On-site registration available for NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference

“The networking opportunities were great. I also learned a lot of good marketing strategies, which I am already employing in my business.” –Beth Fein, CLVS, BWA Video, Houston, TXIf you missed the deadline for online registration to attend the only NCRA event designed exclusively for owners and managers of court reporting and captioning firms, on-site registration is still available. You can still take advantage of the opportunity to network with many of the profession’s top firm owners and managers in beautiful St. Pete Beach, Fla., at the NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference, Jan. 28–31 at the Don CeSar hotel.

On-site registration will be available in the foyer of the Grand Ballroom at the Don CeSar hotel all three days of the events, beginning Jan. 28, 3:30-7 p.m.

Attendees, including freelancers and owners of firms of all sizes, can expect an agenda rich with innovative, interactive, and inspiring sessions led by some of the best leaders in today’s business world.

Inspiring speakers

Keynote speaker John Spence, one of the top 100 business thought leaders in the nation, will share his insights into achieving business excellence. He will also present his most intensive business improvement workshop, specifically created to help management teams take a hard, honest look at their businesses to determine exactly what their strengths and weaknesses are. The workshop will also help participants create focused plans for how to succeed at a higher level in the marketplace. Watch Spence’s personal invitation to Firm Owners.

Chris Hearing and Greg Laubach will present an interactive session entitled “Managing to Maximize Business Value.” The presentation will focus on creating short-term profits and business value so attendees can learn how to plan as if they will run their business forever but act as if they’ll sell it tomorrow.

SEO strategist, internet marketing educator, and owner of the Tampa SEO Training Academy, Steve Scott will lead a session dedicated to business marketing on the Web. He will touch on the secrets to search engine optimization (SEO) success, tactics and techniques for online marketing, and social media marketing, among other topics.

Ample networking

Numerous networking opportunities include the “Build-It, Mix-It, Who Will Win It” opening event, reception, and dinner, a networking power half-hour, free time during lunch, and a closing reception. Also on the schedule are educational events during breakfast sessions and a special welcome and meet-and-greet with NCRA’s new CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto.

Industry outlook

The annual NCRA State of the Industry session will look at how the court reporting and captioning industry is doing now, what areas firms are developing, and what successes they’re finding – all based on solid, current data. Having a real-world sense of what the industry looks like nationwide will help attendees know where their individual businesses fit into the big picture.

Come join the 2018 NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference this week and discover what connection or tip will be the one that makes 2018 your best business year yet, no matter what size your company may be.

Brooks Court Reporting opens new location in Memphis

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Phoenix court reporting firm to host charity golf tournament fundraiser

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn a press release issued Dec. 15, Marty Herder, president of Ariz.-based court reporting agency Herder and Associates, announced that his firm is sponsoring the 25th Annual Chandler Horizon Rotary Hole-in-One contest.

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Firm owners are heading to warm Florida this January

A trip to St. Pete Beach, Fla., in January to attend the 2018 NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference makes the perfect gift for any freelancer or firm owner no matter what size the company. The deadline to register is Jan. 12 for this business-focused event that features opportunities for attendees to connect, learn, and energize as they network and join in stimulating and inspiring sessions. The event is Jan. 28-30 at the luxurious Don CeSar hotel.

“I have attended the Firm Owners Executive Conference almost every year since its inception. The seminars and keynote speakers provide me with a wealth of practical information and industry insight that is both timely and essential to our business’s success,” said Lisa DiMonte, RDR, CMRS, a freelance court reporter and CEO of Planet Depos in Washington, D.C.

“I am particularly excited about this year’s keynote speaker, John Spence. His reputation as a successful business leader and executive coach precedes him, and I believe we will gain valuable knowledge from him that will help propel our business into the next level of achievement and growth. I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones at this year’s conference in beautiful St. Pete Beach,” she added.

Top business leaders top the schedule

The 2018 agenda features an array of innovative and interactive sessions led by some of the best leaders in today’s business world.

Keynote speaker John Spence, one of the top 100 business thought leaders in the nation, will share his insights into achieving business excellence. He will also present his most intensive business improvement workshop, specifically created to help management teams take a hard, honest look at their business to determine exactly where their strengths and weaknesses are. The workshop will also help participants create a focused plan for how to succeed at a higher level in the marketplace. View Spence’s personal invitation to Firm Owners.

Chris Hearing and Greg Laubach will present “Managing to Maximize Business Value.” The presentation will focus on creating short-term profits and business value so attendees can learn how to plan as if they will run their business forever but act as if they’ll sell it tomorrow.

SEO strategist, internet marketing educator, and owner of the Tampa SEO Training Academy, Steve Scott will lead a session dedicated to business marketing on the Web. He will touch on the secrets to search engine optimization (SEO) success, tactics and techniques for online marketing, and social media marketing, among other topics.

Industry outlook

The annual NCRA State of the Industry session will look at how the court reporting and captioning industry is doing now, what areas firms are developing, and what successes they are finding – all based on solid, current data. Having a real-world sense of what the industry looks like nationwide will help attendees know where their individual businesses fit into the big picture.

Ample networking

Numerous networking opportunities include the “Build-It, Mix-It, Who Will Win It” opening event that will lead into dinner, a networking power half hour, free time during lunch, and a closing reception. Also on the schedule are education events during breakfast sessions and a special welcome and meet-and-greet with NCRA’s new CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto.

Register now for the 2018 NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference in January and discover what connection or tip will be the one that makes 2018 your best business year yet, no matter what size your company may be. Special hotel rates for the event will also expire on Jan. 5.

Aptus Court Reporting adds new director of business development in the Los Angeles office

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyAptus Court Reporting, San Diego, Calif., announced in a press release issued Dec. 13 that Mary Gagne Caceres has joined the firm as director of business management in its Los Angeles office.

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Get organized – Time saving tips for your firm

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyAn Oct. 25 blog post from Depo International focuses on time-saving tips for business owners, including subtracting rather than adding to the daily to-do list, keeping things simple, and prioritizing.

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From my heart: It is a privilege to serve you!

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn a Nov. 28 post on the Paradigm Reporting blog, Jan Ballman, FAPR, RPR, CMRS, reflects on how a trip with fellow firm owner Lisa DiMonte, RDR, CMRS, provided lessons on “overdelivering on high expectations.”

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Stevens-Koenig acquires Carpenter Reporting

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyDenver, Colo.,–based court reporting firm Stevens-Koenig Reporting announced in a press release issued Nov. 27 that it has acquired Carpenter Reporting, a full-service court reporting firm located in the Aurora area.

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Phoenix court reporting firm offers advice to first-time deponents

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn a press release issued Nov. 20, Marty Herder, president of Herder and Associates, Phoenix, Ariz., offered advice to first-time deponents and the counsel that calls them. This advice included letting the witness know to only answer what they are asked.

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Learn how to make 2018 your best business year yet

Lisa Colston, RPR, a freelancer and owner of Sworn Testimony, PLLC, in Lexington, Ky., is already registered to attend the 2018 NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference, saying she’s looking forward to “getting my creative juices flowing and thinking outside the box.” The 2018 event is Jan. 28-30 at The Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach, Fla. This business-focused conference is designed with two key elements in mind: 1) giving attendees real-world educational sessions with pragmatic tips they can take back and implement into their business immediately and 2) providing lots of time to network with a friendly, open community of like-minded professionals.

This year, attendees will work with John Spence, one of the top 100 business thought leaders in the nation. During his keynote address, Spence will focus on what he does best: making complex business ideas “awesomely simple.” Later that afternoon, he will lead an in-depth, two-part workshop focused first on business planning and execution and then on strategic thinking and planning. Since Firm Owners is a smaller, more intimate event, attendees will have the opportunity to address their specific individual business challenges during this workshop.

Colston said that marketing tips and tricks are some of the most valuable things she’s learned at past conferences. And 2018 will continue that trend with Steve Scott’s session, “Marketing your Business on the Web.” Scott brings longtime experience with search engine optimization (SEO) and website design, fields he’s been working in since 1998. SEO is one of the current buzzwords in online marketing, and attendees will come away with greater insight on how to use SEO to get their name in front of potential clients.

Colston said that the most enjoyable part of attending Firm Owners is “the feeling of community and friendship” and that she’s been able to “develop business relationships that are built on the foundation of confidence and trust.” Furthermore, “the ability to collaborate on business strategies to help grow and strengthen” her business are why she keeps coming back. Plenty of networking time is built into the schedule, including a fun “Build-it, Mix-it, Who Will Win-it Networking Event” that will kick off the conference.

Freelancers and firm owners who are thinking of attending this conference for the first time will find a warm and welcoming community. “As a first-time attendee, I fully anticipated feeling like an outsider or fifth wheel. I was so sure that I would have to insert myself into conversations and wedge myself into long-forged friendships. I’m happy to say I was completely wrong,” said Constance Lee, RPR, a freelancer and owner of Constance Lee & Company in Baden, Pa. Lee attended for the first time in 2016 and then returned the very next year.

Finally, attendees will get access to the annual NCRA State of the Industry. This session will look at how the court reporting and captioning industry is doing now, what areas firms are developing, and what successes they’re finding – all based on solid, current data. Having a real-world sense of what the industry looks like nationwide will help attendees know where their individual businesses fit into the big picture.

The motto for the 2018 event is “Connect. Learn. Energize.” for good reason. “A network of professionals that you can rely on through the year will make running a small business effortless,” said Colston. “We are one united group of professionals working together to maintain a professional court reporting industry overall.” Come join the 2018 NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference in January and discover what connection or tip will be the one that makes 2018 your best business year yet.

Don’t miss your chance to register

The NCRA website will be running routine maintenance on Thursday, Nov. 16, but attendees can download the registration form and register by phone or mail. In addition, members who register for the event and book their stay at The Don CeSar on Nov. 24 will be entered into a drawing for a free spouse registration for the event as part of NCRA’s Best. Friday. Ever. on Black Friday. Don’t wait – registration prices increase on Dec. 16.