North Florida Inventors and Innovators Group
Welcome to North Florida Inventors and Innovators Social Group. We are Local Innovators who meet monthly to network and learn from others on how to better innovate and invent.  People join us from all kinds of different industries and from all over North Florida. Many in our group are folks who hold patents, are in the process of patents, or are interested in learning how to proceed on a patent. Many are folks who are interested in how to pursue that idea that they've had for years but aren't sure what steps to take next. We invite all people with similar interests to join us in our pursuit of connections, concepts, and friendships. Feel free to join us and invite your friends. We normally meet the last Wednesday of the month. We will sometimes tour local businesses that relate to innovation and we often host relevant speakers. If you have ever had any interest at all in pursuing a patent or a concept, feel free to come join us. You may make a new friend...likely one who thinks outside the box like you do. We encourage you to attend all the meetings you can, because that is where all the connections and friendships are made. 

Where North Florida's Inventors and Innovators Come together. North Florida Inventors/Innovators Social Group.
This months meeting is going to be one of our best ever... I hope you can join us at The University Club on Wednesday January 28th at 12 noon.  at 1301 Riverplace Blvd. on the 27th floor. All who attend must purchase the lunch buffet which is 20.00. Please RSVP if you will be attending. 
If you are thinking that you might want to be involved
in OneSpark this year...I have good news. The North Florida Inventors/Innovators Group is going to have its own venue that you may be able to be a part of.
Our Inventors/Innovators area is a block on Laura Street in-between 
Independent Drive and Bay street. It is directly in front of the center of the Jacksonville Landing and is on the route most folks take when going between Hemming Plaza and The Landing. We are right next to the food area which you see as a red + in the picture below. The solid green box is Hemming Plaza. Ours will likely be one of the high traffic areas of the Festival.

I can accommodate some
where between 25-30 booths. There is no additional cost to be involved...just the small fees that you would already pay to One Spark.
You can contact Patrick with OneSpark at 376-0193 or when you sign up just let them know you want to be in our venue and they will contact me.

Our Speaker this month is Jeff Harrington with HDco a global branding agency in downtown Jacksonville. You can see below from his bio below that Jeff knows what he is doing. I have used him on multiple projects and he is very good. Jeff works with small companies and with International companies at HDco.
Following Jeffs presentation..... Patrick Murphy and Meredith Johnson with OneSpark will be answering questions about the Inventors Venue and OneSparks Crowdfunding Platform. They are expecting dramatically more folks to attend this years OneSpark Crowd Funding Festival than the estimated 230,000 attendees they had last year. 

A Peek Behind the Veil: How to invent and own your first brand.
Jeffrey D Harrington, President and CEO of HDco will deliver a multimedia presentation that walks you through the process. Whether you are new to marketing or a seasoned expert, I’m sure you’ll walk away with at least one thing you didn’t know before.

Jeffrey is CEO and Chief Brand Concierge for HDco, a global branding agency. Building brands people love is what I strive to do everyday. My team of experts help companies like Nielsen, Citi and PGA TOUR, solve complex marketing and internal communications problems through smart planning, great strategy and world-class execution. Because our clients think globally, we do to. Our footprint is international. Through films and videos, design, marketing and communications and other branded content we help our clients reach their audience with the right message, in the right channel, at the right time, leading to effective outcomes.
Jeffrey's career started in 1996 and his work has spanned across the fields of design, photography, filmmaking, branding and communications. His client roster includes Fortune 500 companies such as Nielsen, Citi and the PGA TOUR, professional services, healthcare, travel and tourism and non-profit organizations. Jeffrey formed HDco in 2001. 
Prior to that, he worked as Art Director for five years at Jacksonville’s largest ad agency. His expertise is in strategic brand development, identity, Print Advertising, collateral design and brand-enhancing Web sites. Jeffrey has served on the Board of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His work is recognized by the AIGA, HOW Magazine, the Southeast Regional Addys and others. He graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Graphic Design from Flagler College.
Specialties: Design, Brand Consulting, Corporate Identity, Marketing Materials, Web site Development, Audio/Video Production, Events, Print production, Typography, Print Ads, Trade Show Graphics
Jeffrey D Harrington
CEO & Chief Brand Concierge, HDco
904 398-5700 //

Here is one of my favorite quotes which relates to all steps of the Invention/Get to Market process. 

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan PRESS ON! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."....Calvin Coolidge

Thank you to everyone who continues to talk to and encourage others to attend our group.

Feel free to send interested folks to If they sign up in the contact area, I will add them to the list of updates.

Cheers on Inventing/Innovating.

Bob Hawkinson

"Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."......Lois Pasteur

"Our motto must continue to be perseverance. And ultimately I trust the Almighty will crown our efforts with success."...William Wilberforce

I can do all things through Christ..Who strengthens me... Philippians 4:13

When you look into your future, What do you see? Will it be you pursuing your goals, concepts, and dreams, or will it be you saying Gosh I thought of that idea 10 years ago but never pursued it?
If Not Now, When?......
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