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From the New York Small Business Development Center:

ErikErik Contzius could be the poster boy for following your passion. After advocating family values for more than 18 years as a cantor to his congregation, Erik finally followed his own advice. In order to spend more time with his family, he left the pulpit and started his own company. Erik’s company, Make Tech Better, Inc. provides website design, computer training and technical services to individuals and small businesses. Erik had retained a lifelong interest in computers during his seminary years, so it was an easy transition. He requested assistance from Rockland/Westchester SBDC Business Advisor Howard Stein to build his business, including strategy development, marketing, networking and professional staff management. Advisor Stein worked with Erik to expand his marketing focus from individuals to small businesses, improve time management, and maximize the resources of his professional staff members. This freed him to focus the majority of his time on creating outstanding websites for his clients. Advisor Stein also worked with Erik to identify and join networking groups such as the Business Council of Westchester, Jewish business groups, and web development groups, all of which has led to new business relationships. Make Tech Better has successfully expanded its scope, and Erik is focusing his finely-honed interpersonal skills on working with small businesses and “solo-preneurs” to develop websites that truly meet the clients’ needs and exceed expectations. Even more importantly, Erik is able to follow his passion and values to provide balance in his life. His family appreciates it and his clients are thrilled with the outstanding service.