Brookhaven Business Alliance Luncheon|Paul K. Stafford|President of the Dallas Bar Association

Paul K. Stafford  You’re invited – talk about an awesome speaker!   Following up on last month’s great event, we’re honored to introduce Paul K. Stafford, President of the Dallas Bar Association as our speaker at this month’s Brookhaven Business Alliance Connect Lunch. We’ll be expecting a bigger than usual crowd and our session will include networking, “Focused Referrals” and Paul’s “Legal Business Briefing”.  Join us for this month’s lunch on March 2nd 11:30A… Register and more info at

Paul is a founding partner of Carter Stafford Arnett Hamada Mockler and will be speaking on legal considerations and pitfalls for small, medium and large businesses.   From start up to established, he’ll cover confidentiality, contracts, branding, IP, avoiding litigation, insurance, protection, etc.   This is a “not to be missed event for the legal community, executives, business owners and consultants.   See you there!

Dare 2B Aware! Brookhaven Business Alliance Connect Luncheon

Dare 2B Aware! at Brookhaven Business Alliance Connect Luncheon Feb. 3rd  11:30A-1:00P at Brookhaven Country Club.  

What are the two biggest mistakes that men and women alike make in their personal safety and defense?  How does this impact us also as business professionals and entrepreneurs?  What are the liabilities we face regarding employees and representatives whose responsibilities can sometimes put them at-risk on the job for violent encounters?  The best defense is a good offense, which is why we have invited Jeff McKissack of Defense by Design to address us on Feb. 3rd. at our next meeting. Register at

Jeff is well-known in the DFW area being used by our local FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates when stories of the day call for his experience and expertise.  What is that expertise?  Well, in Jeff’s words it is “teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you.”  Jeff has educated over 350,000 across the U.S. personally on the topics of criminal profiling, threat assessment and personal defense.  Locally Jeff is a member of the North Texas Crime Commission and has consulted with several corporations including Neiman-Marcus, Raytheon, Ernst & Young, Dave & Busters, Below Corp., Chicago Title, Legacy Bank, Southwest Airlines, Financial Executives International, and others.  This is a presentation you don’t want to miss!  Join us on Feb. 3rd.  and learn how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!   Register at   Brookhaven Business Alliance Members and guest invited. $12 for members charged to Brookhaven account and $20 for guest cash or check  includes great networking, Jeff’s speech and an awesome Chief’s table buffet.   Located at 3333 Golfing Green Drive Farmers Branch, TX 75234 in the main building Garden Terrace Room.

Dallas Business Journal blogs on technology tips from Michael St. Martin with Cognoscape

I greatly enjoyed speaking at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce NDCC this morning.   In the audience was Bill Hethcock writer from the Dallas Business Journal who wrote this blog post today about the event, check it out.

… here are some tips, courtesy of Michael St. Martin, chief operating officer of Addison-based Cognoscape, an IT support, Internet marketing and technology 

Technology tips can boost your biz

Brookhaven Business Alliance | Connect Lunch | Sept. 2nd | Awesome speaker!

Don’t forget this Friday… Wow, the BBA has scored big-time with this month’s speaker!   Jeff Brady… veteran broadcast journalist… news anchor… entrepreneur and founder of Brady Media Group. Join us for this month’s Connect Lunch on Sept 2nd 11:30A…  Register at He’s covered foreign wars, Presidential election campaigns, the Space Shuttle program and the Superbowl. After serving in the first Gulf War and as a US Marine Corps Captain in the Middle East our speaker spent twenty years honing his broadcasting expertise. Today he and team help organizations and individuals refine their message to resonate with audiences of one to one million.

Cognoscape voted “Favorite IT Company” in the DFW/Addison Area!

Just this month Cognoscape, local DFW IT Outsource and Service Provider, was awarded “Favorite IT Company” by ADDISON- The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor’s 3rd Annual Readers’ Choice Award.   An awards ceremony was held Tuesday, July 12, at Buttons, Restaurant in Addison, Texas. Nominations for the awards were gathered this Spring and were published in the Summer 2011 issue of ADDISON- The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor. Readers from all over the metroplex cast their votes for their favorite in each of the several categories, ranging from Business to Arts and Entertainment.

The entire voting and results process was reviewed and approved by a local accounting firm.  Readers from around the Addison and Dallas area chose Cognoscape, as their IT company of choice. During the awards ceremony, Cognoscape received this plaque (pictured left), naming Cognoscape as the “Favorite IT Company” in the North Dallas Corridor.

A little about Cognoscape.

A growing Managed Services and Technology Solutions company, now voted as “Favorite IT Company” by ADDISON- The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor’s readers, provides professional service companies with a unique service that focuses on business continuity, data backup and recovery, hosted email and applications and leveraging technology to improve small and medium businesses. This proactive approach allows Cognoscape’s clients to focus on their business, not worrying about technology or network issues. Other services include vendor management, complete turnkey hardware, software and networked systems and a specialized technology planning approach matching the growth plans, budget and acceptance of newer computing devices and models.

If you are looking for fast and reliable IT service from an IT company that is highly favored by people across the Dallas/Addison, TX  area and focuses on improving your business through leveraging technology, call 214-377-4884  today or sign up for a free network health check.

Cognoscape’s Michael St. Martin on KRLD last week “The Educated Investor”

Michael St. Martin, Cognoscape’s COO visited with Todd Volkman on Todd’s KRLD 1080AM radio show “The Educated Investor” last week to discuss how small and medium business owners and executives can leverage technology to increase revenues, productivity and cost savings. Listen “I had a blast speaking with Todd and hopefully explaining how to wade through the quickly changing and sometimes complex landscape of today’s technology” says Michael.   Topics covered include technology planning, back up and disaster recovery, hosted email, cloud computing, free or low cost web apps, and other nuggets of info for you.   Happy listening!

Michael St. Martin to Appear on “The Educated Investor with Todd Volkmann!”

One of  Cognoscape’s Founders, Michael St. Martin, will be on KRLD 1080 at 5:00 PM Saturday, July 9th for an appearance on “The Educated Investor.”

Michael will be sharing some great ideas on achieving cost savings through technology.

Listen to Todd each week during “The Educated Investor with Todd Volkman,” Saturday at 5:00 pm, on KRLD 1080AM.

During this program, Todd will educate his listeners on various investment subjects as well as answer many common questions from the investment world.  He will also interview local professionals and experts that bring value and timely ideas to his listeners.

Cognoscape Secures Law Firm Data from Loss, Virus and Potential Disaster

Cognoscape Secures Law Firm Data from Loss, Virus and Potential Disaster

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 28, 2010 — In a city that’s famous for being considered the lower section of “Tornado Alley” it’s comforting to know that one of your most important business assets (data) is secure and recoverable. With uncomfortable memories of the recent 10 year anniversary of a tornado that ripped through the west side of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex in 2000, the threat of a disaster that could potentially put an entire business at risk is quite real. Thirty three businesses were damaged or destroyed in that disaster.

Ft. Worth Tornado

Cognoscape, a Dallas based Computer Services start up has secured a local law firm’s data through their sophisticated TotalCare Data Back Up and Disaster Recovery solution. With both on-site and off-site data backup and recovery, *GoransonBain, one of Dallas’s premier family law firms, is now protected from data loss, hard drive failure and major disaster. “Backing up data in and of itself is certainly not a complicated issue” states CTO of Cognoscape – Charles Tholen, “but a sophisticated system allowing for a complete and quick recovery is paramount to maintaining business continuity and keeping a business up and running.”

  • 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately. (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
  • 20% of small to medium businesses will suffer a major disaster causing loss of critical data every 5 years. (Source: Richmond House Group)
  • 30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years. (Home Office Computing Magazine)
  • This year, 40% of small to medium businesses that manage their own network and use the Internet for more than e-mail will have their network accessed by a hacker, and more than 50% won’t even know they were attacked. (Source: Gartner Group)

“The sad part is that most small and medium businesses think they are covered for Backup and Recovery but don’t have sufficient systems and/or don’t test those systems on a regular basis to know if they even work properly or not. Add to the mix, little or no security for the network itself against virus or malicious attacks and this compounds the problem.” says Michael St. Martin, Cognoscape’s COO. In addition to Data Backup and Disaster Recovery, Cognoscape has also improved the overall use of technology at GoransonBain with the latest in servers, desktops, laptops, software and applications which has streamlined the law firm’s business process and increased productivity. Thomas Goranson, attorney and managing partner at GoransonBain states that “not only do we feel better about our data security but the use of newer technology allows our lawyers to focus more on our business and our clients.”

With a number of technology solutions, all carefully chosen to ensure business continuity, Cognoscape is uniquely positioned to make a name for itself in the growing Managed Services market. “It’s been quite a ride so far, and I look forward to being able to continue to deliver to our clients the ability to make them even better at what they already do well”, says St. Martin.

For a free Backup & Disaster Recovery evaluation contact Cognoscape at 214.377.4884.

About Cognoscape – A growing Managed Services and Technology Solutions company that focuses on Business Continuity and delivering Enterprise Class Technology Solutions to Small and Medium Business. Using the latest Cloud Computing technologies such as redundant or fail over server capability, hosted Microsoft Exchange, sophisticated network monitoring & management and government grade security we allow you to focus on your business while utilizing technology as a competitive advantage.