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. 

June 15, 2017 -  Wissam Aoun, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the International Intellectural Property Law Clinc at University of Detroit Mercy will be our speaker. Dr. Aoun will talk about the services provided by his Legal Clinic...

OTHER EVENT of Interest- Live Patent Webcast Hosted at Detroit Public Library - Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  Our IAMD Board Treasurer and DPL Manager, Mary Kordyban sent this invitation - "On June 21, we will be livecasting Patent Wednesday here at Main. It will take place from 12:30 - 1:30. Please see attached flyer for more details. Light snacks will be available."

July 20, 2017 - Ken Yee - "Resources for Getting your Products Manufactured" Ken works in Project Management and Design and is a long-time member and board member of the IAMD, as well as the V.P. of the ICMM (Inventor's Council of Mid-Michigan.).

August 17th - We will have a picnic!!! More details to come on this event!

September- SAVE THE DATE for Michigan Inventor's Coalition- EXPO 17, September 15-16, 2017 event in Lansing (IAMD members get $5.00 rebate if they attend.)

There is a lot happening for inventors and small businesses coming up, 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 6/11/17

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.

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.

Trademark Tuesday
June 13, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://juntrademarktues.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
June 21, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://junpatentwednesday.eventbrite.com

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO for a special presentation of Patent Wednesday with guest speaker Ken Bousfield. Mr. Bousfield, partner at Bereskin & Parr, will be providing an overview of the Origins and History of Patent Law as well as its evolution.
Following Mr. Bousfield's presentation, an Economic Development Specialist from the Michigan Small Business Administration (Michigan SBA) will provide an overview of their small business services and resource partners in counseling, capital, and contracting.

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

Module READY Date: June 19, 2017 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Northwest Activities Center,18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
Cost: Free!
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-workshop-ready-module-tickets-34890000932

Modules SET & GO Date: June 20, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
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-set-go-modules-tickets-34890104241

​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.)


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.