National -- The Hammacher Schlemmer Search for
Retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is offering inventors with unmarketed patents chances to win a $5,000 grant or one of four $1,000 grants.
The patent must be for an original item and can't be a modification of an existing product. Applications will be accepted from February 1 through May 16. Semi-finalists must then submit either a working or nonworking prototype for final judging.
For further details and a Search for Invention Kit, call (773) INVENT-1 or visit http://www.hammacher.com
National -- Evan Kemp Entrepreneurship
The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is looking for entrepreneurs with disabilities who have distinguished themselves in establishing and operating a successful business. In addition to national recognition, the winner will receive a plaque and the cost of travel to the awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
The deadline to submit a nomination is March 1. For more information or to obtain an application, visit the agency's Web site at http://www.pcepd.gov or call (202) 376-6200.
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