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Inventing Ideas for the As Seen On TV market

If you have ever had a sleepless night and decided to turn on the TV at 2.a.m., you have seen them, the famous (or perhaps infamous) infomercial. While infomercials and the Direct Response Television (DRTV) market was traditionally only found in the early morning...

Crowdsourcing innovation redefines what it means to be an inventor.

At some point in time most of us have thought: “What a simple idea! Why didn’t I think of that?” Historically, an inventor with an idea had a challenging and expensive path to get their product to market. Today, consumer markets are shifting through the influences of...

A Maker Space for others

Maker: Mary Elliott Keane Product/Service: A Maker Space for others Where to buy: The Bellingham Foundry Website: www.bellinghamfoundry.com In honor of May being National Inventor’s Month, we wanted to honor more than just one inventor who has found success. Instead...

Invigorating inventor environment is good for the economy

Invigorating inventor environment is good for the economy

We’ve often heard the phrase: necessity is the mother of invention. Looking around at the technology we use and every day products on the store shelves, necessity does not seem to be the only driver. Sometimes it is a matter of attempting to make life easier, make us...

Entrepreneurial Success relies on embracing your fears

Fear is a part of doing business. Every entrepreneur has faced fear at some point in the course of business, how they responded to that fear is what drives the outcome. For many, fear and failure go together - with good reason- failure is often an outcome of fear. For...

Global Entrepreneurship week is a good time to get started

Today marks the beginning of Global Entrepreneurship week (GEW) when activities world-wide are designed to inspire entrepreneurs to start, build and grow their businesses. Since starting in 2007 it has gone from 77 countries with activities to over 140 and nearly 10...

Ideas to make lives better

Ideas to make lives better

It is likely that 1/3 of you reading this article have had an idea for a product at some point in time. Perhaps it was a simple solution for one of life’s little nuisances or a life saving device, either way you know your idea was designed to make lives better....

Cutting through the noise of entrepreneurial advice

I recently wrote about how inventors and entrepreneurs need to use common sense and strategy when building their business. At the same time I mentioned, but did not address, how to deal with all of the well-meaning advice that comes from friends, family and even...

Lessons from the frontline of entrepreneurship

Lessons from the frontline of entrepreneurship

I am constantly amazed to hear about the kinds of business that were started right here in Whatcom County. The diversity is surprising, from Woodstone ovens, to Brenthaven bags, Homax products, Faithlife software and more. Whether the business is destined to be a...

Choosing a Crowdfunding Option for your business

Choosing a Crowdfunding Option for your business

At some point in time every business whether it is a startup or growing it will need to raise capital. Crowdfunding is an option many businesses are now looking towards for not only raising funds, but validating markets and finding new customers. While, crowdfunding...