Past Speaker – Chris Nolan

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The Master Of Success

chris-nolanChris Nolan literally blew me away with story after story regarding successful projects ranging from animal products to water purification systems and much, much more. All of these stories start out with a great product that is floundering with minimal success. At which point, Chris comes along and

  • Defines the marketable essence of the project. This could be the pain point it relieves, a desire, a need, etc..
  • Develops a strategy
  • Then implements that strategy

Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it, but in those three steps hides the magic. With each story you will see the brilliance unfold. It is so easy to get mesmerized but what I want you to do is focus on  how to use his techniques on your products.

In the “old days” there was a saying, “You can judge a salesman’s worth by the size of his Rolodex”. Now for those of you too young to know what a Rolodex is let me explain, it is an ancient paper data base with all your business contacts. Mr. Nolan seems to know everyone. This comes from a life time of service and honesty. This is yet another skill you need to learn from him and can; just by being in his presence.

Lastly, you hear me harp about this all the time but you need to develop a set of powerful pitches for your project to have at the ready at all times because you never know when that perfect opportunity will arise. Once again, here’s Mr. Nolan to the rescue.

He is in demand to teach corporate sales teams how to pitch. He has developed an incredible all day event on 5/31/18 at FAU with an unbelievable list of experts through his company Speak Up called JumpStart™ which is a sales education symposium and more including extended training. Check it out here http://www.speakupsalestraining.com/

If you plan to license to corporations. Going to corporate events like this teaches you how your corporate contacts think. What impresses them. How they do things and if they see you doing things the way they do, they may consider you a colleague rather than some crazy inventor.

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Past Speaker – eMachineShop – CAD

Speaker For The January 13th Meeting

FREE CAD Program

What could be better than that?!? I’ll tell you, a FREE CAD program that is easy to use with very simple tutorials that actually work and, here comes the best part, it will give you pricing for the part you just created, on the fly. You can even order it right then and there.

I mean… what more could you ask for? I know, I know, a unit that could capture the vision in your head and do all the work for you. Inventors! Always looking for the easy way out. Well, this is as good as it gets.

How do I know? I tried it out for myself. At first, it appears deceptively simple and I thought how could you get complicated shapes with so few tools but that’s the beauty of this program. By mastering just a few simple tools, in no time, you can draw just about anything you want.

Let’s face it, everyone serious about inventing needs to learn CAD. Sure, you can sketch something out on a napkin and bring it to a professional. Then spend hours ($) playing with it, refining it, blowing your entire budget before you get it right OR you can spend some time learning this new skill then spend as much time as you need to perfect and produce your product.

eMachineShop.com will be giving us a LIVE demonstration via Skype. Their presentation will include some basics to get you started then some more advanced techniques to give you an idea of the things you can do with the software as well as the services they provide which are quite extensive. They do everything from Rapid Prototyping through machining, various types of cutting, injection molding to full production runs.

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To take full advantage of this presentation, I suggest that you go to www.eMachineShop.com and download the software Right Now. Go through some of the tutorials and start working with the software. So when you come to the meeting you will have your questions ready.

I can almost guarantee that once you start working with this program your life will change because You will be able to take your vision and bring it to life right before your eyes. There is no greater motivation than that.

To start this Life Changing Experience of turning your vision into reality come to LIGI Tool & Engineering, Inc. (3220 SW 15th Street Deerfield Beach, FL  33442) at 1:00 pm on Saturday 1/13/18 and learn what eMachineShop can do for you. Doors open at 12:30pm.

An event hosted by the Inventors Society of South Florida, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit educational organization.

Nick’s Post Meeting Thank You and Additional Information

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Past Speaker – Ellis Toder

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Speaker For The December 9th Meeting

Sourcing Your Invention In Asia™

Edith Tolchin IS “The Sourcing Lady” (SM) . Everything you ever wanted to know about Sourcing Your Invention In Asia™ and tons of things you would never even think to ask are going to be covered in this presentation.

Even if you plan on manufacturing in the good old USA the information she will provide regarding the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (of which she is an expert), the shipping industry and manufacturing in general will be priceless.

Ms. Tolchin has spoken to our group in the past, each time enriching her presentation by adding new elements and techniques. This time she’s providing a lively video exchange with Kedma Ough (another well known name in Independent Inventors circles) to give the material more focus and create more interest.

Normally, we try to only interrupt a speaker for a quick clarification and keep all our questions until after the presentation. However, due to the intensity of the program we plan to allow more interaction with Edith during the presentation. This is an experiment. Please keep your questions related to only the material at hand. As usual, we will not allow for tangencies.

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With over forty years of experience in importing and international trade, Edie “invented” EGT Global Trading http://www.egtglobaltrading.com/ in 1997, with a goal to link U.S. inventors with Asian manufacturers, to provide an exclusive import service for sourcing, quality control, production testing and safety issues, manufacturing, international financing, air/ocean shipping, customs clearance arrangements, and dock-to-door delivery. She also holds a prestigious U. S. Customs Broker License and knows every nuance that can make or break a product.

sourcing-smarts-by-edith-talchinEdith is also an accomplished author. Her monthly column in Inventors Digest is well known. She also co-authored  Sourcing Smarts:  Keeping it SIMPLE and SAFE with China Sourcing and Manufacturing, and  is the author/editor of Secrets of Successful Inventing: From Concept to Commerce (Square One Publishers – www.secretsofsuccessfulinventing.com), the world’s greatest book for novice inventors. I’m sure you will recognize most of the contributors including…well… ah…. me.

Always evolving, she has turned her talents to fiction now with her latest creation… the hilarious novel, Fanny on Fire (www.fannyonfire.com) (Michelkin Publishing, 2017). So it should come as no surprise that we will be having a book signing.

widgets-on-the-webKeeping things all in the family, Edith will be providing her own warm-up speaker. After a lifetime of evolving with the computer industry (starting with punch cards for programming, to system support and developing websites for some of the largest companies in the industry) her husband, Ken Robinson will speak about the importance of a website and social media for inventors. Check out his website at www.widgetsontheweb.com

Don’t miss this chance to pick the brains of two industry experts on Saturday 12/9/17 at 1:00 pm at LIGI Tool & Engineering, Inc. (3220 SW 15th Street Deerfield Beach, FL  33442) hosted by the Inventors Society of South Florida, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit educational organization.

Edith G. Tolchin and Ken Robinson – ISSF, Saturday December 9, 2017

  • Ken Robinson will speak about the importance of a website and social media for inventors for the first five minutes of the presentation.
  • Edie Tolchin will provide a video of a detailed interview of Edie, by Kedma Ough, SBDC Director at Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon and friend of the UIA. The theme of the video is “Sourcing Your Invention in Asia™”.  The video covers every possible aspect of safely manufacturing one’s invention with a factory in Asia, packaging, shipping, quality control and legally importing into the USA.
  • Questions will be welcomed by both Ken and Edie at the end of the presentation, followed by book signing.

Biography – Edith G. Tolchin

secrets-of-successful-inventing-bookEdith G. Tolchin, is the author/editor of Secrets of Successful Inventing: From Concept to Commerce (Square One Publishers – www.secretsofsuccessfulinventing.com), the world’s greatest book for novice inventors. Since 2000, she has interviewed hundreds of inventors, from young to old, for her column in Inventors Digest.

With over forty years of experience in importing and international trade, Edie “invented” EGT Global Trading in 1997, with a goal to link U.S. inventors with Asian manufacturers, to provide an exclusive import service for sourcing, quality control, production testing and safety issues, manufacturing, international financing, air/ocean shipping, customs clearance arrangements, and dock-to-door delivery.

Ms. Tolchin holds a prestigious U.S. Customs Broker License. She is an expert in the Consumer Product Safety fanny-on-fire-bookImprovement Act’s requirements for product safety issues, including all regulations and documentation. Edie also specializes in safe China sourcing and helping her clients work efficiently with China factories.

Edie’s latest creation is the hilarious novel, Fanny on Fire (www.fannyonfire.com) (Michelkin Publishing, 2017). She hopes to break into comedy writing in retirement.

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Copies of both books will be available for signing.

Feel free to contact Edie at egt@edietolchin.com or egt@egtglobaltrading.com.

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Past Speaker – Rodolfo Novarini of Founders Institute

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founder-institute-logoOn Saturday 10/14/17, The Inventors Society of South Florida had Rodolfo Novarini of the  Founders Institute give us a presentation on his organization. They have a 13 week intensive course that brings you from an idea to a fully functioning start up. Here is a link to their website https://fi.co/s/south_florida and here is a link to his slide presentation 

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Past Speaker – Mike Lingle – Developing a Strong Pitch

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Pitch Deck Roadmap

Everybody knows that I have been stressing the importance of pitching your project and that you must tailor your pitch to the expected audience. Investors could care less about your product. They want verifiable financials and proof that you are capable of bringing home the bacon. On the other hand, consumers want to see the value in what they are receiving. Retailers, DRTV companies, potential licensees, etc, are all looking for specific details as well as some general information. How in the world are you suppose to put all this information together ???

Mike Lingle Invention PitcherMike Lingle of www.10xu.com is not only going to tell you how to develop a strong pitch, he is going to show you where to find those elusive facts that will lead you to realistic projections and ways to evaluate your project so you can eliminate its’ short comings while professing its’ virtues.

I go to a lot of pitch events and get tons of pitches by email. One thing most of them have in common are totally unbelievable financials and by that I mean Totally Unbelievable. Where do they come up with these numbers ?

After being completely frustrated and disheartened by reading, yet another, proposal where an investment of two million dollars would miraculously turn into five million the first year and continue to grow exponentially over the next ten that, out of the blue, I ran across Mike and his organization.

I was blown away by all the down to earth information, logical procedures and common sense approach they have to building realistic projections into a pitch that would get the results we all dream of. Over the years, Mike has helped raise millions of dollars for both his own and other founders start ups during which he developed the Six Pillars For Start Up Success.

Now he is going to share his insights with us. It is almost a no brainer for those who understand the concepts, define their parameters, implement the procedures and follow though, that they will have the best possible chance of success.

 

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Past Speaker – Free CAD Program

Speaker For The November 11, 2017 Meeting

FREE CAD Program

emachineshop-logoWhat could be better than that?!? I’ll tell you, a FREE CAD program that is easy to use with very simple tutorials that actually work and, here comes the best part, it will give you pricing for the part you just created, on the fly. You can even order it right then and there.

I mean… what more could you ask for? I know, I know, a unit that could capture the vision in your head and do all the work for you. Inventors! Always looking for the easy way out. Well, this is as good as it gets.
How do I know? I tried it out for myself. At first, it appears deceptively simple and I thought how could you get complicated shapes with so few tools but that’s the beauty of this program. By mastering just a few simple tools, in no time, you can draw just about anything you want.

Let’s face it, everyone serious about inventing needs to learn CAD. Sure, you can sketch something out on a napkin and bring it to a professional. Then spend hours ($) playing with it, refining it, blowing your entire budget before you get it right OR you can spend some time learning this new skill then spend as much time as you need to perfect and produce your product.

eMachineShop.com will be giving us a LIVE demonstration via Skype. Their presentation will include some basics to get you started then some more advanced techniques to give you an idea of the things you can do with the software as well as the services they provide which are quite extensive. They do everything from Rapid Prototyping through machining, various types of cutting, injection molding to full production runs.

To take full advantage of this presentation, I suggest that you go to www.eMachineShop.com and download the software Right Now. Go through some of the tutorials and start working with the software. So when you come to the meeting you will have your questions ready.

I can almost guarantee that once you start working with this program your life will change because You will be able to take your vision and bring it to life right before your eyes. There is no greater motivation than that.

To start this Life Changing Experience of turning your vision into reality come to LIGI Tool & Engineering, Inc. (3220 SW 15th Street Deerfield Beach, FL 33442) at 1:00 pm on Saturday 9/9/17 and learn what eMachineShop can do for you. Doors open at 12:30pm.

An event hosted by the Inventors Society of South Florida, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit educational organization.

For more information go to our website www.inventorssociety.net or call 561-676-5677.

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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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