Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed

Thu, Jun 11 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT              Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed 1 Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed 2

Event Organizer: Kim Parnell


Presentation slides:
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Misc. files as mentioned during the live panel discussion:
– Excel Budget Spreadsheet
– PPP Rules Clarification
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The PPP Loan/Grant Program still has funds available, but time is short. PPP Applications must be made by June 30, 2020. It is directly applicable to Consultants as Sole Proprietors and in other forms of business arrangements.

The most recent updates to the PPP Program were passed by the Senate and signed by the President on June 4, 2020. Some pertinent details are provided below.

Have you applied but had trouble getting a response from your bank?
Try online options such as:



An excellent series of articles and YouTube videos are available through the Clara CFO Group at:

Note that the “pending” PPP act update in the following video has now been approved.

In order to increase awareness of the PPP Program, answer questions, and provide some tips based on our experiences, several IEEE-CNSV consultants are organizing this CNSV Consulting Practices Program panel via webinar. You are invited to Register and Join us on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM PDT.

Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed 4About the speaker,  Host/Moderator: Kim Parnell

Dr. Kim Parnell has been a CNSV Director most recently since 2010. He was CNSV Chair in 2008-2009, Vice-Chair in 2006 and a CNSV Director in 2005 and 2007. He was 2011 Chair of the IEEE-SCV (Santa Clara Valley) Section and has been IEEE-VTS (Vehicular Technology) Vice-Chair and Treasurer since 2013. He is Principal and Founder of PEC, an engineering consulting firm focusing on providing support for early stage medical device and technology companies.

Kim specializes in the mechanical engineering design and behavior of biomedical devices, shape memory alloys like Nitinol, bioabsorbable polymers, electronic/miniature components and Finite Element (FEA) simulation of all types. His practice is often multi-disciplinary involving Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, and Computer Engineering.

He consults actively in these areas, in addition to failure analysis and reliability. He is also an expert on Heavy Truck Crashworthiness, automotive collisions, pipeline failures and related product design and failure issues. He serves as a testifying expert witness in patent litigation (medical device, smartphone, consumer electronics), product liability, personal injury accidents, and on heavy-truck crashworthiness.

Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed 5About the speaker, Jeff Safire of Shadow Cliffs Engineering

Jeff has been a CNSV At-Large Director since 2019. He was a CNSV Director in 2013, an At-Large Director in 2009-2012, and CNSV Treasurer in 2007-2008. Jeff also ran CNSV’s CPP Seminar program in 2009-2012 where he produced seminars and webinars for helping consultants with the business aspects of their consultancy, such as marketing and sales, and website and social media/networking.

Jeff brings experience in Web programming to the Board, and he created the current CNSV website in 2014.

Jeff has over 35 years of industry experience, 23 of those as an independent software and firmware consultant in the storage and medical device industries. Jeff’s business, Shadow Cliffs Engineering includes expert witness/consulting as well, providing source code comparison/analysis and forensic analysis in patent litigation, copyright and trade secret, IPR and other IP matters.

Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed 6About the speaker, Mike Wach of Wach LLC

Mike Wach has a background of securing, defending against, exercising, and commercializing optical patent rights. His practice at Wach LLC specializes in optics and intellectual property, with emphasis in applications in medicine, solid-state lighting, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and optical communications. He provides expert services supporting litigation and represents businesses in patent matters before the US Patent Office. His career spans product development, securing venture capital, and CEO operating experience. He is passionate about innovation and accelerating new-venture growth. Mike is active in the San Francisco Bay Area while maintaining a base in metropolitan Atlanta.

Experience Highlights:

Inventor-owner of 58 issued US patents in optics and medical technology

15 patents litigated (12 patent infringement lawsuits, 3 inter partes reexaminations, 2 ex parte reexaminations, and 7 inter partes reviews)

A number of his patents are licensed for and widely practiced in optics, networking, and medicine, including: imaging atherosclerotic plaque in cardiology; laser lead extraction in implanted pacemakers; surgical laser catheters; DNA genotyping; commercial lighting (illumination); optical networking; and avionics, including optical communications for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed 7About the speaker, Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates, Inc.

Tom Coughlin is a widely respected storage analyst and consultant with over 39 years of experience in the data storage industry. His company Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis – including a newsletter and reports on several digital storage technologies and applications – as well as Data Storage Technical and Marketing Consulting services.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. His book Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide was the subject of his June 2008 CNSV Dinner meeting talk. It is now in its second edition at Springer.

Tom is active with SMPTE, SNIA, the IEEE Magnetics Society, IEEE CE Society and other professional organizations. He is a very active IEEE member, holding many senior roles and positions over the years including current President of IEEE-USA, past Director of IEEE Region 6 and Chair of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section. He is the founder and organizer of the Storage Visions conferences, as well as the Creative Storage Conferences. He is a Gerson Lehrman Group Advisor, and was general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years.

Tom has been a CNSV At-Large Director since 2016, and he is an IEEE Fellow “for leadership in consumer electronics digital storage technology.”

More about Tom and his work at www.tomcoughlin.com

Webinar: PPP Loan/Grant Issues & Tips for Small Businesses and Self-Employed 8About the speaker, Chris Wilson of Christopher Wilson Consulting

I am an expert in automotive sensors, safety systems, information processing and accident causation and analysis. I have been consulting for the last 8 years in the following areas related to the automotive industry:

Helping startups develop and sell technologies into the automotive industry, primarily through the research labs in Silicon Valley and Detroit
Assisting automotive suppliers and investment companies to understand the markets for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automation.
Developing information processing and analytics systems to aid in the processing and interpretation of crowdsourced “vehicle probe” data for situational awareness and vehicle management, primarily for OEM and insurance industry (Usage Based Insurance) customers.
Helping governments and public sector justify and plan deployments of connected vehicle infrastructure (V2X and processing).
Testifying expert witness work in support of intellectual property disputes and crash reconstruction.
Most recently I was CEO of a start-up commercializing my concepts (and patents) around crowdsourcing of vehicle data for location specific situational awareness. This is funded by OEMs and government grants. This is my third automotive startup.

I spent four years with TomTom, first as the Director of Research for North America, and then as the Director of ADAS Products and Programs where I worked extensively with OEMs and tier 1 suppliers on the integration of digital maps into their ADAS products, as well as defining TomTom’s newest products to support ADAS and highly automated driving.