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Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    A series of short presentations on hardware, software, apps, and free or low-cost do-it-yourself technologies that have helped various members in their consultancy business. We will leave some time for impromptu audience contributions after the posted talks.

    Advanced Integrated Circuits Enable Mobile Healthcare Solutions

    Discussion on how the latest generation of compact, low power and cost efficient integrated circuits are enabling the next generation of mobile and edge node health monitoring applications.

    Presenter: Mike Falter

    Will Untangle be Your Internet Gateway?

    • Book report on Christopher Dawson’s book, Internet Security You Can Afford: Using Untangle As Your Internet Gateway. (Boston, MA: Cengage Learning), 2015.
    • Initial experiences getting started
    • Taking a look at the online demo

    Presenter: Frederick Beihold

    Free and Low-cost Tools for Your Consulting Practice

    • KiCad a free and open source schematic capture / PCB layout tool.
    • Digilent’s Analog Discovery ($279)
    • Two-channel USB digital oscilloscope (1MΩ, +/-25V, differential, 14-bit, 100MS/s, 30MHz+ bandwidth – with the Analog Discovery BNC Adapter Board)
    • Two-channel arbitrary function generator (+/-5V, 14-bit, 100MS/s, 12MHz+ bandwidth – with the Analog Discovery BNC Adapter Board)
    • Stereo audio amplifier to drive external headphones or speakers with replicated AWG signals
    • 16-channel digital logic analyzer (3.3V CMOS and 1.8V or 5V tolerant, 100MS/s)
    • 16-channel virtual digital I/O including buttons, switches, and LEDs – perfect for logic training applications
    • Two input/output digital trigger signals for linking multiple instruments (3.3V CMOS)
    • Network analyzer – Bode, Nyquist, Nichols transfer diagrams of a circuit. Range: 1Hz to 10MHz
    • Spectrum Analyzer – power spectrum and spectral measurements (noise floor, SFDR, SNR, THD, etc.)
    • Digital Bus Analyzers (SPI, I2C, UART, Parallel), and more…

    Presenter: Larry Nelson

    Presenter Biographies

    Mike Falter is the Principal of TechLaunch Strategies, a new venture working with companies on their business and technology commercialization strategies. Mike has 15 years of experience in the Semiconductor and Power Electronics industries in various Strategic Marketing, Systems Engineering and Business Development roles where he formulated strategic partnerships and defined customer
    solutions based on industry leading embedded hardware, software and sensor solutions for Medical, Industrial, Energy and Consumer markets. Mike hold a BSEE and MBA.

    Frederick Beihold started The Black Oak Group as sole proprietor in October 2013. He has 17 years experience in Electrical Engineering including RF Design and mostly passive Electromagnetic Applications. Before that he made measurements for 7 years at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory as a technician followed by 4 years at ITT/Aerospace as an Engineering Assistant. Several technical papers bear his name either as author or in the acknowlegements. He is currently the IEEE Consultants’ Network Chair, Boston Chapter, and holds the B.A. and M.Sc. degrees.

    Larry Nelson has had his own consulting company since 1980 and has published technical articles and created technical training programs for Universities as well as Industry. He has been granted several patents and is a licensed PE in the state of Massachusetts. He has served as an Expert Witness in several litigations and has advised insurance companies on several cases to determine root cause of failure. He is a Platinum level consultant with Microchip Corporation and has a broad technical background across many industries. He uses open source software for many things in his consulting practice and many of his tools are low cost, but very effective.


    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com


    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    How can you tell if a potential consulting engagement is right for you? How can you know what to charge, so you’re happy if you get the engagement or you don’t? When you define success for yourself as a consultant, you can create the consulting business you want. You’ll take the right gigs and decline the others. It’s a matter of defining your version of success.

    You’ll learn to define the kind of role you want, for the kind of clients you want, so you can create your successful consulting practice.

    About Johanna Rothman

    Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems, resolve risks, and manage their product development. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair and was the co-chair of the first edition of the Agile Practice Guide. Johanna is the author of these books:

    • Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver
    •  Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization
    • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, 2nd edition
    • Project Portfolio Tips: Twelve Ideas for Focusing on the Work You Need to Start & Finish
    • Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Value in Your Project Portfolio (with Jutta Eckstein)
    • Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost
    • Manage Your Job Search
    • Hiring Geeks That Fit
    • The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic
    • Project Management
    • Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management

    She is a contributor at projectmanagment.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com, as well as a blog on createadaptablelife.com.

    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail cn.boston@ieee.org or chairman@boston-consult.com; or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499.


    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451
    A panel discussion consisting of 5 consultants who will share their experiences and tips on how best to consult. Topics covered will include:
    • Specialization vs. generalization
    • On site vs. off site
    • Your tools vs. client's tools
    • Proposals
    • Record keeping
    • Corp, Sole proprietorship, or partnership
    • 1099, Corp to Corp, or, W2
    • Consulting, contracting, and employees
    • Pitfalls and traps to avoid

    A panel discussion consisting of 5 consultants who will share their experiences and tips on how best to consult. Topics covered will include:

    • o   Specialization vs. generalization
    • o   On site vs. off site
    • o   Your tools vs. client's tools
    • o   Proposals
    • o   Record keeping
    • o   Corp, Sole proprietorship, or partnership
    • o   1099, Corp to Corp, or, W2
    • o   Consulting, contracting, and employees
    • o   Pitfalls and traps to avoid

    Panel Members:

    (To be announced)


    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

    • 22 May 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    Is there a way to succeed in business without really “selling”?

    Yes. It’s called referral-based marketing.

    Paul Hutchinson is a master at it, and if you attend this presentation, you’ll be on your way to mastery, too. Paul will help us with a problem many of us face: Independent consultants and other solo professionals often find “selling” the thing they least like to do. But the essence of being in business for yourself – “on your own,” as they say – is taking responsibility for bringing in new work.

    Paul will talk us through these questions you may have about building your business or practice through referrals:

    • What is a referral-based marketing program?
    •  How can it drive the growth of my business or practice?
    • Why do some people get great referrals, while others do not?
    • How do I go about asking for referrals?
    • How do I follow up effectively

    About Our Speaker:

    Paul R. Hutchinson, a senior management consultant with a passion for selling and teaching engineers how to sell, has been working with small Engineering and Consulting companies for the past 15 years. He has delivered powerful and engaging sale seminars to numerous professional organizations such as, The IEEE Boston Section, The Society of Professional Consultants, and the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce.


    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

    • 26 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    Presented by Greg Stone

    (check back soon for more details)

    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    Presented by Steve Greffenius

    (check back soon for more information)

    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    Presented by Norman Daoust

    (check back soon for more details)

    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451
    (check back soon for more information)

    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

Past events

23 Jan 2018 Tax Strategies
28 Nov 2017 Election of Officers for 2018
24 Oct 2017 Coriandolo Radio: An open-source protocol for “drive-by” sensor-logger data collection
26 Sep 2017 The Professional Engineer License - Why You Should Want It
27 Jun 2017 Collection Strategies for Professionals
23 May 2017 Engage with Clients Emotionally to Gain New and Follow-on Work
25 Apr 2017 Everything You Wanted To Know About Consulting But Were Afraid To Ask
28 Mar 2017 How Changing Your Belief System Allows New Solutions to Enter Your Consciousness
28 Feb 2017 Is Networking & Speaking Bringing You Lots of New Business? If Not, Stop Leaving $$$ on the Table!
24 Jan 2017 Tax reporting for 2016
03 Jan 2017 Product Development in the Life Science & Hight Tech Startups
27 Sep 2016 Using Real-Time Spectral Analysis to Visualize, Measure, and Troubleshoot EMI Signals in a Completely Different Way
14 Jul 2016 14th Annual Sunset Cruise and Networking Evening on Boston Harbor
22 Jun 2016 Using Empathy for Enhancing Client Relationships and Motivating New Ones
25 May 2016 Business Networking for Engineers Who Kind of Hate Networking
27 Apr 2016 Everything You Wanted To Know About Consulting But Were Afraid To ask
23 Mar 2016 Don't Tell Your Customers to Read the F'ing Manual
24 Feb 2016 The Impact of Thermal Management in Electronics Design from Wearable Electronics, IoT to Data Centers
27 Jan 2016 Tax Information and Pitfalls for 2015 Reporting - Brad Capland
05 Jan 2016 Product Development in Life Science and High Tech Startups
23 Nov 2015 Engineering Consultants in the Medical Device Field
26 Oct 2015 How to Achieve Peak Performance in your Consulting Practice
28 Sep 2015 Leadership for Consultants
22 Jun 2015 June Meeting
18 May 2015 Creative Avoidance: Why We Spend Time Doing Other Things Instead of Actively Growing Our Business
27 Apr 2015 Consultants Panel
23 Mar 2015 How You Surrendered Your Power to Your Prospects - and How You Can Stop Doing It
23 Feb 2015 Tax Information and Tax Pits for 2014
26 Jan 2015 Networking...For People Who Kind of Hate Networking
06 Jan 2015 Joint with ENET - Bootstrapping a Lean Start Up
17 Nov 2014 Protecting Your IP in a Client-Centered Scenario
27 Oct 2014 Building and Maintaining a Successful Consulting Career
22 Sep 2014 September Meeting
25 Jun 2014 Branding a Consulting Practice
28 May 2014 The Networking Pyramid
23 Apr 2014 CNET Panel Discussion
26 Mar 2014 Taxes and Reporting for Consultants
26 Feb 2014 Contract Issues for Consultants and Clients
22 Jan 2014 Whose Reality Is it? Seeing Ourselves As Others See Us
07 Jan 2014 Strategic Partnering, Licensing and IP Strategies - Co-sponsored by ENET
20 Nov 2013 Sales Skills for Consultants
23 Oct 2013 The Bilingual Advantage: Improving Performance By Speaking Manager And Consulting Engineer
25 Sep 2013 8 Steps to Obtaining Speaking Engagements for Business Development, Personal Branding, and Thought Leadership
26 Jun 2013 Negotiating: Your Nine Tips for Success
22 May 2013 Presentation Skills - Learn to Perfect your Marketing Pitch
24 Apr 2013 Panel Discussion - Everything you wanted to know about consulting but were afraid to ask.
27 Mar 2013 Tax and Financial Planning for Growing Consultancies
27 Feb 2013 An Insider's Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice
23 Jan 2013 Six Things You Should Know BEFORE Becoming a Technical Consultant
04 Dec 2012 Legal and Patent Strategies for Entrepreneurs
14 Nov 2012 3D Printing: How It May Impact You
24 Oct 2012 “Thought Leadership: The Art of Separating Yourself from the Rest of the Pack”
09 Oct 2012 “Informal Networking Dinner”
27 Sep 2012 “Social Media for Consultants”
28 Jun 2012 “Working with Contract Agencies”
24 May 2012 Consultants - How to make sure you get paid for your work
22 Mar 2012 Financial Guidance for Consultants