Growing Together: From Idea to Market

May 30, 2013 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Augusta County Government Center
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center

The "From Idea to Market" seminar in our "Growing Together" series gives you the steps to innovation excellence, from encouraging product and process creation to commercialization.


8:00-8:30   Check-in registration; Morning Refreshments available; Networking

8:30-8:35   Welcome, Introductions, & Opening Remarks

8:35-9:20   Progressing  “From Idea to Market “  — basic, but required know-hows

Fostering an Innovative/Creativity Culture in the Workplace
Protecting your Intellectual Property — Michael Straightiff, Director, UVa Licensing & Ventures Group
Attracting Investors & Engaging Outsiders — Mike Drzal, shareholder/attorney, Ryan LeClair

9:20-10:20   Local Programs & Resources to Help Find/Develop Path(s) to Commercialization

Terry Woodworth, Chief Scientist, Shine Systems & Technologies: Evaluating Innovations & Building a Roadmap; Virginia SBDC Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP)
Aimee McCarthy, Gen Edge and Virginia Business Excellence Consortium
Lianne Landers, UVa Innovation
Ken Newbold, Director, JMU Research and Innovation
John Downey, President, Blue Ridge Community College
Q & A

10:20-10:30   Break

10:30-11:30   Inspiration from Local Innovators [elevator pitches followed by open discussion w/audience]

Sonny Meyerhoffer, President, Eastern BioPlastics
Peter Denbigh, Denbigh & Associates
Kent Gorsuch, LindseyBoo Creations
Janet Dob, Bake’MMM Bagels
Stefan Peierls, Collegiate Strength Innovations
Q & A

11:30   Evaluations/Adjournment

11:30-12:00   Networking/Visit Sponsor booths

These workshops are FREE thanks to these sponsoring organizations:  Your SV SBDC, Waynesboro Economic Development Office, Augusta County Department of Economic Development, REO Distribution, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, PPI Time Zero, StellarOne Bank, City of Staunton, McClung Companies, United Bank, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, InterChange Group, James Madison University, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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