reaction was to take a breath and give myself some time off for a change. That was good for a while, but it didn't seem I was cut out for a life of leisure. Then, the fear of becoming invisible – an unknown – even to those in my own community started to creep in.

I called Cory Donovan, executive director of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC), to ask if he needed help with any projects. Cory put me to work doing something I knew how to do, which is write. As a volunteer, I wrote and edited copy for some of the organization's email and web communication and I helped out with event registrations. The work gave me back something I had lost.

Cory's help did not end there. Knowing about my passion for writing, he introduced me to an editor and from there, my freelance writing career was launched. Six months, four editors, and 30 articles later, I am a working freelance writer – a recession entrepreneur, if you will. Structure, focus, and contacts are once again my foundation and I'm building a business based on old and new relationships, a network of entrepreneurs to learn from and write about, and new technologies that keep me all a twitter.

I look forward to the annual TechNite Awards Banquet 10.0 which will be held on May 21, 2009. Here, NCTC recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding member companies and I plan to be there celebrating with other NCTC supporters. If you haven't nominated a company or individual, there's still time to do so. The deadline is March 31, 2009 and the categories include: Rising Star, Entrepreneur, NewVa Leadership, Innovation, and Educator.

At TechNite, we're all visible!

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Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0.

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