Frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions manufacturing executives have had regarding our methods for professional and personal development.

Does Paranet participation qualify for CPE or CEU credits?

Yes, the advisory group meetings and special interest events offered as part of your membership typically qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) credits. We understand that any program conducted by a professional facilitator that enhances professional development qualifies for CPE or CEU credits. It is the responsibility of the member to complete and submit all paperwork to the appropriate institutions to pursue those credits.

Where are meetings held?

Advisory group meeting locations rotate among the members’ companies. When the group meets at your plant, you are expected to give a facility tour and will receive candid and honest feedback as part of the agenda for that day.

Many of the special interest events are held at The Paranet Group’s Headquarters at 10000 Innovation Drive in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. However, depending on the nature of the event, they can also be held at various member company facilities.

Is Paranet a “networking” group?

Most of our members belong to associations, but Paranet is not an association. Members partake in hands on exercises and experiences all designed to help you and your organization solve the real-world challenges you face every day.

How much time do I need to invest?

On average, groups meet once every other month for 4 hours. Each member has quarterly one-on-one sessions that last about 1 ½ hours each. However, like most affirmative experiences, you get out as much as you put in. Many times, members also link up on their own outside of the group to stay connected in between meetings.

How does my company benefit from my Paranet Membership?

Participation in the Paranet membership helps you benchmark against other manufacturers throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Your organization can improve business performance and increase time and cost savings. You can discover new opportunities, solve complex problems, make better decisions and uncover new ideas and resources.

At no additional cost, your membership also allows you to send other individuals from your company to our more than 35 events a year. To see upcoming events, please visit Future Events.

What geographical areas are covered by my Paranet Membership?

Currently, Paranet serves companies with locations in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

What are my major membership obligations?

There are a few important expectations for all Paranet Members:

  • Attend 80% of your advisory group meetings and stay for the entire duration
  • Hold any information shared at a Paranet meeting (about another member or his/her company) in strict confidence
  • Honor your one-on-one meetings with your group director
  • Agree to take your turn at hosting your group at your company
  • Actively participate in your meetings and be willing to both give and receive advice among your group members
  • Promptly pay your Paranet Invoice when it arrives each quarter

What if I am unable to relate to my Paranet Group Director?

If a group director or group does not seem to be a good fit, we can assign you to another group at your request.

How long must I commit to Paranet?

There are no contracts in Paranet. You remain a member as long as you receive value, and we work hard to give you reason to remain a member. Once you do join, we ask that you consider remaining a member for at least one year, although this is not mandatory. Your Paranet Membership dues are billed quarterly.

How do you know what Paranet Advisory Group is right for me?

The Paranet staff works hard to get to know our members personally, and each group takes on its own personality. After completion of a membership application form, an introductory meeting will be set up to learn more about you and your goals, which will guide us in recommending the best advisory group for you. There are many factors that determine a proper “fit” for a member and group:

  • Role in Company
  • Personality
  • Size of Company
  • Type of Product
  • Competitors
  • Geographical Location
  • Strategic Focus


Paranet works very hard to offer its members quality events that are both timely and educational. The cross-functional make-up of membership offers a unique networking opportunity. From factory crawls to small interest groups, I have enjoyed participating in high-quality events offered by Paranet.