Do you have an idea for a great new patentable product and trademark?¬† Of course you do – you’re reading this newsletter, after all.¬† But do you know how to commercialize your product and trademark; that is, how to turn your ideas into money?
Before you can make money with your ideas, you must learn how.¬† A great place to start is one of the eighteen Small Business Development Centers (‘SBDC’) located in Pennsylvania. These are publicly-supported resources for entrepreneurs where you can receive free one-on-one counseling on starting and running your business.¬† The SBDCs also offer a variety of classes covering topics such as preparing a business plan, doing business overseas, doing business with the federal government, marketing on the Internet, managing your time and providing other practical information for persons starting and running a business.
If you are located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, our local SBDC’s are the Widener University Small Business Development Center, the ¬†Fox School of Business at Temple University, and the Wharton Small Business Development Center located at the University of Pennsylvania.¬† Costs, services and general atmosphere differ among the SBDCs, but with three SBDCs to choose from, you can find local resources with whom you are comfortable and that are a good fit with you and your business.
Other local resources also are available.¬†¬† Delaware County SCORE, funded by the Small Business Administration and private donations, provides free online or in-person counseling with volunteer retired business persons.¬† Other chapters of SCORE as scattered across the country.¬† The Delaware County Commerce Center, an arm of Delaware County government, can help with property acquisition and business location issues in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.¬†¬† The Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners is a sources of venture capital seed funding for new companies and new products.¬†¬† Of course, we at Lipton, Weinberger & Husick are here for all your intellectual property and business law needs.
— Robert Yarbrough, Esq.