How one Jackson-area business analyzes how/if to invest in new products, inventions, and other businesses

David Shirkey

David Shirkey

The ambition of some inventors is to let an established, reputable company take their product idea to market. But may come as a surprise to some naïve inventors, but the world is not likely to beat a path to your door even if you invent the next-generation mousetrap. (Those who do come knocking are more likely than not to be disreputable.) In reality, every inventor aspiring to partner with an honest company needs to be able convince the company their innovative idea is worth the risk and effort needed to take it to market.

This month, JIN is honored to have David Shirkey as our featured speaker. Sharkey is the CFO at Orbitform, a Jackson manufacturer of assembly and fastening machines at its Oct. 27 meeting. Among his various roles, he is responsible for analyzing how/if the company should invest in new products, ideas, and new business opportunities.

Program Agenda

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


Jackson Maker Space
543 E. Washington Ave.
Jackson, MI 49203


From Cooper/Bus. 127: Turn East on E. Washington (@ Comtronics bldg.) Go ~1/8 mi. to Park Pl. Turn South on Park Pl. and park in rear of building.

From E. Michigan Ave.: Turn South on S. East Ave. (@ Allegiance Hospital). Go ~1/4 mi. to E. Washington. Take E. Washington West ~400 ft. to Park Pl. Turn South on Park Pl. and park in rear of building.

Handicap Accessible.


Members*: $45 Annual membership (Details here)
Non-Members: $5 at the door

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