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New York - Symposium To Offer Investment Opportunities And Advice To Orthodox Jewish Business Owners

Published on: May 21, 2013 03:22 PM
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FILE - Meny Hoffman, CEO of Ptex Group at a recent eventFILE - Meny Hoffman, CEO of Ptex Group at a recent event

New York - An upcoming business conference aimed at the Orthodox Jewish entrepreneurs and small business owners hopes to open new vistas to the Jewish business community by bringing in a panel of well known names in the business community to discuss vital business skills, strategies and concepts.

Let’s Talk Business 2013, which will take place on Tuesday June 11th at Brooklyn’s Dyker Beach Golf Club, is open to both men and women and is the brainchild of Meny Hoffman, CEO of Ptex Group.

“I have been coaching business owners for a few years and people don’t know where to start,” Hoffman told VIN News. “People have limited business skills and there is no platform for Jewish business owners to learn about business. We have so many organizations that help people who are learning, people who are sick or people who need help making Pesach.  But if someone wants to build his career there is no one out there to help them.”


The concept for LTB 2013 came from Hoffman’s email series titled “Let’s Talk Business”, which addresses challenges faced by small business owners and entrepreneurs.  With a mailing list of over 7,000, Hoffman found that the Jewish business community was very receptive to the idea of growth.

“Jewish business owners tend not to do a lot of networking and I have found that my best relationships have come from going to events such as this,” explained Hoffman.  “We have gotten together a group of top notch speakers to give people a good time and get them educated in a Jewish atmosphere.  We need to give them extra motivation, teach them better communication skills.”

Billed as the nation’s first large scale Jewish business conference, LTB 2013 is a joint effort by Hoffman, Menachem Lubinsky, CEO of Lubicom Marketing and founder of KosherFest, well known lecturer Charlie Harary, Lou Landau of the Snap-Ahead program and Shea Rubenstein of the Landmark Group.

“It isn’t every day that the Jewish business community is given the opportunity to network and be educated by such a high level roster of speakers at a professionally organized conference,” said Lubinsky.  “The LTB 2013 is an unprecedented opportunity for so many businesses looking to get ‘out of the box’ through an ‘out of the box’ first rate conference.”

In addition to an impressive roster of speakers which includes a group of well known corporate lecturers, one of the more innovative items on the agenda will be the Launch Pad segment, modeled after the hugely successful reality series ‘Shark Tank’, which gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their product to a panel of would-be investors.

“We will be having five Jewish investors who have all agreed that if presented with the right opportunity they will bankroll it,” said Hoffman.  “We aren’t doing this for entertainment.  We have seen so many times where a business owner has gotten to a certain level and needs to expand but has no idea how to proceed.  We want to show the community that if you present yourself properly, if you know your numbers, if you know what you need help with, if an investor sees that you are passionate about what you do, there are people out there who are interested in doing business with you.”

Twenty one applications for the Launch Pad have already been submitted since LTB started accepting applications just four days ago.  Hoffman expects that four or five applicants will be selected to make their pitch to the panel.

“This is a unique opportunity for the Jewish community to leverage the excitement about what is happening in the media world and apply it to some of the ventures taking place in our own community,” said Harary.  “By connecting businesses with leaders in a public forum, we get to see some of the challenges that business face, understand some of the thinking that goes behind investment choices and learn how to grow our own businesses, taking full advantage of the spirit of entrepreneurism that is so robust in the Jewish community.”

Hoffman expects yet another benefit to emerge from the Launch Pad segment of the program.

“The most important part of this is that if this plays out live, this will open up tens or even hundreds of other similar opportunities,” explained Hoffman. “There are investors who aren’t interested in getting up on a stage and doing this but they tell me privately that if an interesting opportunity comes up to pass it on to them.  We are hoping that Launch Pad will not be a one-time event, but something that will bring the Jewish business community together and create spillover for future programs.  There are tons of investors out there who are looking for good business ideas and we want to show that to the audience.”

Rubenstein stressed the importance of allowing small business owners to network with the business leaders within the Jewish community.

“The heimish crowd lacks resources when it comes to business education and I think this can be a model that preserves our way of life and at the same time enhances our business skills,” said Rubenstein.  “This event will provide people with a business education and the ability to network and is a great tool for bringing frum business leaders and small business owners together.”


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 May 21, 2013 at 03:53 PM Anonymous Says:



 May 21, 2013 at 05:11 PM Sociologist Says:

If these business owners go to shul on a regular basis I am sure they get plenty of advice.


 May 21, 2013 at 07:30 PM 123 Says:

seems kind of pricey . around 250 per entrance . is this being run for profit or break even? we need more of the investing stuff though.


 May 21, 2013 at 08:02 PM shmaltz222 Says:

nisht of Shabbas geret but i already sold it for 14


 May 21, 2013 at 08:03 PM lakewood363 Says:

Actually I think its a pretty good idea. Most of the heimishe crowd (myself included) never went to college or got a higher level of business education. This would sorta be like a 'mini MBA program' that can provide us (I hope) with some solid business advice. And no, I dont need some poor schnook to give me his business advice during chazzorus hashatz. I'd rather hear it from a guy like gary veynerchuk who was matzliach in business and has millions in sales to show for it. This event looks good. But if was Sociologist, I would go to shul first and ask the guys by mincha...


 May 21, 2013 at 09:48 PM HolyMoe Says:

How come they aren't revealing who will be speaking there?


 May 21, 2013 at 09:50 PM joro613 Says:

Meny does a good job, i wish i can be there!!


 May 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM Bupkes Says:

I'm particularly curious abouttheir launchpad thingy, was only a matter of time till someone brainstormed this one. If they pull it off it's a biggy. Otherwise, looks pretty well put together, I wish I could attend. Vin please keep us posted on the outcome


 May 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
HolyMoe Says:

How come they aren't revealing who will be speaking there?

They totaly are, look at site above


 May 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM MontrealGuy Says:

Reply to #6  
HolyMoe Says:

How come they aren't revealing who will be speaking there?

Look on the website. It says an exact list of speakers


 May 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM sasregener Says:

who needs proffessionals when i can get priceless and free advice from the experts in the mikva every morning!


 May 22, 2013 at 01:43 AM TexasJew Says:

Instead of all these crazy asifas, they should rent The Meadowlands and have 50000 people there learning how to make legal $$$ in this great country of opportunity.

Let them stress the importance of HONESTY in all their business dealings..


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