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Tennessee Inventors Association (TIA) Meeting Newsletters

The Tennessee Inventors Association sends a monthly newsletter to members and visitors. The newsletters contain notes on the previous meeting and information on other items of interest. Some newsletters include pdf copies of the handouts. To view these handouts, Adobe Acrobat or other pdf file reader/viewer program must me installed on your computer.

2013 Meetings

Month Meeting Description
March

March 2013 Andrew Lake, patent attorney

The March meeting will feature Andrew Lake, a shareholder of Pitts & Lake, a Knoxville patent law firm.

February

February 2013 David Bolt

The February meeting featured David Bolt, Founder of Sustainable Future, Home energy Improvements and solar technology.

January

January 2013 Leo Knight and the Entrepreneurs of Knoxville

The January meeting featured Leo Knight, the founder of Entrepreneurs of Knoxville, a Knoxville, TN, organization of local businesspersons and entrepreneurs. The January meeting was also the first regular scheduled meeting at our new meeting place at LMU on Ceder Bluff Road.

2012 Meetings

Month Meeting Description
December

December 2012 TIA Meeting

The December 15, 2012, meeting of the TIA is a special event. Members will meet at Perkins Restaurant at 9507 Kingston Pike (between Cedar Bluff Road and Pellissippi Parkway) for a late breakfast and then a tour of our new meeting location at the Cedar Bluff campus of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU). See LMU map.

November

November 2012 Elections

The agenda for the November 17 TIA meeting included the TIA annual elections. Our featured speaker is J.R. Charles, the owner of Digital Consultants. Digital Consultants is an advertising company JR founded.

October

October 2012 TIA general meeting

The October 20 TIA meeting was a general meeting with no scheduled speaker. Several topics were discussed, including the upcoming TIA elections in November.

September

September 2012 Carbon fiber in East Tennessee

The September 15 meeting of the TIA featured a presentation by Jesse Smith. Jesse is the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley Director of Technology. He is also involved in the Advanced Composites Employment (ACE) Accelerator. His presentation, Carbon Fiber for Dummies, explained the ins and outs of carbon fiber and its potential.

August

August 2012 Business Models

The program for the August 18 TIA meeting included a presentation by Mike Thompson, a teacher, inventor, and author. He spoke about business models.

July

July 2012 Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC)

Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) The program for the July 21 TIA meeting included a presentation by Jutta Bangs from the Tennessee Small Business Centers office in Oak Ridge. She discussed some of the business aspects of inventing. Joe Martin gave an update on the planning of the upcoming Tennessee Inventor Expo scheduled for January 19, 2013.

June

June 2012 Inventor progress and TIE planning

The June 16 meeting of the TIA featured a presentation by Carl Papa about marketing his inventions. Carl has two inventions that aid golfers in improving their swing. The second half of the meeting was a discussion of the upcoming Tennessee Inventor Expo scheduled for early 2013.

May

May 2012 Mike Thompson and a TIE update

The May 19 meeting of the TIA features speaker Mike Thompson, a teacher, inventor, and author, and further discussion of the Tennessee Inventor Expo (TIE). The TIE committee has mapped out the TIE program, identified vendors and partners, and assigned responsibilities to several volunteers.

April

April 2011 Crowdsourcing and the TIE

The April 21 meeting of the TIA was a presentation by inventor Rusty Jay. Rusty updated the group on his invention and the changes he made when the TIA crowdsourced his invention and marketing ideas. The second half of the meeting was an open discussion of the Tennessee Inventor Expo (TIE).