Benefits of Membership
Independent consultants join the Alliance to network with colleagues, grow their business and expand their professional skills. Membership in the Consulting Alliance offers career, business building, educational, professional, and business development opportunities. Members attend Alliance meetings, workshops, and seminars at discounted rates.
If you meet the Alliance’s membership eligibility requirements, you can begin the membership process by completing the Online Application. Please contact our Membership Chair if you have questions.
Completed applications are screened by the membership committee and prospective members are interviewed in person or by phone. After at least three current business references have been checked, the committee prepares a profile of the prospective member. This document is sent to all current members and a vote takes place at the next regularly scheduled members-only breakfast meeting.
Guest speakers address timely topics of interest to consultants in the Capital Region. Recent guests have included Carrie Hillenbrandt, Corporate Director of Sales at BBL Hospitality discussing how BBL Hospitality marketed and branded itself and how those strategies can apply to other businesses.
Members-Only Professional Development Meetings
A member or guest speaker focuses on one important consulting skill at these monthly member-only gatherings. Members have recently spoken about consultant marketing, technology tools, and procuring government contracts.
Roadmap to Results Annual Dinner
This competition is open to any for-profit, not-for-profit or public organization. The first-place winner receives a complimentary consulting engagement with seasoned Consulting Alliance members. 2nd Annual R2R Dinner TBA for 2013.
Grow Your Business
Consulting Alliance Marketing
Through the Consulting Alliance's marketing efforts, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and not-for-profits visit our web site for referrals. Companies may search on-line and/or contact the Consulting Alliance for information and referrals.
Members can use the searchable database of Consulting Alliance members to network, develop referrals and create alliances.
Align yourself with the Alliance
Use the Alliance's logo, business cards, and other marketing materials as part of your sales and marketing package to take advantage of the Alliance's reputation and branding.
Promote yourself and your business by keeping a professional profile and headshot on our online membership directory.
Partner with peers
Strengthen your offerings and open new markets through collaborative projects with other members.
Member-Only Forum & Social Media Discussions
Participate in discussions via the Member Forum & follow us on FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Memberships and Associations
Take advantage of the Consulting Alliance subscription to GoToMeeting® and through memberships and associations forged by the Alliance, including the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau & CNSE.
Use of Projector
As a Consulting Alliance member, you have access to a professional quality projector for use at local presentations and speaking engagements (contact member Graham Jones for availability).