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June 2017

A monthly newsletter from the
Rochester Professional Consultants  Network.


June 2017

Freelance writer/editor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter ( is the editor and committee chair. Steve Royal is the publisher. Your articles, news, tips, events and resources are welcome. Send items to Newsletter Email. Deadline for the July issue: June 23.

In this issue:

President's message

Wall of Fame Gala is a success; evening events commence

By Laurie Enos, RPCN President

Congratulations to all of our 2017 RPCN Entrepreneur’s Wall of Fame Gala winners! Representing RPCN, both David Powe and Robin Dettman won awards. Our other award winners were Mike Molaire (a former RPCN member), Doug Mabon and Luis Martinez. All were deserving of the awards they won.

The gala was a wonderful event. Our keynote speaker, Alex Zapesochny, CEO and founder of iCardiac Technologies, Inc., told us how his family’s story led him to where he is and talked about the importance of consultants in his business. Ginny Ryan from WHAM Channel 13 did an excellent job as our emcee.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about who you would like to nominate next year for one of our Entrepreneur’s Wall of Fame awards!

Here are some pictures from the gala.


Our recent Member Survey told us that many members would like us to hold evening presentations, so both the Membership and Program committees are working diligently to produce evening events. The last day of the month will see one of those events.

Our recent Member Survey told us that many members would like us to hold evening presentations, so both the Membership and Program committees are working diligently to produce evening events. The last day of May saw one of those events.
On Wednesday, May 31, RPCN held “
Google Your Business” from 6:30–8:30PM at the Gates Public Library (902 Elmgrove Road). Our presenters for this evening workshop were RPCN members Bob Manard and Jerry Seward.

Member story

Grant-making pro Margit Brazda Poirier matches personal passion with business sense
By Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, RPCN Newsletter Chair

Margit Brazda Poirier, MS, GPC, of Mendon, NY, created her consulting business, Grants4Good LLC, in May of 2009 to “help nonprofit organizations and businesses find and get grants to make their work possible.” “We work with organizations to help them get more grants in less time through interactive training sessions, individual and group consultations, and assistance with finding grant opportunities and preparing grant proposals,” she said.

For Poirier, successful consulting all boils down to doing what you love and tying it to a strong business sense: “When your personal passion matches up with your business mission, you can enjoy the work, even when difficulties arise.”

For Margit's full member story, CLICK HERE.

RPCN 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year sees exciting success for his organization

Sebastian Maroundit, the RPCN’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year for his work with Building Minds in South Sudan, Inc. has great news about his important projects to provide education to villagers of Mayen-Abun in his home country of South Sudan. 

According to a recent newsletter, BMISS has completed “important infrastructure projects, identified by the villagers as essential for their education and empowerment … despite political unrest, high inflation, drought and famine, our schools continue to educate well over a thousand students.”

For more information about BMISS, CLICK HERE.

BMISS is having a celebratory dinner, "Building Minds in South Sudan Celebration," on Sunday, June 25 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. THIS LINK will take you to a page where, at the bottom, is a registration form. There is no online registration available, so if you would like to attend, please CLICK HERE to fill out a form to let them know you're attending. You can pay at the door.

Conference discount for RPCN members

RPCN members are entitled to the colleague’s rate for the 2017 “Be a Better Freelancer”®  conference, hosted by RPCN member Ruth E. Thaler-Carter’s Communication Central ( business. The conference will be held September 15–16 at the Hilton Garden Inn/College Town, with a special extra session on Section 508 accessibility on the morning of September 17.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

Of interest  

RPCN dues will increase on July 1

On July 1, 2017, annual RPCN membership dues will increase from $95 to $125 for regular members – the first increase in seven years.

The rate increase, which equates to just 58 cents a week, keeps the RPCN even with inflation and will help keep RPCN’s finances healthy, allowing us to strengthen member benefits in the years ahead. Existing RPCN members may extend their memberships before July 1 at the existing $95 rate.

Also going into effect on July 1 are:
  • A new GOLD LEVEL membership for $225 per year, providing:
    • Free advertisements in the RPCN program/information sheet for four months
    • Promotional postings in the monthly RPCN newsletter (3 months)
    • 30% discounts on advertisements in the Gala and Conference programs
  • A new affiliate rate structure for consultancies with more than one employee –the rate for the first employee member is $125; additional employees pay $65 each per year.
  • Student memberships at just $40 per year.

Upcoming events

Technical Forum

Friday, June 2, 2017; 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM; Pittsford Community Library, 24 State St., Pittsford

Facilitated by Steve Royal. An informal, facilitated roundtable discussion of any technical issues that consultants encounter in running their businesses, including computers, the Internet and phones. Wondering what kind of questions people are asking? Click here for a list from recent forums.

Minute to Win It

Friday, June 9, 2017; 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM; Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, 14618

Presenter: Sheila Kennedy

Sheila Kennedy

Sheila will share how to create your Minute to Win It in your business. Walk away with solid strategies on how communicate more effectively.

Business Forum

Friday, June 16, 2017; 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM; Pittsford Community Library

Facilitated by Bob Lurz. An informal, facilitated roundtable discussion of issues regarding starting or running a consulting business. Wondering what kind of questions people are asking? Click here for a list from recent forums.

Board Meeting, Friday, June 16, 2017; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Pittsford Community Library

Do you want to know what happens "behind the scenes" at RPCN? Come to a board meeting and find out.
Everyone is welcome to attend, but only board members may vote.

The RPCN monthly board meeting begins at approximately 10:00 AM, after the Business Forum.

Find More Hours in Your Day

Friday, June 23, 2017; 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM; Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, 14618

Presenter: Christine Baker Marriage

Christine Baker Marriage

Capturing quality time so that you can create more opportunities with your clients, family/friends and yourself. We often wish we had more hours in the day and I am going to teach you how to find them.

We want you!

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 by e-mail to the Newsletter Committee. RPCN members also may write articles for our website; submit articles here. In the newsletter, we'll highlight submitted articles aimed at helping consultants make their businesses better. If you have newsletter questions or suggestions, or ideas for how RPCN could improve communications, contact the Newsletter Committee:
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, chair and editor, and Steve Royal, publisher. Send articles for the July newsletter by June 23.

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


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