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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • MIC board picks site, sets dates for annual expo

  • Inventions and traditions converge May 2-3, 2014, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, in Minneapolis with the 57th annual Invention Expo, hosted by the Minnesota In-ventors Congress (MIC).
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  • Inventions and traditions converge May 2-3, 2014, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, in Minneapolis with the 57th annual Invention Expo, hosted by the Minnesota In-ventors Congress (MIC).  This Minnesota tradition is the oldest annual invention convention in the nation.  
    The Minneapolis venue is a major change for this internationally recognized in-vention showcase.
    MIC staff and consultants have been working hard to secure the best location and time for the event.  
    “There are so many great facilities to choose from to host an event in the Twin Cities, and our goal has been to select the best venue that will help us meet our exhibitors’ needs,” said Deb Hess, program director.  
    Wanting to provide the best exposure for inventors’ products is the major objective for this event.
    The annual expo is designed to help inventors test market their products.
    Inventors learn by showcasing their latest product in a traditional trade show format.
    The general public is encouraged to attend, because inventors need that public feedback to determine if there is a market for their product.
    Some inventors have market ready products that attendees can purchase.
    Product development experts from manufacturing, licensing, prototyping and others are also encouraged to attend the show to help inventors take their products to the next level in the product development process. Through its Inventing Success™ Workshops, aspiring inventors attend sessions that help them learn the process of developing marketable products.
    Topics for these expert led sessions may include intellectual property protection, writing a business plan, prototype development, sell sheets, licensing versus going it alone, is your product right for direct response sales and marketing.
    One of the most popular places on the show floor is the area for elementary school students who are showcasing solutions they invented to help solve a problem they have identified.
    The Invention Expo is one of the programs offered by the MIC.
    At its headquarters in Redwood Falls, Hess continues to work year round serving inventors by guiding them through the invention development process and teaching them how to make good business decisions. Learn more about the Minnesota Inventors Congress and its expo on its Web site at www.minnesotainventorscongress.org.

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