• How does a design firm earn a profit?
  • What is a multiplier?
  • How do I start my own firm?
  • If the firm appears busy, why were there layoffs?
  • What’s the difference between marketing and business development?
To succeed in today’s marketplace, design professionals must have a strong business foundation to survive and thrive. This seminar will empower you by offering insights into how a firm is created, managed and sustained as well as what role you can play in your firm’s success. Attendees will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of creating and managing a design firm, primary financial aspects of a design firm, the secret of how a design firm can survive and prosper, the emerging professional's role in a design firm and in the professional services industry, the importance of branding both personal and for the firm in today's marketplace and the need to communicate effectively in a hyper-communicative world.

AIA Credit Hours: 1.5 LU
IDCEC hours: 1.5

About The Instructor

A Registered Architect with over 32 years of experience, Jim Kimball is a co-founding Principal of Phase Zero Design and is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the Boston Architectural College where he teaches Professional Practice Management. Jim is also a recognized expert in design firm business management and has lectured extensively on the subject. His much sought-after lecture “The 90 Minute MBA for the Emerging Professional” has been presented to both local and national organizations.

Date & Time

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & Networking
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 90 Minute MBA Presentation
7:30 – 7:45 p.m. Q&A, Networking

Event Location

Red Thread
101 Seaport Blvd, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02210


IIDA NE Members: Free
Non-Members: $42
Students/Educators: $20

Pre-registration now closed. If you have not registered and wish to attend, please join us and register onsite.


For any questions you may have about the event, please reach out to Nico Flannery-Pitcher, [email protected]

Why the extra $2?

One Bill at a Time is a campaign to raise awareness and resources for Interior Design Advocacy in the New England Region.  By adding two dollars to each event hosted by IIDA NE, we remind ourselves that advancing our profession is the core mission of our Organizations and, with small individual contributions throughout our community, we can make a large impact*.

*At the conclusion of each calendar year, all funds raised will be distributed to New England states with active advocacy initiatives in direct proportion to the percent of Chapter membership residing in each state. 

We dedicate this campaign to the individuals that achieved interior design legislation in New England states and paved the way for the future of our profession, One Bill at a Time.

Please note: audience photographs and/or video may be taken at this event. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image, voice and likeness to be used for marketing purposes.