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Finding Local USA Manufacturers and Resources Available For Inventors and Entrepreneurs with


For over 120 years, Thomas has served as North America’s number one industrial sourcing platform and marketing powerhouse. Cathy Ma will present inventors invaluable information on how to find and research potential partners for making your prototype, finding engineers, CAD drawings (3d drawings) contract manufacturers for production, answer your questions about what the differences are between distributors, manufacturers, wholesalers using the Thomasnet platform.

Cathy will also demonstrate how to actually navigate through their website and prepare you for this part of the invention process. With one million user sessions each month, is the world’s preferred resource for building and securing supply chains that require specialized parts, materials, components, equipment and more.

For inventors and entrepreneurs, it’s a destination rich with information and potential partners to turn their ideas into successful businesses. Whether looking to build a prototype, find contract manufacturers, conduct market research, or create buzz on their new ventures, ThomasNet can help. Great information and resources for inventors and entrepreneurs at all levels.

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Cathy Ma is the VP of Platform Growth and Engagement for Thomas, North America’s number one industrial sourcing and marketing platform. She is a former Wikipedia sociologist and an international growth leader with 15+ years of experience developing audience strategies across global organizations, such as Moody’s Analytics, Interbrand, and Yahoo. Her recent research on COVID-19’s impacts on manufacturing was cited in Design News, EE Times, and McKinsey’s industry analysis.

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Starts Thursday February 24th 2022 @ 8pm EST, 5pm PST