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What does the future look like for a young person in Kokomo?

November 24, 2012

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A young person who called himself “twentysomething” wrote about what it is like to be a young person in Kokomo. His comments were on the website notinkokomo.com. His main concerns were about finding work in Kokomo once he finished his schooling as a carpenter. Splash ! Kokomo posted a response as follows: Twentysomething, Thank you […]

Mind your own business…in Kokomo!

November 24, 2012

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Have you considered starting a business enterprise in the City of Firsts?  If so, you may very well become part of the “entrepreneurial explosion” that is taking place in Kokomo. You really should mind your own business, you know…that is, in Kokomo! Whether your interest is in wholesale distribution, small manufacturing or owning a franchise, […]

Kokomo’s Kokoman

November 24, 2012

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Awhile back I called Comics Cubed in Kokomo, Indiana, because I wanted to know if any of their staff members wrote comic books. I learned by talking with ‘groovy’ Shawn Hilton, that two of their faithful customers dabble in comic book creation. Their names are Eric Hobbs and Paul Allor. They keep Pat Munsey’s comic […]

Made in Kokomo

November 24, 2012

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      Homegrown sophistication is one of Kokomo’s greatest assets. From the Hand Sewn Leather by Robert Jones to the AndyMark robotics enterprise…Kokomo is producing. Local ingenuity can be as intricate as the artistic design of an individual leather knife sheath or as multifaceted as an internationally-sold component for mobility robotics. Yet each item […]

Why Choose Kokomo?

November 24, 2012

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by Linda Burris Jim Harter, Zuna Infotech’s chief operating officer confidently explains his company’s decision to relocate from California to Kokomo. “The resources and people I needed were all in one spot.” Harter’s recognition of Kokomo’s unique capacity to meet that “business essential” of centrality is well founded, because Kokomo is uniquely positioned in that […]

Now, here’s an idea…

November 24, 2012

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My husband Don loves to play board games. Stratego. Chess. Checkers. Monopoly. Risk. He enjoys card games, too, like Rook. That is why he went to the Kokomo Area Board Gamer’s Association’s (KABGA) meeting awhile back. Here is their facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kokomo-Area-Board-Gamers-Association-KABGA/174853570307. Well, actually, ‘meeting’ is too strong of a word. You see, everyone was […]

Where in the World of Kokomo is Clifford the Big Red Dog? (Repost in honor of Clifford’s 50th birthday)

October 19, 2012

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Except for the sign along the road, I would not have known about Kokomo’s connection with Clifford, the Big Red Dog. There is no landmark, no statue, and no park. There is no Clifford. Where in the world of Kokomo is Clifford the Big Red Dog? Sigh. But, wait! This ‘problem’ is an entrepreneurial open […]

Wondering about the next step for your invention idea? Here are some tips from David Woll and the Indiana Inventors Association!

September 2, 2012

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(portions reprinted with permission from the Indiana Inventors Association September 2012 newsletter) Are you wondering about the next step for your invention idea? The following summary should be quite helpful to you and includes contact information as well: The August 2012 meeting of the Indiana Inventors Association, which was held in Greenwood, IN, featured David […]

Scrabble Innovation and Entrepreneurship

August 24, 2012

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My husband Don amazes me. He is a great strategist. He loves Stratego and Chess, and, well most games. Scrabble, though, has not always been his favorite. He is not partial to word games due to his dyslexia. Spelling for him is a real challenge. But, Don and I have been known to change the […]

Hey, that was my idea!

March 26, 2012

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by Peter Lloyd, reprinted by permission from IdeaConnection (February 22, 2012) Whenever I see an idea as simple as wheels on luggage, I wonder what took so long. Why didn’t someone invent this obvious convenience long ago? Looking into such a question always turns up a lesson or two about invention. Here are four. The […]

Artists assisting artists

January 30, 2012

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(reprinted with permission from IdeaConnection) January 18, 2012. By Peter Lloyd Art, just like invention, begins as a product of the mind. Then—whether a creative person plays the bassoon, invents a smartphone, sings an aria, spins a pot, formulates a theory, or leaps off a pommel horse—the body of the creator always seems to be […]

Opalescent Glass Important to Kokomo

January 20, 2012

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by John Floyd (originally posted on KokomoPerspective.com and used with the permission of the Perspective) There is a new economic Sheriff in town, and his name is John O’Donnell, owner and Chief Executive Officer of Kokomo Opalescent Glass. John purchased KOG approximately two years ago, and has been the catalyst for change in the way […]

Need Ideas and In-Depth Discussion? Sponsor an Idea Rally

January 20, 2012

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(reprinted with permission from IdeaConnection) Are you interested in emerging thoughts and ideas focused on your key R&D interests? Sponsor your own Idea Rally and receive hundreds of ideas and in-depth discussion. It is like going to a conference where you have 200 experts that you can talk with, but you direct the conversation. IdeaConnection […]

The Creative Young Entrepreneur – Joe Russeau

January 19, 2012

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Splash ! Kokomo recently interviewed a former student of Don Connelly, Founder, Entrepreneurship Educational Services, Inc. (EES). Connelly is currently instructing 12 students at Inventrek on Tuesday evenings in a course entitled, “The Entrepreneurial Recipe Online”. Joe Russeau, Process Analyst at Precision Analytical Laboratory, Inc., at 4106 Cartwright Drive, Ste. A, Kokomo, IN, (765) 455-1993, […]

It only takes a spark to get an idea going – entrepreneurial course begins

January 18, 2012

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What happens when ideas are shared and actions are taken? This time around, the result was an entrepreneurial beta project with 12 possible future entrepreneurs in attendance. On Tuesday evening, January 17, at 6 pm, Inventrek hosted the first class of The Entrepreneurial Recipe Online, a 6-week course taught by Don Connelly, Founder, Entrepreneurship Educational […]

Top 10 business ideas and opportunities for 2012

January 12, 2012

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(reprinted with permission from springwise.com) We’ve selected 10 new business ideas that will provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration in 2012. Spotted from countries all around the world, these businesses offer a taste of what’s to come in the year ahead. We hope that you’ll find these concepts as inspiring as we do, and that […]

“The Entrepreneurial Recipe Online” beta project to be offered at Inventrek in Kokomo

December 8, 2011

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Thinking about starting your own business? Want to be a part of a 6-week course that will teach entrepreneurial skills? Here is your opportunity to learn key concepts that will benefit your new business enterprise! Course Title: The Entrepreneurial Recipe Online (beta project) Dates: Six consecutive Tuesday evenings (beginning January 17, 2012) Time: 6 pm […]

Turning Waste into Value

November 9, 2011

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Winnovation: Rowan Gibson’s November Column November 4, 2011. By Rowen Gibson (reprinted with permission from IdeaConnection.) Stephen Johnson’s excellent book “Where Good Ideas Come From” devotes a lot of ink (or pixels if you prefer the digital version) to the correlations between the way we innovate in business and culture and the patterns of innovation […]

Holy cows and Thanksgiving geese

November 4, 2011

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Part I – Personal experience When we first moved to Kokomo, several geese visited our retention pond which was located off our back yard. I was mesmerized by these beautiful creatures. I thrilled at their honking. They were marvelous in my eyes, and I remember thanking God for them! In fact, I called the county […]

OK–now put on your thinking cap, Kokomo! (Or, should we say, “Bump it up, Kokomo, even in a recession!”)

October 28, 2011

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(Real-life inspiration for innovators in a recession…in Kokomo, Indiana! These inventions were relatively simple, but very well received by the public for their usefulness. What invention have you got mulling around in your mind during these hard economic times?) Rebounding in a Recession The Tale of Two Hair Tools (reprinted from Inventor’s Digest; used by […]