VCB Consulting offers consulting
services to small and medium-size commercial, medical, educational, and
not-for-profit organizations. These services emphasize careful evaluation
of organizational needs coupled with expertise in the selection and implementation
of cost-effective Internet-based solutions.
At VCB, we know that effective use
of the Internet involves much more than posting a billboard on the World
Wide Web. That's why we provide a full line of services, from market research,
to hardware/software selection and configuration, through implementation
With extensive experience in not only
the technologies of Web 2.0, but also the people and process issues which
determine the success of web-based initiatives, VCB offers a clients a
practical perspective on strategic use of new technology, delivered in
||VCB provides services to Q2
Learning, LLC, creating web-based blended learning and
virtual teaming environments to support corporate strategic training
|| VCB is one of Rheingold
Associates, an organization of experts in Internet-based
virtual community who specialize in bringing the benefits of knowledge
management through facilitated web conferencing to corporate, educational,
and not-for-profit organizations.
||Smithsonian American Art Virtual Campus
VCB provided project management services through Rheingold
Associates to this educational outreach project of the Smithsonian
American Art Museum. Virtual Tours of the SAAM collection were
featured in this space.
||VCB provided project management
a trilateral virtual exhibition celebrating the landscape of North
America, presented by the Canadian Heritage Information Network, the
Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas
Artes, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Winnipeg Art Gallery,
and the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States
||VCB provided technical and content
Support for OSN
2001, a web-based conference which took place March 28
through April 11, 2001
- VCB provided strategic planning
services through Rheingold Associates to the American Health Initiative.
AHI is dedicated to building a sustainable platform for bringing the
American people together in constructive dialogue around critical health
care issues. That platform will link Internet based public dialogue
with regional forums to facilitate mutual understanding and accelerate
community driven decisions. An initial dialogue focus will be on secure
access to basic health care services for all.
- VCB provided technical support,
designing and implementing a wireless network for the Decatur
Community Partnership, a human services organization which coordinates
joint activities among human services agencies in Macon County, Illinois.
- VCB provided tech support and training
services to the Area IV Learning
Technology Hub schools for the Illinois
State Board of Education's Museum
In The Classroom Project. This project gave school kids the chance
to work with the staffs of Illinois museums and some pretty high tech
toys...Macintosh Power PC's, Quicktake digital cameras and VideoLabs
FlexCams. Using Apple Quicktime VR Authoring Studio to work with, we
made museum web pages come to life with QTVR panoramic and 360 degree
object movies. VCB posted web pages used for training teachers and teams
of K-12 students at the Area IV Museums In the Classroom Resources Page.
- VCB provided services to Brainstorms
Consulting , which professionally designed and maintained websites for
not-for-profit organizations free of charge.
- VCB serves as webmaster for GT
World, a support community
for the families of gifted and talented children.
- VCB gives presentations to community
groups. A talk for the Prairieland Advocates for Gifted Children
on the subject of "Internet for the Family" and the list of links recommended
for families in that talk, can be viewed here
- Having trouble with your computer
crashing and freezing? Here is a piece I wrote about Preventing
Computer Crashes and Freezes
for the teachers and kids I work with.
VCB brings twenty years of experience
in the corporate, educational, medical, and not-for-profit arenas to guide
a thorough analysis of how your organization does business. This process
- Analysis of your
current information sources and uses
- Analysis of your
current marketing process
- Development of a
custom internet strategy for your organization.
VCB understands that sometimes you
have to start at the very beginning. We have access to new and used hardware
and accessories, as well as the latest software, and can configure a system
to your specifications, or upgrade your current system. Our implementation
- Installation of required software
- Acquisition of required software
- Selection and customization of
We can provide customized, on-site
training for employees at any level, from "Where's the 'on' switch?" to
"I've heard I need a wiki...but is it and what the heck do I need it
for?" Typical training topics can include:
- Optimizing Electronic Mail
- Building Online Community to Enhance
- The power of Web 2.0: when to use
a blog, wiki, or discussion space.
- VCB provided market research services
to Mediconsult.com, Ltd. Mediconsult operated a consumer-oriented web
site with in-depth information on a wide range of health issues. The
company also provided guidance to organizations in the health field
as they develop strategies for defining their presence on the Internet.
- VCB did much of the early developmental
work for DecaturNet,
an attempt to bring the community network concept here to the Soybean
Capital of the World.
- The initial
Decatur Family YMCA web
site on DecaturNet was designed by VCB. VCB also contributed training
resources to permit the continued development of the site by Y personnel.
- VCB did a series of talks for the
Illinois State Medical Society Alliance regarding Safety on the Internet
for the concerned parent. If you'd like to see what we talked about,
you can view the presentation
slides from that conference.
- VCB supplied help-desk services
to clients of Seneca Support Technologies.
- VCB worked with Communities In
Partnership (now Decatur
Community Partnership) to bring social services in Macon County
into the information age with The
Family Investment Project.
- If you have an interest in Human
Services, you may want to check out our page of Human
last updated 12/13/05 by Valerie