The Downtown Troy BID Career Development Series is designed to bring local businesses together to learn, grow and collaborate through facilitators with a vested interest in the areas economic growth. Career development is a significant part of human development that spans over the individual's entire lifetime and forms a person's work identity. We gather every other month, discussing topics that can inspire and innovate, and help local businesses to discover valuable resources to advance their professional career. We are always looking for topic suggestions, facilitators and places to host our series. If you have an interest in any of these, click here.



In an effort to create an inviting, dynamic, and sustainable community, the Downtown Troy BID hosts meet and greets every other month that bring local business, residents and Troy enthusiasts together for socialization and networking with their neighbors. Connecting with other professionals in your community is an effective, FUN way to build your contact list, providing opportunities to forge new relationships and further collaborations for the benefit of the community. Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are provided. Interested in hosting a Meet and Greet: Networking program? Click Here.


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Tuesday, March 12 | 8:00am to 12:00pm | $50

Answer these five questions for your business with help from expert Chuck Reed.

1. WHO are we? Vision, Mission, Values
2. WHERE are we now? Key Metrics, SWOT Analysis
3. WHERE are we going? Projections, Strategic Objectives
4. HOW will we get there? SMART Goals
5. HOW will we sustain growth? Accountability Mechanisms

Located at Troy Innovation Garage, 24 4th Street, Troy, NY 12180

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Networking at Pause Gallery

Tuesday, March 19 | 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Meet and greet your neighboring Downtown Troy small business owners, community members, and those new to Troy at Pause Gallery. More minds are better than one and getting to socialize and network with your neighbors and local businesses can be an effective, FUN way to connect with the community you live and work in. Join in on the community art project taking place during the program!

Located at 501 Broadway #106, Troy, NY 12180


What do BIDS do?

Tuesday, April 30 | 8:00am to 9:00am | $5

Did you know? There are more than 1,500 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in North America.  Join us in a conversation with a panel of local directors from Albany, Troy & Schenectady Business Improvement Districts. Tune into what kinds of business services, events and/or projects they are currently working on and how they support local businesses and economic growth.

 Located at 82 3rd St, Troy, NY 12180 (The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta)

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Tuesday, May 14 | 11:30am to 1:30pm | $10

Following the Spring For Rent Event, we invite you to come Meet and Greet your neighboring Downtown Troy small business owners, community members, and those new to Troy through lunchtime speed networking! Bring your watch and count how many new people you can meet from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Located at 172 River St, Troy, NY 12180 (Tara Kitchen)


The Zen of Leadership

Tuesday, June 18 | 8:00am to 9:00am | $5

Today’s leaders face a range of fast-paced, dynamic leadership challenges that center around the ability to make sound, ethical decisions in the face of ever-increasing stress and instability.  Business leaders need the mindfulness tools to manage these situations from the inside out. Self-awareness, decision-making, innovation, compassion, courage, and resilience in the workforce are rapidly becoming essential - not just optional - competencies for the survival and sustainability of successful, ethical organizations.

Located at 193 River St, Troy, NY 12180 (Mindful Inentions)


Profit Not-For-Profit: Team building Ideas with Charitable Tie-Ins

Tuesday, August 20 | 8:00am to 9:00am | $5

Team building activities can be especially meaningful when paired with a corporate social responsibility (C.S.R.) element that benefits a community or charity. Join in a conversation with a of panel not-for-profit organizations to brainstorm ways your company or organization can gain a fresh perspective on team building, while being of service to those in need!

Located at 57 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180 (Rensselaer County Historical Society)


Cost Effective marketing tools

Tuesday, October 15 | 8:00am to 9:00am | $5

Wondering how your small business can make the news? Learn tips and tricks to promote your business through local media. Content is key to reaching new audiences, find out how to effectively use press releases and media advisories, social media, and pitches to promote your small business in a cost effective way.  

Located at 501 Broadway, Troy, NY 12180 (Bard & Baker)


Having Difficult Conversations

Tuesday, December 17 | 8:00am to 9:00am | $5

Conflict is inevitable—in work and in life. Managers must address performance issues, and colleagues with competing priorities must figure out how to work together. These situations call for having difficult conversations. In this class, you will learn how to have difficult conversations, build your communication skills, and improve your relationships, teamwork, and business performance. Learn how to identify underlying differences in work styles, goals, and power dynamics and change the way you view conflict. Learn to move the conversation in a positive direction and to determine next steps

Location: TBD




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Networking at CourTyard Marriott

Tuesday, January 15 | 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Meet and greet your neighboring Downtown Troy small business owners, community members, and those new to Troy, NY at the Courtyard by Marriott this January. More minds are better than one and getting to socialize and network with your neighbors and local businesses can be an effective, FUN way to connect with the community you live and work in. This month’s networking showcases our local health and wellness providers to get you through those winter blues!

Located at Courtyard Marriott 515 River St, Troy, NY 1218

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Harassment Prevention In The Workplace

Tuesday, January 29 | 8:00am to 10:00am | $20

Did you know that every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training? This course will help local small businesses meet the requirements of these new laws as it is designed to introduce participants to both types of harassment claims, what forms of reporting and remedy are available, and how to handle the intake of harassment complaints.

Located at the Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St, Troy, NY 12180

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The Value of Strategic Planning

Tuesday, February 19 | 8:00am to 9:00am | $5

Strategic planning and thinking saves you an enormous amount of time and money. By thinking through key questions and concepts of strategy, you very quickly find yourself doing more of the most important tasks that can move you toward your key goals. At the same time, you do fewer of those things that are not particularly helpful. You establish specific targets for your company and for everyone in it, greatly improve your ability to measure and track results, and move onto the fast track in your work and in your life in general.

Located at Independent Living Center 15-17 3rd St, Troy, NY 12180