Attaining the money it takes to invest into ideas and launch them into the phases of prototypes and searching for investors is hard work, and not achieved by many. But 3D printing has helped change that reality for many inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs. Wes Kouba from Dallas, TX had his great idea four years ago after a record breaking, devastating tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, AL, leaving many trapped in storm shelters with three feet of debris on top of them. Wes wondered if there was a solution that allowed shelter and safety, without leaving people trapped underground.
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Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.
A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class. Read More »
For 82-year-old small business owner Newt Malerman, finding his mentor was a serendipitous event. Over the course of his life, Newt had shifted career paths six or seven times without much hesitation. But when faced with a business venture that led him into unchartered waters, he began drowning in his own fear and self-doubt. A mentor came to his rescue and offered him a lifeline.
While Newt had a history of owning small businesses, most of them had been within his comfort zone. His first love was art. He attended art school and after graduation, followed a natural progression. Newt became an artist, an art teacher and eventually, transitioned to become president of a graphic arts/embroidery business. When the business transferred overseas and he lost his job, Newt returned to his first love, opening an art gallery with his wife and fellow artist. Read More »
This year marks the second annual National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. The month was created to highlight the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it can have on youth. However, recent research has shown that mentorship can also play a role in the success of small business owners.
Starting a business can be challenging and oftentimes a new business owner may not know all the answers. For a small business owner, a close mentoring relationship provides the benefit of having a different experience or knowledge base to draw from. Mentors can help look at problems and situations from different perspectives and have expertise that can provide insight to people just starting out.