For more information on hiring a consultant, check out these resources:
- The Institute of Management Consultants maintains a free referral service for certified management consultants who've completed the Institute's professional accreditation program, completed an ethics exam, signed a code-of-ethics agreement and undergone a screening process. Contact the Institute at 521 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10175, (212) 697-8262 or http://www.imcusa.org
- The Association of Management Consulting Firms provides a free referral service, categorized by industry and specialty, to help businesses of all sizes select consulting firms. Call (212) 455-8231 or visit http://www.amcf.org
- You can also find consultants through trade associations in a particular industry. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) can refer you to these trade groups. Write to the ASAE at 15175 I St. N.W., Washington, DC 20005 or call (202) 626-2793.
- Another great resource is the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). This organization of some 12,400 retired business owners and executives provides free consulting for small businesses. Call (800) 634-0245 or visit http://www.score.org
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