September JIN meeting to feature “Straight Talk to Entrepreneurs”

September 15, 2014 in Announcements, Meetings by Gary Pageau

The Sept. 23 meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) will feature Francis L. “Tex” Criqui, Engineering Entrepreneur in Residence Team Lead at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich.

Have a New Product Idea, Innovation, or Business Concept? The economic recovery, while focused and measured on the creation of jobs, will be driven by technology and innovation. What does that mean to you? Doesn’t everybody innovate and utilize technology? Which technologies should you follow and why?

Former mayor of the City of Brighton, Mich., Tex Criqui has extensive experience in technology and innovation, strategic planning, lifecycle management, product data management, process design and definition, standards and regulatory compliance, project management, and organizational performance. Mr. Criqui was and is on the board of several non-profit companies. He has a BSME from Lawrence Technical University and a MBA from University of Detroit.

Program starts @ 6:30

Networking @ 7:30

Meeting Location Jackson College North Campus, 3000 Blake Rd., Jackson MI, Room 201
Directions: I-94 to Elm Rd Exit, S. on Elm to Blake Rd (500 yd) Left (or East), to the Jackson College North campus, right to back of building entrance.

Jackson Inventors Network get personal invite to Michigan Inventors Expo

September 3, 2014 in Announcements by Gary Pageau

Come to the Inventor Expo where inventors can collaborate and network with other professionals from across the State.   We are going to have speakers, break-out sessions and a shark tanks like competition call Spin pitch and Sell.  There is no lunch for the EXPO14 but you can sign up for the REI Summit & get lunch

JIN members can attend the whole day event for only $10 (a $15 discount at the door price) if you type “JIN” in the promo Code. Click to register for the EXPO14.

MSU REI Center Innovate Michigan Summit

Learn, Share, and Create Innovative Economic Development Ideas for Tools, Models, Polices, and Programs.

Come collaborate and network with leading Economic Developers from all over the State. Join in on the fun at this event where attendees can enjoy keynote speakers, valuable break-out-sessions, and help rate new economic ideas coming out of our communities all over the state.  Register here for the REI Summit

The Spin, Pitch & SELL Competition

The Spin, Pitch & SELL competition will be one of the main events at the MIC Inventors Expo. Everyone is welcome to summit their invention ideas. But only 4 Inventions will make it into our Shark Tank inspired competition and have a chance of walking out with a Deal.

Event Booths

If you are a Professional or an Inventor looking for exposure at the event you can a rent booth at the Expo.

Professional Table =$100.00 includes admission .

Inventors Table = $40.00 includes admission and enters you in the Spin pitch and Sell competition. If you want to split a table with some one else contact  David Fedewa at  thinktankinnovation@gmail.com

Attend Learning Sessions 6 break-out learning sessions by experts in their field.  See the attached Pre-Program here 

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August JIN meeting topic is How to Start Your Own Business

August 15, 2014 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

Norma LaVallee, Jackson County Service Center Director Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC)

Norma LaVallee, Jackson County Service Center Director
Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC)

The August 26 meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network will feature Norma LaVallee, Jackson County Service Center Director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) and SBDC Business Consultant for Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee and Monroe counties.

To get to market, inventors need to become entrepreneurs! Join us Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson College North Campus to learn more about How to Start Your Own Business. LaVallee will provide information to help attendees assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, consider the risks and feasibility of owning a successful business, as well as how to evaluate market and sales potential for your concept or product. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps and resources to launch a new venture in Michigan.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the SBDC Guide to Starting and Operating Your Own Business and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Resource Guide.

With more than 20 years of expertise in business development, LaVallee offers knowledge and expertise in a wide range of business development resources available to business owners in Michigan.

As the Jackson County Service Center Director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) and SBDC Business Consultant for Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee and Monroe counties, LaVallee works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them achieve their goals.

A seasoned entrepreneur and small business owner herself, Ms. LaVallee has conducted hundreds of comprehensive needs assessments to identify opportunities for business growth;  including writing a business plan, sales and marketing strategies, strategic planning, leadership mentoring, succession planning, workforce development, process improvement initiatives, quality improvement, relocation, consolidation, and just as important; referrals to creditable and relevant state and federally funded local resources.

Ms. LaVallee earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Quality Management from Cleary University, with undergraduate work in Marketing and Applied Management. Certifications include MI-SBDC Certified Business Consultant, Certified Business Solutions Professional (CBSP), Lean Office Champion, Solution Selling and ISO 9000 Lead Auditor certification.  Norma is a Dale Carnegie and Plymouth Leadership graduate.

Jackson Makerspace gets dedicated space

July 30, 2014 in Announcements, Resources by Gary Pageau

Jackson Makerspace is at 543 E. Washington Ave., Jackson, MI 49203

Jackson Makerspace is at 543 E. Washington Ave., Jackson, MI 49203

The Jackson Makerspace announced a building has been secured to establish its operations. The address is 543 E Washington Ave., Jackson, MI 49203. The building still needs to be cleaned and prepared, but to get a first look, stop by Friday, Aug. 1, from 1 to 7 p.m.

 

Download the “Managing Your Web Presence” presentation

July 30, 2014 in Meetings, Resources by Gary Pageau

Missed the “Managing Your Web Presence” meeting in July? No worries! Download the presentation here. The internet is a valuable research tool for inventors, but it can also find help you find partners, vendors and investors. Gary Pageau demonstrated how to create and maintain your online presence.

July meeting topic: Managing Your Web Presence

July 7, 2014 in Announcements by Gary Pageau

Gary Pageau

Gary Pageau

The July 2 meeting of the Jackson Inventor’s Network will feature Gary Pageau speaking on the topic ‘Managing Your Web Presence.” The internet is a valuable research tool for inventors, but it can also find help you find partners, vendors and investors. Gary Pageau will show you how to create and maintain your online presence.

Gary Pageau, a 25-year veteran marketing communications and publishing executive, is principal of InfoCircle LLC, a content-marketing company serving local and national clients. Prior to starting InfoCircle, he was Publisher, Content Development and Strategic Initiatives, of Photo Marketing Association International.

A native of the Detroit area, he graduated from Adrian College, Adrian, Mich., in 1985 with degrees in English and in Art. Prior to coming to PMA, he worked at the St. Ignace News, St. Ignace, Mich., and Olivet College, Olivet, Mich.Meeting agenda

6:00-6:30 Registration

6:30-7:30 Program

7:30-8:30 Networking, including expert corners for getting one-on-one help.

The meeting is now at the Jackson College W.J. Maher Campus, 3000 Blake Rd, Jackson, MI 49201.

June meeting topic: What is QFD and how can it help your business plan?

June 10, 2014 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

Tom Grace

Tom Grace

The June 24 meeting of the Jackson Inventor’s Network will feature board member Tom Grace speaking on the topic “Quality Function Deployment (QFD): What it is and how it can help your business plan”. The JIN recently went through the QFD process for the Jackson MakerSpace and this project will be shown at the meeting. It is an exercise any entrepreneur should know and understand.

Grace has a 41-year career in electrical engineering and management with General Motors, and was in charge of GM’s electrical engineering department and the Research & Development Team. He has received 26 patents. He has a BS in industrial Design from MSU, and graduate study at GMI, Lawrence Tech, & Wayne State.

Meeting agenda

6:00-6:30 Registration

6:30-7:30 Program

7:30-8:30 Networking, including expert corners for getting one-on-one help.

The meeting is now at the Jackson College W.J. Maher Campus, 3000 Blake Rd, Jackson, MI 49201.

Brad Smith describes patent defense strategies at JIN meeting

May 29, 2014 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

Brad Smith describes the patent application process at the Jackson Inventors Network.

Brad Smith describes the patent application process at the Jackson Inventors Network.

The Jackson Inventors Network featured Endurance Law Group attorney Bradley L. Smith, talking about techniques for preserving your intellectual property and patents at its May 27 meeting at the Jackson College North Campus. He observed a patent has little value unless it is enforced and defended. If a patent holder doesn’t defend an incursion, the holder could lost their trademark, which happened to the words “aspirin” and “escalator.”

“Doing nothing invites further infringement,” said Smith. “It also weakens or loses your availability of damages or injunction.”

Smith provided a long checklist of recommended activities and actions to consider, if you think your patents or IP have been infringed upon.

Weeklong CEO Academy to train tomorrow’s entrepreneurs  

May 19, 2014 in Announcements by Gary Pageau

CEO Academy iconThe search is on for the next Jackson-area entrepreneur! High-school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in the free weeklong CEO Academy at the Poling Center on the Spring Arbor University Campus. The event, from June 16-20, will be filled with informative sessions on branding and social media, finances, logistics and ways to connect with customers. Area business professionals and SAU faculty will share their expertise and help students grasp business principles as they formulate and present a business plan. The winning team will share a $1,000 prize.

Details:

What: CEO Academy

Why: Hands-on real-life experience for high-school juniors and seniors

When: June 16-20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Poling Center, Spring Arbor University campus

How: Free to attend, but limited number of seats. Breakfast and lunch will be included every day.

For more information, call 517.782.7822.

About Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University (www.arbor.edu) has distinguished itself for 140 years as a place where faith and learning meet. What began as a small elementary and secondary school in the late 1800s has evolved into a top-tier, liberal arts, Christian university with more than 4,000 enrolled students.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge Inc. (www.jamichiganedge.com) is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in their futures. In partnership with business and educators, JA programs and mentors bring the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the world of work.

May inventors meeting to feature patent defense

May 6, 2014 in Announcements, Meetings by Gary Pageau

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

“Patent Law-How do I Defend my Patent” is the topic of the May 27th meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network. Brad Smith will help us learn the pitfalls and the challenges of defending patents. Smith’s practice includes preparation and prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyright registrations, with a particular emphasis on IP litigation. His experience includes IP and commercial litigation in a variety of industries, including software, electronics, automotive manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, financial services and real estate.

Prior to co-founding Endurance Law Group, he practiced litigation and patent prosecution at two prestigious law firms where he supervised numerous trials and several AAA arbitrations. Smith received his engineering and MBA degrees from Cornell University (1984, 1985) and his law degree from the University of Michigan (1992). He served as managing editor of the Michigan Law Review and clerked for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, current Chief Judge of the U.S. 5 Circuit Court of Appeals.

Meeting agenda

6:00-6:30 Registration

6:30-7:30 Program

7:30-8:30 Networking, including expert corners for getting one-on-one help.

The meeting is now at the Jackson College W.J. Maher Campus, 3000 Blake Rd, Jackson, MI 49201.

Anyone interested in a product review, beginning at 4:30 p.m., needs to contact Tom Grace Email: thomasagrace@aol.com. The fee for a review is $35.00+ JIN membership and needs to be paid by the prior meeting. The reviews are a first come basis, first serve. Don’t wait we are getting requests a month or more in advance. (Can be mailed to 2755 E. Berry Rd., Rives Junction, MI 49277)