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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Illinois Green Economy Network

Launched in 2008 by President Obama, the Illinois Green Economy Network is a partnership of all of the 48 community colleges in 39 districts in Illinois whose goal is to grow Illinois’ green economy by using the best sustainable practices … Continue reading

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August Program Spotlight: Midwest IPI

The Midwest Intellectual Property Management Institute (IP institute) is a non-profit organization that focuses on technology-based economic development, which identifies innovation and the emphasis on a region’s technological strengths as the keys to success on in a global economy. In … Continue reading

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Book of the Month: Serial Innovators

Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms zeros in on the cutting-edge thinkers who repeatedly create and deliver breakthrough innovations and new products in large, mature organizations. These employees are organizational powerhouses who solve consumer problems … Continue reading

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