So, You Want to Start a Surveying Business

This seminar course will review various aspects of the desires and requirements of starting your own business and more specifically starting a surveying business. It will explore the following;

1. Why would one want to start their own business, specifically a Surveying Business?
2. What are some of the benefits of owning your own business?
3. What are some of the pitfalls associated with owning your own business?
4. What are some of the lessons learned in owning an independent business?
5. What lessons can be passed on to those who are just delving into the field of independent business ownership?
6. What are the costs associated with the establishment and running your own business?
7. What and where are some on the resources to help you get started?
8. How do you determine what your costs are?

Dennis D. Smith, PE, PLS, F.ASCE, F.NSPS is a native of south-central Kentucky, a 1973 graduate of Western Kentucky University, and President and CEO of DDS ENGINEERING, PLLC in Bowling Green, KY. Dennis has been a member of Kentucky Association Professional Surveyors (KAPS) since 1975 and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1980. Dennis was named a Fellow with the NSPS in 2005 and a Fellow of the ASCE in 2016. In 2010 Dennis was recognized as the Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice by the Kentucky Section of ASCE and he was also recently named a Lifetime Member of ASCE. Dennis has served as KAPS Chapter Chair of the Barren River Chapter and served as a KAPS Board Member 1999 through 2003 and as KAPS Board Secretary in 2001. In 2004 and 2008, Dennis was appointed to the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, serving as Chairman in 2007. He also served as the Chair of the Special Task Force for the Review and Development of the Current Professional Standards for Land Surveyors. In addition, for eight years he represented Kentucky on the board of the Colonial States Boards of Surveyor Registration, serving three of those years as board president. At the national level, Dennis represented Kentucky on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, (NCEES) serving on various committees. Perhaps most influential was his time on the Examinations for Professional Surveyors Committee, which was responsible for the development of surveying exams for professional surveyor licensure across the nation. In 2013 Dennis was awarded the NCEES Southern Zone Distinguished Service Award for his many years of varying and influential service to the NCEES Southern Zone. He has been recognized by the Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association for his expertise in designing innovative uses of ready-mixed concrete for storm water management and storm water treatment throughout the Commonwealth. Dennis has been a member of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers since 1978, holding various chapter offices, including president for two consecutive terms. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Corvette Museum, and as a member of both the NCM Building Committee for the 2010 Museum expansion and of the Planning and Development Committee for the NCM Motorsports Park Complex. Smith’s firm was selected to lead the surveying, civil, and geotechnical engineering services for both these projects. He has also served as Chairman of the Building Committee of Living Hope Baptist Church for several Multi-million-dollar Building Expansion Projects. In 1975 he was asked to serve in an advisory capacity to the Western Kentucky University Civil Engineering Department, and assisted the Engineering Department with DDS BIO FOR KAPS ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 02-14-18.doc 2 of 2 review of the civil engineering education program at WKU. In 2002, Dennis was elected as chairman of the newly formed Civil Engineering Advisory Board, a position in which he currently still serves, and because of his Board’s efforts, years later, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education approved the WKU engineering programs as standalone engineering and surveying programs. In addition, Dennis currently serves on the WKU Surveying Education Advisory Committee. In recognition of his many years of work with the WKU CEAB and the WKU engineering program in general, Dennis was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2005 and again in 2013. Having been in business for over 40 years, Dennis has seen it all; the good times, the bad times. The fun times, the not so fun times. Hopefully this session will provide you some insight to prepare for and how to estimate your value and worth as a professional.

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