History of RPCN
Rochester Professional Consultants Network is a non-profit organization, founded in 1990, by Ian (Ted) Fraser. RPCN is an affiliation of individual consultants, who provide the business community with resources for a variety of high quality consulting services. Our members have extensive experience in business and industry. RPCN is dedicated to the professional growth of our members. We accomplish this by providing seminars, workshops, networking and community outreach.
Today, RPCN has well over 100 widely diversified members representing a large number of business professions. Most members reside in the Greater Rochester area, but serve clients worldwide.
Rochester Professional Consultants Network is an education and support organization for individuals in consulting. Most of our members have their own independent consulting practices, while a few are employees of larger organizations.
RPCN is a not-for-profit educational organization that operates under a set of bylaws and is governed by a Board of Directors. All elected officers and appointed members of the Board serve without compensation.
RPCN holds four meetings each month. Meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. on Friday mornings. On the second and fourth Friday we feature a speaker, workshop, or other educational program. “Speaker meetings” are held at the Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Avenue). There is a minimal charge for these meetings. Occasional meetings are luncheon or dinner events with a meal and a speaker.
On the first and third Fridays of each month (at 8:00 a.m.) we hold informal "forums," led by a professional facilitator. Currently we meet at the Pittsford Public Library. There is no charge for these forums and everyone is welcome. At the “Technical” forum (1st Friday), attendees ask questions about technical issues the other attendees, who may have had and solved similar problems, provide the answers. At the “Business” forum (3rd Friday), the questions are about consulting business issues. The answer format is the same. All meetings are open to the public; everyone is welcome to attend. The forums are very popular because of the friendly atmosphere and the great deal of valuable information gained by the participants. For more information, see 'Events."
A low-cost membership is available to those who wish only to receive the newsletter and to support the organization.
For additional information, call us at (585) 244-1060.
For Start-up Consultants
One of our organization's goals is to help members who are exploring consulting become practicing consultants. RPCN members who are starting (or considering starting) a consulting business should expect to gain the following through their participation in RPCN:
- A clear perspective of the consulting profession.
- Assessment of their potential for becoming a successful consultant.
- Information about starting a consulting business.
- Advice and support from experienced consultants.
- Networking with experienced consultants.