Klik.Solutions Annual Event to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

Klik.Solutions Annual Event to Support Boys & Girls Clubs

BALTIMORE, MD – Klik.Solutions, an industry leading IT Services Provider, is excited to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore at the 6th Annual Tournament Tip Off Event. The event draws over 200 area business leaders and IT pros for a day of casual networking during the first full day of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Support for BGCMB around the event includes raffle items such as Cal Ripken, Jr. memorabilia, gift cards from local spots like Checkerspot Brewing, Myth & Moonshine, Green Turtle Hunt Valley, and Crossbar Biergarten. Silent auction items, awareness for BGCMB, and college sports trivia round out what has become one of the most anticipated local business events of the year.

“As a business based in the heart of Baltimore City, it just makes sense for Klik to support and partner with an organization dedicated to fostering the success of the young people who are so critical to the future of Baltimore” said Marc Winter, Klik.Solutions Chief Marketing Officer. “The vision and leadership of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore align with our commitment to the youth of the city. We’re proud to have our platform of an incredibly successful event to create awareness of the BGCMB mission to the Baltimore business community, and have a lot fun in the process.”

“We are thrilled to team up with Klik.Solutions to help further our mission to enable Baltimore’s young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens” said Jeff Breslin, who became Executive Director in October of 2018 to lead the organization on its Path Forward transformation plan. “Collaborations like this one with Klik, a local business with a passion for a better Baltimore, positively impacts our city on a multitude of facets. We are thankful for their support and look forward to a great day of hoops for the kids!”

Klik.Solutions is dedicated to supporting BGCMB beyond the event. They will make a $100 donation to BGCMB on behalf of every business that engages Klik for a complimentary CIO strategy session.

If your business is interested in joining the event on March 21st or more information about services, contact Marc Winter by email marc@klik.solutions or call 888.959.1196. All proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

About Klik.Solutions

Klik.Solutions is dedicated to a successful IT experience for our clients. They provide Managed IT Support & Services, Managed Security, and proprietary Molnii Cloud Services for small to medium size businesses, delivering the same personal touch as internal IT support with the economies of scale of global enterprise expertise. Klik.Solutions is based in Baltimore City, with wholly owned operations centers in Amsterdam and Kyiv.  For more information visit https://klik.solutions

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) serve over 500 young people at one of our Club locations. Entering our second decade of existence in Baltimore, our opportunity to impact the city we love is significant and exciting. The city of Baltimore needs a strong and growing Boys & Girls Clubs organization. For more information visit https://www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org/

In The Community – Klik Supports Softball Revival in Baltimore

Klik Supports Softball Revival in Baltimore

Klik.Solutions was proud to support the South Baltimore Little League (SBLL) initiative to revive a proud girls’ softball tradition this season. As sponsor of the SBLL Mustangs, we were proud to help our team of 12 little league ladies learn the skills, team building, and joy of the game while helping them build confidence.

“We really view softball as a path to scholarship for so many of these young ladies. The league, coaches, and parents all worked hard to get this organized.”, said Marc Winter, Mustangs coach and Klik.Solutions CMO. “It was absolutely amazing to see the transformation in skill level throughout the season and how much fun the girls all had. We all really look forward to expanding the program next year to include more players, parents, and coaches.”

SBLL Softball was a powerhouse organization into the early 1980’s with many state championships and success stories. The impact on the revitalized South Baltimore community was felt during the 2018 Little League parade as former players lined the streets and cheered the new young ladies with the nostalgic team names – Mustangs, Sluggers, and Rockets.

The softball program for SBLL is open to all girls in Baltimore City ages 5 through 9. For more information please email Marc Winter marc@klik.solutions.

 

NFL Teams. Same Game…Different Results

NFL Teams

What’s the difference between your business and your competitors? The products or services you provide all sound the same, messaging typically explains the same benefits and how amazing the company is. But when it really comes down to it, what is so different about your business that turns a prospect into a valued client?

For example, we tell our clients that if you run across an IT provider that wants to do an assessment – go for it. The latest client to test us engaged a Managed Services Provider (MSP) to perform an IT assessment which proved our value, reinforced our service. Our IT team even hopped on a call with the MSP to walk them through some of the next level technologies we use! You see, the tools and website for that MSP – with a similar elevator pitch, website and service list as most other providers – tracked back to someone’s house. Their IT team is basically a few random freelance techs. Pretty much an MSP run out of a basement in the ‘burbs. So much for all businesses being the same.

The Football and Business Analogy

All NFL teams play the same game, are bound by the same rules, have the same 53-player roster limit, 16 game schedule, and hard salary cap. On paper, all NFL teams should be equal, right?

Let’s take a look at the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills 2000-2017:

 

New England Patriots Buffalo Bills
53 man roster 53 man roster
$177 million salary cap (’18) $177 million salary cap (’18)
214 WINS 121 WINS
15 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES 1 PLAYOFF APPEARANCE
8 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 0 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
5 SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS 0 SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

If teams are created equal, then why do the New England Patriots win championships and the Buffalo Bills regularly finish last? It comes down to the details of how an organization is structured and led from the very top to the most entry level employee – and the ability to execute.

The “Patriot Way” is built on a front office, coaching staff, and roster filled with specific talent to execute within a proven system. Their philosophy creates the flexibility, agility, and creativity to solve complex challenges based on what their opponents throw their way from week to week. On the other hand, the Bills have been attempting to build one brand or style of football with little success. That failure has led to nearly 2 decades of ownership, front office, staff, and player turnover. The Bills don’t have the strategy and expertise to play the game well, they can only play the way they know how. Limited and unsuccessful.

So how do you view your organization? What makes you different from the rest? Knowing the answer to those questions at the heart of your business can give you the internal insight you need sharpen your focus. It also enables you to look more in depth with the people you buy from, beyond simply getting a service for the lowest cost. Success, after all, breeds success.