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“Secrets of Market Research” is the topic of Oct. 28 JIN meeting

October 13, 2014 in Meetings by admin

Nadia El Anani is the Reference/Government Documents Librarian for the Jackson District Library-Carnegie Branch.

Nadia El Anani is the Reference/Government Documents Librarian for the Jackson District Library-Carnegie Branch.

The October 28th meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network will feature Master Librarian Nadia El Anani from our beloved Jackson Public Library.

Who will buy my invention? Every inventor needs to know the answer to this and other basic market questions! Market research generally focuses on three broad areas: target markets, industry or market trends, and competition. For each area of market research, the Library offers a number of information sources, reference books, databases, and recommended Internet sites. Specific market research may require more than one type of source; El Anani will reveal the secrets to successfully mining the business resources at the Jackson Public Library.

Nadia El Anani is the Reference/Government Documents Librarian for the Jackson District Library-Carnegie Branch, a position she has held for five years. Nadia earned her Masters of Library and Information Science at Drexel University.

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.

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Download the “Straight Talk to Entrepeneurs” presentation

October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized by admin

Ted Criqui provides straight to talk to entrepreneurs.

Ted Criqui provides straight to talk to entrepreneurs.

The Sept. 23 meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network (JIN)  featured Francis L. “Tex” Criqui, Engineering Entrepreneur in Residence Team Lead at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich. 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. Here is a link to his presentation.

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 

Be a Business Sponsor support Michigan Inventors

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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.