Meetings & Events

Monthly luncheon meetings are open to the public and include guest speakers of interest to the general business community. These meetings offer opportunities for networking and meeting other consultants. They are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at Wolferts Roost Country Club, and the cost is $25 for guests and $20 for members. Please register online (below) at least 48 hours before the event; late registrations add $5.

Members-only meetings are also held monthly, with the schedule announced below. These meetings feature a “Member Spotlight”, which provides a member with an opportunity to familiarize attendees with his or her business or a special project of particular interest. The remainder of the agenda features presentations and discussions focused on business development or skill-building. Occasionally we also discuss Alliance business and ways to improve our organization. Fees for these meetings are the same as for the luncheons.

Cancellations:  Reservations are considered firm unless cancelled 48 hours prior to the program. The Alliance has the right to charge the full amount to registrants who do not cancel.

Upcoming events

    • 08 Aug 2014
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • New World Bistro Bar

    "Members Only (Plus One) Summer Social"

     

    Date: Friday-August 8th
    Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Place: New World Bistro Bar, Albany
    Click Here to Make a Reservation

    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.

    Join us for our Summer Social on The Patio @ New World Bistro Bar, voted Best Restaurant in the Times Union 2014 'Best of the Capital Region.' (Interior dining space will also be available.)

    Chef Ric Orlando is creating a lunch buffet of fresh, seasonal fare, including cold salads, "small bites" appetizers featuring local produce, and more. (Cash bar)

    Hope to see you all there!


    Members pay $25; Late Registrants pay $30.  Casual dress code and reservations are required.  Online payment is required.

    • 10 Oct 2014
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind"  
     

    Speaker: Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.

     

    During Gone With the Wind’s production, endless months of trouble and turmoil nearly doomed the film to failure. Following its 1939 premiere, the movie broke box-office records, swept the Academy Awards and today celebrates its 75th anniversary. Discover the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of the making of a film that went from bust to blockbuster. You’ll gain inspiration for overcoming enormous business challenges and learn lessons for achieving great success in your own enterprise.

    Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), newly updated for the film’s 75th anniversary. She is also president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc. (www.paulinebartel.com), an award-winning corporate communications firm, specializing in marketing, public relations and business anniversary consulting services. She will sign copies of her book both before and after the program.


         

    Members pay $20; Late Member Registrants pay $25

    Non-Members pay $25
    Late Non-Member Registrants pay $30

    Online payment is required.

      
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Past events

25 Jul 2014 Seeing Your Business from Your Customer’s Perspective
18 Jul 2014 The Art of Saying Yes and Knowing When to Say No
13 Jun 2014 The View from the Business Review
04 Jun 2014 Consulting Alliance Mix and Mingle
23 May 2014 Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind
09 May 2014 Difficult Customers – and How I’ve Handled Them
25 Apr 2014 Are You a Reluctant Salesperson?
17 Apr 2014 Consulting Alliance Mix and Mingle
11 Apr 2014 Writing for the Web
27 Mar 2014 Do You Need Professional Help? Outsourcing 7 Top Tasks
14 Mar 2014 Like. Share. Succeed: The ROI of Social Media and Community Good
28 Feb 2014 DIY or Outsource?
21 Feb 2014 Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach
24 Jan 2014 2014-Developing Y/Our Future
10 Jan 2014 The Power of Body Language
10 Dec 2013 Holiday Gathering
21 Nov 2013 Effective B2B Communication-A Conversation
08 Nov 2013 Brain Business: Use Your Brain for a Change
29 Oct 2013 CA ANNUAL R2R EVENT: Featuring an Interactive Symposium- Innovation Matters, A Creative Exploration
23 Oct 2013 Webinar / Conference Call - The Benefits of Basecamp for Project Management
11 Oct 2013 From Hard Rock to Exceptional Hospitality
02 Oct 2013 Consulting Alliance Coffee Hour - Open to Members and Those Interested in Membership
24 Sep 2013 Professional and Business Development Breakfast
13 Sep 2013 How I Started My Career as a Serial Entrepreneur
04 Sep 2013 President's Coffee and Roadmap to Results Information Session
09 Aug 2013 Members Only Summer Casual Networking Event
26 Jul 2013 What is your video message?
12 Jul 2013 How to Stop Killing Good Ideas
28 Jun 2013 Thought Leadership - 140 Characters at a Time
14 Jun 2013 Marketing Made Simple: Let Your Message Be Heard
30 May 2013 Professional and Business Development Luncheon & Insight from R2R Winners
10 May 2013 Scenic Views of Volunteerism: Enhance Your Business Through Compassion
26 Apr 2013 Professional and Business Development Breakfast
12 Apr 2013 Four Speakers and Their Must-Have Business Tools
22 Mar 2013 Partnering with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering
08 Mar 2013 Influence Without Arm Twisting
22 Feb 2013 Business Development Opportunities with The Consulting Alliance
15 Feb 2013 Overcoming Obstacles While Growing a Family Business
25 Jan 2013 Members Only - What's in store for 2013?
11 Jan 2013 Promoting You and Your Business!
14 Dec 2012 Holiday Gathering
28 Nov 2012 "Roadmap to Results Roundtable" Event
26 Oct 2012 Bringing it all together: Pooling resources to serve today's Tech Valley
12 Oct 2012 Albany Women Business Leaders Share Their Success Stories
28 Sep 2012 Staying on Message: How to Create Powerful Content
14 Sep 2012 Grow Your Business: Four Exciting Speakers Tell You How
10 Aug 2012 Members Only Summer Casual Networking Event
27 Jul 2012 LinkedIn for the Intermediate or Hardcore
13 Jul 2012 Lessons Learned from a Sales Leader
22 Jun 2012 Sharing How We Go About Generating Business
08 Jun 2012 Achieving Online Success Where The Competition Has Failed
17 May 2012 Tech Talk
11 May 2012 "Turning Life Into a Business"
27 Apr 2012 Networking vs. Relationship Building
13 Apr 2012 "Creating the Capacity for Innovation"
22 Mar 2012 Launching the CA Business Development Initiative
09 Mar 2012 "Our People Make Our Company Great"
24 Feb 2012 Business Ethics
10 Feb 2012 "Success Has a Method"
27 Jan 2012 From Consultant to Acquired and Back: Lessons Learned
13 Jan 2012 "Using the Skills You Have to Build the Business You Want"
18 Nov 2011 Designing the Consulting Alliance’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
11 Nov 2011 "The Leadership Performance: Developing Authentic Strength, Influence and Trust"
28 Oct 2011 Strategic Positioning at the Alliance
14 Oct 2011 "Creativity: The Key to Your Business Success”
23 Sep 2011 New Vision for the Future of the Consulting Alliance
09 Sep 2011 "Ethical Journalism in Challenging Times”
12 Aug 2011 Members Only August Social
22 Jul 2011 Consulting Alliance Comparative Benchmarking Report
08 Jul 2011 "Speed Networking for New Connections”
24 Jun 2011 Is This Still Where We Want to Be Going?
10 Jun 2011 "Hyper-Local Social Media: The Next Frontier”
27 May 2011 Making the Most of Your Web Presence
13 May 2011 "The Truth About Networking”
29 Apr 2011 Simplify SEO & Google Analytics to Get Found, Get Leads, and Get Sales
08 Apr 2011 “Getting Your Website to Complement Your Social Media Efforts”
25 Mar 2011 What Happens when Consulting Alliance Members Collaborate
11 Mar 2011 “More Than Mountains and Lakes: Business Dynamics in the North Country”
11 Feb 2011 "When Generations Collaborate for the Greater Good"
03 Feb 2011 "Why do they do that?"
28 Jan 2011 Creating Your Personal Brand
14 Jan 2011 "Winning Clients: One Businessman's Success Strategies"
19 Nov 2010 Annual Membership and Planning Meeting
12 Nov 2010 "Nursing in the 21st Century"
22 Oct 2010 Round Table Discussion
08 Oct 2010 "Producing the Berkshire Forum"
24 Sep 2010 Tech Talk
10 Sep 2010 "Lessons Learned from Teaching 10,000 Leaders Worldwide"
17 Aug 2010 What’s on Your Phone? Is Your Cell a Friend or Foe?
13 Aug 2010 Members Only August Social
28 Jul 2010 Launching Your Consulting Career: Choosing a Business Type
23 Jul 2010 Members Only Networking Event
09 Jul 2010 "Marketing a Company of One: Building an Authentic Personal Brand"
25 Jun 2010 Strategic Media Relations For Consultants
15 Jun 2010 So You Want to Write a Book
11 Jun 2010 "Frederic Church's Olana -- A Public-Private Partnership"
01 Jun 2010 Facilitation Techniques
28 May 2010 Semi-Annual Consulting Alliance Planning Breakfast
14 May 2010 "The Value of a Good Reputation"
09 Apr 2010 "Tales from the New York State Capitol"
26 Mar 2010 Best Practices for Proposal Development
16 Mar 2010 Boost Your Business through E-Mail Marketing
12 Mar 2010 "The Art and Craft of Business Storytelling: How to Tell the Right Story, at the Right Time, for the Right Impact"
11 Mar 2010 Setting the Stage for Speaking Success
12 Feb 2010 "What's in the World of the Entrepreneur?"
26 Jan 2010 Launching Your Consulting Career - Evening Session
26 Jan 2010 Launching Your Consulting Career - Morning Session
22 Jan 2010 Is it a Suspect, Interesting Encounter, or a Prospect?
08 Jan 2010 Revitalizing Our Cities : The What, The Why, And How It's Going
20 Nov 2009 Member Planning Session Breakfast
13 Nov 2009 Challenges in the Current Labor Market
23 Oct 2009 Appel, Edelstein & Morrison "Instinct vs. Information"
09 Oct 2009 Vennard & Gulotty "Meetings Mean Business"
25 Sep 2009 Patterson "Case Studies for Applying Web 2.0 Technology with Clients"
11 Sep 2009 Cortini "Web 2.0 Technology for the New Workplace"
14 Aug 2009 Bird "Clowning Around with the Consulting Alliance"
24 Jul 2009 Coombs "Leading a Successful First Sales Call"
10 Jul 2009 Jamison "Creating Cultures of Inclusion"
26 Jun 2009 Opper & Ryan "Fine Tuning your Elevator Speech"
12 Jun 2009 Ward & Jeffes "Social Networking and Beyond"
22 May 2009 "Strategic Planning Meeting"
08 May 2009 Tim Kraft "Protecting You and Your Business on the Internet"
24 Apr 2009 Nancy Schultz "Strategies for Handling These Tough Economic Times"
03 Apr 2009 Ken Adams "Business Impact of Latest Developments in Albany and Washington"
13 Mar 2009 Rocco Ferraro "How Accessing & Understanding Regional Planning Data can Provide Opportunities for Consultants"
13 Feb 2009 Lucy Prashker & Vanessa Halley: "Fair Game or Foul Play? Testing the Limits of Fair Use in a Remix Culture"
09 Jan 2009 Mark Eagan, CCE "The Chamber & Tech Valley"
14 Nov 2008 Jay Gallagher "Election Observations . . . Likely Impact on the Capital District"
10 Oct 2008 Stephen Andersen "Working in Africa: a Peace Corps Volunteer on Leave-of-Absence from Corporate America"
12 Sep 2008 Peter Coombs "Turbo Networking"
13 Jun 2008 Sandy Mathes "Economic Development Initiatives in Greene County"
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