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M.T. Totes

M.T. Totes

Inventors: Mary and Tom Product: M.T. Totes Hometown: Bellingham Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MTTote Product: M.T. Totes – a clever play on words for a clever product. M.T. (Mary and Tom) as well as Empty, because they are only empty until you fill them!...

Good research is vital to entrepreneurial success.

Good research is vital to entrepreneurial success.

Research….when the word is mentioned to inventors or entrepreneurs they roll their eyes, cringe or get a blank look on their face. I get it, some see it as a daunting task that they really don’t know where to start and rarely does it have any immediate pay off (i.e....

Entrepreneurial Success relies on the Perfect Pitch

As an entrepreneur, there are many tools at your disposal to help elevate your product (or service) idea; packaging, press releases, customer testimonials, endorsements, etc. However, the best tool an entrepreneur has at their disposal at anytime in any situation is...

School Programs Benefit Startup Entrepreneurs

One of the most overlooked resources available to new start-up entrepreneurs are the local colleges and universities. Many new start-up entrepreneurs know that student internships are available but don’t think as an individual just getting started with a business idea...

“Pick the Brain” of the Expert – Intellectual Property

“Pick the Brain” of the Expert – Intellectual Property

Entrepreneurs, whether they are independent consultants, inventors or building retail or service businesses always have questions they want to be able to ask an expert. We rely on the ability to occasionally “pick the brain” of one of these experts to gain the tidbits...

Mentorship is a key to long term entrepreneurial success

A few months ago I wrote about the state of entrepreneurship in Whatcom County and focused on how important it is for the community to create a vibrant startup ecosystem for encouraging “pre-preneurs” to actually start businesses. One of the essential pieces to that...

Apana

Inventor/Entrepreneur: Matt Rose Company: Apana City: Bellingham Where to find it: www.apana.com   Apana is the leader in automated water management for business. They save money for companies with their patented hardware and software products that save water,...

Protecting your business by protecting your intellectual property

Protecting your business by protecting your intellectual property

Do you have an invention idea that you have been thinking about for a while? A solution to a problem you have put up with year after year and finally decided to solve it yourself. According to a Findlaw.com survey taken last year 1 in 3 American’s believe they have a...

The value of community collaboration centers

Over the course of the past year, I have seen a number of things happening that appear to be driving a new wave of entrepreneurship and innovation in smaller more rural communities. Business Incubators and Accelerators have existed for decades in urban hubs like...