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Category Archives: Inventions and Patents

Protecting Your Trade Secrets

By Chemeketa SBDC

Marcia Bagnall



It’s common knowledge that patents, trademarks and copyrights are all forms of intellectual property that can be protected by the law. But there is another, less well understood category of intellectual property, and that’s trade secrets. What are they exactly and how can you protect yours?

Trade secrets can be recipes, procedures, customer lists, expansion plans; in short, anything giving you a leg up over the competition that you want to keep strictly to yourself. They are things that differentiate you from your competitors, and if leaked, could cause harm to your business.

Consider implementing these steps to protect your company.


Do you have a small business in Polk County, Oregon?

By Chemeketa SBDC

Open House scheduled at Greater Independence Business Incubator

The Greater Independence Business Incubator is hosting an open house this Thursday, November 19th from 4:00pm-8:00 pm in the Incubator building located at 414 so. Main Street (on the corner of Main and D Street).

Come and see what the business incubator offers and how we can support business owners and start-up entrepreneurs in Independence, Monmouth, Dallas and beyond. Whether you have an existing business in the area or just a business idea, we have access to resources and programs that can add to your success.

Upcoming Classes and Seminars at the Greater Independence Business Incubator

Going into Business Seminar
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2:00-5:00 pm
414so Main Street, Independence OR 97351
Class fee = $30.00

For persons interested in starting their own small business, a special “Going into Business” seminar will be offered by Bob Bernhard of SCORE on Wednesday, December 2, 2 to 5 PM at the new Greater Independence Business Incubator, 414 South Main Street in Independence.  The presentation and discussion will include an overview of how to start a business, and will include consideration of your qualifications to own and operate a business, the feasibility of having your own business, an analysis of the competition you may face and who your potential customers are, how to communicate with potential customers, how to finance a new business, elements of a business plan, how to legally start a business in Oregon, and much more! Come and explore your dream of entrepreneurship.   Participation also qualifies you for free counseling by an appropriate representative of SCORE.  To reserve your spot, send email to, RSVP to the event posting on FACEBOOK, or  stop by the incubator building at 414 so Main ST, Independence.

Social Media as a small business marketing tool
Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30-8:00 pm
414 so Main Street, Independence OR
Instructor: Tim Fahndrich, President and Chief Relationship Officer of the Third River, Inc.  He is passionate about people, relationships, and technology and loves helping businesses and organizations harness the power of the web.
Class Fee: $5.00

You’ve heard the term: Social Media. You’ve heard the phenomenal stories of using internet blogs and marketing campaigns on social networking sites. But what does this really mean? In this class you will learn the basic ingredients of the social media community including Facebook, twitter, linkdin and others. (They are more useful than just getting in touch with your long lost cousins!) This will be 90 minutes of interactive learning with industry specific examples on how these tools are changing small business marketing.  Come and get a good understanding of what all the buzz is about and how these social media applications can be used to market your business to a targeted audience at low or no cost. The class will have limited seating. Bring your laptop if you have one! Send a message to, or RSVP to event posting on FACEBOOK, or stop by the Incubator building  to reserve your spot today!
QuickBooks® – Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Saturday, December 5th, 10:00-11:30 am
414 so Main Street, Independence OR 97351
Instructor: Jackie Brons, Certified Quickbooks ® Proadvisor
Class Fee: $5.00

Save time and money! Why you need a tool like QuickBooks®. What you need to do to get started. This 90 minute seminar will help you to succeed in setting up and using QuickBooks®, or if you already have Quickbooks®, get tips on fine tuning your file for the coming year. QuickBooks® is user friendly for people who do not know or want to know about accounting. Once set up, it is very easy to use and will track every dollar in and out of your business with easy to use reports. Organize your business finances by managing vendors, customers, and employees in one location! This seminar is for any business owner or pre-business owner interested in starting 2010 on the right foot!  Register by sending a note to or RSVP to event on FACEBOOK today!

Free 3-hour patent class today!

By Chemeketa SBDC

If you have  a patent idea, don’t miss this fantastic class:

Please call us if you’d like to register: 503-399-5088.

Free, trustworthy patent information

By Chemeketa SBDC

National patent expert and author, Bob DeMatteis, will be in Salem to offer a free 3-hour seminar about protecting and marketing your inventions.

The presentation will include two topics, All About Patents and Make Money on Your Inventions, which will be offered back-to-back on Tuesday, July 7; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Chemeketa SBDC and will take place at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, 1110 Commercial St NE, Salem, OR (map).

Bob DeMatteis’ book, From Patent to Profit, is among the most highly-regarded patent information sources in the industry. Because patents are such a hot topic, people can fall prey to convincing scams and spend money unnecessarily. Attend this 3 hour presentation and leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to succeed.

Please call Chemeketa SBDC to register: 503-399-5088. Seating is limited. There is no charge for this presentation and Bob DeMatteis’ books will be available for sale.