IEEE-USA/Foothills Consultant Network Workshop (Including San Diego, Orange County/Los Angeles area)

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Sharing Over 200 Years of Consulting Experience

The IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee and the IEEE Consultants Network covering the greater Los Angeles CA Area invite you to attend a half day Consultant Workshop in the Ontario, CA area that will cover a range of issues that will interest consultants. Topics will include improving your networking skills, setting up your consulting business, what consultants need to know about IP, Copyrights, and Patents; how to find clients, and entrepreneurship.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Non-IEEE Members are Welcome Members and non-members please register at the registration link below. Seats are limited!

  Date and Time




  • Date: 13 May 2023
  • Time: 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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  • 2970 Inland Empire Blvd.
  • Ontario, California
  • United States 91768
  • Building: DeVry University Ontario Campus

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  • Co-sponsored by AICN
  • Starts 03 April 2023 08:00 PM
  • Ends 12 May 2023 11:45 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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9:20 am - 9:50 am: Registration/Breakfast

9:50 am - 10:00 am: Chair Introductions

10:00 am - 10:50 am - How to Stimulate and Hone Your Networking Skills
The purpose of this workshop is to stimulate and hone networking skills. The session will cover the importance of networking, understanding the fundamentals of networking (who, basic process), strategies for networking (how to get what you want, Do's & Don’ts) and the ethics of networking. The session will include three exercises and audience participation will be required. Also, you will need to have business cards to participate in the final exercise.

  • Presenter: TBD, IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee (AICNCC)

11:00 am - 11:50 am: How to Find Clients
Most consultants get their start with a few clients, typically former employers or contacts made through work or networking. But how do you keep a steady 'pipeline' of clients and potential clients? An experienced consultant will reveal some of the techniques that he and others have used to find and keep good clients.

  • Presenter: Charles Lord, Member, IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee (AICNCC)

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm: Licensure and the Engineering Consultant (Establishing a business with and without a license)

Do you need to be licensed as a Professional Engineer to operate as an engineering consultant?  Are there benefits to licensure in jurisdictions that don’t require it?  How does an engineering consultant become licensed and maintain professional registration?  These and other topics related to licensure and registration will be addressed by an AICNCC member.

  • Presenter: Mike Behnke, Member, IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee (AICNCC)

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm: 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.

  • Presenter: William R. Kassebaum, Member, IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee (AICNCC)

2:00 pm: Closing Comments and Adjournment