Dr. Michele M. Morgan

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Dr. Michele M. Morgan is a Canadian entrepreneur. Dr. started THE MAXBIT in 2016 and is based in Mississippi.[1]

Dr. Michele M. Morgan, founder of THE MAXBITDr. Michele M. Morgan, founder of THE MAXBIT








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Dr. started THE MAXBIT in 2016. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on THE MAXBIT?

I was gardening on the weekends for extra money as a single parent and wearing myself out with hand held tools. This work led me to seek a solution, saying over and over, โ€œThere must be a better way??โ€ This went on for months and then one Wednesday night, while sitting in church, this idea dropped from heaven. I โ€˜sawโ€™ an image in my mindโ€™s eye that conceivably would work!

The tools on the market were shovels and trowels and auger bits. None of which would dig a perfect hole, take the dirt out of the hole and leave a flat bottom. Time after time, I would dig, redig, and redo, to please the customer on the design of the flower bed.

Once the idea landed, with the help of others we built a prototype. This was an arduous process. We must have built a dozen different prototypes trying to get it to do what it needed to do and what I โ€˜sawโ€™ in my mind. By this time, I had etched a design, bought a book to document all our work and kept records of everything we were doing as we progressed.

Keep in mind all of this took place in the late 90โ€™s before the widespread use of Internet and certainly no one had heard of social media. So, I was given a book, titled, โ€œPatent It Yourselfโ€ by David Pressman and taught myself that summer, wrote the patent and submitted it to a patent attorney who finished it for me. Just 18 months later, we were awarded the patent. Meanwhile I held a provisional patent and began to demonstrate the product at inventor shows. The Provisional Patent โ€˜holds your placeโ€™ with the USPTO for a year, while you submit a patent. Once the year is up and no patent is filed, the invention can become public domain if it has been shown in public.

Everyone advised that I seek a manufacture for a licensing deal. After researching this process, I began to make phone calls and write letters to potential manufacturers in the US. With declined responses, reluctantly I began to look outside the US for a manufacturer. This proved to be a daunting task, because of the time it takes to get a response. But if you believe in your product, you just keep going! Remember, I was still a single parent and finances were tight. If it were not for family and friends, I could not have made it over the first few hurdles.

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