Two New Opportunities for Education and Networking at March Lunch and Learns

Montie Design and the RTP Product Development Guild are providing two new opportunities for high-impact networking and education at March Lunch and Learn events. John Slaughter of Moore & Van Allen will be presenting “Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements: Understanding their Role and Practical Tips” on March 2. Pam Cardozo of The Ultimate Sales Connection will be presenting “Resetting Your Revenue Future” on March 16. Each event will take place at the Montie Design offices in Morrisville. (more…)

Montie Design Releases Tree Hook Archery Rest

Montie Gear's newest product for hunting and camping, the Tree Hook Archery Rest

Montie Design has added to our ever-expanding line of Montie Gear outdoor equipment with the multi-purpose Tree Hook Archery Rest.  This new tool for hunters and campers provides sturdy support, whether in a tree stand or campsite, for a bow, crossbow (without quiver), rifle with a sling, or pots, pans and other camp utensils.

Continuing in the Montie Gear tradition of products that are easy to carry and set up, the Tree Hook Archery Rest weighs just 6.9 ounces, with an even lighter 5.7-ounce version also available. This convenient tool has a one-inch strap accommodating trees up to 18 inches in diameter, measures 4.2 inches tall, and sticks out 5.16 inches from the tree once attached.

The Tree Hook Archery Rest is 100% American-made from .188 inch thick 5052 aluminum with an anodized finish available in either clear, black or olive drab. Its catch securely holds a camp lantern or parachute cord (commonly knowns as “550 cord”) and features high quality padding to give hunters support for a bow while not scratching the bow limb.

To order a Montie Gear product online, visit MontieGear.com.

Alphabet Soup, Who’s Your Product Presentations Now Available

You asked for it — you got it! Two of our most popular 2011 Lunch and Learn presentations from Barry Cox of Wyle Labs and Jeff Smith from Montie Design and Trajectory Business Services are now available for download and viewing.

Barry’s presentation shares important insights related to the business of developing and bringing engineered products to market:

Alphabet Soup: The Acronyms and Steps of Military Contracting

In his seminar, Jeff provided step-by-step guidance on creating and conveying the identity for a product, service, or business by selecting the most effective name for it:

Who’s Your Product–Putting the Right Name on What You Sell

The next Montie Design Lunch and Learn is “Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements: Understanding their Role and Practical Tips” on March 2nd featuring John Slaughter, intellectual property attorney of the law firm Moore & Van Allen.

In this seminar, John will provide an understanding of how confidentiality agreements fit into the context of intellectual property rights, and how they can be used to protect your rights in business transactions.  He will discuss different types of confidentiality agreements, different terms commonly found in such agreements, and practical tips on which types of and terms in confidentiality agreements are appropriate for different situations.

To register, click here.

Student Product Design Contest Deadline Approaching February 17

Montie Design has received 13 Stage 1 entries for its first annual student design contest as the February 17 deadline for final design proposals quickly approaches.  Students from Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University, and Virginia Tech have sent in their description of basic concept for a new product for the Montie Gear line of outdoor shooting, hunting, camping and archery products.

“We have had a wide variety of product submissions from shooting-related to emergency outdoor survival to outdoor furniture,” said Montie Roland, company president.

Prizes of up to $500 and a two-year commission on any products that go to market within two years of design submission will be awarded.

Participants are being tasked with designing which grew out of the success the firm has enjoyed with its X-Rest line of portable firearms rests. The X-Rest originated as a hands-on, intensive review of product design and manufacturing for Montie Design staff, Roland said, but soon took on a life of its own once the original version was made available for sale.

Montie Design enjoys a strong relationship with the NCSU College of Design and the Industrial Design Program at ASU as well as industry groups for students, such as the Industrial Designers Society of America. The firm regularly hosts interns who engage in hands-on product development from concept to design to prototyping, manufacturing and marketing.

Active Discussion Breaks Out at Lunch and Learn

Jeff Smith presents “Who’s Your Product? Putting the Right Name on What You Sell”

Wednesday, February 2 saw business owners, marketing professionals, and product design peers engage in an energized breakout session at the second Montie Design/RTP Product Development Guild Lunch and Learn of 2011.

Following on the heels of a successful kickoff Lunch and Learn on military contracting featuring Barry Cox of Wyle Labs (see below), this week’s event turned toward branding with Jeff Smith of Montie Design and Trajectory Business Services. Jeff put forth a step-by-step guide through the product naming process during his presentation, “Who’s Your Product? Putting the Right Name on What You Sell.”

Wednesday's crowd was engaged

Jeff’s presentation actively involved attendees, leading to an energetic post-event discussion focused on utilizing product naming elements to help one of their own who was having a problem settling on a name for a product to reflect its benefits to the end user.

The Lunch and Learn series was developed to connect professionals involved in the technical or business side of designing and producing innovative products and technologies with one another as well as with speakers, who have agreed to share their knowledge, professionalism, and willingness to support entrepreneurial growth. Lunch is provided at each event in addition to plenty of time for networking and discussion before and after each presentation. Proceeds of each Lunch and Learn are donated to Post 7383 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

An audio clip of Jeff Smith sharing insight on product naming can be found here:

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Upcoming Lunch and Learns include:

Wed, Feb 16
Raising Capital and Cash Flow Enhancement in the New Economy
Featuring Susan Hasty, BCF, and Phil Apostolico, Guardian Ins.

Wed, Mar 2
Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property: Non-disclosure Agreements
Featuring John Slaughter, Moore & Van Allen

Wed, Mar 16
Steps to Increased Sales: Creating a Dependable Sales Funnel
Featuring Pam Cardozo, The Ultimate Sales Connection

Wed, Apr 6
Advantages of Manufacturing with Waterjet
Featuring Al Ely, ADR Hydro-Cut

For information on attending any of these events, email Jeff Smith at Jeff@Montie.com.