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What the new patent ruling means to you

One of the greatest advances born from that incredible American spirit of innovation has been the federal patent system itself. Yes, it definitely has its detractors, but overall it’s been a huge asset for this country and the opportunities for entrepreneurs here for decades. We know first hand – we received several patents, starting with [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Foot Petals

This one was recommended by a StartupNation community member with sore feet apparently – a problem a lot of women (and men) deal with. The Cool Company of the day is Foot Petals, the brainchild of Tina Aldatz, who experienced the proverbial "necessity is the mother of invention" phenomenon. The product line is Tina’s invention [...]

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A way to see if something is patented

Received this email this week… —–Original Message—– From: Sharon Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:31 AM message: Where would a person go to find out if some other person or company already has a patent on an invention? Is there a website or can a company help out with that? ————————– It’s a common question, [...]

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Your Niche May Be Right Under Your Nose

Many people possess an undying entrepreneurial spirit, even if they aren’t officially in business. The night before trash day, I encountered a man surveying my trash–specifically an old sliding screen door we discarded. “Do you mind?” he asked. Of course I didn’t, but I was curious about when he planned to do with it. “Scrap [...]

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Ideas floating in the ether

It’s grey today in Michigan – someone owes me big for taking away a sunny summer day. In honor of a somewhat dour Sunday, I wanted to share a a somewhat dour (but hopefully moving) message once told to me by a bright young venture capitalist: an idea entitles you to very little. Here are [...]

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Shedding light on an unforgettable impression

Following on the theme of our previous blog entry, you might get a kick out of this story. We’re focusing on an unforgettable impression someone made on us by going to lengths to do something nice (and smart). Maybe it’ll spark an idea for you in your business dealings… We recently went to a conference [...]

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Amish Inspiration

Sometimes the inspiration for starting your dream business can come from an unexpected direction. Learning from the past can be quite profitable, and life-changing for you as a budding entrepreneur. I was visiting my family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this past weekend and one of the “must do” activities for these visits is Achenbach’s Bakery [...]

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When business opportunity knocks, open the door.

"Sometimes it’s a matter of using a familiar product in a new way," wrote StartupNation community member Sara Schaedig in response to our previous entry about the invention of Velcro. Sara went on to state a problem horse owners deal with. "Those of us who have horses and trail ride have the same problem with [...]

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Burs in a dog’s coat led to what invention?

Could a bur stuck in a dog’s coat lead to one of the greatest practical inventions of all time? Read to the end and you’ll find out what George de Mestral invented. We share four golden retrievers. They spend a lot of time outside–even in the winter–while we’re working away at our desks in our [...]

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Bob Plath invented what?

Do you know who Bob Plath is? Read to the end, and you will! All we have to say to start out is, “Thank You, Bob Plath! You are a savior!!!” Our week-long road trip up and down the west coast is over. FINALLY, we’re back home. We met some amazing entrepreneurs, as we always [...]

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