Meetings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - 2nd Wednesday each month (No meetings in Dec.)
Networking - 6:15 - 7:00pm and after the speaker.
|Scheduled Speakers and Topics
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Wednesday April 8, 2015 7:00 P.M.
"Marketing 101 – Now You Have A Product, How Will You Sell It?"
Presented by David Dupont, inventor of the Shure-Step® Safety Stepstools www.shurestep.com
David will tell how the Shure-Step safety step stool was invented, has become the safest step stool in the world, and how he is successfully selling it in a wide range of commercial markets.
In Memoriam: Otto Glaser
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Otto Glaser, a very dear friend, a fellow inventor, and longtime HIA Vice President and board member. He passed away peacefully on March 28, 2015 with family at his side, after a brief battle with pneumonia.
Otto gave of his time unselfishly, and for many years conducted the monthly HIA meetings and assisted inventors in leading them through the steps of developing their products. His passing is a great loss to the association and his many friends. He will be sorely missed,
but his spirit and our fond memories will live on. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday April 9, 2015 at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Drive Houston, TX, 77057.
Wednesday May 13, 2015 7:00 P.M.
"You Can Receive 40 Hours of Free Technical Assistance Through SATOP"
Representatives from SATOP (Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program) will speak about this fantastic program that provides up to 40 Hours of Free Technical Assistance from the NASA and Educational Community.
SATOP has helped local small businesses (and many of our HIA members) with machine design, process engineering, materials selection, and many other technical issues. The program received an increase in grant funding from the State of Texas last fall,
and they now have openings in the program and are actively seeking requests for technical assistance (RTAs). visit www.spacetechsolutions.com
Benefits of Attending Meetings
Our motto, "Inventors Helping Inventors", expresses some of the benefits of membership and attending monthly meetings. We provide speakers having first-hand knowledge of the difficulties in getting from raw idea to marketable product that offer their success stories,
and share tips on marketing your invention, and speakers that provide valuable information in technical areas, such as: protecting your idea, patent fundamentals, building prototypes, injection molding, manufacturing vs licensing, etc.
At our meetings, we often connect inventors having a problem with other members who may be able to help to solve it. We take pride in being a trusted resource, and do our best to protect inventors from invention marketing/development scams.
HIA Facebook Group Page
Did you know we now have a Facebook Group Page? The purpose of the Group Page is to provide an interactive forum or message board where members can comment on speakers, meetings, ask questions, make suggestions, provide feedback, receive help, etc.
Bill Kopitzke is the main administrator. The "Group" page is different from a regular Facebook "Page", in that you can't get there by "liking" or being a "friend"…you have to "Join" the group to participate. Group members must be approved or added by other members.
To "Join" the group, if you are logged in on facebook, you can click the Facebook logo in the left-hand column. If you are not logged in or if you are NOT already a member of the Facebook Group, click here for instruction on how to join.
Videos of Inventors Featured on Fox 26 Morning News Extra 4-29-13
Other Local Events That May Be Of Interest To Inventors
TX/RX Labs, a Houston non-profit organization is teaching classes for entrepreneurs and makers. Welding, CNC, electronics, laser cutting, 3d printing, cad and cam drafting and more. http://classes.txrxlabs.org/.
Don’t be confused by term “hackerspace” on their main website, it just means a community-operated physical space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate (also referred to as a makerspace or hacklab).
SHARKTANK TV Show
The "Shark Tank" TV show on ABC Friday evenings at 8 PM is an interesting and entertaining reality show about entrepreneurs and inventors
pitching and selling their innovative ideas to wealthy investors (the sharks) and trying to convince them to invest their money.
It is interesting to watch the negotiations between the entrepreneurs and investors. Their casting department is looking for participants.
Read the agreement carefully, it is a non-confidential disclosure, so if you have a product, it is best to have a patent pending situation. They will be having an open call in Houston on May 30.
HIA Featured In Patent Office Publication
The HIA was recently featured in an article titled "Houston Inventors Association Helps Members Bring Inventions to Reality",
written by John Calvert, head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Inventors Assistance Program following his visit to Houston in August, 2010.
The article was published online in the "Inventors Eye" -a bi-monthly newsletter for the independent inventor community that covers topics of interest
to independent inventors; and stories about people who have become successful inventors. It also includes tips on working with the USPTO; information on events, organizations and meetings of interest to the inventor community.
If you would like to subscribe to the "Inventors Eye", Click Here
RANDALLS and KROGER Programs
Do you shop at Randall’s or Kroger's? Did you know you can support the HIA for free while you shop using your Randalls Remarkable Card or Kroger Plus Card?
Click Here to Find Out How
With the Kroger Program, you have to renew your enrollment each year. If you were previously enrolled, you will need to enroll again between July 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011
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