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Upcoming events

    • 02 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
    • TBD - Andover Area and Zoom

    Topic:  Consultants Series Part 1 - Beginning Consulting - How to Become a Consultant

    Consultant:  Mark Fitzgerald

    Date: May TBD, 2023

    Location: Hybrid - Onsite TBD in Andover, MA area and Zoom

    Light snacks and refreshments provided


    Meeting starts at 7:00 PM.


    Open to the public.  Networking from 6:30PM - 7 PM. 

    Your registration confirmation email contains the zoom link - Please read the email confirmation completely.

    Event Description:

    IEEE CNET Consultant Mark Fitzgerald will discuss how to be an effective consultant and run a consulting business.  Topics: becoming a consultant, diversification of your consulting business and keeping a steady cash flow, whether to incorporate your business and have direct clients (C2C) or go W2 through an agency, issues that are common to the consulting business, , types of business and liability insurance, among other topics.  We also welcome your questions.


    This talk covers information that engineers may find useful in a career choice of whether to become a consultant and run a consulting business.



    Speaker Biographies:

    Mark Fitzgerald:

    Mark Fitzgerald has been a consultant since 1993.  Mark established Silver Bullet Engineering, Inc. providing electronics design in both hardware and software, and project management / Agile ScrumMaster, specializing in medical devices (IEC-62304), safety standard designs (IEC-61508).  Networking and Control Systems are also a specialty. Silver Bullet Engineering, Inc. is a C2C provider and insured. Mark has several patents and has published several technical manuals. He is an IEEE and CNET member. Website reference: https://www.silverbulletengineeringinc.com/


    • 23 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
    • TBD - and Zoom

    Topic:  Consultants Series Part 2 - Advanced Consulting - Running a Consulting Business

    Consultant:  TBD

    Date: June TBD, 2023

    Location: Hybrid - Onsite TBD and Zoom


    Light snacks and refreshments provided


    Meeting starts at 7:00 PM.


    Open to the public.  Networking from 6:30PM - 7 PM. 

    Your registration confirmation email contains the zoom link - Please read the email confirmation completely.

    Event Description:

    IEEE CNET Consultant TBD will discuss how to be an effective consultant and run a consulting business.  Topics: Advanced Consulting TBD. We also welcome your questions.


    This talk covers information that engineers may find useful in a career choice of whether to become a consultant and run a consulting business.



    Speaker Biographies:


    • 28 Oct 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
    • TBD - and Zoom

    Topic:  Open Forum Discussion

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    Each member presenter gets to present or discuss a topic for up to 6 minutes. The topic is up to the presenter. No slides needed, just pick a topic to present or discuss. If you want to use slides, that is your option.  Slides are due 1 day prior to the meeting via email.

    Presenters: CNET Members only are allowed to present at this meeting.  But everyone that attends gets to participate in the discussion and ask questions.


    Topics can be fun, but they also must be clean.


    Non-members are allowed to participate in the discussion and ask questions.


    Consultant/Member presenter should entertain all the other people at the meeting.  Please enjoy yourself.  These discussions may be informal.


    The Format: 

    Think fun and interactive...    Zoom Whiteboard will be used. Topics will be put on the whiteboard at the start of the meeting.  Members then vote on each topic (selection is done quickly at the start of the meeting).  The topics with the most votes get priority for discussion. Everyone gets to participate in the discussion or ask questions. Given a 60 minute meeting, that means maybe 9 topics will get discussed.  At the end of 6 minutes we vote if the topic should be given one or two more minutes more discussion.  And that's part of the fun, because the topics with less votes may never get discussed.

    Date: November TBD, 2023


    Minimum Quorum Requirements: 6 members registered 1 week prior to meeting (not including Board of Directors or Consultants Panel Speakers)


    Location: Hybrid - Onsite TBD and Zoom


    Light snacks and refreshments provided


    Meeting starts at 7:00 PM.


    Open to the public.  Networking from 6:30PM - 7 PM. 

    Your registration confirmation email contains the zoom link - Please read the email confirmation completely.


    This talk may, or may not, cover information that engineers find useful in a career choice of whether to become a consultant and how to run a consulting business, but you will have fun.

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