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Product Manufacturing: Are You Ready?

November 03, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

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That idea that was scribbled on a napkin late one night or that popped in your head one morning in the shower is finally ready to come to life. You have discovered an amazing idea for a product and you’ve done some research. It’s clear this product needs to get in the hands of thousands, possibly millions of people. You’re past the initial idea phase, maybe you even have a working prototype you’ve proudly shown off to potential buyers. But where do you go from here? Are you ready for product manufacturing now? 

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Filed Under: Product Development, Entrepreneur, Start-Ups

15 Awesome Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Check Out

August 30, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Are you planning to start your own business, but you're not sure you have all the tools you need to make the leap? Look no further – we've done (some of) the work for you. Below is a list of 15 awesomely useful sites every entrepreneur could benefit from. From mentor-matching sites to podcasts about work-life balance for startup founders, we've got your top 15 resources on deck.

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Filed Under: Entrepreneur, Start-Ups

RFx Management: Understanding the Difference Between RFI, RFP and RFQ

July 07, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

It's a common mistake among procurement newbies to use the acronyms RFQ and RFP interchangeably. Throw in RFI, and things really start to get hairy. Understanding the nuances that distinguish these different types of requests (for information, proposal and quote) will help you get what you need a little faster and more easily, and that's something you simply can't argue.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Start-Ups

Top 10 Startup Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

April 21, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

While it's a hard statistic to swallow, nine out of 10 startups will fail. Below are 10 reasons why this is the case. Some may say startups fail for one simple reason: they didn't make a product people wanted. Although this is the main culprit of startup failure, the issue goes much deeper. Join the 10 percent that succeed by digesting this list of classic startup mistakes and how to avoid them!

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Filed Under: Start-Ups

How a Startup Can Minimize Investment Cost and Start Production Sooner

February 25, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Investment cost is sometimes enough to stop a startup dead in its tracks. But don't worry – the good news is that there are other options to get the ball rolling without emptying your wallet. Working with an experienced, flexible contract manufacturer can open the door to opportunities you may not have realized existed. Minimizing up-front investment costs can allow production to launch more quickly and alleviate financial pressures early on. Read on to learn how to get started.

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Filed Under: Business, Start-Ups

15 Killer Resources Every Inventor Should Know About

August 18, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Do you have an idea for a knockout product, but you're not sure you have all the tools you need to make your idea come to life? Look no further – we've done (some of) the work for you. Below is a list of 15 resources every inventor should know about. From crowdfunding sites to 3D rendering and printing sources, we've got you covered. 

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Filed Under: Product Development, Entrepreneur, Start-Ups

Shark Tank: What Manufacturers See that You Don't

July 16, 2015 by Andy Reese

ABC’s TV show, “Shark Tank” averaged over seven million viewers per week for this, its 6th season!  Whether you love the concept or enjoy watching Lori, Barbara, Robert, Daymond, Mr. Wonderful, or Mark Cuban either build or shatter dreams, the reality is that people enjoy watching everyday products get the opportunity to grow big time.

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Filed Under: Entrepreneur, Start-Ups

Friendlier FDA is Great News for Medical Device Start-Ups

May 26, 2015 by Andy Reese

I was fortunate enough to spend a few days at the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA) conference around some of the best and brightest minds in the growing medical device industry.  One of the great talks included Murray Sheldon, MD, who is the Associate Director for Technology and Innovation at the FDA’s, Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

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Filed Under: Medical, Start-Ups