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The Product Network's mission is to be your one stop resource for product development. From creating a prototype, to engineering and designing, to manufacturing and selling your product. We offer the tools and resources to guide you to your success.


Merchant Account/Credit Card Sales Processing

Payment Maven

Imagine that 613 buyers anxiously want to pay for your new product/service. I will help you obtain and setup an honest, dependable merchant account payment processing account so your clients can easily pay with a credit card.  In addition, over the coming years, you can contact me at anytime if you have a concern.  I represent a number of merchant account providers so I can find the best service and deal for you.
Paul Nisenbaum
www.PaymentMaven.com
"Improve your cash flow and peace of mind...guaranteed"
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Skype ID: paulnisenbaum

323-230-0613


 Product Prototype/Engineering 

Contract Engineering Services (CES)

CES is based in Bedford, Virginia, and has over 20 years experience in product design, engineering and production.  We are a cost effective, efficient, and results orientated solution for your product design challenges.  Many companies can engineer a solution, but CES focuses on product design, with the engineering to back it up.  Our broad product design experience will take your idea from the napkin to the market place, with a focus on saving you money.  We will help you visualize the product development process, so you can actively participate and understand it without confusion.

For more info visit www.ce-services.com or send email requests to Dwight Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 434-661-7258

 

Enventys

Enventys provides vertically integrated solutions to product development.

For more information visit www.enventys.com


Manufacturing

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

MEP is a nationwide network of not-for-profit centers in over 400 locations nationwide, whose sole purpose is to provide small and medium sized manufacturers with the services they need to succeed. Centers are funded by federal, state, local and private resources to serve manufacturers. That makes it possible for even the smallest firms to tap into the expertise of knowledgeable manufacturing and business specialists all over the United States. These specialists are people who have had experience on manufacturing floors and in plant operations.

For more information visit www.mep.nist.gov

 

Passage Maker

A US-owned, assembly/inspection company that does the final assembly, inspection and packaging. The Product and Design team can be used to test concepts, create prototypes, develop CAD databases, confirm material specs and create a "ready for manufacture" engineering package. Passage Maker is your international sourcing provider.

For more information visit: http://psschina.com

 

Berkeley Sourcing Group

Berkeley Sourcing Group is a full service procurement company. Our focus is helping small businesses take their product to market from the manufacturing perspective. With offices throughout China, we are situated to find the best factory to produce your product at the high quality and low price you’re looking for. We will manage the entire process for you, from getting a prototype made all the way through to the final packaging. We have extensive quality control measures and testing so you can be sure nothing is overlooked. Because of our specifically transparent system, we’ll help you understand every step of the process and effectively manage your project at a distance. Our online system allows you to see everything about your product at anytime, from the exact specs to the last quality inspection report. We are your boots on the ground to make sure everything is carried out just the way you want it.

For more information, please visit us at www.berkeleysg.com

If you have any questions or there is anything we can do for you, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 415-646-5440.


Patent Attorneys and Process

Jacklin IP Law, PLC

Jacklin IP Law, PLC., is an intellectual property (IP) law practice that offers legal services in the areas of patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and IP licensing. Jacklin IP works with a select set of clients who understand the need to protect their intellectual property assets.  These clients range from start-up companies and other technology-driven entrepreneurs, as well as a wide range of businesses.

Through extensive experience in obtaining IP protection, and licensing and litigating IP rights, Jacklin IP knows how businesses use IP to create competitive advantage. Jacklin IP works to understand your company's business goals and focuses on seeking intellectual property protection that fits those goals. Understanding why your business is seeking to protect its IP assets and how that protection can benefit your business is the start of the protection process at Jacklin IP, not an afterthought.

Kim Jacklin

813-489-5450

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www.jacklinpatents.com


United States Patent and Trademark Office

The Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

http://www.uspto.gov/

 

Copyright

The U.S. Copyright Office promotes the arts and protection for the works of authors.

http://www.copyright.gov/about.html


 

Business Development

SCORE ®

The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA) dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. There are more than 10,500 SCORE volunteers in 389 chapter locations who assist small businesses with business counseling and training. SCORE also operate an active online counseling initiative.

www.score.org

 

FastTrac ®

FastTrac is a practical, hands-on business development program designed to help the entrepreneur hone the skills needed to create, manage, and grow a successful business. FastTrac participants don't just learn about business, they live it. They work on their own business ideas or ventures throughout the interactive program--moving their ventures to reality or new levels of growth. For more information visit www.fasttrac.org

 

Business.Gov

This website is the official business link to the U.S. government. Business.gov gives guidance through a maze of government rules and regulations providing access to services and resources helping businesses develop, grow and succeed.

www.business.gov

 

United States Small Business Administration

The SBA provides small business counseling and training through a variety of programs and resource partners located strategically throughout the U.S.

www.sba.gov

 

Business Incubator

 Provides workspace, coaching, and support services to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses.

www.nbia.org


Funding

Count Me In

Count Me In is the leading not-for-profit provider of micro loans and business resources for women entrepreneurs. Apply to the Make Mine a Million $ Business awards program to get the assistance to grow your micro business to a $million enterprise. For more information visit

www.countmein.org or  www.makemineamillion.org

 

Angel Investors

 Individuals who back emerging entrepreneurial ventures, usually as a bridge to get from the self-funded stage to the level of business that would both need and attract venture capital. Funding level ranges anywhere from $50,000 to $2 million.

www.angelnews.co.uk


Inventor's Inspiration

Everyday Edisons

Everyday Edisons a PBS television show, introduces viewers to the process of invention and help them understand how to take their own ideas to the next level. For more information visit www.everydayedisons.com

 

Inventors Digest

Inventors Digest provides education and inspiration to independent and professional innovators. For more information visit www.inventorsdigest.com

 

Kauffman eVenturing

 The site provides original, relevant, practical "just-in-time" information, articles, and tools. Written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, and aggregates "the best of the best" content on the web related to starting and running high-impact companies. For more information visit www.eventuring.org.

 

Small Business TV

Small Business TV is a video news and information destination site for America's small business community. Their commitment is to provide small business owners with the resources and tools to manage, grow and protect their ventures. For more information visit www.sbtv.com.

 

StartupNation ®

A website and nationally syndicated radio program directed to the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship.

www.startupnation.com

 

United Inventors Association (UIA)

United Inventors Association is resource for inventors/entrepreneurs seeking help in bringing inventions from garage to market. An educational non-profit delivering expert advice, product evaluations, patent searches, news and opportunities. For more information visit www.uiausa.com.

 

Women’s Leadership Exchange ®

The WLE mission is to provide the knowledge, the tools and the connections women need to be successful in their own businesses, the corporate world and the not-for-profit environment. For more information, go to www.womensleadershipexchange.com.


 

Entrepreneur Vocabulary

Limited Liability Company (LLC) - A legal entity that is not taxable and distributes the profits to its owners, but shields personal assets from business debt like a corporation.

www.Nolo.com

 

Limited Partnership -A business arrangement in which the day-to-day operations are controlled by one or more general partners and funded by limited or silent partners who are legally responsible for losses based on the amount of their investment.

www.Nolo.com

 

Non-Disclosure Agreement - A legal contract between two parties that outlines confidential material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict access to by third parties. It is a contract though which the parties agree not to disclose information covered by the agreement.

Downloadable Agreement 

 

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