Choose Your Team
Event Planning

Captured Event

February 28, 2006 - Blacktie Launches BT Networking Partners, Virtual Community Connector

What: A new opportunity for businesses and organizations to cross-link

Where: Orbis International House

When: February 28, 2006

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: free

Beneficiary: Community business and Organizations

Host(s): Blacktie, Orbis International House

Executive Director: CEO: Kenton Kuhn

President(s): Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

Speaker: Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

Libations: Awesome martini creations made with Orchid liqueurs and Svedka Vodka; also Woodbridge chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Korbel Champagne

Catering: Tova Schwartz of Orbis House

Of note: Bryan Lundstrom of World Financial Group and Rebecca Saltman were the first charter members to sign up on the spot!

Quote of the evening: "Success involves bringing together like-minded people"--spoken by several people independently at the event

Attendance: 100

Attire: Business

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Meat and cheese deli tray, artichoke dip, relish trays, fruit platters, pita wraps, strawberries the size of a small volkswagon

Information: 303.832.2903 or

Event Coordinator: Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Blacktie CEO Kenton Kuhn, left,  with Blacktie President Elizabeth Byrnes Crony and Orbis House's David French.
Blacktie CEO Kenton Kuhn, left, with Blacktie President Elizabeth Byrnes Crony and Orbis House's David French.

Pamela Cress

It's a simple premise, really; one of those ideas you think about and say, "Why didn't I think of that earlier?"

Community businesses, especially smaller independent ones, are busy providing their product, and need an effective way to get the word out about their business. Community organizations and nonprofits are looking for ways to be involved with the community and be recognized for their efforts. Everyone wants to network, interact and give back to the community. What better partnership opportunity than using Blacktie, already well-known and respected as the central information clearinghouse for a myriad of organizations?

Ironically, at least three people at the introduction event at the Orbis House Tuesday had the same comment: "we bring like-minded people together." David French of the Orbis House said it, Elizabeth Byrnes Crony, President of Blacktie said it, and the crowd at the event proved it.

Blacktie's idea of creating a partnership networking place on the website is somewhat akin to a business incubator, where collective resources can be pooled and cross-promotion is encouraged. Mix those fundamentals with Blacktie's finesse, business contacts, impeccable reputation, and large audience base, and you have a win-win publicity equation that markets ideas, people, goals and accomplishments, while taking advantage of today's internet explosion. We have entered into a new phase of target marketing efficiency.

Ultimately, letting Blacktie do the work opens up more time for companies and organizations to do what they do best: providing goods and services for people.

High energy and enthusiasm was felt from the moment guests walked into the stately Orbis International House to hear about the BT Networking Partners, a Virtual Community Connector concept.

Orbis House Chairman David French circulated the crowd and told the story of the beautiful home, built in 1895, which is now used to house offices, students both of foreign nationality and those in international studies, and events such as the Blacktie network launch.

Attendees listened with interest as President Elizabeth Byrnes Crony introduced the program, which already has sponsors such as Cherry Creek North clamoring to get in on the ground floor. It was evident the idea and the concept were born from genuine, heartfelt enthusiasm and drive to make community partners successful.

She described the multitude of benefits, with packages available starting at a nominal $200 charter member fee. For not much more expense than a couple of tanks of gas these days, partners can realize these benefits: Connect with like minded people; Promote business on a larger scale; preferably at low cost with high visibility; Grow and create business with longtime associates and create new partnerships; and Give back to the community both personally and professionally.

And, an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, the theme of the day, is inherent. For more information about the Blacktie Networking Partners program or other resources available through Blacktie, contact Elizabeth Byrnes Crony at

To view the pages of the new program and to JOIN, go to


See More Past Events