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PO Box 410111
St. Louis, MO   63141
Tel: 314-432-1291
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Contact: Robert Scheinkman, CC&BW
E-mail: President@inventorsconnection.org
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-- --> The IASL is contacted twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week through our voice-mail: --> Call 314-432-1291. -- --> The IASL is contacted twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week through our voice-mail: --> Call 314-432-1291. -- We are contacted from all over the United States as well as from Canada and overseas. -- Selectively we respond.
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Many "idea people" are personally called and given one-on-one immediate attention.

Others, living too far to come to St. Louis to an IASL Meeting, simply won't be called because of my time restrictions. I will be telling them to read this IASL website -- that "it's in there." "That you should come to our next Meeting to hear our experts -- or go to an Inventors Meeting in your own State -- or personally contact a local Patent Attorney, as-soon-as-possible."

And when they ask for the names of Angels who are financing ideas for inventions: -- "If you find that one somebody who is handing out Free Money, you should immediately let me know. I want to get on-line."

The best way to receive your inventors' intellectual property information is by attending the IASL's monthly meetings. -- You'll gain so much from them. -->

Filed under Tax Center.

By Marcia Richards Suelzer | December 17, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service has released the 2014 optional standard mileage rates that are used to calculate the
deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

56 cents per mile for business miles driven
23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
This is a 0.5 cent decrease from the 2013 rate for business, medical and moving expenses. The rate for miles driven for
charitable purposes is determined by statute and is not adjusted annually for inflation.

The standard mileage rate is a simplified method for computing the deductible costs of operating your car for business. If you use the standard mileage rate to calculate your car expenses, you need to keep records of the number of miles driven and the business purpose of the trip. The standard mileage rate includes almost all the your vehicle costs, such as maintenance and repairs, tires, gas, oil, insurance, and license and registration fees. In contrast, the actual cost method requires receipts for all vehicle related expenses, as well as a computation of depreciation.

You always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. However, you do not always have the option of using the standard mileage rate. You can not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. Also, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used

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11 Ideas When Strapped for Cash to Start Your Business

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-- -- HOW THEY STARTED --

-- "Pay strict attention to one important piece of information that seems to slip by in a heartbeat, WHERE some of these great innovators learned their craft and made their connections. The biggest companies, like HP and Apple, were started in a garage.

-- Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard studied electrical engineering at MIT and Stanford University. A professor from the latter gave them the lead to Litton Engineering where they got access to machinery they could not afford themselves. Dave also worked for GE.

-- Steve Jobs worked for Atari and Steve Wozniak worked for (who else) Hewlett Packard."]
-- Submitted by, Inventors Society of South Florida
Check it out at
http://www.ThisAmericanLife.org/radio-archives 383: Origin Story
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~ ~ Thought of the day ~

~ “You already possess everything necessary to become great.” ~ Native American Proverb
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-- Know Where to Buy at Bargain Prices

For more than 50 years, this spot has supplied electronic enthusiasts, train hobbyists, amateur radio aficionados, teachers,
students, and everyone else who loves gadgets with the supplies they need for all the projects they can dream up:

-- GATEWAY ELECTRONICS --
Electronically Speaking, Gateway's Got It!
For over four decades, Gateway Electronics has offered a wide selection of electronic components through our retail stores.
Gateway Electronics is a full-line distributor, and we also offer numerous components discovered in the surplus market.
Now, in addition to visiting our walk-in location in St. Louis Missouri, you can visit Gateway via the World Wide Web!
We welcome browsers and invite you to explore our site frequently. With over 12,000 items in stock and new products
arriving daily, this WWW location will grow and change often!
2220 Welsch Industrial Court, St Louis, MO 63146
314-427-6116

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-- -- Making Lemonade in the Current Economy --

-- As the old saying goes ... "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade."

-- A recession provides you, as a business owner, an opportunity to look at your company and truly evaluate what you have. Especially now when sales are decreasing, it is the time to look at your marketing plan and see if it is current.

-- Fear is not an option.

-- Studies at Penn State and the University of Texas have shown companies that maintain their marketing budgets tend to increase market share and experience growth at the end of the recession. Consumers want reassurance in difficult times and the perception your company is doing well creates that consumer assurance and increases your market share.

-- So, how do you create or refine your marketing plan?

-- The plan should follow some basic rules. Be SMART:

- Strategy

- Maintain marketing spending

- Allocate the budget

- Research the consumer

-- Target the consumer

-- Have a strategic plan to acquire new customers, to entice existing customers to spend more and persuade more customers to shop more frequently. To accomplish these goals you must first have a product or service the public or a segment of the public needs or wants. Second, make sure your pricing strategy matches the targets audience's mind set by testing new discounts, having sales and promoting the events to your audience. Pricing is a touchy issue but a company can offer many incentives for a consumer to come in and buy.

-- Maintain marketing spending is the second strategy.

-- Now is not the time to reduce marketing spending. Let your competitors do that. Let them be forgotten. During the Great Depression Proctor and Gamble promoted Ivory Soap, beating out the competition. At the end of the Depression, Ivory Soap was still on the shelves while much of the competition was gone.

{-- In the Great Depression of 1929, one out of four Americans were out of work.
-- In the Great Recession of 2009, one out of ten Americans were out of work!
}

-- Third, allocate the budget.

-- Do not put all your apples in one form of the marketing budget. All of your hard-earned money should not be spent on advertising or sales. Use a mix to reach the target consumer and create a way to track the marketing to see which part of the mix gives more bang for the buck.

-- Next is researching the consumer.

-- This is the biggest problem for most small businesses-they do not know their customers. Research on the Web to discover the characteristics of your typical customer and to answer some of the basic questions. Do they come from a specific region? Is the market growing, stable or trendy? What is the size of the market in revenue and customers? What do customers expect from your product or service? How much are they willing to pay? What is your advantage over the competition?

-- Targeting the consumer is critical when money is tight.

-- After doing the research and determining the type of consumer who will purchase your product or service, how do you communicate your message? Find out what consumers read, where they live and where they shop. What radio, TV and Web sites do they visit? Only spend your marketing dollars where it will have the greatest effect. Again be sure to target the consumer, who fits your profile. Reaching others will be a wasted effort.

-- Companies that survived the Great Depression are those that knew the consumer, believed in their product and charged ahead. Attitude is everything. Fear is not an option. There are many sources to help you. Please contact your local University of Missouri Extension county office, the nearest Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center, SCORE, or your local college or library for assistance.

- Authored by: Charles Holland, MU
- Extension business development specialist, Monroe County SBTDC
- Updated 8/17/09 -- This story was featured in the August 2009 newsletter ---> >

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-- "The Ten Key Roles of a B-to-B Corporate Marketing Function" --

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I learned a lesson in marketing from a man who bought an old boat, a trailer and a motor from me. "Thanks," he said as he loaded them up. "I'm planning to resell them."

Good luck, I thought. I had been trying to get rid of them for months. But when I ran into him a few weeks later, he'd sold everything.

"How did you manage that?" I marveled.

"I took out an ad: 'Heavy-duty boat trailer with free boat.' When the buyer came to get it, I asked if he had a motor. He said no. I told him I happened to have one in my garage. Bought that, too."
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To: Director@inventorsconnection.org
From: Dreamovations@aol.com
Subject: New Pixar Book/Keynote
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 1:34 PM

Dear Mr. Scheinkman:

-- Beginning in late fall, we will be offering a new keynote by internationally acclaimed business expert and speaker Bill Capodagli -- Innovate The Pixar Way: Lessons from a Corporate Playground -- based upon his upcoming book of the same title.

-- Innovate The Pixar Way describes how Pixar has created a unique culture of creative collaboration and presents methods and tools to adapt the Pixar principles in any environment. Bill's best-selling book, The Disney Way, was cited by Fortune magazine as "so useful, you may whistle while you work."

-- Bill's powerful and timely presentations are based upon the success principles that have catapulted Disney and Pixar to "legendary culture" status.

-- Bill Capodagli's keynote topics for fall 2009 are as follows:

- Innovate The Pixar Way
- Leadership The Disney Way
- Customer Service The Disney Way
- If Walt Ran Your Organization!

-- I look forward to an opportunity to work with you to bring Bill Capodagli to your esteemed audience.

-- Best regards,

Marie Hoffman, Director of Events

-- Capodagli Jackson Consulting is an independent company dedicated to the preservation and implementation of Walt Disney's original success principles featured in our best-selling book, The Disney Way. Cited by Fortune magazine as "so useful, you may whistle while you work." and a BEST BUSINESS BOOK

-- -- "DISNEY INSTITUTE - MICKEY'S TEN COMMANDMENTS" --

-- Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Innovate the Pixar Way featured in ShiftTheParadigm.com

-- Innovate the Pixar Way – Business Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Corporate Playground details the principles by which Pixar cultivates an innovative corporate culture. Their box office results and timeless movie classics (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc., etc…) created in their brief history speak to the success of their model. ------------------------> >

www.capojac.com; 800-238-9958
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10 Disney principles*:

1. Give every member of your organization a chance to dream, and tap into the creativity those dreams embody.
2. Stand firm on your beliefs and principles.
3. Treat your customers like guests.
4. Support, empower, and reward employees.
5. Build long-term relationships with key suppliers and partners.
6. Dare to take calculated risks in order to bring innovative ideas to fruition.
7. Train extensively and constantly reinforce the company's culture.
8. Align long-term vision with short-term execution.
9. Use the storyboarding technique to solve planning & communication problems.
10. Pay close attention to detail.

*The Disney Way, by Bill Capodagli & Lynn Jackson, McGraw Hill, 2007
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-- -- You should know that the U.S. Government publishes a quarterly list of needed products requiring inventive effort. Write to the U.S. Small Business Administration:
-- U.S. Small Business Administration
-- Office of Innovation and Technology,
-- SBIR
-- 1441 L Street N.W.
-- Washington, D.C. 20416

-- Ask to be put on the list to receive its Quarterly Solicitation Announcements.
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-- "Technology Development and Commercialization: Missouri" --
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-- "Grants.gov - WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT" --
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-- "Funding Agencies of the SBIR" --
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-- "You" are invited to attend. -- Your attendance prize is the trade secrets that you take home with you. --> Since November 18th, 2010, your IASL Dues has been $35 the first year - and only $25 every twelve months thereafter. Dues and donations are tax deductible. -- Inventors, you should reallize that --

-- -- O.K., O.K. .. I should tell you the Good News: Since July, 2012, your IASL Dues has been $25 for the first year - and only $25 every twelve months thereafter. Dues and donations are tax deductible.

one trade secret is worth your anticipated donation.

-- We are open to the public. -- "You" are invited to attend.

-- Your attendance prize is the trade secrets that you may take home with you. - ((Smile :-))

--> "$ Cash, check and money-order. A percentage of your winning invention will do."

"Obtaining financing for niche ventures can also be easier. Compared to more general businesses, there is less competition to deal with, which makes you a more attractive candidate when seeking capital investors.."

-- Speaking of machines: "In 1979, Namco released Pac-Man, the most popular arcade game of all time. Over 300,000 units were sold worldwide. More than 100,000 units were sold in the United States alone."

--> NOW COME ON IN - JOIN THE IASL -- BRING OR SEND -->
--> $ Cash, check and money-order. A percentage of your winning invention will do. - (Just joking Wink ;-) [Well, not really.]

-- -- "An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before." -- Mark Twain

-- "Scratch a Niche - AOL Small Business" --
-- "Obtaining financing for niche ventures can also be easier. Compared to more general businesses, there is less competition to deal with, which makes you a more attractive candidate when seeking capital investors.."

-- "Missouri Enterprise is an organization of skilled manufacturing, engineering and business management professionals who help companies succeed."

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-- "Let the world go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today, at home and around the world!"
-- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address (1961)
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Some Information from Our Book Business Success Through Innovation

-- "Approximately 80% of the United States economy is now service based. Significant manufacturing has departed to low-cost countries such as China and India. Yet, the United States still has the largest GDP of any nation at about $14 trillion, which is about three times larger than the GDP of Japan, and four times larger than the GDP of either China or Germany.

-- One way in which the United States remains economically strong is through innovation. It is estimated that about 75% of the value of publicly-traded United States companies is now in intangible assets, and that in 2005 the total value of United States intellectual property was more than $5 trillion, greater than the entire GDP of any other country.

-- It is no longer important to be the source of manufacture, which is a commodity input provided at a commodity price; it is instead important to be the source of, and control of the innovation. By controlling the innovation you can control the product pipeline, from manufacturing to distribution to sales. - This is the new business model for nations with mature economies."

Eligibility Requirements: -- --> Those willing to learn how to turn an inventive idea into a finished marketable product. -- For example, go to our favorite: Market Launchers -- one of IASL's Members. -- Then read - "Bio for Inventor Gary Kellmann" --> and to: --> --> "Patents"--> --> Go to Glossary

-- -- INVENTORS' RESOURCES? -- --

-- "Edith G. Tolchin - Edie specializes in inventions of textiles and sewn-items, baby & fashion accessories, arts & crafts, and unique household articles."

-- -- From our Controversial Department: -->
"How do you stop monkeys from inventing?" - You can't!
-- Darwin said, "It's in their blood."

-- "There's a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they'd eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn't true." -- Ian Hart

-- -- Footnote: "Charles Darwin, in his 1871 book Decent of Man, had suggested that because our closest evolutionary relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas, live in Africa, the earliest humans probably once lived there too."

-- "Behind the Controversy: How Evolution Works" --
-- "Top 10 Missing Links | LiveScience" --

-- "A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises Honoring those who improve the species...by accidentally removing themselves from it!" --

-- It's a fact that animals have used tools which they have invented.
-- -- Humans, because they can, have created many
"Chindogu." :-)

-- "American Consumer Shows" --

-- "Google testing home electricity use software" --

Additional Notes: -- Before you go deeply into prototyping, you had better read the Consumer Products Safety Commission's Website --> And Go To: --> "Recalls and Product Safety News" --> Which ties in with: --> "Occupational Safety & Health Administrator
--> --> OSHA" -- -->

--> --> "I.R.S. and the Inventor" --

-- There is so much to learn. -- You had better come to our meetings. -->

-- "Ordinary objects, super uses - STLtoday.com" --

-- "Top Nine Reasons Computers Must Be Female" -- www.Intelligentx.com
1. Picky, picky, picky.
2. They hear what you say, but not what you mean.
3. Beauty is only shell deep.
4. When you ask what is wrong, they say "nothing."
5. Can produce incorrect results with alarming speed.
6. Always turning simple statement into big productions.
7. Small talk is important.
8. You do the same thing for years, and suddenly it's wrong.
9. They make you take the garbage out. ;-))

-- "Thirty years ago a computer had a shelf life of seven years." -- "Today, hardware is after seven months and software has seven weeks before a newer product has the market." -- Smithsonian, August 2001, page 35 -- --> Software and Supplies For That "Old Computer"

-- "Here's looking at you, kid." -- Humphrey Bogart, "Casablanca" -- Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals because he hated wearing two pair of glasses. -- He invented suspenders to keep his pants up ;-))

-- "The first patent issued for modern suspenders, the kind with the familiar clasp, was issued to inventor David Roth, who received his patent in October, 1894 - US Patent 527887"

-- Benjamin Franklin favored the "American Turkey" as our Nation's symbol. He voted against the Bald Eagle because it was too agressive and not befitting our passive heritage.

-- Here is another great inventors' resource: -- The superbly edited
-- INVENTORS' DIGEST
-- The ABCs for Inventing --
- A Membership in our IASL will allow you the subscription for this invaluable magazine, not for $27.00, but for $19.00. -- We provide more ways than one for you to save your money when belonging to the IASL!!

-- "19 Free e-Bay Secrets to Success" --

Non-Disclosure Agreement Sample Letter of Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement
For the full agreement and several other sample agreements see http://www.taletyano.com/MftM/LetterOfAgmtNDA.htm

James E. White Inventor, Marketer, and Author of "Will It Sell? How to Determine If Your Invention Is Profitably Marketable (Before Wasting Money on a Patent)" Info Sites:
www.willitsell.com
www.inventorhome.com,
www.idearights.com
www.taletyano.com
www.booksforinventors.com
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We understand that you are willing to accept such information from us for purposes of evaluation and determination of your possible interest therein. You agree to receive such information from us during the term of this Agreement on the following basis:

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2. You agree that you will not use the technical information relating to the subject matter, which you are required hereunder to keep confidential, for any purpose other than the aforesaid evaluation and determination of interest, without first entering into an agreement with us covering the use thereof.

3. Your obligation under this Agreement shall expire on the fifth anniversary of the date thereof. We agree that, after said fifth anniversary, we will make no claim against you or any of your subsidiaries with respect to this Agreement, except for patent infringement.

If you agree to the foregoing, kindly indicate your acceptance thereof and assent thereto by signing and dating the duplicate copy of this letter at the space provided for below, returning such signed copy to us. We will then proceed to disclose to you our information relating to the subject matter.

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