Albany, N.Y. (PRWEB) April 29, 2010
To commemorate its 25th anniversary of being in business, New Directions Consulting made a Supporting Gift to the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp program.
Deborah Mackin, president and founder, of New Directions teamed up with the Chamber to provide the $1,000 gift, with $500 going to support the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp and $500 to Aristo, the 2nd place winner of the competition. In addition, Mackin and her team will provide 10 hours of free business development coaching and services to the two female owners. Aristo will be a business founded in California focused on high-end female clothing and philanthropy.
"We were very excited to receive the call from New Directions about their idea to support a program which nurtures new entrepreneurs," said Janet Tanguay, the Chamber's entrepreneurship manager. "We think Deborah embodies the true spirit of entrepreneurialism, and we truly appreciate her generous gift."
The Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is a 12-week course on the critical skills necessary for business success. The classes blend classroom and individual training with presentations by prominent business experts or panels of business experts, followed by question-and-answer sessions. The course includes a business plan competition in which students design a business plan that they can use to apply for loans.
Mackin started New Directions, a business consulting and management firm, in 1984 out of the spare bedroom in her house. With a $500 loan from her mother, Mackin set out to create an organization that partners with companies to increase leadership and strategy, while also providing professional development courses. Mackin is now a successful international consultant, trainer, author and presenter whose work has involved travel throughout the United States and abroad. Mackin authored the Team-Building Tool Kit, first published in 1994 and now in its second edition, and is considered a global authority on teaming within organizations.
"Our Silver Anniversary is quite a milestone, especially when some predicted our company wouldn't last a year," Mackin said. "With this gift to the Chamber's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, I want to help another entrepreneur just like my mother helped me. It can be so hard to venture out, dare to live your dream and accomplish your goals when starting from nothing. I want to make it a little easier for someone and for that person to know there's another entrepreneur who believes in their vision. Its extra special that we will be supporting two young females starting out, as I too, was a young woman opening my business years ago."
The Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is presented by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber in conjunction with Empire State Development Corporation's Entrepreneurial Assistance Program and the Small Business Administration.
Janet Tanguay (phone) 431.1430
Matthew Harrington (phone) 800.730.3631