August 2020 Newsletter


An Intrepid Inventor!

“Paula Blankenship is this month’s Intrepid Inventor for both her All-in-One Paint line, as well as the remarkable strategies she has used to package her products to DIY customer bases and keeping them engaged with tutorials on color coordination and an adept e-commerce system. Congratulations, Paula!” – Inventors Network KY
Inventors Network Kentucky celebrates an intrepid inventor each month.

Learn more about KY Inventors!

Are you Ready for 3 Days of Fun? The MIC Virtual Summit has arrived!

“A modern-day inventor’s event! Come prepared to learn, engage, and takeaway helpful, actionable tips for furthering your invention.
Enjoy a presentation and Q & A with:
– Jake Ward / Patent Attorney – Ward Law Office
– Kedma Ough, MBA / Business Development and Business Funding Expert
– Mary Cozin / Chicago Toy Show
– Aimee Carroll / Edison Nation
– Karen Smoots / Inventor – Green Glove Dryer
– and more!” – MIC
Get ready for 3 days of fun alongside the Michigan Inventors Coalition for only $9.99! Learn more here!

Get your Tickets!


It was such a pleasure to have the United States Patent and Trademark Office on our Inventors Online meeting!

Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the USPTO, explained to us how they’re helping with COVID-19 related innovations. She also shared a bit about their pro bono program and opportunities and support for women who invent. Thanks for speaking to our audience, Elizabeth!


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Are you ready for our next Inventors Online Meeting?!


Add Date to Google Calendar!
Success is created from the mistakes you make along the way. Join us on Wednesday, September 9th, for an intimate conversation with our Co-Founder, Stephen Key. Over the years, he has made a lot of mistakes. He will be opening up and pulling back the curtain on the most pivotal mistakes he has made, and what he has learned from them.

Stephen has achieved repeat success as an independent inventor, including defending his intellectual property against one of the largest toy companies in federal court, developed an innovative packaging solution that was brought to market and is protected by more than 20 patents and has received 15 industry awards, and writes for Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur. With much success in his career, the pitfalls were not sparse. In fact, it was a major part of his success. Mistakes move people forward. What do you do when you make a mistake? How do you move forward? Stephen will be talking about his journey and his own personal mistakes on our next Inventors Online. Join us September 9th, at 4pm Pacific!

Send your questions in early by sending them to “[email protected]” with the subject, “Inventors Online Stephen Key Question”.

Inventors Online meetings take place once a month, and they are designed to give you resources, pathways, leadership, and guidance. You will get an opportunity to talk to your peers, ask questions, and get advice and help from guest experts.

Note: We are now officially offering Inventors Online to all members!

1. Be a member of IGA
2. Look out for our email with the Zoom link to join.
3. Click on the link early to be 1 of the 100 who can join!

Note:  With a max of 100, please show up early to ensure you are able to join in on the discussion. If our meeting maxes out, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Bring your questions!

IGA’s Inventors Online


Ward Law Office Video Series

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Take a look at our upcoming webinar!

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How do you sell your product on Amazon? Join us on September 2nd for our next Educational Webinar with the Inventor of GreatPlate, Rick Kellow! At 4pm Pacific, learn how to sell your invention on Amazon!

Necessity is the mother of invention. And when you have six kids and a rec room, a solution to clutter and messes was necessary. Rick and Beth Kellow didn’t set out to invent GreatPlate™, but unable to find a plate that kept their drinks from tipping, they simply had to! They have sold on many outlets, including QVC and Amazon. Learning how to sell well on Amazon was very important, and they did just that. Now Rick will be on to give us the tips and tricks and insider scoop on how to sell your invention on Amazon. Rick loves talking with like minded inventors, and is excited to share his knowledge with our group!

Thanks again Rick, for coming on and giving us the know-how to move forward!

The Webinars are held on Wednesdays at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
We will share a recording of each presentation on our site. If you have signed up for a past educational webinar, you don’t need to sign up again.

Sign Up for this Webinar Series!

From CHITAG to People Of Play

“Led by Mary Couzin who founded the Chicago Toy & Game Group in 2003, People of Play will continue the mission of promoting innovation, creativity and connectivity in the toy and game industry.

“While Chicago continues to be our homebase, we believe the name People of Play better describes the vast reach of our organization.,” said Couzin. “Over the last two decades, CHITAG has grown to connect tens of thousands of incredible inventors, brands, distributors, retailers, PR agencies, suppliers, media and influencers from all over the world. We believe community is at the heart of this organization and People of Play will continue to be a leader in fostering an environment of support and collaboration.”

The organization’s inaugural event, CHITAG Presents People of Play Week kicks off Monday, November 16th with an exciting virtual line-up of workshops, awards and entertainment.” – POP

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“WPA365 is excited to introduce a new, immersive and virtual-reality inspired marketplace tailored to the WPA and SuperZoo audiences. Designed to offer real-time connectivity to vendors and retailers 24|7 and year-round.  Join us for the launch September 22, 2020.
  • Immersive + Interactive Virtual Booths With “Like” or “Add to Favorites” Options
  • Multimedia + Content Rich Zones, for Dedicated Brand Specific Social Media
  • Live Webinars + Pre-Recorded Sessions and Demos of Products
  • Embedded Event Apps or Links Plus Live-Chat Options Through Chat Forums
  • New Product Showcase” – SuperZoo

Learn More!

Get to know our Managing Director! – The Invention Stories Podcast


“Those of us at Invention Stories have a small and simple goal in mind – to bring invention to all, help inventors to invent, and give free exposure to those who do. It is our goal to make invention a clearer and easier process by developing a community and resource pool for inventors and providing free exposure to them as well. We created to share the journey an inventor goes on from time idea comes to them.
Courtney Laschkewitsch is an award-winning entrepreneur and successful inventor. She has licensed four product ideas to a company that specializes in outfitting dorm rooms. As a child, Courtney remembers making paper models of amusement parks and ski resorts that took up a whole room. She started her first business as a teenager while attending college. Selling online and at several events throughout the year, Courtney learned the basics of starting and growing her own small business.” – Invention Stories

Listen to the Podcast Episode!

Games to the Rescue! A Look at Gaming Trends in a Challenging Year


“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere have been playing games. In just a few months, the change in societal dynamic has impacted both sales and overall trends across the industry.
According to data from The NPD Group, the resurgence in games has translated into a sales increase of around 250% since families began spending time together at home starting in March. Much of the appeal is that playing games offers a way for people to connect both in person — and virtually — to escape what’s happening in the world.” – Mary Couzin, The Toy Book

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