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Friday, April 15, 2011

Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan inspires

The Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan, holds a gathering of the minds of inventors on the second Thursday of each month. The council is a resource for creative people who need ideas on how to take an idea and run with it.
At the last meeting, Orville Crain, CEO of Klever Innovations LLC was the speaker. He talked about how he started his box cutter business by taking an idea and following through starting with a sketch, then building a prototype and then patenting it and marketing it.
He has two partners in the business, and they each fill a niche in the success. Crain spoke about how rather than ideas are a dime a dozen, an idea is worth .0083333333 etc. He said, "You're not an inventor until you do something with that idea."

The next meeting is 7 p.m. May 12 at Walli's Restaurant & Banquet Center South at I-69 and Center Road (1341 S. Center Road) in Burton, Michigan. The group has been meeting on the second Thursday of each month, since 1997. The cost to attend the meetings is usually $5.

The Inventors Council was started by Bob Ross of Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE) to Larry Ford, president of the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce (FACC), in 1997.
Today the Council provides invention review services to many new product innovators and it has helped hundreds of independent inventors from being ripped off by invention scam companies. People travel from all over Michigan to gain knowledge and expertise from the Inventors Council,
The current Council has a leadership group of seven highly experienced directors who continue the volunteer effort to reach out and help independent inventors fulfill their dreams of bringing new and innovative products to market, in a tradition of the great American pursuit to invent.
Membership in the Inventors Council costs $55 a year. Call 810-621-3468 or email Jim Harris with questions to

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