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LifeTime Brands Seeking New Products – Submit Yours!

Lifetime Brands, North America’s leading resource for nationally branded kitchenware, tabletop, home décor and lifestyle products, has teamed with InventionHome to conduct a National Product Hunt for the next great kitchen product. Now is your chance to turn your idea into a household name with prestigious branding from Farberware®, KitchenAid®, Cuisinart®, Mikasa®, Pfaltzgraff® or one [...]

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Pitch Your Invention To 6 “As Seen On TV” Companies

For those of you who feel you have a product worthy of the “As Seen on TV” label, here’s a great opportunity for you. An impressive list of companies, representing successful TV brands like Snuggie, Perfect Brownie, Topsy Turvy, Pajama Jeans, EasyFeet, Tony Little’s Gazelle and many more, will be present on the campus of [...]

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Pitch Your Invention to QVC Sprouts

On March 13, 2012, QVC Sprouts is officially launching at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show in the InventionHome.com Inventors Corner Pavilion. A panel of QVC buyers will be on hand to listen to inventor pitches. If you have a product fit for TV, submit it for a chance to be selected to attend [...]

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Do Inventors Need 3D Designs or Prototypes?

If you are an inventor in the early stages of development (you don’t have finished samples) and you are looking to sell or license your invention to a company for ongoing royalty payments, you will more than likely need some form of prototype or design to showcase your invention to prospective companies. In reality, most [...]

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3 Ways to Provide Value to Site Visitors Fast

Ok. Be honest. When is the last time you updated your Website? I know that you have many, other priorities. But, if your Website is old, you are losing customers! After all, who wants to look at the same old data all the time? And I’m not talking about drastic, expensive changes. I’m talking about [...]

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The Power of Online Invention Tradeshows

Developing or finding the next innovative product in today’s marketplace is the key focus of an ever expanding list of companies. Even our government is pushing industries to innovate more, recognizing the need for innovation to drive our economy. Over the coming years, we expect an explosion in the area of innovation, thus creating a [...]

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Saved! By Automatic Backup

Picture this: It’s late December. You’re planning for the year ahead. You resume your work after dinner. Totally in the zone! But there’s a problem. A major problem. The computer is frozen. Nothing works. You turn it off. You turn it on. Nothing works right. Your files and software are inaccessible, useless. I’m telling you [...]

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Product Summit Provides Unique Inventor Opportunities

Back in April, I posted an article which addressed the growing trend of “micro-shows”.  Many of the largest tradeshows in the land were adding destinations within the larger tradeshow…these “micro-shows” are devoted entirely to independent inventors and their unique products.  Two examples of these micro-shows are: National Hardware Show’s “Inventor Spotlight” International Home and Houseware [...]

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Inpex Invention Trade Show

This week, after orchestrating insane childcare arrangements (school is out), I attended The Inventor’s University and The Inpex Invention Trade Show in Pittsburgh, PA.  This was a phenomenal experience for me, and I am so excited to share some of the highlights with you.  I did not have anything ready to exhibit, but I decided [...]

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Tips for Networking in the Beginning…

I was a little stumped about what to write about this week.  A lot has been going on in my world, but for some reason, I could not pinpoint the one little thing that I wanted to share.  My new website for moms in transition is SLOWLY coming together (not as fast as I would [...]

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StartupNation 1, Facebook Squatter 0

Similar to our efforts on Twitter to claim the www.twitter.com/startupnation account name, we have now achieved something similar for www.facebook.com/startupnation. As I wrote a while ago here in my blog about the Twitter squatter who was trying to extort StartupNation, there are definitely systems in place at the social media companies that support ethical companies [...]

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The New Trend in Tradeshows for Inventors – “the Micro-Show”

Not too long ago, inventors and entrepreneurs had limited options available to them in regards to exhibiting their products at tradeshows. They could either attend one of the smaller inventor-related tradeshows, or they could go to a large national product tradeshow and exhibit alongside large, established companies. The first option offered very limited exposure for their [...]

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Is Frustration Getting In the Way of Your Success?

Your phone stops ringing. You don’t get a response for your proposals. The competition steals your business. Yep. We’ve all been there. It’s not fun, but frustration is a part of business. Instead of taking it personally, you need to move on to the next opportunity. And this can be easier said than done so [...]

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Mompreneur’s Pre-Flight Checklist

Over the last few weeks, pulling off all my various roles has been hard.  Being a mom requires a lot of patience recently, and a number of extended family issues need my attention.  At the same time, as a mompreneur, my prototype is heating up, and I am ready to pull out from the gate [...]

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Should you exhibit your product at the upcoming National Hardware Show (May 10-12th)?

Should you exhibit your product at the upcoming National Hardware Show (May 10-12th)? If you want exposure to thousands of industry professional looking for new products and the opportunity to learn from industry experts, YES…you should consider exhibiting at this show. The trend in National Tradeshows is to include a “micro tradeshow” for inventors within [...]

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