Minnesota Inventors Congress offers forum for creative minds
by Steve Lange
A handful of people crowd around Brian Flanagan, 45, as he demonstrates a solar-powered doghouse featuring a wireless camera, temperature monitor and heating system during the 51st annual Minnesota Inventors Congress in Redwood Falls, Minn.
“It’s the ultimate doggie house to keep your canine cool in summer and warm in winter,” says Flanagan, of Eden Prairie, Minn., touting the K9 Solar Lodge that he designed and built with fellow inventors Rick Miller, 54, and Thomas McGrew, 48.
A few booths down, Vickie Weber, 41, of Welcome, Minn., is selling Scicle Socks, insulated, foam-sleeved freezer pop holders that she designed to “keep your treats frozen, not your fingers.”
The Minnesota Inventors Congress has many years of history.
Visit the pages below for more about the activities, awards, and interesting information about inventors and their inventions.
February 2008 : A Step Up - Transportation
December 2008 : Bucket Safety - Industrial
November 2007: Yield Saver – Agriculture
January 2007 : Safe Load – Agriculture
November 2006: Calling All Ag Inventors – Agriculture
Minnesota Marketplace for Entrepreneurs. Mankato MN, Feb. 23, 2009
At this event, Entrepreneurs were provided an opportunity to showcase their businesses. MIC Inventing Success Workshops were held during the event.
1. What is the most important investment an inventor can make? Deb Hess
2. Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights. Phil Goldman and Mike Feller
3. Licensing vs. Manufacturing? Andy Amoroso
4. Patent & Trademark Depository Library (Mpls Central). Walt Johnson
5. Power Networking. Ron Wacks
I had the privilege of being asked to secure the keynote speaker for this event.
Dave Anderson, the founder of Famous Dave’s accepted our invitation. His message was filled with motivational, experience filled knowledge for the entrepreneurs that attended the session. His book – LifeSkills for Success is available through his website: www.davidwanderson.com