A local conference gives tools to inventors with million-dollar ideas… The 14th biennial Alabama Conference for Inventors was presented by Jacksonville State University today at the Oxford Civic Center. It was open to inventors and would-be inventors alike, and provided attendees the know-how to take an idea from concept to fruition. Jacksonville State University Special Education Instructor Dr. Lynetta Owens says her invention was created to benefit students with special education needs. She says it will help them in pursuing and securing jobs. Its ultimate purpose is helping all people be able to work. Owens says today’s conference has been very beneficial. Topics included patenting, prototyping, financing, creating a business plan and more. Attendees heard from patent attorneys, the director of Alabama Launchpad, representatives from the JSU Small Business Development Center and engineers from the JSU Applied Technology program. Other Alabama inventors were also in attendance to share their success stories. The next conference for inventors will be held in 2018. For more information contact the JSU Center for Economic Development and Business Research.