IAMD--- Inventors Association of 
               Metropolitan Detroit
Lawrence Technological University-
21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. 
Southfield, MI  48075
248 204-2994       
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​Meeting info

Lawrence Tech University
​21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. 
Southfield, MI 48075

Third Thursday of the month --
6:30-9:00 p.m.

For more information about our meetings, go to our "meetings" page.
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 IAMD Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Please make plans to attend our next meeting, more information is posted on our meetings page.

The IAMD meetings will be back in room M218 this Fall. Buell Management Building (building #2 on the map), near Einstein Bagel at the bottom of the staircase.

Our meetings will start and end with networking (6:30-7:00- Networking) and speakers start at 7 p.m. Refreshments served. 

December 15, 2016 - Holiday Supper Meeting with presentations by guest entrepreneur, Charles Coleman, local Detroit inventor of the Ultimate Tailgate Cooler. Mr. Coleman is a recent winner on Steve Harvey's TV show - Funderdome. Mark your calendars to see these new products and her Mr. Coleman's entrepreneurial story! Meet at M218 at 6:30 p.m.

Janurary 19,2017 - To be announced.

Suggestions? Comments? We are always on the "lookout" for new speakers and programs, if you have any suggestions for presentations, or on what kind of material you are interested in, please let us know.

Please check below for other events, courses and interesting information.
Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% 
perspiration...... Thomas Edison
The Inventors Association is a non-for-profit association established to educate inventors of all levels to navigate through the inventing process.  In addition to being an important resource center, IAMD serves as a support group for inventors, who can exchange information, experiences and other advice on how to successfully complete a project.
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If you have an idea, plan it.
If you make a plan, build it.
If you build a product, sell it.
If you've sold it, spend wisely.

Learn the process from like minded people...... Ken Yee
Latest update 12/1/16

NOTE: The SBA (Small Business Administration) has a constant flow of programs, courses and events. There are too many for us to keep up with here, if you are interested, you can go to their website and browse or sign up to be included on their email list (see the links on our resources page, they all offer helpful information.

NOTE: Any websites below will not be links, you can copy clip them into your browser.


Free Mentoring
and Workshops at the 
Detroit Public Library

​Individual Business Mentor Counseling
Saturdays by appointment: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Call (313) 481-1391 to reserve your spot.

Workshops:

Crowdfunding Workshop
December 10, 2016
What is Crowdfunding and why would you want to use it to raise money for your business? Learn the history of crowdfunding, the various uses of it, and the pros and cons associated with running a campaign

​To register for classes or make a counseling appointment contact:
KaLana Cooper, MLIS
kcooper@detroitpubliclibrary.org
313-481-1404 or 313-481-1391
Detroit Public Library – Main
Business, Science & Technology Department
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 481-1391

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Making the Most of International Trade Shows and Missions
Ann Arbor SPARK
December 2, 2016

How to Improve your ROI

9-11a.m. - Friday, December 2, 2016
Ann Arbor SPARK – 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level

Participation in an international trade show or trade mission is the best way to see a potential market first-hand while making contact with serious potential clients from around the world. Is your company ready? 

Learn:
How to identify opportunities as well as hurdles 

What resources are available to help with research and pay for international marketing expenses

Preparation of a list of key action items to be completed before and after trade show participation

Which upcoming trade missions are being organized for Michigan companies

Participants will receive a work-booklet focused on developing a strategic plan for identifying and approaching international trade shows and considerations on how to bring sustainable success from the investment.

Info and registration: www.GBClub.msu.edu - This event is FREE but preregistration is required.

Sponsors:
SPARK Ann Arbor
Global Business Club of Mid Michigan
Michigan State University International Business Center
Michigan Economic Development Company
U.S. Commercial Service
Michigan Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center of Michigan provides assistance to current and prospective small business owners by offering free business counseling, free secondary market research data, and low cost training programs. For more information go to www.sbdcmichigan.org
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Events at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
300 River Place Dr.
Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207

For parking information click here. The USPTO is a federal facility and visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport), and may be subject to security screening.

Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable 2 
December 5, 2016 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Register at: www.uspto.gov/midwest 

The Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be participating remotely in the Roundtable and Request for Comments on Subject Matter Eligibility.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeks public input on patent subject matter eligibility in view of recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States. The USPTO remains interested in feedback from members of the public to improve the USPTO’s subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples. The USPTO is also interested in facilitating a discussion among members of the public regarding the legal contours of eligible subject matter in the U.S. patent system. The USPTO will be facilitating these discussions by hosting two public roundtable events. The roundtables will provide a forum for discussion of the topics identified in the Federal Register notice.

Trademark Tuesday
December 13, 2016 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://dectrademarktuesday.eventbrite.com

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Assistance Center on December 13, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ET for a question and answer session on trademarks at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. The Trademark Assistance Center will provide information on navigating through the USPTO website and the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), which allows you to fill out USPTO forms online. This event is free and open to the public. Get the most out of Trademark Tuesday by checking out Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later prior to the event. We encourage you to bring your own lunch for the session. Space is limited to the first 40 registrations.  

Examination Time Analysis Roundtable
December 15, 2016 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Register at: ExternalExaminationTimeStudy@USPTO.gov  


Join the Michigan startup ecosystem on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the
Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE'17)! 
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The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship is an event that celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship in the Great Lakes region. ACE brings together entrepreneurs, service providers, investors, students, government agentcies and other members of the business community to network, learn and connect. Hundreds of people attended ACE ‘16, and the event garnered national attention in the Detroit Free Press and the New York Times. Join our local and national community in 2017. 
 Conference Agenda:
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Registration - Exhibits - Best Startup Voting - Crowdlink Networking

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Session 1 - The following 4 sessions are offered
- Metrics & Milestones: ReThinking Reporting and Measuring Impact - Austin Dean
- Challenges and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Self-Driving Vehicles - 
  Milton Roye
- Mobile Marketing Strategies Workshop - Linda Daichendt  
-NEF (New Enterprise Forum ) Pitch Showcase - Stefan Sysco, President

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.- Voting Challange/Networking Break 
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Breakout Session 2 - The following 4 sessions are offered
- Bootstrapping To Growth - The Most Lean and Fastest Growth Strategy 
  Amanda Lewan · Chris Moultrup · Travis Johnson
- FAILURE LAB: An Entrepreneur’s Journey
- Tap into your Productivity, Profitability and Potential with Wireless Technologies
  Linda Daichendt
-Michigan Support Services for Commercialization and Growth Scott Taylor -
  Moderator · Jason Mack

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Last Call to Vote - Updates - Networking
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - ACE'17 Challenge Winner's Circle - Networking Reception 
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ACE'17 CHALLENGE!
ENTREPRENEURS and STARTUPS 
IT IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $20,000 WORTH CASH and PRIZES 
to apply and for more information click on: http://ace-event.org/ace17_challenge/ 


Free Business Webinar: “Back to Business—Grow Your Client List”
9-10am Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Free, but pre-registration required at: www.annarborscore.com 
Join us for "30 Ways to Grow Your List" workshop - you'll leave with ideas and strategies to capture new contacts, grow your list and take action to help move your business forward.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Business Workshop: “How to Start Your Business”
New Center Bldg.
1100 North Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
6-8pm
$10; pre-registration required at: www.annarborscore.com 

This seminar is designed for those thinking about starting a new business or are in early stages of business planning or operations.  
Topics covered include: 
- Testing your business idea
- Creating a simple business plan
- Legal structures for your business
- Building a successful team
- Financial funding of your business
- SCORE Resources

Join future entrepreneurs as SCORE mentors guide you through the journey of starting your own business.

Free Business Webinar: “Grow Your Business with E-mail & Social Media”
1 - 2pm Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Free, but pre-registration required at: www.annarborscore.com 

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But between Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month—there’s a lot to keep up with. And there are only so many hours in each day. The number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. 
This webinar will help make sense of the noise. We’re going to show you how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business. 
When the webinar is done you’ll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives.  
- You’ll learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign. 
- You’ll be given some simple but powerful tips for how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible.
- And you’ll see that there are some great tools you can use to help engage with your existing customers and supporters as well as expand your reach to new prospects. 

Throughout the webinar you’ll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own “next great campaign.” So join us and start to build a plan that will help you grow your business by eliciting the responses you want from your customers or supporters.

Free Business Webinar: “Automate Your Marketing”
1- 2pm Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Free, but pre-registration required at: www.annarborscore.com  

Plan ahead to convert new clients & keep existing customers.
Do you send the same information over and over? Do you ever forget to follow up with new subscribers, customer anniversaries and birthdays? How do you share your great case studies, success stories and customer testimonials? Or introduce customers to your diverse product or service offerings? And do you wish you had a way to reward new subscribers & inspire them to take action right NOW, when their interest is HOT? 

Autoresponder campaigns do what YOU wish you had the time to do! Use them to follow up, inform, entertain, & provide incentives for action & engagement - they work automatically while you focus on your business. This seminar will help you: 

• Learn the difference between automated messages and autoresponder campaigns 
• Decide where autoresponders can help you do better marketing communications 
• Understand key actions that trigger emails to be sent 
• Identify what steps to take to design effective autoresponder campaigns 
• Design the “evergreen content” that works best for your audiences 

We’ll also cover dos and don’ts, show a sample autoresponder calendar, and share real case studies of success with autoresponder campaigns. Join us!  

Sponsored by SCORE—a volunteer non-profit that provides free business counseling, mentoring resources, and support at any business life cycle stage. 

SCORE is a funded resource partner of the SBA. Volunteer business mentors provide free counseling and low cost training programs to assist existing and startup small businesses to succeed. The Ann Arbor SCORE chapter website is: http://annarborscore.com/














NEW PROGRAM:  

We are hoping to offer an opportunity for new entrepreneurs to pitch their products in upcoming meetings. This will not be a contest or formal review board, but a chance to try out your pitch in a friendly, informal venue.
If you are interested in pitching your product, please email Cathy at cphillips@ltu.edu for more information.