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Invest in your Company by Protecting It!

2020 Innovation Tuesday Meetup Sponsored by:  

   Insurance Tips for Entrepreneurs

Commercial insurance is one of the most important investments to make when starting a new company or reassessing coverage once a business has grown. It is crucial for small businesses because it protects the owner from commonly experienced losses including property damage, theft, liability and employee injury. With adequate insurance, companies can more easily recover from these types of losses. Without it, businesses are at risk of severe financial loss, and in the worst-case scenario the business being forced to close.

Panelists Tom Etier | Keystone Insurance Agency and Brian Pinkstaff | State Farm Insurance will share insights on the best way to invest and insure companies.

When: Tuesday, January 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  Where: NIU EIGERlab, NIU-Rockford, 8500 E. State St., Rockford

       Cost: $10 | *Light dinner provided | please RSVP

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    If you have any questions, please contact Tina at 815.965.3522

Past Innovation Tuesday Meetups 

November 12th | Brian Lawton: Pillars to vision and leadership

Motivational speaking, and founding leader.  A three pillars guide to our vision and leadership: help. gratitude. mindset. A customized and engaging experience, rooted in three core values, driven by one mission:    Find your basics and begin the journey to a better you.

 May 2019 | Content is King: Insights on Pitching Yours to the Media

Why: We all know the journalism industry is in flux. The days of a daily publication, radio show or even most TV shows reaching a mass audience are over. Instead, we have an exploding number of new platforms creating content. Alex Gary, with Alex Gary Communications, will provide insights into this mystifying topic.

While it is easier than ever to get the word yourself about your business, there’s still tremendous value in getting other outlets to cover you either in print or online. How do you get that coverage? Through research and relationships.

The following topics will be covered:
• How to write a news release
• Reach out to journalists
• Newsjack existing stories
• Get involved in local events

April 2019 | Starting an E-Commerce Business: Step by Step | Presentation link – PDF

Why: Artist Sherry Pritz Enderle, owner of Pritz Fine Art Designs, will share her process on building an E-Commerce business from concept to selling product. She’ll share tidbits on selling to both the B2C and B2B markets.

The following topics will be covered:
• You have to start somewhere
• Choosing your business name
• Recon mission
• Alignment with key partners
• Pricing
• Costs
• Shopify Ecommerce platform | Start. Sell. Market. Manage.
• Networking 101
• Don’t be afraid to ask
• Soft launch

March 2019 | What is Intellectual Property? When to patent, trademark or copyright.

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names, and images used in commerce. IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright, and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. Please learn from our panel of patent attorneys and engineer about the differences and best uses of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Our distinguished panelists include:
• Jeff Glazer, Ogden Glazer + Schaefer | Madison

• Yolanda King, professor, Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Associate Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law

• Jeff Makeever, Rinehart, Boerner & Van Deuren | Rockford

• Matt Mondek, Professional Engineer-holds an MBA, BSME, CPM and five U.S. patents | Wonder Lake

January 2019 | What’s Hot in Marketing for 2019!

Trekk’s Laura Bennett (President) and Michael Wilson (Creative Director) will inspire our marketing thought-processes as January’s Innovation Tuesday Meetup speakers!

Trekk is a tech-driven creative services agency obsessed with exploration with an approach to Discover | Design | Build | Evaluate. In their Rockford, and Brooklyn, NY locations, they serve both their National and International clientele.

Laura and Michael will share a sampling of successful branding campaigns, in addition to highlighting new technologies Trekk is implementing today!