The IEEE Consultants Network of Long Island (historically called the LICN), is a non-profit professional organization affiliated with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The LICN consists of electrical, electronic, software and mechanical engineers -- each with their own independent consulting practice.
We meet on the first Thursday (formerly the first Wednesday) of the month to discuss either a technical or consulting related topic. Some technical topics qualify for continuing education credits for Professional Engineers.
We are a friendly bunch and are always willing to help members with questions about starting a consulting practice. Our meetings are open to the general public, but you must meet certain eligibility requirements to become a voting member. For more information, go to http://www.licn.org .
This meeting will be a continuation of last October's meeting on the business side of running a small consulting business.
We will invite seasoned members of the audience to tell about the tips and tricks that worked for them.
This might include topics such as:
• Dealing with subcontractors and government contractors
• Contract issues and contractual risk reduction
• Brain sucking -- and how to avoid it
• Useful hardware/software publication resources and tools
• Advice to people just starting a business
We will also discuss what worked and what didn’t in our own businesses:
• Starting the business: Our motivations and initial steps
• Working with partners and/or mentors
• Key factors responsible for our success
• Obstacles we had to overcome
• Memorable projects
6:30 PM: Network with others over delicious food and soft drinks. We will be having deli heroes plus coleslaw, macaroni and potato salads. So, bring your appetite.
7:00 PM: Introductions, LICN announcements and presentation
Between our normal non-Meetup crowd and those on this Meetup list, we expect to have a good 40 or so people attending, so bring your business cards to share when networking.
More info about the LICN can be found at www.licn.org. Read our blog at licn.typepad.com.