CPCUG Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG
Speakers and Meeting Facilitators
General Information About Our SIG Meetings
The CPCUG Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG usually meets the third Saturday of each month, usually at--
Cleveland Park Branch Library, 1st Floor Meeting RoomOur meetings usually run from 1:00 to 3:15 pm (with attendees sometimes staying as long as another hour or so, picking the brains of the speaker(s), talking, networking).
If equipment needs to be set up, speakers should arrive by 12:30 pm. Otherwise, speakers should arrive by 12:45 pm.
Focus on the Topic
Meeting attendees expect quality content-filled presentations. They attend to learn how to build or expand upon their business knowledge. Attendees do not expect or want a sales pitch for products or services.
We strive to hold meetings with balanced, unbiased presentations.
Ability To Answer Technical Questions
Attendees want speakers with hands-on, practical, relevant experience--speakers who can answer their questions.
To insure a successful presentation and meeting, we may request an advance copy of your presentation via e-mail the week before the meeting.
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Although there is no fee or honorarium for speaking at our meetings, we do publicize our SIG's presentations and speakers in periodicals such as The Washington Post and the Monitor of the Capital PC User Group; on several Web sites including Netpreneur.org; and via related e-mail distribution lists. Several of our meetings have been "spotlighted" on the Morino Institute Netpreneur.org Web site and in that week's Netpreneur.org program e-mail blast to 7,500 subscribers.
To maximize publicity opportunities for the meeting at which you will be appearing, please provide the following information at least 6 weeks in advance of the meeting:
Typical Meeting Agenda:
Several times a year a smaller group (usually about 4 to 12) goes to Nanny O'Brien's (3319 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 202-686-9189, 2 pm Saturdays to 2 am Sundays) or another local establishment for continued conversation, networking, and refreshment following the meeting. (Participants pay for their own beverages and food.)
We're flexible about meeting format and can probably tweak the format to suit the needs of our speakers.
Parking: Very small lot, off Macomb St., to left of library.
Metrorail: Cleveland Park Station on the Red Line (on Connecticut Avenue, just 1.5 blocks north of meeting site)
Equipment requirements vary from speaker to speaker.
The 1st floor meeting room has a projection screen.
A large table, small table, and chairs can be arranged as you wish in the speaking area.
We may be able to reserve a small lectern and an easel tripod (without paper) for the meeting room--speakers should let us know of these needs in advance.
We will need to make arrangements to bring in the additional equipment and supplies you will need.
Please let me know which option(s) meet your needs:
(1) Speaker brings laptop and high-resolution projection equipmentNote--when audiovideo equipment is to be used, meeting facilitator should bring--
The CPCUG equipment options and limitations are described in the following paragraphs.
If a different meeting room must be obtained, the "Meeting Planning Checklist for Potential Meeting Rooms" may be of help in making a selection.
CPCUG has portable equipment to help support SIG meetings:
CPCUG has two NEC LT155 high-resolution projectors.
A copy of the instruction manual for each NEC LT155 high-resolution projector is stored in the pocket of each case. Persons responsible for setting up the projectors, who have not used them previously, are advised to read the directions ahead of time. To protect the bulb ($400), be sure to observe the warmup and shutoff procedures.
For additional information:
CPCUG gratefully acknowledges the very generous donation of funds for these projectors by Mario Morino, the Morino Institute, and the HillGang.
CPCUG Laptop Computer
Note: CPCUG is planning to purchase a new laptop sometime after the arrival of Windows 7 (estimated date for Windows 7: October 22, 2009)
Ports and Connectors
For additional information:
CPCUG gratefully acknowledges the very generous donation of funds for this new Dell laptop by Mario Morino, the Morino Institute, and the HillGang.
Overhead Projector for Transparencies (housed at E&C SIG in Washington, DC)
Apollo Concept 2250 Deluxe
CPCUG Equipment Use Etiquette
CPCUG equipment is available for official CPCUG events as needed. (SIG chairs make reservations for the equipment and arrange for its pickup and return.)
The overhead projector has two bulbs installed. If an overhead projector bulb burns out while you have the equipment, however, please let the SIG chair or meeting facilitator know, so the bulb can be replaced before the next meeting at which the equipment will be used.
Wired high-speed Internet access is not available for our use at Cleveland Park Library.
Wi-Fi is available for our use at Cleveland Park Library, but it is shared with library patrons and slow. A range extender needs to be reserved and brought to the event.
With adequate notice (minimum of a week), we may be able to arrange the use of the CPCUG laptop with its Sprint card for mobile Internet access. Note: This Internet access is slow by today's broadband standards. Speakers are advised to download as much as possible to their laptops in advance of presenting.
Extralong phone cord (as long as 200 feet) would be required (there is only one analog jack in the building).
To use dial-up networking in a Cleveland Park Library meeting room, insert a "9" (without the quotation marks) in front of the access phone number (area code plus phone number) to complete the dial-up networking process. (At NIH Lipsett, insert a "9,".)
Attendance at our SIG meetings varies widely, usually from 30 to 100 (in April 2001 we had 107), depending on topic, speaker(s), weather, and whatever else is competing for the time and attention of potential attendees. I ask those planning to attend to RSVP, and I make a guesstimate of the final number.
Are you planning to provide a handout(s)? When would you need to have an audience size guesstimate? (Even when we announce a topic and speaker 4 months in advance, many of the RSVPs roll in the Thursday and Friday just before the meeting.) If helpful, I can give you a preliminary count on a day you choose and then update that number the Friday afternoon just before the meeting.
Meetings are free and open to all.
As considerate guests, we follow the Rules for DC Public Library Meeting Room Use.
Policy As Applicable to CPCUG's Entrepreneurs and Consultant SIG Meetings at the Washington, DC, Cleveland Park Library
If DC public libraries (including Cleveland Park) are open, CPCUG E&C SIG can meet.
Official DC Government Closures Web page:
If the Cleveland Park library will be open, but you as the speaker have concerns about the weather and your safety or the safety of attendees in getting to and from the meeting, contact the SIG chair or meeting facilitator between 8:00 and 9:30 am on the morning of the meeting to discuss the situation and possible postponement.
If weather or other issues cause postponement, speakers will be notified by the SIG chair or meeting facilitator immediately. E-mail notices of postponement will go out as soon as possible to meeting registrants and CONENT-L e-mail distribution list subscribers. If at all possible, a notice of postponement will be placed on the the E&C SIG Web site by 11:00 am on the morning of the meeting as well.
Barbara Conn, e-mail, SIG Chair
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July 2, 2009