IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network/CCS RRVS Chapter; "How to Start and Expand a Successful Consulting Practice or Business", VIRTUAL MEETING

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Join us for our bi-monthly Consultants' Network meeting on Thursday, October 29th at 7PM. This will be a "Jointly Hosted" Meeting with the RRVS (Rock River Valley Section). Due to COVID-19, this will be ONLINE only.


This webinar will feature a presentation from William R. Kassebaum, P.E. This presentation is geared towards those who are either currently practicing consultants or have considered entering the world of consulting.

IMPORTANT: You must register before Close of Business on October 27 to get the Webex login information. Webex login/dial in information will be sent out to your registered email before the presentation on Thursday.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 29 Oct 2020
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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Link to the event will be sent out to all registrants the day before.

  • Rockford, Illinois
  • United States

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  • About the IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network

    The IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network fosters and promotes the interests of technology consultants in the IEEE Chicago and Rock River Valley sections as a local affinity group within the IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks.

  • Starts 06 October 2020 12:00 PM
  • Ends 27 October 2020 11:59 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


William R. Kassebaum, P.E.  President/CEO Kassebaum Engineering LLC (Website Link) William R. Kassebaum, P.E. President/CEO Kassebaum Engineering LLC (Website Link)


How to Start and Expand a Successful Consulting Practice or Business

Starting a business requires some planning and fore thought.  Just like a product or system we might design, the effort of building a business requires changing, adapting, and evolving.  In a system design, we might call that an evolutionary spiral where we constantly drafting the requirements, design, implement, and test - and back around again.  As we grow a business practice, we go thru the same stages.  I intend to cover 3 main topic areas in this presentation - first, steps to forming a new business - forms of business,  evaluation of the business model, and initial planning & goal setting;  second - marketing, sales, operation, and getting paid; and third - tips and tools to improve operations, efficiency, and ROI.  Your business should iterate through all these concepts as it grows - re-evaluating,  improving operations, and automating repetitive business operations.   These topics and methods apply regardless of the type of business you are building - whether a consultancy, a product company, or service business.


William R. Kassebaum (Will) has over 30 years working in the private and government sectors, Will has extensive systems & computer (HW/SW) engineering, executive management, program management, and entrepreneurial experience. Will is an experienced technologist and computer hardware/software engineer. Will was the founding CEO of several Indianapolis based technology companies including Algaeon Inc - a local biotechnology startup company. His pioneering work at the Naval Air Warfare Center earned him and his team the prestigious National Performance Review "Heroes Of Government Reinvention" award presented by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Vice President of the United States. While working with private companies such as Escient, LLC, he has led teams that developed award-winning products. Mr. Kassebaum holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana. He is a past Chair and Director of the Central Indiana Section of the IEEE. And recently served on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors as Vice President Career & Member Services 2014-15, and as a corresponding member of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Policy Committee of the IEEE-USA, a Founder and Co-Chair of the Central Indiana Engineering Consultants’ Network, and is a Past Chair and member of the Alliance of IEEE Consultants’ Networks (AICN), a committee of the IEEE-USA.
BS/MS Electrical & Computer Engineering Purdue University 86,91; 10Years US Navy Lab - NAWC AD;  Hughes Aircraft; Raytheon;  10+ Start-up in Private Industry; Raised Private Capital; Investor; Entrepreneur;  IEEE-USA CIS Section, AICN, VP Career & Member Services ’14,15/BOD

Address:Indianapolis, Indiana, United States


7:00pm – Webex Login

7:15pm – Announcements & Introductions

7:30pm - Presentation followed with Q&A

The IEEE Chicago / Rockford Consultants' Network would like to extend a special thanks to the MAKERSPACE AND ENTREPRENEUR CENTER at HARPER COLLEGE for their support of our past events. Though COVID-19 has disrupted their operations, you can learn more about the many exciting developments underway at this new, growing community by visiting