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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

For context, small firms share of staff is 16.0% and share of billings is 12.0%

We need to find ways to leverage that size for collaboration and influence, just like the individual large firms do.

   

  

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Operating/Organizational Agreement for PLLC and WBE Certification

  • 1.  Operating/Organizational Agreement for PLLC and WBE Certification

    Posted 06-23-2024 01:18 PM

    Hello,

    I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to inquire if anyone within the community has experience with creating an "Operating/Organizational Agreement" for their PLLC.

    I am in the process of applying for WBE certification, and part of the requirements includes submitting this document. As I am the sole proprietor of my PLLC, I hadn't previously considered such an agreement.

    Could anyone share insights or recommend a default template specifically tailored for an architecture practice? I would greatly appreciate hearing how others have approached this.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance!

    Best,

    Gemma



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    Gemma Devesa Gasco AIA
    Gemma Devesa Architecture PLLC
    Brooklyn NY
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  • 2.  RE: Operating/Organizational Agreement for PLLC and WBE Certification

    Posted 16 days ago

    Great question - I am a DBA sole proprietor and although I have my WBE, I've found the paperwork, for the most part, to be irrelevant to my business structure. I've recently considered changing to a LLC myself...this is just one example of how I'll have to ramp up my administrative time to keep up with all of the additional documentation requirements. Hoping you receive some helpful guidance. Good luck!  



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    Jessica Zeigler-Cihlar, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
    Village Architecture & Preservation
    jzc@village-architecture.com
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