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.
Lawrence Tech Map

 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 meetings will be in a NEW LOCATION.  We will be back in the UTLC Building in Room T410, it is easy to locate and has close parking! Enter from 10 Mile and park in the first parking lot on the left (parking lot "A", building "9" on the linked "Lawrence Tech Map" above). Enter the building by a circular drive that has a connecting walk-way between the UTLC and Engineering Building. When you enter the UTLC building the elevator is on your immediate right. Take the elevator to the 4th floor. T410 is right next to the elevator. Restrooms are also adjacent to the elevators and stairways.

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

Janurary 19,2017 - Denise Sylvester, Regional Outreach Officer, from the USPTO Detroit office will be our speaker. Denise will be talking about all forms of intellectual property, from the different types of patents, to trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. With a question and answer session.

There is a lot happening for inventors and small businesses this January, see below!!!

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
Events, Seminars, Webinars and other happenings around town...

Latest update 1/5/17

NOTES: 
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.

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


Free Business Webinar Series: “Creating Your Digital Marketing Presence”, Series Includes Website info, Email Marketing and Social Media.

Bi weekly sessions starting Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from  Noon – 1pm

Pre-registration for link required at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5872287473296908289

This webinar gives you an overview of digital best practices for your website including getting found online, using the right tools for your business, and many more suggestions and proven strategies.

​​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.

Introduction to Intellectual Property and Midwest USPTO
January 5, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://janintro2ip.eventbrite.com/

 
Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan hosts an introduction to intellectual property concepts followed by a tour of Midwest Regional Office resources every first Thursday of each month. This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, students looking for beginner information on intellectual property concepts.

Trademark Tuesday
January 10, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://jantrademarktues.eventbrite.com/ 

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.
This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. 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. 

Patent Wednesday
January 18, 2016 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://janpatwed.eventbrite.com/ 

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with our community outreach staff on patent process and resource navigation every third Wednesday of each month. This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of patents. Get the most out of Patent Wednesday by checking out the Patent Process Overview prior to the event.


SBDC offers free mentoring and workshops at Detroit Public Library - Main

The Detroit Public Library is offering free Workshops in the month of January, please share the information with business minded individuals and entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of our services.

Location:
Detroit Public Library - Main
Business, Science & Technology
5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
313-481-1391 or 313-481-1406

SBDC Mentor Counseling
January 11, 2017
5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Small Business Development center offers no-cost business counseling services to entrepreneurs. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business, need help with your business plan, or want to grow your current business, SBDC has you covered. By appointment only.
Contact the Detroit Public Library’s Business, Science & Technology department to reserve your seat or register by email. 
313-481-1391 mkordyban@detroitpubliclibrary.org or kcooper@detroitpubliclibrary.org 

Commercial Lending
January 21, 2017
10:30am – 12:30pm
This workshop will provide to you an understanding of how cash flow, financial statements, projections, business plan and banking relationships can affect the lending process.
Contact the Detroit Public Library’s Business, Science & Technology department to reserve your seat or register by email.
313-481-1391 mkordyban@detroitpubliclibrary.org or kcooper@detroitpubliclibrary.org 

SBDC Mentor Counseling
January 25, 2017
5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Small Business Development center offers no-cost business counseling services to entrepreneurs. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business, need help with your business plan, or want to grow your current business, SBDC has you covered. By appointment only.
Contact the Detroit Public Library’s Business, Science & Technology department to reserve your seat or register by email.
313-481-1391 mkordyban@detroitpubliclibrary.org or kcooper@detroitpubliclibrary.org 

Financials Wrap Session
January 28, 2017
10:30 – 12:30pm
Business finances are complicated at times, let’s have an open discussion about it. Speak with a consultant from the Small Business Development Center to learn the importance of Quickbooks and how balancing books can lead to business longevity.
Contact the Detroit Public Library’s Business, Science & Technology department to reserve your seat or register by email.
313-481-1391mkordyban@detroitpubliclibrary.org or kcooper@detroitpubliclibrary.org

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) enhances Michigan's economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies. http://www.sbdcmichigan.org/

 All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basi


Join the Michigan startup ecosystem on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the
Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE'17)! 

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 - 
- 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 

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/ 











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.