Inventors Conference 2017

I am committed to helping Wyoming's small business owners and inventors succeed in today's rapidly changing marketplace. That means bringing information about the patent process and procurement opportunities to your doorstep. Every year I host a number of conferences that will help open doors for your business or help make your idea a reality. For more information about my small business and inventors conferences, please contact my Small Business Legislative Assistant, Natalia Riggin at (202) 224-3424 or

This year's Inventors Conference will be held October 21, 2017 at Eastern Wyoming College. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The agenda is below. 

“From Your Garage to the Assembly Line”
Senator Enzi’s 2017 Inventors Conference
Eastern Wyoming College
3200 W C Street
Torrington, Wyoming
October 21, 2017




7:30 AM            Registration for Conference Opens
Participants may also pre-register by contacting Karen McCreery at 307-527-9444 or by emailing

8:30 AM            Conference Opening: U. S. Senator Mike Enzi

                           Master of Ceremonies: Ashley Harpstreith, Goshen County Economic Development

8:45 AM            Keynote Speaker: Bob Fuziak, Inventor, Omni-wearables

9:30 AM            Patent Searching – Davona Douglass, Director, Research Products Center

10:15 AM          Break – Please visit the exhibitors in the hallway and refreshment room.

10:30 AM          What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Intellectual Property – Toni Tease, Attorney at Law

11:15 AM          From IP to IPO: The Business Case for Intellectual Property – Molly Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark

12:15 PM           Lunch on Your Own

1:15 PM             Getting off the Ground Panel: Covering all Bases  
David Bell, Director, Manufacturing-Works
Jim Drever, Director, Wyoming SBDC Network, Business Planning, Services, and Resources
Jon Benson, CEO, Wyoming Technology Business Center

2:00 PM             Funding Options Panel: SBA Programs to Alternative Methods 
Tim Ostic, Branch President, FirsTier Banks
Kelly Haigler Cornish, Manager, Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative
Josh Keefe, Economic Development Finance Manager, Wyoming Business Council

3:00 PM             Break – Please visit the exhibitors in the hallway and refreshment room.

3:15 PM             Marketing Panel: What Is Your Product And Who Wants It?
Sarah Hamlin, Wyoming SBDC Network
Charles Sauer, President, Market Institute

4:15 PM             Closing Remarks and Program Closing