Wondering about provisional patent applications?

A provisional patent application can be a useful way of establishing a filing date for your invention while you develop the idea, conduct your patentability search, or draft your nonprovisional utility patent application. For more information, check out the article: The Provisional Patent Application: Is it for Me? in the January 2017 issue of The Inventor’s Eye!

https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/newsletter/inventors-eye/provisional-patent-application-it-me

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Join us for an Upcoming Program!

January 24, 2017 – Intro to Trademarks

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Starting or expanding your business? Protect your brand by learning the basics of trademarks from attorney Frank G. Long.

  • Choosing a strong mark
  • Benefits of registration
  • Avoiding common mistakes

January 24, 2017, Noon – 1 p.m.

To Register: https://www.azlibrary.gov/events/2082

Startup Law Talk

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Join us November 9th at the Phoenix Public Library’s Hive for Startup Law Talk!

This workshop is for entrepreneurs who are thinking about forming a start-up, or have recently started a business, and want greater insight on how to avoid the typical legal problems encountered by new businesses. Three professionals will discuss the most important legal issues to consider in the early stages of your business. They will provide information on types of business formation, methods to protect your intellectual property, and how to avoid tax surprises.

  • PetSmart General Counsel (retired) Kevin Groman
  • Intellectual Property Attorney Frank Long of Dickinson Wright
  • Lisa Novack, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Small Business/Self Employed Division of the Internal Revenue Service

Panel Presentation: 6:00 PM

Resource Tables: 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Resource Tables will include:

  • IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Patent & Trademark Resource Center
  • City of Phoenix Economic, Planning & Development Office (for licensing and permits)
  • Handouts (Business Startup Checklist from ACA)

Please register at: https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/hive/programs/business-law-series

 

Cyber Security Awareness

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! Hear from City of Phoenix experts about the security and privacy challenges facing small and medium businesses as well as individuals.

Tuesday, October 25th, Begins at noon.

Hosted at the Burton Barr Public Library:

1221 N. Central Avenue

For a printable flyer, click the image.

This is an outside event; please follow links above for more information.

Join us for an Upcoming Event!

September 22, 2016 – Zoom Thinking

Click the video for a special message from our presenter, Jon Ward!

Zoom Thinking: Tools and Tactics to Empower Your Mind

Learn how to improve your creativity, problem solving, planning and decision making with the techniques of Zoom Thinking, as developed by Jon Ward.
The techniques taught can be used by entrepreneurs, policymakers, and researchers.

Join us to learn the core Zoom skills:

Finding Neutral: Being relaxed and non-reactive in the presence of a data mass

Noticing:  Becoming aware of “the feeling of the thought”

Condensation: Summarizing ideas with the least words possible

Situational Awareness: Recognizing and observing contexts

Creative Ignorance: Refusing to know what you know

Jon Ward is a a branding and marketing consultant, focused on entrepreneurial companies that serve a social purpose. He has over thirty years experience in branding and marketing, and is currently an adjunct consultant to the Sheffield Group. His past clients have included Pinnacle West, Del Webb, and Robert Kiyosaki of “Rich Dad” fame.

To register:

http://www.azlibrary.gov/events/1800

Join Us for an Upcoming Event!

September 14, 2016 – Using Census Data/Tools for Business Planning and Market Analysis: Introducing Census Business Builder

Using Census Data September 14

This hands-on training will provide an introduction to Census Bureau Economic Programs and related Business Concepts, the American Community Survey demographics and the latest Business tool: Census Business Builder.   A new Web application,Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition now available in beta, allows users to build a region from one or more counties and create a report for the entire region and the individual business sectors within the region.  This second edition of Census Business Builder follows the successful launch of Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition, which provides statistics for a single type of business and area on the same demographic and economic characteristics as the new edition.

Who should attend? Small business owners, consultants, Small Business Development Training Centers, financial institutions, micro lending organizations, and any organization that targets small businesses and economic development.

Seating is limited.  Registration is required. Training will be hands on, please bring your laptop.  Wi-Fi access available.  Free parking on site.

About presenter Pauline Nuñez:

Pauline Núñez develops and conducts training programs on U.S. Census Data for state/local government, tribal nations, Congressional Districts, nonprofit, health care, and economic development organizations throughout South Central Texas, the Texas-Mexico borderlands and Arizona. She has over 25 years’ experience in community development micro lending, grant writing, marketing and business development for small businesses and non-profit management.

To register for the 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. session, click here.

To register for the 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. session, click here.