JIN March meeting: Crowd-Funding and the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE)

March 18, 2015 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

Angela Barbash

Angela Barbash

At the next meeting  of Jackson Inventors Network, March 24, the special guest speaker will be Angela Barbash, founder of Reconsider in Ypsilanti, Mich. Barbash’s presentation will also explain the provisions of the new MILE law (Michigan Invests Locally Exemption).

Investment crowdfunding presents a new way for Michigan inventors to raise capital from the Michigan community. While access to capital and investment options is increasing, entrepreneurs will benefit from guidance on how to incorporate these new opportunities into their current plans.

She has served for 10 years as a financial advisor at both large and small firms, managing over $250 million during her career. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Barbash studied cultural anthropology and history at Eastern Michigan University and worked at the Michigan Small Business Development Centers.

JIN will meet for at Jackson Maker Space, 543 E. Washington Ave. Jackson, MI 49203. (Park in the rear!)

  • 6:00-6:30pm Registration
  • 6:30-7:30pm Program
  • 7:30-8:30pm Networking

Pitch your concept and catch feedback at February JIN meeting

February 20, 2015 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

Ronald E. Betzig

Ronald E. Betzig

The Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) continues 2015 season, Tuesday, Feb. 24, with a special presentation from Ron Betzig, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Jackson College.

Why learn to “Pitch” my concept? Being able to persuasively explain your “invention” to someone else is important on a number of levels. One effective technique for developing this skill is known as “Customer Development” in which the inventor – in a mock exercise – tries to “sell” their product (or service) to a potential customer.

Why learn to “Catch” feedback? All too often, inventors don’t really listen to constructive feedback offered by others. This feedback is part of the Customer Development process, and is essential to successfully launching a product. An inventor can save a great deal of time, aggravation, and money by actively seeking and responding to input from prospective customers.

JIN will meet for the first time at Jackson Maker Space, 543 E. Washington Ave. Jackson, MI 49203. (Park in the rear!)

  • 6:00-6:30pm Registration
  • 6:30-7:30pm Program
  • 7:30-8:30pm Networking

Prototyping session packs first JIN meeting of 2015

January 28, 2015 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

The Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) kicked off the 2015 year with a packed room at the Jackson Maker Space, Tuesday, Jan. 27, with a special presentation on “Mock ups and Prototypes” presentation from product designer and inventor Todd Kauranen, design director, Slide Fire Solutions of Moran, Texas.

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New Year, New JIN Meeting, New Location

December 23, 2014 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

The Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) will kick-off the 2015 season, Tuesday, Jan. 27, with a special presentation on “Mock ups and Prototypes” from product designer and inventor Todd Kauranen, design director, Slide Fire Solutions of Moran, Texas.

JIN will meet for the first time at Jackson Maker Space, 543 E. Washington Ave. Jackson, MI 49203

Why build a mock-up? A mock-up is a scale or full-size model of an invention, and can be a valuable tool for demonstration, design evaluation, promotion, and other purposes. A mock-up is a prototype if it provides at least some functionality and enables a degree of testing.

  • Low-cost mock-ups invite valuable constructive criticism more readily than do prototypes that appear to have required substantial work.
  • Simple mock-ups are usually easy to change.
  • Mock-ups make it possible to do usability testing early in the development process.
  • Mock-ups focus on content and functionality and turn attention away from details of graphic design.Join us on Jan. 27th to learn the tricks and techniques of building fast, effective mock-ups from a local master.
  • 6:00-6:30pm Registration
  • 6:30-7:30pm Program
  • 7:30-8:30pm Networking

 

Presentation prototyping and testing

December 15, 2014 in Resources by Gary Pageau

 The November 25th meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network featured Ed Carlson, president and owner of ENCarlson Enterprises LLC, a product design and development services firm based in Ann Arbor, MI. Here is his presentation:

 

Also, the meeting featured Darryl J. Krause, of Additive Manufacturing Solutions, Dexter, MI. Here is their presentation:

Nov. 25th JIN meeting: From Idea … to Prototype!

November 17, 2014 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

Ed Carlson

Ed Carlson

The November 25th meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network will feature Ed Carlson, president and owner of ENCarlson Enterprises LLC, a product design and development services firm based in Ann Arbor, MI.

How do I prototype my invention? Every inventor should validate their new product concept with a prototype! But where does an inventor turn when their concept requires sophisticated knowledge of mechanical or electrical technologies, or perhaps control software? Learn the answer at the next JIN meeting.

Ed Carlson leverages more than 30 years of industry experience, together with a skilled network of designers, engineers and global supply resources, to deliver quality designs and engineered products for businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors. Formerly, Carlson worked as an engineer for Pratt & Whitney (Florida), Director of Manufacturing for Stirling Thermal Motors (Ann Arbor), and President and CEO of Cenco Inc. (Minnesota).

Program Agenda

6:00-6:30pm Registration

6:30-7:30pm Program

7:30-8:30pm Networking

Location

Jackson College, North Campus
3000 Blake Rd, Jackson, MI 49201

Directions

From I-94: Take the Elm Rd exit (#141). Go South ~500ft. to Blake Rd. Take Blake Rd. East to JC North Campus.
From US-127 (South of I-94): Take the E. Michigan Ave. exit (#39). Go West ~1/2 mi. to N. Dettman Rd. Take N. Dettman Rd. North ~1 mi. to Blake Rd. Take Blake Rd. West to JC North Campus.
Park in rear (South side) of the building.
HandicapAccessible.

Cost

Members: $45 Annual membership (includes subscription to MAKE Magazine)
Non-Members: $5 at the door

Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project

November 10, 2014 in Announcements, Resources by Gary Pageau

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.
Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent & Trademark Office
300 River Place South, Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207

Welcome & Opening Comments
Jennifer M. McDowell, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Pro Bono Coordinator
Thomas C. Rombach, President, State Bar of Michigan
Jennifer M. Grieco, Treasurer, State Bar of Michigan
David C. Berry, SBM Intellectual Property Law Section

Reception hosted by the Intellectual Property Law Section will follow the ceremony.

Pursuant to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is supporting the establishment of pro bono programs all across the country to enable low-income inventors to prosecute their patents. The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section and Pro Bono Initiative, in conjunction with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, have established the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project as part of this nationwide initiative. The Project seeks to connect low income Michigan inventors with Michigan patent professionals for patent preparation and prosecution legal services on a pro bono basis.

RSVP to Robert Mathis rmathis@mail.michbar.org is requested, but not required.

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

October 13, 2014 in Meetings by Gary Pageau

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.

Download the “Straight Talk to Entrepeneurs” presentation

October 1, 2014 in Resources by Gary Pageau

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.