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SWFL Small Business Resource Network Hosts "Protecting and Profiting from Intellectual Property"

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) will host a networking and discussion event on intellectual property for small business owners 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at the Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers. SBRN, a statewide organization, is sponsored locally by Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center.

Speakers for the meeting are Ed Livingston and Bryan Loeffler from The Livingston Firm. The presentation will focus on how a business can protect its intellectual property through the use of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and contract law; as well as how to profit from same through licensing, franchising and so forth. The meeting is sponsored by Alliance Financial Group.

The evening begins with the SBRN's monthly "Network after Five" social event where members and guests network and exchange ideas for growing their business. Cost for SBRN members is $15 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $25 per person.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, go online to Deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 20.

The Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) provides a reliable connection between seasoned professionals who service the small business arena and the small business owner. In addition to offering consulting services, the organization conducts monthly meetings that provide topics of interest to its members. For more information on the resource network, visit

For more information, to register for the event, or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator at the Small Business Development Center at (239) 745-3700.

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