5 Things You Can Do to Clean Up and Organize Your Work Life.

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner Put Another Way, LLC.

Every December, I take some time to review the year. Not for my accountant or my attorney, but for me. What did I accomplish, and what was left still sitting unattended?

Well, 2020 was what it was, and it is behind us. We have all experienced things we never thought we would, and the sense of loss and sadness permeated our lives in ways we did not know were possible. But there was also success, camaraderie, community, and hope.

In 2020, I started a new business, My Little Love Note. The My Little Love Note’s purpose is to capture someone’s (romantic) feelings and express them in their own words and voice. Now I have two businesses to run, and managing them takes diligence and organization. Allow me to share some thoughts I have had about cleaning up and organizing my new-found work life.

5 Things You Can Do to Clean Up and Organize Your Work Life:

Purchase and use a planner.

Yes, “a” planner, no more post-it-notes on your computer, discard those scraps of paper lying around. Get a planner. Google it; there are loads of them. I understand the technology that we all crave and view as the Holy Grail of increased productivity and organization. I, too, use my Outlook Calendar and iPhone to alert me about key appointments, when it is time to drink water or to get ready for a kickboxing class. I also use a paper planner to track goals, my key to-do’s, and to revel in the joy of checking the box off as I complete a task. Try it.

Streamline your day.

You have your new planner. Now, what do you do? Look at your day, just today. Where can you adjust your activities to increase productivity? Do you block time to do this first thing in the morning? I look at my events for the day and where I may need extra time. I hold that time. It is okay to be selfish in this respect. Your clients, employees, and family will be the beneficiaries of your actions.

Schedule time wisely.

You have the planner. You have streamlined your day. Now we turn to schedule time. Using a calendar app such as Calendly has helped me tremendously in scheduling time. I offer time slots to clients and prospects in blocks of time that I know will be productive to both of us. Using a service like this also permits you to make available time when you determine it will work best in your workflow.

Mid-day review AKA wait a minute Mr. Postman.

I drink an absurd amount of coffee every day. I love coffee, and I taper off about mid-day. That signals me to stop and wait a minute. What have I accomplished today? How many times have I hit snooze, and what evil lurks ahead. Perform a quick gut-check and answer these questions. If necessary, reschedule events and appointments due in the afternoon to complete the morning tasks. It is a balancing act- you can do it.

Unsubscribe from unnecessary emails.

Time is valuable in the workday and taking even 5 minutes to scroll through and swipe delete on unwanted emails is a waste of time. Unsubscribe from emails that you often delete unread. Why keep them? Seeing the email display telling you that you have 107 emails is stressful and triggers us to distraction if we do not look at those unread emails. So, don’t wait any longer. Go ahead and unsubscribe. Move to junk. Block unwanted senders. Now you know that your email inbox is a little more relevant than it was yesterday.

Enjoy something for yourself.

You have taken care of your clients and employees. Do something for yourself. Go for a 15-minute walk, or sit someplace away from your desk and have lunch. Read a chapter in your favorite book. An organized and content person has a better shot at success every day better than flying by the seat of your pants. Please understand me. This pandemic has sent my peers and me flying quite a few times. I check in with my support squad, and I’m on the way back to being on track.

Tap into those that support you.

Do you have a squad? If not, start one. It is a fact that peer support can enhance focus and productivity when there is a network to assist you during challenging times. Well, I say it is a fact; I would not have made it through 2020 without them. Don’t know how to start a squad? Email me, and I will be your first member.

Happy New Year. Let’s do this.

Karen Lombardo is the founder of Put Another Way LLC in Schenectady, NY. Karen has been designing websites and delivering copywriting services for more than a decade. The company culture is relaxed, our office mate is an old Pug named Izzy, and our philosophy is to listen first, create later.

The 2021 Capital Region CANstruction Needs Your Business/Team to Participate this Year!

The 11th Annual Capital Region CANstruction exhibit is going virtual for 2021! There will be no physical builds or exhibits at the NYS Museum this season, which remains closed and does not expect to open by early spring to host CANstruction this year.  

Capital Region CANstruction has donated over 450,000 lbs of food and $136,400 to The Food Pantries for the Capital District to support our work to address hunger through our member 65+ network of food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. Due to the changing nature of CANstruction this year, we need your help now more than ever to support our local food pantries, many of which continue to experience a significant rise in demand. 

The Hunger Heroes program invites members of the Women’s Business Council to enroll their businesses/teams of all shapes and sizes to collect food and funds to benefit The Food Pantries for the Capital District! By participating you will have an opportunity to be a part of the significant impact of this regional event and all food and funds raised contribute towards the CANstruction totals. 

Are you ready to sign up to participate as a Hunger Hero team? The competition runs from now until Friday, February 12th! 

Sign up here: http://capitalregioncanstruction.com/hunger-heroes/ 

To find out more about this year’s event please visit the Capital Region CANstruction website at www.capitalregioncanstruction.com and “like” them on social media. 

Looking for ideas on what to donate? Our local food pantries need more of the following: 

  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna fish
  • Canned soups
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned veggies 

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Jennifer Modaffari (Ballston Spa National Bank) dropping off the WBC Hunger Heroes team’s donations in 2019. The WBC Hunger Heroes donated 303 lbs of food and $165 in funds in 2019! Working together, we can do more! 

Member Spotlight: Joan Heffler, Joan Heffler Photography

Joan Heffler is the multi-talented owner of Joan Heffler Photography, who’s been working with the Chamber for more than 15 years. Joan’s tagline is Pictures with Personality, and she delivers! She is a master of both the technical aspects of composing a great photograph, as well as the personal side of getting to the heart and soul of her clients and showcasing their unique personalities.

Here’s how Joan describes her mission: “When I was in the first grade my teacher asked the students to draw themselves 20 years into the future. While the others drew themselves as nurses and teachers, I drew myself as an artist! Twenty years ago, I left a career in fundraising to explore my passion in photography; and with surprise and delight, made it a successful business. Specializing in people photography – corporate, events, portraits and weddings — my goal is to create Pictures with Personality! and offer you images that jump off the page and delight your spirit.”

Read Joan’s responses to our Member Spotlight Questions below:

Blue Butterfly, from Joan’s notecard series

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

I don’t have a lot of free time; I always have two or three things going on, and I’m always thinking about my business. Right now, I’m busy selling my photo notecards. When I’m not photographing, I do crosswords. In the summer, I’m outside with all my many gardens or playing golf. I have a lot of interests; I always keep myself busy.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love telling people what to do! I have degrees in counseling and I would tell people what to do, but they wouldn’t listen to me! When I pick up the camera, however, people respond. I can tell them what to do and they do it.

There’s so much I love about what I do. I love to capture people’s souls, their real selves, in portraits. I’ve done probably 10,000 headshots over the past 20 years, and I’m great at getting people to open up. I instantly start talking to them as if they are my best friend. I make their physical space comfortable, and then they think of me as “Aunt Joanie.” People love it.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

I would have said stop listening to everybody else, and stop listening to those negative thoughts about how you’re not worth it. You are. Everybody is unique, and you’re worthy of the space that you’re standing on. It’s your space, nobody else has it, and you’re worthy of it. Easier said than done, of course, but it comes with knowing who you are and accepting the power of your strengths and weaknesses.

What have you gained from being a member of the Capital Region Chamber?

In 1999 I got fired from what I thought was a dream job, so I changed course and went through the Entrepreneurial Program at the Chamber. During my first year, I met every single person on the staff, met with every single committee person, volunteered to be on every committee, and created the first WBC newsletter. I took all the photos and wrote the copy. I was written up in the Chamber magazine as a rising star. I kept signing up and taking on more projects. I donated about 4,000 hours of photography during the time I was a member. I was the photographer of choice for the Women of Excellence Awards for nine years. What I gained from all these years was my entire client base. When I was starting out, it was my main way of marketing myself. I was at the Chamber two or three times a week, and I became close with almost everyone there. We got together all the time and exchanged business and grew together.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Two things stand out- One is something my sister told me. I was just starting out as a fledgling photographer and was very insecure about my abilities and kept doubting myself. My sister said to me, “Even though you take the photo that maybe 6,000 other photographers take, it’s still yours. It’s your photo, and you’re just as creative as anybody else.” That really had an effect on me.

The second is something my mentor said to me. He was a well-known and successful photographer who took me on and mentored me for several years. I am very passionate and wear my emotions on my sleeve, and many times I got upset that someone didn’t hire me. He just said, “Next!” A succinct and powerful reminder that there will always be a next if you trust in yourself.  

A Warm Home with Twigs, from Joan’s notecard series

Joan invites you to delight in her interpretation of personalities at www.joanhefflerphotography.com

A Letter From the 2020 WBC Chair, Susan Zongrone

As we head into the final weeks of 2020, it’s tempting to look back on the year through the lens of all that has been disrupted and lost. From coronavirus to social unrest and political turmoil, it has been a year fraught with challenge. However, from challenge comes strength; from strength comes resilience and growth. And that is what I want to celebrate.

Throughout 2020, the Women’s Business Council has socially distanced, transitioned to virtual engagements and embraced the “temporary” normal. We’ve maintained our commitment to supporting our adopted nonprofit, Food Pantries for the Capital Region, whose services have been much needed this past year. The Food Pantries do such amazing work in our communities, and I am so proud we can—and will continue to—support them.

I am also grateful for the efforts of our committees. Amazingly, we have not missed a beat throughout the pandemic. Your work, dedication and care are inspiring. Thank you. And thank you to the Capital Region Chamber for being such a great resource for both the Women’s Business Council and the greater Capital Region business community. The programs offered were meaningful, engaging and impactful, helping our membership more seamlessly transition to the virtual world.

To say 2020 did not go as expected in my role as WBC chair would be an understatement. I don’t aim low, and I had very high hopes for what we could do and accomplish. Needless to say, we had to reset our bar early on, and I’m happy with all we were able to accomplish.

Moving forward, I am excited to continue to support this group as past chair and member of the chamber. It has been an honor to serve beside you. I have learned. I have grown. I have been awestruck by your talent and character. Our group will rock 2021, and KeyBank will remain among its greatest champions and supporters.

May each of you have a very healthy, happy and overall wonderful holiday season.

Susan Zongrone

WBC Chair 2020

Giving Thanks; Fill Your Heart and Mind with Gratitude

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, now is the time for each of us to pause and  consider the many things that we are thankful for in our lives. While we have been torn from loved ones  for months, faced work and health challenges directly and through others, and lost people we love and  care deeply for: there are always ways to look for goodness, thanks, gratitude and hope in our lives.   

Unequivocally, 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone in the United States, and throughout the  world. While life is always fraught with challenges, this year COVID, and the global pandemic brought  each of us changes in how we live, communicate, work and think. Yet with everything we have lived  through, the sun has risen and set each day, offering hope. We have learned a great deal about ourselves  these past months. While none of us has ever lived through a pandemic before, they have challenged the  world throughout history.  

Though changed, and seeing our lives altered, we have adjusted, we have become vigilant in working to  live our lives responsibly, and socially distant. Masks have now become the new accessory item in our  daily wardrobe, something that at the beginning of 2020, we would not have thought remotely  imaginable. 

There are some things we are always in control of in our lives, and one of these is your attitude. Have an  attitude of gratitude and an attitude that is worth catching. We do have choices in life and having an  attitude of gratitude is one of them. Sometimes people become bogged down with negativity. The more  negative you feel and are, and the more you surround yourself with negative thoughts and people, the  further and deeper your negativity becomes.  

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, a feeling of appreciation for what we have, whether tangible or  intangible. It is acknowledging what’s good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. As you  express thanks and gratitude, you may feel lighter, more at peace, and happier. Gratitude has a direct  correlation to happiness and joy. Practicing and verbally expressing gratitude leads to more joy without a  lot of effort. It’s easy to be happy when you’re grateful.  

Here is something easy, and yet very effective that you can incorporate into your daily life. Each  morning verbally express even if just to yourself, 3 things that you are grateful for. They can be small or  large, they are your choice. Starting your day in this manner begins your day with a positive mindset,  which is the other thing that you are completely in control of. At the end of your day as you get into bed,  reflect on 3 things that you were thankful for during the day. Again they can be small or large, they are  yours and for you only. As you reflect and express them to yourself, you will find that this small act at the  end of your day has tremendous impact, in that it relaxes your mind, clears your head and sets you up for  a more restful sleep.

This year at your Thanksgiving table, add gratitude. Here are a few ideas. 

1. Have each person verbally express one thing they are grateful and thankful for.

2. During your cocktail time before dinner, have everyone write down something they are thankful  for and have them fold their response and put them in a basket. When everyone is seated you can  pass the basket. Each guest unfolds a response and reads it. This way everyone can remain  anonymous, should they wish. 

3. Going in a circle around the table going clockwise, have each person express a sentence of  gratitude about the person on their left and go around the table.  

Each of these is simple, cost nothing and yet can add greater dimension and meaning to your  Thanksgiving dinner. They can easily be adapted if you are zooming in family or friends. You can easily  incorporate them as new Thanksgiving holiday traditions. 

Bottom line, life is never easy all the time, the road is not straight and the weather is never perfect. It is  what challenges us that makes us stronger, builds our character and helps us to truly appreciate and  treasure the many gifts in our lives. Finding the positive during troubling challenging times and everyday  helps us to weather the storms and have deeper thanks, appreciation and gratitude for everything that is  part of our life and who we are. 

Celebrate this Thanksgiving and holiday season with an open mind and grateful heart. Let goodness and  kindness prevail. Each day we wake up is a gift to be celebrated, treasured and appreciated in our hearts.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District Needs Volunteers!

 The Food Pantries for the Capital District invites you to support them and their 65 member pantries in the Capital Region!

Each year volunteers generously provide tens of thousands of hours of volunteer support to The Food Pantries for the Capital District and their member pantries.  “Volunteers are an invaluable asset to our organization,” said the Community Engagement Manager, Kathy Marco.

Individuals, families, community organizations, and businesses can help in many ways, such as; hosting a food drive at their organization or neighborhood, supporting the Food Pantries staff in the community with the Food Connect Mobile Pantry program, assist at the Food Pantries office with in-person or remote projects, or volunteer at one of the member pantries. 

Due to COVID-19, they make sure to be COVID compliant and follow state guidelines, including social distancing, sanitizing, face coverings, and proper quarantine procedures. If a person thinks they have been exposed or feel like they may have symptoms, the Food Pantries asks that you wait until you have been symptom-free for over 24 hours or after a period of self-quarantine. 

They also advise volunteers to bring their own masks, gloves, and other forms of PPE as each pantry may not provide them. 

If you would like more information about volunteering or would like to host a food drive, please visit there website at thefoodpantries.org or call us at 518-458-1167.

5 Things Essential for Professional Zoom Etiquette

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner Put Another Way, LLC.

As someone who has worked remotely for decades, conference calls, and what we used to call “bridge calls” have always been a part of my professional life. Since March, professionals, families, and students have been thrown into the virtual reality of Zoom, GoToMeeting, or whatever other platforms you engage in.

When I worked for the law firm in Manhattan, we were ‘gently’ schooled on web meeting etiquette. Video conferencing back then was slow and expensive. Time was valuable, so behavior and etiquette were understood and non-negotiable.

Is there such a thing as Zoom Etiquette?

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I was recently asked about this very topic. I chair several committees and community groups, and in the absence of in-person interactions, we now live online.

Zoom meetings appear to be here to stay.

For some reason, the comfort of being remote seems to have affected the meeting’s dynamic in ways other than the obvious. My hat comes off to the parents of school-age and young children who balance work and home life with unbelievable grace and patience. I had to laugh one afternoon when my client’s 2-year old streaked by in all his glory. I have not laughed that hard since March!

Five things to bear in mind when on a zoom meeting:

Emily Post would be proud of us for taking the time to bear witness to the things we have all done at one point or another, and that perhaps will be counted as lessons learned.

We can see you! Yes, we can. That means that all the silly commercials and memes about appropriate dress code, online eating habits, and background ‘artwork’ are based on reality. Prepare for a Zoom call as if you were going to a meeting. Get dressed, pour a fresh cup of coffee, and take a moment to look behind you and see what others are seeing.

Use the video shut off only when necessary. When participating in large webinars or meetings, most attendees turn off the video, and all attendees turn off the audio. That is appropriate for that setting. Small groups usually ask the attendees to mute but not turn off the camera. Please be mindful of the entire meeting group. Turning your camera on and off is distracting in small meetings. It may send an unintentional message to the person speaking that you are not paying attention.

No, you cannot multi-task. In nearly four decades of my professional life, I have attended more meetings than I care to remember. People were on time, for the most part, and came prepared. In today’s virtual meeting environment, people are looking at their cell phones, muting and talking to other people, or checking email. The brain cannot multi-task. Your full attention belongs to the person speaking.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Simple. Engage with the speaker and give them the respect they deserve. It will be returned to you tenfold.

Be present. This new way is not easy nor preferred. We all long to go back to chatting after a seminar or heading out for coffee to work on a project together. But this is what we’ve got, and we need to be mindful and present from the moment you click “join the meeting.” Let’s try and remember that the people on the Zoom meeting with you are happy to see you, want to engage with you, and so often struggle themselves. When your peers are speaking, be present for them. Listen, engage, and ask questions.

Thank you. Thank you to all the people who give up their time for Zoom meetings. Thank you to the parents who so delicately balance their work and family life. Thank you to the Capital Region Chamber for working so hard to engage the members and keep some semblance of normalcy through Women’s Business Council events, BRG meetings, Business After Hours, Network by 9, Award programs, YPN, and Consulting Alliance, to name a few. Your commitment to our Chamber community deserves our full attention and time. I, for one, am happy to be a part of it.

Karen Lombardo is the founder of Put Another Way LLC. Karen has been creating websites and relevant content for businesses for over a decade. The company culture is relaxed, our office mate is an old Pug named Izzy, and our philosophy is to listen first, create later.

Member Spotlight: Kathleen Rutishauser and Denise Flihan, Daughter for Hire

In March 2020 when the world paused so too did Daughter for Hire.  They were worried about their clients getting sick, and they were worried about their employees getting sick because their business is focused on forging a unique family-like relationship between their employees and clients, and just like many families- they needed to stop seeing each other to keep each other safe.   They shut down for three weeks only, continuing to see only those clients who have no one else and depend on Daughter for Hire for necessary home care.  They furloughed their employees, took no pay for themselves, and started to plan on how to move forward keeping everyone safe and healthy.  Slowly but surely they started going in the right direction and seeing clients again.  Kathleen said, “They knew what they did was the right thing to do.” 

Daughter for Hire, co-owned by best friends Kathleen Rutishauser and Denise Flihan, looks for people who are compassionate, patient, and kind and have a strong desire to help people.  They only hire people that they would want to look after their own mother and they look for someone who is compatible with an individual client.  They feel it is imperative that the caregiver is a fit.  A person who wants to work for the organization can work anywhere from 3 to 40 hours a week and the position consists of light housework, meals, driving to Dr.’s appointments, and help with medication. Kathleen mentioned that their employee needs to be very aware of what is going on in the client’s life and look for signs that the client is happy and healthy.  

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

If I have 30 minutes I read. I am constantly at my library. The kind of books I read has changed during the pandemic. I used to read mystery and suspense and lately, I am reading author Susan Wiggs.  Her books make me happy and make me feel balanced.  It is an escape.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love that we solve problems.  People need help to age in place and we have a group of sixty talented caregivers who can identify people’s needs and who care.  No one wants to go to a group living facility and by doing just a little bit, we make it possible to keep them from doing that.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

“Everything is going to be o.k.”  I used to sweat everything and was so concerned about things at different times in my life when I was younger.  

What have you gained from being a member of the Women’s Business Council?

The connections I have made.  I have met some really wonderful women and every time I have gone to the luncheons, I have met so many great women, and actually a couple of men, that I have sat with.  I love the topics and I love the purpose.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

This will sound strange because I did not take it but someone told me way back when to pay attention to the things you really love in life and build your career around that so you end up enjoying and being interested in what you are doing.  I wanted to be a Psych major and my dad talked me into being a business major thinking it would be more marketable.  After, I worked in banking for many years and had a successful career. I then went through a lay-off in 2012, and at that point, I was really lucky, I called my husband, went home and we went for a bike ride.  He said, “What would you do if you could do anything you wanted to do?” and that’s when I started this business. The business background was a wonderful foundation but I had always wanted to do something where I helped somebody other than myself. The days, then weeks, and then months flew by and in the beginning, it was just me helping seniors but I got so busy, I had to start bringing other people on.  I was so happy with my work life because I get to do what I want to do, I just wish I had taken the advice a little earlier.

Daughter for Hire is always looking for those individuals who think they might be a fit; someone who is compassionate and kind and wants to make a difference in a senior’s life. Please reach out to Kathleen Rustishauser if you think you are that person.


Ideas for a spook-tacular (and safe) Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, and people are getting extra creative this year to make sure their celebrations are safe. We polled some WBC members to find out what they’re planning to keep the day fun and festive for all.

Here’s what they had to say…

Definitely carving pumpkins and watching scary movies. For trick or treating, our plan this year is to dress up our son and take him out for a walk in the neighborhood. He’s too young to have any candy, so we will just be waving to any kids we see and going to a few houses where we’ll wear masks and stay far enough away from the door but close enough to say hi!

Jennifer Cassidy, Sponsorship Coordinator & Development Associate at CDPHP

I just found this cute photo of a candy chute! Maybe I’ll put something like this up. I have lots of kids in my neighborhood, so I might get a few trick or treaters. I want everyone to be able to enjoy treats in whatever way feels safe for them.

Hannah Stenzel, Financial Advisor at Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.

I love trick-or-treaters so I hope we can come up with a safe way to give out candy! A neighbor recommended setting up a table at the end of the driveway with candy spread out so kids can take a piece or two without touching any others. I think we’ll try it and hope for the best!

Kimmy Venter, Director of Communications at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region

Besides ideas for safe trick-or-treating, we heard from lots of people who are planning on watching Halloween movies, making Halloween treats, and stocking up on Halloween candy to enjoy with their family (or all on their own!) at home.

There’s also the #WBCPumpkin decorating challenge to keep in mind! Carve or paint a pumpkin with the letters “WBC” anywhere on it and you could win a free ticket to our next event, Voices in the Crowd! Share your pumpkin photo on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #WBCPumpkin and tag the Capital Region Chamber (@capregchamber) to be entered to win. Deadline is Friday, October 30 by 10:00 am.

If you need more tips on how to enjoy the holiday without spreading anything but Halloween spirit, check out this fact sheet from the New York State Department of Health. Have other ideas to share? Leave them in the comments below, and have a happy, healthy Halloween!!

5 things to know about the Consulting Alliance

The Consulting Alliance is a sub-group within the Capital Region Chamber of leading independent consultants with diverse experience and proven success in solving client challenges. It is the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest professionalism and expertise level.

5 things to know about the Consulting Alliance

Why join the Consulting Alliance? The Consulting Alliance helps its members build upon their success through an array of skills development, resource sharing, and networking opportunities while working to maintain the consulting profession’s standards and reputation. A monthly meeting is typically held at the Chamber’s Albany office, but due to COVID, we are meeting via Zoom. The meetings are an opportunity for self-development for consultants to build their networks and skills.

Build your network and expand your talents! The members of the Consulting Alliance each bring a set of unique skills to the group. Collaboration on projects is common, and sharing tools, resources, and information enhances each member’s business culminating in new clients and growth.

Consultants provide a significant amount of value for an organization. They can help to develop strategies for growth or manage projects. Since consultants are not committed to a single firm, they bring experience from various companies and industries, which allows them to offer creative solutions and enables “out of the box thinking.” They can provide an objective viewpoint, which allows for more diverse ideas
than could be provided solely by employees within the organization. A consultant may have a higher level of business expertise than the average employee and can provide unique solutions for businesses. Companies may want to consider the advantages of the level of knowledge that can be brought by a consultant, as well as how they could benefit from having an established strategic plan.

Hiring from the Consulting Alliance is beneficial to the community. Working with an experienced consultant affords many businesses the ability tap into valuable resources without the financial hardships of a full-time headcount: No taxes, benefits, or human resource issues • Contract work is scalable • Easy to terminate when no longer needed • Independent advice • Diversity of ideas from other experiences • Flexible for project-specific work • Usually a higher-level business professional than may
be hired.

Spend an hour with the Consulting Alliance. If your business is in the consulting arena, you may wish to visit the Consultant Alliance for one of the monthly meetings. To apply, you must have a minimum of 51% of the business’ earned income derived from consulting. The participant is expected to be a sole practitioner, a partner, or a management-level executive in an organization with financial and administrative
decision-making authority for their consulting activities. And finally, your membership with the Capital Region Chamber is at the Premium Investment level or higher.

The Chamber has so much to offer its members!
Why not take a moment to check out the Chamber’s website and visit the many selections from the “Business Resources”tab or the “Build Your Network” page. Take advantage of the benefits and connect with people in your community! For more information on the Consulting Alliance, please E-mail Jennifer Sims or call 518.431.1418 to learn more.