What we're about

PATCA is a nonprofit professional association of independent consultants and principals who work in small consulting practices. Since its founding in 1975, PATCA members have been highly respected for their professionalism, integrity, objectivity and competence. They include experts in all aspects of business and technology, and serve clients in many industries, throughout the U.S. and the world. PATCA offers a free "Post a Project" referral service at www.patca.org for clients searching for an expert consultant, and provides leads, referrals, and consulting education to its consultant members, including monthly meetings in San Francisco Bay Area.

Upcoming events (5+)

Marketing Committee Planning Meeting

Le Boulanger.

Help us plan and execute our internal and external initiatives to promote and enhance PATCA.

PATCA New Consultants' Roundtable Lunch

Roundtable Pizza 4400

$15.00

Are you thinking about becoming a consultant? Are you consulting now, and want to reposition your business. Then this is the Meetup for you. Learn how to enter the Consulting Business professionally. Two seasoned members of PATCA (The Professional and Technical Consultants Association) will be leading a monthly roundtable meeting to discuss ideas of interest to those just starting in Consulting or Independent Contracting. The Format is as follows: 1. First, there will be a quick round of introductions by those in attendance. 2. Next, there will be a 15 to 20 minute focused discussion around a specific topic related to starting an independent contractor business. o Assessing your tolerance for Economic risk in Independent Consulting A. How long can you be without a steady income? B. Do you have savings to last at least 6 months in the bank? C. Can you keep "plugging on" with trying new Marketing approaches, even if you are under pressure to get income? D. Are you willing to be very flexible as to what service you offer, and at what price? Can you set forth on a process to have alternate plans for income? These must include what might seem "unthinkable" or “undesirable” E. Have you considered it might take up to two years for you to achieve the income you are currently used to? 3. After the presentation, there will be a formal discussion on the presentation topic. Then the floor will be open to answer general questions on starting a consulting practice. So bring your questions. We will end promptly at 1:30 PM. MEETING COST AND SIZE LIMIT There will be a $15 fee for attending this meeting. If you pay at the door, the cost is $20 cash, so sign up online if you can. Fee includes the Roundtable Buffet of all you can eat of pizza and salad, and all the soda drinks you might wish for. Attendance is limited to 15 persons, so sign up right away if you wish to attend. The Leaders of this Roundtable will be: Carl Angotti, President of Angotti Product Development, and long time Sr. Certified Professional Consultant member of PATCA and current Board member. He is also a former Chair and Board Member of the Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV). Larry Polyak, President of MSD Systems, and a long time Certified Professional Consultant Company member of PATCA. For further Information, please contact Carl Angotti at [masked]

PATCA Evening Networking & Discussion Meeting

Marigold Indian Cuisine (was Sneda)

$35.00

Detail of the evening meeting will be coming soon

PATCA Management Consultants Networking Bkfst

Black Bear Diner

We are a group of experienced line, project and product management consultants that bring business questions and challenges to the group to share insights and solutions. The time is used to learn from one another, and share our experiences in a very congenial atmosphere. Our discussions often include getting and keeping satisfied clients, and other critical areas related to earning a living as a management consultant. Just to start things off this month, it might be interesting to consider the topic of combating the "Dilbert Effect" that is generated by the characterizations created about managers and management consultants in the cartoon strip "Dilbert". Our group is a joint meeting of PATCA (the Professional and Technical Consultant's Assoc) and the ABC (Area Breakfast for Consultants) of the South Bay. We are sponsored by PATCA and the ABC is Affiliated with the IMC (Institute of Management Consultants) Northern California Chapter. PATCA, is a leading Bay Area organization of Consultants (https://patca.org/). The IMC is the Premier Organization of Management Consultants in the U.S (http://imcusa.org). Our regular meetings are held on the third Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. These meetings will be at the Black Bear Diner, 415 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (Tel:[masked]). Cost is to order from the menu and join in on the conversation. Come join us. Please Respond via this meetup group: or just drop by. Carl Angotti [masked][masked]

Past events (247)

PATCA Management Consultants Networking Bkfst

Black Bear Diner

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