Rolling Out The 20th Anniversary Initiative
It all started from a member's business specialty. Pauline Bartel encouraged the Consulting Alliance to use our 20th Anniversary to build our brand and move the organization to the next level. To have newsworthy content to grow public awareness, she urged us to do a public service project. I waited to see how many members engaged.
First the membership voted to support the initiative and to levy a quarterly membership assessment. Then three thought leaders, Alan Krieger, Bill Sorel and Robin Weintraub, stepped forward to serve as the Coordinating Committee to develop the vision and get the community service project off the ground. The project, dubbed 'Roadmap to Results', took months of planning and has slowly engaged the majority of members. Individuals and groups have worked to refine the plan, manage the project, recruit Roadmap to Results applicants through community outreach, prepare to select the winning applicant, prepare for the Anniversary capstone event and apply for consultant pools to deliver the awarded consulting project.
As Pauline promised there have been many intangible benefits. Members have worked in committees with those whom they did not know well and gained insights to members' skills they could leverage in the future. We have established a number of collaboration techniques, like DropBox and BaseCamp, which we will use in our individual businesses in the future. By doing outreach to promote Roadmap to Results we have made connections with the business community that we will continue to nurture over time.
What can I say to such an amazing group? Thank you for all you have done. I relish the opportunity to work with you in the future. I am prouder of the Consulting Alliance than at any time in my 20 years of membership.
Nancy Schultz, President
Welcome to New Members Deborah Mackin and Tony Farah
Deborah dazzled us in September with her presentation on ‘Developing Qualified Sales Leads from your Blog’. Her firm, New Directions, is an international training and consulting organization focused on helping organizations transform from traditional models to participatory, team-based structures.
Tony Farah, of Farah Consulting specializes in information technology Transformation, Service Management, Technology Business Management (TBM) and Infrastructure Efficiencies and Management.
We are delighted to have you with us.
Anniversary Capstone Event Set for Wednesday, November 28
Thanks to Robert Braathe and Mark Boucher, our 20th Anniversary capstone event is taking shape. It promises to be an excellent opportunity to position ourselves as THE professional consulting resource in the region. It will take place at the Italian-American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension from 5:00 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, November 28.
The evening’s programs will focus on a panel discussion entitled “Growth in a Challenging Economy”, and will be moderated by Eric Anderson, Business Editor at the Times Union. Invitations will be extended to key organizational leaders in the community.
Members and guests will have the opportunity to serve as sponsors that will be featured in the evening’s program handout. The program will also list the logos of businesses that have helped us promote the Roadmap to Results competition.
Watch for more information in our Member Forum and our LinkedIn group.
Roadmap To Results Goes Public
On September 10 we launched our Roadmap to Results application period. We are publicizing the competition aggressively to economic development champions and individual organizations throughout our designated area 60 miles from downtown Albany. Please be sure to continue to promote the event. Our deadline for applications is October 10, 2012, 5:00 pm EDT.
For more information go to www.consultingalliance.org/competition.
October Luncheon - Albany Women Business Leaders Share Their Success Stories
Friday, October 9, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
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This program is a moderated panel discussion during which the participants will share their successes in business and their challenges in achieving and managing success. The moderator is Anne Saile, President of The Saile Group. The presenters are: Sandra M. Fox, Vice President, Technology Operations at CHA; Trish Rost, President and Founder of Madison Handbags & Tobi Saulnier, Founder and CEO of 1st Playable Productions.
Members Only Luncheon - Bringing it all together: Pooling resources to serve today's Tech Valley
Friday, October 26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
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Independent businesses, especially consultants, are used to striking out on
their own and providing their specific expertise to other companies. But the
world is changing - new technologies and an influx of international business has
changed the rules. Can working in tandem with other consultants, or together
with business organizations such as the Consulting Alliance, chambers of
commerce, and economic development groups mean a stronger business for the
individual consultant? This forum will explore that possibility.
Anniversary Capstone Event
Wednesday, November 28, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Italian-American Community Center, Albany
Stay tuned for registration information & watch for more information in our Member Forum and our LinkedIn group.
Alyssa Colton Transforms our Social Media Presence
In the spring Pauline Bartel was approached by Alyssa Colton, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Rose to do a public relations internship with Bartel Communications to enhance her public relations skills. Alyssa was particularly interested in learning more about social media. Pauline graciously shared Alyssa’s time with the Consulting Alliance. You have probably met her at some of our meetings.
Alyssa has worked tirelessly to draft documents to support our 20th Anniversary initiative and transformed our social media presence. We now are continuously sharing information on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Alyssa is challenging us to think strategically and advance the ‘back stories’ related to specific messaging. She is also working to grow the number of connections to each of these social media outlets.
Alyssa’s time as an intern came to an end on September 30. Fortunately the board voted to keep Alyssa on in a part time capacity for six more months. She will also collectively assist members on ideas to improve their social media presence. If you prefer to have individual consultation and support, you may hire Alyssa directly. Her contact info is email@example.com or 518.944.7532.
Alyssa, we are deeply indebted for your generosity serving the Consulting Alliance.
Happy 20th Anniversary to US!
Our "Roadmap to Results" competition was promoted in the September 13, 2012 edition of the Ballston Journal. Our publicity campaign is off and running!The next monthly Director of Sales Meeting of the Albany Visitors and Convention Bureau will be held Tuesday, October 9, noon, at Hotel Albany, 40 Lodge Street - Albany. Networking begins at 11:30 am; the session will run until 1:00 pm. There is no charge to attend this luncheon, and we are limited to a maximum of three CA members on a first come first serve basis. Please email Alan Krieger’s Office Manager, Pam Fenoff if you're interested and she'll send you further details.
Albany Visitors & Convention Bureau Sales Meetings
Member Presentations & News
Kat Koppett of Koppett & Company is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd Edition of her book: "Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Techniques to Enhance Communication, Creativity, Leadership and Learning." The book, published by Stylus Publishing, Inc., has been called a seminal work in the field of Applied Improv and is used by organizational leaders, trainers and consultants worldwide. (www.koppett.com)
Steve Appel of Appel Research, LLC, occupying the Consulting Alliance outpost in Washington D.C., is an “Expert” once again, according to the Professional Research Certification (PRC) awarded to Steve by Marketing Research Association (MRA), the leading general marketing research organization in the United States. This credential allows him to charge at least as much per hour as the “Genius” bar occupants in local Apple stores.
Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC recently spoke at the 6th annual smAlbany Business Expo at the Albany Nanotech Center on the subject of “YOU Are Your Brand.” He also was a presenter at the InternBridge.com conference. His topic was “Back to the Future: The Core of Career Counseling.” His article, “Retire First, then Work Yourself to Death” was featured in full in the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce magazine this summer. Dr. Tom is a contributing writer for the newly released book, “Working in your Major” and also writes for the 518Learn.com – The Transformative Power of Education.
Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications is offering a course for aspiring authors interested in writing and selling books. The course will be held on Wednesdays, October 10, 17 and 24, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. “No Excuses: Writing and Selling Your Book” is offered through the Office of Community and Professional Education. Course fee is $55, which includes a coursebook. To register, call 518.629.7339. She will discuss the step-by-step process of transforming an idea into a published book, including creating a book proposal, finding agents and publishers and guiding a book to publishing success.
Pauline Bartel is an award-winning writer and the author of seven published books. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. Visit her website (www.paulinebartel.com) for further information.
Steve Egna, CBA, ABAR, CM&AA, Director of Business Advisory Services at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, is scheduled to present at the Death Care Management Council's fall conference in Key West, Florida on October 1, 2012. His presentation titled, "Your Buy-Sell Agreement, A Ticking Time Bomb?" covers the importance of a buy-sell agreement in the continuation of your business' success. Steve is a Certified Business Appraiser accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers and a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor accredited by the Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions; his focus is on business valuation, litigation support, economic damages analysis, and CFO advisory work as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Join Nancy Schultz of Nancy Schultz Consulting, Inc. and Endorphin Business Center on October 16 for a three hour workshop that demonstrates how simple techniques can transform your business processes. The best business owners and managers are constantly on the lookout for new and better ways to run their businesses. They know that the way things are being done today (or the way they have always been done) may not be the most efficient way. They also know that more efficient business processes can save time and save money, which results in increased profitability.
For more information go to http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e69ls7r7a3908689.
Claim Your 7 Minutes of FameIf you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance. If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Susanna Opper to claim your spot.
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