The mission of the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. The objectives of the AIA SFx are three-fold:
1. Advocate the value of small firms, the national SFx, and local SFx groups, both within the AIA and to the public.
2. Curate and disseminate the most pertinent resources and information, from the AIA & elsewhere, that benefit small firms.
3. Inform the AIA of current issues facing small firms and areas in which current resources/information are lacking.
Approximately 75% of all firms within the AIA are small firms (less than 10 employees), which equates to 14,459 small firms within the organization.
~26.8% = sole practitioners = 5,173
~33.5% = 1-5 employees = 6,459
~14.7% = 5-10 employees = 2,827
We need to find ways to leverage that size for collaboration and influence, just like the individual large firms do.
We are continuing our work (while honoring others' social distancing needs): continuing to market, continuing our drawings, invoicing more often, and trying to figure out what our clients' new needs are. If things slow, we will work on expanding our skills, CAD templates, and marketing approach. We are considering video-meeting software with mark-up tools.
Yesterday, the group The EntreArchitect Community hosted a Facebook Live Webinar called, "Success and Survival as a Small Firm (in this time of COVID-19." I very much enjoyed this. You can find a link to it here: https://www.facebook.com/markrlepage/videos/10218526391768741.
Following up my post above -- for those of you who cannot access the EntreArchitect link given above or would rather just have a summary – here is my summary of last Monday's EntreArchitect "Success and Survival as a Small Firm (in this time of COVID-19)" webinar: