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Get your mind in gear, and start brainstorming with tips and tricks from an idea expert.

By Nichole L. Torres • May 5, 2006 Originally published Jun 6, 2005

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You know you want to start a business, but you're not surewhat kind. You're looking for inspiration, but you don'tknow how to get started. Luckily, we went to brainstorming expertRon Blum to help you set the stage for your dazzling businessidea.

Ideas can come from anywhere at any time, says Blum, founder ofThe Egg FactoryLLC, an innovation company in Roanoke, Virginia, that comes upwith ideas and inventions that are then sold and licensed to othercompanies. Still, there are a few ways to improve your ability toconjure up brilliant concepts of your very own. "Come up withtransformational innovation--taking processes from one industry tosolve problems in another industry," says Blum. For instance,he cites a case where the same technology NASA employs forsticky-type floor mats used before entering clean rooms wasmodified and applied to the household market as space-age welcomemats that would keep your house cleaner.

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