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  • 13 Sep 2017 3:18 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
      


    September 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
    SAVE THE DATE:


       Special Member Meeting
             
    September 15th  


        Open to the Public Luncheon with
      Congressman Paul Tonko
        September 22nd    


                              



    Member News



    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. signed a two-year contract to provide communications, public relations,
    writing and editing services to SUNY Maritime College.




    Tim Maniccia, Policy
    Innovation, Inc. 
    created a daily information service for the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc. Called Corrections Today, it curates open source content about criminal justice and public sector union issues from around the world.





    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!

    It is hard to understate the impact of events in Washington these days. If not in tangible ways, like the impact on our consulting practice or the work of our clients, then in the amount of energy we expend trying to stay current with all the chatter.

    Thankfully, there are those among us who live and breathe DC air every day of the week. And we are fortunate to have one of them, Representative Paul Tonko, as our guest speaker at lunch on September 22.

    For those of you who do not know Rep. Tonko, he is an engineer by trade, which means he brings a systematic approach to complex problems like energy, infrastructure and the environment, to name just a few.

    If you have not done so already, register today to get an insider’s perspective on all that is happening in our nation’s capital.

    Also, it is not too late to join us this Friday (Sep 15) for an important exercise in course setting for the CA if you are a member. Price of entry is the positive energy you bring and your ideas about how we make membership in the CA even more valuable than it is today.

    Thanks to all of you for making the CA a part of your professional life.

                                                                       

    Tim Maniccia,
    President
     


    2017 All CA Members Meeting

    September 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club


    We live in a noisy, hyperbolic world. Sometimes the way to be heard is not to seek to be louder but to be quieter, more understated.

    So it is with all the understatement we can muster that the Board of Directors of the Consulting Alliance requests your active participation in this meeting to set a course for the organization for the foreseeable future.

    The Board has been working on clarifying the value proposition and business model of the Consulting Alliance for many months. On September 15, the Board will present the results of its work and seek your assistance in improving it.

    The Board will also ask for leaders that are willing and able to serve as Officers and members of the Board in 2018. No matter how valuable the proposition and compelling the business model, without leaders, the Consulting Alliance will cease to exist.

    Please register online to participate in this vital meeting. There will be no charge to attend and lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm.

    Thank you in advance for your willingness to influence the direction of the Consulting Alliance for years to come.



    Members Only Registration: Free
    Sign up online


    Update from Washington, DC
    from Congressman Paul Tonko

    Speaker: Congressman Paul Tonko


    September 22, 2017 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club


    Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He represents all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

    He is serving his fifth term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009.

    Stay tuned for further details.


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  • 08 Aug 2017 3:26 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
      


    August 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
    SAVE THE DATE:


     Special Member Meeting
             
    September 15th         


                              



    Member News



    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. facilitated
    a business anniversary strategic planning meeting for Board members
    of New York Mutual Insurance Reciprocal in advance of the organization’s 25th business anniversary in 2018.




    Tim Maniccia, Policy
    Innovation, Inc. 
    has been retained by an Oswego-based health care organization (the St. Luke Family of Caring) for strategic advice in
    navigating the complicated governing environment associated with its proposed closure of Michaud Residential Health Services.





    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!

    Hopefully all of you have found ways to enjoy the summer season. Outdoors, indoors, culture, recreation, family and friends. All contribute to recharging the batteries and giving us a slightly different perspective than the one we default to.

    As I have mentioned previously, the Board has also been involved in similar perspective stretching. We believe those that have marked their calendar for September 15 will find this All CA Member meeting worth their time and creative energy. We will get some preparatory reading material as well as a draft of what we intend to present to you toward the end of August. If you have not done so already, please register today to ensure we have as much divergent thinking in the room as possible!

    https://www.consultingalliance.org/event-2581533

    Until next time, best wishes!

                                                                       

    Tim Maniccia,
    President
     


    2017 All CA Members Meeting

    September 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club


    We live in a noisy, hyperbolic world. Sometimes the way to be heard is not to seek to be louder but to be quieter, more understated.

    So it is with all the understatement we can muster that the Board of Directors of the Consulting Alliance requests your active participation in this meeting to set a course for the organization for the foreseeable future.

    The Board has been working on clarifying the value proposition and business model of the Consulting Alliance for many months. On September 15, the Board will present the results of its work and seek your assistance in improving it.

    The Board will also ask for leaders that are willing and able to serve as Officers and members of the Board in 2018. No matter how valuable the proposition and compelling the business model, without leaders, the Consulting Alliance will cease to exist.

    Please register online to participate in this vital meeting. There will be no charge to attend and lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm.

    Thank you in advance for your willingness to influence the direction of the Consulting Alliance for years to come.



    Members Only Registration: Free
    Sign up online


    Update from Washington, DC
    from Congressman Paul Tonko

    Speaker: Congressman Paul Tonko


    September 22, 2017 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club


    Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He represents all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

    He is serving his fifth term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009.

    Stay tuned for further details.


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    Guest registration: $30

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  • 08 Jul 2017 11:43 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
      


    July 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
    SAVE THE DATE:


     Special Member Meeting
             
    September 15th         

    Member Spotlight
        


    Anthony Sarkis joined the CA in February.  He is the Owner of
    Visionary Solutions Consulting, LLC based in North Adams, MA.  His practice specializes in leadership solutions for organizations to improve
    environmental & economic
    performance.  If you want to learn
    more about Anthony's practice yo
    u can contact him at sarkia1@peoplepc.com



    Member News



    The first of 12 feature articles written by Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc., has been published as a “Participant Spotlight” by The Beveridge Consulting Group of Chicago to promote UnleashWD 2017, the only innovation summit for distributors. The business story profiles Nick Porter, COO of Porter Pipe & Supply: http://unleashwd.com/profiles/nick-porter/



    Tim Maniccia, Policy Innovation, Inc. 
    talked about resistance to change in a Government Technology article. He was also interviewed by Debtwire-Municipals about the challenges facing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    Tim is also part of a team that is assisting Rensselaer County in meeting its obligations under the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative created in the New York State budget for the 2017-18 State Fiscal Year.




    Candy Santos Ratual, Candy 
    recently attended the Northeast Regional Corrections Education Conference (CEA) in Cape May, New Jersey. She has been appointed to the position of Curriculum Content Coordinator for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS), specializing in English as a Second Language curriculum


    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!

    I am not going to use a lot of ink or demand much of you as the summer is upon us. What I would like to remind CA members is to mark the calendar for September 15. We will have a specific email for you next month describing how the Board has spent its summer vacation and answering some basic questions about why this meeting in September is so important. I hope what you read in August is compelling enough for you to join us on September 15 at 11am at Wolferts Roost.

    Until then, enjoy the summer with family & friends!

                                                                       

    Tim Maniccia,
    President
     


    2017 All CA Members Meeting

    September 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club


    We live in a noisy, hyperbolic world. Sometimes the way to be heard is not to seek to be louder but to be quieter, more understated.

    So it is with all the understatement we can muster that the Board of Directors of the Consulting Alliance requests your active participation in this meeting to set a course for the organization for the foreseeable future.

    The Board has been working on clarifying the value proposition and business model of the Consulting Alliance for many months. On September 15, the Board will present the results of its work and seek your assistance in improving it.

    The Board will also ask for leaders that are willing and able to serve as Officers and members of the Board in 2018. No matter how valuable the proposition and compelling the business model, without leaders, the Consulting Alliance will cease to exist.

    Please register online to participate in this vital meeting. There will be no charge to attend and lunch will be provided.

    Thank you in advance for your willingness to influence the direction of the Consulting Alliance for years to come.



    Members Only Registration: Free
    Sign up online








     

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  • 02 Jun 2017 1:42 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
      


    June 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     
    SAVE THE DATES:

     

    Open to the
    Public Luncheon
    June 9th

     


     Special Member Meeting
              September 15th
              

          Upcoming
           Speakers

    Heather Briccetti - 6/9
    Paul Tonko - 9/22
    Erika Choi - 10/13
    Israel Singer - 11/10
     

    Bill Phillips
    Vice President, Program Committee

        


    Member News



    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications
     publicized the
    95th business anniversary of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Blake REALTORS® (BHHS) through a
    media campaign that showcased long-tenured associates and the community service efforts that make them “a part
    of something bigger.” The latest of Pauline’s story placements was the above-the-fold feature in the Saratoga Business Journal’s May edition about
    Jo-Ann White’s work with Code Blue
    in Saratoga Springs and Pamela Marinello’s work with Blue
    Star Mothers in the Capital District.
    (See page 13 at this link). 




    Kat Koppett, Koppett has been accepted into the INBOUND 2017 convention to be held this September in Boston. INBOUND hosts cutting edge and innovative keynotes, talks, and breakout sessions for marketing and sales professionals from industries worldwide. Koppett will debut her presentation Shut-Up, Already!: When Receiving is Better than Giving, to help attendees grow their listening and empathy "muscles," and in turn, the quality and size of our their deals, client relationships, and businesses. Those interested in the event are encouraged to visit inbound.com or email hey@koppett.com.

    Kat Koppett, Koppett and associates, in collaboration with the Association for Talent Development (ATD) have released the newest issue of TD at Work titled Listen Up! In this training booklet, learn how improvisers rely on their listening skills and how their techniques can help anyone be a better listener in the workplace. Listen Up! is now available in paperback and PDF through the ATD website, www.td.org/Publications/TD-at-Work/2017/Listen-Up.



    Tim Maniccia, Policy Innovation, Inc. 
    was interviewed by Debtwire-Municipals about the financial and governing situation in the City of Albany, the potential consolidation of Syracuse and Onondaga County and the impact of the suspension of tribal gaming payments to local governments in Western New York by the Seneca Nation.

    Tim also participated in the inaugural webinar of the Leading Change in the Public Sector community of practice, organized by Prosci.



    Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D.,Clare Monteau LLC will be teaching Managing Change with Skill and Finesse at SUNY Stony Brook in June-it was requested again after a well received January delivery. The class focuses on the internal impact of change, and how best to flourish and allow team members to flourish in times of constant change. She will also be leading a full day workshop on Emotional Intelligence in Albany as part of the Professional Development Program offerings at SUNY. A small number of spaces are also available for 1:1 coaching for women looking to create better outcomes at work and have bigger impact in their professional and personal lives.






    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!

    Last month I shared thoughts on the work the Board has been doing to make sure the purpose of the CA remains consistent with the needs of its members. That work has continued and will remain the focus of the Board throughout the summer. We hope it culminates with a thoughtful, professional, ‘truth over harmony’ Members meeting on September 15. Please mark your calendar now so you can participate.

    While the discussion so far has focused on creating more and better opportunities for members to further develop their skills, the Board recognizes that it does not do a lot of good to have world-class skills if members do not get a chance to put them to use on behalf of paying clients.

    One way of generating more opportunities for ourselves involves listening for situations that not only make sense for us but also might make sense for other CA members. In order to do that, each of us has to know and be able to clearly and concisely articulate what an ideal prospect is for our practice. We also have to know who an ideal prospect is for our fellow members.

    The CA tries to accomplish this in a number of ways. The Directory page on the CA web site allows us to provide a Profile of the work we do. When was the last time you updated your Profile? In addition, at each lunch members get an opportunity to deliver their 30 second commercial before we turn the microphone over to the guest speaker. I admit that I cannot recite the 30 second commercial for all of the CA members, but I have a pretty good sense of the type of work they do. This enables me to pass along opportunities that I see or hear about that are not for me but might be a good prospect for them. I get the same benefit when members hear about situations and pass them along to me.

    The CA does not have good data on how often this happens. So, all I can tell you is that over the course of my four years of CA membership, I have partnered with CA members on projects or pursued opportunities with CA members at least a dozen times. I know there are others who are even more successful in striking partnerships with fellow CA members.

    If you are looking to strengthen your pipeline of potential projects, making sure each of us knows what is ideal for you is like adding dozens of people to your sales force. For this to work well, it will also help if you know what is ideal for the other CA members. The best way I have found to succeed at this is to show up at member breakfasts and public lunches and listen carefully when members introduce themselves.

    I think we all agree that being a skilled consultant is better than being an unskilled one, and being a compensated skilled consultant is better still. Let’s commit to getting better at knowing what is ideal for each other starting at lunch on June 9. Not only will it help us individually, it will also strengthen the community that is the CA.

    As always, I welcome any thoughts you have on this or other aspects of CA membership.

                                                                       

    Tim Maniccia,
    President
     



    Business Climate in
    New York State

    Speaker:
     Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., The Business Council of
    New York State, Inc.


    June 9, 2017 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., gives her assessment of our state’s business climate. What’s working and what needs to be improved? How are policy changes in Albany and Washington impacting your bottom line? And what can we do to promote changes that will encourage growth and expand economic freedom?

    Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. is the President & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., the primary, statewide association advocating for New York’s business community. Ms. Briccetti is a dynamic leader, trusted advisor and champion for economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York. As a visionary for New York’s economy, she has created a leading voice for business on economic growth, corporate governance, tax policy, labor, manufacturing, campaign finance reform, value creation, and education, among other issues. Ms. Briccetti joined The Business Council in 2007, as vice president of government affairs, overseeing the organization’s legislative and pro-growth agendas. Ms. Briccetti is a nationally recognized leader and a regular speaker at regional and national conferences and holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.

    Ms. Briccetti’s notable career achievements include serving as assistant counsel to the New York State Senate majority, as a legislative aide and counsel to the New York State Assembly majority committee on Racing and Wagering, and special counsel in the New York State Attorney General’s office. She also founded a private law practice, Sweeney & Wollowitz, and served as the chief public defender for Rensselaer County, earlier in her career.


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    Guest registration: $30
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  • 11 May 2017 12:57 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
      


    May 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     


    SAVE THE DATES:

     

    Open to the
    Public Luncheon
    June 9th

     


     Special Member Meeting
              September 15th  
                         



     


     
    Member     Spotlight 
                         
                

    The College Advisor of New York, Inc. is a comprehensive college counseling consultancy with more than 125 years of combined experience in admissions and financial strategy. We help parents and students find a college that's the best fit for them, socially, academically, and financially. We have visited and critiqued more than 550 colleges across the country and can offer first-hand insight into a broad range of schools. We are also experts in helping clients leverage scholarships and financial aid so the vast majority of our families pay much less than the sticker price.

    Our staff of 15 is led by Dr. Dean Skarlis who has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Dean holds a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a certificate from the Harvard University Institute on College Admissions. He is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

    Dr. Skarlis is a recognized expert in admissions and financial aid. He has been a featured speaker for hundreds of financial planners and Certified Public Accountants on the intricacies of college financial aid and scholarships. He has been quoted in several national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The and the New York Times.

    For more info, please visit www.CollegeAdvisorNy.com


    Upcoming Speakers:
    Heather Briccetti - 6/9
    Paul Tonko - 9/22
    Erika Choi - 10/13
    Israel Singer - 11/10
     

    Bill Phillips
    Vice President, Program Committee

        


    Member News



    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications
      has been retained as a branded-content writer
    by The Beveridge Consulting Group,
    a Chicago-area sales, marketing, leadership and innovation
    development firm that helps
    distributors and manufacturers become more competitive and provide deeper value to customers. She will create 12 feature stories that will be used to promote the firm’s UnleashWD 2017, the only innovation summit for distributors. This two-day conference curates world-class speakers from outside distribution and provides the perspective shift necessary to help distributors create sustainable,
    relevant and profitable futures.




    Former CA member Jordan Munn invited Tim Maniccia of Policy Innovation, Inc. to discuss Understanding and Overcoming Resistance to Change at the April 20 meeting of the ASQ-Hudson Mohawk Chapter.




    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!

    It gave me pleasure to learn that my April message generated some discussion. Thanks to those of you who shared your views with me. The feedback is very important as the other Board members and I work to make your membership even more valuable.

    Before sharing a few words on how the Board is working to increase the value of CA membership, I want to ask you to put a date on your calendar: September 15. We are scheduling a special meeting for all CA members on this day. Read on for additional information about what we hope to accomplish and what we are doing to make it a meaningful and beneficial use of your time.

    The Board met last Friday (May 5) for the sole purpose of better understanding the opportunities and challenges the CA faces and coming up with ways of realizing them. While we do not yet have a single, clear path, there was definite interest in further exploring what it would mean for the CA to devote even more of its energy to helping members become more effective consultants. To the Board, this meant a more intense and singular focus on the skills needed by our members to provide the highest quality advice and training to clients. Such a focus would, almost by definition, come at the expense of some of the other elements of membership, namely, networking and socialization.

    For some of you, this may not sound revolutionary. After all, we spend a fair amount of time on skill development at the Member-only events already. To refine this, it will be necessary to drill down and better understand the skills CA members feel they need to develop or sharpen. It will also mean that we need to focus our energy on the aspect of those skills where you cannot find help elsewhere.

    As all of you know, there is a dizzying array of opportunities to participate in free webinars, chats and other exchanges of information about topics related to consulting or your particular area of expertise. But information (or know-what) is not the same as knowledge (or know-how). Unlike information, most knowledge is tacit, meaning it cannot be written down. It can only be learned through experience, often at the elbow of someone willing to teach.

    The CA is blessed to have many members who are both knowledgeable about various aspects of the craft of consulting and willing to demonstrate or model it for those that are willing to learn. This, it seems to the Board, is the core value of CA membership.

    I am not suggesting that webinars and other means of information sharing are not valuable. They certainly are. Nor do I suggest that networking (or know-who) is not important to a successful consulting practice. Clearly it is.

                                                                       

    Tim Maniccia,
    President
     



    Business Climate in
    New York State

    Speaker:
     Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., The Business Council of
    New York State, Inc.


    June 9, 2017 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., gives her assessment of our state’s business climate. What’s working and what needs to be improved? How are policy changes in Albany and Washington impacting your bottom line? And what can we do to promote changes that will encourage growth and expand economic freedom?

    Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. is the President & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., the primary, statewide association advocating for New York’s business community. Ms. Briccetti is a dynamic leader, trusted advisor and champion for economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York. As a visionary for New York’s economy, she has created a leading voice for business on economic growth, corporate governance, tax policy, labor, manufacturing, campaign finance reform, value creation, and education, among other issues. Ms. Briccetti joined The Business Council in 2007, as vice president of government affairs, overseeing the organization’s legislative and pro-growth agendas. Ms. Briccetti is a nationally recognized leader and a regular speaker at regional and national conferences and holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.

    Ms. Briccetti’s notable career achievements include serving as assistant counsel to the New York State Senate majority, as a legislative aide and counsel to the New York State Assembly majority committee on Racing and Wagering, and special counsel in the New York State Attorney General’s office. She also founded a private law practice, Sweeney & Wollowitz, and served as the chief public defender for Rensselaer County, earlier in her career.


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  • 06 Apr 2017 1:52 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
      


    April 2017

     



    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     


    SAVE THE DATES:


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


    Members Only
    Breakfast
    April 28th



     


        

          Program
       Committee
            News

    Change the channel - Addressing client procrastination by Dorothee Racette

    "In consulting relationships, a client’s failure to follow through on agreed-upon actions can cause irritating delays that are especially problematic for small business owners. Procrastination can be a sign that something is not going according to plan, but our standard response is not always a constructive solution. Ultimately, the efforts to help a client overcome hesitation represent an opportunity to move beyond a run-of-the-mill business transaction. At a recent members-only breakfast, I shared three ways of approaching delayed client responses from a different perspective. Anticipating potential delays in negotiations and exploring alternative communication modes can be effective tools to break through the procrastination loop. Moreover, the time spent in following up and engaging with a client makes you stand out as a provider and creates a service that is both memorable and personal – the image every consultant strives for."

    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 blog and podcast can be found at TakeBackMyDay.com.


    Upcoming Speakers:
    Hal Williams - 4/28
    Heather Briccetti - 6/9
    Paul Tonko - 9/22
    Erika Choi - 10/13
    Israel Singer - 11/10
     

    Bill Phillips
    Vice President, Program Committee

        


    Member News



    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications
      publicized the 95th business anniversary of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,
    Blake REALTORS® (BHHS) through a media
    campaign that showcased long-tenured associates
    and the community service efforts that make them
    “a part of something bigger.” Among Pauline’s story placements are profiles of Sandra Nardoci in the
    Altamont Enterprise and Jo-Ann White in The Saratogian



    Steven Egna, Valuation Resource Group, LLC 
    was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) Albany Chapter (https://wifs-albanyny.org/). As the preeminent professional organization for women in the insurance and financial services industry, WIFS is dedicated to attracting capable women to the insurance and financial services sector, developing their talents and advancing them toward their fullest potential.

    On March 8, 2017, Steve Egna led an interactive discussion and presentation on Buy-Sell Agreements during the monthly lunch meeting of the WIFS Albany Chapter.

    Steve Egna has been invited to speak at the Consultant’s Training Institute annual meeting in Chicago on June 8, 2017. The name of his talk is – “Buy-Sell Agreements: The Business Will (or Won’t).”


    Jerry Shaye, Shaye Global LLC recently traveled to Mumbai, India accompanying a client to the annual conference of the Insurance Brokers Association of India. The economic potential of India was apparent and the country's growth and optimism makes it a worthwhile target for companies seeking international opportunities.


    Kat Koppett, Koppett, and founding partner Michael Burns are partnering with ATD (Association for Talent Development) to present a webinar on using improv skills to improve listening skills, titled LISTEN UP! The webinar is in coordination with the soon to be published booklet of the same name. This session will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm and will address questions such as: What does it really mean to listen well? How can we grow our listening “muscles"? How can we notice more, understand more deeply, and engage with more curiosity? Those interested are encouraged to register here: http://webcasts.td.org/webinar/2223 or email hey@koppett.com for questions.


    Anthony M. Sarkis, Jr., Visionary Solutions Consulting, LLC was recently a plenary speaker at the March 18th International Energy & Environment Summit in Dubai, UAE with the theme “The Future of Energy & Emerging Technologies." The title of his online power point presentation to the audience was, "A comparative study of theoretical behaviour change models predicting empirical evidence for residential energy conservation behaviours", Elsevier Science: Journal of Cleaner Production 141 (2017) 525-537.


    Tim Maniccia of Policy Innovation, Inc. was quoted extensively by Debtwire- Municipals, an online news service for municipal bond market participants, in stories about the New York State budget and the City of Albany's financial condition.


    Professional Development Summit

    Hudson-Mohawk ATD has announced their 2017 Talent Development Summit being held Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. They have 2 keynote sessions planned: Mary-Clare Race, Global Head of Solutions at Mind Gym will explore the Psychological Tricks That Make Learning Stick and in the afternoon Meg Benke, Professor, School of Graduate Studies & Julie Gedro, Associate Dean & Professor of Business - both at Empire State College - will discuss Online Talent Development. Among sessions planned are on Change Management, Performance Improvement, Mentoring and Leadership. Sessions and registration can be found on their summit page if you are interested in attending this professional development event.





    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 forgive me for starting this month where I left off last month. Research tells us that as many as 70% of us are visual learners. So, the graph below illustrates where the CA is in meeting its ’17 in 2017’ membership target. In round numbers, we are 25% of the way through 2017 but only 12% of the way to achieving our goal.


    Why does this matter? It matters not only because we set a goal and we should move heaven and earth to achieve it. It matters because, in my humble opinion, the CA needs an infusion of positive energy.

    That energy can come from the existing members. I see that energy every time we get together. This includes the breakfast we held on March 31 where Dorothee Racette gave us very useful tips on how to anticipate and overcome client procrastination. I have no doubt that none of the ten who participated will disagree with the review Pauline Bartel shared in the Member Forum.

    That means that roughly 1/3 of the members participated. This is a share of total members that would delight most other membership organizations. If we can grow our membership and keep this 1/3 engagement ratio, ten would become fifteen. Maybe even twenty. That means fifty percent more experiences sharing fifty percent more pearls of wisdom. Imagine how much more vibrant our community would be!

    Our membership target is not owned solely by those that are serving on the Membership and Marketing Committee. Each and every one of us owns it. If there are no independent consultants in your world, then I hope you will keep your eyes and ears open for the CA when you are networking. If you do know independent consultants, ask them if they have ever considered joining. Ask them how they grow professionally. Ask them if they desire to help others grow.

    We are all in the same boat. It is a relatively small boat. There are enough oars for everyone. Will you grasp them and put your back into helping us find an additional fifteen members over the next nine months?

    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
     


    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
    Sign up online




    Result-based Consulting

    Speaker:
    Hal Williams, Outcome Guide


    April 28, 2017 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Hal Williams, an Outcome Guide, will define and illustrate eight keys to getting paid for results and differentiating your services and compensation on that basis. Included are tools for using a consulting warranty to prompt result clarity and for moving from deliverables to client use of deliverables in consulting assignments.

    Hal’s first experience with result based consulting was for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation which was paying for many consultants to help nonprofits and then wondering why so many of the nonprofits still achieved the same results. He is currently working with the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, Manatee County, Florida, and Seattle (WA) Parks and Recreation on structuring result based contracts for nonprofit consulting.



     

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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
    Sign up online

     

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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
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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.


      


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    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

                                                

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