Sunday, February 22, 2009

Recap of February TVCNet Meeting: What is Treasure Valley Consultants’ Network?

I’ve had a few days since the most recent meeting to reflect on what was discussed and some of the comments made by those in attendance, but first let me express my appreciation to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend our meeting at VengaWorks in Meridian. VengaWorks has been a wonderful host for our last two events and we look forward to working with them again.

To most of the members, a presentation on what our organization is and what we do is "old hat". A majority of our membership has been with us since we began in 2006, but to those who have only heard of TVCNet, and there were more new faces than members at the recent meeting, the information presented was new to them.

The most important takeaway from the meeting was where TVCNet fits in today's business climate. In an economic downturn, among all the layoffs and business closures, needs still exist and they must be fulfilled. While businesses are unable to grow their staff or hire long-term, the consultant fills and important role by offering specialized knowledge and expertise on a short-term or project basis.

Best of all, TVCNet is a local option for companies to find specialized talent from a single resource. I believe over the next couple years we'll see more companies shift toward tapping in to local resources and talent in an effort to minimize costs.

The "local" slant is something I'll be following in a future post. It will certainly emerge as a major theme in the months ahead as the consulting profession in the Treasure Valley continues to make its mark in the Boise business community.

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