An Islandwide inventors’ club was established recently from individual clubs for Nassau and Suffolk counties and will be sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College.
The Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the SBDC Conference Center on campus. The free event is open to inventors.
The club will meet the second Wednesday of each month on campus.
The group replaces the Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club and the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, which began in 2007 and 2012 respectively.
The clubs were sponsored by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency and the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, which each provided meeting space and help with registration and publicity.
Both clubs were started by Melville inventor Brian Fried, who will continue to organize and run the monthly meetings.
He said more than 6,000 people had attended club meetings in the past decade. Many were seeking advice about patent protection, commercialization of inventions, licensing of inventions and opening a business.
“I’ve always wanted one club for the Island, and it makes sense to work with the Small Business Development Center because they can help an idea person open a business,” said Fried, who has invented several household products that he has either manufactured or licensed for sale in chain stores.
Erica Chase-Gregory, SBDC regional director, said the center’s business advisers treat their conversations with entrepreneurs as confidential, so inventors need not worry about their ideas being stolen.
“We can help inventors write a business plan, find alternative funding, apply for technology research grants and explore how to get their idea into the marketplace,” she said. “This is an opportunity for us to help more entrepreneurs.”
Chase-Gregory also said Farmingdale State students are welcome to attend club meetings.
To register, call 934-420-2765.