Alamo Inventors, San Antonio, Texas

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Once a month, we have a meeting with a presentation about something invention related. Sometimes it's the creative part, like how someone came up with an idea. Sometimes it's the legal parts, like protection, patents, trademark, & licensing. Manufacturing comes up a lot, and so does marketing. We always enjoy our speakers, and we always learn from them. Questions are always encouraged, and our speakers share insights you can't get anywhere else. Before the meeting, you can visit with other inventors. New faces are always welcome, and if you have questions about invention or patents or marketing or ... there are usually members who can help guide you.

Meeting Date
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 (Online - Register Here)

Presentation: Creating & Marketing The Push and Hang

Guest Speaker: Michael Van Horst

Push & Hang is the only picture hanging tool that allows you to put two nails into the wall, perfectly level, perfectly even, at the same time, no other tools needed! The nails install at the correct angle and depth to hold your picture securely and align precisely. An included level on a sliding track ensures a perfectly level installation. No more hunting down tape measures, levels, drill, screws, or even a hammer and no more smashed thumbs! Just slip in the nails, then use one “punch-like” motion and you’re done. It’s that simple!

Mike will take us on his Push and Hang journey from idea to manufacturing to commercializing to licensing and all the challenges and successes along the way. Mike's story is an amazing adventure of ups and downs, successes and challenges and all the sweat and tears along the way. Join us to learn how he did it, what he would do again and what he would avoid.

He started like all of us with an idea and the determination to succeed. When he was young, his friends would call him "MacGyver" from the TV show, as he was always making randomly found items easier for to use. He is an entrepreneur by nature who has created dozens of his own devices throughout his career including construction goggles with lasers attached to them for use as a marking tool.

Mike's background in trade marketing with a Fortune 500 company earned him the "Presidents Award" for innovative packaging. Working also as a Realtor in Central California, his "Aa Ha" was struck! He is a mentor, motivator and speaker for upcoming inventors. Mike is currently a guest host on both QVC and HSN.

See Mike and the Push and Hang on HSN, HERE:

Guests are welcome.

From 6pm to 6:30pm Invention Q & A
Various topics each month.

From 6:30pm to 8:00pm Guest Speaker

Do not come to SATC, as there won't be anyone there.

Zoom Video Instructions:
Download the App or Program from website or the app platform. There are several similar looking programs. Avoid them. It works on computers of most kinds, and tablets and phones. Please see the Youtube if this is all new to you. If you don't have a camera, that's OK. Audio is fine, and if you don't have a microphone, that's OK too. Except our hosts, everyone will be muted anyway. You can text within Zoom for questions.

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We usually meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Meeting Location
ONLINE unless otherwise indicated

2023 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 11
Wednesday, February 8
Wednesday, March 8
Wednesday, April 12
Wednesday, May 10
Wednesday, June 14
Wednesday, July 12
Wednesday, August 9
Wednesday, September 13
Wednesday, October 11
Wednesday, November 8
Wednesday, December 13

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Annual Dues are $25 individual, $95 corporate, students free.

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Alamo Inventors, Inc is a 501(c)3 not for profit Texas corporation. Membership and donations are used to fund our modest operational costs.

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About Us

Alamo Inventors was founded in 2000 and welcomes members and guests to join in with like-minded people from around the area in achieving success in your inventions.

Each month we have meetings to collaborate, interact, inform, and learn about inventing, marketing, manufacturing, protecting, and learning how to succeed with inventions. The mission of the Alamo Inventors is to be a compass, resource and inspiration for inventors and entrepreneurs as they launch their concepts to market.

What We Do
We provide monthly meetings where members can meet and discuss their ideas, problems and solutions, talk with community resource members, and hear guest speakers talk about their real world experiences.

This provides a forum where this information may be shared and discussed to expand and educate the membership of the group.

Additional on-line resources are available to help direct the inventor and entrepreneur to the local and national organizations to help them as their ideas progress from concept to market.

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