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January 2013 Newsletter

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Embracing the New Year!

by Brian A. Kane, President

Happy New Year! RPCN is proud to launch a newly redesigned newsletter. With this new format, we’re strongly committed to telling interesting stories about members and their successes. We’re excited about these changes. Let us know what you think. And please, share your good news with us. We will help you share it with the world!

As we embrace the new year, RPCN will focus more and more on ways that we can increase opportunity for members. In addition to regularly showcasing our members, we’ll be revising the RPCN brand, strengthening alliances with key area organizations, dramatically improving our Friday programs, and updating our website.

With Mike Molaire as the new Program Committee leader, expect visits from area decision-makers who understand business trends that affect the consulting field.

Another way we will work to increase opportunity is to share important tips and suggest excellent books that will strengthen your practice. Here are two books that you should consider buying or borrowing from the library:
The Big Book of Small Business by Tom Gegax and Phil Bolsta and The Small Business Bible by Steven D. Strauss.

A special thanks to all of those members who volunteer their valuable time to make RPCN the premier resource in consulting.

Professional Development and More

by Chris Swingle

Lori Cohen joined Rochester Professional Consultants Network in 2005 when she was considering starting her own business.

She quickly saw pluses. Her first client, a commercial printer seeking an internal quality auditor, found her through the member directory on the RPCN website, and Cohen has learned strategies and tips to develop as a consultant from the meetings she attends. “I call it professional development,” says Cohen. “I always walk away with something I find useful.”

What has kept her in the group is.... (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

For a video about Cohen, watch this YouTube video.

Do you have an RPCN success story to share? E-mail

Resolve to Enhance your Consulting Business in 2013

by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter,

It’s a new year, and that means we’re all making New Year’s resolutions. Along with those perennial vows to lose weight and otherwise aim for self-improvement, consultants – or people thinking about becoming consultants – can set goals that will help make their professional efforts more successful.

Here are some possible 2013 resolutions. Don’t expect to accomplish all of these; just see them as possibilities for building your business, and give yourself points for any you do achieve. … (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

Long-time freelance writer/editor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter ( is a newsletter expert and member of the RPCN Communications Committee.

Quick Links

Professional organizer Jen Ulrich has been blogging for since May 2011. Policy Retention and Other Insurance Tips is worth a read. Another good article from Jen is on the RPCN website, Creating Passwords for Safe Computing.

Bit by bit, task by task is how you get things done. RPCN member Susan Kastan shares steps that help energize her in her article Motivation.

Of Interest

SCORE is presenting a workshop on Small Business Start-Up & Survival on Wednesday January 16, 2013 from 8:45-3:30 PM at the Federal Building, 100 State Street. Are you starting a business and need some guidance? Are you currently in business, but need some help? If you answered YES, this workshop has been designed especially for you.  This workshop will provide key information on all the basic components of running a business.

SCORE is also holding a series of workshops on Starting Your Own Business on consecutive Tuesdays, January 29, February 5, 12, 19, from 7:00-9:00 PM at Greece Olympia High School. Visit for more information.



In this issue:

We want you!

The RPCN newsletter is open to articles, news, success stories, tips, resources, and more from members. Don't be shy – if you aren't sure of your writing skills, experienced writers on the Communications Committee are here to make you look good. For information about submitting items, click here.

The Communications Committee is:
Barbara Moore, Chair
Brian Kane
Carl Jenks   
Chris Swingle
Janice Hanson
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Steve Royal

Upcoming Events

Technical Forum
facilitated by Linda McQueen
Friday, January 4, 2013
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Pittsford Community Library

An informal, facilitated round-table discussion of any technical issues that consultants encounter in running their business, including computers, the Internet, and telephones.

The Alliance Consultancy Business Model
presented by Steve Healy
Friday, January 11, 2013
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Brighton Town Hall - Downstairs Meeting Room

How to keep your pipelines full, share the marketing and sales burden, create semi-passive income and do so honorably.
Here is a video in which Steve describes his presentation.

Business Forum
facilitated by Bob Lurz
Friday, January 18, 2013
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Pittsford Community Library

An informal, facilitated round-table discussion of any issues regarding the starting or running of a consulting business.

RPCN Board Meeting
Friday, January 18, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pittsford Community Library

RPCN's monthly Board meeting begins at approximately 10:00 AM following the Business Forum. Everyone is welcome to attend but only board members may vote.

Google Analytics
presented by Peter Platt of PSquared Digital LLC
Friday, January 25, 2013
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Brighton Town Hall - Downstairs Meeting Room

Learn what you need to know about Google Analytics for your business or just for fun!
Here is a video in which Peter describes his presentation

New Members

RPCN welcomes two new members this month. Click on their names to view their profiles.

Stephen Melnyk
Richard Rivers

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