How is your new venture going? Have you started your own company?
I am curious to know.
I assume from your post that you will be primarily Arc GIS focused with respect to your GIS software.
I have worked in GIS for 9 years and have GIS certification. I have been a user of MapInfo technology for all 9 years but I also have extensive training in ESRI, Microstation, Oracle Spatial, FME, and other related technology.
If I can do anything to help please feel free to contact me.