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

    • 10 Mar 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online / GoToWebinar.com

    Webinar: "Being Confident in a Sales Situation"

    Peter Coombs, FRONTLINE Training & Consulting

    Date: Tuesday, March 10th
    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Cost:  Free (Members Only)


    Click Here to Register

    CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WEBINAR ON March 10th


    You can also dial in using your phone.

    United States (Long distance): +1 (646) 749-3112 
    Access Code: 802-930-957
    More phone numbers: https://global.gotomeeting.com/802930957/numbersdisplay.html

    Sometimes when we are in a sales situation, we start doubting how we’re coming across to the prospect. Instead of remaining calm and confident, and believing in ourselves, we can get in our own way, creating obstacles to our success.

    YIKES! We can undermine ourselves to the point that we lose the sale!

    Peter will present:

    •    Key words and phrases that demonstrate your self-confidence
    •    3 ways to believe in you and the value you offer your prospects
    •    How to welcome tough questions and objections, even about what you charge
    •    How to be persistent without being annoying


    System Requirements for GoTo Webinar

    To attend the webinar using a PC:
    • Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
    • Windows® 7 or newer, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000
    • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
    • Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB or RAM (recommended) and 2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista
    • For the audio portion, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).

    To attend the webinar using a Macintosh®:
    • Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
    • Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger® or newer)
    • PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
    • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
    • For the audio connection, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).
    • 13 Mar 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    “Discover the Big Reward in Writing a Little Book for Your Business”
     


    Speaker: Karin Rozell, Author, Speaker and Business Coach for Wellness Pros


    Many consultants have a secret wish to write a book, become a sought-after author and help more people through the printed word. The good news is that if you’re willing to focus and learn a few tools, writing a book is much easier than you think.

        In this down-to-earth presentation, Karin Rozell reveals what you need to know about writing and self-publishing a book for your business, including:
    •    Why writing a small book works best in today’s market (and ensures you’ll get it done while juggling family, work and more)
    •    How a small book can help you make more money even without best-seller status (and it’s not about book sales, although those are nice, too!)
    •    Why being a consultant gives you an advantage as a new author (and how you can harness that advantage)

    Karin Rozell is the co-creator (along with husband Drew Rozell) of the pioneering Write and Publish Your Book in 90 Days System for coaches, consultants and other cool folks determined to make a difference. She’s a successful business coach with over 14 years of experience helping women launch their careers in the life transformation field. Learn more at www.Bookin90Days.com and KarinRozell.com

     
     

    Ray Patterson will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.   

    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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    • 27 Mar 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "Planning for What’s Down the Road"

    (Members Only)

                                    

    Facilitator: Mike Tommaney, Esq., Law Office of Michael J. Tommaney

    So many of us work hard to make a living and put money aside, but don’t want to think about what happens when you’re no longer around or able to work. At this session, Mike Tommaney will talk about things you need to consider, documents you need, what you don’t need and what happens when you don’t have them. This is especially important for sole proprietors and entrepreneurs. We often put ourselves last, and do a disservice to our family.

    With over forty years of legal experience, Mike Tommaney, Esq. concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and gift tax, estate planning, estate probate and administration, general corporate and transactional business law, and commercial and residential real estate law. Mike attended Albany Law School and practiced law for over forty years. Mike is a member of the Albany County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York.  Mike has taught estate planning at the Knowledge Network and South Colonie Adult Education Program.

    NEW BREAKFAST ITEM:  Along with fruit, waffles and omelettes, we’re now serving up Peer Coaching! The member spotlight has moved to lunch and in its place we’re including a 10 minute slot for someone to bring a business issue and get feedback from your colleagues. Limit one per breakfast – first come, first served.  Contact Alan Krieger at alan@kriegersolutions.com if you’d like to get in this month.


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         System Requirements for GoTo Webinar   

    To attend the meeting using a PC:

        Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Windows® 7 or newer, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB or RAM (recommended) and 2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista
        For the audio portion, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).

    To attend the meeting using a Macintosh®:

        Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger® or newer)
        PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        For the audio connection, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).
     


    You can also log on using your tablet or smartphone.


    Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20

    Online payment is required. Remote participation is free to Members only.

     

     

     

    • 10 Apr 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    “Dinner and a Movie: A Business Perspective”
     


    Speaker: Annette Nanes, Co-Owner of Spectrum 8 Theatres


    In 1983, Annette Nanes and three partners purchased the vacant 1940s era Delaware Theater and developed it into the successful Spectrum 8 Theatres. Twenty-six years later, Annette and her husband transformed a former plumbing store into the New World Bistro Bar, a restaurant a few doors down from the Spectrum, serving creative International and New-American cuisine. 
     

    She will share how she and her partners created a successful destination venue, sometimes relying on research but many times using instinct alone. She will also discuss how she created a unique brand: a movie theater that promises and delivers a mix of interesting, engaging Hollywood movies combined with independent films from around the world.  

    You’ll gain insights about the:
    •    Benefits of sticking to a specific mission
    •    Power and value of trusting your instincts, no matter what the “experts” tell you
    •    Challenges of competing with the big guys 

    Annette Nanes serves on the board of the Delaware Avenue Merchants Group, helping to revitalize and enhance Albany’s Delaware Avenue neighborhood. She is also on the Board of the Albany Barn, an arts incubator in Albany's Arbor Hill. She has been a long-time supporter of the local arts scene and has curated the art displayed in both of her businesses. In 2010, she and her husband received the “Excellence in Small Business Award” from the New York Business Development Corp and NBT Bank. She attended SUNY Albany and graduated from Empire State College.

     

    TBD will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.   

    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

13 Feb 2015 Get Your Piece of the Local Economic Development Pie
27 Jan 2015 Webinar: Time Kills Sales
23 Jan 2015 What to Charge?
09 Jan 2015 Your Memory: How to Easily Transform an Embarrassing Liability
10 Dec 2014 Holiday Gathering
21 Nov 2014 “Thanksgiving Think Tank"
14 Nov 2014 Succeeding by Failing
10 Oct 2014 From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind
12 Sep 2014 Inspiring Ourselves and Others
08 Aug 2014 Members Only (Plus One) Summer Social
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
28 May 2010 Semi-Annual Consulting Alliance Planning Breakfast
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