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.
September 21 , 2017 - Welcome back IAMD Fall Meeting- M218 Management Building on LTU campus.We have two businesses that will introduce their products- Austin Groesser, Co-Owner of Big Dipper Dough Co.and Nitrology Treats and Mike Wiley, Developer of a unique Fire Suppression System.
Come to this meeting to network in small group format to generate solutions and ideas to move your product development forward. SEE ATTACHED MAP FOR location of Buell Management Building - #2 on map for Room location.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Doug Prehoda, Director of the *FAB*LAB at Mott Community College's Regional Technology Initiative, will be presenting information on services available to inventors/entrepreneurs at Mott Community College's *FAB*LAB. We have had many questions from inventors on creating prototypes, assistance with CAD software and rapid prototyping, so we know Mr. Prehoda's information will be appreciated!
September 15-16, 2017 - Michigan Inventor's Coalition- EXPO 17
(IAMD members get $5.00 rebate if they attend.)
Registration is now open and many of your colleagues are already signing up for an outstanding INNOVATE MI Summit in Lansing, MI! See attachments for Hotel Reservation and more detail on schedules for each day.
Sign up today to lock in your individual registration AND an expo booth for only $50! Secure your discounted registration for this 1 1/2 day event before it expires Sept 9th!
REGISTER FOR EXPO-September, 15, 2017
The Michigan Inventor's Coalition (MIC) has a few spots left for Spin, Pitch and Sell at their annual EXPO conference. Go to the following link for more information and registration.
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.
Events, Seminars, Webinars and other happenings around town...
Latest update 7/15/17
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.
September -SAVE THE DATE for Michigan Inventor's Coaltion- EXPO 17, September 15-16, 2017 event in Lansing (IAMD members get $5.00 rebate if they attend.)
SBA Michigan District Office
Business Smart Workshops
Learn what it takes to have a successful start-up
Brought to you by the SBA & Operation Hope
Business Smart Workshop - Module READY
Date: September 18, 2017
Location: Northwest Activities Center,18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Business Smart Workshop: READY
This is the first of three modules in the Business Smart workshop series presented by SBA and Operation Hope
- Understanding of the key steps to getting your business of the ground
- Learn what banks look for when lending money
- Learn about the various financing options
- Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-smart-workshop-ready-module-tickets-37281911200
Business Smart Workshop - Modules SET & GO
Date: September 25, 2017
Location: Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Business Smart Workshop: SET
This is the second of three modules in the Business Smart workshop series presented by SBA and Operation Hope. This module will help you prepare to become credit ready.
- Possible sources of business funding
- What lenders look for in a loan applicant (the “Five C’s of Credit”)
- What a credit score is and why it matters
- What’s included in a loan application, including the importance of a Business Plan and cash flow projections and assumptions
-Avoiding predatory lending practices
Business Smart Workshop: GO
This is the last of three modules in the Business Smart workshop series presented by SBA and Operation Hope. The GO module is a resource guide and directs you to local resources available to assist you in starting or growing your small business.
- Determine your offering and market demand
- Understand your competition
- Determine your marketing strategy
- Determine your startup costs
- Meet your legal requirements
- Prepare yourself financially
- Develop your business plan
- Get help
Cosponsorship Authorization # 15-6010-44. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Patent Series - Part 1: Patent Process
September 20, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. This 3-part series is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of patents. Prior to the event please review the Patent Process Overview. An Economic Development Specialist from the Michigan Small Business Administration will provide an overview of their small business services and resource partners in counseling, capital, and contracting.
Trademark Tuesday at the Lansing Regional Seminar
September 26, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) experts through video teleconferencing. The TAC, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general trademark information.
In October, Trademark Tuesday will return to the Midwest Regional Office for its regular date and time—October 10, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm.
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 valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport), and may be subject to security screening.
Detroit Design Festival & TechTown present Good Design is Good Business
Friday, September 29 | 9 to 11am
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit
Join Jeevak Badve, VP, Strategic Growth at Sundberg Ferar for "Good Design is Good Business." This hands-on talk is geared toward startups, inventors and entrepreneurs.This discussion will cover how to balance the art of design and the science of business. There will be plenty of time for networking and Q & A. Breakfast will be served.
Find more info and register here.