Monthly Archives: August 2012

Introducing SPARK!

SPARK is a campaign to encourage and support widespread innovation throughout the region and is powered by the EBI Network. Businesses can participate or utilize SPARK in three ways: I. Service Component: Entrepreneurs and business owners seeking new business opportunities can … Continue reading

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West Central Illinois Businesses Well Represented at Innovation Awards

The nominations for the 21012 Chicago Innovation Awards are in, and the Galesburg/West Central Illinois Region will again be well represented with 13 area businesses nominated for this prestigious award. Last year, of the 409 total nominees the Galesburg/West Central … Continue reading

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Innovation Strategies for Business Program to be Offered

The EBI Network will host ‘Innovation Strategies for Business,’ a program to help businesses develop an innovation strategy and process. Innovation is a key driver in helping companies solve customer problems, grow sales and profits, and to stay relevant in … Continue reading

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August Entrepreneurial Spotlight: The Bertelsens

When the Alexis High School was left empty following the consolidation of the Alexis and Warren districts to form the United School District, Rick & Traci Bertelsen, local farmers, made the decision to purchase the Fieldhouse.  The town of Alexis … Continue reading

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Innovate Now!

INNOVATE!,  For the time is right and the opportunity is ripe!  INNOVATE NOW! For in this issue we will share the What? Why? Where? When? and How? When to INNOVATE?  In short, right now.  Don’t Wait!  Market conditions are changing … Continue reading

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Web Tool of the Month: Patent Search

The USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database is a good first step in researching patents. Patent attorneys can be costly. Why pay money to conduct a search and find that your idea is already taken? Do a first screen yourself! … Continue reading

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Patents and Trademarks 101

The library at Western Illinois University was recently named a Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. On the day of the grand opening, September 13, 2012, a seminar is being hosted titled “Patents & … Continue reading

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