SOURCE: Technology Council of Southern California

Technology Council of Southern California

March 10, 2011 11:00 ET

Technology Council of Southern California Unveils New Membership Structure and Pricing

New Categories of Membership Broaden the Council's Scope and Reach Among Tech Community, Influencers and Academics

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - The Technology Council of Southern California (www.tcosc.org), the premier forum for the region's technology companies and executives, today announced its new membership structure, that will now allow members of the academic community, start-up companies and individual technology executives at VP level and higher to participate in the organization's event-based education and networking programs.

"We are very excited to broaden our membership structure to include individuals who are positively impacting the technology industry within the Southern California region," said Rick Sharga, president of the Technology Council of Southern California board of directors and senior vice president at RealtyTrac, Inc. "By making these changes, we hope to grow membership and provide additional opportunities for business development and networking through the Council's vast resources."

Membership provides executives and academics with opportunities to meet, develop relationships with and learn from their peers through frequent events in the region. At the organization's networking events and meetings, members gain valuable knowledge for their businesses and discuss issues including regional development, industry trends and hot topics. Within the organization there are several vertical societies that allow members to focus on core areas of interest, including peer societies (entrepreneur, financial executives, marketing & sales), function society (funding and M&A) and industry societies (healthcare IT, digital media, software).

Prior to these changes, there were two categories of membership for the Council, industry and associate, and pricing was based on the number of employees at the applicant companies. Now, the Council offers several newly revised categories for membership, including technology company (previously industry), professional services (previously associate) and academic. Pricing has also been revised for each category and is explained below.

Technology Company Membership
Companies eligible for technology company membership are primarily engaged in the manufacturing, development, and or supplying of technology products or services. To meet requirements outlined by the Tech Council, the company needs to be a revenue-generating venture and/or must be a professional investment firm that is either a part owner of or serves on the Board of Directors of one or more businesses that meet the foregoing criteria.

Annual membership rates in this category are scalable and are directly correlated to the total number of employees the company currently has in its roster. The fee structure for this category of membership is as follows:

  • Start-up (first two years of business only) $195 (NEW)
  • SMB Technology Company (up to 99 employees) $495
  • Enterprise Technology Company (over 100+ employees) $995
  • Individual (Must be VP level or higher with a revenue-generating venture) $245 (NEW)

With a company membership, all executive-level (decision making) employees of the company will be recognized as members.

Professional Services Company Membership
Companies eligible for professional services membership consist of those individuals that primarily provide support services to technology companies. The fee structure for this category of membership is also scalable to the number of employees at the company. Pricing is as follows:

  • 1-10 employees $495
  • 11-50 employees $995
  • 51+ employees $1495

Academia Membership (NEW)
Individuals eligible for the newly offered academia membership are affiliated with accredited, higher education institutions within California. In order to qualify as an academia member, applicants must provide a copy of credentials, such as a student or employee I.D. The fee for this category of membership is $35 per individual.

About Technology Council of Southern California
The Technology Council of Southern California is the premier forum for the region's technology leaders, providing events, connections, information and resources to help technology companies succeed. From recognizing excellence in innovation through its annual awards event to providing access to funding through VentureNet, the Technology Council supports companies throughout their entire corporate lifecycles. Founded in 1991 as the Software Council of Southern California, the Technology Council has an 20-year history of supporting technology companies across the region. For more information, visit: www.tcosc.org.

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