Past Speaker – Harvey Padden – Troble Maker Makes a Fortune

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harvey-paddenLet’s face it, truly creative people have a hard time fitting in the corporate world. When a visionary sees an opportunity for improvement they just can’t help themselves. They have to bring it to the attention of their superiors. Who, instead of taking it under consideration and complimenting the initiative, usually condemn the concept as an intrusion by saying, “Keep your nose out of that” or worst case scenario, remove the Trouble Maker.

Alas, such was Harvey Padden‘s case when he got his first few jobs out of college. They could see he was brilliant but he was cursed with the ability of seeing the whole picture. Not only that, he wasn’t much for theoretical conversations. When he got an idea, he sat down at a work bench and started putting things together.

Eventually, he realized that he needed to be in his own business. In charge of his own life. So he found his niche and he was Very successful at it, creating and modifying measuring devices for industry.

You see, not every invention has to be a consumer product. Quite often, there is more money in the Business to Business ( B to B ) market. However, the steps to success and the work involved are basically the same.

Mr. Padden is the consummate inventor. When we sat down to discuss his presentation I was enthralled, story after story, by the way his mind works. There is an intensity there that I have seen in many successful professional inventors as well as those just starting out.

There is also the calculated risk taker, that is the corner stone of every successful entrepreneur and nose to the grindstone determination necessary to run your own business.

When he asked me if the group would be interested in his story, I emphatically responded, “Absolutely, I have been looking for someone like you for quite some time”. No matter what industry you are working in, no matter what type of invention or inventions you have, we can all learn a lot from this man.

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Past Speaker – Miriam Richter – Trademarks, Copyrights and more

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Make Your Mark! ® (Or How to Avoid Trouble With Trademarks)

richter-logo-from-website“What is in a name…wouldn’t a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” Maybe…but a strong registered trademarked name can outlive the patented product and in some cases be more lucrative than the patent itself.

There are highly sophisticated strategies that need to be considered when choosing a mark and it takes a well trained, experienced professional who is passionate about the subject to bring your attention to these matters.

Miriam Richter of www.richtertrademarks.com is such a person, devoted to Trademarks, Copyrights and other Intellectual Property Matters. I was extremely impressed with her resume. From the beginning of her academic pursuits and throughout her developing interests, she has achieved honors at every University she has attended.

Her professional career begins in medical research and teaching. Her medical background, led to an interest in the legal profession while working in the insurance industry, which in turn led her to Intellectual Property Law.

Here is a woman with the intelligence and knowledge to research any subject (as evident by her many academic accolades) and the ability to share what she has learned as a teacher. You will never look at a name the same way again, as she will cover the subject from;

  • The various types of trademarks, why you would consider using them and the strengths of each.
  • Your initial TESS search, what to look for, is it Dead or Alive.
  • The Examination Process, what they are looking for.
  • The all important USE
  • Rejection and how to handle it.

I had to convince Ms. Richter to add the last bullet after she wrote back to me “…a properly researched and filed trademark shouldn’t be rejected.”  It was quite obvious to me the type of perfectionist and professional she is. We are very lucky to have her speak to us.

This is an extremely serious subject that you must know about. So under no circumstance should you miss this meeting, which will be hosted by the Inventors Society of South Florida (a non-profit educational organization) at 1:00 pm on Saturday 7/8/17 at the LIGI Tool & Engineering, Inc. (3220 SW 15th Street Deerfield Beach, Fl  33442.

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Past Speaker – Christian Lovrecich of Nitro Displays

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Speaker For The June 10th, 2017 Meeting:
Christian Lovrecich of Nitro Displays

Stand Up, Stand Out To Make $

nitrodisplays-logoAs a kid, I spent a lot of time on the boardwalk of a “Carney Town” on the New Jersey shore called Seaside Heights. I even tried my hand at “Barking The Stands” shouting stuff like, “Everyone’s a Winner” “Best Prizes On The Boardwalk”. What I learned was the best barkers got the biggest crowds which attracted even bigger crowds. This was also the secret to success for anyone in the advertizing business and for that matter Any Business.

Basically, business is not for the timid. You’ve got to Stand Up and Stand Out to grab your potential customer’s interest. Probably the best pitchman of all times, Billy Mays, of OxiClean fame proudly proclaimed that he learned his craft Barking the Stands at Seaside Heights, NJ.

So what does this have to do with inventing? Everything !!! Thomas Edison was known by his contemporaries as more of a huckster than an inventor. So how do you begin to make some noise about your product?  One of the first places is usually trade shows, home shows, Expos and the like. Here your booth dressing is crucial to getting noticed, it has to give a big Billy Mays Shout out to the people passing by or they will just pass you by.

Christian Lovrecich of Nitro Displays http://www.nitrodisplays.com/ is going to show you what works and what doesn’t as well as how to get the most bang for your booth dressing buck. You will be surprised at how little it can cost to look professional. If you haven’t really thought about this subject before, you are simply not going to believe all the options you have. This is going to be a journey into another world for the uninitiated.

But Wait … There’s More …

Christian is also the Master of FaceBook and has recently opened another business called Lovrecich Media www.facebook.com/LovrecichMedia/  It is like a blog where he answers questions and gives extraordinary tips on how to use FaceBook to raise awareness about your project and drive traffic to your website. On top of that, you don’t have to pay an extra  shipping and handling charge because you are there already.

So if you are serious about making some serious money with your inventions then I seriously suggest you make a serious effort to come to LIGI Tool & Engineering, Inc. (3220 SW 15th Street Deerfield Beach, FL  33442) at 1:00 pm on Saturday 6/10/17 to learn how to make a serious impact on your market. Seriously !

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Past Speaker – Janice Haley

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Inventor University

Janice-Haley-PictureDue to the wealth of knowledge you are going to get at this meeting I couldn’t think of anything else to call it. Other inventors will share some stories, some tips maybe some inside information but what Janice Haley has planned for you is to fill your brain with all the knowledge she has gained over the past 5 or 6 years going from a rank beginner to a successful inventor with major opportunities exploding all around her all the time now. A true “Over Night Sensation” (only a life time in the making).

To be fair, when she and her husband Steve joined our group they were already successful entrepreneurs. They created the metabolic thermogenesis power drink, Celsius which they took public and sold for a very nice, yet undisclosed, price. You can learn more about that product here https://www.celsius.com/.

One thing that I find incredible about most of the wildly successful inventors that I meet is the kindness and compassion they show to beginning inventors. Janice and Steve are at the top of that list too. When we spoke about their presentation, Janice wanted to answer every question they had when they were starting out and much, much more.

toneybands-action-blackFor example, I mentioned we just had a pitch event and she enthusiastically responded with, “Yes, yes every pitch is extremely important and you don’t give the same pitch to an investor as you would a retailer. I will do a segment on pitches”. At that point, we decided she would need the entire meeting to get through all the material she wants to cover.

We are hoping Steve can make the meeting as well to answer some of the questions relating to some of the technical areas he takes care of but with everything popping everywhere this may not be feasible. We will be keeping you posted as things develop.

Their product Tone-y-Bands http://www.toneybands.com is a simple yet elegant extremely useful product. In essence , it is a very comfortable weighted wrist band that you can add to your regular exercise or dance program to tone your arms quicker. Steve mentioned he first started using it to tone his arms while doing ordinary tasks around the house like putting groceries away.

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Past Speaker – Tax Care Inc.

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Speaker for the April 8th Meeting

Get’n Down To Business

tax-care-pictureI don’t care where you are in the process of making your millions, at some point and that point comes quicker than you realize, you are going to have to determine what type of business entity you will need to become. You will need to know how to structure your company to avoid being over taxed. This is extremely important !

Not that we mind paying our fair share but the bigger the share we retain the bigger our company can grow and the better it is for the economy in general. Think about it, as our companies grow our shipping needs grow which means more people getting a salary to expedite our goods, we need more employees who then have added disposable income, we need bigger and better vacations to recharge our creative energy and just think how many people that can employ.

By all means, it is our civic duty to keep as much of our money as we can for the good of our nation, heck, for the good of the World! Don’t just selfishly sit back and let the government quietly absorb vast quantities of your income. Take Action! Learn how to retain as much as you can so you can distribute it wisely and to your advantage for things You Want ! After all it is your money.

Tax Care Inc. http://www.taxcareinc.com/ is The company that can help you do just that. They will take us on a journey through the wilderness of Tax Entities. Do you know:

  • the difference between or more importantly the advantages of being a Sole Proprietor , LLC, S Corp or full Corporation?
  • what piercing the corporate veil means?
  • how each can affect your insurance issues?
  • that you can actually start retaining more of your income Right Now?

All this business nonsense may seem too complicated to understand or you may feel like, “I really don’t care. This is my accountant’s job”. Well, I kind of felt that way when I started my electrical contracting business some 30 years ago. I was interested but felt I hired a good accountant and they are taking care of it, WRONG! I later found out, at times, I was losing as much as 20%. That’s twenty bucks out of every hundred I brought in ! That Ba….d accountant.

Business is the business of making money but it is also about keeping as much of it as you can.

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Past Speaker – Bob Oros

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Speaker for the March 11th Meeting

The Company Man

Licensing to Corporations, Dos and Don’ts

bob-oros-speakerBob Oros of Business Developement Resources www.bdrinovate.com truly knows the ins and outs of working with corporations better than anyone else I know. After all, he worked for major corporations marketing and developing over-the-counter products, foods and beverages, pet foods, packaging and confections with such companies as Vick Chemical, Ralston Purina, the Pillsbury Company, American Can and Life Savers for more years than he will admit to.

In 1980 he organized and managed the new products group within Marketing Corporation of America, a consulting company based in Westport, CT, assisting corporations identify and qualify strategic growth initiatives and development programs.

In 1983 he founded Business Development Resources, a marketing consultancy specializing in new business and new product development and innovation. BDR’s client roster is “bipolar” with corporate clients on one end and inventors and entrepreneurs on the other. Domino’s Pizza “Heat Wave” delivery bag and PM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice are two projects in which the company played a major role from inception through strategic development. The Company also played the leading role in the license and sale of Isomalt®, a proprietary sugar substitute from Palatinit Gmbh (Sudzucker) in Mannheim, Germany, to major USA companies.  

What he will do for you is give you the insight he has learned from all his years of working inside this industry. This will be a no holds barred, slap in the face, reality check on how to get your product licensed to real corporations.

This IS the elusive dream of just about every Independent Inventor. Well … here is your chance to learn how to turn that dream into a reality. OK, the real dream may be to be sitting on the beach sipping pina coladas for the rest of your life with royalty checks flowing endlessly into your mailbox.

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Past Speaker – Mary Lou Green

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Retail Geniuses: Dennis & Mary Lou Green
Coming To You LIVE via Skype

Dennis and Mary Lou Green head shotDennis and Mary Lou Green are an incredible couple living the life so many of us dream of. They have mastered the art of selling their products to large retail chain stores and QVC. They have made millions, sold their business then prepared to sit back and enjoy their wealth.

Sure, that may be the dream but we all know that any high octane personality will Not be satisfied just sitting back and enjoying their wealth. Let alone, this dynamic couple. I mean, after inventing more than 50 simple products with sales exceeding $120 million, taking up golf full-time is not an option. You just can’t turn that light bulb off.

So they have embarked on a new journey from which we can all benefit. They have decided to share the knowledge they gained from the college of hard knocks with everyone who can use it and, let me tell you, we can Use It !

A few months back, I told you all about their book “Shark Pitch, How to Make a Retail Shark Sit Up and Beg To Buy Your Product” which is a short (only 142 pages) information packed treatment of everything you ever wanted to know, along with a number of issues you never thought of on your own, regarding selling to our collective Holy Grail, retail giants.

I also told you about their website www.bigideaschool.com and the FREE ebook “27 Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Answer, Before Launching A New Product”. Obviously, they have attacked their new mission of enlightening the masses with the same vigor that insured their success and made them a model for the rest of us. They will also be offering another special secret FREE bonus worth almost $400.00 to all who attend this meeting. They simply Love inventors and are dedicated to your success.

Whether you intend to license your product or sell it yourself, the bottom line that every gatekeeper wants to know is how you will get a retailer to take something that is already making them money, off the shelf to make room for your product. THIS … is how you do it.

As you will see, Mary Lou is such a warm, kind, sharing individual and yet the consummate professional who desperately wanted to help our members but was too busy helping her mom to make the trip out here from sunny California that I decided to do whatever it took to bring the “Mountain to Mohamed” by way of Skype. Yes, I have been working feverously behind the scenes to make this happen and it will.

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eBlasts – Paper Pitch to an Investor

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Paper Pitch To An Investor

how-to-pitch-to-an-investor-about-inventionsAs many of you may know, at our next meeting on January 14th, 2017, eight lucky inventors will have the opportunity to pitch their product to Maxine Pierson, one of the most brilliant women I know, who just so happens to also be an active investor.

When we first announced the opportunity, we got an overwhelming response. There were only 8 spots that went in less than seven hours. Not really knowing what she was getting herself into, kind hearted Maxine wanted to give everybody a chance to pitch their idea to her. We had almost 40 people already on the waiting list so that would easily take over 12 hours. So I suggested we do a Paper Pitch.

This would include a single page in word with type no smaller then 12 point Times New Roman. I suggest not using any fancy or hard to read type. Making things easy gets you better results. Do Not change the borders as this will get you rejected without notification until after the event has passed.

You don’t have to but you can include a sell sheet, one photo, a video under 2 minutes and a link to your website as part of your email submission. For more information on pitches in general, sell sheets and videos go to our website http://www.inventors-society.net/tips-pitch-investor/

Obviously, you will not have the room to include a lot of facts and figures but you should be able to back up any statements you make if requested. For example, if you say 14 million people out of the 18 million people we surveyed said they would buy our product, you better have the contact information for those 18 million people.

The video may be an important part of this pitch. It doesn’t have to be of professional quality. I would suggest leaving out any background music unless it is pertinent to the product. This could actually be considered your pitch.  

Please Note: This is for products and projects that are Ready for Funding. Please do not submit ideas as it is Not Maxine’s forte to determine the patentability or commerciality of a raw idea. Her talents lie in taking the information presented, processing it through her system and finding winners that will give her the desired return. We will not sign NDAs or Confidentiality Agreements for this event so you must rely on whatever IP Protection you already have in place.  

This IS Considered a Public Disclosure and whether it is protected by a Provisional Patent Application or not, you have one year from the date you send it in to apply for your full Utility Patent or you Lose the Right to patent the invention.  

There may be other opportunities to review ideas in the future.   

We will begin taking in your pitches on January 19th and will close the event on January 28. Please do Not send any pitches before or after those dates as they will be rejected without notice.

Please place the words Paper Pitch To The Investor in the subject line and send the email to mazurelectric5645@gmail.com . This is Not my usual email address. Earthlink has a tendency to reject large attachments and I don’t want to lose anyone. You should add a small note in the email such as, Attached is my Paper Pitch and video regarding my product the widget. As well as your contact information just in case there is a problem.

I will send you a note to say that your pitch has been received. If you don’t get that note within a day or two, contact me because I may not have gotten your submission.

Received does not mean Accepted. If you break the rules as outlined above, you will be rejected but may not be notified until the event is over. I am expecting a large response so I cannot say how long it will take for us to review them all. However, everyone Accepted will get a note of review.

If you have questions you can email me at mazurelectric@earthlink.net put Paper Pitch Question in the subject line or call me at 561-676-5677.

Maxine and I Are Looking Forward To Your Participation,

Leo   

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Past Speaker – Maxine Pierson – How to Pitch to an Investor

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Speaker For The January 14th 2017 Meeting:

Maxine Pierson

Pitch To An Investor

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Maxine Pierson, Inventor Investor

The biggest dream of just about every inventor I run across is the opportunity to pitch their idea to a real investor. The problem with most of them is they have no idea about How to pitch that idea. However, that is about to change for those who come to our meeting on January 14th.

Maxine Pierson, (https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxine-pierson-17a1769) is an incredible woman with an extraordinary background and who just so happens to be an investor with a heart of Gold because she volunteered to give us an insider’s view of how the whole investor system works.

That’s right, there is a system in place and unless you understand it you haven’t got a snowball’s chance in Florida of getting any money.

For example, you have to find the right fit. All investors have specific areas of interest and expertise. So trying to pitch a baby product to someone who is looking for medical devices is most probably going to be a waste of time for both of you.

Most importantly, she will be telling us what you need to include in your pitch as well as what you definitely want to exclude, what the difference between an angel and a venture capitalist is, how to find opportunities to pitch and much, much more.

Then to top it all off, 8 lucky inventors will get their chance to do a 3 to 5 minute pitch of their project to Maxine. By the way, she is Not your typical heartless shark. She is a very kind and nurturing individual. She will then give them a very constructive critique of their pitch and project. What the rest of us will learn from that alone is priceless.

I truly believe this is going to be a pivotal year for many of us but in order to get the most out of it we need to learn a lot of skills and most of all, put them to use.

We all need to learn how to persuade people to see and believe in the value of our projects. That is exactly what a pitch is and I don’t care if you are trying to get money for your project from an investor or trying to get a major company to license your product or trying to get a retailer to put it on their shelf, at some point your pitch will determine if you succeed or don’t.

Maxine will give you the basics that you can adjust to meet your specific needs as long as you come to LIGI Tool & Engineering, Inc. (3220 SW 15th Street Deerfield Beach, FL 33442) at 1:00 pm on Saturday 1/14/17 for this incredible presentation hosted by the Inventors Society of South Florida, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit educational organization. Doors open at 12:30. Don’t be late, we won’t wait for you.

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Past Speaker – Gordon Tredgold

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Speaker For The December 3rd Meeting:

Gordon Tredgold

The Master of Getting Results

Gordon-TredgoldGordon Tredgold (http://gordontredgold.com) is “The Leaders’ Leader”. Who was heralded in Inc. Magazine as one of the top 100 Leadership and Management, Experts and Speakers. He was ranked #2 on the Top 15 Must Read Leadership Blogs, #4 on the Top 50 Most Socially Shared Leadership Blogs and has the distinction of being the Number One Leadership Expert to follow on Twitter. Gordon is also a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the National Speaker’s Association.

A world renowned author, Mr. Tredgold is known getting sustainable results FAST ™ which just so happens to be the name of his system that breaks down to this:

Focus Simply focusing on goals and specific tasks isn’t enough to insure success. What’s more important is ensuring that the right things are focused on and kept as priorities.

Accountability managing the effectiveness of the people, processes and procedures that are taking place is key to experiencing optimal results.

Simplicity taking measure of the effectiveness of “how” things are getting done and implementing a clear plan of action. Things that are simple aren’t necessarily easy.

Transparency the entire, bigger picture must be clear for everyone so that the question, “How far are we in this process and how far do we have to go?” Is easily answered by all involved.

Let’s face it, as inventors we are all the leaders of our projects. Even if it is a team of one, we need to identify and define a clear path to success. As our team grows with service providers, manufacturers and retailers, we need to be able to inspirer them with our vision. So everyone is fired up and committed to its’ success!  

Without a doubt, This is a skill you must possess and you can learn the skill from the Best by coming to LIGI Tool & Engineering, Inc. (3220 SW 15th Street Deerfield Beach, FL 33442) at 1:00 pm on Saturday 12/3/16 for this incredible presentation hosted by the Inventors Society of South Florida, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit educational organization.

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