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TIA: Tennessee Inventors Association in Knoxville Tenn and Oak Ridge TN
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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.

2010 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

March 2010 Commercial feasibility of ideas

The TIA continued evaluating the commercial feasibility of invention ideas of various members. Two members, Frank Fila and Igor Alexeff, volunteered to present ideas and allow the members to discuss if their idea are commercially feasible.


February 2010 Commercial feasibility of ideas

The February meeting was a workshop to consider the commercial feasibility of two invention ideas. Carl Papa and Jeff Edwards volunteered to present their ideas and allow the members to discuss if the idea is commercially feasible.


January 2010 The A to Z of Inventing project

Tom Kulaga kicked off the new year with a discussion of the A to Z of Inventing project. Tom introduced the project, which will take one idea from conception to commercialization. Each month the meeting will be devoted to addressing an aspect of the invention and commercialization process.

2009 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

December 2009 General Meeting

With the holiday season in full force and a Winter Weather Advisory in effect, the December meeting of the TIA was a lightly attended. TIA business was discussed, including the Treasurer's report and the plans for the TIA in 2010.


November 2009 Elections and Meeting to discuss TIA Business

Elections held! November is when the TIA holds their annual elections of officers and board members. The officer positions were all uncontested. Tom Kulaga was elected President. Joe Martin was elected vice-president. Joe Martin is our past-president. Anne Alexeff was elected treasurer. Joseph Angelini was elected recording secretary. Marin Skinner remains corresponding secretary.


October 2009 Meeting with Cathy Russell of the TN Dept of Revenue

Cathy Russell from the TN Dept.of Revenue spoke about obligations for Tennessee Businesses. Her presentation covered who needs to register, where to register, what the registration requirements are, and the responsibilities of being in business.


September 2009 Meeting with Sam Weaver, Serial Entrepreneur

 Sam Weaver, who spoke to our group in April 2008, joined us again, to provide an update on his projects and offer advice and encouragement to those in attendance.


August 2009 Meeting with Louis Foreman speaking

Louis Foreman, the executive producer of Everyday Edisons, founder of Enventys and Edison Nation,  and the author of the new book The Independent Inventors Handbook, provided a very informative talk at the August 15, 2009, TIA meeting.


July 2009 Meeting with Tom Whisman, Knox County Library

Tom Whisman, the Business Reference Manager at the Knox County Public Library, gave an informative presentation at the July meeting.  Tom started his presentation by briefly talking about the new Knox County Library building.  Currently, plans are being made, but nothing is finalized yet.

The Knox County Library has 1-hour free parking at the Locust Street Garage for those wishing to visit the downtown library branch.

2008 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

August 2008 Opportunities for Innovation in East Tennessee

The Tennessee Inventors Association (TIA) presented a Seminar for Inventors on August 16, 2008. The Seminar, Opportunities for Innovation in East Tennessee, was held at the Tech2020 building in Oak Ridge, TN (see the map for directions).