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Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership

Testimonials

"Thank you very much for the strategic plan that the SSCP team completed for our Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The plan is very comprehensive and includes the budget, staffing, organizational structure and partnership elements that will lead to successful growth. The depth of research, comparative analysis and level of understanding about Habitat are very impressive. The plan provided both actionable information and served to motivate us. The Board of Directors appreciates the time invested in the project and has already started taking action to implement the team’s recommendations. The SSCP is a valuable partnership element between Skidmore and the local community. Thank you for partnering with us and we look forward to working with Skidmore on other projects in the future."

Keith Bohling, board member, Habitat for Humanity for Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties

 

"Each week our SSCP team asked us thoughtful questions that helped us to see our business challenges from a different angle. In looking at our business through the lens of the academic material they were covering in class, they made the case that our challenges are common, and through market research they found examples of how these challenges had been addressed successfully by others. For example, they were very interested in how the long history of Caffe Lena could be used as a marketing asset without allowing it to hold us back from exploring new musical styles and reaching out to a younger demographic. They focused on the positive potential of our legacy and interviewed the owners of other historic venues to find out how they maintained their retro vibe while adding assets that appealed to today's listeners. It was interesting to hear these real life examples and it gave us some interesting ideas to explore."

—Sarah Craig, executive director, Caffe Lena

 

"Saratoga Spring Water Company’s experience with the SSCP team was an entirely positive one. Not only did they bring a level of commitment and dedication to the project, but they helped to identify and flesh out both strengths and weaknesses in our business strategy. Having an objective perspective allowed us to think more broadly about the topics essential for growing our business, and the SSCP team was the catalyst for this change."

—Adam C. Madkour, COO, Saratoga Spring Water Co.

 

"In the fall semester of 2013, the 21-year-old Saratoga Film Forum, a nonprofit film arts venue in downtown Saratoga Springs, was selected by the Skidmore Saratoga Consulting Partnership as its nonprofit client for strategic consulting. Students in this program met weekly with board officers and immersed themselves in every feature of the Film Forum’s operation, with the goal of making a final presentation on our organizational strengths and weaknesses, and offering some recommendations on how we might better meet our goals.

"Truthfully, we weren’t sure what the SSPC students could tell us we didn’t already know, but the semesterlong collaboration was a revelation. Each student assumed responsibility for the analysis of a particular component of the Film Forum’s operation, and through interviews, statistical and financial analyses, sophisticated projections and some tough talk about board structure, the SSPC task force presented to our board a raft of well-developed recommendations that held all of us in thrall. New ideas for diversifying our audience, balancing our program, working on a more goal-oriented, purposeful business model, rethinking the board—we needed it, and we soaked it up.

"And it didn’t hurt that the SSCP students were in every way a joy to work with—energetic, tactful, probing, patient, articulate and good-humored; they made these meetings fun. To any nonprofit in need of a fresh perspective and new ideas, you can’t do better than work with a team from SSCP team. We can’t recommend them enough."

Amy Goodine, former president, Saratoga Film Forum

 

"Working with the Skidmore students from SSCP was an incredibly positive experience for us at the Inn at Saratoga. Meeting with the students each week encouraged us to set aside time to reflect on our business model and strategize how we wanted to improve and grow. The students showed professionalism and maturity and offered an insightful and academic prospective on ways the inn could remain competitive in the hospitality market. We continue to refer to an impressive consultancy report provided by the students. I highly recommend the Skidmore Saratoga Entrepreneurial Partnership. I believe any local business would find great value from participation in this program."

Liz Israel, director of sales, the Inn at Saratoga

 

"SSCP provided a vital link to take Saratoga WarHorse from a hopeful idea to a sound and sustainable plan. We tribute a great deal of our success to the two SSEP teams who worked so effectively to develop our business plan and the framework for organizational history. The experience was as pleasurable as it was helpful.

Saratoga WarHorse

 

"Working with the Skidmore students involved in SSCP was a valuable and rewarding experience for our organization. Our SSCP team was engaged, proactive and thoughtful in their analyses and recommendations. They were also fun to work with, which made it even better. I highly recommend any firm considering engagement with SSCP to do so. They can help you and you can help them. Yep, win/win all around!"

Mike Myers , owner, Peabody's