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How To Get Your Invention To The Market

Ronald Balla on How To Get Your Invention To The Market

Ronald Balla, Founder of The CJB Group, is our featured guest in this Episode of The Small Business Trends Radio. Several years ago, Ron was employed by a local municipality and had a brother that was employed as a police officer. Together, they had many discussions about the events happening within his brothers line of work as a law enforcement officer.

It was from these very discussions that sprung forth the inspiration for Ron’s invention, The Balla Base. The Balla Base is is a safety product designed to protect law enforcers and preserve evidence which will be introduced to the market in the fall of 2008.

Ron shares his personal story of invention – from idea, to prototype, to field tests, to market – and everything in between.

Here’s a sampling from the show:

  • Where do you begin? — The first step may be different for some, but a good starting point is to contact an established patent attorney to perform a thorough search that no prior art exists. Once that is confirmed, you are free to seek a manufacturer to create a prototype.
  • Necessity IS the mother of invention. — When consumers or industry are in need of your product, the demand can be strong. So it’s important to first ask yourself, “Is there a need by consumers or industry for my product?” If the answer to that question is yes, your chances of success are greatly increased.
  • Is it expensive? — Cost can be a factor but being prepared helps. Working out many of the small details on your own, prior to presenting your idea to a manufacturer, can save you money. The less specifics the engineers or manufacturers have to work out, the more the cost savings to you.

You, too, may have a great idea that you’d like to share with the world but may not be sure about what’s involved or how to go about doing so. If you’d like to learn more and hear Ron’s story, listen to his full interview by clicking the red and yellow player below.

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6 Responses to “How To Get Your Invention To The Market”

  1. Roberta Says:

    What a fantastic idea and such an inspirational story. And it was interesting that his entire experience regarding this product has, for the most part, all taken place within his local region. Sounds like it was meant to be . . .

  2. Joel Says:

    Ron, I wonder if you could tell us what the approximate cost of the balla base will be when it hits the market? Have you determined that yet, and if so, what are some of the factors you used to determine that?

  3. Chris Says:

    Sounds like this could save a life someday. I’m sure that many law enforcement officers out there are thankful for such a product. Nice to see something of this nature developed for them.

  4. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    Great new feature, first asking the guest and then having a podcast.

  5. Amanda Says:

    A great idea. Law enforcement is such a dangerous job, I’m sure this will help protect them. Very informative to hear the steps that are involved in developing a product. I wish Ron great success.

  6. Paula Says:

    Things always happen for a reason. The way things are falling into place for Ron’s invention, it definitely is meant to be. Great back story and I was saddened to hear about his brothers passing. What a nice tribute to his brother.

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