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

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

    Webinar: "Time Kills Sales"

    Peter Coombs, FRONTLINE Training & Consulting

    Date: Tuesday, January 27th
    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Cost:  Free (Members Only)


    Click Here to Register

    CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WEBINAR ON Jan 27th


    You can also dial in using your phone.

    United States (Long distance): +1 (872) 240-3212
    Access Code: 959-733-381
    More phone numbers: https://global.gotomeeting.com/959733381/numbersdisplay.html

    How often has a client told you:

    “This looks great! Thanks. It’s just what we need. Let me think it over for a few days, and I’ll be back in touch with you.”


    And, of course, you never hear from them again. Frustrating, isn’t it?

    In this workshop you will learn tips
    and techniques to maintain control over the sales process without dominating your client. You will learn how to be
    persistent without being annoying.

    Come, and learn how to take control of your sales!


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

    “Get Your Piece of the Local Economic Development Pie”
     


    Speaker: Pete Bardunias, President of the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce


    When you stop and think about it, those of us in the capital region are particularly blessed with large-scale economic growth and opportunity.  We think about the Global Foundries, General Electric and Momentive as well as our great college and universities bringing people and prosperity to our region.  The things we don’t see, as often, are the multitude and magnitude of local community based initiatives that also build and sustain our economic development. 

    Peter will share a sampling of these local community development projects and more importantly “connect the dots” between these projects and real local community building and economic building.  He will talk about how a $30,000.00 investment in local community projects will have a positive impact on over 100,000 people in at least 16 communities with over $500 million in annual contribution to the region.

    Join us to learn about these projects and how you may become involved and contribute to growth in your local community and the greater Capital Region.


    Peter Coombs 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 Feb 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "Tips and Strategies for Large Writing Projects"

    (Members Only)

    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.

                                    

    Facilitator: Susanna Opper, Shawenon Communications

    Whether it's a book you are eager to write or a white paper for a client, large writing projects have difficulties all their own. As with any writing project, you must determine voice, style and tone. Then there are issues of organizing and structuring the material. And there are challenges of project management--how to handle your time and discipline your process.
    Susanna Opper, who has published one book and written several white papers and two theses, will offer some suggestions and facilitate the discussion.


    (This is the first of a two part series. The second session will be at the May breakfast and Pauline Bartel will present a program on getting your book published.)

    Susanna Opper helps consultants, solopreneurs and small businesses craft their messages for email marketing and other online communications. Her monthly newsletter Web Words has been published on time for more than six years.



    Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20

    Online payment is required.

     

     

     

Past events

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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