Entry #5: Leverage & Mentor Interns and Save


Hiring full-time employees—especially in a specialized field—is costly, we all know that. But running an SBE is about finding creative solutions.

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That’s why I’m working with a well-known university to develop an intern program that would provide students with real-world consulting experience under the close direction of one of our senior Cyber Security Consultant (CSC). The goal of this program is to provide students with invaluable experience supporting various security projects and programs while dramatically reducing the cost of delivering cyber security services to our clients.

I see this as a win-win-win situation:  The intern gets to experience real work under a staff augmentation assignment and learns from a seasoned security consulting professional, our company gets to provide security services to our clients while maintaining a reasonable gross profit margin and exposing the intern to what it would be like being a 1099 or W2 consultant, and best of all, the client gets security consulting services at a much lower rate without losing the quality.

So, what kind of business do you run?  Would this kind of solution work for you?

Mark Azzolina, CISSP-ISSMP, Director of Enterprise Security Practice
Six Dimensions
9233 Park Meadows DR
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Tel: (719) 200-5804

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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