IAMD--- Inventors Association of 
               Metropolitan Detroit
Lawrence Technological University-
21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. 
Southfield, MI  48075
248 204-2994       
​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
Engineering building
Campus map with Engineering

 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.

Please note: We are in a new room location for January, Feb., March and April, 2018.  It is in the Engineering Building on campus (# 6 on the Lawrence Tech Map above).

 Another map above is a cross section of the Engineering building with E030 outlined in yellow.  

The third map above shows a close up of the campus map with Engineering and other nearby buildings.  

Parking is available at Lot A, Lot G and Lot E on the far side.

We will have signs out around campus and also have some "guides" out to help you locate the room. It is a great space!

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

Thursday January 18, 2018 - Denise Sylvester, Regional Outreach Director, USPTO will present information on patents, trademarks and Patent Outreach services.

Thursday February 15, 2018- Jacob Ward- Registered Patent Attorney admitted to practice in the State of Michigan, before the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also registered as a patent agent, non-resident, in Canada.

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 1/13/18

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.

US Patent and Trademark Office

Patent Series — Part 1: Patent Process
January 17, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Have an idea? Have an invention?  
Learn about the patent process, patent application types and how to file your patent application, and 
patent searching in our rotating 3-part series on the third Wednesday of each month. Review the Patent Process Overview in advance.

The Michigan Small Business Administration provides an overview of their small business services and partners that provide counseling, capital, and contracting resources for small businesses. 
Register at: https://jan2018patentwed.eventbrite.com
Events, Seminars, Webinars and other happenings around town...

All Events are FREE to attend; however, space is limited.
Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
300 River Place Dr., Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207

Stop in for a search! Reserve a workstation today.
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.

Lawrence Tech related programming:

January 20, 2018 8-11 a.m. Free program co-sponsored by the LTU Collaboratory-- 
"Lean Start-up and the Basics of Customer Discovery" - M 336 Management Building (#2 on the Lawrence Tech map)

For more information and to register:


​SBA Hosts Financing Basics Webinars- Lunch and Learn

The U.S. Small Business Administration along with the Michigan Small Business Development Center, and SCORE is pleased to offer free Small Business Financing Webinars.

Tune in on any of the following dates from noon to 1:00 p.m.: 

January 30, 2018 
February 8, 2018

The webinar gives current or prospective small business owners insight into the SBA Guaranty Loan Program and the criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request. We will demystify the lending process, debunk the myths about SBA programs, and share real life examples of successful loan applicants. The webinar is best suited to those seeking financing for their business, have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.  
Instructions to join the webinar:
From your computer: www.connectmeeting.att.com 
Meeting number: 888 858 2144
Access code: 7790762
Log in as a “participant” 
From your phone: 

Time to Run with Your Ideas

In case you missed it, Start Garden made a big announcement last week! We have opened the gates for all aspiring entrepreneurs to take a shot at their ideas. Succeed or fail, you get to try again each year. It's how we start the first 100 days of the new year.

Anyone, anytime, anywhere can submit a 100 second idea to the simplest pitch platform ever.

Submit 100 second pitches before April 10 at 100ideas.startgarden.com.

After April 10, we select 100 ideas to receive $1,000 each.

On July 10 we have a giant demo day where all 100 ideas return and present to a panel of judges to receive another $20,000. At least 10 are chosen.

Pitches are not shared publicly. Minimum age is 14 years old.

Click the link below for more info and "pitch in person" dates.



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.

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