A Night at the
Round Table: Contracting and Consulting
Presented at the STC-SAZ program
meeting, March 9, 2006
On <<date>>, the
<<organizers>> will host our "Night at the Round
Table" program on the theme "Contracting and Independent
Consulting." This lively session will provide you with different
perspectives on the business of contracting and consulting.
This program format offers several
short concurrent sessions. Each speaker hosts a table that seats
up to 10 people. Speakers give a brief oral presentation and moderate
discussion for 15 minutes. The 20-minute sessions will be repeated
three times (one hour total). You'll have an opportunity to ask
questions or discuss individual issues with each of our experts.
At the end of each session, you'll move on to the next table and
the next topic.
Come join us for
a chance to practice networking in a fun, friendly environment while
you learn from speakers with a variety of backgrounds!
<<Speaker info - names
and brief bios of each>>
We recruited three speakers:
- A local tax preparation consultant.
Lesson learned: Don't try to do this during tax season!
- A local marketing consultant.
We found her by requesting help from our local "sister"
organizations, the IABC, PRSA,
and AMA (that's American
- A local high-tech recruiter.
We used Yoh, which has offices
all over, but any local recruiter should be happy to help!
Although our three speakers each
brought their own handouts, we wanted to make sure that everyone
left with something. All the following items were free.
- We got some great packets
of information from our local American
Small Business Association office. Each packet included a
monthly business magazine, a calendar of events, their monthly
newsletter "Entrepreneurial Focus," and of course info
on the benefits of joining their organization.
- The IRS
offers all kinds of free support to small businesses at the Small
Business and Self-Employed pages - we handed out their Small
Business Resource Guide CDs (IRS Publication 3207) and a retirement
options pamphlet. I wanted to get the small-business wall calendars
(IRS Publication 1518) but they weren't ready in time for this
event. Check out other small business freebies
at the IRS site, or call them at 1-800-829-3676. Generally,
you can order up to five copies of each thing for free through
the web site, but you need to call them if you want more than
- STC Contracting
and Independent Consulting Special Interest group flyers -
two sided, one with info
on the upcoming STC conference, the other with the chapter
headings of the CIC SIG online handbook.
- Our local business weekly,
called Inside Tucson Business. They're
distributed free, you just have to ask for them. There's very
likely something similar in other cities!
During the program:
We do a dinner meeting, so there
was lots of interaction before the program event, which got people
comfortable with each other. During the meeting itself, we introduced
the three speakers and their topics, then got right to it. The only
problem we had was getting people to move on at the designated times,
they were all very interested in continuing the conversations. We
did three 20-minute sessions, but it could easily have been three
After the program:
The only complaint we heard that
night was from one of the speakers, who felt a bit left out because
she didn't get a chance to visit the other two tables! All in all,
the "Night at the Round Table" continues to be one of
our most popular program events.