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inFUZEd Marketing Meetups

Join us for an hour every month on a Monday morning to get infused with marketing knowledge and wisdom. These Remo sessions are the perfect place to ask questions, get answers, and discuss your marketing challenges. Each month, we’ll welcome an expert in a specific aspect of marketing such as website development, public relations, social media, or digital marketing. Come when you can and for all of the informational sessions you’d like to attend.

Upcoming Events

PR and Media for Manufacturers

Monday, November 22nd | 11 AM - 12 PM

Join us for an interactive dialog with John Mackowiak of the Martin Group and Paul Hook with FuzeHub to discuss how to effectively use PR and media to establish your company’s credibility.

John Mackowiak

John is the Vice President of Public Relations for the Martin Group. John’s communication experience helps manufacturers plan and implement strategic PR solutions for clients like the Frontier Communications America’s Best Communities Competition and M&T Bank.

An ad agency veteran and decorated marketer, Paul Hook has led business development and marketing efforts for four regional agencies, playing an integral role in growing internal teams and ensuring client retention. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Paul has worked with some of the state’s top technology, economic development, and higher education organizations. He has been heavily involved in promoting the region for technology and semiconductor development, including working with numerous economic development agencies to help recruit a chip fabrication plant to Tech Valley. As FuzeHub’s Marketing Manager, he leads the marketing team and manages the integrity of the organization’s brand.

Video and Podcasting

Monday, December 13th | 11 AM - 12 PM

Join us for an interactive dialog with Steve Melito and to discuss 

Steve Melito has been working with various manufacturers for the past few years doing podcasts for FuzeHub.    Steve Melito is a Solutions Specialist for FuzeHub and the host of its NYS Manufacturing Now podcast. When you contact FuzeHub for business or technical assistance, Steve is typically the first person you’ll speak with. He also moderates events for FuzeHub and is a regular contributor to its print and digital publications.

Past Events

STEP Grants / Export Funding

The STEP grant program has helped thousands of small businesses obtain grants and find customers in the international marketplace since 2011. STEP financial support helps small businesses with marketing initiatives including assistance with campaigns, e-commerce, trade show exhibits and training workshops. Join us with this month’s special guests as we discuss how STEP Grants and Export Funding can help manufacturers with their marketing challenges.

Kathryn Bamberger is an Industry Development Director in Empire State Development’s International Division, Global NY.  Managing half of the Upstate Regions, her clients mainly are located between Plattsburgh and Poughkeepsie, west to Warrensburg, Utica and Oneonta.  She brings a special interest in food and beverage resulting from her tenure in a similar role at NYS Dept Agriculture.  She holds a BA from St Lawrence University in Canton and an MBA from Sage Graduate School in Albany.  Prior to joining the state, she held various sales and marketing positions in the private sector, garnering several awards and recognitions.  

Antonio Rodriguez is a Senior International Trade Manager at Empire State Development’s (ESD) Global NY Division, where he counsels New York companies on all aspects of Global NY programs and services, which are available to promote exports.  Antonio is responsible for managing the New York State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).  The STEP grant program is a collaborative funding opportunity initiative with the U.S. Small Business Administration developed to increase the number of small businesses that export and the value of small business exports. The STEP grant program helps small businesses overcome obstacles to exporting by providing grants to cover costs associated with entering and expanding into international markets.


Prior to his current position, he worked as a Small Business Environmental Ombudsman at ESD to help New York small businesses understand and comply with regulations enacted to implement the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990; and as a Senior Project Manager with ESD’s Environmental Services Unit, worked with companies and organizations to facilitate funding opportunities for projects that lead to measurable recycling, pollution prevention and sustainable economic development results.  

Antonio has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (Ch.E.) from The City College of New York.

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