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FEBRUARY 17th, 2021 Meeting Announcement: 

Justin Erickson Justin Erickson

Community Venture Network (CVN)

Opening for our February Presentation, Justin Erickson will speak about communities in the Midwest that are looking for partnership opportunities and what they have to offer to companies open to exploring options with them. 

  Tom Venable



HOW Minnesota-based Minnetonka Labs can help you manufacture and market your invention. Minnetonka Labs is a partnership of 2 high-school buddies: Tom Venable (THE SALES/MARKETING GUY) and Gene O’Brien (THE ENGINEERING/MANUFACTURING GUY).  At Minnetonka Labs, Gene and Tom combine their engineering/manufacturing and sales/marketing/biz startup experience and expertise to help inventors like you to move your Product from IDEA TO MARKET. They will give you a FREE assessment of your product and market potential. And if the potential is there, they will even work at no cost to design/develop/prototype and market your product in exchange for a small share of revenue or equity.  They have had plenty of success in their careers and want to share it and see you succeed as well.

Your Board Can Help You

Here at Inventor's Network
we take pride in the concept of
helping our members network with each other
and we strive to create networking possibilities
in the Inventor sphere.

Networking can be described as
the gathering of individuals
for the purpose of sharing ideas,
concepts, experiences and advice
as well as it being a mechanism
to find answers to questions within the subject,
in our case "Inventing."
Your Board of Directors
encourages you to

seek connections within our organization
to learn as well as share.
Our board is available to answer your questions and
you can contact them by
clicking on their name below.

Below are their areas of expertise.
For general information, to inquire to be a speaker,
or to join, email us at

Steve Lyon, Board President:
Taking products to Market/Licensing
Avoiding mistakes/Navigating problems
How Inventors Network can help
Mike DuMond, Vice President

Selling Your Invention:
Is It DIFFERENT than the Competitors?
What is the REASON Consumers Will Buy It?
WHO Will SELL Your Invention?
WHERE Can They Sell Your It?

Eliot Evans, Board Member/Secretary

Creating Prototypes
Manufacturing and Design Strategies
Product Assembly

Bill Berggren Esq., Board Member/Treasurer
Protect the Intellectual Property of your invention
Applying for Patent Protection
Obtaining  Trademark Protection 
Will sign NDA’s for confidentiality
Jahn Stopperan, Board Member/Membership
Creating Business Plans and Go-To-Market Strategies
Sales and Distribution Channels
Starting a Business Around Your Invention
How to Get Momentum Going with Your Invention
Marj Weir, Board Member
Good Design Matters - Survey your customer
Prototyping and Steps to Production  
Materials & Manufacturability
Selling Consumer Products online using Keywords
Fred Sklenar, Board Member/website
Design for Manufacture (DFM)
Ideation and style Design
Going from idea to consumer 
Manufacturing Process Selection and Sourcing
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering 

Upcoming Programs
Look for new inventors spotlight roundtables at our next meeting where individual inventors have the opportunity to share their inventions. Click here if you are interested in presenting your own. 
February 17th, 2021 - 6PM:  
March 17th, 2021 - 6PM: TBD
April 21st, 2021 - 6PM:  
Warren Tuttle- Author of Inventors Confidential and President of the United Inventors Association
May 19th, 2021 - 6PM:  
June 16th, 2021 - 6PM:  
July 21st, 2021 - 6PM:  
August 18th, 2021 - 6PM:  
September 15th, 2021 - 6PM:  
October 20th, 2021 - 6PM:  
November 17th, 2021 - 6PM:  
December 15th, 2021 - 6PM:  
Inventor Resources
Click here to see the current list of inventor resources. View the Events calendar here

inventRight is offering a series of free classes beginning the last week in March. Click here to view the event calendar.

Present Your Invention
Would you like to present your invention at our monthly meeting?  Every month we offer our members 5-minute slots for them to present their invention to the group anyway they see fit.  We do suggest your idea be patented or patent pending first and you have discussed this with an attorney.  For more details click here.
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