February Meeting: Meet the Makerspace
This month we continue to explore JIN partner organizations that benefit our members. The Jackson Makerspace is Jackson’s most fantastic place for makers, entrepreneurs and inventors to work on and get help with, making their idea or product. This meeting is a reintroduction to the Makerspace and their new facility.
Dave Kalen, board member and maker at the Makerspace, will guide our tour. He will show us the facility and capabilities of Makerspace, including; rapid prototyping capabilities, co-working spaces, woodworking shop, metal and stone working shop, meeting and conference rooms. This tour will explain what having access to the makerspace can do for you as an inventor.
Please joins us at the Jackson Makerspace for this month’s meeting. The address and directions are below. Snacks and refreshment will be provided.
From Cooper/Bus. 127: Turn E on Michigan Ave
(before RR tracks) Go .9mile to Elm turn Right South go to light Page Ave. turn left three blocks to Tomlinson turn left & park next to building
From E. Michigan Ave.: Turn south on Elm, go to light Page Ave turn left three blocks turn left on Thomlinson park next to building in parking lot come in front door
This is the type of organization we have been looking for since the start of JIN. Come hear Ken Seneff co-founder give a tour and explain why this organization is what each of us and our group needs this place. Even if you have not come to a meeting for a long time this meeting will impact everyone that receives this email.
Location: Lean Rocket Lab, 133 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201
Many inventors & entrepreneurs are stymied as to how to get the first meeting with investors, venture capital or angel investors. Jack Ahrens will help us find the path and let us in on what we need to have ready before setting the first face-to-face meeting. Many times, you get one chance. So, we will have a chance to get time with one of the best. Jacks focus is with medical, but he works with investors for all opportunities.
Jack K. Ahrens, II is a founding General Partner of TGap Venture Capital Funds, headquartered in Kalamazoo, a Midwest focused venture capital fund that has raised over $46 million. Following a career in bank trust investments, Jack has been a venture capitalist since 1979; first as President of United Capital Corporation of Illinois (an SBIC), since 1983 as a General Partner of Pathfinder Venture Capital Funds I, II, III. He has served on many boards during his career including Afmedica, Inc., Central Data, Inc., Micro Business Applications, Inc., MedVantx, Inc., MinuteClinic, Inc., NeoChord, Inc., Noxilizer, Inc., Rapid Diagnostek, Inc., Regenesis Biomedical and Vector General, Inc. In addition, he was Chairman of The Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest, Vice-Chairman of MiQuest and has judged business plan competitions for U of Michigan, MSU, Wayne State and Notre Dame.
We are one-upping the July meeting, Allen Knight, Ph.D., Business Administration, professor of marketing and entrepreneurship, Spring Arbor University, will present “The Business Plan for the Busy Planner.” What are the questions to ask before you take the time, effort, and money to write a business plan for entrepreneurs and inventors? In this meeting we will challenge our inventors and entrepreneurs with the challenging questions:
- How do we go forward in the Business Plan
- What is important to be included
- and other things you need to know
Allen Knight’s biography includes 35 years in book and music publishing, logistics and distribution, various wholesale and retail operations, along with extensive consulting in production, marketing, managerial finance & operations. Bring a friend or someone who also has an idea. Remember the Jackson Inventors Network is for everyone. Your membership dues $45.00 are due keeps you in the inner circle of one of the most significant inventor groups in the country, really! Meeting Agenda Location 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Registration Spring Arbor Jackson Campus 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Program 113 W. Michigan Ave 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Networking Jackson, MI 49201
What Entrepreneurs Need to Know as They Get Started
, general manager of Total Source Manufacturing
in Jackson, is the featured speaker at the June 26, 2018, meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network.
Stutchell has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, including a long career at Kellogg Company. He is also a member of the City of Hillsdale city council. Join us for this invigorating give-and-take session on how entrepreneurs and inventors can partner with manufacturers to make their projects come to life.
April is Intellectual Property Month, and we are fortunate to have one of the best presenters, Jon Shackelford, presenting the topic: “IP Protection Tips for the Cost-Conscious Inventor”Are you an inventor operating on a tight budget? What are some smart ways to stretch your dollars in the area of patents and trademarks that will not put your valuable legal rights at risk? Veteran IP attorney Jon Shackelford from Endurance Law Group in Jackson has been helping individual inventors protect their creations for more than 30 years. He will share with our group some smart things inventors can do to save money on IP protection … and where not to cut corners. Come prepared with your IP questions. Bring a friend, or someone who also has an idea. Remember the Jackson Inventors Network is for everyone. Meeting Agenda Location 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Registration Spring Arbor Jackson Campus 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Program 113 W. Michigan Ave 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Networking Jackson, MI 49201
For March Prototype and Testing month, Melissa Allen, co-owner of tinkrLAB in the Okemos Mall, will discuss how inventors and entrepreneurs can take advantage of tinkrLAB and other makerspaces. Allen is a state expert and leader for STEM with a passion for kids. She has developed tinkrLAB into a place where Smart Toys for Smart Kids meets classes and training meets makerspace. She has taken tinkrLAB from a concept to a growing business and into a state-wide brand. tinkrLAB has gained attention on a national level. Come hear Melissa Allen talk about how partnerships and community helped bring success. Meeting Agenda Location 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Registration Spring Arbor Jackson Campus 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Program 113 W. Michigan Ave 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Networking Jackson, MI 49201 Directions:
- From Cooper/Bus. 127: Turn West on W. Louis Glick
(before RR tracks) Go 2 lights to N. Mechanic turn Left South two blocks to Michigan Ave. turn right & park next to building come in the side door go to 2nd floor From E. Michigan Ave.: Turn North on N. Mechanic (3 lights past train station). Go 2 blocks to W. Michigan Ave. turn right East on Michigan Ave & park next to building come in the side door go to 2nd floor Handicap Accessible. Meeting room take elevator to 2nd fl
This month our topic is “Finding Help, Where’s the Money,” featuring entrepreneur Stuart Kail
, chief marketing officer of Jackson’s own social-networking startup, Pitch.me
. Pitch.Me has raised more than $3 million in private equity and was recently one of the Top Five Trending Apps on Google Play Store. Stuart will show us how to take advantage of this app and offer ways this local Jackson business can help us as entrepreneurs and inventors get each of our projects going. Stuart Kail has been the Director of Operations for a successful Jackson family business. He has launched two tech start-ups, consulted for a $20-million pizza franchise, and launched his own marketing agency. As the Chief Marketing Officer for Pitch.Me, he is helping connect entrepreneurs with private equity. Don’t miss this month’s meeting! After the speaker, we will talk about some of your projects, then we will have EXPERT CORNERS where you can identify people with expertise and have sit down one-on-one time to get help. Email a request for a Product Review
and get expert help to get your idea going. We will give you advice on any problem you might have with your inventor/idea/project. Don’t miss out this is help you can’t get anywhere else! Send your membership dues $45.00 keeps you in the inner circle of one of the most significant inventor groups in the country. Meeting Agenda Location
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Registration Jackson Carnegie Library 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Program 244 W. Michigan Ave 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Networking Jackson, MI 49201