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Tennessee Inventors Association (TIA) News Ticker

2017-02-16 Six 'What's the Big Idea' finalists announced

02-16-2017 The Knoxville News-Sentinel announced the six 'What's the Big Idea' finalists for the 2017 "What's the Big Idea 48-hour Launch" competition, which will take place Feb. 24-26.

2016-10-20 Pin High Pro blog

10-20-2016 Member Carl Papa started Pin High Pro blog, where he plans on posting about his invention and golfing issues.

2016-10-13 Martin Skinner Obit

Martin Skinner10-12-2016 It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Martin Skinner. Martin was one of the founders of the TIA. He invented and received a patent for his Koil Kaddy invention. He will be missed.

2016-09-06 Huff Post Start a Biz

09-06-2016 Huffington Post: 5 Signs You Should Stop Talking and Just Start Your Own Business, Already. The most successful inventors are those that recognize that they need to build a business.

2016-06-22 Bruce Hayes

06-22-2016 Bruce Hayes was promoted to executive director for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) in Knoxville.

2016-05-13 SCORE: Starting your on business

05-21-2016 SCORE offers a Starting Your Own Business seminar at Roane State Community College Knoxville Campus on May 21 from 10 to noon. Register now for the $20 seminar.

2016-02-27 Ideacon 2016

02-27-2016 IDEAcon2016 is happening in Nashville on March 5. Visit for more info.

2015-10-06 Bill Felkner

10-03-2015 Bill Felknor, a local inventor, passed away today. Bill invented the Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato grower. He spoke to the TIA in 2009 with a fascinating presentation.

2015-05-08 Launch TN SBIR Workshop

05-08-2015 Launch TN is hosting a series of SBIR/STTR workshops in May. The Knoxville date is May 8, at the UT Conference Center.

2015-05-05 USPTO in Nashville

05-05-2015 The USPTO is scheduled to be in Nashville on June 1, 2015. The USPTO has a program to support low-income inventors in getting their patent applications filed. More details to come.

2015-04-29 UTRF for 06-02

04-29-2015 The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is offering OPPORTUNITY NOW. It is a program covering an idea to market analysis. June 2, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm. See the brochure.


03-18-2015 Left Field Pictures is casting Tennessee inventors for a new reality series that focuses on inventors.For more information e-mail

2015-03-12 All-American Makers

03-12-2015 The Science Channel's new hit show, All-American Makers, is casting for Season Two. UIA board member Matt Nuccio is an acting consultant and on-air personality for the program. If you have a product or know of any inventors that would be interested in submitting their patented ideas please visit and mention "Matt Nuccio."

2015-03-05 SCORE SBA Financing

03-05-2015 SCORE is offering a Financing Your Business the SBA Way seminar on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Cedar Bluff Branch Knox County Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive NW, Knoxville, TN 37923. The training covers these SBA loan items: 1) Which loan program meets a specific entrepreneurial need, 2) The 5 C's of credit, and 3) An overview of SBA's actual loan programs.

2014-12-06 SCORE and SBA Financing

12-06-14 SCORE-Knox is offering a seminar: Financing Your Business the SBA Way on Saturday, December 6 at the Cedar Bluff Branch of the Knox County Library.