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If youre still digitizing why

Why would you still be digitizing?  Professionals are just a click away waiting to help you, while you get on with growing your business.

Still digitizing, huh?  Why?  If you’re still digitizing I’m guessing you either enjoy it or feel as if you have no other choice available to you.  I realize there are certain individuals who get satisfaction from creating or reproducing an image by hand.  The very process of plotting or punching points (also known as nodes) can be very time consuming and become a tedious job.  Once you’ve completed a complex or intricate piece of artwork, it’s only natural to feel a sense of pride for a job well done!

I can remember as far back as 1982, when personal computers were just beginning to be introduced into the Awards & Engraving industry.  Digitizing was painful!  This was long before the development of computer aided design (CAD) software.  All drawings had to be created from beginning to end with no mistakes or you had to start all over from the very beginning.  You sure didn’t want the phone to ring or have a customer come through your door while in the middle of any drawing!!

A few years later we were blessed with CAD programs that enabled you to digitize logos and images much faster.  Using software commands to create vectors, curves, ovals, arcs and numerous other short cut keys, allowing you to improve your work and in many cases enhancing the original artwork.  Certainly one of the coolest things was being able to stop, save your work and pick up where you left off at another time.  Whether it was later that day, the next day or sometime the following week.  It was nice to not feel “married” to the system and be able to take a break if needed.

As computers became more and more popular, hardware and software progressed quite rapidly.  It wasn’t long before people were talking about scanning and converting their raster files into vector formats.  Many individuals retired their digitizing pads and began the “on screen” clean up process, believing this was their salvation from the point to point digitizing, we all thought was so nice in the beginning!  Well, I must say for me it lacked the luster some were boasting of over the phone.  Most all tradeshow demonstrations were what I would refer to as, “smoke and mirrors”!

Honestly I thought it was more challenging to scan and clean up my artwork as opposed to simply digitizing it from scratch.  To me it was much easier and faster to continue to use CAD software and turn out a drawing that was much cleaner, with fewer points and maintained a much smaller file size.  Most digitizers were (and are) concerned about the overall byte size of the finished logo.  This was greatly due to the limitations of numerous proprietary systems.  Forcing the digitizer to be mindful of their final output and keeping points to a minimum.

Through the years of now more than two decades, computers and software as we once knew it, has come a long, long way.  We’ve all seen dozens of “state of the art” programs and hardware improvements to fill a small garage!  Yet many of us still find ourselves looking for that “perfect” solution that would allow us to stop fretting over artwork.

Well, my friend … I have a solution for you.  Let me give you an analogy or rather a comparison of digitizing (or scanning, it’s really all very much the same involved process), versus mowing your yard.  Yep, you read it correctly … Digitizing vs. Mowing!

Think about it … just because you can mow your yard, does that mean you should?  (Again, I realize some people get satisfaction and pleasure from mowing, my wife loves to mow our yard).  Much like I stated at the beginning of this article.  You may do it for pleasure or feel as if you’re stuck with it!  You may choose to push mow with your standard hand mower or step up to a riding mower and sit comfortably within the leather seat.  Either way, you’re still “married” to the task at hand.

Digitizing = Hand Mower (push from point to point)

Scanning = Riding Mower (scan across the land)

You’ve heard it and read it many times, “your time is money”.  Most of us at some time or another have chosen to hire someone to do our yard work.  Whether it be mowing or simply raking leaves, we’ve shuffled the chore to another individual or company.  So I pose the question to you, “Why don’t you hire someone else to do your digitizing?”  Choose a respectable service and send your artwork to the professionals for digitization.

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Learn how to dress up your presentation the easy way

Honoring individuals for their achievements may say a great
deal about the person but can also demonstrate the sincere appreciation of the
one awarding and recognizing the recipients’ success.  Everyone enjoys receiving awards and being
recognized for their efforts.  Many times
our trophies and plaques are proudly displayed in a prominent place in the home
or office.  This may be a wall, trophy
case or fireplace mantel that in some environments can represent a small
shrine.

Honoring individuals for their achievements may say a great
deal about the person but can also demonstrate the sincere appreciation of the
one awarding and recognizing the recipients’ success.  Everyone enjoys receiving awards and being
recognized for their efforts.  Many times
our trophies and plaques are proudly displayed in a prominent place in the home
or office.  This may be a wall, trophy
case or fireplace mantel that in some environments can represent a small
shrine.

 

Reflecting back on awards that have captured my attention,
it’s always been the logo or graphic picture that first caught my eye.  After looking at the design (or the structure
of the award itself), I then focus my eyes towards the inscription engraved on
the plaque.

 

There are numerous types of awards from appreciation,
acknowledgement, retirement, sports and more. 
One of the easiest ways to dress up your presentation and make it stand
out among others is done by simply applying graphics to the item you are
presenting.  By adding or implementing a
cool design, you will give more personality to the award and make it more
attractive to the recipient and the individuals who view it.

 

Adding clip art or logos to your presentation can be done at
a small expense and at times even free, while adding value to the award.  Usually the organization or company giving
the presentation has their logo available in print or in a digital format that
can be reproduced easily.  Simply request
to receive their insignia in the computer format you need.  Now days, more and more company’s have their
logo already available on CD that will work within the environment of your
graphics software.  Many times this is
easily downloaded from the associations website or may be emailed directly to
your address.

 

If for some reason a logo or design you wish to reproduce is
not readily available, you can always have it created or have one “digitized”
to meet your needs.  By digitizing
someone’s logo you enable it to be used with certain computer software programs
while at the same time giving way to numerous other applications as well. 

 

For example: If you were in need of reproducing a logo for
use with a laser engraving process, you may have it digitized and supplied to
you in an .EPS format.  This particular
format is one of the more universal files of type, which many of your leading
software programs can import into their layout screen.  Additionally, this type of format can be used
for other types of applications too.  The
key to creating any image is to better understand the application (or process)
in which the design is going to be reproduced. 
If you are unsure, it’s always best to contact a professional digitizing
company to assist you with the production or reproduction of the logo.

 

You can find many sources on the World Wide Web that can
help you from beginning to end, with logo design or clip art images all ready
to engrave or print for most any application. 
The quickest way to locate some of these vendors is by typing in a
“keyword” at any of your favorite search engines search bar. 

 

Example: goto MSN.com and key in the words “laser
engraving”, “logo company” or refine your keywords to a more specific industry
such as, “wedding clip art” or “religious clip art”.

 

By using search engines to “search” for a specific type of
logo or desired application for creating your awards, this enables you to
locate numerous choices much faster and compare their services and/or products
on line.

 

Once you begin to settle in on a company to assist you with
your award creation or logo digitizing process, ask them what other type of
industry applications they service.  One
of the reasons you want to acquire this information is for future uses of your
digitized image.  You may only need to
have your logo laser engraved today however, next time you may need to have a
banner created with the same design.  If
your vendor can create your logo to work with both applications without a
re-work, it may same you time and money for up coming awards and presentations.

 

You don’t need to know every finite detail for dressing up
your presentations.  My suggestion is
that by adding logos or a graphic design to your awardsFind Article, it adds value and
makes your item more attractive. 
Connecting with a cutting edge technology companies will help you create
these types of designs and have your recipients proud to display their trophy
for all to see.

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founder of LogoFax a Logos & Clip
Art site and has created another popular site that shows others how to build a
successful online business.  Go here to find out how you can profit with
his popular free ecourse => Internet Based
Business Opportunity

Aubrey Richardson is the
founder of LogoFax a Logos & Clip
Art site and has created another popular site that shows others how to build a
successful online business.  Go here to find out how you can profit with
his popular free ecourse => Internet Based
Business Opportunity

Promotion of cwi medical staff members

As CWI Medical embarks upon this year, with new and challenging goals set in motion, we are evolving our corporate culture…how we relate to our customers, and how we relate to each other as a team.

Several well-deserved changes have been made among our staff.

As CWI Medical embarks upon this year, with new and challenging goals set in motion, we are evolving our corporate culture…how we relate to our customers, and how we relate to each other as a team.

Several well-deserved changes have been made among our staff.

Shirley Lam, the founding leader of Connetquot West, Inc. has been
President and CEO for the past 15 years. She is moving to the position of Chairman
and Chief Visionary Officer
.  As a high-level in
advisory, we look forward to her vision in helping us move forward. 

Assuming her position is Noah Lam as President and CEO.  Prior, Noah has been Vice President for Connetquot West,
Inc. since 1995.  His leadership
and action-oriented role has contributed great success to the growth of this
company each year, and as the new President and CEO, he is creating great
strides and deploying strategies to bring us further to our goals.

Allison Caprio rejoined our team in 2006 as the Medical Billing
Manager.  A dedicated and valued
asset, we acknowledge her versatility as she has been promoted to General
Manager
, overseeing
the entity as a whole.

Prior to joining our team as a driver in 2005, Mike
Carnesi
’s prior
experience contributed towards his current accolade as our new Warehouse
Manager
.  With a proactive attitude, his
adjustments have contributed to immense improvements to the structure and
practice.

Robert Krum has shown himself as a capable individual, and has been
promoted to Assistant Warehouse Manager.  With
new responsibilities in place, he significantly contributes to our fulfillment
process.

Formerly in the Warehouse Department, Mike Demartini is a welcomed addition to our marketing department
as a Marketing / Graphics Associate.  With a degree in Graphic Design, we are
fortunate to have his remarkable creativity being utilized with our company.

Congratulations to the new well-merited positions.  We are proud to have each of you on our
team!

To learn more about CWI Medical, please visit
us on the web at http://www.cwimedical.com

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CWI Medical, a Health Care Products and Medical Supply company. For more
information regarding the company, please visit http://www.cwimedical.com

What to expect in a customer service course

Businesses that allow their personnel to undergo a customer service course have an advantage over those that do not bother to provide adequate training to their customer service staff.By training staff members under an appropriate customer service course,
management demonstrates its concern not only for their staff but also
for the customers themselves.

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Sheila Mulrennan is a business author and journalist who regularly
contributes articles on Management, Personal Development and  customer service course  to leading business publications.  Visit  www.professionaldevelopment.ie for more information.

Businesses that allow their personnel to undergo a customer service course have an advantage over those that do not bother to provide adequate training to their customer service staff. As businesses grow, the training of frontline personnel becomes a critical area that may determine how much a business will prosper. By training staff members under an appropriate customer service course, management demonstrates its concern not only for their staff but also for the customers themselves.

Customer service is a critical area in many enterprises as it can make or break day-to-day business transactions. There have been numerous cases where key business relationships unduly dissolved only because of a less than responsive customer service. Good customer service will always be in demand and is a must for businesses across all industries.

As we expound the virtues of developing a customer service oriented enterprise through staff training, it is equally important to determine the right blend of training that will yield the best results for particular businesses. Some course contents for customer service are too superficial for certain applications while there are others that are, in a manner of speaking, overkill for other businesses.

Nevertheless, the basic skills and knowledge required to develop proficiency in customer service should be contained in the training course’s syllabus or course outline. There are several things that one should expect in choosing an appropriate training course.

Course Content

The following points should always be present in a customer service course:

Focusing on the customer. The course should always put an emphasis on putting the customer first. This is the core of customer service.

Improving communication skills. Staff members who interact with clients must demonstrate impressive communication skills. Key facets of business communication must be tackled namely, email correspondences, telephone interaction and face-to-face communication.

Handling of difficult customers and genuine complaints. Complaints are indicative that something is not to the satisfaction or expectation of the client and should be handled judiciously and effectively. Properly, timely and professionally settling an issue raised by a customer, unruly or otherwise, saves the company from having to perform problematic and costly damage control later should the matter grow and remain unresolved.

Excellence in customer relationship management. The ability to build and manage valuable customer relationships is the cornerstone of excellence in customer service. Customer relationships go beyond mere superficial interaction and put the customer at the center of the successes achieved by the business.

Other Course Essentials

Apart from the essential course content enumerated above, other important things to consider in selecting a customer service training program includes the quality of the course materials, simulation activities, pre and post training assessment, follow up trainings and, when appropriate, a customer service proficiency certification.

A customer service course is a valuable investment into human resources towards achieving business excellence. When these items and course components are present in the customer service course being consideredPsychology Articles, the company’s management may rest assured that the training will have desirable results towards a better overall customer experience.

How to write a proposal qualifying your leads and bidno bid decisions for your business proposal

From our series of articles on how to write a proposal we look at qualifying opportunities and making bid/no bid decisions before you write a business proposal.

Once we have an opportunity we need to decide whether it is a viable one for us to actively pursue. Having meetings with clients, preparing a written proposal, travelling to a presentation and all the other costs of gaining business are just one aspect. It may be that the opportunity isn’t quite right for you – it may not be your core competence or could be a distraction from a more important project or prospect. Maybe you know that your competition is in prime position for this piece of work and you feel that this project \”has their name\” all over it (we’ll look at that problem in a later article) and that it simply isn’t worth you writing a proposal.

So how do you decide whether to bid or not? The danger is that you make an emotional decision to bid and write a proposal, even though it may not be the right opportunity for the business, after all you have put in the effort to find or create the lead. You should go through this process even if a client organisation has given you a \”hot\” lead and asked you to respond to their RFP or tender document.

You need to qualify your lead all the way through the sales process – from the initial prospecting to just before the submission of the proposal. At Learn to Write Proposals we have our Bid Qualification Toolkit to help you make those decisions and it helps you in two ways.

Firstly, the Bid Qualification Engine helps you measure the probability of your success in a particular opportunity, but this isn’t a one-time thing that might stop your business development in its tracks…every time you qualify the opportunity you are identifying strengths and weaknesses in your capture planning strategy (our next article will look at capture planning in more detail and how you can develop a strategy to help you win work). Identifying weaknesses in you position (and the potential impact of those weaknesses) early on in the business development process helps you overcome them and make your proposal and position stronger.

Secondly, the Bid/No-Bid matrix helps you make an objective decision about the viability of an opportunity.

Any sort of formal qualifying process is important and should be done regularly throughout the development process. Why? Because it will help inform you about your progress and also will help you if your bid is unsuccessful and an analysis and report has to be made of what went wrong. If you can show that you followed a structured process of identifying potential problems and mitigating themArticle Search, it helps feed into improving how you go about writing business proposals and winning work.

This is the second in a short series of articles from http://www.learntowriteproposals.com examining how to write a proposal.

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Learn to Write Proposals is the leading Internet business proposal resource center.
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A nature writing contest

This writing contest invites entries from any writer of English,  – short fiction, non-fiction, or poetry (500-2500 words) on a theme of nature or deep ecology. 

short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry

First Prize $500
Two Second Prizes of $100 each

Entries are now invited for the EV nature writing contest.  Only winners will be notified and entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

The deadline for receipt of entries falls on October 15 (of each year).

The EV nature writing contest is held to support the cause of writing on the subject of nature and deep ecology.  Any outstanding proceeds support the EV project.

First prize: $500.
Second and third prizes: $100 each.
Two (or more) honorable mentions.

This contest is open to any writer in English producing an original short piece of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry on a theme of nature, deep ecology, spiritual ecology, or any work that has some element of nature woven into it.
Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry (poetry can be smaller).  One title per entry, you can enter as many times as you like, new entry fee to accompany each entry.
Winners will retain all rights, and will be invited to post their entries on the Earth Vision website.

Entry fee: $12 (U.S.)
You can either donate $12, or purchase two or more E-books from the Earth Vision site (at $6 each).

Instructions:

– there is no form for this contest.

– peruse the Earth Vision material  – either by reading the excerpts on the site, or buying any two of the E-books.

– either donate $12 through the “donation” link on the EV site  – or purchase two or more E-books from the five available on the site  – then email your entry through the address below, as either a Word, or PDF document.

Email (available on the contest page of the site – follow directions)

– enter \”EV contest\” on the subject line of your email  – and remember to attach your entry.

– include a cover page with title, contact, and author information, plus a short biography.

The deadline falls each year on Oct 15th.

Only winning entries will be notified. 
Winners will be posted on this site by November 15th.

Explore more at  – The Earth Vision Writing ContestFree Web Content, on the Earth Vision website.

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Josef Graf is the coordinator of Insight21 and the sister site, Earth Vision  – doorways for the 21st Century.

Always think about traffic safety

Every day, people operate deadly machinery without thinking about it. While driving is an ingrained part of our culture, and can be a very pleasurable experience, one should never forget the reality of the situation: when you drive, you’re hurtling a several-ton piece of metal down a narrow pathway at high speeds, sometimes just feet away from other several-ton pieces of metal. If you don’t pay attention to traffic safety, this can become a dangerous situation quite quickly. The following tips, however, will help you to get a handle on safe driving. Buckle Up!

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Every day, people operate deadly machinery without thinking about it. While driving is an ingrained part of our culture, and can be a very pleasurable experience, one should never forget the reality of the situation: when you drive, you’re hurtling a several-ton piece of metal down a narrow pathway at high speeds, sometimes just feet away from other several-ton pieces of metal. If you don’t pay attention to traffic safety, this can become a dangerous situation quite quickly. The following tips, however, will help you to get a handle on safe driving.

Buckle Up!

It may seem obvious, but it’s something many people overlook and one of the first things that professional driving instructors are taught to drill into a student’s head. However, one must remember that the primary function of a seat belt is to save lives, and it does that quite admirably. Statistically speaking, your odds of surviving a traffic accident nearly double when you wear a seat belt, and even in minor collisions, they can drastically reduce your chance of incurring neck or back injuries.

Pay Attention to the Road

While car phones were first introduced, it was thought to be absurd that some people were daring enough to talk on the phone while driving at the same time. Today, however, the trend has grown to an amazing degree and people are doing everything imaginable as they take to the road – putting on makeup, talking on cell phones, typing and reading text messages, you name it! Clearly, this is not safe behavior, and for the driver who wants to be really safe, it’s best not to even go down this road at all. That means, pay full attention to the road when you’re driving, and don’t even answer your cell phone. There will always be time later.

Form Good Habits

A lot of poor driving just stems from bad habits developed during the period during which people are learning to drive. Therefore, if you want to be a truly safe driver, it’s best to learn defensive driving from the very beginning. It’s hard to get rid of bad habits once they’re formed, so if you haven’t learned to drive yet, or even if you have, you might try seeking out professional driving lessons to get a better handle on what you’re doing.

Watch Your Emotions

If there’s one thing certain about driving, it’s that at some point, someone is going to make you angry. Whether they cut you off with haphazard lane-changing, or just honk at you needlessly when you’re already having a bad day, it’s all too easy to lose your cool on the road. Unfortunately, this often leads to serious consequences, and in many cases of unchecked “road rage”, has ended up in death or life imprisonment. This may seem like a somber statement, but it just goes to show that the responsibility one must take for one’s choices is only increased when one is operating a motor vehicle. Many experts suggest using the “one year rule” when you feel angry on the road. Ask yourself whether or not the incident that just raised your ire is something that will matter to you a year into the future. Overwhelmingly, it will be the case that it will notFree Web Content, and this realization will help you to regain your cool when you need it most.

Give your clients what they really want

What do your clients really want? That certainly is the million-dollar question for anyone in the “expertise” business.
The problem is that there are a lot of “experts” out there today. Think about …

What do your clients really want? That certainly is the million-dollar question for anyone in the “expertise” business.

The problem is that there are a lot of “experts” out there today. Think about how many invites you receive to conferences, teleseminars, webinars, Twitter conferences and every other imaginable type of live and virtual event. Your clients are just as bombarded. And, we’ve all had the experience of participating in a program that just didn’t deliver on what was promised in the marketing materials.

Your clients probably don’t want to attend another program that gives them information without enabling them to take action. They surely don’t want to waste their time in a “free” teleseminar that turns out to be nothing more than a marketing pitch. I’ve noticed something lately, especially with clients that have been online for awhile. They’re getting frustrated and fatigued with all the blueprints, boot camps, formulas and information products that are out there. Today more than ever, your clients demand something more from you.

What do your clients really want?  I believe that clients seek out experts like you for one or more of the following five reasons:

1. Your clients want answers. Your clients are looking for you to provide new information and fresh perspectives to help them address their burning questions. They know what their problems are, but can’t quite come up with the solutions on their own. That’s where your knowledge, expertise and guidance come into play.

2. Your clients want to be led. Of course, you can’t give your clients the answers…they need to discover them for themselves. Your role is to guide your clients through the process of uncovering their own answers and solutions. And, when your clients hit a rough patch in applying what they’ve learned, they should be able to count on you to lead them through it.

3. Your clients want to be inspired to change. Many of your clients are probably trying to make some sort of major transformation in their lives. Change can be frustrating, even overwhelming. As a coach, consultant, trainer or advisor, you can provide the inspiration that helps your clients transform their beliefs, their business…even their lives.

4. Your clients want to be forced to implement. I often think that coaches and advisors wouldn’t be needed if it were as easy to implement as it is to come up with great ideas. But, we all know that’s not the case. Your clients sign up for your program because they feel you can help them implement positive change faster and more efficiently than they can do it alone. Perhaps most importantly, they are counting on you (and perhaps the group dynamic of your program) to hold them accountable to achieving their goals.

5. Your clients want to create something. This one goes hand-in-hand with the desire to implement and transform. After participating in your program, your clients want to be able to create something. Your role in the process is to provide a nurturing environment that enables participates to translate their passions into actions, their ideas into a roadmap for success.

When you focus your offers on giving clients what it is they truly want and need, you will create loyal fans and amazing results.  So as you plan your 2010 offerings (products, services and programs) make sure to focus on addressing the five primary needs of your clients.

Where will you lead them?  What answers can you provide access to?  How can you create an inspiring, transformative experience?  What will you guide them to create?

The solution that has worked for me and many of my clients is the development of what I call “signature programs” — unique, focused, learning experiences that help clients achieve their high-value goals. Signature programs can be delivered live or virtually, in groups or one on oneFree Web Content, and via a combination of methods. The most important thing is that you take your unique expertise and skills and develop an experience that addresses the five primary client needs. 

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College students find innovation to be win win at collegiate inventors competition

A student of industrial design at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign was the first undergraduate to share the grand prize
for the Collegiate Inventors Competition in its 19-year history.

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Collegiate Inventors Competition, Collegiate Inventors, Inventors Competition

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Nicole Hait is the Communications Director at InventHelp, America’s leading invention company. She has appeared on programs such as “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” and “The Jay Thomas Show” as an invention industry expert.

If you’re looking for a company to work with your invention, don’t be lured by the sweet-talking guarantees of a dishonest inventor service firm. For more information on avoiding scams, please visit our InventHelp Scam FAQs, or subscribe to our InventHelp Scam Watch for more general consumer fraud information.

Stephen Diebold, 21, accepted a total of $27,000 in prize money in late 2009 for inventing an improved pointing stick for those who have quadriplegia or who otherwise cannot use their arms. Called the Drop Point, this innovative design is a pointer mounted on a cup that is hung around the user’s neck. A simple movement of the chin enables the person to “shrug” the pointer into a position so it can be used for typing or using a phone.

Typically, those with quadriplegia used a pointer mounted on their head, or they gripped one in their teeth – methods that would require assistance from others to use – and in the case of the pointer held in the mouth, precluding conversation while using the pointer. Stephen Diebold, who hopes his invention will provide a better solution, has since been awarded a patent pending for the Drop Point.

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Collegiate Inventors Competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Abbott Fund. Begun in 1990, the program now has more than 60 colleges and universities that participate. Individual students or teams of up to four student inventors work closely with faculty advisors to develop and refine their inventions before the mid-year entry deadline.

The rigors of the Collegiate Inventors Competition encourages participants to develop skills and acquire expertise in all facets of the invention business: in addition to refining their inventions and creating prototypes or working models, student inventors are also expected to search the USPTO database for existing patents of inventions that might be similar to their own, termed “prior art.” They must then write a report for the judges on what distinguishes their invention from any inventions uncovered by their rudimentary searches.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is one of many programs developed by the USPTO to nurture and inspire innovation in children and young adults. The agency oversees and partially funds the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, which operates children’s camps and after-school clubs in cooperation with a network of corporate sponsors.

Things you should be finding while conducting a property inspection

When property hunting, it’s a good idea to have a home inspection on any house you are thinking of purchasing. A property inspection is likely to allow you to agree to if the residence you are acquiring is in fine condition. These are a couple of beneficial ideas that may help you know what to look for in a home inspection.

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This article was written by Lisa Udy, Principal Broker of Platinum Real Estate Group. Lisa serves buyers and sellers with all of their real estate needs. If you are in need of an experienced Logan UT real estate agent to help purchase Hyrum Utah homes for sale, please visit Lisa’s real estate websites.

After many months of searching for houses, you finally discovered a house that meets your needs, and today you are under contract. In nearly all of the real estate purchase contracts, there may be a condition in there that gives you a due diligence term. Due diligence is a time period that allows you to make certain the property you’re buying is in decent condition. Throughout the due diligence phase, nearly all home purchasers seek  an experienced home inspector to go all through the house and see if they can discover any complications with the residence just before it’s bought. But a lot of home buyers think, what precisely is occurring throughout a home inspection, and what do I do if there’s a obstacle?
Those concerns can be solved when chatting with your REALTOR and house inspector, but here are some items you may perhaps want to think about. house inspections fluctuate from state to state and from inspector to inspector. If you want to get a sufficient property inspection, it is normally a sensible notion to talk to your real estate agent about property inspectors they approve of. Real estate agents typically have a couple favored inspectors they can refer you to and then you should examine those inspectors to get a complete understanding of the offerings they provide. 
Whenever interviewing a property inspector, in order to decide if the features they provide are going to be beneficial for your wants, here are a few questions you should think about. Inquire the inspector what kind of organizations they are members of, the number of years they have been in the business, and what type of tools they have presented. Ask how they do their documenting and what sort of rates are related to a general inspection as well as other commodities they might offer you outside of their typical inspection services. 
Objects a house inspector ought to always verify during an inspection involve structural elements of the property such as foundation, paint, siding, roofing, and inside walls. They should check the exterior integrity such as landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, fence, sidewalks, doors, and windows. Other essential home inspection objects are plumbing, electrical, appliances, furnace, air conditioner, and any moving components of a house. 
When your home inspection is finished, it’s up to you to decide if the required repairs are worth doing on your own or asking the property seller to foot the bill. Speak with your real estate agent about what exactly is normal in your town, and see how you can negotiate the repairs to best suite your needs. Real estate inspections need to be done on any property you are going to buy, they can help save you a massive nightmare in the time to comeFree Web Content, and you can never predict what could be wrong with a house.

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