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

 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. 

February 16, 2017 - Charles Coleman (tailgate cooler guy) who presented his products at our December meeting has volunteered with his business partner to present another product story and concentrate also on sharing information on how they use CAD and other resources to develop their products.

There is a lot happening for inventors and small businesses this February, 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 2/4/17

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.

Brought to you by the SBA & Operation Hope

Business Smart Workshop - Module READY
Date: February 13, 2017
Location: Northwest Activities Center,18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
10:00 a.m. to Noon 
Cost: Free!

Business Smart Workshop: READY 
This is the first of three modules in the Business Smart workshop series presented by SBA and Operation Hope
Topics Include: 
- 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 
your business

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-smart-series-ready-module-tickets-30929577198

Business Smart Workshop - Modules SET & GO
Date: February 20, 2017
Location: Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!

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.
Topics Include: 
- 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.
Topics Include: 
- 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

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-smart-workshop-modules-set-go-tickets-30929889131

Detroit NWAC Small Business Expo! 
February 23, 2017 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Small Business Expo will place new small business owners, entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners in the right place to build new business relationships. It’s the perfect opportunity to help small businesses market their services and products to the community, make connections and develop their networks with like-minded professionals! The Small Business Expo will feature 50 Vendor Booths and panel discussions on ‘Top Trending’ small business topics such as Small Business Lending, Small Business Resources and much more!
Join in on pre-expo panel discussions from 9:30AM - 11AM
To reserve a booth: Vendor Setup 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Northwest Activities Center
Small Business Expo
18100 Meyers Rd. Detroit, MI 48235
Free Parking!
Contact: Crystal Nickson (313) 506-9192

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
February 2, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febintro2ip.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
February 14, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febtrademarktues.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
February 15, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febpatwednesday.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.
Stop in for a search! Reserve a workstation today

The LTU Collaboratory Small Business Workshops led by Lee Gorman, Mentor-In-Residence to help you and your business grow!

Jan 28: The Lean Start-up Approach
Feb 11: Basics of Customer Discovery
Feb 25: Finance for Start-ups

Saturday Workshop Schedule:
8:30 Continental Breakfast & Networking
9- Noon Workshop
Noon - 1:30 One-on-One Consultations & Lunch


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.