As an inventor, when we come up with an idea, it can be challenging and lonely navigating through the steps of bringing your ideas to reality. That’s why the National Inventor Club was “invented”, for you to become part of a community of like minded inventors and resources for inventors to help each other keep our invention journey moving forward, together.
As inventors, we create opportunities! In 2020 our club faced the challenge of remaining together, meeting in person and testing our meetings online virtually. I realized that I could invite anyone in the world to join our meetings and then converted our Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club into where you and I are today… The National Inventor Club.
Since I started running these clubs, we have attracted over 10,000 unique attendees over the 14 years! Our monthly meetings included introductions, guest speakers, Q&A sessions and networking.We have hosted guest speakers related to topics like, Intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, crowdfunding, engineers, 3D printing and prototyping, manufacturers, licensees from various industries and As Seen on TV marketers and motivational and inspirational speakers.
We always have amazing participation and audience support when we hosted our Inventor Showcases, where inventors had a chance to present their ideas with no judgement, only feedback and support and to practice their pitches to the public! Our group has been featured in NY Times, covered by various TV stations, media outlets, and have had the privilege of hosting the US Patent and Trademark Office officials at our club!
I’m proud to continue my quest to provide resources to the inventor industry with launching this new national platform. Please join me.
Thank you… and keep on inventing!
Founder and President
National Inventor Club
Executive Director (JCEDC)
Juneau County Economic Development Corporation
Patent & Trademark Resource Center Representative &
Librarian At The Smithtown Library In New York
Founder & President
Brian Fried is a serial inventor with many of his inventions reaching audiences through mass retail, As Seen On TV, home shopping channels, catalogs and online retailers through product and brand licensing and manufacturing. He is the author of “Inventing Secrets Revealed” and “You & Your Big Ideas,” and has been featured in the media including; New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Newsday, Inventors Digest, CBS News, Food Network and WPIX11. Brian is the host of Got Invention Radio, interviewing high profile guests including the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Lori Greiner from ABC’s Shark Tank, and over 150 individual interviews.
Brian mentors and represents individual inventors and celebrities at all stages of the invention process, providing feedback, product development, licensing representation and turnkey solutions to make ideas a reality as CEO of his company Inventor Smart. He is considered an authority and advocate for inventors within the invention community and has been requested as a guest speaker on innovation and invention at major trade shows, government agencies, schools and libraries throughout the country.
He is the creator and instructor of Inventor Class, an online e-learning course and launched the Got Invention Show, interviewing inventors to help promote their journey as an inventor and their inventions. He founded and continues to serve as President of Long Island’s Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, one of the largest in the country, now our National Inventor Club. He is the recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award, and Proclamations for his community influence.
Terry Whipple has a passion for creating a contagious environment for entrepreneurship! He is also adamant that the Midwest needs to foster a culture of entrepreneurism in order to compete in the 21st century economy.
Terry is the Executive Director of the Juneau County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) and former president of the 7 Rivers Region. He is a seasoned professional with practical experience in a plethora of business applications including business start-up and turn-around, mergers and acquisitions and maximizing business opportunities via trends research. He is skilled in strategic planning, management, negotiations, sales and marketing and an expert in presentations, public speaking, team building and networking.
He has been applying his experience in corporate turn-arounds to revitalizing Juneau County and its rural communities.
A bridge-builder and collaborator, Terry received the SBA’s Region V and Wisconsin 2005 Home-Based Business Champion of the Year Award. He also received the Wisconsin 2005 Innovation Champion Award for the development of innovative new programs as well as the 7 Rivers Region Pyramid Award. In 2009, Terry was presented the International Economic Development Council Award for Innovative entrepreneurial programs. He has served as an independent business consultant specializing in work with distressed small businesses and currently maintains his own private consulting business.
His current appointments include:
● President of the 7 Rivers Alliance 2009, Current Board Member
● President of iLEAD Entrepreneurial/Leadership Charter School
● Chair for the 7 Rivers Economic Development Group
● Advisory Board – State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections
● Wisconsin Government Contracting/Appropriations Advisory Committee developing a strategic plan to bring more federal dollars to Wisconsin
● Board of Directors and Facilitator for the Juneau County Inventor & Entrepreneur Club
● Consultant to the State of Wisconsin for the development of the 42 plus WI I&E Clubs
● Advisory Board – Western Technical College
● Board of Directors Juneau County Revolving Loan Fund
● Board of Directors Juneau County Housing Committee
● Board of Directors International Trade, Business and Economic Council
He has received awards and recognition for his work and passion for entrepreneurism by the:
● International Economic Development Council, Award 2009, Entrepreneur Programs
● 7 Rivers Alliance, Pyramid Award 2008
● SBA Region 5, 2005 Home-Based Business Champion
● SBA State of Wisconsin 2005 Home-Based Business Champion
● 2005 Wisconsin Innovator of the Year
● 2004 Top Rural Initiative Award for innovative practices in rural development from Wisconsin Rural Partners at the Wisconsin Community Leadership summit.
Terry attended Utah State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University. He lives in rural Tomah with his wife and three daughters.
William Salas has aided over 900 inventors and entrepreneurs since opening The Smithtown Libray Patent and Trademark Resource Center in 2013. His work includes training inventors how to perform a preliminary patentability search for their invention, demonstrating how to use the Unites State Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Electronic Search System and offering general intellectual property protection assistance.
William has a B.A. in English from Stony Brook University, an MLS from St. John’s University and he is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
Walter has been a Business Advisor with SBDC since 1998. He originally worked at the Staten Island office and has been at the Farmingdale SBDC since January 2002. Walter was twice the recipient of the highest awards given by the New York State SBDC system, winning the New York State Star Performer Award in 2007 and 2010. He also won the NY State SBDC Counselor of the Year Award in 2006, 2014, 2015 and also again in 2020, as a part time counselor. .In 2000 he was recognized by the Staten Island Advance and the Staten Island Chamber for his role in a project that resulted in amending a federal regulation. This accomplishment was credited with impacting the continued operation of 32 small businesses and saving 190 jobs along the northeast corridor from Maine to Maryland. For this effort he received the NAMTAC Award for the “Outstanding Project of the Year” in 2000.
He has been credited with advising over 2,000 businesses since his tenure with the SBDC which resulted in over 800 new startup businesses creating 2,5002 jobs and investing over $185,000,000 of economic impact into the economy. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, The Long Island Business Exchange, The Business Resource Group, the Nassau County Inventor and Entrepreneur Club and The Safe Water Source, a charitable organization.
He obtained advanced certified advisor status with the SBDC in May of 2011. Before joining the SBDC, he worked for many years in the toy industry as a retail store buyer. He has also been a principal partner in two businesses: New York Business Brokers Inc., and R and M Toy Sales.
He received a B.B.A. from Hofstra University in 1972. He and his family reside in Farmingdale.