- A Wise Investment
- (for your business)
ACEC OKLAHOMA and the
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
are the only state and national engineering organizations devoted
exclusively to advancing the business
interests of consulting engineering firms.
While there are many technical and professional societies promoting
the practice of engineering, ACEC OKLAHOMA
and ACEC concentrate on the
BUSINESS of design consulting.
and ACEC's professional staff
constantly provide services and assistance to assure that private-practice
consulting engineering firms have the best possible business, economic and
political environments in which to operate your business. These initiatives
are all designed to enhance your bottom line.
and ACEC services and benefits
- Every session, the Oklahoma Legislature considers hundreds of pieces of
legislation, many of which could affect your consulting engineering business
either directly or indirectly. ACEC OKLAHOMA's
registered lobbyist monitors bills introduced in the legislature, maintains
contact with legislators, and keeps the membership informed of developments
which could impact the business of member firms. ACEC
OKLAHOMA Liaison Committees also stay in close contact with state
agencies, meeting regularly with senior staff to discuss issues of concern
to member firms. In Washington, D.C., ACEC's
Government Affairs Staff monitors pending legislation in Congress as well as
regulatory actions in federal agencies, which assist in decreasing
government regulation, unravel red tape, eliminate unfair competition and
create new business opportunities for your firm.
Member firms are eligible to participate in money-saving life and health
insurance programs specially designed for consulting engineering firms.
A comprehensive, all-lines business insurance program is also
available to member-firms, again, designed specifically for consulting
engineering firms. And, member firms are also eligible to participate in a
retirement program which is second-to-none.
ACEC OKLAHOMA sponsors timely business
practice seminars for members, all with affordable registration fees.
Topics cover a variety of business issues from Professional Risk Management
to Financial Management, Employee Relations to Contract Negotiations. New
seminars are continually being developed to address the changing business
world in which you operate. ACEC
provides a variety of seminar opportunities during the Annual Convention and
Fall Conference, plus special seminars at convenient locations nationwide,
varying in length from full-day to week-long programs as well as a variety
of on-line “webinars.”
- Five times per year, ACEC OKLAHOMA
holds General Membership Meetings at which important matters are brought
before the membership and valuable educational programs are conducted.
These meetings also provide an excellent opportunity to meet with your
colleagues to exchange ideas and information.
- ACEC OKLAHOMA's monthly newsletter,
the The First Word
and ACEC's weekly
Last Word keep members abreast of the latest developments
affecting their business. Special newsletters and reports addressing
specific topics provide members with detailed information on issues of
concern. Additionally, standard contract documents, a variety of manuals of
practice, audio-visual material, and other specialized booklets and manuals
are available to assist firms be more efficient and profitable.
- ACEC OKLAHOMA and
ACEC constantly promote
Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) as the sole method by which clients
should choose their engineering firms. ACEC
OKLAHOMA and ACEC have
been successful in securing state and federal legislation requiring the use
of QBS when government agencies procure A/E services, and continue to
monitor procurement agencies to assure that proper QBS methods are being
- The life-blood of ACEC OKLAHOMA and
ACEC are the Committee structures
which guide and direct the activities of the Council's. Some 40
ACEC OKLAHOMA and
ACEC committees, made up of volunteer
member-firm principals, address business issues facing design firms and
develop methods and programs which firms can put into practice.
ACEC OKLAHOMA and
ACEC conducts a public relations program
to enhance the image of consulting engineers. The annual
ACEC OKLAHOMA and
Engineering Excellence Awards showcase the "best-of-the-best"
engineering projects from across the country through a state and national
competition recognizing both the design consultants and the client-owners.
The ACEC OKLAHOMA and
ACEC Scholarship Program provides
deserving engineering students with thousands of dollars of financial aid to
assist in completing their college education and entering the engineering