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  • 17 Mar 2017 12:36 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
      


    March 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
    No March Luncheon



    SAVE THE DATES:


    Members Only
    Breakfast
    March 31st (5th Friday)


    Open to the
    Public Luncheon
    April 7th (1st Friday)



     


        

        Committee
            News

    The Program Committee meets on March 28th to discuss future speakers. If you have an idea for a topic or speaker, please reach out to me.

    Bill Phillips
    Vice President

        


    Member News



    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications
      is providing strategic business anniversary consulting services to The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County for the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The theme of the milestone anniversary promotional campaign is “Celebrating 50 Years of Making Connections.”



    James McGuinness, James McGuinness & Associates
    has achieved the elite status of becoming a Microsoft Gold Partner. Click here to read more.


    The Town of Brookhaven was one of six recipients of funding from New York State to develop proposals that will generate taxpayer savings as part of the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. Tim Maniccia, Policy Innovation is part of the team assisting the Town in the redesign of its public service delivery system.


    Anthony M. Sarkis, Jr., Visionary Solutions Consulting, LLC is a process facilitation consultant familiar with stakeholder engagement models including Edgar Schein, Peter Block, and Steven Covey who focuses on systemic means to improving organizational decision making through advancing principals of environmental responsibility and financial sustainability.

    He has worked closely with academic leaders at the intersection of business & ecology including Dr. John Ehrenfeld (MIT) & Dr. Donald Huisingh (Erasmus) along with senior field practioners including Mr. Michael Simpson (Antioch University New England), Dr. Dwayne Breger (MA Government), and Dr. Bruce Piasecki (AHC Group).

    Contact Anthony if you are interested in discussing marketing strategies for the business community.








    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance (CA) Newsletter finds you well!

    We had an excellent turnout at our February 10 lunch.  Andrew Kennedy, CEO of CEG, talked about the economic development strategy for the region. He also discussed the possibility of a partnership with the CA.

    As many of you know, CEG provides an array of services to companies in the area under their Business Growth Solutions umbrella. Some current and past CA members have worked as subcontractors with CEG in this capacity. I am working with Andrew to explore how we might give more CA members the opportunity to get hired by CEG within the four areas where they currently work (Sales Growth, Market Expansion, Technology Acceleration, Continuous Improvement). We are also talking about other areas where local businesses are seeking assistance and CA members have expertise to offer.

    Look for additional information in the coming days/weeks about how to get involved in this exciting new partnership with CEG.

    Speaking of partnerships, you may not realize it...but you are a partner in the CA’s 17 in 2017 initiative.  As I mentioned last month, we welcomed two new members in January (Tony Sarkis and Dean Skarlis).

    At the end of January, we were ahead of schedule in hitting our target. Now that we are at the middle of March, we are running a little behind.  I know Clare Monteau and the members of the Marketing and Membership Committee are talking with a couple of interested prospective members. It is up to each of us, however, to constantly look at the people in our world and ask of those that are independent consultants whether they would benefit from membership in the CA. Absent this type of commitment from each one of us, 17 in 2017 will just be another catchy slogan and the CA will struggle to fulfill its purpose.

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or other Board members with suggestions on how the CA can help you become a more successful consultant.


    Tim Maniccia,
    President


          


    Addressing Client
    Procrastination

    Speaker:
     Dorothee Racette, Take Back My Day

             

      March 31, 2017 @ 7:30 am
            Wolferts Roost Country Club
              

    Finding out why a consulting client is slow to follow through on project-related tasks can be a matter of guesswork. Delays caused by client procrastination not only result in lost income and productivity, but may also affect the client relationship. The discussion will explore a number of practical tools consultants can employ to effectively address project time delays.

    We will cover the following topics:

    • Possible reasons for client procrastination
    • Specific approaches to address delayed client follow-through
    • Time management considerations for working with clients

    Dorothee Racette owns and operates Take Back My Day. As a time management and productivity coach, she helps individuals and organizations to improve their workflow and workday organization to make them more profitable and effective. Her clients have called her a “business catalyst” and “an empowering force.”

    Dorothee has published numerous articles on work organization and time management for small business owners and is a frequent speaker. Her blog and podcast can be found at TakeBackMyDay.com

                                                

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    Innovate 518, Expanding our Region’s Technology Commercialization Efforts

    Speaker:
     Matt Grattan, University at Albany


    April 7, 2017 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    This program will explain the coordinated efforts of Innovate 518, the Capital Region’s Innovation Hot Spot to drive, lead, support and connect the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We’ll learn about the various partner organizations and governance structure of the collaborative and how the concept aims to increase commercialization and market penetration of more of the region’s University based IP.

    Matt Grattan joined the UAlbany Office of the Vice President of Research in September of 2015 and is responsible for developing business partnerships for affiliation with the Start-UP NY program, the Innovation Hot Spot program and the Centers for Excellence in Atmospheric Science. He came to UAlbany after a four year tenure as the Executive Director for Workforce Development at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC).  Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of St. Rose and has attended numerous continuing education sessions in areas of project and human resource management and employee development.


    Member registration: $20
    Guest registration: $30
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  • 08 Feb 2017 2:53 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
     


    February 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
    SAVE THE DATE:



    Luncheon
    February 10th

    (This program is open to both Consulting Alliance members and non-member consultants.)

    No February Breakfast


          Welcome
     New Members 


    Tony Sarkis of Visionary Solutions Consulting, LLC and Dean Skarlis of The College Advisor Of New York, Inc.



        2017 Board


    President - Tim Maniccia

    Vice President & Program Chair - Bill Phillips

    Treasurer - James McGuinness

    Secretary - Ray Patterson

    Chair, Marketing/Membership - Clare Monteau, Ph.D.

    At-Large Board Member - Michael J. Tommaney, Esq.


    Committee News


    The Consulting Alliance program committee, made up of Jerry Shaye, Alan Krieger​, ​Nancy Reilly​,​ and Bill Phillips continues to scour the region for speakers and presenters for our monthly sessions.

    We are certainly pleased that Andrew Kennedy, the recently appointed CEO of the Center for Economic Growth, will have presented this Friday, February
    10 ​at our public luncheon.

    As a member please keep your eyes peeled for people you believe would be good for open luncheons or our members only sessions. These could include both consultants, people with knowledge of the business community, or public officials as well as clients with successful experience with consultant members.

    And please don't hesitate to nominate yourself as we give preference to member-presenters for our members only sessions. This year we are also excepting nonmembers as presenters based on their professional development potential for our members.

    ​S​tay tuned for details on upcoming presenters including people from the academic community as well as practitioners on topics we hope will be of interest to members and the community.

    Upcoming presenters:

    Feb 10 Andrew Kennedy, CEO CENTER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

    March 31 Dorethee Racette, Take Back My Day

    April 7 Matthew Grattan, Division for Research, University at Albany

    ​April 28 Hal Williams, Outcome Consultant​

    For comments or speaker recommendations contact Bill Phillips at wjphillips99@gmail.com

    Bill Phillips
    Vice President

        


    Member News



    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications marked its 19th business anniversary with a branding theme, “Generosity is in Our Nature,” and initiatives that allowed the firm to do good in the areas of environmental conservation and animal rights. Read the story here: http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=2376


    Tim Maniccia, Policy Innovation, Inc. was retained by the Ulster County Comptroller's Office to serve as an expert witness in its legal proceeding with the Ulster County Executive and Ulster County Legislature over cuts made to the Comptroller's 2017 budget.


    Clare Monteau, Clare Monteau LLC 
    is delivering workshops entitled "Managing Change with Skill and Finesse" at 4 SUNY campuses January through March. In a new partnership "Leadership Innovation Academy", she is also working with Nurse Leadership teams using diagnostic techniques and visioning, and creating gameplans to develop themselves, their managers and their organizations. She is also currently taking on a small number of 1:1 clients - women who wish to get unstuck in 2017.







    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance (CA) Newsletter finds you well!

    Please join me in welcoming our two newest members: Tony Sarkis of Visionary Solutions Consulting, LLC and Dean Skarlis of The College Advisor Of New York, Inc. You can find their contact info on the Consultant Directory page of the CA web site. If you have a moment, send them a quick note to let them know what you do and ask how you can help them.

    Tony and Dean’s arrival means we are 2/17ths of the way to hitting our goal of 17 new members in 2017. As we are one month into the year, we are running slightly ahead of schedule. But we must not rest. If we want the CA to thrive, we all need to have our eyes and ears open for established independent consultants who can strengthen our community and for those thinking about jumping in to the profession.

    We hope we see both kinds of individuals at lunch this Friday. It is not too late to register and learn from Andrew Kennedy, the new CEO of CEG, who will talk about the future of the regional economy and CEG’s role in implementing the region’s economic development strategy. There can be no better opportunity to get tips on how to position and grow your consulting practice than this event!

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or other Board members with suggestions on how the CA can help you become a more successful consultant.

    Look forward to chatting with you on Friday!


    Tim Maniccia
    President



    Center for Economic Growth: Accelerating New York’s Capital Region Economy

    This program is open to both Consulting Alliance members and non-member consultants.

    Speaker:
     Andrew Kennedy, President & CEO of CEG


    February 10, 2017 @ 11:30 am
     Fort Orange Club

    Andrew Kennedy will outline CEG’s role as the Capital Region’s professional economic and business development engine, highlighting economic development services to attract key industry sectors, business growth solutions and opportunities for small-medium sized manufacturers in the region, and the organization’s talent attraction and retention program. He will also speak to the region’s Capital 20.20 plan and how CEG is working to move the plan strategies forward.

    Andrew Kennedy is the President and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth. He previously served as the Deputy Director of State Operations for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo overseeing the day-to-day management of New York State government, as well as developing and overseeing implementation of state policies and programs related to economic development. Prior to that, Mr. Kennedy served as Governor Cuomo’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Development coordinating the development and management of the State’s economic development and housing efforts. Prior to joining Governor Cuomo’s staff, Andrew worked over a decade at the New York State Division of Budget and for the New York State Assembly where he developed a detailed understanding of New York’s fiscal and economic development policies and programs. Mr. Kennedy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Political Science.


    Member registration: $20
    Guest Consultant Registration: $30
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  • 19 Jan 2017 12:57 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
     


    January 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
    No January Luncheon



    SAVE THE DATES:


    Members Only
    Breakfast
    January 27th



    Luncheon
    February 10th

    (This program is open to both Consulting Alliance members and non-member consultants.)

     


        

        Committee
            News

    Get with the Program…

    ….with the Program Committee that is. After years of dedicated service, Alan Krieger is stepping back from his role
    as Program Committee Chair for the coming year. Alan has been highly organized and effective in getting excellent speakers and presenters for our luncheons and Member Only Breakfasts. Fortunately, he has agreed to stay on the committee as a member for the coming year to help us tap his institutional wisdom.

    I have agreed to step into the breach
    for the coming year as Program Committee Chair and Nancy Reilly has agreed to take on more of the follow up role for the Committee. As is my tendency, I am reaching out to all members for your help. Assistance can take the form of serving on the Committee with Alan, Gerry Shaye and myself or in feeding us ideas and candidates for speakers or facilitators.

    Regarding the members-only events,
    we are open to considering non-members to facilitate these more intimate sessions. We particularly need folks available this Spring and Summer. What ‘s most important is identifying consultants who can bring new thinking and strong energy to our members. If you have some thoughts about this or just want to brainstorm, contact me at wjppartners@gmail.com

    Bill Phillips
    Vice President

        


    Member News



    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications
     and Florville Catalyst was added to the elite writing team at Jenkins Group, a full-service book publisher in Traverse City, Michigan. Jenkins Group offers ghostwriting, editing and illustrating, copyright registration, printing, cover design, marketing and distribution. Pauline will specialize in writing
    corporate histories for companies marking milestone business anniversaries.



    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC 
    is providing a 5 day leadership program for 30 supervisors employed by of the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. The program includes modules on motivation, coaching, conflict resolution, team building and leading change.

    Alan Krieger is also partnering with Bonnie Edelstein (PeopleWork) to facilitate a strategic planning process for a statewide association.


    Tim Maniccia, Policy Innovation led a discussion with officials of NYS OPWDD and NYS DMV on the subject of Data: Where to Find It. How to Use It."  Tim also was recently hired by Bolton St. John's, the #4 lobbying firm in New York State and #4 lobbying firm in New York City in 2016, to provide customized analytics and policy advisory services to its long list of clients.



    Steve Egna, Valuation Resource Group, LLC recently updated their website (www.valuationresource.com) and welcome everyone to visit and share their thoughts. We appreciate the ongoing support from the Consulting Alliance. Steve also kicked off the new year by participating in a privately sponsored Small Business Owners Retreat providing strategic support to the group of business owner in attendance.





    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance (CA) Newsletter finds you well!

    We threw a lot at you during the holiday season. A plan for 2017 with a simple focus: grow our membership. To help with that clarity, the Board has adopted a 17 in 2017 rallying cry. We will have a couple candidates to send to you in the coming days. Please take the time to cast your vote.

    If we are going to hit (if not exceed) this big, hairy audacious membership goal, we are all going to have to dedicate time to it. If each of us invited three people to apply for membership and we got one of those three successfully through the process, we would hit our target. Can you commit to inviting a single independent consultant to join every four months? That is all we need!

    We are also delighted to remind you of our first two events for 2017. Member breakfast on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 am at Wolferts Roost. Regardless of our specialty, we all must deal with finances. That is why the Program Committee invited Alexander S. Kuchis, CPA, CVA, of T.M. Byxbee Company to talk about Solopreneurs and Finances.

    Please also mark your calendar for Friday, February 10 for a consultants-only lunch where Andrew Kennedy, the new CEO of CEG, will join us to talk about the regional economic development strategy and how consultants can get involved. Not only will we get tips on how to position and grow our own consulting practice, the consultants-only format is an ideal way to help us make progress on the membership target I mentioned above.

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or other Board members with suggestions on how we can strengthen our community.

    Finally, I hope you will join me in expressing thanks to a few people who have contributed much to the CA. Leslie Berliant served on the Board in 2016 and brought new thinking and energy to our deliberations. Bill Polk helped as a member of the Program Committee, as our primary liaison to the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Blue Skies Committee in 2015. And I would need an entire bucket of ink to describe all the ways Alan Krieger has helped the CA grow and prosper. Most notable are his many years of service as CA Treasurer and as Chair of the Program Committee. We will miss Leslie, Bill and Alan’s leadership!

    Best wishes for a prosperous 2017!


    Tim Maniccia,
    President


          


    Solopreneurs and Finances

    Facilitated by
     Alexander S. Kuchis, CPA, CVA

             

      January 27, 2017 @ 7:30 am
            Wolferts Roost Country Club
              

    It’s a new year!   What you can do to better manage your small business finances and taxes?

    Alexander S. Kuchis, a CPA with T.M. Byxbee Company, CPAs will lead a discussion about solopreneurs and finances. Alex will deliver a lot of great information for people just starting out as well as for seasoned consultants. Topics he will address include:

    - Seven common small business misperceptions

    - How to choose the right business entity

    - Five tips for starting a business

    - Qualified small business stock exclusion

    - Tax tips for small businesses

    - Retirement account options

    - The home-based business: Basics to consider

    And if Congress or the IRS throw any curve balls out in late December that impact us, Alex will be prepared to explain them to us as well.

    Alexander S. Kuchis, CPA, CVA, is a Senior Accountant with T.M. Byxbee Company, CPAs and is a Siena College graduate. He has over 30 years’ experience in public accounting, including audits, reviews, compilations, and tax preparation. Alex works with large and small businesses and is a Certified Valuation Analyst, permitted to provide expert opinion in both judicial and Internal Revenue Service forums.

    Alex is currently a social member of the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, and serves as a loan review committee member of the Amsterdam Downtown Association for Business (DAB). Previously, Alex has served as a county legislator for Montgomery County. Alex was also previously a board member of the charitable organization Friends of Sanford Stud Farm (FOSSF), where he had worked summers while attending college. You can find out more about Alex at http://www.tmbyxbee.com/meet_our_team.php

                                                

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    Center for Economic Growth: Accelerating New York’s Capital Region Economy

    This program is open to both Consulting Alliance members and non-member consultants.

    Speaker:
     Andrew Kennedy, President & CEO of CEG


    February 10, 2017 @ 11:30 am
     Fort Orange Club

    Andrew Kennedy will outline CEG’s role as the Capital Region’s professional economic and business development engine, highlighting economic development services to attract key industry sectors, business growth solutions and opportunities for small-medium sized manufacturers in the region, and the organization’s talent attraction and retention program. He will also speak to the region’s Capital 20.20 plan and how CEG is working to move the plan strategies forward.

    Andrew Kennedy is the President and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth. He previously served as the Deputy Director of State Operations for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo overseeing the day-to-day management of New York State government, as well as developing and overseeing implementation of state policies and programs related to economic development. Prior to that, Mr. Kennedy served as Governor Cuomo’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Development coordinating the development and management of the State’s economic development and housing efforts. Prior to joining Governor Cuomo’s staff, Andrew worked over a decade at the New York State Division of Budget and for the New York State Assembly where he developed a detailed understanding of New York’s fiscal and economic development policies and programs. Mr. Kennedy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Political Science.


    Member registration: $20
    Guest Consultant Registration: $30
    Sign up online

     

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  • 05 Dec 2016 10:56 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
     


    December 2016

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
     

    SAVE THE DATES:



    Members Only
    (Plus One)
    Holiday Gathering
    December 8th

    Members Only
    Breakfast
    January 27th



          




            


    Member News


    Should I consider making or revising my Will at this point in my life? Advice from CA Member Attorney Michael J. Tommaney


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications
     and Florville Catalysthas been added to the elite writing team at Gotham Ghostwriters, a New York City-based, full-service book writing and book marketing firm. Gotham Ghostwriters is the nation’s premier ghostwriting agency for business executives and thought leaders seeking assistance in telling and selling their stories. Pauline will specialize in ghostwriting nonfiction business books and book proposals.


    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC 
    was a Keynote speaker at LiveOn NY’s annual conference on November 3rd for agencies providing services for older people in New York City. His talk was titled: Leading on Purpose, and discussed some of the keys to effective leadership.

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers In Transition LLC gave two seminars at the Small Business Albany Showcase on the topics, “The Big 3: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interview Skills.” Dr. Tom was also the featured speaker at the Castleton Public Library on the subject, “So you want to be an entrepreneur?” This month at the Ravena Community Library, Dr. Tom talked about “Job Search Strategies That Work.” He spoke to staff members at GTM Payroll Inc. on the topic, “Got Goals?” He also volunteered his time and talents by performing resume critiques at the Times Union Job Fair and the Saratoga Job Fair. In addition, he has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Thacher Climbing Coalition.


    Bill Polk, Business Advisory Services 
    was recognized for his 12 years as an instructor of Business Finance at The Capital Region Chamber of Commerce.  On Wednesday, November 16 they held graduation ceremonies for it's award winning Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. 28 graduates, their largest yet.


    Kat Koppett's firm -
     Koppett
    will be hosting part of the Leadership Tech Valley’s training session on
    Friday, December 9, 2016, at the new Mopco Improv Theatre. The session titled Becoming a More Effective
    Leader will focus on self-awareness and how it relates to leadership style. Kat's partner, Michael Burns will lead attendees in exercises exploring individual leadership styles and how one can be a more mindful and inclusive leader. This program will be among the first to use both the first floor black box theatre, and the second floor multi-purpose training space at 10 North Jay Street. Those interested using the space for similar purposes are encouraged to contact
    the theatre at hey@mopco.org.


      


    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance (CA) Newsletter finds you well!

    As the Board has been in touch with CA members within the last few days about plans for 2017, I want to keep this message very brief and focused on a different topic.

    I consider myself very fortunate for a host of reasons. One of those reasons is the opportunity to be a part of a community of kindred spirits, otherwise known as the CA. I have been further blessed with the opportunity to serve each and every one of you as President in 2016. With the concurrence of the Board, I will seek to do a better job in 2017.

    Relatively few of us humans have the freedom to decide each and every day what we focus on and how we apply our talents. For that gift, I am extremely grateful.

    I hope you can make time to stop by our Holiday gathering on Thursday at 5:30 pm at the Fort Orange Club. If you have not done so, you can register here: Holiday Gathering

    Please join me in carving out a few moments for reflection and giving during this holiday season!


    Tim Maniccia,
    President



    Members Only (Plus One)
    Holiday Gathering


    Thursday, December 8th @ 5:30 pm
    Fort Orange Club

    Make sure to join us for the Consulting Alliance's holiday-time networking event at this specially-scheduled, members-only (plus one) gathering.

    Spend time with old colleagues, get to know new ones better, all while eating, drinking (cash bar) and being merry.


                                          Member registration: $20                                        Plus One Guest at time of Member registration: $20

                     Sign up online                  


    Solopreneurs and Finances

    Facilitated by
     Alexander S. Kuchis, CPA, CVA

             

      January 27, 2017 @ 7:30 am
            Wolferts Roost Country Club
              

    It’s a new year!   What you can do to better manage your small business finances and taxes?

    Alexander S. Kuchis, a CPA with T.M. Byxbee Company, CPAs will lead a discussion about solopreneurs and finances. Alex will deliver a lot of great information for people just starting out as well as for seasoned consultants. Topics he will address include:

    - Seven common small business misperceptions

    - How to choose the right business entity

    - Five tips for starting a business

    - Qualified small business stock exclusion

    - Tax tips for small businesses

    - Retirement account options

    - The home-based business: Basics to consider

    And if Congress or the IRS throw any curve balls out in late December that impact us, Alex will be prepared to explain them to us as well.

    Alexander S. Kuchis, CPA, CVA, is a Senior Accountant with T.M. Byxbee Company, CPAs and is a Siena College graduate. He has over 30 years’ experience in public accounting, including audits, reviews, compilations, and tax preparation. Alex works with large and small businesses and is a Certified Valuation Analyst, permitted to provide expert opinion in both judicial and Internal Revenue Service forums.

    Alex is currently a social member of the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, and serves as a loan review committee member of the Amsterdam Downtown Association for Business (DAB). Previously, Alex has served as a county legislator for Montgomery County. Alex was also previously a board member of the charitable organization Friends of Sanford Stud Farm (FOSSF), where he had worked summers while attending college. You can find out more about Alex at http://www.tmbyxbee.com/meet_our_team.php

                                                

    Member registration: $15
    Late Member Registration: $20
    Sign up online

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/228605437

    You can also dial in using your phone.

    United States +1 (571) 317-3122

    Access Code: 228-605-437

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  • 15 Nov 2016 10:24 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
     


    November 2016

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
     

    SAVE THE DATES:



    Open to the Public
    Luncheon
    (1st Friday)
    November 4th


    Members Only
    Breakfast
    (3rd Friday)
    November 18th

          




            


    Member News


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications and Florville Catalyst, completed the massive, open, online course (MOOC) “Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills” through the University of Michigan. The seven-week course focused on the four stages of the negotiation process, strategies for increasing negotiating power and ethical dilemmas encountered during negotiations.


    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC 
    has again partnered with the Capital Region Theological Center to offer a series of workshops designed for non-profit agencies in the Capital Region. The programs are open to the public. There's still time to register for:

    Fiscal Management -- WorkshopNovember 10, 2016, 8:30 – 10:00 am


    Ray Patterson Consulting, LLC 
    The “renamed and rebranded” version of Capital Consulting Group, llc, now operating in Weyers Cave, VA. is happy to share that I am continuing to support clients in New York’s Capital Region, and also developing new clients in the Harrisonburg Virginia area. While my confidential relationships with my clients preclude naming them specifically, I can share that one client is in the “outdoor experiential” industry, and other clients are being developed in the agri-business industry.

    “New Starts” and “restarts” are not easy, yet when you know your true calling / purpose in life, these times of change are very exciting and energizing. I believe the same goes with taking advantage of change, or creating change in your existing business – not easy, but can be very energizing, and in some cases, necessary to ensure longevity and self gratification.

    This reminds me of one of my clients from some time ago. When their organization was facing significant challenges, they openly discussed the challenges throughout the organization, at every level, and understood that they had hard choices to make. They even developed a series of “Business Education Courses” and the first one was titled: “The Challenge – The Choice to Change”. They explored all aspects of their challenges and choices, even the choice of not changing. They quickly realized that if they didn’t make fundamental changes, they would cease to exist. Taking a hard look at the choices available is very helpful, particularly when you evaluate the consequences (both intended and unintended) of the choices.

    The ideal time to employ outside consultants is when you are facing challenges and opportunity. However, don’t hire a consultant to tell you what to do, unless you want them to take over your organization and run it for you. You know your business better than anyone else, so hire a consultant to help you think through the process of change and opportunity capitalization. Hire a consultant that you trust and respect. Hire a consultant that can challenge, lead, and support you as you think through designing and implementing change for your competitive advantage. You can find many such consultants at The Consulting Alliance – in New York and Virginia as well!


    Lynette Seawall, Performance Plus will be presenting Cut Through Communication Chaos to IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) on Tuesday, November 1st. Lynette, in conjunction with her strategic partner, Target Training International, is providing complimentary Talent Insights assessments to participants. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to become more self-aware, understand others better, and work more productively in teams. Learn more about yourself and take a complimentary assessment on the science of self


      


    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
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    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance (CA) Newsletter finds you well!

    Members of the CA Board meet last week to talk about where we are and what we can do to create a better future for the organization and its members. We have a few ideas, each of which is evolving as we do more listening to each other and to other members.

    Along those lines, Bill Phillips, Clare Monteau and I have contacted those members who are the most active to better understand ‘the job(s) they hire the CA to do’. We did so because we want to make sure the CA is doing those jobs well, get ideas on how we can do them better and ensure that we do not walk away from those jobs as we think about 2017.

    For those of you that did not make the most active list, your opinion matters too. We expect to reach out to you in the coming weeks with a short survey. The goal is similar to the phone interviews. We just have more people in this category so need a different tool to get guidance as we finalize plans for 2017. As I have mentioned previously, if you have an idea, please do not wait for the survey to share it. I am always happy to kick ideas around via email, phone or over coffee.

    You may remember that we are holding a contest this year. The CA member that brings the most guests to lunch in 2016 gets to attend the CA Holiday Event (scheduled for December 8, 530pm at the Fort Orange Club) for free.

    As it stands right now, Jerry Shaye leads the pack. But his victory is not mathematically certain. Join us and bring guests to lunch on Friday (November 4, 11:30 am at Wolferts Roost) for your last chance to make this a horse race. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a little ‘speed networking’ to strengthen your network. And who doesn’t need a stronger network?

    Finally, please let me know right away if you wish to be considered for an officer, board member, or committee chair role. All you need is time, energy and a commitment to serving your fellow members. In terms of commitment, this might require a few hours of your time each month. If you have the time to give, the CA is very happy to receive!

    Until next month …

    Tim Maniccia,
    President



    Speed Networking

    Presented by
    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC


    November 4, 2016 @ 11:30 am
    Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Alan Krieger, president of Krieger Solutions, LLC and Program Chair for the Consulting Alliance will lead a fun, energetic speed-networking program during which participants will meet and introduce themselves to one another in order to expand business connections. If you’ve been to our lunches you know how hard it is to get to meet everyone in the room. If you’ve never been, here’s a great way to get started!

    This program will give you an opportunity to:

    • get to know some of the top consultants in the capital region
    • meet people you never get to talk to at our lunches
    • get the word out about your business
    • learn more about the Consulting Alliance
    • have some fun!

    Alan Krieger is founder and president of Krieger Solutions, LLC, a training and consulting firm that helps companies solve their people problems. Alan’s focus is on leadership, communication, team building and problem solving. He provides training and leadership coaching. Alan has been leading his company for 23 years and has helped thousands of leaders learn to lead.


                                          Member registration: $20                                        Guest registration: $25

                     Sign up online                  


    Cut Through
    Communication
    Chaos


    Facilitated by
     Lynette Seawall, Performance Plus

             

                  November 18, 2016 @ 7:30 am
            Wolferts Roost Country Club
              

    Is someone you work with driving you nuts? How often do you bang your head against the wall trying to figure out why some people act the way they do? Wouldn’t it be great to finally end this communication chaos?

    Cut through Communication Chaos is an interactive session to boost your connections with clients, colleagues, and prospects. Learn useful tips to facilitate effective communications in your professional and personal life!

    You will:

    • Increase your self-awareness
    • Understand others better
    • Improve your communications skills

    Pre-work for the session takes 20 minutes which many members have already completed. For those who have not, please complete the survey using the link below, and your results will be emailed to you prior to the breakfast. Bring either an electronic or printed version for our breakfast discussion.

    http://www.ttisurvey.com/310783CCH

    Lynette Seawall founded Performance Plus in 1999 and joined her colleagues at the Consulting Alliance within her first month in business. She transforms lives through leadership development and project management. Lynette holds an MBA in Management, is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst. As a productivity strategist, she collaborates with organizations and individuals with a focus on communications, technology, and process design.

                                                

    Member registration: $15
    Late Member Registration: $20
    Sign up online

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  • 08 Oct 2016 2:21 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
     


    October 2016

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
     

    SAVE THE DATES:



    Open to the Public
    Luncheon
    October 14th


    Members Only
    Breakfast
    October 28th

          




            Program    Committee News


    The Consulting Alliance announces two lunch programs open to the public and two breakfast programs for members only. October program information is within this newsletter.  For November, the lunch program is the 1st Friday, November 4th with a Speed Networking presentation by Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC.  On November 18th (3rd Friday) Lynette Seawall, Performance Plus will continue our communication theme and present a program called Cut through Communication Chaos.

    For more information or to register for any of these, go to http://consultingalliance.org/events




    Member News


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications and Florville Catalyst, a Westchester, NY, branding, marketing and design firm, have formed a strategic alliance. The partners offer marketing, public relations and branding-solutions for the cornerstones, stepping stones and milestones of the business journey.

    Cornerstones include creating corporate identity and marketing materials to help companies establish a customer base and a market presence. Stepping stones include developing strategic marketing and branding initiatives to help companies launch innovative products and services and move into new markets. Milestones include crafting public relations and business anniversary campaigns for companies approaching leadership transitions, mergers and acquisitions and significant business anniversaries.



    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC
    has again partnered with the Capital Region Theological Center to offer a series of workshops designed for non-profit agencies in the Capital Region. The programs are open to the public. There are three programs still to come in the fall series:

    Building and Leading Strong Work Teams -- Webinar – October 18, 2016, 10:00 am

    Communicating to Connect -- Workshop – November 1, 2016, 9:00 am – noon

    Fiscal Management -- Workshop – November 10, 2016, 8:30 – 10:00 am

    Alan will present: Tips For Trainers: How to Teach Leaders to Build and Lead Successful Work Teams at Hudson-Mohawk ATD’s meeting on October 21st from 8:30-10:30 at the Carey Institute in Rensselaerville.



    Clare Monteau, Ph.D., Clare Monteau LLC 
    is partnering to present a Train the Trainer program Essential Skills for Today’s Leaders: Context & Communication, a one-day classroom training which gives experienced educators and facilitators proven practices and leading edge tools to bring to their organizations to build cultures of trust and accountability. Details can be found here.

    Clare presented her interactive 1-day workshop "Introduction to Lean" at the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in August.



    Lynette Seawall, Performance Plus will be presenting Cut Through Communication Chaos to IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) on Tuesday, November 1st. Lynette, in conjunction with her strategic partner, Target Training International, is providing complimentary Talent Insights assessments to participants. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to become more self-aware, understand others better, and work more productively in teams. Learn more about yourself and take a complimentary assessment on the science of self



    Kat Koppett, Koppett 
    and sister company the Mopco Improv Theatre are beginning a new chapter in their history. Over the summer they welcomed three new employees (Elizabeth Russell as director of operations as well as Alex Timmis and Livia Armstrong as improv program coordinators) and this fall marks the opening of their new theater and office space at 10 North Jay Street in Schenectady. Koppett is looking forward to offering new and expanded programing to the Capital Region and beyond.



    Dr. Tom Denham,Careers in Transition LLC 
    spoke at The Sage College in Albany on the topic, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.” Dr. Tom recently celebrated his 11 year anniversary in full-time private practice.       




    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance (CA) Newsletter finds you well!

    In last month’s column, I told you about our efforts to better serve our members. CA VP Bill Phillips has been torturing the event participation data. He has learned that about 40% of us attended roughly 40% of the CA events during the Jan 2015-June 2016 period.

    Is this healthy? At this point, I do not think we have a way of knowing for sure. Because we do not know how we have done in prior periods. Nor do we know how we compare to other organizations like us. Anecdotally, those that have been members for some time recall broader levels of engagement.

    What we do know is that the public lunch has become a challenge. As I type on Saturday, October 8, registration for next Friday’s lunch on Cybersecurity for Small Business Owners featuring Reg Harnish of GreyCastle Security (https://www.greycastlesecurity.com) stands at ten curious souls, six of whom are CA members. Click here if you are attending but have not registered yet. 

    We would love to better understand why members do not appear to be ‘hiring’ the CA for these type of learning, networking and social opportunities any longer. We think the best way to do this is with a short phone conversation. Our instinct is to learn why those in the 40:40 category I mentioned above value the CA enough to regularly participate. We would also like the chance to talk with the other CA members to better understand what keeps them away and what, if anything, the CA should do differently.

    As I also mentioned last month, please do not be shy and wait for someone to call you. If you have an insight to share, we want to hear or read it. If we do not receive it, the Program Committee will make a recommendation for 2017 for the Board to consider. I feel pretty confident in saying it will differ from what the CA has offered in 2016 and prior years.

    Along those lines, consider this the first call for those willing to serve as an officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) or committee chair (Marketing, Membership, Program) in 2017.

    President Harry Truman reportedly said “decisions are made by those who show up”. It is now time for all CA members to weigh in on decisions crucial to our future.


    Until next month …

    Tim Maniccia,
    President



    Cybersecurity Survival Guide for Small Business

    Presented by
    Reg Harnish, author and CEO for GreyCastle Security


    October 14, 2016 @ 11:30 am
    Wolferts Roost Country Club

    The pace of cybersecurity breaches has reached epic proportions. Small businesses are falling victim to hackers, hacktivists and nation states. Intellectual property, data and bank accounts have never been at greater risk - it's not if, but when your organization will be victimized. And while security clichés continue to be overplayed we see organizations learning the hard way every single day. Join Reg Harnish CEO of GreyCastle Security for a fresh and candid look at cybercrime today. This session will discuss the latest threats and solutions for security challenges in 2016, beginning with an analysis of cybercrime trends. Attendees will walk away with actionable advice for securing their businesses.

    Reg Harnish is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and the CEO for GreyCastle Security, a leading cybersecurity consulting firm headquartered in Troy, NY. Reg has been practicing security for nearly two decades. Reg brings a thought-provoking perspective to the industry and strives to promote awareness, security "thinking" and practical application of security fundamentals. Reg attended RPI in Troy, NY, and is a certified CISSP, CISM, CISA and ITIL. Reg is a fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute, serves on numerous security association boards and is currently an advisor to several educational institutions focusing on cybersecurity. Reg is a nationally-recognized speaker and has presented at countless industry and security events, including BSides, ISSA, ISC2, ISACA and InfraGard. Reg is a contributor to numerous security publications and has co-authored several books on cybersecurity awareness.

    GreyCastle Security is a leading service provider dedicated exclusively to cybersecurity and the practical management of cybersecurity risks. GreyCastle was established to counter rapidly evolving cyber threats and to deliver cybersecurity solutions effectively, practically and continuously. GreyCastle Security provides Risk Assessment, Awareness, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, ISO and Incident Response services to businesses throughout North America. Their team is comprised solely of certified professionals and former security officers who bring a client perspective to everything that they do.

                                          Member registration: $20                                        Guest registration: $25

                     Sign up online                  


    Awkward! How to Not Freak Out When Conversations Get Tough

    Facilitated by
     Kat Koppett, Founder of Koppett


                           
    October 28, 2016 @ 7:30 am
            Wolferts Roost Country Club
              

    What do you say when the conversation around the conference table takes an inflammatory turn? Or how about when your client comes in too low on price? What happens when you have to give feedback on poor performance? In that moment: do you sink into your shell, or stick out your neck? We all want handle these moments with grace and authenticity. How can we get better at managing our discomfort in these touchy moment? Much like building muscles at the gym, we can exercise our communication skills and mindsets to prepare for these unpredictable, but inevitable moments. Kat Koppett, a specialist in blending the techniques of improvisational theater and traditional development skills will guide us through activities and discussions to help us expand our in-the-moment performance choices and better manage difficult conversations.

    Kat Koppett is the founder of Koppett, a consulting and training company specializing in the use of improvisation and storytelling to enhance individual and organizational performance. Koppett has designed and delivered programs for such diverse clients as Apple, Facebook, Chanel, Prezi, Kaiser-Permanente, GE, St. Peters Hospital, JPMorgan Chase, Eli Lilly, and the URJ in places such as India, Brazil, Paris, Budapest and Oklahoma. Her book Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning, is considered a seminal work in the field of Applied Improv and is used by professionals around the world. Kat holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and continually seeks to combine the wisdom and strengths of both disciplines to create programs that are both practical and transformative.

    To learn more about Kat and Koppett, visit www.koppett.com

                                                

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  • 15 Sep 2016 11:16 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
     


    September 2016

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
     

    SAVE THE DATES:


    Members Only
    Breakfast
    September 23rd

    Open to the Public
    Luncheon
    October 14th

          







    Member News


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications promoted for The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce the announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that Downtown Oneonta was selected as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Mohawk Valley. Oneonta was selected as part of a competitive process by the state’s Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. The state funding will revitalize Oneonta neighborhoods and generate new opportunities for long-term growth and prosperity. The Governor’s announcement was the highlight of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s 30th business anniversary promotional campaign developed and managed by Bartel Communications.



    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC -
    co-sponsored fall workshop series. For more information, click here. The workshops will all be held in the Capital Region and the webinars will be recorded for later viewing.

    The programs include:

    Dealing with Difficult Behavior -- Webinar – September 20, 2016, 10:00 am

    Leading Successful Change -- Workshop – September 27, 2016, 9:00 am - noon

    Being in Your Element -- Workshop – October 7, 2016, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Building and Leading Strong Work Teams -- Webinar – October 18, 2016, 10:00 am

    Communicating to Connect -- Workshop – November 1, 2016, 9:00 am– noon

    Fiscal Management -- Workshop – November 10, 2016, 8:30 – 10:00 am



    Tim Maniccia, Policy Innovation 
    contributed to the design and first edition of Priorities: A Citizen's Guide to Florida's Budget. The Guide is published by the Florida Policy Institute and can be found at: http://www.fpi.institute/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/A-Guide-to-the-Florida-Budget-Process-3.pdf

    Tim Maniccia has been retained by St. Luke's Health Services for assistance in designing and describing a restructuring plan and project under the New York State Health Department's Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program.


          



    Membership Committee News

    The Membership Committee is delighted to announce our newest member - Israel Singer.
    He is an art director, graphic designer, illustrator and multimedia artist at IzCreations. Welcome Israel! 




    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance (CA) Newsletter finds you well!

    For many organizations operating on a calendar year, the fall months are about planning. So too with the CA.

    The Board met last week to ask hard questions about 2016 and begin exploring what we can do to make 2017 more beneficial to members. As you know, participation levels at our public lunches are down in comparison to 2015 and we just cancelled our third consecutive lunch. I will say again what I said last month: this is through no lack of effort by the members of the Program Committee. I believe they have presented us with outstanding opportunities to learn, network and socialize. But the numbers are puzzling.

    CA VP Bill Phillips is working with Nancy Reilly to get a detailed breakdown of the participation data for 2015 and year-to-date 2016 to see if it helps us ask better questions about why fewer people (members, in particular) are attending.

    When this analysis is completed, you may find a survey in your inbox. Please take a few minutes to complete it. The broader the survey response, the better the inferences the Program Committee and Board can draw as they make decisions about 2017.

    If you do not feel like waiting for a survey to arrive, please share your perspective with me or another CA Board member. I welcome any opportunity to chat by phone if you have time and insight to share. If you are feeling a little hesitant because your perspective might be a bit critical, please do not let that stop you. At the Board meeting last week we embraced the “truth over harmony” principle and, in my opinion, it served us well. The same goes for any conversation we have.

    With the exception of the tireless service that Nancy and Erin Pashley provide, the CA is an all-volunteer organization. We get out of membership what we put into it. If you are underwhelmed by what you are getting, at least take a few minutes and share an idea on how we can improve. If you are willing to lead or we can find someone else to champion it, I am highly confident the idea will get a chance.

    Finally, thanks to all of you for voting to welcome Israel Singer as our newest member. Welcome aboard, Iz!

    Until next month …

    Tim Maniccia,
    President



    Rev Up Your Marketing! A GPS for Consultants

    Facilitated by
    Pauline Bartel, M.A., Bartel Communications, Inc.

    September 23, 2016 @ 7:30 am
    Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Do your marketing efforts sputter and stall? Then it’s time for a major overhaul of your marketing machine. Discover the state-of-the-art tools and techniques you need to rev up your marketing for 21st century performance. With these sizzling strategies, you’ll cruise at top speed along the marketing highway and reach your success destination.

    You will learn how to:

    • Market from the solopreneur perspective
    • Find time for marketing while serving your clients and growing your practice
    • Create an unforgettable business impression
    • Get others talking about you and your services
    • Build a network that will supercharge your business

    Pauline Bartel, M.A., is president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc., an award-winning corporate communications firm. Bartel Communications builds the images of companies with words through innovative, creative public relations and marketing strategies. Pauline holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in English, both from The College of Saint Rose. Visit www.paulinebartel.com for further information.

    Member registration: $15
    Late Member Registration: $20
    Sign up online


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    Cybersecurity Survival Guide for Small Business

    Presented by
    Reg Harnish, author and CEO for GreyCastle Security


    October 14, 2016 @ 11:30
    Wolferts Roost Country Club

    The pace of cybersecurity breaches has reached epic proportions. Small businesses are falling victim to hackers, hacktivists and nation states. Intellectual property, data and bank accounts have never been at greater risk - it's not if, but when your organization will be victimized. And while security clichés continue to be overplayed we see organizations learning the hard way every single day. Join Reg Harnish CEO of GreyCastle Security for a fresh and candid look at cybercrime today. This session will discuss the latest threats and solutions for security challenges in 2016, beginning with an analysis of cybercrime trends. Attendees will walk away with actionable advice for securing their businesses.

    Reg Harnish is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and the CEO for GreyCastle Security, a leading cybersecurity consulting firm headquartered in Troy, NY. Reg has been practicing security for nearly two decades. Reg brings a thought-provoking perspective to the industry and strives to promote awareness, security "thinking" and practical application of security fundamentals. Reg attended RPI in Troy, NY, and is a certified CISSP, CISM, CISA and ITIL. Reg is a fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute, serves on numerous security association boards and is currently an advisor to several educational institutions focusing on cybersecurity. Reg is a nationally-recognized speaker and has presented at countless industry and security events, including BSides, ISSA, ISC2, ISACA and InfraGard. Reg is a contributor to numerous security publications and has co-authored several books on cybersecurity awareness.

    GreyCastle Security is a leading service provider dedicated exclusively to cybersecurity and the practical management of cybersecurity risks. GreyCastle was established to counter rapidly evolving cyber threats and to deliver cybersecurity solutions effectively, practically and continuously. GreyCastle Security provides Risk Assessment, Awareness, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, ISO and Incident Response services to businesses throughout North America. Their team is comprised solely of certified professionals and former security officers who bring a client perspective to everything that they do.

                                            Member registration: $20                                            Guest registration: $25

                                                       Sign up online                  



                                          


                                                                                





     

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  • 03 Aug 2016 3:21 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
     


    August 2016

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
     

    SAVE THE DATES:



    Members Only (Plus one)
    Summer Social
    August 12th



    Open to the Public
    Luncheon
    September 9th

    Members Only
    Breakfast
    September 23rd



    No Open to the 
    Public Luncheon
    &
    No Members
    Breakfast
    in August

              






    Member News


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications  promoted the 2016 Mohawk Valley Region Small Business/Workforce Development Summit that was hosted by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce on
    June 9, 2016. The event was part of
    the Chamber’s 30th business anniversary celebration. More than 60 Chamber members were exhibitors
    and more than 300 guests representing businesses from across the Mohawk Valley attended. The featured speaker was Lt. Governor Kathleen C. Hochul.




    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC -  
    One advantage of Consulting Alliance membership is the diverse network we have access to. I was in need of a programmer to work on a project. I didn’t want to pay a fortune and I didn’t want to get someone who didn’t really know what they’re doing. This is a very important project for me and could be embarrassing if it failed. I don’t know enough about programming to have any idea if the person I was choosing has the skills I need.

    So I called one of our IT members – Cody Anderson, and within a day he had connected me to someone who seems perfect. Reasonably priced, very knowledgeable, really heard me when I explained what I needed… we’re off to a great start! The proof will be in the pudding and that won’t be finished for a few months most likely (due mostly to my needing to move slowly with this.) I’ll update when the project is over and let you know how it went.

    In any event, without my Consulting Alliance membership I would probably be contracting with someone in India via the internet and hoping for the best.



    Bill Polk, Business Advisory Services jis enjoying a summer fare of helping clients in distributing farm goods, creative journalism, an inventor and a DC-Based Entrepreneurial NGO helping new residents from the Middle East.
          



    Membership Committee News

    The Membership Committee was delighted to extend the invitation to Marjorie Wilke and thanks the membership for unanimously approving her application.  Marjorie is a multi-domain technology expert who combines knowledge of programming, physics, math, and biochemistry with business and management. This unique combination of scientific and business capacity strengthens the CA. Welcome aboard, Marjorie!




    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance Newsletter finds you well. I also hope you have found ways to stay cool and dry and are enjoying the summer!

    For some, the summer is a slower time. Perhaps such a change of pace is by design. An opportunity to re-charge the batteries with family and friends at one of the region’s many cultural or recreational sites. Or at a special place outside the area. Or maybe it just makes sense to spend less time at work because others are away and it is harder to get anyone on the phone.

    As you take this time to consider what it will take for you to hit your targets for 2016 and beyond, I ask you to contemplate how the Consulting Alliance (CA) can assist. When you boil it all down, isn’t that what the CA is all about? Serving as a resource to help our members be wildly successful?

    I ask you to reflect on this because I think the CA is at a critical juncture. In my opinion, the Program Committee has done an outstanding job of signing up thoughtful speakers on interesting topics for both our member-only breakfasts and our public lunches. But our overall event participation in the first six months of 2016 is down by more than twenty-five percent from the same period of 2015.

    We are excited that Jordan Munn and Marjorie Wilke have joined the CA family, and we have another couple of prospects in the pipeline. But our overall membership ranks are lower than they have been in recent history.

    Does this mean the CA is doomed? Not by a long shot. It is on budget financially and the exchange of ideas at member-only breakfasts is richer than at any time that I can recall. But we do have some questions to ask and answer.

    So while you are enjoying that ice cream cone or adult beverage over the next few weeks, ask yourself what the CA does, and could do, to help you be more successful and impactful. The only obstacle to us running with an idea is finding someone to champion it!

    Until next month …

    Tim Maniccia,
    President



    Members Only (Plus One)
    Summer Social 




    August 12, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
     Yanni's Too

    Every August the Consulting Alliance has only one meeting, a members only event. The objective of this event is to allow members to get to know each other in a more casual way and build deeper relationships.

    (Lunch choices are on the event registration page. Cash bar is available)

                                     Member & Guest registration:  $20
                                                Late registration: $25

                                                       Sign up online

    Ethical Journalism in
    Challenging times -  Can Newsrooms Survive?

    Presented By:
    Rex Smith, Times Union

                          September 9, 2016 @ 11:30 am
                            Wolferts Roost Country Club      
     

    The digital revolution has upended America’s journalistic institutions, shattering the economic model that has sustained them for generations. This imperils the survival of the newsrooms that have provided the sort of watchdog reporting that the Founding Fathers considered essential to democracy’s progress. Left unclear is whether the so-called “journalism of verification” – the kind of careful reporting that we have come to depend upon as an antidote to the bias of talk radio, advertising and political propaganda – will even be recognized by news consumers in the new media environment. What lies ahead for real journalism? And what are the implications for those whose work intersects with the mainstream news media, and depend upon its viability?

    Rex Smith is Editor and Vice President of the Times Union. He has led the Albany newspaper since mid-2002 to national recognition for writing, reporting, photography and design, both in print and digitally. He is a former national correspondent and bureau chief for Newsday, and previously edited community newspapers in New York and Indiana. Earlier in his career, he was a congressional aide in Washington for four years and a television reporter and anchor in the metropolitan New York region.


                                          Member registration: $20                                      Guest egistration: $25

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    July 2016

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
     

    SAVE THE DATES:


    Open to the Public
    Luncheon
    July 15th (3rd Friday)

    Members Only
    Breakfast
    July 29th (5th Friday)

    Members Only (Plus one)
    Summer Social
    August 12th

    No Open to the 
    Public Luncheon
    &
    No Members
    Breakfast
    in August

              






    Member News


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications and author of
    The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) is collaborating with Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas in Saratoga Springs, NY, for
    a 100th birthday salute to actress
    Olivia de Havilland, who portrayed Melanie in the iconic 1939 film. The theatre will offer two screenings of Gone With the Wind (September
    3 and 4, 2016 at 11 a.m.), each of
    which will include a Melanie trivia
    quiz for movie goers before the film,
    a raffle drawing for an inscribed
    copy of Pauline’s book during intermission and a birthday cake reception and booksigning with
    Pauline after the film.  Bartel Communications will handle publicity for the event.




    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers In Transitions LLC 
    spoke at the Colonie Chamber of Commerce on
    the subject, “Passion and Purpose in Your Personal and Professional Life.” Dr. Tom also gave a seminar at American Society for Quality entitled, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.”




    Lynette Seawall, Performance Plus just attended the Region 4 Project Management Institute (PMI) Conference at Mohonk Mountain House. 14 PMI Chapters were represented from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Best practices were discussed and peer-to-peer “Birds of a Feather” groups communicated successes and challenges. Lynette has served on
    the PMI UNY (Upstate NY) Board for
    5 years and is the VP of Special Projects with a focus on strategic initiatives: board transformation, PMI 600, and Special Events.

          



    Membership Committee News

    On behalf of my fellow Membership Committee members Candy Rataul and Yamel Cuevas, I would like to welcome Jordan Munn to the Consulting Alliance (CA).  Jordan
    has a wealth of knowledge and experience in various aspects of process improvement. She hopes we can help her with some of the building blocks of establishing and growing a consulting practice.  Please join me in welcoming Jordan!

    Please also join the Membership Committee in our search for other independent consultants to join the
    CA. The more diverse our collective experience, the more valuable CA membership becomes.  If each of us vowed to bring forth a single candidate for membership in the next twelve months, imagine how the CA would thrive!



    About the Consulting Alliance


    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance Newsletter finds you well.

    In my message last month, I mentioned one of the key value propositions of Consulting Alliance (CA) membership. That is, the opportunity to learn from each other. In a world as complicated and fast paced as the one we live in today, no one has all the knowledge they need.

    I can hear some of you already. I have access to all the knowledge I need courtesy of the Internet and social media. Undoubtedly, that is true. The Internet is a magnificent resource, for a certain type of knowledge, which I will call know-what. For another type, which I will refer to as know-how, it is not nearly as beneficial. And that is because know-how is often tacit, meaning it is difficult to transmit by writing it down. For know-how to be transferred, it has to be done through extensive personal contact, regular interaction and trust. This kind of knowledge can only be revealed through practice in a particular context and transmitted through social networks.

    If you were at our breakfast on June 24, you heard a lot of these words. We discussed the Community of Practice (CoP) concept further and explored its applicability to the CA. As a refresher, a CoP is defined as:

    “Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

    Sure sounds like the CA. At least during our member-only breakfasts and other events. We did not come close to operationalizing the CoP concept. So please share your stories of how you obtain know-how and how the CA might be able to assist.

    We would love to see more of you at member-only events. It is at these events where I believe the caring and sharing aspect of CA membership is beautifully displayed. If teaching and learning are important to you or your consulting practice, I hope you will consider joining us on July 29 and/or August 12.

    Until next month …

    Tim Maniccia,
    President



    Ebola, Zika, and the Dawn of Global Pandemics: What’s coming next and what we all need to know? When does global become local? (3rd Friday)

    Presented by
    John Justino, the Director of the University at Albany Center for Global Health


    July 15, 2016 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    John Justino will discuss current global health issues and why we all need to be well informed about today’s global health challenges and threats. He will also address why we as a nation must invest significantly in collaborative international efforts to address them. Prior to his work with the School of Public Health, John had a successful international consulting practice.  He will talk about what that was like and what it takes to become a successful international consultant.

    Throughout his career, John Justino has worked at the intersection of the private and public sectors.  For more than 20 years,  Mr. Justino has applied proven business, management and marketing practices to achieve positive social change and to improve the health of vulnerable populations around the globe.

    Lynne Bunnell will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.    

          Member registration: $20
            Guest registration: $25

         Sign up online

    Is it possible to invest in a start-up using your time, not money? Is it wise? (5th Friday)

    Facilitator: Richard Frederick, Eastern NY Angels (ENYA)



    July 29, 2016 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Dick Frederick, co-founder of Eastern NY Angels, gave a very interesting presentation at our May lunch program. He answered a question I’ve had for a long time – how can I do work for a start-up and get paid in “equity” instead of cash? How do you value a start-up?

    We invited Dick back to our continuing series of Meetings with Regional Leaders for our July member-only breakfast. Dick will discuss in more depth the status of start-ups he works with, the possibilities for partnering with consultants to help those start-ups, and the due diligence involved. As always, it will be a free wheeling discussion. We could also explore:

    · How much consulting anyone is willing to do (advised limit) where the prospect of payoff is at risk?

    · How do you monetize your hours? How do you determine % share?

    · Issues to consider if the business wants to buy out our share or pay us out.

    · The types of skill sets start-ups most need and would be most willing to barter for.

    · How investors might get engaged with start-ups reaching out to consultants… a possible role for the Consulting Alliance.

    Richard Frederick is an experienced C level executive and serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience.  He spent the last fifteen years of his career building and growing early stage companies.  He has served as a mentor and coach to over 100 companies in the past 5 years.  In 2001 he co-founded Autotask, one of the nation's first pure play Software-as-a-Service companies.  He played a major role in raising over $14mm for Autotask from Angel and Seed investors as well as A and B round Venture Funds. 


                                          Member registration: $15                                 Member Late registration: $20

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    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/912466053

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    June 2016

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
     

    SAVE THE DATES:

    Open to the Public
    Luncheon
    June 10th

    Members Only
    Breakfast
    June 24th

    Open to the Public
    Luncheon
    July 15th (3rd Friday)

    Members Only
    Breakfast
    July 29th (5th Friday)

    Members Only (Plus one)
    Summer Social
    August 12th

    No Open to the 
    Public Luncheon
    in August

              






    Member News


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications has backed a Kickstarter campaign to launch the Spark Exchange Incubator Program. The program will support six to ten seed-level creative economy businesses through space and educational programming at the Troy Innovation Garage.



    With the Graduation of 18 new Capital Region Entrepreneurs, the available slots for the fall course are already filling up.  Bill Polk, Business Advisory Services and Kat Koppett, Koppett & Company are among the Consulting Alliance members who support and instruct in this program. Bill is beginning his 11 year.   

    Bill also serves on the Program committee of the alliance. Contact him or Alan Kreiger if you are interested in helping with this committee or have a suggestion for future luncheon speakers.



    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers In Transitions LLC 
    gave two presentations at the Albany Job Fair in April on the topics “Networking Beats NOTworking” and ‘Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.” Dr. Tom also spoke to students at ITT Technical Institute on “High Touch and High Tech Networking.”



    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC collaborated with the Capital Region Theological Center to develop a training series for local church and non profit agency leaders. We just completed our initial series and had three great workshops that were well received. Two of them led by Consulting Alliance members (Alan Krieger and Clare Monteau). We’re developing plans for the fall. Contact Alan at alan@kriegersolutions.com if you’d like to learn more about this.
          



    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regiona
    l and national experience and
    proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant
    and collaborative community
    where they can grow their
    businesses and advance their
    skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for
    more information.
     



    President's Message



    Members and Friends

    I hope this edition of the Consulting Alliance Newsletter finds you well.

    Thanks to all of you for voting to welcome Jordan Munn into the Consulting Alliance! We will all benefit from her knowledge and experience in improving processes using a number of different tools in a wide array of work settings.

    I feel confident in making this statement because I believe the diversity of skills and experiences is one of the most important elements of Consulting Alliance membership. If each of us possessed the same knowledge and experience as each other member, not only would it be kind of boring, but, we would not learn much from each other.

    I mention learning because I believe the Consulting Alliance exists, at least in part, so we can teach and learn from each other. That is why I think the Community of Practice concept holds such promise for us as we attempt to identify ways of enhancing the experience of membership in the organization.

    Along those lines, scroll down to learn more about all of this as it is the topic of the next Members-only breakfast. I hope you can attend on June 24. We will be a stronger and more dynamic organization if we commit to caring for and sharing with each other.

    Until next month …

    Tim Maniccia,
    President



    Growing the Creative Economy – the Troy Innovation Garage


    Presented by
    Tom Nardacci, CEO and Founder, Troy Innovation Garage



    June 10, 2016 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club


    Tom Nardacci will discuss the Troy Innovation Garage, an entrepreneurial ecosystem specifically aimed at incubating, accelerating, fostering and growing creative economy companies in Upstate New York. The goal of The Garage is to generate a sustainable creative environment that advances progress in the region.

    Tom will talk about what led to the project, its current stage of development, and his vision for its future. He will also discuss how consultants can become involved in supporting businesses that participate in the Garage. The Innovation Garage is a 14,000 square foot building that includes 75 co-working seats, 14 private suites, conference and meeting rooms, and a multimedia studio, along with a software and video game studio. The Garage is the only business incubator in New York State targeted specifically to creative businesses.

         
                                         Member registration: $20
                                           Guest registration: $25

                                                 Sign up online

    A triple header! Community of Practice, Innovation Tools, Consulting Alliance enhancement!

    Facilitated by
    Tim Maniccia of Policy Innovation &
    Clare Monteau of Clare Monteau LLC






    June 24, 2016 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    WHEREAS, the Consulting Alliance is a group of independent consultants; and

    WHEREAS, the Consulting Alliance has been in existence for 24 years; and

    WHEREAS, its members share a desire to learn from each other as a way of strengthening their consulting practice; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, That the Consulting Alliance can help its members achieve this goal by embracing the principles that underlie the concept of a Community of Practice.

    Submitted by Tim Maniccia (President) and Clare Monteau (past-President)

    June 7, 2016

    If this Resolution is interesting to you, please register NOW to attend the Consulting Alliance breakfast on June 24 to participate. As an added benefit, we will use an interesting set of tools to guide the discussion and ensure the meeting is highly productive.


                                          Member registration: $15
                                     Member Late registration: $20

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    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/785636541

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