Since their inception in 1972, Nottingham Spirk has secured over 1,000 commercialized patents, and they have helped to form new consumer product companies such as Little Tikes, Dirt Devil, and SpinBrush. In the last few years, the firm has been focused on bleeding edge medical start-ups that change patients' lives, including two companies that were recently purchased by Medtronic and Cardinal Health. In addition, they have established relationships with over 100 global manufacturing and materials partners, a critical success factor in their impressive commercialization rate.
"A good time was had by all!"
The annual Nuts & Bolts Bash, presented for the fourth year in a row by Spooner Incorporated, is WIRE-Net's signature fundraiser that launches our giving season with generous sponsorships and donations of in-kind prizes or cash contributions invested in our mission-driven activities. We're pleased to announce that on October 5th you helped us raise over $24,000 in net revenue, breaking budget expectations!
The votes have been cast and a new favorite was chosen. But, before we get to that . . .
We know the real reason people come to WIRE-Net Networking events is to make business connections, and Tuesday's event at Great Lakes Brewing Company, part of the series sponsored by Boondock Walker, was no exception.
Networking is essential for growing your personal and professional brand. Networking is a competency and a process that needs to be honed and crafted in order to be successful. Although it seems "second nature" to many, the most successful business people have a good amount of strategy behind their networking process.
Relationship-building is essential in the manufacturing sales process, and LinkedIn has opened the door for people to connect with countless business contacts around the globe in an instant.
"I was impressed with the amount of collaborative capability that was available at CWRU as well as their focus on being available to local companies."
– WIRE-Net Event Attendee
We had to get VISAs and our passports stamped to cross over the Cuyahoga River and enter University Circle, but our visit to Case Western Reserve University opened our eyes to think beyond the possible, the CWRU tagline. Our 42 event attendees expected to see lots of capabilities, but were most impressed by the welcome and collaborative spirit they found.