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2020 RPCN Entrepreneurs Wall of Fame Gala Sponsorships and Ads Available

Our 7th Annual Entrepreneurs Wall of Fame Gala is Wednesday, September 22, 20201 at Glendoveers. Would you like to advertise your business to the event attendees? Here’s how.

Sponsorship opportunities that will get your business in front of RPCN members and guests at the 2020 RPCN Entrepreneurs Wall of Fame Gala are available. The sponsorships are:

$500 Platinum: 5 minutes to talk about your business, put literature on tables, receive a list of attendees, have a link on the RPCN website, receive mentions on RPCN’s social media platforms, receive an ad in the November/December 2021, January/February 2022 and March/April 2022 events flyers, have your logo on table tent card and receive a full-page ad in the event program

$250 Gold: Receive a list of attendees, receive mentions on RPCN’s social media platforms, receive an ad in the November/December 2021 and January/February 2022 events flyer, have your logo on table tent card and receive a half-page ad in the event program

$150 Silver: Receive a list of attendees, receive mentions on RPCN’s social media platforms, receive an ad in the November/December 2021 and January/February 2022 events flyer; have your logo on table tent card and receive a quarter-page ad in the event program

Program Ads are also available. Ads are due by September 3, 2021. The costs are:

Quarter page
Member: $25
Non-Member: $50

Half Page
Member: $50
Non-Member: $75

Full Page
Member: $100
Non-Member: $125

More information is available here.

How RPCN has Helped Me and My Consulting Business

RPCN Opportunities: RPCN provides many opportunities for members to network and interact with each other, the business world, and the community. Through our events, committees, projects and volunteering, members get to know, trust, help and refer each other. They can also showcase their talents as they help RPCN accomplish its Mission. As always, we never know where or when the next opportunity will present itself. We just need to be active and open to it when it “pops up.” During almost 30 years as a member, here are some ways that I have volunteered, and how RPCN has helped me as a result.

RPCN Consulting Business Bootcamp: In 2011, I had an idea that RPCN was a Business Incubator for Consultants. (A little-known fact is that the first Business Incubator in the USA started in Batavia, NY). I interviewed local Business Incubator leaders and other influential people about their best practices (and described my Consultants Incubator concept).

I gained insight into their operations and made many useful contacts. As a result, I organized the first (2012) Consulting Business Bootcamp (one day per week for 5 weeks). The 25 participants were enthusiastic and gave the Bootcamp high marks. RPCN cleared about $2000 and acquired 13 new members. This success boosted my reputation and credibility among my associates.

Because of the First Bootcamp - Consultants Accelerator: Two key Bootcamp presenters (from Business Incubators) asked me “Okay, Bob, how will you turn this into a business?” I accepted their challenge and formed “Consultants Accelerator”. I now mentor and help entrepreneurs to start consulting businesses and become successful faster than doing it alone (and make fewer costly mistakes doing it). My first clients were former Boot Camp participants. Over the next 8 years I organized four more Bootcamps and presented at two more led by Sandy Glanton (2018), and Devin Floyd 2020). Bootcamp participants, plus referrals, continue to be my major source of clients.

RPCN Business Forum: When I was RPCN president in 1995, a planning team and I started the monthly Business Forum, and it’s still going strong today (on-line). Members and guests ask questions of the assembled group, and the 20-30 attendees focus their brainpower, experience and knowledge to answer them. The Business Forum (and younger cousin “Technical Forum”) offer unique benefits for RPCN. Our members get to showcase their talents and learn about and help each other (mutual support). Ditto for our guests. The casual and helpful atmosphere has proven to be a valuable RPCN recruiting tool. Moderating discussion among many diverse individuals has expanded my skills and knowledge, and I’ve built a reputation as an effective facilitator.

But enough about me - The Lesson Here is: You can do it too! Opportunities to improve and grow your business are always there in RPCN. You just need to ask around and figure out how you’d like to contribute your time and effort. We’re always looking for people to manage and grow the organization and make it better. Want to find out more? Contact RPCN President, Tina Rohring, Vice President Dave Finger, or me, Bob Lurz.

Dive in - you’ll be glad you did.

 

Bob Lurz

Enhancing Human Capital
Lunch & Learn Updates

Report on RPCN Enhancing Human Capital Meeting – July 16 – via Zoom.

This session centered around expanding our perception of entrepreneurship and how one might gain from understanding the behaviors and traits relating to it. A major portion of the discussion focused on the key attributes of entrepreneurship. (These were taken to include innovation, risk-awareness, passion, strategy and people-sense.) In addition we addressed whether there was value in identifying the traits apparent in “celebrity” entrepreneurs (such as Tom Golisano and Steve Jobs) and in recognizing similar but less pronounced traits in each of us.

We further explored how these traits as manifest in the great entrepreneurs and how they often lead to the formation of highly successful organizations such as Eastman Kodak. Taking this further  we considered how these traits in leadership may seed an entrepreneurial culture lasting for many years but that they may later decline (as Kodak has demonstrated, according to participants.)

There was also discussion of the degree to which each of us bears entrepreneurship-related traits and whether they can be cultivated. It was agreed that entrepreneurial cultures exist in many local companies - such as Dixon Schwable - and that RPCN may in fact be a consequence of Kodak’s earlier entrepreneurial culture. The implication here suggests that while the traits may fade, they may also be passed on, and continue  to  thrive in many of us and in significant organizations in our region.

August's “Enhancing Human Capital” meeting

On August 19th, the EHC Lunch and Learn will focus on "building a culture of discipline." In Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great” he presents an argument that the two dimensions of a great company culture are entrepreneurship, which we covered in July, and on what he termed the “culture of discipline.” We will therefore concentrate on how to build discipline into the culture of an organization and how a combination of the two can result in a high performing organization.

The meeting will be on Zoom and will run from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. An announcement will be made nearer to the time. If you have questions, please contact us at EHC@rochesterconsultants.org

About “Lunch & Learn”

These monthly sessions are designed to illuminate more of the body of work entitled “Enhancing Human Capital” and designed to help managers and entrepreneurs to understand how to improve their business by improving their people. To get more information about EHC, please contact the EHC team at EHC@rochesterconsultants.org.

RPCN Video


Watch the introductory video here.

Upcoming RPCN Events

Visit the RPCN website for a list of all upcoming events.

Technical Forum
Friday, August 6, 2021
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. 

How to reach your ideal client on LinkedIn
Presented by Michelle Arbore
Friday, August 13, 2021
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

EHC Lunch N Learn
Facilitated by Bob Lewis
Thursday, July 15, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Business Forum
Friday, August 20, 2021
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. 

RPCN Board Meeting
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Friday, August 20, 2021
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

Do You Need a Code of Ethics? (Or should you just do the "right" thing?)
Presented by Bob Lurz
Friday, August 27, 2021
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Did You Know? RPCN Board/RPCN Committees

There have been a couple of changes to our website’s main menu that you should know about.

The first change is that there is now a separate listing of the entire RPCN Board members, complete with their photographs. Now, if you want to know who is on the Board and who makes sure that RPCN runs as smoothly as possible, this is the place to find out.

The second change is that there is now a separate listing of all the RPCN Committees. This is an important listing, especially for RPCN members. This listing provides not only the Chairs for each of the eleven committees, but an explanation of

  • What the committee does,
  • How you can help, and
  • How you will benefit (by joining the committee).

The Board and the committees are the who, what, and why of RPCN. Everyone is a volunteer and together, they are the reason for RPCN’s success. Volunteering for a committee can be rewarding and beneficial in many ways.

Both the Board and Committee listings can be found by clicking on About on RPCN website’s Home page.

Steve Royal

Member News

RPCN member Marcia Bornhurst Parkes will direct The Melody Masters Big Band in two concerts this summer, both are free and open to the public.

Jazz Radio 90.1, Annual Lawn Series
Tues., July 27, 6:30 - 8 PM
Rain date: July 29, 6:30 - 8 PM
Greece Olympia High School
1139 Maiden Lane
Rochester, NY 14615
Free, bring a lawn chair or blanket
Parking is in the main lot of the school

Fairport Gazebo Series
Thurs., August 12, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Vincent G. Kennelley Park
1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY 14450
(Next to the canal and the Library)
Free, bring a lawn chair (no grass for a blanket)
Parking is in the main lot behind the library and shops.

Click here for more information about the band.

In late June, 2021, Marcia also presented a talk on "Affecting Change through Experiential Learning" for Contemporary Music Education: Excelling and Leading in Times of Change", a graduate workshop, held at the Ithaca College School of Music, Marcia's alma mater. Click here for more information about Marcia and her work.

Membership Information

Not an RPCN member? You can join RPCN now to receive great benefits, including free admission to RPCN presentations, a listing in the RPCN Member Directory, and discounts to RPCN events. Click here for more information on joining RPCN.

Program Ad Sheets

At every RPCN meeting, and at our events and tradeshow booths, RPCN distributes the Program Ad sheets.

Ads are inexpensive and support RPCN. The cost for members to advertise is $20 for 2 months. For non-members, the cost is $40 for 2 months. The deadline to get your ad included in the September/October 2021 calendar ad sheet is August 20, 2021. Sign up for your ad here.

We want your news!

The RPCN newsletter welcomes news, success stories, tips, resources, events and other items that would be of broad interest to consultants. Submit a newsletter item to newsletter@rochesterconsultants.org for inclusion. 

Melanie Watson, Publisher 
Diana Robinson, Copyeditor

The deadline for submitting material for our next newsletter is the 21st of this month.

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